In Praise of IV Nutrient Therapy: From Colds to Cancer
The average person may feel a little apprehensive, skeptical, or squeamish when first hearing about IV nutrient infusions, but there are so many reasons to love them.
At the Rothfeld Center, these treatments take place in a bright room full of comfy armchairs; it is a relaxing oasis of cellular rejuvenation, where patients receive infusions with names like “Myer’s Cocktail” and glutathione. By directly administering nutrients to the blood stream and bypassing the digestive system, higher than normal blood levels can be achieved. This can provide an immediate therapeutic response and correct deficiencies that may arise from (or result in) a disease state.
Vitamin C infusions are a popular choice for an immune boost when battling a cold or flu, and have been getting a lot of press lately. A recent article in Science magazine entitled “Vitamin C kills tumor cells with hard-to-treat mutations” highlighted the ability of high dose vitamin C to deprive colon and pancreatic cancer cells of glucose, inducing cell death. Not a bad “side effect” of kicking your cold to the curb. It is also an integral part of the supportive cancer care that is offered here.
Magnesium and B vitamin infusions are also popular, as individuals are often depleted of these nutrients, and unknowingly suffer the consequences. Fatigue, fibromyalgia, PMS, migraines, and muscle spasms can all result from a deficiency of magnesium and essential B vitamins, and the infusions can effectively remedy these symptoms.
Taking these nutrients orally does not achieve the same marked results because such high doses would be unfeasible; for example, the dose of daily injections clinically studied for vitamin C would be equivalent to eating 300 oranges. Consuming that much magnesium or vitamin C would result in some unpleasant GI side effects, like diarrhea, which could cause an even greater dip in blood levels.
IV infusions are especially beneficial for people with deficiencies that supplementation has been unable to correct.
For more information, please see our page on IV Nutrient Infusion Therapy, or call 781-736-1901.
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