John Myers, MD, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland, pioneered the use of intravenous vitamins and minerals as part of the overall treatment of carious medical problems. In the 1960’s Alan R. Gaby, MD, and over the last 15 years, other physicians modified his IV regimen. Today many doctors throughout the world use the Myer’s formula to assist clients with their health. It soon became apparent that the modified Myers cocktail was helpful for a wide range of clinical conditions, often producing dramatic results. Conditions that frequently responded or improved included asthma attacks, acute migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic depression, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis and seasonal allergic rhinitis.
In addition to having direct pharmacological effects, IV nutrient therapy may be more effective than oral or IM treatment for correcting intracellular nutrient deficits. Some nutrients are present at much higher concentrations in the cells than in the serum. For example, the average magnesium concentration in myocardial cells is 10 times higher than the extracellular concentration. This ratio is maintained in healthy cells by an active-transport system that continually pumps magnesium ions into the cells against the concentration gradient. In certain disease states the capacity of membrane pumps to maintain normal concentration gradients may be compromised. As magnesium plays a keep role in mitochondrial energy production, intracellular magnesium deficiency may exacerbate heart failure and lead to a vicious cycle of further intracellular magnesium loss and more severe heart failure.
IV administration of magnesium, by producing a marked, though transient increase in the serum concentration, provides a window of opportunity for ailing cells to take up magnesium against a smaller concentration gradient. Nutrients taken up by cells after an IV infusion may eventually leak out again, but perhaps some healing takes place before they do so. If cells are repeatedly flooded with nutrients, the improvement may be cumulative. Experience has shown that clients become progressively healthier with repeated infusions.
The Myer’s Cocktail is usually given 1 to 2 times per week and beneficial effects are usually felt by the fourth or fifth infusion. Many clients then choose to continue the Myer’s cocktail every 2 to 4 weeks or whenever they feel the need for it.
The Myer’s often produces a sensation of heat, particularly with large doses or rapid administration. This effect appears to be due primarily to the magnesium, although rapid injections of calcium have been reported to produce similar effect. Persons may taste the vitamins during the infusion.
The Myers Cocktail has been found to be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of clinical conditions. In many instances, this treatment is more effective and better tolerated than conventional medical therapies. Although most of the evidence is anecdotal, some published research has demonstrated the efficacy of the Myers’ or some of its components.