Nutritional Intravenous (IV) Therapies
and B12 / B Complex Injections
The Rationale for Vitamin Injections
Our fruits and vegetables have very little of the nutritional value they had in the early 1900s. In fact, much of what we eat doesn’t pack as much nutritional punch as it used to a hundred years ago.
Mineral deficiencies are epidemic now due to food processing and the gradual demineralization of the soil from modern agricultural practices. In the United States, the average woman does not consume the recommended dietary allowance of calcium, magnesium, iodine, iron, or zinc. The diet of the average male is deficient in magnesium and zinc. Nutrient losses in some foods are up to 98.5%. In 1914, an apple contained almost half the minimum daily requirement of iron, but today you would have to eat 26 apples to get the same amount.
Nutritional IV Therapies
IV therapy can be more effective than taking supplements orally for correcting intracellular nutrient deficits. The intravenous methods targets nutrients directly to where they are needed: the cells. IVs by-pass the digestive system which sometimes blocks the absorption of nutrients. If you are low on hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes, for example, you do not absorb all the benefits of oral supplements.
IV nutrients are given in therapeutic, pharmacological doses greater than the minimal requirements of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), which are intended just to avoid deficiency states. Because natural nutrients are easy on the body – IV administration has an exceedingly high safety profile.
IVs are more effective and sometimes, just plain easier. For example: The amount of vitamin C that can be taken orally is limited to about 3500 mg. After that, you get to "bowel intolerance:" or diarrhea. When we use vitamin C therapeutically to combat flu or chronic disease, we administer typically 25,000 – 50,000 mg. Therapeutic doses administered intravenously by-pass the problem of bowel intolerance.
What is in a nutritional IV?
It depends upon what is right for each person; each IV is made up for the individual's needs.
Generally, nutritional IVs contain vitamins and minerals. High doses of vitamin C are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and required for healing of tissues.
B vitamins are almost always included in the IV treatments, because all the vitamins and their mineral co-factors are used heavily for making enzymes, when there is illness.
Magnesium is good for many things, including constipation and migraine headaches.
A nutritional IV may also contain phospholipids to help cell membranes heal. Lipoic acid may be part of the mix because it is protective and healing to the liver; it is especially good for hepatitis.
Giving IV nutritional therapies will put nutrients back into the body, and improve the ability of cells to detoxify, repair, and regenerate.
The Meyer's Cocktail (The "10 Minute" IV)
A popular IV is the Myers Cocktail, an intravenous vitamin and mineral protocol developed by Dr. John Myers at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
He saw that many conditions stem from digestive problems – leaky gut, indigestion, bloating, and food sensitivities. He saw that these people were not absorbing many of the nutrients in their food. Also, some of his patients had diseases that caused the body to use nutrients at a faster rate, or to require higher amounts for proper healing.
Using his IV method, he was able quickly raise vitamin and mineral levels in the patient's bloodstream. The nutrients were then "coaxed" into the cells, and frequently into the mitochondria where they are active. This temporary boost frequently "kick-starts" the cells, so that energy is produced more efficiently in them.
This IV is especially well-suited for patients who need to have a good dose of vitamins infused, yet are too busy to sit for 1-2 hours. The Myers Cocktail is a "push" IV and can be administered over 5-10 minutes.