Principles of Supplementation

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Frequently I am asked by clients if it is ok to alter the Endo-met Program. I would like to share with you the following excerpts from Dr Wilson’s book and let you discover what he has to say about the use of supplements in nutritional balancing.  Michi

From: “Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis. A New Science of Energy” by Dr Lawrence Wilson, MD  4th Revised Edition  Pages 42, 43.

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Dr Eck was extremely familiar with supplements, having worked as a doctor’s representative for a large, reputable supplement company.

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Nutritional balancing uses supplements in a very unique way. At first I found Dr Eck’s methods and rationales extremely unusual and uncomfortable.

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In fact, this is an important reason why nutritional balancing is not more widely used. Principles of supplementation used in nutritional balancing science include:

  • The need for extreme care and a deep understanding of supplement properties. Their subtle qualities include such things as being more yin or more yang, animal quality versus vegetable quality, sympathetic versus parasympathetic in their effects, highly dosage-dependent in some cases, and they can act very differently when combined in certain ways.
  • Core versus secondary supplement, and prioritizing supplements. Dr Eck figured out that some supplements were most important, while others are secondary. Also, some supplements mainly nourish the body, while others strengthen particular body systems. Others can balance mineral ratios and patterns, while many others simply address symptoms.
  • The need for a clinical and empirical approach. Most doctors prescribe supplements based upon theoretical and other scientific studies. However, there is also an empirical or clinical aspect as well that is ultimately the most critical.
  • The need for testing. Many times, supplements are recommended without much testing. Nutritional balancing depends upon the hair mineral test in all cases. Other testing methods are not nearly as comprehensive or accurate to correct the stress response, in my experience.
  • First balance the oxidation rate and the major mineral ratios. This is a primary concept in nutritional balancing and a key difference between this science and most other methods.
  • The dangers of symptomatic supplementation. These include:
    • Failure to raise overall vitality and balance the forces of yin and yang
    • Worsening vitality by unbalancing mineral levels, ratios and patterns
    • Remedies may negate each other to some degree.
    • Masking or obscuring deeper imbalances in the body.
    • Toxicity, especially with some herbs, fulvic acid, bentonite and other products.
    • Synthesized, broken up and raw food products tend to be too yin, especially if used in large quantities. These include many excellent ones such as vitamin C, MSM, fruit-based drinks, and most powdered products. The least yin and therefore usually the least harmful in this regard are animal-based glandular products. This is a very subtle type of imbalance.
    • Too many supplements can confuse the body, interfere with digestion of food and have other subtle negative effect
  • When supplements are used symptomatically or for other reason, make sure they are given in a way that also balances the oxidation rate and the major ratios.


  • Never give more supplements than are absolutely needed. Extra supplements, even the best of them, are usually not helpful in nutritional balancing science. In fact, extra supplements often diminish the effectiveness of the program. Practitioners may lose a client now and then because the client believes the practitioner “forgot” an important supplement.
  • Megadoses of supplements are not better. Higher dosages may unbalance body chemistry, may have drug-like effects and can be toxic. Dr Eck very rarely used megadosing. They are helpful in special situations such as high-dose vitamin C for some viral infections. However, this is rarely needed and should be used only short-term.
  • Always take supplements with food, preferably three times each day. This is optimal to keep the body chemistry balanced during the day. Fewer doses can be used, but may reduce healing. It is possible to take a double dose of supplements at one meal if you know you will skip them later, but this is not ideal. For children, two daily doses are usually sufficient.

Rarely, a person can need only one does per day or even less. These are very sensitive individuals or those with odd imbalances who must move very slowly at first. If cost is an issue, the program can also be reduced to just once daily, but results are usually slower.

Years ago, Dr Eck suggested taking a day off the supplements each week. This is no longer recommended. The digestive aid, in particular, is best taken every day with each meal. GB-3 is sometimes best taken before or during the meal if it causes heartburn if taken afterwards.

  • Never give two forms of a nutrient if it is not needed. For example, if one takes ascorbic acid, then another form of vitamin C is not needed in almost all cases. However, there may be some vitamin C in two or even three products. This is different and is an aspect of the design of the formulas in some cases.
  • Do not take other supplements than those recommended without first checking with a practitioner. The program is quite delicately balanced for the individual, so taking random vitamins, minerals, herbs or other products can easily negate many of its benefits.
  • The quantity and frequency of supplements required for each person will vary somewhat. This must be adjusted, at times, due to individual sensitivities, occasional allergic reactions and other possible factors. Rarely, a person’s metabolic patterns will shift within a week or less and the program may need more extensive change in these cases.
  • Never give two forms of a nutrient if it is not needed. For example, if one takes ascorbic acid, then another form of vitamin C is not needed in almost all cases.