An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses by Sally M. Pacholok, R.N., B.S.N. and Jeffrey J. Stuart, D.O.
B12 deficiency is too important to miss
Do you suffer from mood disorders; pain, numbness or tingling in your extremities; loss of balance; incontinence; tremors; vascular problems; infertility; fatigue; or intestinal problems? Do you have a child who is developmentally delayed or has been diagnosed with autism? Have you been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, other neurological disorders or autoimmune diseases? For some of you, your symptoms may stem from vitamin B12 deficiency.
Vitamin B12 is one of 13 (known) vitamins and is unique in that it is the only vitamin with a trace element–cobalt. It is produced in the gut of animals, and we must eat animal products to obtain this necessary nutrient. But for many, consumption does not guarantee assimilation.
In Could It Be B12? authors Pacholok and Stuart successfully make the case that an epidemic of B12 deficiency exists and that current guidelines for testing B12 deficiency are inadequate resulting in false diagnoses, permanent neurological damage, and even death.
In this book you’ll learn:
- What vitamin B12 is and why it’s important
- Those most at risk for B12 deficiency
- Symptoms of B12 deficiency
- Tests used for determining B12 status along with their shortcomings and strengths
- Disease states and drugs or supplements that can alter these tests and give false readings
- Recommended reference range for serum B12
- How low B12 can cause symptoms many confuse with aging
- How B12 deficiency that can lead to false diagnoses of diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and autism
- Medicine’s failure to recognize and treat symptoms of B12 deficiency
- How nitrous oxide can inactivate B12 stores
- B12’s role in infertility, heart disease, mood disorders, and developmental delays
- The best way to increase B12 stores in the body
- The pros and cons of different supplements and injectable forms of B12
The permanent neurological damage that can result from delayed diagnosis of B12 deficiency makes this an issue of prime importance in the medical field. Every doctor should read this book to provide the best care for their patients. Not only will their patients recover using simple, inexpensive treatments, but billions of dollars can be saved in health care costs.
Those wishing to explore their B12 status will have all the information they need to ensure the proper tests are administered, to advocate for proper diagnosis and treatment, and to gauge their progress. All people interested in health should read this book. A first-rate publication that I highly recommend.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
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