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New Information about Magnesium

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:04pm 1 Comment

I recently tried out some new transdermal magnesium chloride after reading the information onthis site. I also bought Dr Sircus' book, "Transdermal Magnesium Therapy". It' s very good.

Magnesium is needed for almost every chemical reaction in our bodies and over 68% of Americans are deficient in it. Our levels are often so low that taking magnesium orally does not bring them up to normal. Oral magnesium is poorly absorbed and leads to diarrhea so many doctors give magnesium intravenously to bring patients back into balance.

Now there is a new way to absorb magnesium. The product is called Ancient Minerals and you spray it on your skin, diluted with water to the level that feels comfortable. People have different levels of sensitivity in their skin. Or you can put it in a bath or a footbath.

If you have heart problems, asthma, cancer, depression or migraines, you really need to read the whole site at the above link. But our focus here is on bone strength so, as I' ve said before, the balance of calcium and magnesium is one of the deciding factors for the health of your bones.

Dr Sircus says, "It is magnesium that controls the fate of potassium and calcium in the body. If magnesium is insufficient, potassium and calcium will be lost in the urine and calcium will be deposited in the soft tissues (kidneys, arteries, joints, brain, etc.)… Calcium causes muscles to contract and magnesium helps them to relax."

The ratio of calcium to magnesium among Americans is estimated to be 6:1 and many researchers think it should be less than 2:1. Now calcium is being tossed willy-nilly into almost every processed food so our numbers are going to get even higher as the younger generation grows up. This is a bad portent for osteoporosis.

Dr Kathryn Ryder said, "Higher magnesium intake through diet and supplements was positively associated with total-body bone mineral density in older white men and women. For every 100 mg per day increase in magnesium, there was an approximate 2% increase in whole-body BMD.

Dr Barnett compared the bones of healthy people and osteoporotic bone and found the calcium content to be similar but the magnesium content much lower in the weaker bone, 1.26% to .62%. That was in the 50' s and doctors haven' t got the message yet. They are pushing gobs of calcium onto every woman over 40 as if it was the magic bullet for bones, in the face of all the evidence to the contrary.

Here is a good test - if you can bend over to pick something off the floor and squat to look for something you' ve dropped, without any creaking or effort, then you are probably not storing too much calcium in your body. If that is not the case for you then some more magnesium would be a good idea.
Or you could have a real test, of course. I' m taking an intense bunch of detox stuff and a stack of supplements right now and then I intend to have a red blood cell analysis done at the end of the month to see what nutrients and toxins I have within my cells. Then I will be clearer on what I need to take after that.

If you have been reading the blog regularly, then you know I have added a lot of new hormone supplements plus the extra D3 lately as well. That makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly which effect is attributable to each thing. But, I can say without a doubt, that spraying the magnesium for a couple of weeks has improved my patience level amazingly. Impatience is my main shortcoming, I think. Others may have different  suggestions, probably a long list of them. :-)  I admit to having felt impatience with my mother often in the past. Now I can walk along at a snail' s pace in harmony, I can listen to the same remark I' ve heard a hundred times before and respond kindly. This week on our shopping outing I felt blessed instead of harassed. That' s worth the slightly high price of the transdermal magnesium for sure.

May you be flexible and peaceful - That would be nice for the world in general, wouldn' t it? Spray your partner with some magnesium as well.

Pam

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I agree with using oral magnesium supplements as a last resort, but how does this method compare with a simple bath in epsom salts? I'd rather go the cheaper route unless one is much more effective.
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