Magnificent Magnesium


Role of Magnesium



Magnesium is #12 on the Periodic Table and is a mineral that plays a role in many bodily functions. There are over 300 reactions in your body that depend on this vital mineral.


Magnesium Deficiency

It is estimated that 80% of individuals would benefit from magnesium supplementation. Magnesium is not checked on routine lab evaluations.  Common signs of possible magnesium deficiency are below:


Magnesium Sources

Dietary sources:

  • mag1dark leafy greens
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • fish
  • beans
  • whole grains
  • avocados
  • yogurt
  • bananas
  • dried fruit
  • dark chocolate

Magnesium supplements:

There are so many forms of magnesium salts used for repletion and supplementation.

  • Magnesium Ascorbate
  • Magnesium Aspartate
  • Magnesium Bicarbonate
  • Magnesium Carbonate
  • Magnesium Chloride
  • Magnesium Citrate
  • Magnesium Fumarate
  • Magnesium Gluconate
  • Magnesium Glutamate
  • Magnesium Glycinate
  • Magnesium Hydroxide
  • Magnesium Lactate
  • Magnesium Lysinate
  • Magnesium Malate
  • Magnesium Orotate
  • Magnesium Oxide

Which is best???  And to be honest until writing this blog I had never considered the differences.  In my research, I now recommend one of the following:

Magnesium Citrate–induces more gastrointestinal side effects for individuals that may suffer from constipation

Magnesium Glycinate–induces less gastrointestinal side effects for individuals that do not have any constipation issues

Magnesium Oxide–most available, affordable and side effect profile more neutral


Ann Riggs, DO

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Cold Laser Therapy

ColdLaser1Cold laser therapy is a novel, non-invasive approach to treating inflammation and promoting healing.

It is FDA approved and has been utilized in America for over 16 years.

Contrary to its name it is not cold at all–it is a pulsatile, low-level laser that will not burn.


Cold laser therapy has also been referred to as:

  • low-power laser
  • low-light therapy
  • soft laser
  • biostimulation laser
  • therapeutic laser
  • laser acupuncture

We introduced cold laser therapy in our office over 6 months ago.  We have been impressed with its results for back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, heel pain AKA plantar fasciitis, and much more.

The cold laser is thought to work by decreasing inflammation and thus pain by decreasing the following:

  • ColdLaser3prostaglandin E2
  • prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2
  • interleukin 1-beta
  • tumor necrosis factor-alpha
  • neutrophil granulocytes
  • oxidative stress
  • edema
  • bleeding

The greatest advantage is that there are NO serious side effects.  It is a great option to try to avoid medications and surgery.

While insurance is variable on recognizing cold laser therapy as a reimbursable treatment, we are pleased to announce we have had patients receive reimbursement for this service at Direct Medical Care.


In as little as 2-4 treatments per week, we have seen 80-90% improvement in symptoms.


If no improvement by the 4th treatment alternate treatments can be utilized. Combining therapies can maximize healing and return to health.

Ann Riggs, DO

Patient-Driven Affordable Healthcare
Patient-Driven Affordable Healthcare