Magnesium is basic to cancer treatment and its avoidance. Several studies have shown an increased cancer rate in regions with low magnesium levels in soil and drinking water. In Egypt, the cancer rate was only about 10% of that in Europe and America. Among the rural fellah, it was almost nonexistent. The main difference was an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5-3 g per day in these cancer-free populations, ten times more than in most western countries.
An inverse relationship between cancer prevalence and the magnesium content of water and of soil is reported in studies, starting more than 50 years ago. A Russian report showed that stomach cancer was four times more common in the Ukraine where the magnesium content of soil and drinking water is low, than in Armenia where the magnesium content was more than twice as high. A more recent morphologic and statistical analysis of neoplastic deaths in two Polish communities disclosed a nearly three-fold higher death rate in a community with Mg-poor soil than in one with Mg-rich soil.
It behooves a cancer patient to simultaneously use different forms of magnesium and different forms of administration. One can take magnesium orally, and use it transdermally through either direct application to the skin or in baths. Moreover, in emergency rooms and intensive care wards doctors give magnesium intravenously and by subcutaneous injection for cardiac arrest. (After pharmaceutical drugs fail.)