how about something with references that isn't blog spam
yes you CAN detox from epson salt
disagree that statement, then contact the reseachers and tell them
Thanks for the link, oregonhay.
From the "No, You Can't 'Detox' from an Epsom Salt Bath" article to which I linked, this is the original comment:
The SHAPE magazine article said...
So how could a bath with some kind of salt-specifically Epsom salts, aka magnesium sulfate-help with everyday detoxification?
The *theory* is that after the Epsom salts break down into magnesium and sulfate in the water, your body absorbs the minerals through the skin, which then "draw out" toxins from the body. But not only is there no evidence to back this up, it's just not how your body works. There is no way, scientifically speaking, for any kind of particle to pass through the skin and draw toxins out in this way, says Kumar [Nitin Kumar, M.D., a physician based in Boston].
While I agree that SHAPE magazine isn't the New England Journal of Medicine, the comment wasn't from the article's author. Rather, she was quoting Dr. Kumar.
Anyway, in the article "Pharmaceutical Influences of Epsom Salts" that you linked to in the American Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics
, it reads as follows:
Am J Pharmacol Pharmacother said...
Mechanism of action
Several studies indicated that, in water Epsom salt dissociated in to magnesium ions, and sulfate ions. These ions are easy to absorb through the skin, this improve the benefit of Epsom salt (2).
Magnesium plays bio vital roles in the body including regulating the activity of many enzymes, reducing inflammation, relaxation of muscle and helps to prevent artery hardening. In addition, sulfates helps in improving the absorption of nutrients, removing toxins from the body, and treatment of headaches (3).
Am J Pharmacol Pharmacother said...
6. Detoxification effects
The sulfates ions in Epsom salt helps in removing both toxins and heavy metals from the cells. Epsom salt can be used as saline laxative so, it removes the harmful bacterial in intestine and is used in treatment of constipation. Magnesium supports detoxifications systems in the body through its major role in the production of energy (as ATP), which provides cells with the energy they require for pumping out toxins before, during, and after they accumulate (11).
High levels of energy are needed for the function of sodium/potassium ATPase the enzyme that uses this energy to pump sodium ions from cells and potassium ions into cells. Cells use ATPase as the pumping mechanism for transporting nutrients, preserving proper concentrations of minerals within cells (and extracellular fluid), and removing toxins (12).
So, in water, Epsom salts separate into magnesium and sulfate ions. These ions can then get absorbed through the skin. Once in the body, magnesium "supports detoxifications systems in the body."
Thus, whether absorbing magnesium through the skin in an Epsom salt bath, taking a magnesium supplement, or using transdermal magnesium (which I have done), magnesium is helping the body with its own innate detoxification systems.
That makes sense.
But, the way I've understood people to talk about
Epsom salt baths -- and, to which the SHAPE magazine article seems to allude -- the magnesium ions are somehow supposed to draw "toxins" through the skin and into the bath water. Which, at the outset, I didn't believe was correct.
In the "New to Lyme?" thread, it reads as follows:
The 'New to Lyme?' thread said...
The Epsom Salts help draw out the toxins and at the same time the magnesium absorbs into your bloodstream, most people do NOT have enough magnesium. The Hydrogen Peroxide adds oxygen into your bloodstream which lyme spirochetes hate. Try to stay in the bath a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes, the longer, the better.
Again, thanks for the link. It was an interesting and informative read.