“Every ailment, every sickness, and every disease can be traced back to an organic trace mineral deficiency.” -Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize in Medicine winner

Farmers have known about the benefits of peat humus for a long time. The earliest known documentation of its use on crops is from the 18th century; however, records indicate peat humus was used in the ancient masonry practices of early Egypt, where it was instrumental in increasing the plasticity of clay used to build houses. Today, it is most often used to promote the growth of seedlings without soil and to absorb metals in both plants and livestock. What is organic material?

So what is organic material?

What is organic material? Well, scientifically speaking, it’s anything made of carbon. That’s a little different from what those of us in the natural-foods movement might think of when we ask, “What is organic material?” because to us, the word “organic” is a legal classification for foods that haven’t been messed with by big chem, big agro and big pharma.

Really, though, both meanings come from the same basic question: Is it alive? To scientists, the presence of carbon in things like peat humus means such substances are the remains of living things. For us back-to-basics folks, it means, well, that what we’re putting in our mouths is the remains of an actual living thing – and not some chemical cooked up in a lab.

What is Organic Material?

As for peat humus specifically, it is an incredibly rich source of organic material; simply put, it’s the decomposed plant and animal matter found in soil, and it contains the organic compounds that form the chemical basis for all life: molecules made of carbon. Peat humus is organic material that is highly decomposed. Strain through water and you create an enriching compound called humic acid. What is organic material?

Scientists researching the effectiveness of peat humus on soil conditions and plant nutrition have discovered incredible things. Findings indicate that it increases the water-holding capacity of soil, which in turn, creates more nutritious edible plants. It also helps plants process metal ions and rid themselves of excess metals.

From Peat Humus to Humic Acid

Over many centuries, peat humus has proven to be a useful, transformative substance. Now the health industry is catching on and administering peat humus in the form of humic acid supplements. The most powerful known benefits of humic acid are that it eliminates harmful metals and helps the digestive tract absorb the vitamins in food. Scientists are currently studying humic acid’s ability to bind to positively charged ions in the human body. What is organic material?

In today’s atmosphere of heavy-metal poisoning, our bodies are constantly absorbing toxic metals through food, water, and air. Humic substances derived from peat humus can be an incredible antidote and healing tool. Humic acid has even been shown to deter metals from entering the body altogether.

What is emerging from contemporary scientific research, then, is a promising look at the future of eliminating metals from our bodies using a natural superpower derived from the Earth.

Listen to Dr. Peter Glidden talk about brain chemistry and the importance of trace minerals:

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  • marc

    one thing that comes to my mind: “PARASITES” !!!
    How would anyone know if there was parasites within the Peat ?
    for me, this is a BIG turn-off.
    im sure we can get enough minerals from eating Plants (without needing to eat waste products in the soil).
    some people with extreme mineral deficiencies have been known to eat soil. BUT, these people are in desperation for minerals and this is not for the majority 99.9% of people reading this comment!
    the human body detoxes and does just fine from the minerals and vitamins and enzymes and trace elements from Plants and Fruits.
    ** (except Vitamin B12, which is a problem for BOTH meat eaters and plant eaters alike).