Abstracts – Volume 28, Number 1, 2013

Volume 28, Number 1 - Abstracts


Orthomolecular Medicine and Heart Health: Unmasking the Magnesium Link to Multiple Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD1

1 DRS Consulting, 80 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1L6, Canada

Abstract There is a substantial literature on the role of magnesium deficiency in the development of many of the chronic diseases of aging. In particular magnesium deficiency has a major impact on the development and progression of cardiovascular disease. Magnesium deficits are induced by western-style diets and genetic differences in magnesium needs, as well as the continuous depletion of magnesium by chronic stress and many commonly used drugs. This article outlines our current under- standing of magnesium physiology and its effect on heart health, including its requirement for blood pressure and cholesterol control, and prevention of arrhythmias and tissue calcification. Problems with identifying magnesium deficiency from blood tests alone, functional biomarkers for detecting inadequate magnesium tissue stores, and the effective use of magnesium supplements to improve heart health are discussed.


Vitamin C and Cancer: Is There A Use For Oral Vitamin C?

Steve Hickey, PhD;1 Hilary Roberts, PhD1

1 Newlyn Research Group, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall, England; newlynresearchgroup@gmail.com

Abstract For several decades, the role of vitamin C in the treatment of cancer has been a subject of clinical research and controversy. It has been established that ascorbate is potentially a safe and effective anti-cancer agent, able to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. However, its role has been viewed in the context of existing cytotoxic chemotherapy models of medicine. Consequently, many doctors and patients have come to believe that only intravenous vitamin C administration is an effective treatment for cancer. We suggest that this view is misguided and oral intakes are preferable.