Living Soil
Soil Pioneers
Trace Elements
Sea Minerals
Rock Powders
Micro-organisms
Terra Preta
Biochar
Trace Elements
Missing Links
Fire in the Water
Molybdenum
Cobalt
Earthworms
are the intestine
of the soil.
    —Aristotle
Remineralize
the future of food

Seer Centre report
rock powder
soil amendments
How to Improve Topsoil
Fire in the Water
How Mineral becomes Biology

the lost legacies of
Dr. George Earp-Thomas

as told by Dr. Gerald Olarsch

© David Yarrow July 1999 all rights reserved
Spark of Life

Lightning strikes Earth over 1000 times each second. These fiery bolts from the blue are five times hotter than the Sun, as electrons surge from sky to soil in a split second.

Scientists believe lightning ionized simple molecules in Earth's primeval ocean to synthesize the first amino acids—life's basic chemical building blocks for proteins.

Thus, Heaven's fire was captured in early Earth's waters to give rise to life.

Lightning brings death, too. In the United States, lightning kills 200 people a year—more than hurricanes or tornadoes.

Certain areas of the Earth are struck by lightning more often than others. Florida's Gulf Coast is "Lightning Alley."

LIGHTNING STRUCK THE EARTH beside the well of Jerry Olarsch's North Port, Florida home. The electric bolt shot through metal pipe to the house, where it blew circuits, damaging $12,000 worth of sensitive electronic appliances.

At that instant, Jerry was holding his well's water pipe. Thrown 30 feet by this blast, he fell to the ground unconscious.

Yet, he survived. Minutes later, he revived. Dazed, stunned, those moments remain a hole burned from Jerry's memories.

Remarkably, his body wasn't burned by this burst of intense electric fire. But troubling, confounding symptoms persisted, leaving him debilitated, unable to work—or play. Blood pressure zoomed and he suffered chronic fatigue. Confused thinking, incoherent perception, scrambled speech, muddled memory, buzzing sensations in his head were signs his nervous system and brain weren't functioning. Getting out of bed each morning became a huge enterprise.

In a quest for relief from these puzzling effects of his freak accident, Jerry went from doctor to doctor, eventually visiting Chicago's Mayo Clinic. But no medical expert could diagnose Jerry's condition, or remedy his disturbed body and brain.

At last, his son David, a Naturopathic physician in Plymouth, New Hampshire, suggested a trace mineral electrolyte developed by New Jersey scientist Dr. George Earp-Thomas in the 1940's.

"Dad had been sick quite a while with chronic fatigue symptoms," recalled Dr. David Olarsch, "couldn't even take out the trash. I started thinking about lightning and electricity: how does it change the body? Hurt adrenal glands? Definitely! Fry something in the nervous system? Likely."

"The body is electric," David reflected. "A lot of healing is about how molecules and electrons spin in the body—positive and negative. So I thought about the electrolytes. I remembered in my childhood my dad worked with them and saw amazing things happen. When all else failed, they would work."

But no one was making this unique substance anymore, so Jerry borrowed space in a friend's lab and undertook the tedious, precise procedure to prepare a batch. Soon he was taking one teaspoon stirred in a glass of spring water four times a day.

Charge of the Lyte Brigade

Three months saw a 40% improvement. Then, the next three months were even more dramatic. In a year, all symptoms were relieved and he could return to work. Indeed, if anything, he felt better than before the lightning strike.

David reminded Jerry how many people were once helped by the electrolytes, and urged his father to make them again. So Jerry set up a lab in his Florida home to manufacture small batches for himself, his son and a few old friends. But word got out they were available and demand spread like wildfire.

The solution to Jerry Olarsch's disabled biology is a carefully prepared blend of eleven elements1 in homeopathic dilution. It looks, tastes and tests like crystal clear, pure water, yet this fluid is charged with power to transform biochemical chaos to organic order—and thus sickness to health. But its power isn't chemical potency, but a special electromagnetic energy that is created and transmitted to the body. Its preparation is a precise recipe whose ingredients are simple, but the procedure is a complex and secret formula.

Because these electrolytes are biologically made, they don't need to go through a digestive process, and thus are easily and rapidly absorbed through soft tissues of skin and mucous membrane. This special solution of minerals-in-water absorbs directly through cell membranes, so the minerals are quickly ready to use in synthesis and enzymes.

"These electrolytes involve a very intricate process to make," said Jerry. "It took 30 years of tedious research to develop them, and it takes a week to make a batch. The Nature's Path label lists the three healers: 'Nature, Time and Patience.' That came literally out of learning how to make the electrolytes. Everybody wants miracles tomorrow, but it just doesn't happen. Part of the process involves rock enzyme activity to create electric charge."

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

ELECTROLYTES BEGIN AS MINERALS—the inorganic, hard rock of our planet. Of the major types of nutrients—mineral, carbohydrate, protein, and oil—minerals came first. They existed on Earth before plants or animals—before sugars or amino acids. These simple elements can't be synthesized by plant, animal or human, but must be consumed from the dust and stones in soil. There are no substitutes for these essential elemental nutrients.

Biology turns stones into bones. Our human body is 99.5% hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen—only four light-weight elements. The other .5% is minerals, most of which form our hard, dense skeleton. Being the least, lowest and simplest of all nutrients, minerals are also the most taken for granted. The obvious—overlooked once again. And while humans don't eat rocks, we can't live without minerals, which must be supplied continuously by food.

Minerals are metallic elements, but most metals carry so much charge, they are rarely found as pure elements. Instead, they react chemically with other atoms to form oxides, chlorides, sulfides, sulfates, silicates, carbonates, etc. Thus, metal becomes mineral as the first step to becoming biology. The metal atoms in minerals are the centers of charge in large molecules that form cells and living tissues. The metal elements coordinate and direct the flow of electrons, reaction of atoms, strength of membranes, and action of enzymes in biological life.

Like a penny in the U.S. economy, an electron is the common currency of chemistry—smallest singular unit of spin—or charge. An electric current is a stream of electrons through subatomic space. And—like a penny is the smallest coin—copper is the conductor of choice for electricity, although other metals will work, too. A spark is a burst of this electric fire made visible in a massive discharge of electrons in air—miniature lightning. How atoms share, pair, pass around, circulate, and store electrons decides how ions form, atoms bond, molecules are made, carbons chain, cells sing, and hormones ring.

An ion is an atom that gains or loses one or more electrons. Since such an atom then has an excess or shortage of electrons in outer orbitals circling around the nucleus, an ion has electric charge. This gives ions the essential energy needed to power chemical reactions. Some elements—mostly metals—easily release electrons to have positive charge: a cation (+). Others capture extra electrons to acquire negative charge: an anion (-).

For example, Sodium (Na), one of the lightest metals, easily gives up the single, unpaired electron in its outermost orbital to become a cation (Na+). But it's positive charge is so strong it rapidly bonds with other atoms. Tossed in water, a pure pellet reacts with such quick vigor it explodes with a loud, violent "pop!" So, we seldom encounter sodium as pure metal, only as its mineral salts.

So too, most metals react with oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, chlorine, etc. to become minerals. These crystal chemicals become Earth's bedrock, boulders, stone, soil, clay, sand, silt, salt, dirt, and dust.

Salts of the Earth

Nature and biology are too tender for the extreme energy concentrated in mineral salts, so cellular chemistry employs gentle ways to exchange electrons and empower reactions.
Figure 1

In the simple chemistry of inorganic minerals, an electrolyte is an ionic substance which dissolves in water. These ions-in-solution are valuable for their effects on water's electrical properties. Most often, they increase water's ability to pass an electric current, or store electric charge.

Simple electrolytes can be three types:

ACID [ + ]
BASE [ - ] (or alkali)
SALT [ + & - ] (or neutral)

These three classes of ionic chemicals are inter-related by a Chemical Cross (see Fig. 1). In this most fundamental chemical reaction, acid and base unite to form salt and water. Acid and base are polar, with opposite ionic charge, but salt—with both cations and anions—is neutral. Acid-base balance (or pH)—the most critical chemical characteristic—is measured on a 0-to-14 logarithmic scale in which 7.0 is neutral.

Salt is chemical fire. Its corrosive appetite is fed—not by wood or coal—but by metals, whose electrons fuel chemical reactions.

To render this concept into sensation, take the taste test. After sodium chloride is refined out of sea salt, beige crystals remain. Refiners discard this residue as "impurities," but natural food stores sell it as "nigari" to curdle soymilk into tofu. Mostly it is magnesium and calcium, but it also contains every minor and trace element found in seawater.

Touch a crystal of this trace element salt to your tongue, and you feel a sharp bite of hot, burning sensation. This fire is its power to cause chemical reactions—the exchange of electrons by metal elements. Every enzymes requires an electrolyte as its key component. Without this electric spark, there can be no taste, or smell, or sight. No sensation, or motion, or life.

Even slight alterations in concentrations of ionic chemicals in our body fluids will disturb vital cell functions. For example, low potassium ions cause general muscle paralysis, while high levels create weak, irregular heartbeats. Therefore, our body has evolved with multiple methods to maintain stable, constant levels of electrolytes in blood and all other body fluids.

"A 1992 study published in a European Journal of Heart Disease," Jerry elaborated, "revealed a relationship to minerals in water in 76 Swedish communities. Cities with the highest mineral content had the lowest incidence of heart disease."

"That same scientist also studied enzymes that keep Eskimo arteries clean. Eskimos eat a high fat diet, yet still maintain excellent health. Because they eat a natural, highly mineralized diet, their bodies produce the necessary enzymes."
Figure 2a

Biological Plasma

A primary purpose of kidneys is to balance electrolytes in blood. This pair of organs filter blood to neutralize excess acids and alkalis, then excrete them as salts and water in urine. In essence, kidney function is electric, not merely chemical.

But in final form, Jerry's electrolytes are far beyond minerals. In his biological method of production, over the course of a week in a vat, minerals are transformed into a special state by bacteria, and acquire an added energy force. If you try to measure it, it's not detectable. This force isn't a mystery, but is subtle beyond man's most sensitive instruments.

The best way to describe this state is that minerals change form to become energized like plasma—a living water, in complex stable, yet changing states of charge. In fact, by coincidence, the medical term for the fluid in blood is "plasma." And in physics, "plasma" is the fourth state of matter—in an ionized, electrified state.
Figure 2b

"THERE ARE OVER 70 TRILLION CELLS in a human body," explained Jerry. "Each cell is a tiny drop of water enclosed in a bubble of oily membrane."

Cell membrane is a very thin film—a double layer of lipids—of fatty acid hydrocarbons—reinforced by cholesterol, collagen and proteins. Lipids form a very minute, positively charged, barrier that insulates water in a cell from waters all around it.

"The process of getting nutrients absorbed into cells—across the cell wall matrix—is termed biovection," Jerry stressed.

"This cell wall also blocks movement of electrons and ions," said Jerry. "So a cell can store electric charge. Each cell is a biological battery!"

"And a magnet," I added, "to coordinate spin."

"Right," agreed Jerry. "An electromagnetic energy."

"So each cell is a dynamo," I gently insisted. "A generator—not just a storage battery."

"The force between the inside and outside cell wall," Jerry went on, "is a liquid pressure that's sustained by electrolytes. Minerals are needed to keep this battery in a cell going, and to enable cells to hold charge. Without minerals—without the right electrolytes in correct ratios—cells can't maintain this inner-outer pressure, weaken, become vulnerable to parasites—even die."

"Cell membrane is a key element in immunity," I noted.

"If our body was a car," Jerry proposed, "electrolytes would be the battery and sparkplugs. A car won't run without a battery and plugs. Just so, without these living waters, we can't be healthy. And if we don't recharge our biological battery, we're as worthless as a car with a dead battery."
Table 1
Important Electrolytes
in Body Fluids
sodium chloride
NaClNa+Cl-
potassium chloride
KClK+Cl-
calcium chloride
CaCl2Ca++2 Cl-
magnesium chloride
MgCl2Mg++2 Cl-
sodium bicarbonate
NaHCO3Na+HCO3-
disodium phosphate
Na2HPO42 Na+HPO4- -
sodium sulfate
Na2SO42 Na+SO4- -

Nature's Path

"Ancient peoples inhabited tropic and subtropic regions of Earth, and walked on moist grasses and soil every morning," said Jerry. "This cleansed their kidneys via the largest pores of the body—the soles of the feet. But also, contact with moist soil recharged their electrolyte batteries."

"Remember, lightning occurs constantly all over the planet. Earth itself spins inside a huge electromagnetic field. Every living thing participates in this electromagnetic activity. Some of that charge is transferred into our body when our naked skin touches moist Earth or bare rock."

"Modern humans are losing this daily experience of being grounded in direct electrolytic link to moist soil. Theoretically, if we are exceptionally healthy, with good mineral content, our body can create this electromagnetic energy within itself."

Today, not only our bodies, but our culture is rapidly losing its last links to Nature as biology, ecology, geology—and spirit.

RECOVERY FROM LIGHTNING STRIKE wasn't Jerry Olarsch's first encounter with these extra-ordinary electrolytes. He first got personally involved with them as a health-saving measure while still a young man.

"I was born sickly," Jerry confessed. "I never knew a day of feeling good. Every morning my mother put drops in my eyes. I was constantly with doctors, and had little opportunity to play with other kids. So I learned to read, study, and do research. While at Newark College, I developed internal bleeding, and doctors said I had to have an operation. I was desperate.

"Someone told me about a laboratory in New Jersey," Jerry continued, "where Dr. George H. Earp-Thomas of New Zealand was doing advanced research in natural health care—advanced for those days. So I went there, and was told to take electrolytes, wheat grass and acidolphilus.

"I remember in my early endeavors to get healthy by taking electrolytes, I went through a cleansing crisis, then slowly got better for the first time in my life. In a year I was able to get rid of every medication. My improvements were so dramatic that first year I changed the course of my life. After several years of college, I went to study Naturopathic Medicine in Canada.

"Naturopathic Medicine uses only natural methods that are in harmony with Nature. This may be foods, diets, fasting, nutritional supplements, exercise, herbs, chiropractry, or other treatments. Naturopathic doctors don't use synthetic drugs and toxic chemicals which can cause harm.

"Being young, I was fortunate to have the intestinal fortitude and strength to succeed. I got a graduate degree from the Naturopathic College of Quebec in Montreal, and studied with Dr. Raymond Barbeau, who did amazing work in the 60's on nutritional causes of cancer.

"When I returned to New Jersey, I worked at Earp Laboratories, and learned a great deal more. I worked there off and on from 1950 to the early 60's. It was then Dr. Henry Schroeder at Dartmouth published his book on trace elements. The book died on shelves. Nobody cared about nutrition—even less about trace elements. The same indifference afflicted Earp-Thomas' research discoveries."

Lyte of Our Life

ELECTROLYTES SUPPLY THE SPARK to cells. They aren't fuel that is burned to provide power. Rather, like a spark in a car engine, they are the electric fire that ignites every chemical reaction in a cell. They deliver electrons where needed for reactions, and store charge between events. Electrolytes strengthen every cell, gland and organ, do many important things, and make everything work better.

Electrolytes sustain the most critical chemical balance in the body: pH—the acid-base balance. This delicate chemical condition determines how available electrons are for reactions. Too much positive charge from acids (+) creates an inability to circulate electrons. Excess anions (-) of an alkaline state will overcharge a cell or organism.

Life is a balancing act, so most biological processes need neutral—or slightly alkaline—pH to assure a steady supply of electrons. Our blood remains very close to 6.45 pH, and if it changes by .1, we can die. Electrolytes not only help restore neutral pH balance, they also act as buffers that resist any change in pH.

"The neutral factor," explained Jerry, "means if we eat something that's too acid or alkaline, our body can prevent a change in pH. A healthy body with electrolytes will temporarily neutralize these extremes. My electrolytes contain bicarbonates, so they create neutral factor to buffer body fluids and neutralize anions and cations if positive or negative charge is too strong."

Like Earth's polluted air, blood and lymph have become too acid—not occasionally, but chronically and critically. Like trees dying on high mountaintops from acid rain, intestinal microflora wilt and weaken if the pH of their environment changes. When the pH of cell water becomes too acid, proteins change their shape, and many enzymes no longer function.

"Much modern illness is due to disturbed pH. Infections, yeasts, parasites, and worms all thrive in acid pH. Cancer and arthritis are two of many everyday diseases encouraged and aggravated, if not caused, by inability to sustain stable, neutral pH, and thus cell membrane integrity."

"For example, osteoporosis is rampant in the U.S., the wealthiest nation on Earth," Jerry said. "Chronic excess acids force our body to use calcium stored in teeth and bones to neutralize acids. Our poor, depleted soils can't supply minerals needed for electrolytes, while refining and processing remove even more minerals, so we can't generate the electromagnetic charge. No matter how much supplement we take, calcium can't adhere to bone matrix without this electromagnetic force."

Identity and Immunity

A cell's most critical chore is to maintain the integrity of the cell membrane—the inner-outer pressure balance at a cell wall to separate cell from not-cell. This double layer of lipids is in constant motion, fed by electrolytes. A strong membrane is a cell's first line of defense—the frontline of the immune system. Without electrolytes, this barrier can't be sustained, weakens, and a virus or bacteria can invade the cell.

Trace element electrolytes are key catalysts in thousands of enzymes needed by cells to make amino acids, proteins, and other organic molecules. When electrolytes form, they generate more electro-chemical activity, attract more minerals, capture more charge. Charge control is the key to enzymes that allow biochemical reactions to occur rapidly, selectively, precisely. Zinc, for one, is used in over 20 enzyme systems.

For example, pancreas produce enzymes and acids to break food down in digestion. Drinking electrolytes 30 minutes before a meal moistens and recharges soft tissues lining the digestive tract. Then, when you eat, membranes and micro-organisms are ready to digest and absorb food. But further, electrolytes supply pancreas new ions to make more digestive enzymes.

Electrolytes are also critical to nerves—both individually, and collective coordination of the entire nervous system. Nerve impulses are transmitted as an exchange of sodium and potassium ions at the nerve membrane. Nerve membrane is encased in long tendrils of protein with a calciuim ion attached at the end of each strand. Without this impulse of ion fire, there can be no taste, no smell, no sight, no sensation, no awareness.

Hormones, vitamins and enzymes which activate, regulate and synchronize nerve action all require a mineral ion as key element in their reactive structure, and for their synthesis. For one, cobalt in is needed by the pineal gland to make melatonin, the hormone which regulates neurologic function to determine the level of sleep or wakefulness.

This touches only a few of the many profound, essential roles of these mineral ions in blood chemistry, cell biology, human physiology, brain psychology—and global ecology. Electrolytes are the key to unlock energy flow in a cell. They strike the sparks of electric fire that make life happen.

Genius in Jersey

AFTER THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, Dr. Earp-Thomas acquired a small farm in southwest New Jersey. He kept cattle, and grew grains, vegetables and fruit there. One day he noticed his cows stretching their necks through fence to lick earth along a freshly laid gravel roadbed. Fascinated, Earp-Thomas ran an analysis with the crude equipment of his time and found the missing ingredient his cows were straining for. It was cobalt.

The amount of cobalt we need fits on the head of a pin. Yet, if we don't have it, we die. This trace of a trace element has only one purpose: Vitamin B12, a nutrient needed in micrograms a day, not milligrams, like other vitamins. Cobalt is essential for function of nerves and the whole nervous system, red blood cell synthesis, DNA replication, pineal and pituitary hormones—our most crucial biological functions.

Cobalt is also one of three naturally magnetic elements. B12 isn't really a chemical vitamin, but a magnetic hormone whose key ingredient is a heavy metal trace element. And, contrary to popular myth about this "vegetarian vitamin," B12 is made—not by animals—but by bacteria—a common, lowly microbe. 2

Earp-Thomas realized cows had the natural instinct to know they needed cobalt, and the sense to find it. He also realized this meant his farm's soils lacked this essential trace element. This started Earp-Thomas off on a series of brilliant discoveries with minerals and soils.

Not satisfied with instruments then available to measure mineral, he invented the first device sensitive enough to detect them in parts-per-million. With this, he showed New Jersey soils were losing minor and trace elements. And so were crops grown on those soils.

"That's the bottom line: Nature hath provided, but man has taken away," Jerry proclaimed. "Even the Bible says we are born out of the dust of the Earth—the minerals. Earp-Thomas said in the 30's after the Dust Bowl, 'If we don't put minerals back in those soils—and our water supply—we'll see a scourge of diseases like the Bible couldn't imagine.'

"And low and behold," Jerry intoned, "it has come to pass."

Secret Solution

In the 1930's, Earp-Thomas discovered that without minerals, cells can't maintain cell wall pressure, become weak and susceptible to infection and disease. This insight inspired his careful study of how minerals become biology. He began to devise natural ways to deliver minerals to cells as electrolytes in biological—not merely chemical—form.

Earp-Thomas worked on the electrolyte formula diligently. He determined which elements to put in Trace-Lyte™, not by guesswork, but by observing mineral uptake in wheat grass he grew organically on his farm. That gave him an initial formula, but lots of patient trial and error, and careful observation of repetitious experiments were required.

By 1938, he had a crude stage of electrolyte ready, using a three phase process: water, bacteria and electromagnetic spin.

ORIGINALLY, MINERALS FROM EARTH'S ROCKS were dissolved by rivers and rains, washing soluble salts into oceans. We absorb minerals best when they are dissolved in water. Just so, Trace-Lyte™ begins as a solution of minerals in water.

"The water must be of absolute purity," Jerry emphasized, "three major steps beyond distillation."

Water is the most abundant and important molecule in our body, and perhaps the least appreciated or understood. On Earth, water covers nearly 75% of our planet's surface, in all three of its phases: gas, liquid and solid.

Just so, our body is 75% water by weight, most of which is lymph fluid. Our organs and glands float in this internal ocean, whose chemical composition and ion concentrations are carefully controlled. In our body, water exists in all three states: vapor, fluid and crystal. And a fourth state: plasma.

Water—the universal solvent—has key roles in cell and body. The first organisms—bacteria, plant and animal—evolved in Earth's early ocean. Water is the medium in which all biochemical reactions occur. Most nutrients are dissolved in water. Water liquifies food to carry nutrients through intestines where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and lymph.

Wastes from cells are dissolved in water and collected by blood to excrete as urine and sweat. Water regulates body temperature by absorbing heat released by cell metabolism. Skin secretes water as perspiration, then heat transforms it to vapor, cooling the body.

Animals on starvation diets still survive, even after losing all stored fats and carbohydrates, and half their protein. But loss of 10% of their water is very serious, and 20% loss usually results in death. So water must be drunk steadily to prevent dehydration, and maintain fluid, electrolyte and pH balances.

Solid State Biology

Sugar—the universal fuel of biology—is simply water and carbon dioxide: carbohydrate. Plants make sugar by capturing sunshine to split water into protons, electrons and oxygen. The electrons liberated by photosynthesis are captured to race around in sugars 6-carbon rings.

Water is the routine by-product of biosynthesis, such as turning sugar into starch, amino acid into protein, fatty acid into lipid. All are acid-base reactions on the Chemical Cross that yield salt and water.

But most critical—and least understood—is water's ability to transmit energy. Wind making waves on oceans and lakes, and the ever-flowing currents of rivers and oceans portray water's ability to capture and carry energy. In cells, wave energy is not only a current of electrons, but magnetic flux—and these properties are altered by electrolytes.

Water isn't merely a medium for electrolytes to dissolve and form. Water becomes part of the electrolytes themselves, held together by electromagnetic charge created by rock enzymes.

Cell protoplasm—like the rest of the body—is mostly water. But not ordinary water. This water has certain ions added in careful, precise amounts, and then electromagnetic charge is imparted. This force imposes definite yet subtle order to water molecules. Cell biology calls fluid inside cell membrane "gelatinous"—leaving this mystery murky and amorphous

Trace Elements

To his pure water, Jerry adds carefully chosen and measured mineral salts: two major elements (sodium and potassium) in parts per thousand and nine trace elements (copper, iodine, manganese, zinc, cobalt, selenium, chromium, silica, and boron) in parts per million or less (see Table 2).

"First, minerals must be super-pure," revealed Jerry. "We can't afford contamination with other elements, or electrolytes won't form. Proportion is more critical than amount."

"Second, measuring is so precise and exact, I spent $5,000 for a laboratory scale to weigh them. Minerals are measured down to exact micrograms, and can't be off by a hair or they won't go into solution, but drop to the bottom of the tank. You must be an experienced biochemist to weigh them."

"Third, only certain minerals will form these electrolytes. For one, there's no iron in the formula. This essential mineral won't form electrolytes—maybe cobalt is a precursor. But drinking electrolytes creates an electromagnetic energy in the body that will pull iron out from food—and out of blood, into cells."

"Iron is magnetic," I observed.

Trace elements are the proverbial needle in a haystack. "In this condition, the minerals are so dilute," revealed Jerry, "it's like pure drinking water. The label says 'in homeopathic form.' Very, very minute mineral content—trace amounts of trace elements."

They are just as essential as carbohydrates and protein, but needed in minute amounts. For example, we need little more than a millionth of an ounce of iodine, but if it's lacking, goiter develops from a dysfunctional thyroid.

"Take silica," Jerry said. "A cell wall can't have elasticity unless it has a bit of silica. As we get older, lack of silica causes skin to harden and age rapidly. But with silica, we know people's skin stay tougher, last younger."

"A recent Russian study found that river dams cause silica—very fine sand—to settle out as sediments behind dams," I said in excitement. "This affects the nutrient composition of water to cause the rampant algae growth called 'red tide.' This algae bloom—when it dies—creates toxic water and depletes oxygen. This is a serious threat today to wetlands, estuaries and lakes."

"There you have it," agreed Jerry. "Ecology mirrors biology."

"Macro meets micro," I chuckled.

Combining these elements is tricky, since minerals have complex interactions with each other and other nutrients. Some are beneficial, but many are antagonistic. For example, zinc interferes with copper and iron absorption, while copper enhances iron uptake, but inhibits molybdenum. Cobalt is antagonized by molybdenum, and unfriendly to zinc.

"The right minerals at the right times on the right days in the right quantities. The ratios of the elements are more important than actual amounts," explained Jerry. "If the ratios aren't there, electrolytes won't form properly. Consider that just one element—copper—creates more electromagnetic spin."

"I see," I agreed. "Too much copper—or at the wrong moment—can short circuit electric charge created by bacteria."

Magnesium (Mg) and Calcium (Ca) share the same column in the Periodic Table of Elements, and both have two valence electrons in the outer shell. In seawater, Ca and Mg salts are first and second in quantity. In bedrock, Mg is commonly found with Ca. In soil tests, Mg is second after Ca in percent of cations for base saturation. A specific Mg:Ca ratio is needed in soil for healthy plants. Research shows if Ca and Mg are removed to make "soft" water, heart disease and asthma occur often.

"The procedure to combine these carefully chosen, precisely measured minerals is unique," revealed Jerry. "Certain minerals added in certain quantities on certain days. Put all the minerals together in the right ratios, but all at one time, the electrolytes won't form.

"It's just like the universe—in micro, right there in the vat," Jerry said. "We didn't listen to the ancients who told us this."

Mineral into Microbe

Recently, some hospitals began to add zinc, chromium, copper, and manganese to intravenous fluids—a sign medical staff now recognize a need for these nutrients. They now know trace elements affect white blood cells—a key to our immune system, which resists disease and infection. But medical science has just begun to understand how to effectively supply essential minerals to a living body, or even a single cell.
Table 2:
Elements in the Human Body
elementsymbol% atoms% weightuses
organic elements
Hydrogen
Oxygen
Carbon
Nitrogen
H
O
C
N
62.0
26.0
10.0
1.5
9.7
65.0
18.6
3.2
water & most molecules
water & most molecules
all organic molecules
protein, nucleic acid
major elements
Calcium
Phosphorus
Potassium
Sodium
Sulfur
Chlorine
Magnesium
Ca
P
K
Na
S
Cl
Mg
.2
.2
.06
.06
.05
.04
.03
1.8
1.0
.4
.2
.04
.2
.06
bones, teeth, nerve, blood
bones, teeth, nucleic acid
membrane, nerve, muscle
membrane, nerve, muscle
protein
membrane, water absorption
enzyme cofactor, ATP
trace elements
Iron
Iodine
Silicon
Flourine
Copper
Manganese
Zinc
Selenium
Cobalt
Molybdenum
Chromium
Tin
Boron
Nickel
Vanadium
Fe
I
Si
F
Cu
Mn
Zn
Se
Co
Mo
Cr
Sn
B
Ni
Va
.007
.0005
.0000003
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
.0002
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
[na]
oxygen transport
thyroid hormone
membrane
calcium migration
iron absorbtion, blood regulation
bone, tendon, nerve enzymes
enzymes, insulin, endocrine
vitamin E, detoxication
vitamin B12
detoxication enzymes
glucose metabolism
[unknown]
[unknown]
enzyme activation
cholesterol, fat metabolism

Minerals in Trace-Lyte™ are beyond dissolved. They are energized by living, biological process. To his carefully prepared solution, Jerry adds a rather ordinary and common bacteria. "It's what makes it come alive,' Jerry said elatedly, "a wonderful, fascinating process. And again, it's life itself—Nature itself."

Bacteria feed on the minerals, and change them from simple ionic solution to an electromagnetic state of charge similar to plasma —the fourth state of matter. While this metamorphosis is no mystery, it is subtle and obscure beyond the means and models of modern science.

EARP-THOMAS WORKED AT THE PASTEUR INSTITUTE in 1910-12 with Eli Menchnakov on intestinal bacteria. When this brilliant research scientist moved to New Jersey to start his own laboratory, he brought a profound curiosity for the microbial world. He was an early pioneer in a new field—Biotechnology—now touted as the future of science, medicine and industry.

"He came to the U.S. with several strains of intestinal bacteria, which Menchnakov told him to grow and re-grow," Jerry explained. "Which Earp-Thomas did, and these strains became very potent. He was the first to work with acidophilus cultures to revive weak intestinal microflora—before anyone knew about yogurt or miso. I maintain some of these strains to this day."

Earp-Thomas kept an active interest in bacteria, methodically studying them. Like anyone who sees soil with a microscope, he saw dirt is not inert, but alive and teeming with minute forms of life. Fertile soil's dark color is due to silent, unseen bacteria.

Earp-Thomas realized the order of Nature is that bacteria eat rocks. The main food of microbes is minerals. Earth's tiniest organisms convert inorganic ions into living protoplasm, which then is food for more complex lifeforms. Like John Hamaker 50 years later, Earp-Thomas understood plants grow best when fed minerals predigested by bacteria, not by eating minerals directly.

A primitive example of bacteria-plant symbiosis are lowly lichen encrusting boulders, feeding on sunshine and rock. Lichen is a partnership: bacteria supply pre-digested minerals, pre-packaged in protoplasm, to algae, which feed the microbes sugar from sunshine. Similarly, most plants have partnerships with soil bacteria, trading sugar for minerals and nutrients.

A more complex exchange occurs between legumes—beans, peas, clovers, vetch—and nitrogen-fixing Rhizobia bacteria in root nodules. Trees—the largest, most complex plants—maintain microbial communities around their roots on a galactic scale of quantity and diversity.

Waste into Wealth

When studying infectious bacteria associated with pathology and disease—Earp-Thomas observed that mineral powders rapidly disrupt pathogenic bacteria. An abundant supply of elemental ions alters cell membranes to rapidly relieve infection and restore tissues to health. He observed similar processes at work in the fertile soil of his New Jersey farm.

Earp-Thomas appreciated bacteria as allies of life and health, not enemies. Healthy soil is a cooperating community of interacting organisms who feed and support eat other in a stable balance. In a time when chemical technology was a new rage of industry, farming and society, Earp-Thomas peered deeply into the fabric of life. But in the early 1900's, a war mentality infected the mindset of society—including paranoia about "germs."

Yet, with Rockefeller Foundation funding, the genius in Jersey sent teams all over Earth to gather samples of soil microbes from croplands, especially those living on plant roots. Eventually he accumulated an extensive library of microbes, and volumes of notes and diagrams on this complex microbial order.

"Earp-Thomas developed strains of bacteria to turn garbage into soil," Jerry's voice soared in excitement. "Literally, he had an entire solid waste disposal technology. He could put a silo in a city and, in 24 hours, turn garbage into organic, odor-free fertilizer—and pay for itself. Cities made money selling fertilizer."

"Sounds like a dream," I observed, "turning trash into cash."

"He had silos going all over the world." Then Jerry's voice turned somber. "Except the U.S., because landfills were gangster owned, and they didn't want his silos around."

Jerry's voice deepened into sad tones. "Towards the end of that lab, there were no sales. What kept the lab going was the digesters and the fertilizers."

Living Water

WATER IS THE MOST STUDIED LIQUID on Earth, yet its subtle electromagnetism isn't well-known or understood by biology and medicine. Science has known since the late 1700's that water is H2O, but not until 1956 was it's physical structure understood. But water's real mystery is how it behaves inside a cell membrane. And its real power is subtle, not forceful.

Water is created by covalent bonds between an oxygen and two hydrogens. A covalent bond is when two atoms share a pair of electrons, and thus become attracted and fixed together. This union releases a great burst of energy, to the effect that hydrogen burns quickly in air, producing lots of light and heat—and water.

Because oxygen attracts electrons more than hydrogen, electrons spinning in outer orbitals of water's covalent bonds associate more with oxygen than hydrogen. This creates a slight electric polarity between opposite ends of each atomic bond, with the oxygen slightly negative and the hydrogen slightly positive.

The electrons in the outer orbitals of oxygen—and also carbon and nitrogen—form a 4-sided tetrahedron. Thus, the orbital geometry of oxygen's outer electrons is such that the configuration of water's three atoms isn't a straight line. Rather, the hydrogens draw together to form a "V"—like a Mickey Mouse head with two ears (see Fig. 3). This unusual angular geometry is the reason for water's subtle energy properties.
Figure 3

For one, this "V" shape gives a slight electric polarity between oxygen's negative charge, and—on the opposite side—hydrogens' positive charges. A water molecule is a tiny electric dipole. While this polar shape has a slight electric charge, it is not truly or fully ionic.

Actually, water is far more complex than this simple, solitary H2O. For starters, H2O can separate into H+ and OH- molecules that are truly ionic, and act like acid and base, respectively. While water as a whole is neutral pH, it contains an equal balance of these positive and negative ions.

Hydrogen and oxygen also combine to form more complex molecules with unbalanced geometries and polarities, such as H3O, H2O2, H4O2, H5O2, and others. These single molecules can bond to form double, triple and larger molecules. The effect is that water has a much more complex internal structure than simple H2O.

Water's polarized geometry creates a weak attraction between opposite poles of adjacent molecules. A hydrogen's positive polarity pulls it near the weak negative of a nearby oxygen. This subtle affinity among water's polar molecules is an internal force that holds water together. Biochemists call this faint force between hydrogen and oxygen of adjacent molecules a "hydrogen bond."
Figure 4

(See dotted lines in Fig. 4. This two-dimensional diagram is a simple view of far more complex, three-dimensional structures formed by oxygen's tetrahedral bonds. Also, water's fluid motions create multiple spins around each molecules axes of symmetry.)

But it's not truly a bond, since no electrons are exchanged. This slight inter-molecule pull enables water to drip in drops, blob in bodies, and have a high boiling temperature. This subtle attraction makes water wet, and gives it cohesiveness—an ability to hold together without having definite, fixed shape. And Nature finds multitudes of uses for this subtle attraction.

Seeds of Symmetry

This fragile force gives water its high surface tension—the ability to float objects on its surface. This weak internal attraction also allows water to hold large particles in colloidal suspension—freely floating within the water. Delicate hydrogen bonds are the same force that holds two amino acids together as the base pairs between the twin strands of DNA's spiral helix.

Water's tiny electric dipoles give it remarkable power to dissolve other substances—especially ionic substances—and to hold them in dynamic suspension, floating in fluid mobility. The electric poles of H2O molecules attract, attach and hold other ionic or polar chemicals, and, in their constant motions, carry them off, thus disassembling them.

Fire burns, but water dis-solves. Life's secret is this "solution."

In a solution, minerals—because of their higher mass and stronger electric charge—are the centers of electromagnetic force. Other molecules gather around these focal points of force, and tend to form stable configurations. Mineral ions become the seeds of symmetry for the water molecules as the geometry of electrons in the minerals' orbitals provides pattern for the solution's complex structures.

A simple exercise illuminates this effect. Shine light through a clear glass of water. Slowly drop salt crystals into the water as you peer through the glass. As the crystals drift down, they slowly dissolve into invisibility, pulled apart by water's own polar charges. Yet, in these dissolving crystals wakes, you see delicate shadowy traces swirling through the water. The dark whorls form as crystalline geometry imparts order to water's randomly moving molecules, changing its "refraction"—its ability to bend light.

Thus, mineral imposes a definite geometry and order to water. Even when fully dissolved, the crystalline geometry of salt's ionic charge imparts order to moving water molecules. The presence of mineral ions alters the angles of water's lattice, warping and bending the water molecules organization to accommodate the strong ionic charge. Such slight shifts in geometry can alter water's physical properties, such as melting and boiling temperatures, and chemical reactivity.

As we will soon see, this is similar to chelation, in which minerals are complexed with biochemical molecules (eg. sugars or amino acids). Minerals provide strong electromagnetic charge to hold organic molecules in tight, stable association. However, in Trace-Lyte™, the minerals are complexed with water molecules. This also boosts water's capacity to conduct electric current.

Similarly, semi-conductors are made into modern solid state electronics. A transistor begins as the purest possible silicon crystal. To this perfect array of atoms is added carefully controlled, trace amounts—parts per million—of other elements. This contamination of pure silicon creates irregularities in the crystal lattice structure, and alters its electrical characteristics.

In Trace-Lyte™, minerals in the water form orderly arrays with adjacent water molecules to create subtle, fluid "liquid crystals."

Flow-er of Life

LIKE LIFE, WATER IS IN CONSTANT MOTION. In Nature, water is always moving—carrying energy and moved by forces. In biology, water's chief value is its ability to hold and transmit subtle energy. Water waves, runs and rains. Living water is moving water; stagnant water is dead—like a stinking swamp or rotting cadaver.

Water's intimate sensitivity to energy is exploited in modern technologies. Microwave ovens work because radio frequency energy pumps spin into electrons orbiting water molecules, exciting them, heating them, thus cooking the food. Doctors use ultrasound to peer into our body's complex fluids. Hospitals use magnetic resonance imaging (mri) to detect hydrogen's spin flip, and thus reveal the body's inner tissues.

The bipolar geometry of water is not only electric, but magnetic. The outer electrons of the hydrogen-oxygen bonds are in orbital spin, and a moving charge generates a magnetic field. So this tiny dipole also has a minute magnetic field around it. This makes each water dipole a tiny magnet, and makes water very sensitive to magnetic fields. Especially when it has minute amounts of trace elements added to it.

So, when water whirls, its tiny dipole magnets tumble around each other. If the movements of water molecules are random and disorderly, water's overall energy is neutral. But in certain circumstances—such as in a cell or your bloodstream—water's dipoles align in arrays to flow in forms which swirl in shapes. Then, like spinning magnets in a generator, water generates an electromagnetic force. In fact, moving water has a detectable, if miniscule, energy field—especially if it contains the proper percent of metal ions.

So, Dr. Olarsch's last step to create Trace-Lyte™ is to whirl his secret solution in a vortex to fix the electromagnetic charge of the minerals into a liquid crystal state.

Spin Doctor

In certain situations, water's energy of motion is captured by the molecules as increased electron spin. Water's swirling kinetic energy is absorbed and entrained as resonant atomic energy.

Thus, another form of "fire" is stored in water—kinetic energy of whirling motion. This higher spin energy increases hydrogen-oxygen attractions between adjacent water molecules. This causes water to hold more tightly together.

Details of how this subtle effect occurs is not fully known or understood, although the basic principles are simple. Scientists are engaged in ongoing debates about this "homeopathic" effect. Science has few tools or instruments sensitive enough to measure the subtle energy stored by water as molecular patterns.

One key insight is that charging water alters the angle between the hydrogens in the molecule. The hydrogen-oxygen bond is slightly flexible, and the angle can vary up to 10 degrees. As orbital electron spin increases, the hydrogens draw tighter, closer together and the angle between the hydrogens decreases (see Fig. 5).
Figure 5

This slight shift in geometry increases polarization in a water molecule, and thus strengthens hydrogen-oxygen attractions between adjacent molecules. This increases water's surface tension, and boosts water's capacity to hold ions and particles in suspension. This makes water wetter—makes it stick to other surfaces more effectively.

Another consequence of this is to create more double, triple and other complex water molecules. Water can then form larger, more complex lattice structures, and achieve a more stable internal order. Molecules are less random, more organized.

This boost in polarity and charge makes water more orderly, and order is what life is about. The water inside a cell membrane is as orderly as possible. The seeds of symmetry imparted by ions form larger structures with greater coherence as the patterned geometry of dissolved electrolytes becomes completed and replicated through water's internal structure.

But a more subtle effect is achieved by whirling water. More deeply, water's electronic characteristics are boosted. Increased internal attraction also allows water to contain and retain more structure and order as dynamic vibration. The randomness of water's constant motion is reduced, controlled and restrained, and water acquires a stable, orderly geometry. Water becomes "coherent," much like a laser is coherent light.

In Biodynamic farming, two Steiner preparations are made by dissolving a small amount of substance in a large barrel of water. Then the water is stirred so it swirls in a vortex with a deep, narrow, hollow spin center. This vortex is suddenly stopped and collapsed, then water is stirred in reverse direction. This stirring, stopping and reversing continues for up to an hour.

Farmers who follow this procedure observe that, after several minutes of stirring, the water suddenly seems to "gel," or thicken. The whirling mass of liquid flows more smoothly, coherently, easily. Water has been charged with extra spin. External spin of water molecules is captured as increased electron spin. The magnetic polarity of the water molecules is heightened.

Vortex into Vertex

"In Trace-Lyte™, the bacteria provide most of the charge," explained Jerry, "but spinning the water creates a kinetic energy—the energy of motion, or momentum. This energy creates a special state of charge."

The water is still a freely flowing fluid, yet, like ice, has a stable, orderly molecular structure, but is still not frozen in a rigid, hard solid state. It is a liquid crystal.

"Crystalloid is the actual form the electrolytes are in," said Jerry. "A very, very minute particle structure. It's difficult to describe what occurs in the final stages in the vat. There's not quite the right words for it. More is written on liquid crystals in your watch or laptop computer than their role in water and health."

"I mix mineral powders in water to make rooting solutions for my plant cuttings," I added. "I noticed that a few drops of Trace-Lyte™ in my solutions clarifies the milky solutions, and seems to speed root formation."

"Yes," Jerry said. "Trace-Lyte™ improves water clarity, keeps water fresher and alive, and helps remove noxious chemicals."

The effect is much like a country dance when dancers organize themselves into orderly geometries—lines for a Virginia reel, or Western squares. The band plays a rhythmic round of simple melody while the caller directs dancers. Individuals whirl, circle, spin, do-see-do, and sashay—all in orchestrated synchrony with the music. A roomful of bouncing, bobbing, swirling people maintain coherent, harmonic synchrony sustained by the music's rhythm and the caller.

Just so, water molecules in a liquid crystal state move and dance around, yet retain an overall geometry and synchrony in their motions. But unlike humans, water doesn't dance in lines or squares, but in circles spinning spirals into 3-D lattice arrays.

Water in this state is much more orderly than ordinary water. It has a capacity to hold a stable shape, even though individual water molecules dance in, out and about the pattern. Individual water molecules remain in free motion, but their collective movement retains a fixed order.

Living cells prefer this liquid crystal water to pack inside a cell membrane to make protoplasm. In this form, water and minerals pass easily through cell membranes, and soft tissues like mucous membranes and intestinal villi.

"The so-called electrolytes on the market are either a simple ionic salt solution, or colloidal," explained Jerry. "Any good organic chemistry text will tell you that colloidal molecules are too large to pass through the body's soft tissues. They must be crystalloid to absorb well in the human body."

"Especially to pass through a cell membrane," I inserted.

"In the 50's, Dr. Bernard Jensen lived with the Hunzas in Himalayan foothills west of Nepal," Jerry went on, "a people who live long, healthy lives—commonly over 100 years. Men were fathering children at 80. Their water flows down off the high mountains, and it's dissolved minerals spin and whirl to become a 'glacial milk' that has energy to form electrolytes. So the Hunzas, their animals and field crops remain strong and healthy.

"Betty Lee Morales confirmed this in the 60's when she visited the Vilcabamba tribes in the Andes of Peru. Very similar to the Hunzas in health, longevity, fathering children at an old age, etcetera. Betty reported they drank water flowing off the high mountains in Peru, which was whirled in streams carrying mineral dust off the mountain glaciers."

Shocking Tale

"Yes," I agreed. "Minerals dissolved in those waters are spun and charged as they tumble over the mountain rocks. What does this say about modern municipal water, pumped through metal pipes, chlorinated, fluoridated, bleached, and de-ionized?"

"It's dead," Jerry said. "The life has been taken out."

"Wrong chemistry and no energy," I agreed.

TO ORDINARY HUMAN SENSES, Trace-Lyte™ looks and tastes like good, pure water. It is more pleasant than the water that runs out of most of America's faucets.

But there is something more in this clear, sparkling liquid—an added energy that imparts a special, stronger charge. This intangible quality is not only too delicate for our ordinary senses to detect, but beyond the boundaries of language and science to clearly, precisely describe. Even Jerry lacks the words to describe this subtle cellular phenomenon.

What better organism than one that lives in water to detect this unmeasureable, indescribable extra energy? Fish don't have fully evolved kidneys like land animals or mammals. Since they live in intimate contact with water, they don't need a complex, sophisticated organ to excrete their wastes and regulate their internal fluids and electrolytes.

A fat goldfish was sitting motionless in a deep corner of a 20-gallon tank of stale, murky water. I poured a few tablespoons of Trace-Lyte™ in the opposite corner. Immediately, the fish began to dart about, as if from electric shock or fright. After a minute, the fish calmed to become normally placid.

Obviously, adding a tiny amount of Trace-Lyte™ caused a rapid reaction. In the next week, the fish excreted a large amount of feces, as if going through a healing crisis of internal cleansing.

"You put too much in at once," counseled Jerry. "Just a few drops is enough."

Fire and Water

"What surprised me most was how instantly the fish reacted," I emphasized, "like an electric spark had fired the water. No chemical reaction can occur that quickly."

"Exactly," affirmed Jerry. "There is so much charge in Trace-Lyte™, with the trace elements, the bacteria, the spinning and all. It's like an electric charge. It's the electrolytes."

I reminded Jerry that when he was struck by lightning he was standing by his well. As a dowser, I learned that lightning always strikes where there is a vein of water under the ground, often over 100 feet deep. Fire is drawn to water. Similarly, a home's electric system is routinely grounded to water pipes.

The sudden rush of electrons through air and into soil is Nature's most intense ion generator—hotter than the surface of the sun in one fast flash. What really happens to air, water and soil in a lightning flash? We know lightning ionizes oxygen and nitrogen to form ozone and nitrous oxide. But what other effects occur when a sudden super electron flux radically charges and changes the molecules, ions and particles of soil?

Lightning remains an unsolved, unpredictable reality to science, yet is an essential function of Earth's weather, atmosphere and climate, occurring over 1000 times a second. Even in early evolution, life's first complex chemicals—amino acids—are believed to have been sparked by lightning.

Exchanges of electric charge between upper atmosphere and water in the Earth is too frequent, too orderly, too timely, too powerful to be random, freakish, purposeless phenomena. Perhaps a constant communication occurs to maintain the fragile, balanced distribution of charge between earth and sky. This display of fire and water may be the macroworld model of energy exchanges in a cell membrane.

There is much mystery here—ones science has only begun to unravel. We have much yet to learn about the dances of fire and water as light is spun into life.

Federal Charges

Tragically, Earp-Thomas' research discoveries about the healing energies in water and trace elements brought lightning into his own life.

UNDER THE AUSPICES OF PHYSICIANS at a Virginia cancer hospital, in the 1930's Earp-Thomas began using his discoveries to treat cancer patients." Jerry continued his tale. "He had a 60% success rate against cancer—unheard of, then or now. These doctors published their findings, which Earp-Thomas condensed and sent to doctors all over the country.

"Then World War 2 came along, and all work on electrolytes and human nutrition was put aside for the war effort. After the war, Earp-Thomas resumed his research, and began distributing literature on electrolytes and cancer again. In those days there were no health food stores, so Earp-Thomas had to develop his own networks to distribute his literature."

The post-war era saw chemical industry expand into every facet of American life. Routine chemical treatments were pushed on farmers and food processors, farm chemical use rose into millions of tons a year, and consumption of sugar and refined, preserved foods soared. And New Jersey—where Earp-Thomas had his little research farm—was home for huge chemical companies such as Standard Oil, Dupont, Hooker, etc.

In his literature, Earp-Thomas repeated his warning that if minerals—especially trace elements—continued to be refined from foods and farmed from soils, there will be an epidemic of degenerative diseases. He also claimed his nutritional discoveries such as electrolytes, acidophilus and wheat grass could cure cancer and other diseases.

Then, in 1948, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took to Dr. Earp-Thomas to federal District Court in northern New Jersey to force him to stop circulating his electrolyte literature. The FDA charged Earp-Thomas with providing medical advice, while he was not a medical doctor, only a research scientist.

Earp-Thomas, now elderly, fought back and won. The District Court judge decided in his favor—that he could continue to distribute literature on electrolytes, wheat grass, acidophilus, trace elements, and nutritional approaches to health. Fifty years later, Jerry Olarsch recalled vividly and bitterly the event that occurred immediately after the decision was rendered.

As Earp-Thomas emerged from judge's chambers in the huge federal building in downtown Newark, the FDA Deputy Director who led the court fight came out of a side door and met the distinguished scientist in the courthouse hall. Feigning surprise at this encounter, the FDA man smiled, shook hands, and then asked the doctor, "Do you intend to continue sending out literature on electrolytes and cancer?"

Earp-Thomas replied, "Of course. I won in court. Right?"

The FDA man agreed, "Yes, you won. This year. But Dr. Earp-Thomas, if you continue to send this out, you'll have to come back into court with us next year."

Dr. Earp-Thomas look befuddled, saying, "But I won in court."

High Priced Justice

"Yes, but how much did it cost you?"

"About $100,000."

With sly smile, the FDA man said, "Well, Dr. Earp-Thomas, can you afford to spend that next year? And the year after that? And every year?" He didn't wait for an answer, but marched out with his staff.

Jerry recalled that the following winter, the lab burned to the ground in a mysterious fire that destroyed valuable equipment, irreplaceable data and resources. Dr. Earp-Thomas, now an elderly, white-haired man, was broken by this loss, and made no effort to rebuild the lab and revive his research and education from the ashes.

And so, a lifetime of research and wisdom on minerals, trace elements and electrolytes has lain dormant, forgotten, gathering dust. Thus, the career, discoveries, insights, and inventions of a brilliant research scientist were suppressed. The lost legacies of Earp-Thomas survived only as memories and notes of a dedicated lab assistant. The consequences of this loss are measured in today 's public health statistics.

Like Dr. Wilhelm Reich, another visionary pioneer in unorthodox biotechnology, Dr. Earp-Thomas surrendered broken-hearted to the dark, fearful forces haunting America's psyche after two world wars and a depression. The insights and innovations he brought to light remained buried in obscure research papers—forgotten. Decades would pass before Americans began to question their farming and food system, and give serious attention to the role of trace elements and microbes in soil life, plant vigor, and human health.
Resources
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AN IMPECCABLE RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Dr. George Earp-Thomas dedicated his life to unravel the mystery of why his cows were licking dust off roadside gravel. He devoted endless hours to repetitive research trials and meticulous microscopic studies. His investigations were early explorations of discovery into unseen, unknown, unimagined worlds. To achieve this, he had to design his own research methods and build his own instruments.

Earp-Thomas studied soil, microbes, trace elements, and water to reveal their functions and interconnections, and their effects on health. In a Cold War era terrified by "bugs" and "germ warfare," Earp-Thomas found beneficial uses for bacteria. Like other pioneers in biotechnology, he warned of dangers of depleting essential nutrients from our soils and foods. But he was ignored and silenced—remembered only by a handful.

Meanwhile, mainstream science focused narrowly only on life as physical-chemical components. Food was reduced to nutrition chemistry, and medicine developed drug dependence. The relationship between humans and nature was infected by a war mentality where weapons destroy invading enemies—be it bacteria or virus. Nature is not to be trusted, but overcome, overpowered and suppressed by man-made intervention.

Medicine is too busy searching for pharmaceutical drugs for quick cures to pay attention to diet and nutrition, especially the common, simple elements in soil. Yet, even antibiotics—it's great weapon against bacterial infection—was extracted from soil's living, organic humus.

Agriculture has pursued quick-fix, chemical treatments for soil fertility. Bags of soluble fertilizer replaced ancient traditions of compost, crop rotations and powdered rock. Soil itself is reduced to a sterile, chemical medium, devoid of microbial life.

And our social culture—charmed by products that are quick, convenient and cheap—lost its common sense connections to nature, nutrition and soil. The effects of all this is now being visited on present and future generations.
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"I just read that today the #1 killer of children in the U.S. after accidents is cancer," Jerry lamented. "It may even surpass accidents. This is very scary. Look what kids are eating and growing up on today. Kids aren't breast fed. They're given vaccinations. They eat pizza and soda. Soda literally destroys electrolytes in the body. So, it's no wonder by the time kids are five, many have cancer, to say nothing of ADD and other things."

Resurrection

It has been 50 years since Earp-Thomas was crushed by the FDA, and chemical salesman invaded our food and medicine marketplace. The time has come to exhume this forgotten past and reveal its lost lessons to revive its long-suppressed wisdom.

Science is now beginning to fully sense the subtle energies involved in cells, and to measure the electromagnetic reality of biology. Solid state electronics, super-conductors, nuclear magnetic resonance, electron microscopes, SQUIDs, and other new tools are expanding the scales and depths—even dimensions—that science can peer into the mysteries of living organisms. Physical chemistry is no longer sufficient to explain the workings of cell, body or brain.

Today, a new consciousness is awakening in the public, ready to accept the truth that health is founded on nutrition, and rooted in soil. The circle of life begins with the minerals in our soils, and depends on the dance of fire and water. And we must draw our circle wide enough to embrace microbes and bacteria.

We need to heed Earp-Thomas' warning that the loss of trace elements from topsoil, food and water will promote a plague of degenerative diseases. We need to feed a full spectrum of minerals—including essential trace elements—to our topsoils. and wean agriculture off its chemical dependent monoculture. And we must explore trace element electrolytes' medical application to not only treat, but prevent, disease.

Like the scientist from New Zealand, we need to see microbes as allies, not enemies, in the balance of life and health. Science has begun to appreciate the power of bacteria to neutralize toxic, even radioactive, chemicals. We can also harness microbes to create superior foods and medicines, turn our wastes into fertilizer, and turn sickness into health.

If we don't restore the minerals and trace elements to the soils that grow our foods, we'll see a plague of degenerative diseases by the end of the century."

Dr. George Earp-Thomas
medical research scientist, 1948

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Elements
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Dr. Maynard Murray
Sea Energy
in Agriculture

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