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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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Silicon and your health

No other essential mineral is as widely present in the nature as silicon (Si). More than 1/4 of Earth's crust is made of it, and its main function in the body is vaguely similar: it is needed for building and proper functioning of your connective tissue, including skin, blood vessels and bone structure.

Thus silicon deficiency causes retarded growth in children, lowers quality of the skin, hair and nails, blood vessels (especially aorta) - which tend to get damaged easier and, consequently, develop more of a cholesterol build-up (atherosclerosis) - bones and joint cartilage (arthritis), as well as other local degradation of the connective tissue possible. Low silicon levels also make healing of a fractured bone more difficult.

So, if you want to prevent premature ageing of your skin and hair, or need your bones re-calcified, or can use extra protection factor for your blood vessel integrity, make sure your intake of silicon is sufficient.

Silicon also inhibits absorption of aluminum in the brain, thus its deficiency can be a factor in developing Alzheimer's disease, when your exposure to aluminum is significant (more likely than not).

Since silicon is so widely present in food supply, it is not considered to be a risk factor in regard to possible deficiency. Estimated daily intake of silicon in the US is 20mg-50mg, with estimated adequate intake level of 5mg-20mg. Thus it doesn't have its DRI (Dietary Reference Intakes, the most recent set of dietary recommendations set by the government) established.

But don't be so sure of these numbers. Soils are increasingly depleted and, as it is the case with most nutrients, you might optimally need more than the DRI silica recommendation - up to 40mg or 50mg a day.

More so due to excessive intake of silica antagonists - magnesium, potassium, chromium, vitamins B2, B5 and B6, saturated fats and trans-fatty acids - possibly inhibiting absorption of silica and resulting in its insufficient bio-availability (on the other hand, increase in Omega-6 essential fatty acid intake helps raise body silicon level, and the other way around).

Symptoms of excessive silicon intake are mild: bruising, and stomach/skin irritation.

Best natural silicon food sources are hard (mineral rich) water and vegetables. R