THE MIRACLE OF MAGNESIUM

Every day I hear another magnesium
success story. My editor for the UK edition of The Miracle of Magnesium told me
that as soon as she read my manuscript she gave magnesium to a friend who had
severe muscle cramps. Her friend had visited several doctors and nobody could
diagnosis her condition or offer her relief. Magnesium helped her immediately.
My book agent’s brother can’t believe how much his energy has
improved on magnesium and his wife’s menopausal symptoms are lifting since
she began taking supplements.

And every day I also hear distressing stories about
magnesium deficiency. Just today walking along the beach near my home I met an
80-year old gentleman who asked me to sit and talk. Julius said he used to walk
up and down the beach like me but now his arthritis prevented him. But he said
he only began having symptoms of arthritis after taking medication for slightly
elevated cholesterol. Instead of a diet and magnesium, his doctor immediately
put him on a cholesterol-lowering drug. When he began developing pain, which was
obviously from the drug, instead of stopping the drug and giving magnesium to
lower cholesterol, to help detoxify the drug, and also lessen muscle cramps, his
doctor gave him a strong pain medication. And then his ankles began to swell and
Julius said his doctor gave him a
diuretic!

And so the story goes, one drug
causing symptoms that demand another drug. That’s what doctors learn about
in medical school: drugs. They don’t learn about diet and nutrients, so it
seems that all they know how to do is prescribe drugs. Julius said he was going
to tell his doctor to change his cholesterol medication, which, by the way, in
several years had only dropped his cholesterol of 205 to 185. I told him to go
on a cholesterol-lowering diet and take magnesium. Even though Julius said he
was mad about having to take the drugs and he wished he had been given a diet in
the first place, Julius said he would have to ask his doctor before taking the
magnesium. And my heart sank, because his doctor probably didn’t learn
about magnesium supplementation in medical school and would probably say
it’s unnecessary.

Doctors know
potassium deficiency is a danger for people on diuretics but they don’t
acknowledge that magnesium is also flushed out in equal measure. Magnesium
deficiency goes undiagnosed and unrecognized because until recently there was no
accurate blood test for magnesium*. Patients are warned to take potassium
supplements or eat oranges and bananas, but no advice is given about magnesium.
Magnesium is not as readily available as potassium; it’s deficient in the
soil and most fertilizers don’t contain magnesium, so most foods are
lacking. Also cooking and processing foods depletes magnesium. It’s found
in whole grains, greens, nuts and seeds, but most people don’t eat much,
if any, of those foods.

And yet, for some
reason doctors think that we get all our nutrients in our very SAD, Standard
American Diet and they don’t recognize the need for nutrient
supplementation. It all stems back to a medical education that is funded by drug
companies that have no vested interest in promoting nutrients. Vitamins and
minerals can’t be patented and are relatively inexpensive. My research for
The Miracle of Magnesium reminded me that all the metabolic processes in the
body, ALL OF THEM, depend on vitamins and minerals, which act as necessary
co-factors. Magnesium itself is a co-factor and responsible for the function of
325 enzymes; is an absolute requirement for calcium to be incorporated into
bone; keeps toxic chemicals out of the brain; dances with calcium to create
nerve impulses and muscle impulses; keeps muscles relaxed, including the heart
and blood vessels, and triggers dozens of health conditions if it is
deficient.

The Recommended Daily
Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is between 350 and 400 milligrams per day, which
is just enough to ward off outright deficiency. But for optimal health and for
the twenty-two conditions that are triggered by magnesium deficiency, perhaps
twice as much magnesium is needed. One of the highest sources of magnesium is
kelp, but one tsp. only has about 30 milligrams. One tablespoon of almonds has
33 milligrams. Because we probably don’t get nearly enough magnesium from
out diet we have to investigate magnesium
supplements.

I use several types of
magnesium. However, I stopped using magnesium oxide in 2005 when I read a study
that showed only 4 percent of the oxide form of magnesium is absorbed.
That’s why magnesium oxide is a great laxative but if you want to stock up
on magnesium you need to use other forms. I use magnesium citrate and magnesium
taurate and also spray on magnesium oil after a shower. Magnesium oil is
supersaturated magnesium chloride and because it’s used topically it
doesn’t cause a laxative effect. And I find it really does work. I seem to
have a very high requirement for magnesium and to get enough by mouth I can have
a laxative reaction—but if I use magnesium oil, I only need to take half
the amount of magnesium by mouth and therefore avoid loose
stools.

You also have read labels when
you buy magnesium products. For example a label may say magnesium taurate, or
magnesium citrate, or magnesium glycinate, 500 milligrams, but when you look at
the fine print on the back of the bottle you will notice the actual amount of
magnesium is much less. The actual amount of magnesium in 500 mg of magnesium
glycinate is 50 mg. Companies that make chelated minerals like magnesium
glycinate and magnesium taurate claim that chelates are more readily absorbed.
That may be the case, but how you tell is if they have less of a laxative
effect.

The best way to tell if you are
getting enough magnesium is the “bowel test”. You know when you have
too much magnesium when your stools become loose. This, in fact, may be a
blessing for people with constipation and is one of the many ways magnesium
deficiency manifests. But, if you are like me and still get a Charlie horse or a
heart palpitation when you don’t have enough magnesium, then reach for the
magnesium oil.

The only contraindications
to magnesium are caused in people with outright kidney failure, bowel
obstruction, Myasthenia gravis, or heart block. Also, if you have a heart
condition you may find that taking magnesium can lessen the need for heart
medication and you should be under doctor’s supervision to guide this
process.

The following 22 medical areas
that magnesium deficiency triggers or causes have all been scientifically
proven. However, since the publication of The Miracle of Magnesium, people have
sent me magnesium stories that go beyond the following list. I’ve been
told that magnesium had caused skin to become smooth, gums to heal, and
improvements in sexual response. If you are only able to take one
supplement–make sure it’s
magnesuim!

Magnesium deficiency triggers
or causes the following conditions:

• Anxiety and Panic attacks- Magnesium (Mg)
normally keeps adrenal stress hormones under control.
• Asthma- Both histamine production and
bronchial spasms increase with Mg deficiency.
• Blood clots- Mg has an important role to
play in preventing blood clots and keeping the blood thin-much like aspirin but
without the side effects.
• Bowel disease- Mg deficiency slows down the
bowel causing constipation, which could lead to toxicity and malabsorption of
nutrients, as well as colitis.
• Cystitis- Bladder spasms are worsened by Mg
deficiency.
• Depression-Serotonin, which elevates moods,
is dependent on Mg. A Mg-deficient brain is also more susceptible to allergens,
foreign substances that can cause symptoms similar to mental
illness.
• Detoxification- Mg is crucial for the
removal of toxic substances and heavy metals such as aluminum and
lead.
• Diabetes- Mg enhances insulin secretion,
facilitating sugar metabolism. Without Mg insulin is not able to transfer
glucose into cells. Glucose and insulin build up in the blood causing various
types of tissue damage.
• Fatigue- Mg-deficient patients commonly
experience fatigue because dozens of enzyme systems are under-functioning. An
early symptom of Mg deficiency is frequently fatigue.
• Heart disease- Mg deficiency is common in
people with heart disease. Mg is administered in hospitals for acute myocardial
infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle, the heart muscle
requires Mg. Mg is also used to treat angina, or chest pain.
• Hypertension- With insufficient Mg, spasm
of blood vessels and high cholesterol occur, both of which lead to blood
pressure problems.
• Hypoglycemia- Mg keeps insulin under
control; without Mg episodes of low blood sugar can result.
• Insomnia- Sleep-regulating melatonin
production is disturbed without sufficient Mg.
• Kidney Disease- Mg deficiency contributes
to atherosclerotic kidney failure. Mg deficiency creates abnormal lipid levels
and worsening blood sugar control in kidney transplant patients.
• Liver Disease leading to liver failure- Mg
deficiency commonly occurs during liver transplantation.
• Migraine- Serotonin balance is
Mg-dependent. Deficiency of serotonin can result in migraine headaches and
depression.
• Musculoskeletal conditions- Fibrositis,
fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, eye twitches, cramps and chronic neck and back pain
may be caused by Mg deficiency and can be relieved with Mg
supplements.
• Nerve problems- Mg alleviates peripheral
nerve disturbances throughout the whole body, such as migraines, muscle
contractions, gastrointestinal spasms, and calf, foot and toe cramps. It is also
used in treating central nervous symptoms of vertigo and confusion.
• Obstetrics and Gynecology- Mg prevents
Premenstrual Syndrome; prevents dysmenorrhea (cramping pain during menses); is
important in the treatment of infertility; and alleviates premature
contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy. Intravenous Mg is given
in obstetrical wards for pregnancy-induced hypertension and to lessen the risk
of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Mg should be a
required supplement for pregnant mothers.
• Osteoporosis- Use of calcium
with Vitamin D
to enhance calcium absorption without a balancing
amount of Mg causes further Mg deficiency, which triggers a cascade of events
leading to bone loss.
• Raynaud’s Syndrome- Mg helps relax
the spastic blood vessels that cause pain and numbness of the
fingers.
• Tooth decay- Mg deficiency causes an
unhealthy balance of phosphorus and calcium in saliva, which damages
teeth.


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