INTRAVENOUS (IV) NUTRITION THERAPY
WHY IV Nutrition?
- existing or taking place within, or administered into, a vein or veins.
- “an intravenous drip”
Intravenous (IV) therapy is a methodof feeding vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly into the bloodstream used to correct intracellular nutrient deficiencies. Oral intake of such high doses is simply not possible due to absorption limitations from the digestive process. Patients can get up to 10 times the nutrients in one treatment as they could get orally in one day.
A good example of this is the use of Vitamin C when trying to overcome a cold due to some sort of virus. The antiviral effects of Vitamin C are seen when blood levels are around 10-15 mg/dL. This level is achievable with IV therapy but not orally. Oral dosage typically peaks with blood levels around 1.2-4.0 mg/dL vs. IV therapy of 50-90 mg/dL.
A wide range of factors can inhibit the digestive system from absorbing nutrients normally. The causes can be due to:
- History of stomach or intestinal surgery
- Food allergy or hypersensitivity
- Decreased production of digestive enzymes
- Adrenal fatigue
- Disease states and stress
- Immune system dysfunction
- Extreme exercise
In these cases, despite the best diet and oral nutritional supplements, the digestive tract does not absorb the required nutrients. Intravenous nutritional therapy solves the problem by bypassing the digestive tract to deliver vital nutrients directly to the bloodstream. Your cells, tissues and organs are then revived.
Scientific evidence has demonstrated that a variety of conditions can benefit from the use of IV nutrition. A few of the conditions that may be helped include:
- Poor detoxification
- Poor circulation
- Post-gastric bypass
- Increased stress
- Cardiovascular disease
- Epstein Barr
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Pre/post surgery
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Weakened immune system
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- supper respiratory tract infections
- athletic performance recovery
- and even the common cold
IV therapies are also useful in nutritional detoxification programs, immune stimulation or, simply, because of depletion of your body stores. Below is a short list of the unique IV therapies that are offered:
Vitamin C has such broad applications because it is a key factor in collagen production (skin, blood vessels, ligaments and bones), adrenalin and carnitine synthesis (energy), it directly boosts the immune system, and it has a potent antioxidant function.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) IV:
Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is made by the body and is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy. Antioxidants are substances that attack “free radicals,” waste products created when the body turns food into energy. Free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells in the body, making it harder for the body to fight off infections. They also damage organs and tissues.
Unlike other antioxidants, which work only in water (such as vitamin C) or fatty tissues (such as vitamin E), alpha-lipoic acid is both fat- and water-soluble. That means it can work throughout the body. In addition, antioxidants are depleted as they attack free radicals, but evidence suggests alpha-lipoic acid may help regenerate these other antioxidants and make them active again.
Orally, ALA is used for diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, cardiac autonomic neuropathy, retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. Alpha-lipoic acid is also used orally for dementia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), HIV/AIDS, cancer, liver disease, Wilson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), intermittent claudication, Lyme disease, and lactic acidosis caused by inborn errors of metabolism.
Alpha-lipoic acid can lower blood sugar levels, and its ability to kill free radicals may help reduce pain, burning, itching, tingling, and numbness in people who have nerve damage caused by diabetes (called peripheral neuropathy). Alpha-lipoic acid has been used for years for this purpose in Europe, and at least one study found that intravenous (IV) doses of alpha-lipoic acid helped reduce symptoms.
Alpha-lipoic acid has been proposed as a treatment for alcohol-related liver disease, but so far there is no evidence that it works. Alpha-lipoic acid has been administered by IV along with silymarin to treat people who have eaten the poisonous mushroom Amanita, which causes liver damage.
Brain Function and Stroke
Because alpha-lipoic acid can pass easily into the brain, it has protective effects on brain and nerve tissue. Scientists are investigating it as a potential treatment for stroke and other brain disorders involving free radical damage. Animals treated with alpha-lipoic acid, for example, suffered less brain damage and had a four times greater survival rate after a stroke than animals who did not receive this supplement. More research is needed to understand whether this benefit applies to people as well.
High doses of alpha-lipoic acid are approved in Germany for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy.
Glutathione IV: WHAT IS GLUTATHIONE?
It is the primary antioxidant (Tri-peptide) produced by all the cells, especially the brain, liver, intestine and kidney.
It regulates Nitric Oxide (dilates arteries) which is crucial for life.
It directly detoxifies carcinogens, toxins, poisons, drugs, alcohol, and heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic.
It activates the Immune System and enhances the response of cytokines, lymphocytes, T cells and NK cells.
It plays a fundamental role in DNA synthesis and repair.
Powerful anti-oxidant found predominately in the brain and liver . When given intravenously improves liver and brain function. Often used for memory enhancement, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Neuropathy and Liver Disease.
- Preventing aging
- Treating or preventing alcoholism
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol levels
- Chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Memory loss.
- Alzheimer’s disease.
- Parkinson’s disease.
- Chemical Sensitivities
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease
- Impaired Liver Function (Hepatitis, Liver disease, etc.)
Immune Drips: IV nutritional therapy infusions that include high dosage pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C found to be helpful for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, chronic infections, Hepatitis, and Cancer.
Vision IV: Deterioration of sight, including: Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, and Diabetic Retinopathy are one of the most common problems associated with aging. Current medical research has proven that visual decline can often be improved or reversed with anti-oxidant therapies. Special “vision drips” including anti-oxidants, fatty acids, amino acids, carotenoids, minerals, and glutathione are used individually or combined with chelation to enhance visual decline.
Meyer’s Cocktail: IV vitamin and mineral therapy developed in the 1970’s by John Meyer, M.D., a physician at Johns Hopkins University. The “cocktail” is indicated for chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Depression, muscle spasm,Asthma, hives, Congestive Heart Failure, Angina(chest pain), infections, and Senile Dementia.
Dr. Wright’s RMR: IV protocol developed by Jonathan Wright, M.D., that infuses high concentrations of minerals to quickly boost energy and alkalinize the body. Rapid Mineral Replacement often has immediate health benefits for those suffering from stress related disorders, exhaustion, or a general sense of depletion.
Anti-Fungal IV: Many patients suffer from the“yeast syndrome”, as described by William Crook, M.D., in his best selling book. Fungus can develop and contribute to a myriad of health problems including diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma, depression/anxiety to name a few. The ABC’S care considered to be the major triggers for this disorder—Antibiotics, Birth Control Pills, Cortisone (Prednisone), and Sugar found in the typical American diet. IV antifungal drips are used to inactivate fungus and improve immune function.
Migraine IV: For millions of Americans, migraine headaches can be disabling often leading to countless medications often replete with side effects. The Migraine IV “cocktail”utilizes concentrations of magnesium, riboflavin, and other key nutrients to relieve acute episodes of migraine and prevent future occurrences.
Hypertension IV: High blood pressure is often associated with mineral deficiencies and heavy metal burden. Intravenous nutritional therapy can rapidly lower blood pressure, and when used in conjunction with other lifestyle measures can reduce heart disease risk.
Magnesium IV (Intravenous Infusion):MAGNESIUM is the second most plentiful mineral in the intracellular fluid and the most plentiful cation in the body. Magnesium is involved with more than 300 enzyme systems. The body contains about 25 grams of magnesium, which is divided in roughly equal portions between the skeleton and soft tissue.
Magnesium is used for treating and preventing hypomagnesaemia. It is also used orally as a laxative for constipation and for preparation of the bowel for surgical or diagnostic procedures. Magnesium is also used orally for treating symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis; for cardiovascular diseases including angina, arrhythmias, hypertension, coronary heart disease and hyperlipidemia, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, mitral valve prolapse, vasospastic angina, myocardial infarction, multiple sclerosis; and as an antacid for symptoms of gastric hyperacidity. It is also used orally for treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, pregnancy-induced leg cramps, nocturnal leg cramps, diabetes, kidney stones, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome, altitude sickness, urinary incontinence, kidney stones, restless leg syndrome, and for preventing hearing loss. Magnesium is also used orally by athletes to increase energy and endurance. Intravenously, magnesium is used for controlling seizures associated with epilepsy, glomerulonephritis, or hypothyroidism when low serum magnesium levels are present. It is also used intravenously in the treatment of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, including torsades de pointes, for preventing arrhythmias after myocardial infarction, and for cardiac arrest.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Migrane Headaches
- Neuropathic Pain (Post herpetic neuralgia, Neuropathy, etc)
- Post Operative Pain
- Atrail Fibrillation
- PVC’S (Premature Ventricular Contractions)
- Post Stroke
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Coronary Artery Disease
Cancer IV: Recent studies at the NIH (National Institute of Health), conducted by Harvard Medical School researcher, Mark Levin, M.D. have demonstrated the anti-tumor effect of high dosage IV Vitamin C. This same effect does not occur with oral vitamin C. This therapy was originally developed by Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Linus Pauling, expanded upon by Dr’s. Klenner and Cathcart and, more recently, Hugh Rirodan, M.D. Intravenous, high-dosage Vitamin C also reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation for those receiving conventional medical therapies.
Better Brain IV: IV Nutritional Therapy that combines Glutathione (primary brain anti-oxidant), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Folate, and Cerecomp Homeopathic to improve memory, impaired concentration, depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
Arthritis/Pain IV: IV Nutritional Therapy with anti-inflammatory effect. Helpful for arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and disc disease. IV nutrients including USP Vitamin C, Discus Composition, Trace Minerals, etc.
Liver Detox IV: IV Nutritional Therapy used for liver repair and detoxification. IV Glutathione, ALA, Hepar Compositum, High Dose Vitamin C.
Heart Health IV: IV Nutritional Therapy helpful for atherosclerosis, heart disease, hypertension, etc. iv nutrients including magnesium, trace minerals, cerecomp, pyridoxine, etc.
Defense IV: IV Nutritional Therapy used for viral, bacterial and fungal infections. helpful for sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD, asthma, etc. iv nutrients including therapeutic doses of ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, galium-heel and others.
Allergy/Asthma IV: IV Nutritional Therapy used for asthma, copd, pneumonia, respiratory infections and allergies. IV nutrients include vitamin C, magnesium, mucosa compositum, pyridoxine, etc.
Diabetes IV: IV Nutritional Therapy used to improve glucose metabolism, improve neuropathy, and vascular disease assoc with diabetes. IV nutrients including alpha lipoic acid, folic acid, b12, thiamin, and ubichinon compositum, etc.
Dr. Gallagher’s Cocktail: IV Nutritional Therapy used to increase energy, repair enzyme systems and promote optimum nervous system function. IV nutrients include vitamin C, glutathione, glyoxal compositum, coenzyme compositum, etc.
Digestive IV: IV Nutritional Therapy used to promote gut repair associated with chronic gerd, ulcers, maldigestion and malabsorption, IBS, crohns disease and ulcerative colitis. IV nutrients including mucosa compositum, ala, riboflavin, and other nutrients.
PMS/Menopause IV: IV Nutritional Therapy used for PMS, menopause helpful for mood swings, irritability, insomnia, depression, cramps, etc. IV nutrients including B complex, pyridoxine, magnesium, and cerecomp.