IV Therapy: Facts vs. Fiction

(American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) Blog; https://blog.a4m.com/iv-therapy-facts-vs-fiction/; dated 11/2/2016)

Intravenous (IV) therapy is known to be the fastest way to deliver any kind of fluid or medication to the body, yielding a bioavailability absorption of 100%. This practice has also demonstrated quantifiable benefits in the realm of healthcare and wellness, particularly regarding nutrition: IV nutritional therapy, in which vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream, has been documented to increase energy, enhance the strength of the immune system, counter anxiety and stress, and ultimately act as a preventive aging measure.

While modern (IV) therapy is less than a century old, it was known that medications could be injected into veins as early as the 1600s. In 1831, Dr. Thomas Latta’s studies on the symptoms and diagnostic treatment of the cholera epidemic led him to discover the use of IV saline infusions. More than a century later, in the 1950s, the modern intravenous drip technique was further developed and made more widely accessible—eventually established as routine medical practice.

The idea that IV nutritional therapy can restore and rejuvenate the overall body originated with the Myers cocktail, created by physician John Myers—a technique that is still commonly used. This vitamin therapy combines a mix of minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, and a host of other vitamins that collectively ‘recharge’ the body within a matter of minutes.

Because IV administration of nutrients can achieve blood concentrations that are impossible to obtain orally, it offers a variety of meaningful health benefits, in addition to therapeutic and preventative effects. As our bodies are often dehydrated and malnourished due to lack of exercise and poor eating habits, IV vitamin therapy can help offset many health drawbacks. Moreover, for patients with digestive or malabsorption issues, IV nutrient therapy can be effectively life-changing, as the body can successfully and efficiently utilize the nutrients that support the major bodily systems.

IV therapy does not only help alleviate stress and boost energy but can also be used for more serious and chronic diseases. Research has shown that vitamin C infusions prolong survival times, and improve quality of life, in cancer patients.

While IV therapy has its detractors and critics, it cannot be denied that it has been a successful form of treatment for a wide array of health conditions. As more people incorporate IV therapy into their lifestyles, it will likely become a progressively more routine practice from which patients can see immediate benefits.

Chelation Therapy (Calcium EDTA and Disodium EDTA)

What can Chelation Therapy do for you:

  • Removes heavy metals throughout the circulatory system (including lead)
  • Restores blood flow
  • Prevents/reverses hardening of the arteries
  • Reduces plaque buildup
  • Stimulates parathyroid hormone activity
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Fights free radical damage
  • Reduces presence of plutonium radiation toxicity
  • Controls levels of various environmental toxins
  • See TACT Study (https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.113.000663)

Glutathione IV Therapy

Glutathione Benefits:

  • A very important antioxidant
  • Reduces effects of stress
  • Removes free radicals from the body
  • Increases energy
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Improves mental focus and clarity
  • Improves the skin
  • Can prevent or reverse alcohol related symptoms (i.e. cirrhosis, hepatitis)
  • Detoxifies the liver and cells
  • Improves damage in stroke victims
  • Is an important chelator for lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic
  • Improves immune function
  • Can help improve Parkinson’s Symptoms
  • Detoxifies free radicals in the brain
  • Reduces oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Reduces muscle and joint discomfort
  • Anti-aging (slows the aging process)
  • Increases athletic performance and recovery

Magnesium IV Therapy

 Magnesium Benefits:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Relieve migraines
  • Improve asthma and allergy symptoms
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Fight depression
  • Help reduce PMS
  • Help prevent Type 2 Diabetes
  • Good for bone health
  • Aides calcium absorption
  • Reduce the risk of abnormal heart rhythm

Methycobalamine – Vitamin B12

 B12 Benefits:

  • Acts as a cofactor for a number of enzymes
  • Provides functional support for neurons
  • Increases available physical energy
  • Encourages detox-removal of heavy metals, environmental toxins, and waste products
  • Supports brain health
  • Aides in red cell production

MIC B12 (Methionine, Inositol, Choline) Injections

 Benefits of MIC B12:

  • Reduces stored fat
  • Enhances metabolism improving fat burning
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improves functioning of the liver and gallbladder
  • Preserves lean muscle
  • Provides superior absorption of essential nutrients
  • Improves liver detoxification
  • Improves mood and mental clarity

Myers’ Cocktail / BBag IV Therapy

Conditions and Diseases that may benefit from treatment:

  • Asthma
  • Migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Narcotic Withdrawal
  • Muscle Spasms

Additional Benefits:

  • Effective against immune deficient disorders (Fibromyalgia, etc.)
  • Increases energy
  • Creates homeostasis and overall sense of well-being
  • Improves athletic performance

NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) IV Therapy

Known NAD Benefits: 

  • Better concentration, improve your memory, more mental clarity, improve mood, decrease depression
  • Chronic fatigue- powers up the mitochondria for more energy and lessens overall fatigue
  • Helps metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids
  • Shown to reduce pain by regulating inflammation
  • Oxidative activity reduced-can slow aging process and help improve the appearance of skin
  • Helps restore muscle function

Vitamin C

Known Benefits of High Dose Vitamin C:

  • A natural antihistamine
  • Chelator for heavy metals
  • Antioxidant which is very effective for healing, including burns
  • Anti-viral
  • Antibacterial