Myths and Truths About Minerals

Hay House Radio Episode Recap

  • Episode Name: “Myths and Truths About Minerals”
  • Live Broadcast: May 2nd, 2016 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time

Episode Summary Re-cap

For decades, we’ve been told we need calcium, iron and vitamin D. Find out the real root cause of high cholesterol, anemia, low energy, anxiety, depression and more as we expose mineral myths and truths.

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.”

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

– Morley Robbins

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.

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Vitamin & Mineral Myths and Truths


  • Makes 3,751 enzymes work – Responsible for the lion’s share of enzymatic functions in the body.
  • Responsible for deep energy at the cellular level – ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is responsible for cellular energy. In order to work, ATP must be bound to a magnesium ion, so energy is actually magnesium-ATP (Mg-ATP).
  • Guideline for supplementation – Aim for 5 mg per pound of body weight.


  • These can contribute to iron dysregulation (iron problems) – high fructose corn syrup, alcohol, flour, GMO foods, and medications (like antibiotics).
  • Recycles – Iron must be moving and recycling in the body. Ceruloplasmin (an important transport protein) keeps iron moving and safely transports it though the body.
  • Iron anemia or low iron is actually a sign of copper deficiency. Taking iron supplements can make things worse. Instead, it’s important to build Ceruloplasmin (see below).
  • Osteoporosis is actually caused by excess iron, not lack of calcium.


  • Symptoms of copper dysregulation (problems with copper) – fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Lyme disease, thyroid issues (like Hashimoto’s), cold hands and feet, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis, to name a few.
  • Hormones – If you don’t have bioavailable copper, your hormones won’t work. Your adrenals make 50 hormones per day. The cytochrome P450 enzymes metabolize hormones and are copper dependent.
  • Regulates iron – iron metabolism is dependent upon copper.
  • Ceruloplasmin is necessary to regulate copper – ceruloplasmin (an important transport protein) makes sure the copper is being properly (and safely) transported through the body. Most people are low in ceruloplasmin, which means that a high percentage of people experience copper dysregulation (problems).
  • Make sure to get tested before supplementing – it’s important to know if you have copper dysregulation and what type of dysregulation before supplementing with copper.

To Build Ceruloplasmin, Do the Following

  • Stop – high fructose corn syrup, Vitamin D supplements, calcium supplements, iron supplements, a low fat diet, multivitamin supplements and refined oils.
  • Start – magnesium, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), whole food vitamin C (500 – 800 mg from brands like: Innate Response, Alive or Grown by Nature), retinol (vitamin A) from 1 tablespoon cod liver oil (Rosita or Nordic Naturals Arctic CLO) and healthy fats (like butter, lard and beef tallow from organic grass/pasture fed animals).
  • Target for a serum ceruloplasmin test is 35 mg/dL.

Vitamin D

  • Vitamin D is actually a hormone, which has an active state and a storage state.
  • Low vitamin D status is an indicator that magnesium is low. Taking vitamin D supplements will not fix this problem and can make it worse because vitamin D raises calcium, which further lowers magnesium.
  • Excess intake of hormone D drains magnesium from the body.
  • Testing – To truly assess whether you need to supplement with hormone D, Morley recommends get 3 blood tests to accurately assess your needs: 1) Mag RBC (look for an ideal level of 6 to 7 mg/dL); 2) 25(OH)D — Storage Form (Calcidiol); and 3) 1,25(OH)2 D3 — Active Form (Calcitriol). Once you have your results, if #1 is over 6.0 mg/dL AND #3 is low, that’s when you’d take a wholefood vitamin D supplement (in this case, you could ignore #2). See how to get tested, below.

B Vitamins

  • Bee pollen
  • Rice bran – take it on its own, away from other food (contains phytic acid, which often gets a bad wrap, but is helpful if you are trying to reduce excess iron).
  • Beef – grassfed organic beef is a good source of vitamin B12.
  • Liver – contains all of the B vitamins.

Vitamin C

  • Avoid ascorbic acid – Most people are taking ascorbic acid, which is only a portion of the wholefood vitamin C molecule. The problem with ascorbic acid is that it can interfere with copper by causing copper to separate from ceruloplasmin, thereby creating a dysregulation.
  • Look for wholefood vitamin C supplements from brands like Innate Response, Alive and Grown by Nature.
  • If considering powders, like rose hips and camu camu, call the manufacturer to see how the product is made and what it’s comprised of. Some are high in ascorbic acid or heated too highly in processing, which destroys the wholefood vitamin C molecule. You can request a COA from the manufacturer.
  • How much wholefood vitamin C to take – aim for 500 mg to 800 mg.


Here’s How to Get Tested


Optimal Test Results

Reference values for Blood, Plasma and Serum Testing:

  • Serum Copper: 100-130 mcg/dL, optimal 110
  • Plasma Zinc: 80-100 mcg/dL, optimal 100
  • Serum Ceruloplasmin: 25-40mg/dL, optimal 33
  • Mag RBC (body tissue, NO! serum): 5.0-7.0 mg/dL, optimal 6.5

Ideal Range and Ratios for the HTMA

Selected Minerals

Ideal  Amount

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