Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for June 25, 2006


Deficiency Symptoms

Because magnesium plays such a wide variety of roles in the body, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency can also vary widely. Many symptoms involve changes in nerve and muscle function. These changes include muscle weakness, tremor, and spasm. In the heart muscle, magnesium deficiency can result in arrhythmia, irregular contraction, and increased heart rate.

Because of its role in bone structure, the softening and weakening of bone can also be a symptom of magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms can include: imbalanced blood sugar levels; headaches; elevated blood pressure; elevated fats in the bloodstream; depression; seizures; nausea; vomiting; and lack of appetite.

Great… seems like a lot of vitamin deficiencies can cause a tremor. Could this be why the vibration is still around despite by high dosage of B complex vitamins and now the use of Benfotiamine?

A food source high in magnesium? Tuna!

The importance of Minerals

According to the U.S. Department of Health in 1982, America was known to be one of the sickest of 100 civilized nations on earth. America ranked 95th in relation to chronic and degenerative diseases; only 5 countries were worse off than America!  In 1987, it was revealed that America had dropped to the bottom of the list – number 100.

It has been recorded that 40% of the people who say they feel good actually suffer from a chronic disease. It is a well-known governmental fact that more than 99% of Americans are deficient in minerals that are required for the maintenance of a healthy body.  Why are minerals so important to good health? All nutritional elements such as enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, proteins, fats, sugars,  carbohydrates, etc., as well as all body functions, are dependent upon minerals.

June 25, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 24, 2006


Woke up this morning and I still have the vibration. No other symptoms, just the vibration. I take three capsules of the Benfotiamine but nothing else. No vitamin C, no acidophilus. I take another three around lunch and I still feel good. This time I decide to add the B complex at the same time. But for no other reason than to take all of the B vitamins together.

Went to our local library and signed out the book called “Beyond Basic Health” by Bernard Jensen. I open to a random page (p. 99) in the book and it reads:

“I haven’t seen a strong, naturally healthy person in a long, long time. Every person who comes in to see me has at least ten things wrong with them. Most of my patients have spent years going to doctors who gave them drugs, and after short periods of symptom relief, they had recurrences of their problems, some worse than before.”

-Bernard Jensen

I’ve managed to find one thing wrong with me, so what about the other nine? Maybe I should really think about getting a professional reading. As luck would have it our local health food store has two of them. I’ve never seen any mention of Iridology when I’ve been in the store.

By the end of the day I’ve taken 12 capsules of Benfotiamine for a total of 960 mg. I’ll start at this high dosage and see if it has any effect. I felt good all day with no symptoms.

Let’s see if it has any effect yet on the vibrations…

June 24, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 23, 2006


Start the day with my regular B complex vitamins, acidophilus and vitamin C. I mention to my friend about Benfotiamine and he looks up vitamins in the Canada 411 directory. He finds a place that sells it and they are located at Church & Welsley. I can go there on my lunch so I call the store to see if they have any in stock and they do!

Guess how I’m spending my lunch hour?

I manage to find the store fairly easiliy and I mention that I was the one who called looking for Benfotiamine and I find it sitting on the shelf. It’s expensive but it could be worth every penny of the $42.00. The instructions say to eat it with food so I wait until I’m back in the office.

I start with two capsules and each capsule has 80 mg of Thiamine. I don’t bother taking my lunch time vitamins because I want to see if it makes a difference. A couple of days ago, it wasn’t even an option.

I make it through the day and I feel good. No side effects from not taking my normal vitamins and I take another two with my dinner. And now for the real test. Will it have any effect on the vibrations?

Nope, still vibrating…

June 23, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 22, 2006


I did some more reading about Benfotiamine today and I come across a great article that shows the raising effect of Thiamine in the blood stream. (If this doesn’t stop the vibration, nothing will.)

Okay, now I really need this suppliment. I get home and I decide to try all of the health food stores to see if anyone has it. It’s after seven so most of them are closed. One of the stores is right beside a Jugo Juice so since I’m in the area, I’ll take some wheatgrass. Nobody has Benfotiamine in stock but one store said they could order it for me and they’d have it by next Tuesday. I didn’t want to wait that long so since I work in downtown Toronto, I’ll see if I can find a place close by tomorrow.

I’ve noticed my foot pain mildly coming back lately. Could this be because I’ve stopped taking Niacin? I’ll add that back into my regular vitamins…

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 21, 2006


Back to researching B vitamins. You’d think with everything that I have read so far, I’d be an expert. Then Doctor Google comes up with this gem. Ok, I don’t have HIV or AIDS, but the article talks about B vitamin deficiencies and how Thiamine is used in treating diabetic neuropathy.


Stanley Mirski, M.D., has reported that a large percentage of his diabetic patients who suffer from neuropathy have achieved improvements with daily thiamine supplementation in doses of 50-100 mg. Using a fat-soluble form of thiamine such as thiamine tetrahydro-furfuryl disulfide may be preferable because of the relatively poor absorption of water-soluble forms of this vitamin. This type is contained in Cardiovascular Research’s Allithiamine. A large number of HIV-positive people have reported to me their successful elimination of neuropathy with the combined use of the B vitamins discussed here. The information on acetyl-l- carnitine is too recent for much in the way of anecdotal reports to have surfaced, but it might be an important addition to improve the chances for successful elimination of neuropathy. Research has made it clear that people living with HIV are often deficient in carnitine.

WHAT!!!! There is a fat-soluble form of thiamine???!!!! I pull up the web site for the local health food store down the street and I type “thiamine tetrahydro-furfuryl disulfide” into the search engine and nothing comes up. So I search “thiamine” alone and get two results. I click on the second result because it says B1 and it’s the suppliment I already have. I click on the second one and it’s called Benfotiamine. I’ve never heard of it and they provide a link to the manufacturer’s web site. I click on that and I read about how it raises the level of thiamine in the blood. NOW THAT’S WHAT I NEED!!! And it was about three blocks away from my house the entire time.

Benfotiamine for Neuropathy, Retinopathy, and Vitamin B1 deficiency

Recent studies have shown strong evidence pointing to benfotiamine preventing and helping diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy.. The original patent on benfotiamine gave information that it is even less toxic than common vitamin B1 (thiamine hydrochloride usually).. To date, there has been no reports of any known, negative interactions with any medications.. Any condition that is the result of a thiamine deficiency will respond quite well to benfotiamine.


Benfotiamine raises the blood level of thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP), the biologically active co-enzyme of thiamine.

Thiamine and its Co-enzyme, TPP

Thiamine (vitamin B1) plays an essential part in the metabolism of glucose, through actions of it co-enzyme TPP (thiamine pyrophosphate). TPP is formed by the enzymatically-catalyzed addition of two phosphate groups donated by ATP to thiamine. TPP also goes by the name “thiamine diphosphate.” In the cytoplasm of the cell, glucose, a 6-carbon sugar, is metabolized to pyruvic acid, which is converted into acetyl-CoA, otherwise known as “active acetate.” Acetyl CoA enters the mitochondrion, where it serves as the starting substrate in the Kreb’s cycle (citric acid cycle). The Krebs cycle is the primary source of cellular metabolic energy. TPP, along with other co-enzymes, is essential for the removal of CO2 from pyruvic acid, which in turn is a key step in the conversion of pyruvic acid to acetyl CoA. CO2 removal from pyruvic acid is called “oxidative decarboxylation” and for this reason, TPP was originally referred to as “cocarboxylase.” TPP is thus vital to the cell’s energy supply. Benfotiamine helps maintain healthy cells in the presence of blood glucose. Acting as a biochemical “super-thiamin” it does this through several different cellular mechanisms, as discussed below.

Benfotiamine has been shown to block three of these mechanisms: the hexosamine pathway, the diaglycerol-protein kinease C pathway and the formation of Advanced Glycation End-poducts. As discussed below, benfotiamine does this by activating transketolase, a key thiamin-dependent enzyme.6 Benfotiamine stimulates tranketolase, a cellular enzyme essential for maintenance of normal glucose metabolic pathways.* Transketolase diverts the excess fructose-6-phosphate and glyceraldehydes-3-phosphate, (formed by the inhibition of GAPDH, as mentioned above), into production of pentose-5-phosphates and erythrose-4-phosphate and away from the damaging pathways. Benfotiamine activates transketolase activity in bovine aortic endothelial cells incubated in glucose. To test benfotiamine’s ability to counteract these metabolic abnormalities caused by elevated blood glucose, studies have been done in diabetic rats. Benfotiamine increases transketolase activity in the retinas of diabetic rats, while concomitantly decreasing hexosamine pathway activity, protein kinase C activity and AGE formation.

Found another web site that talks about the treatment using this suppliment.


Though the body cannot use more than about 10mg of common, water-soluble vitamin B-1 per day, benfotiamine is lipid-soluble and can safely be used at much higher levels than common vitamin B-1.

Most people get excellent results in 14-21 days time using two 150mg. Capsules twice per day (two in the morning and two in the evening). Benfotiamine need not be taken with meals. Some people get better results increasing the dosage to 900mg or 1200mg per day after the first two weeks. The point here is that benfotiamine is safe at any reasonable daily usage level. An individual should merely find the level that produces the maximum beneficial effect without reaching a point of diminishing return beyond which the excess amount is wasted.

Some case studies have documented daily usage in the 600mgday range and more with interesting anecdotal and clinical results: Holladay Case Studies.

Also, Dr. Brownlee participated in a clinical trial using 600mg/day: Clinical Trial Using 600mg with dramatic results after increasing daily usage to 600mg. The neuropathy symptoms ceased progression and began to reverse and people experienced a complete cessation of sciatica episodes. Also, the average blood pressure dropped from a persistent 145/90 to 120/80, without the use of other blood pressure medications.

Most people get excellent results in 14-21 days using two 150mg???!!!! How do I get a hold of this stuff?

I’m really disapointed that the naturopath didn’t mention this. I’ve been taking B Complex for so long now with very little results, you’d think she could’ve at least mentioned that there are fat soluble vitamins. She seemed more interested in talking about me in her class.

I don’t really think she did enough reading or understanding of my symptoms. It’s really hard to knock what she was doing because she gave me two suppliments that have helped me tremendously but there comes a point where you say: “This is not working.” The acupuncture doctor did that and I’ll give her the most credit for helping me figure out my symptoms and leading me on my current path to understanding the root cause even though it had nothing to do with acupuncture.

I’d love to go back to her one day not for a treatment, but to tell her all about my discoveries since I stopped the acupuncture. I’d love to see her do the cupping with no pepperoni marks and watch as my blood pressure reads normal. That would be great and maybe someday I’ll see her for another appointment. Imagine if the results came back  and I could tell her that I have Beriberi? She won’t believe it and neither will anybody else.

June 21, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment


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