Once upon a time, all salt was “full spectrum” salt – simple, sun-dried seawater – moist and faintly colored. It was put in tiny little bowls at dinner tables everywhere and dinner guests scooped it up with tiny little spoons and attempted to gracefully distribute it evenly over their food. But since it was moist and clumpy, it usually fell in a lump in one spot, rather than scatter like a dust over the food. However the advantage of “full spectrum” salt was that it retained (and still contains) all the minerals present in seawater – thus supporting healthy human blood plasma and bodily functions – and that is what this article is about.. “full spectrum” salt as medicine.
Shortly after the turn of the 20th Century, someone discovered that glacier-scrubbed,sparkly, clean, white, free-flowing sodium chloride plus a little bit of magnesium chloride – devoid of those “troublesome” sticky minerals, could be poured from cute little bottles they dubbed “salt shakers” – even when it was rainy outside – “WOW!” This “new, improved salt” was a novelty. It became all the rage. Salt that poured freely – even in damp weather – was a boon to hostesses previously embarrassed by clumpy, lumpy, dumpy, damp salt. Unfortunately, after several years, an embarrassing lumpy-throat goiter epidemic was born – especially in Chicago, the town where the white sparkly salt was born. Oh dear! What went wrong? What to do?
Government health agencies determined that the goiters were a result of iodine deficiency and they asked the manufacturer of white, sparkly, free-flowing table salt (you know who) to add iodine to the white table salt as a public service (not that the white, sparkly, free-flowing table salt product had anything to do with causing the epidemic, you know).
The company complied and still brags on its website that it adds iodine to its product – for the public good. That move surely helped to save its reputation and sales. Plus, preventing goiters was good for business. It might have prevented a gazillion lawsuits too, since it was the high society mavens who first began using this magical white substance in place of the “oh, so old-fashionedy” seawater salt and high society mavens have the financial clout to take companies that have embarrassed them to court.
It’s hard to ignore a symptom as visible – “in your face” or, rather “in your throat” – as a goiter. A distorted body part is an indicator that something is seriously wrong. And although that one problem was corrected by adding iodine to white salt, mineral deficiency is a subtle thing that takes a long time to show up. Makes one wonder what more subtle symptoms could an iodine deficiency cause? IQ lowering, for instance?…
The level of iodine nutrition plays a crucial role in the intellectual development of children. The intelligence damage of children exposed to severe ID was profound, demonstrated by 12.45 IQ points loss and they recovered 8.7 IQ points with iodine supplementation or IS before and during pregnancy. Iodine supplementation before and during pregnancy to women living in severe ID areas could prevent their children from intelligence deficit. This effect becomes evident in children born 3.5 years after the iodine supplementation program was introduced. (From The effects of iodine on intelligence in children: a meta-analysis of studies conducted in China)
And then there is fluorine, which is known to lower IQ points in children.
A recent report from the U.S. National Research Council (NRC 2006)2 concluded that adverse effects of high fluoride concentrations in drinking water may be of concern and that additional research is warranted. Fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in laboratory animals, including effects on learning and memory… (From http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/14/fluoride-effects-in-children.aspx)
That begs the question, are iodine and fluorine related? Yes! They’re in the same family in the periodic table of elements – fluorine, iodine, chlorine and bromine. Populations with artificially “enriched” fluoridated water supplies apparently see a decrease in IQs similar to iodine deficiency. Why is that? Fluorine displaces iodine in the body… you see? And although in this article “Iodine Protects Against Fluoride Toxicity”, Dr. Sircus discusses there is a balance. You don’t want to overdose on iodine or fluorine, as a little bit too much iodine can also have untoward effects. Sodium fluoride, in fact, is used as rat poison; what on earth are we doing putting it in our water supply?
Our best bet is to our children with “full-spectrum” salt. In addition, bright red, dark blue and deep purple fruits and vegetables contain iodine in an easy-to-assimilate form. Do not wait to switch until you run out of table salt – keep it for future winters when you need to de-ice your walkway.
Can you imagine how all our bodily functions might improve if we simply trusted nature and cooperated with it – if we used “full spectrum” salt? I use celtic salt. I find mine in “health food” stores.
Yet I wonder what other mineral-deficiencies cause other dis-eases? Do we have to continue to fly by the seat of our pants and discover problem after problem, restoring nutrient after nutrient, year after year? Or can we simply wake up, wise up and start eating simple, nutritious, delicious foods in their natural forms?
Back in the early 1900s, apparently neither the government nor the public nor the salt company realized that all the minerals in “full spectrum” salt were to required for us to function optimally. But through the years it has become painfully obvious that many of our so-called “modern diseases” are caused by simple mineral deficiencies. Supplements are expensive and can be as problematic as pharmaceutical drugs…
Lithium, for instance, is used as a pharmaceutical drug to treat “bipolar disorder” (once called “manic depression”). Yet you can’t just take a big dose of lithium to fix your condition. You have to be very careful not to overdose on lithium, as it is needed, even when deficient, in the tiniest amounts. And lithium is a naturally occurring mineral available from seawater – where it occurs at the proper dose to support our bodily fluids. In times past when all salt was simply evaporated saltwater, everyone would have ingested micro-doses or nano-doses of lithium on a daily basis and few, if any, would suffer from bipolar disorder.
How many diseases could have been prevented or can be remedied by a simple switch from pretty, sparkly, white, devoid-of-important-minerals salt to health-preserving, naturally-dried seawater? Is white salt just another in a long list of deficient substances, like white flour and white sugar, which were once reserved for the rich and powerful that are now cheap, readily available and consumed only by the poor and ill-informed? White bread was once a status symbol; now it is now shunned by the well-educated and well-informed (those who use semicolons correctly, for instance).
In short, is it possible that all the minerals in seawater are essential for both mental and physical health – and that sun-dried (not kiln-dried) salt from seawater provides us the micro-dosage we can safely assimilate for optimal functioning? Could it be possible that “full spectrum” salt is a simple fix for many of the most mysterious health problems? Could good health be that simple? Is nature that kind? The body is an amazingly resilient machine and can self-correct once it is provided with all the factors it requires to function correctly. But you want to guard against sudden large doses of any mineral, for the balance of minerals is extremely important.
Did you know there are companies that evaporate seawater and separate it into its individual components – and then sell it to supplement manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies to make drugs that target various and sundry diseases – all of which might have been prevented if we had humbly used evaporated seawater – “full spectrum” salt – in the first place.
After the valuable minerals have been removed from the seawater, the mining (chemical) companies sell the worthless, leftover dregs (sodium chloride) to us, to use on our dinner tables, to food manufacturers as seasoning and preservative, to local governments for de-icing the streets during winter snows, to leather companies for tanning hides… and so on. We put the “white salt”, the dregs, in and on our food and wonder why we and our children are deficient in energy, mental clarity and overall health.
Once upon a future time, after all our tinkering and all its resultant misery, we may begin to recognize that Mother Nature was right about health after all… and it wasn’t that complicated.
Well, back to inspiration for this post… an article about the importance of magnesium when dealing with stress, violent tendencies and depression. It is being found that natural food substances are often more effective in healing grievous ailments than expensive, side-effect-ridden pharmaceutical drugs. After you read this article about magnesium, see Traditional Food Puts Chemotherapy To Shame, New Study Reveals. A lot of needless suffering could end soon if we listen to Hippocrates, father of modern medicine:
Let food be your medicine… and medicine your food.
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