B-12 Controversy

by Elena

A leading biochemist with a vitamin company who healed himself of serious illness says that the Methyl B12, while much better than the cyano B12, only lasts in the body for a few minutes and therefore hydroxo B12 is superior. I appreciate your comments and insight but I cannot find where you address this.

I've spent hours reading your site from March 2011 to the present trying to figure which endorsement of which product is actually true. I'd appreciate your opinion because the aforementioned is where I got my information after researching and suffering many months.

P.S. I've read and re-read Dr. Mercola's B-12 spray advertisement (many pages) and it does not tell which type of B-12 is in it.

P.P.S. I purchased Beyond Health products for the reasons I stated above just like the lady who asked the hydroxo B12 question. I've spent hundreds of dollars on supplements that aggravate my leaky gut syndrome, burn my stomach horribly which is already in a gastroparetic state, and plunge my pH levels (I test urine after every new or changed dose of med/supp) exacerbating my severe costochondritis / fibromyalgia pain, and are useless to me.

P.P.P.S. I have significant prescription drug, herbal medicine, other chemical reactions (mostly rashes, itching, throat closure).

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There just simply is no controversy
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Elena,

As far as I'm concerned, there simply is no controversy. For someone to say that the effects of Methylcobalamin only last for MINUTES is simply just rubbish. It's POSSIBLE that they can only measure the Methylcobalamin B12 in the blood for a few minutes, but it's lasting effects are undeniable.

Methylcobalamin is the ONLY Vitamin B12 formulation that the Defeat Autism Now protocol that is and has been effectively used on tens of thousands of children with autism . Methylcobalamin is the ONLY form that works in high doses for the relief of nerve problems such as Bell's Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and peripheral neuropathy. Methylcobalamin and NOT the other forms also, EXTREMELY importantly, donates a 'Methyl' group to the methylation detoxification pathway, allowing it to detoxify cyanide, mycotoxins and glutamates.

So, because Methylcobalamin donates it's 'methyl' group to the methylation pathway, this could be WHY it isn't able to be measured in the bloodstream soon after it is taken- because it offloads it's methyl group to the methylation pathway, which is a GOOD thing for it to do!

Interestingly, if you do research on the methylation pathway of detoxification, a defect in this pathway seems to be related to MANY MANY chronic illnesses and the 'methyl' donation is likely one of the reasons why Methylcobalamin has even been effective in many types of cancer.

If you have so much trouble with supplements, DITCH THEM and focus on FOOD to solve your problems... I would encourage you to look into the Weston Price foundation and learn about eating WHOLE real foods, getting rid of grains, soy, pasteurized dairy and other allergic foods and learning how to ferment foods- which could GREATLY help your gastroparesis and leaky gut... The wrong foods likely got you where you are now, the right foods can help to repair it..

Kerri Knox RN

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
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Kerri Knox, RN's Advice is Sound
by: Elena

Dear Kerri and Especially Readers of this Site:

I just want to thank you sincerely for responding to my post and offering useful insight and good direction. If, like me, there are readers out there who have consulted others via the internet much less your own personal health care professionals (multiple times) and gotten absolutely nothing for your efforts, time, money, pain, and heartache, but still need help to address your physical ailments, I strongly encourage you to read through this site for invaluable insight.

Your advice, Kerri, is quite sound and I want everyone who may see this particular page to see that, amongst all the consultations I've made, the sites I've read, the customer service personnel I've spoken to for the products I've purchased (which made me worse not better), the lousy e-books I've bought with contradictory, expensive, ineffective and even harmful "solutions" in them, you are the only person whose direction has been comprehensive and fully reasoned not half-answered or contradictory.

Trial and error is part of the journey but it makes the biggest difference to have a firm and accurate foundation which you have provided me (and many others).

Many blessings to you, Kerri. THANK YOU.


Dr. Mercola's Vitamin B12
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

PS. Dr. Mercola's Vitamin B12 Spray is Cyanocobalamin. In one letter that he wrote to a concerned consumer, he conceded that Methylcobalamin B12 was the superior type of vitamin b12, but that he was not offering it due to cost concerns. The product label that states what type of b12 his product contains is at the very bottom of his vitamin b12 page....

Kerri Knox RN

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
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Mercola B 12
by: Anonymous

Also his spray bottles break easily. I bought three and all three broke after a few sprays. Mercola is just out to make a buck like most supplement vendors. Finding him out about the spray just reveal he is not trustworthy.

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