AGGRESSIVENESS PATTERN ON A HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© February 2010, The Center For Development
This pattern is defined as a calcium level about 14 mg% or less on a hair test in which the hair has not been washed at the lab. This last caveat is important. This is a common pattern seen in young children and in adult fast oxidizers. It is also occasionally seen in four lows pattern or other types of patterns on hair tests.
As with all the hair analysis patterns, it is not a diagnosis of anything. Instead, it is a trend or tendency for certain metabolic imbalances. This pattern is called aggressiveness because when the hair tissue calcium level becomes very low, a person is usually in a fight-or-flight reaction, and one of the symptoms of this is aggressiveness. This is because calcium has a calming, buffering, and relaxing effect on the nervous system.
Other symptoms associated with this pattern are irritability, nervousness, muscle tightness, muscle cramps, and other symptoms of calcium deficiency. If the pattern has gone on a long time, other symptoms may include demineralization of the body, osteopenia, osteoporosis, tetany and others.
POSSIBLE MECHANISM SEEN WITH THIS PATTERN
The most common reasons for this pattern appear to be:
1. In young children and fast oxidizing adults, calcium is lost in the urine when the body goes into a fight-or-flight response. This is part of the way the body prepares for fight or flight, since a lower calcium level tends to put the nervous system into a hyperalert state.
2. In the case of a four lows pattern, the body appears to withdraw calcium from the tissues for some reason. This is not clear, but the pattern is quite common and consistent. It is somewhat of a fight-or-flight pattern, and this may be the cause, but it is not a complete fight or flight response.