Magnesium–The Miracle Mineral: Essential for Health and Detoxification

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Magnesium–The Miracle Mineral

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I have always had a strong interest in nutrition but, like most people, have often been bewildered by the overwhelming amount of information and general lack of focus of what there is to be learned.

I take the GNC supplements for men over 50. It certainly has a lot of stuff in it, but in regard to two key minerals, even the GNC formula is deficient. These minerals are iodine and magnesium.

The American diet is seriously deficient in both these essential minerals. I plan to write about iodine later. For now, I want to focus on magnesium.

The array of bodily functions that can work normally only with sufficient magnesium is staggering. Every system of the body is affected, but most particularly the circulatory system. This is critical because every cell of the body depends on an adequate flow of blood.

Magnesium deficiency is implicated in cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, mental illness, kidney malfunction, fatigue, migraine, elevated cholesterol, liver ailments, and many other illnesses and conditions. Magnesium is routinely used by doctors in hospitals to treat heart attacks and illnesses associated with pregnancy. There it is administered intravenously in large doses. I have a friend who is a doctor who is researching the possibility of treating numerous chronic illnesses, cancer included, with large doses of magnesium sulphate. His idea is that the cause of many illnesses is hyperactivity of the body’s stress reaction and that magnesium can slow this reaction when it has gotten out of control.

Why is no one told that magnesium deficiency may be a cause of so many disease states? Could it be that dietary magnesium is incredibly cheap to produce and purchase, whereas the prescription medications that are used to treat these diseases once they have set in makes the drug companies rich beyond imagining?

Here is an article to read about a book called The Miracle of Magnesium: Click Here.

How can you get sufficient magnesium? You can’t through food–our food supply has been so depleted of nutritional value by poor soils and growing conditions that food is no longer enough, even if, in the case of magnesium, you regularly ate green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli where it is normally found.

But there is a simple solution–take a level teaspoon of Epsom salts once a day in a glass of warm water. This meets the RDA but is far smaller than the therapeutic dose of Epsom salts used as a laxative. Epsom salts are also used routinely while bathing as a muscle relaxant.

After two days of taking Epsom salts, the muscle cramps in my legs that had been bothering me for years were gone. I felt more relaxed and peaceful, not surprisingly, since magnesium also promotes the production in the body of serotonin, the substance found in the brain that makes us feel at ease. It’s a shortage of serotonin that doctors treat with dangerous and expensive antidepressants.

So you mght find it worthwhile to become better acquainted with magnesium–the miracle mineral
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The Miracle of Magnesium
   
            
Introduction:

From the 74th Congress 2nd. Session

In 1936 the American government released
Senate Document No 264.

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“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance? The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us - no matter how much of them we eat. The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren't worth eating as food. Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.

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Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago. No man today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his stomach with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health, because his stomach isn't big enough to hold them! And we are turning into a nation of big stomachs.”

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Today farmlands are even more mineral-deficient and fertilizers still don't fully replace those minerals. Magnesium is one of the most depleted minerals, yet one of the most important. We imagine that medicine has advanced to the stage of miracle cures, yet itÕs not technology that we're lacking but basic nutrients that power our bodies and give us our health.

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Quick-fix medical solutions from doctors are all around us: on television, the internet, radio, infomercials. In a world of rapid change, our bodies are going through peaks and crashes every day. We rely on double cappacinos in the morning, a Power Bar for lunch, and an acupuncture treatment after work before we go to the gym for our energy hits. Harnessed to our cell phone, laptop, Palm Pilot and pager, we're exhausted and exhausting our natural physical stores of energy, straining our bodies' capacity to function and heal. Although we can't change our digital environment we can learn how to preserve and rebuild our energy levels naturally.

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Magnesium regulates more than 325 enzymes in the body, the most important of which produce, transport, store and utilize energy. Many aspects of cell metabolism are regulated by magnesium such as DNA and RNA synthesis, cell growth and cell reproduction. Magnesium also orchestrates the electric current that sparks through the miles of nerves in our body. Magnesium has numerous physiological roles among which are control of nerve action, the activity of the heart, neuromuscular transmission, muscular contraction, vascular tone, blood pressure and peripheral blood flow. Magnesium modulates and controls the entry and release of calcium from the cell, which determines muscular activity. Without magnesium, muscle and nerve functions are compromised and energy is diminished. We are operating with the power turned off. Muscular weakness, soft bones, anxiety, heart attacks, arrhythmia, and even seizures and convulsions can result. (1)

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More than seventy-five years ago, scientists declared magnesium to be an essential mineral. Each year since then, research has revealed more ways in which magnesium is indispensable to life, (2) yet it is continually being lost from the natural food supply.

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There has been a gradual decline of dietary magnesium in the USA from a high of 500 mg/day, at the turn of the century, to barely 175-225 mg/day today (3). The National Academy of Science has determined that most Americans are magnesium-deficient, with men obtaining about 80% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), and women averaging only 70% (4).

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Too few medical researchers and doctors are sounding the alarm, so it is important that you as a health consumer inform yourself and protect your health. (5)(6)(7)



The Clinical Impact of Magnesium Deficiency

1697 marked the date of the first recorded medical paper on magnesium; it described the use of magnesium sulfate, known today as Epsom salts, as an effective external soak and a bitter purge. Discovered in huge magnesium deposits near a Greek city called Magnesia, magnesium sulfate was used in ancient times as a laxative and still is to this day. Among the ailments for which this 17th Century paper recommended magnesium, with some exaggerated unscientific enthusiasm, either taken in baths or by mouth, were skin ulcers, depression, vertigo, heartburn, worms, stones, jaundice, and gout. Although we no longer treat all of these conditions specifically with magnesium, current research does support its use in treating a long list of ailments that you will read about in The Miracle of Magnesium. The sheer quantity of research on the topic of magnesium is staggering. To bring you the most current research and medical facts, I've sifted through thousands of pages of scientific studies, each of which begins with the acknowledgement that magnesium is of therapeutic value in treating a myriad of symptoms.

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   Anxiety and Panic attacks- Magnesium normally keeps adrenal stress hormones under control.

Asthma- Both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency.

Blood clots- Magnesium 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- Magnesium 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 magnesium deficiency.

Depression-Serotonin, which elevates moods, is dependent on magnesium. A magnesium-deficient brain is also more susceptible to allergens, foreign substances that can cause symptoms similar to mental illness.

Detoxification- Magnesium is crucial for the removal of toxic substances and heavy metals such as aluminum and lead.

Diabetes- Magnesium enhances insulin secretion, facilitating sugar metabolism. Without magnesium insulin is not able to transfer glucose into cells. Glucose and insulin build up in the blood causing various types of tissue damage.

Fatigue- Magnesium-deficient patients commonly experience fatigue because dozens of enzyme systems are under-functioning. An early symptom of magnesium deficiency is frequently fatigue.

Heart disease- Magnesium deficiency is common in people with heart disease. Magnesium is administered in hospitals for acute myocardial infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle, the heart muscle requires magnesium. Magnesium is also used to treat angina, or chest pain.

Hypertension- With insufficient magnesium, spasm of blood vessels and high cholesterol occur, both of which lead to blood pressure problems.

Hypoglycemia- Magnesium keeps insulin under control; without magnesium episodes of low blood sugar can result.

Insomnia- Sleep-regulating melatonin production is disturbed without sufficient magnesium.

Kidney Disease- Magnesium deficiency contributes to atherosclerotic kidney failure. Magnesium deficiency creates abnormal lipid levels and worsening blood sugar control in kidney transplant patients.

Liver Disease leading to liver failure- Magnesium deficiency commonly occurs during liver transplantation.

Migraine- Serotonin balance is magnesium-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 magnesium deficiency and can be relieved with magnesium supplements.

Nerve problems- Magnesium 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- Magnesium 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 magnesium is given in obstetrical wards for pregnancy-induced hypertension and to lessen the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Magnesium should be a required supplement for pregnant mothers.

Osteoporosis- Use of calcium with Vitamin D to enhance calcium absorption without a balancing amount of magnesium causes further magnesium deficiency which triggers a cascade of events leading to bone loss.

Raynaud's Syndrome- Magnesium helps relax the spastic blood vessels that cause pain and numbness of the fingers.

Tooth decay- Magnesium deficiency causes an unhealthy balance of phosphorus and calcium in saliva which damages teeth. Drugs such as pain killers, diuretics, antibiotics and cortisone, many of which are inappropriately used for the above conditions, further deplete magnesium and other minerals, allowing symptoms to get completely out of control. Surgery, malnutrition, third-degree burns, serious injuries, pancreatic inflammation, liver disease, malabsorption disorders, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, and cancer are all seriously stressful medicalconditions requiring increased amounts of magnesium.

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Re: Magnesium–The Miracle Mineral
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2009, 05:14:37 PM »
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 There is a power and a force in magnesium that cannot be equaled anywhere else in the world of medicine. There is no substitute for magnesium in human physiology; nothing comes even close to it in terms of its effect on overall cell physiology. Without sufficient magnesium, the body accumulates toxins and acid residues, degenerates rapidly, and ages prematurely. Magnesium is the mineral of rejuvenation and prevents the calcification of our organs and tissues that is characteristic of the old-age related degeneration of our body.

        It goes against a gale wind of medical science to ignore magnesium chloride used transdermally and orally in the treatment of any chronic or acute disorder, especially cancer. Magnesium deficiency poses a direct threat to the health of our cells. Without sufficient amounts of this precious mineral our cells calcify and rot, becoming breeding grounds for yeast and fungi invaders all to happy to strangle our life force and kill us. Magnesium deficiency is carcinogenic, and in case of solid tumors, a high level of supplemented magnesium inhibits carcinogenesis.

        According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, low magnesium is associated with dramatic increases in free radical generation as well as glutathione depletion and this is vital since glutathione is one of the few antioxidant molecules known to neutralize mercury. Glutathione requires magnesium for its synthesis. Glutathione synthetase requires ?-glutamyl cysteine, glycine, ATP, and magnesium ions to form glutathione. In magnesium deficiency, the enzyme y-glutamyl transpeptidase is lowered.

        Magnesium in general is essential for the survival of our cells but takes on further importance in the age of toxicity where our bodies are being bombarded on a daily basis with heavy metals. Without the cleaning and chelating work of glutathione (magnesium) cells begin to decay as cellular filth and heavy metals accumulates; excellent environments to attract deadly infection/cancer.

        Several studies have shown an increased cancer rate in regions with low magnesium levels in soil and drinking water, and the same for selenium. In Egypt the cancer rate was only about 10% of that in Europe and America. In the rural fellah it was practically non-existent. The main difference was an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5 to 3g in these cancer-free populations, ten times more than in most western countries.


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        These are my two new books on magnesium due out soon. Both of these volumes together take clinician and patient alike into new dimensions of magnesium medicine. My Transdermal Magnesium Therapy book is a primer to these two volumes as is Dr. Carolyn Deans The Magnesium Miracle.

        If one is interested in heart health one has no choice but be interested in magnesium. Almost all adults are concerned about the condition of their heart and cardiovascular system. Some live in constant fear wondering whether any ache, cramp or pain in their upper body is a sign of a heart attack. There isn’t an adult living in North America that hasn’t lost a loved one or a family member to heart disease. The fact is, heart attacks kill by the millions every year. Magnesium chloride can single handedly change the landscape of cardiology.

Magnesium deficiency appears to have caused eight million
sudden coronary deaths in America during the period 1940-1994.
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        It is established that clinically significant changes in a number of electrolytes occur in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). Magnesium ions are an essential requirement for many enzyme systems, and clearly magnesium deficiency is a major risk factor for survival of CHF patients. In animal experiments, magnesium has been shown to be involved in several steps of the atherosclerotic process as well as magnesium ions playing an extremely important role in CHF and various cardiac arrhythmias.

Magnesium is also required for muscle relaxation. Lower magnesium
levels can result in symptoms ranging from tachycardia and
fibrillation to constriction of the arteries, angina, and instant death.

        Due to lack of magnesium the heart muscle can develop a spasm or cramp and stops beating. Most people, including doctors, don’t know it but without sufficient magnesium we will die. It is more than helpful to understand that our life span will be reduced if we run too long without sufficient magnesium in our cells and that the principle way our life is cut short is through cardiac arrest. Yet when someone dies of a heart attack people never say “He died from Magnesium Deficiency.” Allopathic medicine is designed from the bottom up which means it ignores the true causes of death and disease. In the field of cardiology this is telling!

Magnesium is an important protective factor
for death from acute myocardial infarction.

        Dr. Jean Durlach explains that the body has numerous compensatory mechanisms that allow magnesium deficiency to go undetected which leads to the development of what he calls "latent nervous system hyperexcitability." In other words, a patient will already be deficient in magnesium prior to the development of symptoms. Too often the first clear sign of deficiency is cardiac arrest and death. Forty percent of all first heart attacks end in death!

One of the most important actions of magnesium is
its vasodilating effects which improves the blood
supply to ischaemic areas and reduces infarct size.

        A ten-year study of 2,182 men in Wales found that those eating magnesium-low diets had a 50% higher risk of sudden death from heart attacks than those eating one-third more magnesium. Also, high magnesium eaters were only half as likely to have any type of cardiovascular incident such as non-fatal heart attacks, strokes, angina (chest pain) or heart surgery.

        Magnesium, which is without doubt the most powerful safe nutritional “drug” on earth, is not considered a drug at all when taken orally or when used topically as a bath oil or salt. Doctors who know something about magnesium (very few) know that it is routinely used in emergency rooms to save lives in cases of cardiac arrest as well as for stroke victims. And here is something else:

Magnesium infusion reduces the requirement for other drugs to control
muscle spasms and cardiovascular instability in cases of severe tetanus.[2]

        Obviously no doctor’s office or family medicine cabinet should be without magnesium. Magnesium chloride solutions gained from sea water offer a medical miracle to humanity, the one that many have sought but have not found. Nothing short of a miracle is to be expected in terms of general health status if cellular levels of magnesium are increased during illness. And when sodium bicarbonate is used together with magnesium chloride we have the perfect mitochondrial cocktail.

        It takes about three to four months to drive up cellular magnesium levels to where they should be when treated intensely transdermally and orally but within days patients will commonly experience its life saving medical/healing effects. That same power found in magnesium that will save your life in the emergency room during cardiac arrest, that will diminish damage of a stroke if administered in a timely fashion is the same power that can save one’s life if one has cancer.

Magnesium chloride, when applied directly
to the skin, is transdermally absorbed and has an
almost immediate effect on chronic and acute pain.
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Re: Magnesium–The Miracle Mineral
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2009, 01:37:22 PM »
Question...

Does the capsule form of Magnesium work just as good as the Epsom Salts that contain Mg?  I tried drinking the warm water with the salts, but I couldn't drink it, tasted very strange to me, and now I save the salts for any bath I wish to take. I do have a health foods store nearby where they do have Magnesium in capsule form and that is what I would prefer over trying to drink the salt mixed with warm water.

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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2009, 02:12:50 PM »
Question...

Does the capsule form of Magnesium work just as good as the Epsom Salts that contain Mg?  I tried drinking the warm water with the salts, but I couldn't drink it, tasted very strange to me, and now I save the salts for any bath I wish to take. I do have a health foods store nearby where they do have Magnesium in capsule form and that is what I would prefer over trying to drink the salt mixed with warm water.

Some vitamins /minerals are high absorption which is what you're looking for.



Notice how this bottle says 'true food', well that means high absorption.

'Because of the way the True Food products are made and absorbed in the body they do not have to be attached to a carrier. The body sees the True Food products as food which means there are many more opportunities (ie receptor sites) for absorption in the digestive tract than there are for regular supplements.'

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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2009, 12:52:16 AM »
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2010, 01:47:16 AM »
No single mineral or nutrient is the magic bullet.  What is needed is ALL minerals, vitamins and nutrients in the proper proportions and in the proper form that is readily absorbable by the human body.

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Barium detox & aluminum protection using magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010, 11:57:05 AM »
As you will see from an excerpt below from a recent Weston A Price Foundation article about magnesium, it is a key mineral for detoxification. The article mentioned epsom salts in bath water as a good way of getting a dose. So I went around to all the chemists in town, searching for some but none could get hold of any, and hadn't for some time.

I then discovered the horrific truth, wikipedia reveals that epsom salts are used in the first aid of barium chloride poisoning. That is, barium salts. The very thing they are spraying, and just to make sure that we remain toxic, it seems, supplies of it have dried up or, those in the know are buying up supplies, but it is for sale online. As it turns out, magnesium has been depleted from almost all our foods since WWII. As an added bonus, it seems that aluminum, also being sprayed, cannot be absorbed in the gut if enough magnesium is in your system, because it out-competes aluminum, maybe that is also the case for absorption by the lungs? Magnesium also helps detox other heavy metals.

Solutions of sulfate salts such as Epsom salt may be given as first aid for barium chloride poisoning. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnesium_sulfate

Barium chloride, along with other water-soluble barium salts, is highly toxic. Sodium sulfate and magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) are potential antidotes because they form the insoluble solid barium sulfate BaSO4, which is much less toxic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barium_chloride


MAGNESIUM IS A POTENT DETOXIFIER
http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutrition/2022-magnificent-magnesium.html

Magnesium is utilized by the body for all sorts of detoxification pathways and is necessary for the neutralization of toxins, overly acidic conditions that arise in the body, and for protection from heavy metals. It plays a vital role in protecting us from the onslaught of man-made chemicals all around us. Glutathione, an antioxidant normally produced by the body and a detoxifier of mercury, lead and arsenic among others, requires magnesium for its synthesis. According to Mark Sircus, in Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, a deficiency of magnesium increases free radical generation in the body and “causes glutathione loss, which is not affordable because glutathione helps to defend the body against damage from cigarette smoking, exposure to radiation, cancer chemotherapy, and toxins such as alcohol and just about everything else.”

When our bodies are replete with magnesium (and in balance with the other essential minerals) we are protected from heavy metal deposition and the development of associated neurological diseases. As Dr. Carolyn Dean explains, “Research indicates that ample magnesium will protect brain cells from the damaging effects of aluminum, beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel. We also know that low levels of brain magnesium contribute to the deposition of heavy metals in the brain that heralds Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It appears that the metals compete with magnesium for entry into the brain cells. If magnesium is low, metals gain access much more readily.

“There is also competition in the small intestine for absorption of minerals. If there is enough magnesium, aluminum won’t be absorbed.”

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Another potential way to get more magnesium into your system is via the pleasant method of soaking in a bath of magnesium sulfate, otherwise known as Epsom salts. Commonly used to ease muscle aches and pains, magnesium sulfate also importantly helps with detoxification when sulfur is needed by the body for this purpose. When used intravenously, magnesium sulfate can save lives in such crises as acute asthma attack, onset of myocardial infarction, and eclampsia in pregnancy.

A couple of cups of Epsom salts added to a hot bath will induce sweating and detoxification; after the water cools a bit, the body will then absorb the magnesium sulfate. According to Mark Sircus in Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, the effects from a bath of Epsom salts, although pleasant, are brief as magnesium sulfate is difficult to assimilate and is rapidly lost in the urine. Magnesium chloride, which can also be used in baths, is more easily assimilated and metabolized, and so less is needed for absorption.

http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutrition/2022-magnificent-magnesium.html

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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection from magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2010, 11:59:22 AM »
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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection from magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2010, 12:20:10 PM »
And you can use epsom salts in the garden, maybe mopping up barium in the ground? Alongside other benefits.
 - http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/garden_benefits.htm

Basically said, allowing our lives to become magnesium depleted has made us extra vulnerable to toxins coming from sources like chemtrails.

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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection from magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2010, 12:31:18 PM »
Excellent information!!!  Thanks for posting!!!
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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection from magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2010, 03:25:09 PM »
The rest of the WAPF article I posted has other sources of magnesium.

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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2010, 05:06:19 AM »
So how meny times a week do i have to add this to my bath you think ? one time ah week maybe twice?
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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection from magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2010, 02:56:34 PM »
Gosh, I'm not sure. The key is to get magnesium up across your diet. As said, read the whole article, because there are many options for getting it. It is dirt cheap on e-bay, and the article says you cannot overload on magnesium so, be luxurious I guess!! Bath salts are not just for sissies, right!

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What I'm super interested in is the first aid affects against barium for the lungs. Here are some links, it appears that taken aurally, they can have some benefits to lungs, tho not necessarily connected to detox:

Aids Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension is a rise in blood pressure in the arteries, specifically arties that lead from the heart to the lungs. When the arteries in the lungs become blocked or closed off it causes an increase in blood pressure. If not treated promptly, it can cause heart failure due to the weakening of the lungs. According to the National Institute of Child Health and Development, Epsom salt or magnesium sulfate can aid in the opening of closed or blocked lung arteries. It was found effective in helping infants suffering from persistent pulmonary hypertension when orally administered in small doses.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/278307-what-are-the-benefits-of-epsom-salt/#ixzz18xxteGSo

Directions on baths
Epsom salt baths provide a broad spectrum cleanser, clearing lymphatic congestion, removing some heavy metals (mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic), and eliminating residual radiation from medical tests (X-rays or CAT scans), computer monitors and televisions, and UV exposure from frequent air travel. It is also helpful for chemical exposure -- automobile exhaust, solvents, formaldehyde, glues, styrofoam, synthetic perfumes, printer and copier toners, art supplies, printing inks, particle board, household cleaning items, as well as chemical residues in foods or from inoculations.9 This is an important general maintenance bath for hospital personnel, computer operators, workers around toxic chemicals and those who fly regularly.

Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) are a smooth muscle relaxant and will help with muscle strains and pain. They will induce profuse sweating. The high saline concentration makes the bath water more dense than the body's interstitial fluids. Consequently, osmotic pressure pulls toxin-laden fluids out of the body.

This bath should be taken as hot as is tolerable, for 12-15 minutes, 1-4 pounds of Epsom salts in a full bathtub is recommended (the more salt, the more perspiration). Acupunctur-ist and health educator Irene Newmark suggests 2 pounds as a maintenance bath, for clearing lymphatics and the energetic body, and 4 pounds for radiation. Former AOBTA president Carl Dubitsky recommended a much higher concentration -- 12-16 pounds for the first detox bath and 8-12 pounds for subsequent baths. One every three days is the maximum frequency, as this bath can have a draining effect.  http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/309/Water-Wealth-

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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection from magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2010, 03:49:54 PM »
Thanks very much for all the useful information, planning4acrash!  :)
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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection from magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2010, 04:29:40 PM »
So how meny times a week do i have to add this to my bath you think ? one time ah week maybe twice?

In my clinical experience suggest two to three times per week. Must note with any detox method there is a chance skin ailments will appear.

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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2010, 04:32:29 PM »
What food is high in magnesium? u know i cant use google or anything to illiterate  lol
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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection using magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2010, 04:39:26 PM »
What food is high in magnesium? u know i cant use google or anything to illiterate  lol

Please read the article: http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutrition/2022-magnificent-magnesium.html

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« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2010, 04:44:55 PM »
What food is high in magnesium? u know i cant use google or anything to illiterate  lol

Many factors affect magnesium availability from foods. One is the amount of magnesium in the soil in which the food is grown. Much magnesium can be lost in the processing and refining of foods and in making oils from the magnesium rich nuts and seeds. Nearly 85% of the magnesium in grains is lost during the milling process. Soaking and boiling foods can leach magnesium and other minerals. Oxalic acid in vegetables such as spinach and chard cause magnesium to eliminate rather than be absorbed. These are the reasons many get insufficient magnesium from diets.

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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection using magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2010, 04:45:35 PM »
So what your saying is you have to go with a magnesium supplement.   now i didn't like this  line in the article




Fluoride in drinking water binds with magnesium, creating a nearly insoluble mineral compound that ends up deposited in the bones, where its brittleness increases the risk of fractures.

Now when I went on a vegetable binge for 2 week i noticed for 3 days my bones  aced any one know what up with that ?
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So what your saying is you have to go with a magnesium supplement.   now i didn't like this  line in the article




Fluoride in drinking water binds with magnesium, creating a nearly insoluble mineral compound that ends up deposited in the bones, where its brittleness increases the risk of fractures.

Now when I went on a vegetable binge for 2 week i noticed for 3 days my bones  aced any one know what up with that ?


Vegetable only diet is form of detox that is the answer.

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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection using magnesium & epsom salts
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That's great news the best I've heard all year, I'm gonna have one right now. I need an antidote

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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection using magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2010, 05:09:23 AM »
Vegetable only diet is form of detox that is the answer.

Vegetables are infact not very nutrient dense. You must combine them with fat soluble vitamins (A,D & K2) from other sources to make their minerals absorbable, but that could be a whole other topic.

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Re: Barium detox & aluminum protection from magnesium & epsom salts
« Reply #24 on: December 27, 2010, 07:18:25 PM »
Excellent information!!!  Thanks for posting!!!


I agree, all excellent information!
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Re: Magnesium–The Miracle Mineral: Essential for Health and Detoxification
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Common Conditions That May Result from Low Magnesium Levels
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Magnesium is a must. The diets of all Americans are likely to be deficient........Even a mild deficiency causes sensitiveness to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, insomnia, muscle weakness and cramps in the toes, feet, legs, or fingers.

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Magnesium (Mg) is a trace mineral that is known to be required for several hundred different functions in the body.  A significant portion of the symptoms of many chronic disorders are identical to symptoms of magnesium deficiency.  Studies show many people in the U.S. today do not consume the daily recommended amounts of Mg.  A lack of this important nutrient may be a major factor in many common health problems in industrialized countries. Common conditions such as mitral valve prolapse, migraines, attention deficit disorder, fibromyalgia, asthma and allergies have all been linked to a Mg deficiency. Perhaps not coincidentally, these conditions also tend to occur in clusters together within the same individual. A magnesium deficiency as a root cause would provide a logical explanation of why some people suffer from a constellation of these types of problems.

Many of the following conditions commonly occur in conjunction with each other and all have been linked to a Mg deficiency.
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      Allergies, Chemical Sensitivities
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      Anxiety and Psychiatric Disorders
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      Aorta Strength
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      Asthma
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      Attention Deficit Disorder
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      Calcification of Soft Tissue Including Heart Valve
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      Diabetes
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      Magnesium - Part Two - Covers the links between magnesium deficiency and diverse conditions such as fibromyalgia, hearing loss, migraines, menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), mitral valve prolapse, muscle cramps, nystagmus, osteoporosis, pectus excavatum, TMJ and more. 

       


What is the percentage of Americans with inadequate intakes of Mg from food based on estimated average requirements?

56%

Source: What We Eat in America, NHANES 2001-2002, 1 day, individuals 1+ years, excluding breast-fed children and pregnant or lactating females1

 



Allergies and Chemical Sensitivities
 
In the book Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, the authors note that food allergies are usually associated with low hydrochloric acid levels and poor digestion.   The authors' rationale for this is that low stomach acid leaves food undigested and fermenting in the intestinal tract.  This fermentation causes gas, bloating and stomach upset, the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.  Undigested and fermented food causes the body to raise histamine levels, which produce allergic reactions.  This is why people take antihistamines for allergies, to lower histamine levels.  Interestingly, Mg is needed to reduce histamine levels.

Low stomach acid levels reduce levels of beneficial intestinal bacteria which is needed for absorption of magnesium.  When lab rats are deprived of magnesium, a wide variety of studies have noted that they develop  allergy like symptoms.  Their ears turn red and  they develop skin problems.  Rats with magnesium deficiencies have increases in histamine levels.  They also have raised levels of white blood cell  counts.   Mg deficiency has been implicated in allergies and allergic skin reaction in many studies on humans, too.  Variations of allergies, skin allergies, and raised white blood cells have all been noted as features of many chronic disorders.

People with chemical sensitivities also commonly have other conditions linked to Mg deficits such as allergies, fibromyalgia, mitral valve prolapse and anxiety disorders.  They also tend to have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which has been linked to abnormalities of hyaluronic acid.  Perhaps not coincidentally, hyaluronic acid is dependent upon magnesium for its synthesis.
 
Asthma is has been linked to Mg deficiencies in a wide variety of studies.  Asthma and allergies not only frequently occur together, but they frequently occur together along with gastrointestinal upset in many chronic disorders including mitral valve rolapse syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Gastrointestinal upset is often a sign of malabsorption problems, which can be a cause of nutritional deficiencies. 

 See my related section on multiple chemical sensitivity.

 
 
Anxiety and Psychiatric Disorders

Magnesium deficiency causes increased levels of adrenaline, which can lead to a feeling of anxiety.   Rats who become magnesium deficient have an increased level of urinary catecholamine excretion (a by-product of adrenaline).

People who have mitral valve prolapse have also been found to have an increased state of anxiety and have an increased level of urinary catecholamine excretion, the exact same condition found in rats who are Mg deficient.

It is not surprising then, to find that people with mitral valve prolapse are usually low in magnesium, and that magnesium supplementation alleviates the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse and reduces the level of urinary catecholamine excretion, i.e. it also reduces the anxiety symptoms.

Researchers in Spain found a correlation between anxiety disorders and hypermobility.  In fact, they found that patients with anxiety disorder were over 16 times more likely than control subjects to have joint laxity.  If you put the study results together, then  there's a link between anxiety and hypermobility, a link between anxiety and mitral valve prolapse, and a link between mitral valve prolapse and hypermobility. 

These studies tell us that anxiety disorders occur in many people who simply have mitral valve prolapse and/or joint hypermobility, meaning anxiety disorders are not specific to EDS or any particular connective tissue disorder.  Marfans also have mitral valve prolapse and joint hypermobility which would lead one to conjecture that they, too, have anxiety related disorders. As it turns out, a connection between Marfans and anxiety related disorders has been noted. 

A study in Bulgaria also found magnesium abnormalities in patients with schizophrenia and depression.  The authors thought the schizophrenia and depression caused the magnesium deficiencies, but I disagree that that was necessarily the case.  When you look at this study within the context of all the other studies mentioned in this section, it is more likely that  the magnesium abnormalities caused the mental illness.  (There are quite a few studies on magnesium and mental illness on Medline.  I just included a few to highlight my points.)

In a study from England, there was a strong association for more disturbed and excitable patients to have abnormal (either high or low) Mg levels. The authors thought that the patients who seemed most disturbed may have some abnormality of magnesium metabolism.

To read up on the link between cholesterol levels and anxiety and depression, see my web page on low cholesterol levels.

For more on this topic, see my section on Anxiety and Depression - overlooked nutritional causes.

   

Aorta Strength

In an experiment on lab rats, the animals had their thoracic aortas injured with balloons.  They were then fed diets with low, normal or high magnesium concentrations.  The rat aortas with the high magnesium diets healed better than the normal and low Mg diets.
 

For more information on aortae, also see my section on Marfan Syndrome - The Similarities to Copper Deficiency..

 

Asthma
 
Magnesium sulfate is used as a treatment for asthma. 

Mg is known to be important for proper lung functioning.

Mg is being increasingly looked at as a treatment for asthma.

A study from Brown University showed "remarkable" improvement in children with asthma who were treated with intravenous magnesium.

Low polymorphonuclear magnesium content has been observed  in patients with bronchial asthma. The study authors believe that polymorphonuclear magnesium content may have an important role in causing asthma.

A study reported on in the Lancet, notes that people who have diets lower in Mg have more asthmatic symptoms.  People with diets higher in this important mineral have less asthmatic symptoms.

Mg prevents pre-asthmatic lung changes in animal studies.

Asthma is a common finding in connective tissue disorders, as are keratoconus, mitral valve prolapse, rachitic skeletal defects and many other conditions associated with magnesium deficiency. Asthma occurs frequently along with allergies, seizures and many other disorders that can all be linked to a Mg deficiency.

Multivitamin tablets and pills often do not contain magnesium because it is a bulky mineral that makes the pill or tablets very large, so manufacturers often just leave it out! Yet multivitamin they contain many Mg antagonists, i.e. vitamins and minerals that lower magnesium levels in your body. Perhaps this is why recent studies show that multivitamins usage is associated with asthma and allergies.

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Attention Deficit Disorder
 
A medication containing magnesium has been used successfully to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

In a study from Poland, children with ADHD were been found to more deficient than controls in a selected number of bioelements.  Magnesium deficiencies were the most pronounced difference.  Magnesium supplementation in the ADHD children decreased their hyperactivity.
 
In a study from Germany, boys with reactive behavior problems were treated with a medication containing magnesium with positive results.
 
I don't know if this relates directly to ADD or ADHD or not, but I found the following study interesting.  In a study on guinea pigs, a group of the animals that had Mg deficiencies induced showed changes in their brain waves.

In a study from England, there was a strong association for more disturbed and excitable patients to have abnormal (either high or low) Mg levels. The authors thought that the patients who seemed most disturbed may have some abnormality of Mg metabolism.

Also see my cool links section for more information on ADD.
 
 

Calcification Of Soft Tissue Including Heart Valves

Magnesium is a known treatment for a variety of types of calcification of soft tissues.

Mg levels have been found to be greatly reduced  in calcified  mitral valves.

In a study of rats, Mg deficiency has been shown to cause aortic calcification.

Vitamin K deficiency has also been linked to calcification of soft tissues.

Also see my section on Calcium Deposits.


Diabetes

A 2005 landmark study by researchers from the Harvard School of Public found an inverse association between type 2 diabetes and magnesium intake. The major recommendation from this study was for people to consume more magnesium rich foods.

For more on this topic see my sections on fibromyalgia and diabetes and diabetic frozen shoulder.
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Common Conditions Linked to a Magnesium Deficiency
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Continued from Magnesium - Part One
Many of the following conditions commonly occur in conjunction with each other and all have been linked to magnesium (Mg) deficiency.

    * Fibromyalgia
    * Hearing Loss
    * Hypercalciuria
    * Keratoconus
    * Menstrual Cramps (Dysmenorrhea)
    * Migraines
    * Mitral valve prolapse
    * Muscle Contractions and Cramps
    * Myopia
    * Nystagmus
    * Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
    * Premature Birth
    * Rachitic Skeletal Features:

    * Pectus Excavatum
    * Pectus Carinatum
    * Hypermobility
    * Pes Planus (Flat feet)
    * Bowed Limbs

   

    * Bulging Foreheads
    * Beaded Ribs
    * Scoliosis
    * Fractures
    * Acetabuli     Malformations

    * Scar Formation
    * Seizures
    * TMJ
    * Other

 

Fibromyalgia

Patents with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are often found to be low in Mg.  Supplementation with malic acid and magnesium is a common treatment for fibromyalgia. 

Seventy-five percent of the people with fibromyalgia  have mitral valve prolapse. Mitral valve prolapse is thought to occur in about 10% of the population in general, so this statistically is quite significant.  Mitral valve prolapse is another disorder also closely linked to Mg deficiency.

Hypermobility is also closely  linked to fibromyalgia.  Hypermobility is a feature of rickets which has links to Mg deficiencies.

Women with fibromyalgia have been found to have abnormal serum levels of hyaluronic acid.  The authors of this study suggested serum hyaluronic levels may be used to diagnose fibromyalgia.  But are elevated serum hyaluronic acid levels an indicator of fibromyalgia, or are they yet another symptom of a Mg deficiency? 

Interestingly, people with Down syndrome have elevated serum hyaluronic acid levels, too.  What are some common links between Down syndrome and fibromyalgia?  Both groups have mitral valve prolapse and hypermobility at rates much higher rates than controls, and Down syndrome patients have been found to be low in magnesium, among other trace elements.

Fibromyalgia, hypermobility and mitral valve prolapse are closely linked to each other, all may be linked to magnesium deficiency and all are features of many chronic disorders, and  virtually all hereditary connective tissue disorders, especially Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.  All three conditions are also features of Down syndrome, which has many overlaps with connective tissue disorders. All of these individual features and syndromes are linked to hyaluronic acid abnormalities, and hyaluronic acid is dependent upon Mg for its synthesis.

Magnesium deficiency, and perhaps other elements that affect hyaluronic acid levels, are a common thread  to connective tissue disorders and disorders with overlapping features like Down syndrome. If these disorders all had an underlying biochemical deficiency such a magnesium deficit, then all of these interesting associations between mitral valve prolapse, fibromyalgia, hyaluronic acid, magnesium, Down syndrome and connective tissue disorders would have perfectly logical explanations.

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Also see my separate section on mitral valve prolapse for information on why studies show a strong link between fibromyalgia and MVP.
 
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Hearing Loss

Mg supplementation has been found to prevent noise induced hearing loss in humans.

Guinea pigs fed magnesium rich diets suffered less hearing loss  than controls when exposed to loud noises.  Similar results held true for studies on rats fed Mg rich diets.

Rats fed Mg reduced diets suffered hearing losses, and these losses were corrected by adding magnesium back into the diet.

Mg deficiency may responsible for irreversible inner ear damage.

Hearing loss is a symptom of osteogenesis imperfecta, Ehlers-Danlos and Down syndromes - all disorders with many other symptoms also known to be caused by Mg deficits.

Also see my section on Magnesium Deficiency and Noise Sensitivity.
 
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Hypercalciuria

Mg supplementation has been shown to reduce hypercalciuria.

Hypercalciuria is a finding in sponge kidney.  Sponge kidney is associated with calcification of the kidney which is also linked to magnesium deficits.  Sponge kidney is a feature of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

People with EDS and osteogenesis imperfecta also often have many conditions associated with magnesium deficiency, such as keratoconus, hearing loss and mitral valve prolapse.  Hypercalciuria is a common finding in osteogenesis imperfecta. 

Hypercalciuria has also been linked to vitamin K deficiency.
 
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Keratoconus

Researchers in Argentina found that patients with keratoconus were more likely to be deficient in magnesium than controls.   (Interestingly, one of the researchers from this study also noticed the links between Mg deficits, keratoconus and Marfan and Down syndromes.)

Patients with keratoconus are about 8 times more likely to have mitral valve prolapse than controls. Patients with mitral valve prolapse are also usually magnesium deficient.  Mg is the common link between the two conditions.  Keratoconus, like mitral valve prolapse,  is a feature found in many connective tissue disorders.

Patients with keratoconus are 5 times more likely than controls to exhibit hypermobility of selected joints.  Hypermobility is also closely linked to  mitral valve prolapse, too.  Like mitral valve prolapse, hypermobility may also result from magnesium deficits.  All three conditions are linked to connective tissue disorders.

Keratoconus, mitral valve prolapse, hypermobility and fibromyalgia are all also all linked to hyaluronic acid abnormalities.  Hyaluronic acid synthesis is Mg dependent.


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Menstrual Cramps

In a 1992 study, researchers at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Parma, found found that Mg administration was a reliable therapy of primary dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps).

In a 1990 study, researchers in Germany found that magnesium "had a therapeutic effect on both back pain and lower abdominal pain on the second and the third day of the cycle."

In another study from Germany, 50 women suffering from primary dysmenorrhea were treated with magnesium. After a six-month period, 21 out of 25 women showed a decline of symptoms.

 
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Migraines

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Mitral valve prolapse

Many studies show that most people (60 - 85%, depending on the study) with mitral valve prolapse are low in Mg.   Not surprisingly, magnesium supplementation has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse. 

Heart valves with mitral valve prolapse show abnormalities of hyaluronic acid.  People with many chronic disorders, especially the connective tissue disorders, commonly have mitral valve prolapse and studies show they always have hyaluronic acid abnormalities.  Hyaluronic acid depends upon Mg for its synthesis.

A review of the studies on Medline shows that hyaluronic acid is linked to mitral valve prolapse, mitral valve prolapse is linked to a wide variety of disorders, especially connective tissue disorders, and most connective tissue disorders are linked to anomalies of hyaluronic acid.

If you put these events into a logical sequence, then you can come up with a theory that low Mg levels impacting hyaluronic acid, especially mitral valve prolapse, are are a common link in many of the disorders in which mitral valve prolapse occurs.

People with mitral valve prolapse have been found to have higher instances than normal of anxiety related disorders.  This is thought to be because of higher adrenaline levels, as measured by increased catecholamine (a by-product of adrenaline) levels in their urine.  Not surprisingly, elevated adrenaline levels and increased urinary catecholamines are also caused by low magnesium levels. 

People who have mitral valve prolapse are hypermobile at a higher rate than controls.  People who are hypermobile have been found to be anxiety prone.  In fact, people who have anxiety disorders are 16 times more likely to have joint laxity than controls.  Hypermobility is a feature of rickets, which can also be caused by a magnesium deficit.

Mitral valve prolapse, anxiety disorders and hypermobility all frequently occur together, whether they occur as isolated conditions, or as a part of many connective tissue disorders such as mitral valve prolapse syndrome, Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. 

Some people with mitral valve prolapse have a characteristic body habitus that includes pectus excavatum, hypermobility, pectus carinatum, scoliosis, bowed limbs and other distinctive features.  These conditions are called rachitic skeletal features, which can also be caused by a magnesium deficiency.

Many studies have noted associations between mitral valve prolapse and migraines, another disorder closely linked to Mg deficits.

People with mitral valve prolapse also have significantly higher rates of keratoconus, another disorder that has also been linked to low magnesium levels, hyaluronic acid abnormalities and hypermobility.

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Muscle Contractures and Cramps

Tight, painful muscles are a primary factor in fibromyalgia.

Magnesium is needed to release muscle contractions. Without Mg, tensed muscles stay in a contracted state.

Mg supplementation is an established treatment for muscle cramps, as well as an established treatment for fibromyalgia.

Mg requirements rise during pregnancy.  Many women experience pregnancy induced leg cramps.  These cramps have been shown to be alleviated by magnesium therapy.

Also see my section on fibromyalgia diet.

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  Myopia

Altered levels of magnesium and other biochemicals have been found in patients with progressive myopia and other eye disorders.

Zinc has recently been found to be a treatment for myopia in some cases. See my section on zinc for more on this topic.

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Nystagmus

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Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

Mg deficiency has been linked to osteoporosis.

Mg deficiency induced in rats results in reduced bone growth, osteopenia (an underlying feature of rickets) and an increase in bone fragility. 

Mg supplementation has been shown to reduce bone turnover, a condition associated with osteoporosis.

Women with osteoporosis have been found to be Mg deficient.

Mitral valve prolapse is associated with scoliosis and pectus deformities, conditions that are known to occur in some cases as a result of Mg deficiencies.

Lowered bone densities, including osteoporosis, are a common finding Marfan syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.  All of these disorders have many other features associated with Mg deficiencies.
 
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Premature Birth

 
Maternal magnesium requirements rise during pregnancy. This would make it easier for mothers to develop a magnesium shortage during pregnancy, especially if they were low on magnesium before they became pregnant.

Magnesium sulfate is commonly administered to prevent preterm labor.  Perhaps magnesium sulfate works to prevent preterm labor because a shortage of maternal Mg is what is causing the early labor in the first place. 

Standard medical treatments for preterm birth, asthma and migraines are all magnesium sulfate.  Mg supplementation is a common treatment for mitral valve prolapse.  These condition often appear together in many chronic disorders.  Mg is a common link.

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Rachitic Skeletal Features

When test animals are fed diets deficient in magnesium, skeletal abnormalities resembling bone diseases (including osteoporosis) occur.

Betty Kamen and Si Kamen, writing in Osteoporosis: What it is, How to Prevent it, How to Stop it

Rachitic skeletal features are features that are associated with rickets or ricket-like conditions.  Rickets is a disorder that causes bones to soften due to a lack of calcification.  It has multiple causes, but it is most often attributed to a lack of calcium or vitamin D.  A lack of sunshine is a common cause of rickets, because our bodies make vitamin D when the sun shines on our skin.

Mg is a needed co-factor for vitamin D utilization, meaning that a lack of Mg can cause vitamin D to be unavailable to the body.  The result is that a Mg deficit could, in turn, cause vitamin D deficiency symptoms. Magnesium supplementation is sometimes needed to treat rickets that have not been responsive to vitamin D or calcium treatment.

A lack of Mg would provide a logical explanation of why mitral valve prolapse, pectus excavatum, scoliosis and other rachitic skeletal features commonly appear together. 

Mg deficiency induced in beagles resulted in abnormal changes in their joint cartilage.  The magnesium deficient beagles all had weakness in their legs and one dog's legs hyperextended to a 90 degree angle.  Hyperextended joints are a sign of several connective tissue disorders including Ehlers-Danlos and Marfan syndromes.

Pectus excavatum occurs in less than 1% of the population as a whole, but occurs in 20% of the patients with mitral valve prolapse, or at more the 20 times the expected rate if there was no underlying linkage.  Scoliosis has a strong connection to mitral valve prolapse as well, occurring in an estimated 2- 8% of the population as a whole, but in 55% of those with mitral valve prolapse.  My theory is that these conditions appear frequently together because they have the same underlying biochemical causes, and at least one of these causes is a Mg deficiency. 

Pectus excavatum and mitral valve prolapse frequently appear together, both in a wide variety of defined genetic syndromes, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Marfan syndrome, and as isolated features not linked to any genetic disorder.

Also see my sections on:

Pectus Excavatum And Rickets

Scoliosis, Nutrition and Exercise
 
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Scar Formation
 
Increased levels of Mg, along with other nutrients, has been found to improve the formation of scars.

Fetuses do not scar because of the high hyaluronic acid content of the amniotic fluid in the womb.  Hyaluronic acid is Mg dependent.
 
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Seizures

A link between panic disorders, mitral valve prolapse and seizures has been noted.  All three conditions are closely linked to Mg deficits.  All of these conditions have also been linked to connective tissue and many other chronic disorders.

Links have also been noted between migraines and epilepsy. Migraines are closely linked to Mg deficiencies.

In a study in Saudi Arabia, children with low serum Mg levels were found to have a high frequency of seizures. 

Researchers in Belgium note that magnesium depletion can cause a marked irritability of the nervous system, eventually resulting in epileptic seizures.

Researchers in Australia observed that sheep fed low Mg diets developed epileptic convulsions.

Often, when researcher want to study epilepsy, they use Mg deficient rats as models. 
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Re: Magnesium–The Miracle Mineral: Essential for Health and Detoxification
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Excellent information, Route!  Thanks!

MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY & SUDDEN DEATH

An athletic 20 year man is playing basketball and suddenly collapses on the court and dies.

On a hot July day, a young and vibrant college football player suddenly makes a great tackle and never gets up.. only to be pronounced dead 5 minutes later.

High School track runner dies after finishing second in a race.

The sad truth is 1 out of 50,000 young adults will fall victim to Sudden Death.

Most sudden deaths have been linked to a thickened, enlarged heart called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), or by a condition that disturbs the rhythm of the heart called an arrhythmia.

When one sweats, a significant amount of magnesium is lost. Magnesium is the most under-recognized electrolyte disorder in the U.S. Dr. Mildred Seelig, one of the country's leading authorities on magnesium suggests that 80%-90% of the population is deficient is magnesium

It is beyond the extent of this article why the public is being denied the truth of the seriousness of magnesium deficiency and sudden death. The amount of medical research could fill a book, but it is unfortunately being ignored.

According to Micheal A. Brodsky M.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of Medicine and the director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at the University of California.. mineral imbalances interfere with the heart's normal nerve function.

While most athletes have been conditioned to drink a potassium rich drink after sweating.. very few have been educated on the dangers of a magnesium deficiency. Dr. Brodsky states that arrhythmia therapy should focus on replenishing two key minerals: potassium and magnesium.

Almost all physicians have known for some time just how vital potassium is for normal heartbeat. Magnesium is an entirely different story, however. According to Carla Sueta M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and cardiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine "apparently, many doctors still don't realize how important a role this mineral can play in some heart patients. In fact, most never check the magnesium level. She has shown through her research that magnesium reduced the incidence of several types of ventricular arrhythmia by 53 to 76 percent.

Magnesium deficiency can be induced by the very drugs meant to help heart problems. Some types of diuretics (water pills) cause the body to excrete both magnesium and potassium, as does digitalis. And magnesium deficiency is often at the bottom of what's called refractory potassium deficiency. The amount of magnesium in the body determines the amount of a particular enzyme that determines the amount of potassium in the body," he explains. So if you are magnesium-deficient, you may in turn be potassium-deficient, and no amount of potassium is going to correct this unless you are also getting enough magnesium.

The Best Test To Determine Your Level of Magnesium

Although most physicians rarely check this important mineral, the few that do usually rely on test called Serum Magnesium. Unfortunately, this test only measures approximately 1% of the magnesium in your body.. a poor test at best. The "Gold Standard" and the most accurate test is the RBC Minerals or more commonly called Elemental Analysis in Packed Erythrocytes. This test examines the levels of eight minerals and seven toxic heavy metals. The erythrocyte is the red blood cell that floats in our serum to carry oxygen to our cells. The minerals this test analyzes from inside the red blood cell includes magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. Another test which has proven to be extremely valuable in detecting magnesium deficiencies is called the Urine Magnesium Loading Test. In this test, the patient collects a 24-hour urine sample and the total magnesium is measured. The patient is then given a dose Magnesium Chloride 18% and another 24-hour urine specimen is collected. The magnesium is again measured. If the body retains more than a certain amount of magnesium, then it is concluded that the body is magnesium deficient.

Common Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

The most common symptoms include back and neck pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, panic disorders, Raynaud's spastic vessels, arrhythmia, fatigue, eye twitches, vertigo, migraines.

Best Sources of Magnesium

The best way of insuring enough magnesium is to eat a variety of whole foods, including whole grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables, preferably food grown on naturally composted soil. The green color of green vegetables is due to chlorophyll, which is a molecule that contains magnesium. Avoid refined processed foods, especially white sugar and white flour products, as most magnesium is removed from them.

Dr. Grisanti's Comments:

If you are suffering with a heart problem and have not had your magnesium checked, then I want to urge you to have your physician order the two tests listed above. Unless you have proof that your magnesium is within normal levels, I want you to realize that you are playing with your health!

 

References

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2:Magnes Res 1994 Jun;7(2):145-53

3:Tzivoni, Dan, M.D. and Keren, Andre, M.D., "Suppression of Ventricular Arrhythmias by Magnesium", The American Journal of Cardiology, June 1, 1990;65:1397-1399.

4:Miner Electrolyte Metab 1993;19(4-5):323-36

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« Reply #28 on: December 28, 2010, 12:32:42 PM »
I think everyone should supplement with magnesium every day..along with other vitamins sucha s C especially

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« Reply #29 on: February 04, 2011, 05:47:54 PM »
This is some really useful information as usual. But when I went to the health shop to buy some Epsom salt on the container it said that it is not to be taken orally and is just for use in the bath.

It was quite expensive too, like £8.70 for about 20oz.

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« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2011, 09:29:44 PM »
This is some really useful information as usual. But when I went to the health shop to buy some Epsom salt on the container it said that it is not to be taken orally and is just for use in the bath.

It was quite expensive too, like £8.70 for about 20oz.


Hmm...that is weird.  The Epsom salt I get says right on the carton to use external and internal as directed.

It cost about $3.00 for about 20 oz.
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Here is the supplement I use, Magnesium Taurate



http://www.autismcoach.com/Magnesium%20Taurate.htm

Like the neurotransmitter, GABA, taurine has a calming effect on the brain, inhibiting the excitation of nerve cells.  GABA deficiencies are commonly found in children diagnosed with autism, migraines and/or ADD.  Taurine has been shown inhibit the firing of nerve cells and rectifies abnormal concentrations of glutamate.   Magnesium also blocks the excito-toxic effects of glutamate.  Magnesium plays an important role in the metabolic regulation of taurine and taurine can substitute for magnesium in the presence of magnesium deficiencies.

Both glutamate (found in monosodium glutamate - MSG) and aspartate (found in diet-pop sweetened with aspartame) are excito-toxins that can over-stimulate the firing of nerve cells in children whose brains do not produce enough of the calming neurotransmitter, GABA.   It is theorized by some autism researchers that the presence of mercury in the brain can inhibit the production of GABA.  When not enough GABA is present, these excito-toxins over-stimulate the nerves, resulting in stunting and/or killing off of nerve cells. 

A typical physical reaction to excito-toxins could be a child becoming extremely hyperactive upon ingesting the excito-toxin for several hours, followed by one or more days of lethargy an/or regression.    Using the magnesium-taurine complex may help normalize this hyperexcitiability, protecting the brain's nerve cells. 

Needless to say, children within the autism spectrum should avoid products that contain excito-toxins, such as (MSG (labelled on foods as MSG, monosodium Glutamate, Modified Food Starch, and can be hidden within the catch-all ingredient, "Natural Flavorings").  Also any foods containing aspartame, such as diet pop should avoided. 


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« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2011, 07:17:18 AM »
I went on Amazon (one of the best places on earth to buy anything from, no exaggeration) and they had some for a much more reasonable price. But tomorrow (Monday) I’m going to call off at some pharmacies, maybe they’ll have some in stock.

I think I’d rather go with the Epsom salt rather than the supplements. I think the more natural things are always the better option. Plus salt dissolved in water has got to be the most absorbable thing. But thank you for the suggestion.

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« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2011, 08:32:43 AM »
It's also very effective at lighting Thermate

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« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2011, 12:47:24 PM »
I haven't seen it mentioned here, but Magnesium is THE BEST cure for occasional constipation. All it takes is 700 mg. and within 24 hours you will be regular again. It's very gentle on the system and works like a charm every time.

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« Reply #34 on: February 08, 2011, 11:09:02 AM »
I was looking on a health board and one lady was writing that taking Epsom salt or any magnesium supplement can lead to a potassium deficiency. So was just wondering if anyone else has heard about this.

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« Reply #35 on: February 08, 2011, 11:46:52 AM »
I was looking on a health board and one lady was writing that taking Epsom salt or any magnesium supplement can lead to a potassium deficiency. So was just wondering if anyone else has heard about this.

Ruthy,

I have never heard that.  Usually if you have a magnesium deficiency you have a potassium and calcium deficiency as well.  I think it is good to eat (daily) these things rather than taking supplements.

Foods rich in potassium-- fruits, vegetables and fish-- apricots, avocados and bananas as good sources of potassium.

A good source of magnesium in foods--green leafy vegetables, nuts, and beans-- raw broccoli, almonds, black beans, and whole grain bread.

Calcium rich foods--cheese, yogurt and milk as good sources of calcium.
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« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2011, 03:43:09 PM »
I started taking an oral magnesium powder supplement about a month ago.  My sleep and over all feeling of well being has been gradually improving.  Just a few days ago I ordered some magnesium citrate spray (mag oil) from Amazon and then also ordered the mag citrate salts so I could make my own. 

In the interim as I wait for my order I bought some epson salts and took a good hot bath monday and also made a solution for a spray bottle.  The last couple days I have felt a big difference and have slept exceptionally well.  I'm convinced it's due to the magnesium and can hardly wait for my orders to get here.
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« Reply #37 on: February 16, 2011, 04:25:49 PM »
I started taking an oral magnesium powder supplement about a month ago.  My sleep and over all feeling of well being has been gradually improving.  Just a few days ago I ordered some magnesium citrate spray (mag oil) from Amazon and then also ordered the mag citrate salts so I could make my own. 

In the interim as I wait for my order I bought some epson salts and took a good hot bath monday and also made a solution for a spray bottle.  The last couple days I have felt a big difference and have slept exceptionally well.  I'm convinced it's due to the magnesium and can hardly wait for my orders to get here.

That is great!  I take magnesium taurate and I have seen an overall difference in my heart palpitations that I would get.  I also sleep better at night too.  I love hot epson salt baths too!
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« Reply #38 on: February 18, 2011, 12:33:58 AM »
I've been researching a natural way to alleviate my son's ADHD. I read that 95% of children that suffer from ADHD have a magnesium deficiency. (I think we all do actually) I ran out to Whole Foods and immediately purchased a bottle of liquid magnesium w/calcium and let him drink one tablespoon approx. 2 hours before bed. That would be around 250mg. First noticable sign of improvement is, he fell asleep within 15 to 30 min!!! Usually he's tossing for an hour or more. Fluke? Maybe. Tomorrow I should have a better idea when I put his focus to the test. I'm eager to hear from his teacher of any improvement also in the coming days. It was so bad, she informed me via email "his lack of focus and concentration is getting worse".  It is a daily struggle with him to get him to do minor things without him getting distracted and forgetting what he was suppose to be doing. I truly hope the magnesium will help him.  Will post follow up.

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« Reply #39 on: February 18, 2011, 12:42:30 AM »
I started taking an oral magnesium powder supplement about a month ago.  My sleep and over all feeling of well being has been gradually improving.  Just a few days ago I ordered some magnesium citrate spray (mag oil) from Amazon and then also ordered the mag citrate salts so I could make my own. 

In the interim as I wait for my order I bought some epson salts and took a good hot bath monday and also made a solution for a spray bottle.  The last couple days I have felt a big difference and have slept exceptionally well.  I'm convinced it's due to the magnesium and can hardly wait for my orders to get here.

You can Magnesium citrate at WalMart. It's a laxative and I've read it's the best form of magnesium. Go to the laxatives and you'll see a clear bottle with a gold cap with Magnesium citrate as the name on the label. Oral solution. Cheep too, like less than 2 bucks with tax. It's 1.745 grams per ounce. 10 ounces total in the bottle.
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