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Mystery of the Internal Vibration

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


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