Dr. Weyrich's Naturopathic Functional Medicine Notebook
Dr. Weyrich's Naturopathic Functional Medicine Notebook is a collection of information on topics of interest
to Dr. Weyrich that may be of interest to the world wide audience.
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Overview of Magnesium Deficiency
Magnesium deficiency is associated with a number of medical conditions, including
[Starr2005, pg 188]:
Irritability of skeletal and cardiac muscle.
Rapid and irregular heartbeats, especially during thyroid hormone supplementation.
Cofactor of various enzymes.
Diagnosis of Magnesium Deficiency
According to [Starr2005, pg 188] the standard blood test for magnesium is not reliable
because it does not reflect intracellular levels.
600 to 1000 mg/day is typical, but oral amount may be limited by bowel tolerance.
IV pushes can increase the daily dose. Also consider magnesium oil [Starr2005, pg 188].
Hypotheses regarding Magnesium Deficiency
Dr. Weyrich suggests that heavy metal toxicity (e.g. mercury may
be mitigated by increasing supplementation with magnesium. This is because both Mg and Hg
can exist as +2 charged ions, and Lechatlier's Law of Mass Action suggests that increasing
the concentration of Mg+2 will displace Hg+2 from binding sites that it may be blocking
on enzymes. Clinical evidence to support this follows from the observation that
the side effects reported by [Starr2005, pg 188] during thyroid hormone supplementation
in the presence of magnesium deficiency are similar to the side effects observed in the
presence of mercury toxicity (rapid, irregular heartbeat).