Children's Growth and Development

We receive many hair mineral analyses of children who are not growing normally. Many have stunted growth, while some grow very tall and thin, and develop problems as a result. Children with delayed growth may be diagnosed as persistent delayed development (PDD) or other nomenclature. Those who grow very quickly and develop ligament problems may be labeled as Osgood-Shlatter disease or other syndromes.

Both these unusual conditions are increasing among children. Hair mineral analysis and nutritional balancing programs can help us understand the underlying causes and at times the symptoms as well.

Stunted Growth And Nutrition

In general, children today get a terrible start in life because so often their mothers are nutritionally deficient and this is passed on directly to their children. Toxic metals and nutrient deficiencies are passed on through the placenta to the babies.

Once in the world, children are subjected to some 20 or more vaccines, some of which are preserved with aluminum and mercury. Many are also given medical drugs at a tender age that may add to their toxic load.

In addition, children live often on sugar and denatured food, along with hundreds of chemical additives that have no nutritional value and some of which are known to stunt growth, mimic estrogens and other abominations. This is the start in life that many children receive today in America and elsewhere. Is it any wonder they develop all manner of nutritional and biochemical imbalances that we often see reflected on their nutritional analyses.

As a result of their poor start, many children become addicted to sugar and stimulants. We do not use the word addiction lightly. It is as sure an addiction as cocaine, though it may be disguised as caffeine drinks, "smoothies" or other fashionable habits. The stimulants further deplete the children's nutrient levels, as they force the body to respond to the drug or stimulant. It is no wonder some do not reach normal height, and a wonder more are not so afflicted.

The fact is that many children today have lost the ability to digest real food. They must have sugars, which are predigested, in order to function. Even worse, some require stimulants such as caffeine and MSG just to get through the day.

Another concern is the extensive use of drugs for some five million American children and more around the world, for behavioral control. That is all it does, and the reasons for this have been outlined above. However, instead of correcting biochemistry, drugs are often used as a quick fix. The drugs further imbalance the chemistry and deplete more nutrients.

It is important to outline the overall situation, because without this background one cannot understand the proper use of a hair mineral analysis to assist these children. The point is that diet and lifestyle are so deficient that no amount of therapy is going to correct the problems if these are not addressed with parents and the children themselves.

Hair Analysis And Growth Disorders

Young children's hair reports, in general, indicate fast oxidation with elevated toxic metals. They also usually reveal low levels of essential trace minerals such as zinc, chromium and selenium.

Proper growth requires zinc, in particular. Indicators of a critical zinc deficiency on a properly performed hair analysis can be subtle. They include:

  • Zinc level less than 10 mg%.
  • Copper level of greater than 1.6 mg% with a low zinc.
  • Cadmium level elevated above 0.02 mg%.
  • Phosphorus level of 14 mg% or less.
  • Sodium/potassium ratio greater than 10:1.

These are just some of the zinc deficiency indicators. Zinc is commonly deficient in our population due to eating refined foods and due to zinc-deficient soil. While low body levels are usual, it is only a critical situation when quite deficient, or when toxic metals such as cadmium interfere with zinc utilization.

Other Common Imbalances

Another common imbalance that may be associated with problems of growth is mercury elevated above about 0.1 mg% or 1 ppm in the hair. Mercury is a toxic metal that can affect many body systems during growth and development.

Others are a low sodium/potassium ratio, below 1:1 or so, when it occurs at a critical time of life such as the growing years. It is associated with imbalances in the adrenal glands that affect cortisol and cortisone production. Cortisone in particular, can reduce growth when it is produced in excess. This gives rise to the so-called adrenal body type, which a person who is short in stature and of a stocky build.

Another pattern associated with growth disturbance is the opposite type, in which the adrenals are very weak. This is usually indicated by a very low level of sodium and potassium, providing of course that the hair is not washed at the laboratory, as is the case at ARL.

These individuals often grow taller, sometimes very tall, because of a relatively low level of cortical adrenal hormones during either gestation or childhood. This can produce very tall, slender individuals, the exact opposite of the previous adrenal type. These are sometimes called thyroid types, as they thyroid gland is forced to compensate for the weakened and deficient adrenal hormones. This body type, when mild, produces the common 'model' body type, which is a low adrenal picture that is so common. It is not a normal body, however, as pictures of models of 50 years ago will easily show.

These illustrations can show that hair analysis can help us identify the glandular patterns that give rise to aberrations in growth and development that give us the familiar and the pathological statures of human beings. They are a fascinating study all in their own right.


Young children often respond well to our nutritional programs in which few supplements are needed. This is especially true if a natural diet can be fed to the children. This means no fruit juices, no dried fruit and very little sugars in any form. All these so-called foods are unnatural in that they stress the blood sugar system, and this stresses the adrenal glands tremendously as a compensating factor. If this can be done, many growth difficulties can be turned around.

As the children grow older, it becomes more difficult to change their growth patterns for several reasons. The bones have become more set in their shapes, and the older children's diets are often hard to control. This makes changing a teenager a formidable task unless the child is very cooperative and able to resist the influences of friends, teachers and others in society.

Doctors and practitioners of nutritional balancing should be well aware that, even at a tender age such as two or three, most children's diet are deficient. This mitigates against change and correction in a large way and must be addressed by the practitioner who want to obtain good results. Children's hair mineral analyses are often quite unbalanced by this age, in part due to the mothers' and fathers' imbalances the child was born with.

If we want children to grow up healthy and of normal height, it is imperative to start with the parents to rebuild their bodies in order to produce healthy young. Then, from birth, the children need guidance, protection and training in how to eat to live, rather than live to eat.

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