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Magnesium Deficiency in Children

Published on December 8, 2009

Pupils with mental handicap should be provided with magnesium preparations because their effects are highly positive.[1]

Papadopol et al. in Romania compared the Intelligence Quota (IQ) of children growing up at home compared with the IQ of children growing up in a stressful orphanage. Stress hormones from stress of orphanage living drove down intracellular magnesium so severely that orphans lost much of their IQ.

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Figure 2. Distortion in children’s IQ attributed to stress-induced damage to intracellular magnesium in institutionalized homes vs. home living – from Papadopol. Note the effect of stress-induced magnesium deficiency on the IQ of children.  This is a world-class catastrophe and is happening to a certain extent by American schools. The more stress they pile on the more kids’ IQ goes down because they are running the body down further in magnesium.

Nutritional variables exert a substantial influence on learning and behavior.[2]

“Magnesium deficiency in children is characterized by excessive fidgeting, anxious restlessness, psychomotor instability and learning difficulties in the presence of normal IQ,” said Dr. Mildred Seelig.

[1] Drybanska-Kalita A. Effect of various methods of supplementing magnesium on health status of children under special care. Ann Acad Med Stetin 1995;41:211-9.

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[2] Colgan M, Colgan L. Do nutrient supplements and dietary changes affect learning and emotional reactions of children with learning difficulties? A controlled series of 16 cases. Nutr Health, 1984;3(1-2):69-77.

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