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Years of Autopsy, Research, and Scholarship
Long before the rest of the scientific community had an inkling that minerals and trace minerals were keys to good health, Dr. Wallach was hypothesizing about and studying their role in preventing and treating diseases in animals and people. He began his research in earnest in the late 1950’s, over two decades before general publication in the scientific literature concerning the effects of vitamins on disease and disease prevention.
No other scientist in the world has devoted more time and has discovered more physiological effects associated with mineral deficiencies than Dr. Joel Wallach. No other scientist or medical practitioner in the world has performed as many autopsies as Dr. Wallach. When he began his research in the late 1950’s, few if any scientists in the world thought of minerals as therapeutic. Those who did understood only a select few, including calcium, magnesium, and lithium, to have disease mitigating properties.
University of Missouri Professor William A. Albrecht was among those who had a profound impact on Wallach’s formative thinking concerning minerals and human health. Albrecht, who died in 1974, was the Chairman of the Department of Soils at the University of Missouri. An agronomist, Albrecht established links between soil quality, nutrients in food, and human health. In particular, he demonstrated that poor nutrient quality in soils and plants (a loss of vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals) led to poor health of livestock and, ultimately, to poor health in humans. He also discovered that colloidal clay particles, including micronutrients, were indispensable to animal diets and health, because of their rich supply of minerals.
Albrecht’s career included emphasis on the loss of minerals brought about by modern agricultural techniques. He discovered that soils were rapidly becoming depleted of nutrients. Failure to rotate crops, compounded by deep plowing, and the removal of brush and natural obstacles, like large rock, contributed to the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s and early 1940’s. During the Dust Bowl, winds blew top soil into drainage, resulting in an increase in pollution to streams and rivers and a loss of arable land across the West and South. Although not the subject of remark at the time, the Dust Bowl also helped deplete the soils of nutrients.