This is the time of year when a lot of folks develop colds and flu as well as digestive problems and "intestinal" flu. Arthritic symptoms are worse, fibromyalgia pain increases, and there are more symptoms of depression and anxiety. Chronic medical conditions including heart conditions and breathing disorders worsen. An old time physician, John Myers, pioneered an intravenous (i.v.) therapy comprised of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, B12 and B vitamins that he administered to many of his patients with acute and chronic symptoms. The i.v. is called the Myers cocktail and it is a short infusion administered in the office. Myers passed away in 1984 but the infusion continues to be a popular treatment in supporting patient health.
People take vitamin C and magnesium supplements– -why would they need i.v. support? It turns out that the absorption of vitamin C orally is not nearly as effective as an i.v. infusion. An oral dose of vitamin C may raise the serum level to 1.2 to 1.5 mg/dl. An i.v. infusion of vitamin C typically raises the serum level to 10-25 mg/dl or higher.1 It is at the higher serum level of vitamin C that one gains anti-viral and anti-allergy benefits. A similar scenario exists for magnesium. High doses of oral magnesium frequently lead to loosening of the stool but do not provide high levels of serum magnesium. An intravenous dose of magnesium achieves the higher serum levels needed to provide muscle and system benefit.
Myers i.v.'s are easy to be administered in the office and don't require much time. The infusion is administered occasionally or repeated as needed for supporting acute and chronic medical conditions. Because the infusion is composed of vitamins and minerals side effects are very rare.
Here is a case: "A 42 year-old male presented with a cold and a one-day history of fatigue and nasal congestion. He was given a Myers cocktail of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, B12 and B complex. The cold symptoms were greatly reduced."
Another case: "A 46 year-old woman had a six-year history of muscle aching and arthritis. Her testing indicated chronic inflammation. She also had migraine headaches. She received a Myers cocktail and noted a reduction in her symptoms. She continued to receive weekly injections for several months and had a steady improvement in her aching and headaches. The injection therapy assisted her dietary and exercise program in relieving her symptoms."
I have been providing Myers cocktail i.v.'s to my patients over the past three decades with very good results. Please contact our office to set up a treatment.
Jonathan Collin, MD
1. Harakeh et al., Proc. Nat. Acad. Sc. 1990