In my early twenties I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome. I suffered with many heart palpitations daily. I got use to living with these palpitations but they were very unpleasant and scary at times! When I was in the 4th grade my Grandmother collapsed in front of me from cardiac arrest. Later when I was 30 yrs old my father died at the wheel from a sudden heart attack. The memories of these tragic moments in my life made it very difficult for me to cope with this heart condition and created severe stress and anxiety for me as I got older particularly after the birth of my daughter. All of sudden the stakes were higher and I was experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from past traumas that were now surfacing in a significant way.
When I had my daughter in 2005 I started to neglect my nutritional regimen. There was added stress in my life and I did not make my health a priority. As a result of this neglect, I experienced a health scare. I started experiencing anxiety/panic attacks with symptoms of a racing heart, heart palpitations, flutters, dizzy spells, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, weight-loss, severe nausea, etc. I almost passed out at the wheel with my 4 yr. old daughter in the car! I had many trips to the ER. I underwent all the required tests by my family doctor and my Cardiologist; a full cardio work-up, CT scan of my stomach, blood work, etc. All the tests came back normal except my vitamin D level was dangerously low (ironically, I had to personally request this test). They put me on Lexapro for anxiety and depression and Lorazepam (a mild Valium). I was not depressed just scared! I certainly did not feel like myself. I feared for my life as I wanted to be a wife and a mother so bad but felt completely helpless to my deteriorating health.
I went on a search for answers outside of the allopathic medical field. I reflected on the past six years in which I had 4 pregnancies with only one resulting in a live birth via a c-section. With this pregnancy, I had a uterine fibroid tumor that grew to 21cm (about the size of a football!). This fibroid tumor competed with my nutritional intake and blood supply to the baby. Hormones also played a role in depleting my body of nutrients. I drank alcohol socially but with being a new mom it seemed more often than usual. I drank 3 cups of caffeinated coffee everyday. I also had a lot of personal stress in my life during this time. Through it all, I did not make myself a priority and, as a result, my health suffered significantly! I slacked on taking my supplements and chose other modalities to cope with stress and everyday living. Out of pure desperation, I got online to search for answers. Surprisingly, I found a lady's story that was very similar to mine; she suffered with the same symptoms! Ultimately, she discovered that she was severely deficient in magnesium. It was the DEPLETERS in her life that caused the problems; alcohol, caffeine, stress, hormones, pregnancies, prescription drugs, etc. I called Lifeplus immediately and asked them which product they manufactured that had a minimum of 320mg of magnesium. They suggested CalMag Plus. I started using it and noticed a difference within a couple days! I reduced my caffeine and stopped consuming alcohol. I continued on CalMag and added Daily BioBasics and Proanthenols. The panic and anxiety attacks decreased significantly. I am off all prescription medications and my Vitamin D and Magnesium are at healthy protective levels.
As a result of implementing a more plant-based diet and supplementing with pharmaceutical grade nutritional products manufactured by Lifeplus, this powerful combination significantly improved my symptoms. Here are the products I now use on a consistent basis-