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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:
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.
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:
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.