In August, 2012, I discovered through a tweet on Twitter that all vitamin B12 originates with micro-organisms. I was surprised. To see if it was true I did several Google searches for reputable research. I, after all, had long believed that vitamin B12 came from “meat, seafood, eggs, and dairy.” That’s what experts have said, even experts like our government.
Turns out, Twitter was right. All vitamin B12 comes from bacteria ~ bacteria in the air, soil and sea. Some seaweed has vitamin 12 in it (because of bacteria). Apparently, to detect B12 in foods the test must contain intrinsic factor.
We can’t use the B12 in food if our gastrointestinal system lacks intrinsic factor. Because it’s rather complicated, I drew illustrations of how B12 is absorbed. I didn’t draw anything to do with bacteria because I didn’t know about it. (I still need to draw h.pylori stopping stomach acid production.)
I wondered about the “bacteria” thing: I was amazed it hadn’t been in the research as a basic starting point. Was it connected to the fact I’d been sick a lot as a child: pneumonia and appendicitis attacks at the same time, repeatedly. They wanted to take my appendix out but with pneumonia I wouldn’t be able to breathe well under anesthesia. So, they gave me masses of penicillin shots. There was hardly a place left to give me another. Then, I got hives. I had huge welts all over my body. The doctors said I’d become allergic to penicillin and that to continue giving it to me, which they said they had to do, they’d have to mix it with a sulfa drug. And, with that I continued having shots.
Finally, a day came when I was pretty well. A date was set for an appendectomy. The surgery went well. That night a nurse who checked on me discovered that my bed was soaked with blood. I had to be rushed back to surgery, and I was given vitamin K. Apparently I was too low on vitamin K for my blood to clot properly. Years later when I had my tonsils out, same thing: lots of bleeding.
It was decades till I read in Know Your Nutrition that if someone is given sulfa drugs it interferes with their ability to get vitamin K. Now, I see through my research that vitamin K, like vitamin B12, requires micro-organisms or “good bacteria” in order for our bodies to be able to absorb it. When we use antibiotics or things like Sulfa drugs, we kill the good bacteria. At the same time we make things more hospitable to bad bacteria, like h.pylori.
I began to wonder if GMO corn and soy my food was killing bacteria I needed to get B12. So, I cut corn and soy and all GMOs out of my diet. I stopped using Methylcobalamin lozenges to see if organic food alone would keep my B12 level healthy.
Sure enough. So far it’s been over a month without a Methylcobalamin lozenge, and I have small but clearly visible moons coming back on my fingernails. Happiness. The Methylcobalamin was costing over $60/mo.
2/9/2014 ~ It turns out I can’t completely stop using Methylcobalamin lozenges. Without any I begin to get peripheral neuropathy pain again. But one or two 5mg lozenges a day seems to work perfectly. Prior to cutting out GMOs I had to use 5 to 6 of the 5mg lozenges a day. So, there is a distinct advantage, in terms of B12 health, to cutting GMOs out of your daily meals and snacks.
5/31/2014 ~ I failed to appreciate that over winter I wasn’t getting any B12 from microorganisms on my garden veggies, since I was primarily eating canned veg that had been scrubbed, or at least rinsed clean of dust and dirt from their growing environment.
Now that I’ve begun to have collards, celery, onions and Indian spinach from my garden I have fewer instances of peripheral neuropathy, even when I forget to use methylcobalamin lozenges. Next winter I have to remember to compensate for the lack of B12 creating microorganisms in canned vegetables.
7/1/2016 ~ I learned today that most wheat crops in the United States are sprayed with Glyphosate (as in Monsanto’s RoundUp) prior to harvest. After watching a video on Twitter that showed sprayed wheat in contrast to the unsprayed grass right next to it, I googled desiccated wheat and found an informative, revealing article. Watch video. Read article.
Basically, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are created to use with RoundUp and its Glyphosate. It’s the glyphosate that we want to avoid because of the effects it’s been shown to have on our health. GMO labeling is meant to identify products containing glyphosate. But, no one talks about Glyphosate sprayed on wheat because there’s no genetic modification involved. The silence on the subject seems incredibly insidious to me. Insidious: causing harm in a way that is gradual or not easily noticed.
Take a look at a chart contrasting the nutrition in GMO vs non-GMO foods. View chart.