Potassium Deficiency and How to Fix It

It is my belief that a pervasive potassium deficiency is caused by the improper processing of food over the last 100 years—complicated by the fact that the food industry has used super phosphate fertilizers (a.k.a. N-P-K.). 

The potassium used is lower quality and is a less desirable form—this type of fertilizer is part of almost all crops grown both commercially and organically.

This means that we (the public) cannot escape this less desirable form of potassium.

Dr. Larry Wilson, MD. likes to call this 'toxic potassium,' and—like other toxic metals—they act replacement parts when the desirable nutrient is not there.

However, this can have devastating consequences on human health.

Dr. Wilson is not the only researcher out there warning us of the devastating effects of toxic potassium used in the fertilizers.

The other true pioneering researchers also warned us and stood up to this leviathan of a beast called agribusiness.

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They knew that these growth stimulant fertilizers would cause a massive epidemic of health problems—but again, big business, prestigious universities, and coterie allowed this insanity to happen.

As a result, we can see we are paying the price today with more chronic health conditions than ever before in human history.

Potassium bicarbonate and potassium citrate are the most desirable forms of potassium.

However, the potassium carbonate used in fertilizers, medicine, and food have caused a potassium imbalance that we know is devastating to human health.

To complicate matters worse this NPK toxic fertilizer is now in the water supply—so even when going "organic", it is hard to get it completely out of our lives especially when growing our own food is really not an option in today's world.


Potassium, being the seventh most abundant mineral in the soil, is an essential constituent for plant growth and is one of the most reactive and electropositive of the metals known.

It is the least dense known metal and is important for both cellular and electrical function—as it is one of the primary electrolytes in the body.

The relationship of sodium and potassium in regulating the water balance and the acid-base balance in the blood and tissue make this relationship the most important ratio in the mineral balancing science.

We even refer to Na/K as the 'life and death ratio' because it is just that important.

In the nerve cells, Na/K generates the electrical potential that aids in the conduction of all nerve impulses.

Medical science does not usually detect a potassium deficiency.

Not until it's too late. 98% of all potassium is in the cells, not the blood!

The most important aspect of hair tissue mineral analysis is detecting potassium levels and Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis gives us the most accurate reading of potassium levels in the body.

90% of absorption of potassium happens in the small intestine, which can become impeded due to infections, toxicities, and nutrient deficiencies.

When mercury and other toxic metals block the potassium channels, potassium cannot get into the cell.

A typical doctor would say, 'Your potassium is normal.' because the medical savant measured the potassium on the outside of the cell and not inside where it belongs.

Biochemistry of the body occurs in the tissue—not the blood stream.

Did you know there is a link between potassium and blood sugar?

Poorly managed blood sugar will lead to every chronic disease known to mankind—and in my estimates—is affecting 1-out-of-every-2 adults in the Western world.

We are aware that the liver is what regulates blood sugar when we're not eating—which is most of the time—but the liver also takes glucose and stores it as glycogen.

This glycogen is our fuel storage tank that will be called upon when the body needs the energy to do billions of functions.

Why do you need potassium to store the glucose as glycogen?

The potassium acts as a glue that binds all glucose molecules so that it can be stored in the form of glycogen to reserve fuel for our bodies. 

Behind diabetes, insulin resistance, hyper and hypoglycemia, and blood sugar dysregulation—is potassium.

The true measure to detect if you have healthy or toxic potassium levels in your body is with Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis and assessing the other nutrient minerals ratios to give a clear, concise picture of your health. 

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Selig and learn if you are a candidate for Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.