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Got Sufficient Magnesium?

How do can you tell whether you are magnesium deficient? What to do if you're magnesium deficient?

Date:   10/25/2014 6:46:05 AM   ( 9 y ) ... viewed 1378 times

June 24, 2018 - "Drug Testing for Hypertension Patients" By: Carolyn Dean MD ND -

A recent Medscape article made me wonder if doctors know they are being cast in the role of Big Brother for drug companies. The article is titled “Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients and Doctors.”[8]

It seems that a simple urine test will be able to tell your doctor whether or not you are taking your BP meds. And then what? You’ll probably get a lecture that you are being irresponsible because you could die without these drugs. Of course the doctor doesn’t know that for a fact but they give BP meds to prevent high BP that can cause a stroke. OK, sounds like a good reason, but we also know that magnesium deficiency can be mistaken for high BP and we further know that BP meds cause more magnesium deficiency.

So, doctors are treating the symptom, not the cause, which is magnesium deficiency. And they are so convinced that they are right that they are using three BP drugs at the initial diagnosis! I wrote about this in a recent blog called “Three Antihypertensives Instead of Magnesium.” Doctors have long known that giving a diuretic doesn’t work for high BP anymore – the BP is worse on the next visit. So, why wait to give a calcium channel blocker and an ACE inhibitor? But what my readers know is that a diuretic causes more magnesium deficiency and worsening of BP and a calcium channel blocker is a poor substitute for magnesium, which is a natural blocker. Unfortunately after these three drugs are taken for only a matter of months a patient’s cholesterol and blood sugar become elevated necessitating another 3 or 4 drugs!

Even worse, the article touting “Triple Low-Dose Combo Pill a Success in Hypertension” presented with great fanfare at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2018 Annual Scientific Session only dropped the systolic BP by a paltry 9 points (mm Hg) and the diastolic by an even lower 5 points (mm Hg).

In my blog, I compared these results to a 2013 paper written by a friend of mine, Andrea Rosanoff PhD. She ran a meta analysis of trials using magnesium for high blood pressure. She found a reduction in systolic BP of 18.7 points and diastolic of 10.9 – twice the reduction of the three drug combo. But you’re not going to see her results shouted from the rooftops of a cardiology conference that’s sponsored by drug companies.

Instead, doctors are going to brow beat their patients with results from a urine drug test and tell them they are lying about taking their meds and they are going to die. I agree that high BP is not to be taken lightly and we never tell people to come off their meds. But what we do say is that if their high BP is related to magnesium deficiency, then take magnesium and see whether their borderline BP, even while on meds, becomes normal. At that point any sane doctor will help them wean off their meds because they are no longer needed.

Unfortunately extremely damaging psychological effects of being told by a health professional that you are going to die are now embedded in a person’s psyche. It’s what we in Total Biology call a conflict of diagnosis. Such trauma can make a person anxious and contribute to the white coat syndrome that might be the original stressful reason for their high BP in the first place. ...[7]

February 24, 2018 - Blood Used as a Diagnostic Tool -

Dr. Carolyn Dean has said medical doctors do not have the extent of knowledge required to determine magnesium insufficiency and that the typical blood tests are in adequate for determining magnesium levels in the cells. "The typical blood tests" are made under a light intensity that kills the blood cells and therefore what these tests are is a blood corpse analysis. How about Live Blood Analysis? This is something I wish to research and this post can be my first reference toward that!

Edgar Cayce predicted the use of blood as a diagnostic tool in 1927! -

"During the course of a physical reading given for one individual, the reading foresaw future medical advancements that might make diagnosis from a drop of blood a possibility. The reading was given in 1927, at the time when the prediction would have been considered the makings of science fiction:

'For, as is seen, there is no condition existent in a body that the reflection of same may not be traced in the blood supply, for not only does the blood stream carry the rebuilding forces to the body, it also takes the used forces and eliminates same through their proper channels in the various portions of the system. Hence we find red blood, white blood and lymph all carried in the veins. These are only separated by the very small portions that act as builders, strainers, destroyers, or resuscitating portions of the system – see? Hence there is ever seen in the blood stream the reflections or evidences of that condition being carried on in the physical body. The day may yet arrive when one may take a drop of blood and diagnose the condition of any physical body...'".[4]

November 5, 2017 -

I experience deep gratitude upon hearing of all the relief that people are getting from all of their previous symptoms that were consequential to their magnesium deficiencies! Dr. Carolyn Dean has an archive of podcasts that include live call-ins.[3]

October 25, 2014 -

I'm suspecting that my body may possibly be low in magnesium with some loss of appetite and occasional numbness. I use to have organic green leafy vegetables in my diet on a daily basis up till about a year ago. But lately it has been very rare. I am going to "call" some vegetables back into my diet! However, I will not just "call any vegetable"! They must be fresh, organically grown and local. Fortunately these vegetables are always available here in home-sweet-home San Diego!

Just discovered that: "... there's no lab test that will give an accurate reading of the magnesium status in your tissues. Only 1 percent of magnesium in your body is distributed in your blood, which makes a simple blood sample highly inaccurate.

That's why most doctors who rely on blood tests for magnesium, as opposed to looking for signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency, will frequently miss an important diagnosis.

If you suspect you are low in magnesium, the best way to consume this mineral is through organically bound magnesium, which is found in organic green, leafy vegetables.

Other foods high in magnesium are:

Rice, wheat or oat bran
Dried herbs
Squash pumpkin and watermelon seeds
Dark chocolate cocoa powder
Flax and sesame seeds
Brazil nuts
Sunflower seeds
Almonds, mixed nuts, pine nuts"[1]

May 20, 2017 -

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[6] 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.[2]

March 15, 2018 - More Insight Into Migraine and Heart Disease From Dr. Carolyn Dean -

"... In non-menopausal women, estrogen rises before the period, causing a shift of blood magnesium into bone and muscle. As a result, magnesium levels in the brain are lowered.

∙ When magnesium is low, it is unable to do its job to counteract the clotting action of calcium on the blood. Tiny blood clots are said to clog up brain blood vessels, leading to migraines. Several other substances that help create blood clots are increased when magnesium is too low.

∙ Similarly magnesium inhibits excess platelet aggregation, preventing the formation of tiny clots that can block blood vessels and cause pain.

∙ Low brain magnesium promotes neurotransmitter hyperactivity and nerve excitation that can lead to headaches..."[5]

See Additional Blogs:

"'The Chemistry of Man' & Dr. Weston A. Price" - Nutritional balancing.":



[2] Material excerpted from Dean, Carolyn. The Miracle of Magnesium (Ballantine Books: New York, NY, 2014.



[5] "Magnesium Deficiency Links Migraine & Heart Disease":

[6] Wintergreen Oil - A More Natural Alternative to Aspirin -

Wintergreen Oil is probably the most recognized scent in pain relief balms. ... it is also effective in relieving arthritis pain, joint stiffness, muscle spasms, and inflammation.

The primary active ingredient in wintergreen oil is methyl salicylate (MS), which is essentially natural aspirin combined with tremendous skin penetration potential. How great is that potential? A 2008 study published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy actually compared the ability of topically applied MS to inhibit systemic platelet aggregation VS oral dosing of aspirin.(i) (Note: oral acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) is the primary antiplatelet therapy in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndrome in use today.) The study found no significant difference in thromboxane levels after supplementation with oral aspirin or topical MS. As the study concluded, topical wintergreen oil and oral aspirin both significantly decrease platelet aggregation in healthy human volunteers. And if that's not enough, a study published in Clinical Therapeutics found that a single, 8-hour application of a patch containing methyl salicylate and l-menthol provided significant relief of pain associated with mild to moderate muscle strain in adult patients.(ii)

(i)Tanen DA, Danish DC, Reardon JM, et al. " Comparison of oral aspirin versus topical applied methyl salicylate for platelet inhibition." Ann Pharmacother. 2008 Oct;42(10):1396-401.
(ii). Higashi Y, Kiuchi T, Furuta K. "Efficacy and safety profile of a topical methyl salicylate and menthol patch in adult patients with mild to moderate muscle strain: a randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, multicenter study." Clin Ther. 2010 Jan;32(1):34-43.




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