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Calcium Magnesium Balance

Published on December 8, 2009

A healthy cell has the right calcium magnesium balance – high magnesium and low calcium levels. Calcium can lodge anywhere in your body and cause serious harm if not balanced with magnesium, which regulates the action of calcium. For instance, excess calcium buildup around your bones and joints mimics arthritis. Too much calcium lodged in your heart imitates arterial lesions. Calcification or calcium poisoning can manifest as heart disease, cancer, wrinkled skin, kidney stones, osteoporosis, dental problems, bone spurs, cataracts and many other health problems.

Calcium and magnesium are opposites in their effects on our body structure. As a general rule, the more rigid and inflexible our body structure is, the less calcium and the more magnesium we need.

Dr. Garry Gordon wrote, “If you have compromised cell membranes or low ATP production for any reason, then the cell has trouble maintaining the normal gradient. This is because the usual gradient is 10,000 times more calcium outside of cells than inside; when this is compromised you will have increased intracellular calcium, which seems to always happen at the time of death. Whenever intracellular calcium is elevated, you have a relative deficiency of magnesium, so whenever anyone is seriously ill, acute or chronic, part of your plan must be to restore magnesium, which is poorly absorbed through oral means.”

The ratio of calcium to magnesium is vital for cell membranes and the blood-brain barrier.

Calcium Intake in risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Countries with the highest calcium to magnesium ratios (high calcium and low magnesium levels) in soil and water have the highest incidence of cardiovascular disease. At the top of the list is Australia. In contrast, Japan with its low cardiac death rate cites a daily magnesium intake as high as 560 milligrams.

Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the heart muscle. Those who die from heart attacks have very low magnesium but high calcium levels in their heart muscles. Patients with coronary heart disease who have been treated with large amounts of magnesium survived better than those with other drug treatments. Magnesium dilates the arteries of the heart and lowers cholesterol and fat levels.

Magnesium taken in proper dosages can solve the problem of calcium deficiency.– Dr. Nan Kathryn Fuchs,– author of The Nutrition Detective

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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.). Magnesium and calcium complete for many of the body’s chemical pathways.

Calcium causes muscles to contract, while magnesium helps them relax.

Calcium Levels in Blood and Bones

Magnesium and calcium are paired minerals. Several studies have reported that increasing calcium in the diet significantly reduces the absorption of magnesium. Calcium intakes above 2.6 grams per day may reduce the uptake and utilization of magnesium by the body and increase magnesium requirements. So much stress is placed on the importance of calcium by the dairy industry that we may, in fact, be harming our magnesium absorption.

Up to 30% of the energy of cells is used to pump calcium out of the cells.

A healthy cell has high magnesium and low calcium levels. The higher the calcium level and the lower the magnesium level in the extra-cellular fluid, the harder is it for cells to pump the calcium out. The result is that the mitochondria gradually calcify and energy production decreases with low magnesium levels. Our biochemical age could theoretically be determined by the ratio of magnesium to calcium within our cells.

Without sufficient magnesium, calcium can collect in the soft tissues and cause arthritis. In arthritics calcium is poorly absorbed into their blood and bones. Some researchers estimate that the American ratio of calcium to magnesium is actually approaching 6:1, while the recommendation for healthy living is actually 2:1. But even 2 parts of calcium to 1 part of magnesium is probably too high, since current research on the Paleolithic or caveman diets show that the ratio of their diet was 1:1. [1]

Medical authorities claim that the widespread incidence of osteoporosis and tooth decay in western countries can be prevented with a high calcium intake. However, Asian and African populations with a low intake (about 300 mg) of calcium daily have very little osteoporosis. Bantu women with an intake of 200 to 300 mg of calcium daily have the lowest incidence of osteoporosis in the world. [2] In western countries with a high intake of dairy products, the average calcium intake is about 1,000 mg. With a low magnesium intake, calcium moves out of the bones to increase tissue levels, while a high magnesium intake causes calcium to move from the tissues into the bones. Thus high magnesium levels leads to bone mineralization.

Dr. Karen Kubena, associate professor of nutrition at Texas A & M University indicates that even if you monitor your magnesium level closely, you’re still at risk for migraines if your calcium level is not balanced. It seems that higher than normal blood levels of calcium cause the body to excrete the excess calcium, which in turn triggers a loss of magnesium. “Let’s say you have just enough magnesium and too much calcium in your blood. If calcium is excreted, the magnesium goes with it. All of a sudden, you could be low in magnesium,” says Dr. Kubena. [3]

If calcium is not taken with enough magnesium it will cause more harm than good. The unabsorbed calcium can lodge anywhere in the body and provoke practically any disease. For instances, if it lodges in your bones and joints, it leads to some forms of arthritis; if it lodges in your heart, it leads to arterial lesions; if it lodges in your lungs it provokes respiratory problems, and more.

Despite the crucial relationship between calcium and magnesium, a recently published study announced that most U.S. children don’t get enough calcium in their diets, and pediatricians should intervene to help remedy the problem. These guidelines were issued February 2006 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. [4] The proportion of children who receive the recommended amounts of calcium declines dramatically after the second year of life, reaching a nadir during adolescence, said Dr. Nancy F. Krebs, of the University of Colorado in Denver, head of the academy committee that wrote the guidelines.

Adolescent girls are faring the worst, Dr. Krebs and colleagues reported. Only about 10% of girls ages 12 to 19 are getting the recommended amount of calcium. For boys, the figure is about 30%, according to the guidelines. Not a word is mentioned about magnesium as the committee goes on to recommend increasing calcium intake through the use of fortified foods and calcium supplements. Is a medical crime being committed when these pediatricians fail to address the crucial relationship between magnesium and calcium? Our affirmative answer is sustained when reviewing the materials presented below.

According to the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center a high level of calcium in the blood, called hypercalcemia, [5] may become a medical emergency. [6] This disorder is most commonly caused by cancer or parathyroid disease but underneath the primary etiology is probably magnesium deficiency. Hypercalcemia is commonly attributed to either the cancer treatment or the cancer itself and may make it difficult for doctors to detect hypercalcemia when it first occurs. This disorder can be severe and difficult to manage especially because doctors have not a clue about the underlying relationship between excess calcium and low levels of magnesium. Severe hypercalcemia is a medical emergency that can be avoided if magnesium levels are brought up to normal.

Calcium competes with zinc, manganese, magnesium, copper and iron for absorption in the intestine and a high intake of one can reduce absorption of the others.

Osteoporosis prevention with Magnesium

Because of the totally distorted way medical science relates to magnesium, the medical profession makes mistakes with calcium recommendations. It’s still common to hear the assumption about calcium’s ability to help prevent osteoporosis (weakening of the bones usually associated with aging). The fact is that increasing magnesium intake increases bones density[7] in the elderly and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. “Higher Magnesium intake through diet and supplements was positively associated with total-body bone mineral density (BMD) [8] in older white men and women. For every 100 mg per day increase in Mg, there was an approximate 2% increase in whole-body BMD,” said Dr. Kathryn Ryder.

Magnesium is essential for proper calcium absorption and is an important mineral in the bone matrix.

“Bones average about 1% phosphate of magnesium and. teeth about 1% phosphate of magnesium. Elephant tusks contain 2% of phosphate of magnesium and billiard balls made from these are almost indestructible. The teeth of carnivorous animals contain nearly 5% phosphate of magnesium and thus they are able to crush and grind the bones of their prey without difficulty,” wrote Otto Carque (1933) in Vital Facts About Foods.

Some people, like a spokesperson for the UK-based charity, the National Osteoporosis Society, continue to think “magnesium deficiency is, in fact, very rare in humans.” So they cannot get it through their heads that magnesium deficiency, not calcium deficiency, plays a key role in osteoporosis. It is no surprise when we find more studies suggesting that high Ca intake had no preventive effect on the alteration of bone metabolism in magnesium-deficient rats, [9] and that not only severe but also moderate dietary restriction of magnesium results in qualitative changes in bones in rats. [10] The results from some of these studies may be surprising to some. While we have no reason to question the importance of calcium in bone strength, we have plenty of reason to doubt the value of consuming large amounts of calcium as currently recommended for adults and young people alike. [11]

One of the most important aspects of the disease osteoporosis has been almost totally overlooked. That aspect is the role played by magnesium.– Dr. Lewis B. Barnett

While most sources understand that calcium is important in the growth and development of children, little attention is paid to the role of magnesium or magnesium deficiency or the need to maintain the intricate balances of each – and other nutrients as well. Back in the 1950s, Dr. Barnett examined the bone content of healthy people and compared it with the content of people suffering from severe osteoporosis. He found there was little difference among the calcium, phosphorus, and fluoride content of the bones of the individuals. The magnesium content in the bones of the healthy people, however, was 1.26%. That of the osteoporosis victims was .62% or slightly less than half. Many years ago Dr. Barnett conducted tests on 5,000 people and found about 60% of them deficient in magnesium. Today we find the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) placing that number officially at 68%. How is it that so many in the medical profession can ignore this clinical reality and go on pretending that magnesium deficiency in the general population is rare?

Magnesium status is important for regulation of calcium balance through parathyroid hormone-mediated reactions. [12]

Magnesium or Calcium Deficiency ?

The current focus on increased need for calcium in a magnesium-deficient population can easily push those already receiving adequate amounts of calcium in their daily diets over the edge into high levels, thus causing depletion of magnesium and related health problems. The American Diabetes Association in their 2006 guidelines for diabetes and pre-diabetes join the Pediatricians, and do not recommend that magnesium is considered in any significant way when making treatment and nutritional recommendations. This is in the face of overwhelming evidence over the years that magnesium is even more deficient in diabetics and dietary recommendations are not combating the issue. This medical review is important exactly because large segments of the medical establishment are choosing ignorance in relationship to magnesium and calcium, thus misleading the public and letting them be ravaged by iatrogenic disease, coincidentally a situation where billions of dollars are made.

Despite the fact that serum levels of magnesium are not the best indicator of adequate magnesium levels, some studies have shown that when magnesium deficiency was induced in humans, the earliest sign was decreased serum magnesium levels (hypomagnesemia). Over time serum calcium levels also began to decrease (hypocalcemia) despite adequate dietary calcium and increased parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion. Usually increased PTH secretion quickly results in the mobilization of calcium from bone and normalization of blood calcium levels. As the magnesium depletion progressed, PTH secretion diminished to low levels. Along with hypomagnesemia, signs of severe magnesium deficiency included hypocalcemia, low serum potassium levels (hypokalemia), retention of sodium, low circulating levels of PTH, neurological and muscular symptoms (tremor, muscle spasms, tetany), loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and personality changes. [13] Hypercalcemia can cause magnesium deficiency and wasting. [14]

It is medical wisdom that tells us that magnesium is actually the key to the body’s proper assimilation and use of calcium, as well as other important nutrients. If we consume too much calcium, without sufficient magnesium, the excess calcium is not utilized correctly and may actually become toxic, causing painful conditions in the body. Hypocalcemia is a prominent manifestation of magnesium deficiency in humans.[15] Even a mild degree of magnesium depletion significantly decreases the serum calcium concentration.[16]

The adverse effects of excessive calcium intake may include high blood calcium levels, kidney stone formation and kidney complications. [17] Elevated calcium levels are also associated with arthritic/joint and vascular degeneration, calcification of soft tissue, hypertension and stroke, and increase in VLDL triglycerides, gastrointestinal disturbances, mood and depressive disorders, chronic fatigue, and general mineral imbalances including magnesium, zinc, iron and phosphorus. High calcium levels interfere with Vitamin D and subsequently inhibit the vitamin’s cancer protective effect unless extra amounts of Vitamin D are supplemented. [18]

William R. Quesnell, author of Minerals: The Essential Link to Health, said, “Most people have come to believe nutrition is divisible, and that a single substance will maintain vibrant health. The touting of calcium for the degenerative disease osteoporosis provides an excellent example. Every day the media, acting as proxy for the milk lobby, sells calcium as a magic bullet. Has it worked? It has definitely worked for milk sales; however, for American health it has been a disaster. When you load up your system with excess calcium, you shut down magnesium’s ability to activate thyrocalcitonin, a hormone that under normal circumstances would send calcium to your bones.”

When it comes to magnesium and calcium neither can be divided from the other. One is not divisible from the other in terms of overall effect. They are paired minerals yet it is magnesium that holds the overall key for their paired function. In truth magnesium holds the key to life. It is, as the Chinese say, the most beautiful of all metals. It is a nutritional element that can and is used as a medicine to great effect by all who know of its beauty and power.

[1] Eades M, Eades A, The Protein Power Lifeplan, Warner Books, New York, 1999

[4] Pediatricians Say That Most U.S. Kids Don’t Get Enough Calcium

[5] Signs and symptoms of hypercalcemia may include:

• Nausea • Fatigue
• Vomiting • Lethargy
• Stomach Pain • Moodiness
• Constipation • Irritability
• Anorexia • Confusion
• Excessive thirst • Extreme muscle weakness
• Dry mouth or throat • Irregular heartbeat
• Frequent Urination • Coma

[6] Signs and symptoms of hypercalcemia may include:

• Nausea • Fatigue
• Vomiting • Lethargy
• Stomach Pain • Moodiness
• Constipation • Irritability
• Anorexia • Confusion
• Excessive thirst • Extreme muscle weakness
• Dry mouth or throat • Irregular heartbeat
• Frequent Urination • Coma

[7] Stendig-Lindberg G. Tepper R. Leichter I. Trabecular bone density in a two year controlled trial of peroral magnesium in osteoporosis. Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Manges Res. 1993 Jun;6(2):155-63.

[8] Journal of the American Geriatric Society (November, Vol 53, No 11, pp 1875-1880).

[9] We examined the effects of high calcium (Ca) intake on bone metabolism in magnesium (Mg)-deficient rats. Male Wistar rats were divided into three groups, with each group having a similar mean body weight, and fed a control diet (control group), a Mg-deficient diet (Mg-deficient group) or a Mg-deficient Ca-supplemented diet (Mg-deficient Ca-supplemented group) for 14 d. Femoral Ca content was significantly lower in the Mg-deficient Ca-supplemented group than in the control group and Mg-deficient group. Femoral Mg content was significantly lower in the Mg-deficient group and Mg-deficient Ca-supplemented group than in the control group. Furthermore, femoral Mg content was significantly lower in the Mg-deficient Ca-supplemented group than in the Mg-deficient group. Serum osteocalcin levels (a biochemical marker of bone formation) were significantly lower in the two Mg-deficient groups than in the control group. As a biochemical marker of bone resorption, urinary deoxypyridinoline excretion was significantly higher in the Mg-deficient Ca-supplemented group than in the control group and Mg-deficient group. The results in the present study suggest that high Ca intake had no preventive effect on alteration of bone metabolism in Mg-deficient rats. Effects of high calcium intake on bone metabolism in magnesium-deficient rats.Magnes Res. 2005 Jun;18(2):97-102.

[10] Br J Nutr. The effect of moderately and severely restricted dietary magnesium intakes on bone composition and bone metabolism in the rat.1999 Jul;82(1):63-71.

[11] In particular, these studies suggest that high calcium intake doesn’t actually appear to lower a person’s risk for osteoporosis. For example, in the large Harvard studies of male health professionals and female nurses, individuals who drank one glass of milk (or less) per week were at no greater risk of breaking a hip or forearm than were those who drank two or more glasses per week. Other studies have found similar results. Additional evidence also supports the idea that American adults may not need as much calcium as is currently recommended. For example, in countries such as India, Japan, and Peru where average daily calcium intake is as low as 300 mg/day (less than a third of the U.S. recommendation for adults, ages 19-50), the incidence of bone fractures is quite low. Of course, these countries differ in other important bone-health factors as well – such as level of physical activity and amount of sunlight – which could account for their low fracture rates. Calcium in Milk, Harvard School of Public Health;

[12] North Western University; Nutrition Fact Sheet:

[13] Shils ME. Magnesium. In: Shils M, Olson JA, Shike M, Ross AC, eds. Nutrition in Health and Disease. 9th ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1999:169-192.

[14] Other causes of renal magnesium wasting include aldosterone excess, most likely through chronic volume expansion, causing increased magnesium excretion; hypercalcemia due to increased competition for reabsorption with magnesium; Hypercalcemia inhibits magnesium reabsorption, probably through competition for passive transport through the renal system. Hypomagnesemia; Mahendra Agraharkar, MD,FACP Updated: June 20, 2002

[15] Principles of bone biology By John P. Bilezikian, Lawrence Gideon Raisz, Gideon A. Rodan,; Rude et al, 1976 cited; 2002.

[16] Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride; Institute of Medicine; Falemi et al citation; 1997.

[18] Accu-Cell Nutrition; Calcium and Magnesium

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  • karuna

    Dr Sircus is awesome. I have found so many helpful articles like this one. This doctor clearly knows his sh**. Thank you so much.

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  • daniel

    Bantu women do ot have cars, they walk, they cannot have osteoporosis.

    • Rietha Crafford

      Bantu woman don’t walk any longer, they take taxi’s because they are to fat to walk now adays

  • YonLittleSwine

    There IS such a thing as calcium deficiency, and it is not always caused by lack of Mg.

    • Julianne

      Didn’t you even read this?

  • citizenX

    Hello. Years ago i suffered an injury to the sternum–i was basically stabbed with a metal bar. it was excruciatingly painful but xrays did not show any fractures or break. over the course of about 8 years a ball on top of the center of the sternum formed–it is now a visible protruding bump on the sternum, it started out very small (unnoticeable over time) but now has grown to about the size of a large gum ball. I recently had an ultrasound to determine what it was because over the last year+ it has become bothersome (visibly and it is now becoming very painful). The ultrasound results concluded it is a calcified mass, not cancerous. They believe the injury was such that my body has over healed in a sense. It appears to keep getting larger and hurting me more…every bodily movement causes pain in the area. I was tossing a ball with my toddler today and I felt a pop and it caused it to hurt even more. I have considered finding a doctor (what kind??) to see if this can be removed or shaved down. But I am a naturalist and the last thing I want to do is anything invasive or surgical, so I discovered this transdermal magnesium therapy and was considering whether this would be helpful in dissolving this bone growth/calcified mass that is growing on top/inside of my sternum. Your advice and input are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    • daniel

      Use sodium thiosulfate 10% warm compresses day yes day no, google it.

    • Netts

      Hello Citizen X,. Have you gotten any relief, and if so, what did you do? Thank you,

  • jin

    hello, claudia. i am from mongolia, i had taken calcium supplements for 4 months.after that i feel very sick, can’t find reasons. i have been in many hospital but every doctor said different things. i have symptoms shortness of breath, burning heart and mouth, sudden obesity(20pounds), kidney calcification, dry and itching skin, edema, swelling face. After i read this article i thought it could be calcium toxic, even my blood cALCIUM LEVEL IS normal. So can you advice me daily intake of magnesium

    • 1555

      Jin, I find that kidney calcification/kidneys stones or gravel, as they are called, responds in a great way (for me and others) to Cucumbers, or water melon. Eating it on its own for the first part of the day (nothing but the watermelon, or cucumber) till about 3 in the afternoon seems to help. It also seems that your obesity, dry itchy skin could be a sign that the extra calcium started to mess with your thyroid /parathyroid.
      I personally cannot advise you on how much magnesium, but I do very well on about 300 mg daily. It also depends what form of magnesium you have. You may also want to google what vegetables have a lot of magnesium, and how much per serving.

  • Walter O

    Ok I have been using Magnesium Chloride oil for the last 14 months or so and it has worked wonders on my PACs and PVCs (Doctor evaluated). The problem I’m finding is that since I’ve started using magnesium oil on my upper body I’ve had some strange symptoms from day one. I seem to be urinating more and I have what seems like a dull irritation at my meatus. I have had prostate exams, urinary exams, diabetes screening, etc…. My question would be has this ever been documented before and if so is there anything I can do to get rid of these problems without stopping magnesium oil? I truly do not miss the PACs and PVCs. Thank you for any advice. And before you ask I do not get the oil anywhere near my privates and I do use it everyday.

    • Dear Walter,

      I’m so glad you have found some relief from the atrial fibrillation you were experiencing.
      You might have to do a bit of trial and error to see if lowering the amount of magnesium oil used might stop or decrease the symptoms you describe. Dr. Sircus has not heard of others with problems similar to yours so there’s not much to go on, unfortunately.
      Claudia French

      • 1555

        Claudia, as we know that magnesium is essential for hundreds of cellular activities, I wonder if it can be that many toxins are being released in urine, that under less active cellular activity were staying in the system ?

  • Scared

    I have “large” calcium deposits inside the tendons at the tip of my shoulders. One arm has lost most function from it and the Dr’s have scheduled me for surgical removal of the deposits in 3 weeks. I have many of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. I have just started transdermal magnesium and DMSO over the area in hopes of breaking this down without surgery. Do you have a thought on this or any other recommendation? Do I have a chance?

  • Lila

    Is calcification reversible? I don’t have anything serious like in the blood or heart or lungs, but I have it under my skin and I definitely have magnesium deficiency from what I can tell. The cartilege of my ears has hardened as well. Is all this reversible with diet and supplementing with magnesium?

    • Magnesium and magnesium bicarbonate water for drinking can help to reduce calcifications in soft tissues. You can find more about this on our website and in the knowledge base.
      Claudia French

  • Prakash Deshmukh

    I have pain at that time my heart beating is not regular it will take a pause & also stop resperation for a second .Pl which medicine Ishall take.

    • Dear Prakash,

      Your symptoms sound as if something is seriously wrong. We recommend you get a good evaluation by someone locally. You may be in danger. You should have some magnesium oil on hand to rub into your arms and chest when these symptoms occur but definitely have this checked out.
      Claudia French

      • Prakash Deshmukh

        Thanks for advoice

        • Ramesh Kumar N R

          how are you mr desh mukh , had you consulted the sp doctor.

      • Prakash Deshmukh

        Thanks for advice I will contact to sp doctor

    • prakash deshmukh

      thans for advoice.

  • Guest

    My magnesium levels tested high too so I am at a loss.

  • Guest

    SO what do you do? This irritates me, all these articles about the symptoms but can’t find ONE with treatment details.

  • Char

    I don’t know what all of this repetitive mess is helping clear the original question. What does anyone need all of the same information repeated and then repeated again. You waisted my time . I already take 800 mg a day of magnesium and still my blood work showed 1.3

    • 1555

      Char, I am reading your email, and feel a bit of a surprise. This newsletter is a FREE newsletter, and I was just directed to this by my friend. Information is great, and free. If you feel these people are WASTING YOUR TIME, perhaps you may realize that they owe you nothing. I am overcome with gratitude by what I am finding here.

  • Doreen

    I have borderline calcium in the blood. I started taking 300 mg of magnesium. I am not sure if I’m doing the right thing. Could this cause the calcium in the blood to rise further?

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Doreen,
      Dr. Sircus has an entire protocol of a number of things that may help you. You can read about his protocol and about dosages in the ebook Treatment Essentials:

      Or you can choose a consultation with Dr. Sircus for an in depth recommendation for you. He is available to take patients via his online clinic.

      Please let me know if I can be of further help.
      Best Regards,
      Maurice Guggisberg
      IMVA Support Team

  • JF

    6 years ago a natural professional recommended that I take Magnesium because I was deficient so I did and the very first supplement I took made me very ill I felt sick for about 3 days flu like symptoms and my heart beat was very high. Just recently I was recommended Magnesium again by my chiropractor so I started taking Magnesium Oxide 400mg a day and worked up to 800mg at first I felt great my muscles were relaxed my constipation cleared up I chose this form because I seem to absorb liquids better. After about a month of taking the Magnesium I started having pain from my hips down achy some times sharp pains and I wasn’t sure what was causing it so I stopped taking the Magnesium just to see it didn’t effect the problem that much but when I started to take the Magnesium again 400mg I got sick again like I did 6 years ago I felt really ill for 3 days very weak and I was having sharp pains in different areas of my body so I stopped I was just wondering why this keeps happening I felt so good with the magnesium my muscles were relaxed my constipation was gone and I felt a lot less stressed but now I am afraid to take it I am just now learning about topical magnesium but I am nervous about trying anything.

  • We can’t say that magnesium chloride can reverse cataracts but we know of people who have used Ancient Minerals magnesium diluted in a good pure water at a dilution of 10 or 15: 1 water to magnesium and have found that this greatly impacts eye inflammation and promotes healing….even after cataract surgery. Please see Dr. Sircus’ video on this at:

    Claudia French

  • Zac

    I am a 22 year old male, who is displaying classic symptoms of hypercalcemia (depression, recurring headaches, neck/joint pain, kidney stones, extreme vitamin D deficiency, heart palpitations and now a prostate calcification. I am even losing hair, which is not concurrent with my family history on either side.) Now I feel old, much older than I should for being 22 years of age, and the doctors I have seen are all ignorant. Could high calcium/low magnesium be causing all this? It seems likely from my personal research that my parathyroid could be the root of the problem, but I do not want to jump to conclusions. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    • High calcium and low magnesium can certainly be playing a role in your described condition. Why not try some magnesium supplements to see if there’s any improvement. Most doctors will not test properly to determine where your tissue magnesium levels are at.
      Claudia French

    • daniel

      sit in the sun without shirt 10 minutes everyday at midday.

    • Tanya

      You need to see a doctor who specializes in parathyroid issues. You might have a tumor.

  • As mentioned above when a deficient person first starts using magnesium it can happen that the body’s calcium stores become overwhelmed as the excess calcium is kicked out of the cells. That’s why dosages should start low and people should go up slowly to a higher dose. It is only a temporary reaction that you are describing and if additional calcium is taken in it will calm this reaction until your body becomes accustomed to the magnesium.
    If this kind of reaction occurs calcium should be taken in immediately as this is a remedy for the uncomfortable symptoms. Too bad you didn’t just cut back on how much you were taking instead of quitting altogether. Sorry to hear of your experience. Same thing happened to me at first…with my first magnesium bath…..but now it never happens.
    Claudia French

    • Tlaxcalli

      Seriously? I told you the supplements nearly gave me a heart attack and your response is “too bad you aren’t still taking them”? First of all, you’re not my doctor. Secondly, I never said I was magnesium deficient. I might actually have already been fairly high in magnesium. Who are you to tell me what supplements I should be taking, when you neither know what’s going on in my body nor did I ask for your advice? I swear, every time I post about a bad experience online, someone is like, “You should take what I tell you to because I know everything about your body, and I especially know more about your body than YOU do!” Please. The “same thing” happened to you? I doubt it. If it had, you probably wouldn’t be taking the supplements anymore either. Define “same thing.” Yes, I have since figured out that consuming magnesium with calcium in proper balance is important. Taking a supplement will, I am confident, screw up my body even more. What happened to getting nutrients from FOOD? The internet is full of people aggressively trying to sell supplements to everyone they come across regardless of individual need. Anyone who goes around the internet telling person after person after person to take this that and the other supplement based on absolutely no knowledge of the person they’re talking to is simply not a doctor or healthcare professional in my book – they’re a supplement marketer. End of story.

  • gailtoo

    Asian women, including Japanese, have the highest rate of spinal fractures in the world.
    If you don’t believe me, Google Japanese or Asian spinal fracture studies. They do have a lower rate of hip fractures. I suspect the reason they are reported to have the lowest rate of osteoporisis is because they consume a lot of flouride in tea (green, white, black, etc.), which may cause higher bone density showing up in DEXA tests, but actually weakens the bones.

  • mizz

    Hello, ive just started supplementing with the magnesium oil, and the baths, but my teeth have stated aching and think i need to add in calcium. This is just after 3 days, any advise would be helpful

    • Hi mizz,

      Sometimes people in their enthusiasm use too much too fast of magnesium chloride. I did when I started with it and suffered cramping from my calcium stores being overwhelmed. Cut back on the amount you are using daily and work up slowly to 1-2 oz/day used transdermally.
      Most of us don’t need extra calcium, we get over 6x the RDA in our foods, but go ahead and take some extra if you feel you need it temporarily. Calcium should be in a ratio of 1:1 or 2:1 at the most (calcium to magnesium).

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    • Tlaxcalli

      Aching teeth are caused by too much magnesium because magnesium lowers blood calcium which then causes the body to compensate by taking calcium from your bones. Happened to me.

  • Shah


    I have calcification of spine, in neck area and lower back. It is also called ankylosing spondolytis (arthritis). I have always had muscle cramps in all parts of my body, memory loss and weak digestion.

    I have started taking magnesium tablets where dosage is 65mg, 3 tablets a day. with reference to dr in article above, should I be taking more dosage of magnesium? I will start Mg baths, drinking the oil too.

    Also, i read good things about sodium bicarbo, and wondering how much of that I should take?

    I read about both sodium and Mg in ayurvedic medicine, and wondering if you know how it applies in ayurveda?

    thanks, shah

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      That is not an adequate dosage of magnesium in your pills at all. Dr. Sircus recommends that peoople need at least 600-1000 mg. of magnesium per day. Your pills at three times/day is not even 200 mg. total. This is even less than the recommended daily allowance.

      Magnesium baths and massages to the affected areas will work much better for you than any oral tablets.

      One of the purposes of taking bicarbonate is to alkalinize our bodies and the amounts taken are determined according to our daily pH so you would need to get some pH paper and test your urine and saliva daily and try to get your pH to a healthy 7.3. Lifestyle changes must also be made. There is more information on the sodium bicarbonate website:

      Sorry but am not familiar with how this would apply in ayurvedic.

  • pat

    hi i just brought some magesium and calcium it says8oomg calsium and 375mg of magnesium and 5.o ug of vit d i got the magnesium idea as i suffer high anxiet and panic attack my nreves on edge all the time wat would you recomend i am confused read so many diffrent thing not sure what or how to take it now thanks for any help

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Pat most people are getting much more calcium than they need and not enough magnesium. Researchers have shown that we are getting 5-10x more calcium than needed and its causing many problems.

      The correct ratio of calcium to magnesium must be 1:1 or 2:1 at the very most.

      Dr. Sircus recommends using no oral types of magnesium as most are not absorbed adequately from the gut. He recommends using transdermal magnesium oil on the skin instead.

      Please read about this on our sites and in the book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy where there is a wealth of information about the questions you ask.


      • Laura

        Epsom Salt (which is Magnesium Sulphate) baths work VERY well and a LOT cheaper than Magnesium “oil”

        • Hi Laura,

          Please see the sodium bicarbonate eBook by Dr. Sircus as it explains why the magnesium chloride is more effective than magnesium sulfate even though it is more costly. It is absorbed better, lasts longer in the body in its effects. References are available in the book. Epsom salts are fine if you can’t afford magnesium chloride oil, especially for pain or sore muscles, but won’t raise your magnesium levels very well nor for very long if that’s all you use.

  • Kate

    My daughter 21 gets her period on and off, was heavy and cramping during early teen years now gets it short and sometimes skips months with only a spotting. She has switched her diet and is now a vegetarian, eats lots vegetables, chia seeds hemp seds and almond milk. Any ideas, I bought a bottle of nature made magnesium but I am thinking this is not the right magnesium

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      If you are looking at magnesium you will find that Dr. Sircus does not advise any oral magnesium due to the fact that this is often not absorbed from the gut properly due to numerous problems. He advises transdermal use of magnesium. Please read more on our site to learn about this.

      Magnesium plays a huge role in hormonal balance and there is a chapter on this in the Transdermal Magnesium Therapy book.

      You might consider getting some Ancient Minerals magnesium oil and having your daughter use it regularly :

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      She might have better luck if she used transdermal magnesium using the oil called Ancient Minerals from ll’s Magnetic Clay do. This is IMVA’s recommendation. Magnesium is known to have an important role in hormone production so getting her levels up properly should make a big difference in her regulariy.

  • suresh

    hello i have calcified fibrosis in my penis which is also visible through naked eye. i mean it is just under the skin.

    now i have to remove the calcification around it. i have an another treatment for fibrosis.

    can i apply magnesium oil and massage to remove the calcification?

    please reply.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      You need to increase your whole body supply of magnesium. And you possibly can benefit from other things on Dr. Sircus’ protocol, like sodium thiosulfate.

      Please consider a consult with Dr. Sircus, but yes you can try applying magnesium oil directly to the calcified area.

  • Audrey Williamson

    What are your recommendations on taking New Era MagPhos (Magnesium Phosphate) as a daily supplement? Are these strong enough to make a difference and at what dosage?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Audrey,

      We are not familiar with this magnesium product but i see in doing a search that this is a homeopathic product and that it is geared to relieving specific symptoms and not to general elevation of magnesium levels in the body. You would have to speak directly with dr. Sircus about this but I don’t think it can really benefit raising magnesium levels in our bodies as homeopathic ampounts are generally very minute.

  • Antony


    I’m 37 and have been taking 400mg Magnesium (337 mg Oxide, 36mg Phosphate, 27mg amino acide Chelate) with 2000IU Vit D for about 1 year now.

    I do a lot of long distance running.

    I had a few blood tests recently as had unexplained chest pain and dizziness. Everything was normal except in some tests my bicarbonate was 34 slightly elevated and mild thrombocytopenia which I have had for years. One of the doctors said I had to go see a sports doctor because I was overexercising and causing Ketone build up in my body??

    I was wondering can bicarbonate can be elevated from Vit D or Magnesium as they are the only supplements I take. Is there any connection between this? I stopped taking the magensium and found after a day or too all my muscles feel a bit sore from training without it.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      To my understanding, ketone bodies are produced when fat is burned for energy and when glucose is not available in the body for energy.

      Here is an interesting article online that explains under what circumstances bicarbonate levels in our blood can be elevated.

      Its doubtful that taking magnesium oxide (the most poorly absorbed form of magnesium) or Vit. D supplements would raise the bicarbonate levels in your body.

  • Diamond


    I have been told that I have fibroids that are calcified. Will magnesium help break those up?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Yes, magnesium will help with calcified uterine fibroids, though other things on his protocol should also be used along with magnesium. keep reading!

  • Poonam

    Dear Claudia,
    Thanks for your quick reply.
    I only took 1-2 spoons of Mg sulphate and my symptoms got worse. As these doses are very less in amt to worsen my symptoms, i wonder if there could be any other cause related to this. Also this symptoms get worse when taking Vitamin D. so am unable to take Calcium tablets as many calcium tablets come with Vit D. I tried increasing my calcium level by dairy prodcts like milk, yogurt n cheese, bt the symptoms still get worse(my phosphorous levels r high in blood). so what n how shall i increase my calcium levels(which may have no Vit D, low phosporous n no sodium). Thank you for your kind help… if possible, kindly help as i have researched on net and am unable to get a solution…Good DAy….

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      What is the status of your kidney function? High phosphorus levels are ususally caused by kidney problems and then it might make sense that magnesium is making things worse as you can’t excrete excess .

      You need a full evaluation, more than we can do here on this blog site.

      Please consider a consultation with Dr. Sircus or a naturopath, one familiar with minerals, of your choice to figure this out.

  • Poonam

    had all the symptoms of Magnesium deficiency. so I ordered a serum blood test, but cane back normal. Symptoms made me try Magnesium suphate.. but every time, I took it in bath my symptoms got more worse(muscle pain n weakness, vibrations, twitch, body of joint pain, tmj, ringing ears, breathing problem). Can some1 pls help with this! thanks

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Sometimes when we are very deficient in magnesium and just starting to attempt to replenish our supplies, we start off with too high an amount of magnesium and it overwhelms our calcium stores which can cause some of the symptoms you describe.

      Try cutting back on the amount used in a bath and work it up very gradually. See if that helps any.

      This happened to me too when I took my first magnesium bath…..eating some calcium helped to relieve those symptoms and I was gradually able to work up to using a decent amount of magnesium chloride flakes in a bath with none of these syptoms occurring.

    • Diane Allen

      Poonam, I hope you are still with us, as it was 4 years ago I was in similar situation and, you must balance all of your hormones as much as possible with maintaining a strict diabetic diet, eating regularly and healthy whole foods diet with plenty of vegetables. It will take some time for your body to return to some balance. I also found that I had to avoid dairy and I had to reduce my calcium intake for a while, not completely as I began producing stones, using natural plant based foods for calcium, in order for my body to recalibrate while adding specific type of magnesium that I took orally when I would get headaches. I believe that all calcium and magnesium usage is related to injury and healing and the immune defenses of the body. Even though kidney’s may be involved, be patient with your body, as I have found this is the best option. (Dr. Sircus can help with recommendations and as mentioned above.)

  • Brenda


    I am so delighted to have found your website and to learn about the wonderful benefits of Magnesium.

    I’ve read several times above, however,that if we have kidney problems then we shouldn’t take Magnesium. I am 68 years old and my kidneys are functioning at 63%. Although my doctor reassures me that this is still within the ‘normal’ range, does this mean that I shouldn’t supplement with Magnesium or that I should use the oil instead? I know the oil bypasses the digestive system but does it interfere with the kidneys in any way?

    I’ve also discovered (today) that the creatinine found in the kidneys is none other than calcium. Am I assuming rightly that my creatinine levels are higher than normal (thus causing the kidney problem) because of not having enough Magnesium to counteract it?

    I hope this makes sense, and many thanks in advance for your guidance.


    United Kingdom

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Brenda,

      People with decreased kidney function should be very cautious with any type of magnesium suplement usage and this includes both oral and transdermal magnesium of any form.

      The kidneys are the main organ by which excess magnesium in our bodies is excreted so that we don’t accumulate an overload of magnesium and become toxic from too much. Generally in healthy functioning kidneys any excess of magnesium will be excreted through the kidneys, or will be re-absorbed back into the body. When kidneys are functioning below normal the kidneys don’t exrete as much and the magnesium can build up leading to many problems.

      Kidney insufficiency and failure are just about the only contraindications to using magnesium of any kind.

      However, you can talk with your doctor and decude together if and how much magnesium your body can handle in its current state of 63% functioning. Closer watches of mag. levels should be taken when functioning is below normal.

      As we age, we also lose some kidney function due to normal slowing down processes associated with aging. This may or may not have to do with calcium in the blood vessels.

      By most standards 63% functioning would fall in the range considered “mild” kidney disease. So keep a watch on it and be careful about blood pressure, diet and kidney harming medications. Talk with your doctor about safety in using magnesium products as supplements, including magnesium oil.

  • Kathy

    Dear Claudia,

    Thank you very much for your answer!

    Kind regards

  • Kathy

    Is it possible to find magnesium chloride, magnesium oil or any other product you recommend, in Canada?
    What about efficiency of magnesium citrate and other magnesium sources, or magnesium combined with other minerals?

    Your site is extraordinary, and we can learn a lot here. Thank you!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      IMVA recommends using Ancient Minerals Magnesium OIl over any oral magnesium product as it bypasses the gut where so many problems in absorption occur. .

      LL’s Magnetic Clay co who distributes the Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil have a Canadian distributor:

      Promedics Neutraceuticals Ltd.
      PO Box 155
      2498 W 41st Avenue
      Vancouver, BC V6M2A7

      Toll Free: (877) 268-5057
      Phone: (604) 261-5057
      Fax: (604) 730-7186


  • Debbie

    I use the oil 50/50 water and flakes it does itch on my skin will
    this at some point stop?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Debbie,

      For most people the irritation subsides when the skin becomes accustomed to the magnesium oil and stronger solutions can be gradually used. Try cutting the dilution of water to magnesium down gradually and see what your response is.

  • elvira walker

    Hi claudia;

    Yes, I do have function of my parathyroid gland. I get labs done every three months to be certain that my minerals are within guidelines. I am under a dr’s care for the thyroid monitoring, but, am interesting in the vitamin, mineral aspect, which most doctors do not go into. I take antioxidants, fish oil, COQ10, vit A, B complex, C, Niacin, Multi vits, D, and Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium, and iodine. My only concern, since, I am seeing that Magnesium outweighs the benefits of Calcium, and we do need both, what is the recommendation of a daily dose of Magnesium, to get a higher response than normal. From what I am reading in the Magnesium Miracle, we need to take more, than the average dose. I did purchase the Trandermal magnesium. However, I am unable to use it as specified, because the top just will not spray. I open the bottle and pour it in my hands. Not certain how much I am getting, because of this. Thank you.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      First request a new spray bottle from where you bought your oil. Retailers provide differeing spray bottles with different spray hole measurements. You will want to use about one ounce per day to start…so you can use some other form of measurement, like a medicine cup. Work up slowly to a maximum of about 2 oz.per day. This will provide all you need to replenish your levels quickly.

      Many knowledgeable about magnesium state that 400 mg./day is not enough for us in this day and age, and they recommend any amount of this even up to 1000=2000 mg. per day, depending on type of magnesium being used and the specific problems of the individual. (oral dosages)

      One general rule of thumb is a daily intake of magnesium of approximately 3-4 mg per pound of bodyweight. For a 200 lb male, this would equate to 600 mg to 800 mg per day for a healthy person. more will be needed in illness or disease states.

      Go to our magnesium site and read more about this:

      And see:

  • elvira walker


    I am thyroidless. I am having the most difficult time trying to decide how much calcium and magnesium to take on a daily basis. I take both calcium and magnesium orotate, 1,000 mg of each. I also take an extra 400 mg of Magnesium. I also use the transdermal mag at night, although not consistently. I suffer with awful wrist and hand pain, as well as foot and leg cramps. I work out four days a week, and lift light weights. My vitamin regimen is long. I am taking a lot due to not having a thyroid. I pretty much have the vitamins in the right perspective, but, I need to know how much magnesium, and calcium is good for a thyroidless person. I was told nothing about how much calcium and magnesium was needed to keep the pain at bay, from the doctors.I believe that during surgery, one parathyroid was removed. Thank you for your help

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Elvira,

      Considering your situation with removal of thyroid and possibly a parathyroid gland more information is needed before recommendations can be made. You would need to seek a consultation with Dr. Sircus to thoroughly discuss what you need in terms of magnesium and calcium at this point. You state your vitamin regimen is “long” and all of this needs to be evaluated so proper advice can be given. Nor does Dr. Sircus generally recommend the use of oral types of magensium to maintain proper levels except in specific circumstances.

      Also you need to have more definite information about the parathyroid gland removal….do you have adeequate parathyroid function or not? the parathyroid glands have much control over calcium in the body and more information on this is necessary in order to adequately address your calcium/magnesium status and needs.

  • Trevor

    I’ve been suffering with Vertigo & Rapid Heart Rate (80avg to 100bpm)from damaged neck ligaments for 4 yrs.I also did a Hair Analysis which showed below normal Ca & Mg levels.I just purchased the Ancient Minerals spray & am spraying daily.
    Is there anything else recommended to help heal ligaments?

    I’m so happy I found this site!So much good info to digest.
    Thank you.
    Bless you guys for this site…

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      make sure you take adequate vitamins and minerals ….use heat/warmth on the affected area and make sure you are taking adequate iodine and sodium bicarbonate to stay alkaline.

  • Yasmin

    I found the info on consultation – will forward it to my husband as he should be the one talking to Dr. Sircus.

    I have just downloaded the introduction of the Heart Health book – thanks so much for this web site and all the work you do!


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Glad you found it.
      The HeartHealth book is a very informative book.

      Here is a recent essay by Dr. Sircus on how he himself dealt with a friend who was having a slow and irregular heartbeat.

  • Yasmin

    Dear Claudia,

    thank you for your quick answer!

    Unfortunately, after 3 days in hospital my husband was released with a recommendation to come back in 3 months time and no obvious explanation of his bradycardia. I thought the cause of his bradycardia could be hypo/hyperthyroidism since his mom has problems with her thyroid gland but those tests were fine. Doctors kept asking him about recent viral infections and high fevers but he had none (the latest high fever was 3 years ago – 39,5 C during 2 days, for no obvious reasons as it was during summer).

    His heartbeat was always lower as in his youth he actively played sports (now not on a daily basis, rather once a week) but we never realized he has low blood pressure.

    He does drink lots of water. Thanks for your advice about raising his feet, at least something we can rely on when he has this feeling of fainting. Will also look into hawthorn products.

    How do I schedule a consultation with Dr.Sircus? Apologies if this info is already on your web page but I did not have time to search it carefully (2 small kids running around the house… :-))

    We do not have a blood pressure testing machine, but we can buy one.

    Many thanks!

  • Yasmin


    I am writing on behalf of my husband who is 41 years old. He has a stressful job and a month ago he got sick during a meeting – dizziness, chest pain, difficulty in breathing and feeling that he will faint.

    He was hospitalized and was diagnosed Sinus Bradycardia (low heart beat). He has a slightly enlarged heart but all the CT scans of his heart and arteries were fine. During 24-hour monitoring of his blood pressure it was discovered that he also has low blood pressure. After 3 days in the hospital and numerous check ups he was released home with no therapy, as all was fine.

    He plays football occasionally, doesnt smoke and tries to stay fit. However, after two weeks of sick leave (during which he was free of any above mentioned symptoms), he is again experiencing dizziness and lack of air.

    I have been researching magnesium chloride and realized it is really recommended in cases of heart arrythmias, but on several web sites I found warnings that MC should not be taken if a person has problems with kidneys, low heart beat and low blood pressure.
    Now what is true? Can my husband take magnesium chloride or not?

    His regular heart beat is around 52 (lowest was 36 and highest 92 during 24 hour monitoring) and his blood pressure is around 90-60, but the doctor said that his pressure was always lower than the minimum normal level during 24 hour monitoring.

    Thank you for you time and looking forward to hearing your recommendations.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Jasmina,

      A pulse of 52 is not uncommon for trained athletes. However a pulse of 36 is definetly dangerous as the heart is not pumping properly and blood cannot get to the tissues as fast as it is needed. This could lead to heart attack.

      Causes of bradycardia must be established as there are a number of different things that cause this. Bradycardia is increasingly dangerous when it is accompanied by the additional symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, fainting and a low blood pressure. These are danger signs and require that some action be taken asap.

      Yes, magnesium can lower the pulse and the blood pressure so must be used with caution and under proper medical supervision. It is important to have adequate magnesium levels for normal heart rythym.

      Today drugs are used to combat too low a heart beat…your doctor may have given you some to take if this happens often. Sometimes a cardiac pacemaker or implanted defibrillator are recommended.

      other more natural things to try are immediately increasing water intake to bring up the fluid volume in the vessels. He can lay withh his feet higher than his head to increase circulation to the heart and brain. Change positions slowly, do not get up too fast. Others may have other recommendations. Hawthorn has been used to strengthen the heart and vessels.

      It sounds like you need a consultation with Dr. Sircus to discuss this situation further….and I hope you have a blood pressure testing machine at home so it can be tracked when this happens.

      A careful balance of mineral intake is needed here…including magnesium and calcium.

  • Carl

    Thanks for your reply.

    Is their any difference in the sodium thiosulfate I can get for photograph developing as I can get from a pool supply store? The one for pools costs more.

    Also, do I use the sodium thiosulfate mixed with the magnesium oil to rub on? If so, how much do I add per ounce of magnesium?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Carl,

      Whatever sodium thiosulfate you purchase , it needs to be used in a 10% concentration. I have heard that the sodium thiosulfate sold in pool stores is 100% sodium thiosulfate so it would need to mixed with water to reach a 10% solution. Some chemical supply houses sell sodium thiosulfate already made into a 10% solution….so no mixing is required. Other than that I do not know if the sodium thiosulfate differs in pool stores or photograph use… no other adddtives should be in the product purchased.

      Also I can’t answer about the chemical reaction between mag chloride and sodium thiosulfate. If you can ask a chemist please let us know. If there’s no problem with the mixing, you would only need very little of the sodium thiosulfate but we have not experimented with this so you would be doing this as a trial and error experiment. Please let us know the results!! We generally recommend taking thiosulfate orally in water using 1-3 drops or grains in an 8 oz glass of water. We also recommend adding it to your baths, but generally not at the same time as magnesium. If any other readers can help answer these questions, I hope they will respond here.

      Thanks for the interesting questions.

  • elvira walker


    Sorry to sound so dense, but, I need to re-affirm something. Are you saying that, for instance, if I take 500 mg of Calcium, then I should also take 500 mg of Magnesium. Would that be a 1:1 ratio? But, then if that is so, how will I receive the benefits of Magnesium, using it at that dose. Is taking more Calcium than Magnesium beneficial, as we get so much Calcium from other sources. Sorry for not understanding. I am thyroidless, and sometimes, a little foggy. I received my Transdermal Mag today, and cannot wait. Just want to use it properly. Thank you.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Elvira,

      Equal amounts of magnesium and calcium would be a 1:1 ratio. This is for a person who is NOT magnesium deficient. For those who are deficient, much more magnesium is needed to bring the magnesium levels up in our bodies. We do not need to at the same time increase calcium because we get more than enough in our forticied diets. Its estimated that we get more than 6xs the amount of calcium than we do magnesium . Only if you begin to show symptoms of calcium deficiency will you need to increase calcium. Just make sure you are taking in a good amount in your diet.

      Once you have replenished your magnesium stores (after about 1-2 months of daily use, you can then cut back on the amount of magnesium used.

      No it is not beneficial to take in so much more calcium than magnesium.

  • Carl

    I have osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, and want to know if using magnesium oil transdermally and taking it orally will rebuild my joints and bones. If so, how often do I use it, and how many sprays do you recommend, both transdermally, and orally?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Magnesium oil used transdermally will be very helpful to you. In addition you should consider following Dr. Sircus’ protocol in full with iodine, and sodium bicarbonate and perhaps sodium thiosulfate.

      Use the magnesium oil daily, build up to two ounces on the skin for the first 2-3 ,months to bring your magnesium stores up to par. You can do this once a day or divide it into twice daily doses. You can put a few drops in a glass of water as well, though we believe transdermally to be far better.

  • elvira walker


    Thank you for your reply. However, when I scrolled back to find the answer for the ratio of calcium to magnesium question, it could not be found.

    Also, I sent for the magnesium oil that you suggest, but, it has not yet arrived. For the past couple months, before, I found this site, I had been using a magnesium oil chloride brine, purchased from the vitamin store in my neighborhood. However, I have not gotten the expected relief from it.Do magnesium oils differ that much in potency?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      The proper balance between calcium and magnesium is 1:1 or 2:1 calcium to magnesium and NOT the 6+:1 ratio that most people get in thier daily diets today!

      Not all magnesium oil is the same nor obtained from the same place or processed in the same manners. Not all have the same purity as Dr. Sircus has found in Ancient Minerals Magnesium OIl and not all will be appropriate for all the uses he recommends, for example use in the eyes and for ingestion.

      Hope your mag oil comes soon!

  • Phyllis Novik

    Hi Cynthia,

    You asked about Citrate of Magnesium. It is a laxative. Please see posts above that use Mag oil transdermally. It is the safest way of getting Mg2 into your bloodstream. The information Dr. Sircus gives about using magnesium is the only one I would trust. Most MD’s don’t understand the importance of Mag deficiency and don’t know how to treat it.

    Thank you.


  • Cynthia K. Gib


    I agree that magnesium is, indeed, incredibly important. However, I have been advised that the most absorbable form of magnesium is the citrate form. Can you advise why this would not be so?

    Thank you,

    Cindy Gibb

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Cynthia,

      It has been shown in studies by Dr. Norm Shealy that transdermal application of magnesium raises magnesium levels far better and faster than oral forms of magnesium due to the fact that it bypasses the digestive tract which can impede absorption due to many different reasons. You can read more about this by taking a look at the essays on our magnesiumforlife website.

  • juls ferrara

    thanks again claudia—–i will contact him 🙂

  • juls ferrara

    thanks claudia for your response. how might I contact him ? I have had highish calcium for a long time due to MEN2a (its usually high level of normal). i get bone frequency tests and have never had kidney stones or any other symptoms. they are afraid if they take out tumor then i will be hypocalcemic. confusing. i’d like very much to talk to dr. sirus and get a treatment plan going before i do real damage to myself. thanks claudia !

  • juls ferrara

    hi doc,

    thanks for the valuable information. i have high blood calcium (around 10.9) due to a parathyroid tumor that can’t be removed. wondering if taking magnesium would make my blood calcium go higher thereby dangerous levels for hypercalcemia or if it would make my levels stablize.

    i eat very healthy with lots of nuts, salads, etc. and don’t THINK i’m magnesium deficient, but am worried about my high calcium levels doing damage to my body.

    thanks soo much–juls

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear juls,

      High calcium levels in the blood can be very damaging and parathyroid tumors generally cause loss of magnesium. Treatment for the parathyroid tumors is necessary and magnesium may help as well as the other cancer protocol items of iodine and sodcium bicarbonate. Please consider a consultation with Dr. Sir us about this. Calcium levels should be checked frequently no matter what treatment you decide to follow as many things may also c ause further elevation of calcium.

      You need a full protocol that will dimish the tumors.

  • elvira walker


    So wonderful to find a site with so much valuable information.I suffer with muscle spasms, painful hands, and wrists. I am certain that I have been overdoing calcium, because, I did not know all of the information that I have learned here. A year ago, I had a total thyroidectomy. I believe that my muscle cramps and spasms stems from this. It’s crazy how little doctors know, and did not advise me on this condition. Please tell me, how much calcium should I take daily, and the ratio of magnesium. At the present time, I am taking 500 mg of Calcium Orotate, and 1,000 mg of Magnesium Orotate. I want to take the best for my condition. Please advise. Thank you.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Elvira,

      IMVA recommends use of transdermal magnesium oil over oral mag tablets. Research has shown that only 30-40% of the magnesium in oral preparations is actually absorbed into the body, and it takes much longer to bring magnesium levels up when taking oral mag. You can read more about this and see Dr. Norm Shealy’s study which shows this on our magnesium site at:

      Please scroll back to my reply to Suzette for information on the ratios of mag to calcium and recommended dosages.

  • Carl

    Thanks for the clarification! I will start using magnesium chloride from now on.

  • Carl

    I was wonder if magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) was as effective as magnesium chloride bath flakes for bathing, or are you only recommending the bath flakes since you obviously have a financial interest in promoting them? Epsom salts are much less expensive.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      The IMVA recommends magnesium chloride over magnesium sulfate for specific reasons. While we understand that epsom salts are cheaper we have evaluated research showing that there are some major differences in the two types of bath flakes. Magnesium sulfate is first off, excreted from the body much faster than the magnesium obtained from magnesium chloride flakes or oil. This is significant if you are needing to raise leves of magnesium or treat specific conditions as opposed to just taking a relaxing epsom salt bath!

      Jean Durlach who is a noted magnesium researcher has also pointed out much about the safety of magnesium chloride as opposed to magnesium sulfate. You can read more about this on our Magnesiumforlife site and specifically in this essay:

      So no, the two are not the same and their effects on the body are notably different!

      Magnesium sulfate is a fine product to use if you can’t afford Ancient Minerals but know the differences. And personally, as an active part of the IMVA here, I do not receive any financial compensation for recommending Ancient Minerals….it is simply the best, safest and most pure product we have found and that I have used.

  • Amanda

    Hi there,

    I have had discoid lupus (not SLE, but the cutaneous type)since I was 19 years old. I am now 33. What started as one lesion has ballooned to over 50 lesions, which are on my face, scalp and upper arms. I’ve tried all the prescribed medications from my Dermatologist & Rheumatologist to no avail. (Plaquenil, Prednisone, multiple creams/ointments.) Nothing has worked! In addition to the unsightly lesions (which cause a great deal of anxiety/low self esteem issues/social isolation) I’ve suffered from many additional symptoms–that come and go. Everything from intense muscle soreness, heart palpitations, diarrhea, vitamin D deficiency. I also have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and TMJ. Just wondering if you’ve heard of any benefit for cutaneous/discoid lupus sufferers taking Magnesium? Can you recommend any additional minerals/supplements?

    Thanks so much, it’s very refreshing to find a website like this created by a Physician who takes his oath seriously (not doing any harm to your patients). I commend you for truly caring about your patients, and educating us on how we can inexpensively, naturally help ourselves!
    God bless you!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      So sorry to hear of these conditions you are dealing with. Dr. Sircus’ entire protocol which includes magnesium, iodine, sodium bicarbonate and other beneficial supplements might be very helpful to you.

  • sharon johnson

    I have suffered from Restless Leg Syndrome for many years. It seems everyone is affected differently with many levels of severity. Mine occurs everyday, and I have learned that it is caused mainly by any glutamates, and foods that are processed with too much sodium and maybe some dairy items, such as cheeses, and how they are processed. lately I have used magnesium and have just purchased the oil. Have you ever had anyone ask questions about RLS? If so please let me know how to go about using the oils. I really think the Mag/cal levels are directly connected to the severity of the RLS. I take the RX requip, and hate it. Would love to get completely away from it. Thanks! Sharon

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Definitely, we get questions about RLS(restless leg syndrome) all the time. Magnesium oil is very helpful . My own husband used to keep me awake at night due to restless legs, but when he started using magnesium oil this all stopped!

      Massage some magnesium oil into your entire leg before bedtime, rinse off after 20-30 minutes, or bathe in a tub of warm water with 2-4 cups of magnesium flakes three times/week (alternating with the massage if possible). You may need to add a little calcium to your diet, though most eat enough calcium that this is not necessary. If you think you need more calcium try some flax seeds on salad.

  • Logan

    Claudia, when I reached puberty at 14 y/o I went lactose intolerant, though could still handle eating cheese for a few more years. In my early twenties I read a article about magnesium’s importance so started taking 500mg a day of some type of magnesium. In a few weeks I passed my first CALCIUM kidney stone of several over the next twenty years, but stopped the magnesium after the first one. I was on no calcium supplements at that time but may have been previously. I read in one of Adelle Davis’ books that too much mag. can pull calcium from bones or somewhere and result in the kidney stones. If I start with the Transdermal magnesium oil will I be at risk for more kidney stones again? Would IBS have played any role in the oral magnesium’s causing the stones?

    Thanks much, Logan

    • claudia

      Hi Logan,

      Dr. Sircus tells us that “With a low magnesium intake, calcium moves out of the bones to increase tissue levels, while a high magnesium intake causes calcium to move from the tissues into the bones. Thus high magnesium levels leads to bone mineralization.”

      Please see his essay on Magnesium and Calcification.

      Increased intake of calcium can contribute to kidney stone formation.

      Research has shown that drinking an increased amount of lemonade can prevent stone formation. Lemons have the highest concentration of citrate – a natural inhibitor of kidney stone formation – of any citrus fruit.
      A research study showed that drinking four ounces of reconstituted lemon juice in two liters of water per day – was shown to decrease the rate of stone formation from 1.00 to 0.13 stones per patient.

      Other fruit juices may contain added calcium, contain less citrate, and contain oxalate, one of the main components of calcium stones.
      Too much salt in the diet can stimulate excretion of calcium in the urine so decreasing salt intake might also help.

      Claudia French

  • Terry

    Hello Claudia.

    Regarding my Daughters boils on her face, I have bought
    some Iodine strength 2, Ive been told its is good to paint on the skin, but I cannot find out how and how much you use at a time, do
    you dab it on or brush it over all the area and what strength do you use. any advice would be extremly helpfull, thanks.

    • claudia


      You can brush or dab the iodine onto the affected skin eruption with a cotton tipped applicator or brush…about 3x/day….alternate with the magnesium gel. Seek out the cause of recurrent outbreaks and see a more complete answer on the iodine site.

      Claudia French

  • Phyllis

    Dear Dr. Mark/Claudia,

    I want to know if I can mix DMSO with the MgCl2 (for transdermal use) and what would the ratio be? Thank you.

    I would also like to add that I received a message from my Higher Self when I mixed pumpkin seeds, sunflowerseeds, flax seeds, nutritional yeast with yogurt. He said, “Excellent Nutrition”. I feel there is a balance with the calcium in the yogurt and the Mg in the seeds. Also, Dr. Dean suggested trying opening caps of Magnesium citrate and sprinkling it on foods. I use it in soups and find the taste very pleasant. She suggested taking it with food as it may be digested with the food and find its way into the system. Thank you.


    • claudia


      Dr. Sircus said that magnesium chloride and DMSO can be mixed together at any ratio. You can obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus for more specifics to your situation, by writing to Luciana at

      Claudia French

  • Terry

    Hello Claudia.

    Thankyou very much for your reply, it was very kind of you, I have taken notice of what you have said, but I cant seem to find these articles, do you have more that one site?.

    Kindest regards.. Terry

  • Echoe LaCaille

    Dear Mag for Life:

    I was recently diagnosed as having autonomic and peripheral neuropathy with nothing to be done but take muscle relaxants which had severe side effects. I refused to take the muscle relaxants which left me with nothing.

    I grew up having skin problems, was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at 19 (and thus blind) have had ringing in my ears for an entire lifetime, along with severe hearing loss since birth. In my 30’s the muscles in my legs became so rigid that the muscles in my back literally ripped, all the way across my lower back. And I learned to stretch daily. I also landed in the Heart hospital with some pretty severe heart beat skipping that would put me to my knees with loss of strength. Right before my autonomic neuropathy diagnosis, I was sent to the gastro-enterologist with severe stomach and intestinal distress. It turned out that none of the muscles in my stomach were working and nothing was digesting. At the same time, my allergist and immunologist found that I had asthma, along with growing allergy issues.

    Well, I have researched for a doctor, when she calls upon me to do specific medical research, I pore over articles finding what matches her criteria. So this time I did my own research. My immunologist agrees wholeheartedly. I felt that I have suffered from magnesium deficiency probably most of my life. But I mostly wanted to add here, that for anyone having digestive issues, as I did, oral magnesium chloride is actually very helpful. I realize that the diarrhea is prohibitive, however, when food is not digesting, there is no absorption from food of magnesium. And magnesium is critical in making the enzymes in the liver function to digest all the needed healthy food. The chloride also helps to kill bacteria, and viruse that tag along with many foods that most people are able to fight off. (My son and I were also getting sick constantly.)

    One of the benefits of the MgCl oral (drinking about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of mag oil daily… but ensuring that we drink at least 32 ounces of water daily as well!) was that my stomach didn’t retain the food but passed it along as it’s supposed to, but my intestines no longer ballooned painfully into the inflammation and seizure of muscles, disallowing food to pass the intestines as well.

    I also take baths in mag oil daily, sometimes 2 X daily, but I did want to say that for some, the oral application may be necessary until the body is rebalanced. Hope all is well for others! Thank you for this article!

  • Terry


    I am writeing this on behalf of my daughter, she is 27 and is suffering badly from boils, mostly over her face, but sometimes her body but not very often, at the moment she has about 5 around her mouth and cheeks, Im afraid she does’nt really listen to anyone telling her about things that can help her because the doctors tried differant things but it never worked, so she switches off if someone things they have an answer, but, I use magnesium oil, and I did read somewhere in a article that foot/baths etc can really help, can some one please comment on this.
    Regards. Terry

    • claudia


      Your daughter should get onto Dr. Sircus protocol of magnesium oil, iodine and sodium bicarbonate, all of which have multiple benefits to the condition you describe. Please view all of the articles on our sites regarding magnesium iodine and sodium bicarbonate. Using clay internally and topically will also help to stem these staph infections.

      Claudia French

  • Alex

    Thanks Claudia for your response,
    ok, i was under the impression that dairy calcium was poorly metabolised compared with other sources. I have been drinking milk and dairy products like water my whole life. practically megadoses. i think it threw my body off. Since i began my regimen, deficiency symptoms substantialy declined, but not completely, especially lower back pain and stiffness which has been torturing me for years. Thats why i want to try topical. Doctors only give me ibuprofin 800. (i think they have quotas for these things like cops and parking tickets).
    How long does it take for the body to detox from calcium or does it depend on other factors? Does the body excrete excess misplaced calcium?

    Since off dairy, and began mag, stools have gotten tighter although not constipation, which is what confuses me and no diarhia. They were considerably softer and often 2x/day with milk. Maybe its the green juice im taking now? Anyway i’ll give it more time and see.

    About mag chl water, and oil, are they ingestible also and absorbable by GI as well? Im confused as to how it can be bio available for cells if it dosnt go thru the bloodstream. Do you know of any practical guides for application suggestions, amount, frequency… or should it just be incorporated into a daily routine?

    thank you again,

    • claudia

      Magnesium chloride when used transdermally IS absorbed directly into the bloodstream and is extremely bioavailable. It is the digestive tract that is bypassed, not the bloodstream. Some people do drink magnesium oil, but we suggest you only use Ancient Minerals for this purpose. If there are probblems with the digestive tract you may not absorb the magnesium chloride into the bloodstream when you drink it or take it orally.

      Have you read about sodium thiosulfate? This could also help with any excess calcium removal. Excess calcim intake can also interfere with magnesium levels in the body. Even though milk is not the “best” source for calcium, an excess can still be taken in. About 35% of one serving of milk (typically 240 mL) is calcium, which is a significant portion of the serving, but relatively calcium-poor when compared to most other sources of calcium, especially green leafy vegetables and grains. Milk still has more calcium per glass than some calcium-enriched juices, yet the calcium benefit of milk is still debated.
      See: for information on sodium thiosulfate. For specific doses you will need to speak directly to Dr. Sircus.

      Claudia French

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      excess calcium in the body causes deposits in other areas, it causes heart problems, arthritis, and numerous other problems….see the essay on calcium at:

      You may want to try sodium thiosulfate to help chelate the excess calcium out of your body. See: Calcification and its Treatment with Magnesium and Sodium Thiosulfate :

      Please explore our magnesium website, you will find much information there.
      Magnesium oil is bioavailable through the skin by going directly into the bloodstream. It is also available through oral ingestion but tends to cause diarrhea that way.

      The second edition of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy should be out in a few weeks and that will be the guide you need. You can buy the original or other associated ebooks right now from the Publication site, just click on “Books” at the top of the page on the sites I listed above.

  • Alex

    I have been suffering from mag deficiency for years, with almost all the symptoms. I was also an avid milk drinker my whole life, i’m 35. A few weeks ago i cut dairy, reduced coffee and began taking mag citrate powder. Within days heart rate back to normal, fewer spams/twitches (mostly in calve area), signif reducton in joint pain, (knees) and increased flexability and strength. Im seriously considering topical mag-chl now.

    I have 2 questions. Since beginning this “therapy” my stools have gotten tighter and with less urgency, even after increasing to 1000mg over the course of a day. This runs counter to mag effects, is this normal? Diet same except for dairy substitutes (almond, cocnut milk)
    Also as part of a broader detox i am green juicing to replace lost calcium intake. And planing to take multimineral with calcium. Will this extra calcium interfere with retoring my cal-mag balance.

    Thank you,

    • claudia


      You are right, the mag citrate, the coconut oil and almond milk are all used to combat constipation. Dehydration is the first thing that comes to mind….are you drinking sufficient water during the day? Many people don’t realize they are thirsty and this will effect the stool. Has your exercise time been cut recently? This will also affect stool consistency. Even cutting down on amount of walking done in a day will have an effect. First try increasing water intake and getting proper exercise.

      You said you’ve had low magnesium for a long time> Do you have a magnesium wasting disease? You might want to check that out as its a common cause of persistently low magnesium levels, even despite taking supplements. Or it could be that your body is just not absorbing magnesium from the intestine due to any number of reasons. The great thing about transdermal magnesium therapy is that it bypasses all these intestinal issues and gets into the bloodstream faster. You may notice a huge change once you start the transdermal treatment.

      Its important to measure your calcium from ALL sources, food, drink, and supplements. Calcium to Magnesium ratios should be at 2:1 or 1:1. Its been frequently found to be 6:1 which is common in the western diet and is dangerously high, interfereing with magnesium and many other things. So the answer is yes, if the calcium level of intake is too high it will interfere with the calcium-magnesium balance. Most people get enough calcium from their diets and fortified foods. We need calcium to absorb magnesium and vice versa, but an excess of calcium will end up in your tissues causing problems.

      Claudia French

  • Susan

    I have D.I.S.H…..Diffuse Idiopathic Sponaylitic Hypertrophy..also calle Forrester’s..all my legaments and tendons that are attached to my spinal column are calcifying..have you ever heard of any studies that magnesium oil has helped??…I currently using the oil ….

    • claudia

      Dear Susan,

      You might want to read Dr. Sircus’ essay on sodium thiosulfate, which has been found helpful in reducing calcifications in the body. This along with his full protocol of magnesium, iodine and sodium bicarbonate may help to prevent and/or reverse the condition you describe.

      Dr. Sircus is available for personal consultations:

      Claudia French

  • Louisep

    I’ve used a product called “Cal-Mac” for years. I’ve taken it at night, given it to my sons at night.
    I have not taken it daily, only to combat menstrual cramps, to relax me before wanting to sleep, after a workout, when muscles are sore/fatigued and when my sons had growing pains.
    “Cal-Mac” states it has a ratio of 2:1, per 2tsp. (calcium 400mg/magnesium 200mg) along with 500mg Of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbate).
    Is this an OKAY ratio to take 1-3 times daily, without causing HYPERCALCIMIA. I would appreciate knowing if what I’m taking is in safe levels, especially since I’m giving this to my to sons and taking it myself. Thank you!

    • claudia

      Hi Louise,
      The preparation you are taking meets the normal recommendations for a 2:1 calcium to magnesium ratio. But many clinicians and researchers feel that this ratio should be more like 1:1 as we are generally intaking up to 5 or 6 times the amount of calcium needed.

      Consider also that the oral magnesium preparations are not absorbed and utilized by our bodies very readily. Only about 30-40% of the magnesium is absorbed orally.

      Depending on what your calcium intakes from diet are, (you need to consider all sources) you could be intaking too much calcium. Most of us get enough calcium from diet and fortified foods.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • Kathy


    I have Haglund’s deformity on my heels and was wondering if a magnesium treatment has ever dissolved these bumps. I cannot find a single instance on the internet where somebody cured themselves without risky surgery.


    • claudia


      We have not heard of Haglund’s deformity being dissolved by magnesium but it sure would be worth a try, as at least it would cut down on the inflammation that starts the process of the developement of these painful bumps.

      Claudia FrencH

  • Maria

    I was wondering how much calcium intake would you recommend while I rub the Magnesium oil daily when I feel pain.
    I am 47 and I have Insuline Resistance. My body aches everywhere, my feet and my legs are the worst.
    Thank you for any advice you can give me and God Bless you!

    • claudia


      Most people have too high an intake of calcium which causes problems of tissue calcification. We should keep a 1:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium and most of us can get that from diet: milk, flax seeds, etc. You can read about calcium and magnesium here: for the information on this as magnesium and insulin resistance is covered there. (as well as the role of sodium bicarbonate and iodine in diabetes and insulin resistance)

      While you don’t yet have a formal diagnosis of diabetes, this information will certainly help you to understand whats going on in your body and how to avert worsening of your symptoms with more natural means than pharmaceutical drugs can offer.

      And you might try magnesium baths to help reduce your pain which sounds like peripheral neuropathy? Take a look at the diabetes site for more information on magnesium and peripheral neuropathy. Magnesium definitely helps with insulin resistance, and other things such as Alpha Lipoic Acid, sodium bicarbonate and iodine may help with the pain you experience. You would need to read the book New Paradigms in Diabetic Care for the information on this as magnesium and insulin resistance is covered there. (as well as the role of sodium bicarbonate and iodine in diabetes and insulin resistance)

  • Val

    can you let me know what reply you had to your Question regarding your cramps. Did you get an answer to mag plus mag & vit C.
    I am 67 female and suffer the same. I do have quite a high uric acid count, do you? Does Mag help with high uric acid?

  • Pam

    I have been suffering from leg & foot cramps mostly at night. I was taking liquid cal & mag and was better but stopped when I ran out. Now the cramps have returned puls I am not sleeping well at all. I seem to urinate all night & then feel awful in the morning. My question: will mag plus mag & vit c help my arthrits in my hands–they cramp also? This has made life not so happy. I am 71 & female.

  • andy

    Very good Calcium and magnesium source is Chia seeds aka Salba. Beetroot leaves also contains Calcium.

  • Adrienne

    Thanks so much for responding so quick. I really appreciate. I don’t know if you will have an answer for this, if the magnesium does help, how long do you think I should try it before expecting results.

  • Adrienne

    I have looked on psoriasis forums and many people say that rubbing magnesium oil on the psoriasis can help clear it. I bought a bottle but it is magnesium chloride liquid. I’m not sure if it matters if i just apply it every day. or if i should dilute it. Or even use it more often. What would you recommend. I dont want to exceed what is a healthy intake of it.


    • claudia

      Dear Adrienne,

      Magnesium Chloride is magnesium oil. Same thing.

      Try a little on your psoriasis and see if it stings. If so, then next time dilute the magnesium oil by one half with a pure water. As you become accostomed to the oil, you can decrease the amount of water used. You can use up to 2 ounces/day. Any excess magnesium that your body doesn’t need will be excreted by your kidneys, as long as they are working properly. You can use it up to 4x/day.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Magnesium oil is magnesium chloride. Apply 1-2 oz per day to affected areas, and you can also use it in a bath.

  • Shirley

    Can you tell me why someone would need to use magnesium in their eyes?

  • Dr Mark

    Do you put Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil in your eyes?

  • Thank you, Dr Mark. I will read your books Transdermal Magnesium and Therapy Magnesium Medicine.

    This is a wonderful site.

  • Dear magnesiumforlife (author)

    I’ve been using the Ancient Minerals Oil by spraying on as much of my skin as possible. It has taken a bit of getting used to as it prickles. But it is getting better.

    I didn’t realise I could also put some in drinking water as the literature that came with the bottle didn’t mention this.

    I read that spraying the oil on the body won’t cause Diarrhea the way capsules and tablets do. Would taking the oil with water cause the same problem as tablets?

    I also read that you can’t overdose by spraying the oil on the body as it ‘switches’ off when the body has enough magnesium the way vitamin D does when in the sun. Is this correct?

    Also does calcium need to be taken at the same time or just some time during the same day?

    Thank you and I’m sorry for so many questions but when I have the answers I will be able to encourage my family and friends to use it.

    • magnesiumforlife

      Dear Mary,

      You would have to read my book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy and my new book coming out Magnesium Medicine.

      In brief, magnesium oil used transdermally bypasses the digestive system so the problem with diarrhea is not evident. However if you drink too much of it, it may lead to diarrhea. One of the greatest benefits of using magnesium oil transdermally is that it does not cause diarrhea which is the single most limiting factor in people getting their magnesium levels up to beneficial levels.

      As long as no kidney insufficiency is present, excess magnesium in the body is removed by the kidneys, so overdose is not a concern.

      Calcium does not need to be taken at the exact time you use magnesium oil, during the day is fine. Most people really don’t need calcium supplements, they get enough in their diet. For example use some sesame seeds on your greens or vegetables.

      Dr. Mark

  • Patrick Hickey

    I really appreciate the article. A couple of years ago I “cured” my irregular heart rate with magnesium, ignoring my cardiologists drugs. One year ago magnesium oil freed my lower back and joint pain, as well as greatly reducing my “toxic perpheral neuropathy”. Of course I did more than just rely on magnesium, as I practice holistic health.

    I believe that eating organic, and otherwise avoiding poisons when possible, lowered the stress load on my kidneys and liver. I believe that had to do with curing my back and joint pain.

    I’m 67 years old and either ride my mountain bike 10 miles on Sedona’s trails, climb a steep 6,500′ mountain, or work out in the local fitness center, so I have great impetus to keep my joints healthy. Also my bones had better be in great shape, too, since I have been known to take a spill every now and then. Instead of broken bones, I just end up with a a skinned knee more or less.

    Thanks to Dr. Sircus, though, I keep an eye on my blood acid/alkaline levels. I can now intuitively feel when it is right as I feel like all is well “in my bones”. I use diet, baking soda, and a sense of creativity and spirituality to manage this. I consider blood acid/alkaline balance along with magnesium to be well neigh the “fountain of youth”!

    Fortunately, I have time and resources to approach my health research as a continuous work-in-progress. Dr. Circus isn’t my only resource, but he has played an essential role. Thank you Dr. Sircus!

    By the way, Dr., what do you know about strontium? I’ve been using magnesium and strontium one day, and mangnesium and calcium the next. After reading your article above, I’m planning to reduce my calcium somewhat — for good measure.

  • hi I want to know if it is okay to take a small amound of magnesium flakes like 1/2 teaspoon dalily in water? or do I need to combine it with calcium. if not so does it stores the magnesium and uses it when calcium comes in? thanks ‘

    • magnesiumforlife


      Keep a 1:1 balance of calcium to magnesium, which is easy to obtain from your regulasr diet. Make sure to include some sesame seeds on your salads.

      I prefer using the Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil for use in drinking water and in other sensitive applications (eyes) See my essay “Combining Oral With Transdermal” at:

      Each spray of Magnesium Oil contains approximately 18 milligrams
      of elemental magnesium.[5] An ounce would contain just over 3,300 mg.
      Five sprays in a glass of water would thus be almost 100 milligrams.[6]

      Dr. Mark