Posts Tagged ‘B12 Deficiency’

Weston A. Price Foundation: Wise Traditions Conference 2011

Sally at the Wise Traditions Conference, November 13, 2011.

Sally was invited to speak at the Weston A. Price Foundation’s 12th annual International Wise Traditions Conference on November 13 in Dallas, TX.  She gave a 70 minute lecture on Vitamin B12 deficiency and was well received.  The conference was attended by health care professionals, sustainable farmers, and health conscious consumers from around the world.

Weston A. Price Foundation website:


Sally on Real Food Forager with Dr. Jill Tieman

Jill Tieman

Sally was interviewed by Dr. Jill Tieman on January 9, 2012 for her blog, Real Food Forager

Dr. Tieman describes the creation of her blog: “As a Clinical  Nutritionist/Chiropractor with a  specialty in SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome), I found myself giving Weston Price Foundation, SCD or GAPS style advice again and again.  It became clear to me that I needed a way to get this dietary information to people in a usable, concise, outline without having to repeat myself again and again. I realized that if I used the format of a blog, it could reach a lot of people and also allow us to have a dialog. Importantly, I could refer people to this blog for the details they would need to be successful on these various diets. As a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader, it is also my goal to reach as many people as possible through this blog in order to help them achieve vibrant health in our modern world.”  Her main purpose “…is to give general information to individuals with the perspective of traditional ways of eating and preparing food.”


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Sally on It’s Rainmaking Time! with Kim Greenhouse

Kim Greenhouse

Sally was interviewed by Kim Greenhouse for her website It’s Rainmaking Time!  The 84 minute podcast was posted August 12, 2011.  Sally and Kim discuss, in depth, vitamin B12 deficiency and her book Could It Be B12?

Kim Greenhouse created It’s Rainmaking Time! “…as a broadcast vehicle for introducing new and ancient knowledge, solutions, discoveries, and compelling stories.”  She describes her website as follows: “It’s Rainmaking Time! is about bringing people together and providing a space for the expansion of consciousness.  The show is meant to highlight the exciting realms of exploration, discovery, new and ancient knowledge, and to empower inquiry, adventure, and investment in totally new areas of focus.  Our guests span a broad variety of professions, often with totally different backgrounds, frames of reference, knowledge, information, experience, and expertise.  They are often front-runners in their fields, both known and unknown, who wish to elevate understanding of something that is beneficial to the public.”

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Could It Be B12? 2nd Edition Available Now

The second edition of Could It Be B12? (winner of the 2011 Indie Excellence Award in the General Health category) is now available.  It has been more than half a decade since the original version was published and the response from the public has been overwhelming.  We’ve touched more lives than we ever expected.  The second edition includes the latest research, new case studies from the literature and our practices, and updates the newest tests and treatment protocols.  It also includes a forward written by Joseph Chandy, MD, a general practitioner from the UK and recipient of the 2010 Glory of India award, as well as two new chapters: A pediatric chapter for all pediatricians, specialists and parents, and a cost-effectiveness chapter revealing how billions of health care dollars are being wasted on undiagnosed B12 deficiency.  This chapter demonstrates how early diagnosis and treatment is critical in the era of spiraling health care costs.  It also shows not only how insurance companies and the government will save billions of dollars, but how much money consumers will save.

B12 documentaries being filmed for 2011

     On November 18, 2009, film and television producer Elissa Leonard approached us regarding producing a documentary on vitamin B12 deficiency through our B12 Awareness website.  Elissa became interested in vitamin B12 deficiency after learning one of her own family members was afflicted, and then read our first edition of Could It Be B12?  She contacted us in November 2009, and is passionate about educating the U.S. about this unrecognized disorder.  Her goal is to uncover whatever truths she can find: “Is there an epidemic of misdiagnosis?  Do doctors know what to look for and are they looking for it?  What is the state of our scientific knowledge?  Has the federal fortification of foods with folic acid caused harm and to whom?” She says, “This would be the definitive B12 movie.”  Elissa began her interviews in 2010, and we were interviewed on September 24, 2010.  Her film is scheduled to be released sometime in the spring of 2011.  Elissa has spent years producing and writing a health/science/technology documentary series for PBS called Innovation.  She has won two Emmys for her work on Innovation.  She was also the Head of Story Development for Explorer, a series on National Geographic Television.  She has the contacts and credibility with the right people to get this film aired. We are hopeful this film will create even more awareness and interest about B12 deficiency so more people can be helped.  We will keep you posted on our website when and where her documentary will be released.

B12 Documentary at The Grosvenor Hotel, London December 17, 2010

      In the United Kingdom, Kimberley Epton is producing an hour-long documentary on vitamin B12 deficiency and pernicious anemia as well.  She began filming interviews in the summer of 2010, throughout the United Kingdom.  The documentary includes the stories of many patients as well as interviews with medical specialists regarding this epidemic.  We were invited to be interviewed for this documentary, and in mid-December, Jeff and I traveled to London where we were interviewed on December 17, 2010.  The B12 documentary is scheduled to premiere in mid to late March 2011, in London.  The Pernicious Anaemia Society of the UK hopes to distribute the completed documentary to any interested television stations.  Following this, the film will also be available either on DVD or the internet.

United Kingdom’s involvement in B12 Awareness

Health care professionals, governmental leaders, and the public are banding together to end the global epidemic of undiagnosed B12 deficiency.  We envision the year 2012 as the year B12 Awareness becomes public policy and updated protocols for early diagnosis and treatment are created.  We are hopeful that in 2011, the 2nd edition of Could It Be B12?, along with our continued B12 Awareness campaign and work with other countries will end this epidemic.  We invite all health care professionals, the media, governmental leaders, and the public, to join us in this life saving mission.

Sally in front of Parliament, London, December 2010

The United Kingdom has become involved and is making tremendous progress.  In 2009, Martyn Hooper, Executive Chairman of the Pernicious Anaemia Society (PAS) of the United Kingdom, joined forces with us and created U.K. B12 Awareness Week in the last week of October. Together with the PAS, we gathered in the House of Commons in London on October 28, 2009, to discuss this issue with Members of Parliament. On May 28, 2010, as a result of the ongoing work of the PAS, the Medical Director of the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales, Dr. Stephen Hunter, became involved and requested a review of vitamin B12 deficiency and its diagnosis and treatment by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the U.K. Dr. Hunter studied the PAS website forum group, which contains hundreds of testimonials from patients who were misdiagnosed and are receiving improper treatment. We were pleased to learn that the first edition of our book helped to galvanize Dr. Hunter’s resolve to get B12 deficiency reviewed by NICE.  This is a major victory for those who suffer from B12 deficiency.  We hope that NICE will approve the review and create new protocols that will impact patients worldwide.

Also in 2009, we became acquainted with Joseph Chandy, MD, a general practitioner in the U.K. with a registered list of 5,700 patients (four doctors). Little did we know that a seasoned clinician some 3,500 miles away and an ocean apart had been silently fighting the same battle as Sally had for so many years—and had shared the same motivation, passion, dedication, and persecution.  Patients and fate would bring us together. Dr. Chandy has been treating patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms with or without macrocytosis, using B12 replacement, since 1981.  In contrast to the national estimate that pernicious anemia only affects 0.01% of the population, Dr. Chandy finds that 18% of his patient population exhibit symptoms consistent with B12 deficiency, and perhaps more importantly, benefit from B12 therapy.  On two occasions, each for more than 18 months at a time (in 2002 and 2007), B12 treatment was withdrawn from his patients at government insistence, causing untold and sometimes irreversible damage and suffering.

Dr. Chandy and his assistant, Hugo Minney, Ph.D. (himself a B12 deficiency sufferer), are making tremendous changes in the U.K., fighting for their patients by writing letters to Parliament, assisting the PAS, writing academic papers for publication, and assembling evidence for submission to regulatory bodies in the U.K.  Hugo authors the B12 Deficiency Patient Support Group web site ( which gives valuable first line advice to thousands of people worldwide.

Dr. Chandy receiving the 2010 Glory of India Award

In the U.K., we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor.  On September 25, 2010, Dr. Chandy received the highly prestigious Glory of India Award, honoring his lifetime of service in primary care and his work on vitamin B12 deficiency.  Prime Minister David Cameron invited Dr. Chandy to a reception in Downing Street.  Members of Parliament Priti Patel and Grahame Morris have written to Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley requesting that the U.K. government investigate how B12 deficiency impacts patients, the National Health System, and employers.  This is a major victory, and we are hopeful that their investigation will lead to the introduction of a screening program, updated protocols, and on-going research into the diagnosis and treatment of B12 deficiency.

Sally on the Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore

A 60 minute interview with Sally on the Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore aired this week.  In it, Sally discusses the epidemic of misdiagnosed B12 deficiency and the associated dangers.

Jimmy Moore is the self-proclaimed “ultimate evangelist for the low-carb lifestyle.”  Here is how he is described on his web site

Jimmy Moore

“In January 2004, Jimmy Moore made a decision to get rid of the weight that was literally killing him. At 32 years of age and 410 pounds, the time had come for a radical change of lifestyle. A year later, he had shed 180 pounds, shrunk his waist by 20 inches, and dropped his shirt size from 5XL to XL. After his dramatic weight loss, Jimmy was inundated with requests from friends, neighbors and complete strangers seeking information and help. Jimmy is dedicated to helping as many people as possible find the information they need to make the kind of lifestyle change he has made. To that end, he has started a blog and a number of web-sites to get out the message of lifestyle change and healthy living.”

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Alabama: State joins B12 awareness

“The Alabama Department of Public Health is joining the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in trying to raise awareness of vitamin B12 deficiency.”

Alabama Department of Public Health joins B12 Awareness

“Individuals of any age should make sure they are not at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency.  The Alabama Department of Public Health joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations in urging awareness of this nutritional disorder.”

B12 Event in Birmingham, AL

 Great Food, Great Music and Invaluable Health Information 

Come join us for an informal reception at Gallery Services for

Sally M. Pacholok, R.N. and Jeffrey J. Stuart, D.O.

Authors of “Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses” 

Anyone of any age may be at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency

Ms. Pacholok and Dr. Stuart will be available to answer

your questions and help you learn the signs and risk factors

and why vitamin B12 is so important to your overall health

 O’Carrs will provide food and soft beverages

and Cleve Eaton and his band will be playing Jazz 

A brief presentation will be offered at 7:00

followed by a drawing for a beautiful piece of framed art


September 25th, 2009

6:00 to 9:00 pm


Gallery Services

2901 3rd Avenue South

Birmingham, Alabama



There is no cost for the event.

To sign up send an email to 

The Little Professor will also offer a book signing

Saturday September 26th, 11:00 to 1:00 pm