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levels in maintaining optimal health.Signs & Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:
- Poor immune function
- Bone Loss
- Muscle pain and muscle twitching
- High Blood Pressure
- Increase cholesterol
- Hypoglycemia or other blood sugar problems
- Thyroid Disease
Magnesium has been shown to be beneficial in the
- Migraine Headaches
- High blood pressure
- Type I and Type II Diabetes
- Thyroid Disease
Drugs or additives that may deplete or interfere with
- High Blood Pressure Medications (diuretics)
- Birth Control Pills (estrogen)
- Lymphocyte proliferation assays (Spectracell labs)
- Red Blood Cell testing
- Serum testing (not accurate)
Vegetables and fruits, pumpkin seeds (very high)
The Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available
Mark Hyman, MD
Practicing physician and pioneer in functional medicine
Posted: January 15, 2010 07:33 PM
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A deficiency in this critical nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.(i) It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. In fact, in my practice, this nutrient is one of my secret weapons against illness. Yet up to half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.
I’m talking about magnesium.
It is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.
I find it very funny that more doctors aren’t clued in to the benefits of magnesium, because we use it all the time in conventional medicine. But we never stop to think about why or how important it is to our general health or why it helps our bodies function better.
I remember using magnesium when I worked in the emergency room. It was a critical “medication” on the crash cart. If someone was dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia (or irregular heart beat), we used intravenous magnesium. If someone was constipated or needed to prepare for colonoscopy, we gave them milk of magnesia or a green bottle of liquid magnesium citrate, which emptied their bowels. If pregnant women came in with pre-term labor, or high blood pressure of pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) or seizures, we gave them continuous high doses of intravenous magnesium.
But you don’t have to be in the hospital to benefit from getting more magnesium. You can start taking regular magnesium supplementation today and see results. And in this blog I will explain how. I will outline some of the benefits of magnesium (including improved sleep), outline many of the chronic illnesses associated with a lack of magnesium, and provide you with 13 tips for optimizing your magnesium levels.
The Relaxation Mineral
Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.
This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.
That is why the list of conditions that are found related to magnesium deficiency is so long. In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency!
Even so, this mineral is mostly ignored because it is not a drug, even though it is MORE powerful than drugs in many cases. That’s why we use it in the hospital for life-threatening and emergency situations like seizures and heart failure.
You might be magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:
� Muscle cramps or twitches
� Sensitivity to loud noises
� Anal spasms
� Chronic fatigue
� Kidney stones
� High blood pressure
� Menstrual cramps
� Irritable bladder
� Irritable bowel syndrome
� Trouble swallowing
Magnesium deficiency has even has been linked to inflammation in the body and higher CRP levels.
In our society, magnesium deficiency is a huge problem. By conservative standards of measurement (blood, or serum, magnesium levels), 65 percent of people admitted to the intensive care unit — and about 15 percent of the general population — have magnesium deficiency.
But this seriously underestimates the problem, because a serum magnesium level is the LEAST sensitive way to detect a drop in your total body magnesium level. So rates of magnesium deficiency could be even higher!
The reason we are so deficient is simple: Many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium — a highly-processed, refined diet that is based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy (all of which have no magnesium).
When was the last time you had a good dose of sea vegetables (seaweed), nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter, and mostly in chocolate peanut butter cups.
Much of modern life conspires to help us lose what little magnesium we do in our diet. Magnesium levels are decreased by excess alcohol, salt, coffee, phosphoric acid in colas, profuse sweating, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, excessive menstruation, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics and other drugs, and some intestinal parasites. In fact, in one study in Kosovo, people under chronic war stress lost large amounts of magnesium in their urine.
This is all further complicated by the fact that magnesium is often poorly absorbed and easily lost from our bodies. To properly absorb magnesium we need a lot of it in our diet, plus enough vitamin B6, vitamin D, and selenium to get the job done.
A recent scientific review of magnesium concluded, “It is highly regrettable that the deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering and expense throughout the world.” (ii) I couldn’t’ have said it better myself.
It is difficult to measure and hard to study, but magnesium deficiency accounts for untold suffering — and is simple to correct. So if you suffer from any of the symptoms I mentioned or have any of the diseases I noted, don’t worry — it is an easy fix!! Here’s how.
Stop Draining Your Body of Magnesium
� Limit coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol
� Learn how to practice active relaxation
� Check with your doctor if your medication is causing magnesium loss (many high blood pressure drugs or diuretics cause loss of magnesium)
Eat Foods High in Magnesium
Include the following in your diet as often as you can:
� Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic
Take Magnesium Supplements
� The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day. Most of us get far less than 200 mg.
� Some may need much more depending on their condition.
� Most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg a day.
� The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good.
� Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements).
� Side effects from too much magnesium include diarrhea, which can be avoided if you switch to magnesium glycinate.
� Most minerals are best taken as a team with other minerals in a multi-mineral formula.
� Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a good way to absorb and get much needed magnesium.
� People with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor’s supervision.
So if you’re coping with the symptoms here, relax! Magnesium is truly a miracle mineral. It is essential for lifelong vibrant health.
Now I’d like to hear from you…
Do you suffer from any of the symptoms I’ve mentioned?
Do you currently take a magnesium supplement? What results have you noticed?
Which of the tips mentioned above do you plan to try?
Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, M.D.
(i) Tong, GM and RK Rude. 2005. Magnesium deficiency in critical illness. J Intensive Care Med 20 (1):3-17. Review.
(ii) S. Johnson. 2001. The multifaceted and widespread pathology of magnesium deficiency. Med Hypotheses 56(2): 163-70
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Iodine, and Sodium Bicarbonate can relieve pain and augment healing.
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Transdermal Magnesium Therapy and Transdermal Sodium Bicarbonate Therapy
offer important breakthroughs in medical treatment offering an
excellent form of administration that can replace IVs. Transdermal
Magnesium medicine is ideal for pain management as well as sports and
pediatric medicine and for diabetic neuropathy there is nothing better
for it in the entire world of medicine. Cancer patients can saturate
their bodies in therapeutic baths as well as through direct application
on the skin.
methods of administering medicine such as tablets or capsules get
watered down and become much less effective due to stomach acids and
digestive enzymes, before they eventually get into the bloodstream. Bypassing
the stomach and liver means a much greater percentage of the active
ingredient goes straight into the bloodstream where it�s needed and in
the case of neuropathy medicinal properties are concentrated in the
IMVA Emergency Medical Response
This medical emergency in the Ukraine calls for a correct response that
doctors, nurses and alternative practitioners around the globe can
follow. The answer is found in emergency and intensive care medicine,
which can be practiced in our patients own homes. Hospitals will not be
the best place to be. Doctors need to employ the best emergency medical
interventions; unfortunately the orthodox response consists of
vaccinations and dangerous viral drugs like Tamiflu that can worsen
prognosis. Whether bacterial or viral is attacking with such ferocity
iodine is the broad spectrum anti-pathogen the IMVA chooses to
recommend in high dosages given frequently.
Transdermal magnesium therapy is ideal for pain management, diabetic
neuropathy and inflammation. The combination of heat and magnesium
chloride increases circulation and waste removal. The therapeutic
effect of magnesium baths is to draw inflammation out of the muscles
and joints. Magnesium chloride, when applied directly to the skin is
transdermally absorbed and has an almost immediate effect on pain.
Bicarbonate just makes this treatment even stronger and more effective.
Dr. Linda Rapson, who specializes in treating chronic pain, believes
that about 70 per cent of her patients who complain of muscle pain,
cramps and fatigue are showing signs of magnesium deficiency.
“Virtually all of them improve when I put them on magnesium,” says
Rapson, who runs a busy Toronto pain clinic. “It may sound too good to
be true, but it’s a fact.”
Magnesium Massage – Hospice and Palliative Care
What better way to reduce or eliminate pain then by simply taking a
therapeutic bath or rubbing magnesium chloride substance in liquid form
directly onto the skin or affected area of the body? From the pain of
sports injuries to low back pain and sciatica, headaches, relief from
kidney stones, the pain of restless legs, arthritic pain, and just
about every painful condition imaginable will in all likelihood benefit
from medicines applied topically. In my book Soft Medicine one will
find Therapeutic Healing Touch and the Psychology of Touch as important
chapters and methods of applying love directly into medicine treatment.
When facing cancer and other serious diseases I recommend very highly
combining transdermal application of magnesium with massage on a daily
basis. It�s a treatment suitable for Cleopatra herself!
Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by health professionals and volunteers, which give medical, psychological and spiritual support to help people have peace, comfort and dignity in their last days. The caregivers normally try to control pain and other symptoms so a person can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Everyone facing life-threatening illness needs some degree of supportive care in addition to treatment for their conditions.
You matter because of who you are. You matter to the
last moment of your life, and we will do all we can , not
only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.
Dame Cicely Saunders
Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. The goal of palliative care is to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness � whatever the prognosis. It is appropriate for people of any age and at any point in an illness. It can be delivered along with treatments that are meant to cure you. Hospice care provides humane and compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible until the end. Palliative care actually makes more sense because medical prognosis is often wrong. Not everyone given a terminal prognosis dies.
One of the problems with the concept of hospice is that it is often not started soon enough. Sometimes the doctor, patient, or family member will resist hospice because he or she thinks it means you�re giving up, or that there�s no hope. This is not true there is almost always hope. If you get better or the cancer goes into remission, you can be taken out of the hospice program.
It is amazing what can be done when we do things right, when we apply emergency and intensive care medicines every few hours, employing their life saving effects for a few days. Medicines like magnesium chloride and sodium bicarbonate have the medical muscle to save peoples lives in a heartbeat during emergency situations. Imagine employing this same power constantly though out the day.
In general, as we age our tendency to compounded accumulative
magnesium deficiencies only increases leaving us increasingly vulnerable
to a wide range of disorders and in the final analysis, to a miserable death.
When we employ highly concentrated nutritional elements like magnesium chloride, iodine and sodium bicarbonate with late stage cancer patients we see things that mainstream oncologists don�t. This chapter is about magnesium massage, about how to employ one of these super nutritional medicines in the most comforting way possible. Magnesium massage is the type of treatment that Cleopatra would have enjoyed; a medical treatment for kings and queens that can be employed by anyone in their own homes if one has a loved one with caring and willing hands or if one has access to a professional massage therapist.
Many people needlessly suffer pain
because they don�t get enough magnesium.
Dr. Mildred Seelig
When a patient is facing a serious illness, they need relief; relief from pain, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and shortness of breath as well as relief from
stress. Doctors often think that Palliative and Hospice Care need to focus on improving patients� ability to tolerate aggressive medical treatments. But patients themselves feel the need for support to be able to carry on with everyday life; they need to get their life back on some level that makes them feel that life is worth living. In short, they want to feel better.
Nothing will make a person feel better than magnesium massage and that is why I recommend it universally even to patients at deaths door.
Study after study demonstrates that for all mammals,
receiving touch that is pleasurable, safe and appropriate
reduces sickness, depression and aggressive behaviors.
Dr. Ben Benjamin
There are many ways to calm a person, many healing and medical treatments that can reduce stress, reduce sensory overload, slow the heart and help a person center and nothing does this better than touch. The most beautiful forms of touch are healing techniques and this is what professional massage therapists� true aim is, to heal through touch. Many studies have demonstrated that receiving touch that is pleasurable, safe and appropriate reduces sickness, depression and aggressive behaviors. Thus massage has its application in both therapy and medicine.
Skin hunger is a relatively new term that has been applied to the emotional response engendered by the loss of touch in our society. During WW II babies in orphanages failed to thrive and even died when deprived of human contact. The hunger for touch is a real human need. And though touch is physical, the need provides sustenance and anchoring for our emotional, mental and spiritual selves. This is totally true for babies and only slightly less so for adults even thought they have gotten used to a world and life of cutaneous deprivation.
Clinically the lack of touch leads to a host of emotional, physical and developmental problems in young and old alike. Research has shown that there are distinct biochemical differences between people who experience touch and those who are severely deprived of it. Today, not only patients but also the medical establishment recognizes the importance of alternative therapies, and particularly the importance of massage therapy in comprehensive cancer care. Massage, like most alternative cancer therapies, is most effective when used in conjunction with other treatments. Magnesium massage combines the transdermal application of magnesium chloride with any one of a variety of massage techniques creating a potent medical treatment in its own right.
Cutaneous satisfaction is associated with enhanced learning, improved IQ, language acquisition, reading achievement, memory, general neonate development, preterm infant development, reduced self-mutilating behavior in the severely mentally retarded, expanded external awareness in autistic patients, improved geriatric health, decreased childhood clinginess and fears of exploring the environment, elimination of inappropriate self-stimulation and public masturbation behavior in children, and improved visual-spatial problem solving.
Hospitalized patients recover more rapidly from injury and physical or psychiatric illness with attention to touch needs. Current thinking defines touch as the primary organizer (or, in the case of neglect and abuse, �disorganizer�) of normal human development when viewed at biological, psychological and even social levels. A person�s sense of self apparently originates in body awareness, body functions, and body activities that center around the sense of touch.
Though I was trained to use my hands before using needles (acupuncture) it was not until I sat clinic with a Brazilian doctor who does five day detox retreats � with very sick patients � that I really learned to appreciate what massage can bring to the table in terms of realizing radically positive healing results. Over half his staff were trained massage therapists. Patients received two or three massages a day and it was simply amazing to see what this doctor could do in only five days.
Massage is unique in cancer therapy and has great application in Hospice Care because it is able to remedy feelings of isolation that many patients battling a difficult disease encounter. The experience of human contact is particularly important when facing a difficult diagnosis and massage can provide that unique experience to cancer patients, who often succumb to feelings of being overwhelmed by the nature of their diagnosis, family implications, and other difficulties associated with cancer treatments.
Patients undergoing chemotherapy often find that
treatments that help them relax their mind and body
will lessen side effects like nausea, restlessness, and fever.
Massage therapists have the great pleasure of seeing the profound relief that massage can provide to people undergoing intense treatments like chemo and radiation therapy. Helping people feel better satisfies on a deep level of human experience and there is simply not enough of this in the field of medicine. With our heart and hands working together we can reach directly into another person�s being through the surface of their skin. We can touch someone very deeply and when we do, we are touched equally. The laws of giving and receiving work perfectly in the world of touch! Now we are adding to the mix one of the most potent medicinals available in the world of medicine and applying it all over the body for transdermal absorption. Magnesium is absolutely essential for healthy living and when applied liberally onto the skin we find patients responding most wonderfully.
Magnesium applied directly to the skin alleviates chronic pain, muscle cramps, and in general makes our job of opening up and softening muscles and connective tissue much easier. Magnesium is a potent vasodilator, and smooth muscle relaxant. Dr. Linda Rapson, who specializes in treating chronic pain, believes that about 70 per cent of her patients who complain of muscle pain, cramps and fatigue are showing signs of magnesium deficiency. �Virtually all of my patients improve when I put them on magnesium,� says Rapson.
The skin provides the best avenue into the body for many medicinals and drugs. When it comes to magnesium we have a method in our hands that is similar in effect to intravenous magnesium treatments that are used to save peoples� lives in emergency rooms. We simply use the magnesium oil like we would massage oils, or create a special blend mixing essential oil or other massage oils together with the magnesium chloride, which is quite slippery even though there is no oil in the �magnesium oil.�
Though giving magnesium by injection is the quickest way of restoring normal blood and tissue levels of magnesium, it is expensive and sometimes uncomfortable. Transdermal magnesium chloride therapy is inexpensive, safe, a do-it-yourself at home technique that can easily replace uncomfortable injections in anything other than emergency room situations.
Massage therapists should be introducing their clients to the tremendous benefits of a magnesium massage and it is they who should suggest to their clients to start using it at home. Transdermal application of magnesium is superior to the commonly recommended oral magnesium supplements where absorption is not guaranteed. In magnesium chloride oil we have a potent natural substance that penetrates the cells with stunning result on cell biochemistry and when loving touch is added to the mix the results are heartwarming to say the least.
What a few can do with intravenous magnesium
injections everyone can do with transdermal magnesium.
Transdermal administration of magnesium bypasses the liver and creates �tissue saturation,� the ability to get the nutrients where we want them, directly in the circulation, where they can reach body tissues at high doses, without loss. Combined with tissue manipulation that occurs during massage, the blood is also brought closer to the surface of the skin thus allowing faster absorption of magnesium chloride into the cells.
Transdermal mineral therapy with magnesium chloride is the most powerful, safe medical intervention we have to care for many of our patients needs. With the simple application of this slightly oily solution on the skin or used in baths we can easily have our clients take up their magnesium to healthier levels. Magnesium Oil is the perfect companion to a massage in any setting, fulfilling further the purposes of giving healing touch to patients.
Magnesium deficit may participate in the
clinical pattern of ageing � neuromuscular,
cardiovascular and renal symptomatologies.
Dr. Mildred Seelig postulated that magnesium deficiency increases morbidity and mortality. �Little attention has been paid to special magnesium needs of old people, to whether magnesium inadequacy might contribute to the aging process, or to whether magnesium supplementation might have any beneficial effects in the aged�. It is widely researched and recognized that magnesium deficiency commonly occurs in critical illness and correlates with a higher mortality and worse clinical outcomes in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Some of the principle causes of magnesium deficiency in aging and critical illness are gastrointestinal and renal losses. As we age, our kidneys lose their efficiency in regulation of magnesium. Magnesium absorption decreases with age. Around the age of seventy it becomes two-thirds of what it usually is at around the age of thirty.
Transdermal magnesium chloride is highly effective in pain relief, calming agitation, and is easier to use when oral intake of food may become impaired in old age or disease. It is much easier to apply magnesium oil on the skin of an elderly person than it is to submit them to force feeding of food, pills or IV administration of drugs to compensate for losses.
Hopefully we will hear more about touch in medicine. There are actually many ways physicians can touch their patients. Touch (as opposed to or in addition to high tech) focuses less on using technology and more on things like spending time with patients, physician listening skills, and on medical massage, which staff can be employed to do. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel outlined a high touch approach to medicine, which he claimed may be the foundation for fixing health care in the U.S. With the results I have seen with magnesium massage used in the context of a full Natural Allopathic protocol I would have to agree.
One mother of an autistic child reports having used a form of therapeutic healing touch for five months with noticeable results. �He now asks me for �touch� when he can�t calm himself, or when he has a headache or isn�t feeling well. He nearly always wants my hands placed on his forehead.� Touch in the form of massage, affection, hugs, cuddles and plain pure tenderness diffuses emotional tension. It grounds the entire system and touches our souls. When a person has not been touched in a long while a simple and tender touch can send a person into a flood of tears for the heart feels the release of tension abruptly. Touch can be a communication of love and is a most powerful way to communicate empathy, friendship, approval, affirmation and love to another. Love matters in medicine but contemporary medicine in love with its technology and toxic drugs has forgotten this, forgotten that its patients are humans with human needs.
Healing and health systems like Reiki, Polarity and Quantum touch basically have us touch a person without any movement at all of the hands. There is no pressure applied, no technique one has to learn like they teach in massage schools. It�s just the pure application of touch. Though each system gives different instructions, the end effect is similar. Essentially a person simply puts their warm hands on certain areas of the body and just holds them there. Reiki is very popular now and it is effective enough to get the attention of some medical people and hospitals that understand that it can help their patients through some trying moments.
If we define touch as love we can easily see why. Love is healing and loving touch is wonderfully healing. When we touch with love and the highest inner intensions, which are taught by these healing systems, positive healing energy is transmitted. Something is passed on through the hands and what happens is often very beautiful. Scientifically we know that infrared is radiated out through the hands and this all by itself has its physiological effect.
 Unwanted babies in the past were often deposited in institutions where modern antiseptic procedures and adequate food seemed to guarantee them at least a fighting chance for a healthy life. But the babies died, not from infectious diseases or malnutrition, but by wasting away from a condition called �marasmus.� Sterile surroundings did not cure it; having enough food made no difference. These unwanted babies died from a completely different kind of deprivation: lack of touch. When the babies were removed from these large, impersonal institutions and placed in environments where they received physical nurturing along with formula, the marasmus reversed. They gained weight and finally began to thrive. Touch is vital for survival in the very young.
 Possible Role of Magnesium in Disorders of the Aged; Mildred S. Seelig, M.D Volume 3a, Modern Aging Research
Intervention In the Aging Process, Part A: Quantitation, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research ; pages 279-305 available at: http://www.mgwater.com/aging.shtml
 Magnesium deficiency in critical illness. J Intensive Care Med. 2005 Jan-Feb;20(1):3-17. Entrez Pubmed
of the keys to this protocol is that it directly addresses the basic
physiological needs and issues most of which are universal to most
patients. If you can make things better in the body down at the roots
of cellular life we get better and this is different then hitting the
body with a two by four with pharmaceuticals that can alleviate
symptoms and pain but not correct what is fundamentally wrong.
There are certain things that everyone must do like breathing and drinking quality water, restore magnesium and general mineral electrolyte balance, bring the pH up out of the acid range, increase oxygenation to all tissues, and insure full nutritional nurturing and stimulate strong detoxification and chelation of metals. Natural Allopathic Medicine prioritizes medicinal substances and processes so one knows where to focus when turning away from toxic pharmaceutical or aggressive surgical interventions, or recover from them.
In essence, what we have done to create the core of this protocol is to take the power of emergency room and intensive care medicine and apply its instant life saving methods over a two to four week period treating multiple times a day. That�s a lot of healing and medical horsepower being applied. Our secret though is that we do not use pharmaceuticals meaning everything is available in natural form without great expense so you or your child does not end up looking like this boy from extremely harsh toxic medicines.
Simple and Safe
Natural Allopathic medicine is simple enough for the patient and family
to do themselves is a primary advantage of this protocol. When done
correctly the protocol is a low cost, safe nothing to loose everything
to gain protocol against whatever a person is battling against. Most of
the medicinals in the protocol are widly available – they are not weak
– with some of them being classified as prescription medicines but only
Success in the use of a Natural Allopathic Protocol depends on many factors including a comprehensive appreciation for what one is doing. For assistance local healthcare practitioners are often crucial but one has to understand that there simply are no replacements for certain things like Oxygen, CO2, H2O, magnesium, iodine, selenium, Vitamin C and the full range of B Vitamins, D3 (the sun) and bicarbonate, which is responsible for acid base balance. Obviously this is still a short list for all the vitamins and amino acids and other minerals are essential but just not in the quantities of the above, which all make excellent
We were teaching people from our online clinic how to implement this protocol via consultations and soon this instruction will be available on videos. The IMVA Protocol gives power to the masses who cannot afford ineffective and dangerous medicine. The main thrust and concentration is mastery of the use of the three primary medicinals magnesium chloride, iodine and sodium bicarbonate but instruction extents to a top ten then top 25 list of prioritized substances and practices.
That is my top 25 list but not in order for the order changes depending on presenting clinical situation. This is the tool kit of the Natural Allopathic Practitioner and comprises the principle items to stock in ones medical cabinet. For doctors who can prescribe if I was to add a pharmaceutical it would be low dose Naldextrone treatment to boost immune system strength.
Magnesium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and iodine would represent a holy medical trinity and should be routinely used in high dosages. Healthy sun exposure (D3), good water, selenium (because of the mercury toxicities association with cancer), Alpha Lipoic Acid, whole food Vitamin C, a good natural chelator and probiotic, super foods like spirulina (very high in everything but especially B vitamins, betacarotenes, amino acids, GLA) and wheatgrass juice, pure clays, natural/regular colonics, and assorted body and energy work all make perfectly good medical sense as does raw food or juice fasting if you are really serious and capable of making such life changing decisions.
Even medical marijuana or what is know as hemp oil belongs high on a cancer patient�s wish list for pain and stress release as well as another highly effective and safe primary angle of attack on cancer cells themselves. We are adding MMS mixed with malic acid and driven in transdermally with DMSO.
There are always fine tuning with add on medicinals and therapeutic practices but we are dealing with a lot of healing and medical firepower in a non fragmented protocol approach. Purified water perhaps belongs on top of the list and therapeutic healing touch and love itself should not be left out of a real universal protocol. Sodium thiosulfate is on this list as well as
Niacin, seropeptaze, glutathione, and Quinton Sea Water.
medical officials would not know if a medicinal is alternative or not
if their lives depended on it. For instance; are magnesium chloride,
iodine and sodium bicarbonate from the alternative area or from the
halls of emergency room medicine and intense car wards? The answer is
that they are from both and the only difference is in the methods of
administration in each area of medicine.
That Natural Allopathic medicine is simple enough for the patient and family to do themselves is a primary advantage of this protocol. When done correctly the protocol is a low cost, safe nothing to loose everything to gain protocol against whatever a person is battling against. Most of the medicinals in the protocol are widly available � they are not weak � with some of them being classified as prescription medicines but only when injected.
Success in the use of a Natural Allopathic Protocol depends on many factors including a comprehensive appreciation for what one is doing. For assistance local healthcare practitioners are often crucial but one has to understand that there simply are no replacements for certain things like Oxygen, CO2, H2O, magnesium, iodine, selenium, Vitamin C and the full range of B Vitamins, D3 (the sun) and bicarbonate, which is responsible for acid base balance. Obviously this is still a short list for all the vitamins and amino acids and other minerals are essential but just not in the quantities of the above, which all make excellent
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 14:03 CST
One patient had muscle cramps. Another had headaches. And a third
had an irregular heartbeat. These were vastly different medical
conditions, and yet the solution that I recommended for each
patient was the same. You may be surprised to find that the remedy
was none other than magnesium. It helped each of these patients –
and did so quickly.
Few nutrients possess the remarkable and diverse benefits of
magnesium. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in cells after
calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Magnesium is found in our
bones… muscles… blood… and other tissues. It is needed by
the body for energy production… fat and protein synthesis…
muscle relaxation… nervous system function… and calcium
According to US Department of Agriculture data, two out of every
three Americans don’t meet average daily intake requirements for
magnesium, which are 300 milligrams (mg) to 420 mg daily for
adults. In addition, many people have a magnesium deficiency due
to stress… genetics… or a medication, such as a diuretic
(usually taken to control blood pressure). As a consequence, these
people face an increased risk for health problems. Maintaining
adequate levels of magnesium can help reduce muscle cramps,
stabilize blood sugar, lower the risk for heart disease, ease
migraine headaches, strengthen bones and slow the aging process.
Consider one of my patients, Robert, who limped into my clinic. He
was suffering from painful leg muscle spasms that woke him at
night and plagued him during the day. Muscle spasms often are
related to low magnesium. Since magnesium relaxes muscles, I
started Robert on an intravenous (IV) drip of magnesium sulfate.
Within an hour, the pain in his leg eased. I had Robert begin
taking a daily magnesium supplement, which helped to reduce
subsequent leg muscle spasms.
Magnesium is so important that it is sometimes hyped as a miracle
cure. Truth: Boosting magnesium levels can lead to recoveries that
seem almost miraculous. Here’s how magnesium could help you…
Muscle strength. In addition to cramp relief,
magnesium has many other muscle-related benefits. The reason that
people often say that they feel an increase in energy after
starting to take magnesium supplements is that the mineral is
involved in the body’s production of energy, most of which occurs
in muscle cells. In a study conducted at the University of
Palermo, Italy, researchers found that seniors with the highest
levels of magnesium had the greatest muscle strength, including
better grip strength, lower leg muscle power, knee-extension
torque and ankle strength. People with low magnesium levels had
poor muscle function and strength.
Bone health. Almost two-thirds of the body’s
magnesium is found in bone, where it works with calcium to provide
structural support. Researchers at Yale University gave girls ages
eight to 14 either magnesium or a placebo twice daily for one
year. Result: The girls who took magnesium developed much stronger
bones compared with girls who took a placebo.
Stress buster. Many people manifest stress
physically by tensing the muscles of their back and shoulders,
leading to tightness. Because magnesium is such a good muscle
relaxant, it often can help ease muscle tension. Magnesium
also stimulates the body’s production of the calming brain
chemical gamma amino butyric acid (GABA), so it also helps people
to mentally relax.
Heart benefits. Magnesium helps relax blood
vessel walls, which reduces blood pressure. Magnesium sulfate is
sometimes administered intravenously in the hospital to reduce the
risk for arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). It also eases heart
palpitations. Magnesium can help other heart problems, such as
cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart fails to pump blood
adequately. There’s more: Doctors at Harvard Medical School report
that high levels of magnesium were associated with a significantly
lower risk for sudden cardiac death, which causes about half of
all deaths from coronary artery disease. The study found
that people with the highest blood levels of magnesium were 77%
less likely to suffer sudden death from cardiac arrest.
Diabetes. Magnesium deficiency is common among
people with type 2 diabetes. Earlier this year, German researchers
conducted a study in which they gave magnesium supplements to
overweight, prediabetic men and women. Those taking magnesium had
a significant reduction in fasting blood sugar, better insulin
resistance and lower blood pressure compared with those given a
Neuropathic pain. Soaking in a bath with Epsom
salts, which are granules of magnesium sulfate, is a well-known
way to ease aches and pains. But I believe that magnesium’s role
in relieving severe pain has been barely tapped. In one study,
British doctors used intravenous (IV) magnesium to treat people
with postherpetic neuralgia, intense pain after a shingles (herpes
zoster) outbreak. Pain was significantly reduced after just 30
minutes of receiving magnesium. Another study found that a onetime
IV dose of 500 mg to 1,000 mg of magnesium sulfate eliminated
nerve pain related to metastases in cancer patients. In my own
practice, I find that a combination of IV and oral magnesium eases
Asthma. Magnesium can block the bronchial
reactivity common in asthma attacks. In one study, doctors from
Brazil reported that supplements of magnesium glycinate decreased
bronchial reactivity by 30%. When taken in supplement form,
magnesium glycinate is a well-absorbed and well-tolerated type of
magnesium. In the study, subjects became more resistant to common
asthmatic triggers (such as cold air and allergens) and were able
to reduce their asthma medication by almost 40%. I have found
similar results with my patients.
Headaches. Several studies have shown that
supplementing with magnesium can reduce the frequency of migraine
headaches. IV magnesium sulfate also has been found to relieve the
pain of cluster headaches in people with low blood levels of
magnesium. Research has found that magnesium levels affect
serotonin receptors and other brain chemicals that affect
Antiaging. Magnesium also might help keep you
younger. Studies show that magnesium is required to maintain
telomeres, the protective tips of chromosomes (which are made up
of genes). Researchers have found that magnesium-deficient cells
have an abnormal shortening of their telomeres, which is strongly
associated with rapid aging.
Many foods contain magnesium, although most people don’t get
enough magnesium from their diet. Foods rich in magnesium include
green vegetables, such as spinach and dark-leaf lettuce. The green
color of vegetables comes from chlorophyll, which contains
magnesium. Other excellent sources of magnesium are halibut,
almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds and lentils.
I recommend that my patients have their magnesium levels checked.
This can be done with a red blood cell magnesium test, which is
not part of a regular blood test so you will have to ask for it.
Based on the results of this test, I find that most patients do
need to supplement with magnesium. I usually recommend that these
adults (both men and women) eat foods high in magnesium and take
200 mg of magnesium glycinate two or three times a day. Most
multivitamins don’t contain that amount, but many
calcium-magnesium formulas do.
Magnesium of any kind can have a laxative effect if you take too
much. If you have kidney problems, speak with your doctor before
taking magnesium because the mineral could exacerbate kidney
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Magnesium is an alkaline earth metal, the eighth most abundant mineral
found in the earth’s crust. Because of its ready solubility in water,
magnesium is the third most abundant mineral in sea water, after
sodium and chloride. In the human body, magnesium is the eleventh most
plentiful element by mass – measuring about two ounces. Most magnesium
contained in the body is found in the skeleton and teeth – at least 60
to 65 percent of the total. Nearly the entire remaining amount resides
in muscle tissues and cells, while only one percent is contained in
The importance of magnesium ions for all life itself, as well as for
overall vibrant health, is hard to overstate. Magnesium is required to
give the “spark of life” to metabolic functions involving
the creation of energy and its transport (ATP, the body’s fundamental
energy currency), and the creation of proteins – the nucleic acid
chemistry of life – RNA and DNA, in all known living organisms. In
plants, a magnesium ion is found at the center of every chlorophyll
molecule, vital for the creation of energy from sunlight. Magnesium is
an essential element for both animals and plants, involved in
literally hundreds of enzymatic reactions affecting virtually all
aspects of life.
Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to
function, or it will perish. Strong bones and teeth, balanced
hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, well
functioning detoxification pathways and much more depend upon cellular
magnesium sufficiency. Soft tissue containing the highest
concentrations of magnesium in the body include the brain and the
heart – two organs that produce a large amount of electrical activity,
and which can be especially vulnerable to magnesium insufficiency.
Magnesium works in concert with calcium to regulate electrical
impulses in the cell – magnesium concentration inside healthy cells is
ten thousand times greater than calcium, and there are crucial reasons
for this safeguard. Cellular calcium channels allow that mineral to
enter the cell only as long as needed to conduct an impulse; it is
ushered out immediately by magnesium once its task is fulfilled. This
vigilance is necessary to prevent calcium accumulation in the cell,
which could cause dangerous hyper-excitability, calcification, cell
dysfunction and even cell death. When excess calcium enters the cells
because of insufficient magnesium, muscle contraction is sustained for
too long, and we suffer, for example, twitches and tics in mild cases.
When magnesium deficiency becomes chronic, we suffer the symptoms of
heart disease such as angina pectoris, hypertension and arrhythmia, or
the spasms and contractions characteristic of asthma, migraine
headache or painful menstrual cramping.
Magnesium operates as a natural calcium channel blocker and is
responsible for relaxation – counter to calcium’s contraction. Thus
magnesium is pivotally important to the healthy functioning of our
parasympathetic nervous system. It may be hard to believe,
but our bodies were actually designed to operate for the most part in
a calm, relaxed parasympathetic state, rather than in the
heart-pounding, stress – and adrenaline-driven mode of sympathetic
nervous system dominance that is nearly constant for many of us today,
and which uses up great quantities of magnesium.
Magnesium is so important to so many vital body functions, and its
deficiency is integrally involved in so many diseases, that more than
one researcher has dubbed magnesium a miracle in its ability to
resolve or improve numerous disorders. The current list of disorders
with direct and confirmed relationships to chronic and acute magnesium
deficiency is long, and includes many diseases whose conventional
medical treatment does not commonly address magnesium insufficiency
(see below). Ongoing research promises to uncover further associations
between magnesium deficiency and other illnesses.
Magnesium Deficiency Is Endemic
Unfortunately, it is difficult to reliably supply our bodies with
sufficient magnesium, even from a good, balanced whole foods diet.
First of all, modern agricultural methods favor the universal use of
NPK fertilizers (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium). Both potassium
and phosphorus are antagonists of magnesium in the soil, and on
calcareous soils create a relative magnesium deficiency (the magnesium
present is bound and therefore unavailable to the crop). On sandy or
loamy soils that are slightly acid, an actual magnesium deficiency
often exists, as the magnesium leaches from the soil and is also
unavailable to the crop. This leaching also occurs in response to acid
rain. Magnesium, in fact, is one of the most depleted minerals in farm
soils. To add insult to injury, new plant hybrids are continually
introduced that have been bred to survive on these mineral-depleted
soils. Of course, when mineral-depleted crops are eaten by animals or
by us, they will sooner or later cause disease. Even though
organically raised crops should be a better bet nutritionally, this
isn’t always the case, and it pays in terms of your health to learn
how your farmer replenishes the minerals on his fields.
“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain
dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted
soils from which our food comes are brought back into proper mineral
balance? The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables,
grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer
contain enough of certain minerals are starving us – no matter how
much of them we eat. The truth is that our foods vary enormously in
value, and some of them aren’t worth eating as food.”
These words of warning are from the 74th Congress, 2nd session, Senate
document number 264, of 1936. It is truly sobering to learn that the
decline in soil mineral balance was a topic of serious national
concern more than seventy years ago, and the deficit has been
affecting us – while steadily getting worse – since our grandparents’
Magnesium and other nutrients are diminished or lost in produce after
harvest, through handling, refrigeration, transport and storage, even
if all these steps were done “properly.” Buying produce and
then storing it for days in your own refrigerator continues the
nutrient loss, whether the produce is from the supermarket or your
local farmers’ market.
Food processing causes enormous loss of magnesium in foods that are
commonly fairly good sources of it, such as leafy greens, nuts, seeds
and whole grains. Most of the magnesium in grain – found in the bran
and germ – is lost in milling whole grains for white flour, which is
used nearly exclusively for hundreds of devitalized processed food
items. When nuts and seeds are roasted or their oils extracted,
magnesium is lost. Cooking greens causes whatever magnesium they might
contain to leach into the cooking water. Foods tend to lose less
calcium than magnesium through these processes, adding to a
troublesome dietary calcium overload that we will discuss shortly.
Fluoride in drinking water binds with magnesium, creating a nearly
insoluble mineral compound that ends up deposited in the bones, where
its brittleness increases the risk of fractures. Water, in fact, could
be an excellent source of magnesium – if it comes from deep wells that
have magnesium at their source, or from mineral-rich glacial runoff.
Urban sources of drinking water are usually from surface water, such
as rivers and streams, which are low in magnesium. Even many bottled
mineral waters are quite low in magnesium, or have a very high
concentration of calcium, or both.
A diet of processed, synthetic foods, high sugar content,
alcohol and soda drinks all “waste” magnesium, as a
lot of it is required for the metabolism and detoxification of these
largely fake foods. According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the
body requires at least twenty-eight molecules of magnesium to
metabolize a single molecule of glucose. Phosphates in carbonated
drinks and processed meats (so-called “luncheon meats” and
hot dogs) bind with magnesium to create the insoluble magnesium
phosphate, which is unusable by the body.
Tannins, oxalates, and phytic acid all bind with magnesium, making it
unavailable to the body unless extra care is taken to neutralize some
of these compounds during food preparation. It is interesting to note
that foods commonly containing magnesium (provided they were grown in
mineral-rich soil) also contain lots of these anti-nutrients, such as
spinach (oxalates) and whole grains (phytates).
Many commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs cause the body to lose
magnesium via the urine, such as diuretics for hypertension; birth
control pills; insulin; digitalis; tetracycline and some other
antibiotics; and corticosteroids and bronchodilators for asthma. With
the loss of magnesium, all of the symptoms being “treated”
by these drugs over time inevitably become worse.
Magnesium absorption is impeded with the use of supplemental iron. If
you take calcium supplements, your need for magnesium increases, and
in fact calcium will not be properly absorbed or metabolized if
adequate magnesium is missing, and will mostly end up dangerously
deposited in soft tissues. Magnesium is responsible for converting
vitamin D to the active form that allows calcium to be absorbed, and
also regulates calcium’s transport to hard tissues where it belongs.
Lactose is another inhibitor of magnesium absorption (and milk
is not a good source of the mineral to begin with), along
with excess potassium, phosphorus and sodium.
Mental and physical stress, with its related continuous flow of
adrenaline, uses up magnesium rapidly, as adrenaline affects heart
rate, blood pressure, vascular constriction and muscle contraction –
actions that all demand steady supplies of magnesium for smooth
function. The nervous system depends upon sufficient magnesium for its
calming effects, including restful sleep. Hibernating animals, by the
way, maintain very high levels of magnesium. Magnesium
deficiency will accelerate a vicious cycle and amplify the effects of
chronic stress, leading to more anxiety, irritability, fatigue and
insomnia – many of the symptoms of adrenal exhaustion – as well as to
hypertension and heart pains – symptoms of heart disease.
Depression is related to stress and magnesium deficiency as well.
Serotonin, the “feel good” hormone, requires magnesium in
its delicate balance of release and reception by cells in the brain.
Only when adequate levels are present can we enjoy mental and
For reasons not fully understood, the body does not retain magnesium
very well; certainly not as well as it holds onto calcium or iron, for
example. Heavy sweating from endurance sports such as marathon running
or strenuous exercise workouts can dangerously deplete magnesium
stores and other electrolytes – although calcium is not wasted, by the
way – resulting in trembling, faintness and even seizures and death.
The drenching sweats that some menopausal women suffer cause magnesium
loss as well, and their diminishing magnesium levels worsen their
jagged nerves, sleep disturbances, panic attacks, body aches and
depression. If these women have been tempted to consume modern soy
products in a misguided attempt to moderate their symptoms, they will
in fact lose even more magnesium because it will be bound to the
abundant phytates in these concoctions.
A healthy gut environment is necessary for proper absorption of
magnesium from the diet. Irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut,
candidiasis and other gut disorders can severely limit the amount of
magnesium that the body will be able to absorb. Older adults often
experience decreased stomach hydrochloric acid production, which can
impair mineral absorption in general. And with so many treating their
“heartburn” with antacids, a healthy digestive environment
is hard to maintain.
Calcium And Magnesium Partnership
Both calcium and magnesium are necessary for the healthy body – in
proper balance to one another, as well as to other necessary minerals.
Considered biochemical antagonists, one cannot act without eliciting
the opposite reaction of the other. Yet calcium and magnesium must
both be present in balanced amounts for either one to function
normally in the body. Some researchers suggest that the healthy ratio
of calcium to magnesium in the diet should be 2:1. Others consider 1:1
to reflect ratios that we evolved with based on our diet prior to the
advent of agriculture. In modern industrialized countries the ratio
from diet is from 5:1 to as much as 15:1. The imbalance of these two
very important minerals produces many dire consequences in the body
that are often overlooked by medical practitioners when treating the
disease states they cause.
Aside from the intricate electrical dance that calcium and magnesium
perform together, magnesium is necessary to keep calcium in solution
in the body, preventing its inappropriate deposition in soft tissues.
As long as we have sufficient hydrochloric acid in our stomachs we can
dissolve calcium from the foods we eat. After calcium leaves the
acidic environment of the stomach and enters the alkaline milieu of
the small intestine however, it is magnesium that is necessary to keep
calcium soluble. Without sufficient magnesium, a whole host of
physiological aberrations can occur with serious health consequences.
As Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle,
“In the large intestine it [precipitated calcium] interferes
with peristalsis, which results in constipation. When calcium
precipitates out in the kidneys and combines with phosphorus or
oxalic acid, kidney stones are formed. Calcium can deposit in the
lining of the bladder and prevent it from fully relaxing, and
therefore from filling completely with urine. This leads to frequent
urination problems, especially in older people. Calcium can
precipitate out of the blood and deposit in the lining of the
arteries, causing hardening (arteriosclerosis). . . It can coat and
stiffen. . . plaque in the arteries. . . [and] can cause blood
pressure to rise as well as increase the risk of heart attack and
stroke. Calcium can even deposit in the brain. Many researchers are
investigating it as a possible cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s and
Parkinson’s disease. Calcium can deposit in the lining of the
bronchial tubes and cause asthma symptoms. Calcium in extracellular
fluid. . . can decrease the permeability of cell membranes. This
makes it increasingly difficult for glucose (a large molecule) to
pass through the cell membrane to be converted to ATP in the cells’
mitochondria. High glucose levels created by excess calcium may be
misdiagnosed as diabetes.”
Magnesium Is A Potent Detoxifier
Magnesium is utilized by the body for all sorts of detoxification
pathways and is necessary for the neutralization of toxins, overly
acidic conditions that arise in the body, and for protection from
heavy metals. It plays a vital role in protecting us from the
onslaught of man-made chemicals all around us. Glutathione, an
antioxidant normally produced by the body and a detoxifier of mercury,
lead and arsenic among others, requires magnesium for its synthesis.
According to Mark Sircus, in Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, a
deficiency of magnesium increases free radical generation in the body
and “causes glutathione loss, which is not affordable because
glutathione helps to defend the body against damage from cigarette
smoking, exposure to radiation, cancer chemotherapy, and toxins such
as alcohol and just about everything else.”
When our bodies are replete with magnesium (and in balance
with the other essential minerals) we are protected from heavy metal
deposition and the development of associated neurological diseases.
As Dr. Carolyn Dean explains,
“Research indicates that ample magnesium will protect brain
cells from the damaging effects of aluminum, beryllium, cadmium,
lead, mercury and nickel. We also know that low levels of brain
magnesium contribute to the deposition of heavy metals in the brain
that heralds Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It appears that the metals
compete with magnesium for entry into the brain cells. If magnesium
is low, metals gain access much more readily.”
“There is also competition in the small intestine for
absorption of minerals. If there is enough magnesium, aluminum won’t
Magnesium Deficiency In Tooth Decay And
Ask anyone – your neighbor or even your dentist or doctor – what bones
and teeth require to be strong and healthy, and you will undoubtedly
hear the response, “Plenty of calcium.” Bones and teeth
certainly do require calcium – as well as phosphorus and magnesium,
but without adequate amounts of the latter, calcium will not be
deposited in these hard tissues, and the structures will not be sound.
“When you load up your system with excess calcium,” writes
William Quesnell, in Minerals: the Essential Link to Health,
“you shut down magnesium’s ability to activate thyrocalcitonin, a
hormone that under normal circumstances would send calcium to your
bones.” Instead of providing benefits to the body, the displaced
calcium actually becomes toxic, causing trouble in soft tissues of the
kinds we’ve already discussed.
Numerous studies, in fact, have established the fact that it is
dietary magnesium, not calcium, (and certainly not fluoride) that
creates glassy hard tooth enamel that resists decay, and strong and
resilient bones. Regardless of the amount of calcium you consume, your
teeth can only form hard enamel if magnesium is available in
According to J. I. Rodale, in Magnesium: the Nutrient that Could
Change Your Life,
“For years it was believed that high intakes of calcium and
phosphorus inhibited decay by strengthening the enamel. Recent
evidence, however, indicates that an increase in these two elements
is useless unless we increase our magnesium intake at the same time.
It has even been observed that dental structures beneath the surface
can dissolve when additional amounts of calcium and phosphorus
diffuse through the enamel at different rates. Thus milk, poor in
magnesium, but high in the other two elements, not only interferes
with magnesium metabolism, but also antagonizes the mineral
responsible for decay prevention.”
To revisit Deaf Smith County, Texas, and the justly famous residents
whose teeth refused to succumb to decay, Rodale quotes the
observations of Dr. Lewis Barnett, presented in a paper before the
Texas Medical Association in Dallas, 1952. Dr. Barnett, an orthopedic
surgeon, remarked on the low incidence of tooth decay and rapid
healing of broken bones among these residents, and offered this
“[The local] water and foods have a very high magnesium and
iodine content and recently we have proven that all of the trace
minerals known to be essential are present in the water and foods
grown in that area.” Further, Dr. Barnett had found that the
magnesium bone content of the average Deaf Smith County resident was
up to five times higher than that of a resident of Dallas, while the
concentrations of calcium and phosphorus were about the same in both
groups. His observations led him to state that “[o]ne of the
most important aspects of the disease osteoporosis has been almost
totally overlooked. That aspect is the role played by
Rodale emphasizes the fact that Dr. Barnett gave much of the credit
for these health benefits to the high magnesium content of the local
water, and noted many signs of superior bone development among people
in the area:
“Dr. Barnett makes mention of the fact that people in older
years frequently have fracture of the cervical neck of the femur and
these are very difficult to heal in many localities. However, he
noted that this fracture rarely occurs in Deaf Smith County, whereas
it was common in Dallas County, Texas, where he also practiced. When
a fracture did occur in Deaf Smith, healing was easy and rapid even
in people eighty to one hundred years old. In contrast, fractures in
Dallas were common and very difficult to heal, if not
Over fifty years ago Dr. Barnett tested the magnesium levels of five
thousand people and found sixty percent of them to be deficient. How
much more of the population is deficient today, when all of the
negative conditions contributing to that deficiency have been
Food Sources OF Magnesium
As we’ve mentioned, if farm soils are well-mineralized, leafy green
vegetables, seeds, tree nuts and whole grains are fairly good sources
of magnesium. Certain wild-crafted forage foods really stand out,
however, such as nettles (860 mg per 100 grams) and chickweed (529 mg
per 100 grams), and add many tonic and nutritive benefits to both
human and livestock diets largely due to their high mineral content.
Kelp, ancient denizen of the sea, contains spectacular levels, as do
most sea vegetables. Remember that they are continually bathed in a
solution whose third most abundant mineral is magnesium. And
authentic, unrefined sea salt is a very good source of magnesium,
along with trace minerals. Utilizing bone broths on a daily basis will
provide another excellent source of minerals, including magnesium, in
a highly assimilable form.
Strategies For Magnesiul Supplementation
Even with ideal digestive conditions, only a percentage of magnesium
in foods will be absorbed – less when amounts in the body are adequate
and more if there is a deficiency. This is also true of magnesium
supplements, and there are many of them on the market to confuse you.
For the average person, magnesium supplementation is safe to
experiment with on your own, especially if you know you have symptoms
that could be related to magnesium deficiency or are under extra
stress, and so on. Excess magnesium is excreted in urine and the
stool, and the most common response to too much magnesium is loose
stools. Those with renal insufficiency or kidney disease, extremely
slow heart rate, or bowel obstruction should avoid magnesium therapy.
General dosage recommendations range from about 3 to 10 milligrams per
pound of body weight, depending upon physical condition, requirements
for growth (as in children), and degree of symptoms.
Oral magnesium supplements are available in organic salt chelates,
such as magnesium citrate and magnesium malate. These are fairly well
absorbed, especially in powder forms to which you add water and can
tailor your dosage. It is important to divide your dosage during the
day so that you do not load your body with too much magnesium in any
single dose. Carolyn Dean recommends taking your first dose early in
the morning and another in the late afternoon – these correspond to
times when magnesium levels are low in the body. Is it just a
coincidence that these times of low magnesium and low energy also
correspond to the cultural rituals of morning coffee and afternoon
Loose stools indicate you are not absorbing the magnesium, but that it
is acting as a laxative. When the magnesium travels through the
intestines in less than twelve hours, it is merely excreted rather
than absorbed. If you find you cannot overcome the laxative effect by
varying your dosages, you may want to try an oral supplement that is
chelated to an amino acid, such as magnesium taurate and magnesium
glycinate, which some consider to be better absorbed than the salt
forms and less likely to cause loose stools. For those who need a
little help with digestion, such as young children, older adults, and
anyone with reduced stomach acid or bowel dysbiosis, consider
homeopathic magnesium, also referred to as tissue salts or cell salts.
Magnesia phosphorica 6X is the appropriate dosage, and it works to
usher magnesium into the cells where it belongs. It is also indicated
as a remedy for muscle spasms and cramps of many varieties. Mag phos
can help reduce and eliminate loose stools while you are supplementing
with oral magnesium, giving you a positive sign that your body is
indeed taking the magnesium into the cells.
Yet another option for oral magnesium supplementation is ionic
magnesium in liquid form, such as that offered by Trace Minerals
Research. This is a sodium-reduced concentration of sea water from the
Great Salt Lake in Utah. Only about a teaspoon is needed to deliver
about 400 milligrams of magnesium (along with seventy-two other trace
minerals), which should be taken in divided amounts during the day. I
recommend adding this to soups (made with bone-broth bases of course)
as the strong mineral taste is hard to take straight. You can also add
this to spring and other drinking water to up the magnesium content
and use it in cooking. By “micro-dosing” your food and water
in this fashion you greatly reduce any laxative effects a large dose
of magnesium might elicit.
Another potential way to get more magnesium into your system is via
the pleasant method of soaking in a bath of magnesium sulfate,
otherwise known as Epsom salts. Commonly used to ease muscle aches and
pains, magnesium sulfate also importantly helps with detoxification
when sulfur is needed by the body for this purpose. When used
intravenously, magnesium sulfate can save lives in such crises as
acute asthma attack, onset of myocardial infarction, and eclampsia in
A couple of cups of Epsom salts added to a hot bath will induce
sweating and detoxification; after the water cools a bit, the body
will then absorb the magnesium sulfate. According to Mark Sircus in Transdermal
Magnesium Therapy, the effects from a bath of Epsom salts,
although pleasant, are brief as magnesium sulfate is difficult to
assimilate and is rapidly lost in the urine. Magnesium chloride, which
can also be used in baths, is more easily assimilated and metabolized,
and so less is needed for absorption.
Finally, magnesium may be applied topically in a form commonly called
magnesium “oil.” This is actually not an oil at all, but a
supersaturated concentration of magnesium chloride and water. It does
feel oily and slippery when applied to the skin, but it absorbs
quickly, leaving a slightly tacky, “sea salt” residue that
can be washed off. There are many advantages to transdermal magnesium
therapy, since the gastrointestinal tract is avoided altogether and
there is no laxative effect. Next to intravenous magnesium
administration, transdermal therapy provides a greater amount of
magnesium to be absorbed than even the best tolerated oral
supplements, and can restore intracellular concentrations in a matter
of weeks rather than the months required for oral supplementation.
It is likely safe to say that most people would benefit from an
increased supply of magnesium in their diets, especially in these
times of so many dietary, environmental, and social stressors. Of
course no single nutrient stands alone in relation to the body, and
the first priority is to eat a varied diet of whole plant and animal
foods from the best sources near you. Adding extra magnesium, however,
might be the missing nutritional link to help us guard against heart
disease, stroke, depression, osteoporosis and many other disorders. In
the prevention and alleviation of these diseases, magnesium can be