Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for July 23, 2006

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With my advanced knowledge of deficiencies from months of research, all of the symptoms of electromagnetic sensitivity appear to be vitamin/mineral deficiencies and that’s exactly what Kevin Trudeau was saying in his book:

“No matter what disease or illness you have , one of, or a combination of, these four things cause it:

  1. Toxins in your body
  2. Nutritional deficiencies
  3. Exposure to electromagnetic chaos
  4. Mental and/or emotional stress

This is the same book that I started reading in the Naturopath’s office on my first visit. Now I’m wondering if she even read the book at all? I told her about the EMF exposure and how I thought it created a niacin deficiency. She agreed at the time but I think she should’ve reviewed the symptoms again and done some research on the types of vitamins and minerals I needed. She never offered anything more. Instead we chased candidiasis, did a hair analysis that told us nothing that helped my symptoms, and did a very expensive hormone test that came up normal.

On my first appointment she suggested drinking 8 – 10  glasses of water a day and gave me water soluable B vitamins. A recipe for disaster…

That was back on August 4, 2005. As of today, (One week shy of one year) I still have the exact same symptom that I went to see her for: An internal vibration.

Exposure to electricmagnetic chaos can create a nutritional deficiency and it’s not hard to figure out why. If the absorption of vitamin and minerals are effected by electromagnetic exposure, then it’s easy to see that the first signs would be water soluble vitamin deficiencies. And it will be a different set of symptoms for each person because whatever vitamin you happen to be low in, is the one that will show up first. If I was deficient in vitamin C, could I have developed Scurvy? If I was low in Niacin could I have developed Pellegra?

Water-soluble Vitamins

The water-soluble vitamins include vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and Vitamin C, as well as Biotin (B7) and Folic acid (B9). The water-soluble vitamins are not normally stored in the body in any significant amounts. Therefore, they must be consumed in constant daily amounts to avoid depletion and interference with normal metabloic functioning.

I will always give the Naturopath credit for giving me acidophilus and the B vitamins but that was only the start. Everything I have done has provided me with a very small piece of the puzzle and it was up to the patient to piece it all together. Health care shouldn’t have to be like this.

I’ve made mistakes and done some crazy things but sometimes you need to try different things and make those mistakes. In every example of self discovery, it has lead me in another totally different direction and in some cases: Success. If not success, then it gave me something to think about that eventually lead to something else. I’m not a doctor or a scientist or even a self proclaimed health professional. I’m a normal person who is not getting anywhere with the existing health care system so I forced to do my own research and reach my own conclusions.

I love hearing about how so many people in Ontario don’t have a family doctor. What I would like to know is how many of those people don’t have a doctor by choice.

How many more people are like me doing there own research? How many people don’t have time for doing their own research? How many people have blind faith in the health care system as I once did?

A friend at work summed it up like this: It’s like I’m walking down a very long corridor with a closed door every few feet. Every attempt at solving my symptoms allows me to try opening a door. Sometimes it’s locked and sometimes it opens leading to another corridor and another set of doors. For the past few months, I’ve opened so many doors and now I feel so close to that last door.

And I will open that last door…

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

Entry for July 23, 2006

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More than 20% of fruit and vegetables sold in Canada show traces of pesticides

TORONTO (CP) – More than 20 per cent of federally-tested fresh fruit and vegetables sold in Canada show traces of pesticide contamination, according to the latest data, but manufacturers of the chemicals say the numbers prove there’s no need for consumer concern.

In a new analysis being released Monday, which is hotly disputed by environmentalists and some health experts, CropLife Canada says there’s no reason for consumer concern because in almost all cases, the pesticides found on food are well within the safety limits set by Health Canada.

Just a tiny fraction of foods tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were found to have contamination in violation of the maximum residue limits, with domestic fresh foods faring better than imports.

“People think that their food, unless they buy organic, is laced with pesticides” said Peter MacLeod, executive director of CropLife Canada, an industry association of pesticide manufacturers and distributors. “The truth is that they’re not.”

Federal inspections in 2004-05 turned up chemical residue in just over 22 per cent of both domestic and imported fresh produce, but at levels lower than the maximum residue limits, the analysis concludes.

Only 0.65 per cent of domestic and 1.1 per cent of imported fresh produce exceeded those levels.

What’s important, said MacLeod, is that even when residues were found, they were detected in minute quantities – in the range of parts per million or lower.

While environmentalists and health advocates agree the amounts are tiny, they say it’s impossible to be definitive in asserting they pose no health risk, especially when it comes to children.

Some experts worry that some chemicals are unsafe at any level, that many safety standards are out of date, and that Ottawa doesn’t test for all chemicals in use.

A key worry is how the toxic cocktail of pollutants interact.

“We are concerned about the health effects of low levels of many different chemicals in a person’s body” said Sarah Winterton of the group Environmental Defence.

“We really don’t know the health impacts of low-level exposure, particularly within the context of how many different chemicals we are exposed to every day.”

Results of a study released by Environmental Defence last month detected a wide array of toxins in the bodies of seven children and six adults from five families living in different parts of Canada.

The chemicals, among them pesticides, PCBs and flame retardants, are known carcinogens, hormone disrupters and neurotoxins.

The disturbing findings prompted Health Canada to announce it would study 5,000 people for signs of pollution-related toxins.

“Pesticides are among the most widely used chemicals in the world, and also among the most dangerous to human health” according to the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.

“They are a leading cause of poisonings here in Canada and have been estimated to account for thousands of deaths each year globally.”

But MacLeod said Canadians can be confident that Ottawa is closely monitoring residue levels and their health is being protected.

“Even if they hit that maximum residue limit level, there’s still a 100-fold safety factor in there before any health effect would ever be shown” MacLeod said.

“So (these are) very, very conservative numbers showing a high degree of safety for our food supply.”

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

Entry for July 23, 2006

Today I looked up Wernicke’s Encephalopathy in more detail and I don’t think I have the symptoms to match. Hopefully going to a Neurologist will help. Here’s what it says:

Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

Background: Wernicke encephalopathy is a serious disorder caused by thiamine deficiency. Dr. Carl Wernicke, a Polish neurologist, described it in 1881 as a triad of acute mental confusion, ataxia, and ophthalmoplegia. Korsakoff amnestic syndrome is a late neuropsychiatric manifestation of Wernicke encephalopathy with memory loss and confabulation; hence, the condition is usually known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome or psychosis. It is most often seen in alcoholics, but it can be seen in disorders associated with malnutrition and also in chronic hemodialysis patients, and in patients with AIDS. Although not frequently diagnosed, the disease is more frequent than commonly supposed.

Pathophysiology: Many factors interact to reduce intracellular thiamine in brain cells. As the thiamine (vitamin B-1) deficiency develops, enzymes and systems dependent on thiamine begin to function less well, leading eventually to cell death.

Thiamine deficiency affects the thiamine-dependent enzyme transketolase involved in the pentose phosphate pathway leading to problems in the maintenance of the myelin sheaths in the nervous system, metabolism of lipids and glucose, and production of branched chain amino acids.

Thiamine deficiency also reduces the conversion of pyruvate to acetyl coenzyme A, which results in less efficient oxidative phosphorylation and increased lactic acid production. In addition, thiamine is also a cofactor for the conversion of alpha ketoglutarate to succinate, which is important in GABA metabolism and the electrical stimulation of neurons.

Thiamine deficiencies are often associated with other B vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin B deficiencies affect the efficacy of the citric acid cycle and result in cellular energy deficits.

This disease, due to a nutritional deficiency of thiamine, can be fatal if not treated. Typically the oculomotor findings are weakness of abduction (usually bilateral but not symmetrical), gaze evoked nystagmus, internuclear opthalmoplegia, vertical nystagmus in the primary position, and a decreased VOR. In monkeys and humans, lesions have been found cranial nerve nuclei III, IV, VI and VIII, as well as the thalamus, hypothalamus, periaquiductal gray, cerebellar vermis and the dorsal nucleus of the vagus.

I don’t think I have Wernicke encephalopathy as I don’t have a Thiamine deficiency. Because there are no diseases associated with a riboflavin deficiency, I don’t think I have anything more serious than a simple vitamin deficiency. That’s probably why the doctors can’t find anything wrong.

In a way, I was very lucky to have a B2 deficiency. It could’ve been a lot worse…

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

Entry for July 23, 2006

Yesterday I took a smaller dose of Benfotamine and today I only took one with my dinner. I’m going to go back to using acidophilus for my B vitamins and not use Benfotamine at all unless I have to. My new system for absorption overnight seems to be working.

I still have the vibration but my eyes are a lot better today. I think I was taking too much Benfotamine and it was actually making things worse. The iridologist wanted me to take 6 a day so I wasn’t doing anything I wasn’t told to do.

What’s the point of taking 6 a day when it’s a fat soluble vitamin? That doesn’t make any sense!!

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

   

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