by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© January 2022, LD 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.


            I have studied many nutritional approaches to healing.  While all have some merit, I continue to use and recommend the development method for the following reasons:




            In our experience, development is much safer than either most conventional medical therapies or most holistic, natural, or naturopathic modalities and therapies.  The reasons for this are:


a) The Products Are Safer.  These include selected vitamins, minerals, amino acids, digestive aids and few others.  We do NOT recommend bio-identical hormones of any kind, chelation therapy of any type, drugs of any kind except in rare cases, and we are extremely careful about possible problems with most herbs. 

For example, we find that all Chinese and Ayurvedic or East Indian herbal products, no matter how good the quality, contain too many toxic metals.  The same is true of many American and European herbs, regardless of the brand or source.


b) Balancing The Body Is Safer Than Using Symptomatic Remedies.  Development is far safer than most other approaches.  Balance is a key to our health.

Balancing the oxidation rate and the major mineral ratios, along with balancing yin and yang forces in the body, seems to prevent many problems that arise with all kinds of healing methods, both medical and holistic or natural ones.  For more details, read The Balance concept.


c) Toxic Metals Are Not Forced Out Of The Body With Chelators.  This may seem odd to say.  However, most chelation products, including oral, intravenous or rectal suppositories, force the metals out of storage sites in an order that is not the body’s natural sequence or order.  This is just one problem with chelation therapy.

            Development works at the body’s pace, which may not satisfy some clients, but is much safer in our experience.  Development also avoids the use of all chelators for other reasons.

The main reason is that they all, even the natural ones, remove some vital or essential minerals along with the toxic ones.  This can be disastrous in a few cases, so we avoid it and we don’t need it.  For much more detail, read Chelation Therapy.


d) Nutrients Are Not Forced Into The body using intravenous or intramuscular nutrient therapy.  Oral feeding of vitamins, minerals and other substances may be slower, but it is gentler and usually works excellently without the need for IV or IM therapy.


e) Megadoses Of Vitamins Or Other Substances Are Not Used.  Many systems of healing use larger doses of nutrients, herbs and other products.  Lower doses tend to be much safer. 

An exception is that when a four lows pattern is present on a hair mineral analysis, higher doses of calcium, magnesium, zinc and taurine seem to be absolutely needed to reverse this condition.


f) The Development Method Can Reduce Toxic Levels Far Below That Possible With Other Healing Methods, Including Intravenous And Oral Chelation.  This occurs because we use over 20 methods to help remove toxic metals and toxic chemicals in an integrated fashion.  We do not need cilantro or chlorella extracts, zeolite, herbs, clay baths and other methods.  For details, read Toxic Metals. Reducing the levels of toxic metals very low is extremely helpful for health and safer, as well.


g) Monitoring With Repeated Hair Tissue Mineral Analyses Adds A Great Measure Of Safety.  When performed and interpreted correctly, this test can alert the practitioner to 1) a change in the oxidation rate, 2) a toxic elimination in progress, 3) a change in the stress level that needs attention, 4) anticipate toxic eliminations and other changes, and 5) comparison testing helps assure compliance and understanding by the client of the process that is involved.           

            Trends or tendencies for 60 or more conditions can also be monitored easily, inexpensively and usually without the need for other costly and perhaps invasive tests or procedures.  Without such a tool, monitoring is far more difficult and the possibility of harm is greater.  For details, read Introduction To Hair Mineral Analysis.


h) No toxic herbs or other drugs are needed. Medical drugs are not used in development science, as a general rule, although there are some exceptions.  For example, anti-hypertensive medication may be needed for a while until body chemistry has been restored and strengthened.  For more on the problems with prescription and over-the-counter drugs, read Drug Problems.

Most people do not realize that many herbs are also somewhat toxic, especially Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs today, and they can cause liver toxicity.  Most herbs are also very yin in macrobiotic terminology.  Very few herbs are needed with development science.  For a list of safer herbs, see Herbs.


i) No bio-identical or other hormone therapies are used or needed.  The only exceptions are if a gland has been removed surgically or otherwise destroyed.  Then hormone replacement may be needed.

            We find that most hormone replacement therapy is not safe, no matter what doctors may claim.  For more details, read Hormone Replacement Therapy.


j) Development respects the body more.  Remedy methods, which includes most healing methods, force the body to adapt or cope with a new stressor – namely the remedy.  This can cause side effects, toxicity or rebound effects.

  In contrast, development mainly uses foods and nutrients to bring the body to balance and raise its adaptive energy or vitality level.  As one does this, healing occurs by itself.  This is much safer than healing with remedies.




              We prefer development because it is highly predictive and preventive.  Every healing method should include prevention and the ability to predict future problems.  Development is excellent for both of these.

            For example, one can often disease-causing toxic metals, infections and other imbalances using a hair mineral test.  This can be done early, while the pathologies are often still hidden from standard diagnostic tests.


            Prevention of most serious health conditions.  Many screening tests and other methods can detect a few serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer.  A properly interpreted hair mineral test is an excellent screening test for dozens of important health conditions.


            Correction of latent or sub-clinical conditions.  This is the ability of a development program to actually heal health conditions that have not yet caused obvious measurable signs or symptoms.  This is a type of prevention that is subtle, and most wonderful.




              While many healers claim their method is holistic, few, in fact, are truly so.  This is because a holistic system must incorporate lifestyle, nutrition, structural correction, colon cleansing, the body/mind connection, mental healing and more advanced spiritual healing  These are all components of the development programs we set up.

By comparison, medical therapies and almost all holistic, alternative, complimentary and naturopathic therapy, are not nearly as holistic.



            Another reason we are impressed with the development method is its application in cases of mental and emotional health conditions.  This is an enormous area of concern today.

Many other therapies deal with it poorly, if at all.  It includes, but is not limited to, developmental difficulties in children, depression, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, brain fog, memory loss, cognitive impairment, and other common health conditions. 

            Drug and many holistic approaches to mental illness and developmental delays are too often quite symptomatic and do not address the removal of toxic metals and toxic chemicals, for example.  Suppressing the problems with drugs can be disastrous.  Development directly addresses causes of mental illness.  These include, but are not limited to an unbalanced oxidation rate, nutritional deficiencies, blood sugar imbalances and excessive toxic metals and chemicals present in the nervous system and brain.

            Another benefit of development is that correcting the nutritional imbalances will often assist the client develop his personality, improve school and work performance and much more.  In other words, the development method not only heals problems, but often drastically improves mental functioning.  This affects every area of life.




            While this may seem unusual to There is much wisdom in ancient therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, and others.  However, integrating them with Western medical sciences and “updating them” to deal with modern mankind’s particular issues today is often difficult.

            The modern development method is a blend of Western scientific methods and ancient wisdom, such as balancing the body, assessing yin and yang, metabolic typing, the concept of vital force or energetic balancing, the concept of retracing, and more.

            In this way, development using hair mineral analysis is a bridge between the most modern biochemical theories of health and disease such as the stress theory and modern physiology, with ancient wisdom applied to the human and animal body, mind and spirit.




            All healing methods have their strong points and those it is not equipped to handle.  A particular strong point of the development programs we offer is its ability to identify and correct a difficult condition we call the four-lows pattern. 

            Doctors with a lot of experience know that there is a group of patients for whom progress in healing is most difficult.  They do not respond as do the others.

            Their main symptoms are often fatigue and allergies.  The person often has a negative view about life.  With development science, one can recognize the pattern instantly and take corrective action that saves many lives.

Dr. Paul Eck realized this and developed not only a way to identify these people using hair analysis.  He also developed a protocol to counteract the pattern that works most of the time.  Sadly, programs offered by his laboratory no longer offers this, but we do.




            Development is a very precise and amazing genetic change in the body that heals the body and prolongs life.  A major goal of the development program, and the reason it is called the development method, is to facilitate this process.

It involves an increase in brain capacity, improvement in the immune response, and opening of the seven major Energy Centers of the physical body.

            This was not as true of Dr. Eck’s nutritional programs.  However, we have added a stricter diet, a few new nutritional supplements and the use of near infrared sauna therapy, coffee enemas and the Pulling Down Exercise.

The ability to develop may be considered the crowning achievement of development science that is not offered by most other healing methods today.

            Development can allow modern sickly people to “catch up”, so to speak, with the ancient and aboriginal people whose bodies were in far better condition due to better food, less ionizing radiation and much less toxic metals, toxic chemicals and electromagnetic contamination.




            The programs that we offer are continually updated and improved.  This is important because conditions in the world are changing.  Only through continual research can the new challenges of the twenty-first century be addressed in the best way possible.




            Our bodies have a set of energy channels that run vertically from head to feet.  The acupuncture meridians include some of them.

Opening these channels and keeping them open allows much more subtle energy or chi to flow through the body, encouraging and allowing deep healing.  Development is one of the few methods specifically aimed at opening the body’s energy channels.




            Most systems of healing, including Western allopathic medicine, limit the modalities used or permitted.  This is not the case with the development method, which uses diet, lifestyle, supplements and herbs, hydrotherapy, mental exercises, structural work and much more.

We wish these methods were not all needed, but with modern health problems, they are needed in many cases.

            As important as being inclusive, development is extremely careful and discerning about which modalities to use, when to use them, and how to use them in an integrated fashion to produce health.

Some doctors mix and match healing modalities in such a way that they negate some of their benefits.  With the development method, we are careful to make sure that only therapies that blend well are used together, and used properly.




            We include this because we teach some unusual empathic healing methods.  This means methods that involve another person.  They include Down Hugging and Down Sex.  These are powerful and enjoyable healing methods.

A section of this website is devoted to learning about loving relationships because they carry a lot of healing power.




            A critical component of all development programs is to move energy downward from the head to the feet.  Methods used to do this include the diet, the supplement program, the lifestyle, coffee enemas and most of all, the pushing down mental exercise.

            The concept of a polarized body with the head more positive and the feet more negative is quite powerful for healing, and this is emphasized in development science.




            1. Reasonable cost.  This applies to both mineral testing and the cost of the program such as the diet, supplements, lifestyle changes and other procedures.  Cost is an important practical reason to prefer this method of healing over some others.

              2. Sampling, handling, and transporting the hair biopsy samples is easy, safe, and non-invasive.

              3. Assessment with the hair mineral biopsy is mathematically precise, objective and easily repeatable. This may not seem important, but is a primary benefit of this approach.  Many medical and holistic methods are quite vague, subjective or imprecise.            Development assessment leaves little room for doubts, as it measures minerals to extreme degrees of accuracy in parts per billion.  One can then calculate the levels, ratios and patterns with great precision.  Even many blood, urine, hormone and other standard medical assays are far less accurate, in spite of what is sometimes said about hair mineral testing.

              4. A rather amazing graphic display of test results that enables one to see dozens of mineral patterns. This is a very unusual and excellent benefit of development.

              5. A stand-alone system. By this we mean that the development method does not require a lot of confirmatory medical or nutritional tests, or procedures such as x-rays, blood tests, urine tests, physical exams or others.

This is an excellent practical advantage to save time and money that the author found hard to believe when he began using the development method.  However, it is true.

            In contrast, many medical and holistic therapies require many different types of testing to confirm and rule out various conditions or diseases.

Some years ago, I visited a well-known holistic physician.  Before I even saw the doctor, I was told to obtain over $1000.00 of blood and other tests.

            Oddly, this is a reason I believe hair analysis and development are not more accepted.  The idea that a single, inexpensive test can guide the correction of health is unusual. 

When a doctor criticizes our method, I answer by saying that the difference is the hair analysis is being used to assess the stress response, not to confirm or rule out various diseases.  As correction of the stress response proceeds, symptoms go away on their own.

This is a completely different system of healing than the diagnose-and-treat model used by medical doctors and by most naturopaths and other holistic practitioners as well.

            This may seem a bit complex, but it is at the heart of the difference between the development method and the more conventional diagnose-and-treat approach to health care.

            Another curious way that development is sufficient unto itself is it does not require a physical examination most of the time.  At first, this was also strange to me, having been trained medically.

While we support the idea of doing a careful history and physical examination, I find myself telling most clients that a physical exam is usually not needed, especially if it means a lot of travel and expense.

            One reason for this is that physical examinations do not reveal the deepest information about the client’s present stress response.  Therefore, while the information gleaned may be vital, such as one’s blood pressure, for example, most of it is not deep enough to begin correction, and the hair analysis will provide what is needed.


            6. The ease of monitoring progress, in most cases, with retests.  Monitoring progress is essential for any healing program because symptom relief can be very deceptive.  One may feel better, but really one’s health is getting worse.

In other instances, one may feel worse.  However, healing is taking place at deep levels and the symptom changes are not a good indicator.


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