First, there were models eating cotton balls soaked in orange juice to stay thin. Now, our Hollywood celebs are OD-ing on trendy vitamin drips to get over a hangover. Or to party hard(er). Or maybe even to get through a photo shoot. Whatever the reason, it wouldn’t bother me as much – their body, their life and all that jazz – if it wasn’t literally killing off our kids, one super-expensive vitamin cocktail at a time.
According to research by Washingtonian: “… nationwide shortages are threatening the lives of patients who need IV nutrition to survive. Hospitals have resorted to hoarding, rationing and bartering. At least 15 people – almost certainly more – have died. The shortages particularly endanger infants in neonatal intensive-care units (NICUs), whose young bodies have no nutrient reserves.”
Hospitals say this shortage is due at least in part to private clinics using those same nutrients for “non-medical purposes”. And it’s not just Hollywood either: athletes, lawyers, investment bankers and other well heeled self-actualizers are using IV vitamin drips to make them feel more uber-mortal than mere plebs.
Apparently, yes. Considering that private clinics can often pull rank over public hospitals due to vast cash reserves and better connections (and the lack of a centralized system to monitor medical inventories of any establishment), vital resources are being diverted for totally non-medical purposes. There are even “hangover vans” in Las Vegas that can run as many as 14 IVs at a time.
And what exactly is the purpose?
Known as the “party girl drip”, this IV vitamin therapy promises to dramatically improve skin and increase energy. Counting amongst its fans the like of Rihanna, Brad Pitt, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Madonna, this beauty innovation has clients hooking up to intravenous drips containing potent vitamin doses at clinics across the world.
These super-trendy IV drips are administered by medical professionals, who hold that mainlining a cocktail of nutrients is the instant route to cure various beauty and wellness ailments: B12 for energy, vitamin C to fend off colds and Myers’ Cocktail (a blend of magnesium, calcium and B and C vitamins) for anti-aging. Then there is the (in)famous tripeptide glutathione, which is used to treat Parkinson’s disease and MS, and is currently finding favour for its melanin-blocking abilities – extreme brightening serum, any one?
Interesting short cut, except for the fact that it’s now literally killing babies. Bet that IV twitpic doesn’t seem half as cool now, Rihanna?
Do you find this horrifying? Would you ever hook up to an IV to look younger? Or have more energy?