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NEWSLETTER 9 - 1 : Mineral Deficiency in the News (Updated November 2002)

Hypothyroidism
Selenium deficiency in Serbia
Lithium deficiency in Serbia
Conclusion

Hypothyroidism

In Newsletter9, we have see that a selenium deficiency can be responsible for symptoms of hypothyroidism to appear in a person.

Thyroid hormone regulates the activity of all cells. Without sufficient thyroid hormone production by the thyroid gland or without sufficient selenium to change T4 into T3, cell and organs--brain included--do not function at optimal rate.

A hypothyroid brain is sluggish.

People with a hypothyroid brain have problems managing their ideas and feelings. Having problems with their own ideas and feelings, they don't want to hear of other people's ideas and feelings and even less of the ideas and feelings that are different from their own.

People with a hypothyroid brain have a strong tendency to become intolerant for other persons with ideas, feelings, habits or behavior differing from their own.

Not only are hypothyroid brains intolerant for others, hypothyroid brains also adhere rigidly to their convictions. The face of a hypothyroid person is inexpressive, closed.

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Selenium deficiency in Serbia

In a country where selenium is sparse in rocks, in the soil, in drinking and irrigation water, in crops, and in the diet of the inhabitants, one may expect a certain number of those inhabitant to present the above described symptoms.

In a selenium deficient country, the public opinion shall more easily express intolerance for other people.

If the selenium deficiency in Serbia described by Maksimovic Z and Djujic I. from the University of Budapest, may help explain the Serb's intolerance for the Kosovars, it only elucidate one aspect of their behavior, intolerance.

We postulates that another mineral deficiency in Serbia plays a complementary role.

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Lithium deficiency in Serbia

In the early nineties we were working with Prof. Schrauzer--now Professor Emeritus--at that time head of the University of California San Diego Biochemistry department.

Exploring the potential of mineral hair measurement to evaluate the mineral status of a person, the department of biochemistry was analyzing hair samples collected in various countries.

The hair samples collected in Serbia had low lithium content.(Unpublished data)

Results of epidemiological studies reveal a statistically significant inverse correlation between mental hospital admission, homicides, rapes, and drug related crimes and the lithium concentration in drinking water.

(E.B. Dawson. The relationship of tap water and physiological levels of lithium to mental hospital admission and homocide in Texas. In Lithium in Biology and Medicine. VCH, Weinheim, pp 171-187 (1991))

Lithium-deficient human subjects exhibit a lower threshold level for the development of violent behavior.

(G. N. Schrauzer and E. Devroey. Effects of nutritional lithium supplementation on mood. Bio. Trace Element Research, vol 40, 1994. pp 89101)

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Conclusion

The effects on human behavior of a combined selenium-lithium deficiency may help understand the intolerance and the aggressivity displayed by the Serbs in Kosovo.

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