Everyone from athletes to those suffering chronic diseases may benefit from vitamin IV drip therapy
Think of a vitamin IV drip as a shotgun approach to a nutrient fix when you feel like you’re slip slidin’ away, stressed, or fatigued. Hitting the drip has become a convenient therapy for fast, dramatic results to improve mood, or to help remedy chronic poor health and acute diseases.
Vitamin IV drip has also become popular lately for minor episodes, chronic fatigue, stress, surgical recoveries, and even hangovers. IV drips have a history. They are a spinoff of earlier IV drip therapies for serious ailments and diseases.
In the beginning, health practitioners focused on oral applications of vitamins and minerals in high quantities. Then they went to IV drip for better, faster results, thanks mostly to John Myers, M.D., who developed and used the IV drip known as the Myers’ cocktail, containing magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins, and vitamin C in 1970.
The Mostly Unknown Evolution of IV Drip Medicine
Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D., founder of the holistic Tahoma Clinic in Washington state, has been a pioneer of vitamin and mineral therapy since the late 1970s. He explains when using oral supplements alone, it routinely takes considerably longer to recover from ailments ranging from pneumonia to cancer. With the IV drips, however, improvement is always more substantial and much quicker.
Vitamins and minerals applied in large doses with IV drips were clinically explored during the 1970s after the Myer’s cocktail caught on with some doctors.
After his vitamin C discoveries, two-time Nobel Laureate, Linus Pauling, Ph.D., coined the term “Orthomolecular medicine” in 1968, which is defined as “the theory that illness can be treated and health maximized by creating the optimal molecular environment for the cells of the body through the introduction of natural substances.”
In other words, vitamin and mineral supplements correctly selected and administered at the right doses can reverse conditions for which pharmaceutical drugs are purportedly developed, with less expense and without adverse side effects.
Using high dose supplementation for curing instead of pharmaceuticals was known as far back as 1938 when it was realized that niacin (vitamin B3) was useful for treating schizophrenia. During the 1950s, psychiatrist Dr. Abram Hoffer developed niacin and other supplements further for treatments of many other mental disorders.
Despite Dr. Hoffers scientific studies, published journals, and clinical results, the medical establishment mostly ignored or attacked his findings. Dr. Hoffer then published several books on natural vitamin/mineral therapies eschew pharmaceutical drugs from 1960 through 2008.
Orthomolecular patients that stick with the program no longer require them, and that’s bad for the American Medical Association (AMA) and its major influence: the pharmaceutical business. Trillions of dollars are involved.
Even before orthomolecular medicine was established for psychiatry in the 1950s, North Carolina small town family doctor, Frederick Klenner, M.D., was using high doses of ascorbate vitamin C with intramuscular injections and IVs for young polio victims and patients with several other diseases at very high recovery rates.
Dr. Klenner took his case reports for polio to an Annual Session of the AMA on June 10, 1949 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His clinical case reports were ignored. Dr. Klenner asserted, “Ascorbic acid is the safest and most valuable substance available to the physician” and that patients should be given “large doses of vitamin C in all pathological conditions while the physician ponders the diagnosis.”
That didn’t go very far. The practitioners of orthomolecular medicine had to circle the wagons and administer IV drip vitamin C under the guise of boosting patients’ nutrition and immune systems. Curing anything with vitamin C, however administered, is not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) simply because it’s not a patentable synthetic drug made by a pharmaceutical company. The FDA is an agency many consider the pharmaceutical industry’s best friend.
The mega-dose IV approach started originally with vitamin C administered at amounts ranging from 25 to 100 grams daily. That translates to 25 to 100 thousand milligrams (mg) in one sitting, a half-hour to an hour. Bowel tolerance for vitamin C ranges from five to 10 grams taken orally, which means about 10 times the amount of vitamin C that can be administered orally can be taken through IV!
In addition to bypassing bowel tolerance issues, the vitamins are directly taken into the bloodstream, paving the way for rapid cellular absorption.
Radiation Rescue With Nutritional IV Drips
An Orthomolecular group in Japan pulled off an amazing experiment among Fukushima cleanup workers, proving how mega-doses of IV vitamin C could prevent and even reverse extreme radiation poisoning. They took 17 workers and administered 25 grams (25,000 mg) of vitamin C by nutritional IV drips to one group before they were exposed to intense radiation in their clean up mission, while another group was exposed without this protection.
The protected workers had no DNA damage markers and low cancer risk scores, while those unprotected demonstrated DNA damage and high cancer risk scores. Not to worry, those who suffered radiation damage were treated with IV mega-dose vitamin C therapy later, which included some B vitamins, and their DNA damage was reversed along with their cancer risk scores.
This Japanese study, which was performed on existing Fukushima cleanup workers, was published by the Orthomolecular Foundation but suppressed and ignored by TEMCO, the company that ran Fukushima’s melted down power plant.
Miraculous Results with High Doses of Vitamins B and C
Dr. Joseph Chandy, an M.D. from India who practices in the UK, was featured on BBC TV as a bit of a hero. Harassed by British medical authorities, Chandy was rescuing patients diagnosed with MS and fibromyalgia with high doses of injected vitamin B12. As the BBC TV presentation showed, the therapy was working well for patients who had given up hope, but the authorities claimed he was out of line for using such high doses.
The British Medical Board insisted on further testing despite case records and patient testimonies. Dr. Chandy refused on the grounds that double-blind placebo testing would exclude people who needed his treatments, which he knew from years of clinical experience worked and were safe.
Vitamin B12 shots are often necessary because of digestive issues collectively known as the “intrinsic factor” needed to absorb B12. Insufficient intrinsic factor is high even among those who eat the most common source of B12: meat. Insufficient intrinsic value blocks the B12 from being absorbed into the blood from the small intestines in the gastrointestinal tract.
In 2010, New Zealand’s version of CBS’s “60 Minutes” presented a 17 minute segment on mega-dose IV drip vitamin C intervention that brought patient Alan Smith out of a coma and toward a rapid recovery from Swine Flu induced double pneumonia.
The “60 Minutes” episode immediately went viral on the internet and featured the Smith family’s struggles to get the doctors to use the IV drip vitamin C therapy, which the hospital later asserted had nothing to do with Alan’s recovery.
IV Drips Relegated To The Shadows
IV drips delivering extremely high doses of vitamin C have proven effective and safe, over and over again, in areas where conventional pharmaceutical drugs fail. However, regardless of the clinical proof, M.D.s practicing Orthomolecular medicine have been confined to their operations in the shadows of mainstream medicine.
They could deliver IV nutrients in large doses for general well-being as long as they didn’t say they were treating a disease or as an adjunct to an existing treatment in progress. News of cancers cured by IV mega-dose vitamin C was suppressed.
Using mega-dose IV vitamin C to treat cancer or any other disease was not and has not been accepted by the pharmaceutical industry-dominated mainstream medical establishment.
Vitamin Infusion Via IV Drips Today
The vitamin IV drip or infusion centers today offer a wide variety of mega-dose IV cocktails, combining multiple vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. They don’t claim to cure disease, but they do claim to help detox and rejuvenate nutritionally on a cellular level. Some IV drips are very plain salines combined with very little extra to simply rehydrate patients.
Most infusions include vitamins and minerals that the practitioners determine would best fit the client’s needs by way of blood testing. For example, the Myer’s cocktail contains a mixture of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and B vitamins. Other infusions can include the usual vitamin C, D, B6, and B12 along with other nutrients like Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), and glutathione, a molecule which is extremely beneficial for patients with autoimmune diseases.
Vitamin infusion IV drip therapy has caught on among athletes and stage performers whose acts involve intense physical activity. They use them for an energy boost before or after events. “It’s about bathing the cells in a high dose of nutrients with the goal of keeping you functioning optimally,” says Alexander Kulick, M.D.
Yet there are more people with chronic conditions who seek vitamin infusions to help their bodies to recover from whatever ails them. Some patients require regular injections for indefinite periods of time to control their chronic medical problems.
Dr. Alan Gaby, M.D. and author of the textbook Nutritional Medicine, has administered over 10,000 nutritional IVs. “Patients who receive a series of IV injections become progressively healthier. In these patients, the interval between treatments can be gradually increased, and eventually the injections are no longer necessary.”
Dr. John Salerno has an upper East Side Manhattan Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine. He and his staff take in 90 clients monthly and each session costs between $325 to $500. Other locations have lower rates. Dr. Salerno added, “Around 30 percent of them have relatively normal health and come in (just) for a boost.”
What types of conditions are IV nutrient treatments used for? Dr. Dooley of Advanced Natural Medicine in Florida offers a list of vitamin drip therapies including for pain, depression, asthma, heart disease, poor immunity, and chronic fatigue.
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