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Dr. Thomas Levy is one of the world’s leading experts on magnesium and vitamin C. He says that these, along with vitamin D and K, are the most critical supplements.

I could track Dr. Levy down and do a podcast with him, but I do not think it would be better than Mercola's interview above. I downloaded this from his archives at Save this link so you can search for topics that interest you and learn what Dr. Mercola's famous guests have to say. When you find what you want, use your podcast app such as Downcast to listen offline at faster speeds.

To improve this podcast, I spent several hours splicing the best parts together for you. THIS is the original. HERE, HERE, and HERE are other Mercola magnesium interviews.

Levy is a unique character who tells his origin story in a frank and charming way. 

Levy and Mercola agree that magnesium:

  • Is deficient in more than 90 percent of us.

  • Is a vasodilating natural calcium channel blocker that brings blood pressure down safely and decreases heart rhythm disturbances. It should be used before blood pressure medications are considered.

  • We all should be taking oral magnesium, but how much we can use is limited by loose stools. Most people can tolerate one or two 250 to 400 mg tablets a day. 

  • Magnesium is also available cheaply in powder form. Along with a quart or two of water, it is a wonderful cure for constipation. 

  • Dr. Levy reports that most research uses magnesium sulfate, although magnesium chloride may be superior because it suppresses viruses. 

  • There is an older literature about magnesium curing polio. 

  • Magnesium "molecular hydrogen" tablets do not have a laxative effect and may be the best-absorbed form.

  • Liposome-encapsulated magnesium capsules are well absorbed, so they cause fewer bowel problems. This can lower blood pressure so effectively that patients sometimes become sleepy and tired when they take too much.

  • Magnesium is one of Mercola's and Levy's favorite supplements.

How magnesium is used intravenously:*

  • For sick people, IV magnesium and IV vitamin C have near-miraculous effects and should be used on hospital admission for nearly every patient.

  • Dr. Levy said, "Never miss an opportunity if an IV is in to put magnesium in it," and "Stock your mitochondria up with magnesium." He also said a study showed that a single high-dose magnesium administration decreased all-cause mortality—even years later (!)

  • Rapid IV administration works. A gram or two over less than a minute is safe but can occasionally produce low blood pressure, so most doctors give it more slowly.

  • Intravenous magnesium cures most migraines. Dr. Levy believes these are primarily due to magnesium deficiency.

*The IV formula is 25% magnesium chloride hexahydrate (25 grams in 100 cc distilled water, sterilized). Doses of 10 to 20 cc are given slowly over 10 to 20 minutes once or twice daily. Intramuscular administration is not advised due to the pain of injection. A product from McGuff is commonly used.

"Topical" magnesium is used on the skin surface. When applied twice daily, a "reservoir" of the supplement stays there and slowly releases. Sandy Sanderson has a company in Australia that sells magnesium oil and cream. When I spoke to her and Jamie Turndorf, one of her fans, they emphasized that this vital nutrient also provides good sleep and serenity. Here are a few of Sandy's other tips:

Get magnesium where you can because every bit counts.

When magnesium deficiency symptoms (like arrhythmias) are experienced, a person can need up to 1,000mg of Mg supplementation daily. After a 400mg oral dose, most is expelled by the digestive system because the gut cannot handle the absorption of such a high concentration in one hit, and diarrhea ensues.

If you prefer the oral route, use magnesium drinking water with about 80mg of magnesium per liter of filtered water. This mimics natural spring water. If you drink 3 liters over 24 hours, you will get about 240mg. Almost all are potentially absorbed by the gut wall because it is in a low enough concentration to pass through. High concentrations can be used as a laxative if required, but the low amounts in spring water do not have this effect. I have scientific studies about this phenomenon on my website HERE

Six sprays of my Magnesium Oil Spritz provide 300mg of elemental magnesium for the transdermal route. Each teaspoon of Magnesium Cream delivers 150mg magnesium, and each teaspoon of Magnesium Charge Lotion provides 300mg of magnesium. 

The whole body's skin surface is a reservoir for the body's magnesium stores. Athletes benefit from storing magnesium in their skin and can use it during exercise.

Oral magnesium salts are a laxative: magnesium oxide, citrate, sulfate, etc. The bowel better tolerates magnesium combined with amino acids like magnesium glycinate or magnesium taurate.

Liposomal magnesium is encased in a fatty package. It works well for vitamin C, and magnesium may be better absorbed because the lipids assist absorption across the gut wall. 

HERE is one of my articles about magnesium and heart health and a dosage guide. 

Sandy's topical magnesium is available on her website HERE or on Amazon. She is my good "mate," as they say "down under." If you want to hear my interview with her, see my archives from last year. 

I have a friend who occasionally gets an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. It makes her feel terrible. She learned that oral magnesium could help, but she had diarrhea when taking more than 800 mg daily. After discovering magnesium oil, her heart has been regular as a clock. She had another lesson when a doctor casually prescribed Prilosec for dyspepsia. "Proton pump inhibitors" like this deplete magnesium, and she had repeated a-fib until she figured this out. She tells me she will never again take a prescription unless there is a compelling reason, and she has done several hours of reading about it.

Dr. Levy adds the following in his book:

[Magnesium is critical for} RNA synthesis, as well as for the synthesis of fatty acids and the conversion of vitamin D into its active hormone form in the body.3 Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of glutathione, the most essential and most concentrated antioxidant inside the body's cells.4-7 Inside the cell, magnesium keeps sodium and calcium levels lower and potassium levels higher.8 Arguably, no single molecule is more critical for sustaining life and promoting health than magnesium. For example, few molecules are as critical as vitamin C. However, high doses of other antioxidants can partially compensate for an advanced vitamin C deficiency. However, there are NO, even partly compensatory, substitutes when magnesium is deficient. Only magnesium can alleviate the impact of a magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium deficiency [causes] following: ✓Cardiovascular diseases (coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmias and QTc prolongation, hypertension, congestive heart failure; stroke) ✓Metabolic syndrome ✓Diabetes ✓Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia ✓Kidney disease ✓Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis ✓COPD and asthma ✓Calcium-containing stone formation anywhere in the body ✓Preeclampsia and eclampsia ✓Migraines and seizure disorders ✓Depression and anxiety ✓Dementias, neurodegenerative diseases, and seizure disorders ✓Hearing loss

Contact information

Thomas Levy, MD, is at the Riordon Clinic. Office number: 316-682-3100

Reference: magnesium YouTube video

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Parting shot #1 from Polymath Paul

“Call me crazy, but if I’d be insane enough to live in Chicago, I wouldn’t be worried about cops. I’d be worried about a lack of cops.”

Source is HERE.

Parting shot #2: Milk of Magnesia as a deodorant.

Jim Arnold (Liar's World Substack) sent me this. MOM contains 415mg Magnesium Hydroxide per 5ml. It also has sodium hydrogen carbonate, glycerol, oil of peppermint, sodium saccharin, and water. Unfortunately, "Laboratory studies have also linked saccharin at high doses with the development of bladder cancer in rats, and in 1981 saccharin was listed in the U.S. National Toxicology Program's Report on Carcinogens as a substance reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.

Although saccharin was banned in 1981, it was "unbanned" as of 2010. The U.S. National Toxicology Program, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the Environmental Protection Agency, the World Health Organization, and the E.U. Scientific Committee for Food all agree it is safe

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