Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for October 11, 2007

Tonight when I went to bed I had the vibration so I got up and went downstairs to my supply cabinet. While looking everything over, I decided to take one capsule of GABA. Went back to bed and there was no vibration.

GABA sure does have a calming effect on the nerves!

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January 17, 2008 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

Entry for October 07, 2007

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Went to the library this weekend and found Braverman’s book “The Edge Effect” So after reading a few chapters, I finally get around to taking the assessment.

My dominant nature appears to be: Serotonin and my deficiencies appear to be with: GABA and Dopamine. What exactly does this mean?

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

Entry for October 05, 2007

Noticed another slight improvement with the candida today. So was it Acetyl-Carnitine or Theanine? That’s the one problem with wanting to take so many things…

While researching the amino acids I came across a health bulletin board where someone suggested reading a book called “The Edge Effect” and something called the “Braverman Test”. Basically, it’s a questionaire that can determine deficiencies in each neurotransmitter. This could be what I’ve been looking for but what is it exactly? Dr. Google?

The Braverman Nature Assessment

Dr. Braverman’s twenty-six years of medical education, training and clinical practice have focused on the brain’s overall health. Many common conditions have their origins in brain chemical imbalances. Each of the four main lobes of the brain has a primary biochemical, called a neurotransmitter that is responsible for a specific brain function. When you are ill, physician prescribe a medication, which restores a specific brain chemical to restore health. Natural substances however can do the same thing, because each of the primary brain neurotransmitter has a precursor, which the body used to manufacture each of the four brain chemicals. That is what prompted Dr. Braverman to develop his own line of nutrient-precursors that target each of these four brain chemicals.

Dominant
Section 1A = Dopamine Nature
Section 2A = Acetylcholine Nature
Section 3A = GABA Nature
Section 4A = Serotonin Nature

Deficient
Section 1B = Dopamine Nature
Section 2B = Acetylcholine Nature
Section 3B = GABA Nature
Section 4B = Serotonin Nature

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

Entry for October 04, 2007

After doing some research on the amino acids, I came across some interesting fact about one called “L-Theanine”. It plays a role in the formation of GABA and neurotransmitters for a calming effect which is exactly what I am looking for. Here’s what it says:

Theanine functions, uses, and health benefits

L-theanine is involved in the formation of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). GABA influences the levels of two other neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, producing a relaxation effect. GABA serves a sedative function that brings balance to excitability that can lead to restlessness, insomnia, and other disruptive conditions. Theanine also appears to increase levels of dopamine, another brain chemical with mood-enhancing effects, which can reduce blood pressure.

L-theanine is an amino acid that helps promote a mild, restful, relaxed state without diminishing daytime alertness. Stress impairs the immune system, leaving us vulnerable to opportunistic infections, and can cause depression. People under stress can mitigate many of the harmful effects of stress with l-theanine. L-theanine reduces stress and anxiety without the tranquilizing effects found in many other calming supplements.

Theanine has a reputation for promoting mental and physical relaxation, and decreasing stress and anxiety without inducing drowsiness, as measured by increased generation of alpha-waves. L-theanine directly stimulates the production of alpha brain waves. By increasing the brain’s output of alpha waves, theanine may control anxiety, increase mental focus, improve concentration, and promote creativity.

Also found this:

THEANINE (Non-Essential)

L-Theanine is a derivative of Glutamic Acid. It is the active agent found in green tea. It readily crosses the blood-brain barrier, increasing levels of GABA and dopamine. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the effects of PMS. Theanine acts as a non-sedating relaxant to help increase the brain’s production of alpha-waves (those associated with “relaxed alertness”). This makes Theanine extremely effective for combating tension, stress, and anxiety, sharpening mental focus, improving concentration and promoting creativity without inducing drowsiness.

I went to a number of different health food stores and I always have a hard time looking for amino acids as there is never a standard. Each store will carry a few but never all. When I finally came across a store that had it, I decided to pick up another “hard to find” amino acid that I’ve done some reading about called Acetyl-Carnitine so I’ll pick up that too!

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

Entry for September 13, 2007

Did some more research into the amino acids and came across some interesting things. There are three amino acid deficiencies that are seen in people with candida. I already have Taurine so I do some reading about Arginine and discover it’s another amino acid that is a precursor to GABA. I’ll see if can pick up some Arginine and Glycine.

ARGININE
Main Functions:

Essential for normal immune system activity.
Necessary for wound healing.
Assists with regeneration of damaged liver.
Necessary for production and release of growth hormone
Increases release of insulin and glucogen. Arginine is the most potent amino acid in releasing insulin.
Assists in healing through collagen synthesis
Precursor to GABA, an important inhibitory neurotransmitter
Aids in wound healing

Arginine Deficiencies Seen In:

AIDS
Immune deficiency syndromes.
Candidiasis

GLYCINE
Main Functions:

Part of the structure of haemoglobin.
Part of cytochromes, which are enzymes involved in energy production.
Inhibits sugar cravings.
One of the 3 critical glycogenic amino acids, along with serine and alanine.
Involved in glycogen production, which assists in glycogen metabolism.

Glycine Deficiency Seen In:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Hypoglycaemia
Anaemia
Viral Infections
Candidiasis

TAURINE
Main Functions:

In the nervous system, stabilises cell membranes, which raises the seizure threshold, and helps treat epileptic seizures.
Acts as inhibitory neurotransmitter and is as potent as Glycine
Anti-convulsant effect is long-lasting and can be confirmed both clinically and by repeat EEG’s (electroencephalograms).
Anti-oxidant. Slows down the aging process by neutralising free radicals.
Highest concentration of Taurine is in the heart.
Reduces risk of gall stones by combining with bile acids to make them water soluble.
Involved in stabilization of heart rhythm. Loss of intracellular Taurine in the heart leads to arrhythmias.
Useful in treatment of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF).
Strengthens neutrophils (white blood cells/part of immune system) in their ability to kill bacteria.
Useful in brain injury
Decreases cholesterol levels

Highly concentrated in the eye.

Taurine Deficiency Seen In:

Parkinson’s disease
Anxiety
Candida
AIDS
Cardiac insufficiency
Hypertension
Depression
Kidney failure

So there is a link between a Taurine deficiency and candida. The only problem with this is that a zinc deficiency can cause Taurine levels to rise. I have candida and low zinc levels? So is my Taurine low or high?

September 23, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 10, 2007

No vibration again!

Since taking GABA seems to have an effect on the vibration, I start looking up the function of amino acids and there are several things that are a precursor to GABA. Using some logic, it would only make sense that something must be low to cause a GABA deficiency. Glutamine is one of them and is used to treat anxiety.

Glutamine

* Provides about 80% of the body’s pool of free nitrogen.
* Reduces craving for sugar, alcohol and other drugs.
* Improves nutrient absorption.
* Important with inability to gain weight (cachexia).
* Useful with impotence, allergies, senility, fatigue, peptic ulcers.
* Converted in the brain to the neurotransmitters glutamic acid and GABA.

Glutamine easily passes through the blood-brain barrier, a protective barrier formed by the red blood cells and the glia of the brain that protects the brain from any toxins, bacteria, and viruses, etc., that are circulating through the bloodstream. Inside the brain glutamine may be converted into glutamic acid, another amino acid that helps sustain proper brain function; it also increases levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the body.

L-glutamine supplements may improve mental function and have been used to treat epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, and senility. Glutamine is also an important source of energy for the nervous system. If the brain is not receiving enough glucose, it compensates by increasing glutamine metabolism for energy. Glutamine users often report more energy, less fatigue and better mood.

Glutamine Deficiency Seen In:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Alcoholism
Anxiety and Panic Disorders

September 23, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 08, 2007

Well I can’t really say that there is a difference using the Glutathione and Taurine. So it’s off the health food store once again. This time, I pick up some GABA. GABA and is helpful for brian function and used for anxiety.

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) Supplements

GABA is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter, chemicals that facilitate communication between nerve cells. GABA, which is produced by the brain, suppresses nerve impulses related to stress and anxiety. In a healthy, well-nourished person, the brain produces sufficient amounts of GABA.

However, since many people eat poor diets and are over-exposed to environmental toxins, GABA levels may fall below optimum amounts. A low level of GABA is associated with a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, irritability and sleeplessness.

GABA is manufactured in the body from another amino acid, glutamic acid. GABA essentially acts as a tranquilizer in the body, and its effects are comparable to prescription drugs such as Valium and other tranquilizers. Because GABA helps to subdue the firing of nerve cells in the brain, it may be useful for treatment of disorders thought to be linked to over stimulation of the brain’s motor centers, such as epilepsy and attention deficit disorder. Research indicates that it may also help treat alcoholism by reducing alcohol cravings, which have been shown to respond to treatment with the precursor of GABA, glutamic acid, as well.

September 23, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 07, 2007

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Glutamate and GABA: A System in Balance

Glutamate and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) are the brain’s major “workhorse” neurotransmitters. Over half of all brain synapses release glutamate, and 30-40% of all brain synapses release GABA.

Since GABA is inhibitory and glutamate is excitatory, both neurotransmitters work together to control many processes, including the brain’s overall level of excitation. Many of the drugs of abuse affect either glutamate or GABA or both to exert tranquilizing or stimulating effects on the brain.

GABA and glutamate regulate action potential traffic. GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, stops action potentials. Glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter, starts action potentials or keeps them going.

GABA assumes an ever-enlarging role as a significant influence on ADD, ADHD, stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as stress-induced illnesses. According to Candace Pert, a neuroscientist who discovered the GABA receptor, every cell in the body has a GABA receptor, which is one reason why GABA has such positive effects. GABA inhibits the cells from firing, diminishing anxiety-related messages.

The more reading I do on this thing called “GABA”, the more I’m interested in it. It sure sounds like there is an imbalance but the Neurologist would’ve mention it right?

Whatever…

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

Entry for September 05, 2007

So with these new idea swirling around in my head, I pick up some taurine and glutathione on my way home. Back to google for some more research…

Neurotransmitter Amino Acids

Abnormalities in this group are widespread in their implications, and are seen in virtually all mental/emotional problems, primary brain problems (stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, epilepsy), depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor concentration, memory problems, and mental exhaustion.

Aspartic Acid
Asparagine
Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) (minor amino acid)
Glutamic Acid
Glutamine
Glycine
Phenylalanine
Taurine
Tryptophan
Tyrosine

After some brief reading, I focus in on something called GABA. I know I’ve come across that in the health food stores but what is it exactly?

GABA

Neurons in the brain’s temporal lobes produce the biochemical GABA and their resulting theta brain waves. GABA is the brain’s natural valium providing calmness and aiding in the production of endorphins. When in balance the GABA dominant person is characterized by stability and reliability. These people are team players who thrive on organization and long-term relationships. Homemakers, administrators, technicians, nurses, security officers, accountants, bus drivers are all ideal occupations for GABA natured people. GABA natured people are nurturers and are tend to be very traditional. 50% of the world’s population is GABA dominant so it is very important to understand how to balance this vital brain neurotransmitter.

An excess of GABA can result in a person not taking care of their own needs at the expense of nurturing others.

Early signs that you are may be GABA deficient include: feeling anxious, nervous or irritable. You may start to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Other symptoms include: allergies, light-headedness, muscle aches. This is just the beginning of what could become serious health problems.

As with all the brain’s neurotransmitters GABA deficiencies affect all four major domains of brain function. Physical, personality, memory and attention issues can present themselves as GABA deficiencies become more prominent.

Factors which reduce GABA levels:

  • Glutamaine (precursor) deficiency
  • B1, B6, zinc, manganese & iron deficiency
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic pain
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Progesterone deficiency
  • Mercury and lead exposure
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Caffeine excess
  • Excessive electromagnetic radiation
  • Excessive loud noise exposure

Two things really stands out from this list:

1) Zinc, manganese and iron deficiencies.

2) Exposure to excessive electromagnetic radiation

There is no doubt whatsoever that I was low with all three of those minerals and I had exposure to electromagnetic radiation for a year before I discovered the intercom system. So these two things can cause a GABA deficiency and can cause anxiety…

I’ll try the glutathione, taurine for a couple of days to see what effect it has. If I still have the vibration, then I’ll try the GABA.

September 5, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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