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
alarming fact is that foods—fruits and vegetables and grains—now
being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains
enough of certain needed minerals, are starving us—no matter how
much of them we eat!
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 test 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.
(Which doubtless explains why our forefathers thrived on a
selection of foods that would starve us!)
No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply
his system with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health,
because his stomach isn’t big enough to hold them!
And we are running to big stomachs.
No longer does a balanced and fully nourishing diet consist
merely of so many calories of certain vitamins or a fixed proportion
of starches, proteins, and carbohydrates.
We now know that it
must contain, in addition, something like a score of mineral salts.
is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99 percent
of the American people are deficient in these minerals, and that a
marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually
results in disease. Any
upset of the balance, any considerable lack of one or another element,
however microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken,
suffer, shorten our lives.
This discovery is one of the latest and most important
contributions of science to the problem of human health.
“Bear in mind,” says Dr. Northen, “that minerals are
vital to human metabolism and health—and
that no plant or animal can appropriate to itself any mineral which is
not present in the soil upon which it feeds.
“We know that vitamins are complex chemical substances which
are indispensable to nutrition, and that each of them is of importance
fro the normal function of some special structure in the body.
Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency.
“It is not commonly realized, however, that
control the body’s appropriation of minerals, and in the absence of
minerals they have no function to perform.
Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but
lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.
truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them
aren’t worth eating, as food.
“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 most necessary to health, growth, long life, and
resistance to disease.”
We know that rats, guinea pigs, and
animals can be fed into a diseased condition
out again by
controlling only the minerals in their food.
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 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 friendlier; in time they will
begin to sleep in a pile as before.
Many backward children are “stupid” merely because they are
deficient in magnesia. We
punish them for our failure to feed them properly.
our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the mineral we
take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the
precise proportions of starch, protein, or carbohydrates we consume.
is now agreed that at least 16 mineral elements are indispensable
for normal nutrition, and several more are always found in small
amounts of the body, although their precise physiological role has not
been determined. Of the
11 indispensable salts, calcium, phosphorus, and iron are perhaps the
Here’s one specific example:
The soil around a certain Midwest city is poor in calcium.
Three hundred children of this community were examined and
nearly 90 percent had bad teeth, 69 percent showed affections of the
nose and throat, swollen glands, enlarged or diseased tonsils.
More than one-third had defective vision, round shoulders, bow
legs, and anemia.
it goes, down through the list each mineral element playing a definite
role in nutrition. A
characteristic set of symptoms, just as specific as any
vitamin-deficiency disease, follows a deficiency in any one of them.
It is alarming, therefore, to face the fact that we are
starving for these precious, health-giving substances.
minerals in fruits and vegetables are colloidal; i.e., they are in a
state of such extremely fine suspension that they can be assimilated
by the human system.
Sick soils mean sick plants, sick animals, and sick people.
Physical, mental, and moral fitness depends largely upon an
ample supply and a proper proportion of the minerals in our foods.
Nerve function, nerve stability, nerve cell-building likewise
[Dr. Northen say,] “Soils
seriously deficient in minerals cannot produce plant life competent to
maintain our needs, and with the continuous cropping and shipping away
of those concentrates, the condition becomes worse.
“A famous nutrition authority recently said, ‘One sure way
to end the American people’s susceptibility to infection is to
supply through food a balance ration of iron, copper, and other
metals. An organism
supplied with a diet adequate to, or preferable in excess of, all
mineral requirements may so utilize these elements as to produce
immunity from infection quite beyond anything we are able to produce
artificially by our present method of immunization.
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