by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© May 2011, 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.


                  A properly interpreted hair tissue mineral analysis can help one to know whether a problem is more due to something outside of oneself or if the problem is more internal.  This is just a tiny fraction of the information that the test can provide, but it is interesting, so I thought it would make an interesting article.  Here is how it is done.




The calcium/magnesium ratio on a properly performed and correctly interpreted hair analysis has a lot to do with things outside of a person, such as the diet, lifestyle, habits of thought, speech and action, and perhaps others such as oneÕs relationships, work or occupation, hobbies, attitudes and more.  We have observed that if the calcium/magnesium ratio on an initial hair test only is over about 13.5:1, it is very likely that a situation in the lifestyle is currently not in the personÕs best interests.  In other words, a person has a need to let go of something in his or her life, in order to move ahead in life and often for the purpose of healing as well.

We call the elevated calcium/magnesium ratio in this range the spiritual defensiveness pattern.  You can click on the name to read an entire article about this pattern.

The concept is that when the ratio is about 13.5 or greater, the person is defending something that is no longer needed or helpful.  It is a kind of karmic or other pattern, tendency, factor or attitude that is finished and needs to be let go of.  It could refer to a job, hobby, relationship, friendship, location, type of work or a thinking style, habit or attitude that is not really working in their best interest. 

This pattern was not a part of Dr. Paul EckÕs original research.  He felt that an elevated calcium/magnesium ratio in this range is a diabetic indicator.  It may be, but I have not been able to confirm it.

However, Dr. Eck identified a mental tendency with this pattern that is interesting.  He called it a pretentiousness or pretending pattern.  It is the idea that one believes one is doing something correctly, but in fact, it is not correct or appropriate.  This is the sense, I believe, in which he meant the word pretentiousness.

So the highly elevated calcium/magnesium ratio can indicate that one is pretending to do something or be something or believe in something that is really not so.

It also has a quality of defensiveness in it, as though a person is defending the action, behavior or thinking pattern.  Calcium has to do with defensiveness and structure in oneÕs life and a high ratio of calcium to magnesium is associated with the quality of defensiveness or defending structure too much in oneÕs life.




                  Now let us turn to another interesting mental/emotional/spiritual pattern that is commonly seen on hair mineral analyses that are performed correctly.  It is called sympathetic dominant pattern.  It, too, was not formally a part of Dr. EckÕs original research, but I was aware of this pattern for years in myself and others, and I am sure I discussed it with Dr. Eck, who probably agreed with the idea.

The main indicator for this pattern is a hair potassium level less than about 5 mg%.  This is a low potassium level.  Another indicator is a three highs or four highs pattern with a sodium/potassium ratio above about 3.  A secondary indicator is sodium/potassium ratio greater than about 4 or 5.

The levels of sodium and potassium on a properly performed hair mineral analysis have much more to do with situations and conditions internal to the body, meaning toxic metals, glandular activity, nutrient deficiencies and so on.

In this case, however, sympathetic dominance pattern also has to do with an attitude or approach to life, though the presence of toxic levels of metals can and does affect the pattern to some degree.

This pattern is usually a deeper tendency having to do with pushing oneself, worrying a lot, and overusing the sympathetic nervous system.  It is not the same as a sympathetic state of body chemistry, which is associated with and basically the same as fast oxidation. 

The sympathetic nervous system is the system one uses to fight or run.  It should be used for emergencies only.  However, these individuals are using the sympathetic nervous system much of the time to force or push themselves in some way.  They often wear themselves out and often become ill and can even die from it.  One might call it running on adrenal reserves or adrenal energy.




Here are some of the major differences between these two patterns, both of which could be about an attitude or certain mental habits.


1. Generality.  Sympathetic dominance pattern is about a more general approach to life, rather than a specific lifestyle factor.

2. Internal versus external.  Spiritual defensive pattern usually refers to something more external such as a job, relationship or something else.  Sympathetic dominance is more related to body chemistry rather that outer events in oneÕs life. 

3. Deeply affected by copper and the amigos.  Sympathetic dominance is often highly affected by the presence of overt or hidden copper imbalance, or the amigos, which irritate the adrenal glands and perhaps other parts of the nervous system.  This is not the case with a spiritual defensive pattern, which is more related to karmic ending.

4. Both patterns have to do with a failed or difficult transition pattern.  However, the transition or shift with the spiritual defensiveness pattern has to do with a specific lifestyle choice, habit or attitude.  The conflict or disconnect is that a particular situation, attitude or habit is no longer appropriate, but the person is holding on to it anyway.

The transition involved with sympathetic dominance is a shift from fast oxidation to slow oxidation.  The person with sympathetic dominance often acts and feels like a fast oxidizer, yet the body has transitioned to slow oxidation.  This is the disconnect or conflict associated with this pattern.  So in both cases, it is a type of holding on to the past, but one is more externally-oriented (spiritual defensiveness) while the other is more biochemically oriented and more internal to the body.




Sympathetic dominance. Getting out of this pattern may depend upon changing various attitude.  It usually means learning to relax more, and practicing meditation or relaxation methods to slow the mind and rest the body.  These can shift the bodyÕs autonomic system away from so much sympathetic activity.

                  It may mean getting less exercise or switching to a more gentle routine.  It may mean taking oneÕs job or family a little less seriously so that one can rest adequately. 

                  It also can require removing from the body certain toxic metals, notably excess copper, mercury and cadmium, for example.  These metals, along with certain toxic chemicals such as some pesticides, help keep one in sympathetic overdrive, as we may call it, too much of the time.


                  Healing spiritual defensiveness.  This also may involve changing an attitude such as being angry all the time or perhaps too fearful too much of the time.  However, changing this pattern may also require a shift in a lifestyle factor such as oneÕs work or a relationship that is not working well.


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