Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 10, 2007

For the record, I thought I’d repost the blog entry that includes the report from the iridologst last year.

Entry for July 15, 2006

Body Systems

Digestive: This system shows lack of tone at the cecum reflexing the pancreas and the descending reflexing the heart and upper abdomen. There are no signs of the autonomic nervous wreath at the cecum (reflexing pancreas), the descending (reflexing the upper abdomen) and the sigmoid (reflexing the lower abdomen, the pelvis and the small intestines (reflexing the low back) on the left iris and the cecum on the right. In these areas there is a minimal nerve transmission which would therefore make these areas weaker. This system also shows signs of significant diet abuse and possible yeast indications. Healing lines are starting to happen especially in the esophagus, ascending, transverse and sigmoid colon, small intestines and the pancreas.

Nervous: This system shows a tendency to general exhaustion and general state of anxiety even though the patient projects a calm demeanor. These two qualities may have emerged with the recent illness however, numerous cramp rings suggest otherwise. Radicals denoting sluggish impulse at the transverse reflex the cerebellum, subcortex, the limbic and sympathetic nervous system and well as the adrenal gland. Again, there are the beginning signs of healing at the pituitary, pineal, conceptual mind, the cerebellum and the sinuses. There are also indications of drug imbediment in the head area, but this too shows healing signs.

Cardiovascular: This system shows vulnerability to problems due to genetics and diet abuse in the past. The area where is heart is in the iris shows a large and deep lacuna with healing signs. There are also indications of vascular plaque and fatty buildup, sluggish circulation with a potential for serious cardiovascular problems, and a weakened and possibly anemic state. Although there was no mention of cardiovasular problems, this system needs to be addressed with immediacy.

Endocrine: This system shows an anxiety line running through the adrenal on both irises and a staircase lacuna at the pancreas on the right. Although this seems to cause an immune compromise to the system, there are healing lines. There are also indications of healing lines at the thyroid. The prostate though shows possible imbalance.

Immune/Lymphatic/Respiratory: The Immune System shows the effects of longterm use of medications for allergies. However, there are healing lines in the respiratory (trachea, tonsils), the endocrine (parathyroid), and the lower jaw and sinus. There are indications of an imbalance in the Respiratory System especially in the bronchioles and at the throat.

Urinary: This system may also be vunerable due to it’s close connection to the heart and cardiovascular system and to it’s function of filtering toxins. The kidney shows a huge lacuna, congestion and pathogenic activity at the bladder and tissue hardening. However, there are healing lines in these two organs.

Muscular/Skeletal: There are indications of connective tissue breakdown and possible effects of long term use of medications in this system. Some areas of the iris show high tissue acidity or inflammation.

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Entry for August 10, 2007

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Here is the picture of my right iris. Lots of holes… I was in a lot of trouble…and might still be.

 Just looking at it…it doesn’t even look healthy. I’ve really got to get some new pictures so I can compare. Other than the “anxiety”, I think I’m doing really good these days with my diet.

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Entry for August 10, 2007

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Here is the picture of my left iris. It blows my mind that there is such a hole to the right of the pupil for the heart and my stressed adrenals at the bottom.

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Entry for August 10, 2007

Got a reply from the iridologist and she sent my pictures!!! WOW!!!

It was unbelievable to see the “holes” in my iris right where she said it would be. There is no doubt in my mind that iridology is the key to preventative health care. Now I just have to take a picture of my iris now to compare.

She even sent the photos of the sclera!

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Entry for August 10, 2007

So today I switched to a calcium/magnesium supplement in a 2/1 ratio along with phosphorus and vitamin D. My usual daily cold hands was greatly reduced, in fact it was hardly there at all.

I also came across a mineral deficiency website that said cold hands were a sign of low calcium. First time I’ve come across that before…typical. Another web site suggested a calcium deficiency can result from a magnesium deficiency.

MINERALS OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE

Calcium (Ca)

RDA 800 mg, recommended intake 0.6-1.2 g daily. Deficiency frequently due to overacidity, lack of vitamin D, magnesium or boron.

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Entry for August 10, 2007

Some information on the relationship between calcium and magnesium. Nutritionist Peter Gillham’s research on minerals warns that too much calcium may be deadly.

“Misconception drives consumers to consume excess amounts of calcium which can be deadly when taken without its partner, magnesium.”

About Peter Gillham:

Peter Gillham is a clinical nutritionist, chemist, and pioneer in the field of nutritional research. Recently nominated for Man of the Year award for his discoveries in the field of magnesium and developing a breakthrough product.

Los Angeles CA – March 19, 2003

The following is being issued by Peter Gillham. “There is a mindset today that people need a lot of calcium. This mindset is creating disease,” according to Peter Gillham, a clinical nutritionist, educator and pioneer in the field of nutritional research. “This misconception drives consumers to consume excess amounts of calcium which can be deadly when taken without its partner, magnesium.”

Taking all this calcium without sufficient magnesium is leaving it unactivated. This imbalance is the cause of much disease and health trauma. Calcium needs its partner “magnesium” to do its job and assimilate correctly. Some symptoms of a calcium-magnesium imbalance are: headaches, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, fatigue, extreme tension, depression, nervousness and worst of all heart disease.

A study done at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, revealed that magnesium is crucial to balance the actions of calcium. And that magnesium widens the arteries in the heart essentially lowering blood pressure and maintaining healthy blood flow to the heart.

Some 20 million people take calcium supplements, which is big business. Marketers, taking advantage of consumer fears about osteoporosis, have flooded the market with hundreds of calcium-enriched products. This has created a dangerous imbalance and many people are paying for it with their health. People need equal amounts of magnesium in order to keep up with the calcium intake.

“Lack of calcium may not kill people, but lack of magnesium is in fact a leading cause of death in our nation,” according to Gillham. Why? “It is the underlying cause of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and many other diseases. Scores of people can’t tolerate high calcium supplements and react to it adversely.” Both minerals are extremely vital to life, however it is magnesium that makes calcium active, and regulates it. Taking magnesium, particularly in water soluble form restores the balance and causes health resurgence. “Mother nature always puts magnesium where ever calcium is found, marketers need to start doing the same,” said Gillham.

“Excess calcium can become a real problem,” said Gillham, who has spent decades researching nutrition. “America has the highest rate of consumption of milk and calcium supplements. So obviously, America must have the lowest occurrence of osteoporosis (calcium loss) of all countries, right? Wrong! America has the highest rate! Why? Excess calcium combined with low magnesium. Taking more calcium will not fix a calcium deficiency. However, more magnesium will handle the calcium deficiency as well as the magnesium deficiency.”

The population in general is running at an all time high on nervousness and irritability. Aside from obvious political situations, there is an underlying nutritional imbalance, which aggravates this. Magnesium is also known as “Natures Tranquilizer”, it also provides a “refreshed” feeling due to completing metabolic processes. Magnesium can often be difficult to find and absorb properly. This is what led to the discovery of the product, “Natural Calm” from Natural Vitality, available at health food and vitamin stores. A formula which Gillham was the first to discover and has received humanitarian awards for.

“There is only one way to get a magnesium supplement to absorb properly into the body. I developed a formula with superior absorption and discovered the only method of doing this. We have been amazed at the results. The world needs more ‘Calm’, that is for sure”.

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Entry for August 10, 2007

A couple of google searches and I think I found my answer… Here is one person’s story and it’s exactly what I am looking for. A different scenario but with the same problem.

CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM

Calcium and magnesium are extremely important minerals that are often out of balance in persons with thyroid disease. Imbalances of these minerals can result in very rapid heart rate, low heart rate, and irregular heart rate. Thyroid function itself is most likely controlled by the ratio of these minerals.

Most people with thyroid disease find that they have to supplement calcium and magnesium. Supplementing these minerals in the correct ratio can make a huge improvement in the symptoms. However, supplementing them in the wrong ratio can make symptoms worse. To further complicate the situation, the correct ratio of cal/mag changes as you recover from thyroid disease.

I have struggled a very long time with finding the right cal/mag ratio for myself. Well after recovering from hyperthyroidism, swinging back hypo, and then getting normal again, I had many months of fast, irregular heart rate that was often initiated by strenuous exercise. Because magnesium had been an important factor in reducing my heart rate when I was hyper, I would take a cal/mag supplement in a 1:1 ratio or take 400-800 mgs of magnesium only to correct this problem. Usually I would have this irregular heart rate throughout the night but would be recovered by morning.

I experimented with potassium and found that taking 800-1200 mgs of potassium before my night time basketball often prevented the irregular heart rate and began thinking that I was potassium deficient. One time I grabbed an unlabeled baggie that I thought was potassium and took 6 capsules before playing. I had extreme irregular heart rate that lasted all night. I later discovered that I had mistakenly taken magnesium.

This was very strange to me because magnesium had been my savior for such a long time. Whenever I had high heart rate when I was hyper, magnesium would slow my heart, usually within 20-30 minutes. So I was wondering, “Why doesn’t it work now?” I began to think that the manufacturer had made a mistake and there was a problem with the product.

Eventually the answer came in a sudden insight. I was lying awake at night with my heart beating very irregular and fast. Paying close attention to my heart, I realized that my heart was not just irregular and fast, it was beating very weakly. I noted that this was in stark contrast to the time when I was hyper. Then my heart was beating fast and irregular, but very strong.

The insight was that it was the strength of my heart beat and not the speed and irregularity that was the key. I thought back on how calcium is the mineral that is responsible for the heart contracting and magnesium is responsible for the heart relaxing.

During hyperthyroidism, magnesium is low and calcium is high. This imbalance is the result of other mineral imbalances (copper, zinc, iron, etc.), but the effects on the heart rate are direct effects of a calcium/magnesium imbalance. This can be demonstrated by taking a magnesium supplement or a cal/mag supplement with much higher magnesium than the usual 2:1 cal/mag ratio when your heart rate is high. This intake of more magnesium will slow the heart rate temporarily. However, as we have seen, the body can’t maintain normal magnesium levels in the blood if copper is low. So until copper is replenished, extra magnesium is needed on a constant basis to control the rapid heart rate.

The key to understanding the effects of calcium and magnesium on the heart is this: Calcium is needed for muscles to contract and magnesium is needed for muscles to relax. The heart muscles are like all muscles. Calcium causes heart contraction; magnesium causes heart relaxation.

If magnesium is low, as during hyperthyroidism, and calcium is adequate, the heart contracts normally but the relaxation phase is shortened and incomplete. If the normal heart contracts for .5 seconds and relaxes for .5 seconds, we have a 1.0 second cycle which translates into a 60 beats per minute heart rate. If magnesium is low and the relaxation phase is shortened to .25 seconds, then the complete cycle is .75 seconds, which translates to a 80 beats per minute heart rate (60 seconds divided by .75 seconds). As you can see, as magnesium gets more depleted, the relaxation phase shortens and the heart rate increases.

When I was experiencing the irregular heart rate, what was happening was that it was calcium that was low and not magnesium. When calcium is low, the contraction phase is shortened while the relaxation phase remains normal. If the contraction phase shortens to .25 seconds and the relaxation phase stays at .5 seconds, the heart rate also increases to 80 beats per minute. If you just looked at the increase in rate, you might, as I did, think that magnesium was deficient.

The key to the insight that it was calcium that was deficient was the observation that the heart rate was weak. A weak heart rate means that calcium is deficient and the contraction phase is weak and short. This results in an increase in heart rate and also an irregular heart rate because some contractions are missed entirely. Contrast this to a magnesium deficiency where the heart rate is irregular because some of the relaxations are missed.

Once I reached this insight, it all became so simple. I was amazed that I had continued to make the same mistake over and over again. The key mental block for me was that I thought that magnesium always slowed and regulated the heart rate. Once I thought through the whole process of how calcium and magnesium affect the heart, I realized that a calcium deficiency can also lead to a fast and irregular heart rate.

With this new insight, I switched my cal/mag ratio to 2:1. I had been mixing a 1:1 ratio supplement with a 2:1 supplement which resulted in a ratio of about 3:2. However with the addition of extra magnesium or extra 1:1 cal/mag after basketball, I probably had about a 1:1 overall ratio.

Once I switched to a 2:1 ratio, the heart irregularity completely disappeared and hasn’t occurred in months. I found that the cal/mag ratio is the key. However along the way to this discovery I ran across some other interesting information.

As I was struggling through this irregular heart rate problem, I found that two things often helped the situation: potassium and vitamin B-5. Potassium often helped and I think the reason for this is that potassium and magnesium are antagonistic minerals. Since I was essentially suffering from too much magnesium (or too little calcium), the potassium helped because it reduced the metabolic effect of the magnesium (or assisted the metabolism of calcium). I think this is important, particularly for persons with hypothyroidism, because they need a higher calcium to magnesium ratio. A potassium deficiency could prevent the cells from getting enough calcium which is an activator in the cellular response to thyroid hormone.

The other discovery was that vitamin B-5 is important in preventing irregular heart rate. If B-5 gets deficient, it seems to have an effect on the calcium/magnesium metabolism so that calcium doesn’t work as well. A B-5 deficiency has similar effects to a calcium deficiency. I don’t know why this happens, but I now realize that it’s important when supplementing B complex vitamins to always make sure that you are taking as much B-5 as any of the other B vitamins. For example, if you are supplementing with high amounts of niacin (for headaches or other reasons), be aware that you will need to increase B-5 to the same amount or a little greater to prevent a disturbance of the cal/mag ratio which could result in irregular heart rate.

One other discovery in all this was that by not taking enough calcium and taking too much magnesium, another of my teeth died. I developed an extreme tooth ache which led to another root canal. For dental and bone health, don’t maintain a high magnesium/calcium ratio past the point where you need it.

Remember that balancing calcium and magnesium won’t correct thyroid problems. You’ll need to correct the other minerals like copper, zinc, iron, selenium, chromium, manganese, etc. to achieve this. Calcium and magnesium get out of balance because of these other nutritional problems. However, getting your calcium/magnesium balance corrected is essential for normalizing heart rate, preventing dental decay and osteoporosis, and preventing muscle cramps (too little magnesium).

In summary, to balance calcium and magnesium keep these points in mind: a normal person need a cal/mag ratio of about 2:1; a hyper needs more magnesium and a hypo needs more calcium, but these ratios need to be constantly adjusted as you approach normality; irregular heart rate can be a sign of either too little calcium or too little magnesium; the key to knowing whether you need calcium or magnesium is the strength of the heart beat, not the speed or the irregularity–if it’s too strong, take more magnesium and if it’s too weak, take more calcium.

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Entry for August 09, 2007

Same minerals as yesterday except that I took an extra magnesium and after the first dosage, it’s not working. I have cold hands all morning and throughout the day and skip the nighttime dosage. I really need to do more research…

I’m really interested in calcium because it’s something I’ve avoided for so long.

1) Magnesium deficiency
2) Because it always made the vibration worse.

It’s time to take a closer look because I’ve fixed the magnesium loss and nothing else seems to really work and I know there is a link between calcium, nerves and the symptom of nervousness. I can stop the vibraton but I can never get rid of it.

Experimental studies show that magnesium deficiency also induces calcium deficiency despite a high intake of calcium and vitamin D. Even intravenous administration of calcium did not improve the induced calcium deficiency until magnesium was supplied as well.

If I do have a calcium deficiency, how or why did taking it make my symptoms worse? I still have a calcium/magnesium/phosphorus supplement so I’ll add vitamin D and try that tomorrow.

I’ve also been reading about Colloidal Minerals lately and I still have my bottle from the first time I tried so I’d like to start that again.

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Entry for August 08, 2007

Second day with my new minerals but this time, it didn’t go so well… Throughout the day I have a very mild pain in my chest and it’s a pain I’m very familiar with: Low magnesium. How is this possible when I’m taking calcium/magnesium in a 1/1 ratio and it’s from the same company called NuLife that had the best magnesium.

I ended up taking the homeopathic magnesium a couple of times today but I’m not really sure what happened because yesterday I was getting results.

Maybe I’ll try the same thing tomorrow except I’ll add more magnesium.

I had an idea today to contact the iridologist from last year to see if she will send me the pictures of my iris. I’d love to see what it looked like back then because I think I’ve improved so much. Couldn’t hurt to try…

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