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    • Yay I lost this article a long time ago as I only kept the link which is dead now and have been looking for this for a long time. I like this guys writings and thought I'd share:

      So doctor, I appear to have Aropax deficiency. What about Magnesium?

      I recently had a conversation with a GP who had never heard of Magnesium being
      used for PMT headaches. It was the old “I never learned that in Medical school, so it
      can’t be true” syndrome. My advice is this: you can either bite the bullet and learn
      something new or you can just retreat back into ignorance, but eventually the truth
      will bite you in the gluteals.
      Go easy on your doctor. If they become hostile when you mention magnesium, then
      they probably didn’t understand any of their undergraduate biochemistry. If they are
      heart specialists you’re in big trouble, because they will probably treat your fluid
      retention with diuretics, your blood pressure with calcium channel blockers
      (Cardizem, Verapamil or Adalat) and your atrial fibrillation with digoxin and not
      realise that all of these conditions could be caused by low magnesium. Never mind,
      you’ll just have to go along with the provisional diagnosis that you have Digoxin,
      Adalat or Lasix deficiency and keep your mouth shut. The specialist knows best.
      After all, they’ve been thoroughly trained in this high tech stuff.
      If you mention magnesium to most doctors, they’ll probably get defensive and deny
      everything. Personally, I don’t remember a single word being spoken about
      Magnesium in medical school. It wasn’t until I started reading recent biochemistry
      and nutritional journals that I found out about it. It’s a very small metallic ion, but it’s
      important for over 300 enzyme systems in the body. That makes it the most
      important metallic cofactor. Next, comes Iron at 93 enzymes (only one is related to
      Haemoglobin in red blood cells) and zinc at 88 enzymes. We store about 25,000mg
      of magnesium in our body and only 1% of it is in the blood. So most of it is in the
      tissues. It demonstrates the features of most intracellular ions, in that you can
      become depleted without it showing up in a blood test. Unfortunately, most
      doctors rely on blood tests (and believe them more than the patient!) and don’t take
      the time to ask about symptoms such as headaches, unrefreshed sleep, leg or foot
      pain, palpitations, muscle twitching, blurred vision, mouth ulcers or anxiety
      Magnesium falls at night and so the first symptoms may be poor REM sleep cycles
      and leg cramps. Later, as levels continue to fall, tissues start failing so unpredictably,
      that the symptoms may be sporadic. Borderline stores mean that the person
      becomes dependent upon dietary intake of the mineral and hence may have good
      and bad days. This variation in manifestation often leads to the doctor being
      suspicious of the validity of the reported symptoms to the point where they suggest
      that the problem is “all in your mind”.
      Failure of recognition of magnesium deficiency symptoms occurs from GP level to
      specialist level. For instance, despite over a hundred papers linking magnesium
      deficiency to headache, many neurologists are unaware of the connection and would
      prefer to prescribe drugs like mersyndol or even beta-blockers (which eventually
      reduce magnesium levels). Oh no, we can’t have people treating headaches with
      When confronted about the intracellular effects of Calcium channel blockers, most
      doctors will eventually concede that these drugs could lead to an increase in the
      effect of magnesium (as a muscle relaxant) and hence lower the blood pressure.
      When I ask them if they had considered just giving magnesium, they would often
      reply, “Can you do that?”. Well strangely enough several million people have done
      just that. Oh no, but we can’t have people treating blood pressure with minerals.
      They need drugs! These patients are suffering from Renitec or Tritace or Tenormin
      deficiency. Recently one of my patients told me that a specialist said that magnesium
      therapy would lead to muscle weakness. It’s not physiological? It’s not natural (of
      course Ventolin and Adalat are)? Magnesium shouldn’t be in your body? We don’t
      have mechanisms to excrete magnesium? Most of my patients have the opposite
      problem in that they can’t absorb enough magnesium!
      Magnesium is important for the production of serotonin and hence low levels may
      lead to depression. This is quite standard biochemistry available to anyone who
      cares to look it up, but again the standard treatment for depression is to correct the
      Aropax or Zoloft deficiency in these recalcitrant patients. They should put these
      drugs in the water supply!
      One interesting aspect of magnesium is that tissues low in magnesium (such as skin
      & lung) have a higher rate of cancer but tissues high in magnesium (such as muscle
      and bone) have a lower rate of cancer. The connection may be related to the
      efficiency of energy cycles within the cells. Energy cycles help to ensure Apoptosis
      occurs when it should. That is, when all the functions of the cell are working properly,
      abnormalities in DNA should be detected by the internal cell “auditors”, the Apoptosis
      “button” is pressed and the cell stops dividing. This concept of energy normalisation
      has lead to some exciting new work in cancer. The best studies so far used high
      dose Co-enzyme Q10 successfully in metastatic breast cancer. Co-enzyme Q10 is
      mainly used for energy cycle problems like Chronic Fatigue. Co-enzyme Q10 needs
      the enzyme HMGCoA reductase to be made, so the cholesterol lowering agents will
      eventually deplete this important co-factor. This may explain why such therapies may
      lead to fatigue and depression.
      So what is the take home message of all of this? Two messages. Firstly, there is no
      “average cell” as most doctors were taught. Remember the second rule of nutrition?
      Each cell is a specialist cell: A brain cell, a muscle cell, a skin cell, a heart cell.
      Secondly, when tissues get depleted in a nutrient they exhibit a dysfunction
      characteristic of that tissue. A heart cell will become irritable and try to change the
      heart rhythm. Or the heart muscle may not work effectively and lead to
      breathlessness or fluid retention. A brain cell may not keep the cerebral cortex
      stimulated enough and cause poor concentration. Or the cell might fail in making
      serotonin and cause low mood. Or the brain cell may not make enough melatonin
      and cause insomnia. A bronchiole may not relax properly and reduce flow into the
      lung causing wheeze and breathlessness. The pancreas may not release insulin
      appropriate to the blood glucose level and cause hyper or hypoglycaemia. A calf
      muscle may not be able to fully stretch and cause a leg cramp.
      I hope you get the picture because most doctors really believe that all cells have the
      same metabolic pathways and do the same things (ask them how many
      mitochondria there are in a red blood cell?). Be ready for the “I’m the one with the
      medical degree” response. Hang in there though, one day your doctor might read a
      biochemistry textbook written within the last ten years and may finally understand
      your symptoms.
      Here's a challenge for the indignant medico who may eventually pick up this article.
      Before you challenge my medicine, answer this. Have you ever prescribed Dilantin
      for epilepsy? How many randomised double-blind trials do you think were done on
      this drug? How many references can you cite which pertain to the therapeutic use of
      beta-blockers in hypertension? Before you attack practitioners who use nutritional
      based studies, ask yourself how well do you know the conventional literature?
      And just for the inevitable sceptics out there who say "There can't be any studies on
      these things in reputable journals", below are just a smattering (only 41) of
      references to demonstrate that we mean business. See you next month.
      CSA Nutritionist
      1] Abraham G.E., Lubran MM. Serum and red cell magnesium levels in-patients
      with premenstrual tension. Am J Clin. Nutrition; 34(11) 2364-66 1981
      2] Al-Ghamdi, Saeed M.G., et al. Magnesium Deficiency: Pathophysiologic and
      Clinical Overview. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, November; 24(5): 737-752
      3] Altura B.M., et al. Mg, Na, and K interactions and coronary heart disease.
      Magnesium; 1:241-265 1982
      4] Altura B.M., et al. The role of magnesium in Etiology of strokes and
      cerebrovasospasm. Magnesium; 1:277-291 1982
      5] Altura B.M; Altura B.T. Magnesium ions and contraction of vascular smooth
      muscles: Relationship to some vascular diseases. Fed Proc; 40(12):2672-9 1981
      6] Altura B.M; Altura B.T. Interactions of Mg and K on blood vessels: Aspects in
      view of hypertension. Magnesium; 3(4-6):175-94 1984
      7] Altura, B.M., et al. Magnesium: Growing in Clinical Importance. Patient Care,
      January 15; 130-136 1994
      8] Ascherio, A. et al. A prospective study of nutritional factors and hypertension
      among US men. Circulation, November; 86:5. 1475-84 1992
      9] Brodsky, M.A. Magnesium, Myocardial Infarction and Arrhythmias. Journal of the
      American College of Nutrition, October; 11(5): 607/Abstract 36 1992
      10] Brodsky, M.A., et al. Magnesium Therapy in New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation. The
      American Journal of Cardiology, June 15; 73:1227-1229 1994
      11] Casscells, Ward Magnesium and Myocardial Infarction. Lancet, April 2;
      343:808-809 1994 Clinical Neuroscience; 5(1):24-7 1998
      12] Cohen L, et al. Magnesium sulfate in the treatment of variant angina.
      Magnesium; 3:46-49 1984
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      prophylaxis of menstrual migraine: effects on intracellular magnesium. Headache,
      May; 31:5, 298-301 1991
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      magnesium successfully relieves premenstrual mood changes. Obstet Gynecol,
      August; 78:2,177-81 1991
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      in migraine patients. Cephalalgia, April; 13:2, 94-81 1993; discussion 73
      16] Gottlieb, Stephen S. M.D., et al. Effects of Intravenous Magnesium Sulfate on
      Arrhythmias in Patients With Congestive Heart Failure. American Heart Journal,
      June; 125:1645-1649 1993
      17] Itoh K; Kawasaka T; Nakamura M The effects of high oral magnesium
      supplementation on blood pressure, serum lipids and related variables in apparently
      healthy Japanese subjects. Br J Nutr, November; 78:5, 737-50 1997
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      dietary factors to blood pressure: the Honolulu heart study. Am J Clin Nutr, February;
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      Practice, April 30, 79-72 1993
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      of migraines.
      22] Moore MP, Redman CW Case-control study of severe pre-eclampsia of early
      onset. Br Med J; 287:580-83 1983
      23] Moore TJ. The role of dietary electrolytes in hypertension. J Am Coll Nutr, 8
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      hormones modulate serum ionized magnesium and calcium levels throughout the
      menstrual cycle in women. Fertil Steril, May; 69(5): 958-62 1998
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      magnesium: results from a prospective, multi- centre, placebo-controlled and doubleblind
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      and Metabolism Clinics of North America, June; 22(2): 377-395 1993
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      bone disorders, eclampsia, migraine and premenstrual syndrome. J Am Coll Nutr
      Aug; 12(4): 442-58 1933
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      Process in Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular Disease and Eclampsia. Journal of the
      American College of Nutrition, October; 11(5): 608/Abstrcat 39 1992
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      its Therapeutic Effects Are Still Being Debated, The Element Seems Likely to Secure
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      May; 135-139 1993
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      pressure elevation and cardiopathogenic changes of the myocardium in animal
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      gamma-linolenic and alpha-linolenic acids. Cephalalgia, April; 17:2, 127-30 1997;
      discussion 102
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      Contemp Nutr; 12(3) 1987
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      Publications, p. 833 1980
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      28 1987
      37] Whang R et al. Hypomagnesemia and hypokalemia in 1,000 treated ambulatory
      hypertensive patients. J Am Coll Nutr; 1:317-322 1982
      38] Whelton PK, Klag MJ. Magnesium and blood pressure: Review of the
      epidemiologic and clinical trial experience. Am J Cardiol; 63(14):26G-30G 1989
      39] Witteman J et al. Reduction of blood pressure with oral magnesium
      supplementation in women with mild to moderate hypertension. Am J Clin Nutr;
      60:129-135 1994
      40] Witteman JC et al. A prospective study of nutritional factors and hypertension
      among US women. Circulation, November; 80:5, 1320-7 1989
      41] Wright JV. Magnesium can relieve migraine (and other magnesium-related
      matters). AAEM Newsletter, Winter, p.14 1989

      Authors name is Dr Igor Tabrizian:
      Low Carb in a Nutshell ~ Carb Counts ~ Research ~ Measurements/Conversions ~ Glossary

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      J. I. RODALE with HARALD J. TAUB

      Example of whats in there, keep in mine this book is old so some things may have changed since:



      Chapter 1. The Miracle Mineral

      Chapter 2. Magnesium and Cancer

      Chapter 3. Heart Action Is Aided

      Chapter 4. The Blood

      Chapter 5. A Treatment for Polio

      Chapter 6. The Health of the Nerves

      Chapter 7. Epilepsy

      Chapter 8. The Mineral of life

      Chapter 9. How to Eat Enough Magnesium

      Chapter 10. Magnesium for Strong Teeth

      Chapter 11. Bone Meal and Dolomite

      Chapter 12. Cholesterol

      Chapter 13. The Prostate

      Chapter 14. Alcoholism

      Chapter 15. Magnesium Fights Osteoporosis

      Chapter 16. Kidney Stones

      Chapter 17. Magnesium's Effect on Body Odors

      Chapter 18. Some Letters

      Chapter 19. Suicide and the Magnesium Deficit

      Chapter 20. The National Magnesium Deficiency

      Low Carb in a Nutshell ~ Carb Counts ~ Research ~ Measurements/Conversions ~ Glossary

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      Lots of articles on this site actually:
      Low Carb in a Nutshell ~ Carb Counts ~ Research ~ Measurements/Conversions ~ Glossary

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    • Re: Magnesium

      Sherrie, thanks for posting this information. I enjoyed that article, and the magnesium website is super. The information on magnesium helping in so many difficulties is very good news.
      WOE: Dr. Richard Bernstein's VLC and no sweet fruits, and the 12 Steps of Archevore, per Dr. Kurt Harris' site.

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    • Re: Magnesium

      I had night leg cramps while I was driving for 25 yrs...then I met this woman that taught yoga who told me that insulin drains your body of magnesium...these cramps are massive...the small ones are the size of a tennis ball...the pain from the cramps...where it's been can last a week...and ALL this can be cured my taking Magnesium....I was and angry and yeah told my doctor...he had NO idea...he is however open...he will listen...why is it when you get diabetes education no one bothers to tell you this? I'm so scared to relax my legs at night for fear of cramping...its become a habit...and people wonder why I find it difficult to sleep....

      Doctors have to be open for science and scientific methods to grow and change...I still get angry thinking about it
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    • Re: Magnesium

      Deena, I'm so glad the woman told you about magnesium. A hairdresser told me some years ago. We do have to "sleuth around" to find what we need to know about nutrition. Medical doctors don't usually study much nutrition.
      WOE: Dr. Richard Bernstein's VLC and no sweet fruits, and the 12 Steps of Archevore, per Dr. Kurt Harris' site.

      Keep A Clean Food Plan through June 30th Challenge

      Over 55.
      Eleven years of maintenance.
    • Re: Magnesium

      *nods* Silver Im not sure doctor's know...they're only taught traditional medicine...mine at least hears me when I find stuff out...I now talk to the hippy who is such an expert on natural medicines and supliments...things she said 20 yrs ago ppl are saying now...I wonder if she were male and 'qualified' would it be different
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    • Re: Magnesium

      There is some great information there, I take around 2000mg of magnesium daily thanks to Reynauld's Phenomenom, it is the only thing that seems to work, my rheumatologist keeps giving me all sorts of pills and potions without much luck. It also helps with restless leg to a certain degree, it is tolerable when only taking magnesium but I find I have to take about 30ml of liquid iron daily as well to be able to sleep without feeling like my bones are shifting in my legs and my skin is crawling.
    • Re: Magnesium

      Dragonlady and Sherrie, I'm glad the magnesium helps you. I'm grateful to know about taking it.

      I've started mixing milk of magnesia with seltzer water, and sip it sometimes during the day, in addition to my supplements. I like being able to have just a bit more, without having to cut up a pill.

      Here's how to make the magnesium water:
      WOE: Dr. Richard Bernstein's VLC and no sweet fruits, and the 12 Steps of Archevore, per Dr. Kurt Harris' site.

      Keep A Clean Food Plan through June 30th Challenge

      Over 55.
      Eleven years of maintenance.
    • Re: Magnesium

      Thanks for the links and info, Sherrie, very interesting. I'd only just order magnesium and carnatine online when I came across this.

      Deenalicious, my friend has diabetes and has been having leg cramps for years, I've passed on to her how you said it had helped you.

      I'm thinking this might help explain so much I've experienced over the years.

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    • Re: Magnesium

      Before I discovered magnesium from our great Pinch of Heath forum, I was having the most dreadful tension headaches that would only respond to Imigran (on prescription). I'm now taking a once a day Magnesium Forte (Mag oxide 457mg + Mag citrate 870mg + B6 50mg) and haven't had one since. Leg cramps from exercise are mostly gone, though I still get an occasional one at night.
      Humming along in maintenance... ^^
    • Re: Magnesium

      Thankfully since that article was written pre 2005 that the medical profession has embraced the benefits of Magnesium.
      Wonderful Stuff !!!
      BTW just ask your Doctor to check your levels when you next have a blood test. Easy.
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