What is Intravenous Therapy?
The word intravenous (IV) simply means “within a vein”, and this type of therapy is the giving of liquid substances directly into a vein. Compared with other routes of administration, this route is the fastest ways to deliver fluids and medications throughout the body and can provide higher levels than other methods such as the oral or topical route. Close to 100 percent of nutrients delivered intravenously are available for use by the cells of the body.
Most complementary IV therapies remain outside of mainstream medical practice. Pharmaceutical companies are not interested in these therapies since most utilize generic drugs, so they have typically been unwilling to spend the large sums needed to prove their effectiveness.
However, IV therapies, especially for coronary artery disease, cancer and difficult to treat conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, continue to be a major reason our patients refer their friends to our clinic. We feel that the word of mouth growth and the successful health outcomes which inspire our patients to tell their friends, speaks for the therapy. Below are descriptions of a few of the more common IV therapies we offer.
Types of I.V. Therapies
High Dose I.V. Vitamin C
Studies performed by performed by Dr. Hugh Riordan at the Bio-Communication Research Institute, a division of the Riordan Clinic have shown that high doses of vitamin C administered intravenously can kill cancer cells. We provide IV vitamin C therapy as an add-on to standard cancer therapies to help our patients. High dose vitamin C is well tolerated and largely free of side effects since healthy cells in the body are unaffected, while cancer cells are specifically targeted and destroyed.. Studies performed by Dr. Mark Levine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shown that high dose IV Vitamin C therapy can specifically target and destroy cancer cells while leaving healthy cells in the body unharmed.
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The word “chelation” comes from the Greek word chele or claw and refers to the chemical process of grabbing onto heavy metal ions. Many people today are increasingly exposed to toxic heavy metals such as lead, aluminum, mercury and cadmium. These toxic metals have a propensity for accumulating in the heart. Chelation Therapy is a medical treatment performed in a doctor’s office that helps remove these toxic heavy metals resulting in improved blood vessel function and blood flow. Over 60 years ago, angina or heart related chest pain was found to improve in some patients who received chelation therapy. Today several hundred doctors in the U.S. currently utilize IV chelation with a man-made amino acid called EDTA (ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid) as a treatment for angina and other forms of heart disease. Because so many people were receiving chelation treatments, the NIH funded a $40 million trial called TACT (The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) to explore its use as a treatment for heart disease. Our clinic was one of the principal investigative sites that participated in this federal trial. This study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving tens of thousands of IVs. Much to the amazement of many cardiologists who participated in the trial and others, chelation therapy was shown to be significantly superior to placebo in the treatment of cardiovascular disease in patients with prior heart attacks. The improvement in diabetic patients was fully 40 percent better than placebo! The results were so successful that the NIH has funded further studies to corroborate these findings. Grossman Wellness Center has been offering chelation and other IV therapies for over 21 years, longer than any clinic in the metropolitan Denver area.
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Named after the late John Myers, MD, we use this intravenous vitamin-and-mineral formula for the treatment of a wide range of clinical conditions. The “Myers’ cocktail,” which consists of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C, has been found to be effective against acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, cardiovascular disease, and other disorders. The idea behind the Myers Cocktail is that many illnesses and conditions are associated with digestive disturbances and that people with such conditions may not absorb many of the nutrients needed to maintain good health. 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 levels in the bloodstream are temporarily increased so that the nutrients are flooded into the cells, especially the mitochondria where energy is produced. This temporary boost frequently makes the patient feel better with improved energy.