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Nutrition (Especially Magnesium) For Elderly People

Osteoporosis and Magnesium - 7 Critical Factors plus magnesium and aging.

Date:   3/5/2019 9:39:08 AM   ( 21 mon ) ... viewed 611 times

Carolyn Dean MD ND, author of over 33 books and publications including "The Magnesium Miracle."[1]

Did you know that there are approximately seventeen nutrients essential for healthy bones, including magnesium, the most important mineral, along with calcium? Susan Brown, Ph.D., director of the Osteoporosis Education Project in Syracuse, New York, warns that “the use of calcium supplementation in the face of magnesium deficiency can lead to a deposition of calcium in the soft tissue such as the joints, promoting arthritis, or in the kidney, contributing to kidney stones.” Dr. Brown recommends a daily dose of 450 mg of magnesium for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Women with osteoporosis have lower-than-average levels of magnesium in their diets, according to survey reports. Magnesium deficiency can compromise calcium metabolism and also hinder the body’s production of vitamin D, further weakening bones.

In the 2017 Edition of The Magnesium Miracle, Dr. Carolyn Dean outlines magnesium’s multi-factoral role in the structure and function of healthy bones:

Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium.
Magnesium stimulates a particular hormone, calcitonin, that helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, preventing some forms of arthritis and kidney stones.
Magnesium suppresses another bone hormone called parathyroid hormone, preventing it from breaking down bone.
Magnesium converts vitamin D into its active form so that it can help calcium absorption.
Magnesium is required to activate an enzyme that is necessary to form new bone.
Magnesium regulates active calcium transport.
It is also important to mention that vitamin K2, along with magnesium, plays an important role in helping direct calcium to the bones where it belongs.

What about calcium? Magnesium stimulates the hormone calcitonin, which helps to preserve bone structure by drawing calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones. This action helps lower the likelihood of osteoporosis, some forms of arthritis, heart attack and kidney stones.[2] If you’re taking lots of calcium and not much magnesium, you are susceptible to these conditions because there isn’t enough magnesium to stimulate calcitonin.

Almost half the population of the U.S. (including 70 percent of adult women) uses dietary supplements containing calcium.[4] In general, we absorb less than half of the calcium from our food.[4] Supplements are even less absorbed, calcium carbonate has a 4% absorption rate. The excess is responsible for an increase in calcification in the body. Calcium causes constipation and builds up in soft tissues where it can harden (calcify). The sites of calcification include artery walls, kidneys, gallbladder, muscles and breast tissue.

Recommendations for calcium intake vary greatly. In the U.S., adults are advised to take 1,200 mg per day of supplemental calcium over and above their intake through food and water. And women over 50 are told to take up to 1,500 mg. Adding to the load are many foods that are fortified with calcium, including orange juice, sports drinks, and breakfast cereals. In the United Kingdom, the RDA is a much more sensible 700 mg daily, while the World Health Organization recommends only 400-500 mg.

In 2011 a British Medical Journal meta-analysis sounded the alarm that “Risks outweigh benefits for calcium supplements.”[5] The study confirms that calcium supplements do more harm than good. They cause more cardiovascular events (such as heart attacks and stroke) than the number of fractures they prevent.

The seven authors of the study expressed concern that with so many people taking calcium supplements “even a small increase in the incidence of cardiovascular disease could translate into a large burden of disease in the population.” They even go so far as to “suggest that a reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis is warranted.”

That’s a huge admission of failure of the main treatment for osteoporosis—high dose calcium supplementation. In fact, researchers in a study of postmenopausal women with high milk intake speculate that high levels of calcium may actually be a cause of osteoporosis and osteoporotic bone fractures.[6]

The researchers fail to realize that it’s not just high dose calcium but the lack of magnesium that’s the underlying problem. So they can’t give a blanket statement that calcium is bad for bones; calcium is required for bones – but so is magnesium. The effectiveness and benefits of calcium in preventing and treating osteoporosis are enormously impaired in the absence of adequate levels of magnesium. Magnesium keeps calcium dissolved in the blood. Too much calcium along with too little magnesium can cause some forms of arthritis, kidney stones, osteoporosis and calcification of the arteries, leading to heart attack and cardiovascular disease.[4]

Yes, magnesium is required for healthy bones and teeth. A hundred years ago we enjoyed a diet high in magnesium with a daily intake of 500 mg. Today we are lucky to get 200mg.[8] However, calcium in the diet has never been higher. This high calcium - low magnesium diet when coupled with calcium supplementation can make the calcium to magnesium imbalance of 10:1 or even higher which constitutes a walking time bomb of impaired bone health and heart disease.

Tonight on our internet-based radio show we will talk about Magnesium and Osteoporosis - 7 Critical Factors in addition to a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with our callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the 'conflict' in the 'conflict basis' of disease and much more!! sure join us this evening for another wonderful, information-packed broadcast. If you yourself are unable to make the show, you have the option to email me and have your question or comment included in our MailBag Segment. Remember, the valuable information, suggestions, and insights about your health choices can always be discussed with your doctor, should you choose to do so.

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+ About Dr. Carolyn Dean
Carolyn Dean MD ND has been on for nine years offering practical strategies to improve health, vitality, and well-being the natural way. As a medical doctor, naturopath, certified clinical nutritionist and master of many modalities including acupuncture and homeopathy, Carolyn Dean MD ND authored over 33 books and publications including The Magnesium Miracle, 3rd Edition available exclusively at

In addition to the recognition lavished on her by her many customers, clients, and listeners Dr. Dean has received several prestigious awards including “The Arrhythmia Alliance Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management Services Award 2012” at The Heart Rhythm Congress organized by The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Sept 23-26, 2012 and the Integrative Medicine Award presented at the Sacred Fire Gala in September 2014.

For full disclosure of the effects of magnesium and mineral supplementation as well as research and contraindications please visit

March 16, 2019 - Getting "Old"? Consider Aging From A Nutritional Perspective -

Dr. Carolyn Dean -
In 1993, Dr. Jean Durlach, a preeminent magnesium expert in France, summed up the existing research on magnesium and aging. I marvel at his words every time I read them. What follows is just one of his seven points, excerpted from my Magnesium Miracle book.

“Magnesium deficiency symptoms in the elderly include central nervous system symptoms that seem largely “neurotic”: anxiety, excessive emotionality, fatigue, head­aches, insomnia, light-headedness, dizziness, nervous fits, sensation of a lump in the throat, and impaired breath­ing.

Peripheral nervous system signs are common: pins and needles of the extremities, cramps, muscle pains.

Functional disorders include chest pain, shortness of breath, chest pressure, palpitations, extra systoles (occa­sional heart thumps from an isolated extra beat), abnor­mal heart rhythm, and Raynaud’s syndrome.

Autonomic nervous system disturbances involve both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, causing hypotension on rising quickly or borderline hypertension. In elderly patients, excessive emotionality, tremor, weakness, sleep disorders, amnesia, and cogni­tive disturbances are particularly important aspects of magnesium deficiency.”[2]

Comment: I positively recognize a number of these symptoms that "elderly"people whom I know and have known have frequently complained about. Will conventional medical doctors ever receive adequate training in nutrition and be encouraged to consider the possibilities of nutritional deficiency in their patients before prescribing pharmaceutical medications as an attempt to suppress symptoms? .........

July 15, 2020 - "... isolation with its associated loneliness is the biggest virus and killer known to humanity."[3]


[1] "Have You Got 'The Magnesium Miracle!'?":




Magnesium, healthy bones, Osteoporosis, calcium, arthritis, kidney stones, aging, nutritional deficiency, mineral deficiency, nutritional therapy, central nervous system symptoms, anxiety, excessive emotionality, fatigue, head­aches, insomnia, light-headedness, dizziness, nervous fits, lump in the throat, impaired breathing


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