Presently we are able to assess the heart, immune system, breast physiology, adrenals, thyroid, acupuncture meridians, metabolism, etc. with great depth and confidence…
CONCEPTS IN MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS
In the long run, five basic questions must be addressed:
Intent is everything, and you the patient are a partner in the journey. If you don’t know where we are going, you will only follow when you should actually lead. Certainly not every patient needs to emphasize every aspect of each of these five, but as a practitioner, I must at least consider all of them if we are to be consistently successful. It is the process that makes a medical doctor a professional.
There are two types of avoidance in a practical sense. The first is absolute avoidance and the second is relative avoidance. The difference falls into the mechanism by which your reaction occurs. On an immune basis, absolute avoidance is necessary because only a small amount of an allergen or antigen will instigate a reaction. The second is a metabolic effect. A small amount of acid-producing food may be tolerated in the presence of adequate buffers. Determining what to avoid is not only difficult but controversial. The issue of avoiding fats or carbohydrates is discussed in food combining and in web page on cholesterol and lipids. Some examples of avoidance are listed below:
Your blood type (O, A, B, or AB) may play a role. Your blood type is a genetically determined characteristic of your immune system that affects your response to viruses, bacteria, chemicals, foods, and stress. Persons with blood type “A” carry the “A” component (called an antigen) on their red blood cells just as “B” blood types carry “B” antigen. Persons with blood type “A” have antibodies against “B” blood components while blood type “B” persons have antibodies against “A” blood components.
Many foods contain “lectins” similar to the “A” or “B” components/antigens on red blood cells. As a result, certain foods can trigger the anti-A or anti-B effect on the immune system just as when a transfusion of the wrong type of blood occurs. For example, milk has a B-like antigen that, if exposed to the immune system of an “A” blood type person, will cause an anti-B reaction.
The word lectin is derived from the Latin verb “to choose.” Lectins are defined as molecules of non-immune origin that bind to specific carbohydrate receptors with high affinity. In the laboratory tests, lectins behave very similar to antibodies. In fact, lectins (PHA, Con A, PWM, etc) are used in immunodiagnostic studies to determine cell-mediated competence. Lectins bind to virtually any cell in the body and most enzymes and thereby alter their antigenic composition and thus the immune system’s recognition of the cell or protein.
It is known that 95% of the food lectins we eat are not absorbed into the body and are either digested as a nourishing food or are excreted. Most lectins are destroyed by cooking, but some such as lectins in wheat, maize, bananas, and carrots not only survive cooking but may be enhance by it. Five percent, however, are absorbed into the blood stream and become attached to cellular receptors, which then become targets for the immune system to attack, just as if the wrong blood serotype is transfused. The resulting autoimmune reaction may involve virtually any organ system in the body. Because lectins bind for very long time and they bind to tissues with very slow turnover they have been used to produce animal models of chronic rheumatoid arthritis, extrinsic allergic alveolitis, malabsorption of B12, and acute enteritis. Most of the famous lectins are derived from grains, legumes, and tubers. For example, gluten is a lectin that has been associated with celiac disease. Over 100 common foods have been shown to carry lectins, but the list is growing.
According to the work of Peter D’Adamo, in general, type “A” individuals are predisposed to heart disease (Br Heart J 1968;30: 377-82), cancer, diabetes, and tend to have lower stomach acid, and therefore difficulty digesting meat and processed foods. D’Adamo writes that in general, Type A’s should minimize meat in their diet, especially fatty meats and processed meats such as cold cuts, ham, bacon, etc. Type “A” blood reacts to the sugar in milk as well as tomatoes, potatoes, yams, mangoes, oranges, papayas, and cauliflower.
Type “O” individuals have a higher incidence of stroke compared to blood type “A” individuals. However, a hospital autopsy studies show that the age at death is much later for “O” blood types versus “A” blood types. The foods most problematic for the “O” blood type are wheat, corn, oranges, and oats.
The basis for D’Adamo’s work has been questioned, but “a try it and see” approach can be very rewarding for some individuals.
Although it is not emphasized here, I do not imply that avoiding toxic relationships, environments, and chemical agents is any less important.
The most commonly overlooked aspect of nutritional approaches is detoxification. Most doctors fall into the habit of only detoxifying the organ or system that is evident from superficial diagnostic techniques. We often stop before asking how and why the body acquired and maintains an abundance of toxins or pathological organisms. This relates back to the functional tests and the biological terrain. The most lucid explanation of biological terrain is derived from the work of Enderlein, M.D. using darkfield microscopy. The insight gained from understanding his approach gives you an idea of the severity of the condition and estimates not only the types of therapy that will need to be employed, but also the duration one can expect before health is rejuvenated. The stages of health are outlined into 6 progressive “Reckeweg” phases.
Diseases in phases 1-3 are considered to be due to biological constitution and are capable of self-healing with a good prognosis.
This outline is a conceptual way to understand what forms of therapy are necessary and the likelihood of success. For successful detoxication (as well as successful nourishment), the first therapeutic step must be to ensure adequate circulation to the specific detoxication organ or organs:
Thus, a successful detoxicant will increase the circulation to a particular organ and improve its capabilities. This can be accomplished with a variety of techniques from herbs, massage, acupuncture meridians, homeopathy, etc. Macrobiotics has been very helpful in detoxication.
A theme that will recur throughout any successful program is specificity. In other words, individualization. In this next section, nourishment is discussed. It is termed nourishment rather than simply “nutrition” because there is the implication that nourishment is more than nutrition. The difference is not only in effectiveness but also the subtle bioenergetic component that nourishment provides even when nutrition may not. The difference is bioenergy. It is what separates living matter from substances that comprise the components of life but have no energy. After all, a living human organism has the same chemical makeup as a dead one.
The difference is energy. There have been many terms for such energy – “chi” or “vital force” for example. Applying this bioenergy is what makes some health care providers healers rather than technicians dispensing data, diets, and drugs. Healing requires bioenergy. An analogy is about lights. The light bulbs are nutrition, the on-off switch is the bioenergetic control. You can have the best and brightest light bulbs (nutrition) but they will only provide light when the bioenergetic light switch is on. Likewise, you may have the light switch on, but without proper bulbs there will be no light. It is crucial to differentiate this in treatment. The use of raw unprocessed whole food concentrates including herbs is the only way to get both bioenergy and biochemistry. They are living matrixes with a defined bioenergetic profile. Homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, electrical treatments, magnets, prayer, etc. are only bioenergetic. Sometimes that is all that is needed, the bulbs (the nutritional condition) are fine. Conversely, isolated fractions and combinations thereof of vitamins, chelates, etc are often synthetic in origin without bioenergy – the lights don’t come on.
In almost every dietary program that has healing nourishment, the common denominator is the use of fresh, unprocessed food. The food has to contain the living enzymes, the bioenergy and the nutrients. The dietary program that is reported here is essentially protein and vegetables. When all diets are analyzed, the common denominators are in general found in the Page Fundamental Food Plan. Certainly other diets have their merits for specific circumstances or individuals, but by and large you won’t be off track with the Page program.
Page Fundamental Food Plan will serve most everyone’s nutritional needs from a diet basis. Those who exercise substantially can tolerate more fruit and complex carbohydrates than those with a more sedentary lifestyle. Food combining adds a simple additional benefit as well. What is remarkable is that our Weight Loss Program is really specific aspects of the Page Fundamental Food Plan and Food Combining.
It can not be stressed enough that there is no single diet or nutritional agent that fits everyone. Your biochemical individuality must be taken into account. There are several considerations based on a variety of theories: autonomic nervous system balance, glucose oxidation efficiency, glandular dominance, ethnic heritage, etc.
Maladaptive Emotional Behaviors
We all have behaviors and emotions that work against us. We do things that we know we should not. It is as though we sabotage ourselves, and then we pay the price. Why is this? Why do we choose to do things that we know are not in our best interest. Why do we feel anxious or irritable or aloof or angry or frustrated or guilty for no apparent reason? Especially when it “gets the best of us.” Many patients get better for awhile (usually by following our instructions …), only to retreat after a period of time. We fail to adapt to the higher level of function. Some times it is a matter of practicality or lifestyle choices. However, too often it is our own emotions that revert us back – maladaptive emotions. It is often the consequences of these feelings that affect your health and your ability to feel wonderful.
As a result of understanding these emotions, one will (or should) end up focussed on the nervous system. In fact, it controls everything. My job is to balance and harness the control it has over all aspects of living – biochemical, hormonal, immune, and now especially emotions. Emotions are under the control of the nervous system – the unconscious nervous system. So when you are told that it’s all in your head, there is some truth in to it. How to fix it is the controversy. Too often Prozac, herbs, anti-depressants, psychotherapy, etc. don’t work – at best you may seem to cope better.
As non-psychologists, the aim is to use techniques other than psychotherapy or counseling to get at the core of the problem. In other words, unlinking or re-programming the emotions and the resultant biochemical/physical response. As I tell patients, “Getting the nervous system to work on the same team as the rest of you.” From my studies thus far, the specific connection between our emotions and our physical body probably involves acupuncture meridians. It seems that specific locations on the body are receptors to the outside world. Just as eyes are for vision, ears are for hearing, the nose for smelling, etc. these special sensory sites are receptors for what is called subtle energy. “Subtle energy” includes things you know are there but are not felt physically – like radiowaves, magnetism, etc. For many it is also a spiritual matter – like prayer. There is no question they exist, we just take them for granted or we do not appreciate them because we don’t understand them. Homeopathy and acupuncture are examples.
Using subtle energy at specific locations in a specific sequence has been used successfully and there is convincing evidence that it impacts the nervous system. There is great healing potential in this modality. This topic has been explored by John Diamond, M.D., Scott Walker, D.C. via NET, Roger J. Callahan, Ph.D. via Thought Field Therapy, and many others. Family Constellation Therapy is also worth considering.
The nerves of the autonomic system provide a vast network of electrical circuits, having a total length of twelve times the circumference of the earth, and connecting every one of the 40 trillion cells that form a living whole human organism. As you know this autonomic (or neurovegetative) system controls every vital process in the body. What is often overlooked is that virtually every cell in the body is not only connected to each other through the autonomic nervous system but is also in large part controlled by the autonomic nervous system.
Because of the inner connectedness of every cell through the sympathetic nervous system, now matter how seemingly distant from each other, it is truthful to say that any illness indicates that the living organism as a whole has lost its ability to regulate itself in a completely healthful way. An organ (heart, gallbladder, eye, joint etc.) never becomes diseased in isolation, but always as a symptom of the whole individual. Likewise, any interaction affects the nervous system.
Interference fields is based on the theory that trauma can produce long-standing disturbances in the electrochemical function of tissues. A German neurophysiologist, Albert Fleckenstein, demonstrated that the cells in scar tissue have a different membrane potential from normal body cells, functioning much like a 1.5 volt battery implanted into the body. Whenever a cell has lost its normal membrane potential, ion pumps in the cell wall stop working. This means that abnormal minerals and toxic substances accumulate inside the cell. As a result, the cell loses the ability to heal itself and resume normal functioning.
Neural Therapy, as promoted and popularized by Deitrich Klinghardt, M.D., utilizes procaine (Novocaine) to act on the cell wall to allow the ion pumps to resume normal action and restore the membrane potential that is at the root of the bioelectric disturbance at a specific site or nerve ganglion. By re-establishing the normal electrical condition of cells and nerves, the disturbed functions are also restored to normality, and the patient returns to health as far as this is anatomically still possible. The amazing part of Neural Therapy is that the site being treated can be very far away for the tissue in the body that is not functioning properly. For example, a scar on the chin can affect the low back. This is possible because of the vast network of the Autonomic Nervous System. Neural Therapy acts as a sort of “Reset Button” on you computer.
Fleckenstein showed, scar tissue can create an abnormal electric signal. In turn this signal is transmitted throughout the rest of your body via the autonomic nervous system. Procaine delivered by direct injection to scars or through other nerves that travel into deeper scars through tiny tubules in the cellular matrix to these areas of bioelectrical disturbance for treatment. As a result, Procaine is capable of eliminating autonomic regulatory dysfunction. Since the autonomic nervous system is the master controller of the body, Neural Therapy can have a profound impact on your condition and your ability to heal.
Interference fields are created or triggered mainly by three events:
I used to believe that if you get all the nutrients you need, avoid everything that makes you worse (allergens, alcohol, etc.), and detoxify or get rid of anything that is preventing you from getting well (mercury, yeast, abusive relationships), your body will heal itself. These were the three ingredients of attaining health. However, for some individuals even when everything has been done in these three areas, something seems to be interfering with getting well. It turns out to be interference fields from scars, trauma, etc. that are disturbing the instructions of the autonomic nervous system to heal the body.
To understand this more fully, one has to understand that the autonomic nervous system is made up of two divisions. One is the sympathetic nervous system that is activated by stress. It speeds up your heart rate, makes you burn sugar more rapidly, tenses your muscles, and in general increases your ability to “fight or flight.” The other side of the autonomic nervous system is the parasympathetic nervous system. Its job is to promote healing, digestion, repair etc. It slows your heart rate down, increases mucus and digestion, etc.
The key features of the sympathetic nervous system is that it links all of the cells of the body together, regulates the contraction and expansion of blood vessels, regulates the activity of the connective tissue necessary for regenerating body systems, and it regulates the voltage (membrane potential) across the cell wall in every cell in the body. While either the parasympathetic or sympathetic nervous system could be overly dominant and lead to symptoms, most people are stuck in an overly reactive sympathetic state. In other words, the healing mechanism is impaired or “interfered with.”
I used to think that the biochemistry and hormones of the body directed the all of the metabolic actions in the body. What I now realize is that in fact the reverse, the autonomic nervous system is the master controller of biochemistry. The nutritional programs you prescribe for your patients will promote healing only to the point at which the nervous system will allow.
In the United States, “trigger-point injections” and “nerve blocks” are used all the time. The term Neural Therapy merely encompasses a broader (and much more powerful) technique. It is not really “alternative.” Neural Therapy can also be accomplished using an ElectroBloc or special lasers.
Neural Therapy does not lend itself to the conventional “double-blind study”, because each patient with pain needs to be treated in a different way. Neural Therapy also requires a thorough history of every traumatic event. The most important aspect is when and if the trauma occurred before the development of symptoms.