by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

January 2014, 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.


            Some people complain that a complete nutritional balancing program is a lot of work and trouble.  I would agree, to some extent, that a complete nutritional balancing program, or even just following a diet, involves some suffering , deprivation, and hardship.

            On the surface, this seems stupid or masochistic.  However, becoming ill also brings with it suffering.  If a nutritional balancing program can prevent and heal sickness, then it is a special type of suffering that heals and purges the body of poisons.  This is a very interesting concept, and one that some people must learn to appreciate, or they will not follow or continue to follow a nutritional balancing program.




            The first type is simply that which results from ignorance, carelessness, accidents and so forth.  It might be called random suffering, and it is the lot of most people, to one degree or another.  It might even include getting old and frail, and finally succumbing to disease or accidents that cause death.

            The other kind of suffering, which includes a nutritional balancing program, may be called planned suffering or intentional suffering.  It is very different because it is entered into consciously, with a goal of somehow preventing or avoiding the random suffering that most people must undergo.

            This type of suffering may help us mature, or it may remove unwanted traits from our personalities.  It may complete us in some way, or it polishes us – like polishing a fine diamond or other gemstone. 




An obvious question is: Must we suffer in some way in order to mature or be polished so we shine like a fine gem?  The answer, I believe, is yes, at least in most cases.  Without it, most human beings just do not mature very well.

This is similar to placing a load on an engine that makes the engine respond.  Without the load on it, the machine (in this case, our bodies and minds) do not seem to respond very well and little maturing occurs.


Another question is: Does the suffering have to be dangerous or treacherous?  Here I believe the answer is no.  I believe that intentional suffering, such as that which occurs with a nutritional balancing program, need not be dangerous, at all, and in fact, in my experience is quite safe, even if it seems unusual.

The form of suffering can also be a work of some kind, such as writing a book or working at a job.  Again, this need not be dangerous.




1. One must learn self-discipline.  This has to do with denying the ego certain pleasures or wants, in order to follow a diet, and to take the nutritional supplements even if one does not feel like it.  Self-discipline is also required to do the detoxification procedures on a regular basis, to do the Roy Masters meditation regularly, and to do other procedures.  Some self-discipline is also required to stay with the program, especially if one is not noticing any obvious health improvements, or if one is passing through a healing crisis, as it is called, and just wants to quit the program.


2. One must sacrifice time and money.  This is necessary to make time and funds available for the diet, supplements and procedures.


3. One must pass through the suffering that goes with some healing reactions.  This is sort of an intensification of symptoms that definitely can cause suffering.  Exactly why this is necessary is not always clear to me.  However, it often involves deep healing and rebuilding of the body, and this may be accompanied by pain, fatigue, weakness, negative thoughts or other types of suffering.


4. One must give up some control.  This is necessary to allow the process of the program to proceed uninterrupted.  The patient and the practitioner must just follow the body, essentially, and continue to support it where it wants to go with the program.  In other words, one is somewhat out of control of the body and brain with a nutritional balancing program, more than with other programs that I have seen.


5. One must learn patience and persistence to keep on the program long enough to get excellent results, in most cases.


6. One must learn to forgive and move on, or the healing process often stops.  Doing this, for some people, involves some suffering, for sure.


7. Possibly other personality traits must be developed or refined in order to follow and benefit the most from the program.



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