Attention, Behaviour and Minerals
June 19th 2003
Attention, Behaviour and Minerals
by R.H. Anderson, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
One of the greatest mysteries of our current medical community is why there are so
many of our youth and adults without the ability to focus, concentrate and learn skills
the "normal way". One need only read the newspaper to hear stories of special
education facilities in schools incapable of dealing with the number of students that
cannot function in a regular classroom because they cannot sit still, focus on the work,
remember their assignments, etc. The cost of these children to society in education
and as they grow into adults with many of the same problems prompted Associated
Interventions and Counselling, Inc. of Ogden, Utah to explore further.
No one can say for certain why these problems exist in our society and in other
industrialised societies at this time, but there are viable explanations. We do know
that the foods we eat are no longer ripened to maturity on the plant but picked at
immaturity for better handling and shipping. We also know that most foods are grown
in chemically treated soils to enrich growth, weight and fight pests. Residual
chemicals are part of the food we eat. We also know the basic eating habits and styles
of industrialised nations reflect more additives and preservatives and less fresh,
properly prepared diets. It was with this information that Associated Intervention and
Counselling Inc. of Ogden, Utah sought to discover if the use of mineral supplements
could help these children and adults do better and calm down to a level they could
function and learn better.
As part of this exploration a study was set up using a test known as the T.O.V.A.
(Test of Variable Attentiveness) to measure the impulsivity, hyperactivity, reaction
time and variability (ability to stay with the task at hand). A scientifically significant
number of participants (n=34) were found that showed signs of these traits in their
testing. Participants used in this study demonstrated, on this scientifically validated
test, that they possessed the traits of impulsivity, hyperactivity, poor reaction time or
difficulty staying on task. They were administered 10 drops of concentrated minerals
produced by Trace Minerals Research. These minerals were given to them orally in
juice (approximately 8oz). Electron-microscopic studies have shown that such
administration reaches the system within approximately forty-five minutes. Forty-five
minutes after ingesting the minerals they were tested again using the T.O.V.A. The
T.O.V.A. is fully validated to not be able to be learned and create the problem called
test re-test problems. Therefore the results of the second test would clearly show if
there was an effect by the administration of the minerals.
The results were astounding! In approximately eighty per cent of the cases there was
a significant decrease in either impulsivity, hyperactivity, reaction time or variability.
In several cases the original test had revealed the child or adult to show the
measurements typical of a person with problems maintaining attention and forty-five
minutes later they showed results of a person with typical and normal attention. Noone
can say for sure exactly what the minerals did for the participants but the effect
can not be denied. Whether the minerals have the ability to help the nerve impulses
get to the proper parts of the brain and body better, restore communication and
electrical balance in the body or serve another purpose, is not clear at this juncture. It
would appear that at a synaptic level of nerve endings there is a change in the mineral
balance allowing for nerve impulses to cross over and meet with the correct receptor
more often and with greater ease. In many people the nerve impulses appeared to
move through non-conductive space whereas after the minerals the space became
more conductive and the nerve impulses became more efficient. What is clear is that
both the adults and the children assessed reduced their negative characteristics at
significant measures due to the administration of a natural product instead of the use
of potentially dangerous drugs.
Further investigation into this new information found that when used in doses of ten to
twenty-five drops three times a day this calmness and better attention to detail could
be maintained. The participants explained. "I listened better", "I didn't get into trouble
today for the first time!", "Mum and Dad are not yelling as much. It sure is better at
home". It was further discovered that when the drops were used in conjunction with
products called Naturest and Stress-X, also manufactured by Trace Minerals Research,
there was an immediate and dramatic increase in the ability to fall asleep at night,
sleep soundly and peacefully, wake refreshed and calm. When the drops and Naturest
or Stress-X were taken during the day there were reports of better work performance
in both the adults and the adolescents, they reported a greater calmness, less anxiety,
decreased stress and an increase in the ability to follow directions and complete tasks.
Scientifically it is not possible to tell exactly what happened with the administration of
the minerals. It is only clear that something changed. There is a need to have further
research to see if the electrical system of the body was modified and connected better
after administration of the minerals such as in a synaptic change of electrical
conductivity. There is a need to see if the minerals aiding the ability of the body to
get the nutrients it needs increases the natural ability of the body to operate as
designed. There is also need to accept that the results clearly indicate that the
administration of the minerals to people with trouble focusing, being impulsive,
not listening as they should and not functioning as normal made a significant
difference. The reasons now need further exploration. Fortunately, unlike the use of
medications, there is no need to be concerned about side effects or long term damage
to the person when the minerals are used and further research proceeds.
It is important to note that the minerals did not and will not "cure". They are
not designed to cure. The body has the capacity to cure itself in many cases if it
has the materials it needs to do so. It would appear in this study that the body, once
receiving natural ionic minerals, moves towards homeostasis or balance on its own.
The organism cannot work without the correct balance of minerals and other
necessary components and it would appear that in general our current society is not
receiving them nutritionally. The addition of these minerals appear to be making up a
deficiency and in so doing has the possibility, if used wisely, of being of far greater
value to the new generation than we can imagine.
DIRECT FOOD INGREDIENTS LIMITED
Waters Green House, Waters Green, Macclesfield, SK11 6LF
Tel: +44(0)1625 618617 - Fax: +44(0)1625 616432
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