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You're welcome, IP. Dr. Carolyn Dean's book on magnesium is also worthwhile also. And some libraries carry it.

If supplementing magnesium, you may find you get less "bowel" effects with magnesium glycinate, for example. Standard magnesium oxide, which is what is in many supplements, is poorly absorbed and goes right thru you, so to speak. Various forms of magnesium also work better for different issues, which she discusses: magnesium taurine for heart, etc.

You can by magnesium flakes in bulk and make your own magnesium "oil" (just a saturated solution, feels oily but actually isn't). Put some in a spray bottle and apply after you bathe. Or make a foot soak. Magnesium absorbs well thru the skin.

The RBC blood test was really helpful for my MIL. Her BP soared to 140/90 after a bout with an antibiotic that has a known side effect of raising BP (because it depletes magnesium). Her doctor wanted to put her on BP meds. I insisted they test magnesium first, because of the AB. She's never had high BP in her life. Doc wouldn't, saying it was too expensive and the insurance wouldn't pay for it. Uhm, sure? I paid the $49 out of pocket at the linked lab. Sure enough, she was low. After a couple of months of mag suppl and magnesium oil, her high BP was "magically" gone. She's been a steady 110/70 since.

My mom has had heart palps and mitral valve leakage (also affected by magbedouin levels). Her *regular* serum mag test came back low. Yikes! I've been telling her for years about steps she could take to make progress in these and other areas. But she firmly believes in only following what her GP has her do, which is to take a lot of prescription drugs, none of which has resolved any of her several issues. She also has fibromyalgia, in which magnesium deficiency is believed to play a role. And, you guessed it, high BP.

But anyway, glad you found it helpful.

Laura
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