Selenium is a vital mineral and one that we either do not have or have in very limited amounts in the soil. All warm-blooded animals, including humans, must have this mineral to remain healthy. It is fully 1/3 of your immune system and cancer cells cannot divide in a selenium-rich environment. This is your body’s first defense against cancer. Your brain information centers are powered with selenium. Selenium is stored in your ligaments and before your brain suffers a shortage of selenium, it will take it out of the ligaments to send it to protect the information centers in the brain. As the selenium is removed from the ligaments, the ligaments will shrink and become too tight. This causes pain and inflammation in the joints causing the belief that it is arthritis when you really have a selenium deficiency. On an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) there is no difference between arthritis and selenium deficiency in the joints. The damage to the join is the same. However, the selenium-deficient joints can be corrected. After 45 years of age, 8 out of 10 people living in areas such as Northern Maine will suffer from this shortage of selenium. It is also why cancan will be our neighbor unless we wake up to these facts.