Have you seen that relatively new commercial where the man is reading the newspaper and it says that 60% of our immune system in in our digestive tract?
(or maybe it's a higher percentage, I forget)
And, his kids are eating Activia (or is it DanActive? I forget) and it's supposed to have in it the same thing that was just discovered to increase immunity? (something like that)
Well, it makes me think about how B12 is so complicated to get into our bodies because it has to come in through the digestive tract and there are so many things which can go wrong.
I drew a lot of pictures about our digestive tract for my web site, so it's a little easier for me to remember how some of it works.
The one picture I still need to draw is of h.pylori which is something that can start growing in our stomachs and then it really interfers with getting any B12 from our food.
h.pylori is wiped out by antibiotics, so that's how come some stomach ulcers can be cured by antibiotics.
I forget exactly how it works, but it's something like this: once the h.pylori starts growing it shuts down the little things that make stomach acid for us. Without stomach acid we can't get B12 or magnesium out of our food. (maybe other things too, I just pay attention to vitamin B12 and magnesium... and vitamin C and a few others, but not all of them, it's too much for me to try to think about all of them)
Okay, so I just read that if we take a small dose of hydrochloric acid everyday, which I think is also called Betaine, then that small amount of "stomach acid" is enough to keep the h.pylori from being able to take hold.
I think that is amazing.
I know that when I had a huge dose of Metronidazol, which is a major antibiotic, for almost a whole month, that it not only got rid of my tetanus, it also must have gotten rid of h.pylori that I had but didn't know about, because after that I stopped having diarrhea as often as before and I didn't have so much undigested food, like corn kernels.
Not every one can take the Betaine... certain health problems make it not a good thing to take.
I had a health book that I gave away (so I can't check it) that said that people who had been given sulfa drugs were likely to need hydrochloric acid... I don't know if sulfa drugs are still a part of relatively common medicine. I just know that after I had pneumonia a few times when I was a kid and I'd had so much penicillin that I became allergic to it, they had to give me sulfa drugs with the penicillin to counteract it...
So that might mean that for decades my ability to get B12 and magnesium out of food was reduced... and so very slowly I was weakening until something happened and it seemed like all of a sudden I was sick.
I've been under huge stress for a month or so since a lawyer tried to get it so I wouldn't be able to answer his motion to dismiss. I had filed a motion for summary judgment which I think is really accurate, so he moved to dismiss and then didn't want to let me answer... and that's what happened in my foreclosures, the lawyers would make it so I couldn't answer and the judges would just let them do it. It is soooo stressful. So when there's that much stress I find my nerves and muscles give me a lot more trouble... I can barely walk because my feet go spongy and my legs feel like they are crumbling under me, and I can't remember things at all. I can't tell if I haven't fed the fish, or fed them three times in an hour... and then once the stress level gets up there my nerves react the way they did when I had tetanus and they make my stomach muscles so tight it bends me over.
What's interesting about that is that people always put stress together with ulcers, stomach ulcers... so maybe the thing that happens is that stress changes the output of acid in our stomachs and that in turn causes us to get less vitamins and minerals from our food than we need... and maybe that's the immune system.
I have no idea... I just wonder...
Post Edited (For) : 3/13/2007 8:56:37 AM (GMT-6)