I presented a paper on magnesium at a conference in La Jolla, California, a few years ago. At this colloquium, there were magnesium experts from all over, mostly academic people, and mostly people who had jobs like running an intensive care unit or a cardiac care unit, or a department of immunology or obstetrics and gynecology. Everyone there from every medical specialty was saying, "Isn't it amazing that our colleagues are not aware of the very lengthy published information on the prevalence of magnesium deficiency in America, and its very widespread picture in clinical practice?" Any ordinary person would have come away from the conference saying, "Well, how come this problem is being overlooked?" The cynical answer may be the truth: Magnesium deficiency research has no corporate sponsor.
I've become convinced that magnesium deficiency is one of the biggest epidemics that we are experiencing in North America. Magnesium deficiency is widespread in its pattern of symptoms. It affects cardiovascular disease, allergies, tension, panic attacks, premenstrual syndrome, and hyperactivity in children, to name just some of the conditions. The underlying theme behind many of the symptoms is what you might call being "uptight."
Both magnesium and yeast problems probably have their roots around 1950. The magnesium problem probably has its roots in the widespread use in agriculture of fertilizers containing potassium. The yeast problem probably arose because of the widespread use of antibiotics in the population, which began around 1950.
Many people come to see me specifically because they think that I am a yeast specialist, and so perhaps I have a rather distorted view. But I think that this epidemic, which is being denounced by many people in mainstream medicine, is simply overwhelming in its prevalence in the United States. Many people's medical histories show a quite obvious yeast problem. They started getting sick soon after they started taking antibiotics; they have bloating and difficulty concentrating; they have intolerances to foods, gastrointestinal disturbances, and recurring vaginitis. Unfortunately, when they seek help from most doctors, they are told, "Gee, we're very skeptical about this whole yeast idea; it isn't proven and so therefore we won't try you on simple remedies to see if you might have it." The dogma has overcome the simple observation of nature.
As a practitioner, I have a worm's-eye view of the world. I see things very close to nature and hear from my patients directly about what is going on with their health. I have formed strong opinions that these epidemics--magnesium deficiency, problems with fatty acids or yeast, calcium and trace mineral deficiencies--are crucial to people's health, both as prevention and cure. It is very dangerous when intelligent and strong-willed people get themselves into positions of authority within the medical bureaucracy, and feel quite justified in dictating to everybody what they consider to be the truth, rather than letting the truth grow, in an organic way, from the experience of those of us who are seeing patients.
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