Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for June 30, 2006

Two symptoms that I have had for years are related to a Magnesium deficiency: Sensitivity to bright lights and weak knees.

Reasons Your Brain Needs Magnesium

#1 Your brain needs magnesium to build the protective myelin sheaths that insulate the nerve fibers which network your nervous system.

#2 Magnesium activates a key enzyme in cell membranes that controls the balance of sodium and potassium. This is absolutely essential to the electrical activity of nerve cells, as well as to the very existence of a cell. If its sodium-potassium ratio got too far out of balance, the cell would burst.

#3 Magnesium activates glutamine synthetase, an enzyme responsible for converting waste ammonia – an extremely toxic byproduct of normal protein metabolism – into urea for proper disposal. The ability to focus and pay attention can be compromised by even small increases in brain ammonia.

#4 Magnesium activates almost all the key enzymes needed for your neurons to produce energy from glucose, in the form of ATP molecules. Magnesium is also necessary for the stable storage of ATP, so it won’t spontaneously break down and waste its energy as heat.

#5 Of the 300+ different enzymes in the human body that require magnesium to function, a great many are crucial to cerebral metabolism and cognitive function. In the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord, magnesium is present in higher concentrations than in the blood plasma.

#6 Magnesium is needed to activate the enzyme (D6D) that converts dietary fatty acids into DHA, the most abundant fatty acid in brain cell membranes. Deficiencies in DHA have been associated with numerous neurological disorders – from attention-deficits to Alzheimer’s disease

Here’s another web site:

Magnesium is the central atom in the chlorophyll molecule and in physiology it activates the ATP energy system. More than 300 enzymes require the presence of this mineral. Seventy percent of the body’s magnesium is found in the bones, and the rest is found mainly in the soft tissues and blood. There is more magnesium than calcium in muscle tissue and the brain has twice as much magnesium as any other tissue.

Every person, every doctor that I’ve mentioned my health history to has commented on the fact that I have done a tremendous amount of research to try and figure out my symptoms and the more deeper I get, the more I realize how I’ve only scratched the surface and looking back, I wish I’d done a better job.

I think if I was a doctor, I’d hire a research assistant to google symptoms for me. Actually, it’s more like an investigative researcher.

My iridology exam is tomorrow and I can’t wait. Hopefully, it’s the beginning of the end.

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Entry for June 30, 2006

And then I skip ahead in the book and come across a chapter called ” The Brain and Nerves” on page 158. This sounds like the chapter for me:

The brain and nerves are the most highly-evolved tissues in the human body, designed to send and receive the electromagnetic vibrations that direct all the physiological functions of the body and allow man to creatively adapt to and alter his environment.

Each organ and tissue structure of the body is connected via the nervous system to a specialized part of the brain that directs it’s function. Thus we have a “heart brain”, a “kidney brain”,  a “stomach brain”, and so forth and electromagnetic messages contantly pass back and forth along the autonomic nerves, telling the brain the state of each organ and tissue area. The brain responds by instructing the organ to adjust itself, not only in accordance with what is going on in that organ alone, but in consideration of the needs of all other organs and tissues in the body. No single organ or tissue can be treated in isolation.

Could this have been why it had such an effect on me? Having an electromagnetic device beside my head would certainly appear to have an effect on the normal communicating function of the brain. Would a doctor tell me this? Not a chance.

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Entry for June 30, 2006

Iridology is facinating. I’m really enjoying the book by Doctor Jensen. Here are some paragraphs from his book Beyond Basic Health:

PAGE 11

The Balanced Diet:

  1. Pure natural foods
  2. 6 vegetables, 2 fruits, 1 starch & 1 protein
  3. Foods should be 80% alkaline and 20% acid
  4. Variety of foods
  5. 60% raw foods
  6. Avoid overeating
  7. Avoid deficiencies in food regimen

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When we find one degenerative stage in an organ, there are usually other organs that have developed degenerative conditions as well. People seldom die from one disease. There is no condition that cannot be found in the iris that doesn’t also have inherent weaknesses, toxic settlements, and mineral deficiencies. Every underactive organ tends to drag down the rest of the body.

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PAGE 53

Today, very few doctors practice preventive health care, but I would not advise going to any other kind. The doctor who is interested in keeping you well is of greater value than the doctor who says he can’t do anything until you are sick.

What kind of profession is it that thrives and grows wealthy on sickness and disease, but shows so little interest in maintaining health?

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PAGE 70

Unfortunatley, very few mothers know how to feed children properly. They don’t know that the formulas they use are synthetic foods, not real food and may cause diabetic tendencies in later years.

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Every disease is a sign of a chemical shortage in the body. All of these chemical elements are in our foods but we don’t know what a proper diet is.

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PAGE 84

If our patients do not improve, we are not using the right foods to treat them. Diseases are the end result of chemically deficient organs in the body that are not functioning properly. For example: We may have different diseases produced when the liver, bronchial tubes and stomach are not working normally together. We have another type of disease entirely when the kidneys, lungs and small intestines are not working together properly.

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Entry for June 30, 2006

I didn’t eat any of the high fibre cereal yesterday and today I’m feeling better with no stomach cramps. So if I am deficient in magnesium, why have I been okay taking high doses of B Complex suppliments for such a long time without any magnesium?

Higher amounts of Vitamin B6 will also increase magnesium retention, although this only takes place following long-term oral supplementation, while regular Vitamin B6 injections will quickly result in a high magnesium / low calcium ratio.

WOW! B6 will increase magnesium retention following long-term oral supplementation. Could this be why my symptoms are not really improving? I’ve been trying to have wheatgrass which is high in magnesium at least once, sometimes twice a week along with high doses of B6. I’ve also been drinking two litres of water every day.

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Entry for June 29, 2006

I find it mildly amusing that a Magnesium deficiency is linked to Mitral Valve Prolapse.  Two years ago I had a sharp pain in my chest and was diagnosed with a Right Branch Bundle Block or Mitral Valve Prolapse. At the time, they told me it was a normal variant and it was nothing to worry about. Was this an early sign of a Magnesium deficiency? If 80 percent of Americans have a Magnesium deficiency, wouldn’t that make Mitral Valve Prolapse a normal variant?

Mitral Valve Prolapse: The Links to Magnesium Deficiency

Though they do not appear to be widely known, there are a wide variety of medical research studies from various parts of the world that link MVP to magnesium deficiencies, and/or that show improvement of MVP symptoms from magnesium treatment. These studies include:

A study in Denmark showed that Cavalier King Charles spaniels frequently have both MVP and low magnesium levels.

A study in Paris found a link between magnesium deficiency, latent tetany, hyperventilation syndrome, spasmophilia, chronic fatigue syndrome, neurocirculatory asthenia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.

Russian researchers found that patients with mitral valve prolapse appeared to suffer from magnesium deficiency. Magnesium therapy completely or partially reduced the symptoms in more than half the patients.

In a paper from in the American Journal of Cardiology, researchers from Poland concluded that that many patients with heavily symptomatic MVP have low serum magnesium. They also concluded that supplementation ofmagnesium leads to improvement in most symptoms along with a decrease in catecholamine excretion.

Researchers in Romania found that magnesium therapy should be applied consistently and for long periods of time to control latent tetany (severe muscle cramps) and to prevent MVP.

A paper in the journal, Magnesium, noted that magnesium deficiency hinders the mechanism by which fibroblasts degrade defective collagen, increases circulating catecholamines, predisposes to cardiac arrhythmias, thromboembolic phenomena and dysregulation of the immune and autonomic nervous systems. The paper authors noted that magnesium therapy provides relief of MVP symptoms.

Another paper from the journal, Magnesium, found that out of the 24 patients with MVP who underwent 16 weeks of treatment with magnesium 29.2% became asymptomatic between the 4th and 12th weeks, in 45.8% one or two symptoms of a psychic nature persisted (e.g. anxiety, depressive tendency), and the remaining 25% showed an improvement, albeit, a less marked one.

A 1985 study found that in a group of patients with MVP, low magnesium levels were found to be statistically significant. The researchers assumed magnesium to have an important role particularly in causing the rhythm and neuropsychic disturbances in pathogenesis of mitral valve prolapse.

In a 1975 study in France, researchers reviewed the role of the low erythrocyte (cellular) magnesium in MVP.

Magnesium Deficiency in the Pathogenesis of Mitral Valve Prolapse – “Most features of the MVP syndrome can be attributed to direct physiological effects of magnesium deficiency or to secondary effects produced by blockade of EFA desaturation. These include valvular collagen dissolution, ventricular hyperkinesis, cardiac arrhythmias, occasional thromboembolic phenomena. autonomic dysregulation and association with LT, pelvic fibrosis, autoimmune disease, anxiety disorders, allergy and chronic candidiasis.”

Many medical web sites state that MVP is a normal variation in the population because it is so common. I’m not so sure this is a valid conclusion. Being common does not mean the same thing as being normal, or even desirable. Thirty percent of the adult U.S. population is obese, however no one is saying that obesity is “normal”. There are many conditions such as breast cancer, heart attacks and osteoporosis that are even more common than mitral valve prolapse, but that doesn’t mean that any of these conditions are normal, let alone desirable.

Many people in the U.S. and other Western countries do not get the RDA of magnesium, so it actually would be expected then that many people would have signs of magnesium deficiencies.

A research paper from France notes that a marginal primary magnesium deficit affects a large proportion of the population (15 to 20%). The study noted that while 6 mg was the RDA for magnesium, most people only took in slightly over 4 mg. In another study from France, 77 per cent of women and 72 per cent of men had dietary magnesium intakes lower than recommended dietary allowances;23 per cent of women and 18 per cent of men consumed less than 2/3 of the magnesium RDA.

Things aren’t much better in the U.S. According to a paper from State University of New York, since the turn of this century, there has been a steady and progressive decline of dietary magnesium intake to where much of the Western World population is ingesting less than an optimum RDA.

As such, perhaps the high levels of mitral valve prolapse seen these days in the developed, Western countries are indeed common, but not “normal” at all. Perhaps they merely reflect signs of a growing magnesium deficiency among people in developed countries who tend to consume diets high in calcium (which can cause a magnesium imbalance) , high in processed foods and low in magnesium rich foods, such as nuts and vegetables.

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Entry for June 29, 2006

Today I decided to wait until I got into work before taking my vitamins. Again, the same thing happened as yesterday. About half an hour after breakfast and my vitamins, I had mild stomach cramps and diarrhea again. I can’t be having too much fibre?

For the longest time, I’ve noticed that my “weird” symptoms happen about five minutes before I have a bowel movement. I’ve always thought it was weird but I forgot about it when I was told there was nothing wrong with the colon. Five minutes before a bowel movement is significant because that is when it’s in the sigmoid.

I’m just starting chapter five of Dr. Jensen’s book and he is talking about a thing called the healing crisis.

The Healing Crisis

Also known as the “Herxheimer Reaction”, this reaction occurs when the body tries to eliminate toxins at a faster rate than they can be properly disposed of. The more toxic one’s bodily systems are, the more severe the detoxification, or healing crisis. It is characterized by a temporary increase in symptoms during the cleansing or detox process which may be mild or severe. You may feel worse and therefore conclude that the treatment is not working. But these reactions are instead signs that the treatment is working and that your body is going through the process of cleaning itself of impurities, toxins and imbalances.

Such reactions are temporary and can occur immediately — or within several days, or even several weeks, of a detox. Symptoms usually pass within 1-3 days, but on rare occasions can last several weeks. If you are suffering from a major illness, the symptoms you experience during the healing crisis may be identical to the disease itself. Sometimes discomfort during the healing crisis is of greater intensity than when you were developing the chronic disease. This may explain why there may be a brief flare-up in one’s condition. Often the crisis will come after you feel your very best. Most people feel somewhat ill during the first few days of a cleanse because it is at that point that your body dumps toxins into the blood stream for elimination. With a more serious condition there may be many small crises to go through before the final one is possible. In any case, a cleansing & purifying process is underway, and stored wastes are in a free-flowing state. 

Cause:

The healing crisis is the result of every body-system, in concert, working to eliminate waste products through all elimination channels and set the stage for regeneration. The end result: old tissues are replaced with new. When any treatment or cleansing program causes a large scale die-off of bacteria, a significant amount of endotoxins (toxins within the bacteria itself) are released into the body. The more bacteria present, and the stronger their endotoxins, the stronger the cleansing reaction. When any treatment or detox causes the organs of the body (particularly the liver, which is a storehouse of drug and poison residues) to release their stored poisons and toxins, a cleansing reaction may occur. Any program, such as fasting, which causes a rapid breakdown of fat cells (which are a storehouse for toxins), can cause a healing crisis as toxins previously lodged in the fat cells are released into the blood stream. 

Symptoms:

The healing crisis will usually bring about past conditions in whatever order the body is capable of handling at that time. People often forget the diseases or injuries they have had in the past, but are usually reminded during the crisis
 
Easing Your Way Through the Healing Crisis: 

Drink plenty of fresh water (especially water), juices, and herbal teas to flush the body of toxins. Some professionals recommend distilled water as the best. Drink from 2 to 4 quarts(liters) per day. This will help flush the toxins out of your system and speed along the detoxification.

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Entry for June 29, 2006

The Miracle of Magnesium

By Carolyn Dean, MD, ND

Magnesium deficiency triggers or causes the following 22 conditions; the introduction of magnesium, either by a high-magnesium diet, with green drinks, or magnesium supplements, can help alleviate these conditions:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Asthma
  • Blood clots
  • Bowel disease
  • Cystitis
  • Depression
  • Detoxification
  • Diabetes, Syndrome X and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Migraine
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Nerve problems
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology–premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea (cramping pain during menses), infertility, premature contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy, lessens the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Tooth decay
 

Science and medicine have both turned their backs on magnesium. Science opts out because the scientific methodology is defined by being able to test one thing at a time ending up with one result. Science finds magnesium too difficult to corral, partly because it is responsible for the correct metabolic function of over 350 enzymes in the body. The creation of ATP (adenosine triphospate) the energy molecules of the body, the action of the heart muscle, the proper formation of bones and teeth, relaxation of blood vessels, and the promotion of proper bowel function are all under the guidance of magnesium.

Magnesium’s Role in a Healthy Body

A small group of international magnesium researchers, however, have continued, against all odds, to prove the importance of magnesium not only as a nutrient for thousands of body processes but also as a medicine to treat magnesium-depleted health conditions. Drs. Bella and Burton Altura are two hard-working magnesium heroes! They have performed laboratory research and clinical research to the tune of about 1,000 studies over the past 40 years. The Alturas personally confirmed that the 22 magnesium-related conditions, listed at the beginning of this article, have a solid basis in science.

Dr. Burton Altura said that during his 40 years of research he was appalled at the lack of attention given to this life-saving nutrient. He has all but given up on conventional medicine recognizing the need for magnesium in its protocols for dozens of diseases and welcomed books such as mine to help spread the word. Without million-dollar marketing budgets that drug companies have for their latest drugs, nutrient research plods along–proving over and over again their worth but never being able to get that information out to the public.

Up to 80 Percent of Americans are Magnesium-Deficient

Another reason that Dr. Altura felt magnesium was not given its due is because there has been no lab test that will give an accurate reading of the magnesium status in the tissues. Only one percent of magnesium of the body is distributed in the blood, making a simple sample of magnesium in the blood highly inaccurate. That’s why most doctors who rely on blood tests for magnesium and not magnesium deficiency signs and symptoms and realization that up to 80 percent of the population is deficient, will miss an important diagnosis.

There’s even more to the actual way magnesium works. It exists in the body either as active magnesium ions or as inactive magnesium complexes bound to proteins or other substances. A magnesium ion is a group of atoms that is missing an electron, which makes it excitable as it searches to attach to something that will replace its missing electron.

Magnesium ions constitute the most physiologically active fraction of magnesium in the body; they are free to join in biochemical body processes and are not attached to other substances. Most clinical laboratories only assess total “serum” magnesium, which mixes up both active and inactive types.

The Alturas took it upon themselves to develop and research a method that would test specifically for magnesium ions. It came about in 1987 and is called the Blood Ionized Magnesium Test. Its accuracy has been confirmed countless times with sensitive digital imaging microscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy and the magnesium fluorescent probe. With this test it is now possible to directly measure the levels of magnesium ions in whole blood, plasma and serum using ion-selective electrodes. The Alturas have used the ionized magnesium test in hundreds of research trials on dozens of different conditions proving, for example, that the 22 conditions listed above are related to magnesium deficiency

How to Get Enough Magnesium

How do I get enough magnesium is a question that I’m frequently asked. If there is enough magnesium in the soil where green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds are grown then we have a chance to obtain magnesium from our diet. Organic foods may have more magnesium, but only if farmers replenish their soil with magnesium-rich fertilizers. Most fertilizer used on factory farms relies heavily on nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to make plants grow and appear healthy.

However, if magnesium and other minerals and micronutrients are not introduced the plants may look good but are not packed with the nutrition we need. Growers should be required to use top-quality fertilizers and should test their crops for the long list of nutrients we need to stay healthy.

In general, to get as much magnesium as possible in the diet, eat plenty of organic leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds every day. Adding green drinks to your menu will help you achieve a higher magnesium status.

The Calcium-to-Magnesium Ratio

Supplementing with magnesium must also take into account the balance between calcium and magnesium. Finland, which, from 1973 to 1999 had the highest recorded incidence of heart attack in middle-aged men in the world, also has a high calcium-to-magnesium ratio in the diet at 4 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium. 16-17 Americans in general have a high calcium-to-magnesium ratio in their diet and consequently in their bodies; the U.S. ratio is 3.5-to-1. Our dietary emphasis on a high calcium intake without sufficient magnesium and because of the excessive emphasis on women taking high doses of calcium for osteoporosis, we are creating more imbalance between the two minerals.

Some researchers predict that the American ratio of calcium to magnesium is actually approaching 6-to-1, yet, the recommended dietary ratio of calcium to magnesium in the United States is 2-to-1. Current research on the paleolithic or caveman diet shows that the ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet that our bodies evolved to eat is 1-to-1. In order to offset the deficiency magnesium induced by excess calcium and to treat the above 22 conditions, people may find it necessary to ingest one part magnesium to one part calcium in supplement form for a period of months to a year. Stabilization on a healthy diet including green drinks may be possible after that time.

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Entry for June 28, 2006

Variation in Mineral Content of Bottled Waters

Substantial variations in the concentrations of the three major minerals were observed in the bottled waters studied. Magnesium content ranges from to 126 mg per litre, sodium content ranges from 0 to 1,200 mg per litre, and calcium content ranges from 0 to 546 mg per liter. In general, waters bottled in North America had low mineral contents, while waters bottled in Europe had high mineral contents. For the North American bottled waters, the median concentration for magnesium was 2.5 mg per liter, for sodium it was 5 mg per liter, and for calcium it was 8 mg per liter, For the European bottled waters, the median concentration for magnesium was 23.5 mg per litre, for sodium it was 20 mg per litre, and for calcium it was 115 mg per litre.

When comparing the mineral contents of bottled water, it is important to know the variation of the mineral content from bottle to bottle. According to the technical director of the International Bottled Water Association, variation of mineral content is less than 5% (Arthur von Wiesenberger, personal communication) mainly due to different testing methods. We did not find any published studies that looked at the mineral content of tap water. However, from the limited information we were able to obtain, it appears that tap water in major North American cities contains relatively low levels of magnesium (<48 mg per liter), sodium (< 195 mg per litre), and calcium(<85 mg per litre).

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Entry for June 28, 2006

I’ve been taking my regular amount of B-Complex vitamins this week and besides some mild stomach cramps and diarrhea after taking my vitamins this morning I felt fine. 

Went down to Shoppers and bought some snack cereal I could eat throughout the day. I picked Kellogg’s Mini Wheats because they were high in Thiamine and 6 grams of fibre. Not the best choice I suppose, but I’ll try it to see if it has any effect.

By the late afternoon, I have that weird feeling like something is going to happen but never does. I splash my face with water a few times, I drink a little of Arthur’s Green Energy but there is no improvement.

I have my bottled water so I drink half a bottle (250 ml)  at a really fast pace and I feel better. I’m really starting to wonder about this magnesium deficiency. Almost every day for as long as I can remember, I’ve always needed a chocolate bar in the early afternoons but I’ve quit doing that for a week now. I read somewhere that people who are deficient in magnesium crave chocolate. Could it be that I was craving the magnesium in chocolate?

Magnesium is also in bottled water… and I’m not drinking as much because of the B vitamins. Down to shoppers for some magnesium.

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Entry for June 27, 2006

I check the local health food store for fibre suppliments and I discover a new product made by AOR, the same brand that makes Benfotamine.

It’s called “AGE Amadori”. here’s what it says:

DISCUSSION: The core of Amadori AGE Shield is two unique B vitamins: Pyridoxamine – a form of vitamin B6 (not the pyrodoxine form) and Benfotiamine – an extremely well absorbed and utilized form of vitamin B1. These nutrients are Amadorins, powerful late-phase inhibitors of the formation of Advanced Glycation Endproducts. This formulation also includes a complete, balanced spectrum of B-vitamins including the newly-discovered redox-cofactor  nutrient pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), essential for the activity of the lysine-metabolizing enzyme ASS-dehydrogenase.

SUPPLEMENT FACTS:
Serving Size: 1 Capsule                                                       %DRI
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Pyridox-amine (a form of vitamin B6) ……………… 33 mg              1941%
Thiamin (as Benfotiamine 40 mg) ……………………. 28 mg              2333%
B2 (Riboflavin) …………………………………………….. 0.5 mg                 38%
B3 (Niacin (as 24 mg Inositol Hexanicotinate)) ….. 19 mg                120%
B5 (d-Ca Pantothenate) ………………………………….. 17 mg               340%
B12 (Cyanocobalamin) …………………………………… 04 mcg             167%
Folic Acid ……………………………………………………..50 mcg                33%
Biotin ………………………………………………………….. 50 mcg              167%
Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) ……………………… 05 mcg                 *
Choline (Bitartrate) ……………………………………….. 44 mg                   8%
Inositol (from Inositol, Inositol Hexanicotinate) .. 166 mg                  *_____________________________________________________________

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Entry for June 27, 2006

The mystery pears…

I forgot to take my acidophilus today and all day I’ve had a lot of gas after eating meals. After dinner, I take one my enzyme suppliments and that seems to work very well.

I did some research on the sigmoid tonight. Didn’t really find anything that mentioned my symptoms but I decided to go through the blog history and refresh my discoveries. One of the things that will stop the vibration is pears. Pears are mostly water and they are not really high in any vitamin or mineral but there is one thing they are high in: Dietary Fibre.

I know for a fact that I don’t eat enough fibre and I’m wondering now if the sigmoid is effected by low fibre intake.

How Much Fibre?

According to current guidelines, healthy adults should consume at least 26 grams of fibre – ideally 26 to 35 grams daily. The present Canadian fibre intake only averages 4.5 to 11 grams a day. Health Canada suggests increasing this amount by eating more grains and unpeeled (but well-washed) fruit and vegetables. Be sure to include both insoluble fibre and soluble types.

Another plus of a fibre-rich diet is that it provides plenty of vitamins and minerals, but it may be wise to consult a physician before greatly increasing dietary fibre intake and to ensure good nutritional status before making drastic alterations. Initially, eating large quantities of fibre may cause bloating, but this should subside in a few weeks. It is best to increase amounts gradually. Eating 26 grams of fibre daily may seem like a lot but can be obtained by having two fruits at breakfast-time (say a banana and raisins) with whole grain cereal, fruit as between-meal snacks, three to five servings of vegetables daily, and several bread and grain servings.

26 to 35 grams of dietary fibre daily? Even with my new lifestyle changes, there’s no way I’m having that much fibre. Could this be why I still have the vibration? So as a night time snack, I have a bowel of Fibre 1 cereal.

But if fibre is my problem, why does vitamin C make it stop? Why does a high dose of B complex make it stop? Why does tuna make it stop? Tuna doesn’t have any fibre…

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Entry for June 27, 2006

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Study: Cell phone signals excite brain

Monday, June 26, 2006; Posted: 11:26 a.m. EDT (15:26 GMT)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Cell phone emissions excite the part of the brain cortex nearest to the phone, but it is not clear if these effects are harmful, Italian researchers reported on Monday.

Their study, published in the Annals of Neurology, adds to a growing body of research about mobile phones, their possible effects on the brain, and whether there is any link to cancer.

About 730 million cell phones are expected to be sold this year, according to industry estimates, and nearly 2 billion people around the world already use them.

Of these, more than 500 million use a type that emits electromagnetic fields known as Global System for Mobile communications or GSM radio phones. Their possible effects on the brain are controversial and not well understood.

Dr. Paolo Rossini of Fatebenefratelli hospital in Milan and colleagues used Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS to check brain function while people used these phones.

They had 15 young male volunteers use a GSM 900 cell phone for 45 minutes. In 12 of the 15, the cells in the motor cortex adjacent to the cell phone showed excitability during phone use but returned to normal within an hour.

The cortex is the outside layer of the brain and the motor cortex is known as the “excitable area” because magnetic stimulation has been shown to cause a muscle twitch.

The researchers stressed that they had not shown that using a cell phone is bad for the brain in any way, but people with conditions such as epilepsy, linked with brain cell excitability, could potentially be affected.

“It should be argued that long-lasting and repeated exposure to EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) linked with intense use of cellular phones in daily life might be harmful or beneficial in brain-diseased subjects,” they wrote.

“Further studies are needed to better circumstantiate these conditions and to provide safe rules for the use of this increasingly more widespread device.”

Medical studies on cell phone use have provided mixed results. Swedish researchers found last year that using cell phones over time can raise the risk of brain tumors. But a study by Japan’s four mobile telephone operators found no evidence that radio waves from the phones harmed cells or DNA.

The Dutch Health Council analyzed several studies and found no evidence that radiation from mobile phones was harmful.

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Entry for June 26, 2006

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So now I have two things pointing me in the direction of my sigmoid. Doctor Google?

Sigmoid Function: The functions of the sigmoid and rectum are transmitting stool toward the anus,  serving both as a collection site and with contractions, producing evacuation. Absorbing water from the stool and secreting mucus are other important functions. The parasympathetic stimulate contractility, secretion of mucus, and relaxation of sphincters, and the sympathetic produce functions antagonistic to those parasympathetic nerves.

Okay, talk about way too much information… But now I have a link with the Sigmoid and the parasympathetic nervous system. And now B vitamins!

The colon contains nearly 60 varieties of microflora or bacteria to aid digestion, promote vital nutrient production, to maintain pH (acid-base) balance, and to prevent proliferation of harmful bacteria. These bacteria provide important functions such as the synthesis of folic acid and valuable nutrients from foods, including vitamins ‘K’ and portions of the ‘B’ complex. Bacillus coli and acidophillus comprise the majority of healthy bacteria in the colon along with other disease producing bacteria in lesser numbers. The process of digestion from ingestion of food to defecation, normally takes between 12 to 24 hours assuming that the colon is fully functional and non-toxic. Irregular or infrequent bowel movements can allow toxic residues, from the by-products of undigested foods, to remain in the colon.

The intestering thing about the sigmoid process is I’ve been taking acidophilus almost every day since my first appointment with the naturopath. Is it possible that it was hiding a bigger problem with my sigmoid? I did have weird bowel movements starting around July 2005 and the acidophilus had a great effect.

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Entry for June 26, 2006

On the way home I stop by the local health food store and inquire about Iridology. A guy shows me to the bulletin board and hands me a pamphlet and a business card of a local women. I call the number as soon as I get home and I leave a message for her to call me.

Later in the afternoon she returns my call and I tell her that I’m interested in a Iridology exam. She explains the process. The cost is $150 for two sessions and the first session is three hours long. She will take pictures of my iris and sclera and suggest a health plan.

The second appoinment is scheduled with two weeks and she will provide a detailed report or as she put it “theisis” on my health conditions and she will us Iridology again to check if there is any improvement.

This sounds great. If I have serious vitamin deficiencies, whose to say I don’t have other things going on as well? I could be seriously lacking in minerals as well.

Iridology is used to identify nutritional deficiencies so this is definately the right direction.

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Entry for June 26, 2006

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Walked into the Osteopathy clinic, filled out the standard introduction form detailing a brief medical history and waited. While I’m in the waiting area, I spot the Toronto Star talking about how Toronto Hydro will switch on the first phase of its new wireless broadband service.

After a short wait, I meet with the doctor and he asks me what brings me to the clinic. I give my usual story: Internal vibration, Plantar Fasciitis, Stomach bloating and how all of my testing has come up negative. I mention about the suspected EMF exposure, pears, vitamin C, tuna and talk about vitamin deficiencies and Beriberi. He makes a few notes as I go through the history and he comments that it is an interesting story but has never heard of Beriberi. He admits right away that I’ve done a tremendous amount of research and that he may not be able to solve my problems but explained that using Osteopathy, he may be able to find other things that are going on within the body.

He asks if I have ever been in a car accident, any sprained or broken bones and any surgery. I’ve had my appendix removed, a sprained finger on my left hand and surgery to remove a extra bone growth in my leg when I was about twelve.

He then starts by asking me to stand in the upright position and asks me to remove my shirt. He walks back and forth and then asks me to turn around. I assume he does the same thing again and he comments how my left shoulder is higher than it should be. He then asks me to lie down on the table and he twists my legs checking for the range of motion and flexability. He starts pressing around my abdomen and comments on how my left side is firmer than it should be and says he is pressing on my Sigmoid.

SAY WHAT??!!! The Sigmoid? That came up in my self-Iridology exam. I can’t believe it.

He continues by talking about Cranial osteopathy. He lightly touches around my head and keeps talking about a thing called the sacrum. It is the bone that joins your spine to your pelvis. After about five minutes, he comments on how my cranial has no movement and how it can cause other problems when movement is restricted with a possibility that there is a link to the sigmoid. He places his hand around the area of the tailbone and measures the pulse of something called the Cerebrospinal fluid from the brain to the bottom of the spine. Turns out that mine is weaker than it should be.

That was basically the appoinment. Very simple and non-instrusive. I google cranial osteopathy when I get home:

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy has many similarities with the oldest known method of healing, the laying on of hands. The osteopath combines healing intention with a knowledge of anatomy, using the hands to “listen” for restrictions or strains in the body. Although the name implies head manipulation, the techniques are used to treat the whole body. 

Why Call it Cranial

Partly for historical reasons. Dr Sutherland, who was the first teacher of cranial osteopathy, devised a system of correcting cranial bone restrictions using manipulation. He tested many of his early theories on his own head, keeping detailed records of the symptoms that came and went when he created, then removed, a variety of cranial bone restrictions. He experienced symptoms such as depression and severe head and jaw pain that were a direct cause of the restrictions he created.

What About the Rest of the Body

Although originally the focus was on the bones of the skull, it soon became obvious that other parts of the body were involved, in particular the sacrum. The sacrum is the bone that joins your spine to your pelvis. If the pelvis is twisted, tilted or unbalanced it will have an effect through the sacrum and its attachments all the way up the spine and into the base of the cranium.

However, bones are held in position by muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. It is the interplay of all these forces that is important. The osteopath combines healing intention with a knowledge of anatomy, using the hands to “listen” for restrictions or strains within the body’s intrinsic movement patterns.

Wow! That was really amazing but will it solve my problems?

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Entry for June 26, 2006

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Keep That Laptop Off Your Lap
At Least Until a New Generation of Researchers Give Us Some Answers
August 13, 2005

The inside back cover of the August issue of Wired has an ad with a picture of a model who has a laptop on her belly. She’s got a big grin on her face apparently because her computer is protected with Symantec’s anti-spyware and anti-virus software.

Putting a laptop on your body may be okay for a photo shoot, but it’s probably not such a good idea to leave the computer there for a long time. In addition to delivering heat to sensitive organs, there can be significant exposure to EMFs. In fact, it’s probably not a good idea to keep any electronic or electric appliance flush to your body on a regular basis.

Let me be clear: We don’t know whether EMFs from appliances are a health hazard. What we do know is that some appliances give off strong localized fields with complex waveforms. While they diminish very quickly with distance, up close they can pack a wallop.

We also know that a discomfortingly large number of epidemiological studies show that long-term exposure to low-level EMFs is linked to childhood leukemia —the implicated levels are 250 times lower than the current limit for exposing children 24/7 and more than a 1,000 times lower than the occupational guidelines. (The U.S. has never adopted an EMF exposure standard.)

In addition, we know that the use of certain appliances has been associated with cancer. For instance, a 1998 National Cancer Institute (NCI) study showed that children exposed to electric blankets, hair dryers or video games had significant higher rates of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A number of other appliances, including curling irons, were also linked to cancer.

But there were inconsistencies. The risk associated with years of use was often similar to that from short-term use —that is, there was no dose-response relationship. But that said, looking at all the NCI appliance data, you will see a large number of statistically significant elevated risks of childhood leukemia and it’s hard to escape the conclusion that something is going on.

The NCI team, however, focused on the inconsistencies, threw up their hands and concluded there was nothing to worry about.

Earlier this year, the NCI published another study which linked the use of electric hair dryers and shavers with brain tumors. (Men who used electric shavers had ten times more meningiomas!) Once again, the NCI decided that it was “unlikely” that there was a true association.

One major problem with both NCI studies is that the EMFs from the appliances were not measured. The NCI team assumed that the magnetic fields from a hair dryer are identical to those from a fan or a microwave oven, except in terms of the intensity of the field. This is a primitive, though not uncommon, approach among EMF researchers. But it’s like studying particulate air pollutants without specifying the size or the chemical composition of the particles. You might get an idea about effects, but it would be a very rough estimate.

By neglecting the differences among the different types of EMFs, the NCI team assumes that all appliances are sources of simple sinusoidal 60 Hz magnetic fields. No allowance is made for fields whose frequency and intensity fluctuate over time, whether other frequency components and transient are present, or
whether the resulting exposures are intermittent. (In the more recent paper, the NCI team does acknowledge that hair dryers and shavers give off high-frequency transients). Another ignored variable is the polarization of the field.

Elizabeth Ainsbury, an English doctoral student of Denis Henshaw’s at Bristol University, illustrates the variation in polarization of the magnetic fields associated with appliances in a paper published recently in Physics in Medicine and Biology. She reports, for example, that microwave and electric ovens have
the most elliptically polarized fields, while alarm clocks have the least ellipticity.

(As the field becomes more circularly polarized —that is, as it become more elliptical— the greater the potential for depositing its energy into those exposed, see MWN, M/A00.)

Ainsbury concludes that her measurements demonstrate that domestic magnetic fields are extremely complex and cannot simply be characterized by traditional measurements such as time-weighted average or peak exposure levels.”

Could polarization be the missing variable that, if taken into account, would clarify the existing epidemiological and experimental data? It’s far too soon to tell, but it is a tantalizing possibility.

For a long time, many have speculated that EMF epidemiological studies are cloudy because some characteristic of the field has been left out. It is as if we are looking through a distorted prism. But with the right set of filters, we could see the EMF risk more clearly.

Five years ago, Jim Burch showed that workers exposed to circularly or elliptically polarized fields were more likely to have lower melatonin levels. And years before that Masamichi Kato in Japan reported a similar finding in animals (see MWN, M/A00).

Back in 2000, Burch told us his results “definitely need to be followed up.” They weren’t. (Burch has recently moved to the University of South Carolina.)

With progress coming in five-year intervals it is going to take a long time to sort all this out.� Joe Bowman at NIOSH in Cincinnati is hopeful however. “I’m encouraged to see an EMF health study measuring more than just the time-averaged magnetic field,” he told Microwave News in a recent interview. “Studies like Ainsbury’s will hopefully lead to a new generation of more informative epidemiologic studies.”

Bowman is himself designing an epi study using the Multiwave meter developed by Electric Research, which can measure a number of field parameters including polarization. Ainsbury also used the Multiwave. Clearly, there is much more work to be done.

And until we learn more and can see the EMF problem more clearly, it’s probably a good idea to keep your laptop off your lap —especially if that computer is broadcasting RF radiation through its wireless connection to the Internet.

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Entry for June 26, 2006

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Woke up vibrating… But today is my appointment with the Osteopath.

Because the Oseopath is down the street from where I live, I am working from home today. I have the company laptop with me so I decide to test it for EMF exposure.

I turn on the laptop and use the meter to take a reading and it’s off the scale. Everyday I see people using laptop computers on their lap and it makes you wonder. These people are easily travelling two hours a day. What about the health effects of long term exposure?

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Entry for June 25, 2006

Chocolate bug cases spread
Jonathan Leake and Gareth Walsh

Cadbury hit by more salmonella claims

CADBURY was fighting to save its reputation this weekend as genetic tests showed a possible link between the salmonella strain that contaminated its products and dozens of cases of illness around Britain.

At least 53 people are known to have come down with severe stomach upsets after contracting salmonella montevideo, a rare strain of the disease.

This weekend the Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed molecular fingerprinting tests had shown that the bacteria that caused the outbreaks were the same as those contaminating some of its products. Last week the company, Britain’s biggest chocolate manufacturer, recalled 1m chocolate bars.

The HPA said the number of cases of the disease could be up to five times higher than the 53 reported because many people with stomach upsets never visit their doctor.

“The molecular typing showed that the samples from Cadbury were the same as the human cases. We cannot be 100% sure that Cadbury’s products caused the disease but it is a strong possibility,” said the HPA.

This weekend Cadbury, which sells £1 billion worth of chocolate a year, was also accused of failing to follow key food safety principles.

Following the initial alert that became public on Friday, the company has repeatedly insisted that low levels of salmonella in ready-to-eat foods are harmless and acceptable.

However, microbiological experts and official agencies said high levels of fat and sugar in chocolate made it an ideal vehicle for preserving salmonella and carrying it into the intestine. This meant that serious illness could be caused by what appeared to be mere trace levels of the bacterium.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA), the government’s watchdog, said: “Salmonella is unacceptable at any level and we would have expected Cadbury to have notified us far earlier than they did on finding this bacterium in their products.”

The contamination was first detected in January in chocolate at the company’s Marlbrook plant in Herefordshire. The plant produces nearly 100,000 tonnes of chocolate crumb a year, which is sent to other factories to be mixed with cocoa butter and made into chocolate products.

The company said the contamination was traced to a leak in a pipe carrying waste water from cleaning machinery that was dripping on to the floor near a conveyor belt. Cadbury said the pipe was fixed at that time, so ending the problem.

However, this explanation raises several questions as the HPA said up to eight subsequent samples taken from January to June also showed contamination.

Cadbury sent the initial and later samples to an independent laboratory for testing. The laboratory told Cadbury that the samples contained salmonella and then sent them on to the HPA to find out the exact strain, but it did not tell the HPA the origin of the samples.

Cadbury management had decided the level of contamination did not warrant any further action. “The level we found was so incredibly low that we decided there was no need to inform the FSA,” said a spokesman.

This decision has amazed experts who point to a wealth of scientific evidence about the dangers of salmonella in chocolate, even at trace levels

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Entry for June 25, 2006

Magnesium

Deficiency Symptoms

Because magnesium plays such a wide variety of roles in the body, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency can also vary widely. Many symptoms involve changes in nerve and muscle function. These changes include muscle weakness, tremor, and spasm. In the heart muscle, magnesium deficiency can result in arrhythmia, irregular contraction, and increased heart rate.

Because of its role in bone structure, the softening and weakening of bone can also be a symptom of magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms can include: imbalanced blood sugar levels; headaches; elevated blood pressure; elevated fats in the bloodstream; depression; seizures; nausea; vomiting; and lack of appetite.

Great… seems like a lot of vitamin deficiencies can cause a tremor. Could this be why the vibration is still around despite by high dosage of B complex vitamins and now the use of Benfotiamine?

A food source high in magnesium? Tuna!

The importance of Minerals

According to the U.S. Department of Health in 1982, America was known to be one of the sickest of 100 civilized nations on earth. America ranked 95th in relation to chronic and degenerative diseases; only 5 countries were worse off than America!  In 1987, it was revealed that America had dropped to the bottom of the list – number 100.

It has been recorded that 40% of the people who say they feel good actually suffer from a chronic disease. It is a well-known governmental fact that more than 99% of Americans are deficient in minerals that are required for the maintenance of a healthy body.  Why are minerals so important to good health? All nutritional elements such as enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, proteins, fats, sugars,  carbohydrates, etc., as well as all body functions, are dependent upon minerals.

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Entry for June 25, 2006

Tonight I’m googling away to find any reported cases in Canada of Beriberi. I come across a case report from Toronto’s Mount Sinai journal of medicine. Now I don’t have Wernicke’s encephalopathy but it’s an interesting read because he was a non-alcoholic. The other interesting fact is that it’s mentioned that a Thiamine deficiency can be caused by a Magnesium deficiency. (Better look up those symptoms…)

MOUNT SINAI JOURNAL OF MEDICINE

Wernicke’s Encephalopathy in a Non-alcoholic Man

Wernicke’s encephalopathy, a serious neurological disorder caused by thiamine deficiency, is mostcommonly found in chronic alcoholics. We present a typical case of Wernicke’s encephalopathy in a non-alcoholic man. Our patient presented with altered mental status, slurred speech, fever, vomitingand headache of one-week duration. An infectious etiology of the symptoms was ruled out by spinal fluid cultures. The patient improved dramatically within 24 hours of administration of thiamine.

Introduction

WERNICKE’S ENCEPHALOPATHY (WE) is a serious neurological disorder caused by thiamine deficiency and is most commonly found in chronic alcoholics. Typically, patients have the “classic triad” of symptoms: oculomotor abnormalities, gait disturbance and global confusional state. However, some patients may not exhibit this triad. The diagnosis is then based on clinical suspicion and rapid reversibility of symptoms after administration of thiamine, or autopsy demonstration of the characteristic lesion. We report a case of Wernicke’s encephalopathy in a non-alcoholic man.

Case Presentation

A 34-year-old African-American man presented with altered mental state, fever, slurring of speech, vomiting and headache of one-week duration. The patient denied alcohol or drug abuse, protracted vomiting, starvation, hospitalizations or abdominal surgery and indicated that he ate a normal diet. He also denied any history of sexually transmitted diseases or promiscuity. He had had occasional headaches, but had never been seen by a doctor for this complaint. He claimed to be well otherwise. On examination, the patient was alert, but disoriented. His temperature was 102°F; his pulse and blood pressure were normal. He had bilateral ophthalmoplegia with vertical nystagmus, weakness of both lower extremities and gait ataxia. There was no neck rigidity or tenderness. No other focal neurological deficit was present. Complete blood count and serum electrolytes, including magnesium, were within normal limits.
The liver function tests showed normal enzymes and serum bilirubin levels with a low normal albumin.

In view of the normal hemoglobin level (14.9 g/dL), serum folate was not done. Urine toxicology was negative. Although the patient declined to have an HIV test, he had normal CD4 counts with a normal CD4/CD8 ratio. Computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain were normal. The patient was admitted to the intensive care unit with the differential diagnoses of meningitis, cerebrovascular event or Wernicke’s encephalopathy. He was empirically given cephtriaxone, vancomycin, and acyclovir because of fever, vomiting, altered mental state and lower extremity weakness, which suggested the possibility of meningitis or encephalitis. Cerebrospinal tap results were normal and all antibiotics were stopped immediately after the spinal fluid cultures were reported as negative. He was also given 100 mg of thiamine intravenously and started on oral thiamine supplementation of 100 mg daily. Within 24 hours the patient improved dramatically. He became alert and fully oriented. The ophthalmoplegia and vertical nystagmus resolved and the leg weakness improved markedly, with some residual ataxia. The patient was discharged home with continued outpatient physiotherapy.

Discussion

Wernicke’s encephalopathy is a common but preventable disorder due to thiamine deficiency. Alcoholics account for most cases, but thiamine deficiency may infrequently occur in patients with hyperemesis, starvation, hemodialysis,� cancer, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), magnesium depletion, gastroplasty/gastric bypass surgery, rapid weight loss, anorexia nervosa, refeeding syndrome and prolonged intravenous feeding. Body stores of thiamine are only sufficient for up to 18 days. Thus, depletion can occur rapidly with restricted intake or prolonged vomiting.

The Canadian recommendation for thiamine intake is 1.1 mg per day, whereas the American recommendation is 1.4 mg per day. Thiamine is a co-factor of several enzymes, including transketolase and pyruvate dehydrogenase. Activity of the latter enzyme, a rate-limiting tricarboxylic acid cycle enzyme, is significantly reduced in autopsied brain tissue of Wernicke’s encephalopathy patients and from rats treated with a central thiamine antagonist, pyrimethamine. In animal studies, evidence suggests that such enzyme deficits result in focal lactic acidosis, cerebral energy impairment and depolarization of neurons resulting from increased glutamate in vulnerable brain structures. This depolarization may result in n-methyl-d-aspartate receptor-mediated excitotoxicity as well as increased expression of immediate early genes such as c-fos and c-jun, resulting in apoptotic cell death. Another mechanism may involve free radicals and alterations of the blood-brain barrier. Anatomical abnormalities in WE occur mainly in periventricular regions of the diencephalon, midbrain, brainstem and superior vermis of the cerebellum. In acute cases of WE, the lesions consist of symmetrical discoloration with petechial hemorrhages. Amnesia is related to lesions of the medial dorsal nuclei of the thalamus. Shrinkage of the mamillary bodies can also be seen.

Symptoms and signs indicative of WE usually include vomiting, nystagmus (horizontal more than vertical), medial and lateral rectus muscle palsies leading to unilateral or bilateral ophthalmoplegia, fever, ataxia and progressive mental deterioration that evolves to a global confusional state, coma, and death. Other manifestations of a nutritional deficiency, such as polyneuropathy, may also occur. Tachycardia and orthostasis may be related to an impaired autonomic nervous system or coexistent cardiovascular beriberi. The true prevalence of WE at autopsy is about 3%, much higher than what is diagnosed clinically in the general population. Acute WE should be suspected in all alcoholics with neurological symptoms, especially those with evidence of calorie or protein malnutrition and peripheral neuropathy. The classic triad of oculomotor abnormalities, gait disturbance and global confusional state occurs only in one-third of the patients. The diagnosis of WE is based on the clinical suspicion and rapid reversal of symptoms after the administration of thiamine. Decreased serum activity of erythrocyte transketolase and MRI (sensitivity 53% and specificity 93%) may be helpful in confirming the clinical diagnosis. Typically, there is an increased T2 signal of the paraventricular region of the thalamus and peri-aqueductal regions of the midbrain. There can also be enhanced T1 weighted spin-echo (SE) sequences after intravenous gadolinium administration in the acute phase of WE. Normal MRI does not exclude the diagnosis of WE. On the other hand, the sensitivity of the CT scan in detecting the characteristic lesion of WE is extremely low (13%), so it is not useful in the diagnosis of this entity. WE is a medical emergency and requires the immediate administration of thiamine in a dose of 50 – 100 mg, either intravenously or intramuscularly. Doses should be given daily, to build up the body reserves until the patient is able to resume a normal diet. The central nervous system is almost entirely dependent on glucose for its energy requirements. Thiamine is an important co-factor needed in several steps of glucose utilization. Therefore, loading of glucose in a thiamine-deficient person can�precipitate a neurological crisis (WE) or can cause rapid worsening of mild symptoms. To avoid this complication, thiamine should always be given prior to any intravenous glucose administration whenever this diagnosis is suspected. Patients who recover show improvement of oculomotor palsies within hours of thiamine administration. Ataxia improves more slowly. About one-half the patients recover incompletely and are left with a slow, shuffling wide-based gait and inability to take one step in quick succession after the other. Apathy, drowsiness and confusion diminish gradually. As these symptoms recede, an amnesic state with impairment in recent memory and learning may become more apparent in some cases (Korsakoff’s psychosis).

Summary

WE is uncommon in non-alcoholics, but not rare. One should have a high index of suspicion in patients with hyperemesis, starvation, dialysis, cancer, magnesium depletion, AIDS, gastroplasty/ gastric bypass surgery, rapid weight loss, anorexia nervosa, refeeding syndrome or prolonged intravenous feeding. Our patient had none of the aforementioned conditions. The recommended treatment is the administration of thiamine, and most patients respond within 24 – 36 hours.

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