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Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for April 26, 2007

After reading this article on minerals, I decide to pick up some silica. The health food store only has the silica gel so I get the homeopathic stuff instead.

Minerals have an important role in the promotion of hair growth. When you have a mineral deficiency your hair will suffer as a result. However, overdosing on minerals could cause you severe hair loss.

Ok? So what should I do? You must eat foods that have the minerals you need for healthy hair. By getting your minerals from food sources you make it nearly impossible to overdose on minerals.

1. Trace Mineral Silica

If you are missing a mineral in your diet it’s probably the trace mineral silica. It’s the most important mineral when it comes to healthy hair and probably the one mineral that’s usually absent from most American diets. Supplementing your diet with silica alone will probably help you more than any of the other minerals combined because Silica helps utilize several other nutrients. Boron, copper, manganese, magnesium, fluorine, phosphorus, zinc and strontium all benefit from silica supplementation.
The only problem is that its very hard to get trace minerals because of the way most western civilizations cook and process their food. So How do you supplement Silica in the body? It’s difficult but not impossible.You can get enough trace mineral silica in your diet by eating Oats, millet, barley, whole wheat, and algae.

2. Iodine

Iodine is very important when it comes to combating hair loss. You must have Iodine for healthy hair. However, you need a certain kind of Iodine. Not just any Iodine will do. The kind of Iodine that you would get in your generic table salt isn’t the type of iodine you need for hair growth. That type of iodine could easily cause you to overdose on iodine and actually cause you more hair loss. You don’t want that. So stay away from iodized salt and and start getting your iodine from food sources. These include kelp, yogurt (low fat), cow’s milk, boiled eggs, strawberries and Mozzarella cheese.

3. Zinc

Zinc is another mineral that you could easily overdose on. Too much zinc could actually block the absorption of other minerals. However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need zinc for healthy hair. Zinc is very important when it comes to tissue growth and hair growth in particular. It helps to secrete the scalp with much needed oil and avoid dandruff that could possibly cause hair loss. It also helps with the absorption of other nutrients that you need. Organic beef, beef liver, lima beans, organic / wild turkey, chickpeas, split peas, raw cashews, pecans, green peas, almonds, ginger root and organic egg are all good food sources of zinc.

4. Iron

Avoid taking iron supplements. You should get all of your Iron from food sources. If you you decide to take an iron supplement anyway then avoid ferrous sulfate which is hard to absorb. Oysters, liver, lean red meat, poultry, tuna, salmon, Iron-fortified cereals, dried beans, whole grains, eggs, dried fruit, dark green leafy vegetables, wheat, millet, oats, brown rice, Lima beans, soy beans, dried beans and peas, kidney beans, almonds, Brazil nuts, prunes, raisins, apricots, broccoli, spinach, kale, collards, asparagus, dandelion greens.

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April 26, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 23, 2007

Came across this today on the effects of sugar. I like it because it may explain why drinking cola drinks have always had an effect on my allergies. I would mention this to every doctor and allergy specialist and they all couldn’t explain why this was happening.

The article explains that colas are extremely acidic with a pH of approximately 2.5. This acidic environment in combination with the sugar content, probably had an effect on the candida and made my “allergies” worse.

Sugar And Your Health

Sugar is a chemical combination of Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen and refers to a large group of carbohydrates that are soluble in water, sweet to the taste and either directly or indirectly fermentable. Depending on how the Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen are combined or uncombined, we get sucrose (cane or beet sugar), glucose or dextrose (grape sugar), maltose (malt sugar), fructose, levulose (honey or fruit sugar), lactose (milk sugar), etc.

Sugar is virtually devoid of any key vitamins and minerals. Sugar contains 16 calories per teaspoon but has no B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc or other trace minerals that the body needs to digest and metabolize it. Thus, to fully move the sugar through your digestive system, you body has to take B vitamins and other trace minerals from the healthy the food you eat, or from vitamins and minerals that your body is storing for future use. As a result, the sugar essentially robs your body of these beneficial nutrients.  Your body could be using these nutrients for more important purposes such as fighting infections, warding off allergies, or just plain energy.

Sugar gums up the immune system. Your immune system is made up of numerous antibodies who act like Pacman and attack foreign invaders. Medical studies have found that antibody production drops after people have as little as 18 grams of sugar, about as much as you’d find in half of a can of regular soda. Sugar interferes with the cells of the immune system. Eating just 3 oz of sugar can result in a 50% reduction of the ability of the white blood cells to gobble up and kill viruses and bacteria for up to five hours.

Ingesting sugar can cause a significant rise in triglycerides, cause kidney damage, reduce helpful high density fats (lipoproteins) and promote and elevation of the harmful low density fats and all those problems associated with vitamin deficiencies.

Due to the need to use up your body’s minerals, eating sugar can cause a chromium deficiency, copper deficiency, and can interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium. an imbalance which can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties.

People need a calcium-magnesium ration of 10 to 4. Sugar causes the phosphorus and calcium levels to either decrease or increase. If one increases the other decreases and vice versa. Researchers have found that ingesting sugar increases the rate at which we excrete calcium. It pulls the calcium from our bones and tissues.

Minerals are essential to many bodily functions. They are important for bones and teeth, helping to maintain the correct acidity of the blood, have specific functions in the transmission of nerve impulse and others are important in the process of digestion.

Homeostasis is the wonderful balance in the body. It involves a continual fine-tuning of the body chemistry. The vitamins and minerals are always fluctuating a little. This is normal. However, when the fluctuations become too great for to long, disease creeps in. And then there’s this other post where all your childhood fond memories of erm sugar eating momments are quashed.. and destroyed….

SUGAR: YOU JUST LOVE YOUR CHILDREN TO DEATH

Gregory Grosbard of Miami, Florida received a U.S. patent on a process to improve the strength of plastic by using sugar. Each time plastic goes through a heat cycle, it loses strength because oxygen in the atmosphere goes into the material and creates oxygen “holes.” Mr. Grosbard found that, by mixing a small amount of sugar into the plastic material during the heat cycle, the sugar grabbed the oxygen first, preventing the oxygen holes and making the plastic stronger.

Research has shown that:

*Processed sugar blocks the absorption of calcium.

*Processed sugar produces a low oxygen environment.

*Processed sugar is extremely acidic.

*Too much processed sugar is the death of the immune system. It interrupts the Kreb’s energy cycle which in turn suppresses your immune system’s manufacture of killer cells and antibodies.

*Processed sugar depletes B vitamins which is needed by the liver to detoxify it. The liver is the most important organ when it comes to healing the body.

*Sugar does stop hiccups. The New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a study that used sugar successfully to stop hiccups in 19 out of 20 people; some of whom had been hiccupping for as long as 6 weeks.

Cancer has become the number one “killer disease in children” in the past few years. Sugar consumption is robbing the oxygen out of their little bodies and making their cells extremely acidic while shutting off their immune systems. Sugar averages for children are around 36 teaspoons a day.

The next time you feel like having a soda, just think about this: Colas are extremely acidic with a pH of approximately 2.5. It takes 32 glasses of water with a pH of 10 to neutralize that one cola. And, keep in mind that most water is relatively neutral with a pH of 7.2; water with a pH of ten is approximately one thousand times more alkaline than your run of the mill glass of water.

April 23, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 22, 2007

Yesterday was an amazing day. I’m really finding success with magnesium glycinate by metagenics. I’m finally holding on to my magnesium with no more vibration and the weird symptoms have all but disappeared. I still have to deal with candida and the zinc but I’ll deal with that later.

So anyway, yesterday was my last dosage of the magnesium glycinate and I only had half of a regular capsule. I took 50 mg at breakfast and spent most of the day driving around health food stores looking to get a replacement bottle. Yes we carry Metagenics but we don’t have the magnesium. I seemed to get that a lot and the ones that did carry it could order it for me but I need it today.

I had some of my other kind of magnesium with me so I could take that for a while until I can find a health food store that has it. It got to the point where it was early afternoon and I usually get the cold hands as the very first sign that I need another dosage but I ended up going the entire day on 50 mg and I skipped the other magnesium. I didn’t take any other than the morning dosage. I couldn’t believe it.

I’ve gone from needing 1500 mg per day to 50 mg. So it was low level of zinc that was causing the problem. I’m still taking about 50 mg a day without any copper. It high enough to be a good powerful dosage but it’s not enough to cause extra magnesium loss.

Hopefully now the adrenals will come back stronger and same for the thyroid. I’ve kind of pushed aside the analysis from the recent iridology reading but I should do a follow up.

Not vibrating…

April 22, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 20, 2007

Dr. Google is in
DR. MICHAEL EVANS

From Saturday’s Globe and Mail

Heather Copeland had a bad rash. It hurt even before you could see it. It was just on one side, blistery, and very red. Heather’s mother had a similar affliction 10 years ago. Heather and her mom both had shingles. The only difference between Heather and her mother was that Heather knew exactly what it was before she went to the doctor. Heather has something her mother never had: Dr. Google.

A just-released survey by Pew Internet and American Life reveals that the next time the average person is seeking reliable information about a health problem, they are more likely to first turn to the Internet for an answer before their health-care provider.

As the number of people turning to cyberspace for help increases, so does their faith in the results. Research in the esteemed Journal of the American Medical Association showed that patients perceived (which may be different than the truth) that the Web increased their understanding and allowed them to self-manage their acute or chronic problems 30 per cent of the time.

Why wouldn’t you visit Dr. Google? She is accessible, available 24/7 and has all the time in the world for you. No waiting room filled with coughing people. No speculums or rubber gloves — in fact, none of that yucky physical exam stuff.

You can check with the doctor, the naturopath, the trainer and your old girlfriend’s aunt, who was pretty hot and smart at the same time. You can talk to other sufferers down the street and across the world. You can ask embarrassing questions. Even doctors, many of whom swore they would always divorce the Internet from the clinic, are prescribing websites daily.

The business case for Web self-care is very powerful as it is much cheaper than a clinic visit or ringing up a call centre (which is why it is extremely difficult to find an actual person to talk to on that website for the gizmo you just bought but can’t quite turn on).

Dr. Google is not a cure-all, but she has most certainly become a powerful member of the health-care team. But just how effective is she?

Can you separate the e-wheat from the e-chaff?

The Pew study showed that e-patients do what you think they do: They tentatively diagnose their own diseases, confirm their doctor’s diagnosis and research all treatment options (not just those recommended by the doctor), give themselves a crash course on a specific medical condition when they (or someone they love) is diagnosed and exchange information and support with other patients with the same disease.

Most do it in a scattershot manner, but a small percentage actually use targeted e-mail health news, participate in on-line support groups or e-mail lists for people concerned about a particular health issue.

However, the same study also shows that only 50 per cent of e-patients actually check the validity of Internet sources. A Stanford study indicates that even those who think they can detect validity are easily misled.

Investigators had users look at three sites, all of which had the exact same health information. The first version provided the content only, the second version included a handsome 30-year-old with a dishevelled frat-boy appearance, and the third site showed the same guy but with slicked back hair, beautiful tie and, of course, the white jacket (picture a young Florida dermatologist). Users felt that each site was progressively more believable, credible and trustworthy.

Who is better: Dr. Google or Dr. Welby?

The answer depends on who is asking, but likely the real question is what is the right combination? Family-medicine research has shown again and again that the relationship between provider and patient is a key determinant of health.

The Web could augment or deteriorate this relationship and a FirstHealth survey of 1,000 people in the United States revealed this mixed message. On the one hand, 77 per cent believe that doctors will miss subtle clues in on-line interactions that they would normally pick up in a face-to-face visit; 60 per cent feel technology will replace much in-person care, driving doctors even further from their patients.

Yet the survey also showed patients want more: 83 per cent of health-care consumers want lab tests available on-line and 69 per cent want on-line charts managing chronic conditions. We are developing a study in our shop where we look at the effect of sending you an “after visit e-summary.” When I discuss the idea with the people I see, they just look at me as if to say, “Of course you should be doing that!”

Cyberchondria, fear and hope: the downsides of Dr. Google

People tend not to tell the story of their cough that went away after two weeks. What you will hear about is the nosebleed or the bump that became cancer, the bruise that was a hidden clotting disorder, the fatigue that was really heart failure. A cardiologist once told me, “Mike, everybody gets chest pain and that’s why I have a house in Rosedale.”

Similar to the many medical students who drop by my office halfway through their training certain they have a serious illness, e-patients with partial health information and no context typically suffer from “cyberchondria.”

When you cruise through our media-rich world, you are constantly in touch with marketing and product placement. Where this gets tricky, especially for the vulnerable person, is when it is sickness or hope being sold. If you don’t take this megavitamin, this tea, this drug, this immune booster, this bowel cleanser, you will get ill. If you use this ab machine, this nutritional supplement, this diet, this skin replenisher, all will be well.

Hope is grand. Can you blame the more than 80 per cent of people with cancer who are on some form of alternative medicine beyond what their (Western) doctor has prescribed? I don’t think so. It’s worth a shot and certainly Western medicine does not have all the answers.

But it’s also important to know that this is a $4-billion industry and Dr. Google takes you right to the sellers’ door.

Dr. Google provides 11,900,000 cures for acute low-back pain, a condition that resolves itself 95 per cent of the time regardless of what you do or whom you see. High profit margins and satisfied customers — this is good business.

We need Dr. Google — but only if she changes

Like two spouses in a struggling marriage, Dr. Google and you need therapy. Let’s face it, you are in love, but there are some basic tenants of your relationship that need to be sorted out and upgraded.

On the upside, the possibilities of your alliance are endless: personalized charting of how you are doing with your chronic disease, laypersons’ versions of the most recent research, flash video of expert caregivers and patients providing practical quality health advice, and universities moving out from the ivory tower to support health decision-making in real time.

This is not the future, it is now. At Healthyontario.com, the government health portal for the public, a new diabetes centre has all these things as well as the opportunity to e-mail questions to an expert.

The downside is that the chances of you finding this site are minimal in a general Google search on diabetes.

Dr. Google needs a librarian, stat

Anecdotal advice is fine if you are searching for a good holiday read or a new barbecue, but troubling and perhaps harmful if you are searching for new treatments for your rheumatoid arthritis or answers for your suicidal feelings. We need more than a library when it comes to health, we also need an expert filter — we need a top-notch librarian.

I recognize that Google will make more money if it brings all the sellers of health together with the buyers, and that this request is likely naive, but I can’t help wondering if it isn’t time for the true Dr. Google to realize her own potential.

Imagine if we could improve the answers at the location where most people
ask the questions. Imagine if Google contacted 100 universities, 100 hospitals and 100 governments and asked them each to create a multimedia centre of excellence around a particular disease or health communication. Imagine if all the societies you give money to actually got together and created uber-resources for the common elements of each disease such as stress management, healthy lifestyle and strong local community networks.

We invest a lot in MRI machines and gene therapy. Maybe it’s time to invest in the better-informed decisions. Maybe it’s time for Dr. Google to go to medical school.

Dr. Michael Evans is an associate professor of family and community medicine at the University of Toronto and a staff physician at the Toronto Western Hospital. He is director of both the Mini-Med School for the Public and the Health Knowledge Lab at the Centre for Effective Practice.

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

Entry for April 17, 2007

400 mg total magnesium per day and no vibration for three straight days. There is something positive happening now. There hasn’t been one day since I discovered magnesium where I could take less than 1500 mg per day and now I’ve reduced that to under one third of the regular dosage.

Every single person, doctor or health professional I mentioned a magnesium deficiency to, NOT ONE suggested a zinc deficiency ? NOT ONE!

Not vibrating…

April 17, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 17, 2007

Cellphone radiation killing honeybees?

Apr 16, 2007 06:15 PM
Canadian Press

A mysterious malady that is causing honeybees to disappear en masse from their hives in parts of North America and Europe may be linked to radiation from cellphones and other high-tech communications devices, a study by German researchers suggests.

While the theory has created a lot of buzz in the beekeeping world, apiarists say there could be any number of reasons why the bees are deserting their hives and presumably dying off in large numbers, including changing weather patterns and mite or other kinds of infestations.

What they do agree on is that whatever is causing the phenomenon, known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), it is playing havoc with the production of honey and other products from the hive – and threatening the growing of fruit and vegetable crops, which depend on bees for pollination.

The small study, led by Prof. Jochen Kuhn of Landau University, suggests that radiation from widely used cellphones may mess up the bees’ homing abilities by interfering with the neurological mechanisms that govern learning and memory. It also appears to disrupt the insects’ ability to communicate with each other.

To conduct the study, Kuhn placed cellphone handsets near hives and observed that radiation in the frequency range of 900 to 1800 megahertz caused the bees to avoid their homes.

But Brent Halsall, president of the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association, said there are a lot of notions about what’s causing bee colonies to dissolve like honey in a hot cup of tea.

High-frequency electromagnetic radiation from cellphones could be a factor, he acknowledged, but so could many other influences.

“Everybody’s got their own little pet theory, but it’s really hard to say,” Halsall said from his home just south of Ottawa, where he keeps about 200 hives. “The bottom line for us as beekeepers is the industry in Ontario is already under a lot of stress because the bulk wholesale price of honey is below the cost of production.”

There are about 10,000 beekeepers in Canada, operating a total of 600,000 honeybee colonies, says the Canadian Honey Council on its website. The majority are commercially operated, with Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba producing 80 per cent of Canada’s 154 million kilograms of honey annually.

It’s been a tough winter for Ontario’s 150 to 250 commercial apiarists, who have lost about 23,000 of their 76,000 hives. Those lost hives, which at full capacity in summer house about 60,000 bees apiece, represent the loss of about $5 million worth of the industrious insects, he said.

“I think weather might be one of the big factors this year,” Halsall said. “We had a very warm winter until mid-January and then, bang, it got cold.”

From what he’s observed so far in his hives, Halsall believes he’s lost about half of his bees.

In some of his colonies, eggs had been laid and it appeared adult bees had been trying to keep the new brood alive in the face of the sudden drop in temperature. “There was honey inches away, but they probably starved to death as they tried to protect the brood.”

Still, he thinks that whatever the causes of honeybee deaths in Ontario, and likely in the rest of Canada, they are different from those decimating hives in the United States.

In at least 24 states, bees have been dying in droves, with some commercial apiarists reporting huge losses, the American Beekeeping Federation reports on its website. “One lost 11,000 of his 13,000 colonies; another 700 of 900, another 2,500 of 3,500, another virtually all of his 10,000.”

U.S. beekeepers estimate that more than one-quarter of their 2.4 billion colonies have been affected by CCD.

The American bee population had already been under threat in recent years from the varroa mite, a tiny parasite that devastated many keepers’ hives and destroyed most wild honey bee populations.

While the varroa mite is also a problem in Canada, treatments to rid it from hives differ here compared with south of the border, and Halsall said his hives were virtually mite-free by the time winter arrived. Still, he and some other keepers have had huge losses in their hives.

“The bottom line is: We’ve got a problem in Ontario. There’s a lot less bees than we used to have and we don’t know why.”

“It could be many different factors that are causing the bees to die or all of them together are enough to cause the problem and we just have the right set of wrong circumstances coming together.

April 17, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 15, 2007

The weekend is here and dropping the manganese is making a difference. So I’m going to try another test. Now that I’ve switched to magnesium glycinate, I’m going to try a lower dosage. I’ll take 200 mg in the morning and 200 mg at night.

This should be very interesting…

April 17, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 10, 2007

So for a week now I’ve lowered my zinc and I’m only taking magnesium with 50 mg of B6, 50 mg of niacin and 25 mg of manganese. It’s really strange because for some reason I feel like I’m losing my magnesium and it happens after I take the lunchtime supplements.

Then I realize that it must be the manganese as I’ve had this happen before when I tried it the first time. Forget it, from here on in it’s only magnesium, B3 and B6 with vitamin C and a lower dosage of zinc.

I’ll switch to magnesium glycinate to see if that works any better.

April 17, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 05, 2007

One day with the vibration, one day without. I can’t seem to figure why it comes and goes when I haven’t changed my supplements.

Today I’ve decided that I really need to work on gaining my magnesium before I try anything else. One week of the thyroid/adrenal granular and I haven’t notice any difference whatsoever. Of course everyone will probably say I wasn’t using it long enough but from tomorrow forward it will be just magnesium and I’ll change the zinc to a lower dosage so the magnesium won’t be affected.

I’ve finished the book called “Why Am I So Tired” and basically she says to avoid all sources of copper. I find the homeopathic copper in combination with the 100 mg of zinc works great but maybe that little bit of copper is hurting me more than helping.

April 5, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 01, 2007

No vibration again last night or this morning.

The human body is an incredible, complex machine. Today I discover that the adrenals and thyroid are linked with an imbalance with the autonomic nervous system. Now there’s a clue for sure. No wonder the herbal complex included other herbs for calming the nervous system. So it probably doesn’t matter what I take for the adrenals or the thyroid unless I take care of the nervous exhaustion first.

Autonomic Response, Stress and Hypothyroidism

The thyroid is activated by the sympathetic nervous system as part of the fight-or-flight response to stress. If the autonomic nervous system is excessively sensitive or overstimulated, overstimulation of the thyroid occurs. The first effect is an increased thyroid and adrenal response. This may continue for several hours, days or years, depending upon its intensity. Then the thyroid weakens and can no longer maintain its response. Hypothyroidism then results.

This chain of events is labeled the General Adaptation Syndrome by Dr. Hans Selye, M.D. The alarm response, including excessive thyroid activity, is the first stage of adaptation. During the resistance and exhaustion stages, the thyroid weakens and hypothyroidism occurs.

This type of hypothyroidism can be caused by any type of stress. Eventually the thyroid becomes nutritionally depleted and cannot function properly. If the autonomic nervous system is out of balance, the thyroid is not properly stimulated by the pituitary to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormone.

Correction Of Hypothyroidism

The common treatment of hypothyroidism involves hormone replacement with either natural bovine thyroid hormone (Armour thyroid) or with synthetic hormones (Synthroid, Cytomel, etc.). In some cases, this corrects the symptoms. This treatment, however, does not correct the cause of the problem. The patient usually is told he or she must remain on the hormones for life.

In many cases, hormone replacement does not clear up all the symptoms. This occurs for several reasons:

• Symptoms may be caused by adrenal as well as thyroid underactivity. Both the adrenal and thyroid imbalances must be corrected.

• The cause of symptoms is an autonomic nervous system imbalance, which affects far more than just the thyroid gland.

• Thyroid hormones are adequate, but do not reach the cells, the target site for the hormone. This may be due to low tissue potassium, elevated tissue calcium and magnesium, or the presence of toxic metals.

• An improper diet can offset the effects of the hormones.

• Overwhelming stress or nutritional deficiencies prevent a satisfactory response

Adrenal Exhaustion and Hypothyroidism

The adrenal and thyroid glands work in close harmony. The adrenal hormones cause the conversion and release of sugars. Thyroid hormone is needed for oxidation or combustion of the sugars. Often hypothyroidism is accompanied by reduced adrenal gland activity. Blood tests are not always accurate for detecting adrenal insufficiency.

The symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are similar to hypothyroidism. In some instances, the thyroid gland attempts to compensate for reduced adrenal activity. This may work for a time, but eventually the thyroid becomes exhausted as well.

April 1, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

   

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