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Health news:
June 2010 - Dec 2013

Minimizing breast cancer risk

May 2010

Time to move beyond salt ?

Salt hypothesis vs. reality

Is sodium bad?

April 2010

Salt studies: the latest score

From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution


December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects


November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet


October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women


September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?


August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?


July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives


June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's


May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains


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Vitamin B6 and your health

Should you pick a single vitamin that has more functions in the body than any other, you wouldn't go wrong if you'd opt for vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride; also pyridoxal and pyridoxamine, all three forms being equally active). It is cofactor in well over 100 different enzymes, which makes it part of a large number of key body processes and functions, from metabolism to immune-system functioning, detoxication and neurological function. Vitamin B6 is necessary for proper absorption of vitamin B12, as well as for tryptophan-to-niacin (vitamin B2) conversion.

Since vitamin B6 can be found in sufficient quantities in a variety of foods, serious deficiency is unlikely. However, mild to moderate deficiencies do exist, with women and the elderly being more at risk. Also, its absorption and use by the body can be significantly reduced by excessive intake of protein, alcohol, yellow food dyes and oral contraceptives.

List of possible deficiency symptoms is long, and includes numbness in the extremities, dermatitis, anemia, kidney stones, irritability and depression.

Vitamin B6 toxicity for most people occurs with doses exceeding 150mg a day. List of toxicity and possible negative effects is even longer, including severe deficiency of the key minerals (magnesium and/or calcium), depression, low blood sugar, disturbed thyroid function, neural degeneration, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, arthritis, and more.

Daily vitamin B6 DRI (Dietary Reference Intakes, the most recent set of dietary recommendations set by the government) for an average healthy adult is 1.3mg.

Best natural B6 food sources are bananas, other fruits, seeds, meat and whole grains. R