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Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for April 24, 2008

 

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Chart: High dosage of Zinc (Zn) can lower Sulfur (S).

Another supplement and another home run. I starting taking MSM yesterday and I notice a big improvement with my candida. I looked up the mineral relationships chart and the answer hit me like a ton of bricks. The obvious answer is Zinc (Zn). From February 2007 until August 2007 I took high dosages of zinc and went too far and pushed my copper level too low. I think the high intake of zinc also lowered the level of sulfur (S) and based on the interrelationships, high zinc could’ve also lowered my potassium and iron.

I’m just glad I found another deficiency except this one may have been caused by me…

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

Entry for April 22, 2008

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been busy at work and busy at home so I’ve just been taking calcium/magnesium everyday and hoping for the best. I’ve felt really good of late with none of the weird symptoms.

Every once and a while I’ll do a bit of research and get something in my head that sounds like a good idea. Today I found an article that talked about taking sulfur (MSM) for allergies.

SULFUR AND ALLERGIES

Over 40 million people are affected by allergies with reactions ranging from somewhat bothersome to potentially fatal. An allergic response occurs when the body’s immune system reacts to otherwise harmless substances we call allergens. Your body produces antibodies to fight the allergens. Once our immune system decides that a particular type of pollen, for example, is a hostile invader, it becomes “sensitized” to it, and reacts by producing antibodies that give us allergy symptoms. This can last for years, and perhaps a lifetime.

Dr. Earl L. Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., recommends allergy sufferers begin taking at least 6,000mg of MSM per day for three weeks and reduce to 3,000mg per day thereafter. Additionally, he recommends people drink more water and increase their intake of Vitamin C to lower histamine levels. Allergy sufferers who use MSM swear by it.

6,000mg of MSM per day for three weeks?? Wow that sounds like a lot. Here’s an article that suggests a relationship with amino acids.

Sulfur – The Protein Building Block

Sulfur has a vital relationship with protein, since sulfur is found in the amino acids methionine, cystine, and cysteine. Thus, these amino acids are known as the sulfur bearing amino acids which are considered the building blocks of protein.

The sulfur-bearing amino acid methionine is absolutely essential to health! This means it must be supplied by live food, or the food supplement MSM. My oral chelation formula, of course, contains both cysteine and methionine. When you are deficient in these amino acids, your muscles and body will weaken. If you take “enough” you get a strong body. If you take “too much,” the extra cysteine, for instance, will be used to get rid of toxic metals in the body. So, it’s rather hard to take “too much” of these sulfur amino acids.

The MSM won’t do the same thing as cysteine, but your body can manufacture cysteine for cell building out of the MSM that you give it. So, MSM is a vital nutrient that you should have in your daily dietary intake.

A lack of proper protein in our diet, therefore means a lack of the vital organic sulfur necessary for good health. Proteins contain sulfur, while carbohydrates and fats do not.

Sulfur is necessary for collagen synthesis. Collagen is an insoluble fibrous protein found in vertebrates. It is the dominant component of connective tissue and bones. Sulfur operates as a synthesizer and activator with the B vitamins, thiamin, vitamin C, biotin, and pantothenic acid, all of which are needed for metabolism and healthy nerves.

Sulfur plays an important part in tissue breathing, the process whereby oxygen and other substances are used to build cells and release energy.

August 28, 2009 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 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 March 16, 2007

First day using my anti-copper vitamins. Added calcium, taurine, manganese and switched to a new multivitamin. I tweaked my zinc intake by taking 0.5 copper with 50 mg of zinc in the morning, then another 50 mg of zinc at lunchtime. There was no outbreak of candida but I’ve had better results with 1 mg of copper. So on my way home from work I thought of an idea.

Everything that I’ve read says to avoid copper intake when taking a high dosage of zinc for copper bioavailability. When I do that, I get an outbreak of candida so how about this? I’d like to try taking a homeopathic version of copper and take that with my zinc. That way, I’ll try to fool the body into thinking that it has enough copper while getting rid of the excess. I have no idea if this will work but it makes sense to me. I stop into a health food store on my way home and find a great homeopathic store and I give them my theory. She agreed that it should work so I also picked up some MSM (sulfur) and an Adrenal support supplement. I take the two new supplements with my dinner and I’ll try the homeopathic copper tomorrow.

One of the things that they suggest to get rid of the excess copper from the body is to eat sulfur foods. Amazingly, I had noticed this success without knowing why it had a positive effect on my allergies. Garlic is a food high in sulfur.

And another way to help get rid of the excess copper? By adding copper!

While it may sound odd, occasionally it is necessary to take chelated copper for a few days to relieve a copper reaction. The beneficial effect of taking copper in some people occurs because copper is needed to produce ceruloplasmin, the serum protein that binds copper. If copper becomes biologically unavailable, ceruloplasmin is not produced in sufficient quantity, provoking symptoms. The copper tablet provides bioavailable copper to stimulate ceruloplasmin synthesis. It is like priming an old-fashioned water pump – adding some water in order for the pump to work. The copper also affects the mineral balance, raising sodium and lowering potassium. This may also be necessary temporarily to relieve symptoms if the sodium/potassium ratio is low.

March 16, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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