Vitamin C

There are certain instances when vitamins or minerals can be administered directly into the bloodstream in order to achieve therapeutic concentrations not possible through oral administration. One example of this is Vitamin C. Our bodies keep our blood levels in a tightly controlled range. When we are low, we absorb more from our intestines, and excrete less in our urine. When our intake is sufficient our intestines will stop absorbing any more. The most a healthy person can absorb orally from the diet is about 1.5 grams per day. Anything beyond that just stays in the intestines and can cause diarrhea. There’s a good reason for this, and we’re learning that although in typical doses vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, when in concentrations that exceed our normal range, it actually becomes a pro-oxidant in our tissue space. It does so by producing hydrogen peroxide when it reacts with metals in our tissue like iron.

It turns out that while this oxidative reaction in our tissue is quite safe to our healthy cells (they have the ability to break down hydrogen peroxide), it will to a certain extent kill other types of cells, namely cancer cells, viruses, and bacteria. It can therefore be used as a safe adjunctive therapy for many cancers, and can dramatically speed recovery from chronic viral infections like mono, hepatitis, and Lyme disease. Doses up to 100 grams can be given safely to people who have been screened appropriately for certain conditions that can be aggravated by high doses (G6PD deficiency, and kidney function).

Meyer’s Cocktail

Another treatment for those who are feeling depleted is the Meyer’s Cocktail, named after the Doctor who pioneered the therapy. It is essentially a mixture of B vitamins, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Magnesium. This has proved to be a great help to those who complain of fatigue. Its also particularly useful for the treatment of chronic fatigue, upper respiratory infections, depression, anxiety, asthma, muscle cramps, and to help speed recovery and naturally boost physical performance.

IV Chelation

This treatment removes heavy metals (including mercury, cadmium and lead) from the blood. It involves intravenous injections of a chelating agent, EDTA, a synthetic amino acid. EDTA Binds to heavy metals in the blood so that they can be excreted in the urine. DMPS is another IV chelator, while DMSA is an orally administered chelator.

The two primary indications for chelation therapy are heavy metal detoxification and cardiovascular disease.

Chelation is an important therapy for those with known metal exposures or symptoms that can be amplified by metal toxicity such as neurological, immune, hormonal, kidney or skin problems. We all have some exposure to toxic metals, but there are factors that can really increase some of them. For example, if you’ve had mercury amalgams or eaten lots of tuna, you have mercury exposure. If you’ve ever been a smoker, you have lead and cadmium exposure.

As for cardiovascular disease prevention, the largest and longest, and most comprehensive randomized placebo controlled trial to date was recently completed to evaluate the efficacy of chelation on cardiovascular disease. They took 1,708 patients who had a previous heart attack, gave them 30-40 EDTA infusions, and followed them for 8 years. Those receiving chelation, had an 18% drop in the composite endpoint of death, heart attack, stroke, need for coronary revascularization, (stents or bypass surgery), and hospitalization for angina. Those in the study who also happened to be diabetic benefited to an even larger degree, reducing the composite endpoints by 39% compared to placebo. Those with prior heart attacks to the front part of the heart experienced a reduction in future events by 37%.

While chelation may not be the panacea that some of its proponents claim, it is an extremely valuable therapy for preventing heart disease, and for those looking to remove disease causing metals from their body.