by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© December 2009, The Center For Development
This is a newer hair mineral analysis pattern that has been discovered only since Dr. Paul Eck’s death in 1996. It has been observed many times, since then, and the incidence of the pattern appears to be increasing, in fact.
The pattern is present whenever the calcium/magnesium ratio in a hair sample that has not been washed at the laboratory is greater than about 13.5:1. The pattern may not be present if the calcium/magnesium ratio is greater than about 35 to 40. To explain it, let us consider the Ca/Mg ratio in more detail.
This ratio was called by Dr. Paul Eck, the blood sugar ratio. This is because he found that when it is imbalanced, either too high or too low, the person was always exceeding his carbohydrate tolerance level, meaning eating more carbohydrates than are optimal for the particular person.
I propose that the name of the ratio may be better called the Lifestyle Ratio. This would be more inclusive, meaning it has to do with the diet, but also with one’s lifestyle or attitude.
This new pattern is still being researched. However, when the calcium/magnesium ratio is above about 13.5 on an initial hair mineral analysis, the following appears to be the case:
1. It is not about the carbohydrates in the diet, or only about the diet. This is important as the elevated Ca/Mg previously was thought to relate only to the amount of carbohydrates in the diet.
It is possible that the carbohydrates are excessive and one is exceeding one’s carbohydrate tolerance, but the spiritual defensiveness pattern means far more than this.
2. It has to do with a factor in a person’s lifestyle or attitude that no longer serves the person. This might be:
A. A personal relationship that is not working well for a person. This is a large subject that we will comment on later in more detail.
B. A work or job-related relationship or situation that is not working to the person’s best interest.
C. Another relationship, including a relationship with alcohol, for example, or an attitude, which is a relationship with an idea in one’s head.
D. It may have to do with a generally sloppy or disorganized lifestyle, rather than a particular lifestyle factor.
E. In some cases, it may just be an illness indicator, especially if the ratio is greater than 35 to 40.
3. This is a very important pattern for counseling a client. If we see this pattern, often there is a situation that needs changing. It is a “need to let go” pattern. If we do not see the pattern, even a seemingly difficult marriage or work situation is more likely not really in need of changing as much. This is an exciting and very important distinction that is discussed in a separate article on this site entitled, Spiritual Defensiveness Versus Sympathetic Dominance.
4. Meaning of the pattern on retests. The spiritual defensiveness pattern may have a slightly different meaning on hair mineral analysis retests:
1. On a retest hair analysis, an elevated calcium/magnesium ratio may just indicate the elimination of biounavailable calcium or what is called “metastastic calcium” from the body through the hair. This is excess calcium that was beginning to build up in the body in the wrong places, hence the name metastatic. It accumulates in places such as the arteries, kidneys, brain and elsewhere.
This can be a good sign on a retest, although it will unbalance the calcium/magnesium ratio temporarily.
2. The pattern can be a retracing of an old decision or lifestyle pattern that is very temporary.
3. If, however, the pattern shows up on the first mineral test and persists on the second or third test, most likely it is not an elimination of excessive calcium, but rather indicates a spiritual defensiveness pattern that has not been dealt with yet.
4. If the pattern shows up just on a retest, or becomes worse (the Ca/Mg ratio increases), it may also be because something in the lifestyle needs to be corrected, and the nutritional balancing program is bringing out this fact. For example, it is even more important to quit a job that is damaging to one’s health or let go of a relationship that is harmful and no longer needed.
5. Other meanings. A very high calcium/magnesium ratio could be due to a kidney imbalance that is affecting calcium and magnesium. These minerals are regulated through the kidneys, as are most minerals. However, usually it is a lifestyle pattern, as well.
As mentioned above, if the ratio is extremely high, it definitely indicates more severe health imbalances.
6. Defensiveness, in general. An elevated calcium/magnesium ratio, especially with an elevated level of calcium and of magnesium, is indicative of defensiveness, in general. This was a discovery of Dr. Eck many years ago. In the spiritual defensiveness pattern, a person often is consciously or unconsciously defending a lifestyle factor or attitude that is not serving the person and really needs to change.
7. It is often a karmic ending pattern. This means that usually something in a person’s lifestyle or attitude is no longer appropriate and needs to be forgiven and ended.
Other. Magnesium is associated with energy, while calcium is associated with hardness and protection. We may surmise that a spiritual defensiveness pattern is associated with excessive protectiveness in relation to the amount of energy expended.
In other words, the person is expending too much energy and not getting much in return. Another way to say this is the person is putting energy out, but not receiving much in return.
This may be the deeper meaning of this pattern and we are investigating this imbalance in a relationship with someone, some place, something like alcohol or even fear or anger, or another aspect of life.
Varieties of defensiveness. Defensiveness can be simply an attitude of holding on to something or some idea, perhaps, usually one that one embraced or needed for some reason in the past. This is an aspect of simply living in the past and not wanting to change. It is a kind of inertia of the personality that often sets in as one gets older, in particular, although it can occur even in a child. One simply does what one has always done, or thinks as one has always thought. This amounts to defensiveness even if one is not trying to defend one’s lifestyle or attitude. This might be called a more passive kind of defensiveness.
However, defensiveness can also be a more active resistance to change, or even an active running in one direction to avoid change. This is worse, actually, because one is actively avoiding the future, rather than just remaining in the past out of laziness or inertia. However, it is very common, especially as one ages and tires out. It is an important cause for a four lows pattern, eventually, because the body gets completely worn out from fighting and running in a completely useless manner.
The spiritual defensiveness pattern indicates a need to move on or let go of the attitude or lifestyle factor, rather than to defend it or to live in the past and pretend that the situation is okay Dr. Eck felt that the calcium/magnesium ratio had something to do with pretending or pretentiousness. In this regard, he was correct in that a person may be pretending or imagining that a situation is correct or good when, in fact, it is not.
PRETENDING VERSUS IMAGINING A SITUATION IS CORRECT
Pretending or imagining things can be a Level 3 or tuning disorder of the brain. Our brains tune to different frequencies and different realities. This is explained in much more depth in Nutritional balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis, fourth edition 2010. However, imagining can also just be the product of a fertile imagination, in which case it is more benign.
As compared with imagining, pretending is often more of an act of will and ego stubbornness in which one wishes something were a certain way, so one just assumes that is the way it is, even though it is not true. It is a common human trait. Spiritual defensive pattern is often about a stubborn will that is being misused to defend or protect an attitude or other lifestyle factor or attitude.
AN ENDING, OR ‘NEED TO LET GO’ PATTERN
At times, a spiritual defensive pattern indicates that a lifestyle condition or attitude that had been appropriate is no longer needed or appropriate for a person and needs to be let go of. For example, it might be a job, a relationship or often it is an attitude about life that simply is no longer true and it is time to let it go.
A woman might have been angry with an ex-boyfriend or ex-husband, for example, but that is over and now it is time to move on. Otherwise, the attitude of anger or cynicism just is not appropriate and is holding her back on her life path. This is why I call it a ending or “need to release something” pattern, as it means that it is time to move on, and nothing is holding the person in the job, relationship, situation or attitude at this time. There may seem to be factors holding the person in the situation, but at the deepest level there is nothing holding the person to it and one needs to move on.
Sometimes one may need to be in a situation, job, relationship, or have an illness or even an attitude for some reason such as to learn some type of lesson. This pattern seems to indicate that the situation or attitude is no longer needed or appropriate because the lesson, debt or factor has been completed or resolved.
OTHER, MORE SUBTLE ASPECTS OF THE PATTERN
Movement means how a person tends to feel when in this pattern. The feeling of spiritual defensiveness pattern is that one feels little, although when pressed, often one is defending some kind of action behavior, situation or attitude. One is stuck, to some degree, but is often unconscious of this, except there may be physical or emotional health issues.
Chakra and traditional Chinese five-element indicators. Spiritual defensiveness is most commonly associated with a slow oxidation rate, although it can occur with any oxidation rate or with four lows, four highs, three highs or three lows pattern. The pattern is rather yin in Chinese medical terminology. It is not associated with any of the chakras, in particular.
A spiritual defensiveness pattern may be associated with another curious and newer observed phenomenon. At times, a life situation that is not working well will cause a depression of the hair magnesium level.
Physiologically, I do not know why this would occur. A psychological or more metaphysical reason might be that magnesium, as an element, is bright and shining. It is possible that when a person remains with an attitude or lifestyle that is not appropriate for the future, somehow it ‘dims his brightness’ in some way.
LIVING A LIE
This may be a description of the meaning of a calcium/magnesium ratio greater than about 40. This needs more research.
CORRECTION OF THE PATTERN AND “GETTING HELP”
When the Ca/mg ratio begins to normalize, meaning it dips below 13.5, and especially if the magnesium level increases by a factor or two or more (doubles), it can mean that a person has received some spiritual help.
I know this is sounds a bit esoteric, but it seems to be true. Usually, one also lets go of a harmful attitude or other lifestyle factor at this time.
I believe the drastic rise in the magnesium levels that can occur with this is actually an elimination of a less beneficial form of magnesium in the body, and its replacement with a better form of magnesium that powers or activates thousands of enzymes better, leading to improved health.