How Biological Terrain Assessment Can Help Make “Mystery” Illnesses a Lot Less Mysterious
Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN
You might be surprised to realize just how many health problems wind up labeled as idiopathic – that is, of unknown cause. But when you consider how most medicine is done from a linear mindset – one symptom, one cause – this fact becomes a lot less surprising.
All of the symptom clusters we call diseases have multiple causes. Dentistry can be one of them.
Indeed, quite a few of the new patients I’ve seen recently have come in to find out if their medical complaints might have something to do with past dental work they’ve had done. Many have lived for years or even decades with mercury fillings or root canal teeth or implants or chronic ischemic bone disease (“cavitations”) – often a combination of these.
Despite all kinds of exams, blood tests, x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and the like, many have also never been given a clear medical diagnosis. Others have been victims of overzealous early diagnoses and aggressive treatment that only added to their long list of complaints.
Those complaints – symptoms – are like the pieces that make up a mosaic. They only make a complete picture when arranged into a whole. Remove some pieces, and the image becomes distorted. One piece – one symptom – can never convey the whole picture.
Likewise, to truly be of help, a doctor must be able to see all the pieces and the big picture their arrangement conveys.
Missing the Medical Mark
Dr. Gilbert Welch is a professor at the Dartmouth University Geisel School of Medicine who has written several books now on the problem of unnecessary medical care, not to mention numerous articles in medical journals and the popular press alike. He’s especially concerned about biomedical companies designing ever more diagnostics, such as breath tests for cancer.
More tests, more premature or off-base diagnoses, more unnecessary treatments. And the problem seems poised to worsen. “It’s a very frothy industry right now,” Welch says.
I’ve seen the results in my own practice, particularly with new patients who have previously gone to corporate dental clinics or high volume, commission-based private practice groups. The patient goes in for one thing only to be told they need all kinds of work done because some hint of a potential problem is taken as a problem in and of itself – something that’s commonly called an “incidentaloma” by the profession.
One of the cases Welch uses to illustrate the problem involves a new patient who consulted him about lingering hoarseness. The patient was referred to an ENT who found a small tumor on his vocal cords. The tumor was removed, and the hoarseness went away.
However, Welch was later informed that his patient had also had a CT scan which revealed a cancer in one of his kidneys – an incidentaloma. The urologist wanted the kidney removed, but Welch challenged him. Through 10 years of follow-up, the tumor never changed size. The patient eventually died of pneumonia.
This kind of problem is in no way restricted to medicine. I recently saw a patient who came in for a second opinion. Having acquired a new dental benefits plan, she had gone to a corporate dental clinic for a cleaning only to be told that she needed an implant, a root canal, two crowns, and four fillings. When I examined her teeth, I found they had been quite overzealous with their treatment plan. She didn’t need nearly so much dental work.
The patient was delighted to hear this, to say the least!
Case Report: 17 Health Professionals, 5 Years, No Answers
As the saying goes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not to their own facts. Yet with the rushing torrent of information we’re bombarded with every day, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between the two. There’s so much spin, it can make your head spin!
One of the dangers of this situation is that it can lead us to have entirely different realities. We become trapped in our own “filter bubble,” as activist Eli Pariser has called it – a metaphorical space in which we only see and hear what we already believe or what confirms our established world view. We are less apt to question it – and have less opportunity to see conflicting information that might challenge or deepen our understanding.
Consequently, a lot of people seem to have trouble separating solid science from popular belief. They become informed by myth, not fact; supposition, not science; headlines, not in-depth explorations. And it happens on both sides of the spectrum, holistic and conventional alike.
This is one of the ways in which conventional dentistry and medicine persist in treating all illness or dysfunction as having a single cause. If a cause can’t be found, the illness is declared to be unclear and the focus falls onto treating symptoms, typically with pills that beget even more symptoms to be treated.
Recently, I examined a new long-distance patient who had consulted at least 17 health professionals over the past five years for a variety of symptoms, including chronic sinusitis, chronic sore throat, left side facial pain in the upper bicuspid area radiating to the ear and up into her temple. It all started, she said, after she began to experience pain around her upper left bicuspids.
The first dentist she saw for it recommended removing a mercury amalgam filing from the second bicuspid. It had some open margins and slight chipping, so there was a gap where sweet and cold drinks could seep in and elicit pain. The dentist placed a new composite filling on the tooth, but the sensitivity persisted, so the patient consulted a second dentist. That dentist said that she needed a root canal and referred her to an endodontist who concurred, for the dental pulpal complex was inflamed.
Even after the root canal, the pain persisted, so she contacted a third dentist who advised that the first bicuspid should be crowned. The patient agreed to treatment but still got no relief. So she consulted yet other dentists, as well as two oral surgeons. She had two CT scans and an MRI. The net result was the loss of both bicuspids.
Some time after those extractions, she saw a third oral surgeon to re-open the surgical sites to see if cavitations had formed. After these procedures, she received numerous ozone injections, as well as vitamin C drips.
Most recently, the patient had consulted an infectious disease specialist who had ordered a variety of blood tests only to tell her that nothing was wrong. No further treatments were advised.
During this same five-year span, the patient had been put on several rounds of different antibiotics, fungal medicines, and pain pills. When she finally decided to get off the allopathic merry-go-round, she began using different herbs to ease her symptoms. If she skipped them even for a day or two, the sinus pain and sore throat would return, and she’d go back to the herbs and other supplements.
After discussing this history with her at some length, I advised that we do a Biological Terrain Assessment. As of this writing, she is still considering the path she wants to take.
Taking a Quantum Approach to Health
Biological Terrain Assessment, or BTA, is an invaluable test that isn’t nearly as known as it should be. I believe one reason why is because it’s pure physics. Western School Medicine and Dentistry speak solely in biological and biochemical terms. Physics is never considered, even though Einsteinian quantum physics has been the real basis of our science since the mid-1920s. Where classical physics fixates on certainties, quantum physics deals in probabilities.
Biological Terrain Assessment was developed by hydrologist Claude Vincent, who worked for the French government from about 1920 to 1950. His job was to find water and purify it so all the villages, towns, and cities in France had the best water possible. In the course of doing so, he found that there were different kinds of water and that the quality of water corresponded to certain kinds of illnesses.
The statistical work was difficult, as the authorities were rather tight-fisted with the data. Still, doing what he could, he found very high rates of cancer where the water was polluted and calcium-rich. The healthiest people, he found, lived where the water was very pure and contained few mineral salts. That included the water near his home in the village of Riom in central France: the Volvic spring system. In fact, it was the purest water he analyzed. Eventually, he placed a plaque there which was engraved with the first surah of the Koran: And we created all living things from water.
Vincent ultimately found that the technique he had developed for water testing could also be used to test an individual’s biological terrain, or the cumulative area between individual cells in the human body. Focused mainly on measuring protons, electrons, and minerals, BTA detects whether the condition of the terrain lends itself to health or illness.
For Pasteur was mistaken in his belief that microbes alone are the cause of disease. Rather, as his associate Claude Bernard taught, the environment that the microbe winds up in determines just what that microbe can do. The microbe can’t cause harm if the environment is inhospitable to it.
A good way to understand this is by the analogy of a garden. You’ll have a tough time growing nutritious vegetables if you just scatter seeds, rake them into the soil, and wait. The chemistry of that soil makes all the difference. Most vegetables and fruits grow best when the soil has a near-neutral pH (6.7 to 7.3 on the pH scale), though they can tolerate slightly acidic soil. A few plants actually prefer acidic soil, though (from 7 down to 3.5 pH), such as radishes, sweet potatoes, blueberries, currants, and cranberries.
When the soil is too acidic, problems arise with a process called cation exchange. (Cations are positively charged atoms or groups of atoms.) Cation exchange is how plants extract nutrients from the soil. When soil is acidic, nitrogen uptake in particular gets blocked. Nitrogen, of course, is a crucial nutrient for plant life. The soil may contain a lot of it, but if conditions are acidic, the nitrogen remains chemically locked up. The plants can’t obtain it.
This is why a nursery will provide phosphorous fertilizers to growers who buy plants, particularly trees and shrubs. Mixing that into the soil before placing the root ball helps unlock the existing nitrogen so the saplings get a healthy start.
Just as the condition of the soil dictates whether a particular plant will languish or thrive, so, too, the biological terrain.
Another way to understand the role of your body’s internal environment is to think of each of your cells as a goldfish swimming about in an aquarium. Not only do they live in water but the food provided, as well as the waste they generate. If the water is not regularly cleaned – if the proper environment is not maintained – the fish’s immune system weakens and the fish soon dies.
The cells in our body become toxic in a similar way. They, too, “swim” in the water that ever so slightly separates them. For water is plentiful in the human body. About 50 to 60% of a human’s body is made up of water. In infants, it’s about 75%. The brain and heart are each about 73% water, and the lungs are 83%.
If we don’t keep this internal environment clean, toxins of all kinds will ultimately make us sick. The life-quality of each cell depends on the purity of the biological terrain, which is far more important than genetics.
Recently, scientists at Calico Life Sciences collaborated with colleagues from Ancestry.com to establish whether genetic makeup affects longevity in any meaningful way. They crunched data from millions of people and “found that genes have a lower impact on how long a person can expect to live than scientists had previously believed.” Their findings were just published in the journal GENETICS.
Such research underscores the fact that, contrary to popular belief, genes have less to do with our health and longevity than previously thought.
And this points to one of the dangers of over-the-counter genetic testing that’s now allowed to report an individual’s risk of developing certain conditions, as well as their ancestry. As the president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, Michael Watson, told Scientific American, such tests may actually confuse many consumers, since they won’t know how to quantitatively balance genetic risk against other factors such as environmental influences, lifestyle, and health status.
To be clear, genetic vulnerability is always in play, but as they say, genetics loads the gun, but the environment pulls the trigger.
That includes the internal environment of the extracellular matrix, or terrain.
Targeting Causes to Map a Path to Healing
Today’s BTA measures three key values of a patient’s extracellular matrix – pH, rH2, and R (Ohms) – using samples of their saliva and urine. (We used to have to test blood, as well, but this is no longer necessary since the software has been retooled to predict the outcome of blood values.) My job then becomes a matter of interpreting those results in light of the patient’s health history, exam results and other diagnostics, and the dynamics of German autoregulation theory.
We also have to look at their subtle energy fields for any missing links. Only then can we suss out the dynamic of causes that led to the patient’s current state of health and map a sensible route of healing.
By looking at the whole profile, we can learn a lot more than any simple blood test or x-ray or MRI can show.
Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees
only so long as its surface is undisturbed,
the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self
when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed. – Indra Devi