The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia in Women

Fibromyalgia appears to be one of those ‘modern’ diseases and women seem to be the biggest sufferers of this distressing condition. The symptoms of fibromyalgia in women, looks at why this problem seems to have come out of nowhere but now afflicts millions of people across the world.

FM statisticsStatistics

The National Fibromyalgia Association estimates as many as 12 million people in the USA have this syndrome and 90% of cases are diagnosed in women, according to U.S. government statistics.  Those men that do come down with the condition usually often have different symptoms which are milder and fewer than those of women.

Fibromyalgia (FM) was not given official status until the 1990s.  Until then, fibrositis was commonly diagnosed.  CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) is often associated with FM as it has symptoms in common.  With CFS, a recurring sore throat, swollen glands and a mild fever are additional symptoms which helps distinguish the two conditions.

roundupSo what’s happening?coca cola

It is considered by many doctors¹ that FM is to do with our modern lifestyle.  Accumulated toxins and chemicals, a plethora of prescription drugs, diminishing nutrients from our soils, the diminishing quality of our food and the stresses of our everyday living.  Our immune systems are under attack not only from the environment but also from the amount of chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs our bodies have to deal with constantly.

junk foodOur toxic load…

As we go through our lives from birth onwards, we are subjected to events that could slowly deteriorate our health and deplete our nutrients.  From cortisone creams for nappy rash to yearly flu injections which have mercury in them.  From many doses of antibiotics for ear infections, coughs, colds and flumercury aluminiumto more antibiotics and cortisones for treatment of acne and eczema.  More antibiotics for bladder infections and antibiotics wrongly prescribed for yeast infections.  From all the vaccinations from birth to adulthood which are known to contain toxins.

formaldehydeDepleting our precious nutrients

By the time we have grown, we have been given an array of different drugs which will all deplete vital nutrients.  Nutrients such as magnesium which will diminish with each drug that is administered.  If it is not replaced, you will be sick and it could be the start of ill health, culminating in a shorter life wrought with cardiovascular  problems, atherosclerosis, syndrome X, diabetes and other life threatening diseases.  On the way to those diseases, problems such as FM and CFS will warn you of things to come as your body slowly succumbs to inadequate nutrition and a toxic burden.

The good news!

The good news is, your body is a wonderful biological machine that can heal itself if given the right nourishment by way of vitamins, minerals and all necessary nutrients.  A healthy baby is born with all the necessary nutrients to keep him/her in good fettle.  As long as baby's foodthese nutrients are kept at optimum levels and are not depleted by unnatural and toxic chemicals, there is no reason why that baby shouldn’t grow up to be a strong, vibrant and healthy adult, who in turn will produce strong, vibrant and healthy offspring.

We’ve lost our way

Unfortunately, we seem to have lost our way when it comes to good health.  We are now controlled by pharmaceutical drugs and junk food.  Instead of looking for the root cause of any illnesses that occur as we go through our lives, we look to drugs to control our problems instead of curing them with good quality nutrients that we all need.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia & symptoms of Mg deficiency (in blue)
  • Chronic Headaches – Migraines
  • Sleep disorders/insomnia – Insomnia
  • Dizziness – Vertigo
  • Cognitive impairment – decreased brain plasticity
  • Memory impairment – short term memory loss
  • Anxiety – Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression – Depression
  • Muscle pain – Muscle pain and spasms
  • Muscle fatigue – Lactic acid buildup
  • Muscle twitches – Muscle twitches and tics
  • Stiffness of joints – Calcium in joints ie. arthritis
  • Urinary problems – Frequent urination
  • Vision problems – Blurred vision and eye damage
  • Jaw joint dysfunction – Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Systemic pain – muscle, joint, chest pain/headaches
  • Weight gain – weight gain/diabetes
  • Cold symptoms – allergies
  • Chemical sensitivity – allergies and asthma
  • Various skin complaints – Itchy skin and rashes
  • Chest pain – Chest pain/Mitral valve dysfunction
  • Nausea – Nausea with migraines
  • Dysmenorrhea – Painful periods 
Most common Mg deficiency symptoms

As you can see, the symptoms of Mg deficiency and FM are almost identical.  A Mg deficiency will display itself in many ways and each person will have slightly different symptoms of varying severities.   The most common complaints are:

  1. Insomnia or sleeping problems
  2. Muscle cramps, restless leg syndrome and twitches, particularly around the eyes
  3. Depression, anxiety and mood swings
  4. Migraines and headaches
  5. Brain fog and forgetfulness
  6. Heart arrhythmias
  7. Digestive problems, constipation or IBS type symptoms
  8. In older people, difficulty swallowing is often a problem

If you look at these symptoms, they mostly all relate to tension, tightness and anxiety.  Without enough Mg, it is difficult for a body to relax and many symptoms reflect this tension.

So let’s go through a few of the most debilitating symptoms.

Insomnia

Insomnia is very common and it’s quite devastating if you have to put up with it night in, night out.  How can you function without a good night’s sleep, it’s almost impossible.  This leads to a vicious circle of fatigue and depression.  Without adequate Mg levels, you won’t sleep well.

Ca:Mg ratioMuscle problems

Calcium (Ca) builds up by default and too much Ca will cause tightness in your body and mind.  Ca is the mineral of tension. Ca overload will cause inflammation in the body and will invoke muscle twitches and muscle spasms. Mg, on the other hand, is an anti-inflammatory.  Calcium causes muscles to tense, Mg causes muscles to relax.

Mg equals relaxation

Mg is the relaxation mineral and will help with anything tight or tense.  You need these two vital minerals in equal measures to be healthy.  If you have insomnia, you won’t have it for long if you take a good quality Mg supplement.  Don’t consume Ca products in the evening and that includes milk!  Don’t consume antacids such as ‘Tums’ (CaCOwhich is chalk) they will up your Ca levels which cannot easily be matched with Mg.  Anyway, if you take a Mg supplement your digestive problems will abate and you won’t need antacids.  You need to have enough Mg to control Ca in the blood and stop it from calcifying and settling in your soft tissue.  If you do have calcification problems then vitamin K2 (menaquinone 7) will help Mg to move excess Ca into the bones where it belongs.

Weight gain
Dr Jerry Nadler
Dr Jerry Nadler

Exercise is often suggested to help symptoms of fatigue for FM and CFS sufferers.  But if you have these conditions, exercise is absolutely exhausting.  Your Mg levels have been depleted to such an extent that you are running on empty. Lactic acid builds up which leads to more pain because it cannot be cleared by the enzyme that needs Mg to function.  All the symptoms, plus a lack of exercise can lead to weight gain and type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes researcher Dr Jerry Nadler says “diabetes is a magnesium deficiency state”.

Chest pain

Many sufferers complain of chest pain.  This, of course, puts the frighteners on and just exacerbates your feelings of depression and helplessness.  The chest pain is probably symptomatic of a Mg deficiency and could be to do with the mitral valve and the muscles around it that can cramp up just like any other muscles of the body. If you get cramp in the calf, you know exactly what it is.  If you get cramp in the stomach area, it is likely to be put down to IBS, if you get cramps during your period, it will be considered to be dysmenorrhea.  If you get chest pain, well that’s a different matter, everyone getschest pain concerned.  But it is likely to be cramp of the muscles in your chest area.  But we aware, the heart muscle can cramp too.  The left ventrical of the heart needs massive amount of Mg to function properly.  Although the body does its best to keep enough Mg available for the heart, if Mg is very low, you could get such symptoms as heart arrhythmias and chest pain.

Mitochondrial dysfunction

All problems of health that we have, stem from our cells.  Many modern doctors and researchers are concluding that mitochondrial dysfunction is the hub of our ailments.  If our mitochondria are healthy and running at optimum levels, we will be fit and well.

mitochondriaWhat are mitochondria?

These are the power houses within our cells and they produce energy for the whole of our body.  Mg is necessary for up to 800 enzymatic reactions in our bodies and a deficiency can affect all areas of our health.  The most important enzyme reaction is the creation of energy by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) within the mitochondria, officially known as Mg-ATP.

A good start

If you are unwell in any area of your body, you will greatly benefit from replenishing your Mg levels because those who are unwell will be deficient in Mg.  An estimated 80% of the population of the US are Mg deficient.

Don’t be complacent

If you’re lucky enough not to be ailing at all and you’re in the best of health, keep it that way by not letting your Mg levels deplete as they tend to do as we age.  Take a good quality Mg supplement such as Mg Chloride ie. ReMag, Ionic Mg, Mega Mag or if you suffer from a sluggish digestive system use a Mg Citrate powder.  Set yourself up for a happy, healthy and long life, your health should be in your hands and under your control.

constipationDon’t forget the kids!

With all the junk food and diet sodas that many of our kids love to consume, constipation in children is very common as is ADHD, ADD, asthma, seizures etc..  These kids will often have low Mg levels.  Mg Citrate is great for kids who sometimes have a sluggish digestion as well as other disorders.  It is tasteless and can be sprinkled over their favourite foods and they won’t even know they’ve had it.  Being a powder, the doses of Mg Citrate are so easy to control.  Start with a little amount and increase slowly until you find the right dose for your child.  Don’t forget Mg is a natural mineral that we all need and that includes children.   If too much is given at once, the only side effect will be loose stools.  Little and often is the way to dose.

Mg glassThe silver bullit?

Now I’m not saying that Mg is the be all and end all of everything but what I am saying is if you haven’t got enough of it, you WILL be unwell.  What’s more, a lack of Mg will make you lack lustre and unable to get yourself out of your malaise whatever it is.  But whatever it is, it will need plenty of Mg because this nutrient is necessary for every one of your 37.2 trillion cells and it is vital for energy production within those cells.

Reclaim your energy, drive and sanity

You will then have the energy, drive and calmness of mind to continue your road to recovery.  You can then finesse your other nutrient needs by researching your conditions and discovering the vitamins and minerals you may be lacking.  Good luck to all you FM and CFS sufferers.  I hope this article will help you take control.

PS.  Try and find a naturopathic and allopathic medical practioner rather than just an allopathic doctor.  Naturopathic doctors are often trained firstly as an MD, then diversify into naturopathic medicine using natural nutrients and only prescribing drugs as a last resort.

  1. Ches PowerGoldberg B, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & Environmental Illness: 26 Doctors Show You How They Reverse These Conditions with Clinically Oriven Alternative Therapies, Future Medicine Publishing, Tiburon, CA, 1998.

Statin Drugs and Side Effects

The hype about statin drugs to reduce cholesterol is increasing by the day.  But what is the real truth about these best selling and most profitable drugs ever created?  This post ‘Statin drugs and side effects’ looks into it further.

statin side effectsStudy reveals the dangers of statin Drugs

A new study has been published revealing that statins do NOT decrease atherosclerosis and that the drugs may actually be exacerbating and stimulating atherosclerosis and heart failure.  The reason given in the research are numerous, the major ones being:

    • Vitamin K2 which protect the arteries from calcium buildup is inhibited by statins.  This is significant because K2, along with magnesium (Mg) is vital in moving calcium out of the soft tissues and into the bones where it belongs.
    • Mitochondrial dysfunction.  Our energy is produced in the mitochondria and statins are toxic to these energy centres in our cells, disrupting ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production, which is our energy currency.  This in turn compromises heart muscle function and disrupts intracellular signals.
    • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): Statins are known to deplete CoQ10 (ubiquinol) levels and this fact was to be added as a warning on statin cartons and inserts but the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) decided against it in 2014.
    • 25% of Americans are taking statin drugs.  It is unfortunate that most of these patients are not warned about the devastating consequences of low CoQ10 levels.  (If you are taking statins, you need 100-200mg of CoQ10 or ubiquinol every day because you cannot get enough from your diet and statins will deplete what you have got.)
    • Selenium-containing proteins: Statins interfere with Selenoproteins such as glutathione peroxidase.  These proteins are vital in preventing oxidative damage to muscle tissue.  The authors state:

“Blocking the selenoprotein enzyme glutathione peroxidase is akin to pouring gasoline on the fire of inflammation and free radicals, which damages muscle tissue. In fact, the scientists described this blocking of the selenoproteins reminiscent of selenium deficiency induced heart failure, known as Keshan’s disease first identified in the 1930s.…the epidemic of heart failure and atherosclerosis that plagues the modern world may paradoxically be aggravated by the pervasive use of statin drugs. We propose that current statin treatment guidelines be critically reevaluated.”

cholesterolSo what exactly is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a ‘lipid’.  It is absorbed by the body from our food and is synthesized by some of our cells, primarily those of the intestines and the liver.  It is also necessary for cell membranes in all tissues to produce normal cell and membrane growth.  It is a necessary precursor for many crucial hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone as well as the stress hormones.  When we are exposed to sunshine, it is the cholesterol in our skin that converts to vitamin D.

There are different types of cholesterol and here lies the problem.  The two main different kinds that you hear of today are HDL which stands for high density lipoproteins and LDL which stands for low density lipoproteins.  You may also hear of  (very) VLDL and TG which stands for triglycerides. Triglycerides are not really cholesterol but another class of fats or lipids found in the blood.

Good and bad cholesterol?
Nuts
Raise HDL with nuts

When you hear about high cholesterol, that’s not really the whole story.  You need to know the level of your HDL cholesterol (the good stuff) and your LDL, VLDL and TGs (the bad stuff).  “High cholesterol” is a term we hear a lot and it does seem to put the frighteners on the general population but it is a deceptive simplification.

So what has magnesium got to do with cholesterol?

Magnesium actually has an affect on cholesterol levels.  It regulates production of cholesterol by controlling the enzymes that produce it.  It can raise the level of HDL (good) cholesterol and at the same time lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.  Depending on what the body requires, it can either increase or reduce cholesterol production¹.

But isn’t that what statins do?

Yes it is but statins are drugs which will have side effects. Magnesium is a natural nutrient which is vital for healthy cholesterol production and has no side effects (except diarrhoea if used to excess).  Magnesium does the job naturally but even so, pharmaceutical companies started the quest of looking for a drug that would cut cholesterol off at its source.  They did this by coming up with a drug that inhibits the enzyme which is responsible for cholesterol synthesis.  So they invented a series of drugs called statins. The enzyme HMG-CoA reductase was the target.

statin drugsStatins for all?

Statins are drugs that may reduce subsequent heart events ie. for those who already have heart disease and have suffered a heart attack or cardiac event.  Recent research has now put this into doubt. But what makes it worse is now there seems to be a trend to prescribe statins to those patients that haven’t even got heart disease and have no signs of having it.  Just elevated cholesterol levels will likely instigate your doctor to prescribe statins.  Could this be something to do with Big Pharma putting money before patients’ health!  Surely not?

No benefits for disease free patients so why prescribe it?

Studies have been undertaken with data from 65,000 people and it has been found that there is no evidence that statins had any benefits for preventing cardiovascular disease from disease free patients or even from those at risk from getting heart disease.  For some, statins may do more harm than good with patients suffering from unpleasant side effects and recent studies are now pointing towards statins actually being dangerous.

If you are prescribed statin drugs for lowering your cholesterol, it would be wise to ask questions as to why it is being prescribed, particularly in the case of someone who does not have heart disease.  Dr Sircus cited in his interesting article Run from your Statin recommending Cardiologist, a recent study in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention which reports that women who have used cholesterol-lowering statin drugs for more than 10 years have double the risk of two common types of breast cancer: invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular carcinoma².

Cancer risks, liver or muscle damage?
Dr Thomas B Newman
Dr Thomas B Newman

Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Thomas B. Newman and co-workers showed that all cholesterol-lowering drugs, both the early drugs known as fibrates (clofibrate, gemfibrozil) and the newer drugs known as statins (Lipitor, Pravachol, Zocor), cause cancer in rodents at the equivalent doses used by man.

Dr Carolyn Dean in her book ‘The Magnesium Miracle” states – “Because statins work on liver enzymes, they can disrupt liver function.  If you take statins, you must have regular blood tests to look for liver damage”   and    “Another acknowledged side effect, (of statins) statin myopathy, is an iatrogenic (doctor-induced) condition that damages muscles and is entirely related to statin intake.”

Dr Dennis Goodman who’s a cardiologist states in his book ‘Magnificent Magnesium’ – “If statins can’t prevent heart disease in people who are at risk for developing it, why prescribe them so liberally?”

Gemfibrozil shown to increase death rates

Dr. Gloria Troendle, deputy director for the Division of Metabolism and Endocrine Druggemfibrozil drug Products for the FDA, noted that the cholesterol-lowering drug gemfibrozil belonged to a class of drugs that has repeatedly been shown to increase death rates among users.  Despite only 3 of the 9 committee members voting to pass this drug, the FDA decided to approve Gemfibrozil for human consumption.

Dr Duane Graveline, MD, MPH has a website called ‘Spacedoc.com’.   He has retired as a medical doctor but was an  American physician and a NASA astronaut. He was one of the six scientists selected in 1965, in NASA’s fourth group of astronauts, for the Apollo Crestor statinprogram.  In one of his many articles about statins he cites one written in March 2015 by Dr Sidney Wolfe; the article is in the the BMJ (British Medical Journal) at: www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h1388.   Dr. Sidney Wolfe explains why he thinks the drug Crestor (rosuvastatin) should have been withdrawn and not used.  He documents that Crestor’s prime problem is its strength.  In the JUPITER study, compared to placebo, the rosuvastatin group had a significantly higher incidence (26%) of new onset diabetes.  This same effect of rosuvastatin has been observed in other studies³.

So is cholesterol really the enemy?

It is interesting to note that many people with normal cholesterol levels die of heart attacks.  In fact more people die of heart attacks exhibiting normal levels as those do exhibiting higher levels.  A study published in The American Heart Journal in January 2009, analysed 137,000 patients admitted to hospital in the United States presenting with a heart attack.  Almost 75% of those patients had ‘normal’ cholesterol levels.

Dr Ron RosedaleDr Ron Rosedale points out – “cholesterol is a vital component of every cell membrane on Earth. In other words, there is no life on Earth that can live without cholesterol. That will automatically tell you that, in and of itself, it cannot be evil. In fact, it is one of our best friends. We would not be here without it. No wonder lowering cholesterol too much increases one’s risk of dying. Cholesterol is also a precursor to all of the steroid hormones. You cannot make estrogen, testosterone, cortisone, and a host of other vital hormones without cholesterol.”

This could indicate that cholesterol is not the precursor to heart disease and there is something else going on which has been missed.  Is the medical profession overlooking something?  Perhaps we can’t see the wood for the trees?  Is there a missing link?

Eat fresh unprocessed foods

vegetablesOne thing’s for sure, we all need to strive towards eating a healthy diet which includes, oily fish such as wild caught salmon, mackerel and herring, nuts and seeds, oatmeal, olive oil, organic coconut oil, avocados, green vegetables, fresh fruits, garlic, onions (raw is best), beans and pulses to name a few.  Cut out the processed foods and try and cook from fresh.  I know, you haven’t got the time!  Make time, this is your health we’re talking about.  Recipes for quick and easy home made meals that are healthy and nourishing are everywhere.

Don’t forget your exercise

Walking the dog

Exercise regularly. How about using a bike or walking sometimes.  Leave the car at home, it saves fuel! Why not take the dog for an extra long walk!  Eating  healthily and exercising regularly is the number one priority for keeping your heart in good condition.  If you have no prior heart event then I would question your doctor if he  prescribes a statin drug.  In fact I would question him no matter what your state of health.  Do you own research.  Perhaps you could educate your doctor about cholesterol and the natural way to control it.  Good luck with that!

Mg glassI want to finish this article by comparing what statin drugs do versus what magnesium does, specifically in relation to controlling cholesterol:  This is a table taken from ‘The Magnesium Factor’ a book by Mildred S Seelig MD and Andrea Rosanoff Ph.D.

A Comparison of the Physiological Effects of Magnesium and Statin Drugs

Effect                                        Statin Drugs                                        Magnesium
Target Enzyme                        HMG-CoA reductase only                 HMG-CoA reductase and LCAT*
Effect on enzyme                   Inhibits or poisons                             Regulates and controls
Lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol    Yes                                                               Yes
Raises ‘good’ cholesterol   Sometimes                                               Yes
Prevents clot formation      Yes                                                               Yes
Reduces Inflammation        Yes                                                               Yes
Slows and prevents
atherosclerotic plaques      Now in doubt                                          Yes
Raises liver enzymes
above normal                          Yes                                                               No
Can cause myopathy            Yes                                                               Prevents myopathy
Many side effects                    Yes                                                              No
*LCAT (Lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase) – an enzyme that converts LDL into HDL
which magnesium activates.

If you wish to make a comment, please do.  I always answer questions and comments.

  1. Ches Power AuthorCorica F1, Allegra A, Di Benedetto A et al., “Effects of oral magnesium supplementation on plasma lipid concentrations in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus,” Magnes Res. 1994 Mar;7(1):43-7.
  2. Long-term statin use and risk of ductal and lobular breast cancer among women 55-74 years of age; Jean A. McDougall et al; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Published OnlineFirst July 5, 2013; doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-13-0414
  3. Chih-Wei Chen, et al “Differential Impact of Statin on New-Onset Diabetes in Different Age Groups: A Population-Based Case-Control Study in Women from an Asian Country”  PLoS One. 2013; 8(8): e71817. Published online 2013 Aug 12. doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.0071817. 

CDC Immunization Schedule

I read that New York State has a law which prohibits a child going to school without being up to date with all his/her vaccinations. In effect vaccines are mandatory if you have a child living in NYS.  Upon looking further, it appears the whole of the US has these mandatory laws, which I find horrendous and a breach of civil rights.  California, Mississippi and West

Virginia have no exemptions, except medical, whereas New York and the majority of other states have religious exemptions applied.  As for those that’s left, they have personal belief and religious exemptions. These are such states as Texas, Nevada, Montana, New Mexico etc.. Have a look at the map to see the laws of your state as of 2016.

This law is throughout the US

This may sound pretty benign until you really look into what’s going on here. Even if you don’t want your child vaccinated, if you live in certain areas, you have no option.  It’s as though your child belongs to the state!  This is the LAW in the US.  As for NYS, I looked into it a little further and found that this law is all encompassing and the only exception could be your religion. If you go to this page,  you will find all the immunization laws and regulations applied to NYS.  These are probably similar for all states.

Knocking on doors?

To cap it all, a saw a video showing medics knocking on the door of a home where a child lived who had not been vaccinated.  These medics were armed with vaccination kits ready to jab the child there and then!  I’m not surprised that the door was shut in their face!  Why is it a problem anyway that a child is not vaccinated.  If vaccines work, the unvaccinated child should pose no threat to the vaccinated child!  This makes you wonder about the efficacy of vaccines.

vaccinating babyAll bases are covered!

This law covers areas from schools and child care programs, colleges, universities and other post secondary institutions, healthcare facilities and agencies, including care homes. Every vaccination has to be registered. All healthcare providers have to report all immunisations given to every person under the age of 19 years, as well as their immunisation history. This goes to the NYS Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) for any vaccines given outside the state or to the CIR (Citywide Immunization Registry).

Permission from patients to register?

Law also requires that registered pharmacists and nurses as well as health care providers, report all immunisations given to those over 19 years.  Permission must be obtained from the patient to have their vaccine details registered but if they refuse, their medic will inform the administration to the New York State Dept of Health (NYSDOD) Certified Immunizer Survey anyway.  No point in refusing then!

Be aware of bogus research
‘Even with some fraud thrown in, it didn’t work.’

I am married to a man who has dealt with and made vaccines in his professional life. He knows exactly how they are put together, what goes into them and their efficacy or not, as the case may be.  Suffice to say, he will never have a vaccination and won’t touch a flu jab with a bargepole!  His knowledge has spurred me on to look at some of the research done on vaccines.  Research done by those not affiliated in any way to the pharmaceutical industry.  These drug companies make billions of dollars out of their extensive sales of vaccines around the world.  Human nature, being such that it is, will assure you that profit is the first consideration of the pharmaceutical industry, even to the detriment of public health.

Independant vaccine research.

Studies done by bona fide researchers are numerous, despite those that say “there are no studies showing vaccines are unsafe or ineffective”.  Parents, who question their doctors about the safety of vaccines, will be told that vaccines are safe and research has not proven otherwise.  This, of course, is erroneous as hundreds of research papers are out there if you want to bother to look for them.  In fact, I’m reading a book at the moment, that has 400 research papers within it, dealing with the adverse affects of vaccines.  This book does NOT include any research funded by the pharmaceutical industry.  Be aware, research funded by the pharmaceuticals is everywhere and I can only view it with suspicion.

vaccinesImmunity to the Pharmaceutical Industry.

The research done by pharmaceuticals will be as minimal as is necessary to get their product passed by the FDA.  Vaccine damage to the populous is of no worry to them as they are exempt from public prosecution. Immunity was given to them by congress in 1986 and the law was upheld by the US supreme court in 2011. This gives the industry carte blanche to produce vaccines of dubious efficacy with likely serious after effects, without them being sued when patients die or have a serious reaction from their vaccinations.

The public is unaware

The general public is mostly unaware that they have little recourse if they or their child is damaged by a vaccine.  They will be hard pressed to get any compensation and most of the time, if they do get to court through the ‘Vaccine Injury Compensation Program’, it will take years for any settlement.  The longest settlement time so far is 11 years!  Many consider it’s not worth the stress, expense and hassle.  (By the way, seeing as vaccines are supposedly so safe, why is their a vaccine injury compensation program anyway?)

infant vaccinesVaccinations increase infant mortality

As for the likelihood of your child being damaged by vaccines, studies show that vaccinations increase infant mortality. When comparing vaccine rates in 34 different developed nations, the number of vaccines received by an infant and infant mortality are connected. Those developed countries that have the highest vaccine rates for children, have the highest child mortality rates and the US is the worst at 34th!  You can find this research here.

Simultaneous vaccinations

One of the most dangerous ways of giving vaccines is simultaneous vaccinations. This has been proven with a study by Miller and Goldman.  They analysed nearly 40,000 records of infants reported to have suffered adverse effects from vaccines. Those infants vaccinated the most, were significantly more prone to be hospitalised or even die, when compared with those receiving fewer vaccinations.

VAERS

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a database where people can report adverse effects from vaccines. It is not compulsary and although doctors are supposed to use it, they are not obliged and most don’t bother because there are no penalties if they don’t.  Anyone can give a report but not many know of this database and consequently not many use it.  Research has confirmed that this kind of passive reporting is massively under reported and that only 1 in 50 events are ever declared.

multiple vaccines38,000 adverse reactions to infants

VAERS has more than half a million reports of adverse reactions to vaccines and that increases by around 30,000 reports yearly. If you multiply that by 50 you get an idea of what the true number could be. Even so, Miller and Goldman used the reports in the database, using those to do with infants. 38,000 infants were reported as having a reaction following administration of one or more vaccines.  Those advocating the mandatory vaccination schedule would probably change their mind if one of those 38,000 was their child.

Miller and Goldman prove a point

Miller and Goldman then created a program to determine how many vaccines each infant had before suffering an adverse reaction. They concentrated on those infants that were hospitalised or had died and they found those having 3 vaccines simultaneously were more likely to have a serious reaction needing hospitalisation or which caused death, than those receiving 2 vaccines simultaneously. The figures went on to those having 4 vaccines being more prone to serious reactions than those having 3 vaccines. This increase of serious reactions went up as the vaccines went up until those receiving 8 vaccines simultaneously were “off-the-charts”. The earlier the age of the child, the more likely a serious adverse reaction.

vaccine injury

CDC Immunization Schedule

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has scheduled vaccinations for convenience over safety. They advocate giving 8 vaccines at 2 months, 8 vaccines at 4 months and 8 more at 6 months. The immune system of an infant does not start to develop until about 2-3 months of age, depending on the infant. Those infants fed on formula rather than breast milk, will take longer to develop their immune system. The immune system is quite efficient by 6 months but not fully developed until 4 to 5 years.

What’s the point of giving antigens to an infant without a developed immune system and at the same time, injecting toxins into such a small body.  Why not wait until the child is older and able to tolerate such an onslaught to the immune system and why not give vaccines singly.  The research shows that those receiving single vaccines are less likely to suffer a reaction than those receiving simultaneous shots.

ThinkTwice.com

If you want more information on this serious subject, go to ThinkTwice.com where you will find a plethora of facts and figures on vaccines and immunisation.

vaccinesDon’t be brainwashed, do your own research

Many times, people will say to me and that includes friends and relatives –  “You’re not a doctor, what do you know?”  I may not be a doctor, but I can read and I’m a reasonably intelligent woman.  I also know that my knowledge in some fields, far outstrips that of many doctors, who are not taught about subjects, such as vitamins, minerals and nutrition.  The field of immunisation is also something medics will have scant knowledge of.  They will just be going with what their pharmaceutical companies are selling and telling them.

A huge and immotive subject, close to our hearts

This is a huge subject and if you are a parent of an infant or you are soon to be, it is well worth while doing your own research regarding your child’s immunization program.  Don’t be dictated to, those that tell you it’s safe often have a vested financial interest in the vaccination program or are too nervous to buck the trend, for fear of being vilified.  Others have been hoodwinked into believing the research and studies done by the drug industry. Your child is precious, make sure you are doing the best you can to keep her/him safe.

Ches PowerCivil rights abuse

I live in the UK and one thing that would put me off living in the US is the mandatory vaccination program that is rife.  In my opinion, it is a serious abuse of civil rights.  I just hope the UK does not go the way of the US.  By the way, I wonder how doctors and other medics innoculate their own children?

Early Signs – Heart Disease

Heart disease link to low magnesium levels

In this post, ‘early signs – heart disease’ I really want to drive it home to everyone, why most heart disease occurs.   If you already have heart disease, or any kind of cardiovascular condition, then you can help to alleviate it.  If you don’t have heart disease, don’t get complacent because there’s a high possibility you already have the early signs.  In fact, there’s a high possibility that most of our children have the beginnings of cardiovascular disease.

Am I being melodramatic?

No certainly not.  I’m being realistic and I want you to sit up and take notice for the sake of you and your family’s future health.   Answer these questions and think about it:

  1. adhdDoes your child have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  2. Are you or your child suffering from tics, twitches or excessive blinking.
  3. What about full blown Tourette’s (TS).
  4. How about Epilepsy or epileptic conditions.
  5. Do you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
  6. Has your child got Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
  7. Do you or your child suffer from Depression, Anxiety or Panic Attacks.
  8. Do you or or child suffer with headaches.
epilepsy in kidsEveryone, including our children, needs Magnesium

If you or your children suffer from any of the above or any other neurological, emotional, behavoural or mental conditions, then you are likely to be Magnesium (Mg) deficient.  In fact it is now estimated that at least 80% of the population of the US do not consume enough Mg.  The consequences of this shortfall could be catastrophic.  These conditions can herald a future of health problems and life threatening conditions such as cardiovascular disease for you and your children.  Act now and protect you and your family’s health.

Why all these modern conditions?

So here we are in the 21st Century, 80% of the population of the US with Europe and the rest of the world not far behind, all deficient in a vital but mostly unknown mineral called Magnesium.  Also, we have all these relatively new conditions popping up throughout the world like ADHD, ODD, TS, OCD and ASD.  How many of these conditions existed in the 1900s when our intake of Mg was known to be around 500mg per day?

Our soils are now magnesium poor

Now, in this modern age all our soils are junk fooddepleted of vitamins and minerals and particularly Mg.  So much junk food is available, very little of which will have any Mg.  All these new medical conditions have slowly been increasing over the years, while our intake of Mg has dropped to an average of 175-225mg per day.

So what has Mg deficiency to do with these conditions?

Well, everything actually.  This mineral is one of the most vital for the human body (and for all other animals and plants).  If you don’t have enough in your body, your system will start to break down.  One of the first symptoms will be fatigue, physical and mental.  Why is this?  Unless Mg is present to activate our energy process through a substance known as adenosine triphosphate or ATP, our bodies cannot function.

Mg-ATP

ATP is the energy currency in our cells’ energy factories (mitochondria).  Put simply, ATP is essential for life and Mg is the mineral nutrient that brings life to ATP.  When scientists discuss ATP they are almost invariably referring to the activated form of ATP known as Mg-ATP.  For convenience, the Mg  prefix is often dropped which is a pity because it just serves to hide the importance of this mineral.  The correct notation for this magnesium-bound compound is Mg-ATP.

But what has Mg deficiency got to do with heart disease?

HeartnecrosisAgain, everything.  At the last count, an average man of 150lbs has 37.2 trillion cells, each one needing Mg.  The incidence of heart disease has been rising at an alarming rate, at the same time intakes of magnesium have been declining.  Mg deficency will lead to many disruptions within the body that will threaten virtually every bodily system.  If Mg is not present in enough quantites to activate ATP, then energy production will be compromised. The heart will be starved of its energy and problems will ensue. The human heart cycles around 6kgs of ATP per day!!  Without Mg to activate this enzymatic process, the necessary energy will not be produced and this specialised muscle, the heart, will slowly start to deteriorate.

So why aren’t we told about this by our medics?

Unfortunately, Mg is a vital nutrient mineral that is mostly overlooked and/or ignored by the medical profession.  This disregard and failure to correctly diagnose a Mg deficiency, will result in potentially life threatening health problems within the cardiovascular range of diseases.  This is apart from the misery it can cause to those with the above conditions such as Tourette’s and Epilepsy.  Not recognising a Mg deficiency gives rise to mis-diagnosis which is then treated with serious and unnecessary pharmaceutical drugs, administered to patients who often don’t even need them.

And then there’s electrolyte imbalance!

As well as the necessity of Mg for producing our energy needs, Mg is essential for Ca:Mg ratiocontrolling the Calcium (Ca) in our bodies.   At the cellular level, Mg controls the ‘gates’ which open and close admission of Ca into our cells.  Too much Ca in our cells can be devastating and can cause cell death.  This continual control, means Mg needs to be in plentiful supply to efficiently regulate the movement of Ca in and out of our cells as well as ensuring Ca is laid down in our bones and teeth.  Generally, Mg and Potassium (K) reside within our cells and Ca and Sodium (Na) reside outside of our cells.  Out of these 4 vital electrolytes, Mg is the key player.  Without it, none of the other electrolytes will work efficiently.  Even if you are replete in K for instance, it will not be available to the body without enough Mg being present.

Without Mg, Ca migrates and calcifies!

Ca should be dissolved in our blood and laid down in our bones and teeth.  It shouldn’t be able to migrate to our soft tissue and calcify which is exactly what it does if Mg is not there to control it.  Excess Ca can activate and over excite our sympathetic nervous system (SNS).  This controls our automatic and unconscious functions.  Two  important SNS functions are the “fight-or-flight” response and the inflammatory process.

Excess Ca is dangerous

Excess Ca will over-stimulate these procedures causing an inflammatory deluge. This over response leads to chronic inflammation and at the same time increases levels of stress hormones.  Any kind of stress is the primary depleter of Mg, leading to an electrolyte imbalance.  The inflammatory process produces plaque, excess Ca in the blood thickens and calcifies.  The hardened plaque narrows the arteries,  resulting in cardiovascular diseases such as arrhythmia, angina, heart attack etc..

CC scanWhy aren’t we prescribed Mg supplements?

It’s a mystery to me, especially as your heart specialist knows about this problem.  Have you heard of a CC scan.  Do you know what it stands for?  It stands for a ‘Coronary Calcium Scan’.  The Mayo Clinic describes it as follows:   “A heart scan, also known as a coronary calcium scan, is a specialized X-ray test that provides pictures of your heart that can enable your doctor to detect and measure calcium-containing plaque in the arteries.”   The image shows severe calcification of the left anterior descending coronary artery (red arrow), the portion of the circumflex coronary artery within the imaging plane (white arrow) and the aortic root around the origin of the left main coronary artery (yellow arrow).

Why have we not been educated?

You may now be wondering why is it that your cardiologist knows that Ca can migrate and calcify in the arteries and heart and why does he not give advice to you, his patient, on how to avoid this calcification.  Why are we not being told to lay off the Ca and supplement with Mg?  Why not use preventative measures rather than wait until we’re so sick that nothing can be done other than heart surgery and drugs?  Why are we not told in our younger years, what we need to do to protect our hearts?  Why do we have to put up with this misery when there is a simple answer to much of the cardiovascular diseases that we suffer today?  This inexpensive vital mineral would save millions of lives and save us millions of dollars?  What’s going on?  Has it anything to do with Big Pharma and profits?

Mg and the heartMg controls stress

With a plentiful supply of Mg, this inflammatory response and nutrient deprived stress would not occur.  Ca would be completely dissolved in the blood so there would be no Ca deposits.  Any inflammatory response would go through its process and heal any damage instead of spiraling out of control.  ATP production would be at optimum levels which will keep the heart and cardiovascular system and you, energised and healthy.

Protect yourselves.

The reason I cited those childhood diseases at the start of this post was to convince you that a Mg deficiency can start from the womb (preeclampsia, gestational diabetes).  If your child or you, show symptoms of Mg deficiency, do something about it.  Mg is a completely harmless but vital mineral nutrient that is necessary for all life.  Don’t let your child become slowly deficient.   Don’t ply your child (or yourself) with excessive Ca.  We get plenty of Ca in our modern diet with the food manufacturers fortifying many of our foods Mg rich foodswith it.  A normal wholesome diet, will provides plenty of Ca.  Mg is the nutrient in short supply, so be aware and watch out for symptoms before they get a hold.  Make sure your diet contains Mg rich foods.  Supplement with good quality Mg such as ReMag, Ionic Mg or Mg Citrate powder.

Magnesium will change your life and protect you and your loved ones from a plethora of diseases.  Check out Mg deficiency symptoms.

“Most modern heart disease is caused by magnesium deficiency.
Dr Mildred S. Seelig.

“Without enough magnesium, cells simply don’t work.”
Dr Lawrence M. Resnick

“There is a solution to our health woes, a tragically underutilized remedy that has been with us for decades: magnesium.”
Dr Dennis Goodman

“Living without adequate levels of magnesium is like trying to operate a machine with the power off.”
Dr Christiane Northrup

“It is shocking, frankly, how little people know, how little doctors know, about this vital mineral (magnesium).”
Dr Jay S. Cohen

“Magnesium is the most important mineral to man and all living things”.
Dr Jerry Aikawa

“Research has overwhelmingly demonstrated the critical relationship between low levels of magnesium and cardiovascular disease.”
Dr Julian Whitaker

and a PubMed Hypotheses:
It is highly regrettable that the deficiency of such an inexpensive low toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering and expense throughout the world.“¹
Ches Power Author
1.   The multifaceted and widespread pathology of magnesium deficiency Johnson S1. Med Hypotheses. 2001 Feb;56(2):163-70. PMID: 11425281 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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