All practitioners are aware of the value of minerals in treatment but recent test results from many different clinics have shown mineral deficiency to be the key factor in many of today’s health conditions. The ramifications of mineral nutrition are broad but how have we arrived at the scenario we‘re observing today?
The lack of minerals in our soil is evidenced through the need for constant fertilization. Plants need nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, chlorine, carbon, boron, sulfur, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, copper manganese, and molybdenum, some of which are commonly replaced through fertilizers to provide maximum crops through minimum investment. However, humans are known to additionally need calcium, sodium, fluorine, bromine, chromium, iodine, silicon, selenium, beryllium, lithium, cobalt, vanadium and nickel, which would not necessarily be replaced through fertilization for plants.
This continual cycle of soil depletion and minor replacement of minerals through fertilization in conjunction with a diet of processed foods has left many people deficient in minerals and trace minerals.
Soil is the prime source of minerals on which every living cell depends for its structure and function. Vitamins, enzymes, amino acids (protein) and a host of other biologically active substances are essential for our bodies to function properly. They virtually all include minerals as an integral part of their chemical structure. Dr Linus Pauling, twice noble prize winner, said “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency”. Yet, all over the world, minerals are disappearing from agricultural soils at an alarming rate.
1992 Earth Summit Statistics
The 1992 Earth Summit Report in Rio indicated that the mineral content of the world’s farm and range land soil has decreased dramatically.
Percentage of Mineral Depletion From Soil During The Past 100 Years, By Continent:
3.9% of body weight comes from elements present in the form of salts.
They are vital for the maintenance of homeostasis.
Calcium is a major component of bones and teeth. Iron is necessary for oxygen transport by red blood cells. Sulfur is present in most proteins and potassium keeps your heart beating smoothly and regularly.
The trace elements compose less than 0.5% of total body weight but then again, they are essential for homeostasis. Some of these elements are cofactors of critical enzymes in the body (meaning that without them, enzyme cannot work at all and that even low concentrations of them can make the enzyme work very well.)
More recently, analysis has shown Selenium in our diets has dropped by around 50% since the 1960’s. As this trace mineral is pivotal in many physiological functions, not the least of them being the immune system, this again points to a nutritional factor being behind the increase in several conditions over the last ten years.
A recent Japanese study at the Faculty of Human Science, Osaka International University for Women has also revealed mineral depletion to be a major factor in halting the body’s ability to convert Niacin from Tryptophan. As Niacin is extremely beneficial to cardiac activity there may well be some links here to dysfunctional cardio-vascular activity.
It follows that most practitioners would, thus, benefit from testing their clients for mineral deficiency. This can be done by EAV testing, by Kinesiology, or by Lab Testing. With regard to the latter the following table indicates the most suitable sample to use for individual trace and toxic element levels.
|Zinc||Trace element free plasma|
|Copper||Trace element free plasma|
|Chromium||Trace element free plasma|
|Manganese||Trace element free plasma|
|Selenium||Trace element free plasma|
|Iodine||Early morning, or random, urine|
|Lead||Trace element free blood|
|Cadmium||Trace element free blood|
|Aluminium||Trace element free plasma|
Given modern farming methods and the widespread consumption of processed foods, plus the role of minerals in many enzymal processes, supplementation with effective mineral supplements will almost certainly support and assist protocols chosen by the practitioner for addressing a wide of conditions.