Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 30, 2007

The same thing happened again after lunch. I didn’t take any magnesium today and I didn’t get the cold hands, but I did have an upset stomach and mild cramping. Now I know these are symptoms of too much iron so I need to know if what I’m doing is right.

I stopped into the health food store on my way home. I wanted to ask them about the dosages of iron. When I asked about it, she asked me if it was for my wife. This is the second time this has happened as I guess it’s so rare for men to have a deficiency. So I explain it’s for myself and she asked me what my doctor thought of this. Of course, I haven’t spoken to any doctor and if I did, I’m sure I will be brushed aside once again. Unless of course I tell him I’m a vegetarian. Mmm…something to think about.

She was very reluctant to give me any advice and suggested I speak to my doctor. Kind of disappointing but I was kind of expecting it. So I asked again about the dosage for iron as they sold the liquid form in the store. She agreed it was a very low dosage and showed me some iron pills that were as high as 50 mg. It wasn’t in the gluconate form so I still don’t know what to think. Why don’t I send an email to the company that makes the iron chelate and see what they say?

Good idea!

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May 30, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 29, 2007

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Now that I’ve discovered the iron deficiency, I thought I would look back at the hair analysis from the naturopath. Yup, exactly what I thought…my iron level is within the normal range. Same with selenium and zinc.

What a joke…

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

Entry for May 29, 2007

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Today started off great. I decide once again to skip my morning magnesium just to see what happens. By noon, I’m still feeling good so I decide to take the magnesium with my lunch. I’ve gone long enough to know that the iron is making a difference.

Within minutes of taking the magnesium and for the rest of the afternoon, my hands are cold. It’s weird so I take the homeopathic magnesium and it has no effect. I try the homeopathic iron and it has no effect either. An hour later I start getting the feeling of an upset stomach and I don’t feel very well.

Around the time I was leaving, I started to feel better and by the time I got home, I felt great again. It was very weird but I suspect it was the magnesium. Buy why? I’m still not sure…

It has to be related to the mineral ratios.

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

Entry for May 29, 2007

I can’t seem to get a clear understanding of how much iron I should be taking. Most of the web sites suggest getting a blood test and talking to your doctor. I’m not sure I should go back to my regular doctor with this new info and ask for a blood test and his advice. While searching, I came across this:

It is important to understand that different types of iron preparations contain different amounts of elemental (pure) iron. Iron containing varying amounts of elemental iron, as follows:

Ferrous sulfate (20% elemental iron)
Ferrous gluconate (12% elemental iron)
Ferrous fumarate (33% elemental iron)
Ferrous lactate (19% elemental iron)
Ferrous chloride (28% elemental iron)

For adults who are deficient in iron, 50 mg to 100 mg elemental iron three times daily is the recommended intake. Toxic effects of iron may occur at doses of 10-20 mg/kg of elemental iron.

Very interesting information if you consider that the supplement I bought contains 10 mg of Ferrous Gluconate and Ferrous Lactate. 10 mg would be about 1% elemental iron and they recommend 50-100 mg of elemental iron three times a day?!! I think I need to seek professional advice.

Iron Solution 1 teaspoon 5mL contains:

Iron (Ferrous Gluconate and Ferrous Lactate) 10 mg
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) 25 mcg

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

Entry for May 29, 2007

NO VIBRATION!!!

And without taking any magnesium yesterday… so my problem all along was an iron deficiency?

 

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Entry for May 28, 2007

Low Iron Could Help Spur Baldness

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2006 (HealthDay News)

Could iron deficiency be key to baldness?

The answer is yes, according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, who reviewed scientific literature on the connection published over the past 40 years.

“If doctors can understand fully the relationship between iron deficiency and hair loss, then they can help people regrow hair more effectively,” study leader Dr. Wilma Bergfeld, head of clinical research in the department of dermatology, said in a prepared statement. “We believe that iron deficiency may be related to many forms of hair loss and that people may need higher levels of iron stores than previously thought to regrow hair.”

The review of data suggests that iron deficiency may be linked to several of the most common kinds of hair loss. However, there is not enough evidence to suggest universal screening for iron deficiency in hair-loss patients and further research is required, the researchers said.

The findings appear in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Iron deficiency is the world’s most common nutritional deficiency. It can be caused by inadequate dietary intake of iron, excessive menstrual bleeding, and other forms of blood loss. Treatment includes adequate dietary intake of iron and, when appropriate, iron supplements.

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic routinely screen for iron deficiency in patients with hair loss. If iron deficiency is detected and treated in the early stages, patients may be able to grow hair more effectively, the researchers said.

— Robert Preidt

May 28, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 28, 2007

According to this article, 3% of men are iron deficient. And people with iron deficiency anemia always feel cold. That’s me for sure!

Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency in the absence of anemia is asymptomatic. One half of patients with moderate iron deficiency anemia develop pagophagia. Usually, they crave ice to suck or chew. Occasionally, patients are seen who prefer cold celery or other cold vegetables in lieu of ice. Leg cramps, which occur on climbing stairs, also are common in patients deficient in iron.

Iron deficiency anemia is the most common form of anemia. About 20% of women, 50% of pregnant women, and 3% of men are iron deficient. Iron deficiency can’t be corrected overnight. You may need to take iron supplements for several months or longer to replenish your iron reserves.

Some people with iron deficiency anemia always feel cold. They feel cold because iron plays a role in regulating the body’s temperature.

Iron is the backbone nutrient for enhancing the building of oxygenated blood. Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid are also needed to make healthy blood. Lacking any one of these three vitamins can cause red blood cells not to form properly. Some supplements contain highly superior coenzyme forms of these nutrients. Since these special B-vitamins are already pre-energized, they require no contribution of body energy to make them work, which is a huge issue if a person is already fatigued from poor iron status.

Iron has recently been identified as a key nutrient in cells that enables thyroid/ zinc gene signals to function in metabolic pathways. A lack of iron inside cells may reduce up to 80 different gene signals that would otherwise be following “thyroid instructions.” A lack of iron may handicap metabolism and cause metabolic fatigue.

May 28, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | 1 Comment

Entry for May 28, 2007

It’s Monday so it’s back to work again. I decide to start the day by taking the iron. It’s a liquid form and it needs to be refrigerated so I’ll keep it at home. I’ll give it a couple of hours and take my magnesium at work.

I get into work and usually I get the cold hands symptom and take the magnesium. Today was different because it didn’t happen. So I thought I would skip my lunch dosage of magnesium to see how long I can push it.

By late afternoon I can’t believe the results so I’m off to Doctor Google and discover that iron plays a role in regulating the body’s temperature. So as a test, I won’t take any magnesium today and see if this has any effect on the internal vibration.

Stay tuned!

May 28, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

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 May 26, 2007

One thing I noticed right away since stopping the zinc was the stuffiness in my nose has returned. That can only mean the return of Candida. I guess two months is not enough. Doctor Google?

Zinc Treatment

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.

I’ve been talking to my wife about iron and she mentioned how she had a blood test for iron years ago and it was low. The doctor prescribed “Iron Gluconate” and a follow up blood test.

I wish I had purchased the iron gluconate instead of the chelate. I need something with high absorption. I don’t think the MSM is making a difference so I’ll stop taking it and focus on the iron for a while. Back to the health food store….

I purchase a liquid form of iron gluconate. Here is the dosage:

Iron Solution 1 teaspoon (5mL) contains :

Iron (Ferrous Gluconate and Ferrous Lactate) 10 mg
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) 25 mcg

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

Entry for May 25, 2007

Iron should not be taken at the same time as zinc and magnesium . Not really the ideal situation for my issues so today I end up taking half of my usual magnesium dosage of 600 mg and I stop taking the zinc altogether. I figure I’ve been taking a high dosage of zinc for a while now.

This morning? Woke up with the vibration….

I’m finding it harder and harder to believe that the vibration is being caused by the magnesium alone. I’ve been taking the best form of magnesium for months and although I have success and I feel it is making a difference, I don’t have resolve.

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

Entry for May 24, 2007

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Last night I went to bed really late and I thought I would be tried when I woke up. Nope, in fact, I felt I had a bit more energy than usual for going to bed so late.

So today I decide to add two new supplements. The effects of taking the extra selenium seemed to have stopped and my weak knees are still the same. I added MSM back which I’ve tried before but I’ll try it again. I also added Licorice Root and iron.

I’m trying the Licorice Root for the link with candida and the adrenals. I’m trying iron because it’s known cause for hair loss and I read today that low iron can be caused by low levels of magnesium and zinc.

Iron Deficiency

Blood loss, or malabsorption are considered to be the main causes for low iron after ruling out any of a number of blood disorders, however low iron can very easily result from manganese levels having been low for a long period of time, or from other elements such as calcium, zinc, or magnesium reducing normal iron values.

Iron is interesting because I’ve never taken it before except for a very low dosage in my multivitamin. So it’s linked to hair loss, fatigue and weakness.

The other very interesting thing is the fact that I do eat ice chips. I don’t go around eating ice chips every day but I do if I’m in a restaurant and it’s something I’ve always done for years. Something to think about so I’ll try taking iron for a couple of weeks to see what happens.

Iron Antagonists:

Zinc, calcium, magnesium, tin, cobalt, Vitamin B2,Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, caffeine, insoluble fiber, rice (phytates), tea (tannic acid), soy protein, dairy (casein), oxalic acid, [folate]

Since I’m taking zinc and magnesium, I’ll stop the zinc altogether and reduce the magnesium just to see what happens. Today, I start taking Iron Chelate in a low dosage of 25 mg.

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

Entry for February 20, 2007

Switched back to eating cucumbers and celery today. I had a few sunflower seeds in the morning but I’ve since decided to get rid of those too just in case. I’m mad at myself for straying from the strict diet but by the end of the day, my thrush is actually quite better. More improvement than I expected and I can feel the improvement in my nose.

Found this article talking about the different vitamins and mineral deficiencies that can effect candida.

CANDIDA

Selenium deficiency and anemia appear to be the biggest factors in promoting candida growth. Years ago when I had hypoT I also had a severe candida infection. I found a book titled “Candida: Silver (Mercury) Fillings and the Immune System” which eventually led me to getting my mercury fillings removed. Following this and supplementation with zinc and selenium, my candida and hypoT both ended.

Experiments with animals show that candida growth can be increased by selenium deprivation and reduced by selenium supplementation. Since mercury depletes selenium, it makes sense that candida is higher when there are mercury fillings in the teeth.

Other studies show that anemia and iron deficiency increase candida growth. There are some studies suggesting that B12 and folic acid deficiencies may be involved in candida, since deficiencies of these lead to anemia. In anemia and iron deficiency friendly bacteria cannot grow well in the body. A lack of these bacteria probably is a key factor which promotes candida growth, since candida is a fungal growth rather than a bacteria growth.

Another study showed that women with recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis are deficient in zinc compared to normals and that only a mild zinc deficiency is necessary for this recurring problem.

Basically it seems that the deficiencies associated with candidiasis correlate very well with the deficiencies associated with hypothyroidism. The key nutrient deficiencies are probably selenium, zinc, iron, B12, and folic acid.

Probably the best indicator of the level of candida growth in the body is the coating on the tongue. The more white coating there is, the more candida there probably is throughout the body. We want to get to the point where our tongues are clear, pink, and not sore.

The following study shows that candida albicans has a higher resistance to elevated concentrations of copper than baker’s yeast. This may mean that in hypothyroidism, when zinc is low and copper is high, candida growth will not be suppressed by copper, which is normally toxic to fungal infections.

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

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