2013: The Year Of Magnesium
Posted on January 17, 2013 by Morley Robbins
Or, “THE MAGNESIUM ANSWER TO OUR NATION’S HEALTH CRISIS”
Let’s face it. America’s health crisis is only getting worse.
As a nation, we are sick and getting sicker, and it’s becoming increasingly obvious that our institutions that we rely upon to meet our health care needs—doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and the various state and federal agencies charged with overseeing our well-being—are simply not up to the task. Let’s be blunt. The fact of the matter is that they are failing miserably!
But it isn’t my intention to place blame. My focus is on helping you reclaim your health despite the all-too dire circumstances our nation is in. And they are very dire, indeed. Consider the grim statistics about only one aspect of our current health care crisis, our nation’s number 1 killer—heart disease. According to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2012 Update:
- More than 2,200 Americans die of heart disease each and every day. That’s one death every 39 seconds.
- An average of 150,000 Americans who die of heart disease each year are younger than 65 years of age, which is well below the average life expectancy of 77.9 years, while 33 percent of all deaths caused by heart disease occur before the age of 75 years.
- Each year, an estimated 785,000 Americans have a heart attack, and 470,000 more have a repeat attack.
- Approximately 195,000 Americans experience a silent (unnoticed or undiagnosed) first myocardial infarction each year. It’s interesting to note that 75% of these people have normal Cholesterol levels.
- Approximately every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and approximately 39 seconds someone will die of one.
More than 1,100,000 inpatient angioplasty procedures are performed in the US each year, along with 416,000 inpatient bypass procedures, more than 1,000,000 inpatient diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, 116,000 inpatient implantable defibrillator procedures, and 397,000 pacemaker procedures.
Though mortality rates caused by heart disease have started to decline over the past decade, the overall toll continues to rise, both in terms of impaired health and financial cost. All told, heart disease annually accounts for direct and indirect costs of more than $190.3 billion, and the AHA forecasts that these costs will increase by a minimum of 200 percent over the next 20 years. And that does not include the additional tens of billions of dollars that are spent each year to manage risk factors associated with heart disease, such as the $19 billion spent annually on statin drugs to treat elevated cholesterol levels.
Certainly there would be no reason to object to these staggering financial costs if the procedures and medications used to treat heart disease truly did their job. But all too often they do not. Studies show that far too common surgical procedures such as angioplasty and bypass are of questionable value in terms of long-term health outcomes, and can even make patients conditions worse due to doctor error. Additional studies are also now calling into question the use of statin drugs because of the serious risks associated with them (including depleting Magnesium!).
In short, although the overall incidence of death caused by heart disease is at last beginning to show signs of decline, the cost involved in treating and preventing it continues to rise at an alarming rate, and many patients continue to suffer declining quality of life issues due to the procedures and medications they receive.
And this is only one part of a much larger epidemic of overall disease in America today. When you add in other equally serious conditions such as cancer and diabetes, not to mention obesity, there is simply no way that our health care system (which is actually is not a health care system at all, but a symptom management system!), which is already stretched to its limits, can possibly resolve the growing incidence of disease our nation faces. Nor can it possibly be expected to continue to meet the ever growing costs associated with it.
Surely there has to be a better way to tackle this terrible problem so that it is not only checked and reversed, but also, and just as importantly, stopped from being passed onto to our children and their offspring.
I’m here to tell you that there is a better way! And it starts with one very simple but extremely powerful step:
Boosting our Magnesium levels!
“What a minute? Are you telling me that much of our nation’s health crisis could be reversed simply by increasing our Magnesium intake?”
Yes, that is precisely what I’m telling you. And this is not a hypothesis on my part. It’s confirmed in the literally thousands of medical studies about Magnesium and Magnesium deficiency that are published every year. Studies which I continue to pore through every day, and which have convinced me, without a doubt, that Magnesium deficiency is at the heart of nearly all health complaints and disease conditions that now plague our country.
Here’s a sampling of what the studies reveal:
Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms
The following is a list of symptoms that are directly related to Magnesium deficiency according to the scientific literature of the past hundred years. (The earliest Journal article that I’ve read on Magnesium was from American Journal of Physiology 1905: 14:173.
Mild Daily Challenge (Stage 1)
- Dizziness (vertigo)
- Dysmenorrhea (excessive menstrual pain)
- Facial twitches
- Food cravings (especially sugar, caffeine, simple carbs)
- Heart palpitations
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Muscle cramps, spasms
- Poor memory / concentration
- Pregnancy (exacerbates Magnesium deficiency)
- Raynaud’s syndrome
Greater Daily Challenge (Stage 2)
- Anxiety & panic attacks
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Backache, upper back: excess cortisol
- Backache, lower back: emotional
- Ear infections
- Gluten sensitivity
- Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol, triglycerides)
- Insulin resistance (pre-diabetes)
- Multiple pregnancies (exacerbates Magnesium deficiency)
- Nerve problems
- Osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis)
- Poor concentration
- Pre-diabetes; insulin resistance
- TMJ disorder
- Weight gain (especially on waist)
Severe Daily Challenge Stage 3
- Blood clots
- Bowel disease
- Calcified mitral valve (mitral valve prolapse)
- CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)
- Celiac disease
- Cerebral palsy
- Chronic kidney disease
- Endothelial dysfunction (dysfunction of lining of blood vessels)
- Failure to thrive
- Heart arrhythmias
- Hormonal imbalance
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Mitral valve prolapse (Calcified mitral valve)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Obesity, severe
- Staph infections
- TIAs (transient ischemic attack; a temporary stroke-like blockage of blood flow to the brain)
- Tooth decay
- Uterine fibroids
Life Threatening Challenge (Stage 4)
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Cancer (breast, colon, prostate)
- Cardiac afibrillation
- Congestive heart failure
- Emphysema (COPD)
- Myocardial infarction
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal failure
- Sudden cardiac death
- Ventricular fibrillation
If you only remember one thing from this article, make it this:
The risk of every single one of the above conditions can be dramatically reduced, and in many cases eliminated altogether, simply by increasing your intake of Magnesium in your daily life!
That means both increasing the amounts of Magnesium-rich foods you eat each day and taking a good quality Magnesium supplement each day, as well. To get started today, please take the steps I’ve outlined here: www.gotmag.org/blog/how-to-restore-mag
DON’T ASK YOUR DOCTORS ABOUT MAGNESIUM, TELL THEM! THEY NEED TO KNOW!
My mission, and the purpose of this MAG website, is to restore Magnesium to its proper place at the top of the nutritional pantheon. Why have I taken on this task? Because the medical community for far too long has ignored Magnesium with devastating consequences to our health. In fact, today many medical textbooks used to trained medical, nursing and allied health professional students are completely devoid of any mention of Magnesium.
This is not surprising, when you consider how little training doctors today receive in diet and nutrition (on average only 25 hours during their entire eight years of medical school!), coupled with the fact that modern medicine today remains myopically and dangerously focused only on treating symptoms with drugs or surgery, both of which deplete Magnesium stores in the body!
As a result, doctors also fail to check their patients’ Magnesium levels, something that I feel should be done whenever your doctor checks your cholesterol level, your C-reactive protein (CRP) level, your blood glucose level, your hemoglobin A1c level, your triglyceride level or your vitamin-D levels—particularly since they ALL have a direct relationship with Magnesium status.
So, instead of following the lead of the drug commercials on TV that suggest you ask your doctor about the drugs being advertised, be proactive and tell your doctor that you want your Magnesium levels checked. This is something she or he can easily and inexpensively do by ordering a Mag RBC blood test. (You can also order the test on your own by visiting: requestatest.com/magnesium-rbc-testing.)
Finally, I ask that you please share the ongoing information about Magnesium that I will continue to share here on this website. (Be sure to sign up for my email notifications to be notified each time a new article is posted. You can do so by subscribing to our mailing list at the right of this page.)
My goal is to make 2013 The Year of Magnesium! Please join me in helping to make that happen. Because the sooner more people start to supply their bodies with all of the Magnesium it needs, the sooner we as a nation will begin to solve our health care crisis.
It really is that simple. And it really is that important!
To your health!