Linus Pauling, the double Nobel Prize winning biochemist is quoted as saying “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” This was stated a great many years ago, however the truth of this statement is obvious to most nutritional medicine doctors today.
Minerals are critical for growth, metabolism, absorption of vitamins and other nutrients, prevention of disease and almost every biochemical process in the body. Problems with vision, hair and nail quality and skin symptoms are among the most common early outward signals of mineral deficiencies.
A US Senate document dated back as far as 1936 stated that 99% of the population were mineral deficient. This situation certainly hasn’t improved and may even be worse here in Australia, given that our country is known to have one of the most mineral deficient soil states in the world.
Minerals act as co-enzymes meaning that they “activate” enzymes, which are the biological catalysts of life. One example of this is magnesium which activates many of the enzymes required for cellular energy production, and selenium which activates an enzyme called glutathione peroxidase, the main biological role of which is to protect our system from oxidative damage i.e. inflammation, premature ageing and DNA mutations.
As Dr Gabriel Cousens points out, plants generally process the minerals contained in soil down to angstrom size (one tenth of a micrometre) and it is in this form that they can be assimilated by the human organism. Angstrom sized minerals can not only be absorbed into the bloodstream, but also across the cell membrane where they are able to upgrade the DNA expression of the organism.
There are many forms of minerals which are well absorbed through the intestinal barrier, such as picolinates, chelates and colloids. These appear to have biochemical effects in the blood however according to research by Brian David Anderson, Tru Ott and others, are unable to penetrate into and upgrade the cellular DNA expression. This highlights the fact that mineral availability, particle size and molecular form are all important factors that need to be taken into consideration when addressing mineral deficiencies.
The mineral content of soils all over the world have been significantly depleted through modern agricultural practices. Intensive farming gradually strip soils of the plethora of mineral elements required to maintain human health while only a small number of the almost one hundred minerals and trace elements needed are replaced in the form of fertiliser containing less than a mere five or so elements.
Add to this the increased stresses of daily life which increase our excretion of minerals, exposure to heavy metal toxicity which increases our need for minerals and the widespread gut impairments we see in clinical practice that limit absorption of these substances from our food these days and you can understand why mineral deficiency is as widespread as it is and is having a significant negative impact on health.
As Dr Lawrence Wilson points out; as an organism becomes depleted in minerals, mineral binding sites start to become filled with less preferred minerals. Essentially this is analagous to a car designed for premium fuel being run on low grade petrol. Although it will still run, its parts will never operate with the same level of efficiency and precision which ultimately affects the performance i.e. our health.
By remineralising our system with the full spectrum of biologically required minerals, it appears that toxic metals and less preferred minerals may be displaced from mineral binding sites and the preferred minerals start to occupy these binding sites, thus upgrading the function of all the organs of the human body. It has been my clinical experience that the mineralisation process can take up to 12 months.
The ideal way of obtaining minerals from is from highly mineralised plants which have already processed the minerals into the ideal form that our body requires. Good sources include organic or bio-dynamically grown vegetables, sea vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. There are many other foods such as grains which are also high in specific minerals, but few can compete with fresh produce. In many cases, supplementation with angstrom-sized ionic minerals is also necessary to achieve rapid remineralisation.
Remineralisation also appears to confer the ability to deal with infections more and to have flexibility to deal with the problems of life with greater equanimity and balance.
This process can be monitored through regular, properly performed and interpreted hair mineral analyses, or the use of red blood cell mineral tests which can give us some insight into the levels of minerals that are actually reaching the tissues and cells.
1. Cousens, G., Spiritual Nutrition, North Atlantic Books, CA, 2005
2. Wilson, L., Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis, The Center for Development Inc, 2010.
3. Jensen, B., The Chemistry of Man, Bernard Jensen, Escondido, CA 1983.