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Assessing Magnesium Deficiency

Jan 23rd 2024

Assessing Magnesium Deficiency

Do you have any of these health issues? 

  • Allergies or Asthma
  • Autoimmune Illness
  • Heart Disease
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Blood clots
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chronic excessive muscle tension 
  • Muscle spasms, tics, cramps or tremors (especially in hands, legs, feet or face)
  • Clumsiness, lack of coordination 
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Irritability, nervousness, anxiety, easily upset 
  • Extreme sensitivity to noise and/or pain 
  • Candida yeast infection
  • Gut Disorders, including peptic ulcer, Crohn’s disease, and colitis
  • Chronic constipation 
  • Eating disorder; cravings for sugar and/or chocolate
  • Poor appetite 
  • Depression, apathy 
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating, memory problems 
  • No energy, weakness, exhaustion
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia 
  • Insomnia/restless sleep 
    Insulin resistance/diabetes/hypoglycemia/metabolic syndrome
  • Tension and/or migraine headaches 
  • Teeth grinding
  • Dental caries
  • Severe premenstrual syndrome
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney stones
  • Arthritis—rheumatoid or osteoarthritis

Although each of these diseases and conditions can be caused by various factors, and magnesium deficiency can also exist without any noticeable symptoms, all the above have been associated with magnesium deficiency. If you have one or more, you might be interested in getting tested for magnesium deficiency. 

The standard test for magnesium status is a blood-serum test. But what’s most telling is the magnesium that’s inside your cells, where most body stores are found and where magnesium does most of its work.  And even when levels inside the cells are severely deficient, serum levels may test normal.  That’s because the body tries to keep blood-magnesium constant by withdrawing magnesium from your bones and teeth. Blood serum levels don’t test low until you’re very severely deficient—and probably also osteoporotic! 

A better test looks at magnesium levels inside red blood cells. Although this test is commonly used by alternative practitioners, it’s been criticized because magnesium levels inside red blood cells don’t correlate well with levels in other important tissues, such as in the heart. Well-known cardiologist and health researcher Thomas E. Levy, MD, who has just published an important new book entitled Magnesium: Reversing Disease, recommends doing a blood-serum test first, since it’s covered by most insurance and can tell you if you’re severely deficient.  If it comes back normal, he suggests using a non-invasive test called EXA (X-ray Analysis) offered by Intracellular Diagnostics in Oregon.  You will have to find a healthcare provider who is licensed to order diagnostic tests who is willing to collect a specimen of cells by swabbing the inside of your cheek and send them for analysis to Intracellular Diagnostics for analysis.  They will measure magnesium as well as calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and chloride in the sample cells.  The cost is $250-$300.

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