The effect of long term stress, and the stress damage and maladapted stress response that is the result of it, is the root cause of chronic illness and chronic fatigue. Over the years of accumulated damage and adaptation to the stress, the body resorts to a wide range of defenses in order to cope and continue to live and work. To correct and recover from chronic fatigue and illness, these adaptations must be understood, identified and corrected. This is the purpose of Dr. Paul Eck's Nutritional Balancing system.
Standard nutritional therapies are
based on a deficiency paradigm in which the only purpose of nutrient
supplementation is to replace a nutrient that is 'deficient'. The
deficiencies themselves are judged based on averages which may or may
not be the best levels for a specific individual. The body's needs
vary depending on the current circumstances it is dealing with and
the effects of past stress and damage. In addition, nutrients that
appear deficient may only be blocked or biounavailable due to other
nutrient imbalances. Nutritional Balancing identifies and addresses
all of these subtle and intricate interactions in the cellular
Nature's Law of Minerals:
Every mineral has an effect on every other mineral. It is scientifically impossible to change the level of even one mineral, without simultaneously affecting the levels of all other minerals.
Here is Dr. Eck's explanation of some of these issues:
[All quotations are from Energy by Colin & Loren Chatsworth]
The general lack of understanding and application of the real functions of nutrients in the metabolism can result in actually making yourself worse with even a typical multiple mineral and vitamin formula. These are just a very general combination of nutrients that your body might be able to use, or it might not.
Nutritional Balancing programs are given according to a special type of hair tissue mineral analysis test. Most hair tests are toxicity tests and the hair is subjected to washing and solvents at the lab. This helps to reveal more toxic metal in the test. At Analytical Research Labs, the lab founded by Dr. Paul Eck, the hair is not washed at the lab as the focus of the test is the nutrient minerals, not heavy metals. Some heavy metals do show up, but it is primarily a metabolic test, not a toxicity test.
The four major electrolyte minerals have the most testing significance and they can definitely be changed by washing. Once we have the results of a properly done hair tissue mineral analysis, we have a great deal of information about the metabolism, including endocrine function, glucose handling, protein utilization, current stress, chronic stress, and stress damage. We will see the effects of these metabolic states on nutrient levels, ratios and requirements. We may see some heavy metals, but in many cases they do not show up at all on the first test as the body sequesters the metals for protection from the toxic effects.
Nutritional Balancing is accomplished through the use of specific, balanced nutrient formulas created by Dr. Eck. These are the Endo-Met Laboratories formulas. It is nearly impossible to get the deep healing benefits of Nutritional Balancing without these formulas as they are very specific and precise. To try to mimic them means taking a separate pill for each individual nutrient in the recommended program and paying quite a bit more for it.
Each formula has a specific metabolic job to do. The hair tissue analysis will show which metabolic corrections and balancing that you specifically need. Giving these specific nutrient formulas according to the results of the hair tissue analysis is why these nutrients have effects that other nutritional programs and systems don't.
Then we retest the hair to track the effects of the program and update it if needed. Often the second or third test will be the most accurate in terms of the underlying metabolic state of the body.
We may be using any number
of stimulants and crutches when the first test is done. After a few
months of correction and possibly even the release of toxic metals or excess
nutrients, a very different picture can be revealed.
The first test is mainly about your coping strategy. What types of compensations and adaptations are the being utilized in order to keep you alive and functioning? What is that doing to your metabolic balance? What are some main sources of internal stress such as glucose intolerance, adrenal burnout or metal toxicity?
The first test is certainly plenty to get started with but as time goes on and the surface stresses and imbalances are cleared, we will dig deeper into older and chronic imbalances. This is where the real work is and where the miracles can happen. I do consider the curing my 30 years of epilepsy with Nutritional Balancing a miracle. I certainly wasn't expecting it.
Nutritional Balancing is a powerful way to correct a maladapted stress response and get back into a healing state. Sympathetic dominance and the fight or flight stress reactions are the drivers of chronic stress and the compensations the body must make to keep going.
The All Four Lows Pattern
This can eventually take you all the way into a freeze state which is seen on the hair tissue analysis as the 'all four lows' pattern. All four of the major electrolyte minerals are below the ideal levels. Dr. Eck called it 'give up'. This is where the only way to save you is to shut your system down to the bare minimum. Nutritional Balancing is the only system that detects and corrects this stress pattern. Standard nutritional therapies will always get it wrong and the treatments will make it worse.
This is generally true for fast oxidation and adrenal burnout as well. Standard fatigue and adrenal support programs will make all of these stress states worse. They can even cause them as most of these programs are over-stimulating to the metabolism.
Restoring Detoxification and Other Metabolic Functions
Many people mistake Nutritional Balancing for a detox program because restoring effective metabolism does result in giving the body what it needs for all the important metabolic functions including detoxification.
In addition, making the minerals bio-available and functional, allows the body to switch out the toxic metals it may have been using as substitutes for deficient or bio-unavailable nutrient minerals. This is a truly deep cleaning that comes about when the body is ready. But it could be called a side effect of the real purpose of the program; which is deep restoration of the body and full reversal of stress damage and the compensations and adaptations the body has resorted to.
As this deep healing process continues, retracing of old conditions can occur for a time as the body goes back to complete unfinished healing that may exist throughout the body. When energy is always inadequate, the body must make hard choices about where to put it.
Many things end up on the back burner waiting for a turn that may never come or will be too short. I call it duct tape and bailing wire -- just doing enough to hold it all together and keep going. This becomes a source of internal stress in itself.
As more and more
compensations are cleared, more free energy becomes available to the
body and it knows right where to put it. The program restores
balance at a deep level and then gets out of the way. The body knows
exactly what to do once it has the resources to do it.
Nutritional Balancing Trusts the Wisdom of the Body
Highly manipulative programs can cause as many side effects as drugs, and for a similar reason. The drug is designed to control symptoms, period. It is all about controlling that one disturbed function. They have their place and can be life savers, but they all cause side effects because they are disrupting the overall balance of the body.
Aggressive nutrient protocols, detox programs, and extreme diets are forcing the body into specific metabolic pathways whether it is the most important healing work to be done, or not. Overdoing detox can and will block deeper healing processes as the energies are diverted, and more stress is generated, due to the forcing of the body. Purgative therapies are draining and can have a very weakening effect on people who are already exhausted. They can have a time and place but are not for everyone.
Support and balancing allow the body to right itself and restore the deep sources of life and energy. Many other balancing, calming and stabilizing therapies can improve the results of Nutritional Balancing including Chinese Herbal Therapy which is also a balancing and energy based system. Meditation, careful exercise, nourishing food, and balanced rest contribute to coming out of the chronic stress patterns and freeing energy for healing and for life.
Bioenergetic scanning and correction through the NES Health program very clearly speeds up Nutritional Balancing significantly and works on important areas for healing such as the effects of trauma. It opens energy drains and blocks in the meridian system as described by Chinese Medicine. Biochemistry and bioenergetics are two sides of the same coin and work together very effectively.
It is called Nutritional Balancing for a reason and balancing is always the primary purpose of this powerful and deep healing nutritional program. To get a hair tissue mineral analysis to begin a Nutritional Balancing program, go to my Contact page.