227: Magnesium


Magnesium is an essential mineral that can cure various health conditions. However, most people take magnesium for granted when along with other minerals, so many illnesses can be reversed. So, we're fortunate to have Dr. Carolyn Dean elaborate on why magnesium is vital to our health.  

Early Challenges  

Dr. Carolyn Dean went into practice in 1979. Before that, she went through quite a challenge since around that time; women weren't given high ranks in the workforce even if they were bright.   

Getting her medical degree first, Dr. Carolyn Dean recalls that back then, there were no Naturopathic schools in Canada. But she already thought back then that thirty to forty years down the road, becoming a Naturopath would be popular, and everyone would get on board taking care of health. Dr. Carolyn Dean even thought a three-day work week was possible.  

“But we know what happened. The commercialization of medicine and disease happened, and medicine just turned into the dark side,” said Dr. Carolyn Dean. 


Dr. Carolyn Dean also remembers the obstacles she went through especially for doctors like her who were promoting their dietary supplements.  Their voices were suppressed if it was about supporting natural products.  

“Medical authorities won't allow us to say something like magnesium might be a health cure. They won't let you see that because it will mean that you'll stop taking drugs,” reveals Dr. Carolyn Dean.  

Legal Challenges  

Dr. Carolyn Dean was practicing as a Naturopath and was into natural treatments like Acupuncture and Homeopathy. She also did occasional medical surgeries to help save organs.  

Things started to get out of hand when Dr. Carolyn Dean said some bad things about sugar on a Canadian national TV show in 1991 or 1992. After the episode aired, Dr. Carolyn Dean found herself attacked by the Sugar Institute of Canada. They went to Dr. Carolyn Dean's licensing board which resulted in the board admonishing her. They even sent spies into her practice.  

“They got this young man to complain to my licensing board that I refused to give him a homeopathic remedy for his allergies on his first appointment. If I gave it to him, he still would have complained. It was a planned thing,” said Dr. Carolyn Dean. 

Years later, Dr. Carolyn Dean had no more license to practice in Canada, since she already acquired her California license. The medical board took the opportunity to hold a mock court in Toronto. They took away Dr. Carolyn Dean's non-existent license to send a message to medical practitioners that they couldn't do alternatives.  

“So if people wonder why doctors don't get involved with nutrition, alternatives, and dietary supplements, it is because they are likely to be attacked,” said Dr. Carolyn Dean.   

I understand Dr. Carolyn Dean's ordeal.  My hero, Dr. Joe Wallach has been attacked eleven or twelve times by the FDA. He's very outspoken and has always stood his ground on his research and findings.   

The Magnesium Miracle Book  

There are 65 health conditions that Dr. Carolyn Dean has listed in her Magnesium Miracle book. According to her, those conditions can be triggered or caused by a magnesium deficiency and misdiagnosed as diseases.   

I suggest everyone get a copy of the book as well as Dr. Carolyn Dean's other published works. It is a wonderful resource to educate you on why minerals are so essential.  

Magnesium And Sugar  

Dr. Carolyn Dean says there is apparently a vindication about magnesium and sugar. Sugar-lobbied groups changed the whole dialogue about sugar and made it about fats. They saw the research thirty to forty years ago, showing that sugar was bad for the heart.   

“Groups buried that research and blamed it on fats. We know that olive oil, coconut oil, and butter are good for the body, but those groups instead lobbied for trans fat which is even worse for health than sugar,” said Dr. Carolyn Dean.  

Burning Fats  

Dr. Carolyn Dean explains that now with all this sugar and excess carbohydrates that the body cannot sustain, our body keeps making insulin. The insulin will push some of the sugars into our cells for energy, the rest in liver storage. Hence, increasing the risk of having a fatty liver.   

“As long as you are eating carbohydrates constantly, you will never burn fat. So the beauty of a ketogenic diet and fasting is that you stop eating carbohydrates to a great extent. After sugar gets used up, that's when you start fat burning and lose weight,” Dr. Carolyn Dean explains.  

Ongoing Debate  

There has never been a death due to dietary supplements. Despite that, Dr. Carolyn Dean says many medical authorities are still saying supplements are dangerous. And lucky for us, things are different now than it was before. Today, our voices can be heard especially since more people are seeking treatments the natural way.  

One major issue at hand is the fact that the FDA made an announcement recently, planning to pass a guideline wherein people can no longer buy homeopathic remedies. The verdict is still pending. Because currently, there is a write-in and call in period wherein the public is allowed to comment on these proposed FDA guidelines making homeopathic remedies into drugs.   

Codex Alimentarius  

I recall Dr. Rima Laibow, who is a successful doctor of Natural Medicine. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1970 and had studied more than 16,000 pages of Codex Alimentarius documentation.   

Codex Alimentarius is a compilation of medical standards, codes of practice and guidelines on food, food production, and food safety. But Dr. Rima Laibow believes it is a severe threat to health freedom. She spoke lengthily about it in her speech at the 2005 National Association of Nutrition Professionals conference  

On the other hand, Dr. Carolyn Dean encourages people to support the causes of the National Health Alliance. Among the organization's current focus is spearheading activities to fight against the suppression of Natural Medicine. This is because medicine companies look at Natural Medicine as competition.  

Importance of Dietary Supplements  

Dr. Carolyn Dean says we need dietary supplements to make up for the loss of vitamins and minerals in our body. She reveals that a hundred years ago, we could get approximately 500mg of magnesium in our diet. But now we're considering ourselves lucky even to get at least 200mg of magnesium in our diet. The alarming thing is, not any of this information is brought out to the public.  

“For all the processing the body goes through to burn fat for energy, we need other co-factors for those metabolic processes. And magnesium is necessary for 700 to 800 different enzymatic processes in the body,” Dr. Carolyn Dean said.  

Dr. Carolyn Dean also says that patients are usually clueless on how to maximize taking supplements. It was also a learning process for Dr. Carolyn Dean. Years ago, she initially was anti-supplements after trying to work with her heart palpitations, leg cramps, and neck pain.  

“In my efforts to get healthy, I realized I was the poster child for magnesium deficiency. But I found out I couldn't take one pill of magnesium without getting the laxative effect,” said Dr. Carolyn Dean. “Years after I wrote my book, I even was trying to interest minerals manufacturers in researching, and making non-laxative magnesium.”  

ReMag Supplements

She adds, “Finally, I made my own. When people started to take my ReMag supplements, they didn't need anything else. They started feeling better,” said Dr. Carolyn Dean.  

In further studies, Dr. Carolyn Dean also found out that the body absorbs only 4% of magnesium oxide. The rest becomes a laxative. She also explained in her first book that 500mg of magnesium oxide has 300g of elemental magnesium. Taking Dr. Carolyn Dean's line of supplements in effect regulates so many factors that our body needs to function well, especially our heart.  

“The heart is one big muscle. Magnesium controls muscles and nerves. If you don't have enough magnesium, your muscle goes into spasm because it has too much calcium,” said Dr. Carolyn Dean.  

She adds, “Magnesium doesn't act like blood thinner. But it prevents the excess calcium from building up, and calcium triggers blood clots. The enzyme that balances cholesterol is controlled by magnesium.”  

Suggested Diet  

First of all, Dr. Carolyn Dean recommends taking Epson salt and magnesium citrate in powder form, mix with water and sip through the day. Mostly, it is essential to stay hydrated.  

Dr. Carolyn Dean recommends drinking half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water. Then add ¼ tsp of Sea salt or Himalayan salt to every quart of drinking water.  

For solid foods, Dr. Carolyn Dean's favorite is making a huge salad mixed with salmon for protein and macadamia nuts pate. Macadamia nuts are high in fat, but they're fantastic!  

To make the pate, mix 8 ounces of lemon juice concentrate, 4 ounces of water, one teaspoon of unrefined sea salt, a handful of garlic and blend with 2 to 3 cups of nuts.   

Dr. Carolyn Dean's favorite treats, on the other hand, is eating frozen organic strawberry with a quarter cup of heavy whipping cream. She sometimes mixes it with kefir and eats it with ice cream. 

Her simple banana treat sounds just as delicious! She suggests taking a frozen banana, roll it with a tablespoon of cacao powder, a tablespoon of coconut oil and sugar substitute.  

She also affirms that there are a lot of fun things you can do with a ketogenic diet. Out of all the diets, the ketogenic diet is an excellent detox from sugar, it gives the pancreas a nice rest, and it is an anti-inflammatory diet.  

Diet Tips

For more diet tips, Dr. Carolyn Dean personally recommends linking to the website of Dr. Jason Fung, also known as The Diet Doctor. Dr. Jason Fung is a Canadian nephrologist and the leading expert on how to fast the right way.  

People have to take responsibility for their health on so many levels. A Naturopath or a Holistic doctor each has their way of running things. They have their line of supplements, so do your research.   

“When you take charge of your body and provide it with the best absorbable basic nutrient building blocks, you can overcome most health problems,” said Dr. Carolyn Dean.  

Additional Resources 

Aside from Dr. Carolyn Dean's impressive list of published books, you can also tune in to her 2-hour call-in radio show at www.achieveradio.com, Mondays at 4 pm PST. She also has an amazing blog filled with informative articles that will help you find your way to better health so check it out!  

Dr. Carolyn Dean also has a free online newsletter, a valuable online 2-year wellness program called Completement Now! You can also learn about Total Body ReSet program using her unique Completement Formulas: RnA Drops, ReMag, ReMyte, ReCalcia, ReAline, ReStructure, and ReNew at www.RnAReSet.com. 

Dr. Carolyn Dean is a Medical Doctor and Naturopathic Doctor. She is the author of 110 Kindle books and 35 health books. She is on the Medical Advisory Board of the non-profit educational site – Nutritional Magnesium Association. Her magnesium outreach has won her an award from the Heart Rhythm Society in the UK for “Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management-2012.”  

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Ashley James

Health Coach, Podcast Creator, Homeschooling Mom, Passionate About God & Healing

Ashley James is a Holistic Health Coach, Podcaster, Rapid Anxiety Cessation Expert, and avid Whole Food Plant-Based Home Chef. Since 2005 Ashley has worked with clients to transform their lives as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Her health struggles led her to study under the world’s top holistic doctors, where she reversed her type 2 diabetes, PCOS, infertility, chronic infections, and debilitating adrenal fatigue.

In 2016, Ashley launched her podcast Learn True Health with Ashley James to spread the TRUTH about health and healing. You no longer need to suffer; your body CAN and WILL heal itself when we give it what it needs and stop what is harming it!

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