Montana Natural MedicineBlack Bear Naturopathic Clinic, PC

General Family Medicine, IV Chelation Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Bio-identical Hormones

Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy (IV Therapy)

What do we treat with IV Therapy?
Chelation Therapy
Heavy Metal Toxicity
A Phone Call or an Email Away—IVs on Short Notice
The Setting and the Timing
Learn About Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the "Myers' Cocktail"

Nutritional IV Therapies top of page

IV nutrients can be more effective than oral supplementation for many people and for many conditions. Intravenous administration allows us to target your cells directly; bypassing your digestive tract which can often block or inhibit full absorption. For example, people with low stomach acid production, either by genetics, age, or acid blocking medications, are not able to fully absorb certain vitamins and many minerals. Using IV nutrients allows us to bypass this problem, correct the deficiencies and when paired with other naturopathic therapies that improve digestive function, get patients feeling better more quickly.

IV nutrients are given in what we call therapeutic or pharmacological doses—we are using nutrients as medicine, not just to provide you with minimal or recommended daily allowances that prevent deficiencies. Because nutrients are familiar to the body, not foreign like drugs, they are readily utilized by the body, even if we are utilizing high doses.

IV therapy is also often just easier than doing oral supplementation. For example, in our patients with a zinc deficiency, it is often very hard to treat this with oral supplementation—they can’t take enough orally to correct the problem. Often the reasons for the zinc deficiency are not yet fully treated, and yet treating them requires improved zinc status. Thus, doing regular infusions with zinc allows us to correct the deficiency, and when combined with other naturopathic therapies, optimal health can be achieved more quickly. Another example is that of vitamin C. We can give far higher and thus, far more therapeutic doses of Vitamin C intravenously than we can orally. High doses of oral vitamin C cause digestive system upset. This is not the case with IV vitamin C.

What do we treat with IV Therapy? top of page

IV Micronutrient therapy supports the following conditions and many others: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Cancer, Asthma, Autoimmune Disease, Lyme disease, Chronic Pain, IBS, PMS, Infections of a Bacterial, Viral, or Fungal origin, Mercury and lead Toxicity, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Macular Degeneration and Parkinson’s Disease. These are only a few of the conditions we can treat with IV therapy. The following link is an article by Dr. Alan Gaby, regarding a common formula called a Myer’s Cocktail, and the reasons for and efficacy of this therapy.

Chelation Therapy top of page

Chelation therapy involves the use of compounds taken intravenously or orally to bind metals present in toxic concentrations so they can be excreted from the body. In chelation therapy we use substances which can “grab onto heavy metal ions. This includes EDTA, DMPS, DMSA, Vitamin C, chlorella, alpha-lipoic acid.

Chelation therapy utilizes these chelating agents, in combination with other nutrients and other naturopathic therapies, to assist the body in riding itself of toxic metals and thus help the body heal from the inflammation and other symptoms that result from these toxicities.

Chelation has long been a successful, natural alternative to reducing inflammation in the body. Chelation therapy is commonly used to remove heavy metals and to treat heart disease by addressing underlying causes of inflammation which contribute to the development of arterial disease.

EDTA, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, is used as one chelating agent. EDTA is a synthetic amino acid that binds to the metals and escorts them out of the body. EDTA is never broken down in the body; it goes in and comes out as EDTA with no pharmaceutical-like side effects. EDTA has a 40-year record of safe use; it is estimated that over one million patients have received intravenous chelation therapy.

DMPS, dimercapto propane sulfonate, is used preferentially for elevated body burden of mercury, since it binds more tightly to mercury than EDTA. EDTA does get mercury out of the body, just later in the sequence of heavy metals than DMPS.

DMSA, dimercapto succinic acid, is an oral sulfur-containing chelating agent which also has a high binding coefficient for mercury.

Chelation came to the forefront in the 1950s because it successfully treated cases of lead poisoning among those who worked in factories making batteries, and among U.S. sailors who painted ships with lead-based paints. It was noticed that people with heart disease also improved with chelation. The National Institutes of Health are completing a 5-year study on the use of chelation for heart disease.

Heavy Metal Toxicity top of page

Mercury is everywhere in the environment, it is released from coal fired power plants, it is released when forests burn, and it is in our mouths in the form of “silver” mercury amalgam fillings. Once it is introduced into our body it is rapidly absorbed and accumulates in several tissues, leading to increased aging and degeneration, decreased energy production, and cell death.

Arsenic, a toxic metal which can cause everything from fatigue to infertility, is preserved wood such as decking and children’s play structures. Children under age six and those over 60 are especially susceptible to problems resulting from acute and chronic lead exposure. These problems include insomnia, inability to concentrate, impotence, skin rashes and impaired immune function. Common sources of heavy metals include industrial pollution, lead from the solder in tin cans and copper pipes, pesticides, cadmium and lead from cigarettes, dental fillings, contaminated fish, latex paints, cosmetics, and aluminum from antacids.

Certain professions put people at greater risk for exposure such as auto mechanics, plumbers, law enforcement officers and those who do their own reloading(ammunition handling), lumber yard workers, nail technicians, airline crew members, some lab workers, painters, artists, jewelers, dental technicians and dentists, agricultural workers exposed to herbicides and pesticides, and many people in industrial occupations. Some people have less exposure, but more symptoms as they are less able to release the toxins they are exposed to.

Toxins top of page

Ninety-five percent (95%) of 5,994 people in one study, ages 12-74 had measurable levels of DDE (a breakdown product of DDT), and PCB’s were present in 83%.

In a national study (NHATS), 5 of 54 toxins tested for were found in 100% of all people tested.

The body's innate wisdom knows that poisons cannot stay in the bloodstream – death would result. Thus the body looks for safer places to "park" toxins. Mercury (from vaccines, industrial chemicals in the water, air and food, fillings in our teeth) gets put into fatty tissues, which includes the brain because it is 60% fatty tissue. Organophosphates (from insecticides) come in through the lungs and skin and are deposited into soft tissues (muscles, connective tissue and joints). The body will deposit lead in bones. Blood tests only see what is in the bloodstream, not what is in bones, organs, and tissues. We use advanced testing methods to measure the body burden of metals.

A Phone Call or an Email Away—IVs on Short Notice top of page

Once patients are established with our doctors and the clinic, they are able to call us the day of or day before they want an IV. It may be that they feel the a cold or the flu coming on and they want a Immune Support IV with vitamin C, lysine, and key minerals, a Myer’s Cocktail, or a hydrogen peroxide IV to flush out a virus and boost immune function. Generally, we can arrange for an IV on short notice and Dr. White always reviews the schedule and planned IVs for each patient every time they come in, so customization for patient needs is always done before IV’s are prepared.

The Setting and the Timing top of page

IVs are conducted in a comfortable sunny room, in reclining chairs, and they last 1-2 hours. The nutrients are delivered slowly to maximize their impact and because we don't want to overwhelm the body.

During the time the IV is being administered, you can read, use our wireless network, chat with other patients, or simply relax, take a nap, meditate...Dr. White and her staff are here to make this a healing and relaxing experience.

Learn About Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the "Myers' Cocktail" top of page
John Myers, MD, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland, pioneered the use of intravenous (IV) vitamins and minerals as part of the overall treatment of various medical problems. The author never met Dr. Myers, despite living in Baltimore, but had heard of his work, and had occasionally used IV nutrients to treat fatigue or acute infections. read the full article
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