Interesting Information: February 5, 2014
Widely Used Antacids Can Cause Vitamin B12 Deficiency
1. I think that the information Joseph Mercola puts out and his free web site is a real gift. I do NOT agree with everything Mercola says, but DO think that he has amassed a really useful archive that should always be considered. And the points where I disagree are small. I think REAL fermented cod liver oil is far better than any fish oil, and I am not at all sure that a lot of raw food can be fully assimilated by our bodies. And it’s clear that too much raw food, especially fruit, causes nutrient deficiencies and a lot of cavities. These differences are where I would favor information and analysis on The Weston A. Price Foundation over Mercola, and the WAPF folks argue that cooked food often has nutrients that are more available to our bodies. Having said that, I love a good salad and am not suggesting that ALL food should be cooked.
If you want to read the Mercola/Weston A. Price Foundation debate on cod-liver/fish oil, the WAPF web site has it.
2. I am fascinated by how often an issue arises in my life and in a few days, the universe throws up useful information about the issue. Not even a week ago, I was in a discussion about the role of stomach acid in digestion. And in came this Mercola post.
Mercola’s post here has some new information on why antacids are NOT a good idea. Specifically, they set into place the depletion of vitamin B12. Can I just say that if you are not processing or cannot process and use B12, you get dementia. And I can tell you that that is exactly what happened to my father.
There is now a host of information about how wrong mainstream medicine is with regard to the treatment of GERD, or Acid Reflux. It’s not caused by too much stomach acid, but by too little. (I know that I have written about this issue more than once.) And it does not matter WHY you have GERD or indigestion, the solution is still MORE stomach acid–except in some truly rare cases. I keep Betaine HCL with Pepsin on hand for the rare occasions when something runs amuk in my body, and I feel I have indigestion. You can buy it at any supplement store.
So, if you have indigestion of any kind, before you reach for an antacid, do your body a favor and read this Mercola post. Then go to The Weston A. Price Foundation archive and google Acid Reflux. Then try to figure out WHAT you ate that is causing you trouble–and err on the side of bone broths and clean foods that do not come in a box or can.
And also bear in mind that doctors ONLY KNOW what they have been taught and most don’t have time or skills to research this issue. The drug companies are the “teachers” here, and they are making a HUGE profit on these antacid drugs.