I came upon a news story recently talking about the ‘craze’ of ‘fashionable B12 injections’. Apparently, as a few celebrities have been telling the world they’ve been perking themselves up with these jabs and the mainstream have been trying to follow in their foot steps. Why? It’s suggested that it’ll give you more energy, help with weight loss and boosting your metabolism, and help alleviate depression, among other things. Reading the story led to this 5 minute rant of irritation.
Why do these so-called celebs feel the need to take to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to tell the world and show them in horrifyingly close up selfie images that they’re having a B12 injection? Is it cool? Is it fun? It is a rush a minute drug/alcohol alternative?
In response, scientists, nutritionists and other specialists are saying it’s a fad and fashion trend that’s unnecessary for ‘normal’ people.
This was quoted by nutritionist Carrie Ruxton: ‘I don’t know why a healthy young person would need any Vitamin B12 injections, because all they need to do is go and have an egg sandwich, or a nice bit of roast lamb.’
Of course, the emphasis should be on ‘healthy’, and age shouldn’t really come into it. For those with Pernicious Anaemia (PA), an egg sandwich isn’t going to cut it.
I am beyond angry today. I went to the GP this morning for my B12 injection (I have PA) and a chat with my doc afterwards. I was told there are ‘new guidelines’; those who don’t have the intrinsic factor as their cause of PA (most who have PA don’t) won’t get 3 monthly injections anymore. You’ll be lucky to have them every 6 months if at all. Hey, maybe they’ll give you tablets (which you probably won’t absorb). If your levels are good (of course they will be if you’ve been on treatment for a few years, but let’s ignore that, too). I’m sick and tired of fighting this stupid fight against ignorance in the face of budget cuts. I was livid and upset and while I’m usually pretty good at being assertive these days, I still came out in tears.
I’m irritated by several things with this article. The ‘celebs’ promoting B12 injections willy-nilly, making into a fashion trend. The specialists calling it a fashion trend and ignoring that it’s a vital necessity for those with PA. These injections aren’t don’t come from a Gucci store, & illness isn’t like choosing a new pair of Louboutin heels.
I do find it amusing that such ‘luvvies’, as the article refers to them, who are simply jumping on the bandwagon in a desperate attempt to make sure their z-list stardom isn’t forgotten don’t seem to understand how these injections work. For most people, it’s not a sudden spike of energy and fast-acting benefit.
I’m not against people trying these, who don’t have PA, but get medical advice first. It’s not a quick fix. And oral supplements should, ideally, be tried first. It’s a last resort if you have a deficiency and can’t otherwise absorb or maintain the vitamin in your body. Those with PA have little choice in the matter.
I can’t say I’m too impressed by these injections being flaunted by those who can easily afford them when those who have a vital need for them may not be in such a position to readily and easily do so.
I would like to ask the so-called celebs: is it’s trendy, fashionable and fun to have chronic exhaustion? To be in pain. To actually have Pernicious Anaemia and the myriad of symptoms that come with it. I’d like to ask if it’s fun to be limited to injections every 3 months because the NHS don’t allow them any more regularly even when you’re struggling. I’d like to ask if it’s enjoyable to have to fork out more money to order them online to jab yourself in the leg with because your doc says that’s the only way to have this VITAL, NECESSARY medication that you need because you have a genuine condition.
I’d like to ask the specialists: why aren’t you taking this opportunity to talk about Pernicious Anaemia. Why they’re not taking the time to educate themselves and put things right within NHS treatment for those with PA (such as the case with injections only every 3 months). Why they’re not highlighting that some people cannot absorb and maintain B12 adequately through dietary changes. Why they’re making it harder for those with this serious condition to get the treatment they need. I’d like to ask why they’re not showing the seriousness of B12 deficiency and Pernicious Anaemia.
There’s nothing glamorous to see here.