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Benign Essential Tremor - The Essential Facts

A Link Between Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Essential Tremor?

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ANYONE WHO HAS A TREMOR - If you don't read anything else on this site please read this page regarding Vitamin B12 deficiency and Essential Tremor.  If you don't have the time or inclination to read the rest of this page you owe it to yourself to click on the following link  Joe's Discovery...

At the time of writing this page the link between Vitamin B12 deficiency and Essential Tremor is a tenuous one and further research will have to be done.

Within the last year two different members of this site have discovered they both lack vitamin B12 and lack of vitamin B12 is known to cause tremor!!!  One of our site member's head tremor completely disappeared after starting on her medication for vitamin B12/ foliate deficiency but hopefully I will be able to reprint both their stories here very soon.

It seems perfectly feasible to me that many of us, if not all of us may suffer from Essential Tremor because of a deficiency in vitamin B12.  I got to thinking that alcoholics have a tremor and alcohol is known to deplete vitamin B stores. Also in my own case I have been a very poor eater all my life as I also have Asperger's syndrome (Asperger's folk are known to eat limited foods - in my case it was the same 5 foods each day up until I was 24) It was suggested by my doctor when I was pre teen that I may have a vitamin B deficiency because of my bad eating habits - Asperger's and the strange habits associated with it didn't seem to be recognised at that time.

Just the other day I received an email from Ray Collins regarding Vitamin B12. For anyone who hasn't heard of Ray I would recommend you sign up to his free weekly newsletter http://www.goodlifeletter.co.uk   I have pasted the relevant email in it's entirety below.

Where would we be without the rich and famous?

They're not content with singing, dancing, battling
aliens, eating maggots in the jungle, falling out of taxis,
jumping on Oprah's sofa, buying African children,
bankrolling The Priory and marrying each other...
divorcing each other... and marrying each other again....

They are now HEALTH PIONEERS!

First came the celebrity fitness videos...

As you know, exercise didn't exist until Jane Fonda
got involved. We used to lie all day on brown '70s
sofas, eating lard, until good old Jane came along.

Then came the celebrity diets...

South Beach, Atkins, Blood Type, Raw Food. You
name it, yet another A-list celebrity's weight was yo-
yoing higher and lower than....well.... a yo-yo.

Then came the celebrity injections...

First, botox. Suddenly celebs were walking around with
faces like wax models of dinner plates. Actresses
couldn't act any more. They now looked like plastic
'Billy Bass' novelty singing fish.

Then came the latest.... vitamin B12 jabs.

The Madonna effect

In 2008, Madonna was merrily brandishing a syringe,
gushing about the B12 effect. And, allegedly, Tara
Palmer-Tomkinson, Geri Halliwell and Robbie Williams
all swear by the stuff.

(If you've not heard of any of the above people, I envy
you!)

The idea is that you get a big shot of B12 directly into
your body. It's about six hundred times bigger than the
daily recommended amount of 1.5mcg.

This gives you an energy rush that lasts about a
fortnight. It's supposed to be good for skin and general
well-being too.

So is this worth checking out?

Well, first off. Do not attempt to give yourself a shot of
vitamin B12 and don't "phone a friend" either. If you're
going to get this treatment, you MUST go through a
medical professional.

If you go through the proper channels, then there's no
likely danger in the short term.

A review of a B12 conducted by the Food Standards
Agency a few years ago was inconclusive about
injections of high doses of B12 into the bloodstream.
The only reservation it had was regarding the long term
effects.

However, Catherine Collins, the chief dietician at St
George's Hospital in London warned in an interview
with the Daily Mail:

"The digestive system ordinarily acts as a filter with food
and to some extent oral supplements, making it actually
quite difficult to overdose on nutrients. But by bypassing
the gut and going straight into veins, the body is unable
to perform its natural screening process."

So... do YOU really need this injection?

It seems that there are a fair few types of people who
SHOULD enquire with their doctor about B12.

  • Elderly people with symptoms including
    tremors, tiredness and other neurological
    symptoms. It's estimated thst 10%-15% of
    people over the age of 60 have a vitamin B12
    deficiency. This can lead to all the above
    problems.

  • People with pernicious anaemia. Normal
    anaemia is caused by lack or iron. But pernicious
    anaemia occurs when your body kills off the B12
    you eat. This means that eating more foods
    containing vitamin B12 diet won't cure the
    problem.

  • Some vegetarians and vegans. Because B12
    is found mainly in meat, fish and dairy products,
    some vegetarians who experience a deficiency
    may need the shots for a quicker recovery.
    Saying that, long-term vegans and vegetarians
    are said to be more efficient at absorbing B12
    from foods. You can also get B12 from Brewer's
    yeast. But not all nutritional yeast products
    contain B12. So make sure you read the label.

  • Heavy drinkers and smokers, pregnant and
    breast-feeding women. Sometimes they can
    also need an extra boost of vitamin B12.
    Although they CAN get this vitamin from their
    food.

However, most people need only a B12 supplement, or
to up their intake of B12 foods, which include mussels,
oysters, clams, liver, beef, lamb, trout, salmon, eggs,
and hard cheeses.

Using the shot simply as an energy booster doesn't look
much more than a fad of the jet-set crowd. It's
particularly good for hangovers apparently, so it fits the
pop-star lifestyle.

It makes it the latest "in-thing" for rich bored celebrities
who spend half their lives drunk... and the other half in
therapy moaning about drink.

Here's an easier method for normal people...

If you want to give yourself a home-made shot of
energy, then try this...

The scary vegetable that boosts stamina

This year a research team, led by the University of
Exeter, has discovered that drinking a glass of beetroot
juice can boost your stamina.

The nitrate in beetroot juice causes a reduction in your
uptake of oxygen. This slows the rate at you become
tired. The study claims that if you're doing strenuous
exercise, you'll be able to keep going for 16% longer.

And there's only one side-effect....

This is one that I noticed only the other week when I
went to the loo in the morning. I nearly fainted when I
saw the red colour in the toilet bowl.

My old hypochondria came flooding back.

"My god I am going to die!" muttered my paranoid brain.

Thankfully, my endless days and nights musing over
food and health issues came to the rescue.

I suddenly knew what the problem was.

Eating a lot of beetroot or drinking beetroot juice can
lead to something called Beeturia, which turns your
urine a very scary red.

I'd completely forgotten that I'd eaten a beetroot salad
the night before!

But hey, as side effects go, there are plenty worse. And
beetroot is a food worth getting into your system for
other reasons....

Research by Barts and the London School of Medicine
and the Peninsula Medical School, in 2008 found that
beetroot juice reduced your blood pressure.

And it's good for your heart too.

Beetroot contains a powerful little substance called
betaine, which can help lower your levels of
homocysteine. This has been linked with heart disease
if it's produced too keenly. So getting betaine into your
system helps make sure homocysteine doesn't build up.

Tasty ways to get beetroot into your diet

To get your beetroot fix, boil some beetroot 'til soft, or
get hold of pre-cooked beetroot in its own juices (not
vinegar).

You can then juice yourself some of the pure stuff.

Or take a couple of apples, a couple of carrots, and
some cooked beetroot. Now juice them together. This is
far more palatable in my opinion.

My other tip is to try this salad....

Take some fresh salad leaves, chopped spring onion,
handful of crushed walnuts, some crumbled feta
cheese, thinly sliced celery and slices or chunks of
beetroot. Make a dressing out of lemon, oil, parsley, salt
and pepper.

Toss it all together. Eat. Lovely.

Or here's a diet I was sent last year by a Good Lifer
which involved beetroot. I think it's worth repeating
again...

"I got fed up with finding my clothes uncomfortably tight
so I decided I had to do something about it. I have lost 2
stone so far which has stayed off. And I feel fitter than I
have for years. Here is what I eat:

  • Breakfast is porridge.

  • Lunch is salad with Rye bread, beetroot and
    sometimes sardines or mackerel.

  • Evening is fish (salmon, trout, haddock, hake) cooked
    in the oven. And I mix chopped up celery, onion, leeks
    and courgettes in a dish, cooked alongside the fish.
    Sometimes I cook chicken in which case I will have
    carrots and broccoli with it and sweet potatoes.

  • Between meals I eat any of these (fresh) - cherries,
    apricots, raspberries, blueberries.

Let's all hear it for beetroot, then!

And if you eat too much, please NO fainting in the loos,
gents. It looks bad, but it's not the end of the world!