Colloidal Minerals - A Concept Corrupted?
Why is there so much conflicting information in the marketplace?
Before we can answer that question, let's look back to the origin of the concept. The product responsible for the phenomenon that we are experiencing today was discovered more than 90 years ago. As is the case with many important discoveries, its benefits were unanticipated.
When a rancher named T. J. Clark discovered a liquid solution which facilitated his recovery from a life threatening illness, he began searching for reasons. In his research with animals, he found a variety of other benefits which he attributed to this solution. As the word of his discovery leaked out, rumors ran rampant. A Legend was born.
Now here's the problem. We're all familiar with what happens when someone starts a rumor, Perhaps you remember seeing a classroom experiment whereby one student relayed a story to another and each student was told to pass the story on to the next. By the time the story circulated through the classroom, it bore utile or no resemblance to the original. Even with the best of intentions, the real story is lost as a matter of natural evolution. when you add to this a profit motive for intentionally distorting a story, you have the currently occurring situation in the marketplace regarding colloidal trace minerals. If you want the true story-go directly to the source.
T. J. Clark minerals are formulated from specific and isolated mineral deposits. These minerals are the processed mineral remains of flora that existed during the Jurassic period of our earth's history. Once isolated, they are carefully processed using a proprietary formula devised by old T. J. who had access to the legendary natural spring as his original guide. The spring may not sound too important, but if you could have seen the complex labyrinth of passageways and the many different materials it passed through and you think about the bit of information that follows, you can begin to see its significance.
The combination of the raw material and the process create a synergistic solution of complexes and compounds, most of these remain unidentified to this day. To help visualize what I am saying, think back to the chart of elements you probably first saw in science lab at school. Today the chart shows 112 of these elements, 94 which occur naturally and 17 which were discovered in nuclear reactors. Out of these original 94 elements we have created 8,500,000 chemical compounds, approximately 75,000 of these are in everyday use. Now, if you realize that T. J. Clark's minerals have most of these 94 elements in solution forming a mind-boggling array of compounds, you can begin to understand the complexity of quantifying exactly what these compounds, complexes, and chelates are, let alone specifically why they work.
Can the T. J. Clark product be duplicated?
Think about that last statement I made for a minute. Most of these compounds remain unidentified. If you can't even identify what's in the product, you surely can't duplicate it. I doubt Coca Cola is too worried about someone duplicating their formula, and we all know what happened to The Coca Cola Company when they tried to duplicate a competitors formula. Now if it's not possible to duplicate a simple soft drink, you can understand why we're not too worried about anyone duplicating our formula. T. J. Clark's minerals are in a League of one. They have no peers. There are other minerals formulas, but they are just that, other mineral formulas. For those of you who have experienced our product let me put your mind to rest, we have absolutely no desire to duplicate our competitors formulas.
Why don't you list amounts or provide lab analysis with your product.
We do, but first we would like the opportunity to explain what you are looking at. In that regard, here are some things we think you should consider:
First- Since it is a natural product, the amounts of each mineral will vary slightly from batch to batch.
Second- The few trace minerals that are beginning to be understood are required in very small amounts---there are no RDA's recommended. Typically, the amounts suggested will be measured in micrograms. A microgram is 1 millionth of a gram.
Third- The uniqueness of our minerals lies in the complexes, compounds and chelates, not in metallic content. If you wanted to gain valuable information, that would be the place to look. Unfortunately we are unaware of technology capable of giving you that information at this time.
Fourth- Misinformed salesmen and those engaged in the make-a-buck art of pseudo-science would lead you to believe more is better, When it comes to trace metals, nothing can be further from the truth. Can anyone possibly believe it is healthy to consume 38 grams of colloidal trace metals as I have heard one product is proudly proclaiming.
Fifth- As you have surmised by now; our product must be judged in its entirety. Evaluation through subjective interpretation of individual minerals does a disservice to not only the product but the consumer as well. BUT---having said all of that, there is one valid use of a minerals assay, and that is to determine if there are presumably toxic levels of particular minerals. For those consumers who want to address that concern here is the link to Legendary Minerals Current Analysis feel free to print it out. For those consumers looking for a particular quantity of a particular mineral for a particular reason, we suggest you seek out that individual mineral. We hope you will bear in mind that more important than the mineral itself, is the form that it is in.
Are all of your minerals organic and non metallic?
In a word NO! Nor are they in anyone's product. There is no such thing as an organic mineral.
It may be complexed with an organic compound but it's inaccurate to call a mineral organic. Our minerals were selectively extracted from the soil and made usable by plants and may have organic compounds associated with them but the minerals themselves are not organic, nor are metallic minerals nonmetallic. That is why it is critically important to pick the right source of trace minerals if you are going to consume them at all.
Do you think some of the colloidal trace mineral products are dangerous?
Let me put it this way---if all I had to go by was the contradictory information I've seen in the marketplace, there is absolutely no way I would use any colloidal mineral product. Fortunately I had no choice in the matter, my parents and grandparents used the minerals and gave them to me from the time I was a baby and I still use them today, 55 years later. I know people who have used our product since its discovery, more than 75 years ago. So my entire family, including pets, use and experience the value of Granddads one of a kind discovery. I've been around long enough to witness a myriad of situations which gives me the empirical evidence to satisfy myself as to what is real and what is not, so I definitely have the advantage over most consumers.
The bottom line is, the only thing I can personally recommend is to either take T. J. Clark's minerals or take no multi-trace mineral product at all. I know that sounds self serving and maybe it is--but it's also true.
What about all of these terms floating around the marketplace:
Terms like humic shale, colloidal, ionic, chelate, fulvic acid.
While the T. J. Clark product contains colloids, ions, and chelates, those terms don't tell you much about the efficacy of the product. To understand why, lets look at the individual meaning of the terms.
1. Humic Shale- That is an interesting term. Since we don't know what humic shale is, we assume it must have been coined in an attempt to give some sort of significance to someone's product. If we look at the words individually, humus is formed by the partial decomposition of vegetable or animal matter. Shale is a fine-grained sedimentary rock readily splitting into thin plates or layers. The T. J. Clark Products contain neither humus nor shale. It seems to me if you should desire a product made with these materials you will find them readily available in the form of compost and fine grained sand. If you simply add water and let your mixture ferment long enough you might even produce some form of organic acid you could call fulvic.
2. Colloids- colloidal simply refers to particle size, a generally accepted definition is a particle small enough not to settle out in its medium. Colloids are distinguished from true solutions by their inability to diffuse through a semi permeable membrane (e.g., cellophane) and by their ability to scatter light (the Tyndall effect).
3. Ion- An ion is simply an atom or group of atoms which has either an excess or a deficiency of electrons and is thus electrically charged.
4. Chelate- A chelate is a coordination complex, with a cyclic structure usually of five or six members, in which the coordinated groups have at least two bonds to the central ion.
5. Fulvic Acid- Appears to be a term someone has coined to identify a general group of acids formed during composting or from the natural decay of vegetable and/or animal matter.
When all is said and done, you will find the value of any medicinal or nutritional product only through observation. Scientists may be able to see what a compound is doing under clinical analysis but they would be remiss to say why it is doing or what long term consequences may be associated with its use. So it seems that we are back to square one with regard to the T.J.Clark products. If 75 years of perceived benefit and continued use by millions of consumers aren't enough to convince you it's a valuable nutritional supplement, I can only recommend that you stick to the old proven adage "An apple a day".
Now that has to be a good thing, or does it? I wonder what kind of soil that apple tree was grown in.
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