Foundation of health
Health is simple to understand, to enjoy, and to maintain. It is the sickness
that makes everything complicated and confusing. Good health begins in the soil.
The soil that is rich in minerals and life. So why is it that there is so much
The bad news is
that in America today the food is bad. It grows on poor soil depleted from vital
minerals. It is further downgraded by the food processing industry with
practices that should have been outlawed a long time ago.
It seems that these
days everybody is on some sort of a diet. Health problems are common and
nutritionists tell people to watch calories, cholesterol, proteins,
carbohydrates, fats and who knows what else. We all live uncertain whether
cancer or heart disease is not going to strike us tomorrow. We would like to get
a clear picture of the relation between what we eat and how healthy we are but
what we are getting from our scientists is far from being simple or clear. We
would be getting much better advice if, instead of checking the cholesterol,
calories, or fat content of the food, scientists started comparing the mineral
content of it. Unfortunately, nobody does this any more and the reason for that
is, in our opinion, that science no longer serves the public. Science serves
those who fund it by providing money for research. It works well in the
technology sector where technical progress serves both the corporations who fund
research and consumers who benefit from its discoveries. This approach doesn't
work at all in medicine where public interest and corporate interest are
diametrically opposed. The public wants to be healthy, but corporations make a
profit only on sick people. It doesn't work in the farming industry either
because food that is cheap to produce means bigger profits for farmers while
causing numerous health problems for consumers. Neither does it work in the food
industry because most of the practices designed to prolong shelf life and reduce
losses in transport deprive the food of their mineral and nutritional content.
The table below
provides more accurate evaluation of American food than any document published
in FDA history. Copied from The Healing Power of Minerals, Paul Bergner.
Table 1. Average mineral content in selected vegetables, 1914-1997.
Sums of averages of calcium, magnesium, and iron in cabbage, lettuce,
tomatoes, and spinach. (Sources: Lindlahr, 1914; Hamaker, 1948;
and U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1963 and 1997)
Is the decreasing
level of minerals in the food we grow a reason for concern? Below is a quote
from Henry A. Schroeder, M.D., The Trace Elements and Man. that answers
When we compared the concentration of chromium in the tissues of Americans
and foreigners at all ages, we found high levels in stillborn, newborn infants and children
up to ten years of age, which declined precipitously in the next two decades.
Chromium, present in all young bodies, was not detected in 15-23 percent of American
tissues from people over 50, but was found in almost every foreign one (98.5%). Estimates
based on organ weights indicated that Africans had twice, Near Easterners 4.4 times and
Orientals five times as much chromium in their bodies as did Americans. While we cannot
prove that those persons deficient in tissue chromium had severe atherosclerosis, we found
that chromium in the aorta was not detected (too low to be found) in almost every person
dying of coronary artery disease, one manifestation of atherosclerosis, and was present
in almost every aorta of persons dying accidentally. |
Henry A. Schroeder, M.D.,
Trace Elements and Man.
Chapter VI, Chromium Deficiency and Atherosclerosis.
Like if our poor farming practices were not enough let us see what the food industry
does to the food we eat and, consequently, to our health. Here is another quote
from Dr. Schroeder.
The refining of wheat to patent flour (72% of the wheat) produces a white product with 20 percent
of the magnesium, 13 percent of the chromium, 12 percent of manganese, 50 percent of the cobalt,
37 percent of the copper and 21-31 percent of the zinc in the whole grain. [...]|
Polishing rice results in a white product with 17 percent of the magnesium, 25 percent of the chromium,
73 percent of the manganese, 62 percent of the cobalt, 75 percent of the copper and 25 percent of the zinc
in the whole grain.
Refining of sugar produces a white product with 1 percent of the magnesium, 7 percent of the chromium
and 12 percent of the cobalt in raw sugar. Magnesium and chromium are needed to metabolize sugar.
Henry A. Schroeder, M.D.,
Trace Elements and Man
Chapter X, Balancing Your Diet to Correct Partitioning of Foods.
Still not convinced
about the importance of adequate mineral uptake to our health? What about the
demise of the Mayan civilization? They most likely perished of malnutrition
after depleting their soil from minerals with corn on which they relied and
depended. What about the civilizations that flourished for millennia because
they were fortunate to live along rivers replenishing their fields with minerals
every season? What about the long living and healthy Hunza people whose health
secrets are to be found in their soil and water which are constantly replenished
with minerals by rock erosion and glacier activity? What about endemic diseases
studied some time ago when science was still on the right track as far as
mineral and health connection is concerned? There is no shortage of evidence how
the mineral content of soil affects, for good or bad, the health of the local
population. It is maybe a little unfortunate that today we all eat food from
geographically different sources so the connection between the soil and human's
health is obscured, but we are not immune from the problems of mineral
deficiencies just because we eat food grown in Iowa, California, and Florida.
Here is the
movement with a very optimistic message. As far as our health is concerned it is
the most significant movement, in our opinion, of the past 50 years. It tells us
Remineralize the Earth.
and mineral depletion of our soil and food are not the only changes in our
environment that are detrimental to our health. Japanese scientists focused
their efforts on studying the acidic-alkaline balance in our bodies, how it is
disrupted by the modern lifestyle, and how technology can help in restoring the
balance. The answer is ionized water endorsed and recommended by the Japanese
Ministry of Health and recognized and approved in many Asian countries. We
recommend the book by Sang Y. Whang,
Reverse Aging which explains how this technology works and what
health benefits it offers.
Here are few places
on the internet where you can buy the Jupiter water ionizer.
Food processing is
another area where the modern lifestyle brings new dangers. If you are concerned
about your health then relying on a micro oven for convenience is a bad idea. Do
yourself a favor and buy an
infrared oven. It offers the most "nutrient" friendly way of cooking your
food. Built with the technology advanced in the U.S. (NASA) but developed into a
health serving technology in Japan. More about advantages of infrared cooking
and health related applications of the infrared technology in the Whang's book,
Quit smoking. Eliminate simple sugars. Forget soft drinks. Drink water and tea
instead. Even coffee is better. Fruit juices are not as healthy as their
producers would like you to believe either mainly because of the added sugar.
Stay away from processed food. Avoid white bread and polished rice. If you eat
spaghetti try to choose a European brand (like Barilla) over a domestic one
since European flour is richer in minerals. Whenever it meets your budget
requirements choose organic products over those produced with industrial methods
since organic foods have better mineral content.
In your free time
read two books.
Paul Bergner will give you more specific and detailed advice on healthy
Wendell Berry will open your eyes with explanation why farming and
industrial methods don't match so you will understand better all the warnings
about the food produced by our food industry.
Be an educated
health consumer. Do your research on alternative cures and therapies. Herb
supplements are usually well researched but you are on your own when it comes to
finding good sources of information. It is not likely that you will get reliable
advice from your doctor. But don't put blind faith in the first salesman that
comes across offering you "the natural" stuff, either.
- Dr. Henry A. Schroeder, The Trace Elements and Man
- Paul Bergner, The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements
- Wendell Berry, Home Economics
- Linus Pauling, How to Live Longer and Feel Better
- Sang Y. Whang, Reverse Aging