IVC Academy & Symposium
2019 IVC Academy:
Learn how to safely and effectively
administer IV Vitamin C in your practice.
October 3-5, 2019 | Riordan Clinic campus | Wichita, KS | $495 discounted price* | 11 CMEs available | Limited to 60 participants
In 1990, Dr. Hugh Riordan announced the inception of RECNAC – Research Encompassing Novel Approaches to Cancer – with the intent of discovering underlying causes of cancer and finding ways to treat cancer in a non-toxic fashion.
Now, 29 years later, The Riordan IVC Protocol for Cancer is well known in the integrative and orthomolecular medicine community and is commonly used as an effective adjunct to conventional oncologic therapy. Although the access to trained physicians and clinics has grown, there is still an overwhelming number of providers who are looking for guidance on using IVC in their practice.
1. What is the best measure of IVC effectiveness?
2. Should other nutrients be added to the IVC solution?
3. Could alternative rates of infusion improve outcome?
4. What types of cancers respond best to IVC therapy?
If any of these questions resonate with you, the IVC Academy is the perfect opportunity to step away from your daily schedule and focus on learning how to implement or strengthen the use of IVC in your practice. Learn from the experts who helped research, develop, teach, and use the IVC Protocol every day.
This event is limited to 60 participants | Discounted Price: $495 through 9/1/19 | Regular price: $595 through 10/4/19
- Registration Form
Please fill out a new registration form and payment information for each IVC Academy attendee. Thank you!
- 2019 IVC Academy Agenda
Thursday- October 3rd
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Riordan Clinic campus (3100 N Hillside, Wichita)
Join us for drinks and light appetizers as you network with other IVC Academy attendees. You can also pick up your name badge and begin visiting with our exhibitors during this time. This event will be held at the Riordan Clinic. Details TBA.
Friday – October 4th
SPEAKER TOPIC TBA Registration Opens – Coffee and tea will be provided. 8:45 am Welcoming Comments 9:00 am Ron Hunninghake, MD IV Vitamin C – Past, Present, and Future 9:45 am Nina Mikirova, PhD A Summary of IVC Research 10:30 am AM Break – Refreshments, networking, exhibitor booths 11:00 am Ron Hunninghake, MD The Riordan IVC Protocol 11:45 am Thomas Levy, MD, JD Uses and Limitations of IV Vitamin C 12:30 pm Lunch – provided 1:45 pm Lucas Tims, ND, FABNO IV Vitamin C as Part of a Comprehensive Approach to Cancer 2:45 pm PM Break – Refreshments, networking, exhibitor booths 3:15 pm Chris Brannon, RN, BSN Nursing and Patient Perspectives 4:15 pm Speaker Panel IVC Academy Q&A – Day 1 5:00 pm Conclusion of Day 1
Saturday – October 5th
SPEAKER TOPIC TBA Doors open 9:00 am Chris Brannon, RN, BSN How to Safely Mix and Administer IV Vitamin C 9:45 am TBA Sourcing High Quality, Reliable Infusion Products 10:30 am AM Break – Refreshments, networking, exhibitor booths 11:00 am Thomas Levy, MD, JD The Multi C Protocol 11:45 am Charles Hinshaw, MD and
Ron Hunninghake, MD
Monitoring Vitamin C and Other Nutrient Levels in the Body 12:30 pm Lunch – provided 1:45 pm Ron Hunninghake, MD and
Thomas Levy, MD, JD
Issues and Answers – Implementing IV Vitamin C 2:45 pm PM Break – Refreshments, networking, exhibitor booths 3:15 pm Speaker Panel IVC Academy Q&A – Day 2 and Final Comments 5:00 pm Conclusion of Day 2
- Presentation Descriptions
IV Vitamin C (IVC) – Past, Present, and Future
Ron Hunninghake, MD
Vitamin C has been researched and taken under consideration as a treatment since early in the 19th Century. Early pioneers advocated for its use for prevention and treatment in diseases such as polio and diphtheria toxin (1935). During the latter 1930s through the 1960s, researchers and doctors began using ascorbate for pneumonia, kidney stones, cardiovascular disease, influenza, hepatitis, and, eventually, AIDS. For more than four decades, beginning in 1975, Hugh D. Riordan, M.D. and his team at what is now known as the Riordan Clinic have successfully used large doses of intravenous vitamin C against cancer. The medical literature has largely ignored 80 years of physician reports, laboratory, and clinical studies on successful high-dose ascorbate therapy. Forty years later, the Riordan Clinic still uses IVC therapy as a primary defense against a wide array of chronic illnesses and for preventative health strategies. Moving forward, the Research team at the Riordan Clinic, headed by Dr. Nina Mikirova, continues to investigate new delivery modalities and applications for this powerful antioxidant molecule.
A Summary of IVC Research
Nina Mikirova, PhD
Intravenous vitamin C therapy has garnered increased interest as a potential treatment for cancer and is being used widely in naturopathic and integrative oncology. Preclinical studies of large doses of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) have been reported to show significant anticancer effects in animal models and tissue culture investigations. The data indicate that pharmacologic ascorbate concentrations, where ascorbate is present in sufficient quantities, act as a drug.
Studies on understanding of the biological activities of ascorbate have led to a number of hypotheses for mechanisms of anti-cancer activity, such as the generation of hydrogen peroxide by the autoxidation of pharmacological concentrations of ascorbate, changes in the metabolic activity, and stimulation of the 2-oxoglutarate dependent dioxygenase family of enzymes that have a cofactor requirement for ascorbate.
As part of a comprehensive cancer treatment program, vitamin C was proven to be a powerful tool to help people to have stronger immune systems and an improvement in the quality of life. It reduces levels of inflammation markers, ameliorates symptoms in cancer patients, and increases chances of surviving their disease. Several Phase I and Phase II clinical trials have been conducted in the last ten years to test safety and efficacy when IVC is used as an adjuvant with chemotherapy. The results of these trials confirm that IVC can be administered safely, but present mixed results concerning efficacy.
In most clinical applications, IVC is administered through a one-hour infusion two or three times a week. In a Phase I clinical trial conducted by Riordan, however, patients were given continuous infusions using an infusion pump. This may represent a more favorable treatment schedule. The different treatment protocols will be discussed.
The Riordan IVC Protocol
Ron Hunninghake, MD
Used worldwide and recognized as the official protocol for the use of IV vitamin C, the Riordan Clinic protocol was developed and patented in 1997. In the last 22 years, we have freely distributed the protocol, now available in three languages on our website, and taught thousands of doctors how to implement it in their practice. This session will review the components of the protocol and discuss what you need to know to start providing IVC in your clinic.
Uses and Limitations of IV Vitamin C
Thomas Levy, MD, JD
Although IV vitamin C has been proven to be effective for many medical reasons and health concerns, it is not always an appropriate treatment to use by itself. Pre-existing or overriding health concerns can prevent the complete effectiveness of IVC as a monotherapy. Dr. Tom Levy will discuss what situations warrant the use of IV vitamin Cby itself and which situations warrant other agents and interventions. This talk is new to the 2019 IVC Academy and will be one you won’t want to miss.
IV Vitamin C as Part of a Comprehensive Approach to Cancer
Lucas Tims, ND, FABNO
A naturopathic oncologist addresses the methodology of using a variety of treatments, including but not limited to IVC, to treat cancer and view the patient as a whole rather than focus on the isolated diagnosis of the prevailing disease.
Nursing and Patient Perspectives
Chris Brannon, RN, BSN
What are the things that your nurses will need to know to skillfully administer IVC to your patients? What are things that your nurse would want you, as a doctor, to know about using IVC in your practice? Chris will provide a first-hand perspective of what it’s like to give these IVs every day. He will also represent the patient experience and relay the techniques and procedures our skilled nursing team use in order to make our patients feel comfortable while in their care.
How to Safely Mix and Administer IV Vitamin C
Chris Brannon, RN, BSN
In his 7 years as a nurse with the Riordan Clinic, and currently as the Director of Clinical Services, Chris has taught hundreds of doctors and nurses the day-to-day procedures of IVC preparation and administration. He has personally started countless IVs for our patients and is a leading expert in IVC care. Chris will review practical guidelines in the safe preparation and delivery of IVC therapy. These “standards of care” must be recognized and adopted as IVC becomes a widely utilized therapeutic option.
Sourcing High Quality, Reliable Infusion Products
Just as important as knowing why to use IVC is knowing how. Part of implementing a new service into your clinic includes sourcing high quality, reliable and cost-effective supplies. This is the number one question our nursing team receives from visiting doctors: where do we buy the vitamin C from? By the end of this one-hour presentation, you will have a list of trusted partners who can provide both the vitamin C and other therapeutic nutrients as well as the supplies you will need to infuse them. This information, in this format, is an IVC Academy exclusive and will only be distributed to attendees on site.
The Multi C Protocol
Thomas Levy, MD, JD
Intravenous ascorbate is not the only means for bringing the power of this life-saving molecule to the rescue of the ever-growing number of chronically ill patients descending upon modern medicine. Dr. Tom Levy will discuss successful case histories in the use of the many forms, dosages, and delivery methods of oral and topical ascorbate. Other nutrients and supplements that aid and strengthen the overall treatment plan will also be discussed.
Monitoring Vitamin C and Other Nutrient Levels in the Body
Charles Hinshaw, MD and Ron Hunninghake, MD
New! All nutrients are critical for good health. As a physician who is most interested in discovering the root causes of disease, nutrient testing is an invaluable tool. Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances are usually multifactorial and can also manifest in different ways for different individuals. Symptoms don’t always correlate with the specific nutrient lacking and so this is why it’s best to ‘test don’t guess’.
Nutrient testing is also a great way to get your patients to buy into diet changes and justify the cost of quality dietary supplements. This leads to greater compliance and faster results. Riordan Clinic doctors are constantly getting positive feedback from our patients regarding the “light bulbs” that go off when they see the connection between their nutritional status and their health. It’s really eye-opening and empowering for them.
Dr. Charles Hinshaw, Director of the Bio-Center Laboratory, and Dr. Ron Hunninghake will provide specific recommendations on utilizing nutrient testing to strengthen not only your patients’ treatment plans but prove the validity of your recommendations.
Issues and Answers – Implementing IV Vitamin C
Ron Hunninghake, MD and Thomas Levy, MD, JD
In the capstone presentation of the 2019 IVC Academy, comments on patient selection, adverse reactions, and other limitations will be addressed.
Q&A and Speaker Panels
At the end of each day, there will be a designated time for Q&A with any of the speakers. If your question isn’t answered during the initial presentation, write them down and ask them here.
IVC Academy speakers represent a growing field of pioneers who have found that Vitamin C is a powerful adjunct in the care of chronically ill patients.
Speakers are listed alphabetically by last name.
- Exhibitors & Sponsors
Thank you to our IVC Academy sponsors! Please use the links below to visit their sites and inquire about their services.
To find out about becoming a sponsor/exhibitor please Download our Exhibitor Packet.
- Hotels and Travel
We are looking forward to having you join us in Wichita, Kansas for the 2019 IVC Academy. Wichita is a beautiful community full of entertainment, great dining, family activities, shopping, and more. You can find out more about all of these at VisitWichita.com.
Wichitans are quite proud of our flag! You’ll see it displayed all around our community and beautiful murals have been painted on many downtown buildings integrating the basic components of the iconic design. The imagery for the 2019 IVC Academy actually features the bold contrast of shapes and colors! There are dedicated Instagram pages where people take pics of the flag all over the world and tag #WichitaFlag and #ILoveWichita. We’ll have flags on hand for you to take home and remember your time in our vibrant city!
The IVC Academy will be held on the Riordan Clinic campus in Wichita, Kansas.
Traveling to Wichita:
For those flying, the Eisenhower Airport (ICT) will be your destination. With a new terminal having been built and opened in 2015 it is now easier than ever to travel with many direct flights being offered from around the country. Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines/American Eagle, Delta Air Lines/Delta Connection, Frontier, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines/United Express all have flights available to/from ICT.
Renting a car is the best way to get the most out of your visit. Wichita is easy to navigate and although we have a larger population of about 400k the city is still designed well for commuter and residential traffic. If you are not wanting to rent a car, Wichita is serviced by both Uber and Lyft. We recommend these over local taxi companies. Both have designated pick up areas at the Eisenhower Airport. Please be aware that many hotels do not offer free airport shuttles so please check with them in advance if that is an amenity you require. They also do not provide shuttles to local businesses so it will be your responsibility to find transportation to/from the clinic each day.
There is not a designated hotel for the IVC Academy. However, below you will find a list of hotels that we regularly work with, have personally toured and can recommend for a comfortable stay.
- Residence Inn by Marriott | $109/night | 8.5 miles (11 minutes) from the clinic | Book online
- Drury Plaza Broadview | $119/night | 7.1 miles (12 minutes) from the clinic | Book online (code: 329315)
- Hotel at Old Town | from $99/night | 7.1 miles (12 minutes) from the clinic | Book online
- Candlewood Suites | $73/night | 5 miles (7 minutes) from the clinic | Book online (code: ILGLJ)
Restaurants and Grocers
Wichita is home to a growing number of restaurants and grocers who offer a wide variety of nutritionally based options. Gluten-free, vegan, paleo, keto, vegetarian, etc, diets can all be well accommodated while you are visiting. Lunch is served on Friday and Saturday at the clinic. Breakfast and dinners are on your own. View the list.
- What Past Attendees Are Saying
“Now I see that it was worth traveling 24 hours to come to this conference because what I hear here is telling me that I am thinking in the right direction. That you have to combine different modalities and Intravenous Vitamin C is the modality that is not developed enough in my part of the world. So I would like to be the agent of change in that respect.” Jana Wahl, MD, MSc, MBA | Health Coach | Kamnik, Slovenia
“I’m very fortunate to be… attending the Riordan Clinic conference. How Vitamin C is so beneficial to improve the health of our patients. From inflammation, from scurvy; whether it is by infection, or whether it is by cancer, whether it is by toxic overload. This is an excellent meeting and I encourage all physicians, and all care providers to attend this one.” Paul Kotturan, MD | Deerfield Beach, Florida
“It is really great to be able to listen to guys that have done this for years and be able to learn from their experiences. … If you’re interested in IV therapy, or just want to learn more about it for your patients, a great place to network and be with other people that are there.” James Warren, DC, APC | Tulsa, Oklahoma
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- SAVE THE DATE - 2020 IVC Symposium
October 1-3, 2020 | Drury Broadview Hotel | Wichita, KS | Details TBA
Speakers and attendees from around the globe will gather to discuss the most up to date information on IV Vitamin C, Integrative Medicine, and functional care of patients. The IVC Symposium is designed for those just starting out in IV nutrition as well as those well seasoned in IV nutrition.
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A selection of videos from our past Symposiums can be found on the Riordan Clinic YouTube channel.