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Entry for August 07, 2007

Zinc, potassium and the adrenals…

ZINC RAISES POTASSIUM

Zinc helps lower the level of sodium and tends to raise the hair tissue level of potassium, especially in slow oxidizers. The reason for low hair potassium is underactive adrenal glands, and usually not a potassium deficiency. Potassium is found in many natural foods. Low aldosterone and other adrenal hormones, however, causes greater elimination of potassium in the urine.

When the hair potassium level is low, taking zinc is far more effective in helping to raise it than taking potassium. Potassium is a sympathetic or excitatory mineral which is not as helpful to restore the adrenal glands, providing one eats sufficient potassium, which most people do. Zinc is calming and has a more powerful effect in assisting the adrenals to rest and rebuild. This in turn raises the potassium level.

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Entry for August 07, 2007

When I first discovered my magnesium deficiency, I thought all I needed to do was take magnesium and fix the problem. It wasn’t until later that I discovered how important a mineral balance can be. At the time, I never really thought to do any research on calcium because it was in the opposite direction. I find it really interesting reading about it now.

Zinc, along with calcium and magnesium, are called the sedative elements. All three help inhibit excessive sympathetic nervous system dominance.

More info on calcium:

The Calcium and Magnesium Relationship

In addition to all of its enzyme functions, magnesium is an important component of cell membranes. As a result, it is vitally important in regulating what goes into, and what comes out of, all the body’s cells. This makes magnesium crucial to mineral balance.

In simple solutions, such as salt water, all dissolved minerals are evenly dispersed. This is not so in living cells, where they’re distributed differently, depending on their functions. This specialized distribution requires energy, and it’s absolutely vital to life processes and health.

Calcium and sodium ions, for the most part, are kept outside the cells, while magnesium and potassium are kept inside the cells. These four minerals are the most plentiful in the body, and collectively they are known as electrolytes.

When the level of magnesium within the cells falls below normal, calcium and sodium rush inside, while potassium and magnesium leak out. This can cause big problems.

Calcium excites nerves, whereas magnesium calms them down.

The normal concentration of magnesium ion inside cells is easily 10,000 times more than that of intracellular calcium ions – under healthy conditions. But if the amount of magnesium in a cell falls, for any reason, calcium ions flow into the cell. With this abnormal situation, a couple of things happen:

Higher than normal calcium inside a cell excites a lot of reactions. It puts the cell into hyperactive state. Heart and blood-vessel cells are especially excitable because they need to react rapidly during sudden stress situation. As such, they are truly vulnerable to deficits in magnesium that allow abnormal rises in calcium, with resulting hyperactivity.

Sometimes, a hyperactive state is just what you want. It is the essence of the body’s “fight-or-flight” reaction to danger. Without calcium, there is no muscle contraction, and without muscle contraction there is no fight or flight.

But in normal circumstances, you don’t want excess muscle contractions. The muscles would soon cramp, bringing on severe muscle pain. To relax, the muscles need magnesium. Magnesium, physiologically the opposite of calcium, relaxes muscles. Under normal, healthy cellular conditions, magnesium levels inside muscle cells are high and calcium levels are low, so that the muscles can relax. This is just one way in which calcium enhances and allows the fight-or-flight reaction while magnesium calms it all down.

If calcium levels inside a cell get especially high because of low magnesium, the cell physically changes. High calcium tends to make things stiff and hard. But if soft tissue begins to get hard, it’s a real problem — it’s called “calcification”. In artery and heart cells, the stiffness caused by calcification hampers proper function and can be an important aspect of heart disease.

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Entry for August 07, 2007

Today I’m back at work so my routine is a bit more stable. I’ve decided to take three doses of 300mg calcium/magnesium in the 1/1 ratio along with the phosphorus and vitamin D. No reason for the change just want to keep trying something different until I find something that works.

I also changed the zinc dosage from two doses of 50 mg to three doses of 30 mg. I didn’t take any niacin today as I’m still not convinced that it’s the cause of the vibration although I didn’t have any all weekend.

By the end of the work day the eyes aren’t as itchy and the stuffiness in my nose feels better than usual. I’ll keep doing this combination of minerals for sure!

The million dollar question….Will it have any effect on the vibration?

I’ve always been very confused as to why taking extra calcium would make the vibration stronger and today I still don’t have an answer. I’m wondering if the magnesium deficiency caused a high calcium ratio? What are the effects of low magnesium and the effect on calcium?

Calcium

Elevated calcium levels are associated with arthritic / joint and vascular degeneration, calcification of soft tissue, hypertension and stroke, an increase in VLDL triglycerides, gastrointestinal disturbances, mood and depressive disorders, chronic fatigue, increased alkalinity, and general mineral imbalances.

If magnesium is insufficient potassium and calcium will be lost in the urine and calcium will be deposited in the soft tissues (kidneys, arteries, joints, brain, etc.).

Calcium Synergists

Copper is required to fix calcium in the bones and helps raise the tissue calcium level. Many people have biologically unavailable copper which causes their calcium problems. In fast oxidizers, copper deficiency contributes to a calcium deficiency. Adequate adrenal hormone levels are also essential for proper calcium metabolism.

Calcium Antagonists

Sugar upsets the calcium/phosphorus ratio in the blood more than any other single factor, according to researcher Dr. Melvin Page. It also stresses the adrenal glands and upsets the hormone balance which affects calcium metabolism.

Copper Bio-Unavailability A Major Cause of Candida Infection

The most commonly observed mineral imbalance we find in many patients with Candida infection is termed bio-unavailable copper. Bio-unavailable copper is indicated on a tissue mineral test. Other mineral indicators of a candida overgrowth are an elevated calcium level, elevated calcium/magnesium ratio, or a low sodium/potassium ratio.

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Entry for August 06, 2007

All day long I’ve had really itchy dry eyes but I’m not sure if I caused it myself by rubbing them or if it’s something else. I stopped taking phosphorus thinking that might be causing the problem and I tried a bunch of different vitamins and minerals at different times today but nothing seemed to make a difference.

Hopefully it’s only because I’m very, very tired…

All throughout the long holiday weekend I didn’t get cold hands once. Let’s see what happens tomorrow when I return to work.

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Entry for August 06, 2007

“We know best…”

Cancer fears over hikes in folic acid
Vitamin B reduces birth defects but may increase rate of colon cancer

Aug 07, 2007 04:30 AM
Denise Gellene
Los Angeles Times

Adding folic acid to flours, pastas and rice has reduced the rate of spina bifida and anencephaly, sparing 1,000 U.S. babies each year from these devastating birth defects.

But a new study suggests those health gains may have come at a cost: an extra 15,000 cases of colon cancer annually.

The report, from Tufts University, is the latest caution about a public-health policy that has been largely viewed as a success.

“Have we done more harm than benefit?” says Dr. John Potter, a colon cancer expert at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, who was not connected to the latest research.

Writing last month in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, scientists reported that colon cancer cases in the U.S. spiked after manufacturers began fortifying cereal grains with folic acid in the late 1990s.

They saw a similar trend in Canada, which began fortification with the B vitamin around the same time.

The pattern was surprising, researchers said, because colon cancer rates had been steadily dropping since the mid-1980s. Greater consumption of folic acid looked like the explanation.

Joel Mason, lead author and professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts, said the report does not prove that extra dietary folic acid causes colon cancer but does suggest fortification may have unforeseen trade-offs.

One-third to one-half of adults older than 50 have precancerous cells in their intestines, Mason said, so too much folic acid could put them at even greater risk. About 130,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year; 56,000 of die from it.

Nutritionists have long known that younger women need 400 micrograms of folic acid daily to reduce their chances of giving birth to infants with neural tube defects, caused by the failure of the fetal spinal column to fully close.

Spina bifida can cause paralysis, and infants with anencephaly – in which much of the brain does not develop – are stillborn or die soon after birth.

Since 1998, U.S. food manufacturers have been required to add 140 micrograms of folic acid to each 100 grams of cereal grains that are labeled “enriched.” Breads, cereals and other grain-based foods shipped across state lines are all fortified with folic acid, a B vitamin naturally found in green leafy vegetables, fruits, dried beans and nuts.

In only a few years, the rate of neural tube defects in the U.S. fell, from 10.6 per 10,000 births in 1996, before fortification, to 7.6 per 10,000 births in 2000.

Canada also saw a sharp decline: to 8.6 per 10,000 births in 2002 from 15.8 per 10,000 births in 1993, according to a report last month. Those results deepened the desires of some scientists and health advocates for even greater improvements.

The nonprofit March of Dimes will ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to further boost folic acid levels in cereal grains.

The March of Dimes said U.S. government surveys show that many women 18 to 45 do not receive adequate amounts of folic acid in their diets. In fact, the majority of those women consume about 130 micrograms of folic acid daily, well below the recommended dose, according to R.J. Berry, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But some researchers have cautioned against increased fortification because of possible downsides. Folic acid can mask symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency, common in the elderly. Unaddressed, a B-12 lack can lead to neurological problems.

Some researchers now caution against adding more folic acid to the diet until the possible cancer link is better understood.

“This is not the right time to be moving ahead and increasing the level of folic acid in the food supply,” Mason said.

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