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This is my second magnesium blog this week, but I just couldn't help myself. The arrhythmia post, Real Rhythm and Blues Without the Magnesium on Friday May 28, 2010 prompted a number of email responses.
One doctor wanted to make sure that my open-mindedness didn't mean that my brains were falling out. He was reassured and wanted to share his magnesium story.
He said: "You must have a million magnesium stories by now, but I cannot miss responding to your report about the meeting on arrhythmia disorders. I am an 82 year-old retired M.D. (psychiatry). Several years ago I had a bout of atrial fibrillation, which fortunately resolved, but I remained subject to constant extreme arrhythmia for a couple of years. My internist diagnosed premature ventricular contractions and said they were a nuisance but harmless. A cardiologist confirmed my condition with 24-hour monitoring and wanted to put me on Encainide, Flecainade or Amiodarone. After reading about these drugs I said I was not ready to take them, at which point he left the room. Never a word from him or my internist about magnesium. I vaguely remembered about electrolytes and arrhythmia and told my internist I would like to try magnesium. His entire response was "it will just give you diarrhea." But I put myself on magnesium oxide (250 mg at first, then more) and after a short while -- this was well over a year ago - the arrhythmia disappeared completely and has not returned. I have not had diarrhea. Both doctors are respected and experienced practitioners in a large city. So carry on!"
If my heart is palpitating (which it does if I don't take enough
magnesium) how can three or four medications possibly help? And, by the way, I don't have 100 years to wait until enough studies prove to allopathic medicine's satisfaction that magnesium is safe to take for heart palpitations!
The moral of this blog is for you to do your own research and take some responsibility for your own health and try to convince your doctor to work with you. I hope you don't run into one particular doctor who equated my "promotion" of magnesium with "snake venom, poison ivy, beef, ozone and radon." He definitely needs to read my magnesium book and realize that nutrients like magnesium are deficient in the diet and are never going to be found in prescription medication.
Watch for a future post on The Death of Hope, which is what drug companies seem to be teaching medical students and doctors these days! Carolyn Dean, MD
Magnesium - An Anti-Inflammatory Mineral
We've been talking forever about the great need in most people for more adequate magnesium levels and all the ways the body utilizes it. Here's a reason you might consider magnesium if you are post-menopausal.
A new study of 3,713 post-menopausal women shows that magnesium is a powerful anti-inflammatory nutrient. Each 100 mg of magnesium per day was associated with a significant reduction in various inflammatory markers.
Brain Power and Magnesium
Fifty years ago, when people couldn't sleep they would often resort to alcohol in one form or another to help them relax.
Today, most know that alcohol isn't the answer. Instead, they go to their doctor and become addicted to sleeping pills.
Did you know that benzodiazepine sleep drugs used to have a label that warned they were only to be taken for two weeks?
Ativan, one of the most common benzos was first approved in 1977. Yet Medscape admits that "The efficacy of lorazepam for long-term use (i.e., longer than 4 months) as an anxiolytic has not been evaluated."
Come on! They've had over three decades to do a long term-study.
Do you want to know the reason why they haven't done a study?
They don't want you to know that Ativan, Xanax, Valium and Librium are highly addictive. I've watched patients suffer benzo withdrawal -- it's a nightmare!
There are about 100 drugs approved for insomnia by the FDA. Probably none have been studied for long-term effects.
At least with the alcoholic nightcap, people knew what they were taking.
course, even better than drugs and alcohol is magnesium. Yes, it's my
solution for everything! If you're suffering a deficiency of magnesium
you can't expect your muscles to relax.
That's why, before any other sleeping remedy (natural or otherwise), I recommend you make sure you're getting as much magnesium as you need. Don't assume 500 mg is enough. You may need 1,000 mg!
Either way, try magnesium before anything else.
Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
Magnesium Insights From a Nutritionist
Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can't take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot. -Dr. Sidney Baker
I am not a physician, I am a clinical nutritionist and can not and do not prescribe. The information provided here is for educational purposes only.
If you are under the care of a physician for any of the conditions listed here, please conduct your own further research and fully inform your physician of your intention to alter your magnesium intake. If you are taking any medications, prescription or non-prescription, check with a health care professional before using magnesium supplements.
If you are currently experiencing any type of kidney condition or disease, do not use magnesium supplements without the full knowledge and approval of your physician.
Magnesium is necessary for life and can protect the kidney from disease, but if kidney damage has already occurred magnesium supplementation could be harmful, even life threatening.
The current RDA, 350 mg. per day, is considered to be sufficient but there is mounting evidence that this figure is lower than optimal intake and that this low level of magnesium contributes to all of the listed degenerative diseases. Until a better way is devised to determine optimal total body magnesium (TBM) consider supplementation and watch for results.
Magnesium has been consistently depleted in our soils. It has been further depleted in plants by the use of potassium and phosphorus-laden fertilizers which alter the plant's ability to uptake magnesium. Water from deep wells supplies additional magnesium not found in food, but surface water, our common source of supply, lacks magnesium. Food processing removes magnesium. Broiling, steaming and boiling remove magnesium into the water or drippings. High carbohydrate and high fat diets increase the need for magnesium as does physical and mental stress. Diuretic medications and insulin further deplete total body magnesium. As we age, magnesium uptake may be impaired. Dieting reduces intake of already low levels of magnesium intake.
As you go through this list you will be amazed, as I was, at how many conditions and diseases are clinically tied to magnesium deficiency. Blood tests for magnesium deficiency are irrelevant and unusable. These levels do not reflect total body magnesium (TBM). Magnesium levels of bone and intracellular levels of magnesium are what tell the true status of TBM.
Doing your own research on Medline will bring fruitful results. Try a search like 'magnesium and osteoporosis' or 'magnesium and sleep' or 'magnesium and anxiety or stress'.
Magnesium is a critical element in 325+ biochemical reactions in the human body.
Research in France and several other European countries gives a clue concerning the role of magnesium plays in the transmission of hormones (such as insulin, thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, etc.), neurotransmitters (such as dopamine, catecholamines, serotonin, GABA, etc.), and minerals and mineral electrolytes.
This research concludes that it is magnesium status that controls cell membrane potential and through this means controls uptake and release of many hormones, nutrients and neurotransmitters. It is magnesium that controls the fate of potassium and calcium in the body. If magnesium is insufficient, potassium and calcium will be lost in the urine and calcium will be deposited in the soft tissues (kidneys, arteries, joints, brain, etc.)
Magnesium protects the cell from aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel. Evidence is mounting that low levels of magnesium contribute to the heavy metal deposition in the brain that precedes Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's. It is probable that low total body magnesium contributes to heavy metal toxicity in children and is a participant in the etiology of learning disorders.
Deficiency (from low dietary intake or excess loss) is clinically associated with:
Arthritis- Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
Auto immune disorders- all types
Cerebral Palsy- in children from magnesium deficient mothers
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Congestive Heart Disease
Crooked teeth- narrow jaw- in children from magnesium deficient mothers
Diabetes- Type I and II
Eating disorders- Bulimia, Anorexia
Gut disorders- including peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, colitis, food allergy
Heart Disease- Arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, high triglycerides
Heart Disease- in infants born to magnesium deficient mothers
High Blood Pressure
Impaired athletic performance
Infantile Seizure- in children from magnesium deficient mothers
Lou Gehrig's Disease
Migraines- including cluster type
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Muscle weakness, fatigue
Myopia- in children from magnesium deficient mothers
Obesity- especially obesity associated with high carbohydrate diets
Osteoporosis- just adding magnesium reversed bone loss
PMS- including menstrual pain and irregularities
PPH- Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
SIDS- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Syndrome X- insulin resistance
Thyroid disorders- low, high and auto-immune; low magnesium reduces T4
Other conditions are also associated with chronic and acute low magnesium intake and further research is continuing to confirm relationships.
The following substances and conditions reduce total body magnesium:
Alcohol- all forms cause significant losses
Burns- with large surface area
Calcium- high levels block magnesium absorption
Carbohydrates- especially white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white flour
Chronic pain- any cause
Coffee- significant losses
Cyclosporin- extra magnesium can protect from side-effects
Diabetes- magnesium spills with sugar in the urine
Diarrhea- any cause
Dieting- stress plus lowered intake
Diuretics- even potassium sparing diuretics do not spare magnesium
Insulin- whether from using insulin or from hyperinsulinemia
Over-training- extreme athletic physical conditioning/training
Phentermine / Fenfluramine
Sodas- especially cola type sodas, both diet and regular
Sodium- high salt intake
Stress- physical and mental- anything that gets your fight or flight reaction
If your stool becomes loose it does not mean you have adequate magnesium. You may need to do a series of experiments with different types, timing (with and without food; 2,3 or 4 times a day) and/or amounts (100-200 mg. per dose, try the higher first and the lower if you encounter a problem.) You may need more than the daily requirement initially to get expected results.
to keep all doses at not more than 300-400 mg. each. 100-200 mg at a
time work more efficiently. Some clients have experienced sleep
difficulties when taking magnesium late in the day as magnesium can
contribute to energy. If this happens to you confine your
supplementation to earlier hours.
Is it worth the hassle? I am sorry if this seems too difficult. It is worth the energy.
In a recent study analyzing the diet of 564 adult Americans, both male and female, the average intake of magnesium was less than two-thirds of the RDA for men and less than 50% of the RDA for women. This means that men, on average, are getting under 200 mg. magnesium daily and women get under 150 mg. per day. When you take into consideration the current RDA is less than half of the probable adequate amount of magnesium you begin to see the scope of the deficiency problem.
Magnesium Chloride for Health & Rejuvenation
nothing short of a miracle mineral in its healing effect on a wide
range of diseases as well as in its ability to rejuvenate the aging
body. We know that it is essential for many enzyme reactions,
especially in regard to cellular energy production, for the health of
the brain and nervous system and also for healthy teeth and bones.
However, it may come as a surprise that in the form of magnesium
chloride it is also an impressive infection fighter.
The first prominent researcher to investigate and promote the antibiotic effects of magnesium was a French surgeon, Prof. Pierre Delbet MD. In 1915 he was looking for a solution to cleanse wounds of soldiers, because he found that traditionally used antiseptics actually damaged tissues and encouraged infections instead of preventing them. In all his tests magnesium chloride solution was by far the best. Not only was it harmless for tissues, but it also greatly increased leukocyte activity and phagocytosis, the destruction of microbes.
Later Prof. Delbet also performed experiments with the internal applications of magnesium chloride and found it to be a powerful immune-stimulant. In his experiments phagocytosis increased by up to 333%. This means after magnesium chloride intake the same number of white blood cells destroyed up to three times more microbes than beforehand.
Gradually Prof. Delbet found magnesium chloride to be beneficial in a wide range of diseases. These included diseases of the digestive tract such as colitis and gall bladder problems, Parkinson's disease, tremors and muscle cramps; acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts and itching skin; impotence, prostatic hypertrophy, cerebral and circulatory problems; asthma, hay fever, urticaria and anaphylactic reactions. Hair and nails became stronger and healthier and patients had more energy.
Prof. Delbet also found a very good preventive effect on cancer and cured precancerous conditions such as leukoplasia, hyperkeratosis and chronic mastitis. Epidemiological studies confirmed that regions with magnesium-rich soil had less cancer than those with low magnesium levels.
Another French doctor, A. Neveu, cured several diphtheria patients with magnesium chloride within two days. He also published 15 cases of poliomyelitis that were cured within days if treatment was started immediately, or within months if paralysis had already progressed. Neveu also found magnesium chloride effective with asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema; pharyngitis, tonsillitis, hoarseness, common cold, influenza, whooping cough, measles, rubella, mumps, scarlet fever; poisoning, gastro-enteritis, boils, abscesses, whitlow, infected wounds and osteomyelitis.
In more recent years Dr Vergini and others have confirmed these earlier results and have added more diseases to the list of successful uses: acute asthma attacks, shock, tetanus, herpes zoster, acute and chronic conjunctivitis, optic neuritis, rheumatic diseases, many allergic diseases, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and beneficial effects in cancer therapy. In all of these cases magnesium chloride had been used and gave much better results than other magnesium compounds.
Magnesium for Nerves
Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system. With this, it is frequently used to promote good sleep. But more importantly, it can be used to calm irritated and over-excited nerves. This is especially useful with epileptic seizures, convulsions in pregnant women and the 'shakes' in alcoholism.
Magnesium levels are generally low in alcoholics, contributing or causing many of their health problems. If magnesium levels are low, the nerves lose control over muscle activity, respiration and mental processes. Nervous fatigue, tics and twitches, tremors, irritability, hypersensitivity, muscle spasms, restlessness, anxiety, confusion, disorientation and irregular heartbeat all respond to increased magnesium levels.
A common phenomenon of magnesium deficiency is a sharp muscle reaction to an unexpected loud noise. 'Memory pills' have been marketed that consist mainly of magnesium.
Many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease can be overcome with high magnesium supplementation, shaking can be prevented and rigidity eased. With preeclampsia pregnant women may develop convulsions, nausea, dizziness and headaches. In hospitals this is treated with magnesium infusions. Because of its strong relaxing effect, magnesium helps not only to have a better sleep but is also useful in overcoming headaches and migraines. Even the number of suicides are linked to magnesium deficiency. The lower the magnesium content in soil and water in a given region, the higher are the rates of suicides.
Epilepsy is marked by abnormally low magnesium levels in the blood, spinal fluid and brain, causing hyper excitability in regions of the brain. There are many reported causes of epilepsy greatly improving or disappearing with magnesium supplementation. In a trial with 30 epileptics 450 mg of magnesium supplied daily successfully controlled seizures.
Another study found that the lower the magnesium blood levels the more severe was the epilepsy. In most cases magnesium works best in combination with vitamin B6 and zinc. In sufficient concentrations, magnesium inhibits convulsions by limiting or slowing the spread of the electric discharge from an isolated group of brain cells to the rest of the brain. Animal studies show that even the initial burst of firing nerve cells that starts an epileptic attack can be suppressed with magnesium.
Magnesium for the Heart
Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the heart muscle. Those who die from heart attacks have very low magnesium but high calcium levels in their heart muscles. Patients with coronary heart disease who have been treated with large amounts of magnesium survived better than those with drug treatment. Magnesium dilates the arteries of the heart and lowers cholesterol and fat levels.
High calcium levels, on the other hand, constrict the heart arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks. Calcium deposits in the walls of the arteries contribute to the development of arteriosclerosis. The arteries become hard and rigid, thereby restricting the blood flow and causing high blood pressure. In addition, such inelastic blood vessels may easily rupture and cause strokes. Countries with the highest calcium to magnesium ratios (high calcium and low magnesium levels) in soil and water have the highest incidence of cardiovascular disease. At the top of the list is Australia.
Worldwide the intake of magnesium has been lowered and that of calcium increased because of the heavy use of fertilisers high in calcium and low in magnesium. With this, the intake of magnesium from our food has steadily declined in the last fifty years, while the use of calcium-rich fertilisers and cardiovascular disease have greatly increased at the same time.
Diabetics are prone to atherosclerosis, fatty degeneration of the liver and heart disease. Diabetics have low magnesium tissue levels. They often develop eye problems - retinopathy. Diabetics with the lowest magnesium levels had the most severe retinopathy. The lower the magnesium content of their water, the higher is the death rate of diabetics from cardiovascular disease. In an American study the death rate due to diabetes was four times higher in areas with low magnesium water levels as compared to areas with high levels of magnesium in the water.
Magnesium for Healthy Bones & Teeth
Medical authorities claim that the widespread incidence of osteoporosis and tooth decay in western countries can be prevented with a high calcium intake. However, published evidence reveals that the opposite is true. Asian and African populations with a very low intake of about 300 mg of calcium daily have very little osteoporosis. Bantu women with an intake of 200 to 300 mg of calcium daily have the lowest incidence of osteoporosis in the world. In western countries with a high intake of dairy products the average calcium intake is about 1000 mg. The higher the calcium intake, especially in the form of cows' milk products (except butter) the higher the incidence of osteoporosis.
Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus levels are kept in a seesaw balance by the parathyroid hormones. If calcium goes up, magnesium goes down and vice versa. With a low magnesium intake, calcium goes out of the bones to increase tissue levels, while a high magnesium intake causes calcium to go out of the tissues into the bones. A high phosphorus intake without a high calcium or magnesium intake causes calcium to leach from the bones and leave the body with the urine. A high phosphorus intake with high calcium and magnesium leads to bone mineralisation.
Dr Barnett, an orthopaedic surgeon practised in two different U.S. counties with very different soil and water mineral levels. In Dallas County with a high calcium and low magnesium concentration osteoporosis and hip fractures were very common, while in Hereford with high magnesium and low calcium these were nearly absent. In Dallas County the magnesium content of bones was 0.5% while in Hereford it was 1.76%. In another comparison the magnesium content in bones of osteoporosis sufferers was 0.62% while in healthy individuals it was 1.26%.
The same applies for healthy teeth. In a New Zealand study it was found that caries-resistant teeth had on average twice the amount of magnesium as caries-prone teeth. The average concentration of magnesium phosphate in bones is given as about 1%, in teeth about 1.5%, in elephant tusks 2% and in the teeth of carnivorous animals made to crush bones it is 5%. In regard to the strength of bones and teeth think of calcium as chalk and of magnesium as superglue. The magnesium superglue binds and transforms the chalk into superior bones and teeth.
Cancer and Aging
Many studies have shown an increased cancer rate in regions with low magnesium levels in soil and drinking water. In Egypt the cancer rate was only about 10% of that in Europe and America. In the rural fellah it was practically non-existent. The main difference was an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5 to 3 g in these cancer-free populations, ten times more than in most western countries.
Dr Seeger and Dr Budwig in Germany have shown that cancer is mainly the result of a faulty energy metabolism in the powerhouses of the cells, the mitochondria. A similar decline in energy production takes place when we age. The great majority of enzymes involved in the production of energy require magnesium. A healthy cell has high magnesium and low calcium levels. Up to 30% of the energy of cells is used to pump calcium out of the cells. The higher the calcium level and the lower the magnesium level in the extra-cellular fluid, the harder is it for cells to pump the calcium out. The result is that with low magnesium levels the mitochondria gradually calcify and energy production decreases. We may say that our biochemical age is determined by the ratio of magnesium to calcium within our cells. Test with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome showed that magnesium supplementation resulted in better energy levels.
We use our muscles by selectively contracting them. On the biochemical level muscle contraction is triggered by calcium ions flowing into muscle cells. To relax the muscle calcium is pumped out again. However, as we age, more and more calcium remains trapped in the muscles and these become more or less permanently contracted, leading to increasing muscle tension and spasms. Together with calcification of the joints, this is the typical rigidity and inflexibility of old age. The higher our intake of calcium relative to magnesium, the faster do we calcify and age. Most of the excess calcium in our diet ends up in our soft tissues and around joints leading to calcification with arthritic deformations, arteriosclerosis, cataracts, kidney stones and senility. Dr Selye proved experimentally that biochemical stress can lead to the pathological calcification of almost any organ.. The more stress, the more calcification, the more rapid the aging.
The Rejuvenation Mineral
In addition to its anti-microbial and immune-stimulating properties, both magnesium as well as chloride have other important functions in keeping us young and healthy. Chloride, of course, is required to produce a large quantity of gastric acid each day and is also needed to stimulate starch-digesting enzymes. Magnesium is the mineral of rejuvenation and prevents the calcification of our organs and tissues that is characteristic of the old-age related degeneration of our body.
Using other magnesium salts is less advantageous because these have to be converted into chlorides in the body anyway. We may use magnesium as oxide or carbonate, but then we need to produce additional hydrochloric acid to absorb them.
Many aging individuals, especially with chronic diseases who desperately need more magnesium, cannot produce sufficient hydrochloric acid and then cannot absorb the oxide or carbonate. Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. It is soluble but not well absorbed and acts mainly as a laxative. Chelated magnesium is well absorbed but much more expensive and lacks the beneficial contribution of the chloride ions. Orotates are good but very expensive for the amount of magnesium that they provide and both orotates and chelates seem to lack the infection-fighting potential of the magnesium chloride.
Calcium and magnesium are opposites in their effects on our body structure. As a general rule, the softer our body structure, the more we need calcium, while the more rigid and inflexible it is, the less calcium and the more magnesium we need. Magnesium can reverse the age-related degenerative calcification of our body structure and with this help us to rejuvenate.
Young women, children and most of all babies have soft body structures and smooth skin with low calcium and high magnesium levels in their cells and soft tissues. They generally need high calcium intakes. This is the biochemistry of youth.
As we age and most pronounced in old men and post-menopausal women, we become more and more inflexible. The arteries harden to cause arteriosclerosis, the skeletal system calcifies to cause rigidity with fusion of the spine and joints, kidneys and other organs and glands increasingly calcify and harden with stone formation, calcification in the eyes causes cataracts and even the skin hardens, becoming tough and wrinkled. In this way calcium is in the same league as oxygen and free radicals, while magnesium works together with hydrogen and the antioxidants to keep our body structure soft.
A gynaecologist reported that one of the first organs to calcify are the ovaries, leading to pre-menstrual tension. When he put his patients on a high magnesium intake, their PMT vanished and they felt and looked much younger. Most of these women said that they lost weight, increased their energy, felt less depressed and enjoyed sex again much more than before. For men it is equally beneficial for problems arising from an enlarged prostate gland. Symptoms commonly improve after a period of supplementation with magnesium chloride.
Increased magnesium intake has also been shown to be an effective way to prevent or dissolve kidney stones and gall bladder stones, the latter best in combination with a high lecithin intake. Activation of digestive enzymes and bile production as well as helping to restore a healthy intestinal flora may be the factors that make magnesium chloride so beneficial in normalising our digestive processes, reducing any digestive discomfort, bloating and offensive stool odours. This is in line with a reduction of all offensive body odours, including underarm and foot odour.
Prof. Delbet used to give magnesium chloride solution routinely to his patients with infections and for several days before any planned surgery and was surprised by many of these patients experiencing euphoria and bursts of energy. Magnesium chloride supposedly has a specific action on the tetanus virus and its effects on the body. It even seems to be protective against snakebites. Guinea pigs did not die after normally lethal injections of snake venom, and a rabbit survived a poisonous snakebite when given magnesium chloride solution.
In addition to being the most essential mineral in our cellular energy production, magnesium is also needed for the ingested B-vitamins to become metabolically active. Magnesium is also essential for the synthesis of nucleic acids, for cell division to occur, for DNA and RNA synthesis of our genetic material, for protein as well as fatty acid synthesis. Unfortunately magnesium deficiency at a cellular level where it counts is not easy to diagnose, as serum magnesium levels do not correlate to muscle or cellular magnesium levels. Instead of trying difficult tissue magnesium analysis to find out if your health problems may be due to low magnesium levels, it is much easier and more effective just to take more magnesium and see what happens.
Researchers at the Lille Pasteur Institute found in a prospective study with over 4,000 men over an 18-year follow up period that high levels of magnesium were associated with a 50 percent decrease in cancer mortality, and a 40 percent decrease in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality (Zinc, Copper and Magnesium and Risks for All-Cause Cancer, and Cardiovascular Mortality Epidemiology, Vol. 17, No. 3, May 2006, epidem.com).
Rejuvenation by ingesting more magnesium is a slow process, especially as the amount of magnesium that we can take is limited by its laxative effect and the need to keep it in a reasonable balance with the calcium and phosphorus intake.
The other problem is that spastic muscles have a poor blood and lymph circulation, which makes it difficult for the ingested magnesium to dissolve and flush out the tissue and joint calcifications. Therefore, we can greatly speed up the rejuvenation process by increasing the circulation through permanently contracted muscles as with deep tissue massage, hot and cold water applications, relaxation exercises, lymphasising as well as packs and rubs with magnesium chloride or Epsom salts.
Deficiency Symptoms & Increased Requirements:
CIRCULATION: angina, arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart infarcts, strokes, tachycardia (fast pulse), thrombosis.
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: colic, constipation, chronic diarrhoea, malabsorption, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
MUSCLES: backache, convulsions, cramps, increased excitability/jumpiness, numbness, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), spasms, tense/tight muscles, tingling, tremors.
NERVOUS SYSTEM: apathy, confusion, depression, disorientation, epilepsy, hallucinations, irritability, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, nervousness, neuritis paranoia, Parkinson's disease, poor memory, senility.
GENERAL: alcoholism, arthritis, body odours, broken bones, calcification in any organ, cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, diabetes, eclampsia, headaches, infections and inflammations, liver cirrhosis, lupus erythematosus, migraines, old age, prostate problems, rickets, rigidity - mental and physical, skin wrinkled and tough, stiffness, stone-formation in gall bladder or kidneys, thyroid overactive.
Signifcant Magnesium Deficiency in Depression
Magnesium levels were tested in a total of 457 patients suffering either chronic primary depression or chronic pain with depression. The magnesium load or tolerance test is considerably more reliable than serum, red blood cell, whole blood, or white blood cell magnesium levels. Virtually all significantly depressed patients are deficient in magnesium. Clinicians should consider the potential of therapeutic benefit from magnesium replacement therapy in chronic depression. Although magnesium deficiency has been reported in depression, this association is not widely recognized (1).
Over the past 7 years we have investigated magnesium levels extensively in patients with primary depression and chronic pain with depression. The current report summarizes the frequency of magnesium deficiency in depressed patients as well as the greater accuracy of the magnesium load test over various blood levels for measuring metabolic competency of this critical mineral.
Patients and Methods Testing Procedure
All depressed patients were diagnosed by a positive Zung Test for Depression (2) as well as the MMPI and clinical evaluations. The chronic pain patients labeled depressed were those who showed depression on the Zung test.
In 475 patients seen for either chronic depression or chronic pain with depression, magnesium levels were assessed. Three hundred fifty women and 107 men had blood drawn and sent by overnight mail to Meridian Valley Chemical Lab in Kent, Washington for cell magnesium levels. They ranged from 22 to 78 years of age. Twenty-six patients had whole blood magnesium levels done at another reference lab, and 26 patients had red blood cell magnesium levels done at a third reference lab.
One hundred of the depressed patients who had standard cell magnesium tests (Ref. 3) also underwent magnesium load testing to allow comparison of the cell magnesium test with the somewhat more commonly recommended magnesium load test (4).
All 100 of these patients retained well over 50% of the magnesium load; indeed they commonly retained 85% to 100%. An additional 46 chronic pain patients with depression also underwent magnesium load testing. Thirty-one of these were deficient; 15 were not.
The magnesium load or tolerance test (3) is apparently much more likely to detect deficiency of magnesium than any blood test. Although the white blood cell magnesium test is much simpler to perform, it picks up deficiency on only 60% of those who are demonstrated to be deficient by magnesium load testing.
The red blood cell magnesium test and the whole blood magnesium test may pick up only about 50% of those who are deficient. Others have reported the extreme lack of usefulness of serum magnesium levels which reflect only the most serious magnesium deficiencies (5). Over the past 2 years we have used the buccal intracellular test for magnesium by Intracellular Diagnostics, Inc. and find it as reliable as the load test.
The most striking finding is that all 100 of those patients with significant primary depression were deficient in magnesium by magnesium loading testing, although the white blood cell magnesium picked this up only 60% of the time.
Interestingly, in 47 chronic pain patients who were depressed, only 31 patients (67%) were deficient by magnesium load testing. Obviously, there will be some depressed patients who are not deficient in magnesium, as seen in 15 chronic pain patients who were depressed but had normal magnesium load tests. Nevertheless, in those who suffer from significant depression, magnesium deficiency appears to be virtually universal. Even if the 46 chronic pain patients with depression are included, of 146 depressed patients who underwent magnesium load testing, 131 or over 89.7%, were magnesium deficient.
The finding of significant magnesium deficiency in depressed patients is of considerable interest, both scientifically and clinically. Magnesium is the natural calcium channel blocker. Clinically, magnesium deficiency has been associated with cardiac arrythymia, hypertension, myocardial infarction, strokes, anxiety, migraine, panic attacks, epilepsy, osteoporosis, immune dysfunction, as well as chronic fatigue, acute musculoskeletal pain and reflex sympathetic dystrophy; all illness with high incidence of concomitant depression. (6-14).
Magnesium is significantly affected by blood levels of lithium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. Intestinal absorption of magnesium is inhibited by high levels of intestinal calcium, fat, protein pr phosphorus. Urinary excretion of magnesium is increased by most diuretics as well as by stress, epinephrine, nonepinephrine and caffeine. All lead to urinary magnesium loss (15-18).
Major potential dietary sources of magnesium are hard water; dark green, leafy vegetables; carrots; beets; sesame seeds and legumes. Magnesium deficiency may result in inadequate intake of magnesium; high calcium intake; high intakes of sodium, protein, fat, potassium, wheat, alcohol, sugar, or caffeine; diarrhea; diuretics; laxative abuse; severe stress (11,8).
Interestingly, it has been demonstrated that 70% of men and 80% of women do not take in even the daily recommended allowance of magnesium (11). And, as would be expected, the nutrition of depressed patients is usually very inadequate.
The neurological and metabolic consequences of magnesium deficiency are widespread. Magnesium is a major regulator of all membrane potentials, as well as neuronal and muscular tone. Thus, magnesium deficiency prevents normal nerve cell stability.
Magnesium also plays a synergistic role with taurine, both of them assisting in stabilization of cellular membrane potential as well as being natural calcium channel blockers (19). The clinical use of calcium channel blockers in neurological disorders such as migraine may be obviated with far less side effects by administration of magnesium taurate.
Our personal clinical studies have indicated that at least 78% of chronically depressed patients are deficient in taurine (Ref.20). With an even higher incidence of magnesium deficiency, it is easy to understand some of the many symptoms accompanying depression.
intravenous magnesium, 2 grams per day for 5 days in 2 weeks, appears
in our experience to assist significantly in the relief of depression,
additional studies are needed in which depressed patients are treated
only with magnesium taurate orally. It may well be that magnesium
taurate alone will be as effective as the average antidepressant which
helps no more than 50% of depressed patients (21). Magnesium taurate is
less expensive and has virtually no risk, as long as renal function is
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Sexual Potency, Immune Response, Cerebral Function and Longevity
“ . . . In Taoist health & longevity systems, there has always been a strong link between sexual potency, immune response, cerebral function, and longevity. Magnesium is the central and most basic nutrient mineral responsible for all of these issues and factors. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that we will live much healthier, happier and longer lives if we make sure we top off our body’s capacity to absorb magnesium. Not only do our cells need to be brimming with magnesium we need to absorb a sufficient amount each and every day. A magnesium saturated body will be more potent, will sport a tough immune system that will fight much more easily against infections and influenza. And this says nothing about our sharpness of mind gained and the extra energy levels possible because of ATP reactions set on afterburners.”
Quote from Dr. Mark Sircus' forthcoming book.
The Dance of Calcium and Magnesium
Calcium and magnesium share equal importance in our bodies. Newton's law says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and calcium and magnesium dance within this law. Neither can act without eliciting reaction from the other.
At the biochemical level, magnesium and calcium are known to act antagonistically toward each other. Many enzymes whose activities critically depend on a sufficient amount of intracellular magnesium will be detrimentally affected by small increases in levels of cellular calcium. Growth of cells, cell division, and intermediary metabolism are also absolutely dependent on the availability of magnesium, which can be compromised if excess calcium is present.
To understand how you can create a calcium/magnesium imbalance in your own body, try this experiment in your kitchen. Crush a calcium pill and see how much dissolves in 1 oz. of water. Then crush a magnesium pill and slowly stir it into the calcium water. When you introduce the magnesium, the remaining calcium dissolves; it becomes more water-soluble. The same thing happens in your bloodstream, heart, brain, kidneys, and all the tissues in your body.
If you don't have enough magnesium to help keep calcium dissolved, you may end up with calcium-excess muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, hardening of the arteries, and even dental cavities. Another scenario plays out in the kidneys. If there is too much calcium in the kidneys and not enough magnesium to dissolve it, you can get kidney stones.
All muscles, including the heart and blood vessels, contain more magnesium than calcium. If magnesium is deficient, calcium floods the smooth muscle cells of the blood vessels and therefore higher blood pressure, arterial spasm, angina and heart attack. A proper balance of magnesium in relation to calcium can prevent these symptoms. Calcium excess, stimulating the cells in the muscular layer of the temporal arteries over the temples, can cause migraine headaches.
Excess calcium can constrict the smooth muscle surrounding the small airways of the lung, causing restricted breathing and asthma. Finally, too much calcium, without the protective effect of magnesium, can irritate delicate nerve cells of the brain. Cells that are irritated by calcium fire electrical impulses repeatedly, depleting their energy stores and causing cell death.
The Calcium Distraction
The irony of the calcium-magnesium story is that without magnesium, calcium will not work properly. Both our current diet and tendency to over supplement with calcium, however, make getting enough magnesium almost impossible. Research shows that the ratio of calcium to magnesium in the Paleolithic or caveman diet--the ancient diet that had evolved with our bodies--was 1:1, compared with a 5:1 to 15:1 ratio in present-day diets. With an average of ten times more calcium than magnesium in our current diet, there is no doubt about widespread magnesium deficiency in modern times.
The emphasis on calcium supplementation has diverted our attention from any other mineral, even though all minerals are crucial to the proper functioning of the body.
our society we tend to look for the best, the most important, the star,
and forget that it takes a team and teamwork to get anything
accomplished, including body processes. Calcium, because it is the most
abundant mineral into he body, therefore became the star. Even though
research has accumulated on magnesium over the past four decades, it
has never been adequately publicized and discussed. Dr. Mark Sircus,
Is Magnesium Deficiency Putting Our Children at Risk?
is a core nutrient of which most Americans probably do not get enough.
Its status as an important nutrient with incredible benefits has long
been recognized by myself and the other doctors associated with the
Nutraceutical Sciences Institute (NSI), even though it has been
understated or ignored by many medical doctors. Magnesium is an
essential mineral in your body. It is needed for your bone, protein and
fatty acid formation. Magnesium is crucial in creating new cells,
activating your B vitamins, relaxing your muscles, clotting your blood
and forming your adenosine triphosphate (ATP-the energy on which our
bodies run). The secretion and action of insulin also require
It is this association between magnesium and insulin that caught my attention again this week. The trigger was a recent study on childhood obesity, diabetes and magnesium's role concerning insulin. And since it happens to center on our children and grandchildren's welfare, it makes it particularly poignant for so many of us.
As most of us are painfully aware, childhood obesity in the United States is at epidemic proportions. Several months ago, a report was published indicating that the United States had the greatest percentage of obese adolescents in the world. What a dubious distinction! Along with exploding rates of childhood obesity, there is also the problem of an alarming rise of pediatric diabetes mellitus. In general, obesity-be it in childhood or adulthood-can lead to an increased risk of diabetes mellitus because of the problem of insulin resistance. Although the insulin remains present in your body, it does not seem to be as effective in the obese individual as compared to a leaner person.
A study just published in the prestigious journal, Diabetes Care, appears to shed some light on the issue of insulin resistance. Researchers primarily out of the University of Virginia studied 24 obese, non-diabetic children between the ages of eight to seventeen, comparing them to 24 similarly- matched lean children. It was found that serum magnesium concentrations were significantly lower in obese children, compared to the lean children. In studying dietary patterns, it appeared that the obese children had a lower dietary magnesium intake compared with the lean children. Further, it was found that serum magnesium and dietary magnesium levels were inversely associated with insulin resistance. While the findings were not clear on the mechanism by which magnesium deficiency may lead to insulin resistance, we do know that magnesium is an important co-factor for enzymes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates. Also, magnesium deficiency is associated with increased intracellular calcium levels, which may be a factor leading to insulin resistance.
In a previous survey of food intake by individuals, it was found that one-third of our school-age children did not meet the estimated average requirement for magnesium. Adding to the risk factor, it was also found that obese children consumed a higher percentage of total calories from fat and a lower percentage of calories from carbohydrates. The fiber intake was lower in the obese group, as well. Subsequently, it is speculated that obese children could suffer a double-whammy of magnesium deficiency that puts them at particular risk for diabetes mellitus. First, they bear the general magnesium deficiencies that many children experience. Second, their higher fat, lower fiber intake can cause problems with absorption of the magnesium they do get in their diets. Additionally, low fiber intake alone was also clearly correlated with insulin sensitivity. The authors of the article indicated that this study provides the first evidence showing that magnesium deficiency is associated with insulin resistance in children.
Of course, this article got me thinking about the other important benefits of magnesium, not only for children but for adults as well. As it turns out, in the current edition of the Journal of Cardiac Surgery, intravenous magnesium was analyzed as a preventative for certain heart arrhythmias after coronary bypass surgery. Atrial fibrillation is an extremely common arrhythmia and one of the most common complications you can encounter after coronary bypass surgery. In a meta-analysis of eight randomized, controlled trials, it was found that intravenous magnesium was associated with a statistically significant reduction in the incident of atrial fibrillation after coronary bypass surgery.
In another study published in the current journal, Heart, a group of researchers analyzed 20 randomized trials utilizing magnesium after cardiac surgery. The study involved almost 2,500 patients. The conclusion was, again, magnesium administration was an effective prophylactic measure for the prevention of post-operative atrial fibrillation. As a practicing neurologist, I frequently see patients who have suffered strokes as a result of atrial fibrillation. It can be devastating, and therefore is an important condition to keep under control.
Magnesium has many other valuable uses as well. It is considered the treatment of choice in preventing eclampsia during and after delivery. It has become increasingly valuable in the emergency room in treating patients with acute asthmatic attacks. In a study published in the Archives of Disease of Children in January of this year, a meta-analysis involving five randomized placebo-controlled trials indicated that intravenous magnesium sulfate probably provides additional benefits in moderate to severe acute asthmatic attacks in children treated with bronchodilators and steroids. Magnesium appears to be even more effective for asthma in an inhaled form. Oral magnesium may have some modest benefit in possibly reducing the frequency of asthma attacks.
You should also know that magnesium can be an extremely effective nutrient in the treatment of migraines. There have been multiple studies in the medical literature indicating that migraine sufferers have a relative deficiency of total body magnesium. Intravenous magnesium has been used successfully to abort acute migraine attacks. It can also be very beneficial taken orally on a chronic basis to reduce the frequency of attacks, much the same as asthma.
On the flip side, magnesium deficiency commonly occurs in critically-ill patients, and generally correlates with a higher mortality and overall worse clinical outcome. In an article published earlier this year in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, Dr. Tong out of UCLA indicated that magnesium may play a role in acute coronary syndromes, acute cerebral ischemia and asthma. There is also a clear body of literature indicating that decreased magnesium intake leads to an increased risk of osteoporosis. The challenge is to truly diagnose the deficiency in the first place. Since magnesium is lost primarily through the gastrointestinal system (and through the kidneys), making a diagnosis of true magnesium deficiency can be difficult because of limitations in measuring serum magnesium.
Finally, there is ongoing research about the potential of magnesium as a neuro-protective agent. In a German journal published this month, rats that were pre-treated with intravenous magnesium and then subjected to 90 minutes of occlusion of a major blood vessel in the brain, significantly reduced the area of brain damage by 32% to 42%, as compared to controls. Again, as a neurologist, I take particular interest in this matter.
It is generally recommended that adults consume about 300 mg or 400 mg of magnesium daily. You should know that the average healthy adult in the United States typically consumes less than 200 mg a day of this important nutrient. For those with diabetes mellitus or a history of heart disease, 400 mg to 500 mg is recommended. I also usually recommend 400 mg to 500 mg of magnesium daily to my migraine sufferers whom I see in my practice. A child over five years old should consume at least 100 mg a day of magnesium, and by early teens, at least 200 mg a day. Magnesium is usually well tolerated, although it can cause loose bowel movements at higher doses. Individuals suffering with kidney disease should not take magnesium without consulting their doctor.
Allen S. Josephs, M.D., 5/2005
The Wonders of Magnesium
Dr. Carolyn Dean
When it comes to building healthy bones, magnesium is as important as calcium and vitamin D!
Knowing the vast benefits that magnesium confers on our bodies, I’ve always wanted to report on this remarkable mineral . . . and now the time has come!
I was first introduced to the wonders of magnesium during my obstetrical training where I saw, up close and personal, how effective magnesium sulfate was in preventing seizures and restoring normal blood pressure in pregnant women suffering from toxemia.
Years later, I often gave my patients magnesium intravenously (IV) (along with a series of other vitamins) as part of an IV mix known as Meyer’s formula. I found that this mixture frequently relieved muscular pain and also promoted speedy healing from surgery, sprained ankles, and the like. It also appeared to boost immunity. My colleagues and I at Women to Women (a medical clinic founded more than 15 years ago by Dr. Northrup and several of her colleagues, which is devoted to health care for women, by women) sometimes gave it to each other when we were coming down with a cold or were feeling fatigued. It worked every time.
An astounding number of studies have documented the effectiveness of intravenous magnesium in helping prevent cardiac damage and even death following a hear attack –- roughly half of all sudden deaths from hear attack are the result of spasm in the arteries, not blockage from clots or arrhythmias! And magnesium allows coronary artery muscles (and all other muscles) to relax.
Most of us don’t require intravenous magnesium, of course. We can get all the benefits we need just by making sure that we get enough of it in our diets or through supplements. Here’s what everyone needs to know about getting optimal benefits from this essential (but often overlooked) mineral.
Why We Need Magnesium: Magnesium is essential for the functioning of hundreds of different enzymes in the body, particularly those that produce, transport, store and utilize energy. Magnesium is important for the following metabolic processes:
• Protein synthesis: DNA and RNA in our cells require magnesium for cell growth and development.
• Sparking the electrical signals that must travel throughout the miles of nerves in our bodies (including the impulses for our brain, heart and other organs).
• Normal blood pressure, vascular tone, transmission of nerve-cell signals, and blood flow.
• Functioning of all nerves and muscles.
• Release and binding of adequate amounts of serotonin in the brain. In short, living with sub-optimal levels of magnesium is like trying to operate a machine with the power off.
The Magnesium/Calcium Connection: Though there’s been an enormous amount of media hype about calcium, very few people realize that without its partner, magnesium, calcium doesn’t serve the body nearly as well as it should. In fact, too much calcium can actually impede the magnesium’s uptake and function, creating further imbalance. When it comes to building healthy bones, magnesium is as important as calcium and vitamin D.
Magnesium and calcium are designed to work together. For example, magnesium controls the entry of calcium into each and every cell –- a physiological event that happens every time a nerve cell fires. Without adequate magnesium (which is also a natural calcium-channel blocker), too much calcium gets inside the cell. This can result in muscle cramping, blood-vessel constriction, migraine headaches, and even feelings of anxiety.
Magnesium also keeps calcium dissolved in the blood so that it won’t produce kidney stones. In fact, taking calcium without magnesium for osteoporosis can actually promote kidney stone formation.
Magnesium Deficiency on the Rise: In 1997, the National academy of Sciences found that most Americans are deficient in magnesium. There are a number of reasons for this:
• Food processing depletes magnesium, and the vast majority of Americans eat mostly processed foods. When wheat is refined into white flour, 80 percent of the magnesium in the bran is lost; 98 percent is lost when molasses is refined into sugar. Similarly, magnesium is leached out of vegetables that are boiled in water or frozen. Additives such as aspartame and MSG, as well as alcohol, also deplete magnesium stores.
• Indigestion and antacid use: Insufficient stomach acid impedes magnesium absorption. Unfortunately, a refined-food diet is a potent recipe for indigestion. Antacids –- the number one over the counter drug in the U.S. –- further deplete hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Farming practices: Magnesium and other minerals have been depleted from much of the soil that we grow today’s produce in.
Medications: Many drugs –- including common diuretics, birth-control pills, insulin, tetracycline and other antibiotics, and cortisone –- cause the body to waste magnesium.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks: Magnesium helps keep adrenal stress hormones under control and maintain normal brain function. in her book The Miracle of Magnesium (Balantine Books, 2003), Dr. Carolyn Dean points out that the rate of depression has gone up every decade since World War II. It’s quite possible that this is related to magnesium depletion.
Asthma: Magnesium helps relax the muscles of the bronchioles in the lungs.
Constipation: Magnesium helps keep bowels regular by maintaining normal bowel-muscle function. Milk of Magnesium as been used for decades to help.
Diabetes: Magnesium helps insulin transport glucose into the cell. Without this, glucose builds up in tissue causing glycemic stress and damage.
Heart Disease: Magnesium deficiency is common in those with heart disease. The mineral is an effective treatment for heart attacks and cardiac arrhythmias.
Hypertension: Without adequate magnesium, blood vessels constrict and blood pressure increases.
Insomnia: Magnesium helps regulate melatonin, a hormone that’s essential for normal sleep cycles.
Magnesium helps eliminate peripheral nerve disturbances that can lead
to migraines, leg and foot cramps, gastrointestinal cramps, and so one.
Osteoporosis: Without magnesium, calcium may actually contribute to osteoporosis.
This article appeared in Dr. Christiane Northrup's newsletter. The Dr. Christine Northrup Newsletter:
P.O. Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100 . . . 760-431-7695 or
800-654-5126 . . . 760-431-6948 (fax) or 800-650-5115 (fax). Dr.
Carolyn Dean is the author of The Magnesium Miracle.
It is also available if you contact GLN. (Note that she has changed the
title slightly. It now has information about transdermal magnesium
therapies and lists Global Light Network as a source for Magnesium Oil.)
Heavy Metals and Chelation in Cancer Treatments
Cancer and heart disease display spatial patterns that suggest the possible involvement of selenium deficiencies and mercury excess in their etiologies.[vii] Mercury directly interferes with DNA repair enzymes.
Major focuses during treatment are building the immune system, increasing supply of glutathione, protect the mitochondria, stimulate metabolism, clean the intestinal system and remove heavy metals from both sides of the blood brain barrier. During this past century the physical environment that surrounds us has gotten incredibly toxic and even the food most people eat acts to destroy rather than nourish. We and our children are being caught between a hammer and a hard place. On one side we are being poisoned by the water we drink, the air we breathe, the foods we eat, by the mercury amalgam fillings in our mouths, by the vaccines we have taken, and in general by the drugs we take.
None of the chemicals on its own appears to be toxic at minuscule doses. But what happens when a person is exposed to a whole cocktail of them? -Dr. Amy Perbeck
The emerging compounds of greatest concern to most scientists are the "endocrine disrupters." These are chemicals in the environment that mimic hormones when they get into the body. An astonishing array of chemicals fall into this category and they have detrimental effects at the lowest imaginable levels . . . chemicals in certain cosmetics, shampoos, shaving lotions, skin creams, dishwashing liquids, pesticides, flame retardants, plastics and antibacterial soaps. Like actual hormones, "they have effects at exceedingly low levels," says Dr. Herb Buxton. Because so many of them bind to a certain type of receptor in the body-whether for estrogens, androgens or thyroid hormones-the effects add up. Some of the basic symptoms that express the trap we have fallen into are: fatigue, lethargy, depression, headaches, allergies, chronic infection, frequent colds, nervousness, and sudden anger, sensitivity to perfume/odors, memory loss and joint pains. Thus in cancer treatment it is extremely important to detoxify and chelate out these endocrine disrupters.
Uranium oxide particles are DNA time bombs. Because of the affinity of a phosphate in human DNA towards uranium, these particles destroy the DNA so the disastrous effects of depleted uranium won't be limited to only one generation.
One type of contamination reinforces and strengthens the other so medical treatments need to simultaneously address both chemical toxicity and radiation poisoning without further poisoning the body. Exposure to radiation causes a cascade of free radicals that wreak havoc on the body. Radiation also decimates the body's supply of glutathione, which allows free radicals to run rampant through our tissues and organs. Sadly with the insane use of depleted uranium weapons, radiation levels are creeping up all over the world, especially in the northern hemisphere.
The first law of detoxification and chelation is to avoid exposure to toxins as much as possible. Check your exposure vulnerability by location at the following site. http://www.scorecard.org/env-releases/hap/rank- states.tcl
Though the material (depleted uranium) generally used by the U.S. Department of Defense is 40 percent less radioactive than natural uranium it is not something you want to be exposed to. The main cancer risk from inhaled depleted uranium would be from tiny insoluble particles lodged deep in the lungs. According to the inhalation-retention model constructed by the International Commission on Radiation Protection (ICRP), 15 percent of an insoluble inhaled uranium oxide aerosol could be retained in the lungs for more than a year.
Toxic heavy metals that have been released into our environment have reached such high levels that everyone's health is now seriously threatened.
The fact that heavy metals cause chromosome damage makes it clear that genetic causes are acting powerfully in the spread of cancer. [viii] Also importantly we see that the effect of a single chemical exposure is very different from the effects of the same chemical in a mixture. Experiments with single chemicals can significantly underestimate effects of the same chemical in mixtures. All these heavy metals and hostile chemicals like pesticides can injure chromosomes, either by altering the chemistry of a single gene so that the gene conveys improper information, called point mutation, or by actually breaking the chromosomes, called deletion.
Rapid rises in disease are in part provoked on the genetic level.
Increasingly, the issue of heavy metals toxicity is being portrayed as a "genetic issue" rather than an environmental one when genetic deterioration is being driven by the huge rise in heavy metals in the environment. It's a clear case of putting the horse before the cart since without the presence of heavy metals there is no heavy metal poisoning. Unlike when a patient gets chemotherapy or radiation treatments, we build up the body as we destroy cancer cells and most importantly help the body detoxify by chelating out the heavy metals through natural means. We also have to facilitate the elimination of cancer waste.
Lack of selenium may lead to cancer, cardiovascular diseases and osteoarthritis.
Selenium helps stop damaged DNA molecules from reproducing. In other words, selenium acts to prevent tumors from developing. "It contributes towards the death of cancerous and pre-cancer cells. Their death appears to occur before they replicate, thus helping stop cancer before it gets started," says Dr. James Howenstine. Dr. W Kostler wrote, "The normal level of selenium should be 80 to 130 micrograms per litre of blood. We check the levels of selenium in different cancer patients at their first consultation in our office - most of them suffer from a big deficiency in selenium."
that a diet rich in selenium protects against cancers of the stomach,
breast, esophagus, lung, prostate, colon, and rectum. According to Dr.
Harold Foster death rates in the USA for cancer are lower when blood
selenium levels are high. One important study found that high blood
levels of selenium are associated with a four-to-fivefold decrease in
the risk of prostate cancer. Scientists at Stanford University studied
52 men who had prostate cancer and compared them to 96 men who didn't.
[ix] One surprising finding was that blood levels of selenium generally
decreased with age. It is well known that the risk of prostate cancer
increases dramatically as one ages.
The nuclear core of our nutritional protocol also includes ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid). ALA is a naturally-occurring compound that is synthesized in small amounts by plants and animals, including humans. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a sulfurous fatty acid and was first discovered in the 1950s, and recognized it as an antioxidant in 1988. ALA works on the cellular level to help produce energy. It acts as a coenzyme -- a helper of enzymes -- in the cell's major energy cycle, the Krebs cycle. [x] [vii] As a coenzyme, ALA takes part in a multi-enzyme process preparing the fuel for the mitochondrion, the powerhouse of the cell. Without alpha lipoic acid, cells cannot utilize sugar to produce energy and they shut down. This makes alpha-lipoic acid a metabolic antioxidant, able to draw on the cell's own metabolism to magnify its protective effects and that of other antioxidants.
ALA has the ability to salvage and recycle other antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and glutathione.[xi][xii]
According to Dr. Burt Berkson, the doctor appointed by the FDA as the principle investigator for intravenous use of ALA, and author of The Alpha Lipoic Acid Breakthrough: Several factors make ALA the ultimate antioxidant. [xiii] [viii] One very basic reason is that ALA is both a hydrophilic and lipophilic molecule. Because it is hydrophilic, it is soluble in blood and other watery body fluids. Because it is lipophilic, it is also soluble in fats. In contrast, vitamin C is only hydrophilic and vitamin E is only lipophilic.
These qualities make ALA an ideal antioxidant that works double duty. It prevents free radical damage in every setting regardless of whether it is the brain fluids, the blood, stored fat, the heart, the pancreas, the kidneys, bone, cartilage, the liver, and for that matter every cell in every organ. ALA can perform the same functions in the watery fluids of the cell and in the blood and other aqueous fluids that come in contact with the body's tissues, just like vitamin C. Because of these remarkable characteristics, ALA can also easily pass through the blood-brain barrier and increase brain energy availability."
Glutathione, which is produced by every cell in the body, is responsible for a number of functions including removing or neutralizing dangerous substances that we are exposed to on a daily basis, including toxic metals. Toxins, pollution, disease, stress, and poor diet can all contribute to loss of glutathione. When glutathione levels reach a critically low level, we are much more vulnerable to toxins and immune dysfunction.
It was the genius of Dr. Alan Greenburg who created what should be perceived as one of the safest and most effective natural chelation formulas. There are many approaches, substances, companies and doctors offering detoxification and chelation products. The great problem is finding science and in-depth studies to back up the many claims being made. [xiv] There is a product named Chelorex [xv] that supplies a list of vital substances that are more than useful in any cancer protocol. Supplying ALA, vitamin C and E, selenium, zinc, magnesium and a list of glutathione promoters and mitochondria protectors, as well as natural chelators, it offers a smooth path for the elimination of a wide range of heavy metals including mercury and uranium. Most pharmaceuticals are actually mitochondria poisons, as are heavy metals and a host of toxic chemicals thus protecting the mitochondria is of the highest priority.
Several more substances round out the entire protocol giving it more depth, utility and universality. We suggest, Living Streams Probiotic, a second-generation probiotic designed to reproduce rapidly, and calcium bentonite [xvi] taken orally. Calcium bentonite clay literally removes positive-charged molecules that attack our bodies from our bodies. According to an article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Detoxification and Mineral Supplementation As Functions of Geophagy (Johns and Duguette 1991), clay is a potent detoxifier, a catalyst that assists the body in removal of chemical poisons and heavy metals (positive charged ions) from the body.
In Chernobyl, for instance, spirulina was used to help save many children from radiation poisoning. By taking 5 grams of spirulina a day for 45 days, the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk even proved that children on this protocol experienced enhanced immune systems, T-cell counts and reduced radioactivity.
Pure water is also a basic element in the IMVA protocol, and this is presented in an upcoming book from IMVA publications, The Waters of Life. Exceptionally pure water itself has a strong pulling power on the impurities in the body the problem is how to purify and then how to treat the water before drinking. Distilled and Reverse Osmosis water is thought not safe by many health care practitioners because they lack bicarbonates and minerals which leads to the formation of acid in the body. Part of the reason why our body is acid is that it lacks enough bicarbonate necessary to neutralize the acid. This problem is easily corrected in our protocol for the sodium bicarbonate and thiosulfate is added to the water. Full hydration with pure water provides the very foundation of successful medical treatment.
Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
Thoughts on Health: Autism, Closed Minds, and The Magnesium Factor
An article published in the April 2007 edition of Discover magazine featured a reply that encapsulated what has been the prevailing thinking in the medical community for too long. It's available online: Autism: It's Not Just in the Head. If this subject is meaningful to you, I know it will be of interest, and invite you to go there.
Now, please read a reply to that article from a member of our allopathic medical community, published in Discover's June 2007 edition currently on newsstands.
This article is a house-of-cards speculation on the causes of autism and replete with clichés regarding the gut, the immune system, and oxidative stress. That's all good, but there is little substantive evidence to support these speculations. The statement that "gastrointestonal problems like a swollen belly are common" is anecdote-based. There are no studies using rigorous epidemiological criteria that support this urban myth. The article emphasizes diet, but there has not been a single nutrient deficiency identified in autism. There are no studies showing that individuals with autism have a higher incidence of gluten sensitivity. Regarding the use of chelating agents for detoxification -- again, there is little evidence that these alleged toxins have anything to do with autism. The notion that children with autism have more illnesses than other children is belied by my everyday experience. - R.K., M.D. Highland Park, IL
I chose not to give the doctor's full name, although he did provide it in the print edition. His point of view on this issue is important because it represents an attitude that anyone seeking understanding about autism or other chronic diseases, should absolutely avoid. It is a mind that is closed to anything but its own orthodoxy.
There is a large body of scientific evidence that supports the observations covered by the article, which itself could have gone even further to explore the role that magnesium deficiency plays in matters of neurological function, genetic vulnerability, inflammation, constipation, glutathione production, and more. ALL of these factors are examined in Mark Sircus' book, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, which gives particular attention to Autism Spectrum Disorder. For example, Dr. Sircus writes:
According to Dr. Sherry Rogers, there is as much as a five hundred-fold variance in ability, from one individual to the next, with regard to detoxifying the same chemical. One of the key factors of this difference is each individual's magnesium level.
There are over two hundred published clinical studies that document the need for magnesium and many examples of miraculous 'cures' from the use of this common mineral. Yet you'd wonder if anyone is reading them. [Our doctor above surely hasn't.] As one example, doctors for the advocacy group, Defeat Autism Now (DAN) underestimate autistic children's needs; recommending only 50 milligrams twice a day in oral form, even though children with gastrointestinal problems can absorb only small percentages through their intestines.
The entire autism community needs to be acutely aware that its present dependency on oral magnesium supplementation contributes to the less than effective results from chelation. A simple changeover to transdermal and topical magnesium supplementation approaches would yield far more effective results." - ppg. 120-121
For those who are willing to look, the evidence is overwhelming that magnesium status is too important a component to ignore with respect to maintaining or restoring normal health. Not only that, effective replenishment protocols are needed when it is determined that an individual is indeed magnesium deficient. Intravenous intake is one promising, but impractical way of boosting magnesium status. A far more practical (and economical) way has become possible by the availability of natural, ocean-derived magnesium chloride, which takes form as a liquid.
Simple intake through the skin - either applied topically or inducted via a foot bath, is most effective in this age of nutrition-depleted foods.
Magnesium status is important irrespective of our state of health. Its importance increases when we're talking about a chronic disease.
The fact that a significant percentage of those who suffer from the diseases of our age, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and cancer, are doctors indicates that they don't yet get this simple fact of nutrition either.
So I wouldn't put too much stock in the dismissive opinions of a closed minded doctor. The sad thing is that, with his education and an open mind, he could help a lot of people get well, instead of help them manage their disease by relying only on pharmaceutical approaches and dismissing natural ones. It only shows that he's been trained well.
He's not alone. The article mentioned another doctor, a neurologist at Johns Hopkins, who is collaborating on a pilot story funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to test minocycline, an anti- inflammatory antibiotic drug. It is described as a "very selective downregulator of microglial inflammation."
This strategy follows the old paradigm, i.e., interfering with the body's normal physiological processes and lowering immune function using synthetic (pharmaceutical) agents, while ignoring natural components that might eliminate inflammation with the only side-effect being better health. Another thing that is typical is that the NIH will fund research to find a drug to "combat" the inflammation aspect of autism, but it's far less likely to fund research that would involve natural components, such as magnesium.
Our body - each cell - was designed to have a magnesium ion positioned inside, along with ionic forms of other minerals. There needs to be sufficiency and balance in our body's mineral stores. When there is too much of one, or not enough of certain others, we'll have a problem. Inflammation is but one indication of magnesium deficiency.
Even the natural chelation protocols, which are designed to evacuate heavy metals and toxins from the body, include magnesium. But most traditional doctors have nothing informative or encouraging to say. Like the one above, their official response is often to discount, dismiss, and cast doubt. And if their everyday experience doesn't confirm that children with autism have more illnesses than other children, then they'll dismiss the notion altogether.
Even the natural chelation protocols, which are designed to evacuate heavy metals and toxins from the body, include magnesium. But most traditional doctors have nothing informative or encouraging to say. Like the one above, their official response is often to discount, dismiss, and cast doubt. And if their everyday experience doesn't confirm that children with autism have more illnesses than other children, then they'll dismiss the notion altogether.
Autism is illness expressed on a level that a statistically small, but significantly growing number of children and families are enduring. Perhaps the article, and this response, will get more people looking at magnesium. While I may have mentioned it before, you can view a short video that we produced on the subject below.
Other thoughts were triggered from this article, but I think I've covered enough. I'm pleased that Discover magazine published this subject. It's going in the right direction, but there's much more available that we already know that mainstream media hasn't begun to embrace.
A few quotes from the above-mentioned article:
. . . What we've got here is a far more comprehensive set of characteristics for autism," says Herbert, "one that can include behavior, cognition, sensorimotor, gut, immune, brain, and endocrine abnormalities. These are ongoing problems, and they're not confined just to the brain. I can't think of it as a coincidence anymore that so many autistic kids have a history of food and airborne allergies, or 20 or 30 ear infections, or eczema, or chronic diarrhea.
. . . All this marks a Copernican-scale shift in our approach to the disorder. I myself was irresistibly drawn to the subject when viewing an online video of a heavily affected 11-year-old who, after a series of chelation treatments to remove mercury, announced to his mother, "Mom, I'm back from the living dead." The statement was heartbreaking in its simple eloquence. Mercury chelation, in this particular child's case, was a near panacea.
. . . Lisa Beck, of Oviedo, Florida, tells a similar story. Her son Joshua was diagnosed with autism in 2004 at about age 2. After 18 intensive months of treatment that involved chelation-a treatment that draws heavy metals out of the body-and dietary changes, among other therapies, Josh appears neurotypical. "We took him to Dr. Leslie Gavin, a specialist at Nemours Children's Clinic, who administers the ADOS test, a diagnostic test to see where on the spectrum a child falls," she says. "After the two-hour evaluation, Gavin said he did not meet the criteria for autism. In her words, he was 'responsive, curious, and active, able to engage in the test without a problem, able to express himself clearly."
. . . We're beginning to understand that genetics is really about vulnerability," says neuroscientist Pat Levitt, director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. Levitt and his colleagues recently discovered that a common variant of a gene called MET doubles the risk of autism. The finding was widely regarded as a breakthrough because MET modulates the nervous system, gut, and immune system-just the kind of finding that matches up with the emerging new view of autism.
. . . Everyone was focusing on genes expressed in the brain," says Levitt, "but this gene is important for repair of the intestine and immune function. And that's really intriguing because a subset of autistic children have digestive and immune problems." Equally interesting is that the gene variant occurs in 47 percent of the population-in other words, it is just one contributing factor, and it probably works in concert with other vulnerability genes. And finally, in a twist that intrigues other researchers, the activity of the gene is affected by what is known as oxidative stress-the kind of damage one sees with excessive exposure to toxins. "As we identify other vulnerability genes like this," says Levitt, who hopes to engineer a mouse model of this gene variant for study, "we may be able to develop effective interventions for children.
. . . In other provocative research, Jill James, director of the Autism Metabolic Genomics Laboratory at the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute (and professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) has found that many children with autism do not make as much of a compound called glutathione as neurotypical children do. Glutathione is the cell's most abundant antioxidant, and it is crucial for removing toxins. If cells lack sufficient antioxidants, they experience oxidative stress, which is often found with chronic inflammation.
Magnesium Oil as Mouthwash
Magnesium chloride is the ultimate medicinal mouthwash and is highly recommended for periodontal disease and for strengthening the teeth. It is magnesium, not calcium, that helps form hard tooth enamel, resistant to decay.
Many chronic illness patients have periodontal problems, and oral and bone cavitation infections are quite common. These should not be ignored, because these infections can become systemic and spread to other sites. An association between magnesium and periodontitis has been suggested by studies. In a study, conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research, subjects aged 40 yrs and older, increased serum Mg/Ca was significantly associated with reduced probing depth (p < 0.001), less attachment loss (p = 0.006), and a higher number of remaining teeth (p = 0.005). Subjects taking magnesium showed less attachment loss (p < 0.01) and more remaining teeth than did their matched counterparts.[i]
These results suggest that increased magnesium supplementation will improve periodontal health.
Personally I am just amazed at the truth of what I am continually finding out about magnesium chloride. It is the first time in my 53 years that I have taken anything that made a difference in my strength and stamina. I also used it as a mouthwash for my gum problems and felt a change in my oral environment after only one application. I had periodontal disease when I was seventeen and severe bone loss through many years. My mouth was also loaded up with mercury amalgam starting at age five. It is very difficult to keep up the discipline of keeping my mouth perfectly clean. A fine dentist told me six years ago that I had to brush and floss after every meal and never eat between meals to preserve my teeth. I am sorry to say I have had a hard time following those directions and the results are as expected. I now use salt water instead of fluoride toothpaste and that has helped. Spraying in three pumps of the magnesium chloride though has had a dramatic healing and probably alkalizing effect. My whole mouth feels stronger, and my oral environment stays with a healthier feeling for hours more even if I do not clean my teeth.
Use either full strength or slightly diluted in distilled or mineral water.
Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD
Reference: [i] P. Meisel1et all. Magnesium Deficiency is Associated with Periodontal Disease Dent Res 84 (10):937-941, 2005 International and American Associations for Dental Research
For the article, The Benefits of Sea Water, go to the Magnesium Bath Flakes page on this site.
Yes, Magnesium should definitely be of some help both, with the pain and dilating the blood vessels, for which magnesium is known. I'll dig up the references and send them along to you. Soaking in a bath with the Magnesium Oil or rubbing the Oil or Gel on should help greatly as a local and systemic treatment. Claudia
Q: Why do people object to Transdermal Magnesium?
A: I did not know anyone objected to it, although in this neck of the virtual woods you will find people who reject anything and everything I say.
Transdermal Magnesium is a pretty much perfect way to get magnesium in, especially for the old and young. Transdermal magnesium also comes in different forms. First there is magnesium sulfate which everyone knows as Epsom Salts (which is not absorbed nor retained well)......and then there is magnesium chloride...which itself comes in basically two forms.....natural and that created in industrial process. I grant you that maybe one out of fifteen to twenty people might have a skin reaction to it and need to dilute it quite a bit to make it comfortable. The "vast" majority that I have been in touch with love it and can literally feel or observe a difference either immediately or within days of starting therapy with it.
Personally I favor a combination of oral and transdermal and I am a magnesium chloride man all the way. I am also one of the first proponents of mega- magnesium therapy and to get the doses really up there transdermal is essential. Injecting it is great for heart attacks or strokes or when treating any life threatening emergency situation, but its uncomfortable and sometimes painful and certainly much more expensive than transdermal.
The other reason people might object is out of pure ego. Meaning ego in the sense of the "separate self." The very nature of the ego is to not listen to anything other than itself and to resist change to the bitter end. The world is the way it is because the ego and thus non-listening rules on just about every area and level of life. Why should it be any different for transdermal magnesium mineral therapy, which provides a revolution in clinical medicine, sports medicine, and preventive medicine? Dr. Mark Sircus
Q: I thought I had read at some time that the amount of magnesium chloride in the Gel was the same as in the Magnesium Oil. However, I just read the following from Claudia French: The gel is combined with moisturizers which is what makes the amount of magnesium in it much less than the plain oil itself. Please clarify for me.
Claudia is correct. Once we make up the Gel from distilled water and a
polysaccharide powder, it is blended 50-50 with the Magnesium Oil. That
is just the nature of making up the Gel. Thus, in one teaspoon of the
Oil there is about 3,500 mg of magnesium chloride, and in one teaspoon
of the Gel there is about 1,750 mg. Hope this helps.
Q: Pricing: Can you please explain the difference between your Magnesium Oil and the magnesium oil offered by another website that costs $45 a gallon?
A: A few years ago the people at the company to which you refer were misled by a fellow named Jim Carter from Twilight America and ended up with a very large inventory of Carter's products in their warehouse. They offered those products to us several years ago, but we found our products to be superior even though they were offered at a very attractive price.
Our concern with their product is that it is basically made by melting the bath flakes in water, and thus is principally straight magnesium chloride. Our product, being extracted from ocean water, has a very high content of magnesium chloride but also has the full spectrum of minerals that naturally occur in the ocean. Said differently, our product is all natural rather than being derived indirectly from a laboratory process. That difference may not matter to you and then the lower price would be attractive.
Additionally, we do an energetic charge to our products but, again, that difference may not matter to you.
Q: I have been using your magnesium products for quite awhile now and have been quite happy with them. I have a client who is looking for magnesium cream, and I am wondering if you have any suggestions on where to get a good high quality magnesium cream.
A: We are working with a chemist in Alabama to come up with a lotion. Over the years, we have found that many lotions curdle when in contact with the Magnesium Oil, but Peter has solved that problem.
Then, one of our distributors pointed out to us that you can very successfully blend the Magnesium Oil with the Skin Moisturizer from Miracle II. It would require a little bit of effort to create this blend but it should be a very pleasing and beneficial blend. A 50-50 blend would actually provide just as much magnesium as the Magnesium Gel because it is also 50-50 with water. Worth a try.
Q: I would like to inquire concerning magnesium for diabetics. I want to ask your opinion what is the suitable magnesium for diabetics which you could recommend. I'll place an order as soon as I receive your response.
A: Magnesium is so important, not only for diabetics but also for those at risk of becoming diabetic. For Type 2 diabetics it is being found to reduce insulin resistance, lower blood sugar and is significant in reducing many of the complications. These include its role in reducing retinopathy of the eye (leading to blindness in diabetes), reducing blood pressure (which impacts and reduces kidney failure in diabetes) and reducing the effects of peripheral neuropathies, which often lead to amputation of limbs.
So in diabetes it is crucial to raise the levels as quickly as possible in your body, and to keep it at optimal levels. Up to 90% of diabetics are found to be markedly deficient in this crucial mineral, with some not even getting 50% of the recommended daily allowance (and some experts agree that the RDA is set too low to begin with).
Since we only absorb about 30-40% of oral preparations of magnesium, and since many diabetics have what is called autonomic neuropathy, which affects absorption from the stomach and intestines, I believe that the magnesium oil is the best to get our levels up quickly, and it is shown by Dr. Norm Shealy to raise levels within a month or two as opposed to over a year with other preparations.
Buy the magnesium oil for best benefit and quickest raising of magnesium levels. The versatility of its use and its purity make it a sure thing to help the most. You can use it by direct spraying, in a foot bath, a full bath, as an addition to drinking water, dosage adjustment is easier and it has many other uses that diabetics benefit from. For example if peripheral neuropathy is a problem, it will dilate blood vessels and bring more blood to the feet and legs. This will often reverse lack of feeling, and alleviates associated pain. In high enough doses it can totally reverse this nasty complication.
I, too, am a diabetic and use no other type of magnesium, but I use the Magnesium Oil heavily. But start very slowly, and increase slowly. The only difficulty arises if you already have kidney problems, and then magnesium should be carefully used under MD supervision.
Let me know if I can help . . . and please see the information on magnesium and diabetes, a result of our research at: http://imva.info/diabetes.shtml.
At the end of that page there are links to a number of very important articles which are also about magnesium and diabetes. And don't miss the Magnesium For Life site, which explains further the benefits of magnesium chloride, the Magnesium Oil, and how to use it.
Ass't. Director, International Medical Veritas Association
Q: My husband and I noticed that your Magnesium Oil contains 3,502 mg of magnesium chloride. We both take 2 mg w/SRT from Jigsaw every morning, which has a 12-hour sustained release on them. If we use that other (Magnesium Oil) in the late afternoon, is this going to be too much magnesium? My husband was concerned about the milligrams. I do know that you can take too much.
A: It is really very hard to get too much magnesium, and for a person with a healthy kidney . . . almost impossible. I know a doctor who used 20 grams a day orally to cure his diabetic neuropathy though he said for normal people about 3 grams would be good dosage. And that's 3,500 mg in an ounce, but that is not what gets absorbed into the skin.
If you drank that much, yes, but I would never suggest taking the Magnesium Oil orally in that quantity. I use it as a mouth wash and swallow but that's just a little bit. Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD
• Tori included a long but very good article titled Stop Cancer with Baking Soda. I know that sounds too simple to be a serious article, but be prepared to be impressed. This article is from Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD. You may remember that he is the author of the book,Transdermal Magnesium Therapy. We don't sell baking soda, but you probably know where to get it. (grins) Effective solutions don't have to be expensive. Remember the great article that Tori found for us about the many remedies based on honey and cinnamon. Wow! I guess my mind was wandering a little, and I was considering whether we will soon read that the FDA is swooping down on Arm & Hammer or maybe even the beekeepers. Cinnamon sounds pretty dangerous too. Well, please pardon my little lapse into silliness, but you have wonder if some day seawater (magnesium oil) will be considered a drug that needs regulation.
In the testimonial section of the Newsletter, you are going to find a wonderful tip on how to use the Magnesium Oil and Miracle II Skin Moisturizer to create a great massage product that can give an extra pain-relieving boost to a therapeutic massage session. Try this and give us some feedback. The tip came from one of our Members. Hmmm, wonder what it would be like to add a little of the Lawang Oil too?
• We have been blessed by the awakening that he has created for our Magnesium Oil. BTW, there are others who claim they have Magnesium Oil, but if it didn't come from Global Light Network, it is not the real thing. Ours is all natural, sourced from the sea with nothing added. And . . . we have comprehensive laboratory test results to prove that ours contains no dangerous heavy metals, no pesticides, no petrochemicals, no fertilizer toxins and no pathogens. If you have the technical background to read and understand a 50-page laboratory analysis report, we will send you a copy. Just ask for it . . . unless you are a competitor, and in that case you can get your own report for a mere $2,500. God is our chemist, and we are thrilled with His Masterpiece.
• Speaking of testing, last year, a number of Members inquired about the safety and purity of our Magnesium Oil. Because it is captured from the ocean and we often hear concerns voiced about pollution in the oceans, we thought it wise to have extensive testing done on our Magnesium Oil. Under the guidance of Dr. David Minkoff, M.D., we located a laboratory in California to do our testing. After investing $3,000 in the testing, we got a completely clean bill of health. There were no detectable (ND) levels of mercury, arsenic, cadmium, lead or other heavy metals of general concern. Additionally, there were no detectable levels of petrochemicals, fertilizers, PCB's or pathogens. In summary, our Magnesium Oil, even though it is captured out in nature, is cleaner and safer than just about any municipal water system in the country. Although it is very technical and a little confusing to properly interpret, during this next week, we are going to post the entire report on the info site . . . www.ProductDescriptions.info. Perhaps, if I take the time to explain the concept of testing surrogates, the report will be intelligible to most people.
In part, I mention the purity of our Magnesium Oil because lately, there has been a rash of seeming competitors offering products that they also call Magnesium Oil, claiming that they are from the ocean and offering somewhat lower prices. Some of them even plagiarize our product descriptions to create the impression that they are the real thing. In reality, most of those products come from the Twilight (a la Jim Carter) era and are simply created by melting Magnesium Bath Flakes, one part in three parts of water. It is indeed magnesium chloride, and is transdermal, but it is rather one dimensional since it is only magnesium chloride and does not include the other 80 or so naturally-occurring beneficial minerals from the ocean. Insist on the best! Invest only in Essence of Life Magnesium Oil. (grins)