by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© May 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


Armoring up pattern is a relatively recently discovered pattern (2013) observable only on retest hair mineral analyses. 


Definition.  Armoring pattern is defined as:

1. A retest pattern.  The pattern is found only on a retest hair mineral analysis in which the hair is not washed at the laboratory.


2. A reduction in the level of one or more of certain minerals.

The minerals involved in this pattern include toxic metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum and nickel.  It may also include the level of iron, copper, or manganese.  It might also involve other vital minerals, but I do not know this for sure.


3. The level(s) now fall into what is called a poor eliminator range or very poor eliminator range.  The level might have been in the poor or very poor eliminator range before, or not.  If it was, it is now even deeper in this range.


4. The person must be following a development program.  This is important because if a person does not follow a development program, then the reduction in the mineral level(s) could be due to other factors.




In order to understand armoring pattern, one must first understand poor eliminator pattern.  This is another recently discovered pattern (around 2011) that has become extremely important for hair analysis interpretation.

By way of review, poor eliminator pattern refers to very low readings of most minerals, including iron, copper, manganese, lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, nickel, and probably others.

The exact criteria for the pattern are explained in the Poor Eliminator Pattern article.  The meaning of the pattern is that the body is having difficulty eliminating the minerals which read very low on the test.

Armoring is basically a worsening of one or more poor eliminator patterns.  It can also be a reduction in a vital mineral or a toxic metal that moves the level into the poor eliminator range.




Armoring is a reduction in mineral elimination through the hair, and perhaps through the skin, as well, because the hair reading can reflect skin elimination via sweating or excretion of mineral through the oil glands.

Two possibilities exist:

1. Elimination of the minerals is reduced.  That is, the body holds on more tightly to these minerals temporarily.

2. Elimination is not reduced.  However, it is shunted to other routes of elimination such as the kidneys and bowel, and away from the skin and hair.

Research indicates that the true meaning is #1 above – that elimination of the affected minerals is actually reduced for a time.

A possible reason this occurs is in order to handle, retrace or process an old trauma or imbalance of some kind.  In this sense, it is akin to “putting on your armor” to handle a situation or event.




Armoring can involve just one or two minerals.  However, to identify the pattern, usually it must involve three or more minerals. 




This has not been done formally.  However, two simple principles are:


1. The number of minerals involved.  The pattern is more pronounced if the number of minerals that decline into the poor eliminator range on a retest is greater.  For example, if only 2 or 3 minerals decline into the poor eliminator range, this is a milder armoring up pattern. 

If 7 or 8 minerals decline into the poor eliminator range on a retest, the pattern is more pronounced and important.


2. The degree of decline.  The further that minerals decline on a retest, both in their absolute value and in the change from the previous test, the more pronounced the pattern.

For example, if copper declines from 1.4 to 1.2, this is a mild armoring up pattern.  If copper declines from 1.4 to 0.8, this is a more pronounced armoring up pattern.




It may be caused by changes in the kidneys, the liver, or other eliminative organs.  It is not necessarily caused by a change in the oxidation rate or in the sodium/potassium ratio, according to our observations.




A consistent observation is that if a man takes 3 grams of TMG (trimethylglycine) daily, then armoring takes place less often. (Adult women should only take 1 gram of TMG daily to avoid becoming too yin.)

It appears that if one takes more TMG, then the body is able to retrace more easily without needing to armor.  However, if less TMG is taken, then armoring is needed to retrace and heal certain imbalances or traumas.

We will add to this article as more information becomes available about this interesting pattern.



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