Vitamin B12 - pernicious anaemia
“As with many life-altering events, an autoimmune illness is almost guaranteed
to cause you to re-evaluate your priorities.”
Definition from the Pernicious Anaemia Society in the UK
Pernicious Anaemia is an autoimmune disease.
Autoimmune Diseases occur when the body produces
something that harms itself. There are many types of
autoimmune diseases including Type 1 Diabetes, Alopecia,
Multiple Sclerosis, Vitiligo, Psoriatic Arthritis and Graves’
Disease. Patients who have one autoimmune disease tend
to develop other autoimmune diseases. The most common
co-existing autoimmune disease for patients with Pernicious
Anaemia is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia, of which pernicious anemia is a type,
is a disease in which not enough red blood cells are present due to a
lack of vitamin B12. The most common initial symptom is feeling tired.
Other symptoms may include shortness of breath; pale skin; chest pain;
numbness in the hands and feet; poor balance; a smooth, red tongue;
poor reflexes; and confusion. If treatment is not provided, some of
these problems may become permanent.
With pernicious anaemia, NHS doctors will tell you that you your body
cannot absorb B12 naturally so they give you injections to top up your B12 level.
But they never seek to treat WHY the body cannot absorb B12 ie issues around
the gut, permeability, spleen, or why you may have an auto immune condition
etc. Nothing environmental has caused pernicious anaemia like an air borne
virus. Which says there has to be something genetic (and there is some evidence
for this) or in our lifestyle (stresses and strains which are primarily our inner
responses to external conditions) eg how we respond to the stressors in our life,
how do we use up our reserves of vitamins etc, how do we deplete our body’s
energy systems and so, therefore, our beliefs and emotions that drive our
behaviour. If we believe we have to please others, put them first, and always do
as we are told, then that affects how hard we work and how we never get our
needs met and one of our needs is for joy and to feel good, that we belong, to
In treating pernicious anaemia, our NHS, a bastion of conventional medicine,
will tend to treat only the signs and symptoms – mostly they will go for topping
up your Vitamin B12 and most other signs and symptoms will be ignored. In ten
minute appointments, there will be no holistic consultation.
Conventional medicine dwells in the physical, whereas functional medicine takes
a more holistic perspective.
Integrative, holistic, functional, energy and CAM (complimentary alternative)
medicine, will more thoroughly explore lifestyle, seeking the real cause in your
individual case and attempt to treat the cause as well as, if necessary, the signs and
Functional medicine, and the other approaches mentioned, explore other processes – your lifestyle, personal story or history, your predominant thinking and beliefs, your emotions, (emotions are energy and energy gets stuck.) It explores beyond the physical, hence why metaphysiscal medicine is gaining ground once more. In exploring treatments it will consider how your thoughts and beliefs need to change in order that you can consider lifestyle changes eg what and how you eat, movement and exercise, your emotions – if you are feeling depressed then why, is it something that has happened in your life, your response to it, or is it changes within the brain, lack of sun and light.
So as you read this article, bear the above in mind – no medical condition is as simple as its symptom. The symptom is only the warning light, the red light on the dash board, indicative of something deeper going on and which has probably taken 18 months to 12 years to quietly build up. Quick fixes with medication can perhaps ameliorate pain, signs and symptoms in 24 hours, but they will not addresses the longer-term underlying causes. If the red light on your dash board inidcates low oil level, and you top it up, and the light goes off, you think all is well. If the next day it comes on again, you can repeat the process. But if it comes on the third day, yoou could conisder changing the light bulb, or go deeper, why is there this constant need for oil.What is causing the oil, the energy, to constantly disappear? The sign is just an indicator of a deeper causee.
It’s increasingly accepted that what and how we eat, and when, has a significant
influence on our health. Food is not just about feeding us and giving us energy.
Dr Josh Axe, has some things to say which support the theory, "lf food be your
medicine" and about the need for nutritional changes to aid the body’s own
While anemia is not a disease in itself, it results mainly from a nutritional
deficiency, in particular though not primarily, B12. Pernicious anemia is deemed
more serious because conventional medicine says for the most part the body has
lost its ability to actually absorb B12. This was emphasised in the previous video
but unlike conventional medicine, Dr Axe talked of things that can still be done to help the spleen heal.
A diagnosis of anemia (a general term) can however, be a symptom of other serious illnesses, so recognising symptoms typically common to anemia can be a real benefit. In the following article, you will learn about anemia and some invaluable home remedies to deal with the condition. You will see that B12 deficiency and pernicious anaemia is just one type of anemia. This article starts to take a look at anemia without getting too technical. It introduces the broad range of ways we can help ourselves. is
This next clip is a bit slow but worth struggling with as it focuses a lot on the nutritional side; the fact it is focussed on women does not mean men can disregard it.
Holistic wellness - A Metaphysical Approach
Holistic wellness and health principles teach you to get to the underlying mind body spirit factors that contribute to physical illness. These principles stress that you consciously or unconsciously create your experiences by your thoughts, feelings, belief and fear patterns and, dare I say, your ability for self-love and to love others in more than just a romantic sense. Shift and transform these patterns and you transform the experiences you create in your life in every area and on every level.
My original training in this field was directly with Louise Hay, author of 'You Can Heal Your Life" who was an early pioneer in the field of mind body and spirit medicine. She offered in the 1980s suggestions about the possible thought, feeling, belief and fear patterns that cause illness eg anemia and affirmations to help shift them as follows. I have added to these in the light of deeper developments and research up to present time. Other authors have expanded her work.
Personal Values, Beliefs, Fears and 'Heal Your Body' Causes of Anemia
From childhood in particular but then affirmed through life experiences, we sub consciously take on a thought system and develop our beliefs about life. What we consciously believe on an issue is often just the tip of the iceberg, just below the waterline, but still “visible” to us, are some of our basic emotions and intruitive hits. Buy hidden deep within our psyche, and what drives our lifestyle behaviours, the truth of what we really believe is stored unconsciously and is often underpinned by fear.
So what are some of the “typical” thoughts / beliefs that are the computer
programme someone with pernicious anaemia will have learned?
"Yes-but" attitude. Whatever anyone says, you will have a default of coming
back with your own theory and beliefs on any issue. Although you may
not consciously intend it, the recipient of your comments will hear them
as you saying, “yes / but”. Which may mean they feel unheard or not listened
to. This will be particularly so if the pitch, pace, and tone of voice and other
body language emphasis the “yes / but” attitude. This is not saying you
never give your opinion. It is just that with PA, this will be a strong default
Lack of joy. Look at the iceberg again. You may have developed from
childhood a cultural paradigm that life has to be serious and joy forbidden
or only for high days and holy days. Think some of the religions in Scotland –
heavens I was never taught in childhood that sex was to be enjoyed, only
to be used to prolong humanity. Your parents may not have been joyous
either, and you will have developed a pattern of loyalty to parents – and
to their beliefs. Now today, consciously, you may consider yourself a happy,
joyous, even funny person. And outwardly you may be so.
But those inner beliefs will still be alive and well and “driving” your iceberg! If you are dealing with major stressors in your life, which cause you to doubt and question, complain and challenge, these zap the joy from you, even without your knowing. And think of people in your life! Evan Brand author, recently said, “Removing toxic people from your life is one of the hardest but most important steps in your health journey.” People can be joy and energy leeches without you even knowing!
Not feeling good enough. You may protest, “Yes, but (oops!) I believe I am good enough.” But do you really? When things are going well, yes you do. But that’s easy. Our ability to feel good about ourselves when being challenged often fails us. When under stress, particularly with any situation that challenges your proficiency, your abilities, your status, sub consciously you may not truly be believing that you are good enough. If someone tells you time after time you are not, you may sub-consciously begin believing it. If the establishment is questioning you, you can protest you believe you are good enough, but the seeds are sewn, the scene is set for doubt to enter and you catch yourself, “Is it really me? What if they are right?” Then you can tell yourself stories to support those questions. This stuff is subtle and pernicious. And here we are, talking of pernicious anemia – pernicious meaning having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way and anemia a decrease (eg gradually a decrease in yourself esteem self belief) a lack of vitality, which leads to less energy and a lack of joy. Can you see how this stuff is all twisted and connected and really quite messy? It’s scary.
Scared or afraid of life. You are unlikely to even know you “fear life.” But we either live from Love or Fear – so it is said. When going through stress you can have many fear-filled thoughts on life issues - fear of losing a relationship, of not being good enough in a relationship, of feeling ill so you do not “show-up” as you would wish in relationships. Fear can lead to impotency then we fear satisfying our partner. So you may not have started out with fear, but you sure can end up with it. You may fear losing work, or may have already lost work and then worry about personal finances, how you will pay bills, what happens when the money runs out, fears over ever finding work again. All this can lead to procrastination, a deep fear of making decisions. Consciously and sub-consciously you begin to worry about health. You may suppress the fear subconsciously, through alcohol, drugs, and food and even unsafe sexual practices, further damaging your health. And when challenged you will protest, “Who, me? Afraid of life!”
Whatever the thought / belief it is underpinned by an emotion, usually subconsciously. The emotion gets stuck in the body and needs to find expression. Over time, it eventually does so by giving signs and symptoms – of dis-ease, illness, and medical conditions which often, to begin with we simply say, “Och, it will clear up. It’s nothing!” Is that because we don’t feel good enough about ourselves to even believe we deserve, at this time when our body is doing its best to communicate, our best undivided attention. Yes, but, we were taught not to be selfish! And on it goes again.
Conventional medicine will treat your signs and symptoms - injections here, creams there, patches and lotions. But it will not address the deeper stuff.
And it is often in the deeper stuff that the cause of most stress-related issues are rooted, in untreated beliefs and emotions.
What if instead of drugs and creams and pills and potions, your doctor was to give you a one-page crib sheet on how to identify and deal with unhelpful beliefs and emotions? We’d probably all think s/he was daft. But it could aid our healing more successfully, and save our NHS a fortune.
There are many ways to treat emotions – but often, our emotional state is such, working on our emotions, particularly if we are resistant to this approach or are are unsure how to identify the core beliefs and emotions, can seem too much like hard work. We would rather the quick fix from the health system.
Example Imagine you have candida, vaginal or penis thrush, a cream or ointment may help clear up the condition. But it will keep recurring if the underlying cause, too much sugar in the system, an imbalance in glucose levels, caused by stress, sugar laden, processed foods, is addressed. Similarly with pernicious anaemia, it is not enough simply to top up the Vitamin B12 levels, you must also address the life issues and emotions too.
You can begin to use the power of this mind body and spirit approach in your life.
If you experience anemia you can use the above cause and affirmations information
to trigger deep insights about your physical challenge. In your journey you are likely
to find more and more reference to autoimmune conditions, inflammatory
conditions, and troubles with the gut. It is is only recently that inflammation and
inflammatory thoughts are playing a bigger role in the creation of illness than we
ever before imagined.
explains more about the metaphysics of illness.
"Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system attacks healthy organs and tissue in the body. In other words, the immune system can no longer tell the difference between healthy tissue and harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens.
To us, this feels like the body no longer recognizes itself, and the cells no longer recognize what is healthy. Think about this for a moment. If one thinks negative, unloving thoughts about the body and oneself, how will the cells know not to similarly attack themselves?
Research shows that there are at least 100 different autoimmune conditions. As of 2005, nearly 24 million Americans were diagnosed with autoimmune illnesses and the numbers are on the rise worldwide, particularly in Western, industrialized nations. Seventy-five percent of sufferers are women, often of childbearing age.
In fact, autoimmune conditions are one of the leading causes of death in young and middle-aged women, the second leading cause of chronic illness, and the third leading cause of Social Security disability (after heart disease and cancer).
Buy Loving Yourself to Great Health by Louise Hay, Ahlea Khadro & Heather Dane - Some common autoimmune diseases mentioned include:
•Diabetes (type 1)
•Inflammatory bowel disease
•Pernicious anemia (severe lack of B12)
•Vitiligo (a skin disorder)
Examples of disorders also thought to be related to autoimmune conditions are autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, eating disorders, Lyme disease, and narcolepsy.
Autoimmune symptoms often involve pain, fatigue, fever, and general lack of well-being; most are considered chronic and incurable. A perplexing aspect to auto-immune conditions is that most people show no outward signs that they are sick and appear perfectly healthy to their friends and loved ones. In fact, until someone is diagnosed, they are often told that the symptoms are “all in your head” or a result of anxiety. Unfortunately, many with autoimmune illness have been viewed as hypochondriacs. Most conventional doctors still find it impossible to believe the link let alone discuss it.
Scientists around the world have been baffled by the rising numbers of auto-immune diagnoses and can find no cause. The current theory is that the environment, genetics, and lifestyle as well as thoughts and beliefs could be contributing to the increase in these types of conditions."
Books by Dr Isabella Wentz
Dr Josh Axe
Vitamin B12 and diabetes type 2
Back in 2009, researchers revealed that the popular diabetes drug metformin might contribute to vitamin B12 deficiency.
They found that 40% of type 2 diabetes patients using metformin had vitamin B12 deficiency or were in the low-to-normal range for this essential vitamin.
Of that 40% of metformin users, 77% also had peripheral neuropathy, a common form of nerve damage associated with type 2 diabetes.
Never once has any doctor told me of this, not even when diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. Nor is it mentioned at annual reviews, though it is now, because I ensure the topic is raised.
I now wonder if my B12 levels were being monitored over the years I was taking metformin. Were they ever found to be wanting? If I had paid more attention to B12 levels, could I have avoided neuropathy?
If you have diabetes and taking metformin, ask your doctor regularly, at least annually, what your vitamin B12 levels are. And do not be satisfied with the usual, “They’re fine.” Ask for the specific results and draw your own conclusions.