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Re: Saturated Fat is Good for You.
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Re: Saturated Fat is Good for You.

Go to the bottom of the page and all the health-related info is there. I disagree with much of what this guy has to say, but there you go. There are others also.

I was hoping for a quote, followed by a specific link. I'm not going to read through 15 or 20 links on some religious dogma site. Thanks anyway. I was skeptical that you could provide anything to begin with.

You mentioned you've been a vegetarian since the 60s. Did you use supplements such as the one you linked to get around the B12 issue? What's your opinion on B12 analogs?

I have been a Lacto Ovo vegetarian until recently where I am in the process of trying to make the transition away from dairy, and eggs. I also take supplements like C, D, and a few others including digestive enzymes, etc. I would do the same on a meat diet if that were the case.

I take it you are referring to the blocking of B12 eating a vegetarian diet. If so according to what I read the sublingal approach is the answer as it bypasses the digestive system and goes directly into the blood stream.

Supposedly as good as injections.


"The Science of Sublingual

The word “sublingual” literally means “under the tongue.” It refers to a method of administering substances in the mouth so that they can be rapidly absorbed into the blood vessels. The substance is absorbed through the buccal mucosa and into the sublingual vein where it has direct access to the blood circulation and is then carried throughout the whole body. Medical science has been using this method for years in the administration of cardiovascular drugs, steroids, and some barbiturates. The sublingual method has been life-saving for individuals who have had to rely on its speed and efficiency during times of critical emergency.

Here is why you might not be getting your B-12 with those other vitamins!

When the B-12 vitamin enters your body in the stomach (through food or oral pills), acids in the stomach separate the B-12 from its protein source. It then must combine with intrinsic factor cells in the stomach. This B-12/intrinsic factor complex travels to your intestine, where it is absorbed in the terminal ileum. The absorbed complex is then transported via blood plasma and stored in the liver.

The interruption of any of these steps affects your body’s ability to absorb B-12. Here is a list of common interruptions to B-12 absorption:

  1. As you age (over 45) or become overly reliant on acid suppressing agents like antacids, your ability to produce gastric acids in the stomach decreases, meaning that the B-12 is less likely to be released from its food source.
  2. An autoimmune or other disease reduces the production or blocks the action of intrinsic factor, resulting in intestinal malabsorption.
  3. People with pernicious anemia have decreased production of intrinsic factor.
  4. Abdominal surgery reduces B-12 absorption.
    • Gastrectomy eliminates the site of intrinsic factor production.
    • Blind loop syndrome results in competition for vitamin B-12 by bacterial overgrowth in the lumen of the small intestine.
    • Surgical resection of the ileum eliminates the site of vitamin B-12 absorption.
  5. Pancreatic insufficiency such as fish tapeworm infection and severe Crohn's disease affect absorption."

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