The Vitamin C Injection Fad
There’s another fad in town. It’s Vitamin C injection and this is being promoted by beauticians!
I am glad our Director-General of Health has spoken strongly on this subject
While many Malaysians pop a Vitamin C tablet every morning for a host of reasons, others are opting for a syringeful of the diet supplement. Prices range from RM100 for a jab or RM2,700 for a series of ‘special’ seven injections that come with the promise of a lighter complexion, anti-ageing benefits and general good health. Some also pay a premium for a cocktail of ingredients that include Vitamin C and other elements, including collagen and placenta.
While most of the suppliers are private medical practitioners, there are also beauticians cashing in. Even some government doctors have got into the act and are peddling the liquid diet supplement to nurses. Some ‘patients’ go for daily jabs, others every two days, once a week or once a fortnight.
But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not all glowing face and rosy cheeks; there are some very real side effects. They include localised inflammation of the vein, thinning of bones, kidney problems and allergic reactions. While some of the side effects may be temporary and not really serious, there are others which may lead to death.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Ismail Merican believes that Vitamin C administered intravenously is of no real benefit to anyone. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I strongly believe that women are being duped into parting with their money by some using baseless claims,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
He said the perception that Vitamin C helped overall wellness needed to be proved by facts.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Action will be taken against errant doctors if complaints are filed against them.Ã¢â‚¬Â
It is learnt that the intravenous Vitamin C preparation is imported. The intravenous Vitamin C fad began last year when beauty parlours started promoting it on the basis that it did wonders to the skin besides having anti-ageing properties.
The NST also elaborated on this:
Malaysia Dermatology Association president Dr Gangaram Hemandas said claims attached to the Vitamin C injections were exaggerated.
“From a scientific point of view, there is no justification for its use as an intravenous infusion,” he said, adding that the best way to deliver Vitamin C to the skin was applying it as a cream.
Dr Hemandas, the senior consultant and laser surgeon at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, said Vitamin C supplements were for people with low levels of the vitamin.
“As far as aesthetic purposes are concerned, Vitamin C does not reach the skin in significant amounts to be effective.
“I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know who started the whole story with these baseless claims.”
He said the association had written to the Health Ministry and the National Pharmaceutical Bureau on the issue.
“We are against this practice because the product is not registered, the intake has side-effects and consumers are being duped into believing claims which are baseless.”
Malaysian Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery protem committee secretary Dr Ruban Satkuna Nathan said he had been asked for such injections by guest relation officers and entertainers.
“Many are willing to pay any amount.”
Willing buyer, willing provider. That’s the sad state of affairs today, where there are some doctors willing to administer injections for these gullible people (for a fee of course).
Legal adviser Liza Ibrahim, 30, is happy that she did not fall for the scam although she admits to being interested when friends told her about the “wonder” injection.
“I was curious and went to several beauty parlours in the Klang Valley to make enquiries and found at least five selling the product.
“One beautician said she could inject the drug while others told me that I should visit several doctors who provided the service.”
Worse still are the beauticians who administer injections. Where’s the enforcement?
The use of cosmeceuticals has drastically risen in recent years. This significantly increases the armamentarium of the clinician in improving the treatment of skin conditions. However, at times, claims of effectiveness lack convincing evidence, thus the industry is challenged to provide convincing evidence of the effectiveness of these compounds.
PDRHealth: Vitamin C
This link has comprehensive information on ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
The MMR Says:
1) The best source of vitamins, including vitamin C, are a good helping of fruits and veg. This is truly natural. Anything that comes in a pill, capsule, bottle or injection is no longer natural.
2) More is not necessarily better. It may be harmful.
3) The main effect of expensive Vitamin C injections will be an increased production of expensive urine (Vitamin C is water soluble and is excreted in the urine)