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What Is Type 3 Diabetes?

What is type 3 diabetes?  We all know there are two main types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2.  There is also the transient gestational diabetes which only affects women during pregnancy.  But now diabetes is being linked with Alzheimer’s and it’s being called type 3. Are you at risk?

The path to diabetes

The path to diabetes is a complex and often long one.  Many people start on the road to this disease from an early age.  Whilst we’re young, our bodies can mostly compensate and cope with the stupidity of consuming rubbish food with a vengeance, regularly bingeing on alcohol and sodas, smoking and using recreational drugs and  taking in a plethora of poisons and toxins.  Now take a look at this 2 minute video.

Normal living conditions are bad enough!

It’s bad enough that we have to contend with environmental hazards and harmful chemicals that we have no control over.  But to then make it even worse by further abusing our bodies with added burdens of contaminating foods and drink is witless!  After all, we do have a certain amount of control over what we put into our bodies.  Problem is, when we’re young, we think we’re immortal.  Another difficulty is the mindset of the human race as a whole.  We’re definitely a very clever species, but we’re certainly not too intelligent!

It will catch up with you.junk at 30

So here you are, in your prime, not long out of college and rearing to go.  Your whole life ahead of you and you’re determined to enjoy every minute of it.  No matter about your diet or lifestyle, as long as a good time is had by all.  You turn around and suddenly you’re 30 with a spouse and a couple of kids.  The youngsters are growing up fast.  Right from weaning, they’ve had your lifestyle.

Then there’s the TV ads.

What’s worse is that we are all bombarded with continual adverts on TV from the food companies about a super chocolatey cereal or a delicious sugar free drink or a scrumptious pudding.  The kids will harrass you relentlessly until you succumb and buy the rubbish food for them.

child obesityWhat are the kids up to?

So already your children have started to consume the same diet as you.  They eat the same food you do, they drink the same sodas, juices, breakfast cereals etc. and other junk. They’ve probably started smoking unbeknown to you. They observe your habits, hopefully you’ve now stopped smoking cigarettes or worse, weed.  How about the drinking, have you moderated that.  Whatever paradigms you have, your children will likely have them too and they will pass these paradigms on to their offspring.  (Today, about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese). 

The kids are grown

The children have grown up now and they’re having children of their own and before long you’re a grandparent.  How’s your health?  Still eating junk food, smoking and drinking sodas and excess alcohol?  What about exercise,  are you keeping fit?  Can you keep up with your grandkids when they want you to play football, tennis or other physical activities? What about your weight?  A little on the heavy side?

football with grandpaTime flies when you’re having fun!

So here you are at 50.  How are you?  Hopefully you’re one of the lucky ones who, despite mistreating your body continually most of your life,  are still well and feel great.  Unfortunately, this is not the usual outcome.

Perhaps you did amend your habits earlier on when the kids were young.  Hopefully, you have a wholesome healthy diet, use necessary good quality supplements, exercise and take steps to keep your stress levels down. If you did change then probably you are feeling fine.  You’re not on any prescription drugs, your energy levels are high, your blood pressure is normal, you’re not too overweight.   If so, I would like to congratulate you for coming through, despite the odds.

Do you still have those bad habits?

For those who have kept the bad habits until now, there’s a good chance you’re not always feeling well.  You may be in the stage of diabesity.  If you have been thirty pounds or more overweight for a decade or so, then this is the classification you’re in.  It means that you are likely to get type 2 diabetes.  The good news is, you can change this state of affairs by doing all the right stuff.

no diet cokeIt’s easy to change your life!
  1. Change your diet to good fresh foods, including healthy fats like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Kick the sodas to the kerb and keep away from artificial sweeteners like aspartame.
  3. Moderate your drinking habits to no more than 14 units a week.
  4. Stop using recreational drugs.
  5. Stop smoking.
  6. Take regular exercise.
  7. Take steps to reduce your stress levels.
  8. Take a good quality Magnesium (Mg) supplement.
  9. Try and get 7 – 8 hours sleep.
burning candleBurning the candle at both ends

So what will happen if you keep on the same old track of junk food, no exercise, drinking to excess, smoking, burning the candle at both ends and being under stress much of the time?  As a consequence of having long term nutrional deficiencies, from eating junk food and drinking diet sodas, plus all the other bad choices you’ve made, your body will succumb.

You will be Mg deficient!

Because of these debilitating habits, the first thing you will be is Mg deficient.  You will also have all or some of the symptoms of a Mg deficiency which includes being overweight, having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and elevated uric acid.  You may suffer heart arrhythmias, angina, digestive problems, headaches and more.  These conditions are most often caused by a poor quality high sugar diet.  Sodas, cakes, pastries, biscuits, artificial sweeteners like aspartame and everything that’s junk with little or no nutrition.  Your body doesn’t want it but it gets it just the same, on a daily basis.  Something’s got to give and it will!

Then you’re diagnosed

diabetic footOnce you’re officially a type 2 diabetic you will have, by default, a plethora of other possible conditions that go with this horrid disease.  Some complications are set out below:

  1. Nerve damage which affects the feet mostly.  Symptoms are tingling, numbness, burning sensations and pain.
  2. Cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.
  3. Kidney disease, including kidney stones.
  4. Damage to vessels in the eyes causing loss of vision. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the US.
  5. Diabetic foot ulcers which are vulnerable to infections causing gangrene and often necessary amputation.
  6. Severe Mg deficiency.
  7. Cognitive dysfunction.
Scary symptom No. 7

All these symptoms are alarming but No. 7 is the symptom that most people are more concerned about because if cognitive dysfunction results in Alzheimer’s or another dementia, it will change your personality and you and your loved ones will lose who you are.  For statistics on Alzheimer’s see http://www.alzheimers.net/resources/alzheimers-statistics/

overweightNearly 70% of the population of the US are overweight and this means a pre-diabetic state which is, in fact, the early stages of diabesity.  This means you have serious risks of developing disease and shortening your life.  This does not just mean overweight people.  Those who are not overweight, can also be at risk.  These people, despite being a normal weight, carry much of their size around their middle.

The risks

The risks of being in a state of diabesity are: heart disease, stroke, cancer, blindness, kidney disease, hypertension and Alzheimer’s or other dementias.  The research shows evidence from neurocognitive tests which suggests that “cognitive dysfunction should be listed as one of the many complications of diabetes, along with retinopathy, neuropathy, nephropathy and cardiovascular disease.”¹

3 of the largest studies ever done.
  1. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study of 85,000 women.
  2. The Health Professionals Follow-up Study of 43,000 men.
  3. The Iowa Women’s Health Study of 40,000 women.

All three studies showed that those people with the highest amounts of Mg intake had the lowest risk for developing diabetes.

Renowned diabetes researcher Dr Jerry Nadler says: “diabetes is a magnesium deficiency state”.  Dr Dennis Goodman MD FACC, a professor in cardiology says: “The rise of type 2 diabetes parallels the rise in magnesium deficiency.”

insulin resistance
          Type 2 Diabetes

Dr Joe Mercola states: “Rarely do so many studies from around the world find universal agreement on a subject! The evidence is clear: if you want to optimize your metabolism and keep your risk for type 2 diabetes low, one of the things you need to do is consume adequate magnesium. Unfortunately, this is not the norm, as an estimated 80 percent of Americans are magnesium deficient.”

Please note:

I  want to add that the figures that estimate how many people have a magnesium deficiency are based on those that have had a ‘serum magnesium test’.  This commonly used test is highly inaccurate and will often give a ‘false positive’.  In other words, more people will be Mg deficient than the test will show.

The importance of Mg

Most of the conditions mentioned in this article can develop if you are Mg deficient.  Type 2 diabetes is an insulin resistance. The pancreas releases insulin, the insulin binds to a cell receptor which then stimulates a protein within the cell, allowing glucose to enter the cell membrane.  If the receptors don’t work then insulin builds up as does the glucose which is actually toxic to the body unless taken into the cell.  Mg is required to activate the ‘on/off’ switch which allows insulin receptors to function.

CC scanCalcium calcifies 

Our modern foods are low in Mg because of agricultural practices using fertilizers and pesticides which have stripped the soils of basic nutrients.  Foods are fortified with Calcium (Ca) without balancing with Mg, which means many of us, especially women, are overloaded with this ‘star’ mineral. This makes the Mg deficiency even worse because Mg is necessary to control Ca.  Our bodies are being calcified as we grow older because Ca is too abundant and gets laid down in soft tissue.  This is one of the prime causes of atherosclerosis and other calcifications and a precursor to heart disease.  This image shows calacification within the arteries of the heart.  Mg and Ca intake should be in balance with a 1:1 ratio.

Is Alzheimer’s disease “type 3 diabetes”?

Research has indicated that those who have Alzheimer’s disease have brains that show a diabetic state.  This fact is partly due to the resistance or decreased sensitivity to insulin.  There seem to be several parallels within the brains of diabetics and Alzheimer’s sufferers. But this does not give positive proof that someone with diabetes is bound to develop a dementia.²

It doesn’t matter what it’s called

When all’s said and done, it doesn’t really matter what the medical professionals call this condition, Alzheimer’s or type 3 diabetes.   What matters is will you develop these life threatening conditions.  What are you going to do about it.  How will you reduce your risk of becoming a statistic?

couch catDon’t be a couch potato!

Come on, get off the sofa, turn off the telly and go for a walk.  Take the dog out.  Take the grandkids to the park.  Go to the beach and walk along the sand in your bare feet.  Go for a picnic and take some healthy food with you.  Get some exercise and don’t be a couch potato.  There’s more to life than languishing indoors.  Do something positive for you and your family’s health and change all those bad habits to healthy ones, for your sake and for your loved ones.

Magnesium is VITAL!

It will give you energy, it will lighten your mood, it will help stabilize your blood pressure, it will reduce angina and arrhythmias. It will enable transfer of glucose into cells.  You cannot make or secrete insulin without it.  Mg keeps Ca soluble in the bloodstream.  If you already know you have a Ca burden after a Coronary Calcium Scan, take vitamin K2 along with your Mg.  This will help direct that rogue Ca back into the bones where it belongs.

I welcome comments and I’m interested to hear your input.  Try Mg for yourself, there’s nothing to lose.  Remember this alkaline metal is absolutely vital for your continued health and is completely harmless.  This is NOT a drug, it is a natural nutrient that your body needs as much as you need water!

  1. Ches Power AuthorCognitive Dysfunction and Diabetes Mellitus
    Christopher T. Kodl and Elizabeth R. Seaquist
    Dept of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Minnesota
    Endocr Rev. 2008 Jun; 29(4): 494–511.
    Published online 2008 Apr 24. doi: 10.1210/er.2007-0034

  2. Alzheimer’s Disease Is Type 3 Diabetes–Evidence Reviewed
    Suzanne M. de la Monte, M.D., M.P.H. and Jack R. Wands, M.D.
    J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2008 Nov; 2(6): 1101–1113. 

    Published online 2008 Nov.

Calcium and Magnesium

mineral balanceThe correlation between Calcium and Magnesium, these two vital minerals, is so important that I wanted you to understand the serious significance of an imbalance between the two.  In these modern times and with our modern diet, the imbalance is invariably too much Ca and too little Mg.

It’s not your fault!

It’s not your fault that there is up to 10 times more Ca than Mg in our diet today.  There is no doubt that Mg deficiency is an epidemic in these modern times. The medical fraternity seem to be oblivious to this important information, leading to the majority of us being deficient in this life giving mineral.  This in turn is accentuating the incidence of serious illnesses which come about from a long term Mg deficiency.  Diseases can then be mis-diagnosed and treated with drugs when a Mg supplement at the onset of the condition, is often all that’s necessary.

High Calcium Scores Prove Magnesium Deficiency
Ca occlusion
Calcium occluding the right coronary artery.

Dr Carolyn Dean states: “Calcification of arteries and internal organs is regarded as a “normal” part of aging by allopathic medicine with calcification of the walls of the arteries common in people aged 65 and older. And calcification of the breasts is often seen in women after the age of 50. However, I repeat, calcification in your coronary arteries is a diagnosis of magnesium deficiency. If you are properly saturated with magnesium you will not have calcium particles floating around in your blood stream and precipitating out in your coronary arteries!”

Vitamin K2 (menaquinone 7)

By the way, if you have reason to believe you are carrying a burden of calcifications in your body, or you are of the older generation, there has been much research done now on the little known vitamin K2, specifically menaquinone 7.  Take a look at this article to get the lowdown on this exciting natural treatment for calcification.  Hubby and I both take this vitamin, along with Mg Chloride (which we make up ourselves) along with a high quality krill oil.

Who’s to blame, big agra?

Well, who would you blame if your food was deficient in Mg and had an excess of Ca?  Could it be agricultural practices which strip our soils of our nutrients by using vast amounts of chemicals like ‘Roundup’, with vital Mg being one of those affected the most.

excitotoxinsFood manufacturers?

Perhaps it’s the fault of the food manufacturers who indiscriminately add various compounds to our foods and at the same time process it into oblivion, depleting it of all nourishment.  Then because it’s tasteless, they add disguised flavour enhancers such as MSG (monosodium glutamate) and sweeteners like aspartame both of which contain excitotoxins, which cause cell death.

What about Big Pharma?

Now here’s a prime candidate, the pharmaceutical industry, who seem to be hell bent on getting us all dependant on various drugs, potions and procedures so they can keep us as customers. They certainly wouldn’t want us to know about something natural that could improve our health!

And then there’s the medical industrybedside manner

Yes, I call it an industry because that’s what it is.  Give me an old fashioned doctor any day.  You know, the one with the bedside manner who really seemed to care and would sit and listen to you.  Now it’s 10 minutes and you’re out the door, with a prescription in your hand!  How many times has your doctor advised you to take a natural supplement rather than a drug?

They’re all to blame!

In my mind, they are all to blame, but I think the leading culprit is big pharma.  These companies are so huge that they have clout over the media, the medical fraternity and other important areas of our society.  Do you really think they want us to be healthy and drug free.  I think not!  They need our custom for their future development and profits.  Producing a medication that can cure something like cancer or heart disease would not be good business practice.  What is good business practice is to keep your customers by controlling their diseases not curing them.  If their drugs produce side effects and other conditions, well never mind if there isn’t a drug for it, they will produce one!

BPA prime example is one of my relatives…

One of my relatives is on 11 different medications, 9 of which are for his blood pressure.  He is on every BP medication known to man.  Suffice to say, his BP has never improved but got steadily worse. He has other serious problems which I blame on his excessive prescription drug intake and lack of vitamin and mineral nutrients which have been massively depleted by his continual consumption of these drugs.  His Mg must be as low as it can go without dying.  Has he ever been advised about a Mg deficiency?  Never!  I don’t suppose his doctor even knows the consequences of a serious Mg deficiency and if he did, he would probably prescribe yet another medication for it!!  Most patients trust their medics to know what’s best for them but allopathic doctors are continually pressurized to prescribe drugs and will ignore natural remedies.

Take Diuretics for example

Few doctors know the serious side effects of hypertension drugs.  Diuretics, for example, flush Mg and other nutrients, out of the body. The resulting Mg deficiency will also affect potassium levels. When you are Mg deficient your body is unable to replenish potassium properly.  If a patient is hospitalized and their potassium levels are low then replenishing it will be hampered unless the Mg deficiency is also addressed. Unfortunately this fact is little known by most medics and the patient is thus inadequately treated.

The media doesn’t helpboy with milk carton

Have you noticed how often you are told that a food has plenty of Ca in it, for strong  bones and healthy teeth?  All the adverts on the TV stress how much Ca is in their food products, especially childrens’ foods like, milk, yoghurts, cheeses; snacks to take for school lunches.  Our children are the patients of the future!

Ca to avoid bone fractures?

The elderly are advised to take Ca supplements to avoid bone fractures, especially broken hips.  Without Mg this is positively the wrong thing to do.  Have you ever noticed this same attention being given to Mg? I doubt it, not unless you have consulted a naturopathic doctor, which by the way is your best bet, especially one who is also an allopathic MD.

Ca migrates
bladder stones
Bladder Stones

With Mg depletion, Ca can migrate to parts of your body where it doesn’t belong.  It can cause spasms in your muscles and that includes your heart muscle, it will make plaque sticky and harden your arteries, it will go to your kidneys and cause kidney stones.  Other symptoms are fibromyalgia, tooth decay, breast tissue calcification, heart arrhythmias, angina, mitral valve problems, migraines and headaches, Ca deposits in the bladder, causing rigidity and lowering of bladder capacity, digestive problems including constipation.  But one of the most common symptoms of a Mg deficiency is high blood pressure.  The first time your BP starts to rise, a simple good quality Mg supplement such as ReMag or Ionic Magnesium, will keep BP at optimum levels for your body.  Taking a hypertensive drug at the first onset of prehypertension is best delayed until you have tried a natural solution.  (Prehypertension is a systolic pressure between 120 to 139 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or a diastolic pressure between 80 to 89 mm Hg.)  Otherwise you may be on the first step to taking these drugs for the rest of your life, along with their side effects.

The correct balance to aim for

The correct balance of magnesium in relation to calcium can help prevent the above problems.  Because of our modern day diet, it is almost impossible to achieve the 1 to 1 ratio that is necessary to keep Mg and Ca in balance and working together.

Yes, Ca is essential for good health and strong bones but it won’t do the job without itsCa:Mg partner mineral Mg, there to keep Ca dissolved in the blood and controlling the amount of Ca allowed into the cells.  Controlling Ca is just one of Mg’s multitude of tasks in the body.  It is now known that between 700 – 800 enzymes need Mg for activation.   Did you know that Mg is necessary to activate vitamin D?

Erroneous RDAs for Mg and Ca

This is one of the problems.  Here we have two RDA tables (recommended daily allowance) for Ca and Mg.  This information is sought and trusted by the public.  What they get given is erroneous information that can actually make them sick.  These tables are from the National Institutes of Health.  The RDA for Calcium is recommended as being nearly 4 times that of Magnesium for 51 year old females and over, despite numerous studies which show the dangers of a higher Ca to Mg intake.

RDACaVMg

Ca needs to be de-throned

Ca to Mg ratioOur attention has been focussed on the ‘VIP’ of minerals, Ca.  We have been lulled into a false sense of security by taking a good amount of this ‘megastar’ of all supplements.  This has been exacerbated by the misleading advertisments from food moguls and the medical profession alike.

Doctors are not educated in nutrition

You can’t really blame the medics because vitamins and minerals are rarely on the curriculum of medicinal studies.  Doctors are taught about diseases, illness and the sick body, not wellness.  Their studies are somewhat controlled by the drug companies who want to control your illness, not cure it.  A drug would not be worth the expense if it wasnutrition and medics only used a few times and then was unnecessary because it cured the patient.  Don’t forget, big pharma is just another large consortium of several companies.  They are just a business and profits are the name of the game, even if it’s at the expense of the best way to treat your illness.

Continual Professional Development

Once qualified, doctors in the UK are required to continue their education to keep up to date.  This is called ‘continual professional development’ (CPD).  The NHS does not help with this requirement but nevertheless, doctors are obliged to educate themselves on all new medical innovations and practices.  They must accrue a certain amount of ‘credits’ each year to satisfy the medical fraternity.

miracle cureBig pharma steps in to help?

As there is no budget or funding for this requirement, big pharma have stepped in to fill the breach, which lends itself to them crossing the line into promoting their drugs.  There is an unease as to where education stops and promotion begins.  One thing they will not promote is vitamins and minerals, there’s no money in something that is natural but it doesn’t mean to say it’s not the best way to lead a healthy life.

Remember, Mg is natural, it’s not a drug!

Mg is a completely natural and harmless vital element.  It has no side effects, except a laxative effect if taken to excess but that’s its failsafe.  It has grown with us as we have evolved throughout millennia.  In the early 1900s it is estimated we were averaging around 500mg of Mg per day, but now, it is less than half that.  How many people over the years have suffered unnecessary serious illnesses such as atherosclerosis, heart disease, strokes, arrhythmias, angina, kidney stones, depression, diabetes etc., because of a lack of this simple but vital mineral.

Ches PowerDo yourself a big favour, start taking a Mg supplement today.  Eat plenty of the foods that are as Mg rich as our growing methods allow and start changing your life for the better and secure your future health and the future health of your family.

Alzheimer’s Disease vs Dementia

dementiaEffects of Alzheimer’s Disease

More than 10% of the population over 65 years and 50% over the age of 85 years suffer from Alzheimer’s, but is it Alzheimer’s?  It has been estimated that nearly half of people are mis-diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,  this information being gained at autopsy.

It could be something else!

Those assumed to have the disease may actually have other forms of dementias caused by simple treatable conditions like dehydration, intoxication from prescription drugs, food allergies, nutrient deficiencies and depression.

What about toxins?

Mercury and aluminium excess in the brain is associated strongly with Alzheimers. Magnesium (Mg) will help detoxify the effects of heavy metals, even ones as poisonous as mercury.

aluminiumAluminium can mimic Mg!

If Mg is deficient in the brain, aluminium is able to replace it, mimicking its function and causing harm. This leaves calcium channels open in the brain nerve cells, allowing it to flood in causing cell death.

Mg can help, whatever it is!

From my personal experience, my late Mum was thought to have some type of dementia. After losing Dad, she went downhill fast and started exhibiting all kinds of worrying traits. She was always very astute, intelligent and sharp.  She would finish the Daily Telegraph in no time and was quick with mental arithmetic and puzzles.

Mensa member
My Mum during the war years.

Mum was a member of Mensa being one of only 3% who had the highest IQs.  But now her forgetfulness, confusion and strange behaviour worried the whole family and we came to the conclusion Mum was suffering from some kind of dementia or even Alzheimer’s disease.  What we didn’t realise was that she had stopped taking her medication of thyroxin whilst Dad was ill. She was so determined to do the best for him that all her own welfare went out the window and thinking back we realised that she had started having memory problems before Dad actually died.

Stopping thyroid medication can be harmful

If you are on thyroid medication, it is one of those meds. you have to keep taking. If you stop, you are likely to feel OK for a while, then slowly start getting tired and wanting to sleep all the time, losing mental facalties and eventually you could fall into a coma. Once on this drug, you are probably on it for life.  You may be able to reduce the dose but you must consult your medical practitioner before changing thyroid medication.

Pseudodementia?

I’ve put this little story in about Mum because there must be many worried relatives who are stressing over a loved one showing signs of dementia, which could instead be what’s known as ‘Pseudodementia’ or even just dehydration and nutrient deficiency.

depressionLosing a life partner

Pseudodementia is where a person gets depressed like my Mum obviously was after losing Dad.  After all, she had been with him for over 70 years!  Her cognitive impairment was mistaken for dementia. Symptoms include, loss of interest in everything, including hobbies and pastimes, suicidal feelings, withdrawal socially, loss or change of appetite and sleep disorders.  Also there will be a difficulty making decisions and thinking clearly, confusion and trouble concentrating.

If only I’d known!

This condition is not permanent if treated for the depression that it is and Mum brightened up when she was lightly medicated for the condition. I do regret, though, not knowing about the benefits of Mg at the time.  This would have helped her greatly if we had supplemented her diet.

Mum had typical Mg deficiency symptoms

She always complained of aching legs and back ache, typical Mg deficiency symptoms. She often had head-aches and was always lacking in energy, typical again.  The anti-depressant she was prescribed helped her become a happier person but still she suffered with these aches and pains which could have been alleviated with Mg making her later years more comfortable and enjoyable.  Mg deficiency often causes depression, another symptom.

excess CaCalcium excess?

In the end, she fell and broke her hip; the beginning of the end.  Mum died in hospital 2 weeks later.  Many older people fall and it is little known that a Mg deficiency can cause dizziness and vertigo apart from muscle loss and weakness and most importantly cardiovascular problems and brittle bones.  These problems are often brought about by elderly people having an EXCESS of Ca in their body and too little Mg.

Mg is king!

Mg is the king of minerals, be depleted of this vital mineral at your peril!  Mum’s favourite foods were yoghurt, cheese, milk and boxed food.  It was all easy to eat and despite being a great cook, she had lost her interest in cooking.  The foods she ate were high in Ca but low in Mg.  This, I am sure contributed to her many problems and made her later life, especially after Dad died, uncomfortable and miserable.

Ca:Mg ratioWe should be advised!

We are continually advise to up our Ca intake but this can be bad advice. Many medics know next to nothing about the importance of Mg and its relationship with Ca and they should be checking for Mg deficiency symptoms first.

The obsolete serum Mg test

Even if your doctor does check for Mg levels, it will nearly always be the obsolete serum Mg test which is completely useless and invariably gives out false positives.   Because our medical fraternities are stuck in the past and won’t use the more accurate rbc test or even better, the ionized magnesium test, our medics do not get an accurate Mg reading.  Consequently most of them think that a Mg deficiency is rare, how wrong they are!

Check the symptoms

As there is decent test available, the next best thing is to check your symptoms which can be many.  The most common are muscle spasms, twitches especially around the eyes and on the face, headaches, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, constipation or digestive problems, dizziness, neck pain and cramps, restless leg syndrome, arrhythmias, high blood pressure… the list is endless.

generationsAs we age…

As we age our Mg will decline unless addressed and our Ca will increase.  This is fundamental and the elderly, in fact all of us, should be advised to equalize our Ca and Mg intake.  Ca without Mg causes untold damage and this simple mineral imbalance can actually be the underlying cause of so many life threatening diseases and inevitably a shortened lifespan.  My Dad lived until he was 91.  You may think that is a long life but Dad’s father lived to 99 and his Grandfather was 100 and did not succumb to disease but was run over by a tram!  Dad also had a miserable existance the last few years of his life.  Again, a Mg deficiency was obvious when looking back on his illnesses.  Ca : Mg ratio should be 1 : 1.

Mg Chloride

If you have an elderly parent showing symptoms of dementia, please consider helping them with a supplementation of Mg.  Using Mg Chloride solution is IMHO the most efficient way of getting Mg into the body because it is immediately bio-available.  Mg Chloride can be taken orally or applied topically.  If your loved one would prefer, a foot bath with Mg Chloride can be suggested (1 cup of Mg Chloride flakes to approx 5 litres of water, enough to cover the feet and soak for 20 minutes).  This should be done as often as possible, once a day would be great but at least 3 times a week would help.

Oral Mg Chloride

By far the most convenient method of supplementation is taking Mg Chloride solution orally.  Start by taking ½ teaspoon of Mg Chloride such as ReMag in the US or Ionic Magnesium in the UK, in a glass of 250ml (1 cup) of water and sip it throughout the day. Add a dash of cordial; blackcurrant, lime or strawberry works well but don’t use ‘light’ cordials, no aspartame please!  Up the dose slowly.  I take 4 doses (2 teaspoons), putting all the doses into a 1 litre jug and taking some regularly throughout the day.  The first positive will be a better night’s sleep.  Mg deficiency often comes with insomnia, yet another symptom.

If you want to make up your own Mg Chloride you can read how to do it in this article, What Is Magnesium Chloride

bitterWhy cordial?

Why the cordial?  Mg Chloride has a salty bitter taste and cordial takes it away nicely.  I myself don’t mind the taste but it depends on your palate.  The older generation are often more stalwart than the youngsters and will not baulk at the taste.  Also, taste buds are less sentitive as we age which is a bonus if you have to take something that isn’t the best tasting.

A vital element ignored

Some eminent doctors recognise the importance of this element, but the majority of the medical profession ignore its existance, will never recommend supplementing with it and would prefer to prescribe a drug instead of using it to treat the above serious and sometimes life threatening conditions.  What’s more, the majority of medical professionals do not recommend this nutrient to their patients, despite its proven protective capabilities, to avoid the onset of dangerous diseases in later life.

silver bulletsThe ignored silver bullet

This is a silver bullet that is being ignored by many, but thankfully not by all of the medical community.  Some of our medical doctors who are or have been practicing allopathic medicine have turned to naturopathic treatments.  They advocate treating with natural vitamins and minerals in preference to pharmaceutical drugs if they know that the natural treatment is more remedial.  They use drugs as a last resort and not in preference to a natural solution.

What doctors are saying:

“It is shocking, frankly, how little people know, how little doctors know, about this vital mineral (magnesium)” – Dr Jay S. Cohen author of “The Magnesium Solution for High Blood Pressure”.

“The link between diabetes mellitus and magnesium deficiency is well known….. diabetes is a magnesium deficiency state”. – Dr Jerry Nadler of the Eastern Virginia Medical School

“Without enough magnesium, cells simply don’t work” – Dr Lawrence Resnick MD, Cornell University.

“If magnesium is deficient, bones are more fragile.” – Bones researcher Katherine Tucker, PhD

“Magnesium has solved more ‘incurable’ and ‘mysterious symptoms’ than any other mineral I have observed in 31 years.” -Dr Sherry Rogers, MD, author of “Depression: Cured at Last”

Ches Power“Magnesium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety or depression, including muscle weakness, fatigue, eye twitches insomnia, anorexia, apathy, apprehension, poor memory, confusion, anger, nervousness and rapid pulse.”  – Dr Carolyn Dean MD

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What is Magnesium Chloride?

MgCl2Many people ask me which is the best magnesium (Mg) supplement to take and I always answer Mg Chloride (MgCl2). Then there’s the inevitable second question. What is Mg Chloride? Before I can answer there is often a 3rd question.  Why do you recommend Mg Chloride rather than any other Mg supplement?

So this article is to fully explain what MgCl2 is and why I think it is the best Mg supplement to take.  Have a look at this article about the benefits of this supplement.

Mg Chloride is the name for the chemical compound with the formula MgCl2 and its various hydrates MgCl2(H2O)x. These salts are highly soluble in water.  The hydrated Mg Chloride can be extracted from brine or sea water.

So many variables

The problem with Mg is, there are so many variations with some Mg salts being more bio available than others.   But who do you trust to tell you the truth?  The pharmaceutical companies?  The food manufacturers?   Your doctor?  It’s no wonder the public is confused as to which is the most efficient and bio available.  This is apart from the fact that few in the medical industry seem to even know about Mg and that includes allopathic doctors!

Not sure?

If you’re not sure what to do, research for yourself and your family.  If you haven’t got time to do your own research, look for a source that has no axe to grind and gives out information freely.  A source that has no ties with big pharma, big agra or food manufacturers.

A list of different Mg salts

Listed below in alphabetical order, is a rundown of the different magnesium salts available. You have probably realised that you can’t take magnesium in its elemental form ie. as a metal so it has to be processed to make it available to the body as a supplement.

  • Magnesium Aspartate – SCV 2.43 –  Avoid – breaks down to aspartic acid which is neurotoxic
  • Magnesium Bicarbonate – used as antacids
  • Magnesium Carbonate – used as antacids
  • Magnesium Chloride (6H2O) – SCV zero – 120mg of elemental Mg per 1 gram of salt
  • Magnesium Citrate – SCV 2.8 – 150mg of elemental Mg per 1 gram of salt
  • Magnesium Gluconate – SCV 0.70 – 50mg of elemental Mg per 1 gram of salt – used in drips
  • Magnesium Glutamate – Avoid – breaks down to glutamic acid which is neurotoxic
  • Magnesium Glycinate – SCV 3.45 – 100mg of elemental Mg per 1 gram of salt
  • Magnesium Lysinate – used as a food additive
  • Magnesium Malate – SCV 1.55 – 150mg of elemental Mg per l gram of salt
  • Magnesium Orotate – 60mg of elemental Mg per 1 gram of salt
  • Magnesium Oxide –  Only 4% bio available – 600mg of elemental Mg per 1 gram of salt
  • Magnesium Phosphate – laxatives and antacids
  • Magnesium Sulfate – Epsom Salts – Laxative – 100mg of elemental Mg per 1 gram of salt – used in drips
  • Magnesium Taurate – 100mg of elemental Mg per 1 gram of salt
It’s all about the bond

You may have noticed there is an SCV number next to some of them.  This is the Stability Constant Value of the Mg salts. This tells you if the strength of the bond between the two components is strong or weak.  The higher the number, the stronger the bond and the less bio availability.

Mg oxide’s laxative effect

Mg Oxide, for instance, has a very strong bond between the Mg and the oxygen which means it will not dissociate easily so the Mg cannot be used to any great extent biologically.  Instead, most of the compound will go straight through you giving a laxative Mg oxideeffect.  OK if you want a clear out!  I cannot find the official SCV of Mg oxide or some of the other salts, but I know the SCV of Mg oxide is high and is therefore strongly bonded to oxygen.  Unfortunately, Mg oxide is commonly added as the dietary source of magnesium to foods and supplements, because it’s cheap.  This likely produces dietary deficiencies resulting in poor health and a reduced life span. Mg oxide is at most only 4% bio available.

MgCl2 stability constant of zero

As you can see, Mg Chloride (MgCl2) has an SCV of zero.  This means the bond between the Mg and the chlorine to produce Mg Chloride is very weak.  This is good, because the two quickly disassociate from each other leaving the Mg in its ionic state to do its work immediately within the body.

What about Mg Citrate?

Mg Citrate also has quite a low SCV of just 2.8 and has good bio availability.  This molecule will give you a gentle laxative effect if you suffer from constipation which is a symptom for some people who have a Mg deficiency.  It is also very good for children, who often suffer with constipation, mainly because of all the junk food that’s available to them.  This is a very distressing condition for a child as well as the parents and also means that child has a Mg deficiency which can cause all kinds of serious conditions such as ADHD, ADD and asthma to name but a few and if not addressed, heralds health problems for the child’s future.  See this article which covers child constipation.

Food manufacturers at fault


You can blame the food manufacturers for putting temptation in a youngsters way with all  the relentless advertising of all the sweets and processed foods such as cereals, biscuits and fizzy drinks.   Parents will generally relent when being nagged constantly by their child to buy certain items of sweets, junk food or carbonated drinks.

Mg Citrate can be bought in a tasteless powder form which you can put into soups, porridges etc..  The kids won’t even know it’s there.  With Mg Chloride such as ReMag, the taste can be salty and bitter, especially if not taken with enough water.  Kids will often baulk at taking it unless it is well disguised (please, not with aspartame laced fizzy drinks).

Mg Gluconate in hospital drips

The other low SCV supplement is Mg Gluconate at SCV 0.70.  Have you ever visited a hospital, particularly to see an older friend or relative.   The patient is often attached to a clear fluid drip for re-hydration.  If you look at the contents of the drip bag (without touching it of course) you will likely see Mg Gluconate as one of the salts.

Mg SulphateMg Sulphate & Pregnancy

Mg Sulphate is a treatment for preeclampsia, a condition of pregnancy.  This dangerous problem can be avoided if the mother is well supplemented with Mg before and during her pregnancy.  The lack of this vital mineral can kill. That does sound a little dramatic but this is a condition that can be a danger to both mother and child and has also been linked to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Naming salts

The name of a salt has two parts. The first part is the name of the metal and second is the salt that is formed.  The second part of the name comes from the acid used to make it. The names of salts made from hydrochloric acid end in -chloride, while the names of salts made from sulfuric acid end in -sulfate.

Formation of salts
Metal Acid Salt
aluminium reacts with hydrochloricacid to make aluminium chloride
copper reacts with hydrochloricacid to make copper chloride
calcium reacts with sulfuric acid to make calcium sulfate
zinc reacts with sulfuric acid to make zinc sulfate

Mg forms Mg salts when it reacts with acids. Therefore, Mg reacts with hydrochloric acid to make Mg chloride

So why is Mg Chloride so bio available
  1. Mg is dissociated from the weak chloride bond, leaving a Mg ion that is so small it will readily permeate through cell walls.  Because of this permeability, the Mg does not cause the laxative effect because much of it does not get into the gut before it has been absorbed into the body.
  2. The compound MgCl2 is a very small molecule, consequently it can even be absorbed through the skin, that’s why many people use it topically.  (Another topical application is Mg sulphate (epsom salts), which people often put in their bathwater for a relaxing soak.)  Great for getting more Mg into your body whilst pregnant
ReMagMgClsupplements on the market

There are a few MgClsupplements on the market, perhaps the most famous is Dr Carolyn Dean’s ReMag, a very popular and high quality supplement.  Dr Dean advertises her product concentrating on the tiny size of the molecule, calling it ‘picometer’ size.  This well explains how very small this compound is.  It could be misconstrued that the picometer size is only applicable to this particular brand of  MgCl2 but this is not the case.  Whichever brand you use, all the supplements will be this very small ‘picometer’ size and this is the beauty of MgCl2

Dr Carolyn Dean’s ReMag

ReMag is easily available in the US where it is competitively priced, not so in the UK, where it is very expensive.  This makes it difficult for those with limited funding to afford.  That being the case, if you really want to use MgCl2 you can make it up yourself.

You must, however obtain the best quality MgCl2 salt to make into your solution.  Always use food quality, don’t be tempted to go for the cheaper lower quality stuff.  Once you have obtained your MgCl2 from a reputable supplier, you can make up a 250ml bottle of the solution as follows:

Pyrex JugHow to make up MgClsolution

Put 125 grams into a small marked pyrex jug.  Add just a little mineral water, enough to dissolve the salts and stir.   Add more water to make your solution up to the 250ml mark, stir again and then pour it into a suitable glass bottle.  It will be very cloudy at first but that is not sediment, it is air bubbles, which will start to clear in a few minutes.

100 doses from 250ml

This will give you 100 doses of 2.5ml (½ teaspoon).  Put one dose into a glass of water and drink over the course of the day.  If you don’t like the taste, lace it with a little cordial (NOT low sugar, we don’t want aspartame in it).  The taste doesn’t bother me but some find it a little bitter (hubby uses Rose’s lime cordial).  Up your doses gradually until you feel the difference.  Always spread your doses throughout the day.  Everyone needs a different dose and it’s a case of finding your own level.  I take around 2 teaspoons in a litre of water and drink it slowly throughout the day.  This gives me the equivalent of 600mg of elemental Mg. I used to suffer from insomnia, so to stop it recurring, I drink at least a quarter of my daily dose in the evening.  If I’m stressed or have a heavy day ahead, I will up my dose from 2 teaspoons to 2½.

Making up your own MgCl2 solution is much cheaper than buying it ready made.  It is a little inconvenient but well worth the trouble.  I have never bought MgCl2 in solution, I am quite happy Ches Powermaking it up myself.  Mind you, it is quite useful having hubby around as he has qualifications in peptide chemistry and has worked in a laboratory environment as a senior technical officer.
If someone who is au fait with chemistry takes this supplement every day, it may give you a clue as to how important it is for your overall health.

 

What is Magnesium

MagnesiumMg glass

What is Magnesium?   Magnesium (Mg) is the 9th most abundant element in the known universe and the 8th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust below iron, oxygen and silicon.  It makes up 13% of our planet’s mass and is the 3rd most abundant element dissolved in seawater after sodium and chlorine.

How is it obtained?

Magnesium is one of the many metallic elements and is obtained mainly by electrolysis of magnesium salts derived from brine.  By mass, it is the 11th most abundant element found in the human body.  Its ions are essential for all cells and it is vital for interaction with polyphosphate compounds such as ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), DNA (dioxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid).

guessGuesstimate of enzymes that need magnesium

If you have a quick look on the internet and peruse a few sites that tell you of how many enzymes actually need Mg to function, you will probably come up with 300.  This was a ‘guesstimate’ that came out in the 1960’s and it shows that many of those writing about this mineral have copied it from somewhere else instead of getting their facts up to date and in line with latest research.   This is a prime example of how misleading the internet can be.

Research shows…

Although the exact number has not been quantified, studies and research have reassessed those enzymes that need Mg to function.  It has been found that hundreds of enzymes need Mg to function properly (up to 800 at the last count).  The majority of  which means that deficiency of Mg can affect so many aspects of life and cause a multitude of symptoms in multiple organs and areas of the body, from the brain to the feet.

Of prime importanceMg-ATP

The most important Mg dependent enzyme is that which controls the creation of energy by activating ATP (adenosine triphosphate).  When activated, Mg-ATP is the vital molecule that stores energy within the mitochondria (organelles) which reside in all our cells.  Mg is required for the body to produce and store our energy.  Without Mg-ATP, there is no power, no vigour, no spark, no movement, no life.

This diagram says it all

This diagram gives you an idea of how much Mg is needed just for this one function, just one of all those hundreds of enzymes that need Mg to operate.  Take all the Mg out of this diagram and you haven’t got much left.  Do you know anyone who is low on energy, has CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) or other debilitating conditions that leave them constantly tired and lacking in energy and drive?

Other minerals and enzymes?

Other minerals are necessary for enzyme activation.  The next highest after Mg is Zinc which commands less than 200.  As for calcium (Ca), the ‘mineral of cement’, Ca is necessary for less than 20 enzymes one of which is the one that brings the cells to death.  Yes, it is necessary for cells to die and regenerate but it is a sobering thought to know that the reason we all go into rigor when we die is that Ca floods our cells on the point of death and stiffens the body!

This image shows egg-shell calcification around the pericardium.  The pericardium is a double walled bag or sac which contains the heart.  Suffice to say, this calcification should not be there and is caused by excess calcium migrating and settling in areas of the body including the cardiovascular system, the brain, the kidneys etc..  There is nowhere in the soft tissue or organs of the human body, that is safe from calcification.

Excess Ca can damage your heart

You certainly don’t want to exacerbate this process whilst you’re still alive do you?  What happens when Mg is low?  Here are a few life threatening conditions:

  • Heart cells need abundant Mg especially in the left ventricle.  Low Mg will start a deterioration of the heart muscle and can cause hypertrophy (enlargement of heart).
  • Low Mg increases blood pressure, vasoconstriction and arterial stiffness.  This in turn exacerbates and encourages atherosclerosis and inflammation.
  • Mg is an anti-coagulant and when low, allows Ca, which is a coagulant, to increaseMighty Mg and thicken the blood causing aggregation and clotting.  Ca is found in clots and plaque buildup.
  • A lack of Mg will exacerbate insulin resistance.  Mg is also necessary to activate an enzyme that allows glucose into the cells.
  • Mg is necessary to control the enzyme which regulates the production of cholesterol.  This enzyme known as HMG-CoA reductase, is regulated by Mg in accordance with the body’s needs.  Also LCAT (Lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase) is an enzyme that converts LDL to HDL which Mg activates.  Mg prevents clot formation, reduces inflammation, slows and prevents atherosclerotic plaques, prevents myopathy and has no side effects (unlike statin drugs).
The beautiful metal

Every element of life idolizes magnesium except the allopathic fraternity and the pharmaceutical industry which will not acknowledge its importance for life, health and vitality.  The ancient Chinese called it the beautiful metal.   Pharmaceutical medicine does not want to see its beauty, there is little money to be made from something so common and anyway, it could be the cause of a cure and that would never do!

18 minerals needed for the body

18 minerals

Of the 18 minerals necessary for a healthy body, Magnesium is the king.  Magnesium is like the teacher of the class.  When one pupil is absent, not a problem.  When the teacher goes missing, mayhem and disorder ensues.

Ignore this mineral at your peril

If there is one mineral that you need to supplement, it is Mg.  Without it you will not have the impetus and drive to take you through lifes ups and down.  Your health is everything.

Ghandi on WealthWhich would you choose

If someone offered you either a million dollars or good health for the rest of your life, which would you choose.  Choosing health will enable you to make your million as well as being healthy and fighting fit well into your golden years.   Your knowledge will be handed down to your children and grandchildren, educating them as to how they can also lead a healthy and productive life.

Work with your medic

Do your own research.  Learn about the body and the nutrients it needs to functionHippocrates properly.  View all drugs with an element of suspicion.  Will they actually improve your condition or will they worsen it with side effects.  Is there a nutrient that will do the same job but without the side effects.  Know how your body works and work with your medical practioner.  You want to be cured of your condition not be on drugs for life.

Hippocrates quote:

Hippocrates wrote: “If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool”.  If your doctor is not open minded and ready to accept your input then find yourself another doctor.  A naturopathic doctor who has also trained in allopathic medicine is ideal.  They Ches Powerknow both sides of the medical equation and will only prescribe a drug if it is the only option.  They will look at the whole body because disease starts at the cellular level and healthy cells are paramount to a healthy body.

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