I recently read Dr. Norman Doidge’s books – The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way Of Healing. I wanted to help a friend research brain exercises to add to the Completement Formulas for his child who has been identified as a slow-learner. They are great books that provide lots of hope but I was pretty disappointed that there is no mention of magnesium.
It saddens me that the neurosciences avoid nutrients – especially when magnesium is the most important brain plasticity agent of all time! The old adage is true that the scientist rigorously defends his right to be ignorant of almost everything except his specialty. Even worse, these are pioneering researchers who often had to fight the status quo in their own field to come up with remarkable breakthroughs. You would think they would be open minded but unfortunately, they limit their open mindedness to their own field.
The same happens in every medical specialty. I constantly talk about modern medicine and its animosity to alternative medicine and nutrition. As a consequence, millions of people suffer for lack of choice in healthcare even though the research is there to prove that nutrients like magnesium do work. Here is what I wrote about Memory in The Magnesium Miracle (2017).
Research at MIT produced a study in 2004 that elevates magnesium to the position of memory enhancer.
Particular brain receptors important for learning and memory depend on magnesium for their regulation. The researchers describe magnesium as an absolutely necessary component of the cerebrospinal fluid in order to keep these learning and memory receptors active.
The term they use for this activity, interactivity, and changeability is plasticity. You might not think a plastic brain is a good thing to have, but it’s the loss of plasticity in the region of the brain responsible for storing short-term memories that causes forgetfulness in the elderly.
Magnesium is instrumental in opening brain receptors to important information while at the same time allowing them to ignore background noise.
The MIT researchers were quite struck by their findings and concluded, “As predicted by our theory, increasing the concentration of magnesium and reducing the background level of noise led to the largest increases of plasticity ever reported in scientific literature.”
A 2011 study, “Effects of Elevation of Brain Magnesium on Fear Conditioning, Fear Extinction, and Synaptic Plasticity in the Infralimbic Prefrontal Cortex and Lateral Amygdala,” concludes that “elevation of brain magnesium might be a novel approach for enhancing synaptic plasticity in a regional-specific manner leading to enhancing the efficacy of extinction without enhancing or impairing fear memory formation.”
In English, that statement simply means that magnesium reduces the physical reaction to fear, which can only be a good thing!
I thought I would have better luck with The Alzheimer’s Solution, a book by doctors at Loma Linda that promotes nutrition and lifestyle for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s. But I scanned the book and there is no mention of magnesium at all.
The list goes on about the various medical specialties that ignore magnesium and here I am sitting on a non-laxative magnesium that I feel could “change everything.”
I encourage you to read Doidge’s books because they prove that we can heal, rewire, and reclaim damaged brains. If you implement some of these brain techniques don’t forget to take ReMag, which can probably double the effectiveness.
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Carolyn Dean MD ND
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