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Sacred Soils
by Joseph Turcotte
Physical Geology
Fall 2007

Sacred Soils


Shilajit: “The Destroyer of Weakness”


The recent discovery by the Western world of a long withheld alchemical secret has, as recently as the last days of the nineteenth century, been revealed.  It is said to have such benefits as increased longevity, improved cognitive ability, reduced allergies, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, and some claim eternal youth.  These are just a few of the properties perhaps spuriously ascribed to this new wonder food.  What is shilajit really though?


The native Himilayan villagers first discovered Shilajit as they noticed large white monkeys migrating into the mountains during the warm summers.  The monkeys would chew on a dark black substance that flowed from the cracks between layers of rock.  The villagers, having seen the monkeys eating this substance, attributed it to their power, longevity and wisdom and began to eat the shilajit.  This is not a very good reason for a modern day person to ingest an unknown substance.  So, let’s go a little further into how we believe it was created from a scientific standpoint.


Many believe before the Himalayas were formed a large fertile forest was in the area where it would soon appear.  The forest grew, decayed, and grew again creating a very fertile soil and forest.  Then, the body of land now known as India separated from the Australian coast, floated across the Tethys Sea at about 9 meters a century, and collided with Asia fifty million years ago.  Through this regional metamorphism the Himalayan Mountains were formed at a rate of 1 centimeter of upward growth per year and much of this vegetation was covered.


Is this substance oil, coal, or tar then?  The answer is no.  Oil, coal, and tar are all “dead” organic remnants of ancient plants.  However, this material is humus that is 60-80% “living” organic mass.  The DNA, RNA, nucleic acids, phytochemicals, biochemicals, antioxidants, free-radical scavengers, super oxide dismutases, nutrients, enzymes, hormones, and amino acids of the previous life forms are still intact (also known as fulvic acids).  If all these forms of life could survive what about viruses?  While the reasons for these life-sustaining nutrients being intact are primarily unknown, some speculate that it is due to fact that the humus was sheltered within the stone away from chemical and mechanical weathering that has allowed for this to occur.  Recently, the outside weathering has reached some of the inner accumulations of this substance allowing it to flow out during hot seasons when the shilajit becomes less viscous.  It is then prepared according to local customs supposedly to make it healthier for humans to ingest.  It is important that the shilajit is properly processed because in it’s natural form it contains mycotoxins, fungal toxins, viruses, and free radicals.  Sadly, I could not find any of the information on the native preparation processes to be able to tell you if they are healthy or not.


Shilajit: Is It Ozokerite?


One substance that resembles this that is commonly used in industry is ozokerite.  Ozokerite is commonly called mineral pitch or mineral wax and is mined in Utah, Galicia, Boryslaw, and some have mentioned Alaska.  Ozokerite originated in much the same way as mineral veins.  The evaporation and oxidation results in the deposit of its paraffin in the fissures and crevices in which the oil once was.  Is this substance any different from shilajit?  No, it isn’t very much different in it’s initially observed properties.  It is usually 85-87% carbon and therefore contains more organic mass than the shilajit.  However, there is nothing to show that it contains any of the same physical benefits.  It does have some benefits in candle making as it has a much higher melting point (58-100 degrees celcius) than petroleum wax (47-64 degrees celcius).  There appear to be many people pointing to the fact that shilajit and ozokerite are the same thing, which may be true if the ozokerite has the exact same biological constituents as shilajit.  However, it is impossible to categorize all ozokerite as being identical to the shilajit that is developed and mined in a different portion of the world.  If anybody is planning on taking shilajit buy it from a trustworthy source that you have researched.  You really don’t want to get prehistoric candle wax by mistake.


ORMEs: The Philosopher’s Stone?


            David Hudson discovered something very peculiar about monatomic elements in the late 70’s.  He noticed that the transition group of elements lose the properties characteristically assigned to the description of a metal, interact in two dimensions, change their proton and neutron configurations, are perfect superconductors, and seem to defy many of the traditional laws of physics.  He called these monatomic elements orbitally rearranged monatomic elements (or ORMEs for short).  Since their discovery many people have been ascribing spiritual attributes to these confusing and unidentifiable elements.  It is believed that this substance is present in volcanic soils at levels up to 6%, the ocean, and even our brains.  Let’s take a closer look at some of their properties and then what people are currently claiming about them/ using them for.


            When a transitional metal element has a low cluster size it cannot be called truly metallic.  Different elements require different critical cluster sizes, which determine their metal characteristics and behavior.  For rhodium it takes five atoms and for iridium it takes nine atoms to gain metal behavior.  In these clusters the elements interact in three dimensions.  On the other hand monatomic elements act in only two dimensions.  Monatomic elements react in two dimensions in the fact that they have a strong repulsive force when close to each other and a strong attractive force at a distance.  It takes a lot of force to push these atoms together again to form a metal.


            Because these single atoms have what scientists call a superdeformed nucleus they will change the number of protons and neutrons.  The nucleons also adjust their position in the nucleus, such that the ratio of their length to width becomes two to one, which allows for them to stay stable even in high spin states.  Only ten electron volts are needed to cause a superdeformed nucleus to break apart.  It takes one million volts to knock a proton out of a normal nucleus.  Without the use of linear accelerators, nuclear level gamma emission can be induced to emit from monatomic elements with just a D.C. arc.


            These elements are also what are called perfect superconductors or Type 1 superconductors.  Electrical conduction requires contact in order to transmit energy but also has a certain amount of resistance.   Superconductors have no resistance and no loss of energy.  ORMEs are superconductive at room temperature due to Cooper Pairing.  The electrons become uniquely paired so that they are not annihilated.  They become photons (which is a measurement of light) of one frequency.


            So what are people doing with this stuff anyhow?  Well for the most part they seem to be ingesting it.  There are probably some people also doing legitimate scientific research with it, but that is not what comes up when you do a search on the Internet.  People claim that it leads to enlightenment, produces light speed transmission of information within the brain, cures diseases etc.  There has not been enough information for the F.D.A. to conclude that it has any health benefits at all, but apparently it also has no harm due to the fact the these single atoms have no chemical properties.  One of the reasons for all the fuss is that small atoms of gold bond with D.N.A.  Some believe that this bonding repairs the D.N.A. to its original state.  Nevertheless, if a gold plated antenna looks good on a car chances are it looks pretty snazzy in the human body too.  People are calling ORMEs mana (which means what is it), the philosopher’s stone (which was said in ancient alchemy texts to be able to turn lead to gold and enlighten those who ingested it), white powder gold, alchemical elixir, mfkzt (Egyptian), and all sorts of fanciful names that go into no real depth on what it really is.  The Mesopotamians called it shem-an-na or the bread of life. The truth is that nobody really knows what it is because in it’s current state it is unassailable.  The plain fact is if your expecting to achieve some state of enlightenment from this stuff, don’t expect a lot (you will influence the results through the placebo effect), but it can’t hurt either.


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