New Medical Film Highlights One Nurse’s Fight for Vitamin B12 Awareness

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By Heather Callaghan

A new movie about an emergency nurse’s plight to heal patients with vitamin B12 is now playing in select theaters.

Awareness met entertainment when director Elissa Leonard first picked up a copy of Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses. She was suddenly aflame to bring the triumph of vitamin B12 and its crusader to life on the big screens.

Sally Pacholok is the new film biopic based on the life of the book’s author and the obstacles she faced while trying to blow the whistle on B12 deficiency. It dramatizes the real life struggle to act and heal in the current medical establishment.

The real-life Sally Pacholok was known by her colleagues as “Sally B12” and is sometimes called the “Erin Brockovich” of vitamin B12. She herself was diagnosed with hereditary pernicious anemia at age 19, which is only one of the things that leads to a clear vitamin B12 deficiency.

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The preview below reveals that she did her research papers on vitamin B12 in nursing school. It shows extremely ill patients that Sally tries to help, including a suicidal patient – hinting that a mere deficiency could be lurking behind what are normally considered psychiatric issues. An unseen deficiency can also lead to dementia, MS, Alzheimer’s, blood issues, memory loss, mental health problems, depression, vision loss, nerve problems and so much more. It can be exacerbated or caused by auto-immune disease, thyroid conditions and much more.

Actress Annet Mahendru portrays Sally Pacholok in the film Sally Pacholok.

This looks like a provocative movie that will inspire people to question the rigid, controlled medical establishment, but also rise up to their own health and their families’. The real-life Pacholok was described by the leading actress as “the most passionate woman I’ve ever met.” Perhaps the film will inspire others to live their passion and never suppress who they are and what they have to share with the world. (You never know who’s watching or listening!)

Speaking of that – the main reason the film was brought to fruition was that its director played with a camera and placed a snippet on YouTube in 2013, which amazingly got a quarter-million hits and many calls to make the full-length film. Someone told Leonard not to “die with your screenplay in a drawer.” She was inspired that people told her their problems were being solved by the awareness raised in the video. Consumers like you demanded the film be brought to the theaters.

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This movie was brought to theaters thanks to crowd-sourcing through a website called Readers can check out the site and lend their support to see other unique movies play in theaters. You could be the one to host the movie in your city!

Sally Pacholok is playing in Sterling Heights, MI on Tues at 7:30 p.m – check below for more times.

For ticket availability, go to or  the “Sally Pacholok” Facebook page.

Image credit:  Elissa Leonard

This article (New Medical Drama Highlights One Nurse’s Fight for Vitamin B12 Awareness) can be republished with attribution to Heather Callaghan and Natural

Heather Callaghan is an independent researcher, natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at Like at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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