Drugs Deplete Magnesium - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Drugs Deplete Magnesium

January 11, 2013

Let me repeat, Drugs Deplete Magnesium.

I keep adding to the list of drugs that have cardiovascular side effects, and it seems endless. Here is the short list: varenicline that is used for smoking-cessation; anti-depressants; antipsychotics; pain medications; diabetes drugs; statins; anti-inflammatories; cancer chemotherapy and many more.

It’s become obvious to me why so many varied drugs have cardiovascular effects. My magnesium-expert friend, Morley Robbins told me last month that the organ in the body that has the most magnesium is the heart.

What happens when people take drugs?

Magnesium is depleted.

Where is magnesium most required?

In the heart.

Where do many drug side effects occur?

In the heart and cardiovascular system.

As drugs deplete your magnesium then your heart is going to suffer helping to make heart disease the number one killer in the U.S. I’ve written about how Magnesium Makes Drugs Look Good in a previous blog, which explains how magnesium is depleted.

Now let’s look at how much heart disease is costing us in dollars. This topic was addressed at the American Heart Association (AHA) meeting, 2012. Reuters reported that “the AHA estimates that annual U.S. medical costs of cardiovascular disease will reach $800 billion by 2030 – nearly triple the $272 billion spent in 2010.”

The article quotes Dr. Mark Hlatky, director of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Center at Stanford University, who said “Rising costs of medical care make it very pertinent for us to assess value. The record prices for drugs and devices, reduced reimbursement by insurance plans and the looming full implementation of the healthcare reform law are convincing doctors to consider not only novel treatments, but also how to get the most bang for the buck.”

Bottom line? They are trying to decide whether they should push more heart stent operations instead of heart bypass surgery. Is there any mention of prevention or the use of magnesium? Not a word.

Here’s what happens instead. Read this case report from a blog reader.

“Many years ago I made an emergency visit to my doctor. I was pale, fatigued and had a cramp in my side that would not go away. My doctor was concerned and immediately sent me to an internist because the cramps were so terrible. The internist could find nothing wrong but got me in immediately for a CT scan because he didn’t know whether or not it was my appendix. They shot dye in me and found nothing. This all happened in a 4-hour period and then the pain was gone. This was before I knew about magnesium and was on a host of drugs my allergist put me on to prevent asthma. Obviously all of the meds depleted what little magnesium I had in my body. I didn’t realize until the last couple of years that most of my problems and needs for prescription meds were from magnesium deficiency.”

If you are on medications and you are unsure about starting magnesium, then let’s talk about having your magnesium levels tested.

As I’ve said many times before, the most accurate test is the Ionized Magnesium Test but it’s only available in some research hospitals and universities. Of 5,000 labs in the U.S. only about 140 perform the Ionized Magnesium Test. Lobby your doctor and local lab for this test. In the meantime get a Magnesium RBC test, which tests for the magnesium in your red blood cells. If your doctor will order it and your lab has it and your insurance covers it, good enough. If not, you can get a Magnesium RBC Test for $49.00 through Request A Test; 1-888-732-2348. I’m not endorsing this lab, just giving you the information for you to decide.

Be very aware that the “normal range” in labs is actually taken from the sick population and has nothing to do with optimum levels for magnesium. So, when you receive your test results make sure yours are at the very high end of the so-called normal range. If they are not, just keep taking your magnesium.

BOOKS: Get several copies of my book, The Magnesium Miracle and give one to your doctor when he hands you your next prescription.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

RESOURCES: Along the borders and in the links of my web site you can find my books, writings, and my call-in radio show. Email your questions to: questions@drcarolyndeanlive.com.

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