Hi all performance junkies.
I've recently discovered that Silicon and Titanium Dioxide (nano materials) were causing massive health issues for me, and as such, I'm in the process of majorly cutting back on supplements, or sourcing alternate versions that don't contain silicon dioxide.
Is anyone aware of any source of Modafinil that doesn't contain silicon dioxide. (most likely not in a tablet form - as nearly all tablets seem to contain it). Thanks!
Some quick background for anyone interested - Why I'm convinced based on my personal experience. Nano Materials are a huge health issue.
- Have suffered mild Chrohns (autoimmune) over the past 10 or so years.
- Have managed to still be a relatively high performing individual albeit struggling with energy and GI issues, managed mostly through diet and exercise
- Over the past 6 months, things have degraded, more mental fog, lack of energy, and over the last 3 months, arthritis type symptoms started to develop, from very mild to enough pain impacting my day to day life..
- Over the past 6 months, my vitamin intake has increased substantially (taking about 15 various vitamins a day)
- had been taking modafinil on and off over the last 3 -4 months more than usual to compensate.
Got to the point of extreme constant pain, all down the joints in my spine, shoulder, groin, basically just in a lot of pain, and absolutely shit mood all the time. Felt like every muscle in my body had lost all elasticity. Everything ached..
Stopped cold turkey taking all my supplements. Miraculosly, within 48 hours, ALL sysmptoms disappeared. Over the next few days, my mood has been so much more positive, and I've had loads of energy.. a bounce in my step..
A penny dropped.. I've had this ongoing chronic pain and what was diagnosed as autoimmune stuff for years.. but almost always like clockwork it disappears whenever we go on Holidays. I always put this down to lack of work stress.. but i'm 100% it is the supplements that were making me sick.
I think this is really relevant for a forum like this, there will be a lot of supplement junkies like myself here.. that for some reason lose optimal health, and try and fix it with a pill (or many pills as in my case). The irony that vitamins have been making me sick is not lost on me..
In my array of approx 15 vitamins, 12 had silicon dioxide. Modafinal has silicon dioxide. Panadol / painkillers have it, viagra has it.. and probably many of the meds you might be on..
Below are some links and general info on Nano particles for anyone who is interested:
Avoid Food and Supplements With This Common Filler
Nanoparticles : Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have found that exposure to nanoparticles is linked to rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. The scientists exposed the nanomaterials (ultrafine carbon black, carbon nanatubes and silicon dioxide) to human cells taken from the lining of airway passages. The exposure transformed the amino acid arginine in the human cells into the molecule citrulline. This molecule can lead to rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
A nanoparticle is an ultra fine particle with at least one dimension between 1-100 nanometers (nm) in size. These small particles can sometimes have different unique properties from their bulk counterpart.
The science that is concerned with making use of the unique properties of these ultra fine particles is called nanotechnology. The special properties of these particles are believed to have potential in computer technology, medicine and environmental engineering.
The concern for those of us with RA is that exposure to nanoparticles in the air can cause or exacerbate rheumatoid arthritis through the route described by the scientists at Trinity College Dublin. The scientists at Scripps are studying this theory to try to confirm the relationship of RA and Lupus to nanoparticle exposure.
Mercury : We are exposed to small amounts of mercury from the fillings in our teeth. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that people have been cured of RA by having their fillings replaced by a biological dentist and going through a mercury detoxification process.
Functional Medicine Physicians have been very successful in treating Rheumatoid Arthritis with diet, meditation, exercise and detoxification of heavy metals like mercury.
Dr. Mark Hyman has a step-by-step process for removing heavy metals from your body, but he recommends that you be tested for heavy metals first then only go through the detoxification process under the supervision of a trained detoxification physician.
The Scripps study can help discover the actual role mercury detoxification plays in the success many have experienced in treating RA and lupus.
Crystalline Silica : This is a mineral that is found in sand, rock and soil so we are exposed to it almost daily. Science has already determined that there is a high rate of autoimmune diseases in miners because they have daily exposure to dust from silica. Very little research has been done on people with autoimmune diseases who have only periodic contact with crystalline silica. Many compounds have silicon as the central atom. These include silica, asbestos, silicone and nanoparticles.
Asbestos still exists in some residential homes.
Silica in the crystalline form exists in sand, rock and soil.
Silica Nanoparticles exist in artificial bones, artificial teeth, interventional catheters and drug delivery systems.
Silicone is commonly used in breast implants.
so avoid silicondioxide, crosspolymers, titaniumdioxide, microcrystaline cellulose etc. due to nano particles
Top gut-health professor recommends patients abstain from one of the most commonly-consumed nanoparticles.
Titanium dioxide is one of the most-produced nanoparticles worldwide and being used increasingly in everyday foods and products as a colouring. The compound (E171, as found on food labels) is a common ingredient in coffee whitener, icing, chewing gum, biscuits and ice lollies. It is also used in paint, and added to medicinal tablets and capsules to give them a uniform bright whiteness.
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles can exacerbate colitis