Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 21, 2006


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I’ve been wanting to talk to my Aunt for a while now because she has mitral valve prolapse. She probably has a magnesium deficiency as well so I’ll call her up and see if she has any other symptoms. I know she had surgery recently on her feet. I’m not quite sure what the problem was but I do that that the problem has reoccurred recently. She’s recently retired and as a hairdresser, spent most of her life standing on her feet.

I call her up and I ask her about her foot. She has a bunion on the side of her right foot and it’s quite painful. The surgery didn’t help and it’s come back the same as before. It’s a bone related issue so I mention a magnesium deficiency and tell her about my discovery that mitral valve prolapse is one of the symptoms of an calcium/magnesium imbalance.  So I ask her if she is taking any calcium supplements. She’s taking two 500 mg of Calcium with vitamin D and has been for years at the recommendation of her doctor. So I ask her to check the supplement for the ingredients to find out if there is any magnesium. She comes back on the phone and there is only calcium and vitamin D with NO MAGNESIUM. She said the doctor never even mentioned magnesium. She’s also had three cortizone needles from her doctor that have made no difference whatsoever.

I told her about my symptoms and amazingly, she has a lot of symptoms that match mine. Muscle cramps, muscle twitches, photophobia, back ache, weak knee muscles, easily startled and cold hands and feet. She also has plantar fasciitis. She said she did try taking magnesium a while back when she heard that it could have an effect on her muscle cramps but it had no effect.

I suspect it had no effect because of her high intake of calcium and if she was using magnesium oxide, it only has seven percent body absorption. I told her to stop using the calcium altogether and to purchase magnesium citrate. She agreed and will give it a try.

I start googling and found this on a medical web site:

The only permanent solution for bunions is surgery. However, with all the advances in podiatry, bunion surgery is much more effective and less time consuming and painful than it once was.

After our phone conversation, I google away about bunions:

Symptoms: Bunion

A bunion is a bony outgrowth on the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe. Bunions usually occur on both feet simultaneously. The protrusions can be quite pronounced, making properly fitting, comfortable shoes nearly impossible to find. If inflamed, bunions cause *bursitis, which is painful and makes walking difficult. Osteoarthritis is more likely to develop from such deformations. Calluses usually occur from the bunion rubbing against the shoe.

Causes

Bunions are the direct result of wearing improper footwear. Shoes that are too narrow and fit too tightly squeeze the toes together, forcing the big toe into an awkward position. Over time, the base of the big toe starts to move outward. Children, whose feet are still growing, are most susceptible. Many women suffer from bunions, largely due to the fashions of high heels and pointed shoes, in which the weight rests on the balls of the toes. Flat *feet and other foot problems increase the likelihood of bunions

Nutrition

Eat citrus fruits, kiwis and red currants, which are rich in the antioxidant vitamin C, to reduce inflammation. Make sure to include the white layer under the peel, as it contains bioflavonoids which enhance the healing action of vitamin C. The essential fatty acids, linoleic and linolenic acid, contained in unrefined, cold-pressed nut and seed oils such as flax seed oil or pumpkin seed oil will also help inhibit inflammation. The body uses these oils to manufacture anti-inflammatory prostaglandins

Nutritional Supplements

Bromelain taken between meals will help break down bunions.

A calcium/magnesium imbalance can cause bunions. Increasing magnesium to 1,000 to 1,500 mg per day and decreasing calcium can aid bunion healing.

Daily Dosages:

Bromelain, 500 mg three times daily between meals
Magnesium, 1,000-1,500 mg daily with meals

Wow! I was right. She was taking too much calcium without the balance of magnesium. Another interesting fact? They suggest taking flax seed oil to reduce the inflamation. Let’s find out what flax seed oil contains:

Flaxseeds’ omega-3 fats are far from all this exceptional food has to offer. Flaxseed meal and flour provides a very good source of fiber that can lower cholesterol levels in people with atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, reduce the exposure of colon cells to cancer-causing chemicals, relieve the constipation or diarrhea of irritable bowel syndrome sufferers, and help stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Flaxseeds are also a good source of magnesium, which helps to reduce the severity of asthma by keeping airways relaxed and open, lowers high blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke in people with atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, prevents the blood vessel spasm that leads to migraine attacks, and generally promotes relaxation and restores normal sleep patterns.

And there’s the word of the day…Flaxseeds are a good source of…Magnesium!

I spoke to my aunt for one hour and I either sounded like a raving lunatic or a mad scientist. I’m not sure which one I prefer but I could tell my wife was slightly annoyed with me. She told me that I wasn’t a doctor and she’s absolutely right. I’m not a doctor…so what does it take to become one?

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