Appendix: thiamine junkie miscellany

Lab tests. Prior to the treatments I had blood drawn for four tests:
— blood count
— CRP (C-reactive protein) high-sensitivity, which I believe indicates inflammation. My test came out mildly positive, big surprise.
— fibrinogen, which is tested in conditions of prolonged bleeding and is another marker for inflammation and/or tissue damage
— transketolase, to measure thiamine “activity.” There is no real way to measure how much thiamine you have in your body. All you can do is measure the level of this enzyme used by the body to create thiamine. Apparently I am borderline. I’ll be tested again in six months.

I believe that thiamine acts a bit like vitamin B6, in that if you’re deficient in it for a long time, your body, in a sort of budget-cutting measure, will stop producing the enzymes needed to process that vitamin. Then even if you do start ingesting it again, your body won’t be able to do anything with it. You have to swamp your system with the vitamin in order to turn the enzyme back on. Don’t quote me on that, though.

List of expenses:

  • initial doctor’s appointment: $255
  • initial lab tests $208
  • IV treatments:
    — 3-hour vitamin concoction used on first session: $110 x 1 = $110
    — 1/2 hour “Myer’s cocktail:” $77.00 x 5 = $385
    — TTFD: $75 x 6 = $450

  • follow-up doctor’s appointment: either $170 or $100, I forget
  • lab re-test (transketolase): $100
  • Total: $1,678.
IV ingredients…according to the handout I was given at the clinic. They changed the formatting from one list to the other and I’m not sure if the mg/gm amounts given for the Nutritional IV refer to the amount PER 1 cc, or the amount IN the number of cc’s noted. I’ve added a few notes in italics.

1 cc (cubic centimeter) = 1 mL (milliliter)

Myer’s Cocktail (takes about 1/2 hour to dispense)

Dextrose 5% in sterile water…50-100 cc
Magnesium chloride 20%…2-5 cc
Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin b6): 100 mg/cc…1 cc
Dexpanthenol (vitamin B5): 250 mg/cc…1 cc
Vitamin C: 222 mg/cc…30 cc
Hydroxocobalamin (vitamin B12): 1000 mcg/cc…1 cc
Thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin B1): 100 mg/cc…0.5 cc

Nutritional IV (takes about 3 hours to dispense)

Sterile water…500 cc
Magnesium chloride: 2 gm (10 cc)
Potassium chloride…5 meq (2.5 cc)
Dexpanthenol (vitamin B5)…500 mg (2 cc)
Folic acid…10 mg (1 cc)
Manganese chloride…1 mg (0.5 cc)
Zinc chloride…10 mg (1 cc)
Chromium…40 mcg (10 cc)
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)…20 gm (40 cc)
Adenosine 5′ monophosphate (helps produce ATP, which transports energy within cells)…62.5 mg
Procaine 2% (prn) (pain med for discomfort at injection site)…100 mg (5 cc)
Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)…100 mg (1 cc)
Hydroxocobalamin (vitamin B12)…1000 mcg (1 cc)
Vitamin B complex…2 cc
…Each mL of B complex contains:
–Thiamine HCL (vitamin B1) 100 mg
–Riboflavin 5′ phosphate sodium (vitamin B2) 2mg
–Pyridoxine HCL (vitamin B6) 2 mg
–Dexpanthenol (vitamin B5) 2 mg
–Niacinamide (niacin) 100 mg

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