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Many Lyme disease patients experience symptoms that mimic magnesium deficiency. In 2003, a case report of magnesium deficiency with Lyme disease was reported in the Magnesium Research journal. See here. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle cramps and weakness, pain, fatigue and insomnia, confusion, heart problems and stress intolerance. Magnesium plays a very important role in energy production.

Magnesium deficiency is common amongst Lyme patients and also in the general population. The deficiency is often missed by physicians due to the reliance on serum tests instead of the magnesium levels within the red blood cells as well as signs and symptoms. To further complicate matters, the antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease can deplete magnesium and other important nutrients.

After an extensive review of the literature, Marnie at online forums has proposed the following treatment for chronic Lyme patients:

- Magnesium Malate, approximately 200mg 6 times a day (every 2 hours).
- Sublingual B6, approximately 12mg with each magnesium dose.
- Selenium, approximately 12mcg with each magnesium dose.

- An immune booster such as "Host Defense" or beta glucans.
- Multiple vitamin and mineral supplementation
- A good alkalizing diet

The dosing schedule is based on Dr. Valetta's protocol. Marnie writes, "In 2001, an Italian, by the name of Valletta got a U.S. patent - # 6,248,368. It is titled: Magnesium for autoimmune. Valletta used Mg pyrophosphate and sub. B6 to cure RA, ulcerative colitis and INVASIVE CANCER in 6 months time. The turning point is 3 months (perhaps because of the AVERAGE normal cell lifespan?). It is the TIMING that is absolutely critical! Higher levels must be maintained for several hours per day, due in part to our body's constant attempt to regulate the acid-base balance (kidneys) perhaps."

Pills for the B6 and selenium will most likely need to be split, as it is difficult to buy those dosages. Products, along with a pill cutter, can be purchased for good prices at (No connection with this website)

Some Products:
Source Naturals Magnesium
Pill Cutter
Host Defense
For more information, see:
Article- The Magnesium Miracle
Book- The Miracle of Magnesium
The Magnesium Website
Alteration of tissue magnesium levels by vitamin B6
Depression recovery with magnesium