The injection of Vitamin B12 into the muscle of the arm or glut has many benefits. Individuals with low energy and/or blood results showing B12 levels less than 400 ng/mL often see improvements after one to three injections.
In addition to low energy, B12 can also be used in individuals experiencing nerve injuries (often felt as burning or loss of sensation), looking to lose weight, or with low immune function. B12 is also great for supporting individuals with stress, acid reflux or heartburn, and those at risk for cardiovascular problems.
The absorption of vitamin B12 into the bloodstream by injection is approximately 95% as it avoids the digestive system and is more easily delivered to the cells where it is required. B12 taken as a pill often has less than a 10% chance of absorption into the bloodstream and even less if you experience problems with digestion, such as bloating, heartburn, and/or inflammation of the intestines.
People at risk for low B12 levels include those with acid reflux, ulcers, irritable bowel disease, and who do not eat much/any animal products.
When necessary, Dr Bernard can order blood work for you to test your vitamin B12 levels.
Vitamin D Injections
Vitamin D is synthesized when the UVB rays of the sun hit our skin and begin a cascade of events within our bodies. The precursor of vitamin D made in the skin is eventually turned into active vitamin D in the kidneys and liver. Without vitamin D, the body can’t absorb calcium and steals it instead from bones. In addition, a lack of vitamin D also leads to abnormal blood levels of phosphorus - an important mineral for building bones.
In addition to bone health, the role of vitamin D has been intensely researched for cancer prevention, and adequate levels of vitamin D before and during cancer therapy have shown improved outcomes and quality of life. Vitamin D has also been shown to be involved in autoimmune disease and proper immune function.
It is not uncommon in North America to be insufficient (meaning just under the recommended blood levels) in vitamin D. Factors that limit the production or absorption of vitamin D include using sunscreen, dark skin, trouble absorbing dietary fat (such as in irritable bowel disease), cloud cover, pollution, the season, older age, inadequate time in the sun, and inadequate intake of vitamin D-rich foods (salmon, mackerel, tuna, milk, fortified foods).
To check your levels, Dr Bernard can perform a finger-prick test or blood draw and send your results off to a private lab. You would receive your results within 14 business days. Afterward, a recommended amount of vitamin D would be suggested that would likely include oral and possibly injectable vitamin D.
Intravenous Infusions (IV Therapy)
Intravenous therapy involves delivering nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, directly into the bloodstream. Dr Bernard has received extensive education, experience, and training in the delivery of nutrients for your particular requirements.
What conditions can be treated? Common conditions treated include malabsorption (for instance, irritable bowel syndrome or irritable bowel disorder), fatigue, anxiety, colds/flus, and cancer.
Infusions are also beneficial for athletes wishing to up their performance and recovery, for pre- and post-surgery, for jet lag, and to boost the immune system during cold and flu season to prevent illness or to recover faster.
How often will I require treatment? The number and frequency of treatments vary case-to-case and is dependent upon the condition being treated and the individual. A common treatment plan is weekly for a month, then monthly until improvements are steady. Quite often patients receive infusions on a monthly basis or every few months.
How will I feel during and after treatment? Individuals feel relaxed during treatment. No pain should be experienced. If at any point you feel discomfort, you let Dr Bernard know and she makes adjustments accordingly. After the small prick felt at the insertion of the needle, most individuals do not feel anything uncomfortable.
How you feel after treatment varies based on the individuals. Most feel energized; however, it may take multiple treatments to achieve the full effects of the infusion.
What are the costs? Most IV infusions are billed as a $95 administration fee (covered by most extended health care insurance plans), in addition to a fee for the cost of supplies. The supplies fee varies based on treatment, but the most common bag (Reboot bag) is $40. For more information, schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with Dr Bernard to discuss your potential treatment options.