Friday, January 17, 2014

The Magnesium Albuterol Connection

Albuterol causes your body to flush magnesium.

Albuterol breathing treatments were prescribed for my son two years ago after he was diagnosed by the pediatrician with walking pneumonia and soon after he was diagnosed with asthma. When my son was 18 months old I noticed he had a dry cough that lasted overly long, ending after about 6 weeks. There was no fever and later we had him tested for allergies and found out that he has seasonal allergies and the cough was a result of that. Fast forward to right after his 5th birthday, the walking pneumonia, a series of antibiotics and several days of breathing treatments and then an allergy season that was filled with so much coughing and difficulty breathing that we were advised by the pediatrician to use albuterol whenever he needed it.

I lean more on the side of homeopathics, so we got some excellent homeopathic treatments and used the albuterol only in severe instances which was probably 6 times in 3 months until his allergies passed. We did this same route for 18 months, making it through 2 allergy seasons and eventually having to use the albuterol for colds and viruses as they would make his asthma kick in badly. At that point I realized that something was wrong. He was unhappy, tense and his asthma was getting worse and worse.

At that time my aunt told me about The Magnesium Miracle. I was at the end of my rope mentally, freaking out inwardly wondering if we were going to end up having to give him steroids for his lungs and eventually end up taking daily inhalers. We had been prescribed these avenues before but were able to get by comfortably using homeopathic treatments.

After reading about the connection between magnesium and asthma I decided to give it a try. Not only does it help his asthma, but he seems happier, and more relaxed. Don't get me wrong, he's still a crazy active boy, but he seems to actually feel better. He's been taking magnesium daily now for 3 months and we have not had a single asthmatic instance. We're coming into allergy season in the next few week so I'll get on here and give a report of how that goes as well. I'm hoping we can make it through without using any breathing treatments, but we'll have to wait and see.

I researched the albuterol/magnesium relationship out of curiosity after starting him on the supplements, it seemed almost unreal that they could have such a profoundly good affect on him. It turns out that taking albuterol causes your kidneys to flush magnesium. Since magnesium is what your body utilizes to relax your soft muscle tissue that in turn causes the asthma to come back worse creating a rebound affect. If you don't use a supplement to replace the magnesium your body will continue to lack it causing worse and worse inflammation until you're in the same boat we were in, or relying daily on inhalers.