Feeding the Mitochondria

I read this book this week:

Life – The Epic Story of Our Mitochondria: How the Original Probiotic Dictates Your Health, Illness, Ageing, and Even Life Itself

I wanted to learn how to take care of my cells… how to help my body to have more energy. I’m pretty sure I learned a lot of this info before, but obviously I hadn’t been following the protocol and needed a refresher.

Basically, our mitochondria are the energy packs that fuel our cells – the batteries.

They get their fuel from fatty acids.

L-carnitine helps transport the fatty acids to the cells.

D-ribose is also food for mitochondria. Your body can make it, but it takes weeks to make some – a scoop of d-ribose can provide instant relief to struggling mitochondria.

A reaction between coQ10 and oxygen (so watch out if you have anemia), cause the electrons to transfer between the mitochondria – this is the energy happening.

Exercise helps prevent a backup of ATP. A backup of ATP causes oxidation.

Creatine helps recycle ATP.

B-vitamins help everything work the way it’s supposed to.

A supplement called PPQ, which might be an unknown b-vitamin, can help your body make NEW mitochondria.

It’s a lot more complicated than that, but that’s the gist of it.

More: http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2010/2/Reverse-Mitochondrial-Damage/Page-01



Hair Test Ratios

Scary Hair Test Ratios.

I don’t know if they really mean anything, since you know, mercury messes with mineral transport and all that…

But according to these numbers I should be close to death.

Of course, I have been feeling like I need to do something soon or I will not last much longer. So maybe this is just proof of that feeling. That it’s not just doom and gloom in my head.

I don’t know.

But here is the hair test ratio link.

And here are my results – most of which came off the bottom of the hair test results from yesterday.

Calcium/Magnesium (Ca/Mg) – Referred to as the blood-sugar ratio.
Ideal: 6.67.  
Me: 4.8
Within optimal limits, but low end. Need more calcium?

Sodium/Potassium (Na/K) – Referred to as the life-death ratio because it is so critical.
Ideal: 2.5
Me: .0875
Severe inversion – tendency towards heart attack, cancer, arthritis, kidney and liver disorders. Need more sodium and potassium. stat.

Calcium/Potassium (Ca/K) – The thyroid ratio.
Ideal: 4
Me: 1.84
Says I’m hyper, but I’m not. Still, need more calcium and potassium?

Sodium/Magnesium (Na/Mg)- Referred to as the adrenal ratio.
Ideal: 4.17
Me: .106
Adrenal Insufficiency 50% or more energy loss.
Need more sodium.

(a note from a member on an Andy Cutler group: “when Na/Mg less than 1, the body can’t make enough adrenaline and supplementation with tyrosine, trimethilglycine (TMG), folic acid and B6 and B12 can improve mood and energy”)

Zinc/Copper (Zn/Cu):
Ideal: 8
Me: 14.4
Copper deficiency or unavailability. Need more copper?


My hair test results are in.


That was actually pretty quick turnaround.

According to the Andy Cutler groups, I’m supposed to ignore the writing that the doctor scribbled all over it, but I find the comment on what type of b12 interesting as I have not tried those types before.

First of all, it confirms that I’m low in lithium and molybdenum, two of the new supplements that I started that seem to be helping so much.

Copper doesn’t seem to be an issue, which is something I have wondered about because so many people say copper causes many of the problems I’ve been dealing with over the years. Andy Cutler’s book says mercury toxicity mimics many symptoms of copper toxicity… so that kind of makes sense. If it’s not copper, then it must be mercury.  Unless it’s both, in which case I have more research to do about copper. (Molybdenum and zinc lower copper, so if it’s not true that hair copper is indicative of body status, that should take care of things too.)

Mercury in the top part is elevated, which totally makes sense since I just recently had 7 fillings replaced – no matter how safe the dentist is, some exposure happens. Also, if you remember, I had been been taking chlorella and liposomal glutathione in preparation of my first dental revision visit – and that really stirred up mercury – never again! I lost brain cells and words doing that. Ugh.

So that’s proof one.

Then there is the whole “deranged mineral transport” business that the hair test is supposed to indicate if you have mercury toxicity. There are 5 “counting rules” to use to determine if this is the case. Mercury disrupts the transport of chemicals into and out of cells, and these counting rules help figure out if that’s the case. I’ll go through them one by one.

All these rules involve the bottom part of the test – the “Essential and Other Elements” section.

Rule 1: If five or fewer elements are higher than 50%.  Rule met – proof two – I have 5 – Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Sulfur, Germanium. I don’t know what Germanium is, but I have been supplementing the other ones for years. Several of my supplements are sulfur supps.

Rule 2: If five or fewer elements are less than 50%. Rule not met. I have 16.

Rule 3: If four or more elements extend into the red on either side. Rule not met, I only have 1, Cobalt. Sodium almost is, I think that’s an adrenal sign?

Rule 4: If eleven or fewer elements are completely contained in the white and green sections. Rule not met, I have 12 or 13 (one is so very very close to that yellow line .54 instead of .50).

Rule 5: If any two of the previous rules are one bar short of being met. Not met – only one was close to being iffy.

So I have elevated mercury in the top chart and proof of deranged mineral transport in the second part. This indicates a high probability of mercury poisoning.

No surprise.

I wonder what the low boron means, I’m reading that that is good for arthritis, getting calcium and magnesium into the cells, hormone balancing, mold/fungus/candida, and general brain health. Might be worth trying.

Also, the low chromium indicates blood sugar issues, hypoglycemia, etc, which I do have issues with. I can add chromium to my fistfull of supplments I guess.


Charcoal Flushes

Have been reading about using charcoal to lower ammonia caused by overactive expression of CBS gene.

So, yesterday, I thought I’d try it.

Basically you take one or two charcoal tablets followed with enough magnesium to encourage elimination within 9-14 hours.

The tricky part is timing it so that it doesn’t absorb your other supplements or meds.

I don’t think I would do this every day, maybe once a week?

Who knows if it worked, I do feel lighter.

Also, my chelating supplements arrived over the weekend. Can’t wait to start using them.

Back to Normal

Normal is relative, right?

The missing progesterone migraine hit yesterday morning, so… whatever was working right in my body for a few days/weeks, has stopped. Back to both thyroid meds and progesterone for me.

But the good news is the molybdenum continues to work, I feel more centered in my body rather than outside my body making it move. We work as one now. Weird, I know, I didn’t even realize that was how I felt until I stopped feeling that way. This is the way a normal person feels inside their body, from what I can remember.

I’ll take it.

I can’t wait to start chelating.

Thyroid Mystery Solved?

This afternoon I hit the wall and felt that all too familiar hypothyroid feeling. Like it was too hard to walk across the room. And I couldn’t get warm. And I just wanted to curl up in a ball. What a difference from yesterday.

So… my conclusion is that it’s NOT one of the supplements I’m currently taking that caused this temporary hyperthyroid business.

And I wasn’t miraculously getting better just because I got half the mercury out of my mouth.

So… why. What caused it?

Thinking back… I started taking taurine on Jan 10th. I stopped taking taurine about a week ago when I finally gave up on it being the miracle it was supposed to be – it was putting me to sleep every time I took it.

Turns out, according to yesterday’s research, it’s a sulfur. So that explains why it was making me tired like all sulfur foods seem to do. CBS gene mutation and all that.

But… was it making me hyper? Was it making my heart pound?


I found this link, and it says taurine is an essential part of making thyroid hormone:

“The thyroid gland is a nutritionally dependent organ. It requires such nutrients as selenium, Iodine (12.5 to 50 mg. range), amino acids Taurine (200 to 1000 mg. per day is the recommended dosage.) and L-tyrosine, Forskolin is an extract of an Ayurvedic herb that resensitizes cell receptors; folic acid (400 mcg), zinc (60 mg), copper and vitamins B6 and B12, iron, vitamin E, D, essential fatty acids and manganese.”

And then, I found some people online talking about this PubMed article. It’s titled:

The chemical chaperones tauroursodeoxycholic and 4-phenylbutyric acid accelerate thyroid hormone activation and energy expenditure

… and I think it means that this lab-created taurine-like substance doubles the conversion of T4 to T3…

So perhaps… seeing as I was taking 1 to 2 grams of taurine for almost 2 months… well it could have been the taurine. It’s the best guess I’ve got right now.


Symptoms Update

Still taking .75 of a grain of Naturethroid (vs. 3 grains as I was previously). Wondering if .75 is a “why bother” dose… will give it a few more days.

My estrogen dominance symptoms seem to have disappeared. So much so that I’ve forgotten to  use my progesterone cream for a few days now. Normally if I forget a day, I get a bad migraine the next day. No migraine.

Distrusting feeling better… but going with it. After all, I still have 5 teeth, 7 amalgams left to fix.