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What is the answer?

I have an enigma, a conundrum, a riddle, an unfathomable question!  What is it?  Read on and perhaps you can tell me the answer…

Are you a Farmer?jerseys

If you stock farm animals such as cattle and sheep, you have probably come across this disease.  The clinical signs are:

  • ear twitching
  • sensitivity to noise
  • muscle tremours
  • raised heart rate
  • reduced milk yield
  • staggering and collapse of the animal
  • sudden death

Know what it is?  Of course you do.  After all, this is your stock and if you don’t look after them, apart from the well being of your animals, your livelihood will be at stake.  That’s why you know all about this condition.

grass staggersAre your a veterinarian?

Do you know of a veterinarian emergency specifically with cattle, sheep and horses, which if not treated immediately, could be the death of an animal.  This would be a condition where the initial symptoms would be:

  • restlessness
  • excitability
  • unsteady on feet
  • tremours of the skin, particularly over the shoulders
  • twitching of the eyelids
  • animal appearing normal until stressed
  • animal recently turned out to lush pasture

grass tetany deathYou know that cattle that have calved 1 to 3 months ago are more susceptible to this condition as are older cows that have had 3 – 4 calves.  If untreated you know the more serious symptoms will be:

  • staggering
  • collapse
  • seizures
  • coma
  • death

Of course you know what this condition is.  After all, you’re a vet.  You will have been taught at veterinary college about this problem and how to recognise it and treat it promptly.  Experience in the field has given you additional understanding and practical knowledge on what to look out for and how to give the most efficient treatment.

Are you a botanist?

Mg deficiencyIf you are a botanist and your profession is dealing with plants and you came across a plant looking like the one in this picture, you would know what it was wouldn’t you.  Just looking at the yellowing leaves would give you a clue to what was wrong and you would be able to rectify the problem.

You know why leaves are green and you know about photosynthesis.  The fact that this plant is pale and yellowing, gives you a good idea as to the reason why it’s looking so wan.

It is autumn and you know why the leaves are changing colour from greens to reds, oranges and yellows.  You know that leaves lose chlorophyll as winter approaches.  You know this triggers nutrients to be taken from the leaves and stored in the bark and roots over winter for recycling.

Are you a gardener?
Mg def in grape
Mg deficiency in grapevine

So your plants are not doing too well.  The leaves are looking pale with only the veins showing green.  If you are an experienced gardener, you’ll know exactly what’s wrong with your plants if they have this symptom.  You know what to do to bring your plants back to health and the treatment is a simple one using a certain compound dissolved in water and sprayed onto the leaves.  In no time, your plants will be lush green again and looking their best.

…or own a vineyard?

You also know how to give a plant the best possible start when being planted or replanted.  Putting a certain compound into the soil will ensure healthy greenery and produce high yields of fruits and flowers.  You know that without this nutrient your vines will not survive.

insomnia cartoonAre you a doctor?

Your patient has come to your surgery complaining of one or more of the following symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • muscle spasms
  • eye twitches
  • headaches
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • weakness
  • cramps
  • digestive problems
  • palpitations/arrhythmia

I don't know
Of course, you have a pretty good idea what the problem is, don’t you?  After all you are a doctor.  You’ve been trained to look out for these symptoms with regards to this condition, haven’t you?

The farmer and the vet knows…

The farmer down the road knows what it is, the veterinary surgeon treats this condition on a regular basis.

The botanist and the gardener knows…

The botanist could give you a clue straight away and the gardener has seen signs of this problem in his plants frequently.  The owner of the vineyard has to look out for it and knows what to do if his vines come down with this deficiency.

This is my question…why?why

Why is it that all these other professionals can deal with this condition in animals and plants and give the correct treatment but a doctor, doesn’t even know what it is!  Because of this lack of knowledge, the patient could be mis-diagnosed and probably given a drug which is entirely unnecessary and could cause dangerous side effects.

Drugs will only make it worse!

Giving a drug instead of the nutrient, the lack of which causes these conditions, will only exacerbate the problem making the deficiency of this mineral even worse.  If this deficiency is not addressed, no matter what you do, the patient will deteriorate and die prematurely.

Mg glassWhat am I talking about?

Yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s Magnesium deficiency.  Why is it that farm animals and plants are given the correct treatment for this condition but in humans it is not even recognised or diagnosed by our doctors?  If it’s recognised, it is completely ignored and a prescription drug given instead of a good quality Mg supplement.

Animals and humans have similar symptoms

Have you noticed a similarity between the symptoms of the cattle and sheep and the symptoms in humans?  Apart from those symptoms that we can’t ask the animal about, like a headache or stomach pain, other symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, anxiety, twitching, muscle spasms and seizures are symptoms that can be observed and are the same in both animal and human.

Animal and human cells are the same

Animal cells and human cells are basically the same, afterall we are animals too.  All animal cells have mitochondria within them and mitochondrial dysfunction is now known to be at the root of all illness.  If we fix this dysfunction, we fix the condition.  You cannot fix a magnesium deficiency and hence the mitochondrial dysfunction with a drug.

As allopathic medicine is drugs based, this means that the medical fraternity will not be inclined to prescribe a natural medicine in favour of a drug.  Hence, mitochondrial dysfunction will remain within the patient’s cells no matter what drug is prescribed.  The patient will slowly decline despite and/or because of the drugs which at best will only manage the symptoms of the disease and at worst cause side effects which can result in a decline in health and elicit other serious illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Visit the Vet instead?

Ches PowerI’m wondering if I should go to my vet next time I’m not feeling too well.  I think I may probably get just as good treatment if not better.  He would certainly be able to tell if I had a Mg deficiency!

IMHO, if the population of the world was treated for Mg deficiency, hospitals would be half empty and prescription drugs drastically reduced.  Not a popular concept for Big Pharma!