COMPENSATIONS AND ADAPTATIONS – A KEY TO NUTRITIONAL BALANCING
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© June 2012, 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.
A great key to understanding how nutritional balancing science works is to understand the idea of compensations and adaptations. The basic idea of this article is that our bodies are always compensating and adapting to stress.
They do this by raising and lowering the levels of thousands of chemicals, minerals, vitamins, compounds, enzymes, hormones and more. Bodies also adapt in countless other ways, such as generating sweat on the skin if the body gets too hot, or shivering if the body gets too cold. The ways our bodies adapt are in the thousands, in fact.
Teleology. The way the body does this is amazing, and has to do with a concept called teleology, or the healing intent or life intent of the body. This simply means that our bodies want to survive and want to survive as well as they can. So they alter themselves in many ways to respond to their environment in ways that will maximize their ability to survive.
Levels of Adaptation. One can adapt at a cellular level, an organ level, an organism level, or at a personal level. For example, if you are too cold, you can put on a sweater. This is an adaptation or compensation for the cold. If you get too hot, you take it off, another adaptation.
In fast, families, communities, nations and even whole planets are always adapting as well to stress in order to survive. Families may adapt by having both parents work to bring in more money, or by having one parent stay home with the children to save money on child care. Communities may adapt or compensate for crime by hiring more police, or arming the people. Nations adapt by going to war, adopting austerity measures, passing new laws, and so on. All of this is done to survive better.
WHAT IF ONE CANNOT ADAPT?
Then, generally, the body dies. In other words, adaptation and compensation are so important that if one cannot adapt any more, then one will not survive very well, and will probably die. Cells die, for example, when they can no longer figure out how to cope with the environment they live in.
The pH or acidity may be too low or high, the nutrient content may be too low or high in some way, the cell membrane may not work well because of a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids, or perhaps something else is so extreme the cell cannot adapt, and it will then die.
Similarly, organs can become so clogged with toxins, or so infected with bacteria, or so toxic with metals, or so damaged by something else that they cannot adapt and the organ stops functioning well. This is given lots of names like heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, etc. However, the basic process is the same. The organ is overwhelmed and cannot compensate or adapt to it.
Mentally, we must adapt and change or compensate also. If we cannot, we go crazy or perhaps commit suicide. We must change our attitudes, at times, for example.
It may be okay to be angry for a time, but if one remains in anger all of the time, it wears out the adrenal glands and leads to disease. People who cannot adapt and compensate mentally are often called fixated or neurotic. These are just other words for an inability to adapt and compensate adequately to stress.
THE STRESS THEORY OF DISEASE
Dr. Hans Selye, MD figured out a lot of what we are talking about in this article. He experimented with rats in his laboratory, shocking them and watching how they adapted and compensated. He is the one who figured out the idea that all diseases are just manifestations of adaptations and compensations.
This is a radical departure from current medical thinking. It goes far beyond holistic medicine, naturopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine and other alternative methods of health care. It is very radical. It means that rather than try to get rid of symptoms of any kind, one should try to figure out why the body is adapting the way it is.
For example, if a person has a fever, the medical approach these days is to try to lower the fever with Tylenol or Aspirin, perhaps. A naturopath might try to lower it with sponge baths or perhaps a sedative herb. A homeopath might give a homeopathic remedy. An herbalist might do it with an herbal poultice or something similar. A nutritionist might try to do with cooling foods like fruits, or juices.
However, one who understands adaptations and compensations does not rush to remove the symptom, in this case to lower the fever. Instead, the answer is to figure out why the body is compensating by raising the temperature. It is true that any good doctor should, and often does, try to find out why the fever is high, but then often the doctor proceeds to try to lower the fever with a remedy.
What we find is that if one can figure out why the body is adapting the way it is, remedies are rarely needed at all. Instead, just correct the need for the compensation and the symptom goes away on its own, often fairly rapidly.
This principle applies to basically all symptoms, physical, mental, and emotional. It applies to high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, anxiety, depression, biplolar disorder and all the rest. It is a very powerful healing principle.
Hair mineral testing. The problem, however, is to find out why the adaptation is occurring. While all medical tests have value, Dr. Paul Eck found that a hair mineral analysis, when properly performed and interpreted correctly, offered some amazing insights into the way the body is adapting and compensating. So I use this test in this way – and not as a medical diagnostic test, which is how most doctors use it.
While this is another subject, the way this is done is to assess certain parameters of stress such as the oxidation rate, major ratios, and more, and then correct these. Exactly why this works so well to relieve the need for adaptation and compensation I do not know. However, we do find that it works and it works consistently and well.
Not only that. The way that the mineral levels and ratios are unbalanced on the test tells the practitioner a lot about a personŐs adaptations and compensations, so it can be used for assessment as well. Retests can be used to assess progress in a very mathematically precise way, as well.
For some reason, the cellular test of the hair tissue allows this kind of assessment. Blood tests, so far, at least, do not allow it. Neither do urine tests, saliva tests, x-rays or even energy medicine tests like the Vega or Dermatron machines, among many others. So, for now, at least, we use the hair test as it works the best for this purpose.
WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN IN PRACTICAL TERMS?
It means that when you look at a hair mineral test, or even a blood test, urine test or some other test, you are looking at a complex, self-regulating system that is adapting to its environment each moment of the day in complex ways in order to survive.
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