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Magnesium in the Military

A veterinarian friend shared the following:

“I was talking with a family friend who has been an Air Force nurse for about twenty years with tours in Asia and the Middle East. She told me about the many cases of kidney stones she was seeing in soldiers returning from the region and she had no idea why.”

I replied to her that the answer was simple. Soldiers have an incredibly high sodium intake. If not drinking bottled water, which only the rear echelon (those not in the field) are able to consistently have, they are drinking local water that has 500g of salt and a cup of bleach added to a 55-gallon drum.

In addition, most soldiers in the field eat many more MRE’s (packaged military meals) than they should. MRE’s are extremely high in salt (and also cause constipation). All that sodium is pumping magnesium and potassium out in the urine, and a massive amount of minerals are lost in their sweat. Their T-shirts stand up hard as boards when they dry because of all those minerals.

Therefore, there is no magnesium to balance out the calcium, and thus the high incidence of calcium oxalate stones. This represents just the tip of the iceberg concerning how magnesium and mineral deficiency affects our soldiers.

That’s why it makes sense to send gift packages of magnesium instead of candy to your loved ones stationed in the Middle East.

Hippocrates Pure Food-Grade Magnesium Chloride is available.