BRACING, BRIDGING, AND PLACE HOLDING
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© October 2018, 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.
Among the therapeutic concepts used in nutritional balancing is the principle of holding the body in a certain configuration or “posture” until it can maintain that configuration by itself. This concept is called, on this website, bracing, bridging, and place holding. This article explains these ideas in more detail.
Think of braces on the teeth. They are designed to be worn all the time for a few years and they hold the teeth in a certain configuration for that time. If all goes well, when they are removed, the teeth stay in the new positions. (By the way, please do not get metal braces because they are usually high in nickel, a very toxic metal.)
Nutritional balancing does the same thing to the body chemistry using foods and supplements, mainly, in a special way to hold the oxidation rate, the main mineral ratios, and perhaps other parameters where we want them. The “braces” may be needed for up to 20 years, perhaps. After that, they may be less needed, as the body will maintain the correct positioning, posturing or oxidation rate by itself.
This is a simple explanation of bracing and why the diet and supplements are needed, all the time, for a span of years. Skipping the diet or missing supplements is like taking your braces on and off. Doing this usually ruins the effect of the braces and less or even no correction occurs, as a result.
This is the principle of giving high doses of various nutrients to “bridge over” enzyme defects in the tissues of the body. In other words, one can push a chemical reaction in a certain direction by giving large amounts of a substrate such as zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A or other nutrients needed as part of or as a catalyst for various chemical reactions or enzyme reactions in the body.
This idea is well known in the field of orthomolecular nutrition or orthomolecular medicine. It is used in nutritional balancing, as well.
A good analogy is that if a bridge across a river is damaged or washed away, in order to build a new bridge one might first have to construct a temporary and makeshift bridge. The reason is this allows the workmen to bring the materials and equipment needed to the other shore in order to build the permanent bridge.
Also, the temporary bridge might allow the workers to sink pylons or do other construction in the middle of the river, without which the permanent bridge cannot be built. So in a similar way, foods, nutrient supplements and procedures such as coffee enemas are used in nutritional balancing, at times, like a temporary bridge to allow certain reactions to take place, to allow the body to eliminate certain poisons, and for other reasons.
This is needed for a time only, until the body can rebuild its permanent ‘bridges’, at which time these nutrients, foods or procedures are no longer needed. This is a very important holistic/nutritional concept.
Place holding is the idea that a substance or method is used to maintain the body in a particular manner, just until the body can fill in the spaces and do the place holding itself.
An analogy is that when constructing a large building, the workers will put up a scaffolding to make it easier to work on the building. When the building is complete, the scaffolding comes down.
In nutritional balancing science, one uses mineral chelates, for example, as place holders. We know they are not the ideal form of minerals. However, when given in the proper amounts, they can serve as placeholders very nicely in the organs and tissues, until the body absorbs the correct form of the minerals from the diet. When this occurs, the body seems to know how to remove the temporary placeholder, and replace it with the preferred form of the mineral.