Minerals: 1936 Congressional Record

You need minerals.
“… 99 percent of the American people are deficient in … minerals, and … a
marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in
1936 Report to the 74th Congress
Portions from 1936 Report on Mineral Depletion
In 1936, the US Senate was presented with the results of a scientific study it
had commissioned on minerals in our food. The nutritional
pioneers and geniuses of nutrition in this era demonstrated that countless human
ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil in America no longer provided
plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health!
What follows are pertinent excerpts from this report.
Senate Document 264
74th Congress, 2nd Session 1936
Excerpts pertaining to Soil Mineral Depletion
“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet
deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our
foods come are brought into proper mineral balance?”
“The alarming fact is that foods – fruits, vegetables and grains
- now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains enough
of certain minerals, are starving us – no matter how much we eat of them!”
“Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs and even the
milk and meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago.
No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with
the mineral salts he requires for perfect health….”
“It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99 percent of the
American people are deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency in
any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease. Any upset of
the balance, any considerable lack of one or another element, however
microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, and shorten our lives.”
“We know that vitamins are complex chemical substances which are indispensable to nutrition, and that each of them is important for the normal function of some special structure of the body. Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency. It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body’s appropriation of minerals, and that in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.”
“It is a disgrace to science.”
Congressional Record 1936