(Updated Sept 2020.) When I first wrote this post I was still operating under the assumption that my health issues were due to nutritional deficiencies caused by 31 years of undiagnosed celiac disease. Since then I have identified as the culprit systemic inflammation and liver damage caused by lead, mold, and iron poisoning. I spent far more time than I should have on the nutritional therapy angle, but what can you do.
I did discover some interesting interactions during my experiments, and I record here the ones I am most confident about. I had a lot of success treating many complaints, but the unrecognized environmental damage slowly overwhelmed it all … note all the “headaches, insomnia, suppressed breathing” entries.
As I’ve mentioned in more than a few posts, reactions to supplements are most often NOT caused by poisoning or developing a so-called “tolerance.” Rather, it’s simply that you’ve lowered one of that nutrient’s cofactors (or competitors) too far and induced deficiency symptoms. You can find lists of these “synergists and antagonists/inhibitors” on Acu-cell.com’s nutrition pages. The site doesn’t supply that info for the B vitamin entries, but B vitamins are mentioned in the cofactor lists of all the other nutrients.
Below is a list of supplement reactions I’ve experienced over the years, with links to related posts where applicable. I did not experience each reaction every time. For the first few years of my bio-hacking thrill-fest I was laboring under the assumption that my B-complex vitamin provided plenty of B vitamins, when in fact such formulations almost always include vitamins that are in a near-useless form for a significant percentage of people (B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid). On top of that, they don’t include anywhere near enough biotin, folate, or B12.
|Nutrient supplement||Reaction||Caused by induced deficiency of. . .|
|B1||1. low mood, dry skin|
2. cracked lips, dry eyes
|B2||eye floaters||degrades hyaluronic acid?|
|B5||insomnia||a common reaction due to effect on adrenals|
|Biotin||acne||a classic B5 interaction apparently|
|C||eye floaters||degrades hyaluronic acid?|
|Calcium||1. suppressed breathing|
2. heart laboring
|vitamin K worked for a short time for both|
2. suppressed breathing
2. Vitamin K for a time
2. suppressed breathing
|folic acid||fatigue, spaciness||lowered folate, the active form of folic acid, by deactivating methylfolate supplement|
3. vitamin A
|vitamin K||insomnia at higher doses|
|Omega-3 essential fatty acids||headaches, insomnia|