By Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© July 2018, 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.


Surges, explosions and crashes are the most drastic changes that occur on hair mineral analysis retests.  In this way, they are all similar.  Also, they all often indicate fast progress on a nutritional balancing program and this is a very helpful indicator, at times.  However, each one is somewhat different.




A surge occurs when one mineral level, ratio or pattern increases significantly on a retest.  I have not quantified surges, but in general, the level or ratio must increase at least three or four-fold on a retest.


Examples. (from the most common to the rarest)

1. A potassium surge.  This is a steep rise in the potassium level on a retest.  It is usually an elimination of toxic potassium, which is considered very positive.

2. A magnesium surge.  This is a steep rise in the magnesium level on a retest.  This is usually due to the return of one or more of the controller souls, and is excellent.

3. An Na/K surge.  This is a steep rise in the sodium/potassium ratio.  This is also usually a forward flip of this ratio, although not necessarily.  It is an excellent pattern.

4. An oxidation rate surge.  This is a drastic increase in the oxidation rate on a retest.  It may be a backward flip of the oxidation rate if it occurs in an adult or a child over the age of 10.  However, it may not involve a flip, which is a change from slow to fast oxidation.  It can be due to a toxic metal elimination, or to a new stressor, or to other changes in the body.  It may or may not be a positive change.

5. A sodium surge.  This is often due to an elimination of boron, or perhaps another toxic metal.  Boron and other toxic metals do slight damage to the kidneys as they pass out of the body through the kidneys.  This is one cause for this surge.  It is usually a positive indicator, however, because removing toxic metals is excellent.

 6. A calcium surge.  This is a drastic increase in the calcium level on a retest mineral analysis.  It is not as common.  It may indicate the elimination of toxic or so-called metastatic calcium from the body through the hair and skin.

It may also indicate a retracing process, usually after one has retraced a four lows or fast oxidation pattern that changes to a slow oxidation pattern.  

It may indicate a need for protection or buffering, which more calcium provides.  All of these are usually positive.

7. Surges can also occur in the trace mineral levels.  These are usually eliminations of toxic or amigo forms of these minerals.  Most if the time, they are very positive.

8. Surges can occur in the calcium/magnesium ratio, sodium/magnesium ratio, and/or calcium/potassium ratio.  These are usually associated with changes in the oxidation rate, as explained above.  However, a steep rise in the calcium/potassium ratio is associated with a collapse of the oxidation rate.  This is discussed below.

9. Other.  Other levels and ratios may also increase drastically on a retest, such as toxic metal levels.  These are usually eliminations, and are a very good sign.




  Explosions are more extreme versions of surges.




Collapses or crashes occur when a level, ratio or pattern decreases drastically on a retest hair mineral analysis.  I have not quantified these patterns, but the level or ratio must decrease at least three or four-fold.

Another type of collapse is when two, three or four of the major macrominerals decrease sharply on a retest.  There are many possibilities for collapses or crashes.  Most are considered excellent changes on a retest hair analysis.




1. Feeling out of control.  All three of these patterns can reflect so much change in the body that a person can easily feel out of control.  Some react to this by trying to control everyone or everything around oneself.  This never works, and can cause serious strife.  The only answer is usually to relax, and know that the feeling will pass after a while.


2. Unusual behavior changes.  These patterns all reflect rather drastic changes in body chemistry.  At times, these changes can cause behavior changes such as great excitement, irritability, or emotional instability.  Rarely, this causes problems for a person.


3. A possible need for a new program.  It is very important that if one thinks one has gone through a surge, explosion or collapse, that you have your practitioner check with me as to whether a new program is needed.  Often it is needed.  Remaining on an incorrect program can make a person feel much worse, and it may stop progress on the program.




1. We seek rapid change in order to have a person develop quickly.  Development is a long process.  If a person is moving slowly, not much development can occur because one’s life will be over before there is time for it.  Surges, explosions, and collapses tend to indicate fast progress, so we need to look for them and find out why certain people are moving faster than others. 

2. The presence of a surge, explosion or collapse also usually tells the practitioner that this person is following their program.  This is helpful, in some cases. 

It is the opposite the little change pattern, in which there are few changes on a retest mineral analysis.  This pattern usually tells the practitioner that the client is not following the program diligently, or the client is under stress that is slowing progress.



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