Biochemical Treatment Minerals That Build us

By Frank W. Britton, D.S.C.
The term “biochemistry” has two distinct meanings to the general chemist and the therapeutist. Applied to the many industrial processes of modern chemistry, it deals with such problems as brewery fermentation, baking, etc., and gradually merges in to the detailed preparation of the therapeutic specialties like endocrinal and vitamin products, which are slowly entering medical practice.
These remarks, however, are directed to biochemistry as it applies to the normal health of the individual –in the supply, for instance, of those essential minerals which are often deficient in the body’s food. At the same time it is ridiculous to attach too great an importance to all the claims made for any one element –that is where the mistakes of many advertisements are so self-evident.
You will find one school of thought extolling the wonderful virtues of iodine; another, that potassium is all important; while other blatant advertisements find a “cure-all” in endocrinal preparations and that all disease originating in digestive derangement can be cured by magnesium, and so on. The fact of the matter is that the human body is a marvelously complex machine, which uses all the above factors in its harmonious functioning –all being interdependent and coordinated.
Importance of Calcium
If there is any mineral deserving of more attention than the others, it is calcium, for the whole of the muscular system derives its “tone” from the presence of the calcium salts –it likewise regulates growth through controlling the secretion from the parathyroid glands. Consumption, in its various phases, is resisted through the activity of calcium. The remaining three elements which may be classed as “basic” are sodium, potassium and magnesium, which, with calcium, constitute what are known as the Ringer salts (from the name of the man who discovered their importance).
Biologically, the role of the salts of the above elements are well-known, although those of sodium, potassium and magnesium seem to possess little nutritional value. In physiological effect, sodium conduces to an unsettled, irritable and excitable condition as opposed to that of calcium, which exercises a sedative and calming influence.

Vitalization of Salts
Now, biochemistry applied in treatment is chiefly concerned with the assimilation of minerals by the body, and this is regarded as being made possible with the aid of certain “accessory food substances” generally referred to as vitamins. After passage through living bodies (vegetable and animal) we might regard the essential mineral salts as having slowly become “vitalized,” being rendered more assimilable and perhaps refined.
In the light of chemical knowledge, however, the process appears comparable merely to that of filtration –an absorption which cannot render an already refined substance more refined. This is so for inorganic salts, but when we come to certain organic compounds sometimes it is found that their structure is changed, as shown in the phenomena of isomerism.
Thus, if the essential mineral elements are present in such changed organic groups the molecular arrangement of these compounds may have made them more assimilable. The question, however, is in a strictly theoretical stage so far, but what has been said indicates that it is possible perhaps that the biochemical school is on the right track.
Scheussler’s Theory
In the above manner it is feasible for an increased physiological activity to exhibit, due to a subjection to some “vitalizing process.” A case in point is the weak physiological action of synthetic adrenalin as compared with the natural product. At the same time, if a compound is rendered more potent by passage through living matter, it should be administered in minimal doses, and this was Scheussler’s belief use of the mineral salts in homeopathic doses. Scheussler’s system has chiefly been exploited by non-medical methods, and remarkable results have resulted.
Twelve Elements
The method used by the natural –therapy school for the combating of a mineral deficiency in the body consists in their introduction in the form of fresh food. We will briefly consider these foods as the source of the twelve elements from which the body is built up. Calcium is found in cabbage, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, lettuce, rhubarb and spinach. Sodium in celery, spinach, leek, cucumber, asparagus, beet and carrot. Potassium in cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, endive, cabbage, onion, tomato, carrot, parsley, beet, parsnip and watercress. Magnesium in cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, orange, lemon, grapefruit, grape and lime. Iron in grapes, spinach and lettuce. Iodine in tomato, pineapple, onion, garlic and artichoke. Chlorine in carrot, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, asparagus, cucumber and endive. Fluorine in cabbage, spinach, watercress, beet and garlic. Manganese in endive, parsley, radish and watercress. Silicon in cabbage, onion, spinach, cucumber, lettuce and asparagus. Phosphorus in cranberries, cucumber, cabbage and sprouts. Sulphur in carrots, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, cucumber and kale.
Garlic and Carrot Juice
It might be emphasized that many health authorities (despite the objection of its odor, etc.), emphasize the extreme value of garlic and place it foremost in the rank of remedial vegetables. Its regulating action on the glands is well-known, while it s a digestive stimulant and antiseptic of first-rate importance, high blood pressure and arterio-sclerosis have been successfully treated by its means.
Carrot juice is being extensively used in the U.S.A.; it is alkaline and useful for all the skin affections, ulcerations, etc. It should be borne in mind that, whatever food is eaten, Nature prompts us to feed only when hungry, and in this matter it seems that a very real curse of civilization tends to be an over-consumption of food possessing definitely an “under-nourishing” value.
New Health.