The Magnesium Miracle

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-Magnesium is indeed the unsung hero and is a key nutriceutical that everybody needs to know about. . . . This book needs to be read by any individual wishing to improve their quality of life. . . . Dr Dean has the best credentials in bringing solutions to those suffering from the hidden magnesium disorders that affect most of us.--DR. STEPHEN T. SINATRA, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N.Author of Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight WeeksMore than seventy-five years ago, medical scientists declared magnesium to be an essential nutrient, indispensable to life. When this mineral is part of your diet, you are guarding against-and helping to alleviate-health threats such as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, arthritis, and asthma. But while research continues to reaffirm magnesium-s irreplaceable contribution to good health, many Americans remain dangerously deficient.In The Miracle of Magnesium, Dr. Carolyn Dean, an authority on this mineral who has used it with dramatic success in her own practice, explains the vital role that magnesium plays in the control of many serious ailments-from painful muscle spasms and bladder problems to traumatic brain injury and complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Inside you will discover- How diets and lifestyles can create a dangerous magnesium deficiency- Which magnesium-rich foods keep your vital organs healthy and which to avoid- Why other nutrients, including calcium, need magnesium to become potent- What vitamins and minerals work with magnesium to treat specific ailments- Why prescription medicines, such as birth control pills, can deplete magnesium- Which magnesium supplements are best for youWhether you need help with a serious health problem or merely want to protect the good health you already enjoy, The Miracle of Magnesium will answer all your questions. It may even save your life.

Customer Reviews:

  • Eye opener
    How ignorant we are about this essential mineral. This book is an eye-opener. Highly recommended....more info
  • Magnificent Magnesium!!!
    Incredible how ignorant our society has made our doctors and Medical "experts!!" This book is amazing!! Todays proffesionals need only to look at the natural workings of the human body, not only to cure but prevent our modern era so called "epidemics." Magnesium is a vital key to our lost selves. please read and pass on this priceless knowledge!!! ...more info
  • very good book, but ...
    I am a layperson, but I know that bone meal is NOT a good magnesium source, contrary to what is being claimed in this book. Bone meal is a good source of organic CALCIUM (which is antagonistic to magnesium) and PHOSPHORUS, and it was shocking to see it listed there, on the backdrop of trying to steer people away from taking too much calcium. (If you take bone meal when you actually need magnesium you'll be in big trouble). As far as testing for magnesium (which is very important), the author fails to mention the hair analysis method, which is a more accurate way of determining the intracellular levels versus blood analysis (which is correctly deemed almost worthless). If it weren't for the bone meal error that I discovered accidentally and the lack of information on hair analysis, I would have given this book 5 stars, there is otherwise a lot of useful and correct information on magnesium. The reader/sufferer/health enthusiast should do his/her homework on magnesium and consult other sources also, unfortunately this book is not the ultimate resource on this topic, maybe a future edition will be. To be completely honest, though, as someone chronically low on magnesium due probably to calcium abuse, I have consulted this book on numerous occasions, because a lot of information and interpretation was simply not available anywhere else, and I found it very useful (and yes, it works)....more info
  • One very important mistake
    I found one very important mistake. On page 154 in the chapter about osteoporosis and kidney stones, in a box labeled "Supplements for Osteoporosis" she lists "Vitamin A 20,000 IU daily (forms bone matrix)". There are several studies about vitamin A and bone density that show that vitamin A above 5,000 IU daily is bad for the bones. Since many foods, such as low fat milk and margarine are fortified with vitamin A, it is very easy to get a toxic amount of vitamin A, even if you take only a multivitamin. Some multi-vitamins or cod liver oil can put you in the toxic range. Beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, does not harm the bones, so look for a supplement with mostly beta carotene, rather than retinol.

    Also, in the same box, she lists "Vitamin D 1,000 IU daily or 20 minutes in the sun." According to most vitamin D scientists, most adults need 2,000 to 5,000 IU daily of Vitamin D, at least in the winter, in order to have optimum vitamin D levels in the blood. A hundred pound person might do well with 2,000 IU, but a 250 pound person might need 5,000 IU. However, if a person takes a lot of vitamin D (over 2,000 IU), it is best to have the doctor check your vitamin D level and calcium level every few months....more info
  • An Amazing Account of how Magnesium Deficiency Effects us all
    Overall this book is key, it gives tangible evidence that our foods have become ever more magnesium deficient over the decades. Modern agriculture literally drains it out of the soil, leaving our foods ever more deficient year after year. We're shown how lack of this significiant mineral, especially in combination with all the 'take more calcium' hype, is causing circulatory problems, nervous system failure, and muscle issues.

    After a thorough reading you'll have a much better understanding of the role played by magnesium in your body, heart and mind. Without this essential nutrient our cells cannot divide, our muscles can't flex, our blood cannot flow, our nervous system cannot communicate - it is required for all the basic biological aspects of the human machine, and yet we're getting less and less of it from our diet each year.

    We're also given a comprehensive discussion of supplements, which ones work better, and why. Which helps you choose how you get your correct amount of magnesium. It's doubly important for growing youths or athletes and the explanations are constantly forth-coming.

    All in all a very good resource for anyone looking to take responsibility for their health, recommended in tandem with Sherry Roger's Detoxify or Die. Be Well, Feel Better and LIVE LIFE without pain, medications, or disease.

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  • Magnesium is very important for fascia & muscles
    After reading Dr. Dean's original magnesium book, I ordered her revised version. She included transdermal magnesium application in this revised edition. Transdermal magnesium is very effective. Transdermal magnesium is on of the most effective applications I have come across for use in musculoskeletal issues. I have applied it in fomentations on frozen shoulders, knee problems, back issues all have had expedited results. If you liked this book, you should check out "Transdermal Magnesium Therapy" by Mark Sircus....more info
  • When the doctor tells you to go away he can't do anything this book can!!!!!!!!!!
    This book will teach you about what everyone needs to know and have more off in the diet. Check out what others say and buy the book today. A book that urgently needs to be read....more info
  • Kuddos!
    "The Magnesium Miracle" is a well written, understandable look at this key mineral. The book details the studies done showing magnesium's role in the healing of so many disease conditions. As the author rightfully says, "We are not drug deficient, but rather nutrient deficient." Also, all the key minerals and vitamins are synergistic in their operation. This means that they work togehter to procuce the desired effect. For example, calcium is a muscle contractent, while magnessium is a muscle relaxant. For magnesium and calcium to do their jobs you also need vitamin D, copper, maganese, boron and zinc. Also these nutrients need to be in the proper ratio to each other. You might have heard that you need two parts calcium to one part magnesium. The author contends that you need one part calcium to one part magnesium. I agree with her.

    The author stresses the importance of a healthful diet with whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, cold water fish, organic meat, beans, nuts and seeds. She also gives you a supplement protocal for every disease condition talked about in the book. She isn't for mega doses of any one nutrient, but the right ratio of all the needed nutrients. I've known quite a few people, who while professing to be supplement takers, are slip-shod about the whole thing.This approach will not provide the necessary nutrients on a daily basis that are essential to regaining your health. You need to be responsible and discipline yourself to follow a supplement protocal and eat at regular times as well.

    The author tells you about the various kinds of magnesium, how readily each one is absorbed by the body and whether they can cause loose stools in sensative people. Dr. Dean takes all the guess work out of chosing a magnesium supplement.

    The one negative comment is where the author tells people with certain disease conditions to lay off meat. While some people need more protein and fat than others, we all need some in our diet. Because of the way most animals are raised, of all the foods to purchase organically meat is the most important. While organic meat is definitely more expensive, especially if you are already sick, you do not want to be eating growth hormones, antibiotics, etc. Some people are carbodydrate types, others are mixed types, while still others need a higher fat and protein diet. One simple way to determine your food type is to ask yourself what kind of chicken you most perfer. If like me you love dark meat, you are probably in the last catagory. If you perfer white meat the opposite is probably true. If both are equally appelaing you are probably a mixed diet person. For a more detailed test on this important subject go to Joseph Mercola's website.

    I would also highly recommend you you read "Vitamin D Is It The Fountain of Youth?" by Paul Stitt. Vitamin D is another miracle nutrient. The more I study on nutrients the more convinced I become that only what our Creator designed us to function on will produce abundant health. We can't eat junk food, take a multi vitamin and be healthy. Also, lipitor will never replace magnesium. And while natural remedies such as herbs, chiropracitc, etc definitely have their place in a healthful lifestyle they don't replace proper eating, drinking enough water, getting adequate sleep, exercse, sunshine and fresh air. Also having a right relationship with God and close, healthy personal relationships is key to health. We need to learn to take responsiblility in every area of our lives....more info
  • Eye Opener!
    This isn't your typical "you need Magnesium so here is where you buy it" and then bloated with a bunch of pages with a thousand sources that anyone can easily find on the internet. This is good reading and well done to open your eyes and make you aware, not only of the need, but the reasons. If you want hand-holding go to the health food store but if you want an education on the subject, this a good one.
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  • Magnesium is the great relaxer
    I knew magnesium was important from other books I had read, and other classes I had taken, but I didn't realize how many things reduce the amount in the body such as, exercise, sweating, stress, prescription drugs, fluoride, and calcium supplementation. Magnesium is necessary to properly metabolize calcium, and it keeps calcium in solution in the body, so it prevents calcifications, which are quite common.

    Magnesium is therapeutic in treating the following:
    1. Anxiety and panic attacks- because it helps keep adrenal stress hormones under control
    2. Asthma - both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency
    3. Blood clots - magnesium prevents blood clots and thins blood without side effects.
    4. Bowel disease - magnesium deficiency is one of the main causes of constipation.
    5. Cystitis - bladder spasms are worsened by a magnesium deficiency.
    6. Depression - serotonin (mood elevator) is dependent on magnesium for its production and function.
    7. Heavy metals - magnesium is essential for the removal of heavy metals such as aluminum and lead.
    8. Diabetes - magnesium facilitates the production of insulin and the transfer of glucose into the cells.
    9. Fatigue - magnesium deficiency affects hundreds of enzymes, and fatigue is one of the first signs of a magnesium deficiency.
    10. Heart disease - The heart requires magnesium as does all muscles.
    11. Hypertension, hypoglycemia, insomnia, kidney disease, migraines, nerve problems, PMS, osteoporosis, Raynaud's syndrome, and tooth decay are all aggravated, and sometimes caused by a magnesium deficiency.

    Calcium causes muscles to contract, while magnesium gives them the ability to relax. This is why it is so helpful in the treatment of heart disease, asthma, migraines, PMS and Raynaud's syndrome.

    She told a very scary story where a Florida high school football coach gave his players a calcium supplement on a very hot day before a game. Eleven players became disoriented and had difficulty walking. Their speech was slurred, they complained of muscles spasms, and they were breathing very deeply. Within an hour eight of the boys collapsed into full-blown seizures. Thirteen of the players reported headaches, blurred vision, muscle twitching, nausea, and weakness. They all eventually recovered. The heat, exercise, and calcium supplementation had driven their magnesium levels dangerously low. Magnesium deficiency may play a role in sudden cardiac death syndrome as seen with athletes.

    She generally recommends 600-1,000 mgs, and depending on your health condition will determine what type of magnesium to take. This is one of the better books I have read on natural health care. I'm currently working on a summary for myself, I'm about halfway through and already have four pages of notes. I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about natural healthcare.
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  • Calcium without magnesium = major health problems
    If you're like me, you know to avoid "miracle" claims for any supplement. So, the title of this book may seem over the top.

    But the fact is, magnesium is involved in hundreds of cellular reactions--to the point that if you don't have enough of it, you are breaking down all over. Sometimes in subtle ways and sometimes major ones. And magnesium can help such a wide variety of conditions that it does seem a bit too good to be true.

    When I started researching magnesium a few years ago, I found the science so strong and the implications of mag deficiency so serious, I could not understand why more doctors didn't know about it.

    Instead, our culture is getting pumped full of calcium, to the point that it is causing serious problems with sleeplessness, breast lumps, repetitive-use injuries, tendonitis, hypertension, anxiety, and even constipation.

    A recent study showed that magnesium supplementation even at the point of infant delivery will reduce the risks of a child having cerebral palsy. And women who don't have enough magnesium have higher rates of hypertension during delivery.

    I explain it to friends this way: Calcium gives rigidity to the cell, and magnesium gives flexibility. It's not exactly scientifically accurate, but it's close enough.

    So, with any problem where you are lacking "flexibility," magnesium might help. Moreover, taken as the experts recommend, it won't hurt you--unlike the pharmaceutical alternatives your doctor might recommend instead.

    As a nation, we are largely deficient in mag due to many factors, including high stress levels, consuming too many dairy products, and the quick-growing methods we've employed in our farming practices over the last 50 years. And the industry fixation on promoting calcium is CREATING many health problems.

    Carolyn Dean explains everything you need to know about magnesium clearly, factually, and entertainingly. I recommend it to all who care about their health--and that of their loved ones.

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  • Great resource on magnesium...
    When I found I was suffering from many of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, I looked on Amazon and found two very highly rated books - "The Magnesium Factor" and "The Magnesium Miracle". Unable to decide between the two, I ordered them both.

    "The Magnesium Miracle" by Carolyn Dean was my favorite of the two as it provides the pertinent research and biochemical information in a very concise and easily readable format that would likely be more accessible to the layperson. The detailed information for supplementation includes not only magnesium, but also other nutrients that are needed to alleviate various magnesium-deficient conditions. This would be the book I would recommend to family and friends.

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  • Great muscle relief.
    I originally purchased this book to help with migraine headaches. It is so much more than that. It gave good insight to the many benefits of magnesium such as muscle spasms, heart health, leg cramps and more. Well worth the money....more info
  • The Magnesium Miracle
    This was an easy to read nutrition book about an important nutrient in the body, which often gets overlooked. The book is written by a woman who is a naturopathic doctor and medical doctor (seems very "well-rounded" for a doctor). This book provides an expert guide into the importance of magnesium in the it works, how magnesium is necessary for calcium absorption, how magnesium can smooth muscles, such as in the chest/lungs for those with asthma (like my son). My son is prone to asthma each time he catches a viral infection. We hate giving him the typical albuterol, which speeds up a person's heart rate and causes hyperactivity (hmmm...I wonder how many kids using albuterol are also diagnosed with ADHD?)and worth mentioning, I've heard that there are no studies to show how albuterol affects lung development. We also were told to give our son pulmicort, a steriod, which also has side effects, such as, causing cataracts (et. al.). I started giving my son liquid magnesium to help with the tighteness in his chest that he gets from asthma. Magnesium does help and my child's doctor agrees.

    I would recommend this book to everyone because it covers many different illnesses and discusses how several illnesses/problems can be improved with magnesium. I believe that good nutrition (and naturopathic approaches) can help keep a person healthy, and help those with genetic disorders, much more than pharmaceuticals (many of which are man-made chemicals), which typically have side-effects that lead you to buy more drugs to help with each side effect's side effect, etc., etc... Check this book out for yourself. Even people who don't like to read about nutrition will find this book easy to read and easy to understand. ...more info
  • Great Information
    Well-presented, interesting information and fairly easy to read. Lots of info on how to best supplement with magnesium, of which we are all so grossly under-supplied. I have recommnended this one to lots of friends....more info
  • Educational
    I am impressed with this book. It's easy to read and understand, and I learned a lot about the importance of magnesium and how it helps us to function. I have shared this book with friends and family so they can improve their diets and learn how a magnesium deficiency affects their health. My daughter has NOT had a migraine since she has incorporated this mineral in to her diet. That in itself made the purchase worthwhile.
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  • Great, thoroughly referenced book
    I was already sold on the importance of magnesium. This book was filled with solid references and explanations on the workings on magnesium. I wasn't aware of how many diseases (like asthma) magnesium might be helpful in. The sections about how magnesium is measured were also very informative. ...more info
  • Magnesium is essential and so is this book
    Magnesium is extremely important for good health. Yet for far too many years this vital mineral has been largely overlooked by most doctors. Shockingly, most laboratory blood tests do not even measure magnesium status although magnesium is involved as an essential factor in more aspects of health than any other mineral. Since magnesium status is rarely measured, most doctors don't know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though about 80% of Americans are deficient in this essential mineral. And magnesium deficiency is a significant factor -- often the primary factor -- in many severe illnesses including heart attacks and other forms of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, fatigue, migraines and other headaches, osteoporosis, insomnia, and most cases of muscular problems. Because magnesium deficiency is largely overlooked, millions of Americans suffer needlessly from the foregoing ailments or are having their symptoms treated with expensive drugs (which often have unpleasant or dangerous side effects) when they could be cured with magnesium supplementation. This excellent and easily-readable new book by Dr. Dean (an up-to-date revision and expansion of her ground-breaking book The Miracle of Magnesium) discusses these and other important aspects of this vital mineral in detail. Everyone who is concerned about his or her health should acquire and read this very important book, even if you already own its earlier version. So should their doctors. And the vast majority of Americans should increase their magnesium intake by suitable diet and appropriate supplementation as Dr. Dean recommends. Those who do will very likely find themselves free of many ailments they may now have....more info