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What Do We Have To Lose?

What Do We Have To Lose?

There are many natural phenomenon’s of which we have very little understanding. One of the biggest mysteries is the force of gravity which is classified as one of the four fundamental interactions or forces in nature. The other three fundamental interactions are the strong interaction, the weak interaction, and electromagnetism.

In my office, I have evaluated many devices over the years to help determine their usefulness in predicting the health status of our patients. One device, made in Germany, is the Computerized Regulation Thermography (CRT) unit which accurately measures surface body temperatures. It has proven useful in evaluating the body's stress response to a cold environment. The human stress response to fight, flight, fright or sex has been characterized by many scientific authorities as the same reaction under vastly different conditions. There is no question that people can be frightened to death by pouring out massive amounts of adrenaline which induces a non-thrombotic heart attack (caused by contraction band necrosis of the myocardium).

The Thermograph allows anyone with the skills of understanding the relationships between the autonomic nervous system's sympathetic and parasympathetic arrangement, to interpret the body's response to stress. Stress response is a key factor in understanding the manifestation of disease, since most illnesses are manifestations of the DNA or cellular activity in a corrupted environmental milieu. The environment provokes and maintains disease. Stress reduces the body's ability to heal from any illness once the illness commences. Furthermore, stress reduces telomerase activity which restores or repairs our DNA. We age faster as a result of stress.

CRT, although rarely used in the traditional medical office in the United States, and its graphic presentation of temperature fluctuations throughout specific regions of the body is paramount to understanding and treating disease. The graph itself is arranged in a fractal pattern. There are no two people with the same Thermograph ever, although each iteration is similar, much like the patterns seen in leaves of a tree or estuaries emptying into sea water.

Darkfield microscopy is another invaluable tool with which I examine live blood samples from finger pricks. One drop of blood under 1000x magnification can help demonstrate Rouleau, a blood formation that shows the red blood cells sticking together like stacked coins or IHOP pancakes. What does rouleau represent? Tissue injury, tissue inflammation or tissue trauma. There are various grades of Rouleau and two specific types: classical coin stacking and the non-classical grape-cluster. Another simple tool which expresses a large amount of information. And again, fractal (nonlinear) formations of red blood cell attraction are seen in diseased individuals using Darkfield microscopy. The presence of rouleau in the blood helps to classify the amount of inflammatory activity in the body at the time of examination.

The third device I use is the Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) unit. It is a simple procedure to examine the body's response to exposure to a subtle alternating current and measuring the resistance and reactance to the current. I will not get into the electrodynamics of the device, since it is beyond the scope of this blog, however, I think it is important to discuss a little about the method associated with this device works.

All substances have resistance to the flow of an electric direct current. Think of a copper wire. It is a great conductor of electricity and it has a resistance to flow of current in the millions (low) where as insulators (non-electric conductors) have resistance in the trillions (high). Ohm's law states R (resistance in Ohms) is equal to E (applied voltage drop - volts)/ Current (amperes). Remember an ampere is a unit representing the rate of charge flow in a conducting material, a volt is a practical unit of electrical work. In a human body, highly conductive tissue contains large amounts of water and conducting electrolytes. These tissues represent low resistance to electrical activity. Fat and bone are poor conductors and have a high resistance to electrical current. These tissues have a low amount of fluid containing electrolytes.

Reactance is actually known as capacitive reactance when describing biological systems. Reactance is the opposition to instantaneous flow of electrical current caused by capacitance. Without showing formulas, capacitance reactance is the reciprocal of frequency (expressed in Hertz) and capacitance (expressed in Farads). In biological conductors, the smaller the semi-permeable membrane volume or the smaller quantity of membranes in general creates a large Capacitance Reactance.

I will not bore you this the details, but in our body's, capacitance reactance is a measure of the volume of the cell membrane capacitance and is an indirect measure of the intracellular volume which we refer to as body cell mass. Body fat, total body water and extracellular water offer resistance to electrical current. Cell membranes offer capacitance reactance. Reactance is not affected by body fat since it does not have cell membranes.

The Phase Angle is a linear method of measuring the relationship between resistance and reactance in series or parallel circuits. Phase angles can range from zero to ninety degrees. If the biological material has no membranes, the circuit is only resistive and the Phase angle will be zero degrees. If the biological material is all membranes with no fluid, it will be only capacitive reactance and the phase angle will be ninety (90) degrees. If the biological material has an equal amount of resistance (non-membranous material) and reactance (membranous material with intracellular fluid), then the Phase Angle will be forty-five (45) degrees. Fresh vegetables tend to have Phase Angles of forty-five degrees because they are homogenous with 50% resistance and 50% reactance.

A healthy average Phase Angle for a human is approximately three to ten degrees depending on gender (due to body fat and body cell mass differences). Higher Phase Angles are consistent with high reactance and large quantities of intact cell membranes associated with body cell mass.

What does all this mean? Phase Angle measurements can be used to determine the health of individual cells within the body. In the past, the BIA device has been used to determine the effects of HIV on the body cell mass, fat-free mass and total body water compared to non-infected patients. The device separated out those who were severely affected by the HIV virus and those who were not. RJL Systems (our machine manufacturer) has tested thousands of patient to collect normal data in healthy adults. Phase Angle is a valuable data point that is derived from the analysis of the patient's reactance and resistance which allows for calculation of the body's impedance; the analysis by the software also sheds light on the body cell mass, extra cell mass, fat mass, total body water, broken down into its individual compartments of intracellular and extracellular water.

These three methodologically different devices help to give invaluable clinical data for assessing a patient's chronic or acute complaints. I am sure there are other clinically helpful devices that have either yet to be invented, or are in the pipeline of proper assessment for clinical use or finding a clinical utility phase.

I am currently evaluating the clinical usefulness of a BEFE unit for restoring cell health. The unit is a device that creates an electromagnetic field around electrolysis of water. The process is called either magnetoelectrolysis or dielectrophoresis. According to basic bench research, cells are affected by the magnetic moment created in the water. BEFE treated water itself has potential healing properties that have yet to be fully understood. We are running clinical trials to determine the usefulness of the device. The procedure is simple: place the device in hypotonic saline, turn the machine on and place the feet of the patient in the water. The device runs thirty five minutes. The water warms and turns brown as a result of crystal formation. We have admitted fifteen patients into the trial. I hope to have some results within two months or more. If the device proves of value to our patients, we will make it available for use at our office for nominal monthly fees.

Another potential addition to our clinical evaluation process is measuring the telomere distance on each individual's DNA. The goal is to establish the telometric age and compare it to the chronological age of each adult patient. Although there could be some anti-aging implications for these measurements, I am looking for the effects of psychosocial and disease related stress on the body. If our therapeutic adventures are successful and we restore patients to good health, we will have a measure to identify the effects of diet, exercise, stress relief, antibiotics, antivirals, hormone replacement and weight loss on the DNA itself. What a wonderful tool to add to the evaluation tool chest at The Stone Institute.

I am open to new technologies advancing the care of people who suffer from diseases of all kinds. Managing a disease is different than eradicating a disease. If we can find the internal cellular milieu that provoked the cell function to become disturbed, then we might just have a chance to reverse the disturbance and force the cells to recover, creating a healthy and predictable function of the body's Gaia.

After all, what do we have to lose?


Posted by Amanda Sanders at 10:00 AM
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