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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Entry for May 17, 2008

For the past several weeks I’ve had a couple of different things happening and I’m not really sure of the cause. I’ve felt a subtle numbness in the tips of my fingers that seems to come and go. I’ve also had itchy watery eyes and I can’t seem to put my finger on it either. One day I’ll try chromium and then another day I’ll try calcium. They both seem to help stop my watering eyes and I’ve even noticed that eating fruits like apples, pears and bananas will improve my eyes on days that I don’t take any supplements. Weird…

The only thing I have in the back of my mind is diabetes or high/low blood sugar but I’ll need more research before I go running after that. Here’s what I found:

Calcium, vitamin D may lower diabetes risk
By Stephen Daniells, 03-Apr-2006

High intake of calcium and vitamin D, particularly from supplements, may lower the risk of diabetes by 33 per cent, say American scientists, as a leading European clinician reports that over a billion people are vitamin D deficient.

A growing body of epidemiological, animal and clinical studies has linked insufficient levels of vitamin D and calcium to a broad range of health problems such as osteoporosis, cancer and autoimmune diseases.

Vitamin D is found in low concentrations in some food, and most vitamin D is manufactured in the skin on exposure to sunlight. Recent studies have shown that sunshine levels in some northern countries are so weak during the winter months that the body makes no vitamin D at all.

Indeed, at the European Congress of Endocrinology in Glasgow yesterday, Professor Roger Bouillon from the University of Leuven reported that more than a billion people of all ages worldwide needed to up their vitamin D intake.

The new study, published in the journal Diabetes Care (Vol. 29, pp. 650-656), used data from the Nurses Health Study, and related the vitamin D and calcium intake of 83,779 registered nurses to the incidence of type-2 diabetes.

None of the women had diabetes at the start of the study, and the average body mass index was 24 kilograms per square metre (meaning that very few of the women were overweight or obese, factors that are strongly associated with increased risk of diabetes).

After 20 years of follow-up, during which time dietary and supplementary intakes were measured using validated food frequency questionnaires every two to four years, the authors concluded: “A combined daily intake of more than 1,200 milligrams of calcium and more than 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D was associated with a 33 per cent lower risk of type-2 diabetes.”

Interestingly, lead researcher Anastassios Pitas, from the Tufts-New England Medical Center, found that dietary intake of vitamin D did not result in a statistically significant benefit. But women who consumed from that 400 IU vitamin D per day from supplements had a 13 per cent lower risk of diabetes, compared to women who consumed less than 100 IU per day.

Both dietary calcium and supplements were associated with significant decreased risks of type 2 diabetes, with women who had total daily intakes of calcium greater than 1,200 milligrams had a 21 per cent lower risk compared to women who had intakes less than 600 mg per day.

“For both vitamin D and calcium, intakes from supplements rather than from diet were significantly associated with a lower range of type 2 diabetes,” said Pittas.

The mechanism as to why vitamin D and calcium may reduce the risk of diabetes is not clear, but the researchers proposed that the two nutrients work together. Vitamin D facilitates calcium absorption in the intestine, while calcium is reported play a role in normalising glucose intolerance.

The researchers did not rule out a direct role of vitamin D, independent of calcium, noting that studies have reported that vitamin D insufficiency had been linked to insulin resistance and reduced function of pancreatic beta-cells.

Strengths of this study included the large-scale and long-term follow-up, but the authors note the inability of the study design to measure all the possible confounders. Also, no blood samples were taken to measure serum vitamin D levels.

“If these results are confirmed in prospective studies or in randomised trials, they will have important health implications because both of these interventions can be implemented easily and inexpensively to prevent type 2 diabetes,” concluded the researchers.

An estimated 19 million people are affected by diabetes in the EU 25, equal to four per cent of the total population. This figure is projected to increase to 26 million by 2030.

In the US, there are over 20 million people with diabetes, equal to seven per cent of the population. The total costs are thought to be as much as $132 billion, with $92 billion being direct costs from medication, according to 2002 American Diabetes Association figures.

September 7, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 26, 2008

A couple of days of Rutin and I’m not feeling the effects anymore. I’ve switched to taking calcium/magnesium three times a day over the past few days and I’m feeling a lot better. I’m guessing it’s because of the effect on the potassium but I can’t say for sure, I just know I’m feeling so much better.

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 03, 2008

Weird feeling on the way into work and once again it was fixed by taking calcium/magnesium. Is my potassium still too high??? I wonder if calcium actually lowers the potassium or just prevents it from going higher?

In addition to medical situations that can lead to hyperkalemia, cellular potassium covers aspects of bladder functions, as well as right-sided ovarian and testicular properties. Cellular zinc covers aspects of prostate / uterine functions, and left-sided ovarian and testicular properties. Elevated potassium is invariably found with acute or chronic Cystitis (bladder infections) or right-sided Ovarian cysts (but not dermoid or chocolate cysts), whereby right-sided ovarian and/or testicular Cancer will always result in excessively high potassium levels, which can also serve as a high risk indicator to be suggestive of a pelvic scan.

Interesting how high potassium levels are linked to testicular cancer. Interesting because Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Someone who would lose quite a bit of sodium from sweating all the time.

Lance Armstrong won a world title in bicycle racing before his first full season as a professional. At 25, he won the World Championships, the Tour Du Pont and multiple Tour de France.

Then he found out in 1996 he had testicular cancer. His cancer then spread throughout his stomach, lungs and brain. If cancer is testicular cancer is discovered early, a man is usually given a 70% chance of survival. Because, Armstrong says he ignored warning signals, his chances of survival dropped as low as 40%.

Armstrong said in an interview in the Testicular Cancer Resource Center, he remembered thinking, “Oh my God, I’m going to die!”

“It just got so painful, I couldn’t sit on my bike anymore,” Armstrong remembered in the interview. He even coughed up blood once. “I thought if I coughed up a little blood, and if I don’t do it tommorrow, then it must not be so bad.” Armstrong didn’t give up and this year he won the Tour de France race for the second year in a row–the major race in the world for bicyclists. The race lasts 2,274 miles over , 23 day test of stamina and courage.

Armstrong got to that point by not giving up. He said he declared himself a cancer survivor, not a cancer victim. He had chemotherapy and surgury. He had a physical treatment program , a competitive spirit and a support system. He was declared cancer free.

“In 1996, two months before I was diagnosed, the illness was raging,” Armstrong said in an interview with Associated Press. He says thirty years ago, 95 percent of those who had testicular cancer died, but today 95 percent survive. “In 2000, I’m not much of a miracle,” he explained “Thirty years ago, yes it would have been a miracle.”

Armstrong also wants to help others. In 1996, he founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The organization provides grants and partnerships to institutions and organizations to help fight cancer. It also is active in public education about the disease.

In 1995 he established the Lance Armstrong Junior Series to promote the sport among youth. Armstrong may be a good model to young people, both for his accomplishments as an athlete and his successful fight against cancer.

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 28, 2008

I added the licorice root back for my cough yesterday and boy what a difference. It can really suppress the deep kind of cough that irriates the throat.

In fact, there’s a woman at work who also has a really bad cough and we work together so either I gave it to her or vice versa. Anyway, she was coughing constantly from the moment she came into work. I kind of wondered why she came in at all… I don’t like pushing things on people but I told her about licorice root and how fast it worked for coughing. She was willing to give it a try and she stopped coughing within minutes. She was amazed and another co-worker asked me what I gave her because she couldn’t believe how fast it worked!

Two days of 1000-1200 mg of calcium/magnesium in a 2/1 ratio and I feel much better.

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 26, 2008

Started the day with a magnesium, lunch switched to calcium/magnesium, another calcium/magnesium before leaving and another calcium/magnesium at dinner. Felt so much better than yesterday. I think my problem is still potassium and yesterday I was fighting it with magnesium which doesn’t have the same relationship as calcium does. Added Chromium after reading that it can lower potassium. I skipped the lecithin today and my cold hands weren’t as bad.

I think I’ll stick to the mineral balancing instead of the herbs…

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 24, 2008

After lunch had a weird chest feeling. I had one magnesium in the morning and one lecithin at lunch. I have a hunch that my potassium is still high based on the cracks on my tongue so I take a calcium/magnesium and it goes away almost instantly. Was it the calcium working against the potassium?

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 20, 2008

Something is not right. I took calcium/magnesium along with licorice along with some extra magnesium before I left for work and I have that little chest pinch again. So is the potassium too high or not? Maybe it’s possible that I’m losing magnesium along with the loss of potassium??? I’m not really sure…

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Entry for February 12, 2008

I got that weird chest pain again today ten minutes after taking homeopathic calcium. I thought the homeopathic calcium would help?

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

Entry for February 11, 2008

I have a feeling that my potassium is still very high and here’s something that would certainly suggest that they are.

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.

In theory, because of the known effects of licorice, there may be some benefits of licorice for high potassium levels caused by a condition called hypoaldosteronism. There is early evidence in humans in support of this use. However, research is preliminary and a qualified health care provider should supervise treatment.

I’ll add calcium and licorice root and see if that makes any difference.

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

Entry for November 05, 2007

I received a follow up from the job interview last week and they would like a second interview. I was even more confident this time and was very careful to follow the same routine as last time. Vitamin C and acidophilus in the morning, calcium/magnesium around lunch and homeopathic tablets in the pockets during the interview.

Here we go!

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for October 31, 2007

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Having a job interview on Halloween day made me wonder if the interviewer would be in a costume. My daughter had decided that all three of us were going to dress up as the Wizard of Oz and I ended up as Dorothy. But not for the interview…

I wanted to to absolute certain that I would have no problems so I didn’t want to mess around with anything except what I know works. I took vitamin C and acidophilus in the morning and a calcium/magnesium around lunch time. I had decided to take four tablets of homeopathic magnesium and four tables of homeopathic calcium in my pockets in case I ran into any trouble. I was confident during the interview and in my abilities so I think that helped me get through it without any issues.

With the interview finished, I drove home to throw on dress, give out some candy and relax.

May 29, 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 August 31, 2007

Today was different. I got my cold hands during the morning commute into work so I had 1.5 mg of copper and it went away.

During the morning the cold hands returned again and I took another 1.5 mg of copper but this time it didn’t work. All day I struggled with the cold hands and I wasn’t really sure of the cause. By the end of the afternoon, my candida was really bad so this weekend I’ve decided not to get any fruit to see if I can get better by avoiding the fruit sugar.

I’ve started taking a higher dosage of niacin. 1000 mg of niacinamide and 200-300 mg of niacin along with calcium/magnesium.

September 2, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 22, 2007

No vibration this morning.

Today I’ll split things up a little differently. Here’s today’s dosage:

300 mg Calcium/Magnesium 3x
50 mg Zinc 2x
250 mg Inositol 3x
250 mg Choline 3x
100 mg Phosphorus 2x
Caprylic Acid 3x

August 22, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Entry for August 20, 2007

Today I decided to take a break from the vitamins and minerals just to see what would happen. My eyes are still itchy so maybe I’m taking too much of something. Possibly the phosphorus?

I got to around mid-morning and I could feel the mild nerve feeling in my head. I’m still low in something but I have no idea what it could be. I figure it could be the chromium so I take one capsule with my lunch. I also took 1 50 mg of zinc and left it at that. By mid afternoon, the nerve feeling returned so I took a calcium/magnesium and it never returned.

By the evening my eyes are feeling much better so I take another zinc and another calcium/magnesium with my dinner. I also wanted to try something different.

With the addition of the calcium/magnesium in the 2/1 ratio, my candida has mildly improved. It’s nothing significant, it just feels a little better than usual since I made the change. So tonight I thought I’d add some caprylic acid and a grapefruit seed extract. Two things known for candida and I’ve tried them both before without any success.

About an hour after dinner…I notice a difference. I think it’s working this time. I’ll add these two to my supplements tomorrow.

August 20, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 17, 2007

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Because the watery itching eyes started after taking calcium/magnesium for a few days, and this morning it seemed to improve when I took some B complex vitamins, I decide to look at the interrelationships and there is one between calcium and riboflavin that I never noticed before. Never really thought about it.

I’ve got to look at phosphorus and niacin again…when I have some time…

August 16, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | 1 Comment

Entry for August 16, 2007

For the past couple of days I’ve had water itchy eyes and although I thought it was because of something I was taking, I now think it’s something that I need…

I’ve cut down on my vitamins and yesterday I only took calcium/magnesium. This morning I still had the problem so I took calcium/magnesium again but I also took B complex which I stopped taking on a regular basis a while back.

That seemed to do the trick so are we back to B vitamins again?

The calcium/magnesium does seem to have an effect on the vibration but yesterday morning I didn’t take my morning dosage and the cold hands returned around noon time which was a bit disappointing…

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

Entry for August 10, 2007

So today I switched to a calcium/magnesium supplement in a 2/1 ratio along with phosphorus and vitamin D. My usual daily cold hands was greatly reduced, in fact it was hardly there at all.

I also came across a mineral deficiency website that said cold hands were a sign of low calcium. First time I’ve come across that before…typical. Another web site suggested a calcium deficiency can result from a magnesium deficiency.

MINERALS OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE

Calcium (Ca)

RDA 800 mg, recommended intake 0.6-1.2 g daily. Deficiency frequently due to overacidity, lack of vitamin D, magnesium or boron.

August 10, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | 2 Comments

Entry for August 10, 2007

Some information on the relationship between calcium and magnesium. Nutritionist Peter Gillham’s research on minerals warns that too much calcium may be deadly.

“Misconception drives consumers to consume excess amounts of calcium which can be deadly when taken without its partner, magnesium.”

About Peter Gillham:

Peter Gillham is a clinical nutritionist, chemist, and pioneer in the field of nutritional research. Recently nominated for Man of the Year award for his discoveries in the field of magnesium and developing a breakthrough product.

Los Angeles CA – March 19, 2003

The following is being issued by Peter Gillham. “There is a mindset today that people need a lot of calcium. This mindset is creating disease,” according to Peter Gillham, a clinical nutritionist, educator and pioneer in the field of nutritional research. “This misconception drives consumers to consume excess amounts of calcium which can be deadly when taken without its partner, magnesium.”

Taking all this calcium without sufficient magnesium is leaving it unactivated. This imbalance is the cause of much disease and health trauma. Calcium needs its partner “magnesium” to do its job and assimilate correctly. Some symptoms of a calcium-magnesium imbalance are: headaches, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, fatigue, extreme tension, depression, nervousness and worst of all heart disease.

A study done at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, revealed that magnesium is crucial to balance the actions of calcium. And that magnesium widens the arteries in the heart essentially lowering blood pressure and maintaining healthy blood flow to the heart.

Some 20 million people take calcium supplements, which is big business. Marketers, taking advantage of consumer fears about osteoporosis, have flooded the market with hundreds of calcium-enriched products. This has created a dangerous imbalance and many people are paying for it with their health. People need equal amounts of magnesium in order to keep up with the calcium intake.

“Lack of calcium may not kill people, but lack of magnesium is in fact a leading cause of death in our nation,” according to Gillham. Why? “It is the underlying cause of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and many other diseases. Scores of people can’t tolerate high calcium supplements and react to it adversely.” Both minerals are extremely vital to life, however it is magnesium that makes calcium active, and regulates it. Taking magnesium, particularly in water soluble form restores the balance and causes health resurgence. “Mother nature always puts magnesium where ever calcium is found, marketers need to start doing the same,” said Gillham.

“Excess calcium can become a real problem,” said Gillham, who has spent decades researching nutrition. “America has the highest rate of consumption of milk and calcium supplements. So obviously, America must have the lowest occurrence of osteoporosis (calcium loss) of all countries, right? Wrong! America has the highest rate! Why? Excess calcium combined with low magnesium. Taking more calcium will not fix a calcium deficiency. However, more magnesium will handle the calcium deficiency as well as the magnesium deficiency.”

The population in general is running at an all time high on nervousness and irritability. Aside from obvious political situations, there is an underlying nutritional imbalance, which aggravates this. Magnesium is also known as “Natures Tranquilizer”, it also provides a “refreshed” feeling due to completing metabolic processes. Magnesium can often be difficult to find and absorb properly. This is what led to the discovery of the product, “Natural Calm” from Natural Vitality, available at health food and vitamin stores. A formula which Gillham was the first to discover and has received humanitarian awards for.

“There is only one way to get a magnesium supplement to absorb properly into the body. I developed a formula with superior absorption and discovered the only method of doing this. We have been amazed at the results. The world needs more ‘Calm’, that is for sure”.

August 10, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | 2 Comments

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