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lithium questions- not the prescription kind

Posted by cloud on February 17, 2001 at 12:20:21:

My hair analysis indicated I was low on lithium. My doctor said this isn't the same thing as the medication. I have been doing searches on Google, but I can't find information on anything except the drug. My doctor has me taking Li-Zyme by Biotics Research (lithium from Li-Zyme vegetable culture). Now I'm starting to wonder what it is, a mineral, metal? What are the side effects of having low levels. If anyone could help, I appreciate it because I can't find ANY info. on it.

Thanks ~ Cloud



Re: lithium questions- not the prescription kind

Posted by
leon cavallo on February 18, 2001 at 00:19:12:

In Reply to: lithium questions- not the prescription kind posted by cloud on February 17, 2001 at 12:20:21:

Lithium is called a mineral and a metal ...an alkali metal of group Ia on the periodic table. (like sodium and potassium, more metals for example). (and yes, ofcourse, other metals are copper, zinc, gold, etc.)

the lithium that your body uses is organic lithium. (the "other" lithium, inorganic lithium-- lithium chloride i think-- is a poison to your body, because it inhibits enzymes requiring organic lithium, but that doesnt stop doctors from giving it to you.)

i wish i could tell you how your body uses it! i dont know!


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Re: lithium questions- not the prescription kind

Posted by
leon cavallo on February 18, 2001 at 00:28:20:

In Reply to: lithium questions- not the prescription kind posted by cloud on February 17, 2001 at 12:20:21:

found something !

lithium is used as a cofactor in reactions with sodium inside muscles and in nerves, especially nerves of the involuntary system.

and modern lithium used for medicinal treatment is lithium carbonate, which is NOT inorganic lithium, as i said. apparently, the carbonate form is now used in place of the old chloride form.

it seems a little simplistic to me to begin supplementation with one mineral when it is found to be low. perhaps there is more to the story than just that you did a test and found it low on one occasion. are all the other levels good ? there are fine balances between minerals. perhaps other symptoms are acting in concert with this test to persuade your doctor to use supplements.



Re: lithium questions- not the prescription kind

Posted by Cloud on February 18, 2001 at 11:04:42:

In Reply to: Re: lithium questions- not the prescription kind posted by leon cavallo on February 18, 2001 at 00:28:20:

Thanks for responding Leon. My doctor is treating me for candida. He did a CDSA, allergy test, red blood cell analysis and hair analysis. When I met with him, I had some bad gut bugs, allergies, low magnesium and low lithium. He did not go into any detail about any of it. He said to take Primal Defense for the bad gut bugs, take magnesium and lithium. All he said was the lithium had nothing to do with the drug. I figured it was some mineral I was low on. What suddenly prompted the question now is that I just developed Raynauds disease. The circulation in my fingers gets cut off and they turn blue. In doing research, I noticed magnesium helps with this so it fit with my low mag levels. I just wasn't sure about the lithium - what it does, etc. If it does help muscles and nerves than maybe that has something to do with the Raynauds too?


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Re: lithium questions- not the prescription kind (Archive in brain chemistry.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 19, 2001 at 08:48:03:

In Reply to: Re: lithium questions- not the prescription kind posted by leon cavallo on February 18, 2001 at 00:28:20:

Thanks, Leon.

Walt

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