The B12 Issue: Resolved By Hallelujah Acres

In 1997, I received a letter from Michael Donaldson, a young Christian family man who was about to graduate from Cornell University with a PhD in Chemical Engineering. In his letter he shared that most fellow graduates were going to pursue a career in the drug industry, but that he had concerns about the safety of drugs and didn’t want to go that route.

In his letter he shared how his wife had resolved some pregnancy issues after adopting The Hallelujah Diet. He felt the Lord leading him to a career in nutrition; specifically, he wanted to join Hallelujah Acres to help us ensure that The Hallelujah Diet was scientifically up-to-date in its dietary recommendations.

Dr. Donaldson was brought on board as our Research Director. His first concern was regarding the adequacy of vitamin B12 in the vegan, 100% plant-based Hallelujah Diet, which was based on God’s original diet as found in Genesis 1:29.

For years, various writers had been saying that there was sufficient B12 in a vegan diet, a diet containing no animal flesh or dairy, which many believed was the primary source of B12. Others claimed B12 was contained in blue-green algae, an analog form of B12 that research reveals mimics the real B12 but does not satisfy B12 needs.

I was under the impression that a 100% plant-based diet had to contain sufficient B12 because Adam and Eve consumed a 100% plant-based diet. Furthermore, not only had Adam and Eve thrived on it, but the human race continued to thrive on such a diet after Adam and Eve were cast from the garden.

It Came As Quite A Shock

Dr. Donaldson tested 54 Health Minsters who had been on the 100% plant-based Hallelujah Diet for B12 adequacy after they had been on the diet for a minimum of two years.

His finding revealed that 47% of those who had been on The Hallelujah Diet for two years or longer showed signs of B12 deficiency at the cellular level — that came as quite a shock to me! Dr. Donaldson said that these results confirmed that there was reason for concern regarding B12 adequacy for those who adopted The Hallelujah Diet.

I was disturbed by Dr. Donaldson’s research findings because the last thing in this world I wanted to do was share information that could potentially harm someone, or prevent them from experiencing the best results after adopting the Hallelujah Acres Diet. I wanted some questions answered and the truth revealed.

Could God Have Made A Mistake?

The first question that had to be resolved to my satisfaction was: “Could God have made a mistake when he gave mankind that original 100% plant based (vegan) diet in Genesis 1:29? And could it be that the reason God allowed animal flesh to be added in Genesis 9:3 was because of a vitamin B12 deficiency in God’s original diet?”

This question did not take me very long to resolve because of the biblical evidence. On the Genesis 1:29 diet (and without any animal flesh foods), after Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, man had lived to an average age of 912 years, for some 1,700 years (right up until the flood), without a single recorded instance of sickness.

Certainly, if there had been a nutritional (B12) lack it would have shown up during such a lengthy period of time.

So, if there was no lack of B12 on God’s original diet for the first 1,700 years of recorded history, why would some people today, on the primarily raw, vegan, 100% plant-based Hallelujah Diet — based on God’s original Genesis 1:29 diet — be showing a deficiency after only two years?

At the time Dr. Donaldson began his research I had been on The Hallelujah Diet for 24 years and showed only a slight B12 shortage at the cellular level (a reading of 3.9 or less is considered normal and my level was 5.0). Meanwhile, more than 50% of those Health Ministers on the Hallelujah Acres Diet who Dr. Donaldson tested, also showed no deficiency at all.

This raised another question: “Why do some people on The Hallelujah Diet show a deficiency, while a small majority showed no deficiency?”

The Source Of Vitamin B12 Discovered

The answer to these questions came when we learned where vitamin B12 originates. Dr. Donaldson’s research revealed that B12 does not come from something we consciously consume as food; rather it is manufactured within the body of all God’s animal creations, including humans, by bacteria and microbes.

This all began to make sense to me when I read David Wolfe’s book: “The Sunfood Diet Success System.” Following are a few quotes from that book that I found extremely interesting:

“Although animal and dairy products are a source of vitamin B12, the natural soil microbes and bacteria found on wild food, unwashed garden plants, and also those supplied by plant fermentation are typically adequate to supply the body with vitamin B12 needs.

“The natural microbes and bacteria in the soil need to be duplicated and colonize in our intestinal tract for optimal absorption of nutrients . . . . Vitamin B12 is produced by these natural microbes and bacteria as they colonize the intestines.

“A problem with the formation of B12 occurs when there is a sterilization which happens between the picking of the fruit or vegetable and the moment it reaches the mouth. Sterile environments are unnatural. The soil microbes and bacteria, which grow on raw fruits and vegetables, need to be duplicated in the intestinal tract for the proper assimilation of vitamin B12 to take place.”

“Studies have shown that those eating a typical diet of animal products actually require more vitamin B12 than those who do not eat animal products. This is because the typical diet leads to digestive atrophy. Because vitamin B12 is peptide bound in animal products and must be enzymatically cleaved from peptide bonds to be absorbed, a weakening of all gastric acid and gastric enzyme secretions (due to a cooked food diet) causes an inability  to efficiently extract vitamin B12 from external food.

Raw-food vegans, who have more powerful digestion, actually get more vitamin B12 absorption from the bile (liver secretions in the duodenum) than they do from external food.

“Sugar . . . . is an antibiotic. So a long-term high-sugar diet . . . . coming from refined sources . . . . can damage or wipe out the intestinal flora. Cooking also destroys microbes. A highly-sterilized cooked-vegan diet may not provide the intestines with enough excellent flora.”

In his research, Dr. Donaldson found evidence that gives credibility to the idea that B12 comes from the microflora in the gut. In the follow-up portion of the study, several volunteers consumed probiotics and were then retested for B12. Some of them, but not all, had much improved B12 levels without using any other source of B12. So, proper gut flora can be a source of B12.  Since this was not consistently found testing is required by each person who follows this method to ensure that it is working for him.

Is Consuming Animal Flesh & Dairy The Solution?

Concerning the B12 issue, have you ever personally experienced, or known someone on the Standard American Diet, who consumed lots of animal flesh and dairy daily, and yet showed a deficiency in B12 – a deficiency so severe that they had to receive vitamin B12 injections?

Obviously, these people were not receiving sufficient B12 from their animal source diets. For proof of this need for concern of a B12 deficiency by those on a daily animal sourced food diet I call our attention to “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” (71:514, 2000), which reveals:

“Low vitamin B-12 levels don’t just occur in older people.  . . . And contrary to current wisdom, meat, poultry, and sea food may not be a good source of the vitamin. . . . A surprising 39 percent of participants [3,000 men and women-aged 26-83] had blood levels below 350 pg/ml, the level at which neurological signs of B-12 deficiency or high homocysteine levels sometimes occur. . . .”


There are a number of health advocates who teach that a 100% plant-based diet is dangerous for pregnant women because of the lack of vitamin B12 in a vegan diet. But they fail to warn pregnant women that it is also dangerous to depend on animal source foods for B12 adequacy, as 39% of those who consume animal flesh and dairy daily are deficient in this vitamin also.

Obviously, consuming animal source foods daily does not guarantee a person is receiving adequate B12 in their diet any more than consuming a vegan or Hallelujah Acres diet does. In addition, there are considerable health risk potentials for a person consuming animal source foods.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell writes in his book “The China Project” – “Only a small intake of animal products was associated with significant increases in chronic degenerative diseases.”

Prior to Dr. Donaldson’s research, there were a number of books and vegan websites stating that there was indeed adequate vitamin B12 in a 100% plant-based diet. Once Dr. Donaldson released his findings we have not been able to find a recent book or website that still proclaims there is adequate vitamin B12 in a vegan diet.

Thus it would appear that Hallelujah Acres has resolved the vitamin B12 issue through research that shows there is no vitamin B12 in a vegan diet and that those who consume daily animal source foods do not fare much better with regard to the B12 issue.

Other than Hallelujah Acres, we are not aware of another health ministry or supplement company that has a scientist who is constantly researching the adequacy of what they are teaching or proclaiming.

Dr. Donaldson remains to this day the lead scientist for Hallelujah Acres. In future articles, we will share some of the other research discoveries Dr. Donaldson has made since his first research regarding B12 over 15 years ago.

So What Is The Solution?

The simple answer is: “SUPPLEMENTATION.”

Following much research, Dr. Donaldson came up with a B12-B6-Folic Acid supplement. Methylocobalamin, the type of B12 used in the Hallelujah Acres supplement, is the preferred form of B12 as it is active immediately upon absorption. The other form of B12, cyanocobalamin, must be converted to an active form prior to utilization.

Numerous studies suggest that vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and folic acid play an important role in optimizing homocysteine levels in the body and are a powerful complement for not only vegans and those on The Hallelujah Diet, but for all people regardless of diet, who want to make sure they maintain optimal levels of B12.

After the results of research conducted by Dr. Michael Donaldson of the Hallelujah Acres Foundation revealed low levels of B12 in 47% of the 54 subjects, it became clear that it is wise for everyone to be aware of their potential need for B12 supplementation, regardless of their diet.

And for those following a vegan or vegetarian diet, including The Hallelujah Diet, it is vital to use a B12 supplement or take sufficient amounts of probiotics to provide adequate bacteria for the body to manufacture it.

Read more about the B12 issue here.

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  1. I started taking Hacres B12 supplement a month ago. It is a little frustrating because it takes an hour for it to dissolve under the tongue. Is it necessary to wait for it to fully dissolve or can I chew up the small amount left after half an hour?

    • You can get a B-12 aerosal that you spray under the tongue from Dr. Mercola. com. I have been using it for a couple of years, also a Vit. D spray using it the same way. It is a faster way into the blood stream by passing the gut.

    • Maybe it would help if you drink water first so it is damp under your tongue. Also, I like to break it up in to a few pieces with my teeth before putting them under my tongue.

  2. I thought antibiotics killed bacteria. How can sugar be an antibiotic and also depress the immune system as we’ve believed for years?

    • Jayne610 has a good question….I would like to hear the ansdwer to that!!!! Tudy

      • I don’t know this, but wonder, I’ve heard it said that our immunity in great part comes from healthy flora balance in the gut. If sugar is randomly antibiotic, yet we know yeast feeds on it, then theoretically the sugar could be a double whammy once its in the gut… killing off our healthy bacteria leaving yeast to take over unchecked…

    • sugar as an antibiotic makes sense, since we need the “good” bacteria to help produce the B-12, sugar does both kill bacteria and depress the immune system. The nutrition author Adele Davis (books still avail?), was the first one who opened my eyes to the connection between sugar, B vits. and redness in the eyes…also, see ppl with dark rings under their eyes…too much refined carbohs….loliJ….dr steve

  3. Great article! One minor correction: Dr. Campbell’s book is called “The China Study”.

  4. What IS the best amount of probiotics to take? I like this route because it is natural to help the gut perform it’s God-given duty.

  5. My grandmother, God rest her soul, was a very wise woman when it came to natural healing. YES, she discovered as have many others, that sugar, more specifically, sucrose, which is the chemical name for table sugar, DOES kill bacteria, she used it as a preservative in watermelon preserves, and other fruits, jams, and jellies. Too much sugar in our bodies DOES depress the immune system. Biblical practicality requires MODERATION in EVERYTHING and total abstinence from harmful things such as alcohol and certain drugs. ALL DRUGS ARE POISONOUS, so if you are prescribed drugs, NEVER excede the recommended dosage.

    • Remember how we cured meat before refrigeration? My grandad used to wrap sugar soaked cloth around ham. Salt was also used. They used to hang it up in the cure house for about one year.

  6. @Jaynie610 – “The sugar tricks bacteria that would otherwise play dead into consuming the antibiotic and therefore end up really dead.” Sugar puts the immune system to sleep and wakes up the bad bacteria and makes it thrive. We also know that when the immune system is worked constantly it gets “tired” and just gives up and lets disease take over. Consuming too much sugar suppresses immune system cells responsible for attacking bacteria. Even consuming just 75 to 100 grams of a sugar solution (about the same as in two 12-ounce sodas) reduces the ability of white blood cells to overpower and destroy bacteria. This effect is seen for at least a few hours after consuming a sugary drink.
    This article helped me: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42997849/ns/health-health_care/t/sugar-helps-antibiotics-work-better-says-study/#.T19fDBGzK8A
    and this one:

  7. I want to know…after the study participants supplemented their B12, did their B12 levels go up to a healthy level? If so, how long did it take? I would like to find out the effectiveness of this particular supplement.

  8. In reading the posts ahead of me; I wanted to put my nutritional 2cents in also. I find more and more clients having horrible gut issues and the more the stress the more the gut shuts down. I encourage fermented foods (saurkraut, kimchee, water kerfir) to help rebuild the gut along with probiotics if the person needs the additional support; in addition to my determining what toxins are affecting the client’s ability to function properly. Secondly, since there is Round-Up now being found in everyone’s urine (from eating GMO foods, spraying on schoolgrounds, cities using it everywhere there is a weed poking through the soil) it is dimishing our gut health. Did I mention all the other environmental toxins that also contribute to the decline in our health? We need to eat non-GMO, organic vegetables, fruits and fermented foods. This will help our bodies process and manufacture the nutrients we need. If someone’s gut is not functioning well, how can it absorb supplements effectively?

    • @Vonhwc…wonder if you have any other ideas for getting the gut flora better…I believe it is key to everything, not just for B12….I have 2 kids w/ learning disabilities & other issues, as well as they are so skinny…the older 1 is VERY skinny (6’4″, 130 lbs.) & the younger one is getting skinnier as time goes on…I believe that, esp the older one, is not absorbing nutrients…if I could just figure out the gut thing, I think most of their problems would be solved.

      • Maybe using vitamin D3 with probiotics that you can buy from homefirst.com would help them. They are capsules with both D3 and probiotics in them.

    • You are a wise woman. Thanks for sharing my sentiments and thoughts exactly. Disease is started in the gut, health is as well. Nutrient absorption is Key in feeling better and actually having living cells that can even grow “younger”. So the question is how do we get our guts to be healthy enough to allow vital nutrients to be absorbed… and fermented vegetables is key, along with healthy fasting from “food” which kills healthy gut flora. If we all had genuine healthy guts… we would have no need for toothpaste or mouthwash. Bad breath is food rotting in the gut, leaking out the way it came in… Here is to RAW nutrients! And LIVING food!!!

  9. Charlien Johnson

    Yeah!!! You guys are the best!!
    Thankyou Lord Jesus for George Malkamus and Rhonda!!!

  10. I have used sugar and triple Neosporin as a paste for all my cuts and infections..it is the best..and, when my siamese cat had an open hole on her stomach that was about 2 1/2 ” in diameter, I slathered the paste on her 3 times a day and covered it with a gauze square and in 3 days, the hole was completely gone! One of her milk glands had burst and her kittens had ripped her open..My vet was the one who taught me this! I could not believe how fast it healed up..this remedy was used in WWI to help the soldiers who were shot etc…not sure of the salve back then, but sugar was the main ingredient for drawing out the toxins in the wounds..

  11. I always enjoy your articles. This is the first one that moved me to thank you though. Thank you for your ministry.

  12. George: While I find your comment interesting about the age of people declining once the flood occurred and there were no other food choices, I have also heard it said (and read) that after the flood, the earth’s atmosphere was changed and there was no more “greenhouse” type atmosphere. At that point the sun’s rays were much more detrimental to humans and our atmosphere did not protect us from pollutants as much as before the flood. I think this is a more reasonable explanation for the shortening of lives vs suddenly having to eat animal foods. That’s not to say that increased animal consumption didn’t also add to the mix to affect our lives in a negative manner. Something to think about….

    • I strongly disagree with you Maggie. You ought to try the Hallelujah Diet, it works.
      Bennett, Colorado

      • Deborah: I agree that the diet works. I’m just saying that implying that because animal foods entered our diet after the flood human lives were shortened is not the only reason for the decrease in our years. The massive change of our earth’s atmosphere played a significant role and we need to not leave that part of the explanation out. I applaud HAcres for the great job they are doing in providing lifesaving nutritional information.

  13. The message of this article is misleading. It contains several inaccuracies but most importantly it misinterpreted findings among people who took probiotics. In this research, I quote: “none of the subjects normalized their MMA concentration after consistent use over a 3-month period.” MMa stands for methylmalonic acid, which is the most accurate measure of B12 status. This research showed that taking probiotics is useless in terms of correcting B12 deficiency or preventing from developing one. B12 is not found in foods of plant origin and anyone who don’t take a reliable source of B12 such as B12 supplements, plays with his/her health. No one has the right to mislead people in believing that things like probiotics can prevent from developing B12 deficiency. Some symptoms of this deficiency are irreversible and no one should play with other people health by providing misinformation.

    • Wow, Romucha that was a mean spirited comment. I think you ought to know that your last statement is misleading and totally untrue. Do some homework; check out Dr. John R. Christopher’s “Incurable Program…there are no incurable diseases, only incurable people” You must be one of those people.
      Bennett, Colorado

  14. Genesis 9:3,4; Lev. 11:3,9,21,22; Deu. 14:4-6, 9, 11, 20: Meat was ordained for man to eat; John 21:13 Jesus gave his “fishermen” disciples bread and fish to eat. Romans 14th chapter tells us about those who eat meat and those who don’t.

    • Was there petroleum pollution in Jesus’ day? Were there growth hormones on Jesus’ day? How about antibiotics? The meat in Jesus’ day (and before) is not the same today. Comparing the two is like apples to oranges.

      • As for meat, so it is for plant based foods…it’s what man has done to ALL food. GMO’S, pesticides, chemicals to retard spoilage, chemicals to ripen after having been picked before maturity, etc.

  15. Mercury Amalgam may be a factor to be consider in the case on 47% of the health ministers not having enough B12 in their bodies. See below:

    Note: According to the Heavy Metal Bulletin, March 1999,
    some researchers [including Dr Hal Huggins] and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology in the USA have previously recommended caution in the use of methyl cobalamin injections in the treatment of amalgam patients. They feared that vitamin B12 in that form could readily methylate mercury in the body, ie. transform it into its more harmful form of methylmercury – when methylated, mercury is much more easily absorbed to the blood and then transformed to mercury ions, which are an intensely toxic form of mercury.

    In a joint article in the December 1995 issue of Heavy Metal Bulletin by Dr Ahlrot-Westerlund and Editor, Monica Kauppi, they explain that the presence of heavy metals can reduce the uptake of vitamin B12. “The transport of vitamin B12 to the brain can be disturbed or interrupted by heavy metals such as mercury, which affects the blood-brain barrier by causing leakage and hampering the active transport of nutrients. In regard to heavy metal toxicity, in many cases it can be assumed that multiple deficiencies, not always easily separable, can be found.”

  16. Where do the numbers come from that the health ministers where measured against? I would suspect that meat eaters level of B-12 is not appropriate to use as a standard and I suspect that is what they use. What are the symptoms of B-12 deficiency? Watch for those and if you show symptoms then look at your diet again.

  17. my daughter has taken B12 suppliments and now is on shots. her face breaks out terribly because of it. any suggestions. it is a very big deal for a 21 year old.

  18. Have any of your 47% of B12 deficient health ministers been retested after taking the Hallelujah Acres B12 supplement? I’m curious as to wether or not their levels have gone up. I’ve heard a lot of conflicting info regarding the absorption of B12 supplements. Many of my vegan friends are resorting to B12 injections because they believe that it’s the only way to insure the proper absorption of it into the bloodstream. Please let me know what your findings are regarding this.

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