by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

Ó January 2019, 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.


Definition: A hill pattern is present when the calcium/magnesium ratio is less than about 4.5, and the sodium/potassium ratio is above about 4.5.  The hair analysis must be done by a laboratory that does not wash the hair for accurate results.  It is a joy, celebration or completion pattern.


History: The hill pattern is a newer pattern that was not part of Dr. Paul Eck’s original research.  In 2006, we added this pattern to the development work.


A visual pattern.  Visual patterns on hair mineral charts are a fascinating study.  In this case, the first four macromineral bar graphs on a hair chart, only from Analytical Research Labs, often look like a hill or mountain. 

Beware, however, that the visual effect may not be noticeable if any of the mineral levels are so high that do not register on the chart.  In this case, one must calculate the pattern based only on the calcium/magnesium and the sodium/potassium ratios.

The pattern also looks like a bulge or fullness, and it is a yang looking pattern.




A hill pattern can appear on an initial hair mineral test, or on a retest mineral analysis.  It appears fairly often among those who follow a development program.  It is found at about the same rate in men and in women.  It is more common in adults than in children.




            It indicates:

- turning a corner.

- a knowing, like having a 360 degree view because you are standing on the top of a mountain and can look all around.

- overcoming something.

- a release from a bondage or situation.

- reaching a peak or top of the hill.

- a celebration or joy pattern.

- openness to moving forward in one’s life.

- a yang mineral pattern, and a fullness pattern.


Like being at the top of a hill, one can now “spread one’s wings” and move in any direction rather easily.  As the saying goes, “it is all downhill from here”.  The pattern may also indicate less involvement in a karmic or difficult situation at this time, as if one is viewing the world from the top of a mountain rather than being deeply involved in the world at this time.  This gives one an approximation of the sense of this pattern when it appears on an initial hair test or a retest.

Another way to understand the hill pattern is by considering its opposite, the Bowl Pattern.  The bowl pattern is characterized by feeling stuck, constricted, confined, yin, empty, lost or clueless.


            Analysis.  The meaning of this pattern is based on observation of many cases.  However, it may be easier to understand by analyzing the two ratios that make up the pattern:

1. A low calcium/magnesium ratio.  This is sometimes called the lifestyle ratio.  When the ratio is low, it often indicates a certain openness and lack of defensiveness.  A very low ratio can also indicate an issue having to do with one’s mother, such as holding on to anger toward one’s mother.  However, this is not true with the hill pattern.

2. An elevated sodium/potassium ratio.  This can indicate acute stress, anger, or inflammation.  In this case, it seems to indicate a type of inflammation that is positive, forward-looking, and moving ahead strongly. 

A high sodium/potassium ratio can also indicate a tendency for the oxidation rate to increase.  I call it a directional indicator.  With a hill pattern, there is a tendency for an increase in the oxidation rate.

Combining these creates a situation in which a person is moving ahead, and is not held back by defensiveness or anything else.


            Acupuncture equivalent.  Advanced acupuncture recognizes a very similar pattern, which is also called the hill because the pulses suggest this shape.




            No specific symptoms are associated with this pattern.  A person may or often is not aware of the pattern, although many people report more joy or happiness when this pattern is present.

            Physical, emotional or other symptoms may still be present when this pattern appears.  Therefore the hill seems to be more of a soul pattern rather than a purely physical health pattern.  However, the pattern may be accompanied by an improvement in physical health, even though this may be subtle.






            To help understand the hill pattern, one may consider its opposite, which is the bowl pattern.  Ways in which these patterns are opposites are:


1. In the bowl pattern, the Na/K ratio is low, while the Ca/Mg ratio is elevated.  This is the exact reverse of the hill pattern.

2. Visually, the patterns look opposite.  The bowl looks like a U shape, while the hill looks like an inverted U.

3. Psychologically and emotionally, the bowl indicates a person feels stuck, while the hill pattern indicates an opposite situation in which one is feeling open, and ready to move forward in one’s life.

4. The bowl indicates that one is “deep in the mud” or stuck, while the hill indicates that one is more free, carefree and released from some kind of bondage.




            This occurs when a hill pattern appears on the first four minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium), AND on the second four minerals (iron, copper, manganese and zinc).

            The second four minerals have to do with a deeper level of functioning of a human being.  This level is usually hidden, although it may appear in the human aura as a particular “picture” or level.

            The double hill pattern is fairly rare.  However, when it appears on either an initial hair test or a retest, it indicates “excitement within and without”.  In other words, it is a deeper joy and celebration pattern than a single hill. 

            The client with a double hill may or may not be consciously aware of the joy and celebration energy that is present.  This is because sometimes many symptoms are still present, and the person can be focused on these instead of on the overall situation or improvement in one’s health.

The criteria for a hill on the second four minerals are:

1. The iron/copper ratio less than about 0.5


2. The manganese/zinc ratio greater than 0.003




            This is a retest pattern or progression pattern.  (A retest pattern means it requires two successive hair mineral tests to see the pattern.  A progression pattern means it requires three or more successive hair tests).

            This is seen rarely, but indicates an ongoing excitement and joy or celebration tendency.  It is seen in some families, for some reason.  One possible reason is a very good marriage situation.  Another possible reason is a good set of social values that contribute to great joy and happiness, even if financial or other circumstances are not that good.




            This is a rather unusual combination pattern.  It consists of a bowl pattern, with a hill pattern superimposed on top of the bowl.  It is actually fairly common.  However, it is difficult to see or visualize, so it is often missed.  It is hard to visualize because the hill and the bowl tend to cancel each other out, to one degree or another.

            Its meaning is that the person is stuck and usually very deficient nutritionally.  However, the person is also excited and joyful at the same time. 

This pattern can appear on a first hair test or more commonly, on a retest.

            A hint or indicator of this pattern is that the calcium/magnesium ratio will be fairly normal, even though the person eats too many carbohydrates and therefore one would expect the calcium/magnesium ratio to be elevated. 

I sometimes hear from consultants that hair testing is not accurate because the calcium/magnesium ratio is “too normal-looking”, given the client’s diet.  The presence of a bowl plus a hill pattern can explain some of these instances.




            This word, in development science, means that a person is moving toward more of a hill pattern on a retest mineral analysis.  It is an important directional movement concept that is very positive.


Definition.  On a retest hair analysis the calcium/magnesium ratio is lower and the sodium/potassium ratio is higher.  The exact ratios are not too important.  Instead, the direction of change of the ratios is what is important to define the pattern.

            This pattern may be contrasted with bowling, which is its opposite.  In the bowling pattern, the calcium/magnesium ratio increases on a retest, while the sodium/potassium ratio decreases on the same retest.  It seems to indicate movement into a more difficult retracing situation, perhaps, with less joy and less celebration and a more difficult health or mental/emotional situation.




            Most of the time, when a person has a hill pattern, he or she also has a sympathetic dominant pattern such as an elevated sodium/potassium ratio with a three high pattern.

            This is an interesting correlation that we believe mainly indicates that when one is in a hill pattern, one may feel like pretending one can increase the oxidation rate and push oneself to enjoy life more.  For more on this topic, read Sympathetic Dominance.




            These are variants on the hill pattern.  A four high hill means that a four highs pattern is present, along with the hill.  This is an excellent combination pattern, like a very tall mountain, with lots of joy and celebration.

            A four lows hill means a four lows pattern combined with a hill pattern.  Four lows is an exhaustion metabolic type.  The combination with a hill is unusual, and indicates excitement even though the person is in a four lows pattern.  We could say it is light appearing at the end of the tunnel of four lows.




            This is a hill pattern AND the ratios indicate a balanced oxidation rate.  It is also an excellent combination pattern.  The best is called perfect balance.  For this, all four of the main ratios (Ca/K, Na/K, Ca/Mg and Na/Mg) must be 4.22.

            A balanced pattern offers the same benefits as when one has many Anchor patterns.




            Sometimes, these are called “a fast hill” versus “a slow hill”.  Both types are seen on hair tests.  The fast hill may indicate even more excitement and joy.  It can be a combination of a hill pattern with an excitement fast oxidation pattern.

            A slow oxidizer hill pattern, or a slow hill, is more subdued.




            At times, a hill pattern is very steep and appears more like a mountain rather than a hill.  At other times, the pattern is more gentle, like a gentle rolling hill rather than a steep mountain.

The intensity or steepness of the hill is an indication of the intensity of the feeling of joy or celebration.  Also, a steeper hill pattern may indicate more sympathetic dominance is present.

            At times, one of the two ratios that define the pattern (Ca/Mg or Na/K) is very intense or abnormal, while the other is nearer to the ideal ratio.  We have not researched this variation in the hill pattern enough to give its meaning.



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