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ShadyGuy
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There have been studies performed, including one at Sloan Kettering, which show a possible connection between supplements for Vitamins B6, B12, and D with increased risk for lymphoma and especially leukemia. Has anyone's oncologist ever mentioned this? I take D on my GP recommendation and B12 for anemia. The B12 seems to really help the anemia. Vitamin B6 is not one I take and no multivitamins. I try to take only minimal multiples of MDR and not megadoses, though megadoses of B12, which is water soluble, are reportedly safe since any extra passes out through the urine. This could be a real game changer if accurate. During the decade before diagnosis I was a real health nut and very careful what I ate, was at my ideal weight, got lots of exercise, and took supplements every day. Could that have been my downfall? My job required constant worldwide travel and long hours so I thought I was protecting my health but may have been doing just the opposite. Has anyone looked into the negative effects of supplements? I suppose another culprit could have been radiation in airplanes. I am a million miler several times over. I am concerned about this because I want my son to avoid any such mistakes. Like his Dad he is a road warrior. It's an unhealthy lifestyle.

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I take a "Super B" pill daily:  B-12, B-6, Vit C, and some other stuff.   I don't think I could get out of bed without it.  A definite energy assist.

I've done this for years, and have had no adverse effects.  As I've mentioned here before, B-12 is the main active element in "energy drinks."  (NOT caffine).   As regulars here know, I'm not a 'holistic' kind of guy, and regard most internet reports of magical cures or benefits to be moronic.  But this helps a lot.  I do actually think I will soon try CBD Oil for terrible arthrits pain, that I have had for decades from 18 long-bone fractures.   

As you note, B-12 is 'water soluble,' so any excess is washed out via the kidneys.  Vitamin E, and many others, are 'fat soluble,' and can lead to overdosing.

I have never had a doc advise against B-12, and actually never read anything to that effect.

ShadyGuy
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The article I read said too much vitamin B6 increases the chance of getting leukemia from about 2%  to around 9%. Apparently B6 is stored inertly in the body and activated to help build new cells. Cancer cells can activate it when they clone themselves. B6 is being looked at as a way to carry medicines to target fast reproducing cancer cells. I would say its a real long shot. Somebody looking for a grant.

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I had my annual post-prostetectomy PSA test yesterday.  Stage II prostate removed 5.4 years ago.   Negative, meaning no relapse. After removal of the prostate, if ANY PSA is detectable, it is cancer, since only the prostate itself or prostate cancer cells can produce PSA.  I had a lung tumor detected around the same time, which had to be followed via CTs for two years which proved negative also.  Perhaps I should become a knife dodger on one of those spinning wheels in a carnival   ?

It is interesting to learn how the various organ cancers are treated very differently than blood cancers; a whole different world, with few similarities.   I give thanks for wellness...

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Rexmax
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Hi all, I haven't posted in quite awhile, haven't had any internet past 7 months due to living situation waiting on new home to be built. This topic really got my attention as I have been getting B-12 injections every 3 weeks for past 20 years plus. Are you all saying this is a bad thing I'm confused? My body will not make its own and I can't take a pill has to be injected. I have an upcoming CT scan next month haven't seen cancer Dr since Dec as I'm now scheduled for every 6 months and so far I feel good except for getting tired more quickly. Hope all is well with you all LILLIAN 

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Re,

As I wrote above, I take a "Super B Complex" daily.   I can't imagine it is doing you anything but good, especially as regard energy levels.

PBL
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Hi Lillian,

Glad to see you're still here and doing well. Since you're posting again, I gather that you must have moved into your new house.

Regarding B12, I really wouldn't be worried about being supplemented, as vitamin B12 is absolutely essential to your body (in particular, your nervous system) and deficiency can have potentially devastating effects. As it is absorbed from animal food sources, those on strict vegan diets need to take a B12 supplement to prevent deficiency, and since it is only absorbed through certain portions of the digestive tract, those with gastrectomies or Crohn's disease also need to get a supplement.

If what you've read on this thread has given you any doubts, please ask your doctor to explain why you need that shot, but don't change your treatment regimen without discussing the issue with a medical professional first.

Kind regards,

PBL

ShadyGuy
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Vitamin B12 comes only from animal sources or from supplements. Your body does not make it.

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