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Entry for June 10, 2007

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Mineral relationships

Minerals are classified into two primary groups: major and minor (or trace). The major minerals consist of calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), phosphorus (P), sodium (Na), and potassium (K). The trace minerals consist of copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), selenium (Se), and iodine (I).

Mineral ratios are important because minerals interact and they compete with one another for absorption. Too much of one interferes with the absorption of other minerals. The figure below illustrates the diverse and complex nature of the interactions amongst minerals.

If a mineral has an arrow pointing to another mineral, it means a deficiency of that mineral or interference with its metabolism may be caused by excesses of the mineral from whence the arrow originates.

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Entry for June 10, 2007

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Did some googling today about mineral relationships and here’s what I found.

Minerals

Every living cell on this planet depends on minerals for its structure and ability to function. Minerals are critical to every living thing. Formation of bones , formation of blood, proper composition of body fluids, muscle tone, the cardiovascular system, growth, healing, and energy production all require minerals. All enzyme activities in the body involve minerals, so minerals are essential for the body to utilize all vitamins and other nutrients.

The key word to remember when discussing minerals is–balance. The human body must maintain a proper chemical balance. This balance depends on the levels of different minerals in the body and the ratios of each mineral level to every other mineral. The level of each mineral has an effect on every other mineral level in the body. If one mineral level is out of balance, all mineral levels are affected. If this imbalance is not corrected, it starts a chain reaction that can lead to a wide range of illnesses. To illustrate this complex relationship, the following chart shows how each mineral reacts with other minerals:

  • Ca (Calcium) depresses Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Zinc
  • Mn (Manganese) depresses Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium
  • Fe (Iron) depresses Potassium, Phosphorus, Copper
  • Zn (Zinc) depresses Iron, Copper, Phosphorus, Cadmium
  • K (Potassium) depresses Na, Iron, Manganese
  • P (Phosphorus) depresses Zinc, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium
  • Cu (Copper) depresses Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus

It is difficult, if not impossible, to get the proper amounts of each mineral needed for a healthy lifestyle through diet alone. Continuous high yield farming has lowered the amount of minerals in the soil available to plants. Due to these depleted soils, vital minerals, especially the important trace minerals, have practically disappeared in the entire food chain. Most of the foods we eat are heavily processed before canning, freezing, or curing. These commercial processes lowers the amount of minerals in your food even more.

Today’s lifestyles also deplete our bodies of minerals. Stress, for example, will deplete your body of Potassium. Symptoms of Potassium deficiency may include: dry skin, edema, increased cholesterol levels, insomnia, muscle and general weakness, weak reflexes, acne, and continuous thirst. Even everyday items such as coffee, antacids, oral contraceptives, alcohol, antibiotics, and saturated fats will depress critical mineral levels in your body.

Taking mineral supplements may help, but you must remember the key word- BALANCE . For example, if a Calcium supplement is taken, the levels of Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Zinc are depressed. It is difficult to determine the exact diet that you would need to add the minerals that the calcium depresses, as it would be difficult to find the exact amount of supplements to take to replace each mineral. Since every mineral level has an effect on the every other mineral level, and each mineral is needed in different amounts, and the ratios must be in balance to be healthy, what can you do?

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Entry for June 09, 2007

Today I didn’t take any magnesium and by the end of the day, I started feeling those weird sensations in my head like I’m deficient in something. Is my magnesium still very low? It’s like a very subtle massage on the top of my head. Nerve endings maybe? Who knows?

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Entry for June 09, 2007

I’ve always liked baby carrots and we buy them all the time. After showing this article to my wife, we switched to buying the real carrots and I was amazed at the difference in taste. Baby carrots only have 70% of the beta carotene of a normal carrot.. WOW!

Hidden Story Behind Baby Carrots

“Baby” carrots are not actually young carrots, or even carrots that are grown specifically to be small. In fact, the concept of the baby carrot was born 21 years ago by a California farmer wanting to sell more of his carrots that he was throwing away due to imperfections — they were too knobby, twisted or broken.

After cutting the less-than-perfect carrots down to a uniformly smaller size, they were fed through an industrial potato peeler to smooth the edges and remove the skin. This marked the birth of the “baby” carrot market.

The success of baby carrots may be a reflection of the desire for food that is uniform in appearance and taste, and for food that is sterile, prewashed, and prepackaged.

Baby carrots are made out of a variety of carrot known as the Imperator. They are bred to grow faster and ripen quickly, and because of this, they only have 70% of the beta carotene of a normal carrot.

Dr. Mercola’s Comment:

When you’re roaming the produce aisles at a grocery store, as a matter of habit you may pick up a small bag of baby carrots from time to time, thinking it’s a healthy snack and a fast one at that. You may reconsider spending your hard-earned money on baby carrots, however, after reviewing this interesting story about their secret origins.

The writer of the linked article stopped buying baby carrots upon realizing that those convenient, small and expensive packages of baby carrots she was buying at the grocery store were nearly tasteless compared to the delicious organic kind she purchased previously at a farmer’s market.

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Entry for June 08, 2007

Here’s what Dr. Mercola has to say about vitamin D and sunblock.

Learn Why the Myth of the Sun Causing Skin Cancer Can Hurt Your Health

Most of us have been bombarded about the dangers of the sun by experts and the media. However, because it is one of the most pervasive and inaccurate myths persisting in most of the patients I see, I can only assume you are under the same misunderstanding. Unfortunately, this myth has contributed to massive amounts of disease and illness in our society.

Can sun exposure cause skin cancer? Absolutely. However, appropriate sunlight actually prevents cancer. Exposure to the sun provides many benefits such as promoting the formation of vitamin D. We also have strong evidence that sunlight is protective against MS and breast cancer.

The key is to never burn.

Although the American Academy of Dermatology will have you bathing in sunscreen, it is one of the LAST things you want to put on your body. It is a toxic chemical that can cause problems in your system. Even if it didn’t contribute to disease, the central issue is that it doesn’t even work.

A British dermatologist published an article earlier this year which showed no clear indication that sunscreens worked. Another study in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology last year found the same thing. A far more logical solution would be to use clothing to protect you against the sun.

You must exercise caution. At the beginning of the season go out gradually, perhaps as little as ten minutes a day. Progressively increase your time in the sun so that in a few weeks, you will be able to have normal sun exposure with little risk of skin cancer.

Remember also never to use sunscreen, another key. You can creatively use your clothing to block the sun’s rays during your build-up time.

The bottom line is, please avoid getting sucked into the hype that sunlight is dangerous. It is only dangerous if you are clueless about fat nutrition, which most medical doctors are. If you choose to ignore your omega 6:3 ratio and stay out of the sun, you could limit your risk of skin cancer, but is that worth the risk of getting MS, breast or prostate cancer?

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Entry for June 08, 2007

Today I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this article in the Toronto Star. But what it doesn’t say is that when people use sunblock, it actually stops the absorption of vitamin D from the sun. Thank god for Dr. Mercola…

Start taking vitamin D, Cancer Society says
Vitamin D linked to reduced cancer risk

Jun 07, 2007 06:31 PM

Associated Press
Canadian adults should consider taking a specific amount of vitamin D, says the Canadian Cancer Society, basing its new recommendation on an expanding body of evidence linking the vitamin to reduced risk for colorectal, breast and prostate cancers.
The recommendation coincides with a study published in a U.S. journal Friday which found that taking vitamin D supplements and calcium substantially reduced all cancer risk in post-menopausal women.

The four-year study, conducted by researchers at Creighton University in Nebraska, initially enrolled 1,180 women who were over the age of 55 and living in a nine-county rural area of the state.

Of the 1,024 who completed the trial, those randomly assigned to take calcium and vitamin D and who had higher levels of both in their blood were 77 per cent less likely to develop cancer after the first year compared to those taking placebos or calcium alone.

The Canadian Cancer Society released its recommendation today for adults in Canada to consider taking a vitamin D supplement of 1,000 international units daily during fall and winter.

The recommended amount takes into consideration vitamin D intake from other sources, including food, water and a multivitamin, said Heather Logan, director of cancer control policy at the Canadian Cancer Society.

Adults at risk of having lower Vitamin D levels should consider maintaining the recommended intake level year round, the organization said in a release. This includes people who are older, have darker skin, don’t go outside often and wear clothing covering most of their skin.

“A thousand units is really a reasonable recommendation (for) people, according to the evidence and guidelines that exist currently across North America,” Logan said.

But she cautioned that total vitamin D intake — from supplements and diet — should not surpass 2,000 international units.

In addition to the Nebraska research findings, the cancer society said another study released in May suggests women who consume more calcium and vitamin D may be less likely to develop breast cancer before menopause.

“This is a really exciting, emerging area of cancer prevention research and we’ll continue to follow it carefully, and as new information emerges we will update our recommendations accordingly,” said Logan.

The organization said Canada’s geographic location was also a motivating factor for issuing the recommendation. The country’s northern latitude, coupled with weakened sun rays in fall and winter, result in Canadians not producing enough vitamin D from sunlight.

But Joan Lappe, lead investigator on the Creighton University study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, said the implications of her study aren’t to suggest people living closer to the Equator in warmer climates require any less of the vitamin.

“Their vitamin D health is probably more optimal, but the point is that many people further north in the northern hemisphere … north of the 37th latitude just do not get enough months of sunlight exposure to give them optimal vitamin D in the whole year,” she said in a phone interview from Omaha, Neb.

That doesn’t mean Canadians should spend too much time in the sun, basking under harmful ultraviolet rays where they face overexposure, a prime risk factor for skin cancer, Logan said.

“We’re definitely not talking about going out to get a tan, or to go in the middle of the day when the UV index is high,” she said.

“(Supplementation) maximizes the potential benefits in reducing the risk of developing cancer with very few side effects at the doses that are recommended.”

Lappe said based on the study findings, examining the role calcium played requires further investigation.

“In the group that received calcium only there was a decreased incidence of cancer, but it wasn’t as strong as in the group that had both calcium and vitamin D.”

“We know from studies that calcium can bind some byproducts in the colon that actually prevent colon cancer in that way, but I’m not aware of any studies that show what (the) combination does together.”

Logan said while the Nebraska study is “compelling,” there are limitations to applying the results looking at a very specified group of subjects in one American state to the Canadian population at large.

“A large-scale clinical trial would include a much larger participant group that were more representative of the Canadian population, given our diversity, and they would be followed for a longer period of time,” she said.

“If these results can be replicated in a large-scale clinical trial they really would be a remarkable result.”

At this time, the Canadian Cancer Society said it does not have a recommendation for vitamin D supplementation for children.

Recent research highlighting the protective effect of early sun exposure on cancer risk outlines the need to consider boosting vitamin D intake for those at a younger age, said Dr. Reinhold Vieth, director of the bone and mineral lab at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

“It’s plausible, I think, that vitamin D over a relatively short period like the four years of study here does help to prevent cancer, but you can even take it another step further and start earlier in life to prevent the cancers,” Vieth said.

More vitamin D early in life also influences predisposition to get diabetes and multiple sclerosis, Vieth said.

While there are different schools of thought in regards to calcium and cancer, the influence of vitamin D is more difficult to dispute, Vieth said.

“The thing that is unambiguous, zero debate is that more vitamin D is good,” he said.

“This is one agent that has a lot of different science backing it up.”

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Entry for June 08, 2007

I survived the entire day taking 750 mg of magnesium and it didn’t cause any problems. I wonder why it had such a negative effect on that one day after starting iron? It’s very weird and I’d like to see if I can find any information on mineral ratio and relationships.

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Entry for June 07, 2007

For the past three days the vibration has returned. I thought I was doing good with the added calcium but I guess not. Tomorrow I’ll switch to taking my regular magnesium . I’ll try it in a lower dosage of 250 mg at each meal for 750 mg. Last time I took magnesium alone, it caused my hands to go cold so I’ll be interested to see if that happens again.

I really need to find out if the magnesium is the cause of the vibration or is it just helping relax my nerves and it’s something else. Can an iron deficiency cause nervousness? Like most vitamin and mineral deficiencies, there seems to be no standard for the symptoms.

Every web site tell you something different. Most of them don’t mention nervousness with an iron deficiency but one did… In fact, it contained deficiency dosage and different stages of deficiency that shows it’s possible to have an iron deficiency and a normal Hemoglobin.

First Signs of Iron Deficiency
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If the body does not get enough iron, it is capable of falling back on its own reserves for a while. That is why iron deficiency with its typical symptoms usually becomes noticeable very late. If you feel exhausted and tired more often than usual, notice slight forgetfulness or are nervous, irritated and weary, this might be the first signs of iron deficiency. There are of course other illnesses which have similar symptoms. For this reason, please leave the exact diagnosis to your doctor.

If you notice the symptoms listed below, it is advisable to let your doctor check your blood iron values in any case. The sooner you identify the start of iron deficiency, the better it can be treated.

  • fatigue
  • reduction in physical and mental capacity
  • forgetfulness
  • poor concentration
  • attacks of weakness
  • headaches
  • nervousness
  • loss of appetite
  • gastro-intestinal disturbances
  • shortness of breath
  • heart complaints
  • attacks of weakness
  • increased susceptibility to infection
  • pale, brittle, dry skin
  • brittle flattened finger nails
  • cracked lips
  • loss of hair that is often dull and split

Iron Deficiency Therapy – Possibilities and Limitations

A daily dose of 80 – 100 mg free iron is considered as standard treatment for iron deficiency. Depending on the quality of the preparation, various amounts of iron are absorbed by the body. During a period of iron deficiency, the body increases the iron absorption rate from 10 % to approximately 50 % on its own, in order to quickly prevent the risk of iron deficiency anemia.

The aim of treatment is to completely eliminate the iron deficit and to replenish the iron stores. Accordingly, treatment can take, where iron depots are empty, up to 3 – 6 months, depending on the actual daily amount of iron taken. When treatment takes so long, it is important that you tolerate the iron preparation well. It is not rare that gastric intolerance hinders compliance. Treatment then only slowly achieves its aim – if at all. Please ask your doctor for a preparation that offers the body as much iron as possible and that is also well tolerated.

Iron deficiency stages: Latent iron deficiency

In latent iron deficiency, the iron stored in the depots has been used up. The organism now automatically falls back on the iron present in the blood. During this stage, you may start to experience unpleasant symptoms such as headache, susceptibility to cold, increasing nervousness and decrease in vitality. Treatment of latent iron deficiency lasts for approx. 6 – 8 weeks. Only after this period iron depots are replenished.

Serum ferritin: < 30 mg/l
Hemoglobin: Normal to slightly low.

And can iron levels effect the adrenals? Yup, it sure can.

Iron deficiency is known to depress the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to infection. Thyroid, para-thyroid and adrenal gland function are all influenced by an imbalance of iron.

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