Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 03, 2008

Weird feeling on the way into work and once again it was fixed by taking calcium/magnesium. Is my potassium still too high??? I wonder if calcium actually lowers the potassium or just prevents it from going higher?

In addition to medical situations that can lead to hyperkalemia, cellular potassium covers aspects of bladder functions, as well as right-sided ovarian and testicular properties. Cellular zinc covers aspects of prostate / uterine functions, and left-sided ovarian and testicular properties. Elevated potassium is invariably found with acute or chronic Cystitis (bladder infections) or right-sided Ovarian cysts (but not dermoid or chocolate cysts), whereby right-sided ovarian and/or testicular Cancer will always result in excessively high potassium levels, which can also serve as a high risk indicator to be suggestive of a pelvic scan.

Interesting how high potassium levels are linked to testicular cancer. Interesting because Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Someone who would lose quite a bit of sodium from sweating all the time.

Lance Armstrong won a world title in bicycle racing before his first full season as a professional. At 25, he won the World Championships, the Tour Du Pont and multiple Tour de France.

Then he found out in 1996 he had testicular cancer. His cancer then spread throughout his stomach, lungs and brain. If cancer is testicular cancer is discovered early, a man is usually given a 70% chance of survival. Because, Armstrong says he ignored warning signals, his chances of survival dropped as low as 40%.

Armstrong said in an interview in the Testicular Cancer Resource Center, he remembered thinking, “Oh my God, I’m going to die!”

“It just got so painful, I couldn’t sit on my bike anymore,” Armstrong remembered in the interview. He even coughed up blood once. “I thought if I coughed up a little blood, and if I don’t do it tommorrow, then it must not be so bad.” Armstrong didn’t give up and this year he won the Tour de France race for the second year in a row–the major race in the world for bicyclists. The race lasts 2,274 miles over , 23 day test of stamina and courage.

Armstrong got to that point by not giving up. He said he declared himself a cancer survivor, not a cancer victim. He had chemotherapy and surgury. He had a physical treatment program , a competitive spirit and a support system. He was declared cancer free.

“In 1996, two months before I was diagnosed, the illness was raging,” Armstrong said in an interview with Associated Press. He says thirty years ago, 95 percent of those who had testicular cancer died, but today 95 percent survive. “In 2000, I’m not much of a miracle,” he explained “Thirty years ago, yes it would have been a miracle.”

Armstrong also wants to help others. In 1996, he founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The organization provides grants and partnerships to institutions and organizations to help fight cancer. It also is active in public education about the disease.

In 1995 he established the Lance Armstrong Junior Series to promote the sport among youth. Armstrong may be a good model to young people, both for his accomplishments as an athlete and his successful fight against cancer.

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 28, 2008

I added the licorice root back for my cough yesterday and boy what a difference. It can really suppress the deep kind of cough that irriates the throat.

In fact, there’s a woman at work who also has a really bad cough and we work together so either I gave it to her or vice versa. Anyway, she was coughing constantly from the moment she came into work. I kind of wondered why she came in at all… I don’t like pushing things on people but I told her about licorice root and how fast it worked for coughing. She was willing to give it a try and she stopped coughing within minutes. She was amazed and another co-worker asked me what I gave her because she couldn’t believe how fast it worked!

Two days of 1000-1200 mg of calcium/magnesium in a 2/1 ratio and I feel much better.

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 26, 2008

Started the day with a magnesium, lunch switched to calcium/magnesium, another calcium/magnesium before leaving and another calcium/magnesium at dinner. Felt so much better than yesterday. I think my problem is still potassium and yesterday I was fighting it with magnesium which doesn’t have the same relationship as calcium does. Added Chromium after reading that it can lower potassium. I skipped the lecithin today and my cold hands weren’t as bad.

I think I’ll stick to the mineral balancing instead of the herbs…

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 26, 2008

I’ve had a really bad cold with a cough for about five days now and it doesn’t really seem to be improving. In fact, my cough is a lot worse today. The only thing I’ve done differently is stopped taking the licorice root. Dr. Google?

Licorice is a perennial herb native to southern Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean. It is extensively cultivated in Russia, Spain, Iran and India, and is one of the most popular and widely consumed herbs in the world.

Although known for its flavoring in candy, it contains many health benefits. Ancient cultures on every continent have used it, the first recorded use by the Egyptians in the 3rd century BC. The Egyptians and the Greeks recognized the benefits in treating coughs and lung disease. It is the second most prescribed herb in China followed by ginseng, and is used for treatment of the spleen, liver and kidney. The Japanese use a licorice preparation to treat hepatitis.

The most common medical use is for treating upper respiratory ailments including coughs, hoarseness, sore throat, and bronchitis.

The main constituent found in the root is glycyrrhizin. The plant also contains various sugars (to 14%), starches (30%), flavonoids, saponoids, sterols, amino acids, gums, and essential oil. Glycyrrhizin, stimulates the secretion of the adrenal cortex hormone aldosterone.

It can be as effective as codeine, and safer, when used as a cough suppressant. Rhizomes in the plant have a high mucilage content which, when mixed with water or used in cough drops, sooths irritated mucous membranes. The drug also has an expectorant effect which increases the secretion of the bronchial glands. It is an effective remedy for throat irritations, lung congestion, and bronchitis.

I’ll be adding licorice root back as soon as I get home…

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 25, 2008

In my book of nutritional healing is says not to use licorice root for more than seven days in a row because it can cause high blood pressure, water retention and low potassium levels. I’ve been taking it here and there for two weeks now so I’ll stop taking it and see what effect it has. A couple of web sites suggest 4-6 weeks and then a break. One week and 4-6 weeks is a huge difference!

When licorice root is taken daily, it is recommended that the dose does not exceed 3 grams. Use for 4-6 weeks, and have 1-2 weeks break. If taking licorice in large doses be sensitive to any of the following adverse reactions and symptoms: puffy ankles, facial swelling, shortness of breath, headaches, and general weakness. Be aware some people can be quite sensitive with any herb or drug and may have adverse reactions.

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 25, 2008

Tightness in my chest again today after lunch disappeared with magnesium and not calcium. Fighting with cold hands all day which is weird because I’m still talking the lecithin. Weird.

I’m now beginning to think that the recent issues have been caused by magnesium loss because of the licorice root getting rid of the potassium. Ended up taking 1000 mg of magnesium today which is way more than I’ve taken in a long, long time.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 24, 2008

After lunch had a weird chest feeling. I had one magnesium in the morning and one lecithin at lunch. I have a hunch that my potassium is still high based on the cracks on my tongue so I take a calcium/magnesium and it goes away almost instantly. Was it the calcium working against the potassium?

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 22, 2008

Went the entire day again without the cold hands. The lecithin is working but I’m not really sure why other than it must have a calming effects on my nerves. Started getting a mild sore throat today with a cough. Nothing worse than having a cold through the winter months…

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 21, 2008

Went the entire day without the cold hands and the only thing I changed was the Lecithin the night before. I’ll do the same thing again tonight and see if it has the same effect tomorrow.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 20, 2008

Despite having Tuna for lunch, I had cold hands all afternoon which was confusing because Tuna is very high in protein. Because something is still not working right I often go through my vitamins and try something different just for the sake of adding something different to see what the effect it. I find it really fasinating to read about how the amino acids are always connected to the vitamins and minerals. Sometimes I read something that sticks in my head as being a good idea and then remember it later. Tonight I add Lecithin just before going to bed.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 20, 2008

Something is not right. I took calcium/magnesium along with licorice along with some extra magnesium before I left for work and I have that little chest pinch again. So is the potassium too high or not? Maybe it’s possible that I’m losing magnesium along with the loss of potassium??? I’m not really sure…

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 19, 2008

After doing a bit of research on the three new amino acids, I decide to start with threonine.

Threonine: Required for formation of collagen. Needed by the gastrointestinal tract for normal functioning. Threonine is an important component in the formation of protein, collagen, elastin and tooth enamel. It is also important for production of neurotransmitters and health of the nervous system. Threonine is one of the immune-stimulating nutrients (cysteine, lysine, alanine, and aspartic acid are others), Threonine is found in most meats and fish, dairy foods, eggs, wheatgerm, bananas, carrots, nuts, beans and seeds. Rich sources of threonine include meats, dairy foods and eggs. Wheat germ, many nuts, beans, and seeds, and vegetables contains some small level of threonine.

One two gram scoop in the morning and by the end of the day I didn’t notice any subtle changes so I added another two gram scoop in the evening. I also throught I would add asparagine as well.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 19, 2008

Deficiency of Threonine
It is a precursor of isoleucine and imbalance may result if the synthesis rate from asparate is incorrect.

Therapeutic doses of threonine range from 300 to 1,200 mg per day. Threonine is known to require vitamin B-6, magnesium, and niacin for its optimal utilization and metabolism in the body. It is therapeutically useful when administered along with the branched-chain amino acids valine, isoleucine, and leucine.

Threonine should not be taken with protein or competitive amino acids such as Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Tryptophan, Alanine and Seine, as well as the branched-chain amino acids, Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine, since they may inhibit the uptake of Threonine into the brain.

Exceeding the recommended doses of threonine can disrupt liver function, and cause the formation of too much urea, and consequently ammonia toxicity, in your body.

THREONINE
Main Functions:

Required for formation of collagen.
Helps prevent fatty deposits in the liver.
Aids in production of antibodies.
Can be converted to Glycine (a neurotransmitter) in the central nervous system.
Acts as detoxifier.
Needed by the gastrointestinal tract for normal functioning.
Provides symptomatic relief in ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Threonine is often low in depressed patients. In that group of patients, Threonine is helpful in treating the depression.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for February 18, 2008

I received my package from UPS today. The amino acids made it across the border okay!! Each one is in a small glass jar and I can’t say I’ve seen anything like this before. I’m just glad I have them. Now let’s see if they have an effect.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 13, 2008

Licorice Root is an excellent alternative to St. John’s Wort? My Doctor’s alternative was Paxil.

Licorice Root

Licorice root contains many anti-depressant compounds and is an excellent alternative to St. John’s Wort. As a herbal medicine it has an impressive list of well documented uses and is probably one of the most over-looked of all herbal wonders. Licorice is useful for many ailments including asthma, athlete’s foot, baldness, body odor, bursitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, coughs, dandruff, emphysema, gingivitis and tooth decay, gout, heartburn, HIV, viral infections, fungal infections, ulcers, liver problems, Lyme disease, menopause, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat, tendinitis, tuberculosis, ulcers, yeast infections, prostate enlargement and arthritis.

Hundreds of potentially healing substances have been identified in licorice as well, including compounds called flavonoids and various plant estrogens (phytoestrogens). The herb’s key therapeutic compound, glycyrrhizin (which is 50 times sweeter than sugar) exerts numerous beneficial effects on the body, making licorice a valuable herb for treating a host of ailments. It seems to prevent the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol (the body’s primary stress-fighting adrenal hormone), making these hormones more available to the body.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 12, 2008

I got that weird chest pain again today ten minutes after taking homeopathic calcium. I thought the homeopathic calcium would help?

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 11, 2008

I have a feeling that my potassium is still very high and here’s something that would certainly suggest that they are.

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.

In theory, because of the known effects of licorice, there may be some benefits of licorice for high potassium levels caused by a condition called hypoaldosteronism. There is early evidence in humans in support of this use. However, research is preliminary and a qualified health care provider should supervise treatment.

I’ll add calcium and licorice root and see if that makes any difference.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 10, 2008

Walking about the supermarket today and out of nowhere I felt a sharp chest pinch. I’m not sure of the exact cause but it’s the similar pain I’ve had in the past. I’ve added SAM-e in the past week so I wonder if that has anything do with it?

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 09, 2008

Felt a “weirdness” all day like something was wrong. It’s a feeling I’ve had before and usually I end up taking magnesium. Nothing happened but when in doubt, I take a magnesium.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for February 06, 2008

I’ve looked EVERYWHERE for those amino acids threonine, aspartic acid (aspartate) and asparagine. Nobody seems to have them but I’m not sure why? They are part of the standard amino acids!

After a bit of googling tonight, I have found them. A company in the US sells each amino acid individually and will ship to Canada. I select the three that I am looking for and place the order. A couple of clicks and they are on the way.

I don’t understand why health foods stores in Canada don’t carry them? I just hope they won’t be a problem at the border!

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

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