Our health relies on mining

12 Mar 2021

Did you take care of yourself today? Did you brush your teeth? Did you take your medication? Did you do exercises? Did you schedule your yearly check-up to see if everything is OK? These actions are part of our routine, however, we don´t usually realize that health care would be impossible without mining.

Minerals are present in the toothpaste we use every day, in the food supplement, in the thermometer or in the glucose meter device. Medications would not exist without elements including phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, magnesium, copper, zinc, boron, manganese, sodium, barium, among others. Do you know the sneakers you wear to run or the gym equipment you use to work out? They are the fruits of the products developed by means of mining.

Nowadays, most procedures and techniques used in medicine and health rely on state-of-the-art machines and equipment, and the industry as a whole. From simple surgery gadgets, including knives, scissors, drills and scalpels, to more sophisticated devices, including MRI and CT scanning, they all depend on mineral elements to be built. It is mining working for the benefit of health.