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Ask Dr. Gott 12/15
B-12, magnesium treat irregular beats
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    DEAR DR. GOTT: This is for the 51-year-old woman who is having irregular heartbeats. I was having the same problem, which began with infrequent palpitations, for years. They increased to several times a day, every day. I was also very tired. I, too, had the same tests she had, with the same results.
    One day while shopping, I started yawning. Another customer saw me and said I must be tired. I responded that I was always tired. The clerk heard us and stated her husband had the same problem until he started taking vitamin B-12. I bought a bottle at our local health food store, and surprisingly, by the very next day, I stopped having palpitations. The B-12 tablet I take daily is a tiny pill I can either put under my tongue or chew. The cost is between $8 and $9 for 100 pills.
    The only time my palpitations returned was when I inadvertently ran out of the B-12 for two weeks. Once I realized what happened, I went back on it, and they stopped immediately. Perhaps she should try B-12 before taking beta blockers that may cause side effects.
    DEAR READER: This is new information to me, but your story is convincing. A trial of B-12 certainly wouldn't hurt. I ask other readers who try this approach to inform me about its success or failure so I can write an update.
    To give you related information, I am sending you copies of my Health Reports "Coronary Artery Disease" and "Herbs and Healing Fads." Other readers who would like copies should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 for each report to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title(s).

    DEAR DR. GOTT: The woman who wrote about irregular heartbeats sounds very much like me. I, too, suffered from inexplicable irregular heartbeats, which were most noticeable when lying down. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are excellent. Medical tests revealed nothing.
    My doctor suggested trying magnesium supplements. The annoying rhythms stopped like a miracle. As I understand it, calcium and magnesium work together. One helps the muscles contract, the other helps them relax. The woman wrote that she had doubled her calcium supplements. Perhaps she should try to balance this with some magnesium. It is safe, inexpensive and worked almost immediately for me.
    DEAR READER: A low level of an electrolyte, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium, can lead to irregularities in the heartbeat that can usually be stopped if the patient takes mineral supplements.
    Thank you for sharing your experience. Perhaps other readers will profit from added magnesium.

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I have been suffering with painful canker sores in my mouth for two years. I have seen several dentists and dermatologists, but they always return after different treatments. I'm told nothing can be done to cure them.
    Do you have any suggestions for treatment that might be effective?
    DEAR READER: For years, readers have written me to publicize L-lysine therapy for canker sores that can, in some instances, be triggered by the sodium laurel sulfate present in most toothpaste brands.
    Buy L-lysine capsules that can be rubbed on, or a toothpaste such as Rembrandt or the original Sensodyne, which have only trace amounts, if any, sodium laurel sulfate.

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