“Which part of a watch keeps time?”
Dr. Royal Lee used this question to emphasize the nutritional concept that the sum of the parts can never be equal to the whole. He explained that just as individual components that make up a watch cannot perform the function of the whole, neither can an extract from a food in the form of a vitamin or mineral isolate perform the same function as the entire complex. Furthermore, remove one part from the watch, and it will not function. It would be like expecting a few pieces of brass to tell time simply because they are slapped on to the wrist. Nutrients are no different-- they are biological mechanisms.
The role of trace minerals in the body cannot be overstated. They are called “trace” minerals because they appear in miniscule amounts in the bodies of humans and animals, yet their importance cannot be ignored, for without these vital nutrients the body will manifest disease, including congenital and genetic defects. Stephanie Anderson, President of Selene River Press, said it well:
"...the nutritional interconnection of the immune system and the forms of nutrients needed to protect human beings has been and will remain a law of nature."
Yet, due to the mineral depletion of our soils leading to mineral deficient plants which are then processed to produce what is termed as “food” in our grocery stores and markets, a majority of Americans are nutrient deficient. As I have said before, “Just as our children can only inherit what we have to give them in the form of genes or finances, our foods are limited to the nutrient profile of the soils they are grown in. Our foods are depleted because our soils lack the nutrients that they once had.” Likewise, we can only get the nutrients we need from foods if those nutrients are present in our soils, and by extension our foods, in the first place!
In my previous blog, we learned about the importance of the trace mineral copper for maintaining youthfulness, including natural hair color and the elasticity of membranes in the body. Copper prevents blood vessel and capillary fragility, including but not limited to aneurysms. Today we are going to learn about another “youth element” that also promotes tissue integrity: Selenium.
Humans require 15-70mcg of selenium per day, depending on age and stage in life:
Small amounts of selenium are found in heart and skeletal muscles, with four to five times higher concentrations in the liver and kidneys. Without this vital nutrient, the following conditions may result (Sources: Dead Doctors Don’t Lie & The Chemistry of Man):
“Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common cardiac genetic disorder. But it is best known for its tragic outcomes—the sudden cardiac death (SCD) of young athletes, many of whom are in high school or college.”(10)
Is this really a genetic defect or a selenium deficiency? Often environment and lifestyle habits are responsible for what appears to be genetic. If mama has a selenium deficiency, she and baby may both suffer from cardiomyopathy-- is it genetic or environmental?
According to Dr. Joel Wallach, an athlete sweats more in five years than a couch potato does in 70 years, and because minerals are excreted in sweat, it is CRITICAL that athletes replenish these electrolytes. Selenium is one of the key trace minerals that is depleted during physical exercise, and if it is not replenished, HCM and subsequent SCD can result, even in young athletes!
Traditional treatments for cardiomyopathy include pharmaceuticals, surgery or even heart transplant. But none of these treatments correct the root problem and heal the heart muscle or reverse cardiomyopathy-- they only address the symptoms. To quote Dr. Lee once more:
"We are poisoning people trying to correct the reactions of starvation." ~Dr. Royal Lee
Why not give Selenium a try? Interestingly, the Endocardiograph (EnCG), invented and developed by Dr. Royal Lee, uses sound vs. vibration (like an ECG or stethoscope) to measure rate, rhythm and tone of the mitral, triscuspid, aortic and pulmonic regions of the heart. Dr. Lee was able to pinpoint specific nutritional deficiencies that affect cardiac function. After a baseline measurement is taken, nutritional deficiencies can be determined, then tested in-office for their immediate effect upon heart function. I have personally experienced and witnessed the changes in heart rhythm by the administration of Vitamins B, C, E & F, Calcium, Phosphorus, trace minerals, or bovine heart tissue. Seeing is believing!
Vitamin E is a cofactor to selenium and facilitates absorption, so be sure to consume plenty of this nutrient, especially when supplementing. If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems such as Crohn’s disease or celiac, selenium deficiency can result even if adequate amounts of selenium are consumed through diet or supplementation.
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~Thomas Edison
For the most part, adequate selenium is easily attained through nutrition, but remember that only 15-70mcg are required per day-- only 1-2 Brazil nuts daily is enough!
Although uncommon, you don’t want to overdo this nutrient which comes with its own set of problems including:
Be sure you get the 60 essential minerals that your body needs everyday, including selenium! Very soon, I hope to incorporate the use of the brand new electronic Endocardiograph into my practice! Contact me to find out more about the Endocardiograph and the quality nutritional products I offer for the average Joe & JoAnn as well as for athletes.
Now you know why "A Brazil Nut a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!"
L’chaim-- To Life!