Need vitamins? Soon you can roll up your sleeve in Morristown

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In Morristown, you can get waxed and massaged, manicures and pedicures, botox and hair dryers.

Soon you may also be able to roll up your sleeves and get vitamins.

The city has ruled that intravenous vitamin drops are allowed in the downtown business district. Bedminster couple plan to rent former fitness therapy storefront at 22 Speedwell Ave., next to vacant Century 21 department store, to open The Vitamin IV Lounge.

It is envisioned as a ‘spa-like’ salon where nurses administer ‘intravenous fluids containing a mixture of saline solution, vitamins and supplements specially designed to meet the individual needs (of clients)’, according to a zoning appeal of The Walsh Company.

An intravenous vitamin lounge is proposed for this vacant wellness storefront, centrally adjacent to the former Century 21 department store in Morristown. Image: Google Earth.

Such “hydration stations” have popped up in Hoboken, Palm Beach, California, Miami and Delray Beach, Florida, and Nashville, Tennessee, to name a few places.

The Morristown zoning department initially said no thanks, considering it was for medical use. The “Town Core” zone requires “active” use on the ground floor and the medical zone is not eligible.

Ed and Lynn Walsh appealed the decision to the zoning board last month, arguing that their business was not for medical purposes, but rather a personal service, similar to a recently approved hair salon, salon or establishment. cannabis store.

Lynn and Ed Walsh. top left, address of the Morristown Zoning Board virtual hearing, June 1, 2022. Screenshot by Kevin Coughlin

Testimonials have described intravenous cocktails as antidotes to hangovers and jet lag, and a popular rejuvenation technique in Hollywood.

The board sided with the Walshes, commemorating their June 6-1 vote in a resolution last week. President Steve Pylypchuk was the only dissenter.

“It generates medical waste, it’s injected directly into the bloodstream, it requires licensed doctors to perform it,” suggesting The IV Vitamin Lounge is a medical operation, Pylypchuk said before voting no in the vote. virtual meeting last month.

BETTER THAN CHEWABLES?

In October 2021the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has raised concerns about how these vitamin blends are formulated, stating that “sterile compounding activities performed by commercial entities such as intravenous hydration clinics present risks and require continuous assessment”.

The regulatory agency cited the case of a 50-year-old woman who was hospitalized with suspected septic shock and multiple organ failure after receiving an intravenous infusion of the vitamin at home. The FDA found numerous unsanitary conditions at a medical clinic in Santa Barbara, California that prepared the vitamin blend.

The Walshes told the Morristown Zoning Board that they would adhere to industry standards and state requirements for intravenous doses to be administered by licensed medical professionals — in this case, nurses.

“It’s just another way of delivering vitamins,” like chewable tablets but “in a much better form,” their lawyer said, Frank Vitolo.

A health expert shared a different view with Morristown Green.

According Deborah Cohenassociate professor of clinical and preventive nutritional sciences at Rutgers University School of Health Professions.

As well as being expensive – IV sessions can cost hundreds of dollars – “drips” are largely unregulated and, as with any infusion, there are risks of infection, phlebitis and of anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction), Cohen said Wednesday via email.

From formulating intravenous infusion to keeping storage facilities and equipment clean and using sterile water, sanitation is an important concern, she said.

“Some of the ingredients such as amino acids, vitamins and electrolytes have been affected by supply chain issues and therefore it may not even be known whether these elements are actually incorporated into IV therapy” , Cohen said.

Exceeding the recommended daily doses of certain vitamins could also pose problems, especially for someone taking blood thinners or garlic, gingko, fish oil or omega 3 fatty acids, she said. added. And while hydration can ease a hangover, Cohen warned that herbal teas won’t reverse alcohol’s long-term damage to the body.

JET LAG, HANGOVER AND HOLLYWOOD

Ed Walsh, who runs a construction company, and his wife, a registered nurse, described their mission as improving the well-being of walk-in clients and regular clients, who will sit down for IV sessions. lasting 20 to 45 minutes.

They plan to have a nurse practitioner and at least three registered nurses on staff. Their daughter is also a registered nurse

In his travels across the country for the past five years, Ed Walsh said, he has availed himself of these services for migraine relief. Professional golfers use these services to avoid dehydration, he said, adding his frustration at having to drive to Clifton for the nearest hydration station.

Entrepreneur Edward Walsh and attorney Frank Vitolo at the Valley Bank groundbreaking, June 9, 2022. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“They don’t cure, they don’t diagnose, they don’t provide therapy to treat disease or conditions. They simply provide hydration and vitamins in hopes of improving well-being,” Vitolo said of his clients.

Such a “personal service business” is healthier than selling alcohol, cigarettes, fast food and marijuana, all of which are permitted in this area of ​​Morristown, the attorney said.

“Hollywood has known this for decades,” testified the future owner of the Walshes, Doug Greenberger, say the IV Vitamin Lounge would be a boon for executives who need to stay alert after red-eye thefts.

The pitch resonated with the board member Anthony Murphy.

“These new therapies are pretty cool, and Hollywood has known about them for a very long time. I saw something when I was in Thailand where you put your feet in them and little fish eat the calluses on your feet.

Crew member Noelle Nish supported the proposed salon, even though “I can’t stand needles”.

Steve Pylypchuk, right, when he was appointed to the zoning board by city council in 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin, June 11, 2019.

Questions have been raised about whether customer information requires the same privacy protections as patient records. The petitioners stated that this information would be treated with the confidentiality one would expect of a salon.

While noting that he was troubled by certain medical aspects of the application, the member of the jury James Bednarz said “it’s not strong enough for me to say it’s a doctor’s office.”

After the favorable vote, Vitolo thanked the board of directors on behalf of The IV Vitamin Lounge:

“I hope I see you out there on one of those big recliners, getting a post-hangover fix,” he said.

This story has been updated with information from the FDA and nutrition expert Rutgers. Morristown Green has contacted state health officials for additional comment.

An intravenous vitamin spa in Morristown might look like this, according to owner, the Walsh Company.
The Walsh Company is considering an intravenous vitamin spa in Morristown like this.
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