Vitamin B12 Deficiency
“B12 deficiency is the most misunderstood ignored and costly epidemic costing billions of healthcare dollars. It causes debilitating health, anemia, intellectual disabilities in children, mental illness, cognitive decline, fall-related trauma, and it can cause premature death”. Sally Pacholok RN.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are common worldwide, and while often called rare in the USA, they are in fact more prevalent than you think. However, their symptoms are simply missed by the average allopathic physician, bent on prescribing pharmaceutical solutions instead of nutritional treatments.
There are several reasons vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient deficiencies exist. The number one reason is because most people rarely take in the proper amount of nutrients required by their bodies on a daily basis. Secondly, if they do take in adequate amounts of vegetables and fruits, the foods are often deficient in the minerals and phytonutrients needed. This is because, globally, the soil is deficient in these nutrients. Source.
Lastly, because nutritional deficiencies are caused by drugs, and that’s true for both over drubs that are purchased over-the-counter, and those purchased through a prescription. That being said, this simple yet powerful fact has led to an epidemic of nutritional deficiencies caused by drugs. According to the Life Extension Foundation, “millions of Americans suffer from an almost completely ignored epidemic of drug-induced nutrient depletion that can cause grave health problems”.
In this article, we will do a survey of vitamin B12 deficiency, which is more common than you think, and far more dangerous than you realize, as demonstrated by Dr. Chandy in the UK, and Sally Pacholok in the USA (website link).
In truth, this deficiency alone may be responsible for the many complaints of neuropathies, psychiatric disorders, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, gait abnormalities, shortness of breath, heart attack, stroke, and even stumbling and falling in you or your patients. Chris Kresser Vitamin B12 deficiency- epidemic with grave consequences.
And that’s just the beginning. In reality, the above signs and symptoms are only a few of what vitamin B12 deficiency may manifest.
What do all of these diseases have in common?
- Alzheimer’s, dementia, cognitive decline and memory loss (collectively referred to as “aging”)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological disorders
- Mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Learning or developmental disorders in kids
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Autoimmune disease and immune dysregulation
- Male and female infertility
Answer: they can all mimic the signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Chris Kresser’s Website
Before I had a working vocabulary of deficiency syndromes, in 2011, my poor mother suffered from, and then succumbed to this dangerous manifestations of this deficiency condition, due mainly to B12 deficiency, called Sub acute Degeneration of the Spinal Cord, a condition completely eluding her physician. Vitamin E and copper deficiencies can also lead to this condition.
To think, daily injections of the B12 vitamin would have kept her alive. Moreover, it makes one wonder how many patients now in their homes, admitted to hospitals, or living in nursing homes, suffer from this condition and succumb to death due to ignorance in the allopathic profession.
An Example of Subacute Degeneration of the Spinal Cord
But that’s not all. Even though B12 deficiency is common, yet often called rare in articles, the lack of B12 in patients, more often than not, goes undiagnosed by contemporary physicians, themselves ignorant of its prevalence, unaware of its manifestations, or too stubborn to listen to informed patients.
Actually, B12 deficiency is found in patients taking different medications which interfere with its absorption, is common in those with hypothyroidism, and in those with gastrointestinal problems, preventing B12’s movement from the stomach to the terminal ileum, and then into the bloodstream. It is found in those taking H2 blockers, such as Prilosec, and Nexium. And most importantly, it is found in vegans.
All of this means that you as patients, or caring physician, must take matters into your own hands in order to protect your own health and that of your patients, regardless of the modern health care system’s lagging behind reality.
Trust me; you will have the gates of hell come against you for testing your patients and treating underlying problems, whenever it is a nutritional deficiency. It will anger your ignorant superiors because they are watching out for the bottom line, not reading and informing themselves about how the body works. The truth is, anything that decreases revenue from pharmaceuticals will raise the wrath of those concerned with profit.
The following video features Sally Pacholok, RN, who works endlessly to bring to light the epidemic of B12 deficiency, as well as its consequences and best treatment. Her book is “Could it be B12”, and her website is here. Both contain incredible testimonials by those, who, after benefiting from her tireless campaign, and treating their own B12 deficiencies, have given Sally almost $700,000 to produce a movie about her tortuous journey through an ivy league hospital hell-bent on suppressing her evangelization of doctors and patients alike.
Because her superiors did not listen, a baby died, while a woman was relegated for life to a wheelchair. She won 7 million in damages. This, simply because the arrogant physicians and their ignorant administrators refused to test the baby, or the woman, for B12 deficiencies.
As in the case of other whistleblower types, Sally was blamed for stirring things up, and forced to comply with a gag order.
In terms of treatment, she recommends a product called “no shot B12”, because it has methyl, instead of cyano-cobalamin, used in hospitals and clinics in America only. The cyano stands for cyanide, and when cleaved from the cobalamin, is stored in the livier.
Further, the methylcobalamin from this company contains no dangerous additives, as opposed to most supplements on the market. So, just as an aside, this sublingual formula is one of the best forms of B12 on the market.
The high cost of missed Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Includes the story of a physician.
In his wonderful article, “B12 deficiency: a silent epidemic with serious consequences”, Chris Kresser warns that,
“B12 deficiency, is inadequately treated in the USA. This is because in this country, most labs report a lower limit of normal as 200 pg/mL and 350 pg/mL, while 550 pg/ml are considered the lower limit of normal in Japan and the UK.
Not surprisingly then, patients with this dangerous condition are left under or untreated, and symptomatic. It’s important too that doctors draw the right labs. Methylmalonic acid levels and homocysteine levels are the best markers of intercellular B12 activity. Please make sure you get these labs ordered.”
I highly recommend reading her book, and visiting Sally Pacholok’s website. Further, it is recommended that you avoid folic acid containing supplements, because it is synthetic, and associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer in amounts greater than 200 micro-grams, but it seems to be in most supplements.
Another reason to avoid it is that the body uses methyl folate, and not folic acid; furthermore, only 200 mcg. of folic acid can be converted into methyl folate. Instead, patients should take methyl folate, but never before taking B12. They work together in the homocysteine pathway, but folic acid masks B12 deficiency, and giving it first can exacerbate the deficiency symptoms.
Further, B12 is called cobalamin, because it contains cobalt. There are 2 forms you can take as a supplement, but only one that is compatible with your body. One form of B12 is cyanocobalamin, and it’s used in clinics and hospitals in America only. The other form is methylcobalamin, the form used by the body and the rest of the world.
So, you should only take methylcobalamin, unless you’re getting injections from your doctor. The cyano is cyanide, and once cleaved from B12, it is stored in your body. So, once you begin taking methylcobalamin B12, avoiding cyanocobalamin, start taking in potassium.
Why? Because B12 speeds up your metabolism and takes potassium out of the bloodstream, pushing them into the cells, leaving you with low potassium in the blood- a condition called hypokalemia. Hypokalemia then leads to problems with the electrical conduction system of the heart, causing potentially fatal arrhythmias. So, make sure you eat high potassium foods, found here, on the greatest nutritional site online- world’s healthiest foods!
There is so much more to the B12 deficiency syndrome. I’d suggest you view the attached videos, and then begin your own journey to learn about the latest information about B12 deficiency.
Dr. Chandy: A BBC documentary excerpt on B12 treatment
rescuing patients from wrongly made diagnoses.
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