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Elmer Heinrich in his book, “The Root of All Disease”, includes the following paragraph: Sulfur may be one of the most important minerals for humans. It is a non-metallic mineral, widely distributed in nature. It is an important structural atom in many proteins and small organic molecules. Sulfur is involved in the quality and maintenance of many types of tissues and structures within the body including hair, fingernails and skin. It combines with nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen to build protein a main ingredient of muscles, skin and organs. It has been called the beauty mineral because it enhances those body externals. Sulfur also plays an important role in the production of insulin. Diabetics should consume a goodly amount of sulphur. We know of many diabetics who have virtually eliminated the disorder after consuming a mineral compostion containing large amounts of sulphur for 6 to 12 months. Sulphur has also been used with favourable results in treating arthritis because it is an integral part of the amino acid, cystine. It aids in healing surface wounds and skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema. I’m convinced none of us get enough sulphur and I believe the RDA should be increased by at least 30 times. Look for foods and minerals that contain high levels of sulphur”.

Other references also indicate the above benefits of sulphur and add such things as balancing oxygen levels, promoting bile secretion and balancing the ph level of the body.

Sulphur can be obtained from our foods if the soils they are grown in contain adequate sulphur levels but this is rarely the case.

What’s Not Right?

As a small child I read a book called “Madeleine” by Ludwig Bemelmans. It was not a book that made sense to me at all but one line has haunted my mind ever since:  “Something is not right” said Miss Klavel in the middle of the night.” It could be the catch cry for our times. Nothing is as it seems yet nothing is easily identified as wrong. Food and especially minerals are a prime example.

Plants and animals have the ability to create vitamins, enzymes, amino acids which we need but they can not create minerals. This may not seem important until you know two things. 1) We need at least 75 minerals such as calcium, magnesium, boron etc every day for our bodies to work properly. 2) Our only source of minerals is the soil our food is grown on BUT all our agricultural land has been sucked dry of many of the minerals it once had. Minerals are deposited across the earths’ surface in a random manner so not all minerals are in all soils Modern agricultural practices apply fertiliser to depleted soils which create further problems and at best return only a few minerals back into the system. Our bodies are designed to take in minerals that have been mined by plants from the soil and converted by photosynthesis into a form we can digest. If the minerals are not in the soil they will not be in our food. Every mineral is foundational for a number of functions in our body so the lack of any mineral can potentially result in the development of many ailments.

http://www.healthyactive.gov.au/internet/healthyactive/publishing.nsf/Content/vitamins-minerals a section of the Australian Govt website for Health and Ageing shows a table listing just 14 of the 75 minerals we need and the consequences of not having sufficient of them. It also lists food sources of those minerals. (It doesn’t address the issue of soil depletion and so is misleading in some aspects). For copy right reasons I can’t replicate the table but the site is worth visiting.

As we each have to take responsibility for our own well being it is important to access as much information as possible about soil health and our own health. A vast amount of information is available through books, CD’s, DVD’s and the internet. Find people who have walked this path before you and learn from their experiences.

Begin your search by reading Elmer Heinrichs, “The Untold Truth”, Kurt Donsbach, “Vitamins and Minerals”, visit the link above and then roam widely across the internet. Study closely with the eye of a skeptic and the heart of an optimist.

Truth does exist and you will find it if you seek diligently. .  .

I just looked up a list of ailments that can arise from a magnesium deficiency.They are enough in themselves to give you a sleepless night!

Anxiety, confusion, depression, hyperactivity, muscle pain, muscle weakness or tremors, SIDS, seizures and palpitations and that is not just for our animal friends but us too AND it is only a part of the list I found.

Makes me very sure to find  a better way to get my magnesium than epsom salts as they taste bad enough to bring on the above list of symptoms themselves.

Another result which is quite worrying is “growing pains” in children so often shrugged of by parents and Dr’s as normal.

No growing pains here...just cheekiness

"I wasn't really going in"!

 

Having just been talking about honey and allergies look what arrived in my email box tonight! Very interesting article thanks to Dr Mercola

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/27/can-eating-local-honey-cure-allergies.aspx

Enjoy the reading and the honey mmmmm!

Wonga drinking

"but much needed milk anyhow "!

The question of  calcium sources seems to be a vexed one. Many authorities claim dairy products are the most valuble source of calcium available to us yet just as many claim they are completely inadequate. My personal biase is to raw dairy products carefully gathered and prepared from my own quiet Jersey cow but that is a memory from the past and no longer possible. My favourite alternative at the moment is homemade almond milk or should I say almond crunch.

I love crunching up almonds in my food processor, adding water, organic cocoa powder, honey or rapadura sugar and blending till I get tired of the waiting. Some goes into the fridge for later but a good portion goes straight into a glass to be enjoyed with a spoon in hand. ( I don’t sieve the milk as I would rather eat the crunchy bits as I go. Shadows of eating milo of the side of a glass as  a child!)

Somewhere I have read  that honey aids the absorption of calcium so that seems a good enough reason to me to be liberal with the honey in my almond milk. I am fortunate to be able to get honey which has not been heated or mistreated, from a local bee keeper . It is said that honey collected locally can assist in dealing with allergies so I have often wondered if there are other hidden benefits in eating food that has been  subjected to the same enviroment as us. Who knows, but I am sure we will discover new surprises as we continue to explore the links between the soil from which we were originally made and our nutritional needs now.

At least that’s what I hope this  blog will be.

There is so much to learn and so much we don’t know in a multitude of fields. My particular interest at this point is minerals. MINERALS! I know, strange interest, but their impact on life is enormous. Take one little mineral like calcium, remove it from your body and see what happens. Broken bones, cramps, twitching eyes, bad heart, tooth decay, depression, rickets, brittle finger nails, to name only 9 from a list of 25 in the reference book sitting on my desk.