After experiencing some frightening symptoms lately, I naturally have been surfing the interwebs to try and figure out what's wrong with me.
There was a 2009 thread on this subject, but it received very little attention:
As many people know, heart disease is the #1 Killer
... not cancer or diabetes,
or even corporate sponsored war. Heart disease isn't one type of disease, but simply a general description that something is impeding the functions
of the heart and circulatory system. Heart problems are typically linked to a high-sugar, high-fat, high-salt diet, but magnesium is critically
important when it comes to your heart and overall well being.
Here's my side of the story in short:
It's my understanding (now) that magnesium and calcium are naturally found in hard water. I'm almost 40. I grew up on tap water. My mother would
make tea and Kool-Aid with it regularly. We never bought bottled water. As a kid, I never had to visit the doctor for any reason. My parents were
old-school, rural, and didn't even take me in for check-ups. I was such a healthy kid though, I rarely got sick.
Fast Forward... circa 1995 I got my first internet connection. (AOL dial-up baby!)
My natural curiosity led me to research..well, everything... and I was dismayed when I eventually learn about the fluoride controversy. However, I was
still living at home on occasion, and mom always had a fresh pitcher of tap-water tea waiting for me. Suffering no noticeable effects (despite my
wariness) I continued drinking tap water.
Fast Forward... In 1997 I moved away, became a father, still used tap water for most beverages, but eventually got an in-home filtration system (i
think the company was "General Ionics" or something). So I felt I was all set, and had the safest water possible.
Fast Forward... In 2003 I split with my children's mother and moved back to my home town. Paying child support, I couldn't afford my own filtration
system. I went back to tap water for a while, but over the years my purchases of bottled water increased until I eventually no longer drank tap water
Fast Forward...2 months ago I started to develop a patch of eczema on my left shoulder. I had NEVER had any eczema before. It spread to the size of a
Fast Forward... 2 weeks ago I was driving to work and my heart suddenly started racing out of
I thought perhaps it was the anxiety of the morning commute, or perhaps anxiety about my job of almost 9 years where I only make a
couple bucks more than minimum wage.
I couldn't seem to catch my breath. I could tell my oxygen levels were depleting, and for fear of passing out while driving, I pulled over into a
Wendy's parking lot. As I loosened my belt to help blood flow and tried to get comfortable I debated whether to go in and ask for help (I have no
cell phone) but almost as quickly as it started the whole episode started to subside...
Then I debated on whether to go to work or just go back home. Why no doctor, you ask? I have no insurance, and certainly can't afford doctors and
also can't afford to miss work. I felt weak, exhausted and nervous - scared that it could happen again at any moment, mostly scared that I would die
without being able to explain to my kids what happened or at least say goodbye! All I could think of was them and that they've been through enough
I have also been depressed lately. My usual hobbies - no fun. Picture of the future - no good. Getting out of the funk I was - no dice. I thought,
"I'm just getting old... life probably just sucks more as you get older."
I tried to think if there was something I was doing differently, then I remembered that hard water contains calcium and magnesium. So I looked up the
effects of magnesium deficiency, and lo and behold, it's one of the most deadly vitamin deficiencies known!
That's my story.. here are some helpful links and pics for anyone you know with any of these issues:
How magnesium prevents heart disease
"Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: hyperexcitability, dizziness, muscle cramps, muscle weakness and fatigue.
Severe magnesium deficiency can cause hypocalcemia, low serum potassium levels (hypokalemia), retention of sodium, low circulating levels of
parathyroid hormone (PTH), neurological and muscular symptoms (tremor, muscle spasms, tetany), loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, personality changes
and death from heart failure."
Magnesium Rich Foods