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The Magnesium Miracle (Revised and Updated) par [Dean Md Nd, Carolyn]
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PART ONE The History of Magnesium

CHAPTER 1 The Case for Magnesium: The Personal History of an Element

Mary joked that she felt as though she was constantly being run over by a slow-moving bus. Cramping in her legs startled her awake at night, making her an insomniac, and she had heart palpitations daily. Her doctor also found that she had high blood sugar-not bad enough to need injections of insulin, but he prescribed pills to try to stimulate more insulin production. Finally, frightening panic attacks came out of nowhere and made this vibrant, fun-loving woman afraid to go outside.

To try to relieve her leg cramps, Mary began taking calcium at night, having read that it was good for cramps and sleep. At first, the calcium seemed to help, but after a week or two, the pains got worse. If she yawned and stretched in bed, her calf muscles would seize up and catapult her to the floor, where she would lie frantically massaging her muscles to try to release the spasm. All the next day, she would limp about with a very tender, bruised feeling in her calf.

Although Mary's heart palpitations had improved somewhat after she'd given up her three cups of coffee a day, they too resumed after a few weeks. Every time the palpitations occurred, which was several times a day, they made her cough slightly and catch her breath. She found it frightening, even though her doctor said her stress tests for heart disease were fine and she didn't need further testing with an angiogram.

Both Mary's parents had had adult-onset diabetes, and Mary knew that she should watch her diet, but she was overweight and craved sugary and high-carbohydrate foods that were hard to resist. When the panic attacks hit on top of everything else, Mary knew she had to seek help, and came to my office. She was only fifty-three, far too young to be feeling so bad, and was worried about her future health.

Sam was only forty-nine and experiencing chest pains. At first, he thought they were indigestion, but sometimes the pains would occur in the middle of the night. Concerned, he went to a cardiologist, who found two slightly blocked arteries, not serious enough for bypass surgery. Sam's cholesterol was somewhat elevated, as was his blood pressure, which he attributed to his high-stress occupation and the fact that he had not exercised regularly for the past six months, when he was sidelined with back pain. The cardiologist observed that his arterial blockage would almost inevitably worsen over time and eventually necessitate surgery. The doctor offered him medication for his high cholesterol, told him not to eat butter or eggs, and gave him nitroglycerine to take whenever he had the pain. If the symptoms got worse, he would prescribe other medications. Sam couldn't imagine having to wait to get worse before doing something about his chest pain; he knew there must be something more he could do to avoid surgery and came to me for advice.

At thirty-five, Jan had actually begun to look forward to going through menopause. That's how bad her PMS symptoms were. As soon as those horrible feelings lifted, she was hit by the sledgehammer of menstrual cramps. She also had migraines, which for years had come before her period but now were occurring once or twice a week. She was so miserable that she was considering a complete hysterectomy, with removal of her hormone-producing ovaries, but wondered whether the migraines, since they were happening all month, were not actually hormonal.

Different as their symptoms are, Mary, Sam, and Jan all suffer from magnesium deficiency. While women and men seem equally susceptible to magnesium deficiency, women may become deficient faster than men due to hormonal fluctuations because pound for pound, they have fewer circulating red blood cells, which carry magnesium, and so perhaps less magnesium available. There are a few other gender differences. Because of magnesium's effect on hormonal regulation and vice versa, women can have deficiencies in pregnancy, when breast-feeding, with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and with dysmenorrhea (painful periods). Osteoporosis, which affects more women than men, is evidence of a deficiency of both calcium and magnesium. An overactive thyroid, which afflicts more women than men, increases the metabolic rate, which uses up magnesium-requiring ATP (adenosine triphosphate-the energy packets made in each cell in the body. Without magnesium, ATP would not be produced). Let's follow Mary, Sam, and Jan and see how they overcame their magnesium deficiencies. When Mary visited me, I charted her health history in detail, according to procedures commonly used by naturopathic doctors, and found several symptoms of magnesium deficiency. In her case it had been made even worse by too much calcium, however, so simple magnesium supplementation wouldn't be enough for Mary. Her diet and lifestyle needed a complete overhaul. I gave Mary a list of magnesium-rich foods that she needed to start eating, which included nuts, beans, greens, and seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin. Mary realized that she'd been avoiding almost all of these foods: She thought nuts were fattening, beans gave her gas, and greens never seemed fresh enough at the supermarket. She had never even thought about eating seeds. After a week of enthusiastically eating a lot more magnesium-rich foods, Mary felt somewhat better. To make sure she could get fresh organic greens regularly, she tracked down a local community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and bought a share in a neighboring organic farm. Mary also learned how to soak and cook beans to prevent them from causing gas, and began eating nuts and seeds rich in magnesium and healthy oils, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. After her second visit I recommended that she begin taking magnesium supplements. Starting with a dosage of 200 mg a day, we added another 200 mg every two days to build slowly to 600 mg. I cautioned her that it could take months to eliminate magnesium deficiency symptoms and that not all her symptoms would necessarily respond. Within two months, however, Mary was singing the praises of magnesium. Her palpitations and panic attacks had disappeared. Her cravings for sweets were fewer, she was able to control her blood sugar with diet alone, and tests for blood sugar were normal. Her leg cramps were gone, and with them her insomnia. At three months we added calcium along with magnesium so that she would not develop an imbalance of the two. Mary's internist was quite surprised at her improved health and told her to keep up the good work with her diet and supplements. Sam had an inquiring mind, and I encouraged him to start reading about heart disease. He found that up to 30 percent of angina (chest pain) patients do not have badly blocked arteries but may be suffering from an electrical imbalance that is driven by mineral deficiency, most commonly magnesium.1 An astonishing 40 to 60 percent of sudden deaths from heart attack may occur in the complete absence of any prior artery blockage, clot formation or heart rhythm abnormalities, most likely from spasms in the arteries (magnesium is a natural antispasmodic).2,3,4,5 Moreover, he found that magnesium deficiency has been linked to sudden cardiac death. Sam didn't want to wait around for that to happen to him; he was determined to find out what was causing his problem and treat the cause. The more he read, the more intrigued he became. When he read that magnesium deficiency is also associated with muscle pain, especially back pain, that really got his attention, since he had begun having back pain four or five months before he began to develop chest pain.6

With a packet of information on magnesium, Sam went back to his cardiologist. Before the doctor saw him, however, a nurse took Sam's blood pressure; it was unusually elevated, even though at home it was usually only a few points above normal. (Doctor-induced hypertension is commonly reported by patients.) The cardiologist swept into the room and immediately began talking about blood pressure medication. Sam countered with magnesium. The cardiologist visibly cooled and said that magnesium was used to control hypertension that occurred in pregnant women because there were no side effects, but that there were plenty of effective drugs for everyone else. When Sam said he would rather not have side effects either, the cardiologist gathered up his file and told him to come back when he was ready to take medications for his heart disease.

When Sam came back to see me, he was still pretty upset by this encounter; he didn't like the specialist refusing to discuss a possible magnesium deficiency as part of the picture. Sam and I agreed that magnesium seemed the best treatment for him to initiate at this time since he was not willing to take medications.

Sam began adding magnesium to his diet by eating magnesium-rich foods. After a week he felt much calmer, but he still had chest and back pain. So he added magnesium and calcium supplements, and in about three months he felt almost normal.

Among the studies Sam read was one that looked at the correspondence between type A personalities and magnesium deficiency. From the description, Sam realized he was a type A, an aggressive guy who lived on adrenaline, time pressure, and stress. This type of behavior drains the body of magnesium and leads to disorders such as heart disease, muscle spasms, hypersensitivity, and irritability.7 Prolonged psychological stress raises adrenaline, the stress hormone, which depletes magnesium.8 Both Sam's back and chest pain would hit when he was under stress. So Sam worked on ways to control his stress and added more magnesium when he knew he couldn't avoid it. On days when he exercised, Sam added an extra 200 mg of magnesium to his diet, since sweat loss during heavy exercise (cycling and jogging) and working in the heat deplete magnesium. Just drinking water won't replace all the minerals lost. By paying attention to the many factors that affected his mind-body health, Sam lowered his cholesterol and stress levels and reduced his chance of a heart attack and of needing surgery to unblock his arteries.

Jan heard that yoga might help her PMS and painful periods, and she really needed to learn to relax, so she took classes at a local health club. The teacher also ran regular detox and cooking classes, which Jan decided to join when she realized she didn't have to "give up everything" and become a vegetarian. One of the first things Jan learned in the detox class was the importance of having regular bowel movements. Jan was lucky if she had one a week. If the bowel doesn't empty once a day, toxins can be reabsorbed back into the body from the colon. The longer debris sits in the colon, the more fluid is reabsorbed, making stools solid and difficult to pass. PMS and endometriosis, which causes painful periods, are considered by some natural-health experts to worsen with constipation and toxicity.9

During cooking classes, Jan faced the fact that she was a junk food addict. Magnesium is necessary in hundreds of enzymes in the body but is almost totally lost during the processing of packaged and fast foods. The older women in her class were suffering from a variety of problems that included cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Is that how she would end up in ten or twenty years if she didn't take care of her health now? Learning how many basic nutrients she had lacked in her diet made her marvel that she wasn't even more ill. Her new diet included greens, beans, nuts, and seeds, which cleared up her constipation and almost eliminated her PMS and painful periods. When she came to see me on the advice of her yoga teacher, it was clear she was on the right track. I recommended that she begin taking a magnesium supplement along with calcium and a multiple vitamin; with all her lifestyle changes, she felt like a new person.

MAGNESIUM, THE SPARK OF LIFE

In a poetic reference to magnesium's crucial role in evolution, Dr. Jerry Aikawa of the University of Colorado calls magnesium the ur-mineral, the most important mineral to man and all living organisms.10 It is critical to the metabolic processes of lowly one-celled living organisms and is the second most abundant element in all cells involved in basically metabolic pathway. Magnesium existed at the beginning of life and was involved with all aspects of cell production and growth. When plants evolved to use the sun as their energy source, magnesium played a pivotal role in the development of chlorophyll. So in both plants and animals, magnesium became an essential mineral involved in hundreds of enzyme processes affecting every aspect of life.

Presently, seventeen minerals are considered essential for human life, and it is quite possible that more minerals will be found to be indispensable as we take more time to study life's mineral connection. Ninety-nine percent of the body's mineral content is made up of seven macrominerals: sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, and magnesium. The other 1 percent comprises ten trace minerals. As with most minerals, the element magnesium occurs in nature combined with other elements. It joins naturally with sulfur to make Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate), with carbon to make magnesium carbonate, and with calcium to make dolomite. Magnesium is also found in partnership with silica in talc and asbestos. Like calcium, it is an alkaline mineral, which neutralizes acid, and some magnesium compounds are antacids used to treat heartburn.

My first encounter with magnesium was in high school chemistry. Each student was given a thin strip of magnesium and told to light one end carefully. The previous week we had learned that magnesium is the eighth most abundant element, constituting approximately 2 percent of the earth's crust and 1.14 percent of seawater. By comparison, calcium makes up 3 percent of the earth's crust but only 0.05 percent of seawater. There are 4-6 tsp (20-28 g or 2 oz) of magnesium in the body, comprising about 0.05 percent of the body's weight. This information in no way prepared us for the dynamic effect of lighting the magnesium strip. It flared up like an electric sparkler and disappeared in a flash. This effervescent property serves as an important reminder of magnesium's versatility as the spark of life, constantly igniting metabolic reactions throughout the body.

THE BODY IS ELECTRIC

The impulses for any and all movement in the body arise from electrical transmission. These microcurrents of electricity that pass along the nerves were first measured in 1966. Scientists soon discovered that the conductor for these bodily electrical currents was calcium and that magnesium was necessary to maintain the proper level of calcium in the blood.11 More recent research indicates that calcium enters the cells by way of calcium channels that are jealously guarded by magnesium. Magnesium allows a certain amount of calcium to enter a cell to create the necessary electrical transmission, and then immediately ejects the calcium once the work is done. Why? If calcium accumulates in the cell, it causes toxicity and disrupts cell function. Too much calcium entering cells can cause symptoms of heart disease (such as angina, high blood pressure, and arrhythmia), asthma, or headaches. Magnesium is nature's calcium channel blocker.12,13,14

About 60-65 percent of all our magnesium is housed in our bones and teeth. The remaining 35-40 percent is found in the rest of the body, including muscle and tissue cells and body fluids. The highest concentrations are in the heart and brain cells, so it is no wonder that the major symptoms of magnesium deficiency affect the heart and brain. These are also the two organs that have considerable electrical activity measured by EKG (electrocardiogram) and EEG (electroencephalogram). Our blood contains only 1 percent of the body's total magnesium.

Magnesium mostly works inside our tissue cells, producing ATP energy packets for our body's vital force and triggering production all the body's protein structures by revving up messenger RNA. It is also a requirement for the production of DNA, our genetic code. Both of the basic building blocks of life, RNA and DNA, are dependent on magnesium to maintain stable genes.15 In addition to its stabilizing effect on DNA and the structure of chromosomes, magnesium is an essential cofactor in almost all enzyme systems involved in the processing of DNA. Research shows that without sufficient magnesium, DNA synthesis becomes sluggish.

WHAT DOES MAGNESIUM DO?

Magnesium's hundreds of activities in the human body can be divided into five essential categories:16

1. Magnesium is a cofactor assisting enzymes in cata- lyzing most chemical reactions in the body, including temperature regulation.

2. Magnesium produces and transports energy.

3. Magnesium is necessary for the synthesis of protein.

4. Magnesium helps to transmit nerve signals.

5. Magnesium helps to relax muscles.

1. COFACTOR IN CHEMICAL REACTIONS

Enzymes are protein molecules that stimulate every chemical reaction in the body. Magnesium is required to make these enzymes work.

2. PRODUCING AND TRANSPORTING ENERGY

Magnesium and the B-complex vitamins are excellent examples of energy nutrients, because they activate enzymes that control digestion, absorption, and the utilization of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Because magnesium is involved with hundreds of enzymatic reactions throughout the body, deficiency can affect every aspect of life and cause a score of symptoms. Of the 325 magnesium-dependent enzymes, the most important enzyme reaction involves the creation of energy by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the fundamental energy storage molecule of the body. ATP may be what the Chinese refer to as qi or life force. Magnesium is required for the body to produce and store energy. Without magnesium there is no energy, no movement, no life. It is that simple.

3. SYNTHESIZING PROTEIN

Magnesium is used in synergy with dozens of other vitamins and minerals to create structural components of the body. Under the direction of magnesium, enzymes and nutrients modify the building blocks from food to create the body. Without magnesium, there is no body. RNA and DNA, which contain the genetic blueprints for the formation of all the protein molecules in the body, are also dependent on magnesium.

Revue de presse

“Dr. Carolyn Dean has the best credentials for bringing solutions to those suffering from the hidden magnesium disorders that affect most of us. This book needs to be read by anyone wishing to improve their quality of life.”—Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., author of The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology
 
“Clearly written and packed with information . . . a comprehensive and well-referenced guide to the myriad benefits of magnesium.”—Carolyn DeMarco, M.D., author of Take Charge of Your Body: Women’s Health Advisor
 
“Throughout this volume and with utmost clarity, Carolyn Dean presents invaluable recommendations—based on the latest magnesium research. Virtually every American can benefit.”—Paul Pitchford, author of Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition
 
“Physicians and therapists have paid scant attention to this very important element, which is also involved in maintaining our good health. The massive evidence is here in this important book on magnesium. I am pleased to have been taking magnesium for so many years.”—Abram Hoffer, M.D., author of Putting It All Together: The New Orthomolecular Nutrition

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Par Nolwennsarah TOP 500 COMMENTATEURSMEMBRE DU CLUB DES TESTEURS le 25 juin 2011
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Le magnésium, on en manque, ok mais il ne constitue pas non plus une cure miracle à tout. A lire cependant pour réaliser les conséquences d'un manque de ce minéral et comment la compenser efficacement.
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Sans être purement scientifique, ni purement vulgarisé cet ouvrage explique les raisons possibles de carences en Magnesium. A cette carence, se traduit des symptomes courants du "monde moderne" que nous connaissons. Les arguments suivent une logique. La conclusion est claire: recharger vous en magnesium, au dessus des recommendations journalières données, avant de tenter un traitement classique. A chacun de se faire sa propre opinion après un essai. Le mot "Miracle" restant cependant usurpé, et heureusement.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 High blood pressure? Depressed? Constipated? This book is for you! 14 juin 2016
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My husband and I are in our early 50's and generally in good health and fitness and neither of us are on any medications. We take a few vitamins and supplements almost daily but never gave much thought to adding mineral supplements. However, we have been having unusual symptoms lately, muscle twitches, muscle soreness for no apparent reason, irritability/edginess, insomnia, heart flutters, and my husband was recently dx with high blood pressure, although we think he has actually had it for many years. It was the shocker diagnosis that woke us up. His doctor wanted to monitor it for a short while since he has no other risk factors before going on medication but submitted that he will eventually have to be on meds for it. We bought a home BP monitor to track it daily. After reading the side effects of BP medicine, we knew we wanted to avoid that if at all possible. We immediately cut salt way down in our diets. Although my BP is normal/low, I did it so I would be able to eat the same as he does. I like to cook and considered it a challenge to make good food without salt. Besides, sodium puffs my eyes, so I suppose vanity put me on a low-sodium diet too - ha! The low salt diet was horrible at first, I will admit, but after a few of weeks and experimenting with spices and vinegars, we are now used to the taste of foods without added salt and it is really good, so stick with it! We also started exercising more and he lost 20 lbs. I lost nothing, of course, except a little water weight. About 2 months after going low salt and seeing some lowering of his BP numbers but still not great, my search for natural ways to lower blood pressure brought me to this book. What an eye opener it was. Here I thought we were eating pretty healthy, but I found out that that isn't enough. And I learned that some of our habits were flushing out the minerals - like drinking tea and coffee - and my husband being a type-A personality, hyper and stressed - made it worse. And there just isn't enough magnesium in our foods anymore and that deficiency was causing so many of the symptoms we were experiencing. And the difficult thing is that these symptoms can sneak up slowly so one doesn't even realize there is a problem. You might think it's just normal aging or your personality, but if you are edgy, grouchy, sad for no reason, depressed, quick to flare up with anger, tired but can't sleep, unable to enjoy what you used to love... you may just be magnesium deficient... and it's an easy fix.

Since reading this book we both are now taking 400mg of magnesium a day and the changes in just a couple of weeks have been incredible. For the first time in probably 10 years we are both sleeping through the night like babies...almost every night...and dreaming crazy dreams! Before my husband always said he never dreamed and we learned that is a symptom of mag deficiency. Now we are both so much ore relaxed and calm. It has taken the edge off, and the twitches and soreness is dramatically less. But the most exciting for us has been his blood pressure numbers. They are way down. From the 160's/high 90's to the 120's/low 80's and 70's and even yesterday he had a lower number in the 60's. Unbelievable for him.

I have to mention that our symptoms were actually getting a little worse right before we started on Magnesium because I had read that the BP meds were types of diuretics. So I found a natural diuretic in hibiscus (Jamaican) tea and it does work well to flush out the water. But what I learned from this book is that diuretics can cause dehydration. This can thicken the blood and can actually cause high BP and also constipation and flushes out the minerals, making magnesium levels even lower. And we both were drinking hibiscus tea (which is so delicious by the way) daily. So now that we learned through this book how diuretics can make things worse, we are limiting our hibiscus tea for when we feel we have overloaded on salt when eating out. But we will be sticking with the magnesium supplements. It is like turning back the clock 20 years. My husband is like a new man.

I am not discrediting doctors, I think very highly them and have a lot of respect for their knowledge, but NO ONE mentioned to us to try magnesium before suggesting going on meds. Either they don't know about natural remedies or liability risk encourages them to write a script. Maybe the fix is just too simple. Or maybe it doesn't work for everyone so they suggest it to no one. Do you own research. You have to take control of your own health. If you've gotten this far in your research to be reading these reviews, you are on the right track! Get this book!

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Mar 2017 - Update: We are still taking our 400 mg of magnesium a day. We both recently had our blood work done and had magnesium levels tested just to make sure we weren't over doing it and it showed our mag levels were perfectly normal. (But I read that the blood test isn't that accurate and one could still be deficient even if the levels show normal.) And I wanted to update that my husband's blood pressure is consistently NORMAL. He continues to exercise, has cut way back on sugar, and mostly is keeping the extra 20 lbs off. He no longer consistently snores, thanks to the weight loss I suspect. We both are sleeping better than we have for years thanks to that and the magnesium. And on a positive note for me, I no longer struggle with constipation. I have celiac disease and constipation comes with the territory. But the nightly magnesium dose has cured that. I can eat chocolate again (which is very constipating) without a problem. That alone is worth it for me. :) We are no longer experiencing any muscle twitches or mysterious aches and my husband consistently says how good he feels. It is truly amazing. He is so much more mellow and able to enjoy life, no longer bug-eyed and on the edge all the time. And I want to mention that we take Magnesium Asporotate (Vitacost) which is a blend of different sources of magnesium. Read about which ones are best absorbed. Magnesium Chloride is also well absorbed. But if all you can get is Magnesium Citrate, it is better than nothing. This book will tell you which ones are better absorbed and which ones aren't - Mag. Oxide isn't. And take a B6 when you take your mag or a good natural-sourced raw B-Complex. That also helps with absorption. But most importantly, read this book. I am not an expert, only giving our experiences, but she is!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 MINDBLOWING! 18 avril 2014
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Where have I been my whole life? under a rock? .
Maybe the information was what was hidden, not me-but none-the-less,This BOMBSHELL necessity for health and overall balanced nutrition has been eluding me for years even after extensive research! NOW I CAN BREATHE-I feel like I have that missing piece. I think this is the information I needed to complete my life's health goals-information that would have GREATLY helped me my WHOLE LIFE!
After reading this book-just the intro-I saw everyone I knew flashing through my thoughts along with their various ailments that were so obviously deficiencies instead of chronic diseases as they believed! I reached out to my family and friends the next day when I finished the book and suggested they all read it-take magnesium and if they didn't I'd buy the book for them and possibly the magnesium too.
I've been actively taking natural calm since I got morning sickness a month into my pregnancy- it only took a day for the symptoms to completely subside! I got a tip on pinterest about magnesium and morning sickness and thank God I did! I had AWFUL morning sickness with my first pregnancy, I had every sort of complication-I started keeping a journal out of disbelief at how miserable all my symptoms were! I felt cheated and lied to by all these women-my mother included-that told me how easy and symptom free their pregnancies had been. I was just miserable! Yet-here I am pregnant again-I've been on a healthy diet (Weston A Price style as mentioned in the book- also think 'nourishing traditions' recipe book) since the beginning of 2013 and since the advent of taking the magnesium have had an INCREDIBLE, AWESOME, near-SYMPTOMLESS pregnancy so far (4&1/2 months now) I have added epsom salts and magnesium chloride flakes to my biweekly baths for almost a year now too.

The author recommends GOOD dietary advice and guidelines, minutely different than my own, but so appropriate for almost everyone to improve their health aside from magnesium supplementation. LISTEN to her dietary recommendations! Similar guidelines and diet has changed me from miserable to in awe of my health and vitality! I feel better than I ever did and I'm pregnant!

This book resonated with me since it directly affects nearly everyone I know/knew as well as me! I personally have struggled with irritability and anger issues since I can remember-10, 12? I always worried it was because I might be bipolar/had a bad relationship with my dad who is bipolar(really probably just magnesium deficient but BIPOLAR is his official diagnosis)...but since taking magnesium-I am sooooo mellow-my husband noticed within a week of me taking natural calm-how easy to deal with I had become. I have had so many deficiency symptoms-I am so glad to know how I can eliminate them and provide my children with enough magnesium for healthy growth and maximum genetic development!

My favorite qoute--probably because it has been stated often in much of the health literature I've been reading-is
"the most important environment surrounding genes is the co-factor for biochemical processes--vitamins and minerals"
I believe we are not at the mercy of our family's "hereditary" ailments-that with proper nutrition and supplementation, our (children's) genes will develop to their full potential, safe-guarding them from the deteriorating health we or our relatives experience.

This information feels like the final huge puzzle piece in my research for optimum health per generations of examples in traditional cultures. Now, Knowing intricacies about vitamins and interactions and amounts and absorption information about magnesium-I feel EMPOWERED to reign in the health in my home-for myself and my children!

This book relays very advanced information on so many fronts-it may have been simpler to write a book about what magnesium doesn't do and can't help. The specificity in certain conditions-such as the recommendations for supplementation and dietary guidelines per specific type of deficiency and the inclusion of unusual treatments-such as magnesium in the ear for deafness due to calcification (something my sister was getting surgery for in a month but is now going to attempt to resolve with magnesium) exceeded my expectation in an informational book about magnesium's processes in the body. The high dose vitamin D information really stood out as I have really been trying to boost my vitamin D-but had NO idea I needed magnesium to supplement it! I immediately ordered ionic magnesium for my son, husband and I.

I truly appreciate how much ground the book covered and how persistent the author is in updating her information, revising it and adding to her knowledge-therefore our knowledge. I personally am disappointed when I read a great book but its information/statistics and cultural climate are so outdated. Authors who take the time to write such important information once, should endeavor to maintain its legitimacy/legacy by remaining current as this author has done so well. We are all lucky this author continues her efforts to help us all.

Let me just finish and stop rambling by saying that this book will teach you how much magnesium does for everyone, how you can benefit now from using it, what kind to use, offers you encouragement and information to take control of your health, provides excellent nutritional sources and advice; its the knowledge you have been living without that could save your life-and at the very least improve it. It doesn't preach, it doesn't postulate, it won't guilt trip you or make you feel stupid, it doesn't skirt uncomfortable issues-its about RELAYING MEDICAL FACTS and HELPING YOU in your quest for better health!

Magnesium isn't patented, comes in many forms/applications, it isn't terribly expensive, it can be added into any lifestyle and should never be ignored or taken for granted again!

Updates: Since taking ionic Liquid Ionic Minerals Magnesium (96 Servings at 100 mg Elemental - plus 2 mg fulvic acid)magnesium for just 2 weeks in addition to my baths and magnesium oil & lotion, I have noticed diminished fatigue (like hardly anything when I usually get super sore and exhausted) when I do lots of hard yard work, my usually (nomatter the weather, season) dry lips which always have dry, chapped skin are smooth and hydrated. The other night, I woke up with leg cramps (after consuming lots of sugar) and used magnesium oil/took some ionic magnesium, and they completely prevented any further cramping...a fungal infection which causes my scalp and face to peel has subsided- no more flaky hair line...I have all sorts of little differences in my life I never expected to change or knew what caused them.

You really have no idea what you're missing out on until you read this book and take magnesium/restore your mag levels.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Important health information your family physician may never speak to you about. 28 février 2012
Par OrbsnRings - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This little book is very dense with important information and I cannot begin to even tell you what a life-changing experience it has been for me. If you are seriously looking to feel better and improve your health overall, this book will help you do just that. One interesting point I would like to make here is that whatever your ailment may be, it probably is due to a magnesium deficiency.

You are probably wondering how I can make this statement, however, it is a true fact that magnesium deficiency causes many different symptoms and even diseases, depending on the individual. Even though some people share similar symptoms, some may be extreme depending on how magnesium deficient they are due to daily nutrition. Others may have more subtle symptoms if they are getting a little more magnesium in their diet, this also includes our children, there health, and the current epidemic of obesity, autism and ADHD in our society.

However, the simple fact of the matter, and the main point of this book is that there is an epidemic in our society because of magnesium deficiency. Which has been made worse since the "Got Milk?" was licensed to the National Milk Processor Board (MilkPEP) in 1995. Other agencies following the push including to this day the NIOH (National Institutes of Health) and other government agencies who stream into the mainstream society that we don't get enough calcium in our diets when the fact is we get more than we need. Which is why people are so sick.

In the 1950's the soil used in farming had already began to be depleted of this mineral, it has only gotten worse since then. Farmers do not add this mineral to the soil and food grown in the soil do not contain this mineral and if they do it is in minuscule properties. So much less so that even if you think you are eating healthy by eating a healthy diet and incorporating fruits and vegetables in your diet, you are not getting enough of this mineral. Unless you are eating organic foods grown in magnesium enriched soil you definitely are not getting the magnesium your body needs. Creating an imbalance in your body of too much calcium which builds up and causes a wide variety of symptoms and problems to your health and the health of loved ones, friends and family.

So, if you are like me and wonder why, even though you eat healthy, stay away from high fat, processed foods, corn syrup, soda, and other unhealthy foods, exercise regularly, yet still feel lousy and are having health issues you need to look into magnesium as a daily supplement. If you are not like me and are having more serious health issues you seriously need to look into magnesium supplementation.

One thing you cannot do is go asking your doctor for a magnesium blood test, as Dean points out in the book. Our blood only carries 1% of magnesium, the rest, all 99%, is stored in our body tissues. So a blood test will only tell you and your doctor that you are not magnesium deficient. This is another reason why people are not aware of their deficiency, because it is not picked up in a serum blood test. However, if you really want to know at all costs, Dean does speak of less than a handful of other specific tests that you can have done to find out your levels.

I, however, am not adamant about being tested or recommending a test for two reasons. The main one being you cannot overdose on a magnesium supplement. Whatever your body does not need comes out in your stool and urine. If you are sick of feeling ill, then you need to take that fact into consideration. Magnesium will not hurt you. The only symptom you will have if you are taking too much is diarrhea, which is not totally a reason to cut back and I will tell you why.

There are many forms of magnesium out on the market today. Some are less tolerable than others, depending on each individual and their bodies ability to process or break it down. This is one major reason to either read this book or study other information on magnesium deficiency from a reliable source, as you want to make sure to get the right information.

Even the author herself has already amended this book by including a few more pages of information I found important for me. You can receive a copy of this information free on her website when you sign up for her newsletter.

I, however, will save you some legwork here with a little information that has helped me and will help you whether you have a sensitive digestive system like mine or you just would like to take the maximum absorbable magnesium out on the market because of your symptoms or illness to get better as quickly as possible. On Dean's website she talks about how she came across the most highly absorbable magnesium only after she wrote The Magnesium Miracle. You can say maybe she did not do her homework before writing this book or you can just say that the information was just not available to her at the time. It really does not matter, as I am sure she did not do it intentionally and this is why she provides this additional information on her website for free.

Dean also speaks how she is not able to tolerate many of the magnesium supplements on the market due to her sensitive digestive system and that raised a red flag for me right away, as I have these same problems. I had actually bypassed the forms of magnesium which could cause me diarrhea, like the citrate, after working on a review of Natural Calm from the company Natural Vitality. I am not saying this magnesium did not work for me as it did wonders for me right away. However a few days after I had started it, I was having loose stools due to not having a gallbladder and a sensitive digestive system. If you are prone to constipation or do not have sensitive digestive issues this is a great form of magnesium, in fact, I started giving it to my mother and she is doing fine with it.

For me however, I switched over to taking a chelate form of magnesium which is easier for my body to break down and absorb. There is also a magnesium oil that can be applied to the skin which bypasses the digestive tract and also eliminates the problem of diarrhea. Since I do poorly when it comes to remembering to apply something to my body, I decided to go with an oral form.

I am now moving onto the form of magnesium that Carolyn Dean has listed on her website that she came across after writing this book. This magnesium is called Angstrom Liquid Magnesium and can be found easily online at many health outlets or through the manufacturer itself, Angstrom. This magnesium not only will not give me any sort of diarrhea or upset stomach but it also is the most highly absorbable form there is on the market. It is 99.9% absorbable by the body, where the other forms of magnesium are less then 40% absorbable depending on the type. All different types of magnesium and absorbability information is included in The Magnesium Miracle except for information on the Angstrom magnesium.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magnesium is the great relaxer 29 mars 2008
Par Christine Merchent - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I knew magnesium was important from other books I had read, and other classes I had taken, but I didn't realize how many things reduce the amount in the body such as, exercise, sweating, stress, prescription drugs, fluoride, and calcium supplementation. Magnesium is necessary to properly metabolize calcium, and it keeps calcium in solution in the body, so it prevents calcifications, which are quite common.

Magnesium is therapeutic in treating the following:
1. Anxiety and panic attacks- because it helps keep adrenal stress hormones under control
2. Asthma - both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency
3. Blood clots - magnesium prevents blood clots and thins blood without side effects.
4. Bowel disease - magnesium deficiency is one of the main causes of constipation.
5. Cystitis - bladder spasms are worsened by a magnesium deficiency.
6. Depression - serotonin (mood elevator) is dependent on magnesium for its production and function.
7. Heavy metals - magnesium is essential for the removal of heavy metals such as aluminum and lead.
8. Diabetes - magnesium facilitates the production of insulin and the transfer of glucose into the cells.
9. Fatigue - magnesium deficiency affects hundreds of enzymes, and fatigue is one of the first signs of a magnesium deficiency.
10. Heart disease - The heart requires magnesium as does all muscles.
11. Hypertension, hypoglycemia, insomnia, kidney disease, migraines, nerve problems, PMS, osteoporosis, Raynaud's syndrome, and tooth decay are all aggravated, and sometimes caused by a magnesium deficiency.

Calcium causes muscles to contract, while magnesium gives them the ability to relax. This is why it is so helpful in the treatment of heart disease, asthma, migraines, PMS and Raynaud's syndrome.

She told a very scary story where a Florida high school football coach gave his players a calcium supplement on a very hot day before a game. Eleven players became disoriented and had difficulty walking. Their speech was slurred, they complained of muscles spasms, and they were breathing very deeply. Within an hour eight of the boys collapsed into full-blown seizures. Thirteen of the players reported headaches, blurred vision, muscle twitching, nausea, and weakness. They all eventually recovered. The heat, exercise, and calcium supplementation had driven their magnesium levels dangerously low. Magnesium deficiency may play a role in sudden cardiac death syndrome as seen with athletes.

She generally recommends 600-1,000 mgs, and depending on your health condition will determine what type of magnesium to take. This is one of the better books I have read on natural health care. I'm currently working on a summary for myself, I'm about halfway through and already have four pages of notes. I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about natural healthcare.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 EVERYONE should read this book -- medical professionals should read it twice 19 mars 2017
Par JC_N_VA - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
First, I want to say, I have no affiliation with the author, or the publisher, and I was not offered any kind of incentive to write this review.

After reading through the comments and also responding to what people have said back to me (my own family): I wanted to add this:

PLEASE stop thinking in terms of "this is yet another pill or drink". You can get easily enough daily magnesium in less than 30 seconds: Apply magnesium Chloride TOPICALLY to your skin. It might sting, but you can dilute it with lotion or water. Not trying to sell a product, but trying to give people an idea of "what works!", I am right now using Trace Mineral Research Ionic Magnesium (GNC, and Amazon), and putting some in a glass spray bottle with essential oils. Magnesium oil makes an EXCELLENT deodorant (most mineral salts do), and you spray it and rub it in. Next I use the dropper and put 1 dropper on my body (with lotion) and rub it in. DONE! I can use more if I want.

By far, this is the best book I've read in about 8 months. I think they should give Carolyn Dean a key to the city, and make her Queen for a Day. That is how important I think her contribution is her. If physicians' goals are to improve the quality of life, she has made a huge contribution. I am extremely grateful to have read this book.

That said: EVERYONE should read this book. I mean it. In three days, I have told 15 people about it. I am 62 and I found myself in the pages. In the past three days, my supplementation with magnesium (mostly chloride, applied topically) has brought about a large change.

But this review is not really about me--if you will read this, apply the concepts, and use the products (yes, I know she is pushing her own product--who cares?), you can save a life.

One of the stories in the book was about sports players who were given calcium (they should have had magnesium, adminstered long before) on a hot day, and there was at least one death. Reading this, the scene came to life for me (I was, an am, still horrified). I've seen young people die in extreme situations because a "knowledgable adult" told them what to do.

Then the story about the "model" patient who lived a medially ideal life, and ate "correctly", yet still had a heart attack. Magnesium changed the picture for her.

Then the concept of the Monday 9 am heart attack, because of a lack of magnesium. Why women crave chocolate during their periods (cocoa has magnesium).

Finally the realization that so much of what I am experiencing (I am a healthy, non smoking, 62 year old adult, taking no prescriptions), was exactly what was being described in the book.

No more. I am changing this equation, starting today. Because of the additional magnesium, my energy has gone way up, and my sleep is much better, and I don't need naps (I was taking extra D3, and wondering why my bones hurt, but not after taking magnesium), and I am now going to purse a more healthy regimen.
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