slow oxidizer

Selenium (Se)

Selenium (Se)

Mineral Health Connection

Over 200 years ago, Jöns Jacob Berzelius discovered the element selenium, which he named after the goddess of the moon, Selene. Aside from its industrial applications, selenium is an essential trace nutrient that is found in seafood, liver, lean red meat, and grains that are grown in selenium-rich soil. A deficiency in selenium is a severe obstacle in areas of the world where the soil contains little selenium such as the case in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand (source) and some areas of China (source) among others.

Supplementing doses above the RDA (40 to 70 μg) is required to inhibit genetic damage and cancer (>100 μg). The most recent revision of of the RDA for selenium is based on the estimated average requirement (EAR) required to maximize the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity in plasma (source) and not necessarily for seleniums anticarcinogenic effects. Excessive doses of selenium may cause oxidative damage leading to genomic instability which raises the question, how much is enough? In this article, I try and find clarity regarding this question and bring transparency to selenium and its supplementation.

Americans have been advised that supplementation is not needed on the basis of the EAR and their serum concentrations being met according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) (source). However, selenium intake is on the decline in many areas of the world due to the effect of sulphur-based fertilisers on crops such as wheat (source).

Worldwide, up to one in seven people have been estimated to have low dietary selenium intake. Using moderate climate change projections, it has been predicted that future soil selenium losses from 58% (between the year 2080–2099). Predicted losses from croplands were even higher, with 66% of croplands predicted to lose 8.7% selenium. These losses could increase the worldwide prevalence of selenium deficiency (source).

Selenium has a protective effect against some forms of cancer and may enhance male fertility, decrease cardiovascular disease mortality, and regulate inflammatory mediators in asthma (source). It has also been proposed that optimal selenium levels may potentially be useful for decreasing the risk of atherosclerosis, cataracts, emphysema, inflammatory-immune disease, senile dementia, aging, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Selenium prevents cellular and subcellular lipids and fats from being peroxidized, which means it prevents body fats from going rancid (seen externally as “age spots” or “liver spots” called ceroid lipofuscin). Iron chelators such as desferrioxamine and antioxidants such as vitamin E, glutathione, and selenium may slow lipofuscin accumulation (source). An exclusive and indispensable role of selenium noted in that it is required to prevent hydroperoxide-induced ferroptosis, preventing fatal epileptic seizures and protecting the brain (source). A subclinical selenium deficiency seems to be associated with reduced immunocompetence, depression, thyroid imbalances and reproduction difficulties in both sexes.

Mechanism of action:

Selenium is essential for the amino acid Selenocysteine, the 21st essential amino acid (source). Selenium exerts various biological functions which are found in at least 25 selenoproteins. Selenoproteins are involved in diverse roles such as stabilizing the integrity of the sperm flagella and are essential for thyroid hormone metabolism aiding conversion of thyroxine (T4) to the active thyroid hormone, 3,3′5-triiodothyronine (T3). Selenium is a vital component of several significant metabolic pathways such as protection from neurodegeneration, maintaining lens cell viability, and reducing oxidative damage during aging. (source, source).

Selenium is a significant contribution to the anti-oxidant system. As a component of glutathione peroxidase, selenium acts as an antioxidant and has a sparing effect on vitamin E. Glutathione peroxidase blocks the generation of free radicals that destroy polyunsaturated fatty acids in cell membranes. Cellular and plasma glutathione peroxidase is the functional parameter used for the assessment of selenium status in the body, though hair and nails are also valuable and accurate. Selenium enhances the enzyme required for the detoxification of xenobiotic chemicals in the liver, glucuronyl transferase, and is involved in the regulation of prostaglandin synthesis and the degradation of intracellular peroxides.

Selenium is believed to encourage the immune system (source) and has been postulated to reduce the risk of cancer by a variety of mechanisms (source, source). Though the potential benefits of selenium supplementation in tumour patients are undeniable (source). By enhancing the stability of the genome inhibiting carcinogen-induced covalent DNA adduct formation, selenium may also reduce the risk of cancer, retard oxidative damage to DNA, lipids, and proteins, retarding angiogenesis, and modulating cellular events critical in cell growth inhibition. Laboratory studies, that have demonstrated oxidative stress induced by sodium selenite at high concentrations in both acute and chronic treatments of prostate cancer cells, have proposed different mechanisms were involved (source). After acute exposure to selenite, cells presented mitochondrial injury and cell death, mainly by apoptosis. While chronic exposure of selenium exerted its effects on human prostate cancer cells by altering the intracellular redox state, subsequently blocking the cell cycle.

Food sources:

The selenium content of foods is largely dependant on soil levels. It can generally be found in brewers yeast, kelp, seaweed, brazil nuts, seafood (e.g. tuna, herring), garlic, milk, eggs, and kidneys.


The RDA for selenium is 55 μg for healthy adult males and 55 to 75 μg for healthy females. The RDA for children starts at 15 μg and increases to 40 μg by the age of 9 years. The therapeutic dose range is 200 to 800 μg/day and does not lead to toxicity (source). Selenium has a narrow safety margin, with clinical toxicity reported on daily doses of 1000 to 2000 μg over a month. The dose for long-term use is believed to range between 100 to 400 μg. Extrapolation from animal experiments suggests that 400 to 700 μg/day may be needed for cancer protection. Since 400 μg daily is probably the upper limit of safety, daily doses of 100 to 200 μg may be more realistic and safe objectives for inhibiting genetic damage and carcinogenesis in humans(source, source). Such recommendations are contrary to the traditional nutritional essentiality paradigm; however, as such advice is consistent with a better health outcome, perhaps it is time that the paradigm is reviewed (source, source).   

One of the safest selenium supplements is selenium organically bound to yeast. Yeast-based selenium is approximately 40% selenomethionine, 20% other amino acid conjugates (e.g., selenocysteine, methylselenocysteine), and 40% unidentified selenopeptides (source). Doses of 500 to 1000 μg have been observed to be well tolerated. Another safe form of organic selenium is selenomethionine at doses of 200mcg (source). Selenomethionine appears more effective at increasing selenium status; while selenite and selenate are more bioavailable than selenomethionine. In one animal study, co-administration of vitamin C suppressed the chemopreventive effect of inorganic selenium (selenite), but not those of selenomethionine.

Animal studies have established that the dose and form of selenium compounds are critical factors in regard to circumscribing cellular responses, inorganic selenium at doses up to 10 μmol, and organic selenium compounds at doses equal to or greater than 10 μmol achieve distinctly different cellular responses (source). Animal studies using multiple different tumorigenesis models have mainly found that selenium has notable chemopreventive activity.

Clinical Uses:

Biochemical changes produced by selenium deficiency predisposes people who experience additional stresses to develop certain illnesses (source). Insufficient selenium intake has been estimated to affect up to 1 billion people worldwide (source). Selenium has cancer-protective effects (source, source, source, source). In a placebo-controlled human trial, supplementation of 200 μg selenium from 0.5 g brewer’s yeast has been determined to decrease the incidence of several types of cancers (source). This prospective study found that a daily supplement of 200 μg selenium over an average of 4.5 years revealed no protective effects against the primary endpoint of squamous and basal cell carcinomas of the skin. However, the selenium-treated group did have substantial reductions in the incidence of prostate cancer and total cancer incidence and mortality(source). This dose is three or four times the RDA. Nevertheless, such findings are supported by epidemiologic studies, which have shown that low selenium status is associated with an increased total cancer incidence, particularly of gastrointestinal, prostate, and lung cancers (source). Surely, epidemiologic, laboratory and serendipitous results of two randomized clinical trials suggest that men with high selenium and vitamin E intake have a lower risk of prostate cancer (source). In addition, a case-control study has also found that low plasma selenium is associated with a four-to-five-fold increased risk of prostate cancer (source).
It should be noted that the reduced levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a commonly used marker for prostate cancer, observed with selenium supplementation are expected due to the effect of selenium on cancer cells and not because of selenium interfering with the production of PSA for any reason other than a decrease in cancer cells. A useful indicator in the disease progression in individuals is the change in serum PSA levels during selenium supplementation (source).

Due to the fact that plasma selenium decreases with age, supplementation may be beneficial to older men. It appears that low selenium serum levels have a correlation with cancer of the head, neck (source) and lung (source). Low selenium serum levels have also been associated with increased risk of thyroid cancer and may play a role in carcinogenesis (source). In addition, serum concentrations of selenium are significantly decreased in patients with malignant tumours (source).

While the protective effect of selenium against cancer and the low serum level of selenium is fairly well documented, there is less clinical evidence to support the anti-inflammatory effect of selenium in arthritis. A clinical trial failed to demonstrate that selenium treatment (200 μg/day) produced any clinical benefit in the case of rheumatoid arthritis. However, when examining the quality of life, there was a significant improvement in arm movements and health feeling in selenium-treated patients (source).

The Human Immunosuppression Virus (HIV) depletes the body stores of selenium, which, in turn, cause the immune system failures manifested as Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease Syndrome (AIDS). Selenium supplementation has been shown to forestall the progression of HIV infection to developing AIDS, to reduce the symptoms of AIDS and to improve the lifespan of AIDS patients. (source, source, source)

Selenium can up-regulate genes related to phase II detoxification enzymes, certain selenium-binding proteins and select apoptotic genes, while down-regulating those related to phase I activating enzymes and cell proliferation. Independent of tissue type, selenium arrests cells in G1 phase of cell cycle, inhibits CYCLIN A, CYCLIN D1, CDC25A, CDK4, PCNA and E2F gene expressions while influencing the expressions of P19, P21, P53, GST, SOD, NQO1, GADD153 and certain CASPASES. In addition to those described above, genes such as OPN (involved in metastasis) has been reported to be down-regulated by selenium (source)

Animal studies suggest other areas for investigation. It is possible that selenium deficiency and vitamin E deficiency can activate latent viruses such as herpes (source). Animal studies have also shown that mice on either selenium or vitamin E deficient diets developed myocarditis when exposed to coxsackievirus infection; those with adequate selenium or vitamin E status did not (source). Viral-induced neuropathy was found to abate once selenium, vitamin E, carotenoid, and riboflavin blood levels were increased. It appears that a normally avirulent viral genome may become pathogenic in a nutritionally deprived host. An experimental animal study has also found that growth retardation induced by selenium deficiency is associated with impaired bone metabolism and a reduction in bone mineral density (source).

It appears that selenium is critical for healthy sperm and may improve fertility and the chance of a successful conception for both men and women. Supplementation in the case of selenium deficiencies in the procreation period of both women and men is of utmost significance to prevent gestational complications, miscarriages and the damaging of the nervous and immune systems of the fetus as well as to promote fertility (source). 56% of subfertile men with low selenium status showed a positive response to selenium supplementation, improving sperm motility and the chance of successful conception. This study highlights the inadequate provision of this essential element in the Scottish diet (source).

Hair Test Notes:

There are moderate correlations between selenium levels in whole blood, serum, toenails and hair and correlate with dietary intake assessed through dietary records and food frequency questionnaires (source, source, source, source). Thus hair mineral analysis (HMA) may be a useful tool in monitoring selenium treatment (source) or occupational exposure (source). There is a good correlation between hair and plasma selenium levels in healthy children (source)

Selenium can protect and antagonise arsenic and has the potential to mitigate arsenic toxicity (source). As well as a mutual antagonism between mercury (source), cadmium (source), silver (source), thallium and selenium (source, source). Excess storage of iron can be produced by deficiencies of selenium, copper, zinc, and is wrongly blamed for liver cirrhosis, fibrosis of the pancreas, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and diabetes. These diseases are not the direct result of iron excess, but rather a deficit or biounavailability of the elements listed above.

High Hair Selenium

High hair selenium can be due to the use of shampoos containing selenium may indicate a loss of selenium through the hair.

Low Hair Selenium

Low hair selenium may be due to dietary deficiency, which is relatively common, especially among those who eat refined foods.

Toxicity or Drug interactions:

Selenium toxicity is increased in animals with low or depleted stores of vitamin E. Chronic ingestion of more than 0.6 mg/day can cause toxicity.

Possible Symptoms of Selenium Toxicity

  • Garlic breath

  • Paresthesia

  • Rough Hair

  • Hair loss

  • Nausea

  • Gastric disturbances

  • Brittle fingernails

  • Dermatitis

  • Hepatorenal damage

  • A metallic taste

  • Nervous irritability

  • Depression

  • Unusual fatigue

  • Vomiting

  • Lameness

  • Pain

  • Sloughing of skin

  • Erosion of joints

  • Liver cirrhosis

  • Cardiac Atrophy

  • Lowered conception rates

  • Anemia

  • Birth defects

  • Muscle spasms

Clinical Caution:

  • Less than 11mcg selenium daily is considered to unquestionably put people at risk of selenium deficiency and genetic damage (source). An increased risk of cancer is suspected to be associated with selenium deficiency. Clinically, conclusions consistent with selenium deficiency include fingernail and skin changes, cardiomyopathy (source), and skeletal muscle fatigue, tenderness, and weakness.

  • Patients on monoamine inhibitors should avoid yeast-containing selenium products.

  • Although an adequate vitamin C status is necessary for normal selenium metabolism, megadoses of vitamin C may decrease absorption of selenium taken as sodium selenite (source).

  • Selenium deficiency could exacerbate iodine deficiency (source).

  • Smoking tends to lower selenium biomarker concentrations, even though smoking is a source of selenium exposure - a phenomenon that might be related to increased excretion of the metalloid due to interaction with cadmium or other heavy metals (source, source)

Selenium Deficiency Diseases:

  • HIV (AIDS) Anemia (RBC fragility)

  • Age Spots & Liver Spots–ceroid lipofucin

  • Fatigue Muscular weakness

  • Myalgia (Fibromyalgia, muscle pain and soreness)

  • Rhabdomyalisis (breakdown of skeletal muscle cell walls following exercise)

  • Scoliosis

  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD, White Muscle Disease, Stiff Lamb Disease)

  • Cystic Fibrosis Cardiomyopathy (Keshan Disease, “Mulberry heart” disease)

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) Blindness – cataracts, macular degeneration Heart palpitations Irregular heart beat

  • Liver cirrhosis

  • Pancreatitis

  • Pancreatic atrophy

  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD – “Lorenzo’s Oil” Syndrome)

  • Infertility

  • Low birth weight

  • High infant mortality

  • Miscarriages

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • Cancer

  • Clinical AIDS (HIV infection)

  • Pathogenic viruses

  • Sickle-cell anemia; thalassemia

  • Wilson’s Syndrome (hypothyroidism)

  • Hyperthyroidism

Practice Tips:

  • Animal studies have shown selenium causes birth defects when given in large doses.

  • Close monitoring of patients on selenium supplementation is necessary.

  • Vitamin E 500 IU enhances the efficacy of selenium.

  • Selenium and vitamin E have closely related mechanisms of action, and deficiency in one often overlaps with a deficiency in the other.

  • Muscular pain associated with selenium deficiency may be corrected with 200 μg daily.

  • Selenium modulates T lymphocyte-mediated immune responses and stimulates peripheral lymphocytes to respond to antigens.

  • Selenium 200 μg daily combined with beta-carotene 15 mg and vitamin E 500 IU may reduce the risk of cancer.

  • Selenium does not protect against skin cancer, whether it be basal or squamous cell cancer.

  • Those with low levels of selenium before selenium supplementation had a significantly lower incidence of lung cancer due to selenium supplementation (source, source)


Slow Oxidizer Diet

Regardless of the oxidation type, there are some concepts of nutritional balancing that will benefit everyone.

It is critical to remember that the recommended diet on a nutritional balancing program is different depending on your oxidation rate. I also provide individual diet recommendations as part of an integrated Nutritional Balancing Program, along with supplements and additional detoxification procedures.

The results of a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, uncovers the oxidation type of an individual. The oxidation type, or sometimes called the metabolic rate, is an indicator of the speed in which energy is released from the body.

Balancing the oxidation rate is one of the top priorities of a Nutritional Balancing program in order to restore health and wholeness.

The following page includes:











    • 20% FATS AND OILS






  • 6-9 CUPS COOKED VEGETABLES… To reach this goal, you will need to eat cooked vegetables at least twice daily, and perhaps three times daily. Simple combinations are best for absorption. Include healthy spices and condiments to your food such as mustard, ginger, garlic and other herbs.

  • EAT A HIGH PROTEIN FOOD AT EACH MEAL... Lean protein is recommended and which should constitute at least 40% of the total caloric value of each meal. Recommended sources are fish, fowl and lean beef. Other good sources of protein include bean and grain combinations and eggs. Increased protein intake is necessary in order to increase the metabolic rate and energy production.

  • AVOID HIGH PURINE PROTEIN... Sources of high purine protein include liver, kidney, heart, mackerel and salmon.

  • INCREASE FREQUENCY OF MEALS... While decreasing the total caloric intake for each meal. This is suggested in order to sustain the level of nutrients necessary for energy production, and decrease blood sugar fluctuations.

  • EAT A MODERATE AMOUNT OF UNREFINED CARBOHYDRATES... Carbohydrate intake should not exceed 40% of total daily caloric intake. Excellent sources of unrefined carbohydrates include whole gluten-free grain products, legumes and root vegetables.

  • AVOID ALL SUGARS AND REFINED CARBOHYDRATES... This includes white and brown sugar, honey, candy, soda pop, cake, pastries, alcohol and white bread.

  • REDUCE INTAKE OF FATS AND OILS... Fats and oil include fried foods, cream, butter, salad dressings, mayonnaise, etc... Fat intake should not exceed 20% of the total daily caloric intake.

  • AVOID HIGH VITAMIN D CONSUMPTION... unless recommended by a physician.

  • REDUCE OR AVOID MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS... Due to elevated fat content and high levels of calcium, milk and milk products including "low-fat" milk should be reduced to no more than once every three to four days.

  • REDUCE FRUIT JUICE INTAKE... until the next evaluation. This includes orange juice, apple juice, grape juice and grapefruit juice. Note: Vegetable juices are acceptable.


  • Alcohol

  • Brassica's – Mustard greens, Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli, Turnip, Collards, Bok choy

  • Seafood – Fish, Scallops, Oysters etc.

  • Fried Foods

  • Refined Oils

  • Gluten

  • Torula Yeast

  • Dulse

  • Soy Flour


    Fats and oils contribute to a reduction in the metabolic rate due to the high energy required for digestion and metabolism. It is suggested that all sources of high dietary fat and oil be reduced substantially until the next evaluation.

  • Salad Dressings

  • Cheese (most)

  • Tuna (canned in oil)

  • Butter

  • Avocado Oil

  • Coconut Oil

  • Pork

  • Peanut Butter

  • Salami

  • Walnuts

  • Avocado

  • Peanuts

  • Margarine

  • Almonds

  • Bologna

  • Hazelnuts

  • Knockwurst


  • Almonds

  • Canadian Bass

  • Beans/ Legumes –  Garbanzo, Lentils, Lima, Navy

  • Beef – Lean

  • Beef  Stew

  • Broth

  • Cheese – Mozzarella,  Cottage, Swiss, Monterrey

  • Lamb

  • Liverwurst

  • Peas

  • Seeds --  Sunflower, Pumpkin

  • Spinach

  • Roast – Chuck, Rump

  • Sausage - Lean

  • Vegetable Stew

  • Walnuts


The following foods high in Vitamin B-1 may be increased in the diet until the next evaluation. Vitamin B-1 has been associated with increasing the effectiveness of thyroid hormone (thyroxine) upon metabolism.

  • Pinto Beans

  • Brown Rice

  • Navy Beans

  • Peas


The following foods are a rich source of the essential amino acid methionine, which supplies sulfur to the cells for the activation of enzymes, and energy metabolism. Sulfur is also involved in detoxification processes. Toxic substances are combined with sulfur, converted to a nontoxic form and then excreted. The following foods may be consumed liberally during the course of therapy:

  • Asparagus

  • Brazil Nut

  • Short Ribs

  • Lamb

  • Turkey Sirloin

  • Pumpkin Seeds

  • Round Steak

  • Eggs

Eating right for your Metabolic Type

Slow oxidizers require plenty of fresh cooked vegetables, two-three times daily. Its also important for them to include high quality animal protein at least once daily. They may have some complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, quinoa, but not wheat, barley, spelt, oats or rye. 

Eat at least three meals daily and do not skip meals.

It is very important for Slow oxidizers to have the majority of their plate filled with cooked vegetables, at least 70%. The rest of the diet for a slow oxidizer consists of smaller amounts of high-quality fats and oils, proteins, and some whole grains if they are well-tolerated.

This diet will seem very strict to some people. Generally, the closer one follows the diet, the better one feels.

If one is not already eating a healthy nourishing diet and consuming plenty of vegetables is difficult, shift slowly if you need to, substituting healthier foods for the less healthy ones, multiplying your results with the power of adding. 

Foods to avoid include all processed sugars, honey, most fruit, fruit juices, fruit smoothies, raw meat, overcooked meat and eggs, and refined starches.

For best results, if you have a slow oxidation rate as indicated by a HTMA, eat as follows:


Organically grown, high quality food is the basis for all diet suggestions. If one cannot afford Organic, please try to at least purchase the "dirty dozen" organically as much as possible, the "clean-fifteen" can be purchased conventionally.

70% of your total daily quantity of food eaten should be cooked vegetables. Slow Oxidizers will need to eat these at least twice and preferably three or four times daily. Eat them in simple combinations for best absorption.

  1. 40% protein, mainly of animal origin.

  2. 30% complex carbohydrates. These include brown rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth and others. However, avoid all wheat products and ideally avoid all gluten.

  3. 20% high-quality fats and oils. If possible, they should contain omega-3 fatty acids found in such foods as sardines, raw dairy products and grass-fed meats.

  4. Add healthy spices and condiments to your food such as mustard, tarragon, ginger, garlic and other nutritious herbs. Avoid rancid and old herbs that have been in the pantry for ages as these diminish in both flavour and healing compounds.

  5. Minimal simple carbohydrates. These are fruits, fruit juices, honey, maple sugar, agave nectar, other sugars, and all other sweets.

  6. Minimal chemical-laden and fast, heavily processed foods.


Natural, hormone-free meats are best. Have 4-5 ounces of protein twice daily, and less for children depending on their size. The best protein foods are:

Red meats: Lamb and wild game of all kinds are best. Wild game and lamb contain some omega-3 oils, as well. Lamb from the supermarket is usually fine. Once a week you may have a meal with naturally-raised beef. Almost all beef is quite hybridized today. For this reason, it is not quite as good a food

Poultry: Naturally-raised chicken, turkey and some duck if available. Natural chicken and turkey sausage are also okay, but not as good as fresh meat.

Eggs: Eat healthy pasture eggs preferably from a farm, up to about 12 per week or perhaps a few more in some cases. Always cook eggs lightly so the yolks are runny. Soft boiled or poached are best, always with the yolk runny.

Raw Dairy: An excellent food for most people is some raw goat milk, raw goat cheese, or raw goat yogurt. Cow’s dairy is not quite as good, although raw cream and butter are excellent. You may also have some raw kefir and full-fat raw yogurt. If you cannot find raw dairy, which is sometimes called "bath milk", organic dairy products are the next best.

Fish and seafood: Sardines are an excellent food. They are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, selenium, RNA and DNA, in addition, their skin, bone and organ meat are helpful for most people. Also, they are generally small and mercury does not usually accumulate in them to any great extent. All other fish, sadly, along with seafood, are not recommended, as they are all contaminated with mercury today. If one eats 3 cans of sardines weekly, no additional supplemental omega-3 fatty acids or vitamin D should be needed.

Dried beans: Once per day you may have dried beans that have been soaked and wellcooked.

Up to 1 cup. Lentils and black beans are among the best. Others include pintos, split peas, black-eyed peas, kidney beans and others

Protein sources that are best to be avoided:

  1. Protein powders and drinks. If you must have some, use protein powder, use pure whey concentrate or colostrum. Whole protein foods listed above are preferable to powders and liquids that generally consist of horrible food combinations, toxic substances, generally contain much less nutrition than the whole food, and are eaten in a hurry, rather than cooked, eaten warmed, and chewed thoroughly for proper absorption.

  2. Peanuts. May contain aflatoxin, and often oxidised oils and for these reasons are not recommended.

  3. All medium-sized and especially all large fish. Fish such as tuna, shark, ahi, mahi mahi, halibut, game fish and even salmon, except on occasion, are too high in mercury to be eaten.

  4. All shellfish. These are too high in toxic metals in almost all areas of the world as they are caught close to shore.

  5. All pork, ham, bacon, pork rinds, pig intestine used in sausage, and other pig products. These often contain parasite eggs, no matter how well cooked they are.

  6. Most processed meats. These include most hot dogs, bologna, salami and sausages. Most contain toxic chemical additives and are often not fresh enough. 100% natural processed meats with no additives are okay, though not ideal, but only if made without any pig products. Note that pig intestines are usually used to make all types of sausages and some hot dogs. Also, so called "cultured celery extract" should be avoided.

  7. Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are not highly recommended foods because they are quite yin and slightly toxic

30% complex carbohydrates.

These include organic blue corn or organic yellow corn tortillas or tortilla chips, brown rice or even a little white Basmati rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and amaranth. Most people should avoid all gluten-containing grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and oats as gluten is a general irritant to the body. Pasta or noodles can be eaten that are made from beans, rice, corn or quinoa.

Avoid all wheat products, including organic whole wheat, flour products and all prepared foods made with wheat.

Wheat is too hybridized today and not a quality food like it once was. It is irritating to the intestines (contact dermatitis), high in phytic acid (blocks calcium absorption), has a lower protein content and a high content of glutamic acid, which is irritating to many people.

20% Fats And Oils

Eat about 1-2 tablespoons of quality fat daily. Those with sympathetic dominance pattern need a little more. Excellent sources are meats such as dark meat chicken, dark meat turkey, lamb, wild game, eggs, butter, olive oil, some beef, perhaps, and raw or organic dairy products such as whole milk or full-fat yogurt or full-fat cheeses.

Less recommended sources of fats and oils are the oils of olive, coconut, flax seed, hemp, sesame and other seeds, nuts and nut butters.

Minimal refined vegetable oil is okay, but not ideal. These are oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, canola and soy. At this time, i have not found a blue corn chip which is not made with one of these oils. (update 2018/2/2: There is one company in australia, named Dona Cholita.) 

Eat sparingly of most tropical fats include coconut oil, palm oil and avocado oil. These are fine in small amounts only and are much more preferred than other oils. However, at this time many oils are rancid and form heterocyclamines and acrylamides when cooked and are carcinogenic. 

Other oily foods that can be eaten on occasion are raw or toasted almond or other nut butters.

Avoid poor quality oils such as those found in fast-food French fries, restaurant deep-fried foods, margarine, shortening, bacon, lard and other butter substitutes. Also avoid processed and canned meats that often contain oxidized fats. An example of this would be sardines in olive oil, it is preferable for sardines to be stored in water.

If you are very concerned with high cholesterol:

Cholesterol will normalize on a nutritional balancing program in almost all cases without the need for dietary restriction.

little to no simple carbohydrates.

These include fruits, fruit juices, sugars, honey, maple sugar and other sweets. Fruit, unfortunately, causes many problems today. Reasons for this are:

  1. high in sugar so it upsets the blood sugar.

  2. contains fruit acids that upset the digestion.

  3. favors the growth of candida albicans and other yeasts and fungi in the body,

  4. often sprayed with pesticides even if labeled organic.

  5. often low in nutrients today due to hybridization.

Most of our clients feel much better avoiding all fruit. It is okay to eat a few berries occasionally, but fruit is not really permitted with the nutritional balancing program.

Avoid all foods if the first four ingredients are either sugar, honey, dextrose, glucose, fructose, corn syrup, rice bran syrup, chocolate, fruit juice sweetened, or malt sweetener.

Also avoid candy, cookies, cakes, pastries, ice cream, soda pop and other sweet prepared foods. These cause wide fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin levels, and contain toxins which are not supportive to the nourishment and development.

Artificial sweeteners

Try to avoid artificial sweeteners such as Nutrasweet, aspartame, Equal, Splenda, saccharin or other artificial or non-caloric sweeteners. If you must use a sweetener, use a very small amount of xylitol, mannitol, monkfruit or stevia.

Weaning off sweets may take some time but is well worth the effort.

0% commercialized chemical-laced “junk” foods and “fast” foods

 These are of much poor in nutritional quality, in general, and are often irritating or toxic for the body. These "food-stuffs" make up the bulk of most restaurant food, and occupy the middle isles of the supermarkets. They cost more for what you get, and will ruin your health.

Eating Out

Eating in restaurants is not recommended unless you have absolutely no other choices. Problems with eating out are:

  1. limited food choices,

  2. cleanliness and safety problems,

  3. low food quality,

  4. light pollution,

  5. hidden chemical additives, and

  6. noisy environments that are not ideal for digestion. The best restaurants are those that offer plenty of cooked vegetables such as Chinese, Vietnamese, East Indian, and Thai restaurants. Although some are not very clean, but many are acceptable..

Less recommended are Mexican restaurants, as they usually serve too many carbohydrates and not nearly enough cooked vegetables. If one orders extra vegetables these restaurants are acceptable.

Italian often offers too much wheat and salads, and not enough cooked vegetables, but sometimes higher-end Italian restaurants offer meat and vegetable dishes.

Even worse are most fast-food and chain restaurants. These restaurants often cut corners, and serve up too many chemicals and junk foods.

When eating out, always ask for what you want

Ask for double or triple orders of cooked vegetables. If bread is served, ask that it be taken away, or replaced with a more nourishing option. 


More Information

For more information regarding the oxidation rate or the nutritional balancing diet, please visit Dr Wilson's website at

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