BURNOUT INDICATORS ON A HAIR MINERAL TEST
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© January 2023, 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.
Definition. ŌBurnoutÕ refers to nutritional depletion of the adrenal glands. However, it is also a more general term that refers to lowered energy, lowered vitality, and a poorer overall state of health of the body.
Burnout can be a somewhat general term, but we define it precisely using hair analysis. It is very useful to explain a personÕs symptoms and even a personÕs psychological outlook.
Causes for burnout. The underlying cause is a derangement of body chemistry. It involves nutrient deficiencies, excessive toxic metals or toxic chemicals, and other problems such as chronic infections in the body. The causes and effects at other levels include bad diets, bad eating habits, overwhelming stress, and emotional problems. These cause nutrient depletion and toxin buildup in the body. Fortunately, these conditions are reversible, although it takes some effort and persistence to undo the damage.
SYMPTOMS OF BURNOUT
Among the many symptoms are fatigue, often unrelenting no matter how much sleep a person obtains. Another is depression. Others range from low blood sugar, anxieties, skin problems, headaches, constipation, impaired digestion, lowered immune response, infections, candida albicans and other fungal infections, chronic pain in the body, brain fog. mood swings, mind racing, insomnia and others.
As the condition progresses, however, it can lead to almost any symptom or condition from simple allergies to cancer.
THE MECHANISM OF LOW HAIR SODIUM
According to Dr. EckÕs research, the main factors responsible for the sodium reading on a hair mineral analysis are the level of aldosterone, an adrenal hormone, along with the activity of the rennin-angiotensin mechanism of the kidneys. Low aldosterone is associated with reduced adrenal glandular activity. In some cases, the kidneys may also cause reduced sodium in the blood, and eventually in the tissues of the body.
BURNOUT INDICATORS ON A HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS
Among the most reliable indicators of burnout on a hair mineral test are:
- Sodium less than about 8 mg%.
- Potassium less than about 5 mg%.
- Four lows pattern.
- Three lows pattern.
- A sodium/potassium ratio less than about 2, and definitely if it is less than 1.
- A very slow oxidation rate.
- Poor eliminator patterns.
- Phosphorus less than 11 mg%.
- Low sulfur
NOTE: Most mineral testing laboratories wash the hair. The above indicators are valid only when the hair is not washed at all at the laboratory and when the laboratory has adequate quality control and technique to produce accurate readings.
This is particularly critical for accurate sodium and potassium readings. These are water-soluble minerals that are easily washed out if the hair is washed at the lab.
When a person has more than one of the indicators for adrenal burnout, we refer to it as 2X burnout, 3X burnout or more. This method is often extremely helpful to assess the degree of burnout.
BURNOUT INDICATORS VERY USEFUL
Assessing the number of burnout indicators that are present on a hair mineral analysis in which the hair has not been washed at the laboratory is one of the most important assessments to make when interpreting any hair mineral analysis.
For more details, read Burnout on this website.