Sulfur the miracle mineral

SulfurTheMiracleMineral“Sulfur is ubiquitous in the Universe and essential to all life forms that we know.”
–NASA.org

In a normal body sulfur should be the third most abundant mineral, after calcium and phosphorus.

It is often referred to as ‘the fourth major nutrient’ as sulfur is required for the proper structure and biological activities of the body’s enzymes, and every single cell in the body.

Sulfur is essential in order for the body to make many amino acids and proteins, and provides a place for aminos to bind together and solidify the protein structure for healthy joints, hair, nails and skin.

It helps to usher other minerals and nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, D and selenium, calcium and magnesium into the cells your body needs, while taking out trash that doesn’t belong.

And, speaking of “trash”..

Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier produced by our bodies, is the most important molecule needed to stay healthy and age gracefully.

The secret of glutathione is adequate sulfur ingestion which causes the glutathione to function as a sort of fly paper for toxins to be trapped, then eliminated through the digestive process, thus assisting the liver to remain healthy.

Adequate sulfur is necessary for healthy cellular regeneration to occur through the enabling of oxygen. Organic sulfur with its accompanying power of oxygen is found in all living organisms (raw plant and animal food), but is not available in cooked or processed food.

Oxygen, enabled by sulfur, allows the body to help ‘cure’ itself through healthy cellular regeneration. The interaction or enabling of oxygen is what makes sulfur so important for a healthy body and a full life.

In short, without sufficient sulfur to ensure the enabling of oxygen flow, the body slowly dies from cascading health problems.

Amazing, isn’t it, how just one of the many minerals our bodies require is responsible for so many aspects of keeping us operating at optimal function?

John Hammell, president of the International Advocates for Health Freedom, states it succinctly: “Organic sulfur is the missing link to regeneration of cellular health, boosting immunity and reducing pain and inflammation.”

But sulfur deficiency is a worldwide problem, according to the World Health Organization.

Nutrition commentator Dr. David Jockers, writing in Natural News, states that U.S. levels of life and health-giving sulfur, which were once among the highest, are now some of the lowest in the world.

So, how did this happen?

In 1938, with gas, coal tar and crude oil cheap and plentiful, Prescott Bush, grandfather of George W., and his friend Nelson Rockefeller contracted with a chemical company to develop coal tar and crude oil-based fertilizer.

From that beginning came the ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate formula of most chemical fertilizers now used worldwide. These fertilizers are devoid of sulfur due to the 380 degree F. temperature to which they are subjected.

The extreme temperature is far past the vaporization point of sulfur. In addition, the chemical fertilizers bind up any free sulfur available in rainwater from the sulfur cycle.

The elements of the sulfur group consist of sulfur, selenium and tellurium. The beginning of elemental sulfur creation is the volcanic activity in the atmosphere, and ‘organic’ sulfur by the same volcanic activity in the sea.

The salt in the sea water allows the sulfur to be released in the water, and that combination of sea, water and air is the start of the sulfur cycle for all living organisms.

Sulfur from rainwater is taken up from the soil by plants and released into the atmosphere, then it returns to the soil via rain, and thus, the sulfur cycle repeats itself.

Pre-industrial fertilizers were, of course, organic—created by the natural decomposition of organic materials, primarily manure.

Comparisons have found that cultures with naturally fertilized food supplies have much lower rates of degenerative disease than those which use artificial forms of plant food.

Sulfur is passed every 12 hours and that is why most forms of manure are excellent sources of sulfur.

Finland banned the use of chemical fertilizers in 1985, though the move was unrelated to sulfur as a specific mineral.

However, the little country reaped a major health benefit. Epidemiology has shown a 10-fold improvement in disease rates since that time, compared to the U.S., which then had almost identical rates.

And Icelanders enjoy some of the world’s lowest levels of the chronic ailments that afflict so many modern nations. Their secret weapon is the volcanic activity which formed the island nation. Iceland’s soil and water are full of sulfur ash.

Sulfur is found near hot springs and volcanic regions in many parts of the world and is especially rich along the Pacific Ring of Fire. It has been used since ancient times for balms, antiparasitics and healing.

Even today many people frequent soothing sulfur hot springs to relieve injuries and muscle pain. But that source is too potent for drinking.

There’s good reason for the signs around Yellowstone warning to never drink from the bubbling water in that volcanic region. (Interestingly, in the Bible sulfur is called ‘brimstone!’)

In contrast to Finland and Iceland… in the modern U.S., as well as a number of other nations, “a review of epidemiology” since 1954—when chemical fertilizers were mandated—shows as much as a “4,000 percent increase in cancer and other disease entities.” (Live Blood and Cellular Matrix Study, available through Sulfurforhealth.com).

Linus Pauling, the only person who has ever been awarded two unshared Nobel awards, stated prophetically: “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

Early symptoms of sulfur deficiency include fatigue, depression, high sensitivity to physical and psychological stress, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, vulnerability to allergies, lowered general immunity protection and toxic buildup leading to degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer… and brain impairment.

So… what can we do about it?

Number one: A healthy diet should be a priority. Excellent food sources of sulfur include onions, garlic, legumes such as beans, eggs, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and broccoli. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “If your diet is primarily processed and thoroughly cooked food, I guarantee you are sulfur deficient” So, let’s go from there.

Number two: Supplemental organic sulfur is the best defense against the modern poisoning of our soil, water and air. Replenishing the sulfur that has been neutralized in our toxic environment helps us detoxify, oxygenate and keep our body cells running at optimal efficiency.

MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) is the superior supplemental solution to sulfur deficiency. MSM is an organic white sulfur powder or crystal which comes from phytoplankton in the ocean.

As it decays it creates the gas dimethylsulfide (DMS). Oxygen and sunlight react with DMS, causing it to go through a series of oxidation steps. Cloud studies show that particles of sulfate are required for water vapor in the atmosphere to form clouds.

When considering MSM supplementation, care must be taken to avoid many commercial MSM compounds, which are NOT from the natural substance made from phytoplankton, but are products of chemical industries, and manufactured from petroleum waste and methane gas.

So… do your research and consult a trusted health food/ supplement provider or naturopathic physician before you decide on a brand of MSM/sulfur for your diet.

Sources for this article include: Sulfurforhealth.com, Wikipedia, Natural News, Dr. Earl Mindel, Drhyman.com, Mercola.com and NASA.

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