Dr Wallach discusses the effects of mineral depletion among athletes.
I have to tell you why athletes are the early warning system. “Couch potatoes” by definition, are people who go to extraordinary efforts not to sweat. They make every human effort not to sweat. They’re changing the tv channels, “honey bring in the popcorn I’m changing the channels.” “Son, bring me the tv guide I’m changing the channels.”
By contrast athletes have the attitude, “no pain no gain.” They’re out there sweating and working away. Power training, strength training, running, and they sweat.
Athletes, no matter their age, they sweat more in five years than couch potatoes do in 70 years. When you sweat you don’t just sweat out potassium and Gatorade. You sweat out all 60 essential minerals.
If you sweat out all your selenium and don’t replace it by supplementation, you’re at high risk of getting a cardiomyopathy heart attack.
If you sweat out all your copper and don’t replace by supplementation, you’re at high risk of developing an aneurysm and dying suddenly of a ruptured aneurysm.
If you sweat out all your chromium and vanadium and don’t replace it by supplementation, you’re at higher risk of getting diabetes.
If you sweat out all your calcium and magnesium and boron and zinc and sulfur and other minerals that are required for cartilage, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue, and bone you’re going to get a joint or bone injury. What is the biggest single cause of an athlete’s career ending early? Joint and bone problems. That’s because they sweat out all the basic minerals that they need to maintain those parts of their body and they don’t supplement because doctors tell them that they can get everything they need by eating their four food groups.
What are the early warning systems for mineral deficiencies?
White, gray, or silver hair for a copper deficiency. Liver spots or age spots on the back of your hands, side of your face, or neck are caused by a selenium deficiency. If you have toe cramps, leg cramps, hypertension, these things are all caused by a deficiency of calcium.
If you’re an athlete at age 15 or 25 and you get a leg cramp, that’s a
calcium deficiency. Your body’s telling you if you don’t stop drinking those Pepsis and start supplementing with some calcium by the time you’re 40, 50, 60 years old, you’re going to have arthritis and osteoporosis.
Many athletes have high-priced trainers. They need somebody who can give them massage therapy because they have a cramp, and they don’t take their supplements, especially the 60 total minerals that their body needs. There are 147 different diseases you can get from a calcium deficiency.
We’re just going to quickly go over the top 10 when it comes the number of people affected and the amount of money involved.
Let’s look at osteoporosis, the number 10 killer of adults in the United States. Remember 75 percent of the those over age 65 who fracture a hip or major leg bone and don’t live 90 days. Also, it’s the most horrible disease when it comes to human misery and dollars expended on osteoporosis. Think of the special vans and the lift gates and the ramps and the elevators; The special plumbing in homes and public buildings; Special parking places; Wheelchairs and walkers and canes. Think of the beds and the chairs; the little electric motors that lift you up when you can’t stand up by yourself. Also consider the physical therapists, joint replacement surgeries, pharmaceuticals, doctor visits. We’re talking billions and billions of dollars for nothing more than a calcium deficiency disease.
Now as horrible as a disease as osteoporosis is in human beings we don’t have osteoporosis in animals because we don’t have blue cross blue shield, major medical, hospitalization, Medicare and Medicaid to pay for nonsensical surgical treatments for mineral deficiency in the veterinary industry. We’ve learned that by putting animals who are weaned off their mother’s milk on calcium as soon as they’re weaned then they won’t get arthritis and osteoporosis. It’s amazing how that works.
Receding gums, dentist and dental hygienist will tell you to floss and brush after every meal. If you believe that works, I have some ocean front property in Montana to sell you. If you have receding gums, periodontitis, gingivitis, pyrea, loose teeth, bridges, and plates you actually have osteoporosis of the facial bones and the jaw bones. We don’t get receding gums in animals even though they don’t floss or brush. That’s because we’ve taken care of the osteoporosis problem in animals.
Arthritis, 85 percent of all arthritis is called wear and tear arthritis. Osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, these things are nothing more than osteoporosis or the joint ends of the bones.
Hypertension, high blood pressure has nothing to do with salt or salt restriction. 85 percent of hypertension, not related to kidney disease,
hypertension is in fact a calcium deficiency.
Insomnia is not a deficiency of sleeping pills, Restoril or barbiturates, it’s a deficiency of calcium.
Kidney stones, bone spurs, heel spurs and calcium deposits, again the medical profession has a malignant belief that these things are due to too much calcium in your diet. In fact you only get kidney stones, bone spurs, heel spurs and calcium deposits when you have raging osteoporosis. You actually need more calcium, more magnesium not less.
Cramps and twitches, have ever had a toe cramp, foot cramp, leg cramp in your life?
That’s the first symptom of a calcium deficiency that most people recognize. So if you’ve ever had that happens sometime in your life you’ve had a calcium deficiency.
Do you have PMS? The university of California, San Diego came out and said that 85 percent of the emotional and physical stuff of PMS can be relieved, eliminated and cured, they use the cure word, by taking three times the RDA of calcium.
Low back pain has nothing to do with disc problems. I know you’ve heard of people maybe even yourself that’s had disc surgery for back pain and after the surgery you still had the pain. Maybe even worse because back pain is not caused by disc problems. If you have a disc problem, you can have numbness and tingling maybe even paralysis, if it’s very severe.
We learned in 1957 in animals that we could prevent and cure adult-onset diabetes with two trace minerals, chromium, and vanadium. In 1985 the medical school at the University of Vancouver, British Columbia up in Canada came out and said that the trace mineral vanadium alone could replace insulin in adult-onset diabetics.
Science diet dog food has 40 minerals in it. It always has chromium vanadium lithium and selenium. Ralston Purina laboratory rat pellets has 28 minerals. It always contains chromium, vanadium, lithium, and selenium. Human infant formula on the shelf of a grocery store don’t have more than 12 minerals in them. None of them can contain chromium, vanadium, or lithium. Only two, ProSobee and Enfamil, has 12, the rest of them don’t. They have 11, 10, 9 or 8 minerals.
Our dogs get 40 minerals; Our rats get 28; and our kids get 12 or less. You don’t have to be a research scientist to realize why our kids are now getting all these horrible diseases that used to occur in people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. All these diseases that doctors are wondering now, is this genetic? These kids shouldn’t have this until they’re 60. Well that’s because they couldn’t get it out of their little can of stuff. If it’s not in the can they don’t get it. Again, we need 90 essential nutrients. 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 essential amino acids, 2-3 essential fatty acids.
Unfortunately, over the thousands of years that human beings have been around we haven’t had to think much about this because our food plants, our grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts take carbon dioxide out of the air and manufacture long carbon chains, many of which are vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids. This is where this medical cocka came from, that you can get everything you need from your four food groups. They say, well plants, grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts can manufacture vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids but we’ve tried this experiment for 200 years.
Americans have eaten better than anybody else in the world. We’ve had the best quality food in the world over anybody else and yet we only live to be 75.5. We don’t set any health or longevity records. So if you want to live to be over 100 you can’t get it from eating your four food groups. You can live to be 75.5. You may live 10 years older, 10 years younger but on the average 75.5. So, if you want to live to be over 100 you do have to supplement with vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids and minerals.
There are three types of minerals you have to concern yourself with. First, there are the metallic minerals. These are things like oyster shell, eggshell, limestone, coral calcium, seabed minerals, clays of various types. Tums is a popular one with doctors. Lactates, gluconates, citrates, oxides, sulfates, carbonates; these are nothing but ground up rocks. We’re not designed to eat ground up rocks. Nobody can show you where humans or animals are designed to eat ground up rocks. We are designed to get our minerals by eating plants, grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts. As a result, plant-derived minerals are absorbable. More absorbable than chelated; more absorbable than the elemental or metallic minerals.
Plant-derived minerals are liquid. They’re very small particle size. They’re 7 000 times smaller than red blood cell. This is the way they’re stored in your cells and are moved around in plant vascular systems and human vascular systems, in the liquid, plant derived form. They’re negatively charged, I don’t know all of the physics and the chemistry. That’s one of the basic features of plant derived, colloidal minerals is that they are negatively charged.
These three factors together give you absorbability the way it’s supposed to be. Our food plants, our grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts take the elemental or metallic minerals out of the soil convert them to minerals for their own use. For their own metabolism and biochemistry. Then animals and people eat these plants that are enriched with minerals. That’s how we’re designed to get our minerals.
Unfortunately, we have several problems here. For a hundred years we’ve used a simple fertilizer known as NPK. We put three nutrients into the soil when we need 60 minerals. We put those three nutrients in the soil for maximum yields per ton and bushel per acre.
We have to understand that plants cannot manufacture minerals. If they’re not in the soil, they’re not in the plants. Only plants have minerals in them. If they’re not in the soil plants cannot manufacture minerals. Over 90 years at least we’ve been deficient in our soils in America and as a result our food is deficient. And as a result the crops, the grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts that are grown here are minerally deficient and as a result the animals and people who eat these minerally deficient crops get mineral deficiency diseases.
The only way to get the minerals that we are lacking. The minerals that are missing in all these conditions that we discussed is with mineral supplements.
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