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 starve us!)"

"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!



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.



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.



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.



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.


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?



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 the intestines. 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.



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.



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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