Mineral - Hydrogen
Today's mineral discussion is centered on Hydrogen. Most of you will associate, correctly I might add, to the simple formula of H2O, otherwise known as water. In this chemistry language, the H2 represents 2 atoms of Hydrogen that are bonded with 1 atom of Oxygen. This combination forms water. There are many other uses and applications for Hydrogen. The other well-known application of Hydrogen is in the potential Hydrogen concept, otherwise known as pH. We will discuss some of these, particularly as it applies to the biological functioning of Hydrogen. But before we move on, we need to deal with the technicalities.
Hydrogen is used 19,644,340 times in the DNA sequence. It is never found in the middle of a sequence, it is always found at the end of a sequence. ie; it acts to stop a sequence. But more technically speaking, it is called upon when you have a failed protein within the sequence in addition to serving as a stop of a sequence. When it is applied in this situation, it causes disassembly of that DNA, leading to a redo of the sequence, so to speak. It carries a valance of +/-4. It does not associate with an amino acid, thus being simply called a stop of a sequence. It follows the UAA Codon. Its weight is incredibly light, coming in at 1.01 on the molecular weight scale. It is known by the symbol of H.
Now getting back to the Hydrogen thing within biological functioning. Think of this, the body is mostly water and within this water structure, we have 2-X's as many hydrogen molecules than Oxygen molecules, so a large number of Hydrogen molecules. It is safe to say that there are Billions upon Billions of those little Hydrogen molecules within the human body. Hydrogen is also in the air we breathe, at about the concentration of 0.000005% of that air. It is safe to say that it is found everywhere in the Biological Entity.
Perhaps the main, simple description of the role of Hydrogen in a Biological application is that it is an energy carrier or transporter. Later on, I will discuss the transferring of minerals in the soil and the need for Hydrogen to accomplish this action. Many of you are familiar with the medical tool called Magnetic Resonance Imaging, aka; MRI. Hydrogen has a single electron and that electron causes the electron-molecule of Hydrogen to spin, when under the influence of a strong electric magnet. When it does this, the tool allows for the production of a picture of what happens to that electron-molecule. What it essentially does is measures the hydrogen as it attaches to water. This tool is an incredibly accurate means of medical diagnosis of various issues. Of course, the accuracy of the diagnosis is largely based upon the ability of the diagnostic technician. Basically, the tool produces beyond the operator's ability in most cases.
Now as we move on to understanding Hydrogen more clearly, we will have to detour somewhat in order to build up to an understanding. In simple terms, you need to understand that in a biological setting, Hydrogen serves as a transporter of energy and not really as a source of energy. Although at times it can appear that Hydrogen is a source of energy, it is only a source of exchange.
We will look at soil for an explanation of Hydrogen and its biological role. In soil, we have the nutrients that have to interact with the root system of the plant. I think most people have been schooled with the idea that the roots get their nutrients in direct contact with the nutrient. While this is true, it is a very inefficient way to take up its nutrient. The deal is that if the roots come in direct contact with the nutrient crystal, it does obtain some nutrient from the crystal, but not very much of the nutrient. In a very simplistic idea, there is a vacuum created, so to speak, and the amount transferred is small. So for an efficient transfer of nutrients, it works much better and more efficiently if the nutrient first passes through clay and then the clay then comes in contact with the root system. Then we have a situation where we have a particular mineral coming into play and that mineral is Hydrogen. Hydrogen serves as the medium of exchange. Perhaps you might look at this mineral, Hydrogen is and serves as the money system of nutrient exchange between the root system and the mineral it's self and the clay serves as the banking system. So as the mineral is broken down from the crystal, it is transferred to the root system, nature, as this operation is working for nature, pays the bank, the payment, and the payments are in the form of Hydrogen. Hydrogen is created out of nothing so to speak, really it isn't, but for demonstration purposes, is created from sunlight, ie; Photosynthesis. So as you can picture, Hydrogen serves as the actual money that gets exchanged. Earlier I said that with the direct contract between the nutrient crystal and the root system, is not very efficient. I guess sit is much like one person doing work for another person that doesn't have any money, the worker goes to work, but when there is no medium of exchange to take place to go the other way, the work soon stops. Likewise, without Hydrogen, the work started, soon comes to a halt.
At this point, we have to bring the pH deal into the discussion. I want to forewarn you that some of this will be politically incorrect to some people. I am sorry if someone takes it as such, but I am simply discussing what the scientific claims are and what my personal observations have been on this subject. From what I have seen, much of the information out there on pH is information that appears to be all knowing, but in reality is limited in the realities of the whole pH deal. As a way of measuring pH, there is a scale out there. it has a series of points on that scale that are numbered. The scale runs from 0 to 14, with 7 being in the center and is recognized as neutral. As you move below the number 7 point on that scale, it is referred to as acidic. As you move above the 7 number of that scale, it then is referred to as base or aka, alkaline. Most nutrients, but especially minerals will require a slightly acidic environment to absorb into the human body or to be taken up by the plant from the soil. While some nutrients will function in the alkaline environment, most will not and will somewhat be blocked from being absorbed. While most of these function better in an acidic setting, there is another factor coming into play and that is electrical polarity. The mineral Hydrogen tends to work best in doing its job when you have an acidic setting with a negatively charged medium, such as clay. In the soil, if you have the roots come in contact with the nutrient crystal, you won't get an efficient exchange taking place. Because most of the time the nutrient is positively charged, and the plant is positively charged. So there is no motivation to exchange, or in other words, do business. Hydrogen then has no useful purpose. Hydrogen cannot be used and transferred to be used elsewhere. So the whole long ripple effect takes place, ie; no money into the system. You have heard of the term in a business where they say the money is turned over x number of times.. like when a business injects money into the local economy via means of payroll, this is the type of deal we having going on here with Hydrogen. It can come into the body system from several sources, like the sunlight, the air we breathe, etc., but the majority is with what we ingest. While we need all of these other sources, it is the ingestion of nutrients where the majority of the Hydrogen comes from as well as other nutrients.
In the soil, we have clay particles between the nutrient and the root system. In a biological entity, such as an animal or human, we have the nutrient and the little fingers in the gut that absorbs the nutrients, which you may call a root system. Really it is the same concept. But the little fingers ort roots in the gut, I like to refer to them as the root system in our gut, sometimes don't work as efficiently as they should. So to help them to work better, we have to do certain things. Remember that many nutrients don't absorb good or efficiently in a too acid setting or especially in an alkaline setting. Perhaps there is a reason why our stomach is so acidic. When I say a too acidic setting I am referencing the extreme end of the scale. Same with the extreme on the alkaline scale. However, on the alkaline side, the effectiveness of absorption drops off faster as it moves to more alkaline than when the scale moves toward more acidity.
Now when we move the scale more towards alkalinity we see a drop off in the ability and effectiveness of the absorption somewhat exponentially. a factor that we see when this happens is that we introduce a concept known as selective starvation. In this setting with this concept, we see a loss of mass on both plant and animal. But as soon as the environment changes, ie; moves more toward the neutral or even into the acidic positions, we see the mass return, if we haven't experienced cell death and or not able to recover. In plants, we will see a recovery of the growth if it has been short-lived. In animals and humans, we first see a mass drop then if or when the recovery takes place, we see a return of mass, ie; weight gain to return to where it was when the selective starvation began. The way this is prevented in humans is to continue with the selective starvation or at least modify it to keep most of the mass off. Of course, the center of the whole deal here is centered around Hydrogen, the lack of and to what degree. When Hydrogen is at the point of where the biological entity needs it to be, then all else will work as it should, until it hits a point of a shortage of a key nutrient. Then the process stops at that point.
Essential Oil Connection.
An essential oil will contain Hydrogen. In fact, the pH measurement will help to determine if you have adulterants or even a low/poor quality essential oil. In my studies, I have come to use the pH meter as a means of testing an oil. I won't go into detail here, other than saying that most essential oils will come in at a pH of 7. Once in a while, depending on the oil, ie; the donor plant, it might go as low as 6.8 or as high as 7.2. One of the old school tests that I run is to check the pH. Then by cross-referencing the particular oil, the method of obtaining the oil, country of origin, etc., that information can tell you a lot. From there you run other old school tests then compare those and then come up with a reasonable assessment. The liquid minerals also come in at about 7. So this helps the body to adjust a touch the inputs as it is easier to adjust toward acidic than toward alkalinity.
Summary and Discussion.
In the area where I live we have a great deal of clay in our soil, in a very dry climate, but with very little humus. So, as a result, the soil compacts very easily. It is absolutely necessary to keep the soil "fluffed up" so that the water can drain into the soil so that a nutrient exchange can take place and for crops to grow. Take a crop like corn. The roots are not very good for hard soil penetration. So unless you low the ground of disk the daylights out of it, deeply, corn won't do very good. This is because in compacted soil the corn roots can't go very deep and they will grow but only in a small shallow area. Then when the nutrients are used up, including the water, the plant dies down or is stunted. IE; it won't reach its potential. The soil with the heavy clay content tends to cling together and or compacts tightly is due to its alkalinity. For example a few years ago I was talking with a friend here, an older guy that is an avid gardener. He was having trouble getting his head around this subject. So I took my pH meter and went out to the irrigation ditch near my abode. So first I took a reading of the water that is considered wastewater. There is nothing waste about it. It is just water that has run over a field, then off of the field, and the person doing the watering of the field cannot reclaim the water, so when you can't reclaim the water, it is considered wastewater. Then it is open season for who can reclaim it. Unfortunately in this case it was another canal company that is able to reclaim the water because no one else can. So I measured the water before it dropped off into the canal. It measured 8.4 on the pH scale. Really quite alkaline. Then I went upstream to where there was no "wastewater" coming into the canal. Took a reading. It was 7.1. So a huge difference in the pH of the water. Now keep in mind that both canals are sourced from the same river source upstream. The water from the upper canal had been run over the land that is high clay/high pH. The lower canal had water that had not been run over the heavy clay/high pH soil. So I have high pH water right here. The soil will fluctuate, seasonally. When it is high pH, you can pee on the soil and it boils up like it does when you pour soda water on an acid corroded battery terminal. Rather interesting I would say.
You can go to my son's farm a few miles to the north of these fields, and the soil is of lower pH and you don't have the compaction problems to the degree we have here, as well as better nutrient and water absorption. When I first moved here almost 40 years ago, an old guy told me that when his Dad and Grandpa first broke up virgin land here, they would level it off, flood it and then let it dry. In some places, the soil would drop as much as 2 feet then relevel it. This was because of the Gypsum content of the soil. It is rather comical when we see contractors come in from out of the area and do a project. Then the ones that don't know, will just level out the soil and pour concrete. Then a few years the soil settle, and the sidewalks are like a new obstacle course. They are going everywhere. So they have to pull them out and pour new ones. But on the other hand, the Gypsum is a high-quality mineral so they do a big major business of packaging gypsum and sending it off to other areas, like California to use in the fields to raise the pH so that crops can grow better there.
The reason why I go on and on about the pH thing is that it is a good idea to present the concept of understanding Hydrogen. Hydrogen makes the environment so that all other nutrients can work their magic. Just remember that Hydrogen, for the most part, provides the medium of exchange for the interactions of all nutrients. It also provides for the basic component of water, an absolute, vital ingredient of life.
Thank you for your interest and time. We will be doing some other types of E-Lectures dealing with nutrients other than minerals specifically. From this point on, many of the minerals are just versions of the previous ones in the ion and isotopes and basically the energy forms of them. That in and of its self is wow. But sort of outside of what we are doing here, which is discussing the basic idea o the minerals and various other related nutrients. So until next time, enjoy life.