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Vitamin B12 deficiency Charity Support Group

The B12 Deficiency Support Group (B12d, for short) is a charity. Our aims are to:

  • Raise awareness of this condition amongst doctors and the general public, so that people can be diagnosed appropriately.
  • Explain the signs and symptoms that a doctor or person who is diagnosing themselves should look out for, and how to make sure that you reach the right diagnosis and don't confuse B12 deficiency with something else.
  • Ensure treatment is tailored to the needs of the patient, and where possible, make treatment available free at the point of need.

We rely entirely on donations. Although B12 supplements are funded on NHS, they are only funded for a very narrow group of conditions. We show here and in our audits that a much wider range of conditions can beneficially be treated with Vitamin B12 replacement therapy.

Are you B12 Deficient? Use our diagnstic calculator to find your diagnosis and how we can help you
Charity Events - View our calendar of events and see what is coming up for B12d
Success Stories - Read success stories on patients of Dr Chandy and other B12 Patients

Finding your way around the web site

Dr Chandy (Kayalackakom)

Dr Chandy has been an NHS GP in Horden, County Durham, United Kingdom for 40years and during that time has amassed a wealth of experience.

When people came with tiredness and unexplained neurological symptoms, Dr Chandy began to suspect something more and tested these people for the amount of vitamin B12 they had in their bloodstream.

Many many people have now benefited from vitamin B12 replacement therapy for a variety of conditions which you can find out about by exploring this site.

You can also find out about Dr Chandy's work from the BBC Documentary

To contact Dr Chandy and the Support Group, please email Please note it may take 5-10 days to get a reply.

Dr Chandy

B12d Charity Support Group Blog

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    Support Group in Gloucestershire

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    My GP Says it's all in my head

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    B12 Methylcobalamin Stocks - we have none!

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    The FAQ pages

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New documentary out from Elissa Leonard in North America, featuring Sally Pacholok and many other internationally renowned experts.
The local MP (Grahame Morris MP for Easington - who was a BMS (BioMedical Scientist) in the labs at Sunderland Royal Infirmary) interviews people with B12 deficiency to hear their story (August 27 2010). Here Jane describes the symptoms, and how she can't wait for her next B12 injection (in fact, she knows that she needs injections every 2 weeks because she's keeping a diary of the symptoms). We're restricted how often the GP can give injections, which is why we want to raise awareness.
June describes her suffering when doctors didn't follow the standard protocol after any stomach or intestinal operation - to offer B12 replacement therapy
The definitive and original guide to B12 deficiency, Dr Chandy interviewed by Chris Jackson of UK BBC Inside Out Team broadcast 31 Oct 2008.
Dr Joseph Chandy explains symptoms and shows the restorative effect on one patient (other patients' families have asked that we edit out their stories unfortunately)
Janette first appeared in the BBC InsideOut documentary in October 2006. Since then the NHS has forced her doctor to withdraw B12 replacement therapy on a number of occasions, and she tells of her struggles with having B12 and then having it taken away.
She has bravely agreed to be filmed without her usual wig, but her memory is playing up because it is so long since her last injection.
Susan gets very tired, which isn't much fun especially as she has so much to do. Here she tells her story.
Just the way it works for humans, oral B12 can make a world of a difference for your pet. My old cat Smudge chases the young cat again, climbs ladders (and climbs down herself), and is generally as fit as she was many years ago.
Dr Chandy was nominated for the North East Local Heroes award. The interviewer was at first surprised - people don't get awards for doing what they are paid to do - but she persisted.
Julia found her eyesight going as her eyes refused to focus on the same things as each other. She's been for all sorts of tests and treatment, but now that she's on B12 replacement therapy she's starting to see an improvement.
Frankie tells of how she suffered, the tests she had to endure until doctors worked out what was wrong, and what a difference it has made.