Nutrients necessary for optimum health, why they are missing and how to get them.

Nutrients necessary for optimum health, why they are missing and how to get them.

Is malnutrition causing our health problems?

Scientists have shown that many diseases and conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and M.E. have their basis in nutrient deficiency, and bio-chemical imbalances.
In simple terms, these health problems occur because the body is not receiving the nutrients it needs in order to function properly.
When we supply the body with the necessary nutrients it can correct / repair itself. That IS one of its normal functions.

Optimum health

We all know that a Rolls Royce engine will not operate properly on 2 star fuel and cheap oil.
In the same way, the human body will not function properly on a poor quality diet and the western diet IS a poor quality diet, being devoid of many essential nutrients and full of junk / non-food items and chemical additives.
In the midst of plenty, we are suffering from malnutrition..!

The dangers of this poor quality diet are multiplied by the toxicity from man-made chemicals to which we are subjected on a daily basis.
In 1940 chemical production was – 1 billion lbs annually
By 1988 chemical production had risen to – 600 billion lbs. annually.
Production is still rising.

Our exposure is mainly from:-
A. Prescription drugs.
B. Unknowing exposure at home and at work. ~~~~~~~~~ (Dr. Epstein)

Varying degrees of chemical exposure have now been implicated in:-
ADD / ADHD, Parkinson’s, ME, cancer, autism, motor neuron disease, infertility…

It is now known that good nutrition is vital to detoxify man-made chemicals within the human body.

This raises several questions.
**What essential nutrients are even “good” foods deficient in and why?
**Why are they essential nutrients?
**What can we do to help ourselves?

What Essential Nutrients are we Lacking?

Nutrients which are classed as “Essential” are those nutrients which the body cannot manufacture and therefore must be consumed every day.
They are :-

  • all minerals
  • certain vitamins, especially vitamin C.
  • certain fatty acids

Vegetables and fruit lack MINERALS because, over time and more recently due to modern farming methods, the land has become exhausted.

 The results of a world-wide survey on the mineral content of soils were reported to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio.

Essential Nutrients

Mineral Depletion By Continent 1992

By continent, mineral depletion over the previous hundred years was as follows:-
85% – North America
76% – South America
76% – Asia
74% – Africa
72% – Europe
55% – Australia

This confirmed what Senate Document 264 had said in 1936 about the soil in the States.


The 1991 edition of “The Consumption of Foods” by the Royal Society of Chemistry and MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food — now called DEFRA) reported this staggering reduction in mineral content in our vegetables compared with the 1940s findings. Here are just four examples:-

      68% less copper
      48% less calcium
      26% less iron
      25% less magnesium.
          In 1991, to get the same amount of iron that was in ONE apple in 1940, we should have to eat THREE apples!
          They also reported that they were “concerned for the health of the UK population” and one solution “is supplementation…..with a well balanced, naturally derived, readily assimilated, liquid food supplement.”

Scary, isn’t it?


Are vitamins really in this food?

The majority of us have to buy our fruit and vegetables from a shop rather than picking them and eating them straight away. This is one reason that they lack VITAMINS.

Cooking destroys vitamins (and enzymes) – the hotter and the longer, the more is destroyed – that’s why eating them raw is best.

Another reason is that fruit is often picked before it is ripe.
The supermarkets actually make it a selling point, as if it’s desirable, -”Ripen at Home!”
The problem is that it’s the plant itself which uses the sunlight to make vitamins – to ripen the fruit – once picked, the fruit doesn’t “ripen”, it just softens.
It looks good and tastes ok but it is nutrient deficient.




Many people lack the ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS EPA and DHA (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexanoic acid) which are made from omega 3. Even if they eat sufficient fish or seeds, if they are older, or do not have the right nutrients present, their bodies cannot perform the steps necessary to produce the EPA or DHA.

A pregnant woman needs extra EFAs (omegas 3 and 6) to make the baby’s brain and nervous system. Apparently, if she doesn’t take in sufficient EFAs, the baby takes what it can anyway and her brain physically shrinks — hence, “Baby Blues” — pregnancy and post-natal depression.!
Isn’t nature wonderful? Let’s keep the species surviving and produce the best possible new generation.




Of the twenty-five AMINO ACIDS, eight are essential. Most of the other seventeen can be made from them.
These eight are essential because the body cannot function without them, although others are semi-essential under certain conditions.
Unfortunately, we do not always consume the right kind, or right quality of protein, to acquire them.

The twenty-five AMINO ACIDS — different forms of protein — are the building blocks of the body.
They are vital for the growth and repair of body tissue.
They are also used to make hormones, enzymes, anti-bodies (immune system) and neuro-transmitters (help in depression), and help transport substances around the body.


Some reasons why these nutrients are vital

Minerals keep the body’s internal acid / alkaline balance.

Minerals are the co-factors of vitamins – without a vitamin’s own mineral co-factor, the body can’t use the vitamin.

Minerals are also the co-factors of enzymes.

Some minerals are anti-oxidants.

Macro Minerals. (Needed in gram quantities). ~~ a few examples.

  • Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus — to make bone
  • Calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium –electrical properties for nerve impulses and muscle function.

Trace Minerals. (Needed in mcg or less quantities). ~~ a few examples.

  • Zinc — fertility, healthy prostate, memory
  • Iron — part of the E molecule in haemoglobin — carries oxygen
  • Iodine — thyroid function
  • Copper — needed to utilise iodine
  • Selinium — protection against cancer
  • Chromium and Vanadium — protects against diabetes
  • Boron — facilitates bone metabolism.

As you can see, minerals do not work in isolation. They work together and therefore it is vital that they are present in the body in the correct proportions.




Vitamins are co-factors of enzymes.

Some vitamins are anti-oxidants.

Here are some other jobs some of the vitamins do:-


  • Vitamin C — an anti-oxidant, protects tissues and fluids in the body, ensures flexibility and strength of cell, vein and artery walls, necessary for a healthy sperm count and sperm mobility, helps immune cells to mature………..
  • Vitamin E — an anti-oxidant, protects tissues and fluids in the body, a powerful anti-cancer agent (especially when teamed with the mineral selenium), healthy heart muscle, prevents blood clots, improves wound healing and fertility……….
  • Vitamin K — controls blood clotting.
  • Vitamin A — an anti-oxidant and immune system booster, essential for night vision……
  • Vitamin B1 — energy production, digestion, brain function……
  • Vitamin B3 — helps balance blood sugar, lowers cholesterol levels…..
  • Vitamin B12 — needed for making use of protein, for making DNA….

Again, as you can see, vitamins work together with each other, as well as with minerals, so it is important that they are all present and in the necessary amounts.

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDSESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS   EFAs do lots and lots of jobs, too many to mention here, so I’ll just say :-

  • If we want healthy, happy, intelligent, well-behaved children & adults,
  • With no heart or circulatory problems,
  • A fantastic memory,
  • Lots of energy,
  • The right height & weight,
  • Beautiful soft skin & hair,
  • Bright eyes

we need to take the essential fatty acids of the Omega3 and 6 Families.

What can we do to help ourselves?

Mineral Solutions

The first thing I did was to take a liquid mineral and vitamin supplement.
Then I was introduced to a nutrition expert who has a doctorate in bio-chemistry. As a result of that, I changed my diet and way of eating to the one I wrote about in The connection between diet and health.

I buy organic food whenever I can, because it’s not contaminated with chemicals,research shows that it is more nutritious because the bacteria in the soil which help plants take up minerals aren’t killed off and it tastes better. (I’ll give you more info. about the benefits of organic food another time).

One supplement I took, and still do take, is a liquid mineral and vitamin supplement called Mineral Solutions. ~~~~~~ This is “My Magic Bottle”.
The ingredients are all natural — no synthetic ones — and it is what they call “bio-available”.  I discovered that this big word means that as soon as you put some in your mouth, it starts to be absorbed through the tongue and lining of the mouth.
Very useful when someone is too ill to eat.!
I know this because a friend of mine had radiation treatment after the removal of a salivary gland. She felt really ill and couldn’t eat.  She kept putting a few drops at a time onto her tongue and after a few days felt much better and was eating food again.

Another friend had a blood clot on her lungs and was rushed into Intensive Care. I saw her four days later when she was moved onto a Ward. She had had nothing to eat and just couldn’t eat the food they offered.

She had asked me to bring some of my Mineral Solutions so I took that and some Noni Juice.  She had 15 ml Mineral Solutions and 30 ml Noni straight away. She took the same before going to sleep; in the morning; at lunch time and at teatime. She felt much better and was able to eat some fruit at teatime.

Twenty-four hours had elapsed between my visits and the change in her was dramatic. She had been white, limp, eyes dull and now she had her colour back, no longer limp and a sparkle back in her eyes. I had my friend back. This is no exaggeration– I really had been afraid she was going to die.

I’ve had two operations. I doubled up the amounts for two weeks before the operations and took them to hospital with me. On both occasions, I sailed through the operation with no problems and was home in record time.

How does all this happen?  Simple! They give the body nutrients it can use.

MODERE MINERAL SOLUTION (1)Mineral Solutions contains the full range of plant sourced macro minerals and trace minerals (including rare earths) that we need, 

major vitamins,

really powerful anti-oxidants from concentrated fruit extracts,

twelve amino acids (includes the 8 Essential ones),

something to feed the good bacteria in our gut,

in fact, more than 90 nutrients that we need every day.
The only ones not there are EFAs.

(We have Classic Mineral Solutions without the fruit extracts which is suitable for people with diabetes.  Both are vegan-friendly.)

I won’t bore you with any more details but, as you can see, I am enamoured with this supplement. I have been taking it now since February 2000. I take 15 ml twice a day and intend to continue doing so because it works for me.

To find out if my “Magic Bottle” works for You,  try it yourself.

This is nourishment, not a drug, so be prepared to take it for 3 months before deciding what benefits you are having. I suggest 15 ml twice a day for 14 days , then once a day before breakfast.

Omega 3  DHA, EPA& vitamin E





This is the Omega 3 Supplement I take.

I take 1 with breakfast and 1 with lunch so that I get boosts of energy during the day.


Purchase 2 bottles of Mineral Solutions and an Omega 3  and receive a £10 discount.

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In the summer of 2015 the UK Government finally acted upon the 1991 Report by MAFF and re-classified our Mineral Solutions as FOOD.

As a result it is even better value because it is now VAT free!



RECORDED  —— A Free webinar which will answer many questions about Protozymes the Advanced Pro-Biotics, explain how they work  and the benefits that can be achieved.

RECORDED —— A Free webinar which will answer many questions about Protozymes the Advanced Pro-Biotics, explain how they work and the benefits that can be achieved.

toxic gutThere have been more than 177 sets of research done on how the bacteria in our gut affect our health and it has been shown that it is imperative that we have the right strains of bacteria populating our gut.
Research has confirmed that Hippocrates, 2500 years ago was correct when he stated that “All disease begins in the Gut”.
In other words, without a healthy gut, we cannot be well!
The webinar was recorded.

If you would like to view it, please contact me to arrange a mutually convenient time. You will need to use Skype to share my screen.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 Thank you.





Where to begin?

I believe in giving people information so they can make an educated choice as to whether they accept my suggestions or not.


Osteoporosis (brittle bones) occurs when the body fails to make new bone cells to replace dying ones. download (e.g. In a healthy body we get new long bones approximately every 7 years, vertebrae every 3 years.)

 To do this, the body needs:-

 magnesium, zinc, boron, selenium, phosphorus, molybdenum, calcium, vitamins C and D3 with K2, and natural progesterone. — synthetic  progestogen is no use.


(Natural progesterone activates osteoblasts to build new bone and it increases bone density 4 times better than oestrogen. Osteoclasts scour out old crystalline bone. Oestrogen simply slows down the osteoclasts which slows the loss of old bone — which is dry and brittle. It’s better than losing it—survival mode!!)


We Have A Problem With Minerals.

  1. Minerals are vital nutrients because as well as doing their own job they are co-factors for other nutrients– like a key that enables the body to access them and use them. So ….a shortage of minerals means that even though needed nutrients are present, the body may not be able to use them.


  1. One vital job minerals do is to neutralise acid ash formed when acid-forming foods are digested i.e. proteins, carbohydrates. When there is a shortage of minerals  the body takes them from the bones.


  1. Our natural mineral suppliers are plants and when they take minerals from the soil, the molecular structure is changed. (That’s why mineral supplements which are simply ground-up rock, such as calcium carbonate, are not much use to us.)


  1. Plants are short of minerals today because the soils have been farmed for too many years and pesticides kill the micro-organisms in the soil which assist plants to absorb minerals:-

1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro

WHO data


In the UK, research published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1991 on the mineral content in 7 common vegetables available to UK citizens showed average losses :-


 1978  to 1991                      1940  to  1991                                                                

39% less sodium                  49%                            

16% less potassium             16%

14% less phosphorus

33% less magnesium           24%

40% less calcium                 46%

72% less copper                   76%

59% less zinc

                                                 27% less iron

3 apples/oranges were needed to supply the same iron content as 1 apple/orange in 1940!


They found similar losses in the 17 fruits and 10 items of meat tested.


They were concerned about the effects on the health of UK citizens because the report also says:-


“The significant loss of these essential trace minerals……………………….highlights the difficulties in achieving a fully adequate diet with currently available foods…………………………………..



Result = acid bodies.

Osteoporosis is a metabolic disorder.

There are 2 kinds of disease – infectious and metabolic.

Metabolic is where the body fails to function as it should (reasons later) because it has become acidic.

It should be 7.3 slightly alkaline and when it isn’t, different symptoms such as osteoporosis, diabetes, vascular problems, arthritis, nervous breakdowns etc. appear.  (Different ones in different people.)


So on a simplistic level, the answer is to re-alkalise the body.


This means we need minerals –macro, micro, trace elements and Rare Earths.

As I already said, they are vital nutrients because as well as doing their own job they are co-factors for other nutrients– like a key that enables the body to access them and use them.


There’s an article  – Metabolic Disorders Vs. Optimum Health – here if you want to read it.


with a link to other health info if you wish..   ********see below


When we understand the basic premise of acidic bodies and metabolic disorders, we can start to tackle whatever problem we’ve got.

The causes are actually a lot of “Straws” and you know that the final one breaks the camel’s back!

Main causes are:-


 Lack of nutrients in food available to us today. (Even when we eat a diet of real food.)


Poor Digestion.  

Gut clogged up with mucoid plaque and occupied by pathogenic bacteria and fungi, plus parasites.



  Harmful and questionable chemicals in toiletries etc. Whilst we sleep, the liver’s energy which should be doing its real job of removing toxins made by the body during its natural processes, is diverted to deal with these chemicals instead.


Un-managed stress.    

  Self-explanatory.  Need yoga, tai chi, Tapping — anything which brings relaxation and a quiet mind.


********     For more detailed info, I have a number of Articles on health, nutrition etc on this website.


I also have audio recordings of health professionals talking or being interviewed about various health issues in “Downloads”      



 Some important points to note.

Smoking and alcohol adversely affect bone health.

Fizzy drinks actually remove phosphorus.

Sodium Fluoride makes bones dense and brittle. (Dental Fluorosis only appears long after damage has occurred to the bones)

High blood pressure tablets and only 3 months of steroids rob the body of minerals.

Weight-bearing exercise keeps bones strong.




Suggestions if you Have Osteoporosis.


By now you’ll have gathered that my health philosophy is Holistic.

The body is not like a car where we can deal with a problem in isolation, it’s actually comprised of inter-dependent parts which work in synergy.


1. Clean up

*I’m reliably informed that when you stop absorbing harmful chemicals every day, in about 6 months the body has got rid of them .Modere Collection

So free-up the liver to do its proper job by avoiding processed “food” and switching to non-toxic products. Modere provides the full range.


*Clean out the digestive tract because mucoid plaque prevents absorption of nutrients and harbours pathogens and parasites.

Populate with  probiotics.

Modere provides what’s needed.


2. Food

* Eat real food, organic where possible (it’s clean and contains more nutrients – chemicals kill off the microbes in the soil which help plants absorb minerals etc.)

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*Eat 80% green veg and fruit (raw as much as possible), 5% protein, 15% root vegetables and some grains.


*For vitamin D eat egg yolk, liver and saltwater fish, (tinned fish which still have bones are useful too).  We need sunlight too to make Vitamin D (spectacles prevent the eyes from fully absorbing sunlight.)


*Avoid red meat and dairy.  – very acid forming, full of anti-biotics etc., plus the calcium is not the right kind for humans and is difficult to absorb.


We need an alkaline body. (Recent research shows that cancer occurs when the mitochondria are acidic instead of being alkaline.)


 3. Supplement the Diet.

* We need to supplement minerals, vitamins and progesterone.

download (4)  has progesterone cream formulated to Dr. John Lee’s standard.  (I see that they have a free book on Osteoporosis.  (I have a recording of Dr. Lee’s Talk on a CD — Contact me and ask for one).


Magnesium Citrate.  375 mg per day 

 Vitamin C.

images (15)Phillip Day has an excellent vitamin C Complex in powder form. It needs to be drunk throughout the day because the body doesn’t store Vit. C.



Vitamin D3 and K2


The other minerals are in Mineral Solutions from Modere.MODERE MINERAL SOLUTION (1)

It’s a liquid, absorbable as soon as it hits the inside of your mouth.  Take 15 ml twice a day or even 3 times.  (15ml is a maintainance amount.)

Modere also have Green Qi – concentrated “greens” spirulina, wheatgrass etc which alkalise the body.



4. Weight-bearing exercise.

—A brisk daily walk — 20 minutes?

—Tai Chi.  These are some of the Qigong exercises I do.


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27th December 2014.  CancerActive Newsletter.

27th December 2014. CancerActive Newsletter.

I wish a Happy, Healthy New Year to you All.

I hope you all had a Happy Christmas/Holiday surrounded by Family and Friends.

I believe we are here for a Reason …. in fact, several Reasons ……… that there are things we are meant to do.

I’m a natural educator and my working life was spent helping to give teenagers the knowledge and life skills they would need in order to step out into the adult world and I’m still here, now providing information and sources of information to help people to help themselves to good health.

Until I read this letter, I didn’t know that Chris had narrowly escaped death from the Tsunami ten years ago!

It would seem that he is needed…………. to continue his work with his charity Cancer Active.

To receive Cancer Active Newsletters, click on the website link (at the end) and sign up for them.

I hope you found his report on research into Epigenetics useful. (His October Newsletter which I posted on 2nd October.)

May I remind you that, as a Modere Customer, you can “build your own microclimate” as Chris suggests, by changing your brand of toiletries etc to effective, non-toxic toiletries and effective nutritional supplements from Modere.

Join here

December 24th 2014
Happy Christmas – and a resolution for 2015

J Backhouse,

Ten years ago, my daughter Catherine had just died and I needed a break, having spent ten weeks in a hospice in London, sleeping every night in a chair by her bed. Min and I went to Phuket. Every morning I ran on the beach at Karon Bay. For Christmas day I wanted to do something different – we decided to rent a boat and go snorkling at Koh Phi Phi. In the end Min had a cold so we moved the booking to Boxing Day, at 7.30 am.The night before Min was still suffering, so at 10 pm we cancelled the booking with the poor speed boat driver. Little did we know, this was to save his and our lives. For some reason I didn’t wake at 6 am. And I didn’t run on Karon beach either. We went downstairs instead at about 8.25, when water was flooding the hotel lobby. Sadly, 200,000 people died that day. A tragedy of epic proportions. But still less than die every year from cancer in the UK. Billions have now been spent on early warning systems to prevent death from Tsunamis in South East Asia. They learned a lesson. Billions are not spent on cancer prevention. No lesson is learned.

Cancer is a bigger tragedy – the illness and its consequences just as preventable. It is desperately sad that big business rules the actions of too many people professing to help people beat cancer. When we set up CANCERactive our ultimate goal was to make ourselves un-needed. If everybody understood how to prevent cancer today, then there would be no necessity for cancer charities. But, to this day, of the UK major charities only CANCERactive talks about environmental toxins and stress being causes of cancer, not just YOUR own lifestyle excesses. From the outset we told people to build their own microclimate – so why not use 2015 to do this; for yourself, and those you love around you. And if you want another New Year’s resolution, help SPREAD THE WORD – Cancer is preventable, and reversible, today.

Happy Christmas and a Healthier New Year


The science of epigenetics has shown that 4 factors cause blockages of crucial messages around your DNA leading to chronic illnesses like cancer. Environmental toxins, stress, poor diet and hormones like oestrogen. Scientists working for drug companies and independently, have shown THESE CHANGES ARE REVERSIBLE.THESE CHANGES ARE PREVENTABLE, TOO. We have been telling you since 2004. We have the biggest cancer prevention section of any UK charity; we held Britain’s only ever major Cancer Prevention Conference right opposite the House of Commons, we designed a programme for schools (that the Government liked, but their funding refused); and we have downloadable prevention leaflets on site for you to use. Make 2015 the year you spread the word – CANCER IS PREVENTABLE; CANCER IS REVERSIBLE. TODAY.

Empowering you to make more informed personal health choices.
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