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June 2010 - Dec 2013

Minimizing breast cancer risk

May 2010

Time to move beyond salt ?

Salt hypothesis vs. reality

Is sodium bad?

April 2010

Salt studies: the latest score

From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution


December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects


November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet


October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women


September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?


August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?


July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives


June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's


May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains


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Minerals: health connection

Minerals are naturally occurring inorganic (w/o carbon atom) crystalline substances. They are spread throughout Earth's crust, in rocks and sediments, in the soil, and dissolved in waters. As they are absorbed by plants, minerals enter food chain, becoming body constituent of all animals, including humans.

Strictly talking, minerals are only the carriers of what your body really needs: pure substances in their simplest form, called chemical elements. Most of the elements can be found in the human body, but only a small portion of them - those usually referred to as dietary minerals - is beneficial. They cannot be synthesized by the body, hence we need them supplied in their specific forms through diet or supplementation.

The 22 elements that are considered essential for health are:

calcium Ca        germanium Ge        nickel Ni                sulfur S
Ch       iodine I                    phosphorus P       tin Sn        
Co          iron Fe                      potassium K         vanadium V 
Cr    magnesium Mg       selenium Se         zinc Zn.     
copper Cu         manganese  Mn       silicon Si 
F          molybdenum Mo    sodium Na

Not all the elements are beneficial: some of them, like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, and others, are inherently toxic to the body.

Minerals' body functions

Unlike proteins, fats and carbohydrates, dietary minerals have zero caloric value. They make only about 4% of the total body weight. Yet they are vital for literally all functions of the body. Mineral elements are functional part of many enzymes, cellular membranes, muscular and nervous tissue; they are essential for proper acid-alkaline balance and water metabolism (fluid balance), as well as functioning of the glandular system.

Practically all of the body's mineral weight comes from macrominerals - calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, chloride and sodium. They are constituents of body's musculoskeletal, tissue and cellular structure.

Microminerals - also called trace minerals, or trace elements - zinc, iron, manganese, iodine, copper, selenium, and a number of others, make only about 0.01% of body weight. However, they are as important for maintaining health as macro minerals.

All 22 essential mineral elements need to be present in the body at the near-optimum level. Excess minerals - especially in the form of individual mineral excesses - can be as detrimental to health as their deficiency. Thus the optimum diet needs to provide sufficient and balanced intake of all mineral elements, preferably from natural sources - food, mineral-rich water and dietary mineral salts.

Natural sources, however, may not be sufficient these days; mineral supplements are usually necessary to achieve the optimum intake.

Mineral supplementation

Food and Nutrition Board's Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), which replaced the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowances) system, gives what amounts to a reference point for healthy intake of nutrients, including dietary minerals. One needs to keep in mind, though, that those values are based on the average levels of nutrients found in individuals that appear healthy. Thus the DRI mineral intake should be looked at as intake level needed to prevent relatively rapid onset of deficiency diseases - not necessarily the long-term optimum.

Your current individual need for any nutrient - including minerals - can vary significantly from the DRI value, depending on your genetics, health condition, lifestyle, nutritional imbalance, intake of medications, herbal and other preparations, and so on.

While a broad-spectrum, balanced mineral supplementation is beneficial, it is not likely to correct significant mineral imbalances, or ailments and diseases resulting from them. This requires supplementation tailored to your specific mineral profile, obtained from RBC (red blood cell) or intracellular lab tests. Knowing when to stop mineral-specific supplementation, in order to prevent tipping imbalance to the opposite side, is as important as knowing what minerals - or nutrients in general - are needed to be supplemented, and at what intake level. R