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Posted 09 March 2006 - 09:27 AM

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Subject: IMVA - Magnesium and Preventive Medicine Part One - March
6, 2006

Magnesium and Preventive Medicine - Part One

International Medical Veritas Association

Typically, if you are a mainstream allopathic physician, preventive
medicine is limited to elective stress testing, mammography, screening for
prostate-specific antigen, periodic lipid profiling and giving some kind of
lip service to life-style changes and diet. This kind of medicine offers
only a shadow of what preventive medicine needs to be. According to the New
York Times, "New evidence keeps emerging that the medical profession has
sold its soul in exchange for what can only be described as bribes from the
manufacturers of drugs and medical devices."[i] A soulless medicine's first
crime is its failure to seriously embrace preventive medicine and avoid
disease in the first place. None of the pharmaceutical companies are
interested in preventive medicine for they make all their money off the sick
and dying.

Preventive medicine is as important as any other type of medicine. In
ancient China the oriental medical doctors were paid for keeping people well
thus patients stopped paying when they fell sick. Allopathic medicine,
through its major misunderstanding, denial and neglect of preventive
medicine, is directly contributing to modern man becoming the most diseased
population in the history of the world. Doctors and health officials really
have no idea that the vast majority of diseases can be prevented and even
cured without drugs or surgery. Their idea of preventive medicine starts and
ends with vaccines, which contain toxic chemicals like mercury that may be
contributing greatly to the swift rise in chronic diseases.

Allopathic medicine could do much to redeem its soul if it would face
all the evidence that has been building up all of which suggests that we
have to add adequate intake of magnesium-the "forgotten electrolyte"-to our
list of preventive health measures. Ensuring adequate magnesium intake,
through a combination of dietary sources, oral supplementation, and
importantly the use of transdermal methods of application, constitutes a
crucial step toward health that is justified by scientific and clinical data

We need no further information to conclude that the American public
consumes less magnesium than necessary for good health and that magnesium
supplementation is indicated for almost everyone. Magnesium supplementation
is the single greatest thing we can do to help people avoid serious diseases
or recover from the ones they already have. It certainly is not the only
thing but there is no other single element that can compare.

The use of magnesium as a preventive, clinical and emergency medicine
would spell disaster for the 1.6 trillion dollar medical industry in the
United States. Single-handedly it could wipe out the need for hundreds of
billions of dollars of medical expenses and diminish a mountain of pain,
misery and death. When combined with some other medical essentials like
Vitamin C, proven antioxidants and minerals like selenium, zinc, organic
foods and full hydration with pure water the reduction in medical expenses
would be staggering to the industry.

There is a mountain of evidence that sustain these statements. For
instance, Dr. Frank D. Gilliland, professor of preventive medicine at the
Keck School of Medicine, and his colleagues monitored more than 2,500
pre-teens and teen-agers in a dozen Southern California communities,
tracking what kids eat and measuring lung function (how well their lungs
work). The team has found that children who eat lots of antioxidant-rich
fruit and juices-as well as those who get an abundance of magnesium and
potassium-perform better on lung function tests than children who eat less
of the nutrients.[ii] Vitamin C plays a big role in lung development,
Gilliland says, while vitamins E and A also appear helpful, especially in
children with asthma. This information is especially important for children
who live in cities and other areas where air pollution is a problem.

According to Dr. Ronald Elin and Dr. Robert Rude, "Refining and
processing of grains and other foodstuffs typically results in loss of 70%
or more of the magnesium content (as well as other nutrients). The
conversion of wheat into flour results in a loss of 82% of magnesium.
Refining rice into polished rice sacrifices 83% of the magnesium. Milling
corn into corn starch loses 98% of the magnesium. When soy beans are cooked,
they lose 69% of their magnesium. Quick-cooking oatmeal provides only about
15% of the magnesium obtained from the slow-cooking cereal. As the nation's
eating habits have gone from freshly prepared items made in the home to
prepared, processed meals and "fast foods" taken on the run, the magnesium
content of the food has plummeted."[iii]

Our bodies simply cannot extract adequate

nutrition from today's "fast" and processed foods.

Dr. David Thomas, who researched government records, found that the
levels of magnesium in the average rump steak have dropped 7%. Milk appears
to have lost 2% of its calcium and 21% of its magnesium.[iv] According to
the analysis, cheddar provides 9% less calcium today, 38% less magnesium and
47% less iron, while parmesan shows the steepest drop in nutrients, with
magnesium levels down by 70% and iron all gone compared with content in the
years up to 1940. Though some of this information is being contested,[v]
academics in the US and Denmark have also reported significant changes in
the nutritional profile of modern foods.

Studies show that people who eat at least three servings of whole grains
a day have a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer and seem to
maintain a healthy weight more easily. Since refined grains, such as white
flour, have their innermost and outermost layers (their germ and bran)
removed, they are stripped of a great portion of their minerals. Whole
grains are not only higher in fiber but contain four times the magnesium and
zinc and twice the selenium. [vi]

Only about 15 to 25 percent of children eat

the recommended amount of magnesium.

Even in individuals who are unwilling to make prudent changes in their
diets and sedentary habits, the administration of certain nutrients and/or
drugs may help to prevent or postpone the onset of type 2 diabetes. The
evident ability of fiber-rich cereal products to decrease diabetes risk, as
documented in prospective epidemiological studies, is most likely mediated
by the superior magnesium content of such foods. High-magnesium diets have
preventive (though not curative) activity in certain rodent models of
diabetes; conversely, magnesium depletion provokes insulin resistance.[vii]

A non-drug abortive approach to migraine attacks has been

the use of 1g magnesium sulfate through a slow intravenous

push during an acute migraine with 85% effectiveness.[viii]

Deficiencies in magnesium affect all people leaving them vulnerable to
developing acute and chronic conditions. We humans are genetically strong
and designed to be well, not ill. Mistakes of living and nutrition break
down our natural strengths. It is thought that each person is especially
susceptible to certain diseases when compared to other people, but each
person is also more resistant to certain diseases when compared to others.
In this sense, each person could be thought to have particular genetic
weaknesses and strengths but nobody is strong enough to live without air,
water, or magnesium for very long. Though in the long run food can be
considered one of the best medicines, it is difficult to recover fully from
magnesium deficiencies through changes in diet only. Even the use of oral
magnesium supplementation is slow and needs to be augmented with quick
acting transdermal methods of application and by intramuscular and
intravenous magnesium in emergency situations.

A magnesium deficiency is closely associated with cardiovascular
disease.[ix] Lower magnesium concentrations have been found in heart attack
patients[x] and administration of magnesium[xi] has proven beneficial in
treating ventricular arrhythmias.[xii],[xiii],[xiv],[xv] Fatal heart attacks
are more common in areas where the water supply is deficient in magnesium
and the average intake through the diet is often significantly less than the
200-400 milligrams required daily.[xvi]

Magnesium is proving to be very important in the maintenance of heart
health and in the treatment of heart disease. Magnesium, calcium, and
potassium are all effective in lowering blood pressure.[xvii],[xviii],[xix]
[xx] Magnesium is useful in preventing death from heart attack and protects
against further heart attacks.[xxi],[xxii] It also reduces the frequency and
severity of ventricular arrhythmias and helps prevent complications after
bypass surgery.

Using magnesium as a preventive medicine starts in pregnancy for there
are significant benefits of magnesium for preeclampsia and eclampsia.
Eclampsia and preeclampsia are the leading causes of death for pregnant
women and their fetuses, particularly in developing countries. Physicians
believe the high blood pressure, swelling, and protein in the urine
associated with preeclampsia lead to the convulsions and coma of eclampsia.
Magnesium is a most effective drug at preventing eclamptic seizures. Now
magnesium sulfate is being used increasingly to treat preeclampsia as well,
with the hope it will prevent eclampsia. A study published in the June 1,
2002, issue of The Lancet confirms this hope.[xxiii]

Women receiving magnesium sulfate had a 27%

lower risk of premature detachment of the placenta.

Mark Sircus Ac., OMD

Director International Medical Veritas Association






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Edited by call me jaded, 09 March 2006 - 12:50 PM.

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 09:32 AM

Can't quite squeeze the references in

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[i] New York Times February 2, 2006

[ii] Dietary Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, and Children's Lung Function.
Gilliland et al. Am. J. Epidemiol..2002; 155: 125-131.

[iii] http://www.mgwater.com/wellness.shtml

[iv] http://www.foodnavigator.com/news/ng

[v] Addressing the assertion that changes in the methods of measuring the
composition of food cannot account for the huge fall in nutrient content, Dr
Tim Lobstein said, "Minerals are easy to detect and measure and have been
since the 19th century. It is almost impossible that methods have changed so
much that it would explain the huge difference between these figures. One of
the key arguments is that today's agriculture does not allow the soil to
enrich itself, but depends on chemical fertilizers that don't replace the
wide variety of nutrients plants and humans need."

[vi] http://www.mgwater.com/wellness.shtml

[vii] Toward practical prevention of type 2 diabetes. McCarty MF. Med
Hypotheses 2000;54:786-793.

[viii] Migraine Awareness Group: a National Understanding for Migraineurs


[ix] Harrison, Tinsley R. Principles of Internal Medicine. 1994, 13th
edition, McGraw-Hill, pp. 1106-15 and pp. 2434-35

[x] Shechter, Michael, et al. The rationale of magnesium supplementation in
acute myocardial infarction: a review of the literature. Archives of
Internal Medicine, Vol. 152, November 1992, pp. 2189-96

[xi] Ott, Peter and Fenster, Paul. Should magnesium be part of the routine
therapy for acute myocardial infarction? American Heart Journal, Vol. 124,
No. 4, October 1992, pp. 1113-18

[xii] Dubey, Anjani and Solomon, Richard. Magnesium, myocardial ischaemia
and arrhythmias: the role of magnesium in myocardial infarction. Drugs, Vol.
37, 1989, pp. 1-7

[xiii] England, Michael R., et al. Magnesium administration and dysrhythmias
after cardiac surgery. Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 268
No. 17, November 4, 1992, pp. 2395-2402

[xiv] Yusuf, Salim, et al. Intravenous magnesium in acute myocardial
infarction. Circulation, Vol. 87, No. 6, June 1993, pp. 2043-46

[xv] Woods, Kent L. and Fletcher, Susan. Long-term outcome after intravenous
magnesium sulphate in suspected acute myocardial infarction: the second
Leicester Intravenous Magnesium Intervention Trial (LIMIT-2). The Lancet,
Vol. 343, April 2, 1994, pp. 816-19

[xvi] Eisenberg, Mark J. Magnesium deficiency and sudden death. American
Heart Journal, Vol. 124, No. 2, August 1992, pp. 544-49

[xvii] Supplemental dietary potassium reduced the need for antihypertensive
drug therapy. Nutrition Reviews, Vol. 50, No. 5, May 1992, pp. 144-45

[xviii] Ascherio, Alberto, et al. A prospective study of nutritional factors
and hypertension among US men. Circulation, Vol. 86, No. 5, November 1992,
pp. 1475-84

[xix] Witteman, Jacqueline C.M., et al. Reduction of blood pressure with
oral magnesium supplementation in women with mild to moderate hypertension.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 60, July 1994, pp. 129-35

[xx] Geleijnse, J.M., et al. Reduction in blood pressure with a low sodium,
high potassium, high magnesium salt in older subjects with mild to moderate
hypertension. British Medical Journal, Vol. 309, August 13, 1994, pp. 436-40

[xxi] Manz, M., et al. Behandlung von herzrhythmusstorungen mit magnesium.
Deutsche Medi Wochenschrifte, Vol. 115, No. 10, March 9, 1990, pp. 386-90

[xxii] Iseri, Lloyd T., et al. Magnesium therapy of cardiac arrhythmias in
critical-care medicine. Magnesium, Vol. 8, 1989, pp. 299-306

[xxiii] The study, dubbed the Magpie Trial, was a large international effort
aimed at discovering the effects of magnesium sulfate on women with
preeclampsia and their children. Close to 10,000 women with preeclampsia
from 33 developed and developing countries were involved. Roughly half of
the women were randomly assigned to receive magnesium sulfate while the
other half received a placebo. Use of magnesium sulfate resulted in a 58%
decrease in risk of eclampsia compared to use of the placebo. This
translates to 11 fewer women in 1,000 suffering from eclampsia. The
preventive effect of magnesium was consistent regardless of the severity of
the preeclampsia, the stage of pregnancy, whether an anticonvulsant had been
given prior to the trial, and whether the woman had delivered before entry
into the trial. Women receiving magnesium sulfate also had a 45% lower risk
of death than women receiving the placebo. There appeared to be no
difference in the risk of fetal or infant death related to the use of either
the drug or the placebo.

Edited by call me jaded, 09 March 2006 - 09:33 AM.

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 10:54 AM

What is the recommended daily intake?xx

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 01:16 PM

I'm not sure.

Even the use of oral magnesium supplementation is slow and needs to be augmented with quick
acting transdermal methods of application and by intramuscular and
intravenous magnesium in emergency situations.

This is what Epsom Salt baths are all about - they are magnesium sulphate (sulfate for our US friends). Just throw a handful in the bath (up to 200g a time!) a couple of times a week and the skin absorbs it. You can buy 500g boxes in Boots for less than ?1

Rosemary Waring was the first to connect sulphation and autism:

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 01:21 PM


I have been advised that there are some brands of "Epsom Salts" that contain Mercury, so ask the Pharmacist to make sure there is NO mercury in the product.


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Posted 08 September 2006 - 11:59 PM


My Pharmacist where I have buying my sons medications for the past 10 years has really gone pro Autism he sells cookbooks on GF/CF and is putting together lots of goods that assist with ASD

He also is selling Epsom Salts in bulk as he really believes in our diets we are not getting enough Magnesium and this is making this generation really sick.

I just wanted to bump this article from 'Call Me Jaded' there is a lot of truth in it.

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 10:59 AM

Thanks for 'bumping' smile.gif - missed this one with my degree work

Really interesting reading - I will certainly investigate further smile.gif

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 07:22 PM

Yes, I missed this too! Thanks Call me Jaded and Frangipangi - is very interesting

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