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Magnesium and Cancer

Published on April 23, 2010


Researchers from Japan’s National Cancer Center in Tokyo have found that an increased intake of magnesium reduces a man’s risk of colon cancer by over 50 per cent. Men with the highest average intakes of magnesium (at least 327 mg/d) were associated with a 52 per cent lower risk of colon cancer, compared to men who consumed the lowest average intakes. Published in the Journal of Nutrition[1] the research studied 87,117 people with an average age of 57 and followed for about eight years. Dietary intakes were assessed using a food frequency questionnaire. Average intakes of magnesium for men and women were 284 and 279 milligrams per day.

After putting this research into my just finished second edition of the Transdermal Magnesium Therapy book I thought I would share the finished version of the Magnesium and Cancer chapter, which you will see below. But before I do I want to comment about the need to avoid cancer and avoid diabetes and heart disease through an intelligent program of magnesium supplementation. Also I need to thrust on you the conclusion that with magnesium deficiency being a cause it is also in part a necessary curative agent that should be included in EVERY cancer, diabetic and heart disease patient’s protocol. And believe you me I do not use this EVERY word lightly!

A meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies by researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet, reported that for every 100 milligram increase in magnesium intake, the risk of developing type-2 diabetes decreased by 15 per cent.[2] Even after this type of information comes out we find Dr. Susanna Larsson and Dr. Alicia Wolk concluding that while it is too early to recommend magnesium supplements for type-2 diabetes prevention, increased consumption of magnesium-rich food “seems prudent.” This is not an intelligent magnesium supplementation program so is not prudent to say the least. With foods losing much of their nutritional value and for other factors as well it’s next to impossible to intake enough dietary magnesium to reach the medicinal levels that are required to address magnesium cell deficiencies.

Who is running around screaming from the hilltops that magnesium should be taken in high amounts for those wishing to avoid the agony of cancer and its orthodox treatment at the hands of allopathic oncologists? Who in contemporary medical circles has a clear enough head to see magnesium as a physicist would see gravity or any other basic principle of life? Most people inside the medical system just do not know what they don’t know and they don’t seem interested in finding out. This is a modern disease and I am sorry to say that even some people deep within the folds of the magnesium world have not understood what is really necessary to treat patients with magnesium effectively.

There is no room for doubts, second thoughts, excuses or anything else. Ignorance of magnesium and how it is best supplemented is not excusable, we have to know about all the methods of administration including intravenous, oral, transdermal and nebulized magnesium and how to best leverage a combination of these for each patients individual needs.

The pharmaceutical paradigm (interests) just does not want its practitioners to see what really is causing or underlying many of the dramatic diseases humanity is facing today, it does not want to see, even though the evidence and studies are everywhere, that magnesium deficiency is a primary cause and primary way to treat the vast majority of sufferers of chronic disease and cancer. Everyone benefits from higher magnesium intake. Everyone, even medical officials might be able to think and feel better if they were not running their magnesium tanks on empty.

There is a power and a force in magnesium that cannot be equaled anywhere else in the world of medicine. There is no substitute for magnesium in human physiology; nothing comes even close to it in terms of its effect on overall cell physiology. Without sufficient magnesium, the body accumulates toxins and acid residues, degenerates rapidly, and ages prematurely. It goes against a gale wind of medical science to ignore magnesium chloride in the treatment of any chronic or acute disorder, especially cancer.

In the U.S., combined annual costs to treat diabetes and for additional factors such as lost productivity amount to $174 billion, according to the American Heart Association. Heart experts worry that without better ways to prevent and treat diabetes, the disease threatens to reverse nearly a half-century of advances against cardiovascular disease, which remains the world’s leading killer. But these same experts are blinded by their own arrogance because medical science has already delivered a fundamental answer, which will not change with time, opinion or ignorance of scientific facts. Nothing will ever change the vital place that magnesium takes in biological life. It is fundamental to health and medicine.

We can add many more hundreds of billions to cover the costs of cancer in the same terms and hundreds of billions more for a variety of other diseases. If the medical establishment could just see the forest from the trees (which it cannot) and recommend in the clear to all patients to vastly increase their magnesium intake, and their intake of other minerals like iodine, selenium and bicarbonate we would have a great shift in health and the public would receive more benefit than from any new national health plan that just gives us more medicine that does more harm then good.

It’s an open and shut case when it comes to magnesium but I spend a whole chapter answering Why Don’t Cardiologists Use More Magnesium in my book. Go to the Magnesium for Life site to read the research on magnesium and cancer that is there for everyone to see. No matter how much attention I get from the use of sodium bicarbonate and iodine in cancer treatment nothing has shoved me from the position I take that it is magnesium that comes first in a cancer protocol, then these other minerals.

Are You Running On Empty? Many people are running on empty when it comes to their magnesium, iodine and selenium mineral levels. They also run half empty on bicarbonate concentrations (yielding acid and low oxygen conditions), and even are running low on water (partial dehydration) on a regular basis.


Contemporary medicine is in a state of crisis. In fact it’s going terminal and will go down hard when the economy does. Orthodox medicine is dead on arrival because free inquiry, natural curiosity and open-minded discussion died so long ago no one can remember anything else. The ‘new inquisition’ (conducted on a regular basis by the FDA) consists not of cardinals and popes, but of the editors and reviewers of medical journals, of leading medical authorities and behind them pharmaceutical corporations and governments that have a vested interest in keeping the status quo. These people are ignorant, massively so of the medical science on magnesium. They might as well be astronauts with no idea of the laws of gravity.

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In truth medical science theory should always surrender to the primacy of evidence and there is no shortage of evidence and research on magnesium. When it comes to new ideas evidence is ignored, and then ridiculed, and if that fails, authors are attacked. But when it comes to magnesium there is nothing medical officials can do. They might as well face a tidal wave standing on the beach so conclusive and extensive is the research.

[1] “High dietary intake of magnesium may decrease risk of colorectal cancer in Japanese men” Volume 140, Pages 779-785 Authors: E. Ma, S. Sasazuki, M. Inoue, M. Iwasaki, N. Sawada, R. Takachi, S. Tsugane, Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study Group

[2] Journal of internal medicine 2007, vol. 262, no2, pp. 208-214 [7 page(s) (article)] (34 ref.)

Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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