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Entry for August 24, 2006

Causes of Widespread Magnesium Deficiencies

Given the obvious importance of magnesium to optimal biological function, is there any reason to believe that cellular deficiencies may be widespread? The bodys magnesium status is a function of three main variables: dietary magnesium level, efficiency of intestinal magnesium absorption, and urinary and fecal magnesium losses.

Dietary Magnesium Levels

While the adult RDA for magnesium is about 300 – 400 mg per day, magnesium intake by Americans has been dropping throughout this century. Dietary surveys have shown the average daily intake for women to be 175 – 225 mg per day; for men 220 – 260 mg per day. In contrast, those Asian and vegetarian diets which are whole-food based and calorie-adequate typically provide 500 – 700 mg per day of magnesium.

Why is the American diet so low in magnesium? Magnesium is virtually never added back to our soils in synthetic fertilizers, despite the fact that crops continually lower soil magnesium. This is because magnesium is the center of the chlorophyll molecule. It is never added back to our foods after processing as well. For example, 99% of the magnesium in sugar cane is lost when it is refined into white sugar, while 80 – 96% of the magnesium content of wheat is removed when it is refined into white flour. But magnesium is not added back into so-called enriched flour. Fats (e.g. butter, margarine, oils, shortenings) contain no magnesium, and meat and dairy products are generally poor sources of magnesium. When vegetables are cooked, 50% of their magnesium may be lost in the cooking water. Thus, the typical American diet is literally a prescription for magnesium deficiency!

Efficiency of Intestinal Absorption

Various factors serve to inhibit the intestinal absorption of the magnesium that is present in the diet. Phosphoric acid in soft drinks and phosphates used in baking powders and as preservatives combine with magnesium in the intestine to form magnesium phosphate, an insoluble compound which then precipitates out of the intestinal juices and is lost in the feces. Oxalates in foods such as rhubarb, spinach and chocolate also form insoluble magnesium compounds that cannot be absorbed. A high-fat diet (the average American diet is 40-45% fat calories) will tend to suppress magnesium absorption by forming insoluble soap-like magnesium compounds. Phytic acid, a phosphated form of inositol found in wheat bran, unleavened bread/cracker products, and many grains, seeds and legumes also prevents magnesium absorption. High levels of dietary or supplementary calcium may also suppress magnesium absorption due to competition for the same intestinal absorption sites. The typical American high-dairy diet contains 2.5 to 4 times as much calcium as magnesium! Many physicians ill-advisedly recommend that children (because of their growing bones) and adults (because of osteoporosis fears) take 500 to 2000 mg of calcium supplements daily! Excessive or prolonged diarrhea (e.g. due to intestinal parasites, laxative abuse or food allergies) may also cause significant intestinal magnesium loss.

Efficiency of Kidney Magnesium Recycling

The primary mechanism for preventing excessive loss of body magnesium stores is the kidneys ability to remove magnesium from urine before the urine is excreted, recycling the magnesium back into the body. In people with healthy kidneys, magnesium recycling efficiency may reach 95%,(5) yet a large number of factors can seriously impair this recycling effectiveness. Alcohol –even social drinking–may promote magnesium loss. In modern America, alcohol consumption is not uncommon, even among 10-12 year olds. So-called coffee nerves are often in part coffee-induced magnesium deficiency. A high animal protein diet can cause magnesium deficiency; some of the high sulfur ash from the protein will combine with magnesium and be excreted in the urine.

A high sugar (glucose/fructose/sucrose) diet is a powerful urinary magnesium spiller. High blood levels of the stress hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol cause serious magnesium urinary losses. Human and animal studies have demonstrated that high stress-hormone levels produce urinary magnesium losses significant enough to seriously sensitize the organism to further stressors, which elicits further urinary magnesium losses, in a vicious cycle.

Interestingly, the number one drug used to treat ADD, Ritalin(r), is known to increase blood adrenaline levels. Excessive noise and heat stress promote urinary magnesium loss. Noise stress has been shown to be one of the most effective promoters of urinary magnesium loss. High sodium, high calcium diets (the norm in America) are powerful promoters of urinary magnesium loss. Intestinal candida yeast overgrowth provides constant acetaldehyde production, which in turn causes magnesium urinary loss. This is often caused by antibiotic abuse combined with a high sugar diet. What American child hasn’t suffered from this combination? Some antibiotics, including gentamicin, tricarcillin and carbenicillin, are efficient promoters of urinary magnesium loss.

This list should make it evident that many factors common to the American way of life conspire to promote potentially serious magnesium urinary losses.

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August 24, 2006 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for August 24, 2006

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Lately my wife is feeling the effects of being losing of all of her nutrients from nine months of breastfeeding. She seems drained of her energy and still has some mild back pain dispite going to the chiropractor. I gave her one capsule of magnesium taurate (125 mg) a while back and it gave her diarrhea. Having Crohn’s disease and missing four feet of colon sure makes a difference in her absorption so I switch her to the homeopathic remedy.

I’ve been leading the magnesium parade lately so I mention to her that the daily requirements for magnesium while breastfeeding is 245 -265 mg in Canada and 340 – 355 mg in the US.

I take a look at her Materna supplement for the dosage of magnesium: 50 mg

Huh? Daily recommended dosage is between 245 – 355 and Materna has 50 mg? How does this make any sense? And not only that…it’s magnesium oxide with 7% absorption rate. So in actual fact, her body is only absorbing 3.5 mg of magnesium a day.

She told me tonight that taking the homeopathic remedy magnesium phosphorica for the last couple of days has done more for her lower back pain than all of the appointments to the chiropractor. In fact, after the next appointment she says she’ll quit altogether.

So let’s take a look at the rest of the ingredients of Materna:

VITAMINS
Beta-Carotene (a source of Vitamin A) 2500 IU
Vitamin A (Vitamin A as acetate) 1000 IU
Vitamin E (dl- tocopheryl acetate) 30 IU
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 85 mg
Folic Acid (folate) 1 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine mononitrate) 1.4 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 1.4 mg
Niacin (niacinamide)  18 mg
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride) 1.9 mg
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) 2.6 mcg
Vitamin D (cholecalciferol) 400 IU
Biotin 30 mcg
Pantothenic Acid (calcium pantothenate) 6 mg

MINERALS

Calcium (calcium carbonate) 250 mg
Magnesium (magnesium oxide) 50 mg
Iodine (potassium iodide) 220 mcg
Iron (ferrous fumarate) 27 mg
Copper (cupric sulfate) 1 mg
Zinc (zinc oxide) 7.5 mg
Chromium (chromium chloride) 30 mcg
Manganese (manganese sulfate) 2 mg
Molybdenum (sodium molybdate) 50 mcg
Selenium (sodium selenate) 30 mcg

And now the recommended dosage for breastfeeding mothers:

VITAMINS
Beta-Carotene (a source of Vitamin A) 2500 IU
Vitamin A (Vitamin A as acetate) 1000 IU
Vitamin E (dl- tocopheryl acetate) 30 IU
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 120 mg *
Folic Acid (folate) 500 mcg *

Vitamin B1 (thiamine mononitrate) 1.4 mg *
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 1.6 mg *
Niacin (niacinamide)  17 mg *
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride) 2 mg *
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) 2.8 mcg *
Vitamin D (cholecalciferol) 200 IU *
Biotin 35 mcg *
Pantothenic Acid (calcium pantothenate) 7 mg *

MINERALS

Calcium (calcium carbonate) 1000 mg (19 & over)*
Magnesium (magnesium oxide) 320 mg (31 & over)*
Iodine (potassium iodide) 290 mcg *
Iron (ferrous fumarate) 27 mg
Copper (cupric sulfate) 1.3 mg *
Zinc (zinc oxide) 12 mg *
Chromium (chromium chloride) 45 mcg
Manganese (manganese sulfate) 2.6 mg
Molybdenum (sodium molybdate) 50 mcg
Selenium (sodium selenate) 70 mcg

So the most interesting comparison and the biggest difference? Calcium and Magnesium:

Calcium: 250 mg vs 1000 mg. 750 milligrams less per day!!

Magnesium: 50 mg vs 320 mg. 270 milligrams less per day and it’s the poor absorption magnesium oxide.

* Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and information contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor’s recommendations. The information is provided for educational purposes only. Nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.

August 24, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 24, 2006

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As I’m eating my fruit lunch, I start to notice that it has a funny taste to it. I switch from eating the watermelon, to the grapes then the plum then the banana and they all have the same weird taste. I check in the mirror at my tongue and it’s the thrush again.

I took two capsules of acidophilus last night and two again this morning so why is it so bad all of a sudden? Does too much fruit have any effect on a yeast overgrowth?

Doctor Google:

Candidasis necessarily involves three major considerations:

  1. Cutting the conditions for the growth of yeasts by the elimination of immunosuppressive drugs and antibiotics, and dietary deprivation of the candida of those foods on which it is nourished and flourishes
  2. Destruction of yeast proliferation in the body.
  3. Rebalancing and strengthening of the body’s immune system for the restoration of proper function.The most important step in the treatment of people with candidasis is to curtail candida overgrowth in order to deprive the yeast of food on which it flourishes. Basically this includes the following:

SUGAR and CARBOHYDRATES such as those found in all sweetened food including those using honey, molasses, sorghum, maple syrup, sugar, fructose, maltose, dextrose, etc. Fruits and their juices are also restricted as well as soda pop.

YEAST PRODUCTS such as beer, wine, natural B vitamins, brewer’s yeast, dried fruits, melons, frozen and canned juices.

FERMENTED and MOLD FOODS such as mushrooms, cheese, vinegar, mustard, catsup, relish and other condiments made with vinegar, sour cream, buttermilk, tofu, soy sauce, miso and ciders.

So that’s why the weird taste started when I was eating the watermelon. The new healthy fruit diet is making it worse and I was trying to eat food high in B vitamins. And there’s more:

Yeast is found in all manufactured citric acid and in most fruits; in ciders from such fruits as grapes, pears, apples, and some herbs.

Grapes, pears, apples and melons. Exactly what I was eating. Now I know that the naturopath suggested Candidasis as the very first diagnosis last year but I followed her suggestions and it made no difference to my symptoms and I never had thrush back then. I think my lack of digestive enzymes from the riboflavin and the magnesium deficiencies has caused or is causing Candidasis now.

I take my digestive enzyme and it’s down to shoppers for some acidophilus…

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Entry for August 24, 2006

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Another fruit lunch…but today, I’ve added watermelon and pineapple.

I’m almost finished the book by Carolyn Dean. I’ve found some great tips and things that apply to my symptoms. I don’t know how doctor after doctor could miss a magnesium deficiency based on the symptoms. Of course I know…they only look for disease.

I’ll post some of the text when I have time.

August 24, 2006 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for August 24, 2006

Previous Night Vibration Status: None
Morning Vibration Status: Weak

I stopped taking my acidophilus a couple of days ago to see if the mysterious head tingling would appear and luckily it hasn’t so I really feel it proves the riboflavin deficiency. My fear now is going to the doctor next week and try and convince him that I also have a magnesium deficiency.

All day yesterday I had a mildly sore/itchy tongue and I’m suspecting a yeast overgrowth. I check my tongue in the mirror and yup, I have thrush. So I start taking the acidophilus again…

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