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Magnificent Magnesium: Your Essential Key to a Healthy Heart & More

Magnificent Magnesium: Your Essential Key to a Healthy Heart & More

by Dennis Goodman

Despite the development of many “breakthrough” drugs designed to combat its effects, heart disease remains the number-one killer of Americans. Is there a simpler solution? The answer is yes. For many years, scientists and medical researchers have known about a common mineral that can effectively prevent or remedy many cardiovascular conditions.


Despite the development of many “breakthrough” drugs designed to combat its effects, heart disease remains the number-one killer of Americans. Is there a simpler solution? The answer is yes. For many years, scientists and medical researchers have known about a common mineral that can effectively prevent or remedy many cardiovascular conditions. And unlike the pharmaceuticals usually prescribed, this supplement has no dangerous side effects. In this book, world-renowned cardiologist Dr. Dennis Goodman shines a spotlight on magnesium, the mineral that can maximize your heart health.

The author first establishes a firm foundation for understanding heart disease, detailing its many forms and providing a brief overview of its fundamental mechanisms. Next, he examines the important role magnesium plays in many life processes and explores how a deficiency of this substance can lead to many of our nation's most common health conditions, including cardiovascular disease. The author then details magnesium’s astounding benefits, not only for heart disease, but for other health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, osteoporosis, and insomnia. Finally, this knowledge is put to work, as Dr. Goodman offers clear guidelines on how to select and use magnesium supplements to greatest effect.

Many drugs are designed to relieve the symptoms of heart disease, but none of them eliminates the root cause of the problem. In Magnificent Magnesium, you will discover how a simple all-natural mineral can improve the function of your heart and help you regain control of your health.

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Publishers Weekly
Magnesium deficiency could be the root cause of cardiovascular disease, a "modern-day plague" costing Americans billions of dollars annually, says cardiologist Goodman. This straightforward, highly readable resource offers a comprehensive overview of magnesium and its role in the body. Goodman lays the groundwork for magnesium enrichment by introducing the heart in all of its complexity – its anatomy, function and relationship to the rest of the body through a network of blood vessels – and effectively details the causes, risk factors and most common diseases affecting it. He references the starved heart model theory as a graphic, clarifying the link between stress, magnesium deficiency, cardiovascular damage, inflammation and heart disease. Goodman believes magnesium can also reverse osteoporosis, decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, and positively impact a host of other common disorders. He guides readers toward magnesium-rich food choices (green vegetables, nuts, beans, certain seeds and spices) and supplements; side effects and precautions are included. With an upbeat, inspiring delivery, Goodman provides lay readers with a solid base of usable knowledge. (Jan.)
Richard W. Walker, Jr. MD - Richard W. Walker

“Magnificent Magnesiumby Dennis Goodman, MD should be read by everyone who is concerned about the issues of health. That would include both the lay public and healthcare professionals. There are several ways I use to determine if a writer, of healthcare information, has done a good job with the material being presented: first, has the writer been able to translate difficult medical and scientific constructs so that it digestible? This means can one understand, on a basic level, what’s being said; can a reader who may not have an advanced education learn from what is written? Second, is the material scientifically sound and presents up to date knowledge that is confirmed in the literature? Third, and probably the most important, can the reader use the information to improve the quality of their lives, and hopefully, at cost and permanently? Fourth, is there something that, I as a physician, can extract as new and usable information? After reading Dr. Goodman’s book the answer to all the above questions is a resounding, yes!

The book is easy reading and will educate you as you go through it. It addresses many issues that healthcare providers who practice the new medicine called Functional Medicine believe and do. Functional Medicine is medicine that looks for the root causation of illness and does not just treat the manifestations of a disease but addresses why the disease/condition is there in the first place. It also attempts to reduce the use of pharmaceuticals/medications as much as possible. Exchanging medications for what the body is natural lacking or requiring that allows it to function better physiologically.

After I read the book my wife started reading it. She asked me, are we taking magnesium? I said no. We both looked at each other and said we’ll start today. Good work Dr. Goodman and thanks."

Richard W. Walker Jr., MD

Library Journal
Readers may know of humble magnesium in only a few forms, such as milk of magnesia (liquid magnesium oxide, used to alleviate constipation) or Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate, used to alleviate joint and muscle pain). A strong supporter of integrative medicine (a combination of conventional and alternative, or complementary, medicines), Goodman (medicine, Univ. of San Diego; faculty, Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology of NYU) uses his most recent work to educate readers about the healthful benefits of magnesium. An easy-to-follow, extremely informative read, the book is broken into six chapters, each with a quick conclusion to sum up. After finishing this slim volume, readers will be much more familiar with this important mineral, its role in heart health, and the mechanical, electrical, and hormonal functions affected by magnesium (or the lack of it). Even if readers are not convinced they should be taking in more magnesium, they will certainly be educated on how their hearts work and how essential good nutrition, including minerals and supplements, is to maintaining their hearts. VERDICT Recommended for those looking for possibilities other than pharmaceuticals to maintain their heart health. As always, readers should speak with their physicians prior to stopping their medication or adding supplements while taking prescription medications.—Rachel M. Minkin, Michigan State Univ. Libs., Lansing

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Meet the Author

Dr. Dennis Goodman, MD, graduated cum laude from the University of Cape Town Medical School in Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his internal medicine residency and was Chief Medical Resident at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and his cardiology fellowship was undertaken at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Goodman is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, critical care, clinical lipidology, integrative medicine, and cardiac CT imaging. In 1988, Dr. Goodman joined Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, where he served as Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Dr. Goodman is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University, and the Director of Integrative Medicine at New York Medical Associates in Manhattan. His areas of special interest include women's health and the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. An international speaker, Dr. Goodman has been a visiting professor throughout Europe, Asia, and South Africa. His articles have been published widely, and he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.

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