Too Little Magnesium In a Coma?
Dr. Julius Caesar “Jules” Stein (1896-1981) was one of the most influential men in Hollywood.
If the average Joe or Jane were to go into a coma, it’s guaranteed that a minimum of eleven medical doctors wouldn’t convene to suss out the crisis.
Even less likely is that these eleven doctors would diagnose a magnesium deficiency.
Kathleen Sharp (Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood: Edie and Lew Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire, 2003) wrote …
“In the midst of all this [MCA power struggle], Stein fell seriously ill. ‘That was even more amazing than the coup, as Jules was practically dying,’ said [Berle] Adams. In the fall of 1969, Stein suffered intense intestinal pain and wound up in UCLA’s Medical Center. Publicly, he was said to have verticulitis, an inflammation of the digestive tract. But exploratory surgery revealed that Stein’s cancer had reappeared. His rectum and intestines were inflamed by so many malignant tumors that doctors did not expect the seventy-five-year-old to survive. One doctor used an experimental drug that seemed to halt his pain. But then his kidneys shut down. ‘Every doctor and organ specialist was brought in to monitor his organs and to counteract whatever side effects this new drug produced,’ said Adams. Stein underwent surgery again in January 1970 and seemed to improve. But a few weeks later, his condition worsened and he underwent a third surgery. By February, he was slipping in and out of comas, barely hanging on to life.
“Stein’s daughters were called in from New York, and his siblings appeared at his bedside to say good-bye. Doris [Stein] asked UCLA’s Dean Murphy to write Stein’s eulogy, and she reviewed her husband’s elaborate multipage funeral instructions — the same ones he had prepared in 1957 when he first fell ill. Stein’s grave condition presaged more internal turmoil for MCA.”
According to the same source …
“Then Stein had an amazing comeback, said [Lew] Wasserman. ‘Some young doctor had the idea of giving him a shot of magnesium.’ All Stein needed evidently was an essential trace mineral, which was added to his intravenous drip. Within a week, MCA’s chairman was up and reading his stock charts in the Wall Street Journal.”
That was in early 1970. Jules C. Stein hung around till April 29, 1981, three days past his eighty-fifth birthday.
Dennis McDougal (The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood, 1998, 2001) wrote …
“As Berle [Adams] prepared to leave, Jules Stein unexpectedly emerged from his coma. Dr. [Eliot] Corday had convened eleven of the finest physicians in the country to help him work a miracle, and after months of monitoring, testing, discussion, and study, one of Stein’s specialists finally determined that the essential element that had leached from Stein’s system during his antibiotic ordeal was magnesium. The doctors added the trace element to the intravenous drip and worked out a protocol that would balance Stein’s body chemistry, giving him one more chance.
“Within a week he was sitting up, drinking milk shakes that Doris sneaked past his nurses, and catching up on the stock market.”