by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© June 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.


            This is a very profound idea that goes to the heart of nutritional balancing science.  The basic concept is that:


Certain foods and supplements, such as chemically-derived minerals and vitamins, are not in the form the body requires.  However, they allow the body to utilize preferred forms of minerals that are found in foods.  Such products are placeholders.

As one eats the correct diet or mainly cooked vegetables, the body obtains the special forms of minerals it requires, and it easily removes the placeholders.


              Holding open channels. Placeholders appear to work by holding open certain energy channels in the body that are damaged.  As long as the channels are held open, deeper healing can occur, and eventually the channels heal and the placeholders are not needed.  However, if the channels are not held open somehow, deeper healing will never take place.



1. If you are too dogmatic and idealistic, and decide “I will not eat this food or take this supplement because it is not ideal”, you just defeat yourself.

2. If you say, as many of our clients do, that “I will take the pills, but I don’t like the diet” you will defeat yourself.  The pills are needed as placeholders to initiate healing.  However, the diet of mainly cooked vegetables is needed to obtain the exact form of minerals and other substances the body needs.  Otherwise, permanent healing will not occur.

3. Please don’t change the program and don’t add subtract or substitute different products.  The programs are designed as they are for a reason.  Most often, making changes damages or even ruins the program because of the placeholder concept. 




The scaffolding analogy.  Placeholders are like the scaffolding that is usually placed around a building that is under construction.  The scaffolding is not permanent, but it allows workers to continue construction.


The crutch and cast analogies.  A concept similar to that of placeholders is that of using crutches.  A crutch is an unnatural or artificial device that keeps one going when one’s legs cannot support the body.  The crutch is used temporarily only.  When no longer needed, it is removed.

Perhaps an even better analogy is that of a plaster or other type of cast that is placed over a broken arm or leg.  The cast is definitely not “natural” or ideal in any way.  However, it performs a vital role of holding the bones in place until real healing can occur.  Then the cast can be removed, as it is no longer needed.  This, in fact, is an excellent analogy.




              Dr. Eck worked in the supplement industry for years, and was very familiar with food-based supplements.  He found that most do not work well for nutritional balancing science.  They may work excellently for other purposes, but not for development.

One reason is that higher doses of some minerals are needed for the placeholder concept.  Even the companies that sell food-based minerals use chelates, lactates, and other products that are not necessarily the form in which the body needs the mineral.

Having said this, some of the minerals used in nutritional balancing such as selenium are food-based because this form of selenium works well.  So it is a matter of using whatever works the best.  If it is a food-based product, then we use it.  If it is a chelate,  then I recommend that product.  For much more  on this topic, please read Food-Based Supplements on this site.


            A whole systems idea.  Placeholders are a whole systems concept.  The placeholders hold the complex system of the body in a certain posture or manner so that deep healing can occur.  Once they have done their job, they are eliminated from the body as they are no longer needed.

Many placeholders protect the sodium/potassium ratio, for example, or they may balance the oxidation rate.  Both these are whole systems aspects of our bodies that must be balanced, or healing slows or stops.

Placeholder minerals replace even more toxic mineral compounds in the body.  Placeholder chemical vitamins replace even more toxic chemicals or other toxic items with something that is not ideal, but it holds the space so the body can heal itself and move on. 

            Placeholders must be used cautiously, as they can be toxic.  However, they seem to be absolutely necessary, at times, to move the body along.




Below are examples of how placeholders may be used in nutritional balancing science.


            Example #1.  Isolated chelated minerals.  A very simple example of a placeholder are the chelated minerals we use.  These are not as good as giving actual foods.  However, they work wonderfully.  Some health authorities object to the use of isolated chelated minerals, preferring to use only food-based nutrients.  However, we find that for deep correction, the isolated chelated minerals work far better than the generally lower dosage food-based minerals.


            Example #2. Isolated chemically-derived B-complex and other vitamins.  Some say these should be avoided.  However, we do not find any long-term toxicity from their proper use, and they are able to hold the oxidation rate and essential mineral ratios in place so that deeper healing can occur.  The food-derived B vitamins or vitamin C, for example, do not work as well for some reason – perhaps due to dosage or some other reason.


            Example #3.  Coffee enemas.  Some people say we should not put coffee into the body as it is somewhat toxic due to its high caffeine content.  However, we find that the coffee enemas, and this type of enema only, seems to be able to activate the liver to eliminate more toxins than any other method I have ever seen.  This saves lives and heals people every day.  Again, we see no longer-term toxicity when they are done right.  After a number of years, they are no longer needed, so I discontinue their use.


            Example #4.  Eating meat.  Some people object to eating meat as part of a nutritional balancing diet.  They say meats are toxic, for example.  While this may be true, meat is very yang and we find that people need it for a while.  After a number of years on a nutritional balancing program, the body becomes more yang and there is less need for meat.

            In this sense, meat may be considered as a remedy or placeholder that is needed for a while, although it may not be the ideal food.


            Many other examples could be cited.  The reasoning is the same.  Please ponder the placeholder concept, as it is a very important theoretical idea that is incorporated into all nutritional balancing programs.



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