SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

February 8, 2015

RLS, Heart, headaches – what to do

Transdermal Magnesium Oil

So much to know

Have been wanting to speak about this subject for quite some time.  I use this product and have for years since my first and succeeding cardiology doctors demanded that I increase Magnesium levels.  I tried to comply til I was housebound for almost 5 years with bowel disturbance so severe, its a wonder I survived.  To live with ongoing diarrhea can kill you as one is starving since the gut is so under-mined — unable to assimilate and deliver the nutrient thru into the system.  

Eventually, I quit the whole shebang and tend my heart needs on my own [from research I have done; books by cardiologists,  especially Elwardt and Sinatra], using most of the usual, EFA’s, Co Q-10, Nattokinase [blood thinner superior], and of course, Ubiquinol — but have learned how to give my heart what it needs and is hungry for – energy [BRAIN too].  That would be FATS.  Had to do a lot of re-thinking for we have all been brain-washed into the lo-fat fallacy.. .limiting eggs, butter and animal protein.  Minor adjustments. . .the big news to my mind was the Amino Acids I now take that I once thought of as only muscle-heads domain — to grow strong muscles, well duh. . .my gawd – that’s what I need!  So I adopted Dr Harry as my leader and off I went. . .hook, line and sinker.   Near a year now. .and I’m still here.  The life-long arrhythmia and more recent [5-year] A-FIB is hardly noticeable.  Blood pressure is down.  Now if only I could fix the COPD – hey, it could happen. I’m kinda an optimist.  

It’s been a learning curve, not a cake walk and no one to confer with.  Family think I’m crazy, I’m sure.  As I began to falter a few months back, I doubled my dosage feeling that it would be okay as Dr Harry in his book said the dosage as outlined was totally safe and way less than full-on athletes use.  Sure enough, . .energy returned.  Not going further into all this as I have covered it all [which is my custom – to share, in case anyone also might like to know]   I believe the protocol I am using was posted late summer/fall of 2014.  

One of the things I did which helped me survive was to learn about Dr Sircus and his book on Transdermal Magnesium. It was a great read and gave me a new start.  I use it for my heart;  but this mineral is NEEDED by so many natural functions within the body that it can literally give relief to multitudes, if only we knew.  Unless you’re naturally curious — how ya gonna know?   Regular docs don’t know. Natural stuff is just passe, folk-lore and worse!  When I was still seeing doctors, tried to replace blood thinners with Nattokinase and they knew noting about it – so NO.  Had proof this was superior – faster, cheaper and most of all — safer/no side effects. . but they wouldn’t listen  and didn’t want to know.    

Had a query from one of my commenters 5-6 years ago about what to do for  RLS;  it seems the RX med she took was being removed from the market and she was desperate.  I didn’t have this problem and didn’t know much to offer outside of EFT.  But stuff changes!

Trying to stay away from ice cream of late, I sub with delicious organic, whole milk yogurts.  Probably overdo.  I now know about RLS.  Since Magnesium is vital for so much including muscle anything gone wrong, I  rouse from bed and spray on my belly and rub in  Magnesium oil.  By the time I crawl back under the covers, I’m comfortable.  Reason for this, I am just learning now as I go online to repurchase, follow a trail for recommendations and testimonials. . .should I go with Ancient Minerals – more expensive than Swanson whose Dr Barbara Hendel says also comes from same place – the one-mile underground sea called Zechstein Sea at almost half the cost of Ancient Minerals ($12 to $24 for 8 oz spray bottle).  Usually buy the gallon, but times a bit tougher at the moment. So on the way to a choice, I come across this reflection from a highly knowledgeable JODI HUMMINGBIRD.  She answers question I didn’t even know i had and does it so well!  But I realize now that I must restrict my yogurt or up my Magnesium even more.  Go learn something!  . .and enjoy it.   Jan


by Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 25, 2012

This is the brand of magnesium oil Mark Sircus, author of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy: A New Modality for the Maintenance of Health recommends. It is a good quality product.

Transdermal magnesium is better absorbed than magnesium taken orally, and can be almost as effective as magnesium injections. Its use is far less involved and perhaps safer than injections or IVs, when transdermal magnesium is used at high doses. Transdermal magnesium experts have observed that this method of taking on magnesium seems to have the advantage of letting the body absorb magnesium where it is needed and only as much as is needed. In contrast, the amount taken orally and via injection involves a lot more guesswork and potential for side effects from too high a dose. However, these experts have also made it clear that their observation and opinion that only as much transdermal magnesium as is needed is absorbed has not yet been proven in studies, and that more research is needed in this area.

There are also other benefits to using magnesium oil over other forms of magnesium. Transdermal magnesium, magnesium taken in through the skin, can indirectly raise DHEA levels, making this form of magnesium a useful treatment for menopausal symptoms and PMS symptoms. Enhanced natural production of DHEA can also help promote adequate sleep (in accordance with circadian rhythms). DHEA is the master hormone from which many other hormones are made (eg. estrogen). Raising DHEA levels naturally avoids the problems caused by supplementing these other hormones directly. (Estrogen hormone replacement raises risk of blood clots, for example and while synthetic DHEA is a commonly-used nutritional supplement, evidence points to the greater safety and effectivenes of naturally-produced/endogenous DHEA, including lower risks from adverse effects, according to magnesium expert Mark Sircus Ac OMD.)

IV and transdermal magnesium bypasses the liver (reducing the load on the liver). Mark Sircus Ac OMD, says,

“Transdermal (skin) application of magnesium is actually superior to oral supplements in many ways and is the best practical way magnesium can be used as a medicine besides by direct injection. Transdermal magnesium delivers high levels of magnesium directly through the skin to the cellular level, bypassing common intestinal and kidney problems associated with oral use.”

Magnesium deficiency can inhibit oral magnesium absorption, and so IV or transdermal magnesium may be necessary for a time if magnesium deficiency is severe, to help the person overcome this problem. IV and transdermal magnesium also do not have the same limits on the rate and amount of uptake and assimilation as oral magnesium.

According to magnesium expert Mark Sircus Ac OMD, magnesium deficiency can be corrected via oral magnesium supplements in 6 – 12 months, via transdermal magnesium in 4 weeks, and in 2 weeks via IVs or injections.

Magnesium oil is called an oil but is in fact just refined seawater that has a slightly oily feel due to the high magnesium content. Magnesium oil is a high-density solution of concentrated magnesium chloride (roughly a third) and trace minerals suspended in pure water. (Forms which are not taken from the ocean are not ideal.)

Magnesium oil can be sprayed or rubbed on the skin, or can be added to baths or foot baths. More magnesium is absorbed through direct skin application than in a bath. More magnesium will be absorbed where 15 ml of magnesium oil is applied to the skin, than where 30 ml (1 oz) of magnesium oil is added to a bath. Thus the most cost-effective way to use transdermal magnesium is by applying it directly to the skin.

Magnesium oil can be sprayed on the legs to treat restless legs syndrome, or sprayed on any other part of the body where there is muscle pain, or just sprayed on the parts of the body that are most convenient to spray. A magnesium bath can be calming, and may be ideal where there is anxiety or an inability to wind down after the day and go to sleep or extreme pain or headache.

How much magnesium is absorbed transdermally varies from person to person and there are no exact figures available. More research is needed on the absorbability and bioavailability of transdermal magnesium.

As with all other forms of magnesium, it is important to break your magnesium doses up as much as possible rather than having one large daily dose. Thus if you have a nightly magnesium bath or foot bath, make sure you take your oral magnesium supplements or use magnesium directly on the skin (if applicable) as far removed from your bath time as possible. (You may choose to rub a small amount of magnesium oil on your skin on waking, and have magnesium tablets just before breakfast, lunch and dinner, for example, before having your nightly magnesium bath before going to bed.)

Metabolic cardiologist Dr Stephen T. Sinatra considers coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), L carnitine, D ribose and magnesium the `awesome foursome’ of cardiovascular health.   (I agree with his comment, but ARGININE and D-RIBOSE are most important and effective to me.  Jan)

Dr Sinatra explains that while 1 + 1 will always equal 2 in mathematics, in metabolic cardiology and nutritional medicine, when you are talking about substances that are synergistic with each other such as the `awesome foursome’, 1 + 1 might equal 5 or even 10. In other words, the benefits of taking more than one of these substances at a time may far outweigh the benefits seen from taking any of them alone.

I dislike the itching feeling on my skin I get when I apply this product directly. I seem to have sensitive skin. But I have no problems at all adding a teaspoon of magnesium oil to my bath each night. It really helps my muscle and cardiac problems – along with high dose vitamin C, carnitine and CoQ10.  (thankfully, I’ve not had that problem, but I only spray my belly  up to and above the breasts – works for me!  Jan)

Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds’ Foundation for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis


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