** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

Here is the article from Bob on "EASE THAT ITCH" WRITTEN BY CAROLY DEAN

I've been researching magnesium for a long time...I think I bought the book by Carolyn Dean about 2 years ago...she doesn't mention applying magnesium transdermally...but I did find out that is the best way of getting it absorbed...... I had a stiff shoulder from I don't know what, but it hurt!!!! I applied magnesium oil and gel alternately and it took the pain away by 80% immediately! second day continued and it is still helping (today )
here is an article by an OMD that really helped me to understand how well it helps in so many areas of our well being....

<CENTER>Magnesium and Medicine</CENTER>

It never ceases to amaze me how much there is to learn about medicine and health, and specifically about the absolute necessity for healthcare workers of every type to wake up to the amazing power of magnesium chloride when applied directly to the skin. In my book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy I wrote one powerful line of prose that equated magnesium in importance to the air we breathe. It is without doubt an essential element, like water, and in fact when the water we drink is deficient or devoid of magnesium we have a serious health problem on our hands that requires action and resolution.

When it comes to magnesium, even when something is discovered that would help us and our children, the medical establishment ignores the fact. A good example of this: an obviously important study was published back in February of 1995, in Vol. 95, Number 2, p. 263 of Pediatrics. It showed that very low birth weight babies have a lower incidence of cerebral palsy (CP) when their mothers are treated with magnesium sulfate shortly before giving birth. This means that many babies could be helped using the transdermal magnesium oil I champion; it could very easily be applied to women’s bellies.

This intriguing finding means that use of a simple medication could significantly decrease the incidence of cerebral palsy and prevent
lifelong disability and suffering for thousands of Americans.
Dr. Zach W. Hall
Director of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Dr. Karin B. Nelson speculated that magnesium may play a role in brain development and possibly prevent cerebral hemorrhage in preterm infants. In animal models, magnesium has been associated with decreased brain injury after the brain has been deprived of oxygen. This is especially important for humans because doctors and nurses tend to cut the cord much too quickly after birth, simultaneously reducing blood volume, pressure and oxygen to the brain.

According to researchers who recently performed the first high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging studies on healthy newborns one quarter of babies born vaginally suffer small hemorrhages in their brains, perhaps from compression of the head during delivery. Most of this is probably due to the unnatural position women in hospitals are forced to assume during labor and delivery. Women on their backs and sacrum force the birth canal to constrict, closing the vagina by as much as thirty percent. Naturally this would put a big squeeze on infants’ brains as they come through the birth canal.

Magnesium, which is without doubt the most powerful safe nutritional “drug” on earth, is not considered a drug at all when taken orally or when used topically as a bath oil or salt. Doctors who know something about magnesium (very few) know that it is routinely used in emergency rooms to save lives in cases of cardiac arrest as well as for stroke victims. And here is something else I did not know about magnesium until recently:

Magnesium infusion reduces the requirement for other drugs to control
muscle spasms and cardiovascular instability in cases of severe tetanus.

Obviously no doctor’s office or family medicine cabinet should be without it. Magnesium chloride solutions gained from sea water evaporation (or by industrial pharmaceutical fabrication) offers a medical miracle to humanity, the one that many have sought but have not found. Nothing short of a miracle is to be expected in terms of general health status if cellular levels of magnesium are increased during illness. There is no wonder drug that can claim, in the clear, what magnesium chloride can. Approximately nine out of ten people will show dramatic improvements in the state of their health when they replete their magnesium levels and the very best way to do that is with magnesium chloride gained from the sea. With such “brine solutions” it is simple to apply the concentrate to the skin or pour it into bath water for a medical treatment without equal. Of course this is medical blasphemy which will upset public health officials.

In today's restrictive medical atmosphere seawater can only be referred
to as a "mineral drink". If the word "cure" were uttered or written
in relation to a brand name, the "offense" would be legally actionable.

The medical industrial complex is in trouble because they will not be able to restrict the use of magnesium chloride, which is available even in certain natural salts. A medical wonder drug is now widely available, one that is vastly cheaper, safer and more effective than anything the pharmaceutical companies have been able to develop. I have used the word miracle freely above in reference to both naturally derived magnesium chloride solutions and also the more toxic over-the-counter pharmaceutical grade type of magnesium chloride because both produce dramatic changes in person after person. So clear and observable are the effects that there is no mistake, no mysticism, no false claim made. Magnesium chloride is officially and legally a medicine when it is injected and that is of course with only the pharmaceutically produced powder, which unfortunately has about 25 times the amount of heavy metal pollution than natural sea brines, and it is especially heavy in lead. But that is also typical, since allopathic medicine always prefers the more toxic substances.

There are two mammoth unconsidered factors linked to the horrendous rise in diabetes in adults and children. The first is deficiency in magnesium, and the other is chemical poisoning. Another major contributing factor that is frequently ignored when we examine the onset of diabetes is dehydration. Magnesium deficiency is a predictor of diabetes; diabetics both need more magnesium and lose more magnesium than most people. In two new studies, using both men and women, those who consumed the most magnesium in their diet were least likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a report in the January 2006 issue of the journal Diabetes Care.

Magnesium chloride, when applied directly to the skin, is transdermally absorbed and has an almost immediate effect on chronic and acute pain. Transdermal magnesium therapy is also ideal for athletes who need high levels of magnesium. Oral magnesium is much less effective than transdermal magnesium in the treatment of injuries and tired worn out muscles. Perhaps the biggest difference between oral and transdermal supplementation of magnesium is seen in the area of pain management. Most importantly, according to Dr. Norman Shealy, is the fact that only through transdermal application does the master hormone DHEA shows increases.

One day soon even the beauty business is going to discover magnesium chloride as not only a natural skin rejuvenator but as a treatment for skin growths, including skin cancer. Let’s face it, a powerful cellular rejuvenator like magnesium makes us feel, and actually be, physiologically younger. Just the fact that full magnesium repletion will dramatically decrease the chance of us succumbing to a heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer makes it a life extender in its almost unlimited power to help us avoid both chronic and acute illnesses. Of course feeling and being younger on a cellular level is beautiful because health is beautiful. The beauty industry will enjoy having at its disposal transdermally applicable magnesium since it will help its clients actually look better. It will even stabilize and promote hair growth, such is its power on the cellular level.

If you add up all the pharmaceutical drugs that magnesium chloride can replace we are talking about hundreds of billions of dollars. This is not good news for an industry that is accustomed to making profits without end. But it is good news when you think that without the benefits to the broad population that magnesium offers, medical costs are doomed to double yet again in the coming decade.

Recently in the news it was said that grape juice seems to have the same protective effect against heart disease as red wine. "Grape juice can have a similar effect (against heart disease) as red wine but without the alcohol. That is a very important message," said Dr Valerie Schini-Kerth, lead author of a study published in the journal Cardiovascular Research. The reason? Grape juice just happens to be high in magnesium and in resveratrol. There are foods we can eat that are high in magnesium but it is almost impossible to eat our way back to full cellular magnesium levels if we are deficient. Officially, approximately 67 percent of the population is deficient in magnesium and certainly if a person eats refined foods (white rice, white bread) that number would approach 100 percent. Most processed foods actually strip food of its magnesium and in general magnesium levels in soils and foods have been dropping rapidly over the last century.

If we want health, graceful longevity, and cures for the pains, discomforts and diseases that confront us in modern life we will want to supplement heavily with magnesium chloride. Personally I choose the most natural form and that is magnesium taken from the sea. (Magnesium Oil) It is cleaner, stronger and more pleasant to use than magnesium manufactured industrially by pharmaceutical companies using hydrochloric acid. Magnesium chloride brine solutions from seawater are also rich in rare elements that are important for health and assist us in our efforts to recover from illness. I would rather have these minerals than a surplus of lead that is commonly found in fabricated products.

There are several other natural substances that stand right alongside magnesium chloride in regards to safety and effectiveness and these substances will be highlighted and promoted by the Federation for Safe and Effective Medicines (FSEM), which is associated with the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA), whose basic mission has been to seek out the safest and most effective natural treatment alternatives possible for the principle illnesses confronting humanity.

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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

This is info from a commercial site on dead sea salt for hot tubs and swimming pools...but good info....

Dead Sea Salt </CENTER>

The KAWAR salt original mineral composition improves cell metabolism and contributes to its restoration and regeneration. It also acts as a disinfectant and help in removing harmful substances from the skin.
The Sodium ions remove skin scales and improve its permeability. After penetrating into the skin, they bind the water and generate a feeling of suppleness, ideal for very dry skin.
Magnesium concentrations found in the Dead Sea are fifteen times higher than salts in other seas. Magnesium is essential for cell metabolism. For instance, a significant deficit in Magnesium has been discovered in skin scales and serum of patients with psoriasis. Magnesium supposedly affects the ripening of skin cells of psoriasis patients. Moreover, in cases of bronchi, Magnesium works as anti-allergic agent. (for Veronica to read)

Potassium improves the oxidation and regulates the electrical process of the muscles and the nervous system. Asthma patients achieve good results from inhaling the salt vapors.

Bromide concentration is 50 times higher than common salts. Thus having a very relaxing effect. Besides other minerals found in smaller amounts, the salt contains a natural tar called Bitumen which acts as an anti inflammatory agent.

more on the dead sea...

<CENTER>The Dead Sea & Psoriasis</CENTER>

The Dead Sea health resort in Israel has been offering effective treatment for a variety of skin disorders including psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema for over 30 years. The results have been nothing short of astounding. In short, no other health resort of this kind, has been shown to offer such effective treatment .

Whilst many 'health spas' have benefits relating to climate, water, mud and air, very few have all of them. The Dead Sea has unique climatic conditions which have been shown to offer excellent natural treatment for many health problems, although the resort is best known for its treatment for psoriasis and related skin conditions.

The Dead Sea atmosphere: - The lowest place on earth, over 400 metres below sea level, the Dead sea region has a dense air rich in bromine and other elements which filters and limits the ultraviolet B radiation from the sun, reducing the danger of sunburn and allowing longer exposure to the sun's rays. the thicker atmospheric pressure is also associated with an increase in oxygen - 5 per cent richer than air at sea level and 10 per cent higher than the air in Jerusalem, only a two hour drive away.

The Dead Sea water: - the water in the dead sea contains 345grams of mineral salts per litre and is approximately ten times higher in saline than ocean water and enriched by hydrogen sulfide gas. The major salts are magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium, although the proportion of sodium to total salts is, in fact, much less than that of ordinary sea water.

Drinking water: - The drinking water at the Dead Sea resort is drilled from underground aquifers or comes from fresh watersprings, some of which have been shown to have a selenium content.

Treatment for Psoriasis: - Treatment of psoriasis at the Dead sea is based upon a gradual increase in exposure to the sun combined with bathing in the Dead Sea. Cortisone preparations are not used and instead the treatment relies upon Vaseline, body oils, coal tar , sulfur and salicylic acid products. However, the main therapeutic agent is the sun, the topical applications are used principally to lubricate the skin.

The typical length of treatment is four weeks and the results of studies conducted over the past twenty years are extremely impressive, the latest study involving over 2,000 patients revealed that 60 per cent of sufferers experienced a complete clearance and a further 36 per cent experienced virtual clearance or significant improvement.

Although follow up research showed that the average remission period is 5.5. months, recurrent attacks tend to less severe than originally treated, and almost without exception, patients continue to respond well to the Dead Sea therapy . Interestingly, the recurrence of psoriasis following hydrocortisone and other conventional treatments is commonly more severe than before and, not infrequently the condition becomes resistant to treatment. Furthermore, whilst there is evidence of higher rates of skin cancer among patients who receive PUVA, there is no evidence of increased rates of skin cancer from patients who have visited the Dead Sea region in Israel.

Factors relating to the success of Dead sea treatment for psoriasis: - The successful results of the Dead Sea treatment of psoriasis may be due to a combination of the sun, the water and the climate. Undoubtedly the most important factor is exposure to the sun's rays. A recent study compared the results of sunbathing only with Dead Sea water bathing only and sunbathing and water bathing combined. Water bathing only produced an average improvement of 20 per cent; sun bathing only produced an average improvement of 72.8%, and sun bathing and water bathing produced 83.4%.

The amount of time patients should be exposed to the sun at the Dead sea has also been investigated. During July and August 1994, 45 psoriatic patients were treated at the Dead sea for 28 days using one of three sun-exposure schedules - 3 hours per day, 4.5 hours per day and 6 hours per day.

The results of that study revealed that those patients exposed to the sun for 3 hours a day experienced 91% improvement, those who were exposed for 4.5 hours experienced 87% improvement and those exposed for 6 hours experienced 88% improvement. These figures indicate that patients who visit the dead Sea during July and August only need to spend 3 hours in the sun each day.

In a further study conducted in Belgium, patients being treated with artificial UV radiation whilst being showered with water which contained 20% of mineral salts similar to those in the Dead Sea improved significantly more than the patients showered with plain water only, although the studies at the dead sea indicate that the additional improvement is only in the region of 10 per cent.

Psychological factors: - During a patient's stay at the Dead sea, it is thought that psychological factors may have an important influence. Patients tend to form mutually supportive groups and lose much of the shame and embarrassment, and are able to socialise freely and not worry about covering up their lesions. The patients also tend to become hopeful and optimistic after seeing their skin and others' improve.

Miscellaneous factors: -One or two other factors may also contribute to the success of the treatment of psoriasis at the Dead sea. The air is very high in bromine - ten to twenty times higher than that found in Jerusalem . Bromine tends to help relax patients and as the condition is well acknowledged as being stress-related, this may help alleviate the psoriasis.

One other factor is, as mentioned above, the high amount of oxygen in the air at the Dead sea. Oxygen is a vital nutrient to help cleanse and nourish the body's tissues.

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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

This is where i get my magnesium gel and magnesium oil both from sea water!

I have been using both but only had the 8 ounce size ...just ordered the gallon size oil and 2 bottles of the 8 ounce gel.... the oil is recommended for foot baths and tub baths.....(hot tub for me)

I found another place but it was double this price...same size same product!!!

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** Originally posted by anaxarete **

I take magensium tablets, but they were prescribed for my hyperthyroidism, although I have noticed a slight improvement with my skin. never really made the link. Although mine are a prescription-only variety.

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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

A prescription magnesium?
wow didn't know they had that!

I mentioned above my stiff shoulder and the pain from it....this has been going on for a couple months and I just figured out where it came from....I think!
After I read Dr Deans book on magnesium I took it all the was the one thing that helped the night time leg and foot doctor, a couple years ago, told me to take mag, for the leg cramps but...I didn't think that was it!!!! .......ha......

turns out it was......

so thanks to Dr. Dean I started

then I found a good calcium/mag capsule (I had been lax about the calcium part) combo so took that and lapsed on the mag. by itself.......

after a few months the shoulder started hurting, in the muscle area....sometimes even on down the length to the elbow area! and then on up to my neck! I'm thinking ....chiropractor!

then I read the magnesium articles and put two and two together....I was experiencing too much cal without enough mag.

when I put the mag oil on the skin (transdermal) it got absorbed immediately!!!

this is the third day and I can't believe how much better the whole aching mess is!!!!

this must be great for athletes! or anyone with backache......or any aches!

I have this very small amount left, that I'm making last til my order gets here.......
I ordered a gallon of the oil so think I will be adding it to the dead sea salts in the hot tub.........since the minerals in the salts are very high in mag. that must be one reason they help psoriasis in some way.........

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** Originally posted by MadCat **

I had a stiff shoulder from I don't know what, but it hurt!!!! I applied magnesium oil and gel alternately and it took the pain away

Never heard of magnesium oil.

However, I take 5g of a magnesium powder everyday (Ultra Muscleze by Bio Ceuticals) and it is fantastic.

I take it before I go to the gym to give me energy, also after the gym or after a deep tissue massage, to ease muscle pain.

Before I started taking it, I could only manage 15 mins on the treadmill but within days of starting to take it, I could manage over 60 mins.

As a strange and odd twist, if I take it before bed, it helps me sleep.

No idea if it helps my P but certainly does not harm it.

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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

DHEA and Magnesium
Levels of DHEA decline with age. The research suggests that supplements with the DHEA hormone in our middle age and older years will bring the levels trick to those of' youth. This could help us live longer and improve the quality of our lives. Remember that when we bring DHEA up, we also bring up the critically important mineral magnesium. There is virtually no illness that is not helped significantly by magnesium! Please review the long list of illnesses above associated with magnesium deficiency.

DHEA level is the major reflector of stress reserves and overall health. Low levels of DHEA have been reported in AIDS, Alzheimer's, many types of cancer, coronary artery disease, depression, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, lupus, erythematosus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and viral infections; i.e., almost all disease!

who is Dr. C. Norman Shealy

in searching for magnesium oil I found several different places...some multi-level marketing but not all

the price range was from $100 a gallon to $45 a gallon!

I found some sites that explain DHEA and has an magnesium oil called magic Oil is a commercial product but the article is very explanatory

Applications of Magic Oil and reported results:

Magnesium Oil massaged into arthritic joints will often give almost instant relief from pain

Magnesium Oil sprayed on sun damaged skin regularly will begin to rejuvenate from the inside out and after a few months will be significantly restored.

Magnesium Oil sprayed on wrinkled skin will eventually begin to smooth out the wrinkles

Magnesium Oil sprayed and massaged into graying hair each evening and left on overnight, will begin to restore natural hair color within weeks and stimulate the growth of hair and greatly improve hair texture.

Magnesium Oil massaged onto balding areas of the scalp will begin to induce the growth of new hair.

Magnesium Oil sprayed into the mouth several times daily will stimulate the medulla elongata (?) and develop enamel on the teeth.

Magnesium Oil massaged into fibromyalgia type pain will often quickly provide relief

Magnesium Oil mixed into a hot bath with some Prill water, will provide a very relaxing soak while delivering a huge amount of magnesium to the cells.

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

Magnesium Oil mixed with a little frankincense and myrrh and regularly rubbed into scar tissue will cause that tissue to reform into normal tissue.

Magnesium Oil rubbed onto skin tags will cause them to eventually drop off.

Magnesium Oil used in a bath or sprayed on after a shower, will relieve stress.

Magnesium Oil may be used in a foot bath or even a hand bath if circumstances or condition do not permit soaking in a tub and the full benefits of a soak can still be experienced. In only 15 to 20 minutes, our magnesium deficient bodies will extract all of the available magnesium.

Magnesium oil is best for very localized application of magnesium, like spraying it on an area of psoriasis, on arthritic joints, on resistant skin rashes, on your hair, or on any other localized problem area.

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** Originally posted by filmgirl **

Question? Do epsom salts work the same way in a bath as the mag oil or is the oil better?


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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

No I just read another article that explained that epsom salts did not work the same...I'll find it after the movie I'm watching :D we're on a cig break.........son!!! :rolleyes: :(

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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

Here is where Mark Sircus talks abour Epsom salts...the full article is at the link...long article but a good one!

According to Daniel Reid the Epsom salts some people take as a magnesium supplement contains magnesium sulfate, which is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate. This would explain in part why the effects from Epsom salt baths do not last. Whole sea salt contains magnesium chloride and magnesium bromide, which are easily assimilated and metabolized in the human body. Kirkman's Magnesium Sulfate Topical Cream utilizes transdermal principles. Kirkman's Magnesium Sulfate Cream, according to the company, is a soft, creamy and very quickly absorbed emulsion containing 100 mg. of Magnesium Sulfate USP per one gram of cream.

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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

I have the older book on "THE MAGNESIUM MIRACLE" from a few years seems now that Dr Dean prefers the magnesium is her take on it!

The Magnesium Miracle
By Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
Every day I hear another magnesium success story. My editor for the UK edition of The Miracle of Magnesium told me that as soon as she read my manuscript she gave magnesium to a friend who had severe muscle cramps. Her friend had visited several doctors and nobody could diagnosis her condition or offer her relief. Magnesium helped her immediately. My book agent’s brother can’t believe how much his energy has improved on magnesium and his wife’s menopausal symptoms are lifting since she began taking supplements.

And every day I also hear distressing stories about magnesium deficiency. Just today walking along the beach near my home I met an 80-year old gentleman who asked me to sit and talk. Julius said he used to walk up and down the beach like me but now his arthritis prevented him. But he said he only began having symptoms of arthritis after taking medication for slightly elevated cholesterol. Instead of a diet and magnesium, his doctor immediately put him on a cholesterol-lowering drug. When he began developing pain, which was obviously from the drug, instead of stopping the drug and giving magnesium to lower cholesterol, to help detoxify the drug, and also lessen muscle cramps, his doctor gave him a strong pain medication. And then his ankles began to swell and Julius said his doctor gave him a diuretic!

And so the story goes, one drug causing symptoms that demand another drug. That’s what doctors learn about in medical school: drugs. They don’t learn about diet and nutrients, so it seems that all they know how to do is prescribe drugs. Julius said he was going to tell his doctor to change his cholesterol medication, which, by the way, in several years had only dropped his cholesterol of 205 to 185. I told him to go on a cholesterol-lowering diet and take magnesium. Even though Julius said he was mad about having to take the drugs and he wished he had been given a diet in the first place, Julius said he would have to ask his doctor before taking the magnesium. And my heart sank, because his doctor probably didn’t learn about magnesium supplementation in medical school and would probably say it’s unnecessary.

Doctors know potassium deficiency is a danger for people on diuretics but they don’t acknowledge that magnesium is also flushed out in equal measure. Magnesium deficiency goes undiagnosed and unrecognized because until recently there was no accurate blood test for magnesium*. Patients are warned to take potassium supplements or eat oranges and bananas, but no advice is given about magnesium. Magnesium is not as readily available as potassium; it’s deficient in the soil and most fertilizers don’t contain magnesium, so most foods are lacking. Also cooking and processing foods depletes magnesium. It’s found in whole grains, greens, nuts and seeds, but most people don’t eat much, if any, of those foods.

And yet, for some reason doctors think that we get all our nutrients in our very SAD, Standard American Diet and they don’t recognize the need for nutrient supplementation. It all stems back to a medical education that is funded by drug companies that have no vested interest in promoting nutrients. Vitamins and minerals can’t be patented and are relatively inexpensive. My research for The Miracle of Magnesium reminded me that all the metabolic processes in the body, ALL OF THEM, depend on vitamins and minerals, which act as necessary co-factors. Magnesium itself is a co-factor and responsible for the function of 325 enzymes; is an absolute requirement for calcium to be incorporated into bone; keeps toxic chemicals out of the brain; dances with calcium to create nerve impulses and muscle impulses; keeps muscles relaxed, including the heart and blood vessels, and triggers dozens of health conditions if it is deficient.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is between 350 and 400 milligrams per day, which is just enough to ward off outright deficiency. But for optimal health and for the twenty-two conditions that are triggered by magnesium deficiency, perhaps twice as much magnesium is needed. One of the highest sources of magnesium is kelp, but one tsp. only has about 30 milligrams. One tablespoon of almonds has 33 milligrams. Because we probably don’t get nearly enough magnesium from out diet we have to investigate magnesium supplements.

I use several types of magnesium. However, I stopped using magnesium oxide in 2005 when I read a study that showed only 4 percent of the oxide form of magnesium is absorbed. That’s why magnesium oxide is a great laxative but if you want to stock up on magnesium you need to use other forms. I use magnesium citrate and magnesium taurate and also spray on magnesium oil after a shower. Magnesium oil is supersaturated magnesium chloride and because it’s used topically it doesn’t cause a laxative effect. And I find it really does work. I seem to have a very high requirement for magnesium and to get enough by mouth I can have a laxative reaction—but if I use magnesium oil, I only need to take half the amount of magnesium by mouth and therefore avoid loose stools.
You also have read labels when you buy magnesium products. For example a label may say magnesium taurate, or magnesium citrate, or magnesium glycinate, 500 milligrams, but when you look at the fine print on the back of the bottle you will notice the actual amount of magnesium is much less. The actual amount of magnesium in 500 mg of magnesium glycinate is 50 mg. Companies that make chelated minerals like magnesium glycinate and magnesium taurate claim that chelates are more readily absorbed. That may be the case, but how you tell is if they have less of a laxative effect.

The best way to tell if you are getting enough magnesium is the “bowel test”. You know when you have too much magnesium when your stools become loose. This, in fact, may be a blessing for people with constipation and is one of the many ways magnesium deficiency manifests. But, if you are like me and still get a Charlie horse or a heart palpitation when you don’t have enough magnesium, then reach for the magnesium oil.

The only contraindications to magnesium are caused in people with outright kidney failure, bowel obstruction, Myasthenia gravis, or heart block. Also, if you have a heart condition you may find that taking magnesium can lessen the need for heart medication and you should be under doctor’s supervision to guide this process.

The following 22 medical areas that magnesium deficiency triggers or causes have all been scientifically proven. However, since the publication of The Miracle of Magnesium people have sent me magnesium success stories that go beyond the following list. I’ve been told that magnesium has caused skin to become smooth, gums to heal, and improvements in sexual response. In the next edition of my book I’ll present updated research on the ability of magnesium to lower cholesterol in the same way as statin drugs but without the side effects. There is also evidence that magnesium is important for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. As I say in the book, if there you are able to only take one supplement—make sure it’s magnesium!

Magnesium deficiency triggers or causes the following conditions:

1. Anxiety and Panic attacks- Magnesium (Mg) normally keeps adrenal stress hormones under control.

2. Asthma- Both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with Mg deficiency.

3. Blood clots- Mg has an important role to play in preventing blood clots and keeping the blood thin-much like aspirin but without the side effects.

4. Bowel disease- Mg deficiency slows down the bowel causing constipation, which could lead to toxicity and malabsorption of nutrients, as well as colitis.

5. Cystitis- Bladder spasms are worsened by Mg deficiency.

6. Depression-Serotonin, which elevates moods, is dependent on Mg. A Mg-deficient brain is also more susceptible to allergens, foreign substances that can cause symptoms similar to mental illness.

7. Detoxification- Mg is crucial for the removal of toxic substances and heavy metals such as aluminum and lead.

8. Diabetes- Mg enhances insulin secretion, facilitating sugar metabolism. Without Mg insulin is not able to transfer glucose into cells. Glucose and insulin build up in the blood causing various types of tissue damage.

9. Fatigue- Mg-deficient patients commonly experience fatigue because dozens of enzyme systems are under-functioning. An early symptom of Mg deficiency is frequently fatigue.

10. Heart disease- Mg deficiency is common in people with heart disease. Mg is administered in hospitals for acute myocardial infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle, the heart muscle requires Mg. Mg is also used to treat angina, or chest pain.

11. Hypertension- With insufficient Mg, spasm of blood vessels and high cholesterol occur, both of which lead to blood pressure problems.

12. Hypoglycemia- Mg keeps insulin under control; without Mg episodes of low blood sugar can result.

13. Insomnia- Sleep-regulating melatonin production is disturbed without sufficient Mg.

14. Kidney Disease- Mg deficiency contributes to atherosclerotic kidney failure. Mg deficiency creates abnormal lipid levels and worsening blood sugar control in kidney transplant patients.

15. Liver Disease leading to liver failure- Mg deficiency commonly occurs during liver transplantation.

16. Migraine- Serotonin balance is Mg-dependent. Deficiency of serotonin can result in migraine headaches and depression.

17. Musculoskeletal conditions- Fibrositis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, eye twitches, cramps and chronic neck and back pain may be caused by Mg deficiency and can be relieved with Mg supplements.

18. Nerve problems- Mg alleviates peripheral nerve disturbances throughout the whole body, such as migraines, muscle contractions, gastrointestinal spasms, and calf, foot and toe cramps. It is also used in treating central nervous symptoms of vertigo and confusion.

19. Obstetrics and Gynecology- Mg prevents Premenstrual Syndrome; prevents dysmenorrhea (cramping pain during menses); is important in the treatment of infertility; and alleviates premature contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy. Intravenous Mg is given in obstetrical wards for pregnancy-induced hypertension and to lessen the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Mg should be a required supplement for pregnant mothers.

20. Osteoporosis- Use of calcium with Vitamin D to enhance calcium absorption without a balancing amount of Mg causes further Mg deficiency, which triggers a cascade of events leading to bone loss.

21. Raynaud’s Syndrome- Mg helps relax the spastic blood vessels that cause pain and numbness of the fingers.

22. Tooth decay- Mg deficiency causes an unhealthy balance of phosphorus and calcium in saliva, which damages teeth. Material excerpted from Dean, Carolyn. The Miracle of Magnesium (2003 Ballantine Books: New York, NY), 2003. pp. 5-7.

A test for cellular magnesium called EXATEST is available at

This updated article was originally printed in Total Health Magazine November, 2003.

Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND Proficient in both conventional and alternative medicine Dr. Dean offers Consultations for Health by Phone. Her website is and email address is Dr. Dean graduated from medical school in 1978 and holds a medical license in California. She is also a graduate of the Ontario Naturopathic College, now the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she sat on the Board of Governors for six years.

Dr. Dean is an expert in difficult to diagnose conditions such as digestive and intestinal disorders (IBS); hormone imbalance and estrogen dominance; and yeast overgrowth as evidenced by three of her books, IBS for DUMMIES, Hormone Balance, and The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health. Another of Dr. Dean’s areas of expertise is magnesium. In her latest book, The Magnesium Miracle she uncovers evidence of magnesium deficiency in 22 health conditions including heart disease, arthritis, PMS, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and anxiety. Dr. Dean is able to advise what types of magnesium are best suited for these conditions.

Dr. Dean has authored a total of twelve books to share her extensive knowledge in both traditional and alternative medicine. These titles include Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments, Menopause Naturally, Homeopathic Remedies for Children's Common Ailments, The Miracle of Magnesium, Everything Alzheimer's, Hormone Balance, The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health, IBS for Dummies, Death by Modern Medicine, The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health, Solve it With Supplements, and The Magnesium Miracle.

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** Originally posted by efogle **

gitoverit -- do you have any idea if the foot soak would help PPPP -- My feet are oh so sensitive to things and are really raw in places. I just spent 2 weeks at the beach and they improved greatly -- 2 weeks back home and they are peeling and raw in spots again.

I am on my 9th week of Raptiva and they are much much better even now than 2 months ago. At the time I decided to start the Raptiva I could barely walk and not without horrible pain.

I think the salt water helped, but I also think the very white, soft, powder-like sand help keep them very gently exfoliated.

I have been soaking in epsom salts since being back home but it is not helping like being at the beach.

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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

I think the owner of this site might be able to answer you better than I can...her name is Joan and she is quite knowledgable about magnesium and herbs....

magnesium oil might have to be diluted at first especially if you have open would sting til your body has absorbed enough mag....I just started the foot baths (have had 2) as that is the fastest and best way for absorbtion....the dead sea salts are high in magnesium have you ever considered that? but I think the pure mag. would be faster.....

just click on "CONTACT US" they give a list of how but I think calling and talking is best! H03fqq.txj

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** Originally posted by BrianV **


Ok, I just bought magnesium oil from the Health & Wisdom web site. I figure for $5 it's worth a try. Problem is, I thought I was ordering the gel and I ordered the drops by mistake. I want it mainly for my knees and shoulder and thought the gel would apply easier.

So my question has to do with application. What's the best way? Directly on the skin or just ingest the stuff?

Thanks for any advice you might have!


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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

ok I will go check out the drops....don't know what they are!!!til I look at the site....

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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

Take orally

Take 20 drops of Magnesium Oil sublingually (under the tongue) or place 20 drops of Magnesium Oil in a small amount of Prill or distilled water and drink. Magnesium Oil improves digestion and delivers magnesium into cells of the body. This may also be sprayed on food as a salt substitute!

This is what I copied from the web page.......I don't think you will see much happening with that small bottle...I bought a gallon and I put it in my bath water and use it as a foot soak....I also diluted it in a spray bottle 3/4 gel or oil with 1/4 prill water (or distilled water)

you can read here: H03fqq.txj

or their FAQ page for lots of info........

the gel is not as potent as the oil....I bought the gel a few weeks later to try!
It is great for sore muscles.....

I'm trying it on my scalp....will let everyone know how it is after I've been on it a while longer.......

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** Originally posted by catherinem **

I have just received the magnesium oil and gel and applied it a few times. It stings for awhile, i will dilute it. My psoriasis does not scale much it is just very red and hard. I am highly sensitive to the sun, i have PLE. This weekend I burned a bit. It usually takes a couple of weeks for the skin to go back to normal. I put the gel on my hands and that pretty much took care of the redness and rash overnight. As far as the psoriasis ,it is very thick and hard today and too soon to tell. I have started with the formula 2 weeks ago but changed it a bit. I did not want to take the ibuprofin because it flares my psoriasis. So for anti-inflammatory i take milk thistle, quercetin and turmeric.It appears that my sensitivity to sunlight has lessened. I will let you know my progress. katie

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** Originally posted by catherinem **

I forgot to mention that i also bathe in sea salts. I get large bags from a friend who has a sea salt fish tank. Although in the past i have used dead sea salts it got to be too expensive. This is a much cheaper alternative and works as well. I find that it is better to alternate treatments often as far as anything topical. I also read somewhere that grinding selenium tablets with a little distilled water to make a paste and applied to the plaques works well so i tried and that also offered some relief. I found a company that sells the base to make your own creams so i will experiment later with it. I have had psoriasis for 32 years and tried it all including enbrel which did wonders for 10 months. That was a few years ago and i now have much more coverage than before. Amevive was a waste for me. Dovonex when stopped brought a bad flare of guttate. Soriatane was scarry and i had to stop after 2 months. That was long ago. Now i rather try the less agressive approach.

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** Originally posted by TJM718 **

Hi Everyone. Summer break is over so hopefully I'll be back to reading and posting on a regular basis. My naturopathic doctor had me taking magnesium for awhile and then took me off. I don't recall why. It wasn't anything bad, just an overall change in my treatment plan.

I can't wait to try the magnesium oil. It sounds great.

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** Originally posted by alaskandreamer **

I went to the web site & read the response from people. I am wondering if you bath in the mag, & put it on after your bath is it possible to absorb to much? Or is it like vit. B & your body flushes out the extra you don't need? Thank you for your assistance!

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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

I was so happy to find this transdermal oil because getting magnesium has always been hard to get enough of it as it is hard to get absorbed through ingesting the mag. .Putting it on the skin has shown to be a good way to get the mag. absorbed easily.....I've been using the foot soaks since reading How Dr. Shealy compared ways of getting mag. absorbed and the foot soaks proved the best!

here is a quote on absorbtion:

Many things affect magnesium absorption from the gut, no matter what form of oral supplement is used, and this seriously compromises oral administration in medical treatment. Most drugs will adversely affect how magnesium taken orally is absorbed or how quickly it will be excreted. When we think about the drugs used for children on the autism spectrum, we should be concerned about antipsychotics used for behavior control. Zyprexa, Risperdal, and others can cause hyperglycemia, which in turn causes increased excretion of magnesium taken orally. In drugs used for asthma, and epilepsy, and some antibiotics, steroids, etc. bind with magnesium diminishing its availability. Two cans of soda per day, (all of which contain phosphates), also binds up a lot of magnesium by preventing absorption of Magnesium ions from the GI tract. Magnesium also binds with aspartame so drinking diet sodas is not an option.

Dr. Shealy adds that the problem with oral magnesium is that all magnesium compounds are potentially laxative. And there is good evidence that magnesium absorption depends upon the mineral remaining in the intestine at least 12 hours. If intestinal transit time is less than 12 hours, magnesium absorption is impaired. There are two oral forms that may be considered: 25%magnesium chloride drops (Magic Drops) or magnesium taurate. The drops are extremely strong tasting, salty and bitter. At least 50% of patients refuse to use the drops after a taste test. Twenty drops per day are recommended. It requires 3 to 6 months for replacement to be accomplished.

All massage therapists should be using the gel, and even families, for it is always a good idea to combine a massage with a magnesium treatment. And for husbands and wives who want to soothe their loved ones body aches and pains we have what Dr. Shealy calls “Magic Oil.” If we really appreciated how important it is to make sure our magnesium levels are satisfactory we would be spraying our underarms with it everyday, spraying it on to different parts of our body.

Dr. Shealy has done some studies and has written a book about transdermal magnesium oils. According to him individuals sprayed a solution of 50% Magic Oil over the entire body once daily for a month and did a 20 minute foot soak in Magic Oil once daily for a month. Dr. Shealy recruited 16 individuals with low intracellular magnesium levels to participate in the following experiment. Subjects had a baseline Intracellular Magnesium Test documenting their deficiency and another post-Intracellular Magnesium Test after 1 month of daily soaks and spraying were analyzed. The results: Twelve of sixteen patients, 75% had significant improvements in intracellular magnesium levels after only four weeks of foot soaking and skin spraying.

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