B12-Vitamin.com is an online publication founded by Dr Schweikart in 2012. It is an independent, journalistic and non-commercial website, aiming to promote knowledge and education in the areas of holistic health, nutrition and medicine.
At the end of 2017, the site was handed over to the Association for the Promotion of Holistic Health (Verein zur Förderung ganzheitlicher Gesundheit) based in Switzerland, which continues to operate and expand the publication. The association works according to its statute as a purely non-profit organisation.
Vitamin B12 is one of the most important vitamins for our health. It is needed for many central biological functions and processes. Deficiency can have devastating consequences.
The significance of vitamin B12 for our physical and psychological health remains underestimated, as does its enormous therapeutic potential. Today, more and more people are vegetarian or vegan for ethical or ecological reasons – yet such diets do not contain an optimal B12 supply. For this reason in particular, reliable information on this topic is more important than ever.
The aim of this website is to provide comprehensive information on the topic of vitamin B12 and its preventive and therapeutic effects. It is intended for all people interested in actively improving and maintaining their health, as well as for medical practitioners who want to learn more about holistic health approaches.
To this end, we systematically evaluate international scientific studies on the topic of vitamin B12 and present the key findings in an understandable and well-structured format. What is more, we maintain a lively exchange with doctors, therapist and practitioners of alternative medicine – incorporating some of their latest practice-based research. Testimonials from our readers sometimes also enter into our articles.
In addition, we offer consumers tips and product overviews, to help our readers select the right vitamin B12 supplements for their needs.
About the Author
Born in 1981, with 2 children, living in Wendland and Berlin, Germany.
Interests: functional medicine, nutritional medicine, philosophy, yoga, meditation, systems thinking
- since 2015: research manager and ghostwriter for international health blogs
- since 2013: executive editor at Dr Schweikart publisher, Berlin
- 2009 – 2013: executive editor at One World online publisher, Berlin
- 2007 – 2009: news editor at Artist Team, Hamburg
- 2005 – 2007: editor and PR manager at voll:kontakt, Hamburg
You can contact our team via email at info∂vitaminb12.de
We look forward to your feedback, questions and proposals, and are always open to suggestions for improvement.
Dr Elio Adler, MSc.
Dental health and sleep. Doctorate in dentistry with focus on the following areas: implantology, aesthetic dentistry, snoring and sleep apnoea dentistry, naturopathic dentistry, metal-free dentures.
Dr med. Ralf Heinrich
Sandra Lindenau (HP)
Dr med. Johannes Richter
Dr med. dent. Anja Carina Schabel
Dr Birgit Schiel
Dr Jörg Schweikart
Dr. Schweikart Publisher
Dr Schweikart is a publisher based in Berlin, which produces founded, science-based print on the topic of health and nutrition. In addition to this, seminars and workshops are also held.
The aim of Dr Schweikart is to promote and disseminate a holistic and integrative view of health. The focus is on providing information on a wide range of topics that all have a significant impact on health, which include above all:
- Diet and nutritional medicine
- Medicinal plants and herbs
- Movement, sport and physical fitness
- Detoxification and handling toxins
- Preservation of mental health and psychological wellbeing
- Meditation, yoga, ayurveda, TCM
Holistic Understanding of Health
Underlying Dr Schweikart as a publisher is a holistic approach to health and wellbeing that posits the human being as a unity of mind, body and soul. With this understanding, sustainable health and healing becomes possible only through the harmonious interplay of these three elements. For this reason, our work is based on knowledge from the following three major areas:
- Science and university medicine
- Alternative medicine and naturopathy
- Psychological and spiritual ways of healing
A New World View – A New Medicine
In recent years, Western understandings of health have begun to shift; knowledge which received comparatively little recognition is now gaining public attention. These changing perspectives are the results of cutting-edge research and complex scientific studies, yet at the same time bring us back to many ancient, tried and tested insights.
The world of medicine is undergoing a similar development, as we can observe with the increasingly popular field of ecology. From a reductionist, mechanistic view of the world – which attempts to grasp nature and its organisms with a detached, linear logic – there has been a turn towards a more holistic understanding, which acknowledges how strongly all aspects of nature (including our bodies) are interconnected.
It is becoming clearer and clearer that only through a holistic approach can we truly understand and maintain health; the isolated treatment of individual aspects too often falls short and can even be counterproductive. Undeniably we can see these striking interconnections in the discoveries of numerous biochemical reaction pathways, important chemical messenger and complex regulatory mechanisms.
The Need for a Rethink
New research clearly shows the limits of conventional treatment methods that focus only on individual symptoms. Inevitably, such methods often have knock-on effects for the entire system.
Consequently, the need for a rethink is becoming increasingly urgent. Especially as there has been a worldwide rise in the so-called “diseases of modern life”. To an alarming extent people are suffering from health damage as a result of toxic pollution, as well as from various other mental and physical disorders such as stress, depression and burn-out. It is our belief that only through a holistic approach to health can we find solutions to these global problems.
Holistic Health – Understanding Connections
The fundamental understanding in holistic health is that humans and their environment are whole, and that all individual aspects influence each other. This view is increasingly confirmed by new research that can quantify and biochemically explain such interdependencies.
There are four major areas, which influence our overall health balance (homeostasis):
- Psychology & Mental Health
Recent research has outlined how major the psychosomatic and emotional aspects of many diseases are. Stress in particular is becoming one of the most significant causes of illness.
The measurable connections between body and mind make it increasingly clear that a holistic approach to treatment must also take an individual’s psychological condition into consideration.
A balanced mind and the successful management of stress are therefore essential factors in the maintenance of good health.
“Food is medicine” is one of the oldest pieces of medical wisdom. Nutrition has an undeniably powerful influence on health. To this end, new treatment practices such as micronutrient therapy (orthomolecular medicine), as well as various other nutritional approaches and fasting, show impressive results.
A healthy diet is the foundation of good health; nutrients are effective therapeutic agents.
In the last few years, the field of sport and exercise has made some incredible findings. That movement, exercise, sport and yoga help to maintain good health was always clear. However, on a chemical level, just how influential the effects of movement are on the metabolism, hormone balance and immune system, has come as a great surprise.
Exercise effects all health factors to a major extent and is indispensable to maintaining good health.
There is a monumental relationship between the environment and health; an interrelation that has been neglected in recent times. Pollution and toxins in the air, food and building materials can have a devastating impact on the body and health.
Natural processes of avoiding and eliminating these challenges are evermore vital in the treatment of many diseases. Only in a healthy living environment can good health be sustained.
Through its publications and activities, Dr Schweikart aims to highlight the crucial correlations between these four areas to present effective treatment and preventative health approaches.
Association for the Promotion of Holistic Health
The Association for the Promotion of Holistic Health (APHH) is a cooperation partner of the Dr Schweikart publisher based in Switzerland, which publishes online information on all aspects of holistic health. The association works in accordance with its statutes on a purely non-profit basis.
The online offerings of APHH are aimed at all people who want to actively promote and maintain their own health and wellbeing, but also at health practitioners who want to learn more about holistic therapy approaches.
APHH is committed to the belief that content relating to holistic health needs a strong public presence and that all people should have free access to expert advice and detailed information. APHH’s online publishing activities seek to make vital information about the latest health research and therapeutic practices more accessible, to raise awareness about this vital field.
Purpose of Content
The contents of this website are for informative purposes only, intended to reflect the results of current scientific studies and the professional opinions of our experts and authors. In no case should the information provided here replace the advice and treatment of doctors or alternative health practitioners. To diagnose, cure or soothe any diseases, ailments or injuries – and for recommendations on medicines, treatments, diet and lifestyle – we strongly advise you to consult your doctor, pharmacist or alternative health practitioner.