Provider: The Cole Center for Healing Written By: Dr Theodore Cole
Dr. John Myers, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland, pioneered the use of intravenous (IV) vitamins and minerals to treat a wide range of clinical conditions. His patients experienced relief from his treatments but symptoms would return if they went too long without it. After his death in 1984, his patients sought out similar treatment from other physicians including Dr. Alan Gaby, also from Baltimore. Dr. Gaby, through his professional affiliations and teaching status at Bastyr University, shared the clinical success of the “Myers Cocktail.” Eventually, the Myers Cocktail became well known throughout the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) community, and has been used successfully to treat many medical problems. Those documented conditions include:
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Chronic sinusitis
- Muscle spasms
- Chest pain
- Viral infections
The nutrients within a Myers’ cocktail are magnesium chloride, calcium gluconate, methylcobalamine (B12), pyridoxine (B6), dexpanthenol (B5), B-complex, and vitamin C. Intravenous administration of these nutrients markedly increases blood levels which are then rapidly taken up by the cells. These high concentrations can not be achieved by taking the vitamins and minerals orally. These nutrients have pharmacologic effects on the cells and organ systems of the body. For instance, high doses of magnesium promote relaxation of the vascular and bronchial smooth muscle – which may be used in the acute treatment of asthma or vasospasms leading to headaches or angina. Another example is the antiviral properties of vitamin C, which is best achieved through intravenous administration. Other nutrients can be added to enhance the base formula, which is patient specific.
This IV has very little side effects and is safe for most people. The Myers cocktail can produce a self limiting sensation of heat, most likely due to the B-vitamins. Patients with low blood pressure should be cautioned as rapid Magnesium infusion can create more hypotension. Also patients with low potassium (hypokalemia) or who are taking potassium depleting diuretics, beta agonists or glucocorticoids need to have blood work prior to receiving the IV. Overall the Myers cocktail is a safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of medical conditions which can improve the health of many individuals.