Myers “Cocktail” Intravenous Treatment
Nutrient intravenous infusions were first developed by Dr. John Myers of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Known as the Myers Cocktail, it has been used extensively by Alan Gaby, MD President of the American Holistic Medical Association. Presently, hundreds of physicians in US offices, and even some hospitals, utilize this form of nutritional therapy. Dr. Gaby modifed the original formula by increasing the amounts of Vitamin C and other minerals. Dr. Morgan also modifies the original formula depending on what we are attempting to rectify.
Many illnesses are associated with poor digestion, malabsorption of nutrients, and food sensitivities. People with such conditions are often unable to absorb the nutrients necessary to maintain good health. Once ill, the human body utilizes nutrients at a faster rate and requires higher amounts for proper healing. When nutrients are given intravenously, the digestive system is bypassed and these much needed nutrients are delivered directly into the cells. The mitochondria in the cells are then able to produce energy more efficiently. This concept of “kick starting” the energy production in the cells is also valuable in treating conditions in which fatigue is a major symptom.
The intravenous solution includes Vitamin C, B complex, Magnesium, Dexpanthenol which is B5 (vitally important for the adrenal glands, as is Vitamin C), Betaine Hydrochloride, Glutathione, many other salubrious ingredients, and Methylcobalamin (B12). The Bl2 is given intramuscularly as studies show that absorption is better via this route.
The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are added to l00 mls of an intravenous solution. A small needle is inserted in the vein and the infusion takes approximately twenty minutes. Vital signs are checked periodically. Side effects are extremely RARE and limited to local irritation of the vein, a sensation of feeling warm or flushed, and more commonly, the taste of vitamins during the infusion. Plan on spending about 45 minutes in the office.
Rarely does a patient not feel a noticeable improvement after the first infusion. Patients have described a boost of energy, and resolution of muscular aches lasting days or weeks. More than one infusion may be necessary, to restore robust health.
Many patients stop in for IV(s) before they travel, when they are experiencing a viral infection, or feeling unduly stressed. I truly wish we all ate better, had more real food available, and could actually slow down and eat with consciousness. We live in interesting times. In the meantime, we are trying to eat more real food, and take some supplements. I also truly wish that these were the IVs I was allowed to order when I was a medical resident in hospitals, especially the Intensive Care Unit.
On a personal note, it is not uncommon to see Dr. Morgan’s daughters sitting side by side in IV chairs. An infusion is going into their non-dominant side, whilst they do their homework with their dominant hand. Dr. Morgan gets weekly Myers infusions (Intravenous Treatments also called IVs), Phosphatidylcholine infusions, Glutathione infusions, and Chelation infusions.
Phosphatidylcholine IVs Purpose:
•Liver protectant and detoxifier
•Component of cellular membranes
•Produces sheaths that surround ALL nerves
•Metabolizes fats — outside brain (brain is supposed to be 60 percent fat)
•Repairs neurons (brain cells)
•Active ingredient is Lecithin
•Converts to a Neurotransmitter called Acetylcholine (important for memory)
•Utlilized by Integrative Physicians to reverse soft plaque (assessed via 64 slice cardiac CT scan) 17 July 2007
Glutathione IVs Purpose:
The major reason we go to medical school is to learn these polysyllabic words. Medicine is another language. I shall try to translate the word Glutathione into English.
Glutathione (hereafter called GSH) is the master antioxidant and helps all the other antioxidants work more efficiently. GSH is a tripeptide (three proteins), namely cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine. Cysteine is what we gave people who came to the emergency room because they were suffering from an aspirin overdose.
GSH supports your immune system. Lymphocytes, which are cells vital for a healthy immune response require GSH to work optimally. GSH levels decrease with age. Most of us exercise like mini olympians in an effort to stay lean and muscular (please read my next book). GSH neutralizes those free radicals which are created as a result of exercising. It is never surprising to me when an elite athlete is diagnosed with cancer. We need oxygen to live, but too much creates tons of free radicals.
GSH detoxifies the liver which is your bodies major detoxifier. That is why the word LIVE is in liver. We do live on a toxic planet. I accept that and try to limit my toxins. Personally I do not wish to return to a world without cars, electronics, etc. Well, maybe we could live without IMing and texting as a major form of communication. But that is just my opinion. My daughters disagree with me.
Lipoic Acid IVs – The Story of How We Learned What They Do
In l977, Burt Berkson, M.D., Ph.D. was on call in the erergency room where he was responsible for saving the lives of a couple in their fifties who had eaten home grown poisonous mushrooms (most mushrooms are not poisonous), and developed life threatening liver damage. The patients were weak, had muscle spasms, painful diarrhea, and liver enzymes in the thousands (normal is 0-30). Dr. B was advised to administer fluids, and that nothing else could be done, and his patients would surely die.
Since Dr. B’s Ph.D. was in mycology (the study of mushrooms and other fungi), he remembered reading about an experimental European drug successful in the treatment of severe liver damage. The “drug” was Lipoic Acid, a powerful antioxidant, which is produced in decreasing amounts with aging.
Dr. B made some calls, picked up the Lipoic Acid at the airport, and administered it to his dying patients intravenously. The hospital said the patients experienced a miraculous receovery.
Shortly thereafter, another couple was admitted with the same diagnosis – mushroom poisoning and consequent liver failure. Dr. B. was advised he could not administer intravenous Lipoic Acid again, because it was not on the hospital’s approved list, and he must await the NIH (National Institute of Health) approval.
There was nothing to do but administer fluids and watch his patients die, so Dr. B acted against his superior’s orders. Once again, the patients experienced a miraculous recovery.
The story has a happy ending as Dr. B is the principal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigator for Lipoic Acid intravenous use, and a consultant to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lipoic Acid is helpful in treating other maladies besides liver disease, inluding but not limited to; diabetes, immunosuppression, neurological conditions, autoimmune diseases, macular degeneration, cataracts, and blood cirulation. Lipoic Acid keeps patients free of many side effects encountered with other treatments, including cancer therapies.
Basically, Lipoic Acid regenerates your liver, helps your immune system work more efficiently, decreases the effects from ionizing radiation, decreases the requirement for Insulin in diabetics, chelates Mercury and Arsenic, protects the heart and brain from necrosis, and protects collagen in your skin which prevents wrinkling. Now I have your attention.
Yes, please take Lipoic Acid in your broad spectrum antioxidant, and know there are l9 antioxidants that work as a team. And eat seven colors of food. Please know that 100 pounds of spinach is equal to 100 mgs of Lipoic Acid. I take 300 mg a day, as an IV is not always possible.
Caveat: you must eat 20-30 grams of quality protein and some good fat prior to the Lipoic Acid IV. Also, you need to eat something during the IV which takes over one hour, l 1/2 to two hours actually. Another pearl is that for every l800 mg of Lipoic Acid, l8 mg of Biotin is required. Biotin is part of the B Complex vitamin group. Updated September 8, 2007 by Roberta Foss-Morgan, DO
•builds healthy bones by ushering your 22 minerals that make new bones get INTO your bones, and not just float around the interstitial fluid
•helps immune system
•deficiency is associated with osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes
•turns off 63 cell lines of cancer
•papers are being published at an accelerated rate in 2008 finding new benefits of Vitamin D
•Vitamin D is actually a hormone, and was previously labeled as a vitamin
Why Someone May Be Deficient
•we avoid sun
•we use sunblock that doesn’t allow our skin to form Vitamin D
•as we age, our skin is unable to convert Vitamin D to its active form, which is the form that works
•even though some supplement with Vitamin D, many are unable to convert D to its active form
•there is a question regarding how much Vitamin D taken by mouth is absorbed secondary to antacid meds and enzyme deficiencies
How Do We Test for Deficiency or Insufficiency
•a blood test called Vitamin D (25 hydroxy or 25 OH)
B12 Injections with Folic Acid
For years, the old docs who gave little old ladies B12 shots were ridiculed. The other doctors laughed at them. When one revisits Biochemistry, we learn that the improvements reported by patients were not the result of a massive hallucination, also referred to as the placebo effect.
Again, this epidemic of Autism, has taught us so very much. There is something called methylation in organic chemistry. When you think of the word methylation, think B12 shots. Hereafter, I will try to use the word B12 for the biochemistry doctor word methylation.
Methylation takes place more than a billion times a second in our bodies, so we need B12. B12 comes in three forms:
•Cyanocobalamin (contains a cyanide molecule, least expensive)
•Methylcobalamin (most expensive, injections in my office)
B12 is best absorbed sublingually (under your tongue), or by injection. Please buy the Methylcobalamin sublingual logenzes. B12 can mask a Folic Acid deficiency, so ensure your multiple vitamin contains Folic Acid. Folic acid is found in foliage (vegetables). I agree with Drs. Roizen and Oz regarding “The Truth About Food” and I agree with Dr. Sudhir Gupta regarding eating seven colors of vegetables a day. It is the rare patient who is able to achieve this goal in today’s fast paced world.
Firstly, let’s get some labs. Get a B12, Folic Acid, Homocysteine, and Methylmalonic Acid test when you are having your blood drawn.
Here are a few things that B12 and/or Folic Acid do:
•switches on and off genes (known as gene expression, just because we have a gene for something does not mean it needs to be expressed) — this was a major lesson from the brilliant physicians and scientists working with one of our epidemics – children on the Autism Spectrum
•helps the body produce and then mop up old neurotransmitters (brain chemicals like Dopamine, Acetylcholine, Melatonin, etc.)
•helps mobilize fats and cholesterol so that our bodies can use them
•flushes out bad fats and helps regulate our weight
•helps fats NOT accumulate in our arteries
•clears and eliminates Histamine (high in allergies/asthma)
•sends Estrogen to the correct department (Estrogen can go to a good door or a bad door, whether you are taking it via prescription, or merely ingesting it via our environment — known as xenoestrogens)
•protects DNA (important for longevity — Pro-Aging)
•Myelin Basic Protein which “insulates” nerves require B12, so that the correct messages can be sent throughout our bodies (in part, this explains mood swings often reported in patients with Multiple Sclerosis, the nerves are not firing with full function secondary to lack of insulation)
•repairs other bodily proteins that need periodic repair
•makes the membranes that surround each of our one trillion+ cells fluid (think of a little baby with brand new cellular membranes, squishy membranes which allow important stuff to cross, like Potassium, Magnesium, Sodium — ours are aging and full of toxins which make them stiff)
•helps the body make Carnitine, which helps deliver fatty acids from foods to feed the mitochondria (which are little energy engines inside our cells)
•helps the body make another C word — Creatine. Creatine is the energy reservoir system in our muscles, and many bodybuilders take it to build muscle
•essential to make Lecithin, which helps pack up fats and move them to the muscles, where they can then be burned for fuel
•helps G-proteins work — this is heavy duty biochemistry stuff, but G-proteins carry messages inside our cells, especially in the retina of our eyes (the eyes are the servant of the brain)
•helps repair age-damaged proteins — including many in our brains (read future section on preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s)
So, in review, B12 is important. B12 is best administered via injection, and should always include Folic Acid. Methylmalonic Acid B12 is the most productive, and expensive.
The only adverse side effect from B12 is when it is given to a Bipolar patient, as a manic attack may be precipitated. I learned this the hard way. These days, I usually have a pretty good idea about who may have Bipolar Disorder.
For those who know me, you know I did one of my famous experiments on myself. I overdosed by slowly increasing daily injections of B12. The typical dose is l000 mcgs (not mgs) of B12 and 800 mcgs of Folic Acid. When I injected l00,000 mcgs, my urine was pale red. By the way, Methylcobalamin is red. As B12 is a water soluble vitamin, once the tissues are saturated, the remainder is deposited in the toilette. I did feel very calm.
For those of you who receive Myer’s “Cocktails” please know that we give the B12 and Folic Acid separately upon completion of the IV. Studies have shown that absorption is better if given separately.
One of my favorite TV shows is Mystery Diagnosis on the Discovery Health channel. They present two medical cases which seem to have no solution. Recently, there was a woman who was having 20+ episodes of diarrhea a day, could not stand at times without holding onto something, and a plethora of unexplainable symptoms. After seeing every specialist, having every test done but one, and becoming dysfunctional to the point of being housebound — a physician discovered a B12 deficiency. The woman was cured with B12 injections and returned to living her life. The physician was a Rheumatologist at Drexel I believe, obviously a thinker and scholar.
B12 does not fix everything, of course. But ALL of my patients get tested. And at some point I usually suggest a pinch, as many medications cause a deficiency of B12. Some patients have a dependency for lots of B12. At times, I teach those patients to inject themselves at home.
First I inject me, then they inject me, then they inject themselves. They leave feeling like courageous soldiers. Which they are.
Updated by Roberta Foss-Morgan, DO on September 26, 2008