Magnesium is nothing short of a miracle mineral in its healing effect on a wide range of diseases as well as in its ability to rejuvenate the aging body. We know that it is essential for many enzyme reactions, especially in regard to cellular energy production, for the health of the brain and nervous system, for healthy teeth and bones and is also an impressive infection fighter.
A french doctor, A. Neveu, cured several diphtheria patients with magnesium chloride within two days. He also published 15 cases of poliomyelitis that were cured within days if treatment was started immediately, or within months if paralysis had already progressed. Neveu also found magnesium chloride effective with asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema; pharyngitis, tonsillitis, hoarseness, common cold, influenza, whooping cough, measles, rubella, mumps, scarlet fever; poisoning, gastro-enteritis, boils, abscesses, whitlow, infected wounds and osteomyelitis. In more recent years Dr Vergini and others have confirmed these earlier results and have added more diseases to the list of successful uses: acute asthma attacks, shock, tetanus, herpes zoster, acute and chronic conjunctivitis, optic neuritis, rheumatic diseases, many allergic diseases, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and beneficial effects in cancer therapy. In all of these cases magnesium chloride had been used and gave much better results than other magnesium compounds.
Young women, children and most of all babies have soft body structures and smooth skin with low calcium and high magnesium levels in their cells and soft tissues. This is the biochemistry of youth. As we age and most pronounced in old men and post-menopausal women, we become more and more inflexible. The arteries harden to cause arteriosclerosis, the skeletal system calcifies to cause rigidity with fusion of the spine and joints, kidneys and other organs and glands increasingly calcify and harden with stone formation, calcification in the eyes causes cataracts and even the skin hardens, becoming tough and wrinkled. In this way calcium is in the same league as oxygen and free radicals, while magnesium works together with hydrogen and the antioxidants to keep our body structure soft. A gynaecologist reported that one of the first organs to calcify are the ovaries, leading to pre-menstrual tension. When he put his patients on a high magnesium intake their PMT vanished and they felt and looked much younger. Most of these women said that they lost weight, increased their energy, felt less depressed and enjoyed sex again much more than before. For men it is equally beneficial for problems arising from an enlarged prostate gland. Symptoms commonly improve after a period of supplementation with magnesium chloride.
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Structural and physiological effects of calcium and magnesium
In organisms which perform both photosynthesis and calcification, the fact that calcification proceeds faster in the light than in the dark has led to the long-established view that photosynthesis and calcification are closely coupled. It is now clear that calcification does not promote photosynthesis, but an enhancement of calcification by photosynthesis could still explain why calcification is faster in the light. To test this, the kinetics of the two processes were monitored over a wide range of calcium concentrations (0-50 mM) in the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi. The addition of 50 mM calcium strongly inhibited both processes, but when incubated in lower concentrations, rates of calcification increased up to 20 mM calcium whilst those of photosynthesis remained constant over the same range of calcium concentrations. So, rates of calcification are able to rise without a concomitant increase in photosynthetic rates. In addition, calcification rate and coccolith morphology responded similarly to changes in calcium concentrations; low calcification rates were associated with poor coccolith structure (undercalcification) and high calcification rates with perfectly formed coccoliths. Calcium concentration thus strongly influences calcification affecting both crystal structure and rate of calcite deposition. A similar structural analysis of coccoliths from cells grown in different magnesium concentrations showed that this ion is also essential for calcification, since strong signs of coccolith malformation and undercalcification were apparent at both low and high magnesium concentrations. In contrast with the calcium results, coccoliths were flawless only in the normal seawater concentration of 58 mM magnesium. We conclude that photosynthesis and calcification are not closely coupled and that calcification depends on a precise balance of both calcium and magnesium concentrations.