I was reminded of the importance of magnesium in the brain when I read this report on: Pediatric Concussion and Other Traumatic Brain Injuries: Time Out to Heal. The paper on pediatric concussion merely details the problem but offers no solution. In it there wasn’t a word about using magnesium immediately after a brain injury to prevent future damage. Yet many studies and even a free, online, 355-page book from Adelaide University details the effects of magnesium in the brain.
The pediatric concussion article says that the long-term effects of concussion in children and adolescents are not clearly understood. However, athletes with multiple concussions exhibit persistent shortcomings in neuropsychological testing and school performance. They have history of headaches, developmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome (ADHD) and learning disorders, and psychiatric disorders. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is finally being studied in professional football players and boxers is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and progressive dementia.
Here’s what I said about magnesium and brain injury in The Magnesium Miracle:
“Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health problem throughout the world. There are more than 400,000 patients with TBI in the United States alone. From animal studies, we know that brain magnesium levels fall dramatically at the site of injury as this mineral is depleted in a cascade of events. In sixty-six human subjects with acute blunt head trauma, the greater the degree of injury, the greater the calcium-ion-to-magnesium-ion ratio. Such findings provide evidence of magnesium ion changes in the blood after traumatic brain injury, which could be of both diagnostic and prognostic value. Studies of both animals and human brain trauma victims suggest that higher magnesium levels are associated with a better recovery. Giving sufficient magnesium will create a better healing outcome. Magnesium significantly reduces brain edema following brain injury and is used to treat patients with severe TBI without adverse effects. This is crucial information to give your doctor if your child suffers a head injury or any family member is involved in a motor vehicle accident.”
I’ve also read about football running back, Marshawn Lynch, who wants to fund research to treat CTE. Well, Marshwan and anyone else who’s interested in treating head injury really needs to look into therapeutic magnesium.
The journal Neurotherapetuics has good things to say about magnesium in the paper: Use Of Magnesium In Traumatic Brain Injury.
If you want to really make a point to your doctor, download the free eBook Magnesium in the Central Nervous System. It’s a great reference book that you can print up in its entirety and plunk down on your doctor’s desk when you are trying to get magnesium approved for you or your loved one for any sort of brain condition. This includes ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, senility, Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, anxiety, depression as well as brain injury. Here are the 24 chapters in this book that should make doctors stand up and take notice.
1. Free Magnesium Concentration in Human Brain
2. Intracellular Magnesium Homeostasis
3. Magnesium Transport Across the Blood-Brain Barriers
4. Intracellular Free Mg2+ and MgATP2- in Coordinate Control
of Protein Synthesis and Cell Proliferation
5. Magnesium and the Ying-Yang Interplay in Apoptosis
6. Brain Magnesium Homeostasis as a Target for Reducing
7. The Role of Magnesium Therapy in Learning and Memory
8. The Role of Magnesium in Headache and Migraine
9. Magnesium in Edema and Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption
10. Magnesium and Hearing Loss
11. The Role of Magnesium in Pain
12. The Role of Magnesium in Traumatic CNS Injury
13. The Use of Magnesium in Experimental Cerebral Ischaemia
14. Magnesium in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
15. Magnesium in Clinical Stroke
16. Magnesium in Cancer: More Questions than Answers
17. Magnesium in Parkinson’s Disease: An Update in Clinical
and Basic Aspects
18. Magnesium and Alzheimer’s Disease
19. Magnesium and Stress
20. Magnesium in Neuroses
21. Magnesium, Hyperactivity and Autism in Children
22. Magnesium in psychoses (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder)
When it comes to the type of magnesium that can be used for brain conditions, there aren’t many choices because before you reach therapeutic levels, you often get the laxative effect. That’s where my ReMag comes into play. It’s fully absorbed at the cellular level with no laxative effect. But, be sensible when you start any new supplement – start slowly and build up to therapeutic levels as your body wakes up in this new magnesium-abundant environment. Download my free eBooks on ReMag and ReMyte and put sea salt in your drinking water as outlined in the protocol for taking my Total Body ReSet formulas.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future™
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