Intravenous therapies, or IVs, offer the ability to get much higher blood levels of certain nutrients, antioxidants, or other compounds than is possible by oral supplementation. This allows the various substances to better penetrate into the body’s cellular tissues and helps the body to assimilate key nutrients where it matters most, deep in the cellular structures.
Our medical director is “Certified in Chelation Therapy” by the prestigious American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM). We have three Registered Nurses on staff who specialize in customized IV therapies.
Custom IV Mixtures
Give your body what it needs for more energy. A custom blend of vitamins provides the ingredients for cellular energy and adrenal strength.
For the weekend warrior, professional athlete, or anyone who wants to improve their recovery after exercise. We mix vitamins for cellular energy, anti-oxidants to help mop up inflammation and amino -acids for muscle recovery.
Prepare for cold and flu season or help recover from illness, injury or surgery. This mixture is dynamite for helping your immune system function at it’s best. We recommend this IV at the first sign of illness to help turn it around and also during and after illness to help recovery.
Remove toxic heavy metals with special “chelation” agents that bind tightly to remove metals from the tissues which are then are safely excreted.
Boost collagen production in the skin to help maintain that youthful glow. Our skin, hair and nails rely on certain vitamins for great health. We recommend this IV blend for prevention or after skin procedures such as laser or micro-needling to accelerate recovery and boost the treatment benefits.
Migraine headaches respond well to IV magnesium which relaxes the inflamed, spasmed arteries that cause headache pain. This is a quick IV that typically will stop a migraine in it’s tracks.
Sometimes a little extra fluid is needed and this simple IV will quickly restore the body’s needs. Alone or added to any of the other IVs this is a sure way to hydrate.
Specific IV Formulations
For prolonged IV therapies consider getting a special IV called a “central venous catheter” inserted which can remain in place for years. This has the advantage of being accessed without needing a needle stick for every peripheral IV. It is also makes it possible to do IV therapies at home, saving patients lots of time and money that can be utilized for additional treatments.
Named after the late Dr John Myers, MD, a pioneer in IV nutrient therapy, the original formula has undergone several changes but the essential mix remains the same and the Myers cocktail is still the benchmark recipe for IV therapies.
The Myers consists of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C, has been found to be effective against acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, cardiovascular disease, and other disorders.
High dose Vitamin C
Vitamin C (ascorbate, ascorbic acid) is a major water-soluble antioxidant that also increases collagen production, is important for proper immune cell functioning, plays key roles in L-Carnitine synthesis, cholesterol metabolism, cytochrome P-450 activity, and neurotransmitter synthesis.
High dose IV vitamin C (IVC) makes it possible to achieve blood levels up to 100x higher than possible with oral supplementation, which allows rapid restoration of vitamin C in body tissue. IVC is found to be beneficial for boosting immune function, recovery from surgery and illness, and published case studies report anti-cancer efficacy, improved patient well-being, and decreases in markers of inflammation and tumor growth.
We follow the “Riordan Protocol” when treating patients with cancer as the Riordan Clinic Research Institute (RCRI) has been researching the potential of intravenous vitamin C therapy for over thirty years. Their efforts have included in vitro studies, animal studies, pharmacokinetic analyses, and clinical trials. You’ll need to get the initial IVs at the office so we can titrate the dose up and check blood levels. Once your dose has you in range then you can start doing them at home. Ideal is 3x/week.
IV ozone is given 2x/week and about 5-6 weeks into treatment patients typically start feeling better at which point they either continue with regular maintenance IVs or they are well enough to stop ozone. The procedure is quite simple and involves drawing 50-250mL of blood via an IV catheter then mixing the same amount of ozone directly into the blood and finally infusing the ozonated blood back into the patient. The whole procedure takes about 45 minutes.
Glutathione is known as the “mother of all antioxidants” for good reason. It reduces the amount of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxidative stress in the body while regenerating other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E. It also turns down the expression of inflammation provoking genes.
Just about every chronic illness, as well as normal aging, is associated with lowered glutathione levels. Patient’s often follow the Myers infusion with glutathione for an extra boost.
Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory compound, not only squelching inflammation directly but also turning off genetic switches that increase inflammation. It has been shown to help treat cancer by increasing cancer cell death, slowing new blood vessel growth, and detoxing the body.
Another potent anti-oxidant, alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a fatty acid found in the body’s producers of cellular energy, the mitochondria. It has shown benefit for various forms of oxidation and inflammation. These effects protect against heart diseases, liver diseases, diabetes, and neurological decline associated with aging.
Berkson protocol – Alpha-Lipoic-Acid with LDN
We prescribe low dose naltrexone (LDN) along with IV alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) following a protocol developed by Dr Berkson.
We start the ALA at 40mg and increase to 80, then 160, then a maintenance dose of 320mg. It can lower blood sugar so we monitor that along the way and you always want to have a little snack beforehand. Ideal is 3x/week on opposite days from IV vitamin C. You should take oral ALA 2x/day along with this protocol and we have a “liposomal” form that is best absorbed.
Amino acids are basic building blocks used in the body to build proteins, such as muscle and other tissue, and they also serve as precursors to neurotransmitters. Humans utilize 20 amino acids and 9 of those are called “essential” because we can’t synthesize them and they must be obtained from our diet.
Amino acid therapy may be used to treat a variety of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, addictions, migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and more.
NAD is short for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide. NAD is derived from vitamin B3 or niacin and is essential for cells to make energy. When a hydrogen atom (H) is attached NAD is converted to active NADH. By then contributing the hydrogen to react with oxygen NADH helps generate energy stored in a chemical form known as ATP or adenosine triphosphate. ATP is fuel for the body, especially heart and skeletal muscle, and brain function.
Low NAD is associated with numerous conditions including chronic fatigue, weakness and pain, drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic diseases in general.
NAD given intravenously is a powerful way to restore cellular energy systems, increase energy, and relieve mood disturbances, pain, and addiction.
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With a long history of use in medicine for anesthesia and pain relief, ketamine is proving to be somewhat of miracle for many with intractable pain or depression. With some studies showing 70% success in breaking the cycle of severe depression and suicidal ideation, ketamine is a truly a life-saver.
We usually start with a one hour infusion that will typically provide benefits for several days, working up to 3-4 hour infusions that seem to benefit patients for a week or more. With repeat sessions we see these periods of relief extend further. Ketamine is truly a miracle treatment for those with pain or mood disorders that don’t seem to respond to any traditional medications.
Chelation of heavy metals
Toxic heavy metals, especially lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic, are common waste products in the environment and have documented potential for serious health consequences. These metals are considered systemic toxicants that are known to induce multiple organ damage, even at lower levels of exposure, and they are also classified as human carcinogens.
Chelation comes the Greek word for “claw” meaning “to grab” which is what chelating agents do with heavy metals that are bound to the body tissue. A chelating agent binds stronger than the body tissue thus pulling some of the metal out of the tissue from whence it can be safely eliminated. A series of IVs can be given to aggressively remove heavy metals from the body.
Chelation for artery health
Chelation has been used by clinicians for decades to improve artery health. Conditions such as heart disease and peripheral artery disease are observed to improve with chelation therapy. Beyond clinical experience, with clinical trials and anecdotal evidence of benefit, the landmark Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) study was the largest ever randomized controlled trial to show benefit for artery disease. In the TACT study, the chelation treatment reduced the recurrent cardiac events in diabetic patients by 41 percent, the number of heart attacks by 50 percent and deaths by 43 percent over five years.
If you are over age 50 and have diabetes and heart disease then you may qualify for the TACT2 study. Contact our office for more information.