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Nutritional IV Therapies
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What is Nutritional IV Therapy?
Nutritional IV Therapy is the administration of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and/or amino acids directly into the bloodstream to detoxify the body and correct underlying nutritional deficiencies. Patients traditionally consume nutrients in food or pill form. However, circumstances sometimes warrant a more effective delivery of nutrients into the body. Because IV therapy bypasses the digestive system, nutrients are delivered quicker and in optimal concentrations directly to the diseased or nutritionally deficient cells of the body.
Why Use Nutritional IV Therapy?
Whether you want to recover from an illness faster, keep an illness from taking hold, or if you simply want to have better endurance or are looking for overall better health, intravenous (IV) nutrition can help. In addition to helping acutely ill or chronically ill people, IV nutrition can also help athletes to improve performances and speed recovery. There are many benefits and very little risk from IV nutrition.
How Does A Nutritional IV Treatment Work?
IV administration of nutrients can achieve blood concentrations not obtainable with oral (pills or liquid), or even intramuscular (IM) administration. For example, an IV of Vitamin C can raise the blood levels 50 – 100 times higher than what a person can do taking it orally. Because of this, a person doesn’t develop diarrhea, and at these higher blood levels, IV vitamin C can exert effects similar to pharmaceutical drugs such as antivirals (e.g. influenza drugs), antihistamines (e.g. Benadryl or Claritin), or smooth muscle relaxants (e.g. asthma and angina drugs).
IV nutrient therapy may be more effective for correcting nutrient deficits inside cells, where they are needed. In certain disease states, the capacity of nutrients to get in and stay inside the cells may be diminished. IV administration helps get those nutrients inside the cell. If cells are repeatedly “flooded” with nutrients, the improvement may be cumulative in their ability to heal, and improve their illness/condition.
As mentioned above, when treating patients with IV nutrition, some patients get progressively better and after a series of treatments no longer require therapy. Other patients need regular injections in order to better control and counteract their medical conditions. In some cases, continued IV therapy may be necessary because a person’s disease state is too advanced to be reversible, therefore ongoing IV nutritional support is recommended.
Common circumstances when Nutritional IV Therapy can be beneficial:
- General Health Maintenance
- Times when one cannot afford to be Tired or Ill
- Prior to important Events, Meetings or Travel
- Enhanced Athletic Performance
- Speedier Athletic Recovery
- Advanced Aging
- Before & After Surgery
- Bacterial, Viral & Fungal Infections
- Colds & Flu
- Respiratory Infections
- Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
- Food Sensitivities
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Chronic Pain
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Muscle Spasms
- Migraine Headaches
- Tension Headaches
More serious conditions helped by Nutritional IV Therapy can be beneficial:
- Shingles & Chicken Pox
- Lyme & Other Chronic Viral Infections
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Peripheral Vascular Diseases
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Nerve Pain
- Macular Degeneration
What are the side effects?
Though rare, the most common side effects are a transient lowering of blood pressure which may cause warmth, dizziness or faintness. The only known allergic reaction to IV nutrients has been when using those with preservatives, and these reactions are quite rare (we only use preservative-free nutrients!). Some patients may experience burning at the localized IV site. As with any injectable treatment, there is always a risk of infection or phlebitis, although it is also very rare.
How much does IV Nutritional Therapy treatment cost?
How much does IV Nutritional Therapy treatment cost?
Athletes get optimal concentrations of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids quickly and directly into their bloodstream. Learn more at PerformanceIV.com.
What is Ozone?
While ozone is not a magic bullet that will cure everything, a hundred years of research and experience demonstrates Ozone-Oxygen therapy is one of the most powerful and versatile therapies known today.
Ozone therapies are safe and effective. A study showed the side effect rate to be 0.0007% out of over 5.5 million ozone treatments. No pharmaceutical drug come close to this amazingly low rate.
Ozone, the ‘super oxygen’, has beneficial effects on every part of the body, is an incredible detoxifier, rejuvenator, mental and physical energizer, which is great for athletes and non-athletes. Ozone therapy improves blood vessel flexibility and elasticity thereby improving blood circulation and improving oxygen delivery at the cellular level.
Ozone therapy enhances metabolism and energy and helps the following:
- Neutralizes Free Radicals (which contribute to all diseases listed below)
- Heart Disease
- Atherosclerosis & Arterial Blood Vessel Plaque
- Poor Cholesterol / Triglycerides
- Cardiac Insufficiency
- Angina / Claudication
- High Blood Pressure
- Liver Disease
- Immune Enhancer (integral to cancer therapy support)
- Fungal, Viral, and Bacterial Infections (ie flu, common cold, candida)
- Acute and Chronic Sinusitis
- And many, many, many more…
Photos of live blood taken with permission from Healthy Healing
- “The Story of Ozone, Sixth Edition”
- “The Oxygen Prescription – The Miracle of Oxidative Therapies” by Nathaniel Altman
- Another resource is “Ozone, a Medical Breakthrough?” which is a 2009 investigative DVD documentary
- Read about Dr. Yoshi Rahm’s talk on Glutathione and Ozone at the Pasadena California Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation
A Myers’ Cocktail is the most common Nutritional IV Therapy injection and is a healing combination of vitamins and minerals consisting of magnesium, calcium, many B vitamins and vitamin C that are all given through a vein. The Myers’ Cocktail has been used to treat general fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia, relieve acute asthma attacks, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinus infections, seasonal allergies, migraine headaches, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, as well as to support recovery from endurance athletics. Many relatively healthy patients choose to receive periodic Myers’ Cocktail injections because it enhances their overall well-being for variable periods of time.
This cocktail is named after John Myers, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland. He treated patients with IV nutrient therapy for over 25 years. Since then, thousands of patients nationwide have received this cocktail with great benefits.
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One of the biggest reasons to recommend and administer Nutritional IVs is because a person is run down, fatigued, under moderate to severe stress or is at the beginning of an illness such as flu or cold. Many patients respond to treatment with results lasting days to several months. About 50% of the people who are given an IV Myers’ Cocktail for an oncoming flu/cold/respiratory bug get immediate relief and resolution of their illness. Others get a significant reduction in illness severity and length.
Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or fibromyalgia usually improve with weekly or twice monthly injections. In some cases, the improvements are after the first IV, others after 3-4 treatments. Some patients become progressively healthier and eventually stop treatment. Other patients maintain periodic injections to help them function better and restore energy.
The Myers’ Cocktail is beneficial for general health maintenance, aiding athletic performance and recovery, advanced aging, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, congestive heart failure, allergies, gut problems, drug withdrawal, and menstrual cramps, among others.
A strong immune system is essential for survival in our fast-paced lives as we navigate through toxic lifestyles, a toxic environment, and a seemingly endless barrage of viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungi looking to us to set up new colonies. A healthy, disease-resistant body is one that is well nourished, well cleansed, well rested, well exercised, and well balanced.
However, sometimes our go-go, hectic schedule keeps us from our health routines, and our defenses weaken to permit the attack of the latest virus, flu-bug, or bacteria. Let your defenses stay down long enough and more serious diseases like diabetes, fatigue, heart disease, brain diseases, arthritis, and cancer can decline your health.
The Immune Drip is a vitamin and mineral therapy that includes virus and bacteria killing, immune boosting, sinus-clearing doses of Vitamin C, mega-doses of energy-giving B vitamins, tension busting magnesium, and critical trace minerals to help balance and kick the immune system into high gear. This drip is great for those who have important imminent events such as meetings, travels, surgery or athletic events and who cannot afford to be fatigued or ill. Additionally, is good for respiratory infections, sinus infections, acute and chronic Mono (Epstein Barr Virus), shingles, hepatitis and other chronic infections, cancer, nerve disease, sunburns, fatigue, fibromyalgia, asthma, allergies, hives, and arthritis. This therapy is especially useful for patients with viral illnesses for which antibiotics are useless or potentially injurious.
The Immune Drip was created based on the healing legacy of physicians like Dr. Klenner. This therapy is generally well received with few, if any, significant side effects and takes about 45 minutes to complete the first time and can often be given in as little as 20 to 30 minutes thereafter.
Patients known to have G6PD, a genetic deficiency of red blood cell enzymes, should not take large doses of IV vitamin C. G6PD is seen mostly in people from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. If necessary, a simple blood test can determine whether you have G6PD before taking an Immune Drip.
The impressive results of IV vitamin therapies cannot be duplicated with tablets and capsules. The intestinal tract is designed to accept only a specific amount of vitamins and minerals at a time and cannot be forced to absorb more therapy than it can tolerate. The gut expels unabsorbed nutrients through vomiting and diarrhea. High dose vitamin therapy is sometimes necessary to achieve the blood levels necessary to kill viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells. Additionally, sometimes a sick cell is too weak or diseased to absorb nutrients from the blood. IV therapy allows needed vitamins to wash into diseased cells and rehabilitate them back to health.
Megadoses of vitamins are not typically found in natural settings, but neither are off-gassing plastics, diesel fumes, and chocolate ice cream. Sometimes in medicine you need to fight fire with fire; we use unnaturally high, but safe, doses of vitamins to meet the health challenges created by an unnaturally toxic lifestyle.
Glutathione also reduces inflammation, acts as an anti-aging element, increases energy and concentration levels, detoxifies heavy metals and enhances liver function. Additionally, it improves general health, allergies and is beneficial for more serious conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and heart disease, among others.
Read about Dr. Yoshi Rahm’s talk on Glutathione and Ozone at the Pasadena California Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation
Visit Vitamin C to learn more about the benefits of IV Vitamin C.
Visit Vitamin C as a micronutrient learn more about what it does for the body.
Visit Vitamin C as an pro-oxidative therapy to learn more about how the University of Kansas Medical Center is using it with relation to cancer.
Visit Vitamin C as an adjunctive cancer care to learn more about intravenous ascorbic acid as a chemotherapeutic and biological response modifying agent.
B2 (riboflavin): carpal tunnel syndrome, stress, skin problems, muscle cramps, cheilosis (fissuring and scaling of lips and angles of the mouth), sickle cell anemia, cataract, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, decreased immune function, free radical damage.
B3 (niacin): osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Type I diabetes, hypoglycemia (usually precedes Type 2 diabetes), heart disease (with vitamins A & E), schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, various mental illnesses, insomnia, alcoholism, carpal tunnel syndrome.
B5 (pantothenic acid): fatigue, depression, migraine headaches, digestive problems (eg. Vomiting, abdominal cramps), hypoglycemia, loss of nerve function (eg. tingling and/or burning hands or feet), depressed immune function (eg. recurring infections), muscle cramps, skin problems (eg. psoriasis), rheumatoid arthritis, rejuvenates skin and hair, increases stamina, decreases symptoms of allergies and asthma.
B6 (pyridoxine): PMS, irritability, depression, confusion, stomatitis, glosssitis, cheilosis, (fissuring & scaling of lips & angles of the mouth), anemia and neuritis due to drugs, nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, carpal tunnel syndrome.
B9 (folic acid): candidiasis, constipation, prevent birth defects, heart disease and stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, cervical dysplasia, cervical, lung, and colon cancer, depression, mental illness, acne, AIDS, infertility, headaches, cataracts, sickle cell anemia, macrocytic anemia, functions with B12 in many bodily processes.
B12 (cobalamin): fatigue caused by megaloblastic anemia or pernicious anemia, paresthesias (prickling, tingling, and burning) of the hands and feet, weakness, low white blodd cell and platelet counts, unsteadiness, confusion, loss of memory, moodiness, psychosis, reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease (along with B6 & B9).
For further explanation check out a list of Poly-MVA Frequently Asked Questions.
For patients suffering from cardiovascular disease, chelation is usually performed once to twice a week for up to 30 treatments. Those undergoing this protocol can expect to notice a reduction or elimination of the symptoms week by week. Chelation works by increasing circulation to the heart or other areas of the body by reducing inflammation and opening up smaller blood vessels.
Many patients also use chelation to reduce their body’s burden of pollutants such as heavy metals. Heavy metals are found in all of us and sometimes they continue to build up to toxic levels that lead to symptoms or a disease. Many patients with undiagnosed diseases seem to benefit from chelation. Heavy metals can aggravate almost any symptoms and sometimes can even be the cause.
Wonder why kids have so much energy? It is due to their cells being full of active mitochondria (the powerhouse of each cells) that is responsible for creating 90% of our energy. As we age, our cell’s mitochondria begin to lose power. This is where NAD+ IVs can help to re-power the powerhouses of all of your cells.
Scientists started learning about NAD+ therapy in the 1950’s when it was studied for helping with mental disorders such as Schizophrenia. NAD is a B-vitamin derivative and therefore a natural therapy. As such, much of the study and learning about NAD+ was pushed aside since there was no money to be made in a vitamin therapy. Along with the schizophrenia work, it was soon discovered that many patients with chemical addictions (alcohol, drugs, etc) also greatly benefited from NAD+ IV Therapy. From this body of work, came the findings that NAD IV therapy also benefited individuals with anxiety, PTSD, depression and a variety of neurological disorders. In addition, it is now recognized that NAD is THE:
- Anti-Aging Molecule
- Brain & Cognition Molecule
- Mental Clarity Molecule
- Anti-Diabetes Molecule
- Athletic Performance Molecule
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