My background is as a geologist and I worked for several years in the
Mineral exploration field looking for gold, uranium, copper, cobalt,
lead and zinc. 20 years ago I retrained as a chiropractor and became
totally sold on its philosophy and practice.
However, I soon recognised
that a person’s bio-mechanical health is very often compromised
by faulty bio-chemistry. I found myself exploring the world of dietary
exclusion and guidance, together with supplementation, in particular
mineral supplementation. (1)
Prior to 2000 the vast majority of nutritional practitioners and the
more aware public repeated, like a mantra, that the ‘foods that
we eat today are not as nutritious as they were in the past’.
However, no hard science really backed that statement up. I therefore
undertook some research comparing the official MAFF statistics for
the mineral contents of foods in 1940 with those in 1991. The figures,
which supported similar work undertaken by Paul Bergner in the USA
(2), clearly showed a deterioration in the mineral content of our food
- in particular the trace elements.
Reduction in Average Mineral Content of Food - 1940-1991
Fruit reduced by:
Vegetables. reduced by:
Meat Reduced by:
(The full details of the research
are to be found on my website - www.mineralresourcesint.co.uk)
Chiropractic philosophy states that ‘there is an innate awareness
of every innate need’. In other words the intelligence that runs
the human body - those life processes over which we have no conscious
control - is constantly adapting, compensating and adjusting to our
ever changing environment in order to keep us alive and if possible,
symptom free. That’s its job. If this is not possible to achieve
then its only recourse is to ‘speak to us’ by expressing
itself as a symptom.
However, due to our own unique genetic make up
the same environmental challenge (a food intolerance, mineral deficiency,
exposure to a toxic substance etc) may affect one person very differently
from another. Today we certainly have a number of environmental challenges
that were not there just a few generations ago. The quality of every
essential component that enables us to function at an optimum level
has been compromised: the sunlight, the air, our water and our food.
Below are two case histories, one of an elderly lady, Joan, one
of a young child, Emma-jane, both of whose systems seem to have been
seriously deficient in one or several of the minerals and trace elements
that are present in ConcenTrace®, the supplement which both of
them have been taking. [For details of ConcenTrace see (1)]. Once their
bodies were provided with these vital nutrients, previously compromised
chemical pathways were able to function correctly and their symptoms
were either eased or completely resolved. This seems to be the only
explanation for the dramatic changes that have taken place in both
their conditions since the addition of ConcenTrace® to their diets,
as this is the only change that has been made in their treatment.
Joan’s circumstances it is reasonable to hypothesise that her
mineral deficiencies had become more marked - and their results more
evident - over a number of years. In Emma-jane’s case, I would
suggest that for a variety of reasons, she was born deficient in certain
minerals, a situation only made worse by her extremely restricted infant
And does that sound so preposterous ? Historically we know that sailors
were ‘cured’ of scurvy by eating limes and that, once this
cause and effect situation was understood, they were prevented from
developing scurvy by being given rations of limes during their voyage.
For Emma-jane and Joan their improvement is no more ‘miraculous’ than
that of the lime eating sailors. I am very happy to have assisted,
by the introduction of a simple mineral supplement, in such a change
in both their lives. I am only sad that the minerals and trace elements
that they found in ConcenTrace® are not, as they should be, an
integral part of our food chain.
Joan is a 77 year-old woman who, at the age of 76, had resigned herself to a life in a wheelchair. For six months she had had regular pain injections to help alleviate her osteo-arthritic type pain and discomfort until her doctor told her that it would be dangerous to have any more.
Her daughter suggested that she try Concentrace. Within eight weeks she was pain free and able to walk her dogs and dig her garden.
Emma-jane had a long and protracted birth. Her mother’s membranes
ruptured ten days before she was finally induced. Even then she needed
an epidural and a forceps delivery. Emma-jane was blue when born and
did not breathe for ‘what seemed like ages’. Three days
later she was back in hospital with dehydration and a high bilirubin
count; ten days after that with blood in her nappy.
She was kept in
hospital for two weeks when she was diagnosed with Hirschprungs disease
(lack of nerve endings in the bowel) and allergic colitis to dairy
and soya. She was also diagnosed as allergic to her mother’s
milk although in reality she was probably reacting to the soya her
mother was drinking.
At four months she was living on baby rice with water and juice as
she wouldn’t take any of the formulas provided by the hospital.
She was in continual pain and rarely slept.
By 10 months she had been referred to Great Ormond Street. This was
after three months of bladder and bowel investigations at the Princess
Margaret Hospital in Manchester which finally showed that her large
intestine was blocked solid. She also had a massive umbilical hernia.
Great Ormond Street confirmed the allergies to eggs, dairy, soya
and gluten. Her bowel problems got no better while her general health
In July 2001, when she was 4 1/2, Emma-jane had a colonoscopy which
was almost impossible to conduct because of the amount of debris
around the bowel. The doctor who was conducting it noticed that she
dimples at the base of the spine suggesting Spina bifida occulta.
An MRI scan did not confirm this diagnosis but did show neuro-muscular
At this stage Emma-jane had daily abdominal pains and continual bone
pain both at the top of her spine and in her shins. These would wake
her at nights and would sometimes be so bad as to make her cry. Her
legs were short and not in proportion with her body. She could not
stand for more than a minute and her balance was so bad that she
often fell down the stairs. (Her condition was bad enough for the
Services to provide a Major buggy for her to get about and a stair
rail to help her get up and down stairs without falling.)
She had no feeling of fullness in her bladder so needed to ‘leak’ before
she realised she needed to urinate. She needed continual stool softening
and laxative medication to move her bowels at all. Her nails were paper
thin, flakey and spoon shaped (a classic sign of nutrient deficiency);
she had very rough and itchy skin (diagnosed as irritated eczema) and
a lot of spontaneous bruising. She tired very easily and when tired
would go completely grey. By the time she was 5, Great Ormond Street
had diagnosed ME.
Late in 2001 Emma-jane’s grandmother, Pat Cullup, a long time
subscriber to Foods Matter, who suffers from ME and various food
sensitivities, heard about ConcenTrace®. She thought it might
help her as she was concerned that her own restricted diet might
leave her short
of certain vital nutrients. After a few weeks she did feel some benefit
so suggested to her daughter than she should give some to Emma-jane.
(Emma-jane had not previously taken any nutritional supplementation.)
Emma-jane started to take the ConcenTrace® drops (1 drop per 6
lbs body weight) early this year. Its effect was both immediate and
dramatic - on the morning after taking her first dose she told her
mother that she was ‘better’.
During the course of this year she has continued to take her ConcenTrace® and
continued to improve. Although she does still get bone and abdominal
pains, these are occasional and relatively mild instead of everyday
and quite bad. Her legs have grown and strengthened and her balance
has improved to the point that she is now attending dancing class everyday
(see picture) and is hoping to compete in a national dancing competition
next year. She has more awareness in her bladder and although she still
suffers from constipation it is manageable with stool softeners and
the occasional suppository. Her nails are now strong, the irritated
eczema has disappeared and she has no more bruising.
Her new energy is not limitless and she does still sometimes overdo
it. When she does she goes completely grey, is totally wiped out
for a day and will have the return of her bone pains for a couple
David Thomas practices in Sussex. You can find him on 01342
For ConcenTrace/Trace minerals call 01342 824684 or check www.mineralresourcesint.co.uk
First published in 2002
Click here for more articles
Click here for LINKS to manufacturers of nutrition and food supplements.
Top of page