Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 31, 2006

The sneezing, red itchy eyes and runny nose continue into the late evening.

I tried to get up from a kneeling position tonight and I noticed some mild improvement. Maybe the new enzymes are working!

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Entry for August 31, 2006

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Follow appointment with my doctor…

As he walks in he notices that I am sneezing and have a runny nose. He casually mentions that my symptoms appear to be sinusitis but doesn’t say anything more.

The first thing he asks is if there is any improvement since the B2 injection. Yup, the tingling on the top of my head has stopped completely. I even stopped using the vitamins that would make it stop and it never came back. He was very happy to hear this great news. Then I launch into my latest research about magnesium leading to the chemical imbalance.

I tell him that I’ve been experimenting with different dosages and he wants me to keep taking it. I ask him about magnesium injections and he said he would prefer to see me try the oral doses before we get to the injection.

He writes down some notes on my file and he’s very happy about these new discoveries. He gives me the B2 injection and it was a bit more painful than the first time around and he explains he switched to a smaller needle this time. He recommends that I also take a multivitamin daily.

My eyes are slightly red and itchy so I quickly ask him to take a look. He takes a quick glance and asks me if I drink tea? He then recommends that I put used tea bags underneath my eyes for the citric acid content.

He doesn’t think it’s anything serious although he’s not an eye doctor and it was hardly a eye exam. I don’t drink tea so I won’t bother with the teabags.

Another follow up in three weeks.

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Entry for August 31, 2006

All morning, I still have the really bad symptoms of allergies. Runny nose, puffy red eyes and sneezing constantly. It’s driving me crazy!

I know this has happened recently so I look back in the blog and find the date: August 2nd. I check through my banking transactions for that day and there is one purchase at Zellers. It’s in the same mall I was in yesterday and although I’m not 100% sure, I think we ate in the same food court but I ate at a different resturant.

Now that I’ve thought about both meals, there is a connection: Roasted potatoes.

I’ve always loved roasted potatoes and at home we have them a few times a week. I suspect the difference is the sauce. At the greek restaurant they have serve the potatoes in a great tasting tomato sauce and there was the same type of sauce on the potatoes at the second restaurant.

I’m scrolling through my blog to see if I can find any reference to my allergies. Do I find anything? Yup: July 6th. I checked my online banking transactions again and this time, I don’t have any clues…

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Entry for August 31, 2006

Previous Night Vibration Status: NONE
Morning Vibration Status: Extremely Weak

The only thing I did different yesterday with my vitamins was reduce the dosage of magnesium. I was taking two capsules instead of three. I still have diarrhea so I’m trying to cut down.

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Entry for August 30, 2006

I had take out dinner tonight and the weird thing is I’ve been sneezing almost none stop since I got home with a runny nose. I had a turkey dinner and I don’t think it was microwaved food. Here’s what I had:

Turkey, mixed vegetables (corn, carrots & peas), roasted potatoes and a cabbage salad.

I ate the dinner with my vitamins including my old enzymes. Eating turkey and the cabbage is the only difference in my diet today. I’m beginning to think I have a food allergy and the new enzyme book talks about food allergies caused by a lack of enzymes. Of course it was fast food so who knows what was really added to the food?

Any time I get these symptoms again, I’ll track what I ate.

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Entry for August 30, 2006

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I’ve been reading a book now for a couple of days called “Micro Miracles: Discover the healing power of enzymes”. Here is what she says:

PAGE 17:

“Vitamins and minerals don’t activate until they unite with enzymes. If that doesn’t happen, they get flushed from the body unused. People may be taking supplements but all they are gettig is expensive urine.”

On page 33 she explains in detail what enzymes to look for and the dosage. I get a call from the health food store and the homeopathic remedy of Magnesia Phosphorica 30 C has arrived. While I’m there, I pick up an enzyme supplement that has most of the ones she talks about in her book. It’s called “DigestMore Ultra” and it’s made from plant enzymes.

I save my last capsules of magnesium and B complex and take them with the new enzymes…

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Entry for August 30, 2006

More about the wonderful effects of magnesium…

Deficiency Diseases and Good Nutrition: Magnesium

Magnesium works to support your bones, helps in the production of cholesterol, helps to activate many vitamins, aids in relaxing muscles, and is an essential factor in protein synthesis.

About 60-65% of the magnesium in your body in contained in the bones. Your bones hold on to magnesium pretty tightly. Even when the rest of your body has a deficiency, your bones will keep most of their magnesium. Only in situations of extreme deficiency will your bones give up their magnesium. Without magnesium, your bones would becomes spongy and could not support the weight of your body.

Cholesterol cannot be synthesized without magnesium. Bile, which helps your body digest fats, cannot be produced without cholesterol. Cholesterol is also a vital component of many hormones. Aldosterone is one such hormone, and helps to control the balance of minerals, one of them being magnesium. Aldosterone needs magnesium to be produced and it also regulates magnesium’s balance. Cholesterol is also needed in the production of sex hormones, to keep your reproductive system working correctly.

The stress coping hormones produced by your adrenal glands also require cholesterol for their synthesis. Cholesterol, along with lecithin and fatty acids (both require magnesium for their formation), are the main components of the myelin lining on the nerves. Myelin protects the nerves from “cross wiring”, and helps the nerve impulses to travel faster. Without adequate magnesium to produce these three lipids, your nerves can become ragged and worn out before their time. Magnesium has a calming effect on your nervous system. In fact, when taken in large enough doses, magnesium can have an anesthetizing effect.

Magnesium also has a calming effect on your muscles. Calcium stimulates the muscles to flex, and magnesium relaxes them. Without this relaxing effect, your muscles would cramp up. You may also experience muscle spasms and even convulsions, if you don’t get enough magnesium. Remember that your heart is a muscle, and the last thing you want is for it to spasm. Magnesium can prevent painful contractions at the end of pregnancy. It also helps to avoid eclampsia, which is convulsions and coma experienced by the mother after some deliveries.

Magnesium activates vitamins C and E. Therefore, if you don’t get enough magnesium, the vitamin C and E that you eat cannot be used, and your body would suffer symptoms of deficiency for those vitamins as well. Magnesium is vital to the production of parathormone, which regulates vitamin D synthesis from cholesterol compounds in your skin. The B complex also requires magnesium for their proper functioning.

Amino acids are the smallest component of protein. Magnesium is needed to properly produce and combine amino acids to make the specific proteins your body needs. Many of the body’s hormones, enzymes, and tissues are made of protein. Your body has to produce a lot of each to keep your body running smoothly. The constant repair of your body requires massive amounts of protein to be produced. Without magnesium, your body could not heal itself on the outside or inside. Thousands and thousands of cells in your skin die every day. Much protein is needed to keep it looking firm and beautiful. Your blood is dependent on magnesium to supply it with new proteins, some of which help to kill infectious bacteria and viruses.

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Entry for August 30, 2006

I have my follow up appointment with my regular doctor tomorrow. It’s been three weeks since the B2 injection so I’ll explain about my progress.

1) No tingling in my head since the B2 injection.
2) Looked up the possible cause of running out of B vitamins: Magnesium.
3) Discovered 19 symptoms of a magnesium deficiency.
4) Magnesium activates the B vitamins in the body.
5) Started taking Magnesium and the vibration stopped.
6) Switched to a Calcium/Magnesium combination and vibration came back.
7) Read that Calcium competes with magnesium for absorption.
8) Cut out Calcium and vibration stopped again.
9) Neurologist said I had I had a profile of anxiety. Possible chemical imbalance.
10) Researched cause of anxiety and chemical imbalance: Low levels of magnesium and B vitamins.

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Entry for August 30, 2006

I’ve always known that tuna made me feel better but I never quite understood why. It has very little B vitamins and some magnesium, but maybe it was the DHA content all along? Maybe, it was because it contained all three…

DHA

The most efficient natural source of pre-formed DHA and EPA is oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, herring, salmon and fresh tuna. Tuna oil is particularly interesting in that it contains a five to one ratio of DHA to EPA, which is similar to the ratio found in human breast milk.

Adequate DHA whether preformed or converted from ALA ­ is required to ensure the healthy function of cell membranes of neurons in brain grey matter and in the retina of the eye. Preformed DHA and EPA together help to maintain a healthy heart and circulation.

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Entry for August 30, 2006

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How to Properly Increase Intake of Omega-3 with Fish Oil to Protect Against Disease

You want to increase your overall health and energy level. You want to prevent heart disease, cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s. Perhaps you also want to treat rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, Raynaud’s disease and a host of other diseases. One of the most important things you can do for all of these is increase your intake of the omega-3 fats found in fish oil and cod liver oil, and reduce your intake of omega-6 fats.

These two types of fat, omega-3 and omega-6, are both essential for human health. However, the typical American consumes far too many omega-6 fats in their diet while consuming very low levels of omega-3. The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is 1:1. Our ancestors evolved over millions of years on this ratio. Today, though, our ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 averages from 20:1 to 50:1! That spells serious danger for you, and as is now (finally!) being reported throughout even the mainstream health media, lack of omega-3 from fish oil is one of the most serious health issues plaguing contemporary society.

The primary sources of omega-6 are corn, soy, canola, safflower and sunflower oil; these oils are overabundant in the typical diet, which explains our excess omega-6 levels. Avoid or limit these oils. Omega-3, meanwhile, is typically found in flaxseed oil, walnut oil, and fish.

By far, the best type of omega-3 fats are those found in that last category, fish. That’s because the omega-3 in fish is high in two fatty acids crucial to human health, DHA and EPA. These two fatty acids are pivotal in preventing heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. The human brain is also highly dependent on DHA – low DHA levels have been linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss, and a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers are now also linking inadequate intake of these omega-3 fats in pregnant women to premature birth and low birth weight, and to hyperactivity in children.

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Entry for August 30, 2006

Previous Night Vibration Status: Extremely Weak
Morning Vibration Status: Extremely Weak

In the Anxiety kit from Shoppers Drug Mart and it talks about the chemical imbalance in more detail. So Doctor Google? I discover that deficient levels of magnesium and B vitamins can be a cause of a chemical imbalance. Interesting…that’s exactly what I told the neurologist… and he certainly didn’t offer any more information.

Understanding Chemical Imbalance

What is a Chemical Imbalance?

Over the course of the last three decades much research into the origins of emotional distress and disturbances have led researchers to embrace “chemical imbalance” as the leading cause. Though the exact mechanisms linking chemical imbalances and common disorders like anxiety, depression and ADHD are not completely understood, clinical studies and medical observations have been able to identify a number of chemical inconsistencies that occur in individuals who report experiencing symptoms related to these disorders.

Common chemical imbalances related to anxiety and depression related disorders that have been observed in clinical practice include:

  • Reduced availability of neurotransmitters like Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, GABA and acetylcholine.
  • Increased levels of toxic neurochemicals such as Homocysteine.
  • Lower levels of serum Magnesium, Zinc or Potassium.
  • Unhealthy, or deficient levels of essential vitamins like B6, B9, B12 and Vitamin-C
  • Undersupply of key cofactors like amino acids that are used to help transport neurotransmitter precursors into the blood-brain barrier.
  • Increased cortisol stress hormone levels.

What causes chemical imbalance?

After researching the causes of a chemical imbalance online I came to the conclusion that no one, not even doctors, scientists or clinical researchers, knows what exactly causes a chemical imbalance. In fact, it was virtually impossible to come up with a single source that could provide conclusive evidence.

If you would ask a medical professional the reasons and causes for anxiety or depression, their answer would most likely be “A chemical imbalance…” As a result, the first impulse for most medical professionals and patients alike is to prescribe an SSRI, MAOI or similar “chemical balancer” to treat the condition.

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Entry for August 29, 2006

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I was in Shoppers today and picked up some flax seeds. I’ll add them to my morning oatmeal. While I was in the store, I noticed a Healthwatch sign that mentioned talking to the pharmacist about anxiety. I head back to the pharmacy and pick up the Healthwatch Anxiety System Assesment kit. It comes with a questionaire and a symptom diary.

I showed the booklet to a bunch of my friends and they don’t agree with the diagnosis from the neurologist and they certainly don’t agree with the list of symptoms for anxiety.

But if I do have a “profile for anxiety” it’s just another symptom of a magnesium deficiency…

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Entry for August 29, 2006

From the prevous entry:

I ask him if there is any kind of test that could measure any kind of demyelination and he answered “No not really…”

Here’s what I found:

Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) Test

What is it?
A nerve conduction velocity test, also called a nerve conduction study, measures how quickly electrical impulses move along a nerve. It is often done at the same time as an electromyogram, in order to exclude or detect muscle disorders.

A healthy nerve conducts signals with greater speed and strength than a damaged nerve. The speed of nerve conduction is influenced by the myelin sheath the insulating coating that surrounds the nerve.

Most neuropathies are caused by damage to the nerve’s axon rather than damage to the myelin sheath surrounding the nerve. The nerve conduction velocity test is used to distinguish between true nerve disorders (such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease) and conditions where muscles are affected by nerve injury (such as carpal tunnel syndrome).

Why should I do it?
This test is used to diagnose nerve damage or dysfunction and confirm a particular diagnosis. It can usually differentiate injury to the nerve fiber (axon) from injury to the myelin sheath surrounding the nerve, which is useful in diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

How is it performed?
During the test, flat electrodes are placed on the skin at intervals over the nerve that is being examined. A low intensity electric current is introduced to stimulate the nerves.

The velocity at which the resulting electric impulses are transmitted through the nerves is determined when images of the impulses are projected on an oscilloscope or computer screen. If a response is much slower than normal, damage to the myelin sheath is implied. If the nerve’s response to stimulation by the current is decreased but with a relatively normal speed of conduction, damage to the nerve axon is implied.

And perhaps the best of all…I found this about Benfotmaine. The supplement that the Neurologist had never heard of:

Shielding Nerve Structure

While most anti-AGE supplements rely on test-tube browning experiments as the evidence of efficacy, Benfotiamine has been proven in multiple real-world human and animal studies to reduce AGE formation and support tissue structure and function in diabetics.

Most impressively, many randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled human trials have proven that Benfotiamine powerfully supports nerve function in diabetic neuropathy. In one trial, 24 people suffering with diabetic neuropathy took either Benfotiamine (plus doses of common B6 and B12 similar to those used in mutivitamins) or a look-alike dummy pill, spread out into three pills over the course of the day, for twelve weeks. The participants started with 320 milligrams of Benfotiamine per day for the first two weeks, followed by 120 milligrams for the rest of the trial. Before and after the trial, the function of patients nerve cells were tested using nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and vibratory perception threshold (which tests the nerves sensitivity by determining the lowest level at which vibrations applied at key nerve sites are first felt).

At the end of the trial, the vibration perception threshold had clearly improved by 30% in those who had taken the Benfotiamine supplements, while it had worsened in the placebo group by 5% at one site and by 32% at another. At the same time, people taking Benfotiamine experienced statistically significant improvements in nerve conduction velocity from the feet, even as this aspect of nerve function deteriorated in those taking the look-alike pills.

This is exactly why I don’t like doctors anymore.

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Entry for August 29, 2006

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The Neurologist…

He called my name as he entered the waiting room. It was his first appointment of the day and there was no one else in the room. I ask him if it’s okay to allow my wife to sit in with us and he agrees. He says he has very little on my symptoms and history so he’s eager to hear my story. The only thing he received from my doctor was that I had an internal tremor and that taking a supplement called Benfotamine was helping me. He had never heard of Benfotamine and I knew I was in trouble from this moment on…

I wanted to come prepared for this appointment but I just never had the time. I’ve explained my history of symptoms so many times that I’m confident that I can do it again without any notes. It all started with the internal vibration, the plantar fasciitis, indigestion and the stomach bloating. When I mentioned that I thought there was a link between the internal vibration and the plantar fasciitis, he gave me the smug doctor smile. “Another patient who thinks he knows what he’s talking about…”

I don’t mention the EMF exposure as I thought I would see how he reacts first. Then we talk about the successes: B vitamins, minerals, acidophilus and omega 3. He is writing notes the entire time I am talking. After I finish, he invites me into an examination room and performs a number of tests.

He holds a small bottle under my nose and asks me if I know what it is. It smells like lemon. He holds a second bottle under my nose and asks me the same question again. This time it has a minty smell and I’m correct again. He holds up three fingers and takes them down again real fast and he asks me how many I saw. He covers one of my eyes and asks me to read the smallest numbers on his eye chart. Switches to my other eye and does the same thing again. He then checks my reflexes on my wrists, knees and just above my feet. He shines a small flashlight into both of my eyes and asks me to follow his fingers. He turns off the lights and he shines the light into my eyes again. He turns the lights back on and everything took about ten minutes.

We walk back into his office and I sit beside my wife again. He starts by saying that I am an intelligent person and was very diplomatic in his speech. He said he could say with great confidence that I didn’t have any kind of neurological disease and talks about certain things I had mentioned. He asked about my parents, my marriage and the new baby.

He said he didn’t like to pigeonhole people but that I have a profile of anxiety. His recommendation was to seek help by seeing a psychologist or a psychiatrist. He said there was medication that could help me but the effects are not often seen for weeks. He cited the first child as being very stressful and that sometimes, for whatever reason, anxiety can be caused when there is a chemical imbalance within the brain but he didn’t think that was the case with me.

I added a few new things like the test that came back with a high level of free radicals and stressed adrenals. He nodded his head in agreement and said stressed adrenals is a classic symptom of anxiety. He asks if I have any further questions and I ask him if he thought a high level of free radicals could destroy the myelin sheath and he felt there wasn’t enough study in that field of research. I ask him if there is any kind of test that could measure any kind of demyelination and he answered “No not really…”

An internal vibration, tingling in my head and a neurologist tells me I have anxiety. What a complete waste of time. It’s possible I have anxiety now because I have to keep dealing with these know it all doctors who know nothing about nutrition but I am still looking for the root cause. I don’t have a stressful job, I’m not a person bothered by stress, in fact, I’m a very calm quiet person. Family life is good and I have a great group of close friends. If he thinks anxiety is the root cause of my internal vibration then he is completely wrong. My direct symptoms are never affected by any amount of stress.

It’s the classic case of a doctor looking for disease and when he doesn’t find anything obvious, the assumption is that everything is perfectly normal. Another doctor who has no interest in prevention. A ten minute exam and he comes back with anxiety. The only way he could’ve done that is to have used the pupil analysis and discovered those upward pointing lines that I saw in iridology.

When I left his office, I could tell my wife knew I wasn’t satisfied with his answers. In fact, I was furious.

I wasn’t mad about the diagnosis of anxiety, I was more pissed off because he didn’t seem to want to do anything to help me. I was under the impression that a Neurologist is a specialist who has a very advanced understanding about the human body. Well, not this one…

What a complete waste of time!! I feel like Charlie Brown and Lucy has just taken the ball away.

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Entry for August 29, 2006

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Previous Night Vibration Status: NONE
Morning Vibration Status: NONE

Woke up at 4:30 and I feel great. Last time this happened, I felt really good with lots of energy for most of the day. Hopefully history will repeat itself. I went back through the blog entries to see if I could find out what I was doing differently when I had that period of a couple of days with no vibration and lots of energy.

On August 14th, I discovered the vitamins that would help build the myelin sheath. I was already taking most of the vitamins with the exception of Omega 3. I discovered that DHA plays a major role in repairing the myelin sheath and Nutra Sea has a very high content of DHA. At the time I never bought the supplement from Nutra Sea so I just thought from that point on I would start taking three capsules of Omega 3 per day instead of one and that’s when I had the great boost of energy and the vibration stopped. At the time, I thought it was linked to the magnesium but I’m still taking the same amount if not higher and until this morning I still had the vibration.

I guess that has always been a problem of mine. I’m trying so many different things, it’s easy to assume that something is responsible when it was really something else.

I ran out of my Omega 3 on Aug 23rd and didn’t bother replacing it until yesterday. I bought the high potency kind by Nutra Sea that the pharmacist beside the Osteopath recommended.

Word of the day? Docosahexaenoic Acid

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Entry for August 28, 2006

The Neurologist appointment is tomorrow and it may be the first time that a doctor understands when I tell him that I have an internal vibration.

I had a thought today. If I know I have some kind of demyelination with the nerves in my head, is it then possible that the actual process of demyelination can cause a vibration?

Tomorrow, I’ll be face to face with the perfect person to ask.

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Entry for August 28, 2006

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Vitamins & minerals are co-enzymes, as such, they require that other enzymes act on them in order to release their benefits. If the body is unable to supply those necessary enzymes in the proper quantities at the proper time the vitamins & minerals simply become inert materials and pass through your body unused.

Doctor Google just found an excellent web site called Enzymedica that talks only about enzymes and the specific functions that they do. I think I may have found something that can help me.

Digestive Enzyme Supplement for Vitamin, Mineral and Herb Absorption

Enzymedica Enhanceâ
 
Enhance contains 12 mg of Bioperine and 13 enzymes known to assist with healthy digestion and assimilation. The potency is specific for supplemental vitamin, mineral and herb absorption when taken on an empty stomach.

Bioperine has been tested in several clinical studies and shown to increase the absorption of minerals, fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins.

Suggested Use: One capsule with any nutritional supplement(s) when optimal absorption is desired. More may be taken as needed.

Enzymedica uses an exclusive Thera-blend process for its protease, lipase, and cellulase. Each of these enzymes actually represents multiple blends that are used for their ability to break down numerous bonds in varying pH levels.

Ingredients:

Amylase Thera-blend 6,000 DU
Protease Thera-blend 21,000 HUT
Lipase Thera-blend 250 FCCFIP
Cellulase Thera-blend 100 CU
Lactase 425 ALU
Alpha Galactosidase 37.5 GALU
Maltase 100 DP*
Invertase 87.5 INVU
Phytase/Pectinase 25 endo-PGU
Hemicellulase 800 HCU
Beta Glucanase 90 BGU
Bioperine 12 mg

Starting today, I’ll start taking enzymes everytime I take my vitamins and minerals. I’ll finish off my current supply then try and find something similar to the above ingredients.

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Entry for August 28, 2006

All morning I’ve had what I call my “B vitamin” feeling in my head. It’s a feeling I get when I haven’t taken my B vitamins and I think it’s when the myelin sheath is getting very thin. The weird thing is that I’ve already taken my B vitamins this morning.

I’m thinking now that the Omega 3 supplement played a part protecting or building the myelin and that’s the reason I started taking it again. I haven’t had any head pinching/tingling sensation since I had the riboflavin injection. I still have the chapped lips so something is still wrong and my magnesium status is not helping.

I forgot to take my acidophilus this morning but luckiliy, I had one in my desk and felt better after taking it. I also had a tuna sub for lunch which is a great source of Omega 3 and didn’t have any weird feelings again for the rest of the day.

I also cancelled the Iridology appointment. She told me I didn’t need the Omega 3 supplement.

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Entry for August 28, 2006

My wife and I have been discussing our recent problems with candida.

The classic Chicken or the Egg Syndrome:

She thinks candida can cause a magnesium deficiency and from what I’ve researched she is right. But I think the magnesium deficiency caused the lack of enzymes that can create an environment where a candida overgrowth can flurish and make a mild magnesium deficiency even worse. Which came first? Two different alternative doctors have suggested I have a problem with candida.

There is no doubt in my mind that I am lacking in enzymes. I can see the difference after I eat certain kinds of food and I’ve been taking vitamins now for so long with very little improvement. I’ve switched brands, I’ve tried different formulas purchased premium products and nothing seems to work. I’ve mentioned this to several doctors and they can’t seem to provide any answers. I think it could be related to the lack of enzymes.

Let’s find out what Doctor Google has to say about enzymes:

Enzymes are responsible for digestion, absorption, transporting, metabolizing and eliminating waste. Every cell in our body, over 100 trillion, is dependent on enzymes. Of all the life-sustaining forces operating within each of us, enzymes are probably the least known, least understood, yet the most important and needed. Nutrition cannot be explained without describing the part that enzymes play.

Nutrition is the body’s ability to consume 45 foundational nutrients, which are protein, carbohydrates, fats, water, 13 vitamins, 9 amino acids, and 19 minerals. Eating foods that contain these elements, along with supplemental enzymes in their proper amounts will ensure good nutrition.

Enzymes turn the food we eat into energy and unlock this energy for use in the body. Life depends on enzymes. Enzymes and proteins are dependent upon one another. If there are to few enzymes, protein cannot be broken down. Conversely, if there is not enough protein, enzymes cannot be formed. Without enzymes, even the most balanced dietary lifestyle would be worthless because food cannot be digested and used by the body.

There are thousands of enzymes manufactured in the body and they fall into
three main categories:

  1. Food enzymes are found in raw food.
  2. Metabolic enzymes work in blood, tissues and organs.
  3. Digestive enzymes work in breaking down proteins, carbohydrates
    and fats.

Food Enzymes

Enzymes that are present only in raw food and contain varying quantities of the four basic types of plant enzymes: protease used in protein digestion, amylase for carbohydrate digestion, lipase for fat digestion and cellulose for fiber digestion. Every raw food contains exactly the right amount and type of enzyme necessary to digest a particular food. For example, fruit high in carbohydrates, i.e., bananas contain high amounts of amylase. Fruits high in fat, such as, avocados contain high amounts of lipase. Food enzymes enter the body along with raw food.

Although enzymes are present in all raw foods, they break down when cooking
temperatures are greater than 118 degrees F. If we ate a diet consisting of 75% raw foods, supplemental enzymes would not be required.

Metabolic Enzymes

…are responsible for initiating chemical reactions within the body. Much of this enzyme activity goes on within the cells to protect them from damage and maintain the process of cell respiration and regeneration. Enzymes help protect cells from wear and tear, which we know as the aging process. Metabolic enzymes run all our organs, tissues and cells. Vitamins, minerals and hormones need enzymes to be present in order to get their work done properly. Enzymes are nature’s life preservers.

Digestive Enzymes

…are secreted along the gastrointestinal tract and break down foods, enabling the nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream for use in various bodily functions. There are three main categories of digestive enzymes: amylase protease, and lipase. Amylase, found in saliva and in the pancreatic and intestinal juices, breaks down carbohydrates. Protease, found in the stomach juices, helps to digest proteins. Lipase, found in the stomach and pancreatic juices, and present in fats, aids in fat digestion.

Enzyme Deficiency

When the body receives foods that are deficient in enzymes, it increases its numbers of white blood cells as a defense mechanism. Enzymes are then released from these cells as well as, from the lymphatic tissue and spleen where they also are stored in the body to digest toxins. When white blood cells are continually elevated due to a diet of enzyme dead foods, the immune system becomes compromised. This is because enzymes, normally held in storage to fight infection, are drawn out of storage for the purpose of digesting food.

There is a direct link between the strength of our immune system and our enzyme levels. The more enzymes we have the stronger our immune and digestive system will be. Leukocytes are white blood cells that contain eight different amylase enzymes, which assists the white blood cell to engulf foreign substances and reduce them to a form that the body can eliminate. Research has shown that leukocytes increase after one has eaten a cooked meal. However, there is no increase in leukocytes after a person has eaten a raw food meal.

Research has shown that enzymes are related to all diseases via the immune system whether the disease is acute or chronic, if the pancreatic output of enzymes is hindered, the whole body is affected.

There is a greater amount of enzymes found in the young person’s tissue than in an elderly person’s tissue. Understanding this fact of life, doing all you can to maintain and enhance your enzyme levels would be a benefit to unlimited health. Enzymes are used up more rapidly during all acute and chronic illnesses. Those with diabetes, hypoglycemia, endocrine gland weakness, obesity, digestive dysfunction and stress related problem would all benefit from plant enzyme supplementation. The importance of enzymes cannot be overemphasized. If the lack of enzymes can cause diseases, then adding enzymes to the diet, through supplementation and proper food intake will prevent premature aging and break down of the body.

Everyone, young and old, has an enzyme deficiency to one degree or anther. Dr. Dick Couey, professor of Physiology and Nutrition at Baylor University states, “I will never eat another meal without taking a plant enzyme supplement.” As long as we continue to eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) of enzyme deficient foods, our bodies need an enzyme supplement to assist in digestion and nutrient uptake. As long as we live and breathe there is a need for enzyme supplementation. Data from over sixty years has revealed that there has not been one report of side effects from enzyme consumption. Remember plant enzymes are food.

August 28, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 28, 2006

Previous Night Vibration Status: Weak
Morning Vibration Status: Weak

I don’t understand… Yesterday I switched to using magnesium taurate took a higher dose and took them between meals and yet I still have the vibration. The only thing that has changed within the last couple of days is I ran out of the Omega 3 supplement.

August 28, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

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