With the rising prevalence of chronic illness, the increased cost and side effects of pharmaceuticals and the need for safe, inexpensive therapies for chronic illnesses, people are seeking new means for treatment of their health concerns. One of these methods is IV (intravenous) nutrient therapy.
IV nutrient therapy is an effective means of treatment with typically no adverse effects for a variety of conditions such as cancer (high dose IV Vitamin C); chronic fatigue syndrome; fibromyalgia; Parkinson's; migraine headaches; autoimmune conditions; Lyme disease and other chronic infections; environmental toxicity; and malabsorption problems. IV Chelation Therapy is utilized for the treatment of heavy metal toxification.
A person with chronic illness often needs a boost that will allow the body to restore itself to its natural state of harmony. Vitamin C and customized nutrient therapies such as Myers' Cocktail are a just a sampling of the IV supplements that are utilized.
Other IV therapies at the Stram Center for specific treatments include:
- 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.
How it Works:
Due to aging or illness, the body is not always able to absorb its required dietary nutrients effectively. IV nutrient therapy allows for optimal utilization of these required nutrients by being introduced directly into the body's circulation. Further, IV therapy allows for the administration of therapeutic doses of nutrients that are not available to the body by oral routes for the treatment of disease.
Side effects are rare, almost always limited to irritation at the site of the injection. The most common sensations are heat and flushing (a magnesium effect), and the taste of vitamins soon after the injection starts.
Myers' Cocktail injections are usually given one to two times per week, and beneficial effects are usually felt by the fourth treatment. Many patients with chronic conditions choose to continue the injections every one to four weeks or whenever they feel their energy decreasing. The customized nutrients in our Stram Myers Cocktail can be a stand alone therapy or added to a specific iv protocol for its additional benefits.
IV therapy can help treat a variety of conditions:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Parkinson's Disease
- Migraine Headaches
- Autoimmune conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Lyme Disease and other chronic infections
- Environmental Toxicity
- Malabsorption problems
- Flu symptoms
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Macular Degeneration
Your Initial IV Consultation and Treatment
A detailed IV protocol will be constituted after a meeting with one of our IV specialists at the Center. Throughout the course of your treatments, your progress will be monitored and assessed by Dr. Stram and his nursing staff.
Several factors are considered when customizing an IV protocol for a patient: detailed medical and nutritional history; symptom analysis; gastrointestinal status; and blood lab testing. Other testing may be done to evaluate the patient's ability to absorb nutrients that aide and support the absorption of other required bodily nutrients. Most importantly, we take into consideration the therapeutic effects of certain nutrients on the specific disease state being addressed when formulating customized IV nutrient components for the patient.
Future sessions would last from 1-2 hours depending on the severity of the illness and the response to the treatment.
Benefits seen by patients vary and depend on the severity of the illness and individual response to treatment. The desired goals expected are improvement in energy and appetite, enhanced well being and decreased symptoms related to the chronic illness addressed.
Please contact the Center to schedule a consultation to see if IV nutrient therapy is right for your condition. Call: 518-689-2244.
Chelation Therapy for Heavy Metal Detoxification
Intravenous (through the veins) chelation (pronounced key-LAY-shun) therapy has been a widely used medical treatment for heavy metal poisoning and detoxification for more than 50 years. Chelation is derived from the Greek word ‘chele', which represents the claw of a crab or lobster. 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.
How it Works:
Chelating agents, substances that bind with heavy metals, were first introduced into medicine because of the use of poison gas in World War I. After World War II, many navy personnel experienced lead poisoning because of their work repainting the hulls of ships with paint containing lead. 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.
Following intravenous administration, EDTA is found primarily in plasma. It is distributed in the extracellular fluid, and it does not appear to penetrate cells. The half-life is 20-60 minutes. It is excreted mainly by the kidney, with about 50% excretion in one hour and more than 95% within 24 hours. 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.
The most common side effect is a burning sensation at the site where the EDTA is delivered into the vein. Rare side effects can include fever, headache, a sudden drop in blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting. Some very uncommon side effects are low calcium levels in the blood, potential kidney damage, and bone marrow suppression (decrease in blood cell count). Other side effects can occur if chelation therapy is not administered by a trained health professional.
Please contact the Center to schedule a consultation to see if chelation therapy for metal detoxification is right for your condition. Call: 518-689-2244.