Suzanne got it right. In her 50s, she came in with a long list of symptoms including severe constipation, with which she had suffered for as long as she could remember. I prescribed the magnesium protocol. When she returned in two weeks for a follow-up visit she was astonished and delighted. "The day after I started the magnesium protocol, the constipation I've had all my life stopped. I had a bowel movement and have had one every day since then."
The final step in getting your magnesium program right is to give the magnesium an essential cofactor for maximum effectiveness in your body. That cofactor is the activated form of vitamin B6: pyridoxal-5-phosphate, a.k.a. P-5-P. It is available from Emerson Ecologics. The dose is 50 mg twice daily. You can probably accomplish the same thing with vitamin B6 100 mg twice daily in addition to whatever B6 is in your multiple vitamin and mineral supplement. However, some people may not effectively convert vitamin B6 into P-5-P. Just be sure you take a high potency multiple vitamin and mineral supplement to balance the large dose of B6 you will be taking. Otherwise, you may get into trouble with a B vitamin imbalance.
Here's one more success story. Sandy, 40 something, was a highly successful executive in a national Corporation until she was disabled by fibromyalgia of seven years ago. She spent the past seven years in an implacable search for a cure. She tried many different treatments, none of which gave satisfactory results. She and I have been consulting for about a year and she has developed the most comprehensive holistic healing program of any of my patients. For the first time since she became disabled she is regaining the ability to function. She thinks she is back to about 50% of her previous health and she is still gaining. Of the many different components to her healing program she believes magnesium has been the most useful. She gives herself magnesium injections much like a diabetic gives herself insulin. We expect that as she improves her digestive system and increases their ability to absorb magnesium she will be able to discontinue the injections. In the meantime she is very happy to be able to resume her career.
I just answered my own question about which of the dozen things I intend to blog about I will do next now that I have finished with magnesium. It is going to be about finding the right multiple vitamin and mineral supplement, since that is the foundation of your entire nutritional supplement program. Logically, I should have done that first but it doesn't sound very interesting (foundations usually aren't), so I thought I should start with something that would be more likely to get your attention. Since you are reading this, I must have your attention so in the next blog I will tell you how to find your best multiple vitamin and mineral supplement. It isn't easy and took me 50 years so I think I can save you some time. :-)
The multiple vitamin and mineral discussion will round out what I consider to be the Big Four nutritional supplements: vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium, and the right multiple vitamin matter or supplement. There must be more than 100 nutritional supplements out there, each with its own list of benefits, usually hyped. I've seen a lot of them come and go in the past 50 years. The Big Four have come and stayed because, in my experience, they give him the most bang for the buck and improve more of the most frequent symptoms with which people suffer and do the most to extend the health span and improve quality of life.
So the next blog will be about how to find the right multiple vitamin mineral supplement for you. I think I can even do it all in one post. After that, I'd like you to help me decide what to do next since I have this list of more than a dozen topics that I think are interesting, important, and useful. I'd appreciate a comment about what you'd like to know about next.