Issue #41, August 2013

In This Issue:
Ending the Procrastination Blues – Acid / Alkaline pH Body Balance – A Tale of Two Cancers

JoAnne’s Motivational Minute

Ending the Procrastination Blues

By JoAnne Boettcher-Verigin

It’s a funny thing: As soon as I write each column for this newsletter, I find myself overwhelmed with ideas for the next one…until it comes time to actually write the darned thing.

Hello, Writer’s Block!

Yes, for all I’ve absorbed about planning and motivation and time management, I still seem to have a little problem with procrastination. And distractions. Like the quote on my page-a-day calendar that I can’t help now staring at:

Knowing thyself is the height of wisdom. – Socrates

And this makes me feel better. At least I’m aware of my procrastination habit, so I’m wise. Socrates says so.

So I give myself a little pep talk and reach for a book, a DVD, something to inspire me. For when I take the time to read, to think, to imagine, the writing starts to come a bit easier.

You can’t wait for inspiration.
You have to go after it with a club.
– Jack London

But why? I wonder. Just why do I have this procrastination problem? I hear other people say the same thing about themselves, too. Why do we put off things we know need to be done?

Of course, sometimes it’s just because we don’t feel like doing some of them – even though you know that if you get them done, you can stop worrying about them. Other times, it may be because we think we won’t be able to do a good enough job. Or get caught up in worry about what others think. Or doubt that we can really do whatever it is at all.

Then I remember that worry means throwing a whole lot of energy at the unknown, at maybes and mights. Wouldn’t that energy be better spent doing what it takes to get the “known” that I want? To achieve or create my preferred outcome?

You are the way you are because that’s the way you want to be.
If you really wanted to be any different, you would be
in the process of changing right now.
– Fred Smith

What I need to do is to get back to the basics of planning, not only writing those “to-do lists” but following them.

When you believe and think “I can,” you activate your motivation commitment, confidence, concentration and excitement – all of which relate directly to achievement. – Dr. Jerry Lynch

Admitting all this, I realize: Wow! I’ve just written my column!

But more than that, I have re-energized myself to get back to the planning and doing with the realization of how much better I feel when I get at that job that’s waiting and just do it!

True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. – John Wayne

Dr. Verigin’s Comment

Acid / Alkaline pH Body Balance

How local disease states are tied to the routes of the various nutritive process

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN

All research passes through three phases. First it is ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed.
Third it is accepted as self-evident.
– Arthur Schopenhauer


If at first an idea isn’t absurd then there’s no hope for it. – Albert Einstein

Between last year’s Prop. 37 campaign and this year’s March Against Monsanto, it looks like we might be hitting critical mass on nutritional awareness. You don’t need to search long or hard to find all kinds of information on food quality, nutritional intake and health, and plenty of advice on eating healthfully to prevent or reverse disease.

Very often, the message is about the acidic standard American diet and how crucial it is to eat a more alkaline diet. They say “eat this and avoid that,” but just as often, that’s where it ends, with no explanation of why this matters or how it could possibly make a person healthier.

While food choice is important, nutrition-focused health is about much more. It’s part of a vibrant dynamic involving the extracellular matrix (ECM), or biological terrain.

To understand this, let’s look at some basic concepts:

  • Diet is the basic tenet of traditional healing systems around the world.
  • A healthful diet maintains a proper pH level throughout the body, including the ECM. It is a primary means of self-care, keeping illness at bay.
  • Unhealthful dietary patterns are major contributors to most illness. The American Cancer Society states that 1/3 of all cancers in the US could be avoided through healthier eating.
  • Once digested, some foods have an acidic effect; others have an alkalinizing effect. Humans have a genetically encoded requirement for a balance of acid and alkaline foods.
  • Health and disease begin in the ECM, which carries out nutritive and regenerative tasks in the service of specific organ functions. Think of it as the equivalent of your home’s thermostat – another kind of auto-regulating system.
  • Nerves and vessels aren’t in direct contact with your body’s cells. They’re in contact with the ECM, which mediates between these structures in what’s called the transit space.
  • The ECM significantly determines the genetic expression of the cell (Hay 1983).
  • Cells receive nutrition via the vascular (circulatory) system. It’s not just the organ cells soaking up nutritive fluid. The cells release their waste products into the fluid, as well. This is taken to the openings of lymph vessels that are abundant in the ECM and remove the waste. Everything that travels through the vascular system is routed through the terrain.
  • The energetic information supplied by nutrients affect each cell’s structure and biochemical, physiological function. This includes the quality of the ground substance synthesized by the fibrocyte. If that energy is unphysiological – not suited to an organism’s normal functioning – the ground substance will be, too. This makes is harder for the ECM and cells to communicate effectively with each other. As that communication breaks down, physical degeneration proceeds.

In long-term health, there’s a stable balance between dying and newly formed cells. Popp estimated that anywhere from 7 to 10 million cells are renewed every second – something only possible, he said, due to the enormous amount of information being shared throughout the body via biophoton radiation and oscillations moving at the speed of light.

There are 210 different kinds of cells that make up the human body. Recent studies have shown that few of these live for the full lifetime of the individual without renewal. (The cells of the cerebral cortex are among the few that do.) Mostly, we’re a mix of old cells and new. The cells of your blood at this very moment, for instance, range from just minutes to several months old.

Life Spans of Select Human Cells

Stomach lining 2 days
Sperm 2-3 days
Colon 3-4 days
Platelets 10 days
Skin 2-4 weeks
Lymphocytes 2 months – 1 year<
Red Blood Cells 4 months
Macrophages months – years
Pancreas 1 year or more
Bone 25-30 years

When we talk about regeneration, we’re talking about the regrowth of a damaged organ from the remaining tissue. If part of the liver is lost because of disease or injury, say, it will eventually grow back to its original size, though not its original shape. The process takes a few years.

Of course, regeneration involves many different dynamics and variables. For present purposes, what matters is this: If the ECM is correctly auto-regulating and in the proper state of balance, then given the correct environment – toxins removed, proper pH maintained, proper nourishment supplied – then we, as adults, can regenerate some organs.

In other words, we can heal.

What we want then is to be creating more healthy cells each second than unhealthy cells we’re eliminating – a process that can be guided by diet. The nourishment from your food is a major factor in maintaining proper urinary pH – between 7.1 and 7.3. (Urinary pH reflects that of the ECM.)

Think again of the thermostat analogy. Just as you use filters in a heating and cooling system to provide both a smoother, more efficient system and healthier living environment, we can do the same for the internal environment of our bodies. We can use German Spagyric drainage remedies, for instance, to remove toxic residues from the tissues. Maintaining Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Physical balance likewise support our bodies’ ability to self-regulate and (re)gain health.

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. – Albert Einstein

You cannot create your preferred future by clinging to your past indiscretions. You create that future by embracing change and moving forward, one step at a time. The first step is establishing the right diet to balance your pH.

Below is the food chart I give my patients to help them do this and begin restoring or optimizing their health. Here are the guidelines we follow:

  • If your urinary pH is between 6.5 and 6.9, 60-65% of the foods you eat should be alkalinizing.
  • If between 6.0 and 6.4, 80% of the foods you eat should be alkalinizing.
  • If between 5.9 and 5.9, 90%.
  • Strive for a urinary pH of 7.1 to 7.3 – and saliva pH of 6.5 to 6.8. (Saliva pH is heavily influenced by urinary pH.) A pH reading of exactly 7 represents the middle point, neither acid nor alkaline.

Click to download a PDF of the complete guide

Keep in mind that some pH test strips are more accurate than others. We routinely see patients using papers that are anywhere from .6 to 1.2 off from the readings we get using properly calibrated analytical electrodes. If you’re tracking pH on your own, be sure to use a high quality paper and test the mid-spill of your first daily urine (after 4 am).

This first step is far from the only step – a point made beautifully by Dr. Christopher Fabricius in a blog post earlier this year:

Putting good fuel into a fouled up engine, so to speak, can only help so much. You simply can’t eat enough to get therapeutically sufficient levels of natural medicaments, especially once illness is manifest.

And, after all, it’s not the bricks that build the bridge; it’s the builders. Granted, our wondrously made bodies are infinitely more complex, but the analogy is apt.

  • The architect must conceive a sound and ideal design.
  • The draftsman must thoroughly and accurately convey the design in blueprints.
  • The contractor must fully understand the blueprints in order to organize and coordinate the right construction teams in the right sequence, using the appropriate materials.
  • The foreman of each team must orchestrate the procurement and use of materials, and direct specialized subsets of workers to fulfill their unique tasks.
  • Workers must use their craft-specific knowledge and tools to follow their foreman’s instructions.

Quality control is essential at all stages. Good communication and understanding is key to success. Timing is critically important so each task follows sequentially to build a sound, durable and beautiful structure.

Now think of the bricks. As important and integral as they are, they have little influence on correcting any problems that may arise through the building process. Making sure you have the right number of good quality bricks is a part of it, but this alone won’t build, maintain or repair the bridge.

That building depends first upon the ECM, the terrain.

From Our Blog:

A Tale of Two Cancers

Did you hear about the latest celebrity oral cancer news?

Not Michael Douglas’. The other.

Yes. There was another.

The day after the actor’s now infamous Guardian interview, ESPN reported that Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will be undergoing surgery for cancer in his jaw.

No sex. No he-said-no-he-didn’t-yes-he-did drama. Little attention.

Kelly’s cancer is just the latest of “numerous health problems [he has dealt with] over the past few years.” Earlier this year, he lost his front teeth so surgeons could remove a cyst from his gums and nasal cavity. Now surgeons will remove part of his upper jaw. Chemo may follow. Or not.

Despite this, Kelly insists that they “caught it in time.”

Lord knows what the recommended treatment would be if they hadn’t.

Meanwhile, most all the chatter around Douglas has focused on his blaming his cancer on HPV acquired through oral sex – and maybe stress over his son’s imprisonment on a drug charge. Though a representative quickly issued a statement claiming that Douglas had been “misquoted,” the Guardianhas stood by its story and posted audio of “the relevant part of the interview” online.

Xan Brooks: Do you feel, in hindsight, that you overloaded your system? Overloaded your system with drugs, smoking, drink?

Michael Douglas: No. No. Ah, without getting too specific, this particular cancer is caused by something called HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus.

Actually, it can come about from any kind of oral sex, and the general consensus is that HPV is why oral cancer rates have been rising. Most HPV-related oral cancers seem to occur in the back of the mouth, though, not at the base of the tongue where Douglas says “there was a walnut-size tumour…that no other doctor had seen” – including “a series of specialists,” all of whom “missed the tumour and instead prescribed antibiotics.”

Eight weeks of intensive chemo and radiation followed.

He refused to use a feeding tube, despite his palate being burnt on account of the treatment, and so lost 20kg (45lb) on a liquids-only diet. “That’s a rough ride. That can really take it out of you,” he told the Guardian. “Plus the amount of chemo I was getting, it zaps all the good stuff too. It made me very weak.”

Despite differences between these two cases – and how the media has treated them – they do seem to share one factor: Both came on the heels of significant physical, mental and emotional burdens. There were previous health issues and multiple medical interventions that put a body under stress and contaminate the extracellular matrix (terrain) with pharmaceutical toxins. Douglas also has his history of heavy drinking and tobacco use – both more likely cancer causes than HPV, according to at least one doctor quoted in the press.

It’s the way of much modern illness. It’s not just the smoking. It’s not just the heavy drinking. It’s not just the HPV. It’s not just stress. It’s not just the drugs. It’s not just any one choice or habit or happenstance at all.

It’s everything coming together into a dynamic that gives rise to disease. The body does its best to continue to self-regulate, but the more burdened it becomes, the less effectively and efficiently it can do this.

And here’s where we have a choice: Do we try to force it to work like a healthy body, manipulating it with drugs, surgery and other routine interventions and call it a success when symptoms are concealed?

Or do we work on repairing the body’s self-regulating mechanisms so they can restore and sustain health as they were designed to do?

Read more articles like this at Know Thy Health

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  • Procrastination via Grammarly Cards
  • Book: Avital Pinnick

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