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Six Signs You May Need Magnesium

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six signs you need magnesium titlesWhere Did the Trouble Begin?

A Senate report documented that we are growing our vegetables, grains and fruits in soils that are depleted of the necessary minerals needed to give us the correct balance of nutrients when we eat them. In fact they are so depleted that we are starving for these minerals no matter how much of these foods we eat. Laboratory tests proved the vegetables, eggs, grains and other foods we are eating are not as nutritious as they were generations ago. Scary? You haven’t heard it all….this report was written in 1936!

Six Signs You May Have a Deficiency

One of the most overlooked mineral deficiencies is magnesium.  It is estimated that as many as 80% of us are deficient in magnesium. How do you know if you are deficient? There are many symptoms, but these six are some of the most common according to Liz Lipski, nutritionist and author of Digestive Wellness.

  • Eyelids twitching
  • Muscles twitching
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Muscles very tense at the end of the day
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sensitive to Noise

What Does Magnesium Do?

Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, is probably one of the leading authorities on magnesium deficiency and nutrition.  She explains that magnesium is crucial to good health. It is responsible for hundreds of important processes in our body. It activates our muscles and nerves. It creates energy in our cells. It helps digest proteins, carbs and fats. It is a building block for our DNA as well as RNA. It is even part of the process that builds our “feel good” neurotransmitters like serotonin.

What About Calcium?

Everyone has heard about calcium. Lots of people take calcium supplements thinking they are helping their bones. What you may not know is that you need to supplement with equal amounts of magnesium! The two minerals work in balance with each other. In fact they work best in a synergistic balance of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K2. When these four nutrients are in a plentiful balance you will be helping care for your bones, heart, and the rest of your body!

Where Can You Find Magnesium?

Foods plentiful in magnesium include almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, seaweed, dark green leafy vegetables, properly soaked and cooked black beans, avocado, wild caught seafood like salmon, and grassfed beef. Often people think whole grains are a good source of magnesium, but the anti-nutrients in whole grains actually deplete minerals from your body. This is why it is so important to soak, sprout or use sourdough leavening with all of your grains and breads. (For a detailed demonstration and recipes see our Breads DVD.) Juicing fresh vegetables is also a good way to get more of them into your diet.

Homemade bone broth is a great source of many important minerals and nutrients. Including broth in your meal helps you absorb even more of the nutrition from all your other foods! Find recipes here and here to make delicious bone broth at home.

What Depletes Magnesium?

Many prescription and OTC drugs deplete magnesium. The list includes, but isn’t limited to, Zantac, Nexium, Prilosec, Maalox, Tums, Alka-Seltzer, most antibiotics, blood pressure medications, Ritalin, steroid creams and inhalers, HRTs, and oral contraceptives. If you take any of these it would be wise to ask your doctor about a good magnesium supplement.

In addition to those medications, magnesium is also depleted by stress, caffeine, high amounts of calcium supplements, and very loud noises. Eating a diet high in processed foods and soft drinks, as well as having any kind of digestive disorder can also deplete your magnesium.

Also remember that foods treated with herbicides, especially glyphosate (RoundUP), will further deplete the minerals in the soil and in the food. So stick to organic whenever possible, or follow the Dirty Dozen guide when choosing fresh vegetables and fruits to find the ones with the least amount of toxic chemicals.

What About Supplements?

Magnesium glycinate is an easily absorbed form of magnesium that’s good for supplementing a deficiency. Be aware that magnesium has a laxative effect when you first begin taking supplements, so start slowly and work up to the most effective dose for you.

Mix up Natural Calm powder if you want to drink your magnesium. Take a bath with epsom salts, or use a high quality high mineral sea salt

Using magnesium oil spray or making a magnesium body butter are two more ways to add magnesium to your daily routine.

What are your favorite ways to get magnesium? Tell us about it in the comments or visit our Facebook page to share your thoughts.

 

 

Wise Traditions 2013 Radical Nutrition with Louisa Williams session 1

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Louisa Williams, Radical Medicine

Today was Day One of the 2013 Wise Traditions conference of the Weston A Price Foundation in Atlanta, GA.  I spent the whole day, from 10a.m. to 5p.m., listening to Louisa Williams, author of Radical Nutrition.  I have tons of notes and lecture handouts, but I just want to put things down in writing here to help cement in my brain everything that she said. So I’m afraid this won’t be very organized, just going to stream out what I have down and hope it will be of help to you too.

Louisa Williams’ topic today was Removing the Obstacles to Cure.  You can go to her website, radicalmedicine.com to learn more about her and her medical practice. Her book, Radical Medicine, is an in-depth look at curing acute and chronic illness from a holistic and homeopathic viewpoint.

Here goes….The 20th century was a time of radical change, both for the good and for the bad.  Good things include the advancements made in hygiene and sanitation such as indoor plumbing, running water, daily baths and showers; also other areas of sanitation in daily living; and the invention of refrigeration including home refrigerators to keep food fresh.

The list of bad things that came out of the 20th century make up a list that Dr. Williams calls “7 Major Toxic Insults”.

1. The invention and subsequent widespread use of petrochemicals such as insecticides that have found their way into the water, air and soil.

2. Mercury amalgam fillings in every baby boomer’s mouth. Mercury fillings were developed to fill a need for ‘cheap, easy and fast’ ways to fill the ever increasing amounts of cavities in the general population.

3. Widespread mandatory injections of vaccines. In 1950 a total of 7 vaccines per child were required. Now by the time a child reaches college they will receive 69 vaccines. Dr. Sabin, the co-inventor of the polio vaccine, spoke out against vaccines saying “they are a failure”. Tim O’Shea states “vaccination is not immunization” there have been no double-blind tests done on vaccines.

4. Pervasive EMF stress through wifi, electric cars, and smart meters on houses.

5. Widspread use of GMOs – carcinogenic Bt crops.  There is a website now hoping to catalog all of the restaurants in the U.S. that pledge to be GMO-free.  http://www.nongmoorganicrestaurants.com

6. Direct-to-consumer advertising, which first began in 1997, to have celebrity endorsements and advertising of prescription drugs directly to the general public rather than to the medical community.

7. Overuse of antibiotics

A healthy lifestyle is no longer enough to achieve good health in the face of the 7 Toxic Insults. We must use natural healing according to the wise traditions of our ancestors.

When you remove the toxic obstacles to healing then your amazing Weston A Price diet will work.

Allopathic medicine – “other than or against” the disease. Treat disease by using medicine antagonists and suppressors to disease symptoms, such as antihistamins, antitussives anti-inflammatory, antibiotic

Naturopathic – support body’s immune system to heal itself.

Pesticide use: in 1950 10% of cornfields were sprayed, In 1993 99% of cornfields were sprayed, In 1929 the Swann Chemical company (later incorporated by Monsanto) made the first PCBs which were subsequently banned in 1976, but PCBs are still found all over the globe.

Read Stolen Future by Theo Colborn

Environmental Working Group study in 2002 “Body Burden” – average baby as 200 toxic chemicals in their cord blood at birth – placenta does not protect. The mother must avoid these chemicals if the baby is to stay unexposed.  So how do we change? How do we protect ourselves?  CHANGE PERSONAL CARE AND CLEANING PRODUCTS! This is one of the most simple and important ways to detox – change your cosmetics and soaps!  Read the labels!

Don’t buy/use isopropyl alcohol – use natural alcohols from a health food store.  Avoid parabens! They’re BAD! Cause CANCER!

Dr. Philippa Darbre, Oncologist, found parabens inside the tumors of 18 out of 20 women with breast cancer. The parabens came from skin application such as deodorants, lotions, etc.)

EPIGENETICS! We turn on our genetic tendency to cancer when we bathe and use cosmetics with toxic chemicals.  People have “gene myopia” – we think genes control our destiny.

Read Epigenetic Inheritance and Evolution: the Lamarchian Dimension by Jean Baptiste Lamarch

The cosmetic industry in Europe highly regulates their ingredients. The FDA does none. Regulation is given to the industry itself. Even companies with holistic reputation use bad ingredients. Solvents used to extract ingredients are not required to be listed at all in spite of residue remaining in the product.

EPA study in 1991 found toxic solvents in 100% of all perfumes. 95% of all perfumes contained other toxic chemicals.

We need to replace our personal care products with non-toxic versions. Use the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep  www.ewg.org/skindeep and www.radicalmeddicine.com lists of products.

Detoxification support can be enhanced with “Russian Algae” from Biosuperfood  F1. It is strong enough to detox radiation poisoning and heavy metal poisoning. Binds toxic metals and chemicals to eliminate them. www.bioage.com This supplement also functions as a multi-vitamin.

Back pain is hardly ever just back pain. It is inflammation of vital organs manifesting elsewhere in the body.

MRT – matrix reflext test a kind of kinesiology testing used to determine healing strategies

“The harmless aspect of the familiar…” – Rachel CarsoJust because your friends use these products they are not ok. Cancer and disease is silent and relentless.

Remove the toxins from your home: cleaning products, non-toxic bedding, don’t buy brand new homes (or else deliberately allow them to off gas all the toxins before you move in). Visit Mary Cordaro’s website www.marycordaro.com an expert in the field of homes and furninshings.  Read Natural Home Magazine.  Don’t buy new cars.  Ann Arbor, MichiganEcologyCenter rates cars – most and least toxic.  Least toxic car 2012 Honda Civic (Prius most toxic)

www.beyondpesticides.org and www.panna.org

Supplements are not always good either. Many are synthetic vitamin isolates, inorganic minerals and toxic excipients.  Read Empty Harvest by Dr. Bernard Jensen and Mark Anderson.  Even back in 1936 99% of Americans were deficient in minerals.  Beware of the “other” ingredients in your supplements. Stearates are hydrogenated cottonseed oil. Magnesium stearate reduces the absorption of the actual supplement.  >>a good vitamin C is Pure Radiance C from www.thesynergycompany.com

Time-release medicines are coated in phthalates.  U.S. is most highly medicated and vaccinated country and yet we rank 29th in life expectancy.

Dr. Barbara Starfield in JAMA 2000 reported allopathic medicine itself was the 3rd leading cause of death in hospitals.  Google Death By Medicine – Dr. Gary Null

1 in 4 people over age 45 are on statin drugs.  Read The Great Cholesterol Con,   Watch Statin Nation: The Great Cholesterol Cover-up DVD

Pesticides interfere with vitamin A pathways. Eating organic foods provides immediate protection from toxic chemicals.

We must remove the obstacles to cure found in our personal care products, cleaners, cars and supplements.  International College of Applied Kinesiology can recommend practitioners and dentists.  Also check www.Primaldocs.com

That was the end for session 1. There are 2 more sessions but it is late and I will stop here.