John Myers, MD, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland, pioneered the use of intravenous (IV) vitamins and minerals as part of the overall treatment of various medical problems. After he died in 1984, Dr. Alan Gaby, MD took over treating many of his patients and continued using IV therapies to treat them. What Dr. Gaby noticed was the benefit many of the patients received from getting weekly, biweekly or monthly injections.
Dr. Gaby’s subsequent work and documentation of the protocols have led to a large body of evidence supporting the use of IV nutrient therapies for various conditions. The “Myers’ cocktail”, as it is now known, is a specific combination of nutrients including Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, a complex of B vitamins, and additional Vitamin B6, B5 and B12.
During the past few years these clinical results have been presented at more than 20 medical conferences to several thousand physicians. Today, many doctors (probably more than 1,000 in the United States) use the Myers’. Conditions that frequently responded included asthma attacks, acute migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, and seasonal allergic rhinitis. Many relatively healthy patients chose to receive periodic injections because it enhanced their overall well being for periods of a week to several months.
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 cells against the concentration gradient. In certain disease states, the capacity of membrane pumps to maintain normal concentration gradients may be compromised. Intravenous 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
The Myers’ 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.