'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Wellness Cafe, clinic for intravenous vitamin therapy

NewsMakers: Dr. Brent Agin, Part 1

Agin talks about Wellness Cafe.

NewsMakers: Dr. Brent Agin, Part 2

Is clinic and its treatment safe?

NewsMakers: Dr. Brent Agin, Part 3

Prey upon the vulnerable?

There is a new business on U.S. 41 North across from The Mercato at Vanderbilt Beach Road.

It is called Wellness Cafe, but don’t go there for healthy food and smoothies.

It is a clinic for intravenous vitamin therapy for weight loss and other conditions including Parkinson’s Disease.

Is the clinic and its treatment safe? Does it prey upon the vulnerable?

Dr. Brent Agin from Clearwater, who is the clinic director, is this week’s guest on “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ airing at 10 on Sunday morning on ABC7.

Text and video highlights are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

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Dr. Brent Agin

Lytle: You say that for the skeptics or people who have questions, this (intravenous vitamin therapy) is no different than people who want a flu shot going to a CVS drugstore. You say what you’re doing is not reinventing any wheel and nobody should be scared or freaked out.

Agin: Exactly. You know the motivation for this type of medicine is that I see new patients every day, and patients that come in they tell me that their doctor ... I mean even ... we get a 65-year-old lady, she comes in and I say, well, has anyone talked to you about losing some weight and maybe trying to improve your blood pressure or cholesterol through wellness, exercise and diet? And she says, no, no; they just put me on this medicine to do this.

So what I do is, I say, well, is there any reason you can’t lose weight? Is there any ... what supplements are you taking that have been showing to help reduce cholesterol?

And guess what? They’re like, oh, this is great. Next thing you know they lose 35 pounds. They start taking some supplementation. They start to walk. Their cholesterol starts coming down. You don’t always have to fill out a prescription pad for medications. You can pull out a prescription pad for wellness.

Lytle: Two schools of thought, though. Some people, even the Mayo Clinic, will argue that B12 in shots or any other form, really won’t help in weight loss unless you do other things in conjunction with this.

Agin: Of course. You can write a prescription for an amphetamine, which is an appetite suppressant, that’s in pretty much every weight-loss clinic around the corner.

You’re not going to lose weight and maintain the weight loss without doing exercise and changing your lifestyle. But you know what happens? Appetite suppressants cause them to lose weight, and then they realize, wow, I don’t have to change my lifestyle. I’m on speed.

And so, the whole concept of the wellness clinic is ... you’re exactly right. You can’t just take B12 shots and lose weight. You take B12 shots to improve your opportunity to lose weight along with exercise and diet. We never put a claim out there: come in and get a B12 shot and you’re going to lose weight. Never.

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Check the guest list for coming weeks below and submit your questions by calling 213-6070; emailing newsmakers@naplesnews.com; or online at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

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