Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses

Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses

by Sally M Pacholok, Jeffrey J. Stuart
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Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses by Sally M Pacholok, Jeffrey J. Stuart

Presenting a wide scope of problems caused by B12 deficiency, this comprehensive guide provides up-to-date medical information about symptoms, testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Could it Be b12? , written for both the patient and the interested layperson, outlines how physicians frequently misdiagnose B12 deficiency as Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, neurodevelopmental disorder, Parkinson's disease, depression, or other mental illnesses. Now in the second edition, this resource has been thoroughly updated with the latest research, diagnostic tests, treatment options, case studies, and testimonials.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781884995699
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 01/26/2011
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 321
Sales rank: 355,071
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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