Maynard Murray, MD
origins and evolution of Dr. Murrays work
|Sea Energy Agriculture is the discovery of Maynard Murray MD, a biochemist, research scientist and medical doctor specializing in ENT medicine.
This amazing technology evolved from Dr. Murray’s question, “Why does man, God’s most perfect creation, fall prey to degenerative disease?” Dr. Murray searched for answers by studying various groups of centenarians (humans who regularly live beyond 100 years of age) throughout the world to determine why they are superior or physiologically different. Since he could not find any obvious differences, he began to examine their environment and found these cultures live in virtually isolated ecosystems. The soils of their ecosystems were preserved from erosion, cared for sustainably without the use of chemical fertilizers or poisons, and in many cases, fed by mineral rich glacial streams. Therefore, he concluded that the answer must be in the soil and the food these centenarians produced and consumed. As a scientist and understanding the periodic table of elements, he wondered how many of the 90+ water soluble elements of the earth’s crust remained in the soil and available for plants growth and development. He conducted analyses of soils and the produce from various agricultural regions and discovered large discrepancies in elemental and vitamin content. He also studied the soil microbial activity and life.
As a result of discussions with other scientists, he learned that cancer or cancerous tumors were very rarely found in ocean lifeforms. Knowing that the sea once covered all land masses, he directed his research to the study of sea life. During the next several years, he traveled for months in fishing boats at sea dissecting thousands of species from the seas and did not find any traces of cancer, heart disease, or other degenerative diseases. Amazingly, his research concluded that aging on a cellular level does not occur in sea life. Dr. Murray then analyzed the mineral composition of seawater and found more than 90 water-soluble elements present in a constant proportional balance. When an excessive amount of any element flows into the sea through erosion or run off, it precipitates out or drops to the sea floor. He determined that sea life lives and feeds in an environment where shortages or excesses in the 90+ periodic table elements are virtually non-existent unless manipulated by mankind.
Dr. Murray discovered that our agricultural soils, and consequently the food grown in it, are seriously depleted of minerals through leaching, erosion and over cropping. Current agricultural practices replaced six to 12 of the 40 elements considered critical for optimum plant growth and development. Dr. Murray questioned if the 90+ elements he had found in sea water are essential. He knew that all individual cells in the human body are constantly replaced during the process of cell division. While cell division occurs, the cells are supplied with elements and nutrients provided by the food ingested. When critical elements are no longer present in our foods, they become nonexistent in our bodies. Therefore, Dr. Murray deduced that the only logical explanation for the frightening increases in cancer and other forms of chronic degenerative disease is the absence of a complete and balanced chemical physiology.
Dr. Murray also theorized that the most efficient method to remineralize our precious soils (and the resultant foods) to their optimum mineral composition is to recycle the elements lost to the sea back into the land. Thus, the technology of Sea Energy Agriculture was discovered. Dr. Murray conducted extensive agricultural research trials during a 30 year period. All trials were focused on the soil-root route of plant to animal nutrition. In his initial greenhouse experiments, he utilized the highest quality sea water collected by the US Navy three miles off shore in the Atlantic Ocean. He poured small amounts of sea water on the soil and determined that the 3.5 percent mineral solids in sea water had a profoundly positive effect on plant growth and development. As Dr. Murray began planning large scale experiments and field trials, he realized that the cost of securing the amount of sea water necessary to provide the required mineral solids to adequately remineralize soil was economically cost prohibitive. Therefore, he searched the world for a natural source of pure sea mineral solids that are elementally exactly the same as the ocean water the US Navy previously supplied. For
Dr. Murray was awarded patents for his discoveries regarding the application of sea mineral solids to agriculture and hydroponics. In addition, he authored “Sea Energy Agriculture” in order to document his findings and to share his discoveries. More recently, Charles Walters, ACRES USA, wrote “Fertility From the Ocean Deep” summarizing Dr. Murray’s research while offering more insight into this amazing and extraordinary gift from Nature.
Initially, he successfully experimented using diluted seawater on soils and crops. In an effort to reduce shipping expense he decided to try working with seawater evaporated to complete dryness. Then only the 3.5% of seawater that is the mineral content would need to be shipped. He called these dried minerals “sea solids” and used them, during many years of extensive and well documented research, on all types of crops and soils. The results were consistently the same: the plants flourished, matured more rapidly, were healthier, more disease and drought resistant and produced outstanding taste along with greater yields. In assays testing for nutrients, foods grown with Murray’s sea solids had significantly more minerals (ash content), vitamins (25% more vitamins C in tomatoes, 40% more vitamin A in carrots) and sugars. In addition, he witnessed the same amazing results in all types of livestock and poultry that were offered feed grown in soil enriched with his sea solids. Physiologically, animals were healthier, gained weight more rapidly and reached maturity sooner. The main difficulty with Dr. Murray’s system is that it required the application of 1,500 pounds per acre of dried sea salt to achieve the desired results.
Proceeding from the work of Dr. Murray and guided by a test for bioactivity recommended to us by Dr. Philip Callahan we entered onto a path of research that was to culminate with the creation of the product SEA-CROP®. Our first goal was to extract from seawater most of the bioactive principles while leaving behind most of the water and sodium chloride. In our opinion this would be the only way a seawater extract would become economical and have a broad-based agricultural application.
We were successful in making a bioactive seawater extract loaded with trace minerals and it performed well compared to Dr. Murray’s system but instead of 1,500 lbs per acre only one to three gallons per acre of concentrate were needed.