Playing with supplements is never a good idea. It’s downright dangerous. How do I know? I’ve done it.
I’ve always been leery of herbal medicine because I don’t think enough is known about long term consequences. Should a situation ever arise where I want to go the herbal route, I would definitely want to find an expert.
But for some reason, supplements seemed safer. We all know not to play with Vitamin D or Vitamin A. It’s common knowledge that if you take too much Vitamin C, you get the runs. But overall, it seemed like safe territory.
I recently picked up a liquid magnesium & calcium supplement to see if it really would help my teeth. And had I just used it as a rinse like the one article suggested, I probably would have been OK. But I drank it too. The verdict is still out on whether it would actually help rebuild tooth enamel or help gums re-grow.
But then I read about a new cancer treatment where you actually spray magnesium on your skin and it is absorbed. And since magnesium is also important for vein health, I thought I would try putting it on some of my spider veins and see if it did anything.
Well, I already get a lot of magnesium in the foods I eat. And I take a calcium and magnesium pill supplement everyday. Can you say overload?
I started getting cramps and runs, so I knew right away to stop – but it was too late.
I blew out another vein last Saturday. Partially because I work on my feet all day, but I believe it is tied to the extra magnesium.
Then I started having the eye problems I wrote about in “My Recent Health Scare.”
I seem to be ok now, but I found that overdosing on magnesium can cause kidney failure. I don’t think I did the experiments long enough to cause long term damage. I hope not.
I also learned the hard way that you can’t just stop taking CoQ10.
So, learn from my mistakes. Eat right. Take normal supplements – and don’t go over the RDA.
I’ve always taken a multi – a Vitamin C, a Vitamin E, a Calcium & Magnesium with D, and a Fish Oil – and I’ve done great. I started taking CoQ10, and it was fine – until I ran out and didn’t take it for a few days. So I guess it’s permanently in my vitamin ritual now. And that seems to be OK. I think I’ll stay away from any more experiments for a while….