Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Cause Hair Loss

This post is continuation of B12 Deficiency Series.

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Symptom #4: Hair Loss

A few years back, when I was raging my battle with hypothyroidism, I had gone through a season of abnormal hair loss.  No matter what I did I could not stop it, and none of my well educated doctors could even begin to guess what caused it.  Needless to say, it was not until after self-diagnosis and finding the right doctor to confirm it, that I knew it was due to hypothyroid condition.

As I took my treatment into my own hands and healed [yes, healed!] hypothyroidism, my lovely thick hair stopped shedding and once again I felt normal.  Unfortunately some of it fell out right around the edges of my forehead and had never fully regrown to its former glory.  One of my ND’s, at one point, had me on supplements to help it, but alas, I still waited for the miracle.

Around March of this year, due to unknown to me reasons, my hair declared a war on me ;) and started to look for a better place that might be flowing with better promises than I gave it–instead of a normal, few hairs a day, loss, more hair started to shed, which was of great concern to me.  I did not want to go through the same stress again. Given, we normally shed about 50-100 hairs a day or so, but when it is more than usual, it becomes a concern {although I have not counted what I am losing now, but it is more than usual for me ;), and I am not ready to go through it again}.

Little did I know that B12 deficiency can cause hair loss, in women and men alike.  It was not until my epiphany and coming across this video that I had my AHA! moment.  Watch it and gasp with me, at what vitamin B12 deficiency can do.

[make sure to watch the video before going on to the next section]

Dr. Chandy Cures Patients with MS & Hair Loss with B12 Injections

Mind blowing? YES! Infuriating at the medical system and government agencies? YES!  Can you imagine the amount of grief these patients had to go through when their life saving treatment was taken away?  Thankfully we have more freedom in the US [for now], for which we have to fight.  Unfortunately, our medical community is light years behind in diagnosing B12 deficiency and treating it properly.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency is a Mimicker

If not careful, our doctors, who don’t have a full grasp on proper B12 deficiency diagnosis, can mistakenly treat you for the diseases B12 deficiency can mimic.  Since B12 is involved and essential to so many processes in our bodies, it can be mistakenly identified as many other serious diseases:

  • Adrenal fatigue
  • ALS [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis]
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anemia
  • Autism
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome [includes muscle weakness, paresthesias, and paralysis]
  • Heart disease
  • Infertility
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s [pre-Parkinson’s disease tremors]
  • Pain from inflammation
  • Poor digestion
  • Poor sleep
  • Postpartum depression
  • Psychosis
  • Restless [shaky] leg syndrome
  • Visual disturbances, blindness, or vision loss

I am sure that there are other diseases that are mimicked by B12 deficiency, but this is the list that I was able to gather so far.

I don’t want you to get the impression that all patients diagnosed with these diseases have B12 deficiency, but studies have shown that some might and do, and when treated with B12 injections, improve or completely reverse the symptoms of misdiagnosed diseases.

The cost of misdiagnosis, in dollars and human suffering, is insurmountable.  For example, some of MS drugs alone, not counting the cost of care and supplies, can cost as much as $36,000 per year, while B12 therapy costs around $40*!  Which one do you think would be easier on the person that might be wrongfully diagnosed? And how about long-term implications?  While  B12 therapy promises treatment and recovery, MS treatments and care are nothing more than long-term care for those who are doomed to get worse, not better.

The cost of human emotions, pain and suffering cannot even be measured–I know–my father fought valiantly against Parkinson’s, which eventually took over and had its way with him.  I wonder, however, had I known what I know now, if we got him tested and maybe, just maybe, he could have been treated for something like B12 deficiency… Alas, I will never find out.

*Source

Coming Up

In the next few posts I will cover a couple more symptoms of B12 deficiency, and then tell you about diagnosis, dangers of misdiagnosis and treatment options for B12 deficiency.

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  • Julia Rachels

    I experienced hair loss and researched the best vitamins to combat the problem. Then some one told me that a product named Reloxe included all the safe vitamins etc. that stimulated hair growth. I tried it and they were right! Worked in about 3 months. Reloxe Stopped me from having to buy 10 or more different kinds of vitamins per month. LOL

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Julia, I am happy that worked for you. Did you ever try B12 injections or just supplements? That might be helpful.

  • Jeannie

    I have been suffering from restless legs since I was pregnant with my first child, I didn’t even understand what was happening to me when it started. The restless legs and arms were so bad at night I was unable to sleep more then two hours a night. While working full time and now pregnant I was under extreme exhaustion. When I went to my dr with my concerns, I was told there was nothing that could be done for me and that they don’t know why some women suffer with restless leg syndrome during pregnancy. I was given ambien a sleeping pill to take for the rest of my pregnancy, and told the restless legs should go away after pregnancy.. Well as a person who was already taking all the vitamins I thought I could take while pregnant I figured I was doing all I could on my part and counted the days for my pregnancy to be over so my body would return to normal.. After I gave birth to my son nothing changed my legs got a little better but still I suffered from restless legs.. For years I read anything I could about restless legs to try and understand what was wrong with me.. I had my blood tested for iron deficientcy and was told again there really wasn’t much of any hope of treating my RLS.. I knew my body had to be lacking something being that it got worse only after I was pregnant.. I began trying different vitamins to see if anything helped… I read somewhere that someone said b12 helped their RLS, however I had read many different stories and it took me a long time to finally give b12 a try also.. I found b12 at the drugstore and started taking it before bed, some times I would forget to take it, bu started noticing that when I took b12 I had no problems with RLS.. Soon my RLS was gone and I only needed to take b12 occationaly.. I now am pregnant again and stopped taking b12 cause I was afraid it would hurt the baby, my RLS returned again, oh how horrible it was. I talked to my dr again and told her my history and she agreed it wouldn’t hurt to take the b12, but didnt believe it would make a difference. I am here to say that b12 has cured my RLS, even while pregnant.. Thank the good lord after years of suffering I found b12 to completely rid my restless legs forever. Why couldn’t a dr ck my blood for such a simple issue.. Vitamin B12 cured my restless legs!!

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Jeannie, the good news is that B12 is NOT dangerous to our babies–it is water soluble, so you cannot overdose. If you are ever expecting again, you can be at peace supplementing.

      And wow, with doctors! Nothing really amazes me anymore, since mine did not even know to test me for a deficiency. I am so happy that you left a comment, however, so someone else can be helped. It makes sense to me, since it seems like a nerve glitch (stripped nerves short circuit) would lead to something like that.

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  • Serenity_wheeler

    Please, write how you beat it! With what kind of medicines! Write recipes or whatever!

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Serenity, I did in follow up posts.  You can find all of them by following this link: http://www.vega-licious.com/2011/08/vitamin-B12-treatment-update-b12-deficiency-jaw-clinching/. 

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