SLOW OXIDIZER ON CRUTCHES
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
î February 2010, L.D. 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.
What I call slow on crutches is a common and very important hair mineral analysis pattern. It is often a hidden pattern, which means that it is not always obvious when one views a hair mineral analysis.
Definition of slow on crutches. This pattern appears mainly in slow oxidizers. The oxidation rate often appears fairly balanced, and usually slow, though I suppose it could be fast as well. the sodium/potassium ratio is often a little low, between 1 and 2, and usually not extremely low.
The concept of the pattern is that the oxidation rate, while it is slow, appears faster than it is really is, because the oxidation rate is enhanced by the presence of toxic metals or other factors that are raising the sodium and potassium levels. This makes the oxidation rate look faster than it really is. The laboratory must not wash the hair for accurate results.
WHICH METALS OR OTHER FACTORS ELEVATE OR ENHANCE THE OXIDATION RATE?
The most common toxic metals are aluminum, lead, cadmium, arsenic and perhaps nickel. Other possible ones include antimony and even uranium.
Others are toxic forms of iron, copper, manganese, selenium and chromium. These are quite common, in fact, and are called Ôthe amigosŐ because they are usually found together. The amigos are among the minerals that are known to enhance the oxidation rate, probably by irritating the adrenal glands or the central nervous system.
Other factors that could enhance the oxidation rate in a stimulatory way are some toxic chemicals such as pesticides, some hormones such as DHEA, pregnenelone, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and others. Other factors might be chemicals found in some herbs or vitamins. Finally, an attitude or lifestyle factor could also be elevating the oxidation rate, especially on a first hair mineral analysis.
SYMPTOMS OR EVIDENCE OF THE SLOW OXIDIZER ON CRUTCHES PATTERN
Sometimes one does not have a clue that the oxidation rate, while slow, is faster than it should be. However, on many tests there are telltale signs of this phenomenon, which is common. Some of these signs are:
á The presence of elevated toxic metals. Aluminum is the most common, but also manganese, iron, lead, cadmium, copper or others.
á A low sodium/potassium ratio. While this is not always a reliable indicator, it often is a good indicator.
á Symptoms in the client that are more severe than the test indicates or simply do not match the oxidation rate. For example, the client may be exhausted or severely hypoglycemic, but the test does not indicate these trends or tendencies.
á A low phosphorus level in a person with a fairly good oxidation rate may occur in some cases.
á Oddly, the absence of any elevated toxic metal readings in a person who has multiple significant symptoms. This tends to indicate that the body is so weak or with such low vitality that it cannot eliminate toxic metals through the skin and hair. Examples are an aluminum level less than about 0.6 mg%, and the presence of Double 00s Pattern on the test such as a cadmium level of 0.002 mg%. When the toxic level is extremely low it often means that the person simply cannot eliminate the metal, and not that it is not present, since most people are somewhat toxic today.
á If the client has an obvious lifestyle habit or factor that may enhance the oxidation rate. This may range from drinking a lot of coffee or caffeinated soda or tea, to doing extreme exercise daily, to smoking, drug addiction if the drug is a stimulant, or other significant lifestyle stress in some way.
THE MEANING AND IMPLICATIONS OF THIS PATTERN
The slow on crutches pattern is so common that it is important to discuss its importance. First, it is important to understand that most peopleŐs oxidation rate is influenced, to some degree, by toxins that just stimulate the adrenals and/or the thyroid gland.
Knowing this, one can understand why a personŐs oxidation rate may fluctuate, and often may decline on a retest, even though the person is receiving the correct program to enhance it. This can also help us to understand why a personŐs energy level may rise and fall during a nutritional balancing program, even when the person is receiving the correct program to balance the oxidation rate. It can also help explain other transient symptoms that occur during nutritional balancing programs ranging from feelings of depression and exhaustion, to feelings of euphoria, anxiety, irritability, hypoglycemia, allergies, muscle cramps and many others.
FOR BEST RESULTS WITH A SLOW ON CRUTCHES PATTERN, IT MAY BE BEST TO ASSUME THAT THE SODIUM/POTASSIUM RATIO IS LOWER THAN IT APPEARS
In most cases of a slow on crutches pattern, the sodium/potassium ratio is not that low. However, the ratio may well be lower. This should be taken into account when setting up the nutritional balancing program. This provides more support for the body and may help it to more rapidly eliminate the toxic crutches such as toxic metals and toxic chemicals.