IV Therapy

Intravenous Nutritional Therapy (Myers Cocktail):

In those individuals who are chronically unwell, oral delivery of nutrients can be inefficient. For that reason, intravenous nutrients are sometimes given. Alan Gaby, M.D. in his definitive textbook Nutritional Medicine outlines the rationale for IV nutritional therapy. In brief, IV administration of nutrients can achieve serum concentrations that are simply not obtainable by oral administration. As an example, Vitamin C will cause a laxative effect at high doses orally, preventing absorption. The marked increase in serum concentration of nutrients provides an opportunity for ailing cells to take up nutrients. This repeated flooding (with repeated IVs) with nutrition can result in a cumulative healing effect. These IVs can be given to “jump start” recovery or as part of an ongoing process of healing. Many patients find that they can “feel” when it’s time for another treatment. Conditions that have responded to intravenous nutritional therapy: Asthma, migraine, fatigue, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica, depression, cardiovascular disease, upper respiratory tract infection, sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, narcotic withdrawal, chronic urticaria (itching), hyperthyroidism. Conditions that are sometimes improved include acute muscle spasms, tension headaches, chronic torticollis, dysmenorrhea and COPD.

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IV Chelation Therapy:

Chelation therapy is used to improve cardiovascular circulation and function. He has several proposed mechanisms of action. It reproduces the total body burden of heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and others. These metals are known to be toxic and, especially in the case of LEAD, had been shown to be independent risk factors of heart disease. Chelation therapy has a significant antioxidant effect as well. Oxygen seven known to damage blood vessels resulting in heart disease. A third mechanism of action is removing calcium from plaque. It is thought that removal of calcium from plaque makes the artery more compliant. Compliance simply means stretchy. A stretchy blood vessel is a blood vessel that can deliver blood more efficiently. A recent study on chelation therapy demonstrated a 39% reduction in cardiovascular events in diabetics and a 37% reduction in individuals with a previous anterior wall heart attack. Overall, there was an 18% reduction in cardiovascular events. However the results of non-diabetics were somewhat disappointing, reducing events by only 0.04%. IV chelation therapy has been used 5000 since physicians around the world to treat cardiovascular disease. It is not uncommon in our clinic to have patients unable to get from their car to the waiting room without having chest pain. After a course of chelation therapy, many of them are walking several miles per day. Ingredients: Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B Complex, EDTA, Sodium Bicarbonate, Lidocaine 2%, Magnesium Sulfate, Heparin and Folic Acid. Chelation Therapy recommendation: two times a week for 15 weeks.

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PlaqueX Therapy:

This is a preparation of phosphatytal choline. The exact mechanism of action of this operation is not fully understood. While it certainly improves oxidative balance, it also appears to improve cell membrane dynamics. In addition, it is thought that PlaqueX can dissolve fatty deposits. Because it is given intravenously, it is thought that it may be clearing out fatty deposits within the vascular tree. Studies have suggested that using PlaqueX can improve the stretchiness of our blood vessels. As discussed above, improving the stretchiness or compliance of blood vessels creates improve blood flow. PlaqueX is often introduced after a course of chelation therapy.

IV Glutathione:

Glutathione is the most important antioxidant that the body actually makes. Most antibiotics that people are familiar with are actually vitamins such as Vitamin C or Vitamin E. If the body cannot make these vitamins, they must be obtained from diet. Glutathione is actually made in the body but is “metabolically expensive” to manufacture. Glutathione can be thought of as the pathway of last resort for protecting the body from toxins and accidents. For that reason, it is common for people who are chronically unwell to be deficient in glutathione. Glutathione can help optimize detoxification and improve oxidative balance. Glutathione has been shown to be very helpful for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure, cognitive deficits, individuals with significant toxic burden and to prevent complications from the long-term use of medications.

High-Dose Intravenous Vitamin C:

Vitamin C has antihistaminic, anti-viral and antibacterial properties. It is been used to fight shingles, Bell’s palsy, other viral infections and even cancer. Concentrations of Vitamin C above 400 mg/dL have been shown to have significant anti-cancer growth effects. However, for the treatment of cancer, it appears to work best in concert with standard chemotherapy. The effects of intravenous Vitamin C appear to be enhanced by co-administration of lipoic acid. Lipoic acid is another powerful antioxidant; however, it has both water and fat soluble properties. High-Dose Vitamin C IV Therapy recommendation: two times a week for 10 weeks.

Intravenous Ketamine:

Low dose intravenous ketamine has been shown to be a very effective treatment for bipolar disease and depression. It has been effective in individuals who have been resistant to multiple medications and multiple cognitive therapies. We often couple intravenous ketamine treatment with other brain enhancement modalities. We offer other comprehensive neurocognitive assessments including quantitative/functional EEG and find intervening based on these results very effective.