Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for October 29, 2007

And now with all this going on, I have a job interview in two days!! I’ve got to figure out what works so I don’t have any problems during the interview.

Holy Cow!

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May 22, 2008 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for October 29, 2007

Yesterday I reduced my potassium to half a capsule (49.5 mg) and I’ll so the same thing today.

On my way into work I was sitting on the train and I had the chest pain again so I took the homeopathic magnesium and it had no effect. Luckily in my little vitamin pack I carry around I have my other magnesium (250 mg) and again it had no effect. Now I’m starting to get a little worried, if magnesium doesn’t help what will?

I looked through my vitamin pack again and I have a Calcium/Magnesium with me and I’m not really comfortable that the problem is over so I take one of those too. I managed to make it to work without any more problem so why did the calcium have an effect when the magnesium did not? It doesn’t make any sense. I unlock my computer and start quickly googling away…

Within minutes I find exactly what I am looking for. Hyperkalemia….and one of the listed causes is high dosages of Arginine and one of the listed treatments? Calcium.

Calcium

Calcium is one of the first treatment options for a high potassium level. If you are suffering from irregular heart beats, the doctor will give you intravenous calcium to help protect your heart and muscles. Calcium will only be effective for an hour, so other treatments will begin immediately.

And something else I found:

Arginine and lysine amino acids enter the muscle cell in exchange for potassium, thereby leading to an increase in extracellular potassium.

Potassium & Arginine side effects and warnings

Arginine has been well tolerated by most people in studies lasting for up to six months, although there is a possibility of serious side effects in some people. Stomach discomfort, including nausea, stomach cramps, or an increased number of stools, may occur. People with asthma may experience a worsening of symptoms, which may be related to allergy, if arginine is inhaled.

Other potential side effects include low blood pressure and changes in numerous chemicals and electrolytes in the blood.

Examples include high potassium, high chloride, low sodium, low phosphate, high blood urea nitrogen, and high creatinine levels.

People with liver or kidney diseases may be especially sensitive to these complications and should avoid using arginine except under medical supervision. After injections of arginine, low back pain, flushing, headache, numbness, restless legs, venous irritation, and death of surrounding tissues have been reported.

And other thing that is starting to make sense… A while ago I was researching the cracks on my tongue and it was either the spleen or the stomach as they are both in the same area. (Entry for September 18, 2007) I figured it to be the spleen because the mineral required by that organ is copper.

However, on the other hand, the mineral that effects the stomach is sodium which would indicate high potassium would it not? WOW! So now I’ve got to switch gears here for a while and stop taking these Amino Acids, stop taking the potassium and load up on Calcium until I can get this right. Here’s another reason why my potassium could’ve been higher than I thought: Stressed adrenals.

Adrenals and High Potassium

When the adrenals become fatigued and unable to release adequate amounts of aldosterone or cortisol, potassium levels rise, sodium and blood sugar levels fall, body fluid volume decreases and hypotension and dehydration can result.

This is very serious stuff. So maybe my potassium level wasn’t low afterall…

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for October 26, 2007

I had another mild chest pain again this morning. Exactly the same as before. One dose of homeopathic magnesium and was fine for the rest of the day.

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Entry for October 25, 2007

For a couple of weeks now I’ve been reading Braverman’s book “The Edge Effect”. I think it’s brilliant and it makes a lot of sense but I’m still trying to really understand it. From his self test, I appear to be low in Dopamine. One of the things I came across lately was the factors that can cause a Dopamine deficiency. Okay, now we are getting somewhere…

There are a lot of different things that can have an effect and I know for absolute certain that I had problems with seven of them. Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Niacin, Vitamin D, excess Copper and adrenal insufficiency.

Dopamine deficiency

Dopamine levels may be low due to a combination of genetic and acquired reasons. Dopamine can be raised effectively using either nutrient based therapies or medications. Dopamine is synthesized form the amino acid tyrosine.

Factors which reduce dopamine levels:

  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Iron deficiency
  • Zinc deficiency
  • Vitamin B3 deficiency
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Excess copper levels
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Vitamin B6 deficiency
  • Vitamin C deficiency
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Glutathione deficiency
  • Chronic stress
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lead, arsenic and cadmium exposure
  • Tyrosine (precursor) deficiency
  • Genetic dopamine receptor abnormalities
  • Chronic opioid, alcohol & marijuana use
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Influenza
  • Estrogen deficiency
  • Human growth hormone deficiency
  • Under-methylation

The only item on the list that I didn’t understand was the term “Under-methylation”. Here’s what I found:

Under-methylation/HISTADELIA

Individuals with high-histamine levels may be due to a metabolic imbalance that results from under-methylation. As a consequence, these individuals overproduce and retain excessive levels of histamine. Histamine is a substance in the body that has wide ranging effects. There are receptors for histamine in the brain, stomach, skin, lungs, mucus membranes, blood vessels, etc. For some individuals, high levels of blood histamine (called histadelia) have psychological, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms.

Many patients with obsessive-compulsive tendencies, “oppositional-defiant disorder,” or seasonal depression are under-methylated, which is associated with low serotonin levels. Often with inhalant allergies, frequent headaches, perfectionism, competitiveness and other distinctive symptoms and traits. Tend to be very low in calcium, magnesium, methionine, and vitamin B-6 with excessive levels of folic acid. People with histadelics have a positive effect from SSRIs and other serotonin-enhancing medications (Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Effexor, etc.) because methylation is a step in the manufacture of mood stabilizing neurotransmitters. Unfortunately, histadelics often have nasty side effects with these medications.

Histamine excess can be manifest as asthma, vasomotor rhinitis, allergic skin disorders with pruritis, excess stomach acid production (acts as a gastric hormone to stimulate flow of HCl), saliva, tears, and thin nasal and bronchial secretions, and certain types of vascular headaches. This is the basis of anti-histamine medications. Excessive histamine results because of the inadequate methylation in liver detoxification. Histamine opposes adrenalin in its effects and as expected fatigue occurs just as it occurs in adrenal exhaustion.

Biochemical treatment revolves around antifolates, especially calcium and methionine. Certain forms of buffered vitamin C can help by providing calcium and ascorbic acid. Three to six months of nutrient therapy are usually needed to correct this chemical imbalance. As in most biochemical therapies, the symptoms usually return if treatment is stopped.

Methylation is involved in DNA synthesis, masking and unmasking of DNA, detoxification, heavy mental detoxification, nerve myelination, carnitine and coenzyme Q 10 synthesis. The relationship of mood and behavior to Histadelia is due to the fact that methylation is involved in neurotransmitter synthesis.

This is sounding too familiar… High-histamine levels. Something to look into further when I have more time.

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 3 Comments

Entry for October 24, 2007

Again today I’m still having problems with cold hands in the late afternoon. Yesterday I noticed that my candida was worse after drinking some milk. Can’t say I’ve ever noticed that before but of course, there is lactose in milk which is a type of sugar… I suppose that the candida could be causing the cold hands? No idea. I just know something is wrong and whatever I do doesn’t seem to have an effect.

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for October 23, 2007

I had my cold hands late in the afternoon followed by a wierd mild chest pinch. I always have my homeopathic magnesium with me at all times so I took one dose of that.

The chest pinch is definately something new as I had it under control so such a long time. I suppose it could be related to the potassium. I’ve been taking 99 mg three times a day since Sunday. (3 days) Could it be too much? I don’t think so because the daily dosage of potassium is 3500 milligrams. I’m barely talking 300 mg!!

Back to Dr. Google…

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for October 21, 2007

Flu Cases Per Month

Flu Cases Per Month

It’s almost too simple to even think about the flu and the connection to vitamin D levels. I found this chart that basically sums it up for me. Here’s the chart with the text summary and not a mention of vitamin D.

The Flu Season

In the Northern hemisphere, winter is the time for flu. In the United States, the flu season can range from November to as late as May. During the past 25 flu seasons, months with the heaviest flu activity (peak months) occurred in November one season, December four seasons, January five seasons, February 11 seasons, and March four seasons.

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Entry for October 21, 2007

Today I came across the most amazing article regarding Vitamin D. I’ve always been sceptical of the flu shot and never had one. After reading this article written by Natropathic doctor Jacob Schor, Vitamin D can be used to prevent the flu and here’s the story:

A Seasonal Stimulus for Influenza

The recent paper by John Jacob Cannell linking epidemic influenza outbreaks with vitamin D deficiency may turn out to be the landmark paper of the year. It certainly is going to change the way I answer questions about flu shots or approach lower respiratory infections. If Cannell’s hypothesis is correct, and there is little reason to think it isn’t, taking a giant dose of vitamin D makes as much or more sense as bothering with the flu shots.

There was a time when philosophy dominated the practice of naturopathy. A hundred years ago, everyone ate organic, all agriculture was local, genes were mysterious and the idea of modifying them was pure fantasy. Many of the health battles we wage in our practices today weren’t even worries back then. Most ‘medicines’ of the day would be considered natural in contrast to the pharmaceuticals of today.

Cannell’s paper awakens the old debate of germ theory versus fertile field. He starts the paper by going back a quarter century to the work of the British epidemiologist, Edgar Hope-Simpson. Hope-Simpson spent his later years studying influenza. He was convinced that a link existed between the seasonal outbreaks of influenza and the seasonal variations in ultraviolet light levels. He just didn’t know what the link was.

Influenza all but disappears during the summer months when ultraviolet exposure is at its maximum. If we were trying to explain this using germ theory, we would conclude that the ultraviolet light weakened the virus, making it less virulent. Indeed, as Cannell points out, people exposed to the flu virus during the summer are less likely to fall ill. People injected with attenuated flu virus in the winter are 8 times more likely to develop a fever than if the experiment is conducted in the summer.

It’s not the germ that is stronger in the winter but the immune system which is weaker. Vitamin D, we now understand, is essential for the immune system to fight infection. When D status is low, people are more susceptible to infection. Ultraviolet light triggers vitamin D production in the skin. During the winter months when ultraviolet light levels decline, vitamin D production decreases to the degree that a high percentage of the population will at least temporarily become deficient. Those at highest risk for deficiency, the elderly, the obese and those with dark skin are all at higher risk for viral infection. Black children develop pneumonia twice as often as white children. Deficiency makes them more susceptible to infection.

There’s an interesting story behind how Cannell came to write this paper. The man has always been a bit of a troublemaker. Born with a heightened sense of moral outrage, his career has been marked by constant attempts to rectify injustice. He has spent his life justifiably angry about social iniquities and campaigning for social redress.

He was an antiwar activist in the 1960’s, helping organize the “March on Washington “, and was there for 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention. He practiced medicine among the coal mines of Appalachia and fought for miners with black lung to get fair disability payment. In the 1980’s he took on the nation’s school boards who were using a bogus standardized test that all but guaranteed that all the districts were “above average.” He became a psychiatrist and took on the lost memory recovery movement.

Cannell moved to Atascadero , California in the late 1990’s and has worked there since as a psychiatrist at Atascadero State Hospital , the largest hospital for the criminally insane in America . While there, he became fascinated with vitamin D and soon had all the patients on his ward taking large daily doses.

In April 2005, a flu epidemic broke out at Atascadero . The illness spread through the hospital, but none of Cannell’s patients became ill. This convinced Cannell that vitamin D protected his patients. He contacted the most prominent vitamin D researchers and with their assistance produced this current paper, published in the same journal that published Hope-Simpson’s earlier work on influenza and ultraviolet light.

How much D?

Cannell is currently suggests daily winter doses of 5,000 IU per day to prevent flu. At the first onset of symptoms, he is advocating much higher doses in what Europeans have called Stoss Therapy. By high doses, he means 2,000 IU per kilogram body weight for three days. This is very different from the 400 IU per day I learned in school.

If this hypothesis holds up over time, we could be in for some interesting changes. In a 1990 Russian study, athletes treated with ultraviolet radiation twice a year for three years. Compared to a matched control group, the treated athletes recovered faster from infection, had higher levels of salivary immunoglobulin, but most importantly developed half the number of respiratory infections. I find myself viewing these numbers and thinking in terms of germ theory. Would lowering flu cases by half, lower germ transmission and take the momentum out of an epidemic so it doesn’t spread? Could we add flu to that list of things like typewriters, record players and dial phones, that were once a big part of life, but which are now only vague memories?

 

May 7, 2008 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

   

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