How are Lyme disease symptoms similar to magnesium deficiency symptoms?
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Though most conventional sources online will claim that magnesium deficiency is relatively rare, especially in developed countries, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are many factors that contribute to the development of magnesium deficiency, including not only diet, but also environmental and emotional factors. In the modern world, especially in developed countries, most fruits and vegetables in grocery stores are woefully low in magnesium in comparison with fresh produce from the past. Levels of magnesium in the soil where food is grown make a difference in whether or not the food will be rich in magnesium, and since magnesium levels are lower than they used to be in the soil, this means that produce also has lower magnesium levels. Stepping away from fresh produce, though, processing foods can remove up to 80% of the magnesium content in the food!
So even if you eat a healthy, balanced diet, chances are good that you’re still not getting quite enough magnesium (unless you happen to eat only organic, local foods, or foods that you grow at home in your own garden but even then there’s a chance that the produce is comparatively low in magnesium).
Magnesium belongs to a group of trace minerals that could be sprinkled over the soil as salts by someone who knows how to dose soils properly such that fruits and vegetables can soak up the mineral and present it to us in highly bioavailable forms. Indeed, Calcium, Potassium, Lithium, Cesium, and Rubidium belong to a class or trace minerals that could be “administered” in the same way. In an earlier discussion about neurological Lyme disease symptoms, we expanded on the use of lithium orotate, a lithium salt that is far less toxic than the patented, non-natural form of lithium known as “lithium carbonate”. Remember, the only way Big Pharma can patent a medicine is if it is not natural, so lithium, though it occurs in natural salt-forms that are bioavailable, extremely beneficial to us, and practically non-toxic, was patented and marketed to the public as a toxic substance known as lithium carbonate even though lithium orotate works much better as a treatment for mental health issues. It was only by patenting lithium carbonate that Big Pharma was able to obscure the true health benefits of lithium orotate, an alkalizing medicine that can kill pathogens, get rid of pain, and make people feel generally…happier.
But anyway, you could, in theory, sprinkle lithium, cesium, and rubidium in your home garden along with magnesium to produce super-nutritious plants that will prevent cancer, autoimmune disease, and other serious health problems. Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler is a doctor who developed a way to cure cancer using an “abscisin-based diet” along with an immunotherapy treatment. She viewed the soil that our food-plants are grown in as our “external metabolism”. This was an important insight even back in the 1930’s when the Dust Bowl took shape and people were hyper-aware of the fact that American soils, in particular, had been misused in a way that left them vulnerable to extreme erosion. American soils were never properly “healed” from what happened prior to the Dust Bowl. The United States follows a monoculture system that uses synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to produce big plants and big yields with few nutrients.
Some people are literally afraid of magnesium, cesium, rubidium, and lithium, which can only be the product of regular exposure to propaganda about these healing nutrients that are supposed to be present in the soils and also in our fruits and vegetables. If I were going to make an effort to heal an entire population of people, I would learn how to administer magnesium, cesium to the soils so that people would eat these nutrients in their foods and drink them in their water.
But some people in our world view the nutrient-deficient soils as a positive thing from which they can make a lot of money. At the supermarket, Americans (and Europeans, and Australians too as well as other English-speaking citizens of other countries who might be reading this book) have a choice between eating produce that was home-grown in nutrient-deficient soils or eating foods that have travelers for days, if not weeks to arrive at their final destination. In so-called “developed nations” fruits and vegetables are sad, tasteless products of sad, nutrient-deficient soils. And the population of people in these “developed” nations have been taught to be afraid of the very nutrients that would save their lives.
My own father takes anti-arrhythmia prescription medications that he hates due to their side effects even though I’ve told him a million times that he could replace those meds with potassium. The idea of using a natural substance like potassium, that should be present in the foods that he eats such that he would suffer from no heart problems at all, scares him. And it’s hard to undo years of propaganda exposure.
Did I mention that he’s a farmer by trade?
To round out this discussion regarding Magnesium (as well as Magnesium’s side kick, Calcium, and Cesium, Rubidium, Potassium, and Lithium), I need to mention that Magnesium and Calcium are in the same column of the periodic table and that Cesium, Rubidium, Potassium, and Lithium are also in the same column. Being in the same column indicates that those elements have certain characteristics in common.
Stress can also cause magnesium depletion, since more magnesium is lost through the urine during times of stress. Again, in the modern time, stress levels for most humans are generally higher. In addition, medications like antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, antacids can lower magnesium levels, as can high-dose calcium supplements, excess coffee, and alcohol.
Magnesium deficiency may lead to health problems like those listed below:
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic pain
- Muscle cramps, spasms, and tightness
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
- Constipation and other gastrointestinal issues
- Menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Loss of appetite
- Heart palpitations and arrhythmia
- Insomnia/sleep disturbances
- Poor mood
- High blood pressure
- Depressive/anxiety disorders
- Type 2 diabetes
- Memory loss or trouble remembering things
- Motor skill issues
- Immune system dysfunction
Some of the health issues above resemble Lyme disease symptoms, like chronic pain, fatigue, tremors, arrhythmias, depression/anxiety, and others. There are many neurological symptoms of magnesium deficiency as well that resemble those seen in cases of neurological Lyme disease. Magnesium deficiency in combination with Lyme disease therefore may aggravate all different kinds of Lyme disease symptoms, in which case supplementation with magnesium can help alleviate symptoms and support recovery when implemented in combination with other healing therapies in this book.
Lyme Disease and Magnesium Deficiency
Magnesium is an important nutritional supplement for Lyme disease patients, especially those who suffer from long-term, chronic Lyme disease. Lyme disease has been connected with magnesium deficiency, with many Lyme disease patients suffering from significantly lower magnesium levels than the rest of the population. While magnesium may not cure Lyme disease, correcting this deficiency is absolutely essential for recovery. Without adequate nutritional support, Lyme disease recovery will be very difficult since the body needs the appropriate nutrients to attack bacteria, carry out repairs, and detoxify.
Lyme disease patients have notoriously low magnesium levels, which contribute to worsening of symptoms and a generally faster disease progression.
Magnesium contributes to mood regulation, appropriate nerve signals throughout the brain and body, and DNA/RNA creation and repair, besides being a cofactor in more than 300 different reactions in the human body. Without enough magnesium, there’s a lot that the body can’t do, or at least a lot that it can’t do correctly, which means it must make adjustments to try and keep normal processes functioning using other materials that are likely not very well suited to the task (which means that vital processes in your body will be disrupted, causing health problems, as a result of magnesium deficiency; supplementing with magnesium means that your body can start completing these processes normally again).
Stress, both physical and emotional, as a result of chronic illness can also deplete magnesium levels, especially when stress is experienced over time. As a result of this stress, inflammation, fatigue, irritability, mood issues, and other symptoms can develop relatively quickly, besides other magnesium deficiency symptoms or symptoms of Lyme disease itself.
Luckily, the symptoms of Lyme disease that are caused entirely or partly by a magnesium deficiency can be reversed by simply taking a magnesium supplement. Nutrient deficiencies and their symptoms are, in the vast majority of cases, easily reversible when the appropriate nutrient dose is administered.
How to Correct Magnesium Deficiency in Lyme Disease Patients
You may need to take more magnesium at first in order to correct a deficiency. Later on, you can take a daily maintenance dose, or take magnesium on an as-needed basis. Keep in mind that some people feel sleepy or very relaxed after taking magnesium, especially at somewhat higher doses, so plan to take magnesium at bedtime (this will also help you sleep and can improve your mood the next day).
The recommended daily intake for magnesium is currently set between 320-420mg per day, with pregnant women needing more than this, but some experts speculate that a normal, balanced diet in the past could have supplied up to 600mg of magnesium daily. Aim to take 400mg of magnesium per day, but start at a lower dose if you wish. Take 200mg in the morning and 200mg in the evening, or take it all in one dose in the evening. Later, reduce the dose to 100-200mg daily as a maintenance dose.
Another Lyme disease-specific magnesium protocol indicates the following dosages of magnesium and other important nutrients:
- Magnesium malate – Take 200mg every 2 hours (take 6 doses a day for a total daily dose of 1200mg)
- Vitamin B6 – Take 12mg with each magnesium dose (total daily dose of 72mg; split the 25mg tablets in half)
- **Take a B-100 supplement in addition to this divided dose of vitamin B6; the B-complex vitamins work better together, and besides this, they will help support recovery from Lyme disease in general.
- Selenium – Take 12mcg with each magnesium dose (total daily dose of 72mg)
The protocol above is based on one developed by Dr. Valletta, an Italian physician who used this protocol or one similar to treat not only Lyme disease, but also cancer and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ulcerative colitis over the course of 6 months.
You may also use a topical magnesium spray or drink powder to supplement magnesium. Topical application of magnesium may be particularly valuable for Lyme disease patients who suffer from muscle cramps, tremors, or pain.
Although the actual magnesium content of foods is debatable, consider incorporating these foods known for their especially high magnesium content into your diet:
- Raw cacao (not a Hershey’s bar, 100%, raw cacao, like cacao nibs, for example)
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
- Dark leafy green vegetables
Agar agar is another food product high in magnesium that may specifically benefit Lyme disease patients. Agar agar comes from seaweed, and works as a kind of vegan gelatin in food. This food also contains calcium, so it can deliver magnesium and calcium together in the appropriate proportions. Agar also contains galactose, a simple sugar vital for brain health that can protect myelin sheaths in the central nervous system, brain, and spinal cord. It can also help remove toxins from the brain and nervous system that may cause dementia-like symptoms. Agar also helps remove toxins from the gastrointestinal tract and may act as a mild laxative.
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