TODAY’S FRAGILE BODIES
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
Ó June 2013, The Center For Development
A friend sadly related that she recently went to three friend’s funerals. In each case, the person had not been “ill”, and one was a young man of 16. In each case, death was caused by a minor accident, such as hitting the head during a fall, or even less. The 16-year-old just suddenly developed a fever and soon died in the hospital before doctors could even figure out what was wrong.
These incidents point to a trend in America and Europe, particularly, in which people may look fine, but their bodies are not healthy and, as a result, the bodies are quite fragile. They lack a certain toughness and resiliency. As a result, a mild trauma, accident, injury, fall or infection can cause death. Preventing and correcting this fragility of the bodies is a focus of nutritional balancing science. It is not an easy concept to talk about, however, because it often does not offer outward manifestations or symptoms until it is too late to save one’s life.
HOW DOES ONE KNOW IF ONE’S BODY IS FRAGILE AND SUBJECT TO SERIOUS PROBLEMS DUE TO A MINOR INJURY OR INFECTION?
This is not a simple question to answer. For example, the fragility I am referring to is not the same as being “sensitive”. It is not the same as environmental illness or chemical sensitivity, or simply being tired a lot.
This fragility is different. It usually presents few immediate symptoms. This is the insidious thing about it. It only offers symptoms when one is “tested” by a trauma or illness. Then it reveals just how weak or out of balance the body is. The analogy, explained below in more detail, of a building, or a bridge that appears strong until a storm comes, is very appropriate. So please do not confuse fragility with being sensitive or just weak. Weakness is not a good thing, but surprisingly some people who appear weak or tired handle trauma and illness better than some who appear in “perfect health”.
A hair mineral analysis usually offers excellent clues to fragility. For example, a low zinc level, a low phosphorus level, a low sodium/potassium ratio or a three or four lows pattern are clues to fragility. Another is a very fast or a very slow oxidation rate. An elevated copper level could be another indicator.
Fragility is somewhat like an Italian sports car. Some of the fragile bodies remind me of a very delicate sports car that rides very low to the ground and requires a lot of love and care to keep it on the road. It is not a bad car, but it is delicate. This is how a lot of people are today.
I tell these individuals that they are sensitive souls who must care for their health a little more than others. They are not “pickup trucks” that can go anywhere and do anything with impunity. This, however, is not a criticism or even a disadvantage, most of the time, if the person will recognize who they are and take the necessary care of the body, just as one must care better for one’s sports car that rides very low to the ground and is a finely tuned machine.
I further explain that often one’s “sports car” is very high-powered, and this is part of the challenge. One must learn what it needs and how to “drive” it properly to avoid damaging it. Anyone who has driven a very powerful car knows that one must exercise more caution with it, or one can get into an accident far easier with such a vehicle. This analogy helps some people to appreciate themselves more, and avoid feeling sorry for themselves that they must live a more disciplined and healthful life than their friends or other family members.
The metal analogy. Becoming fragile is also somewhat like a piece of metal that has suffered metal fatigue. Normally, a piece of metal can be bent back and forth a few times without breaking. However, after a certain number of back and forth bending, the metal becomes much more fragile. Then, if something bends the metal, it is very fragile and is more likely to just break off. This is called metal fatigue.
Aging associated with fragility, in general. In general, as one ages, the body becomes more fragile in many ways. This is not always the case, as people become more resilient with age in mental and emotional terms, but physically they generally become more fragile.
This means that if one can reverse the aging process, as occurs regularly with nutritional balancing by removing toxic metals and toxic chemicals, and replacing missing nutrients, then the body becomes much less fragile. Aging, after all, is about health, and not so much about one’s chronological age.
SYMPTOMS OF FRAGILITY
Often there are no symptoms, which is the saddest part of the problem. In other words, if one is not stressed by an accident, injury or infection, one seems to be fine. One functions fairly well and may have few indications that the body is really quite delicate and not in the best of condition.
Many times clients report that they were just fine until they underwent an operation, had a child, had a minor accident, took some antibiotics for a week, or even just took some amino acids or herbs. Then they developed serious health problems that have been difficult to heal. This is the most common example of how fragility shows up. For example, I experienced this early in my life when I twisted my back while square dancing. I did nothing to cause a serious problem, but it dogged me for years afterwards. Obviously, although I thought I was healthy, I was quite fragile and did not realize it.
Other symptoms of fragility may be the birth of a defective child, or development of autism, ADD or other problems in a supposedly healthy child. This is now occurring daily in thousands, or perhaps millions of children all over the world.
Another sign of fragility is reacting very badly to a vaccine or medical drug. Sometimes the body’s reaction is horrible and one wonders how it could be so bad. One reason is that the body is fragile, but one was not aware of it. This is one reason to avoid all types of toxins as much as possible if one is wise because one never knows how the body will react to a particular toxic substance.
Other symptoms can be a severe infection that seems to come out of nowhere. A healthy body normally can withstand and fight off most infections, especially with the help of natural methods such as colloidal silver, vitamins A and C, Limcomin, bee propolis and other simple remedies, along with plenty of fresh water and rest. At times, however, the body is so fragile that a simple infection becomes life-threatening.
Emotional fragility. Other indicators for fragility might include an emotional outburst or disturbance that should not have occurred, given the mildness of a situation. For example, a friend may treat you badly and instead of being able to handle it, one “loses it” and becomes furious or depressed for days or weeks. Even worse, one might become suicidal or homicidal as a result of a rather mild emotional upset.
Another possibility that is definitely on the rise is a greater incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. In these instances, a person just seems unable to process thoroughly or get over some type of incident or situation. Instead, the memory of the incident keeps resurfacing, often at odd times and places, and this can seriously unbalance a person’s life. This is an unusual aspect of fragility as it refers to the ability of the brain and mind to process through and heal a trauma at a deep mental level.
CAN THE BODY AND MIND COMPENSATE FOR FRAGILITY?
It can, to a degree, and does its best at all times to keep us alive and functioning. However, the compensations are often not healthful and at times, they are bizarre and scary. For example, one may decide to just withdraw from society to avoid incidents and situations. This is usually accompanied by depression or anti-social behavior in a few cases. In this case, one may develop a calcium shell on the hair mineral analysis.
Physically, the body may compensate by adopting unusual posture, or unusual habits of eating and living that are intended, at least, to defend against possible stress. Most are not healthful.
Mentally and emotionally, many people simply ‘shut down’ after a trauma, for example. This can be healthy if it allows one time to process better. When it becomes a lifestyle, however, it damages one’s relationships, job and school performance, and every other aspect of a person’s life.
Some compensate by going the other way. They may start taking more chances, seeing if they can cheat death, for example. Bungee-jumping, sky-diving, hang-gliding, dangerous skiing, car racing and other dangerous activities may be examples of this.
Others compensate mentally by taking chances in the mental realm – staying up too late, testing themselves to see how much abuse the body and mind can take, watching horror movies, or engaging in dangerous sexual or other activities to see how “strong” they really are. All of this tends to be destructive even if one survives.
Another type of compensation is more subtle. One may armor the body. This is well known in some forms of bodywork such as Rolfing and structural integration. Most people do this a little and it is fine. When it is extreme, the body becomes very tense and tight, the musculature becomes rigid, and the person becomes quite pompous and “uptight”, and it is not healthful at all. Undoing this pattern takes a lot of time and work, although between nutritional balancing and deep bodywork it can be done easily.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT A FRAGILE SYSTEM?
Chemically, fragility is lessened and perhaps overcome with a nutritional balancing program. Many clients report that they are much better at handling both physically and emotionally stressful situations since they have improved their body chemistry. The bones will becomes stronger, and the muscles will work better. The tendons and ligaments lose their rigidity and function as they are supposed to function. The immune response improves drastically, and digestion improves, as well. infections also clear up and this helps the body to be more resilient and flexible in handling stress.
The adrenals and fragility. The adrenal glands are central to solving the problem of fragility. The adrenal glands produce hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin that allow the body to cope and adapt to stress. As the adrenals are rebuilt, the body’s ability to handle stress improves a lot.
Bodywork. In addition to a nutritional balancing program, therapies such as Rolfing and structural integration, in particular, seem to be excellent. Massage can be excellent if it is deep enough and done properly. Usually, it must hurt a lot, at first, as one tackles very tight muscles, tendons, fascia and other tissues in order to release the compensations and tensions that have built up. Following a nutritional balancing program at the same time will definitely speed up this process greatly, and perhaps is needed to allow it to proceed much at all.
Rest, sleep and reflection or meditation. Mental and emotional “toughening” at deep levels usually requires chemical balancing, and often a lot more rest and sleep. Also, many times one’s attitudes and assumptions about life and about society must be questioned and reviewed. I was helped tremendously by Mr. Roy Masters and his many tapes and books. Some of it was not easy to handle, at first, at all!
Life is often not the way it is painted in the mainstream media, in high school and college, and even in the workplace. Spiritual teaching must also be examined carefully, as too many of them are also illogical, flawed and often destructive. This topic is discussed in more detail in the 2010 and 2014 edition of Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis, as it is a lengthy topic. It is also discussed in some other articles on this website on particular health topics.