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An unpublished test of Epsom salt absorption

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

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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 here experiment was straightforward and conducted independently.

Also note that one of the only other magnesium absorption studies I know of (Eisenkraft et al) came to the opposite conclusion — no absorption — and is quite persuasive.

~ Paul Ingraham

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