Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms and Diagnosis

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
Magnesium Torment (Deficiency)

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 and discuss laboratory testing for this common condition. Continuing with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms 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 as zips, zaps and 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
Headaches
Pre-menstrual fluid retention and/or breast tenderness

Possible manifestations of magnesium deficiency include:
Low energy
Fatigue
Weakness
Confusion
Nervousness
Anxiousness
Irritability
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.

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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.


[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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Comments:

  • 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 :)

  • Rod

    Hello,

    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?

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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
      IMVA

      • 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.

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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.
      http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/magnesium-iodine-and-autism

      Claudia French
      IMVA

  • 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.

    thanks

    shawn

  • 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,

    M

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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 :

      Exatest: http://www.exatest.com/

      Red Cell Magnesium Test: http://requestatest.com/magnesium-rbc-testing

      Claudia French
      IMVA

  • 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.

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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 http://magbicarb.com/
      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.
      http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-sources/

      Claudia French
      IMVA

  • 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.

      • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

        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.

  • 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?

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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
      IMVA

  • 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?

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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…..as used by Dr. Carolyn Dean. The serum blood test is not an adequate measure of the whole body magnesium levels.
      http://requestatest.com/magnesium-rbc-testing

      another good one is the EXA test: http://www.exatest.com/

      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
      IMVA

  • 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.

  • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

    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
    IMVA

  • 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??

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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
      IMVA

    • 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?

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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.

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

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

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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:
      http://drsircus.com/consultations/

      Claudia French
      IMVA

      • 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

    Hallo;
    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!.

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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. :
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehZIIfnUUKw

      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.
      http://drsircus.com/medicine/dear-imva-august2013

      Claudia French
      IMVA

    • 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?

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      Dear Chloe,

      So sorry to hear about your daughter and this situation sounds very serious. You are going to need a consultation with Dr. Sircus and he may need to consult with your doctors as well. Magnesium oil can be taken orally in combination with body spraying and in baths also….injections or IV’s may also be needed to bring her magnesium levels up.
      Magnesium has a significant role in hemoglobin.

      Please see these sites for more information:
      http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/hemoglobin%E2%80%99s-oxygen-carrying-capacity-magnesium
      http://drsircus.com/consultations/

      Chloe I hope she has a continued rapid recovery.

      Claudia French
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  • 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…

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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. http://www.magneticclay.com/store/magnesium-lotion-ancient-minerals-goodnight.aspx
      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.

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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.

        • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

          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.
          http://drsircus.com/books/e-book/treatment-essentials/

          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
          IMVA

  • KARAOKE JUNKIE

    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.

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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
      IMVA

      • KARAOKE JUNKIE

        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

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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: http://drsircus.com/medicine/water/magnesium-bicarbonate-and-dr-sircus-new-groups
      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?

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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

  • http://twitter.com/MRAIDANGWALSH MR AIDAN G WALSH

    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…

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17236288
      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!!!

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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?

  • http://twitter.com/OMopportunities Olivia Martin

    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 http://themagnesiummiracle.com/27-symptoms-of-a-magnesium-deficiency/ of symptoms you are likely to experience if you are magnesium deficient. Always happy to help.

  • Ernesto

    Hello,

    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!

    Respectfully,

    Ernie Colon

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    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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:
      http://drsircus.com/consultations/
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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.)?

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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.
      http://drsircus.com/books

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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”

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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?

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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: http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-sources/dietary/

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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.
    Twinmommy

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXhUeRFE-kg
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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.

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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. http://www.magneticclay.com/store/Departments/Ancient-Minerals-Magnesium-Oil.aspx —– Original Message —–
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      To: cfrench180@tampabay.rr.com
      Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2013 2:20 PM
      Subject: [drsircus] Re: Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms and Diagnosis

  • 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.

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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…..so 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:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXhUeRFE-kg
      —– Original Message —–
      From: Disqus
      To: cfrench180@tampabay.rr.com
      Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 10:51 PM
      Subject: [drsircus] Re: Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms and Diagnosis

      • 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

        • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

          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…..http://www.exatest.com/
          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:
          https://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/threesimpletests.cfm

          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
          IMVA

  • 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.

      • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

        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 —–
        From: Disqus
        To: cfrench180@tampabay.rr.com
        Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:58 PM
        Subject: [drsircus] Re: Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms and Diagnosis

        Mike (unregistered) wrote, in response to 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.

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    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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.
      http://www.magneticclay.com/

      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 —–
      From: Disqus
      To: cfrench180@tampabay.rr.com
      Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:45 PM
      Subject: [drsircus] Re: Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms and Diagnosis

  • Cassie

    Hi,

    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,
    Cassie

    • http://www.agenceswebduquebec.com Marie-Pier

      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.????

  • 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

    • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

      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.

      http://drsircus.com/books

  • 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.

  • KENNY

    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.

      http://www.magneticclay.com/

      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.

      http://naturalallopathicclinic.com/

  • 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

      Lauren,

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/janet.pearson.7315 Janet Pearson

      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 :

      http://www.magneticclay.com/

      You should read more on our MagnesiumforLIfe site at:

      http://magnesiumforlife.com/

      http://magnesiumforlife.com/transdermal-magnesium/magnesium-oil/

      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

      Tory,

      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:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXhUeRFE-kg&feature=plcp

      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

      Brooke,

      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:
      http://www.completenutritionandwellness.com/testing-services/hair-analysis/

      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.

    Angela

    • 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?

    Thanks,
    Deborah

    • 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:
      http://magnesiumforlife.com/medical-application/the-ultimate-mitochondrial-cocktail/

      • 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.

        • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

          Thank you Jacobus!

    • 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”.

          • 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

    Hello,

    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: http://www.angelfire.com/oh4/befree/MagicJuiceCombo.html

    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

      Deborah,

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

  • http://localnourishment.com Peggy

    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 amazon.com).

  • Andrea

    HI,
    ,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.

    Thanks
    Andrea

    • 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.

      Sincerely,
      Claudia French

      IMVA

  • 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.

      Alex

      • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

        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. http://drsircus.com/medicine/natural-allopathic-medicine-protocol-components
        Hope things improve rapidly for you.

        Claudia French
        IMVA

        • 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.

          Blessings,

          Alex

          • http://drsircus.com/ Claudia French

            Alex what you are doing sounds fine, but for more details on dosing for your particular situation with your father you will need to obtain a consult with Dr. Sircus.
            http://drsircus.com/consultations/

            Claudia French
            IMVA