The endless effects of magnesium deficiency

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Valley News - Health

We are starving en masse for the most important mineral our bodies need

Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in their bodies. Magnesium is by far the most important mineral in the body. And yet, magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood.

Most doctors and laboratories don’t even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don’t know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Dr. Norman Shealy said, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency.”

He describes it as “the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.”

This truth exposes a gaping hole in modern medicine.

Without addressing this key issue, it is impossible to address what good many treatments really offer. If a key mineral is missing and the symptoms of that are treated with drugs or treatments, which themselves have side effects, who is responsible for the continued sickness or death of that individual? Should these be considered a form of iatrogenic death, meaning they were induced in a patient by a physician’s treatment through a “complication?”

Patients have to recognize the signs of magnesium thirst or hunger on their own since allopathic medicine is lost in this regard. It is much more subtle than regular hunger and thirst, but it is comparable. And it is not surprising that this thirst is overlooked, by people and their physicians, given actual thirst is commonly overlooked, leaving many people in a constant state of mild hydration, which is another deficiency under-emphasized in modern clinical practice.

After oxygen, water and basic food, magnesium may be the most vitally important element needed by the body, yet it is hardly known. It outranks and regulates calcium, potassium and sodium and has countless impacts on bodily functions. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency are extreme thirst, extreme hunger, frequent urination, sores or bruises that heal slowly, dry, itchy skin, unexplained weight loss, blurry vision that changes from day to day, unusual tiredness or drowsiness and tingling or numbness in the hands or feet. Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections thirst can indicate a lack of water but it can also mean that one is not getting enough nutrients and electrolytes. Magnesium, potassium, bicarbonate, chloride and sodium are some principle examples.

Some doctors have struggled to give patients an answer for their constant thirst, dismissing it as “in their head.” It is hard to comprehend that such an essential element to their well-being, so widely deficient, isn’t one of the first things addressed in modern clinical practice.

Magnesium deficiency can be tormenting, however it manifests. A lack of this mineral can rob an athlete of their ability to perform, steal their sleep or spur a rise in a person’s background stress levels. Magnesium deficiency will lower their quality of life.

Magnesium deficiency has never been on doctor’s radars and cannot be revealed through their go-to blood tests. As a result magnesium deficiencies have snowballed.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency

Dr. Sidney Baker gave a full outline of magnesium deficiency in a recent article, warning that “magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body.”

She described results that are strangely disjointed and irregular.

“One may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including backaches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint or TMJ dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can’t take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot,” Baker said.

She continued.

”Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear,” Baker said.

The bewildering list includes a marked effect on the central nervous system leading to “insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia and premenstrual irritability,” she said.

Her list of symptoms of involving the peripheral nervous sound like something from a bizarre cartoon, abnormal feelings like “numbness, tingling and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations.”

Within the cardiovascular system, she outlines a list that will be familiar to many people who have been treated: “palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse.”

While symptoms can appear on their own, some do group together, she said.

“For example, people with mitral valve prolapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms,” Baker said.

There are also other symptoms that seem relatively common, she said.

“People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be ‘uptight.’ Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate,” she said.

These far-reaching symptoms stem from the many body functions dependent on this crucial mineral that has disappeared from food.

Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including brain cells.

It has a vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to cell metabolism.

It is also essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates, and to produce specific detoxification enzymes. It is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification.

The cost of missing magnesium

Doctors write millions of prescriptions for tranquilizers each year for nervousness, irritability and jitters – symptoms closely associated with magnesium deficiency.

Slight magnesium deficiency can make a person irritable, highly-strung, sensitive to noise, hyperexcitable, apprehensive and belligerent. If the deficiency is more severe or prolonged, they may develop twitchiness, tremors, irregular pulse, insomnia, muscle weakness, jerkiness and leg and foot cramps.

If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation and marked depression can all develop. Even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium tremens are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient.

These afflictions can be remedied by supplementing with magnesium. And if magnesium deficiency is not addressed, the effects can cascade.

The body loses large amounts of calcium in the urine when magnesium is undersupplied, which can then lead to rampant tooth decay, poor bone development, osteoporosis and slow healing of broken bones and fractures. Vitamin B-6, pyridoxine, uses magnesium to reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate, aka kidney stones.

Magnesium deficiency may be a common factor associated with insulin resistance. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis that are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, weakness, twitching, muscle atrophy, an inability to control the bladder, nystagmus or rapid eye movements, hearing loss and osteoporosis. People with multiple sclerosis also have higher rates of epilepsy. Epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiencies.

Severe magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of calcium in the blood. Magnesium deficiency is also associated with low levels of potassium in the blood. Magnesium levels drop at night, leading to poor REM sleep cycles. Headaches, blurred vision, mouth ulcers, fatigue and anxiety are also early signs of depletion.

People hear all the time about how heart disease is the No. 1 health crisis in the country, about how high blood pressure is the “silent killer” and about how ever-increasing numbers are having their lives and the lives of their families destroyed by diabetes.