Monday, 26 March 2012

At first I was afraid, I was petrified...

My titles are becoming increasingly blatantly song-orientated. No YouTube video, this time.

I just read Hans Wu's latest post Alzheimer's and Dementia and had a few thoughts.

1) In the early stages of mental decline, there is still self-awareness and the process is frightening. Constant reassurance is the best thing for somebody in this state. As self-awareness fades, one becomes happy. An example of this is HAL-9000 as his memory modules were being unplugged in the film "2001 a space odyssey". My mum is in this state, thank goodness.

I entered this state temporarily during an Insulin Shock Test on my pituitary gland, when my serum glucose fell to 1.5mmol/L (27mg/dL) under medical supervision. I was blissfully unaware of my confusion. Too much alcohol in the blood also causes loss of self-awareness. I entered this state last week while socialising with a friend. After half a bottle of White Zinfandel, I was blissfully unaware of my merriness!

2) When I see "arterial stiffness", I think "inappropriate calcification" and "Vitamin K2".

3) Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIAs a.k.a. mini-strokes) cause loss of blood flow to parts of the brain, resulting in amnesia. There may be some permanent brain damage, depending on how long the TIAs last. TIAs can be caused by spasms in arteries within the brain. Ditto migraines.

When I see "spasm", I think "magnesium".

8 comments:

Kade (Storm) said...

Interesting subject.

And what do you think when you see migraines? This part can concern a lot of people since many individuals -- even those in supposedly good outward health -- can suffer from bad migraines.


Cheers.

Galina L. said...

Magnesia probably helps for migraines, but doesn't cure or prevents it. I am taking as much of it as I can consume without causing diarrhea. Sometimes I give myself IM injections 10 ml magnesia, but It gets dissolved very slowly.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

Kade (Storm) said...
"Interesting subject.
And what do you think when you see migraines?"
Magnesium again, I guess. As Galina says, it doesn't cure or prevent it, so it's more complicated than simply muscle spasms in the artery walls in the brain.

Galina L. said...

I used to have migraines for several reasons like luck of sleep, severe conflict, travel through several time zones, weather changes, not eating in time, over-exercising. After getting adopted to ketosis ,exercising in a fasted state, fasting, getting magnesium supplement, I have migraines only ones a month or less frequently due to fluctuation in hormonal level.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

That's good. It sounds like stress & hypercortisolaemia are also factors. I'm lucky in that I've never had a migraine.

Health problems are multi-factorial and in a similar manner to a car, everything has to be present and correct in order to function properly.

Fixing one deficiency only in a sea of many is ineffective, and may aggravate another deficiency.

Kade (Storm) said...

Magnesium. Yeah.

I do get plenty of magnesium, as does the subject of my concern. Her case of migraines seem to coincide with lighting and dull ol' English weather, which I happen to enjoy. (If anything, my head issues worsen when that yellow ball of--err, sorry, going off topic.)


I was thinking that perhaps this case with my friend's migraines might also have something to do with the Almighty Vitamin D that your blog seems to celebrate quite often.



By the way, I was meaning to ask: what do you think of our store-brand supplements? I know that Seven Seas stuff is usually the way to go, but it'd be interesting to get your thoughts on the generic Sainsbury's/ASDA/Tesco/Wilko branded supplements.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

Kade (Storm) said...
"Magnesium. Yeah.
I do get plenty of magnesium, as does the subject of my concern. Her case of migraines seem to coincide with lighting and dull ol' English weather, which I happen to enjoy. (If anything, my head issues worsen when that yellow ball of--err, sorry, going off topic.)"
As serum Vitamin D level varies only slightly from day to day (unless you take 50,000iu in one dose or stand on the sun), I wouldn't have thought that serum Vitamin D level would have anything to do with head issues. Could it be due to eye-strain caused by over-bright light? Try wearing sunglasses.

"I was thinking that perhaps this case with my friend's migraines might also have something to do with the Almighty Vitamin D that your blog seems to celebrate quite often."
See above.

"By the way, I was meaning to ask: what do you think of our store-brand supplements? I know that Seven Seas stuff is usually the way to go, but it'd be interesting to get your thoughts on the generic Sainsbury's/ASDA/Tesco/Wilko branded supplements."
UK supps (apart from Boots' Epsom Salts) are grossly over-priced. I only bought Seven Seas fish oil from Boots as mum needed it in a hurry. For long-term use, I get supps from Vitacost. 15mg Vitamin K2 caps are only available from VRP and there's a UK distributor. Lower dose K2 can be obtained from Vitacost. I don't bother with any other supps.

Kade (Storm) said...

I'm fine. I do have sensitive vision and shades do great. I just generally prefer cooler weather.

The case of my friend's issues is more to do with just the general weather, even if she's indoors (dampness, perhaps?). It's really hard to pin it on anything, so I thought I'd shoot blind with the Vitamin D.


And cheers for the suggestions on supplement brands. Much appreciated.