Keen on trying IV treatment, you could be looking for trouble

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO of Proactive Health Solutions says there is a growing trend which started in the US and now seems to have made its way into South Africa of people going to doctors to get IV treatment.

Intravenous (IV) therapy is a method of feeding vitamins, minerals and antioxidants directly into the bloodstream to correct intracellular nutrient deficiencies.

But Nyathi says people, especially celebrities are doing it as a fashion statement, not that they have any kind of deficiency.

Local entertainer Zodwa Wabantu posted a picture of herself at Herrwood Medical Centre in Umhlanga on Instagram on Wednesday and later confirmed that she was indeed going in for Vitamins.

My view is that it is a dangerous practice if a deficiency has not been established, however, money talks and people want to be seen to be making it.

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO of Proactive Health Solutions

As a medical doctor, I would honestly not do that...

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO of Proactive Health Solutions

There is no scientific basis that when you administer this it will then result in an improvement in the health status of a person.

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO of Proactive Health Solutions

In fact, they run the danger of causing toxicity, that is overloading the body with things that the body doesn't need.

Dr Fundile Nyathi, CEO of Proactive Health Solutions

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