Mineral - Rhodium

Rhodium is a mineral that is full of surprises. The biggest surprise is that this is sort of the "Fountain of Youth" mineral  More on that later. But first, let us deal with the technicalities. The symbol is Rh. It carries a valence number of +4 and is used 13,173,076 times in the DNA codon. It is associated with the amino acid Serine and follows an AGC sequence. It weighs in at the 102.91 molecular weight.  It is considered to be a very rare metal with about 8 to 10 tons produced worldwide per year. As a stand-alone mineral, it is a very rare mineral and is found randomly in rocks at about 0.001 ppm. Most of the time it is sourced as a by-product of mining and refining of Platinum, although it is commonly found in copper and nickel deposits and is sourced from those ores as well. About 91% of the worldwide use of Rhodium is used for industrial purposes and the other 9% for biological applications. Although most propaganda references to this mineral claim that there is no biological function for Rhodium, we shall discover otherwise. 

Rhodium plays a major role in several body functions. Those are as follows; absorption, utilization, and excrement of zirconium, neodymium, molybdenum, technetium, ruthenium, palladium, silver, cadmium, indium and tin. Many times it compares with Iridium and itis sometimes mistaken for Indium related issues.  The metal ions of Rhodium affects enzyme activities. Some of the more important biological functions of Rhodium is that in certain preparations of this mineral, it will affect the small molecule lipid bilayer. It acts on the anion transporters in disease treatment protocols by dysregulation of the ion transport.  That leads to perturbing chemical gradients within cells, triggering apoptosis.  Apoptosis is a process of cell suicide.  Some preparations will also interfere with DNA binding and thus lead to cell apoptosis.  

Rhodium is also a superconductor of light. There have been a series of studies done and the studies are ongoing that is looking at using certain preparations and compounds of Rhodium when exposed to light will kill tumors cells and deactivate a virus closely related to West Nile and Yellow Fever viruses. These studies are showing real promise. These Rhodium based compounds only react to certain types o flight and scientists are thinking that they will replace chemotherapy in general and not hurt the body in general as does chemotherapy. These preparations are also showing promise for blood sterilization. These same compounds have also been shown to kill the Sindbis virus and other similar viruses that cause arthritis, encephalitis, and fevers. So overall the hope is that someday these Rhodium based compounds will replace standard chemotherapy and other blood sterilization needs. Also, this superconductive powers of light that Rhodium provides for will assist in the communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. There have also been a few studies and even they do show promise to treat other viruses such as the AIDS/HIV and other related viruses.  The key to all of these potential treatment breakthroughs regarding the use of Rhodium is that they think it activates a protein called JNK . This JNK protein regulates the cell apoptosis.  So we see a progression to activating cell to commit suicide. Sort of a contra action of a cell that is cancerous, which is uncontrolled and/or unregulated growth of that cell. Rhodium has also been studied and it appears that it alters DNA replication within DNA condensation.  It has been shown to alter cell migration in the colon cancer cell line HCT116.  Then if this mineral's reaction is consistent in biological settings as it is with industrial applications, which is highly probable, then it would convert nitrogen oxides in the body to simple nitrogen and oxygen. So all of this stuff shows that Rhodium plays an essential role in cancer and virus activities within the biological setting. So much for no known biological functions. 

The most fantastic role of Rhodium is that it is the only known substance that can increase the Thymus gland's function. To understand the importance of this mineral in that role is to understand the role of the Thymus gland.  So briefly; The Thymus gland is at it's highest acting potential when you are a baby. As you age, the Thymus gland decreases in action potential.  By the time of puberty, it really starts to go downhill. It isn't many more years until it has pretty much become nothing but a cyst encased in fat. Then the aging process starts to pick up speed. As long as that Thymus is functioning, you have youth. When it quits in its function, it is all over with. It is downhill from then on, the aging process is at hyper speed. As we move along I will, from this point move into the essential oil connection. 

Essential Oil Connection. 
Now, this even gets more interesting. So how do we work with this one? In the clinical stuff out of Europe, we find one oil that helps with Thymus function. That oil is Lemongrass.  Lemongrass is the only oil listed to aid in Thmus function. I do find it interesting in all of the fancy aromatherapy teachings and all of these high-class companies that claim to cure cancer and to help prevent aging, generally avoids 2 major parts of the body.  The Thymus and the Pancreas. We aren't dealing with the Pancreas in and with this mineral because it doesn't fit in here. It fits in somewhere else. But here we deal with the Thymus gland.  The Thymus gland functions directly with the Rhodium mineral, along with the Serine amino acid. As we know, the Serine amino acid has a great deal to do with brain activity, so it fits in very well with Rhodium.  So oils that help with brain activity will also assist at least a little bit in helping the Thymus, although in an indirect way.  So, there you have it, the "fountain of Youth" essential oil could very well be Lemongrass. If your Thymus has not totally shut down, and unless there"Ain't no life there", you might be able to use Lemongrass to restore your youth. You know what is cool about this oil? It is on the low-cost end of essential oils. So even a person with a lack of means can have a shot at restoring youthfulness. I have always wondered why I liked Lemongrass oils.  Now I know, the Thymus connection.

The rest of the story, the good stuff. 
The Rhodium mineral is a mineral that not a whole lot of it is needed. So it is usually obtained from food sources. The food sources that typically will pick up and transfer this mineral to you are as follows; Almonds, Carrots, Flax Seed Oil, Grape Seeds, Green Tea, Shitake Mushrooms and Water Cress.  Green Tea is the best source of this mineral as it takes into account a number of other properties and actions that will contribute to the whole Thymus activity and uptake of Rhodium. Of course, it would help if these foods are grown in soils that have the related minerals that Rhodium hangs out with. Plus the water that waters those crops is the best source for Rhodium as the water is usually drained from soils that contain those minerals in the natural state. As mentioned, Green Tea is a good source and perhaps the best source is Water Cress.  Quite a few years ago, we were involved in a company that was doing a sea-based product that was shown to be excellent in nutrition and anti-cancer properties. In doing research on the product and looking at alternatives, we found that Water Cress is the plant-based equivalent of that sea-based product. 

Another product that is really good to assist in youthfulness and to help the Thymus function or as a Thymus supplement is Colostrum.  Colostrum will help to regrow youth promoting activities.  Colostrum contains Proline-rich Polypeptide- PRP. These Polypeptides will help in all sorts of various functions of the body. They also help the Pancreas. I said I wouldn't mention it again but it is in relationship to the colostrum, not the mineral, at least directly. Anyway, as you can see, as you look at one aspect of this mineral, it will lead you in a circle and back to the original starting point. 

So we learn that Rhodium is a vital mineral. But then again what mineral isn't a vital mineral?  But at least we have a concept of this mineral and its action potential on the human body. We learn of foods that will the Thymus as that is an important part of the whole Rhodium association with the body.  We also learn of an essential oil that helps in this process. 

Again, as always, thank you for your time and interest. 


Kent King