Sally Pacholok: Vitamin B12 Deficiency Leading To Multiple Misdiagnoses

Filed under: Health — @ October 19, 2010

In Episode 411 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” I’m happy to have registered nurse Sally Pacholok from B12 Awareness to talk about how so many chronic diseases are misdiagnosed as something else when they are in fact related to a deficiency in Vitamin B12. She co-wrote a comprehensive book on this subject with Dr. Jeffrey Stuart called Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses. Listen to Sally talk about how her own personal enlarged red blood cells that led her to researching Vitamin B12, why doctors think Vitamin B12 deficiency only happens in the elderly, how she became so passionate about educating the public about Vitamin B12 after the failure of the conventional wisdom from physicians, why mainstream physicians need to take this issue more seriously for the sake of the health of their patients, why the daily recommended dose of Vitamin B12 is way too low, why the dosage should be at least 1000 mcg in a lozenge form, how a blood test can determine how much Vitamin B12 you need to take, why the guidelines need to be changed for how much Vitamin B12 should be consumed, how the common signs of aging are actually Vitamin B12 deficiency, the statistics of Vitamin B12 deficiency occurrence, why people are so grossly misdiagnosed with their Vitamin B12 deficiency, how there comes a point when people have become too damaged by their lack of Vitamin B12, the misunderstanding of terms that confuses the public, the severe lack of nutrition training in medical school, how the diabetes medication Metformin may be impacting Vitamin B12 blood levels, the gastrointestinal drugs and nitrous oxide that deplete Vitamin B12 leading to severe deficiency symptoms, the emergence of Vitamin B12 deficiency possibly leading to developmental delay and autism, how veganism can lead to Vitamin B12 deficiency unless you adequately supplement, how a patient can get properly tested with a blood, urine or homocysteine test, why children under the age of 12 need to have the urine test done, the ideal Vitamin B12 levels you should shoot for, the dangers of gastric bypass patients becoming severely Vitamin B12 deficient, the kind of supplements people can consume to get Vitamin B12, why getting a Vitamin B12 shot is the most ideal and affordable way to get it, her disappointment in the apathetic response to her “Year of B12 Awareness” campaign in 2009, the impact she made in the state of Alabama involving the governor of that state, how people can join her in educating others about Vitamin B12 deficiency, and who should be tested for Vitamin B12.

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