Chromium and Manganese: overlooked nutrients!

In treating CFS/M.E. I often recommend supplementation with Chromium and Manganese, both routinely deficient in our western diet! 

Trace Minerals (Chromium and Manganese)

The possibility of trace mineral deficiencies must be considered for the CFS patient. Many minerals are often deficient in today’s western diet, due to modern chemical farming techniques that fail to replace minerals in the soil, and to the nature of much of our highly processed foods. Iron status must be checked and addressed, as its function in energy is well known and documented.

Two minerals less often remembered by practitioners are manganese and chromium. These minerals are both commonly deficient in the western diet. Manganese is sometimes called “the forgotten mineral,” but is involved in no less than twenty enzyme processes in the body, responsible for bone growth, lubrication of joints, sugar balance, and nerve transmission. When deficient in the body, symptoms may include glucose intolerance, reduced brain function, middle ear imbalances, dizziness, and nervous instability such as anxiety. Manganese can be supplemented as a nutrient, and/or as the homeopathic remedy Manganum Aceticum, in our Materia Medica.

Chromium is an essential trace mineral necessary for “glucose tolerance,” or the handling of sugar in the blood. It is commonly deficient in today’s diet of processed foods, as chromium is a mineral easily lost in processing. Couple this with the fact that so much white sugar, white flour, and quickly digested carbohydrates are being consumed, and chromium, which is essential to the insulin/ blood sugar mechanism, is even more in demand in the body. Studies indicate that this dietary trend has lowered normal human chromium levels in modern Western people compared with 100 years ago, and it is highly possible that this deficiency shows itself in increased heart disease, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and impaired protein metabolism. Chromium, usually 200 mcg daily along with Vanadium, Manganese and Vitamin B3 for sugar metabolism, can be supplemented in CFS patients who have symptoms of hypoglycemia or poor sugar metabolism. Homeopathic Chromium Oxidatum. (low-potency, as in 3x or 6x) can also be used as a tissue salt to more quickly build up the nutrient status of this mineral. With low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) symptoms being so prevalent in CFS patients, many would benefit from supplementation of both the nutrient form of GTF Chromium, and homeopathic Chromium Oxidatum.

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This is an excerpt from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. by Diane Solomon DHM DipI.O.N

For more info go to:  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E

OR Diane’s writing website:



About solomonhealing

Diane grew up in Oregon, and says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. Her father gave her a guitar for Christmas when she was 13, and she taught herself folk and country styles, and started to write songs. At 19, believing her first talent was acting, she headed off to England, determined to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. But life can take some funny turns. Before she could arrange an interview, she was literally “discovered,” playing her guitar and singing to a small, private, New Year’s Eve party at a London hotel. IMG_0005 2A BBC television producer was there, a screen test followed, and the result was a network primetime series of variety specials! “The Diane Solomon Show” of the late 70s, was a great success, and she quickly became a regular on British TV, with other specials of her own, and numerous guest appearances, including several Royal Gala Specials. She recorded 5 albums, appeared on countless radio shows, TV hosting, and musical theater productions. She headed four major UK Theater concert tours of her own, toured with Glen Campbell on three European tours, and opened for a major Kenny Rogers’ tour in 1991. IMGBut then life took another turn, this time not so fortunate. She was diagnosed with the infamous M.E., or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and for the next three years was too ill to walk across the room unaided. For a total of seven years she struggled with half a life. In the darkest hours songwriting was her saving grace, and the title cut of her new CD, “Good Things Don’t Come Easy” was born of this troubled time. With the help a brilliant German homeopathic system of healing, plus nutrition and herbs, she regained her health. Diane was so impressed with these alternate therapies that she has since gained degrees in both nutrition and homeopathy, achieving a doctorate degree from the British Institute of Homeopathy. She practiced nutrition and homeopathy for fifteen years, using a combination of nutrients, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and diet and lifestyle recommendations. She describes dealing with people’s health issues as a kind of “onion layer” experience. Herbs, nutrients, and lifestyle changes are powerful, yet are in some way addressing the outer layers. They help enormously, but she has found that the major changes in people’s health comes from a deep homeopathic remedy, known as the constitutional remedy. Homeopathy is not an exact science, and thought, attention, focus, intuition, and yes, luck are involved in finding this remedy. When the right deep remedy is chosen, improvements in a client’s well being, both physically and psychologically, can be dramatic, even life-changing! Now focusing on writing, Diane lives in beautiful Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, with her husband, Mark Carey. She writes soft country, folk, and classical ballads, playing both guitar and piano. She has written several non-fiction books fields of nutrition and homeopathy, plus has ghost-written and/or edited seven books for clients, in various fields. She has just finished a middle grade mystery/fantasy novel with her husband Mark, entitled The Ravenstone: The Secret of Ninham Mountain, due for publication Sept 30 2016. Kindle cover final oct 10 2015She has also recently published a book on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, entitled, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. It was published in November, 2015, and was quickly the top selling book on Amazon in the homeopathic category. Sometimes called a “Renaissance Woman,” she writes, edits, researches, designs and builds gardens, always seeking more knowledge, more understanding, and more creative flow.
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