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Magnesium Crystals

Managing hypertension with magnesium is one of the 47 (and growing) diseases that have been found to have a significant relationship with low levels of magnesium.  It’s been found that 68% of the US population does not meet the US RDA for adequate amounts of magnesium, which according to some is a low estimate.

WARNING:
Magnesium can make some conditions worse: Kidney Disease, Atrial Fibrillation, Bradacardia (slow heart rate), Myasthenia Gravis or magnesium Level overload.

*IMPORTANT*:

If you are taking hypertensive medication, and begin to supplement with magnesium, check with your doctor to monitor for the probable need to reduce or eliminate your medication.

LIFE STYLE:
Our friend or foe – lifestyle – can be a factor for dramatic reduction of magnesium. Levels can vary from situation to to situation and hour to hour and I’ve listed just a few conditions or choices that may be impacting you.
Coffee
Diarrhea
Alcohol- any kind
Sodas- both diet and regular
High Table/Iodized Salt Intake
Stress – physical, emotional, mental
Carbohydrates- anything white (sugar, flour,rice) and high fructose corn syrup

BLOOD TESTS FOR MAGNESIUM LEVELS:
Except when evidence suggest that a severe magnesium deficiency exists, if your doctor suggests you do a blood test to evaluate your level, please consider this: a small percentage of magnesium is in the blood, most of it – most of it is contained in the cells.  So the possibility of a false negative (normal Level) may show when in fact there is a deficiency.
For greater information and research
Check out Dr. Carolyn Dean from  The Magnesium Miracle
“A serum test for magnesium is actually worse than ineffective, because a test result that is within normal limits lends a false sense of security about the status of the mineral in the body. It also explains why doctors don’t recognize magnesium deficiency; they assume serum magnesium levels are an accurate measure of all the magnesium in the body.”

CALCULATIONS AND DOSAGES:
In 1997, the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine increased the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for magnesium to 500 milligrams/day.  Many report this as the minimum with some advocating up to 1000 milligrams/day.  A good average for adults: 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 milligrams per day, per pound of body weight.

DIET SUPPLEMENTATION:
Eating magnesium-rich foods is an option, however unless you are very specific about where you get your food (organic, grown in fertilizer containing magnesium), the purpose will most likely be defeated due to depleted soils.

ORAL SUPPLEMENTS:
Look for magnesium products chelated with ALBION, (the world leader and innovator in mineral amino acid chelate nutrition).  You can obtain Albion chelated magnesium in Jigsaw Magnesium w/ SRT
Beware! Many companies market and claim their product to be made with a chelate (bound) to other ingredients that allow greater cellular absorption  – but in fact, contain elements of differing  types of magnesium, which can dramatically magnify a deficiency by causing diarrhea and have been found to be neurotoxic.

Many aspects affect the bodies ability to absorb oral magnesium.

Magnesium can be energizing so it’s best to take supplements in the earlier part of the day and refrain from taking in evening. Interesting though – it helps those with insomnia also, due to magnesium relaxing muscles!

BYPASS THE  DIGESTIVE HANG-UP AND POSSIBLE DIARRHEA:
Topical or trans dermal Magnesium enters the cells directly. It is found to be the most efficient method at restoring cellular magnesium levels in the shortest amount of time.
I recommend Ancient Minerals.
While some bath with Epsom Salts for magnesium, absorption can be short-lived as it contains sulfate, which is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate.

The value of supplementing with magnesium can not be overstated and is just one more option for controlling your high blood pressure!

To your vibrant health!
Mona

Genetic Difference versus race

Genetic Difference versus race

It is commonly accepted knowledge that high blood pressure and your race are linked together as a risk factor.  Hypertension and race seems to be firmly embedded in our minds and can be readily found in the public: articles, radio, TV, the internet, doctors, health care practitioners and the list goes even deeper to medical schools and research.

Grouping people into races began in the 18th Century before the era of research and medicine embarked on the journey of modern biology and genetics.

Armed with scientifically relevant information,these modern biology researchers now understand the short-sightedness in the inquiry of determining racial differences and view humanity better served by looking at genetic differences.  It makes total sense – how many of us in the human race are a mixture of this and that?

African-Americans,  Hispanics

Why then are African-Americans in particular, suffering disproportionately more from high blood pressure?

Source:Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey and National Hospital Discharge Survey


Epidemiology and genetics

Preparation for writing this post, availed me to authors,  Dr’s. Kaufman and Cooper, with some welcomed research and opinion in differentiating the importance of re-defining our wording and thoughts, in public and medicine, about race being a risk factor for disease.

Expanded Perspectives For Risk Factors and Race

Variables beyond genetics are psychosocial, economic, cultural, environmental, and other determinants that affects human physiology – these are not well delineated to date, though different researchers have documented that a correlation between high blood pressure and socioeconomic status does exist.

Hypertension & Healing With The Masters

Hypertension & Healing With The Masters

Genetics, Hypertension and Healing with the Masters have an intertwining relationship.

We are told how important it is to know our family medical history – if our family members have high blood pressure, then as a risk factor, we are most likely to succumb to the disease also.

This fate can put us in a victimized controlled state of acceptance, with little options except medicine due to the horrible life-threatening complications that can occur with hypertensive dis-ease.

According to Dr. Chakravarti at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine,  “If we can increase the number of genes implicated in blood pressure maintenance from the current 12 to the expected 50 in the next year, our understanding of the biology will change completely.”  The interesting thing about these newly found genes that regulate blood pressure – none are addressed by current prescription drugs to control blood pressure.

New Biology

Perhaps  the understanding of biology has already changed completely.  This is where Healing with the Masters blends with genetics and high blood pressure.

Currently running and on-going until May 2010,   Healing With The Masters is a free interview teleseminar series with the leaders in Wellness and new thought.  One of the speakers is Dr. Bruce Lipton, a pioneer in the field of New Biology, where research shows that genes and DNA are not in control of our biology.  What controls our genes, are signals received from our positive and negative thoughts!

Check out the video on Dr. Lipton and the New Biology:

Wow! This puts us back in the driver’s seat to control and possibly cure our hypertensive disease.

Healing With The Masters series, is introducing me to new leaders in wellness and I am delighted to see that my friend, Howard Martin, with HeartMath is presenting also!

Cardiac-Cocktails

A study was done to evaluate how many people, scheduled
for surgery, were using cardiac medications and alternative techniques.
(Eric H. Liu,et al; Surgery for acquired cardiovascular disease
and use of alternative medicine by patients undergoing cardiac surgery.)

The result?   75%!

Of significance and something I often encounter when
practicing echocardiography, is that 48% were not
interested or willing to share with their doctor that
they were using alternative therapies.

Cocktails – Medicine And Alternative Therapies

This opens the platform for the concept of cocktails and
the mixing together of  ingredients.

Quite common, most medicated hypertensive patients are
on cardiac cocktails (a number of different heart medications.)
The above study would suggest that the majority of people are
combining some type of complimentary modality.

Are you one of those 75% who combine alternative
therapy with high blood pressure medicine?
Please,  let us know your experience below.

As a researcher, I would have gone further in the study to
understand why people employ a cocktail of medical modalities.
Perhaps the rational for combining traditional and alternative
methods is a desire to heal the underlying cause versus treating
the symptom of high blood pressure.

Again, the idea of cocktails creates a common connection
between heart medications and complimentary methods.
Just as in traditional medicine, where multiple heart drugs
are often needed to stabilize blood pressure, the same can
be found with holistic medicine – a cocktail of implementing
alternative methods and lifestyle choices is commonly required
to treat the underlying cause of hypertension.

In this blog, we look forward to sharing information and numerous
natural methods which treat the source of high blood pressure,
to empower a healthier, happier you.

A cautionary note: If you are scheduled for surgery, please
discuss with your doctor and anesthesiologist your use of alternative techniques and cardiac medications to ensure the best outcome of the surgery.

Elevated Blood Pressure Control

ELEVATED BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL:

What Josh does not know- may kill him.
A need for elevated blood pressure control may be the answer to Josh’s vague symptoms. Place yourself as a “fly on the wall” to see and feel Josh’s life the last week. Each morning upon waking he feels a slight and subtle throbbing in his head. His co-workers have even inquired if everything is ok because he seems a little stressed or short –fused. Upon hearing these questions he remembered sharing with his wife 3 nights ago, that he experienced sensations of throat discomfort, dizziness, blurred vision, and even slight nausea for seemingly no reason. Little does Josh know, that often, by the time a person becomes aware of these non-pinpointing symptoms, high blood pressure control mechanisms are warranted.

Why Do They Call It The Silent Killer?
People often do not suspect they have hypertension (high blood pressure) until they have symptoms arising from secondary organ malfunction that motivates them to seek medical intervention. This is the result of damage to other parts of the body caused by ongoing, long-term high blood pressure.

What Factors Increase Your Risk Of Having Elevated Or High Blood Pressure?
• Gender: Women increase the chance after menopause
• Race: African- Americans are more likely to have the experience
• Age: The risk increases dramatically (90%) after the age 55
• Genetics
• Prolonged high levels of stress (chronic stress)
• Smoking , and large amount s of alcohol
• Being overweight and lack of exercise
• High levels of salt intake and low levels of potassium intake

What Is Your Blood Pressure?
It is important to have a baseline or documentation of what your blood pressure is-getting it checked could save your life! Blood Pressure is measured in 2 ways: Systolic and Diastolic.
Systolic Diastolic
Normal: < 120 mmHg -80 mmHg Elevated: 120-130 mmHg 80-89 mmHg Stage 1 140-159 mmHg 90-99 mmHg Stage2 160+ mmHg 100+ mmHg Sources for Getting Your Blood Pressure Checked Get your blood pressure monitored on your next visit to your Doctor, clinic, health practitioner, or community screening! Additionally, you may be tempted, especially during our “economic downturn” to measure your pressure at your local drug or grocery store or kiosk. In a recent article, it was noted, that the blood pressure machines probably start out accurate in the beginning and over time, due to no regulation for accuracy, stand a good chance of losing their calibration. Own Your Own: Owning your own blood pressure monitor to use at home will provide you convenience, peace of mind, and the most up-to-date-readings. Get your review of the best and most accurate blood pressure monitors on the market today! Get your Free Report

Experience that reassuring feeling, knowing you are taking care of yourself by being aware of your blood pressure numbers!
Check this video out to ensure you get accurate numbers!