|Born 9th of February 1962|
|Living in Great Yarmouth, England|
|Retired computer programmer.|
In the late 90's I began to suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), lacking motivation during the shorter days of the year. As the years went by the duration lengthened until I was only able to function on very sunny days which are rare in England. Around 2006 I began to experience dementia symptoms. In 2010 I noticed that when I had salmon for dinner I would have a few days clear of SAD. The main substances in salmon that are not found in other foods are vitamin D and omega‑3 oils. I bought some vitamin D, took a tablet as soon as I left the pharmacy and went to the supermarket. I left the supermarket twenty-five minutes later and as I crossed the car-park I had a feeling of elation. When I got home I realised that the dementia symptoms had disappeared and I had to take 700IU every eight hours in order to keep the symptoms from returning. In the autumn of 2017⮵ and the summer of 2019⮵ various symptoms began to return and I had to increase the dose. I have thus been able to identify a wide range of conditions that are related to vitamin D deficiency and effectively draw together disparate disciplines. Those tagged with a lightbulb icon 💡 are, as far as I can ascertain, not described. Those marked with a red cross 🞥 are currently considered normal. ⮵ is a link to my findings related to the condition on this website.
The conditions that I have experienced are mainly neurological, significantly affecting cognition, senses and sleep. There also some dermatological effects. I stumbled upon this article 8 Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency which describes several of these symptoms. The article quotes isolated cases and none of the symptoms are, as far as I can ascertain, officially recognised.
- Super-floaters.⮵ 💡
- Black flashes in peripheral vision.⮵
- Attentional blindness.⮵ 💡
- Taste perception (gustation).⮵
- Sense of smell.⮵
- Afternoon naps.
- Phosphorescent layer. 💡
- Dream ‘after‑images’.
- Dreams creating false memories.
- Hypnagogia. 🞥
- Lucid dreams. 🞥
- ‘Psychedelic’ light shows on waking up.⮵
- Sleep paralysis on waking up.⮵
- The old hag hallucination.⮵
I have a good memory of interesting or unusual facts. I have been diagnosed with mild autistic spectrum disorder which may account for this. Day after day in idle moments I find my mind going through things that I consider relevant to any extent. I can only clear my mind by writing them down. If there is excessive and unnecessary detail in this document, that is why.
I stumbled upon this video of the 60 Minutes documentary “People who remember every second of their life.” It features Jill Price who is the first person to be diagnosed with hyperthymesia. She has the ability to remember her life in incredible detail. In the clip, she describes how her thoughts keep swirling in her head until they are written down.
After adding it to this section I decided that it is not particularly relevant so I removed it. However my brain was not going to rest until it was included so I had to put it back.
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