Our Missing Minerals


If you know the name Linus Pauling, you probably also know of his zeal for vitamin C. Large doses of vitamin C, in fact.

Perhaps, though, you haven’t heard about his statement, “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

And that’s true no matter how much vitamin C-or any other vitamin-you take. Without minerals, vitamins are pretty useless.

Since most of us are deficient in minerals, this is what’s known as a problem. We’re throwing vitamins down the hatch like nobody’s business and wondering why we’re not getting the results we paid for.

Having enough minerals

It’s a mineral thing. Okay then, why don’t we have enough minerals?

For starters, in the last 100 years or so, farming techniques have made no effort to replenish the soil. And as if that weren’t enough of a problem, pest and weed killers kill microorganisms that try to get the job done.

In the nature of things, plants absorb nutrition from the soil as they grow, and pass it along to us as we eat. The whole thing breaks down, though, when the soil has nothing to offer-which is where we are now.

Everything sure looks fine, though. Today’s chemical fertilizers to create bushy, healthy-looking plants. Our veggies look fabulous, but they have no nutrition.

In any case, vegetables are more about vitamins than minerals. And even if our produce came chock-a-block full of minerals, we wouldn’t get enough. Produce-based nutrition is meant to work synergistically with our main source of minerals, protein. It’s the team effort that gives us the power and the glory.

Meanwhile, doctors and the media make things worse by singing the praises of a low-protein diet.

Some vitamin companies tout vegetarian vitamin/mineral supplements. Check the label. You’ll find only itty-bitty dabs of minerals-if actual mineral levels get mentioned at all.

Of course, none of this matters if you’ve bought into the low-fat story. Without fat, you can’t absorb nutrition of any sort. (Can’t lose weight that knows enough to say away, either.)

Fluoride destroys minerals

Adding to the merriment, fluoride makes everything worse by destroying minerals.

And so we quickstep our way to disease whilst believing we’re doing the right thing.

Without minerals, nothing works right.

For instance, we need magnesium for more than 300 different body processes-but nine out of ten people don’t have enough magnesium. I probably don’t have to tell you this doesn’t end well.

For another instance, minerals balance pH levels. Our body parts all have different pH needs-the details of which nobody’s figured out yet. And we sure don’t know how to make all the different pH levels happen-but our bodies do. And will, if they have the minerals they need.

Our nervous system slurps up minerals like crazy to do all it needs to do.

As mineral levels go down, endocrine problems increase.

As do obesity, heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, etc.

A grumpy disposition often announces mineral deficiencies. High stress does, too.

Not to mention wrinkles and flab. Sigh.

Take action

We need minerals, but we won’t get them without taking action.

But we can’t go at it willy-nilly. Mineral deficiencies don’t get fixed by a simple, take-a-lot-of-everything approach. Minerals work as a team. To make teamwork possible, we need to know what each of them can do, and how and when.

Balance is critical, too. Taking just one mineral doesn’t work. For instance, most of us get way too much calcium-which not only makes our magnesium shortage even worse, but creates the problem of what to do with all the excess calcium.

And while we have general guidelines, individual mineral needs vary. Fortunately, our bodies will tell us how things are going-once we know what they’re saying and what it means.

Bottom line: Our bodies are going to do what our bodies are going to do whether we cooperate or not. With a little cooperation, though, we can achieve great things. A happy body is a healthy body.

It takes a heap o’ learning to figure it all out. Years and years. But I did that already. Now you can cut to the chase with either the Pep for the Pooped e-book or the Moving to Health program.

God is good,

Bette Dowdell  
Too Pooped to Participate

Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved

P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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