Mineral - Argon
Today we will look at Argon. Argon is referred to as a noble gas in the whole scheme of things. You know what we know about noble gases? Not a whole lot. We have looked at a few in the past with these E- Lectures, some of which we do know a little bit about. But with Argon, when they say, no known biological function, then it might be more of an honest statement than not. So we will look at this mineral from the outside, looking in to get at least a basic understanding of this mineral. But as always, the technicalities must come first. After those things, we always take Pavlo's dogs for a walk.
Argon is a gas with a zero, "0", polarity, so neutral. It is used 2,585,536 times in the DNA sequencing and follows the CGG codon. It associates with the Arginine amino acid, weighs in at the 39.95 molecular weight point and is recognized by the symbol of Ar.
We breathe in Argon with every breath we take. On a percentage basis, it comprises about .93%, so a little less than 1% of the air we breath. So the route of entrance to the body is through the respiratory system, along with the other gasses we breathe in. From there it is distributed through the lungs and the exchange that takes place there. Perhaps the most important key to understanding Argon is to understand Potassium. The two minerals are two items that do not really separate, so to speak. We get Argon from the decay of Potassium, certain forms of Potassium that is. But to begin with, as minerals form, they trap Argon in the Potassium, then as that Potassium decays, it releases Argon. Another source that is used for the industrial production of Argon is from the fractional distillation of liquid oxygen. Sort of the same thing really, a separation of the gas from a mineral.
So what is Argon used for in the current industrial world? One of the main uses is with inert gas shielding and a number of other high-temperature situations where you have a substance that is not reactive until it is exposed to high temperatures, and when exposed, becomes reactive. Such as in furnaces, lasers, etc. Then it keeps the heat and the substance separated. So you might surmise from this that it would act as an insulator or as a temperature modulator within the human body, so as to maintain the internal body thermostat, so to speak. As one of the functions of Argon is to maintain the earth's balanced temperature. Perhaps the most important aspect to this is that we must remember that any mineral will have Argon as a piece of its makeup. Then to take that further, the Potassium connection. Since we have covered Potassium in an earlier lecture, we know how extensive Potassium is used within the body, we also know that it is required in large amounts within the body, we thus can soon figure out, no matter how small the amount of Argon might be within the mineral molecule, it will be there, so very extensively found throughout the body. Generally, it is thought that Argon can function as a molecular chaperone for other minerals, in particular, Potassium. That would explain the possibility of being able to perform certain functions within the body where oxygen and or nitrogen could potentially cause unnatural reactions. These might include certain types of secretions and reactions at the receptor levels where elements such as oxygen would not be wanted, even for a very short period of time. For example, in forming crystals of germanium and silicon need to be carried out in a protected environment such as the environment that Argon would provide.
Essential Oil Connection.
So do we have an essential oil connection here? Well yes, we do, but not in the traditional sense of things. We know that most every mineral will have an element of Argon trapped in its formation. Then as it decays, it releases that gas element. So can you really say that this oil or that oil might have Argon in it? It is easier to say that what oil might not have Argon in it. You can't really make that declaration either. So basically every plant and thus by extension every oil will likely have Argon within it. The bigger question is simply an issue of how difficult it would be to release it. Since it does contain a radioactive element to it, it will decay and by doing so will release. It is a natural process that you can do nothing about. The danger aspect of this is this, you would find Argon in synthetics as well. So since itis a modulator or a chaperone of sorts, it would assist or protect the movement of undesired synthetics into the cell, just like it would do the same thing for the desired substance to be moved into the cell. It does not discriminate. So when you have a substance like an essential oil, and it would be the same for your fixed oils, it becomes important that you don't have harmful substances in those types of oils because the process of "escorting" substances in and out of the cell is a naturally occurring process.. The Argon is there and will do it job, you can do nothing about it, and an undesired substance... bad, bad and some worse to go with it. This is really the reason why it is necessary to be careful with harmful substances.
Summary and Discussion.
So as we look at this, it becomes apparent that we do know something about Argon. With this knowledge, do we need to know more? We have a lot to work with, even with this limited amount of understanding, itis a lifetime of working with to get it right. In simple terms, any time you need to create a barrier between the object being worked with and Oxygen, Argon is the man to do the job. It is widely used throughout the world for many functions that over 700,000 tonnes of it are produced every year. It does not bind to other minerals, which makes for a good chaperone or escort for many activities, from cells within a biological setting to food preservation, to industrial welding and other like industrial metal-related activities. It is also used in certain types of cancer treatments. Anyway, the list goes on and on. How do you obtain it? From the air, water minerals, and the list goes on and on. Any kind of supplementation is not recommended unless it is for certain medical treatments. Outside of that, no go. It is indeed one of those things that can be used for good or for bad. The interesting thing about it is that in the natural environment/setting, you have no control over it whatsoever.
We can talk about the ideas behind Argon all day long, but the simple thing is really the best thing to remember the simple biological functioning purpose of Argon, here goes; Argon's job is to protect and serve. Ah, much like the police motto, to protect and serve. It protects in the sense of keeping Oxygen and Nitrogen in check, within the parameters of natural development. It protects in the sense in that it serves as a chaperone or escort in the movement of minerals in and out of the cells. One must also keep in mind that it keeps close a close companionship with Potassium. But then again, it also keeps as friends, Carbon, Sulfur, Oxygen, Nitrogen and on and on with a number of minerals, but it also keeps at least a friendship with all minerals, as all of those minerals depend on Argon to make their movements in and out of the cells. In addition, when Argon is not at its day job of being a policeman, or policeperson, depending on the gender of the person, it also moonlights as a security guard and as a bouncer. It acts as a security guard in the sense of keeping the undesirables out of the cells. Then as a bouncer in that, if substances like Oxygen and Nitrogen gets too rowdy, in the sense of too much, creating an off-balance situation, Argon will push the Oxygen and Nitrogen out or down to a proper ratio/balance. Argon works good as a bouncer, think of it this way, Nitrogen weighs 14.01, Oxygen weighs 16.00 and Argon weighs in at 39.95. Look at it this way, A Sumo Wrestler pushing around a couple of Gymnasts. So, who gets to stay in the cell and who gets to leave?
So in wrapping this up, Argon is an agent of to Protect and Serve. It is everywhere, you do not supplement for it. Thank you for your time and interest. It is an honor to have your audience. I hope you find this of value and worth your time.