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June 29, 2020
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Pernicious Anemia is the Name of the Anemia Caused by Severe Vitamin B12 Deficiency

The word 'pernicious'  means 'a harmful effect, especially in a gradual way'. This is the name given to an anemia characterized by larger, more immature red blood cells that is caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. It takes a long time to develop because it can take years to deplete the body stores of this vitamin in the liver.

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Jonathan Bortz MD
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Jonathan’s background as a practicing diabetes specialist for 15 years and 17-year career developing nutritional prescriptive products for the pharmaceutical industry has contributed to his ability to understand nutrients, how they work and why they are important.

Over the years he has acquired broad and in-depth knowledge in minerals, essential fatty acids and other nutrients, but has special expertise in Vitamin B12 and choline metabolism. He is often asked to speak at national and international venues to articulate why B12, folate and choline are so important to gene function, brain development, liver and cardiovascular health. He applies pharmaceutical standards to nutrient science and has developed a unique ability to translate complicated concepts into simple promotional messages that resonate with practitioners and consumers. He has developed dozens of innovative nutritional products, of which many are category leaders in the US. Jonathan obtained his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa and did his fellowship in Endocrinology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

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