FOUR LOWS PATTERN ON A HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© November 2016, 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.
Table Of Contents
Two Distinct Situations
Increasing Prevalence of Four Lows
Analogies To Help Understand This Pattern
Ways To Understand This Pattern
The Four Lows Personality
Sabotaging The Program
Emerging From A Four Lows Pattern
How Long Does It Take To Come Out Of A Four Lows Pattern?
Children With A Four Lows Pattern
Variants Of Four Lows
Children May Assist Others With A Four Lows Pattern
Working Out Of Four Lows
Deep Anger Pattern
Only One Lab Recognizes Four Lows
Most People With Four Lows Have Been To Numerous Doctors
Blood And Urine Tests
Hair Washing At The Laboratory
High Four Highs Pattern
One of the most important and interesting patterns on a hair analysis is called four low electrolytes or four lows. I consider its discovery and how to handle it one of the most important contributions to modern health science by Dr. Paul C. Eck.
We do not understand the physiology of the four lows pattern, as yet. However, we know how to correct it, clinically. For this reason, this article is more empirical or clinical than it is theoretical.
Definition. A four lows pattern is present on a hair mineral test when the hair levels are the following:
1. Calcium less than 40 mg% or 400 ppm.
2. Magnesium less than 6 mg% or 60 ppm.
3. Sodium less than 25 mg% or 250 ppm.
4. Potassium less than 10 mg% or 100 ppm.
1. For accurate assessment, the hair sample must not be washed at the laboratory. Washing the hair at the laboratory always lowers the sodium and potassium readings. This makes it difficult, and usually impossible, to discern this important pattern. Most hair analysis laboratories wash the hair at the laboratory.
2. All four of the macromineral readings must be in the ranges shown above. If even one of the minerals is outside this range, then it is not a four lows pattern! In that case, the material in this article does not apply.
The accuracy of the pattern is quite amazing, and is a testimony to Dr. Eck’s research on the ideal mineral levels for a human being. These ideals, so far, apply to people of any age, both sexes, and all of the races of humanity. It is as if his ideal mineral values are part of the design specifications of a human being.
TWO DISTINCT SITUATIONS
1. Four lows pattern on an initial hair mineral analysis.
2. Four lows pattern on a retest if a person has been following a complete nutritional balancing program.
These have a completely different significance. For this reason, they are discussed in separate sections of this article. Here are more details:
Four lows on an initial hair test. This indicates an exhaustion pattern, as explained later in this article. It may not last too long, or it may persist for a few years when a person follows a complete nutritional balancing program.
Four lows on a retest only when a person follows a complete nutritional balancing program. This is a healing reaction. Healing certain issues, especially conflicts with parents, apparently require that a person go into a four lows pattern for a time.
If a person does not follow a nutritional balancing program correctly, four lows can show up on a retest because the person is becoming worse.
INCREASING PREVALENCE OF FOUR LOWS PATTERN
Thirty-six years ago, when I began using hair mineral analysis, four lows was a relatively rare pattern. It was seen mainly in hard-driving business executives.
Today, it is fairly common in people of all ages, and even in children down to the age of even 1 year old. This article will help explain this trend.
WARNING: If a woman becomes pregnant when she has a four lows pattern, she needs to take 1 Megapan tablet daily unless she is taking another pre-natal vitamin-mineral supplement.
ANALOGIES THAT MAY HELP TO UNDERSTAND FOUR LOWS PATTERN ON A FIRST HAIR ANALYSIS
Four analogies to help understand a four lows pattern:
A. A car that is spinning the wheels in a ditch and getting nowhere fast. Indeed, one is just wearing out the motor. People in a four lows pattern on an initial hair analysis may even say they feel like they are spinning their wheels.
B. A shut-down sequence. This is a set of changes that take place as one is preparing to slowly die. It is analogous to shutting down your automobile when you arrive at your destination. You might close the windows, turn off the lights, and shift into park to get ready to leave the car.
In the same way, we go through a disassembly process as life in the body begins to end. Systems are shut down to prepare one for one to move out of the physical world.
C. In the tunnel of death. One has begun to enter the famous tunnel of death that some report moving through during an NDE or near-death experience. This tunnel is real, I believe, as there are many books and stories describing it in detail.
E. Your boat is in dry dock. The boat can no longer float or be used in the ocean, and is in need of repair. Meanwhile, it just sits in dry dock so it won’t be destroyed out in the ocean.
F. A state of collapse. The four lows pattern visually looks like a collapse of the first four minerals on the calibrated chart from ARL. This is also a good way to understand the pattern.
G. Out in the cold without shelter. Normally, when the body is under a lot of chronic stress, the sodium and potassium levels eventually decrease and the calcium and magnesium levels rise. This increase in the level of calcium and magnesium acts like a form of protection or shelter that reduces the person’s stress. It literally suppresses alarm reactions in the body.
However, with four lows pattern, the ‘shelter’ does not arise, meaning that the calcium and magnesium levels remain low. The effect is that one is out in the cold without shelter and this has implications for the stress level and how to correct the pattern. The correction is to protect the body with calcium, magnesium, zinc and perhaps other nutrients, just as you would protect a person who was out in the cold without shelter.
WAYS TO UNDERSTAND A FOUR LOWS PATTERN ON AN INITIAL HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS
1. At times, an attitude or lifestyle pattern. Some cases of four lows on a first hair analysis are related to lifestyle. These factors include working too much or too hard, being much too hard on oneself or others, being in an oppressed or very stressful situation of some kind, or compulsive or obsessive tendencies that wear out the body.
Attitudes that could drive a person into a four lows pattern and/or keep one there include anger, intense fear, even intense guilt or some other emotion that wears down or depletes the body.
While improving the attitudes and lifestyle are important for all healing, they are most important for this pattern when it occurs on a first hair analysis. Recall that if the pattern only occurs on a retest, it is not important.
2. A yin pattern. This means the body is quite yin in macrobiotic terminology. Yin means cold, expanded, and often quite ill. In fact, four lows can be a death pattern, or end-of-life pattern.
3. An autonomic nervous system imbalance. Four lows always reflects an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system. This is the automatic and regulatory nervous system of the body.
Using the analogy of the car stuck in the ice or mud, the person just keeps spinning the wheels instead of realizing he is not getting anywhere and should try a different way of living, thinking or acting.
4. A type of stalled transition pattern from fast to slow oxidation in most cases. This means that the person was formerly in fast oxidation, but the body cannot sustain the fast oxidation. As a result, the sodium and potassium levels have fallen. However, the person is not yet in full slow oxidation with elevated calcium and magnesium levels. This is the meaning of a stalled transition pattern. Others are four highs, sympathetic dominance and fast oxidation with a very low sodium/potassium ratio.
This also means that the resolution or outcome as one exits four lows is usually for the person to become a slow oxidizer. This may involve a psychological transition one must make, not just a biochemical one.
5. A possible H-P-A Axis Disconnect or Disengagement Of the Gearshift Pattern. The four lows pattern can represent a type of imbalance that affects what is called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis or H-P-A axis.
This means the normal feedback mechanisms that control the adrenal and thyroid glandular activity are not working quite right. This may be related to excessive copper, mercury or perhaps other toxins that affect the glands and the feedback system involving them.
6. A separate metabolic type. While it is true that a person with four lows on the initial hair analysis can be a fast, mixed or slow metabolic type, Dr. Eck believed that four lows is actually a separate metabolic type. This means that it has qualities and supplement requirements all its own, independent of whether the calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium levels indicate a state of fast, mixed or slow oxidation.
It is as though another pattern of stress or metabolism has been superimposed upon the basic system of fast, slow or mixed oxidation. This has important implications for the diet and supplement and lifestyle recommendations for this pattern, as explained later in this article.
Paul Eck, a pioneer of mineral analysis, found that people with four-lows often
do not respond well to standard nutritional balancing programs, or for that
matter, to most all healing programs.
Often they have consulted many doctors with poor results. Figuring out the meaning of four lows
and how to help these individuals took a lot of effort and was a tremendous
breakthrough for him that took 11 years or more of research.
8. A calcium dysregulation pattern. Four lows might have to do with calcium dysregulation, causing the hair calcium to remain very low for some reason. Vitamin D, however, does not seem to be closely involved.
9. Clinically, we always address this pattern first on a hair mineral analysis. Only when the person is out of the four lows pattern, can we address most other imbalances on the test. This means that in every single instance, so far, we do not address most other factors on a hair mineral test until the four lows pattern is addressed and corrected.
An analogy, again, is to first get the car out of the ditch where it is stuck, before trying to fix other problems with it. One reason is that trying to fix a person while he is “spinning his wheels” just does not work well. In contrast, the proper method of handling these cases works wonderfully in most cases.
10. A need for taurine, calcium, magnesium zinc, copper, tarragon (1 teaspoon daily), dill weed (1/4 teaspoon daily), trimethylglycine and perhaps lysine only. This is very important and explained in more detail later in this article.
PHYSIOLOGY OF FOUR LOWS ON A FIRST MINERAL ANALYSIS
The exact physiology of this pattern is not known, to the best of my knowledge. Here are some clues to it, however.
Two high and two low electrolytes are most common on hair analyses. Normally, on a hair mineral analysis, one may see elevated sodium and potassium levels with low calcium and magnesium levels. This tends to correspond to an alarm stage of stress, also called a fast oxidation rate.
One also may see the reverse - elevated calcium and magnesium levels with low sodium and potassium levels. This is generally an exhaustion stage of stress, also called slow oxidation.
Thus we find that calcium and magnesium levels tend to move in opposite directions to the sodium and potassium levels. This may be stated as they have an inverse relationship. As one set (calcium and magnesium) goes up, the other set (sodium and potassium) tends to go down.
While the reasons for this are complex, one simple chemical way to understand it is that sodium and potassium tend to solubilize or dissolve out calcium and magnesium from the body, lowering the levels in the tissues. Sodium and potassium are monovalent elements that are highly water soluble.
Calcium and magnesium are divalent elements that are more like metals – forming hard, solid compounds. The two oppose each other as complementary opposites in our bodies in a unique balance of yin (sodium and potassium) and yang (calcium and magnesium). The normal tendency is that when less sodium and potassium are present, calcium and magnesium rise, and vice versa.
Four lows pattern on an initial hair mineral analysis is an exception to the principle above. In the case of four lows on a first tissue mineral analysis, we do not see two high and two low electrolytes. Sodium and potassium levels are decreased, indicating a state of adrenal exhaustion.
However, calcium and magnesium are low, indicating an alarm reaction or a kind of sympathetic state of body chemistry. (This is not the same as a sympathetic dominance pattern.) So this pattern represents a combination or mixup of the stages of stress to some degree.
An ineffective alarm response in stress theory. One is exhausted, but keeps pushing oneself to try to produce an alarm response. However, it does not work and one just becomes tired out. The adrenal and thyroid glands just do not respond as they normally should. This is a way to understand the pattern from a stress theory perspective.
The reason could be, in part, due to a mental/emotional factor or a lifestyle or attitude, but toxic metals and other chemical imbalances may also play a role.
Why standard nutritional and medical approaches don’t work as well with a first-test four lows pattern. Standard nutrition programs and many medical interventions often do not work as well because most seek to increase the person’s energy by enhancing the oxidation rate. However, this does not work if one is in a four lows pattern.
If a person with a four lows pattern tries to raise the sodium and potassium levels, the body tends to lower the calcium and magnesium levels further. However, since this would be very dangerous, it does not happen and the person does not respond or may get worse.
For example, medical and even holistic doctors often give these clients adrenal support, herbs for the adrenals, B-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium or thyroid hormones. They may do this to improve their energy level and perhaps if the serum thyroid hormone levels are low. This approach will fail with these people, are the person may become more ill.
SYMPTOMS OF FOUR LOWS ON A FIRST TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS
Although one can have many symptoms, the most common ones are:
Fatigue: This is usually present. However, those who have not been in a four lows pattern for too long may not be in touch with their fatigue and may function very well with few complaints. They may continue to push themselves and use stimulants, activities, worry or other mental habits to drive themselves.
Allergies: This is probably due to a combination of exhausted adrenal glands, low adrenal reserves, possibly increased cell permeability, and perhaps other physiological imbalances and nutrient deficiencies.
Anxiety, irritability, insomnia, muscle tightness and muscle cramps: All of these symptoms are often due to low levels of available tissue calcium and magnesium.
Hidden copper toxicity or imbalance. In our experience, everyone with four lows has a copper imbaalnce, regardless of whether they have other indicators of hidden or overt copper imbalance and usually toxicity.
Hidden lead toxicity: Other common symptoms include a tendency for lead toxicity because lead will replace calcium as calcium becomes more deficient. The elevated lead will not be revealed on the first several hair mineral analyses due to an inability to mobilize lead from tissue storage. Only later, as the body’s energy improves with therapy will the lead often be revealed. Toxicity with other metals such as copper is also very common.
Impaired digestion and often food intolerances: This is due to stress, low digestive enzyme secretion and perhaps copper toxicity. Deficient amounts of gastric hydrochloric acid is associated with low levels of sodium and potassium. Food allergies are also often present.
Thus attention to diet and digestion is important. It is also one reason that pancreatin and perhaps hydrochloric acid are important supplements for them.
To assist digestion, excellent eating habits are important. These include quiet, regular, sit-down meals, thorough chewing and eating slowly. Others are avoiding overeating and complicated food combinations, and resting 15 minutes after eating before resuming activities.
Degenerative diseases: If one remains in the pattern for several years, heart, transient ischemic attacks or TIAs, and cancer may increase. Other symptoms develop as a result of chronic fatigue, chronic inflammation, chronic allergies and digestive difficulties.
Early and late symptoms. In fact, almost any symptom can appear later as part of a four lows pattern. At this time, it is difficult to assess on an initial hair analysis how long a person has been in a four lows pattern, except by a perusal of the rest of the hair chart. In some cases, the other numbers are quite normal-looking, and this is an indicator that the four lows pattern is “early”, or has not been present for too long. It could have other meaning, however, such as that it is a psycho-spiritual four lows pattern.
THE FOUR LOWS PERSONALITY (ONLY WHEN THE PATTERN IS ON AN INITIAL HAIR ANALYSIS)
There may be a definite personality tendency associated with the four-low-electrolyte pattern when it appears on a first mineral analysis and is due to stress, mainly, rather than due mainly to toxic metals and nutrient deficiencies or to an illness. The four lows personality characteristics seem to include:
Š Intense, productive, driven and often self-critical and/or critical of others.
Š Often the adults work very hard and do not know how to relax.
Š They enjoy the intense drama of life, although they may not admit it. It is as though they enjoy the sound of the spinning of the car tires stuck in the ditch.
Š They are often quite unaware of their personality pattern and how it affects them and others around them.
Š Many are frustrated, negative and cynical. They have all given up at some level, perhaps because they have sought help without result.
Š They have a definite death wish. They are not happy people, as a general rule.
Š They are usually fast oxidizer personalities or stress seekers, whether or not they are aware of it. However, they are tired and unable to maintain this lifestyle and keep up their health.
Š They may also have somewhat of a compulsive and perfectionistic tendency in their personality.
Š Many are good people who have given up at some level and just ‘hanging in there’, but are not too open to changing themselves at deep levels.
the personality issue can be important to correct a four-lows pattern when it appears
on a first mineral test. One who
becomes aware of the personality pattern and makes lifestyle and attitudinal
changes will respond much faster.
SABOTAGING THE PROGRAM
Some people with four lows on the first tissue mineral analysis are actually running away from life with their activities, worries, etc. For these people, slowing down is indeed frightening and perhaps painful as old memories and traumas may surface.
These people need large doses of self-love and compassion for oneself. These can help one face whatever comes up and realize that one can get through it, and it is best to let go of old traumas rather than keep them bottled up inside.
Sabotage. Some people with four low electrolytes believe their condition is just getting worse if they slow down, and may consciously or unconsciously fight the program. This just slows their progress.
Perhaps you know people who believe the only way to get a car out of the ice is to spin the wheels fast. Any other approach feels like giving up. Understanding the pattern thoroughly is helpful so that one realizes that slowing down is needed, even if one is unsure what that entails.
If one does not understand this, one is likely to sabotage the program when the feeling of fatigue and relaxation occurs. One may begin using stimulants like caffeine, thyroid or adrenal hormones, stimulant herbs, or taking high-dose B complex vitamins "just to get a boost". This can seem harmless enough, but it is not. I attempt to explain that these may be okay once one is out of the pattern, but until then it only slows down progress.
It is as though, if the car is stuck in the ice, one tells the driver to slow down the wheels, so that one can place a piece of wood or other material under the wheels to improve traction. Just as you are placing the wood, the driver decides to step on the gas again.
A case history of four lows. An attorney consulted me who had the four-lows pattern on his first hair mineral analysis. He began a nutritional correction program and he felt better within a month.
However, instead of listening to the advice about slowing down, this client took on more work, and in fact proudly reported he could now work seven days a week. One day he called, concerned because he felt dependent on the supplements.
I again explained the personality connection. However, he refused to slow down. I realized I was unable to do more for him as long as he stubbornly maintained his breakneck, compulsive lifestyle. I consider this case a failure on my part because I could not educate the client sufficiently for him to change his lifestyle. However, this article had not been written – maybe it will help others like him, of which there are many today.
COMMON CAUSES FOR FOUR LOWS ON A FIRST HAIR TEST (excerpted from Nutritional Balancing And Hair Mineral Analysis, 4th edition, 2010, 2014 and 2016)
To help reverse a four lows pattern, it is helpful to know how and why a person may move into the pattern. Some reasons are described below:
1. END OF LIFE PATTERN.
Causes. A combination of nutritional depletion, fatigue, perhaps, and mental decay cause a degree of wanting to move on from this lifetime. Medical doctors may subtly communicate to older people that they are needing to die soon. This happens because the medical doctor cannot really rebuild the older person’s body using drugs, so the only alternative is to let the patient die. The habit of drugging the elderly just speeds the process along. I all this ‘medical disease’, and it is very prevalent today. As a result of all the above, the seventh center that brings life energy into the body begins to close and life comes to an end.
Whom. Millions over the age of 55-70, or very ill people at any age.
What they need and how to help them. Nutritional balancing is fabulous to help reverse the death wish and revive a desire to live.
2. LIFESTYLE CAVE IN.
Causes. Feeling overwhelmed, such as from a job loss, becoming ill or disabled, or some other stress such as a divorce. The person is also often toxic from unhealthy diets and other reasons. This adds to the problem, but is not the total cause. All the stress causes a “cave in”.
Whom. This is the most common cause of four lows in America. It occurs in men, as much or more than in women. Most are hard-working, white-collar or blue-collar workers.
How to help them: They can do well on a nutritional balancing program. The problem is getting them to stay with the program, as it requires more discipline, especially dietary discipline, than most are accustomed to.
3. EXHAUSTED AND DEPLETED.
Causes. Collapse occurs due mainly to nutritional depletion. Many are vegetarians or
have followed raw food or other extreme or deficient diets for years. Other types of stress add to the problem, but are not the major cause.
Whom. Affects men, women and children equally, mainly in Western societies where the diets are mainly refined foods, and the bodies are further weakened by chlorinated and fluoridated water, medical drugs, vaccines, air pollution and other insults to the bodies.
What they need and how to help them. They absolutely require the correct nutrition, along with a few supplements, but not too many, and often they require much more rest.
Causes. A delicate nervous system, along with neurosis, a faulty attitude or excessive stress of another kind, causes extreme anxiety and finally a collapse. Copper imbalance is often prominent, contributing to anxiety, fears and emotionality.
Whom. Mainly women over 25 with delicate nervous systems. However, it could be anyone who cannot relax because they worry constantly, even though they may sleep a lot.
What they need and how to help them. In addition to nutritional balancing, these people need the Roy Masters meditation and relaxation methods such as breathing, gentle walking or other methods to calm the mind.
5. SEXUAL ADDICTION AND DEPLETION.
Causes. Collapse is caused by overdoing on sexual activity.
Whom: Less common, and occurs mainly in men and a few women.
What they need and how to help them. They are easy to help with nutritional balancing if they will reduce their sexual activity.
6. BLOWN OUT OR STRUNG OUT.
Causes. Collapse is caused by a combination of factors. However, the main one is being ‘strung out’ on a drug. It is most often sugar or caffeine, but it could be due to marijuana, methamphetamines or others. This leads to extra stress, confused thinking and poor quality lifestyle decisions. After a few years of living this way, the nervous system is ‘fried’ or becomes overwhelmed, causing one to collapse into four lows.
Whom. Common among some groups of Americans and Europeans, in particular.
What they need and how to help them. They need a new lifestyle, a clean diet, no stimulants or drugs, and a four lows nutritional balancing program. Progress will be slow if the body is loaded with drugs. Sauna therapy is most helpful to remove some of them. Advanced cases are more difficult to heal due to the poisoning of the nervous system with drugs.
7. DISEASED, OPPRESSED AND VICTIMIZED.
Causes. Collapse is due to inner stress from fear, starvation, disease and working too hard to survive. This is aggravated by stress from outside the body such as frequent wars, political unrest and often outright oppression by vampire-like governments. This results in epidemics of serious illnesses such as AIDS that further weaken the body until it collapses, often at a young age. Most do not live long lives.
Whom. Very common in developing nations, but it is not seen much in Western capitalist societies that are more prosperous and respect the rights of individuals and women, in particular.
What they need and how to help them. They are quite easy to help if they could afford good food, and if they could rest, which most cannot as they are kept poor and almost in slavery by their corrupt governments.
8. MENTALLY EXHAUSTED.
Causes. This occurs in some cases of multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease and others. The person is mentally very intense, and not mentally balanced. Eventually the nervous system ‘crashes’ due to overwork, lack of rest, nutritional depletion and lack of mental control. This is very different from a lack of emotional control. Mental control has to do with resting the mind during the day instead of running it full bore all the time. In a few cases, the person’s mentality could be described as “loopy” meaning going in circles and without direction or much clear intent.
Whom. Relatively rare, and seen in cases of multiple sclerosis and perhaps other mercury toxicity syndromes.
What they need and how to help them. This pattern may be difficult to help with nutritional balancing, especially in long-standing cases. One must help the person to slow down mentally, which they do not like and/or have great difficulty with, thanks to mercury or other metal toxicity and perhaps mental problems. The Roy Masters meditation is most helpful, but they often do not like it because it raises awareness and can go around the conscious mind.
(end of excerpt from Nutritional Balancing And Hair Mineral Analysis)
CORRECTION OF A FOUR LOWS PATTERN ON A FIRST TEST
Analogies to understand correction of a four lows pattern are:
1. Rebooting the computer. One shuts the machine down and start it up again, and for whatever reason, it works.
2. Putting the adrenals to bed.
3. Slowing the wheels of the car to get it out of the ditch.
4. Reversing the shut-down sequence and backing out of the tunnel of death.
5. Helping to rebuild the boat so that it can leave dry dock.
Principles of correction.
1. DO NOT USE foods, supplements, drugs, herbs or other measures that tend to increase the sodium and potassium levels. Most people in four lows on a first test are tired, so the obvious principle would be to give them foods, herbs and supplemental nutrients to support their glandular activity.
However, when sodium and potassium increase, calcium and magnesium levels tend to decrease. In these people, calcium and magnesium are already low. The body does not permit further decreases, as this could be harmful.
For this reason, programs designed to boost thyroid and adrenal glandular activity, or other ways to increase energy production usually do not work. The person may feel better for a time, and then crashes or just does not respond well ever.
Do not use thyroid replacement hormones, thyroid glandular, adrenal glandular, B-complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, or herbs to boost these glands.
2. Put the adrenals, and perhaps the thyroid gland, to bed. The correction of four-lows depends on suppressing or turning off the sympathetic nervous system enough so that the adrenal and thyroid glands can rest and rebuild. This is analogous to slowing the wheels of a car that are spinning out of control.
Another analogy is rebooting or restarting a computer because it is stuck in a loop. It is like pushing the reset button on an electrical appliance. This is a very crude analogy, but it appears to be valid in some instances.
3. Lifestyle alone may be enough in a few cases. Resting a lot more, sleeping more, slowing down one’s life and adopting a positive, relaxed attitude could alone take a person out of the four lows pattern, theoretically, though it rarely seems to be enough.
4. More precise nutritional correction, however, is most helpful in most cases. Most of the time lifestyle changes are not enough, in our experience. Otherwise, the pattern tends to persist and can be quite intractable. Dr. Eck figured out how to do this, as follows:
DIET, SUPPLEMENT AND LIFESTYLE PROGRAM OUTLINE
I do not like to provide supplement recommendations without a hair mineral analysis, because at times, programs must be altered. However, I can give the broad outline of the approach to use with supplements.
1. It involves higher doses of only a few supplements. These always include calcium, magnesium, zinc, a powerful digestive aid, taurine, fish oil, vitamin D and kelp. At times, one may need to add copper and manganese.
Since 2013, I have added TMG or trimethylglycine with excellent results.
Since 2014, I have added lysine in some cases.
Since 2015, I have added tarragon and a very small amount of dill weed, which definitely help to get out of a four lows pattern.
The best ways to eat tarragon. You can just sprinkle tarragon from the supermarket on your food. Organically grown is not necessary. It is also fine to cook it in with your vegetables or other food.
Another option is to buy or grow fresh tarragon, and eat it cooked as a vegetable.
Intolerance to tarragon. Adding tarragon to one’s program can bring up a person’s issues. When a person emerges from a four lows pattern, often tarragon will cause a person not to feel well. For more details, read Tarragon on this website.
2. Equally important is to AVOID all other supplements. This includes the optional nutritional balancing products (kidney support (Renamide), selenium and Endo-veggies (dried vegetable capsules).
Warning: Taking stimulating supplements, or those that boost the adrenal or thyroid glands such as B-complex, vitamin C or E, adrenal or thyroid glandulars or herbs, stimulating herbs such as ginseng or others, or extra iodine other than kelp, is very harmful for a four lows program.
This is why most of our clients with a four lows pattern have visited other conventional and holistic doctors with little success.
Taking thyroid hormones when one is in a four lows pattern is also harmful. This is difficult to explain to physicians who rely upon blood tests to assess thyroid activity. It is often true that the thyroid gland is not working properly when one is in a four lows pattern, but taking replacement thyroid hormones will not solve the underlying four lows condition, and in fact makes it worse.
We observe many people who were driven into a four lows pattern by taking thyroid replacement hormones or supplements that enhance adrenal and thyroid glandular activity.
3. For children, one must modify the dosages according to weight and age.
4. Diet modification, as explained elsewhere in this article, is most important with a four lows pattern. All sugars, fruit, sweets, juices, yin foods, and stimulants such as caffeine and hot, spicy foods, should be eliminated. One should use the diet that is correct for the oxidation type.
5. Lifestyle modification is also very helpful. This includes more rest and sleep, slowing one's pace of life, relaxation, slow walking, deep breathing, and doing the pushing down exercise daily.
6. Mental/emotional correction. I some cases, it is important to reduce worry, fear, compulsiveness, anger, cynicism and other negative emotions that tend to stimulate the sympathetic system.
7. Near infrared sauna therapy and coffee enemas are very helpful for this pattern.
8. Other relaxing therapies that may help inhibit excessive sympathetic or fight-or-flight nervous system activity include massage, gentle chiropractic, other bodywork such as Rolfing, meditation, or other gentle therapies.
Adverse effects of four lows programs. At times, high doses to calcium, magnesium and zinc can make the four-lows individual more tired for a while. It is wise to warn clients of this possibility. If the fatigue is very annoying, the dosages may be reduced slightly. However, slowing down is often needed to come out of a four lows pattern.
Rarely, someone gets diarrhea from all the magnesium in a four lows supplement program. In this case, reduce the magnesium component of the program only. This is surprisingly rare, however, indicating that these individuals must require enormous amounts of magnesium when in this metabolic condition.
The role of taurine. Taurine in a four lows program seems to assist cell membrane function. It is known that as we age, unmethylated phospholipids build up in the cell membranes. These inhibit proper functioning of the cell membranes.
L-taurine in large doses, (3 grams daily for adults) can help reverse some of this and perhaps this helps move a person out of the four lows pattern.
Taurine may have other roles as well, such as a sedative action. For more, please read Taurine on this website.
Role of lysine. This helps in some cases of four lows pattern. It may lower copper, which is always elevated when a four lows pattern is present. For more details, read Lysine on this site.
EMERGING FROM A FOUR LOWS PATTERN
Adults should exit a four lows pattern into a standard slow oxidizer pattern. Rarely, a person exits into a fast oxidizer pattern. This is called “backing out of four lows”. It occurs during some nutritional balancing programs and is okay.
However, at times, if this occurs, the person will soon go back into four lows, perhaps bouncing in and out of the pattern several times, until they finally exit into slow oxidation.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO EXIT FROM A FOUR LOWS PATTERN ON A FIRST TEST?
The time required to come out of a four lows pattern varies from several months to several years. Taking TMG and sprinkling tarragon on one’s food will help speed a person through the four lows experience.
CHILDREN WITH FOUR-LOWS ON A FIRST TEST
Possible causes for four-lows on the first mineral analysis of a young child are:
1. A parent has the four-lows pattern and the child picks up the personality tendency from a stressed parent. Usually the parent is demanding of the child, and the child responds with the four-lows type of stress response.
2. More and more children today are born so nutritionally depleted or toxic, or with a tendency for the four lows personality pattern that they are predisposed to develop the pattern at a young age. It is seen in some children who have been diagnosed autistic or ADHD, but is found in others, too.
3. Some children seem to like four lows as a defensive psychological posturing for a while. However, these children are all nutritionally depleted, so this may be considered just a variant or the second reason above.
Fortunately, children's personalities are less set and thus correction often occurs faster than in adults. The same principles of correction apply: to reduce stress of every kind, rest more, and give only a small supplement program.
I use the same supplements - calcium, magnesium, zinc, taurine, TMG, kelp, and possibly copper if the sodium/potassium ratio is less than 2.5. Most children also need a little supplementary fish oil or vitamin D if they are older than about age 4 or 5.
Giving a digestive aid to a child with a four lows pattern may also be helpful.
VARIANTS ON THE FOUR LOWS PATTERN
Recent research indicates there are variants on the four lows pattern. They include:
1. Low four lows. This is a four lows pattern with extremely low levels of at least two of the four macromineral numbers. One might call it deep in the tunnel of death. Dr. Eck realized that the lower the hair analysis numbers in a four lows pattern, the more severe the pattern, in general. It can be handled with the same type of nutritional balancing program, but it indicates even less vitality, more toxicity, and it may take longer to emerge from.
2. Four lows with a low sodium/potassium ratio. This is also a more severe four lows pattern that may take longer to emerge from and usually indicates a lower vitality level.
3. Four lows may also be seen with a very low phosphorus reading or more than 3 or 4 poor eliminator patterns. This also tends to indicate a more severe situation.
Combinations. A four lows pattern often combines with other hair analysis patterns, such as fast or slow oxidation, a bowl pattern, a double low ratio, a double high ratio, a hill (rarely), sympathetic dominance pattern, or others.
SOME CHILDREN ASSIST THEIR PARENTS OR SOMEONE ELSE BY GOING INTO A FOUR LOWS PATTERN
This is rather unusual, but now and then we see a baby or young child in a four lows pattern. This is unusual, since it is usually an end of life pattern, and the child may not be that ill.
In these cases, the child may be assisting another person, and to this the child must be in a four lows pattern. This is the best way for the young child to establish good rapport or resonance with the other person. This is always a temporary situation.
(In other words, the first test or tests did not show a four low pattern, and it only shows up on a retest).
A celebration pattern. If a four lows pattern shows up only on a retest hair mineral analysis when a person is following a nutritional balancing program, most often it has a very different meaning.
The meaning seems to be that the body goes back into the tunnel or the “repair facility” for a process of re-planning one’s life because life is going to be extended, and life is going to be a lot healthier as well. It is truly a celebration of life and restoration of life.
An intervention. Four lows on a retest only is always an intervention pattern. I am told this is rather special and means that certain beings work with the person to re-plan the rest of the earth life of the person. For more on the subject of interventions, please read Interventions on this website.
Resolving relationship difficulties. Often, when a person goes into a four lows pattern on a retest only, it is to help resolve relationship issues. Often they are with a parent, but not always.
Some of these issues are simple and can be resolved within a few months or even less. Other issues are old and deep, and their resolution can take six months or more. The duration does not matter. One must not think that something is wrong if it takes months or a year or more to come out of a four lows pattern on a retest.
Uncommon, except with a nutritional balancing program. Four lows pattern on a retest only occurs regularly on a nutritional balancing program, but not often otherwise. In other words, it occurs very rarely if a person follows medical or other natural healing programs.
Analogies to help understand this pattern. The following analogies may seem corny, but they convey the meaning of four lows pattern on a retest very well.
1. Back in the tunnel. One does apparently re-enter the tunnel of death, but not to die. Instead, a new life planning process takes place. It is as though the person is reconfigured, in some ways, and prepared to live a longer, more full life when a person goes into a four lows pattern on a retest. I know this may sound strange, but that is what people sometimes report.
2. The dog is resting in the dog house. This pattern reminds me of a dog who comes in after a hard day or a fight, and just curls up in the corner to heal for a week or a month, or longer. This is accurate, in that it is a low energy state, and requires mostly rest to move through it in the fastest and easiest way.
3. The car in the repair shop for an overhaul. Retracing a four lows pattern is also analogous to leaving your car at the repair shop for a major overhaul because you have decided to keep the old car, and you have told the mechanic to go over every inch of the car and attend to every possible problem and fix everything for the future.
4. The boat is in dry dock for repairs. This analogy is one of the best. Your boat or ship is taken out of the ocean and placed in dry dock for repairs. The unusual four lows supplement program apparently “shores up the boat while it is in dry dock”. This is like the boards and beams used to keep a boat upright while it is in dry dock, so it can be worked on.
The supplements literally give certain souls the opportunity to refurbish the body and soul to a degree, so it can be once again released into the ocean of life. This is called a spiritual intervention, and it is a wonderful thing.
An elimination of lead. When the body eliminates a significant quantity of lead, one may temporarily move into a four lows pattern.
Diet and supplements for four lows on a retest. These are generally the same as the supplement program required for a four lows on an initial hair mineral analysis. Be sure to avoid all adrenal and thyroid hormones or support products, all vitamins B, C, E, and stimulating herbs.
Re-entering a four lows pattern several times. This is possible. In other words, one may enter a four lows pattern, emerge for a while, and then go back into the pattern once again. This is perfectly okay, and apparently is just what is needed at a particular time. Be sure to adjust the diet, lifestyle and supplement programs accordingly.
Other celebration patterns are the hill pattern, and the step-down pattern or stepping into life pattern. Another one is the coming alive pattern and the up elevator pattern on retests. Others that are usually celebration patterns include any major increase in the oxidation rate on a retest, and, in some cases, any major improvement in the sodium/potassium ratio. A settling down pattern may also be a celebration pattern.
1. WORKING OUT OF FOUR LOWS
In these cases, there are improvements on the hair mineral chart, although they may be subtle. Healing is taking place, but the person is not yet out of the four lows pattern.
The program is working perfectly, but more time is needed to emerge from the four lows pattern. So please do not be discouraged if it takes a while to emerge from the pattern as long as you are following your nutritional balancing program.
2. DIGGING DEEPER
At times, on a retest a four lows pattern will become an even lower four lows pattern. This means that the one or more of the macromineral levels (calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium) will decline further on a retest.
We call this digging deeper pattern. It indicates that a person is delving more deeply into traumas or other blockages that caused or contributed to the four lows pattern.
This is not a problem at all. It usually resolves on its own on the next hair tissue mineral retest.
In this common situation, a four lows pattern that is present on an initial hair test persists for several years. This occurs even though the person follows a nutritional balancing program.
So far, in all cases the person is quite negative and cynical. This seems to hold them in the four lows pattern. The program assists them to resolve these issues. Then this is done, the person will come out of the four lows pattern.
ONLY ONE LAB RECOGNIZES A FOUR LOWS MINERAL PATTERN
At this time, the only hair mineral testing laboratory that recognizes a four lows pattern is Analytical Research Laboratory. This is an important problem if one uses other labs because recognizing a four lows pattern is very important.
MOST PEOPLE WITH A FOUR LOWS PATTERN HAVE BEEN TO NUMEROUS DOCTORS
Most have also had many tests, and followed several healing programs without success. The reason for this is that a four lows pattern requires a special program, and it is a reversal of what is required for slow oxidation, for example.
BLOOD, URINE AND OTHER TESTS
I am often asked if one can identify a four lows pattern from blood or urine tests. So far, this has not been possible.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, one cannot identify a four lows pattern from a hair mineral test performed by a laboratory that washes the hair at the lab. Most hair testing labs in America and around the world wash the hair before measuring its mineral content.
Washing the hair always washes out some of the water soluble minerals, including sodium and potassium. The amount removed tends to be erratic, so assessing a four lows pattern becomes very difficult. For more, read Introduction To Hair Mineral Analysis and Effect Of Washing On The Trace Element Content Of Human Hair on this site.
VERY HIGH FOUR HIGHS PATTERN – THE HIGH TUNNEL PATTERN
A hair analysis pattern that may be somewhat related to a four lows pattern is a very high Four Highs Pattern. This pattern is present when all four of the macrominerals – calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium – are well above their idea values.
Calcium must be greater than about 100 mg%, magnesium greater than about 20 mg%, sodium greater than about 70 mg%, and potassium is greater than about 25 mg%. These values are not precise, at this time. This is a rather rare pattern that needs more research.
This pattern is somewhat similar to a four lows pattern, in that it can involve an unusual metabolic type and an intervention. However, it is less severe than a four lows pattern, and it does not seem to require a special program, as does four lows. It tends to disappear, on its own, if one just follows the regular nutritional balancing program that is set up for you.