Both the Mivita and A to Z Minerals are plant derived, naturally chelated, colloidal trace minerals.
Dr. Lynne B Johnston, Phd. has used and recommended the Mivita Minerals and the A to Z Minerals in his practice for over 40 years. He has recommended the Mivita Minerals for numerous conditions. He recommends taking it internally to build ones immune system, which helps to fight off sickness and disease, colds, flu, infection, and viruses. He recommended it to be used in the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Also in a douche, and enemas. Externally for all kinds of first-aid uses. Cuts, burns, rashes, bites and stings, sprains, and inflammation. Mivita being higher in the minerals that promote healing in these areas as well as the overall body. The A to Z Minerals are high in the minerals that are needed for healthy muscles, hair, nails, skin, nerves, joints and pancreas, as well as building the over all health of the body. Because these minerals target a different area in the body Dr. Johnston has recommended taking both for good health.
What Doctors Say, and Research About Minerals
When we talk about minerals, we are referring to minerals that are in trace amounts in parts per million and are colloidal or in a form available to the body to be transformed and utilized be the digestive system and contain the 28 minerals known to be essential for good health plus those that are suspected of being of importance. We are specifically referring to a single source which contains all of the above referenced trace minerals.
Dr. Edell states, “If you’re going to take minerals, I would rather you take one of those products that contain all of them in the various proportions that they come in naturally... For this simple reason. You cannot take one mineral to any degree of dosage that would not influence another mineral thats in balance with it. The classic example would be things like Zinc. If you take a lot of Zinc, you’re going to depress your Copper level, and you may induce Copper deficiency. Phosphorus, Calcium and Magnesium have strange relationships. I think it is dangerous to take a lot of one mineral.”
The following excerpt is an excellent scientific explanation of the importance of Silicon Dioxide and trace minerals in the diet.
For many years reports have come from various parts of the world extolling the health and longevity of its people. Three of these areas were discussed in the National Geographic Magazine, Volume 143, No. 1, January 1973, on page 93-118. The first in Russia, called Abkhazia, an autonomous republic in the Georgian S.S.R., situated at an elevation of about 4,000 feet in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains. The second is in the Hunza Valley in the Karakoram Range of the Himalaya Mountains, at an elevation of 8,000 feet, a part of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. The third is in Ecuador, at an elevation of 6,000 feet in the Andes Mountains, called Vilcabamba.
These people have been visited and carefully investigated and there is no doubt that there are many of them living to 100 years and older-some to 110 and still working. Evaluations of their diet and their genetic pattern does not show a clear-cut pattern that would indicate the reason for their good health, longevity, and absence of cancer.
Each of these villages have rivers flowing through them that wash minerals from the high mountain ranges surrounding them into the valleys where these people live. This water carries mineral elements dissolved from the rocks and is used to water the crops and flocks, and is also used as drinking water for the community. It is reported by Tobe, Editor of Provoker Magazine, who visited the Hunza Valley, that the water served on the table from the river had a ground-glass appearance, indication its suspended sediment. The Hunzas avoid the crystal clear spring water and drink the water from the river. The same is true of the other two villages. The people live close to the land and consume particles of dirt attached to the vegetables and other food they eat. This, plus the water, gives them an excellent supply of mineral elements from the are, which are fortuitously balanced.
It is from these mineral elements that these people gain their supply of trace elements and iodine, as well as their supply of Vitamin C and lost their high degree of metabolic excellence.
The following is an interesting fact concerning Calcium and its relationship to Silica.
Our present knowledge of the physiology of egg-shell production is contained in the following excerpt taken from Chemistry Volume 43.
Egg shells of the common hen weigh on the average 5 grams, of which 2 grams in Calcium. The represents 80 times the amount of Calcium in the hen’s blood at any moment. Yet hens can lay 5 to 7 eggs per week and continue to do so for days on a Calcium-free diet.
Professor Kervran observed chickens scratch about incessantly for pebbles strewn on the ground. Those pebbles contained Silicate and are a component of Granite. He came to the conclusion the chickens used the Silicon, to which was added a molecule of Carbon to produce Calcium. He noted that an embryo chick walks out of its shell on leg bones hardened with Calcium, but that there is not enough Calcium available to the chick to manufacture this amount of bone from the Calcium in the egg. Here again he showed that the chick uses Silicon, which is stored in the membrane under the shell, to make the Calcium skeleton.
Certain minerals like Selenium are considered anticancer trace elements. Copper and Zinc seem to improve the recovery process for patients suffering from burns or wounds. A more complete list where trace mineral colloidal silicates function follows:
Hydrogen Blood and all cells
Carbon Teeth, connective tissue, skin, hair, nails
Nitrogen Muscles, cartilage, tissue, ligaments, tendons, lean flesh
Oxygen Bones, teeth, skin, red blood cells, circulation
Fluorine Bones, teeth, blood, skin, hair, nails
Sodium Digestive juices, regulates osmotic pressure, water balance, nerves
Magnesium Nerves, muscles, liver and glands, enzymes in carbohydrates
AluminumLungs, kidneys, heart, testicles, pancreas
Silicon Blood, muscles, skin, nerves, nails, hair, tooth enamel, bones
PhosphorusFat metabolism and carbohydrates, nervous tissue, brain
Sulfur Aids digestion and elimination, oxidizing agent in hemoglobin
Chlorine Sustains normal heart activity, acid-base balance
PotassiumAids formation of glycogen from glucose, proteins from peptones
Calcium Normalizes metabolism, blood coagulation, heart action
ManganeseThyrozine formation, utilization of thiamin B1, kidney, heart
Iron hemoglobin, myoglobin, oxidative enzyme, bone, brain, muscle
Cobalt Component of B12, favors normal growth and appetite
Nickel Insulin, pancreas
CopperMetabolism of ascorbic acid, liver, gallbladder, heart
ZincAids healing of wounds, transfer of carbon dioxide from lungs
Molybdenum Conversion of purines to uric acid
SilverUterus, ovaries, thyroid, tonsils
IodineCoincident of thyroxine, which regulates rate of energy exchange
Supplementation of the diet with vitamins and minerals to supply the glands and nervous system with their necessary metabolic agents produces a branch of medicine that is nothing short of magnificent. It supports the patient’s immune reaction and protects him against bacterial as well as viral invasion. It improves that state of health that we call “Resistance to Disease.” While it protects him against acquiring a disease by these agents, it also helps him overcome the devastating results of invasion, if it occurs. The health of all tissues is markedly improved. This is true whether the need of repair is due to infection of whether it is a natural process brought on by trauma or surgery. In surgery, there is less scarring and the scars are soft and pliable. Healing of bone goes on at a remarkable rate and a callous forms looking like a soldered joint.
The most remarkable results are seen in pregnancy. A woman carries this burden with a great sense of ease and pleasure, and delivers a baby without uterine inertia or discomfort. She is not tired not edematous and she regains her strength, energy, and sexual desires quickly after the pregnancy is over.
Dr. Myers states that if all women from the time they were born, were supported with supplementary vitamins and mineral in preparation for pregnancy- the same as we prepare the soil of our gardens with trace elements and organic fertilizer before we plant the seeds- all children would have a better start in intrauterine life. Continuing this therapy during pregnancy and then adding vitamin and mineral supplements, lactobacillus, predigested yeast, and extra Vitamin C to the baby’s formula will produce a generation of “super” children.
In conclusion, Dr. Myers agrees with Irwin Stone, Szent Gyorgyi and Linus Pauling that vitamins are imperative to the life processes but are limited or useless without iodine and trace elements for metabolic excellence. That good health, free of heart disease, stroke and cancer is produced by diet containing adequate and balanced vitamins and mineral- especially minerals.