One of the most popular minerals in the news today is calcium. We are told to take increased amounts in our diet as a supplement to prevent osteoporosis and eliminate muscle cramping during menstruation or from over-exercising. Yet, calcium alone is simply not enough. Without magnesium, calcium may be not fully utilized, and under absorption problems may occur leading to a myriad of health conditions.
Perhaps you wonder about your own risk of calcification? It’s seems that many people, and women in particular, are at risk due to a high intake of dietary calcium, poorly absorbed calcium supplements, magnesium deficiency, and high doses of Vitamin D, which all encourage soft tissue calcification. Below is a partial list of calcification conditions that add up to a tremendous amount of chronic disease in the population:
- Heart disease – atheroma, atherosclerosis, aortic valve stenosis, calcium build up in carotids, coronary arteries, renal arteries – any arteries in the body. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women; about 25% of all deaths amounting to 610,000 people die of it in the U.S. every year.
- Calcinosis – Deposition of calcium in the lung, kidneys, blood vessels, and stomach.
- Calcific tendonitis in the rotator cuff
- Gall stones
- Kidney stones
- Kidney/renal failure
- DCIS – breast tissue calcification misidentified as precancer
- Fibromyalgia muscle spasms and calcification
- Bladder tissue and urethral calcification
Perhaps the single most significant reason calcium malabsorption is so common today is due to a lack of picometer magnesium. Between the toxicity in foods, the engineering of grains, and a decline in the quality of our soil, foods are lower in magnesium than ever before and many supplements do not provide an absorbable form. Factor in an increase in diary consumption and you’ve got the perfect storm.
The good news is that there is a port in that storm – under the watchful lighthouse of Dr. Carolyn Dean an individual may achieve the proper balance of picometer magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K2 and zinc to digest, absorb and transport calcium throughout the body.
By just beginning with ReMag [picometer magnesium] an end stage renal disease [ESRD] patient was able to improve her outcomes in dialysis. This insightful correspondence is from a PhD in Health Sciences who suffers from ESRD. She describes the magnesium deficiency caused by her dialysis and the initiative she took to incorporate ReMag into her health regime:
“I am a 60-year old ESRD patient on home hemodialysis for 4 years. I am a type 1 diabetic as well. When I began dialysis I gave the nurse my list of supplements, which included magnesium and I was told in no uncertain terms that dialysis patients should not and cannot take magnesium, our kidneys could be harmed by it. So I complied with their fearful stance as I entered into the unknown realms of kidney failure care, assuming they knew what they were talking about.
Before I began Home Hemodialysis I started off with Peritoneal Dialysis, since they presented it as the more ‘natural’ mode. (Fluid is introduced through a permanent tube in the abdomen and flushed out the same tube during the night.) I soon developed incredible itching all over my body that they said was from being underdialyzed. But now I also believe that as my magnesium bottomed out, my calcium and phosphorus soared and combined to form calcium phosphate crystals, and who knows where else, which deposited in my skin. Dialysis people have lots of skin issues. Yes, they are due to toxins but perhaps more importantly, due to low magnesium.
I remember seeing things that looked like little white crystals in my skin, which I scratched until I bled. My own dialysis doctors were not even convinced this was due to dialysis! A nephrologist at Vanderbilt gave me a second opinion and had seen it. He said they call it the ‘crazy itch’ and treat it by putting people under UV lights. Knowing what I do now, I presume the UV would be helpful by raising active vitamin D, which helps lower the calcium phosphate complex levels in the skin by sending the calcium and phosphorous into the bones.
I also began having horrendous nighttime calf and foot cramping on peritoneal dialysis, having to jump out of bed at night to try to soothe the unbearable pain. I was still afraid to take magnesium, so I downed vitamin E, B complex, etc., and whatever else I could find as suggestions online.
Then I was switched to Home Hemodialysis and there must be more magnesium in the dialysis solution they use compared to peritoneal dialysis because my skin improved. However, over a year ago I began to have heart palpitations that would at first come and go but then worsened and became more constant. After reading many recent studies online, I believe that the dialysis liquid they are putting in me is actually pulling magnesium out of my blood and depleting me. I feel my heart begin to palpitate in my chest towards the end of every treatment. Many patients have leg cramping during treatment. Many dialysis patients have heart issues; it’s the number 1 killer of dialysis patients, and most likely caused by magnesium deficiency.
During the 4 years since I have been on dialysis, I have broken bones in my feet 3 times; increased the level of calcification in my arteries (showed up on x-ray); had worsening palpitations; brain fog; changes in my teeth; and who knows what else!
Thank goodness, I found Dr. Dean’s ReMag and I have been supplementing with it. I find it hard to believe but it totally resolves my palpitations. Of course I bump heads with the powers that be that say magnesium is dangerous for kidney patients but my kidney specialist is finally behind my decision to use it.
Besides eliminating my palpitations, since I have been taking ReMag, my phosphorus levels have dropped to nearer normal levels so they are reducing the phosphate binders that I take with every meal. My hope is to reach a point where I need no binders at all. I have the hope that supplementing with ReMag will reverse many of my symptoms.
Magnesium is rarely measured in the dialysis setting. I went through all kinds of red tape to get pre- and post-treatment Magnesium RBC blood testing. This should be routine! To me this is unbelievable because I’m sure most patients are having their magnesium sucked away through their dialysis treatment? And sure enough, my magnesium levels were lower after dialysis than before it. So, each treatment depletes my magnesium further and further.
The more I look into magnesium deficiency, the more I attribute the majority of my health problems, since beginning dialysis, to the depletion of my magnesium levels. When I bring this up, the dialysis staff gets quite defensive. I seem to know more than they do, which intimidates them, not to mention that it really is the fault of their dialysis liquid that I have suffered these symptoms. They know so little about magnesium and how it interacts with phosphorus, calcium, PTH, and vitamin D3.
I just thank God I have found the studies online saying that I really do need magnesium and then I found ReMag, which really made such a difference, almost immediately. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with palpitations, and no way can I sleep with my heart bouncing around in my chest, so I pour a capful of ReMag in a few swallows of water, and I swear, within minutes my heartbeat returns to normal.”
Tonight on LIVE call-in radio talk show, you’ll be talking with Dr. Carolyn Dean about How To Avoid Calcification Through Proper Supplementation along with a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!