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Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms and Diagnosis

Published on December 8, 2009

Magnesium Thirst Magnesium Hunger

We thirst for magnesium rich water.

Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood.

Most doctors and laboratories don’t even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don’t know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Consider Dr. Norman Shealy’s statements, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency” and that, “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.” The truth he states exposes a gapping hole in modern medicine that explains a good deal about iatrogenic death and disease. Because magnesium deficiency is largely overlooked, millions of Americans suffer needlessly or are having their symptoms treated with expensive drugs when they could be cured with magnesium supplementation.

One has to recognize the signs of magnesium thirst or hunger on their own since allopathic medicine is lost in this regard. It is really something much more subtle then hunger or thirst but it is comparable. In a world though where doctors and patients alike do not even pay attention to thirst and important issues of hydration it is not hopeful that we will find many recognizing and paying attention to magnesium thirst and hunger which is a dramatic way of expressing the concept of magnesium deficiency.

Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our bodies. Magnesium is by far the most important mineral in the body, After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies, vitally important yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it

In fact there happens to be a relationship between what we perceive as thirst and deficiencies in electrolytes. I remember a person asking, “Why am I dehydrated and thirsty when I drink so much water?” Thirst can mean not only lack of water but it can also mean that one is not getting enough nutrients and electrolytes. Magnesium, Potassium, Bicarbonate, Chloride and Sodium are some principle examples and that is one of the reasons magnesium chloride is so useful.

A man with magnesium deficiency
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You know all those years when doctors used to tell their patients its all in your heads were years the medical profession was showing its ignorance. It is a torment to be magnesium deficient on one level or another. Even if it’s for the enthusiastic sport person whose athletic performance is down magnesium deficiency will disturb sleep and background stress levels and a host of other things that reflect on the quality of life. Doctors have not been using the appropriate test for magnesium – their serum blood tests just distort their perceptions. Magnesium has been off their radar screens through the decades that magnesium deficiencies have snowballed.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

The first symptoms of deficiency can be subtle – as most magnesium is stored in the tissues, leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle ‘twitches’ can be the first sign. Other early signs of deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.

A full outline of magnesium deficiency was beautifully presented in a recent article by Dr. Sidney Baker. “Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can’t take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot.”

“Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear.”

“Other symptoms and signs of magnesium deficiency, in terms of how it affects the central nervous system, include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such vibratory sensations.”

“Symptoms or signs of the cardiovascular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together. For example, people with mitral valve prolapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms. People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be “uptight.” Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness.”

Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain and is one of the most important minerals when considering supplementation because of its vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body.

Water rich in magnesium can prevent magnesium deficiency
Like water we need magnesium everyday. There is an
eternal need for magnesium as well as water and when
magnesium is present in water life and health are enhanced.

One of the principle reason doctors write millions of prescriptions for tranquilizers each year is the nervousness, irritability, and jitters largely brought on by inadequate diets lacking magnesium. Persons only slightly deficient in magnesium become irritable, highly-strung, and sensitive to noise, hyper-excitable, apprehensive and belligerent. If the deficiency is more severe or prolonged, they may develop twitching, tremors, irregular pulse, insomnia, muscle weakness, jerkiness and leg and foot cramps.

If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation, marked depression and even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium tremens are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient and remedied when magnesium is given. Because large amounts of calcium are lost in the urine when magnesium is undersupplied, the lack of this nutrient indirectly becomes responsible for much rampant tooth decay, poor bone development, osteoporosis and slow healing of broken bones and fractures. With vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), magnesium helps to reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones.

Magnesium deficiency may be a common factor associated with insulin resistance. Symptoms of MS that are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, weakness, twitching, muscle atrophy,  an inability to control the bladder, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), hearing loss, and osteoporosis.  People with MS have higher rates of epilepsy than controls.  Epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiencies.[1]

Another good list of early warning symptoms is:

Suggestive early warning signs of magnesium insufficiency:
Physical and mental fatigue
Persistent under-eye twitch
Tension in the upper back, shoulders and neck
Pre-menstrual fluid retention and/or breast tenderness

Possible manifestations of magnesium deficiency include:
Low energy
Seizures (and tantrums)
Poor digestion
PMS and hormonal imbalances
Inability to sleep
Muscle tension, spasm and cramps
Calcification of organs
Weakening of the bones
Abnormal heart rhythm

Severe magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia). Magnesium deficiency is also associated with low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia). Magnesium levels drop at night, leading to poor REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep cycles and unrefreshed sleep. Headaches, blurred vision, mouth ulcers, fatigue and anxiety are also early signs of depletion.


We hear all the time about how heart disease is the number one health crisis in the country, about how high blood pressure is the “silent killer”, and about how ever increasing numbers of our citizens are having their lives and the lives of their families destroyed by diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and a host of other chronic diseases

Signs of severe magnesium deficiency include:

Extreme thirst
Extreme hunger
Frequent urination
Sores or bruises that heal slowly
Dry, itchy skin
Unexplained weight loss
Blurry vision that changes from day to day
Unusual tiredness or drowsiness
Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections

But wait a minute, aren’t those the same symptoms for diabetes? Many people have diabetes for about 5 years before they show strong symptoms. By that time, some people already have eye, kidney, gum or nerve damage caused by the deteriorating condition of their cells due to insulin resistance and magnesium deficiency. Dump some mercury and arsenic on the mixture of etiologies and pronto we have the disease condition we call diabetes.

Magnesium deficiency is synonymous with diabetes
and is at the root of many if not all cardiovascular problems.

Magnesium deficiency is synonymous with diabetes and is at the root of many if not all cardiovascular problems.

Magnesium deficiency is a predictor of diabetes and heart disease both; diabetics both need more magnesium and lose more magnesium than most people. In two new studies, in both men and women, those who consumed the most magnesium in their diet were least likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a report in the January 2006 issue of the journal Diabetes Care. Until now, very few large studies have directly examined the long-term effects of dietary magnesium on diabetes. Dr. Simin Liu of the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health in Boston says, “Our studies provided some direct evidence that greater intake of dietary magnesium may have a long-term protective effect on lowering risk,” said Liu, who was involved in both studies.

The thirst of diabetes is part of the body’s response to excessive urination. The excessive urination is the body’s attempt to get rid of the extra glucose in the blood. This excessive urination causes the increased thirst. But we have to look at what is causing this level of disharmony. We have to probe deeper into layers of cause. The body needs to dump glucose because of increasing insulin resistance and that resistance is being fueled directly by magnesium deficiency, which makes toxic insults more damaging to the tissues at the same time.

When diabetics get too high blood sugars, the body creates “ketones” as a by-product of breaking down fats. These ketones cause blood acidity which causes “acidosis” of the blood, leading to Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), This is a very dangerous condition that can lead to coma and death. It is also called “diabetic acidosis”, “ketosis”, “ketoacidosis” or “diabetic coma”. DKA is a common way for new Type 1 diabetics to be diagnosed. If they fail to seek medical advice on symptoms like urination, which is driving thirst they can die of DKA.

Oral magnesium supplements reduce erythrocyte[2] dehydration.[3] In general optimal balances of electrolytes are necessary to maintain the best possible hydration. Diabetic thirst is initiated specifically by magnesium deficiency with relative calcium excess in the cells. Even water, our most basic nutrient starts having a hard time getting into the cells with more going out through the kidneys.

Autism and Magnesium Deficiency

When dealing with autism spectrum and other neurological disorders in children it is important to know the signs of low magnesium: restless, can’t keep still, body rocking, grinding teeth, hiccups, noise sensitive, poor attention span, poor concentration, irritable, aggressive, ready to explode, easily stressed. When it comes to children today we need to assume a large magnesium deficiency for several reasons.

  1. The foods they are eating are stripped of magnesium because foods in general, as we shall see below are declining in mineral content in an alarming way.
  2. The foods many children eat are highly processed junk foods that do not provide real nutrition to the body.
  3. Because most children on the spectrum are not absorbing the minerals they need even when present in the gut. Magnesium absorption is dependent on intestinal health, which is compromised totally in leaky gut syndromes and other intestinal problems that the majority of autism syndrome disorders.
  4. Because the oral supplements doctors rely on are not easily absorbed, because they are not in the right form and because magnesium in general is not administered easily orally.

Modern medicine is supposed to help people not hurt them but with their almost total ignorance of magnesium doctors end up hurting more than they help for many of the medical interventions drive down magnesium levels when they should be driving them up. Many if not most pharmaceutical drugs drive magnesium levels into very dangerous zones and surgery done without increasing magnesium levels is much more dangerous then surgery done with.

The foundation of medical arrogance is actually medical ignorance and the only reason ignorance and arrogance rule the playing field of medicine is a greed lust for power and money. Human nature seems to be at its worst in modern medicine when it should be at its best. It is sad that people have to suffer needlessly and extraordinarily tragic that allopathic medicine has turned its back on the Hippocratic Oath and all that it means.

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[2] Red blood cells are also known as RBCs, red blood corpuscles (an archaic term), haematids or erythrocytes (from Greek erythros for “red” and kytos for “hollow”, with cyte translated as “cell” in modern usage). The capitalized term Red Blood Cells is the proper name in the US for erythrocytes in storage solution used in transfusion medicine.

[3] J. Clin. Invest. 100(7): 1847-1852 (1997). doi:10.1172/JCI119713. The American Society for Clinical Investigation

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  • Wendy Allen

    Lyme/coinfections may lower Mg/Mn/Mo//Fe and more. Any tick bite may stress adrenals/make water go right through due to low Mg which affects K levels etc. Low progesterone due to adrenals being hurt so cortisol is low affect water. Water went right through me for low progesterone, but stayed in me for higher progesterone. Low progesterone also caused swelling/bloating etc. Mg helps make insulin. One of the first signs of Lyme was my food tasted too sweet. I also got glycation if I ate sugar when I still had Lyme after the hospital due to blood sugar being too high. I was like Type 2 Diabetic due to Lyme/coinfections. Gluten may hurt intestines so less Mg and other minerals absorb. Gluten may hurt adrenals/pancreas/liver/thyroid and gut lining etc. Diabetes can be due to Celiac.
    Eating chocolate that has some Mg may help get K into cells. Valentines candy may help women and elderly. Yes…blood tests may not work to tell Mg levels or Celiac/Lyme/hormones/Vit A/Fe/Vit B12 and much more. Hair tests show Mg and other good minerals and heavy metals. Detoxing may remove both good and heavy metals. Sea salt and taking mineral supplements may help restore the good minerals. Too much sweating in the summer may hurt people. They need electrolytes…can’t just drink water.
    Mg helps bones/relax muscles and 350+ things in body. Gluten may lower all minerals so bones maybe weak and Osteoporosis may happen. Progesterone/Vit B12 with intrinsic factor may help bones/myelin.
    Mg can be taken 2X a day if needed. I take Osteoprocare instead of dairy which gave me seizures etc. No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO/food with a label…taking vitamins/good oils/minerals….probiotic…LDN..detoxing may help raise Mg and other minerals/nutrients absorbed in intestines.

  • Kat

    Will an MRI scan show that I am magnesium deficient? Are there any tests that can be done. As dexa bone scan showed osteopenia on hip and rib and femur. However the muscles all over my body are in constant contraction. Particularly the femur is so restricted it is affecting my walking and also leading to breathing difficulty as seems to affect that area

    • Wendy Allen

      Hair tests show Mg and other minerals/heavy metals. No gluten may help heal intestines so more nutrients absorb. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye..oats/corn/rice so some people are grain free…Paleo style which helps intestines heal and then Mg may be good. I take Mg. All minerals..not just Mg is needed for bones.
      This is the short version of what I do. Sea salt has trace minerals which help bone and Vit B12 with intrinsic factor/progesterone may help build bone and also myelin.
      No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO/food with a label etc. and vitamins/good oils/minerals/probiotic…. LDN and detoxing help me. Vit D3 5000IU, zinc 50mg if detoxing, 2000mg fish oil, 2000mg evening primrose oil. 2000 mg lecithin, Phosphatidylserine/DMAE, krill oil, CLA, Coenzyme Q10, Rhodiola, Mg citrate 400mg, Vit C, 5000mcg of biotin, 10,000IU of Vit A, Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple, HCl and Now brand- Super enzymes with meals, dairy free strong probiotic, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/intrinsic factor kind…. MTHF folate, coenyzme Q10, rhodiola, may help brain/body/thyroid/depression/immune system and more. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye/corn…oats has gluten with avenin…and there is a small amount of gluten in rice. GMO corn/soy/canola oil may hurt. Amour thyroid maybe needed since gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid. Coenzymated B vitamins far from synthetic kind made me calm.

      Sunlight (helps the immune system and helps to heal the gut lining),exercise, organic food, good water..not tap water, cooking by scratch pure food….. no food in a box/bag/premade/label/restaurant which may help avoid hidden gluten. Certified gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten…too much. Nuts not sold in the shell/meat basting/some spices/food with a label/ lotion/make up etc. may have hidden gluten. One restaurant cooks special for me…rice/veg/tea/extra mushrooms (no meat since the woks may have MSG/gluten in them).

      EDTA/DMPS IV chelations from an Alternative doctor, 600mg of cilantro, organic sulfur, Now brand- Detox support, Far Infrared Sauna and more may help detox. Hair tests show good minerals and heavy metals. Heavy metals can block thyroid and other chemical reactions in the body/brain.

      LDN may help block hidden gluten/heal the gut lining and help the immune system, but the Celiac diet is still needed. 100% no hidden or microscopic gluten may help. Cutting back on gluten or cheating by eating gluten hurts the immune system. It may take 1 1/2 months to heal the gut lining after getting hidden gluten. HCl and enzymes with meals and gluten enzymes help me. There are now gluten enzymes also a person may use that may help, but LDN helps block gluten in the air/on the skin and all day long.

      Amour thyroid has some T3 and Calcitonin. Synthroid is only T4…may not convert to T3. Zn/Se/enough iron/strong probiotic may help convert T4 to T3 for thyroid.

      Alternative doctors/chiropractors/acupuncturists and more may help with health/vitamins etc.

      Books: No grain No Pain, Wheat Belly, Grain Brain, Dangerous Grains and The Autoimmune Fix and more explain Celiac. Peter Osborne/Tom O’Bryan on Facebook/Youtube.

  • Tina

    Hi, recently I have constant andiety because of all these strange symptoms I have. ( I was also highly stressed at work prior to these symptoms) I have bad heart palpitations and everywhere in my body has a pulse sometimes. Muscle twitching and cramps, tremors and recently I have lost my appetite, i can’t sleep at night as well! Do you think it could all be magnesium deficiency. I did go through a period of hugh stress and I drank soda drinks daily for a couple of months

    • Wendy Allen

      Mg may cause twitching/cramps etc. Celiac may lower Mg as intestines may be hurt so they don’t absorb it. Osteoprocare helps me instead of dairy…has Ca/Mg and cofactors to absorb it and I also take Mg citrate. Soda may have GMO corn syrup/Roundup in it and sugar may hurt mitochondria/cause swelling. Stress may steal B vitamins and Zn and progesterone. Some people drink soda for energy, but no gluten in two weeks gave me 1000X more energy and I felt 20 years younger. Vit B12 methylcobalamin with intrinsic factor may help stress. See my above comments for what I do for my Celiac which lowers my Mg.

  • Kassie McKerras

    Can you over dose on magnesium? I am pretty healthy and quite active. I work a lot. Found I was getting really tired and heavy feeling legs at times and then occasional leg cramps. Started taking magnesium and felt amazing!
    THen started to have loose bowels, hives and itchy legs. Got quite bad on my legs. So stopped taking it, bad red rash/hives have gone but stil extremely itchy at night times. Could it still Be from the magnesium at all? I’m at a loss as what to do to stop it. I’m itching to the point of bleeding. Never had this before I took magnesium though

    • Wendy Allen

      There are many kinds of Mg. I take Mg citrate 2X a day due to Lyme/coinfections lowering my Mg. Mg may help constipation. Gluten may cause low thyroid/constipation and eventually diahrea. Hives maybe due to allergies due to leaky gut due to gluten/GMO. Mg oxide or Mg chloride may not absorb well. Hair test show good mineral levels/heavy metals.

  • Aimee Worsley Jensen

    How do you know what kind of Magnesium to take and how much??? There are so many different kinds of magnesium and Is spraying the oil better then internally taking it???

    • need4spd

      lol what? that’s dumb. Of course you have to take it

      • Aimee Worsley Jensen

        you obviously didn’t read my question.
        There are 9 common types of magnesium, I was curious what the author of the article thought was most beneficial to take and the opinion on oil vs pill.
        There are several studies showing that spraying the oil is more beneficial then supplements.

        • need4spd

          Doesn’t sound logical to use spray.

          • Dr Sircus, and Dr Shelley (whom he refers to in the article), and many other magnesium advocates, say magnesium is best absorbed transdermally by applying magnesium chloride brine, (aka “magnesium oil”) to the body. The body can assimilate much higher levels of magnesium that way, than it can orally. Most people will get diahoreaa if they take more than around 6 or 700 mg of magnesium orally. That’s not a high enough intake to counter chronic magnesium deficiency.

          • Patsy Worthington LeBlanc

            Did you read the article? Putting it on the skin will work better. In a pill form it has to go through your stomach where acids will break it down and liver. Less magnesium will stay in your body this way.

        • TRu3L3312

          Because the oral supplements doctors rely on are not easily absorbed, because they are not in the right form and because magnesium in general is not administered easily orally.
          It was stated on numbee 4 above.

    • Wendy Allen

      I take Mg citrate 400mg and now with Lyme needed to add more 235mg later in the day. Hair tests show Mg levels and other minerals and heavy metals. Some put Mg oil on their legs if intestines are not working well due to gluten. No gluten may help intestines heal and all minerals may absorb then.

  • Kari Gianadda

    THANK YOU for this article!!! Our toddler daughter has recently developed some very strange and concerning symptoms…… most of which have been talked about here. I can finally breath and hope this is the major issue.

    • Wendy Allen

      Gluten/GMO may hurt the gut lining so less minerals absorb. Gluten problems are common.

  • Karla Marie Robinett

    I ran out of magnesium citrate supplements a couple months back and knew I had symptoms but I didn’t know how encompassing and dangerous this condition could be. I’m so glad to have found this site.

  • Guest1

    I hope this is what I’ve been looking for. I have 95% of these symptoms, particularly the muscle spasm/twitching and tingling/burning sensation all over my body. I was also diagnosed with TMJ a couple months before I started having these symptoms. My doctor attributed it to stress. I am a college student, my diet is very poor. Lately I’ve been drinking A LOT of soda, coffee, and eating a lot of sweets. I thought I was craving chocolate because my menstrual was about to begin, but it didn’t start for another two weeks. I get frequents bouts of depression and find myself crying several times a week. I have tender breasts, muscle weakness, irritability, anxiety, eye/ear twitching, dental problems, weight gain, shortness of breath, confusion and forgetfulness, constipation, insomnia, fatigue (the irony) and so on. I think I have low iron as well, I haven’t been to a doctor in a while, so I really can’t remember. I read that magnesium deficiency is typically found in people over 50, but I think this is the source of my problems. It seemed like there was so much wrong with me these past few months so I just attributed it all to stress, but these new symptoms are more apparent and affecting my quality of life. I really hope to get a diagnosis and get it taken care of. Thank you.

    • Alphonsus Jr. ✠ Dᴇᴜs ᴠᴜʟᴛ

      Did you go to Jigsaw and get their special magnesium formula?

    • Wendy Allen

      Gluten may hurt the intestines so all minerals may not absorb well. Hair tests show good minerals/heavy metals. Mg may help 350+ chemical reactions in the body. Gluten may cause low thyroid also which may hurt. Yes..chocolate craving may mean low Mg.

    • Gwen

      u sound exactly like me in college. I’m 49 now. I wish I had known about Magnesium back then. My symptoms started in my teens, just about all the ones you mentioned including TMJ in college. I’ve taken Mag and other supps for 10 years now and all that including anxiety is totally gone.

  • Emily Stone

    So…How much should one take? I am on meds, have insomnia and I take 350 mg of magnesium powder at night to help relax me. Is this enough? I have more than a few symptoms mentioned in the above article. How much is too much? I also have malabsorption.

    • lots3say

      On Facebook there is a private group called the Magnesium Advovacy Group. They will be able to offer some guidance.

      • Emily Stone

        They’re closed. Oh, well, I’ll keep trying to research it.

        • lots3say

          Yes, it’s a closed group. You have to request permission to get in. Access is granted generally within 24 hours.

          • Emily Stone

            Thank you!

    • Wendy Allen

      Hair test shows levels of Mg and other minerals/heavy metals. Then you can see if you are getting enough. I take 400mg of Mg citrate and later more. I take Osteoprocare before bed. Valerian may help sleep. Raising oxygen in the brain may help sleep and more. No gluten may help intestines heal so Mg and other minerals/nutrients absorb then cells are rebuilt to burn oxygen and sleep etc may be better.

  • Tara Ragan

    Wow!! I just got a bottle today. I have been suffering from yeast, cloudiness, stress, constipation, high cholesterol, weight gain, thirst, over active bladder, vitamin D deficiency, eye twitch, light sensitivity, and the list goes on. I really hope this helps!!

    • kelly

      you could benefit from a holistic dr. You really need a blood workup.

    • Wendy Allen

      Hair test may show many minerals are low due to gluten/GMO food. Celiac is due to low sunlight which allows autoimmune attacks on the thyroid/intestines/gut lining so less nutrients/minerals absorb.

    • jacob

      Hey Tara did it end up helping you with all your problems? how did it go?

      • Tara Ragan

        I still have these infections but my energy is doing great. I don’t have that cloud and the constipation is better. My thirst is better to. It has helped but I still haven’t found my cure for these infections 😢 One day!!

        • Wendy Dukes

          You might try upping your vitamin A and Vitamin C intake…both help improve your immune system to help reduce recurrent infections.

  • Dede Harrington Vaughn

    I’m 53, have PCOS and became a sever diabetic that wasn’t well controlled for over a decade. I was misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia and put on amitriptyline in-game 65 pounds in a year right in my stomach. I was already apple shaped, but that made me super apple shaped and over 300 pounds! I went on a diet of less that 40 carbs a day and water aerobics 5 days a weeks and lost the 65 pounds, but eventually grew tired of the diet. I remained at that set point for decades at 240-260 that my body just seemed to hang out at without any intervention. I’m 5’8″ . I was finally diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis after I did years of research and diagnosed myself and waited 2 years on a wait list to see a rheumatologist. I’m not sure why it took so long. Is never heard of it and wasn’t aware of autoimmune diseases like this. I understand the first 15 years of dibilitating sciatica that AS may not have been their first thought, but the fairly extreme kyphosis and the fused neck and si joints should have been huge clues!! But, I digress…I’ve since most a total of 152 pounds. I’m not where I’d like to be, but as of now, at 53, I’m 5’8″, (without the kyphosis), 165 pounds. I need to lose 15 pounds according to one doctor, 10 according to another and none according to yet another! So who the heck knows. I’d like to lose more. I still carry too much in the stomach area. Here’s my question. My A1C has been in the low 6s for 4 years. At the end or 2015 I must have let things get more out of hand than I realized and it shot up to 9.1. I have always taken metformin since I was in my early 30s, pre diabetes dx because of PCOS dx and the insulin resistance issue. So in addition to the metformin I went back on victoza for 3 months. It was actually 4 months before we tested again, but withing those 4 months I was feeling terrible. Week, wobbly, dizzy spells. I’d get up and I’d have a spell like a ring of dark closing in getting smaller and smaller…I never fainted, but I did drop to my knees 2 times. I would recover, but for a few mins to an hour or so my vision was terribly blurry. The neuropathy in my feet got bad again. A few times I glanced down or reached down to pull off socks in didn’t have on!! I made an appointment with my PCP and she walked in and I told her the above. She said “it’s allergies” and started to walk out. I was still sitting in the chair and not the exam table. I stopped her and told her I felt dehydrated. She asked if I had spit. I said “well, yeah” she said you’re not dehydrated! And did leave!! I knew it was odd she acted this way, and found out a month later when I went back for the same reason because not I was getting unexplained enema and extreme cramps in my feet and ankles. That she had a migraine and vomited almost the minute she left the room and went home. I don’t work, I’m nearly normal weight, none of this made sense to me. She did pay some more attention, but her advice was to drink tonic water. I did have some magnesium oil. I sprayed my feet and ankles with the oil two days a few times a day and I could sleep without cramping everytime I moved my legs. I assume this isn’t a coincidence, because I don’t think I got enough quinine in one glass of tonic water. I forgot to mention I did drop my A1C 3.1 points in just over 3 months. I don’t know if that’s too quickly and that could have been some of the wobbly feelings I was having, maybe I was running too low. I also lost 30 more pounds during that time frame. I also had my estrogen tested recently and it’s less than 3. I just can’t help but think that there has to be a connection between all this huge amount of info I’ve shared and magnesium! Between the ossification of my spine, neck, SI joints, the extreme neuropathy reoccurrence (it’s always been there I just forget until I touch my feet that there is a lack if sensation before this). I even wonder if my psoriasis and Sjogren’s Syndrome can be more related to magnesium than I realize. I have so much of the mental issues listed. I’m always frustrated and anxious and on edge. I have so little tolerance when it comes to other people. I go out to get groceries and such and make sure I have enough so I can not leave my house for the maximum about of days. I like my dog better than people, but I do get lonely. It’s odd. I have heard that you need potassium to absorb magnesium or something like that, like vitamin D and calcium….wondering if that’s correct too? Wow…this is so long it’s embarrassing lol I am that desperate for answers!!

    • Dede Harrington Vaughn

      As if the above isn’t enough, I wonder if magnesium could be the culprit of my stomach holding into food too long? I won’t take Reglan no matter what the doc says next week when I go lol that stuff is the devil. Hehe

      • Acts 17:11

        Dede – for your “stomach holding food too long” … you need stomach acid!!! The symptoms of too little stomach acid and too much stomach acid are exactly the same, but rather than treat low stomach acid which is cheap, doctors are constantly diagnosing that people produce too much stomach acid. While some people do produce too much, the majority of people, as we age, create less and less stomach acid (google stomach acid), thus our food feels like it is just sitting in our stomachs (because it is!!). There are a few simple tests that you can find online to see if that is your problem, but I simply went down to the local vitamin cottage and bought a small bottle of Solaray’s HCl Pepsin for $9 – it comes in either 250 mg or 650 mg – and voila, problem solved!! It takes about 15 minutes. From what I have read, your body should start producing it’s own again after a few weeks of taking it consistently and then you can back off, but I always keep it on my shelf now … if I get a tummy ache or feel like my food is just sitting there, I know exactly what the problem is. Good luck!!

        • Dede Harrington Vaughn

          Thanks!! You’re on to something!! I got off all PPIs because I forgot to take them a few nights because I kept forgetting to refill. I didn’t have any discomfort, so once I filled them I didn’t take them. I haven’t had any issues. I did buy a high quality pre/pro biotic and (excuse the tmi) I’ve had nice, regular, normal bowel movements! I highly doubt I have food staying in my stomach if it’s coming out on a regular basis! I was going once a week or 2, now ever other day or so, which is normal for someone with a Vertical Sleeve stomach. Thanks for that info. I’ve written it down in my notes on case I need it later. For now, I think being off the PPIs, may be what I need!

          • Acts 17:11

            That is awesome!! I take probiotics and enzymes as well! I actually take quite a few natural products, but I ran across this magnesium article last night and it sounds like the answer to a lot of my family’s problems, so we will be giving it a try as well!!! So thankful for the internet and the information it holds!! Best of luck to you!!

          • Dede Harrington Vaughn

            I was taking vyvance for ADD and chronic fatigue. I had to switch to instant release Adderall because of some edema issues in my feet. I developed an issue of lip licking and this mouth thing like a person on crack! I was mortified! I tied to break the habit with no luck. I researched and found that high dose magnesium would help. I already had magnesium oil. I’d read this article a few weeks before switching. With 3 days of spraying between 30-50 sprays the mouth issues were gone!!! If I skip more than 2 days they start coming back!!
            Also, I’ve lost 165 all over the age of 40 and most after the age of 50, so I have a lot of hanging skin. This causes issues in the summer especially. Spray magnesium under skin folds or breasts and be in 100+ degree heat, you’re as dry under there in 5 hours as you were when you left home. No smell not yeast no nothing! Amazing stuff!!! I know this is embarrassing stuff, but it happens to any woman or man with any excess weight or skin and woman with larger breasts as they age they begin to sag and can cause skin on skin issues.

          • Acts 17:11

            I think it is awesome that you have gone to the lengths you have to find health. Congrats on losing 165 pounds and sharing your struggles and your achievements and sharing the the things that can be “embarrassing.” I feel the same way … things that I used to think are embarrassing, are really just parts of life. Everyone has their own issues, so why not be frank about it … when we open up, that’s when we find answers!!!

    • J Reads

      If you have had gastric bypass surgery (vertical sleeve, etc) then you need to be aware that you will need to supplement vitamin B12 for the rest of your life. Your surgery just bypassed the portion of your stomach that creates “intrinsic factor” that is required for the body to absorb B12. See this article:
      You will need sublingual B12 tablets/lozenges or injections of B12. (If you supplement B12, also get a tablet that has B6 and Folic Acid because they have to be absorbed together) You’re already symptomatic. If you are supplementing Vitamin D, then you also likely need Vitamin K2 so that calcium in your system is properly seated in the bone matrix. Please be aware that my mom’s blood glucose levels dropped by 40 points (from 155 to 116) in the first month she started vitamin K2 supplements (mk-7 variant, 200 mcg daily, sublingual tablets). You likely will notice a drop in cholesterol from K2 also because it works better than a statin (which is likely why we’ll never hear of it in the public sphere) and increases the statin effectiveness when taken together. Your doctor may disagree with the K2 because it “interferes with blood clotting” if you are taking a blood thinner. Vitamin K1 is the blood clotting vitamin, Vitamin K2’s main function is taking calcium out of the blood stream and seating it into the bone matrix. Most people who have used K2 with blood thinners simply adjust their dose of the blood thinner slightly higher to accommodate the Vitamin K, and they find that it stabilizes their INR values to take the vitamin K with the blood thinners. Kate Rheaume-Bleue wrote an excellent book that cites the medical studies on this vitamin. As for magnesium, you likely are low in it, but adding it all via one of the swallowed tablets is useless for you if you have gastric surgery –you won’t absorb it properly. Instead, look at a liquid supplement (warning: they taste vile. I knock back a teaspoon that I mix with a swallow of water in the morning and then chug a bottle of water after it). Or, use epsom salt baths or magnesium oil because evidently it does absorb through skin. (I thought that was an internet fable.) I do both. A half daily dose in liquid form and then a bath in epsom salts in the evening. In one month, my skin has improved tremendously, chronic constipation is finally relieved, the twitching of my fingers and under my eye has stopped (we’ll watch for a while to see if it stopped completely), and the weird shocking pain in my leg has resolved. It could be a placebo effect, but the constipation relief alone is worth the vile taste of the liquid supplement. I also cannot absorb nutrients in my gut properly, so liquids or sublingual is preferred. To recap, Vitamin B12 sublingual supplements (B12/B6/Folic Acid), Vitamin K2 sublingual supplement (mk-7 variant preferred), and magnesium supplementation.

    • Wendy Allen

      PCOS maybe due to gluten. See my other comments.

  • Marianne Edwards

    Do you know the relationship of low magnesium to head tremors called essential tremors?

    • Wendy Allen

      Mg maybe low due to gluten. Gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO/food with a label may hurt. I got seizures from gluten/dairy….when eating pizza. I stopped dairy 10 years before gluten. I take Osteoprocare instead of dairy.

  • Shawn Brooks

    Awesome article! I had muscle spasms growing up and Dr.’s told me I had anxiety blah blah blah. After getting a hair analysis done at a Naturalist I discovered my body had an imbalance of super high calcium / very low magnesium. I also had heart palpitations occasionally, urgent hunger, thirst, frequent urination, etc! This is a very informative article, thank you for sharing!!!

    • Susie Griffin

      You could describe me three years ago. I had all those symptoms too and a hair analysis also revealed super high calcium / low magnesium!

  • Toni

    All I can say is, “Wow! Seriously – Wow!” I’ve been suffering with neuropathy and have spent thousands of dollars and have been seriously concerned with my seriously and quickly declining health. Then, presto change-o, I’ve added Magnesium and all better. Literally thousands of dollars worth of doctor appointments, prescriptions, and I’m scheduled for an elbow replacement for an elbow that no longer bothers me very much. I’m just absolutely amazed.

    After starting the magnesium I can think straight, walk again, sleep normally, no more rest leg, no more writhing all night, sweating, eye twitching, muscle spasms, knees buckling out from under me, gone is the fatigue, the horrible skin crawling feeling, and skin hypersensitivity that absolutely no one could understand or pay any attention to whatsoever yet drove me to distraction, gone is the depression and anxiety, the constant feeling of being on the brink of hysteria….

    I have my life back and it cost less than $12 for a 3 month supply and took 2 days to start happening. I’m beyond happy and pleased as punch.

    • lots3say

      Same here! I spent at least 15 years and thousands of dollars only to find out a $15, two month supply of magnesium would cure it all. You are not alone.

      • Toni

        It’s just amazing and I continue to find myself feeling better and better. I’m at a loss for words as to how this can happen – a $12 bottle of supplements can make such a difference. I’ve not felt this “well” for over a decade.

        Back “in the day” people would go to the hot springs for a restorative and I’ve learned the #1 mineral in those springs was magnesium and it’s absorable through the skin. The more we “unlearn” the more I’m figuring out those who came before us knew a lot more than we ever imagined or gave them credit for.

        And I’ve taken a multi-vitamin for years, but it doesn’t have magnesium in it. It has a bunch of junk in it like “zinc” which scared my grandparents to death. My grandfather worked in a zinc plant and everyone who did died young. I’m rethinking that multi-vitamin real quick and thinking seriously about just supplementing with researching – seriously researching – what I need. What our soil is lacking and what my symptoms say I need.

        Knowledge is power. Always has been.

        • Emily Stone

          I’m sorry, I’m confused. Did you say exactly what you’re taking and how much? I’ve been researching this article and comments, and I can’t seem to find that information. Can you help clear my confusion?

        • Kristie Kristie

          Zinc is actually also a necessary mineral. Deficiency of it can cause stretch marks, and bed sores.

        • marie

          I live in NY state. My mom was 92 when she died ten yrs ago. She used to live in Alden NY on a farm when she was younger. Across from the farm was a place called “The Black Baths”. People would go there and soak in dark muddy colored water and all their aches and pains would go away. Many yrs later the state closed up that place. Figures….people getting cured for free. But i will always remember her talking about it and raving how people were all cured of their arthritis and rhumatisms.

          • marie

            My mom was born in 1913 so this time was probably way before 1940 when people went there to be cured.

    • Jill Hasselbach

      Hi Toni
      I want to ask you what kind of magnesium to you take? I need a good one like you that has helped you very much.I have like 3 different kinds and one is Jigsaw (sbt I think) but I’m not sure it dissolves in my stomach and haven’t noticed I feel any dofferently. But want to buy one that works. Thank you. I hope I will get a notification if you reply. I’m Jill Hasselbach on FB from Michigan.

    • Aimee Worsley Jensen

      What kind did you end up using? link to where you purchased? Its been almost a year since you have posted, any updates 🙂

      • earthmom1960

        I’m amazed it’s been a year – time surely flies. I’ve tried different types from Walgreens over the past year. However, most recently I got: Doctor’s Best High Absorption Magnesium Dietary Supplement, 200 mg from Amazon and if they work out I’ll stick with them as they are reasonably priced and are delivered to my door.

      • Toni

        Still use magnesium every day. I’ve tried different kinds, all purchased without a prescription at the drug store. Magnesium Oxide works best for me.

  • Susanne Lawton

    Although not mentioned much in this article, at age 64 I finally discovered that my severe depression, which I have suffered with as long as I can remember, was finally relieved when taking liquid Magnesium from Dr. Carolyn Dean. I had been trying to wean myself off of Celexa, a prescription medicine that helped me quite a bit, but after three days of no Celexa I became a crying machine and felt suicidal. It took a month of taking Magnesium, slowly increasing the dose each day, to enable me to completely kick the Celexa. Now I am also starting to notice other positive benefits, such as softer and cleaner skin and I think my hair is getting thicker. Great stuff!

    • lots3say

      Abruptly stopping Celexa will give you weird dreams and suicidal thoughts. Maybe contact your doctor and consult with him or her as to the best way to wean yourself off of Celexa.

      • Helen Marie Daff

        Doctors are clueless on how to wean off anti-depressants. There are groups on Facebook about weaning off of each antidepressant and how to do it from people who have experienced it. They can help you much more than a doctor. The only thing a doctor knows is what the pharmaceutical reps have told him

        • Jill Hasselbach

          You are absolutely right.!!!!!

    • Wendy Allen

      No gluten may help intestines heal and then more minerals may absorb.

  • Flying Blogger

    I suspect I have had a magnesium deficiency all my life. It became acute after my mother died and my stress levels skyrocketed. Being in my 50’s now it took such a tole on me I went to my Doctor, who gave me blood tests and told me I was deficient in vitamin D. The D really helped me a lot but set off terrible leg cramps at night. Soon I realized I had a magnesium deficiency. Pills, epsom salt baths, sprays and lotions, were all that would relieve my cramps, aches and pains. But I also see a lot of other symptoms I had of magnesium deficiency, including depression. I am sure glad I found out now and wish I knew this earlier. It would have made my life so much easier.

    • barry

      what brand of pills u use and how much per day, and when do u take them(e.g. with food, away from food etc)? thank you very much

      • Flying Blogger

        I take about 600 mg per day. More than that gets laxative. I find that the chelated form is best

        • IMVAUser

          First I would suggest that you get a copy of Dr. Sircus’ Transdermal Magnesium Book – second edition, so you can learn more about this revolutionary method of bringing your magnesium levels up.
          Dr. Sircus prefers the use of magnesium chloride over any other form…..this is what any form needs to eventually be broken down to anyway. He also prefers that people use magnesium oil and apply it to skin in massage or baths as opposed to taking oral tablet which take too long and have to go through the digestive tract first where many problems can affect absorption. He also recommends using transdermal magnesium chloride as the most effective way to improve the levels of magnesium in the body. If it irritates your skin at first, dilute it half and half with spring water till you get more used to it. You can also use it in baths, but the bath flakes are more economical for this…..and you can alternate the baths with the body applications. If you can get someone to give you a massage with magnesium oil this is a wonderful way to obtain even more benefits.
          Although a person take months to correct a deficiency in magnesium, the benefits of supplementation can be noticied in the first few days of its use. Next after transdermal magnesium chloride he prefers the use of a liquid form taken orally, but these might cause diarrhea that limits the purpose of taking the magnesium to raise up levels. It is possible to raise levels even more by using magnsium oil on the skin and by taking it in orally in drinking water. Simply spray a few sprays into a glass of water (5-10 sprays/glass of water) and drink it. If this causes diarrhea cut back on the amount put into the water…..just do this once a day along with the spraying on the skin or footbath use.

        • Emily Stone

          I put a magnesium powder in my water. Does that work also?

      • IMVAUser

        Dr. Sircus recommends using transdermal magnesium chloride OIL, and not pills, as the most effective way to improve the levels of magnesium in the body. Although a person take months to correct a deficiency in magnesium, the benefits of supplementation can be noticied in the first few days of its use.

      • Dede Harrington Vaughn

        I love Doctor’s Best. It’s not buffered. It’s 100% chelated. They’re rather large, but I’d prefer to not have fillers

    • Dede Harrington Vaughn

      My aunt, who’s 70 has has some bad mental issues and ive been taking her to doctors. One thing, not her main issue, but her Rheumatologist put her on 10,000 IU daily of D and 50,000 weekly. He later passed her off to an APN. they somehow forgot to keep testing her. When I was taking her to thsee appointments I asked when they last tested her. I didn’t have any rights at her Rheumatologist to find out results. I had her call. They said it was over 120. She said what was it exactly. They said 150. Which is at the toxic cutoff level. On a June 29 she went to our local clinic to have it checked again (3 weeks later) and they faxed it to the rheumatologist. I called to see what it was, because she’s signed paperwork to give me rights. It was 269!! They flat lied! They were covering their butts. Vitamin D toxicity won’t cause her dementia symptoms, but it will cause confusion and ha! My mind is blank lol another brain symptom she was having, but it’s terrible on yout organs and can cause your kidneys not to filter your medicines out and those can cause issues if they’re not being filtered out. He also had he taking Tums as her calcium. He needs to stick to treating arthritis and leave the other doctoring to someone who knows something better!

      • Wendy Allen

        Arthritis maybe due to gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO/ticks etc.. Low sunlight may get Celiac/gluten issue started so intestines get hurt and don’t absorb nutrients well.

    • Wendy Allen

      Gluten may hurt intestines so less Mg and other minerals absorb.

  • Robert Card

    Claire, acid reflux is caused by not enough hydrochloric acid in your stomach. Your stomach operates on a PH of 1 (one) the highest strength of acidity… When you do not have enough proper acid your food sits in your stomach and gurgles sending low acid food back up your esophagus causing the acid burning sensation. The answer I use is to take 3 – 650 mg capsules (not caplets) of Betaine HCl with each meal. Solaray sells a good product. You need acid to properly condition your food for digestion in your intestines. Your stomach will hold onto the food until it is properly acidized. Good luck.

  • Anneli Engberg

    Have you tried magnesium oil? Absorbed through the skin.

  • Vlod

    My experience with Magnesium. Some 15 years ago, a new doctor I started with detected hypertension, 140/90. He put me on Metoprolol. A few months later, I developed an arrhythmia. It came and went and was mild at first. Some months later, I ended up in hospital with a major attack. It felt like my heart was going to explode with every, irregular beat. I was fainting, off an on and very weak. All my doctor had for me was to go on Coumadin. A few weeks later, he told me to stop the Coumadin because my INR was sky high. INR is a measurement of thinning of the blood, caused by the Coumadin. It’s used to prevent blood clots from forming due to the AF, (atrial fibrillation).

    These attacks continued and cost me my job and affected my entire life in all ways imaginable. By the second year, I was at my wits end.

    But this is when the information explosion occurred due to the Internet. I researched AF and discovered forums by victims of the condition. One article in particular suggested that Metoprolol could cause arrhythmia. First clue. So I weaned myself off of the Met. and within a month, from 3 attacks a week to none for a whole month. My doctor was horrified and insisted that I resume the Met. I took ONE pill and within a few minutes I had a major attack that landed me in the hospital. From there, the AF attacks resumed despite not taking any more Metoprolol.

    I knew for sure there was a connection and finally, my doctor looked in his big book on drugs and near the bottom of a LONG list of uncommon but potential side effects was irregular heart beat.

    Another article on a forum alerted me to the role of magnesium in so many biochemical processes. Stress can raise your BP and also deplete your Magnesium stores. So I began supplementation. I used a product from the Jamieson company that provides a mixed formula, Magnesium ACETATE/GLYCEROPHOSPHATE/MALATE/OXIDE/GLYCYNATE.

    Each tablet is 500 MG and I worked my way up to bowel tolerance, 4 per day in divided doses. Now, this makes you REAL regular but was tolerable. I drank plenty of fluids.

    Right away, I felt a difference. Within a month, the AF attacks stopped and I was free of them for 6 years or so. I dropped down to a maintenance dose of 500 MG at night.

    Some 6 years ago, I was caregiver, 24/7 for a brother dying of cancer. Six months later, I was given the same task for my mother, who developed shingles at 87,, and that was exceptionally stressful. By tge second year into this, my AF came back with a vengeance. I resumed the 2,000 MG protocol and it worked a second time.

    I am now back to a maintenance dose of 500 MG and I am doing well.

    This is, of course, not medical advice, just my experience. But here’s the rub.

    How does it work? Well all of the triggers for the attacks points to the gut. Binge drinking, or even just a bit of alcohol on an empty stomach. Large meals or even a normal meal, sometimes. Spicy food. Sneezing, coughing or any action involving tightening of the gut muscles. As Magnesium is alkali, it provides a buffering action in the stomach. As well, magnesium is essential for proper nerve and muscle function. Being prone to attacks due to a deficiency, the gut reactions trigger attacks. How that happens is feedback from the gut, through the Vagus nerve to the heart. I offered this hypothesis to a local gastroenterologist and immediately, he declared that I may be on to something. To him, it made sense.

    Proceed with caution, do your own research with the information presented and good luck to all.


    • C Mason

      I experienced heart palpitations for years but they exacerbated when I started taking omeprazole in February 2015. It is now October 31 , 2015. I have been on a merry-go-round of physicians, testing and medications, including metropolol, all to no avail. I researched extensively and believe that the issue is magnesium deficiency. I cannot find a physician (PCP, cardiologist or electrophysiologist who will speak to me knowledgeably about magnesium, or who will give me an RBC Magnesium test. I did, however, have an online conversation with a reputable pharmacist who knew exactly what I was talking about and I started taking magnesium supplements about a week ago. I have now experienced 2 entire days without palpitations for the first time since February, except for when I took 2 sips of wine last evening and the palpitations started immediately and lasted for a minute. I had also researched the vagus nerve and had concluded that there is indeed a connection which is identical to your description. Magnesium is not part of an electrolyte panel which is stunningly neglectful. I am at a point where I do not know what the next step is for me because I need to have my magnesium level monitored but cannot find a physician to do this.

      • Vlod

        Well, all I did was to take more and more till I got the runs. I backed off till that stopped. From there, once the AF stopped, I kept a maintenance dose of 500 MG.

        My understanding is, is that it’s really hard to get an overdose, as I found out. Works for me,, 500mg a day.

      • Laura Watson Mattiacci

        Hello, C Mason. Thanks for sharing your story. Would you mind sharing how many mg you are taking? Thanks so much. Continued good health to you 🙂

      • lots3say

        The problem with a blood test is that our blood on carries 1 percent magnesium, which might not show in a blood test.

      • Helen Marie Daff

        I totally understand not being able to get a doctor to talk about a magnesium deficiency or the correct test. I asked the doctor once for the RBC test. He gave me a big long speech about how that wasn’t important.

    • Richard Sniehard

      Thanks a bunch for your article. I have been having all kinds of problems with abdominal muscle cramps so bad, I can’t move.
      I am now going to Walmart and buy Magnesium. It couldn’t hurt. Thanks

  • Miss Em

    Hi, I’ve been taking chelated magnesium for about 5 years now for muscle tension and anxiety I’ve found it very helpful but found I’ve increased from the mg amounts in my pills. I’m currently taking 400mg most days. Do you have any views on why I would need higher levels? I am also interested in its benefits in relation to diabetes and heart disease as I’ve been pre diabetic for a few years and a strong family history of heart problems and hypertension. Would the increase be just due to a deterioration due to age and added lifestyle stress?

  • Linda

    Hi – I have had my magnesium (ERC) blood levels checked. The reference range for this is 40.1-61.2 mg/L. My magnesium was on the high side – 62.6 mg/L OR with the reference range in mmol/L the reference range is 1.65 – 2.52mmol/L – my value was 2.58 mmol/L.
    I have taken fluoroquinolone antibiotics several times, which is supposed to deplete magnesium in the body. I have symptoms of twitching, nerve impulses shooting down my legs, imsomnia, tendonitis, arthritis, thickened tendons in the soles of my feet, etc. I know the tendonitis a side effect of the antibiotics. My question is – it seems that I am exhibiting symptoms of magnesium deficiency, but my blood levels are high. As far as I know I have good kidney function. Can I still be deficient in magnesium with high blood levels? Thanks.

    • Karen

      You are having the wrong test. You need A Magnesium RBC test

    • DigitalDeb

      Yes. You need magnesium. Magnesium is found in your bones, teeth and tissues. Cofactors of magnesium are B-6 (active form use P5P), Bicarbonate and Boron (eat a couple of prunes daily). You DO need magnesium daily and the cofactors to drive it where it needs to be and help those cells retain it. A Magnesium RBC test is required to see how much you have on the cellular level, how much is actually residing in your blood cells. You should be above 6.1 and optimally at 6.5
      Don’t take garbage drugstore vitamins. Make sure to find whole food based ‘coenzymated’ or ‘active B vitamins’ to make sure you’re getting usable nutrients. Vitamins with high units of synthetic versions makes expensive urine and is ultimately no good if your body can’t convert it into a usable form. Look on Amazon or go to your local Whole Foods store. Avoid corner drugstore junk. All they carry is magnesium oxide which is poorly absorbed in your body and most often just causes diarrhea. Use mag taurine for heart palps, malate for joint pain/fibro, citrate or glycinate. Get on a good fish oil (like Metagenics) and take at least 2 twice per day. Do NOT take any combo magnesium with calcium. They are not a good idea and not the right ratio. Proper magnesium levels will drive the calcium in your body to the right places. Too much calcium supplements taken encourages calcium deposits where they don’t belong…in your aching shoulder, your tissues, your arteries, your heart…magnesium drives that calcium back where it belongs in your bones and teeth.Always start with a low dose to see how well you tolerate it. Too much too soon causes diarrhea. If diarrhea occurrs, back off/down a few days and try again. One can generally expect to safely use 500 mg per 100 pounds of body weight per day, 750 mg for a 150 pound person. I’m in the 150 range and take 1000 mg daily under direction of my functional physician for the past two years. Read, read, learn, read all you can! SO important to obtaining and maintaining good health! XOX

  • Rainbwfright

    I started taking magnesium in hopes it would help w IBS C. 2 days in it definitely helped. The first day no relief but I had developed some muscle spasms. The second day I took more and had relief but the muscle pain and spasms are out of control. They are everywhere. Random throughout my body and even in my face. my body aches and hurts so bad I can barely sleep. Not sure what’s wrong. potassium?

    • Raw Decathlete

      magnesium reduces sodium

  • G Clay

    Through the last 4 decades I think I suffered almost every one of these symptoms except the “female’ ones. I learned about Magnesium deficiency after a bout of “Frozen Shoulder Syndrome a little over 4 years ago. Thanks to Dr. Mark Sircus and this site Most of the problems of the past are under control. Between Candida, B vit. deficiency and Magnesium deficiency I like sooo many others have suffered. These things three alone keep the Medical Cartel rolling in the dough. If people weren’t deficient in Magnesium I would guess that even half of the chiropractors would be out of business. Thank you so much Dr. Sircus, I send people to your site often.

    • C Mason

      Magnesium deficiency may be creating business for pharmaceutical companies as well. Antidepressants are handed out to children and adults like candy on Halloween. Blood pressure meds are prescribed for heart palpitations. And on and on…..

      • lots3say

        Absolutely! When I was magnesium deficient, I was taking two weight loss pills, Flonase for the sinus problems, high blood pressure meds, and I was prescribed antibiotics a lot for constant yeast and sinus infections. I also was prescribed something for the urinary incontinence. All those meds I stopped taking since I started taking magnesium. Magnesium resolved all those problems.

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  • Claire, you need to obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus so he can share with you his experience and help you get off the protein pump inhibitors altogether. French

  • GR

    Hi! I have a loved one with the coxackie 3 virus. Together with that she does have a condition that is keeping the iron in her blood and every now and again she has to get rid of some of her blood to lower the iron levels in her blood. Is there anything you can recommend especially for the coxackie virus?

  • Rony

    Could some one tell me the type of Magnesium one should take to cure Calcium phosphate kidney stones? Most of the Magnesium supplements in the store is of type: Magnesium Oxide. Will it help?
    Also, kindly let me know the dosage of Magnesium and Vitamin B6.

    Thanks for your reply.

    • Rony,

      Magnesium oxide is the least well absorbed of all the different types. All oral magnesium has a disadvantage in that hey take longer to be effective than transdermal magenesium chloride which Dr. Sircus advocates using.
      Please read the Transdermal Magnesium Therapy book for more information on this. Its available as an ebook or in paperback from
      Dosages afre given in consultation only.

      Claudia French

  • jon dal

    I know this section is about magnesium which is important but could you tell me more about the baking soda. I have heard that taking baking soda with black molasses or maple syrup would be gobbled up by cancer in the body which would then kill the cancer because it would also be taking in the baking soda which kill fungus. it has be reported that cancer is a fungus. if this is true could we not just take glucose and baking soda which should work in the same way. along with other medicines including magnesium.

  • Ger Ison

    Mark, you are nothing.but a health hero. All my respects!

  • Vicki

    Dear Dr Sircus,

    In June 2013 I was very unwell. I was under a lot of stress
    and was overwhelmed and I just think my body was telling me something was
    really wrong. It all started when I went on a flight for work I felt my neck muscle spasm on the flight. Then a couple of days later I felt tingling in my fingers and then the week progressed felt dizzy at work and then my legs became weak. I went to the ER twice during this time and then after that I got worse…tightness in body as when moving neck
    down felt pulling sensation down my legs & back, tingling, legs will seize
    up in bed, vibration in my body. I was beside myself. I went to a neurologist who the ER referred me too but, he found nothing wrong with me. Ran numerous tests
    including myleogram & CT scans on my spine, brain. I can’t do an MRI as I have a pacemaker. I thought MS is the cause of all this. He said oh we will all die one day! What a comment to make. Then I thought go to a Professor who is a neurologist gave him all my tests and he checked me and said you are fine but, you have anxiety
    let’s give you a pill for that called Dothep. I went to see him for the third time at the
    beginning of the year and I said to him I have tingling and numbness in my legs
    and he just said to me ‘YOU are Unique’. So then I had a breakdown as a
    Professor doesn’t even know what I have! Do I have Anxiety at all I thought to
    myself? Yes I do but this is from what I am going through right now. I then started to getting issues with the Dothep – heart rate increased, more tremors in my body and burning sensations. Went to my cardiologist and I stopped them 2 months ago. Then I thought what to do next I started reading the Wald Protocol as she was a MS suffer & had cured herself with food and she mentioned Functional Medicine so, I looked up functional medicine here in Australia. I came across one here in Melbourne and did a RBC test and found the following:

    Yes you guessed it LOW Magnesium….38 mg/g & low Selenium 0.20 mg/g

    Also did a saliva test for my Cortisol and DHEA and found
    that my cortisol was high especially in the morning so obviously stressed.

    Current symptoms are numbness & tingling in Legs, in
    lower back when walking only, tremors in body & some spasms on occasion.

    Currently I’m on 3 x Magnesium Caltrates & 2 x Taurine tablets a day, taking 4 drops of
    Selenium but, he said to increase to 7 drops I’m not sure if this too

    I do put magnesium oil on and have used Magnesium Chloride in the bath.

    I’ve done one IV in the hospital it was great as I felt no
    numbness or tingling for 3 days but, on the weekend I did overdo it and now it
    is back as I had muscle pain and then my muscles spasmed at night, tremors etc.

    I’m going to see my cardiologist on Monday regarding getting more IV’s. I’m hoping she helps.


    – How many IV Magnesium should I do & within what period of time?

    – Which Magnesium supplement is the best to take? Are they available in Australia?

    – I have both Low Mg and Selenium – Are my readings very low. I was reading part
    of your book and noticed the chapter on MS and the linkage to low Mg &
    selenium would this be the case for me.

    – How often should I use the Magnesium oil? Can I make my own Magnesium oil? How?

    – How often should I have the Magnesium Chloride baths? I’m using Blants is this as good as the Ancient minerals.

    – How do you make the water? I’ve just got Evian water to boost up my magnesium & also coconut water.

    – I also have issues sleeping is there anything that will help?

    I know I have put a lot of information in here for you but, need help in this as this has been happening to me for a year and a half now. Finally I know why and how to fix it. Thank you for reading and taking the time to answer my questions. Vicki 🙂

    • Dear Vicki,

      I’m sorry to hear about the long standing problems you are having and it’s a good thing you have found our site and are being helped by some of the things on Dr. Sircus protocol. Unfortunately this is not the place to discuss what might help you with so many problems and you will y need to get a personal consultation with Dr. Sircus himself. Please see the options you can choose from for consultation here:

      .You can also utilize our knowledge base to search for a topic of interest, or our search box at the top of each page. If these things don’t help then please schedule a consultation as only Dr. Sircus can give you dosages.
      The book Treatment Essentials may also be helpful to you as it discusses each item in the protocol and how to use it.
      Please see our publication page for the books:
      This site is not meant to discuss individual health problems, I am sorry, but the guidance you are looking for can be made available through consultation. We look forward to helping you.
      Claudia French

    • Tracy French

      hi reading this some time after your post so dont know if you are still out there but I have your symptoms worse being the tingling and internal vibrating. did the magnesium help you?

      • Vicki

        Hi Tracy, magnesium has helped me a bit but, I still have symptoms feel tingling, & sometimes numbness when I walk mainly. I use remag from dr Carolyn dean. I get twitch in the eye at times & feel really up tight& tense at times. I get worse when Im more stressed. I don’t have vibration anymore that resolved after maybe 2 months. I know what you are going through it’s scary & I hope you get better. Get your red blood cell test to check your mg & other minerals. Do other neuro testing to rule out stuff. I’m also getting genetic testing done for mthfr & then a gene test to see what is going on. Hope this has helped you.

        • Tracy French

          Hi vicky thanks so much for the repky. Ive had the tingling and vibrations for about 6 mths now 🙁 along with dizziness anxiety and the twitching. I already used magnisium oil but have started ultra mag too. Have just gor my medical insurance so will try and get the bloods done. Am seeing a neuro for back problems so will mention the other symptoms to him.

        • Vicki

          Hi Tracey get b12 checked you may be deficient do bloods on: active b12, Rbc folate, serum folate, b12. Just read neuro symptoms can be related to b12. Like us vibration, tingling etc… Even psychological issues. So please get tested for this. Wish I knew earlier & doctors did something hoping it reversed my symptoms. I wish you well. Hope this will help you.

  • Ursula K

    I had palpitations and requested my magnesium be tested in the ER, it was the lowest it can be and still considered normal. I know it was too low and now take it almost every day, but in different ways.

    The mag chloride oil I reserve for use sparingly in areas that don’t get good blood flow, like my calves, when they are cramping or twitching. Also I use it around my ears, to allow the tiny muscles that help with balance to relax. I think too much chloride in the oil can complicate electrolyte status so thats why I no longer use it a lot.

    I found the mag oxide pills to not be absorbed at all. And they are what most people take.

    I like the mag citrate pills for relieving constipation but think their ability to propel evacuation short circuits their absorption.

    The mag glycinate pill is huge and so I soften it in water first to swallow easily. I think it provides good absorbtion but it won’t relieve constipation. My gut tells me this form is best absorbed by my body except for areas where mag has been deficient for decades and blood flow isn’t great.

    All forms have some benefit – take B complex as well, and vit C helps too.

  • Real Doctor

    This is quackery designed to sell snake oil. If you have any of the symptoms he describes, find a real doctor and get real help!

  • IntotheMatrix

    What an incredible source for magnesium information thank you.

  • hb12

    Thank you for the information however there are a few different magnesium forms(threonate) etc. I have Multiple sclerosis and looking for what is the best form for nerve pain (damage) Thank you. I know the blog is old, so hopefully you will see this.

    • Dear hb12,

      Dr. Sircus has his own protocols for neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis and he believes that transdermal application of magnesium will be of much more benefit than ANY oral magnesium preparation. You w ould need to read more of his work to understand this. He also believes that CBD oil should be used for multiple sclerosis and various other things on his protocol.
      You can begin to learn a little bit about it here:

      and other related essays can be found here:

      Claudia French

  • Fatema khateeb

    Hi iam suffering from all I read above concerning muscles weakness ………..stefness of muscles I did a v great vesiotherapy and mezzo therapy for my back but my legs hurt me an can’t stand because of stefness but tomorrow iam going to test my magnesium potassium cal sim sodium an d vitemene b 12 vitemen and my thriod and will contact you with a comment tku

  • Peter Zoska

    I don’t understand. In a video I saw of you, you said blood tests were useless for testing for magnesium because the body took the magnesium and put it in the blood at the expense of the rest of the cells which are often deficient.
    Yet above you say that the blood contains only 1% of the body’s magnesium.
    Surely you can’t have it both ways – either the blood has most of the magnesium or the body does.

    • Peter Zoska,

      Dr. Sircus’ statement is correct. While the blood only contains 1% of the total body amount of magnesium, when the level in the blood drops down, it presents a very urgent situation and the magnesium is taken from the other tissues to replace what is needed in the blood. Eventually this depletes the tissue magnesium levels down to near nothing at the expense of keeping the blood magnesium in the 1% range. So the blood has the most crucial amount of magnesium because when it drops you will suffer heart attack and die.
      So it is not to say that the blood has the most magnesium of all of our tissues, but that it is here that it is so tightly controlled to stay at its 1% range and in order to do this it draws from already deficient body tissues.
      More information is here:
      Claudia French

  • dell

    I have extremely pain full leg and body cramp that keep me up most of the night every night. None of the doctors I have seen have an answer. I take over the counter Mag ox which is482.6 mg plus otc potassium & magnesium aspartate one pill. Is this causing the body and leg cramps which are excruciating or what else can I do?

  • mumtaz yusuf

    Hi L have epilepsy for 42yrs n taking phonetoin and frolic acid suffered with constipation
    All this time now it’s restless leg at night severe cramping lack of sleep hairloss dry skin memory loss very thirsty been to Dr out of desperation can magnesium help me

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Mumtaz,

      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

  • bertha fleming

    what are some foods that contain a high volumn of magnesium?

  • Sawri Rajan Rajagopal

    What are the sourcEs of magnesium in the diet?

  • Odette

    Can magnesium and zinc deficiency cause facial hair growth in women

  • Iris

    Thank you SO very much for this write up — it was truly illuminating and I can not believe GP’s can be so ignorant and not look at this as a first ‘port of call’ so to speak …. I have started with Magnesium (all 3 types) … as I had quite a few of the symptoms described above … on and off and … after only 1 month of adding Magnesium and proper Hydration/Electrolytes, I can see and feel an incredible improvement of my body (and mind) … feeling better all round! WOHOOO 🙂

    • barry

      what electrolytes you take? how much and what kind of water you drink? and which type of magnesium, how much?

  • Rod


    I recently read an article that suggested if you were on proton pump inhibitors for more than a year, there was a good chance you were magnesium deficient. I have been on omeprazol for 18 years. I’ve also been on hydorchlorothiazide for about 5 years, drink lots of coffee and like to drink craft beer. I read the list of symptoms for magnesium deficiency and it sounded like a description of me. My kids and wife had told me that I had become intolerably irritable and I was constantly having muscle cramps and spasms. Also my fingernails were growing in all cracked, distorted and chipped. So I read all I could find on magnesium deficiency including Dr. Sircus excellent book “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” as well as Dr. Carolyn Dean’s book, “The Magnesium Miracle.” I started taking 400 mg of Doctor’s Best High Absorption Magnesium a day and hosing myself down with Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil once a day. Within a couple of days, all my cramps were all gone. I was much less irritable. I was actually calm, (makes me wonder how much of road rage can be attributed to magnesium deficiency?), and my fingernails started growing in normally. This was awesome! I’ve been doing this for 4 weeks and I feel great.

    The only problem I’ve encountered is that if I go out and have a few beers, the next morning I wake up with all the irritable and anxious symptoms I had before. Why would this be. I couldn’t imagine a few drinks washing out all the magnesium I’ve been pumping into myself for a month.

    Any thoughts?

    • Hi Rod,

      Intake of alcohol causes rapid excretion of our body’s magnesium in the urine. One or two drinks can cause a noticeable difference. Metabolism of alcohol is dependent on many magnesium dependent enzymes . The kidney excretes up to 260 % more magnesium within minutes of drinking alcohol. This is most likely why you feel as you do after taking a few drinks. Additional magnesium should be used to compensate.
      Claudia French

      • Rod

        Thank you Claudia. I will have to remember to spray the Magnesium Chloride twice a day if I am going to haf a few drinks.

  • Raquel

    Dr, Sircus good morning, I have a question for you, I want to start with the magnesium chloride ,but i don’t know how can I prepare it , how can I drink it, at what time you recommend me to drink it, in the morning before breakfast, at noon or at night , how many spoons for bottle, it should be keep in refrigerate , it rather keep in a dark bottle o transparent bottle, can I drink it for the rest of my life? or I have to stop in any moment, there are any edge to star or Anybody can drink it?
    Thanks for your help doctor Sircus,

  • LoveHealth

    Thanks for this article. I have found that magnesium taken internally and bathing in magnesium salts really helped me heal from a calcific shoulder in a much shorter period than what doctors estimated i.e. under 2months.

  • jelly

    Where is the evidence that magnesium is deficient in those on the autistic spectrum? It may appear that such individuals have poor concentration, but that is not actually true. Difficulty processing and understanding information and difficulties managing sensory difficulties typically underlie the apparent ‘lack of concentration’ that others complain about.

    I agree that the medical profession are coming across as extremely negligent in many areas of lesser understood disorders, but this article also needs to be wary of perpetuating myths based on the premise of a little information.

    • Jelly, keep in mind that serum testing for magnesium is inadequate as it does not reflect the full picture of tissue magnesium. When blood levels of magnesium fall this is a dangerous situation as it is tightly regulated in the blood and drawn from other tissues when the blood levels get low.
      Please read the following article on autism and the protective mechanisms of magnesium. Also there is evidence that magnesium given with vit. B6 can dramatically affect negative behaviors . We have also learned the benefits of medical marijuana on children with behavior disorders.

      Claudia French

  • shawn

    Heya Dr. Sircus,

    I live in Brasil and purchase biocarbonate soda in bulk and I use V-Tec magnesium Chloride. Just curiuos if you have a contact to purchase magnesium chloride in bulk in Brasil.



  • peter mugabo

    Thank you for the article! It really saved my life! I’ve having many of the symptoms described in the article for over a year,the worst being: high blood pressure, anxiety, and weight loss.

    I’ve seen about 10 internal medicine doctors, with all telling me that everything is fine(serum magnesium too was within the normal range!). Meanwhile, the suffering continued: insomnia, rapid heart rate after meals and when sleeping, high blood pressure, … and nothing prescribed by doctors could help.

    For the past 2 weeks, I went a long this article and started to take magnesium supplements tablets known as Magno B6: it’s magnesium+vitamin b6) and it’s been a miracle for me! I’m getting my life back slowly: the heart is normal, My memory is back, and anxiety is disappearing.

    The only question that I have is: how long should I continue to take magnesium supplementation?

    Otherwise, thank you very much Dr. Mark for the article. It really saved my life.

  • 1merrie1

    This is very interesting. I have cured my night time leg pain with food grade Diatomaceous Earth. I noticed that it has magnesium in it, maybe this is why it got rid of my leg pain. I put 1 Tablespoon in a cup of water and drink before bed. My nails are also growing better.

  • Genevieve L Ferrantino

    Wow, I cannot believe I found the cause of a lot of my family’s problems from this website. Thank you so much. Words cannot express how much this is revealing to me after a lifetime of heartache and pain in my family, all due to deficiency!

  • Michele Autry

    I am a R.N.
    I also have MS, along with a few other major medical issues.
    I am 46, and a mother of 6.
    As you are aware, MS patients are offered VERY powerful, VERY expensive meds to ‘treat’ our MS. All of them cost in the thousands, monthly, but, of course there is ‘patient assistnace’ that takes a $4000/mo med, down to around $50/mo for the injections.Of course, someone is getting a right off, and perhaps someone else a kick back for prescribing it. sigh…
    My medical question for you:

    1- If Mg cannot be properly measured in blood, how then is it measured to know if someone ‘is’ in fact Mg. deficient?
    2- In the studies mentioned, namely the Harvard one concerning Diabetes and Mg deficiency, how did they measure Mg. in the study patients? to come to that conclusion?

    Thank you for your time,


    • Hello Michele,

      Even though its been found and published in our medical journals that over 60% of the population have been found to be magnesium deficient there hardly seems a need to get tested, especially if you are eating a typical western diet.

      If you feel that a test must be used to determine magnesium deficiency, there are some that are available and felt to be much more realistic in that they show cellular magnesium levels instead of just serum levels which are tightly controlled.

      The red blood cell magnesium test is recommended highly by alternative practitioners with knowledge of magnesium and another is the Exatest. You can read about them at these websites :


      Red Cell Magnesium Test:

      Claudia French

  • Goddesque

    The easiest and cheapest way to get more magnesium into your body is to soak in it. Epsom salts are magnesium.

  • Shirley

    Wow! Everyone I know needs to read this! I have told so many people about magnesium, but didn’t know all that I learned here today. Thank you!

  • Fareedah Ameen

    Thank you for your work and your research.

    Please advise of natural ways or healthy options to ingest more magnesium. I definitely think I need some. I often get neck tension and pain where it feels like my head is too heavy for my neck and my neck hurts. I have saturated a towel with magnesium and placed it there and found relief doing that as a sort of bathing the neck in magnesium.

    I thought, now I need to figure out how to ingest it orally. Thanks in advance.

    • The most natural ways to obtain more magnesium is through drinking mineral-rich water on a daily basis and by eathing magnesium rich foods . Increase your intake of green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. If you have a good source for it drink a magnesium rich water such as that recommended by Dr. Sircus at
      And on the website of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil, recommended by Dr. Sircus, you can read all about the natural sources of magnesium and see how even our food levels have dropped over the years.

      Claudia French

  • stevenclarkreader

    Semi-helpful article. What would have made it a very good article would be if it had included natural food sources of magnesium. I am very suspicious of people pushing supplements.

    • Sue J

      “1) The foods they are eating are stripped of magnesium because foods in general, as we shall see below are declining in mineral content in an alarming way.” – If the soil and the water in the crops have no magnesium in them, how will natural food contain magnesium? Just asking.

      • Sue, the foods higher in magnesium are grown without artificial fertilizers and without harmful pesticides. Some farmers are enhancing their soils with increased magnesium…..some are even spraying their plants with seawater which is high in magnesium or with magnesium from other sources. These are definitely harder to find and that’s one reason why Dr. Sircus advocates using natural magnesium oil which is obtained from the deep sea and has no pollutants and is absorbed into our skin without needing to go through the GI tract where magnesium is often disabled due to gastric problems.

    • Maggie

      I do not see anyone pushing any particular brand as in self promotion. If I raised ABC red potatoes…and I wanted to promote to my own financial benefit…I would offer a recipe that called only for the use of ABC potatoes. If I were only wanting to bless others with a healthy recipe, the recipe would call for potatatoes…which can be found anywhere and be purchased from anywhere. That is how this article appears to me…informative but not self promotional. Blessings.

  • Erin

    Magnesium L-Threonate crosses the blood brain barrier. Check it out! Have it compounded or check Amazon.

  • Allison PeaceMusic Jam

    what are good sources of magnesium that are easily absorbed by the body?

    • Magnesium oil is absorbed faster and better than any oral preparation. Testing by Dr. Norman Shealy has shown that magnesium from topical application is raising levels in about 3-4 months while it often takes a 6 months to a year to raise levels with oral preparations. You can find this study in the Transdermal Magnesium Book which everyone should read.
      Dr. Sircus recommends Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil used topically. Avoid magnesium oxide as it is the most poorly absorbed.
      Claudia French

  • KG

    Very informative and so well written. Thanks!!! Shared on facebook…

  • KG

    Very informative and so well written. Thanks!!! Shared on facebook…

  • Sue

    So how should doctors test magnesium properly to detect whether someone is deficient and to see how much the deficiency?

    • We included a chapter in our Transdermal Magnesium book on the tests to check for magnesium levels…the ones that provide more information are pretty much the red blood cell magnesium test… used by Dr. Carolyn Dean. The serum blood test is not an adequate measure of the whole body magnesium levels.

      another good one is the EXA test:

      But Dr. Sircus believes the best way to determine deficiency is simply to start taking more magnesium in and notice the changes you feel.
      Claudia French

  • Clark

    I am in shock. I have the following symptoms, blurred/impaired vision, head tremor, buzzing in my ears, problems with bright light, buzzing/tingling in my torso, hands and feet, heart palpitations, irregular pulse. I have been to many doctors and they do not know what is wrong with me. I have a Christian friend and she looked at me one day and said” Magnesium”. I am going to try to purchase the ionic liquid tomorrow and try and order the bath salts. /thank you for your article

    • Engineergirl

      Hi Clark. Did the magnesium work for you? I too have tremors (internal and hands), and anxiety but nothing is wrong with my thyroid. Perhaps I am deficient as well, I haven’t tried magnesium yet but I want to know if that helped you with your tremors. THanks.

  • Dear Kathy,

    Most ionic forms of magnesium are fine to take however we are noit familiar with the brand you uyse so cannot comment on this. Its best to as the manufacturer directly. Magnesium sulfate baths are good too, though the effects of the magnesium from magnesium chloride would be more lasting in the body and would be better absorbed and not so readil eliminated than the magnesium sulfate. For most people tring to raise their magnesium levels taking a bath 3 times a week and using a magnesium oil on the opposite daysd will brin leverls up within a few months . Using oral magnesium preparations often take much longer. …..up to a year before levels are at good.
    Its great that you are already noticing the benefits and once you are relieved of symptoms you can start cutting back on what you use and how often and see when symptoms resume. This is a good indicator of how much you need. Otherwise you would need to get reliable testing…not serum magnesium levels but perhaps a red blood cell magnesium levels. These things are all described in the Transdermal Magnesium Book.
    Claudia French

  • Jilleen Anderson

    A great article highlighting this much misunderstood mineral. Dr Carolyn Dean was the first to highlight to me the importance of magnesium in a form that bypasses the gut and therefore avoids the laxative effect of taking capsules and pills. I take ReMag and ReLyte and all symptoms have gone.

  • Sophia

    what they don’t say on here is that morning sickness is a magnesium deficiency. Once you are pregnant, your body’s absorption of magnesium drops considerably, and taking supplements helps but barely keeps it from sinking. If you are thinking about getting pregnant, I can’t stress enough, get on magnesium supplements as well as folic acid and iodine etc that you’re supposed to take. And you will notice a reduction if not a complete stopping of morning sickness (as some women have high magnesium normally and this is how some women are just “luckier” than others, and why you can be fine with one pregnancy and be puking every day with the next). It will also stop the foot cramping etc that is so annoying, also will decrease those mood swings etc pregnant women are known for, and help you get an all round better night’s sleep, which is good, you know, considering babies and stuff.

  • Rose

    I want to ask you if magnesium hloride can help to children of 6 jears old for mental problem ataxia

  • stacy richardson

    hi. I’m a 30 yr old mother of 4 young boys, and have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a few months ago. But as i read more on the effects and symptoms of Magnesium defecincy, i’m seeing that i have more symptoms of this then with the fibro symptoms. My Dr has referred me to Pain management to discus the possibility of starting a Magnesium Injection for my pain (even though he hasn’t tested me for a Magnesium deficiency). So i was wondering if anyone knows if their is a connection with magnesium and fibro? and if their is an easy-home remeady i can apply to myself to help boost my magnesium without going through the injections??

    • Stacey, there absolutely is a connection between fibromyalgia and magnesium. You should read Dr. Sircus’ book on Transdermal Magnesium Therapy which describes how to use magnesium oil on your skin….this may work out for you so you can avoid injections. Give it a try!
      Claudia French

    • karen

      please try getting off gluten…then try dairy..then soy. i hope you read this.

    • Karma

      I have fibro. I had a great naturopathic dr that recommended magnesium and malic acid in pill form. I take 2 tabs everyday and I function fine. If I miss taking them I have the pain the following day. It Does help fibro. YES. I highly recommend fibroplex by metagenics. It has worked for me for 15 years.

  • RY

    This is a great article. For the last month, i’ve been having arthritic pain and I was deeply worried that I’m developing arthritis since I’ve always felt that I was prone to it due to some minor discomfort. But I felt like this is it, its getting into full blown arthritis. Then someone told me to soak my feet in espom salt and I knew that it consisted mostly of magnesium. So I got magnesium tablets and within the first day, my pain started to regress. It is simply amazing. I’m now convinced I am magnesium deficient and will be supplementing it properly with calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K and boron. I am reading about the importance of boron for good bone health as well.

  • Friend

    I love this article. I was just told by my chiropractor that I needed to include 400mg of magnesium daily into my vitamin and mineral regimen. I have alot of the symptoms mentioned here such as… muscle twitches, (very bothersome), muscle tension, headaches, neck pain and stiffness, blurred vision at times, palpitaions, facial twitches, (lips, eyes, cheeks) PMS cymptoms which is very bothersome because I have 4 GREAT children and a wonderful husband who usually get the brunt of it, also very on edge feeling alot, the worse one is the fatigue. I started taking the magnesium and already starting to feel better. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MINERAL and I am so glad I found this article. God Bless.

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  • Dagmar

    Thanks so much for this article!! For so many years I’ve been struggling with muscle cramps & leg restlessness for which I’ve been taking Mg supplements (in small doses), but none of my doctors ever brought to my attention that also all my other symptoms may very well be related to Mg deficiency. Specially the extreme thirst & hunger! No one’s ever been able to explain why I get that, in fact no one’s ever even really paid attention when I’ve mentioned it. And then there’s all the mental stuff, which I’ve been suffering from for many years as well…
    Thanks so much! It’s been such a relief to read this article- finally someone who can explain and who has an answer!

  • Cincolo

    I have Hashimoto’s and use the Magnesium oxide for constipation. Is it ok to take both oxide and chloride?

    • you would need to watch for signs of too much, even though oxide is poorly absorbed from the GI tract.

  • Carmel Ryan

    Thank you for article very informative sounds like everyone magnesium deficient

  • Lilia

    Does anyone know which book talks about dissolving kidney stones?

  • Lucy

    This is a fantastic post. I have been looking into this for a few weeks, and your post excites and frustrates me. Excites because of how well worded it is, and frustrates as so many people would refuse to believe you as they simple refuse to understand how our society brainwashes us to use orthodox medicine but can legally make so many people suffer.

  • merrymiracles

    Thank you for this article. In May of this year, I was hospitalized with a kidney infection. While in the hospital, they gave me an IV bag full of magnesium. I never would have thought. About 1 month later, I saw an advertisement at Whole Foods about magnesium. A few days later, I ended up with my 3rd migraine in as many months. I put 2 and 2 together and researched whether low magnesium was the culprit. In less than 2 hours after taking magnesium, my migraine lifted. Ever since, my migraines have ceased and I tell people regularly about the wonders of magnesium. Thanks for all the good work you do Dr. Sircus.

    • Thanks for sharing your experinece here! So glad magnesium helped you so much.
      Claudia French

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      Thank you for this article. In May of this year, I was hospitalized with a kidney infection. While in the hospital, they gave me an IV bag full of magnesium. I never would have thought. About 1 month later, I saw an advertisement at Whole Foods about magnesium. A few days later, I ended up with my 3rd migraine in as many months. I put 2 and 2 together and researched whether low magnesium was the culprit. In less than 2 hours after taking magnesium, my migraine lifted. Ever since, my migraines have ceased and I tell people regularly about the wonders of magnesium. Thanks for all the good work you do Dr. Sircus.
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    • floxed

      They probably gave you the magnesium because they were giving you flourquinolones (new powerful antibiotics) and wanted to make sure that your mag levels were high, as there have been serious lasting side effects from using those drugs for mag deficient people – not so much to help with the infection itself…

  • RealityBased1

    The symptoms of hypomagnesemia or hypermagnesemia are well known, and are taught to medical students. Contrary to your faulty assertions, it is tested for when patients have symptoms suggestive of it. For example, alcoholics are well known to have low Mg, and it is routinely ordered when they present to the ER.

    However, low Mg is not as epidemic in the general population of the worried well as you make out, and it is not a panacea treatment that should be given to anyone with a check list of symptoms. Fortunately, in otherwise healthy people, excess Mg will generally be excreted in the urine. However, in the occasional patient who may have kidney disease, they may have trouble excreting Mg, and they could be made more ill by taking an Mg supplement.

    If you are ill, see a real doctor for a real diagnosis and proper evidence based treatment. Not a quack who has to set up his own official sounding organisation to give himself the patina of legitmacy.

  • el jenkins

    You the man, Dr. Mark Sircus. This explains everything!!!!!!

  • Mother of 3

    In December last year I started getting severe leg cramps (in both legs) which lasted at least 30minutes a time. I was told its normal when your half way through a pregnancy. The cramps continued until one day they didn’t go away and the legs got so bad I found it incredibly hard to walk, rest or try to sleep. No one medically helped me even though I was taken to hospital several times in major pain. With 2 children and one on the way I thought I was a gonna. In march they found a blood clot in one leg but couldn’t tell me why both my legs were painful. During labour in April this year my legs and arms cramped up and I couldn’t move, all that was said to me from the medical people was ‘breathe’. After being kicked out of the hospital I was feeding baby as its drummed into us ‘breast is best’ my body was in agony and I wanted my legs gone. I started taking magnesium tablets and stopped feeding because I needed to try something, I needed to get back to being a mum. It’s now September and I can walk again. I’m not completely pain free and I’m very scared about exercising as I never want that pain back. But I believe in the power of magnesium and you are what you eat. My question is because I had this severe issue for so long is it possible i have caused permanent damage to my leg muscles and will this happen again if I get pregnant again?

    • To Mother of Three:

      If permanent muscle damage had occurred it would be unlikely that you have come so far as to now be able to walk again….sounds like there is still some problem but you describe incredible improvement from a horrid situation…. So glad to hear that!!! Will this occur again if you get pregnant? That’s hard to say but for sure I would make sure my mangesium levels stayed way up there ….prenatal vitamins have very little magnesium in them…..and pregnancy requires more than usual. Using oral magnesium tablets generally takes much longer to replete a mg. deficiency than if you are using a transdermal method…..have you tried transdermal magnesium?
      If you would like to discuss your particular situation in more detail you will need to obtain a consultation with Dr. Sircus. You can see the various options for doing that here:

      Claudia French

      • Mother of three

        Thanks for that info. Yes I tried transdermal magnesium on my legs and found it made my skin tight and itchy. Perhaps I will try the magnesium flakes in a bath and see if that helps me more.

  • bariebel

    Is it possible to have short episodes of blurred or sort of double vision from a Magnesium deficiency?

    I had an extremely bad flu, I was very sick and in bed for 21/2 weeks. I was put on antibiotics and during this period I had four short episodes of blurred /double vision. Morning and evening of one day, next morning again and a week later one very short episode.

    The doctors are now turning me inside out, but I was wandering if it could be due to a Magnesium deficiency, because of my sickness I did not take my vitamins nor my liquid Magnesium, I just forgot because I was so sick.

    I think my Magnesium level never was very high as I used to suffer from cramps in my toes for years and most painful until a friend told me about Magnesium. If I take Magnesium regularly every day i never have cramps anymore. When I told my doctor he just laughed and said – as long you believe it it’s fine with me. Doctors know nothing about Magnesium, vitamins and/ or nutrition. It is very sad that doctors do not learn anything about preventing sickness, they only cure and that only with drugs. Very sad!

    I sincerely hope you are able to give me an answer to my question. Thank you!.

    • Since magnesium has been shown to have a great deal to do with good vision it would be reasonable that it could be a symptom of deficienccy Magnesium has been found to have a significant role in preventing blindness, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and so many others. Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil has even been useful for healing of the eyes and cutting eye inflammation by diluting it and using it as drops in the eyes. See this video Dr. Mark gives us on using magnesium for the eyes. :

      We are promoting Ancient Minerals Magnesium oil this month in a 40% off sale for IMVA readers on all magnesium products till the end of September…..see this for details and codes to put in when purchasing at the following link.

      Claudia French

    • Dale Whiteley

      Several years I had a friend who was a Doctor. I asked him why doctors treat everything with a pill? His answer was “All the medical schools are supported by the drug companies so the schools only teach drug therapy” They don”t treat the problem, they treat the symptom, that is where the money is. Treating the disease, not curing.

    • openmind

      Doctors need to be humble and open minded towards what patients can teach them. Medical doctors, engineers, lawyers, accountants, all need to broaden their perspectives…and MD’s end up thinking too much of themselves…sorry but it is true.

  • Chloe

    Good Morning,

    My daughter was over infused with iron early this year and has suffered magnesium (and probably other mineral defeciency: zinc & b vitamins) for over 5 months. She was so severely poisoned that she suffered muscle tremors/seizures, heart problems, oxygen debt, circulation problems, high heart rate and high blood pressure amongst numerous other symptoms. The doctors had no idea what to do. Finally we found a doctor who gave her a couple of venesections to remove the toxic iron from her system. This, and massive doses of Mg (1000mg Elemental of Dimagnesium Malate Oral Tablets plus spraying her entire body twice daily with Transdermal Mg Oil have helped to balance her slightly back to normal.

    She is still struggling to get her Mg up. Should she consider asking for a Mg injection to help this problem? She is having her bloods done again on Monday, and expects them to be closer to normal as far as iron goes. She is a professional triathlete and takes no other medication except vitamins and other minerals (at the momentShe is now struggling with the Ancient Minerals asuch high doseage is now burning her skin. Also, would like to understand Mg role in building haemoglobin?

  • Veronica Allison

    I have so many of those symptoms…and get up to take a capsule of magnesium almost every nite…this happens to be one of those nites. It has been with me for a long time…

    • Hi Veronica,

      You might want to try the Goodnight Lotion from LL’s Magnetic clay on sleepless nites.: It is a quickly absorbed combination of magnesium , MSM and Melatonin.
      This and their regular magnesium oil would be a good way to learn the benefits of transdermal magnesium treatments over using oral supplements. This may work faster for you.
      This may be going on sale soon. Watch Dr. Sircus’ newsletters for an announcement. I have been very impressed with this new product and use it often!
      Claudia French

  • Marskinner

    Can magnesium oil CAUSE muscle aches? I’m on day 5 of using it and my joints and muscles are cramping a lot. They weren’t doing this before I started using the oil. I’m using about 15-20 sprays per day. Thinking of quitting unless this is perhaps a natural “detox” symptom.

    • Marskinner,

      Sometimes magnesium oil can overwhelm the stores of calcium in your body when you first start using it. The magnesium is absorbed rapidly and you may need to take some extra calcium till your tissues build up in magnesium. This happened to me when I first took a magnesium bath…..but calcium made the muscle cramps stop right away…within a half hour of ingesting some. Don’t stop using magnesium oil though…..just keep a balance with calcium and keep some calcium on hand if this happens again. sesame seeds work as does hummus.
      Claudia French

      • Marskinner2

        Thanks for the fast response! I’m curious what it means when magnesium “overwhelms calcium stores”. I tried adding calcium but I’m still having achy fingers, calves and feet. I feel very unsure of the amount of minerals and vitamins I should be getting. I am sure I’m highly deficient in lots of things. I’ve bee pregnant or nursing for five years now. I feel very depleted. (At one point I had a vitamin D level of merely 6!)

        Also, is it true that the more deficient you are in magnesium, the more the oil will sting the skin? The stuff itches and stings me a lot. I can tolerate the sting, so I haven’t bothered diluting it. I’ve only used about 1 ounce in five days. Not enough but I’m taking it slow, or so I thought.

        • Marskinner2,

          It woulld be a good idea to have a complete evaluation including your current mineral status. This can be done a number of ways and getting some hair testing by a naturopathic provider is only one way. If you have been nursing and/or pregnant for most of the past 5 years, it can surely deplete you of a number of things including magnesium. You are probably also defecient in iodine.
          You should consider reading Dr. Sircus book on Treatment Essentials which will help you to understand what everyone needs to be doing to stay at optimum health and what many need to be doing to overcome some of our most devastating illnesses like cancer. This book will give you the basics of what to follow without having to rely totally on outside health care providers.

          What I meant by “overwhelming calcium stores” was that when first taking in magnesium if you are deficient, your cells will take it up so rapidly that it causes a temporary imbalance and overcomes the calcium that has been residing in the cells. The magnesium will push this calcium out of the tissues to make way for the magnesium, thus creating a temporary imbalance that can be restored with time and by maintaining a 1:1 balance of calcium to magnesium.
          Some people are sensitive to the chlorides and this can cause the burn or itch that you feel. It can take some time to become accustomed to this or you can rinse off the mag application after 30 minutes or dilute the solution used. Some believe that the burn does indicate a greater deficiency of magnesium and that this will go away after more balance is restored, but this has never been actually proven.
          Claudia French


    I am a long term (10 years) Nexium taker and my blood pressure had been so erratic I was lost for the cause, not realizing it was the PPI medication that was causing it. I discovered this when watching the latest NEXIUM “little purple pill” commercial….Then I began taking a 400 mg magnesium supplement daily and within a week my blood pressure was stable and I felt so calm I thought I was getting sick. It may sound strange but I had to get used to the “new me”. I also had terrible muscle spasms due to many spinal herniations and nerve problems but my body now feels more relaxed than it has in many years.

    • Dear Karoake Junkie,
      Thanks for sharing your story with us here. Is great to hear of your improvement with magnesium. I was just reading a new study today that confiremd the fact that these Proton Pump Inhibitors are causing magnesium deficiencies . I am an RN and it used to be that Nexium was only prescribed for short term use. and never for 10 years. So I hope you have been able to find out the source and cause for your problem and are off of this drug now. Claudia French


        My long term Nexium use is due to Barretts esophagus.

  • Amy

    My daughter is 21 and is a cancer survivor. She had osteosarcoma at age 12 and one chemotherapy she received was cisplatin. She has taken mag and potassium supplements for years. For the second time in the past seven years she presented with severe nausea and vomiting. Was dehydrated and mag was very low at 1.0. She was admitted to hospital for 9 days. Came home for 2 went back in again for 3 and is trending down again. We cannot convince the medical community that her serum mag is not indicative of tissue level and to keep helping her with IV mag. It’s evident hat when her mag drops she begins vomiting again. This has been going on for 3 weeks. She has lost 15 pound. Now weighs 108. All GI studies are normal. They now want to do an MRI of her brain. We are desperate to find someone who will continue the IV mag until her Orval’s will support her. Help please

    • To Amy,

      Until you know for sure what is wrong that your daughter can’t hold onto magnesium (there could be many different reasons) you should be using Dr. Sircus’ protocol for Transdermal Magnesium with Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil. This will absorb faster than any oral magnesium product and is easy to apply. Dr. Sircus feels it is the next best thing to IV magnesium. Use up to two oz. per day on the skin, in foot baths or tub baths (get flakes for this, cheaper and more is needed in tub baths) and you can even mix orally in water.
      An alternative is to join Dr. Sircus’ new magnesium bicarbonate group which you can learn about here:
      These things will help keep her magnesium levels up!

      Claudia French

      • Amy

        Thanks. I will look into that. What do you think of magnesium taurate?

  • Rebel1

    “Magnesium levels drop at night….”

    How is this possible, especially if you haven’t urinated during the night? Where does the magnesium atom disappear to?

    • Rebel 1

      There have been some studies which have shown the circadian rythms of our body affects magnesium excretion and confirms that more magnesium is excreted at night than in the daytime. The mechanisms of this are not yet well known but they seem to show that this magnesium excretion at night is not dependent on urination or lack of it at night but on renal absorption/excretion issues.
      Renal circadian rhythms have been associated with not only magnesium levels but also with calcium, phosphate, sodium, potassium, pH, erythropoietin (red blood cell forming hormones) and many other things. All of this is under study and mechanisms are not well understood yet.
      Very interesting question, and I’m sorry I don’t have a better answer for you at this time, but will keep looking. Maybe someone else reading here can fill us in.
      Claudia French

  • How does I.G.G. low levels play a role in Magnesium Deficiency and could low I.G.G. be the cause…Thanks Dr.Sircus…Blesses Aidan Walsh…

    • In studies done in type 1 diabetics (who are very low in magnesium) it was shown that: magnesium deficit has profound immunosuppressive capabilities in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus by significantly reducing the number of IgG synthesizing cells and serum IgG concentrations.
      No doubt that magnesium deficiencies cause low levels of IGG in many other conditions.

  • Ap;ril

    I have seen internet posts saying that Dr. Sircus is a scam, etc.. etc. Probably posts by pharmaceutical industry bloggers. lol. HOWEVER, in my estimation he is a totally brilliant man who has done his homework and knows and understands how these essential elements work in the body. I just started using the magnesium sulfate he recommends on my legs and feet for cramping at night and immediately the cramping stops. I am also taking iodine, along with selenium and zinc for my fibrocystic breast disease, applying the magnesium directly to the breasts… I’ve had FBD for over 25 years. Well 6 weeks later, my breast tissue is softer than it’s been since my 20’s ,.. I am now in my 50’s. I felt like my body breathed a collective sigh of relief when being supplemented with nutrients its been craving. Along with a better diet, I feel 100 times better. I am looking forward to continued improvements in the coming months. I now have my husband and son taking the same supplements. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Sircus for his work. In my book, Dr. Sircus is the King!!!

    • Thanks April,

      Its always nice to receive this kind of positive feedback! Glad this has worked so well for you!

  • jo

    Hi ,I would like to know if magnesium clhoride could help me with my reumatoide arthritis?

  • This is an outstanding article. Thank you so much for sharing. I too am passionate about the benefits of magnesium supplementation. Here is a great list of symptoms you are likely to experience if you are magnesium deficient. Always happy to help.

  • Ernesto


    I have pretty much all the symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency (MD). I live in upstate NY.

    I was wondering is there any Doctors or hospital research facilities near me that deal specifically with MD. I mean the symptom are spot on to mine. I believe there needs to specialist that deal only with Magnesium Deficiency (MD). PLEASE WRITE OR PHONE!


    Ernie Colon

    • Dear Ernesto,

      I’m sorry but we are not aware of any research project or doctor or hospital in the area you are talking about. You might check with the universities in your area.
      Its very easy to learn how to use magnesium either with the help of Dr. Sircus’ book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy or via a phone/skype conference call with him.
      This is easy to do and there are different options for what is affordable to you. Please check:
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    • maggiesnipe

      If you are willing to go to Canada there is a place that will test you for your magnesium. There is a lot to it. you will have to go a few times as they will do numerous test. I had to go there to get the magnesium through IV. They will test you for many things and are geat at explaining. I know its a far travel but if your symptoms was like mine…it’s worth it. It is in Nova Scotia and it is called Fall River clinic…maybe you can call just to get information?

  • Ladonna m

    Every time I use ancient minerals magnesium oil I itch like CRAZY for the rest of the night and not where I apply the oil .. It’s on random places. Is this a detox reaction? Or what ancient minerals told me is the cells are so deficient. Should I keep doing it? Is this itching normal? This also happened with dr Ron’s mag max ( a very clean form of magnesium and b6)

    • mary ellen

      I itch a little , not much right after using magnesium oil. I find that if it is bothersome you can use a little moisturizer or lotion on the areas where the oil was applied. Works for me. You may also try using less of the oil and work your way up over time. The benefits of the oil have been so extraordinary for me I couldn’t live without it.

  • Dianne

    My brother has been on dilantin for seizures for 26 years. He’s just discovered that he has many other symptoms of magnesium deficiency, many of which have impacted his career and family life. Do you have any resources that would convince a clinician (nurse) that this is “real” and not just an excuse for bad behavior (confusion, irritability, fatigue, etc.)?

    • Yes, give the clinician the book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy to read through. It is the best referenced material on magnesium deficiency and includes information on seizures, stress, depression etc.
      In fact, magnesium has been shown to have been used by some doctors in cases of “intractable” seizures, when nothing else would stop these. Magnesium did!! Also have him get some magnesium oil and just start using it…he will see a difference very shortly, in mood, sleep, behavior etc.

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  • andras48

    sorry, you give no reference and no quantitative metric for “deficiency”..the symptoms you associate with this so called deficiency are anecdotal and diffuse..each one of the symptoms you describe could be caused by almost infinite other mechanism…there is not only one depression, or fatigue, or nausea or autistic conditions…it is sad that you call this “medicine”

    • Magnesium deficiency is clearly defined and referenced by the official sources mentioned in the book. But you are so right that there could be other causes for some of these deficiency symptoms. It is better to remedy the deficiency before going on to attempt to give pharmaceutical drugs to fix one problem or another. Especially if an easy thing like magnesium would work more safely and more quickly. Nutritional needs are too often considered last in diagnosing any problem, and not first, when often it should be or at the very least it should be the first thing that is ruled out. That’s called safe medicine practice!

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  • Katonah

    Excellent article/read. Thank you. I will be seeking out better magnesium chloride sources RIGHT NOW. No time to lose. Live long and healthier. Liking that paragraph about “The foundation of medical arrogance is actually medical ignorance” fueled by “greed lust for power and money”. Yaaaay!!! Lets blow the lid off of their betrayal of the Hippocratic Oath and all that it means.

  • Poodlemama

    What about food sources high in magnesium?

    • Of course we should all increase our intake of high magnesium foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts. beans, brown rice and a few other things (even chocolate is high magnesium) but the nutritional content of magnesium has been dropping over the years as our soils become more depleted. We need to do more by way of watering the land with magnesium rich water (some people/farmers near the sea water with sea water) instead of using artificial fertilizers. This high magnesium sea water would help to replenish the land and the produce.

      Before relying on foods rich in magnesium please read this article by our friends at LL’s Magnetic Clay:
      The Bad News about Magnesium Food Sources:

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  • Twinmommy

    I had a serum Mg test done some two years ago, and was advised the results were normal. For many years, I have soooo many of the symptoms of Mg deficiency including, spontaneous tremors of my cheek, arm, upper eyelid, leg, extreme foot cramps, difficulty swallowing, GERD, mental fogginess, fatigue and anxiety. Do I just go ahead and begin supplementation or should I request more indepth Mg testing? I worry that my son may also be deficient, can I supplement him as well?
    Thank you for this article.

    • Serum testing is not very accurate for magnesium levels in the tissues of the body as the blood is tightly controlled an only carries 1% of the entire body’s magnesium. Better to seek out a more thorough test like the red blood cell test.
      You can begin supplementation with magnesium as long as you have good working kidneys which will easily remove any excess from your body. Try some magnesium oil and you will likely be surprised at how much better you will feel very shortly.
      Also see this YouTube video that Dr. Sircus made on testing for magnesium deficiencies:
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  • Mary

    If magnesium dieficiency, can the numbness in the legs be constant along with intermittent numbness of the scalp? I have many of the other symptoms and have had a million tests to no avail. The numbness has not affected my movement but is severe along with eye issues and cloudy thinking that change from day to day.

    • Mary,

      It is possible that the numbness can be continuous and the quickest and easiest way to tell if this is from a magnesium deficiency or associated neuropathy is to get a small bottle of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil and start applying it to your legs daily and see if you notice any improvement. You probably will. Magnesium is also helpful in eye problems and the fogginess you describe. Magnesium deficiencies are not picked up well by regular serum blood tests. —– Original Message —–
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  • raf

    Nice article, I have been struggling with a bunch of weird symptoms for the last 3 months. Actually, I have always had upper back, shoulder and neck pain. But in the last three months, my health has significantly deteriorated. First it started with back pain and constipation, then tingling, numbness and muscle cramps in my legs and hands, I feel pain specially in my calves.
    And recently, I have severe chest pain which makes breathing hard.These symptoms just come and ago, sometimes for a few days I feel good. I had both my brain and neck MRI’s which were normal, I also tested my vitamin B12 and magnesium level in blood serum. The magnesium level was 1.8 which is normal. I wonder if there is any kind of connection between my health problems and magnesium deficiency.

    • Raf,

      Its a big possibility that what you are feeling is the result of magnesium deficiency because serum magnesium tests do not accurately reflect the true state of tissue magnesium levels. Our blood holds a very tight rein on magnesium and keeps it at a very tight level. If the blood level drops down it indicates that our system is very close to failure of the heart or major organs. Magnesium is removed from other tissues to maintain the proper blood serum level… the rest of the body tissues can become depleted of magnesium before this deficiency shows up in the blood serum.
      There are more accurate magnesium tests that you can have done and these include 24 hour urine testing for magnesium, a test called the Exatest, red cell magnesium testing and these can be done at your doctors request. But an easy way to determine if you are suffering from deficiency is to simply begin to use some Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil on your skin on a regular and consistent basis, meaning daily, and see if any of these symptoms abate. Many people will find that they feel better almost immediately or within days with lower blood pressure, lower blood sugars, less pain, cramping and stiffness, better sleep at night, less anxiety& depression and more. Be sure your kidneys are in good working order as this is the only contraindication to using magnesium.
      Its cheaper than getting expensive testing to just try out a small bottle of magnesium oil. Many people feel improvement within hours of first using it.
      See Dr. Sircus video on “No testing needed” at:
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      • Michele Autry

        When you said, ” Be sure your kidneys are in good working order as this is the only contraindication to using magnesium… ”

        what exactly do you mean for people to check out about their kidneys?

        The average person does not have the ability to evaluate kidney function without a doctor running kidney function labs on them.

        What kind of kidney issues are contraindications?
        Also, when you said…
        “more accurate magnesium tests that you can have done and these include 24 hour urine testing for magnesium, a test called the Exatest”

        Could you tell me more about this 24 hour urine test? What type of doctor typically orders this type of test? an endocrinologist? Is this a recognized form of testing used among the medical profession, or is it primarily only recognized among the homeopathic physicians?
        Are other electrolytes being evaluated? I

        • Michele,

          a 24 hour urine magnesium test is not used much …..but can be done by naturopathic doctors or those treating magnesium wasting diseases.
          The other tests for magnesium are being done more now by alternative doctors, such as the Exatest…..
          Testing for kidney functioning is carried out through urine and a blood test done with a doctor’s prescription. You can read this Kidney Foundation article that tells more about thee testing needed to help diagnose kidney problems:

          You may not need a test for checking magnesium deficiency as most people are deficient, but you will need testing to check kidney functioning.
          Claudia French

  • Lizzy

    I suffered from PSVT that would wake me in the night. I also dealt with extreme anxiety and irritability. There are several other symptoms from your list that I recognize as things I’ve dealt with. Almost 2 years ago I visited a Naturopath. The other doctors would have had me relying on some pretty heavy medications and I really didn’t want to go that route. One thing I’ve started taking regularly is a magnesium supplement and I really do think it has helped tremendously. I have read that a magnesium deficiency can also be a factor in extreme morning sickness. Is this true? I was hospitalized for this during my pregnancy and I’m hoping that this knowledge can prevent that from happening if I get pregnant again.

  • Mike

    I have been on proton pump inhibitors, for acid reflux issues, ever since
    these drugs have been invented. (Prevacid, Nexium, Dexilant).
    I have been on very high dosages of these pills and I have had 5
    partial complex seizures. After the seizures I had a cat-scansand was told
    everything was fine. I have recently read that the acid inhibitors cause a
    magnesium deficiency because the keep stomach acid from being created,
    and that not having this acid creates the magnesium deficiency, which cause seizures.
    Do you think this is in fact a logical connection, and if so what are the best
    magnesium supplement to take while taking proton pump pills. Thanks for
    reading this…..Mike

    • Mike

      Furthermore, I get foot pain so severe in the ball of my
      foot, that I require a cortisone shot, but I did nothing whatsoever
      To cause any I jury to my foot.

      • Hi again Mike,

        Sorry to hear about the cortisone for your foot ……I am assuming it must be pretty painful and inflamed? The transdermal magnesium therapy should also be used to apply and massage into the foot. This will help to decrease inflammation, and reduce pain, and in crease circulation. See if that helps…apply magnesium chloride at least 2-3xper day or do a foot soak with it! Hope you get off that injection soon! —– Original Message —–
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    • Hi Mike,

      I hope you’ve been following Dr. Sircus’ experience with acid reflux issues! Yes these proton pump inhibitors can deplete magnesium and it would be a beneficial idea if you started using magnesium chloride to decrease the possibility of seizures. Magnesium has been very effective for seizures. This may also help in decreasing the amount of the proton pump inhibitors that you are needing right now. These drugs really should only be taken for short periods of time….meaning 6 weeks or less…and only if absolutely necessary.
      Get yourself some Ancient Minerals from LL’s Magnesium Clay and start applying it transdermally to your skin…….start slowly and increase the amount up to 2mg./day. Transdermal use of magnesium will bypass the digestive tract and therefore avoid any absorption problems that might be present due to your stomach problems.

      Dr. Sircus has had significant improvement by going on a liquid fast, by avoiding all sugars and by using methods to increase alkalinity in his system including sodium bicarbonate and magnesium. Iodine is another option if you have the h.pylori which has been termed the biggest source of Gerd and acid reflux issues. This can now be tested by a breath test. —– Original Message —–
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  • Cassie


    I have been on benicar and lasax for the last few years and was in the ER due to very low blood pressure. So, I remained in the hospital for about four days as they tried to elevate my pressure. My cardiologist cut the dose of both medications. Several months later I was in the ER having leg crams and feeling very light headed.

    After reading your article on magnesium, I never was aware of the importance of magnesium in our body and how a lack of it affect it. How much of magnesium should I take and what would recommend?

    Thank you,

    • I’ve took a course in Biosignature (Poliquin Group) and what I learned is if you are severely deficient in magnesium (have your blood cells tested to know), it would be 2gr a day for a women and 4gr a day for men. It’s good to use a supplement with many type (chelate) of magnesium because it is absorbed better by the body.

      Hope this help and I wish you well.

      • Iris

        I did some research as I need it myself and am also going to look into ‘Magnesium Oil’ — which is said to be the best form as it is absorbed directly into the skin. Easy to order online or from healthfood stores.

        • Donna

          I came across a study done on soldiers that were using “magnesium oil” out in the field verses ones who did not, there were no differences in magnesium levels. The reason for this as was stated, was that the skin is water proof and therefore cannot absorb the oil.????

          • Bruno

            That can’t be true Donna, Magnesium-oil is no oil at all,
            and does not contain any oil.
            It is just high concentrated Magnesium Chloride in water,
            but because that high salt concentration it feels oily if you rub it between your fingers.

            See also:
            How did they measure Mg in those soldiers? In their blood?
            It won’t show up pretty fast in the blood, like above article already said.

          • Brigitte Fille Francais

            please note it’s called oil, but it actually magnesium chloride and water combined….it’s just called oil, but actually water and Magnesium chloride….it kinda feels like it,
            hence the name oil….

          • Dede Harrington Vaughn

            Except magnesium oil isn’t oil. It is brine from the ocean with the magnesium. I make my own magnesium oil, I buy the flakes of magnesium and dissolve them in warm water poured into a spray bottle and shake shake shake, then spray spray spray. 20-50 sprays!

      • Grace

        Dear Marie-Pier, I see you’ve replied to a woman who has/had low blood pressure. One of the symptoms of Mg deficiency is high blood pressure, and Mg is known to help with hypertension, it can naturally lower blood pressure. So will not supplemental Mg make low blood pressure even lower?
        Interestingly, though, some sources list low blood pressure among symptoms of Mg deficiency. I wonder how that can be possible.

  • Dianne Morgan

    I have very short bowel syndrome, due to Crohn’s. I have to take 10 gastrolyte a day, 8TBLsp of Magnesium a day to keep me hydrated. I would like to know just what is the normal range count and low range. I get a lot of the symptoms that have been mentioned, leg cramps, even hands, what I call air hunger, very fatigued, irregular heart rate at times. If you could answer my questions then I could be more proactive, I have found some doctors are not always up front re: magnesium. Thank You

    • Diane,

      Since you have short bowel syndrome and Chron’s your needs for magnesium may be much greater than people without these conditions, so it is hard to say what would be normal counts for you. You may have some magnesium wasting going on with the Chron’s disease.

      You would need to get tested for magnesium levels and most doctors only do serum magnesium levels which are not very accurate as to the status in your other tissues. Please get Dr. Sircus’ book on Transdermal Magensium Therapy, 2nd Edition and learn much more about this and about the approp[riate tests to have done if you want.

  • amanda

    I seem to have many of the symptoms that you are describing. From headaches,tingling of the hands and also major anxiety. I was pregnant 4 years ago and came down with a horrible rash called PUPs. It was a living hell for most of the pregnancy. At a point I had to be put on oral steroids to calm down some of these issues. Ever since then I seem to have very dry skin and a rash somewhere on my body. For the past few years it seems to have ended up on my hands. To be quite honest it hurts and is quite embarrasing. I came upon this site when I was reading up on an eczema board. Any ideas???

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Amanda,

      I’m sure you’ve seen and tried many of the remedies available for your skin problems.

      It wouldn’t hurt to try transdermal magnesium oil, diluted in some spring water. Other things that might help ar a sodium bicarbonate paste, e hemp oil, either the nutritional type or the one now available legally from high cannabidiol hemp. I’ve heard this cream works like a charm on rashes of all types. You’ll be hearing more about this shortly from Dr. Sircus.


    I am a 27yo male athlete in fairly good health. Approximately 2 years ago I started taking a pre workout supplement which has 360mg magnesium per scoop and was recommended for best results to take two scoops on empty stomach 30-45mins prior to workout and 1 scoop at least 2.50hrs later on training days and 1 scoop on non training days. I followed this consistantly for 8 weeks on 2 weeks off and was training 6 days a week. Consuming approximately 1080mg magnesium in a 2.50 hr period 6 days a week for about a year and a half. What I initially noticed was a slight burning in my lower left pelvic area, probably in the sigmoid colon that would get better in my off cycles and start back up a week or so after starting the supplement. This led to a point of extreme pain in lower left pelvic area that made me stop everything for 3 weeks until it got better. On the fourth week I started working out again and supplementing. Approximately two months after that, within 15mins or so of taking the supplement I would literally diarrhea, as if it were running straight through me. This lasted about a week, until that slight pain in my lower left pelvic area tore in the gym while playing basketball. I went straigh to the hospital and with no insurance was told it was either a torn muscle or hernia. Since then I have been back to the hospital twice, where they have done blood work, a bunch of urinalysis, x rays, ultrasound of lower left pelvic area, and a bunch of big hospital bills. Yet no definitive answers for my situation, because according to all the test I am healthy. I neglected to mention asides from the pain in lower left pelvic area, IBS symptoms constantly, the worse of my afflictions have recently been debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. I have until recently been extremely mentally stable and for someone who believes in mind over matter, can say anxiety attacks are extremely scary and for me reoccurring. I am a married father of three beautiful boys, and the sole supporter of our family. Lately these issues have been affecting me at work and putting my job at risk. I deep down inside feel that the pre workout supplement is the root of all the negative physical and mental issues I am currently dealing with and would appreciate any opinions on my situation. Sorry so long. In my blood work they never tested mag levels, and in the xrays of my abdominal are the only comments were irreguelar gas pattern and small amount of feces in large intestine. The urinalysis checking for any kidney abnormalities came back all negative, and the ultrasound which was meant to look for a possible inguinal hernia came back negative as well. My apologies are for such a lengthy story, “even though summed up” and my thanks are to those who took the time to read and formulate an opinion that hopefully you will share. Thanks All.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Kenny,

      I’m sorry to hear of your situation as it sounds like things have really deteriorated for you. You do not mention what else besides magnesium was in your pre-workout supplemental powder. You cannot blame magensium except for the diarrhea that these large amounts caused. That’s the biggest problem with taking magnesium orally. And evenn if diarrhea starts, its effects generally cause no long-term harm.

      Have you had any testing done for heavy metals? I only ask because I’ve heard through the grapevine (no proof since I don’t know what you were taking” that some of these sports powders can be contaminated with heavy metals.

      Dr. Sircus would recommend that the first thing you do is to try some topical magnesium instead of any oral magensium (for calmiing effects) and that you take a good quality probiotic (Prescript-Assist) to help with your intestinal issues. Both are available at LL’s Magnetic Clay Co.

      Dr. Sircus would also suggest you get on his full protocol as soon as possible.

      Please consider talking with him directly about what to do.

  • Lauren

    I started using magnesium oil about a year ago, and switched to magnesium flakes about 9 months ago. I still use the oil occasionally, but find it’s much easier for me to get larger doses of magnesium that I need using the flakes. I have been a steady user, as without them, I get explosive migraines when I use my sauna.

    When using the magnesium oil, I have occasionally experience some minor burning and irritation. When I use the flakes, at a higher concentration, I’ve never had any irritation at all, no matter how much I use, whether I do a foot soak or soak my body in the tub.

    The past month, I have been having severe problems from a hiatal hernia. On occasion, I have rubbed magnesium oil on my chest and breast bone area, to help relax the muscles and provide some relief. The oil never caused a reaction.

    This morning, however, I applied some magnesium oil to my chest and stomach, massaging the oil in these areas, hoping to gain some relief…it did help. With this application, I did experience a strong burning sensation on the skin, especially the stomach area, but was amazed when I went to wash it off and found that the skin was not only red, but had numerous welts and blisters.

    I was wondering if you could offer any insight as to what might have caused such a strong reaction. I have never experienced anything like this in all the time I have been using transdermal magnesium.

    Thanks for your great website and all the valuable information!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      You may be having a detox reaction. A lot of people get this when first applying the oil to their skin at full strength. Dilute some of the oil with half water…..half water and half oil….and try that. This rash should go away in a few days to a week. Because in a bath the oil or flakes are diuluted much more this is unlikely to happen.

  • Michelle

    My left arm and hand is numb, pain in neck and upper back; feet, toes, hands and fingers twitch, spasm and move on their own. My magnesium is low. Dr. is having me take 800mg of mag per day. How long should it take for symptoms to go away. I’m very tired too.

    • I hope you don’t mind my responding to your e-mail about magnesium. Has your Dr suggested you go to an Orthopedic Specialist to have an MRI of your neck? I ask this because I had very similar symptoms as you. Per the MRI it was noted that I had 3 discs in my cervical spine (neck) that were causing injury to my spinal cord. I strongly recommend that you take action on this immediately. It took me 9 months to even be seen for this. Thank God I had a very good Dr that sent me for an MRI and then to an Orthopedic Specialist. I ended up having 3 discs in my neck C4,C5, C6 fused. C4 in my neck was cutting my spinal cord in half and was hemorrhaging. If you haven’t already done so, please act immediately as you could become paralyzed if not treated. Good luck to you.

  • Jeri

    Where do I get the magnesium oil and what is the best way to start using it for the first time?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Jeri,

      We at the IMVA recommend you get the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil from LL’s Magnetic Clay co :

      You should read more on our MagnesiumforLIfe site at:

      As a first time user you should start off with a small amount of oil on your skin and observe if you have any reaction, just a few sprays will do at first. As you get used to this you can increase the amount up to using an ounce or two per day. Or you can put some bath flakes into your bath ….also start off slowly with this…..use about a cup in a bath to start with and observe your reaction then go up or down from there.

  • Tory

    I have CFS and often get irritable bladder. I heard that magnesium stops this and it does when I first start taking it but then the symptom gets even worse. What can I do?

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      Try getting on Dr. Sircus’ full protocol including iodine and baking soda and you might also supplement with Vit B complex as this has been reported to be helpful in this type of situation.

  • Tonia Pridgen

    I have constipation severely and have to use 2 capfulls of Miralax a night just to be able to keep myself partially regular. I stay bloated all of the time. I have chronic heart palpitations,anxiety headaches,itching, some nausea and hair loss. I have been tested for low iodine and I was deficient. My iodine levels are now normal but I am still itching all over!!! I have been on Armour thyroid medicine and was taken off of it for a month because of possible side effects from it and now on Synthroid. I was not on any thyroid meds for a month because Dr. thought I was getting hyperthyroidism from it and possibly did not need the med anymore because my iodine was normal. I am on 1/2 tablet of 25mg. of synthroid now because my thyroid levels are elevated again. I just saw a naturopathic doctor and she started me on Spectralyte liquid trace minerals, Omega Gold fish oil, Nat Colon CLR and Flora Syntropy which is a probiotic. Constipation is even worse and I started back on Miralax. Still taking the trace minerals because she thought I was depleted of minerals. I have low blood pressure a lot but my doc thinks it is from my Paxil and Klonopin that I take for my OCD. I am so sick of all of these symptoms and done some researching and I am thinking I am mag deficient. Can doctors do a blood test and get accurate mag levels? Any help is appreciated. I also have breast tenderness that has recently developed. Sorry for such a long message but I wanted to be thorough.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Please see Dr. Sircus’ video on Magnesium testing:

      Magnesium taken orally will help ease constipation. You can use magnesium oil and spray 5-6 sprays into a glass of water . Increase the amount till you reach bowel intolerance (diarrhea) then cut back on the dose to a comfortable level.

  • Brooke

    About 3 weeks ago my left arm was tingling all day. I went to the ER that night and had EKG and head ct all fine, they called it “anxiety”. Then the next night I had chest pain, the arm tingles never left and shoulder blade pain, back to the ER for another EKG neck ct and chest X-ray. Called it anxiety and had muscle spasms. Went to my family doc the next day and she said I had a slipped rib and adjusted me which just made my pain worse. I went for a stress test and have to go for an ECG. No results yet. I had bloodwork which showed fine on everything but my bloodsugar was 110 I can’t recall if I ate before I left or not. I may have had a granola bar. I have frequent urination about every hour or less, the urine dilutes as the day goes on from yellow to light yellow to clear. I have tingling and sometimes pain in my arm, hands and both feet. I have a lump in my throat and it gets scratchy, chest pain back pain shoulder pain, not too much but s little eye twitch I am a bit irritable. I stopped drinking soda and juice all I have is a cup of coffee and water. I am not wanting to eat but when I do I am starving during and after I eat. I just had a baby 4 months ago and had the glucose test and I was fine just as I was with all 3 of my kids. My last pregnancies were easy but this one was tough, always tired, anxious, irritable, dizzy, foggy but never sick. I had chest heaviness and also tingling in my arm and severe back pain between my shoulders. I had a complete workup at the time and was fine. Could I have developed a deficiency during my pregnancy and have it continue to now? My doctor won’t test me for it because she ” has never seen a deficiency in a 32 year old, only older patients. I am freaking out with all the symptoms and pain, what do you think?
    Thank you!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      If your doctor won’t agree to doing any testing for vitamin or mineral deficiencies there are many places that will do this without an MD prescription.

      Do an Internet search for labs that will test for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Here is one:

      Most people are magnesium and iodine deficient and it wouldnt hurt to get some magnesium oil and start using it or to get some nascent iodine and start using it too. You will be able to tell fairly quickly if you are deficient because you will quickly start to feel better and find a decrease of the symptoms you describe.

  • Charla

    Grapefruit slows breakdown of many medications through the above mentioned liver pathway by ~85%. What is not generally known even by most MDs is that POMEGRANATE and pomegranate extract, which is in so many ‘natural’ supplements, stops breakdown of these medical compounds 96-97% and starfruit interferes 100%. I almost died from overdose of Gleevec, a medication I am taking for chronic myeloid leukemia, last year due to pomegranate extract in a multi-vitamin I began taking. It also caused me to break out in hives all over for months before I, not the oncologist, identified the problem. When I eat too many oranges and break out again from the medication, strong magnesium baths stop the itching. I just ordered 50# of nigari, magnesium chloride for making tofu, from a macrobiotic supplier in San Diego, CA.

  • Angela

    Hi Claudia,

    Mum has ‘Malabsorption?’ already. I suppose this may be just another example of that. What is the best way to supplement? The tablets?

    Thank you so much for your response.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Angela,

      If you know your mother already has malabsorption problems, taking pills would be problematic since you can just about bet she is not absorbing any supplements to the extent needed. We believe that magnesium oil will provide much greater impact as it will get into the bloodstream without going through the gut where malabsorption often occurs.

      Use the Ancient Minerals Magnesium oil or lotion or bath flakes on her skin instead.

  • Deborah

    Hi Claudia,

    I have been looking all over for the specifics ( amounts per gallon ) on treating Distilled water ( Magnesium and Bicarbonate ). I read it in one of the Newsletters, but cannot locate the information. I want to keep my water-cooler Distilled drinking water in the correct balance.

    I have a few questions:

    1) Magnesium oil vs. a powdered magnesium ( from capsules )added to the water?

    2) If not using Magnesium oil, which type of magnesium would be best?

    3) I make my own Colloidal Silver. Would the magnesium/bi-carb treated Distilled water be ok to use, or would it be better to stay with the out-of-the-gallon Distilled?


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Deborah,

      In general Dr. Sircus recommends that each additive be used separately from another….this helps in determining if some kind of reaction occurs, exactly what is causing it.

      He does not recommend crushing a capsule or tablet and adding it to water, he prefers that everyone use magnesium oil or some other ionic liquid form of magnesium.

      If you are going to take an oral tableted form of magnesium be sure to stay away from magnesium oxide as this is the most poorly absorbed form of magnesium and this is why such high doses of it are needed.

      I don’t know if using the mag/bicarb water will work when making colloidal silver….hopefully someone else can answer this for you. If not then I guess I would stay safe and just use the distilled water for making colloidal silver.

      The essay you are referring to with the amounts of magnesium and sodium bicarbonate to use in distilled water is The Ultimate Mitochondrial Coctail and its available at:

      • Jacobus

        Claudia, thank you for this info. Re colloidal silver, see my above posts – only electrically produced silver water is “colloidal”. And it can be produced at home, and Yes any magnesium should be separate, not part of this process.

    • Denielle

      Prill Beads (magnesium oxide) Deborah added to your distilled water.
      And DO NOT put anything in your water when you are making colloidal silver, the silver molecule will attach itself to the additives in the water and change the silver composition.

      • Don

        do not MAKE colloidal silver, Useless..Particles too large.

        Buy it, its cheap enough. Sovereign silver is my choice, but there are a couple more quality brands.

        Do the research, but do not make your own silver….

        • Denielle

          Wrong I have made my own silver for years and strain it through 3 coffee filters.. it costs a few cents to make why would anyone buy it and pay ridiculous prices and it same quality. Millions of people all over the world make their own…. it does not make you blue…where are all the blue people?

          • ghtty

            Don is right. The particles are too large.. do the research you don’t know it all.

          • Jacobus

            Don and ghtty, What are you calling colloidal? True colloidal silver particles are at the molecular level and are NOT made by grinding. True colloidal silver is made electrically using 100% pure silver anode and electrode and 9 to 12 volts DC through purified (but not distilled ’cause that’s too pure to work) water. That’s how the colloidal silver you buy in the health-food store is made. And that’s as small as it gets.
            However, you’re partly right; NO metal supplement or food part is small enough to enter cells. ALL metallic mineral molecules are to big to go in. Yet we need them. It has a specific energy pattern the cell needs, which transfers in by induction as it moves by next to the cell, much like a transformer. So it does not have to be retained to be effective. I learned this from a (formerly dying) physicist who studied energy and health to deal with his own health problems. What he learned worked for him and for me.
            Nobody knows it all.

          • Jacobus

            *correction, “too big”, not “to big”.

          • mslater

            you do your research

          • Jacobus

            Danielle, are you using silver powder, or are you using silver anode and electrode in filtered water with electricity? Only electrically produced silver water is colloidal silver. You should not be having to filter it after. People using powder MAY turn a silvery-grey-blue, it just takes a LOT. So it doesn’t happen often.
            Colloidal isn’t hard though. Filtered water in a glass jar, pure 100% silver (NOT Sterling) wires on each side, hooked to a 9 volt battery (up to 12 volt I’ve read) and leave it a few hours.
            That’s a simple home version of what the bottled colloidal silver is.
            You may already be doing this and I may have misunderstood you, so forgive me if that’s the case. Just wanted to make sure you knew.

          • the turtle

            good grief, if it is made with electricity it is ionic and it needs to be stored in a dark bottle as it is photosensitive and unstable.. a true colloid isn’t reactive.
            get your terms right.

          • the turtle

            The only way that I’m aware of placing silver atoms -with their full compliment of outer ring electrons-is to grind or powdering the silver in some fashion into the smallest size particles possible and dump it into the water, similar to how it was done in the early part of the 20th century. If you’re making “colloidal” silver using an electrolysis process, you’re producing silver IONS in the water.
            But pathogens have typically a negative charge to them and so they attract a positively charged silver ion, thus ionic silver is effective at being germicidal.

          • Don

            how do you know it is the same? Have you lab tested it?

            do what you want. I am not concerned with you being “blue”, but with you being ineffectively cheap..

  • Angela


    My mother has low magnesium levels (now 5) yes just 5. She has been taking magnesium supplements for months and months now but the levels are just dropping further.

    She is currently hospitalised for this at the moment, but not improving – she is suffering all the heart issues etc.

    Any advice? Would love anything

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Angela,

      She may have a magnesium wasting disease which is different from a simple magnesium deficiency. In one of the magnesium wasting diseases the body takes in enough magnesium from dietand supplements but this does not get absorbed properly and is instead excreted in the urine. There can be many causes of this and if they identify the cause, additional magnesium will be needed by her just in order to keep magnesium levels as close to normal as possible.

  • Deborah

    Hi Claudia,

    POSITIVELY! There can be potentially dangerous interactions with SOME medications. Anyone taking prescription medications needs to RESEARCH CAREFULLY the use of grapefruit juice.

    For those of us who take no prescriptions medications do not have to worry about those interactions; however, it would also be wise to carefully research which herbals, they may be taking as well, just to be on the safe side.

    I wish everyone could wean themselves off all, or most, prescription medications too.

  • Deborah

    Hi Claudia,

    Yes, I have the latex-free surgical gloves at the moment; however, the regular gloves do not seem to bother my hands, so I can use those too.

  • Deborah

    Increasing Absorption of Magnesium and Magnesium Oil:

    I take my magnesium oil and and an oral magnesium supplement with Ruby Red Grapefruit juice and Orange juice ( ½ and ½ ). This masks the sharp taste of the magnesium oil; and, it also appears to have increased the therapeutic reaction, at least in my case.

    I decided to give this a try after reading the following information regarding the effects of grapefruit juice on the absorption of medication:

    Grapefruit juices ( all kinds ) contain furanocoumarins. These quickly inhibit/suppress, in the gut, the family of enzymes called the cytochrome P-450 system, in particular one known as CYP 3A4. These enzymes chew up and metabolize medications and other compounds taken orally, in the gut, before they can be absorbed. Grapefruit juice interferes with the ability of CYP 3A4 to do that, increasing the potency of a drug by letting more of it enter the bloodstream, which causes an increase in drug effect of up to 10x, and possibly side effects of that drug.

    See the following website:

    Detoxification: Clear your body of Toxins:

    Ridding your body of toxins is also necessary to get the maximum results from medications and oral supplementation.

    I have found that detoxifying increases the therapeutic reaction to magnesium oil and oral magnesium supplements; at least, in my case.

    I do the following:

    Whole Lemon Drink:

    4 to 6 oz. on an empty stomach. Can do once to twice a day, for at least 3 days per week.
    Combine and blend in a blender or food processor: chopped lemons skin, seeds, and all, with approximately 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed olive oil per lemon, and some distilled water. ( I drink mine fairly thick. )

    Cold-pressed Castor Oil Heat Pack/with Whole Lemon Drink:

    Apply cold-pressed castor oil to any white or natural, undyed piece of material or towel. Lie down and place over abdominal area, and cover with some sort of plastic. Place a towel over this, then apply a heating pad, for ½ to 1 hour. Drink the Whole Lemon drink before you lie down, and drink plenty of water while doing the heat pack. ( This causes rapid lymphatic drainage, so be prepared to urinate quite a bit. )

    Bentonite Clay:

    I also use Bentonite Clay in a thick paste, applied externally to feet and lower legs; and on abdominal area ( you can use this in other areas as well, but these spots work nicely ).
    I use a basin and a big spoon, and keep applying it, letting it dry, applying more, for at least an hour.
    In warmer months, I do this outside and rinse it off with a hose. When I have to use this indoors, I do not rinse it off in the tub or shower, because it is clogging to the plumbing. I scrape it off over some newspaper, then discard it.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Thanks Deborah,

      My only concern about grapefruit juice is that it definitely DOES affect some medications that people miight be taking too, causing toxicities that have been reported to have lead to fatalities…….especially with some on cardiac (blood pressure) medicines. I wish none of our readers would be on pharmaceuticals, but some are….so caution with grapefruit juice is necessary.

  • Deborah

    I, too, experience burning and extreme skin reaction to Magnesium Oil. For me, it affects only my hands, but does not bother my skin anywhere it is applied. I have always had very sensitive ‘allergy-reactive’ hands, with most lotions, creams, many soaps and detergents, and numerous other things I touch causing burning and irritation; so the magnesium oil reaction is no surprise. My solution has been to simply use surgical gloves when I am applying it.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff


      That’s great and I’m also glad the surgical gloves work for you. you using the latex free?

  • Hm, zaps. I’m wondering if the electrical “zaps” I experienced when coming off anti-depressants was magnesium related!

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Hi Peggy,

      It is quite possible that the “zaps” you and many others describe could be eliminated by use of magnesium. I have seen these ‘zaps” described as a type of epileptiform brain seizure…..and magnesium definitely has an impact on any type of seizure disorders. In fact it has been found by some doctors to be the only thing that caused the elimination of seizures in people who were thought to have intractable seizures . (could not be stopped or controlled).

  • Pat

    Thank you for this valuable information. My daughter takes magnesium (citrate/milate). She is autistic. Ww notice an increase in irritability when she misses her daily dose. Also, we do see more irritability when she occasionally drinks soda, and we have read how soda limits the absorbtion of magnesium. She might drink one soda a month or so, but the effects are clear. We will inquire with her doctor about increase g the dose. Thanks again

  • Karen

    I am so glad that I found this website! I suffer from severe foot pain. Sometimes it radiates to my knees. My legs swell and I wake up in the middle of the night with excessive thirst so bad that I down a bottle of gatorade in 2 gulps. I also have excessive hot flashes after eating a high carb meal. My eyes twitch non-stop and I get pins and needles feeling in my legs and arms. I also have urination issues where I am not sure that I will make it to the bathroom. Lately, I have been having palpitations and panic attacks, along with depression and fog. All of these symptoms started slowly and then accumulated to a nightmare. When I drink a couple bottles of gatorade, the swelling dissapates only to return several hours later.
    I have been tested for diabetes 3 times among every other test under the sun, to include hormone imbalance. Everything checks out except for the sizeof my blood cells which are larger than normal. So I had my liver retested. No liver problems.
    It sounds to me like I have a classic case of MG deficiency. I,m starting 400 mg of magnesium today, once a day. Hopefully that will work. Keep your fingers crossed. And thanks for the site and the comments, they are very helpful.. By the way, I live in the desert where heat reaches 118 in the summer. I have been in the hospital 2 times now for dehydration. Out here…your sweat dries before you realize you are sweating and all the water in the world cant replace the electrolytes you can lose. I have hope now.

    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Karen,

      I hope you have read on our site the difficulties with increasing your magnesium levels by taking oral magnesium pills. Especially if you are taking magnesium oxide, the most poorly absorbed form of magnesium and most frequently used in oral products. We hope you will read on our magnesiumforlife website about magnesium and the differences and try the transdermal method of magnesium therapy. You should also get Dr. Sircus book on Transdermal Magnesium Therapy (available at

  • Andrea

    ,i have tried the Magnesium Oil but find it stings, burns and itches. What would help. my daughter who is 17 and has ADHD as well as post concussion syndrome with headaches and concentration issues does not want to continue using it because of the itching and thinks she could be allergic to it.


    • Claudia French – IMVA Staff

      Dear Andrea,

      Dilute the magnesium oil with spring water or some other form of purified water…..use half water and half magnesium oil till she becomes accustomed to it and the irritation stops …this usually takes a few weeks. Or she can add mag oil or flakes to her bath, which greatly reduces any irritation.

  • foofie

    I have severe fibromyalgia and intersitial cystitis. I do take magnesium chelate. Is this a good form to take and how much should I take? I’ve also tried magnesium oil, which does help, but need advise on how much of this to use as well. Thanks, Ruth

    • claudia

      Dear Foofie,

      Magnesium oil will work much faster to restore proper levels. Use 1-2 oz. per day as a skin spray for at least two months, then you can decrease the amount you are using. You can also use 2-6 cups of Ancient Minerals bath flakesin a bath or foot bath 2 or 3 times/week.

      Norm Shealy’s study showed that transdermal magnesium therapy brought magnesium levels up much faster than any oral preparation did.
      You can read more about this in Dr. Sircus magnesium books.

      Claudia French


  • wow

    wow thank you. I needed to find this site.

  • Lauralight

    1 bananna a day, I think it’s about “8” bananas per day gives a person their daily potassium, your spouse is likely-still in a major electrolyte trouble/potassium deficiency if that’s the problem.

  • Alex

    All the water in the great lakes is rain water -No magnesium . Where are all the heart centers .The cities around the lakes have a lot of these hospitals where there is no magnesium in the water . The CDC has ratings on every county in the USA on prevalance of artery disease. Sometimes there is a county which should be low but is not . I found these are counties with indian resevations where alcoholism is rampant . Alcohol is very acidic in the body and removes Mg . Water sanitation departments must use a lot more chems when there is little Mg in the water . Magnesium cures diariha . Milwaukee had an epidemic of cripto spiriduim . I told my friends there to get some magnesium – it worked .

  • Sandi

    A friend sent this article to me. My husband has been working in a isolated situation where he has been exposed to extreme heat. He sufferes regularly with leg cramps but they worstened while he was away.
    I was sick of people touting quinine as being the b all and end all of cramp issues. I’d researched leg cramps and discovered the magnesium link along with potassium. I bought a regular multivitamin that I suggested he take with a banana a day. He has not had a leg cramp in nearly 2 weeks when they used to be a crippling 6-7 times a day occurance. This is definately worth a shot.

    • Alex

      Hi all,

      please I need help and advise.
      My father is on protocol with Baking soda+Black Molassas+destiled water because he have prostate cancer.He has priviously removed cancer from bladder by surgeon.My question is: can he add Magnesium chloride orally in the same day as he drink Baking soda,for example few hours after soda to drink Magnesium with destiled water 3x per day?
      This is second time as he try protocol with Soda as first tour of 2 weeks protocol didnt show results.

      Thank you in advance.


      • Hel Alex,

        Using sodium bicarbonate for cancer treatment does not mean you cannot use magnesium chloride. Magnesium chloride can be used transdermally (on the skin) and orally. Magnesium is another powerful player in the fight against cancer and Dr. Sircus prefers to use all things that may work against cancer. But drink magnesium chloride at a separate time from drinking sodium bicarbonatee.
        Here are all the items on Dr. Sircus’ protocol for cancer treatment and the use of oxygen will also be included.
        Hope things improve rapidly for you.

        Claudia French

        • Alex

          Dear Claudia,

          thank you for kind reply.In protocol with Baking soda I give it to my father 2 hours before he eat, 2 times per day.I have agenda to give him Magnesium Chloride 1 hour after Baking soda and this is 1 hour before he eat.Is this ok?
          Baking soda is 1 tea spoon+1 molassas tea spoon in 200 ml destiled water.

          Magnesium chloride protocol I have say that in 1 liter of destiled water I put 33 g of MH,and to give him 3 times per day 1 hour before he eat 0,5 dcl(1/4 of 200 ml).

          Can you give your opinion on this.

          Thank you for the link you provide I see it before.