a member of the smectite family is a 2:1 clay, meaning that it has 2 tetrahedral sheets sandwiching a central octahedral sheet.  The particles are plate-shaped and extremely small with an average diameter of approximately 1 micrometer.  Montmorillonite’s colloidal nature lends it well to the transport of nutrients and enhanced bioavailability of nutrients. 

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Book Review of and Excerpts from:
Secrets Of The Soil
New Age Solutions for Restoring Our Planet
© 1989 by Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird
Authors of the Secret Life of Plants
Harper & Row Publishers, NY
Isbn 0-06-015817-4
Lib. Congr. S591.T64


Montmorillonite tetrahedral molecular geometry 



Giants of the Industry Pt#2

John A. Myers MEE MD FRSH



The biography on the back cover of the book he co-authored with Karl H. Schutte PhD,  METABOLIC ASPECTS OF HEALTH – NUTRITIONAL ELEMENTS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE (© 1979 Discovery Press),  states:

“The undergraduate education of Dr. Myers was in Electrical Engineering at John Hopkins University where he graduated in 1927.”  His intent was to continue there and receive his doctorate, but plans had to be delayed “when he became involved in helping develop a Primary Frequency Standard at the Westinghouse Company under Dr. Conrad…This frequency measuring equipment” was used by the “US Government to assign, monitor, measure and adjust the broadcast frequencies of radio transmitting stations…”  This endeavor counted for a portion of his Masters of Electrical Engineering degree that he received from the same institution in 1932.

In 1935 he was awarded an MD degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “His training in measurement and control devices in electrical engineering made him acutely aware of functional control in metabolic disease.”  He maintained a keen interest in the interrelationships of biochemistry of cellular function and the application of nutritional elements to improve the metabolism of the body systems.  Dr. Myers routinely used the most highly differentiated structures of the body such as the teeth and eyes, as measuring agents to evaluate metabolic response to treatment.  The late Dr. Myers was a member or Fellow of numerous societies including, but not limited to, the American Medical Association, American Society for Clinical Nutrition, Maryland Society for Medical Research, and The Royal Society of Health of England (FRSH), and was the Founder Diplomate of the International College of Applied Nutrition.

Dr. Myers remained a faithful advocate for the use of trace minerals to proactively promote good health, and as essential ingredients to arrest symptoms, and the diseases themselves, resulting from poor nutrition.  He has gone on record that his studies included positive findings utilizing a product known as Mineral 72 (p283) as a part of his treatments.  At the time of these studies the product was taken from none other than the Panaca deposit near Las Vegas, Nevada. (January, 1978, Let’s Live, page 38)

He has been quoted as stating, inter alia that: 1) the aforesaid (Montmorillonite) “product is very effective in supporting the sympathetic nervous system in all of it functions.”  2) His human patients “have said they felt more calm and generally had an easier disposition…and felt less tired…and more rested after sleep at night.”  3) He conscientiously observed too, a remarkable improvement in hair, nails, and skin—one of the first noticeable signs the patients discover for themselves…and 4) If such a mineral supplement were given to children in the first grade, “within a year the improvement in all of them would be remarkable.”

One of the good doctor’s revolutionary remedies has become known as the “Myer’s Cocktail”, a use of intravenous (IV) vitamins and minerals as part of the overall treatment he pioneered  to deal with various medical problems.  After Dr. Myers died in 1984, a number of his patients sought nutrient injections from Dr. Alan Gaby.  Some of them had been receiving injections monthly, weekly, or twice weekly for many years--25 years or more in a few cases.  Chronic problems such as chest pain, depression, fatigue, or palpitations were well-controlled by these treatments; however, the problems would recur if the patients went too long without an injection.

It was not clear exactly what the "Myers' cocktail" officially consisted of, as the information provided by patients was incomplete, and no published or written material on the treatment was available, but trace elements and minerals extracted from the Montmorillonite deposit in Panaca, Nevada are speculated by some to have been utilized in Dr. Myer’s original formula.

Despite the many positive anecdotal reports, there is only a small amount of published research supporting the use of Dr. Myer’s treatment, prior to Dr. Gaby’s attempt to reformulate it from the clues left behind. There is one uncontrolled trial in which the Myers' Cocktail was beneficial in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia.  According to Dr. Gaby, “Intravenous magnesium alone has been reported, mainly in open trials, to be effective against angina, acute migraines, cluster headaches, depression, and chronic pain. In recent years, double-blind trials have shown IV magnesium can rapidly abort acute asthma attacks. There are also several published case reports in which IV calcium provided rapid relief from asthma or anaphylactic reactions.”

Dr Gaby attempted to reproduce, although admits to having had to resort to some modification of  what was probably, the original “Myers' Cocktail” for lack of complete data.  Interestingly, Dr. Myers’ own formula seemed to have been helpful for a wide range of clinical conditions, often producing dramatic results. “Over an 11-year period, approximately 15,000 injections were administered in an outpatient setting to an estimated 800-1,000 different patients.  Conditions that frequently responded included asthma attacks, acute migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, and seasonal allergic rhinitis. A small number of patients with congestive heart failure, angina, chronic urticaria, hyperthyroidism, dysmenorrhea, or other conditions were also treated with the Myers' and most showed marked improvement. Many relatively healthy patients chose to receive periodic injections because it enhanced their overall well-being for periods of a week to several months.  Curiously, these are the same types of benefits over the corresponding and intervening years, corroborated by the testimonials of faithful consumers of tablets and capsules containing the aforesaid Panaca minerals. 

Of particular note during the past 16 years, clinical results have been presented at more than 20 medical conferences to several thousand physicians. Today, many doctors (probably more than 1,000 in the United States) use some form of what is believed to have been Myers' basic formula.  A number of their modifications have been deliberate, according to their own preferences.   Dr.  Gaby confirms that “In querying audiences from the lectern and from informal discussions with colleagues at conferences, the author has yet to encounter a practitioner whose experience with this treatment has differed significantly from his own.” Alternative Medicine Review,  Oct, 2002  by Alan R. Gaby