Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for June 25, 2006

My Osteopath appointment is tomorrow and from what I’ve read, I think everyone should go at least once. I have coverage at work so why not?

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a distinctive and complete system of health care, based on broad principles that “offer a way of thinking and acting in relation to questions of health and disease”.The procedures it uses in diagnosis and treatment promote healthy functioning in a person by correcting mechanical imbalances within and between the structures of the body. By structures we mean the muscles, bones, ligaments, organs, and fascia. The fascia is a very thin layer of tissue that is found under the skin. Correcting the mechanical imbalances in the structures is done by restoring, maintaining, and improving the harmonious working of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.

The name osteopathy comes from the Greek osteon (bone) and pathos (to suffer), so it literally means suffering of the bone. The name has created some confusion, leading people to think that an osteopath treats only conditions of the bones. However, Dr. Still chose the name because he recognized the importance of a properly functioning musculoskeletal system for the total well-being of the individual.

Human Anatomy

The greatest interest of practitioners of osteopathy is the study of human anatomy and physiology. Following in Dr. Still’s footsteps, they know how important it is to have a thorough understanding of the correct position and function of each bone and other structures in the body. This is essential in order to find out about the normal and healthy working of the human body. Those working in osteopathy look at the causes of disease and suffering, originating in the abnormal working relationship that can exist within and between structures.

Dr. Still thought of the musculoskeletal system as the primary machinery of life and saw how disruptions in this delicate machine may lead to illness. For the osteopath, therefore, the physical integrity of the whole body is seen as one of the most important factors in health and disease. Rather than bone specialists, osteopaths are in fact masters in the biomechanics of the human machine.

These are the eight major principles of osteopathy and are widely accepted throughout the osteopathic community.

(1) The body is a unit.

(2) Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related.

(3) The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms.

(4) The body has the inherent capacity to defend and repair itself.

(5) When the normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self maintenance, disease may ensue.

(6) The movement of body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health.

(7) The nerves play a crucial part in controlling the fluids of the body.

(8) There are somatic components to disease that are not only manifestations of disease, but also are factors that contribute to maintenance of the disease state.

These principles are not held by osteopaths to be empirical laws, nor contradictions to orthodox medical principles; they are thought to be the underpinnings of the osteopathic perspective on health and disease.

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June 25, 2006 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for June 25, 2006

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Still waiting for the tests to confirm whether or not I have Beriberi but I thought I’d try contacting Health Canada to find out if they have any statistics on the number of reported cases in the past twenty years. I also contacted the US Department of Health with the same question.

Diet has always had a vital influence on health. Until as recently as the 1940’s, diseases such as rickets, pellagra, scurvy, beriberi, xerophthalmia, and goiter (caused by lack of adequate dietary vitamin D, niacin, vitamin C, thiarnin, vitamin A, and iodine, respectively) were prevalent in this country and throughout the world.

Today, thanks to an abundant food supply, fortification of some foods with critical trace nutrients, and better methods for determining and improving the nutrient content of foods, such “deficiency” diseases have been virtually eliminated in developed countries.

For example, the introduction of iodized salt in the 1920’s contributed greatly to eliminating iodine-deficiency goiter as a public health problem in the United States. Similarly, pellagra disappeared subsequent to the discovery of the dietary causes of this disease. Nutrient deficiencies are reported rarely in the United States, and the few cases of protein-energy malnutrition that are listed annually as causes of death generally occur as a secondary result of severe illness or injury, child neglect, the problems of the house-bound aged, premature birth, alcoholism, or some combination of these factors.

June 25, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 25, 2006

Woke up this morning and I still have the vibration in fact, it was quite stong. I know that the vibration could be from the three different B vitamins (B1, B2 and B3) So I’ll add B2 and B3 to my vitamin schedule today and see if it makes a difference. I wonder if I can find any fat soluble B2, B3 vitamins?

June 25, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 24, 2006

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Woke up this morning and I still have the vibration. No other symptoms, just the vibration. I take three capsules of the Benfotiamine but nothing else. No vitamin C, no acidophilus. I take another three around lunch and I still feel good. This time I decide to add the B complex at the same time. But for no other reason than to take all of the B vitamins together.

Went to our local library and signed out the book called “Beyond Basic Health” by Bernard Jensen. I open to a random page (p. 99) in the book and it reads:

“I haven’t seen a strong, naturally healthy person in a long, long time. Every person who comes in to see me has at least ten things wrong with them. Most of my patients have spent years going to doctors who gave them drugs, and after short periods of symptom relief, they had recurrences of their problems, some worse than before.”

-Bernard Jensen

I’ve managed to find one thing wrong with me, so what about the other nine? Maybe I should really think about getting a professional reading. As luck would have it our local health food store has two of them. I’ve never seen any mention of Iridology when I’ve been in the store.

By the end of the day I’ve taken 12 capsules of Benfotiamine for a total of 960 mg. I’ll start at this high dosage and see if it has any effect. I felt good all day with no symptoms.

Let’s see if it has any effect yet on the vibrations…

June 24, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 23, 2006

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Start the day with my regular B complex vitamins, acidophilus and vitamin C. I mention to my friend about Benfotiamine and he looks up vitamins in the Canada 411 directory. He finds a place that sells it and they are located at Church & Welsley. I can go there on my lunch so I call the store to see if they have any in stock and they do!

Guess how I’m spending my lunch hour?

I manage to find the store fairly easiliy and I mention that I was the one who called looking for Benfotiamine and I find it sitting on the shelf. It’s expensive but it could be worth every penny of the $42.00. The instructions say to eat it with food so I wait until I’m back in the office.

I start with two capsules and each capsule has 80 mg of Thiamine. I don’t bother taking my lunch time vitamins because I want to see if it makes a difference. A couple of days ago, it wasn’t even an option.

I make it through the day and I feel good. No side effects from not taking my normal vitamins and I take another two with my dinner. And now for the real test. Will it have any effect on the vibrations?

Nope, still vibrating…

June 23, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 22, 2006

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I did some more reading about Benfotiamine today and I come across a great article that shows the raising effect of Thiamine in the blood stream. (If this doesn’t stop the vibration, nothing will.)

Okay, now I really need this suppliment. I get home and I decide to try all of the health food stores to see if anyone has it. It’s after seven so most of them are closed. One of the stores is right beside a Jugo Juice so since I’m in the area, I’ll take some wheatgrass. Nobody has Benfotiamine in stock but one store said they could order it for me and they’d have it by next Tuesday. I didn’t want to wait that long so since I work in downtown Toronto, I’ll see if I can find a place close by tomorrow.

I’ve noticed my foot pain mildly coming back lately. Could this be because I’ve stopped taking Niacin? I’ll add that back into my regular vitamins…

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 22, 2006

Back to my regular schedule of high dose  B vitamins with the exception of the Niacin and my weird symptoms are a lot better today.

It’s now the afternoon and I decide to call the doctor’s office for the results. I tell the secretary that it’s been four days since the test and I was wondering about the results. After she shuffles around for a bit, she comes back on the phone and says only one test of the four have been completed. “Which one came back?” I asked hoping it was the B1 test. Nope, my B12 results were in and the level was 408. Anything in the range of 200 – 300 pg/ml is considered a deficiency.

So my level of B12 is fine. What about the other three?

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 22, 2006

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We were doing our regular grocery shopping the other day and my wife pointed out a drink called Arthur’s Green Energy. It was a thick green liquid and the ingredients said it contained wheatgrass. I picked some up and forgot about it. Yesterday I bought a small one from Shoppers and WOW this stuff is great. It tastes nothing like I imagined. It has a very sweet taste to it and it’s like a pear/apple/peach drink. Great stuff, in fact, it’s very filling so I’ll try drinking a bottle of Green Energy instead of eating chocolate bars.

Here’s what it says on their website:

Arthur’s Green Energy

Believe it or not Green Energy has won awards based on its taste. Just close your eyes and chug, as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Key Benefits:

A serving of ARTHUR´S = 2½ SERVINGS of fresh fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer. A balanced source of 16 essential nutrients plus many more naturally occurring nutrients essential for the proper functioning of your body.

A calorie efficient meal replacer (245cal/serving) with all of the nutrients of a typical nutritional meal. Green Energy’s snappy, refreshing taste can be enjoyed anywhere, any time of the day!

Ingredients: Apple Juice, Banana Puree, Passionfruit Juice, Prune Plum Puree, Spirulina, Soy Lecithin, Wheat & Barley Grasses, Vitamin C. 

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 22, 2006

Getting harder to find an MD? Who needs one when you have Google?

It’s getting harder to find an MD

Only about 1 in 10 Ontario family physicians are taking new patients, study finds

Jun. 22, 2006. 01:00 AM
ELAINE CAREY AND STEVE RENNIE
STAFF REPORTERS

The number of Ontario doctors accepting new patients continues to plummet, falling another 30 per cent since last year, says a study released today.

Only 11.4 per cent of family physicians are accepting new patients into their practices, down from 38.4 per cent only five years ago. That’s cause for alarm, said Dr. Dale Mercer, president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, which conducted the survey of its 27,000 members.

The Toronto region has the highest percentage of family physicians accepting new patients at 21.7 per cent, while eastern and southwestern Ontario had the lowest, at 4.7 and 4.5 per cent.

Dr. Brian Berger, who has a family practice in Richmond Hill, says many young doctors stay out of family medicine because it’s too time-consuming. He says young doctors have other priorities, like spending time with their families or pursuing other interests.

“More doctors want to do sort of part-time family practice. A lot of people may be choosing it for various lifestyle reasons and they don’t want to burn themselves out,” Berger said.

“Family medicine is a tremendous commitment in terms of 24-hour care for your patients. There’s a lot of expectations that patients have of their family doctors.”

Berger, who practised family medicine for 25 years, says family doctors do a lot more work than many people realize. He says the paperwork alone puts tremendous demands on a family doctor’s time.

“We do work hard,” he said. “We put in a lot of hours. When you do a family practice, it’s a big commitment.”

Almost 98 per cent of the province’s physicians completed the survey, which also found their average age has risen to 51.7 years, up from 49 in 2000. By 2014, 30 per cent of physicians will be 65 years and older and they tend to work fewer hours, the study says.

As well, more family physicians are specializing in non-traditional areas such as sports medicine and psychotherapy, he said, and the number with a practice that is more than 40 per cent family medicine is plummeting.

“It is a very significant concern,” Mercer said. “This survey to my mind demonstrates very significant access issues for our health care system.”

While the government has taken steps to solve the problem, more needs to be done, he said.

The report calls for increases in enrolment in Ontario medical schools and postgraduate training spots, more incentives to go into family practice and creating a health human resources planning body.

About 48 per cent of Ontario doctors are family physicians, or about 13,000.

Dr. Mark Rotundo of Toronto’s Marlee Medical Centre says eliminating some of the more mundane aspects of the job might entice more young doctors to take up family medicine.

“A lot of it would have to be taking away a lot of the bureaucracy. The amount of paperwork is probably the biggest thing, a lot of forms you have to do for patients,” he said.

The province has already increased the pay for family doctors, added more residency training spots for medical school graduates and opened a new Northern Ontario medical school last fall.

“We just don’t have enough doctors,” said Dr. David Bach, president of the Ontario Medical Association. “Doctors are so busy they can only take on so many patients.”

Right now, there are only enough post-graduate training spots for the doctors graduating and the number needs to be increased to encourage more doctors to come here from other provinces, he said.

The government also has to find innovative ways to get older doctors to continue to practice, he said, since already more than half are over the age of 50.

The survey also found that female physicians, who make up about a third of the work force, have increased the number of hours they work and 50.9 per cent of them worked 40 or more hours last year, up from 39 per cent in 2004.

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 21, 2006

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Back to researching B vitamins. You’d think with everything that I have read so far, I’d be an expert. Then Doctor Google comes up with this gem. Ok, I don’t have HIV or AIDS, but the article talks about B vitamin deficiencies and how Thiamine is used in treating diabetic neuropathy.

LIVING WITH HIV AS A CHRONIC, MANAGEABLE SURVIVAL DISEASE

Stanley Mirski, M.D., has reported that a large percentage of his diabetic patients who suffer from neuropathy have achieved improvements with daily thiamine supplementation in doses of 50-100 mg. Using a fat-soluble form of thiamine such as thiamine tetrahydro-furfuryl disulfide may be preferable because of the relatively poor absorption of water-soluble forms of this vitamin. This type is contained in Cardiovascular Research’s Allithiamine. A large number of HIV-positive people have reported to me their successful elimination of neuropathy with the combined use of the B vitamins discussed here. The information on acetyl-l- carnitine is too recent for much in the way of anecdotal reports to have surfaced, but it might be an important addition to improve the chances for successful elimination of neuropathy. Research has made it clear that people living with HIV are often deficient in carnitine.

WHAT!!!! There is a fat-soluble form of thiamine???!!!! I pull up the web site for the local health food store down the street and I type “thiamine tetrahydro-furfuryl disulfide” into the search engine and nothing comes up. So I search “thiamine” alone and get two results. I click on the second result because it says B1 and it’s the suppliment I already have. I click on the second one and it’s called Benfotiamine. I’ve never heard of it and they provide a link to the manufacturer’s web site. I click on that and I read about how it raises the level of thiamine in the blood. NOW THAT’S WHAT I NEED!!! And it was about three blocks away from my house the entire time.

Benfotiamine for Neuropathy, Retinopathy, and Vitamin B1 deficiency

Recent studies have shown strong evidence pointing to benfotiamine preventing and helping diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy.. The original patent on benfotiamine gave information that it is even less toxic than common vitamin B1 (thiamine hydrochloride usually).. To date, there has been no reports of any known, negative interactions with any medications.. Any condition that is the result of a thiamine deficiency will respond quite well to benfotiamine.

Benefits

Benfotiamine raises the blood level of thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP), the biologically active co-enzyme of thiamine.

Thiamine and its Co-enzyme, TPP

Thiamine (vitamin B1) plays an essential part in the metabolism of glucose, through actions of it co-enzyme TPP (thiamine pyrophosphate). TPP is formed by the enzymatically-catalyzed addition of two phosphate groups donated by ATP to thiamine. TPP also goes by the name “thiamine diphosphate.” In the cytoplasm of the cell, glucose, a 6-carbon sugar, is metabolized to pyruvic acid, which is converted into acetyl-CoA, otherwise known as “active acetate.” Acetyl CoA enters the mitochondrion, where it serves as the starting substrate in the Kreb’s cycle (citric acid cycle). The Krebs cycle is the primary source of cellular metabolic energy. TPP, along with other co-enzymes, is essential for the removal of CO2 from pyruvic acid, which in turn is a key step in the conversion of pyruvic acid to acetyl CoA. CO2 removal from pyruvic acid is called “oxidative decarboxylation” and for this reason, TPP was originally referred to as “cocarboxylase.” TPP is thus vital to the cell’s energy supply. Benfotiamine helps maintain healthy cells in the presence of blood glucose. Acting as a biochemical “super-thiamin” it does this through several different cellular mechanisms, as discussed below.

Benfotiamine has been shown to block three of these mechanisms: the hexosamine pathway, the diaglycerol-protein kinease C pathway and the formation of Advanced Glycation End-poducts. As discussed below, benfotiamine does this by activating transketolase, a key thiamin-dependent enzyme.6 Benfotiamine stimulates tranketolase, a cellular enzyme essential for maintenance of normal glucose metabolic pathways.* Transketolase diverts the excess fructose-6-phosphate and glyceraldehydes-3-phosphate, (formed by the inhibition of GAPDH, as mentioned above), into production of pentose-5-phosphates and erythrose-4-phosphate and away from the damaging pathways. Benfotiamine activates transketolase activity in bovine aortic endothelial cells incubated in glucose. To test benfotiamine’s ability to counteract these metabolic abnormalities caused by elevated blood glucose, studies have been done in diabetic rats. Benfotiamine increases transketolase activity in the retinas of diabetic rats, while concomitantly decreasing hexosamine pathway activity, protein kinase C activity and AGE formation.

Found another web site that talks about the treatment using this suppliment.

HOW MUCH BENFOTIAMINE SHOULD I USE DAILY?

Though the body cannot use more than about 10mg of common, water-soluble vitamin B-1 per day, benfotiamine is lipid-soluble and can safely be used at much higher levels than common vitamin B-1.

Most people get excellent results in 14-21 days time using two 150mg. Capsules twice per day (two in the morning and two in the evening). Benfotiamine need not be taken with meals. Some people get better results increasing the dosage to 900mg or 1200mg per day after the first two weeks. The point here is that benfotiamine is safe at any reasonable daily usage level. An individual should merely find the level that produces the maximum beneficial effect without reaching a point of diminishing return beyond which the excess amount is wasted.

Some case studies have documented daily usage in the 600mgday range and more with interesting anecdotal and clinical results: Holladay Case Studies.

Also, Dr. Brownlee participated in a clinical trial using 600mg/day: Clinical Trial Using 600mg with dramatic results after increasing daily usage to 600mg. The neuropathy symptoms ceased progression and began to reverse and people experienced a complete cessation of sciatica episodes. Also, the average blood pressure dropped from a persistent 145/90 to 120/80, without the use of other blood pressure medications.

Most people get excellent results in 14-21 days using two 150mg???!!!! How do I get a hold of this stuff?

I’m really disapointed that the naturopath didn’t mention this. I’ve been taking B Complex for so long now with very little results, you’d think she could’ve at least mentioned that there are fat soluble vitamins. She seemed more interested in talking about me in her class.

I don’t really think she did enough reading or understanding of my symptoms. It’s really hard to knock what she was doing because she gave me two suppliments that have helped me tremendously but there comes a point where you say: “This is not working.” The acupuncture doctor did that and I’ll give her the most credit for helping me figure out my symptoms and leading me on my current path to understanding the root cause even though it had nothing to do with acupuncture.

I’d love to go back to her one day not for a treatment, but to tell her all about my discoveries since I stopped the acupuncture. I’d love to see her do the cupping with no pepperoni marks and watch as my blood pressure reads normal. That would be great and maybe someday I’ll see her for another appointment. Imagine if the results came back  and I could tell her that I have Beriberi? She won’t believe it and neither will anybody else.

June 21, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 21, 2006

I start the day with my vitamins and some fruit. I’ve got an apple, pear and a plum. After about 15 minutes, I start feeling that mild sick feeling when my stomach is alkaline. I take a vitamin C and it’s improved. I have an increase of weird feelings in my head and a weird kind of feeling all day. My smaller doses of vitamins is clearly not working. I can only last a few hours before I start getting the symptoms start up again. I take my second multivitamin and I’m better for a little while. By the afternoon, I’ve run out of the multivitamins so luckily I have the B complex with me and it’s a higher dosage and works for a little longer.

Still no sign of the blood test results and after today it was not fun. Back to my regular vitamins for now…

I was talking to a friend the other day. He’s a amateur boxer and he has a blender at work to make his vegetable smoothies. I’m sure he knows a thing or two about vitamins so I ask him. He says taking B complex and Omega 3 are the most important and we have a brief conversation about nutrition.

I’m already taking the B complex so I’ll add the Omega 3 next time I’m in the health food store.

June 21, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 20, 2006

I’ve been taking higher doses of B complex and there doesn’t seem to be any improvement. In fact, in some cases it’s making me feel worse. I have a theory. If B vitamins are water soluble, then why don’t I find some kind of snack food that I could eat all day long and keep the level of B1 in my body for better absorption. So I do a quick search and discover peanuts are high in thiamine. Then I discover that Veggie Burgers are high in B vitamins because they are made from Soy. I remember from the diet diary that the veggie burger I had from Licks made me feel great and now I know why.

So I went down to Shoppers to look for some snack food and pick up some peanuts and almonds.

Tomorrow I’ll try another test. Because the higher doses don’t appear to be working better, I take my multivitamin in multiple doses throughout the day. The dosage for B1 is only 10 mg but maybe this will improve my absorption. I check the dosage for the fat soluble vitamins to make sure I’m under the toxic limit and it’s actually quite low. I won’t take any Niacin (B3) either just to see if it makes a difference.

June 20, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 20, 2006

Healthy Bowel Movements

“We must have a healthy, normal bowel movement for every meal that we consume, each and everyday. If we eat three meals per day, we must have three bowel movements per day. When we were infants are bowels functioned healthy and regular. Food in, fecal out!

“When we have less than two bowels movements per day, food residues accumulate for more than twelve hours, putrefication and fermentation begins and the insides begin rotting, aging and becoming ill. Any nutritional elements present in the fecal matter passes into the bloodstream as polluted products, thus toxemia commences. Pimples and other skin blemishes are generally the first sign of toxemia.

“A healthy bowel movement must be eighteen inches long (for an adult,) one solid piece, light golden brown in color, one inch in diameter, odorless and floats in the toilet basin. Anything other than that is unhealthy. Broken apart, hard, dark, odor, large or loose stools are the indication of putrefication and constipation and thus the beginning of poor health. Use this as your barometer for quality health as a result from quality eating.”

Well, now I have something to strive for! I read this a while back and yea, I started tracking it to see if mine where healthy. I got up to seven “floaters” before the last one sank on me today.

 Damn!

June 20, 2006 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for June 20, 2006

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I was looking up the effects of B vitamins on the nervous system and I came across this something that may explain the “nerve pinching” at the top of my head as prickly sensations:

Nervous System Support

Vitamin B1 also plays a key role in support of the nervous system, where it permits healthy development of the fat-like coverings which surround most nerves (called myelin sheaths). In the absence of vitamin B1, these coverings can degenerate or become damaged. Pain, prickly sensations, and nerve deadening are nerve-related symptoms that can result from vitamin B1 deficiency.

This sure sounds familiar to me and yet all of the doctors so far have ignored it.

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Entry for June 19, 2006

When vitamin B deficiency becomes chronic (long-lasting), other problems can occur, including troubles with your adrenal system. The adrenal glands serve many purposes, but in relation to this topic, they are the back up system for making energy. When there is a chronic lack of vitamin B complex then the adrenal glands are called upon to produce quick energy by injecting certain hormones like adrenaline into your system so that you can cope with life. If this goes on for a long time, then the adrenal glands become impaired or worn out, leading to even more health problems.

The Naturopath pointed out to me for the first time that my adrenals were overworked. But despite the fact that I told her that the acidophilus stopped the weird nerve pinching in my head, a vitamin B deficiency may have been mentioned but it was decided to focus on the candida diet. I’ve looked at the adrenal symptoms before with the link to cortisol. It will be interesting to take a look at the hormone test results on July 1st.

Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue?

When the adrenal glands are not functioning optimally, you can have a condition that is known as adrenal fatigue, or adrenal exhaustion. Adrenal fatigue often develops after periods of intense or lengthy physical or emotional stress, when over stimulation if the glands leave them unable to meet your body’s needs.

Some other names for the syndrome include non-Addison’s hypoadrenia, sub-clinical hypoadrenia, hypoadrenalism, and neurasthenia.

Symptoms include:

  • excessive fatigue and exhaustion
  • non-refreshing sleep (you get sufficient hours of sleep, but wake fatigued)
  • overwhelmed by or unable to cope with stressors
  • feeling rundown or overwhelmed
  • craving salty and sweet foods
  • you feel most energetic in the evening
  • a feeling of not being restored after a full night’s sleep or having sleep disturbances
  • low stamina, slow to recover from exercise
  • slow to recover from injury, illness or stress
  • difficulty concentrating, brain fog
  • poor digestion
  • low immune function
  • food or environmental allergies
  • premenstrual syndrome or difficulties that develop during menopause
  • consistent low blood pressure
  • extreme sensitivity to cold

Six symptoms of adrenal exhaustion and I’ve had these for years. In fact, I was at the inlaws the other night. It was after ten o’clock and I felt wide awake. It’s weird but everytime I’ve been at their house until late, I’ve always felt very tired and my wife’s mother always made a comment on it. Even though I’m still lacking in the B vitamins, there was definately a difference on that night and I think it was because of the vitamins.

And another story that I remember. I’d say about ten years ago I was working a security job in an office building. A nothing type job really as I spent most of my time reading the paper. But there was one day that I recall waking up and I felt refreshed and not tired at all. I don’t know what happened or what I ate, but I still remember the great feeling when I woke up. I’ve never been able to have that same feeling since and now I’m thinking it was probably a B deficiency. I’ve always had a non-refreshing type sleep. I was getting sufficient hours of sleep, but I woke fatigued. I have no clue why it was so different on that one particular morning.

Here’s another one. My wife and I went to visit her grandmother in the hospital last summer. There had been a fire alarm so the elevators were not in service. My wife at this point was about seven months pregnant and we had to get to the fifth floor. After the second floor I was so tired and exhausted my wife was ahead of me and she made the joke that a pregnant women of seven months could do better than me. I even had to stop for a little rest a few times. We made it to the fifth floor but man was I worn out. For some reason, I just accepted this as normal and thought I needed to get more sleep an or exercise.

And actually, I’ve always had a very hard time getting up in the mornings. I’ve even made jokes about it at work. I could never work any shift other than the 9-5 because getting to work any earlier than that would kill me.

June 19, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 19, 2006

Experience from ten years work with electrosensitive patients.

ULRIKA ÅBERG, M.D., Spec. child & youth psychiatry, Skövde, Sweden.

During my work with amalgam and electrosensitive patients I have met around 1 200 patients and 300–400 of these patients have electrosensitivity as their main problem. Approximately 50% of my patients become stronger and feel better with injections of vitamin B12 – mercury disturbs the transport of vitamin B12 from the blood to the CNS liquor. Electrosensitive patients who are also sensitive to light, or have been, may have good use of PABA, Para-amino-benzoic-acid. During the last year I have understood the importance of hidden infections and hidden metals in the teeth and the jaws for the health in general for patients of these categories. That these infections are treated and these metals taken away may be necessary for these individuals to recover.

PABA? There’s one I should try for sensitivity to light. The increase in B2 has definitely helped my eyes. I was at the beach just this past weekend and there was a big difference.

Maybe the sunglasses industry is feeding of the fact that everyone has B2 deficiencies!

June 19, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 19, 2006

What to do when beriberi is suspected.

After you have carefully examined the patient and described the findings in all the systems, then you should give ‘flooding doses’ of thiamine (normal adult requirement is 0.4mg per 1000 kcal). Give 50 or 100 mg thiamine hydrochloride intravenously and then give 10 mg per day orally. Infants may be treated with adult doses (it is not toxic in very large quantities), or lesser doses if this is more convenient. Mothers of patients should always be given 10mg per day orally.

Dry Beriberi: (this is the form that has been experimentally induced in human volunteers). In dry beriberi there is a peripheral neuritis. It starts with parasthesia & pins and needles) of the feet, diminished touch sensation, and a feeling of ‘heat’ in the feet. Joint position, vibration and pain sensation are usually normal. The ankle and then the knee reflexes are lost and the patients have muscle weakness starting with the foot.

A vibration and muscle weakness starting with the foot. Those are the two first symptoms of Dry Beriberi. If my medical doctor actually listened to what I was saying, did a bit of research maybe this could’ve been solved a long time ago. He was only interested in following the gastric symptoms which I questioned all along. If he sent me to a specialist in the very beginning, would they have picked up on the fact that the vibration stopped when I ate pears and said “Ah, a nutritional deficiency”? Who knows…but it seems very logical to me but maybe that’s asking for too much. Doctor’s know very little about nutrition.

People say they don’t want two-tier health system in Canada. Well guess what? It already is.

June 19, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 19, 2006

I was vibrating when I went to bed and I was vibrating when I woke up. Hopefully it won’t be long until I hear back from the blood test. My own treatments of vitamins doesn’t appear to be working as fast as I’d like it to.

I have mentioned my theory of Beriberi to a few people and so far it is met with a lot of sceptical criticism. I’m hearing the usual “That can’t happen in the North American diet” or “That only happens in the far east because they eat rice”, and “You can’t have Beriberi because you don’t drink any alcohol and it only happens to chronic alcoholics”.

What people don’t realize is that Beriberi is caused by a nutritional deficiency. It’s not a foreign disease. Forget about the cause because it is irrelevant. I have some of the key symptoms and I believe the electromagnetic radiation irritated my stomach to the point that it was unable to absorb the vitamins and minerals from my diet. It’s only a guess but what else do I have?

I was probably low on B vitamins to begin with so it wouldn’t take much to push it over the edge.  I’ve had sensitivity to light, cracked lips and feeling tired all of the time for years. All classic symptoms of a B vitamin deficiency.

June 19, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 18, 2006

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Searching for information on vitamins and I come across the web page for Health Canada. I’m reading an article on the Safety of Vitamin E Supplements and there is a notice at the bottom of the page:

“The Natural Health Products Directorate of Health Canada is drafting guidelines on vitamin E to ensure that manufacturers provide appropriate information on product labels. Such information would include recommended dosages, the length of time products should be taken, and information on potential risk.”

Seems strange that they are doing this with vitamins. I hope they are doing the same for precription drugs. If Wendy Mesley had read a warning about the length of time her medication should be taken, maybe she wouldn’t have developed breast cancer.

June 18, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 18, 2006

Woke up today and took my new daily dosage of vitamins and about half an hour later I feel that weird kind of feeling in my head. I had the same feeling yesterday and I figure it’s the shock of the vitamins working.

Around one o’clock I don’t feel so good. For the last few hours I have a weird mild pinching in my chest. It’s the same feeling I had the very first time taking B complex vitamins. I lie down on the couch to have a rest and I notice that I’m vibrating. How is this possible when I only took my vitamins a few hours ago? I have a theory…

Because most B vitamins vitamins are water-soluble, the body can only absorb so much while it’s present in the body. Doctor Google?

Water-soluble vitamins

  • B-complex vitamins and vitamin C are water-soluble vitamins that are not stored in the body and must be replaced each day.
  • Use of megadoses of vitamins is not recommended.
  • These vitamins are easily destroyed or washed out during food storage and preparation.
  • The B-complex group is found in a variety of foods: cereal grains, meat, poultry, eggs, fish, milk, legumes and fresh vegetables.
  • Citrus fruits are good sources of vitamin C.Vitamins are essential nutrients found in foods. The requirements are small but they perform specific and vital functions essential for maintaining health.

    The two types of vitamins are classified by the materials in which they will dissolve. Fat-soluble vitamins — vitamins A, D, E and K — dissolve in fat before they are absorbed in the blood stream to carry out their functions. Excesses of these vitamins are stored in the liver. Because they are stored, they are not needed every day in the diet.

    By contrast, water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water and are not stored; they are eliminated in urine. We need a continuous supply of them in our diets. The water-soluble vitamins are the B-complex group and vitamin C.

    Water-soluble vitamins are easily destroyed or washed out during food storage or preparation. Proper storage and preparation of food can minimize vitamin loss. To reduce vitamin loss, refrigerate fresh produce, keep milk and grains away from strong light, and use the cooking water from vegetables to prepare soups.

    Vitamin B-Complex

    Eight of the water-soluble vitamins are known as the B-complex group: thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, biotin and pantothenic acid. These vitamins are widely distributed in foods. Their influence is felt in many parts of the body. They function as coenzymes that help the body obtain energy from food. They also are important for normal appetite, good vision, healthy skin, healthy nervous system and red blood cell formation.

    Beriberi, pellagra and pernicious anemia are three well-known B-vitamin deficiencies. These diseases are not a problem in the United States, but occasionally they occur when people omit certain foods or overeat certain foods at the expense of others. Alcoholics are especially prone to thiamin deficiency because alcohol replaces food.

    When grains and grain products are refined, essential nutrients lost during processing are put back into these foods through a process called enrichment. Among the nutrients added during the enrichment process are thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, folate and iron. Some examples of enriched grain products are white rice, many breakfast cereals, white flour, breads, and pasta.

  • Another web site suggested taking 100 mg of thiamine three times a day to help any kind of deficiency because it is water soluble. I’m willing to bet the fact that I’ve been drinking 2 litres of water a day is minimizing the effect of the B vitamin absorbtion. I’ll try to cut down on my water intake for the week and see what happens.

    June 18, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

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