Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for July 12, 2006

I finally get around to completing the questionaire from the Iridology appointment. It’s called the Nutri-Body Questionaire. It’s ten pages long and grouped into 55 differnent sections. For each symptom listed, I rate from one to three (1 for mild, 3 for severe). My two highest scores are from section 39 with a score of 54 and section 47  with a score of 58. I’m willing to bet that section 39 is for vitamin B2 and 47 is for magnesium.

Nutri-Body Analysis

Your body is unique. it doesn’t conform to norms or averages. What works for others may not work for you. Blindly following some standardized approach to health may do your body more harm than good.  You need to find out as much as you can about your body’s unique biochemistry – its nutritional strengths and weaknesses.  No better way to do this than by completing a Nutri-Body Questionnaire. It will give you valuable information from which to create an effective supplement program tailored to your body’s particular needs.

Wow, this is exactly what I need. Hopefully this combined with the Iridology will get some results. This is the kind of thing that the naturopath should’ve done and paid a bit more attention to.

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Entry for July 12, 2006

Woke up with the vibration today so I’ll change my vitamins a little. I’ve been doing a bit of reading on the treatment of magnesium deficiency and I found a web site that mentions that 1500 mg of calcium should be included. So I won’t take my single 250 mg magnesium and increase the calcium as it contains just as much magnesium.

By the afternoon I’m not feeling so good so I take my nightly vitamins early and feel better almost instantly. So much for that. I’ll go back to my regular routine. Saturday is the follow up with the Iridologist so hopefully it’s only for a few more days. Maybe by then I’ll have the test results.

Yea right.

Found another article on vitamin D:

D is for DEFENSE

Few foods have it and most people don’t get enough sun to make it. Skin cells can manufacture vitamin D when exposed to adequate sunlight. Ten to fifteen minutes of bright sunlight on the arms and face 2 to 3 times per week is usually sufficient time to manufacture enough vitamin D to meet one’s needs. The UVB rays of ultraviolet light are the rays that are responsible for making the vitamin D precursor.

However, people who live north of Atlanta in the East and Los Angeles in the West don’t get enough UVB from the sun in winter to make sufficient vitamin D. During the winter months when the sun’s rays are of insufficient strength, people living in Southern Michigan cannot manufacture sufficient vitamin D from November through March.

While some vitamin D is stored in the body during the summer months, it is important that you get a good dietary source of vitamin D to help you out during the winter months. Many breakfast cereals, some dairy products, and some soy and rice beverages are fortified with 25 percent of the daily value (DV) for vitamin D. In addition, some orange juices are now fortified with both calcium and vitamin D, and Viactiv soft calcium chews contain similar amounts of vitamin D.

You can, however, get too much vitamin D, although it would be difficult to get too much from food and it is impossible to get too much from sun exposure. Vitamin D toxicity is possible from taking an excessive amount from vitamin supplements. One has to be careful since many calcium supplements are often fortified with vitamin D to help with calcium absorption.

The National Academy of Science recommends that people not consume in excess of 2000 IU a day. Above that level vitamin D may be unsafe. If you consume too much vitamin D from food and pills you could absorb excessive levels of calcium. This can lead to kidney stones, kidney calcification, kidney failure, and calcification of soft tissue.

The recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 200 IU for adults up to age 50. The level jumps to 400 IU for people over 50 yrs age and 600 IU for people over 70 years age. The elderly tend to be deficient in vitamin D, due to impaired vitamin D metabolism. By age 70, vitamin D production is only about 30 percent of what it was at age 25, for exposure to similar levels of sunlight. The elderly at highest risk of vitamin D deficiency include those who are homebound or institutionalized, those living in the northern third of the country and who have a low vitamin D intake. Persons with dark skin need twice as much sunlight exposure as fair skinned persons since skin pigment-ation reduces vitamin D production. The use of sun screen is also known to reduce vitamin D production. Sunblock with an SPF factor of 8 or greater can block out 90 percent or more of the UVB rays.

Vitamin D increases the efficiency of calcium and phosphorus absorption from food. These 2 minerals are needed to form dense bone structure. Hence, a deficiency of vitamin D can increase the risk of bone fractures. If a person is vitamin D deficient and not getting enough calcium, then the body draws calcium from the bones, resulting in osteoporosis. The risk of bone fractures can be markedly reduced in post-menopausal women taking modest levels of vitamin D supplements.

New research is revealing that vitamin D may be involved with a diverse range of body processes beyond maintaining healthy bones. Many tissues in the body have a vitamin D receptor, suggesting a wide-spread function for vitamin D. Elderly women who took a vitamin D supplement reduced their risk of falls by 20 percent. Falls in the elderly can have severe consequences and are responsible for about 40 percent of nursing home admissions. Tufts researchers believe that vitamin D may promote better muscle function. Stronger muscles are better able to support the body, and reduce the risk of falls.

People who live close to the equator have lower rates of cancer. The further one lives from the equator, the less exposure to UVB rays, and the less vitamin D produced in the body. Vitamin D is a very potent hormone that inhibits cell proliferation. Studies have shown that vitamin D inhibits the growth of breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer cells.

Children who received a daily vitamin D supplement during the first year of life experienced an 80 percent reduction in risk of type 1 diabetes compared with those children who took no supplement. Preliminary evidence also suggests that adequate vitamin D inhibits the development of multiple sclerosis and lowers blood pressure (through its action on renin production).

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Entry for July 11, 2006

Three days ago we went up to Wasaga beach. My wife has a friend that owns a cottage right near the waterfront. The weather was a hot 32 degrees, full sunshine and not a cloud in the sky so it was the perfect day to go to the beach. Every year this guy has a party and invites all of his friends from work and we spend the day playing Beach Bocce, volleyball and of course swimming.

We were invited up two years ago and I got a really good sunburn from being in the sun so long. My arms were red, the back of neck was sore and I was so red that everybody at work made comments because it was so bad. And I seem to recall that I was wearing sun block but I can’t say for sure.

This time with my knowledge of chemicals, I refuse to put on any sun block and I’ll just watch my exposure in the sun. We had such a great time that I ended up spending a lot of time in the sun and forgot that I wasn’t wearing any sun block. I must have spent a least three hours in direct sunlight. I’ll pay for this tomorrow….and I’ll look like a lobster again.

The next day, I check out my arms and to my surprise there is no sign of sunburn. No redness whatsoever and I can’t believe it. The back of my neck is fine and my arms and legs show no sign that I was in the sun at all. How is this possible? Doctor Google…

Guarding against Sun Singe

Of course, we all know that a milligram of prevention is worth many pounds of cure when it comes to sunburn. The best way to prevent sunburn is to simply use common sense by avoiding excess exposure and using sunscreen. You can also help your skin by taking some supplements when you know you’re going to be exposed to the sun.

Vitamin C has qualities that can help protect skin from sunlight, and it’s also well-known for its antioxidant properties, says Leon Hecht, N.D., a naturopathic doctor at the North Coast Family Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

For people who spend a lot of time in the sun, Dr. Hecht suggests up to 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C three or four times a day. “Vitamin C stimulates repair of sun-damaged skin,” he says.

In a controlled study, 10 people took either 2,000 milligrams of vita min C with 1,000 IU of vitamin E a day or an inactive substance (placebo). The sunburn reaction after eight days of treatment revealed that the skin of people in the treatment group showed less damage than that of those in the placebo group.

Dr. Hecht also states that vitamins C and E used in topical sunscreens prove effective as well. “Early studies show that it is prudent to add vitamins C and E to your sunscreen to protect against ultraviolet phototoxic injury to your skin,” he says. Sunscreens with these vitamins already added can be found in drugstores.

Well as it turns out, vitamins C and E have been part of my daily vitamins for months now. I’ve also read that vitamin D can have a positive effect as sunblock and I’ve just added that.

Doctor Google found this:

Sunblock and skin cancer: Not the relationship you thought there was.

1. You need vitamin D. Sunlight on the skin (up to an hour a day) is the most important source of vitamin D. The other source of vitamin D is the food you eat.

2. Vitamin D may have a role in preventing skin cancer and certain other cancers as well (breast and prostate).

3. Using sunblock prevents production of vitamin D by your body. Therefore, using sunblock could actually increase your risk of getting cancer.

The biggest issue with vitamin D is that, at the levels thought to provide protection from cancer, it depletes the level of calcium in the body. This can lead to problems with osteoporosis, but you can take supplements to deal with this.

1. Build up your sun exposure in spring and summer so you can get an hour of sunlight on your body every day, without sunblock. Start slow and AVOID GETTING SUNBURNED. It doesn’t have to be an hour straight – several periods of exposure adding up to an hour is enough. In other places, I have read that (for caucasians, anyway), all that needs to be exposed in summer is the arms and the face, not the whole body. One source says that for caucasians twenty minutes is enough to provide all the vitamin D you need for the day. I wish these guys could come to an agreement, but it looks like 20 to 60 minutes total would be a good idea, more than that is probably asking for trouble with sunburn and increased cancer risk.

2. If you are staying out of the sun, and for everyone in winter, take fish oil as a supplement. African-Americans and others with dark skin living in temperate latitudes should probably take fish oil routinely rather than increase sun exposure, because the melanin in your skin cuts down on the amount of vitamin D produced. (Read this in other places, not in the article – some scientists think that caucasians are humans that lost pigmentation as an adaptation to allow their bodies to produce enough vitamin D in relatively sunless northern latitudes. The jury is still out on that one.) Anyway, Mercola recommends cod liver oil for everybody, both for the vitamin D in it and for the Omega-3 fatty acids. I also read that in the winter, at the latitiude of Boston, a fair-skinned person could stand outside naked all day and not get enough sun to produce any vitamin D. That person would also probably have a severe case of frostbite and an arrest record by the end of the day. Take your cod-liver oil.

3. Reduce your consumption of foods containing Omega-6 fatty acids. If your favorite snack is sunflower seeds, you might want to reconsider that, or reduce your consumption of them/balance your consumption of sunflower seeds by eating more fish containing Omega-3 fatty acids. Remember that corn oil, safflower oil, etc. (he lists them in the article) are almost pure Omega-6 fatty acids and also need to be reduced so that you get as close as possible to a 1:1 ratio of consumption. This is coming out more and more as being important to prevention of certain cancers.

Dr. Mercola points out the irony in our (appropriate) concern about cancer and exessive sun exposure, while at the same time it appears that moderate exposure to sun may actually help to prevent skin cancer and sunblock use could be a problem.

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