Be Alert for Drug-Induced Magnesium Depletions

By August West, Contributing Writer

Many of the most commonly used drugs including diuretics, proton pump inhibitors, and antibiotics can cause magnesium-wasting. Though it may be asymptomatic, drug-induced hypomagnesemia is a contributing factor to many chronic diseases (Image: Olga Sadnikova/Shutterstock)

Be on the lookout for drug-induced magnesium depletions. That’s one of the major messages from a comprehensive new paper on the clinical impact of magnesium deficiencies recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Many of the most widely prescribed drugs, including diuretics, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), and certain antibiotics, can cause magnesium wasting. Given how many people are on one or more of these drugs, it is likely that a large segment of the global population–and many of your patients– have iatrogenic magnesium-deficiency.

Most physicians do not routinely evaluate magnesium status. But they should, state Rhian M. Touyz, PhD, and colleagues of the Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, Montreal.

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A Good Relationship Gone Bad: Recognizing & Restoring Health in GI Candidiasis

Written by Erik Goldman

Candida is a commensal microorganism living in the digestive tract of the vast majority of our patients. For most, it causes no harm. But certain common lifestyle factors and medication exposures promote overgrowth of Candida species, leading to a fungal-predominant dysbiosis with sometimes severe systemic symptoms.

Candidal overgrowth is often an important piece of the chronic illness puzzle. In some cases, it can be the crux of chronic disease. 

There’s a vast amount of conflicting information about dietary approaches to treating Candida overgrowth. Similarly, recommendations for use of antifungals to address Candida also vary widely.

In this free webinar, Dr. Blake Myers will cover straightforward, effective strategies for combining diet and supplementation to restore eubiosis and systemic health in patients struggling with GI candida overgrowth. Dr. Myers will discuss a holistic protocol grounded in naturopathic philosophy and systems biology, one that you can use to gently help your patients heal from Candidiasis and prevent recurrence. 

You’ll learn about:

  • The basic characteristics and qualities of Candida
  • Causes and drivers of GI Candidiasis
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • When to Treat
  • Holistic strategies, naturopathic recommendations, and the use of specific foods as medicine for treating Candidiasis

Sponsored by CanXida

Dr. Blake Myers is a naturopathic physician, teacher, and author, who earned his ND degree from Bastyr University.  With well over a decade of clinical practice experience, Dr. Blake’s clinical expertise ranges from emergency medicine to primary care, complex chronic illness, chronic pain, and integrative addiction medicine. Grounded in naturopathic principles and philosophy, Dr. Blake takes a root cause, vitalistic, systems biology, and holistic approach to clinical practice.  He is a core faculty member at Saybrook University in the masters and PhD programs in Integrative and Functional Nutrition. In addition to the fields of medicine and writing, you can often find Dr. Blake fly fishing, playing and recording music, and going on bike rides with Leonida, his 6 year-old-son

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