Month: April 2018

 
In Alan Gaby’s reference book, ‘Nutritional Medicine’, he gives a list of conditions that thiamine can help prevent — neuritis, neuropathy, back pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, diabetes.
 
I just met someone who has severe pain – neuropathy, back pain, sciatica, and more. He had been to expert pain specialists who had given him a prescription for 3500 doses of Lyrica and told him not to come back.
 
The thiamine smelled like cookies to him!
 
I recently met a young woman with Fibromyalgia. The thiamine smelled good to her too.
 
How come I am running into so many with thiamine problems right now?
 
Is it springtime deficiency of vitamin D that is preventing absorption of calcium and then thiamine?
 
Is it the oh-so-prevalent magnesium deficiency that is also hindering absorption of thiamine?
 
Whatever it is, be on the alert for B1 deficiency if you have a pain condition and look to your magnesium, vitamin D and calcium status.
 
Pain is never simple. It can be biomechanical habits, environmental toxins, life stressors, or problem foods but nutrient status can be a big part too. It all flows around with factors influencing other factors. We have a saying in the Health Pursuits group, “When the dominoes start to fall, it isn’t enough to try to prop up just the last one. Effort has to be made to support up them all for success.”
 
That said, I had better get my walk in or I will have more pain and it will be my own fault. (And take my digestive, take my vitamins, eat a good meal and get to bed early. ) Phew! one way to keep out of trouble. Try to be healthy. You won’t have any time to get into mischief.
 
 
 
Interestingly, I have had quite a number of people testing positive on Thiamine recently. I can hardly open the bottle it smells so bad to me but these people found it quite pleasant.
 
Thiamine requires calcium and magnesium for aborption so that gets us into the whole calcium uptake situation with the chain reaching back to vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamin K.
 
For one person, vitamin K seemed to be the requirement.
 
For another magnesium was the requirement.
 
For another it was the calcium and vitamin D situation.
 
Here is an eye opener. Caffeine and alcohol both deplete thiamine so if you like your wine, you might want to add some thiamine to your B complex.
 
As a double whammy, sulphites deplete thiamine so wine with sulphites depletes more. Of course, you could source wine that does not have sulphites.
 
A clue can be that regular magnesium supplements do not work for you and magnesium sulphate does.
 
Makes my brain hurt sorting each situation out.
 
You may be indoors weathering the ice/snow/wind/rain storm so happy researching.
 
Two pieces on CBC reminded me how important it was that our group met once a month for 20 years and shared information that we got from doctors, books, journal articles, etc. Not every piece of information passed the experience test. Those that did helped us all.
 
Almost ten years ago, we watched an amazing video, Strolling under the Skin, by Italian researchers, that showed the amazing structure of shape-shifting fascia and tiny pockets of fluids under the skin. Interestingly, the duodecahedron form is repeated in all tissues and living things.
 
Now a researcher has now posited that this system of pockets is a new organ. Who was it who said there are no new ideas! Check out link below.
 
The other rather connected piece is about Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), especially recurring ones. The lining of the urinary tract was once thought to harbour dormant bacteria that would spring to life now and then to cause the infections.
The solution was to use longer courses of antibiotics.
 
Now,Dr. J. Curtis Nickel, Canada Research Chair in Urologic Pain and Inflammation at Queen’s University, has said that approach is not the best way. He lists cranberry supplements, probiotics, diet, environment, and stress reduction as better ways.
 
Sound familiar? Maybe for the past 20 years? We have also had people cure UTIs by drinking more water, by going off gluten or dairy, by using one-a-day garlic, by keeping their environments free of as many chemicals as possible, by exercising to strengthen core, and many other strategies that did not ‘carpet-bomb’ (Nickel’s phrase) the gut bacteria.
 
You can check out the link to Dr. Nickel below as well.
 
Combine those thoughts with the ‘new organ’ ideas. Interesting juxtaposition.
 
Good work, Health Pursuits members. You are ahead of the curve.
 
Diagnosing UTIs is ‘a dog’s breakfast,’ and that’s affecting women | CBC Radio
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-3-2018-1.4602682/diagnosing-utis-is-a-dog-s-breakfast-and-that-s-affecting-women-1.4602697
 
 
Time to re-think human anatomy, a new ‘organ’ has been found | CBC Radio
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/march-31-2018-a-new-human-internal-organ-tolerating-extreme-cold-volcanic-christianity-and-more-1.4596767/time-to-re-think-human-anatomy-a-new-organ-has-been-found-1.4596785