Excerpt below from the book “The Mysteries of Nutrition – Life Changing Ideas to Heal the Body”
“Why did the ancient inhabitants of the region known today as Greece, which became the founding culture of Western civilization, begin around Magnesia? Did the Greeks have knowledge of the regional soft stone that could be dissolved with water into a viscous brine and used on the skin, directly or through natural spring formations? Did that knowledge allow for zero magnesium deficiency, contrary to our 95% deficient Western culture of today, and therefore allow for the stronger bones, tissues, nerves and brains of our ancestors?. Can we truly find full health if this valuable wisdom of the past is not recovered and brought into a modern light and application?”
The outer Sun converts cholesterol into vitamin D in the skin. This partial conversion is assisted by magnesium dependent enzymes in the skin. The word “enzyme” comes from the word “Sun”. After transport, further conversion is done in the liver and the kidney to create the storable (25 dihydroxy vitamin D) and the fully active form of Vitamin D (1.25 dihydroxy vitamin D), respectively. The storable form is found in the fatty tissue.
Whereas iron is the central molecule or sun of hemoglobin, magnesium is the sun or central molecule of the chlorophyll constellation. Magnesium is also the active ingredient in bioluminescence along with manganese. Magnesium is known in metallurgy to give off the brightest light of all—white light. This process also creates UV light. Magnesium acts as an inner Sun to further assist the outer Sun by magnesium-dependent enzymes’ hydrolysis and hydroxylation of vitamin D. This inner sun is also active in the conversion and storage of the nutritional input of vitamin D. The beginning of this activity between vitamin D and magnesium happens in the skin. Transdermal magnesium is often applied to the solar plexus, the center of the nervous system.
Through magnesium’s desaturation of fats, via increased activation of the ATP cycle and overall up-regulation of catabolism and metabolism, obstacles are cleaned out from the blood—including LDL cholesterol. Magnesium also acts as a natural blood thinner, reducing thromboxane and allowing for a less sticky or coagulated blood.
On the other hand, magnesium protects the noble fats, myelin sheaths and the neuroplasticity of the synapses, nerves and tissues. Magnesium reduces lipid peroxidation through its protective and preserving role via its mineral rich, water-bearing properties of slightly granular (traction) viscosity. Magnesium even assists in the conversion of omega-3’s into anti-inflammatory prostaglandines.
Magnesium is able to do all of this inner sun, catalytic and connective activity by its presence alone at the intracellular level. In threefold fashion magnesium works into the etheric life forces.
“All that is flexible is alive, all that is rigid is dead”
The mystery of magnesium is akin to the mystery of flexibility. Flexibility and preservation are linked. Calcium makes the teeth hard, magnesium renders the teeth flexible—when combined the teeth have strength. Without flexibility the tissues, bones, or cellular structures become rigid, overly permeable, lacking in local viscosity or at worse—they die. One example, magnesium helps the hemoglobin’s oxygen transport functions via magnesium-dependent structural flexibility and magnesium-dependent viscosity—not too sticky nor too dry. Magnesium assists the formation of the sigmoidal surface of the hemoglobin platelet allowing for better uptake and off-loading of the oxygen molecule—increasing oxygen efficiency. The flexible structure itself is a product of magnesium’s role in buffering the calcium input to insure magnesium flexibility in the structures of the body, including the cell, and provides a healthy viscosity due in part to magnesium’s water carrying capacity. This also insures the right shape and form (discocytes) to the platelets allowing them to better fit in the capillaries and deliver nutrients to the body.
Magnesium is also natures calcium channel blocker. This key function reduces inflammation via down-regulating the contractions caused by too much calcium in the blood and tissues. 30% of the cell’s energy is used in trying to remove calcium from the cell. Magnesium buffers this process and allows for the cell wall structure to ensure itself from rigid apoptosis (cell death) by limiting or incorporating magnesium into the structure—rendering it more flexible. This flexibility contributes to the selective permeability of the cell wall whereas without magnesium the cell becomes too permeable. Calcium without magnesium causes inflammation, brittleness and cracking which also renders the cell wall hyper permeable. So to summarize, we first have a structural deficiency caused by a previous magnesium deficiency, then to that can be added an active deficiency of magnesium in the cells and tissues which create an imbalance in the local viscosity, enabling a hyper permeability and cracking.
Well Distributed Executive Power
Magnesium also regulates the immune system. Imagine a lattice structure sprinkled with diamonds. Let us say that magnesium represents the diamonds. Noble minerals have astounding effects on harmful bacteria by their presence alone. This well distributed executive is a key to how the structures defend themselves before any immune system police are called. In the Wild West, only groups of bandits could rob banks, because everyone was armed and a lone-shooter would be dead before he could even get a hold of the money. This principle holds true as sentinels built into the structure, capable of regulating the innate immune system (macrophages, granulocytes, etc.) and having their own bacterial resistance can provide a more perfect protection. This network also runs through the nervous system allowing for the right neuro-plasticity for better nerve conduction via neurotransmitters which are also magnesium dependent.
The Spark of Cellular Exchange
Whether we are talking about chelation, uptake, bonding, enzyme conjugation, catalyzation, detoxification or the regulation of membrane transport, magnesium is the spark.
Taken from the article “Magnesium and Chelation”
In the living body, enzymes play a key role in cellular interactions. Magnesium is involved in all of these interactions through the enzymes’ own dependence on magnesium for a more perfect transformation, catalyzation, chelation or conjugation. Magnesium is an essential factor for enzyme and hormone efficiency. Many supplements which have been made outside the body such as magnesium malate, magnesium citrate, magnesium aspartate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium threonate, etc., differ from the R-form, natural and mirror molecule within the living body. The body creates these forms from the base magnesium chloride molecule by acidification processes combined with lipid molecules (fats) to create what it needs internally. This does not mean that these supplements do not have value as they can be helpful in certain situations. However, once the transdermal route for magnesium chloride is understood fully in the future, as it was in the past through the Roman and Greek thallasso, bath and thermal culture of Antiquity, we will realize that the skin is the ideal, yet overlooked, place for these transformations into the various magnesium combinations the body needs.
Malic acid is a well known chelation agent of aluminum in the body. Aluminum is one of the most pervasive toxins in the environment and in the body. Malic acid is not only found in apples but it is also found at the cellular level and is part of the ATP cycle, known as the malate-aspartate shuttle. Magnesium combines with malic acid to form magnesium malate, which becomes a fierce detoxifier of aluminum in the body. Many cosmetics use malic acid as it falls under the category of AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids), beneficial catalysts in the propagation of skin cells and tissue regeneration. The skin, as a barrier, has a natural acidity. The acids in the skin act not only as a protective agent, but as in the process of fermentation, they help create a living flora on the skin. When applied, magnesium chloride brine, the base form of magnesium from the sea or from crystallized sea strata within the Earth, penetrates into the skin and combines with these acids in the first layer, then fats in the next layers, to be better assimilated and used by the body.
Magnesium is also a well known antagonist to the fixation of aluminum (along with calcium), if optimal levels of magnesium are maintained. Nutrient-dense nutrition alongside the transdermal application practiced by our ancestors, as mentioned above, is key here. In France, doctors still prescribe bathing in certain mineral-rich waters found throughout France for many different conditions from rheumatism, to fatigue, stress, and lung disorders. Many in America have forgotten these traditions.
Magnesium is also an antagonist to cadmium, lead, nickel, and beryllium absorption in the body. Increased magnesium intake facilitates the elimination of cadmium through urinary excretion. Magnesium along with a healthy metabolism is also antagonistic to lead absorption in the vital organs.
What is the best source of magnesium for the modern population?
A naturally formed soft stone called bischofite, found in the crystalized Zechstein Sea deposits underneath the city of Veendam in Holland, contains the only form of pure magnesium chloride. 95% of magnesium oils, magnesium chloride, magnesium carbonate and the base magnesium that is used to create most supplements come from chemically treated, solvent treated magnesium deposits. These deposits must then be “upgraded”, the industry-wide term for this, to separate the “derivative magnesium” from potassium, heavy metals and other contaminants such as bromine (Dead Sea) or mercury (Salt Lake). This magnesium is stripped and sterilized to be the isolated substance MgCl. Whereas natural magnesium chloride, being pure in its natural state without contaminants, allows for a better uptake by magnesium dependent enzymes. These enzymes, in turn, create stronger bonds, more efficient conjugation and more efficient uptake, through their acidic conjugations, such as magnesium malate, to better remove aluminum and other toxins. One does not need a study to know that one can build better with the stones that nature intended.
Why are glass containers so important ?
If, instead of pouring pure, low-oxygen sealed, 1000 liter cubes of magnesium oil into glass bottles, one decided to pour this substance into thousands of user-end, soft, made for appearance, thin plastics we would effectively increase by 500% the level of exposure of the dry-oil substance to endocrine disruptors and micro-plastics. Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) absorb quickly into the oil when one multiplies the surface area contact. Additional leeching would occur, during storage and usage, as the plastic degrades in contact with halogens, lighting and oxygen. This would not only reduce the initial quality of the substance but it would limit the magnesium’s capacity, through magnesium-dependent enzymes in the body, to remove these same endocrine disruptors from the body. “First, do no harm” is the first rule of medicine. However EDC’s found in the tissues can be removed and reduced through transpiration. Transpiration has been proven, in animal studies, to remove these chemicals in conjunction with adequate magnesium levels. These two components are also found in sweat samples. It is a simple logic that the less you contaminate yourself with EDC’s, especially for such an important mineral such as magnesium, the less effort (years) it will take to remove them.
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(3) Correlations between magnesium and heavy metals in blood and sixteen tissues of rabbits.
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(4) Contribution to interaction between magnesium and toxic metals: the effect of prolonged cadmium intoxication on magnesium metabolism in rabbits.
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(5) Antagonism between cadmium and magnesium: a possible role of magnesium in therapy of cadmium intoxication.
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