Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 18, 2008

For years I’ve had “tired eyes” and a sensitivity to bright light. One day after taking 500 mg of Rutin and it’s a whole new world. I can’t believe it. Another deficiency discovered and I’d never even heard of Rutin.

Another point? I checked my multivitamin from NuLife and it actually contains a small dosage of Rutin. Obviously not enough to correct a deficiency. Sometimes I agree with the principle of taking multivitamins. Sometimes, I don’t.

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August 25, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | 1 Comment

Entry for March 18, 2008

BioFlavinoids (Rutin, Hesperidin and Quercetin)

This is the collective name given to rutin, hesperidin and quercetin. Bioflavonoids promote the non-specific actions of the immune system. Bioflavonoids are involved in maintaining the health of the collagen that holds the cells together by forming the basement membranes of cells, tissues, and cartilage.

Anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins can be used to treat a number of eye conditions such as cataracts, night blindness , diabetic retinopathy (progressive retina disease that is a complication of diabetes), and macular degeneration (a hereditary condition causing loss of vision). Hesperidin is useful in treating the complaints of menopause and in dealing with the viruses that cause herpes, the flu, and certain respiratory ailments. Hesperidin fights allergic reactions by blocking the release of histamine. Ellagic acid helps to inhibit cancer by neutralizing the effect of certain carcinogens.

Rutin (vitamin P1)

Rutin is a bioflavonoid that works with vitamin C and assists in reducing pain and intraocular pressure. Rutin may also help maintain levels of the biological antioxidant reduced glutathione. Rutin can be used to treat chronic venous insufficiency, glaucoma, hay fever, hemorrhoids, varicose veins , poor circulation, oral herpes, cirrhosis, stress, low serum calcium, and for cataracts.

Today I went back to the sites I used when I was researching high levels of copper and right there underneath my nose they suggested that a copper deficiency could cause a deficiency in rutin.

Vitamin Deficiencies
The following vitamin deficiencies in the body may be caused by a copper deficiency: vitamin C, inositol, folic acid, vitamin B6 and rutin.

Off to the health food store for some Rutin!

August 24, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 17, 2008

Today I come across something today that I’ve overlooked and has a close relationship with copper.

Hesperidin & Copper

Flavonoids / Bioflavonoids (bioflavinoids) are accessory nutrients to form an ascorbic acid or Vitamin C complex. Rutin and hesperidin are part of this Vitamin P group and function synergistically with Vitamin C in regard to maintaining healthy capillaries, to help form collagen in connective tissue,
to help heal wounds, and to support a healthy immune system.
 
Copper is the most common and potent inhibitor of hesperidin and Vitamin C, being the reason why high levels of copper create a greater risk for vascular degeneration, which in turn requires greater intake of Vitamin C, sulfur, chromium, or molybdenum to lower copper – to make it more bioavailable,
otherwise hesperidin levels will not go up, no matter how much is supplemented.  Abnormal liver functions, triggered by drugs, hormones – particularly elevated estrogen – alcohol, etc., or the structural changes experienced during pregnancy, as well as lack of exercise and excessive amounts of time spent in a sitting position can be equally responsible to promote vascular degeneration.
 
Hesperidin has a right-sided cell receptor (as has copper), so medical problems associated with its deficiency, and/or with copper excesses, are invariably right-sided as well. It is not unusual to see hemorrhoids or varicose veins being noticeably worse on one side only. Rutin is inhibited mostly by chromium, and since chromium levels are on average not as high as copper levels, rutin levels are invariably higher than hesperidin levels as long as dietary intake of rutin and hesperidin are similar.

August 24, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for October 03, 2007

Interesting day this morning…

I was late leaving the house this morning and I had my vitamins with me but I forgot to take them until I got into work. Since I started taking 3mg of copper per day my cold hands have completely disappeared. Until today.

Early into my morning routine I start getting the cold hands and it hits me right away that I forgot to take my copper. So I take that along with everything else and the cold hands disappear.

It’s not fun but it’s great to have an experience like this to reinforce my theory on the copper deficiency. Got to keep checking my tongue for those cracks so I don’t take it too far again…

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 27, 2007

One full day taking Glycine and once again, I can feel a slight difference with the candida. I’m starting slow by taking one teaspoon in the morning and again at night. I can feel the benefits from it but it also gives me a weird feeling whenever I take it. Almost like it has an effect on my magnesium. So I’ve been adding one or two 250 mg of magnesium during the day. Not sure why it has the effect or maybe it’s because my copper is still low enough to effect the magnesium.

I guess I really need to focus on taking the 3 mg of copper a day along with some higher dosages of magnesium and build those up for a while…

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 19, 2007

Today I was taking to friend at work about how great books are for learning and he mentioned that Indigo and Chapters are now his favorite stores. I agreed but I suggested going to the library instead making it much more cost effective. I also suggested that some books are available online through ebooks. He had never heard of this so I logged into my account and the only book I knew for sure on ebooks was Dr. Jensen’s book on body chemistry and nutrition. I pulled up the book and was showing him how it worked just like a regular book and he was impressed.

Our conversation ended there and I continued to flip through the book. I came across a chart that explained the chemical needs of each body tissue and the minerals required for optimum health. I remember seeing it the first time because I was very interested when I saw that zinc was required for the adrenals.

This time, I happened to notice that the mineral required for the spleen was COPPER!! Wow, I couldn’t believe it. I did go too far with the high dosage of zinc. So if the weird cracks on my tongue was because the copper was too low then this time, I will have an indication as to when my copper has balanced.

This is great and totally unexpected! So I do have an issue with my spleen…

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

Entry for August 31, 2007

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

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

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

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

Entry for August 30, 2007

Another day fighting with cold hands again and by early afternoon I finally discover why. After a quick scan through the blog, July 11, 2007 was the first entry where I mentioned this “new” symptom.

Again I spent the day taking my vitamins one at a time to see if it would have any effect. Nope, not one. I’m not sure what made me realize it but I guess I was thinking about the recent magnesium loss and how I’ve pushed the copper too low. That’s it! My copper is too low. I’ve been taking a high dosage of zinc for too long.

So I take some homeopathic copper and my cold hands disappear almost instantly. I was always waiting for something to indicate that the zinc/copper ratio was balanced and it never happened in an obvious kind of way. I think the cold hands were an indication that the copper was getting too low. I also think my recent problem with the itchy eyes was a sign that the copper was going too low.

Here’s another person’s story:

Why do most candida sufferers have cold hands and feet?

The only reason that candida infections occur is because the host suffers from lowered immunity. It is impossible to have a candida infection if your immune system is working properly. A healthy immune system constantly destroys yeast and fungi cells in the intestinal tract. A candida infection is a symptom of lowered immunity. So why do most people with candida infections suffer from extremely cold hands and feet?

If you do not have HIV, cancer or some other disease that is taxing your immune system, your immune system is depressed for some other reason. The interesting thing about the cold hands/feet symptom is that this symptom is most commonly seen in people with thyroid problems.

As Jon from iThyroid describes in detail on his site, thyroid problems occur as a result of mineral imbalances. These mineral imbalances will in turn cause other problems such as lowered blood cell levels (both red and white) leaving the host with an impaired ability to destroy pathogens such as yeast cells. So commonly candida infections have been connected to thyroid problems and this is a MISTAKE. Instead, both candida infections and thyroid problems are connected to the same thing – mineral imbalances. Particularly, copper is imbalanced as this critical mineral is needed for the formation of white and red blood cells.

If I was to suggest only one thing to anyone suffering from a candida infection today, it would be to get a hair mineral analysis done. This analysis would let you know for sure which minerals you need to supplement and which you need to cut back on. However, even if the test indicates a high amount of a particular mineral, it is important to never completely stop taking that mineral. Stopping the intake of even small amounts of a mineral can cause further imbalance.

I just want to include briefly my personal problems with mineral imbalancing. My problem was with copper levels. Mine were too low, causing things such as cold hands/feet, incredible brain fog, fatigue, muscle aches, sttringy buildups in my mouth, etc. When I started supplementing copper, I felt TERRIBLE. My brain fog symptoms got so severe I could not work. But this only lasted a few days and with time, I was able to increase my intake to the RDA and then a bit above. And as I continued to take supplemental copper, my condition continued to improve. My brain fogginess slowly went away as did the embarassing body odour. I no longer woke up in night sweats, nor did I have that stringy buildup in my mouth after eating carbohydrates.

I hope my story and website have helped at least one person out there – get a mineral test done!

August 29, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 27, 2007

Woke up with the vibration…

This morning it’s back to work so I added some extra magnesium just in case. I sat down at my desk and started my daily routine and it hit me like a tonne of bricks. The magnesium loss must be because my copper is low. This is fantastic!!!!

I actually have some homeopathic copper on me so I take that with 1 magnesium and I could feel the difference. I should’ve known it because of the candida supplements were working, the minerals were balanced afterall. It makes sense because I’m been taking a high dosage of zinc everyday since the beginning of February. Hard to believe but it’s been over six months of treatment so maybe I did go too far? I had no real sign that the zinc had been corrected.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll take the candida supplements along with my multivitamin and a calcium/magnesium.

This is great news! Magnesium is my friend again.

August 27, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 24, 2007

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With this “new” heart symptom I recalled a past entry in my blog about a person with a similar problem with the calcium/magnesium ratios and I remember he mentioned something about potassium. The full entry was for August 10, 2007.

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.

I also know that technically, my potassium should be low because of my long time stressed adrenals and the link with high copper. Interestingly, there is also a link with a potassium ratio and candida.

Effects Of Copper On Other Minerals

Copper, in excess, tends to lower manganese, zinc and potassium levels.

Correction of the sodium/potassium ratio is essential to eliminate yeast problems, because this is indicative of adrenal insufficiency, induced hyper-alkalinity, an impaired immune system, and deficient hydrochloric acid and bile acid secretion.

Excessive Intake of Sweets, Fruits and Fruit Juices

The majority of copper-toxic individuals have an insatiable craving for sweets, fruit, and fruit juices. Such cravings arise from the fact that copper-toxic individuals, in general, suffer from a severe potassium deficiency. Fruit, fruit juices and vegetables are high in potassium content, and hence the craving for these foods.

August 24, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 20, 2007

While doing some researching tonight I stumbled upon an article that makes a lot of sense for me and it’s something I’ve missed although I know I’ve reviewed it in the past. It plays a role in hair loss and calming the nervous system. Can also be helpful in cases high copper. I’ve also noticed that I can’t remember things as clearly as I used to. Recalling what I did yesterday is sometimes a problem for me. I’m not forgetful, I just can’t remember things with any detail.

I like what I’m reading!!

Inositol: A Necessary Nutrient

Inositol is recognized as part of the B-Complex vitamins. It works closely with Choline as one of the primary components of the cell membrane. The human body contains more inositol than any other vitamin except Niacin. It is found in large quantities in the spinal cord nerves, the brain, and the cerebral spinal fluid. It is also needed for growth and survival of cells in bone marrow, eye membranes, and the intestines. It also encourages hair growth and can help prevent baldness.

Like Choline, Inositol helps to move fat out of the liver, and helps prevent serious liver disorders, as well as disorder involving high cholesterol. Serotonin and acetylcholine, two neurotransmitters, both depend upon Inositol, and it supplementation therefore can assist in the reduction of depression and panic attacks. Loss of Inositol from nerve cells is the primary reason for Diabetic neuropathy, so Inositol supplementation can assist in improving this condition. Phytic acid, the plant source of Inositol, has been shown to have anticancer properties, which may be one reason why a high-fiber diet protects against many cancers.

Inositol also has a prominent calming effect on the central nervous system, so it is sometimes helpful to those with insomnia. Studies on brain waves have shown that it has an effect similar to that of Librium or Valium. It can gradually lower blood pressure, and can be helpful in cases of schizophrenia, hypoglycemia, and those with high serum copper and low serum zinc levels.

Because it stimulates muscles of the alimentary canal, Inositol is helpful in cases of constipation. It can also induce labor contractions in pregnant women.

Most sources state that Inositol is not essential in the human diet. If it is a fundamental ingredient of cell membranes and is necessary for proper nerve, brain, and muscle function, how can it NOT be essential? Cell function is impaired when inositol is not present. Perhaps it is seen as not necessary in the diet because it can be synthesized by the intestinal flora. The action of the intestinal bacteria liberates inositol from phytic acid, which is found in citrus fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. The same kind of statement is made in reference to the amino acids. The ones which the body manufactures are considered “non-essential” amino acids. But I believe this is incorrect terminology. All the amino acids ARE essential to bodily functions, it’s just that some are made by the body, so we don’t have to concentrate on how much we eat. That doesn’t mean they aren’t essential to the body’s functioning, and so the same is true of inositol.

However, just because the body can manufacture a certain nutrient doesn’t mean that it necessarily provides all that is needed in every circumstance. In certain disease states, certain nutrients may be required in greater quantities than the body can produce, which is why it is also found in foods. My belief is, if it’s found in food, then we need to consume it, otherwise why would it be there?

Daily dosages include:

As a general rule, if you have none of the specific problems listed in this article, it is generally thought that the dosage of Inositol should be the same as that of Choline daily.

For liver support – 100 to 500 milligrams daily
For depression or panic attacks – 12 grams
For diabetes, 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams
For blood pressure – one gram in the morning and one gram at night.

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

Entry for August 10, 2007

When I discovered vitamin and mineral deficiencies for the very first time, I have always said that there was a problem with the myelin sheaths based on how I felt with these weird feelings in my head and with the hydro transmission towers. Of course everyone thought I was crazy but I knew I had a problem…I just didn’t understand how or why?

Came across this today which is only a “hypothesis” but it makes perfect sense to me. It really makes me wonder where I would be now if I didn’t take the bull by the horns to figure out my health issues myself.

Accumulated copper and low vitamin B2 can exacerbate low uric acid levels, which in turn is hypothesized to lead to myelin degeneration seen in Multiple Sclerosis.

Low uric acid levels may be associated with a molybdenum deficiency, copper toxicity, and a worsening of multiple sclerosis.

August 12, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 21, 2007

No vibration last night and none again this morning.

Chromium & Copper: These two elements are the most important nutrients next to calcium and magnesium for their anti-inflammatory properties. They share left / right-sided cell receptors and are considered essential to human health.

While neither one – with few exceptions – is generally found to be very deficient level-wise, chromium (Cr) is on average always lower than copper (Cu), with virtually no exceptions. Copper, on the other hand is elevated in the majority of patients, which creates a chronic copper / chromium conflict ratio-wise in these individuals.

In fact, of all the patients I have tested since the mid 70’s, nearly 90% exhibited a chemical profile that in addition to their own unique chemistry contained an underlying pattern that reflected the impact of high copper levels on various opposing nutrients, which include chromium, molybdenum, sulfur, nickel, Vitamin C, hesperidin, and others.

Although chromium appears to be normal on the following graph, it is very low in ratio to copper, it’s associated element, so when supplementing chromium, its level will generally not increase at first, but instead it will gradually lower copper, and in the example below, potassium, since they are high in ratio to chromium. Only after copper and potassium have been reduced to normal levels, chromium may at that point start to go up. However, since sufficient amounts of chromium are rarely used, in practice, copper and potassium just come down closer to normal, and chromium levels stay the same.

Magnesium levels frequently go up following long-term supplementation of chromium because of it’s synergism with chromium, and also because of potassium (which is a magnesium antagonist) going down, and thus not exerting an inhibiting effect on magnesium any longer.

July 21, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 20, 2007

I go through my vitamins and minerals looking for pantothenic acid and chromium. I’ve tried both before without much luck but this time it maybe different. If they are both linked to high levels of copper, now that I have that somewhat under control, it might make a difference this time.

I managed to find them in my archived section of vitamins and so I take one of each and go to bed. They both have a link to high levels of copper and candida. Pantothenic acid has a link with the adrenals too.

July 21, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

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.

July 18, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 17, 2007

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Taking another look at the interrelationships I noticed that niacin (Vitamin B3) has a relationship with copper. Now that I think I’ve somewhat balanced the zinc/copper ratio, I’m curious to know if there is a difference now when I add niacin.

(Note to self: Reached 40,000 page views today!)

July 17, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

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 11, 2007

Okay…now this is making some sense. High copper can reduce manganese.

Manganese – Lack of over-stimulates the brain to produce many psychotic states. High levels of Copper and Iron may displace Manganese. High tissue copper levels can cause a relative manganese deficiency. Manganese is necessary to stimulate hemoglobin formation; thus anemia can result from a copper-induced deficiency of manganese.

July 11, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 02, 2007

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Woke up this morning and I seemed to notice that my nose was clearer than usual. Was it the Molybdenum? I’m not sure what the difference was but it was definitely a difference. I’ll see if it happens again tomorrow. I had no vibration last night and it would stop and start in the morning. Very weird… High copper can cause a deficiency in molybdenum so I’m glad I found it.

“Since high levels of copper in the body or diet may result in molybdenum insufficiency and cause low uric acid levels, reducing copper toxicity can result in normalizing uric acid and molybdenum levels…”

Later in the day, I had another interesting clue. My hands went cold right after I took some iron which is weird because I know I’m low in iron and usually it helps the problem. So I decide to take a look at the mineral relationships again.

If a mineral has an arrow pointing to another mineral, it means a deficiency of that mineral or interference with its metabolism may be caused by excesses of the mineral from whence the arrow originates.

The interesting thing about this is from the chart, iron is the only one with one arrow and it points towards Phosphorus. Now from everything that I’ve read, phosphorus is in almost everything so it’s very hard to have a deficiency.

Another interesting fact? Magnesium and zinc which I’ve been taking for months now, both have a relationship with phosphorus and can effect the ratio. So was it low to begin with? A copper imbalance can have an effect too. So what are the symptoms of a phosphorus deficiency?

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

Entry for June 20, 2007

Even through I’ve been told that my adrenals are stressed by different health professionals, nobody ever mentioned the biounavailability of copper.

Adrenal insufficiency: The Major Cause of Copper Toxicity

Although there are numerous reasons for the prevalence of copper toxicity, the most important cause is adrenal gland insufficiency. Individuals with adrenal insufficiency are unable to utilize copper properly. The reason for this is that copper can only be utilized in the body if it is attached to a protein substance for transport and storage.

The major protein that copper is attached to is called ceruloplasmin. Ceruloplasmin is a protein which binds copper so that it can be utilized in biochemical reactions.

When the adrenal glands are underactive, they are unable to send out a message to the liver to release ceruloplasmin from the liver and, therefore, copper becomes biounavailable.

As a result of excessive tissue storage of biounavailable or unbound copper, a deficiency of available copper occurs, even when dietary intake of copper is more than adequate. The result may be a craving for foods high in copper, such as chocolate, avocados, etc. The other result is multiple bodily dysfunctions as a direct or indirect result of copper imbalance.

Copper. As a rule of thumb, when the sodium/potassium ratio is less than about 2:1, copper becomes biounavailable. This occurs because adequate adrenal activity is needed for the production of ceruloplasmin, a copper binding protein. In these cases, it is wise to supplement with a small amount of copper for a while, even if the tissue copper level is high. This helps restore glandular activity, which requires bioavailable copper. Dr. Eck likened this to priming an old-fashioned water pump. You had to put in a little water in order for it to start pumping out water.

June 29, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

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