Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 27, 2006

So here are some excerpts from Carolyn Dean’s book. I think the magnesium deficiency has never been more obvious and yet overlooked by every single doctor/specialist I have seen and overlooked by the alternative methods that I have tried.

Justification for a Magnesium Deficiency:

1) High level of free radicals.
2) High level of Aluminum.
3) Destruction of the Myelin sheath.
4) Long term use of vitamins with no real improvement.

Here is what she says in “The Miracle of Magnesium”:

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Taking magnesium supplements with a fatty meal are a waste. Magnesium supplements are best taken on an empty stomach. There is much evidence that a high protein diet only makes a magnesium deficiency worse, and if you follow such a regimen, you should take at least 300 mg of supplemental magnesium a day.

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Sugar overload can cause magnesium deficiency in several ways. The body has to tap into it’s own reserves of minerals and vitamins to ensure sugar’s digestion. Adding sugar to the diet produces an excessively acid condition in the body; to neutralize it the body has to draw upon its stores of the alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. If the acidic condition is severe, calcium and magnesium will even be taken from the bones and teeth, which leads to decay, softening, and ultimately osteoporosis.

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If you are taking estrogen and have a low magnesium intake, calcium supplementation may increase your risk of thrombosis. Calcium and magnesium: this minerals work so closely together that the lack of one immediately diminishes the effectiveness of the other. Even though the use of calcium supplementation for the mangement of osteoporosis has increased significantly in the last decade, scientific studies do not support such large doses after menopause. Soft tissue calcification could be a serious side effect of taking too much calcium.

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If the nerves are irritated by neurotoxins, they begin to lose their myelin sheath and MS can result.In fact, autoimmune disease may also be the end stage of a buildup of toxicity along with a deficiency of nutrients, such as magnesium that are designed to clear toxins from the body. According to some doctors, the definition of autoimmune disease as “disease against self” is not accurate; the disease process is, in fact, against a self altered by toxins and nutrient deficiencies.

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The overproduction of adrenaline due to stress leads to magnesium deficiency and therefore puts a strain on the magnesium dependent energy system of the body, causing energy depletion that leads to fatigue.

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The hallmark of a mineral deficient person is often one who takes vitamins without minerals and feels worse or does well for a while but then deteriorates. If you have a mineral deficiency, especially magnesium, which is necessary for energy production, certain areas of the body may be overstimulated by vitamin supplements, while other areas can’t respond. Begin with magnesium as one of your first supplements.

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Conventional allergy shots have been used for decades to try and trick the body into accepting irritating allergens but often do not work, especially when the condition is due to a nutrient deficiency.

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Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E that turn off free radicals. The greater amount of other antioxidants in the body, the more magnesium is spared from acting as an antioxidant and is free to perform it’s many functions. Antioxidants protect the level of magnesium in the body, which prevents elevation of calcium, which can lead to vascular muscle spasm. If there are not enough antioxidants available, overabundant free radicals begin to damage and destroy normal healthy cells.

According to current research, low magnesium levels not only magnify free radical damage but can hasten the production of free radicals. One study utilizing cultures of skin cells found that low magnesium doubled the levels of free radicals. It appears that low magnesium damages the vital fatty layer in the cell membrane making it more susceptible to destruction and allowing leakage through the membrane.

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Aluminum can also replace magnesium in the brain, which leaves calcium channels in the brain nerve cells wide open, allowing calcium to flood in, causing cell death. Enzymes function in the body only when they have access to the proper cofactors, which are mostly vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.

Research indicates that ample magnesium will protect brain cells from the damaging effects of aluminum, beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel. We also know that low levels of brain magnesium contribute to the deposition of heavy metals in the brain that heralds Packinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It appears that  the metals compete with magnesium for the entry into the brain cells. If magnesium is low, metals gain access much more readily.

There is competition in the small intestine for absorption of minerals. If there is enough magnesium, aluminum won’t be absorbed.

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William Grant, an atmospheric scientist, had an interest in Alzheimer’s because of a strong family history. Grant theorized that the diets of Alzheimer’s patients might be very acidic, leaching the calcium and magnesium from the body. He found that people with Alzheimer’s have elevated amounts of aluminum, iron and zinc and have reduced alkaline metals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium, which neutralize the acidity in the diet.

An acid forming diet is the typical western fare – high protein, high fat, and high sugar are additional factors in creating aluminum overload in Alzheimer’s.

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August 27, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 02, 2006

Did my pH test this morning and here are the results:

Salivary pH: 7.6

A healthy American should find they have a salivary pH above 6.0. People with cancer always have a pH below 6.0, and when they are terminal their pH is usually below 5.5. A health conscious American will have a salivary pH above 6.6 and never above 7.2. If their salivary pH is higher than that they lack good flora and digestive enzymes. If the saliva pH is too high (over 6.8), the body may suffer greatly, e.g. excess gas, constipation and production of yeast, mold and fungus.

Urine pH: 5.8

Urine testing may indicate how well your body is excreting acids and assimilating minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. These minerals function as “buffers.” Buffers are substances that help maintain and balance the body against the introduction of too much acidity or too much alkalinity. Even with the proper amounts of buffers, acid or alkaline levels can become extreme. When the body ingests or produces too many of these acids or alkalis, it must excrete the excess. The urine is the perfect way for the body to remove any excess acids or alkaline substances that cannot be buffered. If the average urine pH is below 6.5 the body’s buffering system is overwhelmed, a state of “autotoxication” exists, and attention should be given to lowering acid levels.

Test Your Body’s Acidity or Alkalinity with pH Strips

It is recommended that you test your pH levels to determine if your body’s pH needs immediate attention. By using pH test strips, you can determine your pH factor quickly and easily in the privacy of your own home. If your urinary pH fluctuates between 6.0 to 6.5 in the morning and between 6.5 and 7.0 in the evening, your body is functioning within a healthy range. If your saliva stays between 6.5 and 7.5 all day, your body is functioning within a healthy range. The best time to test your pH is about one hour before a meal and two hours after a meal. Test your pH two days a week.

My results are not surprising and it looks like I have a lot of work to do…

I will say one thing, I didn’t have the same type of vibration last night. It appeared to be very very weak. Maybe these new changes are working!!

May 2, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

Entry for April 28, 2006

Sympathetic Nervous System Dominance

The sympathetic division of the nervous system is the “accelerator” portion of the body, or it makes it the body function faster. The parasympathetic nervous system functions like the brakes for the body. Normally the body balances the sympathetic division of the nervous system with the parasympathetic division. The parasympathetic division could be thought of as the “brakes” for the body. Now, when these are in balance there’s no problem, but if you have one working and the other not working, you are in trouble. If your brakes work but your accelerator doesn’t you don’t go anywhere. If you accelerator works but your bakes don’t you can’t stop. When the sympathetic nervous system is overactive the following symptoms can develop: stomach upset and irritation, frequent cold sweats, stomach inflammation, a feeling like the body is always “racing”, diarrhea, excessive sweating, loose stools, a racing heart, irregular heartbeat, and incomplete digestion resulting in gas.

Parasympathetic Nervous System Dominance

The parasympathetic nervous system functions like the brakes for the body. When it is overactive you may feel very sluggish, and the digestive tract may malfunction due to a lack of hydrochloric acid. With a lack of hydrochloric acid your body will not adequately digest food and you may suffer from food allergies /sensitivities. It is important that this be corrected as the inability to digest your food can result in almost any health problem.

This is all very interesting and I feel like I’m on the verge of a major breakthrough. Is my health problems related to the lack of hydrochloric acid? Luckily, there is an easy way to find out.

CHECK YOUR STOMACH FOR SUFFICIENT HYDROCHLORIC ACID

To test for sufficient hydrochloric acid:

You need betaine hydrochloride tablets plus enzymes – they are available from health food shops. Take half a tablet before the last mouthful of a main meal. Burning or indigestion means you have plenty of hydrochloric acid. Don’t take any more tablets. Use antacid or teaspoonful of bicarbonate to relieve discomfort. If no burning or indigestion, next day take 1 tablet in the same way. If still no burning or indigestion, next day take 2 tablets in the same way. If still no burning or indigestion, then you need more acid.

Here are the most common causes of indigestion:

  1. Candidiasis
  2. Food Allergy
  3. Gallbladder Disease
  4. H. Pylori
  5. Heartburn
  6. Hiatal Hernia and Esophagitis
  7. Lactose Intolerance
  8. Ulcers

Most people who suffer from chronic indigestion have been to doctors and have been tested for various conditions. If this describes you, and if you have read about the above ailments and still can’t find the cause of your indigestion, there are two other possible causes that are not widely known:

  • Deficiency of hydrochloric acid
  • Deficiency of pancreatic enzymes

If you suffer from deficiency of hydrochloric acid or lack of gastric acid secretion, you may experience:

  • Bloating, belching, burning, and flatulence right after eating, diarrhea or constipation, a feeling of overfullness after eating, food allergies and nausea caused by nutritional supplements.

With all of the diagnostic testing and experiments in my diet the past year, I can easily rule out the eight common causes of indigestion so I’m left with the two other possible causes that are not widely known. Deficiency of hydrochloric acid or Deficiency of pancreatic enzymes. It goes on to say that if you lack pancreatic enzymes, there are supplements that can help. Preparations of pancreatic enzymes isolated from animal sources are used with other enzymes including bromelain, which comes from pineapple, to aid digestion. Is this why I felt better after my three day pineapple diet back in August? Nausea caused by nutritional supplements? Is this why the vitamin supplements from the Naturalpath made me feel worse? 

Things are starting to make a lot of sense so I take this research to my wife. She mentions how I feel better when I take vitamin C and how it’s an ascorbic acid. I google the effects of vitamin C and come across this article:

One common complaint regarding vitamin C is that it can cause gastrointestinal distress, including cramps, diarrhea and nausea. These symptoms, which are caused by the acidity rather than the ascorbate itself, seem to disappear when a buffered form of vitamin C is taken.

So now I’m wondering if I have both the deficiency of hydrochloric acid and the deficiency of pancreatic enzymes? Interesting thought: The Acidophilus works because it’s a mixture of bacteria that helps digestion. This explains why it helps but doesn’t fix the problem. Another site talks about Alkaline and Acidic Imbalance.

What if I’m Overly-Alkaline?

Alkalinity is relatively rare, but if your urine and/or saliva consistently test above 7.0 pH, start with steps 1, 2 and 3 below and continue adding steps until the desired results are achieved. Be sure to monitor your progress with easy-to-use pH test strips. You will notice that some of these steps are the same as those recommended above for an overly acidic condition. This is because these steps have a buffering effect, or in other words they are balancing, tending to bring the pH back toward normal no matter which direction it has gone:

Enzymes are essential: Take 1-2 capsules of Food Enzymes or Proactazyme Plus with every meal. Also take 1-2 capsules of High Potency Protease and Nature’s Noni between meals on an empty stomach.

  • Support urinary and lymphatic systems’ ability to excrete toxins: Take Kidney Drainage and Lymphatic Drainage in water according to directions. Then use Lymphomax and Urinary Maintenance to maintain.
  • Correct calcium is needed: Use NSP’s Liquid Calcium.
  • Vitamin C: Use Timed-Release Vitamin C. Use 3,000 mg or more, to maximum bowel tolerance. (If diarrhea occurs, reduce intake.)
  • Flax Seed Oil: Use 1 capsules of Flax Seed Oil 3 times a day or 2 tablespoons of Liquid Flax Seed Oil daily.
  • Cleanse as needed: Take a psyllium hulls supplement such as Psyllium Hulls Combination at bedtime to maintain regular bowel movements. Use CleanStart twice a year for liver, bowel and kidney detoxification.

Number four: Take 3000 mg or more of Vitamin C to change the alkalinity of the stomach. That is exactly what I have been doing for months and now I find it’s recommended!! Not one doctor picked up on this. Not one doctor could figure out why I need to take so much vitamin C.

More research and experimentation is required…but this is most definately progress.

April 28, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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