2265 North Clybourn Avenue    Chicago, IL 60614    P: 773.296.6700     F: 773.296.1131

The Most Important Supplement

Click here for the original post.

It’s magnesium. In fact, if you wake up one morning and say, “I’m not taking another supplement in my life” (not that I’m recommending this), don’t toss your magnesium.

Most experts in clinical nutrition believe that when it comes to magnesium, we’re all seriously depleted. This has occurred because our food and soil have changed: vegetables, once our major magnesium source, now grow in soil that has less magnesium than it did a few decades ago.

It’s difficult to measure magnesium in your body. Blood sugar or cholesterol levels are easy to measure because they’re found in the liquid component of blood (serum), but most of your body’s magnesium is in your cells and inaccessible to convenient testing.

Magnesium is involved in so many functions that a shortage of it can cause all sorts of seemingly unrelated problems and symptoms. Magnesium is an important part of more than 350 chemical reactions and is needed for, among other things:
• Energy and metabolism
• Nerve transmission and muscle relaxation
• Manufacture of bones and teeth
• Protein synthesis
• Detoxification
• Creating neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain)
• Temperature regulation

Alan Gaby, MD, the physician who taught nutritional medicine to thousands of doctors through his books and seminars, was so impressed by the variety of symptoms caused by magnesium deficiency–and by the number of illnesses prevented by regular use of magnesium supplements–that he wrote an entire book on the subject.

Magnesium has not gone out of print since it appeared in 1994.

Here’s a very abbreviated list of conditions for which I prescribe magnesium:
• Heart arrhythmias, angina, high blood pressure
• Asthma, hyperventilation, and shortness of breath
• Fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and migraine headaches
• Osteopenia (early osteoporosis) and osteoporosis
• Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation
• Chronic fatigue syndrome, poor focus, and concentration
• Raynaud’s syndrome (tingling in hands and feet, sense of feeling cold)
• Menstrual cramps and PMS
• Muscle twitching and tics
• Mitral valve prolapse
• Anxiety and panic disorders

Each of these conditions, Dr. Gaby points out, has increased in frequency during the past few decades, in direct correlation to the decline of magnesium in our diets and falling levels of magnesium in our bodies.

You need at least 800 mg of magnesium per day. For best absorption, I recommend magnesium glycinate, inexpensive and easy dosing. If you’re using magnesium for chronic constipation, the best choice is magnesium citrate.


Join our Newsletter

Get health recommendations, delicious and time-saving recipes, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!

Health Tips

Dr. Edelberg’s Health Tips contain concise bits of advice, medical news, nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical updates, and stress relief ideas. With every Health Tip, you’ll also receive an easy, delicious, and healthful recipe.

When you sign up to receive Health Tips, you can look forward to Dr. Edelberg’s smart and very current observations arriving in your in-box weekly. They’re packed with helpful information and are often slightly irreverent. One of the most common responses to the tips is “I wish my doctor talked to me like this!”

Quick Connect

Get One Click Access to our

patient-portal

The Knowledge Base

Patient education is an integral part of our practice. Here you will find a comprehensive collection of staff articles, descriptions of therapies and nutritional supplements, information addressing your health concerns, and the latest research on nutritional supplements and alternative therapies.

Telemedicine – Now Available at WholeHealth Chicago

In order to maintain your continuity of care, WholeHealth Chicago now offers telemedicine appointments with most of our practitioners. During a telemedicine visit, you and your healthcare provider can review medical history, discuss symptoms, arrange for prescriptions, and more. When necessary, labs and diagnostic imaging can be ordered from a facility near your home, and our Natural Apothecary can ship supplements quickly to your door.

Please contact Patient Services for details and scheduling a telemedicine appointment, or to change a regular appointment to telemedicine by calling 773-296-6700.

We’re looking forward to meeting with you in our virtual consultation room soon.

DIAGNOSE-IT-YOURSELF: COVID-19

Far and away, the commonest phone call/e mail I receive asks about COVID-19 diagnosis.
Just print this out, tape it on your refrigerator door, and stay calm.

ALLERGIES

• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Red, swollen eyes
• Itchy eyes and nose
• Tickly throat
• No fever

COLD
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Sore throat
• Mild muscle aches
• Mild dry cough
• Rarely a low fever

STREP THROAT
• Painful sore throat
• Hurts to swallow
• Swollen glands in neck
• Fever

FLU (Standard seasonal flu)
• Fever
• Dry cough (no mucus)
• Sudden onset over few hours
• Headache
• Sore throat
• Fatigue, sometimes quite severe
• Muscle aches, sometimes quite severe
• Rarely, diarrhea

CORONAVIRUS-COVID 19
• Shortness of breath
• Fever (usually above 100 degrees)
• Dry cough (no mucus)
• Slow onset (2-14 days)
• Mild muscle aches
• Mild fatigue
• Mild sneezing

Recent Health Tips

  • Functional Medicine 101 + Introducing Dr. Parisa Samsami

    Functional Medicine (FM) is without a doubt the fastest growing medical specialty of the 21st century. Public interest and broad public acceptance of it continue to please me. Every day I hear the sentence, “I made this appointment because I wanted a functional approach.” When I ask patients how they learned about it, the answer is a variation on Dr. Google. Here at WholeHealth Chicago we’ve Read More

  • The Flu Shot: Now More Important Than Ever

    When it comes to the flu shot, I take a far more conventional approach than many WholeHealth Chicago patients expect of a doctor who considers himself alternative/integrative. It’s also worth noting that after reviewing some of the online advice warning people away from the flu shot, it’s my sense that this is frequently followed by “…and this is my product you can buy instead.” So Read More

  • Lyme Disease In Your Nervous System: Three Cases

    “Why am I limiting this to only three cases?” I wondered. Physicians who treat Lyme, like our group at WholeHealth Chicago where we see a lot of Lyme disease patients, would tell you there are so many manifestations of Lyme when it invades the nervous system that I really should list as many as possible. But to keep this Health Tip manageable, we’ll keep it Read More

Join our Discount Program

Member benefits include 10% off all your purchases. Low, one-time membership fee of $25 ($35 for family).

MORE INFORMATION

Join our Newsletter

Get health recommendations, recipes, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!