I thought that would get your attention.  And it’s true – the anaemia I once had (remember that anaemia means literally ‘lack of blood’ but in my case it was a lack of healthy red blood cells), has been cured thanks to artificially produced B12.  And it gets better – not only am I am no longer anaemic but that anaemia that would have caused my death means that it is no longer ‘pernicious’.  It’s thirteen years since I was diagnosed and treated, and the good news is that I no longer have Pernicious Anaemia.

However, if I didn’t inject myself with B12 then sure as eggs is eggs I would once more develop Anaemia which would ultimately prove to be pernicious – deadly.  And that’s the same with all patients who have been diagnosed with Pernicious Anaemia and are receiving treatment – they will no longer have Pernicious Anaemia.

So where does that leave us?  If we don’t any longer have Pernicious Anaemia what do we have?  Simple – a patient who has been diagnosed as having Pernicious Anaemia might no longer have Pernicious Anaemia but he or she will still have a problem absorbing B12 from food and no matter what is done to treat the anaemia that will always remain a problem.  Patients who were once diagnosed as having Pernicious Anaemia will always have Autoimmune Metaplastic Atrophic Gastritis.  So, if your doctor tells you that you no longer have Pernicious Anaemia agree with him or her but point out that you still have, and always will have Autoimmune Metaplastic Atrophic Gastritis.  It’s all in my next book – due out on the 31st October but already available on pre-order on Amazon…..in case you didn’t know.