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Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses Paperback – January 26, 2011
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"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." (Bunny Cates)
"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)
"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)
"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)
"The definitive book on B12 deficiency, diagnosis and treatment for the lay reader and for the interested physician." (Jeffrey Dach, M.D.)
"As a practicing physician I can only hope that malpractice attorneys don't read this book." (Richard Nimbach, D.O.)
"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)
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Long story short through extensive research reading online B12 forums I discovered some people become hypokalemic (low potassium) after supplementing with any form of B12 due to the B12 building DNA, building new cells (RBCs and other blood cells) These "new" cells will take up the Potassium and internalize it intracellularly (Potassium is mainly intracellular) and therefore your extracellular Potassium will diminish as a result.
So now after I take my morning B12 sublingual if I start to get heart palpitations, feel the jitters coming on, I drink a can of low sodium V8 juice which has 1100mg potassium and within an hour I'm calm, relaxed and back to just feeling good, and the BEST PART...I sleep so damn good now, like I did in my teens, I can multi-task like never before and I’m no longer planning 2 level cervical disc fusion surgery because my neck/back pain is almost completely gone.
I realize most people don't get this kind of weird side effect from B12, but if you are like me load up on potassium: coconut water, V8, bananas or a potassium supplement.
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.
As a result of reading these two books I am on a high dose B6/Folic Acid/B12 prescription and we will check in 3 months to see if Hcy has gone down.
Palochok's opinion is that the current reference level for adequate B12 levels is too low and after reading this book and talking to my doctor I agree. I was suprised that my doctor, who is into anti-aging medicine, agrees with her and likes to see a much higher level than conventional medicine regards as acceptable.
The list of problems that a B12 deficiency can cause is long and broad and I suggest that everybody who desires optimum health read this book. If your blood work indicates a high Hcy level I regard Kilmer McCullys book as a must read too.