The first prominent researcher to investigate and promote the Antibiotic effects of magnesium was a French surgeon, Prof. Pierre Delbet. In 1915 he was looking for a safe solution to cleanse wounds of soldiers, because he had found that traditionally used antiseptics actually damaged tissues and encouraged infections instead of preventing them. In all of his tests, magnesium chloride solution proved by far the best answer. Not only was it harmless for tissues, but it also greatly increased leucocyte activity and phagocytosis (the destruction of microbes).
After World War I, Prof. Delbet performed experiments with internal applications of magnesium chloride, and found it to be a powerful immune stimulant. In his experiments, phagocytosis increased by up to 333%. This means that, after magnesium chloride intake, the same number of white blood cells destroyed up to three times more microbes than beforehand.
Over the years, Prof. Delbet found magnesium chloride to be beneficial in a wide range of diseases. These included diseases of the digestive tract such as colitis and gall bladder problems, Parkinson's disease, tremors and muscle cramps; acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts and itching skin; impotence, prostatic hypertrophy, cerebral and circulatory problems; asthma, hay fever, urticaria and anaphylactic reactions. Hair and nails became stronger and healthier, and patients also had more energy.
Prof. Delbet also found an excellent preventative effect on cancer, and he cured precancerous conditions such as leukoplasia, hyperkeratosis and chronic mastitis. (Epidemiological studies have since confirmed that regions with magnesium-rich soil have a lower cancer rate than those deficient in magnesium.)
Another French doctor, A. Neveu, cured several diphtheria patients with magnesium chloride in just two days. He also published 15 cases of poliomyelitis that were cured within days if treatment was started immediately, or within months if paralysis had already progressed. Neveu also found magnesium chloride effective with asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema; pharyngitis, tonsillitis, hoarseness, common cold, influenza, whooping cough, measles, rubella, mumps, scarlet fever; poisoning, gastroenteritis, boils, abscesses, infected wounds and osteomyelitis.
In more recent years Dr Raul Vergini and others have confirmed these earlier results and have added more diseases to the list of successful uses: acute asthma attacks, shock, tetanus, herpes zoster, acute and chronic conjunctivitis, optic neuritis, rheumatic diseases, many allergic diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome and cancer. In all of these cases magnesium chloride gave much better results than other magnesium compounds.
Using other forms of magnesium is less advantageous, because these have to be converted into chlorides in the body anyway. If we take magnesium as oxide or carbonate, we then need to produce additional hydrochloric acid to absorb the magnesium. Many aging individuals, especially those with chronic diseases who desperately need more magnesium, cannot produce sufficient hydrochloric acid and then cannot absorb the oxide or carbonate.
Epsom Salt is magnesium sulphate. It is soluble but not well-absorbed, and acts mainly as a laxative. Chelated magnesium is well absorbed but much more expensive, and lacks the beneficial contribution of the chloride ions. Orotates are good, but very expensive for the amount of magnesium that they provide, and both orotates and chelates seem to lack the infection-fighting potential of magnesium chloride.