Staying Healthy

The wave of recalled BP meds – worth the risk?

You may have seen a Jan 15, 2019 report by USA Today that was picked up by many news media outlets. The USA Today title reads: “Blood pressure drug recall: FDA investigates foreign plants that made drugs with cancer-causing impurities.”

What does this article tell us and why should we be concerned?

Well, it tells me that the FDA is not enforcing rules that even dietary supplement manufacturers have to follow to put products on the market. I know and abide by those rules. For product safety, my company tests every raw ingredient and every shipment of product that we use and sell. We have Certificates of Analyses (CoAs) documenting every step of our production and that of the companies we work with.

But apparently drug manufacturers in China and India, who are allowed by the FDA to sell to the American public, are not held up to those standards. If they were, we would not have yet another drug recall. There were about 100 drug recalls in 2018. The current recall is for cancer-causing contaminants in BP drugs that are given to treat and prevent high blood pressure, which means tens of millions of people are using them every day. The use of preventive drugs was never discussed in my medical training. We all knew that drugs were toxic and we were told to prescribe drugs for as short a time as possible until the patient’s body came back into balance.

The class of drugs under recall are angiotensin II receptor blockers, which work by blocking the effects of a hormone that narrows blood vessels. What do “students of magnesium” know? We know that magnesium naturally relaxes the muscles lining the walls of blood vessels preventing spasm and narrowing. This means if you have magnesium deficiency, you can have narrowing of blood vessels leading to high BP.

What’s the obvious solution? Magnesium. Instead, according to the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, of the 103 million U.S. adults with high blood pressure in 2017, 36% (or 37 million), should be treated with medication potentially exposing them to carcinogens for decades while possibly mistreating a magnesium deficiency.

Let me get this straight.
Besides high blood pressure often being a magnesium deficiency…
Besides BP medication having an average of 150 side effects, including magnesium deficiency…
Now, a BP medication being fed to millions people is contaminated with carcinogens.

And this is only one class of drugs of about 12,000 drugs that the FDA oversees and tells us are safe. They also imply that FDA approved drugs are effective.

But in the case of high blood pressure, how can a BP drug be effective if the underlying cause of a person’s high BP is magnesium deficiency?

Only taking magnesium will be the proof – a very safe experiment indeed.

We never tell a person to stop their medications – in fact magnesium can make medicines work better – if the medicine is needed.

However, if your high BP is due to magnesium deficiency, then taking magnesium is the answer.

And, it’s not just me blowing the whistle on magnesium deficiency. Read this important research paper complete with 233 references about “Subclinical Magnesium Deficiency: A Principal Driver Of Cardiovascular Disease And A Public Health Crisis.” Better yet, after you read it, print it up and take a copy to all your doctors. Also give it to your friends and family and help them avoid a “public health crisis” that can be solved with magnesium.


Dr. Carolyn Dean