Mineral - Tellurium

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In this lecture, we will be looking at the mineral, Tellurium.  This mineral is one that finds little discussion on it when it comes to known biological functioning and purposes. It does have some industrial uses, but since we are more focused on biological activities of these minerals, we will focus on that area with this mineral. Tellurium is associated with the amino acid Alanine and is used 13,175,325 times in the DNA sequencing process. It follows the GCU sequencing with a valance of -2. As with most of these minerals weighing in light, this one weighs in on the molecular weight scale at 127.60. In it's natural solid form, it is a silvery-white crystal substance. 

Even though some of the propaganda out there claims no real known biological function of Tellurium, I stand with my mouth open because these are supposed to be really intelligent people, and they claim this position?  There are a number of known biological functions, but the industrial uses are very revealing. So let us take a quick overview of the industrial uses and that should provide us with some biological perspectives as well. Tellurium is a very rare mineral, actually more rare on earth than in the universe. People that claim to know everything about the development of the universe claim that when the earth was being formed, in its gaseous state, the Tellerium, of course, was a gas as well, escaped into the universe. That explains why we have such a small amount of it here on earth, but vast amounts out in the universe. OK, well I will take their word for it, not! So let us stay here on earth.

Tellurium can be converted to a gas but is usually found in crystal form. It was first discovered in gold as a compound in Gold. That is where it is most widely found.  It is also found in Lead and Copper, which is where most of the world's supply is found, as a by-product of the production of those two.The yearly production runs in the neighborhood of between 200 and 240 tons per year. For perspective, it typically takes over +/- 1000 tons of Copper Ore to produce +/- 2 pounds of Tellurium.  The main use of this mineral is in metallurgy.  It is used in stainless steel, cast iron, copper and lead alloys, and on and on in those areas. It is also used in the production of solar panels, optic discs, and even in the whole Blu-Ray stuff. So a very widely used mineral, on a whole lot is needed on a per-application basis to show it affects in industrial applications. But it does make a lot of difference.  

Now back to the biological aspects. Guess where we also find this mineral? In coal. Sometimes it is quite a high number, compared to the official earth's crust of .004 or even fewer parts per million figure, of many times, in the 20 parts per million range. In some places in the earth's crust, it is found at 6 parts per million. It is also associated with Sulfer. Are you starting to see the picture here??? I have written on this in the blogs section a few times. Ah, let's move on for a minute. Tellurium is found in a vastly small amount of the precious metals compound, officially. Yet, in coal, a non-precious metal, well, let's not call it a metal, let's call it something else because it really isn't an inorganic product. Coal is pretty much an organic product, technically anyway. 

Tellurium has also been shown to displace Selenium and Sulfur.  Many times certain fungi will use Tellurium in place of Selenium and Sulfur.  But along comes Polonium 210 and that can displace Tellurium. Perhaps we might be seeing some sort of an eat or be eaten situation going on here. Stressful, I am sure if the minerals have emotions. LOL>  But what Tellurium does do is helps Selenium in the tumor suppression protein sequences. 

Tellurium is one of those minerals that a little bit is necessary, none is bad, and a lot of it is even as bad as none.  What happens here is that a large amount of polonium 210 replaces the Tellurium, it off balances the Selenium/Tellurium balance or even a lack of the two, and the tumor suppressor protein sequences quit working.  In the text that I am using as the primary guideline for this whole series of lectures, it claims that by using organic sourced tellurium compounds, it appears to show protection against mediated oxidation and nitrate reactions. 

In humans, tellurium is partly metabolized into dimethyl telluride, (CH3)2Te, a gas with a garlic-like odor exhaled in the breath of victims of tellurium exposure or poisoning). However, a note here, I found one figure that indicated that little as 0.01 mg/m3 or less in the air, when breathed can cause the "Garlic like, breath" that is charismatic of Tellurium poising. However, to get a toxic effect from this mineral, one would almost have to expose themselves, purposely, to it in some concentrated form. This mineral is also classified as being non-cariogenic. Also, this mineral is absolutely necessary for good health and a lack of it does not produce immediate symptoms.  You might say that the lack of this mineral is associated with long-term, chronic health issues and be right on the money. 

Essential Oil Aspect;

Oh man, we really get into the real serious stuff here. Many of you will begin to notice terms that ring bells in your noggin. If I was addressing a scientific egg head group, I would have to go into several pages of discussions to qualify my perspectives and where I am going with this. But since you people are normal people and are more concerned with the bottom line as it relates to your busy, normal everyday life, here goes. When Tellurium gets hot, in steam, for example, read here, steam distillation, in the presence of steam, Tellurium goes through a process basically of a carboxylic reaction and when mixed with alcohol forms esters. ESTERS. Where have you heard of that term?  You still have elements of acrylic acid in the essential oil, because of the esters and salts of acrylic acid. They are collectively known as acrylates (or propanoates). The most common alkyl esters of acrylic acid are methyl, butyl, ethyl, and 2-Ethylhexyl acrylate and guess what that results in? Hint? Why do we say to dilute with a carrier oil? Because it is irritating to the skin.  It can also be irritating to the respiratory tract and the lungs. Guess where acrylic acid is also found? Tobacco smoke. In some people, tobacco smoke, and lung issues go together.. I will explain more on that in the additional discussions section. Another cool thing about Tellurium, indirectly, of course, is that it essentially has a high level of miscibility. That means that it mixes with a number of other substances such as alcohols, ethers, and water without any real resistance. What you will find when mixing or blending a vast number of essential oils is that at one time the formula will work synergistically very well. Then at another mixing or blending batch, the oils it just doesn't work as good. As they "marinate" over time they will even separate. It is likely to drive person nuts. But here is a possible explanation, keep in mind that there can be many explanations as this whole deal is not a simple stimulus/response episode, especially when working with natural products.  But a simple deal is that the plants that one, some or even all of them in the formula have a severe lack of Tellurium or the Tellurium and Selenium balances are off. Perhaps even the Polonium 210 issue is involved. Maybe even we have a Sulfur issue involved here as well. See when you look at the stuff like this, it baffles your mind. I don't ever hear of these essential oil gurus that know that their oils are beyond perfect in quality and that they can track them from start to finish even mention this stuff. Oh, there is a simple answer to this, I use it all the time, as much as I can anyway, but I can't even mention it here because you all would go bonkers and say that I really have lost it now. Another main factor is the carbon bondings, the numbers of them. Makes all the difference as well. But I will discuss it in the further discussion part as I have already discussed it in the blog section in my Kent's Korner on Leiann's website.

However, let's get back to the essential oils. Since we have focused on the steam distilled oils, let us take a look at the cold pressed or expeller expressed or even the C02 extractions. I always usually include the C02 ones in this category as there are differences, yet there aren't in many ways. In these type of oils, you won't find the acrylic acid aspect that I have mentioned. You can find similar properties and compounds that will produce similar reactions when applied to the human or animal.  The variations can be extensive and it almost becomes a different discussion that should be done elsewhere. But the one thing for sure is that in these type of oils, once again, if it is in the soil, the plant will likely bring it up and arranged it so that you can utilize it. This is the organic aspect of the 2nd. to the last paragraph in the section before this one. There are other organic sources for this mineral and I will mention them in the next section. 

Further Discussion. 

One of the really cool things about nature is that it tends to have solutions that actually work. Now sometimes these might not appear in our lifetime, but they will appear and things will fix themselves. Have you ever thought of coal as being a fertilizer? It really is a fantastic fertilizer. It doesn't matter if it is in its native state or even in it's burned or largely used up state.  Coal is nothing but plants and in some cases plants with some animals mixed in, covered over and pressured over time. Depending on what was in those original materials that got stomped in or covered over, determines what quality the coal will be analyzed at. I have friends and even one son that works in an underground coal mine. The coal mines we have here are weird, here is why. Normally with coal formation, you have a low spot, water accumulates, plants grow and animals show up. Hey, a big party. Then for some reason, something happened. Plants and animals got trapped and covered over. The stuff set there for eons of years, so we are told. Pressure and time turned the stuff into coal. Here is the weird part that I am talking about. These coal mines are way up in the tops of the mountains. The valley floor is in the +/- 5,000-foot elevation and these mines are at the +/-9000 foot elevation. They got pushed up somehow. These miners have said that they have seen dinosaur footprints in the ceilings of the mines. These are usually at the point of where the coal stops and the clays and rocks start. They sort of see the underside of the footprints. They are not allowed to bring them out, but I have been told that in times long ago, some guys smuggled them out in their lunch boxes. However, I have never seen one of them.  Then you have in several cases, an underground mine from the valley floor level and going down a shaft not many miles from the mountaintop coal mines. Guess what is the sort of right between them? Those of you in Youngevity will be familiar with the PRM. Yeah, that is in the area where they mine the base product. Anyway, what makes coal a good fertilizer is that it contains many micronutrients. If an analysis is done of the coal, to determine the micro-mineral content o the batch of coal, then it can be an effective and low price fertilizer. But in its burned form, it can also produce an excellent source of fertilizer. This is how that aspect works. with all of these coal burning plants making electricity, that really is not anymore, well, nature was using them and correcting the problem.  One of the things they found out was that the soils that were downwind of these old type of plants were that they didn't show a lot fo micronutrient deficiencies. But when they cleaned up these coal-burning power plants, the downwind areas soon became micronutrient deficient. Sulfur was the first micronutrient and then I am sure these super micronutrients such as Tellurium. Why? Because the best-known source for large amounts of organic Tellurium is coal.  Coal is/was a good source of sulfur.  On a comical note, my son that works in the coal mine now used to work for a guy that had a small animal slaughtering facility. That didn't come out right. The only guy that used to do the small animal thing, was the Vietnamese guy that had a Chinese food joint up in the center of town.  He did good food there, I am sure I have eaten cat, just don't know it and would prefer to leave it that way. He had an animal slaughtering facility that was a small operation. He did a lot of custom meat orders. He raised a number of pigs. One day my son came home and said, you will never guess what that crazy guy that I work for did today. I go, yeah, what? He fed his pigs a bunch of coal. Talk about hogging down stuff. they went to town on that coal. I just smiled, and said, yeah, he was taught by old school though. Here is the deal, old farmers used to feed their animals, particularly pigs, a shovel full of coal every once in a while. Why? Excellent source of micronutrients. I remember my Dad doing all the time. 

Some of the things related to Tellurium is that is it a companion to work with Selenium. There are organic sources of it and inorganic sources o fit. What makes these inorganic minerals turn into organic minerals is by the mineral becoming water soluble, then being taken up into the plant, arranged in the right order and ratios, then we consume the plant.  The only likely source for you to obtain Tellurium is through the food you eat. The symptoms that are related to Tellurium is very similar to Selenium as the two really are companion minerals and they need each other to function. So anything Selenium, think Tellurium and you will be pretty much on the mark. 
I hope this gives you some perspective on this mineral. A very important mineral, with not a lot fo spotlight being shined on it.  Enjoy the reading and thoughts. 

Kent King