Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

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 29, 2007

Natural thyroid supplements for an underactive thyroid gland

Some of the key causes of hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) include poor diet, fluoride in the water, chemicals in food, consumption of saturated fats, pesticide residues on fruit, radiation from x-rays, alcohol and drugs.

In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, herbs can also be used to help improve the function of the thyroid gland and overall glandular system.

The glandular system functions cooperatively with other glands supporting each other.

Therefore it is not coincidental that the thyroid and adrenals, are both involved in a low energy- low metabolism syndrome.

When the adrenals are depleted, the thyroid senses the loss of adrenal hormone and secretes more hormones, urging the adrenal glands to start producing. When all the glands get involved, there is an imbalance.

Thyroid herbs may be used to help support that overall glandular system and correct this imbalance.

Bladderwrack (Kelp) : An excellent source of the trace mineral iodine. A mineral that is required for proper thyroid gland function. Useful for under active or enlarged thyroid and goiter. Helps activate thyroid function and often boosts T4 levels if borderline. Increase metabolic rate and balances blood lipids.

Licorice: Is an excellent general thyroid herb for the glandular system and adrenals. It is considered a medium term energy builder and glandular balancer. May need to be taken for a couple of weeks at a time. *Do Not Use Licorice If You Suffer from High Blood Pressure.

Saw Palmetto: Although best known as a tonic for the prostate, Saw Palmetto is also useful as a thyroid herb and long term glandular builder so should be taken for extended period of time.

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

Entry for July 13, 2006

Brain and Nervous System

General Health Information

The brain and nervous system act as the bodys electrical system communicating millions of messages every second. The brain is the command center and coordinates incoming and outgoing messages from all over the body. A healthy brain and nervous system enable us to cope well and respond appropriately to the countless stimuli we encounter daily. Our nervous system can become overloaded and begin to malfunction if we do not maintain it properly as well as filter excessive stimuli or stress.

An important factor to a healthy nervous system is the proper balance of the brain’s neurotransmitters (chemicals that transmit information from one nerve cell to another) such as dopamine, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), and serotonin.  A healthy nervous system allows us to handle lifes ups-and-downs smoothly, and to feel more emotionally balanced.  Exercise, stress-management techniques, proper nutrition and diet can help to better balance the brain’s intricate chemistry.

Several key nutrients are necessary to supply the chemicals responsible for the formation of the brain’s neurotransmitters, thus helping to balance brain chemistry. When taken on a daily basis, supplementation with certain amino acids, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and herbs helps us feel more mentally balanced and provides us with an overall sense of well-being.

Wellness Plan for Support of Brain and Nervous Systems  

Well balanced diet

Regular exercise

Stress management

Supplement Recommendations:  Vitamins and Minerals – B-complex, folic acid, inositol, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc, selenium, boron, calcium and magnesium 

Antioxidants – coenzyme Q10, vitamins C & E, n-acetylcarnitine, melatonin, Pycogenol, grape seed extract, and NADH 

Essential Fatty Acids – DHA and omega-3 

Amino Acids – GABA, asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamine, glycine, taurine, phenylalanine, 5-HTP, and tyrosine 

Herbs and Phytonutrients – gingko biloba, rosemary, sage, horsebalm, brazil nut, fenugreek, stinging nettle, gota kola, ginseng, ashwagandha, phosphatidylserine, DMAE, and huperzine 

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Entry for April 25, 2006

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I washed my hair this morning using Jason organic shampoo and WOW! I can feel the difference right away. My hair is so much softer and my forehead feels soft too. Here’s what it says on their web site:

Vitamin E with A & C Shampoo (Body Enhancing)

No Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates
Super Enriched with 5 Vitamins, 22 Amino Acids and 5 Botanicals. Revitalizes Dry, Tired Hair

Using only the purest Natural Vitamins, Amino Acids and Botanicals, this nourishing shampoo is specially formulated to gently cleanse dry or damaged hair without stripping away necessary moisture. It is super-enriched to build body while it adds a healthy shine, and concentrated to save you money. A small amount is all you need.

Acupuncture appointment number seven. Another uneventful week and I still have the mystery internal vibration. I did switch back to her vitamin C tablets but found that I would get the weird head pinching sensation everytime I did. If I took one of my vitamin C tablets, it would disappear. This leads me to believe that my problem is with the gastrointestinal tract and not actually needing vitamin C in my system.

When I told the doctor I was still vibrating and that her new direction had no effect, she was quite confused. She said I was her toughest patient and it was good because she liked the challenge. She wanted to regroup and she asked for my opinion on what I thought the problem was. We reviewed my discoveries and what worked for my symptoms.

1) Acidophilus settles my stomach.

2) Eating pears will stop the vibrations.

3) Vitamin C will also stop the vibrations and get rid of the weird head symptoms.

I tell her about my suspicion of Serotonin because it is a neurotransmitter effecting the central nervous system and it’s created in the gastrointestinal tract. I can’t say for certain but it’s my guess. I have looked up the symptoms of Serotonin deficency and it doesn’t really match.

She tells me how the Parasympathetic Nerve is connected to the stomach but she’ll need to do more research for my symptoms. I’ve never heard of the Parasympathetic Nervous System so I agree to do some research as well.

She takes my blood pressure and it’s high again: 137/90

She wants to change the treatment to focus on the stomach. She starts by cupping my back and this time she says my circulation hasn’t improved. She places new needles in my back for 15 minutes and then the front. She looks at my wart and it’s almost completely gone. She uses Moxa on the wart and then on an acupoint just below the knee on both of my legs. This is new and she explains that this is done for my stomach. How interesting. As I’m still lying on the table, she takes my blood pressure again: 135/79.

As I’m leaving she gives me a new suppliment to try. This one is for my stomach and it’s called BaoHe Wan. Here is what it does:

Bao He Pian (Bao He Wan) promotes digestion, removes stagnated food and regulates the stomach†. The herbal formula is used for the retention of food, distension of fullness in the abdomen, eructating foul odor and acid regurgitation, loss of appetite†. It is also used for incoordination between the spleen and stomach, stomachache due to damp stagnation lying hidden, indigestion, oppression and depression over the chest and diarrhea due to hypofunction of the spleen.

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Entry for April 11, 2006

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Fifth appointment with the Acupuncture and I show my blood test results to the doctor. She asks me how I was feeling during the past week and it was uneventful. Nothing really different and the supplement didn’t appear to have any effect. I mention that I now have a stye in my right eye. It’s only just started but my eyes have been really itchy lately. It’s my own fault because I keep rubbing them and it feels like there is some grit on my eyeball. She tells me she will give me a new supplement that will help. We also talk about my vitamin C intake. She wants me to cut back to 1000 mg and I’m really hesitant. It’s the only thing that works but I agree to cut back.

She takes my blood pressure and it’s the lowest reading yet. (140/89)

She asks me if I know what Triglycerides are? Nope! No idea. She tells me that there are only two ways to have high triglycerides. One is to eat a lot of fat red meat (which I don’t) and the other way is to not eat any fruits or vegetables. Ah ha! Okay, that’s making some sense.  She says that a high level of Triglycerides can lead to atherosclerosis.

Here’s what it says on Wikipedia:

Role in disease

In the human body, high levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream have been linked to atherosclerosis, and, by extension, the risk of heart disease and stroke. However, the negative impact of raised levels of triglycerides is lower than that of LDL:HDL ratios. The risk can be partly accounted for a strong inverse relationship between triglyceride level and HDL-cholesterol level.

How interesting. You’d think with all of the blood tests I’ve had this past year, one doctor would’ve mentioned this by now? Here again Kevin Trudeau is right on the money. Doctors are not interested in prevention. They don’t find anything wrong if it can’t be treated with drugs.

“That’s the reason why there’s been virtually no movement in the field of prevention. The more drugs are bought, the higher the profit. The more disease there is, the greater the profit.”

She starts with the cupping again and says she wants to add some new accupoints today on my back. I show her my wart and it’s really cleared up from the past week and she’s happy with the progress. One more treatment next week and it will be gone.

She finishes with the back and does the front in the same points as last week. She takes my blood pressure again and it’s lowered to 135/87. After the acupuncture she give me the supplement for my stye. It’s called “Ming Mu” and it will help moisten my eyes. I get home and take a picture of my back again. I notice the red marks are a lot lighter than previous treatments. Progress? Great!

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Entry for April 05, 2006

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Yesterday I decided to try an experiment.  With the Vitamin C playing a role in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, I discover that Bananas are a good source of tryptophan (10.6 mg). So everytime I take my vitamin C pill, I will eat it with a Banana.

Fourth acupuncture appointment and it’s been a quiet week for my symptoms. I tell her about the test results from the walk in clinic and she takes my blood pressure. It’s 148/98. Still a little high but it’s a little lower than usual. Today she wants to continue with more cupping and she will place needles in my back for the first time as well as the regular ones on the front. I mention about a wart on my hand and she treats that as well. She checks out my tongue and comments on how the overall colour is better and there is noticeable improvement. I ask her for some acupuncture needles as a souvenir and she gives me three different types.

She asks me if the herbal supplement made a difference and if there was any change to the mysterious interal vibrations. Nope. Still the same fine tremor. No effect what so ever.

I’ve felt better the past week but was it from the supplement or was it because I went back to 2500 mg for Vitamin C? Who knows!

Still vibrating….

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Entry for March 28, 2006

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Yesterday we were out shopping and I started to get a very weird feeling over my body and I start feeling very hot. I leave the store for some fresh air and purchase some bottled water. I splash some on my face, drink the rest and I feel a little better. This kind of feeling has happened before but there’s no pain or any sysmptoms that I can describe. Nothing seems to trigger them either. I just know that something is wrong.

Third acupuncture appointment. I tell her about the weird symptoms from the past week and my experience with the walk in clinic. I mention about the increase in Vitamin C and she tells me it’s bad for my liver but agrees to the dosage if it will make me feel better. She takes my blood pressure. 143/103 pulse: 86. It’s still in the high normal range.

She starts again with the cupping technique and says I still have poor blood circulation. She explains that the brusing on my back will improve with the number of treatments. After the cupping, we start the acupuncture in the same pressure points as last week.

After resting for twenty minutes, she takes my blood pressure again: 136/81 pulse: 68

She recommends taking a herbal supplement called “Fu Fang Dan Shen Pian” It will help maintain cardiovascular function and a healthy circulatory system. Two tablets, three times a day. She asks me if I am still eating oats and apple for breakfast and she explains that it builds up the strength of the intestinal wall.

I get the feeling that she thinks the internal vibration is from my high blood pressure. I really disagree but what do I know. The doctor back in May thought it was high blood pressure too and he prescribed medication. It didn’t make any difference and in fact, made it worse!

I’ll follow up with the walk in clinic tomorrow for the test results.

Still vibrating…

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