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Remembering our vitamin-popping progenitor

by guest author M.E. Editor’s note: I am actually the third generation of my family to believe that nutritional deficiencies play a major role in health problems and that anyone with knowledge of the scientific method can treat him/herself. Here our guest writer and 2nd-gen orthomolecular self-experimenter M.E. — aka Mom — presents a brief ...

A path lined with vitamin tablets leads to the horizon.

Another unexpected side effect of repletion: expanded horizons

(Originally posted December 2011) I wrote earlier of some unexpected side effects of correcting a deficiency, and here’s a new one: you learn a lot about Japanese culture. After I started researching iodine deficiency and decided to experiment with that, I was visited with cravings for sushi and Japanese movies. What with their seafood-laden diet, ...

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A history of adulterated botanical drugs

(Via New Hope 360.) The Fall 2011 issue of the American Botanical Council’s HerbalGram features “A Brief History of Adulteration of Herbs, Spices, and Botanical Drugs,” an article covering intentional and unintentional alterations going back to ancient Greece. In ancient Athens, such mischief included adding flavorings to wine to make it taste like an older ...

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A gold-plated stethoscope.

Find out if your doctor is getting money from Big Pharma

Over the years, I’ve used the ProPublica and the more recent Open Payments public databases to see if any doctors I’d visited had received money from pharmaceutical companies. The ProPublica and Open Payments databases I first learned about the ProPublica database from a 2011 post at Everything Matters (formerly Beyond Meds.) That database is no ...

Three brass bells.

Tinnitus: a product of low GABA?

(See my March 24, 2013 post for results of my experiments with GABA supplements.) According to this ScienceDaily article on a new study about tinnitus, when a hair cell is damaged or dies, the neurons usually receiving input from it keep firing anyway, even though there’s no data coming in. They “become more excitable and ...

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Diagram of how various deficiencies can egg each other on

Soon after I discovered that typical guidelines about iodine are outdated and wrong (1), I came across information about vitamin K that made me realize the amounts I had been experimenting with were pathetically small. Also, it is possible that vitamin D supplements affect vitamin K, which for me would explain a lot (2). This ...

A rolling landscape made entirely of yellow and white pills.

Back to the ’70s for asthma treatment

Update July 2022:  This problem improved a lot when I started doing vagus nerve stimulation exercises. I also noticed that on days following activity that involved lifting very heavy (for me) items, my breathing would be easier. About six years ago I realized I was getting very tired every time I visited a home with ...