CPC #6: Pseudotumor Cerebri

CPC #6: Pseudotumor Cerebri

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Readers Summary:

  1. Can you have symptoms of a brain tumor without actually having one?
  2. Could fake light cause this?
  3. How does vitamin a recycling in the brain control photoperiodicity?
  4. What happens when we lose control of our photo period?
  5. How does modern life play a role in this?

It has been close to a year that we last did a CPC blog post. (CPC #5 The Leaky Gut/Adrenal Fatigue Case)  CPC stands for a clinico-pathologic conference that we often see in medical schools that our used for teaching students and doctors.

Today we are going to talk about a disease that has perplexed medicine for hundreds of years.  Pseudotumor cerebri is also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) today.  It goes by many names in the literature.  I have decided to discuss this disease because it highlights many of the cornerstone principles of how quantum electrodynamic theory affect water chemistry.  Dr. Gilbert Ling’s work on water helped me unlock these ideas in the last ten years.  This change in water chemistry can lead to biologic effects.  The biologic effects of water can be seen in modern humans when we look for them and correctly observe what is really going on.  So today we see how the macrocosm affects the microcosm of a modern disease.

Pseudotumor Cerebri History

The first report of IIH was by the German physician Heinrich Quincke, who described it in 1893 under the name serous meningitis. The term “pseudotumor cerebri” was introduced in 1904 by his compatriot Max Nonne.  Numerous other cases appeared in the literature subsequently; in many cases, the raised intracranial pressure may actually have resulted from underlying conditions.  For instance, the ‘otitic hydrocephalus’ reported by London neurologist Sir Charles Symonds may have resulted from venous sinus thrombosis caused by middle ear infection.  The strict diagnostic criteria for IIH were developed in 1937 by neurosurgeon Walter Dandy;   Dandy also introduced subtemporal decompressive surgery in the treatment of the condition.  Dandy was able to tell us what to look for to diagnose the condition and treat it, but he was clueless on why it actually occurs.  Even to modern neurosurgeons pseudotumor’s etiology remains an enigma.  In 1974, CSF studies were done that showed even with abject signs of increased intracranial in pseudotumor patients, their CSF pressures were really low.  This confused many when it was published.

Possible Quantum Diagnosis of  IIH

Today I am going to give you a few of my own ideas of why this disease may not be idiopathic at all.  It’s basis maybe based in chronobiology due to the inability to tell quantum time (as discussed in EMF 6).

At its core, this condition, (and its associated condition migraines) is a disease of chronic blue light toxicity that causes an internal disruption of the tight control of Vitamin A regulation in the brain and in the molecular organ clocks to cause a dramatic change in the proportions of high density water (HDW) to low density water (LDW) in the CSF of the brain.  Most people associate the light cycle with Vitamin D in animals and mammals.  I do not.  Vitamin A controls the photoperiod clock in the mammalian brain.

When we loose the tight control of Vitamin A in the brain for any reason, the patient develops substantial increases in intracranial pressure without any  other mass present in the brain on MRI or CT imaging.  We see the effect because of the pressure placed upon the cranial nerves which have to traverse the CSF spaces within the head to exit the skull to go onto their destinations.  The major symptoms associated with this disease is a loss of vision as the chronicity of the process increases.  Physicians can find clues of this disease when they look into your eyes with an opthalmascope to look for papilledema. 

The four diagnostic criteria we use today to diagnose this condition are:

1. CSF pressure > 20 cm H2O, but pressures up to 40 are not uncommon.  I use 25 cm because many normals are at 20 cm.

2. CSF composition shows normal glucose and cell count.  Protein is normal or in 2/3rd it is LOW (<20{a7b724a0454d92c70890dedf5ec22a026af4df067c7b55aa6009b4d34d5da3c6}).  (epigenetic clue)

3. Symptoms are those of elevated ICP alone:  No cause is found like a mass or clotted sinus, or infection. No consciousness change.

4. Normal imaging on CT or MRI.  They might have slit ventricles or empty sella syndrome.  (abducens palsy is allowed)

The terms “benign” and “pseudotumor” derive from the fact that increased intracranial pressure may be associated with brain tumors.  These patients have no tumor however on imaging studies.  Those patients in whom no tumor was found were therefore diagnosed with “pseudotumor cerebri”, describing it like a disease mimicking a brain tumor.  The disease was renamed “benign intracranial hypertension” in 1955 to distinguish it from intracranial hypertension due to life-threatening diseases such as cancer;  however, this was also felt to be misleading because any disease that can blind someone should not be thought of as benign, and the name was therefore revised in 1989 to “idiopathic“.  Physicians use the term idiopathic to ascribe  no identifiable cause to the intracranial hypertension.  This makes IIH a diagnosis of exclusion.  A severe visual defect only develops in 4-12{a7b724a0454d92c70890dedf5ec22a026af4df067c7b55aa6009b4d34d5da3c6} of patients, and ironically it is not tied to duration of symptoms (another clue), degree of papilledema, or number of recurrences. (two more clues)  Visual perimetry examination is the best means to detect and follow the visual loss.  Visual loss is when a neurosurgeon or neuro-opthomologist will consider surgery for this condition.

Modern Trends:

From national hospital admission databases it appears that the need for neurosurgical intervention for IIH has increased markedly over the period between 1988 and 2002.  This increase in incidence and prevalence of this disease completely corresponds to obesity incidence and prevalence trends and NHANES charts over the same time period.  The median age of diagnosis is 28 years old.  It is especially more common  in the ages 20 to 45,  number continues to fall over the last 50 years.  This is an epigenetic signal to us paying attention.  Women are far more effected than men.   This is another deep epigenetic clue for those paying attention.  Women are designed by evolution to be more sensitive to environmental changes to pass on to the next generation as we covered in a recent webinar, Breast Cancer.  When I was in residency,  the female to male incidence was 4-5 to 1.  Today it has risen to 8-9 to one in 20 years.  Here is another epigenetic clue for you.  There is an infantile form of this disease as well.  This is another clue for transgenerational epigenetics at play.  Despite several reports of IIH in families, there is no known genetic cause for IIH.  People from all ethnicities may develop IIH.  In children, there is no difference in incidence between males and females.  (Another clue)

The Leptin Link:

Overweight and obesity strongly predispose a person to IIH: women who are more than ten percent over their ideal body weight are thirteen times more likely to develop IIH, and this figure goes up to nineteen times in women who are more than 20 percent over their ideal body weight. In men, this relationship also exists, but the increase is only five-fold in those over 20 percent above their ideal body weight.  Here is another huge epigenetic clue to what is really behind this disease.  Most of these people have elevated estrone levels when it is looked for.  There is a link to hormones. (another big clue)

Further Clues That There is a Quantum Cause Lurking

Their is a  pressure-volume relationship between intracranial pressure (ICP), volume of CSF, blood, and brain tissue, and cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) that every first year neurosurgery resident learns about and becomes a master at controling and treating as their training increases.  It is known as the Monro-Kellie doctrine: the ICP  (literally: pressure inside the skull) is determined by the amount of brain tissue, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood inside the bony cranial vault.  Remember, the skull in adults has a fixed volume.  In children with open sutures the volume can expand within limits.  In adults the amount of brain tissue is relatively constant.  The two main variables for volume in adults are the amount of CSF and the amount of blood in the brain.  Both are tightly controlled normally by our physiology.

Three other “conventional theories” therefore exist as to why the pressure might be raised in IIH:

A. an excess of CSF production

B. increased volume of blood or brain tissue

C. obstruction of the veins that drain blood from the brain.

None of these have held up to scientific scrutiny so far.  I have another idea that might tell us about the cause of this ‘idiopathic’ condition.  I think the cause is directly tied to both the CSF and the blood volume……..due to a change in density of its water content in the brain.   We talked about density of water and current in the last two blogs extensively.  Now I am showing a disease state where density matters.   This disease, pseudotumor,  is always linked to conditions of energy inefficiency as you will see.   It is also tied to an altered circadian signal because of its tie to altered Vitamin A signaling in the brain.  .   Obesity is the most common one, as I mentioned above.

Here is a list of others diseases linked to pseudotumor:

1. exogenous corticosteroid use ( it dehydrates you)

2. tetracycline antibiotics, tamoxifen, cimetidine, lithium, bactrim, naldixic acid (all cause lower progesterone levels, which also dehydrates you)

3. Accutane use (Causes massive alterations in Vitamin A outside of the photoperiod which affect Vitamin A recycling in the brain)

4. SLE (lupus=autoimmune disease)

5. Cushing’s Disease  (dehydrates you and causes massive lipodystrophy)

6. Addison’s disease  (true Adrenal failure with a side of more dehydration)

7. Hypoparathyroidism/hypothyroidism/anemia (massive water and protein changes in the serum)

8. Chronic renal failure (high BUN creat ratio= dehydration)

9.  Radiation treatment to head and neck (massive loss of photons, electrons, and water due to the effects of XRT on cells and intracellular water)

10.  Hyper or Hypo vitaminosis of Vitamin A   ( loss of circadian control of the hypothalamus and neurogenesis)

Every one of the diseases listed above are directly tied to water deficits in the human body at some point.  When water loses its coherence it loses more low density water and gains more high density component.  We spoke about this in the blog post, Quantum Biology 5: Coherent Water.  This means that the pressure volume curves for CSF and blood can change immediately when water loses its ability to super conduct protons or electrons.  This explains why IIH shows no biochemical changes or changes in imaging.  It also explains why low protein is often found.  Water acts as a super conductor for electrons and protons and collagen and protein are the other major one semiconductors in the body.  If one is energy inefficient you are unlikely to be optimal in every semiconductor in biology.  (Collagen, water, DHA, etc.)  Any time a person is energy inefficient,  one is also considered leptin resistant.  We covered this directly in EMF 2: Einstein, Meet Leptin. The ten conditions mentioned above all have two things in common.  They are all associated with dehydration and leptin resistance at some level physiologically.  The common tie is a lack of coherent water.

CSF is an ultra-filtrate of the blood’s plasma, which is made up mostly of water.  This is why I think IIH is tied to both to density changes of CSF and blood via their common chemistry to water.  When you consider what happens to the ratio or LDW to HDW as the total energy in a system drops things become quite clear this disease is not caused by an “idiopathic cause”.  This is caused by the physical chemistry that diuctates the density in water.  As we lose the ability to pre load our semiconductors,  we lose the amount of LDW that can become coherent and increase the amount of HDW in terms of a  percentage.

Moreover,  this further increases the metabolic demands in the brain to live off of alternative energy sources, like ATP, to power its energy needs.  This is another reason why sleep apnea is commonly seen in people with IIH too.

Conservative Treatment Also Points to Water Cause

Neurosurgeons and neurologists use Acetazolamide to treat pseudotumor.  Let us look at how it is designed to work.

Acetazolamide (DIAMOX) is often used to lower fluids in the body that are ultra-filtrates from blood.  Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor.

Carbonic anhydrase (CA) catalyzes the first part of the following reversible reaction in which carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) are converted to carbonic acid (H2CO3) and vice-versa (the second half happens spontaneously, favouring production of H+ + HCO3):

CO2 + H2O <–CA–> H2CO3 <–> H+ + HCO

Acetazolamide has been used for the treatment of sufferers of IIH and glaucoma. When used to treat glaucoma, acetazolamide inhibits production of HCO3.   In health, it is the production of HCO3 which draws Na+ into the eye; water follows by osmosis to form the aqueous humour.  In glaucoma treatment, the goal is often to reduce the intraocular pressure and acetazolamide does this by reducing production of aqueous humour.   In IIH, the goal is to lower CSF production to limit intracranial pressures and reduce the patients symptoms.

What Other Quantum Effects Might Be At Play?

In people with diseases that include bad headaches, like pseudotumor or migraines,  I always first think of artificial light toxicity that cause elevations or declines of the tight control of Vitamin A in the brain. What does Vitamin A do in circadian biology?  Vitamin A entrains the central and peripheral clock to work correctly.

When Vitamin A’s  tight regulation in the brain goes awry,  you lose control of neurogenesis and control of the hypothalamus where hormones are regulated by leptin.  It is a very complex quantum dance that goes awry because of the effect of artificial light on retinoic acid and its receptor (RXR). The alteration of the tight allosteric control of Vitamin A in the brain.  Today, we know that vitamin A control is tightly linked to our photoperiod.

Our photoperiod is tied to our exposure of artificial light.  The more artificial light we get the less control we have over Vitamin A in the brain.  Why is this important?

When we lose the control of Vitamin A we lose the ability to tell proper quantum time.  Telling proper quantum time allows us to have two major controls for neurogenesis and for our circadian rhythm.

Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered that vitamin A promotes learning, and they have provided the first evidence that the vitamin affects brain cell activity in a region linked to learning and memory.  Vitamin A is critical in fetal life in the hippocampus to make new neurons in embryology but also during our  adult life spans.  It also is a giant clue why alterations in our photoperiod are closely linked to poor memory formation in neurodegenerative diseases.  All neurodegenerative diseases are tied to alterations in circadian rhythms and fake light has huge links to these diseases and the diseases that predispose to them like T2D. (cycloset alert)

The neurons in the hippocampus of the brain express particular receptors (RXR) that are present in the nucleus and they control the genes that are essential to regulate the cell function.  Currently there is two areas that neural science is particularly interested in regarding the brain where we think Vitamin A has particularly powerful actions.  One is the hippocampus, and that’s an area where it’s involved in learning and memory, and has links with depression.  The other region that researchers particularly interested in lately is the hypothalamus, where leptin controls all the hormones of the body.  This is a huge clue for us to follow.

Vitamin A has a variety of beneficial properties, in particular, its role in vision has been appreciated for decades. It is critical in using the photoelectric effect in rods and cones for vision.  Vitamin A exerts these effects by attaching to specific molecules called receptors (RXR) that reside within cells, detect the vitamin’s presence, and help it to control complex genetic networks.  In the eye they are tied to rhodopsin.  In the hypothalamus and organ clocks,  these networks tie directly to PER1 and PER2 genes that control our molecular clocks. Read Why do we sleep? for more information.  Here is an excerpt that tells you what the PER1 and PER 2 genes do:

For evolution to work, a cell first must adapt to its environment.  So the first thing a cell would see in an earth day is a period of day and night.  It also has to eat to make energy and it also has to control its own cellular division.  So in essence the circadian cycle has to “yoke” to the metabolic cycle and its growth cycle.  Evolution apparently agreed with that assessment because we now know it to be true.  When it is night time, the cell becomes more reduced chemically and electrically.  (A lower redox state like we saw in the mitochondrial series).  During a low redox time, cells are usually recycling their components using autophagy. During the day while energy is being made to explore the environment, the cell is more oxidized because of increased leakiness of the mitochondria.  Another interesting coupling occurs between the circadian cycle with the cell cycle.  They are linked via the PER 1 and PER 2 genes.  PER 2 directly effects the cell cycle in mitosis.  Mitosis is the phase in the cell that occurs just before cell division to generate an offspring.  The mammalian period 2 gene plays a key role in tumor growth in mice; mice with a mPER2 knockout show a significant increase in tumor development and a significant decrease in apoptosis (levee 19).  This is thought to be caused by mPER2 circadian deregulation of common tumor suppression and cell cycle regulation genes, such as Cyclin D1, Cyclin A, Mdm-2, and Gadd45α, as well as the transcription factor c-myc, which is directly controlled by circadian regulators through E box-mediated reactions.  This means that sleep is tied directly into to cell cycle functioning and directly into cell mediated immunity at some level. It appears that sleep directly effects the chronic diseases of aging and likely plays a role in cancer development.

Many people wrongly believe light cycles are tied to Vitamin D and its receptor in the skin and brain.  Few know about vitamin A and how it controls the human photoperiod in our brain.  It is the major player in determining  photoperiodicity.

Photoperiodicity is accounted for by changes in Vitamin A in the brain.  It accurately mirrors the changes in the brain and the body that occur between the seasons.

When comparing the effects of the short days that occur in winter with long days that occur in the summer Vitamin A (retinoic acid) swings in massive amounts.  Researchers are finally beginning to understand how the brain converts the electromagnetic signal of light,  first to an electric message, and then to a chemical one in the neuron synapse called a neurotransmitter.  We know that there are big changes between seasonal conditions on the planet even at the equator, and that seems to be how the wild animal controls weight gain and energy balance naturally in the environment.  It also explains why obese women with IIH have massive alterations of Vitamin A too.  Humans tend to gain weight in winter.  If you open any newspaper in January in the northern hemisphere,  you will see tons of ads for New Years resolutions and gym memberships at this time to humans lose weight.  This is unusual when you consider that wild animals do the opposite in January.  Wild animals tend to get fatter going into the summer, and leaner into the winter when the light cycle is lowest and food is more sparse.

The reason becomes quite obvious when you consider that wild animals live by the dictums of their environment, but modern humans create their own environment via culture and socialization.  This creation of their own environments destroys their photoperiodicity,  and dramatically alters  Vitamin A signaling in the brain.  Vitamin A is crucial in properly regulating the clocks tied to the hypothalamus that controls appetite, feeding, and energy balance.  This is how quantum time is altered.

Today researchers have found that between winter and summer, retinoic acid changes dramatically itself in all mammals.  There is a lot more to this ‘quantum dance’ of Vitamin A too.  It appears there is much more powerful retinoic acid signalling during the periods of summer compared to the short days of winter.  This implies that Vitamin A levels in the brain must be correctly tied to the season or severe alterations in ‘adiposity’ and depression will result.  Vitamin D gets all the press, but Vitamin A control in your brain is way more important seasonally.  It seems counterintuitive until you understand how QED works in the brain.

Overdoing or Underdoing Vitamin A Levels

Excessive artificial light (blue light) causes allosteric and homeostatic issues in the Vitamin A cycle in the brain.  This directly affects gene expression by alteration in the molecular organ clocks body wide, but the brain really takes a hit because the hypothalamus loses control of its ability to balance hormones because it can no longer tell ‘quantum time‘ using the photoperiod.  This is why IIH is closely associated with low or high levels of  Vitamin A.

It is not tied to a dietary problem!!!…….it is a sign that the person is bathing their brain in a lot of blue light and this totally has destroyed the tight control of Vitamin A in the brain.  We also know that obesity is tied to excessive blue light exposure, so this is why pseudotumor and obesity appear linked.  The real linkage is in an altered Vitamin A signaling in the hypothalamic molecular clock.  When this happens,  the result is a loss in low density water (LDW) in the CSF and blood and the intracranial pressure in our head builds up to cause serious complaints.   This loss of LDW result in a {a7b724a0454d92c70890dedf5ec22a026af4df067c7b55aa6009b4d34d5da3c6} increase in high density water in our CSF and blood causing a rise in our intracranial pressure.   Migraines are caused by a very similar mechanism, but the percentage change is not as large or as chronic as the one that occurs in pseudotumor cerebri.

These neurologic complaints often go on without anyone finding anything during a work up because few people understand how photoperiodicity affects the brain’s tight control network of Vitamin A and the hormone cascade we covered in Brain Gut 11: Is Technology an Achilles Heel? You may remember from the Hormones 101: Clinical Thoughts Revealed blog post that I told you cholesterol is converted to pregnenolone when there is a proper amount of free T3 present from the thyroid and the proper amount of Vitamin A.  You might want to go back and have a look at that blog.

When you add in the effect of a change in water densities from the CSF and blood, to the  etiology of IIH via an altered Vitamin A recycling in the hypothalamus, this disease goes from idiopathic one to very understandable condition.

I believe pseudotumor cerebri is tied to a toxic exposure of blue light that alters Vitamin A levels up or down in our brain,  while it acts to dehydrate us via a developing pregnenolone steal syndrome.  When we get dehydrated this is a signal to our osmole receptor in the circumventricular organs to increase the ratio or HDW to LDW in CSF and our plasma. I also think people with atypical migraines also might have a touch of this condition as well on a shorter duration basis.  I believe the  type of artificial light too plays a role too.  In several of my patients who have had this condition,  I have found weight loss and limitation of fake light has been massively helpful in improving headaches, constipation, and depression.  Improving the ratio of LDW  to HDW, using ‘quantum hydration principles’ intracellularly also seems to help their symptoms.  Here avoiding dielectric blockers becomes critical.

This condition can have periods of high or low Vitamin A levels,  and symptoms can be affected by a diet that is incongruent with the perceived light cycle.  If you have an altered circadian rhythm to light to begin with,  then diet can make a huge difference in the symptoms of this disease.  This is where “sweet potatoes” can cause you a massive problem.  I have seen quite a few young crossfitters develop this syndrome.   They tend to have more depression than patients with a frank diagnosis of  IIH syndrome because they are not leptin resistant at the outset, like those diagnosed with IIH.   Why do they get this syndrome?  Because they have a very high comorbid exposure to blue artificial light than any group I have seen because of how they use and consume modern technology.

I have seen patients eating foods with high levels of Vitamin A, like sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin pie, and spinach  that can immediately trigger headache, malaise, constipation, and migraines.  Moreover,  even a mild to moderate depression can develop quickly in them without a large dietary exposure.  The amount of blue light exposure is really the ‘epigenetic signal’ that the person might have a toxic dose of blue light to begin with.  Many times they sense it, but do not trust their intuition.

Obesity rates and tech spending are linked for this reason.  Every ten percent increase in tech spending leads to a 1{a7b724a0454d92c70890dedf5ec22a026af4df067c7b55aa6009b4d34d5da3c6} rise in obesity rates.  This is how fake light alters our molecular sense of timing.  It has very little to do with ‘reward pathways’ in the brain.  This explains why obesity research has failed to make a dent in the obesity epidemic the world now faces.

Very low levels of dietary Vitamin A is rare,  unless you are a strict raw vegan.  Liver  and eggs are great sources of Vitamin A.  I think supplementation is not a good plan with Vitamin A because it can these cause symptoms on the high or low side.  They key to vitamin A recycling  is tight allosteric control in the brain yoking light cycles of the season you are in currently and  to your current location on the planet and your diet.  This is how vitamin A codifies the photoperiod  in maintaining our proper energy balance.  This is another example of how the quantum world touches biology. 

Light and energy balanced are coupled via the photoelectric effect.  Diet plays a role,  but a very small role.  The role is designed to be small by evolution,  unless you are already blue light toxic for any reason.    The reason evolution has this built in feature is because excessive blue light is not common at all on this planet.  In nature, it is rare to get excessive blue light because it is only a small part of visible light’s spectrum.  Today, blue light exposure is an epidemic because humans have created it in abundance in technology gadgets.    These gadgets are used in younger groups and those groups are growing fastest in our tech driven world.  This partially helps explain the NHANES charts we all see today.

I think this neurologic condition might really help you understand the how some of the building blocks present in other blogs come together to unlock a modern diseases called” idiopathic”…………everything is quantized,  and it is time we all begin to realize it.

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  1. Andrea L. July 30, 2015 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    My 9 yr old daughter (not overweight, prepubertal, active, no prior headaches, sudden severe headache onset with dizziness, nausea, fatigue, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, neck pain & stiffness, no papilledema or vision changes) was diagnosed with IIH/PTC 3 months ago. I am fascinated by your blog. Based on your knowledge & experience, what can I do to help my daughter? We live in NE Oklahoma. Diamox, keppra, nortriptyline, and repeat lumbar punctures have not helped. She also had 2 rounds of antibiotics minocycline & doxycycline (after blood tests were positive for Mycoplasma Pneumonia & Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) and 1 course of prednisolone (blood tests showed slightly elevated ANA levels). Any information would be helpful.

    • Jack Kruse August 2, 2015 at 8:23 am - Reply

      Andrea you must fix her light environment. Take all her tech gadgets away that have blue light LEDs. Get her Gunnar lenses for school. Teach her meditative breathing to maximize her oxygenation so she can raise NAD+ in her mitochondria of her brain. You must get her outside in the AM sun early and out of the fake lit environment of her childhood. You need to read the Tensegrity 7 blog why. You need to understand mitonuclear copatation. It is in Ubi 5 blog.

      I want my skin in the sun in AM and PM in spring and summer. Sun light on my skin is capable of slowing my peripheral organ and tissue clocks down relative to my SCN. This is move an optimal human makes to optimize mitochondrial function by improving O2 levels. Its a hormone booster by raising our RBC’s mass naturally and absorbing the right UV light for our tissues in our skin surface.
      7-Dehydrocholesterol to stabilize my skin surface and send the proper message to our mitochondria by way of our blood plasma. 7-Dehydrocholesterol is a
      semiconducting protein in skin that takes the EMF signal of light (with melanin and sulfated cholesterol and water) and changes it to a chemical signal that the brain samples to control circadian timing. How?

      The photoelectric effect has been extensively studied in plants. It has been found to be massively energy efficient. The rate of energy capture by the photoelectric effect in plants is immense. It is approximately 100 trillion watts (1 trillion watts = 1 terawatt). This is ten times the current the current power consumption of the human species today. It is clear the photoelectric effect was very powerful for plant life that they could evolve just using water and light to make nutrients. Animals are not connected into the ground 100% of the time (your daughter even less so), nor do they have their semiconductors (canopy of leaves) in the sunlight 24/7. So animal life had to come up with a new ways to use the photoelectric effect to power life. It did. It uses DHA, water, melanin, sulfated cholesterol and sulfated D3 to build a powerful battery that was constantly recharged by solar power. Sulfated Vitamin D3 in our skin is a semiconductor LED designed to transfer the sun’s power to our hypothalamus by way of our blood plasma. The sun can increase the electric charge present in our plasma and our skin simultaneously in this way. In pseudotumor this accessory charge is MISSING.

      Using real world experiments and the laws of nature that Einstein uncovered and showing you how Vitamin D3 use them as well. I have told you the leptin receptor is the accountant in the brain that measures photons and electrons. The skin and brain both come from the same material in an embryo. This tissue is called neuroectoderm. This shows you another quantum principle at play. At one time in all life the skin and brain were connected. Here is another twist I bet you did not know. In the embryo, neuroectoderm receives a signal from bone morphogenetic protein. This is an inhibiting signals from a protein called noggin. Noggin leads to the development of the nervous system from this tissue. Here we see bone tissue can directs brain formation. We already established in EMF 8 that bone is quantum. Now we see bone helps form the brain too. This implies the brain is also quantum. I think I established that in Brain gut 5 too. Everything is connected in a quantum system. This is the key principle behind coherence in the living matrix of all biology. The key is realizing the system is quantized to begin with. Are their more connections you should be aware of with the skin? Yes. The integumentary system covers the surface of the embryo and its specialized skin structures including hair, nails, sweat glands, mammary glands and teeth. As a system it has contributions from all embryonic layers. This means that every system at some level is tied to sulfated Vitamin D3 in some way, and it is why the sulfation of Vitamin D3 on our skin surface by the sun is important to understand. Artificial light destroys this signaling.

      In our adult form, the skin and our brain are no longer are ‘physically‘ connected. What binds their function together physiologically? Sulfated Vitamin D3 levels is the short answer. Sulfated Vitamin D3 then links to all the inflammatory signaling pathways in the neuro immune system. I bet your daughter’s Vitamin D level wont break 30. You need to get it tested.

      What is inflammation any way? It is the excess of protons and/or loss of electrons at your surfaces. The surfaces being the eye, gut, and skin. So inflammation sounds like the final common pathway of nrf2 and NFkappa beta……….all tied back to calcium efflux. Sulfated vitamin D3 is a calcium channel blocker of nature. Calcium is the concrete for your cell membrane lipid bilayer. It keeps them welded together to act as a native EMF antenna. All paths lead to low plasma volume and loss of RBC mass decreasing the zeta of the plasma and dehydration and loss of divalent atoms in cell membranes and plasma at once…….That volume and chemistry change is sensed by the 7 areas in the brain with no blood brain barrier (BBB)……..most important one and first one affected is para ventricular nucleus (PVN) which causes chronic fatigue……..but when you get a bug that bad (realize that vitamin D is also in your gut, ever think why now?)……..area postrema is really off because the third surface interaction with light is off……namely the gut. What connects that surface with area postrema? Vagus nerve. It is a cranial nerve of the brain too. Stress breaks down all barrier or surface chemistry and this alters the interaction and direction of energy flows from the environment to the cells below……..surface chemistry dictates what happens in the deep layers…………so get your daughter D3 assessed and get her in the sun and out of her fake lit environment.

      It gets more interesting too: because you’re missing a huge piece of science……..humans are the only mammals that not only destroy their macroscopic zip code of longitude and latitude but they can destroy their microscopic zip code too. You must have missed the July webinar I did in 2015 because it made the point beautifully. We have a brain that is capable of breaking the symmetry of natures laws and we are capable of doing it in a myriad of ways simultaneously. When you realize this you begin to see why causation for this disease is so hard to pin down for modern clinicians.

      When you embrace the 3 legged stool (light water and magnetism) as your new perspective on life, with nature, we begin to develop a courtship with evolution to bring us new wide-ranging thoughts allowing exploration stimulating new ideas about very old matters.

      Everything in biology is obvious when you see Mother Nature’s game plan. Few do because they refuse to think. Harmony is absent when we all sing the same song. today this happens all too often in medicine. Today humans behave as their culture tells them too. That is your daughter’s real problem. That is a huge liability in wellness and optimal.

      Conventional wisdom serves to protect others from the painful job of thinking. Use your power to discriminate ideas with your imagination
      I try to be a rainbow in people’s clouds, but I can’t solve their climate………..but only they can. Time is the only wealth we’re given. No one can stop a ticking clock……..but the best of us figure out how to slow it down. You are learning how to do just that here because of what humans are doing to their species in this disease gradient caused by altering their environments excessively in many ways. Anytime you slow light down at a skin surface, you become capable of slowing time down to recapture health you lost, and ascending to optimal health.

      Less light released from cells equals slower clock? Yep………are you not reading the ubiquitination series? You must. The SCN must remain faster than the peripheral tissue/organ clocks………if they run faster than the SCN you die quicker from neolithic diseases. That is where the “DISEASE GRADIENT” emerges. That is your quantum scale zip code problems. Only you can fix that in the environment or climate you allow your daughter’s mitochondria to sense.

      In that sense……..our thinking can morph evolve and run away from mediocre ideas about food diet and exercise. Put your beliefs on trial, as I do in biohacks, to figure things out for yourself. Nothing on this planet has changed more 120 years than the ambient light environment humans now have in their ionosphere…….their bioplasma of existence………and no one of the seems to perceive this ubiquitous drug as being the species major down fall. This disease is a fake light disease in my opinion.

    • Robin January 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply
  2. Danielle McMahon April 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    I am a molecular biologist who was recently diagnosed with IIH upon finding blurring around the edges kid my optic nerve at a routine eye exam. I have been suffering mild symptoms for years and have just chocked it up to working full time and going to school full time. I have always had chronic issues with weight but I have always maintained a very good cholesterol, hip to waist ratio, blood pressure and fasting blood glucose. Obesity runs in my family and while I have never been “skinny” I worked very actively throughout my love to stay healthy and active. I have begun seeing a neurosurgeon who has placed me on 500mg diamox bid. I asked to be put on a smaller dose as I felt absolutely wretched once I began the treatment. She lowered the dosage to 250mg bid by I have stopped taking it all together because I find that I feel ten towns worse while on it. My doctor has told me despite my otherwise good health and my consistent exercise that I am morbidly obese and has suggested gastric bypass. I have begun to experience extreme trouble with sleeping at night which mostly likely contributes to my health and weight issues as on average I’m only getting about 4 hours of sleep each night despite being “asleep” for 6-8 hours. I also had an emergency cholysectomy last fall that was not related to cholesterol or liver issues. I have pressed my doctors for answers and despite my insistence to the contrary they all point it my weight. I have tested negative for sleep apnea, diabetes, and thyroid issues. I Have also begun to experience many symptoms of fibromyalgia which has slowed down my very active nature. I am constantly thirsty and drink about 3-5 liters of water daily but I always want more. I feel deeply as a molecular biologist that there is a key to all these issues that might actually be contributing to my weight issues and inability to lose weight despite my clean diet and activity level. I’m frustrated that my doctors are insisting that I need gastric bypass surgery and I have refused this far. Is there anything that you can suggest for me? Possibly another route that I am not exploring?? I am desperate for any advice. Thank you.

    • Jack Kruse April 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Your environment is likely the cause. Blue light toxicity being indoors all day. Read the Ubiquitination 24 blog post and then the entire time series and focus on the hyperlinks. You need eye protection stat and sunlight in the AM. One gradually learns that in physics, both theoretical and experimental, is an art of adequate approximation. No models or experiments are perfectly accurate in physics much less any science. Rather, you ask a question, figure out what level of accuracy is required in order to answer the question satisfactorily, and the build a model or design an experiment which will allow that level of accuracy and nothing more. Including more will just make your work more difficult (sometimes, impossible) and not add anything useful to your results. Sometimes you learn something surprising from your simple model and realize that more detail is required in order to answer your question but more often, the opposite is true; even very simple models often show rich structure and become mathematically difficult. So with this is a back ground why does medicine and biology consider RCT “their gold standard” for science? Might it be because they are trying to get a result that fits their beliefs? I think so, today. I used be oblivious to this perspective.

  3. Geoff May 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    My intracranial pressure started during an acute adverse reaction to cirpofloxacin. My sleep was destroyed for approx three months and digestion shut down for approx three weeks at same time as full body joint breakdown to point of inability to walk. Five years on and post mostly weight bearing exercise the pressure (eg squat, press, deadlift, weighted push up) is back for a few days and nights. Spring water, orange glasses and f. Lux or no tech at night, plus purple/red/UV lighting if at all at night hasn’t made a difference but persevering.

  4. Crystal Hubbard June 25, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Kruse for this article!! I was diagnosed with IIH about a year ago after suffering for months from vertigo, disorientation and headaches. I was hopeful to finally have a diagnosis however I was given Diamox, told to lose weight and sent on my way. A year later I feel less of the initial symptoms but now have many others from the Diamox. I am going to start reducing my blue light exposure and get the Guunar lenses. I am obese at this time and in the past have had success with a Paleo lifestyle. Not to get off track but I did notice that my weight gain was sudden – a 50lb gain in less than two years with no changes in diet – right before my IIH diagnosis. Do you have any suggestions for how I can best use diet to support my goal of eliminating IIH? Do you think a leptin reset at the outset is advised? I really appreciate your time and I am thankful to have found your site!!

    • Jack Kruse June 25, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply

      I think the Leptin reset is wise. The glasses are wise and you must change your environment by understanding something is causing all your mitochondria heteroplasmy rates to increase and this causes the fat gain. If you don’t understand heteroplasmy read this article.http://cshperspectives.cshlp.org/content/5/11/a021220.full. Watch the Dr. Doug Wallace video linked over 20 times in my Time series of blogs. Summer Solstice factoid buried within My Leptin Rx: stop skipping breakfast & eating late dinners, and just go to bed earlier while blocking blue light at sunset. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27334543?dopt=Abstract A low quantum yield environment is one that has a poor sun signal = leptin resistance = obesity = IIH = a modern world that uses blue light and nnEMF 24/7 = global low vitamin D3 levels = elevated insulin resistance in environments = low melatonin levels = poor sleep = increase fat mass and sleep apnea = very low cortisol levels = low sex steroid hormones = pseudohypoxia at the mitochondrial level = low O2 = slowed electron chain transport = altered free radical signaling = increased ELF-UV light release from cells = low NAD+/NADH ratio = NAD+ drops in people with blue light exposure = elevated ubiquitin rates = low levels of electrons = electron density in tissues is a function of the DHA concentrations = low EZ size in cell water = dehydration = higher positive charges (protons) in proteins making them less hydrophilic = low intracellular pH = low redox potential = cell and mitochondrial swelling (cyto c release) = lowered magnetic and electric fields in mitochondria = lowered ATP levels = a lot of carbs and protein electrons on ECT = altered serotonin,melatonin, and dopamine levels in the frontal lobes = second messenger calcium system altered = neurotransmitter release altered due to altered calcium signaling = altered seed germination due to alter calcium flows in seeds = Why Monsanto has carte blanche in the USA to modify our seeds = calcium controls voltage gated channels, NMDA, and glutamate excitotoxicity = low DC electric current in plant and animals = low tissue DHA cycling = altered perceptions of reality = depression/anxiety = chronically lowered DHA in the brain and retina = altered melatonin cycles = destroyed sleep = lowered DC electric current = lowered regeneration potential in cells = small sized EZ in cell water = raised % heteroplasmy in mitochondria in neuroectoderm derivatives = neurodegeneration explodes = why you got IIH to begin with………..I hope this helps.

      • Crystal Hubbard June 26, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

        Thank you so much for the quick and detailed response. In your opinion, would following the Leptin Reset provide results for the CF buildup quickly or is this something that I should expect to take some months to get better? I am not sure if you can comment, but does it make sense to stop taking the Diamox while following the LR? I tried Paleo for a month and found that my headaches returned the entire time while still taking the Diamox – they lasted longer than the ‘carb flu’.

        I have read through the LR quick start and LR Prescription pages, but I am unfortunately a little unsure of how I should eat for the two meals after breakfast. I ordered your Epi Paleo book – will that be addressed in there or is there somewhere else on the site that discusses types of food (ratio of protein/fat/carbs)?

        Thank you again for your time and sharing your knowledge!!

        • Jack Kruse June 26, 2016 at 12:58 pm - Reply

          Crystal it is not about food…….IIH is a disease of light. You need to normalize the mitochondria in your retina and visual pathways in your brain. Without light, and its specific frequencies at the correct times you get neuro-inflammation which causes the swelling of IIH. The same process affects people with autoimmunity diseases like MS. The only difference between MS and IIH in my mind based upon Dr. Doug Wallace’s work on mitochondria is the % heteroplasmy you have in the retina and brain’s visual pathways. Let me explain using MS as a proxy: Why do food guru’s whiff on AI’s, MS, and IIH? I’ll put Dr Wahl’s protocol in this same group I am sad to say. Why do I? Light is complex. Most doctors have no earthly idea how complex light is. See most folks have failed to realize that sunlight is the most democratic of all the natural waveforms the body faces on Earth. It explains why our visual system is so immense in the human brain. Unlike land or water which are scarce in some regions, solar light is uniformly bestowed throughout all NATURAL earthly environments.

          Due to cloud cover, the sun may not shine as often in Scandinavia as it does in the Yucatan right now on June 25th, but thanks to the Earth’s tilt of 23.5 degrees, days shorten and lengthen within our seasons. This is why Canada and the UK get 17 hours of sunlight now and why in Alaska they are sunny 23 hours today. We are designed to get that sun and its specific spectrum of frequencies on a chronic basis every day the sun is out. Right now Antarctica is pitch black and cold…….so you get none.

          What does this all imply?

          In a given year, the total amount of hours of daylight are EXACTLY THE SAME everywhere on Earth! Did you know that? So what are the two keys you are missing Crystal with respect to your condition? During those times are the frequencies built into that light equivalent? Nope. Is it less equal for those at high latitude because even when its bright they are sleeping or under indoor light and not in the sun with their eyes and skin sending that information to the brain? Nope, its far worse and this is why you are getting IIH. If you live indoors when the sun is out the curve deepens for MS and IIH. What happens if we add in population density of where you currently live into this light equation? It further lowers the quantum yield of specific frequencies of light, doesn’t it? Yes it does. Why? People now own 7 bidirectional microwave/RF devices which knock electrons off our cell membrane so even if you were naked at the equator Crystal, your quantum yield would fall because of the photoelectric effect in your skin. Light can only be absorbed when our eye and skin have those electrons. Your low Vitamin D level is a symptom of big light environment issues YOU HAVE ALLOWED. See…….our modern world is radically robbing man of UV and IR light and no one seems to see why. They don’t understand how seasonal light changes and how the frequencies adapt at latitude, altitude and via population density. Your IIH is a light disease because you are getting too much daily blue light day and night and not enough UV and IR light during the day because of how your life is constructed by our modern beliefs.

          The key idea: with respect to solar light, seasons, location, and population density subtract the most critical parts of the spectrum from people furthest from the equator. This is why all autoimmune conditions are linked to light. For a modern quantum clinician this realization must manifest in their advice. To determine the optimal dose of UV and IR light for wellness you must understand how badly someone is missing those frequencies on a CHRONIC AND ACUTE basis. The answer for most of you………is A LOT. You don’t get this insight from a food guru……..you get it from a light guru. This is why I told you forget about the food aspect until you get light right first. Then your disease will vanish as your % heteroplasmy falls.

  5. Renee July 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    My sister has IIH. She gets the worst headaches. The eye dr said she already has blind spots. To stay out of sun. Should she get out of artificial light and spend time in the sun?
    I really need advice she is struggling so bad.
    Thank you!!!

    • Jack Kruse July 28, 2016 at 7:14 am - Reply

      When your brain has too many tabs open can you focus on what matters most? In this situation can your brain, specifically the first part, the retina or your skin, collect light waves from the sun to accurately release your sex steroid hormones from your pituitary via the retinohypothalmic tracts in the central retinal pathways? Can your sister’s globe thickness or retinal thickness or globe elongation or melanin levels in the RPE be optimized to avoid IIH in this situation? No they cannnot.

      This is effectively what nnEMF and blue light do to a human brain and the human skin. Both are light detectors for natural sunlight and not man made light. Man is the only species smart enough to manufacture a version of light, but they are also the most unwise species who decided to live under it. This is why astronauts in space under fake light and cosmic radiation return to Earth with IIH like diseases too. It distracts it and affects performance. We need to listen to the trees as they sway in the wind and not the iPod. Their language appears foreign to us today, but not the gestures they provide us. That version of quiet, creates focus for us. The most basic way to get someone’s attention is this: Break the pattern of modern life and allow yourself to reconnect with your focus.

      The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and soul that something your mind knows is a lie. Today’s modern world simulates this bio hack. This is why when you put a modern human back in nature even for a few hours human instincts is engaged and they sense something is happening to them. The irony is that the modern human cannot tell exactly what it is that has improved them so quickly because of the disconnection they have allowed into their life. The obvious is only obvious when it happens to someone else, so bring your friends, family, and kids outside today and teach yourself a lesson on how humans are designed to plug into to the world to operate. http://www.psypost.org/2016/07/feeling-connected-nature-linked-reduced-anxiety-study-finds-43958

      • Jack Kruse July 28, 2016 at 7:31 am - Reply

        One of the things I emphasize in my teachings was that the body is very wise.
        It has billions of years of quantum wisdom built into it. It works even when you don’t understand it. It is a survival machine. It thrives ONLY if it given good inputs from nature and does its best to survive if given bad inputs.
        You are what you settle for.

  6. funick August 4, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Hi Dr Kruse,

    I got IIH from doxycycline 3 ago.I am desperate.I am a 29 years old man studying natural medicine.I got mercury toxicity low thyroid and estrogen dominance.After years of research I was about to reclaim my health but 5 days of doxy annihilated my dreams of becoming healthy again.My gf and I developed extreme thirst while on doxy.She doesn’t have IIH but I do.I had a blood work and my bun/CREATININE ratio is not good at all.I had a bloodwork before doxy and it was normal.I refuse diamox and lumbar punctures.I want to fight.I want to cure my body.I plan to use ayurvedic herb to drain excess fluid in my brain.Do you think this condition can be cured with proper hydration?Dr this situation is awful

    • funick August 4, 2016 at 6:58 am - Reply

      I meant 3 months ago

    • Jack Kruse August 4, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Kevin I reject your premise on etiology. The environment you were in at the time you got it is where I would look. Your BUN/creat is a big tell I am right.

      • funick August 4, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

        So you think treating my issue with sun light will help?Did you have success treating PTC patients with your approach?What do you advise me to do.I have dry eyes full of veins since also and light sensitivity.Artifcial lights are increased.I cannot tolerate them anymore.

        • Jack Kruse August 4, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

          I don’t advise anyone what to do……this site educates you to things you don’t hear about illness. IIH is a manufactured light disease so why would not fake light worsen you?

  7. Westa October 1, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    March 2015 I had oral surgery to have my wisdom teeth taken out. After the oral surgery I developed chronic TMD and IIH. Doctors are saying this isn’t related to it, but I seriously didn’t have anything before that. I wasn’t over weight when I got IIH, but due to the fact that I had severe jaw problems and wasn’t limited on eating… and the pain being so bad and unable to sleep I had not been able to exercise and have gain weight since. Still not obese… but I am recently pregnant and trying to control my weight now.
    Will sunlight help and the Gunnar lenses? At this point I’m not a fan of medication that causes more problems than what I already have.

    • Jack Kruse October 2, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Sunlight every AM will help and really good blue blocking glasses during ANY man made blue might exposure is critical in this disorder.

      • Westa October 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

        Will this help cure it or make it better, or just make sure it doesn’t get worse?

  8. Hana April 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I haven’t found any information like this before and my numerous doctors never explained my condition… just put me on meds and told me to lose weight. So thank you for the explanation! I wanted to ask about the gunnar lenses. I’ve heard of people with dyslexia using them to help with reading so I’m very interested to see if it works for me. I do tend to be looking at my phone, a computer, or a TV a lot. They have 2 colors, crystalline and amber. Which one would I need for pseudotumor?

  9. Juhi February 8, 2019 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    I am so grateful to have found your website Dr. Kruse. My 9 y/o had a viral epidemic at school three months ago. He had mild symptoms then but continued to experience them intermittently again this month. Then 2 weeks ago the Sx reappeared with abdominal cramps, a sore throat and a moderately severe headache that has lasted continuously for 8 days as of today with moderate intensity. The doctors are suggesting a provisional diagnosis of pseudo tumor cerebri.
    Everything you have shared resonates deeply with me, and would be extremely grateful if you had a moment to share anything that may be of help. Also of note in the history is the significant access and exposure to blue light (school/home) and video games that clearly required to be eliminated entirely in our home. In the meantime, I will read your article over and over until I have implemented every aspect.

    Thank you so much.

    • Jack Kruse February 17, 2019 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      We do not really answer things like this on the blog. We do more of this at our website forum.

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