Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
Ignorant meat eaters critique all-knowing
vegans by suggesting that plant-based diets do not provide significant
levels of Vitamin B-12.
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condition of being susceptible to death
An Israeli study published in
the November, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics
Society (J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Nov; 58, 11:2237-8) tested the
"Association Between Vitamin B12 Levels and Mortality in Hospitalized
Scientists came to this astonishing study Conclusion:
"Higher vitamin B12 levels were associated with greater
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What are the odds of
having a Vitamin B-12 deficiency? One in a million!
There are some
vegan nutritionists who test all of their clients for Vitamin B-12
deficiency and then make a living selling B-12 supplements to their
suckers, er, patients.
Since 1999, I've been stating my top-eleven
positions regarding Vitamin B-12 supplementation: Baloney, Claptrap,
Drivel, Garbage, Gobbledygook, Gibberish, Hot Air, Nonsense, Poppycock,
Ridiculous, and last but not least, Bull!
The Bible includes this
commentary, just for the record? In Genesis 1:29, a researcher named God
"Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is
upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of
a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And I have given you
B-12 supplements which thou shalt harvest from the intestines and feces
of freshly killed cattle and still be called vegan. Thou shalt take these
supplements because I messed up in my original plan. Oops."
while the odds of suffering an illness from insufficient vitamin B-12
intake are one-in-a-million, consider:
The odds of dying prematurely
from heart disease are 500,000 in a million. The odds of getting breast
cancer are 142,000 in-a-million. The odds of getting prostate cancer
are 167,000 out of a million.
All of the above percentages have been
expressed by my hero, Dr. John McDougall in his November, 2007
newsletter. Here is that letter in its entirety:
Victor Herbert determined that B-12 deficiency is rare among vegans, even
though most do not take supplemental B-12. His landmark work was
published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 59 (suppl),
pp. 1213S- 1222S. Herbert wrote:
"To a great extent, B-12 is
recycled from liver bile in the digestive system...The enterohepatic
circulation of vitamin B-12 is very important in vitamin B-12 economy and
homeostasis...bodies reabsorb 3-5 mcg of bile vitamin B-12. Because of
this, an efficient enterohepatic circulation keeps the adult vegan, who
eats very little vitamin B-12, from developing B-12 deficiency
Hmmm...perhaps Vitamin B-12 is in the original plan