Have you heard the phrase ‘all-cause mortality’? What is all cause-mortality and in what context is it used? Simply put, it is about the likelihood of dying from anything, any disease, accident, act of violence, anything.
In medical terms…
But with respect to medical terms, it means mortality from any disease, infection or medical condition and there simply is no ‘silver bullet’ which will protect you from all- cause mortality… but there is something that comes close.
So let’s think about the serious diseases that are killing the majority of the population including your loved ones and friends. I suspect everyone reading this can relate to a family member or friend who has died as a consequence of one of these illnesses:
- acute myocardial infarction (AMI) otherwise known as a heart attack.
- Ischemic stroke which is similar to a heart attack, the difference being it affects the blood vessels of the brain instead of the heart.
- Atherosclerosis is another major killer and is the precurser to AMI and stroke. It is a disease of the arteries where plaque, made up of calcium, fat, cholesterol, fibrin and other substances, hardens and causes blockages.
- Inflammation, now generally regarded as being the start of many of the diseases we contract.
- Hypertension or high blood pressure, sometimes known as the silent killer and is another precurser to the conditions above.
- Diabetes type II where the cells are resistant to insulin so glucose is unable to enter the cell membrane.
Other conditions that cause no end of misery and stress, with stress being a precursor to the above problems. So, if you suffer from any condition, your body is under more stress than if you were healthy and stress free. You are at risk of have one of the above life threatening diseases if you have:
Osteoporosis a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break.
- Asthma a respiratory condition causing difficulty in breathing because of attacks or spasms in the bronchi of the lungs.
- Migraines characterized by recurrent headaches that can be severe enough to disable the sufferer.
- Convulsive disorders such as epilepsy and narcolepsy.
- Alzheimer’s progressive mental deterioration, mostly occuring in the older generation, due to a degeneration of the brain.
- Angina caused by severe muscle spasms in heart muscles.
- Adrenal Fatigue caused by chronic stress, anxiety and panic attacks.
- Fibromyalgia or fibrositis has an array of symptoms, all unpleasant with the incidence of this condition is rapidly rising.
- Kidney Stones most of which are calcium stones, usually in the form of calcium oxalate.
- Depression a mood disorder characterized by feelings of despair, dejection, melancholy and sadness.
- Insomnia which presents as a habitual inability to sleep.
- Mitral Valve Prolapse an abnormally thickened mitral valve leaflet which prevents efficient opening and closing into the left atrium of the heart.
- Neurological disorders is any disorder of the nervous system such as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
All of the above…
All the above diseases and conditions (and there are many more too numerous to mention) are caused and/or exacerbated by the lack of one single vital nutrient mineral.
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 these dangerous diseases in later life.
The 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.
All the above conditions and diseases have been exacerbated or caused by a mineral deficiency. That mineral is Magnesium (Mg). Stress is the biggest depleter of Mg and unfortunately, we are all under all kinds of stress.
There is also a medical myth that many people, particularly women, are deficient in Ca. This is believed by many doctors and medical practioners alike. Consequently the public consume Ca supplements to excess, wrongly thinking that the more they consume the better. In fact, they are seriously damaging their health giving their bodies a toxic overload of this vital, but overly consumed mineral.
A fine balance
Mg and Ca are in a constant dance and should be taken into the body in equal measures, a ratio of 1:1 being the target for the best balance. In this day and age, with our junk diet and all the crap food, sugary cakes and biscuits and artificially sweetened sodas, it is nearly always Mg that is low which in turn gives the body a toxic overload of Ca by default. Mg resides in our cells whereas Ca should reside outside of our cells. Without the control of Mg, Ca floods our cells and unless ushered out in double quick time by Mg, the cell will start to die.
Core reasons for these diseases
All the above diseases, have at their core, a number of factors but let’s look at the important diseases, the ones that kill us, diseases to do with our cardiovascular system:
- The prime cause of a Mg deficiency is stress. Stress comes in all forms such as emotional stress, like relationships, financial worries, work related issues, food related stress like junk food and sugary drinks devoid of nutrition, environmental stress like exposure to toxins and pharmaceutical drugs. The body has to deal with all of these stressors and to cope, it uses up massive amounts of Mg. You can include physical stress like exercise and working out too and the stress of having a disease or condition which puts the body under constant Mg depleting stress on a daily basis.
- That Mg deficiency then causes an electrolyte imbalance. Most medical practioners see the main electrolytes as potassion (K), sodium (Na), calcium (Ca), and Chloride (Cl). For some strange reason which eludes me, they forget the most important mineral, the one that controls the others, magnesium (Mg).
- This electrolyte imbalance, specifically an excess of Ca, causes more stress for the body as Ca floods the cells. Outside the cells Mg also works hard to regulate Ca by activating hormones that control the levels and placement of Ca within the body. Inadequate Mg means that Ca runs amok and starts migrating around the body and into the soft tissue and vascular system.
- Excessive Ca can damage your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which controls your unconscious functioning and reflexes. The SNS is responsible for initiating the ‘fight-flight’ response and triggers the inflammatory process. Without Mg, Ca will overstimulate your SNS and set in motion an inflammatory cascade which again increases already high levels of stress hormones. This creates more stress contributing to more Mg depletion which produces a vicious circle of Mg deficiency.
- The other serious problem is energy production. Our energy is produced in the mitrochondria, tiny organelles found in our cells. Muscle cells have an abundance of mitrochondria because of the work they have to do. Without Mg, the heart cannot make the energy it needs to function properly. Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is the energy currency of our body and enables the body’s fundamental metabolic processes. But before ATP can be activated it needs to be bound to a Mg ion, forming a new compound known as Mg-ATP enabling the energy to then be used by the cells. Because the heart works harder than any other organ in the body, it needs a copious amount of Mg-ATP. If Mg is depleted, the heart muscle cells cannot work efficiently and the ability to pump blood around the vascular system will be impaired. The heart muscle cells will slowly begin to deteriorate, starve and die.
Did you know
The human heart cycles around 6kgs of Mg-ATP per day!! For the whole body, the amount is 70kg per day! This is according to the reknowned Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff of Nottingham University in the UK.
Calcium is a double edged sword!
When we die, our cells are flooded with Ca which starts the death throws of our body, heralding the start of rigor mortis. If Ca is allowed to stay in the cell, it will kill it.
99% of Ca should be in bone tissue
Ca is a vital mineral but it needs to be in the right place, mainly in the bones. Our bodies contain around 1kg of Ca with 99% of it stored in the bone tissue. The remaining 1% circulates in the blood and other fluids.
In a nutshell
So here we have it. Various stressors including excess Ca help cause a Mg deficiency. The Mg deficiency causes an electrolyte imbalance and loss of energy. This in turn causes a malfunction in the cardiovascular system (as well as other parts of the body). The heart cells start to die and the arteries become damaged. Inflammation sets in with plaque and Ca deposits building up in the heart and arteries. Heart disease ensues in forms of atherosclerosis, cardiac arrest, hypertension, stroke, heart attack etc..
There was a study done back in 2003, aimed at analysing the long term survival and cardiac function of 194 AMI patients using Mg. 96 patients received a 48 hour intravenous Mg sulphate of 22g with the other group of 98 having a placebo. After a follow up of nearly 5 years, all cause mortality and cardiac mortality were significantly lower in the Mg group compared to the placebo group. There was absolutely no doubt that the group having just that one 22g infusion of Mg had a reduced all cause mortality. Think of the benefits of having a Mg supplement on a daily basis not just over 48 hours!
And in 2011
Another study in 2011 found a reduction in all-cause mortality after a period of 10.1 years. Those who were Mg deficient had 10.95 deaths per 1000 person years. Those taking Mg supplement had 1.45 deaths per 1000 person years. Specifically for cardiovascular disease, those who were Mg deficient had 3.44 deaths per 1000 person years and those replete in Mg had 1.53 deaths per 1000 person years.
Don’t ignore Mg
Mg is the nearest thing you will get to a silver bullet. Being replete in this vital mineral will protect you from numerous diseases and conditions so get your silver bullet now and supplement with a good quality Mg supplement. Those I recommend can be found on the right hand side bar of this site.
Have you had a CCS?
If you’ve had a coronary calcium scan (CCS) and it shows you have Ca buildup in your arteries, you can take a Mg supplement along with vitamin K2 MK-7 (menaquinone 7). See my article for the lowdown on this vitamin which actually aids Mg to usher Ca back into the bones by activating MGP (matrix gla protein) found in the vascular system.