Medical Definitions

IV Infusions

IV VITAMIN C – IV VITAMIN PUSH (MYERS’ COCKTAIL) OR IMMUNE THERAPY

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for the functioning of many systems in the body. When given as an intravenous therapy, it is critical for healing certain diseases. It is used in the immune system, endocrine system, antioxidant enzymes, detoxification system, lipid metabolism, collagen tissue formation and absorption of iron. With so many key uses in the body, physicians have been using high doses of vitamin C for many years in the oral and intravenous delivery to reverse acute and chronic disease. Our practitioners consider vitamin C therapy to be critical for toxicity and immune deficiency syndromes.

We consider vitamin C the wonder nutrient of nature. We’ve been recommending high doses of vitamin C for many years, because it appears to be a universal antitoxin. Studies have shown vitamin C can neutralize many bacterial toxins, including tetanus, diphtheria and snake venom. It can even neutralize strychnine! As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, it can remove toxic metals including lead, mercury and aluminum from the body. Vitamin C is such a powerful protector from disease, I recommend taking an oral dose every day.

The use of vitamin C by intravenous therapy was pioneered by Dr. Fredrick Klenner in the 1950s. He showed that vitamin C in intravenous doses could prevent the fatal effects of many serious diseases such as viral meningitis, insect stings and polio. Since the work of Dr. Klenner, many other physicians, including John Myers, MD, have reproduced this work with similar findings. Some physicians use a dose of up to 200 gms/day of vitamin C by intravenous therapy for immune support related to treating serious diseases like cancer, HIV, acute and chronic infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.

Depending on a patient’s condition, the practitioner may add more minerals and vitamins to further support the immune system.

IV GLUTATHIONE

Glutathione is the antioxidant that is prevalent in every cell in the human body. Glutathione is primarily synthesized in the liver where it is abundantly present.

80-90% of the blood that leaves the stomach and intestines passes through the liver. The blood carries important nutrients to the liver where they are metabolized into substances vital to life. In the same way, exogenous toxic substances reach the liver where they are either activated or transformed into less toxic derivatives. Glutathione plays a crucial role in the liver’s biotransformation system.

Free radicals and oxyradicals play an important role in the development and progression of many brain disorders such as brain injury, neurodegenerative disease, schizophrenia and Down’s syndrome. Glutathione is the brain's master antioxidant and plays an important protective role in the brain. Free radicals and oxidative damage in neurons is known to be a primary cause of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease.

Amyloid plaques encroaching on the brain increase the production of free radicals, or oxidative stress. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E remove the damaging free radicals. Glutathione can prevent the death of brain cells induced by amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's disease.

Taking glutathione itself as a supplement does not boost cellular glutathione levels, since it breaks down in the digestive tract before it reaches the cells. However, intravenous glutathione therapy, along with dietary supplements, is effective in boosting intracellular levels of glutathione.

IV PHOSPHATIDYLCHOLINE

Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is part of group of compounds called phospholipids. Phospholipids are essential components of cell membranes. PC acts as a supplier of choline, which is required for cell membrane integrity and to facilitate the movement of fats in and out of cells. It is also a component of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is necessary for normal brain functioning. Although the human body can synthesize choline, additional amounts beyond what can be supplied by the diet are essential under certain circumstances. The liver utilizes choline as its primary source of fuel (triglycerides).

Phosphatidylcholine levels in brain cell membranes decline with age, perhaps contributing to memory loss. Several studies using healthy volunteers have shown an improvement in memory and cognitive function after using phosphatidylcholine to increase acetylcholine levels. This supplement seems to work best when it's used on a preventive basis, or when the memory disorder is relatively mild.

Phosphatidylcholine has even been evaluated in Parkinson’s disease (Tweedy 1982). Phosphatidylcholine increases brain function and slows the progression of Parkinson's disease.

Other major uses for PC include Alzheimer's disease, peripheral neuropathy and other neurological disorders; gallbladder attacks; hepatitis and other liver disorders; high cholesterol; liver disorders; tardive dyskinesia; chronic fatigue syndrome and related disorders, and for detoxification.

EDTA CHELATION THERAPY

Chelation therapy is a recognized treatment for heavy metal (such as lead) toxicity. EDTA, injected into the blood, will bind the metals and allow them to be removed from the body in the urine.

EDTA infusion, which has the ability to remove metal ions, stops or slows metals that are significant causes of free radical production. In removing metals, local toxicity is reduced and enzyme production and function improves. We should not underestimate the role of toxic metal ions in the body, whether these are of lead, mercury, cadmium, copper, iron or aluminum. Once these have been chelated by EDTA and removed from their deposition sites, free radical activity and consequent disruption of metabolic function is largely prevented. Once this has happened normal enzyme function resumes.

A further well¬-established effect of EDTA infusion involves the improvement of cell membrane integrity and consequent protection of mitochondria activity. If this is happening in the heart muscle itself, such improvement in cell function (enhanced energy production via enhanced mitochondria activity) often allows a strong chance of salvaging and regenerating previously damaged muscle function, with benefits to the heart and therefore the body as a whole.

 

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