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Magnesium Deficiency – Hard to Diagnose

Published by Shop Talk · August 20, 2014 at 8:23pm

 Dr. Norman Shealy’s statements, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency” and that, “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.” The truth he states exposes a gapping hole in modern medicine that explains a good deal about iatrogenic death and disease. Because magnesium deficiency is largely overlooked, millions of Americans suffer needlessly or are having their symptoms treated with expensive drugs when they could be cured with magnesium supplementation.
Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain. It is one of the most important minerals when considering supplementation because of its vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body.

Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our bodies. Magnesium is by far the most important mineral in the body. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies; vitally important, yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it.

The first symptoms of deficiency can be subtle – as most magnesium is stored in the tissues, leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle ‘twitches’ can be the first sign. Other early signs of deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.

Dr. Sidney Baker. “Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can’t take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot.”

“Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear.”

“Other symptoms and signs of magnesium deficiency and discuss laboratory testing for this common condition. Continuing with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations.”

“Symptoms or signs of the cardiovascular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressureand mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together. For example, people with mitral valve prolapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms. People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be “uptight.” Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness.”

Signs of severe magnesium deficiency include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Sores or bruises that heal slowly
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurry vision that changes from day to day
  • Unusual tiredness or drowsiness
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections

But wait a minute, aren’t those the same symptoms for diabetes? Many people have diabetes for about 5 years before they show strong symptoms. By that time, some people already have eye, kidney, gum or nerve damage caused by the deteriorating condition of their cells due to insulin resistance and magnesium deficiency. Dump some mercury and arsenic on the mixture of etiologies and pronto we have the disease condition we call diabetes.

Magnesium deficiency is synonymous with diabetes and is at the root of many if not all cardiovascular problems.

Magnesium deficiency is a predictor of diabetes and heart disease both; diabetics both need more magnesium and lose more magnesium than most people. In two new studies, in both men and women, those who consumed the most magnesium in their diet were least likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a report in the January 2006 issue of the journal Diabetes Care. Until now, very few large studies have directly examined the long-term effects of dietary magnesium on diabetes. Dr. Simin Liu of the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health in Boston says, “Our studies provided some direct evidence that greater intake of dietary magnesium may have a long-term protective effect on lowering risk,” said Liu, who was involved in both studies.

Autism and Magnesium Deficiency

When dealing with autism spectrum and other neurological disorders in children it is important to know the signs of low magnesium: restless, can’t keep still, body rocking, grinding teeth, hiccups, noise sensitive, poor attention span, poor concentration, irritable, aggressive, ready to explode, easily stressed. When it comes to children today we need to assume a large magnesium deficiency for several reasons.

1) The foods they are eating are stripped of magnesium because foods in general, as we shall see below are declining in mineral content in an alarming way.

2) The foods many children eat are highly processed junk foods that do not provide real nutrition to the body.

3) Because most children on the spectrum are not absorbing the minerals they need even when present in the gut. Magnesium absorption is dependent on intestinal health, which is compromised totally in leaky gut syndromes and other intestinal problems that the majority of autism syndrome disorders.

Calcium Magnesium:  Canada  #11396

Unicity Bone Fortify:   #US # 27395

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Ref;

greenmedinfo.com

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading experts in pain management. He is a graduate of Duke University medical school and a well-known author and lecturer. Since retiring from private practice in 1999, Dr. Shealy has devoted his time to research.


ARTHRITIS and YOU

Arthritis is one of the most common medical problems and a major cause of disability in America. The word arthritis is a blend of the Greek words arthron, for joint, and it is, for inflammation. In other words, arthritis literally means, “joint inflammation.” Although arthritis is often referred to as one disease, it’s not. Arthritis has more than 100 forms.
Arthritis in America

66 million people have arthritis (nearly 1 in 3 adults)
One of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation’s leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15.
Second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability.
Limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing for more than 7 million Americans.
Results in 39 million physician visits and more than a half million hospitalizations.
Costs to the U.S. economy total more than $86.2 billion annually.
Affects people in all age groups including nearly 300,000 children.
Baby boomers are now at prime risk. More than half those affected are under age 65.
Half of those Americans with arthritis don’t think anything can be done to help them.
Refers to more than 100 different diseases that affect areas in or around joints.
Strikes women more often than men.
Arthritis is one of the most common conditions causing joint pain and disability. Nearly 1 in 3 Americans have arthritis or a related condition. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease. It’s often called wear-and-tear arthritis because it involves the wearing away of the cartilage that caps the bones in your joints. Over time, if the cartilage wears down completely, you lose shock absorption capabilities and may be left with bone rubbing on bone. This may eventually damage the ends of your bones. Osteoarthritis can affect almost any joint in your body.

Rheumatoid arthritis isn’t associated with the overuse or injury of a joint. In rheumatoid arthritis, the synovial membrane that protects and lubricates joints becomes inflamed, causing pain and swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis can be more disabling than osteoarthritis, and it sometimes results in deformed joints. It can affect any joint, but wrists, knuckles and small joints of the feet are among the most common sites.

Ultimate Pack For complete bone and joint health:

Bone Fortify

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CM Plex™ Cream: Canada NFR, US # 2743

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BM&C

by Shop Talk on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:38pm

Contains;

Proprietary Blend 950 mg
Yucca (Yucca brevifolia Rolez) Root
Boswelin Gum Extract
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra L.) Hulls
Queen of the Meadow
(Filipendula ulmaria (L.) Maxim) Herb
Scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora L.) Herb
Devil’s Claw
(Harpagophytum procumbens DC) Root
Marshmallow (Althaca officinalis L.) Root
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.) Leaf
†Daily Values not established
Other Ingredients: Gelatin, Magnesium stearate

This product is very beneficial in supporting the body in repairing and building bone, muscle and cartilage after injury or overuse. It increases circulation to the bone, muscle and cartilage, reduces swelling, pain and bruising as well as nourishing these important structural components of the body.

This regenerative formula contains herbs that help reduce inflammation in the tissues, nourish ligaments and tendons to assist in restoring their normal function, helps release deposits from joints and tissues and assists the body in preventing the spread of infections.

BM & C Canada NFR #15712 , US #15712

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 Bones Fortified

Here at Unicity, we are constantly striving to provide our partners and customers with products that are on the cutting edge of science. That’s why we’re introducing UNICITY BONE FORTIFY.

We’ve combined the benefits from all our different Unicity Bone related products, improved them with the forefront of modern-day science, and merged them into one delicious drink mix.

So you were told you have “bad bones”….well, fix them. I have talked to several patients this week about their bones, bone spurs and kidney stones. All of them were taking Oscal or Caltrate. If you are wanting to take a calcium supplement, you need to understand not all supplements are equal. You first of all need a chelated form of calcium and then you need one that has enough magnesium to help with absorption. Unicity has reformulated their Calcium-Magnesium Complex which is now Unicity Bone Fortify. It is a powder which tastes like berries and cream.

WHY YOU NEED UNICITY BONE FORTIFY:
Bone FortifyContains highly bioavailable forms of calcium and magnesium in a scientifically validated 1:1 ratio.
Vitamin K2 increases calcium absorption in the bones and helps minimize calcification of the arteries.
Vitamin K2 also stimulates bone formation by beneficially altering gene expression.
Vitamin D3 regulates the genes involved in collagen formation.
Adequate calcium and Vitamin D throughout the life as a part of a well-balanced diet and along with physical activity may reduce osteoporosis.

Unicity Bone Fortify US # 27395

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MSM – Wouldn’t Want to Be Without It!

by Shop Talk  on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:15pm

MSM powder (Methylsulfonylmethane – 500 mg per capsule), potassium citrate, Siberian ginseng extract, Echinacea purpurea extract, calcium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, Korean ginseng extract, garlic powder, citrus bioflavonoid complex powder, quercetin, rutin and broccoli extract (25% indoles) in a gelatin capsule.

This super MSM complex is an essential basic building block for healthy cells and cell regeneration. It has anti-fungal properties and can be beneficial in treatment of overgrowth of yeast and candida.

It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever for arthritic conditions, powerful anti-oxidant and enhances immune function.

It has powerful cell regeneration properties and aids with elimination of scar tissue. It increases energy.

It also can act as a styptic where internal bleeding occurs and aid in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, is essential for colitis and crohns disease and recovery from hemorrhoids.

It is extremely beneficial to asthma sufferers and aid in tissue repair in the lungs.

It aids in the prevention or management of conditions such as hardening of the arteries, emphysema, allergies, headaches including migraines, arthritis, hip dysplasia, stomach problems, diverticulosis, weak fingernails and hair fall, low energy.

It keeps cell membranes flexible and permeable allowing for nutrients, waste and toxins to move in out of cell membranes easily. It may support correct insulin production and blood sugar imbalances.

Wonders of Melatonin

Melatonin, which is non-addictive, gives her “a great night’s sleep” and leaves you feeling terrific when you wake up.  Melatonin’s has a proven ability to counter insomnia and jet lag, but also  an array of experts are touting it as a wonder drug that can extend life and help to combat a wide variety of illnesses, including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy.  AND it’s very, very inexpensive!

Melatonin is hormone naturally produced by the body by the pineal gland, an organ about the size of a kernel of corn that is formed three weeks after conception and located at the center of the brain.  It  also can be produced by marrow cells and epithelial cells .  These form your epihelium tissue which is a type of tissue that lines cavities and surfaces throughout the body.

When the sun goes down at the end of each day, the gland boosts the body’s melatonin levels, inducing a feeling of sleepiness – an effect which an increasing number of insomniacs are seeking to enhance by taking melatonin supplements. That same property, which researchers have demonstrated in several studies using human subjects, also makes melatonin a popular pill among airline workers and frequent flyers who experience jet lag. Ingesting melatonin at bedtime at a traveller’s destination can help to reset the body’s internal clock, the “carcadian cycle”.  Athsmatics and people who suffer with Tinnitus  also find an improvement in sleep and its benefits.   It is also important to note, that with or without Melatonin, you will rest better if  your bedroom is free of electronics and the room is dark.  As it turns out, Melatonin production in the brain is inhibited by light, even at low levels.  The presence of light will reduce your production by 50%.  Melatonin is released into the blood stream and levels peak in the middle of the night.

Russell Reiter, a Texas neuroendocrinologist and author of Melatonin: Your Body’s Natural Wonder Drug, says that the hormone’s most important role is neutralizing free radicals – unstable molecules that oxidize healthy ones by pirating electrons from them. Scientists say that oxidizing molecules play a major role in diseases such as AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Free radicals also contribute to aging by undermining collagen proteins that support the skin, causing wrinkles and sagging jowls. While vitamins C and E are well-known fighters of oxidizing free radicals, Reiter says that melatonin is a much more powerful antioxidant. In 1993, Reiter co-authored a study on rats showing that melatonin shielded the animals’ cells from safrole, a toxic substance that causes cancer by generating large amounts of free radicals. “I was awestruck by the potency of melatonin,” Reiter says.

It may help reduce the amount of seizures with epileptics.

George Bubenik, a physician and associate professor of biological sciences at Ontario’s University of Guelph, has studied melatonin for more than 20 years. In a landmark 1977 study, Bubenik induced epileptic seizures in cats – and stopped them within 10 minutes by injecting the animals with melatonin.

Your immune system is stimulated by melatonin.

Studies in the Mayo Clinic show a positive effect on ADHD children.

Melatonin may reduce intra-ocular pressure for glaucoma patients and delay macular degeneration.

Melatonin helps to lower blood pressure, prevents damage from ischemia of the brain and the heart.  It plays an important role in preventing some arrhythmia.  Those who suffer from Depression and Bi-polar disorder benefit from Melatonin.

Chronic headache sufferers, migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches will discover  Melatonin to be a benefit to their conditions.

Low levels of Melatonin production has been proposed as a factor in higher levels of cancer for night workers ad modern day lighting practices has bee suggested as a factor in higher levels of cancer incidence in the entire developed world.

Melatonin is also proving to be an important and ‘special’ antioxidant.  It is referred to a s a ‘terminal’ or ‘suicide’ antioxidant because it forms a stable end product upon reacting with a free radical.

Melatonin is believed to protect the DNA and prevent damage from some carcinogens therefore halting some of the mechanisms in the body that cause cancer.

Low levels of Melatonin have been linked to breast cancer; adding Melatonin has been shown to inhibit growth of these cancer cells; has been shown when combined with tamoxifen caused tumors to modestly shrink in 28% of the women.

In prostrate cancer, Melatonin has been shown to block growth of cancer cells and improved survival rates in 9 out of 14 men when used as an adjunct therapy.

Melatonin may help improve platelet count due to cancer therapies.

It show promise in reducing damage to the brain caused by the onset of Parkinson’s.

Lab research shows that Melatonin increases longevity by 20%.

It may help couter-act acquired immunodeficiency.

Melatonin may help fight viral and bacterial infectious diseases.

Melatonin stimulates cells called osteoblasts an promotes bone growth thereby aiding in the prevention of osteoporosis.

Melatonin has been shown to relieve depression and anxiety for post menopausal women. It causes a sure in your serotonin levels.  Low Serotonin levels are believed to be the reason for many cases of mild to moderate depression which can lead to symptoms like anxiety, apathy, and fear, feelings of worthlessness, insomnia and fatigue.

Melatonin benefits Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Low levels of Melatonin have been found in ASD—autistic children and their non affected parents.
Melatonin receptors appear to be important in the mechanism of memory and learning.
Melatonin is useful for Alzheimer’s – it prevents neuronal death in the brain caused by toxic proteins in the brain in Alzheimer’s patients—-it also has been shown to help lessen and prevent ‘sundowning’ in Alzheimer’s patients which is heightened afternoon agitation.
Because Melatonin controls the timing and release of reproductive hormones in peri-menopausal women it helps prevent depression, migraines and cluster headaches and improves Thyroid function
Melatonin is involved in regulation of body weight especially when combined with calcium.

Improves sarcodosis, the development of fibrous tissue in lungs and other tissues in the body. The amounts needed was 20 mg per day for 4-12 months.
Melatonin has proven to be effective even in small doses. In research Melatonin was to shown to be as effective over time in small doses as the larger doses.
Remember keep your rooms dark and remove electrical appliances, move your electric alarm clock at least 6 feet from your bed and NO night-lights. Night-lights even for children impair their valuable Melatonin production through the night.

Canada NFR # 24785, US # 24785

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ref:  Maclean’s December 18, 1995, Author PAUL KAIHLA, Melatonin – Darlene Long, University of Maryland Medical Center

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