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Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 03, 2007

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Here’s another great article on health… Here’s a guy who drinks milk at every meal and yet he has osteoporosis. It really annoys me when I hear about calcium and osteoporosis. There are so many other different factors involved. I’ve love to know about this guy’s diet.

It makes me wonder if osteoporosis is concidered a woman’s disease because they actually look for it. How many older men have lower back pain and never see a doctor?

The interesting thing about this article is his only symptom was “lower back pain” which is something I’ve had for a while now and it doesn’t seem to go away. I’ve always figured it was related to a deficiency but it still exists. Knowing what I know now about my levels of magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin K and possibly boron, is it possible that I have osteoporosis? I sure have deficiencies in the bone building minerals but good luck trying to find a doctor to test a 36 yr old for osteoporosis!

Bone disease threatens men

Athlete Bill Munro was astounded, and lucky, to find out osteoporosis had turned his bones into `Swiss cheese’

Jul 31, 2007 04:30 AM
Simona Siad
Living Reporter

A crippling “women’s disease” is stalking unwitting men.

Bill Munro was one of them. A decade ago, at the age of 50, the avid marathon runner became worried when he felt pain in his lower back. His concern was prompted by his next-door neighbour, a former Olympic rower, whose back pain was a symptom of leukemia.

Munro immediately went to a clinic, to get himself checked out. And what the doctor told him surprised him.

“They did X-rays, and they realized my bones were really like Swiss cheese” says Munro, who lives in Toronto. I had osteoporosis.”

“It shocked me a little bit because males typically don’t have osteoporosis.”

Nicknamed the “silent thief” because there are rarely symptoms, osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to increased bone fragility and risk of fracture, particularly of the hip, spine and wrist.

For years osteoporosis was assumed to be no threat to men because of their larger bone structure and stable hormones, unaffected by menopause.

“Most men are really surprised when they get osteoporosis” says Dr. Robert Josse, director of the osteoporosis clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.

“They say, `I thought that was a women’s condition. I didn’t realize that I could have thin bones’ he says, adding that until recently, virtually all research has been focused on women.

According to Osteoporosis Canada, at least one in eight Canadian men over age 50 has osteoporosis. An estimated 1.4 million Canadians, both men and women, are believed to have the disease.

“You don’t feel any different, but your bones are gradually becoming more thin and weak. Usually the first indicator can be when you have a fracture – when you break a bone – and that’s when you follow up” says Kelly Mills, director of communications and education at Osteoporosis Canada

If osteoporosis exists and is not treated, the sufferer may continue to break bones, causing pain, disfigurement, loss of height, loss of mobility and loss of independence.

“With osteoporosis there are no symptoms, there’s no pain necessarily … so you don’t know, and you can have a catastrophe just picking up something heavy” says Munro.

“And you can be seriously, seriously debilitated” he adds.

Hip fractures, for men, are the most serious osteoporosis-related injuries, Mills notes.

Osteoporosis Canada reports that 10,038 hip fractures were treated in Ontario in 2000. By the year 2041, the number is expected to triple if there are no interventions. The cost of caring for a hip fracture patient for one year in Ontario was recently estimated to be $26,527.

Seventy per cent of hip fractures are osteoporosis-related. Hip fractures result in death in up to 20 per cent of cases, and permanent disability in 50 per cent of those who survive.

Munro, meanwhile, describes himself as one of those guys who did everything “right” He ran three to four times a week, he lifted weights.

“It surprised me because I always drank milk in every meal. I was exercising, doing strength training” he says.

His doctors, after discovering he suffered from osteoporosis, told Munro to lift no more than 20 to 30 pounds at a time to avoid the risk of fracture, that he must take a variety of vitamins and supplements to fortify his bones, and to switch his rigorous athletic endeavours to something more low-impact.

“My wife and I really had to think, `Would we keep the big house? Would we keep doing all the gardening?” he says.

So they sold their house, moved into a condo and began a new way of life.

“I live normally but I’m very careful. I don’t ski any more. I don’t lift the motor off the boat. I am very aware that if I crack something, I may not get back to normal” says Munro.

Men who have osteoporosis tend to lose height as a result of spinal compression fractures.

“Your pants start to drag on the ground” says Munro, whose mother and two sisters also have osteoporosis. “I’ve shrunk about an inch and a half.”

And, despite its negative effects on his body, Munro says he’s glad at least to be aware he has osteoporosis.

“It’s really important that you talk to your physician” says Mills, who encourages men turning 50 to discuss the risk factors with their doctors.

“There are some people who are more at risk than others. So you can find out if you have it before you break a bone” she says.

Munro, 60, says he takes plenty of vitamins and a new drug called Forteo, a bone-building hormone. He now competes in triathlons – he trains with lighter, shorter runs – and has his sights on a race at the end of the summer.

But Munro takes osteoporosis seriously and recalls another man’s painful experience.

“I met one fellow who was, at the time, about 60 years old and had just retired. About a month after his retirement, he bent over to pick something up” he says.

“From that day he has never stood straight again, because of the fracture. Bones can be so brittle and fragile, just lifting something too heavy can crack the vertebra” he says.

“It completely changed his life” Munro says of osteoporosis. “And he never knew he had it.”

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August 2, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 05, 2007

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What Have They Done To Milk?
Andy Rooney Wonders What They Have Done To Dairy
The milk we get from cows has always had a special standing among the foods we eat. Mothers are always saying to kids, “Drink your milk.” So what in the world have they done to this simple and basic food? I’ll bet a calf wouldn’t drink most of the stuff called milk now sold in cartons. You can’t tell some of it from Diet Coke. The companies that sell milk are upset because people are drinking less milk then they used to and they don’t know why. Has it ever occurred to them that people aren’t drinking it because milk isn’t as good as it used to be?
Rooney picked up some cartons at the milk section of a grocery store: Lowfat Milk, Fat Free Milk, 2 Percent Reduced Fat Milk, Skim Milk. Before milk was homogenized – that’s mixing the cream in with the milk – cream came to the top of your milk bottle. If they took the cream off the top, they skimmed it off. What this ought to be called is not “Skim Milk” but “Skimmed Milk.”
Saturated fats are bad for our arteries. We all know that, but do you know how much fat milk has in it as it comes from a cow? About 3.2 percent. So 2 percent is no big reduction. I like half and half on my shredded wheat but when I say “half and half” I mean half milk and half cream. I bought some half and half the other day and I didn’t like the taste so I looked at the label to see what it was half of and what the other half was.
Listen to these ingredients: “Nonfat milk, milk, corn syrup solids, artificial color, sugar, dipotassium phosphate, sodium citrate mono, and diglycerides, carrageenan, natural and artificial flavors, vitamin A palmitate”. This is half and half? It’s not half of anything I want and it has nothing to do with something as good as milk.
Three and a half percent is what they call Whole Milk. Why don’t they just call it milk? Some of this other stuff tastes more like whole water. They all like to use the words “farm” or “dairy” on their cartons. One came from Farmland Dairies in Wallington, N.J. We went to Wallington looking for a dairy farm. The address was 520 Main Avenue. At the “farm,” there was no cow in sight.
My suggestion, if they want to sell more milk, is that they go back to selling what comes out of a cow.
By Andy Rooney © MMV, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

July 6, 2007 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for August 20, 2006

Here’s an interesting article on the effects of magnesium in the cases of Epilepsy in children. It also talks about how magnesium is found in the spinal fluid and has an effect on balancing the stimulant effect of body hormones on the thyroid and adrenals. Another section talks about how milk depletes magnesium. Both of which have been interesting discoveries of mine in the past month.

EPILEPSY

Wayne was only four years old, but he had been suffering epileptic seizures for 3 1/2 years. Though the seizures were particularly severe during stress periods, he was never completely free of them. Anticonvulsant drugs were used, but none was successful. The boy’s parents were resigned to the probability that he would have a life plagued with severe epilepsy.

At that time Dr. Lewis B. Barnett, head of the Hereford Clinic and Deaf Smith Research Foundation in Hereford, Texas, began a series of experiments. The boy became a subject. He was given, in addition to a normal diet, 450 mg. of magnesium gluconate and a thyroid extract. Within two weeks all signs of epilepsy vanished, and within the past three years there have been no signs of the illness.

Is It Magnesium Deficiency?

In 28 more cases, the same story has been repeated. Children of all ages, stricken with epilepsy failed to respond or responded only slightly to modern drugs and therapy. Placed on high oral doses of magnesium, they experienced stunning improvement.

Barnett did not start out to investigate a relationship between magnesium and epilepsy. He says, “My original work was directed toward the role of magnesium in bone apatite, and while investigating that field, it became obvious that magnesium might play a vital role in the physiology of the central nervous system.” He studied the relatively few reports in medical literature concerned with the mineral, and found one by Martin, Meke, and Wertman. These researchers reported that in a state of epilepsy there is a deficiency of magnesium in the blood.

Children who definitely suffered from epilepsy were used in the Hereford study. First, their blood magnesium levels were established. In all cases, the levels were below normal, supporting the findings of Martin, Meke, and Wertman. Next Barnett decided to correct the deficiency by giving oral magnesium preparations. “It was hoped that the magnesium supplement would control the seizures,” he told us in an interview.

Within a matter of weeks the blood magnesium level returned to normal, and in every case, except one there was definite clinical improvement.

“After reviewing most of the literature,” Mr. Barnett says, “not very extensive according to references, it became obvious to me that very little work had been done in this most important and extremely active mineral–especially in its relation to the physiology of the central nervous system.”

In his experiments, Barnett used magnesium gluconate, a form of magnesium which is easily absorbed by the system. ‘Taken orally in this form, magnesium is harmless in almost any quantity,” he reports. “The worst that can occur is that some individuals will become drowsy.”

This tendency toward causing drowsiness is one of the key properties of the mineral.

Spine Concentrates Magnesium

It has been known for many years that magnesium is an analgesic. It is found both in the blood and in the spinal fluid, and is the only electrolyte found in higher concentration in the spinal fluid than in the blood. This is an important fact for two reasons:

First, testing for a deficiency of magnesium in the spinal fluid is easily done by taking a blood test and deciding what the magnesium level in the blood is. Scientists have found that the lower the blood level, the lower the spinal fluid level.

Second, the reason for the high magnesium content in the spinal fluid is that the mineral is necessary for balancing the stimulant effect of body hormones. The purpose of thyroid, gonadal, adrenal and other hormones is to charge up or excite the body. Magnesium and some other substances tend to slow down and relax the system, thus regulating the hormones and achieving a happy medium.

When magnesium deficiencies occur–and there are a number of reasons why this can happen–there is no regulation. Among the dangerous results of this state listed in medical literature are heart damage, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, and epilepsy. Another is hyperirritability. “A great many people have a magnesium deficiency manifesting itself in hyperirritability,” Barnett said. These people may often have a metabolic rate 125 percent higher than normal, he says.

Their bodies and minds are greatly overactive, and they are constantly irritated. This is undoubtedly a partial explanation for the high rate of juvenile delinquency, divorce, and emotional instability rampant in modem society. 

Pituitary Gland Important

A magnesium deficiency, according to Barnett, is a prime cause of the three million clinical and 10 to 15 million subclinical epilepsy cases now in this country. Deficiency may occur not from a lack of magnesium in the diet but because of malfunctioning of the pituitary gland. As far back as 1952, researchers observed that people suffering a magnesium deficiency had reactions similar to those in people who had had the Pituitary gland removed. The reason for this is not hard to understand.

The pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, is believed, to regulate the functions of all the other glands of the body. It is the gland through which magnesium works as a prime component of pituitary secretions to regulate the functioning of the other glands. If magnesium is not available or the pituitary is not functioning properly, the body will suffer symptoms of a magnesium deficiency or a pituitary malfunction, depending on how you look at it. (It must also be pointed out that fluoride bonds with magnesium in the blood, into the insoluble magnesium fluoride. This means that the magnesium cannot be assimilated by the pituitary, with the consequent failure of the pituitary to function properly that leads to the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.)  

Milk Depletes Magnesium

The first step in treating the symptoms of magnesium depletion, especially among children, is to eliminate milk from the diet, according to Dr. Barnett. He reports that nine out of ten childhood epileptics drink milk. Calciferol (synthetic vitamin D), Re fluorine, tends to bind the magnesium, be says. Milk is loaded with this substance and therefore enhances the problem. The synthetic form of the vitamin is 10 times more active than the natural form–which means it is 10 times more potent in binding magnesium. For this reason the natural vitamin, as found in fish liver oils, will not cause magnesium depletion, but milk can and does.

The second step, though new to medicine, is “old hat’ to ranchers. Green grass tetany, the cattle equivalent of human hyperirritability, costs ranchers about a half billion dollars a year. This problem can be effectively treated only by adding magnesium to the animal’s diet, but this must be done before the disease reaches serious proportions.

According to Barnett, this same therapy is often effective in humans. He considers dolomitic limestone an excellent form of the mineral.

Although compared to the early days of Barnett’s research there have recently been many studies done on magnesium, its relation to epilepsy treatment has been largely ignored. Barnett hopes that now his studies will lead to other clinical experiments, and that eventually doctors will be able to control many cases of epilepsy without using depressant drugs. “By balancing their physiological state, with special emphasis on intracellular chemistry, an easier and finer control of these unfortunate individuals may be possible,” he said.

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Entry for August 16, 2006

Tip of the day:

“Keep in mind that at room temperature the number of bacteria in milk DOUBLE around every 20 minutes.”

And here are some quotes I’ve found regarding cow’s milk:

“It’s not natural for humans to drink cow’s milk. Humans milk is for humans. Cow’s milk is for calves. You have no more need of cow’s milk than you do rats milk, horses milk or elephant’s milk. Cow’s milk is a high fat fluid exquisitely designed to turn a 65 lb baby calf into a 400 lb cow. That’s what cow’s milk is for!” –Dr Michael Klaper MD
 
“I no longer recommend dairy products after the age of 2 years. Other calcium sources offer many advantages that dairy products do not have.” –Dr. Benjamin Spock

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Entry for August 10, 2006

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I can never understand the standarization for nutritional facts on food. Some packages have a lot of information, some contain very little. Some contain the standard information, but leave out some important ones.

I’ll use the small 500 ml Dairyland 2% Milk as an example from Shoppers Drug Mart.

On the package it reads like this:

Vitamin A————–10%
Vitamin C—————0%
Calcium—————–80%
Iron———————0%
Vitamin D—————45%

On their web site…is a completely different story:

Q: What other nutrients are in Dairyland milk?

A: In addition to calcium and vitamin D, each glass of Dairyland milk provides vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin A, niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium. This is what we call real food!

Q: Are phosphorus and magnesium important minerals for good health?

A: Milk and milk products contain several vitamins and minerals that are important for maintaining good health. Phosphorus is required for making energy in our cells and for strengthening our bones. Magnesium is also involved in making energy for our cells, but additionally, it is important for controlling calcium blood levels and muscle contractions. 250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 22% of our daily requirement of phosphorus and 14% of our daily requirements for magnesium.

Q: Why do I need Potassium?

A: Potassium is required for muscle activity and contractions. It is also involved in our maintaining our body\’s fluid balance. If we don\’t have enough potassium our blood pressure can rise. Dairyland milk and Dairyland yogurts are good sources of this important nutrient.

Q: Why do I need Riboflavin?

A: Riboflavin is required by our bodies for producing energy in our cells and keeping tissues like our skin, eyes, and nervous system healthy. Like calcium, riboflavin is difficult to get in large quantities in our foods. Dairyland milk and milk products are important sources of riboflavin in our diet. 250ml of 2% milk contains 25% of our daily requirements for riboflavin.

Q: Why do I need Zinc?

A: One glass of Dairyland milk provides about 11% of our recommended daily intake of zinc. Zinc helps our bodies build protein and it is involved in the immune response.

For some reason, the “powers that be” feel it’s more important to display ZERO PERCENT for vitamin C and Iron. But fails to tell the consumer that it also contains some very important vitamins and minerals:

250ml of Dairyland 2% milk contains 25% of our daily requirements for riboflavin.
250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 22% of our daily requirement of phosphorus.
250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 14% of our daily requirements for magnesium.
250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 11% of our daily requirements for zinc.

And although they mention that vitamin B6, B12, B3 (Niacin) and potassium are added, they don’t say how much.

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Entry for July 31, 2006

I stopped drinking milk on a regular basis when I read it was linked to Allergies. Before that, I used to drink milk all of the time. So then I switched to apple and fruit juices thinking it was healthier. I never really noticed any difference to my allergies after i quit drinking milk but I never went back. Actually, without even knowing it, I was making things worse.

Riboflavin

Fortifying cereals and flours with riboflavin began during World War II, when meats and dairy products, among the best sources of the nutrient, were rationed. But folks who choose to limit their dairy and meat consumption may still be at risk for deficiency. “We’ve done a study that shows there is a correlation between low milk intake and riboflavin deficiency, particularly among African-American youths,” says Dr. Cooperman.

Intestinal bacteria produce varying amounts of riboflavin; this poses some questions regarding different people’s needs for B2 and may minimize the degree of riboflavin deficiency, even with diets low in riboflavin intake. Though there are many deficiency symptoms possible with low levels of B2 in the body, no specific serious deficiency disease is noted for riboflavin, as there is for vitamins B1 and B3 (niacin). Riboflavin-5-phosphate, a form of riboflavin, may be more readily assimilated by some people.

July 31, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 19, 2006

I’ve managed to look up every kind of vitamin/mineral deficiency known to man and I have a new theory. The one symptom I’ve had for years is my chapped lips and there happens to be a link with a Riboflavin Deficiency.

I’ve come across this theory before of course but I’ve been taking B complex now for months with no results. I think I’ve been looking too hard for the answer…

A vibration is a symptom of Riboflavin Deficiency. But I’ve been taking B complex for months without any improvement?

The symptoms of riboflavin deficiency include:

Swelling and fissuring of the lips (cheilosis)

Red, itchy eyes that are sensitive to light

The nervous symptoms of riboflavin deficiency include:

Decreased sensitivity to touch, temperature, and vibration

Riboflavin is required for the processing of dietary fats, carbohydrates, and proteins to convert these nutrients to energy. When riboflavin deficiency is actually detected, it is often associated with low consumption of milk, chronic alcoholism, or chronic diarrhea.

I stopped drinking milk when the Naturopath said it wasn’t good for me and I stopped eating beef when I read about the hormone injections. Two foods that contain riboflavin.

Have I become my own worst enemy trying to improve my diet?

I’ve always had dry itchy eyes and I thought it was from lack of sleep or my allergies. Since I started taking vitamin A, my eyes have improved so much but they still water up and are still tired and itchy. I think it’s a Riboflavin Deficiency. The only problem with that is there is nothing that mentions the weird pinching nerve sensation in my head.

Let’s try an experiment. I look up the foods that have the highest amount of Riboflavin… Calf’s LIVER!

July 20, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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