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Vitamin B12 Shots at the Toronto Wellness Centre: A Q&A with Naturopath Dr. Kate McLaird!

We are so excited to announce that Vitamin B12 shots are now available here at the Toronto Wellness Centre! Read on to learn more about this energy boosting treatment with Dr. Kate, and discover if a B12 shot is right for you.

Vitamin B12 Q&A with Dr. Kate

Q: Could I have a vitamin B12 deficiency?

A: While not all encompassing, here is a list of a few of the most common symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency:

  • Numbness
  • Pins and needles or burning sensation in the fingers/toes
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Impaired memory functions
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Decreased Energy, Fatigue
  • Lowered immune system

 

Q: Can I find enough B12 in food?

A: Significant amounts of vitamin B12 are only found in animal sources. Strict vegetarians and vegans are advised to supplement with vitamin B12 in order to obtain adequate amounts. It takes 3-5 years for the body to exhaust stores and become overtly B12 deficient if choosing to consume a vitamin B12 deficient diet – but I would highly recommend not letting your body get to that point! Some examples of Vitamin B12 rich foods are: beef liver, kidney, clams, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs, and milk.

 

Q: What conditions can Vitamin B12 shots help with?

A: There are many conditions shown to improve with vitamin B12 supplementation, which is why I am so excited to be able to offer it to my patients! Here are a few:

  • Megaloblastic and Pernicious Anemia
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Migraines
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Neuralgia: Sciatica, Trigeminal neuralgia, Shingles (herpes zoster)
  • Sulphite sensitive asthma
  • DNA and Epigenetic function
  • Fertility
  • Autism spectrum and ADHD

 

Q: What risks are involved with taking a Vitamin B12 shot?

A: Very few! Since it is water soluble, vitamin B12 is non-toxic. In the case of excess dosing, this means that it will be excreted in the urine. Rarely one might see a worsening of acne symptoms (acneiform exanthema) however this can resolve after a week of discontinuation of supplementation. Symptoms of being nervous and excitable after injections have been reported especially in patients who are very sensitive or experience chronic fatigue and/or fibromyalgia; however this is easily prevented by decreasing the dose of vitamin B12.

 

Q: What else should I know before getting my vitamin B12 shot at the Toronto Wellness Centre?

A: It is important to note that as a Naturopathic Doctor, I will provide each of my patients with individualized treatment and advice. In the case of vitamin B12 supplements, this means that I will advise dosing frequency and expectations of results. Often vitamin B12 requires other nutrients for the most therapeutic benefit depending on each multifactorial disease process.

 

Q: How do I get started?

A: It’s easy to book your first visit online, simply click here! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Toronto Wellness Centre at 416-920-2722 or schedule yourself a complimentary 15-minute introductory consultation. I am excited to meet you and discuss your personal health and wellness goals!

 

Yours in Good Health,

Dr. Kate.