Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 28, 2007

No vibration last night and none this morning. Okay…now we are getting somewhere. But why?

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Entry for February 27, 2007

Discovered that Adrenal exhaustion depletes manganese, zinc, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, vitamin E, vitamin A. A few more vitamins and mineral deficiencies with a link to the adrenals.

Metabolic Aspects Of Candida Albicans Infection

 

A number of metabolic factors influence the body’s ability to directly or indirectly control Candida Albicans overgrowth. While certain of these factors overlap, a separate presentation will lend more clarity to the multiplicity of factors involved.

• Bio-unavailability of copper. Copper has a fungicidal value in the body’s tissues. Copper compounds are used commercially as sprays on vegetables, as algicides in swimming pools, etc.

• Zinc deficiency. Zinc is an essential mineral nutrient related to copper metabolism and is necessary for the synthesis of all body proteins.

• Inadequate biochemical energy production. Biochemical energy is required for all body functions, including immune system function, and all other body systems.

• Excessive alkalinity of the digestive tract. An alkaline environment of the intestinal tract favors yeast growth.

• Excessive systemic alkalinity of body tissues. May permit candida to thrive in other body tissues.

• Impaired short-chain fatty Acid metabolism. Short-chain fatty acids have fungicidal properties. Caprylic and butyric acid are frequently used as anti-candida agents. A healthy body synthesizes appropriate protective fatty acid compounds

• Immune System Incompetence. Yeast infections are far more common in immune-suppressed patients.

• Impaired Carbohydrate Metabolism. Impaired carbohydrate metabolism (hypoglycemia, dysinsulinism and diabetes) is intimately associated with candidiasis overgrowth.

• Stress. Psychological stress impairs immune system function.

• Other Nutrient Imbalances. Tissue mineral testing can identify other metabolic imbalances. Through tissue mineral testing, these metabolic factors can be monitored and corrected, resulting in an individualized and more effective approach to candidiasis.

Following are details of each of the factors that contribute to Candida overgrowth:

Copper Bio-Unavailability A Major Cause of Candida Infection

The most commonly observed mineral imbalance we find in many patients with Candida infection is termed bio-unavailable copper. Bio-unavailable copper is indicated on a tissue mineral test by a copper level above 3.0 mg/% or below 1.0 mgs/%. Other mineral indicators of a candida overgrowth are an elevated calcium level, elevated calcium/magnesium ratio, (greater than 10/1) or a low sodium/potassium ratio (less than 2.3/1).

Bio-unavailability means there is an excess of copper stored in various tissues and organs. While in excess, it is not able to be accessed. When copper is bio-unavailable, it cannot serve its normal function as a fungicide. Copper is involved in enzymes in cellular oxidative (aerobic) metabolism, and this appears to be the reason for its anti-fungal action.

The causes of copper bio-unavailability are several, however the principal one is adrenal gland insufficiency, exhaustion or burnout. Inadequate secretion of adrenal glucocorticoid hormones prevents adequate synthesis of the major copper-binding protein, ceruloplasmin.

Adrenal exhaustion results from stress, which results in a depletion of various nutrients such as manganese, zinc, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, vitamin E, vitamin A, etc., which are vital for optimal adrenal gland activity.

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Entry for February 27, 2007

So after reading a bit about apple cider vinegar, I take a trip to the local health food store and pick some up. Some of the testimonials on the web site were amazing to read. I’d really like to know if this will work for me. God knows I’ve tried everything else.

Readers have found success in curing yeast infections by either drinking 2 TBLSP of Apple Cider Vinegar in water, 3x day or by bathing in it. However, please note: certain acv brands can stop a yeast infection, yet some brands are so acidic that they can actually cause a yeast infection. Thus start with a lower dose to see how your body responds to the vinegar.

So I take some just after lunch and I’ll try taking a bath in it tonight. While I’m in the store, I decide to try a Vitamin K supplement. The main source of Vitamin K is green leafy vegetables and not eating them has probably contributed to this mess in the first place.

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Entry for February 27, 2007

As I was sitting at my desk today, I was googling away candida and I somehow came across a web site that mentioned using apple cider vinegar for yeast infections and actually bathing in it. Let’s see what I can find out:

Apple Cider Vinegar

I am sure we have all heard the old saying , “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This could well have a lot of merit. Apples are among the most health-giving fruits available to us. They contain a host of beneficial vitamins and minerals, such as phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and many trace elements as well. And, they are the central ingredient in apple cider vinegar.

Cider vinegar is a powerful detoxifying and purifying agent. It breaks down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. By breaking down these substances it improves the health and function of the vital organs of the body, such as the kidneys, bladder and liver, by preventing excessively alkaline urine. It also oxidizes and thins the blood, which is important in preventing high blood pressure. This powerful potion also promotes digestion, assimilation and elimination, all the while neutralizing any toxic substances that enter the body. Cider vinegar has been found to neutralize any harmful bacteria that may be found in certain foods. When a mixture of cider vinegar and water is taken before a meal (particularly food served in restaurants or at picnics where the preparation or duration of food left uncovered and not refrigerated is questionable), it seems to prevent diarrhea or digestive upsets.

Apple cider vinegar contains a potent supply of potassium which researchers feel is helpful in easing the effects of common colds and allergies, including mucous formation, watery eyes, sinus and catarrhal problems. Cider vinegar can also be beneficial for symptoms such as tooth decay and splitting of the fingernails, which are symptoms of potassium deficiency. Potassium is essential for the replacement of worn-out tissues within the body. This mineral is also important to soft tissue repair, as calcium is to the bones and teeth. A deficiency of potassium within the body can produce callous formations on the souls of the feet, insufficient replacement of worn tissue, and hair loss.

Tests have proven that soil deficient in potassium will produce anemic and undersized plants, but when potassium is introduced into the soil, the plant becomes healthier and increases in size. When potassium, in the form of cider vinegar is fed to livestock their appearance improves and their stamina increases. This can also prove true on a human level for those who have potassium deficiency. A few teaspoons of cider vinegar taken with water each day has been known to produce amazing results. Cider vinegar can be taken alone or used in cooking. It can be used as a salad dressing, for pickling, in making mayonnaise or sprinkled on potato chips or French fries. It can used as a hot or cold beverage sweetened with honey. The best method of using apple cider vinegar is in its natural liquid form.

When the body is lacking certain minerals or salts, ill health can be the result. Toxic build-ups with the body can cause boils, blisters, acne, etc. Cider vinegar detoxifies and helps with the cleansing and clotting processes of the blood, by helping along the blood oxidation process.

Cider vinegar is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, as a beverage or with compresses soaked in hot vinegar applied directly to the joints. It is also thought to be helpful when used to treat asthma, nose bleeds, osteoporosis, cancer, candida, high cholesterol, colds, constipation, muscle cramps, colitis, diabetes, diarrhea, depression, dizziness, ear discharge, eczema, fatigue, gallstones, kidney stones, hay fever, headaches, heartburn, hiccups, indigestion, insomnia, kidney and bladder problems, metabolism, nasal congestion, sore throats, stiff joints, ulcers and weight loss.

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Entry for February 27, 2007

First day off the diet and I grab a bag of apples and three bananas for my morning routine. It’s great to be back! I know I have candida and I know how to deal with it but it’s the magnesium loss that I’m really struggling with.

It’s almost been three weeks and my follow up with the nutritionist is Thursday night. I haven’t received one phone call or any emails from her. No follow up advice whatsoever. I wonder what happened? Did she meet with her discussion group? Who knows?

Now that I’ve given up the diet, it’s time to rethink the vitamins. I’m going to cut back to only the main ones. Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Selenium, Pantothenic Acid, the enzymes and the multivitamin. I’m going to stop taking the niacin just to see what happens. I’ve taken it everyday since I discovered the deficiency.

Still vibrating….

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Entry for February 26, 2007

I can’t seem to get the same kind of success I was having earlier on the candida diet and I’m getting so tired of celery and cucumbers every day.

That’s it. The diet is over. I’ll take a break for a bit and try it again. I don’t miss eating the sugar. What I really miss is the apples, bananas and oatmeal that I started doing daily when I started eating healthy.

Starting tomorrow, the candida diet is DEAD.

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Entry for February 25, 2007

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From the British Newspaper called the “Daily Mail”

“Every doctor he has seen has told him categorically there is nothing wrong and that his symptoms are all in his mind. ”

Allergic to electricity

As the chief executive of a high-tech food company with a turnover of £500m and 5,000 staff, you would expect Brian Stein to have all the latest electronic gizmos.

But he doesn’t even watch television or listen to a stereo system, much less use a mobile phone or computer.

He cannot travel by electric train, take a long-haul flight or drive a modern car, and long ago traded in his £50,000 BMW7 series for a Nissan that is now 12 years old and has 235,000 miles on the clock.

For the past seven years, says Brian, he has been electrosensitive, which means he reacts to the electromagnetic radiation – sometimes known as electrosmog – given off by electricity systems and appliances.

Five minutes near a mobile phone mast is enough to cause sharp pains in his head. Longer exposure produces aching muscles, heart palpitations and stomach cramps. On occasion, he says, it has caused him to bleed internally.

But every doctor he has seen has told him categorically there is nothing wrong and that his symptoms are all in his mind.

Officially in the UK, electrosensitivity does not exist. Sufferers of the condition, meanwhile, claim that as many as five per cent of the UK population could be affected.

Electrosensitivity is becoming an issue in schools, with many parents concerned that their children are exposed to more electronic gadgets than previous generations – and that we don\’t know enough about the effects of the radiation emanating from them.

While there is no scientific evidence to suggest radiation from wireless technology poses any immediate health risks, there has been little research into its long-term effects, something sufferers are clamouring for.

People who claim to be electrosensitive say they suffer disturbing symptoms such as stomach pains and palpitations whenever they are in close proximity to a mobile phone mast or a wi-finetwork \’hotspot\’. Yet most doctors say their symptoms are psychosomatic. So is this very modern-sounding malaise the ME of the Noughties?

Brian, 57, believes his symptoms began as a result of using mobile phones. “I had used one since they came on the market about 20 years ago,” recalls Brian, who runs Samworth Brothers, a Leicestershire company that supplies chilled foods to supermarket chains.

“Then seven years ago I started to experience a tingling sensation in my face and right ear, a bit like earache. It happened only while I was using the mobile phone. At first, I could use it for 20 minutes without a problem, then only for 15 minutes.

“Then one day, about a year later, as I put the phone to my head, it felt as if my eardrum had burst – there was a sharp, stabbing pain. I swore I would never use a mobile again and never have.’

Unfortunately for Brian, that was not the end of his problems. Soon after, he began to experience head pains when he sat in front of his computer or drove his car. Convinced he had a brain tumour, he visited his GP, who told him that his symptoms were not consistent with a tumour.

But his fears were not allayed and he asked to be referred to a neurologist who – at Brian’s insistence – arranged an MRI scan, which was clear.

Over the next few weeks the symptoms spread to include a sore throat, frequent chest pains and palpitations. “I wondered what the hell was happening to me,” he says.

“It was my wife who went on the internet, just over a year after I first started having problems, and found out about electrosensitivity. As I read through the list of symptoms, I ticked all the boxes. It was like a jigsaw fitting together.”

Brian began conducting a series of ‘experiments’. Driving the car made him feel unwell, but getting out of it made the symptoms subside.

From the internet he learned that old vehicles with fewer electrics are less likely to cause problems for people with electrosensitivity than more sophisticated models, so he began driving his wife’s old Nissan, which he still uses.

He also found that being near the washing machine caused a pain in his chest and watching television resulted in headaches.

Some rooms in his home caused him no problems, but in others his symptoms would flare up.

By this time Brian had made contact with Alasdair Phillips, scientific director of Powerwatch, an organisation that researches electromagnetic fields. Alasdair’s company, EMFields, sells electrosmog detectors – devices that convert electromagnetic radiation into noise.

Using one of these, Brian discovered that some rooms in his home had higher levels of radiation than others. He concluded the radiation was coming from a mobile phone mast about half a mile away, as the rooms affected were those positioned closest to it.

Delighted to have identified the cause of his illness, Brian again visited his doctor — and was shocked at his response.

“He told me that electrosensitivity did not exist and said now that the brain scan had given me the all-clear, he thought my symptoms were psychosomatic. I knew they weren\’t but it is intimidating when a doctor says that.”

Things were getting worse. Within two years of first experiencing head pains, Brian found that merely sleeping in a room with an electricity supply for more than a few nights caused him to develop pains all over his body and ringing in his ears.

At first he switched off the house electricity supply every night, but as this caused the fridge-freezer to defrost, he had a special extension built, using a silver-plated insulating material that screens out virtually all radiation. This is where he now sleeps.

Although neither his wife nor his three grown-up children suffer from the problem, they try to be sympathetic.

“The children get exasperated that they cannot watch the television when they come to visit,” he says, “but they are very understanding. It does make our home life challenging.

“One of the biggest problems is staying in hotels when I am in London on business. If the room has wireless internet access, I wake up at 1am trembling, with ringing in my ears.”

All electrical appliances have been removed from his office and his secretary handles his e-mails. “Instead of doing presentations from a laptop, we use slides and overhead projectors.

“If somebody needs to get hold of me, they leave a voicemail message which I collect from a land line. I have never lost a contract through being out of touch.

“Because I am the chief executive, I can modify my environment. However, as a trustee of the EM Radiation Research Trust, which lobbies for more research on electromagnetic radiation, I have met many people who are severely electrosensitive like me. Everyone apart from me has had to give up work.”

Nobody knows how many people in the UK suffer from electrosensitivity because the symptoms vary from person to person and the condition is not recognised by most doctors.

A review carried out by the Government’s Health Protection Agency in 2005 estimated that somewhere between a few people per thousand and a few per million are affected by symptoms they believe to have been caused by electromagnetic radiation.

But others put the figure much higher. Professor Olle Johansson, from the Karolinska Institute’s department of neuroscience in Sweden, where electrosensitivity is recognised as a disability, estimates the prevalence of the condition in his country at three per cent.

In the capital, Stockholm, sufferers can have their homes adapted to screen out sources of electromagnetic radiation. They can even rent council-owned cottages in areas of low radiation.

And according to a report published by the Swiss Government in 2005, “electric
ity supply systems, appliances and transmitters for various wireless applications generate electrosmog that can be harmful to our health”.

In contrast, the British Health protection Agency report investigated various symptoms attributed to electrosensitivity, including fatigue and headaches, but decided that there was no proven link between them and exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

The World Health Organisation came to the same conclusion: “It has been suggested that symptoms experienced by some individuals might arise from environmental factors unrelated to electromagnetic fields.

“Examples may include “flicker” from fluorescent lights, glare from VDUs and poor ergonomic design of computer workstations.

“Other factors that may play a role include poor indoor air quality or stress in the workplace.

“There are also indications that these symptoms may be due to pre-existing psychiatric conditions as well as stress reactions as a result of worrying about electromagnetic health effects, rather than the exposure itself.”

“With most diseases, sufferers have roughly the same symptoms, but people who have this condition show a variety of responses,” says Professor Lawrie Challis, chairman of the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme, which, though funded by the Government and the mobile phone industry, is independent of both.

“The symptoms are real but we do not know what they are caused by.”

For the past five years, the research organisation has been investigating the short-term effects of mobile phones and masts and is due to publish the summary of this work in May.

“We have looked at a range of possible effects on memory, blood pressure and inner ear function,” says Professor Challis.

“We have taken blood samples and measured hormones. These are high-quality studies and the signs are that they do not show any short-term effects from exposure to mobile phones.

“What we have found is that when extra-sensitive people are placed in conditions where they do not know whether a mobile phone is on or off, they are unable to tell more often than you would expect.”

Brian Stein believes the Government is reluctant to acknowledge the danger posed by mobile phones because the industry generates around £13 billion a year and brings large amounts into the state coffers through taxes and the granting of licences.

Those who, like him, are convinced that electromagnetic radiation is detrimental to health have suggested various theories as to why this should be the case.

Some believe an allergic reaction is at work. Others argue that pulsed radiation from mobiles or laptops using wi-fiinterferes with the body’s internal electro-chemical signalling systems.

The Reflex study, funded by the European Union, reported in 2004 that electromagnetic radiation caused DNA damage to cells in the laboratory, but it said that this did not prove that mobile phones could cause cancer.

Recently, however, more serious concerns about mobile phones have begun to surface.

Some studies, including one published in the International Journal of Cancer last month, suggest that there may be a correlation between using mobile phones for ten years or more and an increased risk of brain tumours, though the authors stress the link could be due to chance or to bias in the research.

“This needs further investigation,” says Professor Challis. “Cancer takes more than ten years to appear: we have seen that with cigarettes, asbestos and the atomic bomb.

“We have no evidence so far of harm coming from mobile phones, but that does not mean that there is no harm. We cannot sit around and do nothing for the next ten years. Short-term experiments do not tell us much about long-term effects. The only sure way of finding out whether there are long-term effects is to study people’s health over a long period.”

Brian disputes that there is no evidence of harm from mobile phones so far. He has received sheaves of letters from other sufferers through his involvement with EM Radiation Research and the electro-sensitivity support group ES-UK, and says there is plenty of research to back up his belief.

“I don’t doubt my sanity, but I am concerned about the sanity of the rest of the world,” he says. “Scientists used to say the earth was flat. I have no doubt that I will eventually be proved right.”

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Entry for February 24, 2007

The front page of the current Markham newspaper has a very sad story about a seven year old child who has been diagnosed with Leukemia.

30 months of chemotherapy and it went into remission but late last year, the blood disorder returned. Doctors at Sick Children’s hospital told the family chemotherapy will help keep blood cancer cells at bay, but the real cure may be in a bone marrow transplant.

The family, including his three older siblings, were tested in January and none were appropriate matches. Understandably, they decided to launch an aggressive public awareness campaign, asking people to take a simple blood test in the hope of finding a suitable donor.

Knowing the link between Leukemia and the hydro transmission towers, I decide to look up the family name in the Markham area. It’s a unique family name and shouldn’t be too hard to find as the article included the name of his public school. It’s in the area of Markham Road and 14th avenue. I know right away that the area has hydro transmission towers in that exact area.

I find only one match for the family name in Markham and using the postal code, I look it up using Google Earth. The program zooms in to the same area of Markham Road and 14th avenue. Using the measurement tool, it’s only 529 metres from the hydro lines. And the school that he goes to? It’s even worse: 286 metres.

I happen to mention this story to a few close friends. After I finish telling them, one of them tells me that he lost his cousin at the age of 21 to Leukemia so I ask him where he lived. In the Islington and Rexdale Blvd area and he gives me the street name. I’m not familiar with the general location so I type the street into Google Earth and it zooms in. I can tell by the distinct green patches that it’s in the area of the hydro transmission lines. I take the measurement tool and he lived 748 metres away.

So does long term exposure to hydro transmission lines cause Leukemia? You decide.

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Entry for February 24, 2007

and another link to prostaglandin? Bed wetting…

Hormone Imbalance Could Spur Some Bed-Wetting

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter
Friday, December 1, 2006; 12:00 AM

FRIDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) — An imbalance in a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin could explain tough-to-treat bed-wetting in some children, Danish researchers report.

Most children have their bed-wetting controlled by a medication called desmopressin, which reduces the amount of urine they produce at night. But about 30 percent of kids don’t respond to the drug.

“Our understanding of bed-wetting is continuously improving, and we are getting better in helping children that suffer from the condition.” said lead researcher Dr. Konstantinos Kamperis, from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. “How the body treats salt may play an important role in the etiology of the condition.”

His team found that children with the type of bed-wetting that does not respond to desmopressin have more salt and urea in their nighttime urine, possibly caused by an imbalance of prostaglandin.

The report is published in the December issue of theAmerican Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology.

Bed-wetting is a common and bothersome problem. In fact, 5 million to 7 million children in the United States ages six and over wet their beds at night, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

In the study, researchers studied 46 seven-to-14-year-old children suffering from bed-wetting, all of who were treated as outpatients at Aarhus University Hospital. The youngsters had not responded to desmopressin. This group was compared to 15 children of similar age who had no bed-wetting problem.

The children spent two nights at the hospital. The first night was to acclimatize them to the hospital environment. During the second night, the researchers collected blood and urine from the children without waking them.

“We found that bed-wetters excrete larger amounts of salt at night, probably the reason for their bed-wetting,” Kamperis said. “Apart from that, these children excrete larger amounts of prostaglandins, and this could explain both the large excretion of salt at night as well as the inability of desmopressin to treat this condition,” he explained.

Compared with children who responded to desmopressin, the children who did not respond excreted twice as much urine during the night. In addition, the urine of children who wet their beds during the experiment contained more sodium, urea and prostaglandin than the other children, the researchers found.

“These findings point towards new treatment possibilities for bed-wetting with agents that reduce the amount of salt excreted in urine,” Kamperis said. “Such studies are being conducted at the moment. Furthermore, we would be interested in researching the exact etiology of this excess nocturnal salt excretion. That could help our understanding of bed-wetting,” he added.

One expert thinks that, while it is possible that prostaglandin might be involved in bed-wetting, the data from this study can’t be used to change clinical practice right now.

“This study has some biological plausibility, because some studies suggest that prostaglandin inhibitors are useful in the treatment of bed-wetting,” explained Dr. Joseph G. Barone, an associate professor of pediatrics and urology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J. “Prostaglandin inhibitors include Motrin and Advil, but, in my experience, these medications have not been effective against bed-wetting,” he added.

Although bed-wetting is very common, there are few basic science studies on this condition, Barone said. “This study adds useful information to the medical literature, and it may lead to further studies. However, clinical recommendations cannot be made based on the results of this study,” he said.

Barone noted that desmopressin is not a cure for the problem. “It works in about 50 percent of cases, in my experience,” he said. “When desmopressin works, it is not a cure, just a Band-Aid. The theory is that desmopressin reduces the amount of urine at night, and the child does not, therefore, wet the bed.”

Bed-wetting continues to be a multifaceted condition that is commonly associated with developmental immaturity, Barone said. “The most compelling evidence that bed-wetting is developmental in nature is the child’s natural tendency to outgrow the problem in 99 percent of cases,” he said.

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Entry for February 24, 2007

A high sugar diet can cause a prostaglandin imbalance? So how is prostaglandin produced within the body? Zinc! Dr. Google…

Zinc is important in over ninety enzymatic pathways. Zinc facilitates alcohol detoxification within the liver. It plays a role in producing and digesting proteins. Zinc is also important in maintaining normal blood levels of vitamin A, boosting the immune system, healing wounds, converting calories to energy, reducing low birth rates and infant mortality, controlling blood cholesterol levels, and in producing the prostaglandin hormones that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, inflammation, and other processes.

A deficiency of zinc can lead to poor taste, anorexia nervosa, anemia, slow growth, birth defects, impaired nerve function, sterility, glucose intolerance, mental disorders, dermatitis, hair loss, and atherosclerosis. Zinc deficiency can also cause depression, since it’s necessary for the production of the happy hormone, Dopamine.

Several nutrients are involved in prostaglandin synthesis. These include certain essential fatty acids from certain vegetable oils, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-3, Zinc, and Vitamin C. Deficiency of any of those may result in prostaglandin deficiency.

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Entry for February 24, 2007

Brain Chemicals and Modern Life

It all comes down to our chemistry. Fidgeting, concentration, sleep, energy levels, mood swings, even the ability to sweat are controlled by the chemicals lurking about our bodies. Serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, melatonin, insulin, and prostaglandins are some of the more important ones…and these in turn are influenced strongly by stress, diet, exercise, sunlight, sleep and other life style factors. Of course the life style of today is radically different than it was 20,000 years ago. Consider how these factors from modern life commonly influence us:

  • Being indoors (lack of sunlight): Reduced melatonin
  • Stress: Reduced serotonin
  • Modern food processing: Fatty acid imbalances and chemical sensitivities
  • High sugar/carbohydrate and low-fat diet: More insulin; prostaglandin imbalance
  • Lack of exercise: Decreased serotonin and dopamine
  • Lack of sleep: Reduced serotonin
  • Poor nutrition: Reduced serotonin
  • Boring classes/job, lack of activity: Reduced dopamine & norepinephrine.
  • Deionized air: Reduced serotonin

Reduced serotonin levels from stress, lack of sleep & exercise, poor nutrition, and lack of sunlight are connected with ADD, irritability, depression, aggression, anxiety, lack of concentration, chronic pain, restlessness or fatigue, nausea, obsessive-compulsive disorder, weight gain or loss, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, heat intolerance and other syndromes. Fluctuating serotonin levels are connected with bipolar disorder (manic depression) and hypomania. You don’t have to feel depressed or anxious; symptoms may be purely physical.

Reduced dopamine/norepinephrine caused by boring surroundings and lack of exercise may manifest as ADD, impulsivity, lack of concentration, restlessness, and depression or loss of pleasure. Dopamine is the “feel good” chemical which illegal drugs mimic (such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana) as well as cigarettes, coffee and alcohol. Ritalin and other ADD drugs are thought to increase dopamine activity.

Modern food processing has completely altered the types of fatty acids we consume. Since our brain is composed largely of fatty acids, we are missing the “bricks” needed for normal brain development and repair. In addition, we are eating lots of man-made chemicals. Food colors, for example, are mostly made from petroleum.

Reduced melatonin from lack of sunlight may disturb the sleep cycle and cause seasonal depression (called SAD).

Lots of sugars and carbohydrates lead to increased insulin levels. High insulin tells the body to store what you just ate as fat, thereby dropping your blood sugar concentration. Your brain can burn only sugar, so it is deprived of food. Poor concentration and depression can result. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can lead to diabetes. Also, the low blood sugar make you hungry, which causes you to eat more sugar or carbohydrates, and the cycle is repeated. Finally, insulin levels affect serotonin levels and many systems throughout the body.

Poor nutrition can result in lower levels of chemicals like serotonin. Vitamins B6, C and E (the stress vitamins) are especially important.

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Entry for February 23, 2007

On my way home from work tonight, I was sitting on the GO train listening to my music and looking out the window when out of nowhere, I got this weird muscle pain in my lower back on the right hand side. It happened twice and I shifted in my seat because I thought it may be from the way I was sitting in the seat.

It didn’t happen again for the rest of the night but I mentioned it to my wife. She said usually a pain like that is related to the kidneys. Oh great…just what I need…back to googling…

From WebMD:

Symptoms of a kidney infection

Most people who have a kidney infection will have two or more of the following symptoms. Each symptom can range from mild to severe. Pain in the back just below the rib cage on one side of the body (flank pain). Flank pain occurs when a kidney is inflamed.

  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Burning pain with urination
  • A frequent urge to urinate without being able to pass much urine (frequency)
  • Cloudy urine
  • Abdominal pain

The kidneys filter waste products from your blood and produce urine. Normally, urine is sterile, which means it does not contain bacteria. However, bacteria that are normally present in the digestive tract may cause infection if they enter the urinary tract and travel to the kidneys. When a kidney infection occurs, usually only one kidney is infected.

Okay…some interesting things here. The flank pain definitely describes my pain in the lower back. Another symptom is the cloudy urine which interestingly, I have noticed lately and I thought it was caused by the vitamins. I’m not 100% sure but I think I first noticed it a few weeks ago. I also find it interesting that a kidney infection can be caused by normal bacteria in the digestive tract. I’ve been eating a large tub of yogurt almost everyday and taking acidophilus here and there.

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Entry for February 23, 2007

Zinc

© Elson M. Haas M.D.
(Excerpted from Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine Published by Celestial Arts)

In evaluating body zinc status, plasma or serum zinc levels may not reflect body stores; however, if they are low, zinc is likely deficient. Low hair levels appear to reflect zinc deficiency, which then should be substantiated through a blood test. High hair zinc levels may also be seen with zinc deficiency, though this is not as correlative as low hair levels. In general, the red blood cell (or white blood cell) measurement of zinc may be most indicative of the body’s true status of zinc nutriture.

Whole grains such as whole wheat, rye, and oats are rich in zinc and are good sources for vegetarians. Even though the mineral from these foods is utilized less well because the fiber and phytates in the grain covering bind some zinc in the gastrointestinal tract, much of the zinc in these foods is still available to the body. Nuts are fairly good sources, with pecans and Brazil nuts the highest. Pumpkin seeds contain zinc and are thought to be helpful to the prostate gland. Ginger root is a good zinc source, as are mustard, chili powder, and black pepper. In general, fruits and vegetables are not good zinc sources, although peas, carrots, beets, and cabbage contain some zinc.

Deficiency and toxicity: Zinc is fairly nontoxic, especially in amounts of less than 100-150 mg. of elemental zinc daily, though this much zinc is probably not really needed and may interfere with the assimilation of other minerals. Zinc salts such as gluconate or sulfate are commonly available in 220 mg. tablets or capsules, each providing 55 mg. of elemental zinc. Taking one of these two or three times daily may cause some gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, or diarrhea but is more likely to have positive effects. Excessive supplementation may cause some immune suppression, premature heartbeats, dizziness, drowsiness, increased sweating, muscular incoordination, alcohol intolerance, hallucinations, and anemia, some of which is due to copper deficiency. More than 2 grams of zinc taken in one dose will usually produce vomiting. If not, it will likely lead to other symptoms until the body clears the excess zinc. Luckily, only a certain amount of it will be absorbed.

Zinc may interfere with copper absorption, so taking regular zinc supplements without copper can cause copper deficiency. This will interfere with iron metabolism and possibly cause anemia, as copper and iron are important in red blood cell formation. We usually need supplemental copper and vitamin A to balance the effect of extra zinc. Some formulas, for example, Nutrilite’s product, A plus Zinc, contain vitamin A and zinc together, which improves the effect of both; additional copper, about 2 mg., might also be supplemented daily, though at another time than the zinc.

The subject of our diet and zinc deficiency is an important one. The all-too-typical advanced technology, antinature diet that is high in refined grains, fat, sugar, convenience foods, and fried meats, is often low in zinc and many other important trace minerals and B vitamins.

Requirements: The RDA for zinc in adults is 15 mg., with additional amounts needed during pregnancy and lactation. Yet the average diet contains only about 10 mg. of zinc. And when zinc needs are considered, we likely need even more than 15 mg. per day to be sure we are meeting our requirements. Adequate amounts can be met by a good diet, especially with good protein and calorie intake. Vegetarians can eat more whole grains; even with some of the zinc binding to grain phytate, we still get a fair share into our body from these zinc-rich foods. Since absorption is about 30-40 percent, our total zinc body tissue needs are about 4-6 mg. per day.

We probably need 15-30 mg. of available (elemental) zinc daily for maintenance and probably about 30-60 mg. for treatment, though more is sometimes used. Fifteen mg. of zinc is often included in general supplement formulas. Separately, zinc gluconate and sulfate in reasonable amounts are used commonly without any side effects, though zinc gluconate is usually a little better tolerated than zinc sulfate. The amino-acid-chelated zinc is probably the best tolerated and absorbed though it is more expensive. Zinc sulfate tablets or capsules of 220 mg. provide 55 mg. of elemental zinc. A supplement labeled “zinc 25 mg. as gluconate” should provide 25 mg. elemental zinc. In medical treatment or research, zinc sulfate 220 mg. may be used two to three times daily, supplying about 100-150 mg. of available zinc for absorption. This dosage is usually tolerated fairly well.

Although 30-60 mg. of elemental zinc per day is the usual therapeutic level, more may be needed to correct zinc deficiency. Taking zinc alone two hours after meals or first thing in the morning will increase absorption by reducing the competition with other nutrients, such as calcium and copper, or food constituents such as the phytates and fibers in grains. With infections, burns, before or after surgery, in pregnancy, or with aging (often accompanied with lower absorption), 50-75 mg. per day is suggested as a therapeutic dose.

When taking higher amounts of zinc, we must make sure we get adequate amounts of copper-at least 2-3 mg. supplemented, and possibly more with higher zinc intakes-so copper deficiency does not occur. The suggested zinc to copper ratio is about 15:1. About 200 mcg. per day of selenium should also be taken, to prevent depletion by supplemental zinc. Zinc may be taken with magnesium, vitamin C, and B complex vitamins, but it is best to take a regular vitamin-mineral combination with 15-30 mg. of zinc in proper proportion to other minerals, so that deficiencies of zinc or imbalances of the other minerals do not occur.

February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for February 23, 2007

I’ve had a new wart on my left hand for a couple of weeks now. I always seem to have them and I generally leave them alone but I lately, I’ve noticed that it has slowly disappeared. I had a stubborn wart that was removed by the acupuncture last year but I always seem to get them. It’s off to google to find out why?

Potassium Deficiency for Warts and Moles: When cysts or tumors grow in places where they can be seen outside the body, often we react by having them cut out. This defeats healing by working on the effect instead of the cause. You can cut cysts out, tumors off, and burn warts off (which are also a potassium deficiency), or get rid of as many moles as you wish, but unless you go to the cause, they will grow back again, and you may end up with as many or more cysts, tumors, moles as before. Different signs of potassium deficiency will keep popping out on the body because the condition that needs correcting is on the inside.

WOW! Isn’t that amazing? I’ve just started taking two capsules of the NuLife potassium last week. But I do some more googling and find another link between warts and zinc.

Warts: When They’ve Had Every Treatment But the Zinc

In patients with recalcitrant warts, low serum zinc levels may point the way to clearance.

Investigators in Iraq designed a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled, prospective trial of oral zinc sulfate in the treatment of recalcitrant warts (common, plantar, and planar). They recruited 80 patients, each of whom had more than 15 resistant warts. For 2 months, 40 patients were treated with oral zinc sulfate (3 doses totaling 10 mg/kg/day, to a maximum of 600 mg/day), and 40 received placebo. If clearance occurred, patients were followed for 2 to 6 months to assess recurrence.

In the zinc group, 23 patients completed treatment, 20 of whom (87%) had clearance of warts within 2 months. Dropouts were described as lost to follow-up. In the placebo group, 20 patients completed treatment, and no response occurred in any patient. All patients had low serum levels of zinc at baseline, but none had symptoms of zinc deficiency. Local itching after 5 days of therapy, increase in size, and tenderness were associated with clearance of the warts. All patients in the zinc group experienced nausea from the treatment. Vomiting and epigastric pain in this group were common but did not interfere with treatment. Warts in the zinc group did not recur during follow-up.

Comment: The treatment of warts can be frustrating for both patients and dermatologists. This report suggests that zinc therapy for warts is very helpful in patients with low serum levels of zinc. It would be useful to know whether recalcitrant warts are a new sign of preexisting or acquired zinc deficiency, and further studies in other countries are warranted. For now, patients who have recalcitrant warts might be willing to tolerate a few weeks of nausea to finally clear their warts. It may be useful to check serum zinc levels before treatment.

So was it the zinc or the potassium? I’ve been taking zinc since the beginning of February and I’ve started back on the potassium since the beginning of January.

Based on my experience with the copper effecting my magnesium, I’m willing to bet that I have low levels of zinc.

February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 22, 2007

We had steak for dinner tonight. Usually we have chicken and I never have any problems but an hour after having the steak, I notice that I have a lot of gas. Not only that, I was sneezing for most of the night and had a runny nose. We cooked it in the oven so I know it’s not the microwave this time causing the symptoms. I’ve always been a big meat eater but this is the first time I’ve ever noticed this reaction.

During my lunch break, I visit the health food store close to my work and pick up Opti-Zinc by NuLife.

February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 21, 2007

Consumption of high-copper foods like chocolate can cause a zinc deficiency? Low riboflavin can cause low zinc levels? Okay, sounds like we have another piece of the puzzle. I’ll add zinc back to the routine.

Zinc Deficiency

Zinc metabolism is closely related to Candida because 1) the zinc/copper balance is critical, and 2) zinc is required for many essential enzyme systems, including production of digestive enzymes and synthesis of all body proteins.

A zinc imbalance is indicated on a tissue mineral chart by a zinc level less than 12.0 mgs/% or greater than 20.0 mgs/%, or a zinc/copper ratio greater than 12.0 mgs/%. A phosphorus level greater than 16 or less than 12 may also indicate a zinc imbalance.

Deficiency of zinc is common for several reasons:

• Use of superphosphate fertilizers and hybrid crops have contributed to widespread zinc deficiency in all foods.

• Processing and refining further depletes foods of their zinc content. For example, zinc loss occurs in the conversion of whole wheat to white flour, in the conversion of sugar cane to white sugar, and in spraying of frozen and canned vegetables with EDTA to retain color.

• Foods, relatively low in zinc, such as chicken and fish are being increasingly substituted for higher-zinc foods such as beef and red meats. Soy protein, commonly substituted for beef, is low in zinc.

• Stress of any type results in zinc depletion.

• Zinc deficiency is accentuated if copper exposure is high, because of a copper-zinc antagonism.

Copper exposure is higher today for several reasons:

– Birth control pills raise tissue copper levels by raising estrogen levels.
– Copper is absorbed from the Copper-7 intrauterine device.
– Water remaining in copper pipes.
– Stress causes copper levels to increase, by causing a zinc deficiency.

High Copper to Zinc foods: Chocolate, avocados, grapes, almonds, peanuts, mushrooms, crab, crayfish, legumes.

Zinc supplementation has been found to improve the body’s resistance to infection by candida albicans. Dissolving a zinc lozenge in the mouth may be more beneficial than swallowing a tablet or capsule.

Other nutrients, especially iron, zinc, folate, vitamin B3 and vitamin B12 are not fully available in the body without adequate supplies of riboflavin.

February 21, 2007 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for February 21, 2007

The Candida organism is extremely resilient and difficult to get rid of. Sometimes the prescription drug “nystatin” has been successfully used. An alternative therapy for the management of Candida infection involves eliminating the yeast overgrowth through diet, fiber, and nutritional supplements, and also rebuilding the intestinal flora. It is recognized that a disturbed flora of the gastrointestinal tract can promote yeast proliferation. By re-inoculating the bowel with proper symbiotic acid producing bacteria, such as L-acidophilus and bifidus, there is a reduction in the compatibility of the intestinal environment for yeast proliferation. Other products that can help eliminate and control Candida overgrowth include grapefruit-seed extract, caprylic acid, garlic, and pau d’arco.

Jeffrey Bland reports that biotin and the fatty acid oleic acid can prevent the conversion of the yeast form of Candida to its fungal farm. He suggests biotin orally (300 mcg taken three times daily) along with two teaspoons of olive oil taken three times daily, as a source of oleic acid. This is done along with a higher than normal fiber diet, using oat bran fiber, to increase the absorptive surface area of the fecal material and to hasten the elimination of metabolic by-products. This may have to be continued for a period of one to six months depending upon the severity of the infection and the length of time that there has been a Candida problem.

Bland’s program then facilitates the healing of the gastrointestinal mucosa, by using higher levels of zinc (30 to 50 mg a day), vitamin A (25,000 to 30,000 units a day), vitamin E (400 to 800 I.U. per day), and calcium pantothenate (200 to 1000 mg per day).

February 21, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 20, 2007

Something weird happened today. After taking my third vitamin dosage with dinner, a few hours later, I start getting a weird mild chest pain and my hands are cold. This has happened so many times before, I know right away that it’s my magnesium level. The interesting thing? I’ve already taken my six capsules for the day. This has never happened before since I figured out the dosage for the Nu-Life brand. So I take two more and the weird feeling disappears and my hands are fine.

Maybe the extra copper is effecting my magnesium absorption? It is too much? It’s the only thing that I’ve changed so I take one 30 mg dose of zinc before going to bed. I lie down and I can feel a slightly stronger vibration than usual.

Zinc is secreted into body fluids as an antiseptic. So colds, sore throats, flu, gastro, ulcers, urinary tract infections, thrush will result in low levels as our bodies use zinc to fight infection. Also zinc lowering are – coffee, tea, alcohol, diuretics, ACE inhibitor blood pressure tablets, the Pill, HRT and anything containing the yellow, green, orange food additive tartrazine.

A simple home test for zinc, according to Dr Robert Atkins MD in his 1998 book “Dr Atkins’ Vita Nutrient Solution”, is to take a swig of liquid zinc sulphate heptahydrate (ask for it at your chemist) and swish it around in your mouth. If you immediately notice a bitter taste, you don’t have a zinc deficiency. If you taste nothing or have a delayed recognition of taste, your body needs more zinc.

Body zinc is depleted by high carbohydrate diets – grains, & vegies. Calcium supplements and high calcium foods reduce zinc absorption by half. Stress (physical, emotional or chemical) as well as pollutions, pesticides and toxic metals leave us short on zinc. We lose zinc from the body in sweat, urine, faeces, menses, pregnancy and breast feeding.

One of the first signs of zinc deficiency can be disrupted sleep patterns. According to Sherrill, D.L. et al in ARCH. INTERN. MED. 1998, “Symptoms of disturbed sleep are common in the general population, with overall prevalence rates of between 35% and 41%.” So what does this tell us about probable zinc deficiency levels in the general population of USA, let alone WA where we know there is gross soil lack of zinc?

Those with low zinc tend to eat more frequently. They may have poor concentration, poor short term memory recall, mental apathy, eczema, dermatitis, hay fever, allergies, asthma, frequent colds, sore throats, ear infections, thrush, warts. They may be fussy eaters, lose sense of taste and smell, have pre-dinner tantrums, temper outbursts, anorexia or bulimia, acne, teenage depression, be hyperactive or moody. – How about kids & grandchildren?

In pregnancy low zinc results in stretch marks and irritability. Post natal depression is more likely. The baby is likely to have reflux or colic, require extra frequent feeds and sleep poorly. There is a tendency to bite fingernails, have white spots on fingernails (indicates periods of stress eg monthly periods) smelly feet, poor healing, creaky joints, leg ulcers, and learning disorders.

That persistent cough after a cold or flu will clear quickly with zinc, as will a cold. People with low zinc may have a persistent runny nose and cough, react strangely to antihistamines, not recover quickly from illness, develop chronic fatigue, diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis, depression, cancer.

So do I have a zinc deficiency? I’ll take two doses of zinc tomorrow and continue with the same about of copper to see if there is any change or differences. I wonder if zinc is effected by sugar?

A new review of the evidence from South Africa confirms that high consumption of added sugars contributes significantly to the incidence of dental caries and obesity. Published in this month’s Bulletin of the World Health Organization, the findings cover both rural and urban populations, and add to the growing body of global evidence on the influence of diet on chronic disease.

The paper examines the effect of added sugars on a population experiencing both under-nutrition and over-nutrition. The information was compiled as part of an effort by the South African Department of Health to advise on sugar consumption in its dietary guidelines. The researchers recommend that added sugars should form no more than 6–10% of total dietary intake. The wording of the guideline, they suggest, should be “Eat and drink food and drinks containing sugar sparingly and not between meals.”

“…in many cases sugar displaces protein consumption and significantly dilutes iron, zinc and thiamine intake.”

I’ll need to do more research…

According to the USDA, people who eat diets high in sugar get less calcium, fiber, folate, zinc, magnesium, iron and vitamins A, C and E and other nutrients than people who do not consume much sugar. The high-sugar crowd also consumes fewer fruits and vegetables.

And what about candida?

Zinc deficiency has been connected with women who have recurrent thrush. Adequate levels of zinc are critical for the optimum functioning of your immune system. People who are deficient in zinc will be susceptible to recurrent infections or infestations of any kind. If you are zinc deficient, your immune system can be compromised and your body will not be able to control yeast overgrowth.

February 21, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 20, 2007

Switched back to eating cucumbers and celery today. I had a few sunflower seeds in the morning but I’ve since decided to get rid of those too just in case. I’m mad at myself for straying from the strict diet but by the end of the day, my thrush is actually quite better. More improvement than I expected and I can feel the improvement in my nose.

Found this article talking about the different vitamins and mineral deficiencies that can effect candida.

CANDIDA

Selenium deficiency and anemia appear to be the biggest factors in promoting candida growth. Years ago when I had hypoT I also had a severe candida infection. I found a book titled “Candida: Silver (Mercury) Fillings and the Immune System” which eventually led me to getting my mercury fillings removed. Following this and supplementation with zinc and selenium, my candida and hypoT both ended.

Experiments with animals show that candida growth can be increased by selenium deprivation and reduced by selenium supplementation. Since mercury depletes selenium, it makes sense that candida is higher when there are mercury fillings in the teeth.

Other studies show that anemia and iron deficiency increase candida growth. There are some studies suggesting that B12 and folic acid deficiencies may be involved in candida, since deficiencies of these lead to anemia. In anemia and iron deficiency friendly bacteria cannot grow well in the body. A lack of these bacteria probably is a key factor which promotes candida growth, since candida is a fungal growth rather than a bacteria growth.

Another study showed that women with recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis are deficient in zinc compared to normals and that only a mild zinc deficiency is necessary for this recurring problem.

Basically it seems that the deficiencies associated with candidiasis correlate very well with the deficiencies associated with hypothyroidism. The key nutrient deficiencies are probably selenium, zinc, iron, B12, and folic acid.

Probably the best indicator of the level of candida growth in the body is the coating on the tongue. The more white coating there is, the more candida there probably is throughout the body. We want to get to the point where our tongues are clear, pink, and not sore.

The following study shows that candida albicans has a higher resistance to elevated concentrations of copper than baker’s yeast. This may mean that in hypothyroidism, when zinc is low and copper is high, candida growth will not be suppressed by copper, which is normally toxic to fungal infections.

February 20, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 19, 2007

So then I do some googling and find the opposite opinion. This article also mentions the link between taking long term vitamin C (which I’ve done) and how it can cause a copper deficiency.

The Hidden Dangers of Mega Vitamin C

Ascorbic Acid Causes Hardening of the Arteries?

It seems hardly likely that taking high doses of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can cause thickening or hardening of the arteries since so many people have taken high doses for a long time. Yet researchers from the University of California reported just that on March 2, 2000. People who took 500 mgs of ascorbic acid had a 2.5 times faster progression of thickening of the carotid artery (hardening of the arteries) than people who took no supplement.

This study was not a clinical study where subjects are divided into those taking ascorbic acid and those taking a placebo. This was an epidemiological study which means patient records were examined and this finding popped up. There might well have been other confounding factors that would explain the artery-thickening finding.

Nonetheless, the researchers were surprised at the finding. And it seemed that the higher the dose of ascorbic acid, the worse the artery damage (the more they took, the faster the buildup). In fact, smokers taking 500 mgs of ascorbic acid had a rate of artery thickening five times greater than nonsmokers not taking the supplement. And while no one is sure what this all means, the researchers did come up with some common sense ideas about fractionated supplementation.

The director of the study astutely observed that “when you extract one component of food and give it at very high levels, you just don’t know what you are doing to the system, and it may be adverse.” Other researchers were quick to add that the research shows the uncertainties of picking out a single vitamin among the plethora of nutrients in a healthy diet. They added that it is a challenge to pick out nutrients that may make people live longer because if we are wrong, we can do harm.

Naturally this flies in the face of all the claims by all the synthetic vitamin manufacturers who state that vitamins can’t hurt you, will never cause harm, are always beneficial, and will cure everything from a cold to cancer. The fact is that isolated, synthetic, or fractionated high-dose “vitamins” are unnatural and can cause harm to certain people. In the case of ascorbic acid, it is feasible that high doses may cause artery damage.

Synthetic Vitamins Also Cause Deficiencies

All store-bought vitamin C is either synthetic or fractionated (isolated from a highly-processed food like corn oil). The real vitamin C complex contains a myriad of nutrients, including organic copper, bioflavonoids, enzymes and coenzymes, trace mineral activators, antioxidants, etc. The ascorbic acid fraction of this complex is only the preservative or anti-oxidant portion which actually serves to preserve the nutrients of this marvelous nutritional complex. By manufacturing high-dose ascorbic acid supplements, we have opted to “extract one component and give it at a very high level, not knowing what we are doing to the system.”

It is a fact that the body cannot assimilate (use) high-dose fractions of nutrients without first putting them into a form that is functional to the human body. In the case of ascorbic acid, the body will scour the system for the missing components of the vitamin C complex in order to utilize the ascorbic acid. That is why almost all of this chemical ends up in the urine — because it cannot be utilized by the body in its fractionated form.

The potential problem with ascorbic acid is that prior to being excreted from the body, it scours the system for its accompanying nutrients. In so doing, ascorbic acid and other synthetic nutrients can create deficiencies of their nutritional partners. Prime examples are high doses of zinc causing a mineral deficiency, high doses of vitamin B1 causing a B vitamin deficiency, and high doses of ascorbic acid causing a copper deficiency.

Copper and Blood Vessels

One of the major functions of organic copper in the body is to keep blood vessels healthy. In fact, copper is always a nutrient used with patients who suffer from blood vessel diseases and deformities like aneurysms. Is it possible that people taking high doses of ascorbic acid induce a copper deficiency of sufficient significance to weaken blood vessel walls, resulting in thickening or hardening of the arteries?

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), which serves as a spokesman for the supplement industry, simply states that the ascorbic acid study in question does not really tell us much of anything since it was only an epidemiological study. They state that “the weight of all published scientific evidence suggests that vitamin C is beneficial not only for the heart but also protects against cataracts and some types of cancer.” What remains unclear is whether the weight of scientific evidence is based on real vitamin C from food or ascorbic acid.

February 19, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

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