IV Therapies

Chelation and Other IV Therapies

*Chelation Therapy
*Vitamin C IV Therapy
*Myers Cocktail IV Therapy
*Glutathione Therapy

The James E. Efaw IV Therapy Room is designed with comfort in mind, including plush recliners, a high-definition flat screen TV and snacks and drinks for patients and  family members.  Our nurses are dedicated to administering IV therapies in a warm and friendly environment.

Chelation Therapy
By infusing the chemical ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) into the blood, chelation therapy is a revitalizing intravenous treatment that removes harmful toxins from the body and improves circulation to the heart, legs or brain.  It can serve as an effective complimentary therapy in the treatment of various diseases and disorders and help maintain good health and wellness.

EDTA is administered to a patient through an intravenous drip. The EDTA is mixed with vitamin and mineral supplements to maximize the benefits of chelation and to replace essential elements used up by the body during the treatment. The EDTA, along with the toxins extracted, are excreted through the kidneys, usually within 24 hours.

A careful assessment with a detailed history, physical examination and laboratory tests conducted by Dr. Efaw or Priscilla are conducted before chelation therapy is undertaken.

Chelation therapy has many benefits for people with heart disease, including:
*Removal of calcium deposits that build-up artery-clogging plaque
*Reduction of  blood clots
*Normalization of cholesterol and HDL levels

Chelation therapy can also assist in the treatment of:
*Metal poisoning
*Rheumatoid arthritis
*Skin conditions
*Respiratory symptoms
*Gastrointestinal problems

Chelation is the chemical binding of one substance to another and comes from the Greek word meaning "claw."  Ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) is a synthetic amino acid which has the ability to attach itself to metals and minerals, forming a particular kind of bond called a chelate. Metals are bound more tightly than minerals and are removed from the body.

EDTA was developed in Europe in the first half of this century for use in industry and water purification. It was found to have particularly good chelation (binding) properties especially in regards to the heavy metals, and so it became an inexpensive way to purify drinking water. It was also used in WWII in Germany to treat arsenic gas exposure.

In the 1940s, U.S. naval physicians began noticing a high incidence of lead poisoning among sailors assigned the duty of painting warships. The physicians used to intravenous (IV) EDTA chelation therapy to remove the lead with excellent results. In the 1950s, physicians treating heavy metal toxicity also noticed that their patients with angina no longer complained of chest pain after a few EDTA treatments, and EDTA chelation therapy became popular as a treatment for coronary and other vascular disease. Since then, chelation therapy has found to be beneficial in assisting in the treatment of other diseases and disorders.

Are there any side effects to chelation?
A person may have a reaction to the EDTA or vitamins, however this rarely occurs. There may be some inflammation at the site of the intravenous drip.
Is chelation done just once?
No. Chelation is a course of treatments which usually consists of anywhere from 20 to 30 separate infusions.  The treatments are usually recommended to be conducted once-a-week.  For patients with symptoms of arterial blockage, the average number of infusions required for optimum benefit is usually around 30.  Dr. Efaw may recommend monthly maintenance treatments after the initial 20-30 treatments are completed.

How long does each course of chelation take?
Each chelation treatment takes three-to-four hours. For this time, the person is sitting comfortably in a recliner chair in a special infusion room.  A television, magazines, snacks and drinks are available. 

Vitamin C IV Therapy
The Center for Healing and Wellness offers Vitamin C IV therapy, which is administered while you rest comfortably in a recliner. 

Vitamin C is essential for our immune system and plays a profound role in heart and brain functions.  Many environmental factors deplete our body's supply of Vitamin C, including the food we eat, smoking, alcohol, caffeine and air pollutants.   Vitamin C helps the body recover from inflammation, thrombosis and restricted blood flow caused by lack of oxygen.

When you increase your Vitamin C by eating more citrus fruits and vegetables, or by taking oral supplements, there is a limit to how much you can consume before experiencing digestive disturbances. Often the amount of Vitamin C absorbed through the gut is inadequate. One way to ensure that we get a large dose of Vitamin C is to place it straight into our system, bypassing the digestive process through intravenous (IV) therapy.

Please click here for the Educational Handout on Vitamin C

Myers Cocktail IV Therapy
The "Myers Cocktail" is an intravenous therapy consisting of various mixes of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. It can be very useful in situations where oral nutrients or other therapies are not working. When nutrients are given intravenously, your digestive system is bypassed and a much higher level of nutrition can be delivered directly to your cells via the bloodstream.  If your cells can function at their best, it's more likely you can recover from a serious health problem.

This type of therapy is especially appropriate for anyone with digestive problems, including bloating, diarrhea, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease or other GI problem. The Myers Cocktail IV therapy may also be helpful for many chronic or acute conditions, including fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, infection, asthma, chest pain, congestive heart failure, palpitations, migraine headaches, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, seasonal allergies, hives, hyperthyroidism, and acute muscle spasms. A Myers Cocktail can even help athletes recover faster from an illness so they can participate in an event.

People respond differently to intravenous nutrient therapy. Some may only need an occasional Myers Cocktail, while others may need one monthly or even weekly in order to keep their chronic condition under control.

Please click here for the Educational Handout on Myers Cocktail

Glutathione Therapy
Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant in our body.   It is a detoxifier in our cells and is used is for energy production.  Glutathione can neutralize any type of free radical.  It is produced in our bodies at an increasing rate until about age 20, and then the production continually declines. 

Receiving glutathione through IV therapy can help detoxify cells, decrease inflammation, improve immune function, increase energy, improve lung and heart function and sharpen concentration and mental function.   It is also used to treat neurological and muscular disorders with great success.  It is used to treat fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and many other disorders. 

Glutathione Therapy can be administered up to three times per week if needed.  It may take up to one month for patients to see improvement in their symptoms, but many see a difference after their first IV.  Glutathione Therapy can also be used for someone just wanting to assist their body with detoxification, to improve energy and mental function, or decrease inflammation in the body.