Bea, thanks for your reply. Have you tried drinking herbal infusions for the silica? Horsetail? Oat straw? Just wondering, looking for ways to make remedies at home.
I've never tolerated B-complex vitamins well, usually ended up with nausea from them. How are the co-enzyme B complex vitamins different?
I'm intrigued with your success with these things. BTW, I'm just up the Peninsula from you, in Pacifica.
Hi Beth and all,
I am glad my experience interests you. The following will I hope answer most of your questions.
Horsetail just might work--it does have tons of silica in it. I have no idea how much to take--so I suggest trying trial and error and see if its enough help\. I would stay away from oatstraw if it is related to the wheat family. Is it?? Or is it just coincidental about the name?
Silica drops are pretty natural however. The bottle says just take x no. of drops a day (it varies depending on the brand). I have been taking twice the recommended amount, i.e., I take the regular amount twice a day. Graeme just follows the directions and it seems to be working for him, so I may be overdoing it. I think I should drop the dosage down probably. I just was so anxious at first to have more minerals due to this problem having been so long term for me.
The msm I think is also important, at least for me. As is the E-zorb for the calcium (I get it from Elixer Industries out of L.A.--just Google it and you will find it with lots of info about it. The Chinese invented it some years ago due to 20% of their population having a real a problem with poor calcium absorption). I have noticed a real negative difference when I go off of it after a couple of weeks or so and just use the calcium citrate instead. Many folks with celiac do not need the E-zorb. I have had celiac my whole life however and was put back onto gluten when I was four years old -- so its a very long term situation I have been dealing with and no doubt I have some semi permanent scarring despite all the enzymes and fibronylitic agents I take like nattokinase.
Besides my bones, hair, nails, teeth and collagen having been negatively impacted, lack of sufficient minerals also seem to have been very hard on my nervous system. Now people remark how calm I am. If I get glutened however I often get migraines and can easily become very irritable and mentally confused and out of it.
I also seem to need to take magnesium citrate. I just use the powder from Now. Otherwise I still get constipated. It is also supposed to help with all kinds of enzymatic processes in the body and helps balance the calcium. Historically I have also been taking Concentrace Trace Mineral drops for some years to help with my electrolyte balance which otherwise is off and too low. I just ordered a new kind of trace minerals however online.
I also eat a lot of home made yogurt I ferment for 24 hours in order to get more calcium while avoiding the lactose which I still seem to be allergic to. In addition the casein in the yogurt is also great for repopulating good bacteria in the gut -- plus I was reading the casein (in the yogurt) helps with the body producing its own co-Q10 and thus mitochondrial energy production (assuming of course you are not allergic to the casein of course!). This is important particularly as one ages I have discovered.
As far as where I get a lot of my other supplements, I often order them through herbs-pro. The prices are often inexpensive compared to store bought at least, esp. if I make a largish order. I tend to favor NOW products due to them being mostly gluten free (gluten-free). Country Life is as I said good for the co-enzyme B's. They are also gluten-free. Can't say if you all can tolerate them but they are fine for both me and Graeme--and Graeme had trouble with many B vitamin brands. There is some soy Lecithin in them however which could be a problem for some. I couldn't handle the sorbitol that the sublingual B's usually have.
If you can't take B vitamins, I suggest you eat a lot of chicken liver or calves liver and have more fermented food if you can tolerate it. I hear home made sauerkraut is very healing and helpful. You can make a version that is just inoculated with yogurt or acidophilous. If you can tolerate braggs apple cider vinegar that may help too.
In addition, as far as all this goes (concerning fibromyalgia like symptoms), I find having freshly blended (made in my blender in other words) vegetables as a pick me up. I remember a biologist (who massively resurrected her health after being allergic to almost everything) say that taking fresh uncooked chlorophyll like that is like getting a blood transfusion. It helps regulate all kinds of systems as well as gives extra energy and cleanses the blood. Juicing is nice too, but the blended veggies also give us the roughage we need. I find blended vegies also helps me get over any CC problems from gluten I might have faster--along with the yogurt and things like bromelain/papain caps (or eat fresh pineapple and papaya) and detox tea (I have talked about detox tea endlessly elsewhere, just do a search on it here).
Hope all this helps. It amazes me how all this stuff I thought was just me and my own peculiarities are not actually that uncommon!
PS--Beth I am thinking of starting some kind of support group one of these days when I have a little more time. Maybe we should talk sometime? And yes I love herbs too. Couldn't do without them...