Archive | May, 2013

Magnesium and Heart Disease

Magnesium rich foods

Foods Rich in Magnesium

Back in 1988, I did my first medical/health talk and I mentioned two things that helped prevent heart disease, vinegar and magnesium. Vinegar has been used for over 2,000 years to help lower systolic blood pressure. One teaspoon in eight ounces of water twice a day will do the trick. Magnesium though, has a much shorter history but is equally important in heart health.

According to a Harvard University study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, increasing your intake of magnesium may lower the risk of heart disease by as much as 30%. Their conclusion was “Circulating and dietary magnesium are inversely associated with CVD risk, which supports the need for clinical trials to evaluate the potential role of magnesium in the prevention of CVD and IHD.” The way the authors put it, they made a monumental discovery. Truth be known though, we’ve known about this for decades. Back in 1995 for instance, Altura and Altura published a paper on magnesium and cardiovascular disease.

A friend of mine, Dr. Mark Houston, a renowned cardiologist from Nashville, Tennessee, has told me often that he is big on magnesium.  Most doctors though believe that all you need is a healthy diet and you will get enough magnesium. Only problem is, it just isn’t true. In the typical Western diet, 68% of people don’t get the RDA of magnesium which is a pretty low dose to begin with. and research over the years proves it. Here is a paper that sums things up nicely.

But before you think magnesium is a one trick pony, think again. This essential mineral is involved in over 300 different enzyme pathways and has been shown to help blood sugar control, hormone production and regulation as well as in brain health.

When choosing a supplemental form of magnesium, avoid magnesium oxide. to get maximum absorption, use amino acid chelates like glycinate or citrate. Whatever form you choose, get at least 400 milligrams a day and if you can, go to 600. If you do, your heart will thank you later.

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Concussions – There is Hope

Tonight I watched a segment on 60 minutes that got me really pissed off. It was about our brave soldiers who have suffered concussions due to explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan and how it has damaged their brains. They went on about how great it was that someone had funded an institute to help test the men and women but in the end, there are no treatments for all the damage that was done. Bulls**t!!! There is lots that can and should be done.

When I worked with Robert Crayhon at Crayhon Research, we focused on nutrients that were beneficial to the brain. One of the amazing people I got to work with aside from Robert was Dr. Parris Kidd. He has shown in two books how a pair of nutrients, Glycerophosphcholine (GPC) and Phosphatidylcholine Serine (PS) have been helpful in brain issues. When you can help people post stroke to regain cognitive function, you might think that people might want to do some additional research on concussions. But, when your main thrust is to make money on patented drugs, nothing can be further from the truth.

GPC and PS along with ALCAR (acetyl-L-carnitine) have over 60 human studies on brain health. They are just the tip of the iceberg on using natural substances to help save the brain. Stroke victims, dementia patients and others have shown significant improvement when given these nutrients. I have seen the benefits first hand as I have suffered four major brain injuries in my life time (2 skull fractures and 2 concussions). The changes in cognitive function that I have seen have been dramatic and life changing.

We haven’t even talked about things like Longvida© which has been shown to help Alzheimer’s patients and Down’s Syndrome children improve. Concussions can be devastating but we have tools to help reverse the effects. Here is my protocol for helping those who’ve had a concussion:

  • 1200 milligrams of GPC daily
  • 200 milligrams of PS daily
  • 500 milligrams of ALCAR daily
  • 500 milligrams of Longvida©

Using this protocol, you can see incredible improvements in just 6 weeks time. I have no vested interest in any of these products but have seen them help people time after time. If you know of anyone struggling with mental issues, have them try this protocol for a few months and see the results.

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