Intravenous Therapy

We specialize in the following intravenous/ injection therapies:
1. High dose intravenous vitamin C therapy
2. Myers’ cocktail (vitamin and mineral formula)
3. Vitamin B12 injections
4. Mistletoe injection therapy

Intravenous Vitamin C
High dose intravenous vitamin C (IVC) is used in the treatment of cancer. Vitamin C has been shown to preferentially kill cancer cells. At high concentrations, vitamin C acts as a pro-oxidant; it accumulates within cancer cells, generating reactive oxygen species. Because cancer cells lack antioxidant enzymes needed to metabolize these reactive oxygen species, they accumulate within the cell and cause it to lyse, or burst from inside out. There is a common misconception that vitamin C acts as an anti-oxidant and would interact with chemotherapy, however this is untrue, since many studies show that at high concentrations, it has this pro-oxidant effect (1,2). It can therefore be used alongside chemotherapy. Normal cells possess the enzymes needed to breakdown vitamin C through other pathways, so are not affected by the accumulation of vitamin C. In this way, high dose IVC therapy selectively kills cancer cells, while being completely non-toxic to healthy cells.

Emerging research now shows that intravenous vitamin C therapy can help reduce side effects from chemotherapy while improving treatment outcomes (1,2); can help shrink tumors (2); and improve patients’ quality of life (2,3).

In order to achieve the concentrations necessary for this anticancer effect, intravenous administration is necessary. The amount of vitamin C that can be absorbed when taken orally is very limited. To bypass this, vitamin C solution is infused through an intravenous catheter directly into the vein. Intravenous vitamin C therapy is individualized to the patient, and depends on factors including cancer stage as well as any other treatments currently ongoing such as chemotherapy or radiation. A schedule that is frequently recommended is 1-2 times weekly; each infusion takes between 1-2 hours.

Myers’ Cocktail
The Myers’ cocktail is a vitamin-mineral formula administered intravenously. It contains low-dose vitamin C, a selection of B-vitamins including B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12, as well as calcium and magnesium. The Myers cocktail is used to improve nutritional status, boost energy and immune function, speed up recovery from cold or flu, and treat conditions such as migraine, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue.

Intravenous administration of nutrients bypasses impaired gastrointestinal absorption and allows more rapid, effective delivery of nutrients. Poor digestive function results in impaired nutrient absorption from food and supplements. IV administration provides an effective alternate route.

1. Ma Y, Chapman J, Levine M, Polireddy K, Drisko J, Chen Q. High-dose parenteral ascorbate enhanced chemosensitivity of ovarian cancer and reduced toxicity of chemotherapy. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Feb 5;6(222):222ra18. URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24500406
2. Fritz H, et al. Intravenous vitamin C and cancer: a systematic review. Integr Cancer Ther. 2014. In publication.
3. Takahashi H, Mizunoemail H, Yanagisawaemail A. High-dose intravenous vitamin C improves quality of life in cancer patients. Personalized Medicine. 2012;1(1):49-53. URL: http://www.personalizedmedicineuniverse.com/article/S2186-4950%2812%2900013-2/abstract