“Anti – ageing” – Is there a cheap, quick treat to anti-ageing?


It isn’t a secret that in the world we live in seems we are more concerned by our body appearance more than our immune function. We are troubled by either shifting or decreasing than maintaining our body mass, we are worried by the risk of age related diseases such as cardiovascular, osteoporosis, cancer and neurodegenerative disorders and general frailty in our later years.

Social media encourages us to seek for the #gymbody, the #lookgoodfeelgood factor, which is not entirely possible. Of course, there are measures we can take such as cosmetic surgery, anti-ageing measures in the form of bioidentical hormone replacement, cocktails of vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and aesthetics, however, the point is, not everyone can afford or is favourable to these treatments.

The question raised here at the top in bold here warrants a brief explanation, and before reading on, the answer is yes – there is a quick treat anti-ageing treatment, which helps us feel and look good without anticipating needles prodding and pricking.

Most importantly, we should remember that the ageing process is simply characterised by the declining functional capacity, increasing vulnerability to disease, debility, and unfortunately, death. I would like to think, we all aim to live longer, try to reverse our ageing process and fight against all of these traits. We know that as we get old, some of us have a higher risk to disease than others and frailty is a consequence of natural ageing.

Clinically, beyond the obvious signs and symptoms, we want to analyse the  biomarkers of cellular ageing, inflammation and age associated immune deficiencies at tissue and cellular level, to identify these deficits.

Keeping these markers optimum, at least within normality there are things we can try to do without contemplating blood draws or swallowing a pill. Surprisingly, it is what we have all heard before.

  • Exercise (both resistance and aerobic) in combination with adequate protein and energy intake.

As we age it is natural that we lose muscle mass. Moreover, during chronic illness our body wastes plus muscle mass is wasted and weakened. Lean muscle mass has been reported to decrease at approximately 1% per year after 30 years of age and observed at the end of the fifth decade. In layman’s terms, we have to replace what we are losing and gain muscle to slow down this process.

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Yes, it is the cheapest, safest and most reliable route to anti-ageing. I'll highlight the word protein purposefully as it deserves clarification. Studies in anti-ageing have shown that adequate protein intake, particularly, leucine-enriched balanced amino acids and possibly creatine enhancing muscle strength. Some studies have even recommended the amount protein ingested should be spread equally throughout the day, i.e, equivalent amounts at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, if additional protein supplementation is given it should be administered between meals. Levels of protein intake as high as 1.6 g of protein/kg/day have been demonstrated to increase exercise-induced muscle hypertrophy in older persons. Without getting deeper into the protein debate which will be up for discussion in future blogs, the equation is so far simple. A  dose of aerobic exercise + increased protein intake + resistance/strength exercises to increase muscle mass =  (- ageing + feel good/look good).


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Benefits of CQ10 – Another Antioxidant?!

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When patients ask the benefits of Coenzyme Q 10 also known as Ubiquinone, it is easier to explain the lexical meaning, however, a brief explanation on the deficiency causes and the reasons of supplementing it when or if needed is just as important.

The causes of deficiencies are suggested to be genetic, lack of nutritional content, oxidative stress caused by free radicals and ageing.

Three key CQ10 Benefits:

  • It is a powerful antioxidant, which regenerates Vitamin E, another critical antioxidant.

  • Hunts the bad free radicals and prevents cell damage to proteins, fats and other molecules.

  • Essential for the proper functioning of the energy production in the cells.

Whilst I have mentioned only the 3 benefits above, we know it that it has been proposed for use in patients with Type 2 Diabetes, Mitochondrial Diabetes, treatment of hypertension and statin- related myopathy.

Why CQ10 now?

Ubiquinone has always existed and important for the proper functioning of enzymes in our body. It’s name describes best its availability within us. It is ubiquitous, meaning it is found everywhere. I guess when science publishes consistent interesting findings of wellbeing to mankind; a social media trend tends to follow, maybe the same thing with CQ10.

If it’s everywhere, then do we need it?

Yes, we need it. Like everything else in our diet, there should be a recommended daily allowance that we should take, which hasn’t not yet been established for CQ10. However, we do know that doses ranging from 50mg – 1200mg have been used safely in adult studies. The higher doses being suggested for ill patients, from neurological disorders to cardiac disease statin users. And the lesser for the general wellbeing. It would be wise to discuss taking this supplement with your practitioner.

From my own personal opinion which is evidence based and users’ feedback, CQ10 is thought to be generally safe, with no adverse side effects reported when appropriately taken.

Vitamin B3

In light of the recent publishing of Australian research, “Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defects” nicotinamide/niacin or simply vitamin b3 does a whole lot more for us.

Within our clinic, we provide the vitamin B12 and B complex and occasionally B1, B6 and B7. B12 is the highly requested due to, simply, deficiencies in vast populations, mainly vegans, vegetarians, malabsorption syndrome, pernicious anaemia and mostly gut related illnesses. In a healthy state, we can all absorb these nutrients, considering we are sourcing them from the right foods and maintaining a balanced diet.

Where do we get B3 from?

Vitamin B3 is mainly sourced from foods that are high in protein such as meat, fish, wheat flour, eggs, carrots, peas, peanuts, legumes, tomatoes etc. The UK’s daily recommended is 0.3 mg/kg/day.

B3 Deficiency

Severe deficiency in vitamin B3 results in pellagra, which is very rare in the United Kingdom, however, certain populations listed below are susceptible to deficiency. Four “D’s” mainly characterize the disease: diarrhoea, dermatisis, dementia and potentially, death if left untreated. Additionally, the diagnosis can be strongly suggested by examining the levels of niacin, tryptophan and compounds found for enzyme function. A combined urine excretion of a metabolite of niacin and end product of niacin less than 1.5 milligrams in 24 h indicates severe niacin deficiency.

Populations susceptible to deficiency:

  • Staple diets consisting of consuming corn and sorghum

  • Individuals with eating disorders for example, anorexia nervosa

  • Congenital malabsorption of tryptophan (amino acid) from the intestines and kidney

  • Chronic alcoholics

  • Food fadists

Why B3 now?

This happens whenever “breakthroughs” or positive significant findings come out. B3 has always been important and beneficial like all nutrients and little is promoted on why nutrients are vital for our wellbeing. Good research comes out quite often and it is only fair to say this one was a lucky pick.

Besides the recent vitamin B3 findings, here is a list of the other known benefits:

  • Essential in all cells for energy production

  • Helps with metabolism

  • Repairs our DNA

  • Maintenance of the healthy skin or aging facial skin appearance

  • Free radical scavenger

  • Influences immune cell function and survival

  • Reduces the damage ultraviolet (UV) has on our immunity

  • An adjuvant in alcoholism treatments

Future of B3

B3 has been found to be a promising agent for the chemoprevention of melanoma in high-risk population. This is currently in the early stages of study and we can only cross our fingers for now that a solid foundation can be built upon from this. The headlined findings are definitely good news worth echoing and boosting your vitamins and diet to, certainly, doing more good than harm for those trying to start a family. On the other hand, we hope future studies clarify if lower levels of B3 are a partial cause of birth defects.

As exciting as it sounds, this should not open doors for a new fad diet. This is a breakthrough study, which was done under controlled environments, in mice, mice that probably don’t smoke, possibly exercise, and have their life entirely controlled in a lab. At the end of the day, these biological effects mirror human beings, and hopefully, this research will be translated onto us soon.

Vitamin C – What else does it do for us?


It has been 7 weeks since my last blog and the clinic has been casually mannered, meaning nothing unorthodox as per patient related issues. The Harpal Clinic Team has a new addition to the team, a copied version of Harpal, whom you may see when you pay us a visit.

Once again, I have been encouraged to write about this vitamin c topic by the new intravenous therapy clients, whom have the basic understanding of this essential nutrient.

By the end of this article, like vitamin c, I hope you find this fruitful to your immune system, to support and simplify recent understandings behind it.

Without consciously thinking, the food of choice for vitamin c intake is an orange, for me at least. Possibly, the most popular amongst the huge variety of fruits and vegetables we can source from. Again without determinedly thinking the benefits of this nutrient, it is necessary for growth and our immune system. As basic as that sounds, this does not explain it all, because every other micronutrient we eat does almost the same job, therefore, a bit more insight into it feels relevant.

Vitamin c is important and chronic deficiency in it can result in scurvy. Fortunately, scurvy is rare and almost exclusively associated with malnutrition, malabsorption or psychiatric disease. Since we can almost entirely defend ourselves from this disease, which has not been epidemic for a very long time, at least in the United Kingdom, little attention has been highlighted on it’s supporting role.

It is commonly known that, to provide antioxidant protection, a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of 90 mg/day for adult men and 75 mg/day for adult women is set based on the vitamin C intake to maintain near-maximal neutrophil concentration with minimal urinary excretion of vitamin c. Despite this RDA, several studies have also reported the benefits of “intravenous high doses” which can be adequately taken without any health implications, interestingly; these doses support our health.


  • Biosynthesis of collagen

  • Regulation of HIF-1α, which plays an integral role in the body’s response to low oxygen

  • Confers mitochondrial protection against oxidative injury.

  • Activation of the B vitamin, folic acid

  • Conversion of cholesterol to bile acids

  • Conversion of the amino acid, tryptophan to the neurotransmitter, serotonin

  • Reduces the severity of allergic reactions

  • Protects body from deleterious effects of free radicals, pollutants and toxins

  • Tissue healing

Most recently, research has shown it to be a key antioxidant of the Central Nervous System, as multiple evidence links oxidative stress with neurodegeneration, positioning redox imbalance and reactive oxygen species as a cause of neurodegeneration.

Having explained the goodness of vitamin c, which I have only written a tenth about, it is only fair to highlight the potential side effects. The side effects are, ingesting a large dose may cause gastrointestinal distress and diarrhoea. On it’s own it works well but is effective as an adjunct supplement. Also, there have been isolated cases of allergic reactions with eczema, urticaria and asthma. Otherwise, the benefits here outweigh the risk, in this article, the risk being the benefits.

What Should I Eat?

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Having joined Harpal Clinic in March 2017, it was made clear that in addition to on-going patient care; we also aim to educate our patients, which I have always strongly believed to be fruitful for a healthy lifestyle.


I was asked to write interesting, cultivating material, but this has been hard, as I have been strongly trained to write scientifically, methodically and mathematically.  

I have tonnes of issues I would like to share, but this question is raised time and time again by our patients “I have tried everything, what should I eat?”
Even with years of studying and working in the health industry, I have had to sit back and ask myself the same question.

The issue in itself is broad, somewhat, a silly question a clinician should be asking themselves. One would expect this to be a straightforward answer, but it isn’t. Personally, shopping for my weekly food in any London shop for me is like a mental challenge, deciding the shop, trolley or basket, which aisle to start with (even with a shopping list) and what to buy. After jumping that hurdle, the next thing is reading the food labels which I would guess, maybe 3 out of 10 shoppers would know the nutritional definition (without searching Google) and benefits of what they are about to consume.

Commonly, dietary factors have been associated with the cause or prevention of many diseases, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, cancer, birth defects, osteoporosis, and a variety of other chronic diseases. These associations are derived mainly from animal studies, epidemiologic studies on people and basic research concerning potential mechanisms. To simply break this information down to the general public, interpretation is often difficult and most of the times, conflicting. In light of this, what or who should you believe in?

In the age we live in, where there is a surge in Google Diagnostics with a dose of Twitter and Instagram guidance, people will always have a prognosis and diagnosis of their health concerns, what’s causing certain pains and if not in pain, how to get optimal health. Before I forget, despite of the NHS waiting times and your GP refusing to refer you to a Nutritionist/Dietician, stick to you GP’s and/or professional healthcare advisors advice. Put the Apps aside during consultation and respectfully discuss your issue. Yes, there are hundreds of Apps giving us advice on what to eat, but the concern here is, do you trust your source of information and do you trust what you are being told?

I do not condone the use of Google to search, “what am I eating tonight”, but I do worry about the toxicity of the content of some answers we are fed. As a modern day Google user, I am going to put a very reliable link at the end of this script, where I know the benefit outweighs the risk.

Without having to exhaust myself on calorie content, protein, carbs and sugar definitions, I may not have the exact answer but I am a firm believer of “you are what you eat”. I have taken a different approach, ignored the calorie and nutritional content and try to pick more of the fresh unrefined/unprocessed vs. refined/processed foods, consume your own hand-size portions, semi-caveman thinking. Keep it balanced. Simple.

Whilst using social media – think consciously about reliable sources of information. The link I promised below is this one: http://www.cgem.ed.ac.uk/research/rheumatological/calcium-calculator/ which I will discuss very soon.

Why Some Vegetarians or Vegans Thrive and Others Fail

I’ve started seeing more and more people coming in for injectables and intravenous drips like Vitamin B12, B Complex, high dose Vitamin C, glutathione, Magnesium, amino acids and D amongst others. However, new Vitamin B12 patients far outnumber the rest and many of them are vegetarians or vegans. Many of these patients have also chosen to eat this way later in life ie teens or later. There is a great deal of awareness within this community and they choose to eat this way, accepting that they need to do more to counter the potential nutritional shortfalls.

Surprisingly, I don’t see many who are born into vegetarian families (due to religion or culture) where they have eaten this way for generations. This suggests that they either are relatively unaware (I somehow don’t think that this is the issue), or that they are more ‘adapted’ to this way of eating. My believe is that epigenetics is at play here.


Coming from a culture where I’m familiar with vegetarianism for religion purposes, and knowing what I do now about some problems that vegetarianism brings about; this article that I’m about to share has always been a question in my mind and something that I’ve been meaning to explore. It’s so well written and researched that I don’t need to add much to it besides introducing you to the writer of that blog post and giving you my 2 cents about it.


The article discusses 4 points and is written by Denise Minger. Denise’s blog site https://rawfoodsos.com/  went viral after she published her findings regarding the China Study, which is possibly the most famous pro-vegan study out there. Her quest started when her usually perfect teeth was found to be full of cavities despite doing everything by the book to stay ‘healthy’. Being a naturally curious sort, she delved into the China Study and actually took the trouble to analyse the data. There she found many discrepancies which sadly enough does happen in the scientific world where data is ‘tweaked’ to fit in with the original hypothesis. Her work is relevant and needs to be read.


My personal opinion:

  • Veganism does not suit everyone

  • If this is how you choose to eat, do take extra care to ensure that you are getting all the relevant nutrition (possible from plant sources eg seaweed, natto, marmite etc) and constantly be on the lookout for symptoms of deficiencies

  • If you have indigestion, increased acid reflux, gas and bloating or prone towards soft or hard stools, you probably have some gut issues. This means that absorption of nutrients won’t be as good

  • If you constantly take antibiotics or have done so in the past, your gut bacteria may be deficient; again potentially leading to problems with gut nutrient absorption

  • Every so often, consider injectables as it won’t get lost in the gut.

  • If you already have symptoms, consider a course of injectables initially more frequently (eg weekly or fortnightly depending on which nutrient) before you taper it off. This is to allow your body to heal to a point where you won’t go back to ‘baseline’ so quickly. There’s also the problem of getting used to a certain level of energy. Most people with very low energy levels can never figure out how others go on. They also tend to be very happy with every little uplift in energy; forgetting what its like to have full functional energy. I just don’t think it makes good sense when cumulative additional changes make such a huge change in a person’s health. The time to stop would be when you start seeing negligible results. That usually means that you’re either optimised or if you’re still tired, that there is another reason for it.


I hope that you will enjoy this article…..



The IV Vitamin Cocktail Hangover- When You Feel Worse After....


Many people know of Vitamin Cocktails and in particular Myers- the best known of them. It consists of a mixture of Vitamin C, B-Complex and Magnesium with a few variations to it depending on where the stock comes from.


Most practitioners work with the basic Myers first before adding other additives to it. Frequently added ingredients are glutathione (a powerful antioxidant), high dose vitamin C, amino acids amongst others (Taurine, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Acetylcysteine, L-Arginine, L Carnosine) and minerals. Practitioners who are trained will usually let you know what you can add to benefit the particular issue that you’re interested in improving.


Most people feel very good on Myers. However, recently I’ve had a few patients who felt worse after a session. Symptoms they had included:

  • Headache

  • General unwell

  • Diarrhoea or constipation

  • Sinus congestion or flu-like symptoms

  • Body aches


Naturally they were worried after having experienced only great symptoms before. I congratulated all of them. I was really pleased about it! This is what happened….


  • They got dumped!

  • Their cells dumped stored wastes and toxins into the blood stream to be excreted via pee, poo or sweat.

  • Occasionally, the innate metabolic pathways are stagnant or are already overworked. In this instance, the symptoms can also feel bad

  • Their detox organs are being overworked. These are your liver, skin, lymphatic system, kidney, colon and lungs.

  • Their detox capacity is good or has improved


To me this is a good thing, although not comfortable to go through. At the very least, it means that stored toxins are being released and cells are now cleaner. There are a few things that can be done to decrease the effects of this happening. So after a Myers, it is usually a good idea to:


  • Lay off alcohol for a while to allow your liver to recover from the toxin load from your cells

  • Drinks lots of water to flush things out

  • If you have diarrhoea like symptoms, do not take anti-diarrhoeal but let the body dispose off as much poo as it needs to

  • If you have constipation type symptoms, take high dose oral vitamin C and magnesium which can cause loose motion (a good thing here)

  • Try a colonic if you’re up for it

  • Take a magnesium salt bath. The magnesium can help draw out more toxins from your skin, speeding up the process of toxin extraction.

  • If you are familiar with intermittent fasting, its a good thing to try to let your digestive system take a break. Alternatively, consider going on a bone broth day. The fat and protein in the broth should keep you satiated. If you would like to do a juice fast instead, do include lots of vegetables in it as a fruit only juice can make you feel worse (due to its effect on insulin). Add some coconut oil to it to slow down absorption of glucose.

In a nutshell, keep going with the cocktails and make sure that you inform the clinic you had your IVs regarding side effects, if any. Most these should pass and in the long run, you will have healthier cells.


  1. Ali, Ather et al. “Intravenous micronutrient therapy (Myers' Cocktail) for fibromyalgia: a placebo-controlled pilot study.” Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) vol. 15,3 (2009): 247-57. doi:10.1089/acm.2008.0410

  2. Gaby, AR. "Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the “Myers’ Cocktail”." Alterative Medicine Review. 7.5 (2002): 389-403.

  3. Padayatty, Sebastian J et al. “Vitamin C: intravenous use by complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and adverse effects.” PloS one vol. 5,7 e11414. 7 Jul. 2010, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011414

  4. Shechter, Michael, and Alon Shechter. “The Role of Magnesium in the Cardiovascular System.” Magnesium in Human Health and Disease, 2012, pp. 191–204., doi:10.1007/978-1-62703-044-1_13.

  5. Suh, Sang-Yeon et al. “Intravenous vitamin C administration reduces fatigue in office workers: a double-blind randomized controlled trial.” Nutrition journal vol. 11 7. 20 Jan. 2012, doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-7

The Floyd Mayweather Scandal- Can Vitamin Infusions Really Enhance Performance?


The recent scandal of boxer Floyd Mayweather in his fight against Manny Pacquiao, brought out of hiding the increasingly common use of intravenous infusions as a performance enhancer within the athletic community.

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/boxing/34216157


Traditionally, the infusions were seen within medical tents of marathons and triathlons. These infusions generally consisted of normal saline, some had glucose to replenish lost supplies, and some vitamins and minerals. They were used mainly as recovery tools instead of performance enhancing tools. These days, it has become increasingly trendy for top level athletes who compete in multi-day events to use these drips to speed recovery in preparation for the next day’s events.


Which brings us to the question of…..does it really work?


Factors supporting its use

  • It obviously works as otherwise it wouldn’t be used in those medical tents as a recovery aid.

  • The nutrients go directly into your blood stream; bypassing a potentially sluggish digestive system and hence a level of malabsorption.

  • Nutrients do not have to depend on the human body’s natural inefficiency.

  • The drip can be tailored to not only address vitamin and mineral deficiencies, but also to include amino acids where there’s a need.

  • It hastens cell recovery, regeneration, ATP regeneration (which is why it works so well in chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia), new cell formation amongst other things.

  • It helps with mental clarity and focus.

  • It can help in nutrient deficiencies where none are suspected. These nutrients are all water soluble meaning that it gets disposed off if there’s excess. So in periods of need, one has to replenish it with food or supplements. Unlike fat soluble nutrients that can be released from fatty storage on demand. Periods of need tends to be during times when the body is under constant stress, like training for a big sporting event, and so its easy to see how even those who eat very well can potentially have a deficit.


Factors against its use

  • It can seem like an unfair advantage, despite the fact that there are no ‘drugs’ being delivered.

  • A recent study done actually showed that the very low tech ‘drinking water’ produced better results in a selection of athletes who were split into 3 groups. The athletes were put through mild exercise in the heat for 2-4 hours and dehydrated by 4% of body mass. During recovery, the first group was given no water, 2nd group-  an IV drip, 3rd group- drinking water. They were then made to repeat the exercises again. (1)

  • The first group, unsurprisingly, reported it as being the hardest to continue the exercises. Surprisingly, group 2 with the drip, actually found it harder to exercise compared to group 3. The hypothesis here may be that the sensation of drinking a cool drink sends important signals to the brain about thirst. This seems to suggest that both the action of drinking as well as internal rehydration seem to have a potentially equally important role.

  • There’s the hypothetical risk of over-hydration although I suspect its fairly small unless the practitioner really does not understand IVs.

  • There could be a placebo effect which could very well be due to the fact that being forced to sit still for an hour while the drip is taking place, is helping recovery.


Bottomline is that for multiday events, it does help hasten recovery for the next day’s event. For the rest, they can choose to use it post or pre-event to boost the levels of nutrients and aid cell healing and regeneration or simply wait and rest until things feel like its back to normal again.


  1. Riebe D., Maresh C.M., Armstrong L.E. et al. (1997). Effects of oral and intravenous rehydration on ratings of perceived exertion and thirst. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 29, 117-124.

IV Cocktail Drip or Myers- What's the Big Deal?

Myers Cocktail is named after the Baltimore doctor that invented it, Dr John Myers. It comprises of a cocktail of vitamins and mineral given intravenously. Historically, it was given to help treat various ailments. Today, it has an interesting reputation as the latest celebrity ‘trend’ with everyone from Simon Cowell, Rita Ora and Rihanna to Madonna, Cindy Crawford and even Cara Delevingne. The focus on it being a celebrity trend has done a few things:


  • highlight the existence of this very interesting treatment

  • downplayed its real advantages by…

  • highlighting the ‘other benefits’ like post-binge drinking treatment, tiredness, and even dehydration as sadly, its more newsworthy

  • taken away from its relevance in managing a whole host of problems that are increasing with our modern day lifestyle and stresses, including exposure to pesticides and environmental toxins


The classic Myers is just the right mix of vitamins and minerals for overall wellness and maintenance. It comprises of a cocktail consisting of a variety of B and C vitamins, minerals like magnesium and occasionally trace minerals too.

So the million dollar question is- do we really need it?


My take is this. Assuming that the plate of food we eat today has the same nutrient content of a same plate of food, say 50-80 years ago, I’d say we probably don’t need it. In today’s term, someone who lives in the countryside (less pollutants, hence less oxidative damage to the body) and grows their own food or mostly eats organically (no chemicals or pesticides we hope), probably is fine and is able to extract nutrients from food efficiently. The nutrient that they are able to get is probably plentiful as well as balanced.


Fast forward to the rest of us living in the city, commuting for a living (stress+pollutants), eating quickly and cost-effectively (stress+low nutrient foods), having little downtime but a lot of work time (stress+++), little play and family time (stress++), travelling a lot (stress+pollutants), living the high life (nutrient depletion+stress) amongst any other variables you can think of.


There is a reason celebrities do it. They need to not fall sick and to be able to keep up with the demands of their gruelling schedule. They also happen to have access to people who are able to find short-cuts for them and they have the money to access these short cuts. We don’t think twice or judge them for using fashion stylists as a short cut to getting great style. IV drips are a short cut of sorts for someone who is generally well. So does that make it wrong? For some yes, for others (myself included), not at all- life’s too short to be ill!


For the well person, what does it do?

You might have noticed that I talk about stress a lot. We all suffer so much from it that its become part of our lives. But have you wondered biochemically what stress actually does in our bodies?


We are fight or flight kind of creatures. We thrive on it. But in this day and age, stress is constant and unrelenting. We have a continuous flow of stress hormones being released in our bodies. These hormones have to be made. The main building block for making hormones is cholesterol. With the whole low fat fad, the body is attacked yet again. We now have not as much building material. Cholesterol is then used to start the building work. Different types of workmen are required to do different things eg roofer, plumber, electrician. They can’t do each other’s jobs. They are the enablers- enabling different things to happen. Vitamins and minerals are the enablers in your body. Without them, a lot of chemical reactions cannot take place. We become depleted. Tired. Needing more and more sleep. Putting on more weight in the classical ‘stress’ fashion of fat face and belly with skinny limbs- then going to the gym for a high intensity workout that’s a stressor to the body- to try to lose that weight. And the cycle continues.

This is a very simplistic picture of what happens in our bodies but perhaps you get the idea. In a future blog on this subject, I will go into some research papers and medical uses of Myers.

In the meantime, have a think about the stressors in your life and how its affecting you. There's so much that can be done and knowledge is king.


  1. Ali, Ather et al. “Intravenous micronutrient therapy (Myers' Cocktail) for fibromyalgia: a placebo-controlled pilot study.” Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) vol. 15,3 (2009): 247-57. doi:10.1089/acm.2008.0410

  2. Gaby, AR. "Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the “Myers’ Cocktail”." Alterative Medicine Review. 7.5 (2002): 389-403.

  3. Padayatty, Sebastian J et al. “Vitamin C: intravenous use by complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and adverse effects.” PloS one vol. 5,7 e11414. 7 Jul. 2010, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011414

  4. Shechter, Michael, and Alon Shechter. “The Role of Magnesium in the Cardiovascular System.” Magnesium in Human Health and Disease, 2012, pp. 191–204., doi:10.1007/978-1-62703-044-1_13.

  5. Suh, Sang-Yeon et al. “Intravenous vitamin C administration reduces fatigue in office workers: a double-blind randomized controlled trial.” Nutrition journal vol. 11 7. 20 Jan. 2012, doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-7