By Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© January 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.


Plating, hardening and tempering are processes used in the metal-working industry to improve the performance of many products we use every day.  These same processes are used inside the body, as well.




All three processes – hardening, plating and tempering - are used in the metals industry to alter metals to make them perform certain tasks better or to last longer.  The body uses them to survive and perform better.  They are adaptations to stress that are often toxic and somewhat damaging, but they help keep us alive. 

            A psychological concept, too.  Our bodies use hardening, plating and tempering  not only to handle physical stress, but also to withstand psychological stress. 

Reasons these processes may be required are:

a. The body is weak.

b. A situation such as difficult job or relationship requires it.

c. Something in the person’s lifestyle such as going to bed too late, not getting enough sleep, or not eating well requires it.

            Now let us discuss each process in more detail.




            Definition.  Plating is a process whereby a soft or delicate material is coated with a harder or more durable material.  Plating is used in industry to protect metal from rusting (galvanizing), to protect the surface (chromium, nickel or cadmium plating), or for other reasons.  A few of the products we enjoy thanks to plating are chrome-plated car bumpers, nickel-plated jewelry, copper-clad pots, cadmium-plated containers and gold-plated electrical connectors.

The same process occurs in our bodies.  The body accumulates layers of certain minerals, some more superficial that others, for protection or for other reasons.


Toxic. In the body, plating is always an adaptation and always somewhat toxic.  The plating minerals are always in a toxic form, such as an oxide.  The process of plating is always a toxic yang process used to harden the body or protect it in some way.

Toxic effects range from mild to severe. They depend upon which mineral or minerals are involved, and how much is present.


An example - a calcium shell.  This is a common pattern on a hair mineral tests, indicated by a calcium level above 165 mg% for women and above 155 mg% for men. 

This reflects the accumulation of metastatic or biounavailable calcium that “coats” or “plates” the entire body, leading to calcification of the joints, arteries and even the organs.  For much more about this topic, read The Calcium Shell.


            Simplified, but a useful understanding.  The idea of plating is somewhat simplified because the physiology of mineral accumulation is more complex than simply coating the body with a mineral.  However, the idea of plating is a useful one for understanding some mineral patterns on hair tests, and for understanding some disease processes in the body.


            A psychological concept, as well.    The body may use plating to protect itself from mental or emotional stress, as well as physical stress.




Copper.   A very common example of plating today is a pathological accumulation of copper in the body.  It causes many symptoms that are extremely common today such as anxiety, depression, spaciness or brain fog, racing thoughts, excessive emotions, acne and other skin problems, headaches, and premenstrual tension in young women.  For details about copper, read Copper Toxicity Syndrome.


Iron, manganese and aluminum - the amigos.  These are very common minerals that the body uses in an oxide form for plating, at times.  For details, read Iron, Manganese and Aluminum – The Amigos.


Cadmium, nickel and chromium.  These are all powerful “hardeners”.  Hardeners protect us from the world.  Plating metals with hardeners is a very common technique in industry.

Cadmium is a very hard metal.  It will “harden” a weak human being.  Many women who are not healthy, for example, accumulate some cadmium in order to live and work in “a man’s world”.


Cadmium compensates for copper toxicity.  Dr. Paul Eck found that those with cadmium toxicity often have copper toxicity beneath the cadmium.  He found that the hardness and yang quality of cadmium “balances” the soft, weak and yin quality of copper toxicity.  This is much like

cadmium plating in industry that is used to harden and thus protect a softer metal such as iron or steel.

Unfortunately, cadmium is extremely toxic, so the person the person with high cadmium usually develops serious health problems such as arthritis, diabetes or cancer as a result of their “cadmium plating”.


Drugs and cadmium.  Tobacco cigarettes and marijuana are quite high in cadmium.  Some people use these products in order to obtain cadmium unconsciously.  They can make a person feel better temporarily, but are quite toxic for the body.

For more on the topic of cadmium, read Cadmium.




Plating may or may not be obvious from a hair mineral test.  A calcium shell pattern and plating with iron, manganese, aluminum and other amigos is also often possible to discern from the test.

Other plating may be more subtle and may require a number of hair mineral tests before it becomes apparent as the mineral is eliminated through the hair and skin and is finally revealed on the hair chart.




Physiologically, plating often causes a type of reversal of energy in the body.  A weak person becomes apparently strong.  A man starts to think like a woman, and vice versa (see below on homosexuality).  This is part of the nature of plating.




            We observe that most homosexuals and perhaps most transgender people suffer from plating.    They are “coated” or plated with a mineral that changes their perception of who they are.  This may help understand why a development program that removes the plating can often alter their preferences.




            Plating in the body is somewhat similar to plating that is used in industry to protect metals from corrosion, rust or for other reasons.  For example, most faucets in homes are plated with chromium or nickel.  These are very hard elements that do not rust or corrode.

            Steel is often plated with a mixture of cadmium and zinc.  This process is called galvanizing, and it makes the metal more resistant to rusting.




              Definition.  Hardening is a general term that refers to any chemical process whereby a soft material is mixed with another material to form a new material that is much harder.

For example, in the metals industry, brass is made of copper and zinc.  Bronze is made of copper and tin.  Our bodies are capable of alloying metals in similar ways to harden the tissues.




            Minerals that tend to harden the body structure include cadmium, nickel, chromium and iron.  Others are tin, silver, and zinc.  Calcium accumulation in the tissues, joints and elsewhere also causes hardening.  Each one hardens in a somewhat different way, so the body uses them all, at times. 




Hard bones are healthful.  Otherwise, hardening of the body is usually a sign of illness.  Healthy people are flexible, pliable and adaptable.

Usually, hardening of the body is an imbalance and often a compensation for weakness.  A number of medical terms describe various ways the body becomes hardened.  They include sclerosis, adhesions, scarring, tumor formation, fibrosis, bone spurs, cirrhosis, arterioscloerosis, atherosclerosis, keratosis and calcification.




Arteriosclerosis.  As most people age, their arteries become deficient in zinc and they accumulate cadmium.  As a result, they become less flexible, harder and more brittle.  In response, the body coats the inside of the arteries with calcium plaques to prevent the arteries from rupturing.  For details, read Arteriosclerosis.

Vaginal hardening.  Women who experience repeat rapes, or even some who just are very malnourished, develop hardening of the vaginal tissues.  This is not healthy and can cause pain on intercourse, painful childbirth, and other problems.  For details, read The Vagina.

Scarring.  When tissues don’t heal correctly, scarring often occurs.  It is a hardening of the tissues of the area, and in part is an attempt to protect a weakened area.




Definition.  Tempering is a manufacturing process in which a material is repeatedly subjected to stress in order to change its structure.  The material is usually heated and cooled in particular ways to achieve tempering.  Sometimes tempering is done by hammering a metal.


In industry, well-known examples are tempered glass used in all large windows.  Tempering of glass makes the glass more flexible and resilient, and less likely to shatter.  Tempering is also used with steel to reduce its brittleness and for other reasons. 




In our bodies, tempering may also go on due to repeated stress of various kinds.  This will change the nature of a human body and brain, often for the better.

A development program can be viewed as a type of tempering procedure.  The body is subjected to specific types of stressors in a very controlled way that results in improved health.



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