Masters of Health Magazine November 2022 - Page 77

Magnesium Extraordinaire

Part 2

MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCIES

 

According to numerous studies and the NIH, over 68-80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.  Learning about magnesium extraordinaire provides a better understanding of how a magnesium (Mg) deficiency contributes to the current health crisis.

 

Mg is absorbed into the bloodstream through the small intestine.  However, Mg absorption can be blocked or hindered by many factors, including hormonal imbalance, thyroid disease, alcohol, highly processed food (junk food), medications, fluoride, high doses of calcium, and several other Mg destroyers.  Without sufficient Mg in balance, calcium cannot adequately be absorbed or utilized.

 

One of the leading researchers on Mg deficiency, the late Dr. Mildred Seelig, found that many of the side effects of drugs are symptoms of Mg deficiency.  The drugs either increased the demand for Mg or depleted Mg in the body.  Her brilliant research provides a wealth of information on the importance of Mg extraordinaire. 

The Physicians Desk Reference lists these common drugs that can create a Mg deficiency:

 

•    Common diuretics and cardiac drugs

•    Birth control pills

•    Insulin

•    Digitalis

•    Tetracycline and other antibiotics

•    Cortisone

 

In addition, many other drugs (e.g., tubocurarine, barbiturates, hypnotics, and narcotics) can negatively interact with Mg.

by Lady Carla Davis, MPH

Specializing in Nutrition