Dr. Carolyn Dean on
 Healthy Aging for Women

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September is Healthy Aging Month! So, I scanned through many of the articles I wrote on aging. Since there are so many to choose from, I thought it would be helpful if I summarize for you the information I’ve shared over the years about Healthy Aging for Women. In this post, I will be going from general information and suggestions about Healthy Aging to specifics about Healthy Menopause for Women.

General Discussion about
Magnesium and Aging

This excerpt is taken from a post I wrote in 2017 entitled, “Magnesium: The Anti-Aging Miracle.”

In 1993, Dr. Jean Durlach, a preeminent magnesium expert in France, summed up the existing research on magnesium and aging. I marvel at his words every time I read them. What follows is one of his seven points, excerpted from my Magnesium Miracle book.


“Magnesium deficiency symptoms in the elderly include 
central nervous system symptoms that seem largely “neurotic”: anxiety, excessive emotionality, fatigue, head­aches, insomnia, light-headedness, dizziness, nervous fits, sensation of a lump in the throat, and impaired breath­ing.


Peripheral nervous system signs are common: pins and needles of the extremities, cramps, muscle pains.


Functional disorders include chest pain, shortness of breath, chest pressure, palpitations, extra systoles (occa­sional heart thumps from an isolated extra beat), abnor­mal heart rhythm, and Raynaud’s syndrome.


Autonomic nervous system disturbances involve both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, causing hypotension on rising quickly or borderline hypertension. In elderly patients, excessive emotionality, tremor, weakness, sleep disorders, amnesia, and cogni­tive disturbances are particularly important aspects of magnesium deficiency.”


Just think how all these so-called aging symptoms are treated with truckloads of prescription medications! However, it’s even more disturbing when you realize how medicine perceives aging. I’m saying you can successfully eliminate these signs of aging with magnesium at the same time that a new study finds that “Cognitive Decline in Women Starts Midlife.” As reported on Medscape, allopathetic researchers have decided that “For women, mental sharpness, particularly processing speed, begins to decline as early as age 50.”


They absolve doctors of all responsibility for helping a person improve their cognition by saying “Don’t be surprised when your 50-year-old female patients come in saying that they’re forgetting where they left their keys. This is cognitive aging, and it’s very common, very usual, and it’s just like aging of other organ systems.” How many times have you heard your doctor toss off your symptoms with the refrain “You’re not getting any younger you know!”


NOTE: Just as you should not believe that your brain and cognition are on a death spiral after age 50, neither are any of your other organs!

Magnesium, Learning, and Memory

In the same article, I quote a 2004 study that connects learning and memory with sufficient magnesium:

In my Magnesium Miracle book, I report on a 2004 study that elevated magnesium to the position of memory enhancer. “Particular brain receptors important for learning and memory depend on magnesium for their regulation. The re­searchers describe magnesium as an absolutely necessary component of the cerebrospinal fluid in order to keep these learning and memory receptors active.”


“Magnesium is instrumental in opening brain receptors to important information while at the same time allowing them to ignore background noise. Researchers were quite struck by their findings and concluded, ‘As pre­dicted by our theory, increasing the concentration of magne­sium and reducing the background level of noise led to the largest increases of plasticity ever reported in scientific litera­ture.’ Even more exciting, a 2011 study on fear conditioning found that magnesium reduces the physical reaction to fear.”

Magnesium and Calcification

Many “aging challenges” are driven by calcification. Since magnesium and calcium act antagonistically in the body, if you have too much calcium, then you have too little magnesium. Here I share what Dr. Pierre Delbet and Dr. Guy Abraham say about magnesium and calcification:

One major mechanism by which magnesium deficiency causes symptoms of aging is through calcification. I quote French magnesium researcher Dr. Pierre Delbet. “Delbet, who practiced in the early 1900s, was convinced that the aging body’s tissues have three times more calcium than magnesium. He knew that calcium precipitates out into tissues that are deficient in magnesium. He observed the toxicity of excess calcium in the testicles, brain, and other tissues and concluded almost a century ago that magnesium deficiency plays a role in senil­ity.”


I quote Dr. Guy Abraham, who said “…that in order to protect the fluid inside the cell from becoming saturated with calcium, there is a magnesium-dependent mechanism that shunts calcium in and out of the mitochondria. But if calcium goes in and doesn’t come out, because there isn’t enough magnesium to maintain that shunt, mitochondrial calcification occurs and eventually results in cell death. This research makes me wonder if calcium excess and magnesium deficiency could be the underlying reason for the recent upsurge in mitochon­drial dysfunction.

Of course, ReMag is the anti-aging magnesium that I’m talking about; it’s the best treatment for magnesium deficiency and calcification because can be taken in therapeutic levels without the laxative effect. We are also finding that ReCalcia, our new calcium formula, is so effective in supplying the body with calcium that it seems to displace calcium from areas of calcification into the blood where sufficient magnesium is present to dissolve it. For symptoms of chronic calcification the complete Total Body ReSet program is advised: ReMag, ReMyte, ReAline, RnA ReSet Drops, and ReStructure protein powder.

My Magnesium and Aging Story

I originally shared this story in my post, Anti-Aging Advice for Women:

A few days ago, I treated my hibiscus with an insecticide. I chose a pyrethroid compound because I thought it was safe for humans. I had to attach a hose to the bottle and didn’t realize there would be such a powerful jet and I got sprayed. I immediately looked up the formulas of the three chemicals on wiki and found a neurotoxin, a fungicide and a pyrethroid containing 3 fluoride molecules.


I took a couple of teaspoons of ReMag (magnesium) on my way to the shower. By the time I got upstairs, my skin was burning and tingling. I used a lot of soap to scrub off the spray and then put ReMag liquid on my arms and legs. (Yes, I should have been wearing protective clothing and gloves!)


Magnesium and a shower were enough to stop all the symptoms but it made me realize how many things can affect our health and contribute to aging! Stress and worry, a poor diet, fluoride in the drinking water, chemicals that we use in and around our homes. The list is long. But we do can combat these stressors. Magnesium is an anti-inflammatory and detoxifier so it antidoted the neurotoxin and the fluoride. In fact, magnesium’s properties make it the most important anti-aging mineral you can take.

Excerpts from Managing Menopause

Some women who’ve read my book, Hormone Balance were put off because it wasn’t all about bio-identical hormone replacement. So many of us fall into the allopathic medicine trap that hormone replacement is all we need for menopause. Now, I’m not against bio-identical hormones but I make sure women understand that there is more to menopause than just taking a pill.

Menopause as a Monthly Detox

In September, 2011 I was a guest on a recent radio show called Magnificent Menopause and Beyond. We did a great hour called “Magnificent Magnesium.”

During the show I mentioned that menopause heralds a time when the body is no longer having it’s monthly “detox.” Therefore, it’s beneficial to add your own detox.

Menopause Detox Baths

In my post, Detoxing A-Z for Beginners with RnA ReSet, I give the latest information on taking a detox bath. You can adapt this tool for your “monthly menopause detox.” Consider using this and the following recipes for your detox baths:

Epsom Salts/Bentonite Clay Bath

For those new to the magic of Magnesium, Epsom Salts are MgSO4 and actually date back to Roman times. It would appear that our ancestors from 300+ years ago were afflicted by many of the same conditions that plague our society today. One major difference: they chose to use a vital, natural & restorative mineral (Maggie) to bring their bodies back into metabolic balance. So how “advanced” are we really?”

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, and that’s important because bathing in it gives you a healthy supply of sulfur along with the magnesium. Sulfur is another important mineral that we may be lacking. To investigate this mineral, you can view a PowerPoint by Dr. Stephanie Sennoff on taurine, an important sulfur-based amino acid.

According to Dr. Norm Shealy, bathing in magnesium salts is also an important way to stimulate the DHEA receptors lying under your skin.

Here are recipes for two detox support baths I highly recommend:

Recipe 1

Ingredients:

1-2 cups Epsom Salts

1/2 cup Pure Facial Grade Sodium Bentonite Clay (Ask for the COA for any product you are thinking of using. This insures purity.)

Instructions:

Mix the above in some warm water in a blender and add to a “warm enough to make you sweat” bath. Soak for 30-45 minutes and shower off. If you can’t do a sit bath, you can do a foot bath by halving the amounts listed above.

Recipe 2

Ingredients:

1 cup Epsom Salts

1 cup Baking Soda

1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions:

Mix the above in some warm water in a blender and add to a “warm enough to make you sweat” bath. Soak for 30-45 minutes and shower off. If you can’t do a sit bath, you can do a foot bath by halving the amounts listed above.

Safe Supplements during Menopause

Many women have asked me to help them, “Make My Menopause Stop!” Here is my response to them together with safe supplement suggestions, taken from my Future Health Now Encyclopedia:

When I first began to experience menopause, my hot flashes were heralded by a feeling of impending doom! And no matter how many times it happened, each time was like the first – my mind wasn’t able to say, oh, a hot flash is coming. I just thought the world was coming to an end. Then, the hot flash came, which in itself was horrible, but I welcomed it because the feeling of doom ended.


Yes, you might say I know a thing or two about menopause!


There is no one supplement for menopause. For decades medicine tried to say that synthetic estrogen was the answer then it added synthetic progesterone. But that prescription fell apart when the first proper study ever done on the combination proved it was unsafe.


I do work with clients in my telephone consulting practice using bio-identical hormone and hormone-precursor creams through a saliva testing lab in California. However, they are not always necessary. There are many remedies you can get in your health food store that can bring relief.


Here’s the excerpt from my 
Future Health Now Encyclopedia.


Natural Hormone Support for Menopause


Many women are under considerable pressure juggling a career, a family and sick or dying parents. Women do most of the work of child rearing and parent‐care compared to their spouses. The chronic lack of sleep that many women suffer also drains the adrenal glands. By the time of menopause, our adrenal glands may be unable to supply the necessary hormones required to make up for the decline of the ovaries.


First, try to get enough rest and sleep and eat a good diet and detoxify. I use LL’s Magnetic Clay. Start with “Natural Clay.” Simply blend up 1/2 to 1 cup of clay in your blender with lots of water and pour that into your hot water foot bath or tub. Soak for 30 min and wash or shower off.


Supplement support for the adrenal glands includes:
1. Desiccated adrenal (from an organic source) taken midmorning and midafternoon.
2. B complex (food‐based, organic) for the nervous system taken twice daily.
3. Vitamin C complex (food‐based, organic) to support adrenal repair.
4. Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols) to aid circulation and support the liver.
5. A balanced formula for joints and bones includes calcium and magnesium in equal proportions and in angstrom size to prevent osteoporosis.


Herbs:
1. Ginseng: The best form of ginseng for menopause is Red Korean. It enhances estrogen as well as testosterone production. Dosage is 250 to 500mg. Take for 2 weeks and stop for 2 weeks for 3 months.
2. Black cohosh: This herb can treat mild symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, migraines, mood imbalance, heart palpitations and vaginal dryness. The dosage of black cohosh in tincture form is 10 drops in water, two to three doses daily.
3. Vitex: Enhances progesterone production. Dosage: as directed on the label.


Homeopathy:
Homeopathic remedies such as Sepia and Pulsatilla are very useful for menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes. If you have my 
Future Health Now Encyclopediayou can look up these two remedies and see which one suits you. You can also consult the encyclopedia to find out more about menopause.

Menopause and Bone Health

I have written quite a bit about magnesium and bone health. Specifically, for women experiencing menopause, if you want to build strong, healthy bones, follow the simple guidance I give in my post, Managing Menopause:

What about bone health with symptoms of loss of height, poor posture and back pain in menopause? Basically, bones require the resistance of weight and gravity and a good dose of magnesium to stay strong and healthy. What to do?


1.    Walking will give your leg, hip and back bones a workout. Walking and carrying a couple of 3-5 pound weights will put the required stress on bones to keep them actively growing and remodeling.


2.    Taking oral magnesium (ReMag) and magnesium baths are far better bone formers than calcium.

Menopause and Incontinence

In my Managing Menopause post, I also share:

I’ve recently learned that symptoms of bladder incontinence can be treated by going on a gluten free diet. That can be a huge breakthrough for people with this very difficult symptom!

You can read and implement one of the nutritional plans in my eBooks, ReSet the Yeast Connection, and ReSet Your Ideal Weight. Both of these menu plans are gluten-free.

Menopause Media

I suggest you listen to the following two part interview, Magnesium Deficiency & Menopause, interview on Magnificent MenopausePart OnePart Two.

Additionally, I write extensively about the relationship between magnesium and healthy menopause in Part Two, Chapter 9, of my book, The Magnesium Miracle (2017).

 Summary

As you can see, I have talked and written about Healthy Aging for Women many times in the past. Please follow the links in this post so that you have a good working knowledge of what it takes to be healthy, when you are a woman over 50 years of age. Then, if you have any specific questions about using ReMag or the Total Body ReSet to support more wellness for you, you can write my staff at support@rnareset.com.  

Aloha,

Dr. Carolyn Dean

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