Category Archives: Anti-inflammatory

Vitamin D Deficiency May Explain Why Black People Have Higher COVID Mortality Rates

An MIT study has found that race plays a major role, as much as age and one’s preexisting conditions, in a COVID-19 patient’s chance of survival. Apparently, black people have a higher death rate.

CBS Boston quotes the study author thus: “We controlled for that share of the population that has health insurance, diabetes, smoking, obesity. So, it’s got to be something that’s not that. It could be something like the quality of the insurance or the quality of the health care system.” In other words, they aren’t saying it overtly, but I think it is implied that the insurance and health care systems might be “racist,”  as a reference to “systemic racism” that we’ve been hearing about in the news these days.

But there is a good explanation in terms of certain dietary factors. Like lack of vitamin D is a good explanation, in my opinion. Northwestern University researchers have found that those COVID-19 patients with severe vitamin D deficiency have much higher COVID mortality rates.

Now, some people have criticized that study citing that mainly age is the relevant factor for COVID-19 fatality rates. A high percentage of the COVID-19 deaths are taking place in nursing homes. But the vitamin D deficiency theory makes sense to me given that COVID-19 involves the respiratory tract and fluid buildup in the lungs. According to this article published at NIH, “Vitamin D appears capable of inhibiting pulmonary inflammatory responses while enhancing innate defence mechanisms against respiratory pathogens.”

This article on The Lancet backs up those findings regarding vitamin D deficiency and COVID, citing additional studies, and it mentions that “black and minority ethnic people—who are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency because they have darker skin—seem to be worse affected than white people by COVID-19.”

This study on NIH states: “Blacks and Hispanics consistently manifest lower serum concentrations of 25(OH)D than non-Hispanic whites [8–12], primarily because increased skin pigmentation inhibits cutaneous synthesis of cholecalciferol, the metabolic precursor to 25(OH)D [13]. This has led many investigators to conclude that blacks and Hispanics are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency than whites [8–12], and as a result, may also have increased risk of developing associated chronic disease conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer [14, 15].” (And COVID-19?)

For some reason it really seems to be difficult to get mainstream medical practitioners, researchers and journalists to take the importance of nutrition (and malnutrition) seriously. It has been my own personal experience that mainstream doctors are either overly (and irrationally) faithful in the pharmaceutical industry or they are just dishonestly connected to those companies, or both.

Note how the government “public health experts” such as Dr. Fauci and our state officials rarely if ever even mention the importance of being nutritionally fit to defend against COVID-19 or any other type of disease including the flu.

But I think that the initial MIT researchers I mentioned at the top in their not even considering nutritional deficiencies and instead wanting to look at the insurance or health care systems, tells us something.

Dietary Intervention Shown to Lift Depression

As another follow-up on my post yesterday on depression and psychiatric drugs, I wanted to link to this informative article by Dr. Mercola on how dietary intervention lifts depression.

In the article, Dr. Mercola mentions that both sugary and artificially sweetened beverages have been linked to an increased risk of depression, and he references a study that found that adolescents who have high sodium and low potassium in urine experience more symptoms of depression. He goes into detail as to how sugar negatively affects mental health. And he notes a study showing that young adults being given a Mediterranean diet had a “significant reduction” in depression after 3 weeks, that such a diet can reduce inflammation as well, and he gives some important nutritional information. I’m glad I already have changed my diet, that’s for sure.

Autism and Inflammation

An article at Health Impact News, which I very much recommend, discusses some recent studies which show a link between brain inflammation and autism. A Tufts University study calls inflammation the “main driver behind autism,” and a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center study found “evidence suggesting that an immune response targeting specialized cells in the brain resulted in chronic inflammation in two thirds of autistic brains analyzed postmortem,” according to Health Impact News.

The article points out other past studies showing a linkage between brain inflammation and autism. It also pointed to another study showing a linkage between intestinal inflammation and autism as well. The article notes that “67 percent (of children diagnosed with autism) more likely to be diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) than their peers (not diagnosed with autism).”

The prevalence of autism diagnoses in children seems to have skyrocketed between 1980 and 2002, and especially since 2002.

Now, some particular contributors to brain inflammation and autism, as noted by the article, have been vaccines. Children are being given too many vaccine shots at too young an age.

And based on my own experiences and research, I would say that there are other contributors to inflammation as well.

Stress is a large contributor to inflammation, as shown in this article. And it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that some children might have symptoms as a result of inflammation, because many children have a lot of emotional stress in their lives, especially those who are abused, molested, or neglected in the home.

Also, since the September 11th terrorist attacks of 2001, also known as 9/11, little children have been further stressed and terrorized by constant government pronouncements that “the terrorists are out to get us,” as repeated in the news media. The kids also are now exposed to totally unnecessary terrorism drills in the schools, and traveling children have been the victims of abuse, molesting and groping by TSA agents.

I don’t know how many photos or videos I have seen online or articles I’ve read regarding the crying little kids being criminally molested by the airport gestapo who believe that every little kid (and Grandma) is a terror suspect and anal cavity searches are in order. It’s sick.

Besides the TSA gestapo, the exaggerated terror threat and invasive “security” procedures that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have caused and Obama and Trump have continued to authorize, today’s children are also having to deal with stressful situations in their own families. They have to deal with a mommy who is too distracted with her precious iPhone and texting while ignoring and neglecting her kid, or a daddy who is too preoccupied with his Internet porn, and so on.

So besides the parents too glued to their electronics, the kids themselves are spending too much time on their own devices, staring into screens all day, and that causes emotional stress as well. According to Psychology Today, kids spending too much time staring into their screens causes more stress and problems with sleep and mood, and actually can impede brain development in children.

So I can see how such stresses in a child’s life, certainly more than I had to deal with when I was growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, can contribute to inflammation.

Besides stress, there are other causes of inflammation. According to this 2018 Healthline article, sugar, sugary foods and high fructose corn syrup have been shown to cause more inflammation. But you probably already knew that. “In one study, mice fed high-sucrose diets developed breast cancer that spread to their lungs — in part due to the inflammatory response to sugar,” notes the Healthline article. And, “In another study, the anti-inflammatory impact of omega-3 fatty acids was impaired in mice fed a high-sugar diet.”

Hmm, that explains, at least in part, the ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon) relapses I continued to have during the years that I drank Ensure, which is high in sugar, as I wrote in my post on my medical ordeal.

Also in the Healthline article, besides the sugar and high fructose corn syrup, other food related contributors to inflammation include artificial trans fats (as distinguished from natural trans fats found in dairy and meats), vegetable and seed oils (many of which are high in omega 6), refined carbohydrates (“found in candy, bread, pasta, pastries, some cereals, cookies, cakes, sugary soft drinks and all processed food that contains added sugar or flour”), excessive alcohol and processed meat.

I remember as a kid and even into my 20s eating those processed lunch meats. No wonder I had such problems. And I also ate a lot of junk food sweets. I can see the linkage of those products and probable inflammation, and the emotional and behavioral issues I had, as well as the ulcerative colitis I developed later on. I don’t want to say that I had actual “autism” as a kid. But I can say, given my years and experiences with ulcerative colitis, that I had “inflammation.”

Perhaps doctors can look more closely at possible diagnoses of inflammation in kids. People can prevent inflammation, not only by trying to reduce stress and eating foods that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties, but by not eating foods (mentioned above) that are known to cause inflammation.

Avoiding spending too much time staring into your electronics and screens can’t hurt either.

And I know I’ve thrown a lot of ideas into this one post, but it’s important to make connections, such as between autism and inflammation, and the causes of inflammation.

Regarding My Post on My Medical Ordeal

I’ve been wanting to blog here more regularly but either I just don’t have enough time to do this or I have what is sometimes known as “writer’s block.”

One essay that I did spend a lot of time on was my detailed post on my years-long ordeal with my ulcerative colitis, the doctors’ bad advice and bad prescription drugs, and/or the corrupt and dishonest doctors I had to deal with. I had emailed that post to several people including some non-Establishment medical doctors and people who run alternative medicine websites.

Maybe I didn’t do as good a job as I thought on the post, I don’t know. But I did spend a lot of time on it, over a period of months, and didn’t post it until I was sure it was good enough. So I haven’t gotten any feedback on it, so far. Maybe readers can check it out if you hadn’t seen it. Perhaps it could use a re-write? I hope not. At some subsequent point, I did add a summary of the ordeal at the top of the post.

Update on Olive Oil and Omega 3 and 6

I know I’ve posted several blogs on olive oil and fish recently, but here is another one of my posts in which I go over my own experiences with nutritional issues and some of the things I have learned.

Now, I am just an amateur at all this, which is one reason why I have had to change my diet several times over the years. I learn something new or something more accurate about the foods or supplements I have been having.

So after seeing the article on olive oil by Mark Sisson that I linked to previously, I have looked into the issue more and now I’ve concluded that maybe I had been consuming too much olive oil. (Yes, I guess you can have too much.)

Since maybe 2016 I have been having 6 tablespoons per day of extra virgin olive oil. The reason why I increased it at that time was because I had been drinking Ensure like four 8 oz. bottles per day since the year 2000, and I gradually ended that starting in September 2013 until the final one in June 2016.

The reason for the Ensure was mainly to get “healthy” calories, which it gave me, as well as some nutrition because I have my sensitive digestive condition ulcerative colitis and can’t eat most vegetables and other foods. But I realized that it’s not a good idea to have Ensure regularly in the long term.

To go with ending the Ensure I did several things to make up for what I had been used to for those years. I added the carrot juice and grape juice, as well as magnesium and zinc supplements, and increased the extra virgin olive oil.

I looked into olive oil at that time and it seemed like it would be okay to have that many 1-tablespoon servings per day. However, now that I’ve looked into it again, I am seeing that it’s probably not a good idea to do that, mainly because olive oil’s omega 6 (which is pro-inflammatory) content is quite high and its omega 3 (anti-inflammatory) is quite low in comparison.

So I am someone who already has inflammatory issues and it might not be a good idea to be getting what very well might be too much omega 6 (which I believe Ensure probably has, by the way, because of its use of corn oil which is way high in omega 6, and canola oil which is also higher in omega 6 than omega 3).

Apparently, there needs to be the right ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Some say it should be 4:1 and some say it should be 1:1. In modern heart-diseased Western society, the ratio has been way out of whack, like 20:1 or worse, because of the way processed foods are produced using the “bad” vegetable oils, such as corn oil and soybean oil. Supposedly that has changed the content of the livestock feed and thus the “fatty acid profile” of our meats, according to Chris Kresser (and see another recent article of his I found informative).

So at the same time that I have reduced the extra virgin olive oil from 6 to 4 tablespoon servings per day (for now), I have increased my fish consumption, in order to increase my omega 3 per day. My eggs which say they contain a higher amount of omega 3 are not reliable.

I know that I mentioned here before that besides the Ensure I was also taking fish oil softgels for about 10 years and learned that that might not be a good idea in the long term either. And I tried switching to just eating fish, but it seemed that my sensitive digestive issues had a problem with the fish, so I then relied on the omega 3-enhanced eggs. But now for the past few weeks I have been eating the fish again and so far it doesn’t seem to be causing a problem. And that’s the canned sardines just 1/2 of a can every other day is what I’m doing now. (Unfortunately, the canned sardines are very expensive, but that’s the way it is now.)

A reason that I was having the extra virgin olive oil (after ending the Ensure) was to make sure that I get enough calories and fats per day. I’m sure (or I hope) that reducing the extra virgin olive oil while increasing the fish shouldn’t cause me to have inadequate calories per day. But this is getting a little frustrating though.

UPDATE: Now it’s 9/18/19, and I have reduced the extra virgin olive oil to 3 1-tbsp servings per day, and I’ll stick with that. And I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve been having a 1/2 can of sardines every other day. (But it’s a little expensive.) In my more recent research, this 2014 article by Mark Sisson mentions that the omega 3 to omega 6 ratio may not matter, and that as long as you are getting enough omega 3, that’s what matters. In my view, eating actual fish is probably better and healthier than taking those fish oil pills.

On Eating Fish

One thing I mentioned in my post on my ordeal with doctors’ bad advice and prescription drugs was that I had been taking fish oil softgels for about 10 years, until I read that it might not be a good idea to take those things regularly in the long term. So I tried to switch to just eating fish. But that was a problem for my sensitive digestive system, for some reason. However, I have been getting the canned sardines again, and having between one-fourth to one-half of the can, like every 4 days or so. (It’s very expensive, though, having it regularly, if you want the higher quality products.)

It’s very important to get that omega 3, and fish is a huge source of that. (Although, as I wrote in this post, too much omega 3 might not be a good thing.) Omega 3 provides an important anti-inflammatory effect, and my particular medical condition is ulcerative colitis, or inflammation of the colon. I’ve also had some issues with osteoarthritis that I determined was to do with excessive vitamin C, and some issues with arm pain that I think that had been to do with magnesium, lack thereof, or too much from supplement form.

So, for me inflammation has been an issue in several ways. And also, one major source or cause of inflammation is stress. Psychological stress can really affect things physically.

Regarding the omega 3 and fish, as I mentioned I have been eating the canned sardines again, mainly to get that omega 3. I had been relying on the “omega 3-enhanced eggs,” which still do not seem to be satisfactory.

Anyway, what got me to do this post was a very informative article by Mark Sisson on his blog, “The Definitive Guide to Fish: Why And How to Eat It.” Bon appétit, everyone.

Olive Oil, Omega 3 – Good? Bad? A Little In Between?

This New York Times article about “10 findings that contradict medical wisdom” links to a study from 2013 attempting to debunk the “myth” that omega 3 fatty acids reduce incidents of heart attacks via omega 3’s ability to reduce inflammation.

Now, I have written about omega 3 before, particularly in my post on “Relief Factor,” which if taken as directed 3 times per day, gives people a whopping 2700 mg of omega 3 in one day alone, which I believe is WAY too much.

But the study the Times cites uses some sort of omega 3 capsule of 1 gram, given to people with previous heart disease or heart attacks. The study concluded that the omega 3 did not reduce subsequent heart attacks as compared to the “placebo.” However, the placebo they used was OLIVE OIL!! I couldn’t believe it!

Both omega 3, such as from fish oil, and olive oil have been shown to reduce inflammation. That is what I have been reading and hearing for many years now. So, if the researchers used olive oil as a placebo, then no wonder there seems to be no difference between the two as far as reducing inflammation.

What is it with these researchers that they would use olive oil as a placebo? Who would do that? But then, that specific study is partly funded by Pfizer, maker of lipitor, a statin drug (which I blame as causing my father’s two strokes and arterial blockage, and statins have been linked to strokes and heart attacks). I think a LOT of these kinds of studies are bogus. Especially those funded by pharmaceutical companies.

And I don’t want to be looking into these things again, after spending a lot of time researching anti-inflammatories and alternatives to prescription drugs. Unfortunately, because of my ulcerative colitis I can’t eat most vegetables and nuts, which are important sources of omega 3 and other healthy fats as well as other nutrients.

I have mentioned before that I was taking 3 fish oil softgels per day fro about ten years, and then learned that it might not be a good idea to take that in the long term. So, I ended that and then tried to eat just fish. The fish had aggravated my digestive issues (that are of an inflammatory nature), so I have been trying to get omega 3 from eggs that claim to be higher in omega 3. However, more recently I had been getting the canned sardines and just eating maybe 1/4 of the contents to get a little more of that omega 3. So far, that smaller amount of sardines seems to be okay on my digestive issues.

So, on the olive oil issue, as far as I know, the olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, not just for someone with ulcerative colitis but other inflammatory issues. And I see in this article that olive oil was shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 68%. The researchers gave women approx. 1 liter of extra virgin olive oil per week vs. the control group who were not given that and who instead had a low-fat diet during the 6-year study period.

I have been adding a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to my grape juice, carrot juice, etc., so that totals 6 times per day. I’ve been doing that for about maybe 3 years now. Is that bad?

Apparently it is bad, according to this article, which states that olive oil has the same amount of “impairment to endothelial function” (membrane that lines the inside of the heart and blood vessels, supposedly) as eating hamburgers and cheesecake. I hope the UC Davis-based medical writer of that article isn’t associated at all with Pfizer. I’ve seen enough of that. The writer cites several studies, but some commenters are skeptical, as am I. Apparently, the problem is oil, any oil, because it is processed, and people should just eat actual olives for the benefits, which of course I can’t do.

But I had to write all this now after seeing that New York Times article and the study it linked to on omega 3 that used olive oil as a placebo. Really unbelievable.

Heat Therapy Could Prevent Muscle Atrophy

Do you have a desk job, in which you are sitting at the desk and not walking or doing enough physical activity each day? And additionally there are those who drive to work. They go right from the house or apartment to the car and right from their work parking lot to their office.

Well, such inactivity could cause a problem or weakness in your muscles. But there could be a therapy maybe even as simple as heating pads to reduce the possible negative results of such non-physical activity.

One of Mark Sisson’s Friday links was to this study, which showed that “Daily heat treatment maintains mitochondrial function and attenuates atrophy in human skeletal muscle subjected to immobilization.”

In the abstract, the authors state: “Our findings demonstrate that daily heat treatments, applied during 10 days of immobilization, prevent the loss of mitochondrial function and attenuate atrophy in human skeletal muscle. NEW & NOTEWORTHY Limb immobilization results in substantial decreases in skeletal muscle size, function, and metabolic capacity. To date, there are few, if any, interventions to prevent the deleterious effects of limb immobilization on skeletal muscle health. Heat stress has been shown to elicit a stress response, resulting in increased heat shock protein expression and improved mitochondrial function. We show that during 10 days of lower-limb immobilization in humans, daily exposure to heat stress maintains mitochondrial respiratory capacity and attenuates atrophy in skeletal muscle. Our findings suggest that heat stress may serve as an effective therapeutic strategy to attenuate the decreases of muscle mass and metabolic function that accompany periods of disuse.”

So, if you are not exercising enough, not walking enough or not doing enough physical activity involving your legs and arms and so on, you could be causing loss of muscle function. That’s not good, especially in older people. But I guess if that occurs, then applying heat to the areas could help to prevent such a weakening to occur, or at least to minimize it.

Google Engaged in Serious Censorship of Health Information

Google has been in the news a lot recently, being accused of manipulating search results in favor of a particular social or political agenda, or in favor of some crony corporate entity a la quid pro quo kind of thing.

Well, the latest Project Veritas exposé reveals that Google is actively attempting to manipulate search results to try to prevent either a Trump reelection or “another Trump” from getting elected in 2020 or 2024.

Additionally, as revealed by Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo.com and Dr. Joseph Mercola (in 2 parts, here and here), entire health related and alternative medicine related websites are being removed form Google search results, including those two very important and informative websites.

As Sayer Ji writes:

Mercola.com has been a source of whistle-blowing information about Big Pharma and Big Tech collusion for decades, so it is no surprise why Google would take this action against his platform, and similar ones. In fact, signs of the coming purge came back in 2016, when GlaxoSmithKline signed a $715 million contract to partner with Google, and with increasing partnerships with pharmaceutical companies in 2019 like Sanofi.  Google’s parent company Alphabet is heavily invested in a vaccine company,Vaccitech, founded by scientists at Oxford University. Google, it appears, has become a pay-to-play operation, and contains a specific sociopolitical and economic agenda that is built directly into its search algorithms.

And Dr. Mercola explains:

Google traffic to Mercola.com has plummeted by about 99% over the past few weeks. The reason? Google’s June 2019 broad core update, which took effect June removed most Mercola.com pages from its search results. As reported by Telaposts.com: …”Generally speaking, sites negatively impacted will see a drop in rankings for many or all of important keywords or key phrases which they used to rank well for … The June 2019 Google Broad Core Algorithm Update impacted sites across the web, however, I am personally seeing the most impact on News and Health sites.”

Now, I happen to be quite dependent on those kinds of alternative Internet sites regarding health issues and especially supplements. As I have written repeatedly here, especially in my lengthy post on my years-long medical ordeal with the incompetent, dishonest establishment “doctors,” I have an ulcerative colitis condition (inflammation of the colon) and can’t have most vegetables, which are important for sources of nutrients including magnesium, zinc, vitamin K2, etc.

And also, with my inflammatory issues, because I had negative experiences with prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, I need nutritional supplements as well as certain foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. For the colon, the probiotics such as acidophilus are essential, and I didn’t know about acidophilus until I saw the information on the Internet, certainly not from any doctor! And folic acid is also important for colon health.

So we need these alternative medicine and health related websites for truthful information for those reasons, but additionally because we also learn about the truth regarding the corruption with pharmaceutical companies and the Big Pharma-FDA revolving door and the Big Agra-FDA/USDA revolving door (truthful information which will be hard to find now, obviously, because of the New Censorship Crusade by Google, Facebook and their dishonest and corrupt cohorts).

And, regarding my own past experiences, will Google be censoring out the fact that sulfasalazine (brand name Azulfidine) depletes our folic acid? Folic acid happens to be very important for colon health, and for those taking sulfasalazine they would need to supplement with folic acid. Naturally, I didn’t learn about this from any “doctor,” but from information online and on those kinds of health websites that Google wants to censor (on behalf of the pharmaceutical companies, no doubt).

However, I did see recently that some information I saw online in 2006 seems to be gone. And that is that sulfasalazine also depletes our potassium. Lower potassium levels have been shown to be contributors to high or higher blood pressure. It was in 2006 that I had higher blood pressure (which had been unusually low for years!), and this was within a year after I was told by a colonoscopy “doctor” to increase the sulfasalazine to three tablets, four times per day, which I did. After seeing that information, I reduced the sulfasalazine and my blood pressure then went back to normal. I haven’t been taking ANY prescription drugs whatsoever since about 2010 or so, by the way.

Do people even know about the relationship between low potassium and high blood pressure? Do any “doctors” know? If someone has high blood pressure then it may very well be that one isn’t getting enough potassium in the diet.

Anyway, it was also thanks to these alternative health and nutrition websites and blogs that I was able to find a study that showed that statin drugs deplete our vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is important for efficient calcium distribution, making sure the calcium we consume gets to our bones, and important to prevent calcium maldistribution, preventing our calcium from getting stored in the arteries or the heart, a.k.a. calcifications.

So, I wouldn’t have known about that without those alternative websites, that Google is now censoring, and thus I wouldn’t have been able to make the conclusion that that’s probably why my now-deceased father had the arterial blockage he had and thus his two strokes and his Alzheimer’s, a 6-year ordeal that certainly caused my mother quite a lot of stress and anguish. (If his cholesterol was a little high, then perhaps my father’s “doctor” could have had him change his diet or add foods with omega 3, etc. instead of giving him lipitor? But noooo, Dr. Establishment is beholden to the pharmaceutical companies, in this case Pfizer.)

Continuing here. In Part 2 of Dr. Mercola’s discussion of Google’s latest knocking off non-Establishment health websites, such as Mercola.com, he notes how Google uses “authoritative” sources but relies mainly on Wikipedia. But, as Dr. Mercola explains, Wikipedia is notorious for its being controlled by extremely biased editors. He posts in that article some videos and transcripts of Sharyl Attkisson’s analyses of Wikipedia.

Dr. Mercola also writes in that Part 2,

To help sway public opinion and policy, Google has also recruited law professors to back up and promote its views. According to a 2017 Campaign for Accountability report, Google has paid academics in both the U.S. and Europe millions of dollars to influence public opinion and policymakers alike.

This includes funding research papers “that appear to support the technology company’s business interests and defend against regulatory challenges such as antitrust and anti-piracy.” Some of these academics have not declared the source of their funding, even though payments have reached as high as $400,000.

In his article on this latest Google fiasco, Sayer Ji mentions some alternative search engines including StartPage.com and DuckDuckGo.com.

But, I must say, this is very distressing, especially for someone such as myself who relies on the Internet for information on my maintaining my health in the context of this digestive condition I have and given my past negative experiences with prescription anti-inflammatory drugs.

Too Much Magnesium from Supplements Now?

Well, it’s yet another magnesium update, with my continued experiences and changes with the magnesium supplements. The latest is this.

So now it turns out that I may have been getting too much magnesium absorbed. I have been taking the WFM 365 magnesium glycinate for maybe two months now, one tablet (supposedly 133 mg) at breakfast and another at dinner. I’m not going to take a third one, as suggested on the label, because it contains too much of that filler stuff, certainly more than the KAL magnesium glycinate does. So because I wasn’t sure if 266 mg magnesium per day was enough, I was taking the Nature Made magnesium citrate (125 mg) between breakfast and lunch.

So now I am learning that too much magnesium in supplement form getting absorbed can be too much, and could affect your other nutrients including potassium and calcium, and could cause side effects, which I had been having. It’s like you just can’t win. Either I have magnesium deficiency because I can’t have the foods that give you the needed magnesium or the supplements are ineffective and/or not getting absorbed, or I’m getting too much magnesium absorbed. Stop the world, I’m getting off.

So I had been having that “too-much-magnesium headache” again indicating too much magnesium absorbed, but also other symptoms which it turns out are similar symptoms to magnesium deficiency! Such as muscle weakness, stiffness or cramps, lethargy.

And then I learned that it’s okay to get more than the daily recommended 400 mg magnesium from foods, but not from supplements. That’s different, apparently.

Some articles online are saying that with supplements you shouldn’t go over 350 per day. (And then there is the issue of some supplement makers giving you more than the number of mg per tablet or capsule than the label says, that should be considered as a possibility.)

Luckily, I am able to have my carrot juice (just not actual carrots, because of insoluble fiber), which the label says has 6% of the recommended 400 mg of magnesium. According to my calculations, the carrot juice at 3 servings per day gives me 72 mg/day of magnesium. That’s actually substantial and I should have been counting that. And sources online are saying that my apple juice at 12 mg per 8 oz., 2 per day adds up to 24 mg per day.

And also I have 4 servings of whole milk per day, which info online says is 24 mg magnesium per day. I’m not sure if I believe that. But I will take their word for it.

(I have the milk, which doesn’t bother my digestive issues, besides for its general nutritional benefits, because I read a while ago that milk fat has anti-inflammatory properties, especially directly in the digestive area.)

So adding up my carrot juice. milk and apple juice magnesium (supposedly 120 mg, although I didn’t realize that it was that high until now) with the 266 mg of my 2 tablets per day of magnesium glycinate and that’s 386 mg. Hmmm. So I guess I probably don’t need anything higher from supplements, assuming I’m taking a supplement that really is fully absorbing.

As an aside, I can see why in early 2015 I was experiencing magnesium deficiency with the muscle weakness problem. I had been drinking Ensure beginning in early 2000 during that terrible time with the digestive ordeal. And I was having 4 Ensure Plus (8 oz bottle) per day, up to 2013 when I started to gradually reduce it. It took me that long to realize that it’s not a good idea to drink Ensure in the long term, with its sugar and corn oil, etc.

So by January 2015 I had reduced Ensure to 1 per day, and in those months I was experiencing that muscle weakness problem. Ensure has “magnesium phosphate,” 100 mg. So, it seems that I had been used to the Ensure for that long, and decreasing it caused the magnesium deficiency. By March of 2015 I finally got the magnesium citrate capsules for the first time, and the muscle weakness got a lot better quickly.

But I must say that this whole ongoing ordeal with supplements has been frustrating. So now it seems that if I’m having symptoms that I thought were symptoms of magnesium deficiency, it turns out it could also be magnesium overload or overdose, whatever word you prefer. Frustrating.

And I really believe, as I wrote in my post on my years-long ordeal with the initial ulcerative colitis and the bad doctors and their bad advice that made things worse and bad prescription anti-inflammatories with side effects, that the sensitive condition that I have now would not have been this sensitive had those earlier issues not been so prolonged, with relapses and bleeding BMs throughout the 2000s. So, I blame those doctors for all this, and I probably would have been able to go back to eating actual vegetables and not have had to deal with these supplements and the difficulty associated with them, had it not been for the doctors’ bad advice (and withholding information such as about the acidophilus, which I didn’t learn about until 2005, but I believe the GI doctors do know about!)

Possible Contributors to Ulcerative Colitis

I have written about my having to deal with ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon, inflammatory bowel, etc.), including my years-long ordeal with bad or corrupt and dishonest doctors and their bad advice and bad prescription anti-inflammatories and their side-effects. But here I want to mention some of the things that might have contributed to my having the ulcerative colitis in the first place.

Of course, stress has been a major influence on things. But there are other factors.

For starters, before I get into dietary factors, I can see how some things from earlier years might have had an influence on my colon. For example, when I was in middle school, my mother took me to a dermatologist for acne. The acne actually wasn’t that bad and in later years like college I got into the habit of just washing my face later in the day, and that’s helpful. So right there I’m thinking now what a waste of time and money going to the dermatologist was, just for a minor case of acne.

Anyway, the dermatologist gave me prescription for antibiotics. The first one, if I remember correctly after all these 40+ years now, was tetracycline, and then switched to erythromycin. In all these years later, I have learned that it’s not a good idea to take antibiotics except to save one’s life like as a last resort. Antibiotics are terrible for the colon, because, while they kill harmful bacteria they also kill the “good” bacteria, acidophilus, etc. that are necessary for good colon health. So, I took those from about age 12 or 13 until about age 20-22.

And even before that, I was given some kind of antibiotics when I was a baby, according to my mother, who said that I had some kind of serious illness at that early time and so I was given the antibiotics. That was supposedly the explanation later on for why my teeth appeared a little discolored.

Another thing during those earlier years, during high school and maybe into college was that I occasionally had stress-related headaches and took aspirin. Aspirin supposedly promotes bleeding, and isn’t particularly good for the colon, as I learned later on. So, that could be another factor.

Another factor that may have contributed to the ulcerative colitis might have been drinking coffee, although, if I remember correctly, by the mid-1990s I was taking “No-Doz” and Vivarin rather than drinking actual coffee. Caffeine is a known irritant to the colon. At least, that is what I learned during those years. Now, information on the Internet is referring more specifically to coffee. But the problem with coffee is that it’s acidic, and that’s an irritant to the colon. So, two strikes against coffee for someone with ulcerative colitis or an apparent sensitivity to developing UC: acidity and caffeine. I no longer have anything with caffeine, and I haven’t had coffee since the 1990s.

But I have a feeling that the biggest factor in why I developed ulcerative colitis was my eating habits. (What a shock, I know.) During middle school and high school, while I did eat the nutritious food my mother gave us, I rarely ate a breakfast on school days, and the lunch I took to school was this processed lunch meat on plain white bread. So, in my view I was not very well nourished during those important years of development.

But worse was the junk food I ate. I ate those Sara Lee chocolate cakes and cheesecakes, Yodels, Ring-Dings, Ho-Ho’s, Devil Dogs, chocolate chip cookies, and so on. Every day when coming home from school I would have a big “snack” and I’m surprised that I was actually hungry by dinner time. And then after the dinner hour I would have another big “snack” like in the early evening. (No wonder I rarely slept well and maybe got an average of 5 hours of sleep per night!) So those terrible eating habits went on for years.

And I was never over weight, by the way, I was always skinny. It’s like all the junk food went right through and didn’t cause extra weight. And I’m just guessing here, but I’ll bet that all the additives and preservatives, all the synthetic chemicals in those junk foods had some kind of negative effect on my digestive system in general. So, whatever nutrients in the nutritious food I did eat probably wasn’t getting thoroughly absorbed. My conclusion is that I was malnourished especially during those important adolescent years. And the bad foods probably had a terrible long-term effect on my digestive system.

And with all that aforementioned junk food a large part of that was chocolate, which is also an irritant probably because it contains caffeine. I think that (although I’m not sure) specifically sugar is also an irritant to the colon. Those junk foods are obviously high in sugar.

And it took me as late as that 1999-2000 terrible ordeal with the ulcerative colitis and bleeding BMs to finally understand the effects that food has on the digestive system, and I didn’t fully stop eating the junk until April of 2000. And I haven’t had any of that stuff since then either.

Tylenol Can Cause Reduced Empathy in Users

GreenMedInfo has a consumer alert on Tylenol. Apparently Tylenol has been shown to reduce empathy.

Well, I haven’t had Tylenol for years, as well as aspirin. if I have a headache I try to drink more water. It has been my experience, and that of other people I know, that headaches are often related to dehydration. And as a pain reliever, I guess that depends on where or what the pain is. Pain is related to inflammation. So, the natural anti-inflammatories are probably more healthy to have than Tylenol. Often times, a heating pad has been helpful to me.