My heart is pounding; I’m sweating and shaking; I can’t breathe and feel like I’m choking; I have chest pains and nausea; I feel dizzy like I’m going to faint; I’m freezing; my fingers and toes are tingling; and nothing looks real to me. Am I dying or going crazy?
Absent a different medical diagnosis by your doctor, you could very well be having an anxiety attack, which is an abrupt chemical imbalance in the body that produces intense fear or discomfort. While a panic or anxiety attack can reach its peak within a few minutes, its combination of threatening symptoms and chemical after-burn can leave a person reeling for hours or even days.
There is a plethora of information out there on the psychological and psychiatric issues that contribute to anxiety. So, what I would rather discuss is the occurrence of anxiety as an effect of magnesium deficiency and/or an exacerbation of stress-induced anxiety, because you don’t have enough magnesium to keep your body relaxed in the face of overwhelming stress.
As I mentioned in previous posts, for beginners I answer your question(s) simply. So, for anxiety/anxiety attacks, my straightforward advice is to begin to saturate your body with a highly absorbed magnesium which doesn’t create the laxative effect, if you have a healthy gut. For most people, you ultimately will take between 600 and 1200 mg. of highly absorbed magnesium a day. I personally use my ReMag, as I designed it for high absorption and concentration with no laxative effect. This is why I make this suggestion:
When the adrenals are no longer protected by sufficient magnesium, the fight-or-flight hormones, adrenaline and noradrenaline, become more easily triggered. When they surge erratically, they cause a rapid pulse, high blood pressure, and heart palpitations. The more magnesium-deficient you are, the more exaggerated is the adrenaline release.
This information is excerpted from my book, The Magnesium Miracle.
When you first start using ReMag, start with a low dose and build up slowly. Click here for my suggestions on how to use this product. You can also slather ReMag Lotion on your skin over contracted/twitching/shaking muscles, as part of your magnesium intake. Three pumps of ReMag Lotion are 300 mg. of almost 100% absorbable magnesium.
NOTE: You can supplement with magnesium as a compliment to any treatment or medications your doctor suggests. ReMag, in particular, was designed to be complimentary to medical care.
If you would like a more in depth understanding, continue to read on.
I Don’t Understand How I Got Here
So many writers say that “all of a sudden I started having one panic attack after the other.” But, is that really true? Let’s consider that your anxiety has been building up for a long time. In fact, I talk about this in Chapter 3 of The Magnesium Miracle where I say:
How do we graduate from being a calm person in control of our nervous system to an anxious, fearful individual? I think it’s due to a gradual, but chronic, decrease in magnesium reserves. When the body is stressed –and it can be for a dozen different reasons — our magnesium reserves dump this crucial mineral into our blood stream, and we immediately become one of those people blessed with the ability to cope. We feel both calm and alert. Our friends and relatives think it’s just who we are, but it’s really how much magnesium we have in reserve.
If the stress continues and we don’t rest or replace our magnesium between episodes, our magnesium stores become depleted. Then, when you are faced with a stressor, the stress hormones (adrenalin and cortisol) are unable to elicit a magnesium response with its calming effect. In its place, adrenalin revs up your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure, and tenses your muscles in a fight or flight reaction.
Millions of people try unsuccessfully to cope with their problems or medicate themselves with overeating, cigarettes, alcohol, street drugs, and other addictive behaviors to suppress their pain. We are a nation suffering from a 32 percent incidence of anxiety, depression, and drug problems. Instead of treating stress reactions properly with magnesium, each year, millions of people are introduced to the merry-go-round of psychiatric drugs and psychological counseling for symptoms that may, in fact, be rooted in magnesium deficiency. They’re stressed out, not sleeping, tense, and irritable, and they don’t know that simply taking a good magnesium supplement could pull them out of that downward spiral.
Do these words bring more clarity?
But, Are There Specific Triggers for Anxiety?
Although your body’s ability to deal with the stress of a rapidly changing world decreases gradually, anxiety attacks feel as if they come on suddenly, for no reason. So, I feel knowing typical triggers for anxiety attacks is a good idea. Here are some of them:
- Air Pollution
- Too Much Calcium
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Dental Problems
- Electrolyte Imbalance
- Gas, Bloating, Hiatal Hernia
- Gluten Sensitivity
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Overeating and Over-Drinking during the Holidays
- Lung Disease
- Potassium Deficiency
- Exposure to Stimulants
- Surgical Procedures
- High Sugar Diets
- Overactive Thyroid
- Yeast Overgrowth
In order for you to identify your triggers, I highly recommend that once you recover from a panic attack, you look at this list and write about your experience in your health journal. Once you identify a pattern, you can research and work to eliminate or minimize the trigger(s).
You Aren’t Alone
Many writers report that the worst part of experiencing anxiety is that they feel alone. So, I am going to share a couple of case studies from my eBook, Magnesium Deficient Anxiety.
Case 1 – Roman. If you have been listening to my internet radio show for a bit, you’ll know that Roman was one of my first callers and he updates us periodically. Here is his story:
“Dr. Carolyn Dean saved my life!!! I’ve had anxiety, panic attacks, and heart arrhythmias since I was 18 years old. I also suffered with depersonalization and vertigo as my body tried to cope with my anxiety. I have been on many, many meds for my heart and my panic disorder. I guess they helped somewhat but the problems never resolved.
At 50 years of age, I ended up in hospital with a heart rate of 200 bpm, AFib and SVT (supraventricular tachycardia). I was released after 3 days in the hospital with prescriptions for beta blockers and anti-anxiety meds. The meds helped a bit but did not stop the panic and racing heart, which made it impossible to work in my business, unloading my truck full of sound gear for shows!
I was totally disabled from not working and racked up huge amounts of debt going to the ER to treat terrifying high heart rates, PVC’s, and SVT! I finally found The Magnesium Miracle book online!! I read it and followed Dr. Dean’s program and started getting some relief right away, which kept me going!
It has been a year now following her program. I take my ReMag and ReMyte in a liter of water sipping it through the whole day with ¼ teaspoon of Celtic sea salt mixed in. I also drink 2 liters of regular water with ¼ teaspoon of Celtic sea salt to keep hydrated for my weight.
This protocol has made a world of difference. I can work again! I can unload and load my truck again with no SVTs and very little AFib! I went from walking across the house bringing on an AFib attack to only a rare occurrence! The SVT is totally gone and I have not reached a year on the program yet
Dr. Dean said it could take a year or more to get well. Boy was she right! It takes a while to overcome magnesium deficiency but when you start getting your cellular magnesium levels back up the improvements are unbelievable! The customer service is wonderful they answered all my questions and were very helpful and nursed me through the tough times.
Plus, I get to talk to and ask Dr. Dean questions on the radio show. She is always attentive and very helpful in answering all my questions! I highly recommend Dr. Dean’s products to anyone suffering with physical issues. I take all her products, ReMag, ReMyte, ReAline, and the RnA ReSet Drops.
I thank God every day that I read Dr. Dean’s book and talked with her on her show. She gave me my life back!!! It does not happen overnight but improvement comes in steps as your body gets its levels of minerals built back up! 5 stars are not enough stars to rate Dr. Dean. She is my lifesaver. I’m forever grateful to her!”
Roman phoned in an update a couple of weeks ago. His health is increasing every day, and he is now a proud father!
Case 2 – Annie. Annie’s story involves anxiety and thyroid imbalances. She was taking thyroid medication when she wrote this question (I am also sharing my response.):
Annie: “I have been using ReMag for about 2 weeks. My best friend’s mother recommended it to me. She loves your products and is even in your brochure with a testimonial! I have been having anxiety attacks and already feel so much better. I am up to 1 tsp. twice a day. I also purchased the ReMyte but haven’t started it yet. I’m on Synthroid 50 and read that ReMyte could make me feel hyper if used with thyroid medication? I figured that would not help my anxiety. However, I really want to get off Synthroid, as my TSH was only 0.1 above the average range and I didn’t have any symptoms that I was aware of. I am 36 and do not like the thought of long term side effects. I also wonder if the medication is somehow connected to the anxiety. I am going to talk to my Endocrinologist about getting off to see if your two products can help me manage my thyroid levels. I read that ReMyte has the 9 minerals that wake up the Thyroid. I am willing to try it and have blood work to monitor. Should I try the ReMyte while I am on my Synthroid or wait to see if I get off? Thank you so much!!!!”
Me: This is a great question because thyroid medication can trigger anxiety. I told Annie that I never tell people to stop their meds in order to take the ReMag and ReMyte. I said, “I would personally take 2-3 tsp of ReMag and as the anxiety diminishes, then add the ReMyte very slowly, and also take the sea salt in drinking water according to our guidelines. I would also take ReAline for its methylated B vitamins, which support the adrenal glands and nervous system. The B’s and amino acids in ReAline also help detoxify the toxic chemicals produced by stress. These chemicals can also cause anxiety!
Finally, RnA ReSet Drops can help give you a sense of detachment and control over your situation so you don’t have to let things worry you.
As I say in my book, Multiple Minerals – Invisible Minerals Part II:
After about five or six weeks of taking ReMyte, I began to feel a bit ‘sped up’ and my pulse was slightly elevated. I was aware that those symptoms can be due to too much thyroid hormone. Since I was on Armour thyroid I decided to stop taking it. Within a couple of days my thyroid hormones settled down and I felt great and continue to feel great months later.
Nine of the 12 minerals in ReMyte directly support the thyroid: iodine, selenium, zinc, molybdenum, boron, copper, chromium, manganese and magnesium. When you take ReMyte it can “wake up” your thyroid and improve your metabolism. But be aware that if you are on thyroid medication, you may find yourself a bit hyperactive because you no longer need as much thyroid medication as you have been taking. Besides being a bit “speedy” you may find your pulse has increased by 5-10 points. Be sure and check with your doctor about reducing your medication.
In Annie’s case, she can watch her pulse and her energy levels. Also, as she suggested, she can get her blood tested to see if her TSH levels indicate that she is no longer hypothyroid. At that point, her doctor would probably advise her to slowly wean off her thyroid medication.
For Advanced Readers
To continue your research on the topic, “Magnesium Deficient Anxiety,” I recommend the following resources:
- My eBook, Magnesium Deficient Anxiety
- My Webinar, Magnesium Deficient Anxiety (Streamed live on May 10, 2018)
- My Webinar, Labyrinth of the Mind: Influencing the Emotional and Mental Aspects of Health (Streamed live during June, 2017)
- Posts on My Written Blog: https://drcarolyndean.com/?s=anxiety
- My Audio Blogs: https://drcarolyndeanlive.com/?s=anxiety
- Suggestions from my Future Health Now Encyclopedia: Page 93
Enjoy your exploration!
In summary, there are several important factors in utilizing magnesium as part of a natural approach to relieving symptoms of anxiety and magnesium deficiency:
- Use a magnesium that is non-laxative so you can take enough to make a difference in your health [ReMag].
- Be committed to your protocol and stick with it long enough to achieve your desired results.
- Accept that the solution really can be that simple.
- Add other nutrients as required. (See my supplement recommendations.)
Dr. Carolyn Dean