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Carolyn Dean, MD, ND Magnesium and Our Health with Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
There is no doubt that magnesium deficiency is a problem for a significant number of people. Why do so many people lack magnesium? Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, author of Magnesium Miracle, says that there are many reasons we are deficient including diets that lack high magnesium foods and the mineral depleted soil in which we grow our food. Magnesium is required for the proper growth and maintenance of bones and the proper functioning of nerves, muscles, and many other parts of the body. In the stomach, magnesium helps neutralize stomach acid and moves stools through the intestine. 

My interview with Dr. Dean on the following topics:

  • Do you need supplements or are you getting enough from food?
  • How much magnesium do we need?
  • What is the link to strong bones and magnesium?
  • Is the soil depleted of magnesium? What about organically grown produce?
  • Can you treat illnesses with magnesium?
  • What do the studies show regarding osteoporosis and magnesium?
  • If we do use supplements containing magnesium, which form is best?
  • What are the side effects of magnesium overdose?
  • What about herbal infusions and magnesium?
  • Can you take magnesium with calcium, or do they compete with each other?
  • What ratio of magnesium to calcium is best?
  • What is the best form of magnesium to take: oxide, citrate, or glycinate?
  • What delivery is best? Orally or transdermally (through the skin)?
  • Are supplement companies testing their gels and sprays to find out if the mg is being absorbed?
  • How do you test for magnesium deficiency, and is the testing reliable?