Are You Getting Enough Magnesium

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Magnesium is an important mineral that helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. It creates protein and strengthens bones and the immune system. Involved in heart, nerve and muscle function, magnesium may also help to prevent liver problems.

Food processing, soil conditions and dietary habits all play a role in decreasing levels of magnesium. Vitamin and mineral depletion in the soil has been linked to the use of pesticides and fertilizers by some experts. Also, the amount of magnesium in refined oils, sugar and grains have been reduced to almost zero.

Mother Earth News, Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. and agricultural expert explained:

High nitrogen levels make plants grow fast and bulk up with carbohydrates and water. Although the produce is heavier and larger, they lack in nutritional quality.

Dr. Mildred Seelig, author of The Magnesium Factor:

If restaurant, homemade, or store-bought food contains fat, refined flour, and/or sugar as one or more of the major ingredients, it is a low-magnesium, and quite possibly high-calorie, food. A steady diet of such foods year after year can produce a magnesium deficit. The deficiency can develop in to metabolic syndrome X, a major factor in heart disease.

Foods that contain magnesium:

Beans, oats, spinach, curly kale, beet greens, baked potato, artichoke, butternut squash, plantain, Swiss chard, okra, raspberries, blackberries, whole grains, fish, mackerel, halibut, blackeye peas, nuts and cooked quinoa. Spinach, dark chocolate and almonds are good sources for magnesium, however, they contain oxalates that may hinder absorption.

Those who have difficulty digesting foods, or have a liver disorder and the elderly  may become deficient in magnesium.

Symptoms of low magnesium levels:

Low calcium and potassium levels, sodium retention, tremors, fatigue, loss of appetite, numbness, tingling, weakness, muscle spasms, nausea, abnormal heart rhythms and mood changes.

Supplemental Magnesium

There are various forms of magnesium. Oxide is the most prevalent, but is not very effective. Aspartate is not recommended because it is similar to excito-toxins aspartame and msg. Other forms include citrate, malate, glutamate, glycinate, taurinate, lactate, chloride and a few more.

Magnesium lactate and chloride absorb better than the oxide form. Malate is combined with malic acid, which is found in apples, and helps to produce bile. It is also recommended for fibromyalgia and rheumatism. The B vitamins assist in magnesium absorption.

Daily Dose of Magnesium

The amount on average over the age of 19 are 200 to 250 milligrams every day. Not common at this dose, there exist a potential of a toxic overload, therefore an occasional three month program may be all that is needed to boost magnesium levels.

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Bipolar Remedies

Many people are diagnosed with bipolar, a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes a mood imbalance of highs and lows. These mood changes may occur as a reaction to various things such as a lack of sleep, reaching a threshold of allergens, loud noises for a prolonged period, stress or lack of nutritional intake. The set of symptoms and their severity vary from person to person and one may go for long durations without any symptoms. Studies show that much more time is spent in a depressive episode than in a manic state.

Medications such as lithium or depakote for mania, wellbutrin anti-depressant, and seroquel for sleep can be helpful in maintaining a balanced state and are taken on a daily basis. Since the chemical makeup is individual, the effectiveness varies from one person to the next. One person will do very well on a particular medication whereas another may not. There are other ones to try that may work better and it may take two to three weeks to get a good idea of how effective a newly introduced medication is. The doctor should be consulted as soon as it’s evident that one is having bad effects from a new medication.

Natural Therapy

Natural remedies are also helpful to maintain chemical balance. Some of these consist of selenium, St. John’s Wort (although this might stimulate mania) and 100 mg a day of 5-htp (only when not taking medications) all of which help manufacture serotonin and are antioxidants. Omega 3 in the form of fish oil or 2 to 3 tablespoons daily of ground flaxseed to clear fogginess, and improve fatigue and circulation. Psyllium as a source of fiber and passion flower and/or skullcap are good for calming or relaxing the nervous system. NAC manufacturers glutathione to regenerate cells.

Biochemic tissue salts soothe the nerves and restore harmony. They were developed in the 1870’s as a method to replenish minerals and are small tablets made to dissolve under the tongue. Whenever new cells are formed, these salts, there are 12 alltogether, must be present and in correct balance for all organs and tissues in the body to function properly. For mood would be Nat Sulph, Kali Phos and Nat Phos which can be found in a blend form.

 A quality form of vitamin c with bioflavanoids, amino acids and msm are also restorative. ALA is a great antioxidant and choline makes acetylcholine for memory and transports lipids from the liver. Magnesium with D promotes restful sleep, steady heartbeat, and helps to relax spasms and tight muscles. Some treatments add magnesium to stop symptoms of the rapid recycling of mania. Some bipolars have shown to have differences in the levels of magnesium in their blood. Anyone taking high blood pressure medication may need to lower the dose while taking magnesium. Magnesium is useful in patients with ADD/ADHD and is essential for the biochemisty of Omega-3s.

The chelates are citrate, lactate, glycinate, malate, taurate..these are the most common. These are forms of magnesium bonded to an amino acid which then allows for better absorption. Magnesium lactate may be the best and most completely absorbed. Some people suggest that magnesium oxide is hardly worth the trouble or money.
Since chelate weighs more than the magnesium the total actual percentage of magnesium itself is lower compared to the weight of the mixture. For ex., magnesium malate label –  152mg of magnesium and 848mg of malic acid to give a total weight of 1000 mg.  Another source is a warm bath for about 20 minutes in 1 to 2 cups Epsom Salts which allows magnesium in through the skin. Food sources for magnesium include –  3oz of almonds-270mg, 1 cup of oatmeal-57 mg, and 1 cup of navy beans-108mg.

Metal Toxicity

Metal detox is another method to assist with the chemical imbalance from bipolar; the toxicity being caused primarily from vaccine additives, air pollution and car exhaust fumes. Metals such as mercury, aluminum, lead and cadmium can gain a foothold through neurons into cells and become afixed. Some metals are capable of replacing the receptor sites for zinc which can cause a zinc deficiency and is fairly common. Food colorings, msg, some sweetners and preservatives have the potential to behave as neuron excitotoxins.

Metal detox may cause an immune reaction which can stir up a healing sickness. The system may react in an attack mode similar to a germ infestation foreign to the body as they are pulled out into the flow. This may last from 3 days to 3 to 6 weeks afterward. The chinese parseley, cilantro, eaten or taken in supplement form every day for a few weeks helps to cleanse metals from cell tissues. Chlorella helps to excrete them from the body.

Dandelion root and milk thistle help strengthen and protect the kidneys and liver. Since dandelion acts as a diuretic which promotes the formation of urine, it’s not a supplement to take on a continuous basis. Follow the dose amount on the label except for every 3rd day instead of every day, always skipping two days between doses, to the end of the bottle. Then skip one or two months and repeat either once or twice. The ‘standardized’ form is denser and purer and is therefore recommended compared to regular dandelion capsules. Dandelion is a powerhouse of nutritional and cleansing support. 

Refined sugar intake depletes the body of B vitamins because they are used up by turning sugar into energy. A low glycemic-load diet is recommended; whole foods, vegetables, fruits and regular meals.

A therapy treatment may take from three months to a year and the costs for natural remedies can be spread out over time according to one’s budget. It requires some research to find quality products that are also within an affordable range. They can be found online and sometimes are on sale, or at local health stores and gnc’s. A candida cleanse may also be helpful using a product such as Electrodine for thyroid health and protection.

Medicine and Psychiatry Like a Horse and Carriage

How Reliable are the Testing Trials That Determine the Safety and Efficacy of New Drugs?

Eighty percent of new drug applications sent to the food and drug administration (FDA) consisted of trial data from studies done outside of the U.S. according to the inspector general’s report. There are 3,000 new drugs coming onto the market to treat 4,600 different conditions.

Only 271 trials were done in foreign countries for American use in 1990 and increased to 6,485 by 2008. Although many study trials occur in developed countries, thousands take place in areas where illiterate and impoverished people reside. One concern with this is whether regulations are being followed by these medical teams and to what extent. Litigation risks are minimal and the wealth they have may enable them too much protection.

During the nineties, manufacturers began contracting out all phases of development and testing to companies that recruit the patients and volunteers. They also draw up rules for the trials and conduct them, prepare reports, ghostwrite technical articles for journals and advertise for participants. Paid technicians implement the procedures, gather the subjects, administer the chemical formulations, collect urine and blood samples and sequester and feed the recruits.

Prescription Drug Injury

Americans are far more likely to be injured or die from prescription drugs, physicians and hospitals than by terrorists, bombs and planes. The pharmaceutical industry influences psychiatrists to prescribe psychoactive medications even for patients who the drugs haven’t been proven safe and effective for.

There has been an astonishing increase in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in children, some as young as two years old. The terrible-twos is a phase where healthy children are beginning to learn their boundaries and the importance of following instructions. To become fussy when hungry or tired is normal, as is also to not always be attentive while sitting in a classroom as well as is shyness. To be given mind-altering and likely addictive drugs during these critical stages of growth should be considered criminal at most and suspect at least.

Like A Horse and Carriage

The medical director of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) made a declaration in 1977 to strongly support a vigorous effort to remedicalize psychiatry. By having placed much emphasis on drug treatments, Psychiatry had become the darling of the pharmaceutical industry.

In a campaign to enhance their status they devised a deliberate plan to identify the organization as a scientific discipline along with the medical profession. They were also determined to advance their position over other mental healthcare providers. They fully embraced the biological model of mental illness and the use of psychoactive drugs to treat the various symptoms and newly developed diseases and diagnoses.

The APA set out to revise the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders (DSM-III) reference book for its 3rd edition and strived to make it different. The 1st was published in 1952 and the 2nd in 1968  and reflected the Freudian views of mental health and illness. The DSM was mainly known only within the profession. The president stated in 1977 that it would clarify any doubts that they regard psychiatry as a specialty of medicine.

A professor of psychiatry at Harvard, Vaillant, stated in 1984 that the DSM-III represents a bold series of choices based on guess, taste, prejudice and hope and that the disadvantages within the contents outweigh its advantages.

It was reliable only in the form of consistency rather than in its validity, for example if most physicians agreed freckles were a sign of cancer, the diagnosis would be reliably consistent but not valid. The book simply reflects the unproven opinions of its authors. Citations of scientific studies supporting its conclusions are either non-existent or omitted. Statements of fact are to be supported by specific references of published scientific studies in all ‘medical’ publications.

The number of diagnostic categories have multiplied and the books became larger and more costly with each new edition. It has itself become one of the major sources of income for the APA having sold over a million copies.

Treatments for emotional distress, illness and depression should not be limited to psychoactive drugs as both psychotherapy and exercise have proven effective and longer lasting in comparison. More research is needed to study other methods of diagnosis and healing in the area of psychiatry.

resource: vanityfair.com

book: The Epidemic of Mental Illness, Why?