Chronic illnesses are on the rise in the US. From chronic Lyme disease, cancers, chronic fatigue, pain and more – patients are attempting to live their best lives while fighting a battle within.
A patient’s response to chronic illness is unique – based upon many factors ranging from emotional response to the disease, individual physical symptoms, immune response and the duration of the disease itself. With this rising prevalence of chronic illness, people are seeking new means for treatment for their health concerns. One of these methods is IV (intravenous) therapy. A person with chronic illness often needs both treatment of their ailment at the root cause, and a boost that will allow the body to restore itself to its natural state of harmony. IV therapies can perform both functions for the best outcomes in your healing process.
BENEFITS OF IV THERAPY
The use of intravenous allows for increased dosages than can otherwise be achieved through oral dosing, as well as bypassing any malabsorption issues that may exist in the digestive tract. This can be especially true with antibiotic therapies, averting side effects so often seen through oral antibiotic regimens. Additionally, higher serum concentrations achieved in IV therapy can produce more marked improvements and in shorter time frames.
IV THERAPIES FOR CHRONIC ILLNESS INCLUDE:
- Stram Myers Cocktail: Naturopathic physicians have been using this safe and effective therapy for over a decade. Mostly anyone can benefit from a Myer’s cocktail infusion. From acute or chronic illness, stress or for those who need an immune function boost – with its comprehensive blend of specific nutrients – a Myer’s cocktail provides benefits for a wide variety of patients’ needs.
- Glutathione: an important endogenous anti-oxidant and detoxifier, involved in DNA synthesis and repair, metabolism of medications, toxins and carcinogens. IV glutathione is an effective detoxifyer and aid for cell repair and in preventing chemotherapy toxicity. It is considered a safe treatment, as there are no known side effects or interactions with other drugs. In fact, IV glutathione is often used in conjunction with and often enhances other treatments.
Glutathione is essentially the body's master antioxidant and detoxifier. Produced in the liver, it is essential to many processes, including DNA syntheses and repair, immune response, reactivation of other antioxidants and metabolism of medications, toxins, radiation and carcinogens. Endogenous glutathione levels can be enhanced through diet (increased consumption of protein, garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables) and supplements ((N-acetyl-cysteine, alpha-lipoic acid and others), which provide the body with the building blocks needed for its production. However, for many with chronic illness this route is insufficient. IV administration significantly increase glutathione concentration in the body, quickly and effectively delivering it to target tissues. Supportive in the treatment of chronic illness in general, IV glutathione is particularly effective in neurodegenerative conditions, cancer, liver disease, immunosuppressive states and persistent infections.
- N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC): a precursor of glutathione, In hospital use is associated with tylenol toxicity. NAC is utlized at the Stram Center for a variety of treatment options.
- CoQ10: IV administration is a potent anti-oxidant capable of recycling other anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E, C as well as functioning in a fundamental role as a co-factor in the production of ATP, the power house of all cellular function. Its highest concentration is found in heart tissue and therefore plays an important therapeutic role for cardiac manifestations of disease. Many pharmaceutical drugs such as cholesterol lowering drugs and anti-hypertensives lower our body's CoQ10 levels;
- Artemesia: part of our Lyme disease protocol in the treatment of the co-infection, Babesia, which expresses similar symtoms as malaria. Artemesia, or Sweet Wormwood shows a substantial inhibition of the malarian parasite and is now offered in an intravenous form, called artemisinin.
Artemisia annua, or sweet wormwood, is an herb that has been used in Chinese medicine for many centuries as an intestinal cleanser because it has strong anti-parasitic properties. The herb also has a long history of being used for treating malaria. More recently a semi-synthetic form of Artemisia has been developed as a medication and is now preferred over quinine as it is less toxic and more effective. Artemisia does not directly kill the malaria parasite. Artemesia compounds such as artemesinin contain a peroxide element which reacts with iron in red blood cells to form fee radicals. The buildup of free radicals damages and kills the parasite.
Currently, there is ongoing research for using artemesinin for many health conditions including viral and bacterial infections, certain types of cancer including breast and leukemia, and autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Artesunate is a form of artemesinin that can be given intravenously. Although oral artemisinin is absorbed relatively well through the intestines, peak plasma concentrations of IV artesunate are 4-5x higher while using less than half the dose of oral artemisinin. These higher concentrations that are attainable through IV administration are likely more beneficial at creating a free radical burst.In clinical trials for the treatment of malaria, IV artesunate has been shown to be safe with a low toxicity profile. Artemesia therapies are contraindicated in pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, and is not recommended with lactation.
- Resveratrol: Resveratrol has great potential in the treatment of patients who have oncologic disease and chronic illness.Besides cardioprotective effects, resveratrol is an antioxidant that has anticancer properties, and can suppress the growth of a wide variety of tumor cells, including lymphoid and myeloid cancers; multiple myeloma; cancers of the breast, prostate, stomach, colon, pancreas, and thyroid; melanoma; head and neck squamous cell carcinoma; ovarian carcinoma, and cervical carcinoma.It blocks the multistep process of cancer formation at various stages (initiation, promotion, and progression),having a chemopreventive effect as well as a therapeutic effect against cancer.Intravenous data in human subjects shows it to be well tolerated and safe.
- Curcumin: Curcumin is derived from the Indian Spice turmeric, and has been shown to interfere with multiple cell signaling pathways in cancer cells, including ability to survive, proliferate, invade, metastasize, and the creation of blood vessels and inflammation. There is reported activity of curcumin against leukemia and lymphoma, gastrointestinal cancers, genitourinary cancers, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, lung cancer, melanoma, neurological cancers, and sarcoma. Successful oral absorption of curcumin is often difficult, requiring a lipid (fatty) medium or one with black pepper. Although oral administration has been shown to provide some benefit, less than ideal absorption does not always allow maximal benefit. Intravenous curcumin, given in liposomal (fat-encapsulated) form bypasses the need for gut absorption and is a novel and promising adjunct to the care of the cancer and chronically ill patient population.
- Chelation Therapy: Chelation therapy has been a widely used medical treatment for heavy metal poisoning and detoxification for more than 50 years. Chemically, the chelating agent is “C” or claw shaped and attacks a positively charged metal by surrounding it and making it inactive. Eventually, it is removed from the body in the urine. In addition to excreting the metal, some imperative vitamins and mineral can also be removed. Thus, it is important to supplement the therapy with vitamins. The chelating agent, EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid) a man-made amino acid was developed that binds poisonous heavy metals including lead and mercury creating a compound that can be excreted in the urine. It is poorly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.Almost none of the compound is metabolized and has minimum side effects. It removes heavy metals and minerals from the blood, such as lead, iron, copper, and calcium.
A medical evaluation is necessary to determine if IV therapies can be part of your protocol. Our aim is to always treat the root cause - therefore a comprehensive medical evaluation is required before IV therapy treatment for chronic illness can be administered. To schedule a medical evaluation to see if IV therapy protocols are right for you, call our office at 518-689-2244.