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Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

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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Mortality: The 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 Older Adults."

Scientists came to this astonishing study Conclusion: "Higher vitamin B12 levels were associated with greater mortality..."

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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 wrote:

"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."

So, 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:

In 1996, 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 disease..."

Hmmm...perhaps Vitamin B-12 is in the original plan after all.

Robert Cohen

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