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Esssence of Life Magnesium Products are an excellent way of absorbing more magnesium into your body . . . safely with no side effects. They are also excellent for relieving sore, aching muscles, joints and stress.

Scientists have long known that magnesium is a critical player in cell metabolism, helping to transport other minerals across cell membranes and affecting cell mechanisms that control the activity of muscle and nerve cells. But as the scientists note, their research suggests that the cardiac muscle seems to be more sensitive to magnesium intake than skeletal muscle. Magnesium, a mineral that is naturally present in water and foods in varying amounts. The U.S. RDA for magnesium is about 320 mg per day for women and more than 400 mg per day for men - yet studies show that most people regularly take in about half of that. And now, new research reveals that this lack of magnesium may put your heart - and your health - at significant risk.

Research indicates that most people are lacking in magnesium and that many health issues are related to magnesium deficiency. Also, reduced levels of DHEA, known as the "youth hormone,” is also directly related to magnesium deficiency.


Magnesium Oil
: Magnesium chloride from sea water, energetically activated. All natural sources. There are 2,492 mg per teaspoon of magnesium chloride in our Magnesium Oil.

Magnesium Gel: Magnesium chloride from sea water, energetically activated. All natural, polysaccharide gelling agent. There are 1,246 mg per teaspoon of magnesium chloride in our Magnesium Gel.

Magnesium Gel / Lawang Oil: Magnesium chloride from sea water, energetically activated. All natural, polysaccharide gelling agent. Lawang essential oil. This formulation contains 1,246 mg of magnesium chloride.


Magnesium Oil:

2 oz Oil sample bottle
8 oz Oil bottle w/spray cap
32 oz Oil w/ empty 8 oz spray bottle
64 oz Oil (1/2 gallon) w/ empty spray bottle
128 oz Oil w/ empty 8 oz spray bottle
Magnesium Bath Flakes Small Combo (32 oz Magnesium Oil/3-3/4 cups of Bath Flakes)
Magnesium Bath Flakes Large Combo (128 oz Oil/20 cups of Bath Flakes)

Magnesium Gel:
2 oz sample bottle
8 oz bottle
128 oz bottle

Magnesium Gel / Lawang Oil:
2 oz sample bottle
8 oz bottle


Magnesium Oil
For transdermal magnesium supplementation and relief of aches, pain, soreness and stress, we recommend you put 1 ounce or more in the bath tub or foot bath and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. Adding a half cup or more of Essence of Life Magnesium Bath Flakes will enhance your magnesium experience even more. We recommend soaking in your magnesium bath on a regular basis for best supplementation.

You can also rub Magnesium Oil or Gel onto your skin and into sore muscles. Again, for transdermal magnesium supplementation, we recommend daily usage.

The Gel/Lawang Oil can be massaged into specific sore, aching, painful areas.

For sore muscles, aches, pain and stress, we recommend that you apply a moist heat compress. Leave on for 20 minutes and repeat the process if necessary.

If you experience burning in sensitive areas, dilute with pure water.


Dr. Dean's Blog

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.

Magnesium is the most lacking mineral in the human diet. This is due primarily to big agribusiness farming practices that have stripped our soils of vital minerals needed for human health. It is complicated by processed diets lacking in magnesium-containing fresh fruits and vegetables. When you consider that inflammation is behind almost all health problems, the consequence of eating a magnesium-deficient diet becomes obvious. 
The study showed that inflammatory markers such as CRP (C-reactive protein), TNFa (tumor necrosis factor alpha), and IL6 (interleukin 6) were all reduced when magnesium intake was higher.  These are common inflammatory markers that are often elevated with the diseases of aging.
Furthermore, various inflammatory markers relating to the walls of arteries were also reduced when magnesium was adequate.  Inflammation on the lining of the arteries is required for plaque formation. Reducing such inflammation is highly protective to arterial health.
It is not a stretch to say that if public health officials did nothing other than ensure vitamin D and magnesium sufficiency, the entire health of a nation would be drastically improved and health care costs would be significantly lower.
November 24, 2009

Brain Power and Magnesium

Professor Guosong Liu, Director of the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, led a new study to see whether supplementing the diet with magnesium could boost brain power.
"Our findings suggest that elevating brain magnesium content via increasing magnesium intake might be a useful new strategy to enhance cognitive abilities," Dr. Liu concluded in the media statement. "Moreover, half the population of industrialized countries has a magnesium deficit, which increases with aging. This may very well contribute to age-dependent memory decline; increasing magnesium intake might prevent or reduce such decline."
These findings and results were published in the in the January 28th (2010) issue of the journal Neuron. 

Nightcaps, Sleeping 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.


Of 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:





Anxiety disorders


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


Kidney Stones

Lou Gehrig's Disease

Migraines- including cluster type

Mitral Valve Prolapse

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscle cramps

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

Parkinson's Disease

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.


Try 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. 


- Crispin Sullivan

Magnesium Chloride for Health & Rejuvenation



Magnesium is 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.  

Walter Last

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.

Although 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 normal.

Richard H. Cox, Ph.D.,C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. Roger K. Cady, M.D., Diane Veehoff, R.N., M.S.W., Ph.D., Mariann Burnetti Awell, PsyD., Rita Houston, L.P.N.

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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.

In 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, Ac., OMD

Is Magnesium Deficiency Putting Our Children at Risk?

Magnesium 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 magnesium.

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.

Nerve Problems: 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."

Data suggests 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.

Questions and Answers

Q: I believe this info must be in error regarding your Magnesium Oil: approx. 3,502 mg. of magnesium chloride per teaspoon. It appears to contradict other available information about magnesium oil and seems to be physically impossible.

David: The lab report we have shows that our product is 52% magnesium chloride. That seemed too high to me, and I challenged the staff chemist about his findings. He came back and reaffirmed his findings. Using that percentage leads to our calculation of 3,502 mg per teaspoon.
When I recently (1-10) ordered another batch of the Magnesium Oil from our supplier, I inquired of him what he thought the percentage of magnesium chloride was and he indicated that his testing technique shows a 37% concentration of magnesium chloride. Based on that percentage, the number of mg per teaspoon would be right at 2,500 mg.
Still more recently, I received a similar challenge from a customer who was also a chemist. I outlined to him the steps I took to arrive at the 3,502 and supplied the lab report to him. Since he had product that he had purchased from us, he said that he and the team of chemists that he works with would come up with their calculation. I have not heard back from him.
I am not a scientist and I am not a chemist, but I have been relying on the best advice I can find.
Q: I have the Magnesium Gel, and it is wonderful for the pain, but no matter where I put it on my body, it stings for hours. Can you tell me why? I don't use a lot, but the sting/almost an itch is very painful.

A: That stinging is due to accumulated skin damage from over the years . . . most likely. Eventually, as the magnesium causes a rejuvenation of that damage, the stinging will abate, but until then, you may have to work with a dilution of the Magnesium Gel with water. Although it is not as easy to work with, you may find it easier to work with the Magnesium Oil for a while because it is more easily diluted. Hmmm . . . you might try adding a little water to the Gel to see how that works...it might be fine.

Q: Thank you for your reply, David. I just remembered something . . . could the stinging, itchy, burning feeling also be caused by the fact that I had just shaved my legs and then applied the Magnesium Gel?

A: Yes, that will contribute to the discomfort.

Q: My question is . . . can the foot bath with the Magnesium Oil and/or the Bath Flakes in the bath be used again by another person, or should we discard the water and begin a fresh batch. I've been making fresh batches for each foot bath and throwing the water away on our garden. Wondering if it can be used more than once.

A: We believe that most of the magnesium in either a foot bath or a full bath is taken up within 20 to 30 minutes. However, on the chance that some magnesium remains available, when, for example, I am going to immediately follow Libby and do a full bath, I will simply add more hot water to the bath and then add the amount of Bath Flakes and Magnesium Oil for my soak to the remaining water.

As a side note, I wonder if it is a good idea to pour the remaining water onto a garden. I suppose that the dilutions that you have would not be a problem and might make more magnesium available through your crops. However, we have learned the hard way that if you spill the full concentration of the Magnesium Oil on your lawn, there will be a die back of the grass in that area even though eventually the grass does grow back.

Q: I want to rub Magnesium Oil on my body, especially my legs (restless leg syndrome), but I cannot stand the burn and terrible itching it causes on me. I have tried to water it down (the gel) but it still hurts. I know they say it only lasts a little while, but I can't stand it for even that long. I have sensitive skin and have problems with other things as well. I am determined to find a way to use this. Can you help me with this?

A: First, I should indicate that I am beginning to suspect that the more magnesium deficient people are, the more likely they are to experience the burning and itching that you are experiencing. Thus, it seems that you may need to find another way to address the deficiency so that you will eventually be able to use the oil or the gel for the restless leg syndrome. In the past few weeks, we have found and announced some alternatives that might be helpful for you. One is the nano-particle magnesium liquid. My associate, Roger Gunderson, has found that most people are able to take this form of magnesium orally without provoking many of the usual reactions like diarrhea. This could be a convenient way to get your levels up before going back to the topical application of Gel or Oil to your legs.

I feel like I should also note that it is usually only necessary to leave the Oil or Gel on your skin for 20 to 30 minutes, and then you can (and probably should) rinse it off. You will have taken in the magnesium by then, and it serves no purpose to leave it on longer. I don't know how long you are leaving it on. Another alternative, that might work for you is the Ocean Mineral line of products that we have just added. Essentially, the base product is the same as our Magnesium Oil, but it has been purified for internal consumption. Again, this is a way to get a great amount of magnesium into your body to build you levels up pretty quickly. This approach may create diarrhea for at least a day or two. If it persists longer than that, you would have to back off the dosage until you are able to normalize bowel movements to a soft stool but not diarrhea.

Of course, you would also have the possibility of using the Magnesium Oil or the Magnesium Bath Flakes to soak in and build your magnesium levels up that way until you are able to again go back to localized, topical application of the Oil or Gel to your legs. I hope these insights and alternative will prove helpful for you.

Q: I enjoy getting your newsletters and using a number of your products. Some people have been asking about a claim that I also saw stated by you that it will restore natural hair color within three weeks. I know you're alert to exaggerated claims, and when I also saw this statement made by your newsletter, so I became curious myself.

I've tried this, rubbing it daily on hair and scalp for more than three weeks, but there was no hair color restoration. I'm not sure what to tell others, now.

If this really works (and perhaps some people like me just need to take longer), I'd like to really know about it. If, however, it has only happened to a few people on an anecdotal basis, if it doesn't work for you personally, or if the occasional person finds it works (as what happens to the occasional person who eats bee pollen, takes more copper, or supplements with PABA,) I'd like to let people know that it doesn't work for most people, but that they may be one of the very few.

Please advise. It's a great product that doesn't need to be marred by exaggerated claims, yet if it does restore natural hair color for most or all, many more people should know about it!

A: Thanks for your inquiry about Magnesium Oil in the hair. Years ago, when we were involved with the Magic Oil from Twilight, I heard from Jim Carter that the Magnesium Oil would cause your natural hair color to return. Without thinking about it a whole lot, I decided to give it a try and did not even tell my staff. In less than 10 days the staff started teasing me about dying my hair, and only then did I realize that it was actually making a noticeable change in my hair color. Frankly, I have never cared enough about my grey hair to stick with the effort of applying Magnesium Oil every night.

The procedure that I was following was that at night I would massage Magnesium Oil into my hair, and then I would go to bed with it in my hair. In the morning I would shampoo my hair. Thus the Magnesium Oil would stay in my hair for 6 to 10 hours each day. About that time, my assistant, Nita, decided to try the same protocol, but for a different reason. Her hair was a beautiful color of amber, but it was very thin and also very fine so that it was completely unmanageable. Within a few weeks, there was a very noticeable change in her hair . . . it was quite a bit thicker both in quantity of hair and the texture of the hair. This is a small sample but very personal and real to us. I reported that to the membership back then, and I suppose that story has taken on a life of its own. Many have tried it, but I have never attempted to keep track of their results.

A few hours ago I received an email about a fellow who is using the Magnesium Oil to grow hair back. I will forward that email to you for your consideration. It is possible that the results are unpredictable or not uniform . . . I have no idea. However, I have always considered it to be a good idea to put Magnesium Oil directly onto the scalp, because quite a bit of it will be absorbed into a critical part of the body transdermally. I probably have not resolved your issue, but it is the actual background for whatever it is worth.

Q: I am enjoying the Miracle II soap, the Magnesium Oil and Magnesium Bath Flakes. I have already felt more relaxed . . .

I am a professional healer and I have always believed that magnesium is the missing link, but I could never find a really absorbable product. I am hoping this is the answer, it looks very promising.

I have a couple of questions. How long does it take for the magnesium to get into the body? I ask this because I want to shower the stickiness off. I have been waiting at least 30 minutes.

Also, I was breaking out with sores on my skin in the chest area, which is not at all usual. I wasn't sure if this was a reaction to the burning sensation of the magnesium chloride or a detox reaction from the magnesium and/or the Miracle II soap. The sores have mostly gone after a few weeks, but I am still itching in my armpits, and sometimes I get a rash there. This is also very unusual. I have been using the Miracle II soap, which has a great texture and clean feel without the chemicals of soap. Could it be irritating my armpits?

Is it possible to create a magnesium and aloe gel that might reduce the irritating properties and add another great healing element? Thanks

A: Twenty to thirty minutes is long enough for the Magnesium to get in.

You are almost certainly reacting to the magnesium. It has been my recent observation that the people who are most deficient in magnesium are also the most likely to have the sorts of reactions that you are experiencing. There are several options available to you. You could dilute the Magnesium Oil a little with water, maybe even as much as 1-to-1 with water. It will certainly help to not leave it on too long. After 20 to 30 minutes, it serves no purpose. If you still continue to have a reaction, you may need to use soaks instead until you have built up your magnesium levels.

If none of that helps, you may need to work with our nano-particle magnesium drops orally. They are 100% bio-available and do not cause diarrhea like so many oral products do . . . even if you super dose. There are a lot of benefits of the Magnesium Oil that you don't get, but this could be the shortcut to better magnesium levels for you.

I think the aloe and Magnesium Oil combination is brilliant . . . wonder why I never thought of that?

Q: How long will Magnesium Oil stay fresh once opened? Would it be better to buy four 8 oz. bottles than the 32 oz size?

A: The shelf life of the Magnesium Oil is indefinite . . . maybe a millennium? Thus it would always be most beneficial for you to buy the largest size that is affordable. Today, we began the process of locating a source for half gallon bottles so that we can offer that size. Whenever you buy to 32 oz or larger sizes, we always provide an empty 8 oz bottle with a spray cap so that people can still spray if that is their preference.
Q: How long will Magnesium Oil stay fresh once opened? Would it be better to buy four 8 oz. bottles than the 32 oz size?
A: The shelf life of the Magnesium Oil is indefinite . . . maybe a millennium? Thus it would always be most beneficial for you to buy the largest size that is affordable. Today, we began the process of locating a source for half gallon bottles so that we can offer that size. Whenever you buy to 32 oz or larger sizes, we always provide an empty 8 oz bottle with a spray cap so that people can still spray if that is their preference.
Q: My sister-in-law and a good friend of mine both have Raynaud's Syndrome. I noted that in the newsletter I received today, you mentioned magnesium as helping with the symptoms. Could you please tell me exactly which products they need to use and how often? I will pass this along to them posthaste. Thanks for all you do.
A: I asked Claudia French, R.N, and assistant director of the IMVA. Here is her response . . .

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.

A: 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.

Claudia French
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

Notes in Newsletter

• Our South Texas summer officially started this week, even though we have been experiencing 100+ degree weather for weeks. We have been getting some rain, and Mike has the grounds looking so good. He has been using the Magnesium Oil, diluted 1 to 15, to feed all of the plants, the gardens and the lawn. Yesterday, we figured out a strategy to feed all 150 or so oak trees on the property. It may take 15 to 20 gallons of the Magnesium Oil to accomplish this, but we feel like the results will be stunning, and it will be easy to compare our trees with those on the surrounding properties.

• The president of a company that we are starting to work with has bought a sampling of all of our magnesium products. He was recently faced with a Stem Cell Carcinoma on the side of his nose; about ? inch in diameter. Instead of surgery, radiation or any of the traditional things that would normally be recommended, he had the intuition or insight or Divine Guidance, whatever, to try working with our Magnesium Gel. He told me that for three days he kept the carcinoma wet with the Gel. By the end of the third day, it had shrunk up and fallen off . . . and has not returned. Is that brilliant or what? He probably used 25 cents worth of Gel to solve what could have been a very serious situation. What is amazing to me is that I would NEVER have thought to make that recommendation to him. It simply would not have crossed my mind to try that but, now, I and all of you, know about this possibility, and if you or someone in your life is ever faced with this, you will probably remember to give this a try . . . for 25 cents and a three-day effort.
I don’t have this testimonial in writing, and what I have just shared with you is probably not “legal” but By Golly, I found a way to share it with you. He has used that personal, powerful experience to sell an amazing amount of our Magnesium Gel. I know he is a very busy guy, but what a benefit it would be if I had a proper testimonial that I could post on the website.

• In a recent conversation with a medical doctor who focuses his practice on Autism, he stated that he began to realize that every autistic child he tested was magnesium deficient, and, thus, he finally stopped wasting the time and money for the test, because he knew what the answer was going to be. He also stated that oral supplementation was a slow, ineffective process that was thwarted by the constant risk of causing diarrhea for the child. He ordered three cases of our Magnesium Oil, believing that he could significantly raise their magnesium levels much quicker and without risk of causing diarrhea.

Thanks to the exhaustive research that Dr. Sircus is doing in the field of magnesium treatments, especially transdermal treatment with products like our Magnesium Oil, a growing number of medical doctors are ordering multiple cases of our Magnesium Oil. A number of Health Food stores are also ordering cases so that they can supply the demand from parents of autistic children. This is an exploding market for our Magnesium Oil, and we are delighted to discover these new uses for one of our favorite products.

We have known for a long time that our Magnesium Oil could be very helpful for ADD and ADHD children. A very important study by two doctors in Poland a few years ago demonstrated that almost all ADD and ADHD children are seriously magnesium deficient, and with oral supplementation of magnesium for six months, the symptoms were significantly reduced. These doctors used oral supplementation, and we now know that transdermal supplementation is far more effective and quicker.

The report of this clinical test can be found at www.mgwater.com . This is a brilliant site where Paul Mason has compiled a library of over 300 mainstream medical reports on the significance of magnesium in our lives, health and wellness. Our hat is off to Paul for the monumental effort he has put into building and maintaining this site. This week, we sent samples of our Magnesium Oil to Paul at his request. We pray that he might soon make a reference to our Magnesium Oil on his site.

For the most part, the medical world is not aware of transdermal treatment for magnesium deficiency with magnesium chloride. We are working closely with Dr. Sircus to create an awareness on as many fronts as possible. This has become almost a crusade for us. Yes, it is important for our business to grow and thrive, but it is even more important to create an awareness that there are more effective and affordable ways to deal with the epidemic of Autism, ADD and ADHD with which our children are suffering.

Additionally, there is a plethora of other diseases and conditions that children and adults suffer from that can so easily be helped with our Magnesium Oil. Arthritic pain, aching muscles, cramps, skin rejuvenation, low back pain, heart conditions, etc. Dr. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, in his book, Holy Water, Sacred Oil, lists 89 health conditions/ diseases that are directly related to magnesium deficiency. Our Magnesium Oil is such an easy and inexpensive way to dramatically increase your magnesium levels.

• I have sent samples for testing to two major laboratories, and I am really excited about the early results. One laboratory in Cyprus did a spectrometer test to detect parts per BILLION of heavy metals. The result was No Detectable Levels of Mercury, and that was the metal that I was most concerned about. All other heavy metals combined represented less than 1/2 of one part per million. (It is interesting that the Doctor who is the Director of the laboratory in Cyprus asked if I could pay him for the testing work he did with a case of Magnesium Oil instead of cash. He must think the Magnesium Oil is pretty special.)

The early indication from the other laboratory testing at parts per trillion, indicates that there is a very minor trace of mercury, but it occurs with selenium and, thus, tends to form the compound MgSe which is the least toxic compound of mercury. As soon as I have a full analysis from both laboratories and an evaluation of the significance of the reports, I will publish the results on the website.

• Using our magnesium products on a regular basis can help you in so many ways. As Dr. Sircus states, transdermal absorption (through the skin) is not only the safest method of getting this valuable mineral into your system, but it is also the fastest.

Here are some uses . . .

. . . massaged into sore aching muscles and joints will often give quick relief from pain. Using moist heat (hot, wet compress) on top the application enhances absorption. This includes arthritic and fibromyalgia pain as well.

. . . sprayed on sun-damaged skin regularly will begin to rejuvenate from the inside out. If the product stings your skin, this can be an indication of damage within the tissues. If needed, dilute Magnesium Oil with water (we recommend Prill or Cosmic water). Over time, the tissues will heal, and you can use the product at higher strength.

. . . sprayed on finely-wrinkled skin will eventually begin to smooth the skin.

. . . sprayed and massaged into the scalp on a nightly basis will begin to restore natural hair color within weeks. It will stimulate the growth of hair and improve its texture. Massaged onto balding areas of the scalp regularly may begin to induce the growth of new hair.

. . . sprayed onto the gums regularly tightens the teeth and benefits the gums.

. . . mixed into a hot bath will provide a very relaxing soak while delivering a huge amount of magnesium to the cells. (To get the magnesium into your body, use a footbath if you don’t take bath soaks.)

. . . rubbed regularly onto age spots will often cause them to fade and virtually disappear.

. . . mixed with high-quality frankincense and myrrh oil and regularly rubbed into scar tissue will often cause that tissue to re-form into normal tissue.
. . . rubbed onto skin tags will cause them to eventually drop off.

Magnesium Oil, Gel and Bath Flakes are being used successfully to assist children diagnosed with Autism, ADD and ADHD by addressing their magnesium deficiency.

We invite reports of your own experiences with these products!
Important Note: If you have skin damage, the magnesium may tend to sting.
You can dilute the product with water (Prill or Cosmic Water would be great!). Over time, with regular use, the magnesium will heal the skin tissues and the stinging will subside.

Libby has noted that the stinging may also be attributed to the fact that your system is so magnesium deficient that it goes into temporary shock, causing discomfort.

• A few weeks ago, we sent off a sample of our Magnesium Oil to Dr. George Georgiou in Cyprus, and I gave you a summary of his findings . . . remember? He found no detectible traces of mercury when analyzed at Parts Per Billion. At just about the same time, we sent off samples to Dr. Boyd Haley, Ph.D. He is the Chairman of the Chemistry School at the University of Kentucky. Besides that, he is a giant, leading the charge against mercury poisoning by doctors and dentists through vaccinations and amalgam fillings. Although it is brief, Dr. Haley gave us a report on his findings regarding our oil. It may be brief but it is so powerful:

Mark: Our instrument can measure 0.01 nanograms of mercury (that is 10-9 grams). We found the level of mercury in the Magnesium Oil to be in the range of 4,000 nanograms per liter or 4 micrograms per liter or 0.004 milligrams per liter. A liter of water is one million milligrams so the 0.004 milligrams is about 0.004 ppm or 4 ppb. Now, the amount is very low, and sea water is known to also have about 0.12 to 0.15 mg per liter of selenium, which is in excess of the Hg by about three- to four fold by weight.
Therefore, it is very unlikely that any free Hg is available to cause toxic problems as it would be tied up in the non-reactive HgSe form. Boyd

This is so important to us, because one of the major uses for our Magnesium Oil is for autistic children and ADD/ADHD children. We have learned that they are extremely sensitive to mercury. Since our Magnesium Oil is derived from seawater, we were concerned that there might be rather high levels of mercury. We are reassured now and know with certainty, that there is hardly detectible mercury, and that it is most likely going to be bound into a non- reactive compound with selenium.
To help you appreciate the significance of the report from a mercury toxicity expert like Dr. Haley, we are including the beginning of an article by Dr. Haley published by Dr. Mercola on his website. You will find a link in our newsletter to Dr. Mercola’s website, and from there you can read all of Part 1 and Part 2 of the report. Be informed about the dangers of mercury . . . most of it is coming from health care professionals that we have been brainwashed to trust without questioning.

• I have known for a long time that we had a very good line of magnesium products, but until Dr. Sircus and his brilliant associate, Claudia French, RN, really dug in and researched the entire magnesium chloride marketplace and compared our products to virtually everything else available, we did not fully appreciate quite how special and, in some cases, how unique our products are. We now know that we have the purest, most efficacious and most concentrated Magnesium Oil available. Ours is derived from the sea, and is, thus, truly all natural, whereas virtually every other magnesium chloride liquid is made from chemically-produced magnesium chloride crystals dissolved in water.

We are creating a worldwide awareness of the power and benefit of magnesium chloride and especially our form of magnesium chloride products. Many around the world are joining our Mission, and we invite you to participate. We are looking for distributors all over the world, and we are looking for volunteers to help man the Help Lines at www.MagnesiumForLife.com.

• The worldwide acceptance of our magnesium products has been gratifying. We have tripled our sales of magnesium products in the last three months. In large measure that is due to the monumental research efforts of Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, with the help of his associate, Claudia French, R.N. They are fast becoming known as the new experts on Magnesium Chloride and transdermal use of Magnesium Chloride. We have signed up many new distributors for the magnesium products around the world. Out of England we heard of a case where a major condition is reversed after a single soak in the Magnesium Bath Flakes. All symptoms, including severe pain, disappeared and all medications could be discontinued. We had another report of serious sleeping difficulties being almost immediately resolved by simply applying Magnesium Oil to the feet before going to bed . . . how simple is that?

• Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD., explores the many important uses of our Magnesium Oil in the field of sports. I was aware that could be very helpful for injuries, especially muscle and join injuries, but I had no idea of the many benefits for peak athletic performance. With help from Dr. Sircus, we will make every possible effort to create an awareness in the sports field, perhaps sending samples to professional teams. If you have any connections in the sports field, we would like to explore possibilities with you and offer significant rewards for productive leads. Please read this groundbreaking research article and consider how it might benefit you and your lifestyle.

We get lots of calls about how to use the magnesium products.

Magnesium Oil is not a true oil but seawater extract that has a bit of an oily feel. This can be rubbed into sore, painful muscles and joints. Applying a hot, wet towel will enhance absorption into the painful area.

To effect more magnesium into your body, you can rub it onto your skin (torso or all over). Do this on a daily basis and your body will take it in.

Note: If you have skin tissue damage, the Magnesium Oil may sting. Dilute your Magnesium Oil with water and use.

Over time as the skin heals, you can use the product at fuller strength. Usually the discomfort comes from applying to areas of the body that are most exposed to the elements. Applying to the torso may well avoid the problem and still get the magnesium into your body.

Another way to get magnesium supplementation . . . soak in a Magnesium bath 2-3 times a week for about 30 minutes.

You can use the Oil, the Bath Flakes or both. The products will also work if using in a footbath several times a week.

A Magnesium bath soak is one of the most relaxing things you can do for yourself.

The Magnesium Gel is for those who want to use magnesium on their skin but don't care for the feel of the Magnesium Oil.

• Speaking of Blessings! Last Saturday, I got a call from a new customer who said she read about our Magnesium Oil in a national health magazine. I found out the details of publication and went to a local health food store to buy the magazine yesterday. By golly, on page 72 of the June issue of Natural Health, Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, had written a short article with the heading 'MUST HAVE' for Aches and Pains. In the article she references our Magnesium Oil and then provides a link to our website. What a great friend Dr. Dean has become. She has introduced us to several major distributors, has referred clients to us and is expanding the new edition of her book, The Miracle of Magnesium to include a reference to transdermal magnesium and also provide a link to our website.

• One day in the last week, I was talking to a Member about using the Supa Boost Cream to help in removing Age Spots. She mentioned to me that she had been very successful using the Magnesium Gel for that purpose, and it worked in only a few days. Wow! Once again a member mentions a use for the Magnesium Gel that never occurred to me. Once I settled into our new home here in Melbourne, I went looking for some Magnesium Gel to try on my spots that are faded but still visible. Unbelievably, we don’t have the tiniest bit of Magnesium Gel for our own use. For now, we are going to have to buy some back from one of our distributors over here. Isn’t that an irony . . . somewhat like the shoemaker’s kids without shoes.

• On another front, we have contracted with a laboratory in California to do extensive testing on our Magnesium Oil. Several doctors are considering making a major commitment to marketing our Magnesium Oil, and they want assurances of the safety of the Magnesium Oil from a recognized and reputable laboratory. Additionally, many of the Members and health care professionals that we work with have wanted precise information regarding the magnesium content as well as other minerals. The first round of testing cost $2,500 and today, we received most of the test results we requested. The remaining results should be available within 10 days. The results that are in, so far, are looking outstanding. We have long realized that testing was important, but only recently have we had sufficient funding to make that possible.

For some reason, during this week we began having dialogs with several people regarding massaging Magnesium Oil into your hair or onto your scalp

I have experience with turning gray hair back to my natural color, but now we have exciting experience with someone actually growing hair back into bald areas. Interesting stuff! The possibilities for uses of the Magnesium Oil seem to be endless. One of our distributors in Australia uses the Magnesium Gel in her beauty salon to create some new “wet” look and in this connection bought a substantial quantity of the Magnesium Gel. I cannot fathom what she might be doing with the Gel, but whatever it is, she must be doing lots of it.

• . . . This is a major eye opener for many of us who have young children in our lives that we care a lot about. I now have four grandchildren, and the youngest, Nathan, is only about two months old. I just never understood or comprehended how great the peril is that they are exposed to through vaccinations.

At least until children go to public school, we have some options regarding whether they get vaccinations and how many they get at the same time. Even once they have reached the age where they must enter the public school system, in most States, there are mechanisms for vaccinations to be avoided . . . perhaps on the basis of religious or medical objection.

The point that Dr. Sircus makes very effectively is that the hazards of allowing the vaccinations far outweigh the hazards of not allowing them for your child; statistically or any other way you want to calculate the risks. Our children are at peril, and we do have choices . . . be aware and do what makes sense for you and your loved ones. It is worthwhile to at least arrange to have any vaccinations you allow to be spaced so that young children never receive more than one at a time and are allowed recovery time before taking another.

• Speaking of aging skin, I had a great conversation with Don Hatch, our distributor in the Perth, Australia area, and he was telling me about a protocol that is really good for those little, sometimes big, skin tags that some of us develop after a certain age . . . you know, the kind that turns brown and hangs on by just the thinnest little strip of skin. He says that they will simply fall off after about 10 days if you keep a Band Aide soaked with Magnesium Oil for the duration.

• I have been getting a lot of calls asking about our magnesium products, and I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about the products and maybe answer some of the more common questions. Our Magnesium Oil is what I term a seawater extract . . . it is extracted from ocean water off the coast of California. It is not very well known that every 30 gallons of seawater contains one gallon of magnesium chloride. It is that all-natural magnesium chloride that we strive to isolate and deliver to our Members in our Magnesium Oil. We want to remove much of the water and most of the sodium chloride to arrive at the Essence of Life Magnesium Oil.
It is important to note that nothing is added to the Magnesium Oil . . . well, nothing physical. A lot is added energetically, and that may have no meaning or relevance for many of you. However, every bit of the Magnesium Oil, and for that matter . . . all of the Essence of Life products, are put into our charging chambers for at least 10 days and often longer. Each of our three charging chambers are lined with tiles made of the same material as the Cosmic Energy Stones. These tiles radiate and concentrate an energy that is most like the energy radiated by the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Inside the top of the charging chambers, there are powerful words printed in the manner advocated by Dr. Masuro Emoto in his brilliant book, Messages From Water. Give yourself a treat and look at his website www.hado.net. The specific words that we use in the charging chambers are: Grace, Divine Healing, Perfection and Love. Dr. Emoto has proven that such words create powerful and physical changes. We believe that the vibrations and energy of those words are imbued into the products and are thus available for your holistic healing on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Finally, the chambers are imbued with the Divine Feminine energy, as represented for many by the Virgin Mary, Quan Yin and Mary Magdalene. I fully understand and accept that these energetic aspects of our products may be meaningless to you or may even turn you off, but we go to these special efforts because we believe that it sets our products apart from any others in the marketplace and helps account for the seemingly-miraculous results that have been reported.

I confess that I am very partial to the Magnesium Oil. As my fingers pause over the keyboard, I am considering why that is true for me. Perhaps it is because I feel like the Oil better absorbs and radiates the energy of the charging chambers, and perhaps it is because it seems to have much greater versatility, and for a long while, we got the most impressive testimonials for the Magnesium Oil. Although it still has the greatest versatility, we are recently getting more and more feedback from the Bath Flakes and the Magnesium Gel. Of course, the Gel is primarily made from the Magnesium Oil, so that is not too surprising. However, the expanding response to the Bath Flakes did surprise me at first, and then Libby picked up that there was an energetic shift, and they were much more effectively absorbing the energy of the charging chambers and radiating that more effectively to clients.
• Due to regulatory issues, we have been forced to severely curtail the amount of information that we can provide to the Membership regarding our Magnesium products. We can no longer link to Dr. Sircus’ magnesium information site, www.MagnesiumForLife.com, and we can no longer offer the FREE CD on magnesium on our website. We can no longer offer Dr. Carolyn Dean’s book, The Miracle of Magnesium, or Dr. Sircus’ book, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, on the website; however, we do have all of these items available if you contact us directly and request them. Actually, we are temporarily out of Dr. Dean’s book while her publisher stocks up on the new edition that references transdermal magnesium and Global Light Network as the source for Magnesium Oil. We are blessed! Our secret is leaking out, and the world is finding out about magnesium.
• During this first week of the New Year, wonderful blessings have come to Global Light Network. First, we received news that The Power Hour radio show on alternative health has chosen to pick up our entire line of magnesium products on their website, and they have invited Dr. Mark Sircus, Dr. Carolyn Dean and me be guests on their radio show during January. Joyce Riley is the creator of The Power Hour and hosts each show. The Power Hour is on the air three hours each day, five days per week. This is a huge honor and opportunity for Global us. They placed their first substantial order today and, needless to say, we are excited about the potential to greatly expand awareness of our magnesium products . . . they are unique in the marketplace and all we have ever needed was a way to create awareness. This is a huge step in that direction. Likewise, Dr. Sircus’ and Dr. Dean’s regular appearances on Dr. Bill Deagle’s radio show has been an important step for us.
• Dr. Dean has been such a good friend of GLN, and we sell lots of copies of the new edition of her book now titled The Magnesium Miracle. We cannot list it on our website, but we do have it available; call us or email us if you would like a copy. I guess I can tell you a little secret, if you promise to not tell anyone. In the ‘books’ category of our shopping cart, Book 1 is Transdermal Magnesium Therapy by Dr. Mark Sircus, and Book 2 is The Magnesium Miracle by Dr. Carolyn Dean. So, if you know this little secret, you can actually order the book online.

• Many have asked me to address the various uses for the magnesium products of which I am aware. I will start by how Libby and I use the products. Certainly, our primary use is to soak in a full bath. We always put some of the Bath Flakes and Magnesium Oil into a hot-to-very hot bath. Occasionally, we will add a bit of the Miracle II Soap and / or the Neutralizer liquid. Because the products are all plentiful at our facility, we probably use more than most people would want or need to. Although we are not always able to find enough time, we try to soak three times a week.
The suggested amounts would be in the range of 1-2 ounces of Magnesium Oil, about 1/4 -1/3 cup of Bath Flakes, perhaps a teaspoon of Miracle II Soap (because it is so concentrated) and perhaps an ounce or even two ounces of Miracle II Neutralizer. I should mention that if your home, your time or lifestyle does not make it possible to do a full soak, it is almost as effective to use a foot bath. Add the same amount of the various products, and soak your feet for the same 20-30 minutes. You could easily do a foot bath while watching television or during other pastimes.

When I am brushing my teeth, I use a tiny bit of a myrrh-based pink toothpaste from Weleda, a bit of Xylitol toothpaste that we used to carry, a bit of Miracle II Soap from the Foaming bottle that we carry and then a generous amount of the Magnesium Gel. I know it is quite a soup but Wow! . . . What an experience, and my hygienist always raves about my teeth and gums.

Anytime we have sore or aching joints or muscles, we apply a generous amount of Magnesium Oil or Gel to the area and then apply moist heat. That may be a wet kitchen towel soaked under hot tap water or put in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Apply the magnesium and the moist heat 2-3 times, and you will simply be amazed at the relief you will experience. More and more therapists are using this technique at the beginning of a treatment session, because it makes the body work so easily . . . it is almost like cheating. Many are reporting great results with cramping legs or restless leg syndrome from applying the Oil or the Gel to their legs. Several have reported that they can relax and go into a sound sleep if they massage the Oil or the Gel into their feet before going to bed.

About three years ago, I experimented with massaging some Magnesium Oil into my hair, leaving it there for at least half an hour and sometimes overnight. Even before I noticed results, the staff began to question me about starting to use hair dye . . . my hair was noticeably beginning to change from gray to its original light brown. Since I am proud of all the gray hairs that I have earned . . . one strand at a time, I didn’t bother to keep doing this procedure, but, by golly, it works! Just try it for yourself.

Finally, aside from soaking in a bath, the most common use is to spray the Magnesium Oil or spread the Magnesium Gel onto your body, usually the torso, to get a significant amount of magnesium into your cells quickly. This can leave you feeling sticky, but it is not so bad if you realize that you will take in almost all of the available magnesium within 20-30 minutes. So, try putting the magnesium on when you first get up, leave it on for at least 20 minutes, perhaps while you have a cup of coffee, and then shower if off. I should point out that we are beginning to observe that people who are very magnesium deficient might experience burning and stinging from applying the magnesium full strength directly to the body. If you experience that reaction, you will probably have to use some dilution, one-to-one with water or even as much as four-to- one with water. If you still experience a reaction, you may have to work with soaks for a while until you are able to build up your magnesium levels and then again try applying it to your body.

The Magnesium Gel is primarily Magnesium Oil with an all-natural gelling agent added. I searched for a long time to find a gelling agent that was not a soup of chemicals. Our gelling agent is termed a homopolysaccharide from natural sources. It is widely used in a huge number of very high-priced cosmetics sold all over the world. The advantage of the Gel is that it is very smooth and silky, and it is more easily applied for massage applications and prolongs the availability of the magnesium for topical absorption. Additionally, since the gelling agent acts to slightly dilute the concentration of magnesium chloride, people are less likely to react to full-strength application. As time goes by, it is interesting to me that Members will intensely favor the Oil or the Gel, and that makes it very clear that it really is just a matter of personal preference. That’s what makes the world go around.

• While not wishing to change my comments in one of the testimonials regarding putting the leftover magnesium bathwater on a garden, I have certainly made some discoveries this week of exciting new possibilities for our Magnesium Oil. In a monthly organic gardening newspaper called Acres USA, I read an article titled Health from the Ocean Deep. In this article there is a reference to a book titled Fertility from the Ocean Deep. I have located a copy of the book and have started studying it.
Between the article and the book, MY EYES HAVE BEEN OPENED! There are healthful uses for seawater extracts that I never imagined. And, there are uses for seawater extracts that can be the ultimate answer for our garden soils that are so seriously depleted of minerals and poisoned by modern NPK fertilizers.

I am in communication with both authors, and as I am able to assimilate all of this new information, you can be assured that I will share my findings and new revelations with you. There is research that we must complete and testing that we must do, but it is obvious to me now that there can be GREAT benefit to putting the remaining bathwater on gardens. However, we must work out the dilutions so the plants are benefited and not burned. You will be hearing much more from me on these subjects.

• It has now been two weeks since we formed our team to test and experiment with the Magnesium Gel / Lawang Oil blend. Within 24 hours, we started getting feedback, and most of it is very positive. We have dedicated one section of the testimonials just to feedback on that product. I am most encouraged, and it does seem like we may have a winner. The only reservation that has been expressed is that the blend leaves the skin feeling a little sticky. Unfortunately, there is simply nothing I can do to improve that characteristic of the blend. The magnesium chloride in the Gel is inherently that way, as is ocean water, which is the source of our magnesium chloride in the Gel. If you have ever been swimming in the ocean, you will recognize the feel of the magnesium chloride in our products. That is just the way our products are, and to remove that feel would be to remove the benefits of transdermal magnesium.
Based on the response so far, and because I now have a good supply of the Lawang Oil, we will start offering the blend for $28 for an 8 oz bottle of Lawang Oil/Magnesium Gel. Do remember that the pure Lawang Oil is also available so that you could use it full strength, without the stickiness, for really intense pain situations . . . or you could make you own blend with Magnesium Gel or Magnesium Oil for that matter.

• The report from Debbie about how she used the Magnesium Oil for two of her children with Spectrum Disorders is certainly one of the most dramatic reports we have ever received regarding uses for the Magnesium Oil. I am always amazed at the diverse ways that people are guided to use the Magnesium Oil and the results that follow. Sometimes it feels remarkably like Divine Guidance.

• Recently, I have met Dr. William R. Deagle, MD, through Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD. In years past, Dr. Deagle was in very high positions in Washington, D.C. under more than one President, and then he turned whistleblower and has devoted his life and career to speaking out against, Big Government, Big Pharmaceuticals and establishment medicine using the format of six weekly radio talk shows and frequent speaking appearances. Dr. Dean has been a frequent guest on Dr. Deagle’s show and often makes favorable reference to Global Light Network and our magnesium products. Several weeks ago, Dr. Deagle called me about listing all of our products on his website www.NutriMedical.com. We immediately worked out an arrangement, and most of our products are available on his site leading to a steady, growing stream of orders.
On Tuesday, Dr. Deagle interviewed Dr. Mark Sircus regarding Mark’s research on magnesium and in many other areas. Dr. Sircus will also be a regular guest on the radio show. Since that interview, we have had a surge of orders from www.NutriMedical.com. All of his radio shows are archived, and as soon as I can figure it out, I will provide regular links to particularly-relevant interviews with Dr. Dean or Dr. Sircus. We are blessed to be getting such favorable recognition before wider and wider audiences.

• Dr. Sircus has now become a regular guest on the Dr. Bill Deagle, M.D., NutriMedical talk show to discuss magnesium, chelation, autism and a wide variety of related subjects. Dr. Carolyn Dean is also a regular guest on the radio show, and all three doctors often find opportunities to mention the GLN magnesium products and lots of our other products too. We are Blessed! Dr. Deagle has now taken such an interest in our products that they are now listed on his website, www.nutriMedical.com, and we are receiving several orders a day through his site.

• Dr. Sircus presents a wonderful article on DHEA and Magnesium. This article brilliantly presents the huge connection between magnesium, anti-aging and even possibly age reversal. The key concept in this presentation is that with transdermal magnesium the body is stimulated to product DHEA, which is critically connected to all of the aspects of aging. This is important! Pay attention! The body is ONLY stimulated to produce DHEA and DHEA-S by transdermal absorption of magnesium via magnesium chloride. That result is apparently not produced by oral or intravenous delivery of magnesium.
Therefore, please note that we are now offering magnesium in several oral forms, and they are superior products for increasing your magnesium levels, BUT, if you are interested in using magnesium in connection with anti-aging or age reversal, our unique form of transdermal magnesium chloride is going to be the answer for you.

The article by Dr. Sircus defines an important distinction between our Magnesium Oil / Magnesium Bath Flakes and all other forms of magnesium delivery. I should also note that unlike oral or intravenous magnesium supplementation, our Magnesium Oil permits very localized application of magnesium to address a large range of pain issues.

• Also, we got the final results from the laboratory testing our Magnesium Oil. For a mere $2,500, they tested for 26 metals (including all of the obvious heavy metals), over 200 pollutants like PCB’s, petrochemicals, fertilizers, and insecticides and about a dozen pathogens that might possibly be present. On all phases of the testing, the Magnesium Oil passed with flying colors. We have far more magnesium chloride than we imagined -- and that is a good thing -- no pathogens were detected and absolutely NONE of the pollutants tested positive . . . they were all ND for “None Detected.” Incidentally, that was also the result of the test for mercury . . . ND. This result did not surprise us at all, because two other labs had given us that same basic opinion regarding mercury. One lab did find a few parts of mercury when testing at the level of Parts Per Billion (PPB) but it was bonded to Selenium to yield an inert compound.

What conclusion can we draw from this? Our Magnesium Oil is safe, safe, safe on all counts . . . so much so that it could actually be ingested like Gerry Amena’s Pure Ocean Minerals. I want to stop short of making that recommendation or suggestion, because that would put us in a different category, if we ever come under scrutiny from the FDA. I have known that many were ingesting the Magnesium Oil in one way or another, in spite of my suggestions to the contrary. Now, I have a lot less anxiety about that.

• In response to several requests, we are creating a Special Magnum Bath Pack. The pack will contain all of the ingredients for 15 Magnum Baths. The pack will contain a 32 oz Magnesium Oil, a 30 oz Bath Flakes, a bag of Prill Beads, 4 ounces of Mountain Crystals and 4 ounces of Ocean Frost. To keep the cost of the kit lower, we are using 4 oz jars of the crystals and frost. Those sizes harmonize with the other ingredients to permit 15 powerful detoxing baths. The recipe for the Magnum Bath is featured above.

• Wow, wow, wow! Wait ‘til you read about one member’s results with Magnesium. Barry, in Western Australia, tells of overcoming epilepsy and depression by working with the Magnesium Oil, Magnesium Bath Flakes and Miracle II soap. Almost as a footnote, he tells of his 80-year old mother following the same protocol and being able to play tennis again after a few weeks . . . that would be FOUR SETS in one afternoon. Like I said . . . Now, I should point out that part of the protocol they are using involves putting several sprays of Magnesium Oil in a glass of water and drinking it. I would never consider recommending that to anyone, but, at least I know from my laboratory tests results that it is safe, beyond a doubt. So, let me be clear . . . I am officially telling you that I am not recommending ingesting Magnesium Oil.

We have included an excellent article about magnesium deficiency putting our children at risk. It is easy to imagine that only older folks, like me, are in urgent need of magnesium, when in reality, it may be even more critical for our children to get enough magnesium. Please make the effort to become informed about the importance of Magnesium . . . pre-natal through geriatrics. It is so much easier and far less expensive to deal with deficiencies before they get out of hand. Dr. Sircus’ new book, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, is one of the very best ways to become informed, and let us not forget Dr. Dean’s book, The Miracle of Magnesium.

After reading the testimonial from Barry and talking to our distributors, Don & Marie Hatch, I realize that it would be very beneficial to add an ounce of the Miracle II Green Soap to the Magnum Bath protocol to open up your pores and thus maximize the benefits of the detoxing bath. It is so exciting to me to interact with our Members and Distributors, because I learn so many new uses for our products and benefits possible from them. So often, it feels like our company is simply the vehicle or conduit for products from Above. We are guided to products, and then the Members teach each other how they are really meant to be used.

• You may remember me mentioning that the last shipment of Magnesium Oil has an extremely high concentration of magnesium chloride, and that is certainly the most important ingredient of the Magnesium Oil. However, while we are delivering a much more potent product, there are a couple little problems that must be addressed. If you are very magnesium deficient and thus sensitive to the full strength magnesium on your skin, the new shipments will exaggerate that response, and you will need to dilute the Magnesium Oil with water. Additionally, the magnesium is so dense that it is tending to crystallize and clog up the spray caps. Thus, we are immediately switching to a disk cap, like the cap that we use on the Magnesium Gel. For a while, we will put one extra spray cap with each order, but it is almost certain to get clogged.
Because many of you have inquired, we have engaged the services of a chemist at Associated Laboratories to calculate the exact percentage of magnesium chloride in this new shipment and to also calculate for us how many milligrams of magnesium chloride is in each ounce of Magnesium Oil. From that number, we can calculate how much is in a spray, a drop, a teaspoon or whatever quantity interests you.
• Michael Straub, our Director of Marketing, and I have been communicating with Tom Termotto from Wholistic Health Solutions in Tallahassee, Florida. Tom is organizing a marketing program for leading-edge diagnostic equipment that can very affordably fit into virtually any health practitioner’s office. That equipment is called an EIS System, and you can read about it at www.EISSystems.biz. Initial dialogs with Tom centered on our Magnesium Oil and our Magnesium Bath Flakes. Tom was searching for 20 of the best products he could identify and validate by testing that very, very sensitive patients would not adversely react to in any way. He calls those patients “Canaries” in the context of the old mining strategy. Both the Magnesium Oil and the Magnesium Bath Flakes made it into the final cut for recommendation to practitioners along with the EIS System. We consider this to be a huge honor. Last week, Tom called here to let us know that clinical trials for the EIS were to be conducted in Kerrville, Texas and we were invited to attend. Michael Straub was able to attend the sessions, and he has prepared a report of his participation in the clinical trials. We have long wished for an easy way to demonstrate the effectiveness of our magnesium products, and the answer to our
prayers has arrived in the USA.

• 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)

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