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Consumer Reports Disses Magnesium

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Saturday, August 27, 2011

In the August, 2011 issue of Consumer Reports on Health you’ll find a treatment overview of leg cramps. Based on the latest research, they concluded that when it came to leg cramps, magnesium is only effective for pregnant women. A blog reader sent me this information and was appalled that they said it was not effective for anyone else. He was very disappointed with the report since he has found magnesium (along with some calcium) totally effective in controlling his leg, foot and hand cramps.

Consumer Reports said two studies of people who had leg cramps for unknown reasons found that treatment with magnesium didn’t work any better than treatment with a placebo. They concluded that: “More good-quality studies are needed to show whether taking a supplement of magnesium can reduce the number of leg cramps you get and make them less painful.”

Don’t be blinded by this lack of science! Because there are no studies doesn’t mean magnesium is not beneficial. It just means that since magnesium can’t be patented, drug companies are not going to put up the billion dollars necessary to do a large study.

And don’t be blinded by this report. Consumer Reports’ opinion should not stop you from doing your own experiment. I’ve experimented countless times over the years. It’s very simple. When I don’t take enough magnesium, I get Charlie horses in bed at night and leg cramps when I swim too long in cold water.

If anyone you know is pregnant, make sure to send them this blog so they can take magnesium. It’s a very important nutrient for dozens of pregnancy symptoms, including leg cramps.

To find out more about the shocking failings of science, read Blinded by Science by Matthew Silverstone.

To find out more about magnesium, buy one of my magnesium books or get one free at The Nutritional Magnesium Association.

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

Curing Colitis with the SCD Diet

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Here’s a wonderful testimonial on the benefits of The Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

I recommended this diet to my client in June of 2009 to treat her colitis. She writes the following:

“My case followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet book (written by Elaine Gottschall) to the letter. I had colitis for about 4 years before I went on the diet. The worst triggers were exhaustion due to sleepless nights with three young children; head colds: and seeing or speaking to my gastro doctor!

On the diet, I had a mildly bumpy first 2 years (but significant shift in symptoms right away, so it was easy to keep going). The bumps occurred every 3 months or so when I would get minor symptoms. After one year I went 7 months with no symptoms, then had another minor attack. The attacks changed in nature right away; they were mild and short-lived. I just passed the 2-year mark (on the diet) and I have no symptoms – bags of energy and I’m about to run a half marathon.

Not only has the diet settled down my colitis, it cured me of the constipation, which I’ve had since childhood (when not in a colitis attack, of course!).

I also believe that my diet is amazingly healthy and I’m so happy that I am cooking and eating such a delicious and healthy diet after all I’ve been through.

I do not use supplements now. I make and use the SCD yogurt for my probiotics and can tell I am best when I’m having some of this.

The book suggests 2 years for Crohns/Colitis to expect to be symptom-free and I seem to be going in that direction. As a testament to that, I’m working part-time in my profession and looking after my 3 young children without any pain or interruptions.

I have also benefited a lot also from mindfulness meditation practice and its message for staying present and in the moment.

The only minor negative (or maybe positive?) thing I would say is that the diet gets you back in the kitchen and you have to be prepared for that. I have managed it through wonderful family support. I would highly recommend the delicious recipes on a website called No More Crohns.”

My client made the choice to embrace diet instead of drugs for her colitis and couldn’t be more happy and healthy! The same choice is always yours!

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

Clay and Magnesium for Osteoarthritis

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Tuesday, August 16, 2011

October, 2010, I wrote a blog called Chelating with Clay and Magnesium to keep your arteries clear of calcium and toxins. Lately people have been asking me what to do for osteoarthritis. That’s easy! Clay and magnesium!

Osteo- means bone, -arthr- means joint and –itis means inflammation.

1. Magnesium will help dissolve the calcium buildup in your joints and dampen down the inflammation. Use magnesium flakes from LL’s Magnetic Clay, 1-2 cups per bath. You can also soak a strip of cotton cloth with magnesium oil from LL’s and wrap a finger, knee or wrist to give an extra dose of therapy to a problem area.

2. Clay Detox Baths may seem very simplistic. But think about it. Every pore on your skin is in contact with the clay in your bath. And clay absorbs toxins from your body through your skin. Clay can remove heavy metals, chemicals and drugs. I use the Natural Clay formula from LL’s Magnetic Clay. Just blend 1/4 to 1/2 cup of clay in your blender with lots of water and pour that into your hot water foot bath or tub. Soak for 30 min and shower off. Do a bath or footbath at least three times a week, more if you have time.

I use magnesium and clay together in my baths. I know they have different functions but I leave it up to the body to decide what it wants to do.

I’ve written about several other therapies and supplements for osteoarthritis in my eBook, Future Health Now Encyclopedia. But I feel that it’s best to detox and de-inflame your body first. You really don’t need to add more things to a toxic brew…even if they are healthy.

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

Magnesium & Water

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Monday, August 8, 2011

One solution to global magnesium deficiency is for people to drink magnesium-rich water. Adobe Springs water has a whopping 110 mg of magnesium per liter. The daily diet gives you about 150 mg of magnesium so just add 3 liters of magnesium-rich water a day and you have more than the RDA. If you don’t live in the U.S., research bottled water in your area and find one with high levels of magnesium and a half to a third as much calcium.

To find outlets for Adobe Springs water go to The Healthy Water Association’s recommendations and while you’re there you can sample some of the thousands of pages of magnesium research that Paul Mason has archived.

The magnesium water website is a labor of love for Paul. If you’ve read my book, The Magnesium Miracle you may remember Paul’s summary of the 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) symposium, held in Baltimore, called “Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking Water.”

Paul said:

I. There is consensus that most of the world’s people are deficient in magnesium and calcium, resulting in vast numbers of deaths and debilitating illnesses worldwide.

II. There seemed to be agreement that there are only four ways of delivering adequate dietary magnesium to the global population:

A. Advising everyone on earth to take pills for magnesium and calcium. Nothing like this has ever been done, requiring behavior modification and decades of expensive advertising and promotion, which often fails. This route is very unlikely on a global level but practical on an individual level.

B. Advising everyone on earth to change their choices of foods to get more calcium and magnesium. This is another route that requires behavior modification and will likely fail on a global level but can be implemented on an individual level.

C. Adding calcium and magnesium to tap water. Most people feel this would be very wasteful since 99 percent of tap water is not used for drinking, and calcium especially can build up as scale in plumbing. Fortifying tap water is therefore very unlikely.

D. Requiring bottlers to add the optimal calcium and magnesium to bottled products might be our best option. WHO will study this problem and make a recommendation in 2008 and is likely to choose this alternative.

A follow up on the WHO recommendations didn’t occur until 2009 at which time they published, Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking Water.
On page 80 is the recommendation that all drinking water contain at least 25-50 mg of magnesium per liter. Drs. Burton and Bella Altura, who wrote the foreword to my Magnesium Miracle told Paul that their recent research confirms that magnesium in water is so much more bio-available than magnesium in food, that just 25 mg in water is adequate for most people.

I don’t think Paul believes that 25 mg per liter is enough and I certainly don’t. But I suppose it’s a step in the right direction. Paul said that the WHO should have extended their recommendation to all bottled and canned beverages, since many people drink sodas instead of water particularly in countries where the water is often contaminated.

What Paul said then is just as meaningful today. So, whether you’re a consumer, a store owner, a water bottleler, a practitioner or a legislator, promote magnesium in drinking water as a simple solution to dozens of health problems that are affecting millions of people.

To find out more about magnesium go to the Nutritional Magnesium Association and download my free booklet or purchase my eBook or order the Magnesium Miracle from my website.

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

Magnesium & Arthritis

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Friday, August 5, 2011

I’d like to share with you a magnesium miracle testimonial that may be of benefit to you or someone you know.

“As I reached my 78th birthday last winter, it was unpleasant but no surprise that my hands suffered an attack of arthritis. As is common, the pain was mostly at the base of my thumbs, and it was also not surprising that the left hurt a lot more than the right because I’m left handed and use it more in my body work practice.

It got so bad I could hardly use the hand at all. So, in February, although I hated the idea, I had a steroid shot. That solved the immediate problem and the left thumb is fine now, but in the last 2 months my right thumb has been getting more painful.

I just didn’t want to take the steroid path again. So last week, out of the blue, I decided to spray my right thumb every morning and night with 2 bursts of the magnesium spray from the Magnetic Clay people. Guess what? That’s right! Not only is the pain pretty much gone but the thumb, which seemed to be shortening as tendons tightened, now has a longer stretch. Maybe not a miracle, but pretty close to it! I still get twinges, but feel much more freedom in the hands, which is indispensable, as I use them to access the tensions of others all the time.”

What’s the lesson from this story? First, there are safer ways than steroid shots to relieve symptoms of joint inflammation. We also learn that many of us, even body worker’s who know the wisdom of the body, think that having arthritis comes as no surprise as you get older. But that’s not true. Arthritis only means inflammation of the joints: arthr- is Latin for joint and -itis means inflammation. Arthritis is just a word, not a disease. But often if we get an ache or a pain we start labeling it arthritis and let it take hold in our body because we think it’s “no surprise.” The surprise comes when you do something natural and find that you have “control over your body.”

One unfortunate result of you and doctors believing you have arthritis is that you are often prescribed steroid shots or anti-inflammatory drugs. But be aware of this 2011 study “NSAID Use Associated With Risk of Atrial Fibrillation or Flutter.” It tells me that NSAID’s probably contribute to magnesium deficiency because they are associated with heart fibrillation and flutter. But what if your joint inflammation began as a magnesium deficiency?

Our reader uses magnesium oil spray from my recommended source, LL’s Magnetic Clay. I like using their magnesium lotion for muscle and joint aches. For symptoms of “arthritis” I would also recommend magnetic clay baths or clay poultices. You can read previous blogs to find out how to use the clay.

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

Magnesium for Horses & Humans

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Friday, July 29, 2011

A reader, inspired by my post on Prescript Assist for Dogs, Cats & Squirrels, wrote me about her amazing experiences with horses and magnesium. She says:

“I swear by the use magnesium on myself and also on my horses. It’s worked miracles on high strung, nervous horses, sore stiff movers and even problem horses with behavioral issues like rearing and bucking. It takes a few weeks to build up in their systems but, boy what a difference!!! If I need to fast track it on a lame horse, I’ll put a TBSP of epsom salts in their grain morning and evening. (My farrier told me about that trick) It makes a huge difference, even in lamintis (painful foot).

I had one upper level dressage horse that would buck when you tried to put your leg on him. Not any more. I have an 17.2 (hands high) ex-show jumper that gets too anxious in the ring who is now doing so well, I can’t get over it. He’s so relaxed and happy and it’s only been a month since he came to me. He was nitro when he arrived. Boy you can bet I was having second thoughts when he stepped off the trailer.

Yes, I do get comments from other horsey people that magnesium can’t work because their vet would have told them about it but I don’t even go there. I get results with my horses and people are safe with them, it works. I won’t miss a dose and neither do they. I just had to share.”

A human story comes from a 70-year old woman who had severe eczema on her legs. She said she spent a lot of money on creams and potions and drugs but the rash would always come back. And the itch was always there and unbelievably irritating. Scratching to relieve the itching created large lesions and infections and aggravated her varicose veins causing swelling and redness. It was so bad her doctor took a biopsy of the lesions and said it was only eczema and she had to learn to live with it.

Then at bible class one night a friend gave her magnesium oil to try. She sprayed it on immediately. It burned very badly because of open wounds from scratching but in about 30 minutes everything calmed down. The itching was relieved immediately and it never came back. She used it morning and night. The burning sensation only lasted for a few days and the swelling and redness went down. Now a couple months later there is no more eczema and her varicose veins are about half the size. Her legs are clear and smooth and she can show them off on in her capris.

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY:Go to Resources for my magnesium recommendations. Read my free book on magnesium at the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association. It’s called Magnesium: The Missing Link to Better Health. Or download my $5.00 eBook, How to Change Your Life with Magnesium or purchase The Magnesium Miracle. Learn about magnesium, take magnesium and get healthy with this safe miracle mineral!
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

Prescript Assist for Dogs, Cats & Squirrels

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This week I had a question that I couldn’t answer. “Can Prescript Assist be safely given to a dog?”

I first blogged about Prescript Assist for humans on June 20, 2011 I’ve received more feedback on this post than any of my other 267 blogs.

To answer the question about the dogs, I got in touch with LL’s Magnetic Clay where I get my Prescript Assist and was told the following:

“Absolutely, Prescript Assist more than safe for dogs. In fact, it’s recommended. A cap a week emptied into their food (preferably wet food), or a couple caps for larger dogs. If they are having digestive problems, you can go up to one cap per day until resolved.”

The company also sent me a great testimonial about cats and Prescript Assist. One of their customers raises and sells expensive Egyptian Mau cats. One of them was seriously ill and she was worried that she might have to put her down. The company sent Prescript Assist samples to her for the cat. With her last order she said the cat is doing much better since being on the Prescript Assist.

Pushing the envelope, I asked about Prescript Assist for squirrels.

I know that at least one reader would rather blow up tree rats than assist their digestion, but as he himself said “we don’t always see eye to eye!”

On a wild pet rescue center site I learned that squirrels have their gut problems too and probiotics are used as indicated in the gut flora section.

So, that leaves the door open to use Prescript Assist. In fact, when I spoke to LL’s Magnetic Clay, they offered to send a few bottles to my favorite Squirrel Sanctuary Lovely Lita’s Sheltering Tree Foundation. Thank you LL’s.

While you are there checking out the site, be sure and donate a few dollars to help nurse and feed a few baby squirrels. And pick up some Prescript Assist for your pets as well as yourself.

Media: Check out my new Media Page under Resources. I’ve done several videos for HowCast TV. They are about various diets…not to promote those diets but to point out the flaws in a fanatic approach to eating! Other videos cover magnesium and are also shown at our non-profit magnesium site Nutritional Magnesium Association. If you are a fan of magnesium, sign up for the newsletter and get a free copy of my book, Magnesium: The Missing Link to Better Health.

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

Settling Seizures

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Thursday, July 21, 2011

I’ve recently had emails from readers and clients about seizures. One health professional had three brain surgeries 30 years ago for epilepsy and is on seizure medication with good results. However he said that a few months ago, after being prescribed mega doses of Vitamin D from his neurologist, he had his first seizure in thirteen years.

I told him that magnesium has an important calming effect on the brain and high doses of Vitamin D can unmask an underlying magnesium deficiency. He also said his last series of seizures 13 years ago happened the day after eating too much ice cream. Ice cream is a high calcium dairy product which can also unmask a magnesium deficiency.

Even though his seizure medication prevents his grand mal seizures he explained that he experiences night-time foot twitches, shoulder fasciculations, anxiety and other pre-seizure signs. He was writing to say that he discovered magnesium recently and seems to have conquered a lot of those symptoms.

I saw that he was taking a very low amount of magnesium oxide which is only 4% absorbed and urged him to look into other types of magnesium that I outline on my resources page. I also suggested he pursue detoxification for possible mercury toxicity (due to his line of work) and the possible toxicity of long-term seizure medication. For detox I recommended clay and magnesium baths from LL’s Magnetic Clay. You can google my name and clay and find many articles and blogs describing the benefits.

I also recommended oral coconut oil http://tinyurl.com/5ts845z 2-5 TBSP per day to “heal the brain.” A client of mine who has had seizures for fifteen years had his first seizure-free week when he worked up to 5 TBSP of oil per day. He is also taking magnesium in various forms. You can find my article on coconut oil and Alzheimer’s at Natural News.

Let me caution you that both these individuals are also taking seizure medication. I think that the magnesium and coconut oil will allow them to reduce their medications and start healing the cause but I’m not telling them or you to stop taking your medication.

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

Making the Nightshades Less Deadly

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Friday, July 15, 2011

Someone recently asked about the nightshade family of foods that I talk about in Module One of Completement Now!: Ancestral Diet. She says she has loved and used potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers a lot all her life, yet would be willing to do without them if they are as dangerous as some claim.

I told her that potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne, and Tabasco sauce are all from the nightshade family and contain alkaloids reputed to cause pain in the small joints of the hands and feet of certain individuals. Trouble is, there isn’t a test to say who will be affected and who won’t.

I’ve gotten a touch of finger pain when I’ve eaten way too many tomatoes from my garden so I know I’m sensitive. But I still enjoy tomatoes and occasional potatoes and some Tabasco sauce.

If you suspect you have a problem I think the trick is to rotate this family (so you don’t eat them every day), cook them when you can (which reduces the alkaloids about 50%) and enjoy the heck out of them when you eat them (it’s no good if you eat them and feel guilty or worry that you are doing yourself harm).

But if a client of mine has small joint arthritis (fingers, wrists, toes), I advise that they cut out all nightshades and see if that makes a difference in symptoms. It usually does!

Once I narrowed down the cause of a mime’s finger pain—which really got in the way of his art—to paprika! (he’s Polish).

You can also rub on magnesium oil or magnesium cream to treat finger pain. Some people soak a cloth in magnesium oil and wrap their fingers at night and get great relief.

After the arthritis clears, sometimes you can rotate some of the nightshades without problems. And by-the-way, it’s not arthritis at all but inflammation of the joints caused by the body attacking the foods it doesn’t want!

Be sure to forward this email to friends and family who may benefit from this information.

Join my Completement Now! 2-year online wellness program for 104 modules that will give you the tools you require to stay healthy.

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

Preventing & Treating Strokes & TIAs

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Here’s a common scenario that I hear from people who write to me for a consultation or advice.

“I was recently told by my doctor that my MRI shows I’m having TIAs (transient ischemic attacks-mini strokes). My total cholesterol is borderline at 211 but my doctor wants to put me on a statin drug and a blood thinner. I already take blood pressure meds, thyroid and lasix.”

Lasix is a diuretic that removes fluids from the body in order to lower blood pressure. Commonsense tells me that less water in the body means your blood can become “thicker,” which is a predisposition for stroke. When you take medication you are also setting yourself up for “thicker” blood. The body treats synthetic drugs as foreign substances triggering mechanisms to neutralize and eliminate the offender. That reaction is called inflammation, which is another predisposition for stroke.

What do I recommend to prevent TIAs and stroke? You may be surprised to hear that I start with magnesium. Why? Because magnesium will keep your blood pressure normal so you don’t end up on diuretics and blood pressure drugs; it will keep your cholesterol balanced so you don’t end up on statin drugs; and it will also naturally keep your blood from thickening.

Even in the extreme cases of stroke itself research shows that magnesium sulfate reduces the size of a stroke in animal studies. It has numerous beneficial neuroprotective and vascular effects. It is effective in treating in humans who have altered cerebral blood flow. And if administered early after stroke onset (within 3 hours) it prevents further damage.

What else can you do besides take magnesium? Eat well, exercise, be happy and detoxify. The nutrients for preventing stroke include bioflavins from organic fruit; essential fatty acids from wild salmon and coconut oil; and trace minerals from organic vegetables. I always encourage people to start with a good diet before buying expensive supplements.

My favorite methods of detoxification include magnesium and coconut oil. Everything is detailed under resources on my website and in past blogs but here’s an overview for new readers or for people who need to hear it over and over again before they get the message.

Magnesium oil and magnesium flakes: Rub the oil on your skin and use the magnesium flakes in baths and footbaths.

Magnetic clay: Use together with magnesium flakes. Blend ¼-½ cup and pour into a bath. When blended it won’t clump or clog drains. In fact, it probably cleans out your drains as well as any radiation effects in your body!

Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid that among dozens of other benefits helps detoxify all the fat in your body.

You can also join my online wellness program called Completement Now! and find out over the course of 2 years how to complete your life naturally.

Media: Check out my video series on diet on the HowCast network.

LISTEN to “Live! with Dr. Carolyn Dean”, Monday’s 4-6pm PST on Achieve Radio. Hear archived recordings at 2012 RnA Radio.
MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
YOUR HEALTH PROGRAM: To keep healthy join my Completement Now! Online Wellness Program. Email me for a discount (instead of $240, pay only $150.) To stay well or recover your health begin with magnesium. Read my Magnesium Miracle book first. To get well if you have existing health problems, read my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. To know why our health has been stolen from us, read Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions.

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

RECOMMENDATIONS: For a complete list go to my Resources. I recommend ReMag, my own magnesium product and Natural Calm magnesium, a well absorbed multiple mineral, ReLyte.
NOTE: Only you can know if something is helping you. If you don’t feel well on a supposed beneficial product, listen to your body and stop taking it! Knowing when to Not take something is a big part of taking responsibility for your health!
P.P.S. I cannot answer personal health questions by email. However, please send general questions that I may be able to answer in my blog. But first, google my name with the condition you are inquiring about and see if I’ve already addressed it somewhere on the web.

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