From Chernobyl to Japan: Treating Radiation Sickness with Rock Dust

“Remineralization protects not only soil and plants from radioactivity, but humans, too. Supplying abundant minerals especially trace elements to the human body improves radiation tolerance, immune system integrity and radiation exposure recovery.”

-David Yarrow, 2006

Joanna CampeMany people today were not alive or do not remember the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. I remember it vividly. Just a few days after the disaster, I flew to Salzburg, Austria, to attend a banquet in honor of a very dear friend and mentor, the economic philosopher Leopold Kohr. He was receiving the keys to the city of Salzburg from the mayor and the pre-arranged banquet menu featured venison, mushrooms and berries— precisely the wild foods that had the greatest exposure to radioactive fallout. Years later I wrote a poem called The Chernobyl Feast which I read at a memorial service at Yale for Kohr.

Each day Austrians checked the newspaper to read the radiation levels of every food in order to make a choice about what to eat. The government recommended avoiding fresh foods from gardens and farms and instead eating processed foods that were packaged and canned before the disaster and were therefore not exposed to radiation. It was very eerie not to be able to eat the beautiful but invisibly and insidiously radioactive vegetables, fruits and berries in the gardens.

In the years leading up to Chernobyl, some dairy farmers in Austria were using remineralization as a part of their operations. They added rock dust to liquid manure as well as combining it with compost, thereby removing odors and greatly increasing soil biota. As a result, cows had twice the normal lifespan and produced much more milk. Amazingly enough, after Chernobyl, the cheeses that were remineralized (as well as biodynamic cheeses) measured no radioactivity whatsoever. Austrians would stand in long lines in order to buy these safe, remineralized products.

The year before Chernobyl, I co-produced a documentary in Europe on remineralization and visited some of the companies that were producing rock dust to be used specifically for agriculture and forestry, including the company of Robert Schindele. He discovered that the trees and plants on his property that were growing alongside gravel roads were stronger and healthier than the trees that were not. Schindele deduced that this was because cars driving on the gravel produced a cloud of rock dust that settled on the nearby vegetation and positively affected their growth. This led him to promote and publicize the rock dust that he produced from his quarry. It generated such success that he received constant media attention and people lined up in their cars on the road to his property as if they were taking a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

At the time that I interviewed Schindele, he spoke passionately about saving the dying forests with rock dust. Many news headlines in the late 1980s focused on the dying forests, forests declining in Europe and the US due to stress from acid rain and the accumulation of heavy metals in forest soils. Remineralization neutralizes the pH, creating a buffer so that heavy metals are not taken up by the plants and trees. Dr. Robert Bruck, Ph.D., a well-known forestry pathologist, observed remarkable recoveries from air pollution effects from application of mineral slurries and/or dusts in the Black Forest.

Schindele also began taking it internally and realized it was very good for people as well, a discovery which led him to begin selling finely ground rock dust as a health supplement. He originally called his product SuperBiomin and sold it to 6,000 pharmacies in Europe. It can currently be found under the label Schindele’s Minerals and continues to be readily available in Europe.

Schindele’s product was even used in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster. Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird explain in their 1989 book Secrets of the Soil that when “the University of Vienna found that Schindele’s product worked against radioactivity–a claim confirmed by a Soviet institute for atomic physics in the Ukraine–the Soviets sent a truck to pick up two thousand kilograms of his Gesteinsmehl. Analysis under a micropolariscope revealed an alteration in the molecular and atomic lattice, which had an effect on ionized radioactive particles taken into the body” (For a more detailed description of the scientific findings, see the appendix below). Ironically, in hindsight, a Japanese film team came to Europe to document the delivery and distribution of rock dust to radiation victims for the Japanese news.

So how is it that rock dust can lower levels of radiation in the body? It may seem too good to be true, but in fact it is not so far fetched. One of RTE’s team members, dairy microbiologist Kevin Bay from Hampshire College, describes in his own words some observations of David Yarrow (2006) below:

“To achieve maintenance of homeostasis, biological organisms use highly organized structures, intricately designed from a diverse set of molecular and atomic building blocks to carry out the many tasks involved in healthy functioning. Metal ions such as minerals and trace elements are used in biological systems for such important tasks as catalyzing biological reactions and stabilizing complex protein structures. This is why it is so important for any biological system to have access to a broad spectrum of minerals and trace elements. It is also one of the root causes of radiation sickness, as the destructive atomic forces of radioactive particles alter natural metal ions, damaging the delicate biological structures in which they play an integral part.

The intelligence of Nature tends to work to maintain health. Life on earth has evolved systems to selectively incorporate healthy minerals and trace elements into biological structures, and to repair the damage done by low levels of radiation, which is a common phenomenon even in Nature. Plants, for example, will selectively uptake healthy metals over radioactive particles if given the choice. However, under high levels of radioactive stress such as those encountered during a nuclear disaster, those systems become stressed and cannot cope with the damage, resulting in radiation sickness. Replenishing these systems with remineralized foods or a finely ground rock dust supplement is an important part of coping with this unprecedented radioactive stress.”

Given the recent disaster in northeast Japan, it is timely and urgent to get this information out on behalf of the disaster victims as well as others as the radiation circulates around the globe and throughout the biosphere, adding to our already present toxic overload. A quick study could be created to monitor a group of subjects with high levels of radiation, giving about 1 tsp 3/day of an appropriate source of rock dust (or trial various sources) over a period of 10-14 days or more, compared with a control to see if it can be shown that radiation levels are lowered and bioremediated by rock dust supplementation.

Rock dust for bioremediation is a simple, natural and inexpensive means of alleviating the impact of radiation. As history shows through the Chernobyl disaster, remineralization makes a significant difference.

Please contact us at Remineralize the Earth if any readers have contacts in Japan that would be able to make use of this information. And please add your comments below to further this discussion and proposal.

It is tremendously important to remineralize our soils as well as ourselves. That is the ultimate mission of RTE. It is quite clear that remineralization bioremediates whether for soil, animals or humans, whether radiation or other toxic contaminants.


Rock Dust Supplements

A few examples of current broad mineral spectrum products that are packaged as health supplements that could be utilized to protect yourself from radioactivity are listed as follows:

In the US: Micro Excelerite:

In Europe: Schindele’s Minerals:

Herbal and Super Foods Support


A recent blog that speaks further about the mechanism behind remineralization’s ability to bioremediate radioactivity: David Yarrow. (2006). Retrieved on 3/30/2011 from

Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. (1989). Life and Death in the Forest. In Secrets of the Soil. New York, NY: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.


The product [SuperBiomin] was examined at the University of Vienna under a micropolariscope. It revealed an alteration of the atomic lattice with a regression to orthoclase, a process which generates an electrical potential which changes its polarity each time it is emitted, thus producing plus and minus electricity alternately. Moreover it was discovered that the mineral product has the characteristic of being polarized and producing magnetic pulses, termed DIN OD 144, that stimulate human cell membrane. Via the alteration of the atomic lattice, the relatively large amount (approximately 10-15 g per day), which is recommended as a daily food supplement, has an effect on any ionized radioactive particles taken in by the body. It breaks down the high oscillation rate of such particles, thus rendering them innocuous. This effect is also been confirmed by a Russian Institute for Atomic Physics in the Ukraine.

Superbiomin consists of 30% orthoclase (also referred to as potassium feldspar), 20-30% plagioclase feldspar, 20-30% quartz, 15-20% biotite, 5-10% disthene, garnet and sillimanite, as well as trace amounts of iron, zircon and rutile.

Soil Remineralization, A Network Newsletter, Volume II, Number 7, 1987.

5 Replies to "From Chernobyl to Japan: Treating Radiation Sickness with Rock Dust"

  • Joanna Campe
    June 23, 2011 (5:53 pm)

    Thank you Philip Madeley, for suggesting zeolites and the particular product that you mentioned. Having done your university thesis on soil remineralization in the UK and with your time at the Tree of Life Center in Arizona, you certainly have a lot to contribute to this discussion and RTE would welcome an article from you on zeolites.

    As far as finding microorganisms in rock dust, I have never heard of that being an issue. If rock dust is marketed as a health supplement it is in a very fine form like flour and clay, as well, can be used internally with great success. Rollin Anderson developed the product Azomite, which had FDA approval as a health supplement for about 40 years, and he lived into his 90s with a spoonful of rock dust at each meal, according to Secrets of the Soil. Rock dust is food for the microorganisms and enhances the biota of the soil as well as the digestive tract. Dr. Robert O. Young, Ph.D., D.Sc. and author of Sick and Tired?, is a well known advocate for a raw foods alkaline diet. A former subscriber to Remineralize the Earth magazine, Dr. Young was fascinated by the terrain of the soil and shifted his focus over to the inner terrain of the digestive tract. As a result of a heavy processed food diet, many people are often lacking healthy microorganisms, so taking probiotics and eating fermented foods is generally highly recommended. If you add rock dust to the soil, you will greatly increase the growth of microorganisms. If you want to build soil fertility as quickly as possible you can also jumpstart the process by adding rock dust plus microorganisms. I believe that John Hamaker and some farmers would say that it is not necessary to add microorganisms, so that would definitely make for a great discussion.

    I am intrigued by the possibility of using rock dust as an ingredient in soups or broth as well as fermented foods to increase electrolytes. Robert, as a contributor to RTE, I hope that you will be able to explore this possibility further.

  • Robert
    June 8, 2011 (11:38 am)

    This is fascinating information on a simple, inexpensive, and potentially life-saving treatment for radiation exposure. One issue that comes to mind is the bio-availability of the minerals in ordinary rock dust. Has anyone studied this aspect of rock dust supplementation?

    As we know in regards to soil, much of the mineral nutrition in rock dust is not immediately available to plants: it must first be weathered and “digested” by various soil processes, particularly the action of microorganisms and small soil animals. These beneficent creatures metabolize the “raw” minerals in rock dust such that they can be easily absorbed and utilized by plants.

    Could this same process apply to human consumption of rock dust? To what extent can the human digestive system utilize the minerals and trace elements in rock dust? I would speculate that the benefits of rock dust supplementation depend primarily on the action of beneficial microorganisms in the small intestine. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly clear that many (perhaps most) of the inhabitants of “developed” nations suffer from gut dysbiosis. Processed food, refined food, overuse of antibiotics, environmental toxins, and numerous other facets of modern life can seriously compromise the microbiological integrity of the small intestine. This digestive dysbiosis leads to a long list of doleful consequences, including severely impaired mineral absorption. If rock dust is not proving as effective as we might expect, the following could be investigated:

    1. Rock dust consumption combined with probiotic supplementation. I imagine that digestive specialists could even identify particular probiotic species that can improve mineral absorption.

    2. Adding rock dust to fermented foods (before they are fermented). To some degree, lactic acid fermentation of vegetables and fruits mimics the microbiological processes that make minerals available in the soil. Adding rock dust to vegetables and then fermenting the mixture could produce a significant improvement in the potency and efficacy of rock dust supplementation.

    3. Rock dust could be used as an ingredient in soups or broth. This may be a simpler way to make rock dust more therapeutic. Properly prepared broth provides minerals in the form of easy-to-assimilate electrolytes.

    These techniques may be particularly important in the context of a natural disaster, the many hardships of which would impair the health and digestive integrity of those in need of protection from radiation.

  • Olive Oyl
    June 21, 2011 (10:04 am)

    Thank you so much for your work. May I ask, is there any particular kind of rock dust (limestone, sandstone, quartz, granite, shale) that is better than others in this regard? Or are all rock dusts equal in their ability to treat radiation sickness? It would be nice if we could use what is available locally.

  • Rich
    February 21, 2012 (6:40 am)

    This reminds me of a story I read about an Austrian farmer named Siegfried Luebke. His farm was found to be free of contamination after Chernobyl, even though all of his neighbor’s soil tested positive for radiation. Here is the full story.

  • Naturopathic Mom
    April 25, 2012 (1:33 pm)

    “Dust to Dust/Ashes to Ashes!” I get it! First humans were made from “clay.” Go figure that Azomite would help so many people.

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