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#1 Old 04-07-2004, 07:40 AM
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Hey guys



I'm new to the site as of yesterday!! I'm not new to being a vegetarian. I have been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for 11 years now (half my life).



I stumbled across this site after searcing for hidden ingredients I should be wary of. I'm very glad I did stumle here.



The impression I get is that the people seem really friendly, laid back and cool.



I live with my boyfriend of two years. I have "adopted" (long story.....) two cats, (Cat & Fluffy). I have always loved animals especially cows since I can remember. I used to love meat but since my best friend became a vegetarian she kinda persuaded me to become one too.



I've learnt alot about the meat industry which I think alot of people are oblivious to. I'm a much happier person now I don't eat meat.



Unfortunately since becoming a veggie I now suffer from iron and b12 deficiency. I am awaiting my final blood results to see whether my b12 levels are so low I need monthly injections! Fingers crossed that the levels are ok.



That is enough from me for now ...please read my profile (when I get the chance to do it) for more info on me.



I'm very, very happy to be here....I give you all a little of my love





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#2 Old 04-07-2004, 07:41 AM
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#3 Old 04-07-2004, 07:46 AM
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How could you be suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency? I don't think meat has vitamin B12 in it.



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#4 Old 04-07-2004, 07:54 AM
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Hi Trunks,



I didn't get the b12 defiency bit either. The doctor said that iron and b12 levels are linked and that if your iron levels are low then your b12 levels with also be low.



I've just found this quote on the Vegetarian Society website so it must be right. "Vitamin B12 is a member of the vitamin B complex. It contains cobalt, and so is also known as cobalamin. It is exclusively synthesised by bacteria and is found primarily in meat, eggs and dairy products".



I'm not a vegan so I'm surprised mine is so low. The doctor said alot of vegetarians/vegans are prone to it if their diet is not well balanced.
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I've never heard of vitamin b in meat; however, I know that eggs and dairy does have vitamin b. I believe you need at least 2 micrograms of vitamin b12 daily.
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#8 Old 04-07-2004, 05:12 PM
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Welcome !



About the B12 thing... my dad is B12-deficient, and he is an omni. My grandmother (his mother) -another omni- has the same problem.

Some people are just genetically predisposed, I think...[don't quote me on thsi, though] They both should get enough through the food they eat, but somehow their bodies don't absorb it properly. I'm not sure about my grandmother, but my father now needs to get monthly injections of B12.
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"I'm new to the site as of yesterday!! I'm not new to being a vegetarian. I have been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for 11 years now (half my life). "



Are you trying to trick us into doing maths?

Hmmm, I'll let it slide this time.

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Alpaca really doesnt know a thing about B12, but Alpaca knows lots of people on this website will! Alpaca would like to say hi and tells you to ask around to answer all your earthly questions.
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I've never heard of vitamin b in meat; however, I know that eggs and dairy does have vitamin b. I believe you need at least 2 micrograms of vitamin b12 daily.



Trunks, animal foods are the only source of natural B12. That's why vegans take supplements for that vitamin. Otherwise you could get pretty sick!

http://www.veganhealth.org/b12
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Howdy Raquelle.

Enjoyed reading your intro.

Make yourself at home.



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yes yes, b12 is in animal bits. if you're not having them you ought to have vitamins or eat fortified foods. or both.



i had a friend who had some disease that made him chronically low on b vitamins and sort of skinny and insane. he also had webbed toes. apparently, these things were related.



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We're very glad to have you. I'm sure that you'll be able to get all of your questions and concerns clarified.
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#16 Old 04-14-2004, 07:44 PM
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Welcome! Glad to meet you. *bows*



Also, I just noticed that Silk Regular soymilk has 50% RDA of B12 per 8oz serving.



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Trunks, animal foods are the only source of natural B12. That's why vegans take supplements for that vitamin. Otherwise you could get pretty sick!

Why?
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What kind of dog is your avatar? It looks like an Irish Setter. I had a beautiful Irish setter growing up. His name was Seamus. He was an amazing dog.
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I love your dog! SO cute!



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#21 Old 04-19-2004, 04:27 AM
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Hi AuroraLily,



The dog on my avater is an Irish Setter. His name was Oliver. He died 6 weeks ago. We had him for 11 wonderful years. I miss him terribly.





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#22 Old 04-20-2004, 01:40 AM
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Aww... I'm so sorry about Oliver.
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#23 Old 05-07-2004, 03:34 PM
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Why?



To answer your question why vegans need B12 -



B12 is fundamental to red blood cell reproduction. If left untreated, you can die from it. It is why parents of vegan children have to be careful - B12 is extremely important for their growth.
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