Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

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:


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)
Bone Pain
Parathesias (Pins and Needles)
Pica (Eating ice, etc)
Weight Loss


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 | , , ,

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