If there is one thing truthfully effecting this country more than any other thing, when it comes to health and wellness, it is LACK OF MAGNESIUM!!! We hurt because of lack of magnesium. Our blood vessels contract because of lack of magnesium. We don’t digest glucose or functionally metabolize hormones because of lack of magnesium.
What is magnesium?[i]
Magnesium is a mineral. Minerals typically come from the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the salts we consume.
In the book, The Magnesium Miracle, it is stated “Magnesium’s role in bone health is multifaceted. • Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium. • Magnesium stimulates a particular hormone, calcitonin, that helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, preventing some forms of arthritis and kidney stones. • Magnesium suppresses another bone hormone called parathyroid, preventing it from breaking down bone. • Magnesium converts vitamin D into its active form so that it can help calcium absorption. • Magnesium is required to activate an enzyme that is necessary to form new bone. • Magnesium regulates active calcium transport. With all these roles for magnesium to play, it is no wonder that even a mild deficiency can be a risk factor for osteoporosis. Further, if there is too much calcium in the body, especially from calcium supplementation, as in Muriel’s case, magnesium absorption can be greatly impaired, resulting in worsening osteoporosis and the likelihood of kidney stones, arthritis, and heart disease. A chance meeting in a hotel with a woman whose lymphoma worsened immediately after being prescribed 2,500 mg of calcium, but no magnesium, for her osteoporosis made me consider that excess calcium can also deposit in cancerous tumors. Other factors that are important in the development of osteoporosis include diet, drugs, endocrine imbalance, allergies, vitamin D deficiency, and lack of exercise. A detailed review of the osteoporosis literature shows that chronically low intake of magnesium, vitamin D, boron, and vitamins K, B12, B6, and folic acid leads to osteoporosis.” [ii]
So MANY great things come from the uptake and utilization of this single mineral. However, with the focus on vitamin and supplement nutritional guidelines, we have allowed the American population to become severely deficient in the last century. The advent of things like Glyphosate containing GMO foods contaminants our blood and lymph creating a vacuum for beneficial minerals like magnesium. It was recently stated by Dr. Mercola, “Herbicides, like glyphosate also act as chelators, effectively blocking the uptake and utilization of minerals in so many foods grown today. As a result, it can be quite difficult to find truly magnesium-rich foods. Cooking and processing further depletes magnesium.”[iii]
Not to mention the FDA and AMA guidelines want you to believe that if you take 200 mg to 400 mg or even 800 mg of bonded magnesium powders that this will correct decades of deficiency. Topical magnesium placement appears to be a far superior method for delivering serum and stored magnesium values back to a homeostasis. “After 12 weeks’ treatment 89% of subjects raised their cellular magnesium levels with an average increase of 59.7% recorded. Equivalent results using oral supplementation have been reported over 9-24 months.”[iv]
And in another study, “In discussing transdermal magnesium therapy versus oral magnesium supplements, Dr. Shealy[v] has explained that:
Transdermal therapy creates “tissue saturation”, which allows magnesium to travel to the body’s tissues and cells at a high dose without losses through the gastrointestinal tract.
When taken orally, however, magnesium may be absorbed inefficiently, either due to the laxative effect of oral doses; due to the effect of other foods, vitamins or minerals in the gut that lessen absorption; or due to individual differences, such as leaky gut syndrome, that reduce magnesium processing.”[vi]
So many people are going to their primary care physician and speaking about a plethora of symptoms and most of them can be improved if not eliminated simply by attempting to get adequate magnesium back into their body.
Here are some of the notable areas where removing the magnesium deficiency from your life can begin to help.
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Circulatory disturbances (stroke, cardiac infarction, arteriosclerosis)
Muscle WeaknessMuscle cramping
[ii] Carolyn Dean, The Magnesium Miracle, 1984.
[v] Shealy N. Life Beyond 100: Secrets of the Fountain of Youth. Tarcher; 2006. [↵] [↵]