December 17, 2012
Misled & Misfed: How Magnesium Deficiency is the Stealth Bomber in Chronic Disease

“Of all the 18 Essential Minerals, by far the most important is Magnesium. It is like the Teacher of the Classroom. When one or the other pupil is missing, no problem. When the Teacher is missing, the disorder is perfect!” – Fr. Bene-Josep Schorr, SJ, Professor of Biochemistry and Physics

We’ve all been trained to believe that Calcium is good for strong bones. Wouldn’t you agree? But as a former hospital executive, I want you to understand that Calcium is also good for strong bottom lines—for both doctors and hospitals. An intriguing thought…

That Calcium is good for bones is, in reality, a believable lie. In fact, it takes 18 different nutrients, including Magnesium, to make a strong bone matrix, but then that starts getting too complex. What is important to understand is that Calcium and Magnesium are in an endless and dynamic dance within our bodies. These two key regulatory minerals are actually biological antagonists. And when these minerals get out of balance in our body, which happens as a result of “Stress-induced” Magnesium loss, a whole series of problems and chronic diseases unfold.
Sloooowly, the world of allopathic medicine (AMA Doctors) is recognizing the following about Calcium and Magnesium, particularly as it relates to chronic disease:

  • That most, if not all, chronic disease is triggered by unchecked inflammation. It is now well established for heart disease, arthritis, IBS, etc. And recently the world of Oncology embraced this new world order that even this most dreaded disease, Cancer, is now considered an inflammatory disease.
  • That all inflammation is controlled by the Sympathetic Nervous System, otherwise known as the “fight or flight” response.
  • That the Sympathetic Nervous System is triggered by excess, unregulated Calcium.
  • And finally, that Calcium is, in fact, regulated and controlled by Magnesium.

Wait a minute. Calcium is regulated and controlled by Magnesium? I’ve never heard that before. Probably not, because your doctor likely wasn’t taught this foundational aspect of how our bodies actually work. It’s not their fault; they simply have not been trained properly in these critical mineral relationships.
What is well known is that there are three hormones that control the level and location of Calcium within our body: Parathyroid Hormone (PTH), Calcitonin and Hormone-D. What is important to know is that the production of all three of these hormones is activated by Calcium’s antagonist: Magnesium.
This is starting to get interesting, wouldn’t you agree?
As we begin to pull back the curtain on these ground-breaking discoveries about the true relationship between Calcium and Magnesium, it is revealing that the body of research supporting these conclusions, in fact, goes back as far as the early 1900’s. (The earliest Journal article that I’ve read is from 1906.) Hard to believe, but true. It’s important to note that some of the first studies on how to create heart disease—by increasing the level of Calcium, with a corresponding decrease in Magnesium—were published in the 1930’s.
This little known relationship and its metabolic impact on our body is just a sampling of what was covered at the program entitled “Misled & Misfed: How Magnesium Deficiency is the Stealth Bomber of Chronic Disease!” at the Health Freedom Expo held in Schaumburg, IL June 15-17, 2012. If you missed it, I would recommend ordering the DVD of the lecture. It is ground breaking information every health care practitioner should have.
To get a better understanding of the critical role of Magnesium in our bodies, please go to my website: where you find a series of Magnesium-related articles posted. Feel free to contact me with your questions, experiences and insights about the magnificent mineral, Magnesium!

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