Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for September 14, 2007

Very happy with the improvement in my candida since I started Arginine. It’s not perfect but it is a slight improvement…once again. I’ve been doing a ton of research on amino acids lately and it’s now my humble opinion that they are more important than vitamins and minerals.

The Therapeutic Role of Amino Acids

Data and statistics have made it clear that amino acids are not only the building blocks of life, they are also the stepping stones to recovery from illness. You may (if you haven’t yet) want to review Why Are Amino Acids Called the “Building Blocks of Life?”

Amino acids account for 75% of dry body weight. (Vitamins and minerals account for only 1.5% of dry body weight). Amino acids make up all neurotransmitters except for one. 100% of hormones are made up of amino acids. DNA and RNA, our genetic material, require amino acids. Protein IS amino acids. Amino acids influence every system in the human body and every endocrine gland. A few examples of amino acid dynamics within endocrine functions are:

Thyroid

The various forms of thyroid hormone are all made of amino acids. The thyroid gland is our “energy burner” and helps us maintain a normal metabolic rate. Too little thyroid hormone, and we become exhausted, dull-witted, depressed, and sluggish. The fuel that thyroid hormone burns is glucose, whose levels are maintained by the hormone insulin which is made by the pancreas.

Pancreas

Insulin is one of the main hormones made by the pancreas, and is made up of a long chain of amino acids. Insulin is essential for maintaining normal levels of blood sugar. Problems with insulin can lead either to hypoglycemia or diabetes.

Adrenal

The adrenal gland makes a host of hormones among which adrenaline is one of the most important (Adrenaline is made from the amino acid, tryosine). Adrenaline is essential for the fight-or-flight reaction. We need adrenaline in times of real danger. Those of use who are chronically stressed have adrenals that are “burning out”. That’s because each episode of stress is handled by the adrenals as if our lives were in danger. One of the important functions of adrenaline is that it “tells” the liver to break down glycogen, our glucose store, so that our body has an immediate rush of energy.

Pituitary

Human Growth Hormone (HGH). HGH is a major contributor to longevity, energy, vitality, muscle strength and endurance. HGH is a long chain of amino acids.

Sex Hormones

The sex hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are amino acid based.

Thus far, you know that amino acids are crucial to the nervous system and endocrine system. We can correct many abnormalities in these two systems by replacing deficient amino acids.

Specific Essential Amino Acid Functions

They prevent aging and degenerative disease through their anti-oxidant functions. They keep the gastrointenstinal tract working. Amino acids are critical to immune system function and thus help us fight viruses, bacteria, parasites, yeast, and cancer.

The sulfur-containing amino acids help detoxify heavy metals within our bodies.

Muscles are built and repaired by amino acids, such as valine, leucine, and isoleucine.

Connective tissue, including ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and joint surfaces, are made of amino acids, especially L-Proline and L-Lysine.

Heart muscle is dependent on amino acids, as is heart rate and rhythm.

The nervous system relies heavily on amino acids to serve as neurotransmitters, the molecules that carry information from one neuron to another. They regulate blood sugar levels, and therefore, energy.

The amino acids cysteine and methionine fight allergies. The amino acid taurine prevents epileptic seizures. Growth hormone requires the amino acids ornithine and arginine. This is vitally important as growth hormone keeps us young, strong, and fit.

The amino acid glycine is required for wound healing. L-Carnitine is a “heart tonic.”

Histidine fights arthritis. Histidine increases libido.

Lysine helps fights viruses and is essential for bone growth. In times of serious health crises, such as wasting from cancer, amino acids help rebuild muscles, improves the immune system, and can help restore vitality.

Obesity, and weight in general, can be fought with tryptophan. D-L

Phenylalanine helps relieve pain.

Threonine helps prevent buildup of fat in the liver.

These are the facts. Most of all, we have found that amino acids work. They help alleviate symptoms, cure disease, and help us live longer and healthier.

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October 4, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 10, 2007

A couple of google searches and I think I found my answer… Here is one person’s story and it’s exactly what I am looking for. A different scenario but with the same problem.

CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM

Calcium and magnesium are extremely important minerals that are often out of balance in persons with thyroid disease. Imbalances of these minerals can result in very rapid heart rate, low heart rate, and irregular heart rate. Thyroid function itself is most likely controlled by the ratio of these minerals.

Most people with thyroid disease find that they have to supplement calcium and magnesium. Supplementing these minerals in the correct ratio can make a huge improvement in the symptoms. However, supplementing them in the wrong ratio can make symptoms worse. To further complicate the situation, the correct ratio of cal/mag changes as you recover from thyroid disease.

I have struggled a very long time with finding the right cal/mag ratio for myself. Well after recovering from hyperthyroidism, swinging back hypo, and then getting normal again, I had many months of fast, irregular heart rate that was often initiated by strenuous exercise. Because magnesium had been an important factor in reducing my heart rate when I was hyper, I would take a cal/mag supplement in a 1:1 ratio or take 400-800 mgs of magnesium only to correct this problem. Usually I would have this irregular heart rate throughout the night but would be recovered by morning.

I experimented with potassium and found that taking 800-1200 mgs of potassium before my night time basketball often prevented the irregular heart rate and began thinking that I was potassium deficient. One time I grabbed an unlabeled baggie that I thought was potassium and took 6 capsules before playing. I had extreme irregular heart rate that lasted all night. I later discovered that I had mistakenly taken magnesium.

This was very strange to me because magnesium had been my savior for such a long time. Whenever I had high heart rate when I was hyper, magnesium would slow my heart, usually within 20-30 minutes. So I was wondering, “Why doesn’t it work now?” I began to think that the manufacturer had made a mistake and there was a problem with the product.

Eventually the answer came in a sudden insight. I was lying awake at night with my heart beating very irregular and fast. Paying close attention to my heart, I realized that my heart was not just irregular and fast, it was beating very weakly. I noted that this was in stark contrast to the time when I was hyper. Then my heart was beating fast and irregular, but very strong.

The insight was that it was the strength of my heart beat and not the speed and irregularity that was the key. I thought back on how calcium is the mineral that is responsible for the heart contracting and magnesium is responsible for the heart relaxing.

During hyperthyroidism, magnesium is low and calcium is high. This imbalance is the result of other mineral imbalances (copper, zinc, iron, etc.), but the effects on the heart rate are direct effects of a calcium/magnesium imbalance. This can be demonstrated by taking a magnesium supplement or a cal/mag supplement with much higher magnesium than the usual 2:1 cal/mag ratio when your heart rate is high. This intake of more magnesium will slow the heart rate temporarily. However, as we have seen, the body can’t maintain normal magnesium levels in the blood if copper is low. So until copper is replenished, extra magnesium is needed on a constant basis to control the rapid heart rate.

The key to understanding the effects of calcium and magnesium on the heart is this: Calcium is needed for muscles to contract and magnesium is needed for muscles to relax. The heart muscles are like all muscles. Calcium causes heart contraction; magnesium causes heart relaxation.

If magnesium is low, as during hyperthyroidism, and calcium is adequate, the heart contracts normally but the relaxation phase is shortened and incomplete. If the normal heart contracts for .5 seconds and relaxes for .5 seconds, we have a 1.0 second cycle which translates into a 60 beats per minute heart rate. If magnesium is low and the relaxation phase is shortened to .25 seconds, then the complete cycle is .75 seconds, which translates to a 80 beats per minute heart rate (60 seconds divided by .75 seconds). As you can see, as magnesium gets more depleted, the relaxation phase shortens and the heart rate increases.

When I was experiencing the irregular heart rate, what was happening was that it was calcium that was low and not magnesium. When calcium is low, the contraction phase is shortened while the relaxation phase remains normal. If the contraction phase shortens to .25 seconds and the relaxation phase stays at .5 seconds, the heart rate also increases to 80 beats per minute. If you just looked at the increase in rate, you might, as I did, think that magnesium was deficient.

The key to the insight that it was calcium that was deficient was the observation that the heart rate was weak. A weak heart rate means that calcium is deficient and the contraction phase is weak and short. This results in an increase in heart rate and also an irregular heart rate because some contractions are missed entirely. Contrast this to a magnesium deficiency where the heart rate is irregular because some of the relaxations are missed.

Once I reached this insight, it all became so simple. I was amazed that I had continued to make the same mistake over and over again. The key mental block for me was that I thought that magnesium always slowed and regulated the heart rate. Once I thought through the whole process of how calcium and magnesium affect the heart, I realized that a calcium deficiency can also lead to a fast and irregular heart rate.

With this new insight, I switched my cal/mag ratio to 2:1. I had been mixing a 1:1 ratio supplement with a 2:1 supplement which resulted in a ratio of about 3:2. However with the addition of extra magnesium or extra 1:1 cal/mag after basketball, I probably had about a 1:1 overall ratio.

Once I switched to a 2:1 ratio, the heart irregularity completely disappeared and hasn’t occurred in months. I found that the cal/mag ratio is the key. However along the way to this discovery I ran across some other interesting information.

As I was struggling through this irregular heart rate problem, I found that two things often helped the situation: potassium and vitamin B-5. Potassium often helped and I think the reason for this is that potassium and magnesium are antagonistic minerals. Since I was essentially suffering from too much magnesium (or too little calcium), the potassium helped because it reduced the metabolic effect of the magnesium (or assisted the metabolism of calcium). I think this is important, particularly for persons with hypothyroidism, because they need a higher calcium to magnesium ratio. A potassium deficiency could prevent the cells from getting enough calcium which is an activator in the cellular response to thyroid hormone.

The other discovery was that vitamin B-5 is important in preventing irregular heart rate. If B-5 gets deficient, it seems to have an effect on the calcium/magnesium metabolism so that calcium doesn’t work as well. A B-5 deficiency has similar effects to a calcium deficiency. I don’t know why this happens, but I now realize that it’s important when supplementing B complex vitamins to always make sure that you are taking as much B-5 as any of the other B vitamins. For example, if you are supplementing with high amounts of niacin (for headaches or other reasons), be aware that you will need to increase B-5 to the same amount or a little greater to prevent a disturbance of the cal/mag ratio which could result in irregular heart rate.

One other discovery in all this was that by not taking enough calcium and taking too much magnesium, another of my teeth died. I developed an extreme tooth ache which led to another root canal. For dental and bone health, don’t maintain a high magnesium/calcium ratio past the point where you need it.

Remember that balancing calcium and magnesium won’t correct thyroid problems. You’ll need to correct the other minerals like copper, zinc, iron, selenium, chromium, manganese, etc. to achieve this. Calcium and magnesium get out of balance because of these other nutritional problems. However, getting your calcium/magnesium balance corrected is essential for normalizing heart rate, preventing dental decay and osteoporosis, and preventing muscle cramps (too little magnesium).

In summary, to balance calcium and magnesium keep these points in mind: a normal person need a cal/mag ratio of about 2:1; a hyper needs more magnesium and a hypo needs more calcium, but these ratios need to be constantly adjusted as you approach normality; irregular heart rate can be a sign of either too little calcium or too little magnesium; the key to knowing whether you need calcium or magnesium is the strength of the heart beat, not the speed or the irregularity–if it’s too strong, take more magnesium and if it’s too weak, take more calcium.

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Entry for June 07, 2007

For the past three days the vibration has returned. I thought I was doing good with the added calcium but I guess not. Tomorrow I’ll switch to taking my regular magnesium . I’ll try it in a lower dosage of 250 mg at each meal for 750 mg. Last time I took magnesium alone, it caused my hands to go cold so I’ll be interested to see if that happens again.

I really need to find out if the magnesium is the cause of the vibration or is it just helping relax my nerves and it’s something else. Can an iron deficiency cause nervousness? Like most vitamin and mineral deficiencies, there seems to be no standard for the symptoms.

Every web site tell you something different. Most of them don’t mention nervousness with an iron deficiency but one did… In fact, it contained deficiency dosage and different stages of deficiency that shows it’s possible to have an iron deficiency and a normal Hemoglobin.

First Signs of Iron Deficiency
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If the body does not get enough iron, it is capable of falling back on its own reserves for a while. That is why iron deficiency with its typical symptoms usually becomes noticeable very late. If you feel exhausted and tired more often than usual, notice slight forgetfulness or are nervous, irritated and weary, this might be the first signs of iron deficiency. There are of course other illnesses which have similar symptoms. For this reason, please leave the exact diagnosis to your doctor.

If you notice the symptoms listed below, it is advisable to let your doctor check your blood iron values in any case. The sooner you identify the start of iron deficiency, the better it can be treated.

  • fatigue
  • reduction in physical and mental capacity
  • forgetfulness
  • poor concentration
  • attacks of weakness
  • headaches
  • nervousness
  • loss of appetite
  • gastro-intestinal disturbances
  • shortness of breath
  • heart complaints
  • attacks of weakness
  • increased susceptibility to infection
  • pale, brittle, dry skin
  • brittle flattened finger nails
  • cracked lips
  • loss of hair that is often dull and split

Iron Deficiency Therapy – Possibilities and Limitations

A daily dose of 80 – 100 mg free iron is considered as standard treatment for iron deficiency. Depending on the quality of the preparation, various amounts of iron are absorbed by the body. During a period of iron deficiency, the body increases the iron absorption rate from 10 % to approximately 50 % on its own, in order to quickly prevent the risk of iron deficiency anemia.

The aim of treatment is to completely eliminate the iron deficit and to replenish the iron stores. Accordingly, treatment can take, where iron depots are empty, up to 3 – 6 months, depending on the actual daily amount of iron taken. When treatment takes so long, it is important that you tolerate the iron preparation well. It is not rare that gastric intolerance hinders compliance. Treatment then only slowly achieves its aim – if at all. Please ask your doctor for a preparation that offers the body as much iron as possible and that is also well tolerated.

Iron deficiency stages: Latent iron deficiency

In latent iron deficiency, the iron stored in the depots has been used up. The organism now automatically falls back on the iron present in the blood. During this stage, you may start to experience unpleasant symptoms such as headache, susceptibility to cold, increasing nervousness and decrease in vitality. Treatment of latent iron deficiency lasts for approx. 6 – 8 weeks. Only after this period iron depots are replenished.

Serum ferritin: < 30 mg/l
Hemoglobin: Normal to slightly low.

And can iron levels effect the adrenals? Yup, it sure can.

Iron deficiency is known to depress the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to infection. Thyroid, para-thyroid and adrenal gland function are all influenced by an imbalance of iron.

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

Entry for May 28, 2007

According to this article, 3% of men are iron deficient. And people with iron deficiency anemia always feel cold. That’s me for sure!

Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency in the absence of anemia is asymptomatic. One half of patients with moderate iron deficiency anemia develop pagophagia. Usually, they crave ice to suck or chew. Occasionally, patients are seen who prefer cold celery or other cold vegetables in lieu of ice. Leg cramps, which occur on climbing stairs, also are common in patients deficient in iron.

Iron deficiency anemia is the most common form of anemia. About 20% of women, 50% of pregnant women, and 3% of men are iron deficient. Iron deficiency can’t be corrected overnight. You may need to take iron supplements for several months or longer to replenish your iron reserves.

Some people with iron deficiency anemia always feel cold. They feel cold because iron plays a role in regulating the body’s temperature.

Iron is the backbone nutrient for enhancing the building of oxygenated blood. Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid are also needed to make healthy blood. Lacking any one of these three vitamins can cause red blood cells not to form properly. Some supplements contain highly superior coenzyme forms of these nutrients. Since these special B-vitamins are already pre-energized, they require no contribution of body energy to make them work, which is a huge issue if a person is already fatigued from poor iron status.

Iron has recently been identified as a key nutrient in cells that enables thyroid/ zinc gene signals to function in metabolic pathways. A lack of iron inside cells may reduce up to 80 different gene signals that would otherwise be following “thyroid instructions.” A lack of iron may handicap metabolism and cause metabolic fatigue.

May 28, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | 1 Comment

Entry for May 19, 2007

ALWAYS treat your adrenals first

If the adrenals are weak, replacing thyroid hormone first would most likely make a person feel much worse and may stir up ‘hyperthyroid’ symptoms. If the adrenals are seriously not working properly, replacing thyroid hormone first will speed up the metabolism and can initiate an adrenal crisis. The adrenals must be strong enough to cope with the increase in metabolism. This is the most common mistake in the medical management of these conditions.

Simply put: The adrenals interact with the thyroid and mitigate the affects of thyroid hormone. So always address your adrenals first, and once they have stablised wait 2 another weeks before you address the thyroid.

Where to start: Adrenal vs. Thyroid?

If both the thyroid and the adrenals are weak, adrenal repair must precede thyroid repair. If the adrenals are weak, then even normal thyroid activity places an excessive burden on them. One may begin to feel ‘hypoadrenal’ (coldness, weight loss, dryness, fatigue, insomnia, and/or anxiety) and then the body innately turns down its own thyroid energy production by increasing production of RT3. Conversely, if the adrenals are strong and the thyroid is weak or unable to keep up with the adrenals, one begins to feel ‘hypothyroid’ (heat intolerance, weight gain and fluid retention, tiredness, excessive need to sleep and/or depression).

A very common error is to focus entirely on the thyroid and ignore the adrenals. In a weakened adrenal state, prescribing thyroid medication that contains T4 and/or T3 may produce limited or transient improvement. Subsequent increases of the dose offer little or no benefit as the medication pushes the energy machinery into overdrive. Unfortunately, this higher energy level is unsustainable due to the stress on the adrenals. Eventually the adrenals become fatigued and the symptoms of low energy return. If, however, the adrenals are functioning well, the thyroid hormones can do their job and the result is good metabolic energy.

Cortisol or Licorice

150mg of Whole Licorice Extract is this is roughly equivalent to 5mg of cortisol. It can be taken at 8am, noon and 4pm. Licorice MUST only be continued for 6 weeks to maintain its effect, then you need a two week break from it. It must not be used in conjunction with cortisol, but rather separately Once your adrenals are healthy again if you need further support use Licorice 1-2 weeks per month. Licorice and Hydrocortisone work by different mechanisms to increase cortisol in your body. Licorice works to retain endogenous cortisol (cortisol made by the body) and increase its effectiveness while circulating, while Hydrocortisone supplies exogenous cortisol (cortisol supplied from extenal sources). Some poeple will only feel better by using Hydrocortisone since their body is simply not making enough cortisol. This is a very important point.

May 19, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 18, 2007

I’ve been taking a high dosage of zinc since the end of February and although I’ve found great success, I’m still waiting patiently for more results. Maybe it’s time to look at something else?

I still have candida but it has improved since taking zinc. My knees are still very weak, my adrenals are stressed and I suspect my thyroid is effected. I keep checking my head for the hair loss but the effects from the zinc seem to have stopped. Back to Doctor Google and I come across a reference to hair loss.

Zinc and Selenium for better Hair Loss Treatment

The root of many hair loss problems is due to mineral and vitamin deficiency as clearly pointed out by Elizabeth Wotton, N.D. who is a naturopathic doctor at Compass Family Health Center in Plymouth, Massachusetts.She recommends that in order to remedy this situation ,it is of utmost importance to correct such deficiency by absorbing the proper vitamins and minerals and also if necessary to correct any improper indigestion problem In fact ,there are two minerals that are responsible for possible loss of hair, namely selenium and zinc.

A deficiency of both these minerals can ,eventually,affect the healthy growth of your hair, as both these minerals, as observed by researchers,aid in the in the utilization of protein that your body needs to help produce hair.

Your skin and scalp will thus become more supple and elastic and dandruff will be under control thanks to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. As a result of which, your hair will develop and grow normally. Zinc on the other hand is required for the maintenance of normal connective tissue structures and also for the synthesis of normal collagen. As with Selenium, Zinc may promote healthy hair growth and slow hair loss.

We can conclude that deficiencies in selenium and zinc can contribute to hair loss.It is one of the main cause of baldness in people.Knowing the cause of your hair loss is very important to determine the nature of treatment best for you.

I’ve taken Selenium now and again in the past but maybe it’s time to look at the other things that are effected by a Selenium deficiency. Selenium is linked with hair loss, candida, thyroid function and joint pain.

Selenium deficiencies limit cellular immunity against yeast.

Phagocytes (cells active in cell-mediated immunity) require selenium for the enzyme glutathione peroxidase function. Peroxidase activity in phagocytes is higher than in most other tissues (approximately twice that in red blood cells), and this is reflected in a higher need for selenium. The glutathione peroxidase system is an antioxidant enzyme system and is especially critical for phagocytic cell function. It has been experimentally demonstrated that selenium deficiency selectively causes a predisposition to yeast infection.

Support of the thyroid gland

In addition to iodine, selenium is a critical mineral for maintaining proper function of the thyroid gland. In order for the thyroid to produce the most active form of its hormone (a version of thyroid hormone that is called T3), selenium is not only essential, but also helps regulate the amount of hormone that is produced.

Joint Pain

Joints benefit from an adequate intake of selenium. Mucopolysaccharides need selenium to be produced. These molecules lubricate joints and keep them working longer. Without lubrication, the bones in your joints would grind on each other and possibly cause rheumatoid arthritis.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are one of the most concentrated food sources of selenium, featuring about 70-90 micrograms per nut. Brazil nuts may contain as much as 544 micrograms of selenium per ounce. It is wise to eat Brazil nuts only occasionally because of their unusually high intake of selenium.

Although supplemental selenium by itself has not been shown to cause improvement in RA, selenium taken together with vitamin E appears to have measurable positive results.

Supplements

With regard to dietary supplements, there is some evidence that vitamin C inactivates selenium within the digestive tract. Persons who are concerned about their selenium intake may prefer to take supplemental selenium in the absence of vitamin C.

Some naturopaths recommend taking selenium together with vitamin E on the grounds that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.

All this is very interesting. I’ve taken Selenium without any effect in the past and now I find out that vitamin C inactivates selenium within the digestive tract. Since I’ve been taking vitamin C everyday in dosages ranging from 500-2500 mg. Could that be why I had no progress in the past?

I’ll try taking selenium again but this time, I’ll eat a few Brazil nuts a day and I pick some up on my lunch hour.

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Entry for April 01, 2007

No vibration again last night or this morning.

The human body is an incredible, complex machine. Today I discover that the adrenals and thyroid are linked with an imbalance with the autonomic nervous system. Now there’s a clue for sure. No wonder the herbal complex included other herbs for calming the nervous system. So it probably doesn’t matter what I take for the adrenals or the thyroid unless I take care of the nervous exhaustion first.

Autonomic Response, Stress and Hypothyroidism

The thyroid is activated by the sympathetic nervous system as part of the fight-or-flight response to stress. If the autonomic nervous system is excessively sensitive or overstimulated, overstimulation of the thyroid occurs. The first effect is an increased thyroid and adrenal response. This may continue for several hours, days or years, depending upon its intensity. Then the thyroid weakens and can no longer maintain its response. Hypothyroidism then results.

This chain of events is labeled the General Adaptation Syndrome by Dr. Hans Selye, M.D. The alarm response, including excessive thyroid activity, is the first stage of adaptation. During the resistance and exhaustion stages, the thyroid weakens and hypothyroidism occurs.

This type of hypothyroidism can be caused by any type of stress. Eventually the thyroid becomes nutritionally depleted and cannot function properly. If the autonomic nervous system is out of balance, the thyroid is not properly stimulated by the pituitary to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormone.

Correction Of Hypothyroidism

The common treatment of hypothyroidism involves hormone replacement with either natural bovine thyroid hormone (Armour thyroid) or with synthetic hormones (Synthroid, Cytomel, etc.). In some cases, this corrects the symptoms. This treatment, however, does not correct the cause of the problem. The patient usually is told he or she must remain on the hormones for life.

In many cases, hormone replacement does not clear up all the symptoms. This occurs for several reasons:

• Symptoms may be caused by adrenal as well as thyroid underactivity. Both the adrenal and thyroid imbalances must be corrected.

• The cause of symptoms is an autonomic nervous system imbalance, which affects far more than just the thyroid gland.

• Thyroid hormones are adequate, but do not reach the cells, the target site for the hormone. This may be due to low tissue potassium, elevated tissue calcium and magnesium, or the presence of toxic metals.

• An improper diet can offset the effects of the hormones.

• Overwhelming stress or nutritional deficiencies prevent a satisfactory response

Adrenal Exhaustion and Hypothyroidism

The adrenal and thyroid glands work in close harmony. The adrenal hormones cause the conversion and release of sugars. Thyroid hormone is needed for oxidation or combustion of the sugars. Often hypothyroidism is accompanied by reduced adrenal gland activity. Blood tests are not always accurate for detecting adrenal insufficiency.

The symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are similar to hypothyroidism. In some instances, the thyroid gland attempts to compensate for reduced adrenal activity. This may work for a time, but eventually the thyroid becomes exhausted as well.

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Entry for March 31, 2007

Found some interesting stuff today on the relationship between the thyroid and a zinc deficiency. Also found a connection taking Selenium and Niacin supplements having an effect on thyroid function.

Zinc deficiency and thyroid function

Laboratory animals with severe, experimentally induced zinc deficiency developed hypothyroidism, whereas moderate zinc deficiency did not affect thyroid function. In a small study of healthy people, thyroid hormone (thyroxine) levels tended to be lower in those with lower blood levels of zinc. In people with low zinc, supplementing with zinc increased thyroxine levels. One case has been reported of a woman with severe zinc deficiency (caused by the combination of alcoholism and malabsorption) who developed hypothyroidism that was corrected by supplementing with zinc. Although the typical Western diet is marginally low in zinc, additional research is needed to determine whether zinc supplementation would be effective for preventing or correcting hypothyroidism.

Selenium deficiency and thyroid function

The essential trace mineral selenium works as a co-factor for various enzymes in the body. One of these is an enzyme that converts thyroxine (T4) into T3. A low dietary selenium intake may create a hypothyroid-like condition due to impaired conversion of T4 to T3. Low levels of selenium may accelerate the depletion of iodine from the thyroid gland. Selenium deficiency may worsen some of the problems caused by a lack of iodine. Selenium deficiency may also be involved in the occurrence and development of some iodine deficiency disorders.

People who are deficient in both iodine and selenium should not take selenium alone, as selenium may activate an enzyme that breaks down thyroxine. Taking selenium without iodine could make hypothyroidism worse for these individuals. If you think you may have low thyroid, have you doctor test for iodine deficiency before taking a selenium supplement.

Niacin supplementation and thyroid function

Preliminary data indicate that vitamin B3 (niacin) supplementation may decrease thyroid hormone levels. In one small study, 2.6 grams of niacin per day helped lower blood fat levels. After a year or more, thyroid hormone levels had fallen significantly in each person, although none experienced symptoms of hypothyroidism. In another case report, thyroid hormone levels decreased in two people who were taking niacin for high cholesterol and triglycerides; one of these two was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. When the niacin was discontinued for one month, thyroid hormone levels returned to normal.

Magnesium is also typically deficient in hypothyroidism.

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Entry for March 29, 2007

I’ve been taking vitamins, minerals, herbs and god knows what else for so long now but I still have the overall no energy and non-refreshing sleep. I’ve done a bit of reading and I think it’s time to take a look at the thyroid a little closer. And maybe, it’s time to really look at all of the glands as they all support each other. I think I’d like to try and find a homeopathic version first to see if it makes any difference.

Multiple Glandular Support helps to strengthen your glands, keep your glands in balance and regulate glands to function in a normal and healthy way. Includes the following glands: Adrenalinum Sarcode (Adrenal Gland); Pancreas Sarcode (Pancrease Gland), Pineal; Pituitarum Posterium Sarcode (Pituitary Gland), Thymus Sarcode (Thymus Gland), Thyroidinum Sarcode (Thyroid Gland). All in 12C potency to improve gland function.

This product includes homeopathic vibration of the Thymus, Thyroid, Adrenal, Pituitary, Pancreas and Pineal Glands in 12C potency.

Organ therapy / Organotherapy / Sarcodes – refer to homeopathic potency of organs or glands to support and regulate the organs and glands of the body. Organ therapy is effective in helping the body function in a healthy balanced manner. The idea of organ therapy was promoted in the 1800’s by Constantine Hering M.D. Homeopathy supports the function of the organ by improving absorption of enzymes and certain nucleic acids lacking in the organ.

March 29, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 29, 2007

Natural thyroid supplements for an underactive thyroid gland

Some of the key causes of hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) include poor diet, fluoride in the water, chemicals in food, consumption of saturated fats, pesticide residues on fruit, radiation from x-rays, alcohol and drugs.

In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, herbs can also be used to help improve the function of the thyroid gland and overall glandular system.

The glandular system functions cooperatively with other glands supporting each other.

Therefore it is not coincidental that the thyroid and adrenals, are both involved in a low energy- low metabolism syndrome.

When the adrenals are depleted, the thyroid senses the loss of adrenal hormone and secretes more hormones, urging the adrenal glands to start producing. When all the glands get involved, there is an imbalance.

Thyroid herbs may be used to help support that overall glandular system and correct this imbalance.

Bladderwrack (Kelp) : An excellent source of the trace mineral iodine. A mineral that is required for proper thyroid gland function. Useful for under active or enlarged thyroid and goiter. Helps activate thyroid function and often boosts T4 levels if borderline. Increase metabolic rate and balances blood lipids.

Licorice: Is an excellent general thyroid herb for the glandular system and adrenals. It is considered a medium term energy builder and glandular balancer. May need to be taken for a couple of weeks at a time. *Do Not Use Licorice If You Suffer from High Blood Pressure.

Saw Palmetto: Although best known as a tonic for the prostate, Saw Palmetto is also useful as a thyroid herb and long term glandular builder so should be taken for extended period of time.

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Entry for March 28, 2007

Back from the Iridologist. I have my iridology report from last year and my camera. I’m hoping that she’ll let me take some photos of the foot bath to record the progress.

She starts by asking me a bunch of generic health questions and fills out a form as we go. I answer her questions but I don’t go into too much detail for each question. At the end of the questionnaire, she takes a picture of each iris. The pictures are not that great and I show her how to use the camera in macro mode. I’m a little worried at this point but she is also unhappy with the results and switches to an iridology machine that looks like a huge microscope. She records my iris markings on a iridology iris chart and comments on the anxiety and stressed adrenals. She also mentions that she sees white marks on my liver and kidneys. She asks me if there is a genetic heart condition in my family: Nope none. She doesn’t say anything more but I know that the previous iridology reading had mentioned the same thing.

I already knew about the stressed adrenals and I’ve changed my lifestyle and added vitamins and minerals for the past year with little results. So I asked her how long it would take to correct the stressed adrenals. Her response? TWO YEARS!

She continues and makes a comment on the thyroid and asks if I have taking anything for thyroid support. I’ve never taken anything to support the thyroid and she explains that this could be one of the reasons for my low energy. She suggests taking a multi glandular support supplement for the thyroid and adrenals. As we get into get into a bit more detail, I mention about magnesium and mitral valve prolapse. Turns out, she has MVP as well! I continue and mention Plantar Fasciitis and she has that as well. Then I explain how I believe the two are connected from a lack of blood circulation and how it disappeared taking niacin for a few days.

She was very interested in my research and asked me if I had thought about getting into the health industry because I seemed so knowledgeable.

We talked about my discovery with zinc and copper and I explain about how I had a hard time with the ratio. She suggested alternating the dosage every other day. One day of zinc, copper the next. She tried kinesiology on a few of her supplements and I really didn’t show anything in a strong kind of way. I’ve always found that kinesiology is a bit of a hokey kind of science but I don’t fully understand how it works…

After about 30 minutes, she takes my to another room for the Ion Foot Bath. I ask her if I can take some photos and she doesn’t mind. I place my feet in some really warm water and away we go!!

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Entry for March 22, 2007

Here is a very interesting article that describes how the adrenals are effected by the level of magnesium. So the naturopath knew I had stressed adrenals because she tested for it. But when I mentioned the magnesium loss, it was rejected. This is such a brilliant article. I just wish I could find a doctor who would understand what they are talking about. Forget it. That’s impossible…

When the ratio of sodium and magnesium becomes unbalanced–even slightly, it can have a major impact on the adrenal gland. Just by looking at the ratio between these two minerals lets you know immediately how well this gland is performing.

Thyroid and Adrenals

The thyroid gland and the adrenal glands are the main energy producing glands in the body, supplying the body with more than 98% of its energy. If you did not have these glands, you would not have enough energy to blink an eyelid. The thyroid gland, located right behind the Adam’s apple in your neck, is about the size of a plum. The adrenal glands are much smaller and are located on top of each of your kidneys. Everyone has one thyroid gland (with two lobes) and two adrenal glands. These glands work very closely together. In non-technical terms, the adrenal glands “release” simple sugars in the body, which serve as the fuel for the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland then takes these sugars and ignites them into energy. The thyroid gland is like the spark plugs of your car in that it ignites the fuel and turns it into power. So it is these glands, working together, which produce the body’s energy. To have maximum amounts of energy, these glands have to be functioning at peak capacity.

These are the glands that determine a person’s rate of metabolism, the “oxidation type.” If both the thyroid gland and the adrenal glands are overactive, a person will be known as a fast-oxidizer. In other words, he will have a very fast metabolism. These are the people who usually abound with energy. Now, if just one of these glands is overactive and one is underactive, a person will be a mixed-oxidizer. And if both of these glands are underactive, a person will be a slow-oxidizer. A slow oxidizer has a very slow rate of metabolism. These are the individuals who are usually lacking in energy. It is the adrenal glands which give a person extra energy when he needs it. Whenever a person faces an emergency, the adrenal glands release adrenalin, which gives the body the extra “boost” it needs.

There are four main minerals in the body, which help to regulate the thyroid and adrenal glands. These minerals are calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), sodium (Na), and potassium (K). These minerals could be called macro-minerals because they appear in larger proportions in the body than other minerals. If these four minerals are all at normal levels, the thyroid and adrenal glands will function at peak efficiency. However, if any one of these macro-minerals deviates much from normal range, this is when a person is going to have problems. Sometimes, even a relatively minor fluctuation in one of these minerals can cause either one of these glands to become underactive. A simple analogy, which further explains this principle, is to compare the mineral levels of the human body to a battery. Both the human body and a battery derive their energy from mineral electrolytes. When a battery has the perfect balance between certain minerals, it will be capable of producing its maximum energy potential. Likewise, when the human body has the perfect balance between certain minerals, it to will be capable of producing its maximum energy potential. However, when either the body or a battery has an imbalance in the minerals they contain, they lose their potential of carrying a charge. The minerals in your body determine the biochemical environment in which your organs must work. The more optimal is the mineral environment in your body, the better your organs will function, and the more energy you will have.

The real key to understanding health is the ratios between different minerals. The normal levels for each of these minerals are expressed in milligrams/percent. The normal level for calcium is 40, magnesium is 6, sodium is 25, and potassium is 10. If you add one zero to each of the numbers, you will get a figure representing parts per million. So the 40 for calcium represents a certain percentage of calcium which appears in the tissue cells of the body. The real key to understanding minerals and their effect on human health does not lie merely in evaluating individual mineral levels. Mineral levels can certainly help to give a tremendous amount of information about a person’s energy levels. However, looking at individual levels can be deceiving if you look at them just by themselves.

Calcium and potassium ratios are called the thyroid ratio. Calcium and potassium are the two specific minerals that regulate the thyroid gland. Calcium slows down the thyroid and potassium speeds it up. In order for this gland to operate at its maximum capacity, there has to be just the right balance between these two minerals. If a person has too much calcium in his tissues (in proportion to potassium) he will have an underactive thyroid gland. If he has an excess of potassium in his tissues (in proportion to calcium) he will have an overactive thyroid gland. This is why once you know the ratio of calcium to potassium in the body you know immediately if this gland is too fast or too slow. And not only that, but you will know exactly how fast or slow it is. The normal value of the calcium to potassium ratio is 4. You get that by looking at the normal values for calcium and potassium, where calcium is 40 and potassium is 10. 40 divided by 10 is 4. If a person has a ratio of 4 to 1 between these two minerals, the thyroid gland will be functioning at peak capacity, assuming that the levels for these two minerals are also near normal. By comparing a person’s actual ratio with the normal ratio, you can tell if the thyroid gland is underactive or overactive.

And once you know this, you will know approximately how much energy a person has. If a person has a thyroid ration (calcium to potassium ratio) which is greater than 4.7, his thyroid gland is underactive. The greater this ratio is between these two minerals, the weaker this gland will become and the less energy a person will have. It is impossible to have a poor thyroid ratio and still have an efficient thyroid gland. Even a 10% loss of efficiency can cause fatigue. Ten percent doesn’t sound like a big number, but it is. If the average lifespan of 70 or so years were cut 10%, that would be a loss of 7 years. That’s quite significant. If your average body temperature of 98.6 degrees were cut 10%, that would be a temperature of almost 9 degrees lower, which is a big difference. If the temperature went up 10%, that would be a temperature of almost 110 degrees, which for many people would mean death. So you can see that 10% in biological terms can be a pretty significant number. These mineral ratios are amazingly accurate. A person can have normal levels of thyroid hormone in his blood and still have a weak thyroid gland.

 The routine test for thyroid function is not very reliable.

This test basically measures the levels of a number of thyroxin proteins in the blood. But many doctors fail to understand that a person can have normal levels of thyroxin (thyroid hormone) in the blood and still have a weak thyroid gland. Or, because of mineral imbalances the thyroxin may just be circulating around without being fully effective. So, in many cases, the doctor may be drawing false conclusions from the test. A hair analysis gives a more accurate measure of the function of the thyroid.

When you’re talking about the adrenal gland, it is the sodium and magnesium which do the regulating. This could be called the adrenal ratio. When the ratio of these two minerals becomes unbalanced–even slightly, it can have a major impact on the adrenal gland. Too much magnesium, in relation to sodium, will slow down the adrenal gland. Just by looking at the ratio between these two minerals lets you know immediately how well this gland is performing. The normal level for the sodium to magnesium ratio is 4.17 to 1. You get this by dividing the normal levels for sodium (25) by the normal level for magnesium (6). So, if a person has an adrenal ratio of 4.17, the adrenal gland will be functioning at peak capacity, again assuming that the levels for these two minerals are also normal. The adrenal gland is underactive when the adrenal ratio (sodium to magnesium) is less than 3.2. Once you know a person’s mineral ratios and fully understand them, you can determine the efficiency of major organs–without guessing. The normal sodium level in the body is 25. When the sodium level drops much below 20, a person’s adrenal medulla will start to slow down. Many people have sodium levels that are lower than 15 and they usually have diminished levels of energy. Now, if your sodium level is very low, don’t try to compensate by eating a lot of salt (sodium). If you do this, it won’t help at all. It will probably only aggravate the problem.

You wouldn’t expect this to happen, but it does. If you multiply the energy level of the thyroid gland times the energy level of the adrenal gland you get the total energy loss. If a person has a perfect ratio for the thyroid gland (100%), but has a 50% ratio for his adrenal gland, the person would have a total energy loss of approximately 50%. Multiply the energy level of the thyroid gland (100%) times the energy level of the adrenal gland (50%). This would be a bare minimum as far as a loss of energy is concerned. One strong gland will not usually make up for a weak gland. If someone else has a thyroid gland with a 50% energy loss and he also has adrenal glands with a 50% loss, that person would be operating on approximately 25% of his available energy. The main thing you should remember is that you have to take into consideration both glands when figuring a person’s total energy loss. It gets a little more complicated when a person is a mixed oxidizer. Just remember that one strong gland will usually not make up for a weak gland. Most people are more fatigued than they would ever realize. They’re so tired that they can’t comprehend how exhausted they really are.

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

Entry for March 02, 2007

For the past couple of days I can feel a difference. The vibration is almost non existent and yesterday I decided to take three doses of 25 mg zinc. I actually reduced the zinc until this morning to three doses of 12.5 but I’ll switch back to the higher dose tomorrow. My nose didn’t feel as stuffy as it normally does and so I check my tongue for thrush. My thrush looks great and my chapped lips have improved as well. It’s all very subtle but this is working. In some ways, it’s working better than the actual candida diet and I stopped that a few days ago.

So is my candida related to a zinc deficiency? How many doctors suggested a zinc deficiency? Not one. Zinc can also effect the thyroid and the adrenals. A very interesting link…

Here’s what I found:

Hypothyroidism

The functioning of the thyroid gland is one of the first activities interfered with by Candida, and it has been observed that 90% of Candida victims have low thyroid function. As with adrenal hormones, it appears that Candida receptor sites can bind thyroxine and render it physiologically unavailable.This may help explain the common finding of a normal blood level of thyroxine in a person who is clinically very obviously hypothyroid. Moreover, candidiasis is commonly associated with zinc deficiency, and since zinc is necessary for the conversion of thyroxine to its active form, tri-iodothyronine, such a deficiency could produce symptoms of hypothyroidism (which also could occur in the presence of normal blood levels of thyroxine).

Again, as with the adrenal glands, damage to the thyroid gland from Candida-induced free-radical activity and Candida-induced autoimmunity is a possibility.

Keep Yeast from Rising with Zinc

When it comes to fighting disease, the mineral zinc is often a heavyweight contender. It stimulates the production of T lymphocytes, the cells in your immune system that are responsible for cleaning up cells that have been invaded by infection. According to medical research, this makes zinc a prize-fighter against Candida albicans.

In fact, zinc supplements are likely beneficial even if your body’s zinc levels are normal, according to a study done in India. Researchers there worked with laboratory animals that were not deficient in zinc. They gave these animals high-dose zinc supplements and found that they were significantly more resistant to infection from Candida albicans than those not supplemented with zinc.

“Zinc is essential in preventing infection,” agrees Dr. Crook. “And though it’s best to get your vitamins and minerals through a healthy diet, supplementation is probably a good idea, given how many essential nutrients our food loses by the time it’s processed, packaged, shipped and bought.”

To fight candida, Tori Hudson, M.D., professor at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, suggests taking the Daily Value of zinc, which is 15 milligrams. And to get more zinc through your diet, try cooked oysters. They contain about 76 milligrams of zinc per half-dozen

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.

In another immune stimulant capacity, zinc can offer some relief from chronic infections with Candida albicans, or yeast. Most women will experience a vaginal yeast infection at some time, and are particularly prone to them during the childbearing years. Some individuals appear to be more susceptible than others. One study showed yeast-fighting benefits for zinc even for those who were not deficient in the mineral to begin with. Other supplements that will complement zinc in combating yeast problems are vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.

Looking back, it always found it odd that for every doctor I mentioned a magnesium deficiency to, not one of them ever mentioned the other co-factors that could cause it. I know that copper has a relationship with magnesium so it’s my guess that I’ve had a low level of zinc or high level of copper for a very long time and this has upset the balance zinc/copper ratio and created a magnesium deficiency over fifteen years. So how many doctors suggested this possibility? Not one.

HAIR ANALYSIS NOTES

Bio-unavailable copper: Often copper status can be tricky to assess. Copper may be present, but unavailable for use in the body. This occurs any time adrenal gland activity is low.

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Entry for January 31, 2007

This article makes so much sense…it’s scary… and it all starts with the fungus…fueled by sugar, effecting the adrenal glands, effecting the thyroid…effecting the neuro-transmitters…

Add to that: Fifteen years of daily chocolate bars, candies, donuts, no fruits and a very low vegetable intake. It’s no wonder I have issues.

What is the fungal immune system?

Initially in a adult it is about 4-8 lbs of friendly bacteria in the lower gut. This comprises about 85% of all organisms in the bowels. The remaining 15% is fungus. It takes this ratio to keep the fungus in check. Fungus is the aggressor and is much more powerful than the bacteria. Fungus has no anti-bodies to protect itself but it produces very deadly mycotoxins. …

Once the fungus takes over the bowels it migrates upward until reaching the small intestine where digestion and assimilation of all nutrients takes place. However, when the small intestine fills with fungus this process cannot take place. Organs and glands are deprived of its building blocks and systems begin to fail.

Hypoglycemia

Symptoms begin to show up and are usually viewed as individual diseases themselves.

The fungus in seeking its main food of SUGAR upsets the body’s whole sugar system. The person deprived of the chaperone minerals needed to escort sugar and insulin into the cells…… becomes hypoglycemic. They now have low cellular sugar, a perfect playground for fungus to feed. However, now the cells do not have enough sugar to burn for energy so we become weak if we do not eat often and we surely do not have enough sugar to keep us alive during the night!

The brain now signals the adrenal gland to send out adrenal hormones to keep the body functioning during the night, which it does. But the side effect is that during the night the person may get hot or they may even have night sweats! The adrenal gland is now working 24 hours per day! …

This fermenting begins the failure of the THYROID to get its building blocks to produce it’s hormones in order to regulate body temperature and important help towards the making of some neuro-transmitters.

Not only does this lack of thyroid hormone produce some fatigue and make the person’s hands & feet cold but it can effect the brain in several ways. One is foggy thinking. It seems to physically interrupt short term memory because of Candida’s alcohol by-product. Alcohol is documented to cause brain and nervous system damage.

Depression
The other is in the form of depression since the thyroid may be deprived of Iodine and the amino acid tyrosine because of mal-absorption. A severe case of hypo-thyroid-ism may result. Often however, upon examination the thyroid will fall into a low-end-zone of what is considered medically OK. In most cases no hormone is given and the condition continues. …

The thyroid is also involved in the production of some neuro-transmitters. Without these they may soon feel they require a drug for problems with depression.

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Entry for January 14, 2007

I really feel like I’m making some good progress here:

POTASSIUM AND THYROID DISEASE

Studies show that potassium becomes very deficient in the hyperthyroid state. It can become so deficient that hypokalemic paralysis results. This is a condition in which the whole body becomes rigid because of potassium deficiency. There are reports in the literature of people found in a state of hypokalemic paralysis in the street. When they are taken to the hospital and revived with potassium infusions, they are often found to have hyperthyroidism. For an unknown reason this occurs at a higher rate among Asians. It may be genetic or dietetic (high sodium intake from soy sauce, perhaps??). There are indications that potassium deficiency may also be involved in hyperthyroidism and the rapid weight gain of hypos may be the result of potassium deficiency.

The four minerals, sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium are next to each other in the Periodic Table and form a square on the left side. There are strong interactions between these four minerals. The balances between these four minerals seems to be critical to health and are probably very critical for thyroid health. Excess amounts or deficiencies of any one of the four may severely disrupt thyroid function. Additionally there seem to be interactions between these four minerals and copper and zinc, which are two metallic minerals with critical thyroid functions. It seems that a copper deficiency interferes with the proper functioning of both potassium and magnesium, and zinc seems more related to sodium and calcium metabolism. Also all of these minerals seem involved in either the production, degradation, or cellular response to thyroid hormone.

Potassium, sodium, and lithium are alkaline minerals which are involved in the cellular pumps which regulate the transport of water and nutrients through the cell walls. There is evidence that a potassium deficiency can cause the cells to fill with water leading to an overall edema in the body. It’s possible that edema of the brain cells from potassium deficiency may be involved in chronic headaches. It’s also possible that potassium deficiency is responsible for the rapid increase in body weight seen in thyroid patients. This increase in body weight seems to occur despite calorie restriction and may be the result of swelling of all the body’s cells with water.

Indications of potassium deficiency include symptoms such as muscle weakness, which is a condition reported by many thyroid patients.

You will also see below that eating licorice can deplete potassium with possible fatal consequences. I would strongly urge anyone with thyroid disease to not eat licorice.

For these reasons I think studying potassium is critically important to understanding thyroid physiology.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT POTASSIUM

From the book, “Healthy Healing” by Linda Rector Page:

“Potassium–an electrolyte mineral located in body fluids. Potassium balances the acid/alkaline system, transmits electrical signals between cells and nerves, and enhances athletic performance. It works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance, and is necessary for heart health against hypertension and stroke, (people who take high blood pressure medication are vulnerable to potassium deficiency), muscle function, energy storage, nerve stability, and enzyme and hormone production.”

“Potassium helps oxygenate the brain for clear thinking and controls allergic reactions. Stress, hypoglycemia, diarrhea and acute anxiety or depression generally result in potassium deficiency. A potassium broth from vegetables is one of the greatest natural healing tools available for cleansing and restoring body energy. Good food and herb sources are fresh fruits, especially kiwis and bananas, potatoes, sea vegetables, spices like coriander, cumin, basil, parsley, ginger, hot peppers, dill weed, tarragon, paprika, and tumeric, lean poultry and fish, dairy foods, legumes, seeds, and whole grains.”

From the Nutrition Almanac by Kirschmann (excerpts): “…Potassium constitutes 5% of the total mineral content of the body…Potassium and sodium help regulate water balance within the body (potassium crosses over more easily); that is, they help regulate the distribution of fluids on either side of the cell walls and preserve proper alkalinity of the body fluids. Potassium also regulates the transfer of nutrients to the cells. …”

“Potassium is necessary for normal growth enzymatic reactions. It unites with phosphorus to send oxygen to the brain and also functions with calcium in the regulation of neuromuscular activity. The synthesis of muscle protein and protein from amino acids in the blood requires potassium, as does the synthesis of nucleic acids. It aids in keeping skin healthy and in keeping a stable blood pressure.”

“Potassium assists in the conversion of glucose to the form in which this substance can be stored in the liver as glycogen, and then to its useful form to do the body’s work. Protein and carbohydrate metabolism are dependent upon potassium. It stimulates the kidneys to eliminate poisonous body wastes. Potassium works with sodium to help normalize the heartbeat.”

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Entry for August 27, 2006

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An couple of weeks ago, my wife showed me the back of her neck. It was all red and she said it was eczema. I knew it was some kind of skin irritation so I asked Doctor Google about the cause:

Hives, Eczema and Candida
 
Hives are caused by mast cells dumping histamine into the skin’s blood vessels. This may be in response to allergies or chemicals. Poor gut flora tend to increase the number or allergies and chemical sensitivities that people have. Indeed, there seems to be many people with the yeast syndrome who experience hives.

Poor absorption of minerals can also be part of the problem. In particular, low magnesium will make you more susceptible to hives. Magnesium stabilizes mast cells. Thus more magnesium may reduce the amount of histamine that is released and may help prevent hives.

Sometimes, eczema is a manifestation of an overworked liver — a liver that cannot keep up with eliminating all the toxins with which it is presented. Poor intestinal flora may contribute to this situation, and is associated with eczema.

If you have problems with eczema, this is a possible indication that you have hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormone). Hypothyroidism is common when there is Candida overgrowth. However, hypothyroidism is not always detected by the usual blood tests. The Broda Barnes basal metabolism test will help your doctor determine if you need thyroid. You can do this simple test before your appointment If your basal temperature is low, see an alternative doctor and discuss this with him/her. 

So there may be a connection between eczema, Candida and low magnesium levels. How interesting…

I think we should both take our basal temperature. I’m curious to know what her readings are and I’m curious to know if mine are any different from last year with all of my vitamin/mineral supplementation.

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Entry for August 20, 2006

When I spoke to the pharmacist next to the osteopath, he seemed to think my problems were related to thyroid and the production of something called T4. He went on to explain how doctor’s usually test for the one level of but the not the level that is required to activate it. My low body temperature test is a way of testing the thyroid so whatever it is that is effecting me, is also effecting the thyroid.

And found this today:

Thyroid disorders- low, high and auto-immune; low magnesium reduces T4.

And this on Boron:

BORON

Very little research has been done on boron and little is known about the symptoms of boron deficiency. Following we piece together a picture that indicates that boron is essential for magnesium and calcium metabolism, and is probably involved in estrogen and testosterone metabolism. There are a lot of reasons to suspect that a boron deficiency is involved in hyperthyroidism.

The following study suggests that boron works with magnesium and this may be one reason that it benefits persons with hyperthyroidism or persons with thyroid disease who are experiencing low magnesium symptoms like rapid heart rate and muscle cramping. You will note that boron both lessens the effects of a low magnesium diet but exacerbates deficiency symptoms. These seem to be the typical characteristics of when one nutrient works with another. Boron thus seems essential for magnesium metabolism and administration of boron will lower magnesium levels because it is enabling more of the magnesium to be utilized.

Another interesting observation in this study is that fructose mimics a magnesium deficiency, which reminds me of the studies on copper deficiency which showed that the symptoms of copper-deficiency are worse if the animal is also consuming fructose. We have seen that hypers have increased symptoms after eating fruit and this effect may be due to fructose increasing copper-deficiency symptoms. It would be very interesting to know how this fructose effect works–perhaps not by increasing copper deficiency itself but because it works like copper-deficiency in increasing the magnesium deficiency effects.

MAGNESIUM

Because of the competing nature of calcium and magnesium, excessive calcium intake from foods or supplements can lead to a magnesium deficiency. The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are identical with many of the symptoms of thyroid disease, especially hyperthyroidism.

Functions: 

The principal function of magnesium that is critical in thyroid disease is that it enables muscles to relax. With inadequate magnesium, the muscles cramp. When this happens to the heart muscles the heart does not go through a complete relaxation phase, and the next calcium-driven contraction begins before the relaxation is complete. This results in rapid heart beat and irregular heart rate known as arrhythmia.

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Entry for August 11, 2006

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His store is called “The Medicine Shoppe” and inside is a small pharmacy on one side and a bunch of supplements and vitamins on the other. I mention to the pharmacist that the osteopath from next door recommended I speak to the owner about a health issue. I wait about ten minutes for him as he was one the phone. He has a slight look of the mad scientist in Back to the Future movies but more reserved.

He comes out to talk to me and I start by mentioning that I have a vitamin deficiency. He says he could talk for hours on vitamin deficiencies so I go into more detail with riboflavin. He asked if my urine turns yellow when I take B2 and of course it does. He said that if I am seeing yellow then the body is taking what it needs and the rest is being discarded by the body. I explain further that I’ve been taking B complex for months without any results.

He asks me if I’ve had a hormone test and yes, I’ve had one done recently and the results were normal. He said he was interested in seeing what the results were. Then he asks me if I had my thyroid checked and yes that was my doctor’s first suspicion and that too was normal. He asked me what the results were and other than normal, I’m not quite sure what the actual readig was.

He said most doctors don’t know how to check the thyroid and they only check for the level of T4. He said my actual level of T4 could be fine but that my level of T3 is needed to activate T4 and he went into more detail about thyroid function. A quick google search turns up exactly what he is talking about minus the cold body temperature:

CLINICAL MEASUREMENT:  Broda Barnes, M.D. recognized that one of the primary effects of thyroid is to raise body temperature.  A fat, hypothyroid child will be one degree Fahrenheit cooler than a thin, active child.  The measurements of thyroid function include TSH, T3 (free), T4 (free).  But normal blood tests do not tell the complete picture of thyroid disease.

The control of the thyroid gland is TRH, thyroid releasing hormone, in the hypothalamus, deep within the brain.  With age, the hypothalamus fails to release adequate stimulation: it acts like it is asleep. This is called \’down-regulation.\’  Under normal conditions, the TRH triggers the pituitary in the midbrain to release TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone. TSH causes the thyroid to produce T3 and T4 from precursors: iodine, tryptophan and T2 (di-iodothyronine).

Doctors have been taught to look for elevated levels of TSH.  This implies that the pituitary cannot recognize adequate blood levels of either T3 or T4.  A TSH over 100 means the individual is severely hypothyroid.  A TSH less than 1 (when not on thyroid replacement) implies that the individual is on thyroid replacement or that the thyroid overactive and out-of-control.

But, those of us researching thyroid disease have learned that these thyroid tests are just \’tests at best.\’  If the patient complains of a low body temperature on awakening (basal body temperature) then there is inadequate thyroid hormone no matter what the blood tests show.  If there is fatigue, dry skin, brittle hair and weight gain on a low calorie diet, then there is insufficient thyroid hormone. This is one of the thyroid resistant syndromes or thyroid insensitive syndrome. The pituitary does not respond properly and produce enough TSH.

He asks me a few questions:

Do have have any energy in the mornings? NO
Do I feel refreshed after a night’s sleep? NO
How do my muscles feel? WEAK

He suggests taking Selenium at 200 mg a day and comments how it is really lacking in today’s diet. He asks me if I am taking Omega 3 supplement. I was until the iridologst told me I didn’t need it so he asked if it contained EPA or DHA and I have no idea.

He gave me a sample package of NutraSea Omega-3 to try and said he takes it everyday. I thank him for all of the information and his time and he again mentioned that he would like to see the results of the hormone test.

I do some reading when I get home and as it turns out, on the back of the NutraSea package there is an endorsment from the homopathic doctor that the chiropractor mentioned! I want to start the day with this new omega 3 so I take a look at the one I have. The EPA or DHA is much lower in mine so I take three capsules at dinner.

So I mention all of this to my wife and we both start googling thyroid again and she mentions the simple test that the naturopath told me to do and how your morning body temperature indicates your thyroid. Back then, my body tempurature was really low. I did mention the readings to my naturopath at the time and I guess we got side tracked by other things as it was never mentioned again.

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Entry for July 17, 2006

So I don’t take any enzymes with my supper and  I have a lot of flatuence. She didn’t seem to think I needed any but it’s very clear that the enzymes are very necessary. But I think that I’m partly to blame. When I filled out the survey, I listed my current symptoms and not the symptoms I had before taking the supplements.

Now I don’t know what to think. I’ve tried almost everything to try and solve this stupid internal vibration and the only thing that works with any consistency is by diet. Eating pears and tuna will make them stop. There must be a connection between the two. Seafood and fruit: How much further apart can you get?

In the past eighteen months there is only one doctor that has given me any real success so far…

Doctor Google?

I start by looking up all of the possible symptoms for vitamins and minerals:

Iodine: Copper needed to utilize iodine as needed by the body for thyroid function.

Deficiencies:

Cold intolerance
Brittle nails
Bulging eyes
Constipation
Depression
Dry skin & hair
Elevated blood cholesterol
Excessive sweating
Fatigue
Frequent bowel movements
Goiter (throat swelling)
Hair loss
Hand tremors
Heat intolerance
Heavy periods or less than 28 day cycles
Hypothyroidism
Increased appetite

Irritability
Inability to concentrate
Insomnia
Light periods or longer than 28 day cycles
Low basal body temperature
Low sex drive
Muscle aches and pains
Muscle cramps
Muscle weakness
Nervousness
Over-active Thyroid
Poor memory Puffy face
Rapid pulse
Under-active Thyroid
Weight gains Weight loss

I have a few of the symptoms so I decide to look further…

July 17, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 26, 2005

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Follow up with my doctor and the ultrasound results are in!

He comes into the room with the report and tells me there was no sign of any tapeworm. He goes on to list everything that was checked. The kidneys, liver, pancreas, stomach, and the gallbladder. The end result? Everything was normal. I felt really stupid leading him down this wrong path of tapeworms and for this appointment, I could tell he was maybe a little annoyed with me. He now had the attitude “I’m the doctor and YOU are the patient”

Somewhat humbled, I handed him a list of my new symptoms. The heart palpitations, the pinching in my head, the twiching followed by a flush, the chest pain, the stiff neck pain. He agrees that something is wrong but he doesn’t feel he can do anything more without seeing a specialist.

At this point, I didn’t mention about the naturopath as I didn’t think he would like the fact that I’ve asked for a second opinion. I had the basal temperature readings with me and I was going to mention the thyroid again but because he wasn’t interested in my recent symptoms, I kept it to myself and I didn’t mention the candida diet either.

Maybe I’m going mental. We are now six months along in the pregnancy and maybe it’s just sympathy after all. Nothing is showing up in these test results. I follow up again with the naturopath next week so let’s see what she says.

I’m really starting to think that there is nothing wrong. The Candida diet isn’t showing the significant results I was hoping for and I am still taking the ultra flora. Still not sure if it’s having any effect. I haven’t had the bloated feeling in a while but as I’ve said before, it’s so inconsistant I can’t say for certain if it’s making a difference. I’m starting to get real tired of eating pears all of the time. It is still working for the vibrations but I’m just sick of eating them.

When I follow up with the naturopath, I’ll mention sympathy pregnancy.

Still vibrating

March 5, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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