Mineral - Barium

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Barium is a very interesting mineral. It doesn't really stand out as being one that produces remarkable and observable effects, directly anyway. But since it is used across the Genetic Codon, then it must be important.  Important it is when we look at some of the more modern uses for this mineral. So let's get the technical information out of the way first. Most of the time Barium is used in its sulfate form.  Normally, no supplementation is indicated. Only under strict clinical supervision would an indication for Barium supplementation would be called for. 
 Barium is controlled by the amino acid Arginine. It is used in the genetic codon 20,551,511 times with the codon sequence of AGA. It carries a valence number of +2. This mineral has a heavy influence on the Calcium-Magnesium ratios. So when you bring in this factor, you will find that it is a major player, albeit, behind the scenes. Normally, it follows the Calcium pathways.  Most of the symptoms that are observable tend to be from an overuse or overabundance of this mineral, which leads to a Barium Toxicity condition.  The mineral can be found in water sources, food sources and even in the air that we breathe. So for this reason, we tend to not have a direct deficiency of it. We will usually find too much Barium in our system. This is easy to do as it is rated as the 14th. most abundant mineral in the whole mineral scheme. There are around 6 million pounds of it mined each year, worldwide. Usually, the normal process of processing it out of the body system of the route of Liver, Gallbladder, Intestinal tract and on out via the normal elimination process of toxic substances. What is interesting is that Barium will only negatively affect people with low levels or somewhat so low that it is almost non-existance of the mineral, Selenium.  So people with a proper Selenium load, coupled with a proper nutritional program will have the excess Barium just pass on through, IE; Selenium appears to be the best antidote for Barium toxicity. I will discuss more on this subject and its related perspective later on in this lecture. 

Anyway, back to the Barium picture. Since there isn't a lot of information out there about what it does, one can first look at what areas are affected when one takes in too much Barium. So where would one find the conditions where you would get an overabundance of the mineral?  Barium is found in the soil, water, and the air.Normally, the Barium is found in Pitchblench ore and in Carnotite sands and is referred to as Barite when being referenced in its pre-processed form. In many mining operations, both for when the object is to obtain the mineral or as a by-product of some other type of mining or industrial setting. When this happens there ends up being a very large amount released into the air. or is leached into the water supplies. The overdosing conditions tend to be in or around mining and industrial operations. Some of the symptoms of the overdose of this mineral are some of the following; breathing difficulties, increased blood pressures, heart rhythm changes, stomach irritation, muscle weakness, changes in nerve reflexes, swelling of brains and liver, kidney and heart damage.  By looking at these conditions that can or will likely occur when too much is used, one might be able to safely conclude that the lack of would cause some of the same conditions. Therefore that should give you a perspective on the areas of the body that this mineral has a direct or heavy influence on. Of course when the Barium is sourced from certain unfriendly environmental type productions, then the integrity of the Barium is questionable. (Questionable because of the hitchhikers that come along with it). That condition tends to lead to some of the toxic reactions to this mineral. Safe sources of this mineral will come from what is actually found in the soil in unpolluted settings where the mineral is taken up by the plant and readied for human consumption. There is not really a widespread dispersal of Barium across all soil types or areas. It is found in various places around the world where it has tended to concentrate.  I have observed figures of from a trace amount being found in various sources to upwards of 4,000 parts per million rates being found of Barium in a given concentration place. I have found no rational declarations of just what the daily use of Barium in a typical human being or for that matter in plants or animals. But any excess, when running through a normally healthy person, it would just pass through.  So in those places of high concentrations, you will find it is mined along with other minerals and various purposes.  Because of how this mineral behaves when it is released into the air and water, then carried through the air and in water, it is sometimes associated with acid rain conditions. 
  Other uses for Barium is in a number of medical diagnosis situations, both directly on a human being and in the tools used to diagnose various conditions. Barium is also used in the petroleum industry, in the metals industries as well as in fireworks, as the main consumers of Barium in its various forms. 

One of the major roles that Barium will play is the removal of Carbon Dioxide  So the belief is that it works as part of the cleanup crew in removing excess carbon dioxide from cellular activities. The mineral tends to be associated with Carbon, Oxygen, and Sulphur in many of its functions. At least those are the friends that it hangs out with all the time, (figure of speech).   You will find good dietary sources of Barium in Seaweed, Fish, Nuts and various plants. The plant part is hard to nail down as itis dependant on where the plant is grown and if the soil has high or low levels of Barium in those settings.  See other parts of this discussion for more details on this aspect.  

Essential Oil aspect.

Barium has a molecular weight of 137.33. So as we have learned, Barium can be a problem in plants that are used for essential oil production. Likely this mineral is among one of the most dangerous contaminants that would be found in an essential oil, no matter the production mode. There is not really any tests that are run to check for this situation in the essential oil industry. This should be a substance that should be checked for in quality testing of an oil. Maybe this would be one of many that the whole essential oil industry is considering to add to testing protocols. So when you have some puke from some company come around carping to you about how special their oils are and of the quality being well over 100% pure, ask them about the idea of them testing for Barium. Ask them if they test for Barium. First, you will get a deer in the head light look, then they will shudder and stutter, then they will say that they will check on that, then... well.. you will likely never see them again. Why? Because under all of the normal testing procedures done by essential oil testing, this is one of many, many. did I say many? Well, I did, I actually mean MANY? Yes, many substances that are not tested for. Why should you test for it? I mean it is a completely natural substance. By organic standards, it is organic, although it is technically an inorganic substance that is, from a technical aspect, organic. Does that make sense? It should because it is a fact. 

So why should it be a concern?  It is because of some of the material that I have discussed above. So how do you deal with this? Here goes... Since it is not tested for, the lack of... isn't a concern. It is too much... of the substance. Since the oil comes or will come from a plant, a knowledge of plants goes a long way to see if this is a problem.  Also, an understanding of where the plant is sourced from. Questions like...Is this plant grown downwind of an Oil Refinery?  Is this plant grown downwind of an Industrial Production or Mining Operation?   What about the water?  Is the source of the water for the plant's production downwind from any of the above-mentioned situations?   What about wind and weather patterns over the growing plants?  Both during the plant's production cycle and as well as when the land growing the plant is lying fallow. These conditions are not always needed to be know from a negative perspective. Here is why and an example.  Years ago I when I was first working with Cajeput, I had gotten some of this oil that was sourced from Vietnam. I had toyed with the idea of it being a concern because of the Agent Orange being applied to most areas in that country. I had people freak out over it, for this very reason. So I had to get it from Australia after that  The one from Vietnam has a hint of being more like a Tea Tree oil. It should, at least in theory, because it is of the same family as Tea Tree. The one from Australia has more of a Eucalyptus overtone to it. Here is a good lesson; two plants, grown in 2 different countries, under different conditions, each being totally different, yet both are carrying the same Latin names. Anyway, on with the program... The one from Vietnam might actually be very good. I did some very crude testing and as near as I could tell, it was a good oil.  And a good oil for my idea here. Also, not likely being wasted because of the Agent Orange, but still carrying some. Here is why I think it might be a good oil to use for a specific purpose.  

Think Homeopathic. According to Homeopathic principles, dilution.., it could be used to draw the contaminate out. think about that!!! This is fantastic, why? Remember what I have said about some of the top 3 bad, bad, bad, BAD!  Did I say bad?  Yes, I did. Why?  The weed killer 2,4,D is basically a calmed down version of Agent Orange. The other two are the Glyphosate containing weed killers and  Atrazine. All of these weed killers do their job by causing uncontrolled growth of cells. What is cancer?  Uncontrolled cell growth... What does Agent Orange cause? At least that is what it appears to cause or is listed as the cause contributing cause of cancer in many people, So according to homeopathetic.... dilution...  Oh, I wish I could have finished the study of this aspect. According to theory.. it makes perfect sense. So, in theory, just because of a substance in an oil, either a lot or a little, it only means just that. What matters is this... What does it mean?  What effect does it have in relation to the oil its self and to the application of that oil?  The question of, What does this mean?  Is the question of the day!  Keep in mind that the same number can have different a meaning to each person or each application.  I guess that is why I sometimes wonder why some people want to even see the GC/MS reports on the oils. They many times thinks that tells you of quality.  It doesn't really tell you quality.  It tells you where the numbers are for that particular batch of oil. Those numbers will help you to arrive at a decision as to if that oil is good or bad. It is what those numbers mean to you. Remember, the same numbers can and usually do, mean something different to each person looking at those numbers.  

So, an interesting theory to work with. Anyway, when selecting an oil to use, one would be wise to try to understand the conditions under which the plant was grown under. This can be very difficult at times, so you need to think of things in degrees rather than either or. If you do this, then you might feel a lot better about things.  But what is more important is that you will be more competent as you work with people in the aromatherapy world. In addition, it will help you to maneuver past the bull sauce out there in the aromatherapy world and, well, be more legitimate.  Legitimately, legitimate is good, isn't it? 

Non Politically correct section. 

Ok, now we are going to move on to more heavy stuff. 
Many of you are of the age that the big AIDS deal comes to the front and center of life. I mean everything was AIDS, AIDS, AIDS and some more AIDS.  I don't think Ineedot explain a whole lot about what it is, but rather discuss the mineral connection. BTW, any time we mention IDS, then most of the time HIV is included, as one is the precursor of other, or in other words,  AIDs is a chronic, long-term progression if HIV. So how does Barium play into this?  Barium is absolutely necessary for many operations within the human body as well as the whole functioning of the earth and its activities. As with all minerals and of course most other substances, many times a too little amount is just as bad as too much. There has to be a balance and a proper ratio of other minerals, and well, other substances. With AIDS and by extension HIV, there appears to be a correlation between too much Barium and those diseases.  AIDS love an abundance of Barium. People with lower levels, but also having adequate levels of Barium don't seem to acquire these diseases. But high levels of the mineral seems to allow for the diseases to thrive. Not only does the AIDS virus thrives in a high Barium environment, it also lives in the testicles.  When you have the combination of high levels of Barium and the Testicles, then the virus has a life of luxury, in a resort of its wildest dreams.  So by extension, it is spread via semen, gets into the bloodstream and since it is a virus, its approach is to overwhelm the immune system. So it thrives. But of course, the official story is that man was humping little green monkeys and that is where it came from. OK< well back in the early days of this issue, hey, any story sounds good. But as time goes forward, studies and more and more studies have shown the actual truth appears to be something different. That difference appearance seems to be focused on this mineral as a major contributing factor to the issue. But the mineral its self is not the problem, but rather the amount of the mineral, that makes the difference. So the treatment calls for the same prevention protocol and in that we see, Selenium. So the high levels or out of balance ratios of Barium is countered by high levels of Selenium and molecules high in Selenium.   AIDS cannot live in a Selenium rich environment. AIDS also has a brain connection factor, and since Selenium is a brain dwelling mineral, a lack of it in the brain will lead to a fast progression of neurological decline in an AIDS carrying person. If the Selenium levels are on the higher end, at least adequate levels in the brain, the Selenium will tend to deprive the virus of hanging out in the brain. Kind of keeps it in HIV status. Because when it gets into the brain, then the lights get dimmed or even turned off. No lights on, are associated with no one being home. No one home, no life, no more.

Hopefully, you can begin to see a connection to various minerals and some specific issues. I would love to explain more on this specific issue, but if I did I think I would lose some of you. See in some circles that material is considered "conspiracy theory" material. Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction, but the mainstream propaganda machine has done a good job.  But that material is now considered scientific fact and so, it is there, sound and solid. In short, it contains Africa, nutritional factors, sunlight and other metals/minerals. But then again, perhaps that discussion would be better addressed in the lectures on each one of those minerals. So let us address this stuff during those times. 

So, Barium.. without question a vital mineral. Tends to be a team player, but not the main star. Does a very good job in what it does and in the areas when the genetic codes and codon comes calling for it. Too little of an amount is just as bad as too much. It requires a well-balanced ratio in relation to other minerals. It can be a problem if found off in ratio amounts in essential oils. Deficiencies of Barium is usually not the issue, it is Barium Toxicity (too much) that a problem. Very easy to get too much, so supplementation is never really indicated for. 

Thank you for your time in the study of this mineral in this whole course. I hope you find value in the study of the minerals in this format.