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Kendall Jenner was not about to let anything get between her and the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty—but a trip to the hospital almost did.
The 22-year-old supermodel had to go to the ER after having a negative reaction to vitamin IV therapy, which people use to fight acne, lose weight, and promote hair growth. Traditionally known as Myers' cocktails, these intravenous treatments are often packed with magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C. In the '70s, they were used to treat things like migraines and fibromyalgia. Recently, the treatment has gained popularity among celebrities who use it to prep for the red carpet.
While sad, Kendall's reaction to the IV isn't all that surprising. "There haven't been any controlled studies that speak to the effectiveness of vitamin IV therapies," Ray Lebeda, M.D., a physician in practice with Orlando Health Physician Associates, tells Shape. "Oftentimes, people who turn to these treatments notice an immediate dramatic effect, but it's only short-lived. Not to mention, we aren't sure of what effect these treatments could have on the human body long term."
Basically, there's no solid scientific evidence that these treatments actually work. And though a massive dose of these nutrients isn't likely to cause a reaction, the way you go about receiving it might. "There's risk involved every time you use a needle," Dr. Lebeda says. Some special medical centers like The IV Doc and Drip Doctors administer these IV infused treatments in-house, but some sell them on a bag by bag basis so that you can do it at home. "By injecting something directly into your bloodstream, the likelihood of infection goes up significantly—and in Jenner's case, if the IV was administered outside a hospital setting, there's even more room for complications to occur," says Dr. Lebeda. (Related: 11 All-Natural, Instant Energy-Boosters)
At the end of the day, you don't need a "magical" IV to deliver your vitamins and minerals—you can do that on your own just fine by living a healthy lifestyle. May we suggest this immune-boosting smoothie to ward off winter colds instead?