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Intravenous Therapy


Description of the different types of intravenous therapies we offer at the Family Health Clinic -
Myers Cocktail and Chelation Therapy.

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Intravenous Therapy


Description of the different types of intravenous therapies we offer at the Family Health Clinic -
Myers Cocktail and Chelation Therapy.

Intravenous (IV) Therapy

Intravenous (IV) Therapy is when an IV solution containing selected vitamins, minerals or other similar nutrients is given to the body through a tiny needle placed in the vein of a patient's arm. Intravenous Therapy can be customized to boost selected levels of nutrients to ailing cells more effectively and efficiently than oral nutrition especially in patients with gastro-intestinal or digestive challenges, those in a weakened condition due to illness (colds, flu, stress) or after surgery. Vitamin C, all of the B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, trace minerals, EDTA Chelation, phosphatidylcholine, glutathione, alpha lipoic acid and many others can be more accessible to the body via intravenous delivery. Our observations are that many patients who require and receive a series of IV nutrients by injection become progressively healthier often with dramatic results.

Here is an example of the different types of Intravenous Therapies we offer at the Family Health Clinic.


Myers Cocktail

Clinically we have found the Myers' Cocktail has been effective in treating:

  • acute muscle spasm
  • upper respiratory tract infections
  • chronic sinusitis
  • seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • acute asthma attacks
  • chest muscle pain
  • unexplained fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • depression (but not as a first-line therapy)
  • fibromyalgia
  • excess stress
  • migraines
  • some types of palpitations

 

Named after the late medical doctor, John Myers, MD, the Myers' Cocktail formula provides a host of micronutrients including Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, B Complex vitamins which includes B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12 (preferred type hydroxycobalamin). Sometimes an enhanced version of the formula may also include five extra trace minerals such as zinc, copper, chromium, selenium, manganese, or possibly other added ingredients. To administer, the IV solution is placed into a syringe and is slowly infused through a small butterfly needle placed in a vein in a patient's arm. The time needed for the infusion is typically between 15-20 minutes, but this can vary depending on the ingredients used and individual tolerance. Patients may sometimes feel a positive clinical response to a Myers' Cocktail after their first injection, but if not, usually by the fourth injection. In acute conditions Myers' Cocktail injections can be given in a series as frequently as every other day. Once improvement sets in, the interval between treatments can be gradually extended, and eventually the injections are no longer necessary. In some long standing cases continued IV therapy may be necessary because a disease state is too advanced to be reversible. In these situations nutrient injections may be given approximately once a month.


The Myers' Cocktail formula has been used successfully for decades by many naturopathic doctors as well as complementary and alternative health care practitioners around the world. Despite the many positive anecdotal reports, there is only a small amount of published research supporting the use of this treatment. A very small pilot study demonstrated an improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms and increases in activities of daily living when the Meyers' Cocktail was used in treating fibromyalgia. In spite of the lack of apparent validation of this intravenous therapy it has been our clinical experience that when administered with caution and respect no serious adverse reactions have been encountered, and the Myers’ Cocktail has been well tolerated and with great benefit and effect.

 


Chelation Therapy:

PLEASE NOTE: At the present time we do not offer Intravenous Chelation Therapy at our Family Health Clinic in Langley, but we will be happy to refer you to other clinics that can provide this particular therapy.

Intravenous Chelation therapy utilizing EDTA (disodium Ethylene Diamine Tetra-Acetic Acid), although unapproved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for the specific treatment of heart disease, has been used for over fifty years as an alternative for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Circulatory disorders related to plaque buildup on the inside of artery walls such as angina, arteriosclerosis, coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease (PAD) have clinically benefited from chelation therapy.  EDTA chelation therapy is an in-office procedure where an IV solution containing an EDTA mixture is slowly infused through a small needle placed in the vein of a patient’s arm. The treatments are done once or twice a week (each treatment lasting 2-3 hours), with a total of 30 or more infusions given over several months. After completion of the series of treatments it may take several more months following the last infusion to realize full benefits. The favourable results commonly seen after chelation therapy may be partly attributed to the reduction in undesirable metals as well as the reduced production of detrimental free radical molecules which cause cell damage. By halting the progress of adverse free radical damage it is believed this allows the internal chemistry of cells to normalize which ultimately allows diseased arteries to heal and helps restore blood flow. With perfect laminar blood flow, a mere 19 percent increase in the internal radius of a blood vessel will double the rate of blood flow able to pass through that vessel (Poiseuille's Law of hemodynamics). In this way chelation can simultaneously benefit the flow of blood through every blood vessel in the body, from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet, contrasting with balloon angioplasty or bypass surgery, which improves circulation only in short segments of arteries feeding the heart.

The factorial group analysis of the TACT trial ("Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy") published in 2014, showed that when EDTA chelation therapy + high dose oral vitamins and minerals were given to patients who had previously suffered a heart attack, there was a benefit overall when compared to a placebo treatment, and the benefit was quite significant for those patients with diabetes. In the 5-year period following chelation therapy the TACT Trial observed:

Earlier studies have also reported other beneficial results from EDTA chelation treatments. Is Chelation therapy right for you? That is something only you can decide. Here is a link to some helpful written information on EDTA Chelation (written by Elmer Cranton, MD), that answers some common questions about this therapy. If you want to see and hear what other patients say about Chelation therapy click here.