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Magnesium and Heart Disease

Magnesium deficiency is very common in people with heart disease. In hospitals where doctors understand the important of magnesium, it is administered for acute myocardial infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle, the heart requires magnesium. Magnesium is also used to treat angina, or chest pain.

The epidemic of heart disease in women may have its origins in the excessive intake of medically prescribed calcium. In fact, several studies in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently proved that very thing. Women who take calcium supplements have a higher risk of heart disease as calcium deposits in their arteries. When heart muscle cells have too much calcium on the inside, they can go into a life-threatening spasm that we call “heart attack”. When they have enough magnesium, the heart muscle cells relax. The prescription medication to prevent calcium build-up is called a “calcium channel blocker”. Nature’s calcium channel blocker is magnesium; it’s the guardian angel of the heart. The most commonly used drugs in high blood pressure are diuretics. The irony of using diuretics is that they deplete the body of magnesium.

In June 2008, Tim Russert, a well-known and respected journalist died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack. Millions of people around the world are in the same position as Russert—with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and on several medications to avoid having a heart attack. Yet the treatments for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar all deplete magnesium and cause worsening of these three very common conditions.

Magnesium acts by the same mechanisms as statin drugs to lower cholesterol.  Every metabolic activity in the body depends on enzymes. Making cholesterol, for example, requires a specific enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase. Magnesium slows down this enzymatic reaction when it is present in sufficient quantities. HMG-CoA reductase is the same enzyme that statin drugs target and inhibit. The mechanisms are nearly the same; however, magnesium is the natural way that the body has evolved to control cholesterol when it reaches a certain level, whereas statin drugs are used to destroy the whole process.

This means that if sufficient magnesium is present in the body, cholesterol will be limited to its necessary functions—the production of hormones and the maintenance of cell membranes—and will not be produced in excess Magnesium is also responsible for several other lipid-altering functions that are not even shared by statin drugs. Magnesium is necessary for the activity of an enzyme that lowers LDL, the “bad” cholesterol; it also lowers triglycerides and raises the “good” cholesterol, HDL. Another magnesium-dependent enzyme converts omega-3 and omega- 6 essential fatty acids into prostaglandins, which are required for heart and overall health.

At least 18 human studies have verified that magnesium supplements can have an extremely beneficial effect on lipids. In these studies, total cholesterol levels were reduced by 6 to 23 percent; LDL (bad) cholesterol were lowered by 10 to 18 percent; triglycerides fell by 10 to 42 percent; and HDL (good) cholesterol rose by 4 to 11 percent. Furthermore, the studies showed that low magnesium levels are associated with higher levels of “bad” cholesterol and high magnesium levels indicate an increase in “good” cholesterol.

In addition to the ‘traditional’ form of heart disease, heart rhythm issues plague many Americans as well.  Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly diagnosed heart arrhythmia, reaching epidemic proportions. In the US, A-Fib hospitalizations increased by 23% between 2000 and 2010.  In 2010 there were about 5.2 million people with A-Fib; that number is expected to escalate to 12.1 million cases in 2030.

Doctors believe that most cases of A-Fib are secondary to heart disease so the standard treatment is to medicate those symptoms to try and alter the course of A-Fib.

At one time doctors described 2 types of A-Fib – Adrenal Simulation [Adrenergic] and Vagus Nerve Relaxation [Vagally Mediated]. But, doctors no longer discuss these causes of A-Fib because there are no specific drugs indicated for these conditions.  This leaves patients even more anxious because nobody can tell them what’s actually going on with their heart when they have adrenergic and vagally-mediated A-Fib symptoms.

Fortunately for us, there is one very powerful doctor who has a pretty good idea of what’s going on and how to help millions of American’s suffering with symptoms of heart disease!  Dr. Carolyn Dean has been helping educate the public about the role of magnesium in proper heart function and is willing to spend time with you to tell you all about it as well! Tonight on LIVE with Dr. Carolyn Dean we’ll talking about how about how Magnesium and Heart Disease along with a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with our callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!

Listen to the archive:

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Hour Two – right click to download

2016-06-06–1700—Live-With-Dr-Carolyn-Dean

 

 

6 replies »

  1. I have read Dr. Deans book on magnesium,Even ordered Remag. I read consumer lab report and remag was found to be only half as much of listed magnesium on label . Remag was not on the approved list tested. The lab even ask to have product retested at a mutual approved lab and remag declined. This sounds concerning. any explanation would be helpful.

    • Hi, James!

      Yes, we are concerned too! There is quite a dis-service being done by Consumer Labs but it seems that’s their game 🙂

      Actually, the report was posted last June. We have addressed the concerns among ourselves and our customers, with our manufacturer and with the clinics and pharmacies that use ReMag – but we will NOT pay Consumer Labs the thousands of dollars they want to ‘test’ the product for us again.

      Every batch of ReMag is already tested 3 times by 3rd party, independent labs and our FDA consultant who advises our manufacturer is quite satisfied with our rigorous 20-point quality control process.

      It’s really hokey – what they are doing.

      As you probably know, Consumer Labs has been thoroughly investigated as well and some reports state that supplement suppliers pay to have their products listed…So there’s that….you can check out that information here:

      http://www.anh-usa.org/what-you-need-to-know-about-consumerlab-com/

      and here:

      http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/348-evaluating-the-evaluators-from-consumer-lab.html

      Several have questioned the link between Dr. William Obermeyer and his work with the FDA and that this company is not particularly trustworthy.

      And, just in the interest of this isn’t just a Consumer Lab problem – look what happened last year in Canada:

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/marketplace-vitamins-protein-powders-lab-testing-1.3412760

      Since our product is being used by doctors, practitioners, hospitals, and clinics all around the world as well as thousands of individuals just like yourself – with amazing results – we went back through EVERY BATCH that has already been tested THREE TIMES by our manufacturer and other 3rd party labs.

      Here are some of the exchanges we have in the last few months:

      ***On Monday, June 8th – right after the report was issued – our manufacturer made this statement:

      We have run into Consumer Lab before, and although this is a serious accusation, I find it very interesting that the FDA themselves have never reacted to any of the tests and claims made by Consumer labs. One would imagine that if the FDA would be moved to investigate companies that have such inconsistencies in their label claims if Consumer Labs had any credibility with them. 

      Nevertheless, I have contacted Consumer Labs and I have reached out to my chemists. I will keep you apprised of any pertinent developments.

      In the meantime, you can advise your customers that when our lab developed this formula for you it was validated by an independent third party formulating chemist. This recipe is then securely stored as a Master Formula from which batches are built. The batch building follows a double check system. Multiple sets of eyes are used to make sure the recipe is followed. In house testing is done. Once it passes all tests, only then will it be bottled. The in house testing is further validated as per FDA law. This means that we use a third party, licensed FDA lab to “prove” our testing is accurate.

      I am confident that what we put on the label is actually in the product.

      Hope this helps.

      ***Since that time we received this report on July 8, 2015

      Hi Carolyn

      I hope this email find you well. I have just received the next batch of labs test form our third party testing facility. We tested all the batches of ReMag we have manufactured in the last 24 months. All tests came back within range, except one. It came in at 57 400 ppm. This indicates some fall out for sure but nothing like Consumer Lab reported. This batch was from the first quarter of 2014, so it is about a year old. I am digging into it further and will keep you informed. 

      We are going to tweak the chloride/mag ion ratio on future batches. This will further enhance the stability of the ions in solution. I will keep testing batches making sure nothing changes with time on the shelf.

      Attached is the test for your review.

      Over all I am pleased with the testing results so far, there are no major red flags. The 2600 ppm short fall on the 57400 ppm batch equates to 6.5 mg of magnesium, so 143.5 mg mag versus the 150 mg on the label. Again, I surmise time as being the factor in precipitation.

      James I hope this information is helpful to you and satisfied your inquiry. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      GINNEY

      • Thanks Ginney for your prompt reply. Good arguments on both sides. I will choose yours. I am 62 years old. I workout 5 times a week. Had a heart attack 3 years ago at the gym. I refused statins I am trying remag because Dr. dean said magnesium helps lower cholesterol. I will have my labs done mid August. I am taking 1 teaspoon a day of Remag. Taste horrible any help with that? If you wish to hear my lab results I will send a text. I hope I can be a testimonial for you. Thanks,I will visit links about consumer labs.

  2. Hi, James – oh, the taste !ReMag is a concentration of 60,000ppm of magnesium mineral in a liquid solution. It is very strong – but that is the beauty of ReMag – the concentration is like no other and works like no other in the body. It can taste strong initially but that passes in a day or so as your mouth develops a ‘palette’ for the minerals. Typically, folks that use 1/2-1 tsp of ReMag in 16 oz of water – and double that twice a day – do not object to the taste. In addition to the sea salt you can add lemon, honey, or essential oils to your water to make it wonderfully delicious. As a matter of fact, I have a customer that has turned her ReMag/ReMyte water into a veritable cornucopia of flavors using lemon, bergamot, ginger, peppermint and grapefruit to her delight! Very fun! ALSO you can use ReMag in juice or a smoothie – hopefully you’ll find a great way to enjoy it. ALSO keep in mind 1 tsp is just 300 mgs – a little below the RDA for me – if you are looking to build your storage sites you may want to bump that up a bit. ALSO look under the BOOKS section here on the blog and get a free copy of Dr. Dean’s book ReMineralize Your Heart – goes over the whole process of getting saturated! Thanks, James. Keep us posted on how you’re doing, okay?

    • Ginney, Thanks again for your prompt reply, I wish people who work for me were on top of things like you. I will try more water with lemon and up my dosage. Have a great day, I will keep you posted.

  3. I sent an order in and duly paid for it unfortunately I forgot to put the full email so I have not had the order confirmed my name is Kevin kinsella at 160 Styal road heald green Cheshire England my email is kevkinsellasnr@outlook.com I forgot to put snr in the previous email. Just in case someone can help if not I will keep fingers crossed that the emag and emyte just turn up

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