Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 10, 2008

Lecithin

Once again my eyes are watering and itchy but today I noticed that it goes away when I take lecithin. I’ll start taking lecithin in a higher dosage. The directions suggest “From 3-12 capsules a day” so maybe I need a higher dosage? Twelve capsules of 1200 mg each almost sounds like too much?

Began taking Lecithin with Omega 3-6-9 three times a day.

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 07, 2008

I’m still having issues with my cold hands that I can’t really seem to solve. One day I take something and it appears to work, then I try the same thing again and it doesn’t work.

Today I have the cold hands again and again Lecithin seems to help right after I take it. It can’t be a problem with lecithin because taking lecithin would’ve solved the problem weeks ago right?

Back to the drawing board…

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 26, 2008

Started the day with a magnesium, lunch switched to calcium/magnesium, another calcium/magnesium before leaving and another calcium/magnesium at dinner. Felt so much better than yesterday. I think my problem is still potassium and yesterday I was fighting it with magnesium which doesn’t have the same relationship as calcium does. Added Chromium after reading that it can lower potassium. I skipped the lecithin today and my cold hands weren’t as bad.

I think I’ll stick to the mineral balancing instead of the herbs…

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Entry for February 25, 2008

Tightness in my chest again today after lunch disappeared with magnesium and not calcium. Fighting with cold hands all day which is weird because I’m still talking the lecithin. Weird.

I’m now beginning to think that the recent issues have been caused by magnesium loss because of the licorice root getting rid of the potassium. Ended up taking 1000 mg of magnesium today which is way more than I’ve taken in a long, long time.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 24, 2008

After lunch had a weird chest feeling. I had one magnesium in the morning and one lecithin at lunch. I have a hunch that my potassium is still high based on the cracks on my tongue so I take a calcium/magnesium and it goes away almost instantly. Was it the calcium working against the potassium?

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 22, 2008

Went the entire day again without the cold hands. The lecithin is working but I’m not really sure why other than it must have a calming effects on my nerves. Started getting a mild sore throat today with a cough. Nothing worse than having a cold through the winter months…

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 21, 2008

Went the entire day without the cold hands and the only thing I changed was the Lecithin the night before. I’ll do the same thing again tonight and see if it has the same effect tomorrow.

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Entry for February 20, 2008

Despite having Tuna for lunch, I had cold hands all afternoon which was confusing because Tuna is very high in protein. Because something is still not working right I often go through my vitamins and try something different just for the sake of adding something different to see what the effect it. I find it really fasinating to read about how the amino acids are always connected to the vitamins and minerals. Sometimes I read something that sticks in my head as being a good idea and then remember it later. Tonight I add Lecithin just before going to bed.

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Entry for January 25, 2008

Happy with the fantastic results with my eyes after taking Lipoic acid but disappointed about still having the vibration, I decided today to start taking Lecithin. Everything I’ve read about Lecithin seem to suggest that it would be extremely beneficial to the nervous system and it supplies the body with methionine.

Lecithin is essential not only for tissue integrity of the nervous and glandular system in all living cells, but has been regarded as also the most effective generator and regenerator of great physical, mental and glandular activity. Shattered nerves, depleted brain power, waning activity of vital glands, find in lecithin, especially in the cellular structure of the nervous system and endocrine glands a source of dynamic energy.”

Lecithin is the most abundant of the phospholipids. It is a fatty food substance, which serves as a structural material for every cell in the body. It is an essential constituent of the human brain and nervous system. It forms 30 per cent of the dry weight of the brain and 17 per cent of the nervous system.

Lecithin is also an important component of the endocrine glands and the muscles of the heart and kidneys. It makes up 73 per cent of the total liver fat. Nervous, mental or glandular overactivity can consume lecithin faster than its replacement.

The body uses methionine to derive a brain food called choline. Therefore, choline or lecithin (which is high in choline) should be added to the diet so that the supply of methionine is not depleted. Beans are low in methionine but rich in lysine; and, since most grains are low in lysine and rich in methionine, combining beans and grains will give a full complement of amino acids.

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 18, 2008

Found this article about lecithin which makes so much sense for me it’s unbelievable. Unbelievable how I and many others had missed it. Nobody ever mentioned it and yet it seems so obvious.

Lecithin: A Must for Every Man

“It’s been found to be an essential constituent of the human brain and nervous system and also of the endocrine glands and the muscles of the heart and kidneys. Nervous, mental, or glandular over activity can use up lecithin faster than it is replaced. Then you become irritable, exhausted, and impotent.”

“A lecithin deficiency causes all of that and more. The drained vitality of the cerebrospinal fluid must be replenished. A nervous breakdown can result from lack of lecithin, as any really well-informed physician would tell you.”

“Could it be a lack of lecithin that causes Jerry’s nervous exhaustion?” asked Julie.

“It not only could be,” I said. “It very likely is just that. A lecithin deficiency is a common condition today, especially among men. The nervous strain associated with competitive business, often combined with the mental insecurity of a distasteful job or an unhappy home life, uses up lecithin in a man’s body faster than it can be produced.”

Lecithin added to the daily diet helps overcome nervous exhaustion, headaches, insomnia, brainfog, and nutritionally caused impotence, sterility, and senility.

“Lecithin,” I went on, “is a component of the nervous system, making up about 17 per cent of it. That’s why, if the body’s own supply of lecithin decreases—which it does as we grow older or work under stress, or for various other reasons —lecithin must be added to the diet, or the nervous system inevitably breaks down.”

Many of your nerve fibers are surrounded by a sheath of somewhat fatty substance, the myelin sheath. This protective sheath is rich in lecithin, which nourishes your nerve cells and supplies them with motive force. In lecithin deficiency, the fatty sheath is depleted, and we know some of the results: fatigue, irritability, brainfag, sexual decline, nervous exhaustion, or even a complete breakdown.

We know the importance of choline and inositol in our diet, and that lecithin is a rich, natural source of both. Lecithin also possesses a high phosphorus content, and phosphorus has a soothing effect on the nerves.

The nerve tissue is especially rich in lecithin in the morning. But during the course of the day nerve strain reduces the supply.

Lecithin has been suggested as a sexual aid. It was used in Germany 30 years ago as a restorative of sexual powers, for glandular exhaustion and nervous and mental disorders. Seminal fluid is rich in lecithin. Because of its loss from the body, it’s need for men is regarded as specially great.

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 17, 2008

I’ve been researching methionine lately and here’s a link to lecithin which the Naturopath suggested.

An essential amino acid, methionine is not synthesized in the body and so must be obtained from food sources or from dietary supplements. Good food sources of methionine include beans, eggs, fish, garlic, lentils, meat, onions, soybeans, seeds, and yogurt. Because the body uses methionine to derive a brain food called choline, it is wise to supplement the diet with choline or lecithin (which is high in choline) to ensure that the supply of methionine is not depleted.

Lecithin is a phos-phorized fat (a compound of phosphorus, fat and nitrogen) which is an important ingredient of the tissues in your nerves, brain and endocrine glands. Your nervous system, for instance, uses lecithin to aid in generating nerve electricity. When your nerves are plentifully supplied with lecithin, your body abounds in nervous energy; and when the supply of lecithin get low, as it does at the end of the day, your nerve energy decreases, and you say you are ‘tired and sleepy.’ A serious deficiency of lecithin in the diet can bring on a nerve exhaustion that is characterized by a chronic fatigue which rest does not alleviate. Lecithin is also important for your brain, since your ‘organ of thinking’ contains approximately 28 per cent of this substance, that is, provided you are sane. The brains of persons suffering from serious mental illnesses contain less than half this amount of lecithin.

Sounds like taking lecithin is more important than methionine!

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 10, 2008

 

I raced home from work today to get to the Naturopath on time. I’ve been wondering about these results for weeks now. I have my own theories on what my deficiencies are but I’ve wasted enough time and money guessing. I’m really hoping that I can sit down, read this report and get on with it.

She hands me the report and she reviews it page by page. The first page has the essential and non-essential amino acids and my level of each one. I have five amino acids on the low end of the scale: Methionine, Threonine, Aspartate, Asparagine and Glycine.

After the first page of amino acids, it groups them together to create different markers based on their role in the body.

Gastrointestinal Markers, Magnesium Dependant Markers, B6, B12 and Folate Dependant Markers, Detoxification Markers, Neurological Markers and Urea Cycle Metabolites.

After that, it has a page that provides a supplimentation schedule and another section called presumptive needs / implied conditions. The last three pages go into detail for each identified deficiency and explains the possible causes.

Very details and a little overwhelming. I’m a little disappointed that the Naturopath doesn’t offer anything more than just reading the report. I suppose it’s a no brainer to start supplementing the ones that I am low in but she doesn’t mention it. In a way I’m glad because I’d like to do some research on what all this means and review what I’ve already tried and come to my own conclusions. How do I know it’s accurate? I looks just like the hair analysis and that was a complete waste of time.

As we finish up the report, she mentions that my level of Phosphoethanolamine is lower than normal and suggests trying Lecithin. I’ve never come across it in my research although they consider it to be a nonessential amino acid. Here’s the summary from the report and I’m beginning to think this test is very accurate:

Phophoethanolamine, a nonessential phosphorous bearing amino acid, is low in this urine specimen. Phosphoethanolamine is derived from dietary sources and is also formed endogenously from serine via phosphorylation of ethanolamine. When ethanolamine is high or normal and phosphoethanolamine is low there is a presumptive need for magnesium (magnesium dependent kinase). Phosphoethanolamine is a precursor of phosphotidyl choline, choline and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. If low phosphoethanolamine results in low acetylcholine, and there is insufficient choline from dietary lecithin, there may be depressed activity of the parasympathetic nervous system (eg. decreased peristalsis, ability to sweat), and poor memory and cognitive function. Low phosphoethanolamine is usually the result of magnesium deficiency or protein malnutrition.

Wow! That last line really hit a home run with me. I need to take all this information back to Dr. Google to see what I can find.

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Entry for July 16, 2007

After all that I’ve read, I’ll be adding Lecithin tomorrow. I’m not sure where I put the phosphatidylserine…

Here’s some more information I found about the functions of Phosphatidylserine:

Phosphatidylserine (PS)
A natural compound found in all cells, PS is most highly concentrated in the membranes of brain cells which make up about 70% of its nerve tissue mass. (Life Extension, 2002)

Left to its own devices, the brain will succumb to the insults of age, beginning with the fourth or fifth decade of life. Full mental capacity begins its decline as the production of PS slows to suboptimal levels. The net result of an aging brain is cognitive decline, including the gradual loss of the ability to learn, reason, concentrate and remember.

This vital compound plays so many roles that a shortage often creates a variety of symptoms:

  • Phosphatidylserine aids the storage, release and activity of many vital neurotransmitters and their receptors.
  • Phosphatidylserine aids in cell to cell communication.
  • Phosphatidylserine is involved in the maintenance and restoration of nerve cell membranes.
  • Phosphatidylserine stimulates the release of dopamine, a mood regulator that also controls physical sensation and movement.
  • Phosphatidylserine increases the production of acetylcholine, necessary for learning and memory.
  • Phosphatidylserine enhances brain glucose metabolism.
  • Phosphatidylserine reduces cortisol levels (a stress hormone).
  • Phosphatidylserine boosts the activity of nerve growth factor (NGF) which oversees the health of cholinergic neurons.

Phosphatidylserine – Research Summary

Research has shown that dietary supplementation with Phosphatidylserine can slow and even reverse the decline of learning, mood, memory, concentration and word recall related to dementia or age-related cognitive impairment in middle aged and elderly subjects. (Kidd, 1999)

Study #1
In a multi-center Italian study, 87 test subjects aged 55 to 80 were assessed for the effects of Phosphatidylserine on senile mental deterioration. Subjects were given either 300 mg. Phosphatidylserine or a placebo for a period of 90 days. Improvements were noted in the Phosphatidylserine treated group with regards to cognitive functions such as attention, concentration and short term memory. Behavioral measurements also showed improvements in socialization, daily living, self-sufficiency and being more engaged with one’s environment. (Palmieri, 1987)

Study #2
In another study, 51 patients with Alzheimer’s disease were treated for 12 weeks with 300 mg. Phosphatidylserine There were significant improvements in several cognitive functions for the treatment group compared to those given a placebo. Differences were more dramatic among test subjects with less severe cognitive impairment, suggesting that Phosphatidylserine may be useful in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. (Crook,1992)

July 15, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 15, 2007

Day one: The treatment with phosphorus was a success. The cold hands that I’ve had all week didn’t happen once today. Didn’t get the weird nerve feelings in my head either.

With the added research from this weekend, I’ve discovered that phosphorus plays a role in the creation of lecithin and I found my bottle half full from the last time I tried it. Lecithin contains a B vitamin called Choline. Here’s what I found:

Choline

Although choline is not by strict definition a vitamin, it is an essential nutrient. Despite the fact that humans can synthesize it in small amounts, choline must be consumed in the diet to maintain health. The majority of the body’s choline is found in specialized fat molecules known as phospholipids, the most common of which is called phosphatidylcholine or lecithin.

Support of Nervous System Activity

Choline is a key component of acetylcholine, a messenger molecule found in the nervous system. Acetylcholine, also called a neurotrasmitter since it carries messages from and to nerves, is the body’s primary chemical means of sending messages between nerves and muscles. Because of its role in nerve-muscle function, choline (supplemented in the form of lecithin, or phosphatidylcholine), has been used experimentally to help improve neuromuscular function in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Entry for July 15, 2007

Success! Woke up with no vibration.

Found more interesting facts about phosphorus:

There is a distinct difference between the phosphorus needed by the bones from the phosphorus needed by the brain. Phosphorus for the brain comes from meat, dairy and fish whereas phosphorus for the bones comes from fruits and vegetables.

Phosphorus is vital in synthesizing lecithin and cerebrin, which are both needed by the brain. Phosphorus compounds like lecithin are found everywhere in the tissues, lymph, and other of the body as well as in the white and gray matter of brain and nerve tissue.

Phosphorus stimulates hair growth and prevents the blood from becoming too acid or alkaline. It is also necessary for the synthesis of the RNA and DNA.

So there are different types of phosphorus and the type I’m interested in is for the brain. So I need to change my diet to include more meat, dairy and fish. But it doesn’t mention anything about the breakfast cereals…

Yesterday we did our shopping and I checked almost all of the cereals for the phosphorus content and All Bran was the winner. It has 35% phosphorus and 50% magnesium in half a cup. WOW! that’s a lot of both so I’ll have a small bowl for breakfast and organize my new vitamin schedule.

Daily Supplements

1.5 of calcium complex which contains 150 mg of magnesium
125 mg extra magnesium
50 mg zinc
75 mg maganese (25 mg 3 times a day)
375 mcr molybdendum

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Entry for July 14, 2007

Just when you think you’ve read everything you need to know…

“Phosphorus is vital to collagen production”

“If you don’t have enough phosphorus, you can’t make lecithin”

Now I’ve tried Lecithin a long time ago as it was recommended to me and I didn’t notice any difference. Maybe it wasn’t being absorbed properly because of the low phosphorus?? It’s certainly possible and I think I still have some left over…I’ll have to see if I can find it again… It’s not considered a vitamin or a mineral so it could be overlooked so easily. And maybe it was…

Deficiency Diseases and Good Nutrition: Phosphorus

Phosphorus has more functions than any other mineral in your body. Eighty to eighty five percent of all the phosphorus in your body is in your bones and teeth in the form of calcium phosphate. The 1 1/2 – 2 pounds of phosphorus in your body helps to keep your bones and teeth strong. Phosphorus is important to your bones for another reason. Phosphorus is vital to collagen production and bone is 3/4 collagen. Tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin, and eyes, are composed greatly of collagen. Without phosphorus, your body could not make any of the above vital connective tissues and organs.

Phosphorus joins up with fatty acids in the body to form phospholipids. Phospholipids have a very interesting characteristic: they are soluble in water and fat. The fatty acid makes phospholipids soluble in fat and the phosphorus makes it soluble in water. This unique trait makes phospholipids very useful as the main component in cell membranes. This allows for fat and water soluble nutrients to pass in and out of the cell. Each cell needs fat and water soluble nutrients to live, so this property is vital. Cell membranes would collapse without phospholipids.

Phospholipids also have a job in the blood. Phospholipids keep blood fat in small globules. Large globules can get stuck on artery walls, which can eventually cause heart disease. Lecithin is a phospholipid used in chocolate to keep it smooth. In the body, phospholipids keep the blood smooth.

Lecithin helps to make bile at an even rate. Bile helps you emulsify fats (break into very small globules). If you don’t have enough phosphorus, you can’t make lecithin to help make bile, which results in painful gallstones. Lecithin helps to keep fat from accumulating in the liver (cirrhosis).

Phosphorus helps to transport fatty acids throughout your body. It maintains the proper pH in blood and stomach so the needed reactions can take place. Phosphorus has to be present to use fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Phosphorus combines with carbohydrates to be stored as energy. Phosphorus is a MAIN component in ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the primary source of energy for all living cells. Without ATP, you could not catalyze any reaction.

Phosphorus is needed in myelin, which is the fatty covering on nerves to help the impulses travel faster. Phosphorus fatty acid compounds make up 1/3 of the brain’s dry weight. Muscles could not contract without phosphorus because the nerves could not properly transmit the impulse without myelin. The muscle would not have the energy to contract without phosphorus containing ATP.

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Entry for March 13, 2007

I came across this article today and it raised some interesting facts.

Chromium is destroyed by sugar, has a relationship with copper and a deficiency can cause anxiety and nerve degeneration. It also has a synergistic relationship with magnesium and zinc. So if I have chronically low levels of magnesium and zinc, it would only make sense to look at Chromium and I’ll stop taking the other minerals that reduce absorption like selenium and potassium.

I originally blogged about this article on February 13, 2007 and now that I’ve discovered the Zinc deficiency, it’s something I should look into further.

Chromium & Copper: These two elements are the most important nutrients next to calcium and magnesium for their anti-inflammatory properties. They share left / right-sided cell receptors and are considered essential to human health.

While neither one – with few exceptions – is generally found to be very deficient level-wise, chromium (Cr) is on average always lower than copper (Cu), with virtually no exceptions. Copper, on the other hand is elevated in the majority of patients, which creates a chronic copper / chromium conflict ratio-wise in these individuals.

In fact, of all the patients I have tested since the mid 70’s, nearly 90% exhibited a chemical profile that in addition to their own unique chemistry contained an underlying pattern that reflected the impact of high copper levels on various opposing nutrients, which include chromium, molybdenum, sulfur, nickel, Vitamin C, hesperidin, and others.

When supplementing chromium, its level will generally not increase at first, but instead it will gradually lower copper, and potassium, since they are high in ratio to chromium. Only after copper and potassium have been reduced to normal levels, chromium may at that point start to go up. However, since sufficient amounts of chromium are rarely used, in practice, copper and potassium just come down closer to normal, and chromium levels stay the same.

Magnesium levels frequently go up following long-term supplementation of chromium because of its synergism with chromium, and also because of potassium (which is a magnesium antagonist) going down, and thus not exerting an inhibiting effect on magnesium any longer.

There are other copper antagonists such as zinc, but while zinc is generally documented as such in the nutritional literature, it is not only the weakest of all copper antagonists, but its action on copper takes place only on an intestinal level, so once copper goes into storage, zinc will have no effect on lowering copper any longer, no matter how much is supplemented. The only time zinc could become a threat to copper is in situations where copper levels are already on the low side, and massive amounts of zinc in addition to other copper antagonists were consumed.

Many patients exhibit high levels of zinc and copper, in which case a common denominator such as ascorbic acid / Vitamin C has to be supplemented in larger amounts to help lower both, while certain foods such as nuts, shellfish or wheat germ… (containing high levels of copper and zinc), should be avoided. One major reason why some people require a much higher intake of Vitamin C compared to others is that they exhibit very high levels of copper, which in these people happens to interfere with nickel and Vitamin C metabolism.

Chronically elevated copper levels in most patients may result from one-sided diets that lack co-factors or copper antagonists, or from the fact that many copper-rich foods are somewhat addictive, such as cocoa / chocolate products, colas, coffee, or tea (copper levels are even higher in tea than in coffee).

Other sources include seafood / shellfish, seeds and nuts, liver, soy products, foods or beverages that are cooked or stored in copper containers (beer), tap water (copper plumbing), and copper IUDs.

Due to the synergism of copper and aluminum (aluminium), a higher intake or absorption of aluminum – ranging from anti-perspirants, tetra packs, all the way to municipal drinking water treated with aluminum sulphate and polyaluminum chloride (used as coagulants) – will result in greater copper retention and lowered sulfur levels since both, aluminum and copper are sulfur antagonists. High copper levels, along with related sulfur deficiencies, can be considered to be one of the most prominent causes of many modern physical and mental health problems.

The correct approach consists of making copper (or calcium) more bioavailable by supplementing the appropriate co-factors, with the best choice being those that exhibit the lowest level in ratio to copper, and as mentioned above – may include Vitamin C, chromium, sulfur (MSM), molybdenum, nickel, or (rarely) zinc. Avoidance of foods high in copper is of utmost importance as well. This will take care of the medical conditions a practitioner was originally consulted for, and at the same time prevent the potential development of new medical problems elsewhere related to excessive copper intake.

Chromium is the “Gold Standard” to help normalize elevated copper, since it is its associated trace element. More aches and pains, arthritis, slow-healing fractures, sciatica and other back problems,various infections, etc, can be relieved with chelated chromium (not GTF), than with many other supplements – provided they conform to the side-specific requirements (see introduction above), and provided that calcium and magnesium are close to normal, since they are also involved with various disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Following a close second is sulfur, usually supplemented in the form of MSM, whose main action in addition to helping restore cartilage formation is the lowering of copper! So again, it is the high copper levels which created a need for sulfur to help reverse joint degeneration.

Copper works synergistically with potassium and calcium, so when patients do exhibit low copper levels, then calcium and potassium are frequently on the low side as well. Taking a 3mg copper pill for one or two months, or less, is all that is needed for an adult to normalize any copper deficiency, and then it should always be discontinued, otherwise copper will go too high – being another reason why most people should avoid multi-mineral formulations containing more than 1 mg of copper.

Chromium Synergists: Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B15

Chromium Antagonists / Inhibitors: Selenium, vanadium, potassium, cobalt, copper, iodine, Vitamin B12, rutin, sugar, alcohol, fat,

Low Levels / Deficiency – Symptoms and/or Risk Factors:

Chromium: Reduced glucose tolerance / impaired glucose metabolism, weakened immune system, increased susceptibility for infections (e.g. bladder, left tonsil), trabecular bone loss, inflammatory joint disease, elevated total cholesterol, birth defects, reduced life expectancy, nerve degeneration.

Chromium Deficiency

Chromium deficiency can produce nervousness, shakiness, and other general symptoms of anxiety. Chromium deficiency is common among alcoholics and people who consume large amounts of refined sugars.

The typical amount of chromium used in research trials is 200 mcg per day. Niacin administered at relatively low levels (100 mg) along with 200 mcg of chromium has been shown to be more effective than chromium alone.

Some people take up to 1mg (1,000 mcg) per day for short periods without problems; this is not suggested as a long-term regimen but rather to help replenish chromium stores when deficiency is present. All of the precursors to the active form of GTF are used in some formulas, but usually with chromium in lower doses, such as 50mcg, since it is thought to be better absorbed with niacin and the amino acids glycine, cysteine and glutamic acid.

Chromium has functions other than the role it plays in GTF. It is a vital ingredient in lecithin, which help
s the body keep fat in small particles. When the fat globules get too large, they get stuck on the walls of arteries and can cause atherosclerosis. Your body requires chromium when producing protein. If it can’t produce the amount it needs, you can suffer from premature aging.

Large amounts of chromium are found in your adrenal glands, indicating its importance in the production of their stress coping hormones. White blood cells contain quite a bit of chromium. When you don’t consume enough of the mineral, your white blood cells cannot function properly. This is one of the reasons you are more susceptible to illness when under stress. Chromium activates vitamin C, and is therefore needed to reap the full benefits from it.

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Entry for January 28, 2007

DRUGLESS METHODS TO HELP GET RID OF ANXIETY

NIACIN – vitamin B-3 is so effective against actual psychoses that half of all mental ward inmates in the South were able to be released once a depression-era deficiency of this vitamin was corrected. Niacin in appropriate doses acts as a natural tranquilizer and induces relaxation or sleep. It is non-addictive, cheap, and safer than any pharmaceutical product. Dosage varies with condition. The best author on the subject is Abram Hoffer, M.D., whose experience dates back to the early 1950’s. He routinely gave at least as much VITAMIN C as he did niacin.

LECITHIN – a food supplement that is high in phosphatidyl choline. The body is able to make acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, out of this. This has a sedating effect. It is interesting to note that one third of your brain, by dry weight, is lecithin. Feeding the organ what it is largely made of might help it to function better. (Don’t worry: lecithin supplements are made from soybeans.) Dosage runs in the tablespoons.

SUGAR – avoid it, to reduce anxiety symptoms. The swings from high to low blood sugar result in corresponding mood swings. Sugar is not your friend. Eat complex carbohydrates instead.

CHROMIUM may help even out the sugar mood-swings and perhaps even sugar craving. Chromium deficiency (daily intake under 50 micrograms) affects 9 out of 10 adults. Somewhere between 50 and 400 mcg of chromium substantially improves your cells ability to use insulin. Don’t gnaw on the bumper of a ’54 Cadillac because that kind of chrome is toxic. Chromium polynicotinate or chromium picolinate are safer and better absorbed.

B-COMPLEX VITAMINS also help even out your blood sugar. In addition, the metabolism of just about everything you digest hinges on one or more of this group of B-vitamins. Taken together, they are especially safe and effective. The body needs proportionally more niacin than the other B’s, so extra niacin as mentioned above is still valid.

EXERCISE reduces anxiety. Is it because you are too pooped to worry? Who cares; it helps. Exercise has many other health benefits, too, so there is no way you can lose by trying it. Start easily and work up.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES such as Aconite, Coffea Cruda and Kali Phos. have been used to treat symptoms of anxiety for nearly 200 years. These very dilute natural remedies are safe and can help significantly. I recommend that you get a copy of The Prescriber, by J.H. Clarke, M.D. This very practical book concisely explains this healing approach and helps you easily select the most appropriate remedy. Homeopathic remedies are non-prescription. Many health food stores carry them. I know people who carry a bottle of Kali Phos 6X tablets in their pocket or purse, just in case.

HERBS such as chamomile and catnip make a soothing tea. There are certainly other useful herbs to consider as well. A good herb store or health food store will have books that will help you learn more.

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Entry for January 08, 2007

Monday. The first day to try something new. The internet remedy is in full swing. Garlic cloves and yogurt four times a day. I’ve also changed my vitamins to increase the niacin intake. I’m taking about 400-500 of pure niacin and about the same using niacinamide. I’ve added Lecithin and Taurine along with my multivitamin, enzymes and of course…magnesium.

I’m going to try adding a 300 mg dosage of Calcium/Magnesium in a 1/1 ratio three times a day along with 250 mg of my regular magnesium to see what happens.

Still vibrating…

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Entry for January 07, 2007

Just had a quick look regarding vitamins and minerals that are destroyed by sugar intake. and I was not too familiar with Choline and Inositol. Choline seems to be really important for the nerves and a deficiency can cause nerve degeneration.

Here’s what I found:

What it does in the body: Fat metabolism. Choline is involved in fat metabolism and in the transport of fats from the liver.

Cell membranes: Choline is a component of cell membranes and plays a role in the transmission of signals inside cells. Myelin, the insulating sheath around the nerves, and platelet activating factor contain choline.

Neurotransmitters: Choline accelerates the synthesis and release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in many nerve and brain functions. Dietary intake of choline seems to affect body levels of acetylcholine.

Absorption: Choline may be absorbed better in the form of lecithin.

Deficiency: Choline deficiency symptoms in humans include fatty liver and liver damage. These symptoms have been demonstrated only recently in humans fed choline- deficient diets. This means that choline fulfills one of the criteria for being an essential nutrient. Patients on long-term parenteral nutrition who are not given choline develop fatty infiltration of the liver and other signs of dysfunction. This condition can be improved, and possibly prevented, with choline supplementation.

Choline deficiency in animals also leads to nerve degeneration, senile dementia, high blood cholesterol, and liver cancer – possibly by affecting cell signaling or by generating free radicals and DNA alterations.

Nervous system disorders: Uptake of circulating choline into the brain decreases with age. Choline is important for nerve structure and function; and this change may contribute to the type of dementia in which cholinergic nerves are lost.

Sources: Good sources of choline in the form of lecithin include eggs, organ meats, lean meat, brewer’s yeast, legumes such as soybeans, grains, and nuts. It is found in green leafy vegetables as free choline.

I was taking lecithin a while back but I didn’t find any difference or improvement. Looks like I’ll be adding it again.

January 7, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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