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4.0 out of 5 stars Information useful in USA but more limited usefulness in UK, 24 May 2013
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This review is from: Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses (Kindle Edition)
I read this book after being diagnosed with anaemia last year. My GP recommended ferrous sulphate iron tablets which did little to improve my iron deficiency. Ferrous sulphate is apparently highly toxic which is why I stopped taking the tablets. Instead I turned to more natural sources of iron in my diet such as nettle tea and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and watercress, as well as using a high dose B12 methylcobalamin lozenge and multivitamin mineral supplement containing iron available from a company called Big Vits. Most of the vitamin supplements on supermarket shelves in the UK do not have a high enough RDA to make much difference as this vitamin can be easily destroyed. The book was interesting and informative about the possible causes about the prevalence of B12 deficiency such as the fashionable trend for vegetarian, vegan or microbiotic diets which can lead people to become deficient in this essential vitamin which is important for supporting brain cells and nerve tissue. However, using alternatives such as vitamin supplements or other food such as chlorella will not always address the deficiency in B12 explain the authors. Meat is one of the main sources of B12 but this deficiency can also be found in meat eaters. The authors suggest that if it isn't dietary deficiencies that are causing this epidemic there must be other causes such as the use of Thirmerosal, a highly toxic mercury based preservative found in vaccines which can deplete essential B vitamins which can destroy the nervous system. This can lead to developmental damage and learning difficulties in babies, toddlers and teenagers, as well as the misdiagnosis of MS, Parkinson's disease, or dementia and frequent falls in the elderly. Another source of mercury poisoning which the authors do not allude to in their book is the widespread use of mercury in amalgam fillings used in dentistry which I refer to in my own book available on Amazon Kindle called "My Journey Back to Health" by Alice Hill (my pseudonym name). There is a European Union Court ban coming into effect this year about phasing out the use of these fillings over the next 5 years. I am not sure if this will come into effect in the USA. When I asked my own GP for the range of tests recommended by the authors in this book I was advised that there was only one test for B12 deficiency available on the NHS which is a blood test. As my result came back within the mid-range, I was not considered to be B12 deficient, although the authors would suggest my result would be borderline, hence the anaemia. In severe cases, B12 injections can be given provided your doctor is sufficiently knowledgeable and well-trained to look for the signs and symptoms of the deficiency.
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