How to Multiply the Nutritional and Healing Power of Food by 10x (or Even More). Recent discoveries reveal that food, grown and consumed in certain ways (you can do this yourself) can literally annihilate disease.
Robert J. Van Risseghem responses to eat@earth Interview Questions
1. When it comes to human nutrition, I think that phytonutrients like curcumin from turmeric
often steal the headlines. But I have a sense that minerals have a more foundational
importance to human health. What would you say, and how would you describe to
me, an average consumer, how to think of minerals and their role in relation to
other types of nutrients like vitamins, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, amino
acids, and so forth?
Finding quality sources for mineral and the roll the play in our health is a challenge.
(Show)The book “Natural Medicine” the healthy way to heal for you and your family, by Dr. Stephen Davis and Dr. Allan Stewart
This book lays out the role of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, better than any other book I’ve come across, on this topic.
I use it as a reference book to understand how amino acids interact with minerals and vitamins.
It is used as a reference, on the Dr. James Duke database, which I also utilize for additional understanding of minerals and the role they play in our food and plant diet.
Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes plants, but it’s not the plant itself that delivers the beneficial effect. True, certified Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes plants grown in a specific area or region that provides the observed beneficial effects.
In other words, the soil along with the plant goes hand-in-hand, as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Minerals are elements that come from the soil.
Unlike vitamins, essential fatty acids and amino acids are organic compounds that the plant can manufacture.
With the exception is B12, which is the only mineral-based vitamin, all plants, even those grown using hydroponics will produce vitamins, proteins and amino acids.
Bioavailable “Plant-based” minerals have unique properties, unlike mineral supplements you can buy at health-food stores.
The nanoparticle size of a mineral a plant is capable of taking up is between 10 to 100 times the size of an atom.
This particle size is critical for human absorption and our ability to manufacture amino acids, enzymes, protein, and DNA from plant-based foods.
Chemical compounds that you find in mineral supplements have absorbability issues due to particle size. For this reason, plant-based minerals should be our first choice.
2. You contend that mineral deficiencies are a core cause of cancer, and that restoring key
minerals to the body can actually reverse (affect may be a better word choice) advanced cancers (possibly reword this statement). Can you describe the evidence for this and how it works?
Cancers can come from environmental toxins; exposure to radiation from x-rays; ultraviolet lights; tobacco smoke, and food additives.
The human body defends itself against all of these exposures, by replacing cells and organ tissue when there is damage from the cancer-causing environment.
In every fresh plant-based food you will find sufficient vitamins.
These vitamins are essential to stimulate stem-cell growth.
For stem-cells to become a functioning tissue cell it requires additional building blocks, along with minerals in order to become part of a functioning organ.
Not all organs have the same nutritional requirements. For example, ruthenium is only found in lung tissue; iron we mainly find in the blood; vanadium is typically found in fat tissue. These are just a few examples of how different minerals affect the stem cells make unique body tissue.
To respond directly to the question, mineral deficiencies can become so severe that our body is incapable of healing itself.
Stem-cells are incapable of converting to organ tissue, due to the body’s mineral deficiencies.
Overcoming the mineral deficiency is a first step to overcoming the manifestation of the deficiency symptom of illnesses, such as cancer.
The Dr. James Duke database identifies minerals such as selenium and the anti-cancer chemical activity it delivers. It also suggests that molybdenum is an esophageal, anti-tumor, anti-cancer mineral. The database has a (?) behind this chemical’s activity.
So many chemotherapy drugs are mineral-based drugs. Minerals such as: platinum, ruthenium, osmium, and silver have been used in the formulation of chemotherapy drugs.
In the 1970’s, Cisplatin was introduced as a highly promising chemotherapy drug. Efforts were made to introduce platinum into a food, as a bioavailable form of platinum, with the hope that we could someday receive platinum in a non-toxic food. These experiments are documented on the World Health Organization’s website.
The areas of the world that have the lowest incidence of AIDS and cancer have the highest bioavailable selenium, in their food system. Senegal, Africa has a selenium deposit from an ancient seabed that provides its residents with a high level of selenium in their diet. The incidence of AIDS and cancer are the lowest percentile recorded. Another area with these low numbers is Bolivia, which is also known to be a high exporter of selenium.
Reference: Cancer, HIV/AIDS Reverse with Selenium and Amino Acids, by Harold Foster, Ph.D.
“DESPITE THE WIDESPREAD PROMOTION of programs stressing condom use, fidelity and chastity, HIV is continuing to spread rapidly. Globally, to date, it has infected some 70 million.1 Major geographical patterns of infection, however, are becoming obvious. In the United States, for example, Cowgill2 has shown that AIDS mortality has had an inverse relationship, especially in African-Americans, with local fodder crop selenium levels. That is, the higher the dietary selenium intake, the lower the AIDS mortality rate experienced.
Most of sub-Saharan Africa is selenium deficient. In South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Botswana, countries where AIDS is now the main cause of death, populations tend to lack an adequate dietary intake of this trace element.3-4 In contrast, Senegal’s soils are derived from marine sediments, many of which are selenium enriched. In its capital city, Dakar, the prevalence rate for HIV infection still hovers at an unusually low 0.5 percent among women attending antenatal clinics.5 Similarly, Finland has experienced only about 50 percent the HIV infection rate of its Nordic neighbors. This appears to be linked to a decision, taken in 1984, to legislate the addition of sodium selenite to all fertilizers used in Finland, in an attempt to reduce the death rate from heart disease.6 As might be expected, mortality from AIDS also is unusually low in Bolivia, a major exporter of selenium.”
3. (if not yet addressed) I know from what I’ve learned about human, plant, and soil nutrition that minerals have interdependent relationships and that some minerals seem to be key to many others. Cobalt seems to be one of those minerals, and yet nobody seems to be talking about it. Could you describe why and how cobalt is so crucial in soil, plant, and human nutrition?
Cobalt is an amazing mineral. Vitamin B-12 is the only vitamin that utilizes a mineral, as a building block. When you search the Dr. Duke’s database for cobalt, only two chemical activities are listed.
If we look at B-12, which is manufactured from cobalt, we see a number of activities that occur, according to Charles Walter and Dr. Richard Olree, in the book Minerals for the Genetic Code. In addition, in The Nutritional Medicine book, that I first noted above, notes the beneficial effects of B-12. The B-12 compound is made up of carbon, nitrogen, and cobalt. This bond is significant because it’s only formed in an acidic environment of a healthy stomach or the Rhizome area of the plant roots.
According to Dr. Olree, without vitamin B-12, your ability to properly absorb and utilize titanium, vanadium, chromium, manganese, iron, nickel, copper, zinc, gallium and germanium are significantly reduced.
Common forms of carbon and nitrogen in the triple-bonded form is known as cyanide.
The cobalt nitrogen, carbon bond is very stable, but similar to cyanide.
This compound is capable of dissolving minerals into solution, and making them bioavailable.
In our testing of plants grown in the Soil Solutions, Memory Formula, which has a high level of cobalt, we were surprised when we observed the increased mineral uptake into the plants, which did not occur in any of the control samples.
The mineral uptake was increased by greater than ten-fold, of 22 different minerals, over the control soil.
The ability to identify bioavailable minerals which were once thought to be depleted gave us great hope that we can overcome the mineral deficiencies in our soil, by unlocking minerals that are presently bound.
4. I believe that boron also facilitates the uptake of other minerals into the plants that become our food. Is there anything worth mentioning about boron?
The reason why people don’t pay attention to boron, as much as we should, is we assume it’s commonplace in green vegetables, when the bioavailable boron is barely present.
We’re told that the darker vegetables, such as spinach, have a higher level of boron.
This is myth commonly accepted today.
Boron is a mineral, just like any other element; it needs to be present in the soil, in order for the plant to absorb it.
If you never add boron back to the soil it will become depleted at a rapid rate because it’s one of the water-soluble minerals.
Fortunately, it is one of the easiest minerals to replenish in the garden soil.
Boron is a critical component for the absorption of calcium and the manufacturing of vitamin D3, which is critical for brain function.
It is also an essential building block for proper utilization of other minerals like calcium and magnesium.
Boron has the ability to absorb radiation and to detoxify radioactive particles.
It is effective on minimizing many of the autoimmune disease symptoms.
5. Sulfur is another mineral that perhaps isn’t discussed as much as it should be when it
comes to human nutrition. And there are forms of it that are good for us and forms that
are not so good for us. Could you tell us about what some of the different types of
sulfur do in the body, and why it’s important for all of us to understand this? (e.g.
nutritional and non-nutritional forms of sulfur, and the difference between sulfites in the
body and the soil)
Sulfur is very prevalent to our environment today, as a by-product of oil refining.
Sulfur has entered into our food system, as a cheap preservative.
Food preservatives such as sodium metabisulfite and sulfur dioxide are just a few of the oxidized sulfurs that are very prevalent in food production today.
Sodium thiosulfate is used to remove free chlorine from water to make it less toxic to fish.
This oxidized sulfur is also used as antidotes for platinum, silver and many other types of mineral poisoning.
Because of the many uses of oxidized sulfur, we’re seeing minerals leaching from the human body at alarming rates.
The highest level of platinum, silver, and gold in marine sediments are found at the outfalls of US sewage treatment plants, according to Robert R. Brooks in his book Noble Metals in Biological Systems. It is my belief that this finding is attributed to oxidized sulfur, food preservatives in our diet.
The focus of this is book mainly pertains to the noble metals.
I believe the problem is much greater than the noble metals being leached from our bodies.
The following minerals are also affected: molybdenum, lithium and copper.
As we review each mineral, one at a time and review the mineral deficiency symptoms associated with them, we realize that the associated symptoms of mineral depletion from the soil are compounded by the food additives or preservatives in our diet.
Oxidized sulfur can also be formed naturally within the human body.
Gum disease may cause the formation of hydrogen sulfide, which will convert to thiosulfate when it makes contact with the lungs. I believe for this reason, the importance of dental health in relation to overall human health needs to be addressed.
Lithium alone, as a deficiency in our diet may be linked to an increase in the levels of mental health issues in our society. When a cobalt deficiency is added to the mix, we see the problem compounded. According to research, performed in Chicago, the authors of Nutritional Medicine, report that hair samples of violent criminals demonstrated that they had lower levels of cobalt than normal people.
6. People probably hear even less about molybdenum. How about Molybdenum? What
does it do in the body?
According to Dr. Elson M. Haas and Buck Levin, PhD, RD in the book Staying Healthy with Nutrition, in the Hunan Province of China, the highest levels of esophageal cancer in the world was recorded.
During this research, they found molybdenum deficiencies in the soil. When molybdenum was added to the soil, the incidence of esophageal cancer was reduced.
The Dr. James Duke database has a (?) next to Molybdenum regarding the effect on esophageal cancer.
A common cause of esophageal cancer is acid reflux.
Acid reflux may be caused by poor liver function. It’s from this conclusion that molybdenum deficiencies may cause poor liver function.
Acid reflux may be a sign of molybdenum deficiency and poor liver function should never be ignored.
For additional discussion:
Molybdenum levels in our liver are affected by oxidized sulfur.
The Evans and Thaler ranches, in Lagrange Wyoming studied the problem of cattle being unresponsive to antibiotics and found that distiller grains had been sprayed with sodium metabisulfite.
This chemical compound is used to prevent mold and fungus.
The effect of using this chemical on the cattle was the inability to make the sufficient enzymes, for proper mineral absorption.
They discovered this by testing the levels of minerals in the pasture grass, which were higher in molybdenum than the soil was capable of delivering.
They came to the conclusion that the molybdenum was in the urine of the cattle.
Distiller’s grains are commonly used in many of our pet food products.
7. (if not yet addressed) How could somebody like a home gardener or a farmer
discover how bioavailable the minerals in their soils are to their plants, and how
could they make sure that the food they grow has high levels of all of the
It’s a very simple inexpensive lab test which is the easiest way to identify the bioavailable minerals within your garden.
The process is to harvest any and all vegetation, including weeds and dehydrate them in a paper sack, to dry naturally or by using a food dehydrator.
Then put the dried material into a blender or Neutrabullet and mill it into a powder.
Send two tablespoons or up to a quarter cup of the powder in a clean plastic bag and send it to the Activation Laboratory, in Canada.
A link to their site can be found on Naturally Noble’s Facebook page.
If you have a larger garden or field, I would advise that you least prepare two samples, for every thousand square feet or 10 samples per acre.
8. What do you envision for the future of food as medicine?
After eight years of research, I have come to the following conclusion:
farming as we know it today is not the answer.
Brandon, you and I watched professors try to answer “How do we test the nutritional quality of our food today?”
Until recently, we have not been able to test and repeat consistent mineral levels in the food, in order to understand the benefits of bioavailable minerals.
In the past, minerals and their beneficial effects on the human body were evaluated using mineral supplements, not bioavailable food.
The only true way to know whether food is medicine is to test the nutritional content of the food, which includes not only the vitamins, but more importantly the minerals.
A full scale study using only bioavailable minerals needs to be performed, in order to better understand their effectiveness.
Our research has led us to develop products capable of maintaining consistent mineral levels within foods.
This will allow those interested in further research to evaluate the bioavailable minerals and their effects on our health.
Our products have demonstrate bioavailable mineral increases within plant tissue, which are 10, 50, 100, even 1,000 times the mineral value, over the control plants.
For example, we are able to achieve the daily recommended amount of chromium, molybdenum and vanadium, within a three-quarter inch radish.
To achieve the same amount of chromium you would need to eat 57 ½ radishes from our control garden.
For the first time, we are capable of having consistent bioavailable mineral levels within our foods. Nutrition and health testing will play a key role in moving forward.
Integrative medicine will now be able to use these consistent bioavailable minerals to determine new daily recommended amounts, which will be based upon their absorbability and our body’s ability to utilize them.
The mineral consistency in plants has not been achieved at this level, in the past. New baselines for nutrition needed to be set. Symptoms of nutritional deficiency can now be addressed without the use of chemical supplements.
The collaborative effect of herbalists and agronomists utilizing these bioavailable minerals to enhance the outcome effects from the plants will be exciting.
It is exciting to think about the collaborative efforts of nutritionists, herbalists and agronomists utilizing these bioavailable minerals, for use in the field of integrative medicine.
Our hope is that the ultimate outcome includes a variety of plants matched with bioavailable mineral soil conditioners.
These combinations will be designed to address the nutritional needs of human organs damaged by cancers, and/or birth defects.