Plants and animals, including human beings, depend on the soil and its complex chemistry for nourishment.  There is no organic life without soil.  Mana Life Laboratory was founded by Dr. Robert Faust, BS, MS, PhD, on a lifetime of research and a lifetime of experience studying the connections between inorganic soil and organic life.  Dr Faust has long recognized the ancient wisdom in Chinese medicine, which has for thousands of years understood the healing properties in the rich soil of the Himalayan Mountains. 


Over time, the basic sciences of microbiology, chemistry and electricity have been able to explain, in fairly substantial detail, the complex structure and workings of living soil ecosystems and the ingredients which support plant, animal, and human life.  During time in Hawaii, Dr. Faust perfected a technique for natural extraction of life-giving ingredients, called fulvic substances, from ancient sedimentary soils.  While developing this natural extraction technique, Dr. Faust recognized in the "fulvic fraction" of soil, a "supernatural, divine, and miraculous" power, which translates to "mana" in Hawaiian and known as chi, prana, qi, or orgone energy in other languages.  Work with this "mana" in the soil laid the  foundation for Mana Life Laboratory, a company with world-renowned expertise in agroecology and a line of products containing "mana", the life-giving force running through all of creation.  To help you understand the science better, let's go through the process in a little more detail. 


Figure 1  Carboniferous Period

Lignite Formation

Figure 2  Lignite Formation

Figure 3  Lignite Mine

Leonardite Powder

Figure 4  Lignite Powder

The story of soil begins in the Paleozoic (or Carboniferous) Age, 280 million years ago.  Over millennia, vast areas of swampland, as shown in Figure 1, covered in large, broadleaf vegetation, slowly decomposed into various forms of carbon (carbonization), on the way to  turning into coal (fossilization).  assisted by the heat of the sun's light, drying by winds, changes of the seasons and geological fracturing.


The fibrous plant material from ancient swamplands became coal or peat.  The juices squeezed out of the fibrous mass, the result of microbial digestion of organic matter, became lignite, a layer of mineraloid (mineral-like, but not crystallized) on top of coal, as shown in Figure 2.  Lignite is the raw material used by  Mana Life Laboratory in the formulation of WuJinSan®, HumaSoak™, Fauna Mana™ and Lithicin™

Lignite is mined from sedimentary rock, about 20 feet below the earth's surface as shown in Figure 3.  It is a soft, waxy, black or brown, shiny (vitreous) substance, which is very sticky to the touch.  Lignite is pulverized into a fine powder for commercial use as shown in Figure 4.  Mana Life obtains lignite produced from freshwater swamplands in the US because these ores contain both humic and fulvic acid, whereas ores created from saltwater swamps are high in the salts of humic acids, but low in fulvic acid content.  If you don't know what kind of ore produced the fulvic product you are taking, you are very likely consuming a product that has very little fulvic acid and is very high in salt content, which clogs the pores of your cells as well as those of a plant.  

Now the science gets a little bit complicated, but stick with us, we'll try to explain as simply as possible.  The active components of the soil are called humic substances as shown in Figure 5.  Humic substances perform different functions depending on the amount of carbon present, the amount of oxygen present, the size and weight of the chemical structures present and the color, also shown in Figure 5.  Humic acids, pigmented black, grey black and dark brown, are higher in carbon content, lower in oxygen, higher in molecular weight (which means more atoms are present) and are very large molecules, as shown in Figure 6.  Humic acids are too big to penetrate either a plant cell or a human cell membrane, but do act like a mother ship, bringing amino acids, sugars, and minerals from the soil for delivery into the plant for nourishment.  Humic acids work in the soil as conditioning agents, serving as Nature's remediator, removing impurities, pesticides, organochemicals, and radiation residue. 


It is very important to note here that while humic substances do transport minerals, plants use a wider variety of minerals than humans, because minerals are used for different purposes in plants than in humans.  Even when minerals used by humans and plants are the same, they are used in different ratios, especially nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (NPK).  Plants use heavy metals to build structure.  Human beings use metals generally less than an atomic weight of 40 on the elemental chart, with a few exceptions in molybdenum, tin, and iodine (which is considered a "heavy metal").  Human beings are not designed to get metals/minerals directly from the soil.  Human beings are designed to get minerals from the food they eat.  If you are using a product that contains humic acid or humic/fulvic acid containing minerals, you are, by definition, consuming heavy metals, consuming at least 81 different minerals, which far exceeds your cells' needs for 21 essential minerals, and you are not getting the balance of minerals that align with the needs of your cells.  The minerals your cells don't use bind up the enzyme systems that are the machinery of the body, preventing them from working properly, effectively paralyzing cellular biochemistry.       


Fulvic acids, pigmented yellow brown and light yellow, are much smaller molecules, as shown in Figure 7, with higher amounts of oxygen, lower amounts of carbon, a lower molecular weight, and no harmful minerals.  Because of the smaller size, fulvic acids are able to penetrate both plant and animal cell membranes.  Fulvic acids function as Nature's electrolyte, setting up the conditions for electricity to be conducted, as well as conducting the electricity.  Without electricity, organic life does not exist.  Without fulvic acids supporting organic life, there is no electricity.  Fulvic acids are "Nature's Foundational Chemistry" Fulvic acids bring life to living cells and living soils, transferred from the microbial life that creates them.  It is microbes, not minerals that bring life to the soil.  It is microbes, not minerals that are the link in the transfer of nutrients from the soil into the food chain.  And it is microbes, not minerals, that are deficient in modern soils.  

Humic Substances

Figure 5

Fractions of Colors and Characteristics in the Soil

Humic Acid Structure

Figure 6 Molecular Structure of Humic Acids

Molecular Structure of Fulvic Acid

Figure 7 Molecular Structure of Fulvic Acids

Urban Garden

Figure 8 Soil from an Urban Garden (Color Photo)

Figure 9  Healthy, Vibrant Soil, Alive with Fulvic Acid

How do we know this?   Because using a technique called Pfeiffer Chromatography, we can see organic matter, minerals, and microbial life in the soil.  Pfeiffer Chromatography separates the soil into colors.  Poor soils, as shown in the Color Photo in Figure 8, are grey in color, demonstrating the presence of minerals and the dark grey or black humin and humic substances, but the soil only comes alive when microbes are producing the yellow brown and light brown fulvic acids, as shown in Figure 9.  One doesn't have to be an expert in chromatography to simply "see" the difference.  As demonstrated here, it's not the minerals that are missing from the soil.  Current soils have plenty of minerals and inorganic matter.  What is missing from the soil is the microbial life that produces the fulvic acid!  Soils that do not sustain life are devoid of microbial life.  Soils that do not sustain life are literally dead.  Amend the soil with fulvic acid and it comes back to life!  Supplement with fulvic acid and your cells are supplied with the life that sustains them. 

Mana Life Laboratory has taken the complexity of soil science and distilled it with over 40 years of research and experience, so you don't have to.  We have developed products that fill in the gap for less than optimal farming practices, both organic, non-organic, and commercial, and created a range of products that literally do come from the ground, targeting foundational principles on which your body runs.  Mana Life products are based on modern and traditional uses of humic substances, medicinal mushrooms and longevity teas. These products are based on solid worldwide scientific research and centuries of wisdom.  All Mana Life products are formulated in the USA, sourced, where applicable, with ingredients certified as organic, and subject to 3rd party testing.  

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