As with all medicinal substances, there are some circumstances wherein magnesium should be avoided. Transdermal magnesium supplementation bypasses gut absorption and is processed through the kidneys primarily. Under normal conditions (e.g. with optimal renal function), any excess serum magnesium, as also any magnesium-rich waste matter carried by the blood, is effectively filtered, processed, and reabsorbed by the kidneys or excreted through the urinary tract.

Universal contraindications for magnesium supplementation of any kind include diagnosed Kidney (renal) Failure and other acute forms of uraemia (kidney dysfunction manifesting diagnosable symptoms). We cannot emphasize enough that it is strongly recommended that individuals seeking relief from diagnosed kidney-related illness first consult their physician and/or healthcare practitioner before using any nutritional, medicinal and/or dietary supplement – especially magnesium.

This report should educate the reader as to just how powerful ingested and transdermal applications of prescriptions (medicinal patches), lotions, creams, over-the-counter drugs, herbal remedies, etc. are and when the kidneys are failing they may no longer have the capacity to filter excesses from the body. Regulating the balance between electrolyte input and output is one of the most important renal functions and in the case of diagnosed kidney (renal) failure and disease; it is extremely unwise to burden the laboring system with any more work than already exists. When the kidneys are not fully functioning there is an increased risk of system malfunction. While Health and Wisdom’s Magnesium Oil is used intravenously in dialysis treatments, under carefully controlled medical procedure and direction, poorly regulated mineral supplementation under these circumstances may produce significant detrimental effects.

We know you are a responsible consumer and understand that when a diagnosis is presented, fear often follows. This is perfectly normal, despite the stress that often accompanies the situation. While close friends, family, colleagues, and other people are well-intentioned and feel they have much information to share regarding your condition, please remember that they are neither you nor your healthcare practitioner and are likely ill-qualified to make competent recommendations. The best counsel we can offer is to do your research, ask questions, and allow intuition and experience to lead you to the answers directly, or to the competent people who have the answers and competence you need.

Additionally, magnesium’s reported applications in treating arrhythmia and other cardiac complaints has made it a common mineral supplement of choice for these conditions, but complications may arise in patients undergoing medical treatment for cardiac disorder and blood pressure regulation. As with the use of any supplement or medicine under these conditions, medicinal supplementation of magnesium should be cleared by a physician, or other healthcare provider, overseeing the particular treatment to reduce the risk of unwanted interactions between magnesium and medications associated with the treatment. It is always best to consult with your pharmacist for any contraindications with prescriptions, over-the-counter products, supplements, herbs, vitamins, etc. as they are the ones trained in this field. Do not make the mistake of assuming everything you can purchase without a prescription is not without potential interaction with other products and possibly dangerous. Herbs, for example, are beautiful – even aromatic – yet they, by design, can be as powerful as any medicine prescribed by your physician and many drugs used today were originally made from herbs. Make sure your physician and pharmacist know about every supplement you are taking or using. It is worth noting that drug studies are done for single drugs only, yet many people are on multiple drugs and it is virtually impossible for any physician, pharmacist, or drug company to predict what the possible side effects of the plethora of combinations could be.

If one insists on ingesting (consuming) magnesium supplements, be aware of the potential for dehydration, loss of electrolytes, laxative dependency, stomach and bowel irritation, etc. We are huge advocates of colonic health and ingesting magnesium is simply the least effective delivery method for increasing intracellular magnesium levels while simultaneously exhibiting definite side-effects that often prove detrimental to overall intestinal health and vitality!

For example: In medicine, magnesium oxide is often used as an antacid for relief of heartburn and sour stomach, a mild magnesium supplement (although only four to ten percent of the amount listed on the supplement label is actually absorbed by the body due to its severely limited bioavailability), and as a short-term laxative. It is also used to improve symptoms of indigestion. However, when taken repeatedly and in conjunction with other antacid substances and medications, magnesium oxide has been reported to coat the interior membranes of the intestinal tract and inhibit healthy intestinal function. Under these conditions, side effects of magnesium oxide may include nausea and cramping. In quantities sufficient to obtain a laxative effect, side effects of long-term use include enteroliths resulting in possible bowel obstruction.

As a supplement, magnesium stearate contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil and is added to many supplements as a lubricant in the manufacturing process. When multiplied, one could be consuming a considerable amount of hydrogenated oil over the course of a year.

Exhibiting none of the intestinal irritant or laxative effects, transdermal magnesium is so effective a delivery method that, when using the Magnesium Oil in a foot or tub soak, extreme relaxation may occur leaving you unsteady. Please stand up or step out of the bathtub carefully!

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