What is IV Nutrient Therapy?
IV nutrient therapy is the process of giving vital nutrients to the body via the bloodstream by accessing the vein with a small needle. Treatments range from a 10 minute push to a 3 hour drip depending on what is being given. IV nutrient therapy is a way of getting vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other nutrients into the bloodstream quickly. It takes no work on the part of the digestive system. This is a great benefit for those who have digestive issues or who cannot tolerate oral supplementation. There are also times when the body is so deficient that oral supplementation is not enough. Using the IV route of administration allows for maximum concentration of nutrients to reach tissues that need it the most.
How does it work?
The nutrients in the IV solutions are absorbed directly by your cells without having to go through the digestive process. This means that nutrients are absorbed more quickly and at higher concentrations than oral supplementation. Due to the high concentration of nutrients in the IV solution compared to the cells in your body, the "concentration gradient" allows active transport of the nutrients into every cell rapidly and efficiently, thus stimulating your cells to achieve optimal health.
Having IV nutrient repletion leads to a rapid increase in the nutrient levels in the center of the cells where they are most needed. This can "kick start" the metabolism. Cells now have enough energy to eliminate accumulated toxins. This process may lead to a detoxification reaction, bringing about symptoms of fatigue, nausea, headache and bowel changes. These are temporary. Cellular healing at the root level starts happening when the cells have the nutrients they need to function properly. Homeostasis (a balance of nutrients inside the cells and toxins out of the cells) is achieved quickly and effectively with IV nutrient therapy.
What are the benefits of IV Nutrient Therapy?
IV nutrient therapy has been prescribed for decades for people with malabsorption syndrome (such as gastritis, ulcers, IBS, Crohn's and colitis), heavy metal toxicity, chronic fatigue, infections, mood disorders, neurologic conditions, diabetes, hepatitis, and cancer.
Common Protocols used but not limited to:
The Meyer's Cocktail itself has been effective as an immune system booster in treating the most difficult chronic infections such as Lyme disease, Epstein Barr and Hepatitis. It is also important in management of severe pain associated with chronic degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Often depression, anxiety, insomnia chronic fatigue syndrome and other neurological disorders are helped greatly by the nutrients in the Meyer's Cocktail. Contains Vitamin C, essential minerals, and B vitamins.
IV Vitamin C
High dose IV Vitamin C can be an important adjunctive therapy in treating cancer. Numerous studies have shown that Vitamin C at very high doses intravenously acts as a chemotherapeutic agent specific to cancer cells and not to normal healthy cells. IV Vitamin C can also be used as a powerful agent in treating infections and boosting the immune system. Screening for G6PD deficiency is required before treatment. The vitamin C used is non-corn/GMO based.
Glutathione is the most powerful detoxifier and antioxidant produced by the liver. With repeated inflammation, liver conditions, or environmental stress it can easily become depleted. Research has shown that one of the best methods for bioavailability is by intravenous administration. Glutathione can be combined with Phosphatidylcholine, which potentiates the antioxidant effect of both agents. This combined treatment is commonly used for Hepatitis C and neurologic conditions.
Chelation therapy uses substances that bind to and eliminate toxic metals from the body. The most common metals are lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. The ill effects of heavy metals are numerous, but include conditions such as auto-immunity, thyroid and endocrine disorders, cardiovascular dysfunction, chronic fatigue, poor immune function, poor memory, and environmental sensitivity. Determining the level of heavy metals in the body typically requires a urine test to measure your degree of heavy metal burden. Depending on the type of metals detected, chelation can be done using the appropriate IV or oral chelating agent. Intravenous chelation therapy can remove the atherosclerotic plaque and restore normal vascular function.
Are there any complications from IV Therapy?
Local complications and more systemic complications can occur. Local complications such as pain at the site of injection can occur as well as swelling of the area if the IV fluid has leaked into the surrounding injection site tissue. Bruising can occur at the site of injection. Occasionally, a vein may become irritated or inflamed. This is called phlebitis. Most other local complications will resolve with very little intervention.
Systemic complications include anaphylactic allergy to a substance, vasovagal response (fainting spells), systemic infections, and increase stress on heart and kidneys if there is a previous history of kidney or heart conditions. Generally, IV nutrition therapy is well tolerated with minimum occurrences of complications.