I first heard about atom-sized minerals back in 2006 – also called angstrom, picometer, or nano-sized minerals. As soon as most of us hear the words nano or nanoparticle, we get worried. It sounds so high tech – how can it be safe, or have a proven record of safety?
However, when I looked at the fact that plants naturally absorb and produce atom-size (nanoparticle) minerals, thus indicating that our bodies have been safely absorbing minerals in this form for millenia, that gave me a base of confidence to try atom-size minerals for myself and my family. In fact, here is a fascinating video showing exactly how plants extract and absorb atom-sized minerals from the soil.
I also looked at people/groups who had been consuming atom-sized minerals for years already. A good friend of Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND – veterinarian Terry Wood – had been using atom-sized minerals and nano-sized electrolyte blends with animals and athletes for over 5 years, with no accounts of adverse effects.
Many of the negative reports on nano-sized minerals focused on dermal or respiratory applications – not water-based minerals, ingested orally. Some reports were downright ridiculous with massive amounts of nano iron administered to mice lungs resulting in damage, for example. Yes, perfect, because I normally inhale my iron supplement… not!
The other issue that makes research very difficult is that almost none of the studies define what they mean by “nano-sized”. Are they talking about an artificially-manipulated chemical? Or are they talking about the mineral atom? For example, you cannot make magnesium any smaller than a magnesium atom. If you did, then it would no longer be magnesium!
At that time, in 2007, my daughter was four years old and had two brown, rotted front teeth – entirely my fault as I had transitioned her from breast milk to diluted rice milk, having no idea how high glycemic it was. So after testing atom-sized minerals on myself and my husband for a while, I wondered if they would benefit my kids. To be honest, if we had been able to get raw milk, I probably would not have offered them to the kids, but we did not have any oth