Autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels), brought on by infection has recently made headlines in the news.
"Important clinical aspects of this condition are being overlooked," says Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, magnesium expert and Medical Advisory Board member of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association. "When a person has had an infection severe enough to lead to vasculitis, it means that high-dose antibiotics are given, many of which contain fluoride molecules as part of their chemical structure. The antibiotics will cause a condition of yeast overgrowth. Yeast, when it turns from a budding stage to a tissue invasive stage, will produce inflammation and irritation of the gut lining, called 'leaky gut.' A leaky gut will allow the 178 identified yeast toxins to be absorbed directly from the small intestine into the bloodstream, potentially leading to inflamed blood vessels."
Dr. Dean adds, "Magnesium deficiency is a stand-alone cause of inflammation in the body. When a person is under stress from a chronic infection or disease, additional magnesium stores are burned off, creating a more pronounced magnesium deficiency. The medications used in treating infection and in treating inflammation result in further magnesium deficiency. Cipro, a commonly used antibiotic, contains six fluorine molecules. Fluorine irreversibly binds with magnesium, making a new and toxic compound that deposits in joints, muscle and cartilage, causing pain and inflammation. Most doctors do not routinely test for magnesium, and if they do, they use a highly inaccurate serum magnesium test instead of the reliable Magnesium RBC test, which evaluates magnesium levels in red blood cells."
According to Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, MD, author of Wellness Against All Odds, "The average American diet, government studies show, provides only 40 percent, less than half, of the magnesium that we all need in a day. So almost everybody is low."
"Animal studies and human studies have demonstrated that magnesium deficiency promotes an inflammatory response," points out Dr. Sosin, MD, director of the Institute for Progressive Medicine. "Magnesium is intimately connected with many bodily functions that keep inflammation and illness in check. Of all minerals, it is the one most likely to be deficient in humans. It is the one most important in preventing the crescendo of cellular inflammation."
Dr. Dean concludes, "Medical treatment of vasculitis normally focuses on neutralizing inflammation with steroids or a cancer drug called Cytoxan. This can cause a chain reaction of harmful conditions. When magnesium is deficient, the adrenal glands weaken. Use of steroids on a regular basis can also weaken the adrenals. When the adrenals are under stress, many other important minerals in addition to magnesium can be lost. Loss of these minerals weakens blood vessel integrity and the thyroid gland. A low thyroid makes a person even more susceptible to yeast overgrowth."