I get a lot of email from
people about my site who have many of the conditions listed such as
fibromyalgia, neck pain, scoliosis, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations,
migraines and floaters, and many of them also have obsessive
compulsive disorder (OCD). So tonight I looked OCD up on the Internet
to see what it was about. After reading up on it, my best guess is
that it is related to magnesium deficiency. I say this because OCD
appears to be closely related to other conditions which are often
linked to low levels of magnesium, especially tics
I've never been diagnosed
with OCD, but I can see some attributes of myself in the the description
of the disorder, such as compulsive hair pulling. When I was in college
I remember twisting my hair in the back of my head on my right side
until it actually broke off and was much shorter than the hair on
my left side. I knew it looked weird, but I couldn't stop pulling
at it for some reason. I wonder now if it wasn't from a magnesium
deficiency, which seems to cause all sorts of weird personality traits,
including anxiety and depression.
I remember also having lots of problems with insomnia
and heart palpitations when I was in
college, conditions that I now know are linked to low levels of magnesium.
So I suspect the involuntary hair pulling may have been caused by
my poor nutritional status, as well.
One of my close relatives
has the classic OCD signs of germ phobia and frequent hand washing.
At one point he was even carrying around a spray bottle of germ cleaner.
He was a less extreme version of the Monk character on TV. I think
in his case his problems were related to magnesium deficiency because
the OCD symptoms seemed to coincide with increased levels of anxiety,
tics and twitches, conditions with well established links to low magnesium
levels. In his case his main symptoms appeared when he started taking
supplements that contained many magnesium antagonists.
When he switched to a different
nutritional supplement with a different mix of nutrients and started
eating healthier, including more magnesium rich foods, his compulsive
tendencies improved considerably. He is still more aware of germs
than most people, but he no longer carries around the spray bottle
of germ cleaner with him wherever he goes and is more within the bell
curve on the hand washing front.
Interestingly, OCD is also
linked to excessive
hoarding, a condition that my father suffered from along with
many other conditions linked to magnesium deficiencies, such as anxiety,
depression and diabetes.