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Natural Emergency & Intensive Care Medicines

Published on March 26, 2013

Sodium Bicarbonate and Magnesium

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Emergency Room Medicines for Chronic and Acute Diseases.

The secrets of emergency room and intensive care medicine holds the key to the safe practice of medicine on children who suffer from acute disorders that must be addressed quickly. Magnesium salts, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), iodine, selenium and vitamin C are concentrated nutritional medicinals that have been used in the most dire of medical circumstances either by intramuscular (IM) injection or intravenous feed. But are these substances really medicines?

One reader wrote:

Dr. Sircus, you list the following: “Magnesium chloride, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), selenium, sulfur, iodine, glutathione and vitamin C in your most recent post and then claim, “Every one of the above medicines can be used to great advantage.” Since when are the minerals selenium, sulfur, iodine classified as “medicines”—or glutathione, which is made naturally in the human body? People think of medicines as the poisons produced by the pharmaceutical professions and minerals, vitamins, etc. as natural substances provided by God. Could you please explain your use of the word “medicines” in the same context with vitamins and minerals?

The very reason I named my medical approach “Natural Allopathic Medicine” answers this question. Very few doctors will get on the horn and tell everyone how wonderful magnesium salts are in the emergency room because it is a substance taken directly from the sea. Legally if you inject magnesium salts or administer them intravenously, they are considered a medicine and you need a medical license to perform such procedures. Magnesium is used as a medicine because it is a medicine, though we could call it a medicinal. Magnesium chloride actually is a concentrate of seawater, which itself makes a great emergency room medicine.

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During World War II, Navy doctors would use seawater for blood transfusions when blood supplies ran out and many lives were saved.

We create medicines when we concentrate things in nature. Pharmaceutical companies concentrate synthetic substances, which does not work out very well for patients in the end. Natural Allopathic Medicine concentrates elements from nature that are proven by scientists to offer powerful healing without toxic side effects. One cannot say that about any pharmaceutical for even aspirin kills 15,000 a year in the United States alone.

The core of the protocol presented in Treatment Essentials redefines the way emergency room, intensive care and even hospice care should be practiced with a profile of highly proven fast-acting, safe, concentrated and injectable nutritional medicines. At home these same medicinals taken orally or used transdermally (topically) will save the day when all else fails.

Deep within the heart of western medicine is a wisdom and power that is deliberately stymied by medical authorities and the pharmaceutical companies that stand behind them. Inside the emergency room and intensive care wards, where many believe some of the most accurate medicine is practiced, are common but extraordinarily safe and effective substances that save lives every day. Interesting no one has thought to harness these medical super weapons against chronic disease or cancer.

Sodium bicarbonate, simple old baking soda, is a prime example of the type of medicine I am talking about. It is used every day in every good hospital of the world because it is safe, effective and does a medical job no other substance can do.

In the emergency room medicines have to be safe while delivering an instant lifesaving burst of healing power. Obviously if they are safe and strong enough for emergency situations they are going to help us with chronic diseases and acute ones as well.

“This is about a patient with advanced prostate cancer, metastasized throughout groin. Thought you might like to know. Tuesday afternoon I attended a patient of mine in the oncology ward here in a Melbourne hospital. In my bag of tricks were your universal medicines and hope in my heart, as the patient was bed bound, writhing in uncontrollable pain and in and out of consciousness. He was given 2 weeks to live. I have attended him 3 times daily to make sure that he received the protocol. Last night he was up watching politics on television, IV drip removed, almost full feeling back in legs, walking around during day etc.”
– Andrew Matheson

Sodium bicarbonate, a common emergency room medicine, acts as a powerful, natural and safe antifungal agent, which when combined with iodine, covers the entire spectrum of microbial organisms. The efficacy of sodium bicarbonate against certain bacteria and fungi has been documented but its role as a disinfectant against viruses is not generally known. Sodium bicarbonate at concentrations of 5% and above was found to be effective with 99.99% reduction of viral titers on food contact surfaces within a contact time of 1 min.

[1]Sodium bicarbonate, potassium chloride, and calcium
chloride are used to maintain pH and electrolytes
within normal values in intensive care units.

When the nervous system is injured, the brain produces self-protective molecules in an attempt to halt damage. Following injury, the death of nerve cells occurs over a prolonged period of many hours or days, which provides a “window” for therapeutic intervention.

Research suggests that administering sodium bicarbonate in intravenous (IV) form can significantly improve pH and Pco2 in children with life-threatening asthma. Respiratory distress and level of consciousness both improved after the administration of sodium bicarbonate[2]  

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Sodium Bicarbonate Injection: USP is administered by the intravenous route. In cardiac arrest, a rapid intravenous dose of one to two 50 mL vials (44.6 to 100 mEq) may be given initially and continued at a rate of 50 mL (44.6 to 50 mEq) every 5 to 10 minutes if necessary (as indicated by arterial pH and blood gas monitoring) to reverse the acidosis. Caution should be observed in emergencies where very rapid infusion of large quantities of bicarbonate is indicated. Bicarbonate solutions are hypertonic and may produce an undesirable rise in plasma sodium concentration in the process of correcting the metabolic acidosis. In cardiac arrest, however, the risks from acidosis exceed those of hypernatremia.

Two minutes after intubation, premature ventricular contractions, ventricular fibrillation, bradycardia, and finally cardiac arrest were recognized. An increase of serum potassium from 3.19 to 8.64 mmol/L was observed in arterial blood. The patient was immediately resuscitated with chest compressions, intravenous adrenaline, atropine, lidocaine, and sodium bicarbonate.[3]

Magnesium Chloride – Fast Acting Life Saving Medicine

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I became known in the world of medicine first with my writings on magnesium. My book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy put me on the medical map literally changing the way many were practicing medicine.

The use of magnesium chloride is the practice of concentrated nutritional medicine. It’s the process of taking a nutritional element in dosages not possible with dietary intake, and this nutritional medicine is being practiced every day in hospitals, ICUs and emergency rooms.

Magnesium chloride can be administered orally, transdermally or intravenously. Intramuscular injection is also possible but can be painful. Oral administration of a daily dose of more than 50 mmol can cause vomiting and diarrhea. In anesthesia and intensive care, the preferred administration route is IV.

When magnesium is used to correct a magnesium deficit, the objective is to restore normal serum concentrations, in which case a slow infusion of up to 10 gm/day is appropriate. When replacing magnesium via the IV route, approximately half of the dose is retained by the body while the remainder is excreted in the urine. The low retention rate is due to the slow uptake of magnesium by cells and decreased magnesium reabsorption by the kidneys in response to the delivery of a large concentration of magnesium.[4]

In my essay Avoiding Heart Disease & Strokes I explain more of the necessity for magnesium in heart disease and how doctors are neglecting to embrace this important mineral resulting in a significant lack of success over the past decade in treating heart failure.

The last decade has seen only very small incremental improvements or benefits with newer drug therapies in the treatment of heart failure.

And in my essay Magnesium Shortage I explore the contrast between new drugs being formulated to treat atrial fibrillation with the effective use of magnesium in emergency situations and include a stunning account of an emergency room doctor, treating someone with atrial fibrillation which was resolved with magnesium sulfate.

In the past months the Nutritional Magnesium Association has shared the important points of a new literature review verifying the monumental importance of magnesium in heart disease.

Noted research scientist and author Andrea Rosanoff, PhD, who conducted the comprehensive review, which has been ongoing for over 10 years, and which builds upon the work begun by Mildred Seelig, MD, who studied the relationship of magnesium to cardiovascular disease for over 40 years, says, “These numerous studies have found low magnesium to be associated with all known cardiovascular risk factors, such as cholesterol and high blood pressure, arterial plaque build-up (atherogenesis), hardening of the arteries and the calcification of soft tissues. This means we have been chasing our tails all of these years going after cholesterol and the high saturated-fat diet, when the true culprit was and still is low magnesium.”

According to Dr. Rosanoff, “By 1957 low magnesium was shown to be, strongly, convincingly, a cause of atherogenesis and the calcification of soft tissues. But this research was widely and immediately ignored as cholesterol and the high saturated-fat diet became the culprits to fight.

“Ever since this early ‘wrong turn,” states Rosanoff, “more and more peer-reviewed research has shown that low magnesium[5] is associated with all known cardiovascular risk factors, such as cholesterol and high blood pressure.

“Additionally, after decades of rising dietary calcium intake not balanced with rising dietary magnesium intake, and a population wherein a majority of US adults are not getting their daily magnesium requirement, dietary calcium-to-magnesium ratios are on the rise, and studies are showing that calcium supplements not balanced with magnesium increase the risk of heart disease,” says Rosanoff.

Magnesium should be taken for all conditions of the heart except for when the blood pressure is too low or the threat of kidney failure is present. Since there is no drug that can substitute for magnesium it is indicated for the majority of heart patients particularly in its chloride form. This is the definitive medicine for both the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

A recent Cochrane Review updating their 2009 conclusions on measures taken during cardiac surgeries to prevent post-operative atrial fibrillation or   supraventricular tachycardia  looked at one hundred and eighteen studies with 138 treatment groups and 17,364 participants. Fifty-seven of these studies were included in the original version of this review while 61 were added, including 27 on interventions that were not considered in the original version. Interventions evaluated included amiodarone, beta-blockers, sotalol, magnesium, atrial pacing and posterior pericardiotomy. The use of magnesium preventively showed a reduction in the rate of atrial fibrillation, a decrease in the length of hospital stay and cost of hospital treatment and a possible decrease in the rate of stroke.[6]

Magnesium chloride has remained number one in my protocol but sodium bicarbonate runs right behind it in terms of usefulness and power of effect.

[1] International Journal of Food Microbiology. Volume 109, Issues 1-2, 25 May 2006, Pages 160-163. Virucidal efficacy of sodium bicarbonate on a food contact surface against feline calicivirus, a norovirus surrogate Yashpal S. Malik and Sagar M. Goyal. Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. The virucidal efficacy of sodium bicarbonate was enhanced when it was used in combination with aldehydes or hydrogen peroxide.

[2] Buysse CMP, de Jongste JC, de Hoog M. Life-threatening asthma in children: treatment with sodium bicarbonate reduces Pco2. Chest. 2005;127:866-870.

http://www.pulmonaryreviews.com/jun05/sodium.html

Corinne M. P. Buysse, MD, and colleagues retrospectively evaluated the use of sodium bicarbonate in 17 children with life-threatening asthma. Sixteen of these children had acidosis, indicating severe respiratory distress. The acidosis was classified as mixed respiratory and metabolic in 13 patients, predominantly respiratory in one patient, and metabolic in two patients. In one patient, the initial blood gas values before administration of sodium bicarbonate in the referring hospital could not be traced. A new protocol was initiated using IV magnesium sulfate and IV sodium bicarbonate as adjunctive therapy when respiratory distress persisted despite standard treatment. According to Dr. Buysse, a pediatric intensivist at the Erasmus MC–Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam, Netherlands, “Administration of sodium bicarbonate was associated with a significant decrease in Pco2 in 17 children with life-threatening asthma. Improvement of respiratory distress was observed as well.”

[5] Magnesium Deficiency Linked to Heart Disease; A. Rosanoff PhD; A Review of the Peer-­Reviewed Science ; Jan., 2013;
http://nutritionalmagnesium.org/research/heart-health/
409-magnesium-deficiency-linked-to-heart-disease.html
 

[6] Interventions for preventing post-operative atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing heart surgery; Arsenault KA, Yusuf AM et al;  Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Jan 31;1:CD003611. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003611.pub3;
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23440790

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  • Nena De Alban

    I learned much. And wish to learn more. God bless!

  • debbie leeman

    Hi Dr. Sircus
    I had thyroid surgery 8 years ago and lost all parathyroid function. I am in a study at Mayo clinic for a pth replacement. I have been in tetany several times and have a lot of trouble keeping my potassium, calcium and now magnesium levels up. This week has been a real trial – it’s very low and I can’t seem to get it to come back up. I am taking 1500 mg of magn. throughout the day but still have symptoms of tingling, lethargy, nausea, heart arythmia, extreme dirrahea, chest pain and can’t sleep! I have been taking epson salt baths and do get some relief temporarily. I was wondering what you think about magn. oil and can I make it myself as it seems to be expensive. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so muhc!

  • chuchie cayetano

    Thank you, i will start taking some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide daily. pls dosage for I have several myoma/fibroids and multiple ovarian cysts.hopefully it can be a treatment, too.

    • jim

      Rather get a saliva hormone test done, from there you more than likely will need NATURAL progesterone.

  • Kevin Jackson

    The magnesium solutions can be inserted by Compounding Pharmacy Florida in the customized medicines for patients helpful for body fight against the cancer or any other problem. But magnesium not giving to body regularly taking small amount by patient.

  • anti_banker

    Hi Dr Sircus/Claudia.

    I was wondering if I could ask, since you say in the article above: “Bicarbonate solutions are hypertonic and may produce an undesirable rise
    in plasma SODIUM concentration in the process of correcting the
    metabolic acidosis”, would it not then be desirable to rather administer potassium bicarbonate, instead of sodium bicarbonate to cancer patients ? (especially those that may have high blood pressure and cannot take sodium?) Will it also increase PH as well as sodium bicarbonate ?

    I have also read a lot about potassium’s use in reducing blood pressure (magnesium doesn’t work so well for that purpose apparently, according to studies, although it’s good for heart health, arythmia, etc in general). I would therefore also like to know, since potassium supplements are limited to 90 mg per tablet maximum, is it possible to use potassium salt substitutes like potassium chloride to obtain more than the tiny limit imposed on supplements with potassium bicarbonate.

    Please help with these 2 questions,

    Regards,

    Chris.

    • Chris,

      Potassium levels that get too high can cause disturbances in the electrical activity of our hearts and can lead to heart stoppage and death….so we need to be very careful how much potassium we take in , and though many are low on potassium, never thing that the more you take the better.
      Salt substitutes have been found to be a cause of dangerously high potassium levels in some people.
      In cancer treatment a high level of bicarbonate is needed to kill of the cancer cells but taking potassium bicarbonate instead of sodium bicarbonate would be taking in too much potassium leading to the problems mentioned above.
      Many believe that potassium is more dangerous than sodium in our bodies.
      This is probably why the low dosages of potassium in supplements is regulated. Always work with a qualified health care provider and know the symptoms of hi potassium if taking supplements which don’t even show up till the potassium levels are moderately high and include nausea, weakness and irregular heart beat. As this worsens it can lead to total collapse. —– Original Message —–
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      Hi Dr Sircus/Claudia.

      I was wondering if I could ask, since you say in the article above: “Bicarbonate solutions are hypertonic and may produce an undesirable rise in plasma SODIUM concentration in the process of correcting the metabolic acidosis”, would it not then be desirable to rather administer potassium bicarbonate, instead of sodium bicarbonate to cancer patients ? (especially those that may have high blood pressure and cannot take sodium?) Will it also increase PH as well as sodium bicarbonate ?
      I have also read a lot about potassium’s use in reducing blood pressure (magnesium doesn’t work so well for that purpose apparently, according to studies, although it’s good for heart health, arythmia, etc in general). I would therefore also like to know, since potassium supplements are limited to 90 mg per tablet maximum, is it possible to use potassium salt substitutes like potassium chloride to obtain more than the tiny limit imposed on supplements with potassium bicarbonate.
      Please help with these 2 questions,

      Regards,

      Chris.

      8:13 a.m., Thursday March 28

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      • anti_banker

        Thanks for the reply. I undestand too much potassium is bad and more dangerous than sodium. However aren’t moderate amounts of salt substitutes containing potassium only bad for SOME people and not most ?

        • anti_banker,

          I think the key here is the word “moderation”. Many people use salt substitutes that contain potassium, and if not used in excess there is generally no problem. The problems occur when excess is taken in and when other sources of potassium taken in are not considered (people who also take potassium supplements or eat high potassium foods frequently). People with kidney problems need to be cautious about too much sodium from all sources as excess potassium cannot be excreted properly by the kidney.
          I once saw a salt substitute using magnesium …but cannot find the US source anymore. Would love to find it again! —– Original Message —–
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          Thanks for the reply. I undestand too much potassium is bad and more dangerous than sodium. However aren’t moderate amounts of salt substitutes containing potassium only bad for SOME people and not most ?
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    • Magnesium works GREAT for reducing blood pressure. My mom was about to be put on meds and I had her use a magnesium oil (DermaMag)…it totally reduced it. You should check out the group Magnesium Advocacy Group on Facebook.

    • msellington

      I have kidney damage and cannot take ANY supplement of magnesium,I go into a hypertensive crisis,truly horrible and scarey and I end up in the hospital.But there is no way to measure magnesium in the blood because the body goes to any lengths to keep the blood magnesium correct.

      • msellington (Guest):

        There are are other ways to measure the magnesium in your tissues……not blood……the blood will pull magnesium from the other tissues before it lets it go from the blood so the blood levels go down last……and when they do its dangerous.
        Look up exatest …this is another way to test tissue levels of magnesium or the red cell test. http://www.exatest.com/ this is one example of test that can be used besides the serum test.
        Dr. Sircus has written about these in his Transdermal Magnesium Therapy book. Magnesium usually lowers blood pressure but not necessarily when kidney function is reduced. I hope you are looking into sodium bicarbonate treatment for kidney disease.

  • Al

    Hi Dr Sircus,

    Once again another thought provoking and informative essays.

    I have been reading your articles since 2007 with an early MgCl2 article.

    I am an Aged Pensioner and have implimented many of your protocols (Iodine, Magnesium, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glutathione).

    I was wondering, if after you publish a new edition of your books, if you might make one of your OLDER editions available on your site for some us to be able to keep – almost up to date – just a thought.

    My whole family love your work; please continue.

    Wishing you and your family (and your Clinic) a wonderful Easter time,

    With thanks,

    Al Lane

    austinvest@gmail.com