Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for July 02, 2007

More googling… For a while now I’ve been trying to add calcium because I’ve been taking only magnesium for so long. Almost everytime I add it, I have problems either with the vibration or with the cold hands. I always assumed that it was related to my low level of magnesium but after reading this paragraph about the relationship with phosphorus and calcium, I think it maybe related to the level of phosphorus rather than magnesium.

Taking calcium supplements without taking a balanced supply of phosphorus at the same time may cause significant phosphorus deficiency due to the formation of calcium phosphate complexes within the system that are then excreted. This problem can be avoided by taking calcium phosphate or by assuring an adequate phosphorus supply within the diet.

The analysis of data in these studies found that each .5 g increase in calcium intake decreased phosphorus absorption by .166 g, leading to the potential for phosphorus deficiency to develop. In nature, calcium generally always binds to phosphorus so this finding is not surprising.

Of course I find all of this very interesting because most of the calcium supplements you find don’t contain phosphorus including the one I have been taking. In fact, most of them don’t contain magnesium either but that’s a whole other story… This might explain why taking magnesium alone doesn’t cause the symptoms but the calcium/magnesium does.

More research required…

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July 2, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 02, 2007

Here is an amazing article that discusses the relationship between high sugar intake and phosphorus deficiency. Not only that, but it also lists the minerals required to digest sugar thus causing a deficiency and I know I have problems with most of them…

“calcium, phosphorus, chromium, magnesium, cobalt, copper, zinc and manganese. ”

I read amazing articles like this and it really makes me wonder why we as a society are so stupid when it comes to our health…because someone obviously has the knowledge. Incredible!

The Effect of Simple Sugars on the Human Body

The key to health is the moderate consumption of complex carbohydrates — from natural food sources, such as fresh vegetables and, to a lesser extent, cooked vegetables — balanced with intake of protein from a clean source, such as organically grown soy products. Anything less than this is a compromise and will eventually affect your health and/or longevity. While it is true that this stuff breaks down to simple sugars in a few hours, if you take your carbs in this fashion, the quantity will be tolerable, and it will come with other nutrients.

Here is a list of the minerals required to digest sugar: calcium, phosphorus, chromium, magnesium, cobalt, copper, zinc and manganese. These minerals are the so-called “co-factors” necessary for the proper functioning of the enzyme systems, including the enzyme systems required to metabolize sugar. These minerals have been stripped away in the refining process which produces sugar. Also, the mechanisms which produce glucose from complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats simply shut down from disuse when you continue a steady diet of simple sugars. If you don’t use it you lose it.

Thus, you become dependent on an outside source of glucose, i.e., addicted. This source usually is sucrose. Also, you lose the ability to metabolize sugar and keep it in a healthy range within the cells. You may have a normal blood sugar and a normal glucose tolerance test. Under these conditions, your doctor will tell you “no problemo.” Don’t believe it! A normal blood glucose and/or glucose tolerance test only proves that your pancreas is still healthy enough to shunt a large load of sugar to inside the cells. It is within the cells themselves where sugar does its damage.

The evolution of our enzyme systems required millions of years, and throughout those millions of years purified sugar was not available. Therefore, your body simply is not programmed to handle anything more than the quantity of simple sugars present in, for example, a couple of peaches or a couple of apples. Those peaches or apples, by the way, come with their mineral supply — and loads of other nutrients — intact. You can even overdose on natural foods and take a large hit of sugar from fruit, for example, especially dried fruit. It also is easy to juice six apples or six oranges and gulp your juice down in ten minutes whilst thinking what a wonderful thing you are doing for your body.

The first enzyme systems of your body which are upset by refined sugar are your digestive enzymes, because these are the first encountered by the sugar you put in your mouth. Because these enzymes are disabled by abnormal concentrations of sugar, food passes through your digestive tract in an undigested or a partially digested state.

Some of these large molecules enter your body through the walls of your small intestines in this undigested or partially digested state. Your body recognizes these large molecules as foreign tissue and makes antibodies to them. Thus, do food allergies develop.

Most people get twenty percent of their calories from refined sugar, an average of 130 pounds (59 kilos) per year. This is a massive and continuing upset for the body.

The usual calcium/phosphorus ratio in the serum is 10:2, a ratio of ten mg. calcium for every two mg. phosphorous per liter of serum. The ingestion of sugar alters this ratio by decreasing the phosphorus and increasing the calcium. Because calcium and phosphorus work together in the enzymatic systems of the body, a phosphorus deficiency is sensed by the body as a calcium deficiency as well as a phosphorus deficiency. The body has no readily available source of phosphorus; however, it certainly does have a ready source of calcium. Therefore, your bones and teeth are robbed of calcium to deal with this imbalance, and the result is osteoporosis of bones throughout the body and weakened tooth structure.

This extra calcium, without a complement of phosphorus to balance it, is toxic. Calcium can be in deficient supply, even though the concentration may be above normal, because insufficient phosphorus is present to enable the body to use it. Therefore, the odd situation arises of toxicity from calcium, which also is in deficient supply as far as availability to the enzyme systems is concerned.

This is called “nonfunctioning calcium,” and it leads to kidney stones, arthritis, hardening of the arteries, cataracts and plaque on the teeth. In extreme imbalance, massive calcium tumors may form in the body.

Calcium caseinate, along with oxidized cholesterol, is a major component of atherosclerotic plaques found on blood vessel walls in people with hardened arteries. This is the major cause of heart attack, and this situation can develop at a very young age thanks to degenerative illness driven by habitual simple sugar ingestion.

July 2, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 02, 2007

I’ve been at this now for a long time. I would consider myself with advanced knowledge of nutritional deficiencies and yet today, I’m still learning.

A quick google search and although I’ve looked at phosphorus before, I stumble upon some very interesting clues. Two of the first vitamin deficiencies I discovered were B2 Riboflavin and B3 Niacin and I had very obvious symptoms for both. I always thought it was odd that I had deficiencies of those two specific vitamins when the most popular was always B6 or B12.

Phosphorus is necessary for the conversion of niacin and riboflavin to their active coenzyme forms. Niacin and riboflavin cannot be digested properly by the body unless phosphorus is present. Could this be the reason I was taking B vitamins for such a long time without any success? This is becoming painfully obvious…

It’s also required for healthy nerves and one of the symptoms is something called “Tremulousness”. I have never come across a term like that for a vitamin or mineral symptom so I look up the definition. If that doesn’t describe what I have, then I don’t know what does. Nervousness and a vibratory sensation.

Two other things that interests me? Phosphorus can be destroyed by sugar and just like iron, a symptom is hair loss and eating ice. I thought the iron would make a difference with the hair loss but it didn’t…maybe it’s phosphorus? I’ve also had paresthesia (pins and needles) here and there. Nothing serious but it does happen from time to time and I’ve always thought it was just a sign of poor circulation caused by magnesium. Maybe not?

I’m also interested in one other thing. It plays a role in the heart muscle contraction and with mitral valve prolapse and the relationship with magnesium, it’s time to look at this more seriously. Is it possible to convince a doctor that I have a deficiency in phosphorus? No way, they’d lock me up for sure! Now only if I can actually find it. Off to doctor google:

trem·u·lous·ness

1. (of persons, the body, etc.) characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness.
2. timid; timorous; fearful.
3. (of things) vibratory, shaking, or quivering.
4. (of writing) done with a trembling hand.

Phosphorus (P)

Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body and is found in every cell. The balance of calcium and phosphorus is needed for them to be effectively used by the body. Phosphorus plays a part in almost every chemical reaction within the body because it is present in every cell. It is important in the utilization of carbohydrates, fats and protein for growth, maintenance and repair and mediation, both within and without the cells, and for the production of energy. It stimulates muscle contractions, including the regular contractions of the heart muscle. Niacin and riboflavin cannot be digested unless phosphorus is present.

Phosphorus is an essential part of nucleoproteins, which are responsible for cell division and reproduction. Phosphorus helps prevent the accumulation of too much acid or too much alkali in the blood, assist in the passage of substances through the cell walls and promote the secretion of glandular hormones. It’s also needed for healthy nerves and efficient mental activity. B-Complex Vitamins and many enzymes require phosphorus to function.

Phosphorus deficiency has been associated with the following symptoms or illnesses:

Alopecia (Hair Loss)
Anemia
Aneurysms
Bone Pain
Dyspnea
Fatigue
Irritability
Numbess
Parathesias (Pins and Needles)
Pica (Eating ice, etc)
Tremulousness
Weakness
Weight Loss

IMPORTANCE:

Needed for blood clotting, bone and teeth formation, cell growth, contraction of the heart muscle, normal heart rhythm, and kidney function; assists the body in the utilization of vitamins and the conversion of food into energy; is involved in virtually all physiological chemical reactions.

Dietary Source: Legumes, milk & milk products, bone meal, nuts, yellow cheese, eggs, fish, grains, poultry

Importance: Works with calcium to form bones, teeth; cell growth and repair; utilizes carbohydrate-fat-protein; heart muscle contraction; nerve activity

Inhibits Absorption: Excessive intake of magnesium, white sugar, iron

Enhances Absorption: Protein, manganese, iron, calcium, A, F, D.

July 2, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 02, 2007

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Woke up this morning and I seemed to notice that my nose was clearer than usual. Was it the Molybdenum? I’m not sure what the difference was but it was definitely a difference. I’ll see if it happens again tomorrow. I had no vibration last night and it would stop and start in the morning. Very weird… High copper can cause a deficiency in molybdenum so I’m glad I found it.

“Since high levels of copper in the body or diet may result in molybdenum insufficiency and cause low uric acid levels, reducing copper toxicity can result in normalizing uric acid and molybdenum levels…”

Later in the day, I had another interesting clue. My hands went cold right after I took some iron which is weird because I know I’m low in iron and usually it helps the problem. So I decide to take a look at the mineral relationships again.

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.

The interesting thing about this is from the chart, iron is the only one with one arrow and it points towards Phosphorus. Now from everything that I’ve read, phosphorus is in almost everything so it’s very hard to have a deficiency.

Another interesting fact? Magnesium and zinc which I’ve been taking for months now, both have a relationship with phosphorus and can effect the ratio. So was it low to begin with? A copper imbalance can have an effect too. So what are the symptoms of a phosphorus deficiency?

July 2, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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