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Cheap Vitamin B12

Would oxygen give me more energy? My Doctor said he doesn’t want to get me started on oxygen yet because I will become dependent on it. I’m sure it gets lower than the 92%, resting at the Doctors Office. I don’t even have energy to get any exercise. When I bend over I get light headed, if I walk, I run out of gas. The thing is last year I was doing some walking and felt a little better, it has been a long winter here. I have gotten no exercise since last year, except running the snow blower. If I start coughing hard I pass out and wake up not knowing where I am for a few seconds. I have learned how to live with that, just don’t cough, no matter how bad I need to. Ride it out and cough gently,, that works. They gave me prednisone, some ungodly amount 4 times a day, that I threw away 10 years ago… I started taking Oils after dinner every day,,, 2, 1000 flax oil gel caps, a 1000 Vitamin E gel cap, a fish oil 1000, an aloe vera (the biggest GNC has) and a Caltrate or OsCal. Sometimes, not always, I use an albuterol inhaler when I feel short of breath.

For example, my Grandson called this morning wanting to go swimming on no notice. We live in Michigan and have a short swimming season. I just got it opened a week ago but it’s dirty again already. It’s hard because it’s surrounded with pine trees. The needles are always on the carpeted pool deck and I have to wash it off with the hose and the pool needs to be vacuumed again. Take the solar cover off full of water and put it back on… I had to tell my grandson no, now I feel bad. I don’t have an automatic pool vac, I have to do it the old fashioned way, with a pole. Once I get started it’s not that bad. I made some extra strong coffee and drank it till I’m bug-eyed and I still don’t want to clean the pool or do anything.

So,, what herbs can I take that will give me a kick in the pants to get me started and maybe help my 02? I hate the jitters. I asked the Doctor what I could take and he said they stopped giving energy pills out in the 60’s. Cheap Vitamin B12 from WalMart makes me jittery. It’s only too bad the herbs are so expensive. Again, sorry to be so long, I could just use a little advice here. I feel absolutely lost and overwhelmed.

The pulmonary fibrosis came from my job as a Dental Technician. We used miles of asbestos, tearing it off a roll, sending dust from it into the air, then after burning it out at 1800 degrees or so, you use a hammer to break the mold for gold or metal crowns, surrounded with the asbestos. That sends fried particles from the asbestos into the air.The asbestos was about as thick as 2 business cards and 2 inches wide. I used that from 1969 until 1983 when they came up with a substitute. Then I had to sandblast the castings, that was really dusty using 60 micron aluminum oxide. It is so fine, if you throw a handfull into the air, it takes 3-4 minutes for it to all land. Also lots of plaster dust and grinding metal. I have also got a breath of muratic acid a couple times and blew out smoke. Anyways,, sorry, I just want you to see the whole picture. Sorry to be so long.

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Q: Which is the best vitamin / supplement for vegans?
I need a multi-vitamin that covers everything that a vegan needs such as lots of Vitamin B12, omega-3, calcium, iron, etc, while being a vegan vitamin itself. Please let me know which is the best + cheapest, and not hard to get (such as through the internet or at Whole Foods).

A: If you are eating a well balanced diet, you really don’t need supplementation via vitamins.
You can get plenty of calcium from green leafy vegetables and legumes.
Same for iron.
B12 can be found in fortified Soymilk, cereals, and mock meats
Omega 3 and 6 oils are regularly found in seeds & nuts.

Make sure you are eating enough of these, and you will be just fine! : )

Q: Where can I get vitamins for cheap? With these stats.?
folic acid 400-1000 ug Vitamin b6 10-50 mg vitamin b12 500-1000ug vitamin c 200-1000mg vitamin e 400-500iu thiamin 50mg niacin 125mg

A: Try SupplementsToGo.com
I’ve purchased tons of vitamins/pills on their website and they have so far been the cheapest yet.

Q: What kind of prenatal vitamins are the best to take during pregnancy that is cheap and affordable?
All I know is that it needs to really have:

4,000 and 5,000 IU (international units) of vitamin A
800 and 1,000 mcg (1 mg) of folic acid
400 IU of vitamin D
200 to 300 mg of calcium
70 mg of vitamin C
1.5 mg of thiamine
1.6 mg of riboflavin
2.6 mg of pyridoxine
17 mg of niacinamide
2.2 mcg of vitamin B12
10 mg of vitamin E
15 mg of zinc
30 mg of iron
I just found out that I’m pregnant. So I haven’t been able to get to a doctor yet.
About how much would they be at target?

A: Prenatal vitamins are regulated. Whichever ones you pick will have the FDA approved amounts of vitamins and minerals for pregnancy. I just buy whatever kind is on sale or cheaper at the store. I have used Naturemade and they are fine. I have used a couple other kinds too. They are all pretty equal.

Q: B Complex Vitamin Question?
Does anyone know where I can find a B complex vitamin that has B-12 as methylcoblamin and B3 as Niacin? Or do I have to take separate supplements to get these vitamins in this form? It seems that all B Complex has the cheaper form of B12 and B3 and I would prefer the better forms.

Thanks for help

A: your best sources are grain, and green leafy vegetable. they also are absorbed much more in body compare to vitamins and cost less ans provide other benefits. Or, try health care store, you can get them separately or in combination.

Q: Dog food question number 1 million. Need help with ingredients.?
Just want input on this ingredients of this brand of dog food, im not trying to feed my best friend old yeller, or ol’ roy. these ingredients sound exceptional compared to old yeller & ol roy’s first ingredients being corn.

Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, white rice, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, beet pulp, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, potassium chloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

this is priced at $20 for 35 or 40lbs, still a cheaper food but not as cheap as t 9.99 for old yeller 50lbs

A: go to www.dogfoodanalysis.com and type in the brand name of the food, you’ll see recommendations as well as a star rating on the particular food to help you decide whether you should feed it or not.

Q: has anyone heard of this brand of cat food?
Is it good/bad/recalled? The ingredients seem good (to me anyway):

Chicken, Meat by-products, Water sufficient for
processing, Chicken by-products, Fish, Wheat
middling, Carrageenan, Salt, Cassia, Guar gum,
Potassium chloride, Taurine, Choline chloride,
Garlic powder, Zinc sulfate, Niacin supple ment,
Ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, Thiamine
mononitrate, Manganese sulfate, D-pantothenic
acid, Copper sulfate, Pyridoxine hydrochloride,
Riboavin supplement, Vitamin A supplement,
Folic acid, Potassium iodide, Sodium selenite,
Biotin, Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin
D3 supplement.

And is pretty cheap at BigLots (going for .25). Do you think just because its from BigLots, the ingredients could be misleading? Thanks for the help.

What you think?
LOL I forgot to put the name in…

RIVAL

A: If it is from BigLots, then no, it is not a high quality brand. Also, there is a large percentage of “by-product” and grain, which is bad. Any food you can buy at a supermarket or discount house is not going to be a good choice for your pet.

Some good brands are Wellness and Innova, which will run you about $0.50-$1.50 a can depending on brand/size.

Wellness is grain free and uses high quality meat products like chicken, turkey, beef. You want to avoid anything that uses the vague “meat” word, and you want to avoid grains, especially wheat.

A can of Chicken flavor Wellness reads:

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Chicken Broth, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Natural Chicken Flavor, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Flaxseed, Squash, Cranberries, Blueberries, Zucchini, Potassium Chloride, Garlic, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Iron Proteinate (a source of Chelated Iron), Beta-Carotene, Zinc Proteinate (a source of Chelated Zinc), Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Proteinate (a source of Chelated Cobalt), Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate (a source of Chelated Copper), Folic Acid, Manganese Proteinate (a source of Chelated Manganese), Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Biotin.

My 2 cats split a 5.5oz can of Wellness (various flavors) twice a day, and they get about 1/8 of a cup dry Wellness midday as a snack to share.

Q: Are you looking for cheaper veg vitamins/supplements?
Just thought I’d come and share something with you guys because I used to spend loads on vegetarain/vegan vitamins… the cheapest I could find was £6.99 ($15) for a one months supply from holland and barret.

But I’ve just found a new site which sells a 4 month supply (120 tablets) for £5.95! Just got them in the post and am very pleased with them so thought I’d come on here and hopefully save others some money. They’re specifically for a vegetarian or vegan diet with added B12 and Iron…..

http://www.healthspan.co.uk/vitamins/multivitamins_tablets_for_vegetarians_and_vegans-c147p352.html

A: The problem with any vitamins whether vegan or not is they don’t tend to be very well regulated. as they are classed as a food product there don’t tend to be any clinical trials done on them and assays show that say a simple vitamin c tablet can contain anything between 0 and 300% of what it says on the packet. Its best not to take vitamins unless you are actually deficient in them. try adjusting your diet to incorporate more of what you are missing first. yeasts are good for b12 and green veg for iron.

Q: Vitamins question about B12 shots?
I have been really tired lately and I was thinking about getting a B12 shot at the doctors office its about $45.00 because I don’t have insurance. I was wondering if you have had one and what did it do for you and how long did it last? What is the difference between that and the pill version…Would I get the same effects with pills (they are cheaper i think)…Thank you so much!!! XOXOX

A: Unless you have been diagnosed with pernicious anemia, you don’t need B12 shots. They will not give you more energy. If you feel you must take vitamin B12, take a pill – it’s cheaper. But in reality, unless you are a pregnant woman who’s been on a strict vegan diet for 20 years, you get plenty of B12 in your diet. Save your money

Q: What are standard prices for vet care?
I took my cat in for a checkup at VCA Norethside hospital in Bethlehem, PA and the bill came to a surprising $428. Is four hundred dollars normal? The breakdown was $56 for the checkup, $198 for standard bloodwork done for senior cats, $55 to search for Giardia, $31 to clean her ears, $38 for 1 ml of vitamin B12, and the remaining $50 for stuff she definitely needs like a blood pressure check, steroids, and biohazard waste management. This sounds like a lot for a cat who’s getting old, but isn’t dying or anything. Am I just being cheap? How much should 1 ml injection of B12 be, for instance? Thanks for your help!

A: I’m in the midwest (Milwaukee). It’s $50 for a checkup, used to be $35 two years ago. Full blood panel prices are set by the labs the blood is sent to, so the vet has little control over that. I pay $128 for a full blood panel for our senior cat. In house blood tests vary, most here are in the $30 to $60 category.

I’d question the $31 for ear cleaning, that should be free as part of the exam unless they were doing a culture to call you on with the results later. It’s still too high for a culture. Vit. B is $15 here, blood pressure check is $15, it used to be $8. Steroids are $18. Biohazard disposal is free.

You can phone any other vet clinic in your area and ask what each category would cost you at that clinic, and compare rates. I’d go back and question the ear cleaning and disposal charges. Offer to take the used biowaste with you (bring a zip lock baggie) and dispose of it at home like any used bandage and ear wax.

Q: Best and Cheapest Medical, Biomed and Diet Regime for Autism?
What is the best way to plan and obtain the products listed below in the healthiest, cheapest way possible. And if you take direct care of an autistic child, how do you get him to try and ingest all this stuff (not all, I know). Thanks so much for your help!Detox Chelation, Vitamin B12, Digestive Enzymes, Fatty Acids, Zinc, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin B6 with Magnesium, NAET, Folic Acid, Vitamins A and C, Calcium

A: Before you start on any of these treatments, I hope your child had a through check-up with blood tests. I don’t think it is wise to start detox (chelation) without a dr’s supervision. The metals could come out and settle into different organs and make it worse. B12 and cod liver oil (vitamin A) better do a blood test first before you overdose your child. I know because I test blood for a living. The vitamins you get at the dept. stores are not the best quality so I advise you to go to a specific vitamin store or Whole Foods Market. Zinc should be given at bedtime away from calcium because the calcium will interfer with the absorption of the zinc. Nordic Naturals and Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil are the best since they do not contain metals and are not fishy tasting. It would be cheaper to get a multivitamin with minerals. Read the labels and buy the ones with no artifical colors, flavors, aspartame, etc. I prefer to buy my vitamin supplements online at Kirkman’s. I recommend multivitamin/minerals/ antioxidants formula Spectrum Complete. It costs about $49.50 but lasts about 2 and a half months and you get more supplements for your money. Kirkman’s has been making vitamin supplements for autistic kids for over 20 years and has hypoallergenic formulas and superior qualitiy without fillers that cheap stuff you get in stores has in it. There is a difference in the forms of calcium, magnesium, etc. I suggest going to the Autism Research Institute’s Website so you can get the correct dosage for your child and see what has helped other children. They have so much useful information. The effects of NAET do not last a long time. It would be better to start a gluten/casein free diet or similar diet because I found that when I eliminated certain foods like milk , wheat, or soy that my autistic son got better. You don’t mention if your child is having trouble sleeping, anger issues, or stool problems. I can help you more if I had that information. I would advise testing for yeast and harmful bacteria in the stool. This is a big problem in autistic kids. You also can get a digestive enzymes that has probiotic in it. (Kidszyme). I also recommend Buried Treasure Added Attention Formula to help with focusing and calming down your child. These are available at the Whole Foods Market. The Whole Foods Market has a terrific section of vitamins for kids that are easy on the stomach and wallet. When you get enough money, I suggest going to see a DAN (defeat autism now) doctor. I got the information at the Autism Research Institute. These doctors are into the biomedical treatment for autism. Yes, they are expensive but worth every penny. I am taking my son to these doctors after seeing significant improvements on the supplements that I have mentioned. Good luck with your child and if you need any more help, I suggest joining the Autism Biomedical Discussion group on the internet.
MomWhoKnows.

Q: Anyone here use Taste of the Wild dry cat food?
I need to get my cat on a healthier diet and I’m starting by adding “Taste of the Wild” to his diet. Since I still have a full bag of some dirt cheap stuff, I’m going to probably mix his old food with the Taste of the Wild. I also plan to occasionally give him some wet food. After I’ve gone through the dirt cheap stuff, I’m thinking about continuing with the Taste of the Wild cat food. What do you think of this cat food? Do you have any other recommendations? I know that it isn’t the absolute best cat food, but it seems like a pretty decent cat food. What do you think? Here are the ingredients if you’re curious about that:

Chicken meal, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potato protein, roasted venison, smoked salmon, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, methionine, taurine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

A: It doesn’t look too bad. It has none of the dreaded ingredients like corn. I would prefer it not to have any potatos or fish though.

Other good dry foods are:
My personal picks are Wellness Core, Innova Evo or Nature’s Variety Instincts. A new line that looks decent is Merrick’s B.G. (Before Grain). I agree with some of the foods listed here but not all. I am happy to review ingredient lists if requested: http://cats.about.com/cs/nutrition/tp/premdrycatfood.htm

Q: Which one is the best SENIOR dog food?
We have to put Chuckles on a Senior Dog Food, which one do *you* think is better? I noticed that DN started with a grain, not a meat, is this better for a Senior? Also, do you know of any ‘cheap’ GOOD quality foods? (I know about Kirkland, but we never go to Costco.)

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul Senior Dog Formula:

Chicken, turkey, oatmeal, whole grain brown rice, chicken meal, turkey meal, whole grain white rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potatoes, cracked pearled barley, millet, duck, salmon, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, kelp, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, chicory root extract, carrots, peas, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake. Vitamins and minerals.

Diamond Naturals Senior 8+ Formula:

Whole grain brown rice, chicken, chicken meal, egg product, oatmeal, beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, chondroitin sulfate, beta carotene, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, L-carnitine, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Thank you!

A: Chicken Soup is definitly better. I would prefer if it was chicken meal instead of chicken but it’s still better than Diamond Naturals. That’s my opinion anyways. I’ve never been in favor of Diamond before, not even their Naturals, but that’s just me…I know DN is a good brand but Chicken Soup is probably better.

Oh and BTW Chuckles since you have a senior *&* an adult there is a Chicken Soup Lite…that you can feed both of them. :) Good luck!

OH! How’s Chuckles doing with his cut? I bet he’s annoyed by that cone! LOL poor guy! It’s for the best though! :)

Q: Rival Gourmet Cat Food-has anyone used it?
Does anyone use Rival Canned Cat Food?
Big lots sells rival cat food, and even though it is cheap, the ingrediants seem to indicate it is a pretty good cat food. I am in the process of moving and am very low on funds, so this food would put less strain on my budget.

The ingrediants listed are: chicken, water sufficient for proscessing, meat by-products, Chicken by-products, beef, fish, liver, wheat middling, carrageeneenan, salt, cassia, guar gum, potassium chloride, taurine, red oxide choline chloride, garlic powder, zinc sulfate, niacin supplement, ferrous sulfate, vitamine E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, d-pantothenic acid, copper sulfate, pryidoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, Folic acid, Potassium iodide, sodiium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement.
I know meat by-products aren’t great, but they do list chicken as their first ingredient.

A: Meat by-products are a sign of pretty low quality. Same with wheat middlings.

Q: Does anyone use Rival Canned Cat Food?
Big lots sells rival cat food, and even though it is cheap, the ingrediants seem to indicate it is a pretty good cat food. I am in the process of moving and am very low on funds, so this food would put less strain on my budget.

The ingrediants listed are: chicken, water sufficient for proscessing, meat by-products, Chicken by-products, beef, fish, liver, wheat middling, carrageeneenan, salt, cassia, guar gum, potassium chloride, taurine, red oxide choline chloride, garlic powder, zinc sulfate, niacin supplement, ferrous sulfate, vitamine E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, d-pantothenic acid, copper sulfate, pryidoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, Folic acid, Potassium iodide, sodiium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement.

A: I personally wouldn’t buy it because of the by-products and wheat. I find it questionable that they would include garlic powder too, as garlic in sufficient quantity is toxic to cats. You’ll be better off going with Fancy Feast if you want a lower end brand. If you can find Newman’s Own Organics in your area, I highly recommend it over any other store brand. Many grocery and Target stores carry it, as do some Wal*Mart stores.

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