I'll be travelling this week, so I don't know how much blogging I will be doing.

About two years ago I started taking magnesium supplements because I saw something on the Internet that indicated it might help my knees problems. (My knees always hurt after exercise.) The magnesium either worked, or it was a remarkable coincidence, that after 15 years of knee pain it suddenly went away and has stayed away.

Recently I realized I haven't had any allergy or asthma symptoms for well over a year. For the first time in my life I went through the entire allergy season without so much as a sniffle or a wheeze. And I didn't even use my allergy or asthma meds. On a hunch, I googled "magnesium allergy" and discovered that doctors sometimes use magnesium to treat asthma attacks. And a magnesium deficiency apparently does promote allergies.

The reader is warned that on the continuum from crackpot to Nobel Price winner, I am much closer to the crackpot side of things. So don't get your medical advice from me. But if you have allergies, and you decide to take magnesium supplements just to see what happens, let me know how it goes.
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Jun 24, 2008
How much magnesium supplement is recommended (female, 40ish). I get 100 mg in my multivitamin...
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Jun 24, 2008
Magnesium can also help you understand economics.

And it makes you invisible.

Also, I couldn't fly before I took magnesium. After I took it, I got 8000 feet of altitude easily. Only problem was, I got fined for not registering a flight plan with the FAA.
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Jun 24, 2008
About 20 years ago,
in a local newspaper,
there was an article
about the 150 reasons
to take magnesium.
I only remember the ones
I felt were important -
heart health,
lung health
(both especially important to smokers),
necessary for women of child-baring age
(as they lose too much every month) ,
and essential
in the digestion
and use
of calcium.

After those reasons,
I couldn't imagine
that any others mattered.

I've been taking it ever since,
and I believe
that is part of the reason
my body has adjusted
so easily
from child-baring
to non-child-baring
(no proof).
Jun 24, 2008
Magnesium also helps if you strain your eyes too much. It helps muscles to relax and that affects the tiny muscles that control your eye lens shape.
Jun 24, 2008
Are the obvious typos a side effect from the magnesium supplements, your impatience to start your "vacatio", or are you seeing if we're paying attention?

Jun 24, 2008
I recommend to stop exercising.
Jun 23, 2008
I've taken magnesium supplements for the past 7 years or so to help with my migraines. It has to be the most helpful thing I've ever done for them. None of all the many various medications I've been prescribed to "help" my migraines have actually helped (or been worth the help given the side effects). Magnesium also seems to be the only thing I've taken for my migraines that doesn't have the potential side effect of death... hm.
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Jun 23, 2008
Magnesium supplements killed my father.
And molested my cousin.
Jun 23, 2008
I have taken magnesium in the past to try and avoid kidney stones. I'm 28 years old, and have passed at least 9 kidney stones in the last 6 years. Watching my diet has helped reduce the average from 2 per year to 1 per year.

My body processes calcium incorrectly. Normally, calcium bonds a certain way, and goes out through the solid waste in your body. However, my body, for whatever strange reason, bonds the calcium with oxalate which forms a compound that builds up in the kidney.

The oxalate comes from coffee, tea, dark vegetables, etc. If I have to tell you where calcium comes from, you probably aren't the type of person who would have kept reading this far.

Anyways, the magnesium kind of intercepts the oxalate so that it forms a compound that does not build up in the kidney, at least that's the theory. I took it for like 1 week, and it made me have to go to the bathroom every night at 4:00am, so I quit taking it, figuring the occasional kidney stone was better than waking up every night at 4:00am.

I might try magnesium again, just for the heck of it. It's only been about 1 month since my last kidney stone, so we'll see what happens.
Jun 23, 2008
vacatios (vacations)
travelling (british spelling)
knees problems (knees' problems? knee's problems? knee problems?)
Nobel Price Winner (nobel Prize winner)

Did I get all of them? Is this some sort of a test?
Jun 23, 2008
Scott, do you really think we need to be reminded of your proximity to the category of crackpot?
Jun 23, 2008
We are turning the body in to a very complex interactive chemical factory. Supplements may work in some cases but seems a new chemical/herb/drug is popping up all the time and they are expensive. The jury is still out on most of them as to their effectiveness, interaction with other combinations of medicines and their long term affect on humans.

I have recurring knee problems. But I found that if I swim on a regular basis for my exercise I do not have as much trouble with them. Maybe it is because swimming is much smoother on the joints than many conventional exercise like running, using gym equipment or aerobics. The constant pounding on the joints is not good for me.

Now maybe swimming wont work for those who have no access to a pool year round or are allergic to chlorine/acids or have water in the ear, nose or eyes issues. But it works for me and I can get worn out quicker exercising all my muscle groups and raising my heart rate faster in the water than out of it. Makes me cleaner too.

I have no clue what to do about allergies. Mine come and go no matter what I attempt. One of these days, I guess, my head will explode.
Jun 23, 2008
In my opinion, majority of health problems (especially "civilization" one, as allergy) are related to unbalancing or insufficiency of something. So, I believe that food supplements in reasonable amounts can help in many aspects. Also, I thought, that relation of magnesium to various muscle and joint problems is well known, no surprise it helps to Scott, as well.
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Jun 23, 2008
Ah, the joys of the cuss filter! Come on, it's Latin, it must be a decent word! Though I must admit I'm impressed that someone thought to include that in the list of naughty words.

Apparently I must be craftier...a vacation featuring lots of f-e-l-l-a-t-i-o, is what I was trying to write.
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Jun 23, 2008
I notice it's affected your spelling, however. Someone already spotted the "Nobel Price" one.

The title says, "Magnesium and Vacatios"...unless you were hoping your vacation would feature lots of !$%*!$%* and unwittingly combined the two words.
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Jun 23, 2008
Playing the "which is more likely" game, that Scott himself introduced us to...

1) Which is more likely: That there might be some nutrient that will help (esp. when magnesium is known to be important in tendon strength, muscular relaxation, and is particularly important in female reproduction...)? or that pharmaceutical companies want to put you on NSAIDs and asthma medication so that they can charge you for drugs later based on the side effects?

2) Once it is discovered that a substance (shark cartilage, magnesium, vitamin C, etc.) has significant health benefits in one way or another, which is more likely: That everyone will get a high quality supplement that will solve the health problem? or that people wanting to make a fast buck will create deficient and cheaper products to compete with the good ones, and that will do more harm than good?

Do your research!

Back to magnesium for a moment -- magnesium receptors are blocked watermelons to give us seedless watermelons. No one really studies whether there is any accumulated effect in humans. No one will admit to it if there is. It is also true that many of the pesticides used to slow insect growth are magnesium blockers (i.e. to get rid of mosquitoes, but the pesticides are usually not species-specific). Here is another one: Mercury blocks magnesium...and there is a lot of mercury (and other crap) in the plume that comes across the Pacific from China -- those who live close to the west coast get hit harder.
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Jun 23, 2008
Dr Scott
Thanks for the advice, however I think vitamins and supplements work differently for each person.
I took your advice on magnesium, and took the vitatmin for about a month. It gave me lots of bad side effects such as weak muscles, back pain, nerve and tendon sensitivity. I had to stop the magnesium, and the side effects went away.
BTW, I have allergy year round, take allergy med every day, maybe the combination of meds caused the side effects.
Jun 23, 2008
Cure for depression: baked potato, toppings optional. You must eat the potato, skin and all. Why does it work? Supposedly, increases your serotonin levels.
Jun 23, 2008
I found some likewise helpful information on the internet a couple of years ago and have been taking magnesium along with a few other supplements and natural helpers (cinnamon, turmeric, aloe vera) and found they have a beneficial anti-inflammatory effect on my body/joints making daily exercise easier. My doctor knows my regular diet (vegetarian, low carb/fat) and green-lighted everything I wanted to take. So far, so good. And agree it's always a good idea to check with your own trusted crackpot first before taking on anything in bottle with or without a child-proof cap.
Jun 23, 2008
"Nobel Price winner"

I knew they were highly politicized these days but I didn't know they had gone ICOG on us (i.e. highly politicized AND corrupt)...
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