Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

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.


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.


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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 06, 2007

All day long I’ve had really itchy dry eyes but I’m not sure if I caused it myself by rubbing them or if it’s something else. I stopped taking phosphorus thinking that might be causing the problem and I tried a bunch of different vitamins and minerals at different times today but nothing seemed to make a difference.

Hopefully it’s only because I’m very, very tired…

All throughout the long holiday weekend I didn’t get cold hands once. Let’s see what happens tomorrow when I return to work.

August 7, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 02, 2007

Start the day with 400 mg of phosphorus…I still get my cold hands around lunch but it didn’t seem as bad as usual. Progress? Let’s hope so.

I noticed some very subtle changes this morning with taking the phosphorus. I felt a change in my skin that was really barely noticeable but I felt the biggest difference in my eyes. They don’t feel as dry. Let’s find out why?


Phosphorus has more functions than any other mineral in your body. Eighty to eighty five percent of all the phosphorus in your body is in your bones and teeth in the form of calcium phosphate. The 1 1/2 – 2 pounds of phosphorus in your body helps to keep your bones and teeth strong. Phosphorus is important to your bones for another reason.

Phosphorus is vital to collagen production and bone is 3/4 collagen. Tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin, and eyes, are composed greatly of collagen. Without phosphorus, your body could not make any of the above vital connective tissues and organs.

I wonder if taking phosphorus will help my weak knees because of the collagen? Seems like every mineral has some kind of relationship with collagen or the myelin sheaths.

Phosphorus improves bone density and nutrition of nervous system tissue. When supplied in proper quantity phosphorus enhances the reproductive organs, autonomic nervous system, ganglia, brain and other nerve networks. In conjunction with other elements it can strengthen tissue integrity, function and metabolism.

So I’ll focus on phosphorus for a while and see how it goes with the vibration…

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

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.


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 30, 2007

Back to work today and I’ve got a big bag of pears and apples for the week. Around noon I start to get the cold hands again. I’ve only taken the chromium so I’m not sure what I did wrong? It’s something that I’ve noticed for a while now but there’s no doubt about it anymore. It seems to happen every time I’m at work. It never happens in the evenings or the weekends. I only get my cold hand symptoms when I’m at work and usually, it’s around lunch time.

This is craziness…it’s not making sense anymore…

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Entry for July 26, 2007

Okay, now I’m confused… woke up with a slight vibration. Yesterday there was none and today it’s back. I’m still taking the chromium and now I’m eating pears so how could it return?

One thing I’ve noticed lately is my hair. Although I can’t really say 100%, it seems to be a little thicker on top. I have my hair cut really short these days and it’s good for checking the progress.

The amazing thing is that I haven’t had my daily cold hands at all for the entire trip so far. This is all very weird…

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Entry for July 22, 2007

Two days with chromium supplementation and no cold hands. No other kind of weird symptoms either.

Great! Just in time for my vacation. Although I’m taking everything with me just in case…

oh, and one more thing. I went to the library yesterday and signed out two books on chromium. In one of the books it mentions that chromium is very, very difficult to get enough of the daily intake through food. And that’s from a healthy eater! Imagine all of the people who don’t eat properly? Anyway, in the back of the book it gives a listing of all kinds of food and how much chromium it contains.

It’s a very interesting read because there are very little foods high in chromium. But what makes it even more interesting is as I was scanning through the list, a certain kind of fruit stood out.

Yup, it was pears. Pears have 30% of daily chromium per 200 g.

Nutrition Information

Pears are a good source of Vitamin C and copper, and an excellent source of chromium and dietary fiber.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 1 pear with skin (200 g)
Amount Per Serving & % Daily Value*

Calories 120
Fat Cal 0
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 21%
Protein 1g 2%
Chromium 30%
Copper 11%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 2%
Iron 3%

Pears have a whopping 30% of chromium but on a regular nutritional web site that I use, chromium is not provided in the list of minerals. I contacted the web site and here is the reply:

“Chromium is not one of the nutrients that the USDA currently test for. As such, we can’t provide information on it.”

Last year I noticed that eating one pear wouldn’t always work and sometimes I would have to eat three of them to actually stop the vibration. Of course I mentioned the pears to anyone who would listen but nobody had a clue. My regular doctor, the naturopath, the nutritionist and the iridoligst were all very, very confused.

Does this solve the mystery of the pears? See you in a week!

July 22, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 22, 2007

No vibration last night and none again this morning.

So was it the chromium or the pantothenic acid? Yesterday I felt really good all day and I think it was the chromium. I barely took any supplements and I had no cold hands for the entire day. I took half a magnesium and one chromium in the morning and pantothenic acid throughout the day. I also took molybdenum and a vitamin C but that’s it.

I’m going on vacation starting tomorrow and I’ll be making sure that I have all my vitamins and minerals with me…especially the chromium.

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Entry for July 20, 2007

Another weird day. Today I have a bunch of vitamins and minerals with me and I’ll take them as I need them. Because I’m having such a hard time trying to figure it which supplements are actually helping, I take one at a time to see if it has any effect.

Around lunchtime, I start getting the cold hands so I take the magnesium, then manganese and a few more but nothing seems to have an effect. I don’t start lunch until around 1:30 PM and my hands are still very cold and I’m not sure what to do? Nothing seems to work like it used to.

About 15 minutes into my lasagna my hands go warm. Huh? Okay, now I’m really confused…

On my way back to the office, I start to realize that for most of this week my cold hands disappear after lunch and I would skip the night time vitamins because I felt so good. But for every day this week, I’d take my daily routine of supplements with my lunch…except for today.

What does this mean? Having symptoms disappear after eating food. Isn’t that diabetes?

I do a quick google search and discover this:

Pantothenic Acid Deficiency

Excessive copper levels have been associated with low levels of pantothenic acid


Functional hypoglycemia is frequently associated with elevated tissue copper levels. An excess of tissue copper reduces manganese and zinc, thereby interfering with normal glucose metabolism.

Well, there’s no doubt in my mind that high copper can reduce manganese and zinc. I do another search on hypoglycemia and start reading about the link with the mineral chromium. Destroyed by sugar intake the symptoms are anxiety, elevated blood triglycerides and peripheral neuropathy. I still remember a doctor at the walk in clinic making the comment about how high my triglycerides were but stopped short of telling me what I should do about it.

Chromium is already extremely hard to get within a healthy diet. Everybody must be low in chromium.

Great. Something new to research…

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Entry for July 19, 2007

Today I started off by adding kelp to my vitamins. Similar to yesterday, I took kelp first thing in the morning and then the rest just before lunch when my hands started getting cold.

I took one 250 mg of magnesium and that seemed to work until early afternoon and I got the cold hands again. With the idea of potassium floating around in my head, I decide to purchase two bananas just to see if it had any effect…and it did. I was fine for the rest of the day.

Around dinner time, I start to feel that very mild chest pain pressure that I used to feel when my magnesium was really low. This hasn’t happened in a very long time but it makes sense because I’m taking less magnesium lately. In fact, it hasn’t happened since I discovered the zinc deficiency.

This is the one weird symptom that scares me the most so I take 250 mg of magnesium and I add one 99 mg of potassium for good measure. If this was a sign of low magnesium and I’m sure that it was, could it be a low level of potassium?

Took another 99 mg of potassium before going to bed.

Here’s my latest thesis:

If low magnesium was causing the sodium to go high then the last time I tried to add potassium was before the magnesium loss was corrected. Therefore there would be no way that I could correct the potassium imbalance as long as the magnesium loss still existed.

Magnesium activates a key enzyme in cell membranes that controls the balance of sodium and potassium. This is absolutely essential to the electrical activity of nerve cells, as well as to the very existence of a cell. If it’s sodium-potassium ratio is too far out of balance, the cell would burst.

Oh boy….here we go again…

July 19, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

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

It’s Monday back to work so I took my supplements early in the morning. Because I was busy at work, I took a late lunch around 12:30 PM and I noticed that hands were starting to get cold. Took my supplements with my lunch and it went away. Was it the supplements or was it my lunch?

For the first time ever, I decided to try Lentil soup as I know from my research that it was high in phosphorus and low in calcium. I was fine for the rest of the day and by the evening I was expecting the cold hands but it didn’t happen. So I skipped my evening dosage.

It’s almost 11:00 pm and I still don’t have any ill effects from the lower dosage. So let’s see if it will have an effect on the vibration? And maybe I’ll do the same thing tomorrow…including the lentil soup!

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Entry for July 15, 2007

Day one: The treatment with phosphorus was a success. The cold hands that I’ve had all week didn’t happen once today. Didn’t get the weird nerve feelings in my head either.

With the added research from this weekend, I’ve discovered that phosphorus plays a role in the creation of lecithin and I found my bottle half full from the last time I tried it. Lecithin contains a B vitamin called Choline. Here’s what I found:


Although choline is not by strict definition a vitamin, it is an essential nutrient. Despite the fact that humans can synthesize it in small amounts, choline must be consumed in the diet to maintain health. The majority of the body’s choline is found in specialized fat molecules known as phospholipids, the most common of which is called phosphatidylcholine or lecithin.

Support of Nervous System Activity

Choline is a key component of acetylcholine, a messenger molecule found in the nervous system. Acetylcholine, also called a neurotrasmitter since it carries messages from and to nerves, is the body’s primary chemical means of sending messages between nerves and muscles. Because of its role in nerve-muscle function, choline (supplemented in the form of lecithin, or phosphatidylcholine), has been used experimentally to help improve neuromuscular function in Alzheimer’s disease.

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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

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 11, 2007

Manganese is a very hard mineral to find information about. Luckily, Dr. Google takes me to what I need:

“Manganese gives us strong nerves “, “eyes may itch and burn”

“Extremely cold hands and feet…are often indicative of a manganese deficiency.”

and the biggest clue of all:

“Dizziness comes from bending over or jumping up quickly from a lying position. Many assert that it feels as though their brain is loose, rolling from side to side or front to back when they lean over. Motion of a boat, car, train or airplane is often nauseating and fosters dizziness. “

I know that I’ve used that exact description within this very blog to describe my symptoms over a year ago when I was looking at B vitamin deficiencies. Incredible! I’ve also had the nauseating effect from the motion of a boat for years.

Found the entry from my blog on June 13th, 2006:

“I know I’ve had some very weird symptoms in my head almost from the beginning and it’s more of a feeling than a symptom. It feels like something is not quite right, like an imbalance, a heaviness. I noticed this weird feeling the most when I tilted my head back and held it there for a while. When I moved it back to normal, I have this feeling like the fluid in my brain was heavier than usual.”


Manganese is the brain and nerve food element. This critical mineral is stored in the body in conjunction with lecithin (a brain and nerve fat). It is impossible to maintain good health if this element is missing from the diet. Manganese is found in the bloodstream and like iron it helps carry oxygen from the lungs to the cells. Manganese acts upon the linings of the brain and cranium and upon the nerves and nerve fibers of the body. Manganese gives us strong nerves and coordinates thoughts; it is crucial for thought and action coordination. Memory is heightened by manganese and concentration becomes easier as nerve circuits are electrified. The intercommunication network of the brain is more efficient when manganese is supplied in ample quantities. It helps brain fibers make connections which encourages coordination of thought and purpose, it also improves eyesight benefiting both close up and long distance viewing of objects.


Nerve problems (stuttering, depression, worry) call for manganese in the diet. Low manganese can trigger epileptic seizures. Doctors at the Montreal Children’s hospital in Quebec Canada found that manganese deficiency in animals caused a loss of muscle control and rats born to manganese deficient mother had seizures.Manganese is important to regulating blood sugar and low blood sugar can also cause seizures. Diabetics have been shown to have only a fraction of the manganese of normal individuals.

Poor memory, absentmindedness, disjointed thought may indicate a shortage of manganese in the diet. Manganese deficient people often report that taste is altered. The tasted buds are erratic, ranging from an overly-sweet taste to oily, putrid, offensive tastes. Seemingly without reason food tastes oily, fatty or rancid.

Physical senses of the manganese impoverished are dulled and blunted. Spots appear before the eyes and the eyes may itch and burn. Ears detect feeble or far away noises that interfere with normal hearing. Dizziness comes from bending over or jumping up quickly from a lying position. Many assert that it feels as though their brain is loose, rolling from side to side or front to back when they lean over. Motion of a boat, car, train or airplane is often nauseating and fosters dizziness.

Without manganese bones are susceptible to gout and bones and joints become painful. Rats fed a manganese deficient diet produced bones that were smaller and less mineral dense and more subject to fracture than those given sufficient amounts of this important trace mineral. Osteoporotic women had only a fraction of the manganese blood levels of women who were osteoporosis free. Manganese is a critical trace mineral when fighting bone mass density loss and should be added to the regimen when fighting osteoporosis.

Sufficient manganese helps nullify gout symptoms, especially at night. Extremely cold hands and feet, cold ankles or a cold area on the crown of the head are often indicative of a manganese deficiency.

The best natural food source of manganese is the Missouri black walnut. Many raw greens, nuts and seeds also contain minute traces of manganese. The manganese is stored in the oil of the nuts so cooking or processing removes this critical nutrient from most of these foods. A person does not need much of this mineral but it is a critical trace element that when missing from the diet will impact the health of the individual dramatically. Manganese works best when used in conjunction with zinc and copper.

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Entry for March 29, 2007

Woke up this morning with a really stiff back. So did the Ion Foot Bath have any effect? Nope, not really. In fact, in some ways, I feel worse. I had a really hard time getting to sleep last night and usually I have no problem at all. The vibration seems to be back although it would start and stop again. I wonder if it had any effect on the minerals like copper, zinc and magnesium?

Not really sure if that was progress or not? I also had cold hands this morning and I haven’t had that in a while and I haven’t made any changes to my supplements. More energy? Nope.

Despite all of this, I did make one discovery this morning. I realized what was causing the green stools. A while back I started eating granny smith apples instead of fuji apples because they don’t contain as much sugar.

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Entry for March 25, 2007

Woke up around four in the morning with a vibration and cold hands and feet…I wonder if it was the extra copper and less magnesium? When I got out of bed, I noticed a pain in my lower back that worsens if I take a deep breath. It’s a different kind of pain and in a different area but it’s very similar to the pain I get for the mitral valve prolaspe. I am unable to take a really deep breath until it passes. This feeling has been happening on a off for a couple of weeks now and it goes away after a few seconds. When it does go away, I can feel it “jump” back into position. It’s really hard to explain…

I won’t take any copper except for the homeopathic version and I’ll raise my zinc back to 100 mg, to see if that will make a difference on the vibration.

March 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

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