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The problem with first-person reporting of unproven interventions

Houston Chronicle reporter Craig Hlavaty recently treated readers to a first-person account of getting an intravenous (IV) vitamin infusion inside a van parked outside his house. The article, “Feeling the drip, drip, drip of the mobile IV craze,” related how a needle was inserted into his arm, “just where a tattooed lightning bolt strikes.” Hlavaty extolled the cool rush of liquid into his veins: After a few minutes, a great euphoria hits and my entire body feels at ease. I have a desire to hear early period Neil Young in an almost post-orgasmic haze. It’s at this point I remark on how plush the seats in the van are. Mildly entertaining, perhaps. But is it good journalism? Con...

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