Improve Your Heart Health
Sarah Dawkins

Although some of your recommendations are healthful, there are some very seriously unscientific and unproven and possibly dangerous recommendations contained in this column. “Earthing” is bogus, there’s nothing even faintly “antioxidant” about walking barefoot. For more information see this link: Avoid health claims that can’t be backed up with credible research. You should NEVER recommend limitless amounts of minerals, such as you do regarding magnesium. Although magnesium is an essential micronutrient, for you to recommend eating a magnesium-rich diet in addition to using “magnesium oil” or Epsom salts (and advertising that you sell it) is the height of irresponsibility. According to WebMD: Doses less than 350 mg daily are safe for most adults. When taken in very large amounts, magnesium is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Large doses might cause too much magnesium to build up in the body, causing serious side effects including an irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, confusion, slowed breathing, coma, and death. Finally, you advise REDUCING your alcohol intake, then say to drink red wine. That’s not helpful The American Heart Association says,

“ Over the past several decades, many studies have been published in science journals about how drinking alcohol may be associated with reduced mortality due to heart disease in some populations.

Some researchers have suggested that the benefit may be due to wine, especially red wine. Others are examining the potential benefits of components in red wine such as flavonoids and other antioxidants in reducing heart disease risk. Some of these components may be found in other foods such as grapes or red grape juice. The linkage reported in many of these studies may be due to other lifestyle factors rather than alcohol. Such factors may include increased physical activity, and a diet high in fruits and vegetables and lower in saturated fats No direct comparison trials have been done to determine the specific effect of wine or other alcohol on the risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

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