Mineral Deficiency: Root Cause of Stress and Disease?

Hay House Radio Episode Recap

  • Episode Name: “Mineral Deficiency: Root Cause of Stress and Disease?”
  • Live Broadcast: Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time

Episode Summary Re-cap

Minerals are the spark plugs of your body, powering all enzymatic functions…

If you experience adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, mood disorders, insomnia, weight issues or any other chronic condition, find out how mineral imbalances could be the root cause, along with simple solutions to feel better fast!

Episode Replays: Mondays at 11:00 pm Pacific Time / 2:00 am Eastern Time and Sundays at 2:00 pm Pacific Time / 5:00 pm Eastern Time

mineral expert, Morley RobbinsSpecial Guest: Morley Robbins. Morley Robbins started out in the mainstream medical industry as a hospital executive and consultant for 32 years when he developed a condition called “frozen shoulder” that changed his path to a focus on natural health. While his doctor recommended surgery as the only option, Morley chose light touch chiropractic care and achieved surgery-free recovery within just a couple of weeks. This experience was so life-changing that Morley began to question everything he thought he knew about healing. He left hospital administration and became a Wellness Coach, eventually finding Carol Dean’s book, The Magnesium Miracle, which set him on his current path.

Morley and his partner, Dr. Liz Erkenswick, DC, began incorporating magnesium into their healing practice and witnessed profound changes in their clients’ health.

Their clients’ “need” for statins, anti-depressants, digestive meds, sleeping pills, and osteoporosis medications (just to name a few) were effectively offset by concerted efforts to manage their stress response, eating REAL foods rich in minerals, vitamins and fats, and undertaking protocols to restore magnesium. Seeing these results created a passion for restoring mineral balance in people’s lives, so he founded the Magnesium Advocacy Group (MAG) and quickly became known as “The Magnesium Man.”

Through MAG, Morley is committed to educating as many people as possible about the MAGnificence of magnesium — and all minerals — and ending the epidemic of mineral imbalance plaguing people’s health and well-being.

Join Morley in his Facebook community to gain greater insights into the importance of minerals, in general, and magnesium, in particular.

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Why Are We So Deficient In Minerals?

There is no such thing as medical disease, there’s only metabolic dysfunction that’s caused by mineral deficiencies. – Morley Robbins

A March 2006 joint statement report from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund stated: “Deficiencies of micronutrients are a major global health problem. More than 2 billion people in the world today are estimated to be deficient in key vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin A, iodine, iron and zinc.”

Additional studies have shown 80% of the population deficient in magnesium!

Reasons Why Mineral Deficiency or Imbalance is Rampant Worldwide

  • Agricultural system – our farming practices no longer restore or feed the sol with minerals.
  • Food processing – food manufacturers alter our food, taking out necessary nutrients and adding chemicals that deplete minerals.
  • GMO foods (genetically modified) – the use of the pesticide, Roundup, contributes to mineral imbalances in the body.
  • Sugar – increasing use of sugar and high fructose corn syrup in the diet.
  • Drinking water no longer has minerals – our ancestors used spring water, which was a natural source of minerals. Much of our tap water, filtered water and especially reverse osmosis water is lacking in or devoid of minerals.
  • STRESS! Stress causes the body to dump minerals, with magnesium being the first one to go. Our bodies are designed to respond to stress with fight or flight. Imagine what needs to happen to run away from a tiger: the last thing the body needs is magnesium (the calm, chill mineral). Magnesium is dumped first, with other minerals following. Stress can include anything that impacts the body, such as: life events (moving, marriage, divorce, birth of a child, new job, etc.), lack of sleep, eating a poor diet, heavy metal poisoning (e.g., mercury fillings in your teeth), over-work, over-exercise, travel, flying in a plane, relationship conflicts, exposure to toxins, etc.

Why is Magnesium the Master Key Mineral?

  • Energy: fuels the body – when you think of energy, think magnesium. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is responsible for energy in the cells. In order to work, ATP must be bound to a magnesium ion, so energy is actually magnesium-ATP (Mg-ATP).
  • Enzymes: run the body – magnesium is responsible for 3,751 enzymatic functions in the body (the actions that make our bodies work), significantly more than the rest of the minerals. Some of these enzymatic functions do the following: activate muscles and nerves, create energy, aid digestion (proteins, carbohydrates and fats), serve as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis, precursor for chemical messengers like serotonin, which is the happiness and self-esteem hormone.
  • Deficiency affects key organ functions – A cascade of responses happen when magnesium is deficient, affecting all areas of the body. Here are just a few examples of what happens to key organs: the adrenals begin to shut down (affecting energy and hormone production), the liver is less able to help the body detoxify and the heart can’t do it’s job when starved of magnesium.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

There are four stages of symptoms that Morley Robbins has documented as signs of magnesium deficiency. Some are unexpected! Learn more here.

Adrenal Fatigue and Low Thyroid

Adrenal fatigue is on the rise. Adrenals are the two small organs that sit on top of the kidneys and are responsible for our energy production and hormones.

When under chronic stress, the body loses magnesium and without magnesium to regulate the minerals, calcium, sodium and potassium, adrenal fatigue and low thyroid are common responses.

A key indicator of adrenal health is the sodium to magnesium ratio, which ideally, is 4:1. Magnesium regulates the balance of this important ratio. When there is too much calcium and not enough magnesium, the adrenals release sodium and potassium, suppressing the adrenals. Too much calcium actually sets off a cascade that affects the rest of the body, including suppressing the thyroid (the thyroid is run by the calcium to potassium ratio).

You can learn more about it in the book, The Calcium Lie 2 – by Dr. Robert Thompson, which Morley highly recommends.

Have We Been Mislead About Calcium?

While mainstream medicine is heavily focused on calcium, it may not be appropriate to take a calcium supplement at all! Bones are made up of eighteen nutrients that doctors have ignored: boron, copper, manganese, phosphorous, silica, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin K2,vitamin B6, folate (vitamin B9), whole food vitamin C (not ascorbic acid), and collagen (which you can get in bone broth), to name just a few.

Vitamin C, Copper and Iron in Adrenal Fatigue and Illness

95% of the whole vitamin C molecule (this is very different from ascorbic acid!) is stored in the adrenals. Within the vitamin C molecule is the important mineral, copper. Copper is responsible for 300 enzymatic functions in the body. Every facet of iron metabolism requires the bioavailable (means your body can use it) copper found in the wholefood vitamin C molecule.

The key nutrient your body needs to ensure copper and iron are behaving properly in the body is ceruloplasmin. Ceruloplasmin (Cp) is a ferroxidase enzyme (produced in the liver, which depends on magnesium, wholefood vitamin C and animal-sourced vitamin A (retinol) that has the capacity to oxidize ferrous iron (Fe2+) to ferric iron (Fe3+), which can be loaded onto the iron-transport protine, transferrin. A lack in ceruloplasmin displays iron overload in selected tissues, including liver, brain, and retina. The copper enzyme, superoxide dismutase, and ceruloplasmin, are known to have antioxidant properties.

Without the proper balance of ceruloplasmin in the body, copper and iron can go rogue and behave like heavy metals in the body. Think aging and “rust.” Low ceruloplasmin causes people to store iron in the liver, kidneys, pancreas, joints and brain.

‪Critical Axioms Ignored by Conventional Medicine

  • Calcium serves at the pleasure of magnesium status
  • Iron serves at the pleasure of copper bioavailability & status
  • Thyroid function serves at the pleasure of adrenal function

How to Support and Nourish Your Body, Adrenals & Thyroid

  • Consider magnesium supplementation – the recommended amount is 5 mg per pound of body weight (e.g., 120 pound woman would take 600 mg magnesium).
  • Use a wide-spectrum liquid mineral supplement – Liquid minerals, like Anderson’s Concentrated Mineral Drops, ConcenTrace and Aussie Minerals contain a balanced and wide base of minerals. These are excellent options to add to water so that you can replenish your minerals. This is especially important because of the lack of minerals in our food and water supply.
  • Focus on mineral-enhancing foods – green leafy vegetables, bone broth, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sea salt, himalayan salt, nettles, raw cacao (or foods made with raw cacao), liver and seaweed are some excellent foods to consider.
  • Avoid mineral-depleting foods – sugar, high fructose corn syrup, processed foods, processed flours, table salt and GMO foods.
  • Take wholefood vitamin C – read your vitamin labels and make sure you are not taking ascorbic acid, which has negative consequences for the body. Instead, choose wholefood vitamin c from brands such as: Innate Response, Mega Food and Grown by Nature. Aim for 400 – 500 mg to start.
  • Consume an adrenal-nourishing cocktail – see Morley’s recipe for the adrenal cocktail below.
  • Build ceruloplasmin by focusing on the following:


  • Vitamin D (kills hepatic Vitamin A) – unless you have an active and storage vitamin D test that shows you truly need it.
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Excess production of Adrenocorticotropic hormone, ACTH (produced in times of stress, usually due to magnesium deficiency)
  • High fructose corn syrup (kills hepatic copper and elevates hepatic iron)


  • Retinol (animal based Vitamin A, which can be found in 1 tablespoon cod liver oil, for example)
  • Whole food vitamin C (500-750 mg/day)
  • Boron (Human Nutrition Lab in SD proved that boron is key)
  • Vitamin B2
  • More magnesium to keep ACTH in proper check

Adrenal Nourishing Cocktail

This is Morley’s recipe for the adrenal-nourishing cocktail, which he recommends taking at 10:00 am and again at 2:00 – 3:00 pm (take an hour before or after eating):

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 4 oz. fresh squeezed orange, lemon or lime juice
  • ¼ tsp. potassium bicarbonate or cream of tartar

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As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!