Magnesium - The Fountain
Of Youth &  Health
By Dr. Luise Light and Mary  Sparrowdancer


© 2008 - All Rights Reserved




 While the USDA, the FDA, news media and nearly all of  "modern medicine" promote vaccines, chemicals, surgery and radiation as  the "accepted" way of dealing with the growing number of illnesses and  symptoms prevalent in the US, it now appears that magnesium may be the  miraculous, essential mineral that has been kept hidden from us for  about 100 years..  Needed by every cell in the body, a  magnesium deficiency can be catastrophic and has now been associated  with heart attacks, arrhythmias, cancers, diabetes, asthma, Crohn's  disease, premature aging, hair loss, twitches, cramps, high blood  pressure, stroke, fibromyalgia, migraines, bone and joint pain, ADD,  ADHD, shortness of breath, osteoporosis, muscle wasting, Alzheimer's,  Parkinson's, constipation, memory loss, sensitivity to light and loud  noises, hearing loss, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, tuberculosis,  aggression, hyperactivity, panic attacks, nail fungus, Tourette  syndrome, PMS, toxemia of pregnancy, numbness and tingling, eczema,  psoriasis, depression, violence, gum problems, tooth decay, calcium  deficiency, and virtually all chronic and autoimmune  diseases now common in the US, including chronic fatigue  syndrome. If the list of symptoms associated with a magnesium  deficiency comes as a surprise, the list of ailments that nature's  natural magnesium has been used to successfully treat is even more of a  surprise.  Although there is usually little mention of the  near-miraculous magnesium connection in mainstream media, conditions  that magnesium has been successfully used to treat include polio,  diphtheria and tetanus.  In 1985, a Harvard team found that  Toxic Shock Syndrome associated with tampon usage in women, resulted  when certain ultra absorbent materials in some tampons absorbed the  magnesium that is normally present in a woman's body.  When  magnesium is no longer present, Staphylococcus aureus produces "up to 20  times as much toxin." Various data sources, including  the US government, suggest that the number of Americans now  deficient in magnesium is approximately 90%, with some data suggesting  the number is even higher.  The mineral, responsible for all  the electrical impulses of the body, is critically needed  for normal muscle and nerve functions, healthy heart  rhythms, strong bones, a healthy immune system, normal blood sugar,  normal blood pressure, normal brain function and a healthy GI  tract.  In short, while we can live with minimal amounts of  this mineral, we cannot live well or in a state of optimum health and  happiness without it. Factory foods and many industrially farmed foods are  deficient in magnesium because most of the US soils are now  deficient in magnesium and loaded with chemicals that force plants to  grow artificially.  Organic foods grown on magnesium-rich  soils are a preferable way to obtain magnesium from food. Good food  sources of magnesium are spinach, wild garlic, raw (non-pasteurized)  almonds, corn and other whole grains, oysters, pumpkin seeds, cashews,  seaweed, sunflower seeds, raw wheat germ (which is usually removed from  industrial cereals, breads and pastas in order to prolong shelf-life),  and dark green olive oil.  Since magnesium is reportedly  destroyed by heating, it is important to consume fresh, raw vegetables,  fruits and nuts daily. Unfortunately, all raw almonds grown in  the US must now be "pasteurized" by high heat or chemicals due  to industrial regulations, and spinach is soon destined to be  irradiated.  The consequences of these damaging processes on  consumer health are unknown. In a shining example illustrating why we should no  longer be depending upon our government for its ideas about our health  (and how to ruin it), the following information is taken from the  website of the National Institutes of Health.  "The National  Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and  Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and  supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important  medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH  scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes,  treatments, and even cures for common and rare  diseases." In the NIH area devoted to magnesium, they state that  while a "substantial" number of people fail to consume adequate  magnesium, incredibly, "symptoms of magnesium deficiency are rarely seen  in the US."  This is the same group of "experts" who  continue to suggest that the entire US population needs to be  mass-medicated with unknown doses of a HAZMAT toxic chemical called  fluoride in our drinking water, while they have yet to acknowledge or  recognize the symptoms of a simple magnesium deficiency in  the US population. Since our government scientists are making it  increasingly difficult for us to obtain magnesium from the poor American  food and water supply, Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) may be used as a  time-honored way of replenishing one's magnesium.  Soaking in  Epsom salts has long been known to help relieve bodily aches and pains,  as well as restore a sense of energy, calmness and well-being by  providing a good dose of absorbed magnesium.  Magnesium is  easily absorbed through the skin, and a simple foot soak in a tub of  non-fluoridated water in which Epsom salts have been dissolved, is a  pleasant way to spend a quiet 20 minutes.  Other forms of  magnesium that can be absorbed or added to the diet include magnesium  citrate (which can be dissolved in a glass of drinking water), magnesium  oxide (pellets added to fluoridated water reportedly remove the  fluoride), and magnesium chloride from evaporated sea  water.  If you have kidney failure consult your physician  prior to any self-administration of magnesium due to your special  circumstances.   * * * * * * * * * Mary Sparrowdancer is an independent, investigative  journalist and the author of "The Love  Song." Luise Light is the creator of the original USDA Food  Pyramid, which was later altered by government workers before being  given to the unsuspecting public.  She is the author  of What to Eat; The Ten Things You Really Need to Know to Eat Well  and Be Healthy,  For information about  menopause and the health problems linked to well-known menopause drugs,  please visit:,  and * * * * * * * * * References and suggested reading: National Institutes of Health, PubMed, ADD,  hyperactivity and magnesium. Sodium magnesium-chlorophyllin isolated from conifer  needles is active against viruses of the herpes group, vaccinia virus,  and the flu. Fluoride Magnesium interaction. Time Magazine:  The Magnesium Connection and  Toxic Shock Syndrome. 1985.,9171,959243,00.html Magnesium treats polio. Dr. Norman Shealy studies magnesium  importance. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Magnesium National Institutes of Health describes  itself. 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