Hypoalimentation of Soil

Hypoalimentation of Mother Nature

A look back at the “Modern Miracle Men”

A declining soil fertility, due to a lack of organic material, major elements, and trace minerals, is responsible for poor crops and in turn for pathological conditions in animals fed deficient foods from such soils, and that mankind is no exception.” – Dr. William A. Albrecht, Chairman of the Department of Soils at the University of Missouri

“You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” – Dr. Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes

Soil that lacks nutrients = Food that lacks nutrients = People that lack nutrients.

It’s a simple process. We are the products of what we eat.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that the land that we have grown our foods on for hundreds of years is being depleted of its nutrients. Many States showed a marked reduction in the productive capacity of the soil amounting to a 25 to 50 percent reduction in the 50 years prior to 1936. The rate of depletion from 1940 to 1991 is almost 85%, the highest in the world. This is because of the extended use of fertilizers and “maximum yield” mass farming methods.

In June 1 1936, Senator Duncan Fletcher of Florida presented document #264 to the US Senate during the 74th Congress, second session, which discussed Rex Beach‘s article titled, “MODERN MIRACLE MEN,” about Dr. Charles Northen’s research on the prevalent mineral depletion of America’s soil. The message is timeless and is still applicable today.

“Countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil of America no longer provides plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health! Minerals are vital to human metabolism and health–and that no plant or animal can appropriate to itself any mineral which is not present in the soil upon which it feeds. We know that vitamins are complex substances which are indispensable to nutrition, and that each of them is of importance for the normal function of some special structure in the body. Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency.It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body’s appropriation of minerals, and in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.  Neither does the layman realize that there may be a pronounced difference in both foods and soils–to them one vegetable, one glass of milk, or one egg is about the same as another. The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren’t worth eating, as food. We have been systematically robbing the poor soils and the good soils alike of the very substances most necessary to health, growth, long life, and resistance to disease. The more I studied nutritional problems and the effects of mineral deficiencies upon disease, the more plainly I saw that here lay the most direct approach to better health, and the more important it became in my mind to find a method of restoring those missing minerals to our foods. The subject interested me so profoundly that I retired from active medical practice and for a good many years now I have devoted myself to it. It’s a fascinating subject, for it goes to the heart of human betterment.” -Dr. Charles Northen

“I’m an M.D. My work lies in the field of biochemistry and nutrition. I gave up medicine because this is a wider and more important work. Sick soils mean sick plants, sick animals, and sick people. Physical, mental, and moral fitness depends largely upon an ample supply and a proper proportion of the minerals in our foods. Nerve function, nerve stability, nerve-cell-building likewise depend thereon. I’m really a doctor of sick soils. A really healthy plant will pretty nearly take care of itself in the battle against insects and blights and will also give the human system what it requires… Enormous saving. Better crops. Lowered living costs to the rest of us. But I’m not so much interested in agriculture as in health. It is neither a complicated nor an expensive undertaking to restore our soils to balance and thereby work a real miracle in the control of disease. As a matter of fact, it’s a money-making move for the farmer, and any competent soil chemist can tell them how to proceed. First determine by analysis the precise chemistry of any given soil, then correct the deficiencies by putting down enough of the missing elements to restore its balance. The same care should be used as in prescribing for a sick patient, for proportions are of vital importance. Soils seriously deficient in minerals cannot produce plant life competent to maintain our needs, and with the continuous cropping and shipping away of those concentrates, the condition becomes worse. Prevention of disease is easier, more practical, and more economical than cure, but not until foods are standardized on a basis of what they contain instead of what they look like can the dietician prescribe them with intelligence and with effect. Disease preys most surely and most viciously on the undernourishment and unfit plants, animals, and human beings alike, and when the importance of these obscure mineral elements is fully realized the chemistry of life will have to be rewritten. No one knows their mental or bodily capacity, how well they can feel or how long they can live, for we are all cripples and weaklings. It is a disgrace to science. Happily, that chemistry is being rewritten and we are on our way to better health by returning to the soil the things we have stolen from it. The growers will quickly respond. They can put back those minerals almost overnight, and by doing so they can actually make money through bigger and better crops.” – Dr. Northen.

Dr Northen showed first that it should be done, and then that it could be done. He doubled and redoubled the natural mineral content of fruits and vegetables. He improved the quality of milk by increasing the iron and the iodine in it. He caused hens to lay eggs richer in the vital elements.

We must rebuild our soils: Put back the minerals we have taken out. That sounds difficult but it isn’t. Neither is it expensive. Therein lies the short cut to better health and longer life. By reestablishing a proper soil balance be actually grew crops that contained an ample amount of desired minerals. Dr. Northen went even further and proved that crops grown in a properly mineralized soil were bigger and better; that seeds germinated quicker, grew more rapidly and made larger plants; that trees were healthier and put on more fruit of better quality. By increasing the mineral content of citrus fruit he likewise improved its texture, its appearance and its flavor.

In 1936, the importance of minerals in food was a relatively new concept that Dr. Charles Northen and Dr. William Albrecht were only beginning to introduce to the scientific community. Their research and experimentation produced startling truths about the importance of minerals in soil and the effect of mineral depletion on the health of our bodies. Studies today confirm Dr. Northen’s conclusion that the mineral content of soil does in fact affect the mineral content of the food grown in it. Unfortunately, 68 years later, little has been done to better the mineral content of North America’s soil.


“It is simpler to cure sick soils than sick people, which shall we choose?” – Dr. Northen

Keep Flexing 4 Fitness!


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