The book distils 46 years of clinical practice as a GP in this part of County Durham, looking after many generations of the same family. During that time, Dr Chandy observed that
The book goes through major human life stages: fertility and pregnancy; neurological disorders; autoimmune disease; neuropsychiatric disorders; cancer and shows, citing published research spanning over 200 years, that Vitamin B12 deficiency is overlooked as a cause of misery and ill-health (and death). And that many people could live much fuller lives if only their doctors recognised this very common condition and treated it correctly. The treatment is very cheap, and very safe. It’s transformative.
How to read it
First time through, read the Case Studies. You can find them by the yellow backgrounds to the text. Get to know the people.
Then look at the Chapter Key Points. The first page of every chapter is a diagram with the key points of that chapter.
After this, read the text. And you can read any chapter and come back to the others.
Because the book is free or cost of printing, the charity is still very grateful for any donations which help with running costs.
Susan gets very tired, which isn't much fun especially as she has so much to do. Here she tells her story.
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 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)
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.
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.
New documentary out from Elissa Leonard in North America, featuring Sally Pacholok and many other internationally renowned experts.
Donna, like so many women, wants to live a normal life. Vitamin B12 could give her that chance.
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.
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.