It has been known since the 1930's that our farm and garden soils have been depleted of most of the nutrients necessary to produce healthy foods.
Most of the blame lies with artificial chemical fertilizers that contain only nitrogen, phosphorus, and potash. (N-P-P) We now know that plants absorb 70 to 80 different minerals from the soil, while the number returned to it by plants grown with commercial fertilizers can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Every crop that is cut or animal that is sent to market marks a further depletion in the mineral status of the soil on which it was raised. Then we add herbicides and pesticides which further complicate things. Organic wastes that in former times would have been composted and returned to the land are today mostly sent to landfill sites or incineration.
Two time Nobel Prize winner, Dr Linus Pauling once said, “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency”.Enter a new era of organic gardening and diet supplementation. Organic farming/gardening puts back some of the lost nutrients in the soil. Diet supplementation is still necessary. Try to set up a diet for yourself from product labels and daily nutrient recommendations. You can't eat that much!!!
Reprint from Readers Digest 1936
1936 Report on Mineral Depletion
In 1936, the US Senate was presented with the results of ascientific study it had commissioned on minerals in our food bya Mr. Fletcher. The nutritional pioneers and geniuses ofnutrition in this era demonstrated that countless human illsstem from the fact that impoverished soil in America no longerprovided plant foods with the mineral elements essential tohuman nourishment and health! What follows are pertinentexcerpts from this report.
Senate Document 26474th Congress, 2nd Session 1936Excerpts pertaining to Soil Mineral Depletion
"Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certaindangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until thedepleted soils from which our foods come are brought into propermineral balance?"
"The alarming fact is that foods - fruits, vegetables and grains- now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longercontains enough of certain minerals, are starving us - no matterhow much we eat of them!"
"This talk of minerals is novel and quite startling. In fact, arealization of the importance of minerals in food is so new thatthe textbooks on nutritional dietetics contain very little aboutit. Nevertheless it is something that concerns all of us, andthe further we delve into it the more startling it becomes."
"Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, vegetables, grains,eggs and even the milk and meats of today are not what they werea few generations ago. No man of today can eat enough fruits andvegetables to supply his system with the mineral salts herequires for perfect health...."
"No longer does a balanced and fully nourishing diet consistmerely of so many calories or certain vitamins or a fixedproportion of starches, proteins, and carbohydrates. We now knowthat it must contain, in addition, something like a score oftrace mineral salts."
"It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99percent of the American people are deficient in these minerals,and that a marked deficiency in any one of the more importantminerals actually results in disease. Any upset of the balance,any considerable lack of one or another element, howevermicroscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer,and shorten our lives."
"This discovery is one of the latest and most importantcontributions of science to the problem of human health."
"Dr. Northern asked himself how foods can be used intelligentlyin the treatment of disease, when they differed so widely incontent. The answer seemed to be that they could not be usedintelligently. In establishing the fact that seriousdeficiencies existed and in searching out the reasons therefor,he made an extensive study of the soil. It was he who firstvoiced the surprising fact that we must make soil building thebasis of food building in order to accomplish human building.Bear in mind, says Dr. Northern, that minerals are vital tohuman metabolism and health - and that no plant or animal canappropriate to itself any mineral which is not present in thesoil upon which it feeds."
"We know that vitamins are complex chemical substances which areindispensable to nutrition, and that each of them is importantfor the normal function of some special structure of the body.Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency. It isnot commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body'sappropriation of minerals, and that in the absence of mineralsthey have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the systemcan make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitaminsare useless."
"Certainly our physical well being is more directly dependentupon the minerals we take into our system than upon calories orvitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein orcarbohydrates we consume."
"So it goes. Each mineral element playing a definite role innutrition. A characteristic set of symptoms, just as specific asany vitamin deficiency disease, follows a deficiency in any oneof them. It is alarming, therefore, to face the fact that we arestarving for these precious health-giving substances."
"The minerals in fruit and vegetables are colloidal; i.e., theyare in a state of such extremely fine suspension that they canbe assimilated by the human system. Therein lies the short cutto better health and longer life."
"Sick soils mean sick plants, sick animals, and sick people.Physical, mental and moral fitness depends largely upon an amplesupply and a proper proportion of minerals in our foods. Nervefunction, nerve stability and nerve cell-building likewisedepend upon trace minerals."
"Our soils which are seriously deficient in trace minerals,cannot produce plant life competent to maintain our needs, andwith the continuous cropping and shipping away of those traceminerals and concentrates, the condition becomes worse".
"One sure way to end the American people's susceptibility toinfection is to supply through food, a balanced ration of traceminerals. An organism supplied with a diet adequate to, orpreferably in excess of, all mineral requirements may so utilizethese elements as to produce immunity from infection quitebeyond anything we are able to produce artificially by ourpresent method of immunization. You can't make up the deficiencyby using a patent medicine or drug."
"Prevention of disease is easier, more practical, and moreeconomical than cure. Disease preys most surely and mostviciously on the undernourished and unfit plants, animals andhuman beings alike, and when the importance of these obscuremineral elements is fully realized, the chemistry of life willhave to be rewritten. No man knows his mental or bodilycapacity, how well he can feel or how long he can live, for weare all cripples and weaklings."
"It is a disgrace to science. Happily, that chemistry is beingrewritten and we are on our way to better health by returning toour bodies the things (trace minerals) we have stolen from it."
Editor's Note: No longer are our crops rotated, soilsre-mineralized and flooded with life-giving rain and floodswhich bring forth the minerals, starting the chain of life.Now-a-days, crops are grown season after season on the samesoil, polluting our natural resources with excess phosphorus andnitrites from useless fertilizer and the farmer tries to get asmuch use from that same soil to maximize his profits. Dams arebuilt and canals, locks and pump stations are manufactured allin the name of progress, flood control and big government, whenin actuality, they all promote the loss of the re-mineralizationof the very life-giving substances we consume in the quest forlife itself....
Reprint from READER'S DIGEST - March 1936
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