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An unpublished test of Epsom salt absorption

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Tags: medications, Epsom, treatment, self-treatment, nutrition, toxins, controversy, debunkery, water

Three articles on PainSci cite Waring 2006: (1) Hot Baths for Injury & Pain(2) The Complete Guide to Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain(3) Does Epsom Salt Work?

PainSci summary of Waring 2006: ?This page is one of thousands in the PainScience.com bibliography. It is not a general article: it is focused on a single scientific paper, and it may provide only just enough context for the summary to make sense. Links to other papers and more general information are provided at the bottom of the page, as often as possible.

Magnesium and sulfates in the blood were measured and found to be higher after people had Epsom salts baths. No therapeutic effects were studied or claimed. The results seem straightforward. However, this study was never peer-reviewed and published in a scientific journal or repeated by other scientists — it has only ever been available as a PDF from the website of the Epsom Salt Council, an industry lobby group that is “Eager to let everyone know the benefits of our product … to help spread the word about the wonder that is Epsom salt. You see, we're wild about this pure, time-tested mineral compound and its dozens of uses.”

Despite the obvious potential for bias here, Waring told me in personal correspondence that her experiment was straightforward and conducted independently.

~ Paul Ingraham

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