Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

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 March 21, 2007

The sore throat is back again this morning so I made sure I took the colloidal minerals in the morning. I ate two pears and two apples throughout the day yesterday and I’m paying for it. My candida has been stronger so I only had one apple today. I switched back to the 100 mg of zinc and the homeopathic copper today but it didn’t seem to make a difference.

I also had the vibration back last night and again this morning.

Two steps forward… three steps back….

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Entry for March 14, 2007

Three things I tried differently today. I stopped taking my multivitamin and increased my zinc to 100 mg. I also took 0.75 mg of copper in the morning. Thirdly, I took five capsules of 200 mcr of chromium throught the day.

I’m thinking the new copper zinc ratio is a problem because my nose seems more stuffy than usual. After taking the zinc, it has quite an effect on my sinuses. I did have a banana today so could be that as well. I’m still unsure if the extra zinc is clearing my nose because of the candida or the copper imbalance or maybe both?

Both my daughter and my wife are suffering through a very bad cold. This morning I felt a sore throat coming on but nothing serious. Tonight, I can feel it again so I thought it would be a great time to try the colloidal minerals.

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Entry for March 14, 2007

Colloidal Trace Minerals

Minerals are native elements of our earth. Human beings need these elements to ensure healthy functioning of every cell in their bodies. Minerals found in large quantities in humans, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium are well known for their contribution to maintaining a healthy body. There are however, many minerals that are required in very small amounts, such as “trace minerals.” These minerals are required for several vital functions, including enzyme activation, digestion, and absorption of other vitamins and nutrients.

The body is constantly evolving on the molecular level: every body is the sum total of millions of chemical reactions that are occurring every second. These chemical reactions are dependent upon enzymes. Enzymes cannot be utilized unless they are activated by the correct vitamin or mineral. For example, medical researchers have proven that the mineral zinc activates more than 200 enzymes involved in the production of nucleic acids DNA and RNA.

Minerals cannot be produced by the human body and therefore must be obtained from our food. Because modem agriculture has led to the depletion of our sod, today’s foods are minerally depleted. This situation makes it impossible to obtain all the minerals we need from our food. Most people do not get anywhere close to the Recommended Daily Allowance for minerals, which represents the minimum amount needed to avoid deficiency syndrome.

For example, selenium has recently been identified as an important antioxidant which acts as a free radical scavenger. Free radicals are damaging by-products of normal energy production. Chromium, another essential trace mineral that is integral to metabolizing 4Wats and carbohydrates, has recently been found to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Iron has long been known as an important mineral that is used for energy production and supports the body’s defense system.

Colloidal trace minerals am excellent supplements for those who wish to maintain optimal mineral levels in the body. A colloid is a preparation of particles that are suspended in a liquid that maintains uniform composition. This promotes even and easy absorption and assimilation by the body.

Colloidal trace mineral solutions that contain charged ionic electrolytes derived from highly purified ocean water are extremely stable. The ocean water used for the electrolytes is purified through several procedures which remove any biological or environmental hazards. The way that the ions are charged in ocean water accounts for their stability. The stable composition of minerals in ocean water is extremely similar to the stable composition of minerals in human blood. This guarantees optimum absorption of the minerals.

Because the ionic matter in colloidal trace mineral solutions is so easily recognized and utilized by the body, only extremely small amounts of minerals are included in these products. These limited amounts of minerals help safeguard consumers from ingesting excessive, potentially toxic, amounts.

A list of Minerals important to a healthy life.

Carbon, Beryllium, Sodium, Aluminum, Phosphorus, Chloride, Calcium, Titanium, Chromium, Iron, Nickel, Zinc, Germanium, Selenium, Rubidium, Yttrium, Niobium, Erbium, Ytterbium, Hafnium, Lithium, Boron, Magnesium, Silicon, Sulfur, Potassium, Scandium, Vanadium, Manganese, Cobalt, Copper, Gallium, Arsenic, Bromine, Ruthenium, Ralladium, Cadmium, Tin, Tellurium, Cesium, Lanthanum, Praseodymium, Samarium, Gadolinium, Dyprosium, Fluoride, Terbium, Holmium, Thulim, Lutetium, Tantalum, Tungstein, Osmium, Platinum, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Stontium, Zirconium, Molybdenum, Rhodium, Silver, Indium, Antimony, Iodine, Barium, Cerium, Neodymium, Europium, Mercury, Lead, Thorium, Thenium, Iridium, Gold, Thalium, Bismuth.

March 14, 2007 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for March 14, 2007

Minerals… are what you body is really craving!

Malnutrition is on the rise in our society. Since most people are not educated in nutrition, they are malnourished and don’t even know it. The US Department of Agriculture did a survey of over 20,000 people and found only 10% (or 1 out of 10) got even the minimum RDA for the seven essential nutrients. Several factors play a part in this epidemic of malnutrition, poor food consumption, eating too fast, fried foods, highly processed ingredients, and food full of sugar are chiefly to blame.

Since our fruits and vegetables come from depleted soils, it is a challenge to get all our vitamins and minerals from even properly grown foods. The Encyclopedia Of World Problems and Human Potential states that in productivity, approximately one-third of the world’s crop land had fallen dramatically by the 1980’s. One example is spinach, it has only two percent of the mineral content of iron that it had 60 years ago. The end result is that the foods we consume to give us nutrition are not doing the job they were meant to do.

Enzymes also contribute to malnutrition which are essential to break down of the nutrients so that our bodies can absorb and use them. When food is either cooked or processed, the end result is that the naturally occurring enzymes are destroyed. Based on this lack of enzymes, our digestive system can not properly absorb the vital nutrients we require from our diets. Even though we may be eating all of the necessary foods required for health; we may still be suffering from malnutrition.

In addition to the above mentioned problems, malnutrition can also be attributed to mucous plaque build-up on the intestinal walls. This layer of toxic waste material builds up over time due to inadequate diet and a sluggish colon. The absorption of nutrients becomes greatly hindered, and a failure to achieve optimum nutrition from our foods occurs.

Todays soils are depleted of nutrients

Today’s modern family finds it a challenge to not only eat right, but to also obtain the true nutrition that they think they are obtaining from their foods. Commercially available synthetic or rock-based supplements are chiefly undigested by the body… and simply flushed away. The secret to vitamin & mineral absorption, is in the fact that our bodies are designed to best absorb plant-sourced nutrients. The key factor, is in consuming organic, whole foods or taking a true plant-derived mineral supplement.

The basic functions of life cannot be performed without minerals. Simply said, minerals are the currency of life. There are 75 metals listed in the periodic chart, all of which have been detected in human blood and other body fluids – we know that at least 60 of these metals (minerals) have physiological value for man. Organically not a single function in the human body can take place without at least one mineral or metal cofactor.

As far as supplements go, vitamins have historically ‘gotten the glory’ and minerals were mere stepchildren in the Muliple Vitamin – as everyone always asks, “Did you take your vitamins today?” Of course they really mean, “Did you take your multiple vitamins and minerals today?” Minerals, however are in fact required by any and all body functions from the basic subcellular molecular biological ‘metallic fingers’ of RNA and DNA to electrochemical, catalytic, structural, reproduction, maintenance, repair and a plethora of miscellaneous functions. As important as minerals are to human flesh and the very existence of man, human-kind has rather placed more value on material possessions and wealth than on our metabolic need for minerals.

According to the World Health Organization, the United States spends more money than any other nation in the world on health care; yet 36 other nations are ranked higher than it in terms of quality of health.

It is projected that by the year 2100 there will be more than 12 billion people on the Earth. There is seemingly no way that our farm soils can sustain the nutritional value of our soils, our foods, or ourselves. Genetic engineering, better varieties of grains, rice, and corn, and perhaps even better fertilizer will produce more tons and bushels of crops that are tastier and have longer shelf life – but they will not adequately sustain us.

The earth has become anemic. In short this means we can no longer get the 60 nutritional minerals we need from our food. We must consciously supplement our daily intake of food with the lacking 60 nutritional minerals or poor health and disease are certain resultants.

‘Humic shale’ is a unique source of plant-derived colloidal minerals. Humic shale originated from plants some 75 million years ago. Those lush tropical plants took up the 60 plus metallic minerals available to them from the a fertile soil that had as many as 84 minerals. Humic shale is like the floor of a forest, very compacted dry leaves and sticks. The consistency is like dried saltine crackers or very dry oak leaves. Put them into your hands and rub them together, and it all crumbles into a real fine dust.

A volcanic eruption covered these mineral-rich forests with a thin layer of mud and ash, thick enough to create an air-tight ‘vault’ and dried or dehydrated the plants into a deep accumulation of ‘hay’, but not deep enough or heavy enough to pressurize the dried plant material into coal or oil. The entombed humic shale never fossilized or petrified, in other words they never became rocks – just compressed, dried prehistoric ‘hay’ that contains large amounts of plant-derived colloidal minerals

It takes 78 pounds of humic shale to reach the optimum concentration of 38 grams of colloidal minerals per liter; the 78 pounds of humic shale represents approximately 1034 pounds of lush prehistoric green mineral rich plants. The fluid extract of high grade humic shale contains no less than 60 plant-derived colloidal minerals and is 98% bio-available for both animals and humans.

March 14, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 14, 2007

In my googling I come across this article that talks about the absorption of minerals and the benefit of using colloidal minerals.

Mineral Absorption and Deficiency
By Yvette R. Schlussel, Ph.D.


A wide range of minerals is essential for human health. The recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) serve as guidelines for daily intakes of nutrients that population groups in the United States should have in their diets. Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) have been established for the following essential minerals: calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. In addition, DRIs have been set for other trace elements, which have been identified to have important-if not essential roles in maintaining health. These include: iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, boron, chromium, cobalt, molybdenum, vanadium, nickel, lithium, iodine and fluoride.

There is evidence that the need for mineral intake is not being met, especially in certain subpopulations. It is difficult for most individuals to ingest enough calcium from foods available in a cereal-based economy without liberal consumption of dairy products, for example. Supplementation with minerals is recommended to complement dietary intake and avoid deficiencies.

Mineral supplements are associated with different absorptive capacities. The absorption of minerals depends on a number of physiological, biochemical, and hormonal characteristics of the consumer and the form of the mineral consumed. Potential mineral sources are not all alike and should be evaluated for bioavailability.

Factors that enhance mineral absorption include the form of the mineral ingested, maintenance of chemical stability, presence of a specific transporter, small particle size, solubility, ascorbic acid, and low intestinal motility. Factors that inhibit absorption include oxalic acid, phytic acid, fiber, sodium, tannins, caffeine, protein, fat, antacids, rapid transit time, malabsorption syndromes, precipitation by alkalinization, other minerals, hormones and nutritional status.

Colloidal minerals exhibit properties that enhance absorption. Principles of biochemistry support the view that colloidal minerals may be more bioavailable than minerals in solid supplement or food forms. A number of diseases are associated with mineral deficiencies or impaired metabolism of minerals. Supplementation with minerals has improved the nutritional status and lowered disease risk and progression factors among patients with arthritis, diabetes, cancer, anorexia, and hypertension.


There is no doubt that nutrient deficiencies and excesses can influence disease states. Despite advances in the development of therapeutic agents, nutritional balance is crucial for prevention and resolution of disease. To expect the human body to function properly in the face of nutrient deficiency neglects current knowledge of the physiological needs of metabolically active tissues. While there are extensive studies on how nutrient deficiencies and supplementation affect diseases, there are considerably fewer direct studies available on the mechanisms of action of nutrient supplementation. This report applies generally accepted principles of chemistry and biological systems to mineral supplementation and their absorbability. This report addresses factors affecting the differences in the body’s absorption of minerals with particular attention to colloidal minerals and the role of mineral deficiencies in disease. Specific issues addressed include:

• Mineral Requirements
• Mineral Absorption and Bioavailability
• Mechanisms of absorption
• Essential Minerals and their specific absorption
• Physiologic factors affecting absorption
• Food and Non-Food Sources and Absorption
• Diseases Associated with Mineral Deficiencies
• Cancer
• Arthritis
• Diabetes
• Anorexia
• Hypertension

Mineral Requirements

Throughout the life span, the human body requires new supplies of nutrients and adequate and appropriate reserves of nutrients for proper metabolic and structural function. There is evidence that nutritional need for mineral intakes are not being met, especially in certain age-sex groups and populations. Supplementation with minerals is recommended to prevent deficiencies. Vitamins and minerals are generally dispensed in solid (tablet or capsule form). However some mineral supplementation is available in colloidal form. Mineral absorption is complicated and dependent upon a number of factors related to mineral solubility and absorbability.



Absorption is the rate at which and the process by which molecules and atoms from the environment enter the interior of the organism via passage across (or around) the lining cells of the gastro-intestinal tract. Absorption can occur all the way from the stomach to the rectum, although the small intestine is the organ most importantly involved in absorption.

Absorptive efficiency for many nutrients, notably iron, calcium and zinc, is governed by homeostatic feedback regulation. When the body stores are too low, the intestine up-regulates the avidity with which the intestine takes up the nutrient. When the body reserves are adequate or increased, the gut down-regulates the nutrient’s uptake. At a molecular level, this regulation can be expressed by the control of intraluminal binding ligands, cell surface receptors, intracellular carrier proteins, intracellular storage proteins, or the energetics of the transmembrane transport.


Bioavailability refers to the extent to which a nutrient reaches its site of pharmacologic action. For practical purposes, this definition includes the extent to which the nutrient reaches a fluid (e.g. blood) that bathes the site of action and via which the nutrient can readily reach the site of action. The bioavailability of a mineral depends directly on the extent to which the mineral is absorbed and distributed to the site of action and depends inversely on the extent to which it is metabolized and excreted prior to arriving at the site of action. It is necessary to consider the factors that affect absorption in order to determine the relative bioavailability of nutrients in different forms.

Factors Affecting Absorption

Current knowledge on intestinal absorption of nutrients includes multiple factors that can affect absorption. Physiochemical processes that influence both the extent and the rate at which minerals cross the mucosal barrier and enter the bloodstream influence absorption.

Mechanisms of Absorption

The vast bulk of mineral absorption occurs in the small intestine. The best-studied mechanisms of absorption are clearly for calcium and iron, deficiencies of which are significant health problems throughout the world. Intestinal absorption is a key regulatory step in mineral homeostasis. Mineral homeostasis is the body’s physiologic efficiency in absorbing the level of minerals the body requires from those minerals that are available to it.


Colloidal Minerals

Liquid preparations of minerals are known as “colloidal minerals.” A “colloid” is a substance dispersed in particle size large enough to prevent or delay passage through a semipermeable membrane, but small enough to remain in suspension in a liquid or gas. Colloids consist of very tiny particles that are usually between 1 nanometer and 1000 nanometers in diameter and that are suspended in a continuous medium, such as a liquid, a solid, or a gaseous substance.

The surface area
of colloidal particles is very large. Particles may be electrically charged and have stabilizing agents added to prevent precipitation. Most are negatively charged but this varies between different colloid types. The charges are particularly important for attracting water molecules and cations. The enormous surface area and charged sites on colloids attract and bind many biologically active substances. Another advantage of minerals in colloidal form is that the bound substances are able to withstand enzymatic attack.

The ionic form of minerals is important for mineral absorbability. Colloidal minerals from humic shale extracts predominantly contain sulfates of iron and aluminum and traces of metal hydroxides. Many of the minerals in humic shale extracts are present in ionic forms. This may make it easier for them to cross cellular membranes. Mineral bioavailability is facilitated by the way in which metals cross the intestinal mucosa. A variety of conditions may affect metal transport across the intestinal mucosa. These factors can act at the brush border membrane, within the cytosol, and at the basolateral membrane. Metal ions, probably bound to intracellular ligands, cross the cytosol and are extruded across the basolateral membrane into the portal circulation. Once a metal ion enters the enterocyte, it may be used by the cell for its own metabolic needs or released in the circulation for the metabolic needs of other tissues. Because colloidal minerals do not have to undergo disintegration and dissolution, in contrast with minerals taken in the form of tablets and capsules, under applicable principles of biochemistry they are said to have enhanced-absorption capability, i.e. absorbability.

This absorbability is evident in solubility. For example, small-molecular weight ligands, such as amino acids and other organic acids, can increase solubility and facilitate absorption; In liquid supplements, minerals are already dissolved and therefore are immediately bioavailable. Furthermore, the liquid supplements usually are acidic; specifically, they are formulated to contain citric acid, ascorbic acid, and other substances that increase the bioavailability of minerals, such as carbohydrates (glucose, lactose), polyols (sorbitol), amino acids (arginine, lysine), vegetable gums, peptides, and emulsifying agents. Solid vitamin-mineral preparations instead contain inert excipients and are usually buffered so as not to cause gastric discomfort on ingestion, although this may reduce mineral bioavailability.

The bioavailability of a mineral in the body is governed by multiple factors, including body stores, hormonal regulation, the chemical form of the nutrient, and concomitant nutrient intake. There are few controlled clinical studies that examine the composition, efficacy, absorbability, or other properties of mineral supplements. There are, however, biochemical reviews of the properties of colloidal minerals that conclude that they are more bioavailable than minerals in other forms. That conclusion is consistent with the applicable principles of biochemistry discussed above.

Commercial supplements of minerals are available in a wide variety of forms. The time required for absorption affects their absorbability. These include isolated compounds such as inorganic salts, organic salts, amino acid chelates and a yeast form. Bioavailability of trace elements has been studied in long-term animal supplementation (3-4 weeks) studies by measuring the trace element in liver, blood, serum or plasma and comparing the slope of the dose-concentration plots. A preliminary depletion is usually performed using trace element deficient food. In short-term experiments, the area under the blood, serum or plasma concentration-time curve is used to compare bioavailabilities after a single dose of the test substance is given. In laboratory studies, examination of the blood concentration-time curves for short-term human experiments involving selenium, zinc and copper revealed that the yeast form was more slowly absorbed, i.e., took longer to reach its maximum concentration, and was thus more bioavailable.


While the ultimate absorption of minerals by the human body is dependent upon numerous factors including homeostasis, body stores, and hormonal regulation, the absorbability of minerals (their availability for absorption) is also affected by the form in which the minerals are ingested. Minerals in solid forms such as in solid dosage supplements and in foods must be dissolved and disintegrated prior to being available for absorption. Principles of biochemistry show that minerals in a liquid medium, or in soluble acids, i.e. colloidal minerals, can be expected to be more absorbable due to their smaller size, larger surface area and relative charge. The solubility of a mineral has been shown to enhance its bioavailability. Thus, there is scientific evidence that colloidal minerals may be more efficient, a preferred vehicle for absorption, than minerals in solid forms.

Colloidal minerals exhibit properties that enhance absorption. Principles of biochemistry support the view that colloidal minerals may be more bioavailable than minerals in solid supplement or food forms.

Yvette Schlussel, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Dept. of Nutritional Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

March 14, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 14, 2007

Came across this today regarding Colloidal Minerals and magnesium. I’ve seen Colloidal Minerals in health food stores in the past but I have no idea what it is. I do some brief reading and pick some up on my way home from work.

How Important Are Magnesium and Colloidal Minerals?

Colloidal Minerals

One of the best ways to prevent magnesium deficiency is to take Colloidal Minerals – because the body absorbs 98% of these plant-derived minerals, as opposed to metallic minerals sources that come from ancient sea beds, ground up rock and soil and are only 8% absorbed by the body. Colloidal Minerals from plant sources are non-toxic and negatively charged; therefore, they are water soluble and easily dissolved without becoming involved in the digestive process. The natural negative electrical charge (which is a true hallmark of plant derived minerals) has significant benefits.

In essence, Colloidal Minerals are more beneficial in supporting magnesium deficiency or other mineral deficiency, as they exhibit properties that enhance absorption. Principles of biochemistry support the view that Colloidal Minerals may be more bio-available than minerals in solid supplement or food forms. Another good thing about Colloidal Minerals is that they are non-toxic, unlike other forms of mineral supplements, which can cause toxicity.

Diagnosing ourselves and implementing right supplementation for our unique lifestyles and bodily needs may prove to be a daunting task and not always accurate.

That last sentence is a doozy!! Sums up my life exactly.

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