Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 10, 2007

When I discovered vitamin and mineral deficiencies for the very first time, I have always said that there was a problem with the myelin sheaths based on how I felt with these weird feelings in my head and with the hydro transmission towers. Of course everyone thought I was crazy but I knew I had a problem…I just didn’t understand how or why?

Came across this today which is only a “hypothesis” but it makes perfect sense to me. It really makes me wonder where I would be now if I didn’t take the bull by the horns to figure out my health issues myself.

Accumulated copper and low vitamin B2 can exacerbate low uric acid levels, which in turn is hypothesized to lead to myelin degeneration seen in Multiple Sclerosis.

Low uric acid levels may be associated with a molybdenum deficiency, copper toxicity, and a worsening of multiple sclerosis.

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August 12, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

Entry for July 11, 2007

Woke up with the vibration again…

So I wanted to try something different today. I’ll take half of my usual dosage of magnesium and keep everything else the same. (Molybdenum and zinc)

Around mid morning I start to get my cold hands so I take the other half of the magnesium and I figure I still need the higher dosage. I wait about 30 minutes and nothing. It had no effect whatsoever so I try the homeopathic magnesium and nothing. I’ll try the homeopathic iron…nothing. I had the bone meal with me at work so I tried that. Nothing.

Everything that normally works has failed.

The only difference is I stopped taking manganese yesterday and so I don’t have any on me today. By now it’s lunchtime and my hands are still cold. I figure it can only be manganese and I have some at home so I just need to wait until I get home. Because it’s lunchtime, I look up what foods are high in manganese and pineapple has the highest concentration so I pick some for lunch.

About 20 minutes after eating the pineapple my hands are normal again. Was it the manganese? I’ll need to look closer at this…

Dr. Google?

July 11, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 02, 2007

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Woke up this morning and I seemed to notice that my nose was clearer than usual. Was it the Molybdenum? I’m not sure what the difference was but it was definitely a difference. I’ll see if it happens again tomorrow. I had no vibration last night and it would stop and start in the morning. Very weird… High copper can cause a deficiency in molybdenum so I’m glad I found it.

“Since high levels of copper in the body or diet may result in molybdenum insufficiency and cause low uric acid levels, reducing copper toxicity can result in normalizing uric acid and molybdenum levels…”

Later in the day, I had another interesting clue. My hands went cold right after I took some iron which is weird because I know I’m low in iron and usually it helps the problem. So I decide to take a look at the mineral relationships again.

If a mineral has an arrow pointing to another mineral, it means a deficiency of that mineral or interference with its metabolism may be caused by excesses of the mineral from whence the arrow originates.

The interesting thing about this is from the chart, iron is the only one with one arrow and it points towards Phosphorus. Now from everything that I’ve read, phosphorus is in almost everything so it’s very hard to have a deficiency.

Another interesting fact? Magnesium and zinc which I’ve been taking for months now, both have a relationship with phosphorus and can effect the ratio. So was it low to begin with? A copper imbalance can have an effect too. So what are the symptoms of a phosphorus deficiency?

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

Entry for June 30, 2007

Today I venture out to Newmarket to a great health food store to see if I can find molybdenum. After looking around the entire store without much luck, I ask for help. I don’t know how to pronounce it so I hand her a piece of paper with it written down. She come back minutes later with molybdenum. I was so impressed! I love this store. The dosage is 150 mcr so it’s a little higher than the recommended dosage but not by much. I’ll give it a try.

Molybdenum is a trace mineral not yet well known to the public. Its presence in the system in sufficient concentrations can make a dramatic difference in the health of individuals coping with candida infection, multiple chemical sensitivities or certain types of food or chemically induced migraine headache, as well as the adverse effects of alcohol over consumption.

Molybdenum is required by the body to manufacture several important enzymes, (aldehyde-dehydrogenase and aldehyde-oxidase) which allow the liver to neutralize a powerful and otherwise relatively inert neurotoxin, acetaldehyde as well as the enzymes required to break down sulfite and xanthine. Acetaldehyde is a toxin produced as a metabolic waste material of yeast and fungal organisms that accumulates in unhealthy intestinal environments, circulating blood, liver and other tissues and organs of individuals with candida albicans overgrowth.

The number of people suffering with multiple chemical sensitivities is growing yearly. These individual’s inability to cope in a chemically contaminated environment can be nightmarish. The class of aromatic petroleum derived chemicals which these persons are especially sensitive to are the aldehydes. The chief toxic metabolite of alcohol is also and aldehyde (acetaldehyde). When the liver’s ability to effectively cope with this poison is restored, the cumulative damage which has resulted from its presence in our tissues can begin to be healed.

“Within days of taking 100 mcg of molybdenum three times a day, I could feel the poisons from candida garbage transforming themselves into heat and energy.”

That’s what I’m hoping for so let’s see what happens…

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

Entry for June 29, 2007

One man’s experience on fighting candida with Molybdenum. It’s such an interesting and unusual story, I might try it for myself…if I can find it. I’m familiar with the mineral but I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in a health food store.

Molybdenum

At least a decade’s worth of personal experimentation had led me to find answers to my own poor health involving chronic fatigue, extreme muscular weakness, generalized pain, insomnia, and other disgusting things. The causes had been variously diagnosed as mononucleosis or Epstein-Barr virus, poor health caused by lack of exercise, lupus, psychosomatic illness, depression, slow pertussis infection, post polio syndrome, faulty brain chemistry, and Candida albicans infection.

The chief player in resolving my problems was an essential trace mineral, molybdenum. With molybdenum, it was possible to transform poisons into energy.

In trying to “kill” a massive Candida colonialization in my GI track, my mouth, and toenails, I made discoveries. The antibiotic Nystatin had made all of my symptoms worse. First, it must have been responsible for attacking and killing vast numbers of the fungal yeast, candida; and as Orian Truss, The Missing Diagnosis, and William Crook, The Yeast Connection, had said, large doses of antibiotics can make an “unpleasant condition” worse. Their hypothesis was that the yeast “byproducts” from the kill-off were responsible for chronic pain becoming acute pain.

Neither Truss nor Crook were aware of how the garbage from yeast actually affected the body or the brain. They only knew that sites remote from the infection were affected: the brain, the central nervous system, the joints, the muscles.

In experiencing the effects of the “kill-off,” I began to have definite feelings that killing the yeast was wrong. That is how we as a culture respond to anything we don’t understand. Ethically speaking, we consider strangers enemies. We go to war with anything that is different. War itself on a political level causes untold human suffering, and the aftermath may be the worst of all. The emotional and economic garbage of war persists for centuries. The debts of the American Civil War are still unpaid. If we learn to cooperate with the strangers on our borders, we would have a different world. If we learned how to treat microbes strange to the human body as guests of the body, we might just discover health.

Molybdenum is one way of cleaning up the garbage of our antibiotic wars. Candida albicans is a normal inhabitant of our gastrointestinal tract. It is supposed to be there. And if Dr. Bruce McFarland is correct, it causes no problem when it is fed well and treated well. When does it cause a problem?

Half of the problem is created by modern medical wonder drugs: the birth control pill which alters the hormone system and subsequently the immune system, antibiotics, steroids, and other chemotherapies which are synthetic ways of altering the function of the body’s systems, wiping out the ecosystem in the stomach and gut, and setting up a scenario for trouble. As friendly E. coli, E. faecium, L. acidophilus bacteria are killed by the use of prescription drugs right along with the alien microbes, candida fungal yeasts begin to flourish and dominate, growing to such numbers that they may outnumber every cell in the human body.

Two basic events take place. Our friendly bacteria no longer aid digestion by converting food into enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that the body can use; so killing sets us up for subclinical and clinical malnutrition syndromes.

The other half of the problem is industrialized, overly processed, heat processed or chemically processed foods. Candida and herpes zoster, for two, are junk food junkies thriving on sugar, processed vegetable oils, and hydrogenated fats. None of these refined foods are found in nature. So how does the body respond to hydrogenated fats? One result is that candida digests a part of them into pseudo bile. Pseudo bile tells your appetite center that the fat is taken care of, and you need more. So you develop cravings for more junk as undigested fat collects in the body. Undigested fat collects in the arteries too, and you get artery and heart problems. Another problem of incomplete digestion results in food substances going into the blood that shouldn’t be there. Methionine becomes homocysteine rather than glutamine and taurine. We are not allergic to foods; we are allergic to incompletely digested foods.

Candida also converts sugars into ethanol. As a common ingredient in prescription and over-the-counter medications, it is not bad in itself. It functions as a free radical scavenger and antiseptic. It provides a janitorial function for the body. But too much unused alcohol converts into acetaldehyde. If you have adequate amounts of glutamine, selenium, niacin, folic acid, B6, B12, iron, and molybdenum, aldehydes continue to be metabolized into acetic acid, which can be excreted, or converted further into acetyl coenzyme A. If these nutrients are in poor supply, aldehydes begin collecting in the body’s tissues.

So when candida is fully nourished or we are, candida furnishes the body with a necessary part of the Krebs energy cycle necessary for the health and maintenance of all cells. When our digestion is unbalanced, we incompletely convert sugars into poisons and they stay poisons in our human systems. When our digestion is balanced, or we give it what it needs in terms of supplements, a potential poison is transformed into a source of energy: aldehyde poison becomes acetyl coenzyme A.

Why should we love our enemies? Because our enemies are ourselves. The enemy candida, and it is an enemy in Drs. Truss’s and Crook’s eyes, and in the eyes of most of the medical profession, is our friend or becomes our friend when we treat it right. If we attack it with antibiotics, the rest of our friendly microbes will be unable to feed it the B vitamins, amino acids, and minerals it needs to metabolize its poisons into nourishment for our bodies. When we attack our microbes, we kill ourselves.

Within days of taking 100 mcg of molybdenum three times a day, I could feel the poisons from candida garbage transforming themselves into heat and energy. Where I had experienced pain in my neck and shoulders, I felt warmth. A stiff back that felt like a wall of steel was transformed into copious sweat. My muscles relaxed and were pain free. At the same time, the person I was who found it difficult to get out of bed, became someone who needed 4 to 8 hours of sleep rather than 10 or 12. Where I had been confined within a prison of fatigue, the fatigue was translated into an open expanse of energy and possibility. An intellectual fog that had filled my head for years scattered itself the first day I took molybdenum. I had lived with an intellectual hangover for so long, I had no idea what it was like to experience full mental clarity.

In reading histories of placebo treatments, it became obvious to me that “scientific” studies attempted to avoid the placebo effect that, on average, reported a 30.6% rate of effectiveness, slightly greater effectiveness than with the “real thing” prescription medication it would be paired against. Typical of some studies was the bemoaning of the fact that placebo effects were not maximized. That is, health professionals who had the best interests of the patients in mind wanted to use positive suggestion in addition to the medication. However, few if any of such professionals, had the courage to do it. Why? It was unscientific. Wouldn’t it be terrible if people got better because of attitude change?

In other readings, it became apparent that lactose, sugar, or olive oil were commonly used as placebos. In view of my modest knowledge of biochemistry, this seemed outrageous to me. Lactose, sugar, and olive oil are all bioactive substances. Lactose, for one, is so little regarded as a nutrient, that it is the most common binder in prescription medicatio
n. Yet the Food Pharmacy made clear that plain old sugar acts as nature’s tranquilizer.

Dr. Richard Murray has pointed out that lactose contains the two essential building blocks, glucose and galactose, of the central nervous system and brain. The body converts adequate supplies of glucose into N-acetyl glucosamine, essential for all tissue building and repair. Olive oil is known to favorably affect good cholesterol, and good cholesterol is the nutrient precursor for our hormones and essential for the digestion of fats. It seemed no wonder to me that placebo effects could be accounted for not on the basis of expectation alone, but on a biochemical level.

To me, this meant that most double or single blind experiments were triple blind. Nutrients like vitamin B12 and folic acid are so little regarded that they have been used as placebos in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

The greatest irony of all was not that placebos may have worked better than the prescription medication, but that the prescription medication may have done some of its good because of the binder hiding inside of it. All of this led me away from the mechanistic attitudes that were behind “scientific credibility.”

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

Entry for June 29, 2007

Molybdenum & Zinc for fighting yeast!

Candida Albicans is a common fungus and a normal inhabitant of the human intestine. Under certain conditions, it overgrows and releases toxic substances including alcohol and acetaldehyde. The actual name for the condition is chronic muco-cutaneous yeast infection. It is common in all age groups, thanks to the overuse of antibiotics, use of birth control pills and steroid drugs, diets high in sugar or carbohydrates, weak immune systems, copper imbalance, weak adrenals and improper bowel flora.

Symptoms range from fatigue and depression to headaches, bloating, gas, skin problems, tightness in the shoulders, itching and joint pain. The condition can be life-threatening in immune-compromised individuals.

Some practitioners blame everything on yeast problems, which is not the case in my experience. However, in listening to and working with several thousand patients, it becomes clear that chronic yeast overgrowth is more common than we suspect. It is present even among people who are not the usual candidates.

Several books including The Yeast Syndrome and The Yeast Connection discuss dietary and medical means to identify and control chronic yeast infection. They contain excellent information, but often focus more on symptoms than on causes. Many people try the diet and medication for candidiasis and feel somewhat better, but never fully recover. If they stop the program, the symptoms return. Fortunately, new insights from trace mineral research can help identify and correct deeper causes.

Molybdenum

Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral for human and animal nutrition. Molybdenum (symbol Mo) is a transition metal that is found in the earth’s soil. The amount of molybdenum in plant foods vary significantly and is dependent upon the mineral content of the soil. The best sources of this mineral are beans, dark green leafy vegetables, and grains. Molybdenum is also found in several tissues of the human body and is involved in several enzyme systems.

In humans, the active biological form of molybdenum is known as the Molybdenum cofactor “Moco”. Moco is a cofactor in four human enzymes: xanthine dehydrogenase, xanthine oxidase, sulfite oxidase, and aldehyde oxidase. Due to its role in these enzyme systems, Molybdenum is essential and has been implicated in several health issues.

Molybdenum deficient diets fed to animals has resulted in slowed weight gain, decreased food consumption, impaired reproduction, and a shortened life expectancy.

Sulfites, which are used as a food additive, are a common substance to which individuals can become sensitized and develop allergies. Sulfite is also toxic to the nervous system. Since Molybdenum is necessary for sulfite oxidase, an enzyme which helps the body deal with these substances. It has been suggested that molybdenum may help promote healthy airways.*

In addition, yeasts in the body produce a by-product called acetaldehyde, a toxic substance resulting in several health consequences. In fact, acetaldehyde is the compound that produces the symptoms in an alcohol “hang-over.” Molybdenum plays a role as a cofactor in helping break down acetaldehyde to a form that actually provides the body with energy.* Molybdenum plays a large role in the detoxification pathway for acetaldehyde in the human body.

Molybdenum has also been implicated in helping to promote healthy and normal cellular replication.* Due to molybdenum’s role in aldehyde oxidase, it may play a role in the detoxification of some carcinogenic xenobiotics.* A xenobiotic is a totally synthetic product not naturally occurring in nature (i.e. a man-made chemical). Molybdenum is also involved in cofactors that are required for enzyme activity by some of the good bacteria of the large intestine. Some of these molybdenum dependent enzymes may, again, be involved in detoxifying carcinogenic xenobiotics.

Molybdenum also plays a role in purine metabolism. It is needed to convert purine to uric acid. As such, excessive intake of Molybdenum could, in rare cases, increase uric acid levels and potentially trigger gout.

Molybdenum is an antagonist to copper. Therefore, it has also been helpful in those struggling with excessive copper in the body. Molybdenum also has a relationship to iron, playing a role in enzyme dependent processes involving this mineral.

Zinc

Zinc has been demonstrated to normalize the body’s response to swelling, heat, and tenderness associated with joints. It is also involved in the proper functioning of multiple enzymes in the body required to maintain normal health. Further, zinc is required for the production of nucleic acids RNA and DNA, the basic building blocks of the body.

Zinc plays a role in the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It is also involved in the process of gluconeogenesis, the formation of glucose from noncarbohydrates, such as protein and fat.

Zinc is involved in many chemical reactions in the brain. It is essential in the development and continuous normal functioning of the central nervous system. There are many metalloenzymes and binding proteins in the body that require zinc for normal functioning.

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

Entry for June 29, 2007

Spent the last couple of days doing research on minerals and candida. I came across an interesting article that suggested taking Molybdenum.

The Candida/Aldehyde detox pathway and the Molybdenum Connection
written by Janice Weiss

As it relates to Candida, those of you who have read the work of Dr. Orion Truss, or who have seen quotes by others from his work, will already have been alerted to his assertion that much of the harm done by Candida results from its waste product, acetaldehyde, which in turn can affect the metabolic, neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Further, that few chemicals can create so much havoc in the body as acetaldehyde can. It may interfere with the receptors for acetylcholine which is supposedly the major neurotransmitter in the corpus callosum.

Formaldehyde, obviously then, is related to acetaldehyde in the aldehyde chain of chemicals.

Dr. Stephen Rochlitz worked with cross-crawl brain integration exercises with dyslexic patients with formaldehyde taped to these patients right brain hemisphere, and sometimes the left.

Acetaldehyde is a fungal waste product.

Dr. Stephen Cooter, in his book “Beating Chronic Disease”, states that “Candida is responsible for flooding the system with an accumulation of toxic acetaldehydes. Acetaldehydes are known to poison tissues — accumulating in the brain, spinal cord, joints, muscles and tissues.”

Dr. Cooter then goes on to describe how he learned from a chiropractor, Dr. Carol Cooper that molybdenum — a mineral — not a medication, but a nutrient, had a blanket reputation for breaking down yeast by-products into forms that the body could excrete. Coincidentally, Dr. Cooter read the monogram by Dr. Walter Schmitt “Molybdenum for Candida Albicans Patients and Other Problems” through Dr. Cooper.

“Molybdenum is chemically responsible for breaking down acetaldehyde into acetic acid. Acetaldehyde cannot be excreted from the body; it accumulates. Acetic acid can be, though, and the body naturally removes it or changes it into acetyl coenzyme A, a major player in the body’s energy system…. Acetaldhyde accumulations in tissue are responsible for weakness in muscles, irritation, and PAIN.”

Directly quoted from Dr. Walter Schmitt:

“Chemical aldehydess are best known as fragrances…. Ethanol, or drinking alcohol, is also precessed to acetaldehyde. …the body has an enzyme which breaks down the aldehydes to less toxic substances. This enzyme is aldehyde oxidase, or sometimes, aldehyde dehydrogenase. Aldehydes encountered dietarily or environmentally or produced in the body must be handled by aldehyde oxidase metabolic pathways.

Acetaldehyde is a paraticularly toxic substance which, in addition to being produced by threonine and ethanol, is a product of the metabolism (i.e. fermentation) of carbohydrate in yeast — hence the Candida connection. Acetaldehyde is thought to be the major source of tissue damage in alcoholics rather than ethanol itself. The conversion of acetaldehyde into acetic acid” for this reaction to occur, threonine to acetaldehyde to acetic acid to acetyl coenzyme A, NAD (niacine amide) is required, and aldehyde oxidase is dependent of riboflavin, iron, and molybdenum. These forgoing nutrients could be helpful to Candida albicans patients, and others who are sensitive to various fragrances and airborne odors. Those patients with aldehyde sensitivity are incredibly sensitive to any type of fragrance.

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

   

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