is Epsom salt edible?

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   Posted 11/10/2013 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

My gf has been cooking and feeding us with epsom salt for two weeks now. When I saw her use it, I asked her about it and she told me it was sea salt. I read it and noticed that it was no sea salt and did some research on it and according to google, we will be fine it isn't dangerous at all but we just want to make sure since the whole miami bath salt incident has us a little paranoid.

It is Epsom Salt - magnesium sulfate u.s.p. MgSO4.7H2O

Myself and my gf have been thrown up within this time period, we thought it was a stomach virus or food poisoning at the time but now noticing it must have been related to this. My case was pretty scary, an entire day of heavy weakness, sleepiness, throwing up and upset stomach but I beat it over 24 hours and somehow did not affect me after even though we kept having it. My gf had the serious stomach virus like issues for 2-3 days and after getting over it has been having diarrhea and still feeling nauseated this whole time.

Is this thing edible? I see that people drink it for cleansing purposes but we had been eating it for two weeks now, not drinking it.

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   Posted 11/10/2013 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate. It is used medically to treat some electrolyte imbalances and as a purgative. It is very strong and really should be used only under medical supervision. In addition to the gastrointestinal effects. over use of it could imbalance your body's electrolyte balance and lead to kidney failure or heart failure.

Sea salt is sodium chloride with tiny amounts of trace minerals. Please get some for your girlfriend and suggest she throw away the Epsom salts or use them for soaking strained or overworked muscles.
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