From the 74th Congress 2nd. Session
In 1936 the American government released
Senate Document No 264.
“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance? The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us - no matter how much of them we eat. The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren't worth eating as food. Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.
Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago. No man today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his stomach with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health, because his stomach isn't big enough to hold them! And we are turning into a nation of big stomachs.”
Today farmlands are even more mineral-deficient and fertilizers still don't fully replace those minerals. Magnesium is one of the most depleted minerals, yet one of the most important. We imagine that medicine has advanced to the stage of miracle cures, yet itÕs not technology that we're lacking but basic nutrients that power our bodies and give us our health.
Quick-fix medical solutions from doctors are all around us: on television, the internet, radio, infomercials. In a world of rapid change, our bodies are going through peaks and crashes every day. We rely on double cappacinos in the morning, a Power Bar for lunch, and an acupuncture treatment after work before we go to the gym for our energy hits. Harnessed to our cell phone, laptop, Palm Pilot and pager, we're exhausted and exhausting our natural physical stores of energy, straining our bodies' capacity to function and heal. Although we can't change our digital environment we can learn how to preserve and rebuild our energy levels naturally.
Magnesium regulates more than 325 enzymes in the body, the most important of which produce, transport, store and utilize energy. Many aspects of cell metabolism are regulated by magnesium such as DNA and RNA synthesis, cell growth and cell reproduction. Magnesium also orchestrates the electric current that sparks through the miles of nerves in our body. Magnesium has numerous physiological roles among which are control of nerve action, the activity of the heart, neuromuscular transmission, muscular contraction, vascular tone, blood pressure and peripheral blood flow. Magnesium modulates and controls the entry and release of calcium from the cell, which determines muscular activity. Without magnesium, muscle and nerve functions are compromised and energy is diminished. We are operating with the power turned off. Muscular weakness, soft bones, anxiety, heart attacks, arrhythmia, and even seizures and convulsions can result. (1)
More than seventy-five years ago, scientists declared magnesium to be an essential mineral. Each year since then, research has revealed more ways in which magnesium is indispensable to life, (2) yet it is continually being lost from the natural food supply.
There has been a gradual decline of dietary magnesium in the USA from a high of 500 mg/day, at the turn of the century, to barely 175-225 mg/day today (3). The National Academy of Science has determined that most Americans are magnesium-deficient, with men obtaining about 80% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), and women averaging only 70% (4).
Too few medical researchers and doctors are sounding the alarm, so it is important that you as a health consumer inform yourself and protect your health. (5)(6)(7)
The Clinical Impact of Magnesium Deficiency
1697 marked the date of the first recorded medical paper on magnesium; it described the use of magnesium sulfate, known today as Epsom salts, as an effective external soak and a bitter purge. Discovered in huge magnesium deposits near a Greek city called Magnesia, magnesium sulfate was used in ancient times as a laxative and still is to this day. Among the ailments for which this 17th Century paper recommended magnesium, with some exaggerated unscientific enthusiasm, either taken in baths or by mouth, were skin ulcers, depression, vertigo, heartburn, worms, stones, jaundice, and gout. Although we no longer treat all of these conditions specifically with magnesium, current research does support its use in treating a long list of ailments that you will read about in The Miracle of Magnesium. The sheer quantity of research on the topic of magnesium is staggering. To bring you the most current research and medical facts, I've sifted through thousands of pages of scientific studies, each of which begins with the acknowledgement that magnesium is of therapeutic value in treating a myriad of symptoms.
- Anxiety and Panic attacks- Magnesium normally keeps adrenal stress hormones under control.
- Asthma- Both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency.
- Blood clots- Magnesium has an important role to play in preventing blood clots and keeping the blood thin-much like aspirin but without the side effects.
- Bowel disease- Magnesium deficiency slows down the bowel causing constipation, which could lead to toxicity and malabsorption of nutrients, as well as colitis.
- Cystitis- Bladder spasms are worsened by magnesium deficiency.
- Depression-Serotonin, which elevates moods, is dependent on magnesium. A magnesium-deficient brain is also more susceptible to allergens, foreign substances that can cause symptoms similar to mental illness.
- Detoxification- Magnesium is crucial for the removal of toxic substances and heavy metals such as aluminum and lead.
- Diabetes- Magnesium enhances insulin secretion, facilitating sugar metabolism. Without magnesium insulin is not able to transfer glucose into cells. Glucose and insulin build up in the blood causing various types of tissue damage.
- Fatigue- Magnesium-deficient patients commonly experience fatigue because dozens of enzyme systems are under-functioning. An early symptom of magnesium deficiency is frequently fatigue.
- Heart disease- Magnesium deficiency is common in people with heart disease. Magnesium is administered in hospitals for acute myocardial infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle, the heart muscle requires magnesium. Magnesium is also used to treat angina, or chest pain.
- Hypertension- With insufficient magnesium, spasm of blood vessels and high cholesterol occur, both of which lead to blood pressure problems.
- Hypoglycemia- Magnesium keeps insulin under control; without magnesium episodes of low blood sugar can result.
- Insomnia- Sleep-regulating melatonin production is disturbed without sufficient magnesium.
- Kidney Disease- Magnesium deficiency contributes to atherosclerotic kidney failure. Magnesium deficiency creates abnormal lipid levels and worsening blood sugar control in kidney transplant patients.
- Liver Disease leading to liver failure- Magnesium deficiency commonly occurs during liver transplantation.
- Migraine- Serotonin balance is magnesium-dependent. Deficiency of serotonin can result in migraine headaches and depression.
- Musculoskeletal conditions- Fibrositis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms eye twitches, cramps and chronic neck and back pain may be caused by magnesium deficiency and can be relieved with magnesium supplements.
- Nerve problems- Magnesium alleviates peripheral nerve disturbances throughout the whole body, such as migraines, muscle contractions, gastrointestinal spasms, and calf, foot and toe cramps. It is also used in treating central nervous symptoms of vertigo and confusion.
- Obstetrics and Gynecology- Magnesium prevents Premenstrual Syndrome; prevents dysmenorrhea (cramping pain during menses); is important in the treatment of infertility; and alleviates premature contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy. Intravenous magnesium is given in obstetrical wards for pregnancy-induced hypertension and to lessen the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Magnesium should be a required supplement for pregnant mothers.
- Osteoporosis- Use of calcium with Vitamin D to enhance calcium absorption without a balancing amount of magnesium causes further magnesium deficiency which triggers a cascade of events leading to bone loss.
- Raynaud's Syndrome- Magnesium helps relax the spastic blood vessels that cause pain and numbness of the fingers.
- Tooth decay- Magnesium deficiency causes an unhealthy balance of phosphorus and calcium in saliva which damages teeth. Drugs such as pain killers, diuretics, antibiotics and cortisone, many of which are inappropriately used for the above conditions, further deplete magnesium and other minerals, allowing symptoms to get completely out of control. Surgery, malnutrition, third-degree burns, serious injuries, pancreatic inflammation, liver disease, malabsorption disorders, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, and cancer are all seriously stressful medicalconditions requiring increased amounts of magnesium.
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