The Silent Health Epidemic Affecting 80% of Americans….

Is your doctor overlooking a Mineral that is Critical to prevent disease to sustain life?

Magnesium deficiency is overlooked by physicians due to the fact that in routine blood work, although tested, only 1% of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood. The remainder is stored in the muscle tissue and bones.

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Magnesium is an essential mineral because it is involved in over 300 metabolic functions. You are at risk of countless major diseases when levels are not sufficient to support these functions. According to Dr. Norman Shealy “Every known illness is
associated with 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.” These diseases include but are not limited to:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Kidney and Liver Damage
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Weaken Immune System
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety


In this day and age, symptoms are treated and the root cause of illnesses are hardly ever addressed. Many people will continue to suffer, spend thousands on expensive harmful medications that are creating a greater deficiency due to its toxicity or inevitably lose their life when something as simple as magnesium could extend their life. If you suffer from headaches, irregular heart beats, muscle spasms, anxiety, high blood pressure dizziness, or frequent urination; these are just a few signs that you may have a low level of magnesium and need supplementation. Most of the symptoms are synonymous with major diseases therefore leaving low magnesium to be taken as the result not the cause of co-morbidities such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Hence, one is prescribed medications for what is thought to be the illness.

The most perfect medicine in the world is the one you have to have — no matter
what — to continue your life. Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD

Magnesium is such a vital mineral for optimal health. It is second to the life-sustaining ‘must haves’ which are air, water and food. It is more important to health than calcium, potassium or sodium. In fact, these minerals require magnesium for regulation and proper absorption. Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and Medical Director of the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association says that “adequate levels of magnesium in the body are essential for the absorption and metabolism of not only calcium but Vitamin D…”. Low magnesium can affect every organ system in the body.

So how did we arrive here? What is causing nearly everyone to be plagued with
low magnesium levels? 

For one, the magnesium in the soil is dangerously low. When it’s low in the soil the fruits and vegetables are no longer able to intake enough to provide sufficient amounts to the body when eaten. This is due to the current farming practices which deplete the soil of many minerals. Soil depletion has resulted in an 80–90% decrease in mineral content in fruits and vegetables in the last 100 years [1]. Another contributing factor is the formidable monster — processed foods. These foods do not provide any real nutritional value. The bleaching, cooking, canning, etc. causes a severe loss of mineral content. And today most people consume a ton of processed foods. Here’s one more major contributing factor that can be a scare — medications. Yes, medications severely lower magnesium levels. With 21 million prescriptions filled for Proton Pump Inhibitor drugs in 2009 alone, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the warning that they drive magnesium serum levels down. In approximately one-quarter of the cases reviewed, magnesium supplementation alone did not improve low serum magnesium levels and the PPI drugs had to be discontinued [2]. Sadly, this is only a small fraction of the number of total drugs taken yearly. And unfortunately the list of deficiency goes on to include the water, surgery, environmental stresses, caffeine and so on.

So What’s the Solution?

Got Magnesium? Get Better Health….Maximize Your Life

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 320mg to 420mg of magnesium is required daily based on age and gender [3]. One must supplement, supplement, supplement…..There is just no way around this simple fact. With the high deficit of this miracle mineral in the body, we must now correct the deficit as well as maintain the daily recommended intake.

The best way to reach the daily intake is of course by consuming whole foods. And
naturally that means vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts and grains. Another way is by
taking supplements but keep in mind that all supplements are not created equal. Some are better than others measured on the bioavailability and absorption rate. Magnesium in citrate, chelate and chloride forms are better due to its ability and performance in both. Also avoiding things that deplete magnesium or at the very least reducing the indulgence of such items as gluten, alcohol, non-organic foods, refined sugar, and common table salt. Prolonged bouts with stress and depression also reduces magnesium. The best way to increase magnesium levels and to achieve the daily recommended intake is to use it in its oil form that is applied transdermally by simply rubbing it into the skin.

Are you ready to reclaim your health? Supplementing magnesium along with some
other lifestyles changes will fast forward you into regaining optimal health. Sufficient levels will result in several vital life enhancements:

  • Increase Energy
  • Sleep Better — Treats Insomnia
  • Calms Nerves — Reducing Anxiety
  • Relief of Muscle Cramps and Spasms
  • Regulation of Calcium, Potassium and Sodium
  • Healthier Heart
  • Helps Prevent Osteoporosis
  • Relief of Migraine Headaches

Reclaim, Regain, and Maintain Your Health…

References :

  1. Working, J., Doyle, R., Bortz J. (Sept. 2018). Challenges in the Diagnosis of Magnesium Status. PMC US National Library of Medicine, 10(9), 1202. doi: 10.3390/nu10091202
  2. Sircus, M. (February 13, 2019). Pharmaceuticals Drive Magnesium Levels Lower. Retrieved from http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/pharmaceuticals-drive-magnesium-levels-lower
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (2018). Magnesium Health Sheets for Professionals. Retrieved from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Originally published on Medium.com at https://medium.com/@kwilson602/the-silent-health-epidemic-affecting-80-of-americans-c1aef2346681

 

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