From the Desk of Carolyn Dean MD ND
What has anxiety got to do with the heart you ask?
Let me count the ways:
- Hypoglycemia – when blood sugar (glucose) is low, the body reacts with a surge of adrenaline to bring glucose levels back to normal in order to keep this essential nutrient fueling the brain. Adrenaline acts to speed the heart and retrieve glucose from liver storage. Sometimes people perceive a normal adrenaline rush as a panic attack. Or if you have a steep drop in blood sugar in the middle of a freeway; driving over a bridge; or when in the middle of a confrontation the cause of your panic attack can be misplaced.
- Magnesium deficiency can be an underlying cause of anxiety, as determined in several clinical trials. Shockingly, symptoms of chronic magnesium deficiency include anxious behavior, rapid pulse, chest pain, palpitations, abnormal heart rhythm, apathy, apprehension, poor memory, confusion, anger, nervousness, muscle weakness, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, light-headedness, dizziness, nervous fits, the feeling of a lump in the throat, impaired breathing, muscle cramps (including leg cramps), a tingling or pricking or creeping feeling on the skin.
- Even the hyperventilation that may accompany anxiety can further drop magnesium levels. Why is this? Hyperventilation makes the blood more alkaline than it should be and it must be neutralized with an intricate dance of sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. When the intricate dance of electrolytes is interrupted, the first symptoms include racing heart and heart palpitations.
Origins of Anxiety
Is anxiety driven by brain hyperexcitability, adrenaline surges, or magnesium deficiency? It’s actually all the above. Adrenaline causes neurons in your brain to fire two to three times faster, when you need the ability to focus and react quickly in an emergency. Chronic adrenaline surges lead to magnesium deficiency. Neurons in constant firing mode can’t turn off because there is too little magnesium to repel calcium, which is the firing trigger. The neurons keep firing until the cell collapses.
We all have PTSD
Stress is so prevalent in our daily lives that we have become desensitized to it and the message it is trying to give us, which is to slow down. Anxiety is a chemical reaction created when the adrenal glands respond to a stressful event by releasing adrenaline. Adrenaline is very useful if you’re trying to escape from a dangerous situation, because it stimulates the fight-or-flight response: your heart starts pumping faster; digestion slows down; energy stores are released from your liver and made available to the heart, lungs, and muscles; and the muscles of your arms and legs are activated.
Magnesium to the Rescue
All of these responses require magnesium. So each time you experience any kind of stress, your magnesium stores are tapped to minimize stress reactions and to keep the body’s 1,000 enzyme processes active. This magnesium depletion itself stresses the body, which can result in panic attacks causing even more stress. Not only do your overworked adrenals cause magnesium depletion but even more adrenaline is released under stress. If your magnesium levels are already low, you feel even more irritable, nervous, edgy, or ready to explode. It’s the proverbial Catch-22.
To put an end to anxiety, you need to replace your magnesium daily – the best source being picometer-sized, stabilized ions of magnesium.
Study: Magnesium Deficiency Induces Anxiety and HPA Axis Dysregulation
In this study, magnesium restriction in mice enhanced anxiety-related behavior. The chemical findings showed elevated plasma ACTH levels, which indicates a revved-up stress response. In the second arm of the study, anxiety symptoms were reversed with anxiolytic and antidepressant drug treatments. Why on earth didn’t they just give magnesium to the poor mice?
The above study tells you all you need to know about the allopathic approach to anxiety. It’s not to investigate your possible hypoglycemia, your possible magnesium depletion, or your level of stress – it’s to make sure you take meds that aren’t meant to solve the problem and don’t even work as well as a placebo.
I’m sorry if I’ve made it sound like there is no hope in the medical system for people who have anxiety because we are changing that picture dramatically. RnA ReSet® has 7,000 subscribed practitioners, dietitians, and affiliates who use and recommend our formulas and know how to work with picometer-sized stabilized ions of magnesium to support their patients and clients.
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The source material for this blog comes from The Magnesium Miracle™ (2017)
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future