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by Jan Greeff
Nature stores its trace elements in rock. These indispensible micro-organisms, vital to healthy human, animal and plant growth and resistance to disease, are released into the soil of the earth when rock erodes. They are then taken from the soil by plants that are, in turn, eaten by animals and humans. This simple cycle is critical to survival of all plant and animal life. The object of this booklet is to illustrate how and why this cycle has been upset and what can be done to improve nature’s balanced supply of trace elements so that resistance to disease can be restored in plants, animals and humans alike.
2. THE CRITICAL ROLE OF FERTILE SOIL
More than 90 trace minerals and elements are found in rock from where these essential micro-organisms are released when the rock erodes. The resultant finely ground rock (rock dust) mixes with organic material to create soil which, directly or indirectly, sustains all plant and animal life. When plants grow in the soil, they absorb and utilise the trace elements . They then use water and sunlight to form whole food cells for human and animal consumption by molecularly bonding these trace elements to the protein, carbohydrate and lipid cells in the plant. These food cells, rich in trace elements converted to food, are critical to the most important source of nourishment for human and animal life. They lead to a dramatic increase in fertility.
Taken up from the soil by plants, they are transferred to humans and animals who live off the plants in order for them to grow, withstand diseases and to produce offspring.
Unfortunately, the cycle has been upset to a large extent by modern agricultural practices, depletion of soil, erosion and pollution.
The resultant crops, depleted* of most essential trace elements, undermine the ability of humans and animals to sustain their immunity and to remain healthy. Poor lifestyle choices, lack of exercise and a stressful environment, aggravate the problem. These are the most likely causes of most modern health problems.
3. THE CREATION OF FERTILE SOIL
The process whereby soil is enriched with trace elements by nature is coupled to the natural cycles between ice and fertile ages, which stretch over many thousands of years. The massive glaciers which are commonplace during ice-ages, grind rock to fine dust. The dust, in turn, is spread over the earth by the extremely powerful winds which accompany the ice age period. The dust gradually mixes with organic material and so new fertile soil is created.
Plants re-establish in the new soil, stabilise erosion by water and wind, and so gradually assist to overcome the ice-age and to provide a new lease of life to the surviving remnants of the ice age.
4. THE CAUSES AND RESULTS OF TRACE ELEMENT SHORTAGES
Once the earth has overcome an ice age and plant and animal life is stabilized, a new process of degeneration commences. Trace minerals and elements are gradually depleted: washed away by rain and floods and taken up by plants. This process can last for centuries before an effect on the fertility of the soil becomes apparent.
This process of degeneration is, however, greatly accellerated by repeated ti Ilage of the land while only sufficient fertilization is applied to ensure continued crops. The tendency to concentrate on appearance and taste of products by artificial means in order to enhance the commercial value, means that the very important aspect of the actual nutritional value is often overlooked.
In addition, diseases and pests are contained by artificial means and nature’s very effective mechanisms which deal with these problems are ignored and often disrupted or even totally destroyed. These practices gradually deplete the trace mineral and element content of the soil. This causes a vicious cycle of decreased fertility and less resistance to diseases and pests, leading to increased use of chemicals and artificial means of control. These artificial measures eventually need to be applied so intensively and they become so expensive that no purpose is served by them. The whole environment becomes poisoned and sterile.
At the same time, ecological balances are disrupted, natural enemies of pests are destroyed and the process of degeneration is accellerated. An example is the large scale poisoning of locusts which in turn, kills off their natural predators as well as the birds of prey who, in turn, feed on these predators.
The demise of these predators and birds of prey, in turn, leads to a population explosion among smaller birds that destroy crops. Again, poisoning is often resorted to, which only leads to a further accelleration of the process of degeneration in another vicious circle.
There are indications that de-mineralized soil of the current century has started a chain reaction which is causing a worldwide deterioration of plant life. Forests are receding, deserts are advancing and carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere to an increasing extent. This process can alter the climate worldwide, leading to the next ice-age and is accellerated by man via the extensive use of fossil fuels and other pollutants.
Scientists have declared that the transition to an ice-age has in the past, taken place in as few as twenty years and that we may be dangerously close to another such transition. Possibly one of the most important and effective steps that can be taken by mankind to assist our planet towards recovery is to re-mineralize the soil. Such a step will also improve our quality of life and our life expectancy.
5. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE SOIL DEGENERATES?
Depletion of the essential minerals and elements in soil leads to a degeneration of the natural ability of plants to grow, to resist disease and pests and also has a detrimental effect on their nutritional value. Poor growth inhibits the ability of roots and ground cover to contain erosion. Erosion, in turn, leads to millions of tons of valuable, irreplaceable topsoil being washed out to sea each year. At the same time rivers become silted up, the silt is washed out to sea and the discoloured oceans inhibit the growth of plankton because the sun cannot penetrate the murk. The food chain of the ocean, largely dependant upon plankton, is therefore seriously disrupted.
6. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PLANT LIFE DEGENERATES?
The lack of mineral content in soil not only affects the natural growth process and resistance of plants, but humans and animals who rely on plants for their food, also experience a shortage of trace minerals and elements.
This, in turn, undermines our resistance to diseases and ailments. Our bodies gradually lose their ability to function properly.
Our intellectual and physical functioning relies on the proper functioning of various enzyme systems. These, in turn, are involved in the manufacturing of the control, maintenance and productivity systems of our bodies. Our ability to manufacture these enzymes depends on our food supply and especially on the mineral content of the foods, as essential portions of the enzyme molecule consists of these minerals. Therefore, a shortage of minerals leads to a shortage of enzymes. An enzyme shortage undermines our intellectual and physical functioning and our resistance to diseases and ailments.
7. THE “GREENHOUSE EFFECT” AND THE ONSET OF AN ICE AGE
Exhausted and dying plants release increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As already mentioned, this occurrence, together with the large-scale use of fossil fuels worldwide, leads to the so-called “greenhouse effect” whereby gases trap the excess solar heat, causing increased temperatures, mainly in the tropical zones.
The difference in temperature between the tropics and the north and south poles therefore increases. This creates tremendously strong winds, cyclones, storms, floods, etc. Moisture, lifted from the oceans and rivers and dams to an ever -increasing extent by these stormy conditions, is carried to higher altitudes where ice and snow is formed – the onset of glaciers. The ice causes cooling of the atmosphere from the poles, further increases the difference in temperature between the poles and the tropics. Shorter crop and growth seasons result and so the vicious cycle of further shortage of plant life is formed, accellerating the whole process.
8. CAN THE PROCESS BE RETARDED?
There is no easy answer to this question. A great deal has been said, written and done, especially about the destruction of natural forests worldwide in recent years, however, a lack of understanding of the problem among the general public and economic considerations have taken their toll and only time will tell whether the process can be halted by modern technology and knowledge. Much is already being done to prevent the large scale destruction of forests and to avoid poor agricultural practices. The extent of the problem is, however, of such magnitude that no stone should be left unturned by anybody to curtail it.
9. THE ADVANTAGES OF FERTILE SOIL
Various controlled tests and experiments have shown that vegetable crops grown in soil in which trace minerals and elements have been replenished, provide up to 3-5 times the yield of the untreated soil. In addition, the crops grown in the treated soil were healthier and more attractive, shelf life was often more than doubled and taste was greatly enhanced.
These improvements were achieved with less fertilization and the use of pesticides was also greatly reduced or totally eliminated. A fine example is Mr O.D.H. de Villiers of Durban, South Africa who has grown a 6,35 kg cauliflower in remineralized soil.
10. THE INDIVIDUAL CONCERN IN THE SHORT TERM
Our concern and the purpose of this booklet, is centered around the micro-problem of the individual, i.e. what can be done in the short term to re-instate our own natural balance of minerals and elements and that of those close to us, so that our resistance to diseases and ailments can be increased and so that our intellect and other bodily functions can operate more efficiently.
11. HOW TO OBTAIN MINERALS AND ELEMENTS
The obvious place to find high concentrations of minerals and elements is at rock crushers. Basalt rock is very good, but dust from crushers which operate on mixed rock is fine. The dust is usually freely available as a by-product of the crushing process. Fine, powdery dust (as fine as talcum powder) is excellent for quick results as the process of releasing the minerals has already been virtually completed by the crushing process. A mixture of fine dust and grit has a more extended lifespan because the fine dust provides a quick supply whilst the grit erodes with time, thereby releasing additional trace minerals and elements over a period of some years. Silt from a sand washing plant or silt which can often be found in dam basins is also a suitable source of supply.
Persons who are close to a supply of suitable rock dust have an opportunity to generate an income from the sale of the otherwise useless rock dust.
12. HOW TO APPLY ROCK DUST TO SOIL
An excellent method of application is to mix rock dust with compost. This enables plant roots to absorb the minerals very quickly and improves the aeration of roots, which prevents rot. Add approximately 1 kg rock dust to one square metre of compost in a layer of 0,6 to 0,8 metres.
Very good results can also be achieved by mixing fresh manure with rock dust. Rock dust (either in concentrated form or mixed with compost or manure) must be worked into the upper layer of soil to a depth of approximately 100 – 150 mm. If a balanced mix of fine dust and grit is used, one treatment can last up to 10 years or more, however, if only finely ground dust is applied, it is advisable to repeat the process every 2-4 years. It is interesting and important to note that rock dust will assist to correct the pH of soil, irrespective of whether your particular pH values are high or low. Rock dust treatment will reduce the need for fertilizer and pesticides but will not necessarily replace all other forms of soil treatment and nourishment.
Rock dust treatment essentially ensures that the trace mineral and element balance of the soil is maintained at the correct levels. Organic and other nutrients which are usually obtained via fertilizer or compost, will probably still be required, but usually in considerably lesser quantities.
13. HOW TO ABSORB MINERALS EFFECTIVELY AND QUICKLY
Larger concentrations of minerals than are usually absorbed via vegetables, fruit, etc. grown in treated soil can be absorbed at short notice by persons who wish to restore their resistance to disease as soon as possible.
It should, however, be borne in mind that this is not an overnight cure-all but rather a long term process whereby resistance is gradually restored to the levels intended by nature. Wheat is one ofthe best mediums through which quick and effective absorption of minerals can be achieved.
Dr Earp-Thomas, a scientist and soil expert from Bloomfield Laboratories in the U.S.A. has isolated over one hundred elements including all the known minerals from fresh wheatgrass. It is therefore a complete food – 1 kg of fresh wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to more than 20kg of the choicest vegetables (Ann Wigmore: Be Your Own Doctor). Wheatgrass juice is 70% crude chlorophyll and can be taken orally without any risk of toxic side effects. According to Dr Lawrence Smith, a professor in pathology in America, chlorophyll reproduces an environment unfavourable to bacterial growth rather than to act directly on bacteria: therefore its disease preventative qualities are excellent. It is, however, essential to plant the wheat in remineralized soil to ensure that the necessary minerals are in the soil failing which, obviously, the wheatgrass will be unable to provide the minerals.
Soil preparation entails working ± 2 kg of rock dust into 3-5 m² of soil to a depth of ± 100 – 150 mm. The rock dust should preferably be pre-mixed with compost or fertilizer as previously mentioned, in which case the dust concentrate could be slightly lower. Wheat kernels should then be planted in the treated soil and watered regularly. The grass-like plant can be harvested when a height of 150 – 200 mm has been reached but not sooner than 8 days, by cutting slightly above the fork in the stem. This enables the stem to re-grow, providing a second crop within a week or two.
The fresh grass can be liquidized and kept refrigerated for a few days but it is preferable to pick fresh grass each day and to simply wash the stalks and chew to extract the juice. A few writers emphasize freshness which renders daily harvesting more desirable. The stringy texture of the wheatgrass also makes it difficult to liquidise. If a row or two of wheat kernels is planted every week, you will have a continuous supply of plants and sufficient stalks could be harvested each day to provide ± two teaspoonsful of juice concentrate. This treatment should be continued for 2 – 3 weeks and repeated twice or three times a year but in cases of acute disorders the treatment can be intensified and used for extended periods according to personal requirements. No overdosage problems exist. The reason why the trace elements cannot be effectively absorbed directly from the earth, is the fact that the plants create a molecular bonding between the protein carriers and the carbohydrate and lipid cells in the plant to provide complete food cells. The proteins act as carriers for the trace elements, transporting them to the relevant sites in the body where they are required.
14. CONCLUDING REMARKS
Natural methods of improving health usually render more gradual results than medical prescriptions. Rock dust is not a wonder cure-all, but by regularly taking in nature’s own nutrients, your body is given the abiliy to regain its ability to resist disease and ailments in the natural, God-given manner with no harmful after-effects or risks. This does not, by any means, imply that your family doctor will now become redundant.
Modern medical technology has many advantages but the information contained in this booklet should enable you to rid your system of the majority of irritating ailments cheaply, effectively and safely.
15. WHERE TO FROM HERE
I am sure that everyone who has read the contents will be interested in improving his or his family’s resistance. It is also more than likely that one or more members of the family are suffering from ailments that can be overcome by using chlorophyll generated via mineralized wheatgrass.
Unlike many treatments and remedies being distributed, there can be no harmful side-effects, only stimulation of natural processes which have been undermined by lack of availability of natural minerals and elements. Obtain your own wheat kernels (make sure that it is untreated seed, suitable for human consumption) and rock dust from suitable sources.
Supplementary treatment should, however, be given at frequencies which depend on the intensity ofthe problem. Do not delay: the cost and effort is nothing compared to today’s medical expenses and it is difficult to quantify better health.
*A 1993 study by Rutgers University found that depletion is in the region of 87% Kopiereg Hierdie boekie of enige gedeelte daarvan mag nie sonder die skriftelike toestemming van die outeur gereproduseer of gekopieer word nie.