Mineral - Sulfur

Mineral - Sulfur.

Today's discussion is on Sulfur. This is one of the more interesting minerals, yet it is pretty simple and straightforward.  But first the usual technical aspects. Sulfur is found at the end and is considered to be a stop mineral in the DNA sequencing sequence. It is used 12,186,962 times in the sequence, associates with the UAG codon sequence and carries a valence number of -2. It is very light on the molecular weight and comes in at 32.07 and is recognized by the symbol of S. It appears to be under the control of Selenium, ie; Selenium controls the applications of this mineral and thus why you see the two together most of the time. Without the Selenium, Sulfur seems to run around and find its place in a random fashion. One must also keep in mind that there are many Sulfur compounds, perhaps as many as 33 or even more by some accounts. So as we discuss this mineral, we will refer to these various Sulfur compounds simply as Sulfur, as it would be too cumbersome to qualify each variation in detail.  

The reason why I say it is interesting is that it comes in at the end of the sequencing which makes it sort of "terminal", so to speak, in other words, kind of boring, in that it doesn't go anywhere after it is used, in that it isn't recycled in an uptake type use and recirculated.  But the uses of it is very critical and its contribution is final, as in what you might say as having the final say.  Sulfur is a simple mineral and uses a number of delivery systems to deliver the mineral to the body system.  These delivery systems are as follows; Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Sulfate, and Methyl Sulfate (MSM). These are the names associated with supplemental Sulfur sources, typically sold at Healthfood Stores. These are all good.  One of the aspects to this is the situation where the knees just flat give out because of the cartilage wearing out. This is usually caused by a complete depletion of Sulfur from the body. so the indicated procedure to restore the cartilage is to use one of the before mentioned Sulfur delivery systems to put the Sulfur back into the Chondrocytes, which are the cells that make new cartilage. Then the knees are onto the road to recovery. When it comes to the specific joints, it all seems to focus on the knees as it associates with Sulfur.  There also appears to be a direct connection with the nerves that go to the knees and even the legs as a whole in this Sulfur connection. Of course, the knees are likely the first to wear out in the vast majority of people, but this same cartilage issue can be extended to other joints and the nerves that control their actions when those other joints receive the harsh toll that life might put on the various joints.  

Other aspects to this Sulfur and the cell aspect is this; life without Sulfur is not possible as cells cannot reproduce without Sulfur. This I would think is a very critical aspect of life, would you not agree?  Sulfur is also a necessary part of Collagen synthesis. It also helps the liver to produce Chlorine and it also plays a direct role in all of the nerves and their myelin sheaths. The list is long in what it plays a role in as to helping the body to recover from various diseases. Everything single thing that is associated with the so-called American lifestyle disease melting pot is all centered around a lack of Sulfur in the diet. The leading factor in these issues is this, without Sulfur,  glucose metabolism is inhibited and the train wreck starts there as it leads up to the American Lifestyle Disease Melting Pot of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Obesity and the list.. well you can fill it in from here I am sure. Even things like cracking joints.. yes, lack of Sulfur, Impulsiveness.. typically viewed as an emotional issue, yes.. a lack of Sulfur.  A number of studies that have been done over the years tend to show a pattern. The people living in high Sulfur containing volcanic soil areas tend to have lower rates of Cancers, Diabetes and Emotional Issues like Depression, and lower rates of Obesity when compared to people living in low or no Sulfur containing soil areas. This is largely due to the fact of them generally eating plants and animals raised in these areas. It would be hard to argue with the outcomes of these studies and their assumptions that Sulfur is the key ingredient in or lacking in the people in the studies.  

Another aspect to this Sulfur deal is that of Vitamin D production. Some people will argue nowadays that Vitamin D is actually a Hormone, but as it applies here, it doesn't matter, because whether it is a Vitamin or a Hormone, we need it and a good source is from the sun. Here is how that works, when you expose bare skin to the sun, without sunscreen, it will trigger an action that will make Vitamin D in a Sulfate form. Vitamin D3 is what we are talking about here and itis water-soluble, which makes it much more available as it freely flows throughout the bloodstream, which in turn makes it so that Calcium can be much more useful throughout the body, so as such you can see the importance of how it functions and its contribution. Supplementing for D3 is not an effective form or nowhere near as effective as D3 from the sun. Oh, but you will sunburn if you don't sunscreen, right? Well, that is another mineral issue. If you sunburn, then you lack, if you don't then you have enough of the mineral. The mineral? That is part of another story. Remember we are looking at each mineral as much as possible as a stand-alone so that we can keep things straight and give it the attention each one deserves. 

I am sure you have heard of Acid-Rain. This is a condition that is caused when you have a Sulfur problem in the air. This really is a man-made problem because of the drive to "Get the Lead out" of gasoline. Now when you mess with the natural order of things, such as getting the "lead out"it raises other issues that kept that issue at bay, and thus we end up creating Sulfur trioxide. Sulfur Trioxide creates a problem of turning Aluminum from a solid to a liquid. So we end up with all of this liquid Aluminum everywhere. When it gets into water, it neutralizes the gills on fish, is taken up by plants and causes the plants, trees, etc., and it causes suffocation of the plants as it interacts and shuts off the water and oxygen exchange process. Just like the Aluminum being sprayed into or on your armpits. But when Sulfur is used as it should be used in or on the human body, it helps to remove the Aluminum from the body. How this works is that Sulfur actually dissolves what the body identifies as waste material, including elements like poisons, heavy metals, etc.These elements are thought to be a major contributing factor to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Another factor here is that Egg Yokes are a rich source of Sulfur and it is thought by many in some circles that the scare over eating eggs and the rise in rates of Alzheimer's shortly thereafter might be related. When groups of people are studied, it appears that those suffering Alzheimer's have no sulfur in their cells and those not suffering from Alzheimer's have adequate levels of Sulfur in comparative cells. 

Essential Oil Connection.

A few general ideas to keep in mind with plants that are used for essential oil production. First, the plants grown in Sulfur-rich Volcanic soil will be high or show high levels of Sulfur on a ppm basis. Some plants are grown exclusively in those soils because of their origins. Sometimes a given plant can be grown in a Sulfur-rich soil are and the same species of plant may be grown in a Sulfur deficient soil area.  So not really a set pattern there. Some plants will naturally tend to have an uptake of Sulfur rather the uptake might be easy as in a Sulfur-rich soil or hard, as in a Sulfur-poor soil and register close to the same on a ppm basis.  So let's look at some of the plants that are likely to be consistent on a ppm basis for Sulfur. Dill (both seed and weed) comes in at a very high level. It comes in at 11,175. Black Pepper @ 5,760. Onion @4,075, Cinnamon Bark @1,200, Citrus oils, such as Tangerine, Orange, Mandrian, etc., @ about 1,000 on average. Garlic is in there at various levels, but generally, it is a little bit more than Onion at an average of 5,000 ppm. We don't do much with Onion and Garlic essential oil, as they do not have the most pleasant aroma. The aroma is very much like a very strong, fresh skunk aroma, only much more pungent. As you can see, we don't have a lot of oils that contain Sulfur. This is likely due to the light molecular weight on this mineral and its volatility when being distilled. Now when it comes to the dried herbs, we see Cauliflower in at 11,800, Parsnip at 11,050, Horseradish in at 10,000, Garden Cress at 9,545, Stinging Nettle Leaf in at 6,665. From this point on, the list is full of various nuts, leaves, roots, sprouts, and fruits.  An interesting thing that I find is that when we are working with these super light molecular weight minerals, we have 2 oils that tend to always be there and quite high on a ppm basis. Those are Black Pepper and Dill. Then down the list further we tend to see the various Orange-based citrus oils, even though they are cold pressed, they tend to be there. I have some ideas of what is going on here, but I am not 100% sure and of course I have no documentation to that effect, so as of right now, I am not too willing to go out onto a limb and state what that might be. It would be nice to see if any of you can figure out why and even find some documentation.  I am sure the documentation is there, but it might take a lot of time and effort to find it, which I don't have the time right now to do it. 

Summary and Additional Discussion. 

Sulfur deficiencies in the soil are one of those relatively new deficiencies. According to some, one of the main theories is the lack of coal burning in some areas and the new cleaner methods of coal burning where coal is burned. In times past, when coal was burned, remember that Sulfur is quite light, so not a lot of heat is required for it to go up the chimney stack and into the atmosphere.From there it would travel in the wind until the wind died down and the Sulfur fell to the ground, became trapped in the soil or on the plants and thus starting the cycle of use. This was a natural method of fertilizing as most coal contains appreciative levels of Sulfur. So food growing areas were being naturally fertilized and no one was the wiser. Then along comes some very wise people that decide to take the lead out of gasoline, for whatever reason. Then that caused a check and balance situation to become no longer a check and balance system. So along comes acid rain. So even wiser people cames along and says that we have to clean up the coal burning. So they clean up the coal burning and then we no longer have a whole lot of Sulfur doing the natural application of Sulfur to the soils. Then we see the soil samples indicating a need for Sulfur, more and more. Then we see a rise in Sulfur related deficiencies, then a lack of Sulfur, related diseases. One sometimes wonders if this whole thing is so out of whack that we will ever get and a handle on it.  Perhaps a program of not understanding Lead caused a Sulfur problem.

One day my one son who was working for a butcher while in high school, came home to me and said, I saw the weirdest thing I have ever seen. (The guy he was working for raised locker beef and pork). I went with to do his chores and he feeds his pigs a few buckets of coal. That wasn't the weirdest part, the weirdest part was that the pigs went to town on the coal, like kids in a candy store pigging out on candy.  I replied "Really"? I was amazed that there was still some old school people around. Because I then remembered that when I was a little kid, I had observed my Dad feeding coal to our pigs. Yes, they went to town on the coal like kids do with candy.  See coal has a long list of minerals. After all, what is coal??? Yes, largely plant derived minerals. Most of the time, not the most pristine form of plant derived minerals, far from it, but a wide range of minerals none the less, with Sulfur being a key mineral in most coal. An interesting note, the local coal mine in this area, which is a major employer, in fact, the major employer, finds this same son working there as a welder and mechanic, anyway, he has told me that quite often they will see dinosaur tracks on the ceiling where the coal meets the rock. He has said that on a few occasions they will see the adult track with a baby track along the side of the adult one. Some more interesting stuff along this line. The place where we get the PDM from is about 15 miles from this coal mine. The PDM mine is down in the valley at about the 5500 to 6000 ft. level. The coal mine is up on the top of a mountain at about the 9500 ft. level. 

The Sulfur based drugs work very well for a wide range of bacterial issues as well as the big "C" ride treatments. Normally those type of treatments in the natural form is carried out by using Garlic and/or Onion. In fact, in some studies, it has been observed that the Sulfur (Sulfides) in Onions improved the glucose tolerance in rats, that was suffering from Diabetes.  So the theory is that it helps with humans as well. However, when Garlic was tested on rats, it did not show the same results. So the moral of this story is that if you are working with diabetes, eating onions will help with your glucose tolerance.  But you won't have to use garlic, as it might not work.  Anyway, back in the day when I was working intensely with farm animals, I really liked using the sulfur-based drugs. They really worked wonders. Even the synthetic drugs, which are not quite the same in a number of ways, but at least similar, tended to work pretty good as well. But as with all things that work the governing honchos, made it pretty hard to get those drugs any more. 

Overall many of these plants, like Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Leafy Greens, and the many other Sulfur-rich foods, will have a tendency to help remove toxins from your body and/or cause carcinogens, and airborne pollutants from accumulating in the body.  Again, perhaps we should try to end this discussion with just saying that Sulfur, in its many forms is very helpful, in fact so helpful that you can't function without Sulfur in almost every aspect of your life.  However, we need to mention the big, little secret to making Sulfur work to its full potential within the human body and that is drum roll... Selenium. Without Selenium, Sulfur can act a little bit more than randomly here and there without Selenium controlling and keeping it focused. So to get the most from all of the sources of Sulfur, one must also make sure that they also contain adequate levels of Selenium as well. Of course in this day and age, one usually has to supplement with Selenium or the Sulfur or even both. When these two minerals are at adequate levels, really Sulfur doing the heavy lifting and Selenium doing the talking, you will end up in pretty good shape, bit physically and mentally.  

Until next time, thank you for your interest and thank you for your time.