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The information on this site is intended for educational purposes only. Any recommendations are intended for individuals engaged in a Nutritional Balancing Program who are being overseen by Nikki Moses.

NOTE: Nutritional Balancing Science and Hair Mineral Analysis do not diagnose, treat or cure any diseases, and are not substitutes for standard medical care. Nikki Moses is not a medical doctor. She operates as an unlicensed nutritional consultant only. None of the statements on this site have been evaluated by the FDA. Nothing on this site is intended to discourage anyone from seeking or following the advice of a medical doctor.

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Hair Samples for Analysis
Nutritional Balancing Program
Hair Mineral Analysis and Understanding Hair Analysis Graphs
Healing Reactions – Go to the Healing Reactions page.
Vitamins and Supplements
Foods and Diet
Beverages and Drinking Water – Go to the Water page.
Sugar and Sweeteners
Saunas – Got to the Near-Infrared Saunas page.
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Coffee Enemas – Go to the Coffee Enemas page.
Lifestyle and Miscellaneous

Hair Samples For Analysis

Be sure to see our section on How To Cut A Hair Sample For Analysis for full instructions, pictures and video tutorials.

Q: Can I cut my own sample?
Yes. You can either cut your own hair sample, have a friend or hairdresser cut it, or if you are in the Los Angeles area, you can come to our office and we can cut the sample for you. If you are cutting your own sample, it may be easiest to take it from the sides so that you can see where you are cutting in a mirror. Whether you cut your own sample or have a friend do it, be sure to follow the Hair Sampling Instructions carefully. To set up an appointment for us to cut your hair sample for no additional fee, or if you are having trouble and need help cutting it yourself, call (818) 745-9558.

Q: Does the hair have to be from your head? Can it be body hair?
Hair from the head is much preferred because it provides the most accurate readings. In situations where there is insufficient hair on the head, beard, chest or arm hair may be used as a last resort. Pubic hair is not accurate. If you need help with this aspect, please contact our office.

Q: Can I use hair from anywhere on my head?
Yes, as long as it is the hair closest to the scalp. When cutting a hair sample for a repeat hair mineral analysis, we recommend you try to take hair from the same general location as the initial analysis, as this gives more reliable comparisons.

Q: How long do the sample hairs have to be? And how much do I need?
The hair sample should not be longer than 1.5 inches and can be as short as 1/8th inch if the person has buzzed hair, for example. The longer the sample length, the further back in time we are analyzing. Ideally, we want the more recent information. For a first hair analysis, 1 to 1 1/2 inches is fine (we find a ruler is helpful — many people accidentally send us hair samples 3 inches or even longer). For a repeat hair mineral analysis, you may want to use only an inch or less of hair that is closest to the scalp so that we have the most recent information and can see the more recent changes. You will have enough hair when the 1.5-inch (or shorter) cut samples will fill an ordinary tablespoon. If you have a hair sampling scale, you will have enough hair when the scale tips. If you would like us to send you a sampling kit including a scale and envelope, call (818) 745-9558 or email us. Remember that we want the sample from the hair closest to the scalp. If for some reason, you feel you cannot get enough hair, we may still be able to have the analysis performed, so please contact us for further arrangements.

Q: How do I know I have enough hair for the sample?
You will have enough hair when the 1.5-inch (or shorter) hair samples will fill an ordinary tablespoon or tip the hair sampling scale. Be sure to use the hair that was right against the scalp. If you would like us to send you a sampling kit including a scale and envelope, call (818) 745-9558 or email us.

Q: Is there anything I should do to prepare before cutting my hair sample?
YES, THERE IS! Make sure your hair has been washed, preferably with a mild soap or with shampoo, at least 4 hours (but no longer than 24 hours) before cutting the sample. So you would wash your hair and wait 4 to 24 hours to sample it. Avoid using conditioners or rinses for best results. Do not place other products on your hair such as hair cream, hair spray, gel or others until after you have cut the hair sample. Avoid any activity which will cause you to sweat excessively before cutting your sample. Hair needs to be dry when sampling, so avoid putting wet hair in hats, pony tails or any other style that will prevent the hair from drying by the time the sample is taken.

IF YOU HAVE A WATER SOFTENER: It is very important that you wash your hair twice with spring water or regular, unsoftened tap water before cutting your sample. This does not have to be twice in the same day, but needs to be two times in a row. Do not allow the softened water to get on your hair between, during or after the two washings. Once you have cut the sample, you may return to using your regular softened water. We have you do this because softened water contains sodium and sometimes potassium which will alter the analysis readings of those minerals.

Q: What is a water softener? How do I know if I have one?
Water softeners are devices used to remove “hard” minerals (usually calcium and magnesium) from the tap water. They can be hooked up to the whole house or building or just select rooms or even individual faucets, like in a bathroom. (There are filters that work to simply remove chlorine from the water; these are not water softeners.) Some water softeners work by adding an electrical charge to the water, which has no effect on the hair test. Others work by adding either sodium or potassium to the water, which then raises these levels in the hair and alters the hair test readings. If you have to periodically add sodium or some other compound to a device on your water supply, then you likely have one of these softeners and need to follow the water-softener instructions for preparing your hair for sampling. You may live in a building where this is handled for you, so you may not know if you have a water-softener. One way you can tell if the water you are using has been softened is that it will have an almost slimy feel on your skin. Additionally, softened-water doesn’t leave water stains or mineral deposits on dishes and surfaces. One more clue is that soft-water allows soap to foam up very easily. Usually one would know if they have a water softener, but if you aren’t sure, and you want to play it safe, just follow the water-softener directions on the hair sampling instructions.

Q: I use hair dye products on my hair. Will this affect the analysis results?
Most hair tints, dyes, rinses and highlights are chemical-based. The hair analysis deals with mineral content, so hair dyes usually don’t affect it. Bleaching the hair can affect it a little, so it’s best to wait until you have washed your hair 5 times after bleaching the hair before taking the sample. It is also best to have washed the hair a few times after dying it before sampling. But overall, it doesn’t make much of a difference. Ideally, for repeat hair mineral analyses, it is nice if you can cut the sample just prior to bleaching or dying. Grecian formula does contain lead which will appear on the hair analysis. Grecian formula is best avoided in general due to this toxicity.

Q: What do I do after I cut my hair sample?
Place the cut hair in a clean, paper envelope or use the one provided with the scale. Write your name, age and sex on the envelope. If you would like us to send you a sampling kit including a scale and envelope, call (818) 745-9558 or email us. Ideally, before cutting your hair sample, you would have already filled out and submitted online one of the following forms: the New Client Form – for Adults over 18 Years, the New Client Form – for Children and Adolescents under 18 Years, or the Repeat Hair Mineral Analysis Form. If you have not already submitted one of those forms, do so as soon as possible. You will also need to fill out and sign the Hair Sample Submission Form. Then mail your Hair Sample Submission Form, hair sample and payment to 815 W. Kenneth Rd., Glendale, CA 91202, USA. To pay by credit card, fill out credit card payment section of the Hair Sample Submission Form. If paying by check or money order, make the payment to Moses Nutrition. You can also call or email us to arrange to pay through PayPal. (See Pricing.)

Q: How long after I cut my hair will the sample last?
A hair sample will last months after it is cut as long as it is stored in a clean paper envelope. So you may cut a sample and then send it to us a month or two later. Ideally, you want to use a sample that has been cut more recently so that the information is more current, but an older hair sample may be used if needed. Some people will have to grow and cut their hair multiple times to get enough hair for the test (such as babies with sparse hair, or those who keep their hair buzzed very short). In such cases, the hair can be collected over multiple trimmings and saved in a paper envelope to be sent in when there is enough.

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Nutritional Balancing Program

  Hear Nikki Moses explain Nutritional Balancing in a Blog Radio Interview.

Q: What is Nutritional Balancing?
Nutritional Balancing Science is a comprehensive system of body chemistry analysis that utilizes a unique way of combining nutrients to correct imbalances and deficiencies in the complex mineral makeup of the human body. Each person is different, and this system allows us to design individualized programs to enhance the body chemistry as a whole in order to restore the body’s own healing mechanisms. This is an entirely nutrition-based program (non-medical), based on a properly performed and interpreted hair mineral analysis. This form of hair analysis is unique to Nutritional Balancing, and is not the same as other forms of hair analysis. Once an analysis is properly done, we know what exact nutrients to give the body to support the strengthening of weakened functions, the rebuilding of tissues and the raising of energy which allows the body to heal itself, detoxify heavy metals, infections, chemicals, and other functional inhibitors. It was initially developed by Dr. Paul Eck, D.N. and further developed by Dr. Lawrence Wilson, M.D. who now oversees the training of Nutritional Balancing specialists around the world. Nutritional Balancing Science is the result of over 40 years of research correlating Hair Mineral Analysis results to conditions in the body and their relation to minerals, vitamins, diet, etc. This research resulted in astounding advancements in decoding the complex ways in which minerals interrelate (whereby a change in one mineral level in the body necessarily creates changes in numerous other mineral levels).

Q: What will my custom Nutritional Balancing Program include?
Ms. Moses will provide a detailed, personalized consultation for you explaining your program recommendations and how to understand your results. This can be done in person, or by phone or SKYPE. You will also receive a packet of written materials that provide additional information relating to the hair mineral analysis and a detailed description of your healing program. You will receive:

1) A full educative explanation of your analysis results.

2) Suggestions for an individualized diet with comments on your current food and water intake and the changes that we recommend.

3) Specific nutritional supplementation and product suggestions designed around your specific body chemistry. We will also go over any supplements you are currently taking as listed on the information forms you fill out. Please note that we do not recommend stopping any medication without first consulting the prescribing physician. This would be irresponsible, especially since stopping medication can be dangerous if not supervised.

4) Lifestyle modifications, including how much rest and sleep to obtain, exercise, sunshine, relaxation and more depending on your situation.

5) A cleansing and detoxification program that may include sauna therapy, colon cleansing and other methods of reducing the toxic load of the body.

6) Recommendations for any additional health protocols such as chiropractic care. It may also include recommendations for obtaining other types of medical care through your doctor if we feel these would be helpful.

7) An Additional Interpretation Report that contains a lot of additional interpretive data. It includes an extra 15 or more pages of interpretation data about your report, including disease trends, an explanation of the stress theory of disease and much more.

Q: How do I get my hair analysis results and Nutritional Balancing Program recommendations?
We will send you your written program information by e-mail. You will then have a detailed, personalized consultation explaining your test results and program recommendations. This can be done in person, or by phone or SKYPE.

Q: How long will it take for me to get my hair analysis results and Nutritional Balancing Program recommendations?
The whole process takes about four weeks from when you send in your hair to when you receive your program information (plus postage time if mailing internationally).

Q: Vitamins and supplements tend to upset my stomach. What should I do?
We find that many people who have had trouble taking supplements prior to starting with us tolerate our supplements much better. This is due in part to the quality of our products, but even more so, to the fact that we are providing nutrients designed for your specific body chemistry in the correct combinations for you. If you have a history of trouble taking supplements, we do recommend that you start our supplements slowly by taking reduced doses at first to see if you tolerate them well. You may even have to take only part of a tablet or capsule at first (for example, one- quarter or one-half of the tablet). And be sure to take all supplements with food. Ideally, you can work them in so that you are taking a couple bites of food, then one of your supplements. Then a couple more bites of food, then another one of your supplements. Also, some hard pills can be easier on the stomach if you crush them first, using a pill crusher, a mortar and pestle, or any other method you can. Zinc is one of the most common nutrients that causes an upset stomach and must be taken with sufficient food. If even small doses of the supplements cause an upset stomach, try taking only one of the supplements at a time to see which one is causing the problem (for example, just take the calcium/magnesium product that day and try another one the next) and then let Ms. Moses know what you discover. It is important you do not make permanent changes to your supplements without first discussing it with Ms. Moses. She has a lot of experience dealing with supplement sensitivities and will advise you on how best to proceed. We want to make sure your program stays balanced, so she will make adjustments accordingly to support your progress on the program. You will probably find that, in time, you will become more able to take supplements as your body heals. The more closely you can follow the program, the faster your progress will be.

Q: Can the Nutritional Balancing Program help me lose weight?
Yes, weight-loss in those who are over-weight is a common benefit of this program. However, it is important to know that this program is not designed specifically as a weight-loss program; it is designed to support the optimization of metabolism and body chemistry. As such, most people who follow the dietary and nutrient suggestions of this program find their weight optimizing. Most people who are over-weight are able to lose weight easily as they progress. In some cases, it takes a little time to start losing weight, and you can feel free to contact Ms. Moses for further assistance if you want to lose weight faster. In a few instances, some people will gain up to a few pounds in the beginning of the program, but this is usually water weight and is lost again once the person is properly hydrated.

Q: I started this program and am now experiencing symptoms I can’t explain. What’s happening?
These are most likely what we call “Healing Reactions.” Don’t worry! Healing reactions are good and are expected to occur on this program. You can find out about common healing reactions, how to handle them and a lot more information on our Healing Reactions page, and feel free to contact us for assistance.

Q: How long will it take until I start feeling better?
This depends entirely on the individual’s level of deficiencies, toxicity and his or her inherent strength, as well as other factors such as toxicity in the environment, lifestyle, stress levels, how well he or she does the program, and a few others. Some people experience symptom relief in the first week; others take months before their symptoms start to subside.

Q: I’ve been on the program for a while, and I feel much better! But why are my repeat analyses showing little change?
There are many reasons for this but the three most common are (in no particular order):

1) A Hair Mineral Analysis (hair analysis) measures the amount of certain minerals and toxic minerals (heavy metals) being expelled by the body through the hair. There are many factors that are toxic to the body which don’t show up on the hair analysis, including toxic chemicals, radiation and drugs (which store in fat cells), parasites and other infections. When we give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to heal itself (according the the hair analysis), in the proper balance, your immune system and energy levels are strengthened. The body will correct what it views as the priority at that moment. If you have any of those other factors (chemicals, radiation, infections, etc.) and your body views it as a major cause of ill-health in your body, it may choose to detoxify that factor before tackling other problems that would appear on the hair analysis. So your body may be getting rid of a HUGE immune system suppressor, for example, something that is directly or indirectly effecting many of your symptoms, but it may not show up on the hair analysis right away.

2) The second most common reason is that you may have certain toxic minerals (heavy metals) that tell your body to push out certain minerals through your hair, even when your body is actually deficient in that mineral! When you start to detoxify those heavy metals, your body can start to actually use those deficient minerals that it was previously pushing out through the hair. This means that the next hair analysis may register LESS of those minerals, even though you’ve been heavily supplementing those minerals. Even though the hair analysis shows a lower level of those minerals, it doesn’t mean that you actually have less in your body; it just means that your body is now using those minerals instead of pushing it out through your hair.

3) The third most common reason is that you have either done a new analysis too early to see a recent change in your body, or that you have done it too late. Hair grows about half an inch per month. For example, if you had heavy metals dump two months before you cut your sample, and you provide a hair sample that is the half-inch closest to your scalp, you won’t see the toxic metals that dumped two months ago in the hair analysis. Conversely, if you finally started replenishing a deficient mineral two weeks ago, there might not be enough evidence of it in your most recent hair analysis. In either situation, an experienced practitioner will be able to put you on the right supplements to continue your healing journey.

The complexity of reading these patterns is why it’s important to have someone like Ms. Moses who has the training and experience to interpret levels, patterns, trends and symptoms so that you can really know what’s going on in your body. It takes years of working with repeat hair mineral analyses to fully understand these changes.

Q: Why do I have to do repeat hair analyses after my initial Hair Mineral Analysis? And how often do I have to do them?
There are various reasons why it is critical to consistently screen the mineral content and balance of hair every 3-6 months. The most important reason is to make sure that the supplements and diet you are on are still correct for you and are still moving you in the right direction. A proper Nutritional Balancing Program will change your body chemistry and will uncover deeper layers of toxicity and imbalances. This deeper layer often requires different supplementation than what you have been taking. The only way to know if a deeper layer has been exposed and what supplement changes, if any, are required is to do a new hair analysis. After one continues on the program for a while, repeat analyses are required less and less frequently because the mineral levels start to stabilize.

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Hair Mineral Analysis (Hair Analysis) and Understanding Hair Analysis Graphs

Q: How is Hair Mineral Analysis different than other laboratory testing procedures?
First, hair mineral analysis is not being used here as a medical test. Typical tests such as blood and urine are excellent for many purposes, such as to determine the presence or absence of cells, but do not provide the same information given by hair analysis for the following reasons: a) Mineral levels in the hair are about ten times that of blood, making them easy to detect and measure accurately, b) Mineral levels are kept relatively constant in the blood even when pathology is present (often at the expense of other tissues) and therefore the blood does not always accurately reflect existing mineral deficiencies and excesses, c) Toxic metals are not found in high concentrations in the blood except right after an acute exposure. However, some of them tend to accumulate in the soft tissues (such as hair), where they are far easier to detect and measure accurately, and d) Blood tests can vary significantly from hour to hour depending upon one’s diet, activity level, the time of day and many other factors. Additionally, hair makes an excellent analysis material because: 1) sampling is simple and non-invasive, 2) since hair is a stable material that requires no special handling, samples may be sent via standard mail, therefore allowing hair analysis to be performed entirely from the comfort of one’s own home, and 3) it’s cost-effective!

Q: How long will it take for me to get my analysis results and recommendations?
The whole process takes about four weeks from when you send in your sample to when you receive your program information (plus postage time if mailing internationally).

Q: What can Hair Mineral Analysis detect? Can it tell if I have a disease, like diabetes?
Hair mineral analyses are not medical tests. They are screening tests only and do not diagnose disease. However, a properly performed and interpreted hair analysis can reveal various mineral imbalances that indicate a tendency for various conditions. All of the mineral levels as a whole give a trained and experienced practitioner an idea of the condition of the various organs and the body as a whole. Further, the analysis provides the practitioner a picture of the state of body chemistry, stage of stress, various toxic metals, nutrient deficiencies, etc..

Q: What minerals are detected in the Hair Mineral Analysis?
The hair analysis graph shows the following nutrient minerals: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium, and phosphorus. These minerals are necessary for proper functions of the organs and tissues of the body, but can also metastasize (store in organs where they’re not supposed to be) and prevent proper function in an unhealthy body. The hair analysis also shows toxic minerals like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and aluminum, as well as other minerals like nickel, cobalt, molybdenum, lithium and boron.

Q: What is meant by “hidden” toxic metals?
“Hidden” means that the toxic metals don’t show up in the hair even though they are in other parts of the body. These toxins build up in the fat cells, liver, kidneys and other areas of the body. In many people, their bodies are too tired and malnourished to get rid of these toxins, so they stay “hidden” in these tissues. When the body gets stronger, it will start pushing them out and removing them. When it does this, some of them will be put into the hair and we will see them on future hair tests. You may ask, “How do you know one has toxic metals?” This knowledge comes from years of experience with these hair tests. Also, everyone gets exposed to various toxic metals. If the body has enough energy to get rid of it on a continual basis, the level is higher on the hair test. A very low level means that one can’t get rid of it, and it is accumulating inside one’s body. Read more about this here: What are Hidden Toxic Metals?

Q: Can I get a copy of my original analysis graph?
Yes. You will automatically receive your original graph in the mail along with the Interpretive Report printed by the lab.

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Vitamins and Supplements

Q: Do I have to take supplements on this program?
Anyone can follow the basic diet and detoxification protocols to their benefit. In fact, these alone can be very powerful in helping the body to heal. But as a general rule, some supplements are required to achieve the best results. Most people today have severe nutrient deficiencies that cannot be addressed with diet alone (this is amplified by the fact that our food is very nutrient-deficient today). Also, the supplements we use are very specific in doses and combinations of nutrients which is difficult to achieve using food. Nikki has a great deal of experience working with individuals who are sensitive to supplements, so if you have had or are having problems with supplements, be sure to mention it so that she can work with you on your supplement program.

Q: How can I tell which is the best multivitamin for me?
The problem with most multivitamins is that they do not take into account individual body chemistry. They assume that everyone needs the same nutrients. This is very far from true. The human body is a very complicated biological machine, and everyone is unique. Some nutrients are exactly what one person needs, but will make another person worse. Therefore, a multivitamin that is good for one person may be harmful to another. This is why we perform a hair mineral analysis to determine your individual nutritional needs to design a program specifically for you, which includes several individual vitamin and mineral supplements in the proper proportions for your body chemistry. There are three different multivitamins we may use depending on the person’s metabolism, and in some cases, the person’s body chemistry is such that we do not recommend a multivitamin at that time (such as in a Four Lows Pattern). Also, in addition to the multivitamin, to balance body chemistry we combine various other specific nutrients based on individual needs to supply larger doses of specific minerals and vitamins than are provided in the multiple. So it is nearly impossible to randomly find a multivitamin that covers all of your individual needs. Most multivitamins not only have incorrect ingredients for the person but have improper proportions of minerals and vitamins, which can make imbalances in one’s body even worse. And to complicate the situation further, some vitamins can make you feel better for a brief time while actually further damaging your body! This can sometimes be the case with stimulating nutrients, such as B Vitamins, iron, copper and others. If taken when not needed at that time, such stimulants cause the adrenal and/or thyroid glands to work harder, giving one a temporary boost of energy. The problem is that the adrenal and thyroid glands of the vast majority of people are already fatigued and over-worked. Without a proper balance of nutrients, such a stimulating effect can further weaken these glands resulting in more fatigue and a worsening of symptoms later on. All of these factors combined are why we prefer not to recommend a multivitamin until we perform a hair mineral analysis to ascertain which vitamins and minerals and in what quantities you need. That said, if one cannot do a hair analysis and wants to start a basic program, the multivitamin Megapan is one of the safest choices and can be obtained by contacting our office.

Q: Will my supplement program change when I have my next hair analysis done?
Your supplements may change depending on your test results. There is no way to predict this. Some tests you may see little change in your supplement program and others you may see a lot of change. The retest is always good to do so that you know for sure you are on the right program, and it is nice to see the progress being made.

Q: Am I supposed to take my supplements on an empty stomach? Or with food?
Almost every supplement we give you is best taken with food, either during the meal or immediately after. Ideally you would spread them out throughout the meal versus taking them all at one time. If there is a supplement that we want you to take on an empty stomach, we will give you clear instructions on that. There are times when people want to take extra of their supplements between meals or before bedtime, or they forgot during their meal. In this case, these are some supplements that can be taken on an empty stomach for most people: Paramin, MCHC, Magnesium, Endo-Veggies, Taurine, Thyro Complex, Endo-Dren, Endo-AC, Kelp, EPA-DHA, Vit D, Selenium, and Renamide.

Q: Can I take my supplements with just a small amount of food or do I need a big meal?
You do not need a big meal. A few bites of food is fine. Some people are sensitive to zinc and find it gives them an upset stomach unless they take it with a larger amount of food. If this is the case, you may have to take less of your zinc if you are only having a small snack with your supplements. You may also take the supplements spread out over more than 3 meals – this can help with the zinc, for example.

Q: I know I’m supposed to take my vitamins with food, but won’t drinking water during meals dilute stomach acid?
If one were to drink a lot of water during meals, this could interfere with digestion. A small amount of water used to take one’s supplements does not have a negative effect on digestion.

Q: I have trouble sleeping. Should I take melatonin, serotonin or Valerian root? What can I do?
This is a very common question. In fact, it is so common that I have included a whole article on the subject entitled Sleep Remedies. So you may try any of the recommendations in that article. If you need further assistance, contact us for additional recommendations. Remember that if you are on a Nutritional Balancing Program, it is a good idea to ask us before you take any additional supplements or stop taking any supplements we have recommended for you.

Q: What are digestive enzymes? Are they the same as systemic enzymes?
Enzymes are any of various types of energized protein molecules that produce or speed up certain chemical changes in organic substances. There are about 3000 different kinds of enzymes in the body, and they are involved in nearly all biochemical reactions that occur. The enzymes made by the body fall into two categories: digestive enzymes and metabolic enzymes. In the case of digestive enzymes, the primary purpose is to break down food into a form that can be absorbed and used by the body for fuel. There are many types of digestive enzymes the body produces to break down the various types of food substances. Metabolic enzymes are made in each and every cell and perform many metabolic functions such as preventing inflammation, breaking down scar tissue and fibrosis, eating cellular “garbage”, converting nutrients in the liver, processing toxins, and more. Systemic enzymes are the general name given to particular supplemental (in a pill or capsule) metabolic enzymes. On a Nutritional Balancing program, we do not need to use systemic enzymes because we support the body’s ability to make its own metabolic enzymes. We do, however, often recommend certain digestive enzymes to help the body extract more nutrition from the healthy foods eaten. This is needed because most people are not producing enough digestive enzymes due to bio-chemical imbalances. Over time, these imbalances are corrected and fewer supplemental digestive enzymes are needed as the body is able to make more of its own.

Q: Should I take enzymes?
Because most people have very compromised digestive systems, and because of the importance of proper digestion to receive the healing nutrients we need, we do recommend various digestive aids which include one or more digestive enzymes. The primary digestive aid that we recommend is GB-3, which is a combination of bile (which assists the function of various pancreatic enzymes, fat digestion and liver detoxification), Pancreatin (a combination of digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas), and Black Radish Root (which aids liver function, detoxification and much more). The other enzyme-based digestive aid we sometimes recommend is Enzaid, which contains various enzymes and other helpful substances. We do not recommend systemic enzymes, as these are not needed and can create imbalances in the body. The exact ingredients of many of the products we recommend can be found here: Endo-met Supplement Ingredients

Q: Do I need to keep all my unopened supplement bottles in the fridge? Will they go bad if I leave the bottles out or in a cupboard?
You may leave supplements out or in a cupboard, and they will last about 3 years. If you want them to last longer, you can store them in the fridge.

Q: Where can I find the ingredients of the supplements?
The exact ingredients of many of the products we recommend can be found here: Endo-met Supplement Ingredients

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Foods and Diet

Q: I have a very busy lifestyle and don’t have time to prepare vegetables. Any tips?
Yes, there is a list of ideas here: Ideas for Quick Healthy Meals. While fresh vegetables are the best, for people who don’t have the time to cook every day, frozen vegetables are fine and are easy to quickly heat up, and we also recommend making a large batch of vegetables (like a stir fry, vegetable soup or other vegetable dishes) and refrigerating it. You can then reheat it or eat it cold throughout the week to get your vegetables.

Q: I thought fruit was healthy. Why am I not supposed to eat it?
Fruit used to be healthful to eat, many years ago. In recent years (the last thirty or even more), the soils of orchards and crops have been depleted of nutrients, thus leaving the fruit, vegetables and grains grown there deficient in vitamins and minerals. So fruit no longer has the same nutrient content it previously had. This is true even of most organic fruit. Fruit is also treated with more pesticides than other foods, and the pesticides leech into the fruit. So when we consume the fruit, we consume some of the pesticides as well. But the most important reason that we recommend avoiding fruit is because fruit does contain higher levels of sugar than other natural foods, and additionally, fruit has been hybridized to increase the sugar content (sweetness) of the fruit. The sugar in fruit FAR outweighs any potential benefit! Most people have far too many sugars and simple carbohydrates in their daily diet, and most people have many nutritional imbalances that compromise their ability to properly handle these sugars. Therefore, eating the sugar found in fruit causes many imbalances in the body. Back in the years when fruit had more vitamins and minerals and less sugar (the fruit actually tasted less sweet), there was more benefit in eating it, but not today. Read the Q & A section Sugar and Sweeteners for information on the harmful effects of sugar. There is more information on this subject in the articles Fruit – It’s Health Benefits and Problems and Carbohydrates – Sugars and Starches.

Q: I know I’m supposed to eat whole, gluten-free grains like millet, but how do I prepare it?
Click on this link to view a video tutorial on How to Cook Millet.

Q: Is eating organic fish once per week too much? What about smaller fish like Sardines, Anchovies or Smelt?
There really isn’t such a thing as “organic” fish. Most large fish, like Salmon and Tuna, is either farm-raised in nets in the ocean or in other farming ponds, or it is fresh-caught wild which does not mean it is “organic” since no one can control what toxins appear in lakes and oceans. Unfortunately, neither farm-raised nor wild-caught are healthy today. The farm-raised fish are very diseased and are fed horrific foods and chemicals. Since many are farmed in nets in the oceans, their diseases have leaked into the oceans and contaminated the wild fish, which is unfortunately true of wild salmon today. Additionally, pollution has caused chemical and heavy metal levels to rise in the oceans. These are absorbed by wild fish and stored in their tissues. The reason large fish are more contaminated is that they live longer so have more time to be exposed to and absorb these toxins. They also tend to be fattier, and toxins are mostly stored in fat tissue. So it’s generally best to avoid salmon and most large fish right now. If you absolutely have to, wild-caught salmon is preferable over other larger fish and is okay to eat once a week at most. Small fish, like Anchovies and smelt are good. Sardines are great! Sardines have high levels of essential oils including Omega-3 and Vitamin D, so we highly recommend that people eat Sardines instead of tuna. In fact, we recommend every adult consume 3 cans of sardines per week. Click here to see Sardine Recipe Ideas for some yummy ways to prepare this healthy little fish!

Q: Is shellfish, like crab or shrimp, okay to eat?
No. It is best to stay away from bottom-feeding fish, like catfish, crab, shrimp, clams, oysters, scallops, mussels and other shellfish, as they are scavengers and eat waste from the ocean floor, such as chemicals, feces, dead animals and fish (including animals that died from toxicity or illness). When you eat toxic foods, especially if you have a weakened digestive and immune system (which is the case with nearly everyone today), you will absorb that toxicity.

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Sugar and Sweeteners

Q: Why is sugar so bad?
Sugar and simple carbohydrates (which turn rapidly into sugar in the body) are two of the worst aspects of most people’s diets. They are so damaging that there are many books, studies and articles dedicated to the matter. The physical processes involving sugar are very complicated so here are a few simplified highlights:

a) Sugar suppresses your immune system, increasing chances of more diseases than I care to list here.

b) Sugar uses up certain essential minerals (such as chromium, zinc, calcium, and copper) causing deficiencies in the body.

c) Sugar interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium.

d) Sugar causes a rapid rise of adrenaline which can result in hyperactivity, anxiety and difficulty concentrating.

e) Sugar feeds cancer cells.

f) Sugar causes the pancreas to produce large amounts of insulin, which stresses the pancreas and contributes to hypoglycemia and diabetes.

g) The increase in insulin quantity accelerates the breakdown of cells throughout the body. This cellular breakdown is also know as “aging”.

h) Sugar can cause an acidic environment in your mouth, which contributes to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

i) Sugar can cause weight gain and obesity, which in turn contributes to heart disease and diabetes.

j) Sugar feeds infections including viruses, parasites, bacteria, yeast, and fungi.

k) Sugar has been linked to MANY, MANY MORE illnesses and conditions…!

Although the best choice is no sweetener, if a sweetener is needed, far better choices are xylitol and stevia, which are natural, low-glycemic sweeteners. Here is an article about the subject, which includes a list of simple carbohydrates, sugars and starches (ALL of which should be avoided): Carbohydrates – Sugars and Starches

Q: Is agave better than sugar?
It depends on the agave. Agave varies wildly from company to company and plant to plant. It is highly unregulated, so it is impossible to tell what the fructose content is without testing each sample individually. Fructose is a type of sugar that is harder for one’s body to process since it can only be processed by the liver. We therefore do not recommend agave as an alternate sweetener. Stevia and xylitol are better options.

Q: What is stevia? What is xylitol?
Stevia is a natural sweetener made from the stevia plant. It has no calories and processes very slowly in your body so it has very little effect on one’s blood sugar. It comes in powders and liquids. Stevia is extremely strong in sweetness so we recommend starting with just a little and adding to taste. Xylitol is made from either corn or birch sap. It has only a small effect on one’s blood sugar since most of it remains unabsorbed in the intestines. While stevia may taste slightly similar to some artificial sweeteners, xylitol tastes just like sugar and can be used with the same portions as sugar. A CAUTION WHEN USING XYLITOL: work up slowly to using your preferred portions of xyiltol as it can cause diarrhea if one consumes a large amount before the body has had a chance to get used to it. So start with less than a teaspoon the first time you use it. Your body will gradually learn to tolerate it over time, and you may slowly increase your quantity. This does not apply to stevia, which will not cause diarrhea. Generally we recommend that people decrease their use of any and all sweeteners because even natural low- or no-sugar sweeteners may cause biochemical changes in reaction to even just the taste of sweetness. In addition, we want people to lose their taste for sweets, which occurs over time as one avoids all sweet foods. However, if you have to use an artificial sweetener, we recommend stevia or xylitol.

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Single Heat Lamps

For even more information on Single Heat Lamps, including descriptions, cautions, pictures, and information on how to order a single heat lamp, go here: Single Heat Lamp Information and Buy Now Button.

Q: What is a single infrared heat lamp?
Our heat lamp is comprised of a ceramic socket that is rated to 300 watts, an aluminum reflective shield, lamp guard on the front (to keep you from accidentally touching the bulb), a clamp, and a 2-prong cord that plugs into a normal wall outlet. It includes a 250 watt red infrared heat lamp bulb which averages about 5000 hours of use. (Click here to see a picture: Single Heat Lamp.)

You may use the clamp to hook your lamp onto a bookshelf or other surface, or you may simply hold the lamp by the clamp or by the aluminum shield (this shield usually does not get hot during use so is normally perfectly comfortable to hold). Do not hold it from the white socket on the back, as this socket does get warm during use. (Note that the spring clamp is very stiff. This is to help the clamp attach securely. To make it easier to use, place a towel or glove on your hand when opening the clamp.)

Infrared heat lamps are used in various applications from chicken brooding to saunas to keeping food warm in commercial kitchens.

The heat lamp emits near and far infrared heat, which are one part of the sun’s spectrum of light — the part that makes you warm when sitting in the sun. IT IS NOT the UVA and UVB radiation that causes sun burns. This lamp will not tan the skin, nor will it cause vitamin D production in the skin.

The heat lamp also emits reddish light. (The color is usually more of an orange light.)

Q: What are the benefits of using a single heat lamp?
There are many conditions that may benefit from heat lamp therapy including joint pain, muscle strains, intestinal cramps, nerve irritation, ear aches, toothaches, skin rashes, acne, blemishes, toenail fungus, boils and many other conditions of the nose, ears and sinuses. As long as one follows the cautions listed below, one can safely use a heat lamp on any area of the body in need of healing. (Please note cautions below, particularly relating to use on the head and face.)

For colds, flu infections and other acute illnesses, a general practice that can be surprisingly helpful is shining the red lamp at the thymus gland, then moving the body or the lamp as close as possible without causing a burn or skin discomfort. The thymus gland is located in the center of the chest just below the collar bones. A session should last about 15-20 minutes (even a few minutes is helpful if that is all the time you have), and can be repeated up to six times daily.

The lamp can also be used for ‘spot treatment’ of any infected area of the body. You may aim the lamp at your chest to assist with a cough, at your throat if you have a sore throat, at the jaw if suffering tooth or gum infections, at your ears for ear infections, etc. Generally, when dealing with infections, you want to lamp the area at least 3 times per day for maximum benefit.

For example, one client on a Nutritional Balancing program had a sinus infection that did not respond to antibiotics or to natural healing methods. She was weak and feverish every evening and had constant headaches. By shining an infrared lamp on the sinuses for 5-10 minutes at a time, six times a day, relief occurred in two days with complete elimination of all symptoms in five days. The client continued to use the lamp for another two weeks because she said the red light felt wonderful.

Q: For what conditions is it contraindicated?
Rosacea or some skin cancers may become irritated by the heat. Additionally, if you have a nervous system condition that prevents you from feeling how hot your skin is, the lamp should only be used with supervision by someone who can check the skin temperature to make sure it isn’t getting too hot.

Q: Where can I purchase a single heat lamp?
We sell a single heat lamp unit for $35 plus shipping (and sales tax if you are in California). You can get more information and order one from us online here: Single Heat Lamp Information and Buy Now Button.

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Lifestyle and Miscellaneous

Q: Are there any sources of toxicity other than food and water that I should be aware of?
There are many everyday products that are found around the home which are actually toxic. This includes most body products – shampoos, conditioners, soaps, body washes, deodorant (especially antiperspirants — see our page about Deodorant for more information), body sprays, perfumes and cologne, toothpaste, shaving cream, and even laundry detergent. Other toxic products around the house are dish soaps, cleaners, solvents, plant sprays, etc. All of these things usually contain toxic chemicals and metals which absorb through the skin or are breathed in through the lungs. There are many natural, healthful alternatives available in health food stores and/or online. (For more information, see Some Ingredients to Avoid in Body, Bath & Skin Care Products and Cosmetics.)

Additionally, the chlorination in swimming pools and hot tubs is very toxic. Public swimming pools and hot tubs have the added threat of exposure to infections, as chlorination does not destroy all infectious agents.

Also, new furniture, carpeting, mattresses and most new clothing all contain formaldehyde and other chemicals. Use caution when purchasing these items. It often helps to leave them outside for one or more days after purchasing in order to air out. The natural ozone in the outside air (especially at night) helps to reduce the chemical toxicity on these items.

Q: I am getting new pipes in the house. Should I get copper or plastic, such as PVC?
We do not have problems with copper pipes and toxicity particularly, but plastic pipes are cheaper and easier to install. As far as we have seen in regards to health, there is no real benefit with going with copper. And there is a small chance of toxicity from the copper. So we would generally say to use the plastic pipes.

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NOTE: Nutritional Balancing Science and Hair Mineral Analysis do not diagnose, treat or cure any diseases, and are not substitutes for standard medical care. Nikki Moses is not a medical doctor. She operates as an unlicensed nutritional consultant only. None of the statements on this site have been evaluated by the FDA. Nothing on this site is intended to discourage anyone from seeking or following the advice of a medical doctor.

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