Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 16, 2007

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One of the things I need to do this weekend is find the box with my health files. It’s in the basement somewhere under a huge pile of boxes. I’d like to send my nutritionist a copy of the iridology report and the results from the hair analysis.

I’ve read in my nutritional book that a hair analysis is an accurate measurement of testing for a copper deficiency so I take a quick look at a scanned copy on my computer. My level of copper? 16 ppm Low side of the normal range (15-35 ppm).

As I’m looking at the results, I’m reminded that my Boron is really low as well and it has a relationship with magnesium. So I should really add that back to the daily rotation.

Of course this only matters if the hair analysis is accurate…and I don’t really believe that it is.

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February 16, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 23, 2006

I’ve been taking boron supplement for about a week now because I read that low levels of boron can effect magnesium absorption and I’ve just added manganese.

Doctor Google?

Boron supplementation may be a consideration for individuals with chronically low calcium and magnesium levels, however since boron inhibits manganese, it would be best suited for those with congestive liver disease who generally exhibit higher manganese levels (manganese inhibits calcium and magnesium), but not for those whose manganese levels are already on the low side.

I don’t know what to think anymore… but I have been feeling the vibration more during the day lately.

Manganese is OUT.

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

Entry for September 11, 2006

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Previous Night Vibration Status: Extremely Weak
Morning Vibration Status: Extremely Weak

This morning when I woke I was really cold. I got up and took my liquid magnesium and went back to bed. It didn’t seem to make any difference. So I got up to get my breakfast. I grab my vitamin container to divide my daily doses and I discover that I forgot to take my vitamins with my dinner last night.

It always seems that when I forget to take my vitamins, or run out of something, my symptoms act up again. I stongly believe that my deficiencies are really bad but I’ve been going along thinking everything is okay when in realitiy, I’m hiding the symptoms by taking so many vitamins. I feel better but I’m not helping myself and if I stopped taking my vitamins would I get a clear indication of how bad my symptoms are. But that’s not going to happen anytime soon…

I picked up the mineral Boron today based on how it interacts with magnesium.

Boron enhances the body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium. It may also promote beneficial levels of estrogen and testosterone in healthy post-menopausal women and help convert vitamin D to its active form, supporting the absorption of calcium.

What are the symptoms of a boron deficiency?

The deficiencies associated with boron have not as yet been clearly identified. A boron deficiency is also linked to:

  • Depression
  • Problems metabolizing: calcium, magnesium and phosphorous
  • Increased effects of stress on the body

Food sources of boron

The following foods are good sources of boron: pears, prunes, pulses, raisins, tomatoes, and apples.

Pears are good source of boron and the connection to magnesium is very interesting. This all sounds good and definately worth a try…

I go back to the hair analysis done by the naturopath. My level of boron is extremely low and in fact, it’s below the normal scale. My reading was 0.3 and the normal range is between 0.5 to 3.5 so I am definately on the low end of the scale.

Why didn’t the naturopath mention this? When I told her that I thought my symptoms matched a magnesium deficiency she disagreed because the magnesium level was fine in the hair analysis. I don’t beleive it’s an accurate test. I’ve since learned that the only accurate test for a magnesium deficiency is an ion magnesium test and I’d love to get one done if I ever get the chance…

I’ve discovered that low levels of boron, potassium, B2 and B6 are all factors in creating a loss of magnesium. She was well aware of my B vitamin deficiencies and one quick look at the hair analysis and my levels of boron and potassium are obviously really low. She also knew that I was taking B vitamins for months with no improvement and yet, magnesium was never mentioned again.

What a joke.

September 11, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 03, 2006

I’ve recently joined a magnesium support group at yahoo groups. I’m just watching what people are saying before I join in. Someone posted that they were having trouble boosting their magnesium levels and I found this in the reply:

Here we are a support and information giving group. A few questions first- how are your potassium levels, copper and Boron and B2 and B6 levels? If any of these are low you will not hold onto the magnesium no matter what you do.

Isn’t that interesting. I had read the opposite about potassium. Now I don’t know what to think. I’ve been taking my B2 and B6 for months now and I already know my B2 is low. Who knows about potassium, copper and boron??

September 3, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 25, 2006

Came across two interesting things today from Doctor Google:

  • Boron is essential for proper magnesium metabolism.
  • Thiamine may be critical for magnesium metabolism and possibly selenium metabolism.

Could it be possible that the reason Benfotamine has such an effect was due to the connection with magnesium? I’ve also come across something called Coenzyme Q10. Here’s what I found:

Coenzyme Q10 is a substance naturally produced by the body, but is also contained in all plant and animal foods. This coenzyme is also known as ubiquinone. Coenzyme Q10 is an essential component of the body’s process that makes the energy molecule, also known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), from the food we eat. If coenzyme Q10 levels are compromised so is the ability of the body to make energy. All body processes depend on energy and so, ultimately, does good health. CoenzymeQ10 has also been shown to possess antioxidant properties. Both coenzyme Q10 and the mineral magnesium are key nutrients in the production process that yields the energy molecule, known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

Found this review on Amazon regarding a book on Mitral Valve Prolapse called “Natural Therapies for Mitral Valve Prolapse.”

“My wife suffered from mitral valve prolapse for several years until we discovered the many healing benefits of appropriate nutrient supplementation. Now that we take chelated magnesium and coenzyme Q10 daily for heart health, her MVP symptoms have disappeared. Anyone wishing verification of the role of magnesium in mitigating the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse can find it discussed in Dr. Carolyn Dean’s excellent book The Miracle of Magnesium. Another excellent book which also discusses the role of supplemental magnesium in relieving MVP is The Magnesium Factor by Dr. Mildred Seelig.”

– David Schryer

I decide to see if I can contact David to find out what the dosage was for magenesium and Q10. I’m also curious to find out how long it took. I click on his profile to get his email address and it says he’s a retired research chemist! He may be the perfect person to talk to so I send him an email.

In the meantime, I’ll need to do some more research on the magnesium metabolism…

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

Entry for August 20, 2006

When I spoke to the pharmacist next to the osteopath, he seemed to think my problems were related to thyroid and the production of something called T4. He went on to explain how doctor’s usually test for the one level of but the not the level that is required to activate it. My low body temperature test is a way of testing the thyroid so whatever it is that is effecting me, is also effecting the thyroid.

And found this today:

Thyroid disorders- low, high and auto-immune; low magnesium reduces T4.

And this on Boron:

BORON

Very little research has been done on boron and little is known about the symptoms of boron deficiency. Following we piece together a picture that indicates that boron is essential for magnesium and calcium metabolism, and is probably involved in estrogen and testosterone metabolism. There are a lot of reasons to suspect that a boron deficiency is involved in hyperthyroidism.

The following study suggests that boron works with magnesium and this may be one reason that it benefits persons with hyperthyroidism or persons with thyroid disease who are experiencing low magnesium symptoms like rapid heart rate and muscle cramping. You will note that boron both lessens the effects of a low magnesium diet but exacerbates deficiency symptoms. These seem to be the typical characteristics of when one nutrient works with another. Boron thus seems essential for magnesium metabolism and administration of boron will lower magnesium levels because it is enabling more of the magnesium to be utilized.

Another interesting observation in this study is that fructose mimics a magnesium deficiency, which reminds me of the studies on copper deficiency which showed that the symptoms of copper-deficiency are worse if the animal is also consuming fructose. We have seen that hypers have increased symptoms after eating fruit and this effect may be due to fructose increasing copper-deficiency symptoms. It would be very interesting to know how this fructose effect works–perhaps not by increasing copper deficiency itself but because it works like copper-deficiency in increasing the magnesium deficiency effects.

MAGNESIUM

Because of the competing nature of calcium and magnesium, excessive calcium intake from foods or supplements can lead to a magnesium deficiency. The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are identical with many of the symptoms of thyroid disease, especially hyperthyroidism.

Functions: 

The principal function of magnesium that is critical in thyroid disease is that it enables muscles to relax. With inadequate magnesium, the muscles cramp. When this happens to the heart muscles the heart does not go through a complete relaxation phase, and the next calcium-driven contraction begins before the relaxation is complete. This results in rapid heart beat and irregular heart rate known as arrhythmia.

August 20, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

   

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