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Dr. Mark Hosko, MD, December 1 2020

IV Nutrient Therapy and the Modified Myers’ Cocktail

It’s called a Modified Myer’s Cocktail, and it’s a tidal wave of vitamins and minerals necessary for the proper functioning of more than 200 cellular mechanisms in the body.

The Myers’ Cocktail is the most efficient way to get nutrients into the body because it bypasses the gut and goes straight into the bloodstream. This means a patient gets optimal absorption of nutrients compared to oral supplementation. Patients can also get this nutrient-dense cocktail in a larger drip bag into which amino acids and antioxidants are added.

Why most people need IV nutrition therapy.

“I have seen it expedite wound healing, flu recovery, cessation of acute and chronic migraines, and so much more.” – Dr. Alexandra Halaby

In today’s crazy world of excess stress and nutrient-deficient soil — and, thus, nutrient-deficient food — many people are short of key vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal energy production. These nutrients are vital in helping boost the immune system.

A bonus for all those workout fiends out there: This procedure improves muscle recovery and adds energy.

The main nutrients used in an IV nutrient drip (or push):

Magnesium sulfate: Promotes relaxation of smooth muscle around blood vessels. Magnesium deficiency is surprisingly common in the United States. This is partially due to the Western pattern diet (WPD) or standard American diet (SAD), which includes soda (containing phosphoric acid), processed foods and too much coffee — all of which deplete magnesium.

Calcium gluconate: Magnesium helps with calcium absorption, and calcium helps with magnesium absorption.

Vitamins B12, B1, B3, and B6: All vital for energy production. Deficiencies in these vitamins have been linked to fatigue, depression, anxiety, and reduced libido. Magnesium’s efficiency is especially boosted by B6 since that vitamin increases the intracellular uptake of magnesium.

Vitamin C: Works as an electron donor, mopping up free radicals.

Selenium and other trace minerals: Necessary for proper cellular metabolism, DNA synthesis, and thyroid hormone metabolism.


Serefko A., Szopa A., and Poleszak E., Magnesium and depression. PubMed 2016.

Marmura M.J., Silberstein S.D., and Schwedt T.J., The acute treatment of migraine in adults: the American Headache Society evidence assessment of migraine pharmacotherapies. PubMed 2015.

Gaby A., Nutritional Medicine. Concord, N.H.: Fritz Perlberg Publishing 2017.

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Dr. Mark Hosko, MD

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