By Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© January 2016, 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.




This article contrasts two approaches to health care.  They are:


1. The prevailing medical and holistic approach.  I call this approach diagnose-and-treat diseases.

2. The developmental approach of nutritional balancing science.  I will call this approach stepping onto the golden path.

The purpose of the article is not to criticize one or the other approach.  The goal is understand how very different they are, so that you can make up your mind which is of most interest.


The premise of diagnose-and-treat mentality is that when one becomes ill, one becomes possessed, filled, victimized, or attacked by a disease entity.  The doctor’s job is to identify the disease entity, and then remove it, excise it or cure it.

The premise of the developmental mindset is that if one does not feel well, it is because one is not on the right path in life.  The job of the doctor or nutritional balancing consultant is to nudge one onto a special path of healing and self-development.  When this is done, symptoms go away.




            The diagnose-and-treat model of health care is based upon a prior assumption that people are basically on the right path in life.  The doctor’s job is only to remove certain blocks, called diseases, that get in people’s way.


The prior assumption of nutritional balancing is that people are on the wrong path, or not on any path.  The job of the nutritional balancing practitioner is help move people onto the golden path of health, wisdom and long life.  Once again, if one follows this path, diseases will go away by themselves.


The medical approach: The healing approach of medical, homeopathic, naturopathic and most holistic healers is to diagnose or identify diseases.  Then the doctor prescribes, treats and cures these disease entities that are in a person’s way. 

The word “to cure” means to remove or excise.  A related word is curettage, which means to scrape away bad tissue with a spoon-like instrument called a curet.


The developmental approach: This approach to healing is quite different.  First, the practitioner recommends for everyone the same type of diet, lifestyle, nutritional supplementation, and healing procedures.  These constitute the basics of the gold path to health and development.

For more precision and faster development, a person can obtain a hair mineral test.  Based upon the results, the practitioner is able to refine the diet, lifestyle, nutritional supplementation and healing procedures.  This will enable a person to move ahead on the path much faster.

With the development approach, ideas of diseases, diagnosis, treatment, prescribing and cure do not enter into the picture.  The reason is that the diseases take care of themselves as one develops.

These diverging approaches have legal and other consequences.



To be most successful as a nutritional balancing client and practitioner requires understanding the differences between nutritional balancing and other health care.  Other includes both medical care, as well as that which is called natural, naturopathic, herbal, homeopathic, alternative, functional or complementary health care.

To distinguish between these, one must understand the philosophy behind each of them.  This is stated well in the summary of this article above, so I will not repeat it.  Instead, let us delve deeper into the subject of diagnosing diseases.


Medical definition of diagnosing: 1. The art of distinguishing one disease from another. 2. The determination of the nature of a case of disease. (from Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 25th edition)

The word diagnosis comes from the Latin words dia, meaning to distinguish, and gnosis, which means knowledge or learning.

In medical care, to make a diagnosis requires specific procedures or tests.  This is very important to know.  Otherwise, one has not made a diagnosis, even if the words are spoken.

For example, to diagnose hypoglycemia requires a glucose tolerance test.  If one does a hair mineral analysis, one cannot diagnose hypoglycemia, even though one may find indicators on the mineral analysis of the same problem.

A loose non-medical definition.  Some people use the word diagnosis to mean any type of assessment.

For example, one can diagnose the cause of a noise in one’s car.  Here the word diagnosis might mean to look around and perhaps find the empty bottle that is rattling around in the back seat of the car.

However, this is not the definition of the word that is used in the field of health.

Some of my medical doctor friends also use a loose definition of the word diagnose.  For example, they tell me, “I diagnosed high copper”, and I “treated” and “cured” the high copper.

The problem with this is that high copper is not a recognized disease .  It is simply a laboratory value that can be associated with many medical diseases.  If high copper is not a disease, then it cannot be “diagnosed”.  It can be identified, but that is not the same as a medical diagnosis.




            You will notice that prominent in the definition above is the idea of diseases.  Let us examine this idea more carefully.


Definition of disease:  A definite morbid process having a characteristic train of symptoms; it may affect the whole body or any of its parts, and its etiology, pathology and prognosis may be known or unknown. (from Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 25th edition).


The idea of disease entities – finding them, treating them and getting rid of them, known as curing them, is central to the medical and most natural healing methods.




The approach to healing with nutritional balancing is quite different.  Diseases and diagnoses are not of much interest.

What is of interest is placing a person on a diet, lifestyle, supplements and procedures to move the person along in the direction of development as fast as possible.  It does not much matter if the person has a serious illness, or if the person has no health complaints whatsoever.

For medically trained persons, this way of doing things is very strange, so ingrained is the idea of diagnosing and treating diseases.  This stops many from looking into nutritional balancing further, or trying it themselves.




Implied in the word disease is a judgment because the word dis-ease means not at ease and therefore “bad”.

Nutritional balancing takes a different approach.  We try to avoid all judgment of the mineral imbalances that appear on a hair mineral test.  A ratio can be high or low, but we don’t go the next step and condemn it as good or bad.

Instead, the concept is that whatever imbalances are present on the mineral test, it is the best the body can do in the face of stress, nutritional deficiencies, and other factors.  The whole body system is responding as best it can.




This system is good for some problems, such as breaking a leg, and other acute symptoms such as pneumonia.




            Looseness.  Often, people speak loosely of medical diagnoses.  For example, a person with sore joints may casually say “I have arthritis”, even if the person has not been to a doctor and has not had all the tests necessary to identify or diagnose arthritis.

              Laziness. At times, the person has been to a doctor for their sore joints, but the doctor did not perform all the tests needed to diagnose arthritis.  He or she was in a hurry, wanted to save money for the patient, or was confident from just listening to the person that it is arthritis.

            Improper diagnosis.  At other times, a person went to the doctor for the sore joints, and the doctor performed all the needed tests to identify arthritis.  However, the doctor mistakenly mis-identified the problem as something else. 

This occurs up to 50% of the time with some medical conditions.  Certain conditions, such as cancer, can mimic other conditions, or are simply hard to find and identify properly.


            Not building health.  Diagnosing diseases and curing them is not the same as building health.  It is more of a removal process, not a building process.  Yet people need to build health today.  This is perhaps the worst problem with the diagnose-and-treat paradigm of healing.




            This model of health care works much better for chronic illnesses, and better for many health conditions. 

Also, one does not have to worry about mis-diagnosing or missing the proper health condition.




            This approach may not be the best for surgery, trauma and a few other health conditions.





The Medical/Holistic


The Developmental Paradigm




Symptom Removal

Central focus

Occurs in the body’s own time and order




Flare-ups or Retracing

Does not usually occur

Often occurs due to deep healing




Commitment And Participation

Not much required in most cases

More required – lifestyle, diet, supplements, etc.





Often uses some toxic remedies

Very low




Detoxification Of Heavy Metals/Chemicals

Often not important







Not used much




Balance the body

Not usually important





Degree of Integration of Body and Mind

Often fragmented

Usually considered together




Yin/Yang Quality

A more yin approach due to toxic remedies and no diet

More yang approach du to low toxicity and attention to diet and lifestyle





No or a little

Very much




Whole System Approach







A Little

A lot





Very important

Not important in most cases




An Imposed Path


Yes path





Often Little Required

A Lot Required




Control Over The Healing

More Control and Physician-directed

Less Control – More Left UP To The Body




Lifestyle Importance

Often, Not Much





Delayed Gratification






Develops Subtle Energy Fields

Little Or None

Yes, And Central










Works With Etheric

Not Much





Develops The Will And Radiance

Not Much




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