Warning signs you are deficient in magnesium

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Magnesium is a very important mineral, the second-most abundant within human cells. Some 60% of it in the human body is contained within the bones, over 25% in the muscles and the rest in soft tissue and body fluids. Learn about the important functions of this essential mineral and some warning symptoms of deficiency.

Functions

Magnesium plays a role in activating many enzymes in the body. It also plays a role in maintaining the electrical charges of cells, especially in the nerves and muscles, and in muscle contraction and relaxation. Further, this mineral is involved in cellular functions such as energy production, cellular replication, lipid synthesis and protein formation. It even contributes to bone formation, as it helps regulate calcium metabolism.

Magnesium plays a critical role in heart health, contributing to energy production and heart muscle contraction. By raising the solubility of calcium in urine, magnesium helps prevent the formation of kidney stones. Indeed, magnesium supplementation has been found to help with preventing kidney stone recurrence.

Research also suggests that dietary magnesium intake is directly linked to lung function and the severity of asthma.

Deficiency symptoms

The warning signs that one could be lacking magnesium, some of which are similar to those of potassium deficiency, include:

• heart disturbances
• issues with nerve conduction and muscle contraction
• muscle cramps and spasms
• poor coordination
• weakness
• chronic fatigue
• headaches – including migraines and tension headaches
• appetite loss
• insomnia
• cravings for sweets
• mental confusion
• irritability
• personality changes
• being easily stressed

People with low levels of magnesium are more prone to ailments such as insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, hair loss, swollen gums, high blood pressure, kidney stones, heart disease and even cancer.

In fact, it has been found that persons who suffered sudden and fatal heart attacks had very low magnesium levels in their hearts. When magnesium levels are low, a spasm of the coronary arteries could take place, affecting the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart — this could then trigger a heart attack.

Persons with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are also commonly found to have low magnesium levels. In addition, women with osteoporosis have been found to have lower bone magnesium levels than those without the condition.

Deficiency causes

Due to poor food choices, with diets lacking in natural whole foods, many people do not actually consume enough magnesium.

Elderly persons, especially those with health issues, are more susceptible to magnesium deficiency. Women are also more likely to be deficient during their premenstrual period.

Factors which elevate its secretion or reduce its absorption could also lead to magnesium deficiency. These include:

• intake of too much calcium (they must be balanced)
• alcohol consumption — it has been found that as much as 60% of alcoholics have low levels of magnesium, as alcohol increases the amount of magnesium excreted in the urine. And this deficiency could be a big reason why alcoholics are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.
• liver disease
• kidney disease
• diabetes
• digestive disorders like malabsorption
• use of oral contraceptives, diuretics and/or medications which deplete magnesium levels
• surgery

It should be noted that standard blood tests do not flag up magnesium deficiency until it’s already severe, often after the onset of a serious health condition. Thus, the symptoms and dietary choices would offer some clues.

Food sources

The best food sources of magnesium include kelp, dulse, molasses, buckwheat, wheat bran, wheat germ, millet, rye, tofu and nuts, including almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, peanuts, pecans and English walnuts.

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[Book Review] NLP – The Essential Guide To Neuro-Linguistic Programming by Tom Hoobyar & Tom Dotz

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By: Zy Marquiez
January 16, 2016

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place”
– George Bernard Shaw

The first time that NLP became known to me is when it was discussed by Navy Seal Michael Jaco in an interview that was conducted with him.   Jaco also mentions it briefly in his book The Intuitive Warrior where he details many of the experiences in his life.

That lead me to research Neuro-linguistic programming in a cursory manner, and figured the information provided might do me some good.

Of all books available, NLP – The Essential Guide To Neuro-Linguistic Programming by Tom Hoobyar and Tom Dotz, was the one that appealed to me more than the others.

In any case, although this is my first book on the subject [and will continue to look into it in future books and such], it is quite comprehensive.

At its foundation, it basically consists of explaining the process of human thought.  Thereafter, it gives the reader countless angles from which to be able to address any in a myriad of issues when it comes to how the mind creates/addresses experiences in our daily lives and how we as individuals can take charge of this process for the betterment of ourselves and others.

This particular book brings clarity to many emotional circumstances that take place between individuals, or even groups, and helps one be able to key in to certain factors. The author’s tempo is quite consistent throughout, and it doesn’t really go too fast, or too slow for the reader. The subject of NLP is analyzed from quite a few different angles.

In the beginning it covers the importance to understanding how one thinks. Therein we can learn how others manage their thoughts, whether they know it or not. From there on the book addresses thought patterns and couples that with belief filters that dictate how we view reality.

Belief filters are quite intriguing, because although an individual might be getting information, the information that his mind is viewing is being processed through a particular filter, which might or might not be beneficial. For instance, some beliefs, if positive, allow you to have a more positive outlook, thus you’re more likely to make positive choices due to that. However, the converse is also true.

Another notable point that is discussed is what emotional anchors are, as well as how to use them is touched upon. This is fascinating in that it can help people build upon the positive aspects of their life, rather than just ‘roll with the punches’ so to speak.

Triggers of emotion are also focused, being that they are so imperative in the construction of our emotional sphere.

The book also covers the notion of “Modalities” as well as “Sub-Modalities”. These are important because this is a reflection of how we feel based on certain qualities/distinctions.

One particular bit of the book that’s noteworthy is the fact that it mentions that any particular emotion, is just one option of many one can partake in. This is vital, as many people seem to be able ‘not to control’ their emotions and allow them to be automatic. By allowing themselves to be controlled by their emotions, and not be other way around, these individuals often find themselves in emotive-charged circumstances that are quite dense in stress.

Time and time again, this book covers the importance of ‘living in the moment’. This is tackled quite extensively as its monumentally beneficial, rather than living life on autopilot which most people unfortunately do.

Another prominent tenet that’s addressed that has various component are the Navy Seal’s “Big 4”. These are particular tools/habits that help Navy SEALs tackle countless intense instances where they need to forge ahead, regardless of circumstances.

Other ideas discussed are Meta-programs, the importance of physical signals such as personal space, body position, posture, gestures, touch & even eye movement, as well as being able to put yourself in other people’s mind to find out how they might be feeling.

The power of belief, some being good and some bad, are also mentioned in a quite remarkable manner.

This NLP Essential Guide makes it possible to abdicate many of the bad habits that plague individuals.

It would be erroneous however to think that once one is finished reading the book, the job is done. Those kind of limiting thoughts would placate any change that might be possible if one is not willing to put in the work.

In hindsight, there are so many different topics and ideas discussed that, at minimum, even with highlights and notes taken, it will take another reread of the most notable aspects to full anchor down all of the information.   That, or by regularly studying the concepts will one be able to fully gain the benefits of the information.

Even with everything mentioned, there is still a lot more ideas, and examples that are addressed that would be highly beneficial to many people. There is just too many to mention.

As previously said, this book really is quite comprehensive. Applying the ideas/concepts every day is where your life will begin to change.

In the end, the choice is yours.

“It’s never too late to be the person you might have been.”
– George Eiliot

American Dental Association Threatens Manufacturer of Mercury Detection Equipment To Stop Talking About Toxic Levels Of Mercury In Dental Offices

Mercury contamination

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L.J. Devon
January 15, 2016

The American Dental Association (ADA) is the leading proponent for installing mercury-based fillings into the mouths of millions of people. The ADA states on their website that, “Dental amalgam is considered a safe, affordable and durable material that has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. It contains a mixture of metals such as silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which binds these components into a hard, stable and safe substance. Dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively, and has established a record of safety and effectiveness.”

Even though safer options exist for teeth restoration, the ADA continues to push for amalgams which contain 50 percent mercury. For the most part, modern dentistry follows along with the toxic mercury tradition. Question a dentist about mercury toxicity, and he may just smirk at you. The ADA is so dead set on, and so prideful in their support of mercury fillings, that they will go out of their way to threaten mercury detection professionals who educate the public on the toxic levels of mercury in dental offices.

Airborne mercury levels spike to dangerous levels after amalgams are removed

As more people learn about the toxicity of mercury, honorable businesses that detect invisible, odorless mercury are growing. Colorado-based Mercury Instruments USA Inc. sells special equipment that gauges mercury levels in the air. The high tech equipment is used at industrial sites around the world to help train people to avoid invisible mercury.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set the average workday exposure limit for mercury at 100 micro grams per cubic meter. OSHA requires workers to wear protective equipment when mercury is over the limit. Sadly, many dentists don’t care about the amount of mercury in their offices.

Mercury Instruments CEO Alex Hummell says that few dentists are even concerned about mercury levels in their dental practices. When amalgams are installed or removed, mercury is released into the mouths of patients and into the surrounding air. High speed vacuums are often used to suction the debris away from patients, but this doesn’t stop the spread of mercury completely. Hummell says he’s measured mercury levels in dental offices two to three times greater than OSHA limits. In one experiment, Hummell measured mercury levels 30 times the OSHA limit after just one amalgam was removed.

“I’ve seen in dental offices what would make these other offices have to shut down,” said Hummell. “They would be closing their doors and getting respirators on.”

Instead, he said, “there are kids running around everywhere. It’s nuts. It’s the exact same toxin, and it’s being treated totally differently. Why is it being allowed to be so unregulated?”

ADA lawyer threatens CEO of mercury detection equipment

Years ago, Hummell recalls setting up an informational booth at a regional dental conference in Denver, Colorado. The demonstration attempted to educate dentists on mercury toxicity and the high levels most likely present in their dental practices. Hummell demonstrated how his equipment could measure rising mercury levels by simply brushing on an old mercury filling. Hummell said most dentists were reluctant to learn the importance of monitoring mercury levels in their practices and many smirked at his demonstration.

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Bacteria Resistant to ALL Drugs Found in Canada in OLD Samples

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Julie Fidler
January 13, 2016

It happened in China, and then moved on to Denmark, then to England. Now, scientists in Canada say they found a mutated gene that causes bacteria to become resistant to ALL antibiotics in 2 samples of ground beef in Ontario in 2010, and in one female patient from Ottawa in 2011.

The Ottawa women who tested positive for bacteria carrying MCR-1 allegedly contracted the bug in Egypt, where she lived for several years. Three days after she returned to Canada, she was hospitalized with an abdominal infection. [1]

The MCR-1 gene found in all 4 countries produces an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to colistin, a last-line-of-defense antibiotic.

MCR-1 was first reported in China in November in 260 samples of E. coli from meat, animals, and hospital patients. In December, the first reports of the invincible bacteria came out of Denmark, where a patient was diagnosed with an untreatable form of salmonella. Then the mutated gene showed up in bacteria in England on 3 farms and in samples of human infections.

At least a dozen other countries have detected the MCR-1 gene, as well.

While colistin isn’t used in the U.S., that doesn’t mean we aren’t in danger. MCR-1 is located on a plasmid, which is a free-floating slice of DNA that can be easily shared by bacteria, meaning that drug resistance could spread to other organisms. [2]

“It’s clearly the biggest story to come out (in 2015),” said Lance Price, a professor of environmental health at George Washington University who studies antibiotic resistance. “There have been horrible things all year but this is the most disturbing.”

Matthew Gilmour, the scientific director of Winnipeg lab, said scientists are working to identify the drug-resistant bacteria in past cases, and his lab will now screen for MCR-1 and has created tests that will be sent to provincial labs so they can do the same.

Gilmour said he isn’t aware of any current cases, but is concerned that it will show up in cases involving infections that are resistant to all antibiotics, including colistin.

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Study Shows Monsanto’s Bt Toxin Kills Human Embryo Cells

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Ethan A. Huff
January 15, 2016

More evidence has surfaced showing that Monsanto’s Bt toxin, which the company claims doesn’t harm humans, is definitively poisoning the populace. New research out of Canada explains that Bt toxin not only accumulates in human tissue but also kills human embryo cells in pregnant women.

For their study, researchers from the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre in Quebec looked at pesticides associated with genetically modified (GM) foods, and particularly Bt toxin engineered into some varieties of GM corn and soy. They focused on how these poisons affect pregnant women and their unborn babies.

Based on an analysis of the blood profiles of 30 pregnant women and 39 non-pregnant women, the team determined that CryAb1, a type of Bt toxin, was present not only in pregnant women but also their fetuses. Additionally, Bt toxin was observed to actually kill human embryos in vivo, or inside the bodies of the women.

This deadly phenomenon is known as reproductive toxicology, and it’s something that Monsanto, when first petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of Bt toxin, promised wasn’t possible. In other words, the company clearly lied to the U.S. government about the deadly effects of this poison, which an earlier study out of the same hospital found is present in virtually all pregnant women’s bodies.

“This is the first study to reveal the presence of circulating PAGMF [pesticides associated to genetically modified foods] in women with and without pregnancy, paving the way for a new field in reproductive toxicology including nutrition and utero-placental toxicities,” wrote the authors.

Bt toxin destroys human kidneys, causes cancer

What this means for the general population is that typical consumption of foods containing GMO derivatives from Bt crops could lead to an inability to have children. Rather than just kill insects as Monsanto claims, Bt toxin directly targets unborn human children as well, according to the study, which means GMO crops themselves are a human pesticide.

“Not only do these cry-toxins (Bt toxin) target the kidney cells of developing human fetuses, but when Cry1Ab and Cry1Ac are combined with Roundup, they can delay apoptosis of human cancer cells,” wrote Christina Sarich from TheRebel.org about the nephrotoxicity and carcinogenicity of Bt toxin.

“What’s worse, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, also causes necrosis — i.e. the death of human tissue, and this happens even when the substance is found in much smaller amounts than what is currently being used on our agricultural crops. The stuff is still carcinogenic in the parts per trillion range.”

Roundup makes Bt toxin even more harmful

So not only is Bt toxin highly damaging to humans at levels commonly seen in food, but so is Roundup, the “safe” herbicide applied to many GM crops. And when combined, these two poisons become synergistically more toxic than they are separately, a fact that was never even considered during their approval.

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