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 A colloid is a particle substance that retains its identity and remains in liquid suspension.   Colloids are very small in size and therefore easily absorbed by the cells of the body.  Plants convert metallic minerals into this form.   They have a natural negative electrical charge.

Liquid minerals have a natural negative electrical charge, which is the signature of the true plant derived mineral.

Minerals that are negatively charged  have   two very important benefits.

  • It greatly increases the transport and bioavailability of other nutrients gotten from foods and/or vitamins and other supplements.

  • It will attract toxins and heavy metals from the body and flush them out. Clinical tests done in the US. and in Germany have verified this.


Minerals in their metallic form can be toxic to the human body.   Dangerous levels of these metallic minerals can accumulate in the tissues and create serious health problems.

Magnesium Article March 2008

The Miracle of Magnesium
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Every day I hear another magnesium success story. My editor for the UK edition of The Miracle of Magnesium told me that as soon as she read my manuscript she gave magnesium to a friend who had severe muscle cramps. Her friend had visited several doctors and nobody could diagnosis her condition or offer her relief. Magnesium helped her immediately. My book agent’s brother can’t believe how much his energy has improved on magnesium and his wife’s menopausal symptoms are lifting since she began taking supplements.

And every day I also hear distressing stories about magnesium deficiency. Just today walking along the beach near my home I met an 80-year old gentleman who asked me to sit and talk. Julius said he used to walk up and down the beach like me but now his arthritis prevented him. But he said he only began having symptoms of arthritis after taking medication for slightly elevated cholesterol. Instead of a diet and magnesium, his doctor immediately put him on a cholesterol-lowering drug. When he began developing pain, which was obviously from the drug, instead of stopping the drug and giving magnesium to lower cholesterol, to help detoxify the drug, and also lessen muscle cramps, his doctor gave him a strong pain medication. And then his ankles began to swell and Julius said his doctor gave him a diuretic!

And so the story goes, one drug causing symptoms that demand another drug. That’s what doctors learn about in medical school: drugs. They don’t learn about diet and nutrients, so it seems that all they know how to do is prescribe drugs. Julius said he was going to tell his doctor to change his cholesterol medication, which, by the way, in several years had only dropped his cholesterol of 205 to 185. I told him to go on a cholesterol-lowering diet and take magnesium. Even though Julius said he was mad about having to take the drugs and he wished he had been given a diet in the first place, Julius said he would have to ask his doctor before taking the magnesium. And my heart sank, because his doctor probably didn’t learn about magnesium supplementation in medical school and would probably say it’s unnecessary.

Doctors know potassium deficiency is a danger for people on diuretics but they don’t acknowledge that magnesium is also flushed out in equal measure. Magnesium deficiency goes undiagnosed and unrecognized because until recently there was no accurate blood test for magnesium*. Patients are warned to take potassium supplements or eat oranges and bananas, but no advice is given about magnesium. Magnesium is not as readily available as potassium; it’s deficient in the soil and most fertilizers don’t contain magnesium, so most foods are lacking. Also cooking and processing foods depletes magnesium. It’s found in whole grains, greens, nuts and seeds, but most people don’t eat much, if any, of those foods.

And yet, for some reason doctors think that we get all our nutrients in our very SAD, Standard American Diet and they don’t recognize the need for nutrient supplementation. It all stems back to a medical education that is funded by drug companies that have no vested interest in promoting nutrients. Vitamins and minerals can’t be patented and are relatively inexpensive. My research for The Miracle of Magnesium reminded me that all the metabolic processes in the body, ALL OF THEM, depend on vitamins and minerals, which act as necessary co-factors. Magnesium itself is a co-factor and responsible for the function of 325 enzymes; is an absolute requirement for calcium to be incorporated into bone; keeps toxic chemicals out of the brain; dances with calcium to create nerve impulses and muscle impulses; keeps muscles relaxed, including the heart and blood vessels, and triggers dozens of health conditions if it is deficient.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is between 350 and 400 milligrams per day, which is just enough to ward off outright deficiency. But for optimal health and for the twenty-two conditions that are triggered by magnesium deficiency, perhaps twice as much magnesium is needed. One of the highest sources of magnesium is kelp, but one tsp. only has about 30 milligrams. One tablespoon of almonds has 33 milligrams. Because we probably don’t get nearly enough magnesium from out diet we have to investigate magnesium supplements.

I use several types of magnesium. However, I stopped using magnesium oxide in 2005 when I read a study that showed only 4 percent of the oxide form of magnesium is absorbed. That’s why magnesium oxide is a great laxative but if you want to stock up on magnesium you need to use other forms. I use magnesium citrate and magnesium taurate and also spray on magnesium oil after a shower. Magnesium oil is supersaturated magnesium chloride and because it’s used topically it doesn’t cause a laxative effect. And I find it really does work. I seem to have a very high requirement for magnesium and to get enough by mouth I can have a laxative reaction—but if I use magnesium oil, I only need to take half the amount of magnesium by mouth and therefore avoid loose stools.

You also have read labels when you buy magnesium products. For example a label may say magnesium taurate, or magnesium citrate, or magnesium glycinate, 500 milligrams, but when you look at the fine print on the back of the bottle you will notice the actual amount of magnesium is much less. The actual amount of magnesium in 500 mg of magnesium glycinate is 50 mg. Companies that make chelated minerals like magnesium glycinate and magnesium taurate claim that chelates are more readily absorbed. That may be the case, but how you tell is if they have less of a laxative effect.

The best way to tell if you are getting enough magnesium is the “bowel test”. You know when you have too much magnesium when your stools become loose. This, in fact, may be a blessing for people with constipation and is one of the many ways magnesium deficiency manifests. But, if you are like me and still get a Charlie horse or a heart palpitation when you don’t have enough magnesium, then reach for the magnesium oil.

The only contraindications to magnesium are caused in people with outright kidney failure, bowel obstruction, Myasthenia gravis, or heart block. Also, if you have a heart condition you may find that taking magnesium can lessen the need for heart medication and you should be under doctor’s supervision to guide this process.

The following 22 medical areas that magnesium deficiency triggers or causes have all been scientifically proven. However, since the publication of The Miracle of Magnesium, people have sent me magnesium stories that go beyond the following list. I’ve been told that magnesium had caused skin to become smooth, gums to heal, and improvements in sexual response. If you are only able to take one supplement–make sure it’s magnesuim!

Magnesium deficiency triggers or causes the following conditions:

Anxiety and Panic attacks- Magnesium (Mg) normally keeps adrenal stress hormones under control.
Asthma- Both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with Mg deficiency.
Blood clots- Mg has an important role to play in preventing blood clots and keeping the blood thin-much like aspirin but without the side effects.
Bowel disease- Mg deficiency slows down the bowel causing constipation, which could lead to toxicity and malabsorption of nutrients, as well as colitis.
Cystitis- Bladder spasms are worsened by Mg deficiency.
Depression-Serotonin, which elevates moods, is dependent on Mg. A Mg-deficient brain is also more susceptible to allergens, foreign substances that can cause symptoms similar to mental illness.
Detoxification- Mg is crucial for the removal of toxic substances and heavy metals such as aluminum and lead.
Diabetes- Mg enhances insulin secretion, facilitating sugar metabolism. Without Mg insulin is not able to transfer glucose into cells. Glucose and insulin build up in the blood causing various types of tissue damage.
Fatigue- Mg-deficient patients commonly experience fatigue because dozens of enzyme systems are under-functioning. An early symptom of Mg deficiency is frequently fatigue.
Heart disease- Mg deficiency is common in people with heart disease. Mg is administered in hospitals for acute myocardial infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle, the heart muscle requires Mg. Mg is also used to treat angina, or chest pain.
Hypertension- With insufficient Mg, spasm of blood vessels and high cholesterol occur, both of which lead to blood pressure problems.
Hypoglycemia- Mg keeps insulin under control; without Mg episodes of low blood sugar can result.
Insomnia- Sleep-regulating melatonin production is disturbed without sufficient Mg.
Kidney Disease- Mg deficiency contributes to atherosclerotic kidney failure. Mg deficiency creates abnormal lipid levels and worsening blood sugar control in kidney transplant patients.
Liver Disease leading to liver failure- Mg deficiency commonly occurs during liver transplantation.
Migraine- Serotonin balance is Mg-dependent. Deficiency of serotonin can result in migraine headaches and depression.
Musculoskeletal conditions- Fibrositis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, eye twitches, cramps and chronic neck and back pain may be caused by Mg deficiency and can be relieved with Mg supplements.
Nerve problems- Mg alleviates peripheral nerve disturbances throughout the whole body, such as migraines, muscle contractions, gastrointestinal spasms, and calf, foot and toe cramps. It is also used in treating central nervous symptoms of vertigo and confusion.
Obstetrics and Gynecology- Mg prevents Premenstrual Syndrome; prevents dysmenorrhea (cramping pain during menses); is important in the treatment of infertility; and alleviates premature contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy. Intravenous Mg is given in obstetrical wards for pregnancy-induced hypertension and to lessen the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Mg should be a required supplement for pregnant mothers.
Osteoporosis- Use of calcium with Vitamin D to enhance calcium absorption without a balancing amount of Mg causes further Mg deficiency, which triggers a cascade of events leading to bone loss.
Raynaud’s Syndrome- Mg helps relax the spastic blood vessels that cause pain and numbness of the fingers.
Tooth decay- Mg deficiency causes an unhealthy balance of phosphorus and calcium in saliva, which damages teeth.
Material excerpted from Dean, Carolyn. The Miracle of Magnesium (2003 Ballantine Books: New York, NY), 2003. pp. 5-7.

A test for cellular magnesium called EXATEST is available at

This updated article was originally printed in Total Health Magazine November, 2003.

Dr. Carolyn Dean is an acknowledged authority in both conventional and alternative medicine. As the well-known author of The Miracle of Magnesium, she is an expert in recognizing and treating the dozens of conditions caused by magnesium deficiency. Dr. Dean currently offers private telephone wellness consultations through her website at

Dr. Dean is also an authority in the treatment of bowel disease, hormone imbalance, and yeast overgrowth as evidenced by the 2005 publication of three of her ten books, IBS for DUMMIES, Hormone Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Restoring Health and Vitality, and The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health. Dr. Dean is the medical advisor to She has researched and treated this condition for three decades.

You can reach Dr. Dean for wellness consultations on all types of health concerns or autographed copies of her books through her website or by emailing



Analysis Report of Virgin Earth Plant Derived Minerals*

Procedure: Chloride, fluoride and bromide were determined via Ion Chromatography (I.C.). 

Ammonium ion was determined by the Kjeldahi method. 

Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption (CVAA) spectroscopy was used or mercury. 

Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption (GFAA) spectroscopy was employed for the determination for arsenic, selenium, lead and antimony. 

All other elements were determined quantitatively or semi-quantitatively using inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emmission Spectrometry (ICP-OES). 

Double checks for the majority of elements were also performed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). 

Where necessary, samples were diluted or concentrated before analysis.  All amounts listed are in mg/L (milligrams per liter). 


Total minerals as determined by evaporation:

15,100 mg/L (anhydrous), 19,000 mg/L (crystalline hydrates).


Element Name Chemical Symbol Unit Finding
Aluminum AL mg/L 1490
Antimony SB mg/L 0.185
Arsenic AS mg/L 0.005
Barium BA mg/L 0.0105
Beryllium BE mg/L 0.08
Bismuth BI mg/L 0.0025
Boron B mg/L 1.525
Bromine BR mg/L 0.055
Cadmium CD mg/L 0.031
Calcium CA mg/L 140
Carbon C mg/L 60
Cerium CE mg/L 0.55
Cesium CS mg/L 0.003
Chloride CL mg/L 140
Chromium CR mg/L 0.105
Cobalt CO mg/L 1.075
Copper CU mg/L 0.11
Dysprosium DY mg/L 0.045
Erbium ER mg/L 0.04
Europium EU mg/L 0.002
Fluoride F mg/L 0.06
Gadolinium GD mg/L 0.075
Gallium GA mg/L 0.006
Germanium GE mg/L 0.33
Gold AU mg/L less than 0.001
Hafnium HF mg/L 0.0015
Holmium HO mg/L 0.0055
Indium IN mg/L 0.0005
Iodine I mg/L less than 0.005
Iridium IR mg/L less than 0.005
Iron FE mg/L 320
Lanthanum LA mg/L 0.195
Lead PB mg/L 0.005
Lithium LI mg/L 5.45
Lutetium LU mg/L 0.0105
Magnesium MG mg/L 370
Manganese MN mg/L 14
Mercury HG mg/L 0.00045
Molybdenum MO mg/L 0.001
Neodymium ND mg/L 0.375
Nickel NI mg/L 1.345
Niobium NB mg/L less than 0.01
Osmium OS mg/L 0.0045
Palladium PD mg/L 0.001
Phosphorus P mg/L 0.005
Platinum PT mg/L less than 0.001
Potassium K mg/L 8.45
Praseodymium PR mg/L 0.0325
Rhenium RE mg/L 0.002
Rhodium RH mg/L 0.00045
Rubidium RB mg/L 0.0435
Ruthenium RU mg/L 0.0015
Samarium SM mg/L 0.0425
Scandium SC mg/L 0.045
Selenium SE mg/L 0.0075
Silicon SI mg/L 95
Silver AG mg/L 0.001
Sodium NA mg/L 82.5
Strontium SR mg/L 1.05
Sulfur (sulfate) S mg/L 12075
Tantalum TA mg/L 0.003
Tellurium TE mg/L 0.015
Terbium TB mg/L 0.0175
Thallium TL mg/L 0.425
Thorium TH mg/L 0.0025
Thulium TM mg/L 0.007
Tin SN mg/L 0.0155
Titanium TI mg/L 0.085
Tungsten W mg/L less than 0.003
Vanadium V mg/L 0.0495
Ytterbium YB mg/L 0.055
Yttrium Y mg/L 0.575
Zinc ZN mg/L 397.5
Zirconium ZR mg/L 0.105


*These analysis were performed by multiple certified laboratories using samples for multiple production batches and represents average values.  This statement of analysis has been independently review for accuracy by associates of  Dr. Gerhand Schrauzer Ph.D Director of the Biological Trace Elements Research Institute, the Rockland Corporation and Coors Ceramics Company.  American Longevity Virgin Earth Minerals are plant derived colloidal minerals and are not routinely tested by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Although great care is taken in the processing of this product, American Longevity Virgin Earth Minerals are plant derived colloidal minerals and as such should be considered a "Natural living Product".   Because of this variations of color, taste and consistency may occur between production batches.

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