Symptoms. Those with a slow oxidation rate tends to be tired, apathetic, depressed and even despairing and suicidal if their oxidation rate is very slow. Some are emotional as their copper level rises. Some are also anxious, although fatigue and depression are more common. Many use stimulant foods, drugs or other methods to keep going.
Their blood sugar and blood pressure tend to be low, at least until later in life when they can develop arteriosclerosis and diabetes, which raise these levels. They are often cold and do not sweat easily. Their brains often work slowly, and many have brain fog, spacey thinking, and slower thinking.
They usually have dry skin and dry hair, and many complain of constipation. They often gain weight on the hips and legs, while the upper body may be smaller. Most have underactive thyroid glands, especially the women. They are prone to osteoporosis, cancer, infections, skin problems, and many other health conditions.
Symptoms. Those with a fast oxidation rate tend to be anxious, irritable, in a hurry, and aggressive if their oxidation rate is very fast. They are usually somewhat emotional, short-tempered and high-strung. They easily become anxious and wound up, and may need sedative drugs to slow down.
Their blood sugar can be on the high side due to higher cortisol levels. Their blood pressure tends to be on the high side because of salt and water retention. For the same reason, their tissues often have a watery appearance.
They are often warm and sweat easily. Their brains often work well, with fast thinking.
They usually have oily skin, and some tendency for frequent or loose bowel movements. They may gain weight in the area of the abdomen due to high levels of cortisol and cortisone.
They are in a fight-or-flight mode too much of the time. This uses up certain nutrients and eventually can result in symptoms and illnesses associated with this metabolic type. These include high blood pressure, fatal heart attacks, anxiety, panic attacks, arthritis, and others.
Components of the pattern. A fast oxidation pattern is associated with acute stress, emotional immaturity in an adult, inflammation and irritability. A low sodium/potassium ratio is associated with frustration, resentment, hostility, cardiac stress, blood sugar stress, malignancy, kidney stress and liver stress. A low calcium/magnesium ratio reinforces the low sodium/potassium ratio tendencies.
Usually a fast death pattern. This is what I call a fast death pattern. It is associated with a tendency for a heart attack, in particular, or perhaps a vascular accident such as a stroke.
It is also associated with arteriosclerosis, angina, cardiac arrythmias, and perhaps malignancy and diabetes.
It is an acute and chronic stress pattern and an inflammatory pattern. It is a running away pattern.
It is fast and reckless, the opposite of step down pattern, which is slow but sure.
Fortunately, a nutritional balancing program, especially if applied quickly, can easily turn the pattern around in most cases.
Step up pattern with four lows pattern. Step up with four lows pattern is actually a good pattern. It seems to indicate that a person is trying very hard to stay in this life. The person may be “running away from the tunnel of death, as best he or she can”.
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‘Burnout’ refers to nutritional depletion of the adrenal glands. However, it is also a more general term that refers to lowered energy, lowered vitality, and a poorer overall state of health of the body.
Calcium toxicity symptoms may include fatigue, depression, defensiveness,
muscle weakness, pain, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, kidney stones and gallstones. Others are bone spurs,
rigidity, slow metabolism, constipation, social withdrawal and spondylitis (rigidity and inflammation of the
On an initial hair test, a calcium shell usually indicates psychological withdrawal, the presence of trauma, and perhaps overwhelming stress, inability to handle stress well, or a very sensitive body. Often it is accompanied by a very slow oxidation rate. The person may also have a hard core, described in a separate article.
On a retest mineral analysis, a sharp rise in the calcium level to or above 165 mg% in a woman or to or above 155 mg% in a man generally indicates a need for protection. We call this pattern hiding. It might occur due to a trauma, such as a death in the family.
Visualization. The pattern looks like a “wall of calcium”, often accompanied by elevated magnesium, on the left side of the chart.
KEY WORDS TO HELP UNDERSTAND THE CALCIUM SHELL PATTERN
Simple key words that can help one understand the meaning of the calcium shell pattern include:
psychological withdrawal, hiding, lowered awareness, numb, calcified, traumatized, depressed, and “living in the bomb shelter or behind a wall”. The next sections explain why these words are helpful for understanding this very important pattern seen on many hair mineral tests.
WHEN THE PATTERNS APPEAR
Calcium and magnesium shell patterns almost never appear in children, and never in babies. They are also fairly rare in the elderly, above age seventy, or so, on earth.
However, they are common in the later teen years, and they occur in adults. They are much more common in women than in men.
A shell pattern is much less common in men, and if it is present in men, it is likely to be lower than in women, in general.
2. When the calcium level is above about 340 mg%, it is called “petrified” pattern. This is a reference to calcification, as in petrified wood. However, it also refers to the feeling of being terrified.
3. Any calcium shell pattern, and particularly if it is a double shell pattern or greater, is a trauma indicator. For more on this important topic, please read Trauma Release and Trauma Retracing on this site.
If the kidneys become toxic or congested, it can affect the hair potassium level – usually
raising it. This we call kidney stress. It is a common finding on hair analysis retests, but also on initial hair
The most common cause of kidney stress and kidney congestion and toxicity is the presence in the body of the
‘amigos’ – aluminum and toxic forms of copper, iron, manganese, cobalt, chromium, selenium and vanadium.
When any of these elements are removed from the body during a nutritional balancing program, which occurs
very often, the hair potassium level can rise for a few months due to a little extra effort required of the
kidneys. This is the meaning of kidney stress.
Kidney stress may also be due to the release of certain medical drugs, cadmium, mercury or other toxic
substances. In many, but not all cases, this will temporarily affect the hair potassium level and perhaps the
ratios involving potassium, as well.
high SODIUM or adrenal stress pattern- volatile, high stress, inflammation
An elevated hair sodium level is a feature of fast oxidation and an alarm stage of stress. The cause is usually
higher aldosterone secretion by the adrenal glands. This may be due to acute stress or to emotions such as
anger or fright. Cadmium and other toxic metals in the kidneys, along with kidney infections, can also raise
the hair tissue sodium level.
Four lows on an initial hair test. This indicates a collapse and exhaustion. It is often a chronic pattern that can last for years if not corrected.
Four lows on a retest only when a person follows a complete development program. This is a healing reaction and classed as a celebration pattern. Healing certain issues, especially issues or conflicts involving parents, may require that a person go into a four lows pattern for a time.
If a person does not follow a development program correctly, four lows can show up on a retest because the person is becoming worse.
3. An autonomic nervous system imbalance. Four lows always reflects an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system. This is the automatic and regulatory nervous system of the body.
Using the analogy of the car stuck in the ice or mud, the person just keeps spinning the wheels instead of realizing he is not getting anywhere and should try a different way of living, thinking or acting.
(In other words, the first test or tests did not show a four low pattern, and it only shows up on a retest).
A celebration pattern. If a four lows pattern shows up only on a retest hair mineral analysis when a person is following a development program, most often it has a very different meaning.
The meaning seems to be that the body goes back into the tunnel or the “repair facility” for a process of re-planning one’s life because life is going to be extended, and life is going to be a lot healthier as well. It is truly a celebration of life and restoration of life.
An intervention. Four lows on a retest only is always an intervention pattern. I am told this is rather special and means that certain beings work with the person to re-plan the rest of the earth life of the person. For more on the subject of interventions, please read Interventions on this website.
Resolving relationship difficulties. Often, when a person goes into a four lows pattern on a retest only, it is to help resolve relationship issues. Often they are with a parent, but not always.
Some of these issues are simple and can be resolved within a few months or even less. Other issues are old and deep, and their resolution can take six months or more. The duration does not matter. One must not think that something is wrong if it takes months or a year or more to come out of a four lows pattern on a retest.
Uncommon, except with a development program. Four lows pattern on a retest only occurs regularly on a development program, but not often otherwise. In other words, it occurs very rarely if a person follows medical or other natural healing programs.
4. A type of stalled transition pattern from fast to slow oxidation in most cases. This means that the person was formerly in fast oxidation, but the body cannot sustain the fast oxidation. As a result, the sodium and potassium levels have fallen below the ideal levels.
However, the person is not yet in full slow oxidation with elevated calcium and magnesium levels. This is the meaning of a stalled transition pattern. Others are four highs, sympathetic dominance and fast oxidation with a very low sodium/potassium ratio.
This also means that the resolution or outcome as one exits four lows is usually for the person to become a slow oxidizer. This may involve a psychological transition one must make, not just a biochemical one.
5. A possible H-P-A Axis Disconnect or “Disengagement Of the Gearshift” Pattern. The four lows pattern can represent a type of imbalance that affects what is called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis or H-P-A axis.
This means the normal feedback mechanisms that control the adrenal and thyroid glandular activity are not working quite right. This may be related to excessive copper, mercury or perhaps other toxins that affect the glands and the feedback system involving them.
6. A separate metabolic type. While it is true that a person with four lows on the initial hair analysis can be a fast, mixed or slow metabolic type, Dr. Eck believed that four lows is actually a separate metabolic type. This means that it has qualities and supplement requirements all its own, independent of whether the calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium levels indicate a state of fast, mixed or slow oxidation.
Another stressor has been superimposed upon the basic system of fast, slow or mixed oxidation. This has important implications for the diet, supplements and lifestyle recommendations for this pattern, as explained later in this article.
The hair analysis pattern called three lows or three low electrolytes was not part of Dr. Eck’s original work. However, it is an important hair analysis pattern. It may also be named overwhelming stress, skidding, one foot in the tunnel, or almost four lows. It is a common pattern.
Calcium is high and the other electrolytes are low. This is common and often found in slow oxidizers and those with sympathetic dominance. Often, with this pattern, the calcium/magnesium ratio is high. If this ratio is between about 9.5 and 13.5, it usually indicates that a person is eating too many carbohydrate foods (starches and/or sugars). If the calcium/magnesium ratio is above about 13.5, it indicates that a lifestyle factor is interfering with one’s health and that the person is defending this lifestyle factor or attitude when one should let go of it. For more on this pattern, read The Spiritual Defensiveness Pattern
Sodium is high and the other three are low. The name given to this pattern is four lows under stress, especially if the sodium level is just slightly above 25 mg%. It means that the person is close to a four lows pattern, but there is so much inflammation or irritation that it keeps the person out of four lows at this time. This pattern is often associated with sympathetic dominance pattern.
2. Magnesium is high and the other three are low. This means the calcium/magnesium ratio is somewhat low. It is perhaps a bit more acute than the first variant.
4. Potassium is high and the other three are low. This pattern is more common in children and in adult men. It is always associated with a low sodium/potassium ratio, which is another indicator for adrenal exhaustion or burnout. It is also usually associated with a fast oxidation rate, which is more common in children, and in adult men rather than women.
1. A slow oxidation rate AND a hair potassium level of 4 mg% or less
Sympathetic dominance indicates a person who is over-utilizing his or her sympathetic nervous system. In simple terms, the person is pushing himself or herself, or worrying too much.
The sodium and potassium readings on a hair tissue mineral analysis, and to some degree their ratio, have to do with the utilization of this branch of the autonomic or automatic nervous system.
1. More physical activity than is appropriate for them
2. Anxious or worriers. This is a form of “running around aimlessly” in the mind
3. Tired, but usually somewhat out of touch with the fatigue and exhaustion. They often feel tired only when they slow down.
4. A very active mind.
6. Fearful and always somewhat depressed underneath due to fears, worries and fatigue.
7. A high copper type of personality.
8. In Acupuncture, damp heat or a weak yang rising.
9. Reduced libido in some cases.
10. Ungrounded and not centered enough.
11. Problems with the first and second energy centers, called in Oriental medicine the first and second energy centers.
12. Often occurs in intelligent, spiritually-oriented people.
2. A slow oxidation rate AND a sodium/potassium ratio of about 4 or more. (Hair must not be washed at the lab for accurate readings.)
Sympathetic dominance. Potassium of 4 mg% = a single pattern.
Sympathetic dominance. Potassium of 3 mg% = a double pattern.
Sympathetic dominance. Potassium of 2 mg% = a treble pattern.
Sympathetic dominance. Potassium of 1 mg% = a quadruple pattern.
6. If the potassium is 4 or less, AND the sodium/potassium ratio greater than about 3 to 4, this adds another multiple
6. If the potassium is 4 or less, AND the sodium/potassium ratio greater than about 3 to 4, this adds another multiple, or up to 5 more sympathetic dominant patterns depending on how high the sodium/potassium ratio is. (For the number of indicators to add, Elevated Sodium/Potassium Ratio on this form).
7. If the potassium is 4 or less, AND the sodium/potassium ratio is greater than about 3 to 4, AND the calcium/magnesium ratio greater than about 9.5, this adds another multiple, or perhaps more than one if the sodium/potassium ratio and/or the calcium/magnesium ratio are very high.
four lows is present
Two patterns superimposed. Four highs is a combination of two components:
1. The high calcium and magnesium indicate an underlying slow oxidation or exhaustion pattern.
2. Superimposed on this pattern are high sodium and potassium readings. These indicate an alarm reaction, or fight-or-flight reaction occurring at the same time.
The combination indicates what may be called a secondary alarm reaction. Extraordinary stress of some kind is causing a partially effective stress response in a slow oxidizer. It is not unlike a second wind that runners may experience after they have run part of the way through a race.
The pattern is also called a slow oxidizer under stress. This term is applied because in essence one is a slow oxidizer. However, some type of stress is present that is causing elevated levels of sodium and potassium.
Most people are very uncomfortable in a four highs pattern and feel better when they come out of the pattern. However, a subset of people like the pattern, perhaps because they like a balanced oxidation rate and they have learned how to keep it balanced. I call these individuals delicate souls, because they are quite sensitive to their oxidation rate and will go to some length to keep it fairly balanced in a four highs pattern.
These are usually bright, middle-aged women, in my experience, age 40 or older. They are often somewhat depressed and angry underneath, and do not want to face the depressing feelings that often accompany a significantly slow oxidation rate.
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We find step down pattern is more common in women. The person is often very determined to move ahead in his or her life, in spite of some fatigue or exhaustion. The person is often moving ahead slowly, with this pattern, and doing well, even though the energy level is low. It is thus a pattern of overcoming odds against oneself, and slowly pushing forward in one’s life. One can call it “digging in one’s heels” and moving ahead in spite of obstacles.
Developing the will. One may say that the step down pattern is associated with developing the quality of focused and concentrated will in one’s life. This is in contrast to a step up pattern, which is associated with a need to develop the quality of love and surrender, and to move past the lower will of the ego. I know this may sound vague, but it indicates how the hair tissue mineral patterns can relate to developmental states of a human being.
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A hill pattern can appear on an initial hair mineral test, or on a retest mineral analysis. It appears fairly often among those who follow a development program. It is found at about the same rate in men and in women. It is more common in adults than in children.
- turning a corner.
- a knowing, like having a 360 degree view because you are standing on the top of a mountain and can look all around.
- overcoming something.
- a release from a bondage or situation.
- reaching a peak or top of the hill.
- a celebration or joy pattern.
- openness to moving forward in one’s life.
- a yang mineral pattern, and a fullness pattern.
Like being at the top of a hill, one can now “spread one’s wings” and move in any direction rather easily. As the saying goes, “it is all downhill from here”. The pattern may also indicate less involvement in a karmic or difficult situation at this time, as if one is viewing the world from the top of a mountain rather than being deeply involved in the world at this time. This gives one an approximation of the sense of this pattern when it appears on an initial hair test or a retest.
Another way to understand the hill pattern is by considering its opposite, the Bowl Pattern. The bowl pattern is characterized by feeling stuck, constricted, confined, yin, empty, lost or clueless.
This pattern is associated with feeling stuck, mentally and emotionally, as though one has few options. One is “in the thick of it” right now.
This pattern is often related to nutritional imbalances, because when a person follows a development program, the pattern often goes away within 3 to12 months.
To understand this pattern, consider the two ratios that it consists of. A low sodium/potassium ratio is associated with exhaustion, chronic stress, and often frustration, resentment and hostility.
This is combined with a high calcium/magnesium ratio. This is associated with defensiveness. One may be defending a lifestyle factor or an attitude that is not helpful for a person.
The combination of these two situations – fatigue, hostility, resentment, frustration – along with defensiveness, it is not surprising that one begins to feel stuck emotionally, mentally and perhaps physically as well. This is an example of how two interesting patterns on a hair mineral analysis can combine to form another interesting and more complex pattern.