Read the books that may save your life; see Your Doctor is NOT Responsible for Your Health—YOU Are! Recommended Reading to Open Your Mind and Ask the Right Questions, Because Your Life Depends On It, in particular, The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND.
Calcium and magnesium in balance are critical. Today’s modern food supply is magnesium-poor and the majority of the population is magnesium deficient. Too little magnesium, and excess calcium (very common) has to end up somewhere and lo—it will precipitate out within the body—such as arteries. Vitamin K2 deficiency is nearly the rule as well, and it is mandatory to carboxylate proteins that allow calcium to enter into bones.
With magnesium deficiency running rampant, it is rarely if ever tested by 99.9% of doctors, or if it is tested-for it is done with a highly misleading test (serum magnesium) instead of an magnesium RBC test (the best test is ionized magnesium but it is not available to the public).
Correlation is not causation. And epidemiological and observational studies can be bunk. But there are thousands of other studies that show magnesium deficiency is strongly tied to hundreds of medical issues and strong evidence that reversing magnesium deficiency can cure all sorts of medical issues.
We observed strong, favorable associations between higher self-reported total (dietary and supplemental) magnesium intake and lower calcification of the coronary arteries, an important, discriminating measure of subclinical atherosclerotic burden that has been shown to reclassify risk of CVD morbidity and mortality.
Our observations suggest that future research may consider magnesium's effect on CAC to be a potential physiological mechanism through which dietary magnesium mitigates risk of stroke, non-fatal MI, and fatal CHD. In addition to further research on magnesium in relation to the number and density of calcified lesions, and calcified and noncalcified plaque burden, prospective research is also required to elucidate magnesium's relationships with these and other sites of vascular calcification, as well as the possible benefits of magnesium supplementation in inhibiting onset and progression of atherosclerosis and calcification, with the goals of identifying magnesium's mechanism of action in lowering the risk of future cardiovascular events, and ultimately lowering the burden of cardiovascular disease.
.. The main finding of this study is that in individuals free of clinically apparent CVD, higher self-reported total (dietary and supplemental) magnesium intake, estimated by food frequency questionnaire, is associated with lower levels of CAC, a sensitive, discriminating measure of subclinical CVD and overall burden of atherosclerosis. Those with the highest self-reported total magnesium intake had approximately one-half the odds of having any detectable CAC, compared to those with the lowest intake, which suggests magnesium intake may have a protective role in inhibiting calcification initiation. The observed associations with CAC were significant after adjusting for a range of cardiometabolic risk factors and potential mediators, as well as after further adjusting for AAC levels, suggesting that magnesium may be acting specifically in the coronary arteries over and above its other known anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, and antidyslipidemic functions to affect calcification (7–9).
These irresponsible researchers cannot bring themselves to say “magnesium deficiency is common, magnesium supplementation has numerous benefits and is safer than any drug, and dozens of major health issues might be solved by effective dietary supplementation with regular deficiency testing”. Instead these researchers punt, and call for more research (more money for them?) while tens of millions of people have a high probability of positive health outcomes with appropriate magnesium supplementation. Damn them and their ilk for letting millions of people suffer and die because of their callous fucking cowardice to say something meaningful for public health.
The researchers say other heartless callous things, like this:
Longitudinal studies followed by randomized trials will be necessary to confirm the relationship between magnesium intake and calcification.
This doesn’t pass the sniff test for medical ethics: why would any caring responsible person allow someone to remain magnesium deficient?
It is a given that no organism can function with full health when deprived of essential nutrients. So why would anyone competent, responsible or caring not FIRST ensure that key nutrients like magnesium are present in the body in adequate amounts BEFORE prescribing dangerous and expensive drugs? That is in fact how modern medicine operates, a status quo as unethical as it is dangerous.
Failing to test for nutrient deficiency before prescribing heavy-duty drugs is the modus operandi of modern medicine, which has been a huge failure with so many common diseases. It is now more than fair to say that medical malpractice is the norm, and proscribed by official guidelines. Follow the money.
My calcified heart
I have a right to be pissed off at incompetant ignorant doctors: my CT heart calcium scan giving me a miserably bad coronary artery calcification score is most likely the result of being magnesium deficient as an extreme endurance athlete. It is highly unlikely that all that calcium in my coronary arteries could not have precipitated if enough magnesium had been present.
...moderate coronary artery calcification centered within the left anterior descending artery (LAD). Quantitative calcium score provided by the 3D Lab is 91.2, which places the patient in the 81st percentile for age and gender
Hope for halting and maybe reversal
Therapeutic doses of magnesium might actually be able to reverse coronary artery calcification, since magnesium keeps calcium in solution and is antagonistic to calcium, as well as being reuqired for up to 800 enzymatic reactions in the body.
Hence I intend to use therapeutic doses of magnesium via ReMag for the next year. I will have another CT heart calcium scan a year from now in 2021 to determine whether whether I have reversed (at least partially), or at the minimum halted the calcification in my coronary arteries.
The point is not that the calcification and other problems were caused by magnesium deficiency (that can never be proven in retrospect), the point is that magnesium deficiency was all but certain given my intensive exercise and multiple symptoms of magnesium deficiency (for example severe muscle cramps after my events). I reported those to the doctors and not one doctor ever brought up magnesium in 30 years. Incompetent idiots.
Putting it plainly: every doctor I’ve seen is so ignorant and incompetent as to basic nutritional requirements that not one of them ever suggested magnesium testing or supplementation.
This is NOT a gray area—to ignore nutritional needs this basic is horrible medical malpractice, particularly in light of flippantly recommending heavy-duty poisons like statins to me (due to the calcification and spite of zero other risk factors). There are thousands (if not tens of thousands) of studies showing that magnesium deficiency is associated with hundreds of different health issues, both medical and physical. But... you cannot patent magnesium supplementation and doctors learn next to nothing about nutrition in medical school.
Doctors, before prescribing heavy-duty drugs, check for nutritional deficiences, particularly magnesium, with the right tests. Anything else is medical malpractice. If you disagree or assume otherwise, you are engaging in professional malfeasance via rationalization and confirmation bias and cognitive bias and outright nutritional ignorance. If you think the science is unproven, then pause for a moment to consider that failing to test for deficiency in perhaps the most critical nutrient of all is as anti-scientific as it gets. Shame on you.