My experience ordering B12 Shots Online

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I have written at length on how important B12 is as well as provided links and info to sources that discuss how prevalent a B12 deficiency may be. Additionally there is a ton of information on the web that discusses how often physicians do not realize that B12 deficiency may be the root cause for a number of symptoms, yet the patients get treated for another issue with different medication.

I also have discussed how B12 has no upper limit according to the world health organization and that supplementing B12 is relatively harmless (please consult your physician) while being low in B12 can be a disaster.

Taking my own advice I decided to order B12 shots online to see how it worked out, here is my experience.

I placed an order from US HCG Shots, a company that sells a number of products including MIC shots, Lipo Injections and of course vitamin B12.
They currently carry Methylcobalamin and Cyanocobalamin and it appears they used to carry Hydroxobalamin as well. Continue reading

What B12 Shot is Best for You?: Methylcobalamin vs. Cyanocobalamin

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Succinctly put, methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin, both B12 vitamins, are two of a group of cobalt-containing vitamer compounds. A vitamer (of a particular vitamin) is any number of chemical compounds having a corresponding molecular structure. Sometimes compared in its properties to cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin can appear in form as bright red crystals. It is laboratory-produced by making a reduction of cyanocobalamin (also laboratory-made) with sodium borohydride in an alkaline solution, followed by adding methyl iodide.

Methylcobalamin is often used to treat maladies created by B12 deficiencies. These include pernicious anemia. It is also used in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. The only form of B12 that acts on the nervous system, some research points to the merits of methylcobalamin in MS (as a prelude to additional therapies) and ALS treatments. It is also instrumental in stimulating serotonin, which influences mood.

One of the primary reactions of methylcobalamin is to convert homocysteine to methionine, reducing the potential for damage caused by free-floating homocysteine in the blood, which in turn can cause atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Outcomes from this reaction include the formation of cysteine, a precursor to the super-antioxidant glutathione. Methionine also contributes to the formation of adenosylcobalamin, the other form of B12 used by the body in mitochondrial energy creation, the foundation for all human energy.*

As methylcobalamin does not require conversion like other forms of B12, it can take immediate effect when introduced into the bloodstream. Sublingual (under the tongue) absorption is a popular choice. A German study revealed ingesting methycobalamin allowed for a diminished need for sleep, though resulted in good quality sleep with improved alertness and cognitive skills. Continue reading


Top 10 Reasons You Do NOT Want to Supplement with B12 Shots!

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For those born of a certain generation (Boomers ‘r Us), or latter-borns who are card-carrying TV “golden oldie” addicts, The Beverly Hillbillies may ring a countrified bell. Discovering a profusion of oil in their carcass-strewn backyard, the show’s theme song called the rarefied cache “black gold—Texas tea.” Riches are riches.

For vitamin B12 (cobalamin) boosters, B12 is also black gold (Texas tea!). Readily available in tablet form, nasal spray or most efficiently in injection form, B12 keeps red blood cells robust and functioning—among a hundred other benefits. So here are the Top 10 reasons you would not want to supplement your body with vitamin B12 shots:

1) You prefer to drag yourself around all day—even covet having trouble getting out of bed in the morning after a full night’s sleep. ITEM: B12 converts carbs into glucose. This results in energy production with diminished fatigue.

2) You live for stress. ITEM: B12 helps regulate the nervous system, reducing stress-related effects such as exhaustion, burnout and depression.

3) You think high cholesterol is an attainable goal. ITEM: B12 guards against heart disease by mitigating unhealthy cholesterol levels. In this regard high blood pressure and stroke may be averted.

4) Brittle nails and dry, brittle hair only mean another opportunity to spend more of your hard-earned money on expensive salon treatments. ITEM: B12 provides for cell reproduction and skin renewal. Strong nails, glowing skin and healthy, shiny hair are byproducts of good B12 levels—often at a fraction of the price. Continue reading


Metformin Side Effects

Can Metformin Hamper Vitamin B12 Absorption?


Metformin is a medication used to treat Type 2 diabetes, or to prevent the disease from manifesting in those at high risk. High blood sugar, a diabetic condition, may cause kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs and more, including increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Also known as Glucophage, Glucophage XR, glumetza and fortamet, metformin works by lowering the amount of glucose manufactured by the liver and making cells more sensitive to insulin. It is sometimes used in tandem with insulin or other meds, and a healthy diet and exercise are strongly recommended. The Joslin Diabetes Center reports metformin’s effectiveness “equals or exceeds” many other oral medications with an “excellent safety profile” for most users. Globally, 250 million people are reported to suffer from Type 2 diabetes, with metformin first available in the United Kingdom and in the United States since 1994.

Also prescribed to regulate periods and/or increase fertility for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which raises insulin levels, metformin works by helping to restore the body’s proper response to the insulin it naturally produces. Continue reading

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The Skinny on Digestion and Absorption


Could the body’s inability to properly digest and absorb nutrients from the foods we eat interfere with fitness, weight loss and overall good health objectives?

As children, most of us were warned not to jump in the pool right after eating. Mom always said it interfered with digestion, and in fact we could get cramps—even drown! Though most medical professionals consider the admonition more fiction than fact, the critical process of digestion involves increased blood flow to the stomach and intestines to absorb nutrients from the food. Consequently less blood is left over to deliver much-needed oxygen and remove waste products from muscles in action.

Recreationally, experts say waiting for that much-coveted pool time is not imperative: More than enough oxygen exists in our bodies to supply stomach and muscles after lunch. But if planning to engage in more strenuous swimming, allowing the food to pass through the stomach for an hour or so is recommended.

But aside from mom, leisure activities and sports, proper digestion and accruing absorption of nutrients from the foods we eat are integral to good health, and even sustaining life.

Digestion occurs in the GI or gastrointestinal tract (mouth; esophagus; stomach; small and large intestines—including the rectum and anus), liver, pancreas and gall bladder. Energy, growth and cell repair hinge on good digestion and absorption of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, water, electrolytes, vitamins (such as vitamin B12) and nutrients. Without it, our bodies become petri dishes for illness and disease. So what causes a breakdown in digestion and absorption? Continue reading

Niacin: B Vitamin or Drug?

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Ever hear of a niacin “flush”? It’s that warm, rosy, tingly, sometimes itchy, uncomfortable all-over-face- and-upper-body sensation—when the small blood vessels in the skin dilate—that may occur following ingestion, though it usually disappears quickly. While some patients report enjoying the sensation, others try to avoid it by taking niacin soon

Regardless of its side effects, niacin casts a wide net in terms of its curative powers, so much so that some medical professionals consider it tantamount to a drug, albeit a natural one. Caveats of taking too much niacin (doses over 50 mg) for an extended period of time, however, is that it can raise blood sugar levels, interfere with prescription medication and even cause stroke or liver damage—the way NSAIDS can.

Niacin, also known as nicotinic acid, is actually vitamin B3 (the third B vitamin to be discovered), found to occur naturally in animals and plants, and also available as a supplement. B vitamins are essential as they help the body use fats and proteins, and they help convert carbohydrates (food) into fuel (glucose). They are involved in appropriate function of the nervous system and circulation, as well as promoting healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver. Continue reading


B12 and Bursitis


Can B12 help with Bursitis?

Ouch! If you haven’t experienced the piercing effects of bursitis yourself, consider yourself fortunate. But for the rest of us, what is commonly explained as an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs, or bursae of the synovial fluid, can literally keep us up at night. But is there a cure, and could it be as close and available as an Internet site?

Located largely in the shoulder, elbow and hip, with the knee, heel and base of the big toe also unwitting candidates for bursitis, the bursae are the cushions between the joints, bones, tendons and muscles that can become impacted from repeated activity or trauma. When the sacs become painful as a result of inflammation, treatment may involve ice, compression, elevation or completely resting the affected area, if possible. But with our active lifestyles and even routine daily activities, most of us do not have the luxury of entirely decommissioning a shoulder or knee.

For many, in fact a resource employed by some practitioners since the 1950s, bursitis has responded to injections of cobalamin—or vitamin B12 therapy. With pain relief reportedly felt within a couple of hours to a couple of days following an injection, and though not necessarily a go-to resource for many doctors, cobalamin can produce results that change the course of bursitis, in fact eliminating all pain within weeks.

Why it works Continue reading

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All about MIC Injections

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While we prefer to focus on vitamin B12 shots every now and again we look into other products.

Today we will look at MIC injections and determine what each product does and what the health benefits might be.

MIC shots are prescribed in hundreds of health and weight loss clinics throughout the United States and is a commonly used lipotropic injection.

MIC is simply an acronym and stands for: Continue reading

Diagnosing and Treating a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Diagnosing and Treating a Vitamin B12 Deficiency is a documentary featuring Sally Pacholock who is an RN that brought to light the seriousness of Vitamin B12 deficiencies and the frequent misdiagnoses of B12 deficiencies.

This is significant because Vitamin B12 shots are cheap, easy to get and the low risk of overdosing of B12. In fact, there is no upper limit established by several countries medical boards regarding B12 dosing.

I am going to attempt to summarize the video the best that I can, if you have about an hour free, I highly recommend that you take the time to watch it!

Not only does Mrs. Pacholock speak on camera but a number of Doctors and other experts, such as dieticians do as well. Some of them include a hematologist from UC Davis, A Doctor from the Cleveland Clinic that has been studying B12 for 40 years, an internal medicine Doctor, a doctor from Yale Medical School and physician practicing emergency medicine.

Feel free to skim over my notes and of course watch the video when you have some time! (it’s at the bottom of this article)

The video opens with a monologue by Sally Pacholock who states that patients were coming in that were very symptomatic yet physicians would not test them, including physicians that were working at a teaching hospital. Continue reading

Vitamin B12 medical uses

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There is a lot of information about vitamins on the web – some well-sourced and credible, while others have the unmistakable smell of “quackery” about them. It can be really confusing trying to figure out fact from fiction sometimes, and when it comes to our health, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

With that in mind, let’s explore the superpower vitamin known as Vitamin B12. This nutrient packs a powerful punch, and having too little of it can spell trouble.

Essentially, Vitamin B12 assists your body with keeping its blood cells and nerves healthy. It also supports the making of DNA, a term we are all very familiar with by now due to the popularity of crime solving TV shows!

This nutrient is so important, in fact, that having a deficiency can lead to some very serious health problems, including anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, depression, poor memory, and even vision problems. Continue reading