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Entry for September 03, 2006

This study shows the connection between lowering birth defects and the importance of taking prenatal vitamins. I think it also shows how malnourished people are from the fast food lifestyle and how bad our diet has become in today’s society.

Personally, I don’t think it’s normal for a person to be taking vitamins.

Prenatal vitamins cut birth defects: review

All women of childbearing age should consider taking a prenatal multivitamin to reduce the risk of serious birth defects such as heart malfunctions, a Canadian researcher says.

As many as one out of every 33 children born in Canada has a serious birth defect, according to the Motherrisk Program at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Gideon Koren, the program’s director, reviewed the findings of 41 studies on the effects of multivitamin supplements before conception and during the first trimester.

The prenatal vitamins differed from traditional vitamins because they contain a combination of vitamin A, all the B vitamins, as well as vitamins C, D, E and more iron and folic acid.

“It’s not a single element, but rather a mixture of different things that mom and baby might need,” Koren told CBC Newsworld.

The benefits of folic acid have been known for 15 years, but the review shows the prenatal vitamins can have a protective effect for other serious birth defects that cost lives and have huge effects on quality of life.

In Thursday’s issue of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, the researchers reported taking a daily prenatal vitamin resulted in a:

48 per cent reduction in neural-tube defects.
39 per cent drop in cardiovascular defects.
47 per cent lower rate of limb deformities.
58 per cent reduction in cases of cleft palate.
52 per cent decrease in urinary-tract defects.
63 per cent drop in hydrocephalus. A dangerous build-up of fluid on the brain.

Can offer concrete advice 

“This study fills a gap in that we can now offer women some concrete advice,” said Dr. Donald Davis, president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, or SOGS. “We can say, ‘Look, this is one way you can help prevent these.'”

The Motherrisk program already advises women in their reproductive years who are sexually active and plan to start a family to take prenatal vitamins.

About half of Canadian women do not plan a pregnancy, which means they may not start taking the vitamins early enough, Koren said.

“There is no downside, really,” Koren said, adding it is up to medical groups such as obstetricians and gynecologists to formally make the recommendation.

The study did not find links between the multivitamins and prevention of Down’s syndrome, undescended testis, hypospadias (an inherited defect of the urinary opening on the penis), and pyloric stenosis (a narrowing of the sphincter that can block the flow of partially digested food into the small intestine).

If more research shows other vitamins beside folic acid can also prevent birth defects it may have implications for Canada’s food fortification program, the society said.

Flour and breads have been enriched with folic acid to help prevent neural tube birth defects since 1988.

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Entry for September 03, 2006

I’ve recently joined a magnesium support group at yahoo groups. I’m just watching what people are saying before I join in. Someone posted that they were having trouble boosting their magnesium levels and I found this in the reply:

Here we are a support and information giving group. A few questions first- how are your potassium levels, copper and Boron and B2 and B6 levels? If any of these are low you will not hold onto the magnesium no matter what you do.

Isn’t that interesting. I had read the opposite about potassium. Now I don’t know what to think. I’ve been taking my B2 and B6 for months now and I already know my B2 is low. Who knows about potassium, copper and boron??

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Entry for September 03, 2006

I’ve added my profile to RemedyFind detailing my history with Allergic Rhinitis:

Personal Bio: I grew up in a small town called Orangeville for most of my life. Late in high school, I had discovered a love for photography and became the yearbook photographer. My health issues started around 1990 after my last year of high school. I was 19 years old and I went to the doctor for allergies.

He gave a nasal spray called RHINARIS. It did nothing for my allergies so I went back to him and he gave me another prescription for the same thing but he told me to try it for a longer period of time. I tried it again and it had no effect so I figured it was something that you just have to live with.

I had just finished working in a photo lab and I had suspected that it could be the photo chemicals but I never handled them, never touched them and I only worked the cash so I really had nothing to do with them. That summer I went on a trip to England and spent three weeks walking around Liverpool discovering the places were the Beatles had found their fame.

Later in the year I moved to Toronto and I thought it was a good time to find a new doctor. I went to a walk in clinic for my allergies and I told him about how I thought the trip to England might have had an effect on my allergies having been out of my regular environment for three weeks but it made no difference. He found this interesting and commented on the fact that if anything it should’ve been worse because of the cold and damp weather. He refered me to an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Went to the specialist and he performed a weird procedure where he used something like a sodering gun and was burning something in each one of my nostrils. I went home with cotton balls in my nose and I wasn’t allowed to blow my nose for a couple of days. He said something would fall out of each nostril within the week and it did. Did it have any effect on my allergies? None.

Another attempt was made with my allergies when I went to a different doctor. He sent me to an allergy clinic in downtown Toronto. There I had a skin test done and the test came back that I was allergic to dust, pollen, grasses and mold. The strongest reaction? Cats. I found it strange because at the time, I didn’t own any cats and my parents never had any either. They told me that I had Allergic Rhinitis and recommended allergy shots over a five year plan. I started them for a few months and quit. It wasn’t making any difference.

I went four years dealing with my symptoms until I tried again. Another doctor I went to suggested I try Rhinocort. I tried it and again it made no difference. Then I read an article in the Toronto Star about a woman who had a variety of health issues that were greatly improved when she had her mercury fillings removed. I think one of her symptoms were allergies so it was off to my dentist. It seemed logical to me as I had a lot of dental work done around the time my allergies started. I had my mercury fillings removed and it made no difference.

I moved to a downtown location a year later and we lived close to a health food store so I asked them for some advice. She suggested taking a homeopathic remedy called Sinna and this time, I got results. It cleared my nose and there was mild improvement but I still had my allergies. It was helping but I was looking for the root cause.

I always felt that my allergies never fit the usual descriptions to describe them. The doctors would ask me if it changed with the seasons? NO. Did it change with the difference in weather? NO. I had allergies all year round and it never seemed to be affected by the types of food I ate.

This time I decide to go back to the doctor that gave me a referal to the allergy clinic and I started taking allergy shots again. Once a week for two years I took allergy shots and again, it didn’t really make any difference. Maybe a little…it was hard to tell.

I’ve always been a fairly healthy person despite my diet and since moving to Toronto, I’ve never had a regular doctor. I would go to the nearest walk in clinic if I had any minor issues.

Last year I finally developed a weird set of symptoms totally unrelated to my allergies that no doctor could figure out what was causing my problems. I had numerous test results: three blood tests, two urine tests, two ECG tests, chest x-ray, abdominal ultrasound, stool sample, colonoscopy, gastrocopy, hormone testing, hair analysis that all came back normal. I was really irritated because all of these tests and procedures recommended by doctors were showing normal. They seemed to think because the testing was normal then there was nothing wrong. I was of the opinion that they were doing the wrong type of testing. I had neurological symptoms and I was being told it was normal.

It wasn’t until I took to using Google on a daily basis to get an understanding of my symptoms that I began to question the regular doctors. I tried all kinds of alternative methods and nothing worked. No one was able to determine the root cause.

My best results were from Google searches and when I finally made a series of breakthroughs I began questioning everything and everyone. I began reading stories about CBC’s Wendy Mesley’s breast cancer and how she thought it was caused by the birth control pill. Newscaster Bill Cameron who went to a throat specialist to be told there was nothing wrong and he died nine months later of esophageal cancer. 14 year old Brooke Di Bernardo had weird symptoms for four years with doctors and specialists telling her there was nothing wrong because their tests came up normal. Another doctor told the parents that she was doing it for attention. They diagnosed her with pulmonary hypertension the day after she died. The family looked up the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension and they matched her symptoms exactly. How was this missed by so many doctors and specialists? I was outraged by these stories and I started to live by a very famous quote:

“The important thing is to never stop questioning” -Albert Einstein

And I never did. I questioned the doctors because I was finding things that made me better and I would present my findings to them only to be questioned and they never seemed to be interested in nutrition despite me eating things that made me feel better or had an impact on my symptoms. I even gave them a diet diary but they only seemed to be interested in disease and not prevention.

I began to realize that simple obvious signs that I had ignored were actually symptoms and connected to my current health problems even though I had them for years. Symptoms like chapped lips, muscle twitching and blaming extreme tiredness on a lack of sleep.

Don’t get me wrong. Google should never replace a trained professional medical doctor and I’ve been wrong several times using it. But at the same time, when used to verify or validate what the doctors were telling me or to question what they were telling me, is when I found success.

Because of my success with my other health problems, I thought I would use Google again to try and figure out the cause of my allergies and I did. I came across a quote from the internet that quoted a doctor that said “99 percent of people who have allergies are allergic to microwaved food”. I questioned how people could be allergic to food that was microwaved so I looked further. I then found a study that talked about a chemical that was said to cause Allergic Rhinitis:

http://www.webmd.com/content/article/95/103140.htm

Plastic containers that contained the additive called: Benzyl Butyl Phthalate can cause Allergic Rhinitis. I started to wonder if this chemical was used for microwaveable containers so I stopped eating microwaved food.

I was just finishing my tenth accupuncture treatment and although it made a difference in the blockage in my nose, I still had my allergies. I was also trying different chinese herbs but they too didn’t seem to make a big difference either.

Then I stopped eating food in plastic microwaveable containers. Every day following my ban I could feel the inflamation in my nose slowing disappearing. Then I found another study that suggested that same chemical was found in our toothbrushes so I switched to one from the health food store.

Here’s the site: http://www.mst.dk/chemi/01083703.htm

I also cames across another study that suggested there was a link between Allergic Rhinitis and infants exposed to cigarette smoke:

http://www.brightsurf.com/news/headlines/view.article.php?ArticleID=24477

My father smoked until I was 10 years old and the above link was only a study on infants. My Allergic Rhinitis didn’t develop until I was 19 so is there a connection? Who knows…but it’s something I’m very suspicious of. I am the oldest child and my younger brother doesn’t have allergies just like the article suggested.

Very recently I’ve had really bad allergies for two days then they disappear. This has happened twice lately and I questioned it because it didn’t make any sense and it seemed to be related to take out food. Is it possible I ate microwaved food without knowing it? I ate a different resaurant each time so it’s possible that I may have an undiagnosed food allergy that I always thought was my regular allergies. I had roasted greek potatoes both times and I suspect it had something to do with the sauce.

Self discovery is a wonderful thing and I am thrilled that a site like RemedyFind is around to share my experiences to help other people.

My recent health problems? A combination of severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Did I learn this from a any doctor or specialist? Nope. I learned from self education. I’ve been to so many different types of doctors. Numerous Walk-in Clinic Doctors, my regular Doctor, a Naturopath, a Gastroenterologist, an Acupuncturist, a Chiropractor, an Osteopath, an Iridoligist and finally a Neurologist.

Each one of them provided me clues that I strung together for a self diagnosis. Some of them sent me in wrong directions and I came to the conlusion that they were guessing as much as I was. The fact that I had Google for my searches seemed to give me an advantage because I found that they never seemed to do any research of their own. I’d get the normal lines “We’re not sure why that happens…” or “I believe in the art of medicine…if it makes you feel good, keep doing it.”

I’ve never been a person to eat any type of raw fruits and I rarely had any vegetables with my meals. It wasn’t until I did my research about eating healthy and the importance of eating fruits and vegetables that I realized how malnutritioned I was. Did any doctor mention the importance of eating fruits and vegetables? Nope, not one.

For the past six months I’ve been constantly trying different combinations of vitamins, minerals and enzymes to find out what worked best. I noticed the biggest difference when I started taking vitamin A and vitamin E probably because they are fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin A helped the blockage in my nose and vitamin E made a huge difference to my skin and I was shocked at the improvement.

I have a severe Riboflavin deficiency that seems to be caused by a chronic level of Magnesium. Based on my diet over the past fifteen years it’s not hard to see why. But the main things that worked for my current symptoms?

A prescription from a medical doctor for a B2 Riboflavin injection when I convinced him that it matched my symptoms (And this was over a year after my symptoms first started). Then I discovered that I couldn’t get it from any pharmacy anywhere in Canada so I ordered it from Europe. An Omega Three supplement that was recommended by a friend for no reason other than good health, and Magnesium for a deficiency that a two doctors told me I didn’t have.

I’ve read the book by Carolyn Dean called “The Miracle of Magnesium” and it turns out I have nineteen symptoms of a magnesium deficiency.

“No one knows your health better than you.”

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Entry for September 03, 2006

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A while back I had mentioned to my mother about having a B12 deficiency because she is a vegetarian. Her symptom is that she has sometimes has a nerve tingling on the top of her head. It’s the same kind of tingling that I have so I suspect that it’s related to the myelin sheath. She doesn’t seem to think it a vitamin deficiency so I did a bit of research and I came across this:

MYELIN SHEATH of NERVES

B12 is an essential part of maintaining the fatty acid balance in the myelin sheath, which is the living insulation cable around our nerves.  Cholesterol is an essential part of the myelin sheath which is 80% phospholipids and 20% proteins.  Essential fatty acids EPA and DHA which are found in fish oils concentrate in myelin.  B6 is needed for its development and growth.  Taurine stabilises electrical activity.  Carnitine inhibits degeneration of the sheath and thickens the fibres improving nerve conduction, particularly if diabetes is present.
 
CARNITINE RETENTION in BODY

Low B12 levels also contribute to carnitine loss through the kidneys.  So again where carnitine retention is essential for polio survivors, ensuring good levels of B12 are very important.
 
DETERMINING B12 LEVELS

The simple test is to look at the moons on your fingernails.  Good B12 levels will give you white moon that come a third of the way up the thumb-nails.  We should have moons on all fingers, thumbs are the last to go.  If in doubt, ask your doctor to do a blood test for B12.  While he is at it ask for folic acid & thyroid function test (include T3, T4 as well as TSH) because low thyroid levels will increase your cholesterol levels as well as contributing to fatigue. When thyroid levels are low we feel the cold.

My parents came down today for a visit so I asked my mother if I could look at her fingernails. She had very little or no white moons in her fingernails so I asked if I could take a picture.

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Entry for September 03, 2006

Previous Night Vibration Status: NONE
Morning Vibration Status: Slight vibration

It’s really hard to keep to a vitamin schedule on weekends and yesterday I tried to cut down on the magnesium. There’s a fine fine between how much I think I need and the dosage that will cause diarrhea. I wish my doctor had agreed to a magnesium injection. I’m really having a hard time trying to keep up with the demand.

I didn’t take my magensium this morning until late and I noticed my hands and feet were cold. After taking my regular dosage of 300 mg, it disappeared within 15 minutes.

Today I’ll only take the omega three, magnesium, B complex, vitamin C and the enzymes. I’ll switch back to the B complex from the naturopath to see if that has any difference.

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Entry for September 03, 2006

Vitamin E link to early asthma
Posted: Sat 02/09/2006

Children are more likely to develop asthma and wheezing by the age of five if their mothers consumed low levels of vitamin E during pregnancy, the results of a new study indicate.

A team of researchers at the University of Aberdeen followed the progress of 1,253 mothers and children over a five-year period.

They found that children whose mothers had consumed the lowest levels of vitamin E during pregnancy were over five times more likely to have early persistent asthma, compared to children whose mothers had consumed the highest levels of the vitamin. Good sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils, such as sunflower oil, margarine, wheat germ, nuts and sunflower seeds.

According to Dr Graham Devereux of the university, the findings suggest that vitamin E has important effects on lung function and airway inflammation. However the team noted that as the airways are fully developed 16 weeks after conception, vitamin E exposure in early pregnancy may be more likely to influence airway function than exposure later in pregnancy.

In an earlier study of the same children, the researchers found that when they were two years old, they were more likely to wheeze if their mother’s vitamin E intake during pregnancy had been relatively low.

“The results of the present study suggest that dietary modification or supplementation during pregnancy to reduce the likelihood of childhood asthma warrants further investigation”, Dr Devereux said.

The team added that vitamin E supplementation in adults with established asthma has been shown to be of no clinical benefit.

Details of these findings are published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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