Is It Safe To Say That A Vegan Diet In Itself Is Unhealthy Due To No Vitamin B12 Being Present?

By Dr. Bob McCauley

Quora Question:

Is it safe to say that a vegan diet in itself is unhealthy due to no vitamin B12 being present?

My Answer:

I have been a vegetarian for 37 years, and a vegan for 18 years. I recently had my blood work done, including my B vitamins. My B12 was quite high and my B6 was through the roof. How could that possibly be? How I Got Perfect Blood Work – Dr. Bob McCauley’s Blog. I made a video that explains exactly what the levels were and how I did it at age 60. I eat 200 – 300 different foods every year, but where I get my B vitamins, including B-12, is from Spirulina and Chlorella. You will hear that the B-12 in spirulina is not in the correct form, the analog form, so it cannot be used by the body. This is nonsense in my opinion. I get tons B vitamins from both chlorella and spirulina because I use them for my main protein source. I am full of energy and have been tested for them. Look at my blog and video, you will see them how high their levels are.

The ultimate source of all vitamin B-12 is derived at the microbial production level. Although plants and animals cannot synthesize or store vitamin B-12, it is effectively passed through the food chain, accumulated and recycled by animals.

If low levels of B12 remain for a long time, the condition also can lead to irreversible damage to nerve cells, which can cause the following symptoms:

  • Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.
  • Irritability.
  • Difficulty walking or moving.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Memory loss.
  • Dementia.
  • Depression.
  • Psychosis.

Test for Vitamin B-12: Stand at attention, close your eyes, put your right foot out and you should be able to hold you balance. If you can’t balance yourself then you may have a Vitamin B-12 deficiency.

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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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