Here’s what the NIH history pages have to say about The Pellagra Wars when niacin (a B vitamin) deficiency scourged the South with “the four D’s” diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia and death.
“Pellagra no longer stalks the nation as it once did. But during the early part of the 20th-century, pellagra, a disease that results from a diet deficient in niacin killed, many poor Southerners. Dr. Joseph Goldberger, a physician in the U.S. government’s Hygienic Laboratory, the predecessor of the National Institutes of Health, discovered the cause of pellagra and stepped on a number of medical toes when his research experiments showed that diet and not germs (the currently held medical theory) caused the disease.”
Now replace the word niacin with magnesium because we certainly are in the middle of The Magnesium Wars, and you have the following press release that you probably won’t see until 2025.
“Magnesium deficiency no longer stalks the nation as it once did. But during the early part of the 21st-century, magnesium deficiency, resulting from a diet deficient in magnesium, killed many people all over the world. Many nutritional doctors discovered the cause and stepped on a number of medical toes when their writings and research showed that a simple mineral deficiency contributed to the following conditions:
1. Anxiety and Panic attacks
3. Blood clots
4. Bowel disease induced by constipation
5. Cystitis and bladder spasms
9. Heart disease
13. Kidney stones
15. Musculoskeletal conditions – Fibrositis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, eye twitches, cramps and chronic neck and back pain
16. Nerve problems – migraines, muscle contractions, gastrointestinal spasms, and calf, foot and toe cramps, vertigo and confusion
17. Premenstrual Syndrome, dysmenorrhea, infertility, premature contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy.
19. Raynaud’s Syndrome
20. Sudden infant death syndrome
21. Tooth decay
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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