** "Most minerals [from food] are 8-12% absorbable, Chelated Minerals are 40% absorbable, and liquid... Minerals are 98% absorbable, being 7000 times smaller than Red blood cells, with negative-charge for absorption." (Joseph B. Marion; Anti-aging Manual)
Silica (which is a Silicon compound) is the most abundant element in the earth’s strata. The human body if weighing in at around 150 pounds would contain approximately one and one quarter ounces of silica. Silica is found in all of the tissues, especially the resistive tissue such as the skin, dura mater, fascia, hair, nails and tendons. It reinforces the membranes throughout the body as well as the ligmentous tissue, arterial walls, throat walls, uterine lining, walls of the digestive tract, the spinal and cerebral dura mater, nails and skin. “Silicon is necessary for the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue; for healthy nails, ;skin, and hair; and for calcium absorption in the early stages of bone formation.”63 Silica helps firm muscles, the blood to be warmer and over all invigorates and energizes the whole body. It influences the nervous system, the brain and sexual system in a vital way. Men suffer from lack of tone in the testicles and other problems with the testies. Women suffer from cysts in the vagina, hardening of or pus generation in the mammary glands and other abnormalities in the breast.
The tissues in the body are made alkaline by Silica. Sodium activates sodium, potassium and magnesium in the body, which helps a person to develop a quick, agile, lean and nimble body. Silica unites with sulfur to create healthy hair and nails. A Silica rich diet is effective against impotence of sexual feebleness. People who suffer from ovarian, hysterical and menstrual complications need Silica as well. Silica greatly affects the nervous system and if a person is deficient they may suffer from nervous prostration due to excessive work or passion.
“Tissue levels of Si decrease with aging in unsupplemented humans and laboratory species. Silica deficiency is characterized by dry brittle hair, brittle finger and toe nails, poor skin quality, poor calcium utilization and arterial disease.”64 When looking at the uses for Silica we must consider the benefits that elderly people have reported from the use of this element. Joint elasticity is enhanced as well as eyesight, complexion, firmer flesh and varicose veins are reduced. It is interesting to note that the nations with the lowest cancer rates are known for diets high in Silica. It has been found that people deficient in Silica tend to be fearful of contracting some dreadful disease and when the doctor finds no pathology behind the fear the person is labeled as suffering from psychosomatic or psychoneurotic problematic. Other complaints that have been recorded in a person low in Silica are voracious appetite, liver abscess, flatus, urinary problems, and pyloritis.
Silica is essential for the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue and is vital to help prevent osteoporosis. Silica is vital for calcium absorption in the early stages of bone formation and is needed to maintain flexible arteries. It plays a major part in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Silica is used widely to counteract the effects of aluminum on the body therefore making it important to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Silica levels decrease as we age, so as we age we need to consume more Silica. It stimulates the immune systems and inhibits the aging process. Boron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium help the efficient utilization of Silica.
61. James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A Balch, C.N.C, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Second Edition (Avery Publishing Group, 1997), pg. 28.
62. Joel D. Wallach, BS, DVM, ND & Ma Lan, MD, MS, Rare Earths Forbidden Cures, (Double Happiness Publishing Co., 1995) page