Issue #33, May 2011
In This Issue:
Disease & the Disordered Biological Terrain – Time & Priorities – A Kids’-Eye View of Healthy Food
JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Time & Priorities
By JoAnne Boettcher-Verigin
The other day, a friend emailed me a story about a man whose bank put $86,400 into his account each morning. The only catch: his account could carry no balance. At the end of the day, whatever remained would be lost. So there was every incentive to spend it all – ideally, wisely and well.
Each of us has just such an account – not for money but time.
Each day we’re alive, we have 86,400 seconds to spend, squander or lose. Each day, your account is restored. At the end of the day, any loss is yours. There’s no going back, no saving up and no drawing against the future.
One day. 86,400 seconds. Kind of puts things into a different perspective, doesn’t it?
Who loses a day, loses life. – R.W. Emerson
It makes me remember the value of planning. Accounting for all those seconds needn’t be a hardship. Planning gives us one way of keeping our lives inbalance – making time for work, for family, for play and sometimes just to be: to rest, think, imagine, dream. While “just being” might seem like wasted time to a lot of people in our go-go-go society, it’s actually necessary time and nothing to feel guilty about. After all, some of our best ideas often seem to pop into our minds when we’re just being.
The key to planning is prioritization. When you prioritize, you make the time you need for work, play and rest. The more you plan, the more time you find you have. Not literally more, of course – we only have those 86,400 seconds. But they take greater value when we invest them according to our needs and desires – and act on that investment.
The time we have at our disposal every day
is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it;
those that we inspire contract it;
and habit fills the rest. – Marcel Proust
Sometimes in our office, appointments take longer than we planned for: a procedure doesn’t go as expected, or a consultation runs overtime while Dr. Verigin helps a client with real health challenges understand how they got sick and plot a path towards healing. A practice management firm might tell us to “tidy up” that appointment book, make sure we book those “billable procedures.” But our priority is our clients’ needs – their hours, not hours dictated by consultants or insurance companies. It’s a fundamental value of our practice.
He is only rich who owns the day. There is no king, rich man
fairy or demon who possesses such power as that. – R.W. Emerson
Using our time for our clients makes us truly rich.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Dr. Verigin’s Comment: Healing as Process
Part 3: Which Comes First, the Pathogenic Microbe or the Disordered Terrain?
By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN
What tomorrow’s children are to be will be determined by
what today’s parents-to-be choose to be. – S. Colleen Graham
Your life starts to take shape long before you’re born, influenced by things like your parents’ choices (diet, drug use and so on) and genetic heritage. But genetics don’t dictate your fate so much as predispose you. They’re like a loaded gun, harmless until triggered. So someone with an “Alzheimer’s gene,” say, may never develop the disease – unless something triggers the gene. Whatever that something is, it depends on one thing: a disordered biological terrain.
Modern chronic illness is multifactorial, which is one reason why conventional medicine seldom treats it effectively. Its approach is Newtonian, linear: one symptom, one cause. But the human body is more complex and dynamic than that: a system of systems, connected and unified by the terrain.
A good concept for grasping this truer paradigm is Gestalt – a concept I was first introduced to during my junior year at the University of California. A German word meaning “form” or “shape,” Gestalt expresses a concept of wholeness: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, just as a human being is more than just a collection of cells or organs.
As a triple major undergraduate – chemistry, biology and psychology – I found this concept invaluable. It gave me a way to bring together concepts from these different fields and understand their relationships, enriching my understanding. Likewise, as a dentist and lifelong student, I’ve studied and synthesized research from many disciplines on my quest to understand deeply the relationships between oral and systemic health. Today, the “parts” forming the “sum” of my practice include
- Pischinger’s concept of the Basic Regulative System.
- Reckeweg’s superb synthesis of homotoxicology, which leads to a new treatment strategy known as Physiological Regulating Medicine (PRM).
- Classical homeopathy as developed by Hahnemann.
- Enderlein’s Milieu Therapy and concept of isopathy (i.e., “like cures like”).
- Matrix imaging according to Voll and Kramer, using acupuncture points to measure the bioelectric status of the terrain, monitor response to treatment and identify interference fields and foci in the jaw that even the best digital x-ray equipment can’t detect.
- Morrell’s impressive work in bioresonance and Chinese Five Element theory as related to acupuncture meridian dynamics.
- Vincent’s theory and instrumentation that lets us measure and understand the biocelluar environment.
The last is most important for the sheer clarity it provides in diagnosing and treating the root causes of disease and dysfunction. Otherwise, it’s like driving at night without headlights. The aim of biological dental medicine is to turn on the lights while taking a candid, careful and thorough evaluation of each person who comes to you for help.
When someone is suffering from a variety of strange and seemingly unrelated symptoms, establishment physicians often tell them that there’s no particular cause, that it’s all in their head or just something they must live with – an illness to be “managed” for the rest of their life.
We cannot attempt to cure one part of the body without treating the others.
We cannot attempt to cure the body if we forget the Soul. – Plato
I recently met with an intelligent gentleman who had contacted us for an evaluation. He had developed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and felt sure it was related to the removal of two infected wisdom teeth. The surgery had been difficult, and the healing process, long and painful. Two weeks later, the symptoms of RA emerged in his left shoulder and arm. At first, he coped by favoring his right side, but it was soon affected, too.
“I asked my dentist about it,” he said, “and my oral surgeon and my physician. They all said, ‘No correlation.'” He added that each had looked at him strangely, as though he had asked some completely bizarre question or was just “pulling their chain.”
His dental x-rays didn’t show any problems within the bony areas around the recent extraction sites, nor those from which his other wisdom teeth had been pulled a couple decades earlier. Seeing no sign of cavitations, I questioned further, as Reckeweg used to do with his patients. I asked what kind of work he had done early in life and if he’d had any illnesses back then.
It turned out that he had worked with dynamite (nitroglycerine) for a company that blasted rock quarries. He remembered that on very hot and humid days, the toxins would sweat through his gloves onto his hands, even when he handled the sticks with greatest care. He then recalled that this was when he had actually experienced his first RA symptoms – the same ones he was now having more than a year after dental surgery, including swelling and edema in his joints. He added that several coworkers had also been diagnosed with RA.
In some ways, RA is a bit enigmatic. As WebMD explains, “Symptoms can come and go, and each person with RA is affected differently. Some people have long periods of remission. Their rheumatoid arthritis is inactive, and they have few or no symptoms during this time.” Such was the case with this gentleman – symptom-free for years until those last tooth extractions.
Here’s where the terrain-centered paradigm can give us some insight to the situation. To grasp it, a little history is in order.
The idea that “germs” cause disease was developed in the 1880s by French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur. It was a radical notion. Going against a large body of research, Pasteur’s theory insisted that microbes cause change but don’t change themselves. The idea had to deny any role of the terrain, or Milieu intérieur as French physiologist Claude Bernard called it. Translated, it means the “internal environment” – the extracellular fluid environment, which ensures stability of the tissues and organs that make up the whole organism. As Bernard explained,
The living body, though it has need of the surrounding environment, is nevertheless relatively independent of it. This independence which the organism has of its external environment, derives from the fact that in the living being, the tissues are in fact withdrawn from direct external influences and are protected by a veritable internal environment which is constituted, in particular, by the fluids circulating in the body.
Later 19th century researchers continued to challenge Pasteur. Hueppe, Kruse, Gruber and others held tightly to the concept of bacterial variability, as did medical doctor, doctor of chemistry and master of pharmacy Antoine Béchamp.
[He] maintained…essentially that bacteria change form and are not the cause of, but the result of, disease, arising from tissues rather than from a germ of constant form. This has also been called the cellular disease theory, in that scavenging bacteria are supposed to arise from what he called microzymas. “Micro” meaning small and “zymas” referring to a special class of immortal enzymes. [sic] He postulated these microzymas to be normally present in matter (including tissues) and that they had either a life or death giving quality depending on the cellular terrain.
This is the Doctrine of Pleomorphism (“pleo” = many, “morph” = form), which German bacteriologist and serologist Guenther Enderlein soon confirmed. His detailed microscopic analysis of live blood found limited microorganisms at different stages of development. He observed that in early development phases, these microbes live in harmony with the body’s own cells and perform functions that support good health. If the internal environment is disordered, however, they respond by evolving into advanced forms to ensure their survival. Eventually, they turn pathogenic, causing disease. Under certain conditions, a single microbe can appear in different forms and stages of development, ranging from ultramicroscopic particles to a fungus.
So which comes first, the pathogenic microbe or the disordered terrain?
The terrain. And if it’s left in disarray, no treatment can cure anything – just suppress or subdue symptoms for a while. But establishment medicine, oblivious to the terrain’s role, ignores this and simply labels the patient as “resistant to treatment.”
In our next issue, we’ll continue to explore the evolution of disease, for understanding this is the key to understanding how to heal.
What you thought before has led to every choice you have made, and this adds up to you at this moment. If you want to change who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually, you will have to change what you think. – Dr. Patrick Gentempo
From Our Blog:
What’s Good Food to a 7 Year Old?
Chatting with one of our clients after her recent appointment, we got to talking about some of the great documentaries about food and the food industry that have been made over the past decade – from Super Size Me to Food, Inc. – and TV shows such as Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. This, of course, got us talking about kids’ attitudes toward food.
Marcy, our client, told us about her daughter Daisy and how she is already, at the age of 7, a cheerleader for healthy eating. She’s all about fresh fruits and vegetables, Marcy said, and hates the hyper-processed stuff such as fast food. And, she added, what’s great is how Daisy wants others to know how good fresh produce feeds the body better than things like Go-Gurt and Fruit Rollups and other faux food.
“Right on,” said one of our staff members. “You know, if she ever wants to give healthy eating a shout-out on our blog, I’d love it.” We all agreed.
So this blog post comes courtesy of Daisy Hendricks, who recently gave us a picture to share with you all.
Thanks, Daisy, for helping spread the word – not only about what kinds of foods are good for you but reminding grown-ups about how smart kids can be. You rock!
Names given & image used with client’s permission.
For more articles like this one, as well as health news, tips and video, visit our blog, Know Thy Health.
So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. – Christopher Reeve