by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

January 2019, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


Definition (from Wikipedia). Acetate is a derivative of acetic acid; that is, the salts, esters, and the polyatomic anion found in solution.  Most of the approximately 5 billion kilograms of acetic acid produced annually in industry are used in the production of acetates, which usually take the form of polymers.  This is another word for plastics.

In nature, acetate is required for biosynthesis.  Biosynthesis means the production of proteins, vitamins, hormones, enzymes from simpler molecules.  It is a vital anabolic function or building up function of the body.  For details about biosynthesis, read Genetics.

Food sources. The only food sources of preformed acetates are fats and alcohol.  Animal fats are richer in it than vegetable oils.

Acetates can also be made in the body.  However, the body may not produce enough, especially in those with a fast oxidation rate. Dr. Eck found that fast oxidizers require more acetates than slow oxidizers.


Utilization.   One way that acetates are used in the body is in the form of acetyl coenzyme-A.  This critical body chemical is involved in:

1. Energy production in the citric acid or Krebs cycle.

2. Synthesis of acetylcholine, a calming neurotransmitter.


Fast oxidizers often have a severe need for acetates.  Energy production through aerobic metabolism, also called cellular respiration, involve two major metabolic transformations, pathways, or energy cycles.  One is the glycolysis cycle and the other is the Krebs cycle, citric acid cycle or carboxylic acid cycle. 

Fast oxidizers utilize the Krebs cycle more, and have a greater need for acetates because this energy pathway requires acetates.

Acetates are also required to produce neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine that calm down the fast oxidation rate.  For these two reasons, acetates are vital for fast oxidizers.  This is a major reason why fast oxidizers need to eat more fats or oils than slow oxidizers.


Alcoholism in fast oxidizers.  One reason for alcohol addiction in fast oxidizers is that the person craves acetates.  These are abundant in alcoholic beverages.  This is especially the case if the person is not eating much fat, which is common today.  The feeling of wellbeing derived from ingesting acetates can be addictive, in some cases.



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