What does vitamin B12 do for you?
Vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell (RBC) formation + provides the body with energy. It's involved in approximately 100 vital bodily functions including DNA synthesis, protein conversion, neurological function + fatty acid production. Because it’s so important for health, it’s the foundation of all our shots. Benefits include improved energy, better sleep, elevated mood, increased focus, hormone regulation + so much more!
B12 has been used to treat conditions including bursitis, hepatitis, Bell’s palsy, vitiligo, herpes zoster, hyperhomocysteinemia, sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, depression, dementia, chronic fatigue, neurodermatitis, diabetic neuropathy, hyperthyroidism, asthma, infertility, tobacco amblyopia + cyanide poisoning.
Do I need an appointment to get a shot?
No. You don't need an appointment, but we do suggest making a reservation + filling out our Informed Consent online before your visit to save you time at the Bar. We accept walk-ins, but tend to those with reservations first, much like a restaurant would.
Do you custom blend shots?
No, we don't. Our blends have been formulated with specific goals in mind + have shown to provide many benefits over the years.
Will the shots keep me awake at night?
B12 is not a stimulant like coffee is, but it’s generally best to experience a (B) shot prior to 6:00 PM or so. Getting a shot that contains B vitamins too late in the day may promote insomnia that night + possibly even vivid dreams. However, B12, while providing cellular energy by day, is known to help promote deeper, healthier sleep when it comes to bedtime, if it's not taken too late in the day.
How long will a shot last?
B vitamins + the other nutrients we provide are water soluble, with the exception of vitamin D3. Water soluble nutrients will stay in the body doing their good work for, on average, 5 days or so versus just a few hours from food—that is if the nutrients from your food actually get absorbed. It has been determined that most people's GI tract will only absorb a single digit percent of B12 when ingested—that's less than 10%!
What's the benefit of getting a nutrient injection?
Everyday life contributes to the congestion + buildup of harmful toxins in the body from processed foods, pollutants + stress that can lead to an unhealthy life experience. Our Injectables aim to support the immune system, nourish, detoxify + rejuvenate the body, as well as target specific goals like increase energy, improve focus, boost vitality, promote weight loss, reduce pain, decrease inflammation, balance hormones … concerns that plague those of us living in the modern world.
Many health conscious individuals choose to drink smoothies to improve their nutrient status + health. However, some people have sensitivities to certain foods, including fruits + veggies. In addition, not all the nutrients from eating or drinking your fruits + veggies get absorbed through the digestive system. There can be many calories involved as well, not to mention a load of sugar, which may promote inflammation that can lead to disease processes in the body. Let's face it, you would never sit down + eat as many fruits + veggies as what goes into a smoothie. By injecting nutrients directly into your muscle tissue, they're immediately disseminated throughout your entire body for immediate utilization. Typically only a single digit percentage of nutrients gets absorbed when taken orally (or eaten) whereas injecting the nutrients bypasses the digestive tract + is 100% in your body to do its good work. You may even taste the nutrients within seconds of getting a shot—that's how fast it travels throughout your body!
If I take a B12 supplement why get a B12 shot?
Many people have trouble with nutrient absorption due to the presence of intestinal inflammation, poor gut health, or a deficiency of Intrinsic Factor—a glycoprotein produced in the stomach that's essential for B12 absorption, whether from an oral supplement or food providing B12. Injecting nutrients intramuscularly sidesteps this issue by delivering nutrients directly to the cells, feeding your body instantaneously for immediate utilization.
Can I get too much B12? I just had blood work + my B12 was off the chart. Should I be concerned?
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has not established a UL (Upper Limit) for vitamin B12 because of its low potential for toxicity. In Dietary Reference Intakes: Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin + Choline, the IOM states that “no adverse effects have been associated with excess vitamin B12 intake from food + supplements in healthy individuals.” Most B vitamins have no known upper limit (UL) for intake with little to no possibility of toxicity. The exceptions are B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine) + folic acid (vitamin B9). These three B vitamins are generally considered safe even when double the recommended dose is taken. However, there are some vitamin-drug + vitamin-condition interactions that should be avoided. Please consult your personal physician who knows your medical history + current health status before beginning injection therapy. This is especially important if you are currently pregnant, breastfeeding, have a disease/health condition or are taking medications including, but not limited to, antibiotics + chemotherapeutic drugs, to be sure there aren’t any contraindications or interactions. If you’ve received more B12 than your body needs at the time, your urine may have a pinkish tint to it. Not to worry though, it’s just your body flushing out what's not needed—or maybe you’ve just eaten some beets! :)
Do you offer discounts on shots or have specials?
Yes! We offer 10 packs (of the same shot) at a 20% discount. Packages never expire + our system keeps track of your visits so there’s no need to have a punchcard or anything like that.
We also offer, what we refer to as, 2-fers. For those who enjoy the benefits of getting two shots at a time, we extend a substantial savings on your 2nd shot. When you buy one regularly priced shot, you get your second shot 1/2 OFF—that's a 50% discount! The deal is, both shots have to be administered at the same time to the same person—they can't be saved for a future visit, transferred or shared.
Can I get a shot to go?
No, sorry. Shots are administered on-site + are not dispensed to leave our premises. To ensure sterility + authenticity of our shots, they need to be administered once they're compounded specific for each client. Your safety + health is our primary concern.
Where on the body do you inject the shots?
Our shots are intramuscular (IM) injections, meaning the solution gets injected into your muscle. If you’re simply getting B12 alone, it can be injected into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm. Shots other than a straight B12 shot—our JUST (B)™ shot—will be administered in the upper outer quadrant of the gluteal muscle. Don't worry—we don’t need much ‘southern exposure’! It’s not technically on the buttocks, it’s just above it!
Do the shots hurt?
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Rest assured, our staff is very proficient + a shot typically causes little to no pain. It has a lot to do with how relaxed you are during the injection (mind + body), if you've just exercised (causing a tight muscle) + how hydrated you are. We will instruct you on how to stand + breathe for relaxation for the most comfortable experience. Being well-hydrated (+ nourished) is extremely beneficial. If you come in wearing heels, it may help to kick them off to help relax those glutes!
Will I bruise?
Everyone is different. If you're taking a medication or supplement that thins the blood like warfarin, Coumadin, aspirin, fish oil, ginkgo biloba, garlic ... your risk of bruising from a shot increases. Other reasons for bruising include, but are not limited to, thinning skin, vasculitis, purpuric dermatosis, platelet deficiency, liver disease, vitamin K deficiency, vitamin C deficiency, moving your body during the injection, or dehydration. It’s important to remain still + relaxed until you’re told “you’re all set”!
Are the injectable solutions sterile?
Absolutely! Our sterile injectable solutions are provided from certified compounding pharmacies, including certification from PCAB. The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) is a nonprofit organization that provides a voluntary accreditation program for compounding pharmacies across the country. Formed by eight of the nation’s leading pharmacy organizations, PCAB promotes, develops + maintains principles, policies + standards for improving the quality of pharmacy compounding nationwide.
Are the shots safe?
Yes, our shots are generally considered safe. There is no upper limit or toxicity when it comes to vitamin B12. All doses of the nutrients we provide are within normal limits + have had no adverse effects during the six years we've been doing this. However, in some conditions it's best to avoid certain nutrients. Please let us know if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or have cancer, liver disease or compromised kidney function. When in doubt, we always advise to check in with your "regular doctor" for recommendations based on your medical history + current health status.
What are the homeopathics you use in your shots?
Sterile homeopathic biological medications for injection are the basis of most of our shots. We utilize many different homeopathic remedies. In general, they all encourage or restore the ability of the immune system to fight infection + disease. Sterile homeopathic solutions for injection are classified as immunomodulatory drugs (pregnancy + breastfeeding category C). Homeopathic biological therapy is natural + non-toxic, having no or extremely rare side effects, no known drug interactions + is compatible with subsequent allopathic (conventional) drug use. Many people have benefited from injectable homeopathic biological therapy. It helps shorten the duration + greatly reduce symptoms of acute conditions including, but not limited to, upper respiratory infection + influenza-type illnesses, as well as manage pain + chronic illness, oftentimes where allopathic medications have not offered relief.
Biological homeopathic formulas for injection are very different from the individual homeopathic remedies found in the green, yellow, blue + purple canisters at your local health store. The injectable homeopathic formulas are all different, but they all focus on drainage, detoxification, regeneration + oxygenation to promote healing from within.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are generally non-existent or mild. On occasion, you may experience some discomfort, bruising, redness, itching, inflammation, muscle soreness, or redness at or around the site of injection that could last from a few minutes to several days. Less frequent side effects may include lightheadedness, nausea, fatigue, headache, dizziness, warmth or flushing. True allergic reaction is extremely rare. However, if you experience throat swelling, a pruritic (itchy) body rash, dangerously low blood pressure (that may result in lightheadedness, fainting or feeling weak), or symptoms associated with anaphylaxis (such as throat swelling or trouble breathing) following administration of an injection, please visit your nearest emergency department or urgent care facility without hesitation or call 9-1-1. If you know you are allergic to any of the ingredients in a shot — avoid it!
Methionine (part of “MIC”), taurine + glutathione are sulfur-containing amino acids. Sulfur is the eighth most prevalent element in the human body + no one is allergic to sulfur itself. Sulfur is not to be confused with Sulfa drugs or sulfites, which are allergenic.
Discomfort or pain is more common when you are dehydrated, tense, or you’ve just worked out the muscle we’ve just injected … or (C) … all of the above! The key is to relax, be well-nourished + hydrated!
Are there preservatives, parabens, or harsh ingredients in the shots?
Absolutely not. Our sterile solutions have a small percentage (0.9%) of Benzyl Alcohol that's used as a "preservative." Some solutions may also contain NaOH (sodium hydroxide) to adjust the pH for a more comfortable injection experience. We avoid commercially available (pre-made, manufactured) B12 + injectable solutions because they're commonly made using more parabens than nutrients to promote a longer shelf life + allow them to be shelf-stored rather than needing to be refrigerated. In most commercially available forms of B12 we've found, there's commonly three times more parabens than there is B12 in solution, yielding an injection of toxic preservatives with a “side” of B12.
Are there antibiotics in the shots like there are in vaccines?
Absolutely not. Our substances are all sterile + don't need to be compounded with antibiotics like what occurs with certain vaccination types.
Are B12 shots organic?
The sterile solutions are compounded in a lab by accredited pharmacies. The ingredients of the injectable solutions are not from a farmed source, therefore they cannot be “organic.” The term "organic" denotes pesticide-free or the reduced exposure of pesticides on crops. The injectable solutions are not from farmed sources or crops + are free of pesticides, parabens + harsh chemicals.
Is your B12 vegan?
Yes! Our B12 is derived from natural cultures that are not animal sourced.
Is it normal to taste the vitamins after getting a shot?
It can definitely happen, but not necessarily every time you get a shot. Some people will taste the nutrients on occasion, others never do. If it happens, it’s usually evident within minutes of getting a shot. It’s nothing to worry about … it’s just an indication of how quickly the shots get absorbed + transported throughout the entire body.
I have MTHFR. What form of B12 do you use?
Hydroxocobalamin is the preferred form of B12 for therapeutic results + we are all about results! Our single B12 shots—JUST (B)™—are just hydroxocobalamin.
Since an estimated 60% of the population has a MTHFR deficiency (SNP), we use hydroxocobalamin, the stable form of vitamin B12 that can easily be converted to the active coenzyme forms. It does not contain a cyanide molecule like cyanocobalamin (the widely used, low cost form of B12) + produces higher, more sustained serum vitamin B12 levels, offering longer lasting results.
Our combination shots mostly use a blend of both hydroxocobalamin + methylcobalamin for improved benefits + results.
Who can benefit from getting a B12 shot?
Everyone can certainly benefit from receiving a B12 shot. People who are most at risk of being B12 insufficient or deficient are vegans + vegetarians or those who do not eat any or much red meat, older adults, individuals with atrophic gastritis, pernicious anemia, gastrointestinal disorders, those who have had gastrointestinal surgery + people who take certain medications including, but not limited to, birth control pills, H2 receptor antagonists (such as Tagamet®, Pepcid® + Zantac®), PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors such as Prilosec® or Prevacid®), Chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin®) + Metformin.
What is your affiliation with Pharmaca?
We are partners in health + community offering you the very best in natural health solutions, but we are completely separate businesses. It's similar to having a Starbucks inside a Target store. Your purchases are independent of one another, but the location offers a wonderful service + convenience for a like-minded clientele.
If you have questions about our services, your receipt, or anything B Bar™, please contact us directly + not Pharmaca.
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