(Cairns... Far North Queensland)
For Health and 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 leucocyte 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 preventative effect on cancer and cured pre-cancerous 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
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 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
hyperexcitability 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.
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 rapture 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 diseases 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.
for Healthy Bones and 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.
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 Seyle 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.
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
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. 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 disappear 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.
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.
Hydrated magnesium chloride
contains about 120 mg of magnesium per gram or 600 mg per rounded teaspoon. It
has a mild laxative effect. As a good maintenance intake to remain healthy you
may take a teaspoon daily in divided doses with meals, best use it instead of
table salt, it has a somewhat salty taste. With raised blood pressure and
symptoms of magnesium deficiency you may temporarily increase this to 2
teaspoons daily in divided doses. This may already cause 'loose stools' in some
but that is generally beneficial. However, with low blood pressure additional
calcium may be required together with about 300 mg of magnesium supplement for a
ratio of two parts of calcium to one part of magnesium.
Individuals with very sensitive
taste buds may start using it in tiny amounts mixed with strongly flavoured food
and increase doses very gradually. Alternatively, drink it in one gulp dissolved
in water while pinching your nose and quickly drink something pleasant
With acute infections dissolve 40
g or 8 slightly rounded teaspoons in 1 litre of water. With children commonly a
small glassful or 125 ml has been used every 6 hours. Adults may double this
dose by drinking this amount every 3 hours or even more until diarrhoea develops
and then cut back to a maintenance intake just below the level of diarrhoea
until the infection has cleared.
For daily use it may be more
convenient as well to dissolve the magnesium chloride in water. You may dissolve
10 lightly rounded teaspoons of the crystals in a medium size glass of water or,
more accurately, 50g in 150 ml of water. Decant and discard any undissolved
residue. Mix one teaspoon of this solution three times daily with food or drink
for a daily intake of about 600 mg of magnesium. This or a more concentrated
solution may also be used as a pack over tumours and infected, inflamed,
painful, stiff or calcified joints, muscles, adhesions or scar tissue. It is
also excellent as a back rub and to relax tense muscles anywhere and even to
rejuvenate ageing skin. For sensitive skin use it in a very diluted form. On
wounds it was commonly used in a 4% solution, that is 4 g or a level teaspoon in
100 ml or a small glass of water.
For quickest results with
insensitive skin use a friction massage: rub hard enough so that the skin
becomes hot and red. After doing this for several days a rash may develop over
the area and the skin becomes very sensitive. When this happens moisten the skin
only lightly with a much diluted magnesium chloride solution or soothe it with
the contents of a vitamin E oil capsule. Repeat the rubbing if necessary after
the skin has healed.
For general relaxation as well as
for back pain and arthritic or muscle pain and stiffness the cheaper Epsom salts
may be used. It is excellent to soak in a hot bath with the addition of about 1
kg of Epsom salts. Also hot Epsom salt packs may be used over stiff or painful
muscles and joints. Keep warm for one to two hours with a hot water bottle.
There is also a non-hydrated or
desiccated magnesium chloride available that contains approximately twice as
much magnesium as the hydrated product. If using this then just half the amounts
indicated above. It is now also available in tablet form but more expensive.
Instead of magnesium chloride, you
may use the brine from the production of sea salt. It has the advantage of
having more trace minerals than the technical magnesium chloride, but due to its
high content of magnesium sulphate it is also much more bitter. In Australia it
is available as 'sea minerals'.
While a higher magnesium intake is
beneficial for most individuals, those with low blood pressure usually require
more calcium in addition. Normal blood pressure is about 120/80; the lower it is
the higher should be the daily intake of calcium. While those with high blood
pressure benefit from ingesting twice as much magnesium as calcium, those with
low blood pressure may take twice as much calcium as magnesium, but both
minerals in relatively high amounts. Those with low blood pressure and a
tendency towards inflammations should also greatly reduce their intake of
phosphorus. A high level of phosphorus in the blood tends to cause magnesium and
calcium levels to be low.
Magnesium supplementation should
be avoided with severe kidney problems (severe renal insufficiency), and also
with myasthenia gravis. Be careful with severe adrenal weakness or with very low
blood pressure. Too much magnesium can cause muscle weakness, if this happens
temporarily use more calcium.
Magnesium is mainly found inside
the cells, it activates many enzymes and is necessary for the metabolism of
carbohydrates, fats and amino acids. It is essential for the functions of
muscles and nerves and for the formation of bones and teeth. Generally it
counteracts and regulates the influence of calcium.
Symptoms and Increased Requirements:
angina, arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis, blood pressure and cholesterol high,
heart infarcts, hypertension, strokes, tachycardia (fast pulse), thrombosis.
SYSTEM: colic, constipation, chronic diarrhoea, malabsorption,
pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
backache, convulsions, cramps, increased excitability/jumpiness, numbness,
nystagmus (rapid eye movements), spasms, tense/tight muscles, tingling, tremors.
SYSTEM: apathy, confusion, depression, disorientation, epilepsy,
hallucinations, irritability, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, nervousness,
neuritis paranoia, Parkinson's disease, poor memory, senility.
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
Fresh grass juice (e.g. wheat
grass, barley grass) and Barley Green powder, vegetable juices, kelp, seawater,
seafood, green leaves, molasses, soaked nuts and oily seeds, sprouted seeds.
Magnesium is the central mineral in chlorophyll, which has a similar protein
structure as haemoglobin.
Written and Authorised by Selwyn Johnston, Cairns FNQ 4870