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United States Senate Document #264 From 1936 - An Eye Opener

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Health Discussions' started by RWilly, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. RWilly

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    Our soils no longer have the mineral content for our foods. (There are by the way solutions for this ... check out Dr. Maynard Murray's work on sea solids.)

    Here are a few excerpts from a 1936 senate document about the state of our food and health:


    "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 are brought into proper mineral balance? The alarming fact is that foods, fruits and vegetables and grains, now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain needed minerals, are starving us - no matter how much of them we eat! This talk about 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."

    "You would think, wouldn't you, that a carrot is a carrot - that one is about as good as another as far as nourishment is concerned? But it isn't; one carrot may look and taste like
    another and yet be lacking in the particular mineral element which our system requires and which carrots are supposed to contain. Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the 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 minerals he requires for perfect health, because his stomach isn't big enough to hold them! And we are running to big stomachs."


    "The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren't worth eating as food. For example, vegetation grown in one part of the country may assay 1,100 parts per billion of iodine, as against 20 in that grown elsewhere. Processed milk has run anywhere from 362 parts per million of iodine and 127 of iron, down to nothing.

    "Some of our lands, even in a virgin state, never were well balanced in mineral content, and unhappily for us, we have been systematically robbing the poor soils and the good soils alike of the very substances necessary to health, growth, long life, and resistance to disease. Up to the time I began experimenting, almost nothing had been done to make good the theft. The more I studied nutritional problems and the effects of mineral deficiencies upon disease, the more plainly I saw that here lay the most direct approach to better health, and the more important it became in my mind to find a method of restoring those missing minerals to our foods."


    "Certainly our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems then upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of, protein, fats or carbohydrates we consume."

    "It is now agreed that at least 16 mineral elements are indispensable for normal nutrition, and several more are always found in small amounts in the body, although their precise physiological role has not been determined. Of the 16 indispensable salts, calcium, phosphorus and iron are perhaps the most important."

    "Calcium is the most dominant nerve controller; it powerfully affects the cell formation of all living things and regulates nerve action. It governs contractility of the muscles and the rhythmic beat of the heart. It also coordinates the other mineral elements and corrects disturbances made by them. It works only in sunlight. Vitamin D is its buddy. Dr. Sherman of Columbia asserts that 50 percent of the American people are starving for calcium. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that out of 4,000 cases in New York Hospital, only 2 were not suffering from a lack of calcium."

    Read the whole report here:

    https://cdn.sare.org/wp-content/uploads/20171204123125/united-states-senate-document-264.pdf
     
  2. Nebula

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    I’ve heard it claimed mineral levels are better currently in the US due to more fertilizer and supplementation into the soil. I would not be surprised if it’s still deficient in some important minerals, but overall has sufficient for human health. I’m more concerned about chemical residues on crops and the overall unsustainability and damage to ecology that industrial agriculture is capable of long term.
     
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    RWilly

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    Unfortunately, most minerals that are used to replenish are just the typical N-P-K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium).
     
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    Let's hear more about sea solids.
     
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    RWilly

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    Dr. Maynard Murray (1910-1983) did a lot of research on sea minerals on agriculture. I have his book called Sea Energy Agriculture - Natures Ideal Trace Element Blend for Farm, Livestock and Humans.

    Here's a good article about him and his research:
    Doctor Maynard Murray M.D. » SeaAgri 100% Natural Sea Solids
     
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    I think this is probably true to an extent, but maybe over exaggerated some. Botanically speaking a plant needs all the macro nutrients to make it to harvest. So if the crops are majorly depleted, they wouldn't even make it to our tables. Nitrogen, carbon, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur are definitely present. Micro nutrients may be deficient in some. Of course growing organically by building the soil's ecology is the best method, so supporting local sustainable produces when possible is always best. But I wouldn't doubt a slight depletion is possible, which is why supplementing certain nutrients can help people, even when the diet is seemingly on point.
     
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    RWilly

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    Just reading that "The 1992 Earth Summit soil mineral depletion report showed soil depletion in North America to be at 85 percent, the highest in the world."
     
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    RWilly

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    Also, based on that senate report of 1936, they found that out of 4,000 hospitalized patients, 3,998 of them were deficient in calcium. Wow! That's almost everyone who was hospitalized.

    This is what calcium deficiency does to mice.: (It makes you sort of wonder if our society is so screwed up because of mineral deficiencies.)

    "A 10-year test with rats proved that by withholding calcium they can be bred down to a third the size of those fed with an adequate amount of that mineral. Their intelligence, too, can be controlled by mineral feeding as readily as can their size, their bony structure, and their general health.

    Place a number of these little animals inside a maze after starving some of them in a certain mineral element. The starved ones will be unable to find their way out, whereas the others will have little or no difficulty in getting out. Their dispositions can be altered by mineral feeding. They can be made quarrelsome and belligerent; they can even be turned into cannibals and be made to devour each other.

    A cage full of normal rats will live in amity. Restrict their calcium and they will become irritable and draw apart from one another. Then they will begin to fight. Restore their calcium balance and they will grow more friendly; in time they will begin to sleep in a pile as before. Many backward children are "stupid" merely because they are deficient in magnesia. [Magnesium] We punish them for our failure to feed them properly."
     
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