Magnesium and Lyme Disease


Magnesium is an often overlooked mineral that is essential to good health. Aside from oxygen, water, and food, it could quite possibly be the fourth most important thing that your body needs to function properly. 50% of magnesium in your body is found in bone, and the other parts are found inside cells of your body tissues as well as your organs. 


Why is this so important?  Magnesium is needed to maintain muscles, nerves, and your bones. It is also needed for the maintenance and repair of your bodies cells, energy production, hormone regulation, nerve transmission, and the metabolism of proteins and nucleic acids. Wow! That’s a lot! Dr. Norman Shealy even has stated, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is the most critical mineral required for the electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.” That is something very important folks, Lymies or not, considering it is said that millions of Americans suffer and are pumping themselves with expensive prescription drugs when it is absolutely unnecessary. It’s all about  $$$$$


What are some of the symptoms of having a magnesium deficiency? Having a magnesium deficiency can effect every single organ in your body if gone unnoticed for a long period of time. The very first signs that you may have a magnesium deficiency can often go unnoticed. Leg cramps, foot pain, and muscle twitches tend to be the most common first signs. 


Other symptoms you may have if you have a magnesium deficiency include but are not limited to: loss of appetite, headaches, TMJ, back and neck pain, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, menstrual cramps, tightness in your chest, tooth decay, IBS, bladder issues, and general weakness.  


As the condition worsens, your brain and central nervous system can be harmed. MS like symptoms like tingling, numbness and other sensations, photophobia, noise sensitivies, seizures, and personality changes can happen. Insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, panic attacks, clouded thinking (think brain fog!), confusion, depression, hallucinations, and agoraphobia are commonly linked to those who have a magnesium deficiency. 


Other severe issues that occur with a magnesium deficiency include poor bone development, healing, and osteoporosis. THose who are diabetic may face insulin resistance if they are low in magnesium. High blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, and mitral valve prolapse can occur. 


As you can see, magnesium is CLEARLY important to keep your body up and running. 


How does this apply to Lyme disease? Both Lyme AND Bartonella both deplete magnesium from the body. Many of the times, symptoms of Lyme and co’s can often be confused with what is actually a magnesium deficiency, so this should be put into consideration since a lot of the symptoms do overlap one another. If it works to ease symptoms, then that’s great! 


Magnesium also plays an important roll in the detoxification process, which we know is important to remove all the toxic wastes in your body. Even one of your bodies most powerful antioxidants, glutathione, NEEDS magnesium to work properly. 


Although it is mainstream of LLMDs to acknowledge that magnesium is so important, some researchers believe taking magnesium can cause more harm than good. Why is this? Dr. Steven Fry of Fry Laboratories in Arizona believes that one should withhold magnesium as it aids the bacteria in the development of biofilm. His theory is because it causes more biofilm, then one should withhold from the supplement. BUT, he then goes on to say that levels should be carefully monitored. Wishy washy mofo… In my opinion, the depletion of magnesium outweighs that risk, as it seems that combination therapy, attacking Lyme in all it’s forms, has proven to be much more effective, so through in a biofilm buster. 😉  Just sharing both sides of the story folks. I don’t have to agree with them all! 


Testing  Regular laboratory testings (called a serum magnesium test) are not very accurate in their testing. Magnesium is only in about 1% of your blood. I was going to say that’s not a lot, but I guess that is a no-brainer, huh? It is recommended that you get what is called an Ionized Magnesium Test. This test is expensive, but the most accurate. One other option is a urine test called a Urine Magnesium Loading Test. 


What types of magnesium can you take? There are a few choices to take as supplementation, although there are many forms you could take. Beware though, some, like sulfate and citrate, are used as laxatives. Might want to check before picking up a supplement at the pharmacy. 🙂 Magnesium glycinate is a chelated form of magnesium that provides a high level of absorption. Malate is another good option that provides good absorption. Magnesium chloride taurate, and lactate contain a smaller amount of magnesium, but have very good absorption. You might have to swap as you try as a lot do tend to give you the shits if you take too much. 😉 Some are more sensitive to certain kinds than others.  Dr. Burrascano recommends IV magnesium in severe deficiencies.  I personally was recommended magnesium glycinate or malate. Dr J wants me to switch to malate as he thinks my levels could come up some and thinks changing might make the difference.


Some magnesium rich foods…





As I always say, talk to your doctor before starting anything new. Have a great day/night everyone! 🙂,,,…/Dr-Klinghartts-treatment-of-kyme-disease.aspx,,,,,,,


7 thoughts on “Magnesium and Lyme Disease

    • I actually have never heard of it. There are many different kinds though. I just listed the main ones that are suggested. If you have good levels I would assume it is fine, but if you are unsure talk to a doctor.

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  2. So do you know if one has mag def symptoms and I’m doing Epsom salt baths a few times a week.. Is that the same as taking a supplement for mag ?? I’m confused. Thank you!!

    • Nope, not the same. I would recommend taking a supplement as well. But first, get your magnesium levels checked to see where you are at. Your LLMD should have no issues with writing the lab order for it.

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