Excerpt from a Land Mineral / Nutrition Report:
A Demonstration of how our farmlands have been depleted of minerals. These are verbatim unabridged extracts from the 74th Congress 2nd Session -- Senate Document No. 264, (please note the date at the end).
"Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume."
"Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance?"
"The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now being raised on
millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving
us - no matter how much of them we eat. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect health because his stomach isn't big enough to hold them."
"The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren't worth
eating as food...Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals
we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise
proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume."
"This talk about minerals is novel and quite startling. In fact, a realization of the
importance of minerals in food is so new that the text books on nutritional dietetics
contain very little about it. Nevertheless, it is something that concerns all of us, and
the further we delve into it the more startling it becomes."
"You'd think, wouldn't you, that a carrot is a carrot - that one is about as good as
another as far as nourishment is concerned? But it isn't; one carrot may look and taste
like another and yet be lacking in the particular mineral element which our system
requires and which carrots are supposed to contain."
"Laboratory test prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even
the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago (which
doubtless explains why our forefathers thrived on a selection of foods that would
"No man today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his stomach with the
mineral salts he requires for perfect health, because his stomach isn't big enough to
hold them! And we are turning into big stomachs."
"No longer does a balanced and fully nourishing diet consist merely of so many
calories or certain vitamins or fixed proportion of starches, proteins and carbohydrates. We know that our diets must contain in addition something like a score of minerals salts."
"It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99% of the American people
are deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency in any one of the more
important minerals actually results in disease. Any upset of the balance, any
considerable lack or one or another element, however microscopic the body
requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, shorten our lives."
"We know that vitamins are complex chemical substances which are indispensable to
nutrition, and that each of them is of importance for normal function of some special
structure in the body. Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency. It is
not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body's appropriation of
minerals, and in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking
vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless."
"Certainly our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories of vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein of carbohydrates we consume."
"This discovery is one of the latest and most important contributions of science to the problem of human health."
-- Senate Document No. 264, 1936!
ARE OUR COMMERCIAL FARMERS REPLACING (ANY OF) THE DEPLETED MINERALS?
Commercial fertilizer came on the market about 1900. Did this solve the problem? Hardly, it created more.
Next time you go to your garden center, look closely at the ingredients in the fertilizer. Nitrogen, Phosphorus & Potassium (NPK) . That's it.....no more.
WHY? No matter what kind of plant- whether potatoes, okra, corn, wheat,
eggplant, carrots or broccoli, NPK fertilizer is all that is needed to get the
maximum yield per acre. That's the minimal nutrition plants need..
So that's all the farmer gives them. But don't blame him....if he put a lot of other
minerals in the soil , his wheat would cost an extra 25 cents per bushel...and
nobody would buy it. He'd be out of business.
Let's see...it takes 3 - 5 years to exhaust the soil. We started fertilizing about
1900, so we've been putting NPK into the soil for 96 years-which means that for
90+ years, the soil has been exhausted except for what the plants minimally need.
"THE MYTH OF THE BALANCED DIET"
Even if you are eating healthy, balanced foods, and taking vitamins daily, your
body is still almost certainly lacking vital nutrients, starving for missing nutrition.
YOU SAY YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT?
Recent research indicates that most people in the US have at least one hidden
deficiency of a major mineral such as calcium or magnesium. Deficiencies in your
intake of food, water, and even oxygen can be hard to spot. But over time, they
can lead to degenerative diseases, and then death.
MINERALS BEFORE VITAMINS?
YES! Lacking vitamins, the body can use minerals. But without minerals, vitamins
are worthless. You may think you're getting your minerals in a "balanced diet" .
But chances are, if you're not supplementing your diet with absorbable minerals,
you're one of the 95% of americans lacking in at least one major mineral, and a
host of trace minerals. Back in 1936 - 60 years ago - US Senate Document 264
lamented the lack of mineral nutrition in our food. It's 60 years worse now. HOW DID WE GET INTO THIS PREDICAMENT?
The fact is that animals and human beings require about 90 nutrients - between
45 & 60 minerals, 3 essential fatty acids. And for 90 + years, only three have
been put back into the soil.
We know that plants can make amino acids. They can make most vitamins, and they
can make varying amounts of essential fatty acids.
BUT NOTHING CAN MAKE A MINERAL !!!!!
Does this begin to concern you a little bit? It did concern me when I realized it.
We NEED those minerals. Plants can't make them, so where do they come from?
WHAT THE VITAMIN CROWD NEVER TELLS YOU ABOUT THEIR SUPPLEMENTS
When you are taking a vitamin-mineral tablet, you are taking what is called
"METALLIC MINERALS" You only absorb 8-12% of these metallic minerals, the
rest passes through you. If you talk to Urologists, who x-rays patients, they will
tell you what they sometimes see lined up in the small intestines: WHOLE
VITAMIN & MINERAL TABLETS, like little boxcars, taking a long ride through
Before you can use even the normal 8-12% of a metallic mineral, the WHOLE
mineral must be broken down by your body. That's asking a lot of a body unless
it's already in top shape.
The health food industry had a problem in the late 70's, they developed
"chelated" minerals: wrapping amino acids or protein around the minerals helps
the body metabolize them. This results in slightly over 50% absorption at best.
Keep in mind....metallic minerals (also known as elemental minerals or salts) come
from oyster shell, calcium carbonate, limestone, clay, sea salts. Supposedly, too
much of some of these elements can have toxic effects on your body. Human
beings are not able to efficiently absorb them or to use them. Certain animals
are, but we are not. Nevertheless, that's where the minerals in most mineral tablets come from.
HOW OUR ANCESTORS DIED:
In the early 1800's Americans began to cross the Great Plains. What you don't
know is that they never just settled in one place. Every 3-5 years, they had to
pick up and move. They would start a little farm in Kansas or Nebraska, with a
milk cow, a couple of pigs, some sheep and a few kids. After three to five years,
one of the kids would die. Dad would get consumption. The cow would dry up . The
tomato plants would not't grow more than a foot, and would not't make tomatoes.
So they were about to starve; and if they made it through the winter, they would
throw all their belongings in a wagon, and move a hundred miles west. There they
would set up again. In three to five more years, another child would die, and Ma
would get consumption in winter. Tomato plants would not't grow higher than a
foot, and would not't make tomatoes. The cow would dry up. If they survived the
winter, they'd throw everything in the wagon, and they would move west again.
EVIL SPIRITS IN OUR TOMATOES?
No worse! The soil was being depleted. Crops took minerals out of the soil;
nothing put them back in. The only way to beat the cycle was to own a piece of
bottom land . Wealthy farmers owned the bottom land. When it flooded, they
would get new topsoil, silt and nutrition from hundred of miles upstream. If you
were lucky enough to have a piece of bottom land, you did not't have to move. The
fertilizer would come to you. The Egyptians realized this 5000 years ago and
worshiper the Nile river for its yearly life giving floods.
But if you were out on the prairie with no river, every 3 - 5 years you would have
to move. Otherwise, your whole family would starve to death, for there would be
nothing left in the soil.
So by this process.....repeated tens of thousands of times over the last 200
years.....the settlers were actually strip-mining the nutrients from the soils. And
if there are no nutrients in the soil, there is no way your tomatoes or carrots or
apples or potatoes can have nutrients in them.
-- Dr. Joel Wallach
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