This is my second magnesium blog this week but I just couldn’t help myself. The arrhythmia post, Real Rhythm and Blues Without The Magnesium on Friday May 28, 2010 prompted a number of email responses.
One doctor wanted to make sure that my open-mindedness didn’t mean that my brains were falling out. He was reassured and wanted to share his magnesium story.
“You must have a million magnesium stories by now, but I cannot miss responding to your report about the meeting on Arrhythmia Disorders.
I am an 82 year old retired M.D. (psychiatry). Several years ago I had a bout of atrial fibrillation, which fortunately resolved, but I remained subject to constant extreme arrhythmia for a couple of years. My internist diagnosed premature ventricular contractions and said they were a nuisance but harmless.
A cardiologist confirmed my condition with 24-hour monitoring and wanted to put me on Encainide, Flecainade or Amiodarone. After reading about these drugs I said I was not ready to take them, at which point he left the room. Never a word from him or my internist about magnesium.
I vaguely remembered about electrolytes and arrhythmia and told my internist I would like to try magnesium. His entire response was “it will just give you diarrhea.” But I put myself on magnesium oxide (250 mg at first, then more) and after a short while –this was well over a year ago – the arrhythmia disappeared completely and has not returned. I have not had diarrhea. Both doctors are respected and experienced practitioners in a large city. So carry on!”
If my heart is palpitating (which it does if I don’t take enough magnesium) how can three or four medications possibly help? And, by the way, I don’t have 100 years to wait until enough studies prove to allopathic medicine’s satisfaction that magnesium is safe to take for heart palpitations!
The moral of this blog is for you to do your own research and take some responsibility for your own health and try to convince your doctor to work with you. And I hope you don’t run into one particular doctor who equated my promotion of magnesium with “snake venom, poison ivy, beef, ozone and radon.” He definitely needs to read my magnesium book and realize that nutrients like magnesium are deficient in the diet and are never going to be found in prescription medication.
Watch for a future post on The Death of Hope, which is what drug companies seem to be teaching medical students and doctors these days!
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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