Magnesium and Myasthenia Gravis - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Magnesium and Myasthenia Gravis

January 2, 2013

Here’s a recent question from someone who reads my blogs.

“I have only just been introduced to your newsletters, books and comments by a friend who receives them. I am particularly interested in the magnesium story as I have Myasthenia Gravis Ocularis. It was diagnosed in February, 2012, after 2 years of struggling with my eyes and being treated for dry eyes. I know that magnesium is contraindicated for this condition as a rule, however as I don’t have respiratory problems, is there any evidence showing that it’s alright for ocularis? I know that I am very magnesium depleted and as you know it has ripples.”

The contraindication for magnesium in MG is when someone is in the middle of a MG crisis you are not supposed to use intravenous magnesium. But the warning has gotten MG people afraid to try magnesium in any form. MG causes muscle weakness and the theory is that since magnesium relaxes muscles, maybe giving it will cause even more muscle weakness. But magnesium doesn’t cause muscle weakness, it keeps muscles from spasming and it actually makes muscles stronger – such as the heart muscle.

Even so, I was reluctant to tell this person to just go ahead and take magnesium so I called on a friend of mine, Helke Ferrie, a medical anthropologist and brilliant writer – who also happened to acquire a MG diagnosis years ago.

Here’s the advice that Helke gives about MG to people who ask.

Helke says “I suffered from MG and was told, of course, that is an incurable autoimmune disease – nothing could be further from the truth. As Dr. Dean undoubtedly must have told you, magnesium is necessary for just about every neurological activity in the body and without sufficient, biologically-available magnesium you have an uphill battle you cannot win.

Aside from the MG diagnosis, which appears to have been done in the standard way for you, it is important to consider what may have caused this condition. Speaking for myself, I refuse to accept that there is such a thing as an idiopathic disease (=of unknown cause).

Most difficult-to-explain conditions boil down to chronic infection or toxicity or both. So here are my questions for your consideration:

1. Do you have any silver (=mercury) amalgam in your teeth?

2. Do you have any root canals? Bridges or other metal in your mouth?

3. Have you had a hair analysis done to see what toxic metals may be in your system and what minerals are possibly depleted or excessive?

4. What face creams and shampoos do you use? Look up all the chemicals listed in fine print on their containers. You will find most of them are neuro-toxic.

5. Do you have chlorine and fluoride in your water system, shower, toothpaste? Check the ingredients of your deodorant – heavy metals?

6. Did you undergo long-term antibiotic treatment?

7. Are you exposed to any kind of pesticide in your environment? All pesticides and herbicides interfere with acytecholine.

8. Do you use chlorine when washing laundry or anti-cling products?

9. Do you wear a lot of dry-cleaned products?

10. Do you dye your hair?

This is the short list of concerns that can be the trigger for MG in genetically-primed people. I suggest you go online and find a dentist registered with the International Academy for Oral and Medical Toxicology and get a thorough checkup. For you to have MG symptoms in your face (eyes) suggests exposure in that area to something on a consistent basis causing the final appearance of clear symptoms/signs. I also suggest you get yourself to a doctor registered with the American Academy for Environmental Medicine and have a physical, hair analysis, live-blood analysis, dietary workup etc. etc.”

Thanks Helke! I urge you to follow Helke and her wonderful articles and get her books. You can look Helke up on the internet and download her articles from Vitality magazine. She has two new books due out in April and November, 2013. You can download two of her books for free from her website Her new website will be live later this week.

When I have clients on kidney dialysis or with MG I recommend that magnesium be taken very slowly in the form of magnesium baths or beginning with small amounts of the low potency but highly absorbed Pico-Ionic magnesium.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

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