by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© August 2021, 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.


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.  We have not formally quantified these patterns, but a surge could be mild, moderate or extreme.


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 just more extreme versions of surges.




Collapses occur when a level or ratio decreases on a retest hair mineral analysis.  We have not formally quantified these patterns, but a collapse could be mild, moderate or extreme.

There are many possibilities for collapses.  Most are considered excellent changes on a retest hair analysis.


Examples.  Common collapses on hair mineral retests are:

1. A sodium and/or potassium collapse.  This is often due to finishing an elimination of toxic sodium or toxic potassium.  The level suddenly decreases because the elimination through the hair and skin is over or mostly so.  The decrease in the levels can be mild, but at times it is quite extreme.

2. A calcium and/or magnesium collapse.  These can also decrease significantly on a retest mineral analysis.  This can be due to a surge in the sodium and/or potassium level.  However, it can also be due to improved kidney filtering of the blood or to something else such as an increase in the activity of the adrenal glands and/or thyroid gland.

3. The levels of trace minerals and, at times, toxic metals may collapse on retests.  If it is a nutrient mineral, the cause can be a retention of the mineral as it replaces a toxic metal in enzyme binding sites or elsewhere.

In both the nutrient minerals and the toxic minerals, the cause may be due to finishing an elimination of a toxic form of the mineral.  It can also be due to holding on to the mineral for some reason.  We call this phenomenon armoring.




These are just more extreme versions of collapses.




1. Feeling out of control.  Surges and collapses occasionally indicate so much change in the body that a person can feel out of control.  Some people may react to this by trying to control everyone or everything around oneself.

This does not work well, and can cause serious strife in a marriage or family.  A better answer is to do your best to relax, and know that the feeling will pass after a while.


2. Unusual behavior changes.  At times, surges and collapses may cause behavior changes such as excitement, irritability, or emotional instability.  Rarely, this causes problems for a person.


3. Possibly a need for a new program.  It is very important that if one thinks one has gone through a surge or collapse, that you have your Helper 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 stops progress on the program.


4. Caution with supplements.  Surges and collapses are almost always temporary patterns.  It is important to recognize them because often the supplement and perhaps the dietary advice needs to be milder, anticipating that the surge or collapse will soon end and the body chemistry will soon be different.  This is a tricky area of program design.


5. Surprise and/or fear.  Surges and collapses are dramatic-looking on a hair test, and they can cause dramatic changes in the way one feels and thinks.

As a result, some people may believe they are falling apart, becoming worse, or even losing their mind.  None of this is true, however.  We advise lots of rest, coffee enemas, the pulling down procedure and the rest of the program to keep one grounded and centered during and after surges and collapses.




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 and collapses tend to indicate fast progress, so they are very helpful and important patterns. 

2. The presence of a surge or collapse also tells the Helper that this person is following the development program properly.  This can be most helpful. 

It is the opposite 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, or does not understand the program, or that the program was in some way incorrect.



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