5 Reasons Why We Love MegaFoods

5 Reasons Why We Love MegaFoods

  1. They source their ingredients from REAL food. For example… their Vitamin C is sourced DIRECTLY from oranges…. like… straight from them!! ¬†The same goes for most of their vitamins and minerals. Hence, Farm to Tablet! ūüôā
  2. They support local farmers with whom they have formed close friendships.
  3. They use a one-of-a-kind Slo Food Process to ensure all of the nutrients are fully processed & available to the body… Each batch takes over 236 hours!!!
  4. They believe in total transparency and have links to Live Webcams within their facility so you can actually see where your supplements are being made.
  5. They produce allergen-free, non-gmo, organic wherever possible, top quality, sustainable, AND highly absorbed vitamins to help us feel amazing! #yup #theyrekillinit #thatswhy

Clean up your cleaning supplies!

How Clean are Your Cleaning Supplies?

Spring is in the air, and with the spring comes the ultimate time to detox your home! But, did you ever think that your cleaning supplies cupboard may need a little detox action as well?

The Dirt on Conventional Cleaning Supplies

The truth is that most commonly used cleaning supplies… just aren’t that clean. Yes, they’re designed to kill bacteria, but what they often end up leaving in its place is a toxic residue that can arguably be just as bad if not worse¬†than bacteria build-up.


Here are just a few of the harmful¬†ingredients commonly found in “conventional” cleaning supplies:

  • PERC (Perchmoroethylene):¬† Found in spot removers and carpet cleaners, as well as dry cleaning solutions, this one¬†is probably one of the top TO AVOID chemicals. It is a neurotoxin that may cause some seriously scary symptoms when inhaled, such as dizziness and coordination-loss.
  • Triclosan:¬†A chemical found in most dishwashing detergents & hand soaps. ¬†This aggressive antibacterial agent is known to have some carcinogenic properties, and it may¬†also promote the growth of resistant bacteria if overused. ¬†It’s been found in rivers and streams and has a toxic effect to plants and animals.
  • Chlorine:¬†Used in copious amount of cleaning products ranging from toilet cleaners, to dish detergents, to bleach, to disinfectants… the list goes on. ¬†In high concentrations (like in cleaning products) it is corrosive and can irritate the skin. ¬†Breathing in too many fumes may¬†lead to lung problems or respiratory tract damage.
  • Ammonia:¬† Found in glass cleaners, tile and bathroom cleaners, and other polishing agents, this chemical is a major respiratory tract irritant. ¬†It’s extremely volatile¬†meaning that it evaporates into a gas to be easily inhaled and cause irritant issues in the body.
  • Pthalates:¬†Used in products with fragrances… so like.. every chemical cleaner available. These guys are definitely worth avoiding if you’re a male who values his testosterone levels, or a woman who’d rather not throw off her estrogen levels. ¬†Pthalates are known endocride disruptors and can lead to a host of different issues in both men and women. ¬†If a product is labeled as having a “fragrance”, be cautious and aware that it’s more than likely pthalate-containing. ¬†Pthalates can be absorbed through inhalation and through¬†skin contact.

Good News is that There are Healthier Options!

The truth is, that the discovery of bacteria that caused disease happened FAR before the use of harsh synthetic chemicals. ¬†The use of man-mixed, and bottled chemicals started their major climb in popularity and market saturation during the industrial revolution. ¬†They were a byproduct of booming production in many cases and just-so-happened to also work wonders at killing bacteria. ¬†The one, very overlooked problem with most of them… they also harm the good¬†bacteria and cells and thus, harm the environment, humans and animals.


Prior to the use of these chemicals, man discovered many natural anti-bacterial agents that were not detrimental to humans, the environment or animals. ¬†Although it may sound far too good to be true, believe it or not, the earth is full of natural treasures. ¬†It’s almost as if mother nature wants to help keep the Earth’s inhabitants alive… like for real, not for money.


Here are a few healthy ingredients to look for in your cleaning products:

  • Baking Soda:¬†Baking soda, aka sodium bicarbonate, is a slightly basic solution that helps to cut through grime. ¬†It’s naturally antibacterial and it absorbs odour. It’s also extremely cost effective, and won’t harm you or the environment! Many natural cleaning products available today use baking soda as one of their main ingredients.
  • Essential Oils:¬†Essential oils have been used for centuries for a variety of different things. ¬†One of their main uses is as a natural disinfectant, anti-fungal and antibacterial agent. ¬†There are many, many different essential oils, and some are more effective than others at getting the cleaning job done. ¬†One of the very best in this department is tea tree oil. ¬†Another fantastic essential oil blend that has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties is Thieves Oil. ¬†Often, natural cleaning products on the market today use essential oils as both an antibacterial agent and a natural non-toxic fragrance!
  • Vinegar:¬†This guy has long been known to be an effective natural disinfectant. ¬†More than likely, the use of this natural substance as a cleaner is no news to your grandmother!¬†Vinegar is a weak acetic acid that¬†is formed by the fermentation of sugar and starches. ¬†It’s acidic make up helps it to kill bacteria and microbes, naturally. It’s also a great stain remover, and can be used as an alternative to bleach.When used in conjunction with baking soda, the two work to cut grease and grime.
  • Castile Soap:¬†Castile soaps are olive oil based soaps that are biodegradable, antibacterial and stain-fighting! This soap has been used for centuries in Europe and is great for most household cleaning jobs including dish-washing, DIY laundry soaps, bathroom cleaning and stain removing!


The Story Behind Bulletproof

The Story Behind Bulletproof

If there’s one story we tell and retell the most at Health Essentials, it’s the story of Bulletproof and its founder, Dave Asprey. ¬†It’s a fabulous story that many people in the Health world will have heard by now, but in case you have yet to learn how Bulletproof came to be, here’s how:

The Bulletproof Executive: Dave Asprey.

Dave Asprey, a once Silicon Valley Investor and technology entrepreneur, began his journey into the natural health and biohacking world over 2 decades ago. ¬†Since the start, he’s “invested” over $300,000 to “hack” or “optimize” his own biology. ¬†After a hard-fought battle with “conventional” weight loss techniques with little to no progress, Dave lost over 100lbs without excessively exercising, starving himself, or counting all of his calories! Now his amazing company focuses of producing products to help others easily achieve health, and spreading the message of this “unconventional” way of living optimally!

Dave founded Bulletproof¬†in order to spread his message and make these simple, yet against the grain techniques and “hacks” accessible for less than the cost of a home ;). ¬†Some might say that Dave does the experimentation and research so that we don’t have to. The premise behind the amazing lifestyle that Dave advocates, starts with your morning coffee. Check out the video below to learn more about Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof coffee and lifestyle!


The SierraSil Story

The SierraSil Story

Have you heard of SierraSil? It’s a joint health formula made of a mineral-rich clay that has shown to¬†improve cartilage and joint function as well as support gentle detoxification of the body – thus promoting overall health and well being. It’s clinically researched and guaranteed to show results, FAST!


At Health Essentials, we love learning about the who, what, where and why behind the products that we carry, and we thought the story behind SierraSil was definitely worth sharing!

The Discovery of SierraSil

The story goes: A prospector in search of gold in the Sierra Mountain ranges in Yosemite National Park, stumbled upon the discovery of a VERY mineral rich clay. ¬†Such clay was sought after by the wild animals in the region, who’s instincts drew them to the nutrients in the clay. ¬†The explorer observed the animals, and decided to harvest some of the clay to feed to his domestic livestock. ¬†He observed that the animal’s health steadily improved, and it wasn’t long before the clay was tested on humans. ¬†Now, SierraSil has helped MANY people achieve improved health and vitality, all due to the wisdom of the wild! Pretty cool hey?! Have you used SierraSil? What did you think? Let us know! ūüôā

Allergy Season: Enjoy Spring Again

Enjoy Spring Again… Even the Pollen Part

Seasonal allergies affect a large portion of the population in North America. ¬†Chances are you or at least one person¬†you know suffers from a serious case of hay fever come spring time. ¬†It’s such a shame to not fully be able to enjoy the beautiful season of spring!¬†Fortunately, there are definitely things you can do or take to help naturally treat the symptoms and underlying issues associated with seasonal allergies!

What are allergies?

Have you ever taken the time to actually think about what it means to be allergic to something? Allergic reactions happen as a result of our immune system responding to a foreign substance that it does not deem as “safe”. ¬†Most of the time, these “intruders” are actually safe and there’s something else going on in the body that’s gone ignored.

The Science Behind the Reaction

Here’s what happens: The allergen comes in contact with the immune system’s white blood cells (B cells). ¬†¬†These cells then release antibodies that work to fight against the “intruder”. ¬†The antibodies help to prep the body for attack by binding to them and warning them, particularly the “mast cells”. ¬†These mast cells release histamine which triggers major and FAST inflammation to slow the invaders and move immune cells to the area to help kill them off… thus an allergic reaction!

It is possible for your body to release histamine without actually triggering an allergic reaction. When the¬†body is constantly bombarded by what it sees as “intruders”, the the total histamine level in the blood become so high that a reaction occurs.

The Reasons we have Allergic Reactions:

Many health experts will use the analogy of a “histamine bucket” to explain the allergic reaction reasoning. ¬†Histamine is actually a molecule contained in many foods, and it’s released in the body quite often in varying amounts. ¬†It is when the immune system is forced to be “on edge” or over-reactive i.e. the histamine level climbs too high or the “bucket becomes too full” that we experience an allergic reaction.

Leaky Gut – Increased Intestinal Permeability

The gut is a major line of defence for the body. Many of our immune cells reside here to help keep us healthy. ¬†A lot of the nutrients we eat are absorbed through the intestinal walls, which act as a semi-permeable shield – allowing the good stuff in, and keeping the bad out. ¬†However, with increased and excessive exposure to bad, our shield can be broken down, thus allowing more bad through the wall and into the blood stream – yikes. ¬†This is called leaky gut. It is a major contributor to allergies as allowing “bad” into the blood stream launches one of the attacks from the diagram above. This increases the body’s histamine levels and can fill that bucket to an unmanageable level.

Are allergies treatable?

Yes. They indeed are. You are not doomed to be allergic to the outside world forever! Whoop! ūüôā There are things you can do to lessen your symptoms naturally, and in some cases even cure yourself of allergies completely.

The Elimination Diet:

Due to the prominence of leaky gut in allergy cases, especially hayfever, it can be a great idea to look deeper into the problem and find the real culprit. ¬†A fabulous way to do this is to do an elimination diet. This involves cutting your diet down into the very bare bone basics. Remove any potential allergens for at least 4-6 weeks, and slowly reintroduce.. Check out Precision Nutrition’s blog about how to do this and more information about the process.



  • ¬†Ki Hayfever Control¬†Formula:

Ki Hayfever Control¬†Formula is a blend of immune boosting herbs¬†astragulus, ginger, rhina, and magnolia with the antioxidant quercetin. ¬†All of these wonderful ingredients work together to prime the immune system so it’s ready to take on the hay fever season! Many people find that beginning Ki Hayfever Formula a few weeks before allergy season reduces risk of symptoms! ūüôā

  • Purica Immune 7:

Immune 7 is a blend of 6 medicinal mushrooms that work to modulate the immune system. ¬†When someone has allergies, their immune system is over-active, which means it’s recognizing something that is not a threat, as a threat! Medicinal mushrooms can help to bring your immune system UP when it’s down, and DOWN when it’s over-active!

  • St. Francis Deep Immune for Allergies:

St. Francis Deep Immune for Allergies is a blend of unique herbs and homeopathic remedies that help to treat and relieve allergy symptoms! It’s a fantastic immune support that also takes care of the immediate allergic responses. ¬†The dual action involved in treating the underlying problem as well as the annoying symptoms, such as runny and itchy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and congestion!

  • Immuno-Care:

Immuno-Care contains plant sterols, that can be the answer to seasonal allergies. ¬†Plant sterols are the fats found in plants that we tend to be deficient in today, due to the harsh processing of plant-based foods that we consume.¬† A clinical study was done that showed a decrease in basophil blood cells with use of Immuno-Care¬Ļ. These blood cells release histamine that is normally responsible for allergic reactions. There was also a reduction of interleukin-6, the cause of inflammation and pain¬Ļ! Immuno-Care has also proven to reduce the production of cytokines which cause inflammation in the body and can be attributed to allergy symptoms¬Ļ.

  • Neti Pot:

If you suffer from hay-fever, you probably have symptoms related to a runny nose, itchy nose or congestion.  These symptoms happen due to excess mucous production and irritation by pollen or allergens.  The symptoms can be prolonged if the allergens stay inside the nasal cavity, trapped in the mucous.  Neti Pots come from ancient Ayurvedic practice and involve the use of salt water to rinse the nasal cavity. They can be extremely effective for relieving itchy or irritated nostrils, which is the ultimate dream of every person with hay-fever!

  • Boiron Sabalia:

Sabalia is a homeopathic that is fantastic for helping rid of hayfever symptoms. ¬†It contains 6 different homeopathic remedies that work together to lessen the itchy& runny nose, itchy eyes, and itchy throat symptoms of allergies! It’s fast, effective and¬†is non-drowsy, as well as non-stimulating. It can be taken any time of day!

  • Local Bee Pollen or Raw Honey:

Consuming local bee pollen or local raw honey daily pre-allergy season can help to “inoculate” your body and prep it for the pollen that can cause seasonal allergies. ¬†Taking one or the other daily has shown to reduce allergy symptoms come the dawn of allergy season! ūüôā We sell both Harmonic Arts Fresh Bee Pollen, and their Local Wild Raw Honey that is sourced from the Nanaimo area!


  1. Gifford Jones, Dr. “Immuno-Care To Fight Seasonal Allergies.” Immuno-Care To Fight Seasonal Allergies – Dr. Gifford-Jones Dr. Gifford-Jones. N.p., 26 May 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Matcha Latte

Shamrock Matcha Latte

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this green Matcha Latte with a little Irish twist ;).¬†



Place all ingredients (except whipped cream) into a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.  Top with Whip Cream if desired. Enjoy!


Pork Crisp Keto Pancake Recipe

Pork Crisp Keto Pancake Recipe

We’re always on the lookout for new ways to incorporate awesome nutrient dense and traditional foods into our meals! This awesome recipe by one of our teammates, Denby, has helped us do just that! We are so excited about it. ¬†These babies are gluten-free, dairy-free, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly and made with great ingredients that you can feel awesome about consuming!



  • 1 bag plain Louis Pasture pork crisps
  • 2 large Terra Nossa eggs
  • 1/2 tsp ground Harmonic Arts cinnamon
  • 5-10 drops Better stevia Liquid
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • fat of choice for frying


1. Grind the pork crisps in a blender or coffee grinder &, set aside.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the eggs, stevia and coconut milk then add the ground pork crisps and cinnamon.
Mix well and set aside for 5 mins to thicken.
3. Heat your fat of choice in a pan over medium heat. pour the batter on the pan and cook each side for 1-2 mins.
4. Serve warm with melted butter & enjoy!

Do you have any awesome low-carb, healthy recipes to share? Let us know, we love new ideas! ūüôā¬†

Healthy Bed

How Important Is the Health of Your Bed?

Have you ever thought about how much time you spend on your bed¬†in a 24 hour period? Like… a third of it. ¬†For most of us, the importance of how healthy our environment is on the daily, is rarely applied to¬†our sleep environment. ¬†Even the few who do apply it regularly to their sleeping environment, rarely think about their bed as being “healthy” or “unhealthy”. ¬†It’s time to change that. Here are some pretty ugly truths about the very thing you spend a third of your life on.

Conventional Bed Ingredients.

What are they made of?

The world of conventional beds¬†is very comparable to that of conventional clothing, or even food. ¬†It’s just not made of the right stuff. Somewhere along the line cheap materials, cheap manufacturing and cheap point of sale became the main priority. ¬†Unfortunately, this just is not acceptable. ¬†Here’s why:

The components of a conventional bed and their make-ups are as follows:

  • Chemicals:¬†Generally, the mattress industry tends to use a wide variety of chemicals in the making and “protection” of their mattresses. ¬†Solvents, glues, and fire retardants are just some of the chemicals used in the mattress-making industry. These chemicals can irritate the skin, eyes & lungs, and are often known carcinogens. ūüėź #nothanks
  • Foams made of Synthetics & Petroleum Byproducts: The soft part of the mattress is usually¬†made of synthetic materials, and often contains petrochemical derivatives. What does this mean? It means they’re made of toxin-ridden materials that restrict the breathability of your skin, while simultaneously contributing to the overall toxicity of your skin which absorbs the chemicals that come in contact with it. Synthetic foam mattresses also hold onto sweat & allergens and become the perfect habitat for bacteria build-up, and mites to live. On top of all of that, they’re also produced by an industry that immensely harms the environment. Um. Yikes.
  • Box Springs:¬†A lot of¬†conventional mattresses include a box spring component. ¬†These spring systems provide extremely unnatural support for all parts of the body. ¬†They can cause aches and pains all over. ¬†Being that they’re made of a metal, they can also disrupt your body’s electromagnetic field (EMF) which in turn can disrupt the quality of sleep you get.
  • Waterbeds and Airbeds:¬†Waterbed & airbeds both use electric pumps & heaters to help them keep their form. ¬†In addition to the fact that they can cause some seriously odd sleeping positions that don’t benefit the body at all, they can also have an EMF disrupting effect. Like synthetic foams, they also don’t breathe, which can make it hard to regulate your body temperature while sleeping.
  • Memory Foam:¬†Memory foam is all the rage in the modern bed industry. ¬†Unfortunately it is little known that the components of this ever-popular foam is riddled with toxic chemicals and flame retardants. ¬†The surface also lacks breathability, causing temperature regulation issues. #notthebest
  • Sheets:¬†Much the same as mattress foams, and the world of modern day, cheaply made, and mass produced clothing materials… sheets¬†often¬†fail to meet normal healthy standards. Often, they contain toxic chemicals, dyes, and synthetic materials that are not breathable, and allow for a build up of bacteria and mites.

Healthier Alternatives

Not a huge fan of the conventional mattress ingredients? Neither were we. Fortunately, there are healthier options.

Things to look for in a bed:

Healthy Mattresses & Sheets:  

There are many different natural fibres that mattresses and sheets can be made of.  Some of the top naturally antibacterial, and breathable materials are organic cotton, wool, and organic bamboo!

Natural Wool Fibres:

You may know that wool happens to be one of our very favourite natural fibres for clothing at Health Essentials. ¬†It’s also one of our favourite bed materials! Wool is naturally antibacterial, thermoregulating, flame resistant, and hypoallergenic. It’s also great for the environment when sourced from a premium farm! If you’re thinking: “WOW! That sounds like the exact opposite of synthetic materials!” Yup. You’re right. #yesplease Wool helps you to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so it’s the ultimate duvet filling as well!!! Wool ventilates really well, and can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water without even feeling wet… so it’s ideal for humid climates…. AND¬†sweaty sleepers. ūüėČ You can find wool mattresses and duvets on the market today! Check out some awesome sustainable & high quality mattresses at¬†Shepherd’s Dream¬†and Custom Woolen Mills 100% Wool Fill Bedding Duvets! #welovethem

Organic Bamboo:

Organic Bamboo can be a really sustainable, uber soft & comfortable option for natural sheets or mattress materials! Bamboo is also highly breathable, doesn’t want to hold onto bacteria and when organic, is free of chemicals & pesticides!

Organic Cotton:

There are many organic cotton sheets and mattresses available in the market today! Organic cotton is also breathable, hypoallergenic and antibacterial.  Check out Coyuchi Sheets which is a Californian company who sustainably and organically sources their materials!

Healthy Bed Frames

Choosing a bed frame material is more important than one may think.  Being sure to choose a bed that does NOT include box springs, metal, or chemically treated wood is of the utmost importance for your health and sleep quality! Here is what we have found to be the best option:

Slatted Wood Frame:

Slatted wooden frames allow for breathability through the mattress, provide natural support for the body, and don’t disrupt your body’s EMF.¬†Look for a wooden frame that is sustainably sourced and free of chemical treatments!



Guest Blog: Natural Approach to Anxiety by Stephanie Bayliss, N.D.

Natural Approach to Anxiety by Stephanie Bayliss, N.D.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health illness affecting adults in Canada. At least one in four Canadians will experience an anxiety disorder in their life. Many of these people will experience social and occupational impairment due to the debilitating nature of the anxiety. 1 The treatment of choice for anxiety is typically pharmacological therapy, and to a lesser extent, counseling.

It is important for individuals to feel empowered when choosing the right treatment plan, and to have collaborative care amongst their healthcare providers. It is of the utmost importance that your primary healthcare provider does a thorough work up of your anxiety prior to initiating any treatment. Anxiety is not just a mental illness; there are also many physical conditions that can manifest as anxiety. Examples of this are thyroid irregularities, which are becoming increasingly more common, as well as blood sugar disparities. For more information on thyroid testing and treatment, Aviva Romm, MD has written extensively on this topic.


Dietary changes that can make substantial changes to your mood include limiting sugar, gluten and GMO products. A world renowned integrative psychiatrist, Kelly Brogan, wrote an in-depth article outlining these changes and why they may be harmful.  



Apart from the conventional approach to treating anxiety with anti-anxiety medications, there are a multitude of nutritional options. The most safe and effective are vitamin D, magnesium, B vitamins and probiotics.


Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is rampant amongst Canadians due to the limited amount of sunlight exposure we have. Testing for vitamin D is not included within MSP in BC due to the assumption that everyone should be supplementing, but it is still a helpful test to run to know how much supplementation you should take to replenish your stores. Speaking with your primary healthcare provider about specific dosing is recommended, but typically minimal dosing is 1000-2000 IU a day up to 10,000 IU a day. When choosing a vitamin D supplement, ensure it contains vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), as this is the active form of vitamin D.



Magnesium supplementation can make dramatic changes in physical (e.g., muscle hypertonicity, constipation), as well as mental and emotional well being (e.g., insomnia and mood). Plasma magnesium levels have been demonstrated to be lower in patients with schizophrenia, depression, and mania as seen in bipolar disorder when compared to healthy controls. In this study, as patients achieved improvement in their symptoms, the plasma magnesium levels increased, suggesting that a magnesium deficiency contributes and potentially exacerbates symptoms consistent with these conditions. 1 Not all forms of magnesium are equivalent. When looking for a magnesium supplement be sure to choose magnesium bisglycinate if you are looking to improve absorption from the bowels and have a systemic effect.


B Vitamins

B vitamins are involved in the production of neurotransmitters, myelin, DNA and RNA. They are also important co-factors in the production of cortisol, our primary stress hormone. Vegetarians and vegans are at particular risk of running a deficiency of vitamin B12, given that animal protein is the predominant source of B12. A good example of potential consequences of B12 deficiency is a published case study of psychiatric symptoms manifesting as a B12 deficiency. 2 When looking for a B12 supplement, choose methylcobalamin, as cyanocobalamin is a synthetic form of B12, that is not well utilized by the body. Discuss with your primary healthcare provider if a B vitamin supplement is right for you.



We have all heard of the gut Рbrain relationship and the importance of our microbiome. Recent research clearly outlines how gut integrity influences mood. A striking example of this has been demonstrated in animal research. To elicit a depressed state, researchers administered LPS (lipopolysaccharide) from gram-negative bacteria, which causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The immune response that occurs as a result of this inflammation subsequently led to symptoms of depression. Using fluoxetine, a commonly prescribed antidepressant, the researchers were able to eliminate the neurobehavioural symptoms that had been induced by LPS after 3 weeks 3. We can therefore hypothesize that maintaining healthy flora within our gastrointestinal tract is fundamental to mental health. There are multiple strains of bacteria contained in some probiotics that have proven directly beneficial to mood, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus in depression. 4  While some strains of Bifidobacterium can alleviate anxiety. 5  There are a surplus of probiotic options available on the market, so ensure the one you are choosing has sufficient amounts of colony forming units (CFU’s) for your condition, and requires refrigeration.

This information is provided as a general source of information only and should not be considered personal health advice. Please ensure you consult with a professional health care physician for your personal health concerns.


Stephanie Bayliss is a Naturopathic Physician practicing in Victoria BC at Acacia Health and is currently accepting new patients. Her practice has a focus on mental health, chronic disease and neurological conditions. For more information her website is www.drstephaniebayliss.com


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  2. Berry, N., R. Sagar, and B. M. Tripathi. “Catatonia and other psychiatric symptoms with vitamin B12 deficiency.” Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica108.2 (2003): 156-159.
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