By Raul Vergini, MD - Italy
Back in 1915, a French surgeon, Prof.Pierre Delbet,MD, was looking for a
solution to cleanse wounds, because he had found out that the traditional
antiseptic solutions actually mortified tissues and facilitated the infection
instead of preventing it.
He tested several mineral solutions and discovered that a Magnesium Chloride
solution was not only harmless for tissues, but it had also a great effect
over leucocytic activity and phagocytosis; so it was perfect for external
Dr.Delbet performed a lot of "in vitro" and "in vivo" experiments with this
solution and he became aware that it was good not only for external
applications, but it was also a powerful immuno-stimulant if taken by
injections or even by mouth. He called this effect "cytophilaxis". In some
"in vivo" experiments it was able to increase phagocytosis rate up to 300%.
Dr.Delbet serendipitously discovered that this oral solution had also a tonic
effect on many people and so became aware that the Magnesium Chloride had an
effect on the whole organism.
In a brief time, he received communications of very good therapeutics effects
of this "therapy" from people that were taking Magnesium Chloride for its
tonic properties and who were suffering from various ailments.
Prof. Delbet began to closely study the subject and verified that the
Magnesium Chloride solution was a very good therapy for a long list of
He obtained very good results in: colitis, angiocholitis and cholecystitis in
the digestive apparatus; Parkinsonīs Disease, senile tremors and muscular
cramps in the nervous system; acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts, itch of various
origins and chilblains in the skin. There was a strengthening of hair and
nails, a good effect on diseases typical of the aged (impotency, prostatic
hypertrophy, cerebral and circulatory troubles) and on diseases of allergic
origin (hay-fever, asthma, urticaria and anaphylactic reactions).
Then Prof.Delbet began to investigate the relationship between Magnesium and
Cancer. After a lot of clinical and experimental studies, he found that
Magnesium Chloride had a very good effect on prevention of cancer and that it
was able to cure several precancerous conditions: leucoplasia,
hyperkeratosis, chronic mastitis, etc.
Epidemiological studies confirmed Delbetīs views and demonstrated that the
regions with soil more rich in magnesium had less cancer incidence, and vice
In experimental studies, the Magnesium Chloride solution was also able to
slow down the course of cancer in laboratory animals.
Prof.Delbet wrote two books, "Politique Preventive du Cancer" (1944) and
"LīAgriculture et la Santé" (1945), in which he stated his ideas about cancer
prevention and a better living. The first is a well documented report of all
his studies on Magnesium Chloride.
In 1943 another French doctor, A.Neveu,MD, used the Magnesium Chloride
solution in a case of diphteria to reduce the risks of anaphylactic reaction
due to the anti-diphteric serum that he was ready to administer.
To his great surprise, when the next day the laboratory results confirmed the
diagnosis of diphteria, the little girl was completely cured, before he could
use the serum.
He credited the immuno-stimulant activity to the solution for this result,
and he tested it in some other diphteric patients. All the patients were
cured in a very short time (24-48 hours), with no after-effects. As Magnesium
Chloride has no direct effect on bacteria (i.e. it is not an antibiotic ),
Neveu thought that its action was aspecific, immuno-enhancing, so it could be
useful, in the same manner, also against viral diseases. So he began to treat
some cases of poliomyelitis, and had the same wonderful results. He was very
excited and tried to divulge the therapy, but he ran into a wall of hostility
and obstructionism from "Official Medicine". Neither Neveu or Delbet (who was
a member of the Academy of Medicine) was able to diffuse Neveuīs
extraordinary results. The opposition was total: Professors of Medicine,
Medical Peer-Reviews, the Academy itself, all were against the two doctors.
"Official Medicine" saw in Magnesium Chloride Therapy a threat to its new and
growing business: vaccinations.
Dr.Neveu wasnīt discouraged by this and continued to test this therapy in a
wide range of diseases. He obtained very good results in: pharyngitis,
tonsillitis, hoarseness, common cold, influenza, asthma, bronchitis,
broncho-pneumonia, pulmonary emphysema, "children diseases" (whooping-cough,
measles, rubella, mumps, scarlet fever...), alimentary and professional
poisonings, gastroenteritis, boils, abscesses, erysipelas, whitlow, septic
pricks (wounds), puerperal fever and osteomyelitis.
But the indications for Magnesium Chloride therapy donīt end here. In more
recent years other physicians (and I among these) have verified many of
Delbetīs and Neveuīs applications and have tried the therapy in other
pathologies: asthmatic acute attack, shock, tetanus (for these the solution
is administered by intravenous injection); herpes zoster, acute and chronic
conjunctivitis, optic neuritis, rheumatic diseases, many allergic diseases,
spring-asthenia and Cronic Fatigue Syndrome (even in cancer it can be an
The preceding lists of ailments are by no means exhaustive; maybe other
illnesses can be treated with this therapy but, as this is a relatively
"young" treatment, we are pioneers, and we need the help of all physicians of
good will to definitely establish all the true possibilities of this
>From a practical standpoint, please remember that only Magnesium CHLORIDE has
this "cytophilactic" activity, and no other magnesium salt; probably itīs a
molecular, and not a merely ionic, matter.
The solution to be used is a 2.5% Magnesium Chloride hexahydrate (MgCl2-6H2O)
solution (i.e.: 25 grams / 1 liter of water).
Dosages are as follows:
Adults and children over 5 years old 125 cc
4 year old children 100 cc
3 year old children 80 cc
1-2 year old children 60 cc
Over 6 months old children 30 cc
Under 6 months old children 15 cc
These doses must be administered BY MOUTH. The only contraindication to
Magnesium Chloride Therapy is a severe renal insufficiency. As the magnesium
chloride has a mild laxative effect, diarrhea sometimes appears on the first
days of therapy, especially when high dosages (i.e. three doses a day) are
taken; but this is not a reason to stop the therapy. The taste of the
solution is not very good (it has a bitter-saltish flavor) so a little of
fruit juice (grapefruit, orange, lemon) can be added to the solution, or it
can be even used in the place of water to make the solution itself.
For CHRONIC diseases the standard treatment is one dose morning and evening
for a long period (several months at least, but it can be continued for
In ACUTE diseases the dose is administered every 6 hours (every 3 hours the
first two doses if the case is serious); then space every 8 hours and then 12
hours as improvement goes on. After recovery itīs better going on with a dose
every 12 hours for some days.
As a PREVENTIVE measure, and as a magnesium supplement, one dose a day can be
taken indefinitely. Magnesium Chloride, even if itīs an inorganic salt, is
very well absorbed and itīs a very good supplemental magnesium source.
For INTRAVENOUS injection, the formula is:
Magnesium Chloride hexahydrate 25 grams
Distilled Water 100 cc
Make injections of 10-20cc (very slowly, over 10-20 minutes) once or twice a
day. Of course the solution must be sterilized.
This therapy gives very good results also in Veterinary Medicine, at the
appropriate dosages depending upon the size and kind of animals.
Raul Vergini, MD - Italy