This common scenario below is a quote from magnesium expert Dr. Carolyn Dean, who wrote The Magnesium Miracle. It’s a great sum up of why you shouldn’t have blind faith in your doctor and the importance of aiming to be drug free.
The scenario that I like to talk about is very basic. You will recognize it immediately in either yourself or your family members. You go to your doctor. You’re under massive stress. Massive stress means you’re losing magnesium.
You’re burning magnesium out of your body, because it helps support your adrenal glands. It helps keep you away from anxiety and depression. It helps relax your muscles. If you’re all tight and stressed, your magnesium is being lost.
What happens to the muscles of your blood vessels is they go tight. That tightness is going to cause increased blood pressure.
Your doctor does your blood pressure or the nurse will do your blood pressure. It’s elevated because you’re under stress. The doctor is under stress, too. The doctor doesn’t have time to even ask you if you’re under stress but will say, “Oh, your blood pressure is elevated. We’ll give you a diuretic.”
A diuretic is to drop the fluid level in your body to take the pressure off your blood vessels, so your blood pressure will drop. But what else a diuretic does is drain off your magnesium. They know it’ll drain off your potassium, so your doctor may say, “Eat a banana or an orange every day when you’re on this.”
But they don’t say anything about your magnesium and they don’t do your magnesium blood test. You go away. A month later you come back, and the doctor finds your blood pressure’s even more elevated. Yes, because you’ve just lost more magnesium.
Your doctor will put you on a calcium channel blocker. Now, they have that part right. They know that without magnesium, your calcium is going to become elevated and will tighten up your blood vessels, so they try to block calcium. But they don’t know that magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker. They’ll also put you on an angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, another blood pressure drug.
I’ve come to find out some research study just showed that people on ACE inhibitors have a higher risk of cancer. So, you go away with three drugs now. After two or three months, you come back and have blood taken to make sure that drugs aren’t hurting your liver or whatever.
All of a sudden, your cholesterol is elevated. All of a sudden, your blood sugar is elevated. What does the doctor say? “Oh, we caught your cholesterol. We just caught your blood sugar. We can put you on medications.” They didn’t catch them; they caused them. Because the more you reduce your magnesium, the more your cholesterol will get out of control, because magnesium is important to balance out the enzyme that creates cholesterol in the body and helps to balance your cholesterol.
The statin drugs kill the enzyme that the magnesium balances. Blood sugar does the same thing. If you look up in the signs and symptoms of diabetes in any allopathic medical book, you’ll find that one of the signs of diabetes is low magnesium.
Here you are, after four months of magnesium deficiency-induced high blood pressure, still with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Now you’re on five or six medications, and all those medications will lower your magnesium levels.
Conventional medicine, as practiced by doctors, is a seriously flawed paradigm. It’s simply clear to see that it doesn’t work for chronic disease, which is what causes 99% of the suffering out there.
Although I see small elements of the understanding of the need for holistic solutions creeping into medical practice, it’s tiny, incomplete, and ineffective. An example of this is that research showed that calcium is more absorbed if vitamin D status is good. So now we see doctors prescribing vitamin D and supplements with calcium and vitamin D together.
This again is just more madness, which will cause calcification of arteries and soft tissues, because calcium metabolism, strong bones and overall health is not about some magic bullet or pill. Without adequate magnesium and vitamin K2, which nearly everyone is deficient in, the high dose calcium even better absorbed will do more damage. This URGENTLY needs to be widely understood, because we are all heading into our health future, meal by meal, day by day.
Doctors do not generally understand. They look at symptoms and do drugs or surgery, that’s all they have in their toolbox. The ones that do understand are self taught.
What we all need first and foremost is a diet and lifestyle that AUTOMATICALLY optimizes the nutrients that work synergistically to create health in our bodies. And that is where James and I are focused — on what WORKS for health.
“What do I need to do every day, habitually, to be healthy?”
THAT is the question with incredible power to create health and happiness and keep suffering away. THAT is the question that should dominate your thinking until you have it nailed down.