by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© September 2022, 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.


I. Introduction

II. Aspects Of The Supplement Program

III. How The Aspects Are integrated



I receive many questions about how the development science supplement program works. This article attempts to explain a complex subject.


Principles of supplement program design are:

1. Every supplement recommendation used in development science involves or corrects at least 10 of the concepts discussed in the next section below.

2. The whole body system must always be taken into account when considering taking a supplement.

3. Supplements must nourish the body, rather than stimulate or work via drug action. This is sometimes hard to discern, but is important because drug or pharmacological effects often cause pushback, adverse or rebound effects.

4. Toxicity of the supplements must be low or non-existent.

5. As each additional supplement is added, the complete program must be integrated so that all the supplements act synergistically and do not conflict with each other, or only minimally conflict with each.

Because the development science supplement programs are extremely integrated, altering the programs damages this integration. For this reason, altering programs often wrecks the entire program.


1. Simple nutritional replacement. This is the addition or replacement of nutrients that are deficient. It is a basic nutritional concept, but one that is often overlooked or done improperly.

Example. We find that taking dozens of nutritional products is not needed, even though the body is deficient in them. The problem is the cost of supplements, conflicts between supplements and the yin quality of all nutritional supplements.

A better solution is to correct deeper imbalances such as poor digestion and an inadequate diet. This will often take care of dozens of nutrient deficiencies.

Several deficiencies, however, seem to require nutrient replacement. For example, we always give some zinc, calcium, magnesium, TMG, and a digestive aid because these seem to be needed and not available from food.

2. Correction or bridging over damaged biochemical pathways.  This is a more complex method of using supplements.  The millions of biochemical pathways in the body require certain doses of specific nutrients to drive chemical reactions in specific ways.

Otherwise enzyme systems in the body will not operate efficiently and one’s health suffers.

Example. Vitamin B6 and other B-complex vitamins are needed in hundreds of enzymes in the brain for energy production and other vital functions. At times, giving these as supplements bridges over damaged metabolic pathways, especially in slow oxidizers.

3. Genetic aspects. We use supplements to restore transcription, translation and all aspects of biosynthesis.

Example: Zinc is needed for RNA transferase, a key enzyme in protein synthesis. Selenium, chromium, manganese and other trace minerals are also needed for biosynthesis.

4. Toxic metal removal. This is a very complex process. The development program uses about 24 methods to accomplish it gently and safely in the body’s own order of removal and timing.

Example: Specific supplements are used to interfere with toxin absorption, enhance metal removal through the eliminative organs, minimize damage due to the toxic metals, enhance liver activity to speed detoxification, and more. They are also coordinated so as not to interfere with each other.

NOTE: Chelation. The development program does not use chelation therapy. It is not safe enough, not as effective and not needed with the development program. For more details, read Chelation Therapy.

5. Taking into account nutrient synergists and antagonists. The principle of mineral antagonists is that taking a supplement of one mineral will interfere or antagonize the absorption and/or utilization of other minerals. The supplement programs use this principle to help keep toxic metals out of the body and to remove those that are inside the body.

However, the concept of mineral antagonisms and synergisms goes beyond toxic metal removal. It has to do with how well utilized a mineral will be inside the body, avoiding too much of a mineral, and other aspects of mineral metabolism.

Example. Zinc antagonizes cadmium, lead and often other toxic metals.

6. Correcting the stage of stress and the oxidation rate.  This is an unusual use of nutrients first proposed by Dr. George Watson, PhD. For details, read his book, Nutrition And Your Mind (1972).

He coined the term oxidation types and found that certain nutrients speed up the oxidation rate while others slow it down. Dr. Eck correlated this with the work of Hans Selye, MD on the stress theory of disease. The supplement program helps move a person to a healthier stage of stress. For details, read The Oxidation Types and The Stress Theory Of Disease.

Example. B-complex vitamins tend to speed up the oxidation rate.

7. Correcting major tissue mineral ratios in the body. This is a very important use of supplements in the development program.

NOTE: To balance the mineral ratios, one must measure the mineral levels in the tissues, not the blood. Blood is the highway of the body and does not reveal the levels of minerals in the tissues. This is extremely important.

Example. If one balances major ratios such as the sodium/potassium ratio, the sodium/magnesium ratio and others in the tissues, one’s vitality and energy increase dramatically, in many cases.

If this factor is ignored, one may obtain some symptom relief, but vitality often diminishes, leading to deeper problems later.  This is the main disadvantage of all therapies based on remedies, and therapies based mainly on correcting symptoms. That is, they do not balance body chemistry at the deepest cellular levels.

8. Correcting hair mineral patterns and progressions. This is another somewhat esoteric use of supplements, but critical to the development program.

Example: A four lows pattern on a hair mineral test requires a very special program.

9. Getting rid of the need for adaptations.  This concept relates to the stress theory of disease. This was the work of Hans Selye, MD in the 1930s and 1940s.

The main idea is that the body is always adapting to stress, no matter how odd or unusual the manifestations or symptoms may appear. For healing to occur, one needs to get rid of the need for certain adaptations.

When we succeed, the adaptation or symptom often goes away quickly without the need for any remedy or other intervention.

This principle applies to toxic metal removal, toxic chemical removal, infection removal, lowering blood pressure, healing the skin and mucus membranes, improving digestion and much more.

Example. The level of glucose in the blood may rise too high because the body is adapting to a problem moving glucose from the blood into the cells.  The body may raise the serum glucose level in an effort to force more glucose into the cells.  This is a completely different understanding of diabetes based on the stress theory of disease.

Example #2. The level of glucose in the blood may rise too high due to mild dehydration. Glucose attracts water to itself and the goal of this adaptation is to prevent sludgy blood that could cause a heart attack or stroke. The cause of the dehydration is often drinking too much coffee instead of drinking water.

If one corrects the mild dehydration, the blood sugar level often returns to normal without requiring any drug, herb or other remedy.

The stress theory of disease is not fully incorporated into conventional or most holistic or naturopathic medical care. However, it is central to development science.

10. Building adaptive energy or vitality.  A key principle of development science is to enhance adaptive energy or vitality.  This is also related to stress theory, and to ancient medical principles that emphasize the importance of vital force, life force or vitality in the healing process.

Ways this is done using supplements are to balance the oxidation rate, balance yin and yang forces in the body, strengthen and restore the autonomic nervous system, detoxify the body and generally renourish the body.

11. Balancing the autonomic nervous system.  This is another key to the success of the development program. The hair mineral analysis furnishes information about the condition of the autonomic nervous system.

Example: Many people have a mineral pattern called sympathetic dominance. The supplement program must be set up to take this into account. Otherwise, the program will be much less effective.

12. Balancing the rather esoteric “mineral system” of the body. This is a physics principle. Minerals interact with each other in specific and rather unusual ways. This science was first described by Dr. William Albrecht, who discovered mineral interactions in plants, animals and in the soil.

Dr. Paul Eck extended this work. The reasons for these relationships are not clear, but they have to do with physics, chemistry, molecular biology and other basic sciences.

Example. Giving copper often raises the tissue calcium level. Giving zinc often lowers the tissue sodium level. Giving vitamins also influence mineral levels. These relationships are quite subtle, at times, but critical in the design of development programs.

13. Balancing yin and yang forces in the body.  This is an ancient idea used in Oriental medical sciences, but not in Western medical care. Balancing the opposing and complementary forces in the body greatly enhances the effectiveness and safety of the development program.

We use the macrobiotic concepts of the yin and yang qualities of foods and supplements, not the Chinese medicine system. The reason is I am told the Chinese system has been changed and is not as accurate today.


- Fruit, fruit juices and sugars are too yin today for general consumption.

- Meat, eggs and cooked vegetables are more yang foods and needed by everyone.

- Cooking makes food more yang, and this is extremely helpful, we find, even if a few vitamins are destroyed by cooking.

NOTE: All nutritional supplements are fairly yin because they are broken apart and isolated. Avoiding most supplements for this reason alone is another key to the safety and effectiveness of the development program.

14. Enhancing the bioavailability of other minerals. Dr. Eck knew that minerals must be in an available form to be used properly in the body. A hair mineral analysis can often tell us if minerals are in this form.

The supplement and dietary programs are often aimed at making a particular mineral more available by giving another mineral, food or other substance that helps make the mineral more usable.

Examples: These include giving a digestive aid that helps the body absorb its food better, giving the right form of a mineral and avoiding certain foods and supplements that have minerals in incorrect forms such as oxides.

15. Balancing acid and alkaline qualities. This involves not only the qualities of the foods and supplements. It also involves the oxidation rate.

Examples: The diet needs to have a large proportion of cooked vegetables to help build up the alkaline reserve minerals in the body. Supplements and procedures may also tend to make the body more alkaline or acidic, and this must be taken into account as well.

16. Hormonal effects of various nutrients.  Nutrients such as zinc, copper, manganese and many others directly affect hormone production in various ways.  Random use of supplements for symptomatic purposes often ignores this important fact, which is always considered in development programs.

Example. The tissue and blood copper level is associated with the level of estrogen. This can result in many symptoms.

17. Resonance and vibrational effects of some supplements.  This applies to glandular products such as adrenal glandular, thyroid and kidney glandular concentrates. These products are helpful and we use them carefully.

We find them much safer than hormone replacement therapy. For details, read Hormone Replacement Therapy.

18. Psychological effects of supplemental nutrients. Certain foods and supplementary nutrients have powerful effects such as sedation, excitation, and other alterations of mood, affect and other psychological qualities. This property of some foods and nutrients can be used to advantage, and is often a key to success.

The correct program can help a person relax, feel more confident, sleep better, and even help develop the mind.  When ignored, this factor causes annoying ‘side effects’ of many drugs and some nutrients and foods as well. 

Example. Fruit is often upsetting to the blood sugar, but also to the mind.  When people reduce their intake of fruit, fruit juices and other sweets, they often relax more, assisting their healing dramatically.

19. Developmental foods and supplements. Certain foods and nutrients speed up the amazing process called development. It is a precise set of physical, mental and genetic changes in the body that toughens the body and extends life.

Development is an ancient process, but is not taught much to the public. We are honored to be able to teach about it. All development programs are aimed at producing development.

Example. Foods that some people consider unusual such as sardines, only certain vegetables, and blue corn tortilla chips are included in the diet because they contain chemical compounds that cause rapid development.

For more details, read Introduction To Development and at least a dozen other articles on this subject on this website.

20. Understanding the level at which supplements act, such as the cellular level, intercellular level or cell membrane level, and other possible levels. 

Example. Certain mineral transporters such as aspartates and orotates appear to work at different levels than other mineral transporters or forms of minerals such as chelates, oxides and others.

21. Orthomolecular concept of supplements, at times. This idea means giving the proper amount of a nutrient, not a standard amount.

22. Cost and cost-effectiveness, convenience and safety.  This is taken into account, as well, to keep the cost down and to have the minimum number of tablets for convenience.

23. Downward motion of some supplements as opposed to others.  This is another esoteric concept explained more in the article entitled Downward Moving Energy And Healing on this site.

24. Masculine-feminine actions of supplements.

25. Working with the placeholder concept.

26. Minimizing conflicts between supplements.

27. Finally, on occasion supplements can be used for symptomatic purposes or even drug-like effects for short periods of time, if needed.  development science specifically avoids most symptom-based supplement use.  However, at times it is needed, and it works well when it is understood as a temporary measure only.


A full or complete development program always involves the supplemental nutrients designed to accomplish the purposes above, assembled in a program that consists of three parts:

1. Critical supplements.  This part of the complete supplement program is very individualized.  It consists of about 3 or four supplement formulas needed to bring the oxidation rate and vital mineral ratios into balance.  It usually includes a multiple-vitamin-mineral product for one’s oxidation type, sometimes a glandular support product, zinc or Limcomin, and trimethylglycine.

These are always recommended based upon a properly performed hair mineral test in which the hair is not washed at the laboratory.  The test also must be interpreted according to the method of Dr. Paul Eck.  I have enhanced the programs since Dr. Eck’s death over 15 years ago.  I have not figured out how to recommend these products based upon blood tests, urine tests or other tests, although I have tried and I continue to research this.


2. Other basic supplements. These are also very important, but not quite as important as the critical supplements above.  They are less individualized, although they may be adjusted for each person.  Children definitely require less.  They include kelp, GB-3  a powerful digestive aid), Paramin (calcium/magnesium), omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D3.


3. Extra or optional products.  These are definitely less important, in most cases.  If funds are limited or if one does not like taking pills, or if digestion is very deranged, these can be omitted.  They include selenium or garlic, Endo-veggies (a dried vegetable capsule), and Renamide (a kidney support product with kidney glandular).


4. Other products.  This is not common.  However, those with cancer always require an anti-cancer product such as Cantron or the Kelley pancreatic enzymes.  Other special products include garlic, ICMN (inositol, choline, methionine and niacinamide), and rarely others such as potassium and magnesium aspartate and others.




Cost.  We are very cost conscious.  For adults, the programs cost about $150.00 per month if they are taken 3 times daily, and about $100.00 if they are taken twice daily. This is based on the consultant offering a 10-20% discount on the products, which is common.  This is about what we find is required in most cases.  Children and small animals require less.  I do not use certain products to keep the cost low.


Number of tablets. I try to keep the size of the programs as small as possible.


Convenience.  The program are as convenient as possible.  For example, they do not require taking products between meals or complex meals.


Much more information about the supplements used in all development programs is found at: Supplement Concepts and Products Used Commonly In development.

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