by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© September 2013, 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 very important principle of nutritional balancing science is called the concept of preferred minerals.  It is the idea that when preferred or ideal minerals are not available, often the body can substitute less preferred minerals in some enzyme binding sites and elsewhere in the body.

            When this occurs, the metallo-enzyme (enzyme that requires a metal for its activity) can continue to function, preserving life, in some cases.  However, the level of functioning is not as good as when the ideal mineral or preferred mineral is present in the enzyme binding site or elsewhere in the body.  An enzyme that requires zinc, for example, may function at 50% or even at just 10% when cadmium occupies the zinc binding site on the enzyme.  However, this is often sufficient to preserve life.


Survival mechanism.  This is no doubt a survival mechanism that allows a person to survive, even if the diet is deficient in some vital minerals.


A similar atomic “look”.  Often the substitute minerals “look” similar to the ideal mineral in terms of the number of filled electron shells, for example, or the molecular weight, or some other characteristic of the elements.


A critical concept for babies and children.  Today, most babies are born with too many of the less preferred minerals in their enzyme binding sites, or other places in the body.  This understanding helps explain the epidemics of childhood autism, ADD, ADHD, cancer and other problems of our children today.


An anti-aging concept.  As we age, we generally develop more and more nutritional deficiencies.  This occurs because of our depleted food supply, and because stress and aging often decrease one’s ability to digest food and extract the nutrients from our food.

As more and more vital minerals are depleted or “burned out” of the body and replaced with less preferred toxic metals, our energy level and health always suffers, until a fatal imbalance or disease ends life completely.

Thus, it makes sense to attempt to:

1. Prevent the replacement of more preferred minerals with the less preferred ones.

2. Restore the more preferred minerals in the body.

3. Nourish the young women better so that the children will start life with more of the preferred minerals in their enzyme binding sites.


Dr. Paul Eck was familiar with this concept and taught it to me.  I also read about in The Trace Elements and Man by Henry Schroeder (1973).  Here is a brief excerpt from page 7 of this interesting book:


“In this way, niobium can displace vanadium, tungsten can displace molybdenum, … silver displaces copper, gold will displace copper under certain circumstances, cadmium avidly displaces zinc and changes or inactivates zinc enzymes, causing disease; arsenic displaces phosphorus, causing disease; bromine displaces chlorine; beryllium displaces magnesium; magnesium and calcium interact; strontium displaces calcium; lithium displaces sodium ….”




The substitution process can become quite complex.  The most important replacements that I deal with, however, include:


1. Calcium and magnesium are replaced by lead.

2. Zinc is replaced by cadmium, mercury and nickel.

3. Chromium is replaced by lead and cadmium.

4. Higher quality magnesium is replaced by other magnesium compounds that are less biologically available.

5. Higher quality potassium is replaced by toxic potassium that comes from superphosphate or N-P-K fertilizers.

6. Oxides of iron, manganese, copper and other minerals replace more bioavailable forms of these minerals.  The oxide forms are called “the amigos” on this website.

7. Some phosphorus is replaced by lead and arsenic. 




Biological transmutation is the unique process of transforming one of the chemical elements into a different element at low temperature and low pressure.  This clearly goes on in the body, although medical science does not pay much attention to it at this time.

At times, the body can transmute a mineral into a different mineral that will power a critical enzyme, and thus preserve life.




The replacement of less preferred minerals with more preferred minerals occurs with every properly designed nutritional balancing program.  It helps account for the excellent results, in most cases.

This healing process is analogous to removing defective ‘aftermarket parts’ in an automobile, and replacing them with the factory original parts.  As with an automobile, doing this often causes the machinery to work much better, and it effectively rejuvenates the vehicle.  That is exactly what occurs with a nutritional balancing program.

To do this requires:

1. Supplying enough of the vital minerals.  This is not easy today because even the best food is hybridized and much lower in minerals than it was 100 years ago.

2. Nutritional balancing uses a diet of mainly cooked vegetables to provide a multitude of trace minerals. Human beings cannot extract enough minerals from raw vegetables, we find, no matter what other health benefits they may have.

3. One must avoid fruit, which does not seem to have the right forms and the right balance of minerals.

4. We use sea salt, kelp, dried vegetable capsules, and carrot juice to supply extra minerals. 

5. A digestive enzyme is necessary for most people because most people do not digest their food and absorb their nutrients well enough.

6. The process also requires a lot of adaptive energy. Biochemical energy production is boosted by balancing the key mineral levels and ratios in a mineral biopsy of the hair or other body tissue. 

This is analogous to tuning an automobile engine and running it at the correct speed to produce the maximum torque or power.  So far, blood tests cannot provide the same information as a properly performed hair mineral test, though of course blood tests have other uses.

7. Today the process also seems to require some extra forced detoxification, similar to dialysis of the kidneys.  Nutritional balancing therefore recommends the coffee enema and the near infrared lamp sauna sessions, which greatly enhance the process in many people.

8. Other aids to the process include the use of TMG or trimethylglycine, a particular mental exercise that is very powerful, channel therapy using foot and hand reflexology, and other supportive measures.

9. Equally important is to avoid most toxins, most medical drugs that are toxic, and some holistic interventions that are toxic or depleting including chelation therapy, hormone replacement therapy, homeopathy, and others.



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