Many voices make a difference!
Well done everyone who wrote to the BSH (British Society for Haematology) regarding their previous misinformed COVID 19 Guidance for those with B12 deficiency.
They have thankfully now updated their website with much more sensible advice so if your GP followed their previous statement – Please get them to take a look at this new link in order to get your B12 injections reinstated. They have now helpfully made the clear distinction between non dietary and dietary lack.
“The need for intramuscular (IM) hydroxocobalamin should be discussed with each patient individually.
…….Alternatives to attending the GP surgery such as local pharmacies or home administration by district nurses should be explored.
……. As an alternative, oral cyanocobalamin can be offered at a dose of 1 mg per day until regular IM hydroxocobalamin can be resumed, i.e. once GP surgeries are able to do so safely, aiming to have a shortest possible break from regular injections.
…..Patients should be advised to monitor their symptoms and should contact their GP if they begin to experience neurological or neuropsychiatric symptoms such as pins and needles, numbness, problem with memory or concentration or irritability.”
Thank you to Rita – BSH Guidelines Programme Manager, for responding so swiftly.
My apologies I put this on social media a few days ago and forgot to blog!
The BBC have shown interest in our issue but as things with COVID 19 have escalated since our initial contact and finding an interviewee, we are currently on the back burner. I will keep you posted with any further developments.
So while some UK doctors are stopping B12 injections for those who need them to live well and function, medical researchers are looking at ways to combat COVID 19 and believe that B12 and nicotinamide (B3) can help.
SARS-Cov-2/Covid/19 ADULT RESPIRATORY DISTRESS SYNDROME /ARDS: HIGH DOSE IV METHYLCOBALAMIN IS A SAFE & COST EFFECTIVE RESCUE TREATMENT for ARDS
“A SAFE AND EFFICACIOUS PROPHYLACTIC /TREATMENT FOR COVID19, TO PREVENT AND TREAT ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISTRESS SYNDROME, ALREADY EXISTS: RESPECTIVELY using HIGH DOSE IM AND IV METHYLCOBALAMIN FORM OF VITAMIN B12. The hydroxocobalamin form of B12 has been used in ICUs in France, Italy and China for nearly 70 years, as the anti-CN antidote of choice. It is safe, licensed and available. Methylcobalamin would be preferable, for a number of research based reasons. But both could be life savers in the current health crisis.”
COVID-19 Mpro formed a phylogenetic group with SARS CoV that was distant from MERS CoV. The identity% was 96.061 and 51.61 for COVID-19/SARS and COVID-19/MERS CoV sequence comparisons, respectively. The top 20 drugs in the virtual screening studies comprised a broad-spectrum antiviral (ribavirin), anti-hepatitis B virus (telbivudine), two vitamins (vitamin B12 and nicotinamide) and other miscellaneous systemically acting drugs. Of special interest, ribavirin had been used in treating cases of SARS CoV.
Best wishes and keep safe,
You can find all the blogs relating to COVID 19 on this new page