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Minerals – The Most Overlooked Nutrient

December 18th, 2016

    Dr Tim O’Shea

Minerals is one confusing topic. Inorganic, organic, chelated, elemental, ionic, colloidal, essential, trace – all these claims! What do we really need? Credentials in nutrition apparently mean very little when it comes to minerals. Much of what is written about minerals is speculative, market-oriented, or dead wrong.

A net search on minerals is an overwhelming assault on one’s patience, time and credulity. How could all this stuff be right?

Minerals come from mines. Except when you’re talking about nutrition. Then they come from food. At least they used to. When we still had some viable topsoil.

Four elements compose 96% of the body’s makeup:


The remaining 4% of the body’s composition is mineral.

The following table shows the 21 minerals that have been shown to have nutritive value for humans.

Macro means more than 100mg per day.

Trace usually means either the requirements are measured in micrograms or that the amount required has never been measured.

Essential means the body can’t manufacture it. We must get it from the diet.

Essential Minerals



……..TRACE MINERALS . . . . . . .

– U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
National Research Council

Deficiency amounts have never been determined for many trace minerals, although several diseases have been linked with deficiencies of certain ones.

Beyond this, the marketplace takes over and science bows out. People are out there talking about 88-mineral toddies, minerals from ancient lakes, longevity of 150 years, calcium from pasteurized milk, calcium from coral reefs, mineral doses measured in grams, salubrious doses of silver, “normal” doses of lead, eye of newt, tail of frog, etc., making claims about this or that combination, trumpeting anecdotal cures for everything from cancer to hangnails.

The purpose of this chapter will be to try to sift through the debris and leave behind only the information which can be verified.

For several years, even mainstream medicine acknowledges the incontrovertible importance of mineral supplementation. In an article appearing in JAMA, once the top American medical journal, 24 Dec 1996, a controlled study of selenium use for cancer patients was written up. [24]

Selenium as you remember, effects powerful antioxidant activity, neutralizing free radicals, which are rampant in the presence of cancer. In this study, 1312 subjects were divided into groups. Some were given selenium; others the placebo.

There was a decrease of 63% with prostate cancer, and 46% with lung cancer in the selenium group. The results were so blatant that the designers actually terminated the study early so that everyone could begin to benefit from selenium.

This is just one example of the research on mineral supplementation. The problem is, if the results of studies economically threaten a current drug protocol, like chemotherapy, it is unlikely that an inexpensive natural supplement like selenium would be promoted by oncologists as a replacement any time soon.

There are six nutrient groups:

    – Water
    – Vitamins
    – Minerals
    – Fats
    – Protein
    – Carbohydrate

All are necessary for complete mammalian cellular function.

The necessity for minerals is a recent historical discovery, only about 150 years old. In the 1850s, Pasteur’s contemporary, Claude Bernard, learned about iron. Copper came about 10 years later, and zinc about the turn of the century.

With the discovery of Vitamin A in 1912, minerals were downplayed for about 50 years in favor of vitamin research. By 1950, after about 14 vitamins had been discovered, attention returned once more to minerals when it was shown that they were necessary co-factors in order for vitamins to operate. Minerals are co-factors for most biological reactions. Soon the individual functions of minerals in the body were demonstrated:

    Structural: bones, teeth, ligaments
    Solutes and electrolytes in the blood
    Enzyme actions
    Energy production from food breakdown
    Nerve transmission
    Muscle action

The following is a table of minerals linked with the specific functions most commonly agreed upon today:


    Muscle contraction
    Bone building


    Cell life
    Waste removal
    Osmostic balance


    Nerve transmission
    Cell life
    Normal blood pressure
    Muscle contraction


    Bone formation
    Cell energy


    Muscle contraction
    Nerve transmission
    Calcium metabolism
    Enzyme cofactor


    Normal blood pressure


    Protein synthesis
    Collagen structure
    bone and ligament structure


    Immune system
    Artery strength
    Forms hemoglobin from iron


    Insulin action
    Immune function


    Blood formation
    Immune function


    Immune stimulant
    Reduces free radicals
    Activates Vit E


    Immune regulation
    Brain development
    DNA synthesis


    Thyroid function


    Circulation: capillary integrity
    Sugar metabolism


    Metabolic Enzyme co-factor


    Metabolic Enzyme co-factor
    Connective tissue structure


    Metabolic Enzyme co-factor


    Metabolic Enzyme co-factor


    Teeth enamel

– Larry Berger, PhD and Parris Kidd, PhD [21]

Zinc is necessary for antioxidant production, which prevents aging and cancer. It is also a cofactor for some 80 metabolic enzymes. (Erasmus, p 172) Zinc is necessary for wound healing, fat metabolism, myelin, insulin function, semen production, tissue repair, especially skin, and HCl production. (Erasmus) [30]

Mineral deficiency means that some of these jobs will not get done. The body is capable of prodigious degrees of adaptation, and can operate for long periods of time with deficiencies of many of the above. But someday those checks will have to be cashed. When that happens: premature aging: cell breakdown. Dorian Gray’s portrait matures..

Without minerals, vitamins have little or no effect. Minerals are co-factors – triggers for thousands of essential enzyme reactions in the body. No trigger – no reaction. Without enzyme reactions, caloric intake is meaningless, and the same for protein, fat, and carbohydrate intake. Minerals trigger the vitamins and enzymes to act; not just digestion, but thousands of cell functions.


With the exception of those egregiously uninformed pedants who quack “you should be able to get all the nutrition you need from your food,” a virtually undisputed fact is deficiency. Mineral deficiency is the reason for the titanic output of websites, articles, and supplements visible today. The majority of mineral websites quote a 1936 source – Senate Document #264, as scientific proof that dietary minerals were generally inadequate for optimum health.

    “…most of us are suffering from certain diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until deplete soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance.”

    “The alarming fact is that food…now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough…minerals are starving us, no matter how much of them we eat.”

    “Lacking vitamins, the system can make use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.”
    Senate Document 264 – – 74th Congress, 1936 [25]

The same document went on to quantify the extent of mineral deficiency:

    99% of the American people are deficient in minerals, and a marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease.”

Congressional documents are not generally highly regarded as scientific sources, and other reference texts cite other percentages. The figures quoted by Albion Laboratories, longtime leader in patents on supplemental minerals, are somewhat lower, but the idea begins to come across:

DEFICIENCIES – % of U.S. Population

    Magnesium – 75%
    Iron – 58%
    Copper – 81%
    Manganese – 50%
    Chromium – 90%
    Zinc – 67%
    Selenium – 60%

    sources: Albion Labs, Fats That Heal [30]



Different studies will show different figures, of course, but there is certainly no lack of explanation for mass deficiencies of mineral intake. The most obvious of these is soil depletion and demineralization.

In 1900, forests covered 40% of the earth. By 1992 the figure was below 30%. (Relating Land Use and Global Land Cover, Turner, 1992 [5]). Diminshing steadily since then. {33} Aside from hacking down rainforests in order to raise beef cattle or soy or to build condos, one of the main reasons for the dying forests is mineral depletion.

According to a paper read at the 1994 meeting of the International Society for Systems Sciences, the 20th century was the first time ever that “mineral content available to forest and agricultural root systems is down by 25%-40%.” Less forests means less topsoil.

In the past 200 years, the U.S. has lost as much as 75% of its topsoil, according to John Robbins in his Pulitzer-nominated work Diet for a New America [4]. To replace one inch of topsoil may take anywhere from 200-1000 years, depending on climate. (Utah Teachers Resource Books) [3]

Demineralization of topsoil translates to loss of productive capacity. Contributing further to this trend is the growing of produce that is harvested and shipped far away.

The standard NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) fertilizer farmers commonly use is able to restore the soil enough to grow fruits and vegetables which are healthy looking, but may be entirely lacking in vital trace minerals. The inventor of the entire NPK philosophy, Baron von Leibig, recanted his own theories before he died when he saw the deficiencies his methods were fostering as they became the agricultural standard in both Europe and America. [29]

Mineral depletion in topsoil is hardly a controversial issue. The question is not if, but how much. Plants are the primary agents of mineral incorporation into the biosphere. The implication for our position on the food chain is simply: lowered mineral content in produce grown in U.S. topsoil.

You won’t find any source that insists that the mineral content of American topsoil is as good today as it was 50 years ago. Generally, studies talk in terms of how much, if any, minerals are still present.


The second contributor to mineral deficiency within the population is obviously, diet. Even if our produce did contain abundant minerals, less than 4% of the population eats sufficient fruits and vegetables to account for minimal RDAs.

To compound matters, mass amounts of processed food, excess protein, and refined sugars require most of our mineral stores in order to digest it and remove it. The removal process involves enzymes, which break things down. Enzyme activity, remember, is completely dependent on minerals like zinc and copper and chromium. No minerals – no enzyme action.

In addition, milk and dairy products, alcohol, and drugs inhibit the absorption of these minerals, further depleting reserves. So it is cyclical: refined foods inhibit mineral absorption, which then are not themselves efficiently digested because of diminished enzyme activity.

And then we go looking for bugs as the cause of disease?


In the chapter on the COLON we saw how the standard indigestible American diet packs layer upon layer of plaque onto the inner lining of the colon. One of the prime functions of the colon is to resorb water, in order to prevent dehydration. Plaque prevents such a reclamation, and the result is that we lose both water and minerals that normally should be reabsorbed.


The fourth reason for inadequate minerals in the body is a phenomenon known as secondary deficiency. It has been proven that an excess of one mineral may directly cause a deficiency of another, because minerals compete for absorption, compete for the same binding sites, like a molecular Musical Chairs. Secondary deficiency means that an excess of one mineral causes a deficiency of another. (Kidd)

For example, iron, copper, and zinc are competitive in this way. Copper is necessary for the conversion of iron to hemoglobin, but if there is excess zinc, less iron will be available for conversion. This may cause a secondary deficiency of iron, which can manifest itself as iron deficiency anemia. All due simply to excess zinc. Researchers have found that these secondary deficiencies caused by excess of one mineral are almost always due to overdosing on mineral supplements, since the quantities contained in food are so small.


A fourth reason for mineral deficiency in humans is overuse of prescription drugs. It has been known since the 1950s that antibiotics interfere with uptake of minerals, specifically zinc, chromium, and calcium. (The Plague Makers [32]) Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, and aspirin have the same inhibitive effect on mineral absorption. Moreover, when the body has to try and metabolize these drugs to clear the system, its own mineral stores are heavily drawn upon.

Such a waste of energy is used to metabolize laxatives, diuretics, chemotherapy drugs, and NSAIDs out of the body. This is one of the most basic mechanisms in drug-induced immunosuppression: minerals are essential for normal immune function.


Ultimately, the primary characteristic with minerals is bioavailability. Really doesn’t matter what we eat; it only matters what makes it to the body’s cells. Let’s say someone is iron deficient, for example. Can’t he just take a bar of iron and file off some iron filings into a teaspoon, and swallow them? Just took in more iron, didn’t he? Well, yes but here is a major distinction: the difference between elemental minerals and nutrient minerals . Iron filings are in the elemental form; absorption will be 8% or less. [Ashmead]

Same with most store-bought multi supplements.

Food-bound iron, on the other hand, like that contained in raisins or molasses, will have a much higher rate of absorption, since it is complexed with other living, organic forms, and as such is classed as a nutrient mineral. Minerals are not living, though they are necessary for life. Minerals are necessary for cell life and enzyme reactions and hundreds of other reasons. But they must be in a form that can make it as far as the cells. What is not bioavailable passes right through the body, a waste of time and money.

Bioavailability has a precursor, an opening act. It is called absorption. Take a mineral supplement pill. Put it in a glass of water and wait half an hour. If it is unchanged, chances are that the tablet itself would never even dissolve in the stomach or intestine, but pass right out of the body. You would be astounded how many mineral supplements there are in this category.

OK, let’s say the tablet or capsule actually does dissolve in the digestive tract. Then what? In order to do us any good, the mineral must be absorbed into the bloodstream, through the intestinal walls. Elemental (inorganic) minerals are absorbed about 1-8% in this manner. The rest is excreted.

Elemental minerals are those found in the majority of supplements, because they’re very cheap to produce. For the small percentage that actually makes it to the bloodstream, the mineral is available for use by the cells, or as a cofactor in thousands of essential enzyme reactions that keep every cell alive every second. Use at the cellular level is what bioavailability is all about.

With this background in mind we can begin to understand that varying amounts of the seven macrominerals and approximately 14 trace minerals, in a bioavailable form are necessary for optimum cell activity, optimum health and would seem to contribute to longevity. So besides epidemic mineral deficiency, what’s the problem?

In a word,


Mineral deficiency has become such an obvious health concern, causing specific diseases because of a lack of a single mineral, and general immune suppression with a lack of several, that the obvious need for supplementation has spawned an entire industry to the rescue. But in any market-driven industry involving pills, we sometimes find the cures are worse than the original problems. Why?

First off, toxicity. Remember, even macrominerals are only necessary in tiny amounts. Most trace minerals are necessary in amounts too small to be measured, and can only be estimated.

Toxicity is a word that simply means excess. When extra stuff gets put into the body, it’s a big deal. All forces are mobilized for removal of the extra stuff – the antigens, toxins, poisons, reactants, etc. Toxicity results from taking a nonessential non-nutrient mineral into the body.

Take lead poisoning, for example. If lead gets into the blood, the body will try to remove it. Since the metal atoms are so heavy compared with the body’s immune forces, removal may be impossible. Lead can initiate a chronic inflammatory response and can remain in the body permanently, which is why we don’t have lead in paint or gasoline any more.

Most minerals can be toxic if taken to excess. And this excess would not happen from food; only from supplements or the environment.


Well, for starters, any supplement containing more than about 21 minerals, because that’s all that have been proven to be necessary for humans. New toxicities are always being discovered. Aluminum linked to Alzheimer’s is a recent discovery.

Beyond these 21 or so it’s simply anybody’s guess, no matter what they tell you about the 5 civilizations where people live to be 140 years old, etc. People who show dramatic improvements from taking these 60 and 80 mineral drinks generally were likely so depleted that they rapidly absorbed the essential minerals in which they were deficient. But the toxicities from the nonessential, unknown minerals may take a long time to show up. Why take in anything extra?

Here’s an example of an ingredient list from one of these mega-mineral drinks: Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Vanadium, Manganese, Potassium, Selenium, Chromium, Phosphate, Iron, Sulfur, Carbon, Sodium, Barium, Strontium, Cesium, Thorium, Molybdenum, Nickel, Cerium, Germanium, Copper, Rubidium, Antimony, Gallium, Neodymium, Lanthanum, Bismuth, Zirconium, Thallium, Tungsten, Ruthenium, Boron, Iodine, Chloride, Bromine, Titanium, Cobalt, Dysprosium, Scandium, Samarium, Fluoride, Niobium, Praseodymium, Erbium, Hafnium, Lithium, Ytterbium, Yttrium, Cadmium, Holmium, Rhenium, Palladium, Gold, Thulium, Terbium, Iridium, Tantalum, Europium, Lutetium, Rhodium, Tin, Indium, Silver, Beryllium, Tellurium, and Platinum.

Any questions?

Amidst all the confusion about minerals, one thing should be made clear: we only need a little. So the mineral supplements we take should be as absorbable and as bioavailable as possible. That way we won’t have to take much. Less chance of toxicity.

So the question then becomes: which mineral supplements are the most absorbable and the most usable, and therefore effective in the smallest amounts possible? Four candidates present themselves, all contending for the title:


Unraveling this puzzle is one area where the internet can actually impede progress. Try it and you’ll see why.

There’s only one answer, but it’s buried deep. To find it, we have to review a little


The digestive tract goes like this: mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and out. Mineral absorption means transferring the mineral from the digestive tract through the wall of the intestine, into the bloodstream. You really have to picture this: the digestive tract is just a long tube, from one end to the other. As long as food and nutrients are inside this tube, they are actually considered to be still outside the body, because they haven’t been absorbed into the bloodstream yet.

This is an essential concept to understanding mineral absorption. Minerals can’t do any good unless they make it into the bloodstream. This is exactly why most minerals bought at the grocery store are almost worthless: they pass right through the body – in one end and out the other. It’s also why many nutritionists’ and dieticians’ advice is valueless; they commonly pretend everything that is eaten is absorbed.

Two main reasons for lack of absorption:

    – the pill never dissolved
    – the mineral was in its elemental form (non-nutrient, e.g., iron filings)

Let’s say these problems are overcome; neither is true. Or let’s say the mineral is contained within some food, such as iron in molasses, or potassium in bananas. Food-bound minerals are attached or complexed to organic molecules. Absorption into the blood is vastly increased, made easy. The mineral is not just a foreign metal that has been ingested; it is part of food.

Fruits and vegetables with high mineral content exemplify the best way to provide the body with adequate nutrition. Food-bound minerals are the original mode. As already cited above, however, sufficient mineral content is an increasingly rare occurrence. Foods simply don’t have it. How little, what portion of normal depends on what studies one finds.

oon the necessity for supplementation becomes obvious: if the food no longer has it, and we need it, pass the supplements, please. At that point, the marketplace assaults one’s awareness and we’re almost back to the days of the tonics, brews, toddies, and snake potions of yesteryear.


Let’s look at the four types one by one. Least beneficial are the supplements containing minerals in the elemental form. That means the mineral is just mentioned on the label. It’s not ionized, it’s not chelated, it’s not complexed with an oxide or a carbonate or a sulfate, or with a food, and it’s not colloidal. Like under “ingredients” it just says “iron” or “copper,” or “calcium,” etc.

Elemental minerals are obviously the cheapest to make. A liquid would only have to be poured over some nails to be said to contain iron. Elemental minerals are the most common in grocery store supplements. They may not be toxic, as long as only the minerals mentioned on the label are included in the supplement. The problem is absorption: it’s between 1 and 8 percent. The rest passes right through. Not only a waste of money; also a waste of energy: it has to be processed out of the body.


Next comes ionic minerals. Usually a step up. Ionic means in the form of ions. Ions are unstable molecules that want to bind with other molecules. An ion is an incomplete molecule. There is a definite pathway for the absorption of ionic minerals through the gut (intestine) into the blood. In fact, any percent of the elemental minerals that actually got absorbed became ions first, by being dissolved in stomach acids.

Ionic minerals are not easily absorbed through the intestine intact.

The model for mineral ion absorption through the intestine is as follows. Ions are absorbed through the gut by a complicated process involving becoming attached or chelated to some special carrier proteins in the intestinal wall. Active transport is involved; meaning, energy is required to bring the ionic mineral from inside the intestine through the lining, to be deposited in the bloodstream on the other side. [7]

Ionic minerals may be a good source of nutrients for the body, depending upon the type of ions, and on how difficult it is for the ion to get free at the appropriate moment and location.

Minerals require an acidic environment for absorption. Remember low pH (less than 7) is acidic; high pH (above 7) is alkaline.

As the stomach contents at pH 2 empty into the small intestine, the first few centimeters of the small intestine is the optimum location for mineral absorption. The acidic state is necessary for ionization of the dissolved minerals. If the pH is too alkaline, the ions won’t disassociate from whatever they’re complexed with, and will simply pass on through to the colon without being absorbed.

As the mineral ions are presented to the lining of the intestine, if all conditions are right, and there are not too much of competing minerals present, the ions will begin to be taken across the intestinal barrier, making their way into the bloodstream. This is a complicated, multi-step process, beyond the scope of this chapter.

Simply, it involves the attachment of the free mineral ion to some carrier proteins within the intestinal membrane, which drag the ion across and free it into the bloodstream. A lot happens during the transfer, and much energy is required for all the steps. Just the right conditions and timing are necessary: proper pH, presence of vitamins for some, and the right section of the small intestine. [7]

Iron, manganese, zinc, copper – these ions are bound to the carrier proteins which are embedded in the intestinal lining. The binding is accomplished by a sort of chelation process, which simply describes the type of binding which holds the ion. The carrier protein or ligand hands off the mineral to another larger carrier protein located deeper within the intestinal wall. After several other steps, if all conditions are favorable, the ion is finally deposited on the other side of the intestinal wall: the bloodstream, and is now usable by the cells.

Ionic mineral supplements do not guarantee absorption by their very nature, although they are certainly more likely to be absorbed than are minerals in the raw, elemental state. However, ionic minerals are at least in the form required for uptake by the carrier proteins that reside in the intestinal wall.

The uncertainties with ionic minerals include how many, how much, and what else are the unstable ions likely to become bound to before the carrier proteins pick them up. All ionic supplements are not created equal. Just because it’s an ion doesn’t mean a supplemental mineral will be absorbed. Too many minerals in a supplement will compete for absorption, some for the smae binding sites. Too much of one mineral will crowd out the others. The idea is to offer the body an opportunity for balance; rather than to overload it with the hope that some will make it through somehow. All we need is a little.


Speaking of overloading, the third type of supplemental minerals is called colloidal. What does colloidal really mean? Colloidal refers to a solution, a dispersion medium in which mineral particles are so well suspended that they never settle out: you never have to shake the bottle.

The other part of the dictionary definition has to do with diffusion through a membrane: “will not diffuse easily through vegetable or animal membrane.” Yet this is supposed to be the whole rationale for taking colloidal minerals – their absorbability.

Colloidal guru Joel Wallach himself continuously claims that it is precisely the colloidal form of the minerals that allows for easy diffusion and absorption across the intestinal membrane, because the particles are so small. Wallach claims 98% absorption, but cites no studies, experiments, journal articles or research of any kind to back up this figure. Why not? Because there aren’t any. The research on colloidal minerals has never been done. It’s not out there. Senate Document 264 doesn’t really cover it.

In reality, colloidal minerals are actually larger than ionic minerals, as discussed by top researcher Max Motyka, MS. [22] Because of the molecular size and suspension in the colloid medium, which Dorland’s Medical dictionary describes as “like glue,” absorption is inhibited, not enhanced.

No less an authority than Dr. Royal Lee, the man responsible for pointing out the distinction between whole food vitamins and synthetic vitamins, stated:

    “A colloidal mineral is one that has been so altered that it will no longer pass through cell walls or other organic membranes.” [2]

Does that sound like easy absorption?

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary talks about colloids “resisting sedimentation, diffusion, and filtration ” Again, resisting diffusion seems to indicate inhibition of absorption, not increased absorption, wouldn’t you think?

As Alexander Schauss and Parris Kidd both explain, colloids are suspensions of minerals in clay and water. [18] Clay often has levels of aluminum as high as 3000 parts per million, with safety levels set at 10 ppm or lower ([21] Kidd). Aluminum has been proven to kill nerve cells, which we now see in Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Schauss characterizes the aluminum content as the big problem with colloidal minerals. He cites a standard geology reference text – Dana’s Manual of Mineralogy – describing clay as primarily aluminum:

    “Clay minerals are essentially hydrous aluminum silicates.”
    – Dana’s Manual, p436 [19]

And another geology text:

    “[clays] are essentially hydrous aluminum silicates and are usually formed from the
    alteration of aluminum silicates.”

    Mineral Recognition p 273 [20]

Schauss finds references as high as 4400 PPM of aluminum in colloidal clay. Schauss states that he has done an exhaustive search for any human studies using colloidal minerals and after searching 2000 journals, like everyone else, has come up with zero.

For a mineral to be well absorbed, it must be either in the ionic state, or else chelated, as explained above. The percentage of colloidal minerals which actually does get absorbed has to have been ionized somehow, due to the acidic conditions in the small intestine. Only then is the mineral capable of being taken up by the carrier proteins in the intestinal membrane, as mentioned above. But why create the extra step? Ionic minerals would be superior to colloidal, because they don’t have to be dissociated from a suspension medium, which is by definition non-diffusable. All this extra work costs the body in energy and reserves.

In an editorial in Am J of Nat Med, Alexander Schauss further points out the error of Wallach’s claims. [18] Wallach states that colloidals are negatively charged, and this enhances intestinal absorption. The problem is his science is 180 degrees backward: Wallach claims the charge of the intestinal mucosa is positive, but all other sources have known for decades that the mucosal charge is negative. ([1] Guyton, p13)

This is why ionic minerals are presented to the intestinal surface as cations (positively charged ions). Opposites attract, like repels like -remember? Another big minus for colloidals.


Consistency of percentages of each mineral from batch to batch. Very simply, there isn’t any with the mega mineral supplements, as the manufacturers will themselves admit.

The ancient lakes and glaciers apparently have not been very accommodating when it comes to percent composition. Such a range of variation might be acceptable in, say, grenade tossing or IQ threshold of congressmen, or other areas where high standards of precision are not crucial. But a nutritional supplement that is supposed to enhance health by drinking it? This is an area in which the details of composition should be fairly visible, verifiable, the same every time.

In these 80-trace-mineral toddies, there is no way of testing the presence or absence of many of the individual minerals. Many established essential trace minerals do not even have an agreed-upon recommended daily allowance, for two reasons:

    – the research has never been done

    – the amounts are too small to be measured.

How much less is known about the amounts and toxicities of those unknown minerals which have never been studied, but are claimed to be present in these miraculous toddies?


Some essential minerals are toxic in excess, but essential in small amounts. Iron, chlorine, sodium, zinc, and copper are in this category. Toxic levels have been established, and resulting pathologies have been identified: we know what diseases are caused by their excesses. How risky is it to take in 40 or 50 minerals for which no toxicity levels have ever been set?

The problem is selective utilization, as explained by Dr. Parris Kidd. [21] Toxic trace minerals may closely resemble the essential minerals in atomic configuration. The result is competition for enzyme sites by two similar minerals only one of which is beneficial:

    “aluminum competes with silicon
    cadmium competes with zinc
    tellurium competes with selenium
    lanthanum competes with calcium ” – Kidd, p42

We also know that zinc competes with iron. (Erasmus) [30]

Beware! A separate hoax is being played out with


used by many as a “natural antibiotic.” Extremely uninformed physicians recommend daily doses of colloidal silver, in order to “prevent” colds, in the absence of any studies or trials whatsoever. As Dr. Kidd points out:

    ” the body is not well-equipped to handle silver. This element can poison the kidneys, become deposited in the brain, and even give to the skin a gunmetal type of gloss.” [21]

Many nutritionists note [6] several minerals which frequently appear on the ingredient labels of certain mega-mineral products they actually admit their supplements contain or “may contain” some of the following: (the phrase “may contain” has always been scary for me. If they’re not sure, then what else is there that this product “may contain” that they don’t know about?)

    Aluminum: Documented since the article in Lancet 14 Jan 1989 to be associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as blocking absorption of essential minerals like calcium, iron, and fluoride.

    Silver: questionable as a single-dose antibiotic, consistent intake of silver accumulates in the blood-forming organs – spleen, liver, and bone marrow, as well as the skin, lungs, and muscles. Serious pathologies have resulted: blood disorders, cirrhosis, pulmonary edema, chronic bronchitis, and a permanent skin condition known as argyria, to name just a few. Silver is better left in the ancient lakes, and in tableware.
    Gold: Manufacturers of mega-minerals hawk that “there’s more gold in a ton of seawater than there is in a ton of ore.” So what? Our blood is not seawater; it evolved from seawater. Gold used to be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, but has largely been abandoned when they proved that it caused kidney cell destruction, bone marrow suppression, and immune abnormalities.
    Lithium: Rarely used as an antipsychotic medication, lithium definitely can cause blackouts, coma, psychosis, kidney damage, and seizures. Outside of that, it should be fine.

The list goes on and on. These are just a few examples of mineral toxicities about which we have some idea. But for at least half the minerals in the mega toddies, we know nothing at all.


The fourth form of supplemental minerals is the chelated variety. Some clarification of this term is immediately necessary.

Chelated is a general term that describes a certain chemical configuration. When a mineral is bound or stuck to certain carrier molecules, which are known as chelators, or ligands, and a ring-like molecule is the result, we say that a chelate is formed.

Chelate is from the Greek word for claw, suggested by the open v-shape of the two ligands on each side, with the mineral ion in the center.

Chelation occurs in many situations. Many things can be chelated, including minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. Minerals in food may be bound with organic molecules in a chelated state. Many molecules in the body are chelated in normal metabolic processes. The carrier proteins in the intestinal wall discussed above, whose job it is to transport ionic minerals – these chelate the ions.

Another sense of the word chelation as exemplified in a mainstream therapy for removing heavy metals from the blood is called chelation therapy. The toxic metals are bound to a therapeutic amino acid ligand called EDTA. With a Pac-Man action, the metals are thus removed from the blood. (See chapter on Oral Chelation)

Molecular weight is measured in units called daltons. The ligands or binding agents may very small (800 daltons) or very large (500,000 daltons) resulting in a many sizes of chelates. Mineral + ligand = chelate.

Generally the largest chelates are the most stable, but also the most difficult to absorb. Ionic minerals absorbed through the intestine are chelated to the carrier proteins, at least two separate times.

Using the word chelated with respect to mineral supplements refers to a very specific type of chelation. The idea is to bind the mineral ion to ligands that will facilitate absorption of the mineral through the intestine into the bloodstream, bypassing the pathway used for ionic mineral absorption.

After decades of research at Albion Laboratories in Utah, it was learned that small amino acids, especially glycine, are the best ligands for chelating minerals, for three reasons:

    – bypasses the entire process of chelation by the intestine’s own carrier proteins

    – facilitates absorption by an entirely different pathway of intestinal absorption, skipping the intermediate steps which ionic minerals go through

    – the chelate will be the at the most absorbable molecular weight for intestinal transfer: less than 1500 daltons [9]

It has also been established beyond controversy that certain pairs of amino acids (dipeptides) are the easiest of all chelates to be absorbed, often easier than individual amino acids. Proteins are made of amino acids.

Normal digestion presumably breaks down the proteins to its amino acid building blocks so they can be absorbed. But total breakdown is not always necessary. It has long been known that many nutrient chains of two or three or even more amino acids may be absorbed just as easily as single amino acids.

Food-bound copper, vitamin C with hemoglobin molecule, animal protein zinc, are some examples of amino acids chelates that are easily absorbed intact. (Intestinal Absorption of Metal Ions, Chapter 7). [7]

To take another example, in abnormal digestion it is well known that chains of amino acids – dipeptides, tripeptides, even polypeptide proteins – sometimes become absorbed intact in a pathology known to gastroenterologists as Leaky Gut Syndrome. Obviously it is not healthy and has many adverse consequences, but the point is that amino acids chains are frequently absorbed, for many different reasons.

The reason these dipeptide chelates are absorbed faster than ionic minerals is that the chelated mineral was bonded tightly enough so that it did not dissociate in the acidic small intestine and offer itself for capture by the intestinal membrane’s carrier proteins. That whole process was thus avoided. The chelate is absorbed intact. An easier form.

This is a vast oversimplification, and the most concise summary, of why chelated minerals may be superior to ionic, provided it’s the right chelate. Only a specific chelate can resist digestion and maintain its integrity as it is absorbed through the gut. Again, all chelates are not created equal. Inferior chelates, used because they are cheaper to produce, include the following:

    – carbonates
    – citrates
    – oxides
    – sulfates
    – chlorides
    – phosphates

If the label gives one of these chelates, it means the mineral is bound either too strongly or not tightly enough, and may be released at the wrong time and the wrong place. Chelation of minerals in nutrient supplements is a very precise science, yielding chelates superior to those occurring naturally in foods.

Intact absorption is faster, easier, and requires less metabolic energy, provided the chelate is about 1500 daltons.

To compare chelated and ionic minerals, once the research is presented, there is really not much of a dispute about which is absorbed faster, ionic minerals or dipeptide-like amino acid chelates. Meticulous isotope testing has shown the following increases in percent absorption of chelates, as compared with ionic:

    Iron . . 490% greater
    Copper . . 580% greater
    Magnesium. . . 410% greater
    Calcium . . . 421% greater
    Manganese . . . 340% greater

    – Source: Journal of Applied Nutrition 22:42 1970 [31]

Again, this is just the briefest glance at the prodigious amount of research comparing ionic with chelated minerals, but the results are uniform. The hands-down winner of the bioavailability contest is: chelated minerals, provided the chelate was maintained as small as possible, generally using glycine as the amino acid ligands, at a total weight below 1500 daltons.


Often you will hear this or that company claiming that “organic” minerals contained in food are the best, cannot be improved upon, and are superior to all possible types of mineral supplements. This is almost true. The only exception is glycine-chelated minerals, for two reasons:

    – the exact amount of minerals in any food is extremely variable and difficult to measure, even if there is high mineral content of the soil. Pesticides destroy root organisms in the soil. These bugs play a major role in selective mineral absorption.

    (Jensen p 55)

    – the ligands that bind the mineral in the food chelate may be too strong or too weak to dissociate
    at exactly the right time for maximum absorption in the human digestive tract. Glycine chelates are uniform and easily measurable. No question about dosage.


The average lifespan of an American is about 84 years. No one has ever proven that taking mineral supplements will extend life. Many old people never took a mineral or a vitamin in their life. It really comes down to quality of life. Incidence of disease during the lifespan. For how many days or months of the total lifespan was the person ill?

We are the walking petri dishes of Alexis Carrel – remember? Carrel was the French biochemist, a Nobel prize winner, who did the famous experiment in which he kept chicken heart cells alive in a petri dish for 28 years just by changing the solutes every day. Could’ve gone longer, but figured he’d proven his point. Mineral content factors largely in the quality of our solutes: the blood – the milieu interior, the biological terrain.

The U.S. has the highest incidence of degenerative diseases of any developed country on earth. In addition, infectious diseases are coming back; antibiotics are getting less effective every year. Americans’ confidence in prescription drugs is weakening. Please be disabused of any unfounded hopes: cancer and AIDS will never be cured by the discovery of some new drug.

It’s not going to happen. There probably will never be another Alexander Fleming; turns out penicillin was just a brief detour anyway. Bacteria have had 50 billion years to figure out how to adapt. The only way that anyone recovers from any illness is when the immune system overcomes the problem. Allergy shots never cured an allergy; people who take allergy shots always have allergies.

Our only hope of better health is to do everything possible to build up our natural immune system. One of these preventative measures is nutritional supplementation. It may not be dramatic, but daily deposits to the immune system bank account will pay off down the road. Healthy people don’t get sick.

With respect to minerals, then, what are our goals? My opinion is that having once realized the necessity for mineral supplementation, our objectives should be simple:

    – Take only the minerals we absolutely need
    – Take the smallest amounts possible
    – Nothing left over ( no metabolic residue)

Some of the above ideas may seem strange and difficult to understand, on first reading. But it is truly a very simplified version of what actually takes place. Most of the technical details were omitted for the sake of clarity and brevity. However, the correctness of the above basic framework is verifiable. The reader is encouraged to expand a little by consulting the attached reference list.


What mineral supplement should you buy? The reader now has enough background data to be somewhat discriminate. Obviously the chelated minerals should be the first choice.

We have been very happy with our Chelated Minerals for the past 15 years. Patients have been consistently pleased with results, and the Minerals have been part of the 60 Day Program from its inception.

But this past year I began to notice the decline in overall health, as the American diet becomes progessively worse. Processed foods contain more and more fake sugars and hydrogenated fillers than every before. Degenerative diseases – diabetes, allergies, cancer – are all skyrocketing logarithmically..

So it gradually became apparent that we had to re-formulate our Mineral supplement. The results have exceeded all expectations.

Here are the primary improvements in our new formula, as compared with the old one:

    35% more vitamin B12
    33% more iron
    2x as much selenium
    2x as much Potassium Iodide
    65% more Magnesium
    35% more Zinc
    30% more Copper
    3x more Manganese
    25% more Chromium
    2x as much Molybdenum
    10 mg Silicon
    132 mg Phosphorus

Remember, most of these are chelated forms, which means highest bioavailability, compared with the majority of supplements you see.

No need to worry about megadosing – none of these amounts approach double or triple the recommended daily amounts like many self-appointed experts recommend. Often we see as much as 100x the RDA’s being prescribed.

For the detail-minded among you: the DV% value listed after each mineral on the label means the percent Recommended Daily Value. The problem is, there are several different official entities who publish daily values and overall there is a wide spectrum of opinion.

I am not in complete agreement with the DV% values the blending company required us to print on the label. I think most of them are substantially understated. This supplement is likely much better than those values suggest.

Two better sources for setting %DV are:

    The National Academy of Sciences/ NIH the branch of government that controls all medical research


    Lenntech, the group who provides nutritional values for the W.H.O.

These two world authorities were very close in their recommendations. Roughly averaging those two together, I believe a more accurate estimate of the true individual DV% of the new Minerals should read as follows:

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . %DV
    Vitamin B12 . . . 40%
    Calcium . . . . . . .30%
    Iron . . . . . . . . 44%
    Phosphorus . . . 16%
    Iodine . . . . . . . 150%
    Magnesium . . . 80%
    Zinc . . . . . . . . 77%
    Selenium . . . . . 82%
    Copper . . . . . . . 67%
    Manganese . . . . 73%
    Chromium . . . . 88%
    Molybdenum . . .100%
    Vanadium . . . . .100%

See how much better this is than what’s on the label? If I owned the bottling company, these values are what would have been on the label, and they would have been perfectly justified. So we can see where interpretive politics often reaches its long nose into areas in which it has no expertise, i.e., the natural supplements industry.

Despite the significant upgrade, the price has not increased for this Mineral supplement for the past 10 years, as is true actually for all our supplements. After your first month with the new Minerals, I think you will see that it has been worth the wait. There is simply nothing like this mineral product available anywhere today.

Are minerals important? Two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling thought so: “You can trace every sickness, every disease, every ailment to mineral deficiency.”

Healthy people don’t get sick.

copyright MMXVI – Dr Tim O’Shea

To order Minerals


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Utah Teachers Resource Book

4. Robbins, John — Diet for a New America

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6. Grant, Douglas — “The Truth About Colloidal Minerals” 1996

7. Ashmead, H. DeWayne, PhD Intestinal Absorption of Metal Ions and Chelates, 1985—
Charles C. Thomas

8. Fisher, Jeffrey A., MD — The Plague Makers 1996

9. Ashmead, Harvey, PhD— “Tissue Transportation of Organic Trace Minerals”
J Appl Nutr, 22:42 1970

10. Underwood, E — “Trace Elements in Human and Animal Nutrition”
Academy Press, New York 73, 1977

11. Matthews, D — “Final Discussion” in Peptide Transport and Hydrolysis,
Amsterdam: Elselvier, 1977

12. Miller, G.T. — Living in the environment: An introduction to environmental science,
Sixth edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company 1990

13. Banik, Allen— Hunza Land Whitehorn Publ., Long Beach 1960

14. Taylor, Renee— Hunza Health Secrets Universal Publishing, NY, 1964

15 The Merck Manual— 16th ed., 1996

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17 Tilden, J.H., MD— Toxemia Explained 1926

18 Schauss, A PhD — “Collloid minerals: clinical implications of clay suspension products’
Am J of Nat Med vol4, no.1, Jan-Feb 97 p5

19 Hurlbut, C et al.— Dana’s Manual of Minerology Wiley & Sons NY 18th Edition
p 436

20 Vander & Kerr —- Mineral Recognition Wiley & Sons NY 1967 p 273

21 Kidd, Parris, PhD — “Colloid and Clay Minerals: Latest Nutrition Fad”
Total Health vol 19 no 1 p 41

22 Motyka, Max, MS— “Minerals, Trace Minerals, Ultra Trace Minerals”
Albion Research Notes vol.5 no.2 May 1996

23 Jong, Carol, PhD— Precious Metals 1998
Biomed Publications

24 Journal of the American Medical Association — 24 Dec 1996

25 Senate Document 264 === 74th US Congress, 1936

26 “US CO2 Budget for Atmosphere & Climate Stabilization”—
Presentation, June 1994
International Society for Systems Sciences

27 McDougall, John MD— McDougall’s Medicine: A Challenging Second Opinion

28 Birchall,JD — “Aluminum, Chemical Physiology, And Alzheimer’s Disease”
Lancet 29 Oct 1988

29 Von Leibig, Baron Justus— The Natural Laws of Husbandry

30 Erasmus, U Fats that heal fats that kill Alive 1993.

31 Ashmead H: Tissue transportation of organic trace minerals. J Appl Nutr 22:42–51, 1970.

32 Fisher, J The Plague Makers Simon & Schuster 1994.

33. Forest ARea World bank 2014

September 2016 Newsletter

September 3rd, 2016


Advanced Clinical Nutrition Seminar –

    Paris, France – 17 Sept

North Georgia Symposium for Holistic Medicine
Gainesville GA – 29-30 Oct

Vaccine Lectures –

    Paris, France – 16 Sept

    Wales UK – 23 Sept

Chiropractic Philosophy/ Technique –

    Wales UK – 24 Sept







7. Excerpt from Vaccination Is Not Immunization, 4th ed.

cruise alaska

This month some lucky DCs got CE credits the way they should be gotten — aboard a high-end cruise ship bound for Alaska, out of Seattle. I’ve been telling you about it in the last 3 newsletters — not my fault you weren’t there for a life experience. The world may be coming apart at the seams, but not this week.

Three Alaskan ports of call: Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.

First, Ketchikan. By the third day out we were there. SE Alaska is temperate in general – it’s that narrow, forested southern tail that borders western Canada. Anyway the first port – Ketchikan – is this little woodsy backwater, onto which the cruise lines have obligingly grafted a tourist trap environment, for half the year.

Ketchikan is on an island, not connected to the mainland. The population of 8000 booms to 14,000 as college kids, assorted soldiers of fortune, and travelling diamond merchants from Fort Lauderdale and Costa Rica settle in for the season, to take down some easy pickings. Between 3 and 9 thousand well-heeled, largely clueless tourists tear themselves away from the ship’s buffet long enough to wobble ashore every single day, from May to September.

The big scam in Ketchikan is bears. Everybody’s a bear expert, spewing forth unbidden about sows and grizzlies and hibernation and black bears shaking hands, etc. All the downtown bars are Bear Something, and everybody’s wearing bear T-shirts and being generally– overbear-ing. Sorry, it’s contagious.

The ones who know the least of all turn out to be the self-proclaimed experts of course, and they never stop talking. After all, they’ve memorized the first 2 paragraphs of wiki, under “bear.” All of which is directed to get you to sign up for one of the many bear tours.

Virtually all the tours use beautiful photos of adorably approachable black bears as bait to sell tours, remarkably all to the same destination: Herring Cove. This is a shallow grassy little river delta next to a salmon hatchery about 8 miles outside town. I found my own way out there. There were many salmon in evidence, splashing about, either in the act of spawning, or winding down the final phase of their dramatic lives. But no bears.

A large, flat wetland – you’d think bears would be abundant there. What they don’t tell you till later is that the bears usually come in right before sunset, just about the time the cruise ships pull out of Dodge.

So most people walk away with no bear tales, having learned the meaning of “No Guaranteed Sightings.” At least I learned the lesson for only $80, which I paid a local cabbie who was parked across the street from the dock, instead of the $250 most hoopleheads paid the ship for the same “tour” via bus.

Which leaves them the rest of the day to go trudging through the various tourist trap shops lining the downtown streets, most of which are carbon copies of each other, with a few exceptions.

One exception is the fur and pelt store, a really good one with a respectable selection of fox, reindeer, wolf, beaver, etc skins – all finished, perfectly clean, and very good workmanship. Even some coats and jackets, very nice. This was no tourist trap and I wasn’t really ready for it, having just walked through 49 actual tourist trinket shops.

I was surprised by the workmanship, but then my inbred, judgmental retard California save-the-dragonfly mentality kicked in, and knowing nothing, I asked the clerk if all this was legal. She looked at me with surprise and said something unintelligible and irrelevant. So I left, but at least now I had seen quality work, because I had looked through her selection very carefully.

But the day was yet to be redeemed. Because I had a ticket for a seaplane to take a few of us to the back side of the island. Like Juneau, Ketchikan is land-locked. The only way to get there is by boat or by air. No roads, no bridges, and no trains. It’s on an island.

So I climbed into a little 10-seater single-engine DeHavilland Beaver, vintage c. 1965, flown by one of the best pilots in Alaska – Clark. Now we saw what this mountain forest island really looked like, and its relation to the Inland Passage we had just sailed up, and the mainland. And we saw how pristine the Alaskan wilderness really is. Ketchikan is a tiny little town – the only one on the island.

Populated mainly by mountain goats, bears, and other animals, the island has a long unpronounceable name that nobody uses. Spectacular scenery, breathtaking mountains and lakes and pine forests, and channels — like flying over a 360-degree John Denver song.

Our destination was a salmon hatchery, which was busy raising 150 million baby salmon in its trays. Clark banked in for a turn and brought the DeHavilland to a flawless landing on the water, scooting right up in front of the dock. We floated up alongside and hopped off. There we were met by one of the worst hazards of cruise tourism: The Omniscient Tour Guide. This one was a loud, chatty nonstop yakking girl named whatever, not even a local, who announced that she was there to guide us back to show us “the bears.”

Faced with this assault on our sensibilities, I almost stayed with Clark, but he had to fly back and pick up the next load of hoopleheads. So off I traipsed with the group behind Miss Yakathon, the bear expert..

As you may know, tour guides can be the bane of any trip. It’s inevitable that you’re going to be in a situation where a tour is guided and narrated. So looking at the average intelligence in this country, what do you think are your chances of getting an articulate, educated, well-informed local expert, who is capable of accurately describing the little corner of the world you’re about to see for the first time?

We definitely got Door #2 this time, with this condescending chatterbox, whose one objective was to frighten people as much as possible about how these mostly harmless black bears were lurking behind every tree, waiting to pounce on us and rip our throats out, etc. Another townie Ketchikan bear expert. Got it.

Travellers Rule #17: you’re gonna get both types, I and II. So don’t complain – like I always do. But on second thought, hey, you just paid over $300 for this little tour. So bitch away!

Luckily we only had to be “guided” a few hundred yards back to our destination where the promised bears were supposed to be. But that distance soon seemed like the Itidarod because we had to stop every few yards and listen to more of her quacking fishwife wiki non-science about what to do when the bears attacked, and her disjointed, high-functioning account of how baby salmon are raised… How long, Oh Lord, how long…?

But finally it’s over and we get to walk behind the hatchery where the mouth of the stream is and we walk up to the edge and there’s …. a bear! Fishing! Who catches a fish! And starts eating it, like 50 feet right in front of me! No fences, no barriers.

Till that point I was beginning to believe the whole Alaska bear thing was just a legend made up by the cruise companies. But here they were – the real deal, in their natural element. Good to have the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 on full video in enhanced color — getting all the footage.

Suddenly, two more bears show up out of nowhere, right near him and start catching salmon and eating them. All right in front of us. It’s 65 degrees, a beautiful sunny day, of which Ketchikan gets about 12 per year. Hundreds of seagulls are loitering around, waiting for scraps. Of which there are beaucoup, since bears only eat half the fish, in a situation of abundance like this.

Later I met a girl from Ketchikan who told me that she had never seen what I was describing with these bears. And she’d been there 3 years. Another rare species then – a bear non-expert from Ketchikan.

So I guess that was the key– you had to buy the seaplane ticket to boldly go where no roads went – to the back of the island. If you did that, you actually got to see what all the tourist hype was about. Plus you got to hang with Clark.

After this, the day was pretty much made, actually the whole trip was made. Better still, I got to ride up front in the co-pilot seat next to Clark on the flight back to Ketchikan. Some more epic aerial footage of the untouched Alaska wilderness forest. I’ll eventually post this footage on this site, under Videos.

Clark was an example of Door #1 of the tour guide options described above. Completely informed, well-expressed. Removes himself from the narrative, main objective to inform the audience, etc. Told us the history of these hardy, single-engine military planes, why they’re still doing this job, because no other planes can take off in water at only 50 mph with a payload of 8000 lbs. You can feel it – the precision of a classic well-kept low-tech machine. DeHavilland: there is no substitute.

We were flying at about 3500 feet but had to climb to 9000 to go over a mountain. We were hit by sharp gusts at the summit, but Clark just floated with it and never wavered, the aircraft like a Stratocaster in the hands of Knopfler or Clapton — instinctive mastery – in the Zone flying, born of a thousand short hops across the Alaskan wilderness.

So Tour Tip #9: when in Ketchikan, get out of town asap, and buy a ticket for the seaplane to the back of the island. And hope for Clark. He’s real military, the kind that doesn’t need to mention it every 5 minutes. Or at all.

Back in time to make the boarding call for the Celebrity Solstice. Sailed all night for Juneau, arriving at 1:30 pm. Juneau’s another small town, just bigger. Population 32,000. Same general set-up here – the ship disgorges its engorged passengers, who then walk downtown to get mauled in endless tourist traps.

I thought my biggest mistake there in Juneau was to buy a ticket on their cable car that ran up the side of the mountain. You think there’s going to be an excellent observation deck at the top, and maybe a nightclub and a casino. But all there is up at the top is a cheesy little gift shop. The tiny observation deck was built BEHIND the cable tower, so you can’t even see down the mountain into the port, practically at all. Which was the only reason you went up there!

But to illustrate how you shouldn’t believe any tourist guides, I have to add myself to that list. Because I found out later that there was a spectacular hiking trail at the top of that cable car ride, that went on for hours into the Hobbit-like mountain forest.

See what I mean? You can’t believe anybody.

But I was trying to learn, with just a few hours in each port.

In one of the downtown stores called Mt Juneau I found a small selection of very nice reindeer pelts, knowing now what to look for. Arriving at a price, I said to the salesman, OK now make me not feel bad about buying this fur. That’s easy – they’re not shot for the fur. The locals eat the meat. This is our food — there are no roads or trains coming into Juneau. Any food we get is 2 weeks old. Plus there are millions of reindeer. So chill, all you Santacruztards. This is the economy of nature. People will honor the spirit of that reindeer for years, grateful for the use of his beautiful pelt.

Juneau’s the same kitschy scene as downtown Ketchikan, just bigger. And the jewelry stores are slicker, with sharks in suits, and even more ludicrously overpriced. It’s all corporate, assembly line pieces, no warmth or humanity like what you find in Asia. People who buy there seem mostly inexperienced, well-coined tourists, with little artistic sense. Predictably, the same items in all the same stores — amelite, tanzanite, diamonds, rubies, etc. as well as ‘curios’, and other obligatory gifts nobody needs, things people will keep for years on a dusty shelf, until that inevitable garage sale of the future.

So you can skip downtown Juneau. I got so bored waiting for my next tour, in the town square by the tour buses, that I detected a familiar pungent essence wafting my way. Looking around, I espy a lone homeless stoner sitting on the grass there, lighting up a fattie. So I sat down near him, channeled my inner 70s vibe and said, what the chances for a share, brother? That hit the mark – soon I had a new friend and a new perspective on Juneau, Alaska.

Now I was in the proper frame of mind for the best part of the day, come what may. I had a ticket for a helicopter to take us up to the Mendenhall Glacier, which lay just outside of town, up over the ridge. I was getting used to this flying thing.

Presently the bus girl with the clipboard shows up, calls my name and takes us out to the helo pad. They gave us iceboots, and loaded us onto the helos, 6 passengers per. It was a little copter fleet – 4 in all, that flies together. We had headphones, but the pilot, again, real military, not the usual boyscout variety, didn’t say much. He just wound it up, made small corrections and up we went, third in line. Up and along the Inland Passage, then up and off toward the mountaintops.

Now a little geography here. Juneau is a port, but with mountains less than a mile behind it. Kinda like a little Ventura. Except that up and over the mountains behind Juneau, there is a gigantic area called the Juneau Ice Field – permafrost and glaciers stretching out some 1500 miles, all the way to Fairbanks.

Glaciers are the frozen rivers of ice which come down off the ice field, in various valleys all around the edges of the ice field. This is something you fully appreciate when you have a 360 degree view from your vantage point in the copter at about 3ooo feet. Once you see it, you’ve learned it forever.

The endless, fluid panorama of mountains and ice field and pine trees and glaciers, swirling about in a flotilla of four helicopters chasing each other around was indelibly imprinted … a life experience. Words fail it. Fortunately my trusty Samsung was tracking as much as possible. Check the site later.

I kept hearing the theme song from MASH in my head, flying in that formation with those other helicopters across the mountains like that, but it wasn’t coming over the headphones. Visions of Alan Alda’s concerned brow staring down at the incoming wounded…

Our pilot, who looked like Liev Schreiber, was by no means the New Age type. He didn’t play Enya, or anything at all over the headphones. He flew. A master at that – not one hesitation, even in the high winds that come screaming across the glacier, unrelenting and unpredictable. He conveyed total confidence and experience, and the passengers never felt anything but safe. Helicopters are a much more squirrely animal to train than fixed-wing craft, as any pilot will tell you. Just ask Stevie Ray Vaughn. Oh wait… you can’t…

Anyway the MASH theme was still looping through my head as the helicopters were circling to land. All those blue blue streaks all across the massive glaciers. That true cerulean celestial Blessed Mother blue of nature. You don’t know that blue unless you’ve seen it – or look at the video. And now I was about to find out where it came from.

So we’re circling close to the ground, and the next thing I see is the two lead helicopters already on the ground, unloading passengers. So Liev eases down, soft as a feather and lands right beside them. We’re on a broad flat field of ice, right in the middle of the Mendenhall Glacier. A girl in an orange jacket runs up and opens the door and lets us all out.

Then it hits you– the cold. And the wind – 35 knots. Yow! The girl yells for us to join the small group of passengers and the 5 other guides in orange jackets. We crunch our way over to their location and gather, as one by one the helicopters all take off, having already reloaded the last batch of ice trekkers, and leave us stranded there.

Fortunately, our main glacier guide is an exceptionally intelligent expert, Door#1 of the two mentioned above – at one with the information, and most enthusiastic about imparting that knowledge to us novices.

You’re astounded when you find out these hardy guides are up on the glacier every day, from 8 to 12 hours straight, giving one 30-minute presentation after another. They have a tent up there, but of course there’s no heat inside it, because that would melt them down into the ice. So the tent’s only advantage is a momentary escape from that bone-chilling wind.

Anyway, this nature girl was a most gifted presenter, fully conversant about glaciers – the opposite of the usual canned wiki tour guide rap.

That blue hue for example. OK, this glacier we were standing on was 300 feet thick, feeding off the Icefield, and eventually melting down into a valley that flows into the waterway right next to town. They estimate it at 20,000 years old, and it recedes a few feet per year. Another glacier nearby – the Taku – has actually been advancing a few feet per year, but that’s another story.

So up on the 1500 mile Juneau icefield, it snows all the time. But it rarely gets warm enough for much of it to melt. So the snow keeps piling up and piling up on top of itself, year after year. After centuries, it’s megatons of pressure upon the snow crystals, and that pressure turns the snow to ice.

So then it’s not the kind of ice in your ice cube tray. That was made from taking water and freezing it. On the glacier it was already snow, so already frozen. This snow is changed to ice by one thing: pressure. Megatons and centuries of unrelenting pressure.

And all that pressure forces the oxygen out of the ice crystal lattice. And the resulting crystals absorb every other color but blue. Only the blue rays are reflected and scattered.

And that’s also why the glacier is blue all the way down, all 300 feet of it. The only part that’s white is the top, which is new snow, and is exposed to oxygen.

Frozen H2O in glaciers is the same everywhere, and so must the blue color also be universal, the world over.

None of which I ever knew.

But from the air you see these endless acres and miles of white and blue patterns and formations like only the primordial Artist could design. Defies all description, all adjectives and metaphors. The glacial blue shows through the crevasses, since they expose the interior of the glacier core as they open up.

The other thing you see across the glacier surface – these long grey streaks everywhere. OK, remember this is a granite mountain range, so obviously the glacier is continually dislodging enormous boulders of all sizes. As the boulders sink deeper and deeper into the matrix, more and more pressure is grinding down on them, time without end. So after a few millenia, even the biggest boulders become very fine silt. You can see it on the surface and where the rivulets are; you can scoop it up and squish it in your fingers. Cosmetics companies make fortunes using that glacial silt as the most expensive facial cleansers – you might have seen them.

For a little perspective, all this has been going on in this particular glacier for at least 10,000 years before the wooly mammoths went extinct.

We walked around and looked down into several crevasses. And there was that other-worldly primordial crystal blue shimmering right back up at you, de profundis. I learned that the crevasses open up relatively fast, but once they’ve made their way down to the flat, they always close tight forever, as the river of ice moves relentlessly downhill. A twenty-foot wide crevasse might close in 2 weeks or so.

River of ice.

Now this whole lecture presentation only took 25 minutes. I was ready to leave after 10 from the cold, but it was so riveting, the fountain of information this speaker was telling us. Truly the masters course, the real science. But right in the middle of a sentence, there they were, the incoming MASH helicopters, swooping down in formation, to land just where they had left us off. They’re loaded with the next group of neophytes, who presently disembarked.

We thanked our guides and walked into the deafening roar of the swirling rotors overhead, trying our best not to do a Vic Morrow. Liev was very focused at keeping the rotors idling without moving the craft while we were getting situated in our seats. No time for him to go over the next Ray Donovan script…

Then off they lifted, #1, #2, and then us, up and away, racing in formation across the Juneau Ice Fields, banking into the shifting crosswinds, then following the glacial melt back down into Juneau.

Certainly the highlight of everyone’s cruise, as well as a life experience – a cliche’ I can’t seem to shake on this voyage. Again the day was made, and so was the whole trip.

The ship left Juneau soon thereafter, sailed all night, and docked into Skagway early the next morning – the last Alaskan port of call. This is a very small berg of less than 1000 people in the off season. Usual tourist trap mainstreet scene, generally to be avoided for all the above reasons.

The big attraction in Skagway is the train. All their tours sell different versions of what turns out to be exactly the same thing – riding the narrow-gauge gold rush train up the mountain for 27 miles. Why would you want to do that?

For history’s sake: the Klondike gold rush of 1898.. This particular section of railroad was one of the engineering wonders of all time – 20 miles right up into a trackless granite mountainside. Why? Because in 1897 some guys struck gold up in the Klondike region of the Yukon, some 550 miles north.

Most of that trip could be negotiated by boat from a mountain lake. But to get up to the lake from the west coast, the only way was up a treacherous narrow little mountain trail of 20 some miles, that cut through a little corner of Canada. In an unusual little Nazi preview of politics, Canada passed a law that said they’d only admit trekkers who had with them 2000 pounds of gear. Even though they were just passing through.

Now I saw much of this trail, and it’s little more than a goat track. i wouldn’t even ride my own horse on most of it. In order to accumulate a ton of goods at the top, the goldbugs – called stampeders by media – had to make a series of trips back and forth, each of which would take several weeks. This path was the only way to get up to the gold fields at that time.

Tens of thousands of fortune hunters would crowd into the tiny town of Skagway, desperately seeking a way to the Klondike, willing to try anything. And this is what they came up with. More than 100,000 total tried it, in the 2 years of the trail’s history.

Then a New Yorker with $10 million hit on the idea of building a railroad beside the trail to accommodate the sudden boom market in desperate passengers. Several engineers said it couldn’t be done, until they found one crazy Irish engineer. With megatons of dynamite and 35,000 workers, the 20-mile railroad was completed in 2 years! It was built in the most inclement weather and mountain terrain imaginable.

After the completion of the railroad, the Trail of ’98 was no longer necessary. The stampeders could now easily get up the mountain to the boats at the lake.

The Klondike Gold Rush lasted only a few years, with very few success stories – one of the few being Donald’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump. Anyway, when the Goldrush faded, the whole region soon reverted to its Alaska ghost town status. But the railroad survived as a tourist attraction, that keeps Skagway on the map. As you ride the railroad, you can clearly see the Trail of ’98 off a couple hundred yards below. You can well imagine those thousands of stampeders trudging upward on that rocky, uneven goatpath, in blizzards at 30 below zero.

Jack London chronicles some of the brutality, treachery, and sheer force of will that he witnessed. You can also get an idea what a colossal feat of railroad engineering and determination was necessary to complete the 20-mile track in just 2 years. With no power equipment! Would probably take three times that long today, if anyone would even attempt it at all..

I recommend taking the RR to the top and then taking the bus down. No need to get carried away… Also do it in the afternoon rather than the morning. They don’t call the summit White Pass for nothing. You want to be able to actually see the spectacular vistas up top.

Back to the ship then, sailing at 7 pm, homeward bound, via Victoria BC.

So we learn that the Alaskan Cruise, since 2003, has blossomed into a billion-dollar industry. Between May and September, every day two or three cruise liners leave Seattle for the one week Alaska voyage. They all hit the same 4 ports: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and then on the way back, Victoria, BC.

With about 3000 passengers on each ship, at about $4 grand per, by the time all the smoke clears, that’s $12 million per ship per week, minimum. And that’s not even counting the additional millions of commerce gleaned by the ports from the golden fleece shorn from the 6 or 8 thousand sheep delivered to their door, every single day of the season.

So this is a billion dollar boom, most of it going to the cruise companies themselves, who certainly deserve it, having made an enormous outlay to create this industry, out of their imagination. Even though they proceed to clip you at every possible opportunity along the way… In all fairness, many of their ocean vessels represent the pinnacle of modern nautical engineering and seagoing aesthetics, both in design and in operation, except for sailing vessels, of course. The most casual study of their history and construction will certainly bear this out.

The Celebrity Line is certainly up-market, in the cruise category. Most of the more popular lines are cheaper, with much lower-budget processed fare, like a floating all-night Denny’s. Which is perfectly satisfactory for the majority of the ticket-buying, food-Hoovering cruise demographic. But Celebrity carefully controls the food quality in all the buffets and restaurants aboard, down to the smallest detail, serving almost nothing processed or left-over. All produce is very fresh, and all dishes are prepared from scratch, even in the large quantities offered in buffet entrees.

You have to experience it to appreciate it – travel food descriptions are usually overblown, by their very nature. But not this one. Healthy eating, unregulated gluttony, or anything in between — Celebrity makes it the passenger’s choice.

Definitely not a commercial here – the cruise wasn’t perfect. The vast majority of the staff, including the captains and guest relations, don’t speak intelligible English. Also there’s an endless number of unnecessary and annoying public announcements over the ship PA speakers, at all hours. And the nonstop piped-in music as well as the much of the live music is very loud and of generally indiscriminate quality. But then we travellers never complain, right?

To the good, there were many non-gastronomic activities aboard for the at-sea days – pools, gym, mall, theatre, spa, bars, restaurants, library, nightclubs, casino, card room, IT center – the usual cruise amenities.

One special perk of this cruise was the arrival of the whales. For two days we saw so many whales alongside the ship that I finally got tired of looking for them. They were all travelling north as we were returning south. Very exciting, never having seen one before in the ocean.

We’re going to try it again next year in the Mediterranean. Keep checking these newsletters!



Einstein used to say that if you couldn’t explain something very simply, that meant you didn’t understand it well enough. Not sure that’s true absolutely, especially in areas where you need a fundamental education just to be able to discuss some topics. But still, the idea probably holds true most of the time.

In this election-year mass hysteria, the copyroom knuckledraggers have come out of the woodwork. It’s like they unpack their dumbest guys out of mothballs and prop them in front of a keyboard, just for election season. Most rational people soon stop watching TV altogether till it’s over. Two reasons

– you know half of it is utterly false
– no way to know which half

But even the small fraction that must be true is disconcerting in the extreme, more evidence that the Ship of State is rudderless indeed.

In The Doors of Perception, our introduction to the history of media, we learned about the approaching One World mind. What governments want is simple:

  • everyone should think the same about “important” issues
  • those issues are decided by mainstream experts in “science” and politics, hirelings of corporate interests
  • government defines science
  • government sanctions and licenses academia
  • the only opposition is controlled opposition

Some of the obvious areas of enforced thought control include:

  • election guidance
  • medical choices
  • medical freedom
  • medical coverage, now termed “health care”
  • vaccines
  • news choices
  • news bias
  • news blackouts
  • pop ethics

Then there are labels for anyone who deviates from the homogenized approved view, or even shows the slightest hint of the possibility of deviation:

  • racist
  • sexist
  • quack
  • elitist
  • hater
  • deviant
  • unscientific
  • polluter
  • hysteric
  • holistic
  • alternative
  • nonbeliever, etc

The enforcer of this all-consuming agenda of course is media: TV, online, written, academic, etc. The rules for labelling are consistently enforced throughout the globe. Once tagged, the pariah can almost never be redeemed, and is consigned to a lifetime of those same keywords in any search, which then indelibly triggers the unending lies that go with them.

Recent examples – Al Gore, Andy Wakefield, Kurt Donsbach, Julian Assange, etc. What do they have in common? Each of them has exposed and proven incontrovertible, systematic fraud in a global corporate monolith.

For many years, there have been various attempts to describe, or to challenge the suffocating, unstoppable progression toward this One World stranglehold that we see everywhere. Many of these predictions have proven not only to be accurate, but actually to have underestimated the extent of the totalitarian agenda already in effect in today’s world.

  • Brave New World
  • 1984
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • Callous Disregard
  • V For Vendetta
  • Adios America
  • Dirty Wars
  • Crumbling America
  • The United States of Secrets
  • Vaccination Is Not Immunization
  • Perpetual War

to name just a few.

Yes, yes, the world’s going to hell in a hand basket…yawn. So what else is new?

But that’s just it. It is new. The way all this is happening today is unprecedented in human evolution. No tyrant in history had at his disposal the strangling power of today’s world media, with 100 years of success in place, to manipulate and homogenize and dilute the daily feelings of the generally comatose masses. No attention span, too lazy to pay attention to any subject long enough to actually learn something, they drift through life in a dreamworld of … faith. Faith in anything they are told to believe in. Blind acceptance of what cannot be demonstrated – the leap of faith.

And that’s the triumphant nuance of today’s mass control right there — the real, true facts of any subject can be demonstrated, they can be learned and understood. But not by the 2 minute wiki/google search by which any initiate is instantly given all ‘knowledge’ of any topic in the wink of an eye – half a million “results” in .5 seconds. And then armed with his new found expertise, he can go on a lecture tour, or get a book deal…

Ever notice as Google’s stock grows, and their annual lobbying budget exceeds $400 million, and their global use increases, that the quality of their service is proportionally diminishing at the same time?

Searches don’t even work any more like they used to. You type in two keywords, which have a well known specific relationship, and you’ll instantly get thousands of completely unrelated website results, in a random order of usefulness. Google doesn’t even have the Advanced Search option at the top of the page any more. Even if you find it, the + and -0 tags don’t work at all in the algorithm.

People don’t even remember what a Boolean search is any more. For the first few years when Google first came out, that was a truly useful and efficient as a research tool. Remember that? Ancient history now. The corporate First Commandment demands that the bigger the company, the lower the quality of any goods and services.

The Microsoft Axiom.

So the information we need for our research projects becomes less and less accessible. Are people eventually going to start trudging back into libraries to find their answers?

Not likely. Easier to accept the skewed, bought-and-paid-for watered-down pablum of wiki.

So. Back to our subject – the missing codeword. The above harangue is a variation on a broad theme afloat today in the collective unconscious – lamenting the relentless corporate control of conventional wisdom for the undiscriminating masses.

Just wondering – couldn’t there be a trigger word or a hook or a keyword or a saying or an epithet, or some kind of phrase that would instantly conjure up the pervasiveness of this modern phenomenon – the deliberate and systematic lowering of the general intelligence?

What is the worst aspect of all – that most people simply accept the whole trend, without objecting. Many even think of it as a service of simplifying knowledge, since this way they won’t have to do any further reading or study or thinking on the topic, now that an entire field of inquiry has been reduced to a few simple phrases and sentences.

Trigger words of the past don’t really measure up to the strnaglehold of what we see today:

  • propaganda
  • brainwashing
  • dumbing down
  • programming


No, we’re looking for a new metaphor here, one that suggests the pervasive extent of encapsulated kilobytes with which they want to define every single part of the human experience. A word that describes the new re-ordering of information, mandating what is “politically correct” or “appropriate” or “accepted science” in today’s world.

I thought I was going to be able to come up with this new phrase by the end of this monograph, but I have to get the newsletter out. Still thinking about it. If you come up with the codeword I’m looking for, we’ll give you any 2 of our supplements as a reward for thinking!

Any ideas?



Since nobody listens to me, it’s no surprise that my phone has been ringing off the hook lately as it finally dawns on parents that the pressure to vaccinate is on, full force. So here’s a summary of recent events in California, what I say over and over to people all day long. And what I’ve been saying in my lectures and newsletters these past 5 years.

If you’ve been living in a cave or something, like many seem to be, SB277 went into effect in July. It abolished the 50 year old personal beliefs exemption from vaccines in this state. So if you’re an informed parent who does not want to vaccinate your child, you have only two options at present:

    home school
    medical exemption

The first of these is the simplest. Homeschool is looking better and better all the time. With the overall substandard quality of primary and secondary education in California, where increasingly large numbers are graduated without being able to read, write, or do math, many kids can reach their academic potential much easier with one of the many excellent online and DVD homeschool curricula now available.

Best news is it’s only 3 hours a day. Home school kids who really spend 3 hours a day doing academics end up much better educated than regular schoolkids by the time they graduate. Everybody knows it.

Why? It’s obvious. Ask your kid to give you an hour by hour breakdown of the time they spent in school today. A lot of recess, lining up, getting organized, roll calls, going to lunch, getting ready to do something – very little time actually doing academics. Exactly why do they have homework every night, after a full day at school? What were they doing there all day?

Why parents accept the homework assignments their kids drag home every night is mystifying indeed. Another aspect of the sheep mentality – the belief that homework is necessary, that it is the parent’s job to teach their kids academics.. If the teachers were actually teaching in school, there would be no homework. And proof of this fact is the superior performance of the home schooled, who just spent 3 hours a day focusing on actual studies.

Social interaction? In the urban environment there are endless teams and activities for kids to interact with their peer groups. Parents have been brainwashed into accepting schools as babysitting operations, obeying the teachers’ orders to do the teaching themselves at night. And everybody thinks this is normal. Education has become just another marketing tool, bait and switch. They market education, but switch it around and make you do it.

And when did they decide to cut off an entire third of summer vacation? Summer is supposed to be 3 months, not 2. Memorial Day to Labor Day. Remember? More babysitting hours, right? Never understood that from an economic standpoint – in a state that’s always going bankrupt — why would they keep schools open an extra month every year?? Something very basic we’re missing here…

Anyway, one of the main advantages of homeschool today is: no vaccine requirement. Here is another demographic which is excluded from any possible clinical study for vaccine injury: the homeschooled. Absolutely forbidden as a control group in any mainstream study design.

Second option to avoid vaccines: medical exemption.

On this website is a list of CA MDs who may sign a vaccine exemption, under the right circumstances. Each office is different, each with a different level of understanding about vaccines and exemptions. What many of them don’t know is the proper form for a medical exemption. Scrolling down that list, at the bottom is a template for a valid medical exemption. It’s practically a fill in the blanks page.

As we watch the virtually unopposed deterioration of medical freedom in this state, flash back to the opposition groups who went to Sacramento to protest AB2109 back in 2012. That was the previous bill that required an MD to co-sign the original philosophical beliefs form signed by the parent.

At that time, we the opposition feared that few MDS would actually sign the exemption form. So to reassure the hooplehead public, the vaccinators in Sacramento whipped out a ridiculous bit of theater, detailed in the Newsletter of May 2012 .

During that hearing, they paraded over 200 medical doctors one after another, on camera, to testify to the vaccine committee that they would be willing to co-sign anyone’s personal beliefs exemption, no problem. You can watch it on youtube.

What was ridiculous was that they were all wearing white clinic jackets as they stepped up to the microphone to recite their lines. But wait — was this the set of General Hospital? No, this was on the second floor of the state capitol building, in downtown Sacramento. So where did all those white Jackets come from? For the outrageous answer, read the newsletter.

Anyway, that bill AB2109 was passed of course, but only lasted for 4 years. Once the vaccinators saw how easily CA sheeple gave up their rights over their children’s health, they came up with the draconian SB277. Poof! No more philosophical exemptions. The only state in the union who ever abolished it.

So now the only exemption left in CA is the medical exemption. And that window is guaranteed to be closing. Two trends are contributing to that eventuality:

1. insurance threats

2. clinical criteria

Doctors who sign “too many” vaccine exemptions may suddenly get a form letter from their Group saying something like “Dear Doctor, It has come to our attention that an inordinate number of vaccine exemptions have been coming from your office… Should this trend continue we will be forced to drop you from our Plan… ,” or something similar.

So the list of signing doctors is being eroded all the time.

Where are all those white-coated MDs today, who promised on YouTube to sign exemption forms? Skulking away now, like rats off a sinking ship.


Second reason for the likely erosion of the medical exemption: a set of clinical criteria are being codified that would be necessary in order to exempt a child from vaccines.

So the narrow exemption window is closing even tighter.

Pretty clear that very soon there will almost certainly be de facto mandatory vaccines in California. Why did they go to all this trouble? Why didn’t they just pass a law making vaccines mandatory for all kids in the state? Here’s why: then there would be no way out of liability for the vaccine injuries and deaths that result. The way it is now, they can always say well, you didn’t have to vaccinate your autistic child. You could have opted out…”

See how it works? Exemptions have never been about immunity or protection or science or contamination or anything at all, other than LIABILITY.

The various squabbling vaccine opposition groups recently put all their eggs into the class action lawsuit against SB277, filed earlier this summer in San Diego. Due to the usual mismanagement by clownish bumbling lawyers, insufficient funds, and unclear objectives, the lawsuit was just thrown out of court a few days ago.

You can read about that whole comedy of errors on – The lawsuit had given the SB277 opposition false hope for the past few months, even though it never really had much chance for success, considering the deep pockets of the defendants.

Which means that with almost no squawking, the people of California have just acquiesced to the most severe attack in history on basic rights to medical freedom, squandering their opportunity to sue on three legitimate grounds for court action:

    informed consent
    Bill of Rights, Articles I and IV
    depriving taxpayers of education for their children

Meanwhile the emboldened Vaccinators are continuing to marshall the political forces that represent the lowest common denominator of intelligence in the state, and are drafting new laws and injunctions, like the current proposal to ban Vaxxed from being shown in California.

So be forewarned: I’m not taking any more phone calls about vaccines in the office unless the caller has read this newsletter. Tired of explaining the basics to people too lazy to read about the fall of the state of California. Exasperating how people are acting all surprised, as though suddenly they are being forced to vaccinate their kids, with few options available.. Like it all just happened this week or something, and they never had any warning….

We have been wakened irreversibly from the California Dream – it’s over. Yes, we may have the weather and the money here, but we seem to have left behind any interest in our own health, our morality, accountability from our legislature, the right to raise our own children, our privacy, or a concern in maintaining the very freedoms our ancestors have fought and died for.

That’s why so many now are leaving the state, or at least opting for homeschool.

Perhaps the coming election will solve all these problems…


Met a patient last week who’s been having almost constant lower neck pain for the past 6 months. She noticed it after an intense workout.

Tried “everything.” Right.

Adjusted her very easily and everything exploded into place. Immediate relief, never before experienced. You know the story.

Needed a follow up, of course, since I don’t live there. So 20 minutes away is the most saturated town in the world for DCs. Literally.

I know many docs in this area, but couldn’t remember having been adjusted by any of them. This patient needed a traditional osseous adjustment – light, quick, specific.

Took me a week of calling every DC in the area to find someone who would even try to attempt something as fundamental as this basic adjustment.

What are they putting out there in the field for $250K? What do the grads think their job is?
What’s the point of the story? That it only took a week to find someone who knew the word subluxation? In today’s clueless world, that’s not bad.

With the skill set and training of most of today’s DCs, looking for any reason not to adjust, what chance did this poor patient really have on her own? Tell me I’m wrong. Tell me where these skills are taught and where patients can find a traditional chiropractor who respects the legacy of the past century. Oh you know a guy?

Alert the media.

These traditional principles of our Lost Art are the subject matter of the our UK workshops
coming up in England this Fall. More info here .

Two kinds of doctors might benefit from such an event.

First, recent graduates who were told that subluxation suddenly no longer exists because the schools forgot what it was since 2010, when they all signed an agreement defining subluxation as the common purpose of the profession. Now it’s the best kept secret in Europe.

Then they suddenly changed their mind somehow. It’s no longer OK to have the original insight and knowledge about chiropractic that has enabled the profession to survive for the past century.

So the new students are very confused. They know they should be learning to do something, but they don’t know what. They knew they should have learned some unique professional skill in school, but somehow they never got around to it. So now here they are in practice, out there practicing… what? Not sure.

Second, are the experienced DCs who by some twist of fate have discovered the power of the adjustment, and realize their place in the health professions, exactly what service chiropractors are supposed to be offering people. And they can adjust, some of them very well.

But the concept of mastery has occurred to them and they want to refine their adjusting skills, willing to go anywhere just to learn one more move or to make one little correction in a move they already know, or perhaps to have a new technique demonstrated.

The idea of hands-on in a technique seminar is an alien concept today. I have a friend who teaches technique in a California school who was fired for adjusting a student in class! Posology. Is that all you get for 4 years of your life these days? And all that money?

Come to Wales in September for a look at actual, day-to-day, clinical chiropractic adjusting that you’re going to start using the following Monday in your office!



Last month we described the new formula for our Chelated Minerals, a key part of the 60 Day Program. The worst possible luck is delaying delivery of the new product, unprecedented in our company’s history. Will probably be another few weeks before we can fill our hundreds of backorders for the Minerals.

Here’s the long version: it took many weeks longer than normal to arrive at the new formula, because of the difficulty in finding knowledgeable people. Made me really appreciate how common place and low-end most mineral supplements on the market really are, becaseu so few “formulators” out there actually know what they’re talking about. But we finally located some real authorities, and composed the new formula.

Next delay was in securing the actual ingredients in a chelated form. That took over a month itself – having them shipped to our bottling facility. But what happened next was just pure bad luck. The company we had chosen to bottle the new formula was all set – they had the ingredients and the bottles and the labels and were mixing it all up, and beginning to bottle. That very night their facility burned to the ground, including our product!! A company that had been in business for almost a century!

This put us back to square one – purchasing, testing, bottling. And finding a new company. Which we have, and everything is in the queue at present. When it finally arrives, it will be well worth it, and I can truthfully say , having studed mineral supplementation for alsmot 20 years, there will be nothing on the market anywhere that will compare to Immunition’s new Chelated MInerals. So for the nth time, I apologize most abjectly to all you folks waiting for your orders of minerals. You are on a list that is very meticulously being watched and I can promise that the very day the new minerasl arrive, they will be on their way to your addresses.

Kindly read last month’s Newsletter for a description of the new formula.

August 2016 Newsletter

August 15th, 2016


Alaska Glacier Cruise – 19 Aug
Paris, France – 17 Sept

North Georgia Symposium for Holistic Medicine– 29 October

Vaccine Lectures –
Paris, France – 16 Sept
Wales UK – 23 Sept

Chiropractic Philosophy/ Technique –
Wales UK – 24 Sept



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5. Excerpt from Vaccination Is Not Immunization, 4th ed.


This annual Oklahoma City convention is certainly the best kept secret in the chiropractic profession, without hyperbole. It was especially epic this year, perhaps in part because the night before there was a diluvian thunderstorm, which kept the weekend temperature in the 80s, rather than the customary 100s.

Held in the Convention Center downtown OKC, it’s one of the most comfortable and stress-free events to attend, since it’s in hoofing distance from the heart of OKC’s hopping nightlife: Bricktown, a group of walking streets of bars, restaurants, and nightlife for all ages.

I was asked to do a 3 hour community lecture on vaccines, the night before the 2 day event. It was very well attended, by a group of unusually informed parents. Not the type of inbred yokel California crowd I am used to, that’s for certain. Alert, conversant, informed – it’s no wonder Oklahoma recently threw out the proposed version of California’s draconian SB277, which just ended 50 years of philosophical exemptions to vaccines in California.

Actually legislators in most states where such a proposal has been introduced in the last year summarily rejected it – with one exception: California. Twentieth largest economy in the world, dead last in common sense health awareness among the 50 states.

We discussed excerpts from the textbook Vaccination Is Not Immunization, and also from the website We then took a look at recent developments in forced vaccines, such as a student’s letter to those universities recently requiring enrolling students to receive certain vaccines before entry is allowed. We cited the parts of the Constitution are being violated by this new trend toward forced vaccines and disallowed exemptions, something that is talking place only in the US. And discussed the value of the class action lawsuit against SB277, now in the courts.

Follow – up can be seen in other newsletters as well as in the chapters online.

In the main events of Focus itself, most of the speakers were compelling and worth the listen. Some were brilliant, not to be missed. One of those was certainly John Minardi.

If you’ve never seen this guy, make an effort. Certainly one of the brightest lights in our firmament at this time, Dr Minardi brings forth a flood of scientific proof connecting the adjustment with reduction of cortisol output, thus balancing cholesterol production, which is the precursor of all the steroidal hormones.

The adjustment reduces biomechanical stress in the spine, thus normalizing all systems of the body – immune, endocrine, digestive, neuro, circulatory, etc. The adjustment unblocks the innate intelligent design by restoring order throughout the body.

Minardi’s special talent is that he can present these complex subjects without overwhelming the audience in a swamp of minutiae. But you know he’s got the rest of the story in his course work.

Minardi has a worthwhile body of DVDs which should be required coursework for graduation from chiropractic school. Because of the focus of licensing requirements on the science of medicine, the actual science of chiropractic gets pushed to the side, or worse never gets mentioned at all. Ask any upper quarter student about the science of chiropractic. They never heard of it.

Which seems to be the typical awareness level of most new DCs the world over. Minardi is available to guide us through the rich, booming field of the science of chiropractic, an area which will certainly prove essential to our survival in the near future, but sadly is known to very few, a secret to most.

Joe Borio was another tone altogether, in perfect pitch on Saturday morning, channeling DD with no interference. He talked about how struggling DCs at all phases of their careers may wonder why they were never in abundance, why they never tapped into the motherlode, into momentum, into The Zone, etc. as they saw others do. Why are some seeing 300 a week their first year out of the gate, even though very few come out of school with entry level proficiency in adjusting.?

How does that instant success happen?

Joe has the answer: they find greatness. Either by accident or by intention, they find greatness. Then they pursue it. They’ll go anywhere to be around it, anywhere they have to in order to learn the rudiments of proficient adjustment by hand, step by step, piece by piece. And then they practice and practice and practice, doing speed exercises – or getting critiqued by masters whenever possible – the unrelenting pursuit of excellence – whatever that entails.

At the same time, they pursue the other edge of the sword with equal energy and passion: mastery of patient education. Showing X-rays, explaining details of vertebral subluxation, with the expectations for recovery. But short, and quick. They learn that they must constantly be looking for simple analogies, like those from dentistry for example, as when patients want to crawfish on their original commitment to correction, etc. By not accepting their lame excuses for missing the appointments they’ve committed to make.

It’s not nothing. If you act like it’s nothing, then that’s the value you give to the corrective schedule, and that’s the path the patients will take, from then on.

Inspiring them with certainty, first by obtaining certainty yourself, by personal study and practice. And then sharing it in some way at every visit with every patient, constantly reinforcing uncompromising standards, both for the doctor’s own pursuit of mastery of technique, as well as the unwavering focus on patient communication, where only one subject of conversation is permitted during every visit: the chiropractic adjustment.

Borio wants to delete the phrase ‘chiropractic treatment’ from our lexicon and substitute the term ‘chiropractic care.’ Think about why that might be.

Here’s his quote about competition:

“There is no competition, except with the amount of pain and suffering in the world.”

Joe had a flawless fifty minutes – no hesitation, no errors, no missteps, no doubts, in the zone 100%. No way that can be faked, or rehearsed. Refinement by years in the fires of day to day practice – this is the edge of the samurai sword that results, that we sometimes get to witness in a speaker of this calibre. This guy sets the bar very high any time he appears at Focus.

And Focus always reciprocates.

Hugo Gibson then received a lifetime award for service above and beyond… This guy’s a walking treasure of the profession. He started out with a sure thing – the major premise. Universal Intelligence is in all matter … Guess he hasn’t seen my bedroom…

Then about the relation between universal and innate, which we can’t be reminded of enough in this business, right?

Then Dr Hugo recounts the story of his brain surgery that left him with a parieto-ventricular drain. He survived, but the brain fog just wasn’t clearing – couldn’t read, unbalanced, confused. And how he went to see Ted Carrick – a guy well acquainted with the blurred territory between advanced chiropractic and magic…. and was totally cured in 5 days. You sit there listening to this story about these Olympians, and you can hear a pin drop… And you wonder, wow, what kind of a share in this infinite profession have I gone after, since graduation??

Next there was very good demonstration of adjusting skill by the self-proclaimed world master of extremity adjusting, Mitch Mally. His disjointed talk was just confused rambling about himself, but at the end he pulled some guy up on the stage who’d had a shoulder problem for the last 9 years. Mally did a quick analysis and explained that most shoulder problems were not the Gonstead dropped humerus, but rather a combination between a rotated scapula and a dropped clavicle.

So Mally stands the patient up, goes around behind him, pulls the involved arm to the opposite side, and then with a lightning fast, high-force Bruce Lee chop and twist, slams his hand P-A into the inferior apex of the patient’s scapula and twists it back into place, with maximum force and speed – clocked the patient forward. Would’ve knocked the patient down if he hadn’t been holding his arm. Vehement adjustment, high everything, but the patient was into it. He then laid the patient down supine, and with an equally fast and deep set, rammed the claviculo-sternal joint back into place: superior, lateral, and P-A. Crrackkk!

Then he closed his talk because his time was up, and walked out to the lobby, trailing half the audience behind him, like the Pied Piper of Hamelin. I got right in the front row by the adjusting table and stayed there the whole time. So I saw everything right in front of me. Mally adjusted one patient after another out there in the lobby, most with chronic shoulder problems, reportedly for years.

His analysis was making them raise the involved side cocked elbow as high as possible – normal being over the head. Most of them at first couldn’t raise the elbow even perpendicular to the floor. Then Mally did his kungfu slammage on the scapula, standing, and then the clavicle, supine, and voila! – looked like he cured like all of them, at least 90% right on the spot. Doesn’t seem like he could have faked this or prepared it because there were so many volunteers surrounding him, and he was just doing them one after another, whoever was closest.

I’ve seen a few impressive adjustors in my travels, but rarely anything like this with a shoulder -a very compelling demonstration.

Now Mally has a bootcamp for which he charges only $35. Caveat emptor though– according to one of my best friends, who went to it and reported that it was just a slick bait and switch. The lecture was apparently nonstop braggadocio self-promotion, all day long. Mally allows no videos, or even written notes to be taken, and discourages most questions with very curt answers. He has notes and videos but they cost about a grand! My friend was still considering buying them, but then when he saw how stingy Mally was in adjusting attendees at the seminar all day – no deconstruction, no hands-on for the attendees – – just a few lightning demonstrations here and there for his selected disciples — it doesn’t make you feel like taking a chance the videos will be any better.

The worst thing though, my friend said, were the vendors out in the hall, who buy you “lunch” — he said they were like low-end Ponzi schemers with some pie in the sky real estate plan that they themselves had not even invested in! Don’t believe him – ask for yourself — find somebody who already went before you decide to go, and ask them what happened. Why do so many scammers treat us like we’re the worst suckers of any profession ever imagined? What vengeful gods sentenced us to this fate?

(A better bet for actually learning extremities would be Dr Paul Walton at Palmer West.)

Finally, Tim Young. The man who brought Focus OKC into being, by sheer force of will. What can we say about him? People run out of superlatives, out of adjectives trying to describe this guy – dedication, integrity, owning it… The walking manifestation of the right-thinking individual – the man who will assess the right thing to do in each instance, and once seeing it, will follow through without hesitation and do it, no matter what the lower primates may say.

And this holds true for any given patient adjustment, as well as for the decisions in his life, as they whizz by.

Tim Young sets new standards for a level of commitment within the profession, not just with his own practice, but also balancing the demands of his exploding practice management group, Next Level. Add to that the never-ending demand for him to appear at events all over the world. Having taught technique and philosophy seminars with Dr Young, I can bear witness first-hand that he is the best all around adjustor I have ever seen, adjusting just what needs correction, and leaving the rest alone.

Abundance – that’s the world Tim Young tapped into – the milieu in which he lives.

These are just some highlights of Focus 2016. Synergy. It’s not thousands of people yet. Maybe because only a limited demographic within the profession wants to put out the energy it takes to blow the doors out, to adjust the subluxations of the world. A lot of effort, but the dividends are limitless, and not just in money.

If you want to pare down to the essentials of chiropractic essence and potential, then Focus is your most efficient use of time. I keep saying this every year, but who the hell’s listening to me? You want to go to a real chiropractic event? Be there next July!



For over a decade, an essential component of our 60 Day Program has been chelated minerals. Everyone knows that there are no more minerals in the topsoil – that’s why even organic produce doesn’t necessarily have any food value… You probably know the story. If not, it’s summarized for you here in the Minerals chapter.

At least watch the video at the beginning.

The mineral formula we’ve used for the past decade has been working well. People love it. It’s part of their lives. Especially for techie folks, online all day. All those brain synapses require minerals in order to keep firing for 12 hours. With the confusing spray of magic bullets out there, all the hundreds of supplements in stores and online, we have to start with the essentials.

The necessity for minerals to help with thousands of metabolic reactions that constantly occur in cells throughout the body – this is not controversial. It is verifiable, classical science. Whatever other supplements we take, minerals must be at the top of the list.

Next is to learn why chelated minerals are by far the most bioavailable of minerals. Read the chapter to find out why, but the short answer is that chelates approach 90% absorption at the cellular level, compared to about 5%, with most store-bought minerals.

Our original formula has been around for almost 15 years. During that time, has the average nutritional health of most people gotten better or worse?

Appalling is the word. By any index you choose. Look around. Not just that the human whales and elephants at the mall are no longer a chubby 30 pounds over weight – now many of them are carrying around an extra 100 or so. Lots of them. And obesity is a proven accelerator of every known cause of death.

Even worse is the logarithmic increase in chronic and degenerative diseases. So you know all these tasty comfort foods people are stuffing themselves with – what do you think? Any nutritional value – enzymes, vitamins, minerals? Chips, fries, donuts, pizza, Mexican, Chinese etc fried in cheap saturated hydrogenated oils, flavored with artificial taste stimulators…. Any nutrition there?

It was obvious that overall health has deteriorated by a quantum in the past 15 years. So the new mineral formula of Immunition, has improved by many times in order to compensate. The good news is that the price didn’t go up. None of Immunition’s supplements has been marked up in the past decade.

There is nothing even close to this new mineral formula on the market, either at GNC, mallstores, or online. Compare for yourself, if you like. Here’s the new formula:


Vitamin B12 (MethyLcobalamin) 2.4 mcg . . 99%
Calcium (Di-calcium malate and Calcium bisglycinate) 300 mg . . 30%
Magnesium (diMagnesium malate and Magnesium bisglycinate) 300 mg . . 86%
Iron (Ferrous bisglycinate) 6 mg . . 80%
Zinc (Zinc bisglycinate) 10 mg . . 90%
Selenium (Selenium glycinate) 45 mcg . . 90%
Copper (Copper bisglycinate) 1 mg . . 90%
Manganese (Manganese glycinate) 3 mg . . 90%
Phosphorus 132 mg . . 19%
Chromium (Chromium glycinate) 66 mcg . . 99%
Molybdenum (Molybdenum bisglycinate) 50 mcg . . 99%
Iodine (Potassium iodide) 225 mcg . . 150%
Vanadium (Vanadium Nicotinate Glycinate) 200 mcg . . 90%
Silicon (Silicon dioxide) trace

No GMOs, sugar, wheat, milk, or artificials.

Because it was a brand new formula to work up, it’s taken a long time to prepare and we’re backordered. Please be patient – it will be well worth the wait.

Get the feeling like something in your system isn’t quite right? You’re not really sick or weak, but you just don’t feel 100% – that impending doom thing? Well, it’s not just the election. It’s probably mineral deficiency. That is a real epidemic. Not a fake one like Avian flu, Zika, swine flu, smallpox, measles, and the other Boutique Epidemics periodically dreamed up to hawk vaccines.

Yes, mineral deficiency is real. Fortunately, curing it is simplicity itself:
3 caps in the morning. For those vague and persistent illnesses that the geniuses can’t figure, out, this is the starting point. It’s the very first thing you rule out.

. . . “Mineral deficiency is the cause for nearly every disease.” — Linus Pauling