Medical Discovery & Success Stories
White Hair - NOT - Caused by Age
Serious Health Problem - Vitamin B12 Deficiency - Alzheimer's, Dementia
What Causes Gray Hair? - Long Healthy Hair Advisor
"Other reasons include medical conditions and diet. There are currently several medications that will cause premature gray hair. B12 is a very important vitamin for pigment production and if you’re deficient in that you might develop this condition. People suffering from thyroid imbalance also have to deal with the same problem.
Although not proven but research has given signs of stress causing gray hair to grow as it disturbs the body metabolism directly or indirectly. So stress, malnutrition, caffeine and long working hours might also contribute to what causes gray hair.
In order to prevent your hair turning gray, you'll want to decrease (or better yet, stop!) the stress in your life every single day.
Now that you know what causes gray hair, you should be able to at least prevent some of it by removing stress and making sure to get proper nutrients."
Hair Color - Restored by a Change in Diet - The "Garden of Eden" Foods
Age 50 - Brenda Cobb- Naturally Looked Young - Again *like Age 30s*
At Age 50, Brenda made a Change in Diet to Eating only the "Garden of Eden" Foods: Fruit, Nuts, Greens, Vegetables - she calls the "Living Foods Diet".
Brenda's Body then Restored Itself to Naturally being Young - Again *like Age 30s*.
Brenda's Photo and Website:
Brenda - "People usually guess that I'm in my 30s.
I turned 55 on May 31, 2004..."I Look Younger and
have Fewer Wrinkles"
After a Change in Diet, Brenda's Body:
* Eliminated Wrinkles and Created New Skin
* Started Growing New Hair in Natural Color
* Restored Eyesight to 20/20 Vision
Brenda: "My Hair turned back from Gray to its Natural Color and became Thick and Full of Body...
MANY People who have come to my (Living Foods) Institute to Heal a Serious Disease have
Reported that their Hair has RETURNED to its Natural Color."
Women In Transition - NEW Hair Growth - In Natural Color
Age 57 - Maggie - NEW Hair Growth - In Natural Color
Maggie's Photos from Alissa Cohen's Website: www.AlissaCohen.com/before.html
After a Change in Diet, Maggie's Body started to Restore Itself to Naturally Looking Years Younger.
"Lost 32 pounds in 2 1/2 months...Her Skin is Glowing and She looks 20 Years Younger.
After 9 Months...she has begun to notice her Gray Hair turning Dark again."
Maggie Before Photo After Photo
Ines Compton - 6 Months - NEW Hair Growth - In Natural Color
Retired Math Teacher - June 2010 - Diagnosed with Cancer - After 6 Months on a JUICE DIET of Garden/Raw Foods she was -CANCER FREE- and her body started Replacing her Gray Hair with NEW Hair Growth in her Natural, Dark Color!
Ines' Story - Youtube Video
Link - JUICE DIET - Juice Feasting - Info
Age 67 - Elizabeth Bechtold
From White Hair to New Growth in Natural Color
Elizabeth's Story is in the book, "Green for Life" by Victoria Boutenko www.RawFamily.com
For Years Elizabeth had a Vitamin B-12 Deficiency. Her Hair was White.
Then she Changed her Diet to Eating only the "Garden of Eden" Foods: Fruit, Nuts, Greens and Vegetables called the "Raw Food Diet".
Elizabeth: "Five Months ago I added GREEN Smoothies to my Diet and my Health dramatically improved...The most Exciting Change was my B-12 tested Normal for the first time in Many Years...
...my White Hair of 20 Years is suddenly GROWING Dark again."
Dr. Herbert Shelton, N.D., Author "Superior Nutrition"
"In Fresh Fruit, Greens, Vegetables and Nuts are ALL of
the Vitamins, Minerals, Proteins and other Substances
the Human Body needs to BRING it to a State of Physical
Perfection and to MAINTAIN it in this State Indefinitely."
Note: Medical Research and Diet Researchers have
*Proved* that Animal Products, Oils and Grain Products
Cause the Body to Get Fat, Sick and Look Old.
"The Vitamin B12 Issue" by Dr. Gina Shaw, D.Sc., M.A., Dip NH, AIYS (Dip.Irid.)
"People who have a physical problem because they think they are not getting enough vitamin B12, are in fact often not digesting, absorbing or assimilating their foods properly because of the condition of their gastrointestinal tract. (Clogged with Intestinal Food Plaque from Animal Products, Oils and Grain Products. See page *Cause of Aging* www.AgeDefyingBody.com/CauseOfAging.html )
When their intestines are healed, vitamin B12 can be utilized and produced once again...
Indeed, Dr Vetrano argues that the real problem in so-called B12 deficiency is a failure of digestion and absorption of foods, rather than a deficiency of the vitamin itself. She further argues that vitamin B12 coenzymes are found in nuts and seeds as well as in many common greens, fruits, and many vegetables. If we ate 100 grams of green beans, beets, carrots, and peas we would have half of our so-called daily minimum requirement of Vitamin B12 coenzymes providing our digestion and absorption are normal.
From Rodale's "The Complete Book of Vitamins", page 236 we find the following clarification:
"As you know, the B complex of vitamins is called a 'complex' because, instead of being one vitamin, it has turned out to be a large number of related vitamins, which appear generally in the same foods."
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STRESS - Vitamin B Deficiency - Cause of Gray Hair
Age 40s - Anderson Cooper - CNN Reporter
Anderson, and other People in their 40s with Gray Hair, are *Proof* that AGE is Not the Cause
of Gray Hair.
Children and Gray Hair - Vitamin B 12 Deficiency http://www.drgreene.com/21_30.html
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Vitamin B12 Deficiency - Health Problems
National Institute of Health - Office of Dietary Supplements
"Characteristic Signs, Symptoms and Health Problems associated with Vitamin B12 Deficiency include Anemia, Fatigue, Weakness, Constipation, Loss of Appetite and Weight Loss.
Deficiency also can lead to Neurological Changes such as Numbness and Tingling in the Hands and Feed.
Additional Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency are difficulty in Maintaining Balance, Depression, Confusion, Dementia, Poor Memory."
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Vitamin B12 Deficiency - Alheimer's and Dementia
October-November 2007 Issue - "Nexus" Magazine Article
"High-Dose Vitamin B12 in the Treatment of Dementia"
"Most cases of Alzheimer's dementia are actually missed B12 deficiency cases, because of the too-low normal range for B12," wrote John V. Dommisse, MD, in 1991 in Medical Hypotheses.
Dommisse, who practises medicine in Tucson, Arizona, has confirmed that Alzheimer's disease appears to result from too-low serum vitamin B12, and repletion of the vitamin succeeds despite other risk factors.
Replenishing B12, according to Dommisse, can reverse 75 per cent of B12 deficiency dementias when discovered early enough."
November 28, 2007 - Health World - Report on "Nexus" Article
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Pervasive B12 Deficiency Affects Millions – How About YOU?
The common picture (gray/white hair) of a B12 deficient patient is an elderly person with pernicious anemia. But B12 deficiency may be caused instead by food-B12 malabsorption.
(Note: A Clogged Colon - prevents - Absorption of Vitamins. See our web page:
"Cause of Aging" www.AgeDefyingBody.com/CauseOfAging.html )
Food-B12 malabsorption is the inability to release B12 from food or its binding proteins. Unlike pernicious anemia, it’s more likely to be associated with mild, preclinical B12 deficiency.
B12 deficiency is common in elderly patients. One study revealed a prevalence of 12 percent among elderly people. Other studies, focusing on those who are in institutions or who are sick and malnourished, have suggested a higher prevalence of 30 percent to 40 percent. Unfortunately, B12 deficiency is often unrecognized because the clinical manifestations can be very subtle. In fact, one of its manifestations -- mild memory loss -- can mimic the early stages of dementia.
Food-B12 malabsorption is caused primarily by atrophic gastritis. More than 40 percent of patients older than 80 years have gastric atrophy that can be related to h. pylori infection.
The Journal of Family Practice July 2007; 56(7): 537-542
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
The studies mentioned in this article are further proof of a situation I’ve been warning my readers about for at least a decade: vitamin B12 deficiency is a pervasive and growing health crisis in the U.S. and other countries around the globe.
And the primary cause of the deficiency might shock you (more about that shortly).
I’m very happy to see a mainstream medical publication like the JFP acknowledge not only the prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency and its primary source, but also the fact that oral supplementation is a simple, cost effective treatment for most people.
This is great news for anyone who doesn’t want to deal with the discomfort, inconvenience and cost of injections to treat a B12 deficiency.
Why Vitamin B12 is Essential
Vitamin B12 fuels many of your body’s most important functions, literally from your head to your feet. Among them:
Your body was simply not built to function without a sufficient supply of vitamin B12 throughout its lifetime. I can’t overemphasize the importance of insuring you are getting adequate B12.
What are the Odds YOU are B12 Deficient?
The above article primarily addresses B12 deficiency in the elderly, but you shouldn’t assume you are not at risk just because you’re under a certain age or eat foods containing vitamin B12.
It’s true if you’re over 50 or a vegan/vegetarian, your chances of being vitamin B12 deficient are higher than average. But no matter your age or diet, if your body isn’t absorbing the B12 you’re giving it, you, too, could be lacking in this vitally important nutrient.
Surprising Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Since vitamin B12 is present in natural form only in animal sources of food, strict vegetarians and vegans are very high on the list of those who can expect to be B12 deficient.
(NOTE: Greens are a High Source of B Vitamins/B12
See Success Story Above - Elizabeth Bechtold, Age 67, Green Smoothies)
Other sources of vitamin B12 deficiency include:
Inadequate production of stomach acid -- The older you are, the less able your stomach is to produce the hydrochloric acid necessary to release B12 from the food you eat.
Long-term use of antacid/antiulcer drugs -- Since hydrochloric acid is a requirement for the absorption of vitamin B12, it follows that if you’re taking an antacid, your stomach won’t be able to digest B12 out of your food. This class of drugs includes H2-receptor antagonists like Zantac and Tagamet, and proton pump inhibitors like Nexium and Prilosec.
Use of the drug metformin for Type 2 diabetes -- Use of metformin (brand names include Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Fortamet, Riomet, and Glumetza) may inhibit your B12 absorption, especially at higher doses.
Infection with H. pylori bacteria -- If you suffer from a chronic Helicobacter pylori infection, you might be B12 deficient.
Coffee consumption -- Four or more cups of coffee a day can reduce your B vitamin stores by as much as 15 percent.
Gastric bypass surgery
Exposure to nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
And the LEADING cause of vitamin B12 deficiency: food-cobalamin malabsorption syndrome -- This condition results when your stomach lining loses its ability to produce intrinsic factor, a protein that binds to vitamin B12 and allows your body to absorb it into your bloodstream at the end of your small intestine.
The Role of Intrinsic Factor in B12 Absorption
The reason your body needs intrinsic factor is because vitamin B12 is a very large molecule. It is actually the largest vitamin we know of, and the way it gets absorbed into your body is complex.
Intrinsic factor is a molecule protein made by your stomach. It grabs onto the B12 molecule and together they move through your stomach to your small intestine. When they reach the end of your small intestine, the intrinsic factor is absorbed first, pulling the B12 with it into the cells of your large intestine, where they are absorbed for use by the rest of your body.
If your body doesn’t produce enough stomach acid, then you’re not producing enough intrinsic factor either. Since the only way vitamin B12 can be absorbed into your system is through bonding with intrinsic factor molecules, it’s easy to understand why so many people are not getting adequate B12 into their bodies.
Warning Signs and Symptoms of B12 Deficiency
There are a wide range of symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, from mild to severe, which can affect your body, mind and mood.
In general, look for signs of:
Fatigue, lack of energy, muscle weakness, tingling in your extremities
Mental fogginess or problems with your memory, trouble sleeping
Mood swings, especially feelings of apathy or lack of motivation
Even though vitamin B12 is water-soluble, it doesn’t exit your body quickly like other water-soluble vitamins. B12 is stored in your liver, kidneys and other body tissues, and as a result, a deficiency may not show itself for a number of years.
This time lag is a serious concern, because after about seven years of B12 deficiency, irreversible brain damage can result.
Other symptoms of long-term, chronic B12 deficiency can include:
Sources of Vitamin B12
As I mentioned earlier, B12 is available in its natural form only in animal food sources. These include seafood, beef, chicken, pork, milk, eggs.
(NOTE: Greens are a High Source of B Vitamins/B12.
See Success Story Above - Elizabeth Bechtold Age 67, Green Smoothies)
If you don’t consume enough of these animal products to get an adequate supply of B12, or if your body’s ability to absorb the vitamin from food is compromised, there’s good news.
Science has recently developed a technology that can reduce the effective size of the vitamin B12 molecule and help you absorb this molecule into the fine capillaries under your tongue. The delivery system for these microscopic droplets of vitamin B12 is a fine mist you spray into your mouth.
This delivery system bypasses the intrinsic factor problem and is much easier, safer and less painful than a vitamin B12 shot.
What to Do If You Suspect You Have a B12 Deficiency
Blood tests for vitamin B12 deficiency aren’t as clear cut or helpful as they are for other nutritional deficiencies. Standard tests to assess vitamin B12 concentrations are limited because the clinical severity of vitamin B12 deficiency is unrelated to vitamin B12 concentrations.
Getting your B12 and MMA serum levels lab tested is one way to go, especially if you have a compelling reason to have “official” test results.
However, it is probably a more practical approach if you suspect or are concerned you are vitamin B12 deficient, to simply supplement your diet with B12 and see if your symptoms improve.
Vitamin B12 supplementation is completely non-toxic and inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost of laboratory testing. If you aren’t getting sufficient B12 in your diet, or you suspect your body isn’t able to efficiently absorb the vitamin, I recommend you begin supplementation immediately with either an under-the-tongue fine mist spray or vitamin B12 injections.
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HAIR LOSS - Male Pattern Baldness
Common Causes - NOT Age!
"Healthy Healing" (1986) by Linda Rector Page Ph.D.
Poor Circulation; Poor DIET with Excess Salt and Sugar; Gland Imbalance; Plugs of Sebum, Cholesterol, Testosterone; Overproduction of Male Sex Hormones; Dandruff or Seborrhea;
B Vitamin Deficiency; STRESS and ANXIETY; Anemia; Mineral Deficiency; Raised Copper Levels.
Avoid Caffeine, Refined and Preserved Foods. Reduce Salt, Sugar, Fat.
Eat the "Garden of Eden" Foods: Fruit, Nuts, Greens, Vegetables
GREEN SMOOTHIES - Greens have a high Concentration of Vitamins and Minerals.
70 FREE Green Smoothie Recipes
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Success Stories of Men
Professor Arnold Ehret
Professor Ehret was a Diet Researcher in Germany. He began his Research when he was Diagnosed by his Doctors as having Kidney Disease and given No Hope of Recovery.
"About ten years ago, when I was afflicted with Chronic Inflammation of the Kidneys and Suffered from Nervous Tension, my Hair Turned very Gray and Started to Fall Out.
However, as soon as I had been cured from this Serious Disease by a Dietetic Treatment, the Streaks of Gray Disappeared and my Hair Grew Remarkably Thick and Healthy."
He called his Diet the *Transition Diet* from Looking Old...to Looking Young - Again. He opened a Health Resort in Switzerland, and gave Lectures in Los Angeles, California, teaching Thousands of People his *Transition Diet*.
Arnold: "For Thousands of Years Humanity has Indulged in Dreams and Wishful Thinking about
the Fountain of Youth.
I have Seen People who became so Rejuvenated and Beautiful after a Mucusless Diet Cure (Eating only the "Garden of Eden" Foods - Fruit, Greens, Vegetables) that I almost didn't Recognize them."
Age 80 - Nathan Geller - British Columbia, Canada
Nathan's Story was told by his Friend, Giselle Bisson in her May 2003 Tesitimonal on Cherie Soria's website: www.RawFoodChef.com
Nathan was in his Late 70s when he made a Change in Diet. to Eating only the "Garden of Eden" Foods: Fruit, Nuts, Greens, Vegetables called the "Raw Food Diet".
This was Giselle's Description of Natan at Age 80:
"...Few Lines in his Face...with a Full Head of Dark Hair.."
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