Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 19, 2008

Back in February I ordered a bunch of amino acids from a health food company in the states because I wasn’t able to find them anywhere here in Canada. I tried them here and there in different doses without the any real results. I thought there would be a noticable difference because I had followed the results of the amino acid test. When I didn’t get the results I was looking for, it was off in another direction and I tried something else.

Today I decided to try them again. There are a number of other amino acids that depend on aspartic acid so it seemed like a logical place to start and interestingly, the amino acid test indicated that I had low levels of five of the six. I always feel like a detective when I find stuff like this. Find the needle in a hay stack that leads to the breakthough…I can only hope!

Aspartic Acid

Aspartic acid plays an important role in the citric acid cycle, or Krebs cycle, during which other amino acids and biochemicals, such as asparagine, arginine, lysine, methionine, threonine, isoleucine, and several nucleotides are synthesized.

Low aspartic acid can also be associated with low calcium and magnesium levels.

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December 3, 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 October 20, 2007

Woke up today and I can feel a real improvement with the candida. My eyes feel a lot better too. I think the Arginine and the Glycine are working and definitely something I was low in.

I’ve been casually looking around for a new job. I’m not serious about quitting my job or for any paticualar reason but every now and again I like to see what’s out there. So I’ve sent my resume of to a few places this week and we’ll see what happens…

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for October 18, 2007

I’ve been doing so much reading about the different functions of amino acids that I’m going to try Arginine again for the immune system. I took it for the first time last month and took it until I ran out. It had a good effect on the candida so I’m going to get it again. Maybe I didn’t do it long enough.

I’m convinced that amino acids are so much more important than vitamins or minerals. They all work together of course but I find it all fascinating how each one provides a different role in the body but you never really hear anything about them.

A multivitamin doesn’t contain amino acids and yet they are so important. I can still hear my doctor telling me that all I needed was a good multivitamin and suggested Centrum. EEEK!

ARGININE (Non-Essential) L-Arginine is essential in muscle metabolism and tissue generation and regeneration. In the body it creates nitric oxide, which is an important catalyst for healthy dilation of blood vessels, circulation and blood flow. Studies have shown that Arginine improves immune responses to bacteria, viruses and tumor cells, promotes wound healing and regeneration of the liver and the release of growth hormones. Arginine is highly concentrated in the skin and connective tissue and helps keep blood-vessel tissue elastic. Arginine also helps to remove ammonia from the body as part of the urea cycle.

Arginine is gaining popularity as a treatment for high cholesterol. Studies with animals and humans suggest that it may improve coronary blood flow and lower cholesterol levels through its antioxidant properties. Arginine Pyroglutamate moves easily across the blood/brain barrier where it releases Arginine, acts as a slow release Glutamine, and increases acetylcholine.

Another amino acid that I’m interested in is Glycine. In fact Glycine is as much as one third of the amino acid content of collagen. WOW! Again, I’ve taken this before and I knew about the collagen link but 1/3?? That’s significant.

Glycine is one – third of total amino acid content of collagen followed by hydroxyproline and proline account for another one-third of amino acid content of collagen. Hydroxyproline is exclusive to collagen and due to this reason to estimate collagen normally hydroxyproline is estimation is done.

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 25, 2007

The past couple of days I’ve been doing more research regarding amino acids and although the Arginine did make a difference with the candida, there must be something else. I go out on my lunch to check out a number of health food stores and body building stores along Yonge street during my lunch. Not one had Glycine but one store did say they could order it for me next Friday but I didn’t want to wait that long.

After getting back to the office I make a few phone calls and actually found a store on Bloor street that have it in stock made by AOR. Exactly the one I’ve been looking for. They put it aside with my name on it and I pick it up on my way home.

GLYCINE is a non-essential glucogenic amino acid that can readily convert to serine. It is the simplest of all the amino acids and can be synthesized from acetic acid and Vitamin B. Necessary for optimal growth, glycine is involved in phospholipid and collagen production, and in the release of energy. Glycine received its name because it resembled the sweet taste of glucose and glycogen.

Glycine is an integral part of bile salts and the heme pigment in the RBC’s (red blood cells). It is also a major part of of the amino acid pool available for the synthesis of non-essential amino acids when required.

Glycine is essential for the biosynthesis of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), as well as that of bile acids. It is used as a gastric antacid and a dietary supplement, and in the treatment of various myopathies (disease of the eye muscles). It also functions as an inhibitory nerotransmitter in the central nervous system. Glycine retards muscle degeneration by supplying additional creatine. It is necessary for central nervous system function and a healthy prostate. Its inhibitory action helps prevent epilepsy and has been used in the treatment of bipolar depression. It is sometimes utilized in liver detoxification compounds with glutathione.

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

Entry for September 21 2007

A couple of days with the liquid amino and I can’t say I feel a difference. Once again, I’m impatient for results and probably need to take it a while longer. I will say one thing through… I’ve felt the positive effect that Arginine has on my candida. Another deficiency. So here’s my theory on Candida and all the web sites and supplements that suggest they work.

If someone has Candida, there is an underling deficiency. The worse the candida, the more deficiencies exist. This includes all Vitamins, all Minerals and all Amino Acids.

I’m of the opinion now that the amino complex might be the same as a multivitamin whereas you can’t solve a deficiency unless you focus on a single amino acid.

October 8, 2007 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 September 14, 2007

Found some Arginine at my local health food store but I tried several other places looking for Glycine but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. The store clerks seem confused whenever I mention that I’m looking for it.

L-Arginine Dosage

2 to 30 grams. Each person has biochemical individuality, and significantly differing needs for amino acid supplements. When supplementing arginine orally, some researchers recommend taking the supplements for two months, then discontinuing for two months before starting a new “cycle.” A Take a small dosage for one week, note the benefits and the side effects, and increase or decrease the dosage until the benefits are maximized and the side effects minimized.

I’ll start with three capsules a day…

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

Entry for September 13, 2007

Did some more research into the amino acids and came across some interesting things. There are three amino acid deficiencies that are seen in people with candida. I already have Taurine so I do some reading about Arginine and discover it’s another amino acid that is a precursor to GABA. I’ll see if can pick up some Arginine and Glycine.

ARGININE
Main Functions:

Essential for normal immune system activity.
Necessary for wound healing.
Assists with regeneration of damaged liver.
Necessary for production and release of growth hormone
Increases release of insulin and glucogen. Arginine is the most potent amino acid in releasing insulin.
Assists in healing through collagen synthesis
Precursor to GABA, an important inhibitory neurotransmitter
Aids in wound healing

Arginine Deficiencies Seen In:

AIDS
Immune deficiency syndromes.
Candidiasis

GLYCINE
Main Functions:

Part of the structure of haemoglobin.
Part of cytochromes, which are enzymes involved in energy production.
Inhibits sugar cravings.
One of the 3 critical glycogenic amino acids, along with serine and alanine.
Involved in glycogen production, which assists in glycogen metabolism.

Glycine Deficiency Seen In:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Hypoglycaemia
Anaemia
Viral Infections
Candidiasis

TAURINE
Main Functions:

In the nervous system, stabilises cell membranes, which raises the seizure threshold, and helps treat epileptic seizures.
Acts as inhibitory neurotransmitter and is as potent as Glycine
Anti-convulsant effect is long-lasting and can be confirmed both clinically and by repeat EEG’s (electroencephalograms).
Anti-oxidant. Slows down the aging process by neutralising free radicals.
Highest concentration of Taurine is in the heart.
Reduces risk of gall stones by combining with bile acids to make them water soluble.
Involved in stabilization of heart rhythm. Loss of intracellular Taurine in the heart leads to arrhythmias.
Useful in treatment of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF).
Strengthens neutrophils (white blood cells/part of immune system) in their ability to kill bacteria.
Useful in brain injury
Decreases cholesterol levels

Highly concentrated in the eye.

Taurine Deficiency Seen In:

Parkinson’s disease
Anxiety
Candida
AIDS
Cardiac insufficiency
Hypertension
Depression
Kidney failure

So there is a link between a Taurine deficiency and candida. The only problem with this is that a zinc deficiency can cause Taurine levels to rise. I have candida and low zinc levels? So is my Taurine low or high?

September 23, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 31, 2007

I was looking up Adrenals in my health book and I came across a reference for an amino acid called Tyrosine. I’ve tried an amino acid complex before without much luck but this time, I look further:

Diagnosis

Essential vitamin, mineral, and amino acid deficiencies frequently go undiagnosed in conventional medicine because conventional testing methods look for pathology—meaning the tests only check for chronic conditions that are present, and NOT for the precursors that lead to illness. In a conventional medical setting, symptoms may go undiagnosed for months or even years before a chronic condition fully develops. That’s why it’s important to choose functional testing, which is designed to detect the biochemical imbalances that are causing your symptoms, before they lead to chronic conditions.

Amino Acids – Amino acids are the “building blocks” of proteins and are necessary for virtually everything in our bodies, including most hormones and all neurotransmitters. Low levels of amino acids are closely associated with several chronic ailments.

In particular, people with Candida have been found to be deficient in nearly all amino acids. Many Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients have low levels of L-tryptophan and L-tyrosine. L-tyrosine plays a key role in the production of thyroid hormone, so low levels of this amino acid may explain the prevalence of thyroid issues among chronically ill people. Amino acids can be maintained at healthy levels with the use of well-balanced dietary supplements, but only while also striving to get enough high-quality protein in the diet.

Glycine, Serine, Taurine and Arginine deficiencies are seen in Candidiasis.

Found another web site that suggested taking Proline for candida. And another suggested a link to low magnesium levels:

Low L-aspartic acid can be associated with low calcium and magnesium levels. Therefore, if one has this deficiency, calcium and magnesium levels should be checked.

January 31, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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