Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Epilepsy and Magnesium

Clinical and experimental investigations have shown that magnesium depletion causes a marked irritability of the nervous system, eventually resulting in epileptic seizures.

In a trial with 30 epileptics 450 mg of magnesium supplied daily successfully controlled seizures. Another study found that the lower the magnesium blood levels the more severe was the epilepsy.

Magnesium raises the threshold for seizures, reducing the chance of them developing at all.

A Brazilian study found lower serum Mg in epileptic patients than in controls.
Epilepsy itself does not cause Mg depletion, but anticonvulsant drug therapy may.

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In 28 cases children of all ages, stricken with epilepsy failed to respond or responded only slightly to modern drugs and therapy. Placed on high doses of magnesium, they experienced stunning improvement.

It has been known for many years that magnesium is an analgesic. The tendency toward causing drowsiness is one of the key properties of the mineral. It is found both in the blood and in the spinal fluid.

The reason for the high magnesium content in the spinal fluid is that the mineral is necessary for balancing the stimulant effect of body hormones. The purpose of thyroid, gonadal, adrenal and other hormones is to charge up or excite the body. Magnesium and some other substances tend to slow down and relax the system, thus regulating the hormones.

When magnesium deficiencies occur there is no regulation. Among the dangerous results of this state listed in medical literature are heart damage, osteoporosis and epilepsy.

"A great many people have a magnesium deficiency manifesting itself in hyperirritability," Dr Barnett said. Their bodies and minds are greatly overactive, and they are constantly irritated.

A magnesium deficiency, according to Barnett, is a prime cause of subclinical epilepsy cases. Deficiency may occur because of malfunctioning of the pituitary gland. As far back as 1952, researchers observed that people suffering a magnesium deficiency had reactions similar to those in people who had had the Pituitary gland removed.

The pituitary gland is believed, to regulate the functions of all the other glands of the body. It is the gland through which magnesium works as a prime component to regulate the functioning of the other glands.
If magnesium is not available or the pituitary is not functioning properly, the body will suffer symptoms of a magnesium deficiency.

It must also be pointed out that fluoride bonds with magnesium in the blood, into the insoluble magnesium fluoride. This means that the consequent failure of the pituitary to function properly leads to the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is a mineral we all require, and when we are lacking in it, our body feels the deprivation. This mineral when aligned correctly with calcium achieves equilibrium for us all. In the Far East, this mineral has been actively used for centuries in the successful treatment of seizures.


Canelas HM, Marques de Assis L, DeJorge FB: Disorders of magnesium metabolism in epilepsy. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1954;28:378-381.

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