Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for June 16, 2007

Another great article on zinc and some more things I didn’t know about. Apparently people with Type A blood, respond more slowly to treatment of a zinc deficiency than other types. They also suggest taking L-cysteine because it helps mobilize and excrete copper while enhancing zinc absorption.

ZINC DEFICIENCY, METAL METABOLISM, AND BEHAVIOR DISORDERS

by William J. Walsh

INTRODUCTION

Most Americans receive all the zinc they need if they have a reasonably well-balanced diet involving the major food groups. However, many persons are born with a metal-metabolism disorder which results in zinc depletion regardless of diet.

Zinc is a component of more than 80 enzymes. High concentrations have been found in brain hippocampus, and many medical researchers believe that zinc is a neurotransmitter. Low zinc levels at these sites could reduce the inhibition of neuron activity, thus leading to abnormal behavior. The discovery of zinc “finger proteins” in the past decade has led to a vastly improved understanding of how cells replicate and divide. There role in behavior is not yet clear, but could be involved in the transport or availability of zinc. Recent research has shown zinc to be far more important than previously believed and low levels of zinc are associated with behavior disorders.

Many of the patients of the Carl Pfeiffer Treatment Center suffer from behavior disorders. The most common ones are attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and conduct disorder (CD). These patients typically have a history of extensive counseling and multiple medications and many have experienced residential care. They represent a narrow and rather uncharacteristic segment of the general population.

A high percentage of behavior disordered persons exhibit abnormal levels of copper, zinc, lead, cadmium, calcium, magnesium and manganese in blood, urine, and tissues, based on chemical analysis results from thousands of patients. With regard to zinc, this condition appears to involve a malfunction of the metal-binding protein metallothionein. Most of these patients have symptoms of zinc deficiency along with depressed levels of zinc in their blood plasma.

The high incidence of zinc deficiency in assaultive young males was illustrated in a recent study1 which found elevated serum copper and depressed plasma zinc concentration, compared to normal controls. This study confirmed our clinical observations of zinc depletion in more than 4,000 behavior disordered patients.

Our clinical observations and research have indicated that the copper/zinc ratio appears to be more decisively important than either of the individual metals alone. Zinc deficiency often results in elevated blood levels of copper, due to the dynamic competition of these metals in the body. Elevated blood copper has been associated with episodic violence, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, and depression.

DIAGNOSIS OF ZINC DEFICIENCY

Zinc deficiency is difficult to diagnose since no single laboratory test or combination of tests is decisive in every case. For example, blood levels are sometimes normal in zinc deficient persons due to homeostasis. Urine and hair tissue levels are often elevated in zinc deficiency because of “short circuiting” of zinc through the body and high rates of excretion.

The two principal factors which lead our Center’s physicians to a diagnosis of zinc deficiency are: 1) depressed plasma zinc, and 2) presence of clinical symptoms of zinc depletion which are alleviated by zinc supplementation2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Since zinc tolerance tests show plasma levels to be affected for 6 hours following zinc supplementation8 and 9, zinc supplements are avoided for 24 hours prior to sampling of plasma.

A “working diagnosis” of zinc deficiency can be made if clinical symptoms of zinc deficiency are clearly evident from the initial physical examination and medical history. Usually more than one or the above symptoms are present in zinc deficiency. This initial diagnosis is later supported or negated by laboratory analysis for plasma zinc along with observed response (or non-response) to zinc supplementation.

The Carl Pfeiffer Treatment Center generally retests plasma zinc and evaluates symptoms after 4-6 months of treatment to determine if dosages need adjustment.

TREATMENT OF ZINC DEPLETION

Zinc depletion is corrected by supplementation with zinc (picolinate or gluconate) along with augmenting nutrients including L-cysteine, pyridoxine, ascorbic acid, and vitamin E. Manganese is also useful in promoting proper metallothionein function. If copper levels are elevated, effective treatment must also enhance the release of copper from tissues and copper excretion. L-cysteine helps mobilize and excrete copper while enhancing zinc absorption. Correction of zinc deficiency is best accomplished under the care of a physician or nutritionist who is experienced in metal metabolism disorders. Indiscriminant dosages of zinc to persons who do not need it can cause anemia and imbalanced trace metals.

Treatment of mild or moderate zinc depletion can take months to complete. Some cases of severe zinc depletion require a year or more to resolve. Achievement of a proper zinc balance is slowed by growth spurts, injury, illness, or severe stress. In addition, persons with malabsorption or Type A blood respond to treatment more slowly.

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

Entry for June 14, 2007

The success of 100 mg of zinc and the homeopathic copper is outstanding. I can really feel that I can beathe so much better. I’m taking 25 mg of iron twice a day in between the zinc and one or two magnesium supplements and it seems to be all I need so these recent changes are working so I’d like to try something else. Years ago, my first introduction to homeopathic remedies was in the year 2000 when a person in a health food store recommened something called “Sinna” for my allergies. It helped me at the time so I’d like to try it again.

Sinna Homepathic Remedy

Sinna products are homeopathic formulas for the relief of sinus congestion and inflammation. Sinna nasal spray helps counteract rhinitis and sinusitis due to colds or allergies by moisturizing the nasal mucous membrane.

Composition:
Hydrastis canadensis 6X 20%, Kali bichromicum 6X 20%, Lemna minor 4X 20%, Luffa operculata 6X 20%, Mercurius sulphuratus ruber 8X 20% in an isotonic solution of 0.9% sodium chloride buffered with potassium dihydrogen phosphate and maximum 0.5% alcohol.

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

Entry for June 12, 2007

Day one and holy cow! The constant stuffiness in my nose has been reduced significantly. I’ve had this kind of success in the past by doing the same thing but I’m thinking now that even at 2 mg of copper, I was taking way too much. It’s always been hard for me to figure out if my copper is too high or too low. After this little experiment, I think it’s too high.

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

Entry for June 11, 2007

Today was the first day with the added supplements and by the afternoon I felt sick. I took them as directed so I’m not sure if it was the extra supplements or a reaction to the ones I was already taking.

Okay, time to switch direction because that idea was clearly not working. Starting tomorrow I’m only taking 100 mg of zinc and this time I’ll take it was the homeopathic copper instead of the usual 2 mg dosage. I’ll also stick to the homeopathic iron and magnesium and keep them close by in case I need them.

Let’s see what happens…

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

Entry for June 05, 2007

I’ve been taking 600 mg of calcium/magnesium together in a one to one ratio for a couple of days with no side effects. There have been times when there was no way I could do this so it’s progress. I’m still taking 50 mg of iron a day and the candida is very slowly getting better. I’ve noticed that I can breathe a little better every day but it’s extremely slow progress. I’ll try adding caprylic acid to see if it has any effect.

The vibration seems to come and go just like before but for the most part, it’s not there anymore. I’ll keep going with the calcium/magnesium along with the iron, vitamin C and the zinc/copper for a while.

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Entry for June 01, 2007

Woke up this morning with the vibration. I’m not sure why because I’m only taking the zinc, copper, iron and vitamin C with nothing else.

Vitamin Dosage Review:

100 mg of zinc
2 mg of copper
50 mg of iron
1000 mg of vitamin C

After thinking for a while, I have a new theory…

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Entry for May 31, 2007

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I keep reading about how an iron deficiency can cause a decrease in the number of red blood cells. Iron plays a central role in the hemoglobin molecule of red blood cells. So I decide to pull up my blood test from March 29, 2006.

Hemoglobin : Anything over 170 is above normal and mine is 172.
Hematocrit : Anything over 0.49 is above normal and mine is 0.51.
RBC : Anything over 5.70 is above normal and mine is 5.83.

All of my blood readings are basically normal so is it possible that I’m not low in iron? Low hematocrit and hemoglobin are a signs of an iron deficiency and mine are on the high side of normal.

So why is it working? My vibration is gone, today was the second straight day without any magnesium and although it’s subtle, I am noticing a few things and have a bit more energy. It’s weird but I can feel a slight change in the clarity of my breathing so I think the candida is slowly getting better.

Another thing I’ve noticed is the whites of my eyes don’t seem to have as many red veins. Sounds silly but I’ve really noticed a difference. There seems to be a change with my eyes but other than the white part, I can’t quite put my finger on it. And another change? This sounds weird but for a while now, and I mean years, every time I would have a bath and rub the water on my face or in my eyes, they would always, always, always be bloodshot once I got out of the bath. It’s one of those things I’ve noticed and assumed that the water was irritating my eyes. Well since I’ve started taking the iron, it doesn’t happen anymore. Weird?

Also came across this:

Copper deficiency, due to its effects on ceruloplasmin, may cause an iron-deficiency anemia which can only be corrected with copper supplementation as it impairs iron absorption, reduces heme synthesis and increases iron accumulation in storage tissues.

I’d almost be willing to bet that most women have problems with iron because of the link with estrogen and copper levels. So how can I not be low on iron if there is a link to low copper levels?

Other Mineral Interactions

If you’re slugging down iron pills but remain weak and anemic, the culprit may not be iron at all, but another metal: Copper. A new genetic find explaining why is described by a University of California, Berkeley, scientist and his colleagues in the February, 1999 issue of the journal Nature Genetics.

The researchers discovered a protein, hephaestin, that appears critical for moving iron to the bloodstream. This protein contains copper and cannot be produced in the absence of copper. Thus in some cases, having too little copper present even with an ample iron supply might cause anemia, said the lead author on the paper, Assistant Professor Christopher Vulpe of UC Berkeley’s Division of Nutrition and Toxicology in the College of Natural Resources.

Iron supplementation, with as much as 200mg of elemental iron per day, is the obvious therapy for treating and preventing the recurrence of iron deficiency anemia.

Supplemental zinc (zinc gluconate, 22mg per day) improved zinc levels but reduced iron levels in a study of 11 young women with low iron stores (plasma ferritin< 20 µg/L), but who were not yet anemic.

Vitamin A and iron supplementation had the following effect on anemic pregnant women: 35% became non-anemic with only Vitamin A. 68% became non-anemic with just iron supplementation. 97% became non-anemic after supplementation with both Vitamin A and iron.

If I do end up going to a doctor for an iron test and he agrees, he’ll probably test the hematocrit and hemoglobin as well. Could it be possible to have high levels of hematocrit and hemoglobin along with a low level of iron? Did I lower them in the year I’ve been taking supplements? Can taking iron raise the levels hematocrit and hemoglobin? So many new questions.

Stay tuned…

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Entry for May 27, 2007

Today I discovered a link with copper and iron as well as a description of iron’s role on the nervous system and a link with candida.

The influence of copper upon human health is due to the fact it is part of enzymes, which are proteins that help biochemical reactions occur in every cell. Copper is involved in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron. The symptoms of a copper deficiency are similar to iron deficiency anemia.

Copper is also involved with an enzyme that strengthens connective tissue (lysyl oxidase) and in brain neurotransmitters (dopamine hydroxylase and peptidyl alpha amidating monoxygenase). One of the proteins, ceruloplasmin, transports copper as well as helps convert iron to a form that can be transported to other tissues.

Iron is an essential element in maintaining normal structure and functions of the central nervous system. Dangerous effects of decreases in the bioavailability of iron in the brain are shown to affect brain biochemistry, neurotransmitters production and function, mainly in the dopamine-opiate systems well as cognitive functions (learning and memory) and a number of physiological variables such motor activity and thermoregulation. Recent research has shown the added complications and deficits that are introduced in the endocrine and the immune system activity. While iron deficiency is not perceived as a life threatening disorder, it is the most prevalent nutritional disorder in the world and a better understanding of the modes and sites of action, can help devise better treatment programs for those who suffer from it.

Uncontrolled overgrowth of Candida in the mouth may be caused by factors that reduce the natural resistance such as taking oral antibiotics or inhaled corticosteroids. It can also be caused by poorly fitting dentures, excessive use of antibacterial mouthwash, and other factors such as iron deficiency.

May 26, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 22, 2007

Yesterday was an amazing day. I’m really finding success with magnesium glycinate by metagenics. I’m finally holding on to my magnesium with no more vibration and the weird symptoms have all but disappeared. I still have to deal with candida and the zinc but I’ll deal with that later.

So anyway, yesterday was my last dosage of the magnesium glycinate and I only had half of a regular capsule. I took 50 mg at breakfast and spent most of the day driving around health food stores looking to get a replacement bottle. Yes we carry Metagenics but we don’t have the magnesium. I seemed to get that a lot and the ones that did carry it could order it for me but I need it today.

I had some of my other kind of magnesium with me so I could take that for a while until I can find a health food store that has it. It got to the point where it was early afternoon and I usually get the cold hands as the very first sign that I need another dosage but I ended up going the entire day on 50 mg and I skipped the other magnesium. I didn’t take any other than the morning dosage. I couldn’t believe it.

I’ve gone from needing 1500 mg per day to 50 mg. So it was low level of zinc that was causing the problem. I’m still taking about 50 mg a day without any copper. It high enough to be a good powerful dosage but it’s not enough to cause extra magnesium loss.

Hopefully now the adrenals will come back stronger and same for the thyroid. I’ve kind of pushed aside the analysis from the recent iridology reading but I should do a follow up.

Not vibrating…

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

Entry for April 05, 2007

One day with the vibration, one day without. I can’t seem to figure why it comes and goes when I haven’t changed my supplements.

Today I’ve decided that I really need to work on gaining my magnesium before I try anything else. One week of the thyroid/adrenal granular and I haven’t notice any difference whatsoever. Of course everyone will probably say I wasn’t using it long enough but from tomorrow forward it will be just magnesium and I’ll change the zinc to a lower dosage so the magnesium won’t be affected.

I’ve finished the book called “Why Am I So Tired” and basically she says to avoid all sources of copper. I find the homeopathic copper in combination with the 100 mg of zinc works great but maybe that little bit of copper is hurting me more than helping.

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Entry for March 30, 2007

By the end of the day, my nose is starting to be really itchy and I suspect it’s the candida returning. I decide to take some zinc with my dinner and I’ll need to get some more homeopathic copper as that in combination of the 100 mg of zinc is working the best.

March 31, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

Entry for March 30, 2007

This morning I woke with no vibration again and there was none the night before. I don’t have any more homeopathic copper so today I decide to see what will happen if I take 3 mg of copper and no zinc at all.

I venture out the health food store to see what I can find for thyroid support. The guy in the store recommended a herbal liquid called “Bladderwrack Combo”. He showed me the description from the manufacture and it also includes ingredients to help calm the nervous system. Perfect! Here’s what I found:

BLADDERWRACK COMBO

Hypothyroidism is a commonly occurring condition. Symptoms often include weight gain, feeling excessively chilly, depression, lethargy and tiredness, and difficulty with concentration. The herbs in this formula are intended to improve the function of the thyroid mainly by providing nutritional sources of iodine (found in the Bladderwrack) and supporting the central nervous system with restoratives like Oats, Scullcap, and Polygonum.

Globe Artichoke (a bitter tonic) has been added to this formula to help counter some of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Ingredients:

Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus)
Oats (Avena sativa)
Scullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia)
Polygonum (Polygonum multiflorum)
Globe Artichoke (Cynara Scolymus)

Okay, so the Bladderwrack is for the iodine content and the others are for the nervous system but what are they exactly?

Bladderwrack

Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) This shore-dwelling seaweed has one of the most bioavailable sources of iodine in the herbal kingdom, making it perfect for hypothyroid function. It is very different from deep-sea kelp and has been shown in studies since the 19th century to contain polysaccharides which bind to heavy metals such as Cadmium, Mercury and Lead, helping to reduce the toxic metal load on the body. It also contains algin which can act as a laxative to enhance bowel function. Bladderwrack has also long been used to soothe irritated and inflamed tissues in the body.

Skullcap

Skullcap relaxes states of nervous tension whilst at the same time renewing and revivifying the central nervous system. It has a specific use in the treatment of seizure and hysterical states as well as epilepsy. May be used in all exhausted or depressed conditions. Can be used with complete safety in the easing of pre-menstrual tension.

Oats

In folk medicine, oats were used to treat nervous exhaustion, insomnia, and “weakness of the nerves.” Oats were often used in baths to treat insomnia and anxiety as well as a variety of skin conditions, including burns and eczema.

One of the best remedies for feeding the nervous system, especially when under stress. Oats is considered a specific in cases of nervous debility and exhaustion when associated with depression. May be used with most of the other nervines, both relaxant and stimulatory, to strengthen the whole of the nervous system. Also used in general debility. The high levels of silicic acid in the straw is taken advantage of in its use as a remedy for skin conditions, especially in external applications.

Polygonum

The Chinese common name for fo-ti, he-shou-wu, was the name of a Tang dynasty man whose infertility was supposedly cured by fo-ti; in addition, his long life was attributed to the tonic properties of this herb. Since then, traditional Chinese medicine has used fo-ti to treat premature aging, weakness, vaginal discharges, numerous infectious diseases, angina pectoris, and impotence.

Globe Artichoke

Globe Artichoke moves sluggish cholesterol out of the liver and gallbladder stimulating liver bile production and flow. It is the best herb to improve bile production in the liver that we have ever seen. In doing that it also inhibits cholesterol synthesis, protects liver cells against toxins, promotes regeneration of liver cells and reduces blood lipid levels. It is one of our standard treatments for high cholesterol issues and stone formation in the gall bladder. Because of its incredible uses, it has dazzled herbalists since the 16th century.

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Entry for March 27, 2007

Woke up this morning with no vibration and there was none last night. So was it the switch to magnesium gluconate? I’ll try the same thing again today with vitamin A and vitamin E along with the 100 mg of zinc. I’ll also add pantothenic acid. The lower dosage of magnesium didn’t seem to be as troublesome as I thought it would be. Recently with the fatigue my legs feel really heavy, I’m wondering if it has to do with my blood circulation as I stopped taking niacin a while back. I’ll add that too.

Progress? I was briefly looking through the symptom time line diary and I was looking at the changes I made after the iridology appointment. That’s when I started eating more fruit, discovered active B vitamins and started multivitamins and taking a higher dosage of magnesium in a form that is better absorbed. I think there will be a lot of change since the last reading. The adrenals is the one thing that I can’t seem to improve along with the anxiety. I’m sure the anxiety is related to the magnesium loss or the zinc/copper imbalance and I’ve just discovered those.

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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

Entry for March 23, 2007

Magnesium and zinc levels associated with 50% decline in cancer mortality
By Bill Sardi

There is a growing body of evidence that magnesium and zinc play important roles in countering the deleterious effects of loose copper in the body. Copper is required for growth and expansion of tumors as well as the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) that facilitate the spread (metastasis) of cancer. [Journal Trace Elements Medical Biology 18: 1-8, 2004]

The latest study, conducted by researchers at the Pasteur Institute in France, among 4035 men age 30-60 years over a period of 18 years, found males with the highest blood serum concentration of magnesium and zinc experienced up to a 50% reduction in cancer mortality, while high copper levels combined with low zinc and magnesium produced elevated cancer death rates. [Epidemiology 17: 308014, 2006]

Remarkably, 10% of the U.S. population consumes less than half the recommended dietary allowance for zinc and are at increased risk for zinc deficiency. [Journal Nutritional Biochemistry 15: 572-78, 2004]

Most Americans are also deficient in magnesium.

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Entry for March 22, 2007

Copper and the importance on the Nervous System… has a role with the neurotransmitters and can effect serotonin and the myelin sheath. All things that I have suspected for a long time.

Copper

Copper (Cu) is an essential trace element for humans and animals. In the body, copper shifts between the cuprous (Cu1+) and the cupric (Cu2+) forms, though the majority of the body’s copper is in the Cu2+ form. The ability of copper to easily accept and donate electrons explains its important role in oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions and the scavenging of free radicals. Although Hippocrates is said to have prescribed copper compounds to treat diseases as early as 400 B.C., scientists are still uncovering new information regarding the functions of copper in the human body

Central Nervous System

A number of reactions essential to normal function of the brain and nervous system are catalyzed by cuproenzymes. Neurotransmitter synthesis: Dopamine-b-monooxygenase catalyzes the conversion of dopamine to the neurotransmitter norepinephrine.

Metabolism of neurotransmitters: Monoamine oxidase (MAO) plays a role in the metabolism of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine. MAO also functions in the degradation of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is the basis for the use of MAO inhibitors as antidepressants.

Formation and maintenance of myelin: The myelin sheath is made of phospholipids whose synthesis depends on cytochrome c oxidase activity.

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

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 18, 2007

For two past two days on my new vitamin schedule and I am getting results. The homeopathic copper against the 100 mg of zinc is working like a charm with the best results yet. The only thing I’m unsure about is if it is really working to get rid of the excess copper but I’m definitely getting results! My nose is feeling the best since high school. I still have the lingering sore throat from a recent cold but other than that, I feel really good. With the success in my nose, I’ve been checking my tongue for candida and I can still see it without much improvement. The stuffiness in my nose has improved but not the candida. Could that be because I am losing the copper? I hope so but I’m not sure?

The other positive effect? No vibration for the past two days. No vibration at night and no vibration in the morning so I’m very happy with the results and I’ll continue with my plan.

Seems like copper bioavailability is the cause of my “Anxiety”. I’d love to go back to the neurologist now… not that he would understand a simple mineral imbalance.

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

Entry for March 16, 2007

First day using my anti-copper vitamins. Added calcium, taurine, manganese and switched to a new multivitamin. I tweaked my zinc intake by taking 0.5 copper with 50 mg of zinc in the morning, then another 50 mg of zinc at lunchtime. There was no outbreak of candida but I’ve had better results with 1 mg of copper. So on my way home from work I thought of an idea.

Everything that I’ve read says to avoid copper intake when taking a high dosage of zinc for copper bioavailability. When I do that, I get an outbreak of candida so how about this? I’d like to try taking a homeopathic version of copper and take that with my zinc. That way, I’ll try to fool the body into thinking that it has enough copper while getting rid of the excess. I have no idea if this will work but it makes sense to me. I stop into a health food store on my way home and find a great homeopathic store and I give them my theory. She agreed that it should work so I also picked up some MSM (sulfur) and an Adrenal support supplement. I take the two new supplements with my dinner and I’ll try the homeopathic copper tomorrow.

One of the things that they suggest to get rid of the excess copper from the body is to eat sulfur foods. Amazingly, I had noticed this success without knowing why it had a positive effect on my allergies. Garlic is a food high in sulfur.

And another way to help get rid of the excess copper? By adding copper!

While it may sound odd, occasionally it is necessary to take chelated copper for a few days to relieve a copper reaction. The beneficial effect of taking copper in some people occurs because copper is needed to produce ceruloplasmin, the serum protein that binds copper. If copper becomes biologically unavailable, ceruloplasmin is not produced in sufficient quantity, provoking symptoms. The copper tablet provides bioavailable copper to stimulate ceruloplasmin synthesis. It is like priming an old-fashioned water pump – adding some water in order for the pump to work. The copper also affects the mineral balance, raising sodium and lowering potassium. This may also be necessary temporarily to relieve symptoms if the sodium/potassium ratio is low.

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Entry for March 15, 2007

What else do I discover? A zinc deficiency due to copper toxicity can also result in anxiety. I wonder if the zinc deficiency is the cause of my mystery vibration? I came across the Cleveland clinic website of neurological symptoms and there are a number of people with a similar internal vibration feeling and all of them are saying that their doctors have discovered nothing wrong in their blood tests. This leads me to believe that my problem is shared with other people and not some rare disease. My vibration is stronger when I take high doses of zinc which would cause copper toxicity symptoms.

I’ve asked for one week vacation starting March 26th and I’ll attempt the copper detoxification when I’m not at work. That will give me some time to prepare for it.

I alter my vitamins slightly for the evening dosage as I’d like to change them to help with the excess copper. I switch to a multivitamin that contains no copper and has iron instead. My other multi didn’t have iron. I also replace one magnesium with calcium/magnesium in a 1/1 ratio for added calcium. I’ve picked up manganese recently so I’ll take one of those as well. Taurine is recommended and I still have some left over so I’ll start that tomorrow.

March 15, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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