In a recent study published in the journal Cell, researchers solved a 100-year-old mystery surrounding what activates magnesium ions in a human cell. “We believe this loop is essential for health,” said W. Brian Reeves, chairman of the department of medicine at UT Health San Antonio and study coauthor.
Dr. Madesh Muniswarmy, professor of cardiology at the Long School of Medicine and lead author of the study, said, “Magnesium is essential for life, it’s in our blood. It’s been implicated in and used as a treatment for a variety of diseases, including migraines, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and preeclampsia. Lactate is a signal that — like a light switch — turns on magnesium ions. On lactate’s signal, the ions rush out of cellular storehouses called the endoplasmic reticulum.”
With this finding, the researchers believe they have laid out one of the pillars of support that the scientific world needed. In reality, it was not required, for we have over a century of scientific backing for Magnesium in treating all the major diseases plaguing humanity.
It makes sense that lactate would trigger magnesium because exercise, which everyone knows is healthy, demands more energy. Increased levels of lactate happen at elevated levels in the blood amid intense exercise, and in many diseases, including sepsis, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Lactate synthesis is a “necessary evil.”
These researchers believe that before scientists could move forward, they needed to grasp the dynamics of magnesium in human bodies—a fine excuse for medical scientists to remain in the magnesium stone age. Until now, mainstream medicine has refused to elevate magnesium into its rightful place. When it is the first medicine that doctors should be prescribing, it has been the last.
Magnesium works. Life does not exist without it. Our health depends on it. It is the ‘lamp of life’ because it is the central atom in chlorophyll. Knowing that lactate triggers magnesium adds to the magnesium story; if more Magnesium did not spill into the blood during exercise, most would have a heart attack.
The above researchers believe that this discovery might spur future development of novel drugs capable of treating cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders like diabetes, and numerous other ills. Might and future are pathetic ideas. Magnesium can be used NOW with nothing added by pharmaceutical companies. Doctors worth their weight in salt already know that.
A Tufts study led by Adela Hruby found that healthy people with the highest magnesium intake were 37% less likely to develop high blood sugar or excess circulating insulin, common precursors to diabetes. Among people who already had those conditions, those who consumed the most magnesium were 32% less likely to develop diabetes than those consuming the least.
There are many magnesium forms, with the best-being magnesium chloride, magnesium bicarbonate, and an ionic form of magnesium developed by Dr. Carolyn Dean. There are many other forms, but they do not offer the medical dynamics of these three forms. The most flexible form of magnesium chloride is a natural substance called magnesium oil, which can be used transdermally, orally, for nebulization, as an eye wash when diluted. Because it is the purest form it can even be administered intravenously.
We Need Magnesium More Than Ever
Magnesium is one of the most essential minerals in the human body, connected with brain biochemistry and the fluidity of neuronal membrane. A variety of neuromuscular and psychiatric symptoms, including different types of depression, was observed in magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium deficiency in children is characterized by excessive
fidgeting, anxious restlessness, psychomotor instability
and learning difficulties in the presence of normal IQ.
Dr. Mildred Seelig.
With the viral pandemic, lockdowns increased depression, and suicides, Magnesium becomes more critical than ever. In the United States, in particular, we have a terrified citizenry, whose health and peace of mind is under siege as a result of the pandemic crisis while simultaneously bombarded with apocalyptic scenarios of societal collapse and civil war. I would prescribe mega doses of magnesium to everyone for the stress that is depleting everyone’s magnesium status.
Cancer and Magnesium
How many doctors or patients know that magnesium is crucial for cancer patient’s treatments? In Egypt, the cancer rate was only about 10% of that in Europe and America. In the rural fellah, it was practically nonexistent. The main difference was an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5-3 g in these cancer-free populations, ten times more than in most western countries. Oncologists should know that magnesium supplementation and high volume hydration reduce the renal toxicity caused by cisplatin-based chemotherapy.
Are you deficient in Magnesium? Yes is the most probable answer. Research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2002 showed that when the diets of 2,566 children ages 11-19 were studied, less than 14% of boys and 12% of girls had adequate magnesium intakes.
According to the Department of Agriculture, more than half of all Americans do not meet the daily recommended intake of magnesium due to modern agricultural practices that strip nutrients from our soil. Environmental factors, such as stress, depression, and anxiety, deplete your body of magnesium. In reality, this is a most conservative estimate.
With an overabundance of refined grains, processed foods, and sugars, the modern diet contains very little magnesium. Even the magnesium inside whole grains and fresh vegetables have been declining steadily in recent years because of the depletion of minerals in our soils, making magnesium supplementation necessary for most people.
Oral & Intravenous Magnesium
Many people need emergency administration of magnesium. “Magnesium is poorly absorbed orally. That is why I start off with injections. By injecting magnesium, I can guarantee 100% to bring the levels up. I cannot guarantee to do this with oral magnesium,” says Dr. Sarah Mayhill. The problem with oral magnesium is that all magnesium compounds are potentially laxative. “One injection of 2 ml of 50% magnesium sulfate will usually keep levels up for two weeks (however, some people need them more often). By the third week, levels will usually have fallen again. For some people this is the only method that has worked, but it is tedious to have to keep injecting. The injection is painful because one is injecting a concentrated solution.”
Giving magnesium intravenously is the quickest way of restoring normal blood and tissue levels of magnesium. Injections are too painful to be considered for children and long-term use in adults. They are also expensive because they have to be administered by a doctor or nurse. Transdermal magnesium chloride therapy is inexpensive, safe, and a do-it-yourself at-home technique that can replace uncomfortable injections in anything other than emergency room situations.
The most perfect medicine in the world is the one you have to have—no matter what—to continue your life. Certain substances, all of them nutritional, provide essential lifelines to happy and fully functional cells. Though contemporary medicine does not want to admit the truth and reality about diseases and their causes, it is clear that nutritional law holds the key to resolving disease—not pharmaceuticals that are toxic and damaging to cellular environments.
Anything that drives down magnesium levels is going to hurt us. Many pharmaceutical drugs drive magnesium levels down into dangerous zones, and surgery done without increasing magnesium levels is more hazardous than surgery done when magnesium is administered before, during, and after surgery. Dr. Matthias Rath says, “Almost all the prescription drugs currently taken by millions of people lead to a gradual depletion of vitamins and other essential cellular nutrients in the body.”
The body requires magnesium to absorb and utilize nutrients. Without magnesium, the body cannot correctly use the fats, proteins, and carbohydrates we eat every day. The body cannot do anything well without sufficient magnesium. Magnesium is a prime medicinal substance for pain management and stimulates enzyme production and mitochondrial activity, especially when used in conjunction with sodium bicarbonate.