Vol. 12, No. 2,856W - The American Reporter - March 18, 2006


by Cindy Hasz
American Reporter Correspondent
San Diego, Calif.

SAN DIEGO -- According to an article in the Washington Post a few years back, about 70 percent of people over 50 reported taking vitamins, minerals, and or herbal medicines. In 2000, this trend accounted for $7.2 billion a year in sales, according to one market research firm that tracks health and wellness markets.

Imagine what the market looks like now. Ginkgo Biloba is flying off the shelves at health food stores and pharmacies alike. The most popular supplements on the list include Vitamin C, Calcium, Garlic, Glucosamine, Ginseng, Zinc, B complex, Potassium, Magnesium, B12, Selenium, Folic Acid and Beta Carotene. Not to mention Viagra.

But I am predicting a renaissance of an old favorite, long put out to pasture in favor of more potent remedies: Geritol.

Yes, Baby Boom friends, Geritol is back and growing life-giving algae! The rejuvenative power of iron as FeSo4 was allegedly discovered in experiments off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, where minute amounts of iron caused virtual explosions of life in certain anemic ocean areas. The experimentation with artificial insemination of the oceans with iron continues.

The phytoplankton which grows in the newly ironized ocean waters traps CO2 and eventually sinks to the ocean floor, effectively removing the gas from the atmosphere. This sinkhole effect has led some scientists to speculate about oceanic iron's potential use for alleviating the "the greenhouse effect."

The potential benefit to gerontology is clear. Is not the human body a microcosm of the larger biosphere? Do not the by-products of metabolism build up over a lifetime and deposit the chemical sludge and silt and gasses which putrefy our cellular oceans? If small injections of iron can cause the ocean deserts to bloom with life why not our aging, depleted bodies?

Blue green algae has been around for awhile and touted for its miraculous healing powers in the human body. But creating an ecosystem in the body that supports the "in-house" production of BGA is a far superior method to restoring and maintaining health, or so some people claim.

So it's back to the drawing board with Geritol. Manufacturers say it's time for a new millennium's version of the geezer tonic. Let's make it sexier. It had alcohol in it to begin with, so let's add more. We could put Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng and Viagra in there too. And don't forget the ladies. We'll need some natural estrogen supplements like soy products, Dong Kuai, Evening Primrose. While we're at it, let's put in natural antidepressant, St. John's Wort. Or is it Wart?

Eye of newt and dog of cat. Flora and fauna. It will be a veritable and venerable photosynthetic rebirth of vitality in bodies that've been strip mined of life, or so they claim.

In one sentence of the article I read about the oceanic "Geritol Effect," one scientist exhilarated that "Once the algae bloomed, sharks and turtles and squid flocked to it."

Never mind the sharks and the squid, but turtles? I'd do anything to make those big turtles come back.

Even drink Geritol.

Copyright 2006 Joe Shea The American Reporter. All Rights Reserved.

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