The Minerals: A Personal Story
"The next major advance in the health of the American people
will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself."
Two years ago the term 'colloidal mineral' meant nothing to
me. Since then I have come to know not only the meaning of the term but also
the importance and power of the minerals themselves. For anyone interested in
living a full, productive and joyous life, for anyone interested in achieving
optimal sustainable health, for anyone whose business it is to guide others to
the very best in nutritional/health tools, learning about the minerals, using
them and experiencing them is a must.
Much of what I have learned about colloidal minerals has
come to me from listening to Dr. Joel Wallach. Most of you are familiar with
his, now classic, lecture, "Dead Doctors Don't Lie." The Doc has a fascinating
background. He started out as a veterinarian, worked in Africa for a time and
then spent a number of years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It was at
the NIH where much of his work involved doing thousands of autopsies on humans
and zoo animals, that he made the startling discovery that nearly 99% of all
humans and animals who die of so called 'natural' causes die of nutritional
deficiency disease. Again and again he found a direct correlation between the
lack of a particular nutrient or set of nutrients in a given organ or organ
system and the ultimate failure of that organ or organ system. For example, the
heart tissue of organisms succumbing to cardio-myopathy heart disease were
consistently deficient in selenium. Brain tissue of animals who died of brain
cancer were consistently deficient in gallium. Autopsies revealing arthritis
also revealed the lack of a whole host of elements: calcium, boron, magnesium,
manganese, strontium, etc. These findings, as I say, were startling but at that
time, in the 1960's, neither the public or the medical community was much
interested in a nutrition based approach to health.
It is 1997 now. The Wallach message is finding a wider
and wider audience. People following his common sense approach are harvesting
marvelous benefits. So what is his approach in a nut shell? What is his message
and why should we pay attention to it?
Basically, Dr. Wallach believes that we can achieve optimum
sustainable health and live to our full genetic potential of 120 to 130 years
if and only if we lay down a solid nutrition foundation. There are 90 nutrients
which have been proven to be essential to human health. They cannot be
manufactured in the body and so must be taken in consistently and regularly
from outside sources. These include the essential amino acids, fatty acids,
vitamins, minor minerals, trace minerals and rare earths or micro minerals. Dr.
Wallach estimates that for every nutrient we go without for a sustained period
of time we subject ourselves, on average, to ten separate degenerative diseases.
Our bodies are vast, complex, bio-chemical organisms. We are
like walking chemistry sets. Every function we perform is accomplished through
chemical, material manipulation. Compounds are disassembled into molecules. One
element is joined to another. Every second millions of bio-chemical events
allow us to do everything from fight disease to build tissue to scratch our
head. However, for the body to function at peak, it needs a full palate to work
with, a full shelf of ingredients. Many ingredients we get from the food we
eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Yet, due to the sort of
agriculture which has been practiced the last 100 years or so, many of the
nutrients we need, particularly some of the trace elements and rare earths, are
now absent from our food.
We are creatures of this earth. We come from the soil, from
'clay' as the Bible says. Think back to chemistry class and the Periodic Table.
The elements it lists are the building blocks, the components, the ingredients
of all matter. All known matter, including our bodies, is composed of various
arrangements of various sets of elements. For our body to function the way it
was designed to function, for us to do the job of living and do it well, we
must supply it with a full range of elements. Sure, we can 'get by' without
this or that but, ultimately, we pay the price: we lose our health, our vigor,
our ability to thrive.
We need ninety nutrients every day. Plants can make amino
acids, they can make some lipids, vitamins, carbohydrates, etc. but they cannot
manufacture minerals. They must get the minerals from the soil. Unfortunately,
in most of the world, range and crop soils are sorely depleted of these very
nutrients we need. Many of the papers which came out of the ECO summit in Rio a
few years back also document this sad state of affairs.
So, if we cannot find the minerals we need in our food,
where do we turn? Do we trot down to the local health food store and load up on
tablet form minerals? If we did we would be wasting money. To do a proper job
of it the best choice is to supplement with full spectrum organically bound
There is a vast difference between the salt or metallic
based minerals one finds in a tablet form (often the label on such a product
reads: "from sea clay" or "oyster shells"), and the plant
derived, liquid, colloidal minerals. Colloidal minerals are 98% absorbable
whereas tablet for m minerals, once one hits age forty, are only 5-10%
absorbable. Our bodies are designed to recognize and use minerals as they come
to us from plants not from rocks or clay or shells.
Colloids are extremely small particles. Some are 700 times
smaller than a red blood cell. One factor which accounts for their
absorbability is that their small size gives them a huge surface to mass ratio.
Proportionally they have more surface to rub up against and be worked on by,
for example, the villa in our small intestines. A second factor which
contributes to the high bio-availability of colloids is the fact that each
particle is negatively charged. The linings of our small intestines are
positively charged. Thus there is a magnetic gradient present which locks these
nutrients in. Metallic minerals, in comparison, are positive charged and can
actually do harm once they build up to toxic levels.
Four years ago at age 42 my wife, Gwen, began exhibiting
what we later found out to be the classic symptoms of osteo arthritis. She
would wake in the morning and feel as if she had been beaten up the night
before. Every muscle and bone would hurt for a time. She began losing
flexibility and limberness in some of her joints, particularly her shoulders
and hands. Also, she would be visited by horrible bouts of fatigue. I would
come home at two or three in the afternoon and see her absolutely wiped out, sitting
on the couch. This was a stark contrast to the energetic and active person I
have always known Gwen to be. All this happened gradually, of course, over
several years. Besides arthritis Gwen also suffered from TMJ, a deteriorated
We tried everything to turn things around for Gwen but
nothing worked until we listened to the Wallach message. Gwen used his famous
"Pig Pack" with the colloidal minerals. It took about fourteen weeks
but in that time, and I bore witness to it, my wife went through a rather
magnificent transformation. Now there is bounce in her step, the color has
returned to her face, the weight has dropped off, she has complete flexibility
in her joints and no muscle pain. I had not realized how much of my wife I had
Although most people do not realize it, osteo arthritis, as
well as literally hundreds of other afflictions, is really just a consequence
of the body lacking a group of certain key elements. In many cases, once one
begins to re-supply the body with the raw materials it needs to perform, repair
can be effected.
As if breaking the shackles of degenerative arthritis were
not enough, the minerals did even more for Gwen. When we learned about the
minerals she was under the care of a local dentist for her TMJ problem. He had
her wearing a plastic splint in her mouth 24 hours a day. At one point he told
her that to correct the problem for good she would need surgery followed by
years of braces. We went to Dr. Wallach. He said that to gain the maximum in
bone regrowth and cartilage replacement she needed to stick with the formula
for a full twelve months. This she did. To make a long story short, she avoided
both surgery and braces. Now she does not even wear the splint.
Although we think of America as a nation of plenty, due to
the condition of our soils most of us are actually starving and dying, slowly,
of malnutrition. We simply are not getting the 90 essential nutrients per day
our bodies require. Imagine how much more productive, how much more vigorous a society
we would have were everyone to begin supplementing with colloidal minerals!
Imagine the savings we would realize on health care in this country! Imagine
the reduction in pain and suffering!
Please use these minerals. Find out what they can do for you.
Then tell your friends and neighbors about them. It will be the greatest gift
you can give them.
~ Stu Hunt (1997)