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Are you Gluten Free
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Nicole,

So, my first question considering what seems to be a lot of nutrient deficiencies is to wonder whether you are gluten free or not. I suspect not since you have low iron since that is almost always due to a malabsorption issue unless you are a strict vegetarian.

Next, I definitely suspect that you are magnesium deficient and that that may be the cause, at least in part, to your jerking. You can also take epsom salt baths or foot soaks in order to get magnesium if you are having stomach issues with it.

Since your problems seem to stem around the time of your menses, that always makes me suspect a Vitamin B6 deficiency as well. Vitamin B6 is required to absorb magnesium and there are many women who have an abnormally high need for Vitamin B6 and this usually manifests as premenstrual complaints.

In "Dr. Wright's Book of Nutritional Therapy", Dr. Wright recommends dosages of up to 200 mg of Vitamin B6 3 times a day and decrease dosages to keep the minimum amount that you need in order to relieve your symptoms.

And the last thought that I have is that you might be interested in reading my page on Mental Changes from B12 Deficiency. If you aren't absorbing iron and magnesium, then it may be likely that you aren't absorbing B12 either.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Gluten Free Diet
by: Anonymous

Hi Kerri,

Yes, I have been on a gluten free diet for about 4 months now. My son has the same problem with gluten so I figured it couldn't hurt. I do feel a little better but nothing significant. I do know that my period has something to do with my low iron levels because my ferritin drops significantly after.

Having a thyroid problem, my stomach could also have a decreased level of hydrochloric acid which leads to malabsorption. These are just possible causes. I am seeing a hematologist and my Vitamin B12 is checked monthly and my B6 was just checked also so they are both fine. I guess it can't hurt to take B6 though, especially around that time of the month.

So, I will do that with the magnesium and see how that works out. Thanks for confirming my magnesium theory because I can't think of it being anything else.

Myoclonic Jerks, Vitamin D Deficiency and Stomach Pain
by: Ashwani Kumar Malik

My son is 25 years old and we live in DELHI INDIA . His height is 5 ft 8 inches and weight is 54 kgs.( constant for last 10 years ). He is a Delayed Milestone child . He is suffering from abdomen pain around navel for last ten years. I have taken him to various specialist but it has done him more harm then good. He got in severe depression( physziopherenia ) after taking one dose of fludac .to overcome that he was prescribed oliza . after taking one dose of that he got a attack of epilepsy. he has taken valprol for three years but has withdrawn it ( for last 18 months ) as it was not absorbing in the blood and valporate levels are always below 50 and top of it he was having lot of nausea feeling. on someone advice I started him giving him Mag.Phos 6x thrice a day and it has helped him in his abdomen pain but never the less he is still having stomach pains. He is also having Myoclonic Jerks 8 to 10 times a day. after reading a Book I got his vitamin D checked and it is

SERUM VITAMIN D-3 LEVEL ( CMIA )- 11.00 ng/mL.

His other blood tests reports are as :


IONIZED CALCIUM -1.23 mmol/L ,

TOTAL CALCIUM - 9.80 mg/dL ,

MAGNESIUM-2.10 mg/dL ,

PHOSPHOROUS - 3.00 mg/dL ,


SERUM IRON 93.00 ug/dl ,

T.I.B.C.- 65 ug/dl,



FT3 ( ECLIA)- 3.29 pg/mL ,

FT4 (ECLIA) 1.18 ng/dL ,

T.S.H ( ECLIA) 1.37 uIU/mL.

Please advise me what dose of vitamin D he should have apart from other multi vitamins. at presently he is taking MAG.PHOS. 6X .and VITAMIN D 1000 IU . His symptoms appears to be of CYSTIC FIBROSIS { ? }( recurring lung and sinus infections , ( breathing from mouth ) barrel shaped chest as a result of increased work to breathe , not converting food into the nutrients and low weight . As he is prone to side effects of medicines please advise accordingly and what are the precautions to prevent coronary and vascular calcifications In INDIA VITAMIN D is also available in sachets of 60,000 IU

Thank you,
Ashwani Malik

Gluten Sensitivity
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Please see my page on Gluten Sensitivity as that is a likely cause of his chronic stomach pain, and if he has Celiac Disease, that could even be one of the causes of his delayed development.

Please see my page on Vitamin D Therapy to see the step-by-step instructions that I've given to bring vitamin d levels up to their optimal levels.

If you son has symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis, have they tested him? It's a very straightforward test and since it's genetic, he either has it or he doesn't. There is no guesswork involved in the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.

Kerri Knox, RN

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