Dr. Stephen Buzzelli ND
Currently, I am not offering IV services. Sorry for this inconvenience.
Glutathione as a Powerful Anti-oxidant
Glutathione is an antioxidant that is found in all of our cells and protects our cells against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. We need a fine balance between free radicals and anti-oxidants. For example, free radicals are useful in attacking bacteria/virus (1). When the balance scale tips to the side of free radicals, damage is done to cell structures, lipids, DNA and proteins (1). A poor diet, stress and lack of physical exercise can also be instances where free radicals are in surplus (1). Many chronic diseases are linked to an excess of free radicals such as hypertension, diabetes among many others (1). Even the effects of aging are sped up by these free radicals (1). Glutathione is known to collect these free radicals and make them less reactive so they do not unnecessarily destroy cell structure (2). Glutathione helps deactivate certain inflammatory processes, as well improve liver function, which is an organ that is needed to function at optimal capacity to detoxify the harmful wastes we produce and ingest (2). In summary, while adopting a healthier lifestyle, the use of IV glutathione may add in keeping a fine balance between free radicals and antioxidants and help stave the effects of aging.
1. Valko, Marian, et al. "Free radicals and antioxidants in normal physiological functions and human disease." The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology 39.1 (2007): 44-84.
2. Li, Q., Wang, W., Zhou, Y., & Ma, J. (2017). Effects of reduced glutathione therapy on chronic hepatitis B. Central European Journal of Immunology, 42(1), 97-100.
What is a Myers' Cocktail?
Intravenous vitamin therapy was first introduced by Dr. John Myers, MD as therapeutic treatment to decrease the severity of symptoms related to migraines, depression, anxiety, fatigue, fibromyalgia, colds, flus, seasonal allergies, chronic sinusitis, and other health ailements (1). John Myers, MD used a mixture of vitamins and nutrients to help with these ailments. The “Myers Cocktail” is usually a combination of magnesium, calcium, B12, B6, B5, B vitamin complex and vitamin C (1). This is one of our base formulas that we use here at the Root of Health, with unique adjustments depending on the individual’s health concern. The benefit of IV vitamin therapy, as opposed to oral vitamin therapy, is that the availability of vitamins/micronutrients in the blood is higher, increasing the chance of greater therapeutic effect (1). The amount our body allows for absorption through our stomach, intestines, kidneys and liver is less than when directly providing the vitamins into the circulatory system (1). Take vitamin C as an example, the antiviral effect of vitamin C is easily achievable at an IV dose compared to an oral dose (1). For oral administration of vitamin C, it may take more doses and a longer duration of time before it proves beneficial. In summary, IV therapy provides a higher concentration of the vitamin in the blood compared to oral vitamin therapy, making it highly available to the cells to take in to receive benefit.
1. Gaby, Alan R. "Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: The "Myers' Cocktail". Alternative Medicine Review : A Journal of Clinical Therapeutic, vol. 7, no. 5, 2002, pp. 389.
Between late August until the middle of October, many individuals are affected by the ragweed season; complaints of itchy eyes and stuffed-up noses are rampant during these times. As reported by Dr. Alan Gaby, MD, he had a patient that had a history of seasonal allergies with typical symptoms of fatigue, itchy eyes and nasal congestion (1). He found that the administration of a Myers cocktail via IV route, once weekly and sometimes less, helped with decreasing the symptom severity of seasonal allergies for this particular patient (1). Soon the patient took notice that if he did this therapy shortly before the allergy season and throughout the season, symptoms were prevented (1). Why the Myers cocktail helps with seasonal allergies is a few reasons. Vitamin C at high concentrations has both an anti-inflammatory affect and anti-histamine effect (1). B6 and B3 at higher concentrations seem to have an anti-inflammatory effect as well (1). Research shows that the Myers cocktail is helpful in resolving seasonal allergies in about 1/3 to ½ of people who use it (1). In summary, when used prophylactically, IV Meyers may prevent the development of seasonal allergy symptoms.
1. Gaby, Alan R. "Case report: seasonal allergic rhinitis treated with intravenous nutrients." Townsend Letter: The Examiner of Alternative Medicine, May 2006, p. 29.