vitamin b 12 deficiency

Why I (and others) are opposed to Self Dx

This post was stolen from @anti-pro-ana-ariana


I am someone who is against 100% self diagnosis for many reasons. Self diagnosis is dangerous and does not help anyone.

Reasons:

  1. You are biased. There is no possible way for you to look at your symptoms from a unbiased standpoint. You may unknowingly play up your symptoms in order to “fit” into a diagnosis. Many people have the symptoms of mental disorder, it’s the disordered aspect of these symptoms that make a mental illness.
  2. You are not a medical professional. Doctors go through 8 or more years of school to do what they do, this is knowledge  that cannot be learned by googling things for 5 minutes on the internet. Even then, they still cannot treat themselves (refer to #1).
  3. Symptoms can be a manifestation of two separate mental disorders. This can make a difference in how the mental illness is treated and because you are not a medical professional (refer to #2) you would not be able to distinguish the difference between two mental illnesses manifesting the same symptoms of a singular disorder.
  4. Symptoms can be linked to a physical disorder and not a mental one.  Many physical illnesses can create mental symptoms, for example: brain tumors can cause hallucinations and psychosis and vitamin b-12 deficiency casing depression. Because you did not seek a doctor and you are still not a medical professional (refer to #2) you could possibly be putting your life in danger because you are not getting treated for your physical illness.
  5. You still aren’t getting proper treatment. Say you did self diagnose yourself, now what? Self medication? If your disorder is caused by a imbalance of chemicals then you’re still in the same place you were before. If not, you still don’t have the knowledge
  6. It creates a stigma.

Now, this absolutely does not mean that you cannot advocate for yourself. Go ahead and research your symptoms and do a little research about he disorder, and if you think it applies, go see a professional.

Common arguments for self diagnosis:

“Some people don’t have access" I would say that 99% do have access they just aren’t using the resources available to them because they haven’t been made aware of them.

  • If you are a child, teenager, or young adult attending school there is a school councilor available to you at no cost.
  • Some collages have on campus clinics that offer services at a low cost.
  • If you are a low income family, you may qualify for medicaid.
  • If you do not qualify for medicaid but can’t afford insurance then there is the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHID) and you can call them at 1-877-543-7669 or there is the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that will provide you healthcare for free or at a reduced price and you can reach them for general information at 888-275-4772.
  • Depending on where you live, there are many reduced or free options, you just have to take the time to do your research.

“Doctors just check off the symptoms” The reason doctors do this is during intake to get a feel of what is going on, this is not them giving you a diagnosis. They use this to further go into your symptoms in detail of what your symptoms detail. Then with that information, after going into it for a few months, you get your diagnosis. You will not be getting your diagnosis going to a doctor only a few times. If they do talk about a possibility of a disorder early on that’s still not a diagnosis, they’re most likely trying to rule out what they can and see what fits. Do not undermine good doctors going through the proper procedures to diagnose just because you think checking off symptoms is giving you a diagnosis.



TLDR:  You are biased. You still aren’t getting proper treatment. So don’t self-diagnose.

swimming-to-djibouti  asked:

Actually, science supports veganism in many ways, and the reason it's not found in any traditional cultures is because people never had the option to survive this way.

In reply to your other “ The only benefit of eating meat (that I’ve found) is b12.” ask, 

It’s more than just B12 (I don’t understand how this is the only one you’ve ‘found’, seeing as this is the first thing listed when you Google is being vegan/veggie is good for you.)

  • Animal protein contains all the essential amino acids in the right ratios. It is important for muscle mass and bone health, to name a few. Vegans don’t get any animal protein, which can have negative effects on body composition (2, 3, 4, 5).
  • Creatine helps form an energy reservoir in cells. Studies show that vegetarians are deficient in creatine, which has harmful effects on muscleand brain function (6, 7, 8).
  • Carnosine is protective against various degenerative processes in the body and may protect against aging. It is found only in animal foods (9, 10, 11).
  • Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is the most active form of Omega-3 fatty acids in the body and primarily found in animal foods. The plant form of Omega-3s, ALA, is inefficiently converted to DHA in the body (12, 13, 14).
  • Not surprisingly, vegans and vegetarians have much lower testosterone levels than meat eaters.   - Popular Science

K2. You can eat as much calcium as you want but it won’t strengthen your bones unless it is accompanied by vitamin K2.

Unlike vitamin K1, plants do not provide vitamin K2.(The one and only exception to this rule is natto, a fermented soybean product. One problem, however, is that natto is, for the majority of humans and animals, repulsive to eat). Like other fat-soluble vitamins, Vitamin K2 is found fatty sources – Mother Nature packages the vitamin with the cofactors required to absorb it. You’ll get vitamin K2 in pastured egg yolks, milk and cheese from grassfed animals, liver, beef, and chicken.” - Link

Vegetarians have a higher risk of developing nutritional deficiencies caused by lack of animal protein in their diet than meat-eaters. The more restrictive the diet, the higher potential for vitamin B-12, protein, calcium and iron deficiencies. Food from animals supplies all the essential amino acids, the building blocks for protein, while most plant proteins, with the exception of soy and the grain quinoa, do not contain all the essential amino acids. Vegetarians must consume foods that contain different amino acids over the course of the day to ensure that they get all the amino acids they need. While plants contain iron, your body absorbs the iron they supply, called nonheme iron, less efficiently than heme iron from meat. Consuming foods high in vitamin C along with plants high in iron increases iron absorption. Many vegetables contain substances that reduce calcium absorption, increasing the risk of calcium deficiency and bone loss in vegetarians who don’t consume dairy products. Beans, lentils and vegetables such as spinach contain iron.” - Healthy Eating 

Any negative effects of eating meant listed in those links can be countered by simply eating healthy, lean meats… no need for supplements and or having to cease consumption entirely. And therefor, flip side, any “benefits” of being vegan (low cholesterol. etc) can be achieved on an omnivorous diet as well. They aren’t exclusive. Unnatural additives or bad fats that harm you can be found in both diets and can be avoided or consumed with both. 

Oh by the way, you know how soy is listed as an alternative protein in most of those links? Long term, high soy consumption is terrible for you and terrible for the environment. Soy increases estrogen, which can lead to all sorts of issues. 

So you’re saying it’s not naturally sustainable? Sounds like a good argument against it on a logical level and on a health level. 

Most of the pros on this list are canceled out by the cons (#s 1-4,9-22,etc), or can be achieved just the same by eating a healthy omnivorousness diet (#7,9, etc)

I’m not seeing a good argument for it.  When I Google reasons to go vegan or for things telling you that soy isn’t bad, I’m getting sources like Peta and blogs like “celestial healing”…

emmaghindle  asked:

Hi, I was wondering if you could recommend foods that contain vital minerals/vitamins that are good for vegans to eat:)?

Hii! :)

Pay special attention to the following nutrients:

  • Calcium helps build and maintain strong teeth and bones. Dark green vegetables, such as turnip and collard greens, kale and broccoli, are good plant sources when eaten in sufficient quantities. Calcium-enriched and fortified products, including juices, cereals, soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, are other options.
  • Iodine is a component in thyroid hormones, which help regulate metabolism, growth and function of key organs. Vegans may not get enough iodine and be at risk of deficiency and possibly even a goiter. In addition, foods such as soybeans, cruciferous vegetables and sweet potatoes may promote a goiter. However, just ¼ teaspoon of iodized salt provides a significant amount of iodine.
  • Iron is a crucial component of red blood cells. Dried beans and peas, lentils, enriched cereals, whole-grain products, dark leafy green vegetables and dried fruit are good sources of iron. Because iron isn’t as easily absorbed from plant sources, the recommended intake of iron for vegans is almost double that recommended for non vegans. To help your body absorb iron, eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as strawberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli, at the same time as you’re eating iron-containing foods.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids areimportant for heart health. Diets that do not include fish and eggs are generally low in active forms of omega-3 fatty acids. Canola oil, soy oil, walnuts, ground flaxseed and soybeans are good sources of essential fatty acids. When it comes to the amount of omega-3 oil in various seed oils, the chia seed has the highest content, just above kiwi seeds, perilla and flax.
  • Protein helps maintain healthy skin, bones, muscles and organs. Eggs and dairy products are good sources, You can also get sufficient protein from plant-based foods if you eat a variety of them throughout the day. Plant sources include soy products and meat substitutes, legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
  • Vitamin B-12 is necessary to produce red blood cells and prevent anemia. Vitamin B-12 deficiency may go undetected in people who eat a vegan diet. This is because the vegan diet is rich in a vitamin called folate, which may mask deficiency in vitamin B-12 until severe problems occur. For this reason, it’s important for vegans to consider vitamin supplements, vitamin-enriched cereals and fortified soy products. Also if you own a garden eat unwashed veggies or fruits once in a while, B-12 comes from the earth, but only if it’s a reliable source!
  • Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health.Vitamin D is added to some brands of soy and rice milk, and some cereals and margarines. Be sure to check food labels. If you don’t eat enough fortified foods and have limited sun exposure, you may need a vitamin D supplement (one derived from plants).
  • Zinc is an essential component of many enzymes and plays a role in cell division and in formation of proteins. Plant sources of zinc include whole grains, soy products, legumes, nuts and wheat germ.

anonymous asked:

How about you actually make a compelling logical argument against Veganism instead of just complaining that they're all rude because they don't hold back on calling out bullshit. Sounds like you just don't like to feel guilty for contributing to mass animal slaughter and ruining your health by consuming baby cow growth formula and cholesterol on the daily.

Okay 1) people need both plants and meat to survive. It’s literally just how we evolved
2) just because you’re doing this because you’re against animal cruelty doesn’t mean people who eat meat aren’t also against animal cruelty. I’m so against it. Yes I eat meat but that’s literally because our bodies were meant to live on a diet of both plants and animals. I’m against any and all inhumane treatment of animals on farms though. If they’re being beaten or abused I’m obviously not willingly buying meat and meat by-products from those farms. I love animals and I want to protect them as much as possible but humans need to get protein and in order for us to live we need meat because it’s the best source of protein. Say what you will but being an animal lover and eating meat is not mutually exclusive.
3) Vegan food (vegan cheese, vegan cream cheese, vegan yogurt, tofurkey, etc.) is sooooo much more expensive than the real thing. Go to the store and actually price it for me because yikes. It can be a dollar or more than the real deal and in my opinion, tastes, smells, and looks so much more unappealing.
4) Just because you claim to be healthier doesn’t mean you actually are. Sure, if you’re eating completely raw foods you’ll be healthier than the person who eats at McDonalds all the time but guess what? Your butters, cream cheeses, yogurts, etc. are just as fattening if not more so than regular non-vegan foods. You’re not really an healthier unless you’re eating completely raw foods and even then, if you’re barely getting protein, you’re not any better off than anyone who doesn’t eat vegan. Eating just plants or just animals isn’t beneficial to your health. You need both. You need a balance of the two to be healthy.
5) Vegans lack essential vitamins and minerals that omnivores get in their diet because of meat. Here’s a list of everything you don’t get in your diet that causes health problems:
-Vitamin B-12 deficiency which can lead to increased risk of stroke
-There’s an Omega 6 and Omega 3 imbalance which can wreak havoc on your immune system
-Increased risk of kidney disease and Alzheimer’s disease
-Zinc, iron, iodine, calcium, and selenium deficiencies which lead to weaker bones
-You don’t have any less chance of having cancer than anyone else does and you can still get heart problems
6) Just because you, your family, and friends are eating vegan doesn’t mean animal abuse is going to stop. I hate to say it and I hate animal abuse but just because you got your crew to stop eating animals doesn’t mean the whole world is gonna magically treat animals better. The same amount of animals will be hurt and abused by uncaring farms. And that has nothing to do with meat eaters and everything to do with those farmers being pieces of shit.
7) PETA isn’t good to animals, they treat animals like shit. If you’re vegan and claim to be supporting PETA, you’re not helping at all. You’re still making animals suffer by blindly supporting them. I know most people know by now but some people don’t: PETA doesn’t give a flying fuck about animals.
You want sources? Okay.
Here: http://www.nutritionsecrets.com/9-lies-vegans-love-telling/
Here: http://paleoleap.com/vegetarianism-bad-environment/
Here: https://www.petakillsanimals.com
Here: http://athlete.io/2369/6-reasons-why-vegans-and-doctors-are-wrong-about-animal-protein/

There, logical reasons to be against having absolutely no meat or dairy in your diet. I’m not trying to force you to eat meat, I’m just trying to get you to see why it can be seriously detrimental and why you need to knock off being preachy about the fact that you’re better because you don’t eat meat. Seriously, you’re not better.

Edit: also, I’m not against vegans because I feel guilty for eating meat. That’s something you just assumed because I said vegans are annoying and pretentious. I’ve 1) never expressed that at all and 2) that’s literally not how I feel in the slightest. Am I upset that animals get abused and treated poorly by some people? Yes. Am I against this treatment? Yes. Does that mean I feel guilty? No, because I’m literally not the one doing the torture and I would never buy from any farm knowing that’s how they treat their animals. So you can stop assuming shit that isn’t true.

anonymous asked:

I'm wanting to cut meat out of my diet and eventually all animal products as a whole, but I don't want to not be getting essential vitamins and minerals that are found in meat.. I don't even know the nutrients that's found in meat can you help me out? :)

Hi there! :) Every single nutrient found in meat is in plant based foods, this are the ones that you need to pay special attention:

  • Calcium helps build and maintain strong teeth and bones. Dark green vegetables, such as turnip and collard greens, kale and broccoli, are good plant sources when eaten in sufficient quantities. Calcium-enriched and fortified products, including juices, cereals, soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, are other options.
  • Iodine is a component in thyroid hormones, which help regulate metabolism, growth and function of key organs. Vegans may not get enough iodine and be at risk of deficiency and possibly even a goiter. In addition, foods such as soybeans, cruciferous vegetables and sweet potatoes may promote a goiter. However, just ¼ teaspoon of iodized salt provides a significant amount of iodine.
  • Iron is a crucial component of red blood cells. Dried beans and peas, lentils, enriched cereals, whole-grain products, dark leafy green vegetables and dried fruit are good sources of iron. Because iron isn’t as easily absorbed from plant sources, the recommended intake of iron for vegans is almost double that recommended for non vegans. To help your body absorb iron, eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as strawberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli, at the same time as you’re eating iron-containing foods.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids areimportant for heart health. Diets that do not include fish and eggs are generally low in active forms of omega-3 fatty acids. Canola oil, soy oil, walnuts, ground flaxseed and soybeans are good sources of essential fatty acids. When it comes to the amount of omega-3 oil in various seed oils, the chia seed has the highest content, just above kiwi seeds, perilla and flax.
  • Protein helps maintain healthy skin, bones, muscles and organs. Eggs and dairy products are good sources, You can also get sufficient protein from plant-based foods if you eat a variety of them throughout the day. Plant sources include soy products and meat substitutes, legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
  • Vitamin B-12 is necessary to produce red blood cells and prevent anemia. Vitamin B-12 deficiency may go undetected in people who eat a vegan diet. This is because the vegan diet is rich in a vitamin called folate, which may mask deficiency in vitamin B-12 until severe problems occur. For this reason, it’s important for vegans to consider vitamin supplements, vitamin-enriched cereals and fortified soy products. Also if you own a garden eat unwashed veggies or fruits once in a while, B-12 comes from the earth, but only if it’s a reliable source!
  • Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health.Vitamin D is added to some brands of soy and rice milk, and some cereals and margarines. Be sure to check food labels. If you don’t eat enough fortified foods and have limited sun exposure, you may need a vitamin D supplement (one derived from plants).
  • Zinc is an essential component of many enzymes and plays a role in cell division and in formation of proteins. Plant sources of zinc include whole grains, soy products, legumes, nuts and wheat germ.

Also you can check out Vegan Health, their nutrition guides are the best I found so far!

60smom  asked:

I wanted to know what kind of vegan foods carry the same nutrients that meat and dairy have. I want to become a vegan but I have no idea what foods to eat. Sorry I sound ignorant.

The nutrients that meat and dairy gives you, you can find them in all the other foods you already eat: nuts, vegetables, seeds and fruits. I can’t make a list for now because it will take me some time, but here are the nutrients you need to pay attention when going vegan:

  • Calcium helps build and maintain strong teeth and bones. Dark green vegetables, such as turnip and collard greens, kale and broccoli, are good plant sources when eaten in sufficient quantities. Calcium-enriched and fortified products, including juices, cereals, soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, are other options.
  • Iodine is a component in thyroid hormones, which help regulate metabolism, growth and function of key organs. Vegans may not get enough iodine and be at risk of deficiency and possibly even a goiter. In addition, foods such as soybeans, cruciferous vegetables and sweet potatoes may promote a goiter. However, just ¼ teaspoon of iodized salt provides a significant amount of iodine.
  • Iron is a crucial component of red blood cells. Dried beans and peas, lentils, enriched cereals, whole-grain products, dark leafy green vegetables and dried fruit are good sources of iron. Because iron isn’t as easily absorbed from plant sources, the recommended intake of iron for vegans is almost double that recommended for non vegans. To help your body absorb iron, eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as strawberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli, at the same time as you’re eating iron-containing foods.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids areimportant for heart health. Diets that do not include fish and eggs are generally low in active forms of omega-3 fatty acids. Canola oil, soy oil, walnuts, ground flaxseed and soybeans are good sources of essential fatty acids. When it comes to the amount of omega-3 oil in various seed oils, the chia seed has the highest content, just above kiwi seeds, perilla and flax.
  • Protein helps maintain healthy skin, bones, muscles and organs. Eggs and dairy products are good sources, You can also get sufficient protein from plant-based foods if you eat a variety of them throughout the day. Plant sources include soy products and meat substitutes, legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
  • Vitamin B-12 is necessary to produce red blood cells and prevent anemia. Vitamin B-12 deficiency may go undetected in people who eat a vegan diet. This is because the vegan diet is rich in a vitamin called folate, which may mask deficiency in vitamin B-12 until severe problems occur. For this reason, it’s important for vegans to consider vitamin supplements, vitamin-enriched cereals and fortified soy products. Also if you own a garden eat unwashed veggies or fruits once in a while, B-12 comes from the earth, but only if it’s a reliable source!
  • Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health.Vitamin D is added to some brands of soy and rice milk, and some cereals and margarines. Be sure to check food labels. If you don’t eat enough fortified foods and have limited sun exposure, you may need a vitamin D supplement (one derived from plants).
  • Zinc is an essential component of many enzymes and plays a role in cell division and in formation of proteins. Plant sources of zinc include whole grains, soy products, legumes, nuts and wheat germ.

Visit the website Vegan Health, I highly recommend it because they offer very good explanations about vegan nutrition. :)