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Intravenous Nutritional Therapy: Changing Cellular Abnormalities

Intravenous (IV) therapy is a method of feeding minerals, vitamins, and amino acids directly into the bloodstream in order to correct intracellular nutrient deficiencies—with the ultimate goal of delivering up to ten times the nutrients than could be administered orally. With thirty-three years of Anti-Aging and holistic medicine, Mitchell Ghen, DO, PhD is an international lecturer on oral and IV nutrition, and stem cell transplantation, and discusses the benefits of intravenous nutritional therapies: “Regardless of what you do orally, the amount that you take by mouth in nutrients or in food is reduced as we get older. Only by IV route can you get sufficient nutrients: If you are over 40, without the IV route, you cannot get the nutrients you need.”

When expounding upon the critical necessity of knowing, implementing, and practicing IV therapy, Dr. Ghen refers to chilling statistics and data. “75% of the United States population has some sort of chronic disease. In the typical Western model, we are just using a Band-Aid…we are handling symptoms, as opposed to treating the underlying cell abnormalities.” As integrative and holistic medicine grows at a more rapid rate than any other sector in healthcare, IV therapy and other alternatives are gaining more traction and popularity, in addition to a greater understanding regarding nutritional balance.

Experts agree that the overarching goal of IV therapy is to recreate the cell-to-cell milieu of someone youthful. “We are the most healthy between ages 18 and 32—we are basically immortal at that time,” says Dr. Ghen. Considering the fact that many patients are consistently overmedicated with prescription drugs and pharmaceuticals, Dr. Ghen is eager to disseminate information surrounding new ways of returning to optimal health. “The first year of medical school everyone studies biochemistry. In the biochemical model, we find all the things that we use intravenously; by using IV therapy, we are returning to the genesis—the beginning—we are trying to create the initial, early ways in which cells become healthy.”

Dorothy Merritt, MD focuses on preventive and environmental medicine, lead toxicity, nutritional genetics, and microcurrent. Dr. Merritt has founded a number of centers that specialize in treatment of lead toxicity, and was one of 100 principal investigators for the NIH TACT trial for chelation therapy—a treatment used for removing heavy metals from the blood. “Based on the results of TACT, a random controlled NIH trial, EDTA Chelation is soon going to be the number one treatment in diabetics to prevent further morbidity and mortality. TACT 2, a confirmatory trial in diabetics with previous heart disease is already underway. If it replicates TACT, the FDA will approve it and every primary care doctor, endocrinologist, and cardiologist will need to know how to do this simple treatment in their offices.”

For those readers who have wondered why healthcare practitioners and professionals are adding IV therapy to their practices, A4M will be hosting an IV Symposium from August 11-12, designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, and any medical professional looking to develop knowledge of intravenous nutritional therapies. The two-day course in Las Vegas, which will include lectures from both Dr. Ghen and Dr. Merritt, will cover the fundamentals of IV therapy, and expand on the use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other unique parenteral compounds, while also concentrating on chelation therapy. Clinicians completing this workshop will have a thorough understanding of IV therapy, and the ability to immediately implement various IV protocols into their practices. The course has been provided multiple times per year for the past three years, offering hundreds of clinicians training through an actively hands-on experience. Attendees will receive 16 CME credits. Register now.

IV Therapy: Facts vs. Fiction

Intravenous (IV) therapy is known to be the fastest way to deliver any kind of fluid or medication to the body, yielding a bioavailability absorption of 100%. This practice has also demonstrated quantifiable benefits in the realm of healthcare and wellness, particularly regarding nutrition: IV nutritional therapy, in which vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream, has been documented to increase energy, enhance the strength of the immune system, counter anxiety and stress, and ultimately act as a preventive aging measure.

While modern (IV) therapy is less than a century old, it was known that medications could be injected into veins as early as the 1600s. In 1831, Dr. Thomas Latta’s studies on the symptoms and diagnostic treatment of the cholera epidemic led him to discover the use of IV saline infusions. More than a century later, in the 1950s, the modern intravenous drip technique was further developed and made more widely accessible—eventually established as routine medical practice.

The idea that IV nutritional therapy can restore and rejuvenate the overall body originated with the Myers cocktail, created by physician John Myers—a technique that is still commonly used. This vitamin therapy combines a mix of minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, and a host of other vitamins that collectively ‘recharge’ the body within a matter of minutes.

Because IV administration of nutrients can achieve blood concentrations that are impossible to obtain orally, it offers a variety of meaningful health benefits, in addition to therapeutic and preventative effects. As our bodies are often dehydrated and malnourished due to lack of exercise and poor eating habits, IV vitamin therapy can help offset many health drawbacks. Moreover, for patients with digestive or malabsorption issues, IV nutrient therapy can be effectively life-changing, as the body can successfully and efficiently utilize the nutrients that support the major bodily systems.

IV therapy does not only help alleviate stress and boost energy, but can also be used for more serious and chronic diseases. Research has shown that vitamin C infusions prolong survival times, and improve quality of life, in cancer patients.

While IV therapy has its detractors and critics, it cannot be denied that it has been a successful form of treatment for a wide array of health conditions. As more people incorporate IV therapy into their lifestyles, it will likely become a progressively more routine practice from which patients can see immediate benefits.

A4M/MMI will be hosting an IV Training Symposium in Dallas, Texas from October 19-20. Experts will cover the fundamentals of intravenous nutritional therapies and chelation, and expand on the use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other unique parental compounds. Upon completion, clinicians will have a thorough understanding of IV therapy, and be equipped to immediately implement various IV protocols into their practices. Register now.