Magnesium for Asthma

February 24, 2013

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) is having their annual meeting this month to tackle the causes and treatments of asthma and allergy. There will be more than 850 presentations of so-called original research at this meeting. And you can be sure nobody is going to speak about the role of magnesium deficiency in asthma.

Extremely annoying and frustrating and unfathomable is that the number of speakers is far more than the audience of most alternative medicine meetings. Thousands will attend this meeting and those of all the other medical specialties; they represent big business for the drug industry,

With the recent flu going around, which was more like a bad cold with cough and fever, is going to leave a lot of people wheezing and their doctors are going to immediately diagnose asthma. Wheezing can be triggered by many things, including a cough, but usually that only occurs if the bronchial tube muscles are deficient in magnesium!

Here are some words I wrote about asthma in The Magnesium Miracle.

Research shows that many patients with asthma and other bronchial diseases are low on magnesium. Many drugs used in the treatment of asthma (bronchodilators, steroids, beta blockers) cause a loss of magnesium, only making symptoms worse. Patients treated with simple magnesium supplementation report marked improvement in their symptoms.

Both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency. Calcium causes contraction in skeletal muscle fibers, and magnesium causes relaxation. When there is too much calcium and insufficient magnesium inside a cell, you can get sustained muscle contraction: twitches, spasms, and even convulsions.

Smooth muscles directed by too much calcium and insufficient magnesium can tighten the bronchial tract, causing asthma; cause cramping in the uterus and painful periods; and cause spasms in blood vessels, resulting in hypertension.

Allergies are created when inhaled chemicals and toxins irritate the mucous membranes of the nasal passages. They can trigger symptoms of asthma, which is made worse by magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is an excellent treatment for asthma because it is a bronchodilator and an antihistamine, naturally reducing histamine levels in the body. It has a calming effect on the muscles of the bronchial tubes and the whole body.

Certainly, drug therapy for asthma can often be lifesaving; drugs, however, are not curative. You have to eliminate the underlying cause of asthma and replace magnesium to fully treat this condition.

Besides magnesium, I recommend using a Neti Pot to help clear the sinuses and eliminate the post nasal drip after a cold or flu.

Above all, don’t accept a diagnosis of asthma before investigating magnesium treatment. To find out more: Go to the non-profit site, Nutritional Magnesium Association. Join the Magnesium Advocacy Group on Facebook where people interested in magnesium share questions and answers. Buy my book The Magnesium Miracle and get several copies for friends and your doctor!

For validation of magnesium deficiency, you can obtain a RBC Magnesium test at Request-A-Test. It’s not quite as accurate as an ionized magnesium test and the range of values is inaccurate but it’s better than a serum magnesium test. A level below 6mg/dl indicates magnesium deficiency.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

RESOURCES: Along the borders and in the links of my web site you can find my books, writings, and my call-in radio show. Email your questions to: questions@drcarolyndeanlive.com.

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