My Loved One Has Heart Disease! What Can We Do?

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Medical News Today reports that the latest Center for Disease Control figures (The report was first published in 2017 and updated in 2019.) show that 23.5% of total deaths in the United States were caused by heart disease. When you look at the impact of those statistics, you’ll understand that over 647,000 families lost a loved one to heart attack, stroke, angina, heart failure, or other forms of heart disease. No wonder I hear from hundreds of people weekly about their worry regarding a loved one who has been diagnosed with some form of heart disease.

In my post, Can You Talk about Heart Disease?”, I said:

Heart disease has become a dreaded condition because most people know it means a handful of medications and the certain knowledge that things are only going to get worse. But what if heart disease has a strong element of magnesium deficiency? What if you have magnesium deficiency and not heart disease? What if you have been misdiagnosed? After all, your doctor probably didn’t do an ionized magnesium blood test to find out how much magnesium is in your cells working away at 1,000 enzyme processes and involved with 80% of known metabolic functions. Wouldn’t it be important to know that information? Of course, it would. But doctors have been swept up in the pharmaceutical treatment of the body and have ignored the nutrient building blocks that keep us alive.

That your loved could be experiencing magnesium deficiency instead of a disease is good news. But even better news is that your loved one can improve their heart health. Magnesium supplementation and lifestyle changes are complimentary to any doctor’s advice and can be added to their cardiovascular wellness protocol.

For Beginners

What Can I Do to Help?

The one thing you can do to help a loved one who is in a position where they have to work on heart health is to help them saturate their bodies with ReMag magnesium. I developed this product to improve my own cardiovascular performance. I knew that feeding my magnesium deficiencies meant I slowly must increase my magnesium supplementation until I was taking saturation doses (2-4 teaspoons per day). I had tried before and couldn’t do this with other magnesium products because I experienced the laxative effect before I got to saturation. Once I created ReMag, I built up to 1200 mg (4 teaspoons) of magnesium and stayed with this amount for 18 months until my deficiency symptoms subsided.

My Reasons for Recommending Magnesium Saturation

In my Heart Health Webinar, I shared three reasons why the heart should be saturated with magnesium:

  1. Most important fact about the heart is that it has the highest amount of Magnesium in the body.
  2. The heart is one big muscle.
  3. Magnesium governs all muscle and nerve structure and function.

ReMag Complements Traditional Treatments

Using saturation doses of ReMag is complimentary to traditional treatments:

  • Magnesium is a basic nutrient that is necessary for heart health.
  • Using magnesium does not interfere with your medications.
  • Since magnesium sufficiency improves cellular structure and function, it will effectively support a traditional treatment program.
  • When you use well-absorbed magnesium like ReMag, it does not create the laxative effect.

If you would like more information about creating more heart health for you and your family, I invite you to read on.

For Intermediates

What Are the Cardiovascular Magnesium Deficiencies?

I talk about the following cardiovascular magnesium deficiencies in my heart health webinar:

  • Hypertension – Artery smooth muscle spasms
  • High cholesterol and elevated blood sugar
  • Electrical conductivity – Arrhythmias
  • Calcification coronary arteries
  • Calcification coronary valves
  • Medication side effects – Drain magnesium
  • Heart Failure
  • Broken Heart Syndrome

If you recognize any of these cardiovascular magnesium deficiencies, saturate your body with magnesium.

How to Saturate with Magnesium

Because of chronic diseases, medications, decreases in food crop magnesium contents, and the availability of refined and processed foods, the vast majority of people in modern societies are at risk for magnesium deficiency.

Subclinical magnesium deficiency: a principal driver of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis, James J. DiNicolantonio et al.

As this study points out, you and your loved ones can’t get enough magnesium from the foods you eat, even should you focus on magnesium-rich foods. That is why understanding the difference between magnesium maintenance and magnesium saturation is important. Here are my suggestions for using ReMag:

The RDA for magnesium is 300 mg per day (1 teaspoon of ReMag). This only useful as a maintenance dose.

However, if you are working on a magnesium deficiency, most customers find that a saturation dose ranges between 2 and 4 teaspoons a day. You will know you are at saturation when your magnesium deficiencies subside. Dr. Dean herself used 4 teaspoons a day for 18 months, before her deficiency symptoms subsided.

We suggest you start with 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of ReMag and 1/4 teaspoon of sea or Himalayan salt in 32 ounces of water, drinking the quart/liter of that water in small doses [1-2 oz at a time] throughout the day [every 30-35 minutes] as time and opportunity permit. Then, you can increase the minerals by 1/4 teaspoon every 3 or 4 days until you get to the amount that works for you. If ¼ teaspoon of sea salt is too strong with you at the beginning, start with a pinch and work up.

Hydration Is Important

When you and your family are working with minerals, it is important to stay appropriately hydrated. Here are my suggestions for hydration:

  • Drink half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water. If you weigh 150 lbs., you will drink 75 ounces per day.
  • Sea salt or Himalayan salt: Add 1⁄4 tsp. to every quart of drinking water – to one of those bottles, you will later add ReMag.

If you are concerned about using sea or Himalayan salt, please read my post, Sea Salt Superfood.

Lifestyle Changes

Now, that you and yours are changing your cardiovascular wellness for the better through appropriate hydration and supplementing with ReMag, consider making some of the following lifestyle changes together:

Read my post, Dr. Dean’s Supplement Recommendations, and consider adding a few more basic nutrients to support your heart health.

Slowly start exercising. For example, here are some easy movements you can do in the morning, taken from Module 68 of the Completement Now Health Programrepeat each individual exercise several times:

  1. Take a morning walk.
  2. Do some yoga stretches on your yoga mat.
  3. Pull out your jump rope and go at it for a few minutes.
  4. Jump on the mini trampoline in the corner.
  5. Try a few arm pushups with your hands on the bathroom sink as you contemplate the person looking across at you in the mirror.
  6. Fit in a few mini squats while you swish your sesame oil, or as you brush your teeth.
  7. Even just rising up on the balls of your feet and holding for a few seconds will help exercise your leg muscles.
  8. While showering, do Progressive Muscle Relaxation from Module 57 where you tense and then relax various muscles in your body.
  9. In the shower you can also do some neck stretches with the hot water running on your muscles to loosen them up.
  10. When you pass by a convenient windowsill, do a runner’s stretch from Sensuous
    Stretching, Module 44, to release your calf and thigh muscles.
  11. As you’re walking around your home be conscious of tightening your buttocks with each step.
  12. Find excuses to run up and down the stairs. Make sure you breathe deeply and never unconsciously hold your breath.

If you want to find out more about the Completement Now Health Program, follow the link shown above the list of morning exercises.

Slowly change your eating habits. My Heart Healthy diet recommendations are very simple: avoid sugar, gluten, and non-fermented dairy. It’s a basic anti-candida/anti-yeast diet because you don’t want to feed simple sugars to your intestinal yeast. Some other heart healthy diet tips are:

  • Eliminate table salt and high sodium canned and processed foods.
  • Alcohol can be a trigger for many cardiovascular deficiency symptoms. So, don’t drink alcohol.
  • Caffeine has a stimulating effect on the heart. Severely limit to eliminate strong caffeine drinks, especially if they are your triggers.
  • Eat five servings of healthy (organic, if possible) vegetables and fruits. I generally suggest eating a maximum of two servings of fruit per day, and berries are a very good choice as they are low carb.
  • Eat fermented dairy products and organic, grass fed, free range eggs, chicken, and lamb. I also eat wild caught salmon and canned tongol tuna fish.
  • Eat healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, and so on.
  • Eat small amounts of whole grains like quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, and black rice.
  • Avoid glutamate, glutamic acid, and MSG as they can be cardiovascular triggers.

For more help on diet check the menu plans starting on page 83 of my eBook, Atrial Fibrillation: Remineralize Your Heart.

What Happens if My Deficiencies Return?

You’ve been on ReMag, ReMyte, and the supplements Dr. Dean has recommended for more than a year. You also made some positive lifestyle changes. You have reached magnesium saturation because your cardiovascular magnesium deficiencies have subsided. Then, it seems like all of a sudden, they come back. Why?

If you’ve kept a health journal  like I suggested in my post, Treasure Mapping and Journaling for Health, then you are probably more aware of any changes in your life.  Are you working longer hours? Are you stressed about a project? Did you lose a family member? Did you go on a business trip and get dehydrated? Did you forget to bring your supplements on vacation? Did you celebrate your birthday by eating a huge amount of ice cream cake? These are all triggers for the return of a deficiency symptom. If you aren’t keeping a health journal, then you’ll have to do a bit of digging in your memory to look for the trigger.

Here is a list of typical triggers:

  • Air pollution
  • Alcohol
  • Calcium – consuming more than 600 mg of Calcium per day (food and supplements)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Dental Infections, fillings, crowns, and cavitations
  • Diabetes
  • Electrolyte Imbalance
  • Gas, bloating, hiatal hernia
  • Gluten and glutamate sensitivity
  • Heart attack
  • Abnormal heart valves
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart structural changes
  • The Holidays
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Lung disease
  • Medications
  • Intense physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Exposure to stimulants
  • Sick sinus syndrome
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stress that leads to anxiety and panic attacks
  • Surgical procedures
  • High sugar diet
  • Overactive thyroid gland
  • Travel
  • Overuse of Vitamin D
  • Yeast Overgrowth

If you have triggered one of your magnesium deficiencies, increase the amount of ReMag you are taking until your deficiency symptom subsides again. Then, once you are stable, you can titrate down to the amount you used before you were triggered.

Now, you have my suggestions about magnesium supplementation and lifestyle changes. If you want to do more research with my advanced readers, then read on.

For Advanced Readers

Since you are an avid reader of my archives and listener to my shows, I am going to assume that you have read, Atrial Fibrillation: Remineralize Your Heart, and watched my Heart Health Webinar. So, I’m going to make some suggestions for your reading pleasure so that you can connect with some of the experts I, too, read:

My first recommendation is to read Dr. James DiNicolantonio, et al.’s, study, Subclinical magnesium deficiency: a principal driver of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis.

I also suggest you read another of Dr. DiNicolantonio’s publications, The Salt Fix: Why Experts Got It All Wrong and How Eating More Might Save Your Life. This is the book that describes why I suggest using 1/4 teaspoon of sea or Himalayan (unprocessed, colored salt which is filled with minerals) as part of my hydration guidelines.

Another interesting book that I reference in the 2017 Edition of The Magnesium Miracle is Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill by Udo Erasmus.

Finally, by two outstanding magnesium experts, I highly suggest reading, The Magnesium Factor, by Mildred Seelig and Andrea Rosanoff.

Some Clean Up

I peripherally mentioned earlier that eating and supplementing too much calcium and Vitamin D can affect your magnesium levels. If you read my supplement recommendations which I’ve linked above, it should be clear that I don’t suggest using high dose calcium or Vitamin D.

Some writers ask for my help for their family member/loved one to never start or get off heart-health related medication. As I tell them, I never tell anyone to stop taking their medications. In fact, I’ve even said in this post that taking ReMag is complimentary to your doctor’s guidance. However, at the time when your or your loved one’s cardiovascular magnesium deficiencies subside, your/their doctor at that point would be open to a conversation about reducing or weaning off of some of the medication. When you are deficiency free is the time to mention this to your doctor and weaning off medication under your doctor’s care is the safest way to do so, if appropriate.

Finally, many writers ask me about blood thinners. I do talk about blood thinners starting on page 96 of Atrial Fibrillation: Remineralize Your Heart. But, again, I won’t tell you to stop taking a medication that your doctor prescribed for you. When your deficiencies subside is the time to talk with your doctor about reducing or weaning off medications. This is the time when the conversation will be easier and more elegant for you both.

Aloha,

Dr. Carolyn Dean

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