Below is an interview that I did recently with Dr. Chritopher Pick about ionic minerals. Dr. Pick has used ConcenTrace Ionic Trace Mineral Drops for years in his practice with great success and, in this review below, outlines the many health benefits associated with using this supplement.
NOTE: I do have some cautions in this thread about Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops that you can read about in my link on What Is Concentrace?, including a concern about arsenic levels.
NOTE: Dr. Pick can be reached at his blog site Erectile Dysfunction Help Information for further questions.
Q. I don t see a lot of direct studies on ionic minerals. What gave you the idea to try out ionic minerals in the first place?
A. Due to my naturopathic training & subsequent practice it was glaringly obvious that the body requires a rich supply of ionised minerals. Mother Nature provided these in rich fertile soil in times past. American farmers of the past knew how important minerals were for their livestock, this is why * bottom land which is mineral rich commanded a higher price than that of other land. Veterinary practitioners knew of the importance of minerals & if they didn t, farmers would soon replace them. In fact, veterinarians know FAR more about nutrition than medical doctors! For those who may be interested read: Soil Grass & Cancer by Andre Voison.
So, rich fertile soil produced crop full of minerals for us to eat & passed on the nutrients to the body. Today, crop has just 3 minerals added, NPK. These produce high yield & fast growth. We may ask, what happened to the other 60+ minerals we evolved from?
*Bottom land contained / contains the minerals which washed / wash down from the mountains & hills.
Q. I know from talking to you that you used ionic minerals in your practice. Do you recommend pretty much all of your patients to use ionic minerals or do you do nutritional panels first? I m wondering if you think these are appropriate for everyone of all ages and health status?
A. I ALWAYS undertook a health panel. I used a particular nutritional urine screen which looked at over 30 controls, one of which was mineral levels. I undertook over 1000 of these screens on patients. Some years ago I published the research after analyzing over 800 of these screens, which was a mammoth task. Most of the screens show a lack of everything tested for. In the case of minerals 86% of people were deficient!
I think ionic minerals should be used by every man, woman & child on a daily basis. Every patient of mine was prescribed them as a matter of course.
Can you tell us a little bit about what types of conditions and disease that you saw ionic minerals help with? For example, does it tend to help more with immune and auto-immune types of conditions?
You cannot reduce the use of ionic minerals in theses terms. Ionic minerals are an integral part of our life blood . Everything that Mother Nature devised to sustain us is interdependent & of such complexity that it is all but incomprehensible. (I can tell you that the more I learn in this field, the less I really know). The problem is that society has reduced individual substances and disease down to non-logarithmic terms. Take this to cure that, take that to cure this. It does not work for the most part like that. The complexity of the interactions is beyond the scope of all but those who truly endeavour to try & understand.
To go back to the bones of your question, can ionic minerals help with ED. Yes. How? Depends on the individual. Ionic minerals can liquefy toxic, stagnant lymphatic fluid (a source of many diseases). They can help to normalise pH (over acid system is another cause of debilitating disease). They allow cells to communicate correctly (life, good or poor health & death begins & ends at a cellular level). Ionic minerals are required in countless metabolic processes, I could go on & on but I hope that these examples give the idea. So, with all systems at an optimal nutritional value poor blood flow would not be an issue in the majority of cases.
It may be interesting to know that healthy blood plasma contains more or less the same concentration of minerals as seawater.
There's a remarkable history to this. In 1897, French scientist Rene Quinton discovered that human cells could survive in a solution of seawater. In an astounding experiment, Quinton pursued the isotonic connection and actually drained a dog almost entirely of its blood and then gave it a saline transfusion of diluted seawater. Amazingly, records show that the dog apparently suffered no long term ill-effects and lived for five years after the procedure. The study was replicated in France 50 years later with similar results.
Q. Did you see any downright miraculous cures from taking ionic minerals, where the person had a long-standing condition that was largely reversed just by taking ionic minerals? Or is it more just a subtle effect?
A. See last answer.
Q. How much do you think it matters what brand you take? On the forum I had men experimenting with cheaper salts from various manufacturers. What should a man look for in an ionic supplement?
A. I think that it matters. If a company can show that their minerals are ionic & that they contain the requisite amount of minerals & that they have not been chemically interfered with, then all should be well. Normally, as we all know, you get what you pay for.
Q. Is it okay to take a multisupplement when you are taking ionic minerals? Can you get too much of any of these minerals?
A. If you are taking ionic minerals in the correct dose you do not need any other mineral supplements, particularly the non-ionised variety.
Q. Are there side effects or contraindications for taking ionic minerals?
A. In the recommended dose, no, not in my experience. I have not heard any problems being attributed to them in all my years of practice. I have taken them for 25 years; I gave them to my son from six months of age.
I know you are not affiliated with Concentrace (and neither am I). How did you come to recommend their product? What s better about their brand?
A. I examined the processing procedure, I studied the minerals that were present in Concentrace & I had them tested by an independent lab for conductivity. As I have not studied all the other available brands I cannot say that Concentrace is better than all others but I do know that it fulfils my criteria. Liquid ionic minerals are very easily watered down.
Concentrace contains major minerals, trace elements & what are termed rare earths. These are:
Magnesium, Chloride, Potassium, Sulfate, Sodium, Boron, Bromide, Calcium, Carbonate, Silicon, Nitrogen, Selenium, Phosphorus, Iodine, Chromium, Iron, Manganese, Titanium, Rubidium, Cobalt, Copper, Antimony, Molybdenum, Strontium, Zinc, Nickel, Tungsten, Germanium, Scandium, Tin, Lanthanum, Yttrium, Silver, Gallium, Zirconium, Vanadium, Beryllium, Tellurium, Bismuth, Hafnium, Terbium, Europium, Gadolinium, Samarium, Cerium, Cesium, Gold, Dysprosium, Holmium, Lutetium, Erbium, Ytterbium, Neodymium, Praseodymium, Niobium, Tantalum, Thorium, Thallium, Rhenium,
Q. How much did ionic minerals help with relieving deficiencies that showed up on your nutritional testing? I know the amounts in the ionic mineral formulations (for most minerals) are rather small: can they still relieve basic deficiencies that show up in lab results?
A. Yes. It is not about quantity, this is another trap that people fall into. It is about efficacy, about what the body can utilise, about what the body recognises, about what we evolved to use. As an aside: If you take calcium 1000mg as calcium carbonate you will get only 400mg of elemental calcium. The body, IF it has sufficient stomach acid may be able to convert (ionise) around 10% of this. So if you are lucky you will get 40mg of elemental calcium of if you are unlucky none! Ionic calcium (water soluble) bypasses this process and you get what you get. I think that it is important to say that natural minerals carry lifeforce . This is vitally important to the body but I digress.
Q. Do you feel that ionic minerals can help men with some of the common issues that afflict them in middle age and beyond, i.e. prostate health, low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure and so on?
A. Absolutely yes, with a caveat. Very few problems exist in isolation as I have said above. It is a cascade. Individual substances can definitely help, but in the longer term everything has to be examined & addressed for a long & healthy life.
Q. I know you have worked with some elite athletes. Do you recommend that they take additional ionic minerals? What about men who work out heavily with weights.
A. I think that everyone should be taking ionic minerals as I have said. One should go into the gym with a nutritionally correctly prepared body, in this way the maximum effects will be obtained. If one undertakes any form of exercise without being at an optimal nutritional level, more harm than good will result, although this will not be evident. Those undertaking heavy workouts where copious sweating is generated should take additional minerals added to bottled of filtered water (not tap water) and consumed during the training session.
Preaching now: Don t use energy drinks period. Always make sure you get sufficient antioxidants in your diet or supplementation. Exercise produces masses of damaging free radicals. Nothing is as it appears!!