The services offered at Immersion Health revolve around a few central ideas. First, there is no single path to health. Second, diet is central to both recovery and maintenance of health. And third, water, light, and electromagnetic signaling are fundamental to how our cells communicate with each other, how the environment affects our bodies, and how any therapy delivers the information to our bodies that ultimately moves us toward balance.
Immersion Health is the only clinic in the Pacific Northwest to offer hi-dose ozone therapy, also referred to sometimes as "5-pass." Hi dose ozone brings together two very powerful therapies: intravenous ozone therapy and ultraviolet blood irradiation (IVBI; see below). This combination of therapies is currently the most powerful alternative therapy for the treatment of chronic Lyme disease, mold-related illness, acute and chronic bacterial and viral infections of all types, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune illnesses, inflammatory disorders, COPD and other respiratory diseases, and much else. Its clinical efficacy is equal to and may even exceed the more widely used "10 pass" ozone therapy, and each session can be completed in as little as 40 minutes.
In addition to hi dose ozone, the IV therapy program at Immersion Health uses a wide range of metabolic therapies delivered in a very specific sequence. Dichloroacetate (DCA), DMSO, alpha lipoic acid, high-dose vitamin C, glutathione, choline, hydrogen peroxide and many other nutrients are used to "unlock" aspects of cancer cell metabolism. We also use a therapy called UVBI, or ultraviolet blood irradiation, to boost immunity, kill infectious organisms and address autoimmune conditions. In addition to cancer therapy, Dr. Nigh utilizes IV therapy for surgery recovery, pre- and post-athletic performance, geriatric nutrient repletion, pain management, addiction recovery, pain management, depression unresponsive to medications, and much more.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a powerful, safe and painless therapy with an extremely wide range of uses. Immersion Health has a Class 3b red and infrared laser that can penetrate the body to a depth of several centimeters. It is used to treat both acute and chronic pain, local and systemic inflammation, skin infections, digestive disorders, headaches, neurological conditions, fibromyalgia, hair loss, tinnitus and hundreds of other conditions. It is also powerful enough to pass through bones so can be used to treat traumatic brain injuries and depression via trans-cranial therapy. LLLT has even been shown to stimulate the production and release of stem cells when used appropriately for that purpose, making it a central therapy in the treatment of both degenerative disorders and anti-aging medicine.
Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UVBI)
UVBI is a technique whereby a small quantity of blood is withdrawn from the body and into an IV bag. The blood is then allowed to infuse back into the body, but first it passes through a chamber with an ultraviolet light inside.
UVBI causes cells infected with bacteria or viruses to rupture. At the same time UVBI is like shining a spotlight onto the immune cells of the blood. Ruptured cells "spill" those bacteria and viruses into the blood, where they are seen by the activated immune cells. This initiates a very powerful, systemic immune activation that dramatically enhances clearance of those infections. There have been dozens of studies published on the health benefits of UVBI, mostly in Russia.
UVBI can be used alone in the treatment of autoimmune disease, or is more commonly used in conjunction with ozone as described in the section
Acupuncture, Laser Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture
A large and growing body or research is demonstrating scientifically what has been known for a few thousand years: acupuncture and Chinese herbs play an extremely important role in cancer care. From relief of pain and reduction of symptoms associated with conventional therapiues, to immune stimulation and enhanced vitality, Chinese medicine is vital to the overall well-being of cancer patients.
In laser acupuncture, Dr. Nigh uses the clinic's high-power Class 3b laser to stimulate acupuncture points, especially points on the ears, hands and feet. Laser acupuncture is a unique way of combining the biphotonic properties of both red and infrared laser light, with the elaborate and interconnected meridian network recognized in Chinese Medicine.
Electroacupuncture involves application of low-intensity electric current to acupuncture needles once the needles are in place on the body. This is a method that has been studied and demonstrated to have a uniquely powerful effect in achieving pain relief. It is also indicated in the treatment of digestive disorders, PMS, muscle spasms, and much else.
Dr. Nigh considers nutritional supplements to be important supporting players in a comprehensive treatment program. While there are often nutrients that have to be supplemented in order to achieve optimal health, it is virtually never the case that optimal health can be achieved through supplements alone. With this in mind, Immersion Health has a large medicinary of professional-quality supplements. Every item in our medicinary has been thoroughly researched and individually selected based on its unique metabolic effects.
In addition, Dr. Nigh is the only naturopathic physician in the country that is trained and currently utilizing the Kelley Enzyme Protocol for cancer treatment. The Kelley Protocol utilizes pancreatic enzymes in very high doses, along with detoxification therapies, as a strategy to control cancer cell division while stripping them of the proteins that sit on their surface. These proteins "hide" the cancer cells from the immune system. Combining the enzyme therapies with concurrent immune activating therapies is a "one-two punch" to help the patient's immune system to gain the upper hand in finding and ridding the body of cancer cells.
The safest and most effective way to get toxic metals out of the body is through use of oral and/or IV compounds that bind to, or "chelate" (pronounced "key-late"), those metals and flush them out of the body.
Dr. Nigh is certified in chelation therapy. After a detailed exposure history, the best testing method is chosen for determining the total body burden of various heavy metals. Next, a chelation program is developed that includes IV chelating agents, concurrent detoxification therapies, IV and oral nutrient repletion, and periodic re-testing to assess progress.
As part of every chelation program, Dr. Nigh prescribes both IV and oral therapies to protect against side effects that can arise from moving these toxic metals around in order to get them out.
Infrared Sauna and Detoxification Therapies
We take ongoing detoxification very seriously. In order to have a strong immune system and overall vitality during any treatment process, it is vital to keep all cells, organs and systems of the body running as efficiently as possible.
Immersion Health has an in-house near infrared (NIR) sauna. In addition to the detoxifying effect of sweating, NIR light has a unique structuring effect on the water in and around the cells of the body. This structured water has an electrical charge, and NIR light strengthens that charge. In this way, NIR light literally adds power to a battery that we each have in us at all times, a battery that is vital for our overall health and vitality.
In addition to NIR saunas, we train each patient on a set of therapies they can do at home, every day, to help keep their body running optimally. These include coffee enemas, therapeutic baths, and others.
The Asyra represents the latest available technology for monitoring and addressing changes in the body's autonaumic nervous system. The Asyra "pings" the body with hundreds of electromagnetic patterns, each representing a unique bacteria, virus, mold, environmental toxin, heavy metal, food and even thought patterns and emotional states. Changes detected in skin resistance in response to these challenges indicates potential stressors that need to be addressed. The Asyra then can be used to generate an individualized "informational" remedy whereby a set of therapeutic frequencies are imprinted on a sample of water, which is then taken in a prescribed number of drops each day.
Maria has been through extensive training on the use of the Asyra. Used with other functional testing, the Asyra provides invaluable information about the underlying imbalances in each patient.
The nutrition program implemented in our cancer care program is intensive and unique. It is directed by Maria Zilka, one of the most experienced and skilled cancer-focused nutrition therapists in the country. Grounded in the most recent scientific understanding of cell metabolism, Maria is implementing a wide range of therapeutic diets with patients of Immersion Health, including a calorie-restricted ketogenic diet used with some cancer patients. Used in conjunction with the full set of other metabolic therapies, the diet is a foundation upon which the other therapies build and gain strength.
The most important cancer-focused injection therapy utilized at Immersion Health is called Helixor. This is a mistletoe extract that has been extensively studied, tested and utilized in the conventional European oncology community. Helixor strongly activates the anti-cancer immune system while at the same time accomplishing several other important goals in cancer control. Carefully matching the type and dose of Helixor to each patient, Helixor injections span over several weeks and serve as ongoing support to all cancer patients. Helixor can and should be used in conjunction with most conventional therapies to protect against side effects of those therapies. In addition to subcutaneous injections, Dr. Nigh also uses Helixor in IV therapy, often combining it with high-dose vitamin C for a powerful immune activating IV drip.
Vitamin B12, procaine, magnesium and other specific nutrients are also used as injection therapies. These can be injected alone, as in the case of B12, or in combination when doing trigger point injections for pain management.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)
The PEMF system at Immersion Health is the most advanced of its kind. Integrating heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback, patients lie on a comfortable pad for up to an hour while very low intensity pulsed electromagnetic signals activate the healing potential of the autonomic nervous system. Using the HRV as a monitor, the system is able to adjust both frequency and waveform to optimize parasympathetic nervous system functioning.
In addition to being surrounded in these pulsed fields, patients wear an eye mask fitted with red LED lights that facilitate the development of the brain state appropriate to the time of day - alpha, beta, gamma or delta waves.
And finally, earphones can be worn throughout the session that uses sound to balance the brain hemispheres and further facilitate nervous system balancing and activation of the self-healing mechanisms of the body. These sessions are deeply restorative.
Ozone therapy is a cornerstone in the oxygen-based, or oxidative therapies. While breathing ozone can damage the lungs, ozone delivered to the body in many other ways is not only safe, but a valuable therapy for delivering extra oxygen to cells. This makes it a central therapy in cancer treatment, treatment of infections by bacteria, viruses and parasites, anti-inflammatory treatment of metabolic and systemic diseases, and also for detoxification.
Ozone can be delivered to the body in a number of ways. Rectal, vaginal, ear and sinus insufflation are the most common, whereby specific quantities of ozone mixed with air are injected via syringe into that specific area. Rectal insufflation in particular will deliver ozone systemically to treat fatigue, pain, inflammation, autoimmune disease and general lack of vitality.
In a technique called autohemotherapy, a relatively small quantity of blood is removed from the body via a standard IV line. Ozone is then injected and mixed into that blood, and the blood is then allowed to slowly be infused back into the body. This can be used for serious systemic infections as well as for enhanced oxygenation throughout the body.
Finally, ozone can be infused into water, saline, or oil for use in sinus flushes, applications to the skin, and even internal consumption under direct supervision.
Functional Lab Evaluation
Dr. Nigh uses lab testing not just to assess the state of a patient's disease, but more importantly labs are used to gain a very broad understanding of the patient's overall health. In order to put together an individualized treatment plan it is critical to know which systems of the body are out of balance and what factors have been contributing to the susceptibility to the primary diagnosis in the first place, whether that diagnosis is cancer, SIBO, migraines or anything else.
In the functional evaluation, Dr. Nigh might test for heavy metals, vitamins, minerals, and amino acid levels, systemic inflammation, digestive function, environmental pollutants, hormones, neurotransmitters, or any number of other metabolic markers. This information might be combined with assessment of specific genes associated with detoxification, methylation, antioxidant production or other relevant factors. Taken together this information allows Dr. Nigh to design a program that is specifically tailored to each patient's particular set of circumstances and imbalances.
Dr. Nigh has been researching and speaking internationally about the role of water structure in the body for maintaining health. When the structure of water breaks down due to environmental exposures, nutrient deficiencies, or other causes, cells lose their ability to communicate with each other.
Immersion Health has partnered with Crystal Swiss, a European company that has developed a unique water structuring process. Currently, Immersion Health is the only clinic in North America with access to this product, and Dr. Nigh utilizes it in the clinic for a wide range of symptoms and conditions. It is used either as a stand-alone therapy, or in combination with a set of liquid nutrient extracts that are combined with the water.
Every organism - be it a mold that causes respiratory illness, a spirochete that causes Lyme disease or a virus that causes hepatitis or influenza - has a characteristic frequency at which it vibrates. Modern research is even documenting specific frequencies associated with specific cancer types. Utilizing the indicated frequencies to establish resonance with these cells and organisms to "shatter" them is gaining interest in the conventional medical world. This is especially true in an environment where antibiotic-resistant bacteria are an increasing menace. Dr. Nigh has been researching frequency-based therapies for over a decade, and in fact it was his learning of the historical use of this therapy on cancer patients that ultimately led to his pursuit of naturopathic medicine and his specialty in naturopathic oncology.
Visualization and Stress Management
Genetic Polymorphism Analysis
Single nucleotide polymorphisms, commonly known as SNPs or "snips," occur when one nucleotide at a particular location on a gene is switched for a different nucleotide. There are literally millions of these snips that occur in each of us, and most snips have no known impact on our health.
However, there are hundreds of these snips that do, in fact, significantly impact how our bodies carry out various processes like detoxification, hormone metabolism, methylation, sulfur processing, stress regulation and many dozens of others.
Dr. Nigh has studied the impact of these polymorphisms for several years. He has been certified in the use of the Opus23 dataset, the most complex and comprehensive genetic polymorphism analysis software currently available. Dr. Nigh helps patients understand the role that these underlying genetic snips might be playing not only in their current health, but have been playing throughout their lives. For more information about Opus23 and Dr. Nigh's genetic analysis, click here.
Visualization and Stress Management
Visualization and Stress Management
Stress is widely recognized as playing a role in both cancer development and its progression. For cancer patients, this is doubly stressful: knowing that stress can contribute to cancer growth is just another reason to be stressed! At Immersion Health we take the power of the mind very seriously. In addition to utilization of many therapies listed on this page for autonomic nervous system balancing, Dr. Nigh has extensive training in hypnosis, visualization and stress management. Patients are often taught techniques to facilitate healing and recovery, allow for more restful sleep, and generally lower daily stress and reactivity.
Bio-Well is a unique device that measures the emission of biophotons from the fingertips. Biophotons charge the air around them, and the Bio-Well detects the amount of charge in the gasses surrounding the fingertips. The Chinese meridians end in the fingertips as well, so the Bio-Well maps the intensity of biophotonic output from each region of the fingertips to the Chinese meridian system. The result is a detailed map of the right/left and yin/yang energy capacity and balance associated with the organs and system of the body. Each Bio-Well assessment also generates an audio file unique to each assessment that works to balance the autonomic nervous system based upon the imbalances identified.