by Richard Drucker, PhD
Think of health. Think of wellness. Think of nutrition. What kind of images come
to mind? Exercise? Fruits? Vegetables? Lean meat? Supplements? How about dirt? That's
Soil is the primary factor in nutrition because all of our food comes from
the earth. Our bodies are composed literally of Mother Earth. Minerals in our bodies
are directly connected to the state of our soil. If an element is missing from our soil,
it will be missing from the foods we eat; hence, we will not be properly nourished.
Unfortunately, that is the reality of today's soil.
It's a fact. Our soils are depleted and depleted soils do not produce healthy,
nutrient-rich plants. It's also a fact that crops produced in depleted soils are more prone
to the invasion of insects, viruses, fungi, etc. Insects and infectious organisms were
designed to get rid of unhealthy vegetation and they do not typically attack truly
healthy plants. Much of the modern world is now aware that our industrialized methods of
farming have depleted the soils and created a cycle that requires pesticides to protect the
unhealthy crops grown on depleted soils.
The commercial applications of agriculture have not only depleted the soil of
precious trace minerals but also have broken down the ability of plants to utilize those
elements. That means our food is nutritionally deficient right from the source. Then our food
is refined and processed, which further degrades the nutritional value.
And who suffers? We all do! There are more than 70 trace minerals necessary to
produce healthy, nutrient-rich crops, yet most current farming methods routinely put back
only three to five of them. And that's only part of the problem. Inorganic
(synthetic/dead), ammonium-based fertilizers, along with herbicides and pesticides, kill the precious
microorganisms in the soil that are essential to the creation of organic
(carbon-based/living) mineral complexes. We have done more than simply use up the available trace
minerals in our soils (those in the form of organic complexes); we also have destroyed
the means of replenishing these soil-based microorganisms.
Is there a consensus among health care professionals that depleted soil is a
nutritional concern? While there are still some diehards who believe you can avoid the need
for supplements if you eat a "balanced diet," it is a verified
fact that our livestock feeds contain nutritional supplements. Without supplemental nutrients being added to the
feed, far too many animals were getting ill. What does that tell you? The grain does not
possess enough nutrients to keep the livestock healthy. If our livestock can't stay
healthy by eating our modern crops, how can we?
Modern, Inorganic Farming
Prior to the 1800s, farmers fertilized their crops with organic substances. But
modern, economic-based agriculture has virtually replaced all of the critical organic
complexes with inorganic fertilizers, which cause toxicity in water runoff and further
imbalance the delicate nature of our soils. In the 1930s, when farmers began to add inorganic
fertilizers to the soil, it was presumed that biological organisms could assimilate
minerals in any form. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We are now discovering that
inorganic (synthetic/dead) minerals and trace minerals cannot be easily assimilated by plants.
They must first be combined with carbonaceous matter (organically complexed), before they
can be used. No wonder our food is less and less nutritious. No wonder it lacks taste, and
no wonder the modern farmer has to apply more and more toxic pesticides, herbicides
and chemicals every year in order to get the crops to market.
Let's look at a similar dilemma: The human body is meant to derive minerals from
organic complexes. However, in our case, these complexes were meant to be supplied in
the foods we eat. Unfortunately, these critical, disease-preventing, organic nutrients
are not present when our food is grown in depleted soils. And, just like the farmer who
has attempted to alter the soil with inorganic toxic chemicals and fertilizers, we have
tried to add inorganic trace minerals to our diet in the form of colloidal supplements
with even worse potential consequences. It is important to reiterate that most trace
minerals are not recognized, absorbed or utilized by living tissue unless they are carried
in organic complexes. Even the best inorganic trace minerals (e.g. coral, colloidal
and/or ionic) are extremely large and insoluble, with high atomic weights and large sizes,
ranging between 1 and 100 nm. These giant (when compared to organically complexed
minerals and cell sizes) molecules may be rejected at the cellular level due to their
synthetic composition, size or weight. They eventually accumulate in the body and are stored
outside the cells in interstitial fluids and fatty tissues. Over time, severe toxicity
and disease may manifest.
What about inorganic minerals? Aren't they just as healthy? Organically complexed
trace minerals are definitively different from inorganic minerals. They are naturally
chelated ultra tiny and they have ultra-low molecular weight. They are approximately 50 to
100 times smaller and much lighter in weight. They are physically small enough that they
can be easily carried into the cells of our bodies. They are bound by carbon (living
matter) and have numerous health benefits, aiding in intracellular detoxification and the
removal of inorganic toxins from the extra cellular spaces in our bodies (interstitial
fluids, and fatty tissue). Thus, when trace minerals are combined with carbonaceous matter,
they become an enriching meal of living minerals rather than a toxic plate of inert,
dead rocks. The function of organic trace minerals is to be systemic catalysts. They are
activators: intracellular "spark plugs." They either "kick off" or "speed
up" most of the chemistry that goes on in our bodies. Without trace minerals there is
no life! They are responsible for carrying nutrition to our cells.
Most scientists would agree we need three basic ingredients to sustain life: water, oxygen and organically complexed (carbon-based/living) trace
minerals. Not even vitamins or enzymes can perform without trace minerals, and when
trace minerals are lacking, numerous processes either slow down or come to a halt until
the mineral banks can be replenished. Knowing this, it is easy to see why
both plants and humans are becoming increasingly susceptible to disease. It is also easy to
understand what Linus Pauling (twice awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine) meant when he explained
to the 74th Congress of the United Sates, "Every ailment, every sickness and every
disease can be traced back to an organic trace mineral deficiency." It has become
alarmingly evident that we are severely deficient in one of the most basic components necessary
to sustain health organically complexed trace minerals.
The use of toxic chemicals eventually sterilizes the soil, reducing the
microorganisms that keep the soil balanced. In a way, the problem with depleted soil is similar to
the problems of using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the harmful bacteria making us sick,
but they also kill the friendly flora in the intestinal tract at the same time.
Antibiotics appear to cure the infection, but in reality, the long term use will weaken the
immune system making us more likely to suffer from future illnesses. Similarly, as the
"good" microorganisms in the soil are wiped out, the vegetation loses its ability to gain
the proper balance of minerals from the soil. The end result: Our bodies take on these
deficient foods and become impaired and imbalanced.
What's the Solution?
If our soils and crops are lacking essential minerals, it's necessary to supplement
our diets if we are to achieve true wellness. But will any old multivitamin off the
shelves of our grocery or drug store do the trick? All biological organisms (including
humans) need organically complexed trace minerals in order to maintain health and prevent
disease. If, decades ago, we had only protected and nourished our soils from hazardous
and toxic chemicals, these critical organic complexes would naturally be in the foods we
eat today. Unfortunately, they are not. And now the questions become, how do we get
these complexes back into the soils, and what can we do in the meantime to replenish the
organic trace minerals in our bodies? The answer to both questions lies in a substance
called fulvic acid.
Fulvic acid (the end result of repetitive plant decomposition) is the first
biological step in changing inorganic trace minerals into organically complexed, soluble trace
minerals that can be used by both plants and animals. It is produced in trace amounts
by homeostatic soil microorganisms as organic plant matter decays. The process takes
hundreds of years and, as with photosynthesis, it cannot be duplicated in the
laboratory. Fulvic acid has an extremely small (ultra-chelated), low-molecular-weight molecule
that can beneficially modify so many essential biochemical, electrochemical and
metabolic processes, and yet, the greater scientific community is still largely unaware of
Further research may show that fulvic acid can be used to resuscitate our soils, thus
our food sources and finally, our bodies. Until this can be accomplished, high-quality
supplements remain our best defense against food devoid of nutrition.
Dr. Richard Drucker has performed concentrated research and work in the natural
health and nutraceutical fields for more than 15 years. He is CEO and chief technologist
of Drucker Labs, a Plano, Texas-based company that manufactures and distributes