For several decades, doctors have realized that inflammation under girds all disease states. Different names were given to different diseases throughout the body. But the million dollar question was finding the root cause of this inflammation. Doctors and researchers are realizing that one of the common threads to inflammation in the body is excess calcium. Calcification is a culprit but no one is willing to talk about it. For example, in medical school, cholesterol is taught as the cause of heart disease. Sure, they acknowledge that the first sign of inflammation is calcified plaque being deposited in the arteries but they quickly focus on the oxidized cholesterol. Why? They have a $30 billion industry built around statin drugs designed to lower cholesterol. They do their best to ignore the many studies over the last decade which clearly show that cholesterol is not the problem.
Dr. Carolyn Dean, reports in The Magnesium Miracle, that “Calcium overload is one of the main causes of body-wide inflammation…magnesium is one of the most important anti-inflammatory nutrients…The FDA and drug companies are aware of the importance of treating inflammation, but regrettably they are using drugs, with all their side effects, as the primary treatment instead of recommending magnesium. Even worse, anti-inflammatory steroids and many nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often fluoride compounds, which means they bind up magnesium. Treating inflammation with ineffective and unsafe drugs inevitably creates more inflammation.”
Where does all this calcium come from? Doctors tell women over fifty years of age in the United States to take between 1200 and 1500 mg of calcium each day. In the United Kingdom, the recommended amount is only 700 mg and the World Health Organization recommends only 500 mg. Food and water have higher amounts of calcium than magnesium. The standard ratio is about 10:1 in favor of calcium. Magnesium is a calcium channel blocker and keeps calcium in solution preventing it from being deposited in the wrong places (soft tissues of the body like arteries). Magnesium is essential for the Krebs cycle to create energy. Energy for cell function and nearly 800 different enzymatic processes. Magnesium calms nerves as excess calcium can hyperexcite nerves to the point of cell death. Magnesium makes muscles work properly. Calcium causes constriction and magnesium causes relaxation. Constriction and relaxation work together for blood to flow through our circulatory system and for hearts to beat appropriately and skeletal muscles to perform.
Both calcium and magnesium are important nutrients. But they must be in the right balance for optimal health. Dr. Dean recommends a diet ratio of 1:1. Foods that contain magnesium are leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and chocolate. See my book, There’s An Elephant in the Room–Exposing Hidden Truths in the Science of Health for more information on problems with calcium.
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