Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses

Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses

by Sally M Pacholok, Jeffrey J. Stuart

Paperback(2nd ed.)

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The book that has literally saved lives.

Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses uncovers a public health crisis that even many doctors don't know exists—the chronic misdiagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Few patients are tested for B12 deficiency, even though it's a common disorder that can be easily diagnosed and inexpensively treated. The manifold symptoms of B12 deficiency can look exactly like a myriad of different diseases, misleading doctors to misdiagnosis. B12 deficiency can cause dementia, multiple sclerosis, early Parkinson's disease, diabetic neuropathy or chronic fatigue syndrome. It can cause depression and mental illness, infertility in men and women, or developmental disabilities in children.

Written in a highly accessible style that makes complex medical information clear and comprehensible to ordinary patients and their families, Could It Be B12? gives readers the knowledge and confidence to fight the ignorance and rigidity of the medical establishment and take control of their own health. Could It Be B12? presents vital information and strategies for readers to learn if they or their loved ones are suffering from B12 deficiency and how to work with their doctors and other health care professionals to get the treatment they need.

Could It Be B12? also presents a stirring message against the medical profession's indifference to the epidemic levels of crippling B12 deficiency and a demand for worldwide social action to raise awareness and win the fight against this easily prevented disorder that so needlessly ruins millions of lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781884995699
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 01/26/2011
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 321
Sales rank: 365,627
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sally M. Pacholok, RN, has worked as an emergency room nurse and paramedic for 25 years. A member of the Emergency Nurses Association, Pacholok diagnosed herself with vitamin B12 deficiency after doctors failed to identify her condition. Jeffrey J. Stuart, DO, is a board-certified physician and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, the Macomb County Osteopathic Society, and the Michigan Osteopathic Association. They both live in Shelby, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword ix

Preface to the Second Edition xiii

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 An Invisible Epidemic 1

Chapter 2 Is It Aging-or Is It B12 Deficiency? 27

Chapter 3 Deadly Mimic: When B12 Deficiency Masquerades as Multiple Sclerosis or Other Neurological Disorders 53

Chapter 4 Am I Losing My Mind? When B12 Deficiency Causes Mental Illness 81

Chapter 5 Stroke, Heart Disease, and Other Vascular Problems: The B12-Homocysteine Connection 95

Chapter 6 Lost Children: When B12 Deficiency Causes Developmental Disabilities or Learning Problems 119

Chapter 7 Vitamin B12 and Cancer, Impaired Immune Function, and Autoimmune Disease 145

Chapter 8 Under the Knife: Why Low B12 Levels Make Surgery Dangerous 163

Chapter 9 Can't Conceive? How B12 Deficiency Contributes to Male and Female Infertility 177

Chapter 10 Protecting Yourself: Are You at Risk for Vitamin B12 Deficiency? 187

Chapter 11 Information for Physicians 201

Chapter 12 The Autism-B12 Connection: When Low B12 Causes Pediatric Brain Injury 241

Chapter 13 The Cost Effectiveness of Early Screening and Treatment for B12 Deficiency 273

Chapter 14 A Call for a United Effort 293

Appendices 297

Index 314

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The definitive book on B12 deficiency, diagnosis and treatment for the lay reader and for the interested physician. —Jeffrey Dach, M.D.

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