From the Desk of Carolyn Dean MD ND
There are many aspects of heart disease but heart attack strikes the most fear – in our hearts!
Here are some relevant statistics.
- Every 40 seconds, someone in the US suffers a heart attack amounting to about 805,000 people per year.
- Heart disease (heart attack, stroke, angina, heart failure) accounts for about 42% of all deaths.
- 1 in 5 heart attacks are silent; there is measurable damage but the person might think they just had indigestion.
A Dreaded Condition
Heart disease has become a dreaded condition because most people know it means a handful of medications and the certain knowledge that things are only going to get worse.
But what if heart disease is rooted in magnesium deficiency? What if you have magnesium deficiency and not heart disease? What if you have been misdiagnosed? After all, your doctor probably didn’t do an ionized magnesium blood test to find out how much magnesium is in your cells working away at 1,000 enzyme processes and involved with 80% of known metabolic functions.
Wouldn’t it be important to know that information? Of course, it would. But doctors have been swept up in the pharmaceutical treatment of the body and have ignored the nutrient building blocks that keep us alive. Nutritional therapy is not offered in medical school and ignored by most doctors in their practices.
That you or your loved could be experiencing magnesium deficiency instead of a disease is good news. But even better news is that you can improve your heart health. Magnesium supplementation and lifestyle changes are complimentary to any doctor’s advice and can be added to their cardiovascular protocol.
What Can I Do to Help?
The one thing you can do to help a loved one who is in a position where they have to work on heart health is to help them saturate their bodies with non-laxative liquid picometer magnesium. Most forms of magnesium are compounds that are poorly absorbed and end up in the large intestine pulling in lots of water and flushing out as diarrhea.
My Reasons for Recommending Magnesium Saturation
Why should the heart be saturated with magnesium?
- The most important fact about the heart is that it has the highest amount of magnesium in the body.
- The heart is one big muscle.
- Magnesium governs all muscle and nerve structure and function.
- Magnesium is a basic nutrient that is necessary for heart health.
- Using magnesium does not interfere with your medications because it’s basically a food that’s no longer in our diet.
- Since magnesium improves cellular structure and function, taking enough of it will actually support your doctor’s treatment program and not work against it.
- When you use well-absorbed picometer magnesium, it does not create the laxative effect.
Magnesium Deficiency Conditions
- Hypertension – Artery smooth muscle spasms
- High cholesterol and elevated blood sugar (magnesium is a natural statin)
- Electrical conductivity – Arrhythmias
- Calcification coronary arteries
- Calcification coronary valves
- Medication side effects that deplete magnesium
- Heart failure
- Broken Heart Syndrome
- Sudden death in athletes due to magnesium deficiency
- Post-surgical atrial fibrillation due to magnesium deficiency caused by anesthetic drugs
If you recognize any of these cardiovascular magnesium deficiencies, saturate your body with magnesium.
How to Saturate with Magnesium
“Because of chronic diseases, medications, decreases in food crop magnesium content, and the availability of refined and processed foods, the vast majority of people in modern societies are at risk for magnesium deficiency.” Subclinical magnesium deficiency: a principal driver of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis, James J. DiNicolantonio et al.
As Dr. DiNicolantonio points out in the conclusion to his paper, you and your loved ones can’t get enough magnesium from the foods you eat, even should you focus on magnesium-rich foods. That is why understanding the difference between magnesium maintenance and magnesium saturation is important.
Magnesium Recommended Intake
The RDA for magnesium is 310-420 mg per day. This is only useful as a maintenance dose. However, if you are working on a magnesium deficiency, I recommend at least 600mg. When I first began using picometer magnesium for my heart palpitations, I benefited from 1,200mg but became saturated after a year and a half. Now I only require about 450mg per day.
Hydration Is Important
When you and your family are working with minerals, it is important to stay appropriately hydrated. Here are my suggestions for hydration:
- Drink half your body weight (measured in pounds) in ounces of water. If you weigh 150 lbs, you will drink 75 ounces per day.
- Sea salt or Himalayan salt: Add 1⁄4 tsp. to every quart of drinking water. You can put liquid picometer minerals in this drinking water.
Now, that you and yours are changing your cardiovascular wellness for the better through appropriate hydration and supplementing with picometer magnesium, consider making some of the following lifestyle changes together:
Slowly start exercising
- Take a morning walk.
- Do some yoga stretches on your yoga mat.
- Pull out your jump rope and go at it for a few minutes.
- Jump on the mini trampoline in the corner.
- Try a few arm pushups with your hands on the bathroom sink as you contemplate the person looking across at you in the mirror.
- Fit in a few mini squats while you swish your sesame oil, or as you brush your teeth.
- Even just rising up on the balls of your feet and holding for a few seconds will help exercise your leg muscles.
- While showering, do Progressive Muscle Relaxation from my Completement Now modules where you tense and then relax various muscles in your body.
- In the shower you can also do some neck stretches with the hot water running on your muscles to loosen them up.
- When you pass by a convenient windowsill, do a runner’s stretch to release your calf and thigh muscles.
- As you’re walking around your home be conscious of tightening your buttocks with each step.
- Find excuses to run up and down the stairs. Make sure you breathe deeply and never unconsciously hold your breath.
Slowly change your eating habits.
My Heart Healthy diet recommendations are very simple: avoid sugar, gluten, and non-fermented dairy. It’s a basic anti-candida/anti-yeast diet because you don’t want to feed simple sugars to your intestinal yeast. Some other heart healthy diet tips are:
- Eliminate table salt and high sodium canned and processed foods.
- Alcohol can be a trigger for many cardiovascular deficiency symptoms. So, don’t drink alcohol.
- Caffeine has a stimulating effect on the heart. Severely limit to eliminate strong caffeine drinks, especially if they are your triggers.
- Eat five servings of healthy (organic, if possible) vegetables and fruits. I generally suggest eating a maximum of two servings of fruit per day. Berries are a very good choice as they are low in carbs.
- Eat fermented dairy products and organic, grass fed, free range eggs, chicken, and lamb. I also eat wild caught salmon and canned tongol tuna fish.
- Eat healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, and so on.
- Eat small amounts of whole grains like quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, and black rice.
- Avoid glutamate, glutamic acid, and MSG as they can be cardiovascular triggers.
As you can see from this simple article, there are many ways you can take action to improve your heart health. I’m not saying to stop your heart medication while changing your lifestyle and taking your magnesium, but I’m sure you and your doctor will find that your heart has “grown out of” needing medications and it’s happily beating on its own.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future