Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

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.

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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 11, 2008

I’m going through the results one amino acid at a time. I start with methionine and here’s a perfect reason why I love using Dr. Google for research.

Lipoic Acid

Features & Benefits

  • Water and lipid-soluble antioxidant
  • Promotes normal nerve function
  • Promotes healthy pancreatic function
  • Helps maintain healthy eyes

Gets its two sulfur atoms primarily from the sulfur-containing amino acid methionine. For this reason, a methionine deficiency can reduce the body’s ability to make lipoic acid.

Nerves: Protection of neurons (nerve cells) appears to be a major role of lipoic acid. In humans, amounts of 400-800 mg of ALA daily have been shown to promote healthy nerve function. The first study (known by its German initials DEKAN) involved 39 people given 800 mg lipoic acid orally and 34 people given placebo for four months. The people taking lipoic acid showed a significant improvement in heart rate variability, an objective measure of the autonomic nerves serving the heart. This improvement was significant compared to the control group. There were no notable changes in adverse symptoms between the two groups. Oral doses under 600 mg daily have not been effective for nerve health in several studies.

Eyes: Lipoic acid may also help maintain normal pressure of the fluid in the eye, according to one human study. A group of 19 people given 150 mg of lipoic acid orally for one month were shown to have a significant improvement in visual function compared to a control group treated with placebo. A dose of 75 mg daily was not effective in this study. Oxidation within the lens of the eye may contribute to declining clarity of vision with age. Lipoic acid has been shown to protect animal lenses from such damage. Human studies have not yet been performed confirming this benefit.

Nowhere in the eight page report is there any mention of something called Lipoic acid and the Naturopathic didn’t mention it either. If it helps with healthy nerve function and healthy eyes then this is something I have needed for a very long time. More research needed…

June 3, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for November 23, 2007

Three days at the new job and I love it here. People are great and I love the fact that I work in the middle of a forest. No longer troubled with the hassles of the transit commute or the traffic congestion in the downtown core. And now that I’m into my new job, I’d really like to get my symptoms under control. I did a little research about how chromium can reduce potassium and copper levels in the body and I know I have some around so I take some in the morning with breakfast.

Chromium & Potassium

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.
 
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), provided that calcium and magnesium are close to normal, since they are also involved with various disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and provided that potassium levels are not below normal, since chromium is a potent potassium antagonist.

When supplementing chromium, its level will generally not increase at first, but instead it will gradually lower copper, and in the example below, 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.

I end up having cold hands all morning so is it because of the stress of the new job or because I took one dose of Chromium? Or something else?

I start calling around looking for a naturopathic doctor and I found someone local who has an opening for tomorrow. Fantastic!! I’ll have to gather all of my notes and be sure to include a brief overview of my health history and that could take a while but I want to make sure I get it right this time.

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for November 21, 2007

First day on the job and I spend twenty minutes going around meeting everyone. I suppose I was a little nervous and my hands were so cold as I shook everyone’s hand. What an introduction.

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Entry for November 06, 2007

On the one hand I’m really excited about the new job. On the other, I’m really dreading the fact I have to submit my notice today although I’ve been thinking of the easiest way to do it for the past few days.  All morning I’ve had the worse case of cold hands I’ve ever had and tried everything to make it stop and nothing has any effect. My nerves must know what’s really going on. I feel okay so it’s just a mental issue that only I can resolve. A few close friends know that I’m about to quit today and they’re not helping the situation.

I finally get the chance to pull my manager aside and explain that I’d like to give in my notice. After the meeting I felt so relieved. He’s a great manager so it was really no trouble at all. That’s it, it’s done. Time to prepare for the new job and move on.

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for October 11, 2007

Tonight when I went to bed I had the vibration so I got up and went downstairs to my supply cabinet. While looking everything over, I decided to take one capsule of GABA. Went back to bed and there was no vibration.

GABA sure does have a calming effect on the nerves!

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

Entry for July 17, 2007

Okay…about the new theory.

If I stop for a second and review my “case” from the very beginning, the very first symptom was the internal vibration followed by gastric upset and then the nerve endings in my head started tingling.

I discovered that the gastric upset was caused by a niacin deficiency and the nerve endings was a riboflavin B vitamin deficiency. I always thought having a deficiency in these two particular vitamins was unusual to say the least. With the niacin, I would take 300 mg a day for months and no matter how much riboflavin I took, it never seemed to make a difference until I started the B vitamin injections.

The niacin fixed the gastric upset and although it did stop the vibration, it would never stop it completely and that lead me in other directions.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is that I still have candida so whatever is causing the vibration is causing an imbalance that will cause candida and I know that niacin is anti fungal. My candida is the best it’s ever been but it’s not perfect but I feel it’s very close.

My New Theory:

I’m beginning to think that the vibration is caused by niacin but the reason it never fixed the problem was because I was low in phosphorus and it wasn’t activated. Riboflavin worked because of the mega-dosage injection. I’d be willing to bet that if I didn’t discover the low phosphorus, the riboflavin symptoms would return.

The B vitamins are essential for the nerves and the current nerve ending feelings in my head are different but they are somewhat similar to the riboflavin nerve symptoms.

I take one 100 mg of niacin with dinner and another one just before going to bed. Tomorrow, I’ll try another experiment. I’m going to add niacin of course but I’ll delay taking the other supplements and see if I get any of my regular symptoms…

July 17, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 11, 2007

Manganese is a very hard mineral to find information about. Luckily, Dr. Google takes me to what I need:

“Manganese gives us strong nerves “, “eyes may itch and burn”

“Extremely cold hands and feet…are often indicative of a manganese deficiency.”

and the biggest clue of all:

“Dizziness comes from bending over or jumping up quickly from a lying position. Many assert that it feels as though their brain is loose, rolling from side to side or front to back when they lean over. Motion of a boat, car, train or airplane is often nauseating and fosters dizziness. “

I know that I’ve used that exact description within this very blog to describe my symptoms over a year ago when I was looking at B vitamin deficiencies. Incredible! I’ve also had the nauseating effect from the motion of a boat for years.

Found the entry from my blog on June 13th, 2006:

“I know I’ve had some very weird symptoms in my head almost from the beginning and it’s more of a feeling than a symptom. It feels like something is not quite right, like an imbalance, a heaviness. I noticed this weird feeling the most when I tilted my head back and held it there for a while. When I moved it back to normal, I have this feeling like the fluid in my brain was heavier than usual.”

MANGANESE: THE BRAIN AND NERVE MINERAL

Manganese is the brain and nerve food element. This critical mineral is stored in the body in conjunction with lecithin (a brain and nerve fat). It is impossible to maintain good health if this element is missing from the diet. Manganese is found in the bloodstream and like iron it helps carry oxygen from the lungs to the cells. Manganese acts upon the linings of the brain and cranium and upon the nerves and nerve fibers of the body. Manganese gives us strong nerves and coordinates thoughts; it is crucial for thought and action coordination. Memory is heightened by manganese and concentration becomes easier as nerve circuits are electrified. The intercommunication network of the brain is more efficient when manganese is supplied in ample quantities. It helps brain fibers make connections which encourages coordination of thought and purpose, it also improves eyesight benefiting both close up and long distance viewing of objects.

INDICATIONS OF MAGANESE DEFICIENCY

Nerve problems (stuttering, depression, worry) call for manganese in the diet. Low manganese can trigger epileptic seizures. Doctors at the Montreal Children’s hospital in Quebec Canada found that manganese deficiency in animals caused a loss of muscle control and rats born to manganese deficient mother had seizures.Manganese is important to regulating blood sugar and low blood sugar can also cause seizures. Diabetics have been shown to have only a fraction of the manganese of normal individuals.

Poor memory, absentmindedness, disjointed thought may indicate a shortage of manganese in the diet. Manganese deficient people often report that taste is altered. The tasted buds are erratic, ranging from an overly-sweet taste to oily, putrid, offensive tastes. Seemingly without reason food tastes oily, fatty or rancid.

Physical senses of the manganese impoverished are dulled and blunted. Spots appear before the eyes and the eyes may itch and burn. Ears detect feeble or far away noises that interfere with normal hearing. Dizziness comes from bending over or jumping up quickly from a lying position. Many assert that it feels as though their brain is loose, rolling from side to side or front to back when they lean over. Motion of a boat, car, train or airplane is often nauseating and fosters dizziness.

Without manganese bones are susceptible to gout and bones and joints become painful. Rats fed a manganese deficient diet produced bones that were smaller and less mineral dense and more subject to fracture than those given sufficient amounts of this important trace mineral. Osteoporotic women had only a fraction of the manganese blood levels of women who were osteoporosis free. Manganese is a critical trace mineral when fighting bone mass density loss and should be added to the regimen when fighting osteoporosis.

Sufficient manganese helps nullify gout symptoms, especially at night. Extremely cold hands and feet, cold ankles or a cold area on the crown of the head are often indicative of a manganese deficiency.

The best natural food source of manganese is the Missouri black walnut. Many raw greens, nuts and seeds also contain minute traces of manganese. The manganese is stored in the oil of the nuts so cooking or processing removes this critical nutrient from most of these foods. A person does not need much of this mineral but it is a critical trace element that when missing from the diet will impact the health of the individual dramatically. Manganese works best when used in conjunction with zinc and copper.

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

Entry for July 07, 2007

So this article suggests that manganese plays a role in nerves and collagen. Two factors that I am very, very interested in.

Manganese (Benefits & Deficiency Symptoms)

Manganese, also called the “brain mineral,” is important in the utilization of all mental facilities/functions. Though only found in trace amounts in the body, good health is impossible without it. Manganese increases resistance and recuperative ability and, like iron, aids in oxygen transfer from lungs to cells.

Manganese strengthens tendons, tissues, ligaments and linings in the outside of organs. “If the human body is well supplied with it (Manganese), various tissues, cells and nerves become more ductile, tensile and elastic.” (The Chemistry of Man by Bernard Jensen)

Manganese makes up part of a molecule known as mucopolysaccharides, which are used to form collagen, the strong fibrous connective material that builds tissue, bone and cartilage. This mesh of collagen is the framework on which calcium, magnesium and other bone-hardening minerals are deposited.

Manganese has a positive effect on the libido by increasing energy levels and the brain’s ability to receive and send messages. Manganese also helps the reproductive organs to work properly because of its effect on tissues and nerves. Production of sex hormones is aided by Manganese. Manganese can help reduce menstrual cramps and PMS. Manganese is stored half in the bones and the remainder in the liver, pancreas, pituitary gland and kidneys.

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Entry for March 22, 2007

Copper and the importance on the Nervous System… has a role with the neurotransmitters and can effect serotonin and the myelin sheath. All things that I have suspected for a long time.

Copper

Copper (Cu) is an essential trace element for humans and animals. In the body, copper shifts between the cuprous (Cu1+) and the cupric (Cu2+) forms, though the majority of the body’s copper is in the Cu2+ form. The ability of copper to easily accept and donate electrons explains its important role in oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions and the scavenging of free radicals. Although Hippocrates is said to have prescribed copper compounds to treat diseases as early as 400 B.C., scientists are still uncovering new information regarding the functions of copper in the human body

Central Nervous System

A number of reactions essential to normal function of the brain and nervous system are catalyzed by cuproenzymes. Neurotransmitter synthesis: Dopamine-b-monooxygenase catalyzes the conversion of dopamine to the neurotransmitter norepinephrine.

Metabolism of neurotransmitters: Monoamine oxidase (MAO) plays a role in the metabolism of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine. MAO also functions in the degradation of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is the basis for the use of MAO inhibitors as antidepressants.

Formation and maintenance of myelin: The myelin sheath is made of phospholipids whose synthesis depends on cytochrome c oxidase activity.

March 22, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 03, 2007

I went to the health food store to pick up some magnesium. They also had NuLife’s brand of potassium so I picked that up as well. When I went to pay at the cash, the guy behind the counter starting talking about supplements and asked us about our health. We talked about a bunch of things and then he asked me about the colour of my skin.

I wasn’t sure what he was talking about at first because I know my skin is slightly pale and one lady mentioned my pale complexion as an indication of mineral deficiencies.

He continued by saying that he thought my skin had a yellow cast to it and mentioned liver function. He continued by saying that the liver is most effected by stress and your emotional state. So I asked if something like Milk Thistle would help. He suggested drinking something called dandelion tea to help support the liver.

I’ve known about the possibility of a weak liver a while back based on the Chinese tongue analysis and it’s always bothered me because I’m always checking my tongue. More recently, the nutritionist suggested a liver flush to help with my adrenals.

My wife did actually notice my yellow skin a while back and it was just after we moved into our new house. The city of Markham is very high on using the new kind of energy effecient lightbulbs and our new house has them in almost every room. If you have ever used them, you may have notice that they have no constant colour cast so when my wife mentioned the yellow cast on my skin, I thought it was because of the new different kind of lighting.

I started taking supplements for candida at the begining of November just before the move so could it be possible that fighting candida was releasing toxins into my bloodstream causing stress on an already weak liver?

I always brush off any suggestion that my problems are stress related because I don’t have any stress except for dealing with the doctors with my health issues. I’ve never been a person to be effected by stress or to be in any kind of stressful situations whether it be at home or my work environments.

After we left the store, I was a little freaked out. My hands were cold and I felt kind of sick. I started thinking about what he said about the stress. If my body is in a state of nervous exhaustion, then any kind of stress would effect me in a way that wouldn’t be a problem in a normal, healthy person. I think he’s right, but not based on the actual stress, but the state of my body and I’ve been dealing with this state of nervous exhaustion for almost two years and I can’t imagine that not having an effect on the other parts of my body.

Two years ago during my doctor’s first appointment, he said that a vibration is usually caused by stress. Having to deal with him appointment after appointment, he never once showed any concern for this “stress” effecting my liver.

An interesting development but I’ll need to do more research.

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Entry for February 15, 2007

Same as yesterday: No vibration last night or this morning. There is definitely a difference and I’m beginning to think it has to do with the additional copper intake. I started to wonder if this was the reason for my weak knees? A copper deficiency effected my ligaments? I need to do more research and I come across a link between copper, candida, stressed adrenals, neurotransmitters, serotonin production, thyroid hormones, myelin sheaths and??? Mitral Valve Prolapse!

My jaw almost dropped to the ground…

COPPER

Copper is the body ís natural anti-candida agent. Farmers often spray copper sulfate on fruits and vegetables to kill yeast and molds. Water departments may add copper compounds to drinking water for the same reason. Copper may be added to swimming pools and hot tubs to control yeast. Copper favors aerobic metabolism which disables yeast.

Candida Albicans

Everyone with candida has a copper imbalance. When copper is out of balance, our bodies cannot control yeast overgrowth. This often lead to chronic candida albicans infections that are resistant to treatment.

Adrenal Glands

Most often, copper is present but not available to the body. This is due to deficiency of ceruloplasmin, a copper binding protein. Adrenal hormones are required to produce ceruloplasmin. Underactive, exhausted adrenal glands or sluggish liver activity cause a decrease in ceruloplasmin production. As a result, copper is not properly bound and is less available to the body. Until the copper-adrenal-liver condition is corrected, candida is difficult to control.

Birth control pills impair copper metabolism. Some antibiotics act by removing copper from the liver. Steroid therapy slows the adrenal glands which makes copper less available. All can cause or aggravate candida.

Nerves

Copper is critical for energy production in the cells. It is also involved in nerve conduction, connective tissue, the cardiovascular system and the immune system. Copper is closely related to estrogen metabolism, and is required for women’s fertility and to maintain pregnancy. Copper stimulates production of the neurotransmitters epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine. It is also required for monoamine oxidase, an enzyme related to serotonin production.

Copper is also important for the production of the thyroid hormone called thyroxine and is necessary for the synthesis of phospholipids found in myelin sheaths that cover and protect nerves.

Conditions

Physical conditions associated with copper imbalance include arthritis, fatigue, adrenal burnout, insomnia, scoliosis, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, migraine headaches, seizures, fungal and bacterial infections including yeast infection, gum disease, tooth decay, skin and hair problems and female organ conditions including uterine fibroids, endometriosis and others. Mental and emotional disorders related to copper imbalance include spaciness, depression, mood swings, fears, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, violence, autism, schizophrenia, and attention deficit disorder. Copper deficiency is associated with aneurysms, gout, anemia and osteoporosis.

COPPER AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE

Copper is required for collagen formation. Copper deficiency is association with atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular conditions. Excess copper or biounavailable copper often cause connective tissue problems, interfering with the disulfide bonds in connective tissue. Symptoms may include stretch marks, tendon and ligament weakness, mitral valve prolapse, skin and hair problems and other conditions affecting connective tissue.

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

Entry for February 05, 2007

With me starting Zinc for my nerves, have I noticed any difference? Nope. But the interesting thing is I was looking up hair mineral analysis again and came across low zinc levels having an effect on a high Aluminium reading.

Aluminium – High

The Aluminium (Al) level in hair is a reliable indicator of assimilation of this element, provided that hair preparations have not added exogenous Al. Al is a nonessential element that can be toxic if excessively assimilated into cells. Excess Al can inhibit the formation of alpha-keto glutarate and result in toxic levels of ammonia in tissues. Al can bond to phosphorylated bases on DNA and disrupt protein synthesis and catabolism. Al excess should be considered when symptoms of presenile dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are observed.

Hair Al is commonly elevated in children and adults with low zinc and behavioral/learning disorders such as ADD, ADHD and autism. Individuals with renal problems or on renal dialysis may have elevated Al. A complex of malic acid and Magnesium has been reported to be quite effective in lowering Aluminium levels.

February 10, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

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.

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Entry for July 11, 2006

MAGNESIUM MAINTAINS NORMAL NERVE, BRAIN, & MUSCLE FUNCTION

While 60% of the Mg is in the bones, the rest is primarily in the cells where it functions to regulate the transmission of impulses between brain cells, & from nerves to muscles & organs. It also maintains normal muscle function & contractility.

Since Mg regulates the irritability or sensitivity of the nerves & muscles, a deficiency leads to neuromuscular hyperexcitability which can be associated with muscle cramps, twitches, & tremors, tension, tightness, or soreness. It is also associated with various spasms, such as the bronchospasm of asthma, esophageal spasm ( a lump in the throat with difficulty swallowing), the vascular spasm of migraines some forms of hypertension, chest pain & other chronic pain syndromes, the urinary spasms with some forms of urinary problems & bedwetting, the spasms of premature labor & menstrual cramps, & of course the spasms of seizures.

The excitability can also be associated with an easy startle response, noise & light sensitivity, numbness & tingling & strange body sensations.

Some of the most dramatic effects of Mg deficiency may occur in the central nervous system such as with the DT’s (delirium tremens) of alcoholism, general anxiety & irritability, nervousness, confusion, tantrums, insomnia,and depression.

July 11, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 06, 2006

Magnesium for Nerves

Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system. With this, it is frequently used to promote good sleep. But more importantly it can be used to calm irritated and over-excited nerves. This is especially useful with epileptic seizures, convulsions in pregnant women and the `shakes’ in alcoholism. Magnesium levels are generally low in alcoholics, contributing or causing many of their health problems. If magnesium levels are low, the nerves lose control over muscle activity, respiration and mental processes. Nervous fatigue, tics and twitches, tremors, irritability, hypersensitivity, muscle spasms, restlessness, anxiety, confusion, disorientation and irregular heartbeat all respond to increased magnesium levels. A common phenomenon of magnesium deficiency is a sharp muscle reaction to an unexpected loud noise. In most cases magnesium works best in combination with vitamin B6 and zinc.

Magnesium chloride can be beneficial in a wide range of diseases. These included diseases of the digestive tract such as colitis and gall bladder problems, Parkinson’s disease, tremors and muscle cramps; acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts and itching skin; impotence, prostatic hypertrophy, cerebral and circulatory problems; asthma, hay fever, urticaria and anaphylactic reactions. Hair and nails became stronger and healthier and patients had more energy.

Importance of Enzymes

Enzymes are substances that make life possible. They are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the body.  No vitamin, mineral or hormone can do any work without enzymes.  The metabolic enzymes run all of our organs, tissues and cells. They build our body from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.  You may have all the raw materials to build the above, but without enzymes you cannot even begin.

July 6, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 03, 2006

Lecithin

Perhaps the most interesting new findings on lecithin concern its connection with the functioning of the brain and nervous system.

Besides being an important factor in controlling cholesterol levels and aiding coronary health, lecithin is involved in a myriad of body functions. Every cell of your body contains lecithin. Lecithin is responsible for maintaining the surface tension of the cell membrane. It therefore controls what goes in and out of each cell, allowing nutrients in, or wastes out. Without enough lecithin, the cell wall hardens, thus not allowing enough nutrients in or wastes out. This means premature aging of cells. The surface tension of the cell maintained by lecithin is also responsible for transmitting nerve impulses and messages through or from the cell.

Perhaps the most interesting new findings on lecithin concern its connection with the functioning of the brain and nervous system. A key factor in proper brain and nerve transmissions is the presence of cellular substance called acetylcholine.

Until as recently as six years ago, medical researchers were using choline chloride to help their patients who suffered from these insidious brain disorders to produce more acetylcholine in their bodies. However, in 1977, Dr. Richard Wurtinan and his colleagues at Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that lecithin (which contains phosphatidyl choline) increased serum choline levels more than three times as much as the previously used choline chloride and kept those levels raised more than three times as long. This meant that researchers had found a way to significantly raise acetylcholine levels in their patients since acetylcholine production in the brain was dependent on serum choline levels.

Dr. Wartman’s research further astounded the medical community by showing that choline was taken up directly by the brain and used almost at once to help the brain make acetylcholine. This meant that the amount of lecithin (phosphatidyl choline) furnished by each meal could have a direct and almost immediate effect on the efficiency of the brain. Researchers found this so surprising because it had long been believed that the so called blood/brain barrier shielded the brain from such direct influences by nutrients and substances that are excessive or lacking in the day-to-day diet. Only a few substances such as alcohol or powerful drugs were thought to be able to cross this barrier.

Additional Findings on Lecithin’s Interaction in the Body

Without sufficient lecithin, your body cannot utilize the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. By adding an adequate amount of lecithin to your diet, you could improve your digestion and utilization of these vitamins by 100% or more if your diet is now deficient in lecithin.

When a person exercises regularly to improve their muscle tone, the amount of lecithin contained in the muscles increases. This increase in muscle lecithin is in part responsible for the greater endurance of the muscle.

Cirrhosis of the liver is no longer a disease of the heavy drinker only. Being the body’s waster disposal plant, many toxic materials, like food additives, preservatives, insecticides, growth hormones, etc., all pass through the liver. Lecithin and good general nutrition readily reverses liver damage.

W.S. Hartroff, M.D., Ph.D., reported in the American Journal of Public Health that the lack of choline was found to head infants toward high blood pressure. Furthermore, it has been found that a choline deficiency induced tendency to high blood pressure can not be reversed. Interestingly enough, human milk contains lecithin while cow’s milk does not.

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Entry for July 02, 2006

I came across some more interesting reading from doctor Jensen’s book today. Stupidly, I skipped the beginning of the book and starting reading at chatper one. As I was skimming through the book, I found this in the introdution:

PAGE XVI:

“Doctor Rocine showed me that every chemical element in the earth has it’s own characteristics and has it’s own story to tell, and he taught me these stories. I began to understand how these chemical elements work in the body. I learned that silicon is the magnetic element in the body and that the nerve force does not work well in the body unless it has the proper amount of silicon. It was easier to see that the body needed B vitamins because of serious deficiency diseases like Beriberi. However,I found out that without the proper chemical elements, vitamin B doesn’t remain in the body. It needs silicon to work with.

PAGE 171

“The nerves and brain are electromagnetic in function, and require silicon. The outsides of the nerves use silicon called the “magnetic element,” to increase effective nerve conduction. We must have enough silicon for the brain and nerves to have that magnetism we need in our relationships with others”

Looks like I’ll be adding Silicon (Silica) to my daily vitamins…

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Entry for June 30, 2006

Two symptoms that I have had for years are related to a Magnesium deficiency: Sensitivity to bright lights and weak knees.

Reasons Your Brain Needs Magnesium

#1 Your brain needs magnesium to build the protective myelin sheaths that insulate the nerve fibers which network your nervous system.

#2 Magnesium activates a key enzyme in cell membranes that controls the balance of sodium and potassium. This is absolutely essential to the electrical activity of nerve cells, as well as to the very existence of a cell. If its sodium-potassium ratio got too far out of balance, the cell would burst.

#3 Magnesium activates glutamine synthetase, an enzyme responsible for converting waste ammonia – an extremely toxic byproduct of normal protein metabolism – into urea for proper disposal. The ability to focus and pay attention can be compromised by even small increases in brain ammonia.

#4 Magnesium activates almost all the key enzymes needed for your neurons to produce energy from glucose, in the form of ATP molecules. Magnesium is also necessary for the stable storage of ATP, so it won’t spontaneously break down and waste its energy as heat.

#5 Of the 300+ different enzymes in the human body that require magnesium to function, a great many are crucial to cerebral metabolism and cognitive function. In the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord, magnesium is present in higher concentrations than in the blood plasma.

#6 Magnesium is needed to activate the enzyme (D6D) that converts dietary fatty acids into DHA, the most abundant fatty acid in brain cell membranes. Deficiencies in DHA have been associated with numerous neurological disorders – from attention-deficits to Alzheimer’s disease

Here’s another web site:

Magnesium is the central atom in the chlorophyll molecule and in physiology it activates the ATP energy system. More than 300 enzymes require the presence of this mineral. Seventy percent of the body’s magnesium is found in the bones, and the rest is found mainly in the soft tissues and blood. There is more magnesium than calcium in muscle tissue and the brain has twice as much magnesium as any other tissue.

Every person, every doctor that I’ve mentioned my health history to has commented on the fact that I have done a tremendous amount of research to try and figure out my symptoms and the more deeper I get, the more I realize how I’ve only scratched the surface and looking back, I wish I’d done a better job.

I think if I was a doctor, I’d hire a research assistant to google symptoms for me. Actually, it’s more like an investigative researcher.

My iridology exam is tomorrow and I can’t wait. Hopefully, it’s the beginning of the end.

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