Why getting enough vitamin B12 is so important

LIFE CHANGING: Dr Joseph Chandy holds a sample of vitamin B12 which he says has cured patients mistakenly diagnosed with MS.
LIFE CHANGING: Dr Joseph Chandy holds a sample of vitamin B12 which he says has cured patients mistakenly diagnosed with MS.
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A GP is set to stage a talk about a controversial treatment that has been claimed to help people suffering from a range of debilitating conditions.

Horden-based doctor Joseph Chandy is set to talk about vitamin B12 deficiency at the event at Horden Welfare Centre, Seventh Street.

The event has been organised by the Vitamin B12 Deficiency Support Group and is being held on Saturday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Dr Chandy will talk about how vitamin B12 can be used to treat a range of conditions including fatigue, ME, MS, and Addison’s disease and organisers want people with the conditions to attend to learn more.

The General Medical Council suspended Dr Chandy from prescribing the simple vitamin B12 treatment – as the National Institute for Clinical and Health Care Excellence (NICE) does not recommend B12 to treat fatigue.

It is the third time Dr Chandy has had to withdraw the treatment for his patients.

In 2001 the former Easington Primary Care Trust (PCT) halted prescription for similar reasons. But after a campaign by patients, the treatment was quickly reinstated, until 2006, when the newly-formed County Durham and Darlington PCT ordered its suspension.

People have spoken in support of Dr Chandy’s treatment for B12 deficiency, including Norman Imms, whose daughter Wendy Kitching, 42, has been a patient since she was a young girl.

Wendy, who has lived at the Hawthorns care home, in Peterlee, for three years, was diagnosed B12 deficient in 2001.

Mr Imms wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron, the health minister and the GMC pleading to lift the ban.