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What is Mineral-Nutritional Balancing?


Mineral-Nutritional Balancing is a nutrition program that heals many ailments naturally, without drugs. MNB is more like a life path than it is a method of healing. By following this path, healing of the body and development of the mind occur. MNB is a total healing system that makes use of both Western medical science and various Eastern healing sciences. It also uses principles of modern physics and engineering. The creator, Dr. Paul Eck, found ways to apply these concepts in developing MNB. He achieved a way to balance body chemistry correctly and continuously, allowing the body to slowly rebuild and restore its enzyme systems.

For the deepest healing to occur safely and quickly, MNB requires that one strictly follow certain rules and principles. It may require more discipline than some people have, although once a person adopts the diet and lifestyle, it is not a difficult routine to follow.


It is important to understand that the disease process basically involves: 1) Slowing of the oxidation rate; 2) Reduced oxygenation and hydration of the tissues; 3) Clogging of the system with toxins of all kinds; and 4) ‘Rusting’ or buildup of oxides in the body. The oxides cause oxidant damage.


Healing consists of reversing the disease process: 1) Removing the oxides, infections and other toxins; 2) Restoring the body’s oxidation reactions; 3) Restoring oxygenation and hydration; and 4) Balancing the oxidation rate. Balancing the oxidation rate is often slow and difficult because it requires restoring the activity of millions of enzymes throughout the body.


The focus of MNB is on whole system healing. This is the only way to heal the body at the deepest level. Healing only the digestive tract, the kidneys, or the cardiovascular system, for example, generally misses the mark for complete healing.  Our current medical paradigm often views a human body as a collection of somewhat unrelated parts. Medical specialties are then organized around body parts such as the kidneys, the heart or the lungs. This kind of focus is needed for the targeting of prescription drugs and specialized surgeries. It works best for surgical cases and some infections. However this approach misses many subtle connections that occur in the complex system of the body.


A newer paradigm of health and healing emerging in the 21st century views the body as one complex, self-regulating WHOLE system. Reflecting this newer paradigm, MNB’s emphasis is on creating balance and vitality, rather than on diagnosis and symptom removal. It is preventive and predictive, focusing on wellness rather than diagnosis. It is a safe approach.


MNB uses hair samples to obtain a reading of the overall stress pattern of your body. Hair tissue mineral analysis or HTMA is a soft tissue mineral biopsy that uses hair as the sampling tissue. A biopsy is an analysis of a body tissue. Hair is considered a soft tissue, and hence hair analysis is a soft tissue biopsy. The test measures the levels of 20 or more minerals in the hair with an accuracy of plus or minus about 3%. This is about the same level of accuracy as most blood tests, or a little better.


In order to insure accuracy of the water-soluble elements, the hair sample must not be washed at the hair testing laboratory. The preparation of the hair sample at the laboratory is a debate that exists among the laboratories that offer hair mineral testing. Most laboratories, unfortunately, wash the hair with powerful detergents and toxic solvents such as acetone or alcohol. The laboratory I use, Analytical Research Labs (ARL), is the only laboratory in the United States that does not wash the hair sample. So more accuracy and detail in the readings can be obtained.

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