Dr. Melchior J. Dikkers, (1898-1984)
Former Professor of Biochemistry
Loyola University, California
Montmorillonite was known by Indian medicine men for many years and used by them as a healing agent, to be placed on open wounds and also used internally in cases of stomach and intestinal upsets. Click Here to find Montmorillonite Clay Products.
The feeding, of Montmorillonite clay
minerals to animals and man is an ancient accepted practice in many
areas of the world. The physiological value of Montmorillonite is due
to the fact that it contains many trace elements.
In 1932, I started research in feeding
rabbits and hogs with scours. The results obtained on these scoury
animals was extremely successful. These results were considered
interesting but no one was interested in commercial promotion at the
Years later, interest in Montmorillonite and the natural clay minerals skyrocketed due to the research of many scientists around the world. Outstanding research was done for NASA Manned Spacecraft Center by Dr. B. H. Ershoff. Dr. Ershoff demonstrated the growth promoting properties of Montmorillonite in fattening cattle, chickens, and turkeys.
Research on Montmorillonite has shown that
the natural clay mineral retards the process of bone decalcification,
a well-known occurrence in the process of aging. Natural clay minerals
are of prehistoric oceanic origin; composed of prehistoric crustaceans
and prehistoric algae (seaweeds).
Why this sudden renewed interest in
Montmorillonite? The one and only reason is the presence of trace
elements in Montmorillonite, and the important research and
information obtained on their vital importance on all forms of living
creatures. Trace elements are referred to as biological catalysts or
to see Terramin's certificate of analysis (COA).
The research on trace elements was originated by Dr. Alexis Carrel, French 1912 Nobel Prize Laureate, and continued by the International Center for Biological Research in Geneva, Switzerland.' Sir Stanley Davidson, professor of clinical medicine at the University of Edinburgh, referred to these trace elements as "functional Nutrients", meaning that they perform a definite cellular function. Dr. Davidson mentioned that a diet must supply a proper balance of essential nutrients, and functional nutrients, to insure overall physiological perfection, that is, perfect health.
KEY TO HEALTH: Trace
elements are the key to health be it plant, animal or man. Vitamins
do not function without the presence of trace elements. Enzymes are
activated by trace elements. Without enzymes, no important chemical
processes in the body can take place. The synthesis of proteins
within cells does not take place without trace elements.
This is one of the most important chemical
synthesis (manufacturing) taking place in living tissues, for the
reason that the chemical activities in all living cells (the building
blocks of all living tissues) is sustained by catalysts. We call these
catalysts enzymes, and all enzymes, without exception, are proteins.
Every living cell, be it plant, animal or man, is a little chemical
factory and the seat of intense chemical activities.
The proteins of every species differ
chemically and biologically. The difference seems to be in their trace
element patterns which act as the determinant of protein specificity.
The body of either plant, animal, fish, reptiles. or man, without
trace minerals, is bankrupt. All life lives because of the presence of
trace minerals in the surrounding medium (soil), or within the blood
circulation wherein the nutrients are delivered to all cells of the
body in both animal and man.
We cannot manufacture the red coloring
matter of the blood without a trace of copper, even though we have
plenty of iron. We can not manufacture vitamin B 12 unless we have a
trace of cobalt. A trace of zinc is needed by the pancreas to be able
to manufacture insulin.
Soils today in the U.S.A. are trace element deficient due to the year after year heavy application of artificial chemical fertilizers.
Zinc deficiencies in soils exist in 41 states. Manganese deficiencies in soils exist in 30 states. Molybdenum deficiencies in soils exist in 27 states. Iron deficiencies in soils exist in 25 states, and copper deficiencies in solid exist in 14 states.
Most foods raised today in the U.S.A. are likely to be deficient in trace mineral elements. There exists, this day, a 70 per cent drop of copper content in corn. Trace elements are present in whole wheat, but are removed in the milling process. Plants, animals and man depend upon the soil for their supply of trace elements, and if our soils are deficient it speaks for itself that plant, animal and man will be deficient in these elements.
There is convincing evidence of the
relationship between human malnutrition and soil malnutrition, between
soil health and human health. Malnutrition today exists in 70 per cent
of U.S. citizens over the age of 65. Trace elements are only needed in
infinitely minute amounts, as little as one part in 20,000.
In Montmorillonite, the trace elements have been laid down by nature, no human hand has ever touched them, and nature has not refined them in any way, shape or form.