Hay House Radio Episode Recap
- Episode Name: “The Stress-Mineral Connection”
- Live Broadcast: May 22th, 2018 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time
Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Having difficulty making decisions? Little things bothering you more than usual?
Episode Summary Re-cap
You may be deficient in key minerals that fuel your energy, adrenals, thyroid, moods, sleep, and wellbeing. Join Heather and Morley Robbins as they discuss the root cause of stress, poor health, fatigue and overwhelm and key solutions to overcome them.
Special 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 MAG–nificence of magnesium — and all minerals — and ending the epidemic of mineral imbalance plaguing people’s health and well-being.
Do You Have Stress? Or Mineral Deficiency?
The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have reported that mineral deficiency is a global epidemic. The American Psychological Association has reported that stress is an epidemic. This becomes even more relevant when you discover that stress and mineral deficiency are linked.
In fact, Wellness Coach Morley Robbins says that when we go through stress, we burn through important minerals, like magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper and iron. And when we become deficient in these minerals, we feel stress more acutely. If you feel you’re stressing or becoming overwhelmed with even the smallest things, you may have mineral deficiency.
What are some other symptoms of mineral deficiency?
This is a short list of the possible symptoms of mineral deficiency:
- Abdominal pain
- Adrenal fatigue
- Brain fog
- Digestive problems
- Food allergies
- Histamine intolerance
- Hormone imbalance
- Hot flashes
- Low libido
- Mood and memory problems
- SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
- Sleep problems
- Tired and wired
- And more
Why so many symptoms? Because minerals fuel the 9,000 enzymes that run the human body. Minerals are key components of what makes your genes function properly. Morley describes this by asking you to think about driving your car. Could you do this without a key to start the ignition? Without the key, you don’t get the spark of life that starts and runs the car. The same thing is true for minerals. They are the sparkplugs of your body and minerals are key for your energy and vitality.
Crystals of the Earth and Sea
I like to think of minerals as crystals from the earth and sea that fuel our bodies. Many people on a spiritual journey love going into stores to buy crystals as part of their metaphysical journey. They have energy, power, beauty, and meaning. The minerals that run our bodies have the same energy, power, beauty, and meaning. They help us stay vital, strong, calm, grounded, and happy.
What Causes Mineral Deficiency?
Now that we know how critical minerals are for our health, let’s look at some of the culprits behind mineral deficiencies:
Stress (for all the reasons mentioned above)
Let’s face it, to be alive means we will encounter some stress. We’re meant to be able to manage it and move on, but mineral deficiency creates a vicious cycle that’s hard to recover from.
These foods use Roundup Ready seeds and are sprayed with the toxic herbicide, glyphosate. Morley shared that glyphosate was originally meant to be an antibiotic and we know today that it’s a mineral chelator. This means that it depletes minerals from the human body and from the earth’s soil. Here is one reason our foods are not providing enough minerals to resolve deficiencies.
Eating processed foods, fast goods, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and refined poor quality fats can create greater deficiencies in minerals and their vitamin co-factors.
Medications deplete minerals. Morley gave an example of high blood pressure medications, which cause potassium loss. Potassium is one of the key minerals needed for the sodium-potassium pump that supports heart health.
Magnesium: The Master Mineral and Symptoms
These days, we hear that magnesium runs 300 enzymatic functions in the body based on a guess from a Harvard MD, Dr. Bert Valley, who was asked about it off the cuff. However, Morley cites that in more recent years, the discover of the magneseome states that magnesium runs 3,751 enzymatic functions in the body and is, therefore, critical as an epigenetic factor in altering gene expression. In other words, magnesium could be a key in health in the right amounts or disease in deficient states.
Magnesium, according to Morley, has a hand in the symptoms we experience. But if you want to get to the root cause of the problem, look to copper and iron.
Copper, Iron and Autoimmune Conditions
While more people are awakening to the power of magnesium, copper, and iron are still below the surface. Morley is working to change that. He believes that crucial to this issue is the lack of understanding about how to handle copper and iron imbalances. Many well-meaning practitioners are providing the wrong information about how to address and supplement copper and iron issues.
One of our callers, for example, had a low ferritin reading (ferritin is the protein that stores and releases iron for the body’s use). Hers was 10 and because it was so low (the optimal range is stated as between 20 – 50 ng/ml), her doctor had her taking 40 mg of iron supplements daily. Morley explained that what’s really happening, is her body was not loading iron properly.
Because much of dietary iron is not bioavailable, we only absorb 1 – 2 mg of iron daily from our diet. Therefore, the majority of iron the body needs for optimal functioning comes from the recycling of senescent red blood cells (aging red blood cells that are just about to deteriorate).
In the recycling process, “a lot of iron is in red blood cells and stuck in macrophages, the Pac-Men that eat up dying/senescent red blood cells,” Morley shared. If the iron is stuck in the macrophages and not released for the body to use, problems arise. Since the right measures of iron are not occurring (e.g., looking at ferritin levels would never show this problem), you may appear to be deficient in iron, when the real problem is that it’s not being recirculated properly.
In our caller’s situation, taking the 40 mg of iron her doctor suggested could be causing her to inflate her body’s iron stores by 38 – 39 mg, causing an iron overload. When what she may need to deal with, is an iron recirculating issue. The mineral that controls iron is copper and the protein that ensures copper is being trafficked through the body properly is ceruloplasmin.
Vitamin D is for Danger
Another caller had significantly low levels of sodium and potassium and Morley accurately guessed she had been taking vitamin D (which, because it’s a hormone, he likes to call “hormone D”). Morley explained that taking vitamin D causes renal potassium wasting or loss of potassium. To learn more about how to test for vitamin D levels properly and the only time Morley recommends taking vitamin D, read: More Energy, Less Stress: Balancing Your Minerals.
Testing Mineral Levels
For this reason, Morley recommends looking at serum tests for Ceruloplasmin, Copper and Iron and TIBC; along with RBC magnesium, plasma zinc, ferritin, transferrin and hemoglobin (Hb, HgB) and an HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis).
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