Created by Dr. John Myers in the 1960s, the Myers’ Cocktail is a uniquely formulated nutrient drip. This intravenous (IV) vitamin blend was designed to treat a wide range of issues. Even though Dr. Myers passed away in the early 1980s without revealing the recipe, Dr. Alan Gaby was able to reproduce the concoction. The IV blend consists of a unique combination of magnesium chloride, calcium gluconate, thiamine, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, and diluted hydrochloric acid. Though the results tend to remain relatively constant, doctors around the world can differ significantly in their own preparation of the infusion.
Myers’ Cocktail is a rapid way of providing your body all the critical nutrition and hydration it needs. This is why it has become a favorite among those that are volume depleted from infection, inflammation, poor dietary choices, intense workouts, post-procedure, and even veisalgia (hangover) among many others. Its administration through an IV makes it fast and easy for it to get directly into our bloodstream for its myriad of beneficial effects. This is particularly helpful for those that are nauseous or otherwise unable to drink massive amounts of fluid rapidly.
What are Nutrients?
We need some fundamental nutrients to drive almost every reaction that occurs in our body, from moving your pinky finger to choosing the right career to be able to have fun with your friends. These nutrients include elemental metals (calcium, phosphate, magnesium, selenium), antioxidants (glutathione, oxygen), vitamins (B12, C, D), and buffers (sodium bicarbonate, lactate). There are countless others, and the field of biochemistry is the study of the way these nutrients interact with each other to powers our body.
Why Does Almost Everyone Need the Myers’ Cocktail?
The American diet stinks. There has been a marked increase in digestive issues over the last few decades. This has been in tandem with a national increase in the consumption of fast food and sugar. In fact, even our healthy foods have gotten less nutritious from some of the manufacturing and processing methods (Nutritional Inflation, Who’d a Thunk it?).
These and other, more sinister factors have led to a marked rise in the incidence of Leaky Gut Syndrome, which ultimately leads to a reduction in the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. This, in turn, causes a weakening of the immune system, which makes it harder for the body to fight infections and abnormal cellular mutations, like those of cancer. The lack of adequate nutrients in the body also has a direct effect on one’s mood and ability to function. Not being able to absorb nutrients from food, or not consuming the right diet, can also lead to obesity as most of these individuals are malnourished from eating foods that have low nutritional value. All of these facts make it easy to understand the root cause of most of our serious chronic diseases and highlights the importance of having a good balance of nutrients available to your body.
How Does it Work?
Because of the aforementioned factors, it is virtually impossible to attain the concentrations of nutrients required by the body for optimal function through our typical American diets. Moreover, because of the leaky gut syndrome, merely increasing the oral intake of nutrients can not directly lead to an increase in that particular nutrient in the bloodstream. This not-to-mention that most people can not tolerate high doses of oral nutrients that are commonly associated with side effects. The Myers cocktail, however, is intravenously administered using a small IV catheter. The patient can relax comfortably in a chair during an infusion, which can roughly about 30-minutes. Especially when you are deficient in these vitamins and minerals, infusing them in this manner is an excellent way for managing problematic digestive issues or for providing an immediate boost in existing nutrient levels.
So, in summary, the Myers’ Cocktail helps restore the body’s nutritional balance by delivering essential nutrients directly into the bloodstream. The combination of vitamins and minerals are absorbed at a cellular level and show an immediate effect on the patient. Because almost none of us eat the recommended 12 servings of vegetables a day, this therapy is useful for nearly anybody. Not only for people suffering from ailments such as asthma, migraines, and chronic pain, but also for those battling many common chronic diseases.
Frequency of Administering a Myers’ Cocktail
For people that have healthy kidney and liver function, it is almost impossible to overdose on a Myers Cocktail. However, administering this infusion depends on the patient’s overall condition and the specific ailment being treated. For conditions like sinusitis, muscle spasm, or upper respiratory infections, about two treatments would provide results. For those preparing for athletic events or in anticipation of high-stress events like surgery, even one administration can provide fast results, but this cocktail should generally be taken weekly for three to five weeks. Your specific frequency of administration is best decided by your physician prior to your first treatment. Chronic conditions need ongoing treatment with regular assessment according to the disease.
Side Effects of the Myers’ Cocktail
While there are no adverse effects of the Myers’ cocktail, there may be mild side effects for some people. The patient may feel a warming or a flushed feeling because of the magnesium in the infusion. Magnesium can also lower the blood pressure, and some susceptible patients may experience fainting. When coupled with high-dose vitamin C, GI symptoms like dyspepsia and nausea can occur. Unlike most pharmaceutical therapies, these cases are rare and hardly ever happen when your care emanates from experienced professionals.
Ailments Treated by the Myers’ Cocktail
From the common cold to more serious ailments, the Myers’ Cocktail has been used for a large variety of purposes. Here are a few:
The high dosage of vitamins in your bloodstream is a great way to keep yourself safe from common ailments.
Myers’ Cocktail is wonderful in reducing symptoms of asthma and allergies. As an additional “side-effect,” it also helps reduce anxiety during attacks as well as controlling blood pressure.
Back pain, post-op pain, injury, and muscle aches can be rapidly relieved by the Myers’ Cocktail. It can also ease the widespread pain and muscle aches of fibromyalgia and common inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
Lack of essential vitamins and minerals contribute significantly to mental ailments like anxiety and depression. When taken regularly, the Myers’ Cocktail modulates nutrient levels over time so that its beneficial mood and emotional effects help you deal with normal everyday stress as well as more serious mood disorders.
Almost anything and everything
The Myers’ Cocktail has also been found to be useful in treating Lyme disease, narcotic withdrawal, migraines, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. It is also used commonly as an antiaging treatment around the world because of the way it promotes collagen production and boosts energy. This unique treatment has often made patients report an immediate effect on their skin and energy levels.
The Myers’ Cocktail is a highly efficient and versatile treatment that can also be customized to the needs of almost any patient. Several other IV infusions that have been modeled after it. No matter what your ailment, the Myers’ Cocktail will help balance your body’s nutritional status until you adjust your diet accordingly. Anyone that has ever received this treatment will want to thank Dr. Myer’s for introducing the modern world to this timeless treatment.