Magnesium deficiency is epidemic. The heart has the highest amount of magnesium in the body. If the heart muscles are lacking in magnesium, they can go into spasm causing pain or heart rhythm disturbances. You may not even feel any symptoms but on a routine physical with an EKG your doctor may say – Oh, you have atrial fibrillation.
In the medical world of HMO’s, medicine is thought to be so complex that someone had the bright idea to create guidelines to treat symptoms and diseases. Thus, when you have an inkling of a heart attack, you will come away from your hospital internment with no less than six medications. It doesn’t matter if you had a mild or severe attack and even if you don’t have high cholesterol, high blood sugar or high blood pressure you will be put on all the medicines to supposedly prevent those conditions from happening. The trouble is – you lose magnesium with those medications and magnesium deficiency contributes to heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Similarly with the diagnosis of a rhythm disturbance, the recipe is to take an anti-arrhythmia drug and a blood thinner and prepare for a cardioversion to get you back to normal rhythm.
Here is an email from a blog reader who describes his experience: “I am a 70-year old male with atrial fibrillation. My episodes started about 5 years ago. At first they were infrequent, about once a month or so and always returned to normal sinus rhythm (NSR). As time went on they became more frequent and lasted longer, sometimes as long as 4 to 6 hours.
I went to my family doctor who put me on Metoprolol which had very little effect in stopping the episodes of Afib. I was referred to a cardiologist who did an extensive workup and placed me on Bystolic. The AFib episodes continued getting more frequent and lasting longer. When I finally had an episode that would not self convert they recommended a cardioversion. I was placed on Warfarin for 3 weeks and then the cardioversion performed. This restored NSR and I was placed on Propafenone (Rhytyhmol), which initially gave good results. However, after a few months the AFib broke through.
At this time I undertook my own research and found Dr. Dean’s website and magnesium solution – ReMag (about 18 months ago) I am currently using ReMag along with low dose of Propafenone and have complete control of the AFib. I have added ReMyte, which is giving even better results. I check my RBC magnesium every 3 months and find it is coming up gradually. When I mentioned the magnesium treatment to my cardiologist, I was told that it would have no effect and that testing serum magnesium value was sufficient.”
The lesson to be learned here is to do your own research and take charge of your health. It’s unfortunate that a large segment of the medical profession is only interested in a drug/surgery approach and have a closed mind when it comes to other alternatives.
I received “The Arrhythmia Alliance Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management Services Award 2012” at The Heart Rhythm Congress organized by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Sept 23-26, 2012, so the medical community is waking up to the benefits of magnesium. For more information you can go to an article I wrote on asymptomatic atrial fibrillation in Natural News called Magnesium and Atrial Fibrillation.
As a reminder that it’s best to sip your minerals through the day, here is a note from a reader: “ReMag and ReMyte are amazing, every time I take a sip (put the day’s dose in 16 oz container), it calms me down. I’m also reading “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” and understand a bit more about why you emphasize drinking half your body weight in ounces of water. Thank you so much for putting me on the right path and helping me realize that these simple things matter greatly.”
Carolyn Dean MD ND
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