Posted by JLx on August 28, 2008, at 7:36:00
In reply to RE:Jlx, posted by WaterSapphire on August 27, 2008, at 23:47:57
> The types of ideation that you have had, are what I get sometimes if I do not take it. It makes no sense but it is true. I will go from those thoughts to wondering why was I thinking like that.
I was often very depressed feeling, but other times I didn't think I was feeling "that bad" but I would have "I wish I were dead" and the like running through my mind. I used to wake up in the morning right into a feeling of wanting to put a gun to my head. I believe the explanation of what's happening there is that calcium in high quantities is an excitotoxin to the cell. Why that should manifest as suicidal or other extremely negative ideation is another question.
An interesting article on excitotoxins: http://www.smart-drugs.net/ias-excitotoxins.htm
I read the book he mentions, "Excitotoxins" by Russell Blaylock, but felt like much of it went over my head. I don't have much of a science background. I avoid MSG now, and have kicked my Diet Pepsi habit again for the umpteenth time due to the aspartame. And dyes, which was in Blaylock's book, I think. I discovered they keep me awake at night, for one thing. I used to love Ruby Red Squirt, but it's guaranteed to induce insomnia. I had forgotten that there's glutamate in wheat and dairy, which is probably why I feel better when I avoid that too, which I'm doing now too.
If you notice in that article all the mentions of magnesium, I think it's no fluke that some of us feel so much better mentally/emotionally when we take it.
What kind of magnesium do you take? Did you see the thread above by Loops discussing her good experience with orotate minerals?
That's good that your blood tests were ok.
I know I need something else especially for the OCD but even the mag helps my extreme anxiety if taken the right way. But it seems, the salt, potassium, and calcium are all important too. I will try the Fitday to see what it says over time to kind of monitor how I am doing. I have had recent labs, and all of them were pretty much ok, except for some elevated metanephrine and dopamine in a 24 hour urine and elevated sed rate, with a serum cortisol that some doctors would not consider elevated. Funny thing is, my wbc count which has been high and even abnormally so since 2003 almost every time (not all the time) was lower than it has ever been...and in the normal range. It was 7. The magnesium also, seems to help my blood pressure problems if taken...it is not perfect but it really helps.
> I am glad it helps you too. Maybe we will never know why, but it helps.