Mystified by magnesium

I attended a seminar on Thursday night that was all about Magnesium. The guru shwami from Germany was here to enlighten us about “the Magnesium” crisis and teach us about the Magnesium Metabolic Types.  Sounded awesome, so I paid my $70 to the “natural health” company that was hosting the event, and drove to Brisbane to attend the 3 hour seminar.  It was the first time I had attended one of these seminars that was put on by one of these companies. Great value and great for my professional development.

WRONG!!!  30 minutes later, I was that really rude person who stands up in the middle of someone’s presentation and leaves the other 150 people to be brainwashed by ridiculously unfunctional, compartmentalised information. 

What I still cannot work out, is how nautral health practitioners have fallen into the hands of these large cmpanies who make products, fund research about their products, then fund people to tell you about the research that proves you must buy their product.  No other magnesium on the earth could do what this one does!  It helps everything from migraines to Alzheimers!  Given that magnesium is an ESSENTIAL mineral, and our main energy source is dependent on it, there is absolutely no surprise what so ever that increasing magnesium intake will help just about every problem in the body, whether is be cardiovacular, musculoskeletal or neurological.  I really didn’t need to sit in a room and see  all the “evidence” to support this!

I haven’t qutie worked out what was so wrong about this whole thing.......but it did not sit right with me.  It has made me lose a lot of faith in our natural therapies world.  Most of the people in the room were Naturopaths, and what astounded me, was that they were all intently listening, absorbing and taking notes on this “world class” information.  It makes me wonder if any of them are going to stop and think.........hang on a minute, I am treating a person here.  If they are using up too much magnesium because of stress, because of alcohol, becuase of excessive exercise, the solution is not to give a higher dose supplement in a different form.  The solution is not to be a scientist and make this chemical reaction change that chemical reaction.  You are not a genius because you figured out that they are magnesium deficient.  

The solution lies in being a listener, a detective and a healer to work out WHY these things are happening.  Sure, support the body short term with a supplement, but that is not the answer.  That is not the solution.  Chances are, if they are magnesium deficient, they are deficient in a whole range of other things as well anyway!  And the answer lies in the WHY.

Even in our ‘natural‘ therapies world, we are compartmentalising the body and forgetting that it operates as a whole.  I’m actually still quite mystified that someone could actually dedicate their life to reseraching one mineral.  

And the other thing.......did they forget that there is something on this planet called food!  Vegetables, nuts, seeds.....loaded with magnesium, and loaded with all the other minerals and nutirents that our bodies need in balance.  Wow......

Jac Edser


Not your typical doctor.....essential tips to health and happiness

Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the death of my dear friend Dr Lisa Macdonald.  Lisa was an absolute beam of health and beauty and if you were lucky enough to know her or be a patient of hers, I know you will be smiling reading this and remembering her.  

As a tribute to Lisa, I have written a list of things that I know Lisa believed were essential for good health and happiness.  Lisa was definitely not a typical doctor and her potions, lotions and notions were not your typical remedies.  But everything Lisa did was grounded in science, based on medical evidence and traditional wisdom........and of course, her own life experience.  

These are in no order of priority; 

  1. Love - Lisa knew that the fundamental life force that we all need to live and thrive is love.  We know from studies that children fail to thrive without human interaction and love.  Adults need it too.  A warm hug, a friendly smile a loving gesture.  
  2. Friends - especially girlfriends.  Lisa loved hanging out with her girlfriends and always encouraged others to hang out with their friends and foster friendships that were uplifting and fulfilling.  Be yourself and see who you belong with.  Don’t be someone just to belong to a particular group.  
  3. Good food! - no point eating something unless it is good for you and it tastes good!  Fresh food and good quality food.  Shopping at the markets for local, fresh and organic products was what she encouraged and to eat things that were specifically good for you and your constitution.  
  4. Herbs - if you every visited Lisa’s house you would always leave with a basket of herbs that were not only yummy, they all had their purpose.  Lisa taught me so much about herbs and how to add them into your daily life.  Growing them and eating them is one of life’s simple pleasures.
  5. Outdoors - getting outdoors and enjoying nature.  Cycling, bushwalking, beach and swimming.  She believed that this was essential to good health for many reasons including getting sunshine, exercise and fresh air.
  6. Good quality water - filtered water so that you get rid of all the chemicals in it!  We are made up of over 70% water so it makes sense to drink good quality water.  
  7. Seaweed - Lisa saw many medicinal qualities in seaweed....and she was able to make it taste good!  Cook with it in soups, salads, sushi.  Lisa knew all the tricks about how to make stuff taste fantastic.......I even had one of her spirulina smoothies that tasted good!  If you have had spirulina, you will know that it tastes yuk!
  8. Bathing - one of Lisa’s rituals was to have a bath in bath salts.  Her absolute favourite bath salts were SOUL, from Embody.  She realised the healing benefits of a bath.....a tradition that has been around for centuries. 
  9. Holidays - just about every patient that saw Lisa came away with a prescription for a holiday.  As a business owner, I used to laugh and think “yeah that would be great but.....”.  Life is short.  I now see that holidays are essential for good health and happiness.  Plan one now! 

In loving memory of a wonderful doctor, healer and friend.