Not All Minerals Are Created Equal - PART 2
by Dr. Steven E. Whiting, PhD
This article is from the Journal of the Institute of Nutritional Science, June, 1996. Further information on the Institute's Journal, services and other publications may be obtained from:The Institute of Nutritional Science 9528 Miramar Road Suite 180 San Diego, CA 92126
Non-Toxicity of True Bio-Electrical Colloidal Trace Minerals
A question of constant concern when discussing liquid trace mineral supplements frequently seems to be the presence of what are viewed as harmful or toxic minerals. Since a natural, unadulterated mineral product would contain the full spectrum of elements found in nature, it would of necessity contain those which we have come to think of as toxic. Minerals such as cadmium, aluminum, arsenic, lead, mercury and others strike terror in our thoughts and we sometimes have difficulty in understanding why they are present in liquid mineral supplements.
Firstly we must go back to the concept that all minerals are not created equal. In their inorganic rock state ALL minerals can be potentially toxic because of the body's inability to utilize and break them down. Something as seemingly beneficial as calcium, if very alkaline, can circulate in the blood stream awaiting acidification and can contribute to the raw material that occludes the arteries. Yet properly acidified calcium is not only welcomed by the body but absolutely necessary for life.
As our knowledge of human biochemistry proceeds, more and more information will come to light regarding the many micro trace elements and their biological role in the human body. Arsenic for example, was always thought of as a deadly poison and indeed in the inorganic form is certainly is, however recent studies have shown that arsenic is an essential mineral and is even being considered for the RDI list!
Many minerals such as molybdenum and even selenium and chromium were, just a few years ago, considered non-essential and even dangerous. The next decade will undoubtedly bring a much greater understanding of the role of the full spectrum of elements naturally present in the human body tissues.
Toxic-Leaching Benefits of Organic Colloidal Bio-Electric Trace Minerals
In the late 1980's an interesting experiment was conducted with regard to high levels of potentially toxic inorganic minerals in the body and the ability of their organic bio-electrical counterparts to naturally chelate or remove them safely.
The test was conducted by Gary Price Todd, MD, author of the book Nutrition, Health & Disease. The study involved individuals with a variety of so-called heavy metal poisonings, specifically lead, mercury, cadmium and aluminum were selected and blood samples were taken to monitor the offending mineral. Dr. Todd rapidly discovered that blood analyses were not effective in monitoring this process, therefore it was decided that hair analyses would be employed.
Prior to the test, base levels of the offending mineral were established via tissue hair sample. Test subjects were then placed on a program of full spectrum bio-available micro trace minerals in proportion to their body weight. In addition they were given a second product which represented the full spectrum of other nutrients such as vitamins, major minerals and amino acids.
It is important to note that high amounts of vitamin C were found necessary in order to obtain an optimal response. Vitamin C was administered at 1 to 2 grams per day. During the study it was observed that several of the individuals with lower levels of toxic metals on their initial hair analysis, initially experienced a notable rise is those same substances as evidenced by their second hair analysis three months later (Figure 1.1)
Figure 1.1 Hair levels of toxic metals before and after three treatments. The rise in concentrations is typical and appears to be due to leaching out of body stores.
This appeared to indicate that there was a mobilization of the stored toxic metals from the body's soft tissues hack into solution which would account for the higher concentration of these substances in the hair. Repeat hair analysis at six months all the way through sixteen months (the end of the study) demonstrated reduced levels of toxic metal in the hair as the natural chelation process took place and the toxic mineral levels were reduced (Please refer to Figures 1.2 and 1.3 which represent 6 and 16 months average response).
Figure 1.2 Hair levels of toxic metals before and after four to six months of treatment.
Figure 1.3 Hair levels of toxic metals before and after eight to sixteen months of treatment.
Physicians and other health care practitioners who wish to use this method on their patients should keep in mind that they will likely experience an initial rise in the offending substances for the first three to even six months depending upon the volume of heavy metal to be removed. Any professional interested in implementing this procedure in their practice may contact the Institute for a protocol outline.
Subsequent analysis of the results of this pioneer study seem to indicate that there is some type of ionic exchange taking place between the opposite minerals which would support the theory that organic minerals bear an opposite electro-magnetic charge referred to in other studies as the life energies. The Institute of Nutritional Science is preparing to duplicate this study under more controlled conditions, the results of which will subsequently be published in this Journal.
Based upon Dr. Todd's findings those persons suffering from the negative effects of heavy metal contamination should strongly consider the use of bio-electrical colloidal trace minerals as part of their plan to restore their health.
Colloidal organic bio-electrical minerals cannot be stored in the body for longer than a few hours; they are much like the water soluble vitamins, therefore they cannot build up to toxic levels in the soft tissues and through ionic exchange. They also assist the body in removing the heavy metal counterparts which can remain in the body for decades.
Further Reports from European Researchers
Dr. Michael Zimmerman, Chief of Staff of the Specialized Clinic for Chronic Illnesses and Therapy Resistant Patients in Uberlingen, Germany tested a pure bio-electrical colloidal full spectrum mineral formula as part of his ongoing work with seriously ill patients. His conclusions state that, "This unique mineral formula enhances the de-poisoning ability of the body in a very positive way. It activates and speeds the healing process, especially in the case of chronic illnesses."
Ulrich Sommer, a pharmacist from Burg/Dittmarschen, Germany has also used 'life minerals' and he goes on to report, "The human body can only stay healthy when it receives the entire spectrum of natural minerals, trace mineral elements, and vitamins in the daily diet. These are the basic building blocks for all life. Vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, hormones and other substances needed by the body to build new cells depend entirely on the influx of mineral elements which especially include the micro amounts of trace elements which are very difficult to get from foods or conventional food supplements."
During the 1930's, studies & applications involving various colloidal minerals alone and in concert with each other were common. At the onset of World War II much of this research ceased and after the war, the use of colloidal chemistry in health and healing became almost non-existent.
Today we are seeing a resurgence of interest in the full spectrum of micro trace elements and the thousands of living testimonials of people from all over the world who are experiencing a richer more healthful existence because of their use. It has long been a concern of this writer who, in private practice as a clinical nutritionist, frequently did not observe or obtain the results with patients through the use of vitamin, major mineral and amino acid therapies that was expected. After we began using the full spectrum of organic colloidal bio-electrical trace minerals in a highly absorbable liquid state, our efforts in every other direction were enhanced ten-fold.
How do you know if you are using the real thing? This is always a question of concern in any industry where hype and promotion often replace fact and the public's good. By reviewing this article, it is our hope that you will be able to evaluate the many mineral products available and ask the questions necessary to find one of purity. For as tests conducted all over the world continue to bear out, the real benefit of liquid colloidal minerals lies in their bio-electrical potential - not just their elemental quantities.
Those delicate bio-electrical potentials are generated through the interaction of various minerals with each other - therefore the ratios of those minerals are of supreme importance. Anything that alters or adulterates those bio-electrical potentials created by nature robs your living system of the vital life energies that it needs in ever increasing amounts in our polluted, toxic world.
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