Minerals Important to Your Health
Minerals are important elements for keeping the human body healthy.
Minerals are necessary for life-saving medicines. They are also useful in cutting-edge medical equipment.
Minerals and their uses are the subject of an exhibition at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Washington, D.C.
The Clinical Center worked in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History to tell the story of minerals in medicine.
Visitors to the exhibit will see 40 minerals that look as if they could be used in costly jewelry. But these minerals are much more important than that.
The show is called "Minerals in Medicine." It explains how minerals dug up from the earth make a big difference in human health, medicines and treatment.
John Gallin is director of the NIH Clinical Center. He says minerals are important not only for good health but also for treatments that keep us healthy.
"Each mineral has a different role. Some are important as antibiotics, such as silver. Some are important in carrying certain proteins from one place to another, such as copper. Some are important in our teeth health, such as fluoride. They have different functions and that's what makes them so magical."
He adds that these minerals are necessary for medical equipment used in health care centers around the world.
"For example Beryl, which is beautiful crystal, is very important in our imaging equipment for high resolution imaging such as in CT (Computed Tomography) scans and breast mammography."
"This is the source of the CT, computed tomography..."
That was Les Folio, a radiologist working at the National Institutes of Health. He notes that other minerals are also required in imaging devices.
"These are resultant CT images getting us a three-dimensional information. You can see the lungs and the abdominal organs and these green areas are lymph nodes from metastatic cancer. CT picks those up beautifully thanks to the minerals on the exhibit."
Most gypsum comes from Spain. This mineral has long been used in dentistry – the study, prevention and treatment of diseases of the mouth. Robert Range is a dentist at NIH.
"The gypsum in this case is a stone that is being used to create the mold of the patient's gum tissue and teeth for diagnostic purposes."
The 40 minerals in the exhibit are on loan from the National Museum of Natural History. The exhibit is part of an ongoing arts exhibition at the clinical center. John Gallin says that art can have an effect on a person's health. And he considers looking at beautiful minerals as a form of art.
"The impact of art on health is very intriguing – probably very important. Art can be paintings, it can be music as well as looking at things like crystals and minerals. (It) makes people smile and makes them feel better."
Gallin says he hopes visitors can also begin to understand the importance of minerals in their health and well-being.
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矿物质也是急救药品的主要成分 。矿物质对于一些先进的医学设备来说也必不可少 。
参展游客将有幸看到40种类似于昂贵珠宝的矿物质 。但这些矿物质的实用性远大于观赏性 。
本次展览的主题为“药品中的矿物质” 。主要向人们讲解地壳中的矿物质在人体健康、药品及治疗等领域的作用 。
约翰·加林（John Gallin）是美国国立卫生研究院临床中心的总指挥 。他表示，矿物质不仅有益人体健康，在健康治疗方面也有重要作用 。
“每类矿物质的作用不尽相同 。有的矿物质与抗生素一样重要，比如银 。有的矿物质在输送蛋白质方面非常重要，比如铜 。有的矿物质对牙齿健康非常重要，比如氟化物 。矿物质各有分工，这也是其神奇之处 。”
放射科医师赖斯·弗利奥（Les Folio）在国立研究院工作 。他指出，成像设备还需要其他矿物质 。
“CT成像能够提供三维信息 。可清晰地看到肺部、腹部器官，这些绿色区域是转移性恶性肿瘤的淋巴结 。正是因为矿物质，CT才能够展示出完美的图像 。”
大部分石膏都来自西班牙 。这种矿物质在牙医领域的研究、预防和治疗口腔疾病方面得到广泛应用 。罗伯特·朗治（Robert Range）是国立卫生研究院的牙科医师 。
这40种矿物质其实是从国家历史自然博物馆借来的 。该展览只是临床中心举行的艺术展览的一部分 。加林表示，艺术能够对人体健康产生影响 。因此，他将漂亮的矿物质视为艺术品 。
“艺术对健康的影响十分神秘，而且非常重要 。艺术品可以是画作，音乐或者矿物质和晶体 。艺术能够让人微笑让人感觉良好 。”