Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As noted in my three minute video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55 percent of men and 68 percent of women have no clinically recognized heart disease before sudden death.
They obviously had rampant heart disease, however it just wasn’t recognized until they were lying on a slab in the morgue. So if there was ever a case to be made for primary prevention, the determination to start eating healthier right now – tonight – before the symptoms of sudden cardiac death arise is it. Especially since that first symptom is often the last. So how do we do it?
Our story begins 43 years ago with a fascinating paper in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Sudden Death and Ischemic Heart Disease: Correlation With Hardness of the Local Water Supply.”
There appeared to be “an increased susceptibility to lethal arrhythmias [fatal heart rhythms] among residents of soft-water areas.” So maybe one of the minerals found in hard water is protective, but which one? Researchers decided to cut some hearts open to find out.
On autopsy, the hearts of the sudden cardiac death victims had significantly lower magnesium concentrations compared to people that may have been hit by a bus or suffered some other type of sudden death. The researchers thought there might be a connection, but it wasn’t put to the test until recently.
Why the decades long delay in testing a potentially cheap and simple way to help prevent our number one killer? That is exactly the problem: cheap.
Where is magnesium found? Magnesium is found in whole grains, greens, beans, nuts, and seeds. Who is going to fund the study? The pumpkin seed lobby? Big spinach?
If magnesium was found to be protective, who’s going to profit? Who’s going to benefit? Other than, of course, the hundreds of thousands of Americans who keel over dead every year without even being able to say goodbye to their families.
Watch this 3-minute video to see what new studies have discovered
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 Anderson TW, Le Riche WH, MacKay JS. Sudden death and ischemic heart disease. Correlation with hardness of local water supply. N Engl J Med. 1969 Apr 10;280(15):805-7.