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Magnesium, Anxiety and Gall Bladder

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Here is a wonderful statement from a post on the Magnesium Advocacy Group on Facebook.

“I experienced anxiety and depression for over 45 years. After deciding to taper off my mood stablizer Gabapentin, I experienced severe withdrawal, I was able to find relief from this withdrawal by using full body soaks with Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) and a Epsom Salts gargle. Roughly 48 hours after initiating this treatment my anxiety and depression were gone and so was my gabapentin withdrawal.

I now supplement my magnesium with 875 mg. ReMag and 250 mg. Jigsaw magnesium w/srt. I have been anxiety and depression free since I began magnesium supplementation. Both of these magnesium supplements are well absorbed.

One important lesson I had to learn when supplementing with magnesium is to listen to my body, it will tell you what is working and what doesn’t work. It is advisable to slowly increase your magnesium supplements, many people have given up on magnesium because they didn’t understand that it requires patience and hard work and a determination to not give up just because you may have an initial negative response to magnesium supplements. I experienced this myself but I had convincing proof of magnesiums benefits from the beginning so I was determined to see it through.

Magnesium has reduced my headaches to the point I no longer need to take pain medicine, the nerve pain from damaged nerves in my lower back has been reduced by aboout 90%, my brain fog I experienced while on gabapentin is beginning to lift. My over all health has been improved as well as my mood. I will never forget this as I am now convinced that I can in the very near future eliminate all my medications and live a much more fullfilling life thanks to Magnesium.”

For those of you who want More than Magnesium. Here is an excerpt from my Future Health Now Encyclopedia on some simple suggestions for:

Gall Bladder Disease

Diet
The diet for gallbladder problems includes vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low sugar fruit (apples and pears), fish, and chicken. Meat, dairy, and fried foods are avoided, which eliminate most of the fat that congests the gall bladder.

Supplements
* Magnesium: Choose ReMag. Take two doses twice daily for one month, and then reduce to one dose twice daily to help reduce calcium buildup in the gall bladder.

* Taurine, 250 mg once or twice daily to help balance and utilize calcium and magnesium and produce bile.

* Lecithin: Egg-based lecithin powder or capsules to balance the cholesterol and bile in the liver. Dosage: as directed on the label, helps break down cholesterol.

* Choline 500 mg twice daily, helps produce bile.

* Vitamin K2, 45 mg per day. I recommend the Thorne brand liquid drops.

Herbs
Liver herbs such as: dandelion, milk thistle, burdock root, parsley, garlic, onion, black Russian radish, and horseradish can be taken as food, teas, capsules, or tinctures.

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 Future

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, ReMyte.
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.
WARNING: 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.

Dean Overview and Magnesium Basics

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Saturday, March 23, 2013

This weekend I’m dealing with the fallout from the George Noory, Coast to Coast show (March 21, 2013). I’ve been swamped with emails, Facebook requests, people signing up for my newsletter and Online Wellness Program and there was an incredible upsurge in my Amazon ratings for The Magnesium Miracle putting it in the top 100!

Thank you very much and thank you George!

Here is how I had to respond to most people who wrote me after the show describing the basics of what I have to offer. In this and the next few blogs I’ll give general answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Thank you for your email. I apologize for this automatic response and that I can’t personally answer all the people who write me, especially the recent surge from Coast to Coast listeners. I have a staff of zero but I am working on cloning myself and when that process is complete I will then be able to answer the 100’s of emails I get every day…along with running my website, writing articles, blogs and books and doing the occasional telephone consultation.

Many people write asking detailed and complex personal health questions that would be impossible and dangerous to answer by email.

Many health questions are dealt with in a general manner on my free Future Health Blog. If there is a specific topic that you would like my opinion on, just google that topic and my name and something often comes up from my hundreds of blogs and articles. Or you can purchase one or more of my 30 books. My favorites are The Magnesium Miracle, Future Health Now Encyclopedia (ebook and Kindle), IBS for Dummies and Death by Modern Medicine (ebook and Kindle).

The Magnesium Miracle is a lifesaving book. Over 300 pages of information on dozens of health conditions and how to treat with magnesium…and other nutrients. The hundreds of references make it a text you would be proud to show your doctor to garner their support for your plan to improve your health.

The most common questions I get are about magnesium. Whether it will help a particular problem or what products I recommend and what forms and dosage of magnesium to take, especially the forms of magnesium that don’t cause the laxative effect. My recommended products are under Resources on my website.

As for whether you should use magnesium, in general, magnesium can help virtually every health condition.

For even more on magnesium, go to The Nutritional Magnesium Association. You can also join the Magnesium Advocacy Group where people interested in magnesium freely share questions and answers.

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Now for your questions:

FIRST QUESTION: There are so many types of magnesium, what’s the best type and how much should I use?

Here is a breakdown on the various types of magnesium and what they can do for you.

Magnesium oxide It’s the cheapest but only 4% absorbed. The rest goes through the intestines like a laxative. Good for constipation but not likely going to give you enough magnesium for therapeutic treatment of health conditions or to build up magnesium stores. If you take it and have several BM’s a day, you will lose nutrients including magnesium.

The rest of the magnesium products are rated on whether they have laxative effects or not. There are no real absorption studies on all the magnesium except magnesium oxide.

Magnesium Compounds
Magnesium glycinate: Less laxative
Magnesium malate: Two studies show its beneficial for fibromyalgia pain
Magnesium aspartate: Not recommended by Dr. Russell Blaylock because it can break down into the poisonous aspartame artificial sweetener.
Magnesium glutamate: Not recommended by Dr. Russell Blaylock because it can break down into the poisonous MSG.
Magnesium bisglycinate with SRT: Less laxative
Magnesium citrate powder (Natural Calm): dissolved in water it can be sipped throughout the day making it less laxative

Magnesium Chelates
They claim to be better absorbed and less laxative but they are only magnesium compounds with an attached amino acid. It’s said that chelating mimics what plants do to minerals but plants chelate picometer-size minerals to begin with, not the much larger sized compounds in these products.

Food-Based Magnesium
It’s said these are products are less laxative because they are supposedly smaller sized like plant minerals, but I personally get the laxative effect from them so I know they are not 100% absorbed. I recommend Grown by Nature if people want this form of magnesium.

Magnesium Oil
Magnesium chloride supersaturated in distilled water makes an oily substance that you can put on your skin to relieve any sort of muscle or joint injury. But it’s also well absorbed and helps body-wide magnesium deficiency symptoms.

Magnesium Bath Salts
1-2 cups of Epsom Salts, Magnesium chloride flakes or Natural Calm Sports. Baths are a great non-laxative way to obtain some of your magnesium requirements.

Pico Ionic Magnesium: ReMag (disclosure: this is my product)
100% absorbed at the cellular level. No laxative effect.

The underlined magnesiums are my standard recommendations.

The dosage of magnesium is at least the RDA of 400 mg and sometimes double or triple that amount. Start with the RDA, splitting your doses up through the day and increase if you symptoms are not alleviated. See my book for the 100 factors that alert you to magnesium deficiency or google my name and 100 factors.

SECOND QUESTION: This involved my short presentation about being cautious using high doses of Vitamin D. This angered people who said I was dead wrong because they had benefited from high dose Vitamin D. But far more people agreed that they had been harmed by too much Vitamin D. The ratio was 5 against Vitamin D to 1 for Vitamin D. Judging from the mood of the people who berated me for my cautious advice, I would say their irritability is probably due to magnesium deficiency.

Basically Vitamin D is a hormone with a feedback mechanism to let you know if you have enough calcium. Because we are so calcified with supplements and fortified foods, our Vitamin D levels in general are low. This has been interpreted as a deficiency and not as a reaction to calcium. Also Vitamin D requires magnesium to transform it from the storage form to the active form. So when you take Vitamin D in high doses you overuse your magnesium and you hold on to more calcium which also knocks out your magnesium. People who are already magnesium deficient can get hit very hard. The 20% of people who can metabolize Vitamin D without ill effects do well on it. To determine which you are is difficult. So, what you do is monitor you 25-OH Vitamin D levels, work up to about 800mg of magnesium and slowly build up your Vitamin D using 1,000-2,000 IU daily.

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 Future

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, ReMyte
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.
WARNING: 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.

Take Magnesium Not Calcium

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Saturday, March 16, 2013

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) hosted about 15,000 health professionals at their San Francisco conference March 9-11, 2013. The ACC puts on several conferences each year each heavily financed by hundreds of drug company exhibitors.

Of these 15,000 health professionals and hundreds of presenters, what did they have to say about magnesium?

NOTHING

They debated the recent studies reporting that calcium supplements increase the risk of heart disease. They did say “It is uncertain exactly how calcium supplements work to increase MI risk.” Anyone reading my blog should know by now that calcium precipitates into arteries and soft tissue because of magnesium deficiency. And also because of not enough Vitamin K2 from traditional foods like butter from grass fed cows, liver pâté and fish roe.

From the bone specialists, a MedScape report states that “Scant evidence supports the notion that calcium supplements alone significantly decrease the risk for osteoporotic fracture, yet these supplements remain one of the most popular treatments taken by adults in the United States.”

So, there is no longer a reason to use calcium and maybe we can begin to educate more doctors about magnesium. But that may be a problem because Vitamin D has replaced calcium as the nutrient of choice for doctors to recommend.

Here is a story from one of my blog readers about her experience with Vitamin D.

“Things that have been happening to me are making more sense as I read your newsletters about Vitamin D. I started taking 5,000 iu of vitamin D (plus some Omega 3 fish oils) in October 2010 and I did great! I could walk without a limp again, my knees stopped hurting, my feet stopped hurting. I was and still am a true believer and user of Vitamin D & Omega 3. BUT I had a scary episode of Angina in March 2012 and that’s when I started taking the Natural Calm.

I believe now, based on your articles, I was taking too much Vitamin D and it may have caused the Angina. I always take my Natural Calm regularly. I am such a believer in Magnesium now, you, just don’t know, and I’m so THANKFUL for you and your work. I just cannot thank you enough (with tears, and REALLY with tears :).

You just don’t know how frustrated I am now about how I was treated by the doctors while I was in the hospital with my Angina episode. They were no help at all in solving my Angina health issue… all they could say is “This is stress related.” and prescribed Ranexa for me while leaving scared for my life for the two weeks between my hospital stay and finding your website.”

Need I repeat myself? Read my Books, google my articles and blogs, see my Resources for forms of magnesium to get and Take Your Magnesium!

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MY HEALTH LIBRARY: Visit my Organized Wisdom Health Library where you will find hundreds of written, audio and video files for your wellbeing.
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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, ReMyte.
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.
WARNING: 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 Is Not Dangerous

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The University of Maryland website posted an article called Possible Interactions with: Magnesium. It’s intent is to make you fear magnesium.

This type of missive is both naïve and political. It comes straight from the heart of Codex Alimentarus, the standardization of food and dietary supplements. Codex has designated supplements as drugs and is regulating them based on how they interfere with drugs. In other words, if a nutrient makes a drug look bad, then ban the nutrient.

So, magnesium will get hit hard because it makes most drugs look bad because it does a better job than they do.

The article warns that “If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use magnesium without first talking to your health care provider.” Excuse me, but how in the name of all that is holy can a doctor who never studied magnesium in medical school possibly give you an intelligent response.

If you go to the link and read the article and do a 180 degree rotation on your thinking you will see what I’ve been telling you for years. I’ve mentioned all these drugs in The Magnesium Miracle as INTERFERING with magnesium absorption!!

When you read the types of magnesium they mention, it’s mostly about antacids and laxatives and not about the use of magnesium as a therapeutic intervention for angina, blood pressure, and heart palpitations. Doctors don’t even consider magnesium for those conditions. Yet people who read this article will assume that they are talking about therapeutic magnesium.

The antibiotics listed are mostly fluoride molecules that block magnesium. They say magnesium can cause side effects if taken with a calcium channel blocker. But magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker so you may not need the drug. They do say that diuretics can deplete magnesium and that “doctors may consider recommending magnesium supplements.” To me that sounds wishy washy. They should leave no doubt and say that doctors must prescribe magnesium supplements when prescribing diuretics.

About diabetic medication they warn against taking magnesium but do say “Ultimately, magnesium may prove to allow for reduction in the dosage of those medications.” WHY NOT SAY THAT STRAIGHT OUT—TAKE MAGNESIUM AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE THESE DRUGS.

Yes, I guess I’m a bit FLIPPED OUT about such insanity. Please know that magnesium is a safe supplement and there are many resources available to understand how to use it wisely for your health.

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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 Future

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, ReMyte.
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.
WARNING: 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.

The Vitamin D Debate

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Monday, March 11, 2013

Vitamin D has become quite an emotionally charged topic as evidenced from the outpouring of pro and con opinions to my post of March 10, 2013, Too Much Vitamin D. I’ll answer everyone in this blog instead of individually.

When I blog about Vitamin D I’m sharing my concerns about a blanket recommendation for taking incredibly high doses like 50,000 IU of synthetic Vitamin D a day when the body can’t possibly process that amount. Even some people on 5,000 IU find that too much for them. How can taking 50,000 IU of Vitamin D be normal, even if it is made from lamb’s wool.

When you take that much Vitamin D, the strain on magnesium is dramatic. The accumulation of calcium is dramatic. And there are probably many other consequences that we don’t even know about. Even so, some people seem to improve dramatically on 50,000 IU. Is that true improvement or are the receptor sites for Vitamin D so battered that they react and respond. How long can such a response be maintained without deleterious effects on magnesium and calcium balance?

These are questions that aren’t being asked. Since I’ve been studying and practicing medicine for about 45 years, I’ve seen the trends and shifts and the fads. So, from a detached position, I’m just asking the hard questions.

When we measure Vitamin D we are measuring the storage form and not even the active form. So, how do we really know what’s going on? And since Vitamin D is a hormone with a feedback loop for calcium, when the D levels are low, does that mean it has enough calcium and doesn’t want to make more Vitamin D to pull in more calcium? We don’t even know the answer to that question. Yet we keep recommending more Vitamin D.

I’m hearing about people taking high doses of Vitamin D developing hypercalcemia. I wrote about the need for magnesium in processing Vitamin D from its storage form to its active form back in my 2003 edition of The Magnesium Miracle. My first questions about the safety of high dose Vitamin D came when I heard about people taking high doses and developing magnesium deficiency symptoms, including seizures.

At this point, I think the 40 ng/mL range of 25-OH D is probably quite sufficient and only take Vitamin D if you are also taking magnesium.

Then there is the Vitamin K2 part of the puzzle that you have to address. I’ve blogged about this also and recommend this book, Vitamin K2: The Calcium Paradox (although the author doesn’t write enough about magnesium). The Weston A Price website has a lot to say about Vitamin K2 because Price discovered the X Factor, which turned out to be Vitamin K2.

In my practice, I recommend Green Pastures, Blue Ice (fermented Vit D and butter oil for the Vit A, Vit K2 and Vit D) as the perfect combination of all three fat soluble vitamins.

But let me be clear. I don’t know all the answers and you don’t have to listen to me, but neither do you have to listen to anyone else. You have to listen to yourself and what makes sense to you and your body. Medicine is about taking big guns and shooting them off indiscriminately. For them, Vitamin D is the new calcium and they will promote it very widely and wait a few decades for the fall out. As I said in my March 10, 2013 blog, I don’t want to wake up in 10-20 years and find out we made a huge mistake in overdosing people with Vitamin D, just like we did with calcium.

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 Future

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, ReMyte.
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.
WARNING: 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.

Too Much Vitamin D?

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Sunday, March 10, 2013

A client emailed that he heard a doctor on a talk show recommending 5,000 IU of Vitamin D instead of the RDA of 400 IU. He asked me what I thought.

I said that everyone thinks there’s a Vitamin D deficiency epidemic but I’m not convinced. The big question is, why all of a sudden are we so deficient. What could Vitamin D be responding to and what do the low levels indicate?

Here’s one possible answer. Vitamin D is really a hormone with a feedback loop to calcium. When the body has enough calcium less Vitamin D is required and the levels drop.

We are a calcified country, so the effect of high calcium may be lower levels of Vitamin D. And without understanding the complex chemistry involved, most people think we just need to take more.

But MORE Vitamin D pulls in more calcium and bumps out magnesium, making people more magnesium deficient.

Taking high dose Vitamin D (anything above 2,000 IU) will also use up your magnesium because this mineral is required to change the supplemental/storage form of Vitamin D into active Vitamin D.

Not everyone is going to suffer from too much Vitamin D and enough people seem to benefit from it (at least in the short term) that it’s not going to ring any alarm bells for many years. After all, it took about 3 decades for us to realize that high dose calcium supplementation was causing heart disease and soft tissue calcification when not properly balanced with magnesium.

Do your research before taking high dose Vitamin D. Google the benefits AND the dangers before you make a decision. If you do a Vitamin D blood test, remember a mid range level is better than a high level.

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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 Future

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, ReMyte.
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.
WARNING: 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 Asthma

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Sunday, 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.

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 Future

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, ReMyte.
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.
WARNING: 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.

Give Magnesium for Valentines Day!

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Thursday, February 14, 2013

I have two suggestions for Valentines Day gifts. Number one is Magnesium, because it’s the most important nutrient for your heart. In case you didn’t know that, here is a list of articles and videos on magnesium and the heart.

In last year’s Valentines message, The Heart of the Matter, I shared some dessert recipes.

Watch my Magnesium and Heart Health Video.

Read Magnesium and Atrial Fibrillation.

Read “The Calcium Wars: Magnesium deficiency causes heart disease.”

See the Nutritional Magnesium Association press release Doctor Dean Warns Too Little Magnesium Can Affect Heart Health.

Go to the non-profit site, Nutritional Magnesium Association for more information on magnesium.

Join the Magnesium Advocacy Group on Facebook where people interested in magnesium share questions and answers.

Read my book, The Magnesium Miracle and get several copies for friends and your doctor!

Second, protect your heart by joining Future Health Now! a much safer option than waiting for symptoms and taking medications. Here’s what some members have to say about the program.

“When I read the info in this module, it was truly an “Ah Ha!” moment for me.”

“Your module on chewing was great.”

“I want to tell you how much I am enjoying your modules and I appreciate your “natural” way of helping your e-patients heal themselves.”

“I am very impressed with your modules.”

“I look forward to receiving the rest of your modules. You are the only Doctor that I trust.”

“Your modules are a perfect fit to my lifestyle.”

“I want to thank you so much for these modules.”

“Taking this simple solution before meals has really improved my digestion to the point that I don’t need digestive enzyme 90% of the time. This alone saves me a bundle and more importantly my stomach has become a more efficient digestion machine naturally.”

“I am learning so much from the free modules I have received and I definitely want to get the weekly program.

The types of magnesium to take are listed below in my recommendations or on my website under Resources.

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 Future

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, ReMyte.
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.
WARNING: 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.

Too Much Calcium IS Bad for Your Heart

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Friday, February 8, 2013

Fox News puts it in question form, “Could too much calcium be bad for your heart?” citing an analysis from the National Institutes of Health. A survey of almost 400,000 men who took calcium tablets showed that they were more likely to die of heart disease than those who didn’t.

Specifically, men who took 1,000 mg (or more) of calcium per day were 20 percent more likely to die of heart-related causes than those who took none. Oddly enough, the researchers said there was no link between calcium supplements and heart disease deaths in women.

But Morley Robbins and I reported on a more thorough set of studies in a Natural News article: The Calcium Wars: Magnesium deficiency causes heart disease showing that women are at risk for heart disease when they take supplemental calcium.

What the researchers are not covering is the tremendous amount of calcium in our diet. For example, calcium-fortified orange juice gives you 300 mg of calcium. Three cups is like taking the 1,000 mg supplements described in this study.

I keep telling people to look at the food in their diet and see how much calcium they are already getting. Follow the RDA for the UK and the WHO, which is 500-700 mg per day and you will see how easy it is to get enough calcium to keep your bones happy. What makes bones and your body even happier is enough magnesium along with daily exercise.

Food …………………..Amount of Calcium in milligrams (mg)
1 cup of milk…………………………………300
6 oz of yogurt………………………………..350
1 oz hard cheese (cheddar)………………..240
2 slices processed cheese…………………265
1/4 cup cottage cheese…………………….120
1/2 cup soft serve frozen yogurt…………..100
1/2 cup ice cream…………………………….85
1/2 cup tofu………………………………….258
1 Tbsp sesame seeds……………………….90
1 Tbsp Tahini…………………………………63
8 medium sardines (canned)………………370
3 oz salmon…………………………………180
1 cup kale…………………………………….94
1 cup broccoli………………………………178
10 medium dried figs……………………….269
1 cup calcium-fortified orange juice……….300
1 cup enriched soy milk……………………300
1 cup enriched rice milk……………………300

The end stage of fatalities from heart disease is the focus of this study, which misses the point of the soft tissue damage done to many other parts of the body by the overuse of calcium. As I’ve said in previous posts, our body holds onto calcium much more than magnesium. That appears to be because human beings grew up near the ocean where seawater contains three times more magnesium than calcium which meant much more magnesium in their diet. Thus we evolved mechanisms that grabbed and stored calcium but released excess magnesium (the laxative effect). Without understanding those processes we’ve decided in our unfailing stupidity that we all need to be calcified.

And the results are treated with magnesium-wasting drugs. Here’s one brief example. A new drug has been released by the FDA to treat an “overactive bladder.” It’s called Oxybutynin and it acts as a bladder muscle relaxant.

Here is a partial list of side effects: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips tongue, or throat; hot, dry skin and extreme thirst; severe stomach pain or constipation; blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights; pain or burning when you urinate; or urinating less than usual or not at all; dry mouth; dry eyes, blurred vision; mild constipation; diarrhea; nausea, mild stomach pain or upset; dizziness, drowsiness, weakness; headache; sleep problems; or runny nose.

What did I say Oxybutynin is? A muscle relaxant? Do you know any natural muscles relaxants?

That’s right. Magnesium.

MEDIA:
See my latest article on Natural News. Death by Medicine Revisited.

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 Future

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, ReMyte.
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.
WARNING: 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 in the Media

Carolyn Dean MD ND | Thursday, January 31, 2013

I may not have written a blog for over a week, but I haven’t been idle. Here are some articles, press releases, radio shows that I’ve recently done.

1. “Magnesium and Atrial Fibrillation.” This article on Natural News is a scary look at how diseases are created and drugs disseminated by fanning the flames of fear and ignorance.

2. “Magnesium deficiency causes nervous system and cardiovascular disease” is an article, also on Natural News, by Jonathan Landsman based on my blog “Magnesium: A Nervous System Lifesaver” and a radio show called Magnesium The Missing Link that I did with Jonathan which will air on Natural News Radio February 3, 2013. Just go to Jonathan’s website, sign up and receive notices of his free shows.

3. The Nutritional Magnesium Association put out an important press release “Research Uncovers Low Magnesium Is Key Link to Heart Disease.” It was released Jan 31, 2013 and picked up by hundreds of wire services.

4. “Magnesium Can Help Treat the Flu, Boost Your Energy, Improve Sleep.” Press Release.The Epsom Salt Council. Jan 2.

5. I’ve been posting on the Facebook page, Magnesium Advocacy Group. You can read the posts and join the discussion about all things magnesium.

6. Books on Kindle that people can read in big print or listen to. The Magnesium Miracle, Death by Modern Medicine, Future Health Now Encyclopedia, Invisible Minerals, Healthy Kids Cookbook.

MAGNESIUM SUCCESS STORIES
a. “I don’t know if I have TMJ or bruxism or bad dreams but I used to wake myself up at night from time to time because while asleep my jaw would suddenly snap shut, biting the side of my tongue. That hasn’t happened since I started supplementing with Natural Calm a few months ago at your recommendation!”

b. “I am using the ReMag and it is working well. I am still playing with the dosage to completely stop all extra beats, especially in the evening, but I’m 80% in remission.”

c. “My GP told me when he worked in ER that they used to treat severe asthma patients coming in with an IV full of magnesium. Same with migraines! So if that is the case why would you not prescribe ongoing magnesium supplements for those who suffer with it? Duh!”

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 Future

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, ReMyte.
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.
WARNING: 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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