Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Self-Administering B12 Shots

Monday, 07 Mar 2011 09:47 AM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

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Question: You have previously written that one can self-administer vitamin B12. Can you tell me how?

Dr. Browstein's Answer:

Vitamin B12 injections are very easy to self-administer, with minimal risk. Of course, with any injection there is some risk of infection and bleeding at the site.

In 20 years of recommending B12 shots to thousands of patients, I have had just one patient develop a minor local infection from a B12 injection. She was treated with a short course of antibiotics and heat to the area, and recovered.

Any physician or nurse should be able to guide you on the proper way to self-administer a B12 injection, which can be given in the arm, leg, or hip.

If you use a subcutaneous needle, the shots can be given in the abdomen as well. I see no difference in efficacy between subcutaneous and intramuscular B12 injections.


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