George Earp-Thomas

Some individuals stand out because of their passion for research and their ability to bring their findings to the world. A researcher may reveal many profound things. As individuals, however, it is rare that any one researcher provides all the keys we need for health. It is more likely we will discover some aspect of the researcher's work that truly works for us rather than everything the researcher offers. For this reason, it is important we each use our own truth detector to decide what we want to accept and what we want to reject no matter how authoritative the researcher may seem. We introduce you now to some of these rare individuals, independent researchers, who have devoted time and talents to bring us keys to creating health.

Minerals, Soil Science and the FDA

George Earp-Thomas emigrated to the United States from New Zealand. Early in the 20th century, he bought a small farm in New Jersey. As a research scientist, he studied intestinal bacteria at the Pasteur Institute in France from 1910 to 1912. When he returned, he set up his own laboratory with the several strains of bacteria he brought with him. He was the first to work with acidophilus cultures to restore intestinal bacteria.

On his farm, he noticed one day that his cows had their necks through the fence and were straining to lick the recently graveled road. After analyzing the gravel, he realized his cows knew instinctively that they needed cobalt. Cobalt is a naturally magnetic element.

Dr. Earp-Thomas then devoted himself to the study of minerals and soil. After developing a measuring instrument sensitive enough to detect minerals in soil in parts-per-million, he discovered New Jersey soils were losing valuable trace elements. Earp-Thomas also discovered that if plants are starved for a particular nutrient they will still grow to maturity by substituting other elements. "If lime or potash is lacking in the soil, or if present in a form nature cannot use, she may substitute, as food for the plant, the minerals magnesium and soda. Or, she may substitute in the place of sulfur, toxic levels of selenium. When the soil is deficient in some particular element and where there are no others to substitute, the plants will grow to maturity bearing only a fraction of that mineral." This was a dire warning. Earp-Thomas had discovered that plants may look normal but if the soil is deficient in beneficial trace minerals, the plant will absorb instead the elements available–possibly to toxic levels.

The soil scientist also knew soil is alive or fertile and supports lush plant growth because of bacteria - the bacteria eat rocks to produce soil and then pass the minerals along to plants. He understood that plants grew best when they received their minerals predigested by soil bacteria. This helps to explain the problems created by today's chemical fertilizers.

Earp-Thomas with the help of a Rockefeller Foundation grant and a team of researchers was able to study soil microbes all over the world. His research showing the importance of soil microbes to the health of plants was well documented.

By 1938, he had developed a three-stage process to duplicate the process from rock to plants and thus more efficiently to the human cell. Before developing a formula he observed mineral uptake in wheatgrass to see what elements the plant used. The process he developed to produce a product the cells would readily absorb involved water, bacteria and electromagnetic spin–an electrolytic mineral solution was born.

Working with doctors, Earp-Thomas used his product to successfully treat cancer patients. The war brought an end to his research. After the war he published and distributed his own literature warning about the depletion of soils and the successful treatment of cancer patients using his electrolytic or electromagnetic formula. The timing was not in his favor as huge chemical companies were now based in New Jersey. Chemical farming had begun. Then, in 1948, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) charged Dr. Earp-Thomas with providing medical advice. Earp-Thomas won the resulting court case but before he could leave the building, the deputy director of the FDA warned him he would be back in court again next year if he didn't stop distributing his material. The FDA man asked Earp-Thomas if he wanted to spend $100,000 each year defending himself. Shortly after his laboratory mysteriously burned to the ground destroying his equipment and priceless research data.

His work was lost except for the memories of a lab assistant, Jerry Olarsch. It took 30 years of research for Jerry Olarsch, N.D. to produce Earp-Thomas' electrolytic minerals. Today, as President of Nature's Path Inc., Olarsch makes the product available under the trade name of Trace-Lyte.

References: Fire in the Water, David Yarrow, 1999. ISBN 1-928820-02-6 and Electrolytes the Spark of Life, Gillian Martlew, N.D., 1994. ISBN 0-9640539-0-X