What is Nutritional Balancing?


by Lawrence Wilson, MD

© January 2010, The Center For Development

I have studied many nutritional approaches to healing.  While all have some merit, I mainly continue to use and recommend nutritional balancing science for these reasons:


This should always be the first on the list of qualities for evaluating a healing modality.  Nutritional balancing is much safer than most drug medical care, or many holistic and nutritional methods because:

 a) The Products Used Are SafeThese include selected vitamins, minerals, amino acids, digestive aids and few others.  We do not use hormones of any kind, drugs of any kind, and we are extremely careful about possible problems with most herbs.  We find that herbal therapies and methods often cause toxic metal problems, especially all Chinese and Ayurvedic or East Indian herbal products, no matter how good the quality.

 b) Balancing The Body Is Very Safe. It is far safer than most symptomatic approaches, for example, in my experience.  Balance is a key to our health, and balancing the oxidation rate and the major mineral ratios, along with balancing yin and yang forces in the body, seems to prevent many problems that arise with all kinds of healing methods, both medical and holistic or natural ones.

c) Toxic Metals Are Not Forced Out Of The Body.  This may seem odd to say.  However, most chelation products, including oral, intravenous and even rectal suppositories,  force the metals out of storage sites in an order that is not the body’s natural sequence or order.  This occasionally causes difficulties with these therapies.

Nutritional balancing works at the body’s pace, which may not satisfy some clients, but is much safer in our experience.  Nutritional balancing also avoids the use of all chelators for other reasons.  The main one is that they all, even the natural ones, remove some vital or essential minerals along with the toxic ones.  This can be disastrous in a few cases, so we avoid it and we don’t need them at all.

 d) Nutrients Are Not Forced Into The body using intravenous or intramuscular nutrient therapy.  Oral feeding of vitamins, minerals and other substances may be slower at times, but it is gentler and usually works excellently without the need for IV or IM therapy.

e) Mega doses Of Any Substances Are Not Used.Many systems of healing use larger doses of nutrients, herbs and other products.  Lower doses tend to be safer.

f) Nutritional Balancing, In Most Cases, Can Reduce Toxic Levels Far Below That Possible With Other Healing Methods, Including Most Intravenous Chelation.This occurs because balancing the body chemistry powerfully assists the body to remove toxic metals and chemicals in over 15 different ways without needing chelating drugs or even natural chelating methods used widely by others such as cilantro and chlorella extracts, zeolite, herbs, clay baths and other methods.  Reducing the levels of toxic metals very low is extremely helpful for health and safer, as well.

g) Monitoring with repeat hair mineral analysis:  It can alert the practitioner to 1) a change in the oxidation rate, 2) a toxic elimination in progress, 3) a change in the stress level that needs attention, 4) anticipating toxic eliminations and other changes in order to prepare the client, and 5) comparison testing helps assure compliance and understanding by the client of the process that is involved.

Trends or tendencies for 50 or so conditions can also be monitored easily, inexpensively and usually without the need for other costly and perhaps invasive tests or procedures.  Without such a tool, monitoring is far more difficult and the possibility of harm is greater.


I also prefer nutritional balancing because it is highly predictive and preventive.  Every healing method should include prevention and the ability to predict future problems.  Nutritional Balancing is excellent for both of these, especially prevention.  With it, one can identify trends or mineral imbalances associated with 50 or even more physical and mental health conditions.  One can then correct many before they even cause symptoms.

For example, these include identifying toxic metals, toxic chemicals in some cases, infections with bacteria, viruses and parasites, and tendencies for degenerative diseases such as cancer.  This can be done early, while the pathologies are often still hidden from standard diagnostic tests.

Prevention Of Unrelated And Latent Health Conditions.  Many screening tests and other methods can detect a few serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer.  Nutritional balancing helps to detect and correct early cases of most all disease in the human body.


While many healers claim their method is holistic, few, in fact, are truly so.  This is because a holistic system must incorporate lifestyle, nutrition, the body/mind connection and advanced spiritual development.  These are all components of nutritional balancing science as I suggest it be practiced.  Laboratory reports may not involve all these elements, however, at this time.  I hope this will change, however.

By comparison, medical therapy, including most holistic and alternative and naturopathic therapy, is not as holistic, in fact, no matter how it is promoted.  Nor is the use of advanced healing machines, for example.


Another reason I am continually impressed with nutritional balancing is its application in cases of mental and emotional health conditions.  This is an enormous area of concern today, and most other therapies deal with it poorly, if at all.  It includes, but is not limited to developmental difficulties in children, depression, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, panic attacks and much more.

Drug and many holistic approaches to mental illness and developmental delays are too often quite symptomatic and do not address the removal of toxic metals and toxic chemicals, for example.  Suppressing the problems with drugs can be disastrous.  Nutritional balancing directly addresses causes of mental illness.  These include, but are not limited to an unbalanced oxidation rate, nutritional deficiencies, blood sugar imbalances and excessive toxic metals and chemicals present in the nervous system and brain.

Another benefit of nutritional balancing is that correcting the nutritional imbalances will often assist the client develop his personality, improve school and work performance and much more.  In other words, opening up the mind to help with this method affects every area of life, literally.  The brain and nervous system function better, enhancing every other approach for healing and for enhancing one’s life.


While this may seem unusual to mention as a benefit, there is much wisdom in the ancient therapies of the orient such as Ayurveda, traditional Chinese healing with acupuncture, acupressure, jin shin jyutsu, shiatsu, tai chi chuan, yoga and others.  However, integrating them with Western medical sciences and “updating them” to deal with modern mankind’s particular issues today is difficult in most cases.

Nutritional balancing is actually a blend of Western scientific methods with Eastern wisdom, such as balancing the body and assessing yin and yang.  Other Eastern concepts that are vital in nutritional balancing include metabolic typing, the concept of vital force or energetic balancing, the concept of retracing or healing crises, the concept of holism or totality, and more.

In this way, nutritional balancing using hair mineral analysis is a bridge between Western biochemistry and physiology and ancient wisdom applied to the human and animal body, mind and spirit. It is a blend that works well, and that is the most important aspect of it.


Seventeen or so methods are used at the same time in all cases to enhance the process of removing all toxic material from the body.  Other therapies to remove toxins, such as intravenous chelation, may act faster, but not as deeply as nutritional balancing, and it cannot remove nearly as many toxic metals and toxic chemicals.  It is also not as safe.


All healing methods have their strong points and those it is not equipped to handle.  A particular strong point of nutritional balancing science is to identify and correct a difficult condition the four-low pattern.

Doctors with a lot of experience know that there is a group of patients for whom progress in healing is most difficult.  They do not respond as do the others.  Dr. Paul Eck, in his wise way, realized this and developed not only a way to identify these people using hair analysis.  He also developed a simple protocol to counteract the pattern that works most of the time.

The main symptoms are often fatigue and allergies, in many cases.  The person often has a negative view about life, and yet is a hard-working, hard-driving individual in most cases.  With nutritional balancing science, one can recognize the pattern instantly and take corrective action that saves many lives.


  1. Reasonable cost.  This applies to both the hair test and the cost of the program such as the diet, supplements, lifestyle changes and other procedures.  Although cost should never be a primary consideration in healing, it is an important practical reason to prefer this method of healing over some others.
  1. Sampling the hair, and handling, preserving and transporting the biopsy samples is easy, safe, and non-invasive. In fact, I believe that one reason for the lack of acceptance of hair mineral testing is that sampling is so simple, as are preserving and transporting the samples.  Doctors cannot quite believe the possibility of such as simple method, as they are far more used to all the difficulties with blood, urine, saliva and other standard medical sampling methods.

This is a sad reason hair mineral analysis, a true cellular biopsy, has not caught on faster in America or around the world.

  1. Assessment with the hair mineral biopsy is mathematically precise, objective and easily repeatable. This may not seem important, but is a primary benefit of this approach.  Many holistic methods, in particular, are quite vague, subjective or imprecise.  Many are also hard to learn, requiring years of education such as acupuncture diagnosis and classical homeopathy.

Nutritional balancing assessment leaves little room for doubts, as it measures minerals to extreme degrees of accuracy in parts per million or even parts per billion.  One can then calculate the levels, ratios and patterns with great precision.  Even many blood, urine, hormone and other standard medical assays are far less accurate, in spite of what is sometimes said about hair mineral testing.

  1. Programs can be set up by a computer. Because results are quantitative and precise, it is relatively easy to set up a computer to assist with program design.  In fact, I believe one reason nutritional balancing is not more widely used is that it does not require quite as much skill and effort on the doctor’s part.  Most doctors prefer to be more involved.  In fact, a lot of skill can be required to help clients understand the program and overcome healing reactions.  However, these are not skills most doctors are trained in.

Human factors such as this impact all sciences.

  1. A graphic display of test results. This is somewhat less important.  However, Dr. Paul Eck’s sincere desire to share his wisdom caused him to design a graph of the results of the test that is easy for anyone to see and interpret, which is helpful.  It makes learning, appreciating and sharing the results of the analysis with clients easier and more enjoyable.
  1. A stand-alone system. By this I mean that nutritional balancing is fairly self-sufficient, in that it does not require a lot of confirmatory tests or procedures such as x-rays, blood tests, urine tests, physical exams or others.  This is an excellent practical advantage to save time and money for the client that I did not believe when I began doing nutritional balancing.

It is to be contrasted to the standard medical approach and that of many holistic doctors who insist upon sometimes a dozen different types of testing to confirm and rule out various conditions or diseases.  Some years ago, I visited a well-known holistic physician in Phoenix.  Before I even got to see the doctor, he had sent me for over $800.00 of tests.  At times, of course, the figure is closer to $8000.00 if it were to include MRI or CAT scans.

Oddly, this is another reason I believe hair analysis and nutritional balancing are not more accepted.  The idea that a single, inexpensive test can guide the correction of health is just rather foreign.  When a doctor criticizes this approach, I answer by saying that the difference is the hair analysis is being used to assess the stress response, not to confirm or rule out various diseases.  Once we know the stress response, often that is all that is needed to begin the correction process.  As correction proceeds, symptoms go away on their own.  So it is a completely different algorithm for healing, in essence, than the diagnose-and-treat model used by medical doctors and by most holistic practitioners as well.

Also, since most medical tests are to detect disease and not to assess the stress response at the cellular level, trying to confirm or rule out hair test findings with other medical tests if usually futile.  Most of the time, in fact, when clients show me piles of blood, urine, saliva, x-ray and other medical exams, I find them not useful.  Of course, they are interesting, but I think to myself, these numbers are just the way the body is expressing its response to stress.  Let us get to work and alter the stress situation and I find the blood and urine values will shift quickly.  In other words, the test values are not what is deepest.  The stress response is more important and will change the blood and urine values quickly and easily.

This may seem a bit complex, but it is at the heart of the difference between nutritional balancing and the more conventional diagnose-and-treat approach to health care.

Another curious way that nutritional balancing is sufficient unto itself is it does not even require much of a physical exam or patient history.  Once again, this was upsetting to me, at first, having been trained medically.  While I strongly urge doctors to do basic physical examinations, if possible, I find myself telling most clients that a personal visit for a physical exam is not needed, especially if it means a lot of travel and expense.

Once again, the reason is that most physical examinations do not reveal the deepest information about the client’s present stress response.  Therefore, while the information gleaned may be vital, such as one’s blood pressure, for example, most of it is not deep enough to begin correction, and the hair analysis will provide what is needed.

  1. Other practical aspects of nutritional balancing. These include the fact that the programs are often similar for most people, another facet of nutritional balancing that I found disconcerting at first, but certainly helps to simplify product selection and keep the cost low.

Others are the ease of monitoring progress in many cases with retests, and the simple ability to identify disease trends, personality trends and other information at a quick glance.  I know of no other system that offers this much information that is so accurate in most cases, so easily and quickly.


Other words for this might be “personality integration”, “achieving one’s total potential”, “self-actualization” or “self-realization”.  Other people may refer to it as developing the chakras or the aura.  Development is nothing less than the total unfolding of the human being at all levels of development.

While this was not Dr. Eck’s original intent when he evolved nutritional balancing science, it is nevertheless the case.  I have added a stricter diet based somewhat on macrobiotic principles, stricter drinking water requirements, and the use of near infrared sauna therapy, coffee enemas and the Roy Masters meditation.  These combine with the original nutritional program to offer a more complete therapy at other levels that further enhance mental development.

I see the results daily and they are wonderful.  The ability to develop the mind, and not just heal the body, must be considered the crowning achievement and advantage of nutritional balancing science.

In this regard, nutritional balancing science is more like ancient yoga sciences, for example, that were designed to move a person along his spiritual path in many ways.  Only today, the problem is our food supply and our depleted and toxic bodies.  So this science may be said to be a powerful support system that can help one preserve the physical vehicle and prepare it for more subtle types of work on this planet.

It is a kind of “missing link” that can allow modern man to catch up, so to speak, with the ancients, whose bodies were in far better shape due to better food, less radiation and chemical contamination, and many were living in less stressful environments due to fewer technological marvels such as electric lights and cell phones.


Minerals are the basis for all life.  This is not in dispute.  However, nutritional balancing science offers us a way to see this in action and to understand it at levels not dreamed of by most medical scientists.

Hair analysis is also an excellent monitoring and research tool already in use almost 80 years in some branches of science.  However, more is being learned almost on a weekly basis.  It is the basic biopsy that is a fascinating tool to research multitudes of health conditions, drug use, environmental contamination and more.  It has almost unlimited amounts of information to offer the practitioner and researchers.


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