Infusing various vitamins or anti-oxidants directly into the bloodstream will achieve blood levels as much as ten times higher than possible with oral vitamin intake. This makes intravenous (IV) infusions effective in treating a wide range of medical issues, from chronic conditions such as fatigue, Lyme disease, or any serious illness, to acute conditions such as infections, migraines, asthma or muscle spasms.
The idea of infusing high doses of vitamins intravenously was pioneered by the late Dr. John Myers, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland, who up until his passing in 1984 infused 1000’s of patients with his unique formulation of vitamins. Since that time his original formula has been modified and other formulas created for a wide variety of diseases – but the basic formula has remained, used successfully by hundreds of physicians, and is known as the “Myer’s cocktail”.
The key ingredients for our Myer’s cocktail are vitamin C, numerous B vitamins and our master antioxidant Glutathione. The IV infusion is mixed under sterile conditions and given over a period of 30-40 minutes. The high levels of vitamins and minerals in the blood will “force” the nutrients into cells that may be depleted. The only common side effect is mild vein irritation during the infusion, which is relieved by simply infusing slower or adjusting the concentration.
The B vitamins are involved in just about every metabolic pathway in the body, and are particularly important for detoxification and cellular energy. Just two examples where IV infusion of B vitamins are especially helpful include a common genetic defect involving enzymes that require B12 which can be “over-ridden” with high doses of B12, and adrenal fatigue in which Pantethine, or B5, is crucial to assist adrenal hormone production.
Vitamin C has been shown to have an anti-viral effect, but only at higher concentrations, making it
especially valuable in treating acute viral respiratory infections. It can also destroy histamine thus its role in treating allergies, asthma and hives. At the highest doses vitamin C has been shown to generate the production of hydrogen peroxide, which is toxic to cancer cells while normal cells have the ability to resist harm.
We routinely use the Meyer’s cocktail in cases of stress and fatigue. The highest concentration of vitamin C in the body is found within the adrenal gland and giving general support to the adrenals seems to help the system cope with everyday stressors. This supportive role may be another reason people with viral infections improve quicker with a Meyer’s cocktail. Cancer and severe chronic illnesses are both good indications for Meyer’s cocktail to help with nutrition and immune function.
Glutathione, sometimes referred to as “the master antioxidant” by members of the health community, is one of the most crucial antioxidants in the body. It’s the only antioxidant that resides
within the cell. This gives it a unique edge in protecting your health naturally by: combating the negative impact of stress hormones; properly oxygenating cells; inhibiting cellular mutagens; and warding off hazardous cellular invaders. As super antioxidants, glutathione molecules roam through your body, seeking out and neutralizing overactive and dangerous free radicals.
To picture an antioxidant’s effect, imagine apple slices sitting on a plate. When an apple is cut (or bruised), oxygen is introduced into the injured plant tissue. Oxidation and free radical damage occurs, which brings about the browning of the apple.You can stop, or at least postpone, the browning of an apple by applying lemon juice. Lemon juice works by preventing free radical damage, thereby arresting the browning process. Glutathione has the same effect as the lemon juice — except that it has a significantly stronger antioxidant action… strong enough to slow down or even reverse the aging process!
WHO IS A MYERS COCKTAIL GOOD FOR?
Most patients with fatigue will benefit from a Myer’s cocktail infusion, often after the first treatment. Ongoing maintenance infusions every few weeks are usually necessary to maintain good results but some patients improve enough that further treatments are not necessary.
Chronic pain, including that from relapsing injury or fibromyalgia, has been shown to improve with Myer’s cocktails. One study showed 74% of patients improved while 64% only required four or fewer injections. Some practitioners report success using Myer’s cocktail for acute muscle spasms.
Upper respiratory infections caused by viral invaders often respond dramatically with Myer’s cocktail infusions. Within minutes symptoms improve in about 1/3 of patients while about ½ of patients note the overall course of illness shortens considerably. People who don’t seem to respond just don’t ever respond, while those who do respond do well with repeated treatments. Even chronic sinusitis has consistent reports of responding to Myer’s infusions.
The typical patient receiving a Myer’s will experience an increase in energy, improved mind clarity, decreased depression and anxiety, improved mood, faster recovery times, and less illness. We have athletes who benefit from a Myer’s before and after strenuous events.
The intravenous nutrient therapy provided with Meyer’s cocktail has been found by hundreds of practitioners to be a safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. Although most evidence in favor of Meyer’s is anecdotal from the experience of providers there are some published research studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of the Meyer’s or some of its ingredients.
Our IV team is very experienced in IV nutrition therapies, experiencing a treatment is as simple as scheduling an appointment with our admin staff.