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Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 09, 2007

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I discovered today that Dr. Carolyn Dean is a consultant on a web site called “The Yeast Connection”. So she’s an expert on magnesium and candida.

Dr. Carolyn Dean is both a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor. In her role as medical advisor to YeastConnection.com and as a complimentary service to our readers, Dr. Dean regularly answers questions that are emailed through our “contact us” link. She also offers private fee-for-service telephone consultations.

MEN AND THE YEAST CONNECTION

How men react to yeast overgrowth is very different from women. I have had many male patients and clients over the years that express their yeast overgrowth with symptoms of anxiety. One recent client, in his forties complained of paralyzing anxiety, sugar addiction, and weight gain. After one particularly severe anxiety attack he was put on an antianxiety medication but it didn’t seem to help.

When he came to me for help he told me he was eating several chocolate bars a day to keep his energy up and had begun hiding them from his wife. He was also the son of a medical doctor and had many courses of antibiotics in his life for chronic sinus infections. I immediately thought of yeast overgrowth because sugar is it’s main food. But surprisingly, he didn’t have the usual gas, bloating, and intestinal distress from yeast fermenting with sugar in the intestines.

I explained that yeast in his body had probably overgrow because of all the antibiotics and sugar and was producing toxic yeast byproducts like alcohol and acetaldehyde. Of the 180 yeast toxins these are the most likely to create anxiety. I also told him about the proven connection of yeast and weight and the addiction to sugar and carbs caused by ravenous yeast in his body. Fortunately he was able to see the whole picture and was able to start on a high dose of chromium picolinate (500 micrograms twice a day) for his sugar cravings and tackle the yeast-free diet. He is now well on the way to getting back the life he was meant to live.

If you have men in your life that are eating too much sugar and have mood changes and weight gain, make sure they know the importance of the yeast connection to their health.

February 11, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 27, 2006

So here are some excerpts from Carolyn Dean’s book. I think the magnesium deficiency has never been more obvious and yet overlooked by every single doctor/specialist I have seen and overlooked by the alternative methods that I have tried.

Justification for a Magnesium Deficiency:

1) High level of free radicals.
2) High level of Aluminum.
3) Destruction of the Myelin sheath.
4) Long term use of vitamins with no real improvement.

Here is what she says in “The Miracle of Magnesium”:

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Taking magnesium supplements with a fatty meal are a waste. Magnesium supplements are best taken on an empty stomach. There is much evidence that a high protein diet only makes a magnesium deficiency worse, and if you follow such a regimen, you should take at least 300 mg of supplemental magnesium a day.

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Sugar overload can cause magnesium deficiency in several ways. The body has to tap into it’s own reserves of minerals and vitamins to ensure sugar’s digestion. Adding sugar to the diet produces an excessively acid condition in the body; to neutralize it the body has to draw upon its stores of the alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. If the acidic condition is severe, calcium and magnesium will even be taken from the bones and teeth, which leads to decay, softening, and ultimately osteoporosis.

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If you are taking estrogen and have a low magnesium intake, calcium supplementation may increase your risk of thrombosis. Calcium and magnesium: this minerals work so closely together that the lack of one immediately diminishes the effectiveness of the other. Even though the use of calcium supplementation for the mangement of osteoporosis has increased significantly in the last decade, scientific studies do not support such large doses after menopause. Soft tissue calcification could be a serious side effect of taking too much calcium.

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If the nerves are irritated by neurotoxins, they begin to lose their myelin sheath and MS can result.In fact, autoimmune disease may also be the end stage of a buildup of toxicity along with a deficiency of nutrients, such as magnesium that are designed to clear toxins from the body. According to some doctors, the definition of autoimmune disease as “disease against self” is not accurate; the disease process is, in fact, against a self altered by toxins and nutrient deficiencies.

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The overproduction of adrenaline due to stress leads to magnesium deficiency and therefore puts a strain on the magnesium dependent energy system of the body, causing energy depletion that leads to fatigue.

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The hallmark of a mineral deficient person is often one who takes vitamins without minerals and feels worse or does well for a while but then deteriorates. If you have a mineral deficiency, especially magnesium, which is necessary for energy production, certain areas of the body may be overstimulated by vitamin supplements, while other areas can’t respond. Begin with magnesium as one of your first supplements.

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Conventional allergy shots have been used for decades to try and trick the body into accepting irritating allergens but often do not work, especially when the condition is due to a nutrient deficiency.

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Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E that turn off free radicals. The greater amount of other antioxidants in the body, the more magnesium is spared from acting as an antioxidant and is free to perform it’s many functions. Antioxidants protect the level of magnesium in the body, which prevents elevation of calcium, which can lead to vascular muscle spasm. If there are not enough antioxidants available, overabundant free radicals begin to damage and destroy normal healthy cells.

According to current research, low magnesium levels not only magnify free radical damage but can hasten the production of free radicals. One study utilizing cultures of skin cells found that low magnesium doubled the levels of free radicals. It appears that low magnesium damages the vital fatty layer in the cell membrane making it more susceptible to destruction and allowing leakage through the membrane.

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Aluminum can also replace magnesium in the brain, which leaves calcium channels in the brain nerve cells wide open, allowing calcium to flood in, causing cell death. Enzymes function in the body only when they have access to the proper cofactors, which are mostly vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.

Research indicates that ample magnesium will protect brain cells from the damaging effects of aluminum, beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel. We also know that low levels of brain magnesium contribute to the deposition of heavy metals in the brain that heralds Packinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It appears that  the metals compete with magnesium for the entry into the brain cells. If magnesium is low, metals gain access much more readily.

There is competition in the small intestine for absorption of minerals. If there is enough magnesium, aluminum won’t be absorbed.

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William Grant, an atmospheric scientist, had an interest in Alzheimer’s because of a strong family history. Grant theorized that the diets of Alzheimer’s patients might be very acidic, leaching the calcium and magnesium from the body. He found that people with Alzheimer’s have elevated amounts of aluminum, iron and zinc and have reduced alkaline metals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium, which neutralize the acidity in the diet.

An acid forming diet is the typical western fare – high protein, high fat, and high sugar are additional factors in creating aluminum overload in Alzheimer’s.

August 27, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 29, 2006

The Miracle of Magnesium

By Carolyn Dean, MD, ND

Magnesium deficiency triggers or causes the following 22 conditions; the introduction of magnesium, either by a high-magnesium diet, with green drinks, or magnesium supplements, can help alleviate these conditions:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Asthma
  • Blood clots
  • Bowel disease
  • Cystitis
  • Depression
  • Detoxification
  • Diabetes, Syndrome X and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Migraine
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Nerve problems
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology–premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea (cramping pain during menses), infertility, premature contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy, lessens the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Tooth decay
 

Science and medicine have both turned their backs on magnesium. Science opts out because the scientific methodology is defined by being able to test one thing at a time ending up with one result. Science finds magnesium too difficult to corral, partly because it is responsible for the correct metabolic function of over 350 enzymes in the body. The creation of ATP (adenosine triphospate) the energy molecules of the body, the action of the heart muscle, the proper formation of bones and teeth, relaxation of blood vessels, and the promotion of proper bowel function are all under the guidance of magnesium.

Magnesium’s Role in a Healthy Body

A small group of international magnesium researchers, however, have continued, against all odds, to prove the importance of magnesium not only as a nutrient for thousands of body processes but also as a medicine to treat magnesium-depleted health conditions. Drs. Bella and Burton Altura are two hard-working magnesium heroes! They have performed laboratory research and clinical research to the tune of about 1,000 studies over the past 40 years. The Alturas personally confirmed that the 22 magnesium-related conditions, listed at the beginning of this article, have a solid basis in science.

Dr. Burton Altura said that during his 40 years of research he was appalled at the lack of attention given to this life-saving nutrient. He has all but given up on conventional medicine recognizing the need for magnesium in its protocols for dozens of diseases and welcomed books such as mine to help spread the word. Without million-dollar marketing budgets that drug companies have for their latest drugs, nutrient research plods along–proving over and over again their worth but never being able to get that information out to the public.

Up to 80 Percent of Americans are Magnesium-Deficient

Another reason that Dr. Altura felt magnesium was not given its due is because there has been no lab test that will give an accurate reading of the magnesium status in the tissues. Only one percent of magnesium of the body is distributed in the blood, making a simple sample of magnesium in the blood highly inaccurate. That’s why most doctors who rely on blood tests for magnesium and not magnesium deficiency signs and symptoms and realization that up to 80 percent of the population is deficient, will miss an important diagnosis.

There’s even more to the actual way magnesium works. It exists in the body either as active magnesium ions or as inactive magnesium complexes bound to proteins or other substances. A magnesium ion is a group of atoms that is missing an electron, which makes it excitable as it searches to attach to something that will replace its missing electron.

Magnesium ions constitute the most physiologically active fraction of magnesium in the body; they are free to join in biochemical body processes and are not attached to other substances. Most clinical laboratories only assess total “serum” magnesium, which mixes up both active and inactive types.

The Alturas took it upon themselves to develop and research a method that would test specifically for magnesium ions. It came about in 1987 and is called the Blood Ionized Magnesium Test. Its accuracy has been confirmed countless times with sensitive digital imaging microscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy and the magnesium fluorescent probe. With this test it is now possible to directly measure the levels of magnesium ions in whole blood, plasma and serum using ion-selective electrodes. The Alturas have used the ionized magnesium test in hundreds of research trials on dozens of different conditions proving, for example, that the 22 conditions listed above are related to magnesium deficiency

How to Get Enough Magnesium

How do I get enough magnesium is a question that I’m frequently asked. If there is enough magnesium in the soil where green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds are grown then we have a chance to obtain magnesium from our diet. Organic foods may have more magnesium, but only if farmers replenish their soil with magnesium-rich fertilizers. Most fertilizer used on factory farms relies heavily on nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to make plants grow and appear healthy.

However, if magnesium and other minerals and micronutrients are not introduced the plants may look good but are not packed with the nutrition we need. Growers should be required to use top-quality fertilizers and should test their crops for the long list of nutrients we need to stay healthy.

In general, to get as much magnesium as possible in the diet, eat plenty of organic leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds every day. Adding green drinks to your menu will help you achieve a higher magnesium status.

The Calcium-to-Magnesium Ratio

Supplementing with magnesium must also take into account the balance between calcium and magnesium. Finland, which, from 1973 to 1999 had the highest recorded incidence of heart attack in middle-aged men in the world, also has a high calcium-to-magnesium ratio in the diet at 4 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium. 16-17 Americans in general have a high calcium-to-magnesium ratio in their diet and consequently in their bodies; the U.S. ratio is 3.5-to-1. Our dietary emphasis on a high calcium intake without sufficient magnesium and because of the excessive emphasis on women taking high doses of calcium for osteoporosis, we are creating more imbalance between the two minerals.

Some researchers predict that the American ratio of calcium to magnesium is actually approaching 6-to-1, yet, the recommended dietary ratio of calcium to magnesium in the United States is 2-to-1. Current research on the paleolithic or caveman diet shows that the ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet that our bodies evolved to eat is 1-to-1. In order to offset the deficiency magnesium induced by excess calcium and to treat the above 22 conditions, people may find it necessary to ingest one part magnesium to one part calcium in supplement form for a period of months to a year. Stabilization on a healthy diet including green drinks may be possible after that time.

June 29, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

   

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