Trace Minerals and Soil
secret solution for health
by David Yarrow
AUG. 6, '92, WHILE VISITING A FRIEND in southwest Wisconsin, my
left hand brushed a 6000 volt powerline. Knocked unconscious, I
fell fifteen feet onto my upper back, fracturing ribs and vetebrae,
and crushing T-5 in my spine. I landed nearly beside two paramedics
-- first of many angels who have pulled me back from certain death.
Flown by helicopter to Univ. of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison,
surgeons cleaned my burns and grafted skin on my scorched arm.
Five days later I emerged to consciousness with respirator,
catheter and IV. For five weeks morphine filled my sleepless mind
with visions, then surgeons cut my chest open to splice my shattered
spine together. Then began six months in a Rehab Unit; a month
passed before I was allowed to even sit up.
I remember in the Burn Unit I sweat profusely every night.
Later, in Rehab, I began to pass a lot of urine at night. Slowly
this nightly flow increased until my kidneys became a fountain.
Most nights I woke three, four, even five times, often passing 1000
or more cc's.
Meanwhile, I became intolerant of salt. Salty food caused my
fascia to contract and tighten, often with sharp pain and burning.
Sour (acid) foods triggered similar reactions.
In Jan. '94 acupuncturist Doug Klapper heard my tale, took my
twelve pulses and gave a simple diagnosis. He said, in part, my
kidneys are short circuited. Whether from electric shock or
medication, my kidneys were unable to regulate fluid in my blood and
Kidneys are electric organs; they regulate electrolytes in
blood. Electrolytes are atoms which gain or lose one or more
electrons -- the common currency of chemistry and life. With
electric charge, atoms are ions, which allow chemical reactions.
Cations lose electrons to be positive (H+, Na+, K+, Mg++, Ca++,
Fe+++); anions gain electrons to be negative (OH-, Cl-, CO3=, SO4=,
A primary chemical reaction is acid (+ ion) plus alkaline (-
ion) yields salt and water. For example, hydrochloric acid (H+Cl-)
and sodium hydroxide (Na+OH-) produce sodium chloride (Na+Cl-)Q
common salt and water (H2O). In this way kidneys regulate blood
electrolytes, and excrete water and salts via bladder.
One odd sign of my renal depletion is my pubic hair is
straight, without the slightest kink or curl. In Oriental medicine,
kidneys govern sex organs and store ancestral chi. Kidneys also
rule the bones -- mineral reservior in our body. The flood of water
out my bladder was draining minerals from my body.
Then, in Feb. '95 Joanna Campe, publisher and editor of
Remineralize the Earth, sent a gallon of Trace-Lyte* (trace mineral
electrolytes) from Naturopathic Research.
EIGHT YEARS AGO JERRY OLARSCH was struck by lightning. He
survived, but suffered disabling aftereffects. For months Jerry
sought help from a succession of specialists, all the way to the
Mayo Clinic. He found no relief and remained medically untreatable.
Then his son, a Naturopathic physician in New Hampshire, found
a formula for a special solution of trace minerals used with cancer
patients in the '30s. Trace-Lyte*, product of a 30-year soil and
mineral research, is produced by a time-consuming incubation where
minerals literally "grow" together in water.
In "Electrolytes: The Spark of Life" Gillian Martlew, ND
writes: "It takes a week to make a batch. Combined in a specific
way over a precise period, an implosion occurs, creating an energy
so strong minerals change form -- to crystaloids -- uniquely able to
filter through tissue directly into cells. Their potenial is
extraordinary -- the beginning of mineral action in the body.
They're electric -- they're alive."
Dan Winter says in "Trace Minerals in Sustainable Agriculture",
"Minerals are the seed of symmetry in water. In solution, minerals
shape waterUs molecular geometry. Symmetry in biological water
allows electrons to braid longer waves into coherent patterns. This
makes a sustainable memory -- and a stable life form. Stable order
is necessary to support electrolytic charge -- positive and negative
ions. This is essentially the role of mineral in cell water -- to
acheive the subtle, highly pressurized electrical array that is
Jerry made a batch and began taking teaspoons a day. In three
months he knew this was his road to recovery. In six months he was
well enough to resume work, so he began to make and sell Trace-
Lyte*. With minimal publicity, he had orders for gallons a week
from doctors or patients whose doctor prescribes Trace-Lyte*.
Essential Trace Elements
boron cobalt copper chromium
fluorine iodine iron manganese
nickel selenium silicon molybdenum
sulfur tin zinc vanadium
I BEGAN TAKING TraceLyte* in springwater -- quarter cup in a
quart. In three days, my nightly urine flow diminished. In a week
I slept all night without waking to pee for the first time in two
My urine flow remained diminished for three weeks until I
stopped taking Trace-Lyte* for two days. Nightly urine increased
for two nights until I resumed TraceLyte*. Another positive sign
was rapid healing of scrapes to my feet and lower legs.
My kidneys have begun to recharge. Like a deeply discharged
battery, this will take some time -- many months. Full recovery may
require three or four years. As my kidneys strengthen, they can
complete the healing of my still damaged rib bones.
GEORGE BROECKX HAS CARED FOR ME much of my 30 month struggle to
survive and recover. One of his many talents is a green thumb.
Avid organic gardener, his experiences with a small farm and
"ecologically friendly" landscaping taught him the value of trace
minerals to soils and plants.
One organic practice is foliar feeding -- spraying liquified
seaweed on leaves. Trace minerals and growth hormones absorb
directly into plant cells. Foliar feeding is proven so effective
chemical growers now regularly use it, too. Research shows it
stimulates nutrient uptake by roots -- so nutrients must be in soil.
To be sure all 20 essential minerals are in his soils, George
blends Planters II, a trace mineral fertillizer, in his lawn and
garden fertilizing mixes. He finds it especially effective to nurse
seedings and seedlings. But its best effect is to enhance microbial
A dedicated recycler, George composts garbage from two
restaurants at his farm and Capital District Community Gardens. No
one pays for his labor; he does it for personal satisfaction to
reduce waste and create new topsoil. "A growerUs first job is to
make topsoil," says George, "to instill dirt with fertility and
life. Sadly, modern farming rapidly destroyed one of our most
George's topsoil recipe mixes garbage with manure, leaves --
and rock dust. Feeding mineral powder to compost is the fastest way
to transform stones to living protoplasm. Micro-organisms (and
earthworms) eat raw minerals to form nutrients easily edible by
roots, and create special substances needed by plants and animals.
Compost is a metropolis of microbes digesting minerals and cellulose
-- an industrial park of factories recycling wastes into plant food.
Eve, the earthworm sez:
"the #1 product of a sustainable agriculture
must be new topsoil.
New housing for us earthworms."
Planters dramatically boosts growth vigor, producing compact,
sturdy plants with darker color, better disease and pest resistance,
stronger frost hardiness. Most of all, it stimulates flowering and
seeds -- plant reproduction. But to gardeners, the ultimate benefit
is foods have richer, deeper, better flavor. Not only taste
improves; nutrients increase, too. Not only all the minerals, but
proteins and sugars.increase. In carrots, 11% more sugar is common.
A bushel of grain weighs more due to higher mineral levels. George
is so impressed with Planters he distributes it in the Capital
Planters is a "high test" rock dust mined from a unique deposit
near Salida, Colorado by U.S. Soils Co. It has 35 elements --
everything from nitrogen to zinc -- with high concentrations of the
20 trace elements plants need. Most are in soluble form easily
digested by soil microbes and roots. With 50 years experience, U.S.
Soils has case histories and field data from farms in almost every
Other rock dusts can supply trace elements to microbes and
plants. Success is had with basalt, traprock, granite, lava,
azomite, radorock, and other rock products. Few are as soluble or
concentrated as Planters. In Survival of Civilization John Hamaker,
father of modern remineralization, urged using glacial gravel dust.
ROBERT ABLE IS SALES MANAGER of Gernatt Gravel Co., NY's
largest sand & gravel producer. Gernatt dredges seven glacial
deposits near Buffalo to crush and grade into sizes of gravel and
sand. Bob Able, a NY Director of the National Aggregate Assoc.
(NAA) -- the sand & gravel industry trade group -- was concerned the
industry should address the ecological issues pressing our future.
Processing gravel creates 5-15% dust-size (#200 mesh) by-
product. A typical 2-500,000 ton/year facility makes 10-75,000 tons
of these fines. In 1991 the industry generated 124 million tons of
by-product with very few uses -- waste to be disposed of -- usually
landfilled as tailings nearby as a production cost.
In 1991 Dan Winter bought a dump load of this waste from Bob
for Crystal Hill Farm. Dan's talk about remineralization with
glacial gravel dust as a response to the greenhouse effect roused
Bob's interest to meet with me. In June 1992, before my brush with
death, I assembled a 30-page proposal for Bob to present to NAA.
We suggested NAA fund research to use fines in agriculture,
forestry and large scale composting. We urged NAA to: 1) research
practical, economic uses of fines, 2) support widespread application
of tested, proven tailings on farms and forests, and 3) promote this
publicly and in government. Use of fines can:
1) lower industry production costs and increase revenues.
2) improve soil quality, including tilth, trace elements and
living population, to develop sustainable, ecological agriculture;
3) reduce use of soluble chemicals harmful to soil, water,
microbes, beneficial insects, plants, animals, humans, and
4) improve resistance to insects, disease, fungus, and stress,
thus reduce need for herbicides, pesticides and toxic chemicals;
5) improve food and feed flavor and density of nutrients
essential to human and animal health;
6) regenerate damaged forests to preserve air and water quality
and capture greenhouse gases.
In July Bob presented it to the Research Committee at NAA's
annual meeting in Washington, DC. Response was positive and
enthusiastic. Ample volunteers formed an implementation committee.
Donald Weaver, publisher of Hamaker's "Survival of Civilization",
was invited to speak on remineralization at the next NAA convention.
Every month as I lay on my back in a Wisconsin hospital Bob
called to report on the proposal's progress. NAA chose Texas A&M as
their research center and began discussing how to research using
fines. The proposal sparked wide interest and led to discussions at
the USDA, U.S. Bureau of Mines, HUD, and other stone industries.
MAY 24th, 1994 THE USDA RESEARCH CENTER in Beltsville, Maryland
held a first-ever conference on Soil Remineralization and
Sustainable Agiculture. Dozen scientists, activists and industry
representatives presented papers.
* Greg Watson, Northeast Director of Nature Conservancy and
former Massachusetts Agriculture Commissioner and New Alchemy
Institute Director described remineralization concepts and history.
* Joanna Campe's global view ranged from European research in
agriculture and regenerating forests dead from acid rain to Men of
the Trees using granite dust to plant trees in arid western
* Dr. Robert Bruck, N.C. State Univ. plant pathologist and
North Carolina Director of Environment, described success using
Planters II to replant dead boreal forests atop the highest
Dan Winter videotaped the talks for Crystal Hill Multimedia.
Since May 24 events are slowly moving this remineralization
effort forward. In 1994 USDA field tested several rock powders at
its Beltsville Research Center. NAA's Research Committee continues
discussing research goals and protocols with Texas A&M. And Bob
Able, not waiting for NAA's research plan, has local farmers
cooperating to test fines from Gernatt mines. Early results are
MY HOUSE IS ON A HILL above a gravel quarry across the Hudson
River from the Empire State Capitol. Every weekday beginning 6:30
am dump trucks chug past my door hauling sand & gravel over the hill
to construction sites. Every day I wonder when they'll carry fines
to spread on farmland to grow our food.
And will we be wise enough to remineralize forests to keep our
planet cool and green?
George Broeckx. P.O. Box 6034, Albany, NY 12206; 518-426-0563
Joanna Campe, Remineralize the Earth, 152 South St.,
Northampton, MA 01060; 413-586-4429, fax: 413-586-6064
Jerry Olarsch, Naturopatic Research, P.O. Box 7594, North Port,
FL 34287; 813-426-5772; orders: 800-326-5772; fax: 813-426-5772
Dan Winter, Crystal Hill, 9411 Sandrock Rd., Eden, NY 14057;
716-992-9307; fax: 716-823-0371; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald Weaver, Hamaker-Weaver Publishers, 138 Valdeflores Dr.,
Burlingame, CA 94010; 347-9693
Doug Klapper, traditional acupuncturist, RR#1 P.O. Box 937,
Putney, VT 05346; 413-268-3857
Robert Able, Gernatt Gravel Co., Taylor Hollow Rd., Collins, NY
Richard Meininger, National Aggregates Assoc., 900 Spring St.,
Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-587-1400, fax: 301-585-4219
Dr. Robert Bruck, Plant Pathology, Ag & Life Sciences College;
No. Carolina St. Univ.; Box 7616, Raleigh, NC 27695-7616
Herb Owen, Vice President, U.S. Soils, P.O. Box 1037, Salida,
CO 81201; 719-539-3535
David Yarrow, c/o Broeckx (above); email: email@example.com
Remineralize the Earth, $25/3 issues/year, from Joanna Campe
Electrolytes: The Spark of Life by Gillian Martlew, from Jerry
The Survival of Civilization by John Hamaker, from Donald
Bread From Stones by Julius Hensel, from Acres, USA
Classifier Tailings for Soil Remineralization from Robert Able
from Crystal Hill Multimedia
Remineralization: Memories in the Rock (video) May 24, U94
Role of Trace Elements in Sustainable Agriculture by Dan Winter
B12: Chemical Vitamin or Magnetic Hormone? by David Yarrow
How to Make Topsoil by David Yarrow
Pluto & Molly: Tale of Two Trace Elements by David Yarrow
PERSONAL APPEAL FROM THE AUTHOR
Circumstances of my accident and my grassroots Earth activist
lifestyle left me without health or liability insurance. I pray I
can soon resume my activism as we near an exciting end to the
millenium. Meanwhile I survive on $544/month from SSI plus Medicaid
and struggle to recover. On the strength of my 20-year commitment
and many achievements to nurture sustainable human culture, I appeal
humbly for donations to finance alternative therapies and remedies I
need to recover from my close encounter with death.
ps. My pubic hair has gentle curls now.
-- for a green and peaceful planet,
David Yarrow, turtle from Salt Lake
snail mail: c/o Broeckx, PO Box 6034, Albany, NY 12206
Crowwalker sez: "If yer not forest, yer against us."