The following is taken from a weekly email I receive from Rev. George Malkmus who has been on a strict vegan diet for 25 years. (Warning: He is a Christian and speaks of God and the Bible. He believes that God's way to ultimate health is the diet he gave man in Genesis 1:29)He has spent many years researching diet and nutrition. If you want to know more, email me.The answer to these questions came when I learned where vitamin B-12 actually comes from. I learned thatB-12usually does not come from something we consciously put intoour body as food; rather, it is manufactured within the bodyof all God's animal creations by bacteria and microbes. Thisall came together for me when I read David Wolfe's book,"The Sunfood Diet Success System." Following are some quotesthat I found extremely interesting in his book:"Although animal and dairy products are a source of vitaminB-12, the natural soil microbes and bacteria found on wildfood, unwashed garden plants, and also those supplied byplant fermentation are typically adequate to supply the bodywith vitamin B-12 needs. The natural microbes and bacteriain the soil need to be duplicated and colonize in ourintestinal tract for optimal absorption of nutrients. . . .Vitamin B-12 is produced by these natural microbes andbacteria as they colonize the intestines."A problem with the formation of B-12 occurs when there is asterilization which happens between the picking of the fruitor vegetable and the moment it reaches the mouth. Sterileenvironments are unnatural. The soil microbes and bacteria,which grow on raw fruits and vegetables, need to beduplicated in the intestinal tract for the properassimilation of vitamin B-12 to take place."Dr. Victor Herbert described in the AMERICAN JOURNAL OFCLINICAL NUTRITION (1988, volume 48, p. 852-858) theexperiences of Dr. James Halsted, who traveled to Persia tostudy a colony of Iranian vegans who did not experience anyvitamin B-12 deficiencies. He found that their naturallyfertilized vegetables were eaten without being carefullywashed. He discovered that strict vegetarians who do notpractice thorough hand washing or vegetable cleaning may beuntroubled by a vitamin B-12 deficiency."Studies have shown that those eating a typical diet ofanimal products actually require more vitamin B-12 thanthose who do not eat animal products. This is because thetypical diet leads to digestive atrophy. Because vitamin B-12 is peptide bound in animal products and must beenzymatically cleaved from the peptide bonds to be absorbed,a weakening of all gastric acid and gastric enzymesecretions (due to a cooked food diet) causes an inabilityto efficiently extract vitamin B-12 from external food. Raw-food vegans, who have more powerful digestion, actually getmore vitamin B-12 reabsorption from the bile (liversecretions into the duodenum) than they do from externalfood."Sugar . . . is an antibiotic. So a long-term high-sugar diet. . . coming from refined sources . . . can damage or wipeout the intestinal flora. Cooking also destroys microbes. Ahighly-sterilized cooked-vegan diet may not provide theintestines with enough excellent flora."To ensure an excellent quality of vitamin B-12, be sure toeat some unwashed garden plants--more is better. Leave foodsunwashed that were grown wildly, homegrown, or picked by youfrom an organic farm. Store-bought food is much different,it should be washed because it can be loaded with mold,pollution, and toxins."
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