Magnesium: Intravenous & Transdermal
by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)
Director International Medical Veritas Association
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Magnesium has many known indications in anesthesiology and intensive care, and new studies are beginning to suggest its use in many other areas of medicine as well. For instance two studies have suggested magnesium’s role in the treatment of acute migraine. Mauskop et al[i] demonstrated relief of headache within 15 minutes of intravenous magnesium in 32 of 40 patients with migraine, cluster headache, or tension headache. Intravenous magnesium seems to be both safe and effective in acute severe asthma in all age groups and is used commonly and more frequently each year by emergency medical personnel. Numerous experimental, epidemiological and clinical studies have pointed out a relevant role for magnesium deficiency in the development of many cardiovascular diseases.[ii]
The common procedure of invasive cardiac intervention and intravenous magnesium administration before reperfusion could become the gold standard in treatment of acute myocardial infarction.[iii] Therapy with magnesium is rapid acting, has a safe toxic-therapeutic ratio, is easy to administer and titrate.[iv] Magnesium has minimal side effects in usual therapeutic doses and has a large therapeutic index. Meaning it is so useful, so basic, that it is just negligent to be without it. In reality there is no medicine quite like magnesium chloride when it comes to the effect it has on the life of cells. Used transdermally or in intravenously we have a potent yet natural substance that penetrates the cells with stunning result on the entire dynamic of cell biochemistry.
Magnesium is safe and easy to use and is available for immediate use in emergency departments.[v] Magnesium has a clear role in the emergency management of a number of conditions but its application for a broad range of chronic conditions is ignored even though magnesium plays a role in almost every vital function of the body. The pharmaceutical companies and all who hold allegiance to them will hate this book and all that it suggests for Magnesium Chloride will reduce the need for many other vastly more toxic drugs available both over the counter and by prescription. Inexpensive because it is derived from the bountiful sea, there will never be a patent or company controlling its use. All doctors and healthcare practitioners can benefit from the use of magnesium chloride, applied transdermally, no matter what their specialty is, and so can each and every one of our patients.[vi]
Magnesium is the second most abundant intracellular cation and the fourth most abundant cation in the body. It is an essential transmembrane and intracellular modulator of cellular electrical activity. Its deficiency in the body is nothing short of disastrous for cell life and the prognosis of any disease diminished. Magnesium (Mg) deficiency commonly occurs in critical illness and correlates with a higher mortality and worse clinical outcome in intensive care units. Studies are now underway that have emergency crew personnel authorized to administer IV magnesium immediately. Preliminary trial found “promising” effects of MgSO4 (magnesium sulfate) on stroke victims if given early enough, before getting to Emergency Rooms.[vii]
Healing, overall energy production (ATP), skin integrity, cardiac health, diabetes prevention, pain management, calming abilities, sleep improvement, blood pressure improvement and maintenance are among the general uses Magnesium Chloride can be put to. The studies coming out every day provide more and more evidence of the need to pay attention, and provide adequate magnesium to people of all ages, and in a form that will be easily absorbed and not interfere with other vital functions or pharmaceutical agents. What a few can do with intravenous magnesium injections everyone can do with transdermal magnesium “oils” that really have no oil but feel very oily. The correction of magnesium deficit should be considered first in clinical practice. When Magnesium Chloride is understood properly (as the basic medicine it is) it will be prescribed to all patients as a foundation and support for all other therapeutic and pharmaceutical interventions.
The same medicine that can be used as a treatment to limit myocardial damage in myocardial infarction[viii] can be used safely for a broad range of problems healthcare practitioners see everyday. In summary, magnesium is a safe and simple intervention (one of the highest considerations in most clinical situations) and should be the first thing we recommend our patients in most clinical situations. Transdermal mineral therapy with Magnesium Chloride is the most powerful, safe; first line all purpose medical intervention we have to care for many of our patients needs. With the simple application of an oily lotion on the skin or used in baths we can easily have our patients take up their magnesium to healthier levels.
With patients who are deficient in magnesium (the great majority of patients are magnesium deficient) expect dramatic improvements in a broad range of conditions. Magnesium Chloride, something strong enough to use in dramatic life threatening moments during emergency treatment, turns out to be the most universal medicine imaginable. Einstein believed that deep truths about the workings of the universe would always be “as simple as possible.” The use of Magnesium Chloride simplifies our understanding of disease as well as the practice of medicine. It takes us back to medical basics, back to simplicity, back to what works. It takes us into one of the principle common denominators or causes of diseases and thus their cure.
P.S. The above will be added to the Magnesium book as will all the testimonials that are starting to flow toward me. I am just amazed at the truth of what I am continually finding out about Magnesium Chloride. Personally it is the first time in all my years that I have taken anything and actually felt a difference in my strength and stamina. I also used it as a mouth wash for my gum problems and felt a change in my oral environment after only one application. This morning I found research to back up the relationship between periodontal disease and magnesium.[ix]. Most chronic illness patients have periodontal problems, and oral infections and bone cavitation infections are common. These should not be ignored, because these infections can become systemic and spread to other sites.