Interview with Dr. Eck founder of Nutritional Balancing Science.
Interviewer: We can see from our conversations that you are totally against people taking random supplements -even if people know which “oxidation type” they are?
Dr. Eck: Absolutely. I am totally against people taking supplements without knowing what they are doing. As far as I am concerned, there is no way of knowing what you are doing without the intelligent use of hair tests.
Interviewer: Why do you say that? Wouldn’t a person be able to tell if a supplement was making him feel better?
Dr. Eck: Feeling better is not really a criteria that a supplement is “working”, as you say. Do you realize that it is possible to make a person temporarily “feel better” by making their chart worse?
“Without a hair test, there is no scientific way of telling which minerals and vitamins you need.”
Interviewer: How could that be?
Dr. Eck: For instance, let us take the fast oxidizer who has a high level of sodium and potassium. This means his adrenals are overactive or overstressed.
This person is already overstimulating himself to keep himself going. Now if he takes supplements like vitamin E and vitamin C, and a high B-complex stress vitamin, he will probably feel better. Yet he is really making his pattern worse. What happens is that the vitamin C, E and B-complex raise the sodium and potassium even more. It is a drug-like effect, like taking a cup of coffee. The person notices a pick-up. What he will probably not be aware of is that by raising the sodium and potassium he has pushed himself closer to a heart attack.
He will also not be aware of the fact that his calcium and magnesium levels are being lowered at the same time. If he keeps doing this long enough, the calcium and magnesium levels -and the ratios between them- can move into a cancer range.
Of course, if the person got cancer, he would never connect it to the supplements he was taking. He would probably tell himself, “if it weren’t for the supplements, I probably would have gotten cancer much sooner.” The real truth is that WITHOUT the supplements, he may never have gotten cancer.
Interviewer: So you are saying then that a supplement program that makes a person feel better -at least temporarily- is not necessarily good for them?
Dr. Eck: That’s right. In fact, if you change or rearrange a mineral pattern by 10-25% -in any direction- you can probably get relief from symptoms. You get short-term benefit by helping some part of the mineral chart at the expense of others.
Unfortunately, the damage you are doing does not show until later. It takes time to develop. SO you never realize the harm you have done to yourself.
Believe it or not, many times you have to make a person temporarily feel worse to get him better.
Interviewer: How is that?
Dr Eck: Let’s take the example of the fast oxidizer we were using before. The right way to help this person would be to lower his sodium and potassium levels. This would reduce the stress on his adrenal glands. It would slow down the person’s metabolism and prevent him from “burning out” his mineral reserves and collapsing. You have to slow this kind of person down to save his life. But when you do it, he feels worse. He doesn’t want to slow down. He wants to keep driving himself. Do you think a person like this is going to voluntarily going to go into a healthfood store and buy supplements that will slow him down? Who would ever take supplements that would make him feel worse?
If a person took something that made him feel worse, he would stop. And if it made him feel better, he would keep taking it. Now can you see some of the problems of randomly taking supplements without knowing what you are doing?
Interviewer: But suppose a person knew what kind of oxidizer he was? Couldn’t he take the right kind of supplements?
Dr. Eck: Well, suppose he did. How much should he take? And for how long should he take it? If you slow a person down too much, that is just as bad as making him too fast. How would a person know precisely when to change his supplements?
Remember that so far we have only been talking about four minerals, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Can you see how complicated it can get when you consider the relationship between the other minerals, such as copper, zinc, manganese, chromium, phosphorus, iron and so forth?
That is why I say over and over: the only way you can tell what supplements to take for your specific physical/emotional imbalances is to use the results of hair tests. There just is no other way and no better way. If there was I would be using it.
It is sad to see what goes on in the health field today. You could probably switch the labels on all the vitamins and minerals being sold and probably few peopel would physically notice the difference. Sone people would even get better! That’s how unscientific things are.
You can see why I get passionate when I talk about this. The way I see it, it is better and far safer to take NOTHING than to practice scientific guess making. Do people use hair tests, ore use them scientifically? No. They read in a magazine that zinc is good for them and they take some. They read that vitamin C is good for them and they take that too. They read that we are all deficient in magnesium (or so they think), so they add some of that. If there is a special 2-for-1 sale on calcium tablets, they stock up on that. It is pathetic, but the way people go about choosing supplements, they could do almost as good using a roulette wheel. I’m not trying to make fun of anyone. When you don’t know what to take, you have to guess. I used to do it myself.
Another thing that you frequently find in the health field is the taking of a little of every mineral -“just to be on the safe side.” They believe that the body with it’s infinite wisdom know exactly what to do with each and every mineral. They believe that whatever the body needs, it keeps; and whatever it doesn’t, it simply excretes in the urine, or through the proper body channels.
“Ironically, many multiple supplements on the market end up making people “slower” than they already are”
Interviewer: Well, aren’t any minerals which you don’t need always excreted in the urine?
Dr. Eck: No not necessarily. Many authorities believe that the body will always excrete all the minerals which it does not need through the proper body channels. If this were the case, then why do so many individuals have hair analyses which indicate they have toxic amounts of copper, lead, cadmium, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc in their tissues?
If everything was the way everybody said it was –if all the minerals the body did not need were excreted and if all you had to do to correct “deficiencies” in the body was to give people the minerals they were low in, then it would be the easiest thing in the world to correct mineral imbalances.
All you would have to do would be to give them a mineral supplement which contained all the essential minerals. If it were as easy as this, very few people on the various mineral programs would remain ill for long. But you know as well as I do that this is not the case.
“the whole philosophy of everyone taking the same kind of multiple supplement is just as absurd as everyone wearing the same shoe size”
Interviewer: I do not think we should get into a full discussion on that topic at this particular time. How about a good multiple supplement? Would that be of any help to a person with a slow metabolism?
Dr. Eck: A person with a slow or fast metabolism can take a multiple supplement -just to make sure they are not “missing anything.” But I doubt it will do much to correct his metabolism.
Many of the multiple supplements on the market today generally contain magnesium, zinc and copper along with Vitamin A and Vitamin B-2. Unfortunately a combination of these compounds will only serve to slow down an already slow metabolism.
The idea behind taking a multiple mineral and vitamin supplement is logical. But you have to make sure that the multiple supplement is “balanced” for your particular metabolism. The whole philosophy of everyone taking the same kind of multiple supplement is just as absurd as everyone wearing the same shoe size.
But for the sake of argument, let’s say that a balanced supplement has just the minerals which your body needs for your particular metabolism. Now the next question is, “Are all the minerals in the right ratios to one another?” Most people do not realize it but the ratios of minerals in relation to one another are just as important as the minerals themselves.
just yesterday I received an advertisement in the mail for a “new” multiple supplement on the market. One of the most important mineral ratios was more than one hundred times normal! Can you believe that?
The flyer said that this supplement was “the finest supplement of its kind ever made available to the public.” This is the kind of thing that disturbs me.