Vitamin B6 toxicity mimicked ALS, lost vocal cords, food backed up through nose


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I saw a patient recently whose B6 toxicity was misdiagnosed for months as ALS, including on EMG. Vocal cords stopped working. He lost the gag reflex and ability to swallow, therefore food backed up through his nose. The type of ALS that affects ability to swallow usually leads to  death in months.

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This man was an executive in a major city at the time. He lost a lot of weight and had the more typical burning pain from scalp to toes that I have seen with B6 toxicity.

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Once discontinued, he says it took 2 weeks for the burning to go away,  and he feels 95% better now 4 years later.

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Other patients took one year for burning to go away after discontinuing the vitamin —energy drinks are loaded with them. B6 sales are pushed hard. Beware.

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RDS of B6 is 2 mg = 100%

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One Response to “Vitamin B6 toxicity mimicked ALS, lost vocal cords, food backed up through nose”

  1. Lb Says:

    Thank you for bringing awareness to this issue. Not enough doctors are aware of it and it is ruining lives. It takes way too long for most people to be diagnosed with it and by the time they do, the damage can be severe.


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