At IMI we tailor our IV preparation to the needs of each patient as we believe that there is no single formula that work well for everyone.

Integrative Medical Institute

Intravenous Therapies

IMI offers an array of IV Micronutrient Therapies

We believe that micronutrient therapy can be life transforming. But why do we offer an infusion of vitamins, minerals, or other beneficial substances when they could prescribe the same combination via an oral route? We do this because we know that when a person becomes ill, he or she does not have the same energy as when they were well and healthy. Absorption and transport of nutrients takes energy. As people age, the ability to absorb nutrients decreases, and this is due to a gradual decrease in the secretion of gastric hydrochloric acid and, in turn, pancreatic enzymes needed to break down food or supplements so that intestinal absorption can occur.

There is an easy and safe method to avoid the nutrient deficiencies brought on by absorption problems and energy deficits associated with aging and illness, and that method is parenteral (IV) micronutrient therapy. Parenteral micronutrient therapy, or IV micronutrient therapy, as it is commonly known, has a long safety record. The relative absence of adverse reactions is due to the fact that the infused substances are naturally occurring – that is, they are essential nutrients required for the optimal functioning of the human body. The molecules are relatively simple and thus have low potential for hypersensitivity. Getting the nutrient into the target cell is more assured, because it is delivered directly into the body’s circulation. A high-concentration gradient can be achieved, and osmotic mechanisms can act in concert with energy requiring transport.

The principle reason for nutritional IV therapy is to supply elements of normal body metabolism and those required for resolution of illness. When patients are acutely or chronically ill, they often need a jump-start consisting of a high concentration of nutrients to get them on the road to healing, or they need the pharmacological effect of a high-dose nutrient such as vitamin C, Magnesium or glutathione.

The choice of what products to include in an IV infusion needs to be based on three main factors:

  • A deficiency of any nutrient elicited from history, symptoms, or testing
  • Necessary cofactors to ensure proper metabolism and action of a product
  • The known action of a nutrient or product on a disease process

Their symptoms could include muscle cramps, abdominal cramping or migraine headaches amongst many others. The diseases are many such as hypertension, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia, cancer, depression, anxieties, fatigue, and viral syndromes amongst many. An IV push containing micronutrients or an IV drip can bring dramatic relief from their symptoms.

At IMI we tailor make our IV preparation to the needs of each patient. We recognize that every patient’s history, metabolic process and lifestyle are uniquely different; we believe that there is no single formula that work well for all patients.

Types of IV Therapy Offered

IV Phospho-Lipid Therapy (PK PROTOCOL)

Toxins such as pesticides, petrochemicals, preservatives in food and skincare products, molds and heavy metals can be stored in fatty tissue in the body for a long time where they interfere with functioning of the cells, often in the nervous, brain and immune systems. The human brain is made up of 60% lipids. The main route of detoxification is via the liver into bile and then into the intestines.

If detoxification is impaired,the toxins trigger formation of very long chain fatty acids that are rigid at body temperature and they incorporate themselves into the pliable cell membrane and alter the structure of the membrane; making the membranes rigid; and therefore inefficient in its functioning.
The phopholipid therapy we follow is the PK Protocol and is used in a range of disorders, and has developed into an effective means of detoxifying the cell membrane. This is extremely important in modern times.

Because of the major groups of toxins such as:

  • Organophosphate and organo-chlorine pesticides
  • Related chemicals such as fire-retardants (PCBs, PBBs)
  • Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, nickel, etc.
  • Preservatives in cosmetics and food

are all fat-soluble, and end up either inside lipid rich cells or in cell membranes, where they disrupt the very processes of life. Inside fat cells they are in fact relatively inert and thus safe since this is a storage facility; it is once they are incorporated within the membrane structure that they are deleterious. These chemicals and preservatives find their way into the cell nucleus where they affect the DNA by either blocking the DNA or interfering with its replication, or by either entering the cell membrane and altering the structure of the membrane; thus making the membranes rigid; and therefore inefficient in its functioning.

At IMI we can test cell membrane permeability and even have the DNA of the mitochondria evaluated for toxin (Mitochondrial DNA Adducts). The protocol we use applies to a range of disorders, and has developed into an effective means of detoxifying the cell membrane.

The first ingredient of the treatment is a short chain fatty acid which removes ammonia from the body (a problem in neurotoxic diseases), burns the very long chain fatty acids that distort the cell membranes and clears Bio toxins.

The second ingredient of the treatment are essential lipids, as they occur in the membranes. The essential lipids detoxifies the liver and biliary tree while stabilizing and nourishing the cell membrane.

The third part of the treatment is an amino acid that is crucial for detoxification in the liver. It also stimulates secretion of bile. It is given after the Phospholipid as it uses the lipid to enter into the cell more efficiently and to bind the toxins released by the lipid membrane. It has been shown that patients with Parkinson’s disease are deficient in these amino acids.

IV Micronutrient Vitamin Therapy

In higher, therapeutic doses given by injection, your intracellular levels of vitamins and minerals are increased and act beneficially, therapeutically in the body. This IV treatment is helpful for patients that experience headaches, migraines, upper respiratory infections, asthma, chronic fatigue, chronic viral infections, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, withdrawal symptoms, and allergies, and is beneficial for athletic performance and the overall health of those living stressful lifestyles.

By increasing intercellular levels of these nutrients you’ll recharge your mitochondria and strengthen your adrenal glands, your thyroid and your immune system in a way that oral supplementation can’t match.

IV Glutathione Therapy

Glutathione is the antioxidant that is present in every cell in the human body. Glutathione is primarily synthesized in the liver where it is abundantly present.
A high percentage of the blood that leaves the stomach and intestines passes through the liver. The blood carries important nutrients to the liver where they are metabolized into substances vital to life. In the same way, exogenous toxic substances reach the liver where they are either activated or transformed into less toxic derivatives. Glutathione plays a crucial role in the liver’s biotransformation system.

Free radicals play an important role in the development and progression of many brain disorders such as brain injury, neurodegenerative disease, schizophrenia and Down’s syndrome. Glutathione is the brain’s master antioxidant and plays an important protective role in the brain. Free radicals and oxidative damage in neurons is known to be a primary cause of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.

Amyloid plaques encroaching on the brain increase the production of free radicals, or oxidative stress. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E remove the damaging free radicals. Glutathione can prevent the death of brain cells induced by amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s disease.

Taking glutathione itself as a supplement does not boost cellular glutathione levels, since it breaks down in the digestive tract before it reaches the cells. However, intravenous glutathione therapy, along with dietary supplements, is effective in boosting intracellular levels of glutathione.

High Dose IV Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for optimal functioning of many systems in the body. It is used in the immune system, endocrine system, antioxidant enzymes, detoxification system, lipid metabolism, collagen tissue formation and absorption of iron. High Dose vitamin C has been used for many years in the oral and intravenous delivery to reverse acute and chronic disease. IMI considers vitamin C therapy to be critical for toxicity and immune deficiency syndromes.

At IMI we follow the RIORADAN PROTOCOL. We have been using high doses of vitamin C for many years, because it appears to be a universal antitoxin. Many studies have shown vitamin C can neutralize many bacterial toxins. As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, it can remove toxic metals including lead, mercury and aluminum from the body. Vitamin C is such a powerful protector from disease, I recommend taking an oral dose every day.

Depending on a patient’s condition, the practitioner may add more minerals and vitamins to further support the immune system.

Intravenous Vitamin C for Cancer Q&A

What is the intravenous vitamin C cancer treatment?

Research shows that intravenous vitamin C at high doses, used in conjunction with chemotherapy or radiation, kills cancer cells in the early stages of cancer. For those in the later stages of cancer, the intravenous vitamin C protocol may improve the quality of life. The protocol also suggests a strict diet with oral supplementation.
How do I know if the intravenous vitamin C therapy will work for my cancer?

Each individual responds differently, and we can’t predict how different tumor types will react. A PET scan usually is a guidepost. If the PET is positive, the tumor usually responds to the vitamin C. If the PET is negative but there is an active tumor present, vitamin C is less effective in most cases. Vitamin C therapy works best in the early stages of cancer when used in conjunction with chemotherapy or radiation. It is not intended as a stand-alone treatment or as a last effort treatment for patients in the late stages of cancer.

Does oral vitamin C (ascorbate) provide the same results?

No. Oral vitamin C is an antioxidant with controlled absorption. Intravenous vitamin C is a pro-oxidant drug that helps produce hydrogen peroxide, which targets neoplastic cells while leaving normal cells unharmed. Because this form is delivered intravenously, plasma and tissue levels are many times above that of oral dosing.

Is intravenous vitamin C safe?

Patients must have a G6PD test before any infusions are given. We have found no contraindications to providing intravenous vitamin C with any chemotherapy when proper protocol is followed. Additions to the protocol are not recommended. The protocol should NOT be administered in conjunction with methotrexate chemotherapy because of urine pH requirements.

What is a G6PD blood test and why should I get the results from that test before I start the vitamin C infusions?

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is an inherited condition in which a person’s body doesn’t have enough of the G6PD enzyme. G6PD helps red blood cells function normally. Patients with this deficiency should not receive vitamin C infusions because it can cause hemolytic anemia.

How will additions, such as B vitamins, affect vitamin C infusions?

Additions, such as B vitamins, may reduce the formation of hydrogen peroxide, which is the chemotherapeutic agent formed by intravenous vitamin C. Medical professionals administering intravenous vitamin C should follow the protocol.

What’s the frequency and duration of the vitamin C infusions?

Patients begin with a low dosage and work their way up to the therapeutic level. Once at therapeutic level, the infusions will take between 2.5-3 hours, depending on the patient’s individual saturation point, which is detailed in the protocol provided to medical professionals. We usually provide two infusions per week, but some patients may require three infusions a week. After a patient has received therapeutic-level infusions for a year, we will re-evaluate.

Can I stop vitamin C infusions for a period of time and begin later at the same dosage?

We don’t recommend stopping the intravenous vitamin C unless the patient has been cancer-free for at least a year. If the patient stops the infusions but is not cancer free, the patient may develop tumor cells that are resistant to the intravenous vitamin C’s chemotherapeutic agent. Although a patient may stop for a week if necessary, we recommend the patient receive an extra infusion the week before and the week after.

I’ve started the intravenous vitamin C, but my tumor markers continue to go up. Are the vitamin C infusions causing the cancer to spread?
No. If the protocol is being followed correctly, the intravenous vitamin C is working as a chemotherapeutic agent. Just as some types of chemotherapy may not be successful, the same is true of vitamin C infusions.

How important are diet and oral supplementation?
Diet plays a huge role in the protocol. We use the four-point program: diet, oral supplements, intravenous vitamin C and chemotherapy or radiation. Oral supplements are recommended on a case by case basis. We highly recommend the book, Beating Cancer with Nutrition, by Patrick Quillin.

If a patient smokes or is continuously exposed to second-hand smoke, is the effectiveness of the vitamin C infusions diminished?

Yes, absolutely. The oxidants from cigarette smoking or second-hand smoke lower vitamin C levels in the blood. It is extremely important that patients stop smoking or limit their exposure to second-hand smoke.

Will my insurance cover the costs of the vitamin C infusions?

In most cases, no.