The B12 Lie

by rajhu on March 27, 2012 · 3 comments

in 14 Things I Wish I'd Known, Raw Food Diet

This blog post was supposed to be part 3 of the “14 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Raw” series.

But number 9 itself was so long that I’ve made it into it’s own email.

Please read responsibly…

9. The Importance of B12 supplementation:

I wish I’d known when I first went raw the importance of supplementing with B12.

At the time I fell for the arguments that you just didn’t need to worry about it. That somehow the body would absorb the B12 created by bacteria in your intestines, mouth and other areas.

Then reality hit.

I started feeling tired and was starting to get very unproductive in my life.

It wasn’t until after I started taking B12 that I was productive enough to get my online business up and running while still working as a tennis pro. It was a very clear distinction to me before taking B12 versus after.

I was just a lot more productive, energetic and confident.

Anyways, I started doing more investigation on the B12 issue (before I actually started taking a supplement or even realized I might have been deficient) because there were several people on a popular raw food forum that were bringing up some very logical arguments that the raw guru leading that forum was trying to refute.

In my opinion and experience over the last 9 years or so — they were right and the guru in this case was flat out wrong.

Bottom line, if you have a B12 deficiency you can die of a heart attack with no warning.

Do you really want to play nutritional Russian Roulette?

Worse yet, what if you’re a pregnant or nursing woman. Your needs for vitamin B12 are much higher than for non-pregnant women. If you screw this up you could damage your baby for life.

This is something you don’t want to take chances with since most raw vegan foods are deficient in vitamin (co-enzyme) B12

Recently I’ve met two raw foodists following a 80/10/10 style diet who became deficient in B12 and ended up having nerve damage as a result.

One of them actually did a water fast in order to increase his ability to absorb B12.

Not surprisingly that didn’t work for him.

Wouldn’t it had made better sense to at least get your B12 levels up to normal via supplementation before fasting?

Duh!

Sometimes I really wonder the crazy things people do once given bad advice from the raw food gurus they worship.

Personally, I think it’s HIGHLY irresponsible to say that one can correct the damage from B12 deficiency if caught in time. Tell that to these two guys with nerve damage.

Or tell that to the overly zealous vegans who’ve died from B12 deficiency.

Over the years I’ve spoken to a number of low fat raw foodists who have admitted to me that they needed to supplement with B12.

Even Dr. Douglas Graham the author of “The 80/10/10 Diet” had a B12 deficiency while he was following his raw diet and it took him quite a while to figure out that he actually had a B12 deficiency.

If an expert in raw food nutrition couldn’t figure it out so easily what makes people think they’ll be able to figure it out when and if it happens to them?

** Does This Mean There’s Something Wrong With the Raw Food Diet?

Just realize that just because I suggest to take vitamin B12 does not mean that the Raw Vegan Diet is inherently wrong.

There are a number of factors that separate us from nature even though we’re eating a “somewhat” natural Raw Food Diet.

For instance, brushing our teeth.

We know for sure that B12 can be well absorbed under the tongue as that is how to take the more effective sub-lingual B12 supplements.

But of course tooth brushing with toothpaste or even toothsoap would kill the bacteria and therefore any B12 production in your mouth.

Also consider the water supply is artificially cleaned by the municipalities. If it weren’t treated with bleach and other chemicals it would actually have B12 in it.

Living a more unsanitary life “completely in nature” (which I choose not to do) might make it so that supplementing with B12 would not be necessary.

B12 is not a nutrient created by animals but by the bacteria in their bodies.

If you really don’t want to supplement then I can tell you a simple way your body can provide plenty of B12.

Now this might make you sick…

** Just eat your feces. **

In studies it was found the highest levels of B12 in humans is in their feces. Even of vegans. In fact, if you create a supplement of the B12 found in human feces you can restore your B12 levels that way as well.

However, I don’t think 99.9% of the people reading this want to eat their own excrement.

So my suggestion to you is to play it safe and either supplement with B12 or get your B12 levels checked every six months.

It’s best to have your homocysteine and methylmalonic acid levels tested to correctly determine if you’re deficient.

These are more reliable than just testing the B12 levels in your blood.

And by the way, it turns out B12 deficiency can happen much quicker than was thought in the past.

Forget about that supposed 5 year cushion. You could start experiencing deficiency symptoms in a year or less.

For a great B12 resource I suggest you read this website with information put together by Vegan doctors and other vegans.

http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/vitaminb12

By the way, in our soon to be launched “Roger’s Raw Insider Club” I’ll be revealing a RAW VEGAN food source of Vitamin B12.

Up until now most in the raw community were in agreement that there was no reliable source (or big enough source) of B12 in foods that were raw and vegan.

There’s been a lot of misinformation (not enough due diligence done) about this source of food in the low fat raw community. But I’ll be giving you some new scientific information that wasn’t told to you by the raw gurus who promote not taking any B12 supplements.

Plus I’m friends with a raw foodist who used this food to reverse his B12 deficiency. I remember when he told me…

At the time I was shocked this food helped him to reverse his B12 deficiency. But that’s because at the time I was not aware of the research I recently uncovered.

By the way, you can get a lifetime membership to the soon to be launched Raw Insider Club for pennies on the dollar by getting on our Early Bird VIP Notification List here…

http://RogerHaeske.com/RawClubList.html

NOTE: This is the lowest price it will ever be available for. Remember, the early bird catches the worm.

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to learn the raw food gossip, insider information and all of my best tips and tricks for making it easy to succeed with the Raw Food Diet that I can’t openly share in public.

And please take the time to open your mind and read some of the information I posted at the link above about Vitamin B12.

The dangerous Raw Food Diet myths continue to abound. It’s crazy how many gullible raw foodists I see falling into the same problems over and over again because they blindly trusted their raw guru to steer them straight.

Remember to always do your own research. Try to check both or all sides of the story so you can make an informed decision.

Don’t just believe it because it seems right, natural or because some raw guru wrote it in a book.

Sometimes there are more levels to the truth (many more) than people have considered. And I know that B12 is one of those issues.

By the way, if you want to start taking a B12 supplement and want to know what I take. Don’t bother asking for a specific brand thinking I have some magically pure supplement.

These pills are so tiny it’s not going to make a difference in how you feel while eating 100% raw.

I simply take a vegetarian sub-lingual (just about any brand) that is made with methylcobalamin and not cyanocobalamin. I also go for the lowest potency I can find. If they’re 500mcg or higher I usually cut the pills up into 2 to 4 pieces. Each piece would be a 1 day supply.

Also you may be interested in looking up hydroxocobalamin B12 supplements as they don’t need intrinsic factor to be absorbed. Though I think they’re more expensive than the methylcobalamin supplements.

Of course, these days I’m doing my own experimentation with the raw vegan food source I mentioned earlier that is quite high in B12.

The jury is still out on whether it will work for me or not.

To Your Radiant Health, Happiness, Fitness and Infinite Power,

Roger Haeske
The 44-Year Old Teanajer

P.S. Can you please share with me your own experiences with B12? If you’ve had B12 absorption problems.

Or even if you’ve been a long term raw foodists without supplementation and seemingly doing fine, I’d love to hear your story.

For it seems that some raw vegans can get away without B12 supplementation.

Just leave a comment below and let me know if I can share it with my readers or not.

Thank you!

LINESPACE

This email was supposed to be part 3 of the “14 Things I Wish I’d
Known Before I Went Raw” series.

But number 9 itself was so long that I’ve made it into it’s own
email.

Please read responsibly…

9. The Importance of B12 supplementation:

I wish I’d known when I first went raw the importance of
supplementing with B12.

At the time I fell for the arguments that you just didn’t need to
worry about it. That somehow the body would absorb the B12 created
by bacteria in your intestines, mouth and other areas.

Then reality hit.

I started feeling tired and was starting to get very unproductive
in my life.

It wasn’t until after I started taking B12 that I was productive
enough to get my online business up and running while still working
as a tennis pro. It was a very clear distinction to me before
taking B12 versus after.

I was just a lot more productive, energetic and confident.

Anyways, I started doing more investigation on the B12 issue
(before I actually started taking a supplement or even realized I
might have been deficient) because there were several people on a
popular raw food forum that were bringing up some very logical
arguments that the raw guru leading that forum was trying to refute.

In my opinion and experience over the last 9 years or so — they
were right and the guru in this case was flat out wrong.

Bottom line, if you have a B12 deficiency you can die of a heart
attack with no warning.

Do you really want to play nutritional Russian Roulette?

Worse yet, what if you’re a pregnant or nursing woman. Your needs
for vitamin B12 are much higher than for non-pregnant women. If you
screw this up you could damage your baby for life.

This is something you don’t want to take chances with since most
raw vegan foods are deficient in vitamin (co-enzyme) B12

Recently I’ve met two raw foodists following a 80/10/10 style diet
who became deficient in B12 and ended up having nerve damage as a
result.

One of them actually did a water fast in order to increase his
ability to absorb B12.

Not surprisingly that didn’t work for him.

Wouldn’t it had made better sense to at least get your B12 levels
up to normal via supplementation before fasting?

Duh!

Sometimes I really wonder the crazy things people do once given bad
advice from the raw food gurus they worship.

Personally, I think it’s HIGHLY irresponsible to say that one can
correct the damage from B12 deficiency if caught in time. Tell that
to these two guys with nerve damage.

Or tell that to the overly zealous vegans who’ve died from B12
deficiency.

Over the years I’ve spoken to a number of low fat raw foodists who
have admitted to me that they needed to supplement with B12.

Even Dr. Douglas Graham the author of “The 80/10/10 Diet” had a B12
deficiency while he was following his raw diet and it took him
quite a while to figure out that he actually had a B12 deficiency.

If an expert in raw food nutrition couldn’t figure it out so easily
what makes people think they’ll be able to figure it out when and
if it happens to them?

** Does This Mean There’s Something Wrong With the Raw Food Diet?

Just realize that just because I suggest to take vitamin B12 does
not mean that the Raw Vegan Diet is inherently wrong.

There are a number of factors that separate us from nature even
though we’re eating a “somewhat” natural Raw Food Diet.

For instance, brushing our teeth.

We know for sure that B12 can be well absorbed under the tongue as
that is how to take the more effective sub-lingual B12 supplements.

But of course tooth brushing with toothpaste or even toothsoap
would kill the bacteria and therefore any B12 production in your
mouth.

Also consider the water supply is artificially cleaned by the
municipalities. If it weren’t treated with bleach and other
chemicals it would actually have B12 in it.

Living a more unsanitary life “completely in nature” (which I
choose not to do) might make it so that supplementing with B12
would not be necessary.

B12 is not a nutrient created by animals but by the bacteria in
their bodies.

If you really don’t want to supplement then I can tell you a simple
way your body can provide plenty of B12.

Now this might make you sick…

** Just eat your feces. **

In studies it was found the highest levels of B12 in humans is in
their feces. Even of vegans. In fact, if you create a supplement of
the B12 found in human feces you can restore your B12 levels that
way as well.

However, I don’t think 99.9% of the people reading this want to eat
their own excrement.

So my suggestion to you is to play it safe and either supplement
with B12 or get your B12 levels checked every six months.

It’s best to have your homocysteine and methylmalonic acid levels
tested to correctly determine if you’re deficient.

These are more reliable than just testing the B12 levels in your
blood.

And by the way, it turns out B12 deficiency can happen much quicker
than was thought in the past.

Forget about that supposed 5 year cushion. You could start
experiencing deficiency symptoms in a year or less.

For a great B12 resource I suggest you read this website with
information put together by Vegan doctors and other vegans.

http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/vitaminb12

By the way, in our soon to be launched “Roger’s Raw Insider Club”
I’ll be revealing a RAW VEGAN food source of Vitamin B12.

Up until now most in the raw community were in agreement that there
was no reliable source (or big enough source) of B12 in foods that
were raw and vegan.

There’s been a lot of misinformation (not enough due diligence
done) about this source of food in the low fat raw community. But
I’ll be giving you some new scientific information that wasn’t told
to you by the raw gurus who promote not taking any B12 supplements.

Plus I’m friends with a raw foodist who used this food to reverse
his B12 deficiency. I remember when he told me…

At the time I was shocked this food helped him to reverse his B12
deficiency. But that’s because at the time I was not aware of the
research I recently uncovered.

By the way, you can get a lifetime membership to the soon to be
launched Raw Insider Club for pennies on the dollar by getting on
our Early Bird VIP Notification List here…

http://RogerHaeske.com/RawClubList.html

NOTE: This is the lowest price it will ever be available for.
Remember, the early bird catches the worm.

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to learn the raw food gossip,
insider information and all of my best tips and tricks for making
it easy to succeed with the Raw Food Diet that I can’t openly share
in public.

And please take the time to open your mind and read some of the
information I posted at the link above about Vitamin B12.

The dangerous Raw Food Diet myths continue to abound. It’s crazy
how many gullible raw foodists I see falling into the same problems
over and over again because they blindly trusted their raw guru to
steer them straight.

Remember to always do your own research. Try to check both or all
sides of the story so you can make an informed decision.

Don’t just believe it because it seems right, natural or because
some raw guru wrote it in a book.

Sometimes there are more levels to the truth (many more) than
people have considered. And I know that B12 is one of those issues.

By the way, if you want to start taking a B12 supplement and want
to know what I take. Don’t bother asking for a specific brand
thinking I have some magically pure supplement.

These pills are so tiny it’s not going to make a difference in how
you feel while eating 100% raw.

I simply take a vegetarian sub-lingual (just about any brand) that
is made with methylcobalamin and not cyanocobalamin. I also go for
the lowest potency I can find. If they’re 500mcg or higher I
usually cut the pills up into 2 to 4 pieces. Each piece would be a
1 day supply.

Also you may be interested in looking up hydroxocobalamin B12
supplements as they don’t need intrinsic factor to be absorbed.
Though I think they’re more expensive than the methylcobalamin
supplements.

Of course, these days I’m doing my own experimentation with the
raw vegan food source I mentioned earlier that is quite high in B12.

The jury is still out on whether it will work for me or not.

To Your Radiant Health, Happiness, Fitness and Infinite Power,

Roger Haeske
The 44-Year Old Teanajer

P.S. Can you please share with me your own experiences with B12? If
you’ve had B12 absorption problems.

Or even if you’ve been a long term raw foodists without
supplementation and seemingly doing fine, I’d love to hear your
story.

For it seems that some raw vegans can get away without B12
supplementation.

Just send me a quick email and let me know if I can share it with
my readers or not.

Thank you!

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