Magnesium in Medicine – Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Magnesium in Medicine

October 28, 2015

In July 2015, Magnesium was Trending on Medscape at Number 2. Medscape is the voice of allopathetic medicine. Let me dissect what they say about magnesium.

1. Medscape: Several discussions of foods to combat magnesium deficiency were popular. One article explored how eating certain food may address magnesium-related symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, while another discussed how increased magnesium consumption can impact sleep.

Dean: Diet is the least effective way to get your daily magnesium needs met. One hundred years ago, we could get 500mg of magnesium from our diet, today we are lucky to get 200mg. Therapeutic levels of magnesium are 600-900mg.

2. Medscape: Magnesium deficiency is indicated if a patient has Reduced Excretion which means less than 80% excretion of an infused magnesium load over 24 hrs. The amount given is 2.4 mg/kg of lean body weight given over the initial 4 hr.

Dean: This is a complicated and expensive test called Magnesium Loading that most doctors do not even know how to perform. To my knowledge, none of my thousands of patients, clients, blog readers or customers have ever had this test performed.

3. Medscape: Measurement of serum magnesium is relatively easy, and it has become the method of choice to estimate magnesium content, although its use in evaluating total body stores is limited. The major physiologic role of magnesium occurs at an intracellular level. Excluding magnesium deposited in the bone, which is poorly mobilized, the extracellular fluid space contains only 2% of total body magnesium and may not always accurately reflect the intracellular magnesium status. A person may have normal serum levels of magnesium but be intracellularly depleted and exhibit signs of magnesium deficiency. Unfortunately, no quick, simple, and accurate test is available to measure intracellular magnesium.

Dean: Medicine knows fully well that testing serum magnesium is extremely limited but – what the heck – it’s still their method of choice. Ionized Magnesium blood testing is the most accurate but it’s only used in research. Until that test becomes widely available, I recommend the Magnesium RBC test, which you can obtain without a doctor’s script from Request A Test.

4. Medscape: Electrocardiography and cardiac monitoring in hypomagnesemia are nonspecific. Findings include ST segment depression; tall, peaked T waves; flat T waves or depression in the precordium; U waves; loss of voltage; PR prolongation; and widened QRS.

Dean: Since Medicine knows that magnesium deficiency can cause so many abnormalities in heart function, you would think that magnesium would be the first treatment for heart arrhythmia.

5. Medscape: Oral replacement of magnesium should be given, preferably with a sustained-release preparation, given the ability of magnesium to induce diarrhea. Bioavailability of oral preparations is assumed to be 33% in the absence of intestinal malabsorption. Several preparations are available: Mag-Ox 400, containing magnesium oxide; Slow-Mag, containing magnesium chloride; and Mag-Tab, containing magnesium lactate.

Dean: Bioavailability means how much of a nutrient is absorbed into the blood stream. Studies show that only 4% of magnesium oxide is absorbed, so I don’t know what their 33% absorption refers to. Also, there are no studies showing the cellular absorption of these magnesium preparations. Several of the above products contain more calcium than magnesium – presumably to slow down the laxative effect. They are obviously unaware of ReMag, which is fully absorbed at the cellular level and does not cause the laxative effect.

6. Medscape: For diuretic-induced potassium deficiency, switch to potassium sparing diuretics.

Dean: Even though this is an article about hypomagnesemia, they focus on potassium depletion and barely acknowledge that diuretics also cause magnesium depletion. In therapeutic amounts, magnesium can eliminate high blood pressure and the need for medication.

The key words above are “in therapeutic amounts.” In the past 3 years, since I have been promoting ReMag, I’ve realized that magnesium can only be completely effective if you are able to take enough of it without getting the laxative effect. When you have more than 1 loose BM a day while on magnesium, you can be losing most of what you are taking.

Effective Mineral Repletion Guidelines:

Water Intake: Drink ½ your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of

water. If you weigh 150 lbs, you will drink 75 ounces.

Sea salt or Himalayan salt: Add ¼ – ½ tsp to every quart of drinking water – to

one of those bottles you will later add ReMag and ReMyte.

ReMag: Start with ¼ tsp per day in a quart of water and sip through the day. Every 2 days add another ¼ tsp. Work up to a therapeutic dose of 2-3 tsp a day if you are trying to overcome a health condition, if you are on medications or otherwise have magnesium deficiency symptoms.

Read: Invisible Minerals: Part I –  Magnesium

ReMyte: After a week of slowly building up ReMag, slowly add ReMyte into the same quart of water and sip through the day. Every 2 days add another ¼ tsp. Work up to 1 ½ -2 tsp.

Read: Invisible Minerals: Part II – Multiple Minerals

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Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future™

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