Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
June 2014 Newsletter
Hope you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend in spite of the rainy weather! With the unofficial start of summer upon us, many of you will be out planting gardens and working in the yard. If you are growing edible plants, here is one tip that can help you appear like a master gardener plus raise the nutritional value of those plants.
Years ago, I recommended a book called Empty Harvest by Dr. Bernard Jensen and Mark Anderson. They went into the history of chemical farming and how our soil is becoming depleted of minerals due to the modern farming practices. Depleted soils also gave us sicker plants since the minerals are vital for the immune system of both plants and animal. If it’s not in the soil, it’s not in the plant. If it’s not in the plant, it is not in our body after we eat the plant no matter how pretty the food may look at the store.
There have been many studies over the years about how the mineral content of food, fresh out of the field, was dropping every year. I recently saw a chart that compared the iron content of apples and how you would have to eat 26 apples in 1998 to get the same amount of iron as one apple in 1950 (4.3 mg vs .18 mg in 1998 per apple). I’ve seen similar charts about bowels of spinach. This was posted at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/25/food-minerals-soil-health.aspx
In that article, Dr. Mercola did an interview with Dr. August Manning about the lack of minerals in our soil. Manning creates mineral products for plants, pets and people that I have never tried so I can’t comment as to their effectiveness or recommend but his research on mineral depletion and the concurrent increase in disease is worth looking at.
As the soil levels dropped, there has been a rise in all types of disease in the human population. The increase in cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, etc since 1940 has an interesting correlation to this chart. This is part of the reason I suggest everyone needs some type of mineral supplement and most people can benefit from using sea salt.
Colorado has the other problem of being a high dry climate that evaporates the moisture out of our bodies even before we break a sweat. Now that we are into the warm weather season, we all have to work harder to stay hydrated by drinking water, taking minerals and using sea salt (not table salt). The 75-86 minerals in sea salt can also help make up for the mineral depleted plants in our diet.
He also finds that GMO foods and crops heavily fertilized have a harder time getting minerals from the soil than organically grown foods due to the heavy cheating effect of the chemicals binding the minerals to the soil and preventing their absorption. We need plants to take inorganic minerals from the soil and convert them to organic minerals that we can utilize.
The solution in Empty Harvest for dead soil was to use things like composting, bone meal, rock dust or sea weed on your gardens to build the soil back up. Mark Anderson lives in Colorado but has dark rich soil in his garden and not this hard brown soil most of us have. If you mineralize your soil, your plants will grow better, it will make the food taste better and you will feel healthier for eating it.
What would you do if someone offered you a place to stay in Cancun for a week? Yep, me, too… I said, “Sure!” So I will be out of the office from June 23-27 thanks to my sweet sister. Staff will still be at the office to help you if you need anything.