B-12 Vitamin Deficiency

B-Complex Deficiency

A Partial List of Conditions Related to B-Complex Deficiencies:

Mental problems
Heart palpitations
Heart beat irregularities
Chronic Fatigue
Abdominal pain
Burning extremities
Chest pain
Circulation, poor
Hair loss
Memory loss
Muscle cramps
Muscle pain
Myocardial infarction
Numbness and tingling in hands, fingers and toes
Paranoia, vague fears, impending doom
Poor concentration
Skin rashes
Sleep disturbance
Crying spells, inability to cope

Do you suffer B-Complex Vitamin deficiency? The answer is likely YES! That’s because vitamin B-Complex may be THE ONE vitamin complex most commonly affected by modern lifestyle and refined food consumption. Stress – tension – anxieties, chemicals in our environment and refined “junk foods” leech our body of healthful nutrients – All leading to B-Complex Deficiency Disorders.

Take a look at the list of conditions to the left. This is only a partial list related to B-Complex deficiency! As you can clearly see, B-Complex Deficiency has widespread negative effects on human health and well-being. Let’s take a look at a few of the main categories of conditions related to B Complex Deficiency and consider how the lack of B-Complex may be impacting your daily life.

FACT: B-Complex Deficiency is known to be involved in serious psychological disorders such as depression, fears, confusion, anxiety, paranoia and anger.

WHY? The refining of grains removes the B Complex that is necessary for many metabolic processes. Metabolism of the sugars and starches in refined foods consumes thiamine and our bodies rapidly become deficient, leading to memory loss. Niacin deficiency leads to mood disorders. B-12 and folic acid deficiencies are associated with a decline in thinking ability. The American diet of highly refined foods can lead to deficiency-induced memory loss, depression, anxiety, delusions, frustrations and a feeling of being out of control.

FACT: B-Complex Deficiency is known to create symptoms of numbness, tingling, heart beat irregularities, restless legs, insomnia, sleep disturbances and awaking unrefreshed.
WHY? Folic acid and B-12 deficiencies have long been known to contribute to disturbances of sensation and coordination of the legs and feet. Thiamine deficiency contributes to irregular heartbeat, peripheral neuropathy and heart failure. B-6 deficiencies cause burning sensations of the feet and contribute to nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

FACT: B-Complex Deficiency is known to be linked with heart diseases, vascular diseases and strokes.

WHY? For many years doctors have recommended a low fat diet to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. If lower cholesterol could improve heart disease, then why does the rate of heart disease remain high? Recent research has given us a much better way to predict and prevent heart disease – that is called Homocysteine. Homocysteine levels are a much better predictor of heart disease than cholesterol, and their levels are improved with adequate B-Complex, especially the pyridoxine (B-6), cobalamin (B-12) and folic acid within it. One example of why cholesterol is not the major factor in heart disease is seen in vegans who have low blood fats but have vascular disease due to B-12 deficiency. Any one of the missing parts of the B-complex can contribute to disease processes taking hold in your body. What is the B-Complex? B-Complex is more than just a list of vitamins on a bottle. Whole food sources of B-Complex contain the known and the unknown Health Building factors. B-Complex is a true synergy of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, coenzymes and trace minerals. True B-Complex can only be found in whole foods. What is NOT B-Complex?

Synthetic sources of B as found in “High potency vitamin B” products are NOT B-Complex. In fact, these synthetic “vitamins” are known to cause, in some cases, the EXACT symptoms and conditions as a deficiency of the B-Complex! B-Complex Deficiency Disorder. What causes it? Refined foods leech wholesome nutrients from your body: This is the beginning of B-Complex Deficiency Disorders. Refined foods remove the full complement of B-Complex synergists. Refined foods do have vitamins added but they are synthetic vitamins and not the naturally-found complete complex, thus they actually cause a drain on the B-Complex needs of the body.

• Sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption depletes the body of B-Complex health factors. (See TNE-11)
• Stomach lining must be healthy to absorb some parts of the B-Complex. For example, B-12 requires a particular “intrinsic factor” to be present in the stomach for absorption. Digestive enzymes must be present in appropriate proportions to absorb B-Complex. (See TNE-3) If your body does not break down food to its essential elements, your body cannot assimilate it.
• Liver function challenged by a toxic environment contributes to B-Complex Deficiency Disorders. (See TNE-6) Household cleaning chemicals, air and water pollution, personal hygiene supplies (perfumes, deodorants, etc.) and medications can produce a toxic load on the body known to challenge B-Complex needs of the body. What Can I do to help B-Complex Deficiency? What we eat and what we don’t eat is the reason why so many people suffer from B-Complex Deficiency Disorders.
• Reduce or eliminate refined, sugar-laden “junk foods.”
• Eat meals high in unrefined grains (brown rice, oats, bran, and rice bran), liver, nutritional yeast, green veggies, carrots, beets, meat, fish, poultry, nuts, and eggs.

Reduce Stresses:

• Get regular exercise, relax your mind, meditate, thereby reducing your stress.
• Reduce toxic stresses on your body. Check your household cleaning products to see if they might be replaced with more environmentally safe products.
• Eliminate all synthetic forms of B “vitamins.” One cannot obtain all the essential health factors in synthetic “vitamin” products, they are only available in whole foods and whole food concentrates! And Standard Process concentrates that whole food goodness for your benefit!


Elke Kniss, PA, CCN
The Spring, Center for Natural Medicine

The Balanced Pet

Your pet is what he eats! And all along you thought that this advice was just for people. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest dog that ever lived was 21 years old. In “dog years,” that comes to over 100 in people years. Pretty impressive. The owner of that dog must have been doing something right.

Whether you are a “dog-person,” a “cat-person” or prefer the companionship of another kind of animal, you want your pet to have a long, happy, healthy life. So… in order to be healthy, your pet needs to have a steady diet of happy, social encounters. To ensure that it is getting the best of both worlds, provide a mixture of human-to-pet and pet-to-pet interactions. In one-dog families, for example, your dog will get plenty of human to animal interaction, but also needs contact with its own species. During your daily walks, try to meet up occasionally with a friend or neighbor who has a dog and let the two pets run and play together. Animals get lonely just as humans do for social relationships with their own kind. Give your dog or other pet that opportunity.
Your pet’s resistance to fleas, ringworms, mites and a host of diseases can be boosted if you make sure that your pet is physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Both humans and animals are mammals, so their bodies respond very similarly to their environment. Stress, fatigue, lack of vital nutrients, and chronic conditions can all make your furry companion susceptible to serious diseases.

Did you know that a dog’s body functions a lot like a human body? We need fresh vegetables to be healthy, and so does our furry friend. Dogs actually require a higher percentage of raw vegetables than cats. Yet, even though the food label on the brand of pet food you buy lists a number of vegetables, those vegetables probably aren’t giving your pet all the nutrition it needs.

This is because some vitamins can be destroyed when vegetables are cooked. Vitamins are organic substances that naturally occur in plants (fruits and vegetables), eggs, fish, poultry and meats. Vitamins A, D, E, K, and the B complex are all essential for dog health and must be delivered through their diet. Dog’s bodies actually do produce their own Vitamin C, but if your pet does not ingest enough A and E, it will still be at risk of getting sick. Vitamins A and E team up with C to form an antioxidant barrier that guards your pet against illness.

What can you do to ensure that your dog is getting enough nutrition? First read the labels on the dog food you buy. Compare the nutrients in the various brands. Resist the temptation to buy the cheaper brand if you have a large dog. Yes, your dog goes through the bag of food fast, but you could be damaging your dog’s health by choosing lower-quality products. If you have been feeding your dog store-bought food that is less than high quality, start replenishing your pet’s body with powdered multivitamins. Easy to mix into food, powdered vitamins are more effectively absorbed than capsules and will jumpstart your dog to better health.

The ideal option is to give your dog a variety of fresh foods every day—meat, vegetables, grains like barley, buckwheat and rice and even legumes like pintos, kidney and red beans and lentils. These foods are safe and healthy for your dog. One word of warning: DO NOT feed raw broccoli to dogs (or cats). You can purchase dog food, make it at home, or add home-made food to the store-bought food. If your pet is over or underweight, this type of diet will usually get your dog to its correct weight. Your dog will thrive on a natural diet of high quality foods and treats.

Dr. Sheila Rockley
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