Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 17, 2006

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Health Canada got back to me today on why riboflavin is missing from Quaker Oats:

Your email requesting information on riboflavin and breakfast cereals was referred to the Nutrition Evaluation Division. Thank you for your inquiry.

Vitamins and minerals that are lost during the processing of cereal grains can be restored and added to the final food product such as breakfast cereals. According to the table following Section B.13.060 of the Food and Drug Regulations (FDRs) thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid, pantothenic acid, magnesium, iron, and zinc can be added to breakfast cereals. The restoration is permitted only for those nutrients that are originally present in the cereal grain at significant amounts and that are removed or lost during processing. The intent is to bring the amounts of those nutrients back to an acceptable level (approximately that of the original content) in the food.

Since riboflavin is not considered to be present in significant amounts in cereals grains such as oatmeal, it is currently not permitted to be added to breakfast cereals. Foods such as breakfast cereals can also be fortified with vitamins and minerals that may or may not have been originally present in the food.

Historically, fortification has been done to address problems of inadequate nutrient intakes and to protect Canadians against nutritional deficiencies. Unlike certain nutrients, inadequate riboflavin intakes have not been identified in Canada. Thus, there was no rationale under the current regulations for allowing breakfast cereals to be fortified with riboflavin.

In March of 2005, Health Canada released a proposed policy and implementation plan for developing new food fortification regulations. It is proposed that Section B.13.060 of the FDRs be amended to provide for the addition to breakfast cereals of more vitamin and mineral nutrients, such as riboflavin, and at higher levels. The proposals for breakfast cereals are based in part on an effort to allow greater trade harmonization in this product category while ensuring safety.

Thank you again for your inquiry and we hope you find this information helpful.

Nutrition Evaluation Division Health Canada

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August 17, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 04, 2006

Finally received a call back from Health Canada today. I explained that I was wondering about the availability of Riboflavin injections in Canada. She didn’t seem to understand what I was looking for so I mentioned that I had a prescription from my doctor for a B2 injection. She checked Health Canada’s Drug Product Database (The same one I had already checked) and said it was available.

I explained further about going to the pharmacies, health food stores and hospitals without any luck. She asked me if my doctor had told me where to get it from because it’s the responsibility of the doctor to inform the patient on where it’s available. He should know if he prescribed it. I told her that he wanted me to keep trying the pharmacies until I found it…

Another dead end. Surprised? Not really…

Today marks the one year anniversary of my first visit to the naturopath and I still have the exact symptom that made me go there in the first place.

Yup… Still vibrating…

August 4, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 29, 2006

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I take a closer look at the information given to me by the Sick Kids pharmacy. The printouts are from Health Canada’s Drug Product Database. I google it to see if I can find out if it’s available online and it is!

I select Company Name as te search criteria then I type “Kripps Pharmacy” in the text box. I press search and the exact printout from the Sick Kids pharmacist is on my computer screen.

I do another search but this time, I search for “Riboflavin Inj”.

“1 document matched your query.” and it was for Kripps Pharmacy.

I do a straight search for Riboflavin and it seems there are a few injections available for Veterinary purposes that contains Riboflavin in a B-complex formula. But nothing for human consuption. So where are the veternarians getting it from?

I try another search for the fat soluble version called “Riboflavin Butyrate”: Nothing…Not one.

July 29, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 27, 2006

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It’s now getting late in the day and I call into work to tell them I won’t be back in the office. I explain to my co-worker about the events from the afternoon and I’m about to embark downtown to Sick Kids to find out if they have B2 for injections.

She does a quick google search and apparently new born babies are sometimes injected with B2 if there is a deficiency. This is great news so she agrees to look up the pharmacy at Sick Kids and call them for me.

After a brief pause, she comes back on the phone and says they don’t have it. The person she spoke to explained that Sick Kids actually uses Shoppers Drug Mart at the bottom of their building. There is a internal pharmacy but that is only used for the kids and not available to the public.

I can’t get a break anywhere. She suggests that I call Health Canada to find out if B2 injections are available in Canada. That’s a great idea so I call them and leave a message on a machine with my cell number.

I go back to the doctor’s office and I tell him what the pharmacy said and about Sick Kids. He suggests that I keep taking my B1 and B2 suppliments at the recommended dosage until I get to the neurologist.

Not the answer I was looking for but I guess I have no choice. In the meantime I can keep looking. I contact Telehealth just to see what the response would be and they couldn’t really help me and I didn’t expect them too. She suggested contacting Health Canada and I’ve already done that.

Here we go again… and still vibrating…

July 27, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 18, 2006

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Searching for information on vitamins and I come across the web page for Health Canada. I’m reading an article on the Safety of Vitamin E Supplements and there is a notice at the bottom of the page:

“The Natural Health Products Directorate of Health Canada is drafting guidelines on vitamin E to ensure that manufacturers provide appropriate information on product labels. Such information would include recommended dosages, the length of time products should be taken, and information on potential risk.”

Seems strange that they are doing this with vitamins. I hope they are doing the same for precription drugs. If Wendy Mesley had read a warning about the length of time her medication should be taken, maybe she wouldn’t have developed breast cancer.

June 18, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 01, 2006

What does Health Canada have to say about EMF exposure?

Health Canada’s Role

Health Canada, along with the World Health Organization, monitors scientific research on EMFs and human health as part of its mission to help Canadians maintain and improve their health. At present, there are no Canadian government guidelines for exposure to EMFs at ELF. Health Canada does not consider guidelines necessary because the scientific evidence is not strong enough to conclude that typical exposures cause health problems.

Some national and international organizations have issued exposure guidelines for EMFs at ELF. However, these guidelines are not based on a consideration of risks related to cancer or other health problems. Rather, the point of the guidelines is to make sure that the electric currents in the body caused by exposure to EMFs are not stronger than the ones produced naturally by the brain, nerves and heart. For the most part, typical EMF exposures in Canadian homes, offices and other work sites, are far below these guidelines.

No Canadian government guidelines for EMF exposure? Scientific evidence is not strong enough to conclude that typical exposures cause health problems? Looks like I am on my own. It’s now March and I’m still vibrating. I really thought I had found the problem. Why not take the meter into work? I’ll see if there is anything in my work environment that could be causing my symptoms.

The first thing I measure is the GO Train engine. I turn the meter on as I’m walking past the train and the levels are safe. I get into work and I start showing my friends. The microwave oven in the kitchen is a big hit. I measure the area around my desk and take readings at the monitor. All the levels are safe.

On the way home from work I need to take a streetcar and then a subway to get to Union Station. I get aboard the streetcar and I find a seat. I grab the meter from my pocket and turn it on. It starts squeeling like a pig and because it has automatic shutoff, I can’t turn it off. I try to muffle it underneath my coat. People are starting to look around and if I wasn’t in Toronto, they’d probably think I was some kind of terrorist with a bomb. No doubt about that one. Definately above normal readings on the streetcar.

I exit at University and head to the subway. As the subway pulls into the station I take a look at the meter. It’s showing above normal readings again but this time the subway is so loud that nobody hears the squeeling. As I’m riding to Union, I take the meter out to check it and it’s still reading high.

I guess I’m lucky I only ride them for twenty minutes a day. I wonder if any of the subway or streetcar drivers are vibrating from long term exposure? I wonder what effect it has on people who ride them for over an hour twice a day?

March 7, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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