of Vitamin B Deficiency and Why Vitamin Pills Are Not Enough
Vic Shayne, PhD ©2005
Author, Man Cannot Live
on Vitamins Alone
delving into the problems of vitamin B complex deficiency and its symptoms, it
is first important to understand the difference between vitamins that are in pill
form versus vitamins that are contained within nature’s foods. There is a world
of difference — a difference between sickness and health. Vitamins just do not
work like foods, and foods are what our bodies were designed to use for healing,
prevention and energy. There is no substitute, and no matter how you look at it,
vitamin pills are an invention of scientists, so they are prone to cause side
effects, be incomplete and lack what we need to overcome our health problems.
have been sold and marketed as the “magic bullet” for all health problems, yet
food science researchers are bringing out the truth about vitamins, minerals,
multivitamins and antioxidants— and it’s not an easy pill to swallow. The problem
is that vitamins, when not still contained in their original food (oranges, bananas,
spinach, broccoli, etc.) are merely chemicals. Our bodies do not recognize vitamins
as nutrients, because they don’t work the same way as whole foods for these simple
contain not just vitamins, but the co-workers (synergists) and helper nutrients
that allow vitamins to work
are never found in high potency, so you won’t suffer any toxic side effects that
have been proven to exist with ALL vitamin pills. As one expert stated, “Foods
never deliver toxic doses [of vitamins]. (Hamilton,
are just a small part of what our bodies require for health and healing. It is
very often that it is the other food properties that help us while the vitamins
pills need other nutrients in order to work.
these reasons, and more, vitamin pills, despite their use and overuse, are not
turning people’s health around. They are lacking the properties of real nutrition
which can only come from eating nature’s real, whole, raw foods. The only supplement
that someone should take, therefore, is a whole food formula WITHOUT any isolated
(singular vitamin). This is an important point, because most supplements called
“whole food” are combinations of real foods and isolated vitamins. You have to
carefully read the labels to see. Look for these words to identify vitamin chemicals
on a label:
are not foods, so instead of vitamins and minerals on a label, you should be looking
for the names of foods and herbs on the label. Don’t be fooled by high milligrams,
high potency, standardization or any other such terms that just do not apply to
real foods from nature.
B COMPLEX DEFICIENCY:
B complex comprises a number of vitamins that exist as a family. They should not
be taken individually. In this modern era, millions of people suffer from a deficiency
of vitamin B for several reasons, chief among which are:
emotional, physical and spiritual
foods in the diet: these are not real foods and so they tax the body
sugar. The average person consumes at least 140 pounds of sugar a year which robs
the body of its vitamin B stores
both recreational and prescription drugs deplete vitamin B
Toxins: poisons in
the environment and personal care products deplete vitamin B complex
Most people are malnourished because they are not eating the right kinds of foods
Most people do not eat enough real, raw foods, so vitamin B is killed or so depleted
that people are not getting enough of it in the diet
YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS?
your body has been deprived of the vitamin B complex due to reasons stated above,
it begins to show symptoms (signs) of altered, diminished or poor health. This
is because the vitamin B complex (within foods, not vitamin pills) is responsible
for such a wide variety of activities, including cellular differentiation, transmission
of nerve electricity, health of nerve cells, heart pulse rate, muscular contraction,
digestion, brain function, thought processes and energy production. Without adequate
vitamin B complex from foods, you can experience one or more of any one of these
vague fears, fear that something dreadful is about to happen
(attention deficiency), inability to concentrate, irritability
to sleep (insomnia)
fingers and toes
spells, inability to cope
so much more.
VITAMIN B DEFICIENCY
B deficiency can sneak up on you, because it doesn’t have to create serious health
problems right away. In fact, medical researchers have discovered that very often
there can be no detectable signs according to scientific instrumentation, that
you are experiencing a deficiency. For example, “memory impairment due to vitamin
B12 deficiency can precede blood symptoms of deficiency by years. Evidence that
vitamin B12 deficiency accounts for some cognition deficits in older people comes
from a study that revealed abnormal short-term memory in more than two-thirds
of clients with pernicious anemia…The researchers recommend that a diagnosis of
senile dementia should not be made, even in the absence of anemia, until vitamin
B12 status is determined biochemically.” (Hamilton, p. 476) This means that it
is possible that certain mental disorders can be directly attributable to vitamin
B complex deficiency, and it is easier to first start replenishing stores of vitamin
B complex than to begin treating difficult mental illnesses with drugs, therapy
or psychological counseling.
vitamin B deficiency becomes chronic (long-lasting), other problems can occur,
including troubles with your adrenal system. The adrenal glands serve many purposes,
but in relation to this topic, they are the back up system for making energy.
When there is a chronic lack of vitamin B complex then the adrenal glands are
called upon to produce quick energy by injecting certain hormones like adrenaline
into your system so that you can cope with life. If this goes on for a long time,
then the adrenal glands become impaired or worn out, leading to even more health
YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOURSELF
are a number of things you can do to prevent and overcome vitamin B complex deficiency:
Stop taking vitamin pills and switch over to NutriPlex
Whole Food Formulas products. The three most recommended to support you are:
BFood Complex, AdrenaPlex and SuperGreens PhytoFood. These
products are made only of foods and not parts of foods or isolated vitamins. They
won’t add to your problems the way vitamin pills can, and they are not toxic the
way vitamin pills can be.
Stop eating refined sugar. Click
here to read all about refined sugar and its bad effects from researcher Nancy
Stop eating artificial ingredients. Read all labels on your foods and
if there are names of chemicals, don’t eat them. (Read the author’s book, Illness
Isn’t Caused by a Drug Deficiency. Switch to organic
Reduce stress through a regular exercise program, meditation, counseling
Stop drinking coffee; switch to organic decaffeinated coffee or organic
Eat more vitamin B-containing foods — oats, barley, wheat bran, avocado,
salmon, Brazil nuts and others.
Be patient. It took a while to create a vitamin B deficiency, so it takes
a while to reverse the problem; with severe cases it can take a year or so, with
milder cases it can take just a few days.
If you have a friend or relative with a mental or emotional disorder,
think of the possibility of a vitamin B complex deficiency and then make suggestions
for adjustments in their diet and take appropriate whole food formulas.
Always coordinate all of your health and treatment plans with all of your
Avoid toxins in your life. This is a serious issue that causes more health
problems than people commonly realize. (See the author’s book, Evil Genius
in the Garden of Eden — how toxins make us sick and corporations profit
from our illness).
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Dr. Vic Shayne is a doctor-consultant and food science researcher
and author whose website is www.nutritionresearchcenter.org.
©2005 Dr. Vic Shayne. This article may not be used in conjunction with the promotion
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