Interesting Information: Mercola Post: Widely Used Antacids Can Cause Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Interesting Information:  February 5, 2014

Mercola Post:

Widely Used Antacids Can Cause Vitamin B12 Deficiency


Two observations:

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.

Widely Used Antacids Can Cause Vitamin B12 Deficiency.

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.

Turkey Tracks: Vitamin B12 and My Favorite Dinner

Turkey Tracks:  August 25, 2011

Vitamin B12 and My Favorite Dinner

Without a doubt, this dinner is my favorite:  Grilled STEAK, fresh corn on the cob, a big salad, and a piece of dark chocolate with caramel crunch and sea salt.

I am my father’s daughter.

Only, my father took many drugs for allergies and asthma.  Also, he had a sweet tooth, which did not help with his gut flora and fauna.  He probably had an overgrowth of yeasts in this gut.  And, as he aged, he, like many, started having trouble with stomach acid–so he couldn’t digest his food well.  I remember him going around with Tums all the time.  BUT, the problem more often is LOW stomach acid, not the reverse.  (Keep hydrochloric acid–HCL–with pepsin on hand for when you have stomach rumbles and acid reflux.)  And when that happens, the body struggles to process food.  The gut becomes damaged, so one starts experiencing malabsorption, which leads to malnutrition.  My mother used to say “I feed him really well, and he eats, but he’s just getting thinner and thinner.”

Here’s a quote from “Could It Be Vitamin B12?,” by Sally M. Pacholok and Jeffrey J. Stuart, in the Sept/Oct issue of WELL BEING JOURNAL, pages 16-20:

“A far more common cause of B12 deficiency, especially in people over fifty, is a condition called atrophic gastritis, an inflammation and deterioration of the stomach lining.  Atrophic gastritis reduces the secretion of the stomach acid that is needed to separate vitamin B12 from protein–a problem often made worse by proton-pump inhibitors and antacids or other medications.  In addition, older people have smaller numbers of the cells that produce intrinsic factor” (18).  (Intrinsic factor is a protein produced in the stomach that is necessary to process B12.)

My dad started getting vitamin B shots, but the body can’t utilize B12 if other ingredients, like intrinsic factor,  are not also in place.  It’s a really complicated and delicate balance.  A lack of vitamin B12, in particular, causes dementia, which slipped up on my dad gradually.  He died not knowing who we were or who he was.

A really strong source of B12 is red meat.  Liver has especially high levels.  But you can also get some from poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products.  Bi-valves apparently have high levels of B12 (clams, mussels, oysters).  B12 is  produced in the guts of animals, so you cannot get it from plants.  If you want to read more, here’s an article from the Weston A. Price Foundation web site on B12:

So, the corn on my plate came from Hope’s Edge CSA.  It’s such a treat when it comes in every year.  And, doesn’t it look pretty this year?  The lettuce, cukes, broccoli, onions, and beans came from our garden.  (I often put leftover veggies on the next day’s salad.)  Our lettuce, as the summer has been cool, has just lasted and lasted.  The carrots, beets, and tomatoes came from Hope’s Edge.  The salad dressing is homemade–good olive oil, some mustard, some fresh garlic, some fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar.  The iced drink is Kombucha, a fermented fruity tea drink which is great to sip before eating as it starts activating digestive juices.  The chocolate is Fair Trade.  And the milk is, of course, REAL.

It was a perfect summer meal!


In a small bowl, crush a clove of garlic with a fork.  If you add some salt, you can get a kind of paste while you mash.  Add herbs and pepper.  Add a tablespoon of Dijon-type mustard, add 2-3Tablespoons of red-wine vinegar.  Mix well.  Drizzle in olive oil while stirring with the fork–it will take about 3/4 cup for taste, and it will blend with the other ingredients so that it thickens.  You could add a raw egg for a richer version.  You can also just dump everything into a small jar (1 cup or more) and shake really well.