In response to the series of posts about Vit B12 , Vegan diets and Organic food, in both the SANET and BD-Now lists, Ms. Sally Fallon (co-author of Nourishing Traditions) wrote:
Fwd: Re: Sally Fallon's/ organic and nutrition
by Allan Balliett
21 January 2000 21:20 UTC
Special to BD Now!
>Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 14:51:12 EST
>Subject: Re: Sally Fallon's/ organic and nutrition
>There is a form of B12 in plant foods but it is not available to humans and
>some researchers believe that this B12 actually blocks the uptake of the
>How do we know that B12 in plants is not absorbed. Consider the rabbits
>eat plant foods all day long. Do they absorb the B12 from the plants? No
>they do not. To get their B12, the eat fermented rabbit pellets (I. e.
>Human groups who are largely vegetarian get their B12 from insects--either
>small insects in their food (which can makeup as much as 10% of the food)
>larger insects they deliberately catch and eat.
>Vegans risk creating a lot of negative karma for themselves with the blithe
>assurance that we can get B12 from plant food. The consequences of B12
>deficiency are very tragic. By the way, the article they quoted from was
>written by Stephen Byrnes who has treated many former vegetarians who
>themselves to the point of death on a vegan diet. Unfortunately, once the
>damage from B12 deficiency goes too far, a complete recovery is not
>Colin Campbell is a complete fool who makes claims for his China study that
>are not true, and who is advocating a vegan death diet for growing
I have invited Dr. Colin Campbell from the Division of Nutritional Science at Cornell University to participate in this discussion, if he chooses to do so, I will be glad to post his views to the list.
Guillermo Romero Ibarrola
Comala, Colima, MEXICO
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