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May 29, 2012
Dear Valued Subscriber,

The school year is almost over. Children should get their nutritional checkups or first-time wellness evaluations this summer.


The Supplement Controversy is a must read for anyone concerned about supplement safety.


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Calcium, Magnesium, and Adverse Risk

calcifiedIn last week's piece, The Supplement Controversy, we explained the importance of taking supplements intelligently. How prophetic because last week, calcium dominated the headlines for its adverse effects. The following elucidates why supplemental calcium and magnesium ratios must be 2:1 minimum, and ideally 1:1. If you had any doubt, the following solidifies magnesium's inextricable link to calcium.



A study was published in the May 23 issue of journal Heart stating that subjects taking calcium supplements had an increased risk for heart attacks. For those of you who have come to see us, or read our eNewsletters and posts, know this is not new information. Supplemental calcium, when taken in high amounts, without magnesium and vitamin D, and delivered in poor sources, is improperly absorbed and can create calcification in soft tissue, such as arteries.


This study also makes the case, yet again, that dairy products are unnecessary (especially in the amount the USDA recommends) for calcium. Eating enough leafy greens and nuts, as well as taking moderate doses of calcium supplements, is sufficient. In the study, after taking account of factors likely to influence the results, subjects whose diets included a moderate amount (820 mg daily) of total calcium from all sources, including supplements, had a 31% lower risk of having a heart attack than those in the bottom 25% of calcium intake. 1100 mg of total calcium daily had no lowering effect.


We have argued with doctors and government agencies for years that the standard 1500 mg. per day recommendation of supplemental calcium, for women especially, is borderline criminal. This is the latest of several studies that echo our concern.



A study from the May 21st issue of Cardiovascular Diabetology is monumental in that it was performed on 750 Native American adults who were only 18 years old. 93% of this population consumes less than recommended dietary intake of magnesium and consume excess calcium. Besides reducing sudden cardiac death risk, the data showed a link between magnesium deficiency and Type 2 Diabetes.


Premature ventricular complexes (PVC) predict cardiovascular mortality among several adult populations. Increased arrhythmia prevalence has been reported during controlled magnesium (Mg) depletion studies.


The results of the study showed that PVC prevalence in adults with magnesium deficiency was more than twice that of adults without deficiency (50% vs. 21%). Results were similar when subjects with cardiovascular disease history were excluded. ALL magnesium deficient adults with PVC had type 2 diabetes (T2DM).


The researchers concluded that suboptimal serum Magnesium may be a contributor to arrhythmias. Recent prospective studies evaluating the significance of PVC for sudden and total cardiac death in apparently healthy adults may indicate electrical instability and increased susceptibility to ventricular fibrillation, the most common cause of sudden cardiac death.


Magnesium antagonizes calcium and a deficiency decreases intracellular potassium, resulting in enhanced vulnerability to ventricular arrhythmia. Thus, the researchers encourage further study and to vigorously consider finding ways to raise magnesium levels in deficient individuals.


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