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Magnesium, The Forgotten Mineral

Ca cubeCalcium, the most important mineral for bones?

Well, actually no it isn’t.  What about Magnesium, the forgotten mineral? There’s no denying that Calcium is important but in this modern age, we seem to be over consuming this alkaline metal. Calcium should be found mostly in the bones and teeth but I’m afraid it’s being found in all kinds of places where it shouldn’t be.

Our food is being fortified with Calcium?

How many adverts do you see with ‘fortified with Calcium’ or ‘Calcium rich for strong teeth and bones’.  The fact is that Calcium (Ca) is a bit of a rogue. If it isn’t under control, it can run amok in your body, causing all sorts of ailments and problems.

Yes, you heard me, Ca can be a rogue, if not controlled.  In fact in can be dangerous!
How often do you hear parents going on about getting enough Ca into their children. How many parents stress about the Ca intake their children must have. How many parents buy foods that they consider to be rich in Ca to make sure their children grow up with strong bones and healthy teeth. Has anybody mentioned Magnesium (Mg) at all?

Why are our foods being fortified?

Well just think about it. Ca is the star mineral supplement. The food manufacturers are just boy with milk cartonlarge companies. What’s the most important consideration that a food company thinks about first?  Profits! They know that you think that Ca is the bees knees and so they jump on the band wagon and produce all kinds of products with Ca because they know you will buy it, because you’re going to buy anything you think is good for you and your family.

You have been mis-informed!

You have been entirely mis-informed and mis-guided and I’m sorry to say that this myth that loads of Ca can be nothing but good for you, is put about by many health professionals.  There have been many studies about the relationship between Ca and Mg. A new study, concentrating particularly on children’s health, shows that Mg in a childs diet is the key to producing strong bones and teeth.  Researchers found that dietary Ca was not significant when associated with bone mineral content or bone density.

Mg regulates Ca

This study was presented to the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington DC in 2013. It confirms that Mg regulates the amount of Ca in a child’s body and consigns it straight into the bones where it belongs. If Mg is not in sufficient quantities in the body, Ca ends up depositing into parts of the body where it does not belong like the kidneys, coronary arteries and cartilage.

So, what’s gone wrong?

One of the problems is that our medics are not trained to be aware of the benefits of vitamins and minerals. This is not their fault, their training does not deal with wellness and Doctors don't knownaturopathy and much of it is under the control of big pharma who deal with sickness and the drugs that can be used to manage that sickness. You notice I say ‘manage’ not cure.  Secondly, our soils are so depleted in natural vitamins and minerals due to agricultural practices, fertilizers and pesticides, that most of the population is now deficient in many nutrients, Mg being the one  exceptionally important to our well-being.

What can be done?

For a start, if you or your children are taking Ca supplements while still eating dairy produce, milk and other normal foods, then don’t.  If a medic has advised you to take Ca without taking Mg, I would question it.  Do your own research. This is your body and your children’s welfare we’re talking about here.

Get genned up!

Get genned up and learn what your body needs to be healthy.  If you approach your doctor about the benefits of Mg, don’t be surprised if you get a frosty reception or a blank look. We should all take a stand against taking drugs when an important nutrient will do the job as well and with no side effects.

Check out this site about the ailments you could succumb to if you don’t have enough Mg in your body. The ratio between Ca and Mg should be around 1:1. At present, it is estimated that the normal diet ratio is coming out between 5:1 and 10:1. Just do a quick Ca:Mg ratiocheck of how much Ca you ingest in a day and  then compare it to your Mg intake; you’ll be surprised. Ca is in many foods and the food manufacturers often fortify with Ca. How often to you see Mg being fortified? How often do you see Mg even being mentioned?!!

Women are more at risk!

Women are more at risk of being overloaded with Ca. Those that have been diagnosed with osteoporisis will no doubt have been told by their medic that they must increase their Ca intake. An NHS webside writes:
“You may not need or want to take medication to treat osteoporosis. However, you should ensure you’re maintaining sufficient levels of calcium and vitamin D. To achieve this, your healthcare team will ask you about your diet and may recommend making changes or taking supplements.”

Why are we being mis-informed?

This is a typical example of mis-information. They fail to inform the patient that in fact Vitamin D production will be hindered with a Mg deficiency which will further weaken bones.  Also without sufficient Mg, Ca metabolism will be compromised which will lead to Ca migrating away from the bones and towards areas of the body it shouldn’t be, such as the kidneys! Osteoporosis sufferers, according to surveys, have low levels of Mg in their bodies.

calcium in armDr Thomas Levy wrote in his book Death by Calcium “Recent scientific data provides an overwhelming case against calcium”.  Osteoporotic bone has too little Ca in it, that’s true. But the rest of the body has too much Ca which settles in unwanted areas and soft tissue. The longer osteoporosis has been in the body, the greater the excess of Ca outside the bone.  The image shows massive calcification in the upper arm.  How did it get there?

Mg has a massive impact on the quality of our bones.

  1. Mg regulates Ca transport.
  2. Mg activates an enzyme needed to form new bone.
  3. Mg is necessary to activate vitamin D to help Ca absorption.
  4. Mg stimulates calcitonin, a hormone which helps maintain bone structure.
  5. Mg ushers Ca out of soft tissue and blood into the bone where it belongs. This reduces the incidence of kidney stones and arthritis. Research has shown that the  little known vitamin K2(MK7) along with Mg and vitamin D3 will actually help remove Ca from soft tissue and usher it to the bones where osteocalcin takes over to keep it there. 
  6. Mg inhibits parathyroid hormone, preventing it from weakening bones.
  7. Moderate levels of Mg are vital for absorbing and metabolizing Ca.

And lastly…

Take a Mg supplement. Even without checking, you will surely be deficient.  Mg is just not in our food anymore, to the degree it was a century ago.  Stress is another Mg depleter. We are all under immense mental and bodily stress in this modern age and this will reduce our Mg levels.

We need Mg like we need water.

It is one of the most fundamental Mg glassnutrients and electrolytes. Without it you will be unwell and could even suffer serious side effects, not least heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis and diabetes. Many of the drugs we take for these conditions can deplete Mg further.

Which supplement to take?

Mg citrate is ideal if you require a gentle laxative effect and it can be taken orally in powder or tablet/capsule form.  Many who are Mg deficient, suffer with constipation.  The powder form allows you to adjust your doses very accurately to suit you.  It is also very useful for child constipation as it is completely tasteless and can be put into drinks or soups etc..

If you don’t want a laxative effect then go for Mg chloride (MgCl2).  This compound is totally bio-available and is by far the best supplement IMHO.  (ReMag produced by Dr Carolyn Dean is MgCl2).  Ionic Mg is also MgCl2.  It can be used topically too.  It is easily absorbed through the skin and those with a sensitive stomach will appreciate this form of Mg supplement. For those who don’t like the taste, it can be easily disguised with a drop of cordial.  

Mg oxide is the cheapest form of supplement and needs to be avoided.  It will generally be inside inexpensive multivits and other low-priced supplements.  It is poorly absorbed so you need a hefty dose most of which will go straight through you.

Start searching for the best supplement for you and notice how different you feel after taking it for just a day or two. You will have more energy, you will sleep better, your digestion will improve, back aches, muscle spasms and cramps will diminish.  The benefits are endless.  By the way, an adult needs between 300 and 400mg of elemental Mg per day, Ches Power Authorminimum.  I take between 500mg and 600mg per day of Mg Chloride, depending on what I’ve eaten.  All my previous ailments have gone, including insomnia, digestion problems, eye twitches, back ache, painful muscle spasms, sciatica, brain fog, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, irritability, sound familiar?  I’ve now started a new beginning and I feel great!!  I want you to feel great too!

Talking to a stranger – your doctor

How many of you actually know your doctor?  You may be acquainted with him or her, but they see hundreds of patients so they are not likely to know you very well nor you them. According to a recent report from the Health Foundation, the UK has the fewest doctors per 1,000 patients in the whole of the EU. Continue reading Talking to a stranger – your doctor

Causes of Muscle Spasms – and treatment

Causes of Muscle Spasms are a mystery to many people but there is an answer to most muscle spasms or cramping problems. But what sort of spasms are we talking about? Most people think of muscle spasms in the calves or thighs, causing cramp-like symptoms. But let’s think where else muscle spasms can occur in the body. But first watch this short video about the cause of blood pressure.

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What Is All-Cause Mortality? | a vital element ignored

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.

medical termsIn medical terms…

But with respect to medical terms, it means mortality from any disease, infection or medical condition. There simply is no ‘silver bullet’ which will protect you from all- cause mortality…  but there is something that comes close.

Biggest killers

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:

  1. acute myocardial infarction (AMI) otherwise known as a heart attack.AMI
  2. Ischemic stroke which is similar to a heart attack, the difference being it affects the blood vessels of the brain instead of the heart.
  3. 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.
  4. Inflammation, now generally regarded as being the start of many of the diseases we contract.
  5. Hypertension or high blood pressure, sometimes known as the silent killer and is another precurser to the conditions above.
  6. Diabetes type II where the cells are resistant to insulin so glucose is unable to enter the cell membrane.
  7. Cancer It is estimated that one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer sometime in their lives; a horrendous forecast.
Other illnesses

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:

  • osteo
    Osteoporosis

    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.MS
  • 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. They will not recommend supplementing with it and would prefer to prescribe a drug.  What’s more, the majority of medical professionals do not recommend this nutrient to their patients. This despite its proven protective capabilities, to avoid the onset of dangerous diseases in later life.

what is all-cause mortalityThe 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.  As long as 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.

A medical myth

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. They wrongly think that the more they consume the better.  In fact, they are seriously damaging their health with a toxic overload of this vital, but overly consumed mineral.

Breast cancer

A group of 1,170 women who had breast cancer were followed after diagnosis for a term of just over 7 years. It was found that their magnesium levels were associated with their all course mortality. This means the higher intake of magnesium the lower risk of death from all causes. What’s more, the researchers found that higher levels of magnesium in the body may significantly improve survival following breast cancer.  Interestingly, they also found that the Ca:Mg ration was very important. The more calcium compared to magnesium, the worse your chances of survival.

Dr Thomas Levy – board certified cardiologist

Have a look at this short video of an interview with Dr Thomas Levy about the dangers of high Ca levels compared to Mg.  It’s only 2 minutes long but full of information that you need to know for your future good health!

Astounding studies

Here is another similar study on the amazing outcome of taking Mg. 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.

balance Mg:CaA 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 is the target for the best balance.  Our diet and all the junk food, sugary cakes and biscuits and sodas, is nearly always low in Mg. In turn, this 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.

Why do we succumb?

All the above listed diseases, have a number of negative factors:

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.  A disease or condition puts the body under constant Mg depleting stress on a daily basis.

Ca DangersMg deficiency

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).

An excess of Ca

Mg 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 SNSMg Ca in cells

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.

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.

Magnesium HeartThe hard working heart

Because the heart works harder than any other organ in the body, it needs copious amounts 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.

CC scanIn 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). As a result, 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..

Mg glassDon’t ignore Mgwhat is all-cause mortality

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?

Ches PowerIf 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.

Foods With High Magnesium – are you Mg deficient?

Which foods have Magnesium

Magnesium rich foods are now not as rich in Mg as they used to be a century ago. With that in mind, I’ve listed below foods with high magnesium that are known to be more replete in this vital mineral.  Some of our foods that used to have plenty of Mg in are now so depleted that the amount is negligible. 

foods with high magnesium
Kelp Beds Oregon Islands

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