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.
Definition: The pattern is present when three of the four major electrolytes – calcium, magnesium, sodium or potassium – are below their ideal values, and one of them is above the ideal.
Ideals. The ideals we use at present are calcium of 40 mg%, magnesium of 6 mg%, sodium of 25 mg%, and potassium of 10 mg%.
Hair washing. The hair must not be washed at the laboratory for this pattern to be valid.
Four types. Four types of skidding pattern are possible:
In whom. The three lows pattern is seen most commonly in adults. It is not as common in children, although it can occur in children.
MEANING OF THE PATTERN
As the name implies, this pattern indicates some degree of adrenal exhaustion, and that a person is moving toward a four lows pattern. This is very important because four lows is a collapse. Most people never exit a four lows pattern and instead develop serious illness in this pattern. So anything that can be done to keep a person out of four lows is helpful. A properly designed nutritional balancing program can usually do this easily.
With a three lows pattern, the body is malnourished and usually quite toxic. Either one has a lot of toxic metals or too many nutrient minerals that are in a toxic form. This is usually due to The Amigos – Iron, Manganese and Aluminum. The “amigos” are usually oxides that are very irritating.
Both excessive toxic metals and amigos are usually present.
In other cases, the one mineral that is elevated is quite high, and this indicates that the person is not as close to a four lows pattern, which is generally a healthier pattern.
However, one or more of the minerals that are low can be extremely low, such as a potassium level of 1 mg% or a sodium level of 1 or 2 mg%. This usually indicates that a person is closer to adrenal burnout and probably nearer to a four lows pattern.
Three lows pattern can also coexist with a fast oxidation pattern, a slow oxidation pattern, or a mixed oxidation pattern
This pattern generally responds very well to a complete nutritional balancing program. The nutrition and lifestyle program strengthens and balances the body chemistry, which allows the person to emerge from the pattern quite easily, in most cases.
At times, a person will move into a four lows pattern as part of the corrective process. This is always a retracing, and is perfectly acceptable. If one stays on the program, eventually one will emerge from the four lows pattern – usually much healthier.