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The Magnesium Miracle (Revised and Updated Edition) Paperback – December 26, 2006
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“Dr. Carolyn Dean has the best credentials for bringing solutions to those suffering from the hidden magnesium disorders that affect most of us. This book needs to be read by anyone wishing to improve their quality of life.”—Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., author of The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology
“Clearly written and packed with information . . . a comprehensive and well-referenced guide to the myriad benefits of magnesium.”—Carolyn DeMarco, M.D., author of Take Charge of Your Body: Women’s Health Advisor
“Throughout this volume and with utmost clarity, Carolyn Dean presents invaluable recommendations—based on the latest magnesium research. Virtually every American can benefit.”—Paul Pitchford, author of Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition
“Physicians and therapists have paid scant attention to this very important element, which is also involved in maintaining our good health. The massive evidence is here in this important book on magnesium. I am pleased to have been taking magnesium for so many years.”—Abram Hoffer, M.D., author of Putting It All Together: The New Orthomolecular Nutrition
About the Author
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., is a medical doctor, naturopath, acupuncturist, homeopath, herbalist, and certified clinical nutritionist, and a regular guest on radio and television programs. She has written three other health books and is contributing editor to Natural Health magazine.
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Since reading this book we both are now taking 400mg of magnesium a day and the changes in just a couple of weeks have been incredible. For the first time in probably 10 years we are both sleeping through the night like babies...almost every night...and dreaming crazy dreams! Before my husband always said he never dreamed and we learned that is a symptom of mag deficiency. Now we are both so much ore relaxed and calm. It has taken the edge off, and the twitches and soreness is dramatically less. But the most exciting for us has been his blood pressure numbers. They are way down. From the 160's/high 90's to the 120's/low 80's and 70's and even yesterday he had a lower number in the 60's. Unbelievable for him.
I have to mention that our symptoms were actually getting a little worse right before we started on Magnesium because I had read that the BP meds were types of diuretics. So I found a natural diuretic in hibiscus (Jamaican) tea and it does work well to flush out the water. But what I learned from this book is that diuretics can cause dehydration. This can thicken the blood and can actually cause high BP and also constipation and flushes out the minerals, making magnesium levels even lower. And we both were drinking hibiscus tea (which is so delicious by the way) daily. So now that we learned through this book how diuretics can make things worse, we are limiting our hibiscus tea for when we feel we have overloaded on salt when eating out. But we will be sticking with the magnesium supplements. It is like turning back the clock 20 years. My husband is like a new man.
I am not discrediting doctors, I think very highly them and have a lot of respect for their knowledge, but NO ONE mentioned to us to try magnesium before suggesting going on meds. Either they don't know about natural remedies or liability risk encourages them to write a script. Maybe the fix is just too simple. Or maybe it doesn't work for everyone so they suggest it to no one. Do you own research. You have to take control of your own health. If you've gotten this far in your research to be reading these reviews, you are on the right track! Get this book!
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Mar 2017 - Update: We are still taking our 400 mg of magnesium a day. We both recently had our blood work done and had magnesium levels tested just to make sure we weren't over doing it and it showed our mag levels were perfectly normal. (But I read that the blood test isn't that accurate and one could still be deficient even if the levels show normal.) And I wanted to update that my husband's blood pressure is consistently NORMAL. He continues to exercise, has cut way back on sugar, and mostly is keeping the extra 20 lbs off. He no longer consistently snores, thanks to the weight loss I suspect. We both are sleeping better than we have for years thanks to that and the magnesium. And on a positive note for me, I no longer struggle with constipation. I have celiac disease and constipation comes with the territory. But the nightly magnesium dose has cured that. I can eat chocolate again (which is very constipating) without a problem. That alone is worth it for me. :) We are no longer experiencing any muscle twitches or mysterious aches and my husband consistently says how good he feels. It is truly amazing. He is so much more mellow and able to enjoy life, no longer bug-eyed and on the edge all the time. Read about which ones are best absorbed. Magnesium Chloride is well absorbed. This book will tell you which ones are better absorbed and which ones aren't - for instance, Mag. Oxide isn't. And take a B6 when you take your mag or a good natural-sourced raw B-Complex. That also helps with absorption. But most importantly, read this book. I am not an expert, only giving our experiences, but she is!
I believe because I am paying close attention to my minerals and vitamins; I will recover faster; however, this illness has really kicked my butt (and surprised me); and I think I could have been closer to what Dr. Dean calls "total body meltdown" that I care to think about had I not been paying closer attention.
The bottom line is: when you have this condition; even after the meds have worked; your body is still fighting: still needs healthy calories; high amounts of (good solid) nutrition to fight with. The reading I'm doing is that while the ongoing fatigue and weakness are normal; the experts don't know "why", other than to say your immune system is still revved up (I am still having a productive cough). However, the RX is "keep your body happy with caloric intake (and a lot of rest--even months later )--to which I would add: keep up the minerals and vitamin supplementation to give your body what it needs" .
I'll be doing another hair mineral analysis to see where my body stands on this. Minerals reside in the cells, and the bones; if your body needs a mineral and can't find it in the cells; it goes to the bones. At 63, I can't afford for this to happen.
Udate: 7/15/17: When I started taking topical magnesium, I didn't know how overall depleted I was in so many things, not just magnesium. In some ways, my body felt like I had a "tank" of energy (that leaked all the time) and I had to "top it off" with magnesium several times a day to stem the exhaustion. That was more true than I even knew.
I wanted to get to the bottom of "why" I was exhausted all the time. So, (I am writing this to those who might be in this situation), I am still using topical magnesium, and it is still helping, but I want to add some information: I have a friend (71) who has had 15 year of multiple chemical sensitivies (she really suffers), and topical magnesium improved this about 80% (she is much happier). Next, based on my own experience (Dr. Dean says as much in her book) I became my own advocate and got a hair mineral analysis (from a very respected lab), and I learned I had "adrenal and thryoid" issues. (result: continuous Exhaustion that cannot be helped by more sleep, but you DO need more sleep and naps). Here, magnesium supplementation is clearly a large part of the answer, BUT...please know the other minerals matter too, and now, after three months of careful and steady mineral (and vitamin, and other) supplementation (like sea salt to knock down the cortisol), I am feeling much much more "complete". I am also using 12.5mg of Iodine (Tri-Iodine). (research "balancing adrenals and thyroid by Carolyn Dean). I don't feel so guilty having to take naps because of what she has said. I know naps are helping me. Finally, for exhaustion: (more reading, more experimentation): Ribose (used specifically for ATP energy by the body, and polyphenols are helping greatly ("Vital Reds", by Gundry).
Now, you are going to ask, "what did my doctor say?" I didn't go, and I didn't ask, because I knew the "blood panel" would come back "normal". When I get "sick" it never shows up on a test (except for pancreatitis, which blew the ER away with the numbers). (I knew I wasn't normal). Given that, I knew the "next thing" would be some "drug" (like Synthroid) that would just mask the symptoms, (if you are a women, it HAS to be your Thyroid (they don't look any farther), and so I became determined to find out on my own, and "fix it" or at least understand it enough to argue with a physician about it. (Carolyn Dean says arguing with a physician is a waste of time). I know there are awesome physicians out there; I've met some, but I'm sorry to say, I have little faith in conventional medicine for **chronic** issues. Acute issues: broken bones, high end cancer, etc, they're great. Chronic stuff--not so much. I think there is too much money to be made in illnesses, and I am determined to make sure I stay well. Dietary and Mineral supplementation is a key.
Next, to stop the nonsense with not being able to lose weight (insulin and leptin resistance), I'm starting IF (intermittant fasting--see Dr. Mike Vanderschelden's book--I think he's spot on). I am slowly losing fat around my middle. Finally (and I think this is putting the "lid" on the whole health issue for me: homeopathic HGH (I am using ProBlen HGH Plus). Not cheap, but I feel MUCH more "solid" and a lot less "frail" just after 1 week of this stuff. (there was a thyroid testimonial that caught my attention, and I am so glad I'm trying it).
Also, I just finished the book, "Fatigued to Fantastic" (Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, by Teitelbaum)--that's why I am taking Ribose (Jarrow formula). These are all helping me. This book really covers the gamut of things that may help the sufferer. Teitelbaum also quotes Carolyn Dean about physicians not listening to you. (she wrote a book about it). That's one reason why I trust what she says.
Carolyn Dean has a great set of mineral supplements, they are expensive, and I've never heard anything but good about them. I got an message asking me if I knew about them. I considered them, but... I (personally), just wanted a more "hands on" approach (I decided what to supplement, and when, so I would know what worked, and what didn't).
There is so much more to this subject that I can say--and this book covers the waterfront, but my research indicates that much more could be said. Nobody I have found has said this the same way she has. Also search on "Balancing Adrenals and Thyroid" by Carolyn Dean, Here she lays out specifically things to do for this. It has helped me a lot--and I'm still using her approach. She says "start with SODIUM" (yep, that's right).
So, I want to tell everyone, don't give up. Start with magnesium (the pill form might not work, try the topical oil or GEL form). But also, get ALL your minerals in line, because this really matters.
Again, I want to say, I have no affiliation with the author, or the publisher, and I was not offered any kind of incentive to write this review.
After reading through the comments and also responding to what people have said back to me (my own family): I wanted to add this:
You can get easily enough daily magnesium in less than 30 seconds: Apply magnesium Chloride TOPICALLY to your skin. It might sting, but you can dilute it with lotion or water. Not trying to sell a product, but trying to give people an idea of "what works!", I am right now using Trace Mineral Research Ionic Magnesium (GNC, and Amazon), and putting some in a glass spray bottle with essential oils. Magnesium oil makes an EXCELLENT deodorant (most mineral salts do), and you spray it and rub it in. Next I use the dropper and put 1 dropper on my body (with lotion) and rub it in. DONE! I can use more if I want.
But this review is not really about me--if you will read this, apply the concepts, and use the products (yes, I know she is pushing her own product--yes, that gets on your nerves), you can save a life.
One of the stories in the book was about sports players who were given calcium (they should have had magnesium, adminstered long before) on a hot day, and there was at least one death. Reading this, the scene came to life for me (I was, an am, still horrified). I've seen young people die in extreme situations because a "knowledgable adult" told them what to do.
Then the story about the "model" patient who lived a medially ideal life, and ate "correctly", yet still had a heart attack. Magnesium changed the picture for her.
Then the concept of the Monday 9 am heart attack, because of a lack of magnesium. Why women crave chocolate during their periods (cocoa has magnesium).
Finally the realization that so much of what I am experiencing (I am a healthy, non smoking, 62 year old adult, taking no prescriptions), was exactly what was being described in the book.
No more. I am changing this equation, starting today. Because of the additional magnesium, my energy has gone way up, and my sleep is much better, and I don't need naps (that has gone back and forth, but I am not having to have naps all the time anymore, and my "want to" is back).