001. Sharon Kirkey at thestarphoenix.com writes in "Are Vitamin IVs the Cure For what Ails You?" (2015-08-01):
"[the reporter writes] the bright yellow concoction dripping into my veins looks alarmingly like lemon Kool-Aid. As I sit attached to an intravenous pole at Toronto's Adelaide Health Clinic, however, what's actually pumping into my body are liquid vitamins from an IV bag [...] at the Adelaide clinic [...] people can choose from a menu of injections, from 'diet and detox' to drips for improved sports recovery and performance [...]";
brave. I wouldn't let them touch me. And there's the detox bogey man.
"'intravenous micro-nutrient therapy' is all the rage in natural health care [...]";
and how is this NATURAL?
"in Canada, IV therapy has become among the most popular services advertised by naturopaths [...] IV vitamin therapy [...] costs about $100 or more per drip [...]";
ka-ching. As I said, big money maker.
"critics [...] remain unconvinced, arguing there is no evidence from properly controlled trials that vitamin infusions do anything to improve the health of people who don't suffer true vitamin deficiencies [...e.g.] 'I don't know of the scientific basis for it. It certainly hasn't blossomed in the main medical literature as a cure for 'whatever' [...] where is the clinical trial, and where are the data? Has anyone said, 'we'll give you saline or we'll give you a drip, and let's see what the difference is?'' [...] says renowned nutrition expert Dr. David Jenkins, a professor in nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto and a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital";
perfect for naturopathyland, it fits right in in pseudomedical land.