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Hi Tabs,

Many thanks for your more than helpful reply to my last post, which is very much appreciated!!

No, I have not tried large, daily sublingual doses of B12, but like you, I had also read, (in my case on a website), that *some* oral B12 is absorbed passively either by taking tablets and/or eating food/foods rich in B12. But I had forgotten all about it because of my health at the moment, so I am very glad that you reminded me about it!! The article I read said that the amount of said absorption, however, depends on the individual, so in that sense the amount of absorption varies from person to person, that same article going onto say that at least five percent of *some* oral B12 is absorbed passively by *some* people.

As a side issue on this same subject, a qualified herbalist told me many years ago now, that when taking Vitamin B supplements it is important to take them all in one tablet, as he said that it is no good say taking Vitamin B6 on its own, as one needs to take all the other remaining Vitamin Bs in order for that Vitamin B6 to be absorbed into the body. I am prescribed strong vitamin B compound tablets, which I have to take once a day. There is no breakdown shown on that same bottle of tablets as regard to micrograms etc., so I do not know what the individual doses of each vitamin B are in those same tablets. I must remember to ask the chemist about that next time I pick up my medical prescription. I also already buy and take a daily multi - vitamin tablet that includes 3 ug of Vitamin B12, which is supposed to represent 300% of the recommended daily allowance.

I have been to my local chemist/pharmacy today in order to buy Vitamin B12 tablets, but they do not stock them on their shop floor shelves. I was, however, fortunate in that the shop assistant serving me asked the chemist and he in turn handed her a container containing 50 Cyanocobalamin BP 50 mcg (Vitamin B12) tablets - Brand name "Cytacon". Doseage for adults and the elderly being 1 to 3 tablets or more daily between meals, or as directed by your doctor. Therefore, I am now taking Vitamin B12 from three different sources in tablet form, so hopefully I might find some improvement during this decline period before I am due my next Vitamin B12 injection.

What you have said about hydroxocobalamin sublingual, and also about methyl-b12 and dibencozide makes sense, especially in relation to the latter, which seems more logical and which I note you are taking yourself in the doses you mentioned in your last post.

You said: "I don't know why doctors won't give B12 more often". Usually the root of many problems is in relation to money, so may be there is not always the financial funding available to consistently check and monitor an individual patient's Vitamin B12 status together with the fact, as I also mentioned in my last post, that it can be very dangerous to any patient's health if they are prescribed too many Vitamin B12 injections.

Yet, also as you correctly mentioned they often do not hesitate in prescribing many other medications. I have read a few articles in the past, which have stated that "drug pushers" do not only exist on the streets, those articles were in relation to a significant number of doctors and certain pharmaceutical companies. Also one doctor in England, where I live, told me that family doctors/or General Practitioners are only there to treat the symptons and not the causes. This would also tend to suggest why many doctors treat and prescribe drugs for individual medical symptoms instead of looking at those same medical symptoms as a whole/and/or collectively to determine the cause, such as an underlying medical disease and/or underlying medical disorder. More presriptions mean more money for the pharmaceutical companies. The other thing that a noteable amount of doctors do not allow for is the drug interaction when prescribing more than one medicinal drug to a patient; said interactions which also have their own medical side effects depending on the drugs being prescribed and taken by any one patient.

Doctors also have to follow an official protocol, where they are supposed to follow set procedures, but there are fortunately a noteable amount of doctors who go beyond those set procedures and do all that they can in relation to their patients' health, (I have yet to find such a doctor!!), whereas other doctors just follow set procedures, and yet again there are also other doctors who fall signifcantly short when following those same set procedures.

It is a coincidence that you should mention veterinary supply companies, as over the years I have sometimes thought:- "How is it that animals can be treat by vets for vast ranging medical problems and yet animals cannot speak, so, therefore, cannot relate to others how they are feeling in relation to their health!!" If vets can do this, why cannot Family Doctors/General Practitioners do the same??

Yes, I am being prescribed medication for my hypothyroidism, but there is a similar tale there, where many patients are not receiving all the requisite medical tests. Therefore, I also take herbal supplements as well as my prescribed medication, as I have undertaken a considerable amount of medical research in relation to thyroid disorders, as well as my other medical conditions.

How are you feeling these days, do you have any other medical problems?

Many thanks again for all you help!!

Take care


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