NUTRITIONAL BALANCING SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM DESIGN
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© March 2014, 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.
I receive many questions about how nutritional balancing supplement programs work. This article attempts to explain a very complex subject of why the supplement programs are designed as they are. Principles of supplement program design are:
1. Every supplement recommendation used in nutritional balancing science always involves or corrects at least 10 of the concepts discussed in the section below.
2. 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. This is another vital concept.
3. Supplements must nourish the body, rather than stimulate or work via drug action. This is sometimes hard to discern, but is important since drug or pharmacological effects often cause pushback or rebound effects.
4. Toxicity of the supplements must be low or non-existent. However, this is also hard to figure out, at times. For example, I find that the chelated minerals and some synthetic B-complex vitamins have very low toxicity.
5. Supplements must target different aspects of the ‘whole system’ of the body. For example, they always include a metabolic pack, supplements to balance ratios and patterns on the mineral analysis, a digestive aid, and supplements for the nervous system and to support the liver and eliminative organs.
This is completely different from typical medical and holistic healing programs in which a supplement is recommended for just one major purpose.
Because the supplement programs are extremely integrated, altering the programs ruins this integration, and for this reason almost always damages and may ruin the entire program.
ASPECTS OF ALL NUTRITIONAL BALANCING SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM DESIGN
1. Simple nutritional replacement. This is the addition or replacement of nutrients that a person is deficient in. It is an important function, but one that is often overdone. It is not necessary, for example, to take dozens of products, even though the body may appear to be low in them. Often the body is low in a nutrient because it is compensating for some other imbalance. Correct deeper imbalances such as poor digestion and an inadequate diet will often take care of dozens of nutrient deficiencies. Other deficiencies, however, seem to require nutrient replacement. For example, we always give some zinc, selenium, 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. For example, vitamin B6 and other B-complex vitamins are needed in hundreds of enzymes in the brain for energy production and other vital functions, and so on.
3. Genetic aspects - Supplements to restore transcription, translation and biosynthesis. For example, zinc is needed for RNA transferase, a key enzyme in all protein synthesis.
4. Toxic metal removal. This is a complex process. Nutritional balancing uses about 17 methods to accomplish it gently and safely in the body’s own order of removal. For example, specific nutrients are used to oppose toxic metal metabolism, enhance metal removal through the eliminative organs, minimize damage due to the toxic metals, enhance liver activity to speed detoxification, and for other purposes.
On the other hand, nutritional balancing does not use chelation, which is a far more harsh and forced process. For more on why chelation is not used, read Chelation Therapy. It is not needed, and the other methods work at far deeper levels, in fact, although chelation has a place, at times.
5. Taking into account nutrient synergists and antagonists. This is related to the paragraph above, because the principle of mineral antagonists is used to help remove all the toxic metals. However, the concept of mineral antagonisms and synergisms goes far beyond toxic metal removal. It has much to do with how well utilized a mineral will be inside the body, avoiding too much of a mineral, and other aspects of their metabolism.
6. Correcting the stage of stress and the oxidation rate. This is an unusual use of nutrients that was first proposed by Dr. George Watson, PhD, and further refined by Dr. Paul Eck, my teacher. It involves giving certain doses of nutrients based upon one’s stage of stress, in order to move the body to a healthier stage of stress or oxidation type. The concept is explored in other articles on this website.
7. Correcting major mineral ratios in the body. This is also somewhat esoteric, but extremely important. If the major ratios such as the sodium/potassium ratio, the sodium/magnesium ratio and others in the tissues can be balanced properly, 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 nutritional balancing. For example, a four lows pattern requires a very special program.
9. Getting rid of the need for adaptations. This concept relates to the stress theory of disease, which was developed by Dr. Hans Selye, MD in the 1930s and 1940s. It has yet to be incorporated into conventional or most holistic medical care, but is central in nutritional balancing science. The idea is that the body is always adapting to stress, no matter how odd or unusual the manifestations or symptoms may appear. For 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.
Nutritional balancing always seeks to reduce or get rid of the need for such 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, infection removal, lowering blood pressure and blood sugar and much more.
10. Building adaptive energy or vitality. A key principle of nutritional balancing 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, balance the autonomic nervous system and others.
11. Balancing the autonomic nervous system. This is another vital key to the success of a nutritional balancing program. The hair mineral analysis furnishes a lot of information about the condition and state of the autonomic nervous system. For example, many people have a mineral pattern we call sympathetic dominance. The supplement program must be set up to take this into account. Otherwise, its effectiveness will be much less.
12. Balancing the rather esoteric “mineral system” of the body. Our bodies have a mineral system, which means certain ways that minerals interact with each other. This science was first described by Dr. William Albrecht, who discovered a mineral interaction system in the soil. Dr. Paul Eck was fascinated by this idea, and went on to discover a number of intimate relationships between minerals in the human body. All the reasons for these relationships are not clear, but they must have to do with physics, chemistry, molecular biology and other basic sciences.
For example, giving copper often raises the hair calcium. Giving zinc often lowers the hair sodium - and so on. These relationships are quite subtle, at times, but critical in the design of nutritional balancing programs.
13. Balancing yin and yang forces in the body. This is an ancient idea used in Oriental medical arts, but not in Western medical care. It is a critical key to success of nutritional balancing programs that I design. We use macrobiotic concepts of the yin and yang qualities of foods and supplements, not the Chinese medicine perspective. Balancing these opposing and complementary forces in the body greatly enhance the effectiveness of the programs.
For example, fruit, fruit juices and sugars are too yin today for general consumption, at all. Cooking makes food more yang, and this is extremely helpful, we find, even if a few vitamins are destroyed by cooking. Meat and eggs are more yang and helpful for most people.
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. The hair analysis often can tell us easily 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. This can range from a simple digestive aid that helps the body absorb its food better, to more complex ways to make sure minerals are in the right form. Much of this is empirical and not theoretical.
15. Balancing acid and alkaline qualities. This is far more complex than most people think. For example, 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 nutritional balancing programs.
17. Resonance and vibrational effects of some supplements. This idea applies specifically to glandular products such as adrenal glandulars and others. These effects are not well understood. However, they do exist and they can be used to advantage to enhance a nutrition program.
These effects are also one reason that hormone replacement therapy, for example, can harm the body, even if it reduces symptoms.
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.
For example, we find that 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 profoundly, assisting their healing dramatically.
19. Developmental foods and supplements. This is far more esoteric, but some foods and nutrients appear to speed up a process called mental or spiritual development, which is very precise and involves the growth of the brain and enhancement of its functioning. For more on this, please read Introduction To Mental Development and a dozen or so other articles on this subject that are found 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. This is another more esoteric aspect of supplement program design. However, 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.
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. Finally, on occasion supplements can be used for symptomatic purposes or even drug-like effects for short periods of time, if needed. Nutritional balancing 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.
HOW THESE ARE INTEGRATED
At this time, a complete nutritional balancing 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 nutritional balancing programs is found at: Supplement Concepts and Products Used Commonly In Nutritional Balancing.