With the Option of Wealth
America Leads the World in Micro-Nutrient Depleted Soil!
Our mineral deficient food supply is so bad that the
largest anti-supplement, anti-health food, and anti-alternative medicine
group, The American Medical Association, published two articles in their
June 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association,
reversing a long-standing anti-vitamin policy. Robert H. Fletcher, MD,
MSc, and Kathleen M. Fairfield, MD, DrPH, of Harvard Medical School and
the Harvard School of Public Health concluded in their article, “A large
proportion of the general population has less-than-optimal intakes of a
number of vitamins, exposing them to increased disease risk. In
addition, they counsel that, it appears prudent for all adults to take
The average American eats a diet high in white sugar,
white bread, white rice, sodas and “fast food”. Our foods are saturated
with artificial dyes, flavorings, herbicides, pesticides, saturated
fats, trans-fats, processed sugar, and excito-toxins like, MSG and Nutra-Sweet®.
Our foods are either aided by growth hormones, antibiotics or genetic
engineering. Our foods are microwaved, heat pasteurized & hot filled,
reconstituted and fortified. You are what you eat. Think about that for
“In order for man to continue to live on earth, he must
make some fundamental changes. He must look to the oceans of the world
as a source of needed elements. These elements must be returned to the
soil so that better quality and more healthful foods can be produced.
Man must stop the destruction of the soil”
(Maynard Murray, M.D. (1910-1983).
Many individuals are experimenting with, and producing,
viable solutions to soil depletion. As discussed in a previous article,
soil depletion is a serious problem for the world's population because
of the quality of food. No longer can we rely on food to contain a good
quantity of minerals and vitamins, especially food produced for, or by,
large agribusiness organizations in mineral-depleted soils.
The richest countries in the world now have populations
with reduced capacity to fight off disease due to weakened immune
systems caused by an overload of chemicals in the body, as well as, by a
lack of nutrients. The time is now to adopt solutions.
To those working with soil, the solutions are clear. The
soil must have a biology; a viable ecosystem. Current farming practices
have ensured a sterile ecosystem in which micro-organisms, nutrients,
even natural life itself, are absent. The use of chemical fertilizers
rids the soil of the good bacteria needed to sustain life.
According to Michael King (Herbalist, Author on self-healing, soil health, environment), a good soil needs five key elements. These are:
These elements encourage nutrient uptake, as well as
unlock and modify minerals in the soil, creating a healthy ecosystem and
thus, healthy, nutrient-rich plants.
Clay is typically formed from volcanic ash and acquired
various organic and inorganic content over time. However one type of
clay from north west USA, a pyrophyllite clay, is made underground and
is reported to have a high amount of silica necessary to make minerals
bio-available, as well as, the ability to detoxify soils, amongst other
According to Don Weaver (Author of To Love and
Regenerate the Earth) in an article called "Restoring Our Earth to
Vibrant Health," California's largest organic farm, called Cal-Organic,
used 3,000 tons of rock dust to re-mineralize the soil.
Many people have reported success using seaweed and other
elements from the sea which contain a large amount of minerals. Like
clay and rock dust, the benefits of ocean food is to improve biology of
the soil as well as the uptake of nutrients.
The solution to improve the biology of the soil using the
elements discussed can be implemented straightaway. Is there a need for
any research, further debate or to wait any longer?
It is becoming clear that certain priorities will need to
be established with regards to our health and that of the environment.
How important are these as opposed to the financial welfare of
organizations? How will health systems cope with more and more illness
and who is to pay?
It will also be important to determine what role, if any,
producers of agricultural chemicals will play. If they were savvy, they
would have already started to work in partnership with us, the people.
They would have clear and honest policies that overturn current
untenable ones that have put money before our health, the health of
wildlife, farm animals, and the environment. If they were concerned
about us, they will acknowledge their mistake and work as an integrated,
open, ethical body to ensure we have access to affordable, good quality
We cannot rely on governments to protect our health, our
finances maybe, but not our health. We can take action. We can buy
organic food grown in nutrient-rich soils. We can refuse to buy canned
fruits and vegetables, and we can refuse to buy fresh fruits and
vegetables from supermarkets known to stock poor quality ones.
We can urge our shops to start creating policies that
ensure we can buy good quality food from them, preferably affordable
organic food grown locally by farmers, or if that fails, create a
co-operative or a group to purchase directly from organic farmers. Our
health is in our hands.
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