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IV Therapy for Targeted Conditions


Myers’ Cocktail 


The Myer’s Cocktail consists of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin C is effective in the treatment of Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, upper respiratory tract infections, asthma, chronic sinusitis, cardiovascular disease and other disorders. The late John Myers MD pioneered the use of intravenous vitamins and minerals as part of a comprehensive strategy targeting various medical problems. Since Myers’ death in 1984 the solution has been modified (magnesium and vitamin C have been increased, hydrochloric acid was eliminated). Treatments often produce rapid results and many patients choose to have periodic follow-up infusions due to the enhancement of overall well-being that they experience.

One of many success stories is the case of a 48 year old woman presenting with a six-year history of Fibromyalgia. Symptoms included pain in the hips, back and neck, and tightness of the left arm. She also had a history of migraines and chronic nasal congestion. Physical examination showed extremely stiff muscles and decreased range of motion in multiple areas of her body.

The patient was given a therapeutic trial and at the end of the injection reported that her joint pains and muscle aches were gone for the first time in six years. Treatment was repeated after a week, followed by every other week for several months, then once monthly for three years. Although symptoms did begin to return between treatments, they were never as severe as they had been before beginning the regimen.

 IV Vitamin C


When taken via IV infusion, vitamin C can reach much higher levels in the blood than when taken orally. Studies suggest that these higher levels may cause the death of cancer cells. It has been studied as a treatment for cancer patients since the 1970’s. A Scottish surgeon named Ewan Cameron worked with Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling to study the possible benefits of vitamin C therapy in clinical trials of cancer patients in the late 1970s and early 1980’s.  High dose vitamin C is currently given to patients to treat infections, fatigue and cancers, including breast cancer and prostate cancer.

An example of successful treatment with high dose vitamin C infusion was demonstrated in the case of a 49 year old man with a malignant tumor in his bladder with multiple tumors in the surrounding tissue. The tumors were resected until normal tissue was reached surrounding each one. The patient refused follow-up chemotherapy and radiation treatment and instead chose high dose IV vitamin C treatments. Nine years after diagnosis the patient is in good health with no recurrence of cancerous tumors. 

Ozone intravenous via major autohemotherapy and via direct venous injection 

Ozone therapy is the use of medical ozone to treat a wide array of conditions and has a long history of safe and effective use. Ozone therapy has been shown to inactivate viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungi and protozoa.  It also stimulates and activates the body's immune system by increasing oxygen metabolism. Conditions that may benefit from treatment include meniscal tears and joint disorders, shingles and herpes simplex, lyme disease, autoimmune diseases, cancer and many more.

Ozone infusion via autohemothrapy involves taking about 250ml of blood from a patient, exposing it to ozone, and dripping it back into a patient via an IV. This delivers the ozone/oxygen mix into circulation and every cell of the body has exposure to the mix.

Ozone therapy via injection involves anesthetizing the area requiring treatment and injecting the ozone into it. In some cases of cancer, ozone is injected directly into the tumor if it is accessible. Injection methods can vary depending upon the area/condition being treated.  Direct intravenous ozone is a technique developed in Europe and made popular by Dr. Robbins in Manhattan, NY. This is a technique we are very comfortable utilizing and do so frequently. It has demonstrated vast efficacy in Cancer patients, fibromyalgia, viral infections and bacterial infections.

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation

UBI improves three fundamental issues that contribute to poor health and chronic disease: reduced oxygen delivery to the cells of the body, accumulation of toxins in the body and a weakened immune system, increasing susceptibility to infection. 

UBI has been shown to improve blood circulation and tissue oxygenation, stimulate the immune system to fight infections, kill microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi and reduce inflammatory conditions in the body. It can also gradually improve kidney function by lowering creatinine, help diabetics reduce blood sugar by reducing insulin resistance and improving glucose tolerance, and improve autoimmune diseases. These are only a few of the conditions successfully treated and resolved by UBI.

An example of a successful UBI patient is a 28 year old gentleman who presented to our clinic with frequent outbreaks of genital herpes. He underwent vitamin C infusions, ozone infusions,  along with UBI therapy. We have found his outbreaks have stopped and his lab tests normalized. We remain convinced UBI therapy was a large part of his success during a once a week 8 week infusion program.

Glutathione Push IV


Glutathione and its related enzymes are our most prolific antioxidants because in addition to directly scavenging free radicals, they also reactivate other antioxidants. It also plays crucial roles in the immune response, DNA repair, and the detoxification process that neutralizes drugs, chemicals, radiation, metabolic wastes, and other toxins and carcinogens. Glutathione depletion is also associated with disease and aging.

While glutathione can be used simply as a supplement, some conditions call for more intensive doses. This can best be accomplished by administering it intravenously, thereby bypassing the digestive tract and efficiently delivering it to target tissues.

Glutathione IV therapy  has successfully  treated patients who are recovering from strokes and those with hepatitis, neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, and other chronic illnesses associated with dramatic depletions in glutathione.

One patient  with an extremely high viral load despite having tried the gamut of drugs for hepatitis C, had been advised that, sooner or later, she would need a liver transplant. After glutathione treatment, she left with a fivefold reduction in her viral load and normalization of liver enzymes.

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Intravenous Chelation 

Intravenous Chelation is a treatment used in conventional medicine for removing heavy metals (including mercury) from the blood. It involves intravenous injections of a chelating agent - EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), a synthetic amino acid.

EDTA is the main component in our intravenous chelation. It has been shown and proven by randomized prospective, double blind studies, to be effective against heart attacks and hospitalizations due to high blood pressure. It can also reduce high blood pressure, and possibly reduce or eliminate the need for of heart disease medications. It may also reduce or eliminate the need for bypass surgery or angioplasties in patients with blocked arteries.

These same studies have shown that the beneficial effects of chelation are even more pronounced in diabetic patients. In addition, the removal of heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, arsenic, cadmium and lead can improve or reverse many other diseases.

For example, we have observed patients with prostate cancer, who undergo weekly chelation therapy, have significant reductions in markers of tumor growth down to normal levels (PSA or prostatic specific antigen). Some of these patients have also experienced a reduction of prostate tumors as measured by magnetic resonance imaging studies. Other patients have experienced disappearance of tumor by digital rectal examination.

The use of chelation therapy, which  have been performed successfully for the past 50 years, suggests most diseases may initiate or worsen by the presence of contaminants, that may in turn, be removed by this modality.

The treatment takes about 10 minutes, and we initially recommended a series of once-weekly treatments for six weeks, in order to determine the clinical outcome and the course of ongoing treatment.


Risks and Requirements

IV therapies require patients to have “good veins”. This means the patient has to have prominent and large veins for the nurse to place an IV catheter. When patients have serious conditions such as cancer, a venous access port or PICC line can be placed by a radiologist at Dr. Rucker’s request.

Generalized risks, though minimal, include pain, bruising and redness at the IV site. We have had no major incidents at our office and find these therapies to be low risk, high reward.

Insurance Reimbursement

Most of these procedures require cash payment due to insurance inability to cover. On some occasions, commercial insurance will provide a partial reimbursement.

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Dr. Rucker and our patients talk about the benefits of utilizing IV Infusion to heal the body.  We use IV Therapy with our Athletes, Cancer Patients, General Wellness, Herpes, Lymes Disease to name a few.  

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