I'll be travelling this week, so I don't know how much blogging I will be doing.

About two years ago I started taking magnesium supplements because I saw something on the Internet that indicated it might help my knees problems. (My knees always hurt after exercise.) The magnesium either worked, or it was a remarkable coincidence, that after 15 years of knee pain it suddenly went away and has stayed away.

Recently I realized I haven't had any allergy or asthma symptoms for well over a year. For the first time in my life I went through the entire allergy season without so much as a sniffle or a wheeze. And I didn't even use my allergy or asthma meds. On a hunch, I googled "magnesium allergy" and discovered that doctors sometimes use magnesium to treat asthma attacks. And a magnesium deficiency apparently does promote allergies.

The reader is warned that on the continuum from crackpot to Nobel Price winner, I am much closer to the crackpot side of things. So don't get your medical advice from me. But if you have allergies, and you decide to take magnesium supplements just to see what happens, let me know how it goes.
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Aug 7, 2008
When I read this blog entry, I thought, why not? (after also googling "magnesium allergy"). I'm allergic to pretty much everything that moves and, it also seems, to many things that don't. I've been using allergy and asthma stuff for as long as I can remember, including an inhaler several times a day.

So, the next time I went shopping, I bought a bottle of magnesium supplements (the supermarket stuff - two tablets a day - nothing fancy). Within two days, I noticed that I had hardly used my inhaler. And it's been like that ever since. Today (over a month later), I just noticed that I even forgot to bring my inhaler to the office - something that would have made me go home to get it straight away, in the past.

So for me, this advice from non-Doctor Scott has certainly helped. I'll buy a new bottle of magnesiunm supplements this weekend (my current bottle will run out on Sunday).
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Jul 11, 2008
I know that some italian politicians take magnesium, so I can imagine it to have some bad side effects... (you coud become an italian politician)
Jul 6, 2008
Knee problems. Time to get off the hardcourts and join a club with clay (or simulated clay) "soft courts'.
Jul 2, 2008
One of your best, but I'm biased. If you had mentioned Branson in advance of your departure you could have gotten lots of tips to make your visit even more enjoyable. I know it well as my folks moved down there when Silver Dollar City was the only attraction. Fortunately, I was already on my own by then. My sister's second husband probably contributed some of the nails to your roller coaster. If not, he was still inebriated. Not all the doctors in that hospital are good (RIP, Dad). The idea for a Dilbert Branson week is good, but the Simpsons did a Branson episode which you better research first to avoid appearances of plagerism. Another item missing from your list, and others, is tributes to veterans in the "theaters." Branson is also the first place I ever received an unsolicited senior citizen discount. Guess I'll quit now before I start rambling about Little League in another part of the country.
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Jun 30, 2008
I have severe allergies, so I started taking magnesium supplements based on the advice of the doctor who writes this health column. Unfortunately, it turns out that I am also severely allergic to magnesium, so when I took them, I went into anaphylactic shock and I died.

Jun 30, 2008
This has nothing to do with magnesium

I was so tickled by the idea that Dilbert has apparently built a cyclotron in his living room that I didn't even need a punchline.

This is probably the first time Paul Dirac has ever been cited in a daily comic. (I think I may have seen Feynman mentioned once.)
Jun 29, 2008
Whats with the re-runs on the daily strip (tease)? If Scott is on a holiday, is the brain without the body or the body without the brain in the office?

I can't stand poor quality work, specially when it is free!!!
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Jun 27, 2008
I've heard that taking magnesium can, for some people generally tall thin people, cause them to lose their voices for no reason. ;)
Jun 27, 2008
I think Rita Mae's kidnapped Scott.
Jun 26, 2008
Is it just a coincident that you and the pointed-haired boss are both on vacation at the same time? Or has this been self-deprecating musings all these years?
Jun 25, 2008
I married magnesium and we are very happy together.
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Jun 25, 2008
I hope you mean child-bearing, not baring...
Let's make that clear, before you are banned from the city parks and playgrounds.

Jun 25, 2008
I believe nutritional deficiencies are responsible for a lot of the illness that folks suffer from today. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any good method of testing for all the vitamins and minerals we need.

In terms of allergies - I have found that MSM (Methyl-sulfonyl-methane) has worked to virtually eliminate (I say virtually because I'm not consistent in taking it every day but have discovered that I haven't had to take any allergy feds at all this year) my seasonal allergies.

Jun 25, 2008
Wow! I never thought of that, I started smoking 10 years ago and I have never caught a cold the entire time!

Smoking cures the common cold!
Jun 25, 2008
Scott's not on the air guys. He's just put the readers on this Magnesium thing and has weasled off to the Kandahar for a snort...
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Jun 25, 2008
Has anyone ever thought of like... trying REAL FOOD that has magnesium? I know its a leap of faith, but eat brown rice, avocados, natural grains like oats, lentils and barley, bananas and you won't have to go to the chemist and take all those risks with overdosing. Trust Mother Nature.

Google a list of foods containing magnesium and find a few things you like.
Jun 24, 2008
10 seconds on google found a site listing <a href="http://www.ctds.info/5_13_magnesium.html">numerous beneficial effects</a> of magnesium, with scientific citations for every one.

45 seconds per symptom on google scholar verified that these studies were not cherry picked; each symptom (and I'll admit, I only googled the two that interest me) had a large number of studies indicating that they were helped by magnesium.
Jun 24, 2008
For several years I did service work at a major corporation. I thought that corp. had the absolute nicest, most wonderful people working for them. It took me a little while to realize that impression was aided significantly by the fact that I kept my mega-B vitamins in my service vehicle, and would take them on my way to that account.

B vitamins will improve your mood, folks. It was the old-time 'prescription' by doctors in the ol' days for the blues. Then I began noticing that if I hadn't taken them for awhile, my wrists would ache. Turns out B vitamins are necessary to synthesize the mylein ? that covers nerve endings. I'd start taking them again and would forget all about my aching wrists.

I have horses. We give horses supplements that include vitamins and magnesium to help calm them and for their joints. The effect is very noticeable. Nothing like a horse to let you know if its a placebo effect and worthless, but when you see a 35 year old mare out loping around the pasture for the first time in years, you know a supplement is effective.
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Jun 24, 2008
That's stupid and would never work. Besides, I know a guy that's already been doing it for years!
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Jun 24, 2008
I'll be looking into that. I also have allergies and asthma and my knees ache after exercise.

Of course, by exercise, I mean when I bend them.
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