I'm amazed that magnesium is the real answer to so many problems, but even many scientists and researchers seem unaware of its importance. This Reuters article talks about the rise in kidney stones among children in South Carolina and points to excessive antibiotic use as a possible cause. Antibiotics deplete magnesium! And the "stone belt" (from Virginia down to Florida and over to Texas) mentioned in the article is an area of the country with primarily very soft water--low mineral content. Hard water and healthy gut bacteria help raise our bodies' magnesium levels. They don't mention it in the article, but low magnesium can lead to kidney stones. Magnesium is the missing puzzle piece no one (well, almost no one) is talking about.
Get yer magnesium, my friends!