Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for December 28, 2007

I find it very weird that for the week I’m on vacation I haven’t had one day with cold hands. I’ve been fighting this now for weeks almost on a daily basis. So what’s the difference? There’s been a lot of talk recently about the effects of Bisphenol A and how it’s easily found in plastic water bottles. When I’m at work, I drink at least two litres of water a day with a store bought plastic water bottle. Since I’ve been on vacation, I haven’t been drinking any water. I drink mostly milk or juice from a mug.

Health Effects of Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A has low acute toxicity, with an oral LD50 of 3250 mg/kg in rats, but it is an endocrine disruptor. Low doses of bisphenol A can mimic the body’s own hormones, possibly causing negative health effects. There is thus concern that long term low dose exposure to bisphenol A may induce chronic toxicity in humans.

 

Drink your water in glass, not plastic
By Dr. Colleen Huber, NMD

Plastic polycarbonate bottles such as Nalgene are still popular as drinking water bottles. However polycarbonate releases a chemical known as bisphenol A also know as BPA. Whereas plastic industry safety studies find no significant health effects from typical daily doses of bisphenol A, a full 90% of government studies found harmful health effects especially to children and expecting moms, but also for male sexuality and reproduction as well.

The problem is that bisphenol A acts as a “xenoestrogen,” which just means it’s like the female hormone estrogen, except for two things: 1) it’s foreign to the body, which is what “xeno” means, and 2) it is way more harmful than our natural estrogen for everyone, male and female. Breast cancers are much more of a risk in women who carry a high burden of xenoestrogens, and both sexes are subject to a huge range of other harmful health effects. The most far-reaching effects are birth defects and miscarriages. Another effect is a disruption of beta cell function in the pancreas, which creates a pre-diabetes type condition of high blood insulin and insulin resistance.

We have previously warned our readers never to leave a plastic water bottle on a hot car seat, because the phthalates used in the manufacture of plastics leach into the water that you then drink. Phthalates are another xenoestrogen. However, with the polycarbonate bottles it has been found that even at room temperature, bisphenol A leaches into the water, and more so with increased temperature. Also with repeated use of plastics, you may notice the fine line scratches that you see on an old plastic container. These increase the surface area exposed to the liquid inside and release more of the xenoestrogens into the water.

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May 31, 2009 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for December 17, 2007

I’m finished with the amino acid test so now I just have to find a place to drop it off.  I contacted the Naturopath to find out how it needs to be shipped and I need to pick up some forms from her so I can do that tonight and get it out of here.

At work today, I had cold hands for most of the morning and the only thing I did different was drink less water. Not sure if that is the cause of it because since I went for accupuncture a few years ago I only drink warm water. Would drinking warm water have an effect on my nerves?

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for May 18, 2007

Every alternative health professional will ask you if you are drinking enough water. I love my water now but it was hard getting used to it.

Interestingly, according to this web site, water can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%. I wonder if the Canadian Cancer Society knows this? Is it true fact? Who knows but 79% seems extremely high and yet we have everybody running for a cure that will never happen and nobody ever mentions drinking water. I’d love to see the study that came up with that those stats.

Here are some of the benefits of drinking water.

WATER

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.

Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%.

One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking 64 ounces of water every day?

May 18, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | 1 Comment

Entry for December 22, 2006

Study shows higher levels of potentially toxic chemical in some bottled water

OTTAWA (CP) – A new study into bottled water has found that concentrations of a potentially harmful chemicals increase the longer water is stored in plastic containers.

The research, by a Canadian scientist now working in Germany, involved 132 brands of bottled water from 28 countries produced in containers made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. About 20 brands came from Canada.

In a paper to be published early next year, William Shotyk of the University of Heidelberg found that the concentration of certain chemicals, such as antimony, increases the longer the water sits in the plastic bottle. Shotyk’s study measured concentrations for a period of up to six months.

“It’s increasing over time because (the plastic) is leaching chemicals,” said Shotyk in an interview during a recent visit to Ottawa, where he lectured on his findings.

Shotyk was cautious about the implications for human health, saying more research is needed.

Antimony is a white metallic element that in small doses can cause nausea, dizziness and depression. In large doses, it can be fatal.

“Antimony is similar chemically to lead. It is also a potentially toxic trace element,” said Shotyk.

Most of the Canadian bottle samples had initial antimony levels of about 160 parts per trillion, but six months after sitting in plastic the level had doubled.

However, the levels are still well below the drinking-water standard set by Health Canada at 6,000 parts per trillion. The World Health Organization recommends a standard of 20,000 parts per trillion.

Samples from other countries were found to have antimony levels as high as 2,000 parts per trillion or more.

Elizabeth Griswold, executive director of the Canadian Bottled Water Association, said the study should not raise concerns among consumers about harmful chemicals in bottled water.

“The bottled water in Canada is perfectly safe for human consumption and there is no threat to health in regard to antimony,” Griswold said.

Shotyk said more research is needed about how high the level of antimony can go as water is stored even longer than six months.

“If you bottle water in Europe and ship it to Asia, what is the antimony concentration in that water by the time somebody buys that water and drinks it?” he said.

Shotyk said he plans to test the samples again in a year.

The Polaris Institute, an advocacy group that launched a bottled-water awareness campaign last year, says about 20 per cent of Canadians drink bottled water. The Canadian Bottled Water Association says the bottled water industry’s revenue was $652 million in 2005.

December 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 12, 2006

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Here’s what it says about magnesium on their web site:

Magnesium is required for the production and transfer of energy from protein synthesis for contractility of muscle and excitability of nerves and as a co-factor in a myriad of enzyme system. Magnesium is a natural claiming mineral which aids in relaxing nerves, relieving tension, assisting digestion, and activating enzymes. Magnesium also aids regularity, is necessary to keep vertebrae in their proper position, induces restful sleep, purifies and purges the body tissue, and lowers fever.

Natural Sources: nuts, whole grains, unpolished rice, wheat germs, and green vegetables

Magnesium-2000ppm– 10.0 mg / 5 ml (1tsp)

And here’s a detailed description of how their water is different:

The truth about old school bottled water.

The typical bottled water is either spring water, distilled, or reverse osmosis. Spring water is taken right out of the ground and is not treated or altered in any way. This kind of water may contain bacteria, and is often saturated with compound minerals such as limestone and salt. Distilled water is recondensed water that is basically free of any minerals. The distillation process kills most bacteria and viruses, however they can grow once the water has been bottled. Distilled water is highly acidic and dissolves the plastic containers it is sold and this is called leaching. This is why distilled water tastes so awful and it can also rob your bones of calcium and other minerals. Reverse osmosis is basically drawing water through a fine membrane filter which takes out microscopic pathogens. This process is dependent on the quality of the filter, the higher the quality the lower Total Dissolved Solids will measure in the water. Sometimes manufacturers add some compound mineral to the water to improve the bland acid taste, usually a magnesium helps mellow it out. Sodium flouride, the same kind that causes cancer, is sometimes added to stop bacterial growth.

Here is how Quench Essentials makes the world’s best new school water. The best tasting, best feeling, most satisfying, and best nutritional water around.

We pump water from a private underground source that we own. The water is demineralized of its hard compound minerals which are of little nutritional use. The water is then sterilized with powerful ultraviolet light then passed through a high quality commercial reverse osmosis system. After that the water is carbon filtered to remove any unpleasant tastes or odors that may remain. Then it passes through a restructuring system which re-arranges each water molecule in a uniform pattern erasing any toxilogical patterns that can persist even after potential toxins have been removed. The water is then ionized so that each water molecule becomes independent making the water more absorbable, this is also called dyne diminuation. Then using patented equipment the water is re-energized increasing the Kirlian energy level. Kirlian energy is only emitted from living systems, dead systems do not emit this energy, and dying ones emit very little. Now because our water also has a higher pH level than most bottled water it will not leach the plastic and take on a foul taste. Because of our one-of-a-kind system our water always tastes fresh and sweet, and stays that way no matter how long it is stored. Finally it is ready for the consumer.

We offer two varieties, just good re-energized living water as described above, and also the same with a full compliment of ionized monatomic elements from Boron to Zinc.

I skip my last dose of 300 mg magnesium citrate and replace it with one teaspoon of the magnesium water before I got to bed. Let’s see if it makes a difference.

September 13, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for September 01, 2006

If the water has a bad smell to it, there is a very good reason. I won’t be drinking it that’s for sure…

Smelly water safe to drink
Aug 31, 2006

DURHAM – It may not smell the best, but the Region of Durham says the municipal water is safe to drink. The past few days residents using the municipal water supply along Lake Ontario may notice the tap water has an earthy or musty odour.

Taste and odour episodes, the Region said, are a natural phenomenon caused by seasonal biological changes in Lake Ontario and typically occur in the late summer or early fall but the water is safe to drink.

According to the Region, laboratory testing of both the raw and treated water confirms its bacteriological quality meets all drinking water quality standards set by the Province.

The treatment processes at the Region’s water supply plants in Oshawa, Whitby, Newcastle and Bowmanville are unable to remove all of these odours. The Ajax Water Supply Plant has four granular activated carbon filters to reduce taste and odour levels.

Taste and odour episodes will generally dissipate after water temperatures in the lake start to go down.

September 1, 2006 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for July 23, 2006

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With my advanced knowledge of deficiencies from months of research, all of the symptoms of electromagnetic sensitivity appear to be vitamin/mineral deficiencies and that’s exactly what Kevin Trudeau was saying in his book:

“No matter what disease or illness you have , one of, or a combination of, these four things cause it:

  1. Toxins in your body
  2. Nutritional deficiencies
  3. Exposure to electromagnetic chaos
  4. Mental and/or emotional stress

This is the same book that I started reading in the Naturopath’s office on my first visit. Now I’m wondering if she even read the book at all? I told her about the EMF exposure and how I thought it created a niacin deficiency. She agreed at the time but I think she should’ve reviewed the symptoms again and done some research on the types of vitamins and minerals I needed. She never offered anything more. Instead we chased candidiasis, did a hair analysis that told us nothing that helped my symptoms, and did a very expensive hormone test that came up normal.

On my first appointment she suggested drinking 8 – 10  glasses of water a day and gave me water soluable B vitamins. A recipe for disaster…

That was back on August 4, 2005. As of today, (One week shy of one year) I still have the exact same symptom that I went to see her for: An internal vibration.

Exposure to electricmagnetic chaos can create a nutritional deficiency and it’s not hard to figure out why. If the absorption of vitamin and minerals are effected by electromagnetic exposure, then it’s easy to see that the first signs would be water soluble vitamin deficiencies. And it will be a different set of symptoms for each person because whatever vitamin you happen to be low in, is the one that will show up first. If I was deficient in vitamin C, could I have developed Scurvy? If I was low in Niacin could I have developed Pellegra?

Water-soluble Vitamins

The water-soluble vitamins include vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and Vitamin C, as well as Biotin (B7) and Folic acid (B9). The water-soluble vitamins are not normally stored in the body in any significant amounts. Therefore, they must be consumed in constant daily amounts to avoid depletion and interference with normal metabloic functioning.

I will always give the Naturopath credit for giving me acidophilus and the B vitamins but that was only the start. Everything I have done has provided me with a very small piece of the puzzle and it was up to the patient to piece it all together. Health care shouldn’t have to be like this.

I’ve made mistakes and done some crazy things but sometimes you need to try different things and make those mistakes. In every example of self discovery, it has lead me in another totally different direction and in some cases: Success. If not success, then it gave me something to think about that eventually lead to something else. I’m not a doctor or a scientist or even a self proclaimed health professional. I’m a normal person who is not getting anywhere with the existing health care system so I forced to do my own research and reach my own conclusions.

I love hearing about how so many people in Ontario don’t have a family doctor. What I would like to know is how many of those people don’t have a doctor by choice.

How many more people are like me doing there own research? How many people don’t have time for doing their own research? How many people have blind faith in the health care system as I once did?

A friend at work summed it up like this: It’s like I’m walking down a very long corridor with a closed door every few feet. Every attempt at solving my symptoms allows me to try opening a door. Sometimes it’s locked and sometimes it opens leading to another corridor and another set of doors. For the past few months, I’ve opened so many doors and now I feel so close to that last door.

And I will open that last door…

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Entry for June 28, 2006

Variation in Mineral Content of Bottled Waters

Substantial variations in the concentrations of the three major minerals were observed in the bottled waters studied. Magnesium content ranges from to 126 mg per litre, sodium content ranges from 0 to 1,200 mg per litre, and calcium content ranges from 0 to 546 mg per liter. In general, waters bottled in North America had low mineral contents, while waters bottled in Europe had high mineral contents. For the North American bottled waters, the median concentration for magnesium was 2.5 mg per liter, for sodium it was 5 mg per liter, and for calcium it was 8 mg per liter, For the European bottled waters, the median concentration for magnesium was 23.5 mg per litre, for sodium it was 20 mg per litre, and for calcium it was 115 mg per litre.

When comparing the mineral contents of bottled water, it is important to know the variation of the mineral content from bottle to bottle. According to the technical director of the International Bottled Water Association, variation of mineral content is less than 5% (Arthur von Wiesenberger, personal communication) mainly due to different testing methods. We did not find any published studies that looked at the mineral content of tap water. However, from the limited information we were able to obtain, it appears that tap water in major North American cities contains relatively low levels of magnesium (<48 mg per liter), sodium (< 195 mg per litre), and calcium(<85 mg per litre).

June 28, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 28, 2006

I’ve been taking my regular amount of B-Complex vitamins this week and besides some mild stomach cramps and diarrhea after taking my vitamins this morning I felt fine. 

Went down to Shoppers and bought some snack cereal I could eat throughout the day. I picked Kellogg’s Mini Wheats because they were high in Thiamine and 6 grams of fibre. Not the best choice I suppose, but I’ll try it to see if it has any effect.

By the late afternoon, I have that weird feeling like something is going to happen but never does. I splash my face with water a few times, I drink a little of Arthur’s Green Energy but there is no improvement.

I have my bottled water so I drink half a bottle (250 ml)  at a really fast pace and I feel better. I’m really starting to wonder about this magnesium deficiency. Almost every day for as long as I can remember, I’ve always needed a chocolate bar in the early afternoons but I’ve quit doing that for a week now. I read somewhere that people who are deficient in magnesium crave chocolate. Could it be that I was craving the magnesium in chocolate?

Magnesium is also in bottled water… and I’m not drinking as much because of the B vitamins. Down to shoppers for some magnesium.

June 28, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 18, 2006

Woke up today and took my new daily dosage of vitamins and about half an hour later I feel that weird kind of feeling in my head. I had the same feeling yesterday and I figure it’s the shock of the vitamins working.

Around one o’clock I don’t feel so good. For the last few hours I have a weird mild pinching in my chest. It’s the same feeling I had the very first time taking B complex vitamins. I lie down on the couch to have a rest and I notice that I’m vibrating. How is this possible when I only took my vitamins a few hours ago? I have a theory…

Because most B vitamins vitamins are water-soluble, the body can only absorb so much while it’s present in the body. Doctor Google?

Water-soluble vitamins

  • B-complex vitamins and vitamin C are water-soluble vitamins that are not stored in the body and must be replaced each day.
  • Use of megadoses of vitamins is not recommended.
  • These vitamins are easily destroyed or washed out during food storage and preparation.
  • The B-complex group is found in a variety of foods: cereal grains, meat, poultry, eggs, fish, milk, legumes and fresh vegetables.
  • Citrus fruits are good sources of vitamin C.Vitamins are essential nutrients found in foods. The requirements are small but they perform specific and vital functions essential for maintaining health.

    The two types of vitamins are classified by the materials in which they will dissolve. Fat-soluble vitamins — vitamins A, D, E and K — dissolve in fat before they are absorbed in the blood stream to carry out their functions. Excesses of these vitamins are stored in the liver. Because they are stored, they are not needed every day in the diet.

    By contrast, water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water and are not stored; they are eliminated in urine. We need a continuous supply of them in our diets. The water-soluble vitamins are the B-complex group and vitamin C.

    Water-soluble vitamins are easily destroyed or washed out during food storage or preparation. Proper storage and preparation of food can minimize vitamin loss. To reduce vitamin loss, refrigerate fresh produce, keep milk and grains away from strong light, and use the cooking water from vegetables to prepare soups.

    Vitamin B-Complex

    Eight of the water-soluble vitamins are known as the B-complex group: thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, biotin and pantothenic acid. These vitamins are widely distributed in foods. Their influence is felt in many parts of the body. They function as coenzymes that help the body obtain energy from food. They also are important for normal appetite, good vision, healthy skin, healthy nervous system and red blood cell formation.

    Beriberi, pellagra and pernicious anemia are three well-known B-vitamin deficiencies. These diseases are not a problem in the United States, but occasionally they occur when people omit certain foods or overeat certain foods at the expense of others. Alcoholics are especially prone to thiamin deficiency because alcohol replaces food.

    When grains and grain products are refined, essential nutrients lost during processing are put back into these foods through a process called enrichment. Among the nutrients added during the enrichment process are thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, folate and iron. Some examples of enriched grain products are white rice, many breakfast cereals, white flour, breads, and pasta.

  • Another web site suggested taking 100 mg of thiamine three times a day to help any kind of deficiency because it is water soluble. I’m willing to bet the fact that I’ve been drinking 2 litres of water a day is minimizing the effect of the B vitamin absorbtion. I’ll try to cut down on my water intake for the week and see what happens.

    June 18, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

    Entry for May 17, 2006

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    Here is a picture taken on June 19th, 2004.

     For years now I’ve had chapped lips and nothing seems to work to heel it. This is not something new and I have tried drinking more water and different kinds of lip balm and nothing ever worked. On every acupuncture appoinment, the doctor would look at my lips and ask me if I was drinking enough water and everytime I would answer two litres a day. She thought it was strange that after ten weeks of drinking two litres that it was still very visible.

    Occasionally I would also have red, itchy eyes and they have always been sensitive to light. If I forget my sunglasses on a sunny day, I’ll go back inside the house to get them. Usually I thought it was my allergies or lack of sleep and I would use allergy eye drops and go about my day. Then I came across something very interesting today:

    Riboflavin Deficiency Symptoms:

    • swelling and fissuring of the lips (cheilosis)
    • ulceration and cracking of the angles of the mouth (angular stomatitisis)
    • oily, scaly skin rashes on the scrotum, vulva, or area between the nose and lips
    • inflammation of the tongue
    • red, itchy eyes that are sensitive to light

    The nervous symptoms of riboflavin deficiency include:

    • Numbness of the hands
    • Decreased sensitivity to touch, temperature, and vibration

    Riboflavin deficiency includes a nervous symptom of a vibration??? Holy cow! Again, Doctor Google is light years ahead of mainstream healthcare. Seems a vibration is quite common within vitamin deficiencies. Every doctor I’ve mentioned the vibration to looks at me like I’m a raving lunatic.

    Another web site says that with a B2 deficiency, the cheilosis occurs in the middle of the bottom lip. Right were I happen to have one. Will have to do some more research…

    Wasn’t vibrating when I went to bed but I was when I woke up. This has been happening a lot lately. On my way home from work I dropped into the health food store and picked up a multivitamin that I used to take along with a 100 mg B2 suppliment and take them both with my dinner. Tonight was my last dose of the chinese herb for my sinuses.

    I was reading about how taking a multivitamin is best for the body because it can provide a wide variety of minerals and that allows the body to take what it needs and discard the rest.

    I am still not eating any microwaveable food and I’m not sure if it’s had any effect for not. I guess I’m not patient enough and should probably try it for a couple of months but it is actually quite hard to keep up.

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

    Entry for May 07, 2006

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    Then I find another article that talks about the effects of microwaved water!!!

    Do this at home: Test your microwave
    By Larry Cook

    If you have ever wondered whether or not microwaved food is safe, here’s an experiment you can do at home: Plant seeds in two pots. Water one pot with water that has been microwaved, the other with regular tap water.

    The seeds that received microwaved water won’t sprout. If microwaved water can stop plants from growing, think of what microwaved food can do to your health!

    May 7, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

    Entry for April 10, 2006

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    I’ve increased by fruit intake by eating a lot of apples, pears and bananas. Still drinking two litres of water but I don’t feel any better for it.

    I’ve had other projects on the go recently so I haven’t been reading the book by Kevin Trudeau and I also haven’t had time to fill out that twenty page questionaire from Women’s College.

    Didn’t notice any difference taking Vitamin C with bananas but it was worth trying…Still taking about 2500-3000 mg of Vitamin C with two doses of acidophilus.

    I had a very close friend call me up today and asked me how I was feeling. I told him about the 20 page questionaire and that I’m really hesitant to take it to my doctor. He convinced me to make the follow up appointment and said if that didn’t work, he would recommend his own doctor. His daughter works in a walk-in clinic and she said she could push me to the front of the line. (Great to have friends in high places…) So I leave it with him that I will follow up with my own doctor and if I don’t get anywhere, I’ll call him.

    Made the follow up appointment for May 5th at 9:00 AM. (Fingers crossed)

    Still vibrating…

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

    Entry for March 22, 2006

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    A very interesting day to say the least…

    Mornings are usually very tough for me but today was completely different. I woke up around five o’clock and felt like I could run in a race. I had a glass of warm water, a bowl of oats and it was off to work. I was so happy about the way I was feeling because I’ve never felt this good.

    For lunch I had a tuna sandwich with apple juice. It’s something I’ve had on a regular basis from the Coffee Time downstairs. Around two o’clock I start feeling lightheaded, I feel “weird” like something is going to happen and the internal vibrations are a bit stronger. I have a burning sensation in my chest and I notice that my mouth is dry. The only thing I’ve done differently is I didn’t drink as much water in the morning and I forgot to take my Vitamin C.

    So I take the Vitamin C and start drinking lots of water and splashing it on my face. With the acupuncture doctor saying I should follow up with my regular doctor for the high blood pressure, I really don’t like the feeling so I leave work to go to a walk in clinic.

    I take a taxi to the nearest one and I fill out their patient form and wait. I have my water with me so I make sure I’m still drinking. I go to the bathroom three times before he sees me and I don’t appear to have any of the strange feelings I had earlier in the day. I tell him about the high blood pressure and that I’ve been monitoring it and he talks a reading. 130/80 Normal range. He listens to my lungs and says everything sounds normal. He offers to have an ECG done if I’m concerned about it so I agree. It’s been eight months since I had my last one and back then the only symptom was the internal vibration.

    The nurse takes a reading and after a while the doctor comes back with the chart. He shows it to me and it has a small variation in the rhythm. I tell him about my right bundle branch block and he agrees that it’s probably the case and says he is only trained to know what a normal ECG looks like so he’ll send this to a specialist to get his opinion. He also says he wants a blood test just to make sure. If the heart is in any kind of distress, it will release traceable enzymes. He said to follow up with him next Wednesday the 29th for the results.

    I’m looking at the blood test form and he’s written the letters “CK, TSH, LDL and HDL”

    Because I’m in the same area as the acupuncture doctor, I drop in to see if there are any side effects from the cupping procedure. My doctor doesn’t start until five o’clock so I start talking to another lady. I tell her my story and she explains how the treatment of acupuncture and cupping could not cause my chest pain. She explained things very thoroughly and I’m happy with what I am hearing.

    I’ll die another day.

    March 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Entry for March 21, 2006

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    Today is my second appointment for acupuncture and I’m very eager to get started. She checks my tongue and says there is no improvement. She asks me if any of her recommendations have made any difference.

    1. Drink one glass of warm water every morning.
    2. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
    3. For breakfast eat a bowl of oatmeal with sliced apple.
    4. Soak my feet in really hot water for five minutes before going to bed.

    I told her that I have been doing her suggestions and I don’t feel any different with the exception of the blockage in my nose and I’m going to the washroom a lot more. She’s very happy to hear about the progress and says it’s a good sign because the first treatment of acupuncture is very mild to see how the body reacts. She asks about the blood pressure and I tell her I have been doing the readings and getting varied results. Sometimes it’s normal, other times it’s high and I start to panic. I’ve been drinking lots of water lately so she says she wants to take a reading before the treatment and again at the end. The first reading is 141/98 pulse: 88. It’s still high and recommends that I go to my family doctor as a precaution. I haven’t seen my regular doctor since I’ve made the EMF discovery so it’s a good time to follow up with him.

    I tell her that I’ve recently had a complete physical and nothing was ever mentioned and that high blood pressure is a symptom of EMF exposure. She agrees and tells me she did some research about electromagnetic sensitivity.

    Not only do I have a doctor that actually agrees with what I have, she does her own research and I have results after one appointment. Now that’s what I expect from a very good doctor.

    We get started with the treatment and she said she’ll expand the treatment to help me with my high blood pressure and bowel movements. She notices my hands and feet are still cold. They’ve always been like that and she thinks part of my problem is poor blood circulation. She says the allergies have effected my lung capacity. I’m not breathing deep enough and it’s affecting the pumping of the heart. WOW! This is making a lot of sense. Why has no one else has mentioned this? I’m really starting to think western medicine is such a joke.

    I start telling her about the sharp pain in my chest two years ago and that I had checked out by a cardiologist. I had an ECG, heart echo and stress test. I know I’ve had this sharp pain for a very long time but I never did anything about because it always went away and there were no other symptoms. She said it was probably caused by my lungs and my allergies. She asks me if I had any other symptoms when I felt the sharp pain. Nope, just a sharp pain and I wasn’t able to take a deep breath until it went away. It probably wasn’t the heart then. This makes so much sense it’s truly amazing. I know I’ve had the allergies since I lived in Orangeville and if I had to guess, it started around 1990. I also know I’ve had the sharp pinch for a very long time but don’t recall when it started because I never went to a doctor about it. The only thing I remember was telling my dad about it and he thought it was gas. So it was forgotten. It happens about once a year or maybe longer so I never thought anything of it.

    She starts with a new technique called cupping to draw the heat out from my lungs. She has a bunch of small round glass jars and asks me to lie down on my back. She applies them to my skin one by one for about ten minutes. It doesn’t hurt and there is a lot of pulling and suction. She tells me that this procedure will cause my skin to bruise and it might go red, yellow, blue or purple and this is quite normal. One of her patients actually refers to it as the pepperoni treatment. (See picture)

    Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.  In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle.

    After the Cupping, she starts with the needles in the exact same places as last week and she asks me if I can feel my internal vibrations as I’m lying down. Nope nothing. So she tells me to relax and to call her if I feel any internal temors. A few minutes later, I start feeling the internal vibrations with a dead feeling in my arms and then it goes away. A few minutes later, I feel them again. I call her back into the room and she says the vibrations are a normal sensation from the acupuncture and she uses tiger balm to massage my arms.

    Finished with another treatment and I am feeling good. She takes my blood pressure again and it’s come down.  134/80 pulse: 76 So either I’m more relaxed now or the acupuncture is working.

    Still vibrating but making progress with my allergies…

    March 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Entry for March 15, 2006

    It seemed only natural that I would eventually come across the book by Kevin Trudeau. In the first chapter he talks about his own personal experience with the health care system in America. He talks about how after extensive testing he was diagnosed with an incurable heart condition. His doctor said he would have a few years to live with many complications. Not happy with that answer he found an alternative approach and found a doctor who used a diagnostic device called the Dermatron machine. This doctor found his problem right away and told him of a natural procedure that was only available other counties. His condition was incurable in America because the FDA did not approve of the treatments but it was available in Switzerland and Mexico and it would correct the problem by rebuilding the heart.

    He goes on to talk about how we have more people today with medical conditions than ever before in history. We have never had the type of computer technology available for us until now yet we NEVER hear of any diseases being cured. According the Kevin Trudeau, it’s all about the money and how the drug companies stand to make billions and billions in profit. The drug companies and a corrupt government are to blame by making us sick in the food we eat and the medical profession wants to fix everything with drugs.

    He talks about how the Food and Drug Administration allows all kinds of chemicals into the food we eat to make it more addictive, to make us more hungry, to make us fatter and to increase the shelf life so it can last forever. He gives an example of a burger chain that actually adds hamburger flavor to the meat because it’s been so modified it that it doesn’t even taste like meat anymore.

    The irony? We had a HUGE pot luck lunch today and everyone ate so much that we had a tonne of leftover food that remained in the lunch room for the rest of the afternoon. As someone passes by my desk I overhear them say that no matter how much they eat, they are still hungry. Too funny.

    So why do the pharmaceutical companies advertise prescription drugs on television? If doctors are the only ones who are medically trained to prescribe it, why advertise? What benefit does it have to the average consumer? They want people to go to a doctor and tell them what they want whether they need it or not. Why? According the Kevin Trudeau, it’s all about the money and this is making a lot of sense but should really come as no surprise.

    I find it mildly amusing that I bought his book at Shoppers Drug Mart. Canada’s biggest pharmaceutical store.

    Over the past ten months I have been bounced around within the Ontario Health Care system from doctor to doctor without any one of them saying “Based on your symptoms, this is what you have.” Fed up with the entire process, my frustration led me to seek out alternative methods. My medical doctor was content from the generic testing that nothing was wrong. I rarely get sick, I never go to a doctor for a cold but I knew with absolute certainty that something was very wrong. My symptoms were weird and unusual and in most cases very mild but something was very wrong.

    I could never figure out why he was happy with the test results showing normal when I still had a variety of symptoms. Wouldn’t it make sense to do more in depth testing if the results so far showed normal? If the tests aren’t showing anything, maybe you are doing the wrong type of tests! If a doctor can’t help you by prescribing drugs, they can’t really help you at all.

    It’s the day after my acupuncture treatment. I wake up and notice a difference right away. I didn’t have the usual blockage in my nose that I’ve always had for fifteen years. Improvement with my sinusitis! Holy cow it’s working! I get up, drink the warm water, eat my oatmeal and it’s off to work.

    I have this weird sensation in my head for most of the day. Nothing like any of my symptoms before so I figure it’s just a side effect from the acupuncture. The doctor did mention to document anything unusual.

    I’ve taken my new Vitamin C and I drink about 2 litres of bottled water throughout the day.

    March 16, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Entry for March 14, 2006

    Book in hand, I leave work early and go to my Acupuncture appointment. I walk inside and they offer me a warm glass of water while I’m waiting. It’s freezing cold and windy outside so it’s a great way to start.

    I meet the doctor and she asks me to fill out a patient form with my medical history. I write down the key symptoms including my foot pain and we begin. We talk about my timeline along with the successes and failures and she presses down on my wrist. I thought she was taking my pulse but then she tells me she is listening to my lungs via Chinese pulse diagnosis.

    Then she asks to see my tongue… Huh? She looks at it closely and says based on the shape, I have problems with my digestive system and heart and she asks me if I have high blood pressure. Nope! I’ve had it checked on numerous occasions during this past year and I am in perfect shape and she asks me if it’s okay to take a reading.

    She tells me that the tongue diagnosis is one of the most important forms of diagnosis used in Chinese medicine. She takes a reading and tells me my blood pressure is in the high range of 138/113. That sounded high but my regular doctor never mentioned it before and he takes a reading before every appointment. She says it’s high enough that I should be monitoring it every few days. I didn’t mention my mitral valve heart problem on the form so I tell her about that.  I’m starting to wonder if my mild chest pain and shortness of breath has been high blood pressure all along?

    After the examination she tells me more about Traditional Chinese Healing and how the body is one complex system and all connected. She explains in detail how acupuncture works and the effects. She explains that my allergies that I’ve had for so long has weakened my body and may be the root cause of my other problems. She suggests a treatment that starts with clearing the allergy symptoms and the digestive system. Over time, she’ll expand the treatment and we’ll monitor if it has any effect on the other symptoms. Sounds good. Let’s get started!

    I lay down on the bed and she begins poking with the needles. When I say needles, they actually look like small toothpics and they don’t hurt at all. She gives me a full head massage, adds more needles and asks me to relax.

    After the treatment she makes four suggestions to my lifestyle:

    1. Drink one glass of warm water every morning.
    2. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
    3. For breakfast eat a bowl of oatmeal with sliced apple.
    4. Soak my feet in really hot water for five minutes before going to bed.

    Okay. This isn’t so bad…I can do this.

    She also says my Vitamin C intake of 1500-2500 is too much. She recommends a different type called Redoxon that disolves in water.

    When I get home, I do some reading on the symptoms of EMF and increased blood pressure is one of the symptoms. After some googling I discover that oatmeal is a natural way to lower blood pressure and the site displays a chart for blood pressure and divides a range into five zones. My blood pressure of 138/113 is shown as “Normal High” for the Systolic pressure and “Severe Stage Three” for my Diastolic pressure. So is it high because I’m nervous or is it because of my current symptoms? I’ll take a reading over the next few days to find out.

    Heart trouble? For a 35 year old? I had my heart checked out two years ago by a cardiologist when they discovered the RBBB (Right Branch Bundle Block) and I’ve also had a recent ECG with my phsyical.

    It was now late in the day and the only train left was the all stops to Oshawa. It will take FOREVER to get home. I’ve got my new book so I’ll start reading. I manage to finish the first two chapters and I’m hooked. 

    I can’t believe what I am reading…

    March 14, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

       

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