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Many readers have moved to Ecuador because access to good health care is no longer enjoyed by all in the USA.   It had been a Western birthright… each generation living longer than the last.

Two Americas exist, measured by wealth and health. One is becoming richer and healthier… the other is sliding back in money and well being and the distortions are growing.

A government-sponsored study by Harvard researchers found that life expectancy actually declined in a substantial number of counties from 1983 to 1999, particularly for women.

This growing gap is a concern on many fronts…  but means, that in many parts of the Western world, good health care is only available to an increasingly smaller portion of top earners.  This means we need alternatives to health care costs.


For several years Merri and I lived and worked with this Taita Yatchak and his apprentices.  We lived as they did, without electricity, hot water or even a roof over our heads at night. We took all the shamanic lessons he taught each day.

One health tip we learned was to eat quinoa for the magnesium it contains.

Before I describe how magnesium can help enhance natural health, let me sum up Western health care… poor results…high costs.  

The article below suggests that this poor combination will probably grow worse.

A Foxnews article by Doug McKelway entitled “Survey Says “Obama’s Health Care Act Partially Increased Costs for Americans” says:  U.S. President Barack Obama singing the Health Care Reform bill in Washington, D.C. 

The signature legislation of the Obama Administration, the Affordable Care Act, came under damaging assault Wednesday from a Kaiser Family Foundation survey that found it has already partially contributed to increasing health care costs.

The Kaiser survey helps to shed some light on why so few employers are hiring, as health care costs for employers are spiraling upwards.

The survey found that insurance premiums rose by 9 percent in 2011. Healthcare costs for a single worker went up on average from $5,049 to $5,429, and for a family, costs rose from $13,770 to $15,073, on average.

The aging of the baby boom generation is also placing a tremendous strain on the health care system, as baby boomers have begun qualifying for Medicare this year. The survey found that with better treatments and drugs, they may live longer than previous generations and impose huge costs on the system as they age.

Health care prices are rising plus the type of health care generally endorsed in the West does not encourage increased intelligence, energy, wellness, vitality and positive energy… which are all requirements for prosperity in a rapidly changing world.

Perhaps we should not depend on the establishment to upgrade our health care.  Many of us need or desire alternatives.

One alternative health care tip is…Magnesium.  Merri and I have lived and studied for decades with great healers steeped in ancient wisdom on how to have good natural health.  We try to integrate the knowledge we learned in a practical Western way… every day and incorporate our experience into all of our seminars and courses.  To us… wealth and good health are inseparable… integral parts of the whole.

Sometimes readers report incredible results and their health gain benefits outweigh the other parts of the course.

For example, our webmaster wrote:   What turned out to be sciatica rippled spasms of excruciating pain from my lower back down my right leg to my calf, Achilles tendon and toes through day and night. It was agonizing and grated on my nerves worse than toothache. Or childbirth. (Perhaps.)

I tried massage, yoga and a local chiropractor, none of which helped. And I was now starting to take NSAIDs daily just to keep the pain at bay which I didn’t like.

Fortunately, Merri saw me wince as I sat down for dinner one evening.

“Sciatica,” I said.

“Try Magnesium. Let me remember what else could work.”

That evening Merri emailed me this note: “B-1, B-12, B-6 – taken by themselves. And all around good B Vitamin complex. To make sure that the B vitamins bind, you need magnesium.  I like Natural Calm in crystal form.  This means you take it in very warm water before you go to bed and work on it to move up as much as you can and then back off when it causes a runny stool.

“Add these together and you’ve got a permanent release from stress as well as stress buildup, which brings on so many things…such as sciatica. A B-12 shot right into the beginning spot of the pain (usually on the buttocks) will stop the pain instantly but only the continual use of B vitamins plus magnesium will prevent its return.  You don’t need the shot and although I wouldn’t take it, perhaps some would benefit instantly by it.”

I started taking this immediately. 4 days later I woke after a full night’s sleep with no pain. I’ve continued to take Natural Calm daily and am now taking B vitamins.

I get the occasional twinge if I’ve been driving for more than a few hours or after a day sitting in my office but the excruciating pain I experienced for weeks has completely passed and I’m amazed at the results this. Thank you Merri!    David

Another with sciatica gave magnesium a try and had great results and shared this note.   Dear Gary, For eight years I suffered sciatica due to a car accident. A recent newsletter mentioned Merri providing information on magnesium and vitamin B to alleviate a similiar problem.  I have been using the same supplements for a month. The sciatica is completely healed. Thank you.
Best Regards

Another wrote:   Happy new year to you. Thanks for the quick response. I have attended your tours, courses, and events because I place a premium on learning and health.  My energy level has increased since the last Mt Dora event and I would not want to go backwards. As always, thanks for your insight and wisdom.

Notes like this make all our efforts so rewarding but there is much more!

 Excerpts from the Magnesium Miracles report says:  A Growing Body of Evidence Suggests  that Magnesium Plays a Pivotal Role in Reducing Cardiovascular Risks and may Be Involved in the Pathogenesis of Diabetes itself. (See a link to the full article below).

By Dr. Jerry L. Nadler

Magnesium improves and helps correct insulin sensitivity, which is the fundamental defect that characterizes pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome and even full-blown diabetes and heart disease.  An intracellular enzyme called tyrosine kinaserequires magnesium to allow insulin to exert its blood-sugar-lowering effects.  In several studies, daily oral magnesium supplementation substantially improved insulin sensitivity by 10 percent and reduced blood sugar by a huge 37 percent.

Improved insulin sensitivity from magnesium replacement can markedly reduce triglyceride levels.  Reduced triglyceride availability, in turn, reduces triglyceride-rich particles, such as very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) and small low-density lipoprotein (small LDL), both of which are powerful contributors to heart disease.  Magnesium supplementation can also raise levels of beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Merri and I believe in the power of magnesium supplements both oral and transdermal.

Anytime we can’t sleep or are feeling pain we spray on the magnesium so we started looking for a good product we could use and share and convinced our friend Dr. Jim Vigue to add a magnesium spray to this Athlete’s Best supplement line called Athletesbest Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil With Msm

Jim is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is board certified in alternative medicine and has a Ph.D. in holistic health.

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Jim Vigue

Jim is also a former USA Baseball/Major League Players Association Coach of the Year as well as an award winning author on such diverse subjects as baseball, finance and menopause.  He works with many professional  and non professional athletes and his baseball book spoke out against steroids long before the condemnation  was popular.  Jim’s most successful book has been his book on menopause (and other mid life issues women and their partners face).  He and his son Kris create the Athlete’s Best line of supplements.

He did even better than we asked and created Athlete’s Best™ Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil with MSM

Jim sent this note:  Are you Magnesium Deficient? Can this be a major Health Crisis? Do you suffer from any of the following ?

•    Fatigue
•    Low Energy
•    Irritability
•    Hormonal Imbalance
•    Sleep Issues
•    Constipation
•    Muscle Cramps
•    Hyperactivity
•    Anxiety
•    Poor Memory
•    Headaches
•    Weak Bones
•    Abnormal Heart Rate
•    Central Obesity
•    Stress
•    Insulin Sensitivity

All of these health issues are related to low magnesium. Magnesium plays an important role in the body, being required for more than 300 enzymatic reactions including those involved in the synthesis of fat, protein and nucleic acids, neurological activity, muscular contraction and relaxation, cardiac activity, bone metabolism and cellular energy.

Athlete’s Best™ Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil with MSM is the gold standard for quick and efficient restoration of intracellular magnesium levels. Our formula contains a high concentration of 100% naturally occurring magnesium chloride and other trace minerals, drawn from the ancient Zechstein Sea, and also incorporates the unique synergistic benefits of MSM. As a topical, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) enhances cell membrane permeability and may facilitate more efficient uptake of magnesium ions.

Athlete’s Best™ magnesium is extracted in its 100% raw natural state, unmatched in purity and quality.

Ingredients: Purified Water, 100% naturally occurring Genuine Zechstein® Magnesium Chloride, Trace Minerals, Methylsulfonylmethane(MSM)

FREE OF: Mercury, Lead, Arsenic, Fluoride

Directions For Use: Apply magnesium liberally to arms and legs to ensure a large enough surface area for absorption. Avoid contact with eyes and other sensistive areas. Rub well into skin. Rinse or wipe off after 20 minutes and moisturize. It is normal to experience a slight tingling sensation during the first few uses.

Magnesium impacts nearly all of systems of the body due to its cellular and molecular function. As a fundamental ion in the body (a charged particle soluble in water) magnesium is utilized in key chemical reactions on a microscopic level throughout the body’s cells, including its vital role as a co-factor to over 300 enzyme functions, and its role in DNA and RNA stability.
Magnesium functions as a regulator of electrolyte balance, metabolism, and other biochemical reactions.

•    Is an important factor in muscle relaxation and heart health
•    Allows nerves to send messages in the brain and nervous system
•    Aids and regulates the body’s use of calcium and other minerals
•    Assists in bone and teeth formation
•    Regulates the metabolism of nutrients such as protein, nucleic acids, fats and carbohydrates
•    Regulates cholesterol production and helps modulate insulin sensitivity
•    Assists in energy production, DNA transcription and protein synthesis
•    Maintains the structural health of cell membranes throughout the body

Healthy magnesium levels have been linked to lowered blood pressure, reduced incidence of type II diabetes, emergency migraine treatment, reduced symptoms of asthma, and improved memory.

The Wonders of Magnesium!  It also, restores DHEA levels, reduces stress by blocking the hormone adrenalin, it is an effective antiseptic, lowers pulse rate, reduces headaches, and calms you down in our stressful society. Today with alcohol, poor soil, processed foods, sodas, less sleep, too much coffee and  pharmaceutical drugs,our magnesium levels are lower than ever. Transdermal Magnesium will not build up in your body; your body will only absorb what it needs.

Why include MSM- (sulfur) (methyl sulfonylmethane)?

Our body needs MSM it as much as water.

A dietary sulfur, something our body absolutely needs but doesn’t get enough of. MSM is in all living things and aids in the proper formation of proteins associated with connective tissues, hormones and antibodies.

MSM is extremely volatile- cooking destroys it and plants start to lose it the moment they are picked, so most people are extremely deficient in it.

MSM is needed for the formation of collagen, which makes up over 30% of the protein in our body. Collagen is needed for skin integrity and elasticity.

MSM is also important for hormones, enzymes, antibodies, antioxidants, tissues and body proteins. MSM contributes to healthy hair, nails, skin softness and encourages repair of damaged skin by stimulating production on collagen.

MSM does wonders for scar tissue by helping remove cross-linking in skin protein tissues- meaning it also helps with wrinkles. MSM is often used for muscle and joint pain stopping pain impulses before they reach the brain. It’s made from a naturally produced form of DMSO (dimethyl sulfide).

It increases blood circulation and maintains acid-alkaline balance.

It boosts both natural detoxification.

It boosts immunity by helping the body produce immunoglobulins (antibodies).

MSM & DMSO dissolves inorganic calcium from arteries, heart, lungs.

Difficult internal and external scar tissue and burns can be broken down and repaired with MSM.

It increases the absorption of all food nutrients and supplements taken within 12 hours.

Sulfur causes fat to disperse in the bloodstream preventing fat from clumping in the blood.

Sulfur plays a major role in bile fluid, the brain, connective tissue, hair, liver, nails and skin.

Sulfur is the foundational mineral of all beauty… the best cosmetic in the world.

Sulfur regulates the sodium/potassium electrolyte balance in and out of the cell. This makes the cell more permeable and better able to drive nutrients into, and waste out of the cell.

Sulfur helps relieve pain and inflammation by allowing waste products to be flushed out of the cell. Every time the body removes toxins from the cell, it also removes a sulfur compound that neutralizes the toxin. Therefore, sulfur is a vital mineral in the detoxification process.

Four major amino acids- methionine, cysteine, cystine and taurine depend heavily on sulfur.

It can help relieve constipation.

It helps heal burns and scars.

Hypoglycemia is associated with a deficiency of sulfur at some level.

Sulfur provides elasticity, movement, healing and repair within tissues. Sulfur reduces lactic acid buildup and has the ability to possibly eliminate muscle, leg and back cramps. Adequate sulfur levels in the diet can increase recovery in athletes by 75%.

MSM helps to alleviate pollen and food allergies. MSM neutralizes foreign proteins, such as pollen allergens very fast.

MSM has been shown to reverse arthritic conditions by improving joint flexibility, reducing inflammation, reducing arthritic pain, and by breaking up scar tissue.

MSM lotion almost immediately neutralizes mosquito and insect bites because of its ability to neutralize foreign proteins.

This new Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil with MSM is transdermal or “topical” magnesium.

This is a benefit because topical magnesium:

▪    Is safe, convenient, affordable and effective.

▪    Allows you to maximize the amount you’re getting daily without having to worry about diarrhea, digestion, or swallowing additional pills several times a day.

▪    Is especially helpful with pain and can be applied directly to the trouble area with immediate results, rather than waiting for it to work its way through your GI tract.

The nutrients in the Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil with MSM are able to pass through the porous surface of the skin, and eventually end up in your blood stream.

Topical magnesium takes advantage of the absorptive properties of body’s largest organ, putting it to work for you in the form of a simple spray.


You can learn more about Magnesium with MSM here.


Health Matters-Magnesium Plays a Pivotal Role in Reducing Cardiovascular Risks-magnesium replacement can markedly reduce triglyceride levels.