It’s been over a year since I’ve stopped writing, so it’s about time I made an update 🙂
When I reached the conclusion that my body was no longer ruled by Candida, based on the improvement in my overall wellbeing and test results, in April of 2017 I decided to start taking care of what the fungus had destroyed, namely my thyroid gland. The blood tests results still pointed to its insufficiency (though marginally less severe) and the level of anti-TPO antibodies had risen from very high (1937 in September 2016; the norm is 60 and 500 suggests Hashimoto’s disease) to absurd – 3581. The lab worker must’ve not believed the result herself, because the test was done twice. This scared me, but nothing made sense – my immune system was working just fine, I hadn’t been sick the entire winter and my hormones seemed to stabilize – even the first symptoms of menopause let up. I didn’t have any signs of anemia or any other symptoms of thyroid insufficiency. To the contrary, there were improvements in those areas as well. For example, for the first time in my conscious memory I was not constantly cold and cured my vulnerability to extreme temperatures. But without a doubt, something was making my thyroid gland lag behind the rest of my body.
I have this theory that Candida’s toxins take the place of vitamins and elements, which are necessary for the hormone synthesis and which are lacking due to their role in fighting Candida. I believe that this is why the body produces antibodies to fight those protein-toxin monster hybrids. So I searched the internet to find out what the thyroid gland needs to produce its hormones. It turned out to be vitamins B2, B3, B6, magnesium, selenium and iodine. It hit me that those are the exact same vitamins, which I had not supplemented in significant amounts – my supplements contained larger doses of vitamin B6, B12, biotin, folic acid. My diet seemed to be rich enough in magnesium, selenium and iodine, while vitamins B2 and B3 could proportionally be deficient. So it seemed like the right path for me to take to introduce B2 and B3 in small doses several times a day. The effect was immediate, but unfortunately not positive: I felt generally worse, headaches, muscle pains and fatigue appeared suddenly, just like with a rapid decrease in magnesium. It’s common sense – if the vitamins released toxins, magnesium would be necessary in double amounts – to produce hormones and neutralize said toxins. I was still afraid of supplementing magnesium after my prior experiences, so I cut down the dosage of B2 and B3 and increased B6, to increase the absorption of magnesium from food, which brought about significant improvement, better physical appearance and more energy. Things still weren’t alright though – different symptoms faded or intensified, but never disappeared, my body was overwhelmed even by a quarter of a tablet of niacin, which is 25 mg – the smallest doses in the pharmacy you can find are 50 mg and the largest ones on the market are 1000 mg!!! I’m not discrediting the fact that large doses of niacin may be a cure-all solution for some people, because this is possible if there is enough of the substances which work alongside niacin in the body. But I’m also convinced that reports of niacin overdose, which are ignored and belittled by its proponents might be true. Since my body reacted strongly to 25 mg of B3, then what would have happened had I carelessly taken a 1000mg pill?! Death is an entirely plausible result of a large and sudden drop in magnesium.
After two weeks of similar tests I came to the conclusion that my body is either not ready for treating the thyroid and needs to be strengthened, or B2 and B3 require other B group vitamins in order to work properly, so I used bigger doses of a complete set of B vitamins. For a week the effects were positive, after which things got significantly worse again and the familiar symptoms of B6 and magnesium deficiency resurfaced. I noticed that they intensified after eating fish and seafood, as if adding iodine to the vitamin mix caused an increase in processing magnesium in order to produce thyroid hormones. So I tried magnesium foot baths – unfortunately, this resulted in the opposite of the desired effect – weakness and low energy, which pointed to a proportional deficiency of vitamin B6 (despite supplementing it in doses of around 70-100mg daily).
After scaling back supplementing B complex and increasing B6 there came a gradual but noticeable improvement. Noticeable enough that I decided to try completely alkalizing my diet. The effect after just one day was neuralgia, so I abandoned my experiment and returned to eating meals with a neutral pH.
In July I went on a vacation. Despite eating out, my digestive system functioned perfectly fine and didn’t make my life hard like before, which was a miracle to me and I felt born again. I didn’t get charley horse after intense exercise either, I wasn’t tired, I just lived and was happy about it.
However, it turned out that the accumulation of a couple different factors (intense physical exertion, cleansing activity with fresh air, worse food, tanning, returning to alkaline water after a break during the vacation) caused a decrease in magnesium, which again overloaded my body. My hair started falling out, my digestion and hormonal balance were thrown off, my body noticeably dropped down a level in terms of function.
SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2017
Disappointed by the constant ups and downs, I tried to find the missing link, which would prevent such reactions to each and every negative factor. I increased the dosage of B vitamins sporadically, added liposoluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), changed up the preparations and proportions, but it felt like all it did was make my body more acidic. I noticed an improvement in one area, but a downgrade in another, quite randomly and I could not find any relationship in all of this. Despite this I managed to ward off the common cold without any medication.
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2017
I got a nasty surprise in November – literally an hour after leaving the sauna, my skin reddened and began itching in a couple of places. It didn’t go away the next day, or the next. With the help of the internet I diagnosed it as an eczema. The eczema had its ups and downs, grew and shrunk, but generally did not react directly to anything I did, whether from the outside or the inside. I only managed to get rid of it naturally after over two months.
In January I got a boost of energy. First of all, my body handled the surgical removal of my wisdom tooth very well. Secondly, I went for an ultrasound check up, which again didn’t show any worrisome changes and the ones that come with age didn’t progress and even slightly improved. To me, this was proof that despite all the ups and downs, my body is still slowly healing itself.
FEBRUARY – MAY 2018
I continued to experiment with the dosages and proportions of B vitamins. My observations confirmed, that the proportion of vitamin B6 to the others is important (there needs to be significantly more B6) and that overly large doses of vitamins cause the opposite of the desired effect. For example, 300 mg of biotin a day improved the condition of my skin and caused my hair to grow back in a large amount; but 1200mg of biotin did the opposite. Every time I increased the dose of B complex or accumulated factors that used up magnesium, I felt worse, but less and less noticeably and less immediately.
I came to the conclusion, that a diet with only a small amount of raw fruit and vegetables causes a gradual clogging of the bowels and storing away the leftovers and worsens the absorption of nutrients. My body couldn’t digest large amount of raw vegetables, so I decided to introduce millet groats to my daily menu, which work like a cleaning rod. The effect was positive, so I subsequently added in very small amounts of niacin, attempted to introduce a probiotic and started snacking on fruit alone – and as always, I went overboard and from a high I came down to a rut again. So I backpedaled to my previous strategy.
I got blood tests done. The results were comparable to those from the year before and coincided with the ultrasound from January – my body was well-nourished, the proportions of my cholesterol levels suggested it was repairing itself and for the first time my liver was doing better that meant less toxins. The results of testing the thyroid hormones were on one hand still outside the norm, but on the other, the hypothyroiditis is less severe with each test. There was also a decrease in anti-TPO antibodies, even though there still was a lot of them (around 2000, to 3500 previously). I came to the conclusion that my body is continuing to heal itself, but the process is slow due to the weakened thyroid. Taking into account all of my experiments I believed that an evident obstacle in this process is a magnesium deficiency and decided to risk supplementing it, but this time in a way similar to supplementing vitamins – in minimal, divided doses of 10 – 20mg (some preparations on the market offer 400, or even over 600 mg in one pill!). It turns out that combined with my magnesium-rich diet, a daily dose of 60 mg gives great results – I felt better, looked better, had more energy and my skin improved. But 90 mg causes tension signifying issues with absorption (a proportional deficiency of vitamin B6, which I don’t want to take in amounts larger than a 100 mg a day, however).
My theory was confirmed when I went to the seaside – walking through seawater for several hours a day caused such a large intake of magnesium, that my body was not able to absorb it and removed it in excess. This caused symptoms typical for a magnesium deficiency (tension, fatigue, twitching of the eyelid, sleep issues, muscle cramps, digestive issues), which disappeared after stopping the baths and reassuming controlled, minimal supplementation.
In summary of the second part of my story: two years after I started supplementing B vitamins and taking on a diet based on a neutral pH of the meals, my body isn’t only functional again, but functions really well, better than in the past – and it is still improving, despite the fact that the process of healing the internal organs is slow, slower than I assumed.
Maybe through small doses of magnesium, I will now be able to speed up my body’s recovery and avoid the steps backwards. This lead is promising, I will update on how well it works long-term in the future.