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July 14, 2018 Medical Geology

July 15, 2018
Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:
A brand new topic for me to jump into.  Enjoy. comments appreciated.

The right dosage differentiates a poison and a remedy.”[2

Medical geology is an emerging interdisciplinary scientific field studying the relationship between natural geological factors and their effects on human and animal health.[1] The Commission on Geological Sciences for Environmental Planning defines medical geology as, “The science dealing with the influence of ordinary environmental factors on the geographical distribution of health problems in man and animals.”[2]
Back in 1966 at U of A I wrote a paper on Medical Geology, before internet and search engines, so had to go to library.
At the time it sounded terribly exciting even up to the point of a career choice.
In its broadest sense, medical geology studies exposure to or deficiency of trace elements and minerals; inhalation of ambient and anthropogenic mineral dusts and volcanic emissions; transportation, modification and concentration of organic compounds; and exposure to radionuclides, microbes and pathogens.[3]
Examples of research in medical geology include:
Diseases include iodine deficiency, cardiovascular disease pending amounts of magnesium and calcium, natural radiation, fluoride, selenium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorous.
Not all elements and compounds are negative.   Some are essential for life, as in sodium chloride, halite or salt.
The five major minerals in the human body are calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and magnesium.
Just a few pictures before we, I dive head first into this dark hole.
Halite ( /ˈhælt/ or /ˈhlt/),[4] commonly known as rock salt, is a type of salt, the mineral (natural) form of sodium chloride (NaCl).
>  I had some wonderful crushed latie over the Fourth of July with BBQ and Ice Cream.
Large natural crystal of halite, showing cubic cleavage breaks
White Mountain 4 Qt. Manual Ice Cream Maker
MORTON<sup>®</sup> <br>ICE CREAM SALT 1
Image result for Homemade peach ice cream

Recipe: Easy Homemade Southern Peach Ice Cream

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish

Inactive/Prep time: 2 hours 30 minutes | Yield: About 2 quarts


  • 4 cups of chopped, fresh peaches (about 8 large)
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) can of evaporated milk
  • 1 (3.75 ounce) package of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups of half and half
  • Electric ice cream freezer machine
  • 5 pound or larger bag of ice
  • Rock salt


Peel, pit and cut the peaches into chunks. Place into a bowl, sprinkle with the sugar, stir; allow to rest for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Hand mash, or place peaches and juice into a food processor and pulse about 3 to 4 times, until mostly pureed. Set aside.

Whisk together the evaporated milk and pudding mix until well blended. Add the peaches, sweetened condensed milk and half and half and whisk well. Pour mixture into the container of an ice cream freezer and process according to the directions for your freezer. Once the process is complete, transfer to a container and place into the freezer until firm.

Note: To peel peaches, bring a small pot of water to a rolling boil and using a slotted spoon, drop 2 to 3 peaches in the boiling water at a time, return to a boil and allow peaches to sit in the boiling water for about 30 seconds. Remove and peel off skin. When fresh peaches are not in season, substitute canned, drained or thawed frozen peaches. One pound of frozen or canned peaches is equal to about three medium peaches.


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©Deep South Dish
Before I get diarrhea of the brain and fingers, I will quite this week.
Boy that peach ice cream sure WAS gooo.
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