Monday, May 10, 2010

Vitamin B12 as a Medicine to Treat Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers

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I ran by this study published in January 2009 in The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. It shows the usefulness of the use of vitamins as drugs. This was proposed in the 1960s by Linus Pauling and encouraged the start of an alternative approach to heath named orthomolecular medicine. (see my previous post)

Regarding the study, 58 participants were randomized to either receive vitamin B12 1000ug sub-lingual a day or a placebo. A significant number in the treatment group reached 'no aphthous ulcer status' (74.1% vs. 32%; P<0.01)

 Effectiveness of Vitamin B12 in Treating Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial -- Volkov et al. 22 (1): 9 -- The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
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