We were sick. We knew we were very sick. It was not anxiety. It was not stress. We had sensory, autonomic and motor symptoms. We had test after test after test with normal results. Doctors could not find anything wrong with us. Our family, our friends and even our significant others didn’t understand our internal hell. “We” were the original members of the Understanding B6 Toxicity Facebook group.
I am Beth Smarzik. I am the creator and the main admin for this Facebook group. I am a Realtor in South Texas. I am not a doctor. I am not part of the medical profession. I am not a medical expert. I don’t give medical advice. I have not or will not go get fake credentials from an online course just to have initials behind my name. My dedication and devotion to understanding B6 toxicity is the driving factor behind first the Facebook group and now this website.
The beginning members of the B6T Smart Understanding B6 Toxicity Facebook group had a basic healing guideline supplied by my journey. Eventually, patterns emerged that created a stronger healing protocol. These patterns led us to the established research to find answers. It was in the established Western medicine research that we were able to understand not only how to heal ourselves, but also the underlying reasons we got toxic in the first place.
Vitamin B6 toxicity is Small Fiber Polyneuropathy (SFPN). Simply put, B6 toxicity damages small fiber nerves even with doses as low as 1.4 mg or a diet high in B6 foods. We have sensory nerve damage which is the pins, needles, pain, burning and stinging in your hands and feet. We have autonomic nerve damage which means that all that is automatic in your body is no longer automatic. This includes blood VOLUME issues which create headaches, lightheadedness, anxiety and brain fog. We have temperature issues, sweating issues, irregular heartbeats, blood pressure issues, thirst, hunger, dry eyes, dry mouth, bladder issues, digestive issues including upper GI (nausea, vomiting after meals, reflux) and lower GI (constipation or diarrhea). We have motor issues which means our muscles are not working correctly. We have internal tremors and vibrations. We feel weak. We are losing muscles mass.
We, like you, were very scared.
We sooooo understand. We were there before you. We crawled out of our holes of despair with simple lifestyle changes. All of these lifestyle changes are important to healing. We call these changes the B6T Smart Protocol. The B6T Protocol is on this website. It is free.
Everything you need to heal is FREE on this website; however, the website is content dense. We highly recommend that you do your brain fog mind a huge favor and pay the $19.95 for the Quick Start Guide. This PDF has been praised by our brain-fogged members as a quick and easy start to healing. It outlines the most important features of understanding and healing from B6 toxicity with a quick reference low B6 food list, a hydration tracker, and an exercise tracker. This Quick Start Guide gives members the foundation to continue to absorb the content-dense website.
We also highly recommend that join the Understanding B6 Toxicity Facebook group. It has supportive members that will help you with your journey. It should be used as an additional support system in conjunction with the information from this website to help you heal. The Facebook group is a safe, drama-free place to contribute, discuss, or just lurk. We also ask medical professionals to join our sister group, Exploring B6 Toxicity: Emerging Research. It is reserved for the best B6T minds in the Understanding group, medical professionals, and researchers. The group discusses the emerging B6 toxicity research. What started as my passion is now continued discussions by various intellects inserting more pieces of the puzzle. The Emerging Research group is invite-only. If you are a medical professional or researcher please ask to join.
There have been decades of research devoted to proving vitamin B6 as a wonder vitamin that heals it all. Decades. The supposed effectiveness of B6 needs to be questioned. In this article, MedlinePlus gives only three situations in which B6 is effective. They add one more situation in which it is likely effective. This was decades of research that now shows that B6 is ineffective for the reasons it was being prescribed. Also consider that the research journals tend to accept research with proven results and ignore (thus, don’t publish) those experiments that don’t have results. How many unpublished research articles showing the ineffectiveness of vitamin B6 never made it into the body of research?
Unfortunately, B6 toxicity research did not get the same attention during this period. Our Historical View details how the research that could label B6 toxicity as an epidemic was ridiculed by the scientific community. B6 toxicity research came to almost a complete stop after the publication of the Dalton and Dalton paper that showed 60% of their research subjects had neurological symptoms due to B6 toxicity. Future researchers feared that continued research in the field would also invite humiliation and destroy their careers. Career peer-pressure created a B6 toxicity research vacuum. Interest in B6 toxicity research resurfaced once it was given its own medical diagnostic code (ICD-10-CM E67.2) in 2016.
This intro should stir many emotions in you. First, you have relief. Many say this relief brings tears that FINALLY someone understands. Second, you have remorse. Remorse that you’ve lost so much time dealing with this illness that could have been prevented with B6 toxicity awareness. Finally, you’re pissed. There is no better word that describes this overwhelming anger. You are angry because your medical horror story was completely preventable. If you had the education that B6 could create such damage to your body, you would never have taken it.
The only way to stop this needless destruction of our bodies is thru awareness. In the future, we will have a page for Awareness Campaigns with ideas that you can use to educate others. Currently, we have created two Facebook groups that will help with future awareness. They are Peripheral Neuropathy from B6 Toxicity and Small Fiber Neuropathy from B6 Toxicity. The goal with these groups is to give those using the search terms peripheral neuropathy or small fiber neuropathy an awareness that B6 could be causing their problems. Please request to join them.
Disclaimers: The B6T Protocol is a self-guided journey that should be taken with the consent of your medical professional. The website is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice. The B6T Protocol has not been evaluated by the FDA. Consult with a physician prior to exercise or dietary changes. Testimonials are personal results.