MINERALS AND HEALTH
Minerals in the Food Chain
Eating and Digesting Minerals
Mineral Levels and Disease
Poor Crop Nutrition
Immunity - The Endless Battle
Summaries of Demonstrations of the Benefits of Full Mineral Feeding
The first part of this section reviews how the food chain should work, and the second part, beginning with “Mineral Levels and Disease” explains how it has gone wrong and why health is at risk.
Minerals in the Food Chain
Minerals in the food chain originate with minerals in the soil. Minerals are extracted from the soil by plants, and the plants are eaten by animals. Minerals are passed from one organism to another to support life in the current user.
Salad Greenhouse (SG) grows crops with 27 minerals, in which trace minerals are included in balanced, life supporting proportions. The growing equipment is soil free and hydroponic. Irrigation water containing dissolved minerals is recirculated in the crops for the use of plants when they need them. This results in the conservation of both water and minerals. Our systems are sustainable, pollution free, and economical users of water and nutrients.
Nutritionist recommend that at least 24 minerals are required for normal health and this list is growing. Lifestyles involving exercise, combined with a consistent intake of all the mineral nutrients bound organically in plants will contribute immensely to a healthy, long, disease free life. The words chemical, nutrient, element, and fertilizer all refer to minerals.
Major minerals in human bodies
Body makeup: 96% of body weight in humans is made up of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur. The remaining 4% is composed mainly of macro minerals: calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, iodide (CaPPSSoC MIMaCI)
Element Grams in Body
Total 2,323 g, or 2.32 kg, or 5.1 lb
The following text takes an overall view of minerals, health, and the food we now eat. The benefits of a diet with a full range of organically bound minerals are numerous, and are based on human physiology, ancestral diets, and current dietary practices.
Eating and Digesting Minerals
Dietary minerals are available in two basic forms; elemental and biocombined. Elemental forms are available in the diet as inorganic molecules (not combined with carbon); examples are calcium carbonate, magnesium sulfate, and sodium chloride. Sodium combined with chloride is table salt. This will raise blood pressure and make you thirsty. However, sodium combined with an organic molecule in celery is welcome by the body as the source of an essential electrolyte. Elemental forms must be combined into a bio available form in the gut by bacteria for absorption and in many cases less than 5% of the minerals are converted and absorbed. The balance of minerals is eliminated in feces and for this reason elemental mineral sources are only recommended as supplements.
In the soil, bacteria break down organic matter which releases minerals that are dissolved in water. Then the roots take the dissolved minerals into the plant in the forms of ions in water. When evaluated under botanical facts, the organic hypothesis which demands that all fertilizer be organic (ex. manure) in order to be beneficial is rendered invalid. All plant food is inorganic.
Elemental forms of minerals dissolved in water in soil are taken up by plant roots and combined with carbon molecules in the plant to form part of the living plant. Plants convert inorganic minerals or nutrients to organic compounds, which can be utilized by animal life. Plants utilize minerals for their nutrition only if those minerals are in an inorganic state before absorption. This is the primary difference between animal and plant life on this planet. Plants take in minerals in the inorganic form and convert them to an organic form. Animals must ingest minerals in the organic form in order to live. Humans and other animals cannot obtain any benefits from nutrient minerals unless they have been hooked up, combined, “organically bound” with a carbon atom by the green plants. We evolved to acquire minerals from eating plants, or from animals that ate plants.
Twenty six minerals are known to have a specific role in human physiology, and several more are known to have beneficial effects on the physiology of plants and animals. There remain the additional 66 minerals that make up the Periodic Table. The heavy metals, (ex. lead, silver, gold, cadmium, mercury, antimony and aluminum) among them have a suspected role. But even known poisonous minerals such arsenic can be beneficial in some animals if they are ingested in trace amounts.
No element presently can be ruled absolutely unessential to humans. More trace minerals await discovery as dietary essentials in various animal species and probably man.
Enzymes are the bodies catalysts that make body chemistry work at body temperature. A trace element would be the pin, or hinge in a big enzyme molecule. Therefore only tiny amounts (parts per billion) of the trace element are required. Since only a few enzymes have had their necessary trace minerals identified, 26 minerals are recommended in diets. However, since thousands of enzymes have been identified there are undoubtedly thousands more functions remaining that must be isolated and described. And with the thousands of enzymes, there are no doubt thousands of combinations of trace elements.
When plants absorb a full range of minerals dissolved in water, through their roots, they have the raw materials for their own immunity from diseases, and insect attacks. They are “healthy” and surviving in their ecosystem: full of scents, color, seeds, immune proteins, flavonoids, vitamins, pigments, proteins, carbohydrates, and enzymes. Everything works. When people eat these plants, they provide for their own health and immunity to disease. We have evolved as Homo sapiens over the last 200,000 years to rely on plants to give us the benefits from these nutrients. They keep us well and we depend on them for our health. These are the “ancestral foods”. The minerals were always there in the foods that were eaten every day. Because of this there are no long term storage mechanisms for minerals in our bodies. We are constantly getting rid of minerals through urine, feces, sweat, and breathing. They must be replaced in our diet on a daily basis.
SG Minerals in Irrigation Water
27 Minerals: The backbone of the immune system for good health and survival. Macro minerals are in italics.
Potassium Calcium Sulfur Magnesium Phosphorous Iron Chromium Copper Tin Molybdenum Silicon Fluorine Iodine Sodium Silver Gallium Cobalt Nickel Boron Zinc Strontium Selenium Chlorine Zirconium Lithium Vanadium Manganese
To estimate the maximum lifespan of humans, assume a biological standpoint. If an animal is fully grown at one year, its full life expectancy is six times that, or six years. Since man does not achieve full maturity until he is about 20 years of age, his full biological life expectancy would be 120 years.
When corn, wheat, oats, and other grains are grown with a full range of minerals and then fed to animals, we see healthy animals. The effects on the health of animals fed with crops grown on a full range of minerals is amazing compared to those fed with mineral deficient crops of the type grown today. Chickens, pigs, and cattle grown on food full of minerals reach maturity much sooner than animals fed food deficient in minerals, and all resist diseases common to their species better than animals fed with feed deficient in minerals. Pigs fed experimentally on a full mineral diet carried the benefits into a second generation where there were no runts in the litters. Runts are something that “always happens” in a litter of pigs which is a sign of malnutrition. Using animal research with a species bred to get cancer, and feeding them with food grown with a full range of minerals, the first generation cut cancer debilitation from 97% to 55%. Through each generation, the full mineral feeding system installed a resistance to one kind of cancer in mice. The same was found for leukosis (white cell disease) in chickens, and arthritis in rats bred to get the disease. A summary of demonstrations of the benefits of full mineral feeding is written at the end of this section.
Deer, elk, moose, bear, ducks, geese and other wildlife seek out the locations of grazing grass that contain minerals. They avoid “pulp grass” that is growing on demineralized land. They know. Grazing animals select areas according to better soils. They go through fences to get at highway shoulders, and seek land rights of way. These are animal demonstrations show that the nutritive quality of the feed is related to the soil that grows them.
Full Range Mineral Nutrition – Ocean Life
Trace minerals are vital to the good health and function of plants. All minerals of the Periodic Table are available in sea water in a consistent balance and proportion. They are available to all sea life. Sea plants ingest inorganic minerals dissolved in sea water and begin the food chain in the sea with a consistent range of minerals so the analysis of minerals from plant to animal in the sea is consistent. The proportion of trace minerals in sea water is at optimum for the growth and health of both land and sea plants.
Animal and vegetable life in the sea is far healthier than similar life on land. Life expectancies of animals in the ocean are far longer that their land counterparts. When a cell in an ocean grown plant or animal has the full range of nutrients, and complete chemistry, it exhibits disease resistance. The same cell in a land animal will exhibit the same disease resistance when it has the same nutrients.
The disease resistance of plants and animals in the sea is remarkably different from land animals. In the sea, plants and animals are immune from all natural disease, because they have evolved to rely on the abundance of minerals in their environment for their immunity. There is a startling absence of disease in the sea, with not only “chronic” disease forms, but especially in the vigorous health of sea animals and lengthened life spans that are many times that of land animals. On land, it is a different story, because minerals are not universal. They are constantly being washed and blown away. Sea plants are disease resistant because they feed on a consistent mineral diet (a teaspoon of sea water can contain a billion viruses). The opposite is exists on land where plants grown even a few feet apart exhibit chemical differences because the distribution of micro or trace minerals on land is inconsistent.
Mineral Levels and Disease
Disease is any condition which interferes with the normal functioning of the body of an organism. A huge part of our aggregate lifetimes and total resources are spent combating illness and trying to withstand the ravages of age. Despite the huge variety of foods we have, we still suffer degenerative disease and fall prey to the aging processes long before the optimum life span of humans. We are what we eat.
Diseases stem from a weakening of the organism and subsequent parasitic infection by microorganisms which produce toxins and degenerate cells. Everyone has microbes in their bodies looking for infection opportunities and they are a constant menace and threat to life. All organs, including the brain are affected by microbe life. Emotional stress may complicate matters and mental illnesses can be the result.
A mineral deficiency in the diets of either animals or people results in diseases and death because we share the same physiology. The more we are deficient, the more disease. The food chain begins with minerals in the soil. When soil minerals are in decline or almost non existent, they don’t get into the food chain. With sterile soil, none of the traditional benefits from plants we have evolved to rely on, are present; and we are suffering health consequences.
Mineral Deficiency in Soils
At one time, virgin soils contained most of the minerals required to maintain health and vigor of the plants that grew in them. However, the original mineral content of virgin soils is gone. Rain, farming, soil and wind erosion, neglect and poor management are wrecking soils. Rain erodes exposed soil and dissolves out minerals. Water drains from the soil, into rivers and then the oceans, carrying soil minerals and silt with it. Farming crops also reduces the mineral content of the soil through successive cropping over generations of farming. They are never replaced and the land becomes more sterile with each crop. Usually only the essential minerals are replaced by farmers (potassium, calcium, nitrogen, sulphur, magnesium, phosphorous). These let the plant grow, while the other nutrients are ignored. Fertilizers cost money and if you can get away with no replacement, then it isn’t done. The distribution of soil minerals is also erratic. One area may have an abundance of minerals, whereas another area lacks. .
Both people and domestic animals eat the same grain crops that are grown on farms. These crops contain only the minerals required to make a plant look like a plant. Because of the mineral deficiencies, the health of domestic animals and people eating these crops is failing. This is demonstrated by the historical rise in the use of antibiotics for both animals and people, and diseases and cancers in people. Pharmaceuticals address the diseases, and not the cause. There is a frightening increase in the frequency of chronic and metabolic ailments because minerals in the soil have been eroded, mined, leached, and exhausted by relentless, ambitious farming and are no longer available in diets.
When we are malnourished, we open ourselves to attack from parasitic microbes – bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. We submit to slow poisoning through cumulative toxins and try to get something for nothing by growing food of little nutrient value on exhausted land. When you have cancer, diabetes, or cardio vascular disease, its time to realize that over the years, your diet has been deficient. One could speculate that rising autism, chronic pain, ADD, PTSD, depression, and so on are symptoms as well. Both animals and people suffer from disease, cancer, and miscarriages because of a mineral deficient diet. It is nature’s law - you are what you eat. It’s a matter of choice over junk foods over ancestral foods. Junk food is sold in slick packaging by ad agencies for high profits.
In order to keep cattle and pigs healthy, they are fed minerals to supplement their diet of grains. If they were not fed these supplements, they would get cancers, diseases, have miscarriages and die. It may be more effective to supply trace minerals to livestock by feeding them plants that contain trace minerals, rather than adding minerals directly to cattle feed. The animal food supplement industry is reported to be $85 billion per year, and if it wasn’t for supplements, livestock would die or be rejected from the slaughterhouses. Even with supplements they still contract infections and have to be loaded up with antibiotics (that we eventually eat) to survive long enough to be killed. That indicates the land from which grass, grain, and corn is grown to feed livestock, is seriously barren of minerals and can’t maintain life. What about the people who eat grains?
In our food chain, people eat grains that farmers have found inadequate for their own livestock. There may be some additions like iron, to white flour, but it is almost useless – a drop in a tank, just to make it legal. Any more would make it unprofitable and the banks and shareholders would not like that. Domestic animals are fed better food than people.
Current agriculture is geared to the production of bulk and the ability to fill. Thus the expressions “full but not fed” and empty calories. People feel compelled to eat more and become overweight. More attention must be given to replacing nutrients lost from virgin soil. As Charles Norman, MD, put it; “It is simpler to cure sick soils than to cure sick people”. Food production with a full range of minerals has to be the beginning of preventative medicine.
Disease by Dilution
If our present diet does not provide a complete range of minerals, then our cells are incomplete and subject to invasion by foreign organic matter such as bacteria, virus, and fungi. Although we may not have a known or diagnosed disease, we may be suffering from “disease of dilution” which is characterized by malfunctions in an organism compared with its normal state. In other words, we may feel “wrong” but can’t pinpoint the reason.
Most of the cells of man are replaced every 18 months and some immune cells in 24 hours. If the required minerals are not supplied by the food ingested as cell division occurs, dilution becomes apparent until these critical minerals are nonexistent in the organism.
There are no diseases of dilution in ocean animals or plants because the minerals are available in the sea water
Disease by Substitution
A plant can grow to maturity and yet make dangerous substitutions of minerals in its structure due to it attempts to compensate for an imbalance of the proper minerals in the soil. Meaning, if it can’t find what it needs in the ground, it will substitute another mineral to do the job. If our cells must compensate for the dilution, or lack of minerals, then they lose their resistance to disease. Our bodies are host to an enormous number of microbes that eagerly pounce when the slightest breakdown of cell function occurs. It is only logical that the cause of the frightening increases in chronic disease and what can be a sorrowful process of aging is the absence of a complete, balanced mineral chemistry.
Poor Crop Nutrition
Crop Health and the Food Chain
A healthy ear of corn takes 48 minerals from the soil, and some of these minerals may be non essential; wheat and oats over 36; soybeans, apples, pears, peaches and other fruits take 30 minerals; most vegetables including peas, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and lettuce take more than 25.
These minerals are mined by the farmer at every cropping. The frightening thing is that the farmer will only replace 3 to 6 of the total number of minerals removed from the soil. The constant plundering of the soil cannot continue indefinitely without serious consequences in plant and animal nutrition. Most crops utilize an average of 40 minerals from the soil. In no case do fertilizers add more than 12 and most commercial fertilizers add a maximum of six minerals. Soil quality is being exhausted, and hence the quality of crops. And we are accepting this. To help farmers maintain their soils, farmers should be given a depletion allowance on their income tax the same way as owners of mines, oil wells, and timber tracts.
With science to show him the way the farmer has learned to grow greater amounts from the soil on less and less nutrients. What has mattered most is quantity because farmers are paid primarily on gross production; 80 bushels per acre are always better than 60 bushels, even though 50% of the 80 bushels is air compared to 10% air in the 60 bushels. The growing of food with increasing bulk, filled with air and fiber and devoid of minerals will diminish the strength and vitality of those who ingest it in the food chain. Its said that without supplements livestock would die. This tells us that the nutritive value of grain feed is minimal. What good then, is the pasta, breads, and cereals people eat? These are the same grains that farmers have learned not to feed exclusively to animals without mineral supplements because they will miscarry, contract diseases, and die. What about people?
The soil in the United States is overworked and underfed and this is manifested in diseased plants and sick animals. Examples are no fruit appearance, fruit of decreasing size and no flavor, and the increase in pests and diseases. Weak plants and crops, invite disease and insects. In 1934, the U.S. Senate declared soil in California barren. Furthermore, crops grown now have a narrow genetic base, and this combined with poor nutrition leaves entire crops open to massive destruction from pests and diseases.
Within the last century a large percentage of the land in the U.S. has been stripped of the original plant covering that protected the soil. The land has been stripped, ploughed, and converted to grow food at an ever increasing rate, for an expanding population. Vegetable growing areas in the Ohio Valley once had 6’ of topsoil. Now they are down to 6”. Sugar companies have reduced Florida soils to almost zero. Every 24 hours the Mississippi deposits topsoil equivalent of a 120 acre farm in the sea. These examples can be repeated all over the world.
When a crop begins to fail, it can’t produce seeds. Then it is called cattle feed or a hay crop. Insects and disease are the symptoms of a failing crop, not the cause of it. The use of sprays is an act of desperation in a dying agriculture. It is not the overpowering invader we must fear, but the weakened condition of the victim.
The Law of Soil Exhaustion is written in the ruins of past civilizations - Carthage, Greece, Rome, Easter Island, Crete Minoans, Mayans, South East American Indians, and others. The populations became weak, sick, and died away. It is the result of over cropping, with no mineral replacement in the soil.
Nature has been temporarily outsmarted by the farmer into growing crops on an incomplete soil. From 1900 to 1960 yields of corn, wheat, rice, oats, and sugar beets have increased 25-66%. However, in the same period, numerous diseases have developed in all grain crops because of the depletion of soil minerals.
In response to soil exhaustion, agriculture has begun the process of adding the basic minerals of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, plus lime (calcium chloride) in large amounts which initially has caused crop yields to increase. But, there is growing evidence that excessive buildup of these four minerals blocks the uptake of the vital trace minerals. Putting an incomplete range of fertilizers (minerals) back into the soil upsets the natural balance of nutritive minerals by stressing the importance of major minerals and, in time, leads to abnormal soil conditions. Plants then may take up abnormal proportions of other minerals to make up for the deficiencies in trace minerals, and begin to lose their nutritional value. This means the soil is ruined three ways: leaching away of crop minerals on ploughed fields by rain; heavy cropping that depletes trace minerals; and the excessive application of the four macro minerals to soil.
The current trend of growing corn and soy crops for biofuels pulls minerals from the land to support the crops, which in turn are used to produce ethanol which is burned as fuel. This is a colossal mistake. This practice accelerates permanent removal of minerals from the soil and therefore any future food chain. The minerals will never be replaced. Corn plant roots will go down into the earth 3.6m / 12’ in the search for water and minerals. If minerals and water are sucked from the land, the land will become so sterile, it will grow nothing, get blow away, and be lost forever. This is happening now in northern China.
Intensive corn cropping does the following to the soil:
1. Uses large amounts of ground and surface water for growing: up to 4 acre feet of water per crop with a groundwater depletion of 2 acre feet per crop in some areas
2. Nitrifies the water table with unused nitrogen fertilizer; increasing the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico
3. Exhausts the land of trace minerals – forever
4. Reduces the organic content of the land through repeated tillage; for every gallon of ethanol produced from corn, there is 24 lbs. of soil loss and this will be 136 million pounds of soil loss from ethanol production alone, which is gone forever and not available for future food growing.
5. The pouring of millions of additional pounds of atrazine herbicide into soils, and water tables. Atrazine causes many health problems including cardiovascular disease and cancers.
For this intense farming activity, we have received the promises of the Law of Soil Exhaustion
1. A glut of food that is great in bulk but low in vitality
2. A lack of storage space for this glut
3. Increased crop diseases
4. Soil badly depleted of trace minerals
5. Leached soil from rain falling on massive ploughed fields that drain into rivers and then to the sea
6. A population that grows sicker by the day, and can’t afford the medical system to get well
7. Animals and people lacking vital minerals essential to their health
Organic fertilizers, either as compost, manures, or animal or plant remains, must first be reduced by bacterial action to release inorganic minerals into a water solution. Then the plant can absorb the minerals as ions through the roots.
Organic farmers put no minerals back into the soil, except that which are in manures. This is an organic farming law. Thanks to the efforts of the cattle’s gut, the manure is basically cellulose and water. A mineral is lucky to get through.
Manures from “organically raised” livestock are doubly sterile. First, the land on which the organic feed is grown is devoid of minerals, and secondly, the animal removes whatever minerals are left from the feed. The resulting manure is almost straight cellulose and water, with hardly a trace of minerals. This manure is dutifully spread on the ground as fertilizer to grow organic plants. The typical organic vegetable looks sick, and turns to mush after a week from harvest.
The minerals in a truly organic farm will reach the undetectable point if manure is used. This, and health reasons (E. coli and salmonella bacteria absorption by the plants from the manure) are reasons why “organic” vegetables and grains will eventually go away as a bad idea. The North American Organic Trade Association now states that organic crops are not more nutritious than standard crops, and they are organic because but they have no pesticides. However, the USDA has now permitted “organic pesticides”. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency over the past 2 years found that 50% of the organics tested contained contained pesticide residues. Do they know what they are doing?
It is interesting to note that herbicides and pesticides started to be used in the 1960’s, about the same time disease and insects began ravaging plants grown on mineral depleted soils. Insects and disease affect weak plants.
“Organic” Food and Diseases
Food labeled as “organic” by growers and marketers can be 20-30% more expensive than “non organic”. “Organic” foods, by definition, are grown with manure fertilizers preferably from “organically fed animals”, and without herbicides and pesticides.
One of the criteria for organic meat is that the animals must be fed organic feed. Organic feed contains fewer minerals than feed from standard crops . It is known if animals eat strictly non organic or standard crops (wheat, corn, soy, barley, oats) grown in mineral deficient soil, they will die or succumb to diseases without supplements and/or antibiotics. Farm animals raised for meat must be given mineral supplements in order to maintain their health. Therefore one wonders how animals that are fed poorer grade organic feed even manage to stay alive.
We routinely feed people “organic” and mineral deficient foods without any regard to the consequences. The cancer rate in people is now 1:3; that is one in every 3 people are expected to develop cancer in their lifetime. Never in history has cancer been so prevalent. No wonder! There are no minerals in the food chain because the food chain starting from standard crops is deficient in minerals, and the “organic” industry is promoting sterile food. Thus, “organic” food enables cancers. Foods that are labeled ”organic” should be considered nutritionally useless, if not dangerous.
The advantage of organics is that the producers get 20-30% higher prices, and the organic associations get their fees. The customer gets products that have poor quality and appearance, low taste and flavor, low nutritive value, and a short shelf life – they soon turn to mush because they lack structure.
Immunity - The Endless Battle
Minerals are essential for good health and a healthy immune system which functions to combat viral, bacterial, and fungal infections, and cancers. If immune cells are deficient in minerals, they are correspondingly weak in killing microbes. The key is the renewal of immune cells with all the required minerals, and this means a constant intake of new minerals in our diet each day.
We live in an ocean of billions of microbes such as fungii, bacteria, and viruses in the air we breath, the water we drink, and food we eat. Their mission is to use our bodies as a resource for growing. They cause diseases and death. After death, microbes take over completely and we turn into dust. The only defense we have is our immune system.
Every second, a battle rages within our bodies between immune cells and microbes – millions at a time – one on one. If the microbes win, diseases, death, and total physical destruction are the result. It is estimated that the immune system kills 1,000 cancer cells a day, and we develop early cancers 10 times in our life that are eliminated naturally
The “director” of immune cells in our bloodstream is the macrophage (“big mouth”). This cell attacks, consumes, and directs the destruction of microbes and foreign invaders. Their working lives are a matter of hours and when they die they must be replaced. Materials required to make them are carbon, water, and minerals. Genes contain the building instructions. When cells die, the minerals are discarded.
Americans are the best fed, mineral starved people in the world. The health and physical conditioning of Americans is alarmingly poor and Americans are the sickest of populations in modern society, and it worsens each year. Despite our wonder drugs, steroids, sanitation standards, and general medical wizardry, the U.S. has one of the highest infection rates per capita of any society - perhaps higher than India.
Reliance on antibiotics to combat infectious disease is to live in a fool’s paradise. A 24 year study was done to evaluate the long term results of wonder drug therapy. It was learned that wonder drugs had reduced the death rate from infection caused by pneumococci and streptococci but there had been and increase in deaths due to infection from bacteria which were previously considered harmless.
The killing mechanisms inside immune cells are enzymes. Trace minerals are the key components, or the bolts of enzyme molecules. The absence or shortage of trace minerals during the production of immune cells results in a weak or useless enzyme and thus a weak or useless immune cell.
A healthy immune system is constantly being rebuilt and renewed. Immune cells such as Killer T, B, and macrophages last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. They are constantly being replaced. In the hourly renewal process of immune cells we need a constant stream of a wide range of trace minerals.
Summaries of Demonstrations of the Benefits of Full Mineral Feeding
There is a direct connection between these experiments and the value of plant foods grown by SG using 27 mineral feeding. The minerals are taken up by the plants while growing. These experiments show how animals benefit when they eat plants containing a wide range of bioavailable minerals.
A sea solid refers to a mineral mixture containing a wide range of minerals derived from the evaporation of ocean water. The following notes are referenced from Dr. Maynard Murray’s book Sea Energy Agriculture.
In 1954 we decided to conduct large field experiments with the use of sea solids as fertilizers. The experiments were conducted at Ray Heine and Sons Farms, located in Rutland Township in Illinois. The following describes soil experiments in 1954 and subsequent feeding experiments with pigs and chickens conducted in 1955. Complete sea solids in a 1,500 pounds per acre quantity were ground up and applied to an experimental plot measuring 7.5 by 91 feet in a field where the growing corn was four inches high. The results from the above experiments are as follows.
1. All vegetables grown in the experimental plot had a superior taste. The lettuce permitted four cuttings compared with the control of two cuttings.
2. Oats: experimental = 45 bushels / acre; control 38 bushels per acre
3. Corn: experimental = 88 bushels / acre; control 75 bushels per acre
4. Chickens: 306 day old New Hampshire chickens were split into 153 lots each. 153 control chicks were fed a commercial concentrate plus a feed mixture of 2 parts corn and 1 part oats grown on control plots. The 153 experimental chicks were fed the same mixture, except the corn and oats were grown in mineralized soil.
The experimental group grew heavier at a faster rate, with the average feed consumed per pound of weight gained being 1.89 lbs., compared to 3.0 lbs. for the control. Thus, less food was required to get the same weight gain. 3 control chicks died, while none of the experimental died. Worms, nervousness, leg disjointing, and variable size was evident in the controls, with none in the experimental.
5. One sow and 6 pigs raised on corn and oats grown on land fertilized with complete sea solids were unusually uniform in size, showed no tendency to “root” and were easily contained in a small fenced area. When they reached approximately 180 lbs, they were taken off this feed and given control corn and oats. They immediately began extensive rooting and, by the end of the 3rd day, they were extremely nervous and broke out of the pen on 2 occasions. On the 4th day they were put back on mineral grown feed and were calm by evening. Thereafter they were easily contained in the pen and, again, showed very little rooting tendency.
Feeding experiments were conducted at the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago using the same experimental and control group of oats and corn. Mice, rabbits, and rats used in these feeding experiments have a different physiology than humans. The results are not definite but merely indicate an interesting trend.
The control food was the same as the experimental with the exception that it was not fertilized with complete sea solids (edit: a wide range of minerals). The food consisted of one part soybeans, 2 parts oats, 4 parts corn, balanced food proteins, carbohydrates and fats for mammals.
1. C3H mice were obtained for this feeding experiment. This strain of mice has been bred so all the females develop breast cancer which causes their demise. The mice were two months of age when received and started on the feeding experiments. The life expectancy of this strain for females is no more than 9 months which includes the production of 2 to 3 litters. The experimental and control groups both consisted of 200 C3H mice and those fed on control food were all dead within 8 months, 7 days. The experimental mice that were fed food grown on the sea solids fertilized soil lived until they were sacrificed at 16 months; definitive examination revealed no cancerous tissue. The experimental group produced 10 litters compared to the usual 2 to 3 litters and none developed breast cancer.
2. Sprague Dolly rats were obtained and were divided into groups of 25 control and 25 experimental. The control rats were fed controlled food while the experimental rats received the sea solids fertilized food. Both the control and experimental groups were injected with cancer (Jensen Carcino-Sarcoma) which has been shown to be a 100% killer. All of the rats fed on the control diet died within 21 days of cancer. Nine of the rats that were fed the experimental diet died of cancer within 40 days; 16 lived 5 months until they were sacrificed; there were no cancer “takes” in 16 out of the 25 survivors that were fed experimental food (64% no cancer).
3. 112 rats were fed on experimental food for a 6 week period. Then half of the rats were sacrificed and the thymus gland was removed and implanted in the remaining 56 experimental rats (editor: the thymus gland produces killer T cells that are responsible for killing cancer cells). The experimental group contained the equivalent of a double thymus gland and the control group no thymus gland. Jensen Carcino-Sarcoma was then injected in all 56 control and 56 experimental rats with the result that all 56 control rats were dead within 23 days. Of the experimental rats, 2 apparently had a cancer “take” but it was absorbed and disappeared. 4 of the experimental rats died of cancer and the remaining 52 were sacrificed 90 days after their original cancer injection. No cancerous tissue was found in these 52 experimental rats (editor: a 92% success against cancer, showing that this wide range of minerals has a direct effect on the thymus gland to reinforce the immune system to kill cancer).
4. Twenty four rabbits were obtained. Twelve were designated experimental and fed on food grown on sea solids while the remaining 12 were labeled control and fed accordingly. All of the rabbits were fed a high cholesterol diet for 6 months which produces hardening of the arteries. The control group did develop hardening of the arteries and all had died within 10 months. The experimental group did not exhibit hardening of the arteries.
5. A breed of rats that developed disease of the eye was obtained. The 10 that were put on experimental food showed no deterioration of the eyes and bred 5 litters. Those on the control food diet all died secondarily of eye disease.
6. Hay was grown in Lennox, Massachusetts on soil fertilized with 2,200 pounds of complete sea solids. Corn and oats grown in Ohio and Illinois on soil treated with complete sea solids were also obtained and fed by a dairyman to pregnant cows. One of the problems previously experienced by the dairyman was that his newborn calves from these pure bred cattle had difficulty standing in order to nurse when they were first born. They often had to be held for their first nursing and were often not uniform in size. However, when calves were born from the cows that had been fed on food grown on complete sea solids fertilized soil, all of the calves were immediately able to stand up to nurse and were uniform in size.
7. Steers weighing 1,100 lbs. were fed experimental corn up to a total animal weight of 1,400 lbs. It was found that these animals ate 1/3 less corn than was previously required with regular corn and they appeared to be in very good condition.
8. Experimental crops were consistently more disease resistant than control crops in field tests conducted in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Florida. Animals that were fed on field crops preferred the experimental food.
9. Experimental garden vegetables and fruits were superior in taste to control crops. Onions, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples and peaches were outstanding in tast and onions could almost be eaten like apples. People who ate the garden produce said that in spite of the superior taste they did not seem to eat as much of any of the vegetables as they normally consumed. They became full or their appetite was satisfied on less food.
10. Feeding experiments involving pregnant animals fed on sea solids fertilized crops produced young that were very uniform in size and all of the offspring seemed to respond in dramatic fashion to this balanced mineral diet.