SOIL REHAB WITH NUTRITIONAL BALANCING SCIENCE

By Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© October 2017, 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

 

I. Introduction: Our Sad Soils

Depletion

Biounavailability

Toxicity

 

II. Required Materials

Copper

Magnesium

Lime

Zinc

Manure/bacteria

Water

Standard Soil Testing

 

III. Soil Assessment

Two Assessment Methods

Details Of Method #1

Details Of Method #2

 

IV. Soil Correction

The Correction Process And Retesting Your Soil

How To Determine If Your Soil Has Changed Its Oxidation Type Or Na/K Ratio

How To Keep Your Soil Balanced

Soil Healing Reactions

Failures

 

V. Technical Discussion

A Brief History Of Nutritional Balancing

Yin And Yang Soil Methods

Can You Grow Crops During The Balancing Process

Role Of Boron And Potassium In Plants

 

References

 

 

I. INTRODUCTION – OUR SAD SOILS

 

The soils of the planet earth are mainly depleted and somewhat toxic.  The soils are depleted of bioavailable nutrients.  This means that the minerals are present, but the plants cannot utilize them well.  Minerals that are depleted include the trace minerals, in particular.  However, there is also depletion of calcium, magnesium, potassium and other macro-minerals, as well.

 

Toxicity.  The most important toxins in the soil are not the pesticides, as many people believe.  Instead, they are oxides of boron, iron, manganese, aluminum and, at times, other minerals such as cobalt, selenium and chromium.  To read more about the problem of oxides, as they relate to human health, please read Iron, Manganese And Aluminum – The Amigos on this website.

Only nutritional balancing science, as far as I know, can easily deal with these twin problems in a very unique and innovative way that does not cost a fortune and that can heal the earth in a permanent way.  These are its strengths.  Its drawbacks are that it is based on rather esoteric science that few are aware of.

By gently balancing your soil with simple formulas, it is possible to permanently get rid of the toxic mineral compounds that are damaging the plants and the animals that eat the grass and other vegetation on the land.

Also, by balancing the soil in the same way, many trace minerals in the soil, and the macro-minerals, as well suddenly become bioavailable, providing great benefits for the farmer and rancher alike. 

There is also less need for soil supplements, although they are still often needed.  One must add some copper and perhaps zinc, for example.

 

A research report.  We have used this method now for about five years, and our soils are still adjusting, but they are much more fertile.  Farmers using this method are very excited about it, and that is the reason for this report.

In the future, we will report on how long it takes for the soil to balance completely, and we suspect it will take at least five years.  If we find a way to speed up the process, we will also report it.

 

AGRICULTURAL PRINCIPLES WITH NUTRITIONAL BALANCING

 

1. No need for the garbage pail approach of loading up the soil with endless fertilizers, manures, rock dust, minerals, kelp, fish heads, sewage sludge, and more.

 

2. Tilling may be less needed, although it helps some soils.

 

3. No need for expensive bug sprays, pesticides and insecticides.

 

4. Less need for costly cover crops, in most cases.  Some are helpful, however.

 

5. No need for gut-wrenching failures of crops.

 

6. No need for soil erosion.

 

7. No need for radionics, which is unfortunately yin and therefore always somewhat harmful to plants.

 

8. Must use copper sulfate chemical, and not just organic matter.

 

II. REQUIRED MATERIALS

 

Here is what is required:

 

1. Copper.  The main mineral that is needed is copper, usually in the form of copper sulfate.  The reason why is explained below.

 

2. Bacteria.  To provide this, we currently use horse manure that has not been composted.  This is working the best.  Other manures will work, but horse manure seems to contain more of the bacteria needed to convert the oxide forms of the minerals into more healthful forms of minerals that the plants and animals can use.  The horses whose manure one is using should eat at least some fresh grass to produce the bacteria we want. 

Bio-dynamic enzymes.  Some farmers are using the bio-dynamic enzymes to compost waste matter and to condition their soil.  This will work.  However, we are using horse manure whenever possible, and at this time we believe it is a little bit better, and usually less costly for the farmer.

 

3. Zinc.  This is only needed when the ratio of total sodium to total potassium in the soil is high.  This is explained below.

 

4. Water.  Some soils need more water.  This is also explained in more detail below.

 

DETAILS

 

HOW THE SOIL IS REHABILITATED

 

The basic process is that certain soil bacteria consume manganese and aluminum.  The bacteria can, under the proper conditions, convert the forms of iron and manganese to more usable forms that the plants can uptake.  In order for this process to occur, there must be:

 

1. Adequate copper sulfate in the soil.

2. Adequate clean water from rain, preferably, although irrigation water will work in most situations.  We have found some sources of irrigation water that are so contaminated that they are less effective, however.

3. An adequate supply of the bacteria, which are found most abundantly in horse manure.  The manure must not be composted for good results.  This is very important.  Usually, when manure is made into compost, the heat generated by the process kills most of the bacteria, and this is desirable.  However, this is not the goal with this methodology. 

In this case, we are not trying to break down the manure.  We need the bacteria intact.  We are using the manure mainly to provide the proper bacteria on the soil, and not to provide anything else, although other components may be of some benefit.  This is the reason the manure must not be made into compost.

 

WHY COPPER?

 

This relates to biochemistry.  Copper, we have found, helps to raise a low sodium/potassium ratio in the soil.  It also reduces something called a fast oxidation rate.  Both of these conditions are commonly present in the soils of the earth.  So that is the reason copper sulfate is so helpful.

Copper may have this effect because copper supports oxidative metabolism in many species of micro-organisms, worms and other soil inhabitants.  Copper is required for the Krebs or carboxylic acid cycle found in many organisms.  As oxidative processes increase, so do all life processes increase in our soil.  An end result is to raise the sodium/potassium ratio.

Copper may reduce a fast oxidation rate by making calcium more bioavailable in the soil.  This has a calming and slowing effect upon the soil oxidation rate.  Oxidation rates are discussed below.

 

III. SOIL ASSESSMENT

 

TWO METHODS

 

1. Do a root analysis on your plants.  This is a newer method and it is best, so far.  This is completely analogous to a hair mineral analysis on a human being or animal.

2. Analyze the soil.  This is more like what farmers do today.  Below are the details for doing each method.  As stated above, we now prefer the first method in the paragraph above.

 

DETAILS OF METHOD #1.  (The better and newer method.)

This requires pulling up one or more plants, thoroughly cleaning a piece of deep root on each one, and then drying and grinding the root.  This is somewhat cumbersome, but seems to give more accurate results than testing method #2.

Some laboratories are equipped to do this, or farmers can do it themselves and send the ground up root for analysis.

When one receives the analysis, one must use the correct ideal values to make the assessment.  At this time, these are:

 

Calcium - 250 ppm

Magnesium – 80 ppm

Sodium – 20 ppm

Potassium – 50 ppm

 

It is easiest to graph these numbers on a special calibrated chart that we will reprint here in the future.  Then one can easily see the oxidation rate and the sodium/potassium ratio, the two measurements needed for this type of analysis.

Once one knows this, one can mix together the right formula to correct the balance of minerals in the soil.  Exactly how to do this is below.

 

CORRECTION – BALANCING YOUR SOIL

 

1. Note your plantsÕ oxidation rate from the calibrated chart (COMING SOON).

2. Note your plantsÕ Na/K ratio from the same calibrated chart or these criteria:

Na/K < 0.25 equals a low Na/K.

Na/K = or > than 0.25 equals a high Na/K.

3. Add mineral using this formula:

A. If the soil is in fast oxidation, use 100 pounds of copper per acre.

B. If the soil is in slow oxidation, use 50 pounds of copper per acre.

C. If the soil is in a four lows pattern, add 50 pounds of copper per acre.  However, also add lime at a rate of 200 pounds per acre and magnesium at 100 pounds per acre.

 

4. Now add even more minerals based on the Na/K ratio:

If the Na/K is less than 0.008, add more copper, about 50 pounds per acre.  Add even a little more if the ratio is less than about 0.005.

If the Na/K is above 0.008 but less than about 0.15, do not add the extra copper just above (in step 4).  Instead, add 100 pounds of zinc per acre.

If the Na/K ratio is above 0.15, again do not add the extra copper just above (in step 4).  Instead, add 200 pounds of zinc per acre.

 

If you do this right, you will always be adding at least 50 pounds of copper per acre, and often more.  In addition, you may be adding some zinc to your soil.

 

5. The manure.  One needs to add at least 100 pounds per acre, or maybe more.  Too much, or if it is not spread evenly, will burn the soil, but eventually it should work.  Try to use a good spreader to distribute the bacteria evenly.

 

6. The water. Most soil needs to be damp to slightly wet.  Dry soil will not adjust or balance nearly as fast or as well.  Therefore, you may have to irrigate if your soil is very dry.

Caution: If a heavy rain falls within three days of a mineral application, you may need to reapply the minerals if the rain all runs off your land.  If the rain soaks in, the mineral application should be valid.  Rain that falls more than a few days after an application of minerals should not disturb the balancing process.

 

Tilling in the minerals and manures.  Some farmers just spread the minerals and manures on their fields using a no-till method.  A superior method, in most cases, is to till in the minerals and manure.

 

 

DETAILS OF METHOD #2. 

 

To measure the soil properly for this method, one must measure the total amount of calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium.  The other mineral levels appear to be less critical.

One would think that we must measure the copper and the zinc levels.  However, this does not appear to be true.  Indeed, the amount of copper and zinc to add to your soil does not depend upon the copper level in the soil.  This is quite confusing, but true.  Also, be sure your lab reads the total amounts of the minerals, and does not ÒplayÓ with the basic numbers.

 

The mineral ideals.  With this method of healing the soil, the ideal mineral levels are different than what most laboratories use.  We know this, by experience.  We think this is because the soils are all weak or sick, and the labs are accustomed to these soils.  So we must modify the ideals that most soil labs use.

Here are the ideal mineral values that we use and suggest at this time.  All the values are in parts per million, unless otherwise indicated:

 

CALCIUM            16,000

MAGNESIUM  11,000

SODIUM              100

POTASSIUM    12,000

 

This means that the current ideal ratios that we are using are:

CALCIUM/MAGNESIUM           about 1.5

CALCIUM/POTASSIUM             about 1.33

SODIUM/MAGNESIUM             about 0.01

SODIUM/POTASSIUM               about 0.008

 

This may vary, but so far it is consistent across different soil types such as  sandy, loamy or clay soil.

 

Other mineral ideals.  Since we are discussing soil testing, here are our other trace mineral ideals.  Remember, however, that we do not base our supplementation on these levels.  They are for reference, only, at this time.  All, except for phosphorus, are in parts per million:

 

COPPER                           1.2

ZINC                                   14

SULFUR                           85    

IRON                                  85

MANGANESE              40

CHROMIUM                  20

BORON                            0.5

ALUMINUM                   140              (a toxic metal)

PHOSPHORUS           1100          (as P2O5 in lbs/acre)

 

Eventually, we will set up a calibrated chart with the ideal values listed for convenience.

 

WHAT TO DO WITH THE NUMBERS

 

              Two calculations are required:

 

I. Calculating the oxidation type and rate.

 

The three oxidation patterns or metabolic types.  In nutritional balancing science, the rate of oxidation of nutrients is measured in three basic patterns:

1. Fast oxidation – an acute inflammatory state of the soil.

2. Slow oxidation – an exhausted soil.

3. Four lows – an even more depleted or dead soil.

 

These metabolic types or oxidation types are determined by 1) the mineral balance of the soil, and 2) the types of microorganisms such as bacteria, and the types of worms or other creatures that are in the soil.  These are very related, but not identical.

 

How to measure the oxidation type.  To measure the oxidation types, the basic formula using total soil macro-mineral amounts is:

 

FAST OXIDATION: (usually indicates soil under acute stress)

Calcium/potassium ratio EQUAL TO or LESS THAN about 1.33.

AND

Sodium/magnesium ratio EQUAL TO or GREATER than about 0.01.

 

SLOW OXIDATION: (indicates an exhausted soil)

Calcium/potassium ratio GREATER than about 1.33.

AND

Sodium/magnesium ratio LESS than about 0.01.

 

FOUR LOWS: (indicates very depleted or dead soil)

TOTAL CALCIUM less than about 7,000 parts per million

TOTAL MAGNESIUM less than about 3,000 ppm

TOTAL SODIUM less than about 50 ppm

TOTAL POTASSIUM less than about 5000 ppm

 

We continue to research these figures, but they are very close to perfect.

 

Mixed oxidation.  At times, the soil test indicates:

 

A. A calcium/potassium ratio less than 1.33 and a sodium/magnesium ratio less than 0.01

OR

B. A calcium/potassium ratio greater than 1.33 and a sodium/magnesium ratio greater than 0.01

 

This situation is termed mixed oxidation.  This is a temporary state that will resolve to either fast or slow oxidation as you adjust the soil with this method, usually within a year or two.  It is a little trickier to dose the supplements, but not too bad.

 

Today most soil is in slow oxidation with a low sodium/potassium ratio.  This is not good, and is the reason for this article and all of our research to improve our soils.  Some soil is so bad it tests in four lows, which is much worse and more difficult to rejuvenate.

Agricultural scientists know that when the soil tests very low, particularly in calcium, magnesium and sodium, that they must add a lot of calcium in the form of lime to the soil or it will not recover.  This is true.  Interestingly, we do the same for human beings who have a similar pattern, and it works on them, as well.

Most soil measured in the USA, where this research is centered at this time, also has high levels of toxic compounds of iron, manganese and aluminum.  I believe it is the same around the world, with local variations.

 

II.  Calculating the sodium/potassium ratio

 

Besides the oxidation rate, the other critical measurement is the SODIUM/POTASSIUM RATIO or Na/K ratio.  It appears to be very critical for the health of the soil.  This may be because it measures an electrical charge on the cell membranes of certain soil organisms, or it may be for other reasons.  Recall that sodium and potassium are the main cations responsible for the solubility of the soil.

The Na/K ratio in soil should be around 0.008, according to our research.  When the ratio is lower than about 0.008, one must add more copper to the soil.  This ratio also helps us decide how much copper or zinc to add to the soil.

 

CORRECTION - BALANCING YOUR SOIL USING METHOD #2.

 

1. Calculate your soilÕs oxidation rate, as explained in the section above.

2. Calculate your soilÕs Na/K ratio, as explained above, as well.

3. Add mineral using this formula:

A. If the soil is in fast oxidation, use 100 pounds of copper per acre.

B. If the soil is in slow oxidation, use 50 pounds of copper per acre.

C. If the soil is in a four lows pattern, add 50 pounds of copper per acre.  However, also add lime at a rate of 200 pounds per acre and magnesium at 100 pounds per acre.

 

4. Now add even more minerals based on the Na/K ratio:

If the Na/K is less than 0.008, add more copper, about 50 pounds per acre.  Add even a little more if the ratio is less than about 0.005.

If the Na/K is above 0.008 but less than about 0.15, do not add the extra copper just above (in step 4).  Instead, add 100 pounds of zinc per acre.

If the Na/K ratio is above 0.15, again do not add the extra copper just above (in step 4).  Instead, add 200 pounds of zinc per acre.

 

If you do this right, you will always be adding at least 50 pounds of copper per acre, and often more.  In addition, you may be adding some zinc to your soil.

 

5. The manure.  One needs to add at least 100 pounds per acre, or maybe more.  Too much, or if it is not spread evenly, will burn the soil, but eventually it should work.  Try to use a good spreader to distribute the bacteria evenly.

 

6. The water. Most soil needs to be damp to slightly wet.  Dry soil will not adjust or balance nearly as fast or as well.  Therefore, you may have to irrigate if your soil is very dry.

Caution: If a heavy rain falls within three days of a mineral application, you may need to reapply the minerals if the rain all runs off your land.  If the rain soaks in, the mineral application should be valid.  Rain that falls more than a few days after an application of minerals should not disturb the balancing process.

 

Tilling in the minerals and manures.  Some farmers just spread the minerals and manures on their fields using a no-till method.  A superior method, in most cases, is to till in the minerals and manure.

 

IV. SOIL CORRECTION

 

THE CORRECTION PROCESS AND RETESTING YOUR SOIL 

 

During the correction process, the oxidation rate and the sodium/potassium ratio may vary, moving up and down a number of times.  This is why frequent soil testing is essential!  It is not too costly, so do it more often rather than less often.

In most cases, you can wait three to six months between soil tests.  This is about optimal in most cases.

However, if you suspect that your soil has shifted its oxidation rate or its Na/K ratio sooner than in three months, then test it again sooner.  You can test it as often as once a month.

 

HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOUR SOIL HAS SHIFTED ITS OXIDATION RATE OR ITS NA/K RATIO

 

Your soil may well have shifted if your crops, weeds and/or animals living on it are not looking as well.  They all tend to do best when the soil is balanced in the way described in this article.

Once again, do not test the soil more than about once a month.  It wonÕt change any faster, so there is no reason to test more often than this.  And again, most of the time you can go for three or even up to six months without retesting. 

However, do not go more than six months without a retest, as the soil can change and you may not be aware of it.  Failing to retest the soil at least every six months will seriously slow down the balancing and adjustment of your soil.

 

Each time you find that the soil has shifted its oxidation rate and/or its sodium/potassium ratio, you must make an another application of the minerals.  I know this sounds like a lot of applications, but it is necessary for success.  Remember, however, that you cannot apply minerals or manures more than about once a month, or it will overwhelm the soil, and usually, you wonÕt be re-applying minerals more than once every three to six months.

Eventually, the soil will settle down into a fairly mild fast oxidation pattern with a fairly normal Na/K ratio of about 0.008.  This is when your soil is now ready to produce at its optimum.  This can take a few years of balancing the soil.

 

HOW TO KEEP THE SOIL BALANCED

 

Once your soil is balanced, the next question is how to keep it that way.  Here are suggestions:

 

1. Strictly keep all toxic chemicals, including even some natural pesticides, off the land.  Use as little as you can of any toxic substances, even natural ones.  This is very important!

2. Let the land lie fallow at least once every three years.  For now, this is helpful.  Eventually, we may be able to keep producing through crop rotation, but most soil is still weak and needs a year of rest every three years.

3. Rotate your crops every year.  This is essential, as well.

4. Love your soil.  This means to be aware of what is happening on your soil, at all times.  If you notice a problem, try to get help.  However, see below for Reactions so that you do not upset the balancing process your soil is going through.

 

REACTIONS OR READJUSTMENTS

 

At times, using this method, the oxidation rate, the Na/K ratio, and/or the levels of the soil minerals may become very high or very low.  This is normal for this method, so be prepared for it!  

This process is called retracing in the human and animal populations.  In nutritional balancing soil science, this effect is called a readjustment.

In this rather fascinating process, soil microbes may produce a lot of one mineral, or deplete a particular mineral, in the process of restoring the soil to health.

 

A problem for Ag scientists.  Readjustments of this type are a problem for scientists who may react with alarm when a soil test comes back with higher or lower mineral levels than are expected.

The correct response is to allow the process to proceed without interrupting it with symptomatic soil treatments such as adding lime, adding magnesium, or others.

This is difficult to understand for conventionally-trained soil scientists, however, so it takes a bit of experience to learn to let the process work itself out.  Just continue to correct the oxidation rate and the Na/K ratio ONLY, and do not worry about the other aberrations that will occur, at times.  Once again, this is normal for this method. 

For more about this interesting healing process in human beings and in animals, please read Retracing on this website.  While this article is about human health, the principles and the method of allowing the reactions to pass are identical to the way we handle the soil.

 

The future.  In the future, we hope to have consultants to assist you.  At this time, there are none in the USA and few anywhere.  We are working to train a number of consultants, however, who understand this method well.

 

FAILURES

 

Rarely, we have applied the minerals and manure properly, and a crop or a livestock animal seems to do worse.  If this occurs, here are the possibilities:

 

A. A crop or animal is very sensitive to copper, or perhaps zinc or a manure.  This should subside as the mineral(s) and manures are absorbed.

 

B. You are having a readjustment episode in which the soil micro-organisms are producing more than the ideal amount of a mineral compound, and this is toxic for your crop of your animals. 

This has not occurred, so far.  However, it could occur.  In most cases, it will subside on its own.  Please do not rush to apply soil remedies in such a case.  This type of reaction should pass within a week to a month.  A soil retest might be needed if the problem persists, to see if another application is required.

 

C. Your seeds or animals are of a hybridized or GMO type that are only adapted for and can only thrive on depleted and sick soils.  This is more common today than one may imagine.  In this case, you might lose a crop or have a poor yield.

Rarely (it has occurred once) there is a need to change out a few animals that just do not do as well on healthier soil.

 

V. TECHNICAL DISCUSSION

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF NUTRITIONAL BALANCING

 

              This method began with the work of Dr. Paul C. Eck of Phoenix, Arizona in the 1970s.  He discovered the basic principles of nutritional balancing science, and applied them to human beings first, and secondly to animals.

He based some of his work on the earlier work of Dr. William Albrecht, a prominent organic agriculture specialist who lived at the turn of the 20th century.  Other inspirations for the work were the scientific genius of Dr. Louis Kervran, author of Biological Transmutations, and Andre Voisin, author of Soil, Grass And Cancer.

            The scientific work was expanded upon by  Lawrence Wilson, MD, who wrote an excellent textbook about the principles of the work in 1991 that has been expanded and updated several times.

            The present method described in this article is a composite of all of this work, plus the research of leading soil scientists around the world.  

 

YIN AND YANG SOIL METHODS

 

Yin and yang are Chinese words that express a physics concept.  I use them only because there are no good equivalent words in English.  While few pay attention to this concept in Western nations, the idea is very important in Oriental concepts of agriculture.

Nutritional balancing is a very yang method of soil regeneration.  Yang methods tend to make the soil much more active and warmer.  They also tend to condense it or make its structure more compact.  Yang methods also tend to work faster.

However, many of the methods used today are more yin.  This means that their effect, at a deep level, is to make the soil colder, less active, and make its structure more expanded.  This is usually not helpful because the soil is already somewhat yin due to excessive ionizing radiation in the soil and toxic metals and toxic chemicals in the soil.

Examples of more yin methods of soil regeneration and soil-building are radionics, superphosphate fertilizers, crushed rock, fish heads, homeopathy and the addition of most products of all kinds.

While it is true that this method uses copper sulfate, zinc sulfate, lime and other materials, the amounts used are relatively small, and this is more yang.

 

CAN ONE GROW CROPS AT THE SAME TIME AS THE SOIL BALANCING IS OCCURRING?

 

Yes, in most cases.  Soil balancing by this method is a little harsh, at times.  In general, however, most crops can withstand the process quite well, we find.

Also, most livestock animals can handle the process quite well.  We suggest keeping livestock off of a field for a few days after applying the copper or manure.  Other than this caution, they can graze normally.

 

ROLE OF BORON AND POTASSIUM IN PLANTS

 

Boron.  Boron in plants acts to raise the sodium/potassium ratio.  In this regard, it is somewhat like the role of the adrenal glands in animals and human beings.

Unfortunately, very few plants have the right form of boron for ideal growth.  Most of the time, the boron in plants is an oxide form that is somewhat toxic and stimulating.  The ideal form is not an oxide and does not have the same stimulating effect, but it is low on the planet and not available as a supplement.

The oxide form of boron finds its way into human food and is slightly toxic for human beings and animals.  Interestingly, its elimination from the human or animal body tends to cause a sharp temporary rise in the sodium and potassium levels.

 

Potassium.  Potassium in plants acts to increase the sodium/potassium ratio and tends to increase the oxidation rate.  It seems to function in a way similar to the thyroid gland in animals and human beings.

The potassium found in N-P-K fertilizers is always somewhat toxic for plants.  This is just one problem with N-P-K agriculture, which is largely just stimulation of plant growth and soil mining.

 

References

 

1. Wilson, L., Nutritional Balancing And Hair Mineral Analysis, 2016.

2. The Oxidation Types.

3. The Sodium/Potassium Ratio.

4. Biological Transmutation Of The Elements.

 

 

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