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MEYER’S COCKTAIL

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

-Hippocrates

MEYER’S COCKTAIL

The Myers Cocktail is an Intravenous mixture of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals which are applied directly into the bloodstream rather than, or in addition to taking these nutrients as oral supplements.  The formula is named after Dr. John Myers M.D., a Baltimore Physician who first used these combinations of nutrients intravenously. The Myers Cocktail has been used successfully with many difficult to treat and chronic conditions that are possibly caused by malnutrition, malabsorption, leaky gut, hormone imbalances, fatigue syndromes, poisoning, chronic latent infections, adrenal stress and allergic syndromes such as asthma even eczema. Recent scientific breakthroughs have uncovered that many disease states have inflammatory underpinnings.  Inflammation can happen when we are stressed, under nourished and not sleeping well.  In fact aging is influenced by inflammation.  The more inflamed your body is the faster you grow old.

Vitamins and minerals are co-factors in the biochemical reactions which occur in EVERY cell of our body. The Myers Cocktail can be used as an adjunct in any condition where low levels of nutrients or other nutritional deficiencies are suspected. When used at certain dosages intravenously, nutrients can have pharmacological properties. For example, when given intravenously, the simple mineral magnesium can cause muscle relaxation and can improve breathing in people suffering from asthma and emphysema. Magnesium has been used for years in emergency departments worldwide to treat irregular heart rhythms. Lastly, magnesium has been used by obstetricians for over 20 years to treat premature labor and toxemia of pregnancy. The Meyers cocktail is very important for diabetics who often suffer with multiple biochemical and nutritional deficiencies and derangements. Many of the B vitamins added to the infusion are useful in preventing nerve damage and can be applied to preserve existing nerve functions in people suffering from damaged nerve endings and has been researched in neuro-degenerative disease.

The impressive results of Vitamin therapies cannot be duplicated with oral tablets and capsules. The intestinal tract is designed to accept only a specific amount of vitamins and minerals at a time and cannot be forced to absorb more nutrients than it can tolerate. Gut bacteria can also influence the fate of oral supplements, food and medications. Vitamins given by IV are much more effective in achieving desired blood levels. These optimal levels are required for proper functioning of the immune system. Furthermore, by administering vitamins through an IV, you bypass the effect of gut microbes.

At Ageless Medical New York, we have many years of experience in using intravenous Meyer’s Cocktails. We also modify the formula so as to tailor it to your unique condition. Many acute and chronic illnesses and infections often respond favorably to this application of advanced intravenous nutrition. Many chronic and difficult to treat and diagnose conditions are ameliorated temporarily by the use of Meyer’s Cocktail. These conditions include but are not limited to:

Which health conditions can benefit from using the Meyer’s Cocktail?

  • Infections (Cold, Flu)
  • Allergies and Asthma
  • Fatigue
  • Adjunctive treatment for certain cardiac conditions (not intended to replace current guidelines of therapy)
  • Performance Enhancements
  • Migraines/ Cluster headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic pain
  • Chronic infections, e.g. Hepatitis B and C
  • Depression

 Which vitamins and minerals are in Meyer’s Cocktail?

The answer to this question really depends on the doctor or intravenous vitamin therapy center you go to. Although, Dr. Myers, the inventor of the cocktail, originally had one formula, that formula has since evolved. Now, doctors will often customize the Meyer’s Cocktail according to a patient’s particular needs, adding or deleting nutrients when appropriate. However, a standard formula usually contains:

  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Vitamin B- 6
  • Panthenol (B5)
  • B- Complex
  • Vitamin C
  • L Carnitine
  • L Cystine
  • Zinc
  • Selenium

What are the benefits of IV Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, an important structural component of blood vessel, tendons, ligaments, hair and bone. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. Vitamin C can chelate toxins such as heavy metals and assist in removing them. When given in high concentration by vein Vitamin C is a powerful pro-oxidant.  As such it has been researched for its use in infections and cancer.

What are the benefits of IV B Vitamins?

B1( Thiamine): Sub optimal levels are implicated in : Edema, “burning feet”, cardiovascular disease, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, vomiting during pregnancy, decreasedgastrointestinal movement (hypotonia), alcoholism, carpal tunnel syndrome, psychosis and other conditions involving the nervous system. .

B2 (Riboflavin):Sub optimal concentrations have been associated with:carpal tunnel syndrome, stress, skin problems, muscle cramps, cheilosis (fissuring and scaling of lips and angles of the mouth), sickle cell anemia, cataracts, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, decreased immune function, free radical damage.

B3 (Niacin):Deficiency and insufficiency are linked to: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, hypoglycemia (usually precedes Type 2 diabetes), heart disease (with Vitamins A and E), schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, various mental illnesses, insomnia, alcoholism, carpal tunnel syndrome.

B5 (Pantothenic acid):Insufficient vitamin B5 is found in conjunction with :  fatigue, depression, migraine headaches, digestive problems (e.g. vomiting and abdominal cramps), hypoglycemia, loss of nerve function (e.g. tingling, burning hands and feet), depressed immune function (e.g. recurring infections), muscle cramps, skin problems (e.g. psoriasis)rheumatoid arthritis, rejuvenates skin and hair, increases stamina, decreases symptoms of allergies and asthma.

B6 (Pyridoxine):A key nutrient used as a cofactor in many basic biochemical reactions, inadequacy is linked to :  PMS, irritability, depression, confusion, steatites, glossitis (inflammation of the tongue) , cheilosis (fissuring and scaling of lips and angles of the mouth) anemia and neuritis due to drugs, nausea, vomiting due to pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, carpal tunnel syndrome.

B9 (Folic acid or Folate):Inadequate folic acid levels are common despite widespread food supplementation with this nutrient. Many individuals carry a mutation in their DNA which prevents efficient folate use. These individuals have some combination of a mutation in the MTHFRgenes. MTHFR is a gene which produces enzymes needed to convert folic acid into a form the cell can use. MTHFR is an enzyme which converts folic acid (useless) into l-Mehtyl Folate.  One third of the population carries some form of the mutation and therefore lack the enzymes needed to efficiently convert folic acid. In nature folic acid is obtained by eating foliage (leafy green vegetables). These individuals need more folate than most and may need a special type of folic acid. At Ageless Medical we can measure your folate level in the blood and in the cell, and we can test you for the genetic mutation.   The follow have been associated with folate inadequacy: candidiasis, constipation, birth defects, mental retardation,  depression, anxiety, heart disease and stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, cervical dysplasia, cervical, lung and colon cancer, depression, mental illness, acne, AIDS, infertility, headaches, cataracts, sickle cell anemia, macrocytic anemia, Folic acid  functions with B12 in many bodily processes.

B12 (Cobalamin): This important vitamin can be difficult to absorb. Gut bacteria play a crucial role it its processing. Many individuals suffer with suboptimal B12 levels. Many patients with intestinal disease, long term antacid use and medication use in chronic disease may have B12 deficiency or insufficiency and may experience; fatigue caused by megaloblastic anemia or pernicious anemia, paresthesia (prickling, tingling and burning of the hands and feet), weakness, low white blood cells and platelet counts, unsteadiness, confusion, loss of memory, moodiness, psychosis, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (along B6 and B9).


What are the side effects?

Does feeling better and having great stamina and energy count as side effect? Nutritional IV Therapy is generally safe and poses minimal, if any, negative side effects.

Though rare, the most common side effects are a transient lowering of blood pressure which may cause warmth, dizziness, or faintness. The only known allergic reaction to IV nutrients has been due to preservatives, and these reactions are quite rare. Some patients may experience burning at the localized IV site. As with any injectable treatment, there is always risk of infection and phlebitis, although it is also very rare.


For more information on the Meyer’s Cocktail can be found here:

http://fmsglobalnews.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/health-benefits-of-intravenous-nutrient-therapy-myers-cocktail/ 
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v491/n7426/full/491680a.html