Every week someone asks me if a person can take magnesium with this or that drug or if they have this or that condition. Since I’m not able to answer private questions anymore let me just reassure everyone about the safety of magnesium.
In The Magnesium Miracle I mention four contraindications to magnesium therapy. Today I’ve added comments in brackets which even soften these contraindications.
1. Kidney failure. When someone is on kidney dialysis, there is an inability to clear magnesium. (However, there are people on dialysis who take angstrom magnesium (which is absorbed at the cellular level) and it doesn’t build up in the blood.)
2. Myasthenia gravis. Intravenous administration could accentuate muscle relaxation and collapse the respiratory muscles. (But I’ve heard of cases where magnesium was part of recovery from MG.)
3. Excessively slow heart rate. Slow heart rates can be made even slower, as magnesium relaxes the heart. Slow heart rates often require an artificial pacemaker. (This contraindication is especially for people who are given IV magnesium.)
4. Bowel obstruction. The main route of elimination of oral magnesium is through the bowel. (Again, angstrom magnesium is a way of taking low-dose magnesium that works at the cellular level and which doesn’t build up in the blood.)
In How to Change Your Life with Magnesium I report on a few people who when they first start taking magnesium they felt worse. They felt fatigued or more toxic or their blood pressure becomes too low. One person even said they felt more anxious.
What’s the reason for such an extreme reaction? I believe that some people may be so deficient in magnesium that when they start taking it they turn on the hundreds of enzymes that have slowed down to a crawl. Now with magnesium they are driving hundreds of metabolic functions and that excess activity might exhaust the body or rev it up making them feel more anxiety.
My advice for these reactions is to take less magnesium to begin with. There is no allergy to magnesium, especially angstrom magnesium. Maybe some of the cheaper brands have binders and fillers that your body reacts to but for the most part, magnesium is hypoallergenic.
Also make sure you are eating whole foods and take some food-based supplements to make sure you have all the other accessory nutrients necessary for this increase in metabolic activity.
Although I can’t get back to you personally, I still want to hear your magnesium stories so I can pass them on to others. See my magnesium recommendations under Resources on my website www.drcarolyndeancom. Purchase an inexpensive eBook, How to Change Your Life with Magnesium and the Magnesium Miracle on amazon.com.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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