Kaiser Health News
Yana Shapiro is a partner at a Philadelphia law firm with an exhausting travel schedule and two boys, ages 9 and 4. When she feels run-down from juggling everything and feels a cold coming on, she books an appointment for an intravenous infusion of water, vitamins and minerals.
“Anything to avoid antibiotics or being out of commission,” the 37-year-old said.
After getting a 100-milliliter drip of a liquid the clinic calls immune protection pumped directly into her bloodstream via a needle in her arm, Shapiro said she feels like “a new person.”
The infusion, which costs $179, takes less than a half-hour. While she waits, she can recline in one of the cushy seats, watch the 64-inch, flat-screen TV or dim the lights in the room.
“I take this time as ‘me time’ — to relax and kick back and close my eyes for a couple of minutes,” she said.
But if you mostly eat your kale and quinoa, why would you need a boost of vitamins delivered straight to the vein? Skeptical physicians say you probably don’t need it. A healthy gut absorbs all the nutrients we need from food. And anyone well enough to drink fluid, they say, can get all the rehydration they need by mouth.
Still, clinics that market treatments of intravenous fluid to the stressed out and worried well can now be found nationwide. [Read more…]