Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 10, 2007

A couple of google searches and I think I found my answer… Here is one person’s story and it’s exactly what I am looking for. A different scenario but with the same problem.

CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM

Calcium and magnesium are extremely important minerals that are often out of balance in persons with thyroid disease. Imbalances of these minerals can result in very rapid heart rate, low heart rate, and irregular heart rate. Thyroid function itself is most likely controlled by the ratio of these minerals.

Most people with thyroid disease find that they have to supplement calcium and magnesium. Supplementing these minerals in the correct ratio can make a huge improvement in the symptoms. However, supplementing them in the wrong ratio can make symptoms worse. To further complicate the situation, the correct ratio of cal/mag changes as you recover from thyroid disease.

I have struggled a very long time with finding the right cal/mag ratio for myself. Well after recovering from hyperthyroidism, swinging back hypo, and then getting normal again, I had many months of fast, irregular heart rate that was often initiated by strenuous exercise. Because magnesium had been an important factor in reducing my heart rate when I was hyper, I would take a cal/mag supplement in a 1:1 ratio or take 400-800 mgs of magnesium only to correct this problem. Usually I would have this irregular heart rate throughout the night but would be recovered by morning.

I experimented with potassium and found that taking 800-1200 mgs of potassium before my night time basketball often prevented the irregular heart rate and began thinking that I was potassium deficient. One time I grabbed an unlabeled baggie that I thought was potassium and took 6 capsules before playing. I had extreme irregular heart rate that lasted all night. I later discovered that I had mistakenly taken magnesium.

This was very strange to me because magnesium had been my savior for such a long time. Whenever I had high heart rate when I was hyper, magnesium would slow my heart, usually within 20-30 minutes. So I was wondering, “Why doesn’t it work now?” I began to think that the manufacturer had made a mistake and there was a problem with the product.

Eventually the answer came in a sudden insight. I was lying awake at night with my heart beating very irregular and fast. Paying close attention to my heart, I realized that my heart was not just irregular and fast, it was beating very weakly. I noted that this was in stark contrast to the time when I was hyper. Then my heart was beating fast and irregular, but very strong.

The insight was that it was the strength of my heart beat and not the speed and irregularity that was the key. I thought back on how calcium is the mineral that is responsible for the heart contracting and magnesium is responsible for the heart relaxing.

During hyperthyroidism, magnesium is low and calcium is high. This imbalance is the result of other mineral imbalances (copper, zinc, iron, etc.), but the effects on the heart rate are direct effects of a calcium/magnesium imbalance. This can be demonstrated by taking a magnesium supplement or a cal/mag supplement with much higher magnesium than the usual 2:1 cal/mag ratio when your heart rate is high. This intake of more magnesium will slow the heart rate temporarily. However, as we have seen, the body can’t maintain normal magnesium levels in the blood if copper is low. So until copper is replenished, extra magnesium is needed on a constant basis to control the rapid heart rate.

The key to understanding the effects of calcium and magnesium on the heart is this: Calcium is needed for muscles to contract and magnesium is needed for muscles to relax. The heart muscles are like all muscles. Calcium causes heart contraction; magnesium causes heart relaxation.

If magnesium is low, as during hyperthyroidism, and calcium is adequate, the heart contracts normally but the relaxation phase is shortened and incomplete. If the normal heart contracts for .5 seconds and relaxes for .5 seconds, we have a 1.0 second cycle which translates into a 60 beats per minute heart rate. If magnesium is low and the relaxation phase is shortened to .25 seconds, then the complete cycle is .75 seconds, which translates to a 80 beats per minute heart rate (60 seconds divided by .75 seconds). As you can see, as magnesium gets more depleted, the relaxation phase shortens and the heart rate increases.

When I was experiencing the irregular heart rate, what was happening was that it was calcium that was low and not magnesium. When calcium is low, the contraction phase is shortened while the relaxation phase remains normal. If the contraction phase shortens to .25 seconds and the relaxation phase stays at .5 seconds, the heart rate also increases to 80 beats per minute. If you just looked at the increase in rate, you might, as I did, think that magnesium was deficient.

The key to the insight that it was calcium that was deficient was the observation that the heart rate was weak. A weak heart rate means that calcium is deficient and the contraction phase is weak and short. This results in an increase in heart rate and also an irregular heart rate because some contractions are missed entirely. Contrast this to a magnesium deficiency where the heart rate is irregular because some of the relaxations are missed.

Once I reached this insight, it all became so simple. I was amazed that I had continued to make the same mistake over and over again. The key mental block for me was that I thought that magnesium always slowed and regulated the heart rate. Once I thought through the whole process of how calcium and magnesium affect the heart, I realized that a calcium deficiency can also lead to a fast and irregular heart rate.

With this new insight, I switched my cal/mag ratio to 2:1. I had been mixing a 1:1 ratio supplement with a 2:1 supplement which resulted in a ratio of about 3:2. However with the addition of extra magnesium or extra 1:1 cal/mag after basketball, I probably had about a 1:1 overall ratio.

Once I switched to a 2:1 ratio, the heart irregularity completely disappeared and hasn’t occurred in months. I found that the cal/mag ratio is the key. However along the way to this discovery I ran across some other interesting information.

As I was struggling through this irregular heart rate problem, I found that two things often helped the situation: potassium and vitamin B-5. Potassium often helped and I think the reason for this is that potassium and magnesium are antagonistic minerals. Since I was essentially suffering from too much magnesium (or too little calcium), the potassium helped because it reduced the metabolic effect of the magnesium (or assisted the metabolism of calcium). I think this is important, particularly for persons with hypothyroidism, because they need a higher calcium to magnesium ratio. A potassium deficiency could prevent the cells from getting enough calcium which is an activator in the cellular response to thyroid hormone.

The other discovery was that vitamin B-5 is important in preventing irregular heart rate. If B-5 gets deficient, it seems to have an effect on the calcium/magnesium metabolism so that calcium doesn’t work as well. A B-5 deficiency has similar effects to a calcium deficiency. I don’t know why this happens, but I now realize that it’s important when supplementing B complex vitamins to always make sure that you are taking as much B-5 as any of the other B vitamins. For example, if you are supplementing with high amounts of niacin (for headaches or other reasons), be aware that you will need to increase B-5 to the same amount or a little greater to prevent a disturbance of the cal/mag ratio which could result in irregular heart rate.

One other discovery in all this was that by not taking enough calcium and taking too much magnesium, another of my teeth died. I developed an extreme tooth ache which led to another root canal. For dental and bone health, don’t maintain a high magnesium/calcium ratio past the point where you need it.

Remember that balancing calcium and magnesium won’t correct thyroid problems. You’ll need to correct the other minerals like copper, zinc, iron, selenium, chromium, manganese, etc. to achieve this. Calcium and magnesium get out of balance because of these other nutritional problems. However, getting your calcium/magnesium balance corrected is essential for normalizing heart rate, preventing dental decay and osteoporosis, and preventing muscle cramps (too little magnesium).

In summary, to balance calcium and magnesium keep these points in mind: a normal person need a cal/mag ratio of about 2:1; a hyper needs more magnesium and a hypo needs more calcium, but these ratios need to be constantly adjusted as you approach normality; irregular heart rate can be a sign of either too little calcium or too little magnesium; the key to knowing whether you need calcium or magnesium is the strength of the heart beat, not the speed or the irregularity–if it’s too strong, take more magnesium and if it’s too weak, take more calcium.

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Entry for August 09, 2007

Same minerals as yesterday except that I took an extra magnesium and after the first dosage, it’s not working. I have cold hands all morning and throughout the day and skip the nighttime dosage. I really need to do more research…

I’m really interested in calcium because it’s something I’ve avoided for so long.

1) Magnesium deficiency
2) Because it always made the vibration worse.

It’s time to take a closer look because I’ve fixed the magnesium loss and nothing else seems to really work and I know there is a link between calcium, nerves and the symptom of nervousness. I can stop the vibraton but I can never get rid of it.

Experimental studies show that magnesium deficiency also induces calcium deficiency despite a high intake of calcium and vitamin D. Even intravenous administration of calcium did not improve the induced calcium deficiency until magnesium was supplied as well.

If I do have a calcium deficiency, how or why did taking it make my symptoms worse? I still have a calcium/magnesium/phosphorus supplement so I’ll add vitamin D and try that tomorrow.

I’ve also been reading about Colloidal Minerals lately and I still have my bottle from the first time I tried so I’d like to start that again.

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Entry for August 08, 2007

Is Calcium Fortified Orange Juice Really Good For You?

Promising a better bang for the buck, products called functional foods are increasingly filling grocery store aisles — and our fridges. Calcium fortified products are especially hot, and abound in orange juice – not to mention margarine, breakfast cereals, pancake mix and energy bars. Ever since food makers have introduced the idea, consumers seem to be loving it.

Given the choice between plain old juice or, for no extra cost, one fortified with bone-building calcium, most reach for the latter. Among Tropicana’s chilled juices, sales of the calcium-fortified varieties are growing at three times the rate of the others.

The problem with fruit juice is that it’s loaded with eight teaspoons of a relatively simple carbohydrate – fructose. Fruit juices are processed foods which are far too concentrated for us. If you have ever squeezed your own juice before, you know how many oranges it takes to create one glass of the fruit. So by drinking that 8-10 ounce glass of juice, you are eating the equivalent of many pieces of fruit with their inherent sugars, but without the fiber to slow down absorption! An 8-oz glass of orange juice has 120 calories and 0 g of fiber; an orange has only 60 calories and 3 g of fiber.

And while consuming calcium-enhanced drinks would seem helpful, it still will only further promote the concept that we should be consuming too much concentrated fruit juice. Fructose is a form of sugar which if taken out of moderation, contributes to major distortions of insulin balance which leads to hormone and neurotransmitter shifts, increasing a child’s risk for ear infections, ADHD and allergies.

So while filling an important niche, manufacturers also are contributing to the diabetes epidemic and other sugar diseases.

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Entry for August 08, 2007

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It’s no wonder that people are confused. A week after printing an article about a man who has osteoporosis despite drinking milk at every meal, the Toronto Star has another article about a women who has been diagnosed with osteopenia and her plan is to drink more milk and eat foods high in calcium. I love the picture of her guzzling down a pitcher of milk. She obviously didn’t read the article from last week…

So what about all the calcium supplements that don’t contain vitamin D? They ask a University of McGill chemistry professor for his opinion.

“Without vitamin D” says Dr. Joe Schwarcz, “you can have all the calcium you want and it’s not going into your bones.”

And the best quote from the article?

“At the rate food companies are pumping up their products, from calcium-fortified orange juice and super-calcium milk to vitamin D-enhanced yogurt, we soon may not need supplements.”

Huh? I’ve seen the orange juice with the added calcium and I won’t go near it. According to this article, it’s a complete waste of time! And what about the other minerals like magnesium, copper, zinc, boron, manganese or even vitamin K?

Another favorite quote?

“forgo the sunscreen for 15 minutes on sunny summer days between 10 a.m. and noon when our skin absorbs vitamin D.”

So basically, after the cancer society just announced that everyone is not getting enough vitamin D, this article admits that sunblock can decrease the body’s natural absorption of vitamin D and thus increasing your risk of getting cancer.

Boning up on calcium

Aging gracefully – and upright – means getting lots of this mineral

Aug 08, 2007 04:30 AM
Cynthia David
Special to the Star

If you find me soaking up the sun at noon without sunscreen, counting out 25 almonds for a snack or walking down the street with weights on my ankles, don’t worry – I’m just boning up on my calcium.

This odd routine began a few months back, when my family doctor announced that my first bone density scan revealed osteopenia – thinning of the bones – and some deterioration in my hips. And here I thought I was sailing into my 50s and menopause in great shape.

Though she didn’t seem overly concerned about the results, the doctor handed me a list of food sources and ordered me to start consuming 1,500 milligrams of calcium a day (the minimum recommended for Canadians over 50 is 1,200 milligrams) and 800 international units of vitamin D.

On the way home I passed an elderly woman, bent over and shuffling along with the help of a walker. Perhaps it is a good time to take the doctor’s advice.

Dr. Miroslava Lhotsky, a Toronto physician and author of The Healthy Boomer, assured me that a diagnosis of osteopenia doesn’t mean I’m at risk of developing osteoporosis, the debilitating disease that makes bones dangerously weak and brittle.

In fact it’s normal to start losing bone density after age 35. But she urged me to consider it a wake-up call to improve my eating habits and get serious about regular exercise. “Your bone mass may be low, but your bones still have structure so you can put lots of calcium in them” said Lhotsky, who likens bones to a bank, strengthened with deposits of calcium and vitamin D, and weakened by withdrawals such as smoking, or drinking more than three glasses of alcohol or caffeinated coffee a day.

According to my chart, eating 1,500 milligrams of calcium a day is possible on paper, at least. A typical day might include two cups of 1% milk (660 milligrams), a whole wheat English muffin (100 milligrams), 3/4 cup of fruit yogurt (250 milligrams), a half-cup of canned pink salmon with bones (175 milligrams), a cup of cooked broccoli (90 milligrams), an ounce of almonds (57 milligrams), an orange (50 milligrams) and five dried figs (135 milligrams).

While you’re at it, Montreal dietitian and author Louise Lambert-Lagacé suggests adding a little soy every day to help in the process of “resorption” as we continually shed and build new bone. She recommends calcium-fortified soy milk, tofu prepared with a calcium-containing salt, 2 tablespoons of soy nuts or green edamame soybeans.

Vitamin D is another story. Unless you love cod liver oil (1,382 IU per tablespoon) or eat lots of salmon and canned sardines, getting 800 to 1,000 IU a day from food is difficult. Yet this year’s “miracle” vitamin is essential to help our bones and teeth absorb calcium.

“Without vitamin D” says Dr. Joe Schwarcz “you can have all the calcium you want and it’s not going into your bones.” The University of McGill chemistry professor and co-author of Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal, adds that vitamins and minerals are better absorbed from food than from pills.

At the rate food companies are pumping up their products, from calcium-fortified orange juice and super-calcium milk to vitamin D-enhanced yogurt, we soon may not need supplements. But if you can’t make the numbers with food alone, head to the drugstore, where a veritable wall of calcium awaits.

Calcium carbonate pills (some contain oyster shells) are the cheapest, though they may cause constipation and gas, notes Schwarcz. For best absorption, take them with meals or with a snack of at least 300 calories.

Calcium citrate pills are about three times more expensive, but can be taken any time of day and are readily absorbed without any annoying side effects. Calcium pills with magnesium also minimize constipation.

When buying supplements, look for the amount of  “elemental” calcium inside. And don’t buy the biggest pill you can find – Schwarcz says two 500-milligram doses of elemental calcium a day are much better absorbed from the digestive tract into the bloodstream than one 1,000-milligram pill.

For extra insurance, choose a calcium or multi-vitamin pill with added vitamin D or buy a 30-gram (1 ounce) vial of drops containing 1,000 IU per drop. Another option is to forgo the sunscreen for 15 minutes on sunny summer days between 10 a.m. and noon when our skin absorbs vitamin D.

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Entry for August 08, 2007

Woke up this morning with a slight vibration but I’m very happy with the new found results and I think it’s from the extra calcium/magnesium. Because of the vibration, I’m going to add niacin back into the rotation. 100 mg dosage, three times a day and I’m also going to reduce the amount of phosphorus by half.

Daily Supplement Summary:

900 mg Calcium/Magnesium (300 mg 1/1 ratio)
300 mg Niacin (100 mg)
300 mg Phosphorus (100 mg)
600 mg Vitamin D (200 mg)
90 mg Zinc (30 mg)
25 mg Manganese

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Entry for August 07, 2007

When I first discovered my magnesium deficiency, I thought all I needed to do was take magnesium and fix the problem. It wasn’t until later that I discovered how important a mineral balance can be. At the time, I never really thought to do any research on calcium because it was in the opposite direction. I find it really interesting reading about it now.

Zinc, along with calcium and magnesium, are called the sedative elements. All three help inhibit excessive sympathetic nervous system dominance.

More info on calcium:

The Calcium and Magnesium Relationship

In addition to all of its enzyme functions, magnesium is an important component of cell membranes. As a result, it is vitally important in regulating what goes into, and what comes out of, all the body’s cells. This makes magnesium crucial to mineral balance.

In simple solutions, such as salt water, all dissolved minerals are evenly dispersed. This is not so in living cells, where they’re distributed differently, depending on their functions. This specialized distribution requires energy, and it’s absolutely vital to life processes and health.

Calcium and sodium ions, for the most part, are kept outside the cells, while magnesium and potassium are kept inside the cells. These four minerals are the most plentiful in the body, and collectively they are known as electrolytes.

When the level of magnesium within the cells falls below normal, calcium and sodium rush inside, while potassium and magnesium leak out. This can cause big problems.

Calcium excites nerves, whereas magnesium calms them down.

The normal concentration of magnesium ion inside cells is easily 10,000 times more than that of intracellular calcium ions – under healthy conditions. But if the amount of magnesium in a cell falls, for any reason, calcium ions flow into the cell. With this abnormal situation, a couple of things happen:

Higher than normal calcium inside a cell excites a lot of reactions. It puts the cell into hyperactive state. Heart and blood-vessel cells are especially excitable because they need to react rapidly during sudden stress situation. As such, they are truly vulnerable to deficits in magnesium that allow abnormal rises in calcium, with resulting hyperactivity.

Sometimes, a hyperactive state is just what you want. It is the essence of the body’s “fight-or-flight” reaction to danger. Without calcium, there is no muscle contraction, and without muscle contraction there is no fight or flight.

But in normal circumstances, you don’t want excess muscle contractions. The muscles would soon cramp, bringing on severe muscle pain. To relax, the muscles need magnesium. Magnesium, physiologically the opposite of calcium, relaxes muscles. Under normal, healthy cellular conditions, magnesium levels inside muscle cells are high and calcium levels are low, so that the muscles can relax. This is just one way in which calcium enhances and allows the fight-or-flight reaction while magnesium calms it all down.

If calcium levels inside a cell get especially high because of low magnesium, the cell physically changes. High calcium tends to make things stiff and hard. But if soft tissue begins to get hard, it’s a real problem — it’s called “calcification”. In artery and heart cells, the stiffness caused by calcification hampers proper function and can be an important aspect of heart disease.

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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.

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Entry for August 01, 2007

All this week I’ve had the cold hands around lunch time and nothing seems to fix it. It doesn’t seem to matter what I take or what I eat, it always happens around lunch and it doesn’t return. Sometimes I skip my evening vitamins just to see what happens…nothing!

I go back to researching phosphorus again and I’ve been into a few health food stores lately looking for phosphorus and everyone seems to think it’s weird that I am asking for such a thing. I came across some info with a theory as to what can cause a phosphorus deficiency and it makes perfect sence to me.

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Fructose: A recent study of 11 adult men found that a diet high in fructose (20% of total calories) resulted in increased urinary loss of phosphorus and a negative phosphorus balance (i.e., daily loss of phosphorus was higher than daily intake). This effect was more pronounced if the diet was also low in magnesium. A potential mechanism for this effect is the lack of feed back inhibition of the conversion of fructose to fructose-1-phosphate in the liver. In other words, increased accumulation of fructose-1-phosphate in the cell does not inhibit the enzyme that phosphorylates fructose, using up large amounts of phosphate. This phenomenon is known as phosphate trapping. This finding is relevant because fructose consumption in the U.S. has been increasing rapidly since the introduction of high fructose corn syrup in 1970, while magnesium intake has decreased over the past century.

I did manage to find a web site that sells liquid phosphorus but I’ll wait a bit longer before I do something like that.

In my phosphorus reserach, I come across a bit of information that suggests that phosphorus plays a role with glucose. Could this be why chromium has an effect?

Not getting enough phosphorus can contribute to the following health problems: anxiety, bone problems, fatigue, irregular breathing, irritability, numbness, skin sensitivity, stress, teeth weakness, tremors, weakness, worry, and weight changes. You can also get malaise, stiff joints, and bone pain. It may also cause glucose intolerance, irregular heartbeat and difficulty breathing. Phosphorus deficiency results in bone loss just as calcium deficiency does. Phosphorus toxicity can result in twitching, jerking, and convulsions.

A diet consisting of junk food can have too much phosphorus and this effects the body’s processing of calcium. It has also been found that vitamin D boosts the effectiveness of phosphorus. Magnesium helps in the absorption of phosphorus. Phosphorus speeds up healing, helps to prevent and treat osteoporosis, helps treat bone diseases such as rickets and prevents stunted or slow growth in children.

Phosphorus is needed for healthy nerve impulses, normal kidney functioning, and the utilization of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins for growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and for energy production. Phosphorus is a component of DNA and RNA and serves in the preparation of glucose for energy formation.

With the link between riboflavin and niacin, I really need to see if I can find some phosphorus…

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Entry for July 24, 2007

No vibration last night and again this morning. This chromium seems to be working great.

I started the day by adding magnesium back into the rotation with my regular dosage of zinc. Around noon I start to feel a muscle spasm in my upper left arm. I haven’t had muscle spasms in a while so because I’ve taken the magnesium, I figure it’s my level of calcium so I took one capsule of the Cal Apatite and it doesn’t happen again.

Until today, I’ve been taking only zinc and chromium to see what effect it has. I’m adding packham pears to the diet and I’m going to try to eat at least two every day for my natural dosage of chromium.

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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.

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Entry for July 18, 2007

I don’t think it’s niacin anymore…

I took one 100 mg niacin in the morning and nothing else. I lasted until lunch and then I got the cold hands. It lasted much longer than I expected without taking anything other than niacin. I took one half of the calcium and one niacin. I was good for the rest of the afternoon but then I got the nerve feeling in my head around 6:30 PM and I also got my mild magnesium chest pain around the same time so I took one 250 mg of magnesium and was fine for the rest of the evening.

So what is it? Phosphorus?

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Entry for July 17, 2007

Yet another weird day at the office. Before I had a chance to take my morning minerals, I had that mild nerve sensation in my head. It should really come as no surprise as I skipped the minerals at dinner last night.

So I took my supplements in the morning and by noon I had cold hands. I took the Cal Apatite with Magnesium which seemed to help a little but not really. All afternoon I was fighting the cold hands and I wasn’t really sure how to get rid of it because nothing seemed to work so I just left it and it seemed to get better on it’s own. I had a tuna sandwich for lunch with always makes me feel better so I’m not sure what happened.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that magnesium doesn’t seem to help me anymore. even the homeopathic version.

Another strange thing I noticed was that after breakfast and again after lunch, I felt a little sick and in both cases it got better the longer after eating the meals. Almost like the alkaline stomach feeling which I haven’t had in a very long time.

In fact, I may have another theory…

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Entry for July 16, 2007

I love this article because it talks about how calcium supplements are a waste of time if they don’t have phosphorus…and most of them don’t. And some don’t have magnesium either. Just imagine all of the women who have been told to take calcium for osteoporosis, may actually be causing it.

The Benefits of Phosphorus
By: Dr. George Obikoya

Phosphorus is required by the body for bone and teeth formation. Calcium alone can’t build strong bones and tissues. New research shows calcium needs phosphorus to maximize its bone-strengthening benefits, and taking a lot of calcium supplements without enough phosphorus could be a waste of money.

Phosphorus allows proper digestion of riboflavin and niacin, aids in transmission of nerve impulses, helps your kidneys effectively excreting wastes, gives you stable and plentiful energy, forms the proteins that aid in reproduction, and may help block cancer. Researchers say it’s the first time the two elements have been shown to be co-dependent for bone health. Both calcium and phosphorus are found naturally in dairy products, but most calcium supplements and calcium-fortified foods and beverages don’t contain phosphorus.

More than half of all bone is made from phosphate, and small amounts are also used in the body to maintain tissues and fluids. Taking large amounts of calcium from supplements can interfere with phosphorus absorption. Women trying to prevent or treat osteoporosis typically take 1,000-1,500 mg of calcium a day in the form of supplements. Researchers found this amount of calcium can bind up to 500 mg of phosphorus, making it unavailable to the body.

Although this would present no serious problem for many people, it could impact women over 60 years of age who have diets that contain less than the National Academy of Sciences recommended daily allowance of 700 mg of phosphorus.

For these women, the usual calcium supplement, calcium carbonate, may block most of the absorption of phosphorus. If this happens, the calcium won’t do much good because bone material consists of both calcium and phosphorus.

Researchers say their study shows both calcium and phosphorus are needed to support any increase in bone mass, and a calcium supplement that contains phosphorus would be preferable to one that provides calcium alone.

Phosphorus is the body’s source of phosphate, which helps create and manage energy, synthesize protein, fat and carbohydrates, contract muscles, and maintain the body’s fluid and electrolyte balance. It is also essential for stimulating hormone production and helping the body utilize the B vitamins. It combines with calcium to help form the latticework for strong bones and teeth. Over 80% of the body’s phosphorus is located in bone. A proper balance of magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus should be maintained at all times.

Not getting enough phosphorus can contribute to the following health problems: anxiety, bone problems, fatigue, irregular breathing, irritability, numbness, skin sensitivity, stress, teeth weakness, tremors, weakness, worry, and weight changes. You can also get malaise, stiff joints, and bone pain. It may also cause glucose intolerance, irregular heartbeat and difficulty breathing. Phosphorus deficiency results in bone loss just as calcium deficiency does. Phosphorus toxicity can result in twitching, jerking, and convulsions.

A diet consisting of junk food can have too much phosphorus and this effects the body’s processing of calcium. It has also been found that vitamin D boosts the effectiveness of phosphorus. Magnesium helps in the absorption of phosphorus. Phosphorus speeds up healing, helps to prevent and treat osteoporosis, helps treat bone diseases such as rickets and prevents stunted or slow growth in children.

Phosphorus also helps to keep your mind alert and active, helps stimulate your glands to secrete hormones, and keeps your muscles and heart contracting regularly and smoothly. The recommended daily dietary intake of phosphorus set by the FDA is 1000-mg. The Food and Nutrition Board set the official scientific US RDA at 800-mg to 1200-mg. The phosphorus RDA is intended to equal the calcium RDA for any given individual. There are between 500,000- and 650,000-mg (500–650 g) of phosphorus in the healthy adult human body.

In “normal life”, there is only a very small possibility of a phosphorus deficiency because phosphorus is both abundant and widely distributed in most foods. The various food additives in processed foods are also major sources and may contribute up to 30% of total phosphorus in a diet based heavily on convenience foods. However, on a diet, there is a greater chance of phosphorus deficiency because less total food is eaten and very little of it is the usual type of “processed” food.

Phosphorus (as phosphate) is more efficiently absorbed in the small intestine than most other minerals. Between 50% and 90% is absorbed depending on the need. This is much higher absorption percentage than for either calcium or magnesium and further reduces the likelihood of phosphorus deficiency under normal conditions.

The kidneys easily control the blood phosphorus level and efficiently excrete any excess phosphorus. Therefore, under normal circumstances, phosphorus toxicity is also unlikely.

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

Entry for July 16, 2007

Had an unusually strong vibration last night when I went to bed and had the vibration again this morning… wtf? I did drink a lot of milk yesterday which was the only real change to my diet. Too much calcium? Not sure? I also started eating All Bran for breakfast but I don’t think that would have an impact? Very weird.

I also had eggs and cucumber for dinner and both are a good source of choline.

Let’s see what happens today…

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Entry for July 15, 2007

Success! Woke up with no vibration.

Found more interesting facts about phosphorus:

There is a distinct difference between the phosphorus needed by the bones from the phosphorus needed by the brain. Phosphorus for the brain comes from meat, dairy and fish whereas phosphorus for the bones comes from fruits and vegetables.

Phosphorus is vital in synthesizing lecithin and cerebrin, which are both needed by the brain. Phosphorus compounds like lecithin are found everywhere in the tissues, lymph, and other of the body as well as in the white and gray matter of brain and nerve tissue.

Phosphorus stimulates hair growth and prevents the blood from becoming too acid or alkaline. It is also necessary for the synthesis of the RNA and DNA.

So there are different types of phosphorus and the type I’m interested in is for the brain. So I need to change my diet to include more meat, dairy and fish. But it doesn’t mention anything about the breakfast cereals…

Yesterday we did our shopping and I checked almost all of the cereals for the phosphorus content and All Bran was the winner. It has 35% phosphorus and 50% magnesium in half a cup. WOW! that’s a lot of both so I’ll have a small bowl for breakfast and organize my new vitamin schedule.

Daily Supplements

1.5 of calcium complex which contains 150 mg of magnesium
125 mg extra magnesium
50 mg zinc
75 mg maganese (25 mg 3 times a day)
375 mcr molybdendum

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Entry for July 14, 2007

Woke up with the vibration…four days…

Started the day with Bone Meal and went about my day. Decided to drop in to the Naturopathic College again to take a closer look at their supplements. They also have a library that is free for the public to use so I thought I might check that out to see what they have on mineral interrelationships.

In the store, I checked out all of the calcium supplements that may contain phosphorus and I finally settled on by Metagenics called “Cal Apatite with Magnesium”. Here’s what it says:

Product Description:

Cal Apatite with Magnesium is the same formula as original Cal Apatite®, but with the addition of 300 mg of magnesium per serving.

  • Magnesium plays important roles in bone metabolism, with over one-half of the total body stores of magnesium found in bone tissue.
  • Provides a 2:1 calcium to magnesium ratio.
  • Magnesium is provided as a blend of glycinate, citrate, and aspartate designed for enhanced absorption.
  • Does not contain magnesium oxideTHREE TABLETS SUPPLY:

Microcrystalline Hydroxyptite Concentrate (MCHC)† 1,500 mg
Calcium (as MCHC and dicalcium phosphate) 600 mg
Phosphorus (as MCHC and dicalcium phosphate) 378 mg
Magnesium (as magnesium citrate, aspartate, and bis-glycinate††) 300 mg

Because this formula is a 2 to 1 calcium/magnesium ratio, that’s more than I’m used to so I’ll have to watch to see what effect it has. It was now early afternoon and I decide to take two of them to start. After I took them, I felt a weird slight tightness in my chest which usually indicates low magnesium so I take a homeopathic mangesium dosage and everything is fine.

On the positive side, it took until around six for my hands to go cold which is a lot better than the past couple of days. So I take two more and the cold hands go normal. Here and there throughout the day I feel those weird nerve ending feelings in my head that tells me something is low. I can’t really describe it any other way. Something is wrong and out of balance.

I’ll make the assumption that it’s too much calcium so tomorrow I’ll add a magnesium at the same time as Cal Apatite to get a 1 to 1 ratio.

Let’s see if it has any effect on the vibration tomorrow morning.

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Entry for July 13, 2007

Woke up with the vibration again…three days in a row.

Start the day with calcium/magnesium and later manganese. By lunchtime, I take another calcium/magnesium and the same thing is happening…it’s my cold hands again…

This time, I’ll try something different. I run across the street and grab a bottle of Coke-a-Cola ZERO. It’s got no sugar but it’s high in phosphorus. It goes against everything I believe in but I’m willing to give it a try.

Back to my desk and I sip it slowly with no change with my cold hands so I try the Bone Meal. Within 15 minutes I’m fine and my hands are normal and it lasts for the rest of the day. So the only thing I’ve changed was the fact that I took the first Bone Meal into work so I was having it later into the morning than I usually do. When I was at home, I would take some first thing before I left for work and then I would take my vitamins.

If I had the same problem as yesterday after taking two calcium/magnesium supplements, then the only answer seems to be phosphorus.

Biological functions and health benefits of phosphorus

Phosphorus performs a wide variety of functions. Phosphorus promotes and stimulates early growth and blooming and root growth. It hastens maturity and seed growth, and contributes to the general hardiness of plants.

Most phosphate in the human body is in bone, but phosphate-containing molecules (phospholipids) are also important components of cell membranes and lipoprotein particles, such as good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol. Small amounts of phosphate are engaged in biochemical reactions throughout the body.

Phosphorus is a component of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a fundamental energy source in living things. Phosphorus is essential for normal heart and kidney functioning. It speeds up the healing of broken bones and other injuries and functions is to metabolize fats and starches for energy, as well as being necessary for proper nerve impulses and for niacin assimilation. Phosphorus is needed for the growth, maintenance, and repair of all tissues and cells, and for the production of the genetic building blocks, DNA and RNA.

Phosphorus is also needed to balance and metabolize other vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, calcium, iodine, magnesium, and zinc.

Dosage, intake, recommended daily allowance (RDA)

The recommended daily allowance for phosphorous is 700 mg daily. However, phosphorous deficiency is rare in healthy people. There’s no need to take phosphorous supplements for most of them.

It can only be phosphorus. Phosphorus is required for two vitamins and two minerals where I had deficiency symptoms and very distinct changes for all four when supplemented. (Riboflavin, niacin, magnesium and zinc)

It has to be a phosphorus deficiency. But try and convince a doctor of that? Tomorrow, I’ll go back to taking the Bone Meal first. Then the other vitamins…

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Entry for July 12, 2007

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I like this mineral chart because it contains the some of the trace minerals and the most interesting thing about this one is the fact that it contains aluminum. The naturophath said based on my hair analysis, my level of aluminum was high. Well looking at the mineral chart, it has a direct relationship with phosphorus. Was this mentioned? Nope… because everything you read says that a deficiency in phosphorus is extremely rare and unlikely.

To reduce the amount of aluminum, she gave me zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium.

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Entry for July 12, 2007

Woke up with the vibration again…and again a very similar day to yesterday. I start the day like I normally do and midway through the morning, same thing happens again. I start getting the cold hands and because I went out for lunch, I start shivering. It was a little cool outside but it wasn’t cold.

I get back into work and I try the magnesium. Nothing. I try the manganese because I have that with me today. Nothing. I realise that I haven’t had the Bone Meal yet today so I have a scoop of that and within twenty minutes I’m fine. My hands are back to normal and I’m okay for the rest of the day.

Tomorrow I’ll switch to the calcium/magnesium to see if it’s the calcium or the phosphorus that I need.

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Entry for July 06, 2007

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Last week I was thinking about the mineral ratios between calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. I couldn’t figure out why taking calcium makes the vibration worse and the magnesium helped my overall symptoms. I assumed the extra calcium was effecting the ratio of magnesium. Looking at the mineral ratio chart again, calcium and phosphorus can both effect the ratio of manganese. I’ve taken manganese here and there before and I thought it affected my level of magnesium. Knowing what I know now, I’m not so sure. The mineral ratios suggest that it can also effect phosphorus.

I’ve been taking the Bone meal now every morning for a couple of days and although I don’t have any negative side effects, it doesn’t seem to have an effect on the vibration. The interesting thing is I did get that funny weird feeling in my head yesterday and I thought it was odd because I just started taking the Bone Meal. If I was low in phosphorus and was now taking 500 mg extra a day, why did I get that weird feeling? It’s really hard to describe other than that it feels like I have an extremely low level of something but I just can’t figure out what it is and there are no other symptoms when it happens.

Could it be manganese? It has to be something in that important ratio of calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, phosphorus and manganese. I’ve really exausted my research on all of them except maybe one… Manganese!

Manganese might be a really good idea since I’ve started the Bone Meal. And it helps with the high level of copper too. Anytime I’ve tried it in the past, it’s been in a very standard dosage as directed. This time, I’ll try as much as 75 mg a day.

July 8, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

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