ps. my boss lost so much hair a couple years back that in the end, she shaved her head. i was going on as usual about supplements for this and that, and when i finally said fertility for zinc she took notice. started taking zinc (and magnesium which eliminates monthly cramping and reduces stress). long (successful) baby story aside, she now also has a full head of hair again
Also consider that taking vitamin D3 with calcium, magnesium, and zinc can be helpful. I take a supplement which combines these last four ingredients and coincidentally found that it seems to have halted my symptoms of Raynaud's syndrome that I was having. I can't prove cause and effect (I suppose I could go off the supplements and see if the Raynaud's returns but that's not something I wish to do).
A novel therapeutic strategy for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome based on nutritional supplements
EDS diet info (w caveat re food elimination diets)
question: have you had any of these levels checked?:
serum zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium, 25(OH)cholecalciferol, vitamin K, ferritin.
...The antioxidant intake (vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and zinc) of women with endometriosis showed a significative statistical difference when data was compared with the control group... The antioxidant intake in women with endometriosis showed an inverse correlation with the pathology intensity. As endometriosis severity intensifies, a [lower] intake of antioxidants is present.
Clinical observations demonstrated serum hypozincemia in depression, which was normalized by effective antidepressant treatment. Moreover, our preliminary clinical study demonstrated the benefit of zinc supplementation in antidepressant therapy. All the data indicate the important role of zinc homeostasis in psychopathology and therapy of depression and potential clinical antidepressant activity of this ion.
Serum zinc and serum copper concentrations during early pregnancy in 84 consecutive primigravidae were correlated to other haematological factors and were also correlated to complications of labour and/or complications affecting the infant. ...One infant showed a congenital heart defect (ventricular septum defect and preductal coarctation of aorta). Her mother showed the lowest serum zinc concentration recorded in the 13th week, but no other abnormal findings. Compared to women with abnormal labours and/or immature infants, mothers with normal deliveries and normal deliveries and normal infants showed significantly higher serum zinc values (p less than 0.001) and significantly lower serum copper concentrations (p less than 0.025) during early pregnancy. A notably high incidence of complications affecting mothers and infants has been recorded among women with low serum zinc. Similarities to effects of experimental zinc deficiency in animals are striking. If (jl: hah!) a low serum zinc reflects a state of deficiency, and this seems to be the case, zinc deficiency is probably common.
(zinc and micronutrient combo)Neuropsychologic performance and growth were most improved after treatment with ZM.
We found that serum zinc was significantly lower in the CFS patients than in the normal controls... There was a trend toward a significant negative correlation
between serum zinc and the severity of CFS and there was a significant and negative correlation between serum zinc and the subjective experience of infection. ... patients with CFS should be treated with specific antioxidants, including zinc supplements
The levels of Mg, Zn, Ca concentrations in serum of patients with FMS were significantly lower than healthy control subjects, while Cu concentration in patients with FMS was significantly higher than healthy control subjects ... levels of Mg, Zn, Ca and Cu may be a good indicator to evaluate this disease.
I don't think you are too far off with just eating right and supplementing. ... Our bodies need what nature provides. Unfortunately it's too easy to eat bad and many if us give in to our cravings ... I was exercising, P90x or insanity workouts, for the last few years. Not religiously but I've done the whole 90 days maybe missing two days. Then I took a break. Got sick, with shingles, that that was about 2 1/2 years ago.
Zinc is an essential trace element integrally involved in a wide range of metabolic processes required for tissue growth and repair as well as being necessary for maintaining host defences. Zinc deficiency can occur from lack of adequate dietary intake, decreased intestinal absorption, and increased losses in the gastrointestinal tract, urine, and sweat. The clinical signs of zinc deficiency can present in a florid manner with dermatitis, alopecia, and diarrhea, or they can be chronic changes with dwarfism and hypogonadism or, the signs may be barely perceptible with low growth rates and hypogeusia. As with all nutritional deficiencies, the possibility of its existence must be considered before the diagnosis can be made. It is not known how severe zinc deficiency must be or how long it has to be present before the characteristic rash appears. However, as biochemical changes of zinc deficiency occur before any clinical changes do, it is likely that metabolic processes have been affected before the rash heralds the presence of zinc deficiency.
a couple years ago, i suggested my boss take magnesium to prevent menstrual cramping and she came to me later and asked if it could make her feel more calm. answer, yes. she commented to me a few months ago that it had really surprised her that the anxiety she had thought was just her basic personality, was actually a nutrient deficiency.
midnight wrote:Wow thanks, sorry for my delay in coming back I've been struggling with a severe cramp that's running up the entire side of my body
I'm going to take my husband to the GP with me next week when he has time off, to help validate the whole thing and make sure they know I'm not mad..
I live in Liverpool at the moment - We don't get printed out results - what happens in the UK is if your GP at your ordinary doctor's clinic (office) orders tests you get given a sheet of paper with the bag for the vials attached and the list of tests on the reverse and you have to go find a blood clinic (they don't take blood at GPs, in fact I'm beginning to wonder what national health service GPs are actually for!!!) you hand it in at the clinic, they stab you, they take it away, you go home, then your GP clinic receptionist calls you in 2-4 weeks (or they forget and you badger them) and just say 'all clear' or 'you have to come in and see your GP' who sits there and tells you something vague and refers you to someone. They must have the actual results on their computer system though - so I should be able to ask??I wouldn't be surprised if it just says 'HIGH' or 'LOW' on their screens though with our wonderful health service ! Asking for results is not something we often do here!!! I'd be regarded as very odd if I tried!
I think it's easier to get your results in an inpatient hospital setting - where you have access to your folder with your notes in..
Thanks Jimmylegs for your amazingly in depth reply - this is going to sound a bit argh, but I HATE taking pills (which is good really as my docs seem to be forgetting to actually TRY to medicate me in any way!) as they get stuck in my throat badly unless they're capsules... would I be able to achieve all the correct vit/min levels through food? I just made a massive list of food sources of zinc, magnesium, potassium, Vit D, B12 and B6....some of the lists are quite small though, like the vit D! Swordfish!
I've been advised to change GP before as they've failed to diagnose some serious things (about two years ago I had glandular fever and ended up in a bad way with a bone infection in my skull from secondary parotitis - I went 5 times to the doctor and they just said 'you have a sore throat! Get over it!' ...unfortunately I live in a bad area, and don't drive - the other surgeries are full and not taking on new patients... I don't really know, it's a toss up between not actually being able to shuffle there on my bad days or finding a good doctor who might be a long way away!
It is known that some trace elements have an influence on the repair of UV light induced DNA damage. We have detected certain alterations in the excision repair of patients with photodermatoses. In these investigations of screening character the levels of zinc, copper, manganese, and iron were measured by means of atomic absorption spectrophotometry in the whole blood of 31 patients with polymorphic light eruption and 27 patients with cutaneous porphyrias. In active stage of polymorphic light eruption decreased zinc, copper, and iron concentrations and an increased manganese content were found. In remission only the zinc level was lower. In the active stage of cutaneous porphyrias a decreased zinc and iron content as well as an increased manganese level could be detected. A presumable connection between the findings and the rate of the excision repair is discussed.
midnight wrote:I have Epsom salts! I'll try them, thanks! I'll try anything, it's horrible.
I'm allergic to the sun so I can't really get the vit D naturally...I have to wear factor 50-60 in the sun (which stops you absorbing vit D, right?), but tbh it barely ever shines here anyway lol... I'm looking at the health food store for supplements now..!
I'm extreeeeemely needle and vein phobic so this regular testing for levels thing (and getting the results!) is going to be an interesting battle on three fronts - getting the doc to want to do them, getting me there and not passing out in a snotty mess like last time (GAH!) and getting the results from them somehow lol. Yay - a challenge!
I'm going to give our GP clinic one last chance next week with my appointment, and then if they suck, I'll try and find the nearest good one.
Someone told me they might want to do a lumbar puncture I can't imagine anything more scary. Oooh. I'm not the right person to need these tests.
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