Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for July 20, 2007

I go through my vitamins and minerals looking for pantothenic acid and chromium. I’ve tried both before without much luck but this time it maybe different. If they are both linked to high levels of copper, now that I have that somewhat under control, it might make a difference this time.

I managed to find them in my archived section of vitamins and so I take one of each and go to bed. They both have a link to high levels of copper and candida. Pantothenic acid has a link with the adrenals too.

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July 21, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 27, 2007

Woke up this morning with no vibration and there was none last night. So was it the switch to magnesium gluconate? I’ll try the same thing again today with vitamin A and vitamin E along with the 100 mg of zinc. I’ll also add pantothenic acid. The lower dosage of magnesium didn’t seem to be as troublesome as I thought it would be. Recently with the fatigue my legs feel really heavy, I’m wondering if it has to do with my blood circulation as I stopped taking niacin a while back. I’ll add that too.

Progress? I was briefly looking through the symptom time line diary and I was looking at the changes I made after the iridology appointment. That’s when I started eating more fruit, discovered active B vitamins and started multivitamins and taking a higher dosage of magnesium in a form that is better absorbed. I think there will be a lot of change since the last reading. The adrenals is the one thing that I can’t seem to improve along with the anxiety. I’m sure the anxiety is related to the magnesium loss or the zinc/copper imbalance and I’ve just discovered those.

March 27, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 22, 2007

I’ve been thinking a lot about my issues lately and I’m having a hard time trying to figure out why I’m losing my magnesium. What is the factor? My doctor wants me to take paxil and I have refused. I have a follow up appointment with him on Friday but I’m going to cancel it. I have nothing more to say to him. In fact, maybe it’s time to see another doctor.

I’ve been trying the higher dose of potassium and pantothenic acid without much success. Tonight I’m going to try St. John’s Wort again but I’ll start by taking three a day.

How does St. John’s extract work?

Originally it was thought that the action of St. John’s wort extract as an antidepressant was due to hypericin acting as an inhibitor of the enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO) – thereby resulting in the increase of CNS monoamines such as serotonin and dopamine. However, newer information indicates that St. John’s wort possesses no in vivo inhibition of MAO.

At least two other mechanisms have been proposed: modulation of interleukin-6 activity and inhibition of the re-uptake of serotonin. The modulating effects of St. John’s wort extract on interleukin-6 (IL-6) is the most interesting as it proposes a mechanism by which St. John’s wort interacts with the link between the immune system and mood. The immune system and the nervous system share many common biochemical features and regulatory interactions. In regards to IL-6, this cytokine is heavily involved in the communication between cells within and outside the immune system. In relationship to the nervous system, IL-6 is known to modulate hypothalamic-pituitary-end organ axes, especially the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The hypothesis is that an elevation in IL-6 results in activation of the HPA axis leading to elevations in CRH and other adrenal regulatory hormones – hallmark features in depression. St. John’s wort extract has shown an ability to reduce IL-6 levels, hence this action may explain the clinical effectiveness of St. John’s wort extract.

St. John’s wort extract has also been shown to inhibit the re-uptake of serotonin similar in fashion to drugs like fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft). The study demonstrating a 50% serotonin re-uptake inhibition utilized the 0.3% hypericin content standardized extract at a concentration of 6.2 mcg/ml and did not attempt to identify the active inhibitors. Even though the authors of the study concluded “that the antidepressant activity of Hypericum extract is due to inhibition of serotonin uptake by postsynaptic receptors.”

An important point must be made – until pharmacokinetic studies demonstrate that St. John’s wort components pass across the blood-brain barrier a primary site of action outside the central nervous system cannot be ruled out.

Are there any other indications for St. John’s wort extract?

One of the key indications for St. John’s wort extract in my clinical practice is in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a recently recognized disorder regarded as a common cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. Although fibromyalgia may be the “pop” diagnosis of the 1990s, it is a real clinical entity estimated to affect about 4% of the general population. Although fibromyalgia is a disorder that has many facets, the central cause of the pain of fibromyalgia are low levels of serotonin. As a result of a chronic low level of serotonin, the sensation of pain is great exaggerated.

Although St. John’s wort extract can certainly be effective on its own, in my clinical experience I have found that the combination of St. John’s extract (300 mg, 0.3% hypericin content), magnesium (200 to 250 mg), and 5-HTP (100 mg) three times daily seems to work better than using any of these three supplements alone.

Low magnesium levels are a common finding in patients with fibromyalgia as well as in chronic fatigue syndrome. Magnesium supplementation has produced very good results in both conditions part of which may be due to its importance to serotonin function.

One of the primary benefits with St. John’s wort as well as 5-HTP relates to their ability to improve sleep quality. One of the key findings in patients with fibromyalgia is a reduced REM sleep and an increased non-REM sleep.29 In addition, the deeper levels (stage III and IV) are not achieved for long enough periods. As a result people with fibromyalgia wake up feeling tired, wornout, and in pain. The severity of the pain of fibromyalgia correlates with the rating of sleep quality. What I mean by this statement is that when patients with fibromyalgia get a good night’s sleep they have less pain. Conversely, when they sleep poorly, they feel terrible.

What is the best dosage schedule for St. John’s wort?

The dosage of St. John’s wort preparations are based upon the hypericin content. The overwhelming majority of the studies in depression have used the St. John’s wort extract standardized to contain 0.3% hypericin at a dosage of 300 mg three times daily.

This article recommends the combination of St. John’s Wort along with  magnesium and 5-HTP for good results. Forget it, I’m not going anywhere near 5-HTP again. So basically, St. John’s Wort does exactly the same function as paxil. So when I tried it the first time with no results, why would my doctor decide to put me on paxil instead? In fact, why didn’t he tell me that if I was unhappy with taking paxil to continue with St. Johns Wort for a longer period of time?

It doesn’t make any sense!!

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

Entry for January 18, 2007

With the higher dose of pantothenic acid and potassium, I wasn’t vibrating when I went to bed and there was nothing this morning. Lately I can still feel it but for the past couple of months, it’s been extremely weak. But is it progress? I’ll take the same dosage today and see what happens.

With the candida diet I’ve read that you should avoid vinegar because it is acidic. Vitmain C is also acidic and I’ve been taking 1500-2000 mg per day. So should acidic vitamin C be avoided on a candida diet? Let’s find out:

Some people think that to avoid yeast infections, you should avoid yeast. This sounds almost plausible until you think about it. As with sharks, spiders, and snakes, there are all kinds of yeasts, but only a few of them are troublemakers. Most yeast infections are caused by one particular species, Candida albicans. These fungal critters, which are found in any healthy body, are normally kept in balance by your other resident flora of “good” bacteria and other microorganisms. But a low immune system, stress, poor nutrition, and especially antibiotic use, can bring on a Candida overgrowth.

You do not cook with Candida when you bake bread. You do not eat Candida when you eat cheese. And even if you did, I doubt if Candida could survive the trip through your highly-acid stomach. I think eliminating yeast from the diet is barking up the wrong microbial tree.

For the various forms of yeast infection, I first recommend vegetable juicing and a near-vegetarian diet, including plenty of unsweetened yogurt. This helps get the entire body’s microbe population back into balance. Eliminating sugar is an absolute must. Candida love sugar, so starve them. In addition, to help bring prompt symptomatic relief, I suggest megadoses of vitamin C. Used in sufficient quantity, I think it is superior to nystatin, imidazoles or any other pharmaceutical you may be offered. You can expect to encounter widespread disagreement with that statement.

ORAL Thrush (Candidiasis or Moniliasis)

Direct application of vitamin C is an effective antifungal treatment. Due to where thrush is commonly found, and to the fact that ascorbic acid is, well, acidic, it is recommended that for topical use you select calcium ascorbate, sodium ascorbate, or any other non-acidic form of vitamin C. Adding a few drops of water to a half-teaspoon of vitamin C powder makes a nice paste that will adhere to the skin when applied with a “Q-Tip” type of cotton swab. Another method would be to make a vitamin C spray, using additional water and a cheap sprayer bottle from your local dollar store.

Homeopaths frequently recommend Borax, 3X or 6X, for thrush.

January 18, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 17, 2007

Day Three: Candida Diet

I’ve added a higher amount of potassium but I still don’t notice any difference. Today I added a double dose of 250 mg pantothenic acid three times a day for 1500 mg. I also stopped taking the candida supplements. With candida, I don’t believe you can take any supplement or try any diet without cutting out sugar COMPLETELY.

Today was my first full day using the coconut oil and I notice a slight difference but it’s really hard to decide what to eat for lunch and snack food because so much food has sugar in it. The types of food that I can eat are very hard to find and it’s types of food that I don’t like.

I decided to try some yogurt for lunch and it had no added sugar but it did have blueberries and 5 g natural sugar. I think this effected my progress but I’m not sure. Some web sites say that I can eat fruit in moderation and some say not at all. I think it depends on how bad you have it and in my case…it’s chronic.

Here’s some more information on the benefits of coconut oil:

Healing Power of Coconut

Coconut water is unique, full of minerals and nutrition and has been used for the very ill. “It’s a natural isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It’s the fluid of life, so to speak,” says Mr. Morton Satin, Chief of FAO’s Agricultural Industries and Post Harvest Management Service.1

Tender coconut water contains most of the minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, copper, sulphur and chlorides. Among these minerals, more than half is potassium.

Coconut meat is a nutritious food that is also used to make coconut oil and coconut milk. The fiber is great for stopping diarrhea and calming other bowel disorders. It soaks up toxins and helps the body eliminate them. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut kill off bad bacteria and yeast in the colon, aiding digestion and nutrient absorption.

Virgin Coconut oil is used by the body as energy and not stored as fat. It helps the body absorb vitamins and minerals, prevent depression, ease muscle and joint pain, kill off bad bacteria and protect the heart from disease. It aids in the production of hormones (some of which relieve allergy symptoms), helps to protect the intestine from leaky gut syndrome (which can cause allergies) and kills candida and parasites. Brushing your teeth with coconut oil can help prevent cavities and plaque.

Coconut oil got a bad reputation when the vegetable industry wanted a share of the market. Virgin coconut oil is not hydrogenated, and is trans fat free. In the 1950’s coconut oil was used in all kinds of cookies and processed food. After the market share battle with vegetable oils, it was replaced with trans fats, which are dangerous. Butter, another healthy fat, was replaced by margarine, a trans fat.

Oxidized fats and refined oils, which have been stripped of natural antioxidants, are popular in today’s modern diet, especially processed vegetable oils, which have been found to accumulate arterial plaque. We take antioxidants to counteract them but it is hard to get enough. Coconut oil is stable, does not oxidize easily, is resistant to free radical attack and can act as an antioxidant, helping to prevent the oxidation of other oils. Coconut oil protects the heart and arteries from being injured by viruses, bacteria or free radicals.

The big diet trend was to claim that fat makes you fat. That is true of vegetable oils but not coconut oil. Coconut oil is used as energy; the body does not store it. Virgin Coconut oil even helps the body absorb Omega 3 fats that are so critical for health.

There are a few rules about cooking with fat, they are simple; don’t use vegetable oils (heat destroys them), cook with low heat and use coconut oil or butter. Coconut and butter are less likely to be damaged by heat while vegetable oils are very fragile.

Benefits of Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil boosts the metabolism, lowers cholesterol and can reduce the risk of heart disease. It helps with diabetes, thyroid and Chronic Fatigue, is easy to digest and helps those with ulcers, Colitis, Crohns and IBS.

Coconut oil helps reduce inflammation and immune responses, caused by allergies, and promotes beautiful skin by protecting against the free radical damage that causes aging. Topically, it rejuvenates skin, prevents wrinkles and helps to heal wounds and reduce acne.

The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic and kill fungus and yeast (Candida). They also boost the immune system, and can help with HIV.

Fat is Misunderstood

Not all saturated fat is bad. Some are as essential to the health of the body as fish oil.

Fat is key in the production of major hormones. Hormones that are essential for controlling allergic reactions and many other important bodily functions. Fat can be hard to digest, except for coconut oil, which is very easy on the body. Eventually fat digestion resolves itself, because coconut oil helps to improve the health of the digestive system.

Know Your Food Supply

Healing with food is the only way to create long-term health. Medication is usually just a band-aid directed at symptoms. Most disease gets a foothold because of some type of nutritional deficiency, which will manifest again, unless it is resolved. Good health is not a mystery reserved for scientists. It is available to everyone, via whole nutritious food, grown organically, in nutrient dense soil. Meat should come from animals eating natural nutrient dense food instead of processed meal and grains.

Food crops fertilized with chemicals and sprayed with pesticides do not have all of the nutrients the body needs to stay healthy. Many chemicals actually cause nutrient deficiencies in both plants and the soil. Food that has been irradiated and sterilized no longer contains the beneficial enzymes and bacteria that the body needs to maintain digestive flora. Crops grown in nutritionally deficient soil lack the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to create health.

The quality of our food supply depends on our being knowledgeable enough to demand the best and to understand and question where our food comes from and how it is grown. Nutrition in the soil = nutrition in the food = nutrition for the body.

I was surprised that I could get strong again. I am still so amazed when spring hits and I have no allergic reactions. I can go out in our polluted world and not be overwhelmed with chemical sensitivities, I can go to the gym and work out for 2 hours when only a couple of years ago, I couldn’t lift my leg to put it in my jeans! And the best part is, I did it with food.

Eliminate Allergies & Create Health

I had been ill for 10 years with mercury poisoning, chemical sensitivities, fatigue, and allergies. Frustrated and broke, I gave up on “conventional cures” and turned to nutrition. After six months of taking coconut oil, cod liver oil, cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids, I began to get stronger and my allergic reactions eventually disappeared. I recovered completely and I did it with food.

We all underestimate the healing power of food and have even demonized fat. For me, food was and is the key to creating and maintaining health. One of these important foods is coconut.

January 17, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | 1 Comment

   

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