Intravenous Therapy
The problem with oral supplementation is how much is absorbed into the body and how much survives the journey to the liver (first pass metabolism). When a nutrient is taken by mouth, it passes into the intestines where the nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream. From there they soon pass into the liver which changes the nutrients. They are then circulated to the cells of the body and may or may not be taken into the cells themselves. Whatever is not used is filtered into the urine from the blood and is discarded. Some is passed into the stool and not absorbed at all.

 

Intravenous (IV) administration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other natural substances, including echinacea, delivers nutrients directly to cells via the blood stream. Many people suffer from malabsorption and natural supplements may not be delivered to the cells where they are required for health and healing and may simply pass through the stool. IV administration of these substances bypasses any absorption issues and enables delivery of a therapeutic nutrient dosage that cannot be achieved through oral dosing alone.

 

Malabsorption is very common. 20% of our elderly population do not properly absorb vitamin B12. IV administration of the nutrients ensures a high dose delivery directly from the blood to the cells. Many therapeutic benefits of nutrients must be given intravenously to have effect. For instance, only the IV route of administration of vitamin C reaches blood levels consistent with concentrations demonstrated to be cytotoxic to several cancer cell lines.

 

Other advantages of IV therapy:

  • It can deliver nutrients which cannot be taken as an oral supplement because they are broken down by the digestive system (ie: the powerful antioxidant glutathione)

  • Infusions are specific and individualised to patient needs and presenting concerns (ie: additional magnesium can be added for insomnia or muscle spasms, or more vitamin C for itching eczema).

  • Blood levels can reach almost 10X the amount that can be achieved through oral supplementation alone

 

Specific IV infusions
Single nutrients may also be delivered such as vitamin C or glutathione.

 

Intravenous Vitamin C

A slow intravenous infusion is used to deliver a high dosage of vitamin C and other nutrients. At a low to moderate dosage, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant with important functions in the immune response, wound healing and the recycling of other antioxidants such as vitamin E. However, at a large dose, vitamin C can induce oxidative damage to cells, induce cancer cells to undergo apoptosis, boost the immune system and aid in detoxification therapies.

 

Intravenous vitamin C is beneficial in the following conditions:

  • heart disease

  • hepatitis

  • detoxification

  • immune enhancement (ie: colds & flu)

  • chemotherapy

  • high blood pressure

  • dermatitis

  • diabetes

  • heavy metal removal

 

What To Expect

A vitamin C treatment generally takes approximately 1.5 hours to administer. All patients are tested for a possible enzyme deficiency (G6PD) before treatment as this rare condition can result in blood cell rupture with a large dose. The most common side-effect may be a need to urinate during or immediately following the treatment.

 

Intravenous Glutathione

Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants found in the human body. It protects the body’s tissues from harmful free radicals including tissues of the arteries, brain, heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, skin, and lens of the eyes.

 

Our immune system requires glutathione to kill bacteria, viruses and cancer cells. As levels decline, our body’s ability to fight infection also declines.

 

The highest levels of Glutathione are found within the liver. These levels decline as we age. Environmental toxins also deplete crucial glutathione levels, making our cells more vulnerable to damage.

 

Glutathione cannot be taken as a supplement because it is broken down by the digestive system before reaching the cells. Intravenous glutathione is the most effective way to raise glutathione levels.

 

Intravenous glutathione can be used in the treatment of:

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Macular degeneration

  • Heart disease

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Cataracts

  • Stroke

  • Lung disease

  • Cancer

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Irritable bowel

  • Diabetes

The Myer's Cocktail
The Myers cocktail was pioneered by Dr. John Myers, MD, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland, who developed this treatment more than 30 years ago. The doses of the various nutrients were further modified, based on more recent research by Dr. Alan Gaby, MD.

 

Myers' Cocktails are a vitamin and mineral infusion containing a combination of magnesium, vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, and other nutrients found to be effective in many common conditions:

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Viral Infections, ie: Colds, Flu, Herpes

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Allergies & Eczema

  • Digestive issues, ie: Celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

  • Fatigue including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

  • Chronic pain

  • Fibromyalgia & Myofacial pain

  • Migraines

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Acute muscle spasm

  • Upper respiratory tract infectionsAcute asthma attacks

  • Chronic sinusitis

  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis

  • Paresthesias, numbness, tingling

  • Neuropathic pain in cancer patients

 

What To Expect
The Myers' Push takes from 5 -15 minutes to administer, while the Drip (bag) takes approximately 30-45 minutes. Patients may notice a slight flush in the chest and/or face, sometimes patients feel it in the legs as well which indicates an increase in blood flow to the area. Patients may also notice a slight metallic taste as the minerals pass through the circulation of the palate.

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