From: Guy R. Schenker, D.C. January, 1998 Dear Doctor, You have seen the drama I call ... "THE TRACE MINERAL TRAGEDY" being played out in homes everywhere. Act One, Scene One opens with the birth of a healthy baby to an apparently healthy mother. But as the scene unfolds we see that Mom will never be the same again. She becomes obese; or some of her hair falls out; or she starts to lose her teeth; or she loses her sex drive; or she begins to suffer from depression. What happened? The mother's trace minerals were depleted as she pumped the last of her reserves into the developing baby during pregnancy. The downward spiral in her physical and mental health which follows is associated with a chain reaction of biochemical and endocrine imbalances which are initiated principally by the loss of trace minerals. In Scene Two we get our first close look at the new baby during its first year of life. Everything seems OK -- baby cries a little more than Mom would like; baby is bothered by a little too many skin rashes; and baby has a snotty nose a little too often. All-in-all we see a "normal" infancy. One scene follows another during the course of childhood development. The child learns to walk, talk, play, and think. We see the child go off to school; and we see the child involved in extracurricular activities. This has been a typical childhood in every way. Though there was the constant suffering with ear infections in the early years, they seemed to let up over time. The chronic allergies were a big problem, but everyone learned to deal with them. The - 2 - child never really did like school that much (although the grades were fine); and the behavioral problems were a continual challenge -- but the family got by. In short, there were no problems that you would not expect to find in any "normal" child. Act Two, Scene One depicts the dramatic onset of puberty. Our "normal" child has transformed into a ("normal") adolescent monster. Meanwhile, Mom is on the verge of either breaking down or dropping out. The tragedy intensifies from here and everyone lives (not atypically) semi-miserably ever after. What happened? At age 3-6 months the child began to exhaust its supply of trace minerals which had been leeched out of mom during gestation. The life-long marginal trace mineral status was compounded by the absence of the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet during the crucial years of body and mind development. You, as a nutrition professional, need be keenly aware of how significant this trace mineral tragedy is. Trace minerals are our greatest nutritional liability. On one hand they are absolutely critical to so many enzyme functions in so many biochemical systems in our bodies -- and on the other, they are the nutrients most difficult to come by in modern diets. Why are there inadequate trace minerals in our foods? Because modern agriculture long ago depleted our soils of trace minerals. Since there are inadequate trace minerals in our soils, it follows that there are inadequate levels in the foods grown on those soils. No matter how particular a person is to eat plenty of fresh vegetables and unrefined grains the battle against trace mineral deficiencies will be lost. THERE ARE NO MORE TRACE MINERALS IN AN ORGANICALLY GROWN CARROT THAN IN A SNICKERS BAR. It is interesting to note that the agricultural industry has long recognized the essentiality of trace minerals, while the human health care establishment has missed the boat entirely. For more than 60 years there has not been a cow or fowl whose feed is not supplemented with trace minerals from the day it is born until the day it is slaughtered. That is why meat, fish, poultry, and eggs are the only source of trace minerals in our diet. These animals (like us) have eaten trace mineral depleted foods, but have been spared the devastating effects of deficiencies with the judicious use of supplementation. - 3 - Can anything be done to turn this trace mineral tragedy into a happy-ever-after story? Yes! HERE YOU COME TO SAVE THE DAY -- WITH MIGHTY MINS! Now you have available to you the best childrens' chewable multiple found anywhere. With Mighty Mins you can begin meeting the trace mineral needs of every child you can get your hands on -- with supplementation beginning as early as age six months. Starting today every child you know should be put on Mighty Mins and continue taking Mighty Mins up until the age they are ready to switch over to Oxygenic B. Mighty Mins is truly an extraordinary supplement. It contains the full compliment of nutritionally essential trace minerals. Included among these is chromium in polynicotinate form for its beneficial effects on blood and brain sugar regulation. You will not find a childrens' supplement anywhere with trace minerals in these quantities and in these perfect proportions. As priceless as they are, these trace minerals are not the only outstanding feature of Mighty Mins. Mighty Mins also gives each child a complete assortment of vitamins and macro minerals in their most bio-available and bio-active forms. Like Oxy B, Mighty Mins offers the B-vitamins in their biologically active co-enzyme form. It also offers ascorbyl palmitate, the fat-soluble form of vitamin C for maximum retention and bio-activity. Mighty Mins also contains the powerful bioflavenoid antioxidants Quercetin and Rutin. If you look closely at the Mighty Mins label you will find that while the vitamins are offered in their most active form, they are present in perhaps smaller quantities than you might expect. This is quite intentional. If we carefully follow the plot of the trace mineral tragedy we find a surprising turn of events -- the devastating consequences of trace mineral depletion are exacerbated by excess vitamin intake. Vitamin C and the B vitamins are the culprits. If you have read your NUTRI-SPEC manual, "An Analytical System of Clinical Nutrition" in any detail you have encountered many instances in which the antagonism between vitamins and trace minerals is described. Vitamin C is particularly harmful. You and your patients must understand that Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) cannot be eliminated via the kidneys without first being combined with a mineral or trace mineral. So, in other words, every molecule of excess vitamin C that is dumped into a person's urine has to carry with it a magnesium or a - 4 - potassium or a zinc or a copper. Vitamin C is particularly antagonistic to the trace mineral copper. In fact, excess vitamin C can be associated with a copper deficiency severe enough to weaken the heart, to elevate cholesterol levels, and to weaken the vasculature such that aneurysms are easily formed in the brain or the aorta. (So much for the idiotic health food industry mentality that promotes taking large doses of Vitamin C because the excess can be "harmlessly" eliminated in the urine.) It has also been clearly demonstrated that enrichment of foods with B vitamins only (using no trace elements) drastically increases the excretion of trace minerals from the body. One study also correlated this vitamin supplementation using no trace minerals with an adverse effect on athletic performance. Now apply this information about vitamin and trace mineral antagonism to the typical child's diet. Think of all the breakfast cereals "enriched" with C and B vitamins. Think of all the bread and other bakery goods "enriched" with B vitamins. Think of all the sugary beverages "enriched" with vitamin C. It is highly unlikely that you know a single child that is suffering from a primary deficiency of C and B vitamins. The truth is, your typical child consumes more than enough vitamins to further deplete their already low trace mineral reserves. Now consider the conscientious mom who wants the very best for her children and who thus supplements their diet with one of the name brand multiple vitamins for children. It is no exaggeration to state that ... GIVING YOUR CHILD A POPULAR MULTIPLE VITAMIN IS WORSE THAN GIVING THEM NOTHING AT ALL. I have referred to these multiples for children as a "Trojan Horse" gaining entrance to their unsuspecting bodies with the promise of health, growth, and strength -- yet actually having an entirely destructive influence. The most nutritionally vulnerable people in the world (with the possible exception of pregnant women) are children. With Mighty Mins you can finally offer a truly enriching supplement to your child patients and to all your adult patients for their children. Think of it -- most children you know are much less physically, mentally, and emotionally than they could be. Furthermore, it is during the years of childhood nutritional deprivation that the seeds are sewn for the chronic diseases of adulthood such as heart disease, arthritis, etc. Wouldn't it be satisfying to know that every child that has been touched by your influence is developing to their qualitative maximum? - 5 - While on the subject of children we should comment on the applicability of NUTRI-SPEC testing to children. To really maximize the potential of all our children we would like to see each child checked for metabolic imbalances at least once every year. Of course, children who are in less than ideal health should be tested immediately, put on the proper NUTRI-SPEC regimen, and monitored with follow-up testing until their imbalances are resolved. The NUTRI-SPEC test procedures for children are identical to the tests you perform on your adult patients. The evaluation of a child's test results using your Quick Reference Guide (QRG) is identical for all five of the fundamental metabolic balances except electrolyte insufficiency. In other words, for QRG evaluation of a child's test results for anaerobic/dysaerobic imbalance, glucogenic/ketogenic imbalance, sympathetic/parasympathetic imbalance, or acid/alkaline imbalance you need not even know that you are dealing with a child. For electrolyte insufficiency, however, you must realize that a normal child's pulse is faster than that of an adult and a normal child's blood pressure is lower than that of an adult. Thus, if you follow the letter of the QRG for electrolyte insufficiency analysis, most children will show an electrolyte insufficiency pattern. So, simply delete electrolyte insufficiency imbalance from your consideration with children. There is an age below which you cannot obtain breath hold time on children; and there is an age below which you cannot obtain orthostatic blood pressure changes nor even a urine sample. In those children you will just recommend Mighty Mins, plus the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet, plus occasionally take an educated guess and offer additional supplements as a clinical trial. Usually with these younger children the supplements you use will be limited to Oxy A+, Oxy D+, Phos Drops, baking soda, electrolytes, and/or amino acids. You would be wise to reach out to as many children as you possibly can with your NUTRI-SPEC testing system. But regardless of whether or not you are going to do extensive testing on children, please do fully utilize Mighty Mins in your practice. Make it known to all your patients that Mighty Mins is available for their children or grandchildren. Post an announcement in your waiting room and at your front desk. The majority of your patients with children are already supplementing them with harmful garbage. Educate them on the contents of this Letter. Photo copy and distribute this Letter if you like. If these people are happily supplementing their children anyway -- they will be delighted to have nutrients of this quality for their childrens' benefit. - 6 - In the chapter in your "Analytical System of Clinical Nutrition" dealing with the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet we close with a comment to the effect that IF, STARTING TODAY, EVERY WOMAN ONE YEAR PRIOR TO CONCEIVING A CHILD WOULD TAKE OXY B AND FOLLOW THE NUTRI-SPEC FUNDAMENTAL DIET, AND CONTINUE THAT PLAN THROUGHOUT PREGNANCY AND LACTATION; AND, IF EVERY PERSON FOLLOWED THOSE DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CHILDHOOD THROUGH ADULTHOOD WHILE SUPPLEMENTING WITH MIGHTY MINS AND THEN OXY B -- IT CAN EASILY BE IMAGINED THAT 90% OF ALL HEALTH PROBLEMS WOULD BE PREVENTED. You have hundreds of children in hundreds of families under your sphere of influence who could be enriched for a life-time by getting them on Mighty Mins today. Sincerely, Guy R. Schenker, D.C. P.S: We almost neglected to answer one very important question that many of you are concerned about -- what did we use to flavor the Mighty Mins? Recognizing that the best combination of nutrients in the world is utterly useless if you can't get the child to swallow it -- we considered very carefully our options for flavoring. We were comitted to using nothing but natural ingredients. The best flavor combination we came up with consists of fruit juice cystals and other natural flavors. There is also a small amount of natural sugar (sorry we goofed up the label on this) -- about as much as you find in a couple of grapes plus a spoonful of corn. We can assure you that when taken after a meal that includes even close to adequate protein and fat this little bit of sugar will be harmless to even your most glucogenic and parasympathetic children. PPS: What do you do when a mother challenges you with, "Why should I pay 14 bucks for Mighty Mins when I can give my children Flintstones vitamins for much less?" Your answer is, "That is a good question, and all you need do to answer it for yourself is compare the labels. You will find that popular childrens chewables contain almost nothing, and what they do contain is worse than nothing." Feel free to print up copies of this Letter or excerpts from this Letter to give to your patients if you think it will be helpful.