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Medication side effects are the #4 leading cause of death in the U.S. annually (JAMA 1998). Yet, few people receive adequate information when medication is prescribed. This website is dedicated to providing information to help you and your doctor make informed, intelligent choices about medications and natural alternatives to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of treatment. Note: This website is free of drug company or government influence. Jay S. Cohen M.D.

Dr. Jay S. Cohen, M.D.

The Magnesium Solution for High Blood Pressure

How to Use Magnesium to Help Prevent & Relieve Hypertension Naturally

Magnesium is a key element in maintaining healthy body functioning and one of the few natural substances that has been studied extensively in scientifically studies. From professional and personal experience, I have learned how important magnesium can be for preventing and treating vascular disorders, and I have published on magnesium in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy (Feb. 2002).

High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the major vascular disorders that magnesium can help. But diagnosing magnesium deficiencies is difficult, and taking effective amounts of magnesium often causes diarrhea. Most mainstream doctors know little about magnesium and never think about replacing it even when giving patients antihypertensive drugs that wash magnesium from their bodies. Fortunately, there are ways to identify the 75% of people in Western societies who are magnesium deficient and to use therapeutic amounts of magnesium without problems.

To this end, I have now published a new, expanded, evidence-based, how-to book on magnesium for you and your doctor. Considering that 90% of us develop hypertension in our lifetime, and that medication treatment does not entirely reduce the extra risk that hypertension causes for heart attacks and strokes, magnesium is something that you should learn about now. High blood pressure is more dangerous than high cholesterol. Magnesium is something that most people's bodies need and can be essential in helping to prevent hypertension before it begins and to treat it naturally with less reliance on drugs. If magnesium were properly included in the mainstream medical approach to hypertension, it would save people hundreds and health-care systems millions of dollars a year.

The Magnesium Solution for High Blood Pressure explains:

CHAPTER 1: Normal Vascular Functioning Requires Magnesium

What Is Hypertension And Why Is It So Harmful?

Blood Vessels, Hypertension, and Magnesium

The Problem with the Standard Medical Treatment of Hypertension

Magnesium -- The Essential Element for Normal Body Functioning

CHAPTER 2: Magnesium Deficiency and High Blood Pressure

The Most Common Nutritional Deficiency

The Evidence Linking Magnesium and Hypertension

The Importance of Magnesium for People Taking Antihypertensives Drugs

Why Magnesium Deficiencies Aren't Recognized or Treated

Chapter 3: Magnesium Deficiencies in High-Risk Populations

Older Adults, Hypertension, and Magnesium Deficiencies

Women, Hypertension, and Magnesium Deficiencies

African-Americans, Hypertension, and Magnesium Deficiencies

Diabetes, Hypertension, and Magnesium Deficiencies

Alcohol, Hypertension, and Magnesium Deficiencies

Chapter 4: How to Use Magnesium to Help Prevent and Treat Hypertension

A Nutrient and a Medication

Preventing Hypertension

Treating Hypertension

Using Magnesium Successfully: Types of Magnesium Supplements

How Much Magnesium to Take

Diets for Hypertension and the Role of Magnesium

Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, and Other Non-Drug Methods

For Reducing High Blood Pressure

Chapter 5: Conclusion

Chapter 6: References