Magnesium Oil for Hair Loss

January 17th, 2010, 7:08 pm

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“90-95% of the population is deficient (in Magnesium), and most of them have thought that regular magnesium supplements (taken orally) will fix magnesium deficiencies. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.”

- Dr. Carolyn Dean (author of “The Miracle of Magnesium”)

Introduction

Before delving into Magnesium Oil and its effects on hair loss, I’d like to first show you a study that was posted in the following thread in our forum:

Calcification of the Follicles / Nano-encapsulated Magnesium Ascorbate…

The study is entitled “The Mineralization of Hair Follicle Tissue,” and demonstrates that, in rats that suffered mild skin injuries, there was a rise in the amount of calcium found in the follicle tissue of the affected rats.  You’re probably wondering how an injured rat is relevant to hair loss, but if you hang in there, I promise that it’ll all make sense!

The Process of Hair Follicle Calcification

Hair loss can be likened to a chain reaction, with the end result being inflammation.  This inflammation, while substantially milder than a direct injury (ie. - the rats in the study), can theoretically result in the accumulation of small calcium deposits in the hair follicle over a long period of time.  The following abstract of a study on calcification indicates that calcium deposition is the end result of chronic inflammation:

Calcification in atherosclerosis: Bone biology and chronic inflammation at the arterial crossroads

Interestingly enough, we recently uncovered an older and, in this author’s opinion, neglected article that demonstrates the exact difference between scalps of those that have full heads of hair, versus those who do not!  The article is entitled “Baldness and Calcification of the Ivory Dome” and was written wayyy back in 1942 for the Journal of the American Medical Association!  Here’s an excerpt:

Some questions concerning baldness which were raised by Dr. Ballenger’s comments in THE JOURNAL, June 27, may be answered by observations which I made while serving as technician in gross anatomy at the College of Medicine of the University of Illinois (1916-1917). I then had occasion to remove the brains of about 80 cadavers for separate use in the neurology classes and incidentally noted a seemingly obvious relation between the blood (vessel) supply to the scalp and the quantity of hair. Baldness occurred in persons in whom calcification of the skull bones apparently had not only firmly knitted the cranial sutures but also closed or narrowed various small foramens through which blood vessels pass, most prominently in persons with a luxuriant crop of hair.”

Source:  http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/summary/119/12/968-b

Essentially, the author (Frederick Hoelzel) is stating that he has directly observed that, in scalps of persons afflicted by male pattern baldness, that calcification of the scalp had constricted the blood supply to the hair follicles.  On the other hand, those persons with no visible form of hair loss lacked the scalp calcification that was evident in the former.

In the book “Baldness:  A Social History” by Kerry Segrave, Kerry dedicates a section to discussing Hoelzel’s observations.  He points out that Hoelzel believed that the primary reason that men went bald while women did not is that “bone growth or calcification is generally greater in males than in females.”  Segrave also discusses Hoelzel’s belief that increased promotion and advertisement of calcium supplementation and intake may increase the incidence of baldness. 

Now, let me pose a question to you, the reader…how many ads do you recall viewing throughout your life that promotes calcium in our diets?  I can remember quite a few…milk ads, cereal ads, pharmaceuticals, breads, the list goes on!  The fact of the matter is that calcium is not something that we really need to cast much focus upon in our diets, as we most likely are getting too much of this particular mineral as it is!  If our scalps/hair follicles are getting “calcified” then this would also explain why hair tonics and vitamins often fail to yield results for us.  With constricted veins, nutrient flow is greatly diminished, resulting in “starving” follicles.

So, we’re on our way to getting our domes calcified into ivory…what ever will we do?!

Our Weapons against Calcium

Research indicates that if we wish to mobilize Calcium out of our soft tissues where it doesn’t belong (ie. - our scalps) and into where it does belong (our bones and teeth), then we should use a combination of the following:

- Magnesium Oil
- Vitamin D-3
- Vitamin K-2

While it may be a stretch to believe that calcification of the scalp is solely due to increased calcium consumption in our diet, it isn’t unreasonable to assume that it is a contributing factor.  Coupled with inflammation yielding increased deposits of this mineral, we may have struck gold as to what is really going on underneath our strata cornea (first skin layer of the scalp)!

So, taking all of this information in, it would appear that we have two glaring problems to tackle:  inflammation and calcium deposits.  While Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a phenomenal anti-inflammatory along with some great herbs such as Ecklonia Cava Extract and CRX 791 (full-spectrum, phenomenal form of Curcumin), available research hasn’t indicated that they are enough to tackle calcification on their own.  Fortunately for us, Magnesium is phenomenal at breaking up and dissolving calcium deposits!

If you’re interested in learning how Magnesium and Calcium work in tandem with one another, then I’d suggest that you check out the below URL.  One study that the below article quotes states the following regarding Magnesium’s ability to dissolve calcium-based kidney stones:

“Latest research has shown that calcium supplementation alone may contribute to the formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones. However, magnesium, especially when given with vitamin B-6, dissolves calcium phosphate stones, and may prevent calcium oxalate kidney stones (Balch J & Balch P. Prescr for Nutr Healing Avery Publ, Garden City Park, NY. 1990. P. 20).”

Source:  http://www.vitalnutrients.net/hq_handouts2.asp?VitaminName=Calcium/Magnesium

Well, now that we’ve taken care of the why, it’s time to get to the fun part…the how!

Magnesium Oil Protocol

While there are many sources out there for Magnesium Oil, many are derived from the Great Lakes, resulting in brands that are loaded with toxic heavy metals such as Mercury.  When shopping around for a Magnesium Oil, I’d recommend that you stick with brands that derive their product from the oceans (or better).  One such brand that I highly recommend and use personally can be found at the following website:

http://www.PureMagOil.com

Upon clicking the above link, you may notice that there are two forms of Magnesium Oil available.  Both are equally safe, though the Prehistoric Magnesium Oil comes from the purest source that one could possibly hope to get Magnesium Oil from—1400 feet below the surface of the Earth from the late Permian Era!

Application of Magnesium Oil usually gives a “warming” sensation, which is an indication that it is absorbing through your skin membranes, and into your bloodstream.  Some folks also experience an itching, as indicated here:

“You may experience a Light tingling or stinging sensation (the transdermal action), which disappears quickly. You may want to splash the area with a little clear water. The kidneys normally excrete any excess magnesium, although there can be some over absorption in the case of serious kidney or gastrointestinal disorders.”

Source:  http://www.puremagoil.com/prehistoric.htm

It’s important to note that, if you do have medical problems, it would be wise to consult your doctor before you decide to supplement on Magnesium Oil.  That said, if you are otherwise healthy, then your body will get rid of excess Magnesium through your urine and feces.

For actual application, you can apply it to your scalp, however, this is not necessary.  I would recommend thoroughly massaging it into thin areas of your skin in order to maximize absorption into your bloodstream.  The Magnesium will travel through your bloodstream and settle where your body needs it most.  It is possible, however, that potentially benefits for hair loss may be realized quicker if it is directly applied to your scalp.  If applying to your scalp, then try to keep it on no longer than 30 minutes to avoid drying out your skin.  If it makes your skin “itchy” (a result of the salty chloride component of Magnesium Oil), then I suggest watering down your daily dose a bit to a more comfortable level.

In Summary…

It would appear that understanding what calcification is, and how it fits into the whole hair loss puzzle is an important first step for us to take in eradicating our hair loss.  Magnesium Oil is, by nature, a phenomenal agent to dissolve calcium and may be, for our purposes, one of the smoking guns in our anti-MPB arsenal! 

I’d love to hear some feedback, so feel free to share some thoughts and comments, and I’ll be more than happy to attempt to answer any questions that you guys can field for me!

This article was written by Dan Novitski, a.k.a. “nidhogge”.  Dan Novitski is a pioneer of Do-it-yourself Laser Therapy, and a long time consumer advocate for hair loss.  He can be reached at nidhogge(at)WorldHairLoss(dot)org.


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OverMachoGrande

OverMachoGrande

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January 18th, 2010, 04:43 PM

I absolutely feel -especially in regards to FOLLICLE CALCIFICATION- that this is a big “missing link” that has been absent from most of our regimens!  I also have a bit of inside knowledge regarding researchers that are thinking along these lines, too -that removing this calcification might be the key (or “a key”... we know how tricky MPB is!).

I feel that we should put our heads together and make a trial product -possibly with liposomal ingredients along with magnesium oil.  Maybe we can get 20 or so people in here to come on board.

I have no idea whether 1) calcification is an actual problem in MPB scalps (although there is very reasonable data that it could be) or 2) whether these ingredients will have the same de-calcifying properties on the follicles as it does on other tissue, but I think we need to jump on this ASAP.

The data is even showing that chronic inflammation has an end result of tissue calcification… what more do we need?!

This is something we can get excited about!


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517

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January 19th, 2010, 12:57 AM

i agree..if calcification is an end result of chronic inflamation in other parts of the body then why not our scalps as well? considering the observations from the paper written in 1942 it would appear as though it is. i for one wouldnt mind being 1 of 20 trialists

BaldbeGone

BaldbeGone

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January 19th, 2010, 09:13 AM

A question regarding the use of clays on the scalp…If calcification is responsible or somewhat responsible for inflammation/hair loss, then does the calcium bentonite clay I apply once a week to my scalp and skin increase or add calcium deposits to my scalp? I know there is variations of bentonite clay- potassium and sodium I believe, but I’m not sure which is the best of these three for scalp/MBP use. Or more importantly, if the calcium bentonite clay has any correlation to the negative calcium deposits we get from other sources.


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Nidhogge

Nidhogge

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January 19th, 2010, 02:55 PM

BaldbeGone—

It seems that clay specializes in absorbing things—pulling stuff out of the scalp that otherwise would still be stuck in there.  Similarly, there are clays that people use for their cars to get stuff out of their paint that they can’t remove even with the roughest rag.  That said, I don’t think that the clay would pass off any calcium into the scalp follicles, since clay specializes in “removing” rather than “imparting” (like a typical topical would).

In other words, I feel that a calcium-based Bentonite Clay is perfectly safe. smile

BaldbeGone

BaldbeGone

Member

January 20th, 2010, 01:24 PM

That’s great to hear. I’ll try the other variations of the clay to see which one works best for me. It’s such a pain to get on the scalp though especially the parts where there’s more hair-and I don’t like short hair, I like mine a bit longer but not too long. Any tips? I tried massaging it but then it gets kind of sticky and pulls on my hair.

Also on magnesium/oil, I’ve been taking magnesium supplements for the past month and I’m not sure if it’s working but my hair looks better, but then again I am doing a lot of things differently (I heard multi-pronged approach works best.) Problem is this way I don’t know what’s addition is most effective. So should I scrap the supps for some oil?


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Nidhogge

Nidhogge

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January 20th, 2010, 04:11 PM

Personally, I’ve been using Scalpure, but have to restock on it as I’ve been out a few months.  The oils and Apple Cider Vinegar that they have mixed in with the clay helps to keep it moist so that it’s pretty easy to work into a wet head.  When I say wet head, I mean don’t towel dry at all after leaving the shower.  Just dry off your face and bring your head quickly over the sink so you don’t drip water all over your floor.  This should allow you to work it in like a shampoo, with very little of the sticky (dry) aspect.

Magnesium Supplements in the right form are definitely helpful, but it can take a year or more via the oral route to get your levels to where they ought to be, as opposed to 3 to 5 weeks with the oil>  It’s a shoe-in! smile

sdguy

Member

January 22nd, 2010, 05:29 PM

That puremage oil is pricey! Can anyone recommend other good sources for less?

Nidhogge

Nidhogge

Editor

January 25th, 2010, 04:33 PM

I’m working on it sdguy, I’ll get back to you guys soon on this…

sdguy

Member

January 25th, 2010, 05:36 PM

jdp made a good suggestion about nigari but the site he rec’d had a minimum order amount that wasn’t covered by a 5lb bag and I don’t really need 10lbs of the stuff. So I just picked up a cheap 8oz bottle from iHerb.

Nidhogge

Nidhogge

Editor

January 25th, 2010, 06:38 PM

sdguy—

The reason that I said that I’m working on it is that you have to be real careful with Magnesium Oil, usually it’s sourced from the Great Lakes, which = heavy metals (Mercury, in particular) that will get carried right through your skin membrane with the Magnesium Oil.  Kinda takes away the benefits when you get those sort of detriments! :/

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February 04th, 2010, 01:23 AM

I thought magnesium is a calcium channel blocker?

Nidhogge

Nidhogge

Editor

February 04th, 2010, 03:55 PM

1….

Sure is—

http://www.newtreatments.org/Hypomagnesia/ga/275/Magnesium

What gave you the idea that we were saying otherwise?

1.....

Member

February 04th, 2010, 05:34 PM

I thought we are looking for calcium channel openers to de-calcify? such as LLLT

Nidhogge

Nidhogge

Editor

February 04th, 2010, 06:23 PM

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I think that was potassium-channel openers.

BaldbeGone

BaldbeGone

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February 08th, 2010, 12:33 AM

I’ve been using Mag oil, but Im a bit unsure how I should be using it…should I just rub it on my scalp? Wash it off in the morning or what? Ive just been rubbing the stuff on my hair after a shower then washing my hair in the morning.


I read somewhere that supposedly you get the benefits even if you just rub it under your arm or somewhere.


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Nidhogge

Nidhogge

Editor

February 08th, 2010, 04:55 AM

BaldbeGone—

I’ve generally recommended rubbing it into your scalp in the past, though I’m not sure that it’s necessary…you just may have better luck at breaking up the calcium deposits in the follicles through direct application.  I just hope that the chloride (salt) component of the Mag. oil doesn’t create any sort of inflammation for folks.  Not to get anyone in an uproar as there is no evidence to suggest that, but it’s something we should all watch out for just in case.

I gently squirt (out of my squirter bottle full of mag) one full squirt and rub it into each armpit, and then repeat one more time around.  Prior to the weight room, I throw a few squirts on each arm and rub that in really good, hit the sauna before lifting a bit, then enter the gym with my blood flow increased from the sauna and carrying the magnesium to my muscles even quicker.

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February 08th, 2010, 05:24 AM

Nid-

How is the mag oil good from a body building perspective?

BaldbeGone

BaldbeGone

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February 08th, 2010, 01:08 PM

Nid- Alright because I’m a little worried I might be using too much mag oil…I don’t know if you can OD on mag oil, but right now I’ve been rubbing it under each armpit as well as all over my scalp. The reason I’m saying this is because in the morning when I wake up I get mag dandruff from my scalp, a little hair stiffness that I wash off and my armpits are ashy white from where I applied the mag oil.


I actually do calisthenics after I use my mag oil, but that was just because it fit nicely into my regimen lol not because I knew that there might be possible benefits to using it before a workout.


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Nidhogge

Nidhogge

Editor

February 09th, 2010, 07:41 PM

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http://www.salugenecists.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=75

The above gives a good idea of physiological location of Magnesium in the body.  It lists 25% found in the muscles of our bodies, but I’ve seen 30% elsewhere as well.  Considering that 90-95% of folks in America are deficient on Magnesium (which I believe would include those of us that don’t supplement on Mag. Oil), it would seem that our muscles aren’t nearly as full of Magnesium as they ought to be.

Here’s a good testimonial on it for bodybuilding:

http://forums.johnstonefitness.com/showthread.php?t=47438

BaldbeGone—

It’s very, very difficult to OD on Mag. Oil.  Magnesium Oil is not actually an oil, rather, it’s sea water that has other components removed (Calcium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, etc.) and is concentrated with just the Magnesium Chloride component.  That chloride component is pure salt, so what you’re seeing isn’t dandruff but rather the what hasn’t been absorbed through your skin (the salt).  My armpits get the same way…ashy white, and I generally just apply it on my scalp for 30 minutes if I do apply it there and wash it off since it absorbs within that period of time and you don’t really benefit from any longer than that.

So, to summarize—you’re doing fine, no worries. smile

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February 10th, 2010, 01:10 AM

Nid-

So mag oil will help reduce muscle soreness on post workout days? Do you have any other suggestions for muscle recovery to prevent soreness? 

Thanks

BaldbeGone

BaldbeGone

Member

February 11th, 2010, 02:47 PM

Nice should I use the Mag oil everyday consistently or should I wean off of it after a while?

Also could I just put it under my arms because putting it on my head is a bit annoying because I have to wash it off after


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Nidhogge

Nidhogge

Editor

February 12th, 2010, 07:47 AM

1…..

From what I’ve read, it should help to reduce muscle soreness and help you heal quicker. 

Soreness isn’t a bad thing, but a good-quality, instant absorbing protein is great.  Check out PeptoPro from Bodybuilding.com…you get what you pay for.  Try super-dosing Glutamine each day as well…60g divided into 2 or 3 doses throughout the day.  You’ll heal a good deal quicker.  Primordial Performance’s PreMax is, in my opinion, the healthiest and best pre-workout supp. which will help a good deal as well. 

Bald—

Personally, I use it every day.  I throw 3-5 spritzes in some water, throw a few spritzes on the tops of my hands and armpits…with Mag. Oil, it’s perfectly fine to be liberal with it.  I think that putting it under your arms can benefit calcification on your scalp as well, though it may be a much slower process.  Not sure…pure speculation on my part as I’ve only come across random anecdotes online about folks using Magnesium Oil topically growing hair.

Nidhogge

Nidhogge

Editor

February 12th, 2010, 07:59 AM

Here are a few claims on the following site regarding topical Magnesium Oil usage:

Magnesium Oil sprayed and massaged into graying hair each evening and left on overnight, will begin to restore natural hair color within weeks and stimulate the growth of hair and greatly improve hair texture.

Magnesium Oil massaged onto balding areas of the scalp will begin to induce the growth of new hair.

Source:  http://www.weight-care.com/magnesium_chloride.htm

sdguy

Member

February 12th, 2010, 02:54 PM

I’ve been applying mag oil to my armpits for the past week and have noticed an interesting side effect. I have mild keratosis pilaris (red bumps) on the back of my arms and the mag oil seems to have lessened the condition quite a bit. Those red bumps are an inflammatory condition so I don’t know if it’s the mag oil by itself or recent addition of D3, EC, Krill oil, etc to my diet, but I hit the area with the magnesium so it could be helping.

OverMachoGrande

OverMachoGrande

Editor

February 26th, 2010, 06:26 PM

FYI… I got my magnesium oil last weekend.  Yeah, this is actually the first trial that I’ve done with it!  All of the outstanding evidence that it would increase the hell out of laser results and I’m only now acting on it.

Oh well, sometimes you just blink your eyes and six months have passed, so that’s my excuse for not trying it until now (that and the fact that I get fantastic results without it).

-O.M.G.


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Viking

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June 07th, 2010, 01:41 AM

Hi OMG and happy birthday!

How is your Mag oil treatmen comming along? Where did you buy it?

FYI - my Laser M is slowly starting to show some positve results.. slowlyy but surly I can se improvment in quality and growth, especially on top. I guess I need a FUE to get a hailine.. :(

Cheers an all the best / Viking

OverMachoGrande

OverMachoGrande

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June 07th, 2010, 12:54 PM

Hey, Viking!

Thanks for the birthday wishes!  Someone from your country (Sweden, for those of you that don’t know) actually sang “Happy Birthday” on the phone to me! lol…

I’m still trying to find the best way to squeeze it into my regimen.  I don’t like to leave it in overnight because it irritates my scalp, so I’ve been trying to use it about 30 minutes before my shower on my non-laser helmet days (so, theoretically it’d be Sun, Tues, Thurs, Sat).  That’s how I’ve incorporated it on the “Official WorldHairLoss Regimen” so far.

HOWEVER, because I’ve been extremely bogged down (and because I don’t have much interaction with other human beings in person these days), I’m finding that I’ve only been taking showers every other day for the past few weeks, so I haven’t been using it that much.  Man, having to type that out like that really makes me realize that I need to get more vigilant with this –there is overwhelming data on how mag oil SHOULD help us, both with anti-calcification and with enabling more ATP production!  I’ll try to get back on track here with this.

The way I am, if I don’t have complete structure in my life, I start getting really disorganized and behind in my life –and little things like remembering to use mag oil fall to the side.  So, damn… I need to buckle down!

I’m glad you are noticing success with the Laser Messiah, though!  About the top vs. the front… Immortal Hair has some interesting theories on that in that frontal loss is extremely vulnerable to cortisol production, and some of the things in his part of the regimen counteract that.  Hopefully, when we combine the regimens, it will results in QUICKER frontal results!  We’ll see…

-O.M.G.


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Mastery

Mastery

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June 29th, 2010, 10:55 PM

Re: Frontal results - Immortal is right and meditation helps even more…

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