This week on Healthy Happenings Doctors Holly and Decker dive deep into supplementing with magnesium. Magnesium covers a wide clinical spectrum and for Dr. Decker is passionate about sharing its benefits, especially in the cardiovascular realm. Initially, magnesium has been effective for getting cardiac rhythms under control. The key principal with magnesium is its absorb-ability. Calcium and magnesium can compete over similar receptors in the calcium channel. While magnesium can calm the system down and bring down blood pressure, calcium can do the opposite wanting faster heart rate and higher blood pressure. The body will actually prefer absorbing calcium and it is very easy for it to do so.

With sleep, as we begin to lay down, if our body’s do not have enough magnesium, it may night get enough signals to help make sleep happen. When looking at magnesium supplements, you should look at brands with a history of clinical success. Also because magnesium depletion is common, you have to give it sometimes weeks to take effect. For sleep and cramps, it’s best to take magnesium at night. For energy and performance, you can take magnesium in the morning or you can do both.

When using magnesium for clinical research, historically a little bit of diarrhea as a symptom was actually considered a success. Today, there are now magnesiums with a slow release technology to help people avoid diarrhea and stomach cramp side effects. To measure magnesium levels, they measured blood serum to make sure it’s getting in the system and how long it stays in the system, they measured RBC magnesium which is the closest way for us to see if it’s in the tissues and lastly they also measured clinical endpoint. In all three parameters, approximately 92% of test subjects had no change in bowel movements.

For cardiovascular issues, magnesium can help regulate where some pharma drugs can force levels too low. Because it’s not a drug, magnesium can help drive levels to normal rates. Specifically for cardiovascular issues and doses of magnesium, 400-500mg can be effective, but if it’s not bound to the right molecule, it can pass right through the patient. The key here is to know your brands and if their products have successful clinical studies. People can be more depleted in magnesium than they think, because many things deplete it such as fluoride in everyday toothpaste. One thing to watch for is calcium as well, because again, the body will take in calcium before magnesium.

Dr. Decker also discusses Peace Possible, an organization that helps treat people who have been constantly exposed to war and conflicts in hopes of helping them regulate and become peaceful human beings. Decker has researched people constantly at war and what medical implications need to be observed with these individuals. For example, Dr. Decker looks at the HPAT axis, lower serotonin, GABA and norepinephrin levels and chronic states of inflammation in people like Syrian refugees, Kurdish soldiers, and recovered sex slaves from ISIS. Helping people sleep through the night, go to school and regulate brain function so that they can live a full life is part of what they do with Peace Possible.

Dr. Decker Weiss is the first Naturopathic Physician to participate in a conventional internship, residency, and fellowship. Dr. Weiss became the first Naturopathic Cardiologist when after hospital-based training in the Columbia Hospital system, the Arizona Heart Institute, and the Arizona Heart Hospital, and became a fellow of the American Society of Angiology. Dr. Weiss kept privileges at the Arizona Heart Hospital, while opening the breakthrough Scottsdale Heart Institute, where he helped thousands of patients reduce medication safely, eliminate the need for angioplasty and bypass surgery, and reverse heart disease and many arrhythmias naturally.

The International Association of Health Care Practitioners and the International Association of Cardiologists named Dr. Weiss, a “Leading Physician in the World” in 2012; a distinction given to under 1000 physicians each year. Dr. Weiss sold his practice to his fellows in 2013, and while maintaining a limited practice and consulting for some of the most prestigious companies in the world joined a think-tank and research organization called Artis Research in order to research and support the people living in zones of conflict and distressed states.

At Chambers Clinic, Dr. Weiss specializes in preventive cardiology that allows for early detection and treatment of cardiovascular conditions such as coronary artery disease and hypertension.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women’s health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women’s Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the ‘Daphne Blayden’ award for her ‘Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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