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Three strange and unexpected effects of correcting a vitamin or mineral deficiency

nutritional therapy
1. Vivid dreams. This effect of vitamin B6 is fairly well-known. Some members of Yahoo's pyroluria group (pyroluria is a condition in which vitamin B6 is chronically deficient) say that you're at the right dose when your remembered dreams are pleasant, and that you're on too much if they are too vivid or jittery-making, but I've never come to any conclusion myself. 2. Random, pointless memories. I've occasionally experienced this when repleting with big doses of calcium, magnesium, iron, or B12, all closely associated with memory. At the same time I realized I could recall long-forgotten Photoshop commands or go to the grocery store without a shopping list, I would also be visited by utterly insignificant memories floating across my brain: the brickwork around the entrance to a store in…
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Constant and mysterious leg pain, solved

symptoms and conditions
Before my gluten-freedom (which commenced April 4, 1998) I became aware of a constant, aching bone pain in my legs -- not a tissue or a muscle or a joint thing -- that was most noticeable when doing the dishes or standing in line at the airport. In 2000 or so I realized that if I didn't take vitamin B-complex, (along with biotin and vitamin B12, for two days, by the third day my legs would hurt so badly my jaw would do that shaking thing and I'd start breathing in the kind of way that makes your fellow shoppers at the grocery store edge away from you. Since I took B-complex/etc. every morning for years, though, I sort of forgot about it. At some point I stopped the B-complex…
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How I treated carpal tunnel syndrome

symptoms and conditions
This was straightforward enough: vitamin B6. Carpal tunnel syndrome was endemic among my fellow data entry workers in XYZ insurance company's workers' comp processing department. About every tenth woman there (we were 98% women) wore a wrist brace. I escaped their fate until a few years later at another typing-intensive job, by which time I had already heard about the connection with vitamin B6. I don't remember how much I used, but it wasn't crazy -- maybe 100 mg a day? I might also have been taking B-complex, which would be another 50 mg of B6. It didn't take long to work -- a month at most. I continued to take it long after the pain disappeared, as I was nervous about the possibility of the pain returning, since I…
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My depression and what I did to end it

nutritional therapy, symptoms and conditions
Update July 2022: My theories on this subject have changed. Until I can get my act together to update this content, please see this post. The only items listed here that I still take are zinc and beef spleen supplements. The content below was originally published in February 2012, I think. Updates are in italics. The subheads are new cuz that's what the internet expects of us now. Basically a crushing depression till 31 My depression lasted from junior high until I was about 31. I realized by ninth grade that it was not event- or environment-based. At around 30, after 18 months on antidepressants, I realized they were a disaster for me and I looked elsewhere for solutions. Gluten-free like a miracle A few months later, and after two…
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A mystery that’s getting really old:
perpetual exhaustion that isn’t chronic fatigue

symptoms and conditions
Update July 2022: Mold avoidance, lots of sun exposure, and beef spleen supplements got me back to normal functioning, although not athletic-level functioning. Here's a very short description of what I did to recover from mold poisoning. The content below was last updated December 24, 2013. After reclaiming a huge chunk of my health with some major diet changes, I was so busy enjoying my new peaceful existence that it was two years before I started worrying about the disappearance of my energy. I had gone from sprinting up 50 stairs at a time and biking in snowstorms to being passed on a mountain trail by a pregnant woman in high heels. (I was too demoralized to ask her why she was wearing pumps in a national park.) If I…
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List of my deficiency symptoms

symptoms and conditions
Here's a list of deficiency symptoms I've noticed during the past 10 or so years, many of which have changed or disappeared over time. Where blank, symptoms are no longer noticed. (Last updated May 2022) Nutrient (vitamin, mineral, etc.)Past deficiency symptomsCurrent symptoms Vitamin A dry eyes, dry lips, earache, verigo, acneVitamin B-complex (that is, B vitamins in general)bad facial skin, low mood, fatigueVitamin B3 (niacin)burning tongueVitamin B12fatigue, low mood, heels split open dramatically, headaches when taking vitamin b6 or iron, getting up at night to use loo, sweating, burning tongueBiotinhair fall, blurry vision, low blood sugar Vitamin Ceasy bruising, (also used to lower high histamine not caused by vitamin C deficiency)Calciumfacial numbness, insomnia, leg pain, anxiety, carb cravings/high cortisol, fatigue, joint painVitamin Dfatigue, insomniaDigestive enzymesbad digestionThese now make digestion WORSE. Explain…
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