I wanted to pass along information about specific natural treatments.
I'll try to cover magnesium here, and maybe in another I'll get to olive oil, coconut oil, and other vital health foods that help our bodies.
Magnesium deficiency is now linked (you'll start to see it come up more and more in health topics, as they "discover" magnesium) to 3 of the worst health problems in the U.S.: heart attacks/strokes, cancer and diabetes.
Magnesium deficiency is also directly linked to a host of other health problems: cataracts, glaucoma, ADHD, hearing loss due to noise, neuropathy (of all kinds) mental disorders such as bipolarism, depression, among others. It's linked to chronic fatigue to a low pain threshold, to asthma, to allergies, to muscular atrophy, to skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and rosacea, to liver damage, to high blood pressure, to low potassium, to muscle twitches and tics, to high cholesterol. It's linked to obesity. Did you know magnesium makes us burn fat? It also converts protein to ATP which the heart needs to stay strong, and it burns carbohydrates as well.
I'll provide the medical links, the scentific ones, not the natural health food claims, shortly. I wanted to help explain why magnesium is so important. It's cheap, it's not patentable and therefore not taught by pharmacies, but the evidence is still substantial and available. It's proven.
Magnesium (henceforth Mg or MgCl) is needed to activate over 300 enzymes in the body. Those enzymes have a host of jobs, some digest the food you're eating, and paradocxially, if you're lacking in magnesium, you can't digest the foods that carry it properly, so you can't recuperate it that way. It has the job of balancing hormones, when you have an adrenaline rush due to stress, magnesium is sent directly from the sac around the heart first, to help keep you calm in that moment of stress, whether it be from danger, or from fright, or from frustration. Mg balances the levels of calcium in your body. If you have too much calcium, your gall bladder will coat any crystals of it that form, and continue to coat those crystals until you have gallstones, the same occurs with kidney stones formed from too much calcium in the blood stream. Calcium is also responsible for the hardening of arteries. This can cause a rise in blood pressure, it can cause heart damage, and blockage to the blood vessels. It can cause migraines, and can cause clotting which pose a risk of a host of other problems in the body. Magnesium acts as a glue to calcium, it binds it, and either puts the excess into the filtration system to be removed from the body, OR it will put the calcium into the bones and cartilage where it is needed most. Low potassium levels are a direct result of low magnesium. Excess calcium also causes deposits in the lenses of our eyes, known as cataracts. Excess calcium is also directly related to breast cancer. Without that magnesium calcium gets lost and instead of doing the job it should, it wreaks havoc on the rest of the system trying to do what it is supposed to, just in the wrong places.
One of the big jobs that is overlooked is reduction of inflammation. That includes bronchial, muscular, arhtritic, TMJ, pleurisy, swelling of glands and lymph nodes, intestinal inflammation, and that list goes on.
Magnesium is responsible for helping to balance out the nervous system. Calcium is what causes our muscles to contract, but magnesium causes them to relax.
Without magnesium, the DNA and RNA in our body can't replicate properly. DNA and RNA will replicate incompletely, or brokenly. This is exactly what a cancer cell is, an inappropreate replication of cells. Restore the magnesium and cells begin to replicate again.
Whenver we become ill, our immune system acts, but without magnesium, there isn't much of an immune system that can act. So we become sick with every passing cold or flu or any illness at all that comes within a few miles. A lack of immune system can also show up in the skin, as toxins pour out of the skin in the body's last line of filtration and excretion through an organ.
Magnesium is also responsible for keeping our insulin sensitive. Insulin resistance is type II Diabetes and it is preventable, shown by the studies on magnesium treatment. Magnesium also helps prevent tooth decay (makes sense since it puts calcium where it should be.) and osteoporosis.
Magnesium is proven to be as effective as some antidepressants and also proven to make antidepressants more effective. If you have low magnesium, many experience an inability of an antidepressant to work well. Mental disorders are righted as the hormones in the body and the electrolytes come back into balance.
Stroke victims experience higher rates of healing with immediate magneisum treatment following the stroke, degenerative nerve diseases have been heped by magnesium treatment as well. Indeed, intrusion of random, and sporadic thoughts will disappear with magnesium balancing the electric shootoffs in the brain.
I ahven't covered all that magnesium can affect, but the treatment is so simple, and the body excretes excess the same way it does for vitamin C. Taking a bath in magnesium salts daily, if you're experiencing illness, or 2 or 3 times a week, if healthy will help enhance your life. I don't recommend ordering from on-line sites, they'll charge ungodly rates, hundreds of dollars even, for a gallon of this salt water extract. It's not that hard to harvest! If you go to a local hardware store, you can find 50 1b bags of it for around $15.00 U.S. and make your own Mg oil aka MgCl (magnesium chloride) and it's sold as a de-icer for sidewalks and driveways in the winter. In the summer, pester your local garden center to order it, they'll assume it's for your plants, which also benefit from occasional treatment. You can also go for Epsom salt, but that's magnesium sulfate, which the body must convert to MgCl. And it's sold more expensively than MgCl.
Just a mere 2-4 cups daily in a bath as hot as you can stand it for a minimum of 30 minutes daily will improve your health tremendously. For all the hard athletes, it's not for nothing the trainer says to soak in Epsom salts. Magnesium is depleteed in regular hard exercise, it needs to be replaced.
Here is a general link to published medical journals and studies, you can freely search whatever topic you wish, and you can combine words for more specific searches, such as fibromyalgia and magnesium, breast cancer and magnesium, heart attacks and magnesium etc. You can look up coconut oil, diabetes, anything you wish. There are tons of different subjects. Magnesium has over 5000 entries under the heading. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
Following are some of the studies regarding magnesium and health issues:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
(a nice long list of the effects of magnesium after a person has suffered a heart attack) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
(magnesium therapy for various types of cancer) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
(magnesium supplemtation for ADHD) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
(magnesium to prevent diabetes, for treatment of diabetes)
You begin to get the idea. Look up magnesium deficiency and you may see a long list of symptoms that all have a connection that you may suffer. Or not.
But here, magnesium is a naturally occuring mineral of the earth. It is abundant in the primordial slime that we oozed from (scientifically;) the ocean and it is scientifically substantiated to be important for treatment of numerous disease and illnesses. How can this not be a winner? covers both the natural and the scientific, right? It's catching on in the medical communites as doctors study it a little more. ANd this little girl is heading for bed. I was hoping to help some here, who are suffering problems that can be helped with magnesium.
IF you must supplement with pills the best form is magnesium sulfate. You're better off to drink the liquid MgCl, by making 1/2 gallon of pure water mixed with 2/3 cup and drinking no more than 1/2 cup daily, you WILL have diarrhea, but magnesium binds to toxins in the blood and in the liver so this is expulsion of those toxins. It's also the body learning to relax the muscles of the intestine and colon again, which can cause diarrhea. Be prepared and don't drink this before heading off to a friend's. Drink lots of water after that magnesium to keep hydrated! It makes the Mg work better too.
If you have a doctor who does a magnesium load test and confirms you are deficient, you can ask to have shots administered. But it's invasive and more likely to cause infections than a simple bath.
I'm NOT a doctor, or a health practitioner. I do work for a doctor doing medical research. I'm merely trying to pass along information that I found in doing some research and in my own experiences with catastrophic health disease. (which is in the process of reversing due to magnesium therapy recommended by my doctors and specialists.) Please don't base all you hear on what I've just told you, do your research, I've provided an excellent link, and talk to your doctors or health practitioners.