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Calcification and Its Treatment with Magnesium and Sodium Thiosulfate

Published on December 8, 2009

Cardiac CT showing calcified plaques.

Calcium plays a central role in the electrical stimulation of cardiac cells and in the mechanical contraction of smooth muscle cells in the wails of arteries.

Calcium is essential to health yet it holds a hidden danger that brings us to our graves much quicker then we would like. Calcium is the most promoted nutrient by proponents of conventional, nutritional, and alternative medicine. This is a great and tragic mistake. They should have been promoting magnesium. Magnesium deficiency leads to an increase in myocardial levels of both sodium and calcium. This is a problem because Coronary Artery calcium is a predictor of near-term coronary heart disease events. In the face of growing magnesium deficiencies calcium becomes increasingly more toxic to human physiology.

Dr. Dean makes this clear when she says in her book The Magnesium Miracle, “To understand how you can create a calcium/magnesium imbalance in your own body, try this experiment in your kitchen. Crush a calcium pill and see how much dissolves in 1 oz of water. Then crush a magnesium pill and slowly stir it into the calcium water. When you introduce the magnesium, the remaining calcium dissolves; it becomes more water-soluble. The same thing happens in your bloodstream, heart, brain, kidneys, and all the tissues in your body. If you don’t have enough magnesium to help keep calcium dissolved, you may end up with calcium-excess muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, hardening of the arteries, and even dental cavities. Another scenario plays out in the kidneys. If there is too much calcium in the kidneys and not enough magnesium to dissolve it, you can get kidney stones.”

Magnesium and calcium work together to control muscle action though calcium becomes a problem when there is not enough magnesium to control calcium’s actions. Calcium becomes a slow acting poison (often decades of build up) to tissues all over the body when in excess relative to magnesium in deficiency. Trace mineral symptoms of excess or deficiency depend on their ratios to other elements. In the event of calcification, it is not particularly a high calcium level that results in the formation of a stone or spur, but calcium being high in ratio to magnesium.

Magnesium increases the solubility of calcium in the urine. Supplementing magnesium to the diet has demonstrated significant effect in preventing recurrences of kidney stones.

If calcium is not taken with magnesium or it if it is not highly absorbable, it will cause much more harm than good.  Unabsorbed calcium can lodge anywhere in our body. For instances, if it lodges in your bones and joints, it mimics arthritis; if it lodges in you heart, it mimics 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 deposits in the joints are called arthritis; in the blood vessels it is hardening of the arteries; in the heart it is heart disease, and in the brain it is senility.

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It is magnesium that actually controls bone density not calcium. Magnesium drives the calcium into the bones where low levels encourage its loss.

Exceedingly few healthcare practitioners in the world have learned much about magnesium medicine so they do not know to lay off the calcium and start intensive magnesium treatments. After decades of dairy industry marketing pushing calcium we have a situation that is literally killing millions of people. Anyone who wants to live longer should pay attention to the magnesium story and should immediately begin a strong and prolonged treatment with magnesium in its chloride form. Magnesium chloride is the most versatile, absorbable and effective form of magnesium and can be used orally, transdermally and via IV drip. It can even be nebulized directly into the lungs and in much diluted form dropped into the eyes when its purest forms are used.

While calcium affects muscle contractions, magnesium balances that effect and relaxes muscles. Calcium tightens the muscles; magnesium relaxes the muscles. With insufficient magnesium the muscles stay tense and through the years may cause a cramp in the muscle. This could happen when you have too much calcium or too little magnesium. Too much calcium causes the heart to go into a spasm and it can’t relax. This is a heart attack. Get some magnesium into the body and the heart will slowly start returning to normal unless major damage has already been done. Add iodine and selenium and we have the makings of an ideal formula to support recovery and possibly even minor tissue regeneration.

As we will see in another chapter medical scientists are already creating heart patches made from sea weed and are seeing both blood and heart tissues growing and regenerating into the patches. Seaweed just happens to be high in magnesium, iodine and selenium. A great part of this book will be devoted to mercury poisoning and the tendency of it to be concentrated in cardiac tissues. Selenium is the antidote to mercury and iodine reveals one more of her secrets when it comes to cardiac care.

Characterization of liver calcification. Von Kossa (top panels), alizarin red S
(middle panels) and Goldner–Masson trichrome (bottom panels) staining of
calcified, precalcified and noncalcified liver tissue sections. Top panels, black
staining indicates the presence of phosphate precipitate. Middle panels, dark grey
staining indicates the presence of Ca2+ precipitate. Bottom panels, light grey
staining indicates the presence of collagen. Magnification  20.

There are no pharmaceutical drugs on the market to reduce calcium deposits but magnesium chloride and sodium thiosulfate are useful in preventing and treating unwanted calcification. Together they offer the best way of combating the calcium time bomb going silently and slowly off in uncounted millions of people. The best way to track calcium toxicity is actually through looking at the level of deficiency in magnesium for magnesium controls and counteracts calcium. The average American consumes only 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance of magnesium. This has serious consequences, including death, in many people, according to magnesium expert Dr. Mildred Seelig. Eighty to 90 percent of the U.S. population is magnesium deficient.

Calcification consists of calcium and phosphorous and is a normal process for building healthy bones and teeth. But it also plays a central role in disease conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.

Dr. H. Ray Evers writes, “The power plant of human cell is called the “mitochondrion.” The mitochondrion is what generates energy for the cell to use. What everyone refers to as “energy” is derived from the oxidative reduction of the cellular respiration. This is done through the mitochondria. But the problem arises when the cell is low in magnesium, relative to calcium. Adenosine triphosphate, the “energy currency” of the cell, is magnesium dependent. This means it is obvious that the calcium pump at the cell membrane is also magnesium dependent. Without enough “biologically available” magnesium, the cellular calcium pump slows down. Thus a vicious cycle is established. The low levels of available magnesium inhibit the generation of energy, and the low levels of energy inhibit the calcium pump. The end result? The mitochondrion, the powerhouse of the cell and the entire body, becomes calcified. This is the beginning of aging. It all starts in the cell. First the cells age. This leads to organ aging. And after the organs age, individual aging occurs. Since calcium is readily accumulated by mitochondria, this ion is potentially capable of antagonizing the activating influence of magnesium on many intra-mitochondrial enzyme reactions. This means that every function of your body can be inhibited when the mitochondria calcify. It’s like going through life with the emergency brakes on. Calcium is the brake. Magnesium is the accelerator. To be in optimal health, there must be a balance between the two.”

The higher the protein you consumer the more magnesium is needed. When large amounts of calcium are consumed, you need more magnesium. A diet which is high in calcium increases the body’s need for magnesium.– Dr. H. Ray Evers

The higher the calcium level and the lower the magnesium level in the extra-cellular fluid, the harder it is for cells to pump the calcium out. Mitochondria produce the energy our cells and organs need. This is vitally important for the heart because heart muscle cells have a never ending need for energy. Mitochondria are also important for proper neurotransmission and are highly concentrated in cells of the brain and central nervous system. A healthy cell has high magnesium and low calcium levels.

Calcifying Nanoparticles (CNPs) form slow-growing calcified colonies
in arteries and organs, much in the same way as coral reefs form.

We may say that our biochemical age is determined by the ratio of magnesium to calcium within our cells. As we age, calcium deposits tend to accumulate in our soft tissues. Doctors call it “Extra-skeletal calcification.” This means that the calcium that is supposed to be deposited in your bones is being lodged in our soft tissues.

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

Deficiency in magnesium, aside from having a negative impact on the energy production pathway required by mitochondria to generate ATP, also reduces the threshold antioxidant capacity of the cardiovascular system and its resistance to free-radical damage. Magnesium acts as an antioxidant against free radical damage of the mitochondria.

Magnesium has been called nature’s “calcium channel blocker” because of its ability to prevent coronary artery spasm, arrhythmias, and to reduce blood pressure.

“Calcium enters the cells of the heart by way of calcium channels that are jealously guarded by magnesium. Magnesium, at a concentration 10,000 times greater than that of calcium in the cells, allows only a certain amount of calcium to enter to create necessary electrical transmissions, and then immediately helps to eject the calcium once the work is done. Why? If calcium accumulates in the cell, it causes hyperexcitibility and calci?cation and disrupts cell function leading to angina, high blood pressure, arrhythmia, asthma, headaches and even heart attacks. Magnesium is nature’s calcium channel blocker,” says Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle.

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 optimal blood serum value for vitamin D
is 45-52 ng/ml (115-128 nmol/l).

The adverse effects of excessive calcium intake may include high blood calcium levels, kidney stone formation and kidney complications.[1] 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.[2]

Vitamin D works by lowering insulin resistance, which is one of the major factors in heart disease. It is also used by the thyroid gland, which secretes a hormone that regulates the body’s levels of calcium, which in turns helps regulate blood pressure.

Cardiovascular calcification lesions can lead to the development of myocardial ischaemia, myocardial infarction, impaired myocardial function, congestive heart failure, cardiac valve insufficiency, and cardiac arrhythmias. There is a strong association between increased cardiac calcification and risk of death. Administration of vitamin D to treat secondary hyper-parathyroidism increases intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphorus. It raises serum calcium and phosphorus levels. Soft-tissue and vascular calcification are associated with a history of vitamin D therapy.[3]

Changes in serum calcium do provide important information about various hormonal or organic disturbances, including excessive Vitamin D status.

Magnesium and calcium share a common route of absorption in the intestinal tract and appear to have a mutually suppressive effect on each other. If calcium intake (or dairy intake) is unusually high, calcium will be absorbed in preference to magnesium. Also, excessive doses of vitamin D and calcium supplements can cause renal magnesium loss. Sunlight is the only safe way to get vitamin D since the body regulates how much is made.  Take it by pill form and calcium homeostasis is overridden. The entire idea of toxic sunscreens and avoiding the sun’s life giving effects (natural vitamin D formation) is just one more mistake modern medicine is making.

Researchers from Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York, found that giving supplements of vitamin D to a group of volunteers reduced episodes of infection with colds and flu by 70 per cent over three years.

The dangers of sun exposure have been greatly exaggerated by the same types of people who over exaggerate and lie about many things in medicine. Sun exposure is not the major reason people develop skin cancer. Researchers point out that increasing level of vitamin D3 could prevent many diseases that claim hundreds of thousands if not millions of people world each year. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is different from other vitamins in that it influences your entire body — receptors that respond to the vitamin have been found in almost every type of human cell, from the brain to our bones.

Magnesium is essential for the normal function of the parathyroid gland and for vitamin D metabolism.


Coronary artery calcification is common, is severe and is significantly associated with ischemic cardiovascular disease in adult end-stage renal disease patients.[4] The amount of calcium in the coronary arteries reliably predicts heart attack risk and is measured by what is called ones calcium score. UCLA cardiologist, Dr. Matt Budoff, a long-time champion of the Coronary Calcium Scan, and author of the AHA paper says, “The total amount of coronary calcium (Agatston score) predicts coronary disease events beyond standard risk factors.” The Coronary Calcium Score is a precise quantitative tool for measuring and tracking heart disease risk. It is more valuable and accurate than other traditional markers (such as total cholesterol which is practically worthless as a heart disease risk marker).

This image demonstrates coronary artery calcification.

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. This disorder is most commonly caused by cancer or parathyroid disease but underneath the primary etiology is a magnesium deficiency. Hypercalcemia is commonly attributed to cancer treatment. Severe hypercalcemia is a medical emergency that can be avoided if magnesium levels are brought up to normal.

Magnesium is the mineral of rejuvenation and prevents the calcification of our organs and tissues that is characteristic of the old-age related degeneration of our body.

Magnesium inadequacy interferes with cellular metabolism and accelerates the aging of most human tissues. Most human cells can only replicate a limited number of times in cultures before they lose the ability to divide, a phenomenon known as replicative senescence. Recent studies have shown that culture in low magnesium accelerates the senescence of human endothelial cells and fibroblasts.[6] Dr. James Howenstein says “Calcification in cellular tissues is a sign of tissue damage, cellular aging and impending cell death. When cells are unable to regulate calcium and keep the calcium content of cells down cellular function degenerates. Calcified arteries, calcium in soft tissues and high levels of calcium within cells are all signs of aging. At age 80 the average calcium content in the aorta is 140 times greater than the levels of aortic calcification noted at age 40.”

Age 20-30 yearsAge 50-70 years

In youth, at left, there is minimal plaque formation.  However, at right with passage of time the plaque grows larger. About 20% of this plaque volume contains calcium which is measurable on CAT scan, providing a marker for the total plaque burden. Calcification of atherosclerotic lesions is due to a process of active deposition of calcium in the atherosclerotic plaque that utilizes metabolic pathways similar to those found in normal human bone. Calcium accumulates steadily in plaque and its presence is verifiable via microscopic examination from the very early stages of disease formation. Having a build-up of calcium plaque in the arteries means increased risk of heart attacks and death from heart disease according to findings from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Researchers at the University of Virginia Health System suggest that composition of plaque deposits in the carotid arteries indicate a patient’s risk of having a stroke.

The ratio of calcium to magnesium in milk is 9 or 10 to 1. Calcium is the physiological partner of magnesium and should be present in a 2:1 or even 1:1 ratio.

American women have been consuming an average of two pounds of milk per day for their entire lives, yet thirty million American women have osteoporosis. Drinking milk does not prevent bone loss. Bone loss is accelerated by ingesting too much protein, and milk has been called “liquid meat.” In order to absorb calcium, the body needs comparable amounts of magnesium. Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis.[7] Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton.[8] About 50,000 Americans die each year of problems related in some way to osteoporosis.[9]


Aortic valve replacements are done when too much calcification of the heart valve leaflets takes place. According to The Cleveland Clinic, fibro-calcific degeneration most commonly affects the aortic valve. According to reports, calcified heart valves typically occurs in adults over the age of 65. When valve leaflets are calcified, the valve leaflets become fibrotic (thickened) and calcified (hardened), producing a narrowed valve opening. Risk factors for this type of valve disease include increased age, low body weight and high blood pressure.


This photograph shows the aortic valve with a short segment of the aorta around it. The valve clearly has only two cusps (bicuspid aortic valve), and is narrowed and densely calcified. If you placed your fingertip through the opening, the valve would feel hard and gritty.

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? Definitely for sales of milk; but 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.”

The most common cause of death in dialysis patients is cardiovascular disease. This is due in part to the presence of excess vascular calcification, particularly in the form of extensive coronary artery calcification, which can be observed even in very young dialysis patients.[10] The presence of coronary artery calcification in the dialysis population appears to correlate in part with the ingested quantity of calcium-containing oral phosphate binders.[11]

The associations among valvular calcification,inflammation, carotid atherosclerosis, and arterial calcification suggest that valvular calcification is a marker of atherosclerosis and arterial calcification in patients with end stage renal disease.[12]

Dietary surveys clearly show that magnesium, not calcium, intakes have been falling over the last fifty years. This is a problem because it is magnesium that controls the fate of calcium in the body. If magnesium is insufficient calcium will be deposited in the soft tissues (kidneys, arteries, joints, brain, etc.).

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. Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the heart muscle. Some researchers predict that the American ratio of calcium to magnesium is actually approaching 6-to-1, yet, the recommended dietary ratio of calcium to magnesium in the United States is 2-to-1. The process of absorption for magnesium is similar to that of calcium but some people absorb or retain much more magnesium than calcium (or more calcium than magnesium). The commonly suggested supplemental intake ratio of 2:1 for calcium and magnesium is arbitrary for the value can change significantly under various individual circumstances.

Current research on the Paleolithic or caveman diet shows that the ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet that our bodies evolved to eat is 1-to-1.[13] Balancing this information is the fact that mothers breast milk is ten parts calcium to only one part magnesium so it seems that at least early in life we need less magnesium and more calcium to build strong bones Though high doses of calcium carbonate taken alone over a long period of time will lead to low magnesium levels,[14] magnesium is what is needed to encourage the correct utilization of calcium by the body to increase bone strength.[15] Researchers estimate currently that the ratio should be two parts calcium to one part magnesium.[16]

Without magnesium, calcium is not fully utilized, and under absorption problems may occur leading to arthritis, osteoporosis, menstrual cramps, and some premenstrual symptoms.

In contrast to skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle cannot contract in the absence of extracellular calcium ions as well as extracellular potassium ions. In this sense, it is intermediate between smooth muscle, which has a poorly developed sarcoplasmic reticulum and derives its calcium across the sarcolemma; and skeletal muscle which is activated by calcium stored in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). The reason for the calcium dependence is due to the mechanism of calcium-induced calcium release (CICR) from the SR that must occur under normal excitation-contraction (EC) coupling to cause contraction.

According to Dr. Sarah Mayhill, “Calcium and magnesium compete for absorption and so too much calcium in the diet will block magnesium absorption. Our physiological requirement for calcium to magnesium is about 2:1. In dairy products the ratio is 10:1. So, consuming a lot of dairy products will induce a magnesium deficiency.”

A diet high in dairy and low in whole grains can lead to excess calcium in the tissues and a magnesium deficiency.[17]– Dr. Nan Kathryn Fuchs


The general theory behind increased calcium intake is that calcium will combat excess acidity, thus helping to promote good health. This is only half true: While the body uses calcium as a buffer, excess calcium can also promote soft-tissue calcification. Too much calcium running amuck through your body is the real danger of excess acidity. It is far better to increase your intake of other buffers such as magnesium, which will safely buffer excess acidity without causing calcifications. Of course, eating a so-called alkaline diet and limiting your intake of acidic minerals such as phosphorus may also help. Acidic minerals can contribute to calcifications. In essence, the real danger of excess acidity is the leeching of calcium that it causes. Simply put, excess acidity equals soft-tissue calcifications.

The chemical reaction of magnesium is alkaline (acid binding). It regulates the acid-alkaline balance of the body.– Dr. H. Ray Evers

According to Dr P Kaye, Emergency Department, Bristol Royal Infirmary, UK, “Magnesium acts as a smooth muscle relaxant by altering extracellular calcium influx and intracellular phosphorylation reactions. It may also attenuate the neutrophilic burst associated with inflammatory bronchoconstriction by attenuating mast cell degranulation. The principal trigger for this degranulation is a rise in intracellular calcium, which is antagonised by magnesium. It has been shown experimentally to augment the bronchodilatory effect of salbutamol and to inhibit histamine induced bronchospasm. Magnesium should be used as a safe, easy to administer and effective second line agent in acute severe asthma.[18]

Medical authorities claim that the widespread incidence of osteoporosis and tooth decay in western countries can be prevented with a high calcium intake. However the opposite is true. Asian and African populations with a very low intake of 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. In western countries with a high intake of dairy products the average calcium intake is about 1000 mg. With a low magnesium intake, calcium goes out of the bones to increase tissue levels, while a high magnesium intake causes calcium to go out of the tissues into the bones. Thus high magnesium levels leads to bone mineralization.

Some gynecologists believe that one of the first organs to calcify is the ovaries, leading to pre-menstrual tension.

Dr. Karen Kubena, associate professor of nutrition at Texas A & M University indicates that even if you monitor your magnesium level like a maniac, you’re still at risk for migraines if your calcium level is out of whack. 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.

As a general rule, acid substances tighten; and alkaline substances relax.  Magnesium is alkaline and relaxes the body from tightness, tension, stiffness, spasms, twitches, tics or jerkiness as in nervousness, anxiety, anger, fear, agitation, headaches, muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, arthritis, insomnia, constipation, heart palpitations, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, eye twitches, acne, plaque on teeth, plaque on heart and arteries due to cholesterol build-up, plaque on the brain [Alzheimer’s]. Magnesium acts as a natural gate or valve in the brain synapses that regulates influx of calcium into postsynaptic calcium channels from presynaptic neurons in parts of the brain that are involved in mood and behavior such as the hippocampus. With inadequate magnesium (calcium toxicity), this function becomes altered and irritability, anxiety, depression, ADHD, mania, hypo-mania, bi-polar disorder, hyper-excitability and hyper-emotionality, and perhaps some psychoses, result.

A pH less than 5.3 indicates an inability to assimilate vitamins or minerals. Due to the alkalinity of minerals, they loosen tumors, including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, cysts, moles, warts, skin tags, and other growths, and cause them to release their toxins. Magnesium should be used to buffer acid pH, not the calcium that is being leached from the bones.

Magnesium taken in proper dosages can solve the problem of calcium deficiency.– Dr. Nan Kathryn Fuchs

Experts say excessive calcium intake may be unwise in light of recent studies showing that high amounts of the mineral may increase risk of prostate cancer. “There is reasonable evidence to suggest that calcium may play an important role in the development of prostate cancer,” says Dr. Carmen Rodriguez, senior epidemiologist in the epidemiology and surveillance research department of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Rodriguez says that a 1998 Harvard School of Public Health study of 47,781 men found those consuming between 1,500 and 1,999 mg of calcium per day had about double the risk of being diagnosed with metastatic (cancer that has spread to other parts of the body) prostate cancer as those getting 500 mg per day or less. And those taking in 2,000 mg or more had over four times the risk of developing metastatic prostate cancer as those taking in less than 500 mg.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium is 1,000 mg per day for men and 1,500 mg for women.

Later in 1998, Harvard researchers published a study of dairy product intake among 526 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and 536 similar men not diagnosed with the disease. That study found a 50% increase in prostate cancer risk and a near doubling of risk of metastatic prostate cancer among men consuming high amounts of dairy products, likely due, say the researchers, to the high total amount of calcium in such a diet. The most recent Harvard study on the topic, published in October 2001, looked at dairy product intake among 20,885 men and found men consuming the most dairy products had about 32% higher risk of developing prostate cancer than those consuming the least. Dr. Panagiota N. Mitrou, of the National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, and colleagues found the same thing, that increased consumption of calcium and dairy products raises the risk of prostate cancer.

Treatment with Sodium Thiosulfate

Sodium thiosulfate (STS) is a calcium chelating agent with antioxidant properties.– Dr. Carlos E. Araya

Figure 1. (A) Initial three-phase bone scan demonstrating soft tissue accumulation
in thighs, distal femur, proximal tibia, and forearms. There is intense uptake in the
myocardium and early accumulation in the lungs. (B) Three months later, the
calcium deposition in the thighs and forearms is less significant. However,
there still is calcification in the heart, lungs, and para-articular surfaces.

Sodium thiosulphate results in the formation of calcium thiosulphate in the urine, a compound with much higher solubility than the other calcium salts (phosphate, oxalate). Thus, sodium thiosulphate could not only inhibit further nephrocalcinosis, but in some degree it could contribute to decalcification of renal parenchyma[19].

The beneficial effects of sodium thiosulfate (STS) are thought to be due in part to its ability to enhance the solubility of calcium deposits. STS has a small molecular weight of 248 (Na2S2O3) and in patients with normal renal function has a serum half-life of 15 min. STS facilitates the mobilization of calcium from vessels affected by calcium deposits.

Intravenous STS seems beneficial, has mild adverse effects, and is well tolerated in children and young adults. STS dosage was 25 g/1.73 m2 per dose intravenously.– Dr. Carlos E. Araya

Dr. Carlos E. Araya et al[20] successfully used this relatively nontoxic substance, which been reported as adjuvant treatment of several conditions involving disorders of calcium homeostasis. Yatzidis described its benefits by decreasing the rate of new kidney stone development in 34 patients with recurrent calcium urolithiasis. Prompted by these excellent results, intravenous STS was administered after hemodialysis to three patients with ESRD and tumoral calcinosis for a period of 6 to 12 mo. Two of the patients had regression of the calcified mass as well as improved motility of the affected joints. STS was given for a period of 9 yr to a patient with nephrocalcinosis as a result of renal tubular acidosis type 1. There was no further deterioration of his condition, and the discontinuation of the medication was accompanied by recurrence of renal colic. See later chapter for the full story on sodium thiosulfate.

Body pH and Calcium

Many health care professionals believe there is only one disease. And that one disease is acidosis. The wastes produced from food are highly acidic and acidosis is one of the main contributors that lead to the aging process and various illnesses. Acid waste is excreted from the human body in the form of urine or sweat. But the wastes not excreted will be circulating around in the blood, in the body. This acidic waste will gradually accumulate somewhere in our capillaries blood vessels, and eventually clog them up. Also as a consequence of this, the cells of the human body will be deprived of their supply of oxygen and essential nutrients, rendering these cells inactive in reproduction. That’s the main reason why people age. Moreover, with the capillary blood vessels clogged up, the function of every organ in the human body accumulating acidic waste will begin to deteriorate, causing serious illnesses in the long run.

One of the first warning signs of an acidic biological terrain is calcium deposits. Our dietary intake of calcium is not keeping up with the calcium buffering needed and we are actively pulling calcium from our bones and teeth. It all works like a little train, from the bones to the fluids and cells, to the blood. As our biological terrain becomes acidic, our pH level drops. When this happens we start losing calcium out of the blood, the bones, and the tissues. This is a safety mechanism. Now your biological terrain’s oxygen level drops leaving you tired and fatigued, allowing fungus, mold, parasites, bad bacteria, and viral infections to flourish and gain a hold throughout the body. It is interesting to note that you often won’t have just some of these invaders. If you have Candida you will likely have bad bacteria, fungus, and parasites because they all flourish in the same terrain.

Mild acidosis can cause such problems as:

  • Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
  • Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
  • Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
  • Immune deficiency.
  • Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
  • Premature aging.
  • Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
  • Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue.

A recent seven year study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, on 9,000 women showed that those who have chronic acidosis are at greater risk for bone loss than those who have normal pH levels. The scientists who carried out this experiment believe that many of the hip fractures prevalent among middle aged women are connected to high acidity caused by a diet rich in animal foods and low in vegetables. This is because the body borrows calcium from the bones in order to balance pH.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

The biggest problem scientists have found is that over time the human body becomes depleted of calcium. A compound called mono-ortho-calcium phosphate is the chemical buffer for the blood. This buffer maintains the alkaline level (or the lack of acidity) in your blood. Without it you would die. If the acidity level of your blood changes even slightly, you die immediately! But in order to supply enough calcium for buffering we must have enough calcium being absorbed from our diet. If not, our body will simply rob the needed calcium from our bones and teeth.

The more acidic we become, the harder it is for oxygen to be present, so our biological terrain also becomes more anaerobic. Without adequate oxygenation, unfriendly bacteria, viruses, molds, and fungus can live and prosper. Then our cells cannot carry on their life-giving functions in a very efficient manner because our biological chemical reactions need oxygen.

[2] Accu-Cell Nutrition; Calcium and Magnesium

[3] Nephrol Dial Transplant (2002) 17: 336-339 Cardiovascular calcification in end-stage renal disease. Isidro B. Salusky1, and William G. Goodman2 1 Department of Pediatrics and 2 Department of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

[4] J Am Coll Cardiol, 2002; 39:695-701. J Am Coll Cardiol, 2002; 39:695-701 American College of Cardiology Foundation.

[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 heart beat
• Frequent Urination • Coma

[6] Magnes Res. 2008 Jun;21(2):77-82. A connection between magnesium deficiency and aging: new insights from cellular studies. Killilea DW, Maier JA. Nutrition and Metabolism Center, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

[7] Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993

[8] American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61 (4)

[9] Osteoporosis International 1993;3(3)

[10] Braun, J, Oldendorf, M, Moshage, W, et al. Electron beam computed tomography in the evaluation of cardiac calcification in chronic dialysis patients. Am J Kidney Dis 1996; 27:394.

[11] Goodman, WG, Goldin, J, Kuizon, BD, et al. Coronary-artery calcification in young adults with end-stage renal disease who are undergoing dialysis. N Engl J Med 2000; 342:1478.

[12]Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:327-332

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

[14] Camara-Martos, F. and M.A. Amaro-Lopez, Influence of Dietary Factors on Calcium Bioavailability. Biological Trace Element Research, 2002. 89: p. 43-52

[15] Jones, G., M. Riley, and T. Dwyer, Maternal Diet during pregnancy is associated with bone mineral density in children: a longitudinal study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000. 54: p. 749-756

[16] Celotti, F. and A. Bignamini, Dietary Calcium and Mineral/Vitamin Supplementation: a controversial problem. The Journal of International Research, 1999(27): p. 1-14

[17] The source of menstrual cramps may come from eating too much cheese, yogurt, ice cream or milk, combined with insufficient whole grains and beans. Or it could come from taking too much calcium without enough magnesium. Modifying diet and increasing magnesium supplementation may allow menstrual cramps to disappear.

[18] Kaye, P. O’Sullivan, I.The role of magnesium in the emergency department. Emergency Department, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK Emerg Med J 2002; 19:288-291

[19] Yatzidis H. Successful sodium thiosulphate treatment for recurrent calcium urolithiasis. Clin Nephrol1985; 23: 63–67

[20] Sodium Thiosulfate Treatment for Calcific Uremic Arteriolopathy in Children and Young Adults. Carlos E. Araya, Robert S. Fennell, Richard E. Neiberger, and Vikas R. Dharnidharka. Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 1: 1161-1166, 2006.

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  • Michael Davis

    Will epsom salt and powder form Sodium Thiosulfate work for bath and orally? Does it have to be MgCl? Is the photographers STS okay to ingest with MgCl in water? Is the pentahydrate more effective?

  • IG Mann

    helloo there .. your article is so good .. please suggest me something I am having calcification on my heart valves .. I dont wanna go for surgery .. can you suggest me some good fiber diet and how should I intake to get magnesium for dissolving calcification ..

    • mariah

      I am not a doctor but yes, you should take magnesium.

  • Constantine R Caillier

    good evening, I was reading your articles on calcification. I have Lupus and Mitral valve replasp on both sides. I have been battling with the calcification knots build up that frequently occurs in in left leg, now spreading to my right but cheek. I have consulted with all my doctors no one really knows how to treat it. So I start doing reading on my own and saw that Magnesium citrate and sodium thiosulfate helps with the pain and dissolving of the deposits. I’m in severe pain. Can you please guide me in right direction

  • Maggie

    How much magnesium should a woman 70 and over have every day?

    • mariah

      My mom is your age, she uses magnesium oil on her skin, 20-25 sprays every day. That seems to work for her.

  • Genna

    Hi, I had a Hair Mineral Analysis Test which showed I have way too much calcium (171.0) but a normal amount of magnesium (6.0). I was told that even though my Mg level is good, the ratio between Ca and Mg is very unhealthy and that’s why I suffer from poor sleep and anxiety. I am confused because the practitioner who did the test for me suggested I eat more calcium rich foods because my body isn’t absorbing it properly. There was no mention of eating foods rich in magnesium. I have however, tried a whole variety of magnesium supplements from capsules, oils, creams and sprays. I’m not sure why but it gives me heart palpitations and makes me feel unwell even if I try a very small dose. Do you think I should try the sodium thiosulfate? Also, I had a vitamin/mineral blood test and the main thing that was highlighted was my extremely deficient Vit D. I have tried taking Vit D drops but they give me chronic anxiety. Thanks, Genna

  • beacon007

    Few people know what dowsing is. I received the gift, some years ago, locating water in the ground and at what depth, using only coat hangers. I decided to use a pendulum to discover my body needs, the subconscious knows, the conscious, NO.
    I suffer from A FIB, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, neuropathy, lower spinal problems,,etc. I was fed up with GPs, cardiologists, internists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiotherapists and, etc. etc.
    I turn to a power, greater than myself, God, let me think outside of my box.
    PS We need each other. Love Gord.

  • Richard

    Hi Guy just clutching at straws , most Doctors seem fairly negative or non comital regarding alternative medicines or supplements , in fact I mentioned alternative medicine to the pain specialist I was seeing and he scoffed …….I tried to explain to him that people turn to alternative cures because that feel let down or forgotten by conventional Doctors or treatments , obviously there is room for both .
    My question is I am wondering if this article would help DISH disease which is irriversable calcification mainly of the spinal ligaments?? I wish all of you some relief or hopefully remission of your symptoms
    All the best
    Richard UK

  • Jyoti

    Hi, i was looking for calcificstion meaning and found this article which makes lot of sense. I have been disgnosed with kidney stone and calcification in my foot(woke up with severe pain in foot just out of the blue)!
    I changed my diet for weight loss last year ti high protien and low carb. It did help in loosing weight however now i am being disgnosed with like a string of diseases. Started with pain in leg, knee then neck, para ovarian cyst, fibroid in uterus, kidney stone and now calcification in foot!
    The doctor says no way to stop , they dont know the reason they never asked what I eat. I tested negative on arthritic snd autoimmune blood tests . I dont have excess calcium in my blood test either.
    Can someone shed any light on this situation and help where should I seek further help? It seems like closed doors from everywhere. I am just 34.

    • wendy spezowka

      Jyoti check out the magnesium advocacy group wall, you will find your answers there with lots of free help:) get the HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS Done and the blood work the offer to check your magnesium RBC SO you know how much magnesium is in your cells as well the same test checks your storage D and your active d plus you will get a consult with Morley Robbins , he seems to be the most amazing person to figure out and understand Minerals 🙂 Good luck:)

    • antoinegirbal

      It’s very rare to catch the high calcium in blood state since the body will work hard to get rid of it and deposit it back into soft tissues. I have had the same symptoms as you and I usually get flares after massage, work out or any kind of activity that pushes calcium out. If you do a blood test right after those you will likely see higher calcium in blood, which I did.

    • Wiesdom

      Yes high protein craze is going to lead to many people suffering in the long term. I see a myriad of issues including cancer. I too became a victim of calcium build up thanks to high protein diet. I now have haglunds deformity. High protein and carbs are just a bad combo for my body. High fat seems to be the way for me. 80% fat, 15% protein and 5% carbs. Avocado and hemp oil and seeds making up the bulk.

      • FredFlintstone

        Yes. The diet should be in the ratios you have here…and for good a high protein diet/low carb diet doesn’t work too…not enough sodium and potassium to with the mineral regulation of magnesium and calcium. They all work together. Once you understand this concept and get the proper foods and salts to provide you body what it needs….it will heal itself. We have been literally ‘fed’ a lie on calcium.

  • jamesallegro

    As stated by others, where is the discussion of vitamin K2. How can you discuss calcification without K2.

  • Nawaz Khan

    I have just discovered Sodium Thiosulphate via Dr.Sircus’s book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy. Can anyone confirm if it is necessary to specifically obtain food grade? I only see non-food grade and photographic grade which is 99% pure. Many thanks in advance.

    • Marius Muller

      I can only tell you what I do,I buy from a farm animal store”HYPO” which is Sodium Thiosulfate,Ive been taking it for three years,since using it ive noticed my veins have become visible on my hands and feet again,I feel more energetic and my bowels are more regular.I take one crystal dissolved in water twice a day.The only side effect is sulphur smelling gas,its better to excuse yourself from company when gas comes along.Of course take your Magnesium as well,I dont take them together at least a hour or more apart-no more painful muscles or joints.

      • Nawaz Khan

        Thank you Marius!

  • socialaddiction

    Hey. I am SO glad that i found this. I never comment on stuff like this but it struck me because of my body pain. I had hyperparathyroidism and had the tumor removed 2 weeks ago. The crazy thing is I remember getting bone spurs like 6 years ago which makes me wonder just how long I had this high calcium overload attacking my body. Now that the surgery is done I’m still in lots of pain. In fact i have muscle, bone & nerve pain. I have bone spurs in both feet that hurt and also in one wrist that’s new. I have excess sweating, new hard deposits in both of my breasts, lots of new acne, (my skin is usually very clear) and fibroids (had them removed once, they are back). My entire body hurts at random throughout the day. Not one part does not get pain in it. From my toes, to my nipple to my ears, to my eyes. It’s insane. I’ve done test after test for autoimmune issues, cancers, etc. I’m at a loss of what to do but I think some of the issues i’m having is due to the effects of the overload of calcium being in my body for many years. Even after the surgery something has to be done to dissolve and rid the body of the calcium so I have 2 questions:

    1. What way can I find out if i have an overload of calcium in my soft tissues (besides my feet, breasts, hands)?
    2. How do I get rid of this excess tissue and blood calcium post my surgery because I’m still hurting and know it’s in the body? And how long does it take to get rid of it with supplements, therapies, etc?

    • momenoughtonot

      Just curious about your overall pain, have you ever taken an antibiotic from the fluoroquinolone class, such as Cipro, Avelox, Levaquin, or any of the generic forms, Levofloxacin is one of them too. Those antibiotics cause many to have all over body pain and neurological pain.

      • socialaddiction

        Hmmmm. In the past. I had actually taken some antibiotics 2 months before the pain began, can’t recall which ones however. Anyhow, i wasn’t aware of that. Crazy! Is there a remedy for this to end? I’m cleansing now and cut out meat, cheese, bread, rice, etc…so far, pain and weaknesses hasn’t stopped. Thoughts? Thanks for your response. I

        • momenoughtonot

          You should check with the pharmacy or your doc to see what antibiotic you took. If they were in the quinolone/fluoroquinolone category (and you might have to look it up because often docs, nurses, & even pharmacists do not know and mis-inform patients). If they were one of these, then you should join a FB support group for info about what supplements you might try. What works for one person may not work for another, and some things (steroids and sometimes even NSAIDs, or Tylenol) can make the pain worse or bring on new symptoms. The group is FLUOROQUINOLONE TOXICITY GROUP. There are over 5000 members all around the world (a very small percentage of those poisoned by these antibiotics) who are suffering and trying to alleviate their symptoms. We all help each other. If you haven’t taken any of these, then make sure you never do! Unless it is truly life & death situation and the bacteria has been cultured and only these antibiotics will kill it. I won’t even take them then, I’ll go to Europe for bacteriophage therapy rather than put myself at risk of the pain and destruction these caused to my body, and I’m one of the lesser affected.

    • lydia

      I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia years ago, have deep infiltrating endometriosis, insomnia, severe restless leg syndrome, migraines…lots of bone spurs, feet, hands, hip, shoulder…arthritis…chronic muscle pain…I am so excited about this article…I was told by pain dr. My muscles had calcified and I googled to find out what causes!

    • mariah

      Iodine! You need iodine. Buy some Lugol’s and take it every day. I take 2-3 drops every day. No more painful lumps in my breasts, no more acne.

  • om

    My Son who is 2 years old and contains calcium deposits in his brain (basal ganglia & thalamus) and bcoz of this suffering from seizure and affecting his development(mental & physical) we are giving medicines for seizure.We also did CT scans and few blood test, going for genetic and metabolic test but still finding root cause “How calcium deposited in brain”.

    Please help how can cure from him from calcification in brain.

    • lydia

      Idk about specifics but CBD oil from the marijuana plant has been curing seizures Nd cancer and lots of stuff. CBD oil has no psychotropic don’t get “high”. THC is the component that gets you high, as they call it. Google it…and there is a group on Facebook, Cancer cures and natural healing…not sure of exact name, but lots of info about CBD oil and where you can get it.

  • Om

    My Son who is 2 years old and having calcium deposits in brain (basal ganglia & thalamus) and bcoz of this suffering from seizureand affecting his development(mental & physical) Giving medicines for seizure.We also did CT scans and few blood test but still finding root cause “How calcium deposited in brain”.

    Please help how can cure from him from calcification in brain.

    • William Thornton

      Try Magtein.It is only magnesium to cross blood brain barrier

      • om

        Thanks William for your reply, Are there any side effects of Magtein?

  • Annie Hugie

    Thank you for sharing this information. I have had chronic fatigue, muscle cramps and nervousness for past few years. I used to run marathons, but now my health is so debilitated I can barley manage to walk the dog. I knew I had gallstones, so I started researching what causes calcification. After reading this article I took sodium thiosulfate, bicarbonate and magnesium for one week and have started to see actual stones leave my body (TMI, I know…but it’s true). After trying to detoxify for over 3 years, I feel that increased magnesium (transdermal) has finally opened my body’s detoxification pathways!!! I have started exercising again and my husband says he really notices a difference in my overall ability to relax. I’m a believer in magnesium!

    • IMVAUser

      We are so glad to here about your feedback !

    • lydia

      That is great! You sound like me…I used to exercise like mad, run marathons, lift weights..had a six pack, lol, and now pretty much disabled…I have hope now.

    • lydia

      I had one kidney stone that was 7 mm. Pee was all blood..had to have stents no lithotripsy to break it up…5 ekes of misery and the cost was about 40k. 2 ER, surgery etc…

  • Gina Floyd

    Sir, u are literally a God send! I have a B.S. degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and although I am not working within my degree field, I still am passionate about health and nutrition. Some of this info I knew… Much we were NEVER taught and that horrifies me especially since I have been under attack by my own body for a very long time now. I can say moat assuredly that I have calcium toxicity big time, to the extent that calcium nodules have started to develop under my skin on my joints/tendons and my muscles at time will cramp and give out to the point of near paralysis from pain. One of the nodules that has developed took JUST ONE SINGLE 24 HOUR PERIOD to grow!!! I thank u for ur research, reader-friendly presentation, and sharing ur knowledge! I have just read this article and have already begun the changes for myself and have contacted my family to inform them of ur work and articles! With all of my heart, I thank u!

  • Tom Peters

    Hi I have been using a vitamin c supplement for 2 grams for nearly 18 years which has a break up of the following ingredients.for 2 grams 700 mg of ascorbic acid, calcium ascorbate 234 mg magnesium ascorbate 262 mg is this enough Magnesium? I recently had a ct scan of the brain looking for reasons for a loss of smell for over two years and a calcium lump about 10 mm in diameter was detected,I have had chronic fatigue symptoms for about 20 years now including Fybro Myalgia symptoms and was wondering what to take to counteract these problems.Thanks Tom Peters.

  • Laurie

    Based on reading about magnesium from Dr. Sircus, Dr. Carolyn Dean, Dr. Shealy and others I have been supplementing with magnesium for about 8 years now and I believe that it has been protective of my health overall. I am interested to know how to coordinate this knowledge with the work of Dr. Carey Reams who developed the RBTI or “Reams Biological Theory of Ionization” and who recommended taking calcium (different kinds depending on one’s age, gender, weight and especially ph level as determined by urine and saliva samples). For example, Calcium Gluconate which is generally ph neutral is recommended as a general supplement, while other kinds of calcium are used to move the ph chemistry to a more ideal range when it begins as either alkaline or acid predominant. Dr. Ream’s work was an outgrowth of the recognition of the deterioration of minerals in the soil and mineral uptake due to chemical farming processes with the end result that the food we are eating is ever more severely compromised in its nutrient density.

    Dr. Reams discouraged the use of high dose Vitamin D when one’s ph is
    too alkaline (above the ideal ph range of around 6.4) and also did not
    advocate using Vitamin C when one’s ph was below that range (although he
    recommended using onion soup as a relatively neutral source of Vitamin C
    when the ph did not support the use of other Vitamin C supplements.
    Lipospheric Vitamin C is the exception as it does not affect the ph . Also he recommended that we should drink distilled water because it is the only water that can help the body cleanse toxins from the tissues. (These conflicting opinions about what kind of water should be drunk are a recurring source of confusion for all health seekers! )

    Secondly, I have been a long time follower of the work of the great Dr. Weston A. Price, who traveled the world in the early part of the 1900’s (on his own dime) to investigate what are the most important nutrients required for ideal human health. He studied indigenous people on traditional diets and observed what would happen to the health of people when they transitioned from their traditional foods to the more modern “civilized” diets… especially to the health of their teeth (which I have now come to regard as ‘the canary in the coal mine’ as far as what they can tell us about our overall health). Dr. Price wrote a book called “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” which has some amazing photographs in it which pretty well prove that crooked teeth are a by-product of prenatal malnutrition. As a result of his studies, Dr. Price recommended nutrient dense foods and the inclusion of liberal amounts of animal fats from animals eating their correct diets (ie. cows eating pasture – not grain or soy dominant which things were not particularly a problem in his time. These animal fats – raw- from healthy appropriately fed animals be it milk, meat, or eggs, are key to the assimilation of minerals.

    Anyway…this business of nutrition becomes very complex when one is trying to recreate the wheel and supplement what once occurred naturally as a result of the exquisitely designed divine plan of our creator.

    My partner and I both do use dairy, rather liberally but it is Raw, Pasture fed sourced, and we both feel and believe that these are high life force foods that are nutrient dense which have been a great benefit to our health. For the fourteen years of the addition of pasture fed raw milk and dairy to my diet my teeth have grown stronger with a steep dropoff in the development of cavities to almost zero since the inclusion of these foods. My partner used to suffer from recurring severe hypoglycemia and a range of other health issues which have dramatically improved with the inclusion of raw dairy. Also – we live in Los Angeles, Radiation Central from what Dr. Sircus has told us… we cannot move at present… but didn’t Dr. Sircus send out an article about how people eating raw dairy seemed to experience some protection – these were, I believe, people who were forced to live on land that had been declared off limits as contaminated by Chernobyl fallout?

    It is also a puzzle worth contemplating that the great offices of government which have seen fit to subsidize toxic chemical farming in general, and to push chemical medicine, also are hard at work trying to eliminate our access to raw milk and seek to criminalize a food that has been relied upon for millennia as some kind of threat. It makes me think they know even more about the
    protective benefits of this high life force food (my term for raw pasture fed
    dairy) then they have let on? Could it be immunoglobulins which counteract many
    of the environmental damages that mainstream practices seem designed to
    inflict? Just wondering…

    I am posing this as something I would like to know if Dr. Sircus has an opinion on. How are we to incorporate the great contributions to nutritional wisdom of nutritional greats such as Dr. Weston Price and Dr. Carey Reams with the contemporary recommendations to avoid calcium, take added magnesium, avoid dairy, drink alkaline water, take high dose vitamin D and high dose Vitamin C without reference points?!?

    Specifically, Dr. Sircus discourages taking any but minimal supplemental calcium, yet in the same article is included information about how the acidity of most modern peoples physiology is being kept neutral by the steady calcium and mineral dissolution of our teeth and bones which are being pissed away in our urine and building up in our soft tissues and arteries (and brains, and pineal gland, and kidneys etc). Isn’t the question how to determine the metabolic condition of our bodies so as to best supplement and stop dissolving our natural mineral reserves?


    Trying to establish if STS, as sulfate, is in anyway similarly acting to MSM and DMSO which I understand promotes LDL cholesterol?
    Much appreciated.

  • Lawrence K.

    Found this article quite informative in regard to health problems caused by over-calcification. In this regard, Vit. D-3 and magnesium are mentioned, but NOT VIT. K-2; Why is vit. K-2 omitted from this discussion?

  • Arthur W. Burns

    Very! Educational The math makes, it right!
    Thank you!
    The Art of it~

  • Linda Fraser

    Hi.You mentioned that you have pain in your hips. My right hip was broken and did not heal properly so I am in constant pain. I have found that rubbing A535 Antiphlogestine over the sore area does take the pain away for a short time. The menthol is what helps the sore area. I tried Aleeve but that is no good.

    • Kathy

      I broke my hip last year. I have a titanium rod and “nail” in my leg
      I use Topricin cream when I have pain. Try it. Vita Cost and Amazon sell it. Other stores sell it too. It really helps me and it does not have any odor. I can’t handle menthol odor.

      • Linda Fraser

        It does help to have an operation. Last year I had a hip replacement operation and now I am in no pain whatsoever. Thanks for your suggestions.

  • Vito Goldfarb

    He’s smoking too much weex

  • Vito Goldfarb

    Old thread but go am important I’ve not seen any mention of vitamin k2 mk-7 aiding the decacification process

  • Donna Halls

    I have had what the dr said tiles burnt off the inside of my bladder (cystitis ) do you think the magnesium would help with the calcification

  • Maria D.

    As a former smoker I have CAT scans done yearly to monitor any changes in my lungs. During the first CAT scan 6 years ago while my lungs were clear it was noted that I had mild calcification of the coronary artery which became a concern for me although after an intense stress test I was told not to be concerned as the calcification was on the outside of the artery but that if there are any changes noted in future CAT scans it could be remedied. This year the CAT scan did not note any calcification. I did follow-up thinking perhaps it was overlooked. Then I had another intense stress test which served to confirm that my calcification had disappeared completely. I found this contradictory to explanations I had recede from three different physicians who emphatically stated that “calcifications does not go away.” Well, apparently it “go away.” I began to wonder if the organic pills I have been taking “Potassium-Magnesium Citrate” might be the reason..since I had been taking them to control and eliminate kidney stones that were also detected during my CAT scans…and wondered if they could break up calcification (stones in my kidneys) why couldn’t they also break up calcification surrounding my coronary artery. I phoned th company who makes the pills and spoke to someone in their research devision and relayed my theory. I left my contact information in case someone at the company wanted to contact me to discuss sthis further. I have not to date heard from the company but am now convinced more than ever that the Potassium Magnesium Citrate has been the unexpected delightful culprit doing roto rooter work on my coronary artery…anyone care to comment?

    • Congratulations!! We know that magnesium has a huge effect in dissolving calcifications, including kidney stones, so it makes sense that this could also happen in other areas such as coronary vessels. Thanks for sharing your experience.
      Claudia French

    • Melissa Ewert-Benoit

      Hi. Thnks for sharing your story. I informed my husband – he is recently diagnosed with calcium on his heart. He is trying to treat with food and vitamins also. What brand did you take? Was it a prescription. Looking forward to hearing back from you.

    • paulette barrow

      I don’t know but I think im going to try it and see if it works for me,did you buy this in one pill or more them one pill? Thanks for your story and info

  • Ahad,

    It would be nice if you could find out the root cause of your pain to better know how to treat it. Dr. Sircus has recommencded a number of things for pain control and these include topical magnesium applications, CBD cream or salves, PEMF devices and ways to decalcify tissues if this is a cause.
    You can see the protocol with videos at this site:
    Claudia French

  • Mary

    Hi there. I was recently diagnosed with a herniated disc in my lumbar L4-5. Long story, short, I was referred to a pain management clinic and last week had my first steroid injection. This was when I learned that I have severe calcium deposits on my spine. I need to know if I should start taking magnesium chloride. If so, how much should I take and how often. I also have a calcium buildup on the outside of my heart. Will magnesium chloride help dissolve this buildup as well? Thank you for your time.

    • Hi Mary,

      So sorry to hear about your problem. Magnesium chloride used transdermally, and drinking MagBicarb water daily will help with dissolving calcium buildups. Search our site for MagBicarb water and for magnesium and calcium. There are other things on Dr. Sircus’ protocol that may also help you. You will need to obtain a consultation to discuss specific doses of necessary supplements. But for sure it can help you.
      See Dr. Sircus’ protocol here with links and videos to explain:
      Consultation options are here if you should decide to go this route:

      We do not discuss individual case problems here in this format.

      Claudia French

  • RheumaticFever

    I had rheumatic fever last year, unfortunatelly it eas only diagnosed after several months. I was told, that with untreated rheumatic fever, I’m likely to face problems with heart valves in years to come. Is there a way to slow down valve degeneration? Thank you for your answer!

  • Vashti

    Hi, an x-ray result (both heels) indicated there is evidence for bilateral plantar calcified spur formation slightly more prominent on the right with a length of 4 mm

    • Dear Vashti,

      You need a consultation with Dr. Sircus to discuss personal medical issues, but you certainly can get some Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil and massage it into your heels a number of times per day.
      Claudia French

  • Brian

    If the Egyptians consumed 2.5g of magnesium per day why do mummies still have heart disease? CT scans found calcified arteries. Are they missing something?

    • Scientists are examining many reasons why the ancient Egyptians had calcified organs, they are looking at exposure to smoke from cooking fires, dietary habits, and the types of parasites they might have been carrying. The answer is not clear as yet but they are saying there may be more to the calcification story than we know.
      Claudia French

    • Nostents4me

      This is one of the odd cases where modern medicine is correct ! Calcification never go away in mummies.

  • Paul Fallows

    Great article. So interesting.
    I’m 37 and started to feel a deterioration in my eyes. Only small but enough to go and them checked. Would this be possible calcification and would taking good supplements such as magnesium, iodine and selenium help reverse this and help prevent me from wearing glasses?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Its hard to say what is going on with your eyes and what you might need in the way of treatment over a long distance. But one of the first things you should do is watch this video by Dr. Sircus on using magnesium to treat the eyes and what it can do for you.

      Claudia French

  • Callie

    During a CAT Scan it was discovered that there are Calcifications at the opening of my Aortic Valve about 1 millimeter, on my liver, the bottom of my lungs. I have been on 1000 Mgs. Of calcium circa 1995/96, however only take 500 Mgs ever since they gave them to me.

  • mhikl

    Has anyone heard and used the magnesium using the Milk of Magnesia and Club Soda solution. I use it as a source of magnesium throughout the day mixed with borax, a dash of Celtic Wet Sea Salt and baking soda: first & last thing of the day, and up to half an hour before a meal and then an hour and a half to two hours after a meal. I have two meals a day so thee is not much time that I do not get my magnesium. I also use BS, CSSalt, Borax and Epsom salts solution in my shower to clean my skin and (dry) as my toothpaste. After I rinse off, I apply what is left of my solution from head to toe and let it dry off a bit before walking around to dry off and get dressed.
    I also use magnesium chloride lie

  • Tova

    Hi,I have Calcific tendinitis in the shoulder about 18 mm. Can treatment with magnesium and sodium Thiosulfate help? If so, what quantity is recommended? The physio told me that the situation is not curable because of the calcification’s location. Your help would be highly appreciated, as it is very painful.

    Thank you,


    • Hi Tova,

      Magnesium and sodium thiosulfate can both be helpful. Unfortunately we do not give specific doses for individuals except in consultations with Dr. Sircus so he can learn more about you and your difficulties before he makes a recommendation.
      In general Dr. Sircus is recommending the use of magnesium bicarbonate drinking water to treat calcifications. You can learn about it from this website:

      Be sure to read through the FAQs.

      Sodium thiosulfate is being tested and dosages are not clear.

      Claudia French

  • SBailey

    Hello, Im a 39 year old, healthy female with MAJOR calcification of the soft tissure on my ribs. I have seen 9 doctors and no one can help me. It’s painful and is starating to affect my daily life. Any suggestions?

    • Dear SBailey,

      You might want to get a consultation with Dr. Sircus…there are a few things he has on his protocol that will help with calcifications and these include drinking magnesium bicarbonate water, using magnesium oil, and possibly sodium thiosulfate though we are awaiting more findings from clinical studies now going on regarding dosages of the thiosulfate.
      See info about magnesium bicarbonate water here:

      Claudia French

  • Jeanette

    Several urinalysis found RBC ranging from 15-25. Whole abdomen ultrasound found .3 cm calcification in my right kidney. Please advise how to treat naturally or using herbal medicines if possible. How to prepare it? Moreso, I am a surgical menupause due to total hysterectomy caused by mayoma. How can i maintain my body calcium since my OBGYNE advised me to take calcium vitamins while my other doctor (Nephrologist) advised me to avoid or minimize the calcium intake. i was confuse!!! Pls advise. thank you

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Jeanette,

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.

      For this kind of advice, you need to ask personally to Dr. Sircus in a consultation.

      Best Regards,

      Maurice Guggisberg

      IMVA Support Team

  • Andy Blake

    I have a ruptured calcified disc.. pressing on spinal cord… hurts so bad. I can not have surgery and each day is so hard to bear… any protocol to help me. I need a miracle. Going to buy a dog supplement for this. Dog medicine seems to be smarter than people medicine right now.. I will try anything.

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Andy,

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.

      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

  • mth

    Is it possible to dissolve thyroid nodule calcification with magnesium etc?

    • Yes, especially with the use of magnesium, iodine and by drinking magnesium bicarbonate water (MagBicarb) which Dr. Sircus recommends over using sodium thiosulfate as the primary chelator of calcium right now.
      Claudia French

  • reina perez

    What supplements can I purchase for heel spur? I read the articles but cannot decipher the appropriate protocol. Thank you.

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Reina,

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.

      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

  • KT

    I have a serum calcium level of 10.6 (normal up to 10.4). I also have what appears as renal nephrocalcinosis (via ultrasound). All this was possibly due to me taking several high doses of vitamin D supplements (blood test showed 96ng of vit D a month after the high dose). (vitamin d toxicity?)
    My dr suggested increased fluid intake and re-test in 6 months.
    Should I be getting treatment for this – or just waiting is enough to correct this? Other then limiting clacium intake is there a way of lowering these vit D and calcium levels and eliminating the extra calcium in my kidneys?

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Kt,
      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.
      For this kind of advice, you need to ask personally to Dr. Sircus in a consultation.
      Best Regards,
      Maurice Guggisberg
      IMVA Support Team

  • anonymous

    hello nell, can you tell me more about it? 🙂 how will i reach you? thank you so much! 🙂

  • cj

    i have calcification density in the lungs and cant go and work to middle east country because of this, can this sodium thiosulfate help in removing my calcification density? pls help. thanks

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Cj,
      I’m sorry to hear about your situation.
      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

  • Sarah

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on my problem. I have scleroderma and as a result have severe calcification on the skin – its on my fingers, elbows, knees and arms. My specialist says I cannot take any magnesium supplements whatsoever as she believes that the magnesium will increase the growth. I am magnesium deficient and the calcification seems to be getting worse. Do you think if I increased magnesium intake my deposits on the skin would dissolve? Thank you, Sarah

    • Hello Sarah,

      Its curious that your doctor advises against magnesium use since magnesium seems to fullfill many of the goals of treatment offered, it is a natural calcium channel blocker, it is associated with ATP production which, if deficient causes a higher uptake of calcium where it doesn’t belong.. and most with scleroderma are found to be markedly deficient in magnesium. So many other things are affected by magnesium that to stay low for the rest of your life sounds like a strange recommendation. Can you share her reasoning on this in more depth or if you know of some research showing it might be harmful to you please share that too ?
      Magnesium and magnesium bicarbonate water are both effective at helping to reduce calcium deposits in our bodies. Please read up on magnesium and what it can do and how it may help you.
      Claudia French

  • Gerard

    My father is 79 years old and found out after his recent angioplasty that he has blocked veins in his legs. The doctor says some of the veins are calcified. Are there any chance of reversing this? Thank you in advance for any help.

  • Soho

    Well written and easy to read. Thank you for sharing this knowledge with good citations. We need more of THIS kind of health information being spread in our age.

  • abc

    I have peyronies. There is a calcified plaque in my penis which makes my it to bend downwords like a banana. Will magnesium help here? And which magnesium product to use i.e.mag chloride, mag thiosulphate, mag bicarbonate transdermally?

  • premkumar

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  • John

    What kind of Magnesium can cure Calcifications in Lungs? Please help. I have one in my lungs and I’ve been consulting my doctor and they said it can’t be cured? I’ve had been X-Rayed 3 times for the past month and they still don’t know what to do. It says in my results, Small rounded densities noted in the mid lung field and considered as Pulmonary Calcification. What should I do? I’ve never had history of any serious diseases involving my lungs or any other parts of my body. I need serious help. Please. Thank you very much.

    • John, you will need a consultation with Dr. Sircus. He has a number of ways to combat calcifications including using magnesium oil, magnesium bicarbonate and the sodium thiosulfate. Getting on his full protocol will be helpful.

      Claudia French

  • Hanna

    Good Day!

    My mother has Calcification ( just a small one ) in her left Mid – Lung and I was wondering what she should do to cure it. Can Magnesium cure her? We’ve tried several home remedies as well as medicines. Please help me.

    Much Thanks!

  • Ranjit Thakker

    Hi , Dr. Sircus ,

    I am Ranjit Thakker , as per reports I Have Ankilosing Spondilosing Due
    to metabolic disorder + bamboo spine in lumber spine + both hips are
    damaged by Pain killer & steroids like Voveron n Wysolon , and i am
    not able to walk properly & having too much pain in full body ,
    pl. suggest me treatment for this issue
    Ranjit Thakker : pl. reply me at”

  • Val

    What would be helpful if I have calcinosis in my finger tips because I have Crest Syndrome. They are very painful. Would Magnesium work at all to dissolve these?

    • Hi Val,

      Magnesium will help to dissolve calcifications ……..magnesium bicarbonate used for daily drinking water is designed to dissolve calcifications in soft tissues over time. Sodium thiosulfate may also be an option to help with your condition.
      Claudia French

  • gloria

    i am taking 100 mg of calcium. How much of magnesium must i take with it?

    • Gloria,

      Most people get enough calcium from our fortified diets….. we need at least a 1:1 ratio of magnesium to calcium each day and probably much more than that to counter all the calcium we take in, otherwise neither will be absorbed or work properly in our bodies.

      Claudia French

      • gloria

        Thank you very much, Claudia.

  • Bob Baumgardner

    Dr. Sicus,

    I have calcium build up in my aortic valve, and I want to get rid of it. Can you help me?

    • Yes Bob, Dr. Sircus can help with this. agnesium bicarbonate water will help remove calcifications as will sodium thiosulfate which also chelates calcium. But you will need to get a consult with Dr. Sircus to discuss specifically how to go about this.

      Claudia French

      • Bob Baumgardner

        Thanks Claudia

  • bill johnson

    I was wondering how you would mix mag chloride to put into your eye? Im already brushing my teeth with this and the teeth seem to giving me less problems.

  • bill jones

    i heard you can put the chloride into the eye. How would you mix it?

  • richwill

    hello Claudia, thank you for the info on chloramine. I just wanted to tell you that after I started
    using baking soda that my tension in my body has gone down. My pulse rate is around
    90 bpm. after the 4th day on baking soda I even got it down to 59 bpm. I have an oxy meter
    that I have been using for around 6 months and played hell getting it to 99 even after riding my bike for over a mile. With the baking soda treatment I got it to 100. I have some heart valves that have calcium deposits and the bone that goes from l5 to s1 had a calcium depositn and that’s where it broke off. I was told that the calcium was holding it together.
    reading the book the calcium bomb I believe the nano bacteria that caused the deposit in the
    first place munched on the bone causing it to break off. I wonder if the fda still thinks that
    nano bacteria does not exist?

  • richwill

    thank you Claudia for the info but the water and power companies now
    put chloramine in our water and I wondered what effect that would have
    if I soaked in a warm tub with sodium thiosulfate?

    • I understand that sodium thiosulfate generally will remove the chlorine part of chloramines but will cause a release of ammonia which may or may not be harmful to us. Aquarists find this to be problematic for fish tanks and here is one site that makes other recommendations on removing chloramines from water….even bath water for humans. They suggest 1000 mg. of dissolved vitamin C will remove all chloramines from a bath tub full of water.
      Point of entry and point of use (POE/POU) devices can be used to eliminate the chloramine in household water. POE/POU devices that remove chloramine are filtration systems with granular activated carbon or charcoal.
      I’ve never tried this or any other of the remedies suggested but It would be best if you could start out with non-chloraminated water for your treatments.

      See also:

      Claudia French

  • richwill

    Claudia, I just read the first 3 chapters of the calcium bomb and I’m convinced now why my
    spinal faced finally broke and 7 disc are almost gone. Its the nano bacteria that comes with the calcium deposits. Now I will get sodium thiosulfate but want to know which type?

    • Richwell,

      The place I know of to get sodium thiosulfate pentahydrate is here:
      or you can check other sources on the Internet.

      Stealth Bacteria is definitely a good possibility….you will need to kill that if its there and sodium thiosulfate may not be all you need. Consider iodine and magnesium (mag chloride or mag bicarbonate) too.
      Best wishes for your success!

      Claudia French

    • anonymouse

      Richwill, something to say about that. have had lyme 30 years, and god knows what other creepy tickborne bacteria; my neck nape area had a bone sticking out, and several disks are swelled some years. Very much pain lately. 2 days of lugols and that disk is pain free, as well as lung production, sinus infection, daily headaches, sitting on chest heart stuff, knee/hip pain…so something to this plaque/settlers colonizing it idea. I know from scans that I have osteo or pre osteo, and atherosclerotic plaque along the spine already. I was amazed. Now to just balance the minerals, day 3 was too much with no supplements and waiting for them to come.

      Thank you author for the mag info and selenium, b’s, etc.

      • anonymouse

        no doctor over 30 years now, has been able to do what 2 days of lugols did.

        • anonymouse

          BTW, hip and knees really bothering me, 24 hours gone of starting that lugols. Amazing.
          Thanks to this author for letting people have their lives despite the rats in the industry. I think this is clear evidence that one bacteria, evading “hit or miss” tests, can do ALL of these widely varied things, from your joints to sinus infection, to wicked headaches, heart, etc. And that antibiotics just dont cut it when theyre so selective, and no proper blood tests to “identify all” ever used here like they do abroad. Iodine is ultra cool and especially candida, which I know I have, starting alot of it off. [from all the abx use over years, never once tested for out of ‘license fears’ despite asking repeatedly]

  • richwill

    I just wanted to know if you can put sodium thiosulfate in a tub of hot water?

    • Yes, Richwell,

      Sodium Thiosulfate can be added to baths or water for soaking. Amounts aren’t well known however so some trial and error is necessary.

    • Yes, Richwell,

      Sodium Thiosulfate can be added to baths or water for soaking. Amounts aren’t well known however so some trial and error is necessary.

  • Tina

    I’ve been experiencing numbness and pain in my right hand at night. Often it wakes me up and I cannot sleep for an hour. I also experience migraines. I also am having trouble with tartar buildup in my teeth. I’m not sure if these are related. Do you thing the Magnesium Chloride would help me with the numbness and my teeth, gums? I’m currently taking 5 magnesium orally, but thinking of switching to the Magnesium Chloride. It looks like I also have many of the symptoms of hypercalcemia: I’ve have nausea w/ migraines, constipation, fatigue, lethargy, irritability, excessive thirst,

    • Tina the best way to tell if magnesium chloride will help you is to get some and start applying it transdermally…..most people find indication of feeling better within a short time ….even a few days. Many of your complaints sound like magnesium deficiency symptoms. You can apply magnesum chloride (we recommend Ancient Minerals Magnesium OIl) on your skin, in baths and footbaths, as a mouth rinse which will strengthen the teeth or you can take it orally mixed in water. This oil is on sale to IMVA readers till the end of September…..Magnesium chloride bath flakes are also available and are more economical to use.

      To discuss your personal situation further you can get a consultation with Dr. Sircus. He is also recommending for anyone with calcification of any tissues to drink magnesium bicarbonate water on a daily basis. This is available at a substantial discount if you become part of the IMVA membership. Dr. Sircus believes that transdermally used magnesium chloride (topically on the skin) and the magnesium bicarbonate water are far superior to orally marketed magnesium supplements (tablets).
      Claudia French

  • mike

    i have psuedo gout the docs said nothing they can do till i heard about what magnesium can do i used to take advair for ashtma before and didnt know these steroid like drugs take mag.. away i am taking mag.. now about 300 mg. or so a day….i hope it stops the flares from coming back .. the colchyrs didnt do anything to prevent flares

  • Alex Rodrigues

    Dear Dr Mark Sircus, What is the effect does Magnesium have on Calcification of veins in the



    • Alex,

      Magnesium will aid in the prevention and removal of calcium from all unwanted areas of our body including blood vessels. Drinking Magnesium bicarbonate water is one of the best things you can do for this as well as using Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil or for topical application right over the area that is problematic. Magnesium flakes are available for more economical use in baths. Using Oil or lotion or gel for body massages would also be very useful. There are many options to how to increase magnesium in our bodies and Dr. Sircus prefers the use of these topical products over the oral supplements which are only absorbed into your system at about 20-30% of what you think you are taking in.
      As stated in this essay, magnesium helps to dissolve unwanted calcium in all tissues in our body.
      Claudia French

  • Maria

    I was expecting some references to vitamin K, which addresses calcium to where it should be (bones and teeth).

  • Karen Marciniak

    I am very thankful for this article. I am going to increase my magnesium since I have many symptoms of low magnesium levels and high Acidic levels; acidosis. Thanks again

  • Brian

    Hello Claudia,

    Do you know if magnesium chloride has been proven effective with reducing or removing prostate calcifications?

  • louisa hopkins

    I am wondering how much sodium thiosulphate you add to a bath? I am just seeking an effect like the european spas…but still cleansing

    • Louisa,

      Amounts to use are not standardized so it takes some trial and error to determine what will work best. I personally use about a teaspoonfull of granular sodium thiosulfate in a full bath about once a week. Not sure if this is enough but I have not had any problem with this amount. I would suggest less in a footbath.
      You can consult with Dr. Sircus if you wish on this issue:

  • Andrew Waldron

    what Dose of Sodium Thisulfanate should I take and is there a safe grade as far as an Online purchase. I Have had bone spurs in both feet and that was a disaster the cortisone shot caused my plantar Facia to weaken and rupture. I have osteo and Rumatoid arhritis and they want to fuze my back! I have had both knees in surgery at 10 k per. So i read somewhere on here one grain so i am thinking a pretty small dose. Can I use the Lab grade or is there a higher grade. can i buy it from the pool supply. I use MSM and DMSO and studied bill rich on MSM great info. I can tell this is a good direction I just need to buy it. Thanks

    • Hi Andrew,

      The one grain of sodium thiosulfate you read about was a recommendation for a use in general prevention and in supplementing sulfur. It was not necessarily enough for treating the strong calcifications you are experiencing.
      Those amounts are being studied and there is not a recommendation for amount to use. You would need to speak with Dr. Sircus to determine what would work best for you as we cannot discuss individual problems on this site.
      Please see:

      Magnesium also aids in dissolving calcium ….please watch for Dr. Sircus’ upcoming essays going into depth on this and be sure to start using transdermal magnesium oil.
      Thiosulfate can be purchased here:
      And watch for news about a new product Dr. Sircus will be endorsing…..a magnesium bicarbonate water that will also greatly aid in dissolving calcium deposits.

      • Andrew

        Thank you I am also taking potasium citrate. That is supposed to help chelate calcium. I have both kids of arthritis in all of my xrays knees feet back shoulder. I had heel spurs in my 20s and 30s and i have been a heavy coffee drinker and am now in a good MG, iodine, Selinium. MSM . I am for now rotating the chelators as i am detoxing halides as well from the iodine

        • andrew

          Thanks Again Claudia . I made a tea of green tea The ST crystals dissolved. half of a lemon juice 2 OZ of liguid mag citrate from the pharmacy ( 1 dollar a bottle) and some stevia. It is the best way to get it down and the liver can use the lemon. Thanks Again

    • anonymouse

      everything you named, I have, and 2 days of lugols did wonders. but make sure to take ALL the supplements as it drains you of minerals. read what I told about my neck/nape bone jutting out from slipped disk, and it subsiding with 2 days lugols. Freaky amazing.

  • meg

    Do you have any suggestions on how this might help breast microcalcifications?

    • Meg,

      Sodium thiosulfate could possibly help micro-calcifications in the breast. However dosages are not determined as yet. It would not hurt to add some thisoulfate to your baths or to add a very small amount to a cup of tea a few times/week as Dr. Yasko in Russia does.
      Magnesium chloride will also play a huge role in helping to both prevent and dissolve calcifications in our bodies. Make sure you are using it transdermally. —– Original Message —–
      From: Disqus
      Sent: Sunday, March 03, 2013 11:11 PM
      Subject: [drsircus] Re: Calcification and Its Treatment with Magnesium and Sodium Thiosulfate

  • Katonah

    Wow…this IS sooooo informative. Thanks.

  • pavan

    i was selected in army but i was declared unfit for hepatic calcification and rejected later for the same reason
    my calcification is of 2.4cms curvilinear.
    please suggest me some treatment to cure my diseases as soon as possible and help me to fulfill my dream of joining the army.
    awaiting for your reply.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Pavan,

      You would first need to get onto Dr. Sircus full protocol which would include sodium bicarbonate, magnesum chloride, iodine and other possible supplements.

      I would suggest a consultation with Dr. Sircus for full recommendations for your condition.

  • Myn

    Thank You Claudia! just waiting for the mag chloride oil to arrive!

  • Myn

    to get rid of pelvic calcifications, which is faster, better or preventive?

    I have read about IP6 inositol to get rid of heavy metal in our bodies and maybe this includes vascular calcification, which at the moment I don’t know in which pelvic veins they are. (I had an X-ray after a strong pelvic pain episode and it shows 2 vascular pelvic calcifications, one at each side).

    Reading about Sodium Thiosulfate interested me, I think it will be better for the calcifications than Ip6 Inositol, I don’t know.

    Also I have read a wonderful story online about a Spanish Jesuita monk ingesting a mag chloride solution for overall calcification, he was almost without mobility until the mag chloride therapy and in 60 days he was able to take a long walk through his town.

    Which would be the best therapy to start?
    Sod thiosulfate for faster results,mag chloride, or Ip6 inositol? Which for preventing?
    Than you !!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Myn,

      If it were me I would start with the magnesium chloride! Magnesium is essential in helping to prevent and dissorlve calcifications…..then add sodium thiosulfate which is known as a calcium chelator.

  • Elaine

    Hi Claudia
    I have refured a few people to the magnisum oil and some have noticed it works really well at first and then after a while it doesn’t work as well. One that had back pain said after a while it did not do as well. And I noticed it droped my blood pressure
    dramatically but then it seemed to take more and more to work.
    I know it has to be something the body really needs for it to work so well in the beginning. Do you have any thoughts on this.

  • John Brailsfprd

    Hi Claudia
    Apart from following the protocols of Dr Sircus,- transdermal magnesium, iodine etc., for the last 2 1/2 months I have been adding about 1/4 teaspoon of sodium thiosulphate to the early morning tea for my wife and myself.
    My arteries are in any case free but my wife had a small heart attack and a stent inserted hence the use of sodium thio.
    Anyway the effect of the sodium thio. has been an increase in pulse rate by about 10 beats per minute. From mid 60 to mid 70 which I consider to be too high and have therefore stopped the addition of sodium thiosulphate to tea, while retaining it in my transdermal magnesium mix with MSM.
    I cannot asses whether there has been any improvement/reduction in the coating in my wife’s arteries before her next control check in 6 weeks time.
    Other aches and pains in back muscles (release of trigger points) have been relieved with acupuncture which has been remarkably successful applied by a therapist with 6 years traing in Japan.
    Trust this information is of use to readers of this website.

    John Brailsford

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Glad for your update John.

      Pulse of 70 is not abnormal unless your wife is experiencing symptoms along with that.

      Keep up the good work.

  • paula Mcgregor

    Hi Have dreadful debilitating pain on & off for last twelve weeks in left groin down to ankle,wont take weight,cant sleep.This is not constant maybe four out of five days doesnt seem any rhymn or reason for it.I take magnesium oil in baths and on body have deep muscle tissue therapy regularly at least once a week. Now use a space healer scenar electrical device which seems to help .I use iodine Diatomaceous earth Norway fish oil Co Q10 (quinogel). Had xrays last week no results yet but Nurse could see what she thought was arthritis . Seems strange that only disabilitating some days not others. I did slip over 20 months ago and injured the lumbar discs and # one and two of the sacral joints. I have been on and off with one or another issue ever since,starting with unbearable cramps from groin down to ankle and now this pain. Look forward to any enlightening information Many Thanks Paula

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Paula,

      Since you read Dr. Sircus’ essay about sodium thiosulfate you might consider using some of it in a tea or bath if calcification shows up to be a problem.

      Dr. Sircus recommends for pain that magnesium oil applied to the area will help, it can also be used in a bath. Another thing that has just recently become available is a cannabidiol cream (medical marijuana). This has been reported to be highly effective and is now being legally offered in the US. Do a search on DixieX.

      Dr. Sircus is available for consultations should you decide you need more direction:

  • Magnesium overdose?

    I’m aware as to the complication of too much Cal, or potassium for that matter, but are there potential problems with maybe taking too much Mag? Seems like this will vary quite a bit from person to person, so there will be no cookie-cutter approach as to the amount needed. I’m 215 lbs, and w/o between 3-5 days a week with a considerable amount of muscle. I take in roughly 150-200 grahams of protein daily, so I wonder if my intake should be more Mag than normal- though I don’t want to over-do it. I take Mag to target heart PVCs, as this seems to be the only thing that helps control them.

  • Melissa Donovan


    I take a food base multi vit/min from Whole foods (their brand). It does contain 250 MG of Mag. and 500 of Calcium. i should all that my I was taking a bluebonnet cal/mag liquid supplement that contained 1200 mg cal., 600 Mag., and 800 vit d 3. I stopped taking it because of all the adverse effects I started experiencing after incorporating the 5000 IU’s vit d 3 that my gyno suggested i take. I didn’t realize my multi had 500 mg of calcium in it, so in total I was taking 1700 mg of calcium. WAY too much. I could feel it. My entire body was tense even though there was no actual tension or turmoil going on in my life. I never made the connection. All I knew was i coudln’t sleep and felt tight all over. I might add that I exercise for an hour 5 days a week, so I may need additional magnesium. I’m just not sure what would be an appropriate dosage. Thank you for your response. I appreciate any light you can shed on this.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Melissa,

      Most people get way too much calcium…some researchers feel that people are getting 6x as much calcium as needed and that the ratio of magnesium to calcium should really be at least 2:1 mag. to calcium, if not more.

      When you use transdermal magnesium your body will utilize what it needs and the kidneys will eliminate any excess, so exact dosing is not necessary. We recommend that people use 1-2 oz. per day….but start slowly and work up to the larger amount. We do not recommend oral magnesium.

  • Hal Humpherys

    In July you stated that Dr.Sircus would be publishing a book in the near future on his protocols. Do you have any more information when this might be published.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      His is working on it as we speak. It should be out shortly! Sorry for the delay but new information keeps coming in that affects the protocol. And new substances are being added in like breathing and CO2 medicine.

  • melissa donovan

    Dear Claudia, I was told by my GP to take 1200 mg of calcium. Every since, I’ve had tension in my body and find it hard to sleep. Also TMJ dysfunction, lots of flare ups. Recently, my gyno told me to take 5000 IU’s of vit d 3 because my level was 30 ng/dl. OMgoodness! I thought I was having a heart attack. I had sharp pain in the sternum/chest area, kidney pain, frequent urination…it was awful. The chest discomfort and kidney soreness has not gone away. I’m wondering if I have calcifications due to vit d3 and calcium. What do you suggest? I’m 5’0, 97 pounds, 41 yr. old female. I welcome your advice. please. I have a 9 yr. old daughter and don’t want to die young due to hypercalcemia. I was otherwise healthy and pain free before all this mess.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Are you using magnesium? Magnesium is necessary for most functions of the body and is necessary in proper utilization of calcium and Vit D. You might want to seriously think about getting onto the use of transdermal magnesium therapy as soon as possible.

      See the wealth of information in the book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy:

      and also on our website Magnesiumforlife:

  • jack

    ok claudia
    I’ll do what you said, but there is last thing I want to ask, do you actually know if calcifications in the brain can be removed or not? is there a cure for it?

  • Question for Magnesium users: I have increased (500-700MG day) due to training and I have noticed a significant increase in sweating, which, prior to suplimentation I ALWAYS had a hard time bring myself to break a sweat. I feel good, and just wondered if this ‘could’ be in relation to the mag, or more-so the release of Cal? Or, maybe this is just in my head, but I don’t think so.

    Any feedback would be great~ LB

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Often when people get in better mineral balance they regain their ability to sweat….we see this with people and sauna…..they first get in and can’t sweat, but as their bodies detox they begin to perspire when in there.

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  • jack

    so do you mean that the calcification could get removed by taking magnesiums everyday? but my calcification is inside the joint, and taht area has poor blood supply, so do you think it could get dissolved if I take magnesiums everyday?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Please get a consultation with Dr. Sircus to resolve all of your questions. Make sure to read Dr. Sircus’ books and follow his entire protocol, then you may have a good chance of the calcifications dissolving. Please remember Dr. Sircus recommends topical application of magnesium oil, in addition to other things on his protocol like the sodium thiosulfate.

  • Sam

    For Mary Jo

    HI you could try looking at what is stopping the absorbtion.
    Take some probiotics to repopulate the gu flora
    Have you looked at the electromagnetic environment?
    WiFi, cordless landlines, nearby cell phone towers? The radiation is said to prevent the body healing and will cause more damage.Remove all radiation sources by cabling up remote devices.

  • Hal Humpherys

    Just received my calcium scan score a couple of days ago and had a disappointing 829 which is high risk. Been searching the web for something that would remove the calcium and discovered your site. This is by the most informative site I have found. My search has indicated three possible routes to remove the calcium. 1) EDTA such as Dr. Gordon’s Cardio Clear, 2)Jon Barron’s Proteolytic Enzymes and your ause of magnesium and sodiun thiosulfate. My question is what do you think about the effectiveness of no’s 1) and 2) and would you recommend combining all three?
    Youe comments are appreciated.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Your question cannot be answered on this site and I suggest you consider a consultation to discuss this directly with Dr. Sircus.

    • Glenn

      Hi, I wonder if you can combine magnesium chloride with some lime. To give it a little taste and enjoy the benefits of lime or lemon

      • If you are using the most pure magnesium oil like the Ancient Minerals….sure you can do that. I used to drink lemonade made with fresh lemon with sprays of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil all the time.
        Claudia French

  • Dear Dr.Cladia French

    Is kidney failure related to vitamin D3 dificiency?


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear JVM RAJU,

      Yes, when kidney failure is present, the kidneys can no longer activate the Vitamin D from sun exposure and deficiency occurs. People with kidney failure need to supplement with Vitamin D3 and people with kidney failure who are on dialysis are generally given high doses of Vitamin D 3 via IV during dialysis and in addition are recommended to take oral supplements.

  • Dear Mr. Claudia French
    Is vitamin D3 deficiency lead to Kidney failure?

    J.V. M. RAJU

  • In May, 2008 in an out-of-nowhere, my heart began to flutter. It scarred the ABSOLUTE hell outta me. I ended up in the emergency (more from anxiety), stayed three nights in the hospital and nothing like being told, “nothing wrong with you’ all the while I’m having PVCs and my heart feels like jello in my chest. Now, I was 43 (at that time) and by nature I’ve been very athletic, no drugs/drinking, etc and always up on the whole Men’s Health thing. And because of this I was left more perplexed. After months of taken the main prescribed beta (BullS***) blocker, I had enough. I dug a little further and found an article on magnesium and whalla, it knocked my PVCs out in under my first week. Then two years passed and not a hiccup and then in the middle of a major protein diet it kicked in (the PVC’s) and in a BAD way. Re-hospitalized and then this is where “they” said I had partial heart block with a calcified aorta. Man, I was bummed. So, trial-by-error (again), I cut back on my protein (which I see is a problem) and I shot through the roof my mag and once again… no PVCs.

    I guess my point to this is, by experience I’d recommend mag to anyone with ANY type of heart health problem. And even if you’re heart’s solid I’d still suggest taking it. You can over-dose on just about anything out there. But damn near impossible (from what I read) on mag. It really is (and has been) a life saver (for me)- I just gotta remember to take it every day~ LB 🙂

  • jack

    hi claudia
    My father is a chemist, and he said that sodium thiosulfate is very dangerous, he told me that it can damage your blood and enzymes, so what should I do now, I’m so confused and worried.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Jack,

      Well you will have to do some of your own research and decide for yourself what to do. Again, I suggest you get a consult with Dr. Sircus and then also see if you can contact some of the doctors in the clinical studies I showed you in an earlier post and get some recommendations from them. Research is still fuzzy on this and for sure dosing is a major issue.

      And don’t forget that magnesium can also help to dissolve calcifications… might want to use more of that right off the bat!

  • Al

    X-rays show beginnings of calcification of aorta. What is the best method to supplement magnesium and sodium thiosulfate, and in what quantities?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Al,

      Sodium thiosulfate can be administered orally in water or tea, can be given via IV when high doses are required, or can even be used in baths. There is limited availability on the dosing to remove coronary calcifications. However in a study published by J. Denzler in 2010, done on dialysis patients with coronary artery calcifications this was found to be feasible and effective though further studies were recommended which this group from Washington University did not have funding for.

      “STS treatment in the present study occurred 3 times/week for 5 months versus 2 times/week for 4 months in the previous study. The doses were similar, with STS 12.5 g/treatment being the predominant dose used in both studies. However, the optimal STS dose and treatment duration remains to be determined.”

      STS treatment showed reduction in progression of calcification and was tolerated well with only nausea/vomiting at higher doses which responded to a decrease in dosing.

      You can read this full study here:

      Dr. Sircus would be able to make appropriate recommendations for oral or topical use if you get a consultation with him and provide him more information about your unique circumstances. And he would also recommend magnesium and other supplements needed to support the removal of calcium.

      Use of IV sodium thiosulfate can only be done under the proper health care supervision.

  • jack

    Thank you so much for all the help, Claudia

  • Mary Jo Hartshorn

    I have been having the worst time trying to absorb magnesium, i take alot of supplements, no calcium though, except for eating dairy. I have been getting magnesium IVs every 3 or 4 days, if not sooner for the past couple of months. I drink Magnelevures packs with warm water all day and night, usually up to 15 packs daily. I also use magnesium oil, and magnesium gel all day long. The pain i get in my neck and head is so severe, i also cant think correctly, get very depressed and hopeless, any ideas on why my body will not absorb?? My homeopathic doctor says it is because i have leaky gut and absorbsion problems, but can’t tell me how to fix the problem. I am very frustrated and going broke from the IVs, please help if you can… Thanks, Mary Jo

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Mary Jo,

      You may have a magnesium wasting disease which is something totally different from dietary magensium deficiency.

      Do a search on magnesium wasting disease. Dr. Sircus has written about Dr. Herbert Mansmann in his Transdermal Magensium Therapy book and how he resolved that problem by taking specific supplements of magnesium.

      If leaky gut is your problem you need to be on a good probiotic such as that offered by LL’s Magnetic Clay Co called Prescript Assist but it is likely that your problem goes deeper than that.

      You could get a consultation with Dr. Sircus to talk this over with him and get on his entire protocol which may help a lot.

  • jack

    Sorry Claudia
    So does that means they haven’t got a idea for treating brain calcification?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Sorry to say you are probably correct….there are very few studies becing conducted on using sodium thiosulfate in brain calcifications. You can go to the site of to see what they are looking at….its mostly studying the calciphylaxis in End Stage REnal Disease, or in using sodium thiosulfate to combat the side effects of chemotherapy drugs used in cancer. That’s for the official NIH studies, but there are many alternative practitioners who do not rely only on these studies and in fact these studies may even provide some understanding of what sodium thiosulfate can do in problems such as yours.


  • jack

    Can the calcifications in the joint be treated?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Yes, sure they can Jack

  • jack

    hi guys
    So the sodium thiosulfate can not be eaten,which can be only used by injection, is that right?
    And how did you people use them, did any of you drink or eat them?
    And my calcification is a just very tiny dot which showed on the X ray.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      No jack,

      Sodium Thiosulfate can be taken orally and many use it in a tea a few times per week. Dr. Yasko in Russia recommends one grain of thiosulfate in a cup of tea a couple of times per week for general well-being, but he is not talking about brain calcifications which requires a more aggressive approach.

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  • John Brailsford

    Hi Jack
    I bought some sodium thiosulphate from a dispensing chemist in Germany. I said that I needed it for a foot bath. The chemist said they could not sell it for internal use and put a label on the bottle to that effect. External use via a foot bath was accepted. Checking in the supplier catalogue there were also ampoules listed for injection but I expect only available via a medical doctor. If you check back through the writings of Dr Sircus you will see that there are references to Dr´s reports where sodium thiosulphate is used IV ( intravenous application).
    I would guess that for full effectiveness in your father’s case IV application will be necessary as a foot bath or a few grains in water of tea will only be effective over a longer period of time.
    So I suggest you checkout the references shown and contact one of the Docs with experience with IV application.
    This is just a personal opinion without any medical training or background.
    John Brailsford

  • jack

    sorry for interuputing you again

    I forgot to tell you that I also have a very little shoulder calcification,but still the main thing is the brain calcification couple weeks ago, I went to the chemist store to get Sodium Thiosulfate, but they said it’s very poisined, so I didn’t buy it my dad is a chemical scientist too, but he doesn’t know about Sodium Thiosulfate
    so please give me some ideas about where should i get Sodium Thiosulfate and how I’m suppose to use it.
    thankyou so much

  • jack

    excuse me

    may I please get some help here
    I wonder if I can eat or drink Sodium Thiosulfate for brain calcification, and what should I do? I’m so strugling.
    please how I’m gonna use it for brain calcification.
    thank you very much

  • Dianne

    thank you i am using the spray and am amazed at how it seems to relax rhe muscle area i spray it on.

  • Heather

    Hi Claudia
    Thanks for your prompt reply appreciate it,I have provided some information about Dr Sirus transdermal magnesium and theosulphate therapy for calcification, for her to go through. The reason I asked about magnesium tablets are because my daughter had low blood pressure the last time she went to the docotors as she had caught gastro, vomiting only and her pressure was 50 at the time and needed hydrolight so I thought if the tablets does not absorb as much should she have low blood pressure it might not cause much harm. I am not sure if my theory is right if so I am not sure which one to get as there is a varietie of brands and different mg. I have heard of swissbeen a good brand,
    Thanks and God Bless

  • Heather

    Dear Claudia
    Sorry about tis just wanted to know if there is a diet I should follow for my daughter with regard to the previous mail on 1st July and 7th August for liver calcification is a liver detox tablets, milk thistle, good or could it cause more harm

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Your questions are much too extensive for answering here and I suggest you seek a consultation with Dr. Sircus for answers to them. In general an alkalinizing diet should be followed and transdermal application of magnesium chloride is more beneficial than oral intake of magnesium pills/tablets.

      Your MD has taken a wait and watch approach since the labs are good. You can benefit much from getting her on Dr. Sircus protocol with transdermal magnesium therapy as a first step to minimizing calcification that might be in the liver.

  • Heather

    Dear Claudia,
    Sorry for the long delay, just wanted to keep you updated, from my mail to you on 1st July 2012, about my daughers MRI that was done on the 19th of July, The MRI mentioned that’s in the region of the linear focus of calcification in right lobe of liver no mass lesion or other abnormilities seen on MRI . It states that MRI is not as sensitive as a CT in detecting calcification,(just wanted to know if calcification is visible in MRI,) no lesions seen on liver segments, no billiary dilation, portal and heptic veins normal remainder of the upper abdominal viscere are normal, no free fluid or lymphadenopathy . Thoracolumbar spine is normal conclusion normal study.
    Dr said to do a full blood test in 6 months, including serium biochemsitry. and a scan in 12 months, could the patch calcification be more visible due to the oral barium she took that day, or the boscopan injection and the gavascon that was given to her the previous day due to bloating and gassy feeling
    She was fasting 8 hrs prior to MRI appointment, appt was at 9:15,got there 9:50am but we were late they said she could have something to eat by the time we ate it was past 10:30am and come for MRI at 2:00pm could this hinder results. Can she take magnesium tablets,if states for healthy bones, cramps, etc would it do the same job as the oil. she was low on vitamin D and I have started her on Vitamin D tablets 1000 IU caltrate, could this be the cause of the poblem, does she also have to take vitamin K too, can it be taken them both before bed as she does not want to take it straight after dinner, .I also started her on centrum or should I get her on a vitamin for women, there was another tablet with magnesium , vitamin D and calcium is this better than just taking vitamin D r could she take the vitamin d as well as the one with magnesium, vitamin d and calcium.
    thank you for your time it is gratly appreciated god Bless you

  • Dianne

    Claudia, Thank you for your response. I have purchased Magnesium oil and a Magnesium powder.I do not have low blood pressure. When you say slowly 3 tsp of powder equals 325 mg and oil is pure magnesium chloride bottle suggest spray 4 to 5 times on skin. Should I start w 1 tsp and 2 sprays or something like that.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Its always better to start with one or the other product and stay on it a few days before adding another. Otherwise if a reaction occurs, you won’t know which is causing it.

      We prefer using topical magnesium over oral. You may not need both.

  • Dianne

    I failed to mention that i have a low thyroid and take Armour thyroid medication. The cardiologist wants to do a CAT scan. I was reading something about danger of radioactive Iodine on your list of Dr Sircus books. is there anything can do to protect myself from the radiaton?

  • Dianne

    I have gained some excellent information reading all of questions and answers above. I am 58 and have recently been diagnosed w pulmonary hypertension and mild aortic calcification and stenosis. I do have sleep apnea and there is also some mild regurgitation. I had trouble breathing after having olives(high sodium). I was told that due to my pulmonary condition it is taxing my heart and i do not have congestive heart failure but am headed in that direction. I would like to do everything in my power to turn this around. Aside from diet and excercise I am supplementing w Cayenne,Hawthorne, c0q10 nitric oxide, msm w glucasamine and chondroitin,omega 3s,evening primrose oil,d3 and vit c, magnesium etc.I had been to a lecture about d3 and magnesium. I have confusion about vit d afore mentioned and want to be sure its ok to continue with d3.I want to do whatever i can about calcification and am excited about magnesium will want to know if i can have both oraland transdermal and lastly i use epson salt baths which is magnesium sulfate. would I be ok to add transdermal to this? i use them all the time. I was also sooo glad to hear about gababentin and magnesium not gong together because my dr ws trying to get me to take it again. Thank you for any onformation you can offer. I am in California and am not sure where Dr Sircus is.

  • Elaine

    I was wondering if the Magnesium Chloride oil would be ok for
    people with low blood pressure and low heart rate? If it is something the body is really lacking wouldn’t it improve the low blood pressure?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Be careful if you already have low blood pressure. Magnesium relaxes blood vessels and can cause bp to drop. Drink plenty of fluids during use, and use before going to sleep so you are not up and about.

      Start very slowly with amount of oil used and check your own blood pressure to monitor effects. If you are deficient, you will have fewer problems after your levels are up again.

  • Kathy


    I’ve been faithfully applying magnesium oil for the past couple of months and I’ve experienced good results…no more leg cramps or nose bleeds that had been attributed to calcium deficiency. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t absorbing calcium that I used to take. Now even though I don’t take it anymore I have no more symptoms of calcium deficiency. One issue I do have though is that my palms have become extremely rough, especially after they’ve been in water for a while…I get lots of little bumps, almost scaley. Is there anything I can do to avoid this? Thanks..


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Its doubtful this is related to magnesium oil use, but you should liberally use a soothing and natural hand lotion like coconut oil or aloe vera.

      Glad to hear about your symptom relief with magnesium!

  • gautam

    hi read your article, wanted two know is there any way which is beneficial as my dad is suffering from severely Aortic Valve Calcification and due to some reasons his operation is being delayed can magnesium in any way be useful to him please guide. will be highly thankful

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Yes, absolutely.

      Magnesium has been found to be useful before, during and after cardiac surgeries. Its in the book on Transdermal Magnesium Therapy and also in the book on Heart Medicine by Dr. Sircus.

      From the books:

      And we’ve seen information that states that some knowledgeable doctors are even refusing to do any cardiac surgery without magnesium also being used.

      Magnesium also can help dissolve calcifications along with other things on Dr. Sircus’protocols.

      You can start him on transdermal magnesium therapy and it will help him no matter if he ends up with the surgery or not.

      • Rose

        Hi Claudia,
        I have recently read your article. My name is Rose and i write to you from Turkey. My dad has
        mitral valve
        MVA:0.35cm2, max GRADIENT:31.00mmHg, ORT: 20.00mmHg, valve failure: 2 degrees
        AORT valve
        AVA: normal, MAX GRADIENT: normal, ORT: normal, failure: 2 degrees
        Tricuspid valve
        VA: normal, max GRADIENT: normal, failure: 3 degrees
        Palmer valve
        SPAP: 70.00mmHg, Max GRADIENT : normal, ORT: normal
        In his echocardiogram we have above information and doctors are saying that he needs mitral valve replacement plus some treatment to tricuspid valve. My dad is 65 and I am wondering if it is at all possible to treat my dad with Dr. Sinus’s treatments. More importantly can we have positive results with his treatments or is the valve replacent is inevitable?
        If you can guide us on this we would be very very grateful.
        Is it possible to contact you or Dr. Sinus by phone to discuss further?
        Many thanks

        • Hi Rose,

          Yes Dr. Sircus’ protocol will help but whether or not it can cure the valve disease is questionable…..valves usually need replacement through surgery. But I would definitely get your dad onto Dr. Sircus’ protocol and strengthen up his entire system.
          You can call Dr. Sircus and speak to him in a consultation where you be given his opinion and recommendations once he has more information on your father and the care he’s had so far.


          Claudia French
          —– Original Message —–
          From: Disqus
          Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 3:01 PM
          Subject: [drsircus] Re: Calcification and Its Treatment with Magnesium and Sodium Thiosulfate

          Rose wrote, in response to Claudia French – IMVA Staff:
          Hi Claudia,
          I have recently read your article. My name is Rose and i write to you from Turkey. My dad has mitral valve
          MVA:0.35cm2, max GRADIENT:31.00mmHg, ORT: 20.00mmHg, valve failure: 2 degrees AORT valve
          AVA: normal, MAX GRADIENT: normal, ORT: normal, failure: 2 degrees Tricuspid valve
          VA: normal, max GRADIENT: normal, failure: 3 degrees
          Palmer valve
          SPAP: 70.00mmHg, Max GRADIENT : normal, ORT: normal
          In his echocardiogram we have above information and doctors are saying that he needs mitral valve replacement plus some treatment to tricuspid valve. My dad is 65 and I am wondering if it is at all possible to treat my dad with Dr. Sinus’s treatments. More importantly can we have positive results with his treatments or is the valve replacent is inevitable? If you can guide us on this we would be very very grateful.
          Is it possible to contact you or Dr. Sinus by phone to discuss further? Many thanks

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  • John Brailsford

    Hi Claudia
    I must say that I am very pleased with the way that the Magnesium Chloride and MSM combination absorb into the skin which seems better than Magnesium on its own. Just for good measure I added a teespoonfull of Sodium Thiosulphate to 1/2 litre of the Magnesium/MSM mixture. This would give a low concentration of the Sodium Thio. when 1-2 oz are sprayed on the skin. There appeared to be no reaction when mixed together, so I trust none of the compounds have decomposed ore formed other compounds.

    Adding a few grains of Sodium Thiosulphate to tea seems a remarkably small amount as the grains are so small. In weights and measures, a grain is defined as 0.06480 gm. so 4 grains would be 1/4 gm which is a bit hard to weigh on a household weighing machine 🙁

  • Sarah

    Hi Claudia,

    Thanks for your reply. I did get some irritation at the time on my left foot, and the irritation still hasn’t gone. Is there anything I should do?

    I’ve been using a foot bath for three days (in a row) with the magnesium chloride bath flakes (for 30 mins to 1 hour each day) and then taking a four day break. Just want to check it’s ok to continue doing this? Would it also be fine to use 1/2 a teaspoon of thiosulfate crystals in a foot bath (soaking for 30 mins) three times a week?


  • Sarah

    I mean I was using 1/2 cup thiosulfate in the crystal form

  • Sarah

    Hi Claudia,

    Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, after I read your previous post on the dose, I started using 1/2 a cup of sodium thiosulfate in my foot baths. I used that dose about four or five times. That was about 2 months ago and I haven’t used it since. Do you or Dr Sircus know if using it in that dose might have caused any damage or side effects? If I know what it can cause then I might be able to find something to treat the side effects.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Its doubtful that it caused any long term damage. Sodium Thiosulfate is considered very safe. If it would have caused problems you probably would have noticed irritation to your skin.

      Some of the side effects listed are:

      nausea, vomiting, joint pain, hallucinations, muscle cramps, ringing in the ears, agitation, blurred vision or hallucinations, and you would have noticed these right away.

      Its most likely just wasted product.

  • Sarah

    Dear Claudia,

    I found this information very interesting. I’m still unsure about the dose of sodium thiosulfate that should be used in a foot bath. In your post on the 30 of March 2011, you recommended “2 cups of magnesium and 1/2 cup of thiosulfate in a foot bath and soak at least half an hour” but in your post on the 29 of June 2012 you said “Place just a small amount into a full tub for a bath, about a teaspoonfull”. I guess one of these is a typo? Can you please clarify the dose of sodium thiosulfate that should be used in a foot bath, and how long I should soak my feet in it.

    Also, can magnesium chloride foot baths be reused for two or three days (I mean reuse the same water instead of preparing a new foot bath)? Can this also be done with sodium thiosulfate foot baths?

    And can magnesium chloride and sodium thiosulfate be used together in the same foot bath?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for pointing out the confusion and I’m sorry about that. I believe I was saying a half cup furll of thiosulfate in water if you were using the liquid form of thiosulfate…if using the crystal form only about a teaspoon full is used in a full bath to start out with. This use of thiosulfate is a new area without much information or experience to guide our ways with it. In either case dosages should be brought up slowly from a lower starting point.

      Yes you can mix the magnesium with the thiosulfate in a bath. Magnesium chloride bath water can be reused for about 3 days according to Dr. Sircus. I am not sure if you can re-use the thiosulfate baths.

      I will request clarificatation on all your questions from Dr. Sircus ad will post them here when hi answers.

  • John Brailsford

    Dear Claudia
    Has Dr Sircus written anything on the use of Hydrogen Peroxide?
    There are people making great claims for inhaling H2O2 or using as a detox. I for one have completely cleared my lungs of mucus using it as a spray while inhaling, which I have found complementary to transdermal magnesium.
    The magnesium oil now mixed with MSM is much more pleasant on the skin and seems to be better absorbed.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Glad you are having such good luck with this. Dr. Sircus has written about hydrogen peroxide but not to a great extent. His focus has been more on the minerals that are needed by the body and will make tremendous differences when the body is up to the proper levels of them. He may write about hydrogen in the future.

  • heather

    Hi Claudia,
    Really appreciate, you r reply, will be getting probiotics for my daughter her appointment for MRI re ill defined patch calcification on liver will be on the 19th of July, I will definitely keep you posted as I pray to God that everything will be alright is there anything that she could take for painful periods instead of nurofen for my daughter and for hayfever, sneezing allergies instead of zyrtec, and lorclear for both of us.
    I have been taking giner brewed in hot water as my friend said it is good for getting rid of mucas and nausea,I dont sneeze as much feel it has helped with the mucas problem, but not solved it as I feel like there is something going down my throat and wanting to throw up mainly in the morning and sometimes during the day/nigh but never throw up. Also have a dull pain between( (neck and spine)my neck area, when I press or touch the area dont feel the pain only when I look up I feel the pain, X ray for chiro, showed slight curve on back which he said is normal, and also feel a bit of relief in throat area in raising neck, is there anything you can recommend for polyps without surgery, I have a deviated septum too with post nasal drip. the deviated septum hasn’t bothered me, but my nose in the morning is stuffy, and need to clear mucas especially in the morning after sleeping, sometimes gets stuffed if near a heater or A/c, and a on and off irratable cough, have asthma, and take ventolin when needed, I have read about the operation and it has just put a bit of fear in me as I hate pain or anything to do with my face area,
    Is there any natural remedy, and is taking too much ginger bad for you,I just grate a bit so the taste is there in the brewed water, I try to drink at least one and a half litres a day as I was never a big water drinker and try to avoid all fizzy and caffine drinks, every now and then a ginger tea.
    Ps. If there is calcification is there any way you can get rid of it from the body (liver)

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Heather,

      Your multitude of problems can’t be adequately addressed on this blog site.
      You and your daughter should both get onto Dr. Sircus’ Protocol. Many of the items I described to you in a previous post would help you and your daughter both.

      You can get an appointment to speak directly with him through a consultation.

      Consultation information:

  • Netta

    Hi will this help with Hypercalcemia in dogs too?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      please consult a veterinarian. Sorry but we don’t do dogs and not sure if this would work for them or not.

      Dr. Sircus may be able to give you more information about this use in animals but you will have to get a consultation to speak with him directly.

  • C Joy

    Is magnesium oil massaged on the knee effective in treating bakers cyst?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      C Joy,

      Yes, massaging magnesium oil into the entire knee at least 2x/day should help with cutting down the inflammation that is causing swelling and pain. Both topically applied iodine and magnesium have been effective in reducing many kinds of cysts in our bodies including breast cysts and uterine cysts.

  • John Brailsford

    Dear Claudia,
    I bought some MSM and have mixed it 1:2 with magnesium chloride.
    That is 2 parts Mg to 1 part MSM and have started using this transdermally. I do not know whether this is the ideal ratio but it gets reasonable quantities of both products on to the skin.
    I also started taking Krill oil softgells and have a decided drop in my BP with the last reading 130:77

    I really need some clarification on the Mg/Ca issue.
    Do I understand correctly that when the blood gets an intake of Calcium from milk products or even just from the water supply it gets taken into the blood but unless the Mangensium content of the blood is high enough, the Calcium gets carried round the arterial system as Calcium particles rather than being absorbed into the blood and making an homogenious solution? Therefore with a deficit of Magnesium, Calcium is in excess in the bloodstream but unabsorbed.
    However, although Calcium is being carried around by the blood out of solution, the blood itself can have a deficit of Calcium so that Calcium will be taken out of the bones to maintain the Calcium level in the blood,- so as to maintain the homogenious Calcium level?
    Can I really have an excess of Calcium in my blood which gets deposited in my joints as arthritis and at the same time have Calcium being taken out of my bones by the blood and resulting in osteoarthritis?
    There is a paradox here on about which I would appreciate your comments.

    Many thanks
    John Brailsford

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      I’m not sure I can answer your question. Gets complicated doesn’t it. When you have too much calcium in the blood it is either excreted in urine, stool or deposited elsewhere in your bodily tissues. If low mangnesium levels are present the calciu, will not be absorbed into the areas that need it for bone formation or tissue repair or a host of other things.

      Calcium is released from bone to the blood stream when the calcium levels appear too low…..this is tightly regulated. Other things can cause loss of calcium in the blood such as excess acidity from high protein diets, low intracellular magnesium, drugs such as diuretics, problems with the hypoparathyroid gland, high levels of phosphate in the blood which can be caused by kidney failure, laxative use etc, or malnutrition such as with alcoholism.

      You can read more about blood calcium levels at:

      But the simplest and first thing to do is to make sure your magnesium levels are good or whatever calcium you take in from diet etc. will not be properly absorbed. Most doctors tell you to eat more calcium or take supplements but as Dr. Sircus and others said in the essay you read, the opposite is true….you needc more magnesium to properly absorb and utilize calcium. Magnesium also helps to dissolve calcifications that form where they don’t belong.

  • Ballasch

    Dear Claudia, there are no additives in it, i asked them there. It says “Sodium thiosulphate waterfree”.

  • Ballasch


    I don’t think that much of sunlight would be enough. I advise you to take next to calcium (if you choose keep taking it and drinking milk) to take D3, K2 vitamns and magnesium (in chelat form or oil or spray). Doses i can not tell, you need to search for it on the net (i am taking now huge doses /4000iu of D3 and 1000 mcg of K2/ temporary but i am not sure wich is the right dose for a long term therapy) D3 and K2 (only together!) are vital for moving calcium to the right place, also magnesium! D3 helps the calcium to b built in, and K2 prevents it to be built in the tissues (it shows calcium the right way). And drink at least 2-3 liters of water every day!!

    Sorry for being smart 🙂

  • Amar Kalra

    Some time back, I was having lower back pain and on investigation, I was diagnosed with deficiency of Vitamin d3 and b12. The Doctor presciribed (i) Calcium Citrate and vitamin b12 tablets (ii) Advised drinking milk everyday and (iii) Advised exposire to sunlight for 30-45 minutes everyday within the 1st one hour of sunrise. I religiously followed his advise. After 3 months, i felt some pain in my lower abdomen and also restricted flow while urinating. Further checks revealed DENSE CALCIFICATION AROUND PROSTRATE. Wnat should I do? Please advise.
    Thanks for your information.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Amar,

      You might want to consider getting on Dr. Sircus full protocol which you will be able to read up on when he publishes his book explaining the protocol in the near future. In the meantime you can get started with applying magnesium oil daily and getting a consultation with Dr. Sircus for more guidance.

  • Ballasch

    Dear Claudia,
    Thank you for your reply. i think i bought simple sodium thiosulphate (not pentahydrate) in granulated form (even though i asked for it, and i have just realized). Do you think it will still work?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Ballasch,

      Probably best to call the manufacturer or retailer and ask. Make sure there are no additives in it.

  • Kathy

    I recently told a friend about the benefits of magnesium chloride applied transdermally and he even applied some and felt some immediate relief from pain. He just let me know that he is on a pain med, gabapentin 600, which he learned should not be taken with magnesium. He plans to wean himself off of it and go back to applying magnesium. Just wondering if you know what the problem is between this drug and magnesium and whether you think he’s doing this the right way…thanks.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Kathy,

      Gabapentin (Neurontin) and magnesium should not be taken together as they bind with each other, limiting the absorption of both.

      Its generally recommended that no form of magnesium be utilized within 2 hours of taking Neurontin. These effects may be different if using magnesium oil since it does not go through the digestive tract, but once in the blood stream the two can limit the effects of each other.

  • heather

    Dear Claudia french-IMVA staff
    After reading Junekdt 14th april 2012, I am so sososos worried for my 21 yr old daugter who has been having pains on and off on right side of stomach since Sept 2010, did abdominal ultrasound in Sept 2010, everything was reported as normal.
    29th May ’12, had sever cramps/pain above naval and bottom of chest (in between stomach and bottom of chest), she had the same episode on 14th May ’12 but was with friends she also had her periods but said that that was not he pain her friends found her coiled in the ladies room and gave her panadol rapid after four hours the pain left, only to come back the next day but she did not mention it to me until the 29th of July where she was asked by another doctor to go to emergency, where they kept her 4 hours waiting to see a doctor and said IBS and sent home no treatment, went back to the local GP, my normal gave her a boscopan injection and 2 gavascons and the pain and cramp and bloating were relieved, she wanted her to get another CT scan, she had barium oral contrast but not the IV contrast as I had sever allergies to the IV and this time they said there were patchy calcification in liver everything else seemed normal/clear and normal like bowels, pelvis, bladder, uterus , rectum normal , kidneys, pancreas, adrenals lungs spleen kidneys and no free fluid was see,no lymphadenopathy seen. Now we need to do another post contrast CT for further evaluation after reading your husbands post I could not stop crying as I have to take my daughter for her MRI on 19/6/12, and I am sick in my stomach, she lost weight since she had her braces, more than 10kls since her braces as she had difficulty eating properly, but now she is ok, and have meals but not at the correct time, skips breakfast most days but will have lunch and dinner, and noticed yellow tinge on skin but when asked family they said no, they did a full blood test on her but did not test for magnesium is there any other blood tesst that you can recommend,her vitamin D is 29nmol/L low is it ok to start on vitamin D tablets before the MRI,she was taking Loraclear with 10 mg Loratadine since dec 2010 on and off for relief of hayfever, but reading the box now says that if you have liver problems to avoid taking it,she also take a naprogelsoc for period pain and ibuforen 1 with 1 panadol for headaches, I have heard that milk thistle is good for liver clensing could she take that or would if affect her some more with the calcification patches, I Have provided results for bloods test (Australian standards) below that was taken on 1/6/12 Note Docotor said slighly anemic, never explained it, I thpought it was it was iron deficinecy, but this GP said iron is in normal range to boarderline but still slighly anemic (.3-.5), iron studies show Ferratine since 2008- 17,2010-24,, 2011-30, 2012 -25, Iron-2008 -9, ’10- 7, ’11-25,2012-8, Transferrin-2008- 3.0,’10- 3.1,’11- 2.9, ’12-3.2, Transferrin Sat-2008- 12, ’10-9. ’11-34, *’12-10% (not sure why % as the others did not have them) folate and B12 normal, (* for deficiency) *MCH 26.7pg, *MCHC-21.1g/dl, HB 13.1, PCV42.1%, RCC 4.91×1012/L, MCV 86fl, White cell count 10.7, Neutrophils 66%, Lymphocytes, 19%, Monocytes 8%, *Esonophils:7%, Basophils:0%, Platelets:335, thyroid norma;Serium Biochemistry reslults inluding billirubin 5 umol/L, cretine 62 umol/L, sodium 141 potass 4.3mmol/L , chloride 108 mmol/l, bicarbonate 25mmol/l, urea 5.0mmol/l EST.GFR > 90 per 1.73 sqm, ala aminotransferas 15u/l , Asp. aminotransferase 17u/l, alkaline phospates 74 u/l, gemma glutamyl trans GGT 10U?L , total protein 75 G?L Albumin 46 G/L, Globulin 29G/L, Dr said they are in normal range ), did Coeliac Disease serology (serium) – normal 2.53,for 2012 results as per 1/6/12,). I cant sleep or funtion properly and try to keep brave as I pray and hopwe that she is OK. She eats normal but likes salty, cheesy food. she is very moody and more irratable this is in the last six months or so, she was usually moody during her periods but OK with friends,
    I am allergic to IV contrast when I had a scan, not the oral barium,had anaphalexcis due to IV during scan.She has almost the same allergies like me hayfever, asthma, sinus,so worried about the IV contrast for MRI,Could I give her a 24hr zyrtec before she starts to fast on the day she has to get MRI to help if there is an allergy to the IV, is it the same the contrast for the scan and the contrast for MRI as the MRI people said they are both different. She also has microscopic hematuria like her father, and had bleeding from her rectum bright red, in December 2010, doctor checked her and said it was a tear, she had it once since then as she gets slightly constipated,but did not ask us to get a colonoscopy.
    My husband too has calcified nodules in his lungs, due to working with sand as a moulder and he is a smoker.
    my duaghter does not smoke may have a drink occasionally but not binge drinking.
    Claudia if you can keep me posted as how or what I could do like a diet, anything would help, or any other bloods test that needs to be done to make sure that she has no deficiency would help and please pass this information to June kdt to see if I can keep in touch with her.
    God Bless you all

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Heather,

      This situation with your daughter requires evaluation by a doctor and is much more than we can help you with here on this site. Please consider a consultation with Dr. Sircus. His protocol is one that will help in most situations. Magnesium levels are not adequately represented in serum blood tests so they don’t tell the true story of whether or not your daughter is magnesium deficient but as you have seen, your doctor may not even be testing for that at all.

      I can certainly understand your concern having suffered anaphylaxis yourself from a treatment.

      Your daughter’s treatment is heavy on pharmaceutical medicines and one or more of these could be causing the problems she is having. There are adverse effects from some of the pain medications she has taken that you should look into too.

      Both of you may be magnesium deficient and it would benefit you to start using some magnesium oil. In addition with no clear diagnosis of your daughter’s problmes from her doctor I’m sure Dr. Sircus would recommend probiotics and possibly even edible clay.

      Consultation information:

      Source for Magnesium Oil and Edible Clay:

  • John Brailsford

    Dear Claudia French

    I have been following supplement recommendations,- Iodine, vitamines C, A for UV protection without sunscreen, B multivitamine, D3, E, Selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid not forgetting the transdermal Magnesium Chloride. I also did a Chorella detox for a month or so.
    A recent blood test has shown all the usual blood values to be more or less perfect, to the surprise of my Doctor as the liver and kidney values had previously been nearing levels which needed watching.
    However, I still get tired, have some backache problems (for which I do daily exercises)as well as a feeling of weakness in my legs. Can it be that there are still some residual effects from the Beta blockers I took for about 18 months? I stopped these in February when I went on a strict diat and lost 25lbs. My blood pressure is still a bit high 145/90 but I no longer take meds of any kind and plan on losing another 20 lbs to lower my BP some more. I have read of Statins causing permanent muscle damage,- could this also be the case with Beta Blockers?.

    Living in Austria I get my Magnesium oil direct from the mine in Holland and not via Ancient Minerals in the USA. Can I add sulphur to this Magnesium Oil to make a mixture as recently recommended by Dr Sircus? What do you suggest?

    The recent medical showed no blockages or narrowing of the arteries and the ultra sound display of the neck arteries showed them to be flexible with only a low level of deposit on the walls. The leakage of the aorta valve is about 7% and seems to be down to damage of one of the flaps rather than to calcification. As such, it is not too serious unless it gets worse, but seems to have been at this level for sometime.
    Is it worth trying sodium thiosuphate to try and get my system into better condition? Or should I leave well alone?

    Thank you in advance for your comments which will be much appreciated.

    John Brailsford

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Sounds like you’ve made lots of improvements John!

      If you cannot get the new magnesium with msm from LL’s Magnetic Clay, you can always take sulful or MSM if you get it from an organic source. Dr. Sircus doesn’t recommend mixing sulful with the magnesium oil…and not sure what the proper amounts would be. Its better to take them separately so if you have some reaction, you will know which one it came from and which to decrease.

      I have not heard of Beta Blockers causing the same type of muscle damage that statin do, though its best to stay off them if you can.

      You may need a little more time to feel “perky” or may need an adjustment to your dosing of some of the things you are using. You can get more information in a consult with Dr. Sircus where he will give consideration to some other problems and remedies that might be relevant for you.

  • Ellen Rudolph

    Claudia, I found a good U.S. source for [Sodium Thiosulfate Pentahydrate] on

    It will say PHOTO GRADE on it, which means ‘finest grain’. Do not get ‘LAB GRADE.’ Look for “Cat. No. 10-1360 Sodium Thiosulfate (Hypo, Penta)”

    This is a reliable source and you can get as many 1 lb. containers of it as you need, you don’t have to order huge quantities. You can also get it from in a 5-lb container for $19.95. (1-lb containers are $6.55 each)

    I called around to numerous chemical companies and got minimal assistance and/or a lot of zero responses. You can probably get STS from pool companies but it might not be the ‘photo grade’ so I wouldn’t recommend that.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Thanks Dr. Ellen,

      Remember if drinking sodium thiosulfate added to water or tea, only one grain is recommended per cup and once or twice a week. Not sure if this is enough to dissolve calcifications already existing….we are looking further for better information on this.

  • Ballasch

    Oh, and how much do i have to add to how much water when willing to use it in bath?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Sodium Thiosulfate Pentahydrate is the one to use.

      Place just a small amount into a full tub for a bath, about a teaspoonfull……dosages are not well established as yet so go slowly and don’t add too much at first. This is very strong and consider that people using the granular or crystaline form only add one granule to a cup fo water for drinking 2 or 3 times/week.

  • Ballasch

    Is there any difference between sodium thiosulfate and pentahydrate?

  • Carol

    Hi! I have calcified uterine fibroids. Will magnesium help shrink them? In what for should I take it! Thanks!!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Dr. Sircus recommends magnesium be used transdermally and recommends Ancient Minerals Magnesium OIl from LL’s Magnetic Clay:

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

  • Ballasch

    Dear Ms French,

    I have a congenital bicuspidal aortic stenosis insufficiency and is a II-III degree calcification on the valve. Docs willing to make a valve replacement which i really don’t want. I am 32 years old and are expecting our first baby with my wife in November. I was grown up without a father (he unfortunately died of cancer when i was one year old) and i dont want to give any chance for that to happen to my child.

    So i was studying and consulting with someone about sodium thiosulfate and found only medical documentations regarding kidney calcifications, but no word about heart valve calcification. Do you think there’s any chance to solve this case without surgery?

    I live in Europe and i don’t think i have any chance consulting Dr. Sircus personally. Is that somehow possible to perform consultation via e-mail or so?

    Thank you in advance,


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Balasch,

      We have seen research that shows that sodiu, thiosulfate will dissolve calcifications. Please review again the essay on this. Though it does not specifically mention calcifications of the aorta there is a chance that if used with magnesium chloride (which can also help in disolving calcifications) that this might be posible to correct. Research on this is in its infancy so there is not much information available.

      You can have a phone consultation with Dr. Sircus which is done via Skype, so it is a free phone call to anyone connected to skype. This allows people in other countries to benefit from his guidance. Go to to download this program and then contact Luciana by email at and request a consultation. She will set it up and send you the necessary forms to fill out.


  • Richard Somma

    Dear Ms French

    I find it much easier to put 5 or 6 sprays of mildly diluted magnesium oil in my mouth 3 or 4 times s day rather than rubbing it on my skin trandermally .

    It does not effect my bowels , but am I still absorbing it ???

    Also, will the sodium thiosulfate remove calcium deposits from arteries and blood vessels?

    If so how much and how often a day is needed?

    thank you Rich Somma

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Rich,

      Spraying into the mouth will effect absorption of the magnesium oil…no problem. But you probably would need much more than 5-4 sprays to equal the 1-2 oz/day of mag. oil recommended by Dr. Sircus.

      Sodium Thiosulfate should remove calcium deposits as it is believed to be a calcium chelator and studies have shown that this is indeed so. You have to ask Dr. Sircus for the doses. One doctor he knows advised putting one small grain of thiosulfate into a cup of tea twice a week or so…..this is a very small amount and he was using the granular type.

  • Lana

    I am in my 60’s and have always been told I have a functional heart murmur. Earlier this week I visited an allergy/environmental physician (this was a first visit to his office) and upon routine exam procedures he said that the murmur did not sound functional and that he suspected aortic stenosis. My dad died 24 hours after heart surgery to repair a valve damaged by rheumatic fever. Thus, I have been researching ever since. Calcium/mag/vit D/boron/manganese has been a daily supplement for me because of the family osteoporosis. Tomorrow I have an echocardiogram. I am wondering if I have created the valve issue with my attempts at preventing osteoporosis. I have not had noticeable symptoms until that visit last week. Now I have daily shortness of breath. Anxiety? If I have calcified my aortic valve, is it reasonable to try to correct the situation with sodium thiosulfate and magnesium? Or, is this silly? Reasonably and seasonally active — ride a bike several hundred miles every summer seemingly with no ill effects.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Lana,

      You will need to obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus for him to give you his opinion on your condition as you described.

      Please see:

      The anxiety and daily shortness of breath can be cuased by many things. Transdermal magnesium should help a great deal with anxiety.

      And none of your worries are at all silly! It will be interesting to see what the echocardiogram shows.

  • Ginas

    Hello everyone,

    I was diagnosed with Edema not to long ago. I was admitted to cardio hospitals and EKG revealed calcium around and under right side of my heart. I did see doc pay attention to enlarged valve inside my heart, and refered me to Cleveland, Oh for surgery. Dr Smidera have not called yet. I did some research about calcium removal and about to loose it all. I can control my water by Lasix, aginaplasty procedure cam with clear valves. I am relying on this article from 2008. Are they right, there is not way around this and need replacement for this? Emotionally I am a little discouraged.

  • Ginas

    Hello everyone,

    I was diagnosed with Edema not to long ago. I was admitted to cardio hospitals and EKG revealed calcium around and under right side of my heart. I did see doc pay attention to enlarged valve inside my heart, and refered me to Cleveland, Oh for surgery. Dr Smidera have not called yet. I did some research about calcium removal and about to loose it all. I can control my water by Lasix, aginaplasty procedure cam with clear valves. I am relying on this article from 2008. Are they right, there is not way around this and need replacement for this? Emotionally I am a little discouraged.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Gina,

      Your situation might be helped with Dr. Sircus full protocol.

      Please see:

      for your options to obtain a consult with him.

  • Joanne


    I didn’t see a reply to the comment below. I also have uterine fibroids (quite large) that have calcified. I was taking some supplements designed to dissolve the fibroids with little success and only found out recently that the supplments are likely not effective because of the calcification.

    I have the same question. Any tips for calcified fibroids? Would Iodine be helpful in concert with the transdermal magnesium and sodium thiosulfate?


    Chrissy said:
    Hello, Thank you for the wonderful info. I have Uterine Fibroids and I am thiking that if thye are calcified then it makes it more difficult for the enzymes and herbs I am taking to dissolve the Fibrin tissue of the fibroids. I am taking magnesium to help decalcify the body but I may need a more aggressive approach and add the sodium thiosulfate. Are there any tips or recommendations for calcified fibroids?

  • Ellen Rudolph

    Claudia, I purchased a copy of TRANSDERMAL MAGNESIUM THERAPY and find it extremely interesting…and impressive! It is filled with remarkable medical information and history about magnesium chloride. It is a fascinating read on all levels, thanks to its author, Dr. Mark Sircus.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      I’m so glad you are finding it interesting and helpful!

  • Ellen Rudolph

    Claudia, what about PHOTO GRADE Sodium Thiosulphate (Pentahydrate)…? I was told that ‘photo grade’ means very fine, pure.

    It is available on

    Will this work?


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Dr. Ellen,

      I believe that this is the same sodium thiosulfate pentahydrate that can be used and that Dr. Sircus recommends.

  • Bransi smith

    I am interested in sodium thioaulfate, I wasready to buy it on ebay (8$ for 1/2 lb) but I am concerned about the acidosis and bone weakness it could cause as reported here

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      The research you cited states
      “we determined whether it also prevents development of vascular calcifications in chronic kidney disease. We found that uremic rats treated by thiosulfate had no histological evidence of calcification in the aortic wall whereas almost three-fourths of untreated uremic rats showed aortic calcification. Urinary calcium excretion was elevated and the calcium content of aortic, heart, and renal tissue was significantly reduced in the thiosulfate-treated compared to non-treated animals. Sodium thiosulfate treatment transiently lowered plasma ionized calcium and induced metabolic acidosis. It also lowered bone strength in the treated animals compared to their normal controls. Hence, sodium thiosulfate prevented vascular calcifications in uremic rats, likely by enhancing acid- and/or chelation-induced urinary calcium loss. The negative impact on rat bone integrity necessitates a careful risk-benefit analysis before sodium thiosulfate can be used in individual human patients.”

      This is exactly why people need to follow a full protocol as Dr. Sircus recommends and not use thiosulfate alone to rid themselves of calcification. Magnesium chloride and sodium bicarbonate should be taken and the condition watched to prevent these effects as stated in the research. And note that the xerum ionized calcium decrease and acidosis is termed as “transitory” which means it is not necessarily permanent.

      Dr. Sircus is always available for consultationn and you should work under the care of a knowledgeable health care practitioner.

  • veena

    I had a very bad car accident on 26-02-2011, in which I lost my younger brother and my son. The car was hit by an unknown vehicle in the front & they both were spot dead. I was taken to the hospital in an unconscious situation and the doctor said I had some blood clots in my brain and was given treatment for that. I was in the hospital for 2 months or so, to add to the situation, I did not move any of my body part and there formed calcification in my left knee. In the beginning I was not able to stand, now atleast I am able to walk very slowly. But I am not able to walk fastly & freely like before & I am not able to sit on the floor.Though I am walking half a kilometer morning & half a kilometer evening and also doing 20 minutes of exercises morning & evening, My questions are:
    1) Will my situation be better?
    2) Can the calcification be removed through some medicine.

    I contacted an orthopedist & he said operation is not required as the knee can be bent up to 80-90 degrees.
    Please help me.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Veena,

      I am so very sorry to hear of your losses!

      Sodium Thiosulfate treatments might help you. You would need to get a consultation with Dr. Sircus for speciifc dosing or you can get some and use it in a bath….over time this and magnesium chloride might work to dissolve some of the calcium deposits.

  • Ellen Rudolph

    How about Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease? My 87 year old friend has calcium deposits in both arms and hands/fingers that nearly immobilize her. Can Magnesium be
    of assistance in this case? Interesting information!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Most likely magnesium and sodium thiosulfate would be benficial in your mother’s condition.

  • Matthew


    FYI to all: After searching chemical supply houses on line for Sodium Thiosulfate Pentahydrate, I ordered some from Sigma-Aldrich. Two days later,they e-mailed saying the ordered had been cancelled by their “review board” because I was neither an “established laboratory or a school”. If anyone is looking for STP, you can forget Sigma-Aldrich. Guess I’ll try E-bay as you suggested in an earlier post.

    Many thanks again for your excellent web site.


  • Husna Kassim

    My x-husband has recently had a triple bypass but complications due to kidney failure arise and now his left leg is without feeling which the doctors thought at first was due to his nerves. Actually latest analysis by a vascular consultant explained to us that my x has calcification. His leg has to be amputated. Do you think this could be helped if he drinks alkaline water??

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Your husband’s condition sounds very advanced with complications of kidney heart and calcifications…..I think he probably needs more than alkaliune water though it will be something to add to his treatment protocol for sure. So sorry to hear about this bad news for your ex-husband.

  • Anne May


    I have argyria, which I have had for 8 years or so. I am interested in using sodium thiosulfate to rid my skin of the silver and resulting discoloration. Can you advise me on where to buy it and what concentration to use?

    Thank you, Anne

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Anne,

      We’ve not seen research on using sodium thiosulfate for argyria, which is a deposit of silver salts in the skin causing a grey or blue color to the skin.

      I have seen little information on how to reverse this cosmetic skin problem, its generally felt to be irreversible.

      I did see an abstract to a study showing laser treatment to have reversed this condition:

      You can always contact Dr. Sircus in consultation for more discussion about this and the dosing and what you might try. I’m sorry to not have more information for you at this time.

      Sodium thiosulfate can be found at various chemical supply houses and even on ebay….and generally is used in the pentahydrate form. If you got crystals you only need a very few to add to water to either drink or apply to the skin, or more to put into a bath.

  • Kathy Fortner


    My 85 year old dad has a calcified mitro valve and just had 2 small strokes the other day. I would like to introduce this information to him and his doctor, but my mom is concerned that introducing something like this protocol could loosen the calcium and cause more strokes. Can you tell me if this is likely? Thanks for any information you may have.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Magnesium tends to aid in dissolving calcium deposits, rather than dislodge them.

      There are other things on Dr. Sircus’ protocol which will help to prevent strokes and dissoilve the calcium deposits such as sodium thiosulfate.

  • june, kdt

    my husband is diagnosed with liver calcifation since oct last year. he has been seeing doctors to find out whether it is caused by other complication, including tumor, tb and other infection. doctors confirmed that non of these complications caused the calcification. he did not lose weight, good appetite, no jaundice, previously he was dignosed with h phylory infection in the stomach last september. then he was treated with antiboitics, right after doctor found liver calcification in the left lobe of his liver. he cannot sit for too long, also experiencing cramp in the abdomen after doing work in sitting position for too long. no medication given by the doctor but he is being monitored by doctor. as a wife, I feel helpless… with your information about magnesium, can he take it to disolve the excessive calcium in the liver… thank you

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear June,

      Using magnesium will definitely help your husband but so will some oif the other things on Dr. Sircus’ protocol. It would be necessary for you to obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus to discuss this situation as he would need much more of the history to determine proper treatment.

      You can find out more about consultations here:

  • pvn rao

    very good info.for one and all to be healthy for ever.

  • Elaine

    Our family has the inherited cholesterol called Hypercholesterolemia and some of us have growths of cholesterol growing on the joints of our hands and feet. Some have them growing on their eye lids. A Dr. once told me they are called xanthoma’s. I was able to have them removed from my heals about 35 years ago but now the Dr.’s will not remove them because of possible accidently cuting the tendons. They are hard like bone so I was wondering if they are really calcium buildup instead. Would the Magnesium Chloride and the sodium thiosulfate dissolve them? And would it dissolve all the unknown internal damage in the arteries?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Elaine,

      Its not known to us if magnesium chloride will dissolve these cholesterol nodules or not but it would certainly not hurt to try some magneisum oil applied to them and see what happens.

  • Matthew

    I have been trying on line to locate a source of sodium thiosulfate pentahydrate from chemical houses, as you recommended in an earlier post reply. However, each of these companies have responded by email saying that their STS Pentahydrate product, although “99.99% pure” is not rated as food grade (FC), and- quote- “is not fit for human consumption”. Are they just protecting themselves from potential litigation, or is there another kind of STS Pentahydrate that I should be looking for???

    Many thanks for your helpful website.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      They are just protecting themselves. There are food-grade sodium thiosulfate products available but generally very large amounts must be ordered, they are way too expensive or way to large for the use Dr. Sircus is taling about. Make sure no additives are in the sodium thiosulfate you purchase.

  • John Brailsford

    Having applied transdermal magnesium for over 1 year as well as taking iodine without any great BP reduction. I am taking various other suppliments including Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamins B complex, D3, E and fish oil. I have recently also been taking Spirolina and now the first tub is empty Chorella. These have all helped I bit but only in combination with losing weight.

    My blood pressure remained high, about 170/100 until I finally took some action to lose weight. Down from 106 Kg to 98 Kg my blood pressure is now in the region 145-150/90 and will surely get back to normal after I have lost a further 12-15Kg.

    My heart valve is leaky. The Dr says about 20%, judging from the ultra sound. This is not too critical at the moment but I obviously want to remove the calcium and get it to seal properly.
    Will taking sodium thiosulphate orally help or does it need to be an IV application?
    As an engineer, I would expect that if the heart valve seals better it will result in increased blood pressure due the the better pumping action. What will really happen?
    In other areas my veins and arteries are free and I have never had any kind of stones.
    My urine and saliva PH are about 6.
    I stopped taking a Beta Blocker after I discovered that I had prettey well every side effect listed,- weakness, aching joints- wrists, fingers, knees and back as well as “sleeping sickness”. They also affected my vision.

    Thanks in advance for your comments.

    John Brailsford

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear John,

      Your situation with leaky valves is a bit more complicated and not as easily remedied as simple magnesium deficiencies are. Dr. Sircus has a full protocol that he would recommend, but you are doing some of it already. Sodium Thiosulfate is difficult to find in use by doctors for IV treatment……Dr. Sircus recommends its use orally and even in baths….. it would take some searching on your part to find dan MD who is willing to use IV thiosulfate. I guess first thing I would do if I were you, is to look at the doctors cited in the references to the work that shows the marked improvement in STS use and write to them to locate a doctor or program utiliing this.

      Its hard to say what exact effect sealing of the valve would cause in terms of blood pressure and circulation magnesium relaxes blood vessels and how to seal the leak would be dependent on a number of things. … should think about obtaining a consult with Dr. Sircus to discuss this further with him directly.

      Strong use of mmagnesium made a very huge difference in my own blood pressures when they were very high…..a bath seemed to work the best for me and allowed me to come off blood pressure medicines. Losing weight sounds like what was needed for you to bring blood pressure down…..good for you!!! Lifestyle changes can make all the difference in some people.

  • Ningthoujam Jemson singh

    My father’s is a heart patient and he had a mild storke in the head on 14 jan 2012 after then via ultra report we seen calcified plaque in arota what should we do now i’m eagerly waiting for your reply.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Ningthoujam,

      Sorry to hear about your father. You ought to cnsider a consultation with Dr. Sircus as soon as you can so you can get started on his protocol. Magnesium chloride is extremely important in reducing the amount of damage in the brain from strokes and it will play a significan role in calcifications along with other possible supplements. so get the magnesium oil and start using it as soon as possible and then get a consultation for further direction

  • Margaret Vaughan


    I am 61 years of age and have suffered from calcium stones in the kidneys intermittently since the age of 19. Can anyone please confirm if magnesium supplements along with calcium to the ratio of 2:1 have helped to prevent further stones from forming?

  • Boris

    I have 30 years. Recently I discovered several calcifications in testicle, calcifications are the size of about 3mm. Can we help you drink magnesium calcifications disappear? Thank you

  • Marilyn Castle

    Thank y’all so much. I have looked for 3 years for info on tissue calcification(thyroid)and treatment outside of mainstream medicine.You’re article explained so many of the issues I am dealing with and how I got them, the whole process! And Hallelujah!! you have answers I can use to get better! thanks again and again! Marilyn Castle

  • Flora

    My husband has been recently diagnosed of Prostatitis. His transrectal ultrasound result states “mild calcification”. Yet, he suffers from pain in his lower back and sore/acidic feeling at the lower abdomen. Would the use of magnesium oil direct to his abdomen and back plus sodium thiosulfate or sodium carbonate in hot sitz be applicable to cure prostatitis?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Flora,

      Yes, Dr. Sircus’ full protocol would be very helpful for the condition you are describing… this we mean use of magnesium chloride, iodine, sodium bicarbonate and sodium thiosulfate as well as some of the other things that Dr. Sircus offers.

      Your idea of apply magnesium to the abdomen and thiosulfate and magnesium in sitz baths is a good one. We cannot guarantee a cure but this will go a long way to resolving inflammation and calcifications. Its best dissolve calcifications before they get to bad and a combination of topical application (sitz baths) and oral may be needed.

  • Greg

    I have asked my doctors about Using Magnesium oil and they are not that we’ll informed about it. Also, where exactly could this product be found.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Isn’t it sad that our doctors today don’t know that much about magnesium when it impacts so much of our health and well-being? We have to keep raising the issue with them so they begin to pay attention!

      You can purchase Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil from LL’s Magnetic Clay at:

      It is the purest you will find and recommended by the IMVA

  • Larry

    My wife is Type 1 diabetic with calcification of capillaries in her foot (and a foot wound that won’t heal). Can these capillaries be cleared?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      If your wife is able she should soak her foot in magnesium. This will help to increase the circulation in her foot. A foot massage will also help. Magnesium will open and relax the blood vessels so more blood will flow to the area. Sodium thiosulfate might be needed if calcifications exist and this can either be added to a foot bath or drank or both. Iodine will probably be necessary to fight off infection and allow this wound to heal.

  • Matthew

    I’m a 58-year-old man with high blood pressure. My homeopathic doctor told me to take 250mg magnesium citrate because it is absorbed better than other forms of magnesium. Is the magnesium citrate the same as magnesium chloride? Is one better than the other?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Magnesium citrate might be better absorbed than other ORAL magnesium products but it still has the same problems of having to go through the digestive tract where many problems could prevent absorption. No this, magnesium citrate, is not the same as magnesium chloride. Magnesium chloride is what any type of magnesium bound to another substance has to be broken down to in our bodies before it can provide what’s needed. So magnesium chloride does not need to be further broken down as magnesium citrate does…it will be utilized as it is when absorbed.

      And by using magnesium oil transdermally, it will bypass the digestive tract and cause fewer problems with diarrhea which is what often limits people’s ability to get enough magnesium from their oral supplements. Magnesium chloride used transdermally is the better of the two and recommended by Dr. Sircus.

  • Louise

    I am 48 yrs and have calcification of my aorta. Is there a way of removing this calcification as well as starting on a preventative diet for the future

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Yes, you should also consider Dr. Sircus’ full protocol which supports the heart and blood vessels

  • Chrissy

    Hello, Thank you for the wonderful info. I have Uterine Fibroids and I am thiking that if thye are calcified then it makes it more difficult for the enzymes and herbs I am taking to dissolve the Fibrin tissue of the fibroids. I am taking magnesium to help decalcify the body but I may need a more aggressive approach and add the sodium thiosulfate. Are there any tips or recommendations for calcified fibroids?

    Thank you,

  • Sharon

    I had noticed for about a month now a shortness of breath, a cough, and thigtness in my chest besides some wheezing too. So I had my primary care doctor do an xray of my lungs. I was just told that I have calcification threw out my bronichial tubes and I am confused as to what can be done , if anything to stop this or heal it. She was getting a sencond opinion and was supposed to call me back but hasn’t yet? My mother died of lung cancer so it has me scared. Should I go ahead and try to get in to a specialist?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Sharon,

      If you have calcifications in the lungs then sodium thiosulfate along with magnesium will help you per Dr.Sircus protocol.
      You can go ahead and get a second opinion by a specialist but it might also help to consult with Dr. Sircus about this problem.
      Perhaps nebulizing glutathiione will also help along with sodium bicarbonate.

  • lany

    My son is just 21 yo. according to the x-ray, ct & u/sound, he has calcification on his left thumb joint. the specialist will refer him to rheumatologist. Is it okay to give him vitamins, Vit.B, vit.C and omega? or should he needs Vit. Magnesium as well?
    thank you

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear lany,

      The vitamins mentioned should not be a problem.

      We have shown through our research that well over 60% of people are deficient in magnesium. Please read the 2nd edition of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy.

      Your son is too young to get caught up in the medical world or rheumatoid arthritis…..Look into some alternative treatments for his problems.

  • susie

    Please let me know if there would be any type of problem with a magnesium oil spray and having some constipation. What I have always read it would actually have some extra help if constipated.

    Have not ever had too much of a problem in this area (constipation), but after two days of the magnesium oil spray this has happened.

    Could this be from the salts in the magnesium throwing off my potassium levels?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Susie,

      Magnesium usually does not cause constipation, and after only two days of spraying mag oil on your skin this is highly unlikely to be the cause… is more likely coincidence.

      However if this continues and can be directly linked, stop the use of the mag oil spray and see if improvement occurs.

  • ghazanfar Ahmad sial

    My sister is suffering throat cancer since 30 years.Despite radiation treatment she is still unwell.What we cando for her

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Please see Dr. Sircus’ information on treating cancer, available in a number of his books and blogs. Your sister should probably be on a protocol of magensium, sodium bicarbonate and iodine for her throat cancer. Start reading about sodium bicarbonate and cancer.

      See also:

      Consultations are available with Dr. Sircus for more specific direction if needed:

  • Claudia


    Thanks for the info. Is Magnesium in a transdermal form available over the counter usually? I am willing to try it. What about sodium thiosulfate, Is that also available over the counter, and what’s the best way to take it? This is not the same type of sodium doctors are telling people to avoid is it?


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Claudia,

      Ancient Minerals MMagnesium oil is sold over the counter in some places….check with LL’s Magnetic Clay Customer Service to find out where:
      Or check in better health food stores . You can even request they start carrying it.

      Sodium Thiosulfate is generally not found over the counter….used to be readily available in stores selling treatments for acquariums……but now its generally mixed with other chemicals. You can find Sodium Thiosulfate on the Internet from various chemical supply houses. Sodium Thiosulfate is generally mixed in water (only a very little needed) or tea, or used in baths.

      No, Sodium thiosulfate is definitely NOT the same as sodium chloride, the common table salt that doctors are advising us against using.

  • Greg

    I have some calcification in the arties or blood vessels in my legs. My podiatrist saw this on an x-ray taken today. Would it be appropriate to take a magnesium pill for this daily? About three years ago my vitamin D levels were down to a level of 10. By the way I found this website very helpful.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hello Greg,

      Magnesium would be helpful to you as would sodium thiosulfate, however Dr. Sircus believes that transdermal application of magnesium is much more beneficial that oral magnesium as more will be absorbed ….please keep reading on this site to learn more about this.

  • David Karam

    I find your artical very intersting! I have Hardening of the Heart muscles! I do drink a lot of milk?? Your article makes a lot of sense, and I am going to show this to my Heart docotr?? Thank You

  • Tina

    Like I discussed above, my father has calcium blackages in arteries,so with the help of rubbing the magnesium oil/ gel/ lotion, would the blackages be removed?And if yes, how does it work

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Magnesium will help to open the arteries but alone will not dissolve the calcium, you need additional treatments for that like the use of sodium thiosulfate which is a documented chelator of calcium. You can see in the essay how calcium was dissolved in the x-rays shown there. It is stunning to see this.

      Please consider a consultation with Dr. Sircus to discuss this further.

  • Tina

    What medicines can be given for transdermal magnesium chloride and how is it administered?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Transdermal Magnesium Chloride is a liquid that is sprayed on the skin, used in baths, or made into a gel or lotion for topical application on the skin. Please see LL’s Magnetic Clay for the acceptable products to use. We do not recommend oral medicines to administer magnesium chloride as these can cause diarrhea, and are not well absorbed by the intestines.

  • Tina

    My father aged 74 yearsis detected with calcification of arteries,kindly suggest in what form Mgcl can be taken?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      IMVA advises using transdermal magnesium chloride , the Ancient Minerals Brand.

      Perhaps sodium thiosulfate will also help him.








    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Suzette,

      The proper balance for calcium to magnesium should be 1:1 or 2:1. Milk alone gives about a 10:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. And this does not take into account other sources of calcium in the diet which are many. The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 320 mg for women and 420 for men and this is considered way too low by most knowledgeable researchers and doctors. It is recommended that 700 mg or more should be taken/day. The recommended daily intake for calcium is about 1500 mg. So if a person is magnesium deficient (which 80% of the population are) then more magnesium is needed to balance out the calcium, and/ or calcium intake should be decreased. This will help prevent further calcification in the heart but you would probably need sodium thiosulfate to dissolve what;s already formed there.

      To determine the amount of calcium you are taking in from milk, find the amount in one cup and multiply that by the amount that you drink. Then figure the ratio for the magnesium amount you need…..but don’t forget to include all sources of calcium.

      Heavy protein users need more magnesium but figuring how much is basically trial and error depending on how you feel inless you want to get tested by one of the magneisum tests to make sure your levels are good. Magnesium used transdermally is generally not a problem in terms of dosage…..1-2 oz per day should be sprayed or massaged onto the skin, and after a few months this amount can be decreased.

      We have not researched stem cell use in the aortic valve.

      If you need more specific information for your particular situation, you should consider a consult with Dr. Sircus.










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  • caroline attrill

    i need to dissolve calcification on the right side of my heart ,how can i do this before it becomes a big problem. please help.thankyou

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Caroline,
      By getting on Dr. Sircus’ protocol you can help to reduce the calcification in your blood vessels. This would include a combination of sodium thiosulfate and magnesium along with other things such as chelation with HMD to remove heavy metals and a proper diet.

      You should read the book Magnesium: The Ultimate Heart Medicine and consider a consultation with Dr. Sircus.

  • Mike Larach

    Im very interested on this issue. So the answer to Mr David
    thread (2 July 2011) could be highly informative.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Mike,

      Dr. Sircus will not give dosages for specific individual circumstances on this blog. If you would like to discuss your particular situation with him and get a protocol designed to help you specifically, he would need much more information from you on your health, history, size etc. You should consider a consultation with him to provide all this info. I answered David similarly..

      Sorry to not be able to help you more, but there are no pat answers as to what will work with people and a lot depends on their individual problem.

  • Ashish

    I have liver calcification measuring 1.7cm on segment VI/VII. How to remove it with what medicines? How much time it will take ?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      If the essay on Calcification and Sodium Thiosulfate did not completely answer your questions you will need to obtain a personal consultation with Dr. Sircus’ and provide him with more information and medical history from which he can determine the protocol you might need.

  • Carole Joy

    I forgot to mention that I am intolerant of sulfar and cannot take any of the arthritis drugs containing sulfar.

    Carole Joy

  • Carole Joy

    It’s me again to tell you that I have been using the mag oil for several weeks. Within a week or ten days, the pain in my knee was so improved that I could walk without limping and now feel discomfort, not intense pain, only when staying in one position for extended periods. I believe most of this discomfort is from arthritis, which I have in practically all of my joints.

    I’m going to write to my rheumatologist, telling her of my experience with the magnesium oil, as she offered no kind of treatment for the condition whe
    she diagnosed it.

    Thank you for all of the great information and help!

    Carole Joy

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Great news Carole Joy!!!!

      Thanks for sharing! and keep using the magnesium oil, you very well may see more improvement as time goes on!!

  • David

    What would be the oral dosage of both magnesium chloride and sodium thiosulfate or what ratio per pound of body weight of them if you wanted to try and remove calcium deposits in your arteries by taking them orally? I have a pharmacist that could compound these, both would be in liquid form, and how many times a day would you take it, on am empty stomuch or with a meal and would you drink additional water with it? I have some calcium plague in two arteries in my heart that that I would like to try this to remove as much as possible. My primary care Physcian is willing to write the scrip, but we need to dosages.

    Thank you.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear David,

      Dr. Sircus will not give dosages online for this kind of problem. You would need to obtain a private consultation with him for this, if you re not finding the information in Dr. Sircus’ essays. He would need more information from you, and he would also be willing to work with your private physician if need be. Please contact to arrange a private consultation.

  • Carole Joy

    I have recently been diagnosed with chondrocalcinosis of the tissue in my knee. The pain at times is debilitating. Today I purchased the magnesium oil and have used two applications. I’m hoping for good results, but would like your opinion as to the effectiveness of the oil for this condition – can I expect improvement of the condition itself, alleviation of the pain, etc.?


    C. J.

  • Via X-rays, it has been confirmed I have bone spurs in my left arm. I’m not sure of the cause, but it may be inflammation of the muscles, like tennis elbow. I see from your comments that transdermal magnesium and sodium thiosulfate may help. If so, how would one mix/apply it for this particular area of the body?

    Thank you for any help. These suckers are painful!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      To Rickyh,

      Just rub pure Ancient Minerals Magnesium oil over the affected area 3-4x/day, soak in a bath with it in there too. You can also put sodium thiosulfate into a bath, and drink it in some tea… taste a couple of times/ week. If you need more than this, you will need to consult with Dr. Sircus.

  • Marcia George

    Everywhere I read about sodium thiosulphate, it says that it is toxic. I have read that it is used to counter bleach and also used in the photographic industry where it is referred to as “fixer”. Is the same substance that you are referring to? If so, how can it be safe to ingest when government websites I am referring to advise that it is toxic? Can you please offer further information on this and also some suggested dosages or ratios in combination with magnesium?

  • Sten

    This sounds most interesting, almost too good to be true..
    Could “poor circulation in feet/legs” be improved with a (warm?) foot bath of Magnesium chloride and Thiosulphate? What proportions and/or pH should be used? To what extent can bicarbonate replace thiosulfate? What else than an alkaline pH of the Mg-water is required? I have an 84 year old aunt that is dreading her feet that are getting colder by the year. The great fear is amputation which her older sister had to go through, after which she lasted just a year. I think it is not unusual in our family but I may yet have a few years to find out…
    Would be really interested to know if you think this could help poor circulation or if you know anything similar.

    • claudia – IMVA Staff


      Try the foot soaks with magnesium and thiosulfate. It might help a lot. Put about 2 cups of magnesium and 1/2 cup of thiosulfate in a foot bath and soak at least half an hour.

  • Lesley

    I see that sodium thiosulfate as pentahydrate is available relatively inexpensive through chemical companies in bulk fashion. I’d like to know what amount would be recommended to add to a Mg salt bath as well as say to your Mg Oil spray? Does it dilute easily in water and what amount should one put in a foot bath? Does it burn or sting like Mg Oil does? I did a quick google but found no information on the use of this chemical for intake or transdermal application to the body except in reference to this page. Thanks for your help as I’m sure clarification on this information will help others through the use too.

  • Marcia George

    can STS be used with magnesium oil to rub on the affected area? In my dad’s case, he has restless legs caused by calcification of his vertebra. Should he apply a certain amount of both and massage in a few times a day? We don’t have a bath, can the sodium bicarb be used topically somehow? Just trying to figure out what is the best way to do this. Also, should he take it internally and, if so, what does is taken and how often for maximum result?

    • claudia


      Sodium thiosulfate can be mixed with magnesium oil in a bath. Try a foot bath. Some people also put it into water to drink once a day (to taste). The same can be done with bicarbonate. Footbaths are a good alternative to regular baths and for very watery solutioins is better than rubbing it in.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • vinton zwahlen

    Dear Magnesiumforlife,

    Everythng in this sight is so informative and inspiring to say the least. I had hypercalcenmia and doctors had no clue what to do with me, and now that I’m taking magnesium chloride and transdermally and oraly also nascent iodine and sodium bicarbonate I feel alot better.
    I feel great!
    Where do I get Sodium Thiosulfate and how do I take it incase i got some calcium deposites that I’m not aware of.

    Thank you,
    Vinton Zwahlen LMT

    • claudia


      You can purchase sodium thiosulfate from any chemical supply house, get the pentahydrate. You will have to do a web search for this. There is also someone on ebay selling sodium thiosulfate .

      Mix a little bit to taste in your drinking water or use it in a bath with sodium bicarbonate.

      Claudia French RN, LPHA

  • Karl-Heinz Feldmann

    Exellent material, esp. that I have atrial fibrillation and take Warfarin and Calcium Channel Blocker (Zanidip). All of course reluctantly.
    Thanks Karl-Heinz.