B12deficiency.info 2016 Conference 17th and 18th June – Education for all, B12, methylation and thyroid.

I am delighted to announce our second event and Sally Pacholok will be with us again!

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The conference will attempt to address the gaps in the diagnosing and understanding of these conditions and the effects on both physical and mental health.

Please note: This is NOT a two day conference, an identical programme will run each day.

Ticket price £62.00
Includes: Presentations, lunch, refreshments, attendance certificate for CPD and free on site parking.


This conference is for all with an interest in the subjects both personally and professionally.

If you are a patient you will learn more about your condition. If you work with people in any field of mental or physical health then this conference will provide high clinical relevance and an attendance certificate for CPD.

It has been arranged by Tracey Witty of www.b12deficiency.info to promote greater awareness and understanding of B12 deficiency, methylation and thyroid disease.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no sponsorship from, nor affiliations to pharmaceutical or vitamin companies at this event (or throughout www.b12deficiency.info).

The speakers are highly knowledgeable, experienced and engaging. They will discuss the multi-systemic and polyglandular nature of the conditions, diagnosis and misdiagnosis.

Q&A time with the speakers is scheduled.

In addition to our speakers we will hear from three patients who will present their own case studies.

Last years attendees said; – Thanks for organising the excellent conference, the speakers were all very engaging and enthusiastic. I don’t think I have ever been at a conference that so many people stayed until the end, especially on a Saturday!

– I am an acupuncturist and during the conference I realised that my training in B12 deficiency was woefully inadequate. Knowing so much more about B12 and methylation has completely changed my practice!

Meet the Speakers

Sally Pacholok RN BSN
Presentation on –
The effect of B12 deficiency on all body systems. Symptoms, causes, those at risk and common misdiagnoses.

Sally was a licensed Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and worked as a paramedic prior to and during nursing school.

In 1985 aged 22, Sally diagnosed herself with vitamin B12 deficiency, after her doctors had failed to identify her condition. Over the past two decades, she has frequently found untreated B12 deficiency in the patients she cares for and has campaigned to raise awareness of this all too common debilitating neurological condition.

During her presentation Sally will be using case studies to show how b12 deficiency affects people of all ages, including babies and children. She will also be reviewing the pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, risk factors, causes, diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment.

Sally’s book inspired Emmy winning film producer Elissa Leonard to produce a documentary on misdiagnosed B12 deficiency in 2011 click to watch. Elissa then went on to produce a feature film based on Sally’s life click to watch.

Anne Pemberton
Functional Medicine Practitioner MSc, PGCE (Autism), RGN.
Presentation on –
Genetic Polymorphisms in Chronic fatigue and Autism: Supporting the role of B12 and Folate and their connection to HPU (Kryptopyrroles).
Anne spent the first 25 years of her working life as a registered nurse in cardiac intensive care. Her son’s diagnosis of autism and the lack of medical help was the catalyst for Anne’s decision to retrain as a functional medicine practitioner.

Anne is now the Course Director on the MSc in Nutritional Therapy at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York. She also runs a busy international clinic, with special interest in CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and autism.

Anne uses nutrigenomics data from 23andme.com alongside appropriate functional testing, in order to establish each person’s individual health requirements. She has co-written the first UK based practitioner nutrigenomics course in the UK which is delivered twice yearly in York and London. Anne has also co-authored a book with Dr Damien Downing ‘The vitamin Cure for Digestive Disease’.

Dr. Afshan Ahmad BSc, PhD.
Presentation on –
The effect of thyroid replacement in patients with ‘normal’ thyroid chemistry and clinical signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Development for Vaccine Research Trust, a charity established in 1982 which supports research into why a group of people present with signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism but continue to have blood tests within the reference range. She co-founded Vaccine Research International Plc and helped Dr Gordon Skinner in his thyroid clinic in Birmingham, working closely with him in his dealings with the GMC. In 2000, they published a paper on the effect of thyroid replacement in patients with ‘normal’ thyroid chemistry and clinical signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Afshan qualified with a BSc degree in Immunology and Microbiology from London University in 1983 and joined Dr Gordon Skinner’s vaccine research group at the Medical School, University of Birmingham in 1985, she completed her PhD in Medical Microbiology in 1999.

Dr Joanne Younge
Associate Specialist Old Age Psychiatrist.
Presentation on –
Audit on B12 and folate deficiency in the elderly.

Joanne graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1996 and is an Associate Specialist Old Age Psychiatrist in an NHS Trust.

Joanne is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Clinical Lecturer at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland. Her main interest is improving care for patients, either through quality improvement initiatives, using Institute for Healthcare Improvement methodology, or audit.

She co-authored ‘CBT for mild to moderate depression and anxiety’ in 2014 and an audit on improving patient safety, ‘The impact of introducing a Lithium care pathway’, was published as an example of shared learning on the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) website in 2015.

The introduction of an electronic care record, with better access to blood results, and improved insight into the potential impact of deficiencies prompted an audit into B12 and folate deficiency in the elderly patients referred to the local service. She is hopeful that the audit, presented at the conference, will have an impact on improving patient care in the future.

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To book your place click here

To read more please visit the conference page.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes, Tracey

‘Sally Pacholok’ – A film based on the true story of an ER nurse who takes on the medical establishment when she uncovers an epidemic of misdiagnosis.

It is with great pleasure that I post this Press release below for the film ‘Sally Pacholok’. The feature film, based on Sally’s life, has been entered to the Sundance Film Festival and will make its UK premiere in cinema’s next year.

Thanks to the drive and foresight of Director and Producer Elissa Leonard, ‘Sally Pacholok’ is set to to shine a bright light on B12 deficiency and change the current, limited understanding of the devastating effects of this condition.

Sally’s name will be firmly cemented into the minds of the public and healthcare professionals alike, and will be made synonymous with vitamin B12 deficiency. The impact of this film will play an important role in helping to save even more lives.

Elissa’s earlier documentary, ‘Diagnosing and treating B12 deficiency’, demonstrates exactly how dire the situation can be for B12 deficient patients. The hard hitting image of a paediatrician who is near death, clad only in a nappy, is one which stays with the viewer for a very long time. He was seriously B12 deficient but was misdiagnosed with a rare neurological disease.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvEizypoyO0

Thank goodness Sally Pacholok has the passion and generosity required to work tirelessly to educate both health professionals and the public about this life threatening neurological condition.  Her ability to impart clear concise information both in person, and in the written word, (Could it Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnosis – co authored with her husband Dr Jeffrey Stuart), has already saved many lives around the world. Could It Be B12? has been translated into Dutch and Slovenian, and has recently been published in India.

If you think you may be B12 deficient please visit: http://www.b12deficiency.info/what-to-do-next/

Raising awareness; http://www.b12deficiency.info/how-you-can-help/

Please also consider joining Pat Kornic’s life saving support group

Press release below;

Leonard Spends Summer Making Dramatic Feature

Elissa Leonard produced and directed a dramatic feature film in May and spent the summer in post production.  The film is a 90-minute whistle-blower/romance written by Elissa Leonard and Patrick Prentice.  Sally Pacholok is based on the true story of an ER nurse who takes on the medical establishment when she uncovers an epidemic of misdiagnosis.  (Think Erin Brockovitch about healthcare.)  Elissa bought the life story rights to Sally Pacholok in 2012.

Annet Mahendru and Elissa Leonard

Annet Mahendru plays the title role of nurse Sally Pacholok.  Ms. Mahendru is a break out star on The Americans on FX, where she plays sultry Soviet spy Nina Sergeevna.    Andrew Ballard plays Dr. Jeff Stuart, the real life husband of Sally Pacholok.

With the exception of Annet Mahendru, cast and crew were from the Baltimore and DC areas.  The local SAG casting was done by Pat Moran and Associates.  Jeremy Morrison was the line producer and editor.  Nick Gardner was the director of photography, Dave Cross was the AD, Alex Jennings was the location sound mixer,  Angela Ratliff was the production designer, Julie Bent was the costume designer, and Pickles Kinion was lead hair and makeup.  Paige Gold was the production’s lawyer and Judy Walder the accountant.  Charlie Barnett wrote the film score and Studio Unknown did the sound design.

The film was shot in 19 days in the MD/DC area and you can see more of it here.  Expect to see a Power of the Purse announcement soon!