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What Dr. Joel Wallach has to say about the following issue: 

Note:  The typist did not know medical terms, so some words may be misspelled.  Our apologies.

MAGNESIUM Meditation:  
MENOPAUSE(1): Menopause(2): Menopause(3):
MIGRAINE HEADACHE Minerals MINERAL OVERDOSE
Muscle Cramps: MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY  
Degenerative Neurological diseases NUTRITION Obesity/Overweight:
Omega 3 Organically grown food: Osteoporosis:
Osteoporosis(2): OSTEOARTHRITIS  

MEDITATION and YOGA:

(Please note:  Kingmaker is a strong supporter of both meditation and yoga to balance lifestyles of today's fast-moving society...  but here is what Dr. Wallach says)

Then there’s the subject of meditation and Yoga, this, of course, was brought to the United States in the 60’s and 70’s by the hippies and flower children, and it looks like there might be some grownup hippies in this room tonight.  You know, about the right age group.  This kind of died out for awhile, during the 70’s and 80’s, and during the 90’s this concept of meditation and Yoga has been reawakened by a best-selling author by the name of Depak Chopra who lives not too far away from here.  He has his clinic and so forth.  But there is no proof in the pudding that meditation and Yoga has any longevity benefit.  It certainly can calm you down during tax week and calm you down during finals week and that sort of stuff, but not longevity. 

And here’s one, a fellow who tried to cover all bases, a guy by the name of Tom Dowling, age 47, exercise, he was a marathon runner, he was a vegan, and he meditated.  And he started getting irregular heartbeats after being a marathon runner of some note, everybody knew him and he was kind of the athletic hero from the Midwest, actually from Kansas City, Missouri.  And he started getting irregular heartbeats so he went into the doctors office for a stress test, and he died an hour after the stress test, you know that treadmill thing.  They should have just given him some Selenium. 
(TRUST ME, I'M A DOCTOR)

MENOPAUSE(1):

Q:  Dr. Wallach, my mother is going through menopause right now.  Is there anything that you can recommend for her?

A:  Sure.  Number 1, the standard approach is with hormone replacement therapy.  Estrogen with progesterone, which is the Premarin, and the false assumption is that it will reduce your risk of heart disease or that it will reduce your risk of osteoporosis, and eliminate the more common symptoms of menopause, which include night sweats and hot flashes and things of this nature.  And certainly estrogen will do that, take care of the hot flashes and the night sweats, but long-term studies show that a woman is not going to retain any bone mass by using estrogen or Premarin with the progesterone and taking a sugar pill, after a 7 to 10 year period.  There’s just no difference between the 2 groups of women. 

Also, in a very recent study they show if a women’s already had heart disease of one kind or another and she takes hormone replacement therapy, actually increases the risk of heart disease by 50% to take estrogen supplements.  There’s been an enormous amount of research in Scandinavia which shows that women who take a supplemental estrogen or estrogen with Premarin, ah, with progesterone, actually increase the risk of breast and uterine cancer by 78%, so to me, there’s no amount of benefit from estrogen supplement to justify that.  In fact, your own adrenal glands and liver can manufacture more than enough to avoid the symptoms of night sweats and so forth just simply by taking in the raw materials.  95% of the weight of estrogen is cholesterol, and to convert that cholesterol into estrogen you need all 90 essential nutrients for your adrenal glands and liver to function properly.  So again, the 2 eggs every morning for breakfast, poached, soft-boiled, soft scrambled in butter, low temperatures; not cooked in margarine, not fried.  The Pig Arthritis formula PLUS the Ultimate EFA would give all 90 essential nutrients.  And women who have had menopausal symptoms for 5 years, who have been on estrogen supplements, women who have had PMS for many years, for that matter, will actually get an enormous amount of benefit.  And we’ve seen literally thousands of them whose marriages have actually been saved because these premenstrual symptoms and also the post menopausal symptoms will just totally go away.
(A Healthier and Longer Life)

Menopause(2):

Then there's PMS, pre-menstrual syndrome. You know, the emotional and physical stuff. The medical treatment of choice for PMS is what we call a hysterical-ectomy, been shortened to hysterectomy. That's a hundred year old treatment, and doctors do about 285,000 unnecessary hysterical-ectomies a year, but it makes Mercedes payments, so they do them. Even the AMA say they're unnecessary, but they don't take their licenses away. And people keep going to them. Can you imagine the poor woman in her 30's, she says, "Doc, you got to do something. Every time I go out to hang up the clothes, my neighbors kids run down to the basement screaming 'witch'. My own kids think I'm crazy, my husband's leaving me, I'm going to lose my job, you got to do something." Well instead of giving her some calcium, he says "Well, I'm due for a Mercedes payment, and I know I'm not supposed to do that surgery, but let me give you a hysterical-ectomy and we'll both be happy."

The University of California, San Diego, came out 3 years ago now and said, "If you just double the RDA of calcium intake, you get rid of 85% of emotional and physical symptoms of PMS." And when that came out, there were huge lines around the health-food stores, around the block, and people had sleeping bags, because they closed before they all got their calcium. And every person in line was a man. They were there for their daughters, and their girlfriends, and their wives, and things like that.
(Dead Doctors Don't Lie)

Menopause(3)

Also it helps you make estrogen. Helps you fellows make testosterone. If you don't get enough Boron, you ladies are going to suffer, miserably, going through menopause. You're going to have all those terrible symptoms. You fellows don't get enough Boron, can't make enough testosterone, you won't know whether to lead or follow on the dance floor. You're going to be confused. She faints, she's got a Boron deficiency.
(Dead Doctors Don't Lie)

 

MIGRAINE HEADACHES:

Are frequently heralded by flashes of light, tingling and occurs between the ages of 10-30 years of age and more often in women than men.  Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, digital cyanosis (blue color from lack of circulation and/or oxygen), irritability and photophobia are common symptoms.  “Orthodox” doctors tend to think that migraine headaches are the result of blood vessel problems; in reality, migraine attacks are the result of food allergies with the “target” tissue being the arteries which constrict in the elastic arteries in the brain and dilate the muscular scalp arteries.  Do the pulse test to determine which foods you are allergic to.  Treatment and prevention are related to avoidance of food allergens which are identified by means of the pulse test, rotation diets, autoimmune urine therapy, betaine HCI and pancreatic enzymes at 75-200 mg t.i.d., vitamin C to bowel tolerance, bioflavonoids at 200 mg b.i.d. and the base line nutritional supplement program.

[Note:  t.i.d. = 3 times per day; b.i.d. = 2 times per day; q.i.d.= 4 times per day]

(Let’s Play Doctor)

COPPER/MINERAL OVERDOSE/GRAY HAIR:

Q:  Dr. Wallach, I would first of all like to personally salute you for the efforts that you’re making.  I, like so many other people, was vaguely aware of things.  You certainly have got my attention.  I’d like to come back, just for a second, on this copper thing.  Copper, if a person has those visual symptoms, gray hair and that, and decides to supplement and go after it a little bit, is it possible, or what is the maximum that a person can take without, I’ve heard that you can take too much copper?

A:  It’s a great question, because people are concerned about overdosing with vitamins and minerals, including copper, and I’ll answer you two ways, one in a generality, then specifically.

The general answer is that if you look at the medical profession, according for the Center for Disease Control, Harvard Medical School, the US News and World Report, Ralph Nader, Sydney Wolf, Rand Corporation and many many other well respected institutions, they say that doctors kill 150,000 to 300,000 Americans each year in hospitals alone, as a result of medical negligence.  Doctors injure 1.3 million Americans each year in hospitals alone as a result of medical negligence, and doctors infect 2 million Americans alone in hospitals as a result of medical negligence, for a total of 3.5 million casualties inflicted upon the public in hospitals, just as a result of medical negligence.

On the other side of this picture, there’s not a single person who has overdosed on vitamins and minerals and trace minerals, including copper, where they have to be hospitalized or anything bad happen.  And so when you compare the safety of vitamins and minerals and trace minerals, including copper, compared with standard medical procedures, it’s enormously safe.  And that’s why I’m so excited about nutrition, and the Pig Arthritis formula, and the plant-derived colloidal minerals, including copper.

Now to answer your question specifically, I can tell you this, if you take the plant-derived colloidal copper and the chelated copper like you find in the Pig Arthritis formula, two doses a day, the hair color will begin to come back.  It always starts at the nape of the neck, comes over the crown of the head then down the sides of the head.  And when that happens, almost everybody sees some repair, maybe significant, maybe total repair of the veins and the arteries, by repairing the elastic fibers.  I’m reluctant to give you a milligram dose, because the first thing somebody does is run out and get x number of milligrams of copper and in of itself, a lone free-standing nutrient, you’re not going to be happy with the results because of the lack of absorbability and these other co-factors such as amino acids that have to be there for the copper to work very efficiently, including a trace mineral called molybdenum.  And so, I prefer to tell you to take the Pig Arthritis formula twice a day and if you want to speed up the process, Youngevity has a great product called Ultimate Selenium which has some additional chelated copper in it.  And that’s the direction I would go.
(A Healthier and Longer Life)

MINERALS:

There’s 3 types of minerals that you have to concern yourself with, and I talk about minerals instead of vitamins because two thirds of the essential nutrients, 60 out of 90, are minerals.  Everybody knows everything there is to know about vitamins, and so we are talking about minerals today.

First of all, there’s metallic minerals.  These are things like oyster shell, egg shell, limestone, coral calcium, sea bed minerals, clays of various types, Tums is a popular one with doctors, lactates, gluconates, citrates, oxides, sulfates, carbonates.  These are nothing but ground up rocks.  Animals and human beings are only able to get 8 to 12% of these minerals.  We are not designed to eat ground up rocks as a source of minerals.  When you hit 40 or 50 years of age, have you ever wondered why people suddenly fall apart when they hit the big 50.  People dread turning 50 for that reason.  The back goes, their teeth get loose, whatever hair you’ve got left is gray, no interest in sex.  You just kind of fall apart.  That’s because your ability to absorb these elemental minerals drop precipitously to 3 - 5%. 

Now, about 4 years ago in Grand Rapids, Mich., a guy jumps up in the back of the room and says “Hey, Doc, now I know what I see in my port-a-potty business.  I said “What on earth do you see in your port-a-potty business?”  He said, “Well, when we clean those things out and disinfect them to reuse them, we find hundreds and hundreds of vitamins that come through people”.  I said, “Come on, how do you know they are vitamin pills?  They could be anything.”  He said “Oh that’s easy, Doc, on the coating they say Theragram M, One-a-Day, Centrum and Centrum Silver.”

Now a lot of my patients say, “Look, Doc, I have been taking 2000mg calcium everyday for 20 years, cause I knew it was good for me, yet I still have hypertension, insomnia, loose teeth, receding gums, low back problems, bone spurs, kidney stones, arthritis, osteoporosis, all the stuff you say I shouldn’t have.  I’ve been taking 2000mg calcium everyday”.  I said “Well what kind do you take?”  He said “I take calcium gluconate, calcium citrate, calcium lactate, oyster shell, eggshell, I take things like Tums.”  I said “Well, there’s your problem.  If you take 1000mg calcium lactate, for example, you’re not getting 1000mg of calcium, cause 86%, 860mg is lactose, or milk sugar.  Only 14%, or 140mg is metallic or elemental calcium, and let’s use 10% for usability factors, a fair number, plus it’s easy math, 10% of 140mg is 14.  So if you take 2 of those calcium lactate tablets, each 1000mg, you’re not getting 2,000mg of calcium, you’re getting 2 times 14, or 28 mg.  To get 2000mg of calcium from these 1000mg calcium lactate tablets, you would have to take 30 of those with each meal.  Almost a full 100 tablet bottle of these calcium lactate tablets a day.  And of course, at $5 a bottle for the cheapest one, you’re looking at $150 per month just for calcium.  You’ve 59 more minerals to go, 16 vitamins, 12 essential amino acids, 3 essential fatty acids, so this is not an economical way to get your nutrients as elemental minerals.  Also, if you took in 90 tablets of anything a day, you’re going to develop what we call B&F disease.  B&F disease stands for belching and farting.  You’re going to sound like an elephant out in the woods with a horrible gastro-intestinal problem.  And of course you know you have B&F disease when your spouse has to throw a canary in the bathroom to know if it is safe to go in there.

Now during the 60’s the animal industry came up with what we call chelated minerals.  That’s because farmers are not dumb enough to put a dollar in an animals mouth and have $.99 come out in the manure.  And so we learned that by adding amino acids, proteins or enzymes to the elemental mineral, it increases absorbability tenfold, from 3-5% to 40%, and everybody got excited about chelated minerals during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  And if you look at the good multi-vitamin-mineral tablets today, you will see a mixture of  elemental and chelated minerals. 

But the way that animals and people are designed to consume and absorb minerals is in the plant-derived colloidal mineral form.  We are not designed to eat ground up rocks.  Nobody can show you where humans or animals are designed to eat ground up rocks.  We’re designed to get our minerals by eating plants, grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts, and as a result, plant-derived colloidal minerals are 98% absorbable.  Two and a half times more absorbable than chelated, ten times or more absorbable than the elemental or metallic minerals. 

Plant-derived colloidal minerals are liquid.  They are a very small particle size, 7,000 times smaller than red blood cells.  This is the way they are stored in your cells and are moved around in plant vascular systems and human vascular systems, in the liquid plant-derived colloidal form.  They are negatively charged.  I don’t know all of the physics and the chemistry.  It is one of the basic features of a colloidal mineral, it is negatively charged.

These three factors together give you the 98% absorbability.  Now the way it’s supposed to be is our food plants, our grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts take the elemental or metallic minerals out of the soil, convert them to colloidal minerals for their own use, for their own metabolism and bio-chemistry, and then animals and people eat these plants that are enriched with minerals.  That is how we are designed to get our minerals.  Unfortunately, we have several problems here. 

Number one, U.S. Senate Document #264 in 1936 says there is no longer any nutritional minerals left in our farm and rain soil.  For 100 years we have used a simple fertilizer known as NPK.  We put in 3 nutrients into the soil when we need 60 minerals.  We put those 3 nutrients into the soil for maximum yields per ton and bushel per acre.  Now then, we have to understand that plants cannot manufacture minerals.  If they’re not in the soil, they’re not in the plant.  Plants only have minerals in them if they’re in the soil. Plants cannot manufacture minerals. 

Fourthly, minerals do not occur in a uniform blanket around the crust of the earth, minerals occur in veins, kind of like chocolate ripple ice cream..  Also, I guess perhaps the biggest thing that has made America the most minerally deficient country in the world, is that whenever somebody would find a nifty little article in a newspaper or magazine on a mineral or vitamin, they would take it to the doctor and the doctor would poo-poo it and say “You don’t want to spend money on vitamins and minerals.  You can get everything you need from your four food groups.”  For fifty years physicians have been taking away the interest from the general public by making them feel foolish.  “You can get everything you need from your four food groups!  Why would you waste your money on those quacks?  If you need a heart transplant for $750,000, I’ll do it.  Why take a mineral to prevent it?”

Well, the last question you have to ask yourself is, what about those cultures that are written up the National Geographic, January, 1973.  Those 10 cultures that live to be 120, 140?  Are they all genetically related?  And the answer is, no.  They included certain tribes of Tibetans from the Himalayan Mountains.  The Hunzas from Eastern Pakistan and the Karakoram Mountains.  The Russian Georgians, Azerbaijani, Turkestanians and Armenians from the Caucasus Mountains in Western Russia, the Vilcabamba Indians from the Andes of Ecuador, my favorites, I just love the name, the Titicacas, and they’ve picked places accidentally, certainly they weren’t knowledgeable of this, just out of a throw of the dice, they picked places that had 60 to 72 minerals in the parent rock of the mountains they chose to live in.

There’s dozens and dozens of cultures who live at the same elevation in mountains, but they only 3 or 5 or 10 or 12 minerals in the parent rocks they live in, and so they only live to be 75.5 like us.  That’s the number one thing, 60-72 minerals in the parent rocks they live in.  Secondly, they all picked places that had less than 2 inches precipitation a year.  No snow, no rain to speak of, and as a result they had to pick places that were in easy reach of permanent water, they all picked places within 50 miles of glaciers, and they built aqueducts to carry water to the valleys they lived in.  Now water that comes out from underneath glaciers is not clear like Perrier or Evian water, the water that comes out from under glaciers is cloudy.  It has lots of minerals in it, it’s called glacial milk because it looks like milk.  It’s either white, or grayish white, or grayish blue cause it has a lot of minerals suspended in it.  As these glaciers move up and down the mountains during the various parts of the seasons, they grind up literally tens of thousands of tons of these rocks and the rock dust or rock flour comes out in this glacial milk.  Now you boil away a quart of glacial milk you get two inches of minerals in that quart jug.  If you boil away a quart of Perrier water, at 20 bucks a gallon, you are going to get as much minerals as you get on the head of a pin.  A huge disparity.  There can be nobody more disappointed than the baby boomers when they hit 50, 60, 70 years of age and they get all this arthritis and say “Well, I don’t know how that happened, I’ve been drinking Perrier my whole life.”  And so they are going to be disappointed. 

Now not only do these cultures drink this water, this glacial milk, and get 8-12% and then 3-5% when they’re 40-50 years of age, cause it’s nothing more than ground up rock, metallic minerals.  More importantly, in drinking the glacial milk, week after week, month after month, year after year, generation after generation for 2500 to 5000 years, depending on the culture, they irrigated with this glacial milk.  And they returned literally tens of thousands of tons of these minerals, this rock dust, this rock flour, back into the soil.  Their grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts took this elemental mineral out of the soil, converted to colloidal minerals and the food that they eat are rich with these colloidal minerals.  All we put in is NPK, NPK, NPK.  As a result, they don’t get, in their early ages, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, they don’t get heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, cataracts, Alzheimer’s Disease, they don’t have birth defects, they don’t have jails full of violent criminals and drug addicts, they don’t have hospitals, they don’t have health insurance.  My God, how could you live there?  They don’t have health insurance!  But they live healthily to be 120, 140 because they have the raw materials to maintain and repair their body.

Muscle Cramps/twitches:

Then there's cramps and twitches. You wake up in the middle of the night and your foot is all cramped up around your neck, you say, "Lord, take me from the knee down. I'm not going to make it until morning". We've all experienced that. It's very common.

The one that bothered me when I was a teenager, was twitches. My eyelids used to twitch. I'd look in the mirror and I'd say, "Do people see that? Or is that just my imagination?" Sure enough, I could see it actually twitching. So I showed my Mom and she got panicked, you know. This was during the early '50's, and she grabbed me by the shirt and took me down to this lady doctor, I'll never forget, her name was Mary Jane Skepington. And she had me sit down in my jockey underwear on those little stainless steel stool that you can wrench down and up, and sitting there in my jockey underwear for an hour, she'd look in my eye for 10 or 15 minutes. She couldn't figure it out, so she would go on to another patient and come back. I knew she was lost. Today that would be sexual harassment, sitting there naked for an hour in the doctor's office. But then I knew she was just lost. So I said, "Look, Doc, I'm a man (I was 14 years old), and I play football and I'm on the wrestling team and the weight-lifting team in my highschool. If you have to amputate my eyelids, just do it!" She got the picture. She went in her office, she had a Maybelline Mascara eyelash brush and a little mirror. I kind of looked at her and said, "What's that for?" And she said, "The only thing I can figure out is that your eyelashes have curled back and is tickling your eyeballs and that is what is making your eyelids twitch. So what I want you to do is to retrain your eyelashes with this Maybelline Mascara brush." I said "Wait a minute, Doc, you want me to sit on the bench, during the..., when the team...., you know, and you want me to do this? Oh the team will kill me! You've got to be kidding. So I put on my pants, and I leave, and I go to the school library, and I get out a health book, written by two nurses, and I look up muscle cramps and muscle twitches, and it says "calcium deficiency"! So I knew when I was 14 years old that doctors didn't know anything about nutrition. And it hasn't changed, believe me. Oh, I forgot to tell you how I fixed it. I went home and I grabbed some of those calf pellets, and after eating a handful a day for 3 days they were all gone and never came back. So if you see me with a handful of stuff bulging in my pocket, you know it's calf pellets.
(Dead Doctors Don't Lie)

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY/GENETIC DISEASES:

Q:  If you know you have a dominant gene in your body for muscular dystrophy and you know the mother has it, is there any way you won’t pass it on to your children through minerals and vitamins before you get pregnant?

A:  Okay, that’s a good question, because there’s this false belief in the medical profession that muscular dystrophy is due to a dominant gene, to genetics, genetically transmitted.  We’ve learned in the animal industry that’s not true, and you can understand why we are so excited in the animal industry, we have eliminated muscular dystrophy back in the 1950’s and nobody knows more about muscle physiology, muscle health and muscle disease than a veterinarian.  Cause what is muscle?  It’s meat.  And we know more about growing healthy meat than anybody in the world, as veterinarians.  And so we eliminated muscular dystrophy in all the farms, from animals, because a farmer could not stay in business economically, if they had lambs and calves, and pigs and chickens and turkeys being born or hatched with muscular dystrophy.  It just wouldn’t be a profitable industry.  By eliminating muscular dystrophy and fibromyalgia and all the diseases that affect muscles, we were able to make the agricultural industry a profitable industry and keep the cost of animal products such as meat, dairy, poultry and eggs down to where the average American could afford to eat them everyday.  And by using these same nutritional principles, getting the muscles all 90 essential nutrients during pregnancy and also immediately after birth, the odds of having a child with muscular dystrophy is reduced to almost zero.  And so, I wouldn’t be too excited about the pronouncement that you have a genetic disease.  It’s just probably not so.
(A Healthier and Longer Life)

Degenerative Neurological diseases:

and manganese overdose:  
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/minerals/manganese/index.html

Parkinson's disease is a degenerative neurological disorder characterized by tremors, muscular rigidity, and slow movements. It is estimated to affect approximately 1% of Americans over the age of 65. Although the causes of Parkinson's disease are not all known, decreased activity of complex I of the mitochondrial electron transport chain and increased oxidative stress in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra are thought to play a role. Coenzyme Q10 is the electron acceptor for complex I as well as an antioxidant, and decreased ratios of reduced to oxidized coenzyme Q10 have been found in platelets of individuals with Parkinson's disease (49, 50). A 16-month randomized placebo-controlled trial evaluated the safety and efficacy of 300, 600, or 1200 mg/d of coenzyme Q10 in 80 people with early Parkinson's disease (12). Coenzyme Q10 supplementation was well tolerated at all doses and associated with slower deterioration of function in Parkinson's disease patients compared to placebo. However, the difference was statistically significant only in the group taking 1200 mg/d. Although these preliminary findings are promising, they need to be confirmed in larger clinical trials before recommending the use of coenzyme Q10 in early Parkinson's disease. 

Iron is required for normal brain and nerve function through its involvement in cellular metabolism, as well as the synthesis of neurotransmitters and myelin. However, accumulation of excess iron can result in increased oxidative stress, and the brain is particularly susceptible to oxidative damage. Iron accumulation and oxidative injury are presently under consideration as potential contributors to a number of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease (36). The abnormal accumulation of iron in the brain does not appear to be a result of increased dietary iron, but rather, a disruption in the complex process of cellular iron regulation. Although the mechanisms for this disruption in iron regulation are not yet known, it is presently an active area of biomedical research (37).

Inflammation, oxidative stress and transition metal accumulation appear to play a role in the pathology of several neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Because flavonoids have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and metal chelating properties, scientists are interested in the neuroprotective potential of flavonoid-rich diets or individual flavonoids. At present, the extent to which various dietary flavonoids and flavonoid metabolites cross the blood brain barrier in humans is not known (84). Although flavonoid-rich diets and flavonoid administration have been found to prevent cognitive impairment associated with aging and inflammation in some animal studies (85-88), prospective cohort studies have not found consistent inverse associations between flavonoid intake and the risk of dementia or neurodegenerative disease in humans (89-93). In a cohort of Japanese-American men followed for 25-30 years, flavonoid intake from tea during midlife was not associated with the risk of Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia in late life (89). Surprisingly, higher intakes of isoflavone-rich tofu during midlife were associated with cognitive impairment and brain atrophy in late life (see Soy Isoflavones) (90). A prospective study of Dutch adults found that total dietary flavonoid intake was not associated with the risk of developing Parkinson disease (91) or Alzheimer’s disease (92), except in current smokers whose risk of Alzheimer’s disease decreased by 50% for every 12 mg increase in daily flavonoid intake. In contrast, a study of elderly French men and women found that those with the lowest flavonoid intakes had a risk of developing dementia over the next 5 years that was 50% higher than those with the highest intakes (93). Although scientists are interested in the potential of flavonoids to protect the aging brain, it is not yet clear how flavonoid consumption affects neurodegenerative disease risk in humans.

The brain is particularly vulnerable to oxidative stress, which is thought to play a role in the pathology of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (38). In a large placebo-controlled intervention trial, supplementation of individuals who had moderate neurological impairment with 2,000 IU of synthetic alpha-tocopherol daily for two years (equivalent to 900 mg/day of RRR-alpha-tocopherol) resulted in a significant slowing of the progression of Alzheimer's dementia (39). After Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia (dementia resulting from strokes) is the most common cause of dementia in the U.S. A case-control study examining risk factors for vascular dementia in elderly Japanese-American men found that supplemental vitamin E and vitamin C intake was associated with a significantly decreased risk of vascular and other types of dementia, but not Alzheimer's dementia (40). Among those without dementia, vitamin E supplement use was associated with better scores on cognitive tests. Although these findings are promising, further studies are required to determine the role of alpha-tocopherol supplementation in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.
(The Linus Pauling Institute)

NUTRITION:

Then there’s the subject of nutrition.  You know, the doctors always tell you “just eat your four food groups.  You don’t need vitamins or minerals or trace minerals.  You can get everything you need.”  And again, from these medical journals and hospital journals, I got some great ads.  These are from like the 1950’s, 1962.  I want you to read this.  This is from a hospital journal.  This is the Kellogg’s Roundtable topics for hospital staff.  You see there’s a doctor and two nurses, or maybe nurse and dietician.  The purchasing agent  “Do Kellogg’s cereal really save me money?”  The floor nurse, “How can I save time in the morning?”  Dietician “How can I get patients to eat breakfast, or enjoy breakfast?”   Does it say anything in there about giving patients good nutrition?  No!  They are solving all these administrative problems with Kellogg’s cereal, but nothing about nutrition.

Then here’s the crème de la crème of the advertisements.  Notice this is a hospital journal.  Journal of the American Hospital Association.  This is actually 1962.  Coca Cola, too has it’s place in a well-balanced diet.  As a pure and wholesome drink it provides quick energy, brings you back refreshed after work or play.  It contributes to good health by providing a pleasurable moment.”  That’s the level of doctors’ nutritional training.  14 years in medical school and this is where they get their nutritional information, from these ads in the hospital journal.
(TRUST ME, I'M A DOCTOR)

OBESITY:

Obesity, bottom line, is a deficiency disease – a deficiency of an entire category of essential nutrients – minerals.  Certainly the symptoms and clinical presentation of the simple uncomplicated deficiencies are rarely seen anymore, as they are exacerbated or aggravated by the increased intake of sugars and carbohydrates and reduction in exercise.

It is the intersection of multiple deficiencies AND the excess intake of calories that produce obesity.

The deficiency of two or more essential minerals will produce a significant level of pica, cravings and binge eating.  Iron and phosphorus deficiencies occurring at the same time will result in an almost psychotic binge-eating and soft drink consumption rampage that results in morbid obesity.

The act of reducing calories from carbohydrate, fat and protein can result in weight loss, however, reducing calories alone does not solve the systemic effects of mineral deficiencies, which explains why individuals who drop off of the highly restricted diets of all types will regain the weight that they had lost; it also explains why many individuals maintain or gain weight even when they are truly cutting back on calories.

Glucose is an “all-purpose” fuel sugar that can be used as a source of energy by the body.  However, the overt intake of sugars is not necessary, as adequate levels of blood glucose can be made from dietary or stored fat and protein.  Sugars and carbohydrates are not essential nutrients, they are quick sources of energy, they can be fun to eat, however, they are not necessary or essential to consume.

The increased intake of carbohydrate in the form of sugar (one half pound per person per day in 2004 compared with one half pound per person per year in the 1700s) and the deficiencies of minerals are the basic root causes of obesity.  It is an interesting fact, that as the Asian and Latin American countries “catch up to western countries in terms of lifestyles and economics”, their rates of obesity catch up as well!

Serving Size Changes

Food

Size

Change

Calorie

Change

Burger

1954

2004

1954

2004

 

2.8oz.

4.3oz.

202

310

Fries

1955

2004

1955

2004

 

2.4oz

7oz.

210

610

Hershey Bar

1900

2004

1900

2004

 

2.0oz.

7.0oz.

297

1,000

Coca Cola

1916

2004

1916

2004

 

6.5oz.

16.0oz.

79

194

Movie Popcorn

1950’s

2004

1950’s

2004

 

3 cups

21 cups

174

1,700

What is the Metabolic Syndrome?  The Metabolic Syndrome is characterized by insulin resistance, hypertension, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides and abdominal obesity.

The cause of the Metabolic Syndrome is not genetic, but rather a collection of multiple essential nutrient deficiencies including deficiencies as illustrated in the following table:

Nutrient Deficiency

Clinical Disease

Omega 3 essential fatty acids

Elevated total cholesterol, elevated LDL, obesity, peripheral neuropathies, thombotic disease, atherosclerosis

Calcium

Hypertension, osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathies, insomnia, pica, obesity

Chromium, vanadium

Diabetes, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, hypoglycemia, pica, anxiety, depression, obesity

Selenium

Cancer, cardiomyopathy heart disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, hypothyroidism, arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, pica

Niacin

Pellagra, elevated cholesterol, dermatitis, dementia, diarrhea

Phytonutrients (antioxidants)

Inflammation, arteriosclerosis, macular degeneration, cataracts, obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease.

The Metabolic Syndrome sets up a systemic “inflammation crises” that produces arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis of small and medium caliber arteries (cerebral, coronary and carotid arteries) by causing free radical damage to the single layer of intimal cells that line arteries, and by damaging (free radical damage) a portion of the circulating cholesterol to produce a higher level of LDL or “bad cholesterol.”

The intersection of mineral deficiencies that cause pica aka “the munchies”, critical deficiencies of chromium and vanadium and the universal availability and high intake of sugar and carbohydrates is the basic root cause of obesity, diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome.  It is that simple.   If everyone were to supplement properly, with the correct mineral mix, we could eliminate obesity, high blood pressure, adult onset type II diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome in America within a year – and the world would soon follow our example.
(HELL'S KITCHEN extracts)

ORGANICALLY GROWN FOOD:

Then there’s the subject of organically grown food.  Everybody knows that organically grown food, or grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts that are grown on soils that have not had any sprays on them for two or three years, depending on the state that is certifying it, and think everybody will agree that the more organically grown food that you put in your diet the less likely you are to get cancer, because you are reducing the amount of chemicals in your life.  But a lot of people make the unreasonable extension that if you eat organically grown food you don’t have to take any vitamins and minerals and trace minerals, cause you get everything you need from your four food groups if they’re organically grown. 

I had a good friend by the name of Christopher Byrd, for many many years, over 20 years, and Chris is a best-selling author of books on organically grown food.  An expert on the subject, and I was always trying to give him vitamins and minerals and he refused to take them.  He would tell me, “Doc, I bring my own cooler, I don’t eat any hotel food, I bring my own organically grown food and so I don’t need to take vitamins and minerals.”  Well I was changing planes, a year ago, May of 1996, in Atlanta, and I had an hour to kill between planes.  I picked up the local newspaper and guess whose obituary I found in the newspaper, Chris Byrd.  Of course, again, he was a best-selling author of books, “The Secret Life of Plants”, “The Secrets of the Soil”, and he died at age 68 from a ruptured aneurysm, a type of stroke, 7.5 years before the average American dies.  And he led a pristine life, lived up in the mountains, had an organically grown garden, collected herbs like Yul Gibbons, and ate wild hickory nuts and all this kind of thing, and because of his belief, he died of a copper deficiency.  And I’ll show you in a minute that a copper deficiency causes ruptured aneurysms, and it’s just a tragic thing that people have so much to give and die at less than half their genetic potential for longevity.
(TRUST ME, I'M A DOCTOR)

Osteoporosis:

But everybody knows about this one, Osteoporosis. It's the number 10 killer of adults in the United States. It's very expensive. It costs you $35,000 for each hip to replace. So okay, it's free. Insurance, or Medicare, or Hilary will pay for it. Costs you $70,000 for both hips. As expensive as it is, the number 10 killer, remember, Mrs. Skates, of Radford, Virginia, aged 115, she died of the complications of a fall. We don't have Osteoporosis in animals. It's because of farmers that we don't have Osteoporosis in animals. Goes like this. You have a pasture with 100 cows in it, and this year you didn't have any calves, you can't repay your operating loan, you're in trouble. Cause you paid for the feed, and the vet bill, and mowed the pasture, and fertilized, and maintained the fence, and fed the cows, and all this, that and the other. You don't have any calves you can't pay back the operating loan and make any money.

So you call the vet out and you say, "Do I get rid of these cows? What happened here?" And he examines the cows and says, "There's nothing wrong with these cows, let me look at the bull. Aha, here's your problem. This bull has Osteoporosis of both hips. Can't breed the cows. Didn't have any calves. I'll tell you what, though, you give me $70,000, I'll put two new hips in that bull, and next year you'll have some calves."

Well, the first thing that farmer says is, "Stand back, Doc. BOOM!" He blows that bull away with a deer rifle, and while the kids are grinding the bull up with a grinder, and cutting roasts and steaks off that bull, the farmer is chewing on a straw and saying, "Now Doc," he pushes his Stetson up a little bit and he says, "You know, I wasn't going to pay you $70,000 for that bull. I can get a new bull every year for 70 years for that. But every once in a while I get a good bull that throws good calves and I'd like to keep him. Is there any way I can prevent that Osteoporosis thing from happening to a good bull?"

Well he says, "Yeah, if you'll give a bull calf ten cents worth of calcium everyday after he is weaned, he'll never get Osteoporosis."

The farmer says, "Wait a minute, Doc. You mean, if I give that bull 10 cents a day worth of calcium, I can prevent a $70,000 disaster?"

"Hell, yeah, it's that simple."

"You mean all I have to do is give up a half a cup of coffee a day to do that?"

He says, "Yeah, that's it."

He says, "I choose that one. I'll give up the half a cup of coffee."

And that's what we have to think like, okay?

Then there's the Boron deficiency, because it lets you gals keep the calcium you take in your bones, so you don't get Osteoporosis. Boron.
(Dead Doctors Don't Lie)

Osteoporosis:

Let’s look at Osteoporosis, the number 10 killer of adults in the United States.  Remember, 75% of those over the age of 65 who fracture a hip or leg bone don’t live 90 days.  Also, it’s the most horrible disease when it comes to human misery and dollars expended.  Osteoporosis.  Think of the special vans, and the lift gates, and the ramps and the elevators, the special plumbing in homes and public buildings.  Special parking places, wheelchairs and walkers and canes.  Think of the beds and the chairs with little electric motors to lift you up when you can’t stand up by yourself.  Physical therapists, joint replacement surgery, pharmaceuticals, doctor’s visits.  We’re talking billions and billions of dollars for nothing more than a calcium deficiency disease.  Now as horrible a disease as Osteoporosis is, in human beings, we don’t have Osteoporosis in animals because we don’t have Blue Cross, Blue Shield, major medical hospitalization, Medicare and Medicaid to pay for non-essential surgical treatments for mineral deficiency, we’ve learned that by putting animals who are weaned off their mother’s milk onto 10 cents of calcium as soon as they are weaned, they won’t get arthritis or Osteoporosis.  It’s amazing how that works. 

Now a lot of my patients say, “Look, Doc, I have been taking 2000mg calcium everyday for 20 years, cause I knew it was good for me, yet I still have hypertension, insomnia, loose teeth, receding gums, low back problems, bone spurs, kidney stones, arthritis, osteoporosis, all the stuff you say I shouldn’t have. I’ve been taking 2000mg calcium everyday”. I said “Well what kind do you take?” He said “I take calcium gluconate, calcium citrate, calcium lactate, oyster shell, eggshell, I take things like Tums.” I said “Well, there’s your problem. If you take 1000mg calcium lactate, for example, you’re not getting 1000mg of calcium, cause 86%, 860mg is lactose, or milk sugar. Only 14%, or 140mg is metallic or elemental calcium, and let’s use 10% for usability factors, a fair number, plus it’s easy math, 10% of 140mg is 14. So if you take 2 of those calcium lactate tablets, each 1000mg, you’re not getting 2,000mg of calcium, you’re getting 2 times 14, or 28 mg. To get 2000mg of calcium from these 1000mg calcium lactate tablets, you would have to take 30 of those with each meal. Almost a full 100 tablet bottle of these calcium lactate tablets a day. And of course, at $5 a bottle for the cheapest one, you’re looking at $150 per month just for calcium. You’ve 59 more minerals to go, 16 vitamins, 12 essential amino acids, 3 essential fatty acids, so this is not an economical way to get your nutrients as elemental minerals. Also, if you took in 90 tablets of anything a day, you’re going to develop what we call B&F disease. B&F disease stands for belching and farting. You’re going to sound like an elephant out in the woods with a horrible gastro-intestinal problem. And of course you know you have B&F disease when your spouse has to throw a canary in the bathroom to know if it is safe to go in there.
(Trust Me, I'm a Doctor)

OSTEOARTHRITIS(2):

Well, my favorite disease is Arthritis.  The reason why I love Arthritis is that it’s easy to fix.  And when you can fix something as horrible and debilitating and painful and expensive and as miserable as Arthritis, you get kind of excited about this concept of preventing and curing disease with nutrition.  And so I tell people about this arthritis thing all the time.  So let’s have a quick look at arthritis.

Number one, 75-80% of all Americans over the age of 50 get arthritis to one degree or one type or another, and according to the CDC, the Center for Disease Control, 35 to 50 million baby-boomers are going to get arthritis in the next 7 to 10 years and there’s not a single medical treatment designed to treat or fix it.  Aspirin certainly doesn’t fix arthritis, it causes gastric bleeding and death.  Tylenol doesn’t fix arthritis, there’s 50,000 cases of kidney failure each year, 5000 so severe you need a kidney transplant.  Then there’s Ibuprofen, Advil, and Aleve, these things don’t fix arthritis, and they cause liver disease in 2-5% of users including liver sclerosis, even if you don’t drink.  And then there’s metholtrexate(?) and gold shots(?).  These things don’t fix arthritis, they subdue your bone marrow so that you can’t make normal platelets and white blood cells.  Then you have the granddaddy of all medical treatments for arthritis, Prednizone and Cortisone.  They don’t fix arthritis.  They subdue your immune system which leaves you open to diseases far, far more horrible than arthritis, and Prednizone and Cortisone accelerates the loss of minerals from your bone.  Something you don’t want when you have osteoporosis and arthritis. 

When these prescription medications and over-the-counter medications don’t work anymore to relieve pain and inflammation, the only thing left for you medically is joint-replacement surgery.  And I never liked to send my patients in for joint-replacement surgery, cause they never work out well.  In fact, many times you are worse off after the surgery than you were before the surgery. 

The advantage my patients have always had is that I’m a veterinarian as well as a physician.  So I always used to tell my patients “Look, we have all these nutritional formulas designed to prevent and cure disease in animals, including arthritis, and so I tried adapting nutritional arthritis formulas designed to prevent and cure arthritis in pigeons and turkeys, dogs and cats, sheep, pigs, horses, cows, lions, tigers and bears to human use.  It was no surprise to me, it works just as well in humans as it does in animals, because it was designed to prevent and cure arthritis in pigs.  And of course it has some really nifty stuff in it, which I have been telling people to use for 20 years, and I have literally seen tens of thousands of people who have had a regrowth of cartilage, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue, bone foundation, bone matrix.  Doesn’t matter if they are 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, I’ve seen people 97 years old regrow cartilage and bone, even if they had bone to bone arthritis.  If there’s blood supply to that joint and that bone, they will regrow bone and cartilage.

Well, Harvard Medical School goes berserk when you say stuff like that.  “Wallach, you can’t say those things!  And the only thing left when they get bone to bone arthritis is joint-replacement surgery.”  And I would agree with him if the only raw materials you are using is Tylenol and aspirin and Prednizone and Cortisone.  We have learned over 50 years that you can’t regrow cartilage and bones using those things. 

Now one of the basic  things, of course, that the Harvard Medical School jumped on and said “this is so ridiculous that this couldn’t work!”  And so they took 29 arthritis patients who had not responded in any way to heroic medical treatment for arthritis over 15 to 20 years.  They took them off their medication, it wasn’t working anyway, lined them up for joint-replacement surgery, and for 90 days before their surgery they gave them heaping tablespoon of ground up chicken cartilage in their orange juice every morning for 90 days.  They were sort of chuckling in their beer saying “nothing is going to happen”.  Well, here’s what happened.  In 10 days these people had complete relief of pain inflammation that they hadn’t had in 15 to 20 years.  In 30 days they could open up a new pickle jar that had never been opened without pain to the fingers, wrists, elbows and shoulders.  In 90 days 28 of the 29 were clinically cured.  Now this is from the Harvard Medical School and the Boston VA.  That meant that they had complete return, 100% return, of the range of motion, all of the pain and inflammation was gone, in their fingers and toes and hips and knees and neck, and certainly many of them still had knots on their fingers, cause it was only 90 days, and you would think they would call me up, these professors from Harvard Medical School and from the Boston VA, and say “Look, Wallach, we have to apologize to you.  We’ve been bad-mouthing you for 20 years and why don’t you come up to Boston, let’s talk about the whole thing?”  Here’s what they said, “After 3 months it was clear that the drug was beneficial.” 

Chicken cartilage had become a drug in 90 days!  Now why would that happen?  Well, because you can’t patten chicken cartilage, and they convinced the US Patten Office that they were using a drug to do this study, and they actually got a use-patten on chicken cartilage.  And you, too, for $3500 a month, can get Harvard Medical School’s chicken cartilage in a capsule for arthritis.  (You can get it for 30 cents a day… ha, ha).  That’s kind of interesting.  And of course,  cartilage or gelatine, has chondroitin sulfate in it, glucosamine sulfate, collagen, these are all the basic raw materials to rebuild cartilage and bone.  Now again I have been telling my human patients this for 20 years.  They’ve been using gelatine and cartilage for race horses for 100 years for their cartilage and ligaments and joints.  And in 1995, a Luke Bucci, an exercise physiologist came out with a great book called “Pain Free”, and he talks about the advantages of gelatine and cartilage and glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate and collagen for regrowing cartilage, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue, bone foundation, bone matrix, he does this with nutrition.  He does this with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate and collagen and cartilage and gelatine.  Just a couple of months ago, a medical doctor, Dr. Jason Theodisakus, MD, wrote the “Arthritis Cure”, subtitle “the medical miracle that can halt, reverse and may even can cure osteoarthritis.”
(TRUST ME, I'M A DOCTOR)

 

MAGNESIUM:

(First a Note From Kingmaker:
Please, please KNOW not to take extra magnesium regularly without calcium (nor extra calcium without magnesium!  I disagree with George Eby about calcium.  I believe it takes an equal balance of both to maintain good health.)

Functions of Magnesium :

1. Generally invlolved in many metabolic functions.
2. Activates enzyme systems within cells.
3. Necessary for the contraction of muscles.
4. Regulates acid/alkaline balance.
5. Maintains DNA and RNA.
6. Essential for proper utilization of the B vitamins.
7. Involved in the synthesis of certain amino acids.
8. Needed in the conversion of blood sugar to energy.

Deficiency Symptoms of Magnesium

1. Irregular heart beat.
2. Close relation to coronary heart disease.
3. Apprehensiveness and disorientation.
4. Confusion.
5. Irritability of the nerves and muscles.
6. Muscle twitching and tremors.
7. Convulsions and seizures.

Magnesium Compounds That Work, That Are Ineffective, or That Injure

         ON A PRECAUTIONARY NOTE, two amino acid chelates of magnesium (magnesium aspartate, magnesium glutamate) MUST be avoided in treating depression. Each of these amino acid complexes of magnesium has been reported to worsen depression. Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain and retina by facilitating the transmission of from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as "excitotoxins." They "excite" or stimulate the neural cells to death. Aspartate is a principal ingredient in the highly maligned Aspartame sweetener. To avoid aggravating depression with super-sweeteners, instead use Stevia.        

Toxicology

         The Dictionary of Minerals reports toxicity of magnesium is rare when taken as dietary supplements. Even so, there are some important toxicology concerns:

  • Too much magnesium has been associated with diarrhea for at least 100 years. Each magnesium ion will attract about 800 molecules of water, which is usually believed to be the cause of the diarrhea. However, too much magnesium exponentially stimulates the growth of Candida yeast cells in vitro, which was preventable by added calcium. Consequently, large doses of magnesium without calcium may stimulate intestinal Candida overgrowth. Consequently, magnesium should be taken using antifungal agents, and especially garlic and coconut oil, or prescription antifungal drugs. Antifungals will amplify the absorption of magnesium, greatly accelerate recovery and may increase toxicity of magnesium due to increased absorption. Consequently, when magnesium (without calcium) is being used therapeutically, consideration of overdose must be given consideration.
  • Magnesium hydroxide (such as Milk of Magnesia) is ABSOLUTELY CONTRAINDICATED in the treatment of depression because of poor bioavailability, because it has no known use other than as a laxative and de-acidifier, which will impair mineral absorption.
  • Magnesium toxicity is common in those with kidney failure. High dosage magnesium is contraindicated with kidney or adrenal failure, or in severe hypothyroidism (but only in cases where the thyroid disease has caused hypermagnesia).
  • Magnesium aspartate and magnesium glutamate worsen depression. If you are taking a magnesium product identified as "Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate" and your depression worsens greatly, you probably are taking one of these amino acid chelates of magnesium. Be VERY careful.
  • Magnesium sulfate, a purgative, must not be taken by those with kidney problems, and probably should not be taken internally by anyone in large doses, unless they want diarrhea. Magnesium sulfate, commonly called Epsom Salts, is readily available at nearly every pharmacy with directions for preparing a relaxing bath. These baths are capable of causing people to relax to the point that they fall asleep - thus the potential for drowning (and diarrhea if the bath are VERY strong and lasts more than an hour).
  • People having hypermagnesia from any disorder must not supplement magnesium (no need).
  • Magnesium supplements usually worsen myasthenia gravis because it appears to be a symptom of manganese deficiency. Large amounts of magnesium, of course, can lower manganese in the body.
  • Known symptoms of magnesium toxicity include flushing of the skin, thirst, low blood pressure, loss of reflexes and respiratory depression and coma. Excessively high blood levels lead to anesthesia and eventually heart failure.
  • Treatment of severe magnesium intoxication is a purely medical matter involving circulatory and respiratory support combined with intravenous administration of calcium gluconate.
  • Regardless of any claimed toxicity for magnesium by prescription drug enthusiasts (physicians), all of us need to remember that our livers see all drugs (prescription, OTC and illegal) as foreign and tries to detoxify them. Consequently, about 50 times the amount needed in vitro is often prescribed to defeat this liver function, sometimes resulting in serious liver damage and death. This does not happen with magnesium and other nutrients.
  • Review this case of a fatality induced by using an entire box of Epsom Salts over a 2-day period as a gargle for halitosis.

         Am I afraid that in the long run we (meaning those of us that have magnesium responsive mood disorders) will overdose on magnesium? No. Not at the dosages considered on this page, unless absorption is so greatly increased by antifungals that toxicity occurs. Generally, we leak magnesium through our sweat, urine and feces (particularly when we have diarrhea) more than other people. Think of us as being water (magnesium) tanks, and that we have allowed the tank to become nearly empty. We have the dual problem of filling the tank back up to normal levels as well as getting our daily usage (leakage) met at the same time. Our health was not built in a day, but over a lifetime; and it may take years to refill our tanks.  We leak. However, chromium, taurine, vanadium, boron, Omega-3 EFA and lecithin are important plug-like nutrients, capable of stopping that leakage (if sugars and calcium are kept low) and allowing our magnesium reserves to be restored to normal. If, after taking magnesium for a year or two at high dosages, daytime sleepiness becomes a problem, one can be assured that magnesium reserves have been restored and intake of supplemental magnesium can be reduced or replaced totally with high magnesium content foods. However, some people will require supplemental magnesium for the rest of their lives to maintain a good mood.         

Economic Sources of Magnesium

        Magnesium chloride has been used for about 85 years to treat and cure a wide variety of "diseases" including depression. See Walter Last's site for the remarkable history and uses of use of magnesium chloride in medicine and health. It is an inexpensive form of magnesium often used as an industrial chemical, fertilizer, human and animal nutrient. Walter Last reports that hydrated magnesium chloride (the kind you can buy over the counter) contains about 120 mg of magnesium per gram (12% magnesium) or 600 mg elemental magnesium per rounded teaspoon. It is also a powerful and natural antibacterial agent. This form of magnesium can often be purchased in parts of the world where more expensive organic compounds of magnesium (such as magnesium taurate) are unavailable and emergency services from me are unavailable or much too expensive due to distance. NOTE: I have shipped long distances, for example to a prince in Africa, but it was very expensive and not advised unless absolutely necessary. Magnesium chloride is sufficiently inexpensive that it is used by the hundreds of truckloads to prevent icing and to de-ice airport runways, public roads and highways. Follow this link for "magnesium chloride" "dietary supplements". Magnesium chloride is the most absorbable form of magnesium for human use, because stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) converts all other biologically available compounds of magnesium to magnesium chloride before they are absorbed. Magnesium chloride breaks down into magnesium ions and chloride upon absorption, and tastes terrible - requiring dilution in water. If taurine can be obtained, addition of taurine (10 grams a day) should equal the effect of 1000 mg of magnesium from magnesium taurate. This link will take you to sources of "glycine dietary supplements".         

        After the question of dosage, the most frequent question that people ask me is, "Why don't physicians know about this?" Well, the answer to that question could easily cause me to write another web page at least as long and tedious as this one. Some of them know and are very sympathetic and/or knowledgeable about nutritional healing. A wonderful example is Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD. Whatever he says, you can bet your life and your family's lives that he is correct. I know of no other medical doctor that I would trust more. Others have a layman's understanding of nutrition and generally are supportive, while most seem to subscribe to the American Medical Association's position that, "You get all the nutrition you need from your food". Are medical doctors [mainly general practitioners (GPs)] correct on this matter? No. Particularly as the question relates to magnesium and its depletion from grains during the last 100 years of grain refining, with massive injury to both mental and physical health. In fact, the entire field of medicine in the United States and the West in general is built upon the incorrect ratio of dietary calcium to magnesium. This single error accounts for about 60% of our medical expenses, morbidity and mortality. Will this change? I wonder. From the large number of inquiries that I receive from chiropractors, pharmacists, nutritionists, psychologists, psychiatrists and faculty, I think there is a some hope for change, but perhaps as a trickle-down effect from these leaders. However, in the defense of modern medical doctors and medical science, no profession in history has done a better job of rescuing us in emergencies and saving our lives from acute illnesses. PERIOD! I gladly and gratefully tip my hat to those brave hospital cardiologists that are rescuing people with IV magnesium sulfate. The vast majority of chronic diseases, particularly mental, cardiac and circulatory disorders, and deaths by "natural causes" remain nutritional deficiencies in disguise, for which most general practice physicians (MDs) have either no training or very little training, and apparently no or little interest, thus making many cardiologists feed magnesium to people by IV drip! How unfortunate!
(George Eby Research) (http://george-eby-research.com/html/depression-anxiety.html#caution)

MANGANESE:

Functions of Manganese :

1. Utilization of glucose.
2. Synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol.
3. Pancreas function.
4. Feeds the nerves and brain tissues.
5. Retards the onset of sterility.

Deficiency Symptoms of Manganese

1. Poor glucose tolerance.
2. Weakness of ligaments and tendons.
3. Paralysis, convulsions and blindness in children.
4. Dizziness, and loss of hearing in adults.
5. A possible connection to multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis.

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