The Magnesium Factor Paperback – Aug 25 2003
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Mildred S. Seelig, M.D., MPH, is a world-renowned researcher who has studied the role of magnesium in health and disease for more than forty years. The author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and an international lecturer, she is also a master of the American College of Nutrition and a founding editor of the college's professional journal.
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For nearly twenty years I suffered with migraines. I tried many prescription medications, but none of them worked and they all produced unacceptable side effects. Around 1998 (at 34 years old), my blood pressure was becoming elevated, my average resting heart rate was 95-100 bpm. My migraines were more frequent and severe, and I had started having frequent chest pains, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and overwhelming fatigue. I would go to the doctor's only to be told that they could not find anything wrong.
Then, in May 2000, my blood pressure was extremely low and my heart was beating so fast until it began to spasm rather than beat. I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance and I spent nearly a week in the hospital undergoing testing. When I left the hospital, I was hunched over with barely enough strength to walk, and had no real answers as to what had happened to me. A week or two later I was back in the hospital with the same symptoms. After that, it seemed as if everything was triggering panic attacks--sugary and starchy foods, certain types of exercise, viral infections, migraines, excessive heat, and, of course, everyday stressors. Finally, I decided that "anxiety" was no longer an acceptable answer for what I was experiencing. I saw a psychologist who told me that many people who get panic attacks also have a condition called Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP). I read many books and articles about MVP even though I was never diagnosed with it. My physician told me, "there is no peer-reviewed medical literature to support an MVP/panic attack connection, and that the problem was `from the neck up, not from the neck down.'" He then said that the only thing he could do for me was to prescribe medication (antidepressants such as SSRIs) and recommend a psychologist (which I had already done).
Although I was gradually learning how to take care of myself to prevent the panicky feelings, the Magnesium Factor was the turning point for me which helped me to feel whole again. It provided guidelines on finding the right dosage for me; it directed me to online resources I could use to find foods that are high in magnesium. It really helped me to understand why my body so desperately needs magnesium, and why it's so difficult to test for and diagnose. Within about a week of starting magnesium supplementation, eating foods high in magnesium, and following other recommendations in the book, my average resting heart rate dropped approximately 30 points to 70 bpm! I thought, "Wow, this is incredible!" I have been taking magnesium for about 4 months, and now at age 40 I am once again able to do healthy vigorous exercise. I no longer get jittery feelings of "anxiety", heart palpitations, or panic attacks, and I have had only one migraine during the past four months.
THANK YOU to Drs. Seelig and Rosanoff for taking their time and energy to produce this very important book. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE continue your efforts to bring this problem (and solution) to the attention of the public and the medical community.
Both books are great resources on magnesium but there are some very important differences between them:
"The Magnesium Factor" spends a lot of time discussing the results and debating the conclusions of magnesium research. It also goes into great detail about the biochemical processes that are involved in various magnesium-dependent reactions in the body. While this is important data, it may be overkill for the average reader. In my opinion, this book would be better suited to health professionals or those with scientific backgrounds who need and/or want more detailed information.
"The Magnesium Miracle" by Carolyn Dean provides the pertinent research and biochemical information in a concise and easily readable format that would likely be more accessible to the layperson. This is the book I would recommend to family and friends.
After about six months I was able to quit REGULAR tranquilizer usage, with the help of beta blockers. After that I have been able to reduce somewhat the beta blocker usage, but I still needed to use it several times per week. And I was not able to quit using the antidepressants. My trials for reducing it led always to very wild and scary heartbeats.
Then something happened. I found this book and it changed my life immediately!!! I have not needed the beta blockers after the very same day I started to take magnesium&kalium supplement. It really makes my heart run smoothly, I don't feel it beating anymore in a strange way for example when trying to sleep! And my dizziness is gone. And the situation seems to get better and better all the time! I just reduced the antidepressant usage a couple of days ago and I'm very confident that now I can slowly quit using it!
I have been using quite huge amounts of magnesium now in the beginning. The last four days I have taken 1200 mg per day, and I'm feeling just great! Even the last 200 mg or so in the evening makes me feel better. But I suppose I have to reduce the dosage soon.
It was this book that helped me to find out that my body was suffering from lack of magnesium! It is nice to know that after all there is nothing wrong with my head :-)
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