Mineral Elements-The Foundation of the Earth and the Root of Life
In some undeveloped regions of the world, there are people who live to be 100 to 120 years. In developed countries, like the U.S., however, the average life expectancy is 75.5 years. According to a research study, even healthcare providers like doctors in the U.S. have shortened life spans. They live to 58.5 years, 17 years less than the average person, and the life expectancy of individuals with serious diseases are even shorter. One of the main causes of diseases stems from a deficiency of elemental nutrients we normally would obtain from our food, which has led to a deviation from a healthy lifestyle.
The human body is made up of various microelements and macroelements. The mineral elements needed for basic human existence also have similar compositions to the Earth. The stability and balance of mineral element metabolism in the body’s internal environment are required for maintaining optimal health.
In 1936, the U.S. Senate issued a warning to American people stating: “The alarming fact is that foods now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals …” The U.S. Senate Document No. 264 states that “Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.” After nearly 80 years, American soil quality is worse than before and contains even less nutrients. Almost every person in the U.S. is living in a state of nutrient deprivation because our food is extremely lacking in the essential nutrients that the body needs.
Along with developments in science, manufacturing, commerce, and agriculture industries, elements that were originally abundant have undergone varying degrees of depletion. The soil cannot produce food abundant in nutrition to supply our needs because it is intensively cultivated. The pollution caused by industrial wastewater, pesticides, catalysts, additives, various chemical fertilizers, and toxins, like lead and mercury, worsen this problem.
People around the world have noticed that the nutritional value and taste of food has been declining. Air pollution and water quality changes have also aggravated soil depletion in the U.S. The nutrients in the soil are depleted in not only the U.S., but also other parts of the world. See the following table for the mineral elements depletion in the major continents around the world at the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit Meeting Report:
From the U.S. Senate Document and the table above, it is apparent that many people today are experiencing mineral deficiency, which can cause deteriorating health, rapid aging, and threats to livelihood.