What really prompted me to think about this subject was an article I read on reefkeeping.com regarding trace elements and what I got out of it was we're not really sure how important trace elements contribute to the overall health of the reef. It was apparent that these elements are there, their percentages are known, but dosing wasn't exactly the same. It came close but there is much still to be understood how the reef health is affected by theses elements and what else in the ocean water that's present that we still don't know about which makes or salt mixes lacking in delivering what's needed for reef corals to flourish .
I know I'm young in this hobby but I see it no different than modern meds. For example there is plenty of evidence that vitamins in fruits and vegetables is important to our health but isolating the vitamins and taking them in tablet forms or in juices doesn't have the same effects as having it in it's natural form. There is proof that if one is lacking certain vitamins in great amounts then taking it in any form had immediate benefits but thats only up to a limit.
Overall modern medicine is simply based on action/reaction. When I take this, that happens, or on a cellular level, when this is introduced the cells react this way or that way.
For example it's well known that vitamin C is good for you, but drinking it in OJ has some disadvantages. For one, insulin levels react differently when the orange fiber and pulp are consumed along with the inner juice of the orange. Not to mention the benefits of the vapor that mists while you're peeling it. You short cut all this and just take it in as juice and your body is forced to produce insulin at a very high rate to combat the sudden sugar rush that comes along and there is also the time factor. As your body slowly digests the complete orange(pulp, fiber...etc) the vitamins and sugar delivery is at a very deliberate rate. So the pulp, fiber, vapor mist all contribute to along with the vitamins to a delivery to ones system that is at a natural rate.
I realize there are risks in using anything straight from the ocean but it was a question more towards finding out if this practice exists in this hobby and what precautions are taken in order to weigh the benefits to the risks.
Something like that...