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Private Patient Advocates Help Navigate the Medical Maze, Chicago Tribune, May 2015 * This article spotlights an iRNPA Graduate.
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“In a year’s time after taking the RNPA Learning Intensive, my career, my health, my family, my very life has been transformed. I am forever grateful” — Karen DiMarco, RN, iRNPA
“The way of the future of nursing...an absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Kare is a wonderful mentor who has put her soul into this program. Passion, Vision, Perseverance.” — Lana Benton, RN, iRNPA
“The forethought, experience, openness, philosophy and preparation provides all the tools, thought process, and confidence to begin and succeed as an iRNPA.” — Leta Gill, RN, iRNPA
“My experience attending the iRNPA program was a refreshing one, to say the least. This program was packed with life changing information that is not readily taught or available to RN's. This program equipped me with the tools I need to be an iRNPA! If you are ready for a change after working for many years in the clinical setting, and are driven to help patients and families, this is the program for you! Karen is a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched in the advocacy process.” — Jamie Long
“Thank you so much for putting together such an incredible RN PA intensive course! It is truly intensive but so worth it! I learned a lot and will be using the Medical Time Line and lab spreadsheet with as many clients as i can. All great information and can’t wait to get my speaking engagements lined up now that I have your fantastic power points!” — Nan Wetherhorn, Health Care Advisor, www.healthcareadvisornan.com
Mary Ackerley, MD, explains that “studies have suggested that magnesium is inversely related to hypertension, which is a risk factor for stroke." Research has demonstrated that “for every increase in magnesium intake of 100 mg per day total stroke risk was reduced by 8 percent. In addition American’s with levels below the RDA are more likely to have an elevated C Reactive Protein (CRP), which also contributes to cardiovascular risk. Studies have shown a clear correlation between magnesium intake and depression and anxiety”.
Could YOU be low in magnesium? Up to 80% of Americans are. Why? Well, certain medications block absorption of magnesium – such as stomach acid blockers called proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium), steroids, birth control pills, insulin, Digitalis, antibiotics and diuretics (water pills).
Also, soils have become depleted in mineral content. Actually, vegetables, nuts and seeds grown organically in enriched soil have about twice the level of magnesium that inorganically grown produce does.
What does low magnesium look like healthwise? Magnesium is critical for cardiovascular health. Also, low magnesium symptoms include:
- High Blood Pressure
- Restless Legs
Increasing fatigue, poor memory and insomnia can also indicate low magnesium. Low magnesium can also be a contributing factor to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
What to do? Ask your physician to check your magnesium level (a test most insurance covers) if you suspect you might be low. The proper test is called the RBC Magnesium test. If you are low, it is simple to supplement with 150 mg to 300mg magnesium citrate or glyccinate or dimagnesium malate until RBC magnesium levels return to health.
Also, why not try increasing your dietary intake? How about salads and nuts? A healthy plant based organic diet typically supplies about 150 mg magnesium, while the standard American diet (which includes processed foods, processed grains, high sugar and saturated fats) provides about 75 mg. The best solution is to eat more leafy green vegetables and nuts!