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  1. I was going to write a new post but this one is very impressive so I'll add this here. Found some great ANS stimulants. They work via different mechanisms but the final effect is the activation of the autonomic nervous system. Capsaicin - believe it or not! Works very, very well ! Yohimbe - used a liquid extract and titrated slowly. Chicken Essence tablets - you read right ; ) I haven't tried this but I'm curious. CDP choline or alpha GPC - acetylcholine precursors Green tea
  2. This might be of interest to some. I'm trying to figure out the dose needed to get on this ASAP.
  3. I just wrote something about thirst and potassium use By the way, I also used to have MVP and I totally cured it using magnesium supplements for around a year. There some studies on pubmed that talk about that. I imagine magnesium along with potassium will correct the problem faster.
  4. Something else I've noticed since using potassium; less thirst. Found this study to support my personal observations. Potassium supplentation increased aldosterone production and water retention by the body. An inability to retain water is another problem we face. In the study, they used a dose of 3.9 g in supplements but you should in no way use such a high dose. I suggest anyone interested in using potassium start with the lowest dose possible (99 mg) and let your body ajust slowly. Too much, too soon can be very dangerious with potassium. PMID: 22149452
  5. Metronidazole acts as a thiaminidase so it blocks the action of thiamin. In essence, it causes a type of wernicke encephalopathy. I experienced this once from taking metro. long term. Horrible experience. Finally found relief by using sulbutiamine ( a thiamin derivative that crosses the BBB).
  6. There could be a logical explanation for this. Garbanzo beans are rich in molybdenum. http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?dbid=58&tname=foodspice Molyb. is a cofactor for the enzyme xanthine oxidase which according to one study, "These results suggest that xanthine oxidase accounts for a putative source of oxyradical generation that is associated with an increasing arteriolar microvascular tone in this form of hypertension."
  7. Came across this study I found interesting. There is a link between exercise intolerance and potassium intake. I have been supplementing with a little potassium along with pantothenic acid and I found this improved exercise capacity, stregth and surprisingly, my OI. I tend to get very lightheaded when I workout, specially with doing squats and this has improved some with the use of potassium. There's also an association between hypothyroidism and weakness, fatigue exercise intolerance and using extra iodine also seems to help. From another study, it also seems that patients with OI and exercise intolerance have lower levels of potassium in their blood. When they exercise, the serum levels increase rapidly and drop just as rapidly during rest. This could partly explain why we feel so lousy after any kind of exercise. You would think that since potassium is used to lower pressure in the hypertensive, it would have the same effect on us. Well, that hasn't been my experience at least. I'm getting benefits from just using a little extra everyday so there's no need to megadose (that's dangerous). Improving baroreceptor sensitivy also helps OI since they will respond more quickly to drops on BP. This follows my old post on pantothenic acid. Full text study I read this from: http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/12/1531.full.pdf This is the original study they cited:
  8. Magnesium also increases noradrenaline. Higher doses seem to work better. http://www.ergo-log.com/magnesiumlackofsleep.html
  9. Not to go off topic Dizzy, but have you considered using triphala for your celiacs related complication ? It's great stuff !
  10. As far as the why, I have no idea but my body seems to be functioning better with extra B5. I read a lot of studies on pubmed. One study I came across referring to nutritional deficiencies said that there could be some kind of genetic mutation that predisposes the patient to require more of a certain nutrient. This is all speculation though. I've had low muscle tone for a long time. I remember people touching me and telling me how I had "soft muscles". The problem got worse in my 30's where it started affecting my respiratory muscles and I started having shortness of breath. 2010 was a bad year for me but the shortness of breath is finally gone and I think these nutritional interventions have helped.
  11. Here's another interesting tid bit. It seems that increasing co A also increases aldosterone. I got curious after taking 1 gram of B5 today and noticed how I wasn't thirsty at all. In fact, I had to remind myself to drink water. I can normally drink gallons everyday without feeling quenced. There was no abstract but the title made it clear enough.
  12. The cause of your SOB could be muscular in origin. Since acetylcholine plays such an important role in POTS and seem to be in the low end for the most part. This could be preventing your respiratory muscles from contracting efficiently enough to fully expand your lungs. Is that what it feel like ? Like you can't expand your lungs fully. I have this same problem and after a thorough evalution by the pneumologist, he suggested the problem could be muscular in origin. He found nothing wrong with my lungs and could be seen or measured. Does using mestinon help with sob ?
  13. There is another vitamin that I find equally as interesting as B5. That is vitamin C. I was going to write another post for it but might as well keep it all here. It was mentioned before in this post by ramakentesh and waterbaby mentioned how helpful it was for her in another one of his posts. She is right. Sue1234 also theorized that Vitamin C may be involved in Dysautonomia because of all the related connective tissue problems that are seen in this post. Vitamin C has a interesting action in potentiating the effect of norepineprhine in the body. It binds to NE and helps it attach to its receptor more strongly. But, vitamin C wont make you feel better by itself ! If you already have low levels of NE it wont do much. It'll probably work better when you combine with other vitamins that increase norepinephrine like thiamine, pantothenic acid and B12. You also need about 2 grams of vitamin c per dose to fully saturate the body. The full study is available if anyone wants to read it. Ascorbate works so well that it makes ephedrine toxic when combined. Ephedrine potently increases norepinephrine levels. Waterbaby did a really good job in covering the effect of B1 in this post. B1 works together with pantothenic acid in increasing acetylcholine. Acetylcholine will then stimulate the release of norepinephrine. But again, B1 wont work alone. I think the combination thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin C and b12 is more effective !
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