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Heart Palpitations: Symptoms and Natural Remedies

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Posted by Sil (Greenacres, Florida) on 09/11/2011

Hi To everyone, I do understand how hard is dealing with this I had taquicardia couple years ago and from there everytime I fell my heart running I get so scaried about what is going to happend to me. I did pass for the same of you guys lot of doctors and test and they keep saying my heart is in an excellent condition and need exercise. What I can say 100% sure lot of times this symptoms coming from anxiety or stomach. My stomach is so sensible I can't spice food, caffeine, nothing so acid, and a banana a day is so helpfull for me. Coffee dicaf and tea dicaf, 0 strees Life is so beautifull to live everyday dealing with problems, in every bad thing is always something positive try to think in this way!!! Helps me a lot.

Also when I start feeling my stomach funny I take a teaspoon with baking powder in a cup of water and works so good. Everybody is different wish we can have an answer that can fix everyone problems but I believe if you start study your own body and all reactions to what you eat everyday and take less problems will be an excellent solution.

Hope this can help someone!!! Take care and remember in every bad thing is always something positive!!!

Replied by Brian
Brisbane, Qld Australia
11/13/2011
[YEA]   I havnt had a-fib (heart palpations) for about 6 months now after being hospitalized about 8 times. I stopped taking warfarin and blood thinners without my doctors consent and started eating healthy and taking supplements. I now can eat anything since leaving out the rat poison (warfarin) Let me tell you what I eat and what supplements I take. Breakfast consists of oat bran, oatmeal, flaxseed, mixed nuts, cocoa powder, black berries, turmeric powder, cinnamon powder, mixed with milk of your choice. Supplements include coq10, magnesium, chromium picolinate, resveratrol. I don't know what cured my A-fib but I will carry on with what I'm doing. I also have arthritis and diabetes. My arthritis has disappeared I no longer take cellebrex. My sugar levels are under control. I feel so good and healthy. I also believe Apple Cider Vinegar is good for heart palpations which I was taking but stopped, will start again. I wonder if anybody out there can recognize what has cured my palpations. I do know that the turmeric and cinnamon cured my arthritis. I've given up the idea about commiting suicide. Hope this helps someone, since I know how bad a-fib can be. Life's good now.
Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
11/14/2011
Brian, heart palpitations are listed as a magnesium deficiency so maybe it was the magnesium you are taking. The magnesium also will help with arthritis and even blood sugar levels as well. Magnesium also is good for depression.
Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
11/15/2011
Hi Brian - I would guess that you have built up your health to the degree that the heart palps you were having just went away. Good on you!

If I were to guess on what was the most valuable to you for making it so I would guess it was the magnesium. Not to say it might not have been something entirely different, but I am a firm believer in Mg.

Also - I would look into taking 3mg of boron (good for bones and some arthritis) a day as well if I were you, and maybe something for added potassium. All these things along with D-3 work in unison. Google them if interested.

Glad you have found the answer to your issue, and that you feel like sticking around on this lovely planet for a while longer! ;-)

Best! ~ Carly

Replied by Jessica
Ridgecrest, Ca
11/16/2011
I had PVCs from MVP (preventricular contractions from mitral valve prolapse... messed up heart contractions) all my life until I started taking very large doses of Magnesium.
Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
11/17/2011
Thank you for taking the time to share this Jessica!

It truly amazes me that doctors don't know to try magnesium on their heart palp patients.

I went in with the dreaded heart palps years ago and was put on the holter (spelling probably wrong there) monitor. More money in that than telling me to try a five dollar bottle of Mg I am willing to wager.

The "health" care system in this country is really just "dis-ease" management. Shove a pill at 'em and get 'em out the door asap. (my opinion).

Thank GOD for this website!

~Carly :-)

Posted by RON B. (TAVERNIER, FL) on 10/16/2008

IN 1985 I HAVE MY FIRST PALPITATIONS. I WENT TO THE EMERCENCY ROOM AND THE DOCTOR KIND OF BRUSHED IT OFF AND THAT WAS THAT, IT WENT AWAY. IN 1986 WHILE DRIVING MY CAR IT HAPPENED AGAIN AT WHICH TIME I TOOK MY CIGARETTES AND TOSSED THEM OUT THE WINDOW DONE FOREVER. THE PALPITAIONS CAME ON AT CERTAIN TIMES THEN WENT AWAY AND I THOUGHT LITTLE OF THEM. IN 1995 THEY GOT WORSE AND I HAD A MONITOR PLACED ON ME AND THE DOCTOR WAS NO HELP.IN 1996 I GOT THEM REAL BAD AND WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND BECAUSE I HAD INSURANCE I WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH WIRES GOING TO THE NURSE STATION. I WAS RELEASED BUT WITH NO INFORMATION OTHER THAN SOME DANGEROUS MEDICATION WHICH I LATER FOUND OUT WAS VERY BAD. I HAVE SINCE FOUND THERE IS LITTLE THAT THE MODERN MEDICAL INDUSTY CAN DO OTHER THAN TAKE YOUR MONEY AND FEED YOU DANGEROUS DRUGS.AFTER A COUPLE MORE TIMES IN THE HOSPITAL AND ALMOST HAVING A STROKE TWICE I HAVE REALIZED I AM THE MASTER OF MY BODY AND NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THE MDS ARE CLUELESS. MY CONDITION NOW IS CHRONIC I HAVE PALPITAIONS ALL DAY EVERY DAY. I TAKE ACV,MASSES OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS,WAS TOLD THE ADRENALS CAN HAVE AN AFFECT SO I AM WORKING ON THE ADRENALS. MY NEXT STEP IS JUICE FASTING WITH MINERAL AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS AS WELL AS A COLON CLEANSE, A LIVER CLEANSE, AND A KIDNEY CLEANSE. I SUSPECT THE ADRENAL CONNECTION, I ALSO SUSPECT POSSIBLY A PARASITE OR CANDIDA CONNECTION AND OVER ACID BODY.I AM GOING ON A TOTAL RAW FOOD DIET AND ELIMINATING EVERY THING CAN POSSIBLE BE A SOURCE OF THE PALPITATIONS. ALL THESE THINGS I AM WORKING ON IN AN ATTEMPT TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM. TOO BAD OUR SO CALLED MEDICAL INDUSTRY IS SO CLUELESS AND EXPENSIVE.IT SEEMS THAT THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY CAN BE INCOMPETENT AS WELL AS PROFITABLE. I DID A HAIR SAMPLE MINERAL TEST AND FOUND I WAS HIGH IN ALUMINUM CADMIUM, AND OTHER DANGEROUS METALS THAT MAY BE AFFECTING THE ABSORBSION OF GOOD MINERALS. I WAS LOW IN CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM AND OTHER MINERALS EVEN THOUGH I SUPPLEMENT WITH QUALITY MINERALS. I NOW ALSO DO THE CHELATION TO RID MY BODY OF THE BAD METALS. I AM WORKING HARD ON THIS AND AM DETERMINED TO ADDRESS THE TRUE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM.

Replied by Marinette
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
10/19/2008
This is in reply to Ron B. I have had problems with heart palpitations in the past, and had very good success with Peppermint tea. The tea is also very good for digestion and possibly the palpitations are linked to faulty digestion. You mentioned also that you suspect an overly acid system might cause this. I suffer from this also, and take DeSouza's Liquid Chlorophyll which helps a lot. Chlorophyll is great for alkalizing the body. Any brand would probably work, but I notice other brands have added ingredients besides the chlorophyll that I would rather not take. I cannot take ACV because I become too acid from it. You mentioned also that you take a lot of supplements. I would go off of everything and just try the peppermint tea, at least 2 cups a day. Also, 1 tablespoon of the chlorophyll in an 8 oz. glass of water once a day. Also, an excellent remedy for nerves is liquid Celery Seed Extract. You can put 12 or more drops of this in the peppermint tea if you feel that nerves are also linked to the palpitations. I suggest going off of everything you are taking now while trying the peppermint tea, liquid chlorophyll and liquid celery seed extract. Something you are taking might be causing the palpitations to be worse. Once you feel better, you can always introduce the supplements back slowly. I hope this helps you, Ron.
Replied by Crista
Pekin, Illinois
10/20/2008
One thing about heart palpitations that was mentioned in the definition in the begining is that they can come from anti-depressants. I was on anti-anxiety pills and was not told by my doctor that they were addictive. They said take up to this many a day as needed for anxiety. I took them for about a week on a regular basis, and the when I was feeling fine I didn't take them. I ended up calling an ambulance that night because I thought I was having a heart attack at the age of 27. So by the time I got to the hospital my paliptations had stopped and they just said to take my medicine as prescribed. I looked more information up about my medicine and realized that the withdrawal symptoms of any drug that has benzodiazapines in them is heart palpitations and other. Because I took these for only a week I was addicted and had to take several months to withdrawal off of it slowly so I would not go through the palpitations again. The website with the withdrawal chart was in a manual written by a UK woman doctor. It is on a UK website.

I talked with my doctor telling them I wanted off and told them the steps I was taking. They were ok with it and just said that if I had problems to call and they could help. They also suggested getting on something else after I was done withdrawing from this one. To finally get off I actually had to be put on a different anti-anxiety pill because I could not take the week where I had to come off all the way. These drugs are very scary to me, but may be needed by some. If you have palpitations though see if you are on this type of drug first to see if it could be the cause of this issue. Unfortunately I didn't try any herbal remedies because I had not thought of it yet. I love this website and plan on using it for many things.

Replied by Bubble
Chicaco, Illinois
09/09/2009
I was on a benzo for over a year because of heart palpitations. The doc said I was stressed. I working in the heat (outside), I wasn't eating, and i dropped like 20 lbs in 2 weeks. But he gave me that dam pill instead. He told me I could take it when ever I wanted as much as i wanted.Well, because my job is very dangerous and you have to be a little more than alert with chicago driving, i decided that I could not take the whole pill untill i got home. 1mg...yup 1mg of clonazepam or colonapoison I and many others like to call it, It took me 4 1/2 months to tapper off of this drug which I had help from my online friends to do this. Docs are NOT educated on the withdrawal of these dangerous drugs and will try and have you off of them in a month which most of the time gaurantees a trip to the e.r. Those 4 1/2 months I felt like I was dying and then after my tapper 5 weeks later post acute withdrawal hit and I thought I lost my mind. Another 4 months of mind numbing torture. Please do not take the benzos or even anti depressants. The ANTIS, have simular problems. Google OR EVEN LOOK IT UP ON YOU TUBE...S.S.R.I. or BENZO WITHDRAWAL.
Replied by Alpha001
Vancouver, Washington
08/22/2010
[YEA]   I apologize if this is a bit long. I would like to share with everyone who has or currently is experiencing (HP) and the alternative process that I undertook. It was December 8, 2008 when I first experienced HP. It felt as though my heart was going to go through my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack, but without the chest pain or numbness of my extremities. Thank God for that. It freaked me out so bad that I had my wife rush me to the ER. At the ER, they hooked me up to an EKG machine, then took X-Ray, and admitted for an overnight observation. In the morning, I underwent a treadmill stress test. All results were normal. So, I was prescribed Atenolol and Fleicanide. I went to ER more than 13 times from the plethora of side effects from these drugs. I experienced very low BP, blurred visions, internal burning and pain in my gut, which then radiated to my lower back and chest, and I was diagnosed with Barret's esophagus, which is a precursor to cancer. I believe the culprit was the Fleicanide. To combat the very low BP, my cardiologist replaced Atenolol with Deltiazim--that cause severe chest burning. It got so bad that I could hardly eat anything and I was burping and belching all day long. I had to be put on Xanax for anxiety and Valium for the pain. So what did I do?

Most of you have indicated that modern medicine doesn't help. I totally agree. In fact, it only makes thing worse with so many side effects and little benefit, IF any, which was my case. I even under went catheter ablation and thankfully, my cardiologist could not chemically induce the palpitation. So he couldn't burn and scare my heart. I understand that this process makes things worse. A friend of mine took me to her Naturopath doctor. He tested my lungs, heart, stomach and liver and wrote me a prescription to have my blood tested. There were 10 tests that he was looking for. I got the results and my regular doctor said everything was normal. I took a copy of that test results and gave it to my Naturopath. He highlighted 5 things that he found abnormal even though my regular doctor had indicated that they were normal. He immediately put me on 2 weeks nutritional program strictly of organic vegetables; no meats, no sugars, no bread of any sorts, and 8 sessions of colonic hydrotherapy to help speed up the detoxification process. Once the two weeks was completed he re-adjusted my nutritional program for another 4 weeks. He also put me on herbal and botanical supplements. I was on Devacor, Neprinol, Charcoal capsules, and a mixture that consisted of 15 different herbs, roots, flowers, etc. , all precisely weighed and mixed. I have also added OMEGA-3 Fish-oil, COQ10, pre and probiotics. I continue to drink ginger tea made from fresh root and in the process of being part-vegan, I have lost 35 pounds. I say part-vegan because I eat fish and turkey. If I do eat chicken, it must be cage free or organic. Throughout my HP ordeal, I have learned so much about alternative health style. Today, I am very healthy. I still get HP, but once in a blue moon, and briefly, as compared to what I experienced in the past. I continue to eat healthy and learn to appreciate vegetables like it was going out of style. Too much to write, but if anyone wants more information , you may contact me at my email address with the title "Heart Palpitation. " Thank you for reading.

Replied by Emerald
Somereset, U.k.
08/27/2010
Hi I also suffer these palpitations, no reason found. Medication made it worse. But I have noticed that whenever I am on supplements or medication they return. There must be a link here somewhere. I had not had any for a year, but doc. put me on antibiotic and steroids for a lung infection, said I would feel 100% better in morning. In the morning I was in hospital! With 125 heart rate beat! This knocked me out physically for days, I have no strength after these episodes. But then took supplement next day with plastic type capsules containers. Again palpitations. Needless to say I threw out the anti-biotics and steriods that the doctor said I must take as I was so ill. Guess what after I had recovered my strenth the lung infection went away within 24 hours. So I am now keeeping off medication again and also supplements, they have so many additives, etc. Anyone else care to comment?Thanks.
Replied by I Don't Know What To Do
Unioncity, Nj
08/19/2011
Hi im only 16, my palpitations occured about a month ago. Before then I noticed my heart rate went up, but about a month ago I had a really bad attack and had to be rushed to the hospital. My mom said my heart reached 143 beats pr minute. They say it was over stress over a boy but I think its more then that. They ran a cat-scan and they didnt find anything. They said I should just try to relax and not let anything stress me out. Iv tried to relax and its helped some but I have major migrains, idk whats going on or what to do. My family doesnt take it too serious since they think its caused from stress. Could someone give me some advice as to what could be wrong?
Replied by Lisa
Rabat, Morocco
08/19/2011
Heart palps can be scary, can't they? I get them often, too, and they used to really scare me. Since they checked you out pretty well, I wouldn't worry that it is anything serious. The anxiety they cause can make them worse, so try to just let them pass and don't focus too much on them. Do you take magnesium? Sometimes this can help. Have you had your electrolytes checked? It could be that you have a deficiency in that area. At your age, it could be just your hormones as you get migraines.
Replied by Donna
Drexel Hill, Pa
08/19/2011
When I was in my 20's I started having strange heart palpitations. I'm now in my 50's and was diagnosed with Superventricular Tackycardia. Don't know what your symptons are, but maybe if you google this it might help you. Good luck and hope you are feeling better real soon.
Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
08/20/2011
It could be magnesium and or potassium deficiency. As you get migraines have a look into magnesium. I started getting migraines as a small child and the Dr told my mum that I was putting it on as young children don't get them. Well he was wrong! About 10 years ago I worked out it was lack of magnesium that caused mine. I have not needed a hospital visit for at least 9 yrs nor have I been to the Drs for an injection or prescription for them. I too start to get palpitations (although very mild), a couple of years ago, and yes was under a little extra stress. Since starting to do some alkalizing and taking some potassium and magnesium have not had any more. Maybe you could have a look at EC's page:
http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/heart_palpitations.html#MRT_17816

You are the person who knows your body best, if you feel it is not stress causing it then keep looking until you find what works for you. We are often told stress causes this and that but maybe it is closer to the truth that it aggravates things or it could be that it causes your body to use up certain nutrients thus leaving you with symptoms from a lack of the same nutrients. All the best in finding your answer and keep searching and asking till you do.

Replied by Malikitheguy
Kc, Mo, Us
09/08/2011
Hi, a lil while back I was trying magnesium citrate which I had found in a lemon flavored powder at a gnc store. The first time I used it, it worked great for what I was using it for, the second time I used it that night I had heart palps got real light headed and it became difficult to breath. The symptoms stopped after but I was wondering why? A coworker of mine is a nurse and she had said that magnesium supplements can be hard on your heart if abused? But I had only taken the dosage it said a lil under in fact...

Oil Pulling   1  0   

Posted by Leah (Nyc, Nyc) on 09/13/2009

[YEA]  I started getting heart palpitations every day for the last month or two. They are very scary. I was told to cough hard to get the heart back in rhythm. That worked for a second or two. I then took Black Strap Molasses (1 teaspoon) and a 1/2 hour later I drank water with 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. That combo usually stops the palpitations for 1/2 a day.

HOWEVER, I started OP (Oil Pulling) every morning on an empty stomach (1 teaspoon of either virgin olive oil or 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil) and since I've started, I've had no palpitations at all! It's amazing!

If you want to try this, please read up on it (on this website) first.
Leah


EC: More about oil pulling: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html

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Posted by L B (Los Angeles, California ) on 07/03/2015

[YEA]  Dear Bill and friends,

I have had heart palpitations and cured them with Olive oil. I would drink a tablespoon or more before bed at night and they would not appear..my girlfriend took flaxseed oil for hers so I decided why not olive oil because flax tends to imbalance the hormones..but that works for me. Must warn though that taking too much Baking Soda can Burn out the kidneys so I rarely drink it anymore..xoxo

Orange Juice   1  0   

Posted by Roy (Spokane, WA) on 12/25/2008

[YEA]  I was surprised to learn that yogurt may cause heart palpitations. However I know from my own experience that I would sometimes develop an irregular heart beat after eating this product. Orange juice or an orange can help reduce my heart palpitations along with calcium and magnesium supplements. Other people have also told me that an orange or the juice works for them as well. I've not tried the apple cider vinegar but will do so to see if it may work for me. I've had nuclear stress testing and apparently do not have coronary artery blockage thus far. I have learned through personal experience that high blood pressure meds (once took mycardis) may cause heart palpitations even after a year or more of use.

Potassium   0  0   

Posted by Kingofdallas (Dallas, Texas) on 01/19/2015

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  Hello All.

I want to start off by saying Happy New Year & May God bless you, your off springs and your families with perfect health and long lives!!!

My Heart Palpitations started in early 2013 when my general physician gave me Claritin-D to open up my eustachian tubes he thought had blocked up causing water to get stuck in there make Tinnitus. That Claritin-D started giving me racing heart.....i started feeling my pulses in my throat...... Then once in a while my heart would skip a beat.**BOOOOM** that right there creates anxiety, panic attack and cold hands & feet like you have just seen a ghost or just avoided a bad bad accident.

This also creates a hurricane of all those negative thoughts like possible heart attack ??heart failure?? cardiac arrest??blocked value?? cholesterol?? hospital bed!!! Painful death!!! & what not.

I'm 34, Diabetic due to obesity. Married for 6 years, just bought a house. You can imagine the barrage of negative thoughts like...what if.............

I did some googling and turns out low potassium helps but why am I losing potassium??? Did claritin-d caused this?

Potassium helps but next day my heart starts racing during breakfast and don't calm down till I take potassium and even after that I feel like its lurking somewhere inside...the palpitation is alive and not dead.

There was a time when I had to stop drinking water to stop losing potassium...that also helped palpitations...

Homeopathic remedy called Thuja Occidentalis in 30 potency me for a month but for some reason they came back again.....

I sometimes feel chest tightness but I guess that's due to anxiety and that barrage of negative thoughts that come after one heart flutter.....

What do I do? I hope it gets fixed.There have been some bad people and events I had to deal with in my life that caused me a great deal of stress.

Someone plz advise!!!!

Replied by Carly
Wa, Usa
01/19/2015
Hi King,

Wondering if you have researched taking magnesium to go with the potassium you are taking? Boron, Vitamin D, and vitamin K2 all work together with mag and potassium. The body also needs salt....we use pink Hymilayan sea salt....research that vs regular old table salt also.

A good, all around electrolyte replacement drink (without a lot of sugar) would most likely do you some good.

I had palpitations the other day after eating something I now believe I am allergic to. (another thing to consider....what foods do you eat that may be causing issues) I drank an electrolyte drink, took an extra magnesium, and then drank more water then usual. Thankfully it want away after a couple of hours.

Just some things to think about...I know how scary palpitations are! Good luck!

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
01/19/2015
Hi Kingofdallas, when you lack magnesium you lose potassium faster. Take magnesium as well. I believe our foods are lacking mg big time. Minerals are constantly required by our body. All the best in your journey to health, God bless
Replied by Timh Donate

KY
01/20/2015
K: I see you already got some good replies, and to add to the mineral recommendations, try also Blackstrap Molasses (BSM).

You proly should also do some reading on cardiovascular conditions/remedies as well as extensive info on any or all pharmaceutical medications, especially potential interactions. Here is the E.C. page for the cardio http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/heart-disease-prevention.html

Replied by Mr. Ree
Usa
01/20/2015
Take 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon of sea salt or Himalayan salt in a glass of warm water...Drink slowly...By the time you get half way through your palpitations will be gone...Finish the glass and if so inclined do it again...It will not hurt you...
Replied by Cl
Fl
01/20/2015
Heart Racing. I had that for 4 years before they finally figured out what was causing it. It started after I took my Two rounds of Levaquin Antibiotic, but it took the doctors 4 years to figure out what was causing it, and yes it will put a lot of stress on your mental state, and as the years went by the heart racing got faster and would not stop until Emergency services gave in IV meds to stop and start my heart. I was finally sent to UAB 2 years ago and they did an ablation and I have (knock on wood) not had any more heart racing issues.

But as my on personal opinion, I think that the antibiotic started it all, I think I had a condition called Roemheld Syndrome condition, which was discovered in the 1700's, and if you read up on it, it will cause your heart to race. There was not one doctor knew anything about Roemheld Syndrome Condition, even though it is in the encyclopedia and what was more they did not seem to care. all they wanted to do was go down my throat all the time and do Colonoscopies all the time. I make sure my digestive system is taken care of because I still have issues with it, but never had any problems until I took those back to back Levaquin.

Potassium and Magnesium Citrate Electrolyte Solution   1  0   

Posted by June (Ks, Ks) on 11/23/2007

[YEA]  I have read in several different places Ted's recommendations for taking potassium citrate and magnesium citrate for a variety of problems. The latest was a cure/prevention for heart palpitations. I've suffered from heart palpitations (HP) for 10 years. The severity of the palpitations has varied over the years but lately, for some reason, they had become extremely troublesome.

This problem runs on my mother's side of the family and I know my mother and her sister's solution has been to take prescription drugs, regardless of their serious side effects. The Rx approach has never worked for me so I am always looking for alternative remedies. I had used hawthorn to treat my heart issue and avoiding sugar and alcohol are also important. But lately nothing was working. I have taken CoQ10 in the past, but it is very expensive and difficult to take continuously because of the price.

Finally, I came back to earthclinic to do some further research and read where Ted said he had treated a woman with HP using potassium and magnesium citrates to replace electrolytes. I had already searched for these products from my supplement companies I use and could not find them and was wondering how to replace my electrolytes without drinking the sugary sports drinks that claim to replace electrolytes. I found the solution at a local pharmacy this week where I had gone to purchase iodine (another home remedy suggested here). I happened upon a $4 bottle of generic brand pediatric electrolyte solution used for preventing dehydration. The ingredients include: water, dextrose, citric acid, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, sodium citrate and benzoic acid. It's the closest product I could find to Ted's recipe. I figured I would give it a shot.

The result has been very positive. My HP almost immediately ceased upon taking the first dose. I've only had a few mild palpitations since I began taking the product 3 days ago. Even though I had several (mildly sweet) desserts during the Thanksgiving holiday (and two beers) I did not have the normal reaction of terrible HP that I could have previously expected before taking the electrolyte solution.

I know the best remedy is to avoid sugar and alcohol all together. And while I closely monitor my intake of those items it's not realistic for me to give them up completely. I will always want to enjoy a dessert on occasion and a beer once in a while.

I do hope the electrolyte solution continues to work for me. The taste is not unpleasant and is of citrus. It seems like there is only enough dextrose to make it palatable. There were two bottles to choose from, one was clear and the other was colored orange and contained acesulfame potassium, an artificial sweetener I try to avoid. I chose the clear product.

I hope this information helps someone else. And thanks to Ted for the suggestion on an electrolyte cure for HP!

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
11/24/2007
To June from Ks (ll/23/07) google MSG, aspartame-read unwanted side effects of both- make a list of names they hide them under & then go to your kitchen and look for them in the ingredients in the foods you are eating. Trying to get rid of them isn;t easy. My niece says it takes her 4 hours longer to grocery shop now that she is looking for them in the ingredients before she buys foods containing them.
Replied by Ted Donate

Bangkok, Thailand
11/28/2007
388 Posts
Thanks for the feedback!

I know the best remedy is to avoid sugar and alcohol all together.

Yes, in case the sugar is unavoidable, take plenty of water, such as one full glass. For example if one glass of solution contains 10% sugar, taken an extra glass of water would reduce the sugar concentration by 5%. A sugar level of 2% is generally benign and 5% is tolerable over the short run, but not recommended which is about the same as the concentration of urine sugar in a healthy individual.

Most problems of the heart is the electrolyte imbalance. In one instance when nothing can be found, a simple sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon is helpful too. Sometimes I found a heart palpitation is initiated by a long term low grade fever from cavities in the teeth of all places. In case of a low grade fever and a low level septicemia, frequently an aspirin 250 mg dissolve in 1/2 glass of water, will digest the low grade fever once the aspirin dissolved in water reaches the blood stream.

As a footnote, a famous comedian, Paul Lynde, who was a regular at Hollywood Squares and Bewitched died of a heart attack in 1982. His heart looked like an 80 year old man even though he died at the age of 56. The reason was the alcohol he drinks excessively. Alcohol tends to destroy the liver function and the nutrients in the liver could not supply food for the heart to beat, and this destroys the heart.

To further support heart function, 1 tablespoon of granulated lecithin will help and some weekly dose of vitamin B50 complex and vitamin C sodium ascorbate. It SHOULD BE noted that the most frequent deficiency I seen is the electrolyte, vitamin B50 and vitamin C, all these are water soluble and all these are related to heart problems. It is no wonder why people have heart attack, water soluble nutrients get depleted fairly quickly and we get deficient just as fast.

Drinking alcohol may also increase the free radical iron, and a green tea with no sugar and no milk will bind most of the free metal iron that tends to accumulate in the heart.

Still, electrolyte solution is still the best for most heart palpitation problems. The major electrolytes that is important is sea salt, magnesium, and potassium. The use of citrate is important to alkalize the body and permit healing.

Replied by Will Jones
Batam, Indonesia
11/01/2009
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   After getting horibly short of breath and sometimes even distressed after a sudden bout of heavy exersise (e.g. climbing a few flights of stairs), an ECG reported that I have AF (Atrial Fillibration). I am a 59 year old male who eats of high plant low meat diet but drinks too much coffee and beer.

The local Indonesian doctor who found the AF issue, suggested a typical Big Pharma regimen of nasty drugs. I recalled a friend who said he had dealt with bad heart palpitations using Mg (Magnesium) plus other minerals and vitamin supplements.

Before coming here to EC, I researched the topic and found that in emergency rooms, Mg is often introduced intraveneously to control bad cases of AF.

While visiting Australia last week, I bought some large bottles of Mg Ca K supplements and made up mixture of Epsom Salts (Magnesium Suphate) and water in a nasal spray bottle, which I spray into my lungs.

All this has helped. but it seems that if I let the amount of daily supplemented Mg drop too much, I too easily go into AF after heavy exercise. In other words, I have yet to find the right daily dose.

Replied by Ted Donate

Bangkok, Thailand
11/03/2009
388 Posts
Generally speaking Calcium is antagonistic to magnesium. So taking a supplements of calcium is generally counter productive. The other problem is there is a supplement that sells magnesium, but the ingredients are useless, which consists of magnesium oxide, magnesium carbonate and magnesium stearate. Firstly magnesium oxide is poorly soluble in water, magnesium is weakly soluble, while magnesium stearate is more like a wax which prevents the tablets from being easily dissolved. I would also not use calcium since it encourages blood clots in presence of high magnesium and worsens the heart as it is, besides calcium being antagonistic to magnesium. I therefore would likely use two forms of magnesium, magnesium chloride, or magnesium citrate. Some other marketing companies sells magnesium aspartate. That's counterproductive as it is an excitotoxins. When taking the supplements, it's also taken along with magnesium citrate (500 mg), may also include CoQ10, iodine, potassium citrate, and sodium bicarbonate. Electrolyte imbalance has to consider not just magnesium, but potassium and sodium bicarbonate. That being, vitamin B50, is important and it's effect is noticeably improved, at least in one case who was about to go into a heat attack, stopped within 15-20 minutes after taking the vitamin B complex, in form of B50, which are mostly 50 mg of each of the B vitamin, with exception of folic, B12, and biotin, which are often in microgram doses. I believe two most important onces for this condition is the magnesium and the vitamin B complex. A third runner up is the CoQ10, and followed by a natural Vitamin E 200 i.u.

I have a few cases who actually benefited from aspirin 500 mg, dissolved in a cup of water (taken only when there IS a problem) and iodine (lugol's supplement) taken at 2-4 drops plus 1000 mg of vitamin C taken at the same time, preferably in the form of sodium ascorbate. It tends to be warming the heart area when an iodine is taken, assuming that there is subclinical iodine deficienc of course. The iodine of 2-4 drops is taken in the form of lugols's solution, in a cup of warm water, along with the vitamin C. Whether a vitamin C 1000 mg or 500 mg, depend on individual needs, for me iodine seems to work better if 1000 mg of vitamin Ci is taken so that possible side effect of a mild headache does not occur, whenever an iodine is taken. However, if iodine lugol's solution is mixed in one liter of water, the problem of mild headaches doesn't occur as it is diluted one liter, and taken over the course of a day. Still the vitamin C 1000 is needed, but individual preference may prefer 500 or 1000 depending on the size and weight of the individual.

Replied by Neal
Wilmington, Nc Usa
12/28/2010
This worked for me, One gm taurine and one gm of lysine three times day. Sounds too simple. Neal Turner
Replied by Neal
Wilmington, Nc Usa
12/29/2010
Oops, I meant to say one gram of argenine instead of lysine. Neal

Reader Warning   0  0   

Posted by Pat (Burlington, Vermont) on 07/10/2007

[WARNING!]  Although many of you believe you have been cured of angina by taking garlic and flaxseed, I am afraid that is is not true and you are in a dangerous situation. These supplements are very useful and strong if used correctly...as prevention. However, they cannot unclog arteries. Please be good to yourself and reasonable. Use all available treatments and advice together! There are plenty of wonderful cardiologists who have a holistic approach.

Replied by Alex
Aventura, FL
09/29/2008
ever thought of uncloging your tubes with oral chelation, hydrogen peroxide food grade etc..
Replied by Vijay
Sunnyvale, CA
05/05/2009
I have seen the best way to remove the clogging is to take cayenne pepper. Please take a t-spoon of cayenne pepper & dissolve it in hot water & sip it slowly. This will be a good remedy before the paramedics arrive. I have heard, read & seen many benefits cayenne pepper has on the body.

It removes stickiness in the arterial walls, removes clogs to some extent etc. Please do consult a doctor as these are remedied to prevent severe strokes & some measures to be taken before the doctor arrives.

Replied by Karen
Newport, Oregon, USA.
05/05/2009
Vijay, must tell you that my mom at 85 yrs had a stroke & was "gone" by the time I got her out of the bathroom & into the bed. Had to really hurry & find cayenne powder which I mixed with a few drips of water then swabbed her tongue & mouth heavily inside with it. Next, Ran into the pantry, found my habinaro oil & proceeded to swab her tongue & inside of her mouth with it also.( it was much more hot!)The doseage was approx. a tsp of cayenne powder & enough water to make a quick paste. for the habinaro oil I put about a 1/4 tsp all around in her mouth. Then, her eyes opened! She was back- no brain damage observed then or now. She didn't feel the heat of the hot oils or remember them at all. It works & it's immediate.

Supplements   3  0   

Posted by Breeze (Wash.) on 07/24/2015

[YEA]  I have researched heart palpitations, and I believe the underlying cause may be infection of some sort either it : viral, parasites, bacterial, dental, sinus, ear, food allergies, environmental allergies, heavy metals, and candida overgrowth. The most accurate test for candida is a stool test . I saw a few cardiologist they offered some funny band-aid solutions. I had a vitamin deficiency and sinus issue.

I got checked for vitamin deficiencies/ micronutrient was sure to include B12 and iron levels. My research showed vitamins that help the heart are Magnesium. CQ10, Ribos, Taurine, work synergistically . Garlic and Omega 3 helps. I also think investing in low EMF sauna and increasing the body temperature helped me tremendously by increasing the body voltage.

Replied by Kathryn4
Maryland, USA
07/24/2015
Lyme disease can start also with heart palpitations - just know from experience unfortunately.

Posted by Lisa (Lafayette, La) on 04/12/2012

[YEA]  Randall, my husband was diagnosed with the exact same thing as you, mitral valve prolapse. He was experiencing the same symptoms as you. It was hard for him, as he is a handsome, tall, athletic man who was not used to being held back by physical ailment. Dr. wanted to put him on beta blockers. NEVER go on beta blockers.

I began corresponding with a Dr. via email who wrote a few books. He put my husband on this protocol: morning - 300 mg. Magnesium, 500 to 1000 mg. Sodium ascorbate (vit. C), 500 mg. L-carnitine, 200 mcg. Selenium, 500 mg. IP-6, 100 mg. Co-q-10, 800 mcg (or mg. , however they measure it) of d-3, 100 mg. K-2, 100 mg. Quercetin. We get all capsules or powder, except for the d-3 and co-q-10, which are tiny enough for him to swallow, and I put it in a small cup, mix with about an oz of orange juice, and he drinks it up. With the exception of the selenium, repeat in evening, right before bed. Sounds like a lot, but do it. His heart palps stopped in their tracks. If he gets careless and adds a lot of sugar and a beer or two to his diet, it will recur. Palps stopped within a 2 week period or so. Keep up the regimen daily, if you want your life back.

If you feel one coming on during the day, take some magnesium powder in o.j. , maybe 500 mg. or so. It calms them right down. Also, fill pot or bucket with ice water, dunk your face into it, and rub it on your arms and wrists. This will stop palps in their tracks. As far as the motherwort and hawthorn, I ordered both thru vitacost. com, and they are coming in the mail any day, to keep on hand for emergencies. You can get your life back, it just takes diligence. Oh, yeah, above all; prayer is the ultimate healer. Ask God for his help. He has guided us through this. God is so good!

Replied by Sandy
Hartbeespoort, South Africa
01/05/2014
I have been having "panic attacks" for awhile now, but have never thought to call it heart pulpertations. They have been very bad the last few days. Being holidays, I decided to have a break from all supplements aswell. I have gone back onto Selenium 500mg, Flaxseed oil 1000mg and CalciMag. What a difference. I also do the ice water to drop my core temperature. I would like to know if HP could be associated with menopause, as I actually take the above for the hot flushes. Works better than any chemical. Thanks for a brilliant forum.
Replied by Rjsvan54
Pocatello, Idaho
01/07/2014
Sandy, your problem is most likely MSG poisoning. I had the same symptoms as you.your heart is beating irregularly, skipping beats, heart pounding, getting little sleep. Waking up with a panic attack. Things going completely out of control. Check the website msgtruth.org and many others, do a Google search, msg poisoning. It?s in almost every processed food. And hidden under ingredients on the label you will spices, natural foods, soy, enzymes and anything hydrolized. Keep a food log of everything, time you eat and record when you are having an episode. Keep in mind that all the food additives have at least 20 to 80% msg. The FDA lets the food processors hide this poison in the ingredients I have listed. You eliminate all processed foods and within 2 days your symptoms will disappear. If you accidentally get poisoned by msg dilute 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tater in 8 oz of water. Also drink 4 to 6 16oz of water to flush this poison out. Restaurants are to be avoid until you know what foods are most natural. Lot and lots of home cooking.

My name is Bob I am 59, married and my wife is a great cook. I've had these symptoms for 30 years and have wasted thousands of dollars on BS treatments from doctors. Holtergrams, cat scans, heart specialists. Now I am living symptoms free.

Replied by Sandy
Hartbeespoort, South Africa
01/07/2014
Rjsvan, thanks for that bit of info. As a rule I stay away from non fresh foods, but am a sucker for anything cheese or olive. Will definitely take more care in reading labels. I was able to obtain BSM today. Start taking it tomorrow with ACV. Will share my experience as time goes by.
Replied by Sandy
Hartbeespoort, South Africa
01/15/2014
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Hi all, I am much better. I feel I cannot say cured as the time laps is to short. Flaxseed and selenium to start then BMS with ACV. I have not had an elevated heart rate in 10 days. Will keep on keeping. Up date to follow.

Posted by Pam (Marlborough, Ct, Usa) on 10/22/2010

Two weeks ago I started taking a regular multivitamin, vit B6 100mg, B3 250 timed released vit. , and turmeric caps. 400mg plus boron 3mg. Once a day. The last two nights I have awakened around 4am with a rapid heartbeat that lasts about 3 hours, I think I am taking too much, any help would be appreciated, I am not taking anything today, or until someone gets back to me. Thanks Pam

Replied by Tom
Regina, Sk
10/25/2010
Pam: It seems you are "topping out" on the Vitamin B3 (niacin) and experiencing one of the harmless side-effects of it, either due to that 250mg being just too high for you and your body size, or having a digestive system that forces fast breakdown and release of the vitamin in far less than the nominal 24 hours! People have wide variance in almost everything, so you might be metabolizing that 250mg in those 3 hours of rapid heartbeat.

This page mentions the rapid heartbeat side effect of niacin: www.buzzle.com/articles/niacin-flush.html
The effect of niacin doses is different for every person and so is the symptom of niacin flush. Thus, some people may show severe symptoms of niacin flush, while some may not. Read more on niacin overdose. Niacin is not a drug, but a useful vitamin. Niacin flush benefits the circulatory system and hence, one should not worry about this symptom. Though niacin flush can be irritating, one can take proper measures to avoid this discomfort and enjoy the health benefits of niacin. So, if you are taking niacin medications for cholesterol or lipid treatment, and are experiencing niacin flush; then do not stop taking niacin. Instead, consult your physician and get the proper amount of niacin dose and learn the methods to avoid the niacin flush. So, either go to a much lower dose B3, perhaps 50mg or 100 mg NOT time release and see what happens, or don't throw out the time release, but just use a knife or pill-cutter to take 1/4 or 1/2 a 250mg pill at a time, especially before nighttime. Then once your symptoms are gone with a lower B3 dose, just reintroduce the other supplements one at a time over many days. There is a small outside possibility that the multivitamin you also take has one of those thick RED food color coatings, which you may have a sensitivity to. That red, if it is, despite FDA approval generations ago, is notorious for causing reactions. It will be derived from either coal-tar aniline, or an African beetle! Check the box or bottle label.

www.panicattack.net/treat.htm
FDA approved food coloring are to be avoided as much as possible. Practically all food coloring are derived from Coal Tar (Aniline Dyes) and can cause learning difficulties, anxiety, restlessness, and most are potential carcinogens. Children with ADD should not have food or sweets or drinks containing Red, Blues, Green, Yellow dyes.

younglivingcircleblog.com/category/nutrition-diet/page/3/
A red coloring frequently used in yogurt, candy, fruit drinks, and other sweets, labeled as "carmine" is made from the dried, dead ground-up husks of female red beetles to make a paste. The beetles are usually raised in the Canary Islands and shipped to the USA and other countries to use as a coloring in processed foods to give them a rosy-strawberry coloring.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
10/26/2010
One question about the use of niacin. I have never used it so far but in a book I am reading the author advises the use of niacinamide instead of niacin. Do you know anything about it?
Replied by Pam
Marlborough, Ct, Usa
10/26/2010
Thanks Tom, I have started taking the vitamin supplement again, and the vitamin B3 timed released yesterday and today. Haven't had any bad rapid heart problems like before, but last night I noticed a slight increase in the night. The supplement has a yellow coating, but also since I have been having trouble with my hands, I started taking a 8hr timed release acetaminophen pill mostly at night so if my hands bother me I don't have to keep getting up and these pills do have a red coating, which all I can find is FD&C red food color. If I notice that I am starting to get that rapid heartbeat again, I will definitly cut down again. But I feel that the B vitamins have really helped my hands, even though they are not better yet, but I can start seeing knuckles again. I will also stay away from the coloring if you think that could be it. Also I usually take the vitamins in the morning after eating something, is it better to take them at night after dinner. Thanks again Pam
Replied by Alexis
Ca, US
10/29/2014
Be mindful when taking of supplements, my friend was taking vitamin D and was sick with dizziness, nausea and heart palpitations. She saw several doctors and they were all dumbfounded. About 8 months later, she figured out it was the vitamin D. It is unclear if it was a certain product or all vitamin D doess this. She apparently can not breakdown vitamin D. I would suggest elimination diet to anyone have allergic reactions or unfounded heart issue.
Replied by Pat
Pa., US
02/24/2015
To Alexis, Ca.: I was diagnosed with "afib" after starting vit D also. It became the new "fad" and all the doctors are telling people they should be taking it! I was thinking since everything started after the Vit D craze that this could be a problem! Will stop now for sure and see! Thanks!

Posted by One Guy (New York City, NY) on 10/19/2009

[YEA]  For Palps

This is a great site and I tried many of your suggestions. I started to get Palps after some stents were put in and I understand that often happens. Perhaps it was from a temporary med like Toprol, as some suggest..... However, here is what I recently added that seems to have worked... Palps seem gone 98% and that is with having a martini every other night.......

Magnesium Aspartate by Solaray - 400 mg one a day; Vitamin Shoppe Ubiquinol CoQ10 100 mg one a day; 3 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice in a glass of water ( Minute Maid 7.5 oz Frozen from concentrate - find it where the frozen veges are ) with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, every morning; and Pediatric Electrolyte (must be kept in the fridge after opened, so drink slowly, not to shock the heart to create a palp) unflavored from Walgreens 2-3- oz plain, every evening before going to sleep.

That's it so far, but this, for once, these seem to have worked. As we know, it might be temporary, or even a coincidence but I hope others will say if it works for them.

Good health!

Techniques to Reset the Heart Rhythm   1  0   

Posted by Zeliset (Ramsey, Nj) on 02/09/2010

[YEA]  i have tried several remedies for heart palpitations where my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest at 2 or 3 times the normal rate (like 170 beats/min)which has happened several times in my life.

the 1st time it happened, i was at rest in a coffee shop, and i just had coffee ice cream. my heart just started beating so fast and so strong, my body shook with each beat. this was the first time it happened to me, and i didn't understand what was going on, and i just let it take it's course and somehow it stopped.

the 2nd time was years later. i had gone running in the morning, had a cup of coffee (on an empty stomach) and then ran up the stairs and my heart went crazy again. i went and lay down on the couch right away and it stopped.

the 3rd time was again another several years later, i was just sitting in my house, tired after a long hard day spent in the sun, and my heart started racing again. no caffeine involved really, although i am sure i had caffine that day. i immediately went to lay down, but this time that didn't work. it was going strong, at almost 170 beats/min and this time for a full hour, and so i went to the ER.

at the ER, the connected me to the heart monitor, which was no fun by the way, everyone got to see me without a bra! they basically had to inject something in me intravenously that basically flat-lined me to reset my heart for a second and then all was back to normal. i went to see a cardiologist after that and he said, everything was normal. he said, the nerves in my heart have a path and sometimes, the signals along the path get directed wrong, like in a circular pattern, and it makes the heart beat extremely rapidly. he said since it's only happened to me a few times over the course of 10 years, i should just keep an eye on it and live a normal life. he told me a trick though... the ER also told me the same... when you're heart is racing like that, stick your head in a bucket of cold water (not a very appealing thing to do). another remedy... take a deep breath and pinch your nose shut, keep your mouth closed tight and act as if you're trying to breath out and like you're trying to push out poop at the same time. this creates a kind of pressure in your heart/lung area and can reset your heart as well. i've done it once when it happened again, the breathing trick, not the bucket of ice trick and it worked. but i did this like as soon as i felt my heart start to skip into the rapid beating. i think if i were to wait a few more seconds it wouldn't have worked.

the last time i remember having a rapid heart rate attack was while i was driving. my heart started racing away again, seemingly out of nowhere. it was early in the morning and i was on my way to do a project and i was a little nervous about it. so what am i to do? i'm driving on a highway, so i pulled over the nearest exit and parked at a restaurant. i reclined my seat all the way back and lifted my legs way above my neck, as if i were doing a yoga position where you lie down and lift your legs above your head and let them rest behind your head on the floor. once i did that, my heart rate went back to normal.

i don't know what all this really is about, and since my doctor said my heart was normal, it seems that stress, lack of sleep, overworking your body, etc, has caused me to experience this, as well as drinking caffine in certain situations.

i also have tried prayer and meditations to relax me and it has helped as well. one interesting thing to note is that my grandmother had the same symptoms, so it could be genetic. but she was in a foreign country and had limited access to medical care and unfortunately she died of heart failure in her early 40s. she had been sick for a very long time, and i am very healthy, aside from the few rapid heart rate attacks i've had. so i hope this helps some of you. it's comforting to know though i'm not the only one out there with this problem.


EC: Fantastic info, thank you!

Replied by Donna
Drexel Hill, Pa
02/10/2010
I have experienced very similar heart palpatations over the last 25 years. Once I was taken to the hospital and I too had my heart stopped with some injection to reset it. I was diagnosed with Super ventricular tacky cardia. I was told it has to do with the electric currents around the heart. I'm still not sure why it happens, because the doctors say otherwise might heart is strong. Doctors wanted to do some kind of surgical procedure, which I said no to. They also said I could take a beta blocker the rest of my life, which I don't do. I do find that when I feel an episode beginning, I just start to cough and it seems to throw my heart back into proper beating.
Replied by Katie
Edison, Nj
02/10/2010
Look into Tai Chi...During one of my classes, my heart starting racing. The instructor told me to concentrate on my big toe.. a little strange but it worked. The extra energy was brought down away from the heart and it regulated itself..I'm not an expert in this, but Tai chi is very calming.
Replied by Candy
Fort Madison, Ia
02/11/2010
i had the same problem and discovered magnesium really helps. I hardly ever have it happen since i started using the transdermal magnesium.
Replied by Fred
Mexico
07/28/2010
I just wanted to share, that sometimes Heart Palpitations are not related to a problem with the heart at all. Many times it's because a Nerve in your back is being pressed, and this will be corrected by a good Chiropractor. Amazing but true. I hope this helps.
Replied by James
Ny
09/14/2011
May want to look into a Brugada Syndorme. It's when your heart races so fast you pass out and....This syndrome affects your heart beat very randomly. Never know when it's going to attack you. Ask your cardiologist about it.
Replied by Linda
Raymond, Washington, United States
07/14/2013
I would like to hear more from the gentleman from Mexico.

I have always believed that a problem with my back caused my a-fib but, the Doctors just laugh at me and pat me on the head and say we are trained, its our job. The a-fib started after I believe I ruptured a disk in the upper middle of my back. Now when I use my arms to scrub or do heavy work with my back and arms I have an attack. I do the magnesium, potassium, fish oil, and calcium. Because it makes me feel better but, I believe it is a nerve that is affecting the vagus nerve and that is creating the a-fib. I would like to hear more from Fred from Mexico or anyone who suspects this may be a cause. What would you tell a chiropractor about the problem?

Thank You.

Thyroid   1  0   

Posted by June (Michigan, US) on 06/30/2014

[YEA]  For heart irregularities, check your thyroid! Had this for years.. Now I take two drops of potassium iodide (which is clear) plus a tiny bit of pig thyroid from nutri meds and adrenals. I am cured.

Vitamins B1, B6 and B12   2  1   

Posted by James (Seattle, Washington) on 06/26/2007

[YEA]  Lugol's iodine caused my heart to palpitate (and not in a good way; the bad way). So I thought no more Lugol's. I felt bad because I read the health benefits on this site and others and I could not take even one drop. Then while researching fatty acid metabolism I found that you use a lot of vitamin B-1, B-6 and B-12. All the of these B's have heart palpitations as a sign of their deficiencies. So I took all three. Now I can take Lugol's. Yeah!

Also selenium and zinc deficiencies can cause heart palpitations. So if you can't take iodine because of the heart quivers you might have a deficiency you need to correct first.

Replied by Kristy
Lansing, Michigan Usa
04/21/2011
[NAY]   I would like to add that I am completely unimpressed with kelp supplements. After talking with the nurse from my doctor's office about a week and a half ago, I found that I will begin treatment for an underactive thyroid at my follow up appointment at the end of the month.

After trying to educate myself about hypothyroidism, I decided that I'd help things along and get some iodine supplements. Not impressed with the fact that iodine can worsen thyroid problems, I bought a low dose supplement and decided I'd only take it twice a week.

Tonight was the third time, following a supper with more salt that I usually have in three days. Apparently the combination was too much and I experienced the palpitations James, from Seattle, mentioned. And they lasted for several hours. Definitely NOT the good kind.

B vitamins or not, I don't think I'll be taking anymore kelp. The experience scared me so much that my blood pressure shot way up and I'm still trying to relax enough to get it back down to it's normal 'slightly high' range.

Believe the warnings, people. Check with your doctor before trying kelp. Even the manager of the health food store suggested I talk with mine before trying it, but I sometimes think I know more than anyone else.

Believe me, you don't want to experience this. In between considering a trip to the emergency room, I really worried about the possibility of dying. That's how scary it was. Check with your doctor first... or you might have an 'exciting' night, too.

Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines
04/22/2011
1169 Posts
Hi Kristy... I am confused as to why you suggest that iodine would cause racing heart and high blood pressure. You posted that you had these symptoms directly after eating a high salt meal. Was this salt refined salt? Because if it was, and it doesn't matter if it was iodized salt, then that would be enough to give racing heart as well as high blood on its own. The worst diet combination for racing heart and high blood is refined salt and glucose. Just check the reasons for high blood pressure and racing heart on EC.

Your reaction might also have been due to the fact that iodine was removing fluorine/bromine from your body. This can give some strange detox reactions.

When I had tachycardia(racing heart) there were two supplements that stopped this problem completely. One was magnesium chloride and the other was lugols iodine. Now, every day, I take about 12.5 mgs iodine. This is 100 times more than the RDA. I even experimented and increased my lugols iodine dose for two weeks to between 50 mgs and 100 mgs a day to see what would happen. No racing heart. I was taking 400 to 800 times more iodine than the RDA. If you have healthy kidneys then you should have no problems with this dose. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi -- the Nobel Prize winner and discoverer of Vitamin C -- took 1000 mgs of potassium iodide every day. That's 8000 times the current RDA for iodine. He lived to the ripe old age of 93.

Unfortunately, regarding the benefits from iodine intake, I would completely agree with you that kelp tablets are useless in ths respect. And it's not the fault of the kelp but is because of the restrictions imposed on dosage by the RDA via the FDA. If you read the dose on the kelp bottle it will probably say that each tablet contains 125 MICROgrams of iodine. As I've said before, this just might satisfy the iodine needs of a mouse but will do very little for a human who is hypothyroid.

Taking selenium, tyrosine, magnesium and large dose vitamin C(1000 - 2000 mgs/day) as well will aid and assist the conversion of iodide to iodine for storage in the thyroid gland. Vitamin C removes any of the transport and cell absorption problems associated with iodine and selenium, amongst all its other wonderful benefits, also works to convert the T4(throxine) into the more active and useful T3(triiodothyronine) thyroid hormone. These supplements should also help your hypothyroid problem.

Replied by Madeline
Santiago, Chile
07/07/2011
Hello from Chile.... A few comments of my own.... First time I read Earth Clinic and I thank everybody for their input. I am 71 and have had tachycardia since I was about 5, but had an ablation when I was 53 with great success. Now I have them once in awhile. Definitely, no caffeine, maybe a very diluted cup of tea. Definitely for me, the blackstrap molasses improved my digestion, very important because the food and gas push the diaphram upwards and causes palpitations. No overeating, especially in the evening. Cheese is difficult to digest. I will try all the things I think might help, especially not eating the yogurt. Try to avoid stressful situations as much as possible. Thanks for all the info
Replied by Kc
Charlotte, Nc, Usa
07/19/2011
[YEA]   I started having heart palpitations, especially at night when I was lying down, about three months ago. It started to really disturb me. I take several prescription drugs since back surgery over a year ago. I am overweight and I smoke and was eating a very poor diet as well.

I did some internet research and started taking a B-complex vitamin and the palpitations stopped the very same day! This was exciting enough that I continued my research to try to solve other chronic issues I have such as acne, difficulty losing weight, and ongoing neuropathy (from my damaged spinal nerves) with a lot of success! I plan to post my success stories in other sections on earth clinic soon.

Among the more interesting things I learned while doing research was how long-term use of prescription drugs can deplete your body of certain vitamins. This is not something my doctors ever told me. With the smoking (I'm working on that) and a poor diet (I've since made some major changes), I think I was running on fumes, so to speak.

Since starting a good B-complex vitamin, I haven't had any heart palpitations at all.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
12/25/2012
Also, Taurine regulates heartbeat and can smooth out tachycardia. It also helps alleviate other cardiac issues such as MVP and MI. It can also protect against cardiac side effects from drugs. This is a link to a non-selling page, with technical information on taurine's effects on cardiac functions and EKG results. Most doctors will scoff at it because they can't sell it to you.
Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
12/27/2012
... and Taurine also helps regulate blood pressure, brain function, and is very beneficial for the eyes/vision. I take about 1grm daily.
Replied by Nick
Sofia, US
10/05/2014
I have A-fibulation of the heart and my heart rate is 90-120 all the time. I refuse to take beta-blockers and statin. In his book "The amazing way to reverse heart disease", Dr Braverman has described many cases of people with very bad heart conditions. He is returning them to normal by using mega doses of Vit B6 (at 500mg daily), magnesium - up to 3 gm, primrose oil (3 gm), taurine (3 gm), and many times recomends also garlic and fish oil of 3-5 gm per day (I'm vegetarian and replacing it with the better then fish oil formula of Ovega-3).

On the other hand, Dr Hoffer has also many cases when he had returned pationts back to normal with mega doses of Niacine (vit B3) of 2-4 mg per day (regular, not a flash free) plus mega dose of Follic assid (two to 3 doses per day of 15 mg (yes, mg, not mcg). You can read about his exeriences here: http://weeksmd.com/2009/01/dr-hoffer-on-cholesterol-and-niacin/

Best, Nick