Children and B Complex Deficiency Syndrome

The emotional problems associated with B-vitamin deficiency or B-Complex Deficinecy Syndrome (BCDS) can start out quite subtly.  Your kid or grandkid is just quiet, or sad, or perhaps the best word might be sullen.  Most people might not even notice, but you do.  “Experts” might consider him or her to be mildly depressed and a candidate for drug therapy if it “doesn’t pass”.  For those kids who do not get the right intervention, this is the beginning of mental and emotional problems that at best may simply progress to chromic depression.  But at worst, tens of thousands of kids are catapulted into a downward health spiral of severe mental and emotional problems.  If your child starts acting sullen or depressed at any age, this is the first sign for you to act.  Here are the facts:

  1. A child’s mental and emotional status is critically dependant upon adequate vitamin B in the diet.
  2. Children and teens in particular generally eat foods low or with no measurable natural vitamin B content.
  3. Many are constantly consuming non-foods, junk foods, and processed foods that reduce the already critically low levels of vitamin B in the body, and that are biochemically proven to make a vitamin B deficiency even worse.
  4. Many are prescribed several doses of antibiotics which damage their intestinal flora.  The healthy bacteria destroyed by antibiotics produce B vitamins.
  5. The earliest signs of BCDS are emotional – like sullen, slightly depressed behavior.  Other signs are skin problems and poor digestion.  The emotional signs starting out with sullenness can quickly catapult into depression, disorientation, and delusions.  These symptoms are consistent with early beriberi, a vitamin B deficiency disease considered non-existent in this country.  How can beriberi exist in the US?  After all, we “fortify” our cereals and breads with a few puny synthetics called B vitamins, which are instantly flushed out of children’s body’s.
  6. Biochemistry textbooks list the symptoms of BCDS in children as depression, anxiety, hostility, rage, vague fears, forgetfulness, irritability, and a constant feeling that something bad is about to happen.
  7. Soda should not be consumed by children or teens.
  8. The most shameful statistic in American health care is that the US is #1 in the world when it comes to teen suicides!  And why not- kids are killings themselves in droves because of a dramatic universal, and deadly vitamin-B deficiency- BCDS.

What To Do

Do not listen to anyone who tells you that you are nuts.  You know your child or grandchild.  When they show early signs of BCDS, take action immediately.

  1. Give them a steady supply of real, whole, raw B complex vitamins.  Start them on Cataplex B at 4-9 tablets a day from Standard Process.  No high potency, super vitamin B supplements will help, and some can make things worse by exaggerating a B vitamin imbalance.
  2. As soon as Cataplex B is started, teach and help them to eat a real, whole food diet.  This can be tough.  But at least have them eat some whole foods daily, quit all soda, quit all alcohol, and dramatically reduce their sugar intake.
  3. The response to Cataplex B can be near miraculous.  You may notice an attitude change almost overnight.

About 15 years ago I wrote, “for the few doctors who have the courage to take  a stand, we applaud.  For those who are still in the dark, we offer a light.  For those who narrow mindedly condemn, we are sorry.  Unfortunately, the real sadness must be reserved for their patients, the scores of innocent kids.”

Do not let this happen in your family.  Take action immediately.


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Article By: Bruce West, Health Alert, January 2014, Volume 31, Issue 1

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