Definitions:?reduced glandular effect, more yin, hair and blood definitions, a more parasympathetic body chemistry, exhaustion stage of stress, reduced chaos.
III. IDENTIFYING SLOW OXIDATION
Hair mineral patterns
Variants Of Slow Oxidation
About 85 to 90% of adults have a slow oxidation rate.??Very few babies and small children have a slow oxidation ate.
In other words, it is not a healthy parasympathetic state, but rather one that occurs because the sympathetic nervous system no longer functions and the body flips into more of a parasympathetic state.
History.??The term slow oxidation was coined by George Watson, PhD in the book,?Nutrition And Your Mind, Bantam Books, 1972.??Dr. Watson used odor tests and later, the pH of the blood, to determine the oxidation rate.
Dr. Paul C. Eck applied the concept to his nutritional research soon afterwards.??He found he could use hair mineral testing to assess the oxidation rate accurately and simply.??We use his method and it works well.
Dr. Eck also figured out that slow oxidation is identical to an exhaustion stage of stress, with a more parasympathetic-dominated nervous system, in many cases.
There is an exception, called?sympathetic dominance, that is also common.
I added the connection with a more yin body chemistry and less chaos.
????????????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.
Interestingly, most health conditions can occur due to fast or slow oxidation.??The medical name for the condition is the same, such as arthritis, osteoporosis or cancer. However, the physiology and pathology are different, and the corrective program for each type must be different as well.
For example, one can have a fast or a slow oxidation cancer, heart attack, arthritis or diabetes.??Medical science does not distinguish the difference in most cases, but they are different, and each requires a different corrective program.
Dietary factors?include the use of stimulants such as caffeine in any form, sugar, or hot spices.
Many slow oxidizers crave sugar because they have difficulties keeping their blood sugar level up.??However,??it worsens their condition.
Vaccination.?Vaccination is a horrible practice that is ruining the children today!??Mercury, aluminum and other toxins in vaccines can easily overwhelm the body of a child, and even an adult and help push a person into a slow oxidation metabolic state.? ?Please do not be swayed by your doctor or the media.
Many medical drugs?suppress the adrenal or thyroid glands, or otherwise sedate the body and contribute to slow oxidation.??These include blood pressure drugs, some heart drugs, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and others.
Some nutritional supplements?can slow the oxidation rate such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, choline, inositol, vitamin D and others.??These must be used carefully by those with a slow oxidation rate.
Some recreational drugs?are sedatives or nervous system depressants.??They include marijuana and pain pills.
Some toxic chemicals?such as certain pesticides have a suppressive glandular effect.??Excess toxic metals in the body can also act as a stressor that pushes a person into a slow oxidation rate.??These are discussed below.
Other causes?are lack of rest, too much work, fears, depression for other reasons, or discouragement.
Some people also eat too much fruit and sugars that damage the glands and eventually slow the oxidation rate.
Most slow oxidizers also have plenty of the ?amigos?.??These are toxic, oxide forms of aluminum, iron, or manganese.??They also include oxide forms of chromium, selenium, copper, cobalt, boron, molybdenum, lithium and cobalt.??Rarely they include oxides of calcium and magnesium. These are widely distributed in the environment and are in our food.
They are powerful irritants that can cause a slower oxidation rate.??They accumulate in the kidneys, the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, nervous system, brain or elsewhere.
Some people are born with too many toxic metals.??One can also acquire them from food, drinking water, vaccines, from one?s occupation, or other places.
A proper nutritional balancing program will help reduce slow oxidation, though it may take many months or several years of following a properly designed nutritional balancing program.
III. IDENTIFYING SLOW OXIDATION
HAIR MINERAL PATTERNS
High hair calcium and magnesium levels.??Most slow oxidizers have an elevated hair calcium and magnesium level.??This is due to reduced adrenal and thyroid glandular activity.??Thyroid activity lowers tissue calcium levels.
Low hair sodium and potassium levels.?Most slow oxidizers have a low hair sodium and low hair potassium.??Low aldosterone is the most common cause.
Degrees of slow oxidation.???A good method of assessing mild, moderate and extreme slow oxidation is to use the following criteria:
Ca/K < 30 = Mild slow oxidizer
Ca/K 30-100 = Moderate slow oxidizer
Ca/K > 100 = Extreme slow oxidizer
?NOTE:?This replaces the method of assessing the degree of fast oxidation found in the book,?Nutritional Balancing And Hair Mineral Analysis, editions 2010, 2014 and 2016.
A very visual pattern.??On a hair mineral analysis, the pattern of slow oxidation is one of the easiest to identify.??The first two mineral levels are higher than the second two minerals on a calibrated hair mineral chart from Analytical Research Labs.
Visual difficulties.??In some cases, slow oxidation is not easy to recognize visually.??The difficulty occurs when all four macrominerals are elevated.??This is called a?four highs?pattern.
In these cases, one cannot tell visually if slow oxidation is present.??One must calculate the ratios to assess the oxidation type, as explained in the beginning of this article under Definition Of Slow Oxidation.
Factors that can skew the hair mineral readings:
This will change the oxidation rate, in some cases.??For accurate assessment of the oxidation rate, the hair must not be washed at the hair testing laboratory.
The only labs who do not wash the hair are Analytical Research Labs in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and Trace Elements, Inc. in Addison Texas.??At this time (2018), we prefer Analytical Research Labs for more accurate testing.
Blood serum mineral levels may, but usually?do not?correspond to the levels of these minerals in the hair.??This is because the serum mineral levels are kept extremely stable, and are affected by meals and other short-term factors.
The hair is a storage and excretory tissue.??Minerals that the body is deficient in are retained, or not permitted into the hair.??Minerals that are in excess in the blood are often pushed off or stored in non-essential soft tissues such as the hair.
OTHER METHODS TO IDENTIFY SLOW OXIDATION
Some doctors and nutritionists attempt to identify slow oxidation using questionnaires or symptoms.??We do not find these methods to be accurate.
The keys to correction are:
The cooked vegetables are needed to remineralize the body with the alkaline reserve minerals.??If a person will not eat plenty of cooked vegetables, the program will not work well.
One must also avoid most other nutritional supplements because they are too yin, and a body in slow oxidation is usually very yin, to begin with.
VARIANTS OF SLOW OXIDATION
One can have a slow oxidation rate with a normal or elevated sodium/potassium ratio, or the sodium/potassium ratio can be low.
One can also have slow oxidation along with a four highs pattern, or with a four lows pattern.
IMPORTANT HAIR MINERAL PATTERNS THAT INVOLVE SLOW OXIDATION
QUANTIFICATION OF SLOW OXIDATION
This is not too important.??If one wishes, a rough and somewhat arbitrary way to do this is to divide slow oxidation into?mild, moderate and extreme.??Criteria are:
(These criteria are new (2016) and different from what is in the?Nutritional Balancing And Hair Mineral Analysis?textbook).
THE ENERGY CENTERS AND SLOW OXIDATION
????????????Many people who are stuck in slow oxidation have an imbalance in the first energy center.??This can mean they are not well grounded.