Magnesium is one of the most important minerals that you can take when you have chronic Lyme disease. However, lately in forums it has been blasted as a crucial component of the biofilms that protect colonies of spirochetes from being destroyed by antibiotics and our immune systems.
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals that you can take when you have chronic Lyme disease (See Dr. Burrascano’s Guidelines).
However, lately in forums it has been blasted as a crucial component of the biofilms that protect colonies of spirochetes from being destroyed by antibiotics and our immune systems. (See Dr. Fry below)
Which one is true.
First I will tell you my own experience, which I think many of you will relate to.
I have suffered from frequent migraines since I was very young, and when I finally crashed having ignored so many warnings through the course of my equine
pursuits and free weight training “…no pain, no gain!” I actually thought I was building strength by ignoring all the symptoms until finally I crashed in 2006.
Initially my migraines flared unbearably which added to the long list of pain which had me drugged up and under the covers literally, often barely crawling to the toilet to vomit – if you’ve suffered from migraines, you know what I mean.
Well, when I first stumbled on Dr. Burrascano’s Guidelines, I was very interested to read that in chronic Lyme,”magnesium deficiencies are often present and quite severe. Hyperreflexia, muscle twitches, myocardial irritability, poor stamina and recurrent tight muscle spasms are clues to this deficiency. Magnesium is
predominantly an intracellular ion, so blood level testing is of little value.” Dr. Burrascano goes on to recommend IV magnesium to bring the mineral up to a healthy level, and using oral supplements for maintenance. He also lists it as a required supplement for treatment (Mag L-lactate or Malate is also recommended by other LLDs).
I began taking megadoses of magnesium and realized several months later that my migraines had disappeared! (They come back if I stop taking it for any reson for longer than a couple of weeks.) Am I feeding the biofilms?
Dr Stephen Fry, of Fry Laboratories in Arizona has a biofilm-busting protocol that does talk about withholding magnesium.
The treatment protocol begins with the insertion of a port-a-catheter. The therapy is given in the doctor’s office once per week for about nine weeks. It begins with a three-hour IV that destroys the biofilm surrounding the bacteria. Making it vulnerable to antimicrobial therapy. Immediately following the first IV, Azithromycin antibiotic is administered, also intravenously. This second IV takes approximately two hours. The patient returns to the office the next day and receives an IV mineral supplement, absent magnesium.
Dr. Fry explains that the reason magnesium needs to be withheld from the mineral supplement is due to the fact that magnesium aids the bacteria in the development of the biofilm. Therefore, after destroying the biofilm and the bacteria, it is not logical to provide magnesium, which will only help create more biofilm. Dr. Fry has also found that Lyme disease patients more often than not have an overabundance of magnesium. However, he recommends monitoring the patient’s magnesium level during treatment.
Also, reading forums and in Chat groups there are people who are firmly attached to this idea which I agree makes some sense.
Bb and Bartonella need magnesium to duplicate in the host’s body. The bacterias draw upon calcium, magnesium, iron, heavy metals, fibrin, and other elements to weave a protective polymeric matrix around themselves. This protective layer is called a biofilm. Biofilms are not unique to Lyme disease, however they are quickly being proven to be one of the major reasons antibiotic treatments fail in chronic cases of Lyme.
The most important thing to remember here however, is that if you are fighting the Lyme biofilm aggressively through alternative protocols, there should not be any reason to withhold such an important and depleted nutrient.
For one thing, magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant.
Magnesium helps maintain muscles, nerves, and bones, and studies have shown that a diet rich in magnesium may help protect against metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that can lead to diabetes and heart disease. It promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in generating energy through metabolism. It plays a role in over three hundred biochemical reactions in the body.