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  The following article was written for the OAND Parenteral Therapy Course

Professional I.V. Seminars
Virginia Osborne, RN, ND.

In Ontario Naturopathic Doctors with specialized training are regulated to perform I.V. therapy. Rationale for Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Therapy can be explained by the following article:

By the time that symptoms of disease have made their appearance, it is sometimes too late for oral vitamins and minerals to make much difference. Nevertheless, these same vitamins and minerals, given intramuscularly or intravenously, can benefit many diseases. At first glance, this looks like a contradiction. If nutrients can be used to handle disease, it should not matter by which route they enter the body. However, there is good reason why this does matter.

It is a fact of biology that all life, except for viruses, is composed of cells and cell products. When we attempt to bring a disease under control, what we are really trying to do is provide cells with all the nutrients that they need to get the job done. If the cells are not healthy, we are not healthy, since our bodies are composed entirely of cells and cell products.

So we approach the problem of curing disease as a problem of the “cell”. We think if the health of a single cell to clarify our thinking, understanding “the cell” is actually billions of cells. We want to provide the cell what it needs to exist in a healthy condition. What the cell needs to be maximally healthy is always found in nature.

However to work, these nutrients must be admitted into the cell, through the cell wall, to the inside of the cell. This is called “transport” and constitutes work done by the cell and thus requires energy. The best nutrient formula does no good when the nutrients remain in the extra cellular space (outside the cell), circulating around the body, waiting to be filtered out by the kidneys.

There is another method by which nutrients enter the cells: by absorption. Nutrients slip through the wall without requiring the participation of the cell or any work from the cell. The cell wall is thus said to be “semi permeable”; i.e., it will keep out all but a small percentage of nutrients unless they are actively transported from the outside of the cell to the inside. Absorption is a minor method of nutrient entry into cells, under ordinary conditions. It depends on a “concentration gradient”, as the biochemists call it; i.e., it depends on nutrients being in a higher concentration in the outside of the cell compared to the inside of the cell.

Now comes the point: if the cell is sick, it does not perform its functions well. One of these functions which it does not perform well is transport of nutrients across the cell wall. Therefore, we have a Catch-22: the cell is too sick to transport the nutrients in sufficient quantity to create health? What to do?

The answer is simple: give the nutrients in a concentration high enough to force these nutrients into the cell by means of a high concentration gradient and the ability if the cell wall to absorb without expending its energy on active transport. When given in high concentration, IV or IM nutrients enter the cell by shear force of numbers. Highly concentrated on the outside, the “semi permeable” cell wall admits the nutrients due to the high concentration gradient which has been created.

Therefore, if the cell can only absorb ten percent of what it needs under conditions of usual concentration, and we increase the concentration of nutrients availability by 1000% (ten times the usual), we automatically increase absorption by 100% [10% (0.10) x 1000= 100%} of normal. Then, provided we introduced the proper nutrients, the cell becomes healthy and able to transport needed nutrients when those nutrients are in usual concentrations. The numbers used here are not meant to be accurate for any particular nutrient but simply to demonstrate the principles involved.

The only way to increase the concentration of a nutrient by this “1000%” is by intravenous or intramuscular injection. Why is this? Because the cells of the stomach and the intestine can transport and absorb only so fast, and this is not fast enough to create a high concentration gradient throughout the body. IV and IM administration bypasses the stomach and produces an instant large increase in concentration, which is presented to every cell in the body. The intravenous route is especially useful for this purpose, because no time is required for absorption from an injection site in a muscle.

It is not always necessary to resort to the “parenteral” (intravenous or intramuscular) routes of administration, and we do not do this unless necessary. Many diseases can be handled by large oral doses of vitamins and minerals, but when this is not effective, parenteral administration provides a real benefit.

Because the effects on normal function of synthetic drugs are unpredictable, especially when given parenterally, there is a great fear of this route of administration. Most people have known or heard of someone who has died from an IM or an IV synthetic drug. The situation is different with vitamins and minerals. These substances are natural to the body and, when given in proper doses by an experienced Naturopathic Doctor, are as safe as the day is long. “Idiosyncratic” reactions, which often happen with synthetic drugs, are far LESS common with substances that are natural to the body.
 
 
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