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The term slow oxidation was coined by Dr. George Watson in the book Nutrition And Your Mind (Bantam Books, 1972).


Dr. Watson used an olfactory test and subsequent blood pH to measure oxidation rates. Dr. Paul C. Eck soon applied the concept to nutritional research. He discovered that oxidation rates can be accurately and easily determined using a hair mineral test.


Dr. Eck also found that slow oxidation is the same as fatigue during stress, which often causes the nervous system to become more parasympathetic.


An exception is the so-called sympathetic dominance, which also occurs frequently.


1. Chemical state of the body in which the effect is reduced on the adrenal and thyroid glands. Usually this is not revealed by blood tests or other tests.


About 85-90% of adults have a slow oxidation rate.  Very few infants and young children suffer from slow oxidation.


2. When analyzing hair minerals (only when hair has not been washed in the laboratory), the calcium/potassium ratio is greater than 4 AND the sodium/magnesium ratio is less than 4.17


3. When blood is drawn, the pH tends to be more alkaline. However, the overall pH of the body is usually more acidic than the pH of fast oxidizers.


4. One of the most important metabolic types in the science of nutritional balance, characterized by reduced activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which by default causes greater parasympathetic activity.


In other words, it is not a healthy parasympathetic state but one that occurs because the sympathetic nervous system is no longer active and the body moves into a more parasympathetic state.


5. Stage of exhaustion due to stress, according to the stress theory of illness proposed by Dr. Hans Selye.


6. Reduces the level of chaos in the entire body system.




People with slow oxidation rates are prone to the following symptoms:


  • fatigue,


  • apathy

  • anxities 

  • depression, and

  • even desperation and suicide if the oxidation rate is very slow.

Many people use stimulants, drugs, or other methods to stay active.


Their blood sugar levels and blood pressure tend to be low, at least until later in life, when they develop atherosclerosis and diabetes, which can cause these values ​​to rise.


You are often cold and have difficulty sweating.


Their brains often work more slowly, and many suffer from symptoms such as brain fog, distraction, and slow thinking.


They usually have dry skin and hair, and many complain of constipation.


Weight often increases in the hips and legs, but the upper body may become smaller.


Most people, especially women, suffer from hypothyroidism.


You are more susceptible to osteoporosis, cancer, infections, skin problems, and many other health conditions. 


Interestingly, most health problems can be caused by rapid or slow oxidation. The medical names for the symptoms are the same.  Arthritis, osteoporosis, or cancer. However, the physiology and pathology are different, and the corrective program for each type should be different.


For example, fast or slow oxidation can lead to cancer, heart attacks, arthritis, or diabetes.


They are different and each requires a different corrective program, although medical science does not often distinguish between them.




1. Chronic Stress


Some adults and older children have slower oxidation rates because they are under stress, which slows down the rate of oxidation in their bodies.


Stress factors that can cause this include: Dietary factors include the use of stimulants such as all forms of caffeine, sugar, and hot spices.


Many slow oxidizers crave sugar because they have difficulties keeping their blood sugar level up.


However, it worsens their condition.


Vaccination and Drugs.


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 drugs suppress adrenal and thyroid function or calm the body, slowing oxidation.


These include blood pressure medications, some heart medications, sedatives, sedatives, and sleeping pills.


Some supplements, such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, choline, inositol, and vitamin D, can slow the rate of oxidation.


It should be used with caution in people with slow oxidation rates.


Some recreational drugs are tranquilizers and nervous system depressants.


These include marijuana and painkillers.


Some toxic chemicals, such as certain pesticides, have glandular suppressive effects.


Excess toxic metals in the body can also act as a stress factor, pushing a person into a slower rate of oxidation.


These are explained below.


Other causes include lack of rest, overwork, anxiety, depression, or despondency due to other reasons.


3. Dietary Factors


Some people continue to experience slow oxidation because they aren't eating enough protein and cooked vegetables.


These foods help speed up the rate of oxidation.


Some people consume too much fruit and sugar, which damages the glands and ultimately slows down the rate of oxidation.


4. The Slow Oxidizer Personality


Almost unconsciously, some people prefer a slower oxidation rate.  They are often hardworking, and some may become chronically depressed or apathetic.


5. Toxic Metals


There is no doubt that having too many toxic metals in the body slows down the oxidation rate.


Most slow oxidizers are poor at removing toxic metals.  Toxic metals can be lodged deep in organs, so no tests such as blood, urine, stool, or hair can detect them.


Most slow oxidizers also have a number of "amigos". These are toxic, oxide forms of aluminum, iron, or manganese.


They also include oxide forms of chromium, selenium, 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. It accumulates in the kidneys, thyroid, adrenal glands, nervous system, and brain.


Some people are born with high amounts of toxic metals.


It can also be transmitted through food, drinking water, vaccinations, workplaces and other places.


A proper nutritional balance program can help reduce slow oxidation, though it may take many months or several years.


6. Body Tension


Many slow oxidizers have neck and back tension and adhesions that help keep them in slow oxidation.  These may require chiropractic, Rolfing and the spinal twist daily to help relieve them.

7. Infectious Disease


Most slow oxidizers have many chronic infections.  This is because their low body temperature makes it difficult to fight them off.


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

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.

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:

1. A water Softener.  This falsely raises the hair level of sodium or potassium.  If one has a water softener on one’s shower or bath, one must wash the hair with spring, distilled, reverse osmosis or unsoftened tap water twice before sampling the hair for a hair analysis.  The two washings can be during the same shower or bath.

2. Washing the hair at the hair analysis laboratory.  Most hair analysis labs wash the hair at the lab with alcohol, detergent or acetone.  This will wash out some of the sodium and potassium, in particular, as these are very water-soluble minerals.  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.  

3. Release of toxic calcium on a retest.  This can rarely cause the calcium and magnesium levels to rise sharply, at times, on a retest mineral analysis.  This is not completely an artifact, however.

4. Release of toxic potassium on a retest mineral analysis.  This can cause a faster oxidation rate.  This is not entirely an artifact, however.

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.
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:

1. The slow oxidizer diet


This requires loads of cooked vegetables with each meal, at least 3 times daily.  It also requires  4-5 ounces of protein twice a day, for most adults.  

It is a low-fat diet.  

Also, eliminate fruit and sweets entirely, if possible.  These upset the blood sugar, upset digestion and are not helpful, at all.

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.  

2. Nutritional supplements for slow oxidizers  


This always includes a special multi-vitamin for slow oxidizers, a calcium/magnesium supplement, and either zinc or a formula called Limcomin.  

A supplement of omega-3 fatty acids and 5000 iu daily of vitamin D are also critical, or one can eat 3-4 cans of sardines per week to obtain these nutrients.  

The program must also include a supplement of kelp and TMG or trimethylglycine, and a digestive aid.  Slow oxidizers need all of these.

3. Lifestyle 


A relaxed and faith-based lifestyle is very helpful to restore the nervous system, rest the body, and keep the emotions and thoughts calm and balanced.  

​We never recommend vigorous exercise for slow oxidizers, but walks and light exercises are okay.


Sources: Dr. Larry Wilson

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