Health Boundaries

Fence post with lichen and rusted barbed wire - Text reads: Health Boundaries can be a lot like barbed wire

Fence post with lichen and rusted barbed wire - Text reads: Health Boundaries can be a lot like barbed wire

Health Boundaries are like barbed wire

But these days, who goes mushroom picking? Hazelnut picking? Blueberry picking? As a kid we did all of that with grandpa. That’s how I know barbed wire. I know how it snags, catches then scratches, cuts if you try too quickly to pull away.

There are a lot of things like barbed wire: Razor wire around prisons, for example.

Similar, but much less obvious, are the pamphlets that come with some prescriptions, the medical studies paid for by Pharma, the physician recommendations based on a drug rep’s suggestions, etc.

It’s not well known, but more than 100,000 Americans die each year from prescriptions taken as directed. Imagine how shocked each one of those people must have been when what they believed would make them better turned out to be fatal. What was it that they didn’t understand, that ultimately killed them when they blindly trusted some prescripton?

Is it possible that medical language imprisons the knowledge people need in order to understand how a prescription will help them, or indeed if it will help at all?

For instance, when I was extremely depressed because my son decided to live in London rather than near me in Santa Fe, I went to my doctor, who was a very good doctor. She prescribed an antidepressant which she said would help my neurotransmitters. I didn’t know what that meant, but it sounded effective and I liked her a lot.

The side effects, which weren’t mentioned, were weight gain and hair loss. I mean, even now I am surprised anyone would call a pill with those side effects an antidepressant.

Another antidepressant I was prescribed caused incontinence and increased suicidal feelings. I ask you, who in their right mind can call that kind of drug an antidepressant?

Prozac Cartoon - Man complains of headache, work demands, parking ticket. Doc's answer is Prozac
Cartoon – Prozac prescribed for everything

That I no longer suffer from depression is not a result of prescriptions. At the same time, doctors in two very specific instances were crucial in turning around my health. First, the doctors in the ER, after I tried to kill myself, had a vitamin B12 test administered. The test showed that I had profound B12 deficiency. Second, on Christmas Eve, 1998, my doctor had a nurse show me how to administer B12 shots to myself so that I didn’t have to keep paying the price of a doctor visit for a nurse administered shot. And, he prescribed injectable cobalamin.

To say my life changed dramatically is an understatement.

But, I played a part equal to or greater than that of doctors in turning around my health. For instance, the hospital doctors failed to explain my B12 deficiency to me. I believed they would have if the police hadn’t come, taken me out and put me in jail because the shrubs in my front yard were too tall. Jail for Weeds – Read more.

My shrubs were deemed too tall
My shrubs ~ Chamisa

Luckily I tried to sue the police for excessive force and the hospital doctors for malpractice.

In depositions it came out that the hospital had no notes in my file indicating there was an intention to tell me about the B12 test results and what I needed to do. That said, I wasn’t as angry at the police because they hadn’t interfered with me getting well as much as I had imagined. So, I settled with them for $12,000.

It was also lucky because the hospital lawyers refused to settle: I wanted the hospital to engage in public service advertising about vitamin B12’s role in health, both mental and physical. When the hospital refused to settle I decided to have a website to tell people about vitamin B12. Just to be clear, I had pointed out in my settlement offer that it was likely the hospital could get free time spots on radio and television to run the public service announcements, so it wouldn’t be costly.

The part you play in turning around your health is unlikely to involve suing, but it most likely will involve learning as much as you can about your health issues so that you understand how a particular prescription could help, or possibly be dangerous.

In many cases a prescription or even surgery can be avoided by changing a few things. For instance by eating yogurt and Swiss cheese nearly every day I’ve been able to reintroduce B12 making bacteria into my digestive system with the result that my memory has improved more than when I was relying on vitamin B12 lozenges alone. Similarly, but different, studies have shown that replacing animal based protein with plant based protein can restore coronary arteries, eliminating the need for bypass surgery.

Diseased artery from a meat protein diet vs Healthy artery from plant protein diet
Angiogram comparison from Forks Over Knives

In conclusion: vitamin B12 is crucial to health, as is the role you and I play in advancing our own health.

There’s no better way to advance our health than to creating a personal “script” outlining your “role” in improving your health, rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all prescription. By script, I mean notes you keep in recording your symptoms, vitamins, foods, stress, etc.

Jarrow Methyl B12 - 5000 mcg

Methylcobalamin Lozenges ~ 5 mg

If your script begins to show improved memory when you use methylcobalamin B12 lozenges, for instance, then you can act on that, with confidence. By developing your script, over time, you will come to know the true character of your health and you will be able to play an award winning role in restoring your health. And, all at a far lower cost than a precarious life relying on costly, inadequately explained prescriptions and surgeries.

Karen Marie Kline



Pages basic to Boundless Health

Heart shape made up of red blood cells
Love your blood cells ~ Give them B12

B12 Malabsorption ~ You can eat well, chosing organic food and still suffer from malnutrition if you have malabsorption problems. Vitamin B12 is often a victim of malabsorption. Without enough vitamin B12, your body has a problem making new red blood cells. Instead of your blood cells maturing and dividing, they enlarge but don’t divide. Read More.


Warning Sign - DANGER - Watch out for low stomach acidHypochlorhydria ~ You may wish you never felt pain. But pain is often a beneficial warning sign. Without pain, your health can be at risk because you have no idea there’s a problem. This is certainly the case with hypochlorhydria, a condition characterized by an abnormally low level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Read More.


What is a healthy B12 level?

What is a healthy B12 level?

My favorite articles talk about 500-550 being the B12 level at which memory loss, dementia, and lethargy can be caused.
Jarrow Methyl B12, 5000mcg, 60 Lozenges

Jarrow Methyl B12 5000 mcg

The articles talk about B12 deficient people with gastritis and celiac disease and both articles suggest cobalamin, B12 therapy. The doctors conducting the research concluded that levels of serum vitamin B-12 concentrations currently considered normal in the United States may be too low and should be reassessed. Read More.


Check box for Symptoms of Low Vitamin B12

Symptoms of Low Vitamin B12 ~ Not every one has the same symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. You and your best friend may both be low in vitamin B12, but have very different symptoms. Because symptoms of low vitamin B12 vary so greatly the medical community has often concentrated on one symptom and ignored others. The result is that many people with severe symptoms of low B12 do not get treatment. You may be surprised at some of the Symptoms of Low Vitamin B12Read More.


head full of gears - red gears illustrate areas of cognition

Areas of cognition ~ What neuropsychological testing looks for ~ Here’s some information on neuropsychological testing, the areas on which neuropsychological tests focus, and what neuropsychological tests may anticipate finding. I forget on which forum it was that  I found this material, back when I used to go to forums. Read More.


Vitamin B12 and Fingernails
ridges on thumbnail

Vitamin B12 and Fingernails ~ This Is a Fingernail, obviously. What is equally visible but perhaps not as obvious is the fact that the person has some health issues. Learn how your fingernails reflect your health. Read More.


Fingernail lacking a moon
May 6, 2006. Here you can see the lack of a moon.

Pictures showing fingernail lines and moons ~ Fingernail lines or ridges are in the texture of the nail. Moons are shown in various stages of return and retreat. Because changes in nail texture are gradual you may hardly notice them at first. When you see ridges in your nails check a list of symptoms of low B12. If you are dealing with symptoms use Methylcobalamin and track your improvement using a Time Line. Read More.


Dr. Chandy

Vitamin B12 Deficiency is Under Diagnosed ~ Dr. Chandy believes vitamin B12 deficiency must be suspected in all patients with unexplained neuro-psychiatric symptoms or unexplained anaemia. Many patients with B12 deficiency fall through the net because many symptoms are not recognised. These symptoms can range from severe depression to paralysis. Read More.


Illustration by Karen Kline - Hypochlorhydria impedes B12 absorption
Illustration by Karen Kline of Hypochlorhydria impeding B12 absorption

A quick history of vitamin B12 and Illustrations —

1850s — English doctor, Thomas Addison, described a lethal “pernicious” form of anemia, related to pathological gastric mucosa and associated with the stomach having little or no acid. Read More and View Illustrations.

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Barbed Wire Image CreditsHow Barbed Wire Built the West and Then Bloodied the Battlefield ~ Popular Mechanics

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