Trace elements and Neuropsychological problems as reflected in Tissue Mineral Analysis (TMA) Patterns

Excerpts from the conference of “Research Strategies for Assessing the Behavioral Effects of Food and Nutrients” appeared in Science in 1982. The paper stated, “The effects are subtle, but a number of scientists are finding that people do react to the food they eat.” In 1983 Wurtman stated in Lancet, “most drugs that modify normal and abnormal behaviors do so by changing the amounts of particular neurotransmitters present within the brain synapses or by influencing the interactions between transmitter molecules and their post synaptic receptors. If a food constituent can be shown to cause similar changes in the release or actions of one of these neurotransmitters, there is every reason to expect that the nutrient will also be able to influence behaviour.”1 To further quote Dr Wurtman. “there is no longer any real controversy over whether nutrients can affect behavior.”

Dr Wutman began studying the effects of food on brain biochemistry over ten years ago. His work focused mainly on amino acids as the precursors to neurotransmitters. However; vitamins and especially minerals are also known to affect brain function. Approximately twenty years prior to Dr Wurtman’s reports, Dr Hoffer, Dr Osmond and co workers were pioneering the biochemical basis of mental illness. Their work has led to an effective nutritional treatment of serious mental disorders – a treatment that is continually expanding in its application.

Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury are found ubiquitously in our environment: therefore, exposure is not uncommon. Excessive body burdens of heavy metals are known to contribute to emotional changes and neurological impairment. Studies have shown that emotional status of an individual can affect the absorption and excretion of minerals .2 Trace minerals have been shown to influence hormones at several levels of action, similarly, hormones have been shown to affect trace mineral metabolism, including excretion and transport.

Since it is well known that psychic factors can trigger an increase in mineral excretion and/or absorption, it is reasonable to assume that chronic emotional stress may be reflected in TMA patterns. Thus far TMA research has found significant findings on mineral and heavy metal relationships. 34

1 Wurtman RJ,Behaviouraleffects of nutrients – Lancet May 1983

2 Hathaway ML: Magnesium in human nutrition USDA Washington 1962

3 Rimland B: Hair mineral analysis and behavior; analysis of 51 studies. J.Learn.Dis May 1983

4 Lester ML: Refined carbohydrate intake, hair cadmium levels and cognitive function in children. Nutr. and Behavior 1:3 1982

H.E.S. Trace Minerals; Trace Mineral: Natural Balance, Perfect Solution


Dr. Alexis Carrel, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1912, states,
“Soil is the basis of all human life and our only hope for a healthy world…. All of life will be either healthy or unhealthy according to the fertility of the soil. Minerals in the soil control the metabolism of cells in plant, animal and man….* Diseases are created chiefly by destroying the harmony reigning among mineral substances present in infinitesimal amounts in air, water and food, but most importantly in the soil.” * Even the American Medical Association recognizes the importance of minerals in our diet. “Variations in the distribution of certain minerals in the environment are known to have an effect on health.”


Keeping minerals in proper balance throughout the body while providing all of them in sufficient quantities needed for optimal health is complex. This is further complicated when using a bullet approach based on the latest research that finds specific deficiencies and then supplements the diet with just that particular nutrient: The complexity of the mineral imbalance problem is apparent. It is apparent that our understanding of the mechanisms of mineral imbalances is fragmentary. New inter-relationships are constantly being discovered. We are presently recognizing and correcting only a small fraction of the mineral imbalance problems plaguing animals and man.

Imbalanced interactions cause many problems when we consistently consume single processed or refined minerals that are out of proportion with the other minerals and trace minerals. This is particularly evident when it comes to the most commonly refined mineral that South Africans take into their diet, sodium chloride (table salt) and it’s effects on hypertension.

Clearly, nutrients function interactively both in the body and in their impact on blood pressure regulation. Whenever the consumption of a single nutrient is significantly altered, an entirely new dietary pattern is created. Nutrients occur in clusters in the diet and may therefore act synergistically to alter physiologic variables such as blood pressure.

These relationships can, however, have an equally profound benefit on human health when minerals are consumed in proper ratios. Certain minerals and trace elements, when found in proper balance, can serve additional non-classical roles such as acting as antioxidants. Minerals and trace elements can also help each other in the process of assimilation and add additional safety buffers for minerals that have the potential of being toxic to human health.

Within the blood stream, lymphatic fluid, cells and extracellular fluid, minerals and trace elements can be found completely dissociated into solution , which can also be called electrolyte or ionic form. In this state, they all have specific positive or negative electrical signatures that cause a dynamic equilibrium to take place. The body can use minor changes in this equilibrium to create proper osmotic pressure and move nutrients to the areas that need them most and create electrical impulses that run the entire nervous system.

This same equilibrium can also be found in the seas around the world where minerals and trace minerals have collected and concentrated in liquid ionic form for millions of years. It is astounding to realize that the dynamic equilibrium that takes place with liquid ionic minerals and trace elements has created the same basic balance in sea water that is found in healthy blood plasma and lymphatic fluid.

Utah’s Great Salt Lake, where Mineral Resources International harvest Low Sodium ConcenTrace® Ionic Trace Mineral Drops, is ten times more concentrated than sea water, and the largest body of concentrated sea water in the world and is particularly rich in certain minerals and trace minerals like magnesium, selenium, lithium, and boron which are vitally important to human health.

“The Great Salt Lake [has] concentrated many of the same minerals found in the sea through geothermal and evaporative processes. These natural sources of the elements can provide a rich source of minerals compatible to human physiological needs.” 1

“Because of it’s high concentration, the dynamic equilibrium has caused the Great Salt Lake to be uniquely low in certain toxic, heavy metals: … The total soluble concentrations of heavy metals in the water are extremely low. The heavy metals in the lake, along with clays, organic materials and carbonates, are precipitating to the sediments and deep brines where anaerobic conditions and sulfide formed by sulfate reducing bacteria immobilize the metals. The lake thus avoids accumulation of heavy metals and is nontoxic and self-cleansing.”

Like Your Body, It Only Lights Up with “Ionic” Trace Minerals
Every second of every day your body relies on ionic minerals and trace minerals to conduct and generate billions of tiny electrical impulses. Without these impulses, not a single muscle, including your heart, would be able to function.

Your brain would not function and the cells would not be able to use osmosis to balance water pressure and absorb nutrients. In fact, “many vital body processes depend on the movement of ions across cell membranes. Recent research indicates that minerals may play a significant role against a variety of degenerative diseases and processes.* They may also prevent and reduce injury from environmental pollutants and enhance the ability to work and learn. They can also protect the body from the effects of toxic minerals.