SOLUTION TO THE MISSING MINERALS
by Hugh Newman
In last months (Children of the New Earth) newsletter there was
a short summary of a recent media report entitled “Plummeting
mineral levels suggest nutritional crisis in the UK” (1).
This gave an overview of the condition of the UK food supply through
a 60 year research study. Although the paper focussed on Britain,
the same can be said in any developed country due to aggressive
farming methods and several other factors. The shocking mineral
loss in our food has long been known by nutritionists and some
If we step back to around the time the data started being recorded
we find a completely different type of food supply. The meat was
free-range and locally farmed and was high in omega 3 essential
fats. An important nutrient that helps with ADHD and literally
hundreds of other conditions. The fruit and vegetables were local
and seasonal, and at-home mothers cooked fresh meals every single
day. These habits were passed on to their children when fast-food
options and processed food were not yet invented. The mineral
and vitamin content of food was optimal. Rotational farming was
the norm, where although crops removed minerals from the soil,
the animals who grazed there returned nutrients to the soil through
their waste. Chemicals and fertilisers were not necessary and
not available at the time. Most produce was used locally and recycled
back into the soil.
“Minerals in the soil control the metabolism of plants,
animals and man. All of life will be either healthy or unhealthy
according to the fertility of the soil”. Nobel Prize winner
Dr Alexus Carrel, 1912.
In 1936 the USA Senate saw the growing problem of farming and
nutrition. Here is a quote from the 74th Congress, 2nd Session.
"The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables
and grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that
no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us -
no matter how much of them we eat. No man of today can eat enough
fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he
requires for perfect health because his stomach isn't big enough
to hold them".
Environmental chemicals, pharmaceutical drugs, insecticides, antibiotics,
pesticides and preservatives were relatively uncommon and posed
no real threat to our bodies assmilating nutrients. It was not
until 1992 that the Earth Summit Report found that depletion of
the mineral content of soil was 76% in Europe and 80% in the USA.
“High-yield crops grow bigger or faster, but are not necessarily
able to make or uptake sufficient nutrients to maintain their
nutritional value,” said Donald Davis recently, a biochemist
at the University of Texas. The decline in nutritional levels
in foods is called ‘the dilution effect'(2).
The birth of intensive farming stripped the minerals from the
soil and forgot to replace them. Only Nitrogen, phosphorous and
potassium were returned, because they help the plants grow slightly
better. No consideration was taken for the nutritional content.
Pesticides and insecticides disrupt the natural balance of pro-biotic
bacteria in the soil, which help the minerals absorb into the
Organic fulvic acids are created by micro-organisms in the soil,
for the purpose of transporting minerals and nutrients from the
soil into the plant. From there, complex photosynthesis reactions
produce the components of all the various parts of the plant.
Muco-polysacharrides (complex carbohydrate sugars) flow throughout
the plant for nourishment. Some are returned to the roots. There,
the micro-organisms are nourished and produce fulvic acid to mix
with minerals and nutrients to restart the cycle again. Fulvate
organic electolites are involved in complex biochemical reactions
in living plants and animals, which directly influence the very
metabolic processes at the cellular level. To the science of living
cells, fulvic acids are vital in bringing substantial amounts
of nutrients and minerals into water solution and delivering their
living energies to the living cells. So, two issues – a
lot less minerals and no way to absorb the little that are left.
Twice Nobel Prize winner, Dr.Linus Pauling's famous quote “you
can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a
mineral deficiency” began to take on some relevance.
Minerals play a vital host of roles in the human physiology. They
support the uptake of vitamins from foods and supplements. If
minerals are not present in the diet, vitamins become useless.
The US Senate Report #264 quoted “...vitamins control
the body's appropriation of minerals and in the absense of minerals,
they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system
can make use of some minerals; but lacking minerals, vitamins
Minerals also play a role in alkalising the digestive system.
Most food we eat is slightly acidic, which stresses the body and
can lead to a multitude of disorders. Minerals control the acid
alkaline balance essential for basic health. Maintaining PH balance
is the second most important role the body has to carry out. Breathing
is the first.
“Why is it that you have to eat four carrots to get
the same amount of magnesium as you would have done in 1940?"
asks Dr David Thomas, a primary healthcare practitioner and independent
researcher who released the recent report. Notable deficiencies
in todays children are magnesium, zinc, iron, copper & calcium.
The report found that magnesium was down by 24%, Calcium 46% ,
Iron 54% and Copper 76%. The percentages varied from vegetables
to meats but the numbers tell a grave story. Remember that refined
flour (in bread, cakes, pancakes etc) lose up to 98% of the essential
minerals in processing. Calcium, Magnesium, chromium, manganese
and zinc are the main deficiencies.
Minerals play a key role in preventing disease, alkalising the
body, aiding in vitamin absorption and literally hundreds of other
uses. They are the building blocks of the body. Minerals and trace
minerals are the catalysts for all the vitamins and other nutrients
your body uses for developing and maintaining optimum health.
The goals of society must be based upon returning our food supply
to how it was 60 years ago.
1)Long term – soil must be remineralized
and return to rotational farming.
2)Medium Term – adding minerals to the current
3)Short term – to supplement our diets with essential
minerals that are highly absorbable.
Remineralizing the soil is already underway within small
communities in Britain. The SEER (Sustainable Ecological Earth
Regeneration) Centre in Scotland ran successful trials using local
'rock dust'(3). The dust is collected from 420 million year old
Scottish volcanic rock in Perthshire containing over 78 minerals
and trace elements. Co-founders Moira and Cameron Thompson have
been pioneering soil remineralization for 16 years and have since
set up a charity with a trading arm called 'Rock Dust LTD'. Acidic
upland soil has been transformed. The rock dust is digested by
earthworms that deposit mineral-rich wormcasts, thus increasing
mineral availability, microbial activity and natural fertility
of soil and compost. Fulvic acid availability is also increased.
The product remineralises soil and compost to boost soil fertility.
A traditional method for those that live near the sea is using
seaweed as a mulch that rots into the soil. It increases mineral
quantity and microbes form due to the composting action. Using
natural mountain or spring water will also increasethe nutrient
value of plants, due to the high mineral content. Just using sea
water is also regardes by some communities as a useful technique
to return soil to a natural balance.
Adding nutrients to the food supply is already underway, with
popular breakfast cereals, margarines and fruit juices. Most of
the fortified food is usually in tune with the latest nutritional
fads. Omega 3 oils are now being added to margarines and milk,
but why are hydrogrnated and trans-fats still on the market shelf
disguised in a majority of processed products? These types of
'bad' fats halt the absorptin of omega oils and are used because
they have shelf life. The 'fat' story is another article though.
To get minerals back in to the food supply is more difficult than
one might imagine. As already stated, micro-minerals need to be
very small and bioavailable.
This is why the 'long term' plan is ideal. The plants make the
minerals available for human absorption. Drinking bottle after
bottle of mineral water will not give you the nutrition you need.
The 'short term' plan is what many people are using to bide their
time. One in three British people take supplements, but how many
take minerals that can be absorbed by the body? Most mineral supplements
are crushed up bits of rock and metal and pass straight through
the body. Chelated mineral supplements are at most 40% bioavailable.
Minerals need to be in a micro-colloid ionic state – or
very small particles suspended in water. They also need to have
organic fulvic acid with them to give them the support necessary
to deliver them into the cells. Fulvic acid has many beneficial
properties. It enhances the absorption of trace minerals, regenerates
the cell helping carry the minerals into the nucleus. It even
helps to modify the stress caused by free radical damage and increases
enzyme activity which can improve digestion.
The Kirlian photos below show a 'before and after' scenario of
organic fulvates, contained within a micro-colloid mineral solution.
Kirlian photography shows the 'life force' and Aura of the subject.
of Maximol |
of the study took the supplement on two consecutive mornings.
The first image was just before the first dose, the second image
was shortly after the second dose. The supplement tested was Maximol
Solutions from Neways. The report was written by David
John Broom, a medical herbalist and health practitioner.
From his book 'The Life in Your Food'