Posted 30 October 2013
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away – Philip K. Dick To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another – John Burroughs
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away – Philip K. Dick
To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another – John Burroughs
Overview Marcelle du Plessis / Body Detox makes the claim, among other, that “When Miracle Magnesium Oil™ is taken orally and Miracle Magnesium Blue Spray™ is sprayed daily over the entire body, it may be beneficial for . . . sinusitis.” (http://miraclemagnesiumoil.co.za)
We will briefly show the nonsense of this statement, and further below, show why the claims of Body Detox, and specifically for magnesium oil, are nonsense! [modal id=”5806″][/modal]
- I am a medical doctor who has worked a great deal of my life in the allergy field. I also personally have episodes of sinusitis. I would love to help myself and my patients. I am constantly reading allergy research and attend congresses world-wide. I know of NO research, and I am not aware of any credible doctor in this field using magnesium or magnesium oil for sinusitis. The same is applicable for eczema and asthma (although magnesium injected and inhaled in those during severe asthma has been tried, and nasal irrigations with salt/Dead Sea salt for those with hayfever, may be beneficial).
- Like ALL illnesses, one needs a specific dose for a therapeutic benefit. It can vary from disease to disease (and individual to individual). The way Marcelle du Plessis suggests you use the product, the dose is the same whether for sinusitis or “Colon Cancers”. What IS the correct dose for sinusitis? She/Body Detox does not have a clue for there is NO proof that magnesium oil is beneficial for sinusitis (see below for further elaboration on this point)
- Marcelle du Plessis, by making the claim highlighted above, is making a therapeutic claim. This means she is in direct conflict with the Medicine Act. She is acting illegally. As mentioned in a previous post, a member of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) wrote: “some if not all the products are medicines liable to registration. . . . the products pose a danger to public health and need urgent attention.“ More so, it is unethical, immoral and an abuse of individuals who happen to be suffering from these conditions.
- Common sense should make you ask: why is magnesium oil so heavily advertised by sellers of the product (and a handful of non-credible health professionals) for a wide range of conditions, but not utilised or recommended by the health profession in general? Something does not make sense!
- Marcelle du Plessis claims that Miracle magnesium oil comes from the Dead Sea, but then when pointed out that she manufactures some of her products in unsterile conditions, admits that magnesium oil is manufactured locally. Magnesium oil is NOT found in the Dead Sea, or elsewhere – it is manufactured locally. Depending on the raw ingredient, magnesium chloride, it may be obtained from the Dead Sea, but is more cheaply available elsewhere.
- Magnesium oil is NOT pure magnesium. It depends on the source of the raw material: magnesium chloride flakes or pellets. Typically Dead Sea magnesium chloride contains magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, sodium chloride, and potassium chloride but may also contain silicon dioxide, calcium oxide, aluminum oxide, magnesium oxide, iron(iii) oxide, sodium oxide, potassium oxide, titanium(iv) oxide, sulfur trioxide, phosphorus pentoxide, chloride, and bromide.
[note note_color=”#fbfbb7″ radius=”3″] Let us now examine the details and the rest of Marcelle du Plessis’s / Body Detox’s claims. There are two aspects we need to address:
- Is she telling the truth about “Body Detox Miracle Magnesium Oil”?
- Does her claims for Magnesium oil for health benefits have any truth?[/note]
[note note_color=”#e7faa3″ radius=”3″] Are people lying when they say that Magnesium oil was beneficial to them? No, not really. We are saying that for the majority of claims, it will not. We are saying that taking the product orally, may help for cramps or other symptoms that SlowMag and other pills may help with (although there is no evidence to show this is true for magnesium oil), but for the majority of the claims, sheer nonsense. There are many reasons why people can believe a product works for them. These reasons are well known and can be read about here. Read “Placebo effect”, “Confirmation bias” and “Regression to the Mean” [/note]
CLAIM 1 The webpage makes the following claims: “Miracle Magnesium Oil™ that comes from the Dead Sea – due to its liquid form – is the best type of Magnesium for intestinal absorption”.
IS THIS THE TRUTH? This claim is FALSE
[spoiler title=”More . . .” style=”fancy”] Miracle Magnesium Oil does NOT come from the Dead Sea. It is a manufactured product using the following process:
- 1/2 cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- Boil the distilled water. Add to the magnesium chloride flakes, stir well until completely dissolved, cool and store.
Therefore the claim that miracle magnesium oil comes from the Dead Sea is FALSE as it is manufactured locally. HOWEVER, the ingredient magnesium chloride MAY be sourced from the Dead Sea, but I have “inside” information that the amount of magnesium chloride imported from this source by Body Detox is insufficient to manufacture the amount of product being sold, i.e., a minor amount is from the Dead Sea, the rest is obtained from a manufacturing process.
Magnesium chloride is the name for the chemical compounds with the formulas MgCl2 and its various hydrates MgCl2(H2O)x. Hydrated magnesium chloride can be extracted from ANY brine or sea water. In North America, magnesium chloride is produced primarily from Great Salt Lake brine. Using a similar process it is extracted from the Dead Sea. Magnesium chloride as the natural mineral bischofite is also extracted (via solution mining) out of ancient sea beds, e.g., the Zechstein seabed in northwest Europe. Some magnesium chloride is made from solar evaporation of seawater. Anhydrous magnesium chloride is the principal precursor to magnesium metal, which is produced on a large scale.
Hydrated magnesium chloride is the form most readily available. Magnesium chloride is most commonly used for dust control and road stabilization. Its second-most common use is ice control. Magnesium chloride also is used for a variety of other applications: fertilizer, mineral supplement for animals, wastewater treatment, wallboard, artificial seawater, feed supplement, textiles, paper, fireproofing agents, cements and refrigeration brine. It is also used in fire extinguishers. Magnesium chloride also is used in several medical and skin related (topical) applications. It has been used in pills as supplemental sources of magnesium, where it serves as a soluble compound that is not as laxative as magnesium sulphate (Epson salts), and more bioavailable than magnesium hydroxide and magnesium oxide, since it does not require stomach acid to produce soluble magnesium.
For example, MAG®, naturally harvested from the Dead Sea, is claimed to be a premier de-icer and premium ice melt product that provides the best performance used to combat ice and snow hazards.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Cost of making your own” style=”fancy”]At Body Detox for 100 mls of Magnesium Inflama Spray, you will pay R190.00. If you purchase magnesium chloride at Protea Chemicals (+27 12 804 9646) you will pay R8.04 per Kg. So mixing around 50 mls of magnesium chloride with 50 mls of water to make magnesium oil will cost you about 40 cents. Miracle Magnesium Orange Spray 500 ml costs R550. You can make it yourself for R10.00 Miracle Magnesium Oil 500 ml costs R450. You can make it yourself for R10.00 Recipe:
- 1/2 cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- Boil the distilled water. Add to the magnesium chloride flakes, stir well until completely dissolved, cool.
- Add food colourant
CLAIM 2 “Magnesium chloride from the Dead Sea is superior to magnesium chloride from other sources”.
IS THIS TRUE? This claim is FALSE
[spoiler title=” More . . .” style=”fancy”] Pure magnesium chloride is exactly the same no matter from whatever source is comes from – unless impure! If impure, it will carry contaminants from the original source, e.g., low levels of heavy metals, bromide (particularly in impure Dead Sea salt.) Typically Dead Sea magnesium chloride – flakes & pellets – contains magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, sodium chloride, and potassium chloride but depending on where the magnesium is harvested from, may also contain silicon dioxide, calcium oxide, aluminum oxide, magnesium oxide, iron(iii) oxide, sodium oxide, potassium oxide, titanium(iv) oxide, sulfur trioxide, phosphorus pentoxide, chloride, and bromide. (An analysis by Dr. Olga Yoffe at the Geological Survey in Jerusalem])( Bromine from the Dead Sea – Weizmann Institute of Science)[/spoiler]
CLAIM 3 “Magnesium oil is better absorbed through the skin”.
IS THIS TRUE? No real evidence that it is
[spoiler title=” More . . .” style=”fancy”] Many sites refer to a study by Watkins and Josling and published in The Nutrition Practitioner who found in their study, using magnesium oil, that “These results show that non self selected patients who exhibit variable levels of intracellular magnesium can improve this significantly and could therefore impact on many areas of general health and well being, including cardiovascular and skeletal fitness”. However, there are a number of claims that makes one doubt the credibility of the study, including their claim to have measured “toxic mineral release measured in Hair analysis”. NO mainstream research has tested whether any form of magnesium can be absorbed through the skin. A study testing skin application of MagPro™ on muscle performance found no effect suggesting that magnesium is not absorbed through the skin.
There is certainly no impressive documented cases of people being cured of the diseases listed following swimming in the Dead Sea, and surely this is the best form of skin application?! After all, magnesium oil is simply magnesium chloride dissolved in water. Scientifically, Magnesium “Oil” DOES NOT absorb well through skin when in aqueous only solution, unless you literally bathe in it extensively for it is an ion (an atom or molecule with a net electric charge due to the loss or gain of one or more electrons), and ions don’t cross skin barriers easily.
Common sense should tell you that you did not become ill from the last time you swam for a long period in the swimming pool or in the ocean (unless you drank the water!). Did you get become sick from absorbing though your skin ALL the Chlorine, Magnesium, Calcium, phosphorus, etc? If ions easily crossed the skin then you WOULD have benefited or become sick. If it was easy for chemicals to be absorbed through the skin, imagine how ill you would be from absorbing all the chemicals in make-up, and soap, and under-arm deodorants!One study often referenced as proof that magnesium is absorbed through the skin is the one by Dr RH Waring,
Report on Absorption of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) across the skin, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham. This study supposedly demonstrated that bathing in Epsom salts is a safe and effective way to increase your magnesium and sulfate levels in the body. This may be pure pseudoscience for, even if this study appears to be scientific, the website that did the “research study” is actually promoting transdermal magnesium and this specific study was not peer reviewed or published in an accredited journal or peer-reviewed research website. So it may be true, it may not – and it has never been independently repeated. In other words, this study is not verified. Furthermore, this study full body soaked people in Epsom salts – not nearly the same as spraying or applying a quantity to your skin. But, here it gets interesting, this published study showed that the skin barrier function was actually improved by magnesium bathing, i.e., blocking absorption!
There is not a single study that clearly shows or states that magnesium is passed through the skin. This is because it can’t really pass – magnesium is an ion, and ions cannot penetrate the skin easily without an additional process such as iontophoresis (electric current). Furthermore, magnesium salts, whether it be magnesium “oil” or Epsom Salts ALWAYS dissolve in water to Mg ion + “other” ions (in this case, chloride and sulphate respectively). They are exactly the same ions, Mg +! So if you want to use it on your skin, then using edible, food grade USP Epsom Salts dissolved in distilled water or tap water will provide the same magnesium for your skin (and without the heavy metals that may be in some versions of Dead Sea salt).
Magnesium “Oil” is said to be around 560 times more expensive weight by weight! (However, this would also depend on your kidney and other organs’ functions.)[/spoiler]
CLAIM 4 The Body Detox website claims: “A scientific test done by Dr. Norman Shealy, shows that the Magnesium in Miracle Magnesium Blue Spray™ is best absorbed trans-dermally”.
IS THIS TRUE? The claim is FALSE
[spoiler title=” More . . .” style=”fancy”] Miracle Magnesium Blue Spray has never been tested by Dr Norman Shealy. At best Body Detox is trying to infer because Dr Shealy promotes his version of magnesium oil, that Body Detox’s version is the same. Interestingly, Dr Norman Shealy considers that he has been reincarnated from a past lifetime of his in which he was John Elliotson, a 19th century physician in Britain who was also a medical innovator and pain specialist. The highly reputable Quickwatch has listed Dr Shealy as a “Promoter[s] of Questionable Methods and/or Advice” and the Department of Health and Human Services of Kansas previously sent Dr Shealy a warning letter.
The “Encyclopedia of American Loons” has listed him as deserving this title and in particular for his book, “AIDS: Passageway to Transformation” for which a critic wrote “One of the most irresponsible books ever written. There is no scientific evidence to support the “holistic” approaches mentioned in it” and “If you are looking for a book that was trying to make a buck off the of AIDs scare, look no further”. (We need to emphasise that Dr Shealy was at one time a highly regarded doctor who then appears to have “lost the plot” and started making claims that could not be proven)[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=” More . . .” style=”fancy”] Absorption of magnesium from different kinds of magnesium supplements varies. Forms of magnesium that dissolve well in liquid are more completely absorbed in the gut than less soluble forms. Small studies have found that magnesium in the aspartate, citrate, lactate, and chloride forms is absorbed more completely and is more bioavailable than magnesium oxide and magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts). Furthermore, and very importantly, the dose VARIES according to the condition. Magnesium oil does not bear this adequately in mind. See discussion further down. The bioavailability of magnesium supplements varies. Magnesium chloride (in Slo-Mag), magnesium lactate (Mag-Tab SR), and magnesium aspartate appear to be most bioavailable. Magnesium oxide (MagOx) and magnesium sulfate have bioavailability only of about 4% [/spoiler]
CLAIM 6 The webpage makes the following claims: “Dr. Sircus points out that trans-dermal applied Miracle Magnesium Blue Spray™ and orally taken Miracle Magnesium Oil™, offers advantages over other neuron-protective agents and may reduce disability after a stroke. According to “The Magnesium Miracle” (Dr. Carolyn Dean), the Magnesium in Miracle Magnesium Oil™ is important in lowering blood pressure, keeping the heart-muscle from going into spasm, lowering cholesterol, and it may help heal the damage in the brain caused by a stroke.”
IS THIS TRUE?
No, not exactly.
[spoiler title=” More . . .” style=”fancy”] Neither Dr Mark Sircus nor Dr Carolyn Dean are proper doctors or experts in the field but sellers of magnesium oil. It is a complete lie that “Dr. Sircus points out that trans-dermal applied Miracle Magnesium Blue Spray™ and orally taken Miracle Magnesium Oil™, offers advantages over other neuron-protective agents and may reduce disability after a stroke – he has not evaluated these products. Furthermore, there is no evidence that Body-Detox’s product is even equivalent to that of Dr Sircus. Dr Sircus is an acupuncturist who calls himself a “Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine”. The website, DepletedCranium.com, claims that Dr Mark Sircus, claims that sodium bicarbonate (bircarbonate of soda / baking soda) & Maple Syrup, could cure cancer! This would suggest caution of for his other claims. Dr Carolyn Dean is also included on the list of the reputable Quackwatch’s “Promoters of Questionable Methods and/or Advice“ and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (Canada), after reviewing her care of 36 patients, concluded that Carolyn Dean, M.D. was unfit to practice and revoked her registration certificate (“disgraceful, dishonourable and unprofessional conduct”). The simple point being made is that of the most prominent “health professionals” on the web who support the use of magnesium oil, that their credibility and expertise is questionable.[/spoiler]
CLAIM 7 At the Body Detox website, http://miraclemagnesiumoil.co.za, the following claim is made. The following comment was made by BodyDetox: “Concerning the rulings against BodyDetox’s Miracle Magnesium: There are literally thousands of relevant Clinical Trials done by reputable Universities and expert Researchers abroad and which have been published in Medical Journals on the efficacy of Magnesium. We submitted this evidence to ASA and because it has not been researched in South Africa on our Magnesium they disregarded the evidence.”
It is true that “There are literally thousands of relevant Clinical Trials done by reputable Universities and expert Researchers abroad and which have been published in Medical Journals on the efficacy of Magnesium” – BUT not in the context that Marcelle du Plessis claims. The actual truth is that there are thousands of relevant studies that demonstrate the role of magnesium in the body as it is an important and vital ingredient in over 350 metabolic processes AND associated with a number of conditions/diseases, but NOT that thousands of clinical trials have demonstrated that giving magnesium or magnesium oil will have ANY beneficial effect in the lists of conditions mentioned by Body Detox. In some conditions, there has been some advantage but only when given intravenously. In others, results have been conflicting. See the discussion elsewhere in this posting. But NO research was done for magnesium oil.
Different forms of magnesium salts, e.g., magnesium sulphate and magnesium oxide, have very different degrees of absorption. Therefore one cannot “guess” what the truth is but one has to test to find out what the truth is. And nothing has been tested for magnesium oil or magnesium chloride in most of the studies for the conditions that Body Detox lists.
The purpose of making this claim is in order to SELL an unproven product and therefore contrary to the ASA code which protects consumers. See below where we show how Marcelle du Plessis uses quackery, pseudoscience, and possibly even fraud, to make claims for the benefit of Miracle Magnesium oil for various illnesses. [/spoiler]
IS THIS TRUE?
This is mostly untrue or a misuse or corruption of the truth.
[spoiler title=” More . . .” style=”fancy”] It is true that more than 325 enzymes regulating energy production, muscle strength, nerve cell function, healing, immunity, blood sugar control, hormones and DNA require magnesium. Without magnesium any or all of these processes malfunction. Similarly, sodium, potassium, calcium and other minerals and vitamins are required for a wide range of conditions, and it is true that a deficiency of magnesium may lead to certain symptoms, e.g., early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur. Severe magnesium deficiency can result in low serum calcium (hypocalcemia) or low serum potassium (hypokalemia) because mineral homeostasis is disrupted. [Office of Dietary Supplements – National Institutes of Health]
However, will ordinary consumers benefit from magnesium, as Body Detox claims, “magnesium oil . . . may be beneficial for the symptoms . . . e.g. .colon cancer”. Firstly, colon cancer, sinusitis, menopausal symptoms, allergies, etc., are NOT symptoms. They are complex conditions. In other words, a magnesium deficiency can present with some symptoms – listed above, but conditions are complex and MAY be associated with a number of metabolic derangements but the derangements are NOT a CAUSE of the condition. For example, in some cases asthmatics, magnesium levels may drop because of the asthma but giving oral or magnesium on the skin has NOT been shown to be beneficial – other urgent steps need to be taken e.g. intravenous magnesium in selected cases.
Body Detox dangerously gives the idea that magnesium oil will help. And what if you have asthma with a normal level of magnesium? The same analogy applies to all the other conditions in the list, including colon cancer! In other words, there is NO proof that taking magnesium oil, will treat/cure or help these conditions. What are the main medicinal effects of consuming magnesium? In medical and pharmacy practice, it has several demonstrated uses – the most well-known are probably as an antacid or laxative. Milk of magnesia (MOM) works because magnesium is partially absorbed – enough stays in the bowel, drawing water into the colon and softening and dislodging anything below.
Magnesium may be effective for some types of migraine and cluster headaches and a few other conditions, but not nearly as in the list that Body Detox claims. In cases where drugs or diseases have reduced blood magnesium levels, supplementation is appropriate. It appears that one of Marcelle du Plessis, and others promoting magnesium oil, is the tendency to link one effect with another unrelated condition – a logical fallacy. In other words, because cheese is yellow and the moon sometimes looks yellow, that the moon is made from cheese. Or an example related to her claims: because intravenous magnesium may sometimes benefit some patients during an acute asthma attack, that therefore applying magnesium oil to the skin, or taking it orally, will help asthma. Dangerous nonsense.
The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) (“Unbiased, Scientific Clinical Information on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Therapies”) has no entry in the database on magnesium oil. It does not exist as far as these experts are concerned. The Natural Standard, “the Authority of Integrative Medicine”) does not recognise “magnesium oil”.
However, NMCD does state for magnesium (the various forms such as sulphate, gluconate, etc) that people use “magnesium” for: “Orally, magnesium is used for treating and preventing hypomagnesemia. It is also used orally as a laxative for constipation and for preparation of the bowel for surgical or diagnostic procedures. Magnesium is also used orally for treating symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis; for cardiovascular diseases including angina, arrhythmias, hypertension, coronary heart disease and hyperlipidemia, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, mitral valve prolapse, vasospastic angina, myocardial infarction, multiple sclerosis; and as an antacid for symptoms of gastric hyperacidity.
It is also used orally for treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, pregnancy-induced leg cramps, nocturnal leg cramps, diabetes, kidney stones, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome, altitude sickness, urinary incontinence, kidney stones, erythromelalgia, restless leg syndrome, and for preventing hearing loss. Magnesium is also used orally by athletes to increase energy and endurance. Topically, magnesium is used for treating infected skin ulcers, boils, and carbuncles; and for speeding wound healing.
It is also used topically as a cold compress in the treatment of erysipelas and as a hot compress for deepseated skin infections. Parenterally, magnesium is used for acute hypomagnesemia occurring in conditions such as pancreatitis, malabsorption disorders, and cirrhosis, and for treating pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. It is also used as an additive to total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for prevention of hypomagnesemia. Intravenously, magnesium is used for controlling seizures associated with epilepsy, glomerulonephritis, or hypothyroidism when low serum magnesium levels are present.
It is also used intravenously in the treatment of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, including torsades de pointes, for preventing arrhythmias after myocardial infarction, and for cardiac arrest. Magnesium is also used intravenously for treating acute exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructivepulmonary disease (COPD), for migraine headaches, neuropathic pain and postoperative pain, as an osmotic agent for cerebral edema, and for tetanus.” Note: This simply means that having examined all inputs, this is what they hear people use it for – not that it is acceptable or correct.
HOWEVER, under their section where they evaluate the evidence for these uses, they find little evidence to back up these claims. Note, the NMCD evaluates collectively the evidence for the various forms of magnesium, for example, for heartburn it is NOT magnesium chloride that is beneficial but magnesium carbonate, hydroxide, oxide, or trisilicate salts. Here is the NMCD’s summary of the evidence (proof) for the various illnesses or symptoms, summarised by various ranges of effectiveness.
The NMCD’s definition of the effective rating is included. Details of the summaries are mostly excluded to prevent overloading the reader with data)
EFFECTIVE = (Definition: This product has a very high level of reliable clinical evidence supporting its use for a specific indication. Products rated Effective are generally considered appropriate to recommend.) Constipation. Dyspepsia. (heartburn) Hypomagnesemia.
LIKELY EFFECTIVE = (Definition: This product has a very high level of reliable clinical evidence supporting its use for a specific indication. Products rated “Likely Effective” are generally considered appropriate to recommend.) Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. (Intravenous or intramuscular magnesium sulfate Torsades de pointes. Administering magnesium intravenously
(Definition: This product has some clinical evidence supporting its use for a specific indication; however, the evidence is limited by quantity, quality, or contradictory findings. Products rated “Possibly Effective” might be beneficial, but do not have enough high-quality evidence to recommend for most people.)
Arrhythmias. Administering magnesium intravenously Asthma. Administering magnesium intravenously Cancer-associated neuropathic pain. Administering magnesium intravenously Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Administering magnesium intramuscularly Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Administering magnesium intravenously Cluster headache. Administering magnesium intravenously Coronary artery disease. Taking magnesium orally seems to reduce anginal attacks in people with coronary artery disease (1181). Diabetes. Higher dietary magnesium intake is associated with lower fasting insulin concentrations in adults and obese children and a reduced risk of developing type 2 Fibromyalgia. Taking magnesium hydroxide plus malic acid (Super Malic tablets) orally. Hearing loss. Taking magnesium orally seems to prevent hearing loss in individuals exposed to loud noise (1205). Hypercholesterolemia. Some evidence that taking magnesium chloride and magnesium oxide orally can produce small decreases in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and total cholesterol levels, and small increases in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. However, magnesium does not seem to improve lipoprotein (a) levels (1193). Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis). Taking magnesium orally seems to prevent the recurrence of kidney stones.
Metabolic syndrome. Higher magnesium intake from diet and supplements is associated with a 27% lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome in healthy women (13371) and a 31% lower risk in healthy young adults (14304).
Migraine headache. Taking high-dose magnesium citrate or trimagnesium dicitrate orally seems to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches (4891,9498). However, other research suggests that magnesium doesn’t have any effect (10661).
Mitral valve prolapse. Taking magnesium orally seems to reduce symptoms of mitral valve prolapse in people with low serum magnesium levels (1191).
Osteoporosis. Post-hysterectomy pain. Administering magnesium intravenously
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Taking magnesium orally seems to relieve symptoms of PMS. Stroke. There is some evidence that increasing dietary magnesium intake might decrease the relative risk of stroke in men. However, there is no proof that taking magnesium supplements has this same effect (9001,9002).
Vasospastic angina. Administering magnesium intravenously
Nil conditions listed
Nil conditions listed
INSUFFICIENT RELIABLE EVIDENCE to RATE
Anxiety. Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Hypertension. Multiple sclerosis (MS). Pregnancy-related leg cramps. Preterm labor. Restless leg syndrome. Sudden cardiac death.
Therefore, not only does mainstream science NOT support the claims of Body Detox, but alternative medicine databases do not exactly.
These are some of the recent publications in main stream medicine. A study testing whether a skin application of a body lotion enriched with minerals from the Dead Sea with 2 different placebos for uremic itching found no difference. However, balneotherapy (the treatment of disease by bathing in mineral springs) in the Dead Sea, has been found to be helpful in a few conditions.
This is NOT the same as spraying or applying magnesium oil to the skin or taking it by mouth. Irrigating the nose for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis (hayfever) using hypertonic Dead Sea salt (DSS) solution with hypertonic saline showed some beneficial effect. This is NOT the same as spraying or applying magnesium oil to the skin or taking it by mouth. In recent studies, what has been shown is that the benefits of magnesium intake seem to be related to consuming foods rich in magnesium, and not magnesium supplements. In other words, similar to many studies of vitamins, other minerals and antioxidants, the benefits appear to be only when eating a food containing these compounds appeared to be beneficial, but not when given as supplements – no beneficial effect was demonstrated.
An example: a study of 38,772 older women concluded: “In older women, several commonly used dietary vitamin and mineral supplements may be associated with increased total mortality risk; this association is strongest with supplemental iron.” The only people or companies claiming that your body requires magnesium for a wide range of conditions, as listed on the Body Detox site, are companies trying to dupe you into buying their products. Don’t believe us? Do an Internet search while considering this question: how many prominent health professionals support magnesium oil or similar products for the conditions listed on the Body Detox website? (There are a handful of “doctors” – mentioned by Body Detox – also trying to convince you that magnesium oil is effective, but they are of questionable credibility – and are also trying to sell you their version of magnesium oil! [/spoiler]
CLAIM 10 Magnesium oil is beneficial for skin conditions
IS THIS TRUE?
This is mostly untrue or a misuse or corruption of the truth.
There is no proof that: [spoiler title=” More . . .” style=”fancy”]
- Miracle Magnesium Oil™ with Miracle Magnesium Blue Spray™ may serve as an essential supplement to counteract calcification in both cases, and/or
- the dose provided by these two products will supply the body in a correct or recommended dose. In other words, if research has shown that the average person needs 250 mg of panado to relieve a headache, then using less than this dose is less likely to help. How much magnesium does Miracle Magnesium Blue Spray provide the body? In this instance, we need proof that magnesium will be absorbed through the skin, and that the correct dose is being provided.
CLAIM 12 The site claims that “Miracle Magnesium Oil™ has an antibacterial action and it promotes wound healing.”
IS THIS TRUE?
No, obviously not. Common sense tells us that if this were true, every hospital throughout the world would be using this or a similar product. They do not.
CLAIM 13 The Body Detox website states that “There is good evidence now that Miracle Magnesium Blue Spray™ has a strong positive effect on skin diseases like Psoriasis. This is because it disinfects and softens the affected skin. 80 % of people who have used Miracle Magnesium Blue Spray™ twice daily during one month has seen a drastic improvement whereby they did not have to use any of their regular treatments.”
IS THIS TRUE?
This is mostly untrue or a misuse or corruption of the truth. [spoiler title=” More . . .” style=”fancy”]
We searched alternative medicines, complementary medicine and mainstream medicine databases and can find NO evidence that either these products, not its active ingredient, magnesium oil, has any benefit for psoriasis. Marcelle du Plessis is practising pseudoscience: because cheese is yellow, the moon is yellow, therefore the moon is made of cheese. Dead Sea climatotherapy (climatotherapy refers to temporary or permanent relocation of a patient to a region with a climate more favourable to recovery from or management of a condition) has been shown to have a similar effect compared to other treatments for psoriasis. But not all studies agree, some showing little to nothing. Balneotherapy (the treatment of disease by bathing in mineral springs), often combined with and UVB radiation, has had mixed results. This is NOT the same as spraying or applying magnesium oil to the skin or taking it by mouth. [/spoiler]
CLAIM 14 Is the dosage used by Body Detox, i.e., a very narrow dose range for a wide range of conditions, correct or possible.
IS THIS TRUE?
Does not make any sense, and mainly, there is not a single bit of proof that the Body Detox dose is correct. [spoiler title=” More . . .” style=”fancy”] By comparison, we are comparing Body Detox claims with that of the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.
Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database reports on the dosages used in research (positive or negative). Read in conjunction with the “Efficacy” conclusions above. It is unlikely that Miracle Magensium Oil to deliver the same dosages. Note, most show ZERO evidence for magnesium chloride (the ingredient in magnesium “oil”, but for other forms of magnesium)
ORAL: For treatment of mild magnesium deficiency, 3 grams of magnesium sulfate (294 mg elemental magnesium) every 6 hours for 4 doses has been used (15). For treatment of constipation in adults, 8.75-25 grams of magnesium citrate (1.4-4 grams elemental magnesium) has been used, typically as 150-300 mL of a 290 mg/5 mL solution (15). Magnesium hydroxide 2.4-4.8 grams (1-2 grams elemental magnesium) has also been used, typically as 30-60 mL of milk of magnesia, 400 mg/5 mL (15). Magnesium sulfate 10-30 grams (0.98-2.94 grams elemental magnesium) has also been used (15).
Magnesium salts should only be used for occasional treatment of constipation, and doses should be taken with a full 8 oz glass of water. For use as an antacid in adults, 400-1200 mg magnesium hydroxide (5-15 mL of milk of magnesia 400 mg/5 mL, 167-500 mg elemental magnesium) has been used up to 4 times daily. Magnesium oxide 800 mg (483 mg elemental magnesium) daily has also been used (15). For reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, 1830-3625 mg magnesium citrate (300-600 mg elemental magnesium) daily in divided doses has been used for up to 3 months (4891,9498). Magnesium oxide 400 mg (241.3 mg elemental magnesium) twice daily has also been used (6844). For reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches in children, 15 mg/kg magnesium oxide (9 mg/kg of elemental magnesium) per day in 3 divided doses has been used for up to 16 weeks (10663).
For treatment of hypomagnesemia in patients with type 2 diabetes, a 5% solution of magnesium chloride has been used orally, in a dose of 2.5 grams magnesium chloride (300 mg elemental magnesium) daily for 16 weeks (10664). For hypertension, 240-960 mg daily of elemental magnesium has been used (1192,1199,9465). For osteoporosis, 300-1800 mg daily of magnesium hydroxide (125-750 mg daily of elemental magnesium) has been used for 6 months, followed by 600 mg of magnesium hydroxide (250 mg elemental magnesium) daily for 18 months (9104).
For premenstrual syndrome (PMS), 333 mg of magnesium oxide (200 mg of elemental magnesium) has been used daily for 2 menstrual cycles (1188). A higher dose of 360 mg elemental magnesium three times daily (as magnesium pyrrolidone carboxylic acid) has been used from the 15th day of the menstrual cycle until the onset of menstrual flow (1187).
For pregnancy-related leg cramps, elemental magnesium 120 mg in the morning and 240 mg in the evening has been used, as a specific mixture of magnesium lactate and citrate (Nycoplus Magnesium) (1194,14331,17463).
For attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), 6 mg/kg/day of magnesium aspartates and lactates for 6 months has been used in children 7-12 years old (1189). For multiple sclerosis, magnesium glycerophosphate 1 gram daily (100 mg elemental magnesium) in divided doses has been used for 6 weeks, then increasing to 1.5 grams daily (150 mg elemental magnesium) in divided doses (9499). [/spoiler]
Further reading on the magnsium oil scam At http://www.worldhairloss.org/index.php/forums/viewthread/93/P0/ is a very extensive posting by a doctor who has evaluated the claims for magnesium oil, and in particular, for hairloss, and why magnesium oil is useless for hair loss treatment (but other aspects are considered). The posting made some very important and valid comments, e.g.,
- The only references to a “GREAT MAG OIL ABSORPTION THROUGH SKIN” are in “THE TAO OF DETOX” and “MAGNESIUM OIL MIRACLE” kind of books and in websites that sell MAGNESIUM OIL.
- They are BACKED UP by the two greatest “world magnesium experts” like Mark Sircus, An acupuncturist and Daniel Reid, which holds a Masters of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Civilization.
- They tell you something true, so you basically think everything that follows is also true, as they establish as authorities, and they LEAD you to other incorrect statements so you also believe those are true too, usually false and misleading statements about why their product is magical and better than already existing cheap ones, or exaggerate any real advantage they can have.
- Revolving Doors Scheme: Some experts endorse a product, and the product in turn references and sources themselves ONLY in those same experts!
See also our expose of Marcelle du Plessis /BodyDetox
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