Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

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.

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

Entry for January 31, 2008

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about lecithin and methionine lately and I came aross something called s-adenosyl methionine with a link to the adrenals and how it can be effected by methionine and riboflavin deficiencies. This sounds all too familiar…

Methionine is also used by the body to manufacture SAMe, also known as S-adenosyl-methionine or S-adenosyl-L-methionine. SAMe is found in every cell in the body. SAMe has been shown to be effective as a treatment for osteoarthritis and associated joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation.

It is important to note that dietary supplements of methionine do not appear to elevate SAM-e levels or have the same effect on mood states found with SAM-e. Doses of 200-600 mg per day may be effective in elevating mood and treating mild depression.

Highest concentration of SAM in body (in order):
1) Adrenal gland
2) Pineal gland

“Deficiencies of any of the active coenzyme forms of vitamins B2, B6, B12 and folic acid will disrupt SAMe production, and conversely diminished SAMe production will impair conversion of folic acid and B12 to their coenzyme forms.

August 17, 2009 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 September 14, 2007

Very happy with the improvement in my candida since I started Arginine. It’s not perfect but it is a slight improvement…once again. I’ve been doing a ton of research on amino acids lately and it’s now my humble opinion that they are more important than vitamins and minerals.

The Therapeutic Role of Amino Acids

Data and statistics have made it clear that amino acids are not only the building blocks of life, they are also the stepping stones to recovery from illness. You may (if you haven’t yet) want to review Why Are Amino Acids Called the “Building Blocks of Life?”

Amino acids account for 75% of dry body weight. (Vitamins and minerals account for only 1.5% of dry body weight). Amino acids make up all neurotransmitters except for one. 100% of hormones are made up of amino acids. DNA and RNA, our genetic material, require amino acids. Protein IS amino acids. Amino acids influence every system in the human body and every endocrine gland. A few examples of amino acid dynamics within endocrine functions are:

Thyroid

The various forms of thyroid hormone are all made of amino acids. The thyroid gland is our “energy burner” and helps us maintain a normal metabolic rate. Too little thyroid hormone, and we become exhausted, dull-witted, depressed, and sluggish. The fuel that thyroid hormone burns is glucose, whose levels are maintained by the hormone insulin which is made by the pancreas.

Pancreas

Insulin is one of the main hormones made by the pancreas, and is made up of a long chain of amino acids. Insulin is essential for maintaining normal levels of blood sugar. Problems with insulin can lead either to hypoglycemia or diabetes.

Adrenal

The adrenal gland makes a host of hormones among which adrenaline is one of the most important (Adrenaline is made from the amino acid, tryosine). Adrenaline is essential for the fight-or-flight reaction. We need adrenaline in times of real danger. Those of use who are chronically stressed have adrenals that are “burning out”. That’s because each episode of stress is handled by the adrenals as if our lives were in danger. One of the important functions of adrenaline is that it “tells” the liver to break down glycogen, our glucose store, so that our body has an immediate rush of energy.

Pituitary

Human Growth Hormone (HGH). HGH is a major contributor to longevity, energy, vitality, muscle strength and endurance. HGH is a long chain of amino acids.

Sex Hormones

The sex hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are amino acid based.

Thus far, you know that amino acids are crucial to the nervous system and endocrine system. We can correct many abnormalities in these two systems by replacing deficient amino acids.

Specific Essential Amino Acid Functions

They prevent aging and degenerative disease through their anti-oxidant functions. They keep the gastrointenstinal tract working. Amino acids are critical to immune system function and thus help us fight viruses, bacteria, parasites, yeast, and cancer.

The sulfur-containing amino acids help detoxify heavy metals within our bodies.

Muscles are built and repaired by amino acids, such as valine, leucine, and isoleucine.

Connective tissue, including ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and joint surfaces, are made of amino acids, especially L-Proline and L-Lysine.

Heart muscle is dependent on amino acids, as is heart rate and rhythm.

The nervous system relies heavily on amino acids to serve as neurotransmitters, the molecules that carry information from one neuron to another. They regulate blood sugar levels, and therefore, energy.

The amino acids cysteine and methionine fight allergies. The amino acid taurine prevents epileptic seizures. Growth hormone requires the amino acids ornithine and arginine. This is vitally important as growth hormone keeps us young, strong, and fit.

The amino acid glycine is required for wound healing. L-Carnitine is a “heart tonic.”

Histidine fights arthritis. Histidine increases libido.

Lysine helps fights viruses and is essential for bone growth. In times of serious health crises, such as wasting from cancer, amino acids help rebuild muscles, improves the immune system, and can help restore vitality.

Obesity, and weight in general, can be fought with tryptophan. D-L

Phenylalanine helps relieve pain.

Threonine helps prevent buildup of fat in the liver.

These are the facts. Most of all, we have found that amino acids work. They help alleviate symptoms, cure disease, and help us live longer and healthier.

October 4, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

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 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.

August 7, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

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.

August 7, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 20, 2007

I go through my vitamins and minerals looking for pantothenic acid and chromium. I’ve tried both before without much luck but this time it maybe different. If they are both linked to high levels of copper, now that I have that somewhat under control, it might make a difference this time.

I managed to find them in my archived section of vitamins and so I take one of each and go to bed. They both have a link to high levels of copper and candida. Pantothenic acid has a link with the adrenals too.

July 21, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 19, 2007

Potassium…time to take a look at this again.

The Adrenals

The adrenal glands are a pair of triangle shaped organs that rest on top of the kidneys. The glands are made up of two parts, the cortex or outer section, which produces cortisone, and the medulla or center section, which secretes adrenaline.

In addition to producing cortisone, the adrenal cortex also helps to maintain the salt and water balance in the body, and is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of blood sugar.

The adrenal medulla produces adrenaline, also known as the hormone epinephrine, when the body is under stress. This hormone speeds up the metabolism and produces other changes within the body that assist in coping with danger.

The adrenal help wake us up in the morning by producing cortisol which suppress the sleep hormone melatonin. The adrenal help control our blood sugar. They make hormones, which help raise our blood sugar under times of stress so that we can have energy. The adrenals control sodium, potassium and chlorides in our body, which adjust our fluid balance. They do this by working with the kidneys. The adrenals work closely with our thyroid gland to keep are metabolism high. The adrenals act like the fuel pump and the thyroid like the spark plugs. This keeps the fuel we consume for our food being combusted into energy.

When we have stress, whether physical or emotional, adrenal hormones help provide energy for us to get through the stress. The adrenals need vitamins, minerals and amino acids in order to make the hormones and to repair and keep themselves healthy. Vitamin C, B5, B6, iron, manganese, sodium and potassium act as stimulants to the adrenals. Vitamin B12, B2, Calcium, magnesium, copper, vitamin D can regulate the adrenals by slowing them down if they are going to fast or by suppressing them below normal. It takes more then the RDA or the amounts found common it foods to do this.

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Adrenal Exhaustion

An all-four-low mineral pattern is usually accompanied by a wide range of distressful symptoms, not the least of which is exhaustion. It is important to realize that individuals who suffer from all-four-low macro-minerals were probably at one time fast oxidizers. However, due to severe stress over a prolonged period of time, their adrenal glands eventually collapsed, as indicated by their current below normal levels of sodium and potassium.

Many of the problems associated with a fast oxidizer who has slipped into adrenal exhaustion, as indicated by all-four-low macro minerals, are directly related to inadequate reserves of calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Correction of the Problem

To correct the multitude of problems associated with four-low macro minerals, it is necessary to give relatively large amounts of calcium, magnesium and zinc as this trio of minerals is effective in alleviating current everyday stress placed upon the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands can be made less responsive to mineral-depleting stress, by supplementing the principal nutrients that are sacrificed during stress, (calcium, magnesium and zinc) rather than allowing the adrenal glands to be further exhausted by stress.

Sodium/Magnesium Ratio

Sodium and magnesium tend to be antagonistic. As one goes up the other goes down. The ratio of the two minerals often gives a better picture of adrenal activity than the sodium level alone.

I love that last paragraph. Even though the mineral relationships don’t indicate anything between sodium and magnesium, they suggest there is one. Interestingly, as one goes up the other goes down…so if I was extremely low in magnesium wouldn’t the sodium be high enough to cause the potassium to go low?

July 19, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 18, 2007

Something to keep in mind if I use high copper level as a starting point. What other vitamins and minerals can be effected? Copper, in excess, tends to lower potassium levels? I’ve tried potassium before and didn’t notice any difference. But I do know that it can cause nervousness and has a link with the adrenals.

Effects Of Copper On Other Minerals

Copper, in excess, tends to lower manganese, zinc and potassium levels. Copper toxicity can also result in deficiency of vitamin C and B6, inositol, folic acid and rutin.
Copper tends to increase tissue levels of calcium and sodium.
Copper can displace iron from the liver.

Effects Of Other Minerals And Vitamins On Copper

Mercury, cadmium and zinc – compete for absorption.
Molybdenum and sulfur – bind copper in the intestine.
Iron and manganese – remove copper from the liver.
Zinc – lowers copper levels in the blood.
Vitamin C – chelates copper in the blood.
Vitamin B6, folic acid and niacin are also copper antagonists.
Cobalt is synergetic with copper.

July 18, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 05, 2007

Nutritional Causes of Allergies
By Dr. Paul C. Eck and Dr. Larry Wilson

Ever increasing numbers of people are suffering from allergies. Many individuals are developing allergies not only to dust and pollen, but to foods, household chemicals, smoke and other substances and products as well. Avoiding the allergic food, or substance is one possible answer. However, avoidance is often not practical, or even possible. Also, avoidance does not help identify the primary cause of the allergy problem.

Modern nutritional science and biochemistry are now capable of providing significant insights into the basic causes and correction of allergy problems. When the primary cause is corrected, avoidance is less important and general health is improved as well.

Adrenal Insufficiency As A Cause Of Allergies

Your adrenal glands are two almond-size glands that sit on top of the kidneys. The adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones, including cortisol (an anti-inflammatory hormone) which normally serves to prevent allergic reactions. Normally, when one is exposed to an irritating substance, the body increases its production of these anti-inflammatory hormones which prevents an allergic response from occurring.

Most individuals suffer from allergies because they are not producing adequate amounts of adrenal gland hormones. Often the problem is chronic and worsens when the person is fatigued, or under stress.

An adrenal insufficiency is the major cause of allergies to pollen, dusts, molds, animal hair, foods and environmental chemicals.

An adrenal insufficiency-caused allergy can be readily identified from a hair mineral analysis. As a rule the individual’s sodium and potassium levels are very low, as compared to normal values. In many cases, the ratio of sodium to potassium is also low (less than 2.50:1), which is indicative of adrenal burnout.

The precise cause of adrenal insufficiency can be any combination of the following:

• Nutritional, or stress-depleted adrenal glands.
• Insufficient stimulation of the adrenal glands by the pituitary gland.
• Inadequate transport and utilization of adrenal hormones.

The correction of allergies involves correcting one’s current biochemical imbalances.
The adrenal glands specifically require vitamins A, C and E, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and specific amino acids, to function optimally. Deficiency, or imbalance of these essential nutrients, or toxic substances which block normal physiological functioning, interfere with the synthesis and adequate secretion of the adrenal hormones. If a person is living a particularly stressful lifestyle, a requirement of these essential nutrients is increased.

Nutritional correction is made possible by taking extra quantities of the specific nutrients the adrenal glands require for optimal functioning and eliminating toxic substances such as heavy metals, that severely interfere with optimal adrenal gland activity.

If the problem originates at the level of the pituitary gland, other factors come into consideration. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for stimulation of the pituitary gland to produce adrenocorticotropic hormones (ACTH). In many allergic individuals the sympathetic nervous system has become exhausted, due either to excessive exposure to stress, or a relative inability to cope with stress. Often, copper toxicity, resulting from an adrenal insufficiency, has overstimulated the sympathetic nervous system until it no longer functions adequately. A nutrition and lifestyle program are required to rest and restore nervous system balance, as well as restore adrenal and pituitary gland activity.

Inadequate transport and utilization of adrenal cortical hormones occur due to factors such as inadequate transport across cell membranes and a deficiency of cell membrane receptors. On a tissue mineral analysis, these problems may be identified by very low sodium and potassium levels, together with high calcium and magnesium levels. Calcium serves to stabilize the integrity of the cell membranes, decreasing their permeability to cellular toxins, which interfere with vital cell functions.

An allergy sufferer, with the above mineral patterns, requires a different nutritional regimen, one that increases their need for an additional calcium and magnesium intake. Other nutrients such as copper must also be given to help retain calcium and magnesium in body reserves, particularly the bone. Bioflavonoids are helpful to reduce cell fragility and increased cell membrane permeability. We also recommend the use of a thymus glandular substance to assist in regulating excessive activity of their adrenal glands. Excessive activity of the adrenal glands, due principally to stress, results in a calcium, magnesium and zinc deficiency, which further contributes to excessively high histamine levels. Zinc is required to store histamine. A deficiency of zinc results in a release of histamines into the surrounding tissue fluids.

Conclusion

Our research indicates that the reason allergies are so common today is largely due to an adrenal burnout-induced imbalanced body chemistry. The body has become hypersensitive to foods and environmental chemicals, which cause many types of allergic reactions.

Body chemistry has become impaired due to inadequate diets, stress and environmental pollution. Today, children are born with toxic metal poisoning and nutrient deficiencies, which indicates that even if an individual eats well, they may still be afflicted with allergies.

Fortunately, many nutritional imbalances can be measured accurately using hair mineral testing. Research has shown that changes in diet and lifestyle, along with scientifically recommended food supplements, can bring about improvement in many allergic conditions.

July 7, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

Entry for June 20, 2007

Even through I’ve been told that my adrenals are stressed by different health professionals, nobody ever mentioned the biounavailability of copper.

Adrenal insufficiency: The Major Cause of Copper Toxicity

Although there are numerous reasons for the prevalence of copper toxicity, the most important cause is adrenal gland insufficiency. Individuals with adrenal insufficiency are unable to utilize copper properly. The reason for this is that copper can only be utilized in the body if it is attached to a protein substance for transport and storage.

The major protein that copper is attached to is called ceruloplasmin. Ceruloplasmin is a protein which binds copper so that it can be utilized in biochemical reactions.

When the adrenal glands are underactive, they are unable to send out a message to the liver to release ceruloplasmin from the liver and, therefore, copper becomes biounavailable.

As a result of excessive tissue storage of biounavailable or unbound copper, a deficiency of available copper occurs, even when dietary intake of copper is more than adequate. The result may be a craving for foods high in copper, such as chocolate, avocados, etc. The other result is multiple bodily dysfunctions as a direct or indirect result of copper imbalance.

Copper. As a rule of thumb, when the sodium/potassium ratio is less than about 2:1, copper becomes biounavailable. This occurs because adequate adrenal activity is needed for the production of ceruloplasmin, a copper binding protein. In these cases, it is wise to supplement with a small amount of copper for a while, even if the tissue copper level is high. This helps restore glandular activity, which requires bioavailable copper. Dr. Eck likened this to priming an old-fashioned water pump. You had to put in a little water in order for it to start pumping out water.

June 29, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 07, 2007

For the past three days the vibration has returned. I thought I was doing good with the added calcium but I guess not. Tomorrow I’ll switch to taking my regular magnesium . I’ll try it in a lower dosage of 250 mg at each meal for 750 mg. Last time I took magnesium alone, it caused my hands to go cold so I’ll be interested to see if that happens again.

I really need to find out if the magnesium is the cause of the vibration or is it just helping relax my nerves and it’s something else. Can an iron deficiency cause nervousness? Like most vitamin and mineral deficiencies, there seems to be no standard for the symptoms.

Every web site tell you something different. Most of them don’t mention nervousness with an iron deficiency but one did… In fact, it contained deficiency dosage and different stages of deficiency that shows it’s possible to have an iron deficiency and a normal Hemoglobin.

First Signs of Iron Deficiency
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If the body does not get enough iron, it is capable of falling back on its own reserves for a while. That is why iron deficiency with its typical symptoms usually becomes noticeable very late. If you feel exhausted and tired more often than usual, notice slight forgetfulness or are nervous, irritated and weary, this might be the first signs of iron deficiency. There are of course other illnesses which have similar symptoms. For this reason, please leave the exact diagnosis to your doctor.

If you notice the symptoms listed below, it is advisable to let your doctor check your blood iron values in any case. The sooner you identify the start of iron deficiency, the better it can be treated.

  • fatigue
  • reduction in physical and mental capacity
  • forgetfulness
  • poor concentration
  • attacks of weakness
  • headaches
  • nervousness
  • loss of appetite
  • gastro-intestinal disturbances
  • shortness of breath
  • heart complaints
  • attacks of weakness
  • increased susceptibility to infection
  • pale, brittle, dry skin
  • brittle flattened finger nails
  • cracked lips
  • loss of hair that is often dull and split

Iron Deficiency Therapy – Possibilities and Limitations

A daily dose of 80 – 100 mg free iron is considered as standard treatment for iron deficiency. Depending on the quality of the preparation, various amounts of iron are absorbed by the body. During a period of iron deficiency, the body increases the iron absorption rate from 10 % to approximately 50 % on its own, in order to quickly prevent the risk of iron deficiency anemia.

The aim of treatment is to completely eliminate the iron deficit and to replenish the iron stores. Accordingly, treatment can take, where iron depots are empty, up to 3 – 6 months, depending on the actual daily amount of iron taken. When treatment takes so long, it is important that you tolerate the iron preparation well. It is not rare that gastric intolerance hinders compliance. Treatment then only slowly achieves its aim – if at all. Please ask your doctor for a preparation that offers the body as much iron as possible and that is also well tolerated.

Iron deficiency stages: Latent iron deficiency

In latent iron deficiency, the iron stored in the depots has been used up. The organism now automatically falls back on the iron present in the blood. During this stage, you may start to experience unpleasant symptoms such as headache, susceptibility to cold, increasing nervousness and decrease in vitality. Treatment of latent iron deficiency lasts for approx. 6 – 8 weeks. Only after this period iron depots are replenished.

Serum ferritin: < 30 mg/l
Hemoglobin: Normal to slightly low.

And can iron levels effect the adrenals? Yup, it sure can.

Iron deficiency is known to depress the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to infection. Thyroid, para-thyroid and adrenal gland function are all influenced by an imbalance of iron.

June 10, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 19, 2007

I’ve heard of Licorice Root as I’m familiar with a lot of the herbs now but I never knew it could be used for adrenal exhaustion.

Licorice Root

We know this herb for its wide use as a candy flavoring, but its value goes far beyond that. The dietary use of licorice goes back several thousand years. Licorice root has been used by traditional herbalists as a general tonic and for respiratory support. It also supports the liver.

Licorice is included in most Chinese herb combinations to balance the other herbs and to promote vitality. It has a reputation for helping the entire body maintain balance (particularly helpful to women who menstruate) and promoting well-being.

Licorice contains triterpenoid saponins, flavonoids, isoflavonoids, magnesium, silicon, sodium and other beneficial constituents.

Adrenal Support

“The adrenal glands often suffer from dietary and social abuses. They are constantly whipsawed by junk food, coffee, alcohol,overwork, insomnia, lack of exercise, anger, and anxiety. This is what is known as ‘adrenal exhaustion’. The most evident signs are fatigue, irritability, muscle weakness, inability to concentrate, indigestion, poor food assimilation, and periodic bouts of depression. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, manifests just about all of these symptoms, as does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Unless the adrenals are looked after, conditions can worsen and lead to serious illness such as Addison’s Disease,which is life-threatening. Besides the more obvious changes (diet) there is also herbal help. Licorice Root is to the adrenals what a nice soaking in a tub of hot water followed up with a hand Swedish massage is to tired, aching muscles and joints. Licorice quickly tones the adrenals by relaxing and strengthening them to continue pumping out adrenalin but in more measured amounts.

Of the 150-plus chemical compounds in this medicinal root, glycyrrhizin ( or glycyrrhizinic acid) is the most active principle. Glycyrrhizin is 50 times sweeter than sucrose.” Source: Healing Power Of Herbs, Dr. John Heinerman

“An herb that feeds the adrenal glands and helps the body adapt is called an “adaptogen.” Adaptogen herbs offer the materials needed to make the hormones and secretions so crucial to balance. Licorice Root is a long-favored adaptogen herb for building strength. Licorice’s nature and properties so closely match the needs of the gland’s hormone composition that hormones are then produced by the body quickly and with little effort.” Source: Herbal Health Newsletter,Vol. 6. No. 2

“Licorice contains glycyrrhizinic acid, starch and sugars in this herb contribute toward the strength and energy of the body and helps to build up the entire system. Experiments have shown that Licorice has cortisone-like properties. It has been found to have a very beneficial and nourishing effect on the adrenal glands if some portion of the gland is healthy. Addison’s disease, which decreases adrenal cortex secretions, has been treated with success with licorice extracts. Licorice is known to stimulate the production of the cortin hormone which is useful when the body is under mental and emotional stress and helps with the coping process.” Source: Today’s Herbs, Vol.XII Number 10

“Rapidly failing blood sugar level can affect both the mind an the body. The brain, which uses glucose as fuel. may be affected. The lack of sugar delivered to the brain and to the body provides one mechanism whereby low blood sugar causes symptoms. But there is another mechanism. When the sugar level falls, the body can quickly compensate, raising it again by pouring out adrenalin from the adrenal glands. The response is seen in a sudden fright or in a typical anxiety reaction. Think of the phrase: “My adrenalin was flowing” and you’ll know what it means.

Adrenalin is a very rapid acting hormone that can change the physiology of the body in less than a minute. In fact, the reaction is so fast that commonly during a glucose tolerance test, the doctor does not even have time to collect a blood specimen before the blood sugar has shot up much higher than it was just a moment earlier, before the adrenaline release took place.

May 19, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 19, 2007

ALWAYS treat your adrenals first

If the adrenals are weak, replacing thyroid hormone first would most likely make a person feel much worse and may stir up ‘hyperthyroid’ symptoms. If the adrenals are seriously not working properly, replacing thyroid hormone first will speed up the metabolism and can initiate an adrenal crisis. The adrenals must be strong enough to cope with the increase in metabolism. This is the most common mistake in the medical management of these conditions.

Simply put: The adrenals interact with the thyroid and mitigate the affects of thyroid hormone. So always address your adrenals first, and once they have stablised wait 2 another weeks before you address the thyroid.

Where to start: Adrenal vs. Thyroid?

If both the thyroid and the adrenals are weak, adrenal repair must precede thyroid repair. If the adrenals are weak, then even normal thyroid activity places an excessive burden on them. One may begin to feel ‘hypoadrenal’ (coldness, weight loss, dryness, fatigue, insomnia, and/or anxiety) and then the body innately turns down its own thyroid energy production by increasing production of RT3. Conversely, if the adrenals are strong and the thyroid is weak or unable to keep up with the adrenals, one begins to feel ‘hypothyroid’ (heat intolerance, weight gain and fluid retention, tiredness, excessive need to sleep and/or depression).

A very common error is to focus entirely on the thyroid and ignore the adrenals. In a weakened adrenal state, prescribing thyroid medication that contains T4 and/or T3 may produce limited or transient improvement. Subsequent increases of the dose offer little or no benefit as the medication pushes the energy machinery into overdrive. Unfortunately, this higher energy level is unsustainable due to the stress on the adrenals. Eventually the adrenals become fatigued and the symptoms of low energy return. If, however, the adrenals are functioning well, the thyroid hormones can do their job and the result is good metabolic energy.

Cortisol or Licorice

150mg of Whole Licorice Extract is this is roughly equivalent to 5mg of cortisol. It can be taken at 8am, noon and 4pm. Licorice MUST only be continued for 6 weeks to maintain its effect, then you need a two week break from it. It must not be used in conjunction with cortisol, but rather separately Once your adrenals are healthy again if you need further support use Licorice 1-2 weeks per month. Licorice and Hydrocortisone work by different mechanisms to increase cortisol in your body. Licorice works to retain endogenous cortisol (cortisol made by the body) and increase its effectiveness while circulating, while Hydrocortisone supplies exogenous cortisol (cortisol supplied from extenal sources). Some poeple will only feel better by using Hydrocortisone since their body is simply not making enough cortisol. This is a very important point.

May 19, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 18, 2007

I’ve been taking a high dosage of zinc since the end of February and although I’ve found great success, I’m still waiting patiently for more results. Maybe it’s time to look at something else?

I still have candida but it has improved since taking zinc. My knees are still very weak, my adrenals are stressed and I suspect my thyroid is effected. I keep checking my head for the hair loss but the effects from the zinc seem to have stopped. Back to Doctor Google and I come across a reference to hair loss.

Zinc and Selenium for better Hair Loss Treatment

The root of many hair loss problems is due to mineral and vitamin deficiency as clearly pointed out by Elizabeth Wotton, N.D. who is a naturopathic doctor at Compass Family Health Center in Plymouth, Massachusetts.She recommends that in order to remedy this situation ,it is of utmost importance to correct such deficiency by absorbing the proper vitamins and minerals and also if necessary to correct any improper indigestion problem In fact ,there are two minerals that are responsible for possible loss of hair, namely selenium and zinc.

A deficiency of both these minerals can ,eventually,affect the healthy growth of your hair, as both these minerals, as observed by researchers,aid in the in the utilization of protein that your body needs to help produce hair.

Your skin and scalp will thus become more supple and elastic and dandruff will be under control thanks to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. As a result of which, your hair will develop and grow normally. Zinc on the other hand is required for the maintenance of normal connective tissue structures and also for the synthesis of normal collagen. As with Selenium, Zinc may promote healthy hair growth and slow hair loss.

We can conclude that deficiencies in selenium and zinc can contribute to hair loss.It is one of the main cause of baldness in people.Knowing the cause of your hair loss is very important to determine the nature of treatment best for you.

I’ve taken Selenium now and again in the past but maybe it’s time to look at the other things that are effected by a Selenium deficiency. Selenium is linked with hair loss, candida, thyroid function and joint pain.

Selenium deficiencies limit cellular immunity against yeast.

Phagocytes (cells active in cell-mediated immunity) require selenium for the enzyme glutathione peroxidase function. Peroxidase activity in phagocytes is higher than in most other tissues (approximately twice that in red blood cells), and this is reflected in a higher need for selenium. The glutathione peroxidase system is an antioxidant enzyme system and is especially critical for phagocytic cell function. It has been experimentally demonstrated that selenium deficiency selectively causes a predisposition to yeast infection.

Support of the thyroid gland

In addition to iodine, selenium is a critical mineral for maintaining proper function of the thyroid gland. In order for the thyroid to produce the most active form of its hormone (a version of thyroid hormone that is called T3), selenium is not only essential, but also helps regulate the amount of hormone that is produced.

Joint Pain

Joints benefit from an adequate intake of selenium. Mucopolysaccharides need selenium to be produced. These molecules lubricate joints and keep them working longer. Without lubrication, the bones in your joints would grind on each other and possibly cause rheumatoid arthritis.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are one of the most concentrated food sources of selenium, featuring about 70-90 micrograms per nut. Brazil nuts may contain as much as 544 micrograms of selenium per ounce. It is wise to eat Brazil nuts only occasionally because of their unusually high intake of selenium.

Although supplemental selenium by itself has not been shown to cause improvement in RA, selenium taken together with vitamin E appears to have measurable positive results.

Supplements

With regard to dietary supplements, there is some evidence that vitamin C inactivates selenium within the digestive tract. Persons who are concerned about their selenium intake may prefer to take supplemental selenium in the absence of vitamin C.

Some naturopaths recommend taking selenium together with vitamin E on the grounds that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.

All this is very interesting. I’ve taken Selenium without any effect in the past and now I find out that vitamin C inactivates selenium within the digestive tract. Since I’ve been taking vitamin C everyday in dosages ranging from 500-2500 mg. Could that be why I had no progress in the past?

I’ll try taking selenium again but this time, I’ll eat a few Brazil nuts a day and I pick some up on my lunch hour.

May 18, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 02, 2007

At the advice of the new iridologist, I’ve been taking an adrenal glandular. I haven’t noticed any difference and based on my long standing issue with the adrenals and I thought it would. I’ve seen the guy with the big beard for a while and I’ve visited his web site. Andrew Weil even has his own line of supplements but I’m not really a fan. Here’s what I found regarding the adrenals on his web site:

From Andrew Weil:

The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys and secrete a variety of hormones including adrenaline, male sex hormones, and cortisol, a hormone produced in response to stress. Two well-known adrenal gland disorders are Cushing’s Syndrome, marked by excessive hormonal production and Addison’s disease, marked by adrenal deficiency.

“Adrenal exhaustion” and “adrenal fatigue” are popular diagnoses among alternative medicine practitioners but are not recognized in conventional medicine. They are often made by people not qualified by medical training (including nutritionists, chiropractors, massage therapists and health food store clerks) and are unlikely to be valid. Symptoms of adrenal exhaustion are usually vague and non-specific – fatigue, lack of energy, depression, weight problems, and insomnia. It is conceivable that very severe stress (resulting from a prolonged illness, for example) could lead to an adrenal imbalance, but I’m not sure that there is any physiological basis for the notion that everyday stress can ever “exhaust” the adrenals.

Some treatments recommended for this questionable condition usually are innocuous – rest, stress reduction, a healthy diet, and vitamin/mineral supplements. Others are not, especially adrenal glandular products. I strongly advise against taking any supplements that contain adrenal glandular tissue. (In fact, never take any over-the-counter glandular supplements.) At best, they are unnecessary; at worst, dangerous. They can disrupt the body’s hormonal balance, which is maintained by a delicate and interconnected set of controls.

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Entry for April 01, 2007

No vibration again last night or this morning.

The human body is an incredible, complex machine. Today I discover that the adrenals and thyroid are linked with an imbalance with the autonomic nervous system. Now there’s a clue for sure. No wonder the herbal complex included other herbs for calming the nervous system. So it probably doesn’t matter what I take for the adrenals or the thyroid unless I take care of the nervous exhaustion first.

Autonomic Response, Stress and Hypothyroidism

The thyroid is activated by the sympathetic nervous system as part of the fight-or-flight response to stress. If the autonomic nervous system is excessively sensitive or overstimulated, overstimulation of the thyroid occurs. The first effect is an increased thyroid and adrenal response. This may continue for several hours, days or years, depending upon its intensity. Then the thyroid weakens and can no longer maintain its response. Hypothyroidism then results.

This chain of events is labeled the General Adaptation Syndrome by Dr. Hans Selye, M.D. The alarm response, including excessive thyroid activity, is the first stage of adaptation. During the resistance and exhaustion stages, the thyroid weakens and hypothyroidism occurs.

This type of hypothyroidism can be caused by any type of stress. Eventually the thyroid becomes nutritionally depleted and cannot function properly. If the autonomic nervous system is out of balance, the thyroid is not properly stimulated by the pituitary to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormone.

Correction Of Hypothyroidism

The common treatment of hypothyroidism involves hormone replacement with either natural bovine thyroid hormone (Armour thyroid) or with synthetic hormones (Synthroid, Cytomel, etc.). In some cases, this corrects the symptoms. This treatment, however, does not correct the cause of the problem. The patient usually is told he or she must remain on the hormones for life.

In many cases, hormone replacement does not clear up all the symptoms. This occurs for several reasons:

• Symptoms may be caused by adrenal as well as thyroid underactivity. Both the adrenal and thyroid imbalances must be corrected.

• The cause of symptoms is an autonomic nervous system imbalance, which affects far more than just the thyroid gland.

• Thyroid hormones are adequate, but do not reach the cells, the target site for the hormone. This may be due to low tissue potassium, elevated tissue calcium and magnesium, or the presence of toxic metals.

• An improper diet can offset the effects of the hormones.

• Overwhelming stress or nutritional deficiencies prevent a satisfactory response

Adrenal Exhaustion and Hypothyroidism

The adrenal and thyroid glands work in close harmony. The adrenal hormones cause the conversion and release of sugars. Thyroid hormone is needed for oxidation or combustion of the sugars. Often hypothyroidism is accompanied by reduced adrenal gland activity. Blood tests are not always accurate for detecting adrenal insufficiency.

The symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are similar to hypothyroidism. In some instances, the thyroid gland attempts to compensate for reduced adrenal activity. This may work for a time, but eventually the thyroid becomes exhausted as well.

April 1, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 28, 2007

Back from the Iridologist. I have my iridology report from last year and my camera. I’m hoping that she’ll let me take some photos of the foot bath to record the progress.

She starts by asking me a bunch of generic health questions and fills out a form as we go. I answer her questions but I don’t go into too much detail for each question. At the end of the questionnaire, she takes a picture of each iris. The pictures are not that great and I show her how to use the camera in macro mode. I’m a little worried at this point but she is also unhappy with the results and switches to an iridology machine that looks like a huge microscope. She records my iris markings on a iridology iris chart and comments on the anxiety and stressed adrenals. She also mentions that she sees white marks on my liver and kidneys. She asks me if there is a genetic heart condition in my family: Nope none. She doesn’t say anything more but I know that the previous iridology reading had mentioned the same thing.

I already knew about the stressed adrenals and I’ve changed my lifestyle and added vitamins and minerals for the past year with little results. So I asked her how long it would take to correct the stressed adrenals. Her response? TWO YEARS!

She continues and makes a comment on the thyroid and asks if I have taking anything for thyroid support. I’ve never taken anything to support the thyroid and she explains that this could be one of the reasons for my low energy. She suggests taking a multi glandular support supplement for the thyroid and adrenals. As we get into get into a bit more detail, I mention about magnesium and mitral valve prolapse. Turns out, she has MVP as well! I continue and mention Plantar Fasciitis and she has that as well. Then I explain how I believe the two are connected from a lack of blood circulation and how it disappeared taking niacin for a few days.

She was very interested in my research and asked me if I had thought about getting into the health industry because I seemed so knowledgeable.

We talked about my discovery with zinc and copper and I explain about how I had a hard time with the ratio. She suggested alternating the dosage every other day. One day of zinc, copper the next. She tried kinesiology on a few of her supplements and I really didn’t show anything in a strong kind of way. I’ve always found that kinesiology is a bit of a hokey kind of science but I don’t fully understand how it works…

After about 30 minutes, she takes my to another room for the Ion Foot Bath. I ask her if I can take some photos and she doesn’t mind. I place my feet in some really warm water and away we go!!

March 28, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 22, 2007

Here is a very interesting article that describes how the adrenals are effected by the level of magnesium. So the naturopath knew I had stressed adrenals because she tested for it. But when I mentioned the magnesium loss, it was rejected. This is such a brilliant article. I just wish I could find a doctor who would understand what they are talking about. Forget it. That’s impossible…

When the ratio of sodium and magnesium becomes unbalanced–even slightly, it can have a major impact on the adrenal gland. Just by looking at the ratio between these two minerals lets you know immediately how well this gland is performing.

Thyroid and Adrenals

The thyroid gland and the adrenal glands are the main energy producing glands in the body, supplying the body with more than 98% of its energy. If you did not have these glands, you would not have enough energy to blink an eyelid. The thyroid gland, located right behind the Adam’s apple in your neck, is about the size of a plum. The adrenal glands are much smaller and are located on top of each of your kidneys. Everyone has one thyroid gland (with two lobes) and two adrenal glands. These glands work very closely together. In non-technical terms, the adrenal glands “release” simple sugars in the body, which serve as the fuel for the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland then takes these sugars and ignites them into energy. The thyroid gland is like the spark plugs of your car in that it ignites the fuel and turns it into power. So it is these glands, working together, which produce the body’s energy. To have maximum amounts of energy, these glands have to be functioning at peak capacity.

These are the glands that determine a person’s rate of metabolism, the “oxidation type.” If both the thyroid gland and the adrenal glands are overactive, a person will be known as a fast-oxidizer. In other words, he will have a very fast metabolism. These are the people who usually abound with energy. Now, if just one of these glands is overactive and one is underactive, a person will be a mixed-oxidizer. And if both of these glands are underactive, a person will be a slow-oxidizer. A slow oxidizer has a very slow rate of metabolism. These are the individuals who are usually lacking in energy. It is the adrenal glands which give a person extra energy when he needs it. Whenever a person faces an emergency, the adrenal glands release adrenalin, which gives the body the extra “boost” it needs.

There are four main minerals in the body, which help to regulate the thyroid and adrenal glands. These minerals are calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), sodium (Na), and potassium (K). These minerals could be called macro-minerals because they appear in larger proportions in the body than other minerals. If these four minerals are all at normal levels, the thyroid and adrenal glands will function at peak efficiency. However, if any one of these macro-minerals deviates much from normal range, this is when a person is going to have problems. Sometimes, even a relatively minor fluctuation in one of these minerals can cause either one of these glands to become underactive. A simple analogy, which further explains this principle, is to compare the mineral levels of the human body to a battery. Both the human body and a battery derive their energy from mineral electrolytes. When a battery has the perfect balance between certain minerals, it will be capable of producing its maximum energy potential. Likewise, when the human body has the perfect balance between certain minerals, it to will be capable of producing its maximum energy potential. However, when either the body or a battery has an imbalance in the minerals they contain, they lose their potential of carrying a charge. The minerals in your body determine the biochemical environment in which your organs must work. The more optimal is the mineral environment in your body, the better your organs will function, and the more energy you will have.

The real key to understanding health is the ratios between different minerals. The normal levels for each of these minerals are expressed in milligrams/percent. The normal level for calcium is 40, magnesium is 6, sodium is 25, and potassium is 10. If you add one zero to each of the numbers, you will get a figure representing parts per million. So the 40 for calcium represents a certain percentage of calcium which appears in the tissue cells of the body. The real key to understanding minerals and their effect on human health does not lie merely in evaluating individual mineral levels. Mineral levels can certainly help to give a tremendous amount of information about a person’s energy levels. However, looking at individual levels can be deceiving if you look at them just by themselves.

Calcium and potassium ratios are called the thyroid ratio. Calcium and potassium are the two specific minerals that regulate the thyroid gland. Calcium slows down the thyroid and potassium speeds it up. In order for this gland to operate at its maximum capacity, there has to be just the right balance between these two minerals. If a person has too much calcium in his tissues (in proportion to potassium) he will have an underactive thyroid gland. If he has an excess of potassium in his tissues (in proportion to calcium) he will have an overactive thyroid gland. This is why once you know the ratio of calcium to potassium in the body you know immediately if this gland is too fast or too slow. And not only that, but you will know exactly how fast or slow it is. The normal value of the calcium to potassium ratio is 4. You get that by looking at the normal values for calcium and potassium, where calcium is 40 and potassium is 10. 40 divided by 10 is 4. If a person has a ratio of 4 to 1 between these two minerals, the thyroid gland will be functioning at peak capacity, assuming that the levels for these two minerals are also near normal. By comparing a person’s actual ratio with the normal ratio, you can tell if the thyroid gland is underactive or overactive.

And once you know this, you will know approximately how much energy a person has. If a person has a thyroid ration (calcium to potassium ratio) which is greater than 4.7, his thyroid gland is underactive. The greater this ratio is between these two minerals, the weaker this gland will become and the less energy a person will have. It is impossible to have a poor thyroid ratio and still have an efficient thyroid gland. Even a 10% loss of efficiency can cause fatigue. Ten percent doesn’t sound like a big number, but it is. If the average lifespan of 70 or so years were cut 10%, that would be a loss of 7 years. That’s quite significant. If your average body temperature of 98.6 degrees were cut 10%, that would be a temperature of almost 9 degrees lower, which is a big difference. If the temperature went up 10%, that would be a temperature of almost 110 degrees, which for many people would mean death. So you can see that 10% in biological terms can be a pretty significant number. These mineral ratios are amazingly accurate. A person can have normal levels of thyroid hormone in his blood and still have a weak thyroid gland.

 The routine test for thyroid function is not very reliable.

This test basically measures the levels of a number of thyroxin proteins in the blood. But many doctors fail to understand that a person can have normal levels of thyroxin (thyroid hormone) in the blood and still have a weak thyroid gland. Or, because of mineral imbalances the thyroxin may just be circulating around without being fully effective. So, in many cases, the doctor may be drawing false conclusions from the test. A hair analysis gives a more accurate measure of the function of the thyroid.

When you’re talking about the adrenal gland, it is the sodium and magnesium which do the regulating. This could be called the adrenal ratio. When the ratio of these two minerals becomes unbalanced–even slightly, it can have a major impact on the adrenal gland. Too much magnesium, in relation to sodium, will slow down the adrenal gland. Just by looking at the ratio between these two minerals lets you know immediately how well this gland is performing. The normal level for the sodium to magnesium ratio is 4.17 to 1. You get this by dividing the normal levels for sodium (25) by the normal level for magnesium (6). So, if a person has an adrenal ratio of 4.17, the adrenal gland will be functioning at peak capacity, again assuming that the levels for these two minerals are also normal. The adrenal gland is underactive when the adrenal ratio (sodium to magnesium) is less than 3.2. Once you know a person’s mineral ratios and fully understand them, you can determine the efficiency of major organs–without guessing. The normal sodium level in the body is 25. When the sodium level drops much below 20, a person’s adrenal medulla will start to slow down. Many people have sodium levels that are lower than 15 and they usually have diminished levels of energy. Now, if your sodium level is very low, don’t try to compensate by eating a lot of salt (sodium). If you do this, it won’t help at all. It will probably only aggravate the problem.

You wouldn’t expect this to happen, but it does. If you multiply the energy level of the thyroid gland times the energy level of the adrenal gland you get the total energy loss. If a person has a perfect ratio for the thyroid gland (100%), but has a 50% ratio for his adrenal gland, the person would have a total energy loss of approximately 50%. Multiply the energy level of the thyroid gland (100%) times the energy level of the adrenal gland (50%). This would be a bare minimum as far as a loss of energy is concerned. One strong gland will not usually make up for a weak gland. If someone else has a thyroid gland with a 50% energy loss and he also has adrenal glands with a 50% loss, that person would be operating on approximately 25% of his available energy. The main thing you should remember is that you have to take into consideration both glands when figuring a person’s total energy loss. It gets a little more complicated when a person is a mixed oxidizer. Just remember that one strong gland will usually not make up for a weak gland. Most people are more fatigued than they would ever realize. They’re so tired that they can’t comprehend how exhausted they really are.

March 22, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

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