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Treat the Inflammation not the Cholesterol

Published on July 17, 2015

Dr. Dwight Lundell, former Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital in Arizona told the world not to take statin drugs.  “We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

His frontal attack on the field of cardiology tears apart the practice of prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. Doctors in this field have been continually bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, all of which insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol. They were wrong. Unfortunately for too many people—dead wrong.

Dr. David Brownstein has debated publically about this issue and many people do recognize how off base the world of cardiology actually is. I have gone as far as writing an essay telling people to run from their statin prescribing cardiologist. And I have written an essay about The Statin Disaster and the recent increasing recommendation and prescription of this quite useless drug.

We know that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease. Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol can accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without sufficient magnesium in the body inflammation results and it is the inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Magnesium, not statin drugs should be the foundation drug of for the prevention and treatment of heart disease, diabetes, and arteriosclerosis; it serves as a natural calcium antagonist, normalizes blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. Magnesium is The Ultimate Heart Medicine!

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods. Low magnesium though is the most basic culprit as is excessive irregular breathing, which reduces both CO2 and O2 levels in the body, both of which cause systemic inflammation.

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Magnesium is the perfect medicine for cardiologists. It is the nutritional medicinal with pharmaceutical properties that no allopathic drug can hope to equal, yet doctors routinely ignore it. Worse, they use calcium channel blockers, statin drugs and other questionable substances with nightmarish side effects, which include suppressing already low magnesium levels.

Though magnesium is safe and easy to use and is available for immediate use in emergency departments, rarely is its full potential appreciated or harnessed.[1] The two forms of magnesium I recommend are magnesium chloride and magnesium bicarbonate. The magnesium bicarbonate is for oral use with all of one’s water, and the magnesium chloride (oil) can be used both orally and topically.

Low Magnesium Hardens Arteries

Dr. Russell Blaylock says, “There is evidence that magnesium deficiency may play a role in atherosclerosis, also called hardening of the arteries. In one study that used experimental animals, magnesium supplementation inhibited the deposit of lipids in the walls of the aorta ­ that is, it inhibited plaque formation, a major factor in atherosclerosis.

“To see if there was a relation between ionized magnesium and blood lipids (such as cholesterol), researchers examined 29 men with an average age of 72.5 years, who had impaired insulin sensitivity, a common condition in the elderly. They found that the level of blood-ionized magnesium ­ but not total blood magnesium ­ correlated closely with levels of LDL (potentially harmful) cholesterol and total cholesterol. Because magnesium is a powerful anti-inflammatory element, it would be expected to help prevent cholesterol from oxidizing; this may explain why it reduces atherosclerotic plaque in experimental animals.”

Dr. Blaylock continues saying, “In my research, I came across a study from 1959 that demonstrated some remarkable findings concerning the interrelationship between calcium and magnesium and atherosclerosis. Researchers knew from previous studies that feeding animals large doses of magnesium markedly reduced the amounts of lipids deposited in the heart valves of the left side of the heart and in the aorta. This study looked not only at lipid deposits in the wall and valves of the heart, but also calcium deposits in the kidneys, which are common in people with kidney disease associated with atherosclerosis.”

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Dr. Lundell also points out that by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation. Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of omega-6 vs. omega-3s. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we cause inflammation in the body. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils. One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

[1] P Kaye and I O’Sullivan. The role of magnesium in the emergency department Emergency Department, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK.

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  • Judith Lawrence

    I have been on magnesium protocol for 18 months now, discovered through research rather than my Cardiologist. I have struggled to achieve and maintain mag level and now, thanks to this, know why. I have chronic AF caused by tumour on my thyroid, my treatment, calcium blockers!

  • LettaMego

    Find a way to escape the government’s involuntary fluoride poisoning of our water, soil, food and air…and you’ll escape heart disease and a lot of other chronic diseases.

  • patanderson54

    I want to thank you so much for this article. I am hoping it will get my husband to listen to me. In 2001, I had been having irregular heartbeats a few times a year and it was serious when it happened. I went to a cardiologist who put me on magnesium and told me how to increase my potassium intake ( Low sodium v8 juice is one great source ). He said before giving pills with very serious side effects and because they were not a regular occurrence he wanted to try to get the potassium reading to a little above the middle reading of the safe levels. That cured the irregular heart beats and I have been taking both ever since to keep my levels up. Last year I had to have my aortic valve replaced because of a birth defect. Now I am nearing 80 so they also the day before, ran that camera through my arteries. They could not believe it, they were totally clean and healthy. My husband knows that and knows I always take magnesium daily and eat a high potassium diet and when I do not eat enough potassium, I take 3 10 meq tablets with milk. I see the post asking about a dietary professional, I know you are a cardiologist and what I have read in your article is fine in a diet, I did take the needed dietary course for providing meals for preschool children in a day care. Peas have both Vitamin A and C and the frozen one thawed are good for you and great snacks for children.

    • Chitra Parameshwaran

      Where to get magnesium??

      • singlemumselfemployed

        Amazon. I have solgar magnesium citrate and also magnesium chloride flakes in the bath

  • sab1053

    Hi Beverly

    I am not a licences dietitian or a doctor. I am a licensed Environmental Health Specialist. I am a food service consultant with a degree in Environmental Sciences. Technically I can’t give advice as a medical professional. I can advise people to do their homework. Most people think their doctors are gods. I dont. My mother’s doctor didn’t know that there was a test to detect stomach acid. He asked me, ” What test is that?” I said the Heidelberg test. He loomed at me with no expression. He sldo never heard of an RBC magnesium test. Medical information is out there and you don’t have to be an M.D. to read or understand it. Many Doctors are drug pushers and think that high cholesterol is the result of the body not making enough Lipitor. ( I say that in jest). My niece has a PHD. in Nutrition and we talk quite a bit.
    The only doctors that are would trust are those like Dr. Sircus and Functional Medicine Doctors. They treat the root cause. Western Medicine Doctors treat the symptoms. When I shout out on sites like this is because I’ve done my homework and research. Generally, going to a typical M.D. will perpetuate the disease due to treating the symptoms.
    Stay well.

    • imho

      What type of lab does the test you mentioned?

      • sab1053

        Any certified lab will do the test. If your doctor doesn’t order it you’ll have to pay out of pocket.

      • sab1053

        Not sure if we are talking Magnesium or B12. The best test for magnesium Deficiency is an RBC Magnesium test. A serum test that most doctors suggest is not accurate because 98% of the Magnesium is in the cells. Serum levels are not accurate.
        If you are talking a test for B12 Deficiency, it’s called a Methylmalonic test. My suggestion is to get another opinion from a Functional Medicine Doctor. They treat the root cause and not the symptoms. For example, people don’t have high cholesterol because they are deficient in Lipitor. A Functional Medicine Doctor will uncover why the cholesterol level is too high and there can be many reasons for that. These doctors will uncover the root cause of high cholesterol. Yet, by itself, elevated Cholesterol is not the real danger.

  • ReallyTiredOfPolitics

    Rolling eyes

    • Travlingypsy

      What does that mean? Rolling eyes? Do u know everything? Just wondering what would make you roll your eyes.

      • David Geffeney

        I can answer. It is confusing to me why someone would ask the question with it’s implications. In short, experience begs the question why does the licensing have anything to do with credibility. I for example cured someone’s hormonal imbalance that a doctor couldn’t fix and I am just a martial arts instructor with zero medical training (just as an example). I roll my eyes to this line of questioning too.

      • Secret Name

        Perhaps they’re rolling their eyes because this person is trying to verify that someone is a doctor before trusting their information when this particular web page includes testimonial from a doctor that many doctors get things wrong and don’t like admitting to it.

    • Cathy Rule

      How rude..

  • Liz

    I have high cholesterol and my doctor prescribed Crestor . I have been for an angiogram and all my arteries were open . I use miracle magnesium twice a day and also calcium and magnesium tissue salts , because I get lots of cramps in my stomach and legs . I also use glocophage and eltroxin . Thanks

    • iris

      My doctor put me on crestor also. It made my muscles ache so bad I quit taking it. my overall cholesterol is 266. Don’t know my next step

  • Bernie

    Dear doctor , I live in mauritius , Im 70 years old & im on diadete ‘s tablets since a long time ( Galvus met , glucophage & diamigron ) my serum cholesterol is 290 mg / dl . HDL 53 mg/dl LDL 205 mg/dl serum triglycerides 160 mg /dl .Mydoctor who was against statines medecine has find since these last results , the emergency for me to take statines ,because she said it’s a must now. What do you think about ?

  • sab1053

    Great info. It makes so much sense. I also read about chlorine and fluoride in the water that add to the calcification of arteries.
    Copper deficiencies can cause anemia that limits the production of red blood cells. Copper deficiencies are also linked to premature gray hair and weakened artery walls making people susceptible to aneurisms. Also a copper deficiency can cause elevated cholesterol. My mom’s cholesterol was 305. After taking a copper supplement from her Functional Medicine Doctor, her cholesterol levels dropped to 200 after two months. No Lipitor.
    If you want to get away from medical terrorism, see a Functional Medicine Doctor.

    Thank you, Dr. Sircus.


  • Celeste Wray Villegas

    I really need some links to these mentioned studies about Magnesium before I start sharing this advise with my patients. Can someone please provide these?

    • IMVAUser

      Hi Celeste,
      You can find all here
      Also our web site has more essays about the subject,
      IMVA Support Team

    • sab1053

      Get Dr. Carolyn Dean’s book ” The Magnesium Miracle”. It’s the best book on Magnesium. She is an expert on Magnesium like Dr. Sircus.

      • Lark Rafuse

        also join the facebook page Magnesium Advocacy group and read Dr Thompson The Calcium Lie

  • Rose D

    Can arterial plaque be reversed? My husband had a heart attack 10 yrs ago and had triple bypass surgery. His arteries were 98-99% clogged. He now lives an extremely clean and healthy lifestyle but is reluctant to go off of his statin meds because he believes he has jagged arteries that will not heal. I have been searching for some research on whether arterial plaque can be reversed or eliminated – can anyone shed some light on this.

    • Sherry

      There has also been research done on this. Watch or read Forks Over Knives. I’m not saying everyone needs to adopt a vegan way of living but it is a way to heal.

    • Celeste Wray Villegas

      Dr Dean Ornish’s patients are doing just that. Check out his book. If your husband is really worried about the plaques, he can get them imaged to determine if his atherosclerosis has decreased. It’s called a calcium scan. Most insurance companies won’t cover it. Check out the documentary called The Widowmaker to find out why.

      • Desi

        Celeste is referring to a Coronary Calcium Scan & anyone who has been told to take Statins should have one.

    • ninah

      serrapeptase and nattokinase =systemic proteolitic and fibrinolitic enzymes will clean arteries,and any other infiamation in the body,+k2(MK4) will remove calcium deposites from soft tissues including arteries and “put”it in the bones where it belongs.(k2-4 needs magnesium ,vit A -animal source-and vitD in order to do it’s job )

    • sab1053

      Ice read about the Pauling Protocol for reversing calcification. The recommendation is to take vitamin C, l- lysine and l- proline. Vitamin K 2 is important as well along with Magnesium and Vitamin D. One thing to remember,according to the Vitamin D Council, Vitamin D will cause some Magnesium depletion. So if you are taking Vitamin D, you may want to consider taking extra Magnesium.

    • sab1053

      You might want to read about the Pauling Protocol. The protocol suggests 6 grams Vitamin C, 4 grams lysine and 2 grams of proline per day divided into 2 doses.
      Also, Serrapeptase has been used to desolve clots and scar tissue even from arteries.
      Moreover, stay away from chlorinated and flouridated water as this will attract calcium into arteries helping to accelerate atherosclerosis. Then there is Magnesium, a natural statin drug. Arterial plaque is not from high Cholesterol. If your doctor feels your cholesterol is high adj for an RBC copper test not a serum copper test. Copper deficiencies can lead to elevated cholesterol. My moms cholesterol was over 300. After being diagnosed as copper deficient by a Functional Medicine Doctor, she was given a copper supplement. Within 4 months on a copper supplement, her total cholesterol dropped to 210.

    • sab1053

      You might want to look into Serrapeptase too.

  • Bob Logel

    Sorry, but this is very misleading and over-simplified. If low magnesium was the “cause of inflammation” in the arterial walls, then why did I develop three vessel CAD with a lifetime of normal magnesium levels as well as inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and sed rate (ESR). Read more about Coronary Artery Disease than just this advertisement.

    Retired Orthopaedic Surgeon

    • Celeste Wray Villegas

      I agree, this is really over simplified but I do think that Magnesium can help. I just would like to see some cited research before pitching another supplement. We should be able to acquired magnesium in our diet readily. RAW Pumpkin seeds have 25% AND the healthy Omega 3-6-9 ratio.

    • sab1053

      The question is… How were your Magnesium levels checked? Serum Magnesium tests are worthless. Most foctirs order serum tests. In order to get a more accurate assessment is to get an RBC Magnesium test (Red blood cell). 98% if the Magnesium is in the cells and not in the blood serum. Most times serum tests will come out normal when in fact you probably are Magnesium deficient.

    • Is the total balanced combination of the diet over years Bob.

    • Lark Rafuse

      Dear Bob .. what test did you do for your “normal mag readings ?” it needs to be an rbcmag reading .. to be an accurate one .. most Drs do a serum one .. NOT the one you want 🙂

    • Secret Name

      I don’t think he said that low magnesium was the only cause of inflammation. He just said that if the body was magnesium deficient, it would be in an inflammatory state. It didn’t say there were not other ways a body that is sufficient in magnesium could become inflamed.

  • Margaret Ann Brown

    This was so interesting. I carry a high level of inflammation in my body, and often wondered if it was diet related rather than an unknown disease. I could never find the answer until this article. I am going to get some magnesium and do better with my eating habits, too. Thank you so much!

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    • Lark Rafuse

      join the fb page magnesium advocacy group … sooo much great info there .. 🙂

  • HealthGig

    Not sure when Dr. Lundell made his “confession.” For how long has he had this knowledge and for how long has he been keeping it from his patients, in favor of expensive, deadly drugs. This information has been around forever. It is no longer good enough for these esteemed doctors to come out decades after the fact with their so-called confessions. Either they have been hiding the truth, or they’re plain stupid. Either way, it raises serious questions about their profession’s integrity and/or their education. And why should we listen to them now about cancer, digestive issues, thyroid or adrenal problems or even magnesium supplementation. Why not consult an alternative health practitioner who is really into health, has less of an ego and has been teaching this stuff since the advent of statins. We should be less forgiving of physicians who refuse to acknowledge the truth until they’re literally forced to do so by popular opinion.

  • Saxifragas

    I found this fascinating. Ive found that Magnesium (have tried a few types but taking Malate at the moment) has been very helpful in treating some of my ME/CFS/fibromyalgia symptoms. The thing i feel is helping most with inflammation in my body at the moment though is Alkaline water. Its totally cured my Acid Reflux, which was acute, within 2 days and seems to be helping a lot of other symptoms too. Do you have any experience of this?

    • MaryKBachman

      We believe in alkaline water too, but we add a sachet of ocean minerals to our water making it a 9.9 pH. A full compliment of minerals including Mg.
      We use extra Mg also for headaches and migranes. So nice to see a cardiologist speak to magnesium over statins.

      • Saxifragas

        I have seen sachets advertised alongside the alkaline water making products and havent looked into them more closely up to now. I will now go and do some research. Would you mind telling me which Mg do you use specifically for headaches?

    • Proper Perspective

      I don’t drink alkaline water. I drink water with sodium bicarbonate and feel great. Gone are the pain from gout.

  • Tonggie9

    Statins also cause Mitochondrial damage. Another thing the FDA does NOT have to let you know about.

    • Yosako

      That’s what CoQ10 supplements are for; if you’re on a statin, supplementing with it shouldn’t even be a question.

  • Laura

    I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. I will not be using chemo or radiation or surgery. I have radically changed my diet eliminating all that creates ‘food’ for cancer ie carbs, sugar,..
    I found a formulator on my island who is giving me 10:1 CBD to THC capsules made from organic plants. I also use green leaves raw and add them to kale salads and make pesto with macadamia nut.
    I am curious, what amount I should consume to facilitate die off and further growtho a biopsy it has been confirmed .
    I will be using a infrared device to heat the body to over 104 degrees daily to also aid in die off.
    I have read your article and it confirms other research I have found. I do have a medical marijuana card.

    I am sure you have been contacted by many women. I have done all this research and decision making Om my own mo friend or family member are aware of my condition.

    Thank you.
    Laura Monaco.

    • Adriana Elbaunm

      Hi Laura, Sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis. You will need to act fairly quickly on treating this, and you should read the book on sodium bicarbonate and cancer available from our site:
      For specific dosages of the iodine and magnesium you will need to request a consultation with Dr. Sircus. He will need much more information from you on your size, condition etc. before he can give you specifics. In general Magnesium can be used as a body spray, up to 2 oz/day. And the iodine can be taken orally or can also be used as a topical treatment. Again, dosages depend on your condition and tolerance, but there is a wealth of information that will be useful to you in the Iodine book.
      Please also read this essay that will guide you,
      You can have a brief consultation with Dr. Sircus or you can join our online clinic for continued support if you still have questions. Please see: for more information on this.

  • Laura Lee

    How do you cure mylofibrosis ( bone marrow cancer ) doing apricot seeds with dmso , drops that act like electricity to cancer, the cheated magnesium

    • Earl Colegado

      Hi Laura, try lunarichx. Is a lunasin based substance. Recommended by the American anti-cancer institute. It will stop the metastatic cell.

      • Earl Colegado

        You can check it from Facebook/wellness