The Natural Way: A healthy balance

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In our nutty system which often pits

medications/science against nutritional

supplements the bias supporting medicine

is usually given top dog status.

Dire warnings abound that if you do

this drug or that, then these supplements

will interfere causing harm. Rarely, is there a balanced

approach. Suppose the prescription medication bias with

huge amounts of corporate money backing it is entirely


Suppose the prescription drug is actually interfering with

the absorption of the nutritional supplement. Suppose, it is

well established that prescribed drugs often and commonly

create new ailments by causing vitamin and mineral deficits...

what would you do? Think about this as this is more

often the case than we can imagine.

Consider the mineral magnesium. This all natural gift

is used in thousands of body processes each and every day.

We simply have to have enough in our systems to avoid

short term or long term illnesses due to deficit. Did you

know prescribed diuretics, blood pressure medications and

statin drugs interfere with the benefits of magnesium. Other

drugs do, too. Did you know, in fact magnesium can lower

blood pressure along with reducing cholesterol as well as

helping reduce atrial fibrillation, migraines, reducing calcium

overload, helping muscle function, relaxing the body,

improve breathing for asthma, reducing constipation... the

list is very long. Of course, if you take prescribed drugs

and have symptoms, youíll likely be prescribed more prescribed

drugs. This sets up a vicious circle doesnít it?

Blood testing can be done to measure magnesium levels

but are likely to be imprecise at best in terms of measuring

your need. You see a blood test just shows how much is in

your blood but not in the tissues where it is needed. Additionally,

it is thought that drugs processed through the liver

may elevate amounts of magnesium in the blood as the

body dumps stores in order to detox from the very effects

of the drug.

What to do? First emphasize eating anything green

like chard and kale adding nuts and beans to the recipe.

If youíre using prescribed drugs Iíd add 300-450 chelated

magnesium each day. Remember, magnesium is required

for a long list of body processes yet we donít get enough

in our diet. Making this worse is that prescribed drugs like

heart medicines, and others, decrease absorption of this

very needed mineral. I like the chelated type and take 2

tablets daily. Supplement formulas typically named Blood

Pressure Support have enough magnesium for most people.

Be aware your blood pressure (BP) may drop so keep

a log of home measurements. If it was me then as my BP

drops Iíd start reducing my BP meds. Keep your doctor

informed and keep him/her as your health partner.