The Second Most Common Vitamin Deficiency



In America, over 40% of the population is vitamin B12 deficient.  Vitamin B12 deficiency is the second most common vitamin deficiency in the Western World.[1]  Why is this?  First vitamin B12 is not an abundant vitamin in our food.  But that is not a problem because we were designed to receive B12 from certain friendly bacteria in our guts, which we acquire by drinking our mother’s milk.  However non-breast-fed children will not have this advantage nor will they have as strong of an immune system as people who were breast-fed. Breast-fed children naturally acquire the correct bacteria, but a majority of people have lost it.  Without the correct bacteria we become subject to all sorts of potential deficiencies and health problems.


Conventional medicine tends to focus on retrieving B12 from our diet, but that is ignoring the main issues.  This is one of their reasons why they think we need to eat animal products, because they contain some B12. Hundreds of millions of people in India are vegetarians and it is rare for them have a B12 deficiency. Why?  Because, in spite of the greater hardships in obtaining clean food, they are healthier then Americans, never had antibiotics and never lost their natural-to-humans friendly bacteria.


If we want good health, it is imperative that we have the correct type of friendly bacteria in our guts; the type that creates B12, which are certain species of bifidobacterium.  Sadly, a very large percentage of people do not have the correct bacteria and most of these people have become overweight or obese. The predominant bacteria in obese people are Lactobacillus (high-lactic acid-producing), which is the most common probiotics sold on the market.  The dominant bacteria in lean and healthy people are bifidobacteria and they do not have as many health challenges that other people do.  


With those who the correct bacteria as a child, why are so many of them vitamin B12 deficient, and how did they lose their natural-to-humans friendly bacteria?  There are two main reasons:  Poor diet and Antibiotics. Subsisting on a poor diet, such as the SAD (Standard American Diet), eventually destroys and mutates a normal intestinal environment.  An environment, whether it is in the world around us or within us, always determines what specie will live there. By eating foods that are completely unnatural to humans, we automatically change our gut microbials, from health producing to health issue producing.  I would estimate that over 80% of the American population fits this profile.


As for Antibiotics…anti means against, and biotic means life. Thus, anti-biotics means anti-life; against life and that is exactly what so many drugs are; against life.  They are extreme unnatural chemicals, and I mean over 90% of all the drugs doctors use, were not part of the human design.  Drugs, not just anti-biotics, are unnatural chemicals that have become the number one cause of death and disease in the US.


Link to Gary Null’s website.





Why are antibiotics so bad?  Antibiotics kill pathogenic bacteria, and they also kill all our friendly bacteria, and if our gut is not quickly replaced with natural-to-human bacteria, our health will begin to gradually decline and some people never fully regain their health; things are off and it may be several more years when they go to the doctor hoping to find a cure.  They have no idea that the cause of their problem was the antibiotic they took years ago.  


Once the antibiotics ware off, pathogens creep in, and after sometime, digestive problems develop; most noticeable and most common is constipation.  Naturopaths define constipation as less than 3 BM daily, preferable 4 if you eat 3 meals a day.  This is what’s normal to healthy people.  Thus many people are constipated and they do not know it.  Those who know it are usually in bad shape.  For those who want good health again, this is the first thing that must be corrected.  If you are constipated, this means you are accumulated toxins, acids and congestion at record speed; it also means that you creating deficiencies, one after another.  This must be corrected as soon as possible.  This is the second worst neglect doctors do to their patients.


Constipation is always associated and the incorrect intestinal bacteria; these are the two hidden causes of so much health issues in America and it affects the whole body; causing change reactions, one after another, until potentially chronic and degenerative health issue develop.  And people wonder why?


Many doctors and most people, who are aware of the need to replace friendly bacteria after they used antibiotics, are unaware of what the natural-to-human bacteria really are.  Most will use the common probiotics found in most health food stores; lactobacillus.  As I briefly noted above, it has been shown that lactobacillus is the dominant gut bacteria in obese and overweight people.  Hundreds of studies have confirmed this.  Lactobacillus is natural to cows, not humans.  I encourage you to read two of my articles, American Epidemic of Obesity - The Real Causes and Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance - How the Human Race is Being Mutated for further study in this area.


Apparently most people, including medical doctors, are not aware of how important intestinal bacteria are to us.  The natural-to-humans bacteria produce many nutrients; vitamins, amino acids and much more.  Friendly bacteria also complete our digestion and without the normal-to-human bacteria we severely weaken our immune system, we become deficient in key vitamins and amino acids and we lose our natural anti-biotic mechanisms and it can be downhill from there.



Comparison of the Two Types of Probiotics


Flora Grow

Dominantly bifidobacterium


Lactobacillus bacteria

Dominantly high lactic acid producers

Supports lean and healthy

Supports obesity and unnatural weight gain

Very durable and stable in human gut

Fragile and unstable in human gut

Natural to human species

Natural to cows, not humans

Protects against invasion of pathogens

Effectively destroys established pathogens*

Naturally found on fruit, vegetables, herbs, soil

Originally animal-derived

Produces 6.8 pH.  Intestines must be alkaline to support function of digestive enzymes

Produces 3.9 to 4.5 pH* and forces the body to protect itself from the extreme acids

Helps maintain alkalinity

Increases acidity

Helps reduce electrolyte loss

Increases electrolyte loss

Creates digestive enzymes, especially proteolytic enzymes: aminopeptidases, carboxypeptidase and exopeptidases.

Not effective in creating digestive enzymes

Produces amino acids: alanine, aspartic acid, glutamine, glutamate, valine and more

Produces some amino acids

Produces vitamins: B1 B2 B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, vitamin C and K.

Produces some B vitamins and vitamin K and B12, but an unusable form for humans

Enhances enzyme function

Significantly reduces enzyme function

Effective in breaking down carbohydrates

Has little effect breaking down carbohydrates

Effectively improves assimilation

Improves assimilation

Reproduces rapidly

Very slow reproducing

Unaffected by hydrochloric acid

Generally destroyed by hydrochloric acid

Removes caustic effects of bile acids

Increases caustic acids

Helps prevent constipation

Helps prevent constipation

Balances human bowel

Imbalances human bowel

Helps maintain alkalinity

Produces high acid by-products  

Manufactures abundant nutrients

Requires complex nutrition to survive

Reduces bowel irritation

Long term use contributes to bowel irritation

Strengthens bowel barrier

Harmful to bowel barrier

Reduces bowel fermentation

Reduces bowel fermentation       

Has anticarcinogenic activities

Acids may contribute to cancer

Completes the digestive process

May interfere with the digestive process *

Reduces bowel irritation

Reduces bowel irritation

Produces anti-biotics against pathogens

Produces anti-biotics against pathogens

Unaffected by hydrochloric acid

Most destroyed by hydrochloric acid

Strengthens the immune system

May support the immune system

Helps prevent mucoid plaque accumulation

Stimulates mucoid plaque production           

Perfect probiotic formula to end a cleanse with

Not recommended to end a cleanse with

Once established no need to keep taking

Our body is always trying to kill it off and requires continued use

Do to their production of extreme acids Lactobacillus are amazingly effective in the elimination of pathogenic bacteria: this includes E. coli, Salmonella, Sarcina lutea, Vibrio comma Pseudomonas, enterobacterium, Shigella, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and some parasites and yeasts.  Many doctors prefer using Lactobacillus instead of pharmaceutical antibiotics as antibiotic destroy all of the friendly bacteria, which causes numerous long-term health issues. 

·    4.5 pH lactic acid is over 1000 times* more acid than what human intestines must to be to fully digest our food.  It is ideal to kill of pathogens, which is why lactobacillus has a favorable reputation.  However, once the pathogens have been eliminated it is important to replace the human gut with a predominance of bifidobacterium, which is natural to the human body.

·    pH is measured in a logarithm scale

May interfere with the digestive process because digestive enzymes cannot function in a pH less than 6.5 pH.



Now you see why vitamin B12 deficiency can be so serious.  It boils down to our birth and to our lifestyle, mainly, diet.  Most of the faults can be corrected, and it must begin with:  1.  Removing all the acids, toxins and congestion that have been accumulating in us since childhood; and all interferences, such as mucus and congestion must be eliminated so that we reestablish good circulation and be able to replenish our intestines with the correct bacteria, assimilate our food efficiently, and be able to eliminate undigested proteins that are in our lymphatic system, in our blood and everywhere in between, all of which causes inflammation.  2.  Replenish our intestines with the natural-to-human bacteria.  3.  Eat the natural-to-human foods, which are mainly fruits and vegetables.


I am often asked which vitamin B12 supplement they should use.  Research is very clear on this:  Only Methylcobalamin works as an oral vitamin B12 supplement.  There are other B12 supplements that are actually harmful.


Much of what I have outlined in this article is explained, in greater detail, in my Book:  Cleanse & Purify Thyself, Book One.  I also highly recommend Toni Toney’s book: Get Cleanse – Go Green – Eco Diet.  Cleanse and Purify Thyself explains the best way to safely and effectively cleanse our bodies.   Toni Toney’s book clearly explains what our natural-to-human food is, and why it is.  It explains what foods to avoid, which in these days can be just as important as what to eat.  That is only a small part.  She takes the reader to an understanding of acid/alkaline that is beyond anything written.  It is chuck full of vital information.  By following the lifestyle choices noted in these two books, I believe people can help themselves back to optimal health. 


I wish you perfect health and perfect happiness.


Richard Anderson, ND.




Methylcobalamin: A Potential Breakthrough in Neurological Disease


Japanese scientists have identified a form of vitamin B-12 that protects against neurological disease and aging by a unique mechanism that differs from current therapies. 


Some of the disorders that may be preventable or treatable with this natural vitamin therapy, methylcobalamin, include chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathies, Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy and neurological aging. Americans have immediate access to this unique and new form of vitamin B-12, and, unlike prescription drugs, it costs very little and is free of side effects. ??


Vitamin B-12 is a general label for a group of essential biological compounds knows as cobalamins.??


The cobalamins are structurally related to hemoglobin in the blood, and a deficiency of vitamin B-12 can cause anemia. The primary concern of conventional doctors is to maintain adequate cobalamin status to protect against anemia. ??


The most common form of vitamin B12 is called cyanocobalamin. However, over the last ten years, a number of central and peripheral neurological diseases have been linked to a deficiency of a very specific cobalamin, the methylcobalamin form, that is required to protect against neurological diseases and aging. The liver converts a small amount of cyanocobalamin into methylcobalamin within the body, but larger amounts of methylcobalamin are necessary to correct neurological defects and protect against aging. ??


Published studies show that high doses of methylcobalamin are needed to regenerate neurons as well as the myelin sheath that protects nerve axons and peripheral nerves. ??CFIDS and B-12 ?In the Summer 1998 issue of HealthWatch, an important research article reported a fascinating new finding. Over 60% of CFIDS and FM patients' cerebral spinal fluids contained subnormal levels of vitamin B-12. On the other hand, vitamin B-12 levels in the blood did not significantly deviate from normal ranges. ??


According to Dr. Paul Cheney's treatment pyramid for CFIDS, vitamin B-12 in its non-cyanocobalamin form - the [only type then] commercially available - is a potent detoxifier of the brain. Recent studies in Europe suggest that it needs to be given in large doses in the range of 10 - 20 mg per day, or even more. This supplementation of methylcobalamin might protect the cognitive function of patients with CFIDS by preventing the death of brain cells.??


One cause of brain cell death is glutamate toxicity. Brain cells use glutamate as a neurotransmitter, but unfortunately glutamate is a double-edged sword in that it can also kill brain cells. The release of glutamate from the synapses is a usual means by which neurons communicate with each other. ??Effective communication means controlled release of glutamate at the right time to the right cells, but when glutamate is released in excessive amounts, intercellular communication ceases. The flood of glutamate into the receiving neurons drives them into hyperactivity, and the excessive activity leads to cellular degradation. ??


The good news is that it may now be possible to protect brain cells against glutamate toxicity by taking methylcobalamin supplementation. In a study in the European Journal of Pharmacology, it was shown that methylcobalamin protected against glutamate-, aspartate- and nitroprusside- induced neurotoxicity in rat cortical neurons. ??


Researchers concluded that methylcobalamin protects against neurotoxicity by enhancing brain cell methylation. The CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Health Resource recommends methylation-enhancing therapies such as vitamin B6, vitamin B-12, folic acid and trimethylglycine (TMG), taken together, to protect against heart disease, stroke and other aging-related diseases. ??


The scientists who conducted the methylcobalamin studies emphasize that ongoing intake of methylcobalamin is necessary to protect against neurotoxicity. Thus for methylcobalamin to be effective in protecting against neurological disease, daily supplementation may be required. ??


An appropriate dose to protect against neurological aging might be 1 to 5 mg a day taken under the tongue in lozenge form. ??


Sleep ?A recent German study appearing in Neuropharmacology showed methylcobalamin reduced the amount of time subjects slept; sleep quality was better and subjects awoke feeling refreshed, with better alertness and concentration. Part of this effect was apparently due to melatonin suppression during the daytime because morning methylcobalamin supplementation reduces drowsiness by decreasing daytime melatonin levels. ??


Multiple Sclerosis ?According to a recent study at Vanderbilt University, chlamydia pneumoniae might link multiple sclerosis (MS) to CFIDS. This makes the published effect of methylcobalamin treatment on MS of great importance to those who suffer from CFIDS. ??


A study in the Journal of Internal Medicine investigated the daily administration of 60 mg of methylcobalamin to patients with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that has a poor prognosis and feature side spread demyelination in the central nervous system. ??


Although motor disability did not improve, there were clinical improvements in visual and auditory MS related disabilities. The scientist stated that methylcobalamin might be an effective adjunct to immunosuppressive treatment for chronic, progressive MS. Those with less serious forms of MS may consider adding methylcobalamin to their daily treatment regimen. ??


The effects of methylcobalamin were studied on an animal model of muscular dystrophy. This study, published in Neuroscience Letter looked at degeneration of axon motor terminals. In mice receiving methylcobalamin, nerve sprouts were more frequently observed and regeneration of motor nerve terminals occurred in sites that had been previously degenerating. ??


Regenerating Nerves ?Few substances have been shown to regenerate nerves in humans with peripheral neuropathies. However, a study in the Journal of Neurological Science postulated that methylcobalamin could increase protein synthesis and help regenerate nerves. The scientists showed that very high doses of methylcobalamin produce nerve regeneration in laboratory rats. ??


The scientists stated that ultra-high doses of methylcobalamin might be of clinical use for patients with peripheral neuropathies. The human equivalent dose the scientists used is about 40 mg of sublingually administered methylcobalamin on a daily basis. ??


Those suffering from peripheral neuropathies often take alpha lipoic acid. Based on our new understanding of peripheral neuropathy, it may be prudent that anyone using alpha lipoic acid also take at least 5 mg a day of sublingually administered methylcobalamin to ensure that alpha lipoic acid will be bioavailable to the peripheral nerves. ??


Cancer/Immune Function ?A study in the journal Oncology examined the effects of methylcobalamin on several different kinds of tumors in mice. The administration of methylcobalamin for seven days suppressed liver, lung and ascites tumor growth. Mice receiving methylcobalamin survived longer than control mice did. In mice irradiated before tumor cell inoculation, methylcobalamin did not improve survival. ??


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What Vitamin B12 is used for?


Vitamin B12 is vital for the formation of red blood cells, as well as for the proper functioning and health of nerve tissue and helps make DNA and keep DNA healthy as well as the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent anemia.  Anemia is a condition where one becomes deficient in red blood cells and hemoglobin, which is what carries oxygen in our blood. Many believe that anemia is caused by a deficiency of iron.  Which came first, B12 deficiency or iron deficiency?  Thus most common symptom of anemia is fatigue.


Vitamin B12 deficiency, can lead to anemia, as well as nerve and brain damage, which may eventually become irreversible.  Vitamin B12 is a life essential nutrient, we cannot live without out and a deficiency means health problems. 



Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency


B12 deficiency is far more common than most health care practitioners and the general public realize. Data from the Tufts University Framingham Offspring Study suggest that 40 percent of people between the ages of 26 and 83 have plasma B12 levels in the low normal range.

The latest research now shows that many people who show normal blood levels of B12, may have B12 deficiencies in various organs and tissues and in many cases it is very serious.

Symptoms can include:

   Alzheimer’s, dementia, cognitive decline and memory loss (collectively referred to as “aging”)

   Autism spectrum disorder

   Autoimmune disease and immune dysregulation


   Cardiovascular disease

   Confusion or change in mental status (dementia) in severe cases


   Diarrhea or constipation

   Fatigue, lack of energy, or light-headedness when standing up or with exertion

   Learning or developmental disorders in kids

   Loss of appetite

   Loss of balance

Male and female infertility

   Mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis)

   Multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological disorders

   Numbness and tingling of hands and feet

   Pale skin

   Problems concentrating

   Shortness of breath, mostly during exercise

   Swollen, red tongue or bleeding gums

   weakness, tiredness or light-headedness  

   rapid heartbeat and breathing

   pale skin

   sore tongue

   easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums

   stomach upset and weight loss

   diarrhea or constipation


If the deficiency is not corrected, it can damage the nerve cells. If this happens, vitamin B12 deficiency effects may include:

   tingling or numbness in fingers and toes

   difficulty walking

   mood changes or depression

   memory loss, disorientation, and dementia


B12 deficiency in infants, if not detected and treated, can lead to severe and permanent damage to the nervous system.


Researchers from Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, reported in the journal Neurology that seniors with low blood vitamin B12 levels are more likely to experience brain shrinkage and lose their cognitive skills.



Diseases caused or associated with Vitamin B12 deficiency


Alzheimer’s disease

Ataxia (shaky movements and unsteady gait

Breast cancer

Cardiac problems

Cardiovascular disease

Cervical cancer

Cognitive decline



Diabetic neuropathy



Hemolytic anemia


High cholesterol



Imerslund-Grasbeck disease


Join pain, especially elbow

Kidney diseases

Liver diseases

Lung cancer


Megalblastic anemia

Mood disturbances

Muscle weakness

Neurologic diseases

Pernicious anemia

Psychiatric symptoms


Shaky-leg syndrome

Sickle cell disease




Vision problems




Some people might say:  “I know for a fact that antibiotics have saved lives.”  And I would agree 100%.  But what people generally do not know, including many doctors, that there are other ways to rid ourselves of pathogenic bacteria in our gut without destroying our intestinal environment and all our friendly bacteria. 


Two reasons; poor diet is the main reason. Diet determines the intestinal environment and once we’ve lost our natural-to-humans friendly bacteria, the efficiency of our immune system drops, bowel problems develop and we become deficient in B12 because we lost the type of friendly bacteria that produces B12.



Certain types of bacteria create vitamin B12 and once we lose them we eventually become deficient Vitamin B12 and this vitamin it is essential for our life and heath.


Another way we destroy our natural intestinal environment is by taking

Generally, the need for antibiotics is related to a deficiency of natural-to-humans intestinal bacteria. 


Vitamin B12 is also known as cobalamin.  There are several cobalamins used to treat B12 deficiency. The most common on the market is cyanocobalamin and is called such because a cyanide molecule was attached to a cobalamin.  Cyanide?  Isn’t that a deadly poison?  It sure is; in fact, Hydrogen cyanide was and still is used in gas chambers and used in gas warfare.  Cyanide is one of the most common ways to commit suicide.  And they are putting cyanide into vitamins that people and even babies take?  Yep, they do.  But isn’t it harmful?  Well, yes.  But most of the time it goes unnoticed, just like many drugs and pesticides that cause cancer and so many other diseases; not traced to the cause. 


They tell that it is in such small amounts that it won’t hurt anyone.  And that is what they have been telling people every time a new pharmaceutical drug and other chemicals that the FDA approves, and as they did with tens of thousands of drugs.  And only, only after incredible harm has been done, is it finally taken off the market or in some cases, change the name and keep it on the market.


Not only that, but cyanocobalamin doesn’t work.  It’s almost useless as a B12 supplement.  But its cheap and that’s why its on the market.


Adenosylobalam, another form of B12 has received little attention in the market.

Hydroxocobalam, another cobalamin is hardly ever used as a B12 supplement; it is however, the treatment of choice to treat cyanide poisoning.

Japanese scientists found that methylcobalamin, the only viable form vitamin B-12 that can be effective when taken orally, protects against neurological disease and helps slow aging when used with large dosages.??


They were able to show that it was also effective for chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathies, Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy and neurological aging. Cost is small and free of side effects.


on the market, is also ineffective and in some cases


A study on the effects of methylcobalamin, the only usable vitamin B12 available on the market, on human immune function was published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology. The study showed that methylcobalamin demonstrated remarkable T cell-enhancing effects when the T cells were exposed to certain antigens. ??


The scientists also showed that methylcobalamin improved the activity of T helper cells. The scientists concluded that methylcobalamin could modulate lymphocyte function by augmenting regulatory T cell activities. ??


Americans need to know about this important natural therapy that could extend the healthy human life span. A search of the scientific literature reveals 334 published studies on methylcobalamin. However, it would not be an exaggeration to say that virtually no doctors know of it or are recommending it. ??


Methylcobalamin should be considered for the treatment of any neurological disease. For example, based on its unique mechanisms of action, methylcobalamin could be effective in slowing the progression of "untreatable" diseases such as ALS (Lou Gerhig's disease). ??


Since methylcobalamin is not a drug, there is little economic incentive to conduct expensive clinical studies on it, so it may be a long time before we know just how effective this unique form of vitamin B-12 is in slowing the progression of common diseases like Parkinson's disease. ??


The sublingual intake of methylcobalamin is an affordable and effective natural therapy, and has proven even safe when given in large doses.


Below are notes and things that you may find interesting, but is not intended to for the article above.


meth·yl·a·tion?is the process of replacing a hydrogen atom with a methyl group.

   Methylation turns off certain sections of genetic code.

But when something goes awry, methylation can unleash a tumor by silencing a gene that normally keeps cell growth in check.


ascites |əˈsītēz|


the accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, causing abdominal swelling.


[1] Third world countries, with the exception of those who are starving, have less nutritional deficiencies and overall far better health then Americans.  One exception; countries that adopt the Standard American Diet quickly lose their health and move towards more and more disease.  The SAD diet, being so widespread, is the precursor to the massive sales and profits of the worlds largest industry; conventional medicine.