Issue #39, February 2013

In This Issue:
Living with Intention – Reading the Terrain – Don’t Floss?!

JoAnne’s Motivational Minute

Living Life Like You Really Mean It

By JoAnne Boettcher-Verigin

Author’s note: Be sure to click the links in the article!

sunrise“When you arise in the morning,” wrote Marcus Aurelius, “think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Yet how many of us manage to put that thought into action, living life like we really mean it? After all, there’s so much we have to do – family, work and personal obligations – amongst all there is to do. There are people to meet, places to go, books to read, things to learn, thoughts to think…

I, for one, don’t want to miss out on any of it!

Maybe that’s why I’ve always been interested in time management – so I can arrange my life to let me take in as much as possible. It’s an ongoing effort, not always successful. With so much going on, it’s easy to get sidetracked.

One thing I’ve learned through the process, though, is that how your day starts often dictates how your day goes. Sometimes, I’m tempted to hit snooze, burrow under my warm comforter and just keep sleeping. Once in a while, I do – and wind up feeling sluggish the whole day. But most of the time, I try to focus on what might lie in store, planned and unplanned. What will I learn? Who will I meet for the first time? Which friends will I see? What do I want to accomplish? How will I make the most of the time I have?

Though we talk about “making time” or needing “more time,” of course there’s no such thing. We each get no more and no less than 24 hours each day. Those hours are a non-renewable resource. Once used, they’re gone.

But the beautiful thing is that we have a choice: be carried along by events, letting the chips fall where they may, or take action to shape the day to our liking. This doesn’t mean do whatever you want. We all have responsibilities. But we can choose how to handle them, just as we choose to spend our free time.

Likewise, we can choose to face life as a chore, limited and dictated by circumstance, or open ourselves to its bounty and embrace the opportunities it brings.

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
– Albert Einstein

Doing the latter makes life an adventure!

The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer
a hearty “Yes!” to your adventure!
– Joseph Campbell

Dr. Verigin’s Comment

The Route to Healing: A Primer, Part 2

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN

Last time, we looked broadly at the complexity of modern chronic illness and the importance of comprehending how a person’s unique dental and medical history is, in fact, one story, a unified whole. As I wrote in Part 1 of this article,

Many come to our office with a veritable Pandora’s box of stifling symptoms and a litany of confusing diagnoses. They’ve consulted dozens of doctors, dentists and other practitioners who have told them dozens of conflicting stories about their illness and how to treat it. Why so many? Each has looked at parts without noticing how they fit together.

So we start by finding how they fit. Only then can we plan the route [to healing].

Understanding the unifying paradigm will help you travel that route – like the ruby slippers helped Dorothy on her way to Oz and then back home. She did the walking, but the power of the shoes sure helped.

Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA)

Whichever route you take, all roads lead to and through the terrain.

Thus, our assessment starts with Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA), which was developed by Louis-Claude Vincent, a hydrology professor whoseBioelectronimètre was first used in France in 1946. His method compels us to look beyond symptoms, giving a contextual, broad-spectrum view. It lets us see the forest for the trees, so to speak.

BTA report sample pageVincent found that the defining triad of pH, rH2 (oxidation-reduction potential at the given pH) and Ohm’s resistance is just as accurate a measure of human health as of water quality. His research struck a chord with eminent German physicians such as Fritz Kramer, Helmut Schimmel and Reinhold Voll, all of whom I’ve had the honor of studying under. BTA is now used throughout Germany by dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists and physicians alike – and by other progressive practitioners around the world, most notably in the US.

The process itself is simple, quick and noninvasive. Saliva and urine samples are taken, and Vincent’s three bio-markers are measured and analyzed by computer. The results show which biological systems are in good shape and which are vulnerable, weakened or compromised.

The individual’s values are compared to the benchmark values for health to determine what degree of dis-regulation the individual is experiencing. It gives us our first – and best – glimpse of what is going on behind or actually causing the symptoms.

Different symptoms flourish in different environments – just as oaks, cacti and ferns, for instance, flourish in different environments. A fern needs specific soil, minerals, humidity, temperature and climate that would never sustain healthy cacti. If those conditions were to change radically, the fern would become diseased or die.

Likewise, if the body’s internal environment – the terrain – becomes disturbed, causing dis-regulation, it will become ill or die. The specific kind and progression of illness depend on the specific disturbances in the terrain.

We can define “health,” then, as the condition in which a human being has a well-ordered and well-functioning biological terrain.

Knowing the state of the terrain, we can identify bioenergetically specific therapies to improve it and support auto-regulation.

New Avenues in Regulation

One thing many people don’t know is that their body consistently emits ultra-weak light via photons. This light controls our vital processes.

Biophotons are found in all living cells, which both store and emit them. Those cells, of course, are surrounded – and connected – by the extracellular matrix (ECM). Like organs and organisms, they also produce “spontaneous” radiation, mostly due to the cellular respiration (i.e., the cells’ “breathing”). Meantime, the ECM supports, nurtures and regulates states of differentiation and allows defense by macrophages and leucocytes (types of white blood cells).

structures in extracellular matrixWhen the matrix is in good shape, the inner membrane of the mitochondria – the “power plants” within each cell – don’t produce many reactive oxygen species (ROS). That’s a very good thing. Lots of ROS is a sign of oxidative stress, which damages the outer layer of cell membranes known as the glycocalyx.

When toxins build up in the matrix faster than they can be removed, even more will settle – a process known asdeposition. Like static on a bad phone line, this makes it hard for the cells to communicate. The difficulty cascades across the metabolic pathways between capillaries that nourish the cells. It reverberates through the matrix and the lymphatic pathways that normally remove waste.

The electric potential of a healthy ECM is quite stable. With inflammatory conditions, it increases; with degenerative diseases, it decreases. The matrix itself is negatively charged, attracting both positive ions (magnesium, calcium, sodium, potassium) and water. In fact, it can hold more than 1000 times its own weight in water.

We can measure the ECM’s electric potential through the acupuncture points. As Robert O. Becker, author of The Body Electric, has noted, these points are like microprocessors, while the meridians are input channels that regulate tissue health and self-repair.

They are thus windows to the matrix. The technique we use to access them is one I call MRI: Matrix Resonance Imaging.

Next time, a look through those windows will let us see how disease evolves from conditions in the matrix – and that will let us see how healing can begin.

Study the science of art. Study the art of science.
Develop your senses – learn how to see.
Realize that everything connects to everything else.
– Leonardo DaVinci

From Our Blog:

The Dentist Who Says You Don’t Need to Floss

Remember when Jessica Simpson made those comments about never brushing her teeth? (“I just use Listerine,” she said, “and sometimes I’ll use my sweater.”)

Remember that South Korean TV show guest whose claim to fame was not brushing for a decade or more? (“I do not understand why people should brush teeth, as it is not like others will look into your mouth,’ said Ji Hyun Ji, a/k/a “Cutey Yellowish.”)

Now meet the dentist who says that you don’t need to floss.

Yes. Really.

Dr. Ellie Phillips claims “that rather than flossing or using brushes, all you need to do is use three different mouthwashes – one before brushing, and two after.” On what grounds?

She says that flossing – and that goes for whichever gizmo, gadget or bit of tape you choose to use – will do nothing to reduce your risk of tooth decay.

The science, she says, is on her side. Only one study has shown a benefit, and that involved a group of schoolchildren who did not floss themselves, but instead had their teeth flossed by a hygienist five days a week for two years.

And a study published in the British Dental Journal in 2006 found no difference in the number of cavities suffered by adults who flossed and those who did not.

OMG! “Science!” She must be right!

teeth with heavy biofilmWell, the research may be, but as more than one dental professional has noted, her conclusions don’t really follow.

As our patients and regular readers know, the point of brushing and flossing is to break up the microbial colonies – biofilm (plaque) – that form on your teeth between cleanings. Decay is caused not by the bacteria but the highly acidic metabolic waste they generate. Gum disease is caused by the microbes themselves. Destroying their colonies through the mechanical action of brushing and flossing keeps them from destroying your oral tissues.

Christina Chatfield, an independent dental hygienist based in Brighton [UK], who is nominated for hygienist of the year, says effective flossing should help reduce both tooth cavities and gum disease. She argues that the reason studies have shown it to have little effect is that too few people actually do it properly. [emphasis added]

“The majority of those who do use floss (which I believe to be around five percent of the population), don’t use it effectively, so it is of minimal benefit to them,” she says.

Maybe that lack of effective flossing is why Phillips thinks that just killing the microbes with mouthwashes is preferable. But no mouthwash – chemical or herbal – can kill all microbes, nor target only “bad” bacteria.

“The bacteria around teeth that cause gum disease are extremely protective and hard to shift – they don’t even respond to antibiotics,” says Christina Chatfield.

“The idea that these bacteria could be shifted by mouthwash alone is ludicrous. The only option is to shift them physically, and even with the most thorough flossing some get left behind.”

Interproximal (“proxy”) brushes, research has shown, may “shift” even more than flossing. Vigorous rinsing? Not so much.

Or to put it another way: If you don’t floss, use a proxy brush or otherwise clean between your teeth, you neglect almost 40% of your total tooth surface area. You wouldn’t wash only 60% of your body while showering, would you? So why clean just 60% of your teeth?

oral bacteriaThat said, an aseptic (germ-free) mouth is neither possible nor desirable. As Dr. Aaron Weinberg, dean of the School of Dentistry at Case Western Reserve, puts it, “You don’t want a sterile mouth; you want a mouth that has primarily good bacteria in it, in order to keep exogenous microorganisms out and prevent them from colonizing the mouth.” Flossing helps achieve that.

Phillips has one other recommendation: sucking lozenges or chewing gum sweetened with xylitol. This couldhave some benefit, as the substance does seem to have anti-cariogenic (anti-cavity) properties. And – whadayaknow? – she sells her very own brand of lozenges and gum!

In the words of one commenter on the Wealthy Dentist’s coverage of this story, “Does anybody else notice that her website is devoted to selling her products to the public, or is it just me?”

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Knowledge is learning something every day.
Wisdom is letting go of something every day.
– Zen proverb


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