Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for December 27, 2006

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Thought it might be time to document my daily intake of vitamins, minerals and herbs for the record. I’ve been taking the core vitamin and minerals for a while now and the herbal remedies where only recently added to fight candida. The magnesium, niacin and the multivitamin are the only ones that I know if I’ve missed taking it. The multivitamin has the active form of B6 and sometimes I take it earlier in the day because I have that “weird” feeling in my head. It goes away everytime I take any form of B6.

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I start every morning with the candida trauma kit:

Pysillium Fibre/Caprilic Oil/Bennonite mix

Nu Life: Magnesium: 500 mg three times a day
Vitamin C: 500 mg three times a day
Niacin: 50-100 mg three times a day
Enzymes: 1 capsule three times a day

Nu Life Multivitamin: Twice a day
Olive Leaf & Black Walnut: Twice a day

Nu Life: Omega Three: Once a day (380 DHA content)
Co-enzyme Q10: Once a day
Garlic 1000 mg Once a day

Acidophilus just before bed.

I also take the Magnesia Phosphorica in between doses of magnesium if I need to. I usually get a very mild pain in my chest and it goes away the instant I take it.

For the past few months I’ve also taken a more serious approach to eating more fruits and vegetables and healthy eating. I try to eat 1-2 Fuji apples and 1-3 bananas a day. I’ll have oatmeal with flax seeds for breakfast and sometimes I’ll eat cucumbers and tomatoes as snack foods.

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Entry for August 27, 2006

Previous Night Vibration Status: Weak
Morning Vibration Status: Weak

I was quite surpised to have a vibration last night and this morning since I took 300 mg of magnesium citrate right before going to bed. I didn’t have any calcium so I’m not sure what happened.

My new friend David got back to me again:

Some people get good results with magnesium citrate which is a form of chelated magnesium. Don’t buy it in combination with calcium. I take chelated calcium, but I take it separately. Theoretically, people need twice as much calcium as magnesium and, therefore, most calcium/magnesium supplements have twice as much calcium as magnesium. But most Americans are far more deficient in magnesium than in calcium, so they need more supplemental magnesium than calcium.

At your weight you should take 800 mg of chelated magnesium daily and, if severly deficient, 1,000 mg daily. Magnesium and CoQ10 have separate functions, but they do beneficially interact somewhat.

This may be enough but, at your weight, you may need 200 mg of CoQ10 daily. I suggest that you see how you feel after taking 100 mg of CoQ10 and 800 mg of chelated magnesium before deciding if you need more. I also take more than 1,000 mg of chelated magnesium daily because of my weight.

Riboflavin 5 phosphate is more effective than plain riboflavin. How do you know that you have a riboflavin deficiency? You may be deficient in other B-complex vitamins as well — especially B12. B12 deficiency is more common than is generally recognized because many people don’t absorb B12 well through the stomach. I take sublingual B12 which I let dissolve under my tongue. The tissue under the tongue often absorbs B12 better than the stomach does.

The ability of selenium to cut cancer deaths in half was discovered in a large placebo-controlled double-blind clinical study and the results were published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, yet they have largely been ignored. Also often ignored is the need for vitamin C. Most people should take at least 1,000 mg of vitamin twice a day.

Best wishes, David

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Entry for August 26, 2006

I’ve only taken two 300 mg doses of magnesium citrate and I’ve avoided taking it with food. I’ve also taken one capsule of Q10 in the early afternoon. I’m trying to save the last dose of magnesium right before I go to bed.

I never felt that the magnesium taurate made any difference but from what David says, I wasn’t taking enough. Since he’s a retired chemist, I’d love to ask him a few questions…

August 26, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 26, 2006

David gets back to me!

My wife weighs about 135 lb and takes 600 mg of chelated magnesium daily. If you weigh 150 lb or more you probably should take 800 mg of chelated magnesium daily.

The fact that the magnesium my wife takes is chelated magnesium is important for best absorption and to prevent diarrhea which cheap inorganic magnesium can cause. Chelated magnesium is available in health stores, but generally not in drug stores which usually sell only inorganic magnesium.

My wife takes 120 mg CoQ10 capsules. I think she takes one daily but occasionally two daily. I don’t know how long it took, but it was a few weeks or so, not years.

 I’m glad you’ve read The Miracle of Magnesium and that it is helping you. Both magnesium and CoQ10 are very important for good health. So are vitamin C and other nutrients. For example, other reviews of mine show that 200 micrograms of selenium daily cuts the risk of cancer in half.

I’m a retired research chemist who worked for NASA for 44 years. Learning and advising about nutrition and health is one of my major interests. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to.

Sincerely, David

I think it’s time to pick up some some CoQ10…

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Entry for August 26, 2006

So what is the Q10 exactly? I do a bit of research:

How it Functions

Energy Production

Coenzyme Q lies at the heart of our cells’ energy producing process. Special organelles (tiny organs) inside our cells, called mitochondria, take fat and other substances and convert them into usable energy. This process always requires coenzyme Q. In some cells, like heart cells, this energy conversion process can be the difference between life and death – and so can the activity of coenzyme Q.

Cell Protection

Coenzyme Q is a well-established antioxidant used by the body to protect cells from oxygen damage. The exact mechanism for this protective effect is not clear. Nevertheless, up to 95% less damage to cell membranes has been demonstrated following supplementation with coenzyme Q.

The antioxidant protection that can be supplied by coenzyme Q has prompted clinicians to use this nutrient in a wide variety of heart-related conditions in which the heart muscle needs special protection from oxygen damage. These conditions include arrhythmia, angina, heart attack, mitral valve prolapse, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and congestive heart failure.

And I also found this:

Boosts energy and brain power

Coenzyme Q10 is a great boost to heart health, but it has many other beneficial effects. Strenuous physical exercise reduces blood levels of CoQ10 and supplementation with 60 mg/day has been found to improve athletic performance. Administration of CoQ10 alone or in combination with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) boosts the immune system and may be useful in the treatment of AIDS and other infectious diseases. An adequate level of CoQ10 in the body is essential to proper muscle functioning and several studies have indeed shown that supplementation with 100-150 mg/day of CoQ10 markedly improves the condition of people suffering from muscular dystrophy.

Many overweight people have very low levels of CoQ10 and supplementation may enable them to lose weight due to the effect of CoQ10 in speeding up the metabolism of fats.

Some very recent, highly intriguing research carried out at the Institute of Neurosciences in Argentina has shown that brain activity and alertness is enhanced in hypertensive patients within one hour of oral administration of 100 mg of CoQ10.

Keeps your gums healthy and fights cancer

CoQ10 has been used with success in combating periodontal diseases, especially gingivitis (gum disease). Tissue affected by gingivitis is deficient in CoQ10 and experiments have shown that supplementation with as little as 50 mg/day can decrease inflammation. More recent research has shown that topical application of CoQ10 dissolved in soy oil (85 mg/ml) to affected areas (periodontal pockets) reduces bleeding and the depth of the pockets.

Research carried out in Denmark has provided some tantalizing evidence that CoQ10 may also be effective in the fight against certain cancers. A trial involving the treatment of 32 breast cancer patients with mega doses of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and coenzyme Q10 (90 mg/day) in addition to conventional therapy showed a highly beneficial effect of the supplementation. Two of the patients in the trial whose tumours had not regressed had their CoQ10 dosages increased to 390 mg/day and 300 mg/day respectively with the result that their tumours disappeared completely within three months. CoQ10 supplementation is also very important for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy with heart toxic drugs such as adriamycin and athralines. Recent research has also shown that certain cholesterol-lowering drugs (lovastatin, etc.) block the natural synthesis of CoQ10 so supplementation with 100 mg/day is recommended for patients taking these drugs.

So how much do you need?
The body can synthesize coenzyme Q10 and it is also found in several dietary sources, notably organ meats. The level of CoQ10 in human organs peaks around the age of 20 years and then declines fairly rapidly. The decrease in CoQ10 concentration in the heart is particularly significant with a 77-year-old person having 57 per cent less CoQ10 in the heart muscle than a 20-year- old. Some experts involved in CoQ10 research believe that many people, especially older people and people engaging in vigorous exercise may be deficient in CoQ10 and may benefit from supplementation. The recommended daily dosage for health maintenance is 30 mg; however, considerably higher amounts are required in the treatment of the various diseases for which supplementation has been found beneficial. CoQ10 should be taken with a meal containing some fat or even better, in combination with soy or vegetable oil which enhances its absorption quite substantially. The body readily absorbs CoQ10 supplements and no toxic effects have been reported for daily dosages as high as 300 mg. The safety of CoQ10, however, has not been established in pregnancy and lactation, so caution is advised here until more data becomes available.

August 26, 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

   

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