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"THE MIRACLE OF MAGNESIUM" article by Dr. Carolyn Dean
DID YOU KNOW?
Very few people are aware of the enormous role
magnesium plays in our bodies. After oxygen, water, and
basic food, magnesium may be the most important element
needed by our bodies. So vitally important, yet
The improper use of magnesium among health professionals and the population in general, is deeply responsible for many of the failures encountered daily in treating chronic health conditions nationwide.
What are the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency? Millions suffer daily from Insomnia, Sleep-Disorders, Fatigue, Body- Tension, Headaches, Heart-Disorders, Low Energy, High Blood Pressure, Muscle Tension, Backaches. Other conditions are Constipation, Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis, Depression, Irregular-Heartbeat, Anxiety, Muscle Cramps or Spasms, Irritability and the list goes on
90-95% of the population is deficient including many of
those who already supplement it. Why? Due to the
misleading information presented in common magnesium
texts. As a result, magnesium remains largely
misunderstood, largely misused and the problem goes on
The use of magnesium today is often incorrect, resulting in frequent failures to improve common conditions and complaints. One reason is this: Calcium needs magnesium in order to assimilate into the body. However, when too much calcium is consumed, it will pull magnesium out of body parts in order to assimilate. This creates a magnesium deficiency and the person will get worse and feel worse accordingly. This occurs with people who drink pasteurized milk. Milk is about 8 calcium to 1 magnesium and will create a deficiency in magnesium.
"Contrary to common belief, magnesium deficiency is
very common even amongst those who supplement it
Excess calcium in the body results in calcium deposits
such as gallstones, kidney stones, calcium deposits on
joints (often called arthritis). All of these have been
known to disappear after taking extra magnesium,
especially the drink form.
BECOME AN EXPERT
After reading this data you will become your own expert on how to handle a magnesium deficiency, which strikes most of our unknowing population. This data is vital for everybody to know. It has changed the lives of many. It may change your own as well.
The fact remains that many of us suffer for months and
years from chronic conditions, which no one seems to
detect the source of (not even the so-called experts).
With all the myriad of solutions we have sought, only a
lucky handful amongst us realize that the true source of
these conditions lies with magnesium deficiency. Many of
the conditions I listed before are caused primarily by
90-95% of the population is deficient, and most of them have thought that regular magnesium supplements will fix magnesium deficiciencies. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Read on to understand this in full, and why water soluble magnesium is the answer.
To understand the importance of magnesium let's consider this: Magnesium is the most important mineral in the body, activating over 300 different processes in your body; Among these functions are digestion, energy production, muscle function, bone formation, creation of new cells, activation of B vitamins, relaxation of muscles, the functioning of your heart, kidneys, adrenals, brain, as well as the nervous system. Magnesium deficiency, to some extent, will interfere with any of these factors.
Can you see how many things can go wrong if you run too
low on magnesium?
FATIGUE & LOW ENERGYMagnesium plays a key role in the energy process within each individual cell, and our overall energy level. When not enough magnesium is available, energy production is inhibited, and the eventual outcome is fatigue and weakness. Magnesium is vital for the maintenance of adequate energy levels.
Magnesium is essential in regulating potassium levels, and functioning of the adrenal gland, both important for maintaining high energy levels. The magnesium drink will often help with restoring higher energy levels.
NERVOUSNESS & INSOMNIA
Magnesium deficiency can cause insomnia (inability to
sleep), as well as waking up with muscle spasms, cramps,
tension and feeling uncomfortable. Most of these will
disappear on drinking magnesium. (Magnesium in a
drinkable form is far superior to tablets). Magnesium is
essential for the proper functioning of the nervous
system. Without sufficient magnesium the nerve cells
cannot give or receive messages, and become excitable
and highly reactive. This causes the person to become
highly sensitive and highly nervous. Noises will seem
excessively loud and the person will jump at sudden
sounds like a door slamming and will generally be
nervous and on edge.
Muscle spasms, muscle cramps, muscle jerks, muscle tics, eye tics, hiccups are all caused by a magnesium deficiency. Take sufficient watersoluble magnesium and they will disappear. It is not calcium that handles these difficulties; it is magnesium. It is calcium that is causing them.Magnesium and calcium work together to control muscle action. Calcium tenses (tightens) the muscles; magnesium relaxes the muscles. With insufficient magnesium the muscles stay tense, causing a cramp in the muscle. This could happen when you have too much calcium and too little magnesium. The same thing happens in the heart, which is a muscle. The heart goes into a spasm and can't relax. This is called a heart attack. Get some magnesium into the body and the heart will start beating again.
WHAT DEPLETES IT?
The following are Magnesium Depletors. Learn them well
and avoid them as much as possible.
THE CALCIUM PROBLEM
Excess calcium is a vastly widespread problem, as
excess calcium DEPLETES magnesium from the body, and as
a result brings about all of the symptoms of magnesium
deficiency (see earlier). At this point, it will be
unimportant how much magnesium you consumed, but how
much is left in your body. If you feel your body is out
of balance and isn't functioning right (with some
symptoms manifesting), I would suspect excess calcium
especially if you have been supplementing it.
Take the following example: What country has the highest rate of pasteurized milk consumption? That's right: America. Now, what country has the highest rate of consuming calcium supplements? Correct again: America. So, America must have the lowest occurrence of osteoporosis (calcium loss & bone fragility) of all countries? Right?.. Wrong! We have the highest rate! Why? Excess calcium combined with low magnesium. A lethal combination indeed.
Taking more calcium will not fix a calcium deficiency, which is quite evident from the statistics. It is magnesium that will handle the calcium deficiency as well as the magnesium deficiency itself (it will dissolve any excess calcium from the body, while helping any needed calcium to assimilate).
PMS & OSTEOPOROSIS
PMS is mostly a magnesium deficiency. Too much calcium and not enough magnesium causes PMS. Instant relief can be obtained by taking the magnesium drink. When it comes to Osteoporosis, magnesium is crucial in regulating bone density, as it is magnesium, which allows calcium to assimilate. Calcium alone is useless and potentially harmful.THE HEART CONNECTION
Did you know that without sufficient magnesium you would actually die? Your heart will stop beating and the doctors will then call it "a heart attack" (#1 cause of death in America).
Never do they say, "He died from a Magnesium Deficiency." This is how critical it is to have proper magnesium levels in the body. The early signs of such terminal extinction are racing heart-beats, or any unusual change in heart beats, angina pains, collapsing from exhaustion after heavy physical exercise or work such as running a race, playing football or basket ball. Due to lack of magnesium the heart muscle develops a spasm or cramp and stops beating. This is because there is insufficient magnesium to relax the heart ready for the next contraction. Irregular heartbeats are also caused by magnesium deficiency.
Drink some magnesium and it will go way.
HEADACHES, DIABETES, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE & Misc.Asthma, headaches, migraines, seizures, pregnancy related symptoms, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, hyperactivity, ADD, arthritis, kidney stones all get worse when sufficient magnesium isn't consumed. Supply the magnesium and they will improve. Some of these conditions will improve instantly; others will need some time.
Diabetes - Insulin is the hormone, which helps with the
regulation of glucose (sugar) metabolism.
High blood pressure - Magnesium is needed by anyone with high blood pressure. Water-soluble magnesium has proved vital & highly effective in many cases.
The solution is to take the magnesium in a form where it is completely dissolved in WATER. In this form the magnesium assimilates fast into the body producing almost instant relief. Natural Calm is a product, which was developed especially for that reason. It handles the excess calcium in the body and gradually dissolves the calcium deposits and the calcified body parts giving a new lease of life. Natural Calm is a water-soluble magnesium powder, and provides the most assimilable, effective, fast-acting magnesium available. You make it fresh each time and it works better than any other form such as tablets or caps.
Magnesium can be taken on its own without side effects or liability. Magnesium taken on its own without any calcium will help you feel younger, more energetic, stronger, and give you a multitude of other benefits all as a result of the magnesium being present to do its job. To handle a magnesium deficiency it is best to take the magnesium on its own without any calcium. Then, only when the deficiency is handled, go back onto calcium and magnesium together. Stay alert for any need for extra magnesium or better yet take some on a regular basis.
Form: Natural Calm comes in a powder and is prepared as an instant drink using hot water.
Ingredients: Water Soluble Magnesium Citrate (205mg of
elemental magnesium per teaspoon).
Effectiveness: What makes Natural Calm so special over other forms of magnesium supplements is that it is water-soluble and assimilates instantly and thoroughly, and works even in cases of highly impaired digestion.
Doctors and clinics: Over 1 ,000 doctors and health clinics nationwide use natural Calm with great success.
I am sure you will find many examples of magnesium deficiency around you. There are many people out there who have had magnesium deficiency for the last 10-15 years. No one has been able to tell them what's wrong, let alone how to handle it. Since magnesium introduces balance into the body, I recommend Natural Calm for almost every condition as such balance is essential for any condition to get better. Get them onto Natural Calm and you will notice the difference it makes. Almost like a miracle. But you and I know the difference, don't we?
Do you need Natural Calm?
People with the following conditions were helped by Natural Calm:
Trouble Sleeping Restless sleep Back pain Neck pain Headaches High blood pressure Migraine headaches Fatigue, Joint pain
Diabetes Asthma Kidney disorders Nervousness PMS Osteoporosis Irregular Heart Beats Stroke risk
Muscle spasms Muscle cramps Seizures Hyperactivity
Disclaimer: personal results may vary.
@ 2001 by Peter Gillham All rights reserved Natural
Every day I hear another magnesium success story. My editor for the UK edition of The Miracle of Magnesium told me that as soon as she read my manuscript she gave magnesium to a friend who had severe muscle cramps. Her friend had visited several doctors and nobody could diagnosis her condition or offer her relief. Magnesium helped her immediately. My book agent’s brother can’t believe how much his energy has improved on magnesium and his wife’s menopausal symptoms are lifting since she began taking supplements.
And every day I also hear distressing stories about
magnesium deficiency. Just today walking along the beach
near my home I met an 80-year old gentleman who asked me
to sit and talk. Julius said he used to walk up and down
the beach like me but now his arthritis prevented him.
But he said he only began having symptoms of arthritis
after taking medication for slightly elevated
cholesterol. Instead of a diet and magnesium, his doctor
immediately put him on a cholesterol-
And so the story goes, one drug causing symptoms that
demand another drug. That’s what doctors learn about in
medical school: drugs. They don’t learn about diet and
nutrients, so it seems that all they know how to do is
prescribe drugs. Julius said he was going to tell his
doctor to change his cholesterol medication, which, by
the way, in several years had only dropped his
cholesterol of 205 to 185. I told him to go on a
Doctors know potassium deficiency is a danger for people on diuretics but they don’t acknowledge that magnesium is also flushed out in equal measure. Magnesium deficiency goes undiagnosed and unrecognized because until recently there was no accurate blood test for magnesium*. Patients are warned to take potassium supplements or eat oranges and bananas, but no advice is given about magnesium. Magnesium is not as readily available as potassium; it’s deficient in the soil and most fertilizers don’t contain magnesium, so most foods are lacking. Also cooking and processing foods depletes magnesium. It’s found in whole grains, greens, nuts and seeds, but most people don’t eat much, if any, of those foods.
And yet, for some reason doctors think that we get all our nutrients in our very SAD, Standard American Diet and they don’t recognize the need for nutrient supplementation. It all stems back to a medical education that is funded by drug companies that have no vested interest in promoting nutrients. Vitamins and minerals can’t be patented and are relatively inexpensive. My research for The Miracle of Magnesium reminded me that all the metabolic processes in the body, ALL OF THEM, depend on vitamins and minerals, which act as necessary co-factors. Magnesium itself is a co-factor and responsible for the function of 325 enzymes; is an absolute requirement for calcium to be incorporated into bone; keeps toxic chemicals out of the brain; dances with calcium to create nerve impulses and muscle impulses; keeps muscles relaxed, including the heart and blood vessels, and triggers dozens of health conditions if it is deficient.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is between 350 and 400 milligrams per day, which is just enough to ward off outright deficiency. But for optimal health and for the twenty-two conditions that are triggered by magnesium deficiency, perhaps twice as much magnesium is needed. One of the highest sources of magnesium is kelp, but one tsp. only has about 30 milligrams. One tablespoon of almonds has 33 milligrams. Because we probably don’t get nearly enough magnesium from out diet we have to investigate magnesium supplements.
I use several types of magnesium. However, I stopped using magnesium oxide in 2005 when I read a study that showed only 4 percent of the oxide form of magnesium is absorbed. That’s why magnesium oxide is a great laxative but if you want to stock up on magnesium you need to use other forms. I use magnesium citrate and magnesium taurate and also spray on magnesium oil after a shower. Magnesium oil is supersaturated magnesium chloride and because it’s used topically it doesn’t cause a laxative effect. And I find it really does work. I seem to have a very high requirement for magnesium and to get enough by mouth I can have a laxative reaction—but if I use magnesium oil, I only need to take half the amount of magnesium by mouth and therefore avoid loose stools.
You also have read labels when you buy magnesium products. For example a label may say magnesium taurate, or magnesium citrate, or magnesium glycinate, 500 milligrams, but when you look at the fine print on the back of the bottle you will notice the actual amount of magnesium is much less. The actual amount of magnesium in 500 mg of magnesium glycinate is 50 mg. Companies that make chelated minerals like magnesium glycinate and magnesium taurate claim that chelates are more readily absorbed. That may be the case, but how you tell is if they have less of a laxative effect.
The best way to tell if you are getting enough magnesium is the “bowel test”. You know when you have too much magnesium when your stools become loose. This, in fact, may be a blessing for people with constipation and is one of the many ways magnesium deficiency manifests. But, if you are like me and still get a Charlie horse or a heart palpitation when you don’t have enough magnesium, then reach for the magnesium oil.
The only contraindications to magnesium are caused in people with outright kidney failure, bowel obstruction, Myasthenia gravis, or heart block. Also, if you have a heart condition you may find that taking magnesium can lessen the need for heart medication and you should be under doctor’s supervision to guide this process.
The following 22 medical areas that magnesium deficiency triggers or causes have all been scientifically proven. However, since the publication of The Miracle of Magnesium, people have sent me magnesium stories that go beyond the following list. I’ve been told that magnesium had caused skin to become smooth, gums to heal, and improvements in sexual response. If you are only able to take one supplement–make sure it’s magnesuim!
Magnesium deficiency triggers or causes the following conditions:
Material excerpted from Dean, Carolyn. The Miracle of Magnesium (2003 Ballantine Books: New York, NY), 2003. pp. 5-7.
A test for cellular magnesium called EXATEST is
available at www.exatest.
This updated article was originally printed in Total Health Magazine November, 2003.
Dr. Carolyn Dean is an acknowledged authority in both
conventional and alternative medicine. As the
well-known author of The Miracle of Magnesium, she is an
expert in recognizing and treating the dozens of
conditions caused by magnesium deficiency. Dr. Dean
currently offers private telephone wellness
consultations through her website at www.carolyndean.
Dr. Dean is also an authority in the treatment of bowel
disease, hormone imbalance, and yeast overgrowth as
evidenced by the 2005 publication of three of her ten
books, IBS for DUMMIES, Hormone Balance: A Woman’s Guide
to Restoring Health and Vitality, and The Yeast
Connection and Women’s Health. Dr. Dean is the medical
advisor to yeastconnection.
Natural Calm. Testimonials
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HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
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IRREGULAR HEARTBEATS Chiropractic adjustments hold better
A girl came in and I couldn't adjust her at all. We gave her 2 of one of your samples of Natural Calm and within 30 minutes I was able to do all the needed adjustments for her. She was amazed. In addition, it has helped me with my heart palpitations. I was taking other special nutritional systems designed for the heart and cardiovascular care (I looked and found they all had calcium but none had magnesium) so no wonder I developed palpitations.
HEART ATTACKS, ANGINA, ENERGY
I have had 4 heart attacks, and also have been
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"I tried your product Natural Calm for the first time the other day before going to bed. Honest to God, I slept 11 hours through! Wow! I hadn't been able to do that for 11-12 years. In short, I found this product actually worked like nothing I've tried before. Thanks." Tom .G. OR
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PMs & MIGRAINES
I have been suffering from chronic PMS migraines for
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PREGNANCY, MUSCLE CRAMPS
"I had a very difficult pregnancy and the midwife had me take Natural Calm to stop the contractions. Well, with a mixture of Natural Calm and rest, the baby not only made it to her due date, but was one week late! I am so grateful."
For years my legs would twitch at night and on occasion cramp despite taking both calcium and magnesium for over 15 years. The twitching would be so violent that it would shake the bed and wake up my wife. On occasion I would be awakened and the muscle convulsions in my legs would be strong enough to shake my whole body. A friend told me about Natural Calm. After a week the muscle twitches and convulsions stopped. I slept a lot better and woke up refreshed, like I actually had a good night's sleep. I have also noticed my chiropractic adjustments holding well."
John Z. Sacramento
ARTHRITIS, MUSCLE PAIN
A few years ago, I was having severe joint and muscular
aches and pains where I had limited mobility in shoulder
and knee joints and had to hold onto something to hobble
out of bed, limping. I told Peter Gillham the symptoms
and he told me that female bodies required more
magnesium. I tried Natural Calm and in 24 hours I had
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deficiency was handled and now I only take about a
teaspoon a day and have not had recurring symptoms.
SLEEP, KIDS, RELAXATION
Natural Calm is the best thing our family had done for peace of mind and sanity at night. We have two young children and it really works well with them. Gives them a good night's sleep and they just feel better. They like it so much that they ask for it with their vitamins at night. Thank you for showing me this product.
Katherine C. Diamond Bar, CA
Pascal Chiropractic Center North Carolina David S. Pascal, D.C.
My Success With Natural Calm
Dear Natural Vitality,
I have been the treating Chiropractor at the Olympic Games, World Gymnastic Championships, European Cup track and Field Championships and countless other athletic events. Over the past 15 years I have tried hundreds of different nutritional products. When I first read about Natural Calm I was skeptical of its efficacy and the wide variety of problems it claimed to handle. I began putting my patients on Natural Calm at the beginning of the year and the success stories started rolling in .
J.C. is 62 years old. She was suffering from daily hot flashes for over six years. Prior to coming under my care she had already tried Estrogen, Progestin, Pempro, Bellergal-S, Catapres T. T. s., Megace, Berllergal Black Cohosh and Paxil, all without success. After 8 days on Natural Calm the hot flashes completely stopped.
V. M. is 39 years old. She started getting migraine
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A. H. is five years old and has autism. He only slept four to five hours a nightly. The lack of sleep exacerbated his problems and took a toll on his parents. On his second night on Natural Calm he slept for eight hours. He has been taking Natural Calm for the past three weeks and is now sleeping eight to nine hours a night.G. T. is 73 years old. In October 2000 she began having an irregular heart beat and palpitations. She saw her family medical doctor and then a cardiologist. They performed E KG's, bloodwork and even 24-hour heart monitor test, but could not find the cause of her problem. The palpitations came every two hours and would last for up to 20 minutes at a time. They were worse when she laid down and became severe when she tried to lie on her left side. I saw G. T. for the first time in my office on April 20th, 2001. She told me none of the things her other doctors had tried had worked. She felt that she was going to die soon and had re-written her will, put all of her papers in order and asked the members of her church to pray for her. After my examination and treatment I gave her some Natural Calm. That night she slept great and did not have any palpitations. She has been taking the Natural Calm for 13 days and has only had one day where she had any palpitations or irregular heartbeats.
Sincerely, David Pascal, D. C.
P.S. I had personally been suffering from insomnia for
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Taken from http://www.thewayup.com/newsletters/081501.htm
Biography; PETER GILLHAM
Peter Gillham is a clinical nutritionist, chemist, as well as a pioneer in the field of nutritional research. Peter is one of the leading researchers on magnesium and the developer of The Gillham Germ Theory. His advanced research over the years has led him through many nutritional discoveries. This has culminated in the development of a unique product line appropriately named Natural Vitality. Peter’s research has always been in the direction of workability, establishing what works and then finding out what will work better.
Peter was born and raised in Australia but his first interest in nutrition started in 1968 when he was in Morocco during a world wide adventure trip. Two incidents sparked his interest in the subject. This eventually led to the opening of his first Nutritional Center in the late 1970’s. Many lectures and 52 original health bulletins followed shortly thereafter, quickly becoming a stable source of reliable, priceless information for thousands of people.
Perhaps Peter is most loved for his innovative talks filled with truth, practical logic, and spiced with humor. He has lectured and conducted seminars in Australia, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Mexico and USA. His lectures emphasize the importance and benefits of wholesome diets and correct nutritional supplements,
Peter’s unique approach of correcting nutritional problems has produced practical solutions to such complaints as fatigue, poor sleeping habits, overweight, irritability, low energy, PMS, mental clarity, improved memory, alertness… the list goes on and on. Using his special products has proven to be a turning point in the lives of thousands of people.
Peter also, after years of research, discovered the Gillham Theory of Bacteria and Disease, which resulted in a greater understanding of disease and its handling.
His concern for the rampant drug use in society today prompted Peter to study the subject of drug rehabilitation. He specialized in effective nutritional programs that can dramatically reduce the horrible symptoms associated with drug withdrawal, and enable the individual to get fully rehabilitated.
Today, Peter makes every effort to share his original discoveries with the entire health community, and gives new hope to many who have been waiting for this refreshing and original approach.
Many have found this path an inspiring road to personal discovery of renewed health and vitality not just for themselves but for their loved ones. Taking advantage of the opportunity to attend one of Peter’s lectures has left many unable to forget the experience, their lives having changed forever.