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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Read this before your child ends up on Ritalin

Rosy cheeks, indicative of magnesium
deficiency which is widespread due to
high consumption of refined foods.
"Thank you for your advice and knowledge shared regarding magnesium and zinc deficiency. My three year old daughter who could not sit still and who would flit from one toy to another and would give trouble at bed time is now playing for extened lengths of time with her toys and is settling to sleep without much fuss. Her Kindigarten teachers have also remarked that XYZ is sitting well on the mat these days.

The MagnaPower that you provided is so easy to use and add to XYZ's diet.

I 've really been enjoying the increased calmness and pleased to be minimising for XYZ any adverse effects caused by magnesium/zinc deficiency.

Thanking you,

"C"
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Gary:
This beautiful little girl was a bit like a mini-hurricane on the first occasion I met her.  She would not sit still, was loud, had her fingers in everything and I could tell her mother was quite exhausted and frustrated by this wee whirlwind.  Mind you, she is not unusual of children nowadays - just ask any primary or kindy teacher!

Chronic magnesium deficiency - Death of
tiny blood vessels in cheeks and chin.
Same process taking place throughout the
body including eyes, brain, heart, liver,
muscles, etc.
On examination, there was the tell-tale hint of rosiness on her cheeks.  Rosy cheeks is what I call the "Heidi Syndrome" and is due to an excess of calcium (usually from dairy and breakfast cereals) and deficiency of magnesium (Due to high intake of refined grains - noodles, pasta, muesli bars, rice, etc).  This deficiency is widespread in about 80% of all people I test and appears to be more widespread in children due to the extreme of calcium and deficiency in magnesium in foods that are marketed to children.

What we decided upon was to give her a high potency magnesium powder which her mother was to hide in a fruit drink 2-3 times daily.  Children have remarkably responsive metabolisms and, in her case, the improvement in her was apparent within a week.  After just three weeks, the change was remarkable: She sat in my room and played with her Grandmother, read and generally kept herself amused.  When it was time to go, she went outside and sat on a chair, on her own, while the adults chatted - remarkable!
High calcium relative to magnesium, creating a relative
magnesium deficiency.

Deficiency of magnesium, either absolute, or relative to calcium, is associated with numerous conditions, including: Hyperactivity, noise sensitivity, insomnia, allergies, hyperthyroidism, seizures/epilepsy, kidney dysfunction, parathyroid dysfunction, cramps, colitis, diverticulosis, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, alcoholism, adrenal hyperactivity, excessive perspiration, arteriosclerosis, heart attack, stroke and dementia.

Why does magnesium deficiency cause rosy cheeks?  Healthy blood vessel tone is dependent upon adequate levels of magnesium.  If there is insufficient magnesium the smooth muscle in the vessel walls will cramp, causing congestion/pooling of blood in the tissues (blood pressure may rise).  The more it pools, the more deoxygenated the blood which goes from pink to red to purple.  This process, while obvious in the cheeks, is also going on in every organ of the body.  If this continues year after year, the blood vessels will begin to die off, leaving purple/red spider veins which are most obvious on the cheeks, chin, ankles and back of the legs.  Your optometrist will see the same process happening inside the eyes.  The same happens in the brain (dementia).

Stress, be it physical, emotional or chemical, using up bucket-loads of magnesium (and other nutrients).  Stress will cause an acute need for magnesium and this will show as the cheeks going a brighter red.  You can observe this when a wee child has a tantrum, a teething baby, or children playing soccer.  The same is seen when an adult is stressed/angry and when embarrassed (blushing).  This is not so obvious in an older person possibly due to the blood vessels being less responsive due to the cumulative damage over the decades.  In older people, we have to look more carefully and look for dead veins.

A Calcium rich diet and supplementation is inappropriate for at least 80% of people, including children, due to relative deficiencies in magnesium.  Most dietary corrections involve reducing calcium intake while increasing magnesium intake.  In most cases, dietary supplementation of magnesium and other nutrients is needed and should be continued for as long as there are any visible signs of deficiency (rosy cheeks).  Exactly what is going on and what is the best course of action is best done by way of a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.




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