B12 Supplements & Long-Term Toxicity

Hello Lovers of Health,

this week I had a patient come to see me for long-term fatigue and generally just not feeling like himself for years.

He said: "I just feel toxic and tired...I have been like this for years" .

I discovered that he had been taking an over the counter B12 supplement for about 15+ years for no apparent reason. - He said: "I read that is good for me and I may need it?".

This is something I hear all of the time! B12 supplementation. Especially with my vegan patients. And this really concerns me. There is so much on Dr Google, recommending B12 and how safe it is because it is water soluble....this is Not true.

So anyway we did a preliminary urinary metal test and found excessive amounts of cobalt in his urine. Do you know where this comes from? ANSWER: Excessive amounts of B12 supplementation.

He had also chosen a cheep over the counter B12, which was just not absorbing in his system and it seemed, to put it simply, his kidneys were trying to get rid of the excess for a very very long time. Further investigation found he had reduced kidney function in his pathology. - A study found, B12 may lead to negative health outcomes in those with diabetes or kidney disease, including 1mg per day.

I have also seen over supplementation of those taking zinc, which can also displace copper (required by the body for the nervousness system) and over supplementation of iron, which can also effect liver function long term. - This is why testing is so important. 

Other common supplements that may be toxic or have side effects:
Vitamin K, B6, A, E, Iron to name a few.

Please make a free 10min booking if you or friends & family have any questions at all about the supplements and forms you are taking.  I am more than happy to support you all where I can.

If you or a family member are confused about your medications I recommend you go to your GP or pharmacist and ask for a medication review.

ASK QUESTIONS:  "Why am I taking this?  What are the side effects?   Do I still need it?  How long will I need to be on it?  Are there any other options?"  

If you want to find out exactly what forms and dosages of supplementation are best for you, please call me.  This is what we are trained specifically to help you with.

Love, Health & Healing to ALL!
Christine x

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5 Tips On How To Increase Your Iron

5 Tips On How To Increase Your Iron

Although it is very common, many people do not realise they have iron deficiency anaemia.  Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common type of anaemia.  It occurs when our body is low in iron.  Your body is able to store iron, however it is not able to produce it.   Therefore we must obtain our iron from foods or through supplementation.

Here are 5 easy ways you can increase your iron through diet

1.     Eat vitamin C rich foods with an iron rich meal. Eg: kiwi fruit, red capsicum, 1/2 lemon squeezed in water, berries.

2.     Include iron rich foods in your diet such as:  red meat and offal,  liver (try liver pate).  chicken, duck, turkey and fish also have iron.

3.     Include iron rich veggies and legumes in your diet daily:  broccoli, spinach, silver beet, fresh raw grated beetroot, kidney beans and lentils.  Almonds, pumpkin seeds, prunes.

4.     If you are really low in iron and need to supplement, take a quality powdered vitamin C supplement prior to your iron supplement.

5.     Coffee and tea may hinder absorption of iron, so don’t drink them close to your meal or supplementation.

Vegetarians, be mindful that you are getting enough Iron and B12. – You may have to supplement.

If you experience constipation due to your supplement, a naturopath should be able to help you find a supplement that does not cause this side effect.

If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, get your blood checked with your doctor.  You can have your iron checked with a simple blood test through your GP.  Your doctor will do a complete blood count (CBC) as well as iron and ferritin (your iron stores). 

Sometimes the test will come back within range, however as a naturopath, I like to see your Iron stores within optimal range, not just within range.   At the lower end is not always good enough for optimal health and well being.    This means, I don’t want to see your iron and ferritin at the lower end of normal, as you can still be experiencing fatigue and several of the common symptoms listed below. 

Symptoms of low iron may include:



Shortness of breath



Brittle nails

Pale skin and

Tongue swelling, soreness and a pale tongue

Irregular or fast heartbeat

Unusual food cravings

Please consult your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.


If you believe you have issues with low iron, iron absorption due to your gut health or menstrual issues, please get in touch to find out more about how I can help.  You can book a FREE 10min phone consultation online: http://lovethyhealth.com.au/contact/

Christine Carley

Naturopath BHlthSc. (Nat) NHAA ECNH

Christine Carley is a bachelor qualified naturopath supporting her clients with chronic conditions, mental, hormonal and gut health, stress, anxiety, fatigue and sleep.  She has a strong commitment to her clients and offers ongoing holistic treatment plans.   She has been facilitating trans-personal practices for 17 years.  Having experienced a chronic health condition called fibromyalgia or M.E., for many years and since childhood, she is now the most healthy version of herself she has ever been and lives totally pain free. She currently practices at Western Health Collective in Melbourne, Australia and is available for online consultations via SKYPE or FaceTime.

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