- 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 (232 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses Paperback – January 26, 2011
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"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
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"
The definitive book on B12 deficiency, diagnosis and treatment for the lay reader and for the interested physician. --Jeffrey Dach, M.D.
"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
As a practicing physician I can only hope that malpractice attorneys don't read this book. --Richard Nimbach, D.O.
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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). Without books like this it might be very difficult for many people to get to the bottom of the cause of their symptoms and thus have to continue being treated by doctors using drugs to suppress symptoms (or, like me, spending massive amounts of money on supplements that couldn't really solve the problem).
Update (12-30-11): Since writing this review almost one year ago, I've made another discovery that's even more basic than the B-12 deficiency. After all, one wonders why there's a deficiency in the first place (since I've been taking at least 1000 mcg sublingual B-12 daily for years). I recently discovered that I have genetic gluten sensitivity (similar to celiac disease). Gluten sensitivity can lead to a long list of problems including gut damage which compromises absorption of nutrients, and I found out that gluten sensitivity runs in my family. Going gluten free (absolutely no wheat, rye, or barley - for me, no grains at all, actually) has made a huge difference. Though I had improved my migraine problem with B-12, they're all but eliminated after going gluten free (though I can still give myself a migraine if I eat a few foods I just don't tolerate). Depression is mostly gone, as is chronic insomnia, and my energy level is much better - almost "normal." Gluten is a big issue for many people, and few know about it. And by the way, I am now using methyl B-12 (5000 mcg x 2 daily) instead of the hydroxo form.
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.
Saint Leo University
MacDill AFB FL
"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. This book is rich in case histories of real people whose doctors failed to make what should have been an easy diagnosis of B12 deficiency, but instead of running a simple, inexpensive blood test, opted for other expensive tests, often including costly CAT scans. They instead came up with more exotic and dire diagnoses and treatments.
Pacholok shows us that a high percentage of falls and fractures by senior citizens are caused by B12 deficiency. That some of the most commonly prescribed drugs like Nexium and Prilosec as well as oral diabetic medications to name only a few contribute to B12 deficiency. Popular gastric bypass surgeries virtually guarantee that the recipient will develop a B12 deficiency.
This book is a "must read" for all doctors. It is extremely relevant to Chiropractors, like me who see many patients with a variety neck and back pain and neuropathies especially of the lower extremities, and others who consult us for injuries sustained in falls, some of which are possibly caused byB12 deficiency. Chiropractors, need to be acutely aware that it causes spinal cord degeneration, and must entertain the possibility of this deficiency especially in cases that are unresponsive to their care. We must not fall into the trap of writing off neuropathies we see in diabetics as, simply, diabetic neuropathy or old age if the patient is elderly. Doing so, we may miss the window of opportunity to help save a life, or improve the quality of a life. There are many cases of missed diagnosis which, if they had been caught in the early stages, before permanent neurological damage had been done, could have, saved lives or prevented permanent disability.
The bottom line is that Vitamin B12 deficiency is much more common than most of us have realized. That recognizing it, diagnosing it and treating it is easy and inexpensive. Doing so, any doctor willing to open his/her eyes can contribute to saving lives as well as restoring and preserving quality of life for millions of people while saving billions of dollars in health care costs and personal finances. The early recognition of B12 deficiency can help the twilight years be enjoyable and rewarding as opposed to the exercise in endurance it becomes for too many. That constitutes a win/win in my book.