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vitamin b12 deficiency

daniefondaniefon Raw Newbie

Has anyone experienced it? I have a couple of symptoms that could be deficiency, lightheadedness and tingling in my hands and feet. I really don’t want to take anything and am reluctant to go to the Dr. as he will write a prescription and say take it! Any ideas out there?

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  • WinonaWinona Raw Newbie

    This blog entry makes perfect sense. It answered my B12 question perfectly.

    http://www.rawveganforever.com/stormsblog7-12-0…

  • pianissimapianissima Raw Newbie

    i know this is controversial, but i really don’t believe in b-12 deficiencies.

    look at what you are eating. you might be getting too much fruit, not enough fat, or not enough greens. for poor circulation try adding ginger and/or fresh hot peppers to what you are making, and if you don’t already, stretching, walking, yoga (etc etc) help move the energy around and may stop the tingling.

    going to a doctor (best to go to a naturopath that you trust) for a DIAGNOSIS is always a relief if you are afraid for your health. i don’t ever listen to what they tell me to take, but i think their professional reassurance that i’m ok can be worth it sometimes.

    winona—i am loving these gardendiet blogs! thanks!

  • WinonaWinona Raw Newbie

    pianissima – me too! what an inspiring family. i haven’t purchased any raw books yet…i have access to a raw library at the raw restaurant in my town. but i may buy an ebook or lecture series from the garden diet site. how wonderful!

  • angie207angie207 Raw Newbie

    dizziness/lightheadedness may be a lack of sodium – try celery juice or good salt?

  • bittbitt Raw Starter

    I listened to a vegan doctor speak who was very much in favor of B-12 supplements. http://www.drgreger.org/writings.html

    I have had my levels checked and they were not low, however my iron levels where and my vitamin D. My naturopath looks at all of that and either prescribes supplements or helps with dietary adjustments.

    I currently take b-12 shots even though I am not deficient but because they give me energy as I am fighting off illness. I have no shame in take supplements because I am just starting out and it takes awhile to build up supplies of nutrients.

    I would go to a regular doctor and natural one just because they look at things different ways and you do want to rule out anything serious for sure.

  • Please read what Gabriel Cousens has to say on this subject http://www.treeoflife.nu/whyb12. It’s a long article, but provides unbiased information so you can make the best decisions about your own long-term health.

  • I printed the Gabriel Cousens article on B-12 and this one and read them together http://www.roylretreat.com/articles/b12.html and they have very different conclusions. Then I read these articles on B-12 which were even more informative: http://www.lifesave.org/VitaminB12.htm and http://www.lifesave.org/VitaminB12Continued.htm.

  • daniefondaniefon Raw Newbie

    Thank you everyone!

  • What do you all think about drinking kombucha, eating bee pollen, and goji berries? Think there’s enough b12 in all this stuff? I really haven’t been too concerned with b12 because I’ve been eating these things, but I would hate to find out 10 years later that I have a deficiency.

  • WinonaWinona Raw Newbie

    Oooo I like the article on lifesave.org. They use lots of emphatic exclamation marks, hehe. It made perfect sense! I personally believe that if you eat raw vegan food with plenty of greens, your body will absorb B12 and you’ll be fine.

  • denzildragondenzildragon Raw Newbie

    Thanks for the Tree of Life article, sleeknraw – well written & informative. A lot of people here seem to have strong beliefs when it comes to B12, but beliefs don’t change the science: most people don’t absorb the B12 produced in their lower intestine, and the only B12 found on food comes from the micro-organisms there. (Any B12 you find in greens, for example, comes from the bacteria in the soil, so not washing your produce well is the only way to get any, and then you run other risks.)

  • pianissimapianissima Raw Newbie

    i think getting your b-12 levels monitored with a blood test is a great way to see how you are doing. so far i’m fine. so is storm. so is jinjee. and i guess i get my bacteria from not washing my produce, touching my feet with my hands… the usual places. ;)

    i completely agree that we shouldn’t rely entirely on feelings. but testing your b-12 level is really simple. and remember, even though scientific studies are done on HUMANS, they weren’t done on YOU! there’s no way of completely isolating every possible variable to see exactly what is causing what. science is always fueled by emotion (and in some cases money).

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