Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 22, 2007


Here is a very interesting article that describes how the adrenals are effected by the level of magnesium. So the naturopath knew I had stressed adrenals because she tested for it. But when I mentioned the magnesium loss, it was rejected. This is such a brilliant article. I just wish I could find a doctor who would understand what they are talking about. Forget it. That’s impossible…

When the ratio of sodium and magnesium becomes unbalanced–even slightly, it can have a major impact on the adrenal gland. Just by looking at the ratio between these two minerals lets you know immediately how well this gland is performing.

Thyroid and Adrenals

The thyroid gland and the adrenal glands are the main energy producing glands in the body, supplying the body with more than 98% of its energy. If you did not have these glands, you would not have enough energy to blink an eyelid. The thyroid gland, located right behind the Adam’s apple in your neck, is about the size of a plum. The adrenal glands are much smaller and are located on top of each of your kidneys. Everyone has one thyroid gland (with two lobes) and two adrenal glands. These glands work very closely together. In non-technical terms, the adrenal glands “release” simple sugars in the body, which serve as the fuel for the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland then takes these sugars and ignites them into energy. The thyroid gland is like the spark plugs of your car in that it ignites the fuel and turns it into power. So it is these glands, working together, which produce the body’s energy. To have maximum amounts of energy, these glands have to be functioning at peak capacity.

These are the glands that determine a person’s rate of metabolism, the “oxidation type.” If both the thyroid gland and the adrenal glands are overactive, a person will be known as a fast-oxidizer. In other words, he will have a very fast metabolism. These are the people who usually abound with energy. Now, if just one of these glands is overactive and one is underactive, a person will be a mixed-oxidizer. And if both of these glands are underactive, a person will be a slow-oxidizer. A slow oxidizer has a very slow rate of metabolism. These are the individuals who are usually lacking in energy. It is the adrenal glands which give a person extra energy when he needs it. Whenever a person faces an emergency, the adrenal glands release adrenalin, which gives the body the extra “boost” it needs.

There are four main minerals in the body, which help to regulate the thyroid and adrenal glands. These minerals are calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), sodium (Na), and potassium (K). These minerals could be called macro-minerals because they appear in larger proportions in the body than other minerals. If these four minerals are all at normal levels, the thyroid and adrenal glands will function at peak efficiency. However, if any one of these macro-minerals deviates much from normal range, this is when a person is going to have problems. Sometimes, even a relatively minor fluctuation in one of these minerals can cause either one of these glands to become underactive. A simple analogy, which further explains this principle, is to compare the mineral levels of the human body to a battery. Both the human body and a battery derive their energy from mineral electrolytes. When a battery has the perfect balance between certain minerals, it will be capable of producing its maximum energy potential. Likewise, when the human body has the perfect balance between certain minerals, it to will be capable of producing its maximum energy potential. However, when either the body or a battery has an imbalance in the minerals they contain, they lose their potential of carrying a charge. The minerals in your body determine the biochemical environment in which your organs must work. The more optimal is the mineral environment in your body, the better your organs will function, and the more energy you will have.

The real key to understanding health is the ratios between different minerals. The normal levels for each of these minerals are expressed in milligrams/percent. The normal level for calcium is 40, magnesium is 6, sodium is 25, and potassium is 10. If you add one zero to each of the numbers, you will get a figure representing parts per million. So the 40 for calcium represents a certain percentage of calcium which appears in the tissue cells of the body. The real key to understanding minerals and their effect on human health does not lie merely in evaluating individual mineral levels. Mineral levels can certainly help to give a tremendous amount of information about a person’s energy levels. However, looking at individual levels can be deceiving if you look at them just by themselves.

Calcium and potassium ratios are called the thyroid ratio. Calcium and potassium are the two specific minerals that regulate the thyroid gland. Calcium slows down the thyroid and potassium speeds it up. In order for this gland to operate at its maximum capacity, there has to be just the right balance between these two minerals. If a person has too much calcium in his tissues (in proportion to potassium) he will have an underactive thyroid gland. If he has an excess of potassium in his tissues (in proportion to calcium) he will have an overactive thyroid gland. This is why once you know the ratio of calcium to potassium in the body you know immediately if this gland is too fast or too slow. And not only that, but you will know exactly how fast or slow it is. The normal value of the calcium to potassium ratio is 4. You get that by looking at the normal values for calcium and potassium, where calcium is 40 and potassium is 10. 40 divided by 10 is 4. If a person has a ratio of 4 to 1 between these two minerals, the thyroid gland will be functioning at peak capacity, assuming that the levels for these two minerals are also near normal. By comparing a person’s actual ratio with the normal ratio, you can tell if the thyroid gland is underactive or overactive.

And once you know this, you will know approximately how much energy a person has. If a person has a thyroid ration (calcium to potassium ratio) which is greater than 4.7, his thyroid gland is underactive. The greater this ratio is between these two minerals, the weaker this gland will become and the less energy a person will have. It is impossible to have a poor thyroid ratio and still have an efficient thyroid gland. Even a 10% loss of efficiency can cause fatigue. Ten percent doesn’t sound like a big number, but it is. If the average lifespan of 70 or so years were cut 10%, that would be a loss of 7 years. That’s quite significant. If your average body temperature of 98.6 degrees were cut 10%, that would be a temperature of almost 9 degrees lower, which is a big difference. If the temperature went up 10%, that would be a temperature of almost 110 degrees, which for many people would mean death. So you can see that 10% in biological terms can be a pretty significant number. These mineral ratios are amazingly accurate. A person can have normal levels of thyroid hormone in his blood and still have a weak thyroid gland.

 The routine test for thyroid function is not very reliable.

This test basically measures the levels of a number of thyroxin proteins in the blood. But many doctors fail to understand that a person can have normal levels of thyroxin (thyroid hormone) in the blood and still have a weak thyroid gland. Or, because of mineral imbalances the thyroxin may just be circulating around without being fully effective. So, in many cases, the doctor may be drawing false conclusions from the test. A hair analysis gives a more accurate measure of the function of the thyroid.

When you’re talking about the adrenal gland, it is the sodium and magnesium which do the regulating. This could be called the adrenal ratio. When the ratio of these two minerals becomes unbalanced–even slightly, it can have a major impact on the adrenal gland. Too much magnesium, in relation to sodium, will slow down the adrenal gland. Just by looking at the ratio between these two minerals lets you know immediately how well this gland is performing. The normal level for the sodium to magnesium ratio is 4.17 to 1. You get this by dividing the normal levels for sodium (25) by the normal level for magnesium (6). So, if a person has an adrenal ratio of 4.17, the adrenal gland will be functioning at peak capacity, again assuming that the levels for these two minerals are also normal. The adrenal gland is underactive when the adrenal ratio (sodium to magnesium) is less than 3.2. Once you know a person’s mineral ratios and fully understand them, you can determine the efficiency of major organs–without guessing. The normal sodium level in the body is 25. When the sodium level drops much below 20, a person’s adrenal medulla will start to slow down. Many people have sodium levels that are lower than 15 and they usually have diminished levels of energy. Now, if your sodium level is very low, don’t try to compensate by eating a lot of salt (sodium). If you do this, it won’t help at all. It will probably only aggravate the problem.

You wouldn’t expect this to happen, but it does. If you multiply the energy level of the thyroid gland times the energy level of the adrenal gland you get the total energy loss. If a person has a perfect ratio for the thyroid gland (100%), but has a 50% ratio for his adrenal gland, the person would have a total energy loss of approximately 50%. Multiply the energy level of the thyroid gland (100%) times the energy level of the adrenal gland (50%). This would be a bare minimum as far as a loss of energy is concerned. One strong gland will not usually make up for a weak gland. If someone else has a thyroid gland with a 50% energy loss and he also has adrenal glands with a 50% loss, that person would be operating on approximately 25% of his available energy. The main thing you should remember is that you have to take into consideration both glands when figuring a person’s total energy loss. It gets a little more complicated when a person is a mixed oxidizer. Just remember that one strong gland will usually not make up for a weak gland. Most people are more fatigued than they would ever realize. They’re so tired that they can’t comprehend how exhausted they really are.

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March 22, 2007 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

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