Dr. Feelgood's Tonic: The Cinton is Getting Needled with "B-12 As Needed"

Hillary looks rather like a ventriloquist's dummy in that first picture, doesn't she?

Posted by Iowa Jim at September 15, 2016 11:38 AM

If she really has the rumored drinking problem, it's no surprise her physical condition was certified by a bar doc. (sorry)

Posted by OldFert at September 15, 2016 12:20 PM

Hitler was getting his shots too

Posted by bgarrett at September 15, 2016 12:54 PM

Combined with Levoamphetamine....

Posted by Mr. Wizard at September 15, 2016 1:02 PM

You're gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

- Bob Dylan

Posted by keithp at September 15, 2016 2:55 PM

Standard of care treatment (per several sources, not the least of which being the venerable "Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy") for CAP (Community-Acquired Pneumonia aka "walking pneumonia") is STILL azithromycin, clarithromycin, doxycycline or amoxicillin/clavulanic acid... fluoroquinolones are the LAST choice and since the FDA put out a strongly worded black box warning advising against their use as first-line therapy for just about anything, I seriously wonder about Dr. Bardack's understanding of infectious disease and proper, responsible antibiotic prescribing habits. I worry about my colleagues who prescribe Omnicef for whiners who come into our clinic with twelve hours of sniffles and sinus pressure "I have a SINUS infection" just to satisfy the patient's demand for "something really strong because I'm resistant" and/or get them out of our hair; they're not doing the community any favors either. Considering HRC's history of seizures (even Bill's mentioned she does this frequently), is Levaquin really a sound first choice antibiotic for a frail 69 year old woman, especially as she's on coumadin and LT4?

Posted by NormB at September 15, 2016 3:10 PM

It is why, crushed up B-12 vitamins were used to "stomp" cocaine back in the day.

Posted by Steve_in_SoCal at September 15, 2016 3:36 PM

What in the world ever became of Sweet Jane?
She lost her smile and you know she isn't the same
Living on reds, vitamin C and cocaine
All her friends can say is 'ain't it a shame'

- Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia

Posted by bill at September 15, 2016 3:41 PM

Just a little pin prick
There'll be no more aaaaaaaah!
But you may feel a little sick

Can you stand up?
I do believe it's working, good
That'll keep you going through the show
Come on, it's time to go.

-- Pink Floyd, "Comfortably Numb"

Having had actual "walking" non-life-threatening pneumonia, there's no freaking way she would have been smiling and waving that soon after collapsing without a little "pick-me-up".

Posted by Bryan Lovely at September 15, 2016 3:45 PM

Actually, given Hillary's hypothyroidism, which is generally caused by an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, it's VERY likely that Hillary has one or more ADDITIONAL autoimmune disorders, as there is a well established connection between Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and additional autoimmune disorders.

Pernicious anemia is one such common autoimmune disease, REQUIRING B-12 injections at least once a month ("as needed" to avoid dying from the body's inability to orally absorb B-12) due to auto-antibodies that attack both the intrinsic factor that pulls the giant B-12 molecule through the intestinal wall as well as the gastric parietal cells of the stomach lining that produce intrinsic factor.

Bottom line is that Hillary is almost undoubtedly hiding the fact that she also has pernicious anemia if she's having to take B-12 injections.

Posted by Asok Asus at September 15, 2016 4:18 PM

I agree that Hillary is probably sick from all of the above; and heck, she may well have substance abuse problems, too.

But taking extra B-12 is pretty normal for middle-aged women and above, because that's when women stop being able to process B-12 much from their food. I take those little 1000 mcg B-12 tablets sublingually during breaks at work, and really I need to take three or four to get any kind of energy in my body. (Obviously a sublingual tablet means that not as much B-12 gets into you as with a shot. But they do help.)

Us middle-aged ladies also tend to need to supplement with Vitamin D and Vitamin A. If you know somebody who keeps catching every respiratory disease that comes along, or if their hair is mysteriously thinning, they are probably a quart low on Vitamin A. Vitamin D deficiency can cause depression and lack of energy, too.

So yeah, a lot of doctors are going back to prescribing B-12 shots, on the theory that a lot of Americans are overstressed and under-energized because they are not getting all the vitamins they need. This is the kind of thing they did in the 1950's, but it works for some. (In others, at least it gives them some energy while they find out what's causing the problem.) Shots are scary, but dragging around with no idea what's wrong is also scary.

Posted by Suburbanbanshee at September 16, 2016 5:29 AM

Better Living Thru Chemistry!

Posted by SteveS at September 16, 2016 3:02 PM