Organic vs. anorganic minerals
1. Are inorganic minerals positively charged?
Are organic minerals (e.g. in plants), always negatively charged? The first order of business when discussing "inorganic" vs. "organic" minerals is to clarify the fact that we are talking about the "source", not the minerals themselves. In the strictest terms, all minerals are inorganic, but the term organic is used more or less to associate these minerals with their plant (organic), source. Inorganic minerals can be either positively, or negatively charged depending on their characteristic atomic structure which is identified by their arrangement of protons, neurons and electrons. Once cannot say that all inorganic minerals are either positive, or all are negative. Organic minerals, follow generally the same rule as inorganic, with some exceptions. When an organism assimilates a mineral, it's ionic structure is sometimes altered by the organism in an attempt to devour, digest, and use the mineral. The individual minerals in our colloidal formula may appear as positive or negative, but the overall solution is found to be negatively charged. When a mineral enters into a colloidal solution it's ions may separate, and recombine to form "salts", or loose associations with other minerals. In doing so the original charge of the mineral or element supposedly remains unchanged, however, our formula is the first to my knowledge which occurs naturally, and includes such a broad spectrum of minerals and elements. In laboratory testing of mineral charge, only a few minerals were combined into the same colloidal solution and known reactions were observed. As an example the combination of Na+(sodium positive) and Cl- (chloride negative), yields common table salt, which retains the positive charge of it's parent Sodium element in the body. The results of this, and similar experiments were used to predict the reactions of all minerals and elements, which is a fallacy.
2. Can positively charged minerals or molecules act as free radicals in the body?
In the strictest sense, this is a true statement. Given the definition of a free-radical, which is of a highly reactive, unstable molecule with an unpaired electron, it is easy to speculate that positively charged minerals may be involved in this process. It is also typical for free-radicals to involve oxygen (which is an element) as their parent element. I do not think it's accurate to say that typical "inorganic", minerals can become free-radicals just because they were ingested. I think the chances are equal of a mineral from any source suffering the same fate, depending on individual biochemical reactions (and other substances present), in the body. It is possible that an inorganic mineral may be more susceptible to this condition than an organic one due to the fact that their inorganic nature leaves them without the ability to travel across cell membranes efficiently, forcing them to have more dwell time in the blood and other biologic fluids, but this would be very hard to prove. It serves as nothing more than an interesting theory at this point.
3. Are all of the minerals present in the Clark product actually plant-derived, or is it only a certain percentage?
We cannot say with 100% certainty that all of the minerals are occurring in plant-derived forms. It is necessary to think about the geological structure of the deposit. "A portion of ancient rain forest, covered with mud, silt, lava, or some other form of earthen barrier". This indicates that a small amount of the barrier material is probably present in the product, but only a very small amount. The deposit is very rich, and we know exactly where to locate and extract the plant deposits, but it is simply impossible to assume that not a single ounce of the earthen barrier seeped within the deposits.
4. Can a negatively charge mineral neutralize free radicals?
Negatively charged minerals can act on free radicals in any number of ways. The definition of an anti-oxidant is a molecule which interacts with a free-radical, and donates one of it's own electrons, in effect, allowing itself to be oxidized instead of the tissues it is protecting. In this manner, it is an accepted fact that a number of minerals can and do act as anti-oxidants, or may catalyze activities which allow other anti-oxidants (non-minerals), to function. Other ways in which negatively charged minerals may act on free radicals is to prevent their formation by forcing these highly reactive compounds out of the body in wastes before they can do harm. Free radicals, in addition to their unpaired electron, have no recognized biological function by the body, therefore, any hydrogen atom contained in the free radical molecule may be scavenged by any number of minerals and rerouted to the kidneys for excretion. This is of course an attempt to control the body's acid-base balance, but it may have the secondary effect of expelling free radicals before they become active to full capacity.
5. Can organic minerals bind with inorganic minerals like metallic aluminum and eliminate it from the body?
The only case to be logically assumed is if the inorganic mineral is part of a molecule which contains an excess hydrogen atom, which was adversely affecting the body's pH. Minerals are excreted every day as a routine part of a host of biological functions. It isn't possible for me to pinpoint a specific case where an organic, would expel an inorganic given that all other things are equal and functioning properly.
6. Do organic minerals from plants also have a similar function?
Similar in some ways, enough to make them useful to us. Plants are basically trying to do the same thing we are. They are trying to survive, thrive, and propagate their species. They use and store minerals for themselves, and in the form of seed packets, sometimes called spores for the next generation of plant. As to the plants assimilation of a minerals, the mineral is subjected to a biological process which consumes the mineral, and makes it available for use by the organism just like a human would do. Obviously the physiological differences in plants mean that they are not assaulted by the same environmental and health factors that we are, nevertheless, it is accurate to say that minerals act on them in a similar manner as to ensuring continuing cell life, nourishing the structure, and taking part in the biochemical reactions that allow for growth and maturity.
7. Is it easier for the body to eliminate an oversupply of organic minerals than inorganic minerals? Why?
I think it's more accurate to say that it's harder for the body to become oversupplied with inorganic minerals than organic. While organic minerals are generally much better absorbed than inorganic, their relative numbers, and their continued use by the body make any oversupply very rare. They are much more mobile than organic, and a great deal more dynamic than organics, which leads to the assumption that they would be rather easily excreted, however, they body only excretes those compounds which it no longer needs. As you well know, individual minerals have a myriad of functions that are specific to that mineral, but as a whole, minerals, and particularly colloidal minerals spend much of their time regulating the processes described earlier, as well as maintaining the body's fluid/electrolyte balance, and acid/base balance. Meaning that they freely travel to cells in all parts of the body. Cells much remain in a watery environment in order to survive. Cells cannot regulate the flow of water to their membranes, but they can regulate the flow of minerals, and water follows salt (minerals). Therefore, the colloidal minerals spend much of their time traveling to cells in an attempt to assist that cell in regulating it's watery balance, both Intra cellular, through Potassium, and Extra cellular, through Sodium. This allows the cell to remain healthy, functioning, and reproducing, which in turn promotes continued good health. Another full-time activity is the regulation of acid/base balance, mentioned earlier. The minerals travel about the body and scavenge excess Hydrogen atoms, which can come from organic minerals, free-radicals, or a number of sources. These excess Hydrogens lower the body's pH, creating a more acid environment, or blood acidosis, a condition which can have serious, and immediate health consequences. The opposite is true, if too few Hydrogens are present, the blood supply becomes Base, instead of Acidic. In this condition, the minerals donate the excess Hydrogens that they have previously scavenged from elsewhere in the body to return the body's pH to normal. A normal pH in each area of the body is critical to the function of enzymes, and every other biological process, which involves the process of life. Unneeded Hydrogens are carried to the kidneys, or are blocked from absorption so that they may be carried out of the body through waste processes.