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Indy Doctor Advises Against Vitamin Drips

Says celeb fad is a waste of money

7/2/2013

Every so often, celebrities start what we are told is a trend that promotes healthy living.  Such is the case with what are known as vitamin drips.  But one doctor believes that, like many other health fads, this one will eventually drip away without helping many people.

Listen to Ray Steele's report:

Vitamin drips - where liquid vitamins are delivered intravenously through an IV - first gained notice last year, but have gained in popularity this year.  Several actors, singers and other celebrities claim that they boost energy and help treat conditions like depression and anxiety.  Their doctors claim that injecting vitamins and minerals directly into the blood stream keeps them from being diluted, as they claim happens when vitamins are taken by mouth.  Dr. Gerald Mick, family medicine physician with the St. Vincent Medical Group says that, save for a handful of people, that claim is bunk.

"These patients have more money and time on their hands than common sense," said Dr. Mick. "If you want to have a healthy lifestyle, you've got to do the basics.  There's no magic or mystery or anything like that."

Vitamin drip treatments cost up to $275 per session, and Mick says it's largely a waste of money.  "I see a lot of doctors, even here in Indiana, coming up with specialized concoctions of vitamins, talking about how they've done extensive research and how the average doctor doesn't know as much as they do.  The patients go from one vitamin to another, and eventually they're frustrated and become disenfranchised" by the medical system, Mick said.

You can't necessarily call the doctors who advocate vitamin drips 'quacks', since most have a medical degree, but critics say that gives all doctors a bad name.  "Our job as family doctors, internal medicine doctors and pediatricians is to recommend the tried and true, the time honored things, the things that have been shown to be helpful for patients and not fads," said Mick.

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