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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
Celsius) 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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