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Product Details

  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Quill Driver Books; 2nd ed. edition (January 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884995691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884995699
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I defy you to read this book then not get yourself or a loved one tested for B12 deficiency. --Eric Norman, Ph.D., developer of the uMMA test for B12 deficiency

I recommend this book to professionals and patients alike who are interested in finding the underlying cause and cure of many common diseases and conditions related to deficiency of vitamin B12. --Kilmer McCully M.D., author of "The Homocysteine Revolution"

As a practicing physician I can only hope that malpractice attorneys don't read this book. --Richard Nimbach, D.O.

If you or your loved ones have health issues you can't get a handle on or you've been diagnosed for something and the standard treatment doesn't seem to work, then I say definitely pick this book up. --www.BunnyCates.com


"Could it be B12?" has literally saved lives and is the only complete and authoritative guide to B12 deficiency and shows what you can do to protect yourself and your family from this crippling disorder. --Senior Beacon

"Could It Be B12?" is both powerful and revealing. It serves as a reminder that often times a simple precaution and nutrition awareness will save lives and a ton of money. --Charles H. Liu R.Ph., clinical pharmacist and nutrition and preventive care specialist

The most important book I have read in decades ... clearly, concisely and convincingly calls our attention to a condition that exists in epidemic numbers. This book is a must read for all doctors. --Dr. Bill Koch, The American Chiropractor magazine

The definitive book on B12 deficiency, diagnosis and treatment for the lay reader and for the interested physician. --Jeffrey Dach, M.D.

About the Author

Sally M. Pacholok, RN, has worked as an emergency room nurse and paramedic for 25 years. A member of the Emergency Nurses Association, Pacholok diagnosed herself with vitamin B12 deficiency after doctors failed to identify her condition. Jeffrey J. Stuart, DO, is a board-certified physician and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, the Macomb County Osteopathic Society, and the Michigan Osteopathic Association. They both live in Shelby, Michigan.

More About the Author

Sally Pacholok, RN has been researching B12 deficiency and practicing emergency nursing for 26 years. She diagnosed herself with B12 deficiency after doctors failed to identify her condition. Pacholok is an educator, public speaker, a frequent radio guest on nationally syndicated talk shows, as well as print and television interviews. She is an international lecturer, and member of the Emergency Nurses Association. Could It Be B12? has been translated into Dutch and Slovenian and won the Indie Excellence Award for best health book in 2011. Currently Bulgaria and Spain are considering translating her book.

Pacholok's book inspired Emmy winning film producer Elissa Leonard to produce a documentary on misdiagnosed B12 deficiency in 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BvEizypoyO0

In 2014, Leonard took on a bigger project in which she wrote, directed and produced the movie Sally Pacholok, which is based on Pacholok's life-long battle to raise awareness about B12 deficiency, the consequences of its frequent misdiagnosis, and what she was up against. The drama is fast-paced and cleverly written. Pacholok is a whistle-blower who goes up against a wealthy heath care system and saves lives behind closed doors.

The movie explains what forced her to write Could It Be B12? Passionate, romantic, and suspenseful, this film shows the power of one woman who refused to give up and changes the standard of care-but nothing is as easy as it looks. Well known actress Annet Mahendru plays Pacholok. The movie was entered into the Sundance Film Festival January 2015. The film will be available to the public sometime in 2015. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3520022/ https://www.facebook.com/sallypacholokthemovie/infor

Pacholok received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to entering the field of nursing, she received an Associate's Degree of Applied Science with magna cum laude honors. She was also an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and worked as a paramedic prior to and during nursing school. In addition, she is an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider and has assisted instructors at a local college in training paramedics in ACLS. She is a Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) provider, and an Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC) provider.

Visit Sally Pacholok's and Dr. Jeff Stuart's website at www.b12awareness.org

Customer Reviews

Great book, very informative.
celeste millheim
This book has changed my life, I now know what it's like to wake up in the morning and feel good all day.
Shelly Baker
They think you can detect a b12 deficiency through the CBC blood test!
T. White

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142 of 144 people found the following review helpful By D. Black on February 6, 2011
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I've had chronic fatigue for around 25 years and frequent migraines for a bit longer. I've been down just about every road I could find for answers, first taking lots of supplements (which were certainly helpful to one degree or another) then checking out various causes such as mercury poisoning (symptoms of fatigue started around the same time I had a bunch of old fillings with new "silver" ones in the late 1980s), Lyme Disease, anyway, long list.

To make a very long story much shorter -- a few weeks ago, probably as a result of some purchase or search I had made, Amazon suggested this book to me. I had already started taking B-12 after reading about the Dr. Martin Pall protocol for CFS which uses high dose hydroxocobalamin B-12 among many other supplements. After just a few days on sublingual hydroxo B-12 (Perque Activated B-12) -- in less than one week -- my migraines just stopped cold (had been getting one or two per week, off and on, for years, and frequency was increasing over time). For me, the hydroxo form seems to be more effective than the methyl form of B-12 (I had been taking sublingual methyl B-12 1000 mcg for years and my serum levels were quite elevated).

In large part with the help of this book, I have come to realize that I've probably had a B-12 deficiency most of my life (and I'd say further, in retrospect, that B-12 deficiency probably runs in my mother's side of our family). And perhaps what "put me over the edge" in the late 80s was the increased mercury exposure from filling replacement (mercury binds B-12).

In any case, during my entire 25 year odyssey with CFS, not one health professional ever suggested that B-12 could be my primary problem (even though I had some blood test indicators they should have caught).
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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By David H. Skaer on July 23, 2011
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Everyone should read this incredible book. Vitamin B-12 affects many of us elderly, but it can also affect child development, mimic schizophrenia, Alzheimers, MS, and more. Many folks could spend $36 a year on B-12 rather than on expensive medications. Of course, a person has to be low in B-12 to be helped; however, the authors point out that a typical lab says a low level is "normal." It is not. A person should have a score of 450 to be normal. The authors give the latest tests for assessing B-12 deficiency. One of the problems they cite is that many doctors are not aware of testing correctly. In my practice (psychology), I've helped a number of folks who had no idea what was causing their problems. B-12 corrected these issues. This avoided being treated for schizophrenia, being placed in nursing homes, etc.

I was thinking of writing a book on B-12 deficiency; however, the authors' book fulfills everything I would have said...and more. Thus, I can relax and not write it. Procrastination is one of my strong points. Thanks so much to the authors. I just hope many people read this book. It should be a best seller.

David Skaer
Saint Leo University
MacDill AFB FL
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Baker on October 23, 2011
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This book is a must read for those suffering from health issues... You'll never know what it's like to feel good until you make some changes in your life and read " Could it be b12 deficiency". This book has changed my life, I now know what it's like to wake up in the morning and feel good all day. Though I did not do the testing because I was taking the b12 lozenges before I read the book, my Dr. started me on b12 Methylcobalamine injections. She gave me the choice of getting tested or just taking the injections, I chose the injections, I had amazing relief of the numbness and tingling to my upper extremities, migrane headaches (1-3 headaches per week, lasted 10-14 hours), and have not had an episode of temporary amnesia while at work or not recognizing my suroundings, sharp pains to my lower extremities especially the right side, constipation, severe neck and upper back pain, abdominal/epigastric pain, muscle weakness, vission changes, palpitations, tinnitus.

Having worked as an RN in many different areas since 1983 in the medical field, I knew conventional medicine and its drug treatments was not for me. I did find some pain relief through chiropractic adjustments, massage and some natural medicine. I resolved to live the rest of my life continuing to educate myself until I found what was causing my health issues, the WAPF is a great source of information.

So for all of you who are suffering... Don't give up keep searching, you might want to start by readng Sally's book and don't let Dr's intimidate you, empower yourself with knowlegde. SHELLY
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I am a Chiropractor who has been practicing in the out islands of the Bahamas for 10 years, and prior to that I had a 30 year practice in the Hamptons on Long Island, NY. I am also author of the book "Chiropractic The Superior Alternative." Chiropractic: The Superior Alternative

"Could It Be B12? An Epidemic Of Misdiagnosis" is the most important book I have read in decades. In it the authors, Sally Pacholok R.N. and her physician husband Jeffrey Stuart D.O., clearly, concisely and convincingly call our attention to a condition that exists in epidemic numbers.

The authors shine the light of day on the fact that deficiency of vitamin B12, a vital nutrient, is much more common than most doctors ever realized. They show that the current standard for what constitutes a normal level of vit.B12 on a blood test is in fact woefully inadequate, and a fraction of the amount necessary to support optimal health and prevent a whole array of conditions directly attributable to B12 deficiency. Pacholok is on a mission to call attention to this often unrecognized deficiency and to raise the bar of what constitutes a healthy level of B12 when measured by blood test.

Pacholok gives scientific proof and compelling statistical evidence that B12 deficiency is responsible for, or a contributor to a whole host of neurological conditions, as well a psychiatric disorders. This list includes Alzheimer's, and senile dementia as well as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. It also is a possible cause in cases of infant and juvenile failure of normal neuro-musculoskeltal and arrested intellectual development.
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