IV NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
The use of vitamins is commonplace in our society. IV nutritional therapy is the process of administering vitamins, minerals and nutrients directly into the bloodstream via an intravenous line (IV). This is the most efficient way of administration for any compound or medication (think of IV antibiotics and how much better they work than oral antibiotics). Ingesting vitamins even with a healthy intestinal tract only allows for 10-25% absorption of nutrients, minerals and vitamins. In addition, once absorbed the liver processes and destroys many of the orally ingested vitamins in a process called “first pass metabolism”. IV nutritional therapy bypasses the gut and the liver, administering 100% of the nutrient directly into the bloodstream. It is the most efficient method of delivery.
Another major advantage of IV Nutritional Therapy is that many of the vitamins and nutrients we need only reach their peak effect at very high blood concentrations. Vitamin C, for example, can preferentially kill cancer cells, but only if the concentrations can reach 120-200 mg/Dl. The maximum Vitamin C level we can reach by oral intake is only 9.5 mg/Dl (a dose of 2500 mg of oral Vitamin C will reach approximately 2 mg/Dl). This effect is due in part to an osmotic gradient: high concentrations of a vitamin in the blood causes more of that vitamin to enter a cell, the site of its action. Most of the other vitamins and nutrients we infuse have been shown in numerous studies in the scientific literature to be very useful in a wide variety of medical conditions at higher blood concentrations (see below). Again, these high concentrations cannot be attained by oral intake.
In addition to treating existing medical conditions, regular infusions of antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Glutathione and others, can be used to simply prevent and even reverse oxidative damage to cells and the body. The process of oxidative damage is responsible for aging, systemic inflammation, the atherosclerotic plaques of heart disease and stroke, and cancer.
All of the IV therapies delivered at IV for Life are specifically tailored to each individual patient by Dr. Popa after a thorough history, physical and laboratory examination.
INDICATIONS FOR IV NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
- Chronic Fatigue
- Bacterial and Viral Infections (acute & chronic)
- Flu symptoms
- Herpes virus
- EBV, CMV, etc.
- Enhanced Athletic Performance and Recovery
- Anti-Aging & Preventative
- Chronic Stress
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Autoimmune Disorders: Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Pre and Post Operatively – wound healing
- Macular Degeneration
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Malapsorptive Syndromes (IBS, Crohn’s)
And many others…
EXCERPTS FROM SUZANNE SOMERS’ BOOK “Breakthrough”
“Every month I go to Dr. Michael Galitzer for my tune-up. He tests me for fatigue and to see that all my organs are working optimally. Any gland that shows weakness or fatigue is the one we target with appropriate intravenous treatments.
If I’ve been traveling a lot during the month, which usually involves airplanes, changing time zones, restaurant food, more wine that usual, coupled with the stress that is part and parcel of my lifestyle and work, I find it comforting to go to the doctor to stay well and build up with vitamin C and glutathione intravenously. Sometimes we do chelation if I have been around people who are smoking.”
“Most often Dr. Galitzer will give me an intravenous vitamin C drip. The relationship between vitamin C and body toxicity is complex. People deficient in vitamin C are more susceptible to environmental pollutants and exposure to toxins like lead or benzene will deplete a persons vitamin C stores. Evidence also suggests that vitamin C deficiency hampers the bodies own detoxification process. Vitamin C also functions as a free radical scavenger, neutralizing the amino suppressant toxins produced by infectious diseases. Free radicals are what gives us cancer. Antioxidants like vitamin C eat free radicals.”
Page 188…Interview with Dr. Russell Blaylock
RB: “The number one detoxification is to stop exposing yourself. And then you do simple things to stimulate repair…DHA, a lot of B vitamins, thiamine, B6, niacinamide help. They play a big role. Also, B12 and Folic Acid help you repair the damage; selenium is very important because as your immune system repairs itself it helps repair the brain as well. These things help reduce inflammation and, as you know, chronic inflammation is what leads to most diseases. If you look at diabetes, arteriosclerosis, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, they are all associated with chronic inflammation… ”
People don’t realize how much you increase DNA damage from free-radical generation as you get older. Your DNA oxidative damage at age 70 is about 15 times higher than at age 25. That means you have to re-supply the antioxidant network, not just a few antioxidants. The best defense a person can have is to massively improve their antioxidants. And to understand that antioxidants work as a network, not individually. This is where the medical profession goes wrong when they do a study and they say “We’ll give them vitamin E and see what happens”. If you have diabetes and you’re producing enormous numbers of free radicals and you’re given just vitamin E or vitamin C, what happens is that the single vitamin becomes oxidized itself and then becomes a free radical! That’s why you need the whole network: vitamin C, vitamin E, all the flavonoids, and B vitamins and zinc, selenium…then that network of antioxidants will neutralize all the different types of free radicals, because there’s not just one free radical, there are dozens and dozens of types of free radicals. Each antioxidant neutralizes a specific group of these free radicals and that’s why they work as a network. Plus your body has inborn antioxidant enzymes and these enzymes decrease in activity as you get older. Then if you develop disease, these enzymes decrease further and the toxins significantly decrease their activity. But you can change that (with antioxidants).”
Page 276…Interview with Dr. Prudence Hall
PH: “That’s exactly right. We make free radicals mainly in the liver, but also in every cell in the body. If a toxin is brought into the liver (as in diet sodas and chemicals), there are 2 phases of liver detoxification; in phase one, oxygen attaches to the toxin (that is actually what a free radical is- toxin and oxygen); then in phase 2 molecules like glutathione and sulfur are attached to make it non-toxic. This is how it’s all supposed to work. This is our body doing its magnificent protective healing. But- and here’s the big but- if phase 2 of the liver isn’t working quickly enough (because you are consuming chemical-laden food, diet sodas, over exercising), you start developing a lot of free radicals, and free radicals are where we get disease- cancer, etc. If you take in a lot of toxins the second phase of the liver just can’t handle it. This is why I stress my patients take antioxidants…”