Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for July 22, 2007

No vibration last night and none again this morning.

So was it the chromium or the pantothenic acid? Yesterday I felt really good all day and I think it was the chromium. I barely took any supplements and I had no cold hands for the entire day. I took half a magnesium and one chromium in the morning and pantothenic acid throughout the day. I also took molybdenum and a vitamin C but that’s it.

I’m going on vacation starting tomorrow and I’ll be making sure that I have all my vitamins and minerals with me…especially the chromium.

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

Entry for July 20, 2007

Another weird day. Today I have a bunch of vitamins and minerals with me and I’ll take them as I need them. Because I’m having such a hard time trying to figure it which supplements are actually helping, I take one at a time to see if it has any effect.

Around lunchtime, I start getting the cold hands so I take the magnesium, then manganese and a few more but nothing seems to have an effect. I don’t start lunch until around 1:30 PM and my hands are still very cold and I’m not sure what to do? Nothing seems to work like it used to.

About 15 minutes into my lasagna my hands go warm. Huh? Okay, now I’m really confused…

On my way back to the office, I start to realize that for most of this week my cold hands disappear after lunch and I would skip the night time vitamins because I felt so good. But for every day this week, I’d take my daily routine of supplements with my lunch…except for today.

What does this mean? Having symptoms disappear after eating food. Isn’t that diabetes?

I do a quick google search and discover this:

Pantothenic Acid Deficiency

Excessive copper levels have been associated with low levels of pantothenic acid

Hypoglycemia

Functional hypoglycemia is frequently associated with elevated tissue copper levels. An excess of tissue copper reduces manganese and zinc, thereby interfering with normal glucose metabolism.

Well, there’s no doubt in my mind that high copper can reduce manganese and zinc. I do another search on hypoglycemia and start reading about the link with the mineral chromium. Destroyed by sugar intake the symptoms are anxiety, elevated blood triglycerides and peripheral neuropathy. I still remember a doctor at the walk in clinic making the comment about how high my triglycerides were but stopped short of telling me what I should do about it.

Chromium is already extremely hard to get within a healthy diet. Everybody must be low in chromium.

Great. Something new to research…

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

Entry for February 27, 2007

Discovered that Adrenal exhaustion depletes manganese, zinc, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, vitamin E, vitamin A. A few more vitamins and mineral deficiencies with a link to the adrenals.

Metabolic Aspects Of Candida Albicans Infection

 

A number of metabolic factors influence the body’s ability to directly or indirectly control Candida Albicans overgrowth. While certain of these factors overlap, a separate presentation will lend more clarity to the multiplicity of factors involved.

• Bio-unavailability of copper. Copper has a fungicidal value in the body’s tissues. Copper compounds are used commercially as sprays on vegetables, as algicides in swimming pools, etc.

• Zinc deficiency. Zinc is an essential mineral nutrient related to copper metabolism and is necessary for the synthesis of all body proteins.

• Inadequate biochemical energy production. Biochemical energy is required for all body functions, including immune system function, and all other body systems.

• Excessive alkalinity of the digestive tract. An alkaline environment of the intestinal tract favors yeast growth.

• Excessive systemic alkalinity of body tissues. May permit candida to thrive in other body tissues.

• Impaired short-chain fatty Acid metabolism. Short-chain fatty acids have fungicidal properties. Caprylic and butyric acid are frequently used as anti-candida agents. A healthy body synthesizes appropriate protective fatty acid compounds

• Immune System Incompetence. Yeast infections are far more common in immune-suppressed patients.

• Impaired Carbohydrate Metabolism. Impaired carbohydrate metabolism (hypoglycemia, dysinsulinism and diabetes) is intimately associated with candidiasis overgrowth.

• Stress. Psychological stress impairs immune system function.

• Other Nutrient Imbalances. Tissue mineral testing can identify other metabolic imbalances. Through tissue mineral testing, these metabolic factors can be monitored and corrected, resulting in an individualized and more effective approach to candidiasis.

Following are details of each of the factors that contribute to Candida overgrowth:

Copper Bio-Unavailability A Major Cause of Candida Infection

The most commonly observed mineral imbalance we find in many patients with Candida infection is termed bio-unavailable copper. Bio-unavailable copper is indicated on a tissue mineral test by a copper level above 3.0 mg/% or below 1.0 mgs/%. Other mineral indicators of a candida overgrowth are an elevated calcium level, elevated calcium/magnesium ratio, (greater than 10/1) or a low sodium/potassium ratio (less than 2.3/1).

Bio-unavailability means there is an excess of copper stored in various tissues and organs. While in excess, it is not able to be accessed. When copper is bio-unavailable, it cannot serve its normal function as a fungicide. Copper is involved in enzymes in cellular oxidative (aerobic) metabolism, and this appears to be the reason for its anti-fungal action.

The causes of copper bio-unavailability are several, however the principal one is adrenal gland insufficiency, exhaustion or burnout. Inadequate secretion of adrenal glucocorticoid hormones prevents adequate synthesis of the major copper-binding protein, ceruloplasmin.

Adrenal exhaustion results from stress, which results in a depletion of various nutrients such as manganese, zinc, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, vitamin E, vitamin A, etc., which are vital for optimal adrenal gland activity.

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

Entry for January 10, 2007

Woke up this morning with a vibration much stonger than usual which is weird because other than taking a higher dose of niacin, I didn’t do anything different. Can’t be the pantothenic acid. I’ll take it again throughout the day as see what happens tonight.

Might be time to look at something else. Maybe Phosphorus or Potassium as both can be destroyed by high sugar intake and both can cause nervousness/anxiety.

Found an interesting article about using niacin to treat candida.

Bacteria like the lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus bacteria are the body’s natural defense against the fungus and normal inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract precluding fungal growth and disease and are therefore considered helpful bacteria. Other substances such as the vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid or niacin) has strong antifungal properties when used in high doses, this property is exploited by medical doctors who sometimes use it to lower cholesterol levels in the body, high cholesterol levels in the blood are often due to the release of fungal mycotoxins in the bloodstream, niacin may be effective here because one of niacin’s active actions is to inhibit fungi and destroy their toxins. Complaints such as flushing, severe itching, nausea and other gastrointestinal complaints are caused by niacin usage and constitute common complaints.

A link between candida and magnesium?

One doctor has reported that over 80% of the women who have been diagnosed as having mitral valve prolapse suffer from an overgrowth of candida albicans.

Chronic candidiasis can be successfully treated with grapefruit seed extract according to the many clinics and medical practitioners now prescribing it. Dr Leo Galland, who prescribes it for chronic candidiasis, has reported treatment failure in fewer than 1% of cases, and considers it to be “a major therapeutic breakthrough for patients with chronic parasitic and yeast infections.”

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

Entry for January 09, 2007

The higher niacin/niacinamide dosage is going fine but I can still feel a fine vibration. Doing some more research, I’ve taken a closer look at what can cause nervousness and I may have a new suspect. Symptoms of both anxiety and stressed adrenals? Pantothenic Acid.

And here’s what I found:

Pantothenic Acid – B5

Helps turn carbohydrates and fats into usable energy. Improve your ability to respond to stress by supporting your adrenal glands and assure adequate production of healthy fats in your cells.

Deficiency symptoms for Vitamin B5:

Fatigue, insomnia, depression, irritability, vomiting, stomach pains, burning feet, and upper respiratory infections. Vitamin B5 deficiency causes depression, personality changes, heart problems, increased risk of infections, fatigue, abdominal pains, sleep disturbances, numbness and altered sensation in the arms and legs, muscle weakness, cramps, increased sensitivity to insulin (the hormone that lowers blood glucose levels), decreased blood cholesterol levels and decreased potassium levels in the body.

Because vitamin B5 is needed to release energy from carbohydrates and fats, its deficiency is often related to low energy-related symptoms. These symptoms include fatigue, listlessness, and sensations of weakness. Fatigue is probably the earliest and most common symptom of pantothenic acid deficiency.

Teenagers are more likely to experience a deficiency, because their diets often include high amounts of “fast foods” sugars, and refined flours (all low in B vitamins).

Many foods contain vitamin B5, therefore a deficiency of this nutrient is rare. The Greek word “Panthos,” from which its name is derived means “everywhere.” Vitamin B5 is available from a very large range of food sources.

The benefits of vitamin B5 vitamin may also potentially be used: “orally for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuritis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), prostatitis, protection against mental and physical stress and anxiety, reducing signs of aging, reducing susceptibility to colds and other infections, retarded growth, shingles, skin disorders, stimulating adrenal glands, mouth ulcers, chronic fatigue syndrome, vertigo, and wound healing.”

Also found this about the relationship with neurotransmitters:

Pantothenic Acid

This vitamin is involved in all the vital functions of the body. It stimulates the adrenal glands and increases production of cortisone and other adrenal hormones. It is primarily used as an anti-stress factor and protects against most physical and mental stresses and toxins. Pantothenic acid increases vitality, wards off infections, and speeds recovery from ill health. It helps in maintaing the normal growth and development of the central nervous system. This vitamin prevents premature ageing. It also provides protection against any damage caused by excessive radiation.

Pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5, is essential to all forms of life. Pantothenic acid is found throughout living cells in the form of coenzyme A (CoA), a vital coenzyme in numerous chemical reactions.

Coenzyme A

Pantothenic acid is a component of coenzyme A (CoA), an essential coenzyme in a variety of reactions that sustain life. CoA is required for chemical reactions that generate energy from food (fat, carbohydrates, and proteins). The synthesis of essential fats, cholesterol, and steroid hormones requires CoA, as does the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, and the hormone, melatonin.

Intestinal bacteria

The bacteria that normally colonize the colon (large intestine) are capable of making their own pantothenic acid. It is not yet known whether humans can absorb the pantothenic acid synthesized by their own intestinal bacteria in meaningful amounts. However, a specialized process for the uptake of biotin and pantothenic acid was recently identified in cultured cells derived from the lining of the colon, suggesting that humans may be able to absorb pantothenic acid and biotin produced by the bacteria normally present in the colon.

Just before going to bed, I take 500 mg of Pantothenic acid.

January 9, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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