Phosphorous is a non-metallic chemical occurring extensively in nature as a component of phosphate rock. Phosphoric acid, a derivative of phosphorus, is a clear, colorless, odorless liquid irritating to skin and eyes and moderately toxic if ingested. Phosphate is a salt of phosphoric acid. (Mosby) Phosphorus is a major essential mineral having an enormous range of functions in the body; with much of its metabolism related to calcium. Phosphorus was found at the level of 94.1 ppm in the samples of stony coral tested. It exists in the body at 12,000 ppm (1.2%). It is not only involved in bone and teeth formation but is essential for the metabolism of every cell in the body. The phosphorous content in bones is about one-half that of calcium. (Halstead)
Phosphorus is a major constituent of all plant and animal cells and is present in all natural foods. Normal phosphorus intake is between 1.5 and 2 grams per day from a wide variety of food, so dietary deficiency is highly unlikely. People who consume large amounts of antacids, alcoholics and infants fed cow’s milk are more likely to develop phosphorus deficiency. A lack of phosphorus can cause rickets, failing eyesight, neuralgia, spongy and bleeding gums, lung tuberculosis and indifference to sex. (Lepore) Signs and symptoms of phosphorus deficiency are fatigue, weakness, and a decreased attention span. (Bergner) Today, there is a greater possibility of excessive intake of phosphate because it is added to soft drinks, junk foods and processed foods. People at high risk are those with malabsorption problems, kidney disease and diabetic ketoacidosis. Excessive oral intakes of phosphorus can prevent absorption of iron, calcium and zinc by formation of insoluble phosphates; it will also cause diarrhea. (Mervyn)
The Dictionary of Minerals, The Complete Guide, Leonard Mervyn, pages 146, 149.
Fossil Stony Coral Minerals, Bruce W. Halstead, page 76.
The Healing Power of Minerals, Paul Bergner, page 160.
The Ultimate Healing System, Donald Lepore, page 69.
Mosby’s Medical, Nursing & Allied Health Dictionary, page 1258.