Magnesium Chloride For Health and Rejuvenation
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  • 1. ==== ====Get free e-books on a variety of topics from Affiliate Marketing to how to heal with crystals.http://thothknows.blogspot.com/==== ===="Magnesium is nothing short of a miracle mineral in its healing effect on a wide range of diseasesas well as in its ability to rejuvenate the aging body. We know that it is essential for many enzymereactions, especially in regard to cellular energy production, for the health of the brain and nervoussystem and also for healthy teeth and bones. However, it may come as a surprise that in the formof magnesium chloride it is also an impressive infection fighter.The above statement by Walter Last (1)is no exaggeration in summarising the overridingimportance of magnesium for our health. It is doubly true because the magnesium intake with ourfood has greatly declined due to the use of inorganic fertilisers with an oversupply of calcium, andalso because the medical profession overemphasises our need for a high calcium intake andexcessive calcium supplementation at the expense of magnesium. While calcium and magnesiumwork together in the body, they are also opposites in their effects on our metabolism. This islargely due to the activity of the parathyroid glands which try to keep the combined product ofcalcium and magnesium in our blood steady and balanced against phosphorus. If magnesiumlevels are low then calcium levels need to rise to remain in balance. Where does this extra calciumcome from? From the bones and teeth of course! This is even more of a problem when theparathyroids are chronically overstimulated, usually combined with an underactive thyroid. This isa common situation with the presence of Candidiasis, mercury fillings and root canal fillings; allappear to depress thyroid functions and overstimulate the parathyroids. What does the body dowith the excess calcium in the blood? It dumps it into tissue wherever there is some chronicinflammation. This leads, for instance, to the calcification of joints as in arthritis, to the calcificationof ovaries and other glands resulting in declining hormone production, while calcifying kidneyseventually require dialysis, and calcifications in breast tissue, especially the milk ducts, lead tounnecessary mastectomies and other invasive treatment.Magnesium for Healthy Bones and TeethMedical authorities claim that the widespread incidence of osteoporosis and tooth decay inwestern countries can be prevented with a high calcium intake. However, published evidencereveals that the opposite is true. Asian and African populations with a very low intake of about300mg of calcium daily have very little osteoporosis. Bantu women with an intake of 200 to 300mgof calcium daily have the lowest incidence of osteoporosis in the world. In western countries with ahigh intake of dairy products the average calcium intake is about 1000mg. The higher the calciumintake, especially in the form of cows milk products (except butter) the higher the incidence ofosteoporosis. Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus levels are kept in a seesaw balance by theparathyroid hormones. If calcium goes up, magnesium goes down and vice versa. With a lowmagnesium intake, calcium goes out of the bones to increase tissue levels, while a highmagnesium intake causes calcium to go out of the tissues into the bones. A high phosphorusintake without a high calcium or magnesium intake causes calcium to leach from the bones and
  • 2. leave the body with the urine. A high phosphorus intake with high calcium and magnesium leadsto bone mineralisation. Dr Lewis B. 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 andlow magnesium concentration osteoporosis and hip fractures were very common, while inHereford 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%. Inanother comparison the magnesium content in bones of osteoporosis sufferers was 0.62% while inhealthy individuals it was 1.26% (9). The same applies for healthy teeth. In a New Zealand study itwas 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 crushbones it is 5%. In regard to the strength of bones and teeth think of calcium as chalk and ofmagnesium as superglue. The magnesium superglue binds and transforms the chalk into superiorbones and teeth (9). One patient reported to Walter Last "My Doctor rang Friday afternoon re myBone Density Scan and wanted to know what I have been doing over the last two years. I askedwhy, and she said by looking at the 2005 and 2006 Scans, the 2008 Scan had improved, shecouldnt believe it, and said normally when you are in the Osteoporosis range, you dont come outof it" (10). That doctor was actually saying that she knew the accepted treatment of high calciumsupplementation does not work, but they use it anyway. This patient had reversed the medicaltreatment by lowering calcium and greatly increasing magnesium intake (in addition to boron).Magnesium Absorption and DosageA solution to this problem is to lower calcium levels in the blood by keeping up a high intake ofmagnesium. However, any excess magnesium is quickly lost with the urine. Therefore, to keepcalcium in the bones and teeth rather than around the joints and in the soft tissue, we need asteady supply of magnesium. Traditionally magnesium in our diet has been mainly in ionic formand has been converted in the stomach into magnesium chloride, or it is bound to protein andespecially chlorophyll, and then it is also broken down and ends up for absorption as magnesiumchloride or chelated magnesium. Therefore when supplementing we may as well use magnesiumchloride directly instead of magnesium oxide or hydroxide and other forms that require additionalhydrochloric acid. Magnesium chloride also has another advantage: it provides ions of magnesiumand chloride which are both required to stimulate the activity of digestive enzymes and forproducing hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Magnesium sulphate, also known as Epsom salts, ispoorly absorbed and therefore attracts water in the colon and functions as a laxative. In nature,and if grown in mineral-rich soils, magnesium is also bound to fruit acids, such as citric acid, and iseasily absorbed in this form. While most forms of magnesium have a good bioavailability, chelateswith amino acids and magnesium bound to fruit acids also have a beneficial alkalising effect on thebody. The efficiency of magnesium absorption varies inversely with quantity of magnesium intake.Magnesium is absorbed into the body primarily from the ileum of the small intestine.When consuming the RDI (Recommended Dietary Intake) of magnesium, which is between 360and 410mg a day, we absorb approximately 50% of magnesium, but when ingesting sub-optimalquantities we may absorb as much as 75%. Absorption decreases rapidly when more than 200mgis consumed at one time, therefore the importance of taking magnesium in divided dosesthroughout the day. Magnesium chloride is salty-bitter. To get used to it, dissolve some in waterand start mixing only a few drops with your meal. Gradually over several weeks or months
  • 3. increase it to a teaspoon of concentrated solution daily divided between meals. Alternatively youmay drink it very diluted during a meal. This provides about 500mg of magnesium daily. With signsof increased requirements, such as stress, advancing age, cardiovascular problems and othersigns of calcification up to1000mg are recommended by health practitioners. The intestinalabsorption of magnesium declines with aging and the presence of gastrointestinal disorders, andespecially with dysbiosis caused by antibiotics and other medical drugs. Excessive loss ofmagnesium in urine can also be a side effect of some medical drugs. (4) A study shows that overtwo-thirds of Americans do not consume even the low level of the RDI of magnesium, and 19%use less than one-half of this (3). It is obvious that conditions are not much better in Australia. Itmay take up to 3 month or longer of oral magnesium supplementation to replenish intracellularmagnesium status, and according to Dr. Norm Shealy it can take up to a year. (9)Magnesium Oil in Transdermal TherapyAll these problems make it more attractive to use magnesium chloride transdermally (absorptionthrough the skin), and so bypassing the digestive system with the need for hydrochloric acid and awell functioning digestive tract. Magnesium chloride consists of 11.8% magnesium bound to88.2% chloride. It is produced through evaporation from saline waters, mainly sea water and theDead Sea. After removal of sodium chloride the "bittern" remain containing mainly magnesiumchloride and magnesium sulphate. (2). Chloride is much less bitter than sulphate. In the dry formmagnesium chloride is usually sold hydrated with 6 molecules of water (hexahydrate) for each unitof magnesium with 2 chloride ions (MgCl2), and consists of white hygroscopic (water-attracting)flakes. This affinity to water leads itself to be used as a product called "Magnesium Oil", which canbe applied to the skin as a transdermal magnesium therapy. It is not oil in the true sense, but hasthe feel of oil when rubbed on the skin. Rejuvenation by ingesting more magnesium is a slowprocess, especially as the amount of magnesium that we can take is limited by its laxative effectand the need to keep it in a reasonable balance with the calcium and phosphorus intake. Theother problem is that spastic muscles have a poor blood and lymph circulation, which makes itdifficult for the ingested magnesium to dissolve and flush out the tissue and joint calcifications.This then calls for the use of magnesium oil. We can greatly speed up the rejuvenation process byincreasing the circulation through permanently contracted muscles as with deep tissue massageusing magnesium oil, or using it as hot packs or just for frequent rubs. However, one needs to becareful with sensitive skin as it may sting for a while. In this case best dilute it to an acceptablelevel. If rubbed on in a rather diluted form it may gradually disappear into the skin, but inconcentrated form it just remains sticky and needs to be washed or showered off after some time.However, with many conditions, such as arthritis and other forms of stiffness and pain it can begood to put on some old cloths and keep it on overnight.Antimicrobial Action of MagnesiumWe can see here that magnesium is a great infection fighter as well, which none of the othermagnesium combination can claim to be. The first prominent researcher to investigate andpromote the antibiotic effects of magnesium was a French surgeon, Prof. Pierre Delbet MD. In1915 he was looking for a solution to cleanse wounds of soldiers, because he found thattraditionally used antiseptics actually damaged tissues and encouraged infections instead ofpreventing them. In all his tests magnesium chloride solution was by far the best. Not only was itharmless for tissues, but it also greatly increased leucocyte activity and phagocytosis, thedestruction of microbes (5). Later Prof. Delbet also performed experiments with the internal
  • 4. applications of magnesium chloride and found it to be a powerful immune-stimulant. In hisexperiments phagocytosis increased by up to 333%. This means after magnesium chloride intakethe same number of white blood cells destroyed up to three times more microbes than before (5).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,Parkinsons disease, tremors and muscle cramps; acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts and itching skin;impotence, prostatic hypertrophy, cerebral and circulatory problems; asthma, hay fever, urticariaand anaphylactic reactions. Hair and nails became stronger and healthier and patients had moreenergy (5). Prof. Delbet also found a very good preventative effect on cancer and curedprecancerous conditions such as leukoplasia, hyperkeratosis and chronic mastitis. Epidemiologicalstudies confirmed that regions with magnesium-rich soil had less cancer than those with lowmagnesium levels. Researchers at the Lille Pasteur Institute found in a prospective study with over4,000 men over an 18-year follow up period that high levels of magnesium were associated with a50% decrease in cancer mortality, and a 40% decrease in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality(5). Prof. Delbet used to give magnesium chloride solution routinely to his patients with infectionsand for several days before any planned surgery and was surprised by many of these patientsexperiencing euphoria and bursts of energy.Magnesium chloride supposedly has a specific action on the tetanus virus and its effects on thebody. It even seems to be protective against snakebites. Guinea pigs did not die after normallylethal injections of snake venom and a rabbit survived a poisonous snakebite when givenmagnesium chloride solution (5). Another French doctor, A. Neveu, cured several diphtheriapatients with magnesium chloride within two days. He also published 15 cases of poliomyelitis thatwere cured within days if treatment was started immediately or within months if paralysis hadalready 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, gastroenteritis, boils,abscesses, whitlow, infected wounds and osteomyelitis (5). In more recent years Dr Vergini andothers have confirmed these earlier results and have added more diseases to the list of successfuluses: acute asthma attacks, shock, tetanus, herpes zoster, acute and chronic conjunctivitis, opticneuritis, rheumatic diseases, many allergic diseases, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and beneficialeffects in cancer therapy. In all of these cases magnesium chloride had been used and gave muchbetter results than other magnesium compounds. (5)Magnesium for Nerves.Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system. With this, it is frequently used to promotegood sleep. But more importantly, it can be used to calm irritated and over-excited nerves. This isespecially useful with epileptic seizures, convulsions in pregnant women and the shakes inalcoholism. Magnesium levels are generally low in alcoholics, contributing or causing many of theirhealth 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 irregularheartbeat all respond to increased magnesium levels. A common phenomenon of magnesiumdeficiency is a sharp muscle reaction to an unexpected loud noise. Memory pills have beenmarketed that consist mainly of magnesium (9). Sleep in magnesium deficiency is restless,agitated and disturbed by frequent nighttime awakenings. However, all forms of magnesium arenot equally effective. In a study of more than 200 patients, Dr. W. Davis used magnesium chloride
  • 5. as a possible means of combating insomnia.The researcher reported that sleep was induced rapidly, was uninterrupted, and that wakingtiredness disappeared in ninety-nine percent of the patients. In addition, anxiety and tensiondiminished during the day. (8) Many of the symptoms of Parkinsons disease can be overcomewith high magnesium supplementation, shaking can be prevented and rigidity eased. Withpreeclampsia pregnant women may develop convulsions, nausea, dizziness and headaches. Inhospitals 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 andmigraines. Even the number of suicides is linked to magnesium deficiency: the lower themagnesium content in soil and water in a given region the higher the rates of suicides (9). Epilepsyis marked by abnormally low magnesium levels in the blood, spinal fluid and brain, causinghyperexcitability in regions of the brain. There are many reported causes of epilepsy greatlyimproving or disappearing with magnesium supplementation. In a trial with 30 epileptics 450mg ofmagnesium supplied daily successfully controlled seizures. Another study found that the lower themagnesium blood levels the more severe was the epilepsy. Magnesium works best combined withvitamin B6 and zinc. In sufficient concentrations, magnesium inhibits convulsions by limiting orslowing the spread of the electric discharge from an isolated group of brain cells to the rest of thebrain. Even the initial burst of firing nerve cells that starts an epileptic attack can be suppressedwith magnesium (9).Magnesium for RejuvenationCalcium and magnesium are opposites in their effects on our body structure. As a general rule, thesofter our body structure the more we need calcium, while the more rigid and inflexible it is, theless calcium and the more magnesium we need. Magnesium can everse the age-relateddegenerative 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 andhigh magnesium levels in their cells and soft tissues. They generally need high calcium intakes.This is the biochemistry of youth. As we age and most pronounced in old men and post-menopausal women, we become more and more inflexible. The arteries harden to causearteriosclerosis, 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 andwrinkled.In this way calcium is in the same league as oxygen and free radicals, while magnesium workstogether with hydrogen and the antioxidants to keep our body structure soft. While a highermagnesium intake is beneficial for most individuals, those with low blood pressure usually requiremore calcium in addition. Normal blood pressure is about 120/80; the lower it is the higher shouldbe the daily intake of calcium. While those with high blood pressure may benefit from ingesting upto twice as much magnesium as calcium, those with low blood pressure may take twice as muchcalcium as magnesium, but both minerals in relatively high amounts. Those with low bloodpressure and a tendency towards inflammations may also reduce their intake of phosphorus. Agynaecologist reported that some 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 andthey felt and looked much younger. Most of these women said that they lost weight, increasedtheir energy, felt less depressed and enjoyed sex again much more than before. For men it is
  • 6. equally beneficial for problems arising from an enlarged prostate gland. Symptoms commonlyimprove after a period of supplementation with magnesium chloride (11).Other Health BenefitsWe see how essential magnesium is to the normal function of the cardiovascular and nervoussystem as well as in over 300 enzyme reactions and in energy production..In The lists of thehealth benefits magnesium exerts on the different body systems and this long. Many of themalready mentioned here and includes, the cardiovascular and nervous system, and energyproduction followed by digestive, respiratory, excretory, lymphatic/immune, musculoskeletal,respiratory and reproductive system, not to mention it positive influence on metabolism like weight,blood sugar and cholesterol control. It is needed for protein, starch and fat metabolism and isimportant in liver, thyroid and parathyroid function, even hearing, vision and oral health are listed.Pathologies associated with magnesium deficiencies are staggering: Hypertension and othercardiovascular diseases, kidney and liver damage, migraine, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma,Alzheimers disease, recurrent bacterial infections, fungal infections, premenstrual syndrome,calcium and potassium deficiency, diabetes, cramps, muscle weakness, impotence, aggression,fibromas, hearing loss and iron accumulation (1). Increased magnesium helps to prevent ordissolve kidney stones and gall bladder stones. Activation of digestive enzymes and bileproduction as well as improving a healthy intestinal flora are factors that make magnesiumchloride beneficial in normalising our digestive processes, reducing digestive discomfort, bloatingand offensive stool odours. It actually reduces all offensive body odours, including underarm andfoot odour. This may explain why chlorophyll is generally very effective in reducing body odour, itis high in magnesium.Caution: Magnesium supplementation should be avoided with severe kidney problems (severerenal insufficiency when on dialysis), and also with myasthenia gravis. Be careful with severeadrenal weakness or with low blood pressure. Too much magnesium can cause muscleweakness, if this happens temporarily use more calcium.Copyright © 2009 Barbara Bourke and Walter Last. All rights reserved.Barbara Bourke has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years, eight of these as amanager and fitness instructor in her own fitness centre in Manly, Sydney, Australia. She laterreceived an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition and now works as a nutritionist in her clinic in Mackay,Queensland. In 2008 she and her friend Judie started a website business selling alternativenutritional supplements (which are recommended by Walter Last). She has written an e book"How to be Allergy Free". See: http://www.strideintohealth.comAbout the Co-author:Walter Last is a retired biochemist, research chemist, nutritionist and natural therapist who hasworked in Germany, New Zealand and Australia, where he is now based. He has writtennumerous health-related journal articles as well as several books, including The Natural Way toHeal. He has contributed several articles to NEXUS. Walters website http://www.health-science-spirit.com
  • 7. Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Barbara_Bourke==== ====Get free e-books on a variety of topics from Affiliate Marketing to how to heal with crystals.http://thothknows.blogspot.com/==== ====