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Magnesium Lotion Review

I started out this post with an in-depth research into magnesium. I quickly found that there was more information than I had bargained, far more than I could share. There enough for an entire book written about it! (The book can be found on Amazon, and is on my reading list.)

So I settled for doing a basic explanation, the barest necessities, while providing links to more information.

But even that was too much. Even pared down to the most basic format, it was still information overload. So for that, I’ve decided not to do a whole article on magnesium. There’s plenty of information already out there, available through a simple Google search. I’ll also provide some links for more information at the end of this post.

What I really wanted to present was the alternative. There are various forms of magnesium supplementation, but each have their drawbacks. Oral magnesium can cause diarrhea; internal IV drips are a hassle and have their own set of complications.

Then there’s topical. Magnesium, made into a lotion to absorb this vital mineral through the skin.

About a year ago, I began researching magnesium as a possible cause/solution for my regular headaches, which would often turn into migraines. As it turns out, migraines are one sign of magnesium deficiency – and nearly everyone in America is deficient in this vital mineral that provides energy and has over 300 functions in the body.

A friend of mine runs a naturals store from her home, selling the products through her website. One of these products is a magnesium lotion. Though she does earn money from each sale, she is not in it to make money, and in fact gives away the recipe. If you want to make it yourself, you can do so. I prefer to order it rather than make it.

The lotion itself is excellent. It greatly helps with managing my headaches – as a preventative, not curative when I do get them. The lotion is applied to the inside of the arms or on the stomach, where the skin is thinner and absorbs it better.

Each teaspoon delivers about 180-190mg of magnesium chloride. The type of magnesium is important, since different forms have different levels of bioavailability. This refers to the amount that the body actually absorbs – the higher the level, the better the substance. When it is lower, it means that more of it simply passes right through rather than being absorbed.

Using a topical supplement also gives the body the chance to absorb what it needs, versus giving it too much. The body absorbs only what it needs from the lotion, so there is no chance of overdose or overuse. How much you use depends on your body; some people need more than others, and some have certain medical conditions requiring more. If you do have a certain amount of magnesium prescribed for you, you may need to do a bit of math to figure out the equation, allowing for the differing levels of bioavailability. Work with your doctor to determine the type and amount that is best for you. This link has a good description of how different things can affect the way your body absorbs magnesium.

The magnesium oil that forms the base for the lotion does have a tendency to dry out the skin, but the beeswax and coconut oil products she uses to make the lotion help counter that effect. For me, it leaves my skin slightly dry, but not overly so, and it does not last long. Wait 20 minutes before washing to allow for maximum absorption or adding any other lotions.

You can order the lotion via her website, or, if you choose to make your own version, use the recipe found here. The magnesium can be ordered from the Ancient Minerals website, which sells a pure form of magnesium chloride. One bottle of the magnesium lotion lasts me at least three months, even with regular use. Also check out this excellent review from “Slightly Steady.” Be sure and check out the other great products from the Real Traditions store!

Surgery

When they told us that they found a massive tumor in her brain, we were thinking “massive,” as in, the size of a golf ball, perhaps.

As they pulled up the scans so we could see the MRI results, we sucked in a deep breath. I felt like someone had just kicked me in the gut.

The “massive” tumor was just that… massive. The size of a grapefruit, it took up nearly half the space in her skull. There was a grapefruit-sized mass in my little girl’s brain!

Surgery would be imminent. It had to be removed, no other option. She was immediately put into ICU for monitoring. Given the size of the tumor and its location, there was a chance it could grow or shift slightly and cut off the flow of cerebral fluid, causing swelling and other problems.

The next few days were tortuously slow as we tried to adjust to what we were facing. A tumor… but that didn’t necessarily mean that it was cancer. I knew that there were two types of tumors: cancerous, and benign. There was still hope.

Surgery day dawned early. At 7 in the morning, they guided us down to the OR on sixth floor. Leaving family in the waiting room, I went the rest of the way to the actual operating room. They directed me to the narrow bed in the center of the brightly lit room. She cried, reaching for me, as I laid her down. It didn’t take long for the sleeping gas to set in, and she fell into a deep sleep.

That was my cue to leave. On my way out, I stopped at the desk to pick up the pager that would be our lifeline to our daughter. Every couple of hours, a nurse would page us, signaling us to call the number provided for an update.

Finally, the pager beeped once again. We rushed to a nearby phone and got the update – she was out of surgery, and they were just waiting for her to wake up. In the meantime, we were to go downstairs to meet with the surgeon.

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen is a kind man. Clearly, he is in it for the passion of the work, not the paycheck. He is the sort of man that as soon as you meet him, you know he would do anything, going above and beyond, to save your child. You instantly trusted him with your child’s life.

We met him in the waiting room on sixth floor, just outside the NICU. Dr. Ellenbogen, an older man, was obviously weary after twelve hours of surgery.

The surgery went well, he said. No complications. They were able to get a good portion of the tumor out. It was twisted and wrapped in blood vessels, so difficult to tell for certain. She did lose a lot of blood, but it had been expected, and they had blood on hand to make up for it. By the grace of God, her vitals did not drop once. To put it in perspective, he said that had she been in any other hospital, they would have lost her on the operating table. Once again, we were thankful that we just happened to live near one of the best hospitals in the country.

Although it was really too early to tell, he was confident they’d been able to get it all. It was a long surgery, and at one point he wasn’t sure if they would be able to finish – her vitals had been good so far, but who knew how long that would last? The team that was working with him encouraged him to proceed, assuring him that they had this.

“Choroid plexus carcinoma.” At the time, we didn’t know what he’d just said. It was a foreign language to me, but I would soon become very familiar with it.

They hated it…. but that’s okay, and here’s why.

Here’s the thing. Not everyone is going to love your stuff. You may have this awesome product to offer the world, whether it may be something in retail or a new idea, but there is going to be opposition. Worse, there are going to be those who simply just don’t care.

They don’t care about you. They don’t care about your product, your idea, your business, or anything else. If they see it, they’ll pass on without a second thought, without a glance behind.

And that’s okay. Because you know what? It’s not for them- and that’s okay, too.

You have this amazing product, but it’s not amazing because people love it- nor would you want it to be. If it was only amazing because people love it, then what happens when people stop loving it? Or even more likely, when you find those who don’t? Because let’s face it. Most people won’t love it. They won’t even hate it, which is the next best thing, because at least it’s passion. No, most people will be apathetic.

Even the greatest best-selling author out there still only reaches a fraction of the world’s population. The rest simply don’t care. Many won’t even know his name. And yet, this same author is still pointed to as the pinnacle of success, the epitome of what every author wants to be. He’s still used as a prime example, a model of something good to follow.

It’s not about the fans at all. Granted, they contribute, and they are part of the reason- but they are not the whole reason. Very few people go into any profession with the dream of acquiring the people’s adoration. No, you go into that profession because it’s what you do. Maybe you can’t see yourself doing anything else. Maybe you’re reaching for a dream- but the people are not at the other end of that dream. They’re only the spectators, watching your journey as you grow into something amazing.

Remember this. If it’s amazing, it’s because it’s amazing to begin with. The people didn’t make it so. It was you that made it so- you and the hand of God. So even if people hate it… you keep going on, because it’s not about them anyway. You didn’t do it for them, you didn’t for yourself- even if you didn’t realize it at the time.