by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© June 2019, 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.















Potassium is a very important mineral for soil health and for the health of all plants, animals and human beings.  Its roles include:

- soil fertility and plant growth

- regulating osmotic balance

- regulating cell membrane potential

- polarizing plant and animal cells via the sodium pump mechanism

- heart and blood pressure regulation

- nerve impulse conduction.

- regulation of blood viscosity and pH.

- regulation of carbon dioxide transport in red blood cells.

- regulation of cell permeability.

- muscle contraction and relaxation


About 100 years ago, soil scientists discovered how to combine potassium with other elements to make superphosphate fertilizers.  Soon farmers were adding these compounds to the soils of the world in massive amounts because they increased crop yields.  The results were so dramatic that problems that arose from the new science were and still are ignored.

The problem is that these industrially-produced potassium compounds are somewhat toxic.  In this article, we will call these less desirable or less healthful forms toxic potassium.

They include potassium carbonate and nitrate (used in fertilizers), mono and dibasic phosphate (used in fertilizers), chelate and gluconate (used in nutritional supplements), chloride (used in medicine), guaiacolsulfonate, iodide (used to protect from radioactive iodine), iodate, nitrite, oxides, oxalate, permanganate, sulfates, cyanide, acetate, bitartrate, and potassium sodium tartrate.




Today the problem of toxic potassium has become a major environmental concern due to a convergence of four factors:

1. As stated above, industrially-produced potassium compounds are somewhat toxic.

2. These compounds are now applied to millions of acres of land throughout the world each year.

3. Most of the industrially-produced potassium compounds do not biodegrade or break down quickly.  Many persist in the environment for 10 years or longer.

4. Most soil specialists and doctors are not aware of these facts, so these chemicals are permitted to be used on most food crops, non-food crops and elsewhere.

As a result, toxic potassium compounds now contaminate most drinking water and food supplies throughout the earth.  They also contaminate many lakes, rivers, streams and the oceans of the world.

They damage the health of the soil, agricultural crops and livestock, wildlife and human beings around the world.




A number of scientists have written about this problem.  Among them are William Albrecht, PhD, Andre Voisin, author of Soil, Grass and Cancer, Charles Walters, founder of Acres USA magazine, and Louis Kervran, author of Biological Transmutation.

They and others warned the world years ago that the superphosphate fertilizers are mainly growth stimulants that would cause massive problems for agriculture.  However, their voices were not heard, and in some cases they were silenced.  The benefits of N-P-K fertilization seemed so great that how could anyone doubt their effectiveness? 


Hair mineral testing research.  For the past 39 years, the author has used hair mineral testing as a health assessment and monitoring tool with human beings.  This test is identical to the standard soil testing procedure used by farmers and ranchers the world over.

At least five years ago we noticed that as human beings heal at deep levels, often the hair potassium level rises sharply on their hair mineral test.  Three to six months later, however, the potassium level declines again toward the normal levels.

When this occurs, the person usually reports feeling better.  Their energy level improves and symptoms often disappear such as fatigue and other health problems discussed below.

What seems to occur is that as the body heals, the body replaces toxic forms of potassium with more physiological or more biologically active forms of potassium.  Elimination of stored toxic potassium through the hair and skin causes the sharp rise in the potassium level on the hair mineral test.

 This led us to the idea that many human bodies contain toxic forms of potassium that the body must eliminate in order to achieve optimum health.

In fact, the problem of toxic potassium contributes to diverse array of environmental problems from a decline in soil fertility to human and animal cancers.


Confusing results.  The mass spectrometer and ICP (induction-coupled plasma) units used by Analytical Research Labs and other hair testing laboratory cannot distinguish the potassium compounds in the hair.  They only give a total reading.  This can be confusing, since one does not know how much of the potassium compounds found in tissues are beneficial and how much are less desirable forms.






Superphosphate or N-P-K fertilizers are the major source of toxic potassium compounds.  They are one of basic elements of the so-called “green revolution” in agriculture of the early 20th century.  The use of superphosphates, along with chemical pesticides, increased crop yields dramatically and forever changed the way crops are grown around the world.

Today, these fertilizers are approved for use on organic and non-organic crops around the world.  Billions of tons of them have been spread on the fields, and they continue to be used on both food and non-food crops.

Because they do not degrade quickly, they now contaminate most agricultural land and most of the earth’s water supplies, including the oceans.  Residues are now found in most, if not all, industrially-grown and organically grown fruit, vegetables, grains and most meat and fish.  For more details, read

Superphosphate Fertilizers.




Potassium supplements and medical drugs that contain potassium.  Most all potassium supplements are somewhat toxic.  These include potassium chelate, potassium chloride and potassium citrate.  This is one reason we do not recommend potassium supplements.  The best way to obtain more potassium in the diet is to eat plenty of cooked, not raw vegetables. 

Also, some medical drugs contain toxic forms of potassium.


Potassium used in water softeners.  Toxic potassium compounds are routinely added to some home and industrial water supplies to soften the water. 




Fruit and dairy products.  Fruit absorbs more toxic potassium from superphosphate fertilizers than any other type of food.  Toxic potassium has an affinity for the sexual organs of plants and animals, and fruits are the expanded ovaries of plants.  The potassium is incorporated into the fruit and cannot be washed off.

Cooking. Cooking destroys some toxic potassium compounds, but fruit is generally eaten raw, making the problem worse.

It does not matter if the fruit is pesticide-free, organic, non-hybridized or heirloom varieties.  This is one of the sad facts about almost all fruit today, and a major reason we do not recommend eating any of it today. 


Vegetables that are fruits in the botanical sense.  Some of our vegetables are really fruits in the botanical sense of the word.  These include:

1. All the nightshade vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant)

2. All squashes and pumpkins. 

3. A few others such as cucumbers and okra.  All of the above contain seeds.  Any vegetable that has seeds is botanically a fruit.

This is one reason these foods are not recommended as foods for daily use with development programs.  We forbid nightshades and summer squashes completely.  We allow winter squashes and pumpkins as occasional foods because they are not as toxic and are less cooling than the others.


Dairy products.  Milk, yogurt and kefir also contain a lot of toxic potassium.  Cheese is a little better because most of the liquid has been removed from the product. 

This is a problem today with most dairy products, but especially non-organic dairy products.


Fish. All fish and shellfish today contain some toxic potassium.  The most contaminated is that which is caught in streams, lakes and coastal ocean waters where there is agricultural runoff.

Deep ocean fish including sardines have less of it.  This is one reason we recommend eating sardines, along with the lower mercury content of sardines.  Most other fish have a much higher mercury content and this is why we do not allow them in the development diet.

Krill.  Krill, a relative of the shrimp, contains quite a lot of toxic potassium.  Some health authorities recommend krill as a source of omega-3 fatty acids.  However, anyone who uses this oil gets a lot of a toxic form of potassium.  This is one reason we do not recommend krill oil.


Meats.  These are somewhat contaminated as well.  Grass fed meat is possibly much less contaminated than grain-fed meat.


Grains and nuts.  These foods are also somewhat contaminated, but less than the ones above.  They do not seem to pick up as much toxic potassium as fruits and vegetables.


Drinking water.  Most drinking water supplies on earth are somewhat contaminated with toxic potassium.  Spring water is among the least contaminated and this is one reason we recommend drinking it rather than most well water or other types of water.




Congenital toxicity.  Today, all babies are born with excessive amounts of toxic potassium.  This occurs because their mothers’ bodies are contaminated and the potassium is passed to the babies through the placenta.

We notice this on hair mineral tests of babies, which usually reveal elevated levels of potassium.  When these levels decline with a development program, the health of the babies improves.  Symptoms such as eczema, infections, and others disappear.


Sexual fluid.  Human male and female sexual fluids contain a lot of toxic potassium.  Those who absorb a lot of this fluid include women who have sex often without using condoms and many homosexuals.




            These include:


Bone and teeth problems.  Toxic potassium is a solvent that antagonizes or opposes calcium in the body.  As a result, it interferes with bone health.


Cancer.  Toxic potassium compounds may interfere with cell respiration and may be a factor in the current epidemic of cancer around the world.


Heart problems.  Potassium is essential for the heart.  The toxic forms of potassium do not nourish the heart well, and may contribute to the epidemic of heart disease around the world, but especially in the Western nations that have industrial agriculture.


Hypoglycemia and Diabetes.  Toxic potassium in the adrenal glands and pancreas interferes with the ability of the body to regulate the blood sugar level.


Memory impairment and other neurological effects.  Toxic potassium residue in the body is a contributor to the epidemic of dementia, brain fog and other neurological problems that are so common today.


Homosexuality and gender dysphoria.  We notice that homosexuals eliminate more toxic potassium than other people when they heal their bodies at deep levels.

Another interesting finding is that when this occurs, these individuals become less interested in homosexual relationships.  We know this is a controversial topic, but it is our repeated observation.

The same occurs with children and adults who have gender dysphoria.  As they eliminate toxic potassium from their bodies, their gender dysphoria or transgender tendencies often improve.


Unusual psychological effects.  Toxic potassium seems to affect the nervous system in a way that keeps a human being more attached to its parent. We know this because young children normally eliminate some toxic potassium around the age of 1 to 2.

When this occurs, parents often comment that the child wants to be more independent.  For example, the child no longer like being called a baby.  The child may say, “I am not a baby.  I can dress myself or do other things myself”.

Unfortunately, unless a baby or child follows a development program, the toxic potassium remains in a child’s body for the remainder of their life.  This occurs because the nutrition of most children and adults is not sufficient to allow the body to replace it with more biologically active forms of potassium.


Cooling and expansive effects.  Toxic forms of potassium are more cooling or yin in macrobiotic and Chinese medical terminology and contribute to what we call Yin Disease.  This is a common and serious imbalance in most human, animal and plant bodies today.

Its cause is poor nutrition combined with environmental contamination with toxic metals, toxic chemicals, ionizing radiation and radio and microwave radiation from cell phone towers, computers and other sources.  For more details, read Understanding Yin And Yang and Yin And Yang Healing.


Irritating and a stimulant.  Toxic potassium can be an oxide form.  This form, in particular, is very irritating to plant and animal tissues.  It causes oxidant damage.

Many doctors give people anti-oxidants to combat this problem.  A far better answer, in our view, is to eliminate the toxic potassium that is the real cause of the oxidant damage.  This is more work, but has many other benefits for health.




The body eliminates toxic potassium mainly through the skin and hair.  As this occurs, a few people experience temporary hair loss.

This occurs because the toxic potassium damages hair follicles, particularly in women.  Once the toxic potassium is out of the body, the hair grows back.  We have not observed other symptoms as the body eliminates toxic potassium.






            Most doctors and nutritionists are unaware of the problem.  This is a major reason for writing this article.

            Books and articles written before about 1930 do not mention it because it was not a problem at that time.  Therefore, you will not find it discussed by authors such as Weston A. Price, DDS or the pioneering natural doctors of the 19th century. 

For this reason, groups such as the Weston A. Price Foundation and followers of Bernard Jensen, ND, DC, Herbert Shelton and others still recommend eating fruit and make no mention of the problem of toxic potassium.




            It is difficult to raise fruit without superphosphates today.  However, even if you avoid N-P-K fertilizers, they are in most water supplies.  So you are still fertilizing your fruit with some, even if you don’t add it to the soil.

In addition, there are other problems with fruit:

- It is a very cooling or yin food in macrobiotic terminology.

- Most of it upsets the blood sugar level.

- Fruit in restaurants is often unclean and contaminated with bacteria, viruses and sometimes parasite eggs.

As a result, we don’t recommend eating any fruit.  It is not necessary and it all makes the body more yin, which is harmful.   




Toxic potassium has somewhat similar effects as oxide forms iron, manganese, aluminum, nickel, and possibly other minerals that are very common on earth and in most all plant and animal bodies. 

Like toxic potassium, the body seems unable to convert the oxide forms into more usable forms of the minerals.  Instead, they must be eliminated from the body.  For more details, read The Amigos – Iron, Manganese And Aluminum.




Toxic potassium compounds also have effects similar to some common magnesium compounds such as magnesium chloride and magnesium sulfate.  These are widely used in magnesium supplements and in medical care. 

Once again, these compounds have a stimulating effect and the body seems unable to convert them into better forms of magnesium.  Instead, on repeat hair mineral tests of human beings, the hair magnesium will suddenly rise as the body eliminates these forms of magnesium.

A particularly harmful procedure is applying topic magnesium oil to the skin.  This has a stimulating effect and can become addictive for this reason.  However, it lowers hair tissue calcium and lowers the tissue sodium/potassium ratio.  It can cause heart attacks and strokes for this reason.  For details, read Topical Magnesium. 




Weakened plants cause weak livestock animals and weak human beings.  Antibiotics were developed about the same time as superphosphate fertilizers and rescued animal husbandry and humans from some of the problems caused by food raised with superphosphate fertilizers.

Today, about 80% of all antibiotics are used on farms.  The residues contaminate most beef, chicken, pork and other meat and dairy items!  They also contaminate most water supplies in the Western world.


Other similarities to the antibiotic problem.  Like toxic potassium, antibiotics seemed so amazing 70 years ago that any objections to their widespread use were ignored and even silenced.

Today, however, the widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture and in human populations is causing:

- proliferation of antibiotic-resistant organisms.

- repeat and chronic infections

- antibiotic toxicity such as digestive problems, liver toxicity, kidney toxicity and more.

 - serious damage to the intestinal flora, causing much weaker digestion, constipation, and other bowel diseases.

- impaired immune response.


Less toxic alternatives to antibiotics exist and as bodies become truly healthy with a development program, antibiotics are very rarely, if ever needed.  In all cases, they should be used as a last resort, and never as a first line therapy.  For details, read Beyond Antibiotics.




Pregnancy seems to require more potassium to balance the higher estrogen and sodium levels needed to sustain pregnancy.  In the absence of more biologically active forms of potassium, women’s bodies seem to accumulate more toxic potassium during pregnancy. 

In development science, sodium is more associated with estrogen, while potassium is more associated with progesterone.  During pregnancy, the body raises the estrogen level and it raises the potassium level to balance the rise in sodium and estrogen.

This may explain why we observe that all human babies and animal offspring are born with high levels of toxic potassium.





1. One cannot tell from a standard hair mineral analysis which form of potassium is present in the hair or other body tissues.

2. An elimination of toxic potassium through the skin and hair will elevate the potassium level on a hair mineral test.  However, it is, at least in part, an artifact.  This means that it should not be counted much when assessing the mineral patterns.

3. By raising the potassium level, an elimination of toxic potassium will lower the sodium/potassium ratio on a hair test, at times dramatically.  This, too, is an artifact and should not be counted when assessing hair mineral patterns.

One indicator that a lower sodium/potassium ratio is due to a elimination of toxic potassium is that the person (or animal) will have fewer or none of the usual symptoms associated with such a low sodium/potassium ratio.  These include fatigue, blood sugar problems, or chronic infections.

4. An elimination of toxic potassium may confuse practitioners regarding patterns on retest hair mineral analyses.

It may negate, obscure or cause a false negative hill pattern, settling down, sympathetic dominance, trying hard to stay afloat, double high ratio and/or step down patterns.  These all depend upon an elevated sodium/potassium ratio.

It may create or cause a false positive victim pattern, Na/K inversion, bowl, step up, coming alive, and/or double low ratio patterns. These patterns all depend upon a low sodium/potassium ratio.


Babies.  All babies tend to have elevated potassium levels, both the absolute level and the level in relation to sodium.  This occurs, in part, because they acquire toxic potassium from their mothers’ bodies, which are all contaminated with it today.

Most babies have an extremely low sodium/potassium ratio.  Yet they do not necessarily suffer with all of the symptoms that would normally occur with such a low sodium/potassium ratio.  This was a mystery to us until we began to understand toxic potassium.

An important fact about human life is that it cannot continue with a sodium/potassium ratio less than about 0.3.  If the true ratio is less, or even if the ratio is 0.3 to 0.6, often part of the potassium reading is an elimination of toxic potassium.

Therefore, if a health practitioner ever sees a sodium/potassium ratio on a hair mineral test that is less than about 0.5 or 0.6, one should suspect that the body is eliminating some toxic potassium through the hair and skin.

This also can explain why the sodium/potassium ratio on a retest hair analysis may suddenly decrease to less than 1, and yet the person may feel better.

In most cases, the sodium/potassium ratio returns to a more normal level on the next hair analysis.  This indicates that the elimination of toxic potassium is over, at least for the time being.

This cycle or process may occur many times during a development program, indicating the elimination of multiple deposits of toxic potassium.


The explosion problem and toxic potassium.  Some clients go through a process we call the Explosion Pattern.  The sodium/potassium ratio usually decreases very low and then rises sharply on the next retest.  This sequence can cause extreme behavior.

Part of the sequence can be the elimination of toxic potassium and misinterpretation of the resulting low sodium/potassium ratio.  This causes the practitioner to recommend too much of the Limcomin product used to balance the sodium/potassium ratio.


Fruit-eating and hair potassium levels.  People who eat a lot of fruit often have an elevated potassium level on their first hair mineral analysis.  This is part of a hair analysis pattern called Beam Me Up, Scottie pattern.


Sex and hair potassium.  Male sexual fluid is rich in toxic potassium compounds.  For this reason, women who have a lot of sex without using condoms may have elevated potassium on their hair mineral tests.  Male homosexuals also often have elevated hair potassium levels for the same reason.




A “child mineral” is a mineral that children today are born with that needs to be eliminated.  When it is present, it causes a child to continue to be “a baby” in some ways.  It is also associated with the following personality traits: stubborn, childish, laughs nervously, dependent, somewhat obsessive-compulsive, insecure and fussy. 

When it is eliminated from the body, the baby, child or an adult often become more mature, and less dependent.  This is an interesting phenomenon.  Other child minerals are copper, mercury and aluminum.  To read more about this topic, please read Child Minerals on this website.


A companion article to this one is Potassium.


References about potassium, in general


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5. Dunne, L.J., Nutrition Almanac, fifth edition, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2002.

6. Guyton, A., Textbook Of Medical Physiology, sixth edition, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, 1981.

7. Kasper, D. and Fauci, A., Harrison’s Principles Of Internal Medicine, Elsevier Medical, 2015.

8. Jensen, B., The Chemistry Of Man, Bernard Jensen Publishing, California, 1983.

9. Kutsky, R., Handbook Of Vitamins, Minerals & Hormones,  2nd edition, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981.

10. Pfeiffer, C. C., Mental And Elemental Nutrients, Keats Publishing, Connecticut, 1975.

11. Schroeder, H., The Trace Elements And Man, The Devin-Adair Company, 1973.

12. Segala, M., editor, Disease Prevention And Treatment, expanded fourth edition, Life Extension Media, Florida 2003.

13. Stryer, L., Biochemistry, second edition, W.H.Freeman And Company, New York, 1981.

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