Getting your vitamins through I.V.

There is a new trend in vitamins that doesn't require popping pills. It’s called vitamin infusion, and celebrities like Madonna and Cindy Crawford say they are hooked.

"I haven't had a cold. I haven't had strep. I haven't had anything wrong with me,” says Beth Dail, a vitamin infusion patient.

Beth started intravenous vitamin infusions to combat the fatigue of Lyme’s Disease, but now she says she wants to keep getting the treatment.

"I think it's beneficial for everybody,” says Dail.

According to chiropractic doctor, Craig John, a person’s body only absorbs 15 to 20-percent of oral vitamins. But, with I.V. infusions a person gets 100-percent absorption.

Craig says the infusions can boost energy, strengthen the immune system, protect against disease and speed up muscular repair.

Each vitamin cocktail is personalized for the specific patient, but most are made up of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium and other trace minerals. Each infusion costs patients about $150.

Some doctors, like Dr. David Riseberg, are less enthusiastic about infusions and say they are unnecessary.

"I think that if you eat a healthy diet, you can get all the vitamins you need. Intravenous vitamins for a healthy person to me, seems like a waste of money,” says Dr. David Riseberg, a medical oncologist at Mercy Medical Center.

There are also risks associated with the procedure. Doctors say, like any intravenous treatment, bruising, infection and vein inflammation can occur. There is also the chance that the wrong dosage of nutrients could be infused.

Despite these risks, Beth Dail says the infusions have given her energy she did not have before, "Friends and family have just been like what are you doing, you look better."

Vitamin infusions are growing in popularity across the county. They are now offered at many alternative health and wellness centers, and are being used to help patients with conditions like cancer, asthma, fibromyalgia, diabetes and hepatitis.


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