Myer’s Vitamin Cocktail
The Myer’s Cocktail is used by hundreds of physicians across North America.
It is named for the late John Myers, M.D., a Maryland physician who used intravenous injections of nutrients to treat his patients. Currently, the nutrient cocktail has been popularized by Alan Gaby, M.D., president of the American Holistic Medical Association and a physician who writes about nutritional factors in medicine.
The idea of the Myers Cocktail is that many illnesses and conditions are associated with digestive disturbances such as bloating, malabsorption and food sensitivities and that people with such conditions may not absorb many of the nutrients needed to return them to good health. Further, many diseases cause the body to use nutrients at a faster rate, or to require higher amounts for proper healing. When nutrients are injected intravenously, digestion is bypassed. The levels of nutrients in the bloodstream are temporarily increased so that they are forced into the cells, and frequently into the mitochondria, where they are active. This temporary boost makes the cells produce more efficient energy.
Dr. Gaby, MD, has published an account of his experience in treating 1000 patients with the Myer’s Cocktail for over 11 years, giving a total of almost 15, 000 infusions. He observed that many chronic conditions respond to a series of Myers Cocktails including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic depression, acute muscle spasms, migraines, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies, cardiovascular disease and athletic performance. People who get sick with constant infections may find an increased immune response, with less susceptibility to acute illnesses.
One component of the Myers’ Cocktail, Magnesium, is something that many people are deficient in. Having low levels of magnesium has been linked to several health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and migraines. Recent research has also found that magnesium is useful in treating high blood pressure, and heart attacks. A typical Myer’s Cocktail is composed of vitamin B5, B6, B12, B complex, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Calcium. Modifications are made to this protocol depending on each individual’s needs.
Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the “Myers’ Cocktail”