Magnesium Deficiency

Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and registered dietitian. She also trained in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Her practice is located in Napa, CA. 1100 Lincoln Ave. Suite 200 Napa, CA 94558 (707) 927-5622 Office This month Dr. Burkhart talks about an important mineral  that needs to be addressed if you suffer from a malabsorption disorder, chronic stress, allergic problems, hormone imbalances and more. What is it? Magnesium. Magnesium deficiency has been associated with all of the following health problems and more! Anxiety Arrythmias/Irregular heart beat Asthma Autism Spectrum Disorder Celiac Disease Colitis Constipation Crohn’s Disease Depression Diabetes Eczema Elevated triglycerides Fibromyalgia High Blood pressure High levels of stress Insomnia or other sleep disturbances Insulin Resistance Irritable Bowel Syndrome Malabsorption Disorders Migraines Muscle Twitching/Spasm Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Osteoporosis/Osteopenia Perimenopausal symptoms Premenstrual symptom Pregnancy Regular Use of Alcohol or Alcoholism Restless Leg Syndrome Thyroid Disease Ulcerative Colitis Why talk about Magnesium? Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in our bodies (following Calcium, Phosporus and Potassium). It is vital to health.  And MANY of us are deficient in it. The majority of magnesium is stored in our bones and most of the remainder is in our cells. Very little actually circulates in our blood. That little bit in our blood however, is crucial to our...

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Interview with Scott Adams

Founder of and Gluten-Free Mall By Vic Dolcourt Scott Adams is the force behind, the comprehensive information site and forum, and The Gluten-Free Mall online product store, both exclusively focused on serving the gluten-free community. They are based in Santa Rosa, CA. Scott has always been on the leading edge of advocacy for the gluten-free community. We asked Scott to take a few minutes out of his busy day to give us his perspective on the state of being gluten-free today and what it was like when he launched his website. Victor Dolcourt: Scott, what is currently...

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Ike’s Place

Gourmet Sandwiches for Everyone By Jennifer Iscol Ike’s Place Locations: Cupertino, Danville, Oakland, Salinas, San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Stanford University. Opening soon: Foster City and Walnut Creek Ahead of the trend A month after Ike Shehadeh opened his first sandwich shop in San Francisco in 2007, a woman with celiac disease came in and requested a salad. Ike only wants to serve sandwiches, but he is a man with a big heart who wants to be able to serve everyone a sandwich, so he spent a couple of months researching gluten-free breads...

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Hot Spud in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

By Jennifer Iscol Visit this sleek oasis of gluten-free deliciousness to escape the deep-fried offerings of the surrounding Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood. I interviewed owner Cemil Erzincanli , who explained almost everything on the menu is gluten-free (with the minor exception of three salad additions, which are kept separated: croutons, wonton strips and blue cheese). Every other item on their menu, from their loaded baked potatoes to their salads, is gloriously gluten-free. They even have gluten-free cheesecake and brownies, which they make themselves from scratch using Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour. They do not use wheat flour at all so the...

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Second Helping

By Jennifer Iscol The challenge of serving delicious, nutritious gluten-free food to her busy family led Jillian Taffe to draw on her business background to develop a line of high-quality frozen entrees that are also free of soy, dairy and nuts. After Jillian and her oldest child were diagnosed with celiac disease, she discovered her youngest also had celiac, and her husband and middle child were both gluten intolerant. While Jillian is putting her M.B.A. and marketing background to good use, she is also supporting the community through her dedication and generous donations to Camp Celiac, where her three...

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