by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© September 2018, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Magnesium may be called the bright and shining mineral. It is a bright, shiny metal that burns very brightly.
It is a female, alkaline earth mineral with a valence of +2. Joseph Scogna calls it “the lion” or “contemplation of power”. These nicknames may be helpful to understand what magnesium does in the body.
Uses in industry. Magnesium is used to make aircraft parts, car engine parts, power tools, bicycle frames, optical equipment, among other things. It is also used to make flares and fireworks because it gives off a very bright light when it burns.
MAGNESIUM IN THE BODY
Magnesium is abundant in the body, and considered one of the macrominerals and an electrolyte. This means it helps maintain the osmotic balance of the blood and tissues. It is present in every cell of the body.
Along with potassium, magnesium is a primary intracellular mineral (found inside the cells). This is the opposite of calcium and sodium, which are found in higher concentrations outside of the cells of the body.
Magnesium is involved in every body function, where it is required for thousands of critical enzymes everywhere in the body.
Preferred minerals. Magnesium is one of very few minerals that cannot be replaced by a less preferred mineral in many enzymes. What does occur, however, is that an inferior form or compound of magnesium can replace a better form of magnesium when a person’s body is nutritionally deficient. To understand the idea of preferred minerals, read Preferred Minerals.
Placeholders. Magnesium in the form of magnesium chelate, citrate or even magnesium oxide functions well as a placeholder element until the body can obtain from food (well-cooked vegetables) enough high-quality magnesium.
Deficiency widespread. Most everyone is low in bioavailable magnesium. This is due to:
- Low magnesium in the soils of the earth.
- Refined food diets. These foods have often had the magnesium stripped away from them.
- Not eating enough well-cooked vegetables. Other good sources are kelp and blue corn. Raw vegetables do not supply much magnesium because human beings cannot extract the magnesium from the tough vegetable fibers.
- Alcohol use tends to lower magnesium in the body.
Foods low in magnesium. Commonly-eaten foods are mainly very low in magnesium. These include white flour, white sugar and white rice. Others are fruits, soda pop, and cows milk dairy products. These contain very little magnesium!
Amigo magnesium. Some people’s bodies have too much magnesium in an oxide or other irritating form. This is called an “amigo” form on this website.
Oxides are not the best forms of minerals. They are irritants and oxidants, and do not perform as well in most enzymes.
Oxides and other toxic forms of magnesium interfere with calcium metabolism and can be irritating to the tissues.
The oxide form also slows or even stops development if too much is present. For more details, read Iron, Manganese, and Aluminum - The Amigos on this website.
Depleting magnesium. Stress and too much exercise use up magnesium quickly. Very few sports drinks replenish it in great enough quantity, for instance. Diarrhea can also deplete magnesium if it continues for a week or more.
ENZYME SYSTEMS THAT ARE HIGHLY MAGNESIUM DEPENDENT
1. The brain. Thousands upon thousands of critical enzymes that control the functioning of the brain depend upon magnesium. No other mineral will do! This is why the body will utilize inferior magnesium compounds, if necessary, to keep these enzyme systems functioning.
Inferior magnesium. When the brain uses an inferior magnesium compound, the magnesium-dependent enzymes function at much lower efficiency. As a result, millions of chemical reactions required for thinking, processing traumas, memory and other functions operate poorly. This is occurring in thousands of people throughout in the world.
This helps account for many cases of learning disabilities, memory loss, and “slow brain syndrome” in which people feel their brain is going in slow motion. The presence of inferior magnesium also impairs one’s ability to understand and process traumas of all kinds.
2. The heart. Magnesium plays a key role in the proper functioning of the heart. Deficiency is associated with irregular heart rhythm, fast or slow pulse, skipped beats, palpitations, angina, and other heart problems.
ROLES OF MAGNESIUM IN THE BODY
The three main areas of action of magnesium are:
1. Cell membrane effects. These include cell membrane permeability, muscle contraction, nerve impulse conduction, and opposing the action of calcium.
2. Intracellular fluid regulation. This includes viscosity, buffering, PO4 transport, and enzyme activation.
3. Regulation of protein synthesis.
4. Brain activity. Magnesium is involved in many enzymes involved in brain activity.
MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS
Magnesium activates and assists with so many enzymes that symptoms can include almost anything.
Common symptoms include anger, belligerence, irritability, fatigue and pain due to muscle tension, as seen in conditions such as fibromyalgia. Other deficiency symptoms include asthma, migraines, fatigue, acute muscle spasms, upper respiratory infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies, rhinitis, and most cardiovascular disease.
MAGNESIUM AND HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS
The ideal hair magnesium level we use is 6 mg% or 60 parts per million. However, most everyone needs more magnesium, regardless of the hair level.
Fast oxidizers often need the most magnesium, especially when the sodium/potassium ratio is less than 2.5, regardless of the hair magnesium level.
Slow oxidizers tend to have higher hair levels of magnesium, but some of it is always biounavailable. We supplement everyone with magnesium and may give more if the magnesium level in the hair is very high or very low.
Biounavailable magnesium on the hair analysis. When magnesium is above about 9 mg% in the hair, at least some of it is biounavailable. This is a problem for millions of people. Symptoms of this imbalance may include fibromyalgia and other types of pain, irritability, insomnia, muscle weakness, depression, muscle cramps, especially after exercising, and possibly others.
Magnesium part of many hair analysis patterns. Magnesium is involved in several key mineral ratios on a hair mineral analysis. These are the calcium/magnesium ratio and the sodium/magnesium ratio. For this reason, magnesium is involved in dozens of important hair analysis patterns.
Among these are the oxidation rate, spiritual defensive pattern, death patterns, four lows, four highs, criminal patterns, shell patterns, and others.
Magnesium rise on a retest. In the course of a complete nutritional balancing program, at times the hair magnesium level will rise significantly. In most of these instances, the cause for this rise is the replacement of an inferior magnesium compound with a better form of magnesium in the body. This is discussed later in this article under the heading of The Controller Creatures.
MAGNESIUM AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
In designing development programs, we try very hard to obtain high-quality magnesium. Methods we use are eating lots of the preferred vegetables, well-cooked.
In addition, we use kelp, sea salt, blue corn, sardines, some other whole grains and spring water or carbon-only filtered tap water. Water, especially hard water, contains quite a lot of magnesium. It is not in the best form, but it works as a placeholder.
Supplemental magnesium. In addition to the above, all adults on a development program seem to need about 600 mg of a magnesium supplement, always mixed with calcium for balance. Children get less, but they all get some, especially babies, starting around age 4-6 months.
Those with a four lows pattern need a lot more. Those with a very high hair magnesium level or with a hair tissue magnesium level of 1 mg% may also need more.
These are similar to those for calcium. They include vitamins A, D, E, K and perhaps a few others. Vitamin D, for example, appears to assist magnesium metabolism, not just calcium absorption. Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine has a close relationship with magnesium. Magnesium is thought to help vitamin B6 to be incorporated into some enzymes.
Vitamin B1 or thiamin is a synergist with magnesium in glucose metabolism. Vitamin C is a synergist in connective tissue synthesis. Tetraiodothyronine or T4 increases cellular magnesium levels. In fact, many nutrients are synergistic with magnesium because magnesium is involved in almost all body functions.
Magnesium antagonists include calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphates, fluoride, all toxic metals and others. Alcohol severely depletes magnesium. This is due, at least in part, to the fact that metabolizing alcohol uses up many magnesium-dependent enzymes. This requires them to be reconstituted, using up a lot of magnesium. Alcohol is also a diuretic that can remove magnesium from the body through the kidneys.
Diarrhea. Magnesium is rich in the stool as it passes through the digestive tract. If diarrhea occurs, significant amounts of water and magnesium are lost from the body. This can deplete magnesium.
Several days of diarrhea are not a severe problem. However, if one has chronic intermittent diarrhea, as can occur with irritable bowel syndrome or colitis, magnesium loss can be significant.
Soda pop and sugar in the diet lower magnesium levels. These contain phosphorus compounds that bind firmly to magnesium, along with calcium and zinc, and tend to remove these minerals from the body.
Soda pop is among the worst magnesium robber. Some of the ‘high’ that one gets from drinking soda pop is actually magnesium depletion that causes a form of anxiety and irritability. Even the high phosphorus content of meat, eggs, cheese and other animal proteins lowers magnesium to some degree, but not that much because these foods contain some magnesium.
Exercise. Exercise uses up some magnesium. This contributes to leg cramps, shin splints and other symptoms that come with exercise. It can explain the ‘high’ of exercise, to some degree, as well.
Ionizing radiation can lower the body’s magnesium level significantly. It is not usually noticeable unless exposure is chronic and intense. Taking extra magnesium before radiation treatments may help protect one from some of the damage due to radiation therapy.
CONTROLLER CREATURES AND MAGNESIUM
Certain creatures called the controllers help the body utilize magnesium. This is a great gift.
In some people, one or two of the four controller creatures are not present. This commonly occur if one experiences trauma such as a rape or beating, has a severe accident, or if one becomes too nutritionally depleted. The person often feels more tired, and somewhat directionless.
A development program will, in every case, eventually bring these creatures back to a person’s body. To bring them back, the body must be made more yang, and it must become much better nourished. Also, at times, the trauma needs to be undone, which also can occur with a development program. Most important is to restore the Brain Architecture.
One can make an educated guess that one or more controller souls has returned to a body if:
1. The person is following a complete development program for at least two to six months.
2. The hair magnesium level rises at least 100% on a retest.
3. Usually the magnesium rises without a corresponding rise in the hair calcium level.
4. One may feel better, with more energy and a better sense of direction in one’s life.
The rise in hair tissue magnesium is actually an elimination of less bioavailable magnesium due to the efforts of the controller souls. This results in a higher energy level and better overall health.
Hospitals use a lot of intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) magnesium. It is one of the best things they use, because it is basically a nutritional solution for situations such as eclampsia and pre-eclampsia, heart attacks and some other emergencies.
Some holistic doctors and naturopaths give intravenous magnesium with other vitamins and minerals such as the Myers Cocktail, to replenish the body’s magnesium.
While it can improve symptoms of fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other conditions, it has several problems that make it unacceptable for a development program. These problems are 1) yin, 2) temporary, 3) a shotgun approach.
Yin means that it subtly unbalances the body in a very harmful way over time. One or two treatments is not a problem, and indeed helps some who are very nutritionally depleted. However, when continued, the body gradually becomes more yin, which is very harmful. For more, please read Yin Disease on this website.
Temporary means that the beneficial effects of intravenous magnesium tend to wear off after a few days to a few weeks. This tells us the magnesium shots or IVs fill a need, but they do not, on their own, restore the mineral balance.
A shotgun approach means that magnesium is not carefully measured and given in the exact dosage needed. Instead, one just loads up on it, hoping it will have the desired effect. Doctors even call it a “magnesium push”.
Indeed, giving any mineral intravenously or intramuscularly bypasses the way the body normally controls how much of a substance it absorbs. This is always more dangerous, as one can easily overload the body.
For all these reasons, the only time we would recommend intravenous magnesium is the way it is used in emergencies in the hospital. We never recommend intravenous or intramuscular magnesium in an ongoing way, as some holistic and naturopathic doctors offer. We do not find it necessary and it can easily do more harm than good.
TOPICAL OR TRANSDERMAL MAGNESIUM
Some books and doctors advise people to rub magnesium oil on the skin. This is very dangerous! It gives a quick symptomatic effect that can reduce muscle pain, fibromyalgia and perhaps alleviate fatigue. However, it is a stimulant that seriously unbalances the body and can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Transdermal magnesium lowered the sodium/potassium ratio of one of our clients. After a few months of it, he had a severe stroke. Another client used it previous to our program and had a heart attack. Please do not use it. For details, read Transdermal Magnesium.
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