Administered at IMI by our certified and experienced medical doctor, Intravenous (IV) and injected vitamin therapy are safe methods of infusing key vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream to provide an immediate therapeutic effect. In bypassing the digestive system, a higher than normal blood levels of nutrients can be achieved.
Injected B12 (IV B12)
Vitamin B12 is essential for the healthy functioning of your brain and nervous system, and a key building block of red blood cells. It is well known that low vitamin B12 causes fatigue, and may also lead to muscle aches, tingling in the fingers or toes, inability to concentrate, poor memory, as well as cardiovascular and digestive problems.
Injected Vitamin B12 is a safe and efficient way to remedy the deficiency quickly. Generally the therpay provides an immediate boost to energy for people who experience fatigue due to a deficiency.
Vegans and most vegetarians are commonly shown to be low in vitamin B12 levels. The B12 used at IMI is the optimal Methylcobalamine form, which is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Injected B complex Vitamins
B vitamins are essential for healthy nerve and metabolic functions, and also fortify resistance to stress, yet deficiency is common. Injected B complex therapy may help to promote energy and the health of the nervous system.
High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC)
Our body is only able to absorb certain levels of vitamin C orally. Taking more than 300mg at one time will decrease the absorption and may even casue diarrhoea. With Intravenous (IV) drips of vitamin C, however, we can deliver up to 100 times the normal blood levels harmlessly and this therapy offers potent therapeutic effects.1
The most common applications of IVC are treatment for viral infections and chronic fatigue. Research also suggested that IVC may be effective for other conditions:
Viral Infections: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to neutralize and eliminate toxins from your body, but it is most well know for enhancing your immune system. According to studies, IVC therapy may increase your resiliency to colds and flu and other common viral and bacterial infections.
Epstein Barr Virus and Chronic Fatugue: In some cases this viral infection can impair the immune system, and cause chronic fatigue. Our practitioners have seen good results with difficult to resolve Mononucleosis or Epstein Barr Virus infections. A published report showed positive results at clearig this virus in 178 patients with Chronic Fatigue2.
Exhaustion and Post Infection Recovery: IVC may improve your overall energy levels by supporting the adrenal glands to cope with stress, and Vitamin C is also well known to help your body to heal faster from injuries by assisting extracellular collagen production.
Cancer: IMI makes no claims for IVC in either treating cancer, nor for curing cancer. However, IVC is a valid complementary therapy and has been studied for its supportive benefits in a comprehensive cancer protocol. See the National Cancer Institute (NCI) webpage.
As noted on this National Cancer Institute website: “Some human studies of high-dose IV vitamin C in patients with cancer have shown improved quality of life, as well as improvements in physical, mental, and emotional functions, symptoms of fatigue, nausea and vomiting, pain, and appetite loss”
IV vitamin C, has caused very few side effects in clinical trials. IVC therapy is usually given between chemotherapy sessions minimize drug interactions. Here are excerpts from a published paper1:
“Vitamin C can potentially help cancer patients in a variety of ways: vitamin C replenishment is often needed in cancer patients, who are often depleted of this vitamin [3, 4], and it may improve immune system function and enhance patient health and well-being.”
“Ascorbate, at concentrations of 1 to 10 mM, attainable only with IVC, can have an inhibitory effect on tumor angiogenesis, a process of new blood vessel formation that is considered critical to tumor growth and metastasis. [5-6]”
“Clinical studies have demonstrated that IVC significantly improved global quality of life scores in cancer patients. Patients given IVC in addition to standard oncologic treatments benefited from less fatigue, reduction in nausea, improved appetite, reductions in depression and fewer sleep disorders [7, 8] and their overall intensity scores of adverse symptoms during therapy and aftercare were as little as half those of the control (no IVC) group. ”
(1) Clinical experience with intravenous administration of ascorbic acid: achievable levels in blood for different states of inflammation and disease in cancer patients J Transl Med. 2013; 11: 191. doi: 10.1186/1479-5876-11-191
(2) Med Sci Monit. 2014; 20: 725–732. doi: 10.12659/MSM.890423 PMCID: PMC4015650 Effect of high dose vitamin C on Epstein-Barr viral infection.Cameron E, Pauling L, Leibovitz B. Ascorbic acid and cancer, a review. Cancer Res. 1979;39:663–681.
(3) Hoffman F. Micronutrient requirements of cancer patients. Cancer. 1985;55(1):145–150.
(4) Fain O, Mathieu E, Thomas M. Scurvy in patients with cancer. BMJ. 1998;316:1661–1662.
(5) Mikirova N, Casciari J, Riordan N. Ascorbate inhibition of angiogenesis in aortic rings ex vivo and subcutaneous Matrigel plugs in vivo. J Angiogenesis Res. 2012;2:2–6.
(6) Mikirova N, Ichim T, Riordan N. Anti-angiogenic effect of high doses of ascorbic acid. J Transl Med. 2008;6:50. doi: 10.1186/1479-5876-6-50.
(7) Hoffer LJ, Levine M, Assouline S, Melnychuk D, Padayatty SJ, Rosadiuk K, Rousseau C, Robitaille L, Miller WH Jr. Phase I clinical trial of i.v. ascorbic acid in advanced malignancy. Ann Oncol. 2008;19(12):2095.
(8) Vollbracht C, Schneider B, Leendert V, Weiss G, Auerbach L, Beuth J, Vollbracht C. Intravenous vitamin C administration improves quality of life in breast cacner patients during chemo-radiotherapy and aftercare: results of a retrospective, multicentre, epidemiological cohort study in Germany. Vivo. 2011;82:983–990.
(9) Takahashi H, Mizuno H, Yanagisawa A. High-dose intravenous vitamin C improves quality of life in cancer patients. Personalized Medicine Universe 1. 2012;49:e53.