Mineral - Silicon

The mineral that we are looking at today is a mineral that is very well known in the Industrial field, particularly the computer field. That mineral is Silicon and at times in some circles, it is referred to as Silica. But we are trying to stay with the generalized term of it as Silicon. Silico associates with the amino acid Proline and follows the CCA codon. It is used 17,358,160 times in the DNA sequence and it carries a unique -4+ valence charge. It is recognized by the symbol of Si and is very light in weight, weighing in at28.09 on the molecular scale. 

Silicon is one of the most abundant minerals in the earth's crust contains about 27 to 28% Silicon. As a general rule Silicon is considered to be non-toxic. However, some forms of it, a very small number of those forms, are considered to be carcinogenic. These are the exotic forms of various industrial formulations.  I can go and present a long list of items that use Silicon as part of their makeup, but that would be a long list, as most anything made from most earth sourced products will contain Silicon because of the widespread distribution of Silicon both by volume and importance of this particular mineral in forming products. We see this mineral playing a very important role in conducting electricity and insulating electrical circuits. This also plays a direct role in the biological functioning of electricity within the human body. 

When we look at this mineral and consider the observable effects of a so-called "deficiency",  we are looking at legitimate signs that are associated with this mineral, as in a lack of.., but due to the prevalence of this mineral within the soil and in essence the earth's crust, it is really hard to end up with a deficiency, but rather than a deficiency, we actually have a situation of a lack of metabolism or a deficiency of function of the mineral other than an outright deficiency. Does that make sense? So when we refer to a Silicon deficiency we are referring to a lack of function of this mineral rather than an outright absence of the mineral it's self. Although there are some cases of an absence of the mineral, most is a lack of function. But throughout this lecture, we will refer to it as a deficiency, as that concept is easier to connect the dots with as to remedy. The remedy for both the lack of function and the actual absence of the mineral is pretty much the same thing. 

The simplistic view of Silicon and it's biological function can be metaphorically compared to the lubricants used in the operation of an automobile. Silicon is the grease and the oil that makes the vehicle function and function smoothly. When the lubricants break down or become consumed for whatever reason, the vehicle's ability to function begins the process of breaking down and eventually ceasing to function at all. Silicon is not only limited to the actual lubricants but can be extended to other parts of the car, such as the tires, the plastics, and even the metal its self. That is much the same way Silicon is used in biological functioning. I know that we say in each lecture that the mineral that we are discussing is one of the most important minerals of all for the biological actions, but in reality, they are all equally important. But as it is found in and on the earth, water is the most abundant, then Silicon is next. So likewise, Silicon is the second most important element for all biological activity. I do find it strange that we hear very little about Silicon and the need for it, usually, it is never mentioned in supplementation, never really mentioned or even controlled for in the nutritional field, and so on to basically being ignored. I say this is strange because we always hear of the need to consume an x amount of water as part of our overall health needs, but very seldom, if ever, do we hear about Silicon. To help us understand the need for Silicon, let's look at the characteristics of Silicon deficiency and where the main uses of Silicon are centered around. 

This is actually sort of comical, as those that deal with mechanics and construction should get a laugh from this, and here goes... Silicon is the cement that holds the brain together. Yes, it really is the glue/cement that holds the brain together so as it doesn't just end up like runny scrambled eggs. Silicon is found in all of the connective tissues of the body, and I mean all. But there are higher concentrations in the resistive tissues. The resistive tissues are the skin, fascia, hair, nails, tendons and, cerebral dura matter. It also plays a major role in the functioning of the membranes throughout the whole body as well as all of the ligaments. One of the main minerals related to the heart structure and in reality its elasticity is Silicon. This would make perfect sense. Why it makes perfect sense is that it also plays a major role in the transfer of nerve impulses and the integrity of those impulses to the various organs, including the heart. Simply put, Silicon is used in every single cell in the body, every single function of the body and in pretty much every single key emotion as it relates to the body. Some of the main signs of a deficiency are as follows; the inability to heal, depression, tenderness of many major body parts, sexual dysfunction, swollen and sore joints, stomach issues, nerve sensitivity, fatigue and low body temperature. I think it goes without saying that when you say a sign of a deficiency, one could look at the obtuse side of that and see what the proper functioning of Silicon will do for you in strengthening those biological functions. I would like to get some really good stuff but that is best discussed in the summary part of this lecture. So for now, let's look at herbs, foods, and oils that will likely help in the delivery of bio-available Silicon to you. 

Essential Oil Connection;

Silicon is a very low weight mineral, so due to the volatility of essential oils, the chances of it escaping from the oil is only moderate because it doesn't really convert over to a gas like some minerals will do, but yet it will separate, but when kept in a sealed environment, like most distillery unit condensers are set up, it will be drawn back into the essential oil when it cools in the cooling chamber. But some will escape into the distillate water, aka; floral water or hydrosol. So for reason like this, we really should be looking into doing more with "Hydrosols", if nothing more than from a nutritional aspect. But in reality, that is in the cue and will be seriously evaluated for an introduction down the road. A comical aspect to this is that we see the same types of patterns showing up with many of these light minerals as to the herbs that are found in and the essential oils that they are found in. With this mineral we see Stinging Nettle coming in at 6,500 ppm. Then from that level down to say 800 ppm we see all kinds of nuts, seeds, and even some foods, with the good old Turnip coming in at 1,200 ppm, Spinach at 855 ppm, and Lettuce at 800 ppm. Then we see our first essential oil showing up at 700 ppm and guess what that one is?  Yes, Dill. Then further down we see Ginger, Thyme (all types), and then we see the one oil that is a go-to for ligaments... Lemongrass. But that is only down there at a little bit over 100 ppm. However, down to this point, we do see all sorts of herbs and foods from the 100 ppm and upward point. The only reason I haven't listed the herbs and their oils counterparts is that these herbs are not normally distilled into essential oils. So once again, we see the typical, time-tested list of typical go-to herbs to fix most illnesses as being on this list. Of course, making a tea from these herbs will go a long way in making the Silicon found in them, bioavailable to you the biological entity. Because of how high the Stinging Nettle is on the ppm, it would be fun to distill this plant and then use that oil, then measure for effect. I am sure it would be educational and rewarding. 

Summary and Discussion;

Here is where we really get to see a big, huge picture of the action potential of proper levels of Silicon. Based on a number of what appears to be legitimate studies, it appears that most ovarian cancer cases are traced back to a broken gene. That broken gene is responsible for upwards to 90% of the ovarian cancer cases. But it is also found that one particular mineral will keep this one cancer correcting gene functioning, in essence, prevention, and that is Silicon. BTW, by some accounts, it is ovarian cancer that is the most prevalent among women, not breast cancer. According to this theory and the rationale of these studies, that would indicate 9 out of 10 cases of ovarian cancer could be prevented by the proper functioning of nutritional Silicon. Then we have the scourge of the time disease and that is Alzheimer's. Silicon is a natural deterrent. It is a deterrent in that diets high in Silicon, along with the Silicon's buddies, Calcium, and Magnesium, have very low levels of Aluminum. So these people consuming the diets of higher levels of Silicon, Calcium, and Magnesium have almost no signs of Alzheimer's when compared to people with low levels of these minerals. A simple tale tell sign for a "lack" of Silicon?? Lok at your fingernails. Those little ridges that run lengthways on your fingernails... if you don't have them? Good, but if you do... a high chance that you are running low on Silicon. 

One of the most important things about Silicon is that you may very well have it in your diet. But the big question is this, Is it working for you?  The very best type is the Silicon that is derived from a plant. The plant has arranged it for your use in the proper ratio, in relationship to the other minerals and in a form that is most available for us. I don't know what else I can say or add to this lecture that would give you a more thorough information. I mean it is pretty simple, Silicon is vitally important, necessary for every cell in your body to function properly, The brain has to have it so it can hold its self together, the heart has to have it in large quantities and it just goes on from there. So from here, thank you for your time and interest.