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Health Conditions and Mineral Solutions

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Alphabetical listing of health conditions and suggested minerals:

Conditions: A – G

Definition: An abscess is a localized collection of pus in any part of the body, caused by an infection.

Suggested MineralImmune Support

Definition: Indigestion is a vague feeling of abdominal discomfort -- possibly including a feeling of fullness, belching, bloating, and nausea. Indigestion is rarely a serious health problem, unless it is accompanied by other symptoms. Indigestion is a common problem. It may be triggered by eating particular foods or drinking wine or carbonated drinks. It may also be caused by eating too fast or overeating. Some people may find that spicy foods, high-fiber foods, fatty foods, or too much caffeine can all aggravate this problem. Symptoms may be worsened by anxiety and depression.

Suggested Mineral: Silica

Definition: Acne is a skin condition characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red pimples or "zits." The condition occurs when tiny holes on the surface of the skin, called pores, become clogged. Each pore is an opening to a canal called a follicle, which contains a hair and an oil gland. Normally, the oil glands help keep the skin lubricated and help remove old skin cells.

When glands produce too much oil, the pores can become blocked, accumulating dirt, debris, and bacteria. The blockage is called a plug or comedone. The top of the plug may be white (whitehead) or dark (blackhead). If it ruptures, the material inside, including oil and bacteria, can spread to the surrounding area and cause an inflammatory reaction. If the inflammation is deep in your skin, the pimples may enlarge to form firm, painful cysts. Acne commonly appears on the face and shoulders, but may also occur on the trunk, arms, legs, and buttocks. Acne is most common in teenagers, but it can happen at an age, even as an infant. Three out of four teenagers have acne to some extent, probably caused by hormonal changes that stimulate oil production. It may persist into a person's 30's and 40's.

Suggested Minerals: Chromium, Selenium, Silica, Sulfur and Zinc

Definition: Adrenal glands are triangular-shaped glands located on top of the kidneys. They produce hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, steroids, cortisol, and cortisone, and chemicals such as adrenalin (epinephrine), norepinephrine, and dopamine. When the glands produce more or less hormones than required by the body, disease conditions may occur.

Suggested Mineral: Magnesium

Definition: Severe chest pain due to lack of blood supply hence lack of oxygen to the heart muscle.

Suggested Minerals: Magnesium, Potassium

Definition: Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by refusal to maintain a minimally accepted body weight, intense fear of weight gain, and distorted body image.

Suggested Mineral: Zinc

Definition: An arrhythmia is any disorder of heart rate or rhythm.

NOTE: Some types of arrhythmias may be life-threatening if not promptly and adequately treated.

Suggested Minerals: Potassium and Magnesium

Definition: Hardening of the arteries; Plaque buildup - arteries

Suggested Minerals: Silica

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease causing deterioration of the joint cartilage (the softer parts of bones, which cushion their connections to each other) and the formation of new bone (bone spurs) at the margins of the joints.

Suggested Minerals: Joint Support, Magnesium (for post menopausal osteoporosis), Silica

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory disease that primarily affects the joints and surrounding tissues, but can also affect other organ systems.

Suggested Minerals: Multiple Mineral, Joint Support, Sulfur, Copper, Zinc

See also (PDF file):  The Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Silica Link 
Studies document that arthritis afflicts more than 10% of the American population, with more than 50% of seniors, age 65 and older, suffering from joint pain.

Alternative names: Bronchial asthma; Exercise induced asthma - bronchial

Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways, characterized by periodic attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

Asthma is a disease in which inflammation of the airways causes airflow into and out of the lungs to be restricted. When an asthma attack occurs, the muscles of the bronchial tree become tight and the lining of the air passages swells, reducing airflow and producing the characteristic wheezing sound. Mucus production is increased. Most people with asthma have periodic wheezing attacks separated by symptom-free periods.

In sensitive individuals, asthma symptoms can be triggered by inhaled allergens (allergy triggers), such as pet dander, dust mites, cockroach allergens, molds, or pollens. Asthma symptoms can also be triggered by respiratory infections, exercise, cold air, tobacco smoke and other pollutants, stress, food, or drug allergies. Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) provoke asthma in some patients.

Suggested Minerals: Immune Support

This condition is often referred to as ‘smelly shoe’ syndrome and relates to constant offensive body odor even with good hygiene practices.

Suggested Mineral: Zinc

Alternative names: Infection - hair follicle; Hair follicle infection; Boils

A furuncle is an infection of a hair follicle. A furuncle (boil) is a skin infection involving an entire hair follicle and the adjacent subcutaneous tissue. Furuncles are very common. They are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, which are normally found on the skin surface. Damage to the hair follicle allows these bacteria to enter deeper into the tissues of the follicle and the subcutaneous tissue. Furuncles may occur in the hair follicles anywhere on the body, but they are most common on the face, neck, armpit, buttocks, and thighs. Furuncles are generally caused by Staphylococcus aureus, but they may be caused by other bacteria or fungi. They may begin as a tender, red, subcutaneous nodule but ultimately become fluctuant (feel like a water-filled balloon). A furuncle may drain spontaneously, producing pus. More often the patient or someone else opens the furuncle. Furuncles can be single or multiple. Some people have recurrent bouts with abscesses and little success at preventing them.

Suggested Mineral: Silica

Alternative names: Bone - broken; Fracture; Stress fracture

If more pressure is put on a bone than it can stand, it will split or break. A break of any size is called a fracture. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open fracture (compound fracture). A stress fracture is a hairline crack in the bone that develops because of repeated or prolonged forces against the bone. It is hard to tell a dislocated bone from a broken bone. However, both are emergency situations.

Symptoms

      A visibly out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint

 

      Swelling, bruising, or bleeding

 

      Intense pain

 

      Numbness and tingling

 

      Broken skin with bone protruding

 

    Limited mobility or inability to move a limb.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Bone Support, Joint Support

Alternative names: Osteophytes

In spite of their name, bone spurs are smooth, bony growths that form over a long period of time. They are a growth of normal bone that tends to occur as we age. The spurs themselves are not painful. Their effect on nearby structures such as nerves and the spinal cord can be. Bone spurs are often associated with osteoarthritis. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage of an affected joint is worn down and eventually you may have bone rubbing on bone, resulting in pain and inflammation. Your body may try to repair this damage by growing new bone (bone spurs) along the existing bone. This produces prominent lumps, usually on the hands, feet or spine.

Suggested Minerals: Silica

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the main air passages to the lungs. Bronchitis may be sudden (acute) and short-lived, or chronic, meaning that it lasts a long time and often recurs. To be classified as chronic, you must have a cough with mucus most days of the month for three months out of the year.

Acute bronchitis generally follows a viral respiratory infection. Initially, it affects your nose, sinuses, and throat and then spreads to the large bronchial airway passages. Sometimes, you may get what is called a secondary bacterial infection. This means that bacteria infect the airways, in addition to the virus. The already inflamed area is one in which bacteria like to grow.

People at risk for acute bronchitis include:

Elderly, infants, and young children
Smokers
People with heart or lung disease Chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition of excessive mucus with a productive cough.
Chronic bronchitis, like emphysema, is also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As these lung conditions progress over time, you become increasingly short of breath, have difficulty walking or exerting yourself physically, and may need oxygen on a regular basis.

Suggested Minerals: Immune Support

Bruising results from the rupturing of fragile capillaries under the skin. The capillaries often become more fragile than normal when the Bruising results from the rupturing of fragile capillaries under the skin. The capillaries often become more fragile than normal when the body is depleted of vital nutrients. Certain pharmaceutical medications that deplete the body of vitamin C and Zinc can exacerbate this situation. Toxins, heavy metals and smoking cigarettes also may be indicated in bruising.

Suggest Minerals: Zinc and Silicae body is depleted of vital nutrients. Certain pharmaceutical medications that deplete the body of vitamin C and Zinc can exacerbate this situation. Toxins, heavy metals and smoking cigarettes also may be indicated in bruising.

Suggest Minerals: Zinc and Silica

Bulimia is an illness defined by food binges, or recurrent episodes of significant overeating, that are accompanied by a sense of loss of control. The affected person then uses various methods -- such as vomiting or laxative abuse -- to prevent weight gain. Many, but not all, people with bulimia may also suffer from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder involving severe, chronic weight loss that proceeds to starvation.

Suggested Mineral: Zinc

Silica is beyond a doubt the best topical and internal supplement for burns that do not require immediate professional and medical attention. Because of the ability of Silica to promote collagen production and strengthen all soft tissue, burns will heal at an accelerated rate when silica is applied topically to the burn area. Pain and resultant scarring is diminished with ongoing application until the area is healed. Simultaneous internal use is recommended as well. If there is danger of infection Immune support is also indicated.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Immune Support

Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that lies between a tendon and skin, or between a tendon and bone. The condition may be acute or chronic. Bursae are fluid-filled cavities near joints where tendons or muscles pass over bony projections. They assist movement and reduce friction between moving parts. Bursitis can be caused by chronic overuse, trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or infection. Sometimes the cause cannot be determined. Bursitis commonly occurs in the shoulder, knee (washmaid's knee), elbow, and hip. Other areas that may be affected include the Achilles tendon and the foot. Chronic inflammation can occur with repeated injuries or attacks of bursitis.

Symptoms

  • Joint pain and tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth over the affected joint.

Suggested Minerals: Joint Support

Many factors lay the unhealthy groundwork for candidiasis. These factors include stress, poor diet, a suppressed or compromised immune system, toxicity and the extended use of anti-biotics, alcohol, steroids and birth control pills. Each of these factors can produce an imbalance of microorganisms in the intestinal tract by killing the “good bacteria” and leaving an overabundance of “bad’ candida cells.

Suggested Homeopathic Remedy: AquaFlora Candida High Potency 9

Cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscle or a change in heart muscle structure. It is often associated with inadequate heart pumping or other heart function abnormalities. Cardiomyopathy can be caused by viral infections; heart attacks; alcoholism; long-term, severe high blood pressure; or for other reasons not yet known.

Symptoms:

  • shortness of breath
  • decreasing ability to tolerate physical exertion
  • chest pain - also known as "angina," consists of a feeling of sharp, unrelenting pressure the middle of the chest (more common in ischemic cardiomyopathy)
  • fainting - especially after activity; temporary and brief loss of consciousness
  • light-headedness - especially after activity
  • dizziness
  • palpitations - the sensation of feeling the heart beat
  • high blood pressure
  • Additional symptoms that may occur.

Suggested Minerals: Potassium and Magnesium

Carpal tunnel syndrome is compression of the median nerve at the wrist, which may result in numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle atrophy in the hand and fingers. Causes, incidence, and risk factors.Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, such as typing. When the wrist is poorly positioned, there isn't enough space for the median nerve to travel to the hand.

Suggested Minerals: Sulfur, Silica

The common cold generally involves a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. You may also have a sore throat, cough, headache, or other symptoms. Over 200 viruses can cause a cold.

Suggested Minerals: Immune Support, Zinc, Selenium

Constipation refers to infrequent or hard stools, or difficulty passing stools. Constipation may involve pain during the passage of a bowel movement, inability to pass a bowel movement after straining or pushing for more than 10 minutes, or no bowel movements after more than 3 days. Infants who are still exclusively breastfed may go 7 days without a stool.

Suggested Minerals: Magnesium, Silica

Diabetes is a life-long disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. It can be caused by too little insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar), resistance to insulin, or both. People with diabetes have high blood glucose. This is because their pancreas does not make enough insulin or their muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond to insulin normally, or both.

Suggested Minerals: Chromium, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc

Ruling out blunt trauma to the face that impairs olfactory nerves, the deficiency of zinc can cause impairment of these senses within a range of mild to complete loss of ability to distinguish subtle differences in taste and smell.

Suggested Mineral: Zinc

Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet, and legs is called peripheral edema. Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly in older people. It may affect both legs and may include the calves or even the thighs. Because of the effect of gravity, swelling is particularly noticeable in these locations.

NOTE: Swollen legs MAY be a sign of heart failure, kidney failure, or liver failure.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Potassium, Mangesium

Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by widespread pain in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Some other problems commonly linked to fibromyalgia include fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety. Fibromyalgia can develop on its own, or secondary to other musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus.

Suggested Minerals: Silica

Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by widespread pain in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Some other problems commonly linked to fibromyalgia include fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety. Fibromyalgia can develop on its own, or secondary to other musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus.

Suggested Minerals: Silica

Gallstones are formed within the gallbladder, an organ that stores bile excreted from the liver. Bile is a solution of water, salts, lecithin, cholesterol, and other substances. If the concentration of these components changes, they may precipitate from solution and form gallstones.

Suggested Minerals: Manganese, Selenium

Gastritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach and can occur suddenly (acute gastritis) or gradually (chronic gastritis). There are many causes of gastritis. The most common are:

Suggested Minerals: Silica

Gastrointestinal problems such as GERD, acid indigestion, ulcers, and acid reflux, are all issues related to a compromised gastrointestinal mucus membrane. Normally, most of these issues are isolated to the stomach or esophagus, but they can progress further down the digestive tract into the small and large intestine. A compromised mucus membrane in the stomach allows stomach acid access to the stomach lining. This can creates symptoms from light heartburn to stomach ulcers. Acid reflux and GERD are descriptions of the reflex reaction of the stomach wall to stomach acids. When acid penetrates the mucus layer, the stomach musculature recoil causing the stomach to contract and this forces food and acids back up the esophagus, even as far as the mouth. The tissues of the esophagus and mouth are not designed to deal with acid and consequently we experience great discomfort. Supplementing with Silica and secondarily Sulfur begins the repair process almost immediately. Effects can sometimes be felt immediately upon taking at least 375mg of liquid silica. Sometimes it will take several doses in rapid succession (5 minutes apart) to obtain relief. Daily supplementation will most assuredly resolve this nutrient deficiency over time. Issues related to the small and large intestine can also benefit from supplementation with Silica.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Sulfur, Joint Support

Gingivitis is a disorder involving inflammation of the gums (gingiva). Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is when inflammation and infection destroy the tissues that support the teeth, including the gingiva (gums), the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets (alveolar bone). Gingivitis is caused by the long-term effects of plaque deposits.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Zinc

 

Conditions: H – Z

Hair loss can result from stress, poor thyroid function, fungus, topical irritants, toxins, pollutants and radiation. The condition can be precipitated by ongoing emotional or physical stress and hormone dysfunction and often these factors are interrelated. Silica is a mineral highly recommended to strengthen the hair and prevent breakage by increasing collagen production. Silica also reinforces keratin production, a natural protein required for healthy hair and nails. There are other trace minerals that could be lacking, but a hair mineral evaluation is the best insurance for accuracy in treating an ongoing problem with hair loss.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Copper

Side effects of excessive alcohol consumption until the body detoxifies.

Suggested Minerals: Magnesium, Multiple Mineral

Triangular splits of skin around the fingernails that are nothing more than dead skin. The skin in that area, which does not contain a good supply of oil to begin with, simply dries out. Anyone who comes in contact with a lot paper, or who has their hands in water a lot will be prone to hangnails.

Suggested Minerals: Silica

Allergic rhinitis is a collection of symptoms, predominantly in the nose and eyes, caused by airborne particles of dust, dander, or plant pollens in people who are allergic to these substances. When these symptoms are caused by pollen, the allergic rhinitis is commonly known as "hay fever." Allergies are caused by an oversensitive immune system, leading to a misdirected immune response.

Suggested Minerals: Immune support

A burning discomfort that is generally felt in the chest just behind the breastbone. The burning sensation results when harsh stomach juices come in contact with and irritate the delicate lining of the esophagus. (Also known as acid indigestion or pyrosis.)

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Calcium, Zinc

An inflammatory disease of the skin or mucous membrane marked by eruption of a cluster of vesicles. There are dietary supplements that play a key role in controlling herpes as they support immune function. They include: Vitamins A, E, C, B-6, B-12, and the minerals selenium and zinc.

Suggested Minerals: Selenium, Zinc, Immune Support

Usually a 50’s and 60’s syndrome with self descriptive symptoms.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Multiple Mineral

A common form of cardiovascular disease caused by a decrease in elasticity of the arteries.

Suggested Minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Silica

A general slowing down of the thyroid in its production of T4 and T3 hormones for energy production. Usual cause is heavy metal toxicity-especially mercury from amalgam fillings.

Suggested Minerals: Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, Silica, Sulfur

Injury, disease and immobility can contribute to joint pain. Strong, flexible and pain free joints require exercise and a healthy alkaline diet as well as healthy balanced tissue levels of Silica and Sulfur. These two important mineral catalysts are necessary for tissue repair and pain abatement. Silica facilitates healthy tissue integrity and Sulfur diminishes inflammation, and works in conjunction with silica to promote the healing process.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Sulfur, Bone Support

Calcium deposits in kidneys.

Suggested Minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Silica

That time in a women’s life when the ovaries stop producing eggs as well as essential hormones, especially estrogen.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Multiple Minerals

The breakdown of toxic metals from “silver’ fillings that are placed in oral cavities can cause a variety of physical and emotional health issues such as gastrointestinal problems, sleep disturbances, concentration problems, memory disturbances, lack of initiative, restlessness, numbness of arms and legs, bleeding gums, burning tongue, metallic taste, leg pain, arm pain, headaches, Alzheimer’s Disease, Impaired immunity, hair loss, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, spontaneous nose bleeds and many other serious illnesses.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Sulfur, Iodine, Selenium

Degradation of myelin sheath covering nerve tissue in the brain and spinal cord.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Calcium, Iodine, Magnesium, Selenium

Painful involuntary contraction of muscle often occurring in leg muscle.

Suggested Minerals: Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium

A feeling of exhaustion and lack of muscle energy.

Suggested Minerals: Multiple Mineral, Sodium, Potassium

Bone softening (may be caused by excessive aluminum or cadmium).

Suggested Minerals: Bone Support, Silica, Multiple Mineral

Beginning stages of osteoporosis.

Suggested Minerals: Bone Support, Silica, Multiple Minerals

(Porous bone) degradation of bone strength and flexibility.

Suggested Minerals: Bone Support, Silica, Multiple Minerals

This encompasses a range of teeth and gum issues from gingivitis to pyorrhea. Once the gums become inflamed and tender with bleeding upon brushing, the situation advances if not treated. The results can cause halitosis from blood and pus from the gums, loosening of the teeth and erosion of the jawbones. Good oral health is essential as is a proper mineral intake. Silica held in the mouth for a minute or so after brushing with a soft brush, will greatly accelerate healing.

Suggested Mineral: Silica

Plaque induced inflammatory lesions of the periodontal tissue (around teeth) attacking periodontal membrane, gum and/or alveolar bone.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Sulfur, Magnesium, Silver, Zinc

Inflammation of the pleura (lining) surrounding the lungs and inner surface of the chest wall.

Suggested Minerals: Sulfur, Zinc

An inflammatory condition of the lungs characterized by an inflammation causing abnormal filling of the alveoli (air sacs) with fluid and exudates.

Suggested Minerals: Immune Support, Zinc

Symptoms generally occurring up to 2 week before onset of menses that are characterized by hormonal imbalances that precipitate symptoms such as cramps, irritability, fatigue, depression and water retention.

Suggested Mineral: Magnesium

Psoriasis is a common skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming thick silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful. At times it accompanies rheumatoid arthritis and symptoms can be mild to severe.

Suggested Minerals: Sulfur, Silica

Bacterial or viral infection attacking either upper or lower respiratory tract.

Suggested Minerals: Immune Support, Zinc, Copper

Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Wittmaack-Ekbom's syndrome, is a condition that is characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's body sometimes to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. It most commonly affects the legs, but can also affect the arms or torso and even phantom limbs. Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief. RLS causes a sensation in the legs or arms that can most closely be compared to a burning, itching, or tickling sensation in the muscles. Some controversy surrounds the marketing of drug treatments for RLS. It is a 'spectrum' disease with some people experiencing a minor annoyance and others experiencing major issues.

Suggested Minerals: Magnesium

Softening and weakening of bones in children with a potential for fractures and deformity resulting from severe vitamin D deficiency.

Suggested Minerals: Bone Support, Multiple Mineral, Silica

Sinusitis refers to an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the paranasal sinuses. It often follows a common cold, influenza, or an allergic response. Fungus is also thought to be a culprit in constant post nasal drip and sinusitis. Bacteria proliferate in the nasal cavities and pressure builds causing headaches and excess mucous. This can also be accompanied by a fever if the infection progresses. Mucous forming foods such as dairy and/or wheat are best avoided. Supplement with the minerals magnesium for headache and immune support to reduce infection and inflammation. Immune support is also helpful during allergy season by strengthening the immune response to allergens.

Suggested Minerals: Immune Support, Magnesium, Probiotics (Flora Balance)

A painful inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the elbow caused by strain or repetitive action.

Suggested Minerals: Joint Support

Symptoms fluctuate from low energy and weight gain (hypo) to extreme increase in energy often with agitation and weight loss (hyper). This condition is often associated with heavy metal toxicity that impairs normal thyroid gland function.

See research on Iodine in our research section.

Suggested Minerals: Silica, Sulfur, Iodine, Selenium

A spasmodic muscular movement or contraction.

Suggested Minerals: Magnesium

Sensation of buzzing or ringing in the ears. Principal cause can be irritated nerve endings.

Suggested Minerals: Zinc, Manganese

Inflammation of the tonsils (a necessary component of the lymph system).

Suggested Minerals: Immune Support

 

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