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The Physiology of Dress Reform

By Dr. Collins, Audio: mp3

This is a topic that is very rarely ever discussed and not well understood even among people who claim to be ‘dress reformers ’. It is a matter that needs to be better understood and a matter in which God Himself has supplied the basics for us to understand it—but mostly these have not been carefully studied and people have read a little and jumped tom any erroneous conclusions and ignorance has largely prevailed. It is our hope that this concise information will help many to respond in a more effective way to the questions raised by dress reform. Many people hear or read about dress reform, and many people reject dress reform, but most do not understand the laws of the body that are actually sound. With proper understanding of how the body functions, can cause people to re-evaluate their position on this topic. Many people will recognize as the ‘Virtuous Woman’ chapter. Read the rest of this entry

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Questions Answered Regarding the Vegan and Vitamin B12

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Written by Barbara O’Neil, from Misty Mountain Health Retreat Australia

What is vitamin B12?

  • Vitamin B12 is made in the digestive tract of animals, and is also present in the bacterial growth of the nose, mouth, base of tongue and upper bronchial tree. Vitamin B12 is also synthesized from food with the aid of intestinal bacteria.

Microorganisms, primarily bacteria, are the only known organisms that manufacture B12. These bacteria often live in bodies of water and soil. Animals get B12 by eating food and soil contaminated with these microorganisms. These bacteria also live inside animals’ digestive tracts. Plants do not require B12 for any function, and therefore have no mechanisms to produce or store B12. In animals, B12 is normally attached to a protein (very large molecules made up of amino acids) either for transport or storage.

About 60% of the total amount of B12 in the body is stored in the liver and 30% is stored in the muscles. The body has a special circuit between the digestive tract and the liver. Bile, which is mad in the liver and needed to digest fat, is secreted into the beginning of the small intestine. It is then reabsorbed at the end of the small intestine and taken back to the liver where it is used again. This circuit is called enterohepatic circulation. Omnivores normally eat about 2-6 mg of B12/ day and their liver normally excretes 5-10 mg/day via their bile. Healthy omnivores reabsorb about 3-5 mg B12 from the bile. A vegan with B12 absorption problems will develop B12 deficiency in 1-3 years because absorption problems will block the enterohepatic circulation. Adult vegans decrease their bile excretion to as low as 1 mg /day and reabsorb almost 100% of it, thus delaying B12 deficiency for 20-30 years. Jack Norris B.S. Nutrition Diatetics, Director Vegan Outreach, 6/2000 Read the rest of this entry