Diet and Dementia

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Monday, October 4, 2010

The following reader responded to my article Just Stay No to Drugs. She told me a very inspiring story about her mother that I want to share with you.

She said “I’m my mom’s caregiver. She has what we believe to be Lewy Body Dementia, which gives her intense hallucinations if I don’t feed her real foods.

She is not on any pharma drugs. All of them tend to make her hallucinate more and have difficult behaviors.. One’s that can scare me.

Since I’ve been caring for her she eats only real food, no preservatives and limited dairy (she’s Italian and loves cheese.). No gluten. Nothing white, including potatoes. I’ve modified how I cook.

And the result is that she’s lost 100 pounds, is off all insulin, no longer has sleep apnea and her outrageous blood pressure is under control. My demented mother has come alive with food as medicine, a good Naturopath and supplements. (The magnesium recommendation has been an awesome addition for both my mom and me.)

She also gets acupuncture twice a week and through all this she has discovered a passion for dancing. She dances for her hallucinations. She’s happy and lives at home with me and my family.

Thanks Dr. Dean for your blogs and sharing what you have learned. You encourage me to know that I’m on the right track with my mom and not to believe most of her regular doctors who say things like, ‘Hmmm… she’s not on any pharma meds? She needs to be on something.’

One day Blue Cross Blue Shield even called. They asked me what I did to get my mother off all her drugs. She had been one of those expensive patients who cost them thousands every month.

Hopefully people will understand that the secret to good health is in their backyards with plants that they grow themselves. This experience with my mom has also taught me that it’s never too late to take care of our bodies.”

This correspondence is a perfect validation of how a natural food diet, supplements and the right attitude can have a tremendous effect even in extreme conditions like dementia!

Don’t know where to start? For your own program, join my Future Health Now! Online Wellness Program at a mere $10.00 a month.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

PS. I apologize in advance to people who write me to ask me health questions. I will no longer be able to answer them. I am working on cloning myself and when that process is complete I will then be able to answer the 100+ emails I get each day …along with writing my Future Health Now! modules, running my website, writing books and doing telephone consultations.

Should Kids Take Magnesium?

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Friday, October 1, 2010

Should kids take magnesium? Duh!! Of course they should. Kids can benefit immensely from getting enough magnesium in their amazing little bodies.

Let me give you an edited excerpt from my Magnesium Miracle book to set the stage.

“It’s not just adults who get anxious because of magnesium-deficient diets. Our children are also susceptible when their favorite foods are magnesium-deficient hot dogs, pizza, and soda. The stress in their lives – from peer pressure, academic and athletic performance pressures, worries about body image, the changes and hormonal fluctuations of puberty, exposure to negative events and violence through the media – also contributes. Even playing in a band (because of the loud noise) can be a risk factor! ADHD, autism, juvenile delinquency, and childhood depression are associated with magnesium deficiency, and some say these conditions can be caused by it.”

My favorite experience with kids and magnesium is in the ADHD and autism world. These kids can’t sleep, are constipated, experience twitching and spasming, irritability and moodiness – all symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Within days of taking magnesium, these kids are different. They are no longer constipated, they sleep better, they are calmer and more enjoyable to be with. It’s truly a miracle.

As for the safety of magnesium – there is no build up of magnesium in the body. If there is “too much” then they get the laxative effect which takes magnesium out of the body. But, don’t give a day’s worth of magnesium all at once. Spread it out. The best forms of magnesium for kids are:

1. Magnesium Citrate Powder: You can find a powdered drink mix called Kids Calm at most health food stores. Add to water for a fizzy drink sweetened with organic stevia. For kids, the dosage begins at 1 tsp twice per day. You can get it half price online at www.vitacost.com.

2. Magnesium Oil (2 ounces) or magnesium Flakes (2 cups) in a bath. When magnesium is absorbed through the skin this way it has very little laxative effect. It’s supersaturated magnesium chloride in distilled water. Or you can dilute the magnesium oil by half and spray all over you child’s body and then in a half hour shower it off. You can get both forms of magnesium at LL’s Magnetic Clay. While you’re at it get some Clay and put that in the bath to help with the detoxification process.

See my Resources Page for all the forms of magnesium I recommend and why. Click on my Magnesium Miracle book and purchase it from Amazon.com. And if you want a quick and inexpensive primer on magnesium – pick up my eBook, How to Change Your Life with Magnesium.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

How I Found Magnesium

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Tuesday, September 28, 2010

An appreciative reader wrote recently about my very favorite mineral, magnesium.

“Dr. Dean, I just wanted to say thanks for bringing the value of magnesium supplementation to light. It has really changed my life.

I think that for years I had magnesium deficiency and was always having muscle cramps and twitches in my feet. I was also super keyed up (with an anxious nervous system) and at one point developed “hyperventilation syndrome”. When I saw that that is linked to magnesium deficiency I knew I was on the right track with supplementation.

I feel 1000% better than I have ever felt in my life due to magnesium. I am calm and clear for the first time in my life, and finish things I start. My muscle twitching and cramping episodes are almost all gone, and I no longer have agonizing menstrual cramps.

Thanks again Dr. Dean, you are brilliant for recognizing the holistic benefits of magnesium.”

Here’s how I did it. A dear friend of mine arranged a meeting with a Random House editor in 1999 so I could pitch a book I was writing with my Chinese Medicine teacher. The editor had just signed a similar book so my offer was rejected. However, she had just had a beneficial experience with magnesium and asked me if I would write a book on magnesium.

I thought, how bizarre, a whole book on one mineral. But I did some research and realized that the meager amount of magnesium I was taking was not enough because I had several symptoms of magnesium deficiency myself. Heart palpitations, crippling Charlie horse cramps at night and trouble sleeping.

My learning curve continued but it wasn’t until the second edition of The Magnesium Miracle that I found non-laxative forms of magnesium. I found that I required so much magnesium that I would get a laxative effect when I took too much by mouth. What I do instead is spray myself all over with magnesium after my morning walk and air dry. Then after about a half hour, I take my shower. And for oral magnesium, I use the angstrom form.

See my resources page for the several forms of magnesium I recommend and why. Click on my Magnesium Miracle book and purchase it from Amazon.com. And if you want a quick and inexpensive primer on magnesium – pick up my eBook, How to Change Your Life with Magnesium.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Monday, September 27, 2010

What got me riled up enough to write this blog is a Medscape article titled “Physicians With Healthier Habits More Likely to Counsel Patients About Lifestyle.”

Research published in the journal “Preventive Cardiology” said that “Both attending and trainee physicians report low confidence in their ability to change patients’ lifestyles through counseling, although those who engage in regular exercise and better training in counseling techniques seem to be more effective in counseling patients.”

The report went on to say that “The ability of health care providers to counsel patients regarding lifestyle factors that prevent obesity, [coronary heart disease (CHD)], and CHD risk factors is imperative. However, counseling by physicians is not well studied and is thought to be variable in both frequency and efficacy.”

So, here’s this whole journal dedicated to “PREVENTIVE Cardiology” and they are outright admitting that doctors can’t help patients prevent obesity and other risk factors for heart disease. Lord Suffering Cats! Do you get the absolute irony here? We’re really screwed now! And what do they want to do with this chilling revelation? Study it some more!!!

In medical school I was taught to diagnose disease and treat symptoms with drugs. Preventive medicine took the form of testing for disease – not preventing disease. Every attempt to diagnose disease earlier results in the use of more drugs. Look at high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The “normal” values of each are set lower and lower so that drugs can be prescribed earlier.

So, once again, while science tries to study why doctors can’t or won’t counsel patients on lifestyle, I refer to my ongoing recommendation for you to take charge of your own health. Hopefully you’re beginning to understand that your doctor is NOT going to do it for you.

I know that improving your lifestyle is difficult. Most people wait until they get sick to make changes. And I’m not trying to scare you into doing what I tell you. I just want to help you stay well and not have to take prescription drugs.

To be clear, I don’t think health is simply about supplements. I don’t sell supplements partly because it gives people the impression that all you need to do is pop a pill for health. But I do sell information in books like my Future Health Now Encyclopedia and in my Future Health Now online wellness program. My philosophy is, “Why sell people “fish” when you can teach them how to fish for themselves?” As far as I can see there is nothing fishy in this message!

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

Treating Toenail Fungus

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Monday, September 27, 2010

You don’t think this is an interesting topic? Think again! I was amazed to learn that more than half of everyone over the age of 70 suffers from toenail fungus. Younger people are far from immune. You can even end up with toenail fungus when you have a pedicure! Yes, I can see that you’ll now be compelled to stare at your neighbor’s toes at every opportunity.

To identify toenail fungus, it’s not mushrooms you’re looking for but yucky, thickened, stinky, discolored toenails that seem almost impossible to cure. They can occur when fungus gains a foothold (grin) through minor cuts or bruises. Ill-fitting shoes can irritate your toes and cause the nail to separate from the nail bed and allow infection to become embedded.

OK, enough of what it is. What can you do about it? Fungus grows on dead matter, including dead skin and nails so it’s a matter of keeping your cells alive and healthy and not giving any indication of dying.

Here’s my favorite way to fight nail fungus.

Soak your feet in 2 cups of magnesium flakes or Epsom salts in just enough hot water to cover the tops of your feet. This solution can be reused three or four times. I know, that sounds gross, but magnesium is a pretty strong antibacterial/antifungal treatment. Do this soak every one to two days. You can also blend up some of the clay I’ve been recommending for detox and put it in your soaks.

At night drop 6 drops of Nascent iodine on the toenail or toenails in question. Of course, you’ll have orange toenails, but they’re the rage anyway. Using iodine this way will also create some absorption in your body that can only be beneficial.

Magnesium flakes, Nascent iodine and Clay are all available at LL’s Magnetic Clay.

Just so you know, it takes nails grow an average of 1 cm every 100 day, which means toenails may take a year to grow out! So, we’re talking a long-term commitment of several months to get rid of your toenail fungus naturally. But it’s often the best option since the antifungal drugs that you would have to take otherwise can be pretty nasty.

For tips and strategies on over 130 conditions go to my eBook Future Health Now Encyclopedia.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

Your Future Is Now!

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Since I don’t often do a “hard sell” on my Future Health Now! program I love it when members share their enthusiasm about it and allow me to pass it on to other readers.

A member recently wrote: “I just wanted to tell you how happy I have been with the wealth of information you share in this program. I don’t e-mail you very often regarding your weekly posts but I do really appreciate all that I have gained from you. I will admit that at first I was a bit hesitant to subscribe to the Future Health Now program because I have been studying nutrition for a long time now. (Not formally studying it but it has always been an interest of mine). I certainly don’t claim to know it all but I do know a lot. But, as with many things in life, just when you think you have heard it all, you learn otherwise.

My family is quite aware of who you are. They joke all the time about what “new thing” we are going to start eating, bathing with, drinking, supplementing, or incorporating into our lives. My son said just the other day, “Let me guess…Dr. Dean told you about that!” Yes, you are part of the family now!

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how appreciative I am of you. I believe, without question, that my health has improved significantly since starting the program. I sleep like a log now versus barely getting 3 hours of sleep per night just 6 months ago. I also have a much better overall understanding of health. You are a very good teacher and am thankful that you are so willing to share your knowledge.”

When I asked if I could quote from her email, she responded with a very insightful reply. “Sure, you can quote me. I think people do need a nudge but they also need to know for sure that you are legitimate. As you have said so many times in your posts, there is so much misinformation out there about health as well as research done to purposefully support a particular theory that it is very hard to know who or what to trust. And asking people to make a financial commitment via the internet with someone they have never met before can sometimes scream scam! But if anything I have said helps people know that you and your program can be trusted please share it! Health is also my passion as well and I am here to find out the truth not the latest fad.”

Take the plunge and join Future Health Now! today.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

Funky Fungal Feet

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Monday, September 20, 2010

I recently received a question about Athlete’s Foot AKA Funky Fungal Feet. Here’s an excerpt on treating this condition naturally from my Future Health Now Encyclopedia.

Athlete’s foot is a very common condition caused by a fungus that lives on the skin. Warm, dark, damp environments, antibiotics, and a high sugar diet encourage fungal growth. People in tropical climates are more prone to this infection, but sweaty footgear and walking barefoot in spa and sports facility showers are common causes in North America.

In the acute stage, fungal skin infections may blister and crack and discharge clear liquid. When the infection is acute, keep the area dry and uncovered between soaks. Most often it is characterized by chronic irritation and annoying itchiness.

Clay footbaths: Soak every night or at least every two nights for 15-20 minutes. Directions: Put 1/8th cup of clay in 1 quart of hot water along with one tablespoon of sea salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Spin in a blender to mix and pour into a basis to soak your feet. Source: LL’s Magnetic Clay.

Another remedy is La Pacho or Taheebo tea. Gently boil 3 tablespoons in 1 quart of water for 1 hour. Soak for 15-20 minutes. You can rotate the clay soak one night and the La Pacho the next.

After soaking, apply antifungal cream or lotion. There are many over‐the‐counter medications that can be used two or three times a day but must be continued for at least four weeks. Preparations available in health food stores include powerful antifungals like wild oregano oil, tea tree oil and garlic oil.

After soaking your feet, scrub them to remove any dead skin that can harbor the fungus, and dry them well ‐ perhaps even with a hair dryer. Clay powder helps trap fungus spores, dries athlete’s foot blisters and keeps your feet dry inside your shoes. After soaking your feet, powder with the same clay you soaked in. Dust ½ teaspoon of clay powder directly inside your shoes and wear cotton socks.

Susceptibility to athlete’s foot may be due to an overgrowth of yeast. Treatment for yeast includes avoiding sugar, wheat, dairy, and alcohol for a period of time to starve the yeast in the gastrointestinal tract.

Before you email and ask I’ll be doing a blog called Toenail Fungal Cures very soon. In the meantime, be sure and purchase your own copy of my Future Health Now Encyclopedia so you have all the remedies you could possibly require for over 130 ailments.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

The Future of Medicine

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Thursday, September 16, 2010

According to a September 3, 2010 report by the CDC on WebMD, Prescription Drug Use on the Rise in U.S. and the trend shows no signs of slowing. Here’s my edited version of that article with the reference url below.

This is the awful truth:

1. “The percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription drug rose from 43.5% in 1999-2000 to 48.3% in the 2007-2008 period.

2. The use of two or more drugs increased from 25.4% to 31.2% over the same decade, and the use of five or more prescription medications jumped from 6.3% to 10.7%.

In the 2007-2008 period:
• One of every five children and nine out of 10 older Americans reported using at least one prescription drug in the month prior to being surveyed.
• 22.4% of kids up to age 11 used at least one prescription drug.
• 29.9% of young people 12-19 used at least one prescription drug.
• 48.3% of people between 20 and 59 used at least one prescription medication.
• 88.4% of Americans age 60 and over used at least one prescription drug, more than 76% used two or more prescription drugs in the past month, and 37% used five or more.

Prescription drug use increased with age; women are more likely to use such medications than men, 53.3% to 43.2%, and the non-Hispanic white population had the highest prescription drug use at 54.3%, compared to 42% of black non-Hispanics and 33.9% of Mexican-Americans.

The CDC also says that:
• People with a regular place for health care were 2.7 times as likely to have used prescription drugs in the past month compared to those without the benefit.
• People with health insurance were about twice as likely to have used at least one prescription medication in the past month as those without health insurance.
• People with prescription drug benefits in their health insurance plans were 22% more likely to use prescription medications than those who did not have that benefit.

According to the 2007-2008 data, the most commonly used drugs were:
• Among kids under age 6, penicillin antibiotics were the most frequently used prescription drugs.
• Bronchodilators for children up to age 11.
• Central nervous system stimulants (like Ritilin) for youths 12-19.
• Antidepressants for people 20-59.
• Cholesterol-lowering drugs for adults 60 and older.
• The report says diuretics and beta-blockers were commonly used in adults and older Americans.

Do you get the irony that people who have a doctor and health insurance aren’t healthier, they just take more drugs? When I went to medical school over 30 years ago, drugs were for short term use only; they weren’t meant to be taken as preventives.

Do you now see why I want every one of you to join Future Health Now! so you can learn to stay healthy? A $1,000 a month health insurance policy may help you if you need hospitalization but it’s my $10.00 a month Future Health Now! program that can keep you from getting sick.


Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

Magnesium and Sex

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I wanted to put Sexy Magnesium as the title for this blog but then the spam filters would go really crazy and nobody would get to see this very important bit of advice.

A reader asked me if I thought magnesium had any effect on sex. As it happens, I’ve gotten a number of emails from satisfied magnesium users who say it’s improved their orgasmability. Yup, that’s a new word. Or we could call it giz-gasm like granny does on Squidbillies.

One reader said that when she takes magnesium before sex it stimulates a stronger orgasm. Another found that magnesium allows her to have her first orgasms. She’s pretty happy with that.

How does it work? Magnesium increases circulation, relaxes muscles and can be very calming – all the prerequisites for having a good sex life. Or, at least, some of them!

That’s right, run, don’t walk to your nearest magnesium outlet and start enjoying yourself. If I can’t get you to take magnesium for your insomnia, muscle cramps, heart palpitations, angina and headaches maybe I can get you interested in your giz-gasms.

Magnesium Recommendations
Magnesium Citrate Powder. You can find a powdered drink mix at most health food stores called Natural Calm or online at www.vitacost.com. Add to water for a fizzy soda-like drink sweetened with organic stevia. The dosage is 1 tsp – 1 TBSP once or twice per day. This form can give the laxative effect so space your doses throughout the day.

Magnesium dimalate is the preferred form if you just want to pop a tablet. Jigsaw Magnesium w/ SRT is a sustained-release magnesium with improved absorption and less laxative effect. The dosage is 4-6 tablets a day.

Magnesium Oil is a non-laxative form of magnesium. It’s a combination of supersaturated magnesium chloride in distilled water. Oil, gel and cream forms are available. The cream form is unique and has a less sticky feel on the skin and you can leave it on all day. It will absorb through the skin into your tissues. A good source is LL’s Magnetic Clay.

Angstrom Liquid Magnesium
is the form I use personally to avoid the laxative effect. It’s absorbed 100% at the cellular level. Minerals enter cells through channels 5 angstroms wide (about 5 billionth of a meter). We normally rely on plants to break magnesium down to this size but some companies use a process that breaks magnesium down to 5 angstroms. In my experience 72 mg of angstrom magnesium has the same beneficial effect as 5-10 times the other forms of magnesium, which means 360-720mg with no laxative effect and with a stronger beneficial effect. My current angstrom mineral recommendation is HealthShop101.

If you want more details on magnesium and sex, you can find case histories in my online eBook How To Change Your Life With Magnesium. It’s only $5.00, the price of a mocha latte cappuccino!

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author

Tuesday September 14, 2010 Giveaway

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Monday, September 13, 2010

This is a repeat post. Because “there is no time” I mistakenly sent out this post last week instead of Tuesday September 14. In fact, I sent it out on Saturday, a day that I don’t usually post. Maybe I was in a parallel world!

The first giveaway is good for one year. The second, for only two days around September 14, 2010.

The folks at HealthShop101, my current recommended source for angstrom magnesium, are offering my readers a coupon worth 5% off your angstrom mineral purchases. The coupon is good for one whole year until September 11, 2011. Just put 1284141855 in the shopping cart at checkout. I personally use the Morning Basics, The Evening Basics along with extra magnesium.

The second giveaway is from my friend, dermatologist and anti-aging pioneer Dr. Nicholas Perricone. He’s releasing his latest book, Forever Young, on September 14, 2010. In Forever Young, Dr. Perricone talks about the science of nutrigenomics for glowing, wrinkle-free skin and radiant health at any age.

To celebrate his book release I’ve partnered with Dr. Perricone to create a Swag Bag full of exclusive offers and gifts worth over $400 that you can receive just for purchasing Forever Young within 48 hours of the official release date of September 14, 2010. Purchase must be made between 12:01 AM PST September 14 2010- 11:59 PM PST September 16, 2010.

Here’s the Swag. Just click. The swag bag includes a free sample of My Future Health Now! online Wellness Program.

I’m in great company with my friend Theresa Tapp the fitness expert and author of Fit and Fabulous. And Mary Shomon the thyroid expert with her 10 Secrets of Hormone Balance After 40. There are also free products from Dr. Perricone, Atria Publishing and discount offers from companies that you will recognize from some of Dr. Perricone’s other books: Vital Choice, Eggology and Mushroom Wisdom.

How Do I Get the Goodies? It’s simple. Just buy Forever Young, (which you were probably going to do anyway) September 14-16 from Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Booksamillion.com or Borders.com and send your receipt to swagbag@perriconemd.com and within 24 hours you will receive the code to unlock the swag Dr.’s bag so that you can start reaping all the benefits of these wonderful offers.

Because I sent this post out last week some Canadian readers asked me how they could participate. So I was able to get in touch with Dr. Perricone’s people to find out that they will honor anyone’s receipts purchased through amazon.ca and your free product will be sent to you in Canada.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Doctor of the FutureCarolyn Dean M.D. ND, EzineArticles.com Basic Author