In 1977 after many years of research looking in a slightly different direction, there was a serendipitous breakthrough, triggered by a feeding regime change for NASA monkeys at a major zoo in Atlanta, Georgia.

It was revealed that congenital cystic fibrosis was not exclusively a human problem and, more importantly, that it was not a genetic problem. NASA’s rhesus monkeys had not been getting their allotment of the trace mineral selenium and had begun giving birth to young either dead or suffering from cystic fibrosis. (Dead Doctors Don’t Lie, Dr. Joel Wallach. 1999) .

It was now official, the livestock industry was free to completely eradicate birth defects as an industry pitfall. Birth defects were not the result of bad breeding, but bad nutrition.

Awareness of how nutrition is the key to preventing sickness and disease had already been growing since the 1950s. Now animal carers and industry veterinarians could go ahead and eliminate all animal health problems. It wasn’t expensive like health insurance is expensive, it was just a matter of making sure the animals got the right mineral supplements.

This awareness began after almost an entire year’s worth of stock on several turkey farms, suddenly dropped dead from aortic aneurysms.

This turned out to be the result of a copper deficiency. Again, the result of a feeding regime change.

Mineral deficiencies and animal birth defects

Animals suffer the same health problems humans do, and people who care for domestic animals – farmers, and zookeepers, for example – have known about the importance of supplements since the 1950s.

Arctic Fox Litters


In 1966, at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, zoo biologists were pondering a problem with a pair of mating Arctic foxes. These foxes normally have large litters of 10 to 15 kits. This pair, for the past few years, was producing much smaller litters, all with fatal birth defects.

They were either stillborn or survived birth with;

  • hydrocephalus
    • Hydrocephalus is a condition in which an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) occurs within the brain. (Wikipedia)
  • no eyes
  • diaphragmatic hernias
    • organs from the belly to move into the chest cavity near the lungs. (Wikipedia; Apr 4, 2019)
    • A problem of rising incidence in human babies since 2015
  • and cleft pallets

The biologists were fairly sure it was a genetic incompatibility between the parents that was causing the problem and were seriously considering a hunt and capture expedition in the Arctic.

The purpose was to expand the Arctic fox gene pool at the zoo.

When newly appointed veterinarian pathologist Dr. Joel Wallach, who had been listening to the discussion, announced that they were in luck and that it wasn’t a gene problem, Wallach says that they looked as though they’d been slapped across the face with a dead fish.

Wallach explained that if it had been a genetic problem the birth defects would have been the same with each new litter.

Nutritional deficiency – not genetic

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These birth defects were caused by nutritional deficiency, and not genetically transmitted.

It turned out that the keeper whose responsibility it was to feed the foxes had been very erratic.

He’d been feeding them ground up horse heart sprinkled with powdered vitamins and minerals.

Sometimes he sprinkled too much and sometimes too little. It depended on the kind of day he was having.

Wallach took charge and began feeding them with meat from a nearby grocery store. Four months later they had a litter of 11 healthy kits.

Within a year he began an inbreeding program.

The zoo wound up with so many Arctic foxes, a larger enclosure had to be built.

They begged him not to pull the same stunt with the elephants. (Wallach, 1999)

First-ever CF diagnosis for an animal

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In 1977 baby rhesus monkeys were being born with a birth defect which turned out to be cystic fibrosis. The rhesus monkeys belonged to NASA. This was the first-ever diagnosis of this disease for an animal.

Pathologist Dr. Joel Wallach – mostly in secret because he feared he would be stopped – put together a model explaining what caused the cystic fibrosis birth defect. That it wasn’t genetic but caused by a selenium deficiency in mothers during early pregnancy.

He also managed to repeat this model in other animal species proving that cystic fibrosis was also not a disease that only occurred in humans.

Since the 1950s, in the livestock industry in America, there had been a growing belief that sicknesses and diseases were caused by inherited genes but the result of a mineral deficiency. Here was yet more proof.

Aortic Aneurysm


In the 1950s, some turkey farmers in America lost most of their turkeys to aortic aneurysms.

One astute vet said that it might be due to a copper deficiency.

The following year the farmer’s turkeys were given extra copper supplements in their feed and the problem went away. Copper is very important for blood vessel elasticity and strength.

After that, investigating the outcomes of mineral deficiencies got underway in earnest.

A grant from the NIH

In 1966 Wallach was invited to join two former colleagues in a research project sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US.

It was a project that would run for 12 years.

His colleagues had gotten a grant of 7.5 million dollars to study world-ecology, the environment, and the impact of pollution on plant and animal populations of the world.

They would be working in Washington University’s biology department, in a newly created division called The Center for the Biology of Natural Systems.

At their disposal would be the Shaw’s Botanical Gardens and the St, Luis Zoological Gardens.

An important part of Wallach’s research would be collecting data on human death, not only for comparison but to discover whether pollution was having adverse effects on humans.

Animal Pathology and Human Pathology

It was a familiar ground for Wallach because the mechanics of human pathology are the same as the mechanics of veterinarian pathology. The differences, however, immediately became obvious.

A clinical veterinarian will almost always do a courtesy autopsy as a learning experience and to answer the questions of the animal’s owner: how and why it died, etc.

In hospitals, however, autopsies are only carried out 5% of the time, primarily to avoid data collection for possible malpractice suits.

Reports written by human pathologist tend not to go into any detail, and never list the nutritional deficiencies that cause things like aneurysms, diabetes, blood clots, heart attacks, cancer, Alzheimer’s, or even osteoporosis.

It would be up to Wallach to change this huge oversite.

The pattern from research

Part of the study Wallach was involved in, was to creat feed pellets that would induce mineral deficiencies in lab animals and map the results.

Symptoms were closely monitored, and there were as many as 10 autopsies performed each day.

They looked for every perceivable cause of death, but the pattern that emerged which was undeniable was that every animal or human that died of natural causes died from a condition that was directly or indirectly brought on by a mineral deficiency.

There was already a huge body of evidence to support this from clinical veterinarians and now it was beyond doubt for humans as well.

NASA Monkeys

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In 1977 and after a 4-year stint at the Brookfield Zoo, Wallach ended up at the Yerks Regional Research Center, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The primate center administration was run by Emory University and among the institutions funding it was the NIH and Nasa.

It was just across the street from the Centers for Disease control and in Wallach’s opinion a dream position.

Wallach’s main role was to keep everybody up to date about the effects of mineral deficiencies on primates and on humans.

Monkey Business

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Toward the end of 1977, the Head of pathology at Yerks, Harold McClure, headed off on vacation.

Dr. Wallach, from experience, had a feeling that there was some kind of calamity or increased workload about to come crashing down.

Something quite different happened.

Three days into McClure’s vacation time, Wallach took delivery of the first dead baby monkey.

Its hair had turned white, and Wallach describes the process of cutting the pancreas in half was like cutting through a tightly packed bag of sand.

The healthy state of a pancreas is flat and soft.

The baby monkey had suffered from anemia, and several other organs were in a bad way. It was also much smaller than was normal.

After extensive research, Wallach came to the conclusion that the monkey had suffered and died because of the birth defect cystic fibrosis brought by a selenium deficiency in the mother.

Cystic Fibrosis

When he put this into the computer, however, to bring up information about similar cases, nothing came up.


Not satisfied with the computer he started searching through paper records. He soon became frustrated because every time he found anything on CF, the words were practically identical, as if they had all been written by the same person.

Cystic Fibrosis: The most common form of human genetic disease. The genes of which are found in 1 in 4 Americans.

Children born with cystic fibrosis, if they survive initially develop lung disease and die by the age of 12.

All the clinical veterinarian literature Wallach could find also repeated the same thing over and over,

Cystic fibrosis does not occur in animals.

The Cunning Plan

Wallach sensed that he was about to hit a huge wall of resistance. There were many swollen science egos out there and he would need to proceed carefully.

What he did was take the monkey’s pancreas to a leading expert in the field, Dr. Nasar, and get him to confirm what he suspected before admitting that the organ had come from a monkey.

The ploy worked beautifully (much to the stark raving horror of Dr. Nasar).

“No question”, said Dr. Nasar over the phone, “Definitely cystic fibrosis! Where does this pancreas come from?”

Wallach said he would tell him only if Nasar would put his words in writing and sign it. Nasar agreed, and they made arrangements to meet the following day.

Wallach says that Nasar really did look like a stunned mullet.

Wallach had his written confirmation firmly in his hand so there wasn’t much Nasar could do.

It was the first-ever confirmed diagnosis of cystic fibrosis in an animal.

Cause of problem? Change!

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The main diet of the Yerkes primates was commercially prepared “Monkey Biscuits”. Their ingredients included dozens of nutrients base on information gathered from 1,000s of primate studies.

The primates were also given a variety of other food.

In the wild primates are rarely disease-free.

Nasa needed a supply of healthy rhesus monkeys for their space program.

In the wild female primates have the chance to run away if ever a male becomes overly aggressive.

Not so in cages.

The males were tearing out the hair of the females.

Noting the bald patches Dr. Nelly de Bourne incorrectly concluded that the primates were suffering from a deficiency of essential fatty acids, and instructed that these rhesus monkeys were to be fed a teaspoon of corn oil each day.

She had failed to consider that it might not be a feed problem due to the fact that it was only occurring in the females. Nevertheless, she was the director’s wife and nobody dare question her.

New feeding regime

The task might sound simple but it wasn’t.


Dr. Wallach describes this extra chore as like “trying to force-feed a gang of angry, super strength teenagers, with ADHD and long teeth. They’d rather spit the corn oil in your face than swallow it.”

The already overworked technicians whose job it was to feed the monkeys came up with a solution. They half-filled 5-gallon buckets with corn oil, topped them up with monkey biscuits, and then left them to soak overnight.

The next day the biscuits were fed to the monkeys like buttered popcorn, but the added oil threw out the nutritional balance of the biscuits.

Vegetable oil is a bad thing to consume because it tends to stay in the body and go rancid. Extra selenium is needed to clean it out. The mothers became selenium-deficient, and their young were being born with CF.

Three things that killed interest in nutrition and the consequences of mineral deficiencies

The first was the discovery of penicillin in 1938.

The second was the discovery of cortisone in 1942.

Any remaining interest in the effects of mineral deficiency causing disease was killed off by the frenzied fervor in the 1980s, surrounding genetic engineering as a patentable cure-all, for everything from flatulence to cancer.

Human CF sufferers

Surprisingly Wallach’s discovery gained acceptance and respect… for a short time. He became the darling boy at Yerks.

Later however when he claimed he had created a model of the cause of cystic fibrosis that could be applied to any animal, and, more importantly, to humans, the National Institutes of health made sure Wallach would never work as a pathologist again.

Wallach retrained as a naturopathic physician and began treating children in spite of fierce opposition at first. He is still, as far as I know, treating and curing young human cystic fibrosis sufferers.

Dr. Wallach later reasoned:

Why do CF sufferers in the same family suffer from different developments caused by CF? Surely CF is not caused by a genetic problem, otherwise, these children would exhibit the same form of the illness.

In a family with three CF children, one might have pancreatic disease, another would have liver disease and the other lung disease.

Such diversity is hardly the picture of the classic genetic disease. It’s the same as the Arctic fox story at the Brookfield Zoo.  (Dr. Joel Wallach, Dead Doctors don’t Lie. 1999. p. 108)

To guard against birth defects

Dr. Wallach went on to found Youngevity, and formulate a supplement pack, the Healthy Body Start Pak, and others, to guard against birth defects and more than 400 relatively common diseases. (opposite)

It’s the most comprehensive supplement package on the market.

Most importantly, Youngevity “Paks”, as they call them, provide 60 essential minerals.

Short of having all your food tested, there is no way of knowing the mineral content of what you eat.

If the minerals aren’t in the soil in which the food was grown, they won’t be in the fruit and vegetables that were grown there.

The same principle applies indirectly to meat.

Plant-derived colloidal minerals

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Youngevity’s Healthy Body Start Pak. It contains 90 essential nutrients

The most absorbable minerals are those that come from plants. Many mineral supplements on the market today are not plant-derived.

Plant-derived colloidal minerals are extracted from shale deposits that contain decayed plant matter. Plant-derived colloidal minerals are 98% absorbable and are what Youngevity uses in its supplement packs. They have sole access to a huge deposit of decayed vegetable matter.

The basic pack, the Healthy Body Start Pak has three components, and between them contain 60 essential minerals, 16  essential vitamins, and 3 essential fatty acids. They also have paks with add ons, such as the Blood Sugar Pak for diabetes.

Youngevity range of 7 Healthy Body Paks


The Healthy Body Start Pak has all the nutrients you need to eliminate any chance of birth defects and cancer if you follow the recommended dosage.

Ten to fifteen-year double-blind studies have been conducted, with regard to the efficacy of selenium for preventing cancer.

None of the subjects being given selenium ever contracted cancer.

In 2011, Dr. Wallach received the Klaus Shwartz Commemorative Medal for his research in this area.

As already mentioned not only does the Healthy Body Start Pak eliminate any chance of birth defects, but also 415 relatively common diseases.

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Will greatly reduce your risk of cancer and prevent birth defects.

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As Dr. WAllach noted, there were swollen science egos involved and it was always going to be dangerous. His research was done in secret until he was absolutely sure.

Once he started treating children, these people tried unsuccessfully to sue him seven times.

Another thing Dr. Wallach did with his research was to found Youngevity and develop a nutritional supplement regime for humans.

This regime includes plant-derived colloidal minerals which are 98% absorbable, unlike many on the market these days.

If you would like to offer some feedback, comments, or have any questions, please leave something in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading.



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