The Terrain-Centered Paradigm, Part 3
Posted on Friday, September 13th, 2013
By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN
A slightly different version of this post was published in Biosis #36 (February 2012 )
Before we continue, I encourage you again to read – or re-read my short (and free) e-book How Illness Happens: An Introduction to the Biological Terrain, which introduces concepts that underlie the rest of this article. What’s to come may sound complicated, but it’s important to me that you understand the science. Only then can you fully grasp your current health situation, what we need to do to restore the terrain, reverse disease and restore your health and well-being.
Fundamentally, German biological medicine emerges from two theories of the aging process: the oxidative damage theory and the mitochondrial theory.
Oxidation is a chemical reaction in which electrons are lost from molecules of proteins, fats, homotoxins and other elements found within cells. This loss makes the molecules unstable and highly reactive. They’re what we call free radicals. Why “free”? Because they lack the electrons that gave them stability, they’ll bind with anything they can. But while this may improve molecular stability, it damages cells. The older we get, the more damage accumulates – what we call oxidative stress. When we analyze aging cells, we see greater numbers of antioxidant protein molecules known as reactive oxygen species (ROS), which neutralize free radicals. This is a clear sign of the body’s response to oxidative stress.
And where do these ROS come from? They derive from mitochondria – the cellular organelles most responsible for generating ATP, a source of energy. But a vicious oxidation cycle also takes place within. This is of special concern when it comes to transcription factors – proteins that control the flow of information from DNA to the mRNA that delivers your genetic information to your body’s cells. If the biological terrain isn’t healthy, the mitochondrial DNA may be damaged. The resulting dysfunction creates even more free radicals that damage the DNA even more. There may be electromagnetic vibrational impairment, as well.
The end result: mitochondria that can’t produce enough energy to power cellular respiration, which spurs tissue dysfunction and degeneration. Electrons are lost from the electron transport chain that is vital to the production of ROS – a disruption that contributes to even more oxidative damage and decline in mitochondrial function.
Or consider the type of white blood cell called a monocyte. Within a few days of its formation, it migrates to the biological terrain. There, it becomes known as a macrophage, which is absorbed into the extracellular matrix, or ground substance. It’s the only fibrocyte – the mother cell of the living matrix – that can respond to changes in its environment and successfully lay down new ground substance.
In the matrix, every component of your body has its own dynamic, vibratory character. This includes each electron, atom, chemical bond, molecule, cell, tissue and organ – and, of course, your body as a whole. We refer to that character in terms of biological oscillations or resonances, which are organized in meaningful ways. They deliver harmonic information to cells throughout the body. If your body were a factory production line, these resonances would be the foremen.
As homotoxins accumulate in the terrain, the fibrocytes become less able to produce physiologic – that is, normal and healthy – ground substance. They still synthesize the material, but that material is unphysiologic and less conducive to the transfer of information among the cells and other structures. Think of how hard communication is for us when we’re trying to have a conversation in a noisy hall. We may mishear the person we’re talking with and, if not corrected, end up acting on bad information. It’s a similar case in the unphysiologic matrix. (Those who want all the down and dirty details can check out James L. Oschman’s Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, which explains these processes at length.)
Such damaged, dysfunctional cells are among the senescent cells at the heart of the research we looked at last time. And what does the medical establishment propose we do? Why, get rid of the cells, of course! Isn’t that what we do with cancer? Kill it? As Mayo Clinic researchers concluded in research published in Nature,
There were no overt side effects of senescent cell clearance in our model, even though it has been postulated that senescent cells enhance certain types of tissue repair. Our proof-of-principle experiments demonstrate that therapeutic interventions to clear senescent cells or block their effects may represent an avenue for treating or delaying age-related diseases and improving healthy human lifespan. [emphasis added]
This is a far cry from the conclusions of German biological medicine. Instead of attacking “bad” cells from without, it says, “Clean up the terrain so the cells can function as designed. Clean up the terrain so the immune system can respond and clear the body of toxins, including dysfunctional cells.”
Our bodies know how to heal. Biological medicine supports that knowledge.
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