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Fasting and B12 Test

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25 Nov 2011 22:13 #9430 by Yuliya
Yuliya created the topic: Fasting and B12 Test
Dear Fasting Doctor,

Do I need to wait for any duration of time after my 21 day water fast before testing for B12 deficiency?

And should I do the blood test first or try and go for MMA test?

By the way, I don't have any deficiency symptoms whatsoever, just all this talk among raw vegans about B12 makes me wondering.

Thank you!

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25 Nov 2011 23:03 #9431 by TheFastDoctor
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B12 seems to be quite a difficult customer, dear Yuliya.. a very recent research has suggested that B12 can be recirculated in your body for a lifetime! Some isotope tagged vitamins was found to be still present decades later. Thus perhaps B12 molecules are only eliminated because we take in new ones that push old ones out. But the jury is still out on this one.

Depending on HOW you test for B12, you can do it any time. The vitamin can be measured directly in the blood but bear in mind the blood only transports it around.. and the "normal values" that we compare with was measured in a population that is likely severely over-exposed by out society's pre-occupation with eating animals. Therefore we don't really know what the levels "should" be..

The effect of B12 on, for example the red blood cells (These gets larger when you have a deficiency) might be a better tool. Ideally you should compare your values to your previous values rather than to those of the "average" person as reflected in the laboratory reports. But if you have a result and a reference range at least we have something.

In raw vegans, B12 is produced in the colon from the undigested residues of the diet. We have the necessary bacteria to do just that.

André

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26 Nov 2011 04:33 #9432 by Yuliya
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Thank you very much for this detailed reply, Doctor.

I've always felt the same way, that is if it ain't broken - don't fix it.

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26 Nov 2011 05:03 - 26 Nov 2011 05:04 #9434 by Esmée La Fleur
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Dear Dr. André,

It is good to know that you feel the size of the red blood cells is a valid criteria for determining B-12 levels. I had my B-12 blood levels tested about 9 months ago and it came back in the 200s (which is at the far low end of normal) and the size of my red blood cells were abnormally large. Dr. Klaper at the TrueNorth Health Center was adamant that I needed to supplement. He recommended a liquid sublingual but I was concerned I would react negatively to the many carriers, so I opted for hydroxycobalamin injections instead. After only 2 injects (over two weeks), the size of my red blood cells began to decrease.

Blessings, Esmée

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26 Nov 2011 07:13 #9436 by TheFastDoctor
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That seems to be a wize decision dear Esmée, and bear in mind even people with "pernicious anaemia" (Those unable to absorb B12) typically need only one injection in up to 6 months to "keep up".

Once again, if you take too much this might trigger your body's elimination processes and like in so many other cases, supplementing may contribute to deficiency.

André

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26 Nov 2011 07:40 #9437 by Esmée La Fleur
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Thank you, doctor. I agree that more is not necessarily always better.

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