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Interesting Magnesium article

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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." 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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substitute for professional medical advice.




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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.

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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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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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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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Thanks for 'bumping' :) - missed this one with my degree work


Really interesting reading - I will certainly investigate further :)

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