'Intravenous therapies' refer to the administration of various solutions into the bloodstream of a patient via a needle injection into their vein. Many patients who have been in hospital have had a tiny 'butterfly' needle inserted into their hand to administer fluids. This is an illustration of an 'intravenous' (I.V.) injection.
The term 'I.V. therapies' actually refers to a vast array of therapies used to treat everything from cancer(s) to immune disorders, cardiovascular (heart and circulatory) diseases, Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and infections. The chelation therapy (also listed and discussed on the 'Services' page of this website) can also be administered via I.V. injection, but is not included in the discussion below.
The term 'I.V. therapies' used at the Millennium Health Centre is actually more of an 'umbrella' term encompassing many different therapies that inject a variety of solutions into the body to treat the conditions mentioned above and below. They are often referred to as 'nutrient therapies', as the solutions injected are combinations of various vitamins, minerals, amino acids, natural substances and (occasionally) plant extracts.
While a new concept to many patients, these 'nutrient' therapies have a considerable amount of use and published medical study. Dr. Jonathan Wright M.D. of the renowned Tahoma Clinic in the U.S.A. is one of the pioneers in the usage of these therapies and readers can find a tremendous amount of information about the I.V. treatments used at the Millennium Health Centre by searching Dr. Wright's website at http://www.wrightnewsletter.com. Likewise, Dr. Alan Gaby M.D. has written and lectured extensively upon the use of such therapies, especially the 'Myer's Cocktail' and its use in treating immune disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Internet searches on Dr. Gaby M.D. and I.V. nutrient therapies will reveal much information on this subject. Alternatively, readers could search the Townsend Newsletter journal for information on chelation, Intravenous therapies and their various applications. The Townsend is available at http://www.townsendletter.com
Now, how these nutrient I.V. therapies 'work' is by rapidly replacing and/or increasing levels of nutrients required for the biochemical functioning of the body. While pharmaceutical drugs work by manipulating chemical reactions within the body, I.V. therapies work by infusing the nutrients used to 'fuel' the reactions in the first place. By giving the body the 'ingredients' it needs to work, the body can then 'take over' and repair itself and return to proper functioning. This is a far cry from giving a medication to treat the symptoms of a condition.
I.V. therapies replace the nutrients, vitamin, mineral or natural chemicals whose deficiency cause a condition to occur. Their primary advantage is that, unlike oral pills (of the same ingredients injected into the bloodstream), they bypass the need for intestinal absorption and liver metabolism. This advantage is crucial. Many patients have impaired abilities to digest and fully absorb oral supplements of vitamins, natural medicines etc. In fact, with conditions such as Fibromyalgia, compromised nutrient absorption is a common causative factor found in many patients with the condition. By not absorbing the nutrients consumed in foods or nutritional supplements, these patients end up with a deficiency of the nutrients required to produce energy (called ATP) in their cells. Muscles lack the nutrients required for proper functioning and their immune cells can, likewise, become impaired.
By injecting these core nutrients, vitamins, minerals and natural chemicals straight into the bloodstream, impaired intestinal absorption is no longer of concern. The patient gets 100% of the intended nutrients immediately into their blood and, hence, tissues and organs. This concept is described in the following excerpt from Dr. Hoffman M.D.'s website. Dr. Hoffman is a past president of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (the organization that teaches doctors how to use I.V. treatments and chelation therapy) and his website is available at http://www.drhoffman.com. On this site he discussed "intelligent I.V.s" and he wrote the following to describe how I.V.s achieve their results. He wrote:
"Why intravenous and not oral?
Intravenous administration of nutrients bypasses digestion, and processing by the liver. Keep in mind that everything we swallow must first be digested and passed through the portal vein to the liver, where nutrients will be disseminated to the rest of the body. That makes it difficult to use effective enough doses to bring forth a quick physiological change. Further, intravenous therapy creates "tissue saturation", the ability to get the nutrients where we want them, directly in the circulation, where they can reach body tissues at a high doses, without loss.
The last few words of the above paragraph are very important to understand. Did you know that almost 90% of the glutamine consumed in the human diet is used by the cells that line the intestinal tract (enterocytes) as a source of energy and only 10% reaches the circulation? Did you know that only roughly 30 to 40% of the magnesium taken orally is absorbed? Now imagine being ill, having a magnesium deficiency, and poor digestion. What do you think the odds are of fixing that problem with oral magnesium supplementation and digestive enzymes alone? The outcome would not be very good to say the least. Mildred Seelig, Ph.D., renowned researcher of magnesium, predicts it would take 6 months to normalize magnesium levels in a woman who is magnesium deficient with oral supplementation. At the Hoffman Center, we carefully measure magnesium and find that many patients with low magnesium who take just oral supplements do not normalize. The bottom line is that intravenous therapy speeds up the process of nutrient repletion, can deliver higher doses of key nutrients than oral administration, and bypasses digestion allowing for tissue saturation".
More important than absorption and saturation, however, is the ability for doctors to administer dosages of these various nutrients in amounts that could not be consumed by using oral pills. As with the vitamin C ('ascorbate') therapies discussed below, some patients are given 50 to 100 grams (ie. 50,000 mg to 100,000 mg) of Vitamin C in one treatment lasting 1 ½ to 2 hours. This ability is of significant medical value, as shown in the Vitamin C research in the treatment of cancer. When the U.S. government's National Health Institute published its findings in March, 2006 showing the I.V. treatment's ability to reverse terminal cancers, they noted the error of a previous study that failed to show the power of the treatment. The former study used oral pills of vitamin C and the National Health Institute called such an error a 'pharmaceutical 101 type of error' (meaning pretty silly or basic type of error). The point is that I.V. therapies work by getting substantial amounts of a medicine, straight into the bloodstream (without losing most through poor intestinal absorption) and in amounts that exceed what could ever be absorbed if taken in pills.
While the value and popularity of I.V. therapies are receiving increasing amounts of media and internet coverage, few doctors are trained and/or familiar with these treatments. The case of the National Health Institute's findings on the use of Vitamin C in curing cancer is an example of this reality. Accordingly, patients are rarely told of existing I.V. treatments capable of treating their various illnesses.
While both Medical Doctors and Naturopathic Doctors are able to administer these therapies, Naturopathic Doctors tend to be more aware of these therapies and how to use them. This being said, Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario can only provide these therapies after having completed additional training and licensure. The Millennium Health Centre is eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and northern New York State's only provider of these therapies.
There are literally dozens of I.V. therapies to treat everything from cancer to autism. Readers must note that these are not 'alternative' therapies. They are drawn from research of mainstream medical research, as well as the clinical experience (of several decades) of renowned medical doctors.
While many I.V. treatments exist, the following give a general overview of therapies commonly used at the Millennium Health Centre:
- Cancer (such as the intravenous Vitamin C therapies studied by the U.S. National Health Institute and published in the March 28, 2006 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal) - see the 'Articles' page and click on the article entitled "Canadian Medical Journal Reports Cancer Remissions With Same Intravenous Therapy Used By Local Doctor". This article gives an overview of this effective cancer therapy. Readers can also search the internet with keywords including 'Intravenous Vitamin C, Cancer and National Health Institute'.
- Alzheimer's, Parkinsons and A.L.S. - Dr. David Perlmutter M.D. (a Florida neurologist) have developed several intravenous programs for these conditions. The Millennium Health Centre provides these therapies and encourages all readers to view Dr. Perlmutter's website for a full explanation - go to the "Links' page and click on Dr. Perlmutter's link.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia - a treatment pioneered by Dr. Myer's M.D. and subsequently developed by Drs. Wright and Gaby have an extensive track record in treating conditions ranging from Chronic fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia to chronic headaches, weakened immune systems, arthritis and depression. A full explanation of this type of intravenous treatment can be found on the 'Articles' page - article is entitled "The 'Myer's' Cocktail: An Intravenous Therapy For Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Compromised Immunity and Much More".
Readers may also click on the link to read Dr. Jonathan Wright M.D.'s discussion of the Myer's Cocktail. (http://www.wrightnewsletter.com/etips/ht200504/ht20050418.html)
Readers can visit Dr. Wright's website at http://www.wrightnewsletter.com.
- Heart Disease, Impaired Circulation, Angina - extensive medial research exists describing the benefits of certain amino acids in the treatment of heart and circulatory disorders. This is an area of focus for the Millennium Health Centre.
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivities - increasingly patients are seeing doctors complaining of fatigue, headaches, muscles pains, impaired memory and concentration, anemia and many other symptoms. Upon evaluation they are often found to have 'normal' blood tests, but frequently describe negative reactions (immediate headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath etc.) when exposed to perfumes, fumes, strong odors, cleaning products etc.
For these patients, testing exists to find out if one of the causes of their symptoms is a 'toxic' accumulation of chemicals in their bodies (see the 'Functional Medicine and Diagnostic Testing' and the U.S. Biotek website for details about the 'Environmental Pollutants Panel'). If these are found, recognized intravenous protocols exist to stimulate the elimination of these from the patient's body.
A large number of other intravenous therapies exist to treat macular degeneration, high blood pressure, chronically weakened immune systems, acute or chronic infections, various types of fatigue, depression and much more.
While a proper discussion requires a personal discussion, readers can get an overview of intravenous therapies by reading the article listed on this site's 'Articles' page entitled "Intravenous Therapies: From Cancer To Chronic Fatigue- Nutrient Injections To Reverse Advanced Disease States".