Mineral - Strontium

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Strontium is a mineral that is super good and important under certain circumstances and yet can be not good in other settings. But let's deal with the technical aspects first. Strontium is used 13,560,712 times in the genetic sequence process. It follows the GCA sequence and is aligned with the Alanine amino acid.  It has a valence of +2 and is very light, weighing in at 87.62 on the molecular scale. For the most part, Strontium is found in the earth's crust at about 360 ppm according to most sources. Although it can be found at various levels depending on the location. In food, it can be found, in natural settings as high as 1,100 ppm and as low as trace amounts. In many situations, it can appear as calcium and is taken in and replaces calcium.  In the natural form, it is regarded as being quite safe, with little concern for toxicity. But on another hand, Strontium is produced as a product of nuclear reactions. This form is known as Strontium 90 and is considered the most dangerous form of Strontium and is the most dangerous form of fall out of all forms.  This is because it is taken up in place of calcium and replaces calcium in the body. Since it is radioactive, with a half-life of approx. 29 years, a great deal of damage can be done. It is taken up and stored in the bones.

Perhaps the main biological function, as a general rule, has to do with bone cell regeneration. What happens here is that it helps in the function of Osteoblasts to make new bone cells. IE; it pretty much functions with Calcium to form new bones. Also, the pharmaceutical use of Strontium is to halt the production of the Osteoclast cells that break down the old bone structures. Now don't confuse the 2 ..Ost.. names. The Osteoblastic cells build bones, the Osteoclasts cells break down the bone structure as it needs to be replaced. What the Strontium in this application does is to halt that process. This treatment protocol is usually given to age challenged individuals to halt that process. It takes time to do it and if the treatment fails, then you end up with an immunity to drug stimulation for this approach. However, there is some hope that this mineral could be developed to help with strontium as a very high-profit drug, but the concern is there that the FDA won't allow it. So as a natural aspect of food, it supplements the body to build bones, but as a drug, well, the jury is still out on that one. 

Essential OIl Connection;
The oils are many that will help with bone support and regeneration. On a ppm basis, you will find that Red Cedar EO, with the Latin name of Juniperus virginiana, quite high in Strontium.  Then as you go down the scale you will find Grapefruit and Orange essential oil with moderate levels and then at the lower levels you will find the Cinnamon oils, most all varieties included here and some other out of the way, not normally used in the western world, essential oils. We do have Birch in there with moderate levels but Birch also contains other properties that will contribute to Bone support from different angles of approach. There are a number of Herbal formulations that will work wonders to regenerate bone and provide bone support. Most of those will have the name of "Bone" in their description. However, some of those herbs in those formulas are from herbs that are believed to contain higher levels of Strontium. Most of those formulations are a lot like Birch in that they contain various other properties that give a wider range of support and regeneration potential. 

The Good Stuff Section. 

When it comes to food we find some foods containing very high levels of Strontium. But since Strontium will many times replace Calcium in the uptake cycle, it won't fully replace calcium.  For example, in nature, Nature will provide some natural occurring ratios. To illustrate the point, When we look at Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana, we see the Strontium content at about 440 ppm. Then when we look at Calcium, we see the Juniperus virginiana carrying 31, 680 ppm. That gives us a 72 to 1 ratio, of Calcium to Strontium. This appears to be about the normal ratio.  Now when we take this to the next step, we can use the Calcium and the Strontium 90 as a comparison. Remember that  Strontium 90 is the radioactive version of Strontium. None radioactive Strontium is good. Radioactive Strontium is bad, at least in almost all applications, except for certain medical purposes. We are excluding industrial applications here as we are focusing on biological applications. The S -90 is a Beta type of radiation. There are 2 other main ones, Alpha, and Gamma radiation.  The Alpha can be protected against fairly easy. A simple piece of paper will usually deflect that type of radiation. Then with Gamma, man, it goes through all sorts of material. Usually, you have to have dense earth, lead plates, etc., to stop Gamma. But with Beta radiation, it is in between. A fairly thin piece of Aluminum will deflect it. Ah, this is comical, so stay with me, OK?  A good thick piece of tin foil will deflect Beta radiation. Generally, it is the most typical form related to fall out that causes us grief and the more important to guard against in the sense that it is the easiest of the 2 more dangerous types. You have people that wear the tin foil hats.. laugh if you will but they might just have the last laugh someday, as those tin foil hats might just be the trick to helping them avoid an overload of Beta particle radiation accumulation.  when I was playing Army, one of my main specialties was dealing with Nuclear bombs on the battlefield. One of the big concerns to us was the Rad (radiation) accumulation levels.  Those levels are accumulative and they do not go away. A human body can withstand the accumulation to a certain level. Once certain levels are met, then you could expect certain things to begin to happen to you.  None of which are good. 

If you are still with me, then you might be asking what does this have to do with us in a setting where no nuclear bombs have gone off?  Well, we do have Chernobyl. That has given us all sorts of perspectives.  Then as of the present, at this writing, we have Fukushima. It is a nuclear bomb that is in a continual state of going off, as in exploding. Has been for close to 7 years. Keep in mind here that we are only discussing the Strontium 90 and Beta radiation. Not the other types and their bundles of joy. I must reveal a bias that I have at this point. I am normally very pro-nuclear. I think it is very good. If I was a military commander in a battle field setting, I would not hesitate to use a  nuclear device in a heartbeat.  Why? Because it is the most humane of the big three, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical. Those last 2 are the most inhumane things on the face of the earth. They are so inhumane that I don't think the devil would even consider being that inhumane.  I was what was known as an NBC specialist, with a focus on the N one. That is why I have at least a concept of this stuff and that most people on the street haven't the faintest clue. But both of these are situations where corruption and mismanagement really messed things up. since Strontium 90 can be deflected rather easily, but the effects of full force will be there for 29 years, technically, 28.5 years until the halfway point is met, known as half-life. The concern here is that since Strontium collects in the bones, having replaced some of the Calcium, but also, by design is supposed to be there, well if it is radioactive, then it just cooks away for a long time. This type of situation is pretty much a guarantee to result in bone cancer, Leukemia being the most likely along with various tissue-related cancers around the points of Strontium 90 collection points in the bones. So we end up with this situation of where the water is being saturated with Strontium 90 as it rolls out to sea, remember that it's half-life is 28.5 years, so where ever that particular unit of water goes, for those 28.5 years it is just kicking out radiation to be collected in all biological life forms in levels that are normally a concern. But there is hope, remember the Rad accumulation levels? Just a simple one-time or few times, exposure will not hurt you, but continued exposure, over time, big problems.  My biggest concern is that of water evaporation. Essentially evaporation is a form of distillation. Since Strontium is so light, it would carry over in any evaporation or distillation. Then when that evaporation gets dropped off out of the clouds, then where ever that contaminated water unit ends up, then baby, it is a radiating away. Leading to contamination of food and water in those areas. No, this stuff is not tested for in any essential oil GC/MS or any such analysis that is done by any essential oil supplier, grower, or the sales company.  So for me, since I am aware of this, I try to look at where oils are sourced from. I try to keep track of the weather patterns of where the contamination is flowing towards or has already covered.  Anyway, now that I have almost convinced you to take the S ride, let's look at why all is not lost. 

One of the methods to protect yourself from an overload of Strontium 90 is to flood yourself with Calcium. Calcium from a good source of course.  Many of the foods that are considered poor people food are very high in calcium. But are also high in Strontium, the good version. In most cases, the food is the same with the corresponding ratios that I mentioned earlier. The ratios aren't always exact, but at least in the neighborhood.   One of the first ones is Cabbage, both green and red types. Lettuces, most types, many leaves, ah, leaves, many of these leaves are the types used in teas.Even though you are trying to elevate you Calcium levels, you also need to elevate your Strontium levels at the same time. So this is where these teas come into play here. The list is too long to list them individually. I am thinking that if you drink a variety of teas over say a month's period o time, you will be able to get both Calcium and Strontium in levels that your body won't be craving either one, thus enabling you to sluff off the possible accumulation of contaminated Strontium 90.  I say I am thinking.. because everything, in theory, says it is so and from observations of many people, it would appear that theory will carry over into reality.  Another good thing about this Strontium 90 issues is that you can actually get it out of your system, so the Rad thing isn't going to affect you as adversely. See this is where I say there is hope. If you take food and other products that contain the natural, uncontaminated form of Strontium, then it will replace the S-90. 

Another factor to consider is that, which I didn't really mention in detail in the opening part of this E-Lecture, is that Strontium is the most abundant trace mineral in Seawater.  it comes in at about 8 ppm. Also, it figures in at about 0.04% in the earth's crust and is actually more abundant than Carbon. So this is interesting but it should give you some perspective of why we can get it from many foods. But as mentioned, it seems to be heavy in leaves, which is where most ingredients used for teas will be sourced from. Another good thing about good Strontium is that it will help draw Calcium into the bones, so when sufficient Strontium is present, the likelihood of a higher absorption rate of calcium will be observed.  So anywhere you have calcium, you should see Strontium and in order for the process to work properly, it has to be at the right ratios.  Anywhere you see Calcium being used Strontium will be there as well, such as with cavity prevention.  So from all appearances, a good healthy diet, will go a long way in providing for sufficient Strontium intake for most people. Also, I did not mention is that root vegetables are a good source for Strontium as is Goat Milk. I know that some people will claim that drinking mineral water is not good for you, but mineral water sourced from mountain springs can also be a good source of Strontium. 

Anyway, another good gee whizz about Strontium is that certain isotypes of it can be evaluated from bone samples and the result is that people can, by this method determine where you came from, as each geographical area in the world has its unique signature isotype. Other gee-whizz stuff is that when strontium is dermally applied to the skin, it has been shown to increase the recovery rate of the skin barrier. It has also been shown to inhibit sensory irritation when used in topical skin salves and lotions. In closing, Strontium has a whiteish silver color to it when in the raw form, but once it is exposed to the air, it turns yellow.  

So there you have the rundown on Strontium with some harsh commentary on the reality of life with S-90. An absolute essential trace mineral that closely mirrors calcium and is essential to bone health. 

Thank you for your time and interest. I hope you find this of value to you.


Kent King