PROGRESS INDICATORS ON RETEST MINERAL ANALYSES
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.
At times, it is difficult to tell if a person is improving on a nutritional balancing or other type of healing program. A retest hair analysis about 3 to 6 months after a previous test can often help to answer this question.
This article discusses some of the best indicators I have found on a retest hair analysis to assess progress. Note that the hair must not be washed at the laboratory in order to produce accurate hair mineral readings, especially of the water-soluble elements such as calcium, sodium and potassium.
THE MOST RELIABLE PROGRESS INDICATORS
The following appear to be the most reliable indicators of healing progress on a retest hair mineral analysis. However, they are only reliable if a) the hair has not been washed at the laboratory, and b) the person is following a properly designed nutritional balancing program:
1. Any increase in the phosphorus level, up to about 16 mg%. The more the phosphorus increases, up to 16 mg%, the more reliable is this indicator. This means that an increase from 16 to 18 mg% is not significant, for example.
2. Any significant increase in the levels of lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, nickel, iron, copper, or manganese when these minerals are in the poor eliminator range on the previous test. The more of these that increase, and the more they increase, the more reliable the indicator.
The poor eliminator range for these minerals is any reading below or less than that listed below:
Aluminum – 0.64 mg%.
Lead – 0.029 mg%.
Mercury – 0.031 mg%.
Cadmium – 0.004 mg%.
Arsenic - 0.004 mg%.
Nickel – 0.03mg%.
Iron – 1.19 mg%.
Manganese – 0.02 mg%.
Copper – 1.4 mg% in a slow oxidizer.
Boron – 0.04 mg%. (Note: boron is still being researched. It is not currently read on hair charts from Analytical Research Labs and may be less important.)
Vanadium – 0.2 mg%. (Note: vanadium is still being researched and is not currently read on Analytical Research Labs charts, and may be is less important.)
3. A lower reading of aluminum, iron, or manganese, provided these were elevated on the previous test. The more of these that decline, and the more they decline, the more reliable this indicator. An elevated reading for these minerals is the following, or higher:
Aluminum – 1.0 mg%
Iron – 2 mg%
Manganese – 0.04 mg%
4. Settling down pattern. This is defined as a decrease in the levels of all the following minerals - calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The indicator may also be a decrease in three of the minerals above, provided that the fourth mineral remains the same as on the previous test. The greater the decline in these levels, the more reliable the indicator.
5. Coming alive pattern. This is defined as an increase in the levels of all of the following minerals – calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The indicator may also be an increase in three of these minerals, provided that the fourth one remains the same as on the previous test. The greater the increase, generally, the more reliable is the indicator.
6. A hill pattern. This is defined as a calcium/magnesium ratio less than about 3.5 and a sodium/potassium ratio greater than about 3. This indicator is only reliable if the hill was not present on the previous test. For more on this pattern, read The Hill Pattern on this website.
7. Everything coming out pattern. This pattern is defined as an increase in four or more of the toxic metal or certain other readings. The four may include iron, copper, manganese, chromium and/or selenium providing these increase into a toxic range for the mineral.
The more of these indicators that are present, and the more extreme the changes, the more likely that improvement has occurred.
SECONDARY PROGRESS INDICATORS (THESE ARE NOT QUITE AS RELIABLE)
1. Four lows pattern when it was not present on the previous test.
2. Better 2nd four ratios when the previous test showed a double low ratio pattern on the second four numbers.
3. Step down pattern when it was not present on the previous test.
4. Less of a calcium shell pattern.
5. An elevation in the zinc level, provided it was less than about 12 mg% on the previous test.
6. Higher sodium/potassium ratio if it was less than 0.8:1 on the previous test.
7. A faster oxidation rate in a child less than about 5 years old.
8. A rocking pattern.
NOTE: If the opposite to one of these patterns occurs, it does not indicate a lack of progress. This may be important in some cases. For example, if someone emerges from four lows on a retest, or the oxidation rate slows down in a child, these are not bad signs. In fact, they can be good signs. However, they not reliable enough to be listed in this article as signs of progress.