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is there any other remedy to defeciency of vitamin b12 apart from life time medicine and injection

By Anonymous April 6, 2009 - 4:57am
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I am 25 yrs and have just started getting anxiety attacks.
My b12 is very low thou i am a nonvegeterian.Doctor says i need to talelife long injection or medicine.is there any other cure

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Vitamin B12 deficiency is estimated to affect 10%-15% of individuals over the age of 60. A recent study in Israel of elderly hospitalized patients found 40% had low or borderline serum B12 levels. Vegetarians are another group with inadequate dietary B12 intake since much of our B12 comes from meat consumption. A recent study showed 50% of long term vegetarians have B12 deficiency, with decreased serum B12 levels and elevated homocysteine levels. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause unusual neurological symptoms such as tremor, gait disturbance, severe pain, and can mimic MS (multiple sclerosis) or even Parkinson’s Syndrome. The physical signs and symptoms can often mimic other diseases and the diagnosis is frequently missed. An excellent book on the topic is: Could it Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnosis by Sally M. Pacholok, R.N. and Jeffrey J Stuart, D.O.

Vitamin B12 supplemtntation is inexpensive and safe. It is important to discover B12 deficiency early, since nerve damage can be irreversible if not discovered right away.

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jeffrey dach md

March 18, 2010 - 5:17am

Dear Anon, I am also sorry to read about your problem. Anxiety or panic attacks can be pretty scarry but more and more research shows that they are controllable not just with supplements like vitamin B12 but also with mind over body modalities. I was an anxiety sufferer and later as I became more knowledgeable about this condition I realized I had a lot of more control over the episodes than I was made to believe. Today I can say that I am free from that burden even in the midst of great stress in my life.

You have taken the first step to trying to understand what triggers your attacks. A great thing about being "human" is the ability to step back and observe ourselves. So, for starters, you need to get a journal
and as soon as you start feeling anxy, step back, observe yourself and start deep breathing exercises. This helps the parasympathetic nervous system to send "calming" signals to your brain. Deep breathing will also help reduce the heart palpitations symptom which is very common during panic/anxiety attacks. It is very important to stop any thought during that time and focus only on your breathing. Five breaths in, five breaths out. Do this for 5 minutes. Once the attack is under control, make an entry on your journal and write down what was going on during the preceeding 4-5 hours in your life. It is very important that you do that. Eventually you will identify the trigger. It may be your boss, driving on heavy traffic, etc.

I also suggest you stay away from caffeine, SUGAR (notice capital letters), nicotine and alcohol. Consider adding to your diet foods rich in magnesium and calcium (supplements are the alternative). Eat healthy and stay away from foods that cause allergic reaction such as gluten found on wheat products. Other supplements that can help: GABA, 5-HTP and Rhodiola. There is also a great homeophatic remedy that I carry with me everywhere, it is called Rescue Remedy by Dr Bach. I have a little spray in my purse. It has come handy many times.

Wish you well.

April 6, 2009 - 9:44pm
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Hi Anon

Thanks so much for your question and I am glad you found Empowher!

I'm sorry you have been suffering from anxiety attacks - your doctor may have suggested you take Vitamin B12 because not only are you deficient - this vitamin it's so important for the brain and nervous system. In fact, a Vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to being a contributing factor to depression.

If you are eating plenty of meat, chicken and dairy, does your doctor know why you are deficient? Liver is also a good source of this vitamin - are you taking these foods?

You can also take foods like certain breakfast cereals that are fortified with Vitamin B12.

You can also take a simple Vitamin B12 supplement - you can take it in pill form everyday, instead of injections. Do you know there is also a Vitamin B12 patch? Ask your doctor what he/she thinks about it.

Besides a deficiency in Vitamin B12, what else are you and your doctor doing about these anxiety attacks? Can you pinpoint what may be bringing them on? What is going on in your life right now that is causing this? We need to focus on that as well as this vitamin deficiency - because working with both issues in mind will be the key to restoring both mental and physical wellness. Our bodies and minds are so deeply linked.

In the meantime, check here for our information page on Vitamin B12 : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/vitamin-b12-deficiency

and please check out our area for Vitamin B12 and it's link to depression here : http://www.empowher.com/news/herarticle/2009/03/20/vitamin-b12-and-depression

Please update us on some of these questions and we can help you more!

April 6, 2009 - 8:20am
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