RETESTS – EVALUATING PROGRESS
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© February 2020, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Many clients ask if they are improving on a development program because they are not feeling much different. One may even feel worse, for a time, due to retracing.
Here are general guidelines to answer this question:
- If one follows the program faithfully, especially the diet, in almost all cases one’s health will improve.
- An exception is if one has a serious chronic illness particularly cancer. In this case, one may improve in some ways, but the program may not be enough to overcome a fast-moving cancer, for example.
- If one is not following a development program, often one’s health is not better, even if one feels better. This occurs because many supplements and procedures are stimulants that make one feel better for a while, but they do not improve health at a deep level. Two out of many examples of this are drinking kombucha tea or drinking celery juice.
- At times, assessing progress is difficult. For example, there can be progress in some areas, but not in others. Also, psychological or lifestyle factors occasionally influence the healing and development process in unusual ways.
II. HAIR MINERAL RETEST INDICATORS OF IMPROVEMENT
A retest hair mineral analysis every 3 to 6 months is an important method we use to assess progress at deep levels of body chemistry.
Hare are the main mineral analysis indicators we use to indicate progress. Note that the hair must not be washed at the laboratory in order to produce accurate hair mineral readings.
1. Any increase in the phosphorus level, up to about 16 mg%. The more the phosphorus increases, up to 16 mg%, the more reliable is this indicator. This means that an increase from 16 to 18 mg% is not significant, for example.
2. Any significant increase in the levels of lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, nickel, iron, copper, or manganese when these minerals are in the poor eliminator range on the previous test. The more of these that increase, and the more they increase, the more reliable the indicator.
To find the most up-to-date criteria for poor eliminators, go to Ideal Human Hair Mineral Levels.
3. A lower reading of aluminum, iron, or manganese, provided these were elevated on the previous test. The more of these that decline, and the more they decline, the more reliable this indicator. An elevated reading for these minerals is the following:
Aluminum – above 0.4 mg%
Iron – above 2 mg%
Manganese – above 0.04 mg%
4. Settling down pattern. This is defined as a decrease in the levels of all the following minerals - calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The indicator may also be a decrease in three of the minerals above, provided that the fourth mineral remains the same as on the previous test. The greater the decline in these levels, the more reliable the indicator.
A settling down pattern can also occur on the second four minerals.
5. Coming alive pattern. This is defined as an increase in the levels of all of the following minerals – calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The indicator may also be an increase in three of these minerals, provided that the fourth one remains the same as on the previous test. The greater the increase, generally, the more reliable is the indicator.
A coming alive pattern can also occur on the second four minerals.
6. A hill pattern. This is defined as a calcium/magnesium ratio less than about 3.5 and a sodium/potassium ratio greater than about 3. This indicator is only reliable if the hill was not present on the previous test.
The hill pattern can also occur on the second four minerals. For more on this pattern, read The Hill Pattern on this website.
7. Everything coming out pattern. This pattern is defined as an increase in four or more of the toxic metal or certain other readings. The four may include iron, copper, manganese, chromium and/or selenium providing these increase into a toxic range for the mineral.
8. Out of four lows. This occurs when the previous test revealed a four lows pattern and the new test four lows is no longer present.
9. An improvement in the sodium/potassium ratio. The ratio moves closer to the ideal value of 2.5.
10. An improvement in the calcium/magnesium ratio. The ratio moves closer to the ideal value of 6.67.
11. An improvement in the oxidation rate. The oxidation rate moves closer to a balanced rate.
12. Better ratios on the 2nd four minerals when the previous test showed a double low ratio pattern on the second four numbers.
13. A step down pattern when it was not present on the previous test.
14. A reduction in the calcium level if a calcium shell was previously present.
15. An elevation in the zinc level, provided it was less than about 12 mg% on the previous test.
16. A faster oxidation rate in a child who is less than about 5-10 years old.
1. If the opposite to one of these patterns occurs, it does not indicate a lack of progress. This may be important in some cases. For example, if the oxidation rate slows down in a child, this is not a bad sign. However, it is not reliable enough to be listed in this article as signs of progress.