Doctor insights on:
Anti Beriberi Factor
Probably: This hasn't been well-researched but is probably the case. Regular heavy alcohol use is associated with b1 deficiency which can cause alcohol-related brain damage.B1 plays a role in metabolizing alcohol. Many people have found that taking b complex vitamins reduces hangover symptoms.However, hangover is a sign of toxicity from excess alcohol use; i strongly advise limiting alcohol to 2 drinks/day. ...Read more
Yes: In dry beriberi, the peripheral neuropathy and brain damage are seriously symptomatic before the congestive heart failure begins. In wet beriberi, the heart starts to fail before the nerve and brain damage are obvious. Thankfully, today we see beriberi only in famine, people on binge drinks, abuse of children or the disabled, or extreme goofy diets. ...Read more
Why?: I am wondering about this question. A low-zinc diet is sometimes prescribed for pompholyx though it's difficult and relatively ineffective, but if someone has told you to limit your intake of thiamine, you are receiving bizarre and inappropriate advice. There may be a misunderstanding, if so, write back. ...Read more
Truncated question: Thiamine-deficient diets in real life are seen only in famine / starvation and in people who are intoxicated for weeks at a time. They get brain and nerve damage and the heart eventually fails. I'm sorry the question was truncated even if it was homework; if someone's diagnosed you with thiamine deficiency on a normal diet, consider a phone call to your district attorney. Good luck. ...Read more
Wife is ill and bed ridden. She has a lot going on and nothing seems to help. Had whole blood thiamine test, its 50nmol/L, how serious is this?
Many problems but...: Normal levels are 74-222; low thiamine can cause many problems including fatigue, weakness, low appetite, poor memory etc.- see https://draxe.com/thiamine-deficiency/ This is easily corrected with a good B-complex. I advise seeing an integrative Dr. Evaluate for other nutrient deficiencies,heavy metal toxicity, food allergies,chronic infections like parasites and Lyme, thyroid/adrenal dysfunction. ...Read more