As you will see from an excerpt below from a recent Weston A Price Foundation article about magnesium, it is a key mineral for detoxification. The article mentioned epsom salts in bath water as a good way of getting a dose. So I went around to all the chemists in town, searching for some but none could get hold of any, and hadn’t for some time.
I then discovered the horrific truth, Wikipedia reveals that epsom salts are used in the first aid of barium chloride poisoning. That is, barium salts. The very thing they are spraying, and just to make sure that we remain toxic, it seems, supplies of it have dried up or, those in the know are buying up supplies, but it is for sale online. As it turns out, magnesium has been depleted from almost all our foods since WWII. As an added bonus, it seems that aluminum, also being sprayed, cannot be absorbed in the gut if enough magnesium is in your system, because it out-competes aluminum, maybe that is also the case for absorption by the lungs? Magnesium also helps detox other heavy metals.
Solutions of sulfate salts such as Epsom salt may be given as first aid for barium chloride poisoning. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnesium_sulfate
Barium chloride, along with other water-soluble barium salts, is highly toxic. Sodium sulfate and magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) are potential antidotes because they form the insoluble solid barium sulfate BaSO4, which is much less toxic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barium_chloride
MAGNESIUM IS A POTENT DETOXIFIER
Magnesium is utilized by the body for all sorts of detoxification pathways and is necessary for the neutralization of toxins, overly acidic conditions that arise in the body, and for protection from heavy metals. It plays a vital role in protecting us from the onslaught of man-made chemicals all around us. Glutathione, an antioxidant normally produced by the body and a detoxifier of mercury, lead and arsenic among others, requires magnesium for its synthesis. According to Mark Sircus, in Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, a deficiency of magnesium increases free radical generation in the body and “causes glutathione loss, which is not affordable because glutathione helps to defend the body against damage from cigarette smoking, exposure to radiation, cancer chemotherapy, and toxins such as alcohol and just about everything else.”
When our bodies are replete with magnesium (and in balance with the other essential minerals) we are protected from heavy metal deposition and the development of associated neurological diseases. As Dr. Carolyn Dean explains, “Research indicates that ample magnesium will protect brain cells from the damaging effects of aluminum, beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel. We also know that low levels of brain magnesium contribute to the deposition of heavy metals in the brain that heralds Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It appears that the metals compete with magnesium for entry into the brain cells. If magnesium is low, metals gain access much more readily.
“There is also competition in the small intestine for absorption of minerals. If there is enough magnesium, aluminum won’t be absorbed.”
Another potential way to get more magnesium into your system is via the pleasant method of soaking in a bath of magnesium sulfate, otherwise known as Epsom salts. Commonly used to ease muscle aches and pains, magnesium sulfate also importantly helps with detoxification when sulfur is needed by the body for this purpose. When used intravenously, magnesium sulfate can save lives in such crises as acute asthma attack, onset of myocardial infarction, and eclampsia in pregnancy.
A couple of cups of Epsom salts added to a hot bath will induce sweating and detoxification; after the water cools a bit, the body will then absorb the magnesium sulfate. According to Mark Sircus in Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, the effects from a bath of Epsom salts, although pleasant, are brief as magnesium sulfate is difficult to assimilate and is rapidly lost in the urine. Magnesium chloride, which can also be used in baths, is more easily assimilated and metabolized, and so less is needed for absorption.