Does the risk of supplementing with magnesium outweigh the benefit?

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   Posted 3/12/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
In determining a medical treatment plan, this is the last question in the decsion tree, right? I know on this board we've debated this issue before, but the breadth and depth of symptoms of severe magnesium deficiency make me feel it's worthy of revisiting.
Many times to my own satisfication I've proven that a lot of my troubling, and even frightening, symptoms are due solely to severe magnesium deficiencies caused by the Borrelia. This bacterium consumes magnesium. Over the last few months the borrelia has been multiplying again, so I'm seeing my old neuroborreliosis symptoms slowly returning, one of which is arrythmia and palpitations. I'd been avoiding hitting the mag again b/c I didn't want to feed that crap, but finally last week I broke down and took a bath in 3.5 cups of epson salt (magnesium sulfate).  As I expected, the very next day the palps and irregular rhythm had vanished. Now it reoccurs only about every 3-4 days, and vanishes again if I do the magnesium sulfate bath again. The insomnia has improved again, and the twitches have eased off substantially.
However, I feel my paresthesias advancing again bigtime after just two baths. I just cannot decide if I think feeding the borrelia with magnesium is outweighed by quelling the cardiac issues.

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   Posted 3/12/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Try potassium for the heart rhythm stuff. Also, what would happen if you increased anti-Lyme treatment at the same time as taking the epsom salt baths?

Just a couple of ideas to think about...take care,
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   Posted 3/12/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I am torn on the magnesium issue. I read in a lecture from a well respected LLMD (Dr. D.K. in Washington) that magnesium should be taken by IV since the oral feeds the lyme. That would be a lot of work, but it could be an option for you.


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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
tickbattler, I've also heard that about intravenous magnesium but don't understand how method of admin could make a difference. Would seem like Bb could feed off it irrespective of how it came to be in your bloodstream.

Razzle, my potassium level is fine. In fact all my other electrolytes are good, just the mag tends to run low b/c of the Bb consuming it.

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   Posted 3/16/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Sulma, I've been torn on the Mag issue as well.


Most of the population is not deficient in mag and whether a bacteria feeds off of it, I'm not really sure, but if you are worried about taking mag, sups, maybe up your intake of foods rich in mag like pumpkin seeds, spinach etc.


There are also certain forms of mag that absorb much better. Most of the commercial forms of mag are not even absorbed by the body.


And like was mentioned above, Epson salt baths are a GREAT way to get mag in the body.

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