Okay. I admit it. I’m a sucker for new research that shows vitamin deficiencies cause many diseases. My mom had studied nutrition way back when, and I grew up taking one of the only supplements available during the 50s and early 60s – the “One a Day” multiple vitamin.
As the “natural food” mentality flooded the country in the mid-60s through the 70s, many new supplements arrived on the market. I had my children in 1978 and 1980, respectively. I was an earth mother – reading Adel Davis books about natural foods and taking supplements; making my own baby food; nursing the babies. I don’t regret any of it, and I still believe in supplements.
Few of us eat perfect diets, and even those of us who come close are missing nutrients that escape during shipping, or that never fully develop because of early harvesting. I believe most of us can benefit from at least a multiple vitamin.
This rather circuitous introduction does have a point. A fascinating new book, titled “Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses,” by Sally M. Pacholok, R.N. and Jeffrey J. Stuart, D.O. and published by Quill Driver Books/Word Dancer Press, Inc., is now available (look below, left, to browse on Amazon).
Through fascinating case studies and copious examples of medical research, the authors show how a deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause many illness, Alzheimer’s Disease, included.
Chapter titles include “Is It Aging – or Is It B12 Deficiency?” “Stoke, Heart Disease, and Other Vascular Problems: The B12-Homocysteine Connection,” and “Under the Knife: Why Low F12 Levels Make Surgery Dangerous.”
I remember my grandmother getting monthly B12 shots. That was decades ago. So, low B12 and aging aren’t a newly discovered combination. But this book will really get your mind whirling. Beware: after reading this book, you may find yourself pounding on your clinic door at midnight, demanding to get your B12 levels tested. It’s pretty powerful reading.