At Whole Health MD we use the Tahoma Clinic IV Protocols from Jonathan Wright, MD’s Tahoma Clinic in Renton, Washington.
Intravenous (IV) doses of vitamins and minerals produce markedly higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than oral administration. This delivery system circumvents the potential loss of potency due to possible breakdown in the GI tract and poor absorption of nutrients. Breakdown of the intestinal barrier and thus poor absorption is known to occur in patients with poor nutrition, chronic stress, insomnia and excess alcohol consumption. Poor nutrient absorption is associated with premature aging, weight gain, anxiety/depression, digestive disorders, skin problems, fatigue and illness.
Oral vitamins often cause gastrointestinal symptoms and diarrhea. IV nutrients go directly into the bloodstream in an unaltered, safe form and very well tolerated. IV therapy can even be used periodically in healthy people to enhance overall well-being.
IV Nutritional Therapy is used to increase energy, repair enzyme systems and promote optimum nervous system function. IV nutrients include vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium, minerals as well as trace minerals.
IV therapy can be beneficial for:
Upper Respiratory Infection
Coronary Artery Disease
High Blood Pressure
What follows are a list of the IVs commonly used in our practice.
Myer’s Cocktail – Vitamin and mineral therapy developed in the 1970’s by John Meyer, M.D., a physician at Johns Hopkins University. The “cocktail” is indicated for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, muscle spasm, asthma, hives, heart failure, angina (chest pain), and infections. The ingredients in Myer’s also support adrenal function.
IV Vitamin C
High dose Vitamin C is used for supporting the immune system in cancer, chronic Lyme, fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune dysfunction. Intravenous vitamin C is especially effective in fighting viruses and cancer cells, while being completely safe for all normal cells. It is because of this characteristic that IV vitamin C is particularly useful in knocking out the viruses of the common cold, flu, and sore throat.
IV Glutathione Therapy
Glutathione is a Powerful anti-oxidant found predominately in the brain and liver. When given intravenously it improves liver and brain function. It is often used for memory enhancement, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Neuropathy and Liver Disease. For many Parkinson’s patients, intravenous glutathione replenishment may be helpful for improving their symptoms and function.
IV Magnesium for Hypertension, Asthma, Diabetes,Migraines and More
Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer. It is also very effective in acute asthma attacks, often working to relax airway spasms when drugs do not. Magnesium supplementation is crucial for diabetics; too, because it improves insulin sensitivity, helps blood sugar control, and reduces risk of retinopathy. Magnesium can also reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, and even help you sleep.
More disease-specific formulations from Tahoma Clinic Protocols such as for glaucoma, macular degeneration, shingles, trace minerals and others can be made to order. Ask your provider.