C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
For 30 years I have been preaching the benefits of magnesium, which is deficient in 80% of individuals. This deficiency leads to:
- Heart disease
- Heart arrhythmias, including fibrillation
- Autonomic dysfunction, all disturbances, all diseases, etc!!!
Magnesium is the key to intracellular health!! It is essential to keep the cell wall at minus 60 millivolts so that nerve cells are not excessively excitable. Of course there are other nutritional problems but few as rampant as magnesium deficiency. In addition to inadequate intake, magnesium absorption is unusual—absorbed in the distal colon!! And all magnesium salts are laxatives. If the gut transit time is less than 12 hours, you do not absorb it.
Magnesium absorption is also partially blocked by calcium, which is preferentially absorbed, and by fat! When I first discovered that I was magnesium deficient, my only symptom was muscle pain after racquetball, which I played 5 days a week. For 5 years I mainlined magnesium IV, until I discovered that magnesium chloride is far better absorbed through the skin than through the mouth.
AND magnesium lotion increases not only intracellular magnesium but also DHEA, which is not raised by IV or oral magnesium! Finally, you cannot make bone without adequate magnesium. A little boron and adequate vita D 3 are also essential. The bottom line is — USE MAGNESIUM LOTION!!!