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Globe and Mail July, 2010:

Run-down execs and celebs embrace the vitamin drip


Why Inject Vitamins?

The idea of vitamin injection into the blood stream, is to by-pass the liver and digestive system in order to deliver nutrients directly to the tissues and cells to improve recovery and a return to good health. Also, many diseases cause the body to use nutrients at a faster rate, or to require higher amounts for proper healing. When nutrients are injected intravenously, the digestion is bypassed. Furthermore, the levels in the bloodstream are temporarily increased so that the nutrients are "coaxed" into the cells, and frequently into the mitochondria where they are active. This temporary boost frequently "kick-starts" the cells, so that energy is produced more efficiently in them.

 


 


Intravenous Therapy

Intravenous Therapy delivery of nutrients is an excellent method to provide the body with therapeutic and nutritional agents. When we ingest nutritive supplements in the form of tinctures, pills or capsules, much is lost in the digestive process. When specially prepared nutrients are injected intravenously, they bypass the liver and digestive organs and are available directly through the circulation to the tissues and cells of the body. In chronic and depleted conditions, and where the digestive functions are often compromised, large doses of nutrients call be delivered comfortably and safely as part of an integrated naturopathic treatment program. In acute infections, smaller I.V. doses can be used to enhance immune function.

I.V. therapies at IHA are given by a qualified laboratory assistant, using accepted protocols to ensure safety and effectiveness. Treatments your doctor may recommend range from a simple I.V. push (IVP) to a larger dose of vitamins and minerals. The IVP contains vitamins, minerals and homeopathic medicines which are injected over a 10 to 15 minute period of time. Larger doses of nutrients are given through I.V. drip, which may require one to three hours of relaxing in a pleasant and comfortable environment. Outside of the gentle, initial prick, these treatments are painless and patients enjoy a restful experience as well being improves.

 

I.V.Push or Meyer’s cocktail

Hundreds of physicians in the U.S. and Canada use this therapy, which is largely unknown and not much written about. The Meyers Cocktail or intravenous push (IVP) is named for the late John Myers, M.D., a Maryland physician who used intravenous injections of nutrients to treat his patients.

The idea of vitamin injection into the blood stream, is to by-pass the liver and digestive system in order to deliver nutrients directly to the tissues and cells to improve recovery and a return to good health. Also, many diseases cause the body to use nutrients at a faster rate, or to require higher amounts for proper healing. When nutrients are injected intravenously, the digestion is bypassed. Furthermore, the levels in the bloodstream are temporarily increased so that the nutrients are "coaxed" into the cells, and frequently into the mitochondria where they are active. This temporary boost frequently "kick-starts" the cells, so that energy is produced more efficiently in them.

Many chronic conditions respond to IVPs. In our experience, they are useful in:

  • Patients who get sick constantly with infections may find an increased immune response, with less susceptibility to in acute situations such as viral illnesses.
  • Chronic, deep and persistant infectious conditions
  • chronic allergic problems, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and other conditions can respond with more energy and less symptoms
  • chronic depression, where patients feel an energy boost lasting days or weeks
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • ulcerative colitis; the injections help get necessary nutrients into the cells.
  • Chronic asthma and other lung disease,
  • congestive heart failure
  • Immune enhancement and preventation of colds and flus

. The usual composition of the IVP is:

  • B complex 1 cc
  • Vitamin C 1-10 cc or more, usually 222 mg/cc or 500 mg/cc
  • Magnesium 1-4 cc either 20% chloride or 50% sulfate
  • Dexpanthenol (B5) 1- 2cc
  • Calcium 1-4cc (sometimes not given in cardiac problems or in older patients)
  • Magnesium 1-2 cc
  • Vit. B12
  • B6
  • Homeopathic remedies and/or other substances specific to your condition.

The injections are diluted to 20 or 30 cc. A pediatric butterfly needle is then inserted into a vein, and the injection is given very slowly, at 1-2 cc per minute. Side effects are remarkably rare and almost always are limited to local irritation of the vein.

The most common sensations are heat and flushing (a magnesium effect), and the taste of vitamins soon after the injection is begun. The injections are usually given 1-2 times per week, and beneficial effects are usually felt by the fourth shot. Many patients with chronic conditions choose to continue the injections every 1-4 weeks or when they feel their energy slipping.

Mega C Vitamin infusions

The principles of the Mega C drip is similar to that of the IVP, except much larger doses of Vitamin C (14 – 30 grams) and other vitamins and minerals are used in a drip injection over a period of about 1 ½ to 3 hours, depending on the dosage.

 

This protocol was originally developed by an American physician Dr. Frederick R. Klenner, M.D., in the 1940’s and has been in wide use by naturopathic physicians and alternative physicians since that time.

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) enters all cells. It proceeds to take up the protein coats being manufactured by the virus nucleic acid, thus preventing the assembly of new virus units. Cells expand, rupture and die, but there is no virus particles available to enter and infect new cells. If a virus has invaded a cell, the Vitamin C contributes to its breakdown.

Dr. Klenner: “Unless the white blood cells are saturated with ascorbic acid, they are like soldiers without bullets.”

Vitamin C in vitro at body temperature inactivates certain toxins at a fast rate.  has been Dr. Klenner’s main complaint: failure to benefit from Vitamin C use is usually due to inadequate amounts being used for too short a period of time.

 

It acts as a respiratory catalyst, aids the liver in detoxifying the blood stream of poisons, toxins, viruses and bacteria if the plasma is saturated with Vitamin C.  Fever, toxins and bacteria reduce the level of C.  Therefore, Dr. Klenner theorizes, if a high level of C is maintained, all tissues return to normal despite the fever and the bacteria; and because of its action “as a respiratory catalyst, it enables the body to build up adequate resistance to the invader.”

 

Dr. Klenner states, “The importance of Vitamin C as an antibiotic and as the precursor of antibody formation lack scientific appreciation because of its simplicity.” The medical profession has been reluctant to employ it in massive doses like antibiotics.

Vitamin C is known to be essential for life. He quotes the studies that show that when Vitamin C is given intravenously to patients with a deficiency, fibroblasts begin to form connective tissue and capillary buds invade blood clots within just a few hours. In a similar time frame when used as an antibiotic, fever falls and the white count climbs.