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 The Miracle of Magnesium 
 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled The Dean of Wellness by . View all columns in series

Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor and naturopathic doctor. She is a writer, researcher, and health advocate. Here most recent book is Death by Modern Medicine written with Trueman Tucks. She is a health advisor to yeastconnection.com and curesnaturally.com. Her website is carolyndean.com. The Miracle of Magnesium is written for both the lay public and practitioners. It is packed with hundreds of journal references that will convince doctors of the importance of magnesium and its efficacy in dozens of conditions—before reaching for the prescription pad.

This article originally appeared at www.mercola.com in 2004.

Resources

Blood Ionized Magnesium Test
Drs. Bella and Burton Altura. State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York, New York 11203, USA. (718) 270-2194 or (718) 270-2205.
Intracellular Magnesium Test
Dr. Burton Silver at www.exatest.com

References
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2. Woods K.L., Fletcher S, "Long-term outcome after intravenous magnesium sulphate in suspected acute myocardial infarction : the second Leicester Intravenous Magnesium Intervention Trial (LIMIT-2),"Lancet, vol 343, pp 816-819, 1994
3. Ravn HB. Pharmacological effects of magnesium on arterial thrombosis--mechanisms of action? Magnes Research, vol 12, no 3, pp 191-9, 1999
4. Young IS, et al, "Magnesium status and digoxin toxicity." Br J Clin Pharmacol, vol 32, no 6, pp 717-21, 1991
5. Lewis R, et al, "Magnesium deficiency may be an important determinant of ventricular ectopy in digitalised patients with chronic atrial fibrillation.": Br J Clin Pharmacol, vol 31, no 2, pp 200-3, 1991
6. ISIS-4 (Fourth International Study of Infarct Survival) Collaborative Group: ISIS-4: a randomised factorial trial assessing early oral captopril, oral mononitrate, and intravenous magnesium sulphate in 58,050 patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction. Lancet, vol 345, pp 669-685, 1995
7. Seelig MS, "Cardiovascular Reactions to Stress Intensified by Magnesium Deficit in Consequences of Magnesium Deficiency on the Enhancement of Stress Reactions; Preventive and Therapeutic Implications: A Review." Journal of the American College of Nutrition, vol 13, no 5, pp 429-446, 1994.
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