According to a U.S. book first published in 1991, but which I just discovered and read last month, the most likely cause of twitching eyelid(s) is a
deficiency in magnesium. Most modern processed food (such as we find in grocery stores, almost all restaurants, etc.) is deficient in magnesium.
Additionally, carbonated soda drinks and refined sugars remove magnesium from the human body. So, as the title of that book says,
The Cure is in the Kitchen, by Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. (1991: Prestige Publishing) "Dr. Rogers is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family
Practice, a Fellow of the American College of Allergy and Immunology and a Fellow and former Director of the American Academy of Environmental
Here is a link for the website of Prestige Publishing, where you can buy a new copy of the book; I got my copy used on Amazon, however:
According to Dr. Rogers and other sources, the U.S. government has done studies which show that the typical American diet supplies less than half of
the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium.
Signs of a magnesium deficiency can include muscle cramps, eye muscle twitches (bingo in your case), or more serious signs such as an irregular or
accelerated heart beat.
Scientific literature contains a number of reports about how frequently physicians miss a magnesium deficiency ... there is no good test, and blood
tests ("serum magnesium level") are not very reliable.
I worked in health care environments for 12 years, and I remain appalled at what was served as food in hospital cafeterias in that era. Hospital
menus have now improved, but not that much, actually. Over a period of years I became skeptical about the ability of the medical establishment to
really improve people's health over the long term.
So I started investigating some alternative dietary recommendations. Eat Right for Your (blood) Type was first, and I learned some things, but it was
not revolutionary. Then I started to read literature about the macrobiotic diet, attended a macrobiotic cooking class, and became interested enough
to spend time getting used to some of these new (or new to me) foods.
Since then (6 months), I have had zero eye twitches (which I often had previously for a long time). As you will see from doing some checking of
nutrient info on macrobiotic basic foods, it is a nutrient-rich diet. In particular, whole grains and sea vegetables have astoundingly high levels of
So, that was my speech for today. Hope this helps.
[edit on 5/1/2008 by Uphill]