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I-V infusions to ward off the flu?

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(01/07/13) - Some doctors will give B12 shots to boost energy or ward off colds and flu, but others are taking the whole thing a step farther- IV infusions.

Is this really a good idea?

"I haven't had a cold. I haven't had strep. I haven't had anything wrong with me," Beth Dial says.  

She started IV vitamin infusions to combat the fatigue of Lyme disease. "I think it's beneficial for everybody."

Chiropractic Doctor Craig John says while you may only absorb 15 to 20 percent of oral vitamins, "when they're going straight IV, intravenously, you get 100 percent absorption."

John says the infusions can boost energy, strengthen the immune system, protect against disease, and speed up muscle repair. Each vitamin cocktail is personalized for the patient and runs about $150. Most are made up of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium and other trace minerals.

But some, like Dr. David Riseberg, say the infusions 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."

There are also risks. With any IV treatment, bruising, infection and vein inflammation can occur. There is also a chance the wrong dose of nutrient could be infused.   

Still, Beth says the infusions have given her energy she didn't have. "Friends and family have just been like 'what are you doing, you look better.'"

Vitamin infusions are usually offered at alternative health centers.

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