As everyone knows, the charity is run entirely by volunteers, and all of our donations go towards buying B12 to fulfil the requests coming in. Which means we have to run a pretty slick operation, because volunteers have busy lives and have to fit in working for the charity around paid work.
So, if you give me your symptoms in the NOTES area of a request, it helps me to prioritise (we never have enough to meet all of the requests so we have to prioritise) but Dr Chandy won't see it and won't be able to advise. If you want Dr Chandy to see your request, then please put it in an email to email@example.com - you can always put it in both places.
If you put your request in an email, then it creates a lot of work and will cause a delay. Please put requests in the REQUESTS place and enquiries in the ENQUIRIES email.
Note that when I'm prioritising who gets what, I always look for the people who tell me that they have spoken to Dr Chandy. That's the first priority. If you haven't, then you probably won't get any sent to you. I'm really sorry, but sending out injectable stuff, even something as completely safe as Vitamin B12, is serious so we need to be sure that you are right for it.
Thanks in advance
The Scottish Parliament discusses Pernicious Anaemia and vitamin B12 deficiency on Wednesday 7 March 2012.
This video is over 1 hour long and represents real political change - we are at last on our way.
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.
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
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.
Donna, like so many women, wants to live a normal life. Vitamin B12 could give her that chance.
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.
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)
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.
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.