by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© August 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.


A relatively newly discovered (around 2014) hair mineral analysis pattern is called poor eliminator pattern.  It was not part of Dr. Eck’s original work.  However, it is one of the most important hair mineral analysis patterns because it indicates hidden toxic metals.


Definition.  A poor eliminator pattern consists of an extremely low reading of either a toxic metal or one of the nutrient minerals.  The criteria or cutoff point for a poor eliminator pattern is different for each mineral.  The current criteria for each poor eliminator are found in the article, Ideal Mineral Levels In Human Hair.


Meaning. The pattern indicates that the mineral is sequestered and cannot be easily eliminated.  Because it cannot be eliminated well, in all cases, the mineral is present in toxic amounts.

The very low level of the mineral does not indicate that a person does not have the mineral in the body.  In fact, the opposite is true. 


Definition of a very poor eliminator pattern.  This occurs when the level of a mineral is even lower.  It indicates even more hidden accumulation of the metal present.

One can also have very, very poor eliminator patterns – meaning even lower hair mineral levels.


Definition of all poors pattern.  We use this term when a person has 6 or more poor eliminators on one hair chart.


Old name for this pattern.  An older name for the poor eliminator pattern was the Double 0 pattern.  The reason this name was used is that the toxic metals are often so low that the numbers are 0.001 or 0.002 mg%, which are double 0 numbers.  However, this older name is not quite as good as poor eliminator pattern, which is more descriptive of what is occurring, so we prefer the newer name.


Not in the 2010 book edition.  The poor eliminator and very poor eliminator patterns are not mentioned in the 2010 edition of Development And Hair Mineral Analysis by Dr. Wilson, because the pattern had not been identified at publication time.  It is discussed briefly in the 2014 and 2016 editions of Development And Hair Mineral Analysis. 




The pattern applies to all of the toxic metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum and nickel. 

It also occurs with some of the nutrient minerals, as well.  These include copper, iron, manganese, cobalt, molybdenum, lithium, vanadium and boron.  In the case of the nutrient minerals, the form or compound of the mineral is a toxic form.  Such forms include carbonates and oxides, for example.  The latter are also called the amigos on this website.




            A valid criticism of ALL methods of assessing toxic metals and toxic levels of nutrient minerals in the body is that many are not revealed on the test.  I call these hidden toxic minerals.  These are sequestered so deeply in the organs and tissues, or bound so tightly inside enzymes, that no test – not blood, urine, feces, challenge tests, hair tests, or electronic machines – can detect them all with any degree of reliability.

The best way, so far, that I have found to identify hidden toxic minerals is via the poor eliminator pattern.  This makes this pattern one of the most important on a hair mineral analysis.

Fortunately, with development science, identifying which toxic minerals are present is not too important because they will all be eliminated eventually.  However, it can be helpful in some cases to figure out which toxic minerals are present.  (The program also will eliminate hundreds of toxic chemicals.)




These include, but are not limited to not drinking enough water, liver toxicity, kidney toxicity, Adrenal Exhaustion, Sympathetic Dominance, a very Slow Oxidation Rate, a Low Na/K Ratio, three lows or Four Lows, Victim Patterns, and what is called Pelvic Syndrome. 

A poor eliminator pattern may also be due to general nutritional depletion, Trauma, or the presence of ‘Amigos’.  Any of these can seriously impair one’s ability to eliminate toxic metals.  Often a combination of several of these causes are present.  A combination is often associated with multiple poor eliminator or very poor eliminator patterns.  Some of these causes are explored in more detail below.


A retentive personality type.  Poor eliminator pattern could also be associated with a retentive personality type.  The latter term was coined by the famous psychoanalyst, Dr. Sigmund Freud, MD.  He believed that some people had difficulties or trauma around toilet training, usually around age 2 to 4. 

As a result, these people developed a lack of trust and often difficulty with elimination of wastes from the body.  This personality type is sometimes called ‘anal retentive’ in classical psychology.  This is a research topic.  For more on this topic, please read The Stages of Psychosexual Development on this website.




Poor eliminator pattern is often associated with adrenal burnout and a very slow oxidation rate.  It makes sense that when the vitality is low, the body simply does not have enough energy to remove hidden toxic metals or biounavaiable forms of the physiological minerals.

This connection helps explain why hormone replacement therapy using products like CortefŮ, prednisone and others for adrenal insufficiency or adrenal exhaustion is not the ideal solution.  A better answer is to remove the toxic metals deeply with a development program.  When this is done, the adrenals begin to function normally.  However, replacing hormones does not eliminate the toxic minerals.

  Nor can chelation therapy remove most of the toxic minerals, though it can help a little.  To read more on this topic, read Chelation Therapy on this site.


Quantifying the relationship between poor eliminator patterns and adrenal exhaustion.

Quantifying various relationships on a hair mineral analysis is a more advanced topic.  Current research indicates that every three poor eliminator indicators equals one adrenal burnout indicator.  This number is the total of the poor and very poor eliminator patterns.

In addition, every two VERY poor eliminator patterns equals one additional adrenal burnout pattern.

To read more about adrenal exhaustion or adrenal insufficiency, a very common condition today, read Adrenal Burnout on this site.




Often, a sympathetic dominance pattern is found along with poor eliminator patterns.  The appearance of both poor eliminator and sympathetic dominance patterns together makes perfect sense because it is known that people who overuse the sympathetic nervous system have more difficulty with the elimination of all types of toxins from the body.

This occurs because one action of the sympathetic nervous system is to shunt the blood away from the eliminative organs such as the liver and kidneys, and move it toward the muscles and brain to mount a fight-or-flight response.  When this occurs chronically, as it does in a person with a sympathetic dominance pattern, the person’s ability to eliminate all types of toxins diminishes significantly.




Some of the poor eliminator patterns on most hair mineral charts are certain minerals that I call the ‘amigos’.  These include iron, manganese, aluminum, copper, chromium, selenium, and nickel.  It may be possible to also have poor eliminator patterns for boron, vanadium, cobalt, and molybdenum but I am not sure because it involves very low hair levels that are not commonly read by most hair mineral laboratories at this time.

The connection between the ‘amigos’ and poor eliminator pattern is common sense.  The amigos are less preferred forms of minerals that are only present in weak bodies (although they occur in nearly everyone today, including babies).  So both patterns indicate a weak body chemistry and an inability to eliminate toxins.


The solution to the amigo problem.  Most holistic doctors give anti-oxidants to counter the inflammatory effects of the amigos and other irritants in the body.  However, these chemicals - such as N-acetyl cysteine, Alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, astazanthin and others – are extremely yin when used for an extended period of time.  This always upsets body chemistry in subtle ways and can do more harm than good.

Rather than give anti-oxidant nutrients, a development program will actually remove the mineral compounds such as oxides that cause oxidant damage.  This is much better, and more permanent, as well.  To read more about this topic, please read The Amigos – Iron, Manganese, Aluminum And Others.




Ways to do this are:


1. Count the number of poor eliminators.  The more poor eliminators that are present on one chart, the more severe the situation.  It is possible to have 10 or more on one chart, though usually fewer are present.


2. Count the number of VERY poor eliminators.  The more that are present, the more severe the situation.


3. Note how low the poor and very poor eliminator mineral levels are. The lower the mineral level within the poor eliminator and very poor eliminator ranges, the more difficulty the person is usually having eliminating the toxic mineral.  Said differently, the lower the numbers below the threshold level for the pattern, often the more serious the imbalance or hidden toxicity.




            As a person follows a properly designed development program, the poor eliminator indicators tend to go away on their own.  However, ways to enhance the process include:


1. More rest and relaxation, and drinking enough water (2-3 quarts or 2-3 liters daily) greatly assists toxin elimination.

2. The oxidation diets with 9 cups of cooked vegetables for adults are very helpful. 

3. Eating fruit or other sweets is very bad.  For why this is so, please read Fruit-Eating on this site.

4. Eating meat or other animal protein more than twice daily is not good.

5. The development supplement programs are essential.

6. Be sure to use a near infrared LAMP SAUNA once or twice daily, and not other types of saunas.

7. Daily coffee enemas (one to four daily) are also very helpful.  The saunas and the enemas must be continued for several years, at least.

8. Improving one’s attitudes and emotional control are very helpful.  The best way to do this, other than improved nutrition, is with the Pulling Down Exercise, and not other meditations, prayers or affirmations.

9. The newer development methods may help, as well.  These are the kelp wraps and peroxide baths.






In some cases, poor eliminator patterns are worse on a retest hair analysis.  In fact, they may only appear on a retest.  This is usually not a cause for concern, providing the person is faithfully following their development program.  Possible causes for poor eliminator patterns to appear only on a retest, or to become worse on a retest, include:


1. Armoring.  When poor eliminators increase in number or in severity on a retest, it is often “armoring”.  In this situation, the person retains some toxic metals to stay in balance and perhaps to retrace a difficult situation from the past.  Therefore, the elimination of some or all the toxic metals declines, causing the more severe poor eliminator patterns.

When an armoring pattern shows up, it can mean the person needs to take more TMG or trimethylglycine.  This is a consistent research finding.  It may have to do with the role of methyl groups in liver detoxification.  Rarely, one of our clients needs up to 5 grams of TMG daily, for a while.  However, most of the time adults do not need more than 3 grams daily.


            2. Other possible reasons for more or worsening of the poor eliminator patters on a retest may include:

a) a great slowing of the oxidation rate.

b) a more extreme sympathetic dominance pattern for some reason.

c) a healing reaction in progress, such as clearing an old infection, that impairs mineral elimination.

d) the presence of another mineral patterns that may impair toxic metal elimination such as a bowl pattern, a very low sodium/potassium ratio, or something else.

To read more about this topic, please read Armoring on this website, another interesting hair analysis pattern.




            Rarely, a client gains a little weight on a development program for a time.  One reason can be the appearance of a poor eliminator pattern.  The reason for the weight gain may be water retention as the body attempts to dilute certain toxic substances to reduce their harmful effects.

            A related cause is a problem in the kidneys, perhaps, that are not able to handle the toxins that need to be eliminated.  Usually, this is temporary and will pass when the poor eliminator patterns pass.




A person with poor eliminator pattern may also be having difficulty removing toxic chemicals from the body, since some of the elimination pathways in the liver and kidney are the same or related to those used to eliminate toxic metals.

This is important!  Just as it is difficult to identify hidden toxic minerals, it is even more difficult to identify hidden toxic chemicals in the body.  In this way, poor eliminator patterns can tell us about a person’s ability to eliminate toxic chemicals as well as toxic minerals.




Identifying poor eliminator patterns is exceedingly important for the following reasons:


1. An amazing hidden toxicity indicator.  Identifying this pattern helps us avoid a common mistake of thinking that because toxic metal levels are very low, a person is less toxic.  This is not necessarily true.

2. Health is worse than it appears.  Poor eliminator patterns can alert the practitioner that liver toxicity or kidney toxicity, for example, are worse than one thinks, based on other readings on the hair mineral chart or other tests.

3. An adrenal burnout indicator.  This has been discussed above.  Basically, we find that every three poor eliminator patterns indicates one adrenal burnout indicator.  Each two VERY poor eliminator patterns equals one additional burnout indicator.

4. An important sympathetic dominance indicator.  This is discussed above.  Every four poor eliminator indicators equals one sympathetic dominance indicator.  In addition, every four VERY poor eliminator patterns indicates one additional sympathetic dominance indicator.

5. Possibly an indicator that progress with healing will be somewhat slower.  Progress toward real health and healing is often slower on a development program when more poor eliminator patterns are present.

6. A need for doing the development procedures.  These procedures currently include daily red heat lamp sauna therapy, foot and perhaps hand reflexology, daily coffee enemas, the daily spinal twist, and the Roy Masters meditation daily (and not other meditative exercises).

Doing these every day is even more critical when poor eliminator patterns are present in order to help remove toxic metals and toxic chemicals from the body much faster.

7. Possibly a toxic chemical indicator.  This is another important tipoff.

8. Possibly a reason for weight gain.

9. An indicator of the presence of “the amigos”.



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