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Senate Document No. 264, 1936.

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These are Verbatim Unabridged extracts from the 74th Congress 2nd Session:

Colloidal Minerals

Minerals, even if they are metallic, are of significant value to balance and metabolize our bodily functions. However, you could not live on soil or rock because it is not alive or enzymatically active like plant derived colloidal minerals from raw plants. Colloidal plant minerals, which have not been destroyed by heat or altered by man-made chemicals are, from a medical standpoint, enzymatically active or living minerals.

Most of us have been hearing about vitamins since we were children. And even today we hear authoritative sources say, "Be sure to take your vitamins!" But, did you that know all the vitamins in the world do us little good without minerals? A vitamin can be broken down into its basic elements which are carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Basically, vitamins are a group of chemically unrelated organic nutrients that are essential in small quantities for normal metabolism, growth and physical well being. Vitamins must be obtained through diet since they are either not synthesized in our bodies or are synthesized in inadequate amounts.

There is a harmony between vitamins and minerals and even though vitamins are nearly ineffective without minerals, they both are necessary.

Minerals are quite different from vitamins in their structure and the work they do, but the two enjoy an excellent working relationship. According to Rodale's Complete Book of Minerals for Health, minerals create a healthy environment in which the body, using vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats, can grow, function and heal itself.

Recently, we've begun to hear a lot about enzymes and anti-oxidants and their importance. Enzymes are extremely important for our metabolic functions, but enzymes are vitamins, so again they do us little good without minerals. Conversely, some vitamins are helpmates to minerals. Some minerals are eager workers, but to perform best they need a vitamin or two to stir them into action. As an example, vitamin C can triple iron absorption. Calcium absorption is impossible without vitamin D.

Major Minerals Versus Colloidal Trace Minerals

The United States  government and the scientific community have grouped minerals into two categories. Those that are considered to be required in our diets in amounts greater than 100 milligrams per day are called major minerals.

Those that are considered to be required in our diets in amounts of less than 100 milligrams per day are called trace minerals.

There are seven major minerals:

Calciummagnesium potassiumphosphorus
sulfur sodium chlorine 

Our bodies should contain significant amounts of each! Trace minerals, on the other hand, are present in the body in minute amounts. It is thought that each makes up less than one-hundredth of one percent of our body weight.

Metallic vs Plant Based Minerals

The human body is not designed to absorb or assimilate and use metallic minerals. The health food industry recognized the metallic mineral absorption problem in the mid 70s. Chelated minerals were developed in the laboratory. This process involved wrapping amino acids or protein around metallic minerals to help the body metabolize them. This did help the problem by providing slightly more than 50% absorption.

We all know about toxic metals (toxic minerals) and most people have been led to believe the so-called toxic minerals are bad regardless of their source. Let's take aluminum as an example. Aluminum, as found in the earth is a metallic mineral. It has always bothered usto learn that so many of our supposed leaders, intellectuals, doctors and nutritionists know so little about the element. It has been criticized beyond belief. Granted, metallic aluminum, like that which can be dissolved or leached from aluminum pans or utensils may be extremely harmful and we truly believe it is. But what about aluminum from food? In the first place, all aluminum which comes from food is colloidal (preassimilated by the plant) and it is naturally tied to oxygen or silica. This makes it aluminum hydroxide or aluminum silica. Both are known to be very beneficial and both are used extensively as food additives throughout the world.

Minerals and taste

We all know 8 minerals are sufficient to raise large, red, juicy tomatoes, but many times if you were blindfolded while eating, you would have trouble identifying the tomatoes due to a lack of taste. The lack of taste is due to a lack of minerals which causes a lack of Brix. Soil depletion is the only reason today's plants contain no more than 16 to 20 minerals, on average, compared to at least 77 minerals millions of years ago.

Mineral Requirements in Animals and Humans

Millions of years ago the soil near the earth's surface, where our plants are grown, was saturated with dozens of minerals. At least 84 minerals were available nearly everywhere and some areas of the planet did contain 100 minerals. The plants of prehistoric times were rich in minerals because there was an abundant supply for them to feed upon from the soil.

When a plant grows it draws available minerals from the soil. We now know the mineral content of plants has been severely altered throughout the last several million years and drastically altered during the last 100 years. When man began to till the soil, wind and rain erosion began to take its toll along with continuous cropping which gradually caused the soils to lack minerals.

According to research in the animal husbandry field and The National Science Foundation, animals require at least:

45 minerals
12 essential amino acids
16 vitamins
3 essential fatty acids.

According to Gary Price Todd, M.D., the human body requires at least 60 minerals for optimal health and basically the same other essentials as animals. But, only 8 minerals are available in any kind of quantity in most of the food we eat today. We know plants can make vitamins, amino acids and varying amounts of fatty acids, if they are healthy from being grown in soils containing abundant minerals. If the soil lacks minerals, the plant is stunted because a plant can not make minerals.

Earth Summit Statistics and Senate Document 264

1992 Earth Summit Statistics

U.S. Senate Document #264 (issued in 1936) and the 1992 Earth Summit Report* indicate that the mineral content of the world's farm and range land soil has decreased dramatically.

Percentage of Mineral Depletion From Soil During The Past 100 Years, By Continent:

North America85% **
South America76%

*You may remember the 1992 Earth Summit by the fact that President Bush wouldn't sign any of the treaties.

**Some US farms are 100% depleted and some are 60% depleted, the average is 85% depletion as compared to 100 years ago. This is worse than in any other country in the world because of the extended use of fertilizers and "maximum yield" mass farming methods.

Excerpts from Senate Document 264

In 1936 the United States Senate issued Document 264 relating to proper food mineral balances presented by Mr. Fletcher. The pioneers of this era and the genius in the field of nutrition demonstrated that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil in America no longer provides plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health! The pertinent excerpts from this document are published here for your review:

"Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come from 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 contains enough of certain minerals, are starving us - no matter how much of them we eat!"

"This talk of minerals is novel and quite startling. In fact, a realization of the importance of minerals in food is so new that the textbooks 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".





"Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs and even the milk and meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health..."

"No longer does a balanced and fully nourishing diet consist merely of so many calories or certain vitamins or a fixed proportion of starches, proteins, and carbohydrates. We now know that it must contain, in addition, something like a score of trace mineral salts".

"It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99 percent 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 of one or another element, however microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, shorten our lives".

"This discovery is one of the latest and most important contributions of science to the problem of human health".

"Dr. Northern asked himself how foods can be used intelligently in the treatment of disease, when they differed so widely in content. The answer seemed to be that they could not be used intelligently. In establishing the fact that serious deficiencies existed and in searching out the reasons therefore, he made an extensive study of the soil. It was he who first voiced the surprising fact that we must make soil building the basis of food building in order to accomplish human building. Bear in mind, says Dr. Northern, that minerals are vital to human metabolism and health-and that no plant or animal can appropriate to itself any mineral which is not present in the soil upon which it feeds."

"We know that vitamins are complex chemical substances which are indispensable to nutrition, and that each of them is important for the normal function of some special structure of 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 that 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 in to our system than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume."

"So it goes, each mineral element playing a definite role in nutrition. A characteristic set of symptoms, just as specific as any vitamin deficiency disease, follows a deficiency in any one of them. It is alarming, therefore, to face the fact that we are starving for these precious health-giving substances."

"The minerals in fruit and vegetables are colloidal; i.e., they are in a state of such extremely fine suspension that they can be assimilated by the human system. Therein lies the short cut to better health and longer life."

"Sick soils mean sick plants, sick animals, and sick people. Physical, mental and moral fitness depends largely upon an ample supply and a proper proportion of minerals in our foods. Nerve function, nerve stability and nerve cell-building likewise depend upon trace minerals."

"Our soils which are seriously deficient in trace minerals, cannot produce plant life competent to maintain our needs, and with the continuous cropping and shipping away of those trace minerals and concentrates, the condition becomes worse".

"One sure way to end the American people's susceptibility to infection is to supply through food, a balanced ration of trace minerals. An organism supplied with a diet adequate to, or preferably in excess of, all mineral requirements may so utilize these elements as to produce immunity from infection quite beyond anything we are able to produce artificially by our present method of immunization. You can't make up the deficiency by using a patent medicine or drug."

"Prevention of disease is easier, more practical, and more economical than cure. Disease preys most surely and most viciously on the undernourished and unfit plants, animals and human beings alike, and when the importance of these obscure mineral elements is fully realized, the chemistry of life will have to be rewritten. No man knows his mental or bodily capacity, how well he can feel or how long he can live, for we are all cripples and weaklings."

"It is a disgrace to science. Happily, that chemistry is being rewritten and we are on our way to better health by returning to our bodies the things (trace minerals) we have stolen from it."

(Editors Note:) No longer are our crops rotated, soils re-mineralized and flooded with life giving rain and floods which brings forth the minerals, starting the chain of life. Now-a-days, crops are grown season after season on the same soil, polluting our natural resources with excess phosphorus and nitrites from useless fertilizer and the farmer tries to get as much use from that same soil to maximize his profits. Damps are built and canals, locks and pump stations are manufactured all in the name of progress, flood control and big government, when in actuality, they all promote the loss of the re-mineralization of the very life giving substances we consume in the quest for life itself...


(Reprint from READER'S DIGEST - March 1936)

Plant minerals like those obtained from tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, oranges, etc., are different from metallic minerals. Their size and molecular weight is much smaller than that of metallic minerals. In most cases the plant minerals are attached to a different molecule, even though they possess the same name. (We predict that the scientific industry will change the name of plant minerals in the future. This might occur after they eventually realize plant minerals are no longer metal elements.) Please review the logarithm scale above. This was obtained from Dr. Ranville of the Colorado School of Mines.

Basically, the scale reveals that clay, silt and hydrophobic metallic minerals, on average, are considerably larger than hydrophilic acids or hydrophilic plant minerals. The figures at the top from left to right are measurements in microns. As an example, 10 in the power of -4 is 100 times smaller than 10 in the power of-3, and 10 in the power of -9 is 100 times smaller than 10 in the power of -8 etc. The exponents of 10 clearly indicate that bacteria, viruses, clay, and humic metalomplexes are considerably larger than hydrophilic complexes such as hydrophilic plant derived minerals. Pure plant minerals can be pumped through a pharmaceutical grade: .05 micron absolute filter. Most metallic minerals will not pass through this small membrane. Only water passes through. Note: A water molecule is only slightly smaller than hydrophilic complexes. The small size and water solubility is one of the reasons so many nutritionists believe plant minerals are much easier to assimilate or absorb than metallic minerals. The bottom portion of the scale relates to the weight of the particle which is measured in atomic mass units or AMUs or Daltons. A Dalton is a measurement of molecules and atoms. When reviewing the scale, it is easy to see that the molecular weight of hydrophilics is considerably less than metallic complexes. In short, this clearly indicates there is a great difference in, generally known, "colloidal minerals" and "plant derived minerals".

Each company in the mineral business has the responsibility to provide you, the customer, with substantiated tests from certified laboratories, on the laboratory's letterhead, bearing the signature of a certified chemist. You must ask for it. It may even be advisable to verify that the test is authentic. At best, do not settle for an analysis which comes to you on the sales companies' letterhead. Material obtained from Mr. Elmer G. Heinrich.

A list of Minerals important to a healthy life.

Carbon, Beryllium, Sodium, Aluminum, Phosphorus, Chloride, Calcium, Titanium, Chromium, Iron, Nickel, Zinc, Germanium,

Selenium, Rubidium, Yttrium, Niobium, Erbium, Ytterbium, Hafnium, Lithium, Boron, Magnesium, Silicon, Sulfur, Potassium,

Scandium, Vanadium, Manganese, Cobalt, Copper, Gallium, Arsenic, Bromine, Ruthenium, Ralladium, Cadmium, Tin,

Tellurium, Cesium, Lanthanum, Praseodymium, Samarium, Gadolinium, Dysprosium, Fluoride, Terbium, Holmium, Thulim

Lutetium, Tantalum, Tungsten, Osmium, Platinum, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Strontium, Zirconium, Molybdenum,

Rhodium, Silver, Indium, Antimony, Iodine, Barium, Cerium, Neodymium, Europium, Mercury, Lead, Thorium, Thenium,

Iridium, Gold, Thallium, Bismuth.

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