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To the determined, curious and faithful
INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................... 7
HEALTH & THE STRESS THRESHOLD .............................................................. 11
FUNCTIONAL ILLNESS – A THREE HEADED MONSTER ......................... 15
TEST YOUR STRESS THRESHOLD ..................................................................... 17
SECTION I – HORMONAL ASSESSMENT ................................................ 18
SECTION III – TOXICITY ASSESSMENT ................................................. 22
SECTION IV – VITALITY ASSESSMENT.................................................. 24
ANALYZING THE RESULTS................................................................... 26
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH & ANTI-AGING? ................................................. 28
TELOMERES & EPIGENETICS ................................................................ 29
INFLAMMATION & FREE RADICALS ..................................................... 32
NF-KB, METHYLATION AND NITRIC OXIDE ........................................ 36
EICOSANOIDS ...................................................................................... 40
FUNCTIONAL BIO-ANALYSIS – WHAT, HOW, WHY?.................................... 50
WHAT IS IT? ....................................................................................... 50
FOUR KEY PRINCIPLES ........................................................................ 52
THE BODY REACTS TO EVERYTHING................................................... 56
THE BODY EVALUATES EVERYTHING .................................................. 58
EVERYTHING IS ELECTROMAGNETIC ................................................... 60
THE LIVING MATRIX ........................................................................... 65
WHY FUNCTIONAL BIO-ANALYSIS? .................................................... 68
WHAT COLOR ARE YOU? RED, GREEN, OR BLUE? ........................................ 76
BODY BASICS ...................................................................................................... 85
A QUICK LOOK AT DIET ..................................................................... 90
BALANCING HORMONES ..................................................................... 98
BIORHYTHMS & TEETER-TOTTERS .................................................... 101
GETTING THE BODY READY .............................................................. 106
PRIMARY ENERGETIC POINTS – WHAT TO FIX FIRST? .............................. 110
NAVIGATING THE PATHWAYS .......................................................... 113
SPEED UP THE PROCESS WITH BIOMARKERS .................................... 117
HYPOGLYCEMIA OR HISTAMINE? – SPLEEN 21........................................... 119
METABOLIC SYNDROME .................................................................... 121
HYPOGLYCEMIA ................................................................................ 125
INSULIN RESISTANCE ......................................................................... 130
HISTAMINE ....................................................................................... 133
SAD OR SLEEPLESS? – BLADDER 1 ................................................................. 135
DEPRESSION – LOW SEROTONIN ....................................................... 138
INSOMNIA & MELATONIN ................................................................. 140
HAPPY OR HORMONAL? – CIRCULATION/SEX 1 ......................................... 142
HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (HRT) ..................................... 145
BIRTH CONTROL PILLS ...................................................................... 146
THE FEMALE SEXUAL CYCLE ............................................................. 149
ANDROPAUSE – MALE MENOPAUSE .................................................. 155
FUELED OR FATTY? – GALL BLADDER 1 ....................................................... 160
CHOLESTEROL & TRIGLYCERIDES ...................................................... 161
FBA FOR HEART DISEASE ................................................................. 168
PANIC OR PASS OUT? – HEART 1 ................................................................... 170
BLOOD PRESSURE.............................................................................. 172
TIRED OR STRESSED? – TRIPLE WARMER 23................................................ 177
THE THYROID GLAND ....................................................................... 179
AUTOIMMUNE THYROID ................................................................... 180
THE ADRENAL GLANDS..................................................................... 184
ALLERGIES OR INFLAMMATION? – SMALL INTESTINE 19 ......................... 190
LEAKY GUT SYNDROME .................................................................... 191
FOOD ALLERGIES .............................................................................. 194
FOOD SENSITIVITIES.......................................................................... 196
TREATING ALLERGIES AND SENSITIVITIES ......................................... 196
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ....................................................................... 202
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE ..................................................................... 205
MIGRAINES, METALS, OR MINERALS? – KIDNEY 27 .................................... 210
MIGRAINE HEADACHES – TOO MUCH SEROTONIN ........................... 211
METAL TOXICITY .............................................................................. 215
KIDNEY STONES ................................................................................ 219
ARTHRITIC OR TOXIC? – LIVER 14 ................................................................ 222
HOW DO I BECOME TOXIC? .............................................................. 224
THE LIVER & ARTHRITIS ................................................................... 227
ATTENTION DEFICIT / HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER ........................... 232
MEMORY .......................................................................................... 237
BRAIN FOG........................................................................................ 240
BRAIN REHAB ................................................................................... 241
PLEASURE OR PARANOIA? – GOVERNING VESSEL 27 ................................ 247
ACIDIC, ACNE OR ULCERS? – STOMACH 1 ................................................... 250
HEART BURN .................................................................................... 251
PEPTIC ULCERS ................................................................................. 252
ACNE ................................................................................................ 253
COLITIS OR CONSTIPATION? – LARGE INTESTINE 20 ................................. 256
PROBIOTICS....................................................................................... 258
PARASITES......................................................................................... 259
HIGH SPIRITS OR HYPOXIA? – LUNG 1 ......................................................... 261
ASTHMA............................................................................................ 262
APPENDIX A - THE NEURO-EMOTIONAL COMPLEX .................................. 265
NEURO EMOTIONAL THERAPY – FIXING THE NEC ........................... 268
APPENDIX B - EXERCISE ................................................................................. 272
FITNESS VS. HEALTH ......................................................................... 274
THE ANAEROBIC SYSTEM .................................................................. 275
THE AEROBIC SYSTEM ....................................................................... 275
TARGET HEART RATE ....................................................................... 276
MAXIMUM AEROBIC FUNCTION TEST (MAF) .................................... 280
APPENDIX C - ENERGY TO BURN? ................................................................. 282
WHAT IS ENERGY? ............................................................................ 283
BURN FAT, NOT MUSCLE .................................................................. 286
BIBLIOGRAPHY ................................................................................................ 292
INDEX ................................................................................................................ 322
Hope for Health
In 1990, I was a member of the University of Florida baseball team. Most
days consisted of two and a half hours of practice under the Florida sun.
You can imagine my regular appearance: a fully drenched uniform and
skin striped with a distinguishing farmer‘s tan. The soaked-zebra look on
the outside was funny enough, but something serious was taking place on
the inside. A white salt-stained ring just above the bill of my ball cap was
a sure sign of mineral depletion.
This gradual loss of critical minerals took a toll on my physiology. For
many nights in a row when I would lie down to sleep, my heart would
begin to speed up, slow down and skip beats. Was I having a heart attack?
Was something seriously wrong with me? Ignorance of this frightening
experience then created its own emotional anxiety, making the problem
worse. The issue would come and go over the next year seemingly
without any connection to my lifestyle. The symptoms ranged from mild
and hardly noticeable to severe and scary.
It was at this time that my roommate, in search of his future career path,
spoke of going to see his uncle, a chiropractor who did some ―different‖
things. Little did he know that this seemingly random encounter would
change my life. My roommate was right—Dr. Dugan was more than a
chiropractor. He also practiced Applied Kinesiology (a cousin technique to
Functional Bio-Analysis).
Throughout the years of his practice, Dr. Dugan developed a rapid
evaluation that he performed on all his patients. It involved using the
muscles as a semi-diagnostic tool. He explained to me that each muscle
group connects to a related organ system: the deltoids to the lungs, the
biceps to the stomach and so on. If a non-injured muscle did not stay
―strong‖ under a steady pressure, the weakness signaled a potential
On my first visit, he performed his assessment on me in the span of about
eight minutes. My muscles easily resisted his pressure until he tested my
right arm, specifically the subscapularis—a big muscle that starts on the
underside of the shoulder blade, wraps around the ribs and attaches to the
inside of the upper bone of the arm. It is one of the four muscles making
up the rotator cuff. Mine had very little resistance. This of course was a
shock to me. At the time I could decline press 300 pounds! By all outward
assessments, I was a strong and healthy young man. Even so, Dr. Dugan
could easily rotate my shoulder, and my subscapularis muscle could do
nothing to stop him. He told me this muscle relates to the most active
organ in the body, which happened to be another muscle—the heart.
To continue his exam, Dr. Dugan handed me two copper rods with
electrical leads connected to a machine. It had a copper plate on top and
some needle dials to measure electrical resistance. He had me hold one of
the rods in each hand, and then he turned on the machine. The rods
allowed a small electrical current to flow through my body. Next, Dr.
Dugan placed different mineral supplements on the copper plate of the
machine while keeping an eye on the dials. If my body didn't need the
specific mineral on the plate, the dials didn‘t move.
Then something strange happened. The moment Dr. Dugan placed
potassium on the copper plate, the dials sprang all the way from left to
right. Something about potassium made a significant impact on the
electrical flow through my body. What did that mean? To follow up on
the reaction, Dr. Dugan removed the rods and instead, instructed me to
simply hold the bottle of potassium in my left hand. He once again tested
the subscapularis of my right arm. To my amazement, I now had full
Based on my body's reactions, Dr. Dugan could tell I was functionally
deficient in this important mineral. He prescribed the potassium as a
supplement, and I faithfully obliged for the next three weeks, taking one
or two potassium tablets per day. There was no great outward change. I
already felt strong and healthy, but amazingly, I no longer had any heart
issues. No speeding up or slowing down while at rest. Within days of
taking the potassium, my heart palpitations stopped, and have not
returned to this day.
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The experience impressed me and raised many questions. How did my
body know the bottle had potassium in it? How could my muscles change
instantly to the presence of something outside my body? What about
those connections between the muscles and the organs? Did muscle
testing correlate with standard blood work or laboratory results? Could a
doctor evaluate other things in the same way? Things like harmful
chemicals, acupuncture meridians or even emotions? Through my studies
in Applied Kinesiology, I found the answers to these and many other
Muscle testing as a means to evaluate nutritional imbalances has come a
long way in the 20 years since Dr. Dugan determined I had a potassium
deficiency. Science has caught up as well, verifying much of what
practitioners of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) have
known all along. Research has discovered many of the nutrients critical to
neurological and immune system function. This knowledge means that if
a doctor were to know which systems were out of balance, he could then
use FBA to discover which nutrients the body needed to restore balance,
or homeostasis. This happens every day in the offices of FBA physicians.
Personally, I have used this approach to help thousands of patients with
some of the most common, challenging and expensive illnesses affecting
the civilized population today: depression, diabetes, digestive issues, heart
disease, hormonal imbalances, hypoglycemia, metabolic issues, migraines
and many forms of pain. Even significant and frightening conditions such
as auto-immune disorders can be helped markedly or go into remission
altogether with FBA. Many of the common ailments FBA regularly
resolves, are discussed throughout the pages of Hope for Health.
If used generally, FBA would revolutionize health care as we know it,
making doctors more preventative and patients more proactive. The
consequences would result in greatly reduced costs and a significant
reduction in chronic illness. But there is so much more.
Hope for Health is a book about correcting functional illness—the place
between optimal health and recognizable disease. Functional illness is the
realm where traditional medicine has few answers, but where the needs
are the greatest. It is the reason why exercising no longer means losing
weight. It is why eating healthy no longer rebuilds tissues or restores
nutrient levels. It is why fatigue and pain are the greatest complaints for
those who see a doctor. It is why sleep is interrupted when stress has long
passed. It is why so many women have PMS, hypoglycemia, poor thyroid
function and struggle with infertility. It is where you are right now.
Before delving into the mechanics of Functional Bio-Analysis and its
benefits for helping achieve optimal health, it is important to get an
overview of the processes that promote illness, disease, and aging. Just as
important, is knowing how these processes fit together. Which are the
most common? The most detrimental? What are the inward and outward
signs? In other words, what are the common pitfalls to avoid and the steps
to take to encourage and maintain health? This knowledge is cutting-edge
and motivating, and since these topics are of greatest interest to most,
they are presented in the first two chapters, Health & The Stress
Threshold and The Fountain of Youth & Anti-Aging?
As you are about to learn, the human body is a metabolic maze,
vulnerable to attack on many fronts. There is no such thing as a condition
in isolation. Every complaint has multiple potential causes. Pinpointing
the disrupted areas is what FBA does best. Correcting those areas with
what the body needs most is how miracles happen. It means patients
begin to get better. It means discouragement begins to dissipate. It means
there is hope for health.
Hope for Health
There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living
and the other how to live.
John Adams, Second President of the United States
It was always possible for humans to fly. The laws of physics didn‘t
change once the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Orville and
Wilbur simply made use of air's natural properties, something that was
always present. True, they first needed a familiarity with a particular base
of knowledge to see what was possible. Health is much the same way.
Being healthy requires an understanding of some fundamental laws of the
body—laws that most never knew existed, although they rely on them
every day. This understanding must start with a good working definition
of health – a word which has been hijacked to mean anything from
feeling good to looking good to simply making it to a certain age.
Is health how a person feels? Most people believe they are healthy.
According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), respondents
were asked to assess their own health and that of family members living
in the same household as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. The
percentage of people who believed they had excellent or very good health
was 65.6 percent in 2010.1
It is much the same around the world. The results of the Second European
Quality of Life Survey mimicked those found in the United States, with
roughly two-thirds of people in the UK believing they were in ―good‖ or
―very good‖ health.2 Is it possible that two-thirds of the people walking
down Main Street, through the grocery store, or in the mall are in
excellent or very good health? The NHIS data did come closer to
reflecting reality among those over 65. By then, only 41.7 percent of
respondents believed they had excellent or very good health.3
Is health the absence of disease? Perhaps those above had no diagnosed
disease at the time of their survey, so they considered themselves healthy.
Maybe they just need to wait a few more years. Diseases overall, including
cancer, heart disease, and obesity, continue to rise.4 At the same time,
mental disorders are advancing to the top of the global list of diseases.
Estimates predict depression will become the second most common
disease by the year 2020.5
Is health a long life? The average life expectancy in industrialized
countries continues to rise.6 In 2010, life expectancy for men was around
77 years and for women 81 years. To the credit of traditional medicine,
people appear to suffer from more diseases but live through them, or at
least with them. However, this brings up the question of quality of life. Is
someone who lives to 85 years old with the effort of multiple medications,
surgeries, and significant physical limitations considered healthy?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as, ―A state of
complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity.‖ This sounds nice. Unfortunately, the
WHO definition is nebulous and lofty and could use a bit of earth under
its toes.
What is critical to, and missing from, the definition of health is the
category of functional illness. Free falling from perfect health to disease is
not the norm. Long before disease was in the picture, functional illness
was visible, perhaps even in the foreground. Consequently, to properly
gage one‘s current health, functional illness must be assessed, subjective
bias must be reduced and a final element should be considered: quality of
life. All of these factors are the framework of the Functional Health
With a functional illness, a person will have symptoms (sometimes
debilitating ones), but his or her life is not in immediate danger. The
illness is a signal by the body that something is wrong, out-of-balance.
Headaches, insomnia, indigestion, joint pain, hormonal imbalances, and
dozens of other ―normal‖ complaints are all common signs of functional
problems. These conditions and many others are warnings that health is
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in jeopardy. They are also chinks in the armor of modern medicine, since
medications and surgery in these cases do no good, are unnecessary, or
create a slew of harmful side effects that are worse than the original
condition. The good news is that functional illness is in the realm of
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the specialty of
Functional Bio-Analysis.
Looking at the graph below, health is the region beneath the dotted line.
It is distinct from both functional illness and disease. The demarcation in
between functional illness and disease is the Stress Threshold. Exceeding
this threshold is something people never want to do. Everyone‘s threshold
is unique, variable, and based upon genetic strengths and the total amount
of accumulated stress. The definition of stress is more than just emotional
unrest. Stress is also structural trauma or chemical deficiencies and
toxicities, which each have their own detrimental effect on health.
Stress is a natural part of life. Without it, people could not mature
emotionally or physically. The dilemma occurs when the stresses of life
overwhelm the body‘s ability to cope. In fact, too much stress produces
adverse effects in roughly 43 percent of all adults and has a relationship in
some way or another to 75 - 90 percent of all medical visits. Stress also
contributes to chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
osteoporosis, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, cancer, anxiety, and
depression.78 Often, just the thought of a stressful event is enough to
cause an increased heart rate, perspiration, or in severe cases, panic
Short-term stress, if severe enough, may generate functional imbalances
and push a person toward the stress threshold, whereas long-term stress
lowers the stress threshold entirely. This is why people who have
managed ongoing ailments for years are easily pushed over the brink
physically and emotionally—their reserves and the stress threshold itself
are near the bottom.
For example, two similar men were healthy, each having low total stress
and a high stress threshold at the beginning of the year. The first man had
a good year: No one in his family died, he had a stable job, and all close
relationships remained intact. The second man started the year with an
analogous profile, but things quickly changed: doctors diagnosed a good
friend with cancer, a competitor bought his corporation, putting his job in
jeopardy, and the downturned economy soured several investments. On
top of this, the office building where he worked experienced a major
water leak and later tested positive for high levels of airborne mold. After
one year‘s time, two things happened to the second man. First, he rapidly
moved toward his stress threshold. The results of this most likely included
functional imbalances, such as insomnia, irritability, digestive complaints,
and even perhaps, depression. Second, the ongoing nature of his stress
lowered the overall threshold entirely, setting him up for even worse
problems in the future.
To their credit, complementary doctors of all sorts recognize that nearly
all dysfunction is the result of multiple factors, present within multiple
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layers. This means that dysfunction has more than one cause. Physical
conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune
issues, and congenital disorders, are amalgamations of multiple
imbalances.9 10 11 12 However, all functional illness is multi-layered and
the problem gets worse. Once present, functional illness initiates a selfperpetuating cycle that simultaneously affects the emotional, structural,
and metabolic planes.
When faced with this dilemma, alternative medicine doctors may employ
natural strategies, such as detoxification protocols, food allergy
elimination, and psychological therapies, in the hopes of removing
enough total stress from the ailing body to allow for an increased quality
of life. Often, these approaches are helpful to some degree but not for
everyone in every circumstance. A greater understanding of the causes,
called the pathophysiology, and more therapeutic specificity is required.
Conditions with multiple imbalances do have common characteristics.
The three systems responsible for most functional illness are the same
three systems that manifest most often with Functional Bio-Analysis.
They are defined by the acronym HIT: Hormonal dysregulation, immune
system dysfunction, and toxicity.
Hormonal dysregulation can refer to any hormonal problem, but it most
often means abnormal insulin from a blood sugar imbalance and abnormal
cortisol from the stress response. Immune system dysfunction means all
kinds of autoimmunity and inflammation. Finally, toxicity refers to the
bombardment of environmental and food-based chemicals that inundate
the human body.
Three of the four sections in the Functional Health Assessment below are
arranged based on HIT. Any category of HIT, once ignited, is a catalyst,
kick starting the other two. To put it mildly, ongoing HIT is a threat to a
person's current quality of life. HIT sets individuals up for disease by
applying downward pressure on the cells, which are the home of the
With the consideration of functional illness, a simple definition of health
begins to emerge. Health is the state of being far below one‘s stress
threshold. Unhealthy would be just the opposite: near to or beyond the
threshold. Although no lab test can pinpoint where one‘s stress threshold
may be, tracking the signs and symptoms of functional illness and quality
of life makes assessing one‘s health much easier. The more functional
problems present at any one time, the worse the state of health and the
greater the risk for future disease.
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Before a person can get to where he is going, it is essential to know where
he is. The test on the next page, called a Functional Health Assessment,
helps people to quantify their current health level and generate a baseline.
The totals from each section are added together, converted into a grade
value and then superimposed on the Stress Threshold graph. Individuals
should repeat this test every six weeks as they employ the strategies in
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To complete the test, circle the number to the right of each question, with
0 being no severity to 5 being the highest severity.
Acne on face?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Always hungry?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Anxious for no apparent reason?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Crave breads?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Crave salt?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Crave sweets after meals?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Crave sweets throughout the day?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Depression during monthly period?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Difficulty urinating?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Dizziness upon standing?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Emotional outbursts?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Energy drops in the afternoon?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Facial hair growth?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Have or had asthma?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Headaches around menstrual cycle?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Headaches in the morning?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Headaches with exertion or stress?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Hot flashes?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Irregular monthly cycles?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Irritable or lightheaded between meals?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Less than 8 hours of sleep per night?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Light bothers eyes (always wear
Loss of sexual desire?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Loss of sexual performance?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
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Low blood pressure?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Menstrual cramping?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Night sweats?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Outer third of eyebrow thinning?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Poor night vision?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Prostatitis or vaginitis (itching)?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Restless legs?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Shaky or lightheaded if you miss a meal?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Shortness of breath?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Trouble losing weight even with
0 1 2 3 4 5
Trouble staying asleep?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Vaginal yeast infections?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Vision changes throughout the day?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Weight gain without diet or lifestyle
Weight loss without diet or lifestyle
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
Abdominal bloating after eating?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Can‘t remember the names of people I
just met?
Can‘t turn off my mind when it is time to
Chest pains?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Cold hands or feet?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Cold sores?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
Does caffeine make you feel bad?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Does caffeine make you feel good?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Does sugar make you feel bad?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Does sugar make you feel good?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Dry skin?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Excessive hair loss?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
Feel worse in humid, damp, or moldy
Fungus under finger or toenails?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Gluten intolerance?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Growing pains as a child?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Have a feeling of dependency on others?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Have a feeling of dread or impending
Have a hard time finishing tasks?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Have difficulty calculating numbers?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
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0 1 2 3 4 5
High blood pressure?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
Loss of long-term memory?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Loss of short-term memory?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Loss of smell?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Loss of taste?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Lower back pain?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Mind often wanders even while doing
important things?
Nails are weak?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Nails have ridges?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Nails peel?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Nasal or sinus congestion?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Neck pain?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Numbness in toes not related to injury?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Pins and needles in arms?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Regular headaches?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Ringing in ears?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Skin wrinkling rapidly?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Slow healing sores?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Spider veins?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Spoon-shaped indented nails?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Stomach ulcers?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Sweat often?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Swelling in ankles?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Varicose veins?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Visual problems?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
Abdominal pain?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Acne on back or legs?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
Bad breath?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Breast tenderness during menstrual
Burning pains in joints, muscles, or skin?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Coated or fuzzy tongue?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Crave alcoholic beverages?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Diarrhea after a fatty meal?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Do chemical smells or exposure cause
Dread getting up each day to experience
0 1 2 3 4 5
Food allergies?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Frequent skin rashes?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
Handle problems effectively?
0 1 2 3 4 5
High cholesterol?
0 1 2 3 4 5
History of Hepatitis?
0 1 2 3 4 5
I do not have hobbies and interests that I
actively engage in?
Leg cramps?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Muscle tenderness without exercise?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Often wake up between 2 and 4 a.m.?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Pain or swelling in joints?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
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Pet allergies?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
Regular constipation?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Regular diarrhea?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Regular digestive complaints?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Sore joints with exercise?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Tobacco smoke is very offensive?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Trouble falling asleep?
0 1 2 3 4 5
This final section contains questions related to circumstances that may
prevent or slow down the recovery of health. Changes in lifestyle may
modify or eliminate many of them. Others are circumstances in the past
that no longer apply or may be uncontrollable, such as family history.
20+ pounds overweight?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Airline pilot?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Alcohol consumption per week?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Antibiotic use (this year or more than
three times in the last ten years)?
Average level of stress for the last three
Average level of stress over the last year?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Average level of stress throughout your
Currently level of stress?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Drink less than 4 glasses of water per
Eat less than 1 piece of fruit and 2
vegetable servings per day?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Eat out more than twice per week?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Family history of cancer?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Family history of diabetes?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Family history of heart disease?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Family history of mental illness?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Family history of stroke?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Feel disinterested with former hobbies?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Feel hopeless about my situation?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
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Feel little compassion for others?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Feel that I have no purpose?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Feel that life is meaningless?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Feel uninterested with life?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Have used oral steroids?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Hospitalized for a non-emergency in the
last 12 months?
Hospitalized for a non-traumatic
emergency in the last 12 months?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Little or no exercise?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Major lifestyle change (divorce, loss of
job, relocation, death of loved one, etc.)?
Often eating meals after 8 p.m.?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Oral contraceptive use (past or present)?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Serious accident or injury in your
0 1 2 3 4 5
Sick about once per year?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Sick more than once per year?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
Sun exposure less than 15 min. per day?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Surgery (other)?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Surgery as a result of trauma?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Surgery on a joint?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Surgery on internal organs?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Taking more than 2 medications?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Under frequent high stress?
0 1 2 3 4 5
Work with computers daily?
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
To calculate an overall health grade, add up the total of the circled
answers for each section. Then, add the total for the first three sections
together to make one score. Section IV will be computed separately. The
total score from a given section is better than just counting all the
questions with high scores. From a functional perspective, multiple sets of
low scores are equivalent to a few sets of high scores. Once you have the
sections added together as instructed, find the corresponding grade on the
chart below.
Few functional
complaints with high
Low to moderate
functional complaints
with good vitality
Moderate functional
complaints with
moderate vitality
Elevated functional
complaints with low
moderate vitality
Excessive functional
complaints with low
Now, match the grade with the corresponding letter on the Stress
Threshold graph below. This is your current placement.
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Figure 1: Grading the Stress Threshold
The golden rule of prevention states that the best time to fix a problem is
before it ever happens. However, human nature being what it is, most
people only seek help from an FBA practitioner after first amassing dozens
of functional problems, or the equivalent of a grade C, D, or F. If this is
true in your case, do not worry. Functional Bio-Analysis brings health to
those unhelped and those long dismissed by their medical doctors. The
knowledge gained through Hope for Health is a great place to start.
Having an understanding of functional illness, it is now time to
investigate its origins and the mechanisms that allow it to perpetuate. In
other words, it is time to look at how the wheels fell off the cart. Knowing
this information will be of service for both health rejuvenation and
Since well before Ponce de León scoured the New World looking for the
Fountain of Youth, humans have been intensely interested in
immortality. As many ancient civilizations observed, health and longevity
correlate with diet, nutrition, and lifestyle practices. Nothing has
changed. Today, researchers and physicians can demonstrate scientifically
that overconsumption of the wrong food types and poor lifestyle choices
lead directly to genetic damage and disease. The result of this ancient
wisdom and current scientific corroboration is the emergence of a field of
study called Nutritional Genomics. None of this is too surprising. People
are sophisticated enough to realize that a good diet, exercise, and avoiding
stress are essential to health. Yet, none of these necessarily guarantees
longevity. So, is there a magic bullet for aging?
In order to answer this question, we must first answer another. What
exactly is aging? What is the mechanism? The answer: aging is imperfect
cell replication. Think of it this way. If a perfect cell could replicate itself
perfectly, the result would be another perfect cell. If this process
happened continuously and indefinitely the outcome would be anti-aging,
or natural immortality. A quick look at the wedding album or the high
school yearbook is proof that this idyllic state has yet to occur.
If one were able to find a fountain or herb or fruit to increase longevity,
what would it do to prevent disease and halt the aging process? Would it
grow new cells? Would it balance all hormones? Would it prevent free
radical assault? In other words, is there a common characteristic—an
origin of illness, if you will, between functional imbalances, diseases, and
even aging, that if addressed would help correct and prevent all three?
The short answer appears to be yes.
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All cells have within them a biological clock that determines the
maximum number of times they can divide. Cell death is called
senescence13 and takes place after about 70 cell divisions in young cells
and far less in older cells.14 However, cells rarely reach natural
senescence. Instead, they often die long before their time for another
reason: failure to fully replicate DNA.
Four types of small building blocks called nucleotides combine to make
DNA. Arranging these nucleotides properly is the essence of DNA
replication during cell division. DNA is a double helical organization of
nearly one billion nucleotides. In order for DNA to copy itself, it must
first ―unzip.‖ The two separated halves then must recreate their missing
side. If all goes well, the end result is a perfect copy of the original
―parent‖ DNA. However, ending up with a perfect DNA copy is often a
less than perfect process.
As nucleotides are added to an unzipped side, mismatches are consistently
generated. Called single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs (pronounced
―Snips‖), these bad sections of DNA must be discarded and replaced. Each
cell is more than prepared for this contingency by keeping plenty of spare
parts (nucleotides) nearby. All DNA contain redundant, long, and
repetitive sequences of nucleotides. These spare parts, called telomeres,
are the key to health rejuvenation and anti-aging.
Visualized as an aglet, the little plastic part on the end of a shoelace,
telomeres are located at the tips of the DNA strand.15 Cells with long
telomeres flawlessly replicate their DNA. Those with short telomeres do
not. A strong correlation exists between short telomeres and disease.
Every time a cell divides, telomeres become shorter, genetic material
becomes less stable, and diseases are likely to increase.16 17 18
Embryonic cells start off with telomeres around 15,000 nucleotides long.
At birth, the telomeres have decreased in length to approximately 10,000
nucleotides. They continue to shorten throughout a person's lifetime to an
average of about 5,000 nucleotides. Below this number, cells are unable to
divide further, and the end result is death from old age. That is, unless
telomeres were able to lengthen again.19 Researchers know there must be
a way to regrow or prevent telomeres from shortening, since in some cells
this is already taking place.
The reproductive cells, sperm and egg, do not have shortened telomeres
no matter how old they may be. The reason for this phenomenon is an
enzyme called telomerase. In laboratory testing, cells with plenty of
telomerase do not die and do not manifest disease.20 21 What is interesting
is that all cells have the potential to manufacture this mysterious enzyme,
but they do not. Like a cell phone resting quietly on the nightstand until
its number is dialed, telomerase genes within every cell await the proper
environmental signal before being prompted to action. Whatever turns on
telomerase, prevents biological aging.
As one might expect, the pharmaceutical industry is working
enthusiastically to develop effective drugs designed to lengthen telomeres
by increasing telomerase activity within the cells. The research holds
promise but is still many decades off. There is no need to despair or to
rush out and purchase a cryogenic chamber in the hopes of being
unfrozen and scientifically resurrected at some point in the Orwellian
future. Anti-aging can begin immediately by putting into practice those
things already known to increase telomerase activity and by avoiding
those that don‘t.
Stress on a cell means more frequent division and a faster road to
senescence. Lifestyle factors that stimulate disease processes will also
shorten telomeres and reduce telomerase activity. Common factors
include psychological stress,22 23 24 oxidation,25 26 27 28 and blood sugar
imbalances.29 30 At the same time, lifestyle factors known to promote
health, such as aerobic exercise,31 32 33 lengthen telomeres. On the whole,
a person can encourage telomerase activity with an anti-inflammatory
diet, certain nutritional supplements, regular moderate exercise, and stress
management.34 These well-known remedies effect genetic expression
from outside the cell, having what cellular biologists call an epigenetic
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How genes express themselves determines everything about the body,
including how it looks, functions, and heals. Diseases, as well, can be the
result of gene expression, or the lack thereof. For many years, scientists
believed that bad genes were the reason for all diseases. If a person had a
given disease-gene, she was in trouble. If she did not, then the coast was
clear. But, not all women with the gene for breast cancer actually
developed the disease. Some women are able to keep the gene from
turning on.
The Human Genome Project set out to catalog all the different genes
within the body. Expecting to find 120,000 or more genes located within
the twenty-three pairs of human chromosomes, scientists were more than
surprised to discover only around one fifth of that number. This shocking
revelation made it clear: Genes were not the exclusive determinant of
destiny. There were simply not enough of them to account for all the
potential traits and diseases.
Still reeling from this earthquake under the microscope, classical genetic
engineers were about to be hit with a tsunami. Science now knows that a
single gene has not one but around 30,000 potential forms of expression.35
As it turns out, all manner of outer environmental influences, such as
stress, nutrition, exercise and even thoughts have a profound effect on
what the gene does and when it does it. All of this means that genes, as
was thought for decades, are not deterministic, but are instead a set of
possibilities. These phenomena and their new realities are the realm of
epigenetics. As epigenetic influences lay siege to the body, functional
imbalances appear, manifesting as any of the symptoms listed on the
Functional Health Assessment.
Of all the extra-cellular factors that influence genetic expression the ones
that are garnering the most attention by epigeneticists are the emotions.
Every thought and feeling produces thousands of chemical components,
which have the potential to influence genes, turning them ―on‖ or ―off.‖
Negative emotional states and their detrimental effect on health are easily
understood, but if mere thoughts have the potential to alter genetic
expression, then emotional health instantly becomes a top priority. A
discussion of some of the emotional techniques used by FBA practitioners
to restore well-being is presented in Appendix A.
Protecting the cells from epigenetic influences on the outside is a path of
prevention, rejuvenation and vitality. However, protecting the cells on
the inside slows down biological aging and is therefore the road to
longevity. The origin of both aging and illness begins with inflammation
inside the cell itself.
Inflammation is the recognized process that occurs after the onset of an
injury or an infection. Anything red, swollen, and painful on the outside
is probably inflammation. Joint aches and muscular pains resulting from a
viral or bacterial illness are common, as well. The inflammatory process,
initiated and controlled by the immune system, is essential for tissue
repair and healing and to eliminate foreign organisms. Like a posse sent
out to round up a gang of horse thieves, the immune system sends forth
deputized chemicals for a select purpose. Macrophages, eosinophils,
basophils, and neutrophils gallop out of town in search of justice. To keep
the sometimes heavy-handed chemicals from doing more harm than good,
strong anti-inflammatory agents, such as cortisol from the adrenal glands,
travel alongside and prevent the inflammatory posse from taking the law
into its own hands. Without this stopgap, immune-based diseases like
asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis may ultimately occur.
The forms of inflammation mentioned so far originate outside of the cell
itself. Outside inflammation is essential for combating the injuries or
organisms that threaten health and function. However, the efficiency of
outside-cell processes is dependent upon proper function inside the cells.
The cell is a miniature version of the entire body. It contains all the major
processes of the body and has the functional equivalent of a brain, organs,
a nervous system, a reproductive system, and even an immune system.
Before a disease or dysfunction can ever manifest in the body,
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inflammation is first brewing in the cells. In other words, as the cell goes,
so the body goes. Therapies and techniques that best address cellular
inflammation are the most desirable and effective for promoting health
and longevity. The figure below shows the four main areas where
inflammation can occur.
No matter the source of the inflammation, painkillers like acetaminophen,
ibuprofen, and naproxen work to stop the process after it has long been
underway. These over-the-counter medications are in a class called
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Using NSAIDS for pain
management due to an occasional injury, like a sprained ankle, poses no
detrimental effect. However, daily use of NSAIDS for body aches and
pains or to manage arthritis indicates a deeper level of dysfunction within
the cells themselves, one that may in fact turn deadly. In the United
States, overuse of NSAIDS accounts for around 16,000 deaths annually.36
37 A holistic approach would attempt to prevent inflammation in the first
place. Igniting the inflammatory flame can result from several sparks.
Smothering these embers is the hope of both health and anti-aging.
Free Radicals
The essential elements for life are in many cases the same things that
facilitate disease and aging. Everything must be in its designed balance.
Sunlight is essential for maintaining hormonal balance by initiating the
production of vitamin D and encouraging natural biorhythms, but too
much leads to disease of the skin. Inflammation heals damaged tissues and
rids bodies of foreign invaders, but too much destroys healthy tissues and
leads to conditions like arthritis and eczema . Oxygen is critical for life,
but too much damages DNA and promotes poor genetic expression. In this
last case, oxygen, when in contact with certain molecules, alters their
shape. This is oxygenation, and it is the source of most free radicals.
A free radical is the leftover molecule after oxygen or another substance
has stolen away an electron. Like an obnoxious nine-year-old zinged up
on sugar whose favorite toy has gone missing, this rogue molecule is an
unstable troublemaker and will remain so until it gets its electron back.
There are many forms of free radicals. The ones caused by oxidation are
called reactive oxygen species (ROS). These chemicals are produced under
normal circumstances inside cells every time oxygen is present, which is
nearly always. Cleary, oxygen is essential, but its residue – oxidation - is
the precursor of aging and the pathway to disease.
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Oxidation promotes aging since the free radicals produced do damage to
the DNA.38 Like a springtime hailstorm in Kansas, it is estimated that the
DNA must withstand up to 100,000 oxidative hits per day.39 This
bombardment changes the structure of DNA, damaging pieces of the gene
itself, resulting in a polymorphism. Free radical inflammation makes SNP
repair difficult and results in junk DNA, which shortens telomeres and
further increases the potential for disease.
Despite their frequency and intensity, free radicals are not a problem, as
long as the body can neutralize them. This is the job of antioxidants.
Antioxidants can be any of a number of compounds, including vitamins,
minerals, and botanicals. Vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, and selenium are
common ones. Other categories of antioxidants, such as carotenoids,
flavonoids, and isoflavones, are less familiar but just as vital. All these
come from natural foods (ones without wrappers). Regular ingestion of
fruits and vegetables increases stored antioxidants. If the body has
depleted antioxidant reserves, free radicals can significantly injure cells
and leave DNA unrepaired. In this state, even breathing oxygen-filled air
is damaging.
The army of antioxidants inside and outside the cells constantly does
battle with the forces of oxidation. Leading the charge is perhaps the
greatest antioxidant, glutathione. Formed in the liver through the
assembly of three amino acids, glutathione assists in the elimination of
environmental toxins, protects against oxidation and helps quench
inflammation resulting from an overactive immune system.40 41 Many
autoimmune diseases and brain-based disorders such as ADHD42 and
Alzheimer‘s43 are directly associated with low levels of glutathione.
The three amino acids that compose glutathione are: L-glutamine, glycine
and cysteine. Generally when glutathione is low, one or more of these
amino acids are required, but not all.44 45 Certain herbs like Cordyceps
found in China, can elevate glutathione levels as well, sometimes
dramatically.46 The body does manufacture certain antioxidants however;
whole-food choices still determine how much antioxidant activity is
present. This means that a diet replete with different colored vegetables is
still at the top of any health list.
The human body is an amazing amalgam of feedback loops, teeter-totters,
and self-governing mechanisms, as discussed throughout Hope for Health.
Generally, as one process turns on, another process is ready to turn it off
(i.e. the inflammation of free radicals is countered by stored antioxidants).
When everything is working harmoniously, disease is thwarted and aging
is slowed.
The reason inflammation is so damaging is because of its direct effect on
cellular mechanisms. Free radicals start a fire of inflammation with
unforeseen consequences and collateral damage. Systems designed to
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regulate cellular function are inevitably caught in the crossfire. Proper
nutrition is one way to modulate the cellular damage of aging. Roughly 50
different human genetic diseases arise when the wrong mutant enzymes
replace the right B-vitamins, called coenzymes.47 This disease-promoting
cycle is set up when proper levels of B-vitamins are too low and can be
remedied when those levels are high.48 Raising B-vitamin levels prevents
the polymorphisms of bad gene replication49 and many of the diseases of
unwanted gene expression.
Damage from inflammation is inevitable, but can be greatly ameliorated
with a strong defense of the cellular homeland. Inflammation directly
assaults four essential nutrient-based systems critical for proper cellular
function. The four systems are the methylation pathway, the nitric oxide
system, the eicosanoids and the NF-kB system. The B-vitamins folic acid
and B-12 are directly responsible for balancing the methylation pathway.
The nitric oxide and NF-kB systems are dependent upon adequate levels
of the super antioxidant glutathione, which itself is dependent upon
vitamins B6 and B2 and a compound called, sulforaphaneglucosinolate
(SGS), found in nature, especially in broccoli plant seeds.50 Finally, the
eicosanoids rely upon sufficient levels and proper ratios of good fats,
called essential fatty acids.
The NF-kB System
To recap, anti-aging and longevity means that cells are properly
replicating their DNA, while at the same time preventing unwanted gene
expression. The process of genetic expression is called transcription and is
under the governance a substance called nuclear factor-kappa beta, or the
NF-kB system. This regulatory protein is found in almost all animal cell
types and is responsive to nearly all cellular stimuli. Too much
unwelcome epigenetic influence, such as stress, immune chemicals, free
radicals, ultraviolet irradiation, bad cholesterol, and bacterial or viral
antigens,51 52 speeds up the NF-kB engine and results in the expression of
bad genes. This is the friendly way of saying that excess NF-kB activity
will lead to cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, and chronic
The same lifestyle aspects that lengthen telomeres will also slow down
NF-kB. The NF-kB system is inhibited by glutathione and a process in the
cell called ubiquitination. A supplement known as ubiquinone is one of a
group of nutrients responsible for pressing the brake on the NF-kB
system, and is easily recognized by its common name, Co-Q-10. A host of
popular medications, such as statin drugs for cholesterol, decrease levels of
this critical nutrient,53 which is just one of many reasons to avoid
pharmaceuticals whenever possible.
Basically, normal metabolic processes – turning one chemical or hormone
into another – will always generate waste. Taking out the biochemical
trash is the job of a process known as methylation. But it does even more.
The importance of methylation has been recognized in the fields of antiaging and genetics, where researchers have been actively mining this
pathway for life-saving nuggets.54 From a genetic standpoint, methylation
protects DNA transcription by stabilizing the NF-kB system.55
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Methyl (CH3) is a powerful detoxifier of certain chemicals. Both B12 and
folic acid have an abundance of it. When needed, these vitamins are able
to donate their methyl groups, transforming a potentially harmful
substance into something useful or benign. Perhaps the most damaging
non-methylated chemical is an amino acid called homocysteine. Research
has found that taking high doses of the nutrients B12, B6, and folic acid
(folate), reduce homocysteine levels and prevent brain shrinkage in
Alzheimer‘s patients by as much as 50 percent.56 These nutrients are the
principle supporters of the methylation pathway. Because of its direct
relationship to heart disease, and vascular damage, homocysteine is
discussed further in the chapter, Panic or Pass Out?
The Nitric Oxide System
If methylation is faulty from oxidation overload, a third important system
related to anti-aging will follow. The chemical nitric oxide (NO) plays a
leading role in the control of inflammation by modulating the immune
response.57 It also supports blood flow to the brain, hands, feet58 and
sexual organs,59 and increases metabolic endurance during exercise.60 But
not all of its impacts are positive. If the damage from free radicals is great
enough, glutathione levels will drop and the nitric oxide system will
become altered.
NO does its work via three enzymes, called synthases: neuronal NOS
(nNOS), endothelial NOS (eNOS) and inducible NOS (iNOS). The first
two are very helpful, the last one is not.61 nNOS for instance, is used to
optimize brain function by increasing the growth of new neurons and
working specifically at the space between neurons known as the synapse.
eNOS aids in the dilation of blood vessels, helps balance blood sugar, and
enhances energy utilization by supporting muscle mitochondria. iNOS is
the bad guy. Its activity promotes inflammation, arterial plaque build-up
and perpetuates free radicals leading to tissue destruction and
autoimmune mechanisms.
Research into cellular mechanisms has indicted iNOS and excess nitric
oxide as the primary culprits of ―unexplained illnesses‖ such as Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia and PostTraumatic Stress Disorder.62 However, their damage is also a major reason
for functional illness of all types, which expresses itself long before more
complex illness ever shows up. Halting iNOS and balancing nitric oxide is
therefore critical for optimizing health. This can be done by increasing
glutathione levels, reducing free-radicals, promoting proper methylation
and through one other mechanism. The fourth and final system on the
anti-aging team has everything to do with the health of the cell itself and
is responsible for keeping all cellular occupations functioning properly.
These are the eicosanoids.
Eicosanoids are hormones present in each of the 70 trillion cells of the
human body. Rather than endocrine hormones, like estrogen and
testosterone, traveling throughout the blood stream, or paracrine
hormones communicating between cells, eicosanoids are autocrine
hormones. This means they work within the cells themselves, each one
having its own special role to play. There are currently around 100 known
eicosanoids63 with names such as prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and
thromboxanes. All cellular function (which means all human function) is
based on these elusive chemicals. The balance between eicosanoids is
what either enhances or degrades health. Most of the top-ten causes of
death directly relate to eicosanoid imbalances, including heart disease,
hypertension, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory diseases, auto-immune
diseases, cancer, depression, and many more.64 65 66 67
All eicosanoids are essential, but under certain circumstances, some are
much more important and others more harmful. Therefore, if the
operating assumption is that most people are not in perfect health, have
some degree of emotional stress, and their diet could use some
improvement, then the title of ―good‖ and ―bad‖ eicosanoids becomes
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―Good‖ Eicosanoids
―Bad‖ Eicosanoids
Inhibit platelet aggregation
Control cellular proliferation
Encourage immune function
Promote platelet aggregation
Promote cellular proliferation
Suppress immune function
So how is it possible to manipulate eicosanoids naturally for the benefit of
improved function? By understanding how the body makes them. All
eicosanoids come from oils called essential fatty acids (EFAs). ―Essential‖
means that the body cannot make these oils. They must come from the
diet. The irony is that EFAs are useful, or become activated, after
oxidization. That‘s right. The process that damages DNA and creates free
radicals, leading to inflammation, is the very same process used to kickstart the production of anti-inflammatory eicosanoids.
It makes good biological sense that oils would contain a key to health and
anti-aging. Oil is human soil, or the environment from which health
springs forth. The brain is 50 percent fats and oils. All the nerves
throughout the nervous system have a coating of fat, called a myelin
sheath. Fat makes all hormones, whether within the cell itself or floating
around the blood stream. Every cell in the body has as its membrane a
double-dose of fat called a bilipid layer.
The cell membrane is Grand Central Station. Without a healthy cell
membrane, nutrients do not move in and waste products do not move out
of the cell. But this is just for starters. Hormones, nutrients, chemicals of
all kinds, and even light waves engage the cell membrane and elicit a
response through specific receptor proteins. Cellular biologists believe
that there may be more than 100,000 of these proteins, each designed to
respond to a precise environmental stimulus.68 Keeping the plethora of
processes moving efficiently requires a healthy cell membrane, and this is
dependent upon access to an abundance of essential oils - the same oils
required to make good eicosanoids. Harvesting good eicosanoids and
weeding out bad ones must be the foundation of any anti-aging program.
Since the early 1980s, researchers have known about eicosanoids and have
used oils with mixed results to try to balance their levels for the benefit of
health. This is not surprising. The power and success of oils is based upon
two important caveats. First, not just any oil will do. Second, the oils used
must be ingested in the correct ratios. These ratios can vary from one
person to the next, depending on the present state of health. Overall, it is
a delicate scale, easily tipped in one direction or another. Overdosing
either side, even with good oils, will create problems.
There are three families of oils that can make eicosanoids. Family 1 and
Family 3 are where most good eicosanoids come from, while Family 2
produces most bad eicosanoids.
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Family 1 is full of omega 6 oils that come from a variety of plants and
vegetable-based foods. Family 3 has the omega 3 fats, like fish and flax
seed oils. Fish oils have the ability to protect the heart and reduce the
incidence of cardiac arrest.69 70 They do this by reducing the
inflammatory response.71 72 However, just taking fish oils is not enough
for optimal function. In order for eicosanoids to diminish inflammation,
they often need to be present in the correct ratio, balanced against the
omega 6 oils of Family 1.73 74
Family 2 are the fats cardiologists want all their patients to avoid, like
saturated fats found in red meats, butters, and creams. These fats easily
and directly convert into arachidonic acid. While arachidonic acid is
critical for brain development in children and has many other important
functions throughout life, the eicosanoids from arachidonic acid can make
things much worse by increasing pain, constricting blood vessels, and
promoting blood clots. This usually occurs when inflammation becomes
aggressive. However, there is more to the story. The whole truth of
Family 2 fats—and why avoiding them is a Band-Aid approach that may
in fact be detrimental—is discussed in the chapter Fueled or Fatty.
From arachidonic acid, three main groups of eicosanoids emerge. The first
group is the prostaglandins. These are the eicosanoids whose production is
shut down by NSAIDS, like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. They do this
by not allowing an enzyme to do its job. Enzymes are like workers on an
assembly line. As the protein and fat pieces flow down the line, enzymes
put them together. Drugs like NSAIDS prevent workers from showing up
to work. One enzyme responsible for putting together bad eicosanoids is
Cyclooxygenase-1, or COX-1. NSAIDS are COX-1 inhibitors. This may
sound like a good idea at first. Who needs enzymes putting together bad
eicosanoids anyway? The problem is COX-1 also assembles good
eicosanoids, such as the ones that keep the stomach from digesting itself.
Too many COX-1 inhibitors will often lead to gastro-intestinal bleeding.
Two other eicosanoid groups also come from arachidonic acid: the
leukotrienes and the hydroxylated fatty acids. NSAIDS do nothing to help
these last two. The pharmaceutical industry is working on a new class of
LOX enzyme inhibitors to prevent leukotriene formation. Natural LOX
inhibitors, such as curcumin, fish oils, and certain antioxidants, all come
from a good diet. However, few choose that approach exclusively. If
persistent pain is coming from leukotrienes or hydroxylated fatty acids, a
common approach in today‘s fix-me-now society is to go nuclear with
Steroid drugs, like those prescribed by Rheumatologists, do work to stop
pain by shutting off bad eicosanoid production. However, they do more
than this. Steroids shut off all eicosanoid function—good and bad. People
on steroid drugs often gain weight, become depressed, have trouble
sleeping, develop brittle bones, and so on. To reiterate, eicosanoids
regulate all human function by controlling cellular function. Shutting the
inflammatory and anti-inflammatory eicosanoids down at the same time
with steroid drugs has a negative impact on the whole body. This will not,
and does not, end well.
Eat Balanced Amounts of Good Oils
The American diet is full of too many omega 6 oils. All the oils in the
boxed and bagged goods of the grocery store are omega 6 vegetable oils.
This is undesirable for two reasons. First, these oils are all the same types:
corn oil and soy bean oil, mostly. It is never a good idea to eat the same
things all the time, even if they are good for you. A variety of good foods
is best. Second, oils in processed foods have lost any value they once had
due to high heat and exposure to oxygen. High heat changes the
molecular structure of the oil, making it poisonous in some cases. Oxygen
causes free radical damage, turning the oils rancid.
Besides the two reasons just given, omega 6 oils can easily convert into
arachidonic acid with a deficiency of omega 3 oils. This tends to happen
in the presence of a blood sugar problem, such as insulin resistance. To
balance the teeter-totter, physicians have prescribed heavy doses of
omega 3 fish oil. This approach works well at first but soon creates other
imbalances. Good eicosanoids come from both the omega 6 and omega 3
oils, not just fish oils alone. Generally, the body wants good sources of
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both omega 6 and omega 3 oils in order to keep inflammatory eicosanoid
levels low. Using both families of oils, along with reducing or eliminating
bad fats and heated omega 6 oils is the best approach. However, there are
other potholes to watch out for.
Avoid Bad Fats
Not all fats are equal. Man-made synthetic and processed fats (trans fats)
greatly disrupt eicosanoid balance, increase inflammation, and interfere
with cholesterol breakdown. As such, people should avoid eating them.
The process of partial hydrogenation changes the shapes of natural fats
and oils so they interfere with, rather than promote, normal fat
metabolism. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine
estimates that simply eliminating trans fats from the U.S. food supply
could prevent between 6 and 19 percent of heart attacks and related
deaths, or more than 200,000 deaths each year.75
These processed fats are in nearly everything people buy in the grocery
store, from salad dressings to candy bars and from chips to breads.
Partially hydrogenated fats and oils block the normal conversion of
cholesterol in the liver, causing an elevation of cholesterol in the blood.
Margarine, which is often touted for its lack of cholesterol, contains
partially hydrogenated fats. One of the biggest cases of misinformation in
recent history is the suggestion that eating margarine instead of butter
will reduce cholesterol. It is true that butter contains cholesterol and that
margarine does not. But, butter also contains high levels of normal fat
mobilizing nutrients. It is a whole food designed to take care of its own
fats if eaten in moderation. Margarine can actually increase cholesterol
levels and heart attacks.76
Watch Out for Sugar
Some people can eat plenty of Family 2 saturated fat without any evidence
of inflammation or its scariest outcome, heart disease. How is this
counter-intuitive trend possible? Because they don‘t over-ingest sugars
and have normal blood insulin. Saturated fat by itself is neutral or can be
anti-inflammatory but not when combined with sugars.77 78 Americans
love sweets and grease. In the Standard American Diet, saturated fat is
rarely unaccompanied by copious amounts of sugar. With each dessert,
Americans increase their risk for heart disease,79 80 eating roughly 150
pounds of refined sweeteners each year.81 Too much sugar leads to spikes
in the sugar-regulating hormone insulin. This hormone has the strongest
influence over the eicosanoids. Too much insulin as a result of too much
sugar is a trigger for functional illness. The majority of people, as
discussed in the chapter Hypoglycemia or Histamine, have a functional
blood sugar problem that is pushing them toward life-altering disease.
Sugars with Family 2 fats are bad enough, but to add fuel to the
inflammatory fire, simply change Family 2 fats to the bad trans fats. Since
1920, the percentage of dietary vegetable oils in the form of margarine,
shortening, and refined oils increased nearly 400 percent while the
consumption of sugar and processed foods increased about 60 percent.82
Studies from around the world have consistently demonstrated that in
populations where the diet was high in sugar, processed flours, and heated
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vegetable oils, deaths from all manner of disease, including heart disease,
are much higher.83 84 85 86 87
A Final Piece
In the body, everything is about balance between systems: not too hot,
not too cold. Avoiding bad oils and consuming good oils is a great start
and will pay dividends. However, maximum effect from oils, the kind of
effect that helps cure arthritis, eczema, and colitis, results when people
consume both omega 3 and omega 6 oils at the same time in their correct
Diagnostic blood tests can determine the levels of EFAs in the body.
However, the levels of these oils are different within different types of
body tissues. This means that blood tests, as helpful as they may be, still
leave many critical questioned unanswered.
Which type of omega 3 oil is best: flax seed oil, cod liver oil, or a
combined fish oil product? Which type of omega 6 oil is best: black
currant seed oil or borage oil? Or perhaps evening primrose oil, wheat
germ oil, or some combination of the above? And of course, how much of
each? Two fish oil to one borage, or the other way around? Finally, will
the patient actually be able to digest all these oils and use them efficiently
in the body? The answers to these questions will lay a foundation for
health and anti-aging.
Summarizing what has been learned so far: The things that make us sick
are the same things that accelerate aging. The reason this is so is because
all diseases and functional imbalances originate from dysfunction in the
cells. When cells are stressed, replication increases and total cellular
lifespan decreases. Slowing biological aging begins with a strong defense
of DNA against inflammatory assault. The main threats come from
oxidation-generated free radicals, poor cellular methylation, an overactive
NF-kB system, a skewed nitric oxide system and inadequate levels of good
eicosanoids. To prevent aging the fundamental processes of cellular
replication and transcription must be guarded.
Telomeres must be kept as long as possible with proper health and
lifestyle habits.
The inflammation from free radicals must be minimized with
The methylation and nitric oxide pathways must be properly
The brakes of the NF-kB system must be engaged with co-Q-10
and glutathione.
The cell membrane must be kept pliable and elastic and
inflammatory eicosanoids must be reduced with the proper ratio
of essential fatty acids.
Each of the dangers and their foundational counter steps are pictured in
the figure below.
Figure 2: Protecting DNA
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At this point some may conclude that anti-aging is just a bit too
complicated. Telomeres? Methylation? Oxidation? Eicosanoids? Where
does one begin? The body is, in one way, simple. It will thrive when it
gets what it needs and avoids what it doesn‘t. But it is in no way
simplistic. What exactly does it need and what should it avoid? The
answer is often different for different people, but there is an answer. The
wonderful news is that a fascinating whole-person healing approach can
determine the things required to restore health.
It is time to discover this new world, one that modern diagnostic
equipment can in some cases confirm but cannot replicate; a world that is
explained through neurology, neurochemistry, bioenergetics, epigenetics,
and in some cases, quantum mechanics. A world that, once understood,
will advance health by changing the way people eat, think, and live. It is
time to discover Functional Bio-Analysis.
This chapter of Hope for Health details how Functional Bio-Analysis is
even possible. It may be a bit complex, but this is necessary for academic
reasons and to satisfy the natural questions generated by such a topic.
However, some of you may want to start by flipping through the Table of
Contents or the Index to find the greatest areas of concern in your own
life. Turn to those pages and see how FBA works through the natural
metabolic pathways to find the cause and the cure. Then, return to
Functional Bio-Analysis – What? How? Why? for detailed explanations of
how it is all possible.
Since the 1960s, alternative medicine, in its various forms, has advanced
in U.S. culture. During this time, the interest in all things ―natural‖ led to
an explosion of alternative healing techniques, many of which had no
scientific foundation. These techniques failed to withstand speculation,
evaluation and attack, proving to be little more than fads or trends. In the
competitive world of health care, those alternative techniques that have
endured have done so by their own merits. The fact they are still here at
present, despite conspiratorial attacks to eliminate some of them,88
demonstrates they have received the stamp of approval from the public at
large and now no longer carry the somewhat derogatory title of
―alternative‖ but are instead complementary.
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is one technique that has survived. AK, despite
past and present efforts to discredit its efficacy, has endured due to its
success in areas where traditional medicine has failed and continues to
fail. At its core, AK was the first technique to incorporate the manual
muscle test, or MMT,89 as one of its primary methods of evaluation,
believing practitioners can use the muscles of the body as an analytical
tool to evaluate human function.90
With this realization, vast implications were foreseen and not
surprisingly, many offshoots were conceived. Emerging under the
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―kinesiology‖ banner, techniques such as Clinical Kinesiology, Quantum
Kinesiology, Nutrition Response Testing and Muscle Response Testing91
were born. Competition between these groups led to new discoveries,
refinements and innovations, making already good procedures more
efficient and effective. The worlds of biochemistry, neurology and
nutritional research kept pace as well, providing the scientific foundation
upon which the regular breakthroughs could rest. Pioneers in AK such as
Dr. Walter Schmitt,92 Dr. Chris Astil-Smith,93 and Dr. Michael Lebowitz94
developed entire protocols and techniques to address the biochemistry
and nutritional needs of the body. Their work, and that of many others, is
the foundation upon which FBA now stands.
Functional Bio-Analysis (FBA) is a science-based complementary
medicine technique, helping knowledgeable practitioners navigate the
neurological and energetic pathways present in all people. The primary
goal of FBA is to tap into the body‘s own natural monitoring system in
order to evaluate the functions within. FBA, like AK, is done with precise
manual muscle testing.
With FBA, practitioners can follow ordered steps to find the nutrients the
body needs most. This approach produces a hormetic effect. Hormesis has
Greek origins and means, ―to set in motion, impel, or urge on.‖ A
hormetic nutrient may be a single vitamin, herb or other agent that
positively impacts multiple systems simultaneously.
One of the first things an FBA practitioner will do is find the primary
energetic points (PEPs). These points are well known and have been used
for thousands of years in classical acupuncture. With FBA, it is possible to
identify the PEPs with the highest priority and then all the remaining
PEPs in their order of importance. Through this hierarchy, health
professionals can address the primary things first, saving time and
resources often wasted on less significant issues.
Along the body's structured pathway, there are many other fascinating
and pertinent tests an experienced practitioner can add as he or she deems
necessary according to the symptoms and metabolic needs of the patient.
For instance, the three primary colors of the visual spectrum (green, red
and violet) relate to specific genetic tendencies. Each color is associated
with a major organ weakness and food intolerance as well as with other
health-disrupting tendencies. Just knowing these pieces of information
would help millions of people manage and maintain their health. (For
more information, see the chapter, What Color Are You?). There are also
eight eye positions, which reveal whether major minerals such as calcium,
magnesium, iron and zinc are out of balance; and numerous soft-tissue
tests that make known the integrity of the skin, hair and joints.
The success of FBA practitioners is dependent upon their knowledge of
physiologic pathways, their ability to use the craft of manual muscle
testing and their knowledge of standard and special diagnostic tests. In
fact, FBA is the perfect bridge between the worlds of functional and
energetic medicine. Functional medicine doctors analyze standard
diagnostic tests, such as blood work, and then recommend natural
remedies. Energetic medicine doctors utilize the body itself as a diagnostic
tool: FBA practitioners do both.
FBA operates on four key principles. First, when a functional imbalance
or even a disease is present, it indicates the brain/body has recognized and
pinpointed the problem, but for a variety of reasons, lacks the means to
restore its own balance, or homeostasis. When this occurs, it does the next
best thing—it reveals the areas in need via well recognized energetic
points located on acupuncture meridians. The FBA practitioner needs
only to follow the manifested energetic road map as revealed through the
PEPs in order to locate the most significant imbalances.
Second, there is a hierarchy. In other words, the body knows what it
needs fixed first and the order thereafter. This is critical. Most techniques
will start at the patient‘s complaint. However, most complaints are
downstream problems. Locating the headwaters and addressing the issues
found at the source is the approach that produces ―miracles.‖
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Third, fixing the ordered steps along the way requires hormetic nutrients.
These are the foundational nutrients that affect vast numbers of metabolic
functions. Hormetic nutrients do the heavy lifting and include specific
forms of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, B6, folic acid and many
others. Utilizing hormetic nutrients exclusively will make recovery faster
and more permanent and prevent Shopping Bag Syndrome (SBS), the
rapidly growing phenomenon of using a shopping-bag‘s worth of daily
supplements as part of one‘s health routine.
Fourth, manual muscle testing is currently the only method of human
analysis available to navigate the body‘s energetic healing map according
to its revealed priority. However, proper manual muscle testing is
essential to acquire accurate data and avoid false findings—an all too
common occurrence.
Considering the four principles above, the one that generates the most
confusion and perhaps ire is manual muscle testing. The theory behind
MMT is fully compatible with the classical understanding of neurology,
physiology and electromagnetic principles.95 There are no concepts based
on mysterious forces or that lack a scientific rationale. MMT is simply a
change in the tone of a muscle from strong (facilitated) to weak
(inhibited), or from weak to strong, in the presence of a given stimulus.
Many of the theories explaining how muscle testing works, its validity
and its meaning to the rest of the body, have sprung from Applied
Kinesiology. Researchers and practitioners have studied these theories for
decades.96 In classical AK teaching, all muscles have a relationship with
an organ, as indicated in the following chart.
Related Organ
Pectoralis Major Sternal
Middle Deltoid
Small Intestine
Large Intestine
Table 1: Examples of Muscle/Organ Relationships
The connections between the muscles and the organs above are just a
small piece of the phenomenon called Bio-unity. This simply means that
every part connects to every other part, and every system connects to
every other system. Because of this inter-connected relationship, a change
or modification in any one part will have a corresponding effect on every
other part. If the theory of Bio-unity holds true, a practitioner should be
able to find that any major imbalance, be it a nutritional deficiency,
emotional disturbance, inflammatory response or anything else, will be
manifested in the body through various systems. For instance, if a person
has an inflammatory condition, a doctor can perform a blood test to check
for certain inflammatory chemicals, such as C-reactive protein and
homocysteine. These are the chemical signs, but are there neurological,
energetic, neuromuscular and even emotional signs of inflammation? The
answer is yes. This reality is consistent for any imbalance within the body.
A good illustration is the state of depression. The neuromuscular sign with
depression is a slumped posture, the chemical sign is low serotonin, the
energetic sign is a disrupted flow through the bladder meridian, the
neurological sign has to do with specific disruptions in right- and leftbrain function and the emotional sign is the depression itself. In other
words, all the systems of the body have a road map the practitioner may
follow in order to arrive at the patient‘s most pressing needs. Some roads
are easier to traverse than others. FBA is based on the concepts of Biounity and utilizes MMT to tap into these systems in an orderly, repeatable
and reproducible fashion.
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With Bio-unity, evaluating groups of muscles and finding weaknesses
where strength should be present could provide significant insight into
the general function of the body. For instance, a strong chest muscle
called the pectoralis major sternal, or PMS, is related to the liver.97 If
something compromises liver function in some way, it is likely the
function of the PMS muscle will also be less than optimal and likely will
not test strong.
For the purposes of this book, MMT moves a step further. Practitioners
can use FBA to not only analyze the muscles themselves but also every
substance that influences physiologic function such as hormones,
neurotransmitters, environmental chemicals and even foods. It is possible
for the body to evaluate these minute substances, because it is able to
detect and react to whatever stimulus is present through an intricate and
fascinating process outside of the five senses.
Most people understand the human body detects stimuli through taste,
touch, smell, sound and sight. What they may not understand is the
plethora of subtle yet meaningful changes taking place when each of these
senses is stirred, or the even more powerful detection system that governs
all the body does and is capable of doing. This detection system goes
beyond the five senses to a sixth sense, an electromagnetic sense that can
detect a substance via its natural and ever-present electrical emanations.
In reality, the human body is so sensitive there need not be a substance at
all. Just a thought or an emotion could be enough to generate a change in
muscle response. But before going too far with a discussion on these
intriguing phenomena, one should comprehend the foundation for the
The skeptic doubts the possibility a small stimulus such as a smell, taste or
thought could be a profound enough trigger in the nervous system to alter
the tone of a strong muscle, making it temporarily weak. And as for a
substance merely in contact with the body doing the same thing, clearly
the skeptic would find this idea is not believable. The criticism seems
reasonable on its face, because it appears to fit everyday experience. No
one, they would argue, has suddenly fallen to the floor after smelling
peanuts, petting a cat or breathing in pollen. How then could someone say
that these same things could make the muscle of an allergic person shut
off when they are simply exposed to them? And yet, this is exactly what
happens every day in offices of muscle testing practitioners across the
country and the world.
So, how is this possible? Is it the trickery of the practitioner as he
shamelessly manipulates the unsuspecting patient with sleight of hand
and mesmeristic maneuvers? Or, are there very real and significant
phenomena taking place that are poorly understood and yet profound
concerning the function of the human body and even the future potential
of medicine?
Much of the body‘s adaptation to the environment is performed
automatically through reflexes. Reflexes are one form of biofeedback. The
biofeedback measured with MMT is similar to reflex responses
experienced every moment through the five senses. The scientific world98
well understands reflexive responses and groups them into several
categories.99 Stretch reflexes, or deep tendon reflexes, are the kind doctors
test when tapping the end of the knee with a rubber hammer.100
Superficial reflexes alert the body to the slightest changes in sensation.
Visceral, or autonomic, reflexes help the body to regulate changes in light
or blood pressure. So-called primitive reflexes help to keep people from
falling and help babies to root and suck.101 In other words, if the body
needs it, there is a reflex to help achieve it; if the body can sense it, there
is a reflex to help protect against it.
Examples of reflexes from the five senses are familiar, since they fit
everyday experience. Everyone has been hungry, smelled a pleasant food
and experienced salivation and the stomach rumblings that followed. An
unpleasant smell or taste, on the other hand, elicits a strong and
immediate negative reflexive reaction: squinting of the face and jerking
back the head as if to pull away. These are the involuntary responses
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common with exposure to pleasant and unpleasant stimuli.102 An
experience—even when recalled through memory alone—creates an
instant physiological and emotional change. If the memory is enjoyable,
the response may be a smile, laugh or ―warm feeling.‖ If the memory is
upsetting, recognizable emotional and physical signs will manifest.
If an emotional stimulus is long lasting, profound signs may be present.
For example, depression generates a slumped posture with shoulders
rolled forward, head tilted down and torso bent slightly forward;103
whereas, the opposite is present in a proud or confident person who, in a
military fashion, stands straight and tall with his shoulders rolled back.
These responses demonstrate generally that the body reacts through its
muscles to stimuli. With this basic tenet established, it is now safe to
move into more precise illustrations.
To prevent injury, the body has a sophisticated neurological warning
system to protect itself from mechanical injury, i.e. strains, sprains and
soft tissue tears. Located in the musculotendinous junction, the place
where the muscle stops and the tendon starts, are specialized cells called
golgi tendon organs (GTOs). They are kill switches, and it is their job to
turn off a contracting muscle if it pulls too hard and/or to protect the
muscle no matter how intense the contraction. If GTOs weren‘t there,
tendons would rip from bones during extreme exertion, or the muscle
could continue to contract at the onset of injury, when ceasing to contract
would be more beneficial.104 So when injury is imminent, the GTOs signal
the brain, which turns off the contracting muscle through a process called
the autogenic inhibition reflex.105 Likewise there are kill switches in the
middle, or belly, of all muscles called spindle cells. Their job is to prevent
overstretching. This is called the stretch reflex.106 If a muscle is in the
process of being overstretched, the muscle spindles signal the brain,
which shuts off all the opposing muscles creating the stretch. These
examples show something very important with regard to the validity of
manual muscle testing: There are neurologically understood ways in
which the body voluntarily turns off its own muscles in response to
stimuli, especially those stimuli it deems potentially harmful.
So far, the examples have shown the body responds through its muscles to
stimuli via built-in reflexes and confirmed the body does so immediately
and in very different ways depending on the nature of the stimulus, good
or bad, healthy or harmful. But what about the big question? What about
energetic stimuli—those not detected by the five senses? Is the human
body sensitive enough to perceive and protect itself from them the same
way it can to mechanical stimulation? The answer to this question rests in
three things: First, understanding the capabilities of the nervous system;
second, in the microscopic properties of all substances; and third, in the
complexities of cellular systems that are poorly understood but
profoundly significant.
To protect itself against unwanted or harmful changes, the human body
must monitor and react to its environment at every instant. With each
breath, bite or thought, chemical changes occur at the cellular level.
Scientists are now broadening their diagnostic scope by using trained dogs
to detect certain cancers107 based on evidence showing the disease has its
own smell, different from the normal tissue. Researchers in this field of
study are using dogs to detect the presence of lung,108,109 ovarian110 and
colorectal cancers.111 This ground-breaking form of analysis reveals that
even the smallest changes at the cellular level are measurable if given the
right ―nose.‖ Diagnostic methods that can find pathologies without being
invasive would be a blessing to patients and their wallets. But it gets even
more amazing.
Most of the ―thinking‖ done by the body is the unconscious. Even while
awake, the unconscious mind monitors 95 percent or more of the total
stimulation the body experiences. When the eyes are focused on an object
a few feet away, most of what is present in the peripheral vision is
unnoticed—it is not processed consciously. It is easy enough to bring the
unconscious to the conscious. The simple wave of a hand in the periphery
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or the passing of a moving object could be enough visual input to cause
the mind to shift focus, resulting in a quick head turn to see this new
thing. In other words, the whole world is being monitored and evaluated
at every instant, but only a small portion actually generates a response.
This seems basic enough; however, the true complexity of this process
begins to come to light when attempting to estimate just how many
processes the body evaluates each second.
Temperature, pressure, light, sound, smells, thoughts, impressions,
decisions and voluntary movements are just some of the categories of
information under scrutiny within the body. Unconsciously, it evaluates
at any living moment every one of the 100 trillion112 cells and their
metabolic activity. Every hormone, every step in energy production,
digestion, blood sugar management, immune system regulation, thyroid
activity, energy creation, pain management, emotional balance and more
are under continuous assessment and modification. This is truly fantastic,
but true all the same.
Inside a cell there are thousands of protein-based enzymes at work
continuously.113 A conservative approximation for the number of
processes underway each second would be tens of thousands. To get an
idea of the total number of processes the body must monitor we would
need to take this number and multiply it by the total number of cells. The
result is in the neighborhood of 1016 reactions per second. Putting this
number in perspective, there are an estimated 1022 atoms in the human
body and the same number of stars in the universe. This is an
incomprehensible and seemingly limitless amount of information under
the body‘s governorship.
Accounting for all of this, scientists, for close to a century now, have
believed and taught that all the reactions within a cell and then
throughout the rest of the body happened as chemicals accidentally
contacted each other in the ambiguous cellular open spaces. When this
occurred, the theory claimed electrons jumped their orbits, creating new
molecules. The whole thing supposedly happened in a random but orderly
fashion. Just the numerical facts already presented should lead one to
question whether a haphazard, ―bump-and-switch‖ physiology is a
sufficient explanation for the level of complexity and detail now known
to exist. It is not.
The accepted random-chemical explanation for how physiological
processes are directed in the human body is wholly insufficient simply
because no understood chemical reactions happen fast enough via random
contact to sustain life at its current pace and overall rate of response. If
accidental chemical reactions were the only explanation for human
physiology, the current speed of life would be impossible. Prudence now
suggests another explanation: A whole-body system must exist that is able
to assimilate the deluge of ever-present internal and external stimuli and
then generate a response to this surge instantaneously.
Food passed under the nose of a blindfolded man is easily identified by its
unique smell. A sample of food placed in the mouth could just as easily be
recognized by its unique taste. The point is, an apple never tastes like an
orange, and chocolate doesn‘t taste like a pretzel. Everything has its own
unique characteristics because of its constituent components – what it is
made of. The five senses are the best known means of classifying
substances based on their distinctive characteristics, but there is an even
more mysterious method of identification.
Any substance a person can call a solid is made up of atoms, which are
then made up of smaller substances called protons, neutrons and
electrons. The electrons can travel at close to the speed of light114 and do
so in their orbit around the protons and neutrons located near the center,
or nucleus of an atom. Amazingly, the space between the electrons and
the nucleus is much greater than the charged particles themselves, by a
factor of ten million to one.115 It is in this area the electrons do their
microscopic dance. To get an idea of how this dance is choreographed, if a
human dancer, representing an electron, was shrunk to about two feet
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tall, her dance floor would be the size of the earth. And, she would dance
around the entire land surface seven times every second.
This illustration reveals something very important with regards to the
physical world. Most of what is considered solid is not really solid at all,
but is actually more empty space than material, a whole lot more.
Knowing these mathematical facts, it is a wonder the chair can hold the
sitter; the cup can hold the coffee; and when the mailman knocks at the
door, his hand doesn‘t pass right on through! It is the powerful electrical
and magnetic forces that allow subatomic particles to move certain
distances, but no further, giving them the relative-reality of being solid.
If that were not mind-expanding enough, in terms of quantum mechanics,
everything in the universe is energy, and energy is either a force or a
transport medium for information. Through sight and sound, frequencies
are the source of most communication in life. Right now, the eyes detect
the words on this page via reflected light. Light, via the electromagnetic
spectrum, is the source of most frequencies whether the waves are radio,
microwave, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, X-ray or gamma. Nearly all of the
electronic communication that takes place on the earth is via radio or
television waves.116 Other frequencies also carry information. Sound
waves result from vibrations generated through a speaker or when objects
collide or just pass by each other, as is the case with air moving along the
vocal chords. The idea that frequencies transmit information is a critical
concept for the validation of muscle testing with FBA for one very
important reason: all substances generate and emit frequencies as part of
an electromagnetic field.
Producing an electromagnetic field requires two things: an electric charge
and motion.117 This is precisely the constitution of all matter - rapidly
moving, negatively charged electrons spinning around positively charged
protons and uncharged neutrons. As it turns out, electromagnetic fields
are not some strange phenomenon, but are instead one of the foundational
principles of all substances. So much so, electromagnetic fields are
considered one of the four fundamental forces of nature (the others being
gravity, the weak nuclear interaction and the strong nuclear interaction).
The electromagnetic field is unique to a substance and is therefore as
much of an identifying marker as is its taste or smell. In other words, the
electromagnetic field of a substance is its energetic fingerprint.
Additionally, since electromagnetic fields create frequencies, and
frequencies are a principal means of carrying information, then all
substances, without interruption, endlessly announce their identity via
their unique electromagnetic fields.
The human body behaves according to the laws of nature. And the laws of
nature are undergirded by an electromagnetic reality. Therefore, it should
be no surprise that the body operates within and as part of an
electromagnetic platform. Thankfully, it appears science is now able to
demonstrate what has always been present. Advanced technologies have
been designed to study the outer universe of space for scientific purposes
and the inner universe of the human body for medical purposes.
All matter will either absorb energy or radiate it back through a process
called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).118 The resonance of a material,
just like its electromagnetic field, is specific to that substance. Many
scientific techniques make use of NMR to study molecular physics,
crystals and non-crystalline materials through NMR spectroscopy.119 By
directing energy such as specific radio frequencies at the human body or a
blood sample and then measuring the resonance that bounces back,
scientists have been able to develop technologies which can identify
different types of tissues and even the individual components of human
blood. Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a well-known example.
Physicians have used it for decades to peer into the human body and ―see‖
the bones and soft tissues.
The NMR LipoProfile,120 another sophisticated test using the principle of
natural resonance, helps determine whether a patient may be at risk for a
heart attack by evaluating the 15 specific kinds of lipoprotein subclasses.121
122 These technologies confirm that all substances have a measurable,
invisible, energetic specificity, or fingerprint, based upon their unique
components; and that these energies are to some degree measurable. But
there is much more.
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All of civilized society is controlled, arranged and micromanaged by an
electromagnetic world which cannot be seen and is poorly understood by
its inhabitants. Right now in any urban area there are around 100 million
information-packed frequencies passing by and through each resident.
These are called electromagnetic frequencies or EMFs. Mobile phones,
wireless Internet, satellite signals and radio and television transmissions
permeate the space all around, passing through us mostly unnoticed.
What is amazing and pertinent to this discussion is that each of these
forms of communication is electromagnetic and invisible and carries mega
quantities of information instantaneously over vast distances and through
solids; and they do it all with a relatively small power source. 123
A mobile signal for instance, can reach a cell tower several miles away.
The world that only 50 years ago needed an office building to house the
first computer, which could barely add and subtract, takes all these facts
for granted. The irony of technology is, that even with its overwhelming
complexity, the more people take it for granted, the less they understand
it. The same could be said for the human body.
The toys of everyday life like computers, cell phones and MP3 Players,
with all of their amazing capabilities, look merely like a pile of wooden
blocks when compared to the complexity of living things. At any given
moment, a single human cell is operating at a greater rate of complexity
than all of New York City, or if the DNA is considered, perhaps more
than the entire world.124 The body has more than 100 trillion such cells125
all working in harmony for the good of the whole to maintain
Extensive discussion has taken place over whether EMFs are harmful to
both animals and humans. Biologists have documented that biological
organisms have a high-sensitivity to tiny electrical stimuli. Animals of all
sizes use energetic cues to orient themselves geographically during
migrations; to locate prey, predators and mates; and to anticipate all sorts
of meteorological and geological phenomena such as strong storms,
hurricanes, seasonal changes and even earthquakes.126 127 128 Therefore
many biologists worry the ever-increasing levels of EMFs will create
confusion for classes of animals that rely on specific energetic stimuli to
survive. Others worry that these same EMF levels are disrupting human
High EMF levels have been a health discussion in this country and around
the world for many years. Some researchers and authors believe
prolonged EMF exposure can contribute to a range of health issues129
including sleep disorders, depression, ADD, autism, fatigue, bedwetting,
nervous disorders and diseases such as leukemia130 and cancer.131
In rebuttal, many scientists consistently state that EMFs are not harmful
unless they are able to heat and radiate tissues, causing ionization. They
also believe that weak signals, those much less intense than what occurs
normally inside tissues, should have no biological effect.132 Researchers
based this logical belief on the reasoning that low levels of stimulation
produce small responses and higher levels of stimulation produce higher
responses. Surprisingly, this seemingly logical conclusion turns out to be
false. Living systems tend to defy logic. A high percentage of the time
weak stimuli produce the largest response, while strong stimuli produce
little to no response at all.133
Scientists at the Neuroscience Research Institute examined the evidence
and concluded the following information:
A striking range of biological interactions has been described in
experiments where control procedures appear to have been adequately
considered…the existence of biological effects of very weak
electromagnetic fields suggests an extraordinarily efficient mechanism for
detecting these fields and discriminating them from much higher levels of
noise. The underlying mechanisms must necessarily involve ever
increasing numbers of elements in the sensing system, ordered in
particular ways to form a cooperative organization and manifesting
similar forms and levels of energy over long distances.134
These discoveries have led to significant research in the realm of
electromagnetic fields and have provided the scientific foundation for the
practice of muscle testing and many other forms of energy work.
Scientists now understand tissues and cells are non-linear, cooperative,
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coherent and capable of evaluating and responding to very weak stimuli
in a weighty manner.135 These revelations have in essence proven what
alternative medicine practitioners preach and have known for decades.
Namely, that the body is able to detect small electromagnetic stimuli and
respond to it immediately. One more question remains: exactly how does
the body detect electromagnetic fields?
In recent years, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) has gained publicity.136
SAD is a condition characterized by depression and lack of motivation in
individuals who have gone long periods of time without adequate
amounts of sunlight. This occurs most often in people who live in
northern regions and experience daylight lasting less than 10 hours.137
When stimulated by sunlight, or even forms of artificial light, a host of
functions ensue, including biorhythm regulation,138 calcium
mobilization139 and pineal gland regulation.140
From a health perspective, the consequences of low sunlight levels can be
severe and mostly result from a deficiency in vitamin D.141 The sun also
plays a major role in helping the internal body clock, which aids in the
release and use of important hormones such as melatonin and serotonin,
which are sleep and mood-supporting hormones, respectively. Though
the eyes play a major role, the benefits of the sun are not realized with
them exclusively. A blind person will suffer the effects of dark winter
days just as much as someone who can see.
Studies with light to improve the body clock have demonstrated that
photoreceptors, as they are called, are located throughout the entire
surface area of the skin.142 Remember, visible light is electromagnetic.
Therefore, the presence of photoreceptors demonstrates the body does in
fact detect, respond to and depend upon electromagnetic energy, with
visible light being just one of many such forms.
All cells have as protection a fatty membrane made up of pairs of
phospholipids, which are electrically polarized and arranged in an orderly
fashion. This array of similarly polarized structures makes them a
potential sensing apparatus, much like a row of radio telescopes that
enable astrophysicists to detect extremely weak electromagnetic signals
from nebulae thousands of millions of light years away.143 Many of the
body‘s tissues are arranged in like manner. Collagen in connective tissues,
myelin around nerves, contractile tissues in muscles, cilium around hair
cells, dendrites in the brain, the rods and cone of the eye, the osteon in
bone and sensory endings in retina are just some examples.144 In fact,
every fleck of the human body contains multiple numbers of varying
arrays, each with the ability to evaluate electromagnetic stimuli.
Considering the number of arrangements within cellular structures and
their potential to interact with electromagnetic stimuli, it seems the body
was designed to monitor and respond to its environment not only via the
five senses but even more intimately by an omnipresent electromagnetic
detection system; what has been called the sixth sense of biology.145 But
there is more. Not only can the body detect and react to the outside world
through an electromagnetic network, but it monitors and controls its
inner workings through another system just as fascinating.
Early electron microscopy reported that cells appeared to have a large
amount of empty space. It was here that enzymes dissolved amino acids
and sugars and the known processes of metabolism took place. For
decades physiologists have based their research on this premise—a
premise, as it turns out, that was entirely simplistic. As electron
microscopes improved, a closer look inside the cell demonstrated the
empty space had no empty space. Instead it was filled with filaments,
tubes, fibers and trabeculaee—collectively called the cytoplasmic matrix,
or cytoskeleton.146
This inner cytoskeleton contained and protected the enzymes necessary
for chemical processes. What‘s more, the cytoskeleton is not just isolated
within the cell itself but is connected to the outside of the cell via linking
molecules called integrins, which pass through the cell membrane and
link to an even greater, more diverse network. In other words, every cell
in the body is connected to every other cell via a living matrix.
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The living matrix is a continuous and dynamic ‗supramolecular‘ webwork,
extending into every nook and cranny of the body: a nuclear matrix
within a cellular matrix within a connective tissue matrix. In essence,
when you touch a human body, you are touching a continuously
interconnected system, composed of virtually all of the molecules in the
body linked together in an intricate webwork. The living matrix has no
fundamental unit or central aspect, no part that is primary or most basic.
The properties of the whole net depend upon the integrated activities of
all the components. Effects on one part of the system can and do spread to
James Oschman, Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis
These facts about human design and function are a legitimate foundation
for the practice of muscle testing and even many forms of energy work.
The traditional medical world itself has for decades now, employed
electrical and ultrasound based therapies to increase wound healing147 and
reduce pain.148 Likewise, researchers have discovered that using
technology to balance human biofields by reducing potentially harmful
EMFs has led to enhanced performance in athletes and anxiety reduction
in those under stress.149
Given that the world is full of electromagnetic transmissions both natural
and man-made; that the character of EMFs allows them to pass through
solids, carry incalculable amounts of data and act as the ordinary
manifestation of all materials; that with changes in chemistry or physical
structure, there will be changes in electrical activity; that the body is able
to detect and react to these electromagnetic fingerprints, perhaps even
more so than with the other five senses, and does so via an
electromagnetic whole-body matrix; that the reactions are often large and
significant even though the stimulation may be minute…believing that a
substance placed on or near the body might cause a reflex change in the
tone of a muscle, may not be such a big leap after all.
Based on the establishment of a feasible theory for manual muscle testing,
another question remains: Why bother with it? Why go to the trouble to
train practitioners in its use? Why, with the ever-increasing technology to
study human function, is it necessary to have a hands-on method of
human assessment?
Reason #1: Functional vs. Pharmaceutical
Traditional allopathic medicine, the kind people have become accustomed
to in the United States, is the most technologically advanced form of
medicine in the world. It has achieved a strong foothold for a number of
reasons. First of all, medicine can and has done a great deal of good,
including eliminating and holding at bay many diseases. This is
recognized worldwide. When it becomes a matter of life and death,
people will leave their home country and travel to the United States to
receive the best modern medicine can offer. In addition, today‘s medicine
is easy for the patient. The ideas of taking a pill to eliminate symptoms
and of lying asleep on a table and then waking up better are very
appealing. There is little or no effort involved.
Furthermore, medicine is exciting, even glamorous. Just think, any day
now there may be a medical breakthrough or cure for one of the world‘s
most heinous diseases. Imagine all the scientists in all the major
universities around the world peering through their microscopes, testing
new compounds and making new discoveries. No wonder society so
reveres medical doctors. Consider all the Hollywood celebrities raising
money to find a cure for this or that disease. Participation in the funding
of scientific research allows the public to be part of the movement to find
a cure. These efforts are gratifying and in many cases prove to be fruitful.
Next, insurance pays for traditional medicine. Despite what has been
proclaimed, most people have some form of insurance coverage through
work, a spouse, Medicare or Medicaid. Access to insurance is often a
double edged sword. Having the bills paid for a catastrophic illness or
injury is certainly a good thing. However, expecting coverage for even the
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most minor issues and receiving that coverage at little or no cost, has
resulted in a population less proactive with their health. Promoting a
symptom-minded, rather than prevention-minded perspective has been a
good way to keep people dependent on traditional medical care.
Unfortunately, this same approach guarantees a culture ignorant of basic
human function and maintenance, which in the long-term will mean
more disease with even greater costs.
Finally, there are many individuals, including those who practice
complimentary medicine, who have benefited from surgical "miracles."
When appropriately practiced, medicine can accomplish great things like
saving a mother and child from complications during pregnancy. FBA
practitioners are in no way interested in replacing medicine. Instead, they
hope to improve and enhance what is already in place.
One way to begin building the symbiotic relationship is by defining the
scope of both traditional and complementary medicine. Understanding
the capacity of each would be a great help for patients when considering
which type of doctor to see for their given ailment. The definitions could
establish a clear boundary, demarcating the strengths and weaknesses of
each approach. For traditional medicine, many would argue, a weakness
would include the area of functional illness.
Currently in our society there is an epidemic of functional imbalances
that, if left untreated, will become recognizable diseases. Diabetes, heart
disease, stroke and cancer, which account for most of the natural causes of
death,150 all had their start as functional problems that were potentially
100 percent preventable.
It is common for people to describe significant symptoms to their doctor
only to then be dismissed because diagnostic tests failed to find anything.
The reason for the failure rests on the design of the tests, the purpose of
which is to detect disease. Symptoms are often present without a disease.
The problem is functional not pathological. Remember, a functional
illness is one in which a disruption in any of the body‘s systems occurs
without the presence of a disease. In other words, the body, for whatever
reason, is not functioning to its fullest potential and is therefore
expending extra nutritional resources in order to maintain homeostasis.
Despite its ability to manage functional illness as demonstrated by its
persistent growth, most medical doctors still consider complementary
medicine a farce or scam perpetuated on a gullible society. This visceral
response is becoming more and more unwarranted, but is not entirely
unexpected. No MD wants to go through eight or more years of graduate
school, sacrifice a social life and perhaps a family, and accumulate
hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt, all to have people tell them their
line of thinking and treatment methods are incomplete or perhaps
detrimental. The high level of commitment a person dedicates to become
a medical doctor guarantees he will be vested: a full-fledged partner in a
disease-care system ironically called ―healthcare,‖ which results in limited
treatment options (drugs and/or surgery) and too often produces arrogant
doctors who see the disease model as the only valid approach.
In the disease model, all resources are devoted to the detection and
elimination of a definable disease. This may sound good at first. However,
if the goal is health, or not getting a disease in the first place, then the
philosophy and practice of allopathic medicine is insufficient and limited.
If a disease must first be present, by definition, it must mean a person lost
their health somewhere along the way. Conversely, a philosophy of
prevention is one that applies resources toward the correction of earlystage imbalances rather than late-stage illnesses and desires to correct
imbalances with natural measures rather than address illnesses with
unnatural medications.
Patients are culpable as well, having been willing participants in the
generations-long philosophy of pharmaceutical medicine. With hardly a
second glance, the masses discarded the ancient wisdom of health and
wellness for a get-better-quick-with-a-pill approach and never looked
back. In the end their hasty decision has turned out to be one of the most
dangerous, wasteful and expensive methods for maintaining health,
managing illness and fighting disease.
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In the United States, considering all causes of death, medical doctors have
the third highest chance of killing someone. Here is the breakdown
according to the Journal of the American Medical Association: 151
12,000 deaths annually from unnecessary surgery.
7,000 deaths annually from medication errors.
20,000 deaths annually from other errors in hospitals.
80,000 deaths annually from nosocomial infections (infections
acquired in a hospital).
106,000 deaths annually from non-error, adverse effects of
―These total to 225,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes [resulting
from doctors].‖ These estimates are for deaths only and do not include
other adverse effects such as those associated with disability or
The article went on to estimate that between 4 and 18 percent of hospital
patients experienced adverse effects resulting in the following statistics:
116 million extra patient visits.
77 million extra prescriptions.
17 million emergency department visits.
8 million hospitalizations.
3 million long-term admissions.
$77 billion in extra costs.
And this is what so many are fussing about in Congress? Access to a
system that has a higher chance of killing a person than diabetes,
Alzheimer‘s, pneumonia and influenza combined?
Japan ranks second only to the United States in the number of advanced
diagnostic equipment units, like MRIs and CTs. However, the country
ranks highest on health, whereas the United States ranks among the
lowest. This seems ironic given the medical technology in the United
States is unsurpassed. How then can the U.S. rank so low on health? The
author explains this by noting that American patients diagnosed with an
illness are hospitalized, whereas in Japan the common practice is to have
the family members provide the amenities of hospital care in the patient‘s
Research has yet to determine all the reasons why home care is
statistically better than hospital care. Is it the personal attention? The
kindness of family members? The food? The emotional comfort? The
reduced risk of infection? Or, some combination? What is clear is that to
avoid becoming a statistic like those mentioned above, the best thing to
do is to avoid the hospital. And the best way to do that is by avoiding
disease. This is what complementary medicine does best; it helps millions
around the world recover from the many forms of functional illness and,
even in some cases, cancer.152 153 Many are beginning to agree with this
assessment, which is the reason why complementary medicine has grown
robustly year after year. Despite the fact insurance does not cover most
complementary care, patients have willingly spent approximately $40
billion out-of-pocket each year. This expensive fact has not gone
unnoticed by the traditional medical community.
Rather than offering recognition and acceptance of complementary care,
the medical establishment has chosen acquisition and absorption. For
example, the evening news aired a special "Health Report" describing an
electronic device worn on the wrist to decrease the nausea experienced by
cancer patients. The reporter went into great detail explaining how the
device worked, touting the wonderful potential benefits. Little did she
know it was stimulating a point on an acupuncture meridian well-known
for reducing the symptom of nausea. Unfortunately, she didn't use any
acupuncture terminology or give the practice credit. To control nausea,
acupuncture patients have used similar non-electronic wristbands for
years at a cost of around $5.00. This device sold for $150.00.
As a result of demand by satisfied patients, traditional medicine has
reluctantly ―accepted‖ some forms of complementary treatment for
specific conditions: acupuncture for pain, chiropractic for lower back
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problems and massage therapy for stress. It is the hope of some
practitioners that one day FBA will be among the techniques on the
accepted list.
Prior to allopathic doctors extending this olive branch, the only
explanation given for treatments that worked but which were not
pharmaceutically based was the placebo effect. In other words, the patient
so believed he would get better that he often did, through a mysterious
process in his own mind. Though the placebo effect is a real phenomenon,
it is inadequate as the sole explanation for all the benefits achieved
through complementary health care. Interestingly, since complementary
health care providers are often the last of many doctors a patient visits for
the same condition, doesn‘t it seem strange the placebo effect took so long
to happen? Or, put another way, why didn‘t the placebo effect occur at
the time the medical treatments were given instead of waiting until a
complementary treatment was performed?
The fact is standard western medicine is unable to meet the demands of
the ever-increasing levels of functional and chronic illness. And how
could it? The model of allopathic medicine is to prescribe a drug for a
given ailment. Drugs never fix problems; they only force certain reactions
to happen at the expense of others, which will then lead to unintended
consequences. The role of a drug is to block, inhibit, or down regulate a
given biochemical. This approach may have an impact, but it is in no way
holistic and cannot bring about homeostasis.
Side effects from medications often require management from a second,
third or fourth drug. Pharmaceutical intervention is appropriate in lifethreatening situations when the body can no longer help itself and would
soon perish. However, these same life-saving drugs, when used for
nonlife-threatening illnesses, will make matters much worse, increasing
the probability of future chronic illness to a near certainty. This is the
current situation for most medicated people.
Where allopathic medicine has reached into the area of prevention, it has
often failed. There are no drugs to prevent cancer, only those that attempt
to treat it. In fact cancer rates continue to rise. Over the next 20 years,
doctors expect the number of new cancer cases diagnosed annually in the
United States to increase by 45 percent, from 1.6 million in 2010 to 2.3
million in 2030.154 There are also no drugs that can prevent heart disease
or diabetes. The incidence of the top-ten killers has also increased in
recent years with diabetes topping out at 72,000 deaths annually and heart
disease reaching a whopping 630,000.155
Additionally, drugs are riddled with side effects, including the
cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, prescribed for preventative measures.156
These drugs are very good at lowering cholesterol, but fail to reduce the
incidence of heart attacks in those taking them, the purpose for which it
was prescribed.157 If all medical science allows for is the use of synthetic
medications for the correction of a natural process, then there is little
hope for long-term wellness and vitality via the medical methods. What
may work for a temporary aliment or infection will not work with illness
and disease, especially when the two are often clustered and
interconnected. This is the realm of functional medicine, the area where
Functional Bio-Analysis can and does excel.
Reason #2: Finding What Technology Can‘t
When it comes to functional imbalances, diagnostic tests often fall short.
A blood test can determine the level of a given hormone, but can it tell if
the body is synthesizing, utilizing and detoxifying the hormone properly?
An MRI can reveal an over-worked and enlarged liver, but can it reveal
the chemicals ingested in everyday life that the liver is failing to break
down? A glucose tolerance test can determine the body is not properly
processing sugar, but can it make known which sugar-balancing hormone
and which missing minerals are responsible?
The more people learn about functional imbalances, the more researchers
realize such imbalances are clustered, multifaceted states. That is,
different imbalances are all present at the same time, leaving the body in a
seemingly confused and compensatory pattern. Not surprisingly, doctors
can't always find the answers they need to circumnavigate the
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biochemical puzzle in blood, saliva or urine tests. Those two-dimensional
snapshots, although extremely important and valuable in their own right,
are inadequate investigatory tools for the human body's multidimensional
tripartite structure.
The good news is functional imbalances are not random, though it may
often appear so. There are reasons why things have regressed to the point
they have and why things look as they do. Understanding what is taking
place and the significance of the disruptions through Functional BioAnalysis is at present the most efficient means of health restoration.
When an experienced practitioner who knows the strengths and
weaknesses of his craft properly performs FBA, it is one of the most
precise, accurate and reliable methods of obtaining metabolic and
neurological information. And it does so instantly, inexpensively and
without harm—a stark contrast to other forms of diagnosis and treatment.
In the years to come, the doctor who can discern, detect and direct the
body to recovery and wellness and do so inexpensively and without harm
will be worth his weight in platinum.
Researchers believe genetics hold the key to unlock many of the mysteries
of health and disease. They are probably right. Therefore, the more a
practitioner knows about the genetics of individuals in need, the better
the chances of restoring their health. FBA uses a simple method to
broadly categorize patients based on their genetics into one of the three
primary colors.
The Three Colors
Light is a waveform. In the year 1666, Isaac Newton used a prism to break
visible white light into the rainbow colors of the spectrum, giving impetus
to the development of what is now the vast science of optics. Human
optics are utterly amazing in their ability to receive and process a wealth
of information concerning levels of light intensity, colors, motion and
depth of field. Visible light for humans consists of light waves with a
wavelength between 400 and 700 nanometers. This range is only one
section of the entire electromagnetic spectrum, which permeates the
universe with electromagnetic waves that extends from the smallest
wavelength found in gamma rays to the largest wavelength found in radio
waves. The difference between these ends of the spectrum is at least 16
orders of magnitude.
The smaller the wavelength of light, the more harmful it is to the human
body. Ultraviolet rays and X-rays are recognized examples. These light
forms are outside of the visible spectrum, but there is also danger within.
For instance, scientists have discovered all human beings respond
negatively to one of the three primary colors of visible light: red, green
and blue. These primary colors are not the same as the primary colors of
pigment (red, yellow and blue). From the three colors, the eye can create
all other visible colors, much like a projection television combines the
light from its three colored lamps to make a movie. However, just any
blue won‘t do. Each of these primary colors has a specific wavelength. The
red is 619nm; the green 550nm; and the blue, which looks more like a
violet, is 440nm. One of these precise frequencies is harmful to all people
by disrupting homeostasis on an energetic level.
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The test is easy to carry out. In a well-lit room, the practitioner places
each color, one at a time, over both eyes and performs a muscle test.
Everyone will weaken to one of the three colors. This simple test,
determining which color a person is, can generate a large amount of
pertinent health information in only a few seconds. Each of the colors is
tied into the genetic makeup of the person and therefore reveals certain
tendencies and general health concerns. Detrimental patterns include a
major food or class of foods a person should avoid while beneficially
indicating certain nutrients that are important for functional health.
Much more has been, and is being discovered as well—see the charts
Type/General Tendencies
Heart disease, insulin resistance,
diabetes, high blood pressure, high
Vitamins B6,
B12 & folic
Green Eczema, skin blotchiness, hormonal
issues, strong sense of smell,
sensitivities to electromagnetic
energies such as computers, reactions
to nickel jewelry or dental braces
sulfate or
bromide, liver
sulfur, evening
primrose oil
Chronic fatigue, joints need to
crack/pop, sinus congestion,
constipation, hypoglycemia, high
cholesterol, growing pains, dental
cavities as a child, kidney stones
Foods to Avoid
Good Mineral
Metal (poor
Iodides /
Bromides /
Cow-MilkBased Products
With regard to the foods listed above, these are not allergies, they are the
opposite. They are agglutination reactions. The difference between
allergies and agglutination reactions is that one is fast and the other is
slow. Allergies tend to increase immune function and speed up cellular
reactions (think runny nose, watery eyes and itchy skin). Whereas, the
foods related to the colors cause agglutination, or sticky reactions, slowing
things down and making internal processes more sluggish. Agglutination
either causes or relates to many dangerous diseases.158 159 Detoxification,
blood circulation and lymphatic drainage are the first areas hindered by
the color-related foods.
As the body expends hormetic nutrients to help with these issues, many
other systems experience problems. The body compensates and adapts to
the general decline in the overall health level, further using hormetic
nutrients. Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type, a book by Dr. Peter J. D‘Adamo,
is an instructive resource that discusses the unique agglutination reactions
present in people of different blood types as they eat non-beneficial foods.
The colors correlate reasonably well with the different blood types and
their general dietary guidelines.
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Primary or Secondary Color?
Whichever color weakens a testing-muscle when placed over both eyes is
the dominant color, and the one to pay attention to at the moment. But, is
it the primary color? Probably not. It is common to have a different color
in each eye. The primary color, regardless of whether a person is right- or
left-handed, is the color in the left eye. Why the left eye contains the
primary color for all people is not known. What is known however, is
why the right-eye color shows up first: it is a form of adaptation.
The principle health feature of most is that they survive, not thrive.
Compensating to functional imbalances means that life is lived in a state
of energy starvation requiring the body to gear down. Movement to a
lower energy state is a common adaptive mechanism by the body as it
manages the stresses of life. Given that life is a highway, moving along at
65 mph in 1st rather than 3rd gear is bound to have a negative impact –
placing undue stress on some systems for the sake of others. When a
person moves from their right eye color to their left eye color, health has
improved and they have jumped up to third gear. An example may be
Color testing revealed that a man reacted to blue over both eyes, but to
red over his left eye. This means the FBA practitioner should treat the
man like a Blue person but not for long. Within a few weeks, as he
faithfully takes his hormetic nutrients and follows his doctor‘s
recommendations, the patient should switch colors. Now red over both
eyes will weaken a test-muscle. He has moved from 1st to 2nd gear. Getting
the body to return to a higher energy state, like with the changing of
colors, is a sure sign health is on the way.
Metals and Their Color
There is a very interesting correlation between the metals that the color
types should avoid and the spectroscopic analysis of those metals.
Spectroscopes break down the light emitted or absorbed by chemical
elements into specific lines of color. Astronomers use this instrument to
determine the elemental makeup of distance planets and stars. Different
elements have their own unique color when evaluated with a
spectroscope. Reds, for example, should avoid aluminum. The color of
aluminum through spectroscopy is exactly 619nm, the identical frequency
that troubles Red people. The same is true for mercury (440nm), the metal
that bothers Blues; and nickel (550nm), the disruptive metal for Greens.
Red People (Reds)
Generally those who weaken to the color red are strong body types with
strong inner constitutions. They do not tend to get sick easily. However,
they are susceptible to heart disease as a result of poor methylation, which
is the process of adding a methyl group (CH3) to a compound in order to
detoxify or get rid of it. Methylation changes the compound from a free
radical into something benign. For instance, the chemical homocysteine
directly relates to increased inflammation, the kind that especially affects
the cardiac arteries and leads to arteriosclerosis. Red people tend to have
trouble with this pesky chemical. Research can directly or indirectly
attribute nearly all heart attacks and some other diseases to
homocysteine.160 161 In fact the smallest increase of homocysteine in the
blood can lead to a 20 to 50 percent increase in coronary heart disease
risk.162 Homocysteine is a result of normal metabolic processes but when
methylation is poor, the body does not neutralize it. The simple dietary
addition of vitamin B12 and/or folic acid, both of which freely donate
their methyl groups, could mean the difference between life and
premature death. 163 Resolving methylation problems, researchers believe,
is one of the most promising approaches to ameliorating geneticallytriggered illness.164
Reds are also poor detoxifiers of the metal aluminum. As the science
mounts, it shows a direct relation between many neurological issues,
including Alzheimer‘s disease, and high levels of this metal in the nervous
system.165,166,167 Consideration for Reds would include avoiding aluminum
cookware and foods with aluminum as a preserving agent. This may be
harder than it at first seems. Baking powder contains aluminum and is a
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common ingredient in many processed baked goods such as flour tortillas,
pizza crust, muffins, cookies, waffles, etc.
Finally, Reds are the carnivores and require daily dense protein for
vitality. Red people should not consider vegetarianism—that would be a
double-whammy. Since most B12 comes from meat sources and reds need
an above average amount of this vitamin to aid in the breakdown of
homocysteine, not eating meat would make them sickly and set them up
for a heart attack at the same time.
Green People (Greens)
Greens are chemically sensitive. They are the ones that have the greatest
need to eat organically. Perfumes, gasoline, candles and other strong
chemical smells are generally very bothersome and cause immediate
reactions such as headaches, sneezing and even rashes. One reason for this
is Greens tend to have detoxification issues with the liver, specifically
sulfation reactions, which require high amounts of the appropriate form
of sulfur. Their proper mineral type can be critical to help with this issue
as well. Bromides, like magnesium bromide and potassium bromide often
provide immediate assistance when a chemical reaction is taking place, as
will sulfates such as magnesium sulfate.
In Greens, the body considers environmental and food chemicals to be
extremely noxious, and if the liver cannot get rid of them, the skin will.
This is why Greens are the ones who tend to get eczema. Practitioners
have regularly seen chronic cases of eczema clear up completely just by
adding magnesium bromide and sulfur to the daily nutritional regime of
Greens. For people who fit into this category, the body will need a dietary
balance between proteins and carbohydrates. Healthy portions of organic
vegetables are essential for Greens, as well. When it comes to metals,
Greens do not easily eliminate nickel. Jewelry and stainless steel are
common sources. Greens are the ones who react to cheap jewelry as
evidenced by discolorations at the location of skin contact.
Blue People (Blues)
Blues have a more slender body type and are the opposite of ―big-boned.‖
They are sensitive to cow milk products. This does not mean they can
never have dairy, but they will notice some negative digestive changes,
such as constipation, if they do. There are several physical problems that
emerge as Blues ingest dairy products. For instance, milk is notorious for
causing sinus problems. It does this because of the large amounts of
mucous produced with diary consumption and because the sinuses are
directly related to the health of the large intestine. Milk products slow
down and upset the natural good bacteria in the large intestine of a blue
person. This leads to intestinal inflammation, which leads to inflammation
in the sinuses.
Blues also have a difficult time managing the large amounts of calcium in
milk products. The milk calcium, called calcium lactate, disrupts a blue
person‘s natural calcium balance, leading to one or more ailments such as
growing pains and above average dental cavities in childhood. The most
significant issue with Blues is their tendency toward hypoglycemia as a
result of poor calcium management. Calcium aids the body in the
production of glycogen, or stored blood sugar. Without enough of this
important substance to fuel the body between meals, blood sugar will
crash, initiating a cascade of hormone-altering events discussed in detail
in the chapter, Hypoglycemia or Histamine?
For metals, mercury is the one Blues do not eliminate well. Mercury is
highly toxic and can cause almost any symptom in the body. For diet,
Blues are the ones who can get away with a more vegetarian diet.
However, in this day and age with blood sugar issues rampant, it would
still be very wise to keep protein levels moderate with each meal. Blues do
tend to have various ailments on a regular basis and are the ones
susceptible to chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, although these illnesses
can happen to any of the color groups.
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What‘s Wrong With Milk and Wheat?
A regular question people raise concerning color-related foods is, why?
Wheat and milk are good for people aren‘t they? Concerning wheat, the
protein gluten may be part of the answer. Celiac disease is a destructive,
auto-immune, inflammatory reaction in the lower bowels as a result of
gluten consumption. Research is linking more than just diseases of the
gastro-intestinal tract to this protein, which is found in high levels in
wheat products.168 In populations that introduce gluten at an early age169
and in those where breast feeding is minimal or not performed, Celiac
disease has a higher presence.170 On the contrary, rates of celiac disease
were significantly lower in other populations where the introduction of
gluten-containing cereals into the diet of infants was gradual.171 The
second reason why wheat, or any food, can become noxious is related to
repeated exposure.
There is no such thing as a perfect food. Everything has its own
requirements for digestion and assimilation. The same thing, eaten all the
time, means an eventual nutritional deficiency or digestive tissue
irritation. Bombardment with the same type of food, processed with the
same nutrition-stripping methods will lead to an increase in food-related,
functional illness. With foods, the common sense rules of long ago are still
in vogue: variety and moderation. There are dozens of varieties of dairy
cows and dozens of varieties and cousins of wheat. In America and now
around the world, wheat and milk tend to be from sources that can
produce these foods the fastest and in the greatest quantity. That always
means less nutrition. Sensitive dairy patients often tell practitioners that
when they traveled to France and ate the local milk products there, they
had no digestive issues at all, whereas they did after eating the same type
of food in the U.S. The dairy cows are different in France and certain
other countries, and the processing is different (often the dairy is ingested
raw without pasteurization).
Milk is a more difficult topic with respect to health. It has an association
with Multiple Sclerosis172 173 and Type I diabetes.174 However, milk also
seems to be protective for other illnesses such as bladder cancer175 and
colorectal cancer.176
As with nearly all illnesses, combinations of factors are at work
simultaneously. No one eats only milk products and no one eats only
wheat. These foods are always mixed with other foods, making the picture
cloudy. Thankfully, with FBA, the view begins to clear. If a person doesn‘t
test well to it, it is best not to do it. Blues never seem to test well to milk.
Although they are able to get away with some cheese products (the more
aged the better) as can Reds with wheat. The occasional slice of cheddar
cheese or a pasta dish, will not send them off a cliff, but rest assured, if
dairy or wheat becomes part of the daily routine for Blues or Reds
respectively, it will soon drain them of critical nutrients and promote an
inflammatory cycle.
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FBA is a step-by-step, point-by-point analysis and correction of the body
performed in the manner already predetermined by the brain. There are
15 primary energetic points (PEP). Each of these points corresponds to an
organ or a system. Liver 14 (LV14) for instance relates to the functions of
the liver. Circulation Sex 1 (CX1) pairs with the entire system that
governs reproductive hormones. A standard analysis with FBA will lead
the practitioner through the layers of need. Four or five layers are
common for most people. Each layer relates to one of the 15 reflex points
and will require just one hormetic nutrient to bring it back to homeostasis
(some layers may require two).
In order to gather the appropriate data for health restoration, FBA is
dependent upon manual muscle testing (MMT). The test-muscle used for
the analysis is usually an arm or leg muscle depending upon doctor and
patient comfort. MMT should never be a struggle. A low to moderate
amount of force is all that is required. Anything more indicates that
something is wrong, such as a previous injury. A previously injured
muscle will likely not respond with the appropriate sensitivity and
requires special treatments in order to overcome the neurological issues
that arise from an injury. Therefore, it is always best to use a test muscle
that is injury-free.
So, what can FBA treat? All problems, conditions, illnesses and diseases
result in, or are the result of, nutritional imbalances. Since FBA is
designed to search for the nutrients the body needs most, anyone, no
matter what his or her current health state, can benefit. Does this mean
that FBA cures cancer? No, it wouldn‘t be prudent to say that (although,
hormetic nutrients and botanicals are being studied for their cancerkilling effects).177 178 FBA does help cancer patients tremendously as an
adjunct while they are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
What FBA can, and often does cure, is detailed in the chapters that
FBA practitioners navigate the energetic pathway of the body looking for
the body‘s most needed nutrients. Using these hormetic nutrients to
balance neurotransmitters and hormones is one of the most effective ways
to correct functional illnesses and restore health. Why? Because fixing
these major components of human physiology restores not only local
disruptions, but global body rhythms as well.
Finding hormetic nutrients is the main goal of FBA. Remember, a
hormetic nutrient will positively impact multiple systems simultaneously.
Finding these is the most efficient means of breaking disease-promoting
cycles and correcting physiological imbalances. Any nutrient magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, oils, anti-oxidants have the potential to
produce a hormetic effect. So do botanicals and the compounds within
Botanicals, the medicines of nature, are plant-based substances made up of
thousands of compounds. Herbs, barks, leaves, roots, fruits, seeds and even
spices all have a healing role to play. Examples include: panex ginseng,
rhodiola, curcumin, echinacea and ashwaganda. The potential of most
botanicals has not been fully realized and, it is likely, the healthrendering properties of many others are yet to be discovered. The more
chronic a condition the more likely a balancing botanical may be
necessary to initiate healing.
Hormetic nutrients are used up rapidly during times of stress. The result is
a plethora of nutritional potholes. Through a triage mechanism, the body
allocates the use of nutrients in a manner that favors short-term survival
at the expense of long-term health.179 Most people therefore, are deficient
in one or more nutrients, but their deficiencies are not the same. A
nutrient may be hormetic for one person, but do nothing for the next.
Magnesium for example, is required in seventy percent of all enzymes—
the catalyzing proteins that make biochemistry happen rapidly. It will
only however, have a hormetic effect in the person who has a magnesium
deficiency, not in one who doesn‘t.
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Finding out whether or not a nutrient is hormetic is the job of FBA.
Navigating the body‘s energetic roadmap often uncovers four or five
hormetic nutrients. These all work together to fix the same number of
systems. Some additional functions of hormetic nutrients include the
Producing energy,180 181 182
Regulating genetic expression,183 184 185 186
Activating enzymes,187 188 189
Controlling inflammation,190 191 192 193
Detoxifying tissues,194 195
Regulating metabolism,196 197 198
Regulating blood pressure,199 200 201 202
Regulating emotional stress and neurotransmitters,203
Balancing hormones,207 208 209 210
Slowing down the aging process211 212
And controlling pain levels.213 214 215
204 205 206
This list above includes many of the most common patient complaints.
The origin of these and other functional problems is not mysterious. Most
start with diet. Traumas, ongoing infections, emotional stresses and
genetics are also important considerations. Collectively, these concerns
promote a vicious energy-exhausting cycle and lead a person on a
pathway toward disease through unwanted genetic expression.216 Keeping
genes in check is the job of the hormetic nutrients.
At present, roughly 50 different human genetic diseases arise when the
wrong mutant enzymes replace the right B-vitamins, called coenzymes.
This disease-promoting situation is set up when proper levels of Bvitamins are too low, and it can be remedied when those levels are high.
Raising the levels therefore prevents unwanted gene expression, called
polymorphisms,217 the source for many known diseases.
The civilized diet is the greatest reason why health is initially disrupted.
After ingesting food, a healthy body utilizes what it requires, stores what
it needs for later use, and eliminates what is unnecessary. When there are
no hiccups in this process, it acquires and stores hormetic nutrients
throughout life as individuals eat the right foods and avoid the wrong
ones. However, the high ingestion of nutrient-stripping processed foods
found in the modern diet eventually means hiccups are more the rule
than the exception. There are other considerations, as well.
FBA practitioners believe in an interconnected and interrelated set of
systems that work together to promote the optimal expression of wellbeing. None of these systems is greater than the other, but each can move
to the front of the line depending on the stresses of the moment. In other
words, there is a hierarchy within the major systems of the body and the
body's most pressing needs are at the top. With any number of
circumstances, the main concern can change. For instance, a sudden event
such as a motor vehicle accident, which results in muscle and joint
trauma, could make the musculoskeletal system a top priority. The sudden
fear of losing a job or the death of a loved one could make the emotional
system a top priority. A weekend binge on junk food and alcohol could
make the chemical system a top priority. However, in ―normal‖ life,
where stress is somewhat constant and slower to mount up, it is more
often the chemical system that requires the most attention.
Figure 3: Body and Energy
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Each of the three major physical systems depends on a constant steady
supply of energy. If energy is not flowing properly through the body from
organ to organ and from system to system, health issues will manifest. The
management and proper flow of energy is the goal of many nontraditional techniques such as acupuncture, tai chi, homeopathy and even
laser therapy. Their popularity is partial evidence of their validity.
Knowing this, many patients and practitioners have concluded energy
management is the most important consideration for health. That could
be, and often is, true, but the underlying assumption is that there is plenty
of internal energy to go around. However, what happens if the total
energy in the body is low? Energy therapies are not involved in energy
creation, but rather energy utilization and management. So, the pertinent
question is, where does energy come from in the human body?
Since humans do not photosynthesize like plants, it is not from the sun,
although sunlight is very important for overall health. It is not from
muscles or bones, although movement through exercise is critical for
overall wellbeing. It is not from thoughts, although thinking good
thoughts and having an overall positive outlook is helpful. The principle
source of energy production is via nutrients contained within foods. In
other words, energy comes from chemistry. Common sense confirms this
is true. Exercising in the sunlight while listening to motivational speakers
on an iPod will likely have some health benefits, but even the healthiest,
most stress-relieving practices will prove to be in vain without proper
food. Failing to consume the correct nutrients allows life (energy) to
gradually dissipate.
Just eating any food won‘t do—Americans eat plenty of food. Nearly 34
percent of adults are obese; more than double the percentage 30 years ago.
The share of obese children tripled during that time, to 17 percent.218 And
yet, nutritional deficiencies are still widespread. No, most people are not
exhibiting signs of pellagra, rickets or scurvy, but what they are doing is
managing a cluster of issues that, as a whole, prevent them from
expressing optimal function. This is so because nutrition determines
chemistry, and chemistry determines function. Functional illnesses
therefore, are primarily the result of chemical problems. In addition,
where the chemical problems are located (in the brain for instance) can
often determine the severity of the problem.
Some people think they don‘t have any chemical problems. They are
almost certainly wrong. Aging is a chemical problem and you and I have
yet to meet someone who doesn‘t age. Beyond this universal example, as a
regular part of life, the person who experiences pain, insomnia,
constipation, fatigue, headaches, PMS or emotional issues such as
depression or anxiety, has chemical problems. If they admit things like, ―I
just have a bad back (knees, hips, etc.),‖ or, ―I get up twice a night to go to
the bathroom, but that is normal.‖ They have chemical problems. If
taking over-the-counter pain, stomach or allergy medication is a common
practice, they have chemical problems. In short, if the regular experience
of life is anything other than a pain-free, passion-filled existence, that
person has chemical problems.
He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his
doctors. ~ Chinese Proverb
Food determines the quality and quantity of essential nutrients. If the
ingoing chemicals are bad, the internal energy eventually is poor, causing
the overall function of the body to decline. Hormetic nutrients direct the
internal chemistry of the body and optimally should come from the diet.
Therefore, eating well is critical to proper function.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), more
than 70 percent of men and women eat less than two-thirds of the
Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for one or more nutrients219 and only
10 percent of the American population eats five or more servings of fruits
and vegetables per day. In other words, the Standard American Diet
(SAD) is saturated with low-nutrient, fatty foods comprised of empty
calories and little nutritional value. Today, American consumers spend 90
percent of their typical food bill on nutrient-void processed foods.220
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The Industrial Revolution led to the introduction of sucrose (white sugar),
mass-produced meats, refined grains, refined vegetable oils, hydrogenated
oils and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It also created ways of
extracting oils and nutrients from foods in order to extend the shelf-life,
which made it possible to transport foods across great distances without
spoilage. However, what was good for convenience and mass consumption
was not good for physiology, as these processes greatly diminished, or
stripped out completely, the natural hormetic nutrients and replaced
them with synthetic versions. Synthetic vitamins may help prevent gross
nutritional deficiencies, but the dosage required is much greater than that
found in nature and, in some cases, they initiate biochemical
imbalances.221 222
Worse yet, many foods are also genetically modified (GM or GMO). The
modifications produce greater yields, help plants resist bugs and protect
food from potent insecticides and herbicides. Unlike the selective
breeding and farming done since the beginning to encourage desirable
traits, scientists are tinkering with the genetic code of foods and animals
with some very unpleasant results. Instead of using nature to bring about
the healthiest and most productive crops, scientists have delved into a
world so complicated it is difficult to even imagine.
Modifying food crops means tampering with a plants genetic material. In
plants, genes determine things like height, color, leaf size, fruit size and
growth rate. But how do each of these individual genes work together for
the health of the entire plant? Like a group of football players, each has a
specific position on the field and a particular role to play, but what
determines their success is how they work as a team. Scientists have little
understanding of genetic teamwork in plants or people. What they do
know, is that adding and subtracting genes in the laboratory regularly
generates surprises and unintended consequences such as increasing the
toxins in yeast 40 to 200 times, generating new toxins in tobacco plants
where they never existed before and elevating the starch content in
potatoes.223 This means that an individual gene affected more than a
single trait, but had a systemic consequence as well. Researchers may take
pride in creating a chemical-resistant food crop, one that when sprayed
with insecticides and herbicides will kill everything in the field except the
plant itself; however, common sense screams that serving Frankensteinfoods for dinner is a recipe for monsters and nightmares.
In addition to nutrition, stress is the second reason for low levels of
hormetic nutrients. Assuming children are raised in a wholesome
emotional environment, their total level of stress is minimal. Children do
not have jobs, manage finances, balance complex relationships, are not
sleep deprived, are not seeking to advance their careers and are not
concerned with world events or fighting political outrages. They are just
children. Aging, adulthood and awareness bring about the emotional,
physical and chemical stresses of life. The greatest stress on children is
what goes into their mouths. Cereal and milk for breakfast, peanut butter
and jelly washed down with fruit juice or soda for lunch, candy or cookies
for a snack with a glass of milk, chicken fingers or macaroni and cheese
for dinner, is a common menu in most homes. Children can get away with
this lifeless fare because hormetic nutrients keep digestion working well.
Adults who eat this diet for a week will need a laxative or antacid. And
yet, children eat this way from age 2 to 20.
As children grow into puberty, a great hormonal change (stress) begins
taking place. This change, along with the chemical stresses of their poor
diet, begins to add up. Acne and other skin issues, stomach aches, random
muscle or joint pain, headaches, PMS and sleep issues are the common
complaints of adolescence. The hormetic nutrients should manage these
―normal‖ experiences of the teenage years, but when their reserves run
low, their effectiveness begins to wane.
The ideal diet then would be full of whole, unprocessed foods. Natural
whole foods contain not only macro-nutrition in the form of fats,
carbohydrates and proteins, but also micro-nutrition such as enzymes and
hormetic nutrients. Micro-nutrition is essential in all food, since it is the
catalyst of digestion, speeding up the entire process and saving energy.
Many people wonder how it is they now have nutritional deficiencies
when their entire lives they have ―been fine.‖ There is no such thing as a
perfect food, and many of the staple foods of today are quite imperfect.
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Eating low-nutrition foods devoid of hormetic nutrients strains the
digestive process. Since they are not present in the poor quality food itself,
hormetic nutrients must come from the internal reserves. Much like the
debt-based society Americans live in today, the body has borrowed and
borrowed until there is not enough left even to pay the interest. With the
regular consumption of processed, low-nutrient and perhaps GMO foods,
the body‘s bank account of hormetic nutrients is spent to satisfy its daily
entitlements. The result is a systemic nutritional deficiency.
Nutritional supplementation has a demonstrated effectiveness for a
variety of ailments224 225 226 and consequently has led to a multi-billion
dollar vitamin industry. According to the Council for Responsible
Nutrition, around 40 percent of all people in the U.S. and a majority of
woman over age 50 are taking some form of dietary supplementation.227
Proof of its popularity is visible in gyms, grocery stores and even gas
stations, where supplements are readily available. In urban areas, standalone vitamin stores are common place containing floor-to-ceiling
displays of all the latest and greatest products. Here is where the
confusion sets in: Given the number of possibilities right before their eyes,
how can consumers, even knowledgeable ones, know which version of a
product is right for them? Certainly the vitamins cannot all be the same.
The best a consumer can do is to make her choice based upon quality and
perhaps research. But there is more; much more. Presented below are the
seven reasons why supplementation may have no beneficial effect
whatsoever. The first two are generally recognized. The last five,
however, are ones many in the world of alternative medicine do not even
Rule #1: Is It What It Says It Is and Nothing Else?
The quality and purity of any ingested product is a chief concern for
consumers and is one of the main regulatory assignments of the Food and
Drug Administration. Unfortunately, what is on the label is not always
what is in the package.
In a University of Maryland Pharmacy School study in 2000, only 2 of 32
different joint supplements (containing chondroitin sulfate) met the label
claim for ingredients. The study reported the less expensive the
supplement, the lower the total levels of the nutrient.228 Unfortunately,
several similar studies have been performed on a variety of different types
of supplements, only to find analogous results.229 230
Another concern with supplements is their overall quality. Despite claims
of purity on the label, as a percentage, very few companies actually
measure up. Poor quality means a product full of binders, fillers and
lubricants. Magnesium sterate, ascorbyl palmitate, lactose and sodium
benzoate are just a few examples. These cost-cutting and productionassisting additives can lead to poor absorption and potential allergic
reactions. Beyond this, the methods of preparation and storage of raw
materials is very important to avoid potential contaminants such as molds,
bacteria or heavy metals.
Rule #2: Is It What People Need With Nothing Else?
Each person is unique. This means that supplements, even ultra-pure
supplements, might work for one person but not for others. Just because
vitamin C is good to help the immune system, does not mean it is good in
every case. In fact, depending upon the type of immune system
imbalance, it could actually make things worse.
Similarly, metabolism, like genetics, is personal. But unlike genetics,
metabolism is highly dynamic and can change based on diet, stress, lack of
rest, increased or decreased activity and more. This adds to the confusion
concerning how long to take a given supplement, and it is the reason why
nutrients that used to work are no longer effective. Therefore, a regular
evaluation of one‘s current supplement regime is critical.
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Rule #3: Multi-Vitamins Are For Healthy People
Recognizing that extra nutrients are needed in the diet, a large percentage
of people have become proactive, even religious, by taking a multivitamin. The assumption is a once-a-day multiple vitamin containing Bvitamins, minerals, antioxidants and the latest wild berry plucked from an
isolated rock outcropping in Papua New Guinea will meet the nutritional
needs of the body. If only it were that easy. For those with functional
illness, just taking a multi-vitamin will probably not work. In the case of
autoimmunity, it could even get worse. Multiple vitamins are only
effective for healthy people or those who are severely nutritionally
deprived.231 The reason why multi-vitamins are ineffective, even
detrimental, has everything to do with the next rule.
Rule #4: Anything Can Be Canceled Out or Neutralized
It is not surprising for FBA practitioners to see a patient carry a large box
of supplements into the office and then crash it on to their desk. As soon
as this happens, good practitioners know they are about to be a hero. In
some cases, it is possible to take the patient off of half to two-thirds of his
supplements, while seeing his health improve at the same time. Most
vitamin collectors are well informed and have made wise choices based
upon the latest eBlast from a respected alternative health doctor or
vitamin store. Yes, everything they are taking is of good quality, and the
latest research ―proves‖ the supplements have positive health benefits.
But, it is the simple case of too much of a good thing becoming a bad
thing. Researchers do not conduct studies with patients taking ten or
more nutrients at the same time. This would be bad science. Yet, too
many nutrients equal too much internal processing. It is hard to fix one
internal stress by creating another.
For example, a patient may complain of extended soreness after exercise.
This is often a need for vitamin B1, which the muscles use to break down
lactic acid. The same patient may complain of chronic allergies. This is
often a need for vitamin B6, which is important for metabolizing
histamine. So, why not give him a B-complex that has plenty of vitamin
B1 and plenty of vitamin B6? Because it probably won‘t work. Vitamins
compete with vitamins, and minerals compete with minerals. Oils
compete with oils, and amino acids compete with amino acids. They all
can potentially cancel each other out. This is the Teeter-Totter Effect.
Finding the precise nutrient and giving that alone, without interference
from others, is what makes miracles happen.
Rule #5: Everything Is On a Teeter-Totter
A balance between essential nutrients is critical for optimal function.
Most (perhaps all) hormetic nutrients in the body are balanced with
another hormetic nutrient. If one is too low, the other, by relative
relationship, will be too high. This, as described earlier, is the TeeterTotter Effect. Trying to use a multi-vitamin to raise up the low side of the
teeter-totter almost never works since a multi-vitamin, by definition, will
also contain the high or opposite nutrient as well. More on this topic is
presented in the section below, Biorhythms & Teeter-Totters.
Rule #6 – As The Body Changes, So Do Supplements
When new patients undergo Functional Bio-Analysis, practitioners often
find a majority of the patients' shopping-bags-worth of supplements don‘t
do any good. Some are detrimental to a certain tissue, while others are in
fact toxic to the body as a whole, causing some of the complaints that
brought the patients into the office in the first place. When questioned
about the length of time they have been taking their supplements, ―years‖
is not an uncommon answer. Just as there is no perfect food, there is no
perfect supplement. Nothing should ever be taken for years. That is
because the body is always in a state of change, adapting to life‘s many
stresses. With changes in life there are changes in needs.
When correcting problems with hormetic nutrients, positive changes can
happen in weeks. Therefore, supplements should change, or the patient
should no longer need them, after only a short period of time. Hormetic
nutrients are not just Band-Aids, they correct problems. If a person needs
the same supplements for extended periods of time and the problem is not
getting fixed, something was missed. The only time a patient will need
supplemental nutrients for the long-term is when he is addressing genetic
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issues or when he is in the middle of an ongoing stressful situation or
event with no immediate end in sight.
Rule # 7 – Fixing Chronic Problems is Unnatural
―My supplement is made from organic whole food ingredients like those
found in nature‖ is the argument by both patients and practitioners. On
paper, these forms of supplements sound like the best things to take to
restore health. Unfortunately, they often are not. Or, if they do work,
they require massive doses (and expense) and a ―healing crisis‖ to produce
results. Medicines are based on chemicals found in plants, but in an
isolated form, making them much more potent than when they were
combined with other ingredients in their natural state. This is a clue. The
more pure, or isolated, a substance, the more powerful its effect. In other
words, purity equals potency. Hormetic nutrients, when properly given,
often produce the same clinical potency as medicines, but without the
harmful side-effects.
The more severe or chronic problems are, the greater the nutritional
deficiencies will be and the more likely it is that hormetic nutrients need
to be used all by themselves. As mentioned above, trying to treat
significant nutritional imbalances with multiple vitamins almost never
works. In severe cases, an imbalance must be treated with an imbalance.
Echinacea is a good immune-supporting herb that has helped many to
overcome general viral and bacterial illnesses. However, with a raging
infection, choose an antibiotic instead. In other words, choose the
unnatural, single use, purified, high dosage, out-of-balance option over
the general use, complex-chemical, naturally balanced one. Or, better yet,
find out through FBA which part of the immune system is in greatest
need and supplement it specifically with what is missing to produce the
same healing effect as an antibiotic without the gastro-intestinal and
common allergic side-effects.
These seven rules are the scientific reality of supplemental nutrition and
the experience of those using FBA with their patients. Supplement
overload is the reason why many in the alternative field, who are doing
things naturally, still fail to help those in need. Understanding and
applying these rules with the immediate feedback generated through FBA
to find hormetic nutrients, equals fewer supplements, less money, quicker
responses and lasting results.
Balancing hormones is one of the principal applications of FBA. To do
this, an understanding of how hormones are turned on and off is required.
A small tissue bundle on the bottom side of the brain called the pituitary
gland regulates most hormones. To keep them at proper levels, the body
makes hormones based upon a negative feedback loop. For instance, if a
woman is low in estrogen, the pituitary gland will release another
hormone called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which will stimulate
the adrenal glands and the ovaries and encourage them to make more
estrogen. If her estrogen is too high, the pituitary stops releasing FSH, and
estrogen naturally drops as the liver breaks it down. Negative feedback
loops are common in everyday life. When the house gets too cold, the
thermostat ―tells‖ the furnace to start working. Once the house is warm,
the thermostat stops talking, and the furnace no longer makes any heat.
The house is similar to the human body: The thermostat is the pituitary
gland, and hormones are the heat.
A healthy pituitary gland is constantly turning on and off, regulating the
hormonal system in a steady, rhythmic fashion. Wild swings in hormones
are a big stress for this gland. Too little hormone for prolonged periods
means the pituitary is working overtime, while too much hormone for
long periods means the pituitary doesn‘t work enough. This
straightforward feedback of hormone regulation is beautiful in design and
function but is also somewhat fragile and easily influenced. There are
three common patterns of functional disturbance related to the hormonal
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Pituitary Slumber – The Hormone House is Too Cold
Pituitary slumber is a regular occurrence resulting from eating too many
refined sweeteners. Sugary foods cause surges of insulin, which has a
drugging effect and lulls the pituitary to sleep as the body tries to manage
a sweet-food surplus. Cortisol from the adrenal glands soon follows to
counterbalance the high insulin levels and further suppresses pituitary
function. In this state, the pituitary gland does not respond by stimulating
endocrine tissues when hormones are low. Poor hormonal rhythm and
blood sugar swings are the consequence. Corrections for this condition are
detailed in the chapter Hypoglycemia or Histamine?
Pituitary Suppression – The Hormone House is Too Hot
If the house is always hot, the thermostat never needs to tell the furnace
to make heat. This may not matter to the inanimate thermostat, but it
matters greatly to living tissue like the pituitary gland. Use it or lose it
applies here. If the pituitary gland is not regularly involved in life‘s
rhythmic processes, it loses tone and begins to atrophy. This happens
when there is too much hormone available.
Remember, once the body makes something, it must use it or break it
down. This, for the most part, is the responsibility of the liver. Beginning
in adolescence and encouraged by a sweets-and-grease diet, poor liver
detoxification leads to excess hormone levels, especially in young women.
All PMS symptoms, including cramps, breast tenderness, irritability, and
headaches, directly relate to the inability of a woman to fully metabolize
and break down estrogen, progesterone, or one of their subtypes. The
entire process is further agitated by the unwarranted and prolonged use of
birth control pills, which are usually an artificial form of estrogen. This
topic is covered in detail in the chapter Happy or Hormonal?
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the second method
that creates excess hormone and causes a state of pituitary suppression.
This condition of hormonal abundance guarantees that the house becomes
too hot, leading to a suppressed pituitary gland. Doctors often prescribe
HRT when hormone levels in the body are low, as when women are in
menopause or perimenopause. HRT is like using space heaters when the
furnace is broken. This is an appropriate short-term usage. However,
space heaters are not under the influence of the thermostat, and leaving
them on all night can be uncomfortable or even dangerous. Long-term use
of hormone replacement leads to a dependence upon artificial hormone
regulation and promotes a nasty situation called hormone resistance.
Hormones change how cells function. If a cell is constantly bombarded by
hormones, it becomes over stimulated. This is an unhealthy state for the
cell and the body as a whole. The receptor sites where hormones attach
are like the cell's ears, hearing and responding to the hormonal
commands. Too many hormones, like too much talking at the same time,
soon becomes a bothersome noise. To protect against this state, cells do
what they must by cutting off their own ears. As much as 90 percent of
receptors can be missing in those with genetic abnormalities.232 233
Those experiencing hormonal resistance are in bad shape. They have too
many hormones talking, but no one is listening. To further complicate the
matter, in the state of hormone resistance, too much of a hormone
produces the exact same outward symptoms as too little. For example,
someone with hormone resistance who has too much serotonin may still
suffer from depression in the same way as someone with too little. Even
though the necessary serotonin is present, the body is not responding to
it. It has gone deaf. Treating a patient based solely upon their symptoms
will often mean prescribing a medicine or nutrient for one state, when the
body needs exactly the opposite. Thankfully, testing with FBA reveals the
precise state of the hormone and the exact hormetic nutrient needed to
balance it.
Pituitary Stimulation – Too Hot, Too Cold
It is possible that the pituitary gland begins to behave outside of the
normal negative feedback loop, making the hot hotter and the cold colder.
This is a dangerous situation that produces extreme and often debilitating
symptoms. Traumas and congenital abnormalities are the two diseaserelated reasons for a rogue pituitary gland. From a functional perspective,
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however, only one reason exists: heavy metal toxicity. Greens, those who
are especially sensitive to chemicals of all sorts including heavy metals,
are the most susceptible to this unwanted disturbance. The topic of heavy
metals is covered in detail in the chapter Migraines, Metals, or Minerals?
The inescapable fact is that all life is replete with and governed by cycles.
Man lives according to his inward bodily cycles and according to outward
celestial cycles:
And God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven
to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for
seasons, and for days, and years." Genesis 1:14
Perhaps the two most studied and well-recognized human cycles are the
daily and monthly cycles. The daily cycle, called the circadian rhythm,
governs the sleep and wake cycle, while the monthly cycle, called the
menstrual cycle, governs the monthly rhythm of female hormones. If any
chemical substances could be said to be in charge of the inward cycles, it
would be hormones. Interaction between these powerful protein
molecules should create rhythm, which is why all body cycles are called
biorhythms. Disruption of the normal physiological ebb and flow is a sign
of functional illness and a cause of future disease. Therefore, the
intentional preservation and maintenance of biorhythms should be a top
priority when attempting to advance health.
A body without internal rhythm is an accident waiting to happen.
Disordered biorhythms relate to poor memory,234 increased breast cancer
rates in women235 and increased cardiovascular disease.236 They promote
hypoglycemia and metabolic syndrome237 and are the primary reason for
mood disturbances, such as depression.238
All the organs of the body have their own internal clock. There are 12
major organs or systems, and each has a special two-hour time slot. This is
the time when the body provides the organs with an additional boost of
energy in order to do some extra housecleaning. For instance, liver-time is
between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. This is the most common time for
people to awaken during the night. If the evening meal or bedtime snack
was especially junky, those with already over-worked livers can expect a
wakeup call between these hours. The call will most likely come in the
form of a vivid dream or a nightmare. Lung-time is between 3 a.m. and 5
a.m. Those with respiratory problems often wake during these hours.
Small children with upper respiratory infections will likely have coughing
fits during this time, as well.
Disruption of the body clock happens easily under prolonged stress; under
the influence of artificial light, such as when staying up late watching
television or working on the computer; by working the night shift; or
when crossing several time zones. A person can use simple techniques to
rebalance the normal energy flow and ―tap‖ the body back into the proper
time. These techniques are powerful but have no permanent effect if the
person fails to change his or her lifestyle.
Restoring proper sleep patterns is the best way to begin balancing
abnormal circadian rhythms. Deep, restful sleep is dependent upon
several factors, but a critical one is the rhythm between two hormones:
cortisol and melatonin. The outer part of the adrenal gland makes cortisol,
and melatonin is a downstream product of serotonin. Each of these
important hormones is discussed at length in later sections. Concerning
sleep, cortisol must be at high levels in the morning and at low levels at
night. Melatonin is just the opposite. It increases at night when things get
dark. The absence of light causes a gland in the brain called the pineal
gland to become active, encouraging additional melatonin production.
Simply turning the lights down to low levels and intentionally going to
sleep before 10 p.m. can help a great deal. The figure below shows what
the normal pattern between cortisol and melatonin should look like.
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Figure 4: Normal Circadian Rhythm
As one might guess, this is not the pattern of most people with functional
problems. They are much more likely to have an abnormal circadian
rhythm. This means the levels of cortisol are the inverse of what they
should be, while melatonin never reaches a sufficient level for deep sleep.
Signs related to disrupted circadian rhythms include the inability to fall
asleep or stay asleep, difficulty waking up in the morning, not feeling
rested after sleep, a drop in energy between 4 and 7 p.m., and headaches
in a daytime, or what is called a diurnal pattern.
Non-cyclic balance in the body is just as important for health
maintenance as cyclic biorhythms. Just as there are hormones pushing
and pulling each other in a cyclic fashion, entire systems of the body and
individual nutrients do the same thing but in non-cyclic manner. Their
give and take looks more like the action of a teeter-totter. When a noncyclic imbalance is a disruptor of health, the phenomenon is called the
Teeter-Totter Effect. Fewer symptoms and a higher level of function are
the result of balanced teeter-totters. Below is a list of common teetertotter pairs regularly evaluated with FBA:
Serotonin and Dopamine.
Estrogen and Progesterone.
The immune system (TH-1 vs. TH-2).
The nervous system (sympathetic vs. parasympathetic).
Calcium and Vitamin D.
Calcium and Magnesium.
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Iron, Zinc and Copper (a three-way teeter-totter).
Vitamins B1 and B2.
Sodium and Potassium.
When symptoms of any kind are present, it is likely the Teeter-Totter
Effect is in play. For example, serotonin and dopamine, two
neurotransmitters essential for proper brain function, are on the same
teeter-totter. If serotonin is high, dopamine will most often be low, and
vice versa. Migraine headaches, for example, are a sign of too much
serotonin in the brain. However, ―too much‖ is relative to dopamine.
Therefore, a person suffering from migraines could have high serotonin
with normal dopamine levels. Or, he or she could have normal serotonin
with low dopamine levels. Either way, the teeter-totter looks the same,
and the migraine symptoms are the same. However, in one case the goal is
to lower serotonin, while in the other case, the goal is to raise dopamine
(sometimes a person will need both). Choosing the wrong treatment will
have no effect or could even make things worse.
Figure 5: Types of Teeter-Totters
At present, no diagnostic test is available through traditional medicine
that can inform a patient as to whether he or she has high, normal or low
serotonin. It is an educated guess. FBA, however, can correctly identify
the problem. Simply by exposing the patient to a sample of the
neurotransmitter serotonin and evaluating the response via the muscles, a
practitioner can obtain an instant data point and determine the direction
the teeter-totter needs to move. Understanding biorhythms and teetertotters is extraordinarily helpful to the FBA practitioner as he follows the
body‘s revealed hierarchy, searching for the best hormetic nutrients to
restore health. Before FBA testing can begin and be reliable, the
practitioner must prepare the patient's body for testing.
Manual Muscle Testing (MMT), in any of its forms, is not perfect. FBA is
no exception. The goal of FBA is to tap into the body‘s own natural
monitoring system in order to evaluate energetic reflexes and small
samples of various substances. This electromagnetic monitoring system is
present in all people but doesn‘t mean communication between the doctor
and patient‘s body is always immediate. Some preliminary in-office
corrections are often necessary before initiating MMT.
The good news is practitioners of FBA understand the obstacles, which
are easy to overcome in many cases. Muscle testing should never be a
struggle between doctor and patient. A low to moderate amount of force
is all it should require. Anything more indicates the body is attending to
other issues. In other words, it is distracted. The body will not hear
whispers at rock concerts. The smell of flowers in a field dissipates on a
windy day. The surrounding world is lost when concentrating on a good
book, as is the light touch of soft pajamas after putting on a heavy robe.
All sorts of stimuli (sights, sounds, smells, etc.) are discernable, but the
more stimulation present or the greater the focus on a single stimulant the
less the body will consciously notice others.
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Because there is so much the body must pay attention to and the
conscious realm cannot express them all, it is more often the exception
than the rule that patients are not ready at a moment‘s notice to have
their muscles tested. In FBA, the sensitive energetic reflexes along with
small amounts of various biochemical substances such as hormones,
neurotransmitters, minerals or foods are the things that need to be tested
the most. A body that is medicated, injured or emotionally overwhelmed
does not pay attention to these small stimuli. It is not operating in a
sensitive enough ―mode‖ to make it testable with MMT. It is too busy
dealing with bigger problems. It is too busy dealing with stress.
When people think of stress, they think first of the emotional strain that
comes from a bad work environment, struggling relationships, worries
over finances or concerns for an ailing loved one. Stress is this and much
more. Stress, for FBA purposes, is anything that shifts the body off balance
resulting in an exaggerated biochemical response in order to right itself
back into homeostasis. This means an injury is a stress, requiring the
immune system to activate to heal damaged tissue. Medications cause
stress, because the liver and the kidneys must detoxify them. A mind
overrun with thoughts and a body without enough rest, water or exercise
are also forms of stress. The more accumulated stress on the body the
more the adrenaline-based survival response, known as ―fight-or-flight,‖
overruns other basic functions. This means the response confiscates
resources set aside for general wellbeing and directs them toward survival.
When the fight-or-flight response becomes part of regular life instead of a
short-term change to escape a temporary problem, health and wellness
are not possible. Sadly, this is the state in which most people in modern
society find themselves. Relieving the fight-or-flight burden is one of the
healthiest things any doctor can do.
Preparing a patient for muscle testing is not difficult. There are simple inoffice techniques that can reduce the overall stress load and relax and
calm the nervous system to the point where muscle testing becomes
reliable and accurate. These techniques free the brain/body from survival
management, thereby allowing an evaluation of more subtle
electromagnetic signals. There are many ways to do this. Any relaxation
technique, even those using light and sound, can be effective. The
quickest way to reduce the overall stress burden is to realign and
rebalance the structure through spinal, pelvic, muscular and cranial bone
manipulations. Chiropractors, cranial sacral therapist and other manual
therapists utilize these techniques. The effectiveness of this method
occurs because of the structure's role as a storage place for excess stress.
Stress in the structure is a well-recognized phenomenon. Patients often
grab the back of their neck and with a wincing face declare, ―This is
where I store my stress.‖ In a large sense, they‘re right. Any internal
chemical or emotional problem will have a structural manifestation. This
is the foundational concept upon which many MMT techniques are built.
The structure imbalance is generally the last thing to show up in these
cases and is the first thing to get better. This is the reason why many
think they don‘t have chemical problems (because they don‘t currently
hurt) and why others have aches, pains and degenerating joints without
ever injuring or over-exerting themselves. A person can see this reality
simply by looking in the mirror. Most right-handed people will have a
lower right shoulder when compared to the left. They will also have a
higher right hip. The opposite pattern is true for left-handed people. This
common postural misalignment results from the body managing internal
stresses through external structure.
In the office, spending a few minutes realigning the misaligned cranial
and spinal segments is usually enough to revive the energetic system so
MMT can begin. The wonderful thing about FBA is it allows the
practitioner to test anything she feels may be beneficial or harmful to a
patient‘s health. When all goes well, the doctor can simply place a
substance on or very near the body and evaluate the response through a
test-muscle. As explained thoroughly in the chapter, Functional BioAnalysis: What, How, Why, the body constantly monitors and evaluates
electromagnetic fields—the energetic fingerprint manifested by all things.
It does so without ceasing, just like it does with smells, touch and any of
the five physical senses.
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The problem is any sample substance that generates a field is naturally
quite weak. This is similar to a radio broadcast. If the receiver is out of
range, or if things like mountains, tunnels or power lines interrupt the
signal, the music will not be properly heard. The stresses of life, be they
chemical, structural or emotional, are mountains of an electromagnetic
sort. Medications, toxins or other stresses act like foreign frequencies and
activate the survival response or distort the incoming electromagnetic
transmissions. In order for FBA to be reliable, the practitioner needs to
tune the body so that the patient‘s body can ―hear‖ the electromagnetic
broadcast of the tested substances.
Additionally, practitioners can aid the body‘s detection of frequencies by
enhancing or boosting the signal of the substance being tested. By using a
magnet and placing a substance under the south-pole side or by using a
source of light (sunlight is the best), practitioners can boost the signal.
Both of these techniques add energy to the equation and intensify the
signal making it easier for the body to detect the fingerprint.
In order to know whether the body is ready for FBA, the practitioner can
utilize a very special reflex point on the top of the head called Governing
Vessel 20 (GV20). Touching that point should weaken a test-muscle. This
rarely happens when a patient first lies down on the treatment table.
Once GV 20 is open (weakens to a test-muscle), the body has removed
enough current stress and is relaxed. The patient is now ready for
Functional Bio-Analysis.
According to traditional acupuncture, energetic points literally cover the
human body from head to toe. FBA takes into consideration 15 of these
points, called primary energetic points (PEPs). Each corresponds with an
organ or system of the body. In addition, 14 of the 15 points relate to high
or low levels of seven special hormones called neurotransmitters, which
perform critical functions in the brain and elsewhere. The chapters that
follow are based on the major symptoms related to each primary reflex
point and its corresponding neurotransmitter. For example, the chapter,
Pleasure or Paranoia? is related to the PEP governing vessel 27 (GV27)
and has to do with high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. The
chapter Panic or Pass Out? describes the symptoms related to an excess of
the excitatory neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which discovered
through the PEP, Heart 1 (HRT 1).
Triple Warmer 23
(glutamate or aspartate low)
Gall Bladder 1
(acetylcholine low)
Small Intestine 19
(norepinephrine low)
Bladder 1
(serotonin low)
Stomach 1
(histamine low)
Large Intestine 20
(GABA low)
Governing Vessel 27
(dopamine high)
Conception Vessel 24
(dopamine low)
Figure 6: Facial PEPs - Low Neurotransmitters
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Kidney 27
(serotonin elevated)
Lung 1
(GABA elevated)
Circulation/Sex 1
(glutamate or aspartate
Heart 1
(norepinephrine elevated)
Spleen 21
(histamine elevated)
Liver 14
(acetylcholine elevated)
Conception Vessel 19
(immune system)
Figure 7: Body PEPs - High Neurotransmitters
With a gentle touch of the reflex point and the response of a test-muscle,
a practitioner can quickly determine whether a given neurotransmitter is
high, low, or balanced. To correct the ones out of balance, he can make
use of the hormetic nutrients associated with each reflex point.
It is not a coincidence that the most important reflex points on the body
correlate with neurotransmitters. Neurophysiology is an advancing field
of study and practice based upon the idea that most problems start in the
brain and work their way down. By making treatment of brain
dysfunction a priority, chiropractic neurologists have used specific manual
therapies to do amazing things - helping patients in ways traditional
methods could not. This is exactly what happens with FBA but from a
chemical point of view. By fixing the neurotransmitters found through
the primary reflex points, the practitioner can manage the patient‘s
highest priorities from a top-down perspective while correcting both the
brain and the body at the same time.
Once the primary energetic point (PEP) is found, a basic thought process
for the practitioner begins as he puts to use his biochemical understanding
in order to discern the most appropriate treatment. The ideas regarding
neurotransmitters and hormones are foundational for all of the PEP
chapters that follow.
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In order for FBA practitioners to be effective, they must understand
certain aspects of biochemistry. Specifically, how the body makes, or
synthesizes, a neurotransmitter or hormone and then breaks it down, or
metabolizes it. After making or obtaining biochemical substances, the
body must utilize them, get rid of them, or recycle them. A failure within
any of these basic steps means a functional problem will be present.
Simply put, restoring health often comes down to balancing a hormone or
neurotransmitter that is either too high or too low. An excess or
deficiency will cause remarkable symptoms, and the PEP corresponding
to the out-of-balance substance will become active. This means the issue
is now detectable with manual muscle testing.
To understand how the body builds neurotransmitters and metabolic
chemicals, think of Legos, a favorite toy of all children. Using Legos, a
child may build a bus, turn it into a car, and then make it into a plane—all
with the appropriate rearrangement and addition or subtraction of only a
few other pieces. The body builds neurotransmitters in much the same
way. There is very little chemical difference, for example, between
dopamine and adrenaline, yet they have unrelated functions.
Understanding how these ―blocks‖ connect together and what they need
to transform into their next shape is an important way to determine
whether there is a problem.
Another way to think about hormones and neurotransmitters is to
imagine their normal pathway as a steady flowing river passing by several
towns making use of the water. If each upstream town only draws what it
needs, then plenty of water is available for the remaining towns
downstream. However, abuse, droughts, and dams disperse the water
To better understand the point, compare the two pathways for the
neurotransmitter serotonin below.
Figure 8: Serotonin Pathway
To make serotonin, the body begins with an amino acid called
tryptophan. Once used, it is reshaped into 5-HTP and then finally into
serotonin. Pathway A is an example of a river properly flowing from one
―neuro-town‖ to the next, each town using just the amount of water it
needs. Pathway B has a big problem. Just below the town of 5-HTP there
is a blockage. Apparently, some beavers have decided to build a dam in
this spot. Now, Sero-town is drying up. The result is an excess of 5-HTP
and a deficiency of serotonin.
Excesses of neurotransmitters mean water will eventually overflow the
banks, making a messy bug-breeding pond. Deficiencies, on the other
hand are like a drought; there will not be enough water for the crops or
the animals and people to drink. Both of these situations are unhealthy.
Each PEP has a pathway and requires certain hormetic nutrients to keep
it flowing. Finding the areas where the neurotransmitters are dammed up
and helping remove the blockage is a powerful way to encourage health.
A common approach to regulate low neurotransmitters is simply to
supplement with an ―upstream‖ substance or substrate like tryptophan or
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5-HTP. This approach only works in the case where the substrate itself is
low. Otherwise, when a blockage is present, adding additional substrate
will result in no improvement or worse yet, may yield unexpected side
effects. Therefore, it becomes imperative for the practitioner to know the
condition of each substrate, determine whether it is in disarray, and repair
it accordingly.
Once a pathway seems balanced by the hormetic nutrients, there are two
things practitioners should consider to assist with long-term healing and
to make sure the same problem does not come back. First, it is always
good to put as much stress on the pathway as possible, to ―flood the river,‖
and see whether the hormetic nutrients can still keep the PEP balanced.
Second, based on the Teeter-Totter Effect, if one neurotransmitter or
hormone is too high, another is probably too low. In the case of serotonin,
once its pathway seems solid, it would be a good idea to check the PEPs
for high and low dopamine.
Flooding the River
Any issue of a chronic nature has layers that can run deep. Managing the
superficial layers, as well as tapping into and correcting the deeper hidden
ones, is essential for a complete recovery. Likewise, health-related
problems can come and go. Doctors often hear their patients say things
like, ―Well, my back hurt yesterday when I called for this appointment,
but today it seems just fine.‖ By recreating the "real world" where patients
actually live, practitioners can find hidden structural problems. For
instance, a doctor may stress a patient‘s tissues by having them move,
bend, or run in place. Introducing any form of stress and evaluating the
body‘s response, is likely to provide beneficial insight. For example, a
hormetic nutrient may cancel the muscle weakness from a PEP, but will it
continue to do so under stress? One quick way to find out is by placing a
patient‘s genetic color over their eyes. Genetic colors are a form of
energetic stress. Now, the practitioner can retest to see if it the nutrient
still prevents a muscle from weakening to the PEP. If so, it demonstrates
that this particular hormetic nutrient will continue to provide a
therapeutic response even in the midst of additional strain.
Other times, instead of finding the most effective nutrient to retain
physiologic integrity, the goal is to see what substances cause a pathway
to breakdown. Intentionally overwhelming a pathway reveals potential
areas of weakness. The most common stress or ―challenge‖ to the
metabolic pathways is with particular chemicals called biomarkers.
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Biomarkers are the substances most directly related to a given PEP. Using
biomarkers tells the FBA practitioner exactly what is wrong with the PEP
and is the fastest way to find the most appropriate hormetic nutrient to fix
it. With any PEP, there could be up to 10 hormetic nutrients to check in
order to find the one that works best. Biomarkers narrow down the search
to just one or two hormetic nutrients. For example, if SPL 21 is active,
then the FBA practitioner knows a problem with the blood sugar system
is present. He could check all the hormetic nutrients related to this PEP
and thereby fix the problem. But he would not know why the problem
was there in the first place. Only the biomarker can tell him that. The
good news is the hormetic nutrient that brings the biomarker into balance
tends also to be the one bringing the entire PEP into balance. In the case
of SPL 21, the biomarkers are glycogen, insulin, glucose, and glucagon.
Using FBA, a practitioner can test small samples of these substances to see
whether a strong test-muscle becomes weak.
Using a biomarker not only leads the practitioner to the problem, but it
also reveals precisely what kind of problem is present. If glycogen
happened to be the biomarker that stabilized SPL 21, it would instantly
narrow down the possibilities for hormetic nutrients to just three things:
cortisol, calcium, and vitamin B6. Cortisol and calcium help make
glycogen, and vitamin B6 helps release it from storage when the body
needs it.
PEP Summary
The primary energetic points of FBA all relate to 15 major bodily systems
and their specific pathways and chemicals. All these systems, with the
exception of one, have an association with hormones or neurotransmitters
- the hormones of the brain. This relationship means that with the gentle
touch of the reflex point and the response of a test-muscle, an FBA
practitioner can quickly determine whether a given neurotransmitter is
high, low, or balanced. Therefore, balancing PEPs requires an
understanding of the major biochemical pathways.
To correct the ones out of balance, he can make use of the hormetic
nutrients associated with each reflex point. Certain special chemicals
associated with these pathways called biomarkers are substances directly
related to a PEP, and an FBA practitioner can use them to speed up the
overall evaluative process. This makes finding the necessary hormetic
nutrient much easier. By definition, hormetic nutrients are involved in
numerous essential pathways. One may well seem helpful initially but
turn out not to be the best choice overall. To ensure a practitioner has
found the most effective hormetic nutrient to balance the PEP, he may
need to add structural, chemical, emotional, or even energetic stresses to
see whether the PEP will still maintain its integrity. If the PEP is unable
to resist additional stresses, the practitioner should look for another
hormetic nutrient to making the PEP stable under additional stress.
Lastly, certain special circumstances related to hormones and how they
behave in the body need consideration, lest the full restoration of PEPs be
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Figure 9: Spleen 21
Related Neurotransmitter: Histamine (high levels)
Organ or System: Spleen & Blood Sugar System
Main Biomarkers: Insulin, Glycogen, Glucose, Cortisol, Histamine
Common Hormetic Nutrients: B6, Calcium, Thiamin (B1), Alpha-Lipoic
Acid, B12, Vanadium, Chromium
Spleen 21 (SP 21) is located on both sides of the rib cage, about four
inches below the armpit. It is the PEP related to the spleen and, perhaps
more importantly, the pancreas, which is the manufacturing plant for
insulin. As a hormone, insulin is critical for proper blood sugar balance.
Of the fifteen primary energetic points discussed in Hope for Health,
many practitioners consider SP 21 to be the most important for
overcoming functional illness. The reason is simple. SP 21 has everything
to do with managing blood sugar, or glucose, and glucose is the main fuel
for the brain. Therefore, in order to keep the brain supplied with ample
amounts of fuel, the body places SP 21 at the top of its priority list and
makes whatever sacrifices are necessary to keep this system up and
running. Beyond this, glucose relates to all functions of the body because
every cell needs it for fuel. It is not just brain fuel; it is body fuel as well.
As a practitioner uses FBA to reveal the priorities of the body, it is likely
he will find SP 21 among the top three primary energetic points, no
matter what the type of functional illness.
The blood sugar system intimately connects with the adrenal glands,
thyroid glands, and reproductive system. Strain on any one of these places
will bring about strain on the rest. Like a debt-based government
protecting entities too big to fail, the blood sugar system, when desperate,
will borrow whatever resources it can from its dependent partners,
exhausting them and eventually itself. This undesirable outcome is most
often the result of poor choices. The Western diet, full of processed oils,
refined foods, and plenty of sweeteners, along with inadequate sleep and
the worries of life are the principal trouble-makers. Although, a bad diet
is enough stress on its own.
Even with plenty of sleep and few worries, children often experience
significant blood sugar stress from the food they eat. The rise in juvenile
or Type 1 diabetes should give parents pause. Each year, physicians
diagnose more than 15,000 children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes in
the U.S.239 In some countries, like Finland and Australia, the rates are
much worse.240
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Today, the Western world is suffering from a myriad of individual
metabolic disorders that, as a group, have the name Metabolic
Syndrome.241 At its core, Metabolic Syndrome is a blood sugar problem.
Those with Metabolic Syndrome who are also obese carry yet another
label: Syndrome X. Current estimates from the American Heart
Association report that 20-25 percent of the adult population of the U.S.
suffers from Syndrome X. This means between 58 and 73 million men and
women are at risk for this disorder. Many more are at risk from Metabolic
Syndrome, because they are not classified as obese but have all the other
associated aliments.
Metabolic Syndrome is characterized by having at least three of the
following symptoms:
Insulin Resistance (high insulin and high blood sugar)
Abdominal fat—in men this means a 40-inch waist or
larger, in women 35 inches or larger
High blood sugar levels—at least 110 mg/dl after fasting
Triglycerides elevated—at least 150 mg/dl in the blood
Low HDL (the ―good‖ cholesterol)—less than 40 mg/dl if
male and 50 mg/dl if female
A tendency to clot, called a prothrombotic state
Blood pressure of 130/85 or higher
If present, Metabolic Syndrome greatly increases the chances of having a
heart attack or stroke. The medical community understands these illnesses
―cluster‖ together. Meaning they connect to each other through a vicious
cycle where one condition perpetuates the prevalence and severity of
another. Despite knowing this, the American Heart Association, a group
of traditional medical doctors, states on its website that the ―underlying
causes of Metabolic Syndrome are being overweight, physical inactivity,
and genetic factors.‖242 These are causes? They are not causes; they are
signs and symptoms.
In those with Metabolic Syndrome, the fuse was lit well before the bomb
went off. The metabolic causes were present for decades. Failure to
understand the basic mechanisms of the blood sugar system and its
interactions with the rest of the hormonal system leaves little hope for
patients under the care of traditional doctors. This is why the best
traditional medicine can offer is condition-management through
medications and why it rarely finds cures or prevents anything. So, what
are the real causes of metabolic syndrome and all other functional blood
sugar disorders?
The Glucose Pathway
In order to benefit from glucose, the body must follow and maintain
hundreds of steps while meeting specific conditions. A simplified version
of the glucose pathway could be expressed something like this: glucose
must be obtained through digestion, transported to the cell via insulin,
overseen by cortisol (an adrenal gland hormone), received into the cell by
trace minerals, utilized in the cell‘s mitochondria, stored as glycogen in
the liver and muscles, retrieved when needed by a hormone called
glucagon, and finally, when not needed, stored as fat. If trouble is present
anywhere in the glucose pathway, there is a functional problem. Within
these steps is the cause of Metabolic Syndrome and of many other
functional illnesses. It is essential therefore, that these potential problem
areas be examined.
Rarely will a patient ever express to his doctor all the ailments he is
currently suffering from. If done so, the five-minute visit to the HMO
physician would likely result in a prescription for an anti-depressant. This
is no joke. When asked, most people are managing symptoms of pain,
insomnia, digestive complains, hormonal issues, headaches, and fatigue.
Far too often, people function daily by forcing metabolic reactions to take
place. ―I need my morning coffee,‖ they grumble. The 2:30 crash amidst a
monstrous sugar craving is no concern since a bowl of chocolate candies
on Sally‘s desk is easily within reach. These symptoms all directly relate to
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a struggling blood sugar system and lead from health to functional illness
and from functional illness to disease.
Insulin & Glycogen
The human body stores fuel in three forms: lipids in the fat tissue;
proteins as muscle; and sugars, called glycogen. Three hormones
(glucagon, cortisol, and norepinephrine) increase blood sugar levels, but
only one, namely insulin, gets blood sugar into the cells. In other words,
the body is three times better able to manage food shortages than it is food
excesses. This biological fact is the reason why those with lowered caloric
intake have some of the greatest longevity. Centenarians, those living to
100 years old or more, no matter their gender, race, or location in the
world, have two things in common. They never over eat, they are free
from autoimmune attack, and they maintain a happy or positive
attitude.243 244 In civilized society, with its abundant options of quick and
easy grease- and sweet-filled foods, keeping calories down could be one of
life‘s greatest challenges.
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas in response to the presence of
glucose in the blood stream, usually following a meal. It is the job of
insulin to shepherd glucose into a cell so the cell can use it as fuel. When
performing properly, blood sugar levels will be within an optimal fasting
range of 85-100 mg/dl. If the cells are no longer responding to insulin as
they should, then blood sugar levels will tend to dramatically move above
and below the range. Many practitioners consider high blood sugar to be a
―silent‖ disease. It often has few symptoms initially. On the other hand
doctors recognize low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia, by symptoms
between meals, such as irritability, lightheadedness, sugar cravings,
sleeplessness at night, memory loss, fatigue, and more.
In the muscles, liver, and kidneys, an 8- to 10-hour supply of stored
glucose, called glycogen, is available.245 The presence of a functional
calcium deficiency, especially the kind that happens in BLUE people, can
hinder glycogen production. Low cortisol levels can also contribute to a
problem in glycogen production. Cortisol, a hormone produced by the
outer part, or cortex of the adrenal glands, will be insufficient in those
who have chronic stress. People with chronic stress fatigue the glands,
and they are no longer able to meet demand. There is also a second
problem. Glycogen can become stuck in storage. The key that unlocks the
glycogen cabinet is vitamin B6, or pyridoxine.246 B6 is an important
hormetic nutrient and, for many reasons, is a common nutrient
deficiency. Inability to create or access glycogen is the main reason for
civilized society‘s epidemic of hypoglycemia.
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Hypoglycemics are people who experience low levels of glucose in their
blood stream. Typical symptoms include: craving sweets, lightheadedness,
shakiness, low energy, and headaches. All these occur between meals.
Because the body works so hard to maintain stable blood sugar levels and
sacrifices other systems when necessary by stealing their required
nutrients, a person whose glucose levels are not within normal ranges
already has a serious metabolic imbalance underway. For example,
hypoglycemics generally have plenty of stored fuel in the form of fat but
are no longer able to use their foundational energy reserve. This, as
explained below, is the result of the fight-or-flight response and is the
reason why many hypoglycemics cannot lose weight even with a
yeoman‘s effort. Other signs are also present when the blood sugar system
is strained. In fact, because of its influence over so many bodily systems,
any blood sugar problem means that a cluster of functional issues are
present simultaneously.
Hypoglycemics are not usually hungry in the morning. That is because
they have been under stress all night. Imagine Cynthia on her way to
meet friends for a late dinner at a popular restaurant. One block before
she arrives, a mother pushing her baby in a stroller walks directly out in
front of the car. Luckily, Cynthia sees them in time, slams the brakes, and
averts tragedy. However, inside her body everything has changed. The
mild hunger pangs and the pleasant thoughts of her favorite meal are now
gone. A surge of adrenaline has activated the sympathetic nervous system.
Her heart is racing, her pupils are dilated, and her breathing is rapid and
shallow. Blood flow is also diverted away from the digestive organs and
into the big muscles. Cynthia is experiencing a full-blown fight-or-flight
response. The process, once begun, takes time to diminish. With her
appetite gone, Cynthia retells the event to her friends while occasionally
sipping on some wine. After an hour, she is finally able to have a few bites
of her favorite course but is still trembling on the inside. This illustration
is a dramatic example of what happens every night in the body of the
Only a few hours after dinner, as hypoglycemics curl up in bed to go to
sleep, glucose levels begin to drop. With no food in sight, their bodies
must find some blood sugar in order to fuel the brain. The glycogen
cabinets in the liver and kidneys are either empty or locked. In either
case, the normal means of acquiring glucose are not options. So, the body
takes an emergency measure. It releases adrenaline, one of the chief fightor-flight hormones, in order to make glucose from the muscles, a process
called gluconeogenesis. Prolonged destruction of muscle for fuel is a
highly inflammatory and nutrient-depleting process, worsening an
already serious functional problem and creating restless sleep.
All night long, the hypoglycemic tosses and turns as his body tries to find
rest in a state of high sympathetic activity. Getting up to go to the
bathroom for the second time, he reminds himself not to drink water
before bed. This has little to do with the problem. Night time urination is
rarely an issue when the blood sugar system is properly working. The
chemicals from the fight-or-flight response are toxic, and the body must
eliminate the toxins through the kidneys as soon as possible, even at the
expense of sleep. This is why night-time urination in the hypoglycemic is
unavoidable. When sleep does occur, vivid dreams, the result of an
overactive liver processing the same noxious chemicals as the kidneys,
often keep it from being restful. When morning finally arrives, the fightor-flight response has been at work for many hours, and so appetite, like
in Cynthia‘s case above, is absent.
Even though hypoglycemics have little desire for breakfast, skipping the
morning meal is one of the worst things they can do. It allows for the
further perpetuation of the body‘s muscle-stripping emergency measures
in order to retrieve glucose. Instead, forcing the body to move in a
different direction by changing lifestyle habits is essential. This means
eating a protein-based meal even if a person can only tolerate a few bites.
Usually, half a hardboiled egg with a piece of toast and a bite of a green
vegetable is sufficient. This dietary step is critical because the
degenerative disorders linked to high ingestion of refined carbohydrates
are many, including the following ones: 247
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Autoimmune Disorders
Chronic Fatigue
Heart Disease
Hypo and hyperthyroidism.
Since the mid 1990‘s, books, such as The Adkin's Diet, The Zone, The
Paleo Diet, Protein Power, and the South Beach Diet have recommended
controlling blood sugar levels by eating higher amounts of protein. Each
of these books works to correct the glucose imbalances the fight-or-flight
response and the over-consumption of refined foods and sugars create.
These diets are not without their problems. Too much protein has
concerns of its own. However, if they help people overcome their
addiction to sugar while balancing their blood sugar system at the same
time, they will have done a great service to the population as a whole.
Remember, blood sugar problems are part of most functional illnesses.
Without their correction, the body cannot fix certain significant illnesses.
To make matters worse, prolonged hypoglycemia leads to even more
serious blood sugar problems, such as insulin resistance and diabetes.
Correcting Hypoglycemia with FBA
There are four main substances to consider when evaluating
hypoglycemia: insulin, glycogen, glucose, and glucagon. Samples of these
substances, called biomarkers, are evaluated by the FBA practitioner
through manual muscle testing.
The chart shows the three primary blood sugar imbalances—
hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, and diabetes—and the relationship of
the four main biomarkers, whether they are too high, too low, or normal.
Testing the biomarkers with FBA will reveal a patient‘s current blood
sugar category.
↑ or
↓ or ↑
↑ then ↓
↓ or ↑
↑ then ↓
In the case of hypoglycemia, the answer is almost always glycogen. As in
the chart above, glycogen will either be high or low. This is because the
body either has a manufacturing problem and consequently glycogen
output is low, or the body already has plenty of glycogen but needs to
make better use of what it already has. The more common of these two
problems is low levels of glycogen. To make this important glucosestoring molecule, the body requires plenty of usable calcium and a
hormone from the adrenal glands called cortisol.
Since glycogen is something the body would like to have, simply placing a
sample of it on the body temporarily excites the nervous system. This
facilitating response is enough to cause a weak test-muscle to become
strong. Next, the practitioner can check for calcium in its various forms
and/or cortisol. One of the two will also excite the nervous system. When
one does, the practitioner has found a large piece of the hypoglycemia
puzzle. The person should take the needed nutrient in supplement form
while correcting lifestyle choices contributing to the problem. For some,
just one of these two nutrients is sufficient. For others, the metabolic
issues are far more complex.
A second problem that can cause hypoglycemia has to do with the
inefficient use of glycogen. There is plenty of it in the storage cabinets,
but the cabinets are locked and no one can find the key. When glycogen
is stuck in storage, the key that lets it out is vitamin B6, called pyridoxine.
In some cases (usually cases involving genetic issues) only the activated
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form of B6 will do. Most activated forms of vitamins have a phosphorous
molecule attached to them. Thus pyridoxine in its activated form would
be called pyridoxal-5-phosphate. People with this particular low-glucose
problem have plenty of calcium and cortisol from their adrenal glands but
have somewhere along the way been stripped of B-vitamins. B6 is more
than just a key for glycogen cabinets. In the nervous system it is used to
relax tingling and trapped nerves;248 in the brain it helps process
neurotransmitters and aids in seizure reduction;249 in the mitochondria, it
helps promote energy creation; and in the spleen, it is essential to
metabolize histamine, the chemical found in high amounts during allergic
A final form of hypoglycemia has to do with the inability of the cells
themselves to absorb glucose. This occurs when there is a shortage of
either chromium or vanadium—the doorman and the butler. It is the job
of insulin to escort glucose to the cell. Once it arrives, insulin knocks on
the cell door and waits for the doorman. The doorman is chromium.250
Without this important trace mineral, the door stays closed. In other
words, there could be plenty of glucose available for energy but if it can‘t
get into the cell, it is for all practical purposes useless. If the doorman does
open the door, the body needs to take another step. The butler must
welcome glucose into the cellular mansion. The butler is vanadium,
another important trace mineral. A quick check of these biomarkers with
FBA will ensure the body is making and releasing glycogen, and that
glucose will be able to get into, and be used by, the cells.
Insulin resistance is the condition in which normal amounts of insulin are
inadequate to produce normal responses.251 Therefore, the pancreas must
produce higher levels. This is a dangerous place to be. The pancreas can
only deliver high levels of insulin for a period of time before petering out.
The end result is diabetes. This process does not happen overnight, but it
is the consequence of longstanding blood sugar stress.
Insulin resistance prevents the efficient conversion of food into energy
because of a vastly reduced number of insulin receptors on the cell wall.
Doctors estimate that a typical healthy person has 20,000 insulin receptor
sites per cell, while the average overweight individual can have as few as
5,000. This phenomenon directly relates to high carbohydrate
consumption, which results in bountiful amounts of glucose in the blood
stream. This too is very dangerous. Excess glucose can bind with and alter
proteins resulting in what are called advanced glycosylated end products
(AGE‘s). These substances increase arteriosclerosis and rapidly advance
the aging process.252
Continuous exposure to anything can result in a desensitizing effect. This
is true even for cells bombarded with glucose. The body finds some way
to deal with the excessive stimulation at first. Since the cellular house is
already full of glucose-guests, it cannot allow any more in. So it does the
next best thing and turns a deaf ear. As insulin continues knocking at the
door, the doorman refuses to answer. The over-stimulation has
desensitized the cell to the presence of insulin. The only response the
body has is to send out more knockers. This extreme measure, in time,
will take its toll on the pancreas. To make matters worse, excess or freefloating insulin is dangerous. For example, too much insulin is highly
inflammatory and can damage the lining of the arteries and contribute to
the development of atherosclerosis.
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Figure 10: Insulin Resistance
Insulin has influence over more than just glucose. Fat, muscle, and liver
cells must also respond to insulin‘s call. In the presence of insulin
resistance, blood levels of triglycerides, free fatty acids, and, of course,
blood sugar will rise.253 Remember, high blood levels of insulin and
glucose combined are a marker for Metabolic Syndrome, as well as type 2
diabetes.254 Research has indicated increased insulin and glucose levels
cause changes in the kidneys‘ ability to remove salt, as well as increasing
the risk of blood clot formation.255 All these are key factors in the
development of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and stroke.256 It
should now be clear why blood sugar issues are the thread that unravels
the sweater of Metabolic Syndrome and many other functional illnesses,
as well.
Correcting Insulin Resistance with FBA
The biomarker for insulin resistance is insulin itself. When the
practitioner exposes the patient to this compound and a test-muscle
weakens, it indicates the body already has plenty of insulin and that
insulin is now causing harm. Therefore, insulin resistance is likely.
Getting this situation under control requires hormetic nutrients. The most
common ones are the activated form of vitamin B1 called, thiamin
pyrophosphate, followed by alpha lipoic acid and/or a specific form of
vitamin B12. Just like there can be genetic issues activating vitamin B6 in
certain patients when glycogen is stuck in storage, there is often a genetic
problem activating vitamin B1 with insulin resistance. Thiamin
inactivation has ramifications for many other conditions, including
scoliosis, a deforming condition of the spine.
With insulin still on the body, the practitioner can check the hormetic
nutrients to see whether the inhibition abates and strength returns.
Usually, only one of these hormetic nutrients will work. The person
should take the one that works in supplement form as part of her
nutritional schedule. Since the glucose pathway is multifaceted, checking
for other blood sugars issues is critical for maximum therapeutic results. A
practitioner can do this simply by leaving the balancing hormetic nutrient
on the body and then checking other biomarkers to see whether they
need balancing, as well. Again, lifestyle changes, such as specialized diets
and exercise routines, are critical to support and reinforce the nutritional
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SPL 21, as the name suggests, relates to the spleen. The spleen has
everything to do with the management of a chemical called histamine.
High levels of histamine will activate SPL 21, which is then detectable
with FBA. The effects of histamine are quite familiar. Watery eyes, itchy
nose, sneezing, and scratching are all common in the presence of allergic
reactions triggered by histamine. Histamine is also a neurotransmitter in
the brain synthesized from an amino acid called histadine.
Figure 11: Histamine Pathway
The pathway above shows the synthesis and metabolism of histamine and
the nutrients required to make those steps happen. If a biomarker of
histamine creates a weakness in a strong test-muscle, then too much of
this noxious chemical is circulating in the body. A hormetic nutrient of
vitamin B6, iron, or vitamin C is necessary to help reduce histamine
Allergies related to histamine are not always this easy to fix. This occurs
because histamine is part of other pathways not shown above, each of
which requires a different hormetic nutrient. The greater the number of
imbalanced pathways, the more difficult it can be to fix a given problem.
This is why fixing allergies is sometimes tricky and why over-the-counter
medications may work for some people and do nothing for others. The
good news is that the experienced FBA practitioner is aware of these other
pathways and can quickly check for and find the appropriate hormetic
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Figure 12: Bladder 1
Related Neurotransmitter: Serotonin (low levels)
Organ or System: Bladder
Main Biomarkers: L-Tryptophan, Serotonin, Melatonin
Common Hormetic Nutrients: Magnesium, B6, Zinc, Calcium, B12
Insomnia and depression are two of the most common complaints among
those visiting a doctor.257 Both directly relate to the PEP, Bladder 1 (BL
1), which is located deep in the inner corner of the eyes. The bladder
energy meridian in acupuncture is one of the most important for doctors
of Chinese medicine because of its influence over all meridians of the
body. Along with SPL 1, BL 1 is often a top three PEP when evaluated
with FBA. The biochemical pathway associated with this point contains
three elements that many people have already heard of: tryptophan,
serotonin and melatonin. Tryptophan is the ―sleepy‖ amino acid found in
turkey meat, serotonin is the neurotransmitter that keeps people happy
(or at least not depressed), and melatonin is the critical hormone for deep
sleep. Here is what the pathway looks like:
Figure 13: The Serotonin Pathway
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When BL 1 is positive, bringing it back into balance it means evaluating
the three main biomarkers (tryptophan, serotonin, and melatonin) with
FBA. In order for this pathway to begin flowing, plenty of tryptophan, an
essential amino acid, must be present. Chemical substances in the body
are either essential or non-essential. If a substance is essential, it means
the body must obtain it from the diet. If a substance is non-essential, it
means that the body can synthesize it from other elements already
present. Tryptophan must be obtained from food. The benefits of this
amino acid for sleep, anxiety reduction, mood stability and
neuropsychiatric disorders are well known.258 The reason it works is
because it floods the happy-mood-and-sleep pathway with plenty of raw
material to make serotonin and melatonin. However, this assumes the
pathway is free from obstruction.
If tryptophan is effective for someone, then the logical question is: why
did he or she need more of it in the first place? There are three reasons
why tryptophan may be low:
1. A low protein diet – Since amino acids are the building blocks of
protein, and tryptophan is an amino acid, tryptophan levels will
be low if there is not enough protein.
2. Poor digestion – All the protein in the world won't help a person
if the body lacks the ability to properly process it into its most
basic parts - amino acids. Digesting protein requires adequate
stomach acid. Prolonged emotional stress often leads to low
hydrochloric acid production in the stomach and consequently
low protein digestion. If protein digestion is properly begun in the
stomach, there could still be trouble further down the tract. Full
and complete digestion takes place in a healthy small intestine.
However, if this tissue becomes inflamed from too many
processed foods or perhaps as the result of an infection, it becomes
leaky, a phenomenon called, Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS). When
present, LGS prevents full digestion of proteins, and the body will
not be able to harvest sufficient amounts of tryptophan.
3. The Liver Thief – Believe it or not, there are more important
things to the body than how a person feels. Keeping an individual
alive is one of them. Fungal or yeast overgrowth in the digestive
tract, or elsewhere, is a serious matter. The waste products of
these unwanted critters are extremely toxic, and the liver devotes
an entire pathway to breaking down these noxious substances.
But, there is a catch. Tryptophan is the main detoxifying agent.
Therefore, when necessary, the liver will steal tryptophan meant
for the brain in order to keep the body from becoming overly
polluted, which is a much worse state.
The FBA practitioner must consider each of these possibilities whenever a
patient shows a need for tryptophan. More often, however, the problem is
not too little tryptophan but a failure to breakdown what is already there.
In this case, patient-exposure to tryptophan will cause a strong test muscle
to become weak. Finding the hormetic nutrient to fix this issue is the
Neurotransmitters are the hormones of the brain. They are responsible for
how we relate, remember and react to the world around us. Symptoms of
serotonin irregularities are commonplace and include the following ones:
Lacking artistic expression
Loss of enjoyment for favorite foods and hobbies
Lower pain tolerance
Dependency on others
Disrupted sleep
Feelings of paranoia
Serotonin is perhaps the most recognized neurotransmitter. The reason
for this awareness is simply because serotonin is the main
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neurotransmitter related to depression. The cost of depression and other
mental illnesses is nearly 300 billion dollars annually. Over seven million
women in the United States have clinical depression, according to the
National Mental Health Association. Women are twice as likely as men to
suffer from depression, indicating a strong hormonal connection to the
About 10 percent of Americans, or 30 million people, are currently taking
anti-depressants. That number is double what it was only a decade earlier
and has shown no signs of slowing down.259 260
The type of medication most taken for depression is an SSRI, or a selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitor. It is the job of these medications to prevent
the body from processing serotonin. The result is people feel better. This
sounds good, but it is not without significant problems. Re-uptake
prevention will insure plenty of serotonin remains in the brain but leaves
the downstream substances, like melatonin, in a drought. This perhaps is
why so many people taking anti-depressants also need to take sleep aids at
the same time. Remember, serotonin is but one step in a sophisticated and
somewhat fragile pathway. The goal of FBA is to fix the broken pathways,
not to simply support a single member.
Anti-depressants have a few dark secrets, as well. Prolonged or even
shorter use of anti-depressants can suppress immune function,261 262 effect
sexual function263 and may even promote suicide.264 The overall
effectiveness of SSRIs is also coming under scrutiny. Scientists at Duke
University Medical Center tested exercise against the drug Zoloft and
found the ability of either, or a combination of the two, to reduced or
eliminated symptoms was about the same percentage. However, they
found exercise seemed to do a better job of keeping symptoms from
coming back after the depression lifted. Their findings, reported in the
Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, suggest a modest exercise program ''is
an effective, robust treatment for patients with major depression.''265
Simply put, SSRIs do not and cannot fix broken pathways.
There is a close connection between stress levels and depression. Second
only to blood sugar imbalances, the serotonin pathway may be the most
susceptible to damage from the effects of emotional stress.266 267 In the
modern world, reducing stress must be intentional. For the sake of health,
a person should consider lifestyle choices, career paths, peripheral
relationships and commitments of all types based upon the potential
increases in emotional and physical stress. The new "busy" is far too busy
for the body, which has limits. Too much ongoing stress drains the
hormetic nutrients necessary to synthesize serotonin and all other
neurotransmitters. High levels of serotonin are in no way good either.
They are a trigger for migraine headaches. As expected, since migraines
are such a severe issue, the body should have a way through the energetic
points to warn us, and it does. See the chapter, Migraines, Metals, or
Minerals for the details.
From a neurological point of view, depression results from low firing of
the frontal cortex. Brain stimulation in the form of new challenges and
body movement is also important. See the Brain Rehab section in the
chapter, ADHD or Misplaced Memory?, for some helpful suggestions.
Melatonin is the fifth substance in the serotonin pathway and is one of
the most important chemicals for deep sleep. Almost all people with
functional illnesses suffer from one or more forms of insomnia. As a
health problem, insomnia is a widespread issue. A general consensus,
developed from population-based studies, reports that approximately 30
percent of adults from different countries experience one or more of the
symptoms of insomnia: difficulty initiating sleep; difficulty maintaining
sleep; waking up too early; and in some cases, nonrestorative or poor
quality of sleep.268 These folks are heading for trouble. Melatonin is
cancer protective;269 270 aids the immune system in infection,
inflammation and autoimmunity;271 272 and may help keep a person
young.273 Promoting melatonin production through a healthy sleep cycle
is a must for health.
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Adequate melatonin levels depend upon plenty of light during the day
and plenty of dark at night. Direct daily sunlight is critical for normal
circadian rhythms and to stimulate the pineal gland, which is the gland in
the brain responsible for increasing melatonin levels when it is dark.274
Usually 15 to 30 minutes of sunlight is enough. Artificial light in the
nighttime hours, however, has a strong negative impact on melatonin
production. Night shift work, staying up late viewing the television or the
computer, or just keeping things bright up until bedtime will all decrease
melatonin levels.275
When a person has insomnia, he or she will often take melatonin in
supplement form. This should only be done for a period less than eight or
ten weeks so as not to develop a dependency on this hormone. However,
only a small percentage of people will benefit from this approach because
many other reasons for insomnia exist, such as inflammation (pain), food
allergies, anxiety, toxicity (chemical overload) and emotional stress.
Finding the blockages or deficiencies in the serotonin pathway, and all
other pathways, is always the best approach.
Figure 14: Circulation Sex 1
Related Neurotransmitter: Glutamate or Aspartate (high levels)
Organ or System: Reproductive System & Hormones
Main Biomarkers: Cholesterol, Progesterone, Testosterone, Estrogens
Common Hormetic Nutrients: Iron, Niacin (B3), Sulfur, Pantothenic Acid
(B5), Zinc, Pfaffia Paniculata (suma herb)
No woman, or teenage boy, on earth needs a doctor to tell them hormones
are powerful. These specialized proteins are responsible for a large
percentage of the chemical reactions taking place in the body at any given
moment. When the hormones related to reproduction drift or are forced
out of balance, the PEP circulation/sex 1 (CX 1) becomes detectable with
FBA. CX 1 is located roughly half way between the nipple and the
Hormonal imbalances are the result of many factors, including glandular
dysfunction, liver congestion, allergic reactions, fungal and other
microbial infections, birth control pills, poor diet (blood sugar problems)
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and toxicity from environmental causes, such as pesticides and plastics.
FBA and lifestyle adjustments can successfully treat all these situations,
addressed in detail throughout Hope for Health.
Hormones exemplify the interconnectedness of the body as a whole. If
any become unbalanced, a myriad of symptoms may develop including
the following ones:
Blood sugar problems
Breast tenderness
Fibrocystic breasts
Hot flashes
Irregular menstrual cycles
Loss of libido
Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
Unexplained weight gain276
Uterine fibroids
Looking at the figure below and observing all the arrows pointing in
different directions, gives an indication of the complexity of the hormonal
system. Any one of these arrows represents a place where a breakdown
can occur. The body relies on hormetic nutrients at these same locations
to keep the hormones flowing correctly.
Figure 15: Hormone Pathway
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Hormones are extremely complicated substances with powerful effects on
the tissues they target. So powerful, in fact, out-of-whack hormones are
both the cause of, and the result of, many functional problems. Knowing
this, many books have been written espousing the benefits of hormone
replacement therapy (HRT) to keep the body young, strong, and wrinklefree. The practice of giving replacement hormones when they are low in
the body is, on the surface, logically sound. However, digging a little
deeper reveals a few potential problems.
First, this approach does nothing to correct the reasons why the hormones
were low (or high) in the first place. Second, since the process of
hormonal production and release is dependent upon numerous feedback
loops, adding hormones into this delicate system is almost guaranteed to
be problematic, leading to states of hormone resistance or pituitary
suppression. HRT in these cases would only make the situation worse. It is
far wiser to do everything possible to reestablish the normal ebb and flow
of hormone production, release, and breakdown before ever attempting
HRT. FBA can do this.
In July of 2002, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) halted a large, inprogress study examining the effects of a widely used type of HRT
medication called Prempro,® which combines the hormones estrogen and
progestin. The NIH took action because the hormones increased a
woman‘s risk of breast cancer, as well as heart disease, blood clots, and
stroke. The findings were published in JAMA, the Journal of the
American Medical Association. A review of preliminary data found a 26
percent increase in breast cancer, a 29 percent increase in heart attacks,
and a 22 percent increase in total cardiovascular disease among women
receiving the hormones compared with women who received a placebo.
Three months later, a British HRT study was also stopped for essentially
the same reasons. There had been hopes HRT could reduce the risk of
coronary heart disease, but the reverse appears to be true.
These results are not at all surprising to many operating in the realm of
natural medicine. In fact, doctors have known for almost 30 years that
estrogen replacement by itself increased the likelihood of some cancers.
That's why both of the aborted studies above combined artificial
progesterone along with estrogen. Even this combination together was
not enough to prevent significant side effects. Proponents of HRT use
compounds consisting of non-synthetic, bio-identical hormones similar to
the ones made within the body. This is a valid point. When the body
requires hormones, it needs natural hormones, not the synthetic version.
However, there is more to the story.
Natural hormone replacement can be very useful in some instances, such
as after a hysterectomy, thyroidectomy, or other surgeries that require the
removal of hormone-producing tissue; when an autoimmune or
congenital disease has damaged hormonal tissues; or when exhausted
hormone-regulating glands need a short-term break. In these cases, a
doctor must regularly monitor the replacement hormones to prevent the
unwanted effect of too much hormone, called hormone resistance.
Hormone replacements in the form of birth control pills are one of the
worst abuses of medicine in recent history. When considering birth
control pills, a basic understanding of the intricate arrangement of
hormones; their impressive power over metabolism, mood, and memory;
and their response to negative influences of diet and stress, should
produce more than a pause or a mere red flag. For a medical doctor to
prescribe birth control pills to a young girl with menstrual cramps and
presume that he has acted in her best interest shows his absolute
ignorance of the sensitivity within the endocrine system. He has, in fact,
set her on a course that is potentially life altering in the most negative
sense. From a natural perspective, the belief that artificially controlling
the most basic and fundamental cycle of womanhood and expecting mild
or no consequences is in utter contrast to the fundamentals of logic and
reason. One need only ask friends and neighbors if they know any young
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women with ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors, endometriosis, or who are
having difficulty getting pregnant. If they know any pre-menopausal
women taking anti-depressants, thyroid medication, or sleep aids, there is
a good chance these women took the birth control pill at some point in
their lives. All these issues are hormonally related and connected to the
female menstrual cycle.
Birth control pills are generally one of two types. The first type keeps
estrogen high so the follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing
hormone peaks don‘t happen (explained below). This prevents an egg
from developing properly or prevents ovulation all together. The second
type keeps progesterone high so the body thinks it‘s pregnant, thereby not
releasing additional eggs.
The Effects of Birth Control Pills
They confuse the body‘s natural hormonal production, which in
the very least will eventually make menopause difficult.
They can create fibroid tumors. Many times fibroid tumors
spontaneously go away at menopause because of a drop in
They lower vitamin B6 levels, which can lead to depression, food
allergies, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sensitivities to
electromagnetic fields.
They can affect fertility.
They can result in recurrent yeast infections.
They can lead to other known problems, including excessive
uterine bleeding, blood clots, hypertension, depression, vomiting,
increased weight, kidney disease, and ovarian atrophy.
When told about the negative effects of birth control, women are often
shocked and reply, ―My doctor never told me that!‖ If a woman feels the
need to use birth control pills at this time in her life, then, at a minimum,
she should work with an FBA practitioner capable of monitoring the
effects of the pills. Supporting her therapeutically in every way to help
minimize the potential detrimental consequences of artificial hormone
ingestion is a must.
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A key to understanding many of the issues women experience is to
understand the female sexual cycle (menstrual cycle). Although there is
variation with the normal length of the cycle, there should be certain
trends before, during, and after ovulation. For instance, if a woman
experiences unpleasant symptoms, such as uterine cramping, headaches,
or bloating prior to ovulation, it is likely an issue with the hormone
progesterone, which surges at these times. However, if a woman
experiences the symptoms just prior to menstrual bleeding, estrogen
imbalances are a stronger consideration.
The menstrual cycle should be a rhythmic cycle lasting between 20 and
45 days, with an optimal cycle lasting 28 days. Its purpose is to prepare a
female‘s egg (ovum) for fertilization with a male‘s sperm and to prepare
the uterus to receive and sustain the fertilized egg.
There are three different hierarchies of hormones to consider when
discussing the female sexual cycle. The first comes from the hypothalamus
and is the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Its job is to stimulate
the anterior portion of the pituitary gland—the gland in charge of
overseeing the entire cycle. The anterior pituitary gland releases two
important hormones: follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing
hormone (LH). These two then act directly on the ovaries, encouraging
them to secrete estrogen and progesterone, respectively.
Most consider day one to be the first day of menstrual bleeding. This day
is actually the end of some very important steps, as seen in the following
Figure 16: Female Menstrual Cycle
Day 1: Shedding of uterine lining with increases in estrogen from
days 1 through 12.
Day 12: Marked increase in FSH, drastic increase in LH, estrogen
at its peak.
Day 13: Dramatic drop in estrogen initiates ovulation.
Day 14: Ovulation, FSH and LH at their peak, progesterone rising.
Day 13: Surge in progesterone until day 23.
Day 15: Drop in FSH and LH.
Day 23: Progesterone at its peak.
Day 24: Drop in progesterone until day 28.
Day 28: lowest levels of progesterone initiates the shedding of the
uterine lining (menstrual bleeding) and the cycle repeats.
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Ovulation is the moment when one ovary releases an egg. At birth, a
woman has around one million eggs in both ovaries. Each month, after
the onset of puberty, an egg contest begins. The body allows 6 to 12 eggs
to participate in the contest, but only one is the winner. Under the
influence of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), a follicle will contain
each contestant. One follicle will become dominant and cause the others
to die off (become atretic). Thus the winner, the sole remaining follicle,
will mature and eventually burst at the time of ovulation, releasing the
egg within, now called an ovum.
For a woman with a 28-day cycle, ovulation occurs 14 days after the onset
of menstruation. The first part of a woman‘s sexual cycle may vary from
month to month by a few days; however, the last half of the cycle, from
the time of ovulation to just before the start of menses, is usually a
consistent 14 days. There are five characteristics of ovulation:
The rapid growth of the follicle by FSH.
Decreasing amounts of estrogen.
Increasing amounts of progesterone to promote pregnancy.
Release of the egg from the follicle.
A surge of LH to produce a corpus luteum.
Corpus Luteum
After ovulation, the winning egg receives her crown. A cloud of granulosa
cells, called a corona radiata, surround the ovum. LH, which aids in
implantation, surges 6 to 10 fold two days before ovulation, transforming
the granulosa cells into lutein cells. The corpus luteum is the combination
of the ovum and the lutein cells. Over the next 6 to 12 days, the corpus
luteum will grow, secreting progesterone and some estrogen while
awaiting fertilization. If none occurs, the estrogen secretions soon shut off
both LH and FSH, and the corpus luteum involutes or dies.
This is perhaps the most talked about hormone in the female cycle. It is
responsible for the sexual characteristics of the female and causes the
proliferation of many reproductive cells. Its job during the sexual cycle is
to prepare the ovum for fertilization. Estrogen is high during the early
part of the cycle and drops at ovulation. Too much estrogen is sometimes
a cause for failed conception or can result in a failure to ovulate.
One of the most common gynecological problems is irregular menstrual
cycles. Skipping periods, heavy bleeding, and spotting are all menstrual
irregularities. When estrogen levels are high, the lining of the uterus
builds up in an exaggerated manner. This overproduction leads to a
dramatic release of tissue at the time of menstruation, and heavy bleeding
results. Too much estrogen is usually associated with cramping, a shorter
cycle, and a longer period. Higher progesterone levels, on the other hand,
usually mean light bleeding with little pain and a longer cycle.
When the overall levels of estrogen are low, the uterine lining never
properly forms, and frequent release, or spotting, is likely. Too little
estrogen results in vaginal dryness in some women and hot flashes in
women during menopause.
Progesterone ―Pro Gestation‖
Progesterone is the hormone most responsible for the healthy
development of a baby. Many women who have trouble maintaining a
pregnancy usually need to increase progesterone. Its functions during the
sexual cycle include raising body temperature (incubation), preparing the
uterus for pregnancy and the breasts for lactation, and inhibiting FSH and
LH. If fertilization does not occur, progesterone drops, initiating
menstrual bleeding due to the shedding of the uterine lining. If
fertilization does occur, then a hormone called human chorionic
gonadotropin (HCG) prevents progesterone from decreasing. HCG is the
hormone detected on a pregnancy test. With fertilization, HCG will be
present in the urine and blood stream around one week after ovulation.
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Pre Menstrual Syndrome
Researchers who study PMS estimate that as many as 40 percent of
women suffer from this condition at some point in their lives. Bloating,
acne, pain, emotional changes (moodiness, anger, depression), and fatigue
are some of the common symptoms of PMS. Technically, in order to have
PMS, the symptoms must occur at the same time each month. For
example, if a patient‘s symptoms relate to high progesterone, the
symptoms would occur near the middle of the cycle. Most PMS
symptoms, however, relate to excess estrogen and would therefore occur
prior to menstrual bleeding.
The Causes of Hormonal Imbalances
1. Poor diet – A poor diet, those high in refined and processed foods,
disrupts digestion, which leads to inflammation of the linings of
the small intestine. An irritated lining leads to poor absorption of
nutrients (leaky gut syndrome). Poor absorption of nutrients leads
to inadequate resources for the breakdown and processing of
hormones and promotes the overgrowth of unwanted organisms,
such as Candida.
2. Plastic and pesticides (xenoestrogens) – Plastics and pesticides that
are absorbed into our bodies act like estrogens. In lakes with large
amounts of pesticides, fish become hermaphroditic, newborn
alligators are all female, and the male alligators become feminized.
3. Meats and milk – This is another source of exogenous hormonal
compounds with estrogen-like qualities. Last year 750,000 cows
received injections of bovine growth hormone and antibiotics.
Ranches often use pesticide-laden, genetically modified feed for
4. Liver congestion – The liver is the organ that does all the breaking
down of used hormones. If the liver is congested (full, fatigued,
overworked), it does not have the resources to detoxify female
hormones. As a result, the excess hormones continue to float
freely in the blood stream, interacting with estrogen receptors on
various tissues and creating a hormonal overload. See the chapter
Arthritic or Toxic? for more details.
5. Fungal infections – There is a strong relationship between fungal
infections and estrogen imbalances. Fungus, like Candida
Albicans, thrive in estrogen-dominant women, altering the
normally smooth increases and decreases of estrogen throughout
the cycle. See the chapter Infection or Autoimmunity? for more
6. Adrenal fatigue – The adrenal glands are a secondary producer of
estrogen. Messages from the pituitary gland force the adrenals to
make more. However, tired adrenals cannot meet the demand, so
the ovaries work overtime. Again, this means more peaks and
valleys for estrogen.
7. Allergies – Allergens generate numerous amounts of immune
system chemicals, increase inflammation in the tissues, and
increase water retention and bloating, all of which make
detoxification of the reproductive hormones by the liver more
difficult. See the chapter Allergies or Inflammation? for details.
8. Medications – Birth control pills and hormone replacement
therapy (HRT), designed to correct imbalances, often create many
of their own.
9. Nutritional Imbalances – Proper quality and quantity of nutrients
must be present in order for detoxification to take place
effectively. Every illness has a deficiency in hormetic nutrients.
Without proper nutrition, hormonal imbalances won‘t be the only
thing wrong.
10. Stress – This is a powerful disrupter of hormonal balance and leads
to a myriad of unwanted effects, such as weight gain, sleep
disruptions, adrenal gland fatigue, osteoporosis, and more. See the
chapter Tired or Stressed? for details.
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Traditionally, doctors did not consider age-related male hormone changes
to be problematic because fertility in men persists until an advanced age.
By contrast, ovarian failure in women results in significant hormonal
drops well before these same hormonal decreases occur in men. However,
the male still experiences plenty of the signs progressive age-related
hormonal change, including:
Decrease in libido
Decrease in erectile function
Spells of mental fatigue
Inability to concentrate
Episodes of depression
Muscle soreness
Decrease in physical stamina
Unexplained weight gain
Increase in fat distribution around chest and hips
Sweating attacks
Emotional episodes
The changes above usually begin in the fourth and fifth decades as
androgens diminish. Androgens are hormones like testosterone that
predominantly encourage masculine characteristics. Many consider
androgen deficiencies as the male equivalent of menopause, called
Testosterone production in males is predominantly the responsibility of
the testicles. The same pituitary sex hormones that are responsible for
female characteristics and ovum development in women also stimulate
and regulate testosterone release and sperm production in men.
Specifically, luteinizing hormone (LH) stimulates testosterone production
in the testicles. This process is under negative feedback, meaning the
higher the testosterone levels, the lower the LH secretions and vice versa.
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and testosterone encourage the
production of sperm.
As discussed above, hormone replacement for women is a last-resort
option; and when used indiscriminately, makes a bad situation even
worse. The same is true for men. Excessive use of androgens (testosterone,
androstenedione, DHEA, and testosterone derivatives) can activate
subclinical prostatic tumors that are androgen-dependent. By the age of
70, at least 50 percent of men have subclinical prostate cancer, which is
especially susceptible to growth stimulation by androgens.
Men will encounter problems when estrogen levels increase as well. The
most likely culprit for increased estrogen and decreased testosterone in
men is a blood sugar imbalance, specifically, insulin resistance.277
Testosterone in these men is converted to estrogen via an enzyme called
aromatase.278 Unaware of this, men with low testosterone will seek help
from their primary care physician. Not a good idea. In all likelihood, the
traditional doctor will do a blood test to measure testosterone levels and
discover that the hormone is low. So far, so good. Next he will prescribe a
testosterone cream to boost the low levels.279 The cream, he is told, is to
be rubbed into the fatty areas such as the belly and buttocks. Uh-oh, here
comes trouble. The fatty areas are where aromatase is found in the
greatest concentration. Soon after applying the testosterone, it
immediately undergoes a transformation by aromatase into estrogen. The
long term negative effects of this course of action are predictable.
The conversion of testosterone into estrogen via aromatase is not 100%.
This means that at the start of treatment the patient may in fact feel better
as some testosterone gets into the blood stream. The honeymoon,
however, does not last long. Usually within eight weeks or less, estrogen
is present in abundance, leaving the patient worse off than when he
started. Now, not only are his symptoms the same or worse, but he has a
whole new issue to contend with – the detoxification of estrogen. Not to
mention that insulin resistance, the metabolic state responsible for
creating low testosterone levels in the first place, has not yet been
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Testing For Hormones
FBA allows the practitioner to determine whether hormones are high,
low, or just right. It cannot however, tell exactly what those levels are.
Thankfully, blood, saliva, and urine tests can help evaluate hormones in
both women and men. Measurements of hormonal levels are important,
since they provide a baseline—the mark from which a practitioner can
determine therapeutic progress.
Saliva testing reflects the active tissue concentrations (free fractions),
while blood analysis contains a total of both the active and inactive
(protein bound) hormones. Urine contains active hormones, as well as the
broken down substances of detoxified hormones called metabolites. Each
of these different tests has its own diagnostic value. Since saliva testing
reveals how much hormone is actually working (active) as opposed to just
the total amount present, saliva is generally the superior assessment for
Practitioners can test the following six primary hormones through the
basic male salivary profile:
1. DHEA – This is the precursor for both male and female hormones.
It is an anti- stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands.
Unmonitored intake can easily alter the delicate balance between
2. Androstenedione – This is a weak male hormone (androgen) and a
precursor of both male and female hormones. Unmonitored intake
in men can cause excessive female hormone production with
minimal male hormone production. In women, unmonitored
intake usually causes excess male hormone production with body
and facial hair stimulation.
3. Testosterone – This is the main testicular androgen and is a
precursor to the highly potent dihydrotestosterone male hormone.
Excessive amounts of testosterone promote hardening of the blood
vessels, aggression, and prostate problems. They also increase total
4. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – This hormone is made from
testosterone in certain tissues. The level of free active
progesterone controls the rate of DHT production. Excess DHT
causes prostate enlargement and thinning of scalp hair.
5. Progesterone – This hormone is important in both sexes. It is a
natural calming agent to the nervous system. It also keeps in
check excessive DHT production (a downstream hormone from
testosterone) and counterbalances the effects of excessive estrone.
Unmonitored intake can lead to breast enlargement, depression,
and weight gain.280 In many women, it can help prevent cancer.281
6. Estrone – This is an estrogen that both sexes produce in the fat
cells. The more fat, the more estrone, which itself in turn
promotes fat deposits. The hormone androstenedione produces
estrone. Excess of estrone can cause breast enlargement and may
contribute to prostate enlargement. In males, a certain low level
of estrone is mandatory to balance the androgens.
Figure 17: Saliva Test for Male Hormones
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Blockages resulting in the symptoms of Andropause can occur anywhere
within the hormonal stream. From the test results on the previous page,
one can see that testosterone is on the low end of normal while its
precursor androstenedione is too high. This is a prime example of beavers
in the river. A dam between these two important male hormones is
blocking the one downstream, making testosterone deficient. The
hormetic nutrients B2, B3, zinc, and iron are important for correcting this
FBA for Andropause
Knowing a person‘s color type (Red, Green or Blue) is important for
balancing hormones. For Blue men, copper tends to be a commonly
needed mineral. It is not one of the primary nutrients required to detoxify
and utilize hormones, but it does work in cooperation with those that are,
such as iron and zinc. Green men will need extra magnesium and Reds
will require vitamin B12, B6 or folic acid. Several other hormetic
nutrients will undoubtedly be necessary in order to fully balance the
altered hormonal state and to stabilize any other dysregulated systems.
These will be found one by one in their order of importance with FBA.
Figure 18: Gall Bladder 1
Related Neurotransmitter: Acetylcholine (low levels)
Organ or System: Gall Bladder
Main Biomarkers: Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Homocysteine, C-Reactive
Common Hormetic Nutrients: Niacin (B3), Taurine, Pantothenic Acid
(B5), Fat Soluble Vitamins, Essential Fatty Acids
The gall bladder is a specialized organ adjacent to the liver. Its job is to
store a fat-busting substance called bile. The gall bladder squeezes bile
into the small intestine whenever a meal containing fat enters this part of
the digestive tract. Like dish soap in a greasy pan, bile breaks down, or
emulsifies, fats on contact. Irritation of the gall bladder is a common
problem, occurring with the ingestion of too much fat or too many
inflammatory fats, such as trans fats and heated vegetable oils. Combining
these unhealthy oils with sugars and processed flour (just think dessert), is
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nearly a guarantee of future digestive trouble. Gall bladder stress activates
the PEP GB 1, located at the outermost corner of the eyes.
Although fats have a bad reputation, people should not excommunicate
them from the diet. Fats are essential for energy; cell membranes;
producing all hormones and other hormone-like substances; activating
fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, and E; and for high brain
performance. Despite all of its benefits, people often consider fat to be
unhealthy because of its association with cholesterol, the espoused cause
of heart disease. But there is much more to the story.
In traditional medicine, doctors base heart attack prevention on an everchanging effort to place subjects into low, moderate, and high risk
categories all based upon different types and fractions of the cholesterol
molecule. Researchers have established scales and guidelines to promote
this effort. However, there is very little evidence to support the
contention that a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat actually reduces
death from heart disease or in any way increases one's life span. Before a
discussion of the true causes of heart disease can begin, a detailed look at
the campaign against high cholesterol is necessary.
Cholesterol is a steroid normally present in every cell of the body and is
essential to life. Cholesterol is part of the membrane of all cells, works to
build and repair cells, and produces hormones, such as estrogen and
testosterone. Its main job, however, is for the liver to convert it into
cholic acid (up to 80 percent of all cholesterol becomes cholic acid).
Cholic acid combines with other substances in the liver to produce bile
salts, which the gall bladder stores to aid in the digestion and absorption
of fat. The body produces about 70 to 80 percent of its own cholesterol.
Only 20 to 30 percent of cholesterol comes from the diet.283
The American Heart Association recommends that all persons 20 years of
age or older have a lipid profile performed every five years.284 The lipid
profile is the measurement of the different types of cholesterol and the
triglyceride levels. Most traditionally trained doctors would agree to the
following things:
Total cholesterol below 200 mg/dl is good, and anything over 240
mg/dl is bad.
LDL cholesterol should measure below 130 mg/dl.
HDL cholesterol should range between 35 and 40 mg/dl.
If the HDL cholesterol reaches 60 mg/dl or higher, a person has a
reduced chance for a heart attack.
Triglycerides should be less than 200 mg/dl.
Many complementary doctors who work in the functional realm evaluate
these numbers in the following way:
Total cholesterol should range from 150 to 220 mg/dl.
HDL (the ―good‖ cholesterol) should be at least 25 percent of the
total cholesterol.
LDL should be less than 120 mg/dl.
Triglycerides should be less than 50 percent of the total
The triglyceride level, not cholesterol, is often a better predictor of heart
disease than other markers. Triglycerides are a particular form of fat that
the blood transports to a needed tissue. Triglycerides make up the
majority of the body fat. Triglycerides in the blood, or serum, come from
food or from the liver. After consuming a meal containing fat, the
intestines will package some of the excess and transport it via blood
vessels to the liver. Once the liver receives the fats, it then takes fatty
acids released by adipose tissue, or fat cells, and bundles them up as
triglycerides, which the rest of the body may use as fuel. Here are two
patient examples:
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Patient A:
Patient B:
Total cholesterol:
280 (above normal)
Total cholesterol:
180 (normal)
Traditional doctors would strongly consider Patient A for pharmaceutical
intervention, but is this person really in trouble? It is true that the total
cholesterol is above the normal range; however, the HDL number is
greater than 25 percent, and the triglycerides are less than 50 percent.
This patient actually has a good balance of all the lipid levels.
Patient B, on the other hand, is within normal limits on all the levels.
However, the triglycerides are more than 50 percent of the total
cholesterol, and the HDL is less than 25 percent of total cholesterol.
Patient B is actually at greater risk for a heart attack even though the
measurements are within the standard normal limits.
Why Cholesterol is High?
At least four understood reasons can cause an elevated cholesterol level:
1. The body is producing too much cholesterol;
2. A person is eating too much cholesterol in the diet;
3. The body is not breaking down cholesterol properly, resulting in
nutritional deficiency; or
4. One or more hormone-producing tissues, usually the thyroid or
pituitary is under (hypo) functioning.
The most common of these four is that the body is not properly breaking
down cholesterol.
In the previous chapter, the chart of hormonal production included
cholesterol. If cholesterol is the precursor to all other hormones, what
would happen to the hormones if cholesterol was lowered? All of the
body‘s important reproductive hormones would decrease as well! This is
precisely what happens when patients take cholesterol-lowering drugs,
like statins.
Doctors who cling to the shibboleth, ―High cholesterol is the cause of
heart disease,‖ continue to look for more sophisticated ways to measure
the cholesterol molecule. The NMR LipoProfile,285 for example, uses the
principle of natural resonance, breaks cholesterol down into 15 specific
kinds of lipoprotein subclasses.286 287 Likewise, the Vertical Auto Profile
or VAP Test also measures 15 fractions, but it does so through high-speed
centrifugation, separating cholesterol apart into smaller and smaller
bits.288 Many assume that the more doctors understand about cholesterol,
the more the links between it and heart disease will be. But there are
major problems with the cholesterol-heart disease connection.
Approximately half of all patients who develop clogged arteries, called
coronary heart disease (CHD), have normal or only marginal elevations in
total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.289 290 Conversely, a significant
number of people with elevated cholesterol never develop CHD. These
facts illuminate an approach that is missing the mark. Instead of looking
beyond cholesterol for the cause of CHD, pharmaceutical medicine chose
to tighten its guidelines, lowering ―bad‖ cholesterol (LDL) from 130 to less
than 100. This, of course, led to greater sales of cholesterol-lowering
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drugs, called statins. Statin drugs, which prevent an enzyme necessary for
cholesterol formation from working, riddle the person with nasty side
effects, including liver toxicity and severe muscle pain.291 These
medicines do in fact lower cholesterol; but one must ask the following
question: Do they help prevent heart attacks? In 20 to 40 percent of
people taking statins, the answer is no.292 293 294
The main question for heart attack prevention is, ―How do we stop
arteries from clogging?‖ Clogged arteries are the result of the buildup of
atherosclerotic plaques. These are not just cholesterol-based deposits.
They are comprised of numerous components, including smooth muscle
cells, calcium, connective tissue, white blood cells, cholesterol, and fatty
acids. The growth of plaques begins inside the artery wall, between the
inner and outer layers. But why? With a scrape or a cut on the skin, the
body protects the injured area by forming a hard scab. This wall of
defense prevents further damage while the body heals the torn tissue.
Likewise, plaques acts as internal scabs, laid down by the body to protect
damaged or weakened arteries. Why are they damaged? If researchers
could answer this question, they would know the cause of heart disease.
Alternative practitioners know the cause and the answer: Excess
inflammation damages the arteries.
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance that serves as a marker for
inflammation inside the body, especially the arteries. CRP has attracted a
great deal of attention ever since a large study published in the New
England Journal of Medicine in 2002 suggested that this protein was a
significantly better predictor of future cardiovascular events than LDL
cholesterol.295 A second study published three years later, examined the
relationship between statin use, CRP levels, and subsequent coronary
event rates. Regardless of the levels of LDL cholesterol, patients who had
low CRP levels had better clinical outcomes.296 In other words, those who
were less inflamed had fewer heart attacks.297
Measuring the blood levels for cholesterol - the lipid profile - is still a
good idea because any additional data about one‘s health is never bad.
However, to assess the risk of heart disease, it is critical to include blood
levels of the inflammatory chemical C-reactive protein, along with two
others, homocysteine and fibrinogen. Homocysteine is strongly correlated
with heart disease and is discussed at length in the chapter Panic or Pass
Several factors, including infections, trauma, and toxicity, can cause
inflammation. In life, these are usually temporary states. The chronically
inflamed person, however, most likely got that way because of his or her
diet. Heated oils, processed grains, and refined sugars are the troublesome
food trio most responsible for systemic inflammation.
The American Heart Association recommends a low saturated fat diet and
the liberal use of vegetable oils.298 But there is a problem. Many cultures,
including Eskimos and the Masai tribes of Africa, eat saturated fat as their
primary food but have low or no heart disease.299 So what does this mean?
All fats are not created equal. Man-made synthetic and processed fats
(trans fats) interfere with cholesterol breakdown, and should be avoided.
The process of partial hydrogenation changes the shapes of natural fats
and oils so they interfere with, rather than promote, normal fat
metabolism. According to a study published in the New England Journal
of Medicine, it has been estimated that by simply eliminating trans fats
from the U.S. food supply could prevent between 6 and 19 percent of
heart attacks and related deaths, or more than 200,000 each year.300
These processed fats are in nearly everything people buy in the grocery
store, from salad dressings to candy bars, and from chips to breads.
Partially hydrogenated fats and oils block the normal conversion of
cholesterol in the liver, causing an elevation of cholesterol in the blood.
Margarine, which is often touted for its lack of cholesterol, is produced
from partially hydrogenated fats. One of the biggest cases of
misinformation in recent history is the suggestion that eating margarine
instead of butter will reduce cholesterol. It is true that butter contains
cholesterol and that margarine does not. But, butter also contains high
levels of normal fat mobilizing nutrients. It is a whole food designed to
take care of its own fats if eaten in moderation. Margarine can actually
increase cholesterol levels and heart attacks.301
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The same facts are true for eggs. Egg yolks are one of the highest sources
of cholesterol. But they are also one of the highest sources of natural fat
mobilizers. Eggs and butter are two examples of whole foods, which
research shows are actually useful for lowering cholesterol and improving
fat metabolism.302 303 Only patients who have severely elevated
cholesterol, such as those who have a family history of poor fat
metabolism and breakdown, should avoid them.
So why would the American Heart Association recommend a low
saturated fat diet? Misguided ideas have led to people barring saturated
fats like butter from the dinner table. But most of the fat found in clogged
arteries is not saturated, it is polyunsaturated. Polyunsaturated oils are the
inflammatory ones and include corn, soy, safflower, and canola oils—the
very same oils recommended by the American Heart Association. These
fats tend to become oxidized or rancid when exposed to heat through
cooking. 304 305 Oxidation is one of the most aggressive forms of tissue
inflammation and is the reason why antioxidants, such as those found in
fresh vegetables are the cornerstone of an anti-inflammatory diet and
therefore an important part of heart disease prevention.306
Remember, the primary goal when trying to prevent heart attacks is
inflammation reduction. Saturated fat by itself is neutral or can be antiinflammatory, but not when combined with sugars.307 308 Americans love
sweets and grease. In the Standard American Diet, rarely will saturated fat
be unaccompanied by copious amounts of sugar. With each dessert,
Americans increase their risk for heart disease,309 310 eating roughly 150
pounds of refined sweeteners each year.311
The rise in CHD to America‘s #1 killer began around 1920 and continues
to the present. During the same period, the percentage of dietary
vegetable oils in the form of margarine, shortening, and refined oils
increased nearly 400 percent while the consumption of sugar and
processed foods increased about 60 percent.312 Studies from around the
world have consistently demonstrated that in populations where the diet
was high in sugar, processed flours, and heated vegetable oils, deaths from
all manner of disease, including heart disease, are much higher.313
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FBA can do a great deal to help lower the risk of heart disease. By using
the inflammatory biomarkers C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and
fibrinogen, an FBA practitioner can discover the type of inflammatory
process and the hormetic nutrients needed to stop it.
Perhaps the primary goal of heart disease prevention is to avoid any
lifestyle or dietary pattern that promotes blood sugar instability.
Managing glucose effectively results in an abundance of energy and low
levels of inflammation. As described in the chapter, Hypoglycemia or
Histamine and in Appendix C, Energy to Burn, the body has three choices
when wanting to reduce extra blood sugar (glucose).
1. Convert it to fat;
2. Store it as glycogen; or
3. Make more triglycerides (a sugar molecule attached to three fatty
These three options directly relate to the dysfunctions defining metabolic
syndrome: high blood pressure, insulin resistance (high insulin and high
blood sugar), elevated triglycerides, and being overweight.
Glucose is also critical for the formation of all soft tissues, such as
ligaments and cartilage. Excess glucose, along with the inflammation it
generates, has a direct negative impact on the joints, which is one reason
why so many people in their middle years begin to complain of joint pain.
Nutritional factors that help to balance glucose, lower cholesterol, reduce
inflammation, and consequently lower the risk for heart disease include
adequate levels of vitamins A and C; specific B vitamins, especially
niacinamide (B3); magnesium, zinc, and chromium; trace elements, which
can increase the levels of HDL; and fat mobilizing substances, including
choline, taurine and betaine.
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Although patterns do emerge, each person‘s hormetic nutrient profile will
be unique. The beauty of FBA is that it can find which specific nutrients a
person may need. Beyond the hormetic nutrients, lifestyle considerations
are essential. Good digestive health; a proper diet full of antiinflammatory fats, antioxidant-rich foods, and unheated oils; along with
proper exercise are critical, not only for reducing the risk for heart disease
but for improved health in general. These topics are discussed throughout
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Figure 19: Heart 1
Related Neurotransmitter: Norepinephrine (high levels)
Organ or System: Heart
Main Biomarkers: Homocysteine, C-reactive Protein
Common Hormetic Nutrients: Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Potassium,
The heart is the most active muscle in the body, beating an average of
100,000 times per day and circulating nearly 4,300 gallons of blood in that
time.318 Since the heart is a muscle, it will have the same mineral
requirements as any other muscle. Contraction is dependent upon
calcium, while muscle relaxation requires magnesium.319 Potassium is also
very important, since it, along with sodium, aids in the transport of all
materials into and out of the cells through a mechanism called the
sodium-potassium pump.320
When it comes to functional problems, the body, as expected, will send
some sort of distress signal. For muscles, cramps or spasms are common.
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Cramps or spasms in the foot, lower leg, spinal muscles or eyelids, usually
reveal that the body is deficient in one of the important muscle-minerals
mentioned above. This warning should not be ignored. If muscles are
indicating they have unmet needs, it is likely that the heart does as well.
Palpitations, or flutters of the heart, are a sure confirmation, signifying a
person needs immediate help.
The neurotransmitter associated with the PEP Heart 1 is norepinephrine,
an excitatory chemical generated by the stress response. When stress has
persisted for too long, or the body no longer has the resources to break
down the chemicals of stress, Heart 1, located just inside the armpit,
becomes activated. A prolonged fight-or-flight response is a dangerous
physical state. Spikes of norepinephrine can cause heart attacks and heart
attack-like symptoms even by taking over-the-counter cold remedies that
contain norepinephrine in a synthetic form.321 Supplying the necessary
hormetic nutrients required to break norepinerphrine down can reduce
its levels in the body. However, since norepinephrine is the result of an
ongoing stress response, managing this undesirable state becomes a
principal goal. The chapters Tired or Stressed? and The Fountain of Youth
& Anti-Aging?, provide the knowledge and practical steps necessary to
manage and reduce the deadly stress response.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the most common primary
diagnosis in America, leading to 35 million office visits.322 Hypertension
affects one third of all people over 20 years of age 323 and results in
roughly 40 million Americans taking daily anti-hypertensive
medication.324 To achieve the goal of blood pressure less than 140/90,
most patients will require two or more prescriptions.325 To top it off,
lifelong dependency on blood pressure medications is the norm and
results in repeat doctor visits, ongoing medical expenses and a heftier
bottom line for the pharmaceutical industry. Worst of all, dependence on
medication may leave patients trapped and unempowered by medicine‘s
single-minded approach.
High blood pressure may be the clearest example of a functional problem
made worse by traditional pharmaceutical management. Why? Because it
fails to address its causes such as:
Insulin resistance
Autonomic nervous system imbalance
Food allergies
Nutritional imbalances
Kidney stress
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The causes listed above are, for the most part, temporary and correctable.
Those that aren‘t, such as arteriosclerosis, have taken a long time to
develop, while others may be congenital in nature, but these represent a
small minority. Therefore, for the vast majority of hypertension cases,
FBA practitioners can use straightforward, non-invasive, functional
approaches to reduce or normalize high blood pressure. Realizing this,
another thought comes to mind: Since high blood pressure is a sign that
something is wrong, not a disease in itself, is high blood pressure always
bad? In the short term, could it actually be necessary?
If the body is toxic, it naturally increases blood pressure in order to filter
toxins more quickly through the kidneys and the liver. If the body is
dehydrated, blood pressure increases so thickened blood will travel
through the vessels faster, ensuring the same amount of oxygen and
nutrients reach target tissues in a timely manner. Food allergies and
inflammation both raise blood pressure levels, as well. Therefore, raising
blood pressure appears to be a necessary physiologic response in order to
deal with a temporary imbalance or dysfunction.
This brings people to the billion dollar questions. If it is necessary for the
body to alter blood pressure in order to combat a temporary ailment,
wouldn‘t it be detrimental to lower it artificially with medications?
Instead, wouldn‘t finding and fixing the cause of high blood pressure be
the more prudent and health-promoting thing to do? Lastly, wouldn‘t it
be best to do so sooner rather than later, before someone becomes twisted
in a multi-drug chemical knot making the problem much harder to
Reasonable and rational scrutiny is unfortunately no match for a lifetime
of medical programming. As if it were hypnotically implanted, when
offered an alternative approach that would free them from their drug
dependency, the expected response ensues, ―But, I can‘t get off my blood
pressure medicine.‖ Perhaps they are right. First, a mission can't gain any
ground if it starts with the words, ―I can‘t.‖ Second, lowering blood
pressure often means changing one‘s current lifestyle, sometimes
dramatically. People do not make dramatic changes unless absolutely
compelled to do so, and even then it's fifty/fifty. Rare is the patient who is
willing to do what is necessary to improve his health and not poison his
body unnecessarily with medications; a salute to those reading this book.
Low Blood Pressure
Hypotension, or low blood pressure, is a rarely discussed condition, but
one that is just as scary as any other heart-related problem. Feeling dizzy
or lightheaded when getting up from a seated or lying down position are
common complaints. Others include, temporary tunnel-like blindness,
loss of peripheral vision, and passing out. Low blood pressure is not
healthy. A sufficient amount of blood flow is necessary to supply the
brain with oxygen and fuel. Those with low blood pressure tend to die
earlier than those with normal or even high blood pressure.
Increasing blood pressure requires a coordinated effort between the heart,
the adrenal glands and the thyroid. In order to not pass out when getting
up from a resting supine position, blood vessels must rapidly constrict in
response to chemical signals. Otherwise, the result is insufficient blood
flow to the brain. Tired adrenal glands do not release adequate levels of a
vessel-constricting hormone called adrenaline. Therefore, asking the
question, ―Do you feel lightheaded when standing up from a seated
position?‖ is appropriate when evaluating adrenal gland health and
Sodium is the mineral deficiency most likely present with hypotension.
Just as doctors recommend a low-salt diet for those with high blood
pressure, extra salt is useful for those with low blood pressure. However,
as with any mineral deficiency, it is important to evaluate its partner on
the teeter-totter. In this case, potassium would be on the high side. For
heart health, adrenal gland and thyroid support often becomes essential as
well. Thankfully, following energetic pathways with FBA often leads
straight to the problem, and the hormetic nutrients provide the solution.
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Another concern when Heart 1 is active is the presence of a highly
inflammatory chemical called homocysteine. This chemical, discussed in
the chapter Fueled or Fatty?, deserves further detail here. Homocysteine
at high levels is perhaps the most inflammatory chemical in the body and
relates to brain atrophy,326 cognitive decline,327 and coronary vascular
disease.328 It also increases the risk of stroke.329 Homocysteine is a normal
byproduct of amino acid metabolism, but it becomes elevated, and
therefore dangerous, when the body does not break it down and recycle
it. This happens when a deficiency of vitamins B6, B12 or folic acid are
present; making these substances two important hormetic nutrients for
balancing Heart 1. Blood sugar problems,330 liver dysfunction,331 estrogen
creams, and even birth control pills,332 can cause deficiencies of these
The vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid do their work breaking down
homocysteine within a cyclical set of steps, known as the methylation
pathway. Details of this pathway were discussed in the chapter, The
Fountain of Youth & Anti-Aging?
Red people, as discussed in What Color Are You? are the ones most at risk
for elevated homocysteine levels and are therefore at much greater risk
for a heart attack. Wheat products ingested by Red people tend to strip
them of the vitamins B12, folic acid, and B6, setting them up for
homocysteine overload.
Chapter Highlights
The neurotransmitter norepinephrine directly relates to the PEP
Heart 1 and increases with the presence of the fight-or-flight
The heart, a muscle, has the same mineral requirements as all
muscles. Imbalances or deficiencies within the necessary minerals,
such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and even sodium, will
lead to heart beat irregularities and high or low blood pressure.
High blood pressure has many causes that patients can manage
quite nicely with a functional approach rather than a
pharmaceutical one.
Hypertension is one of the most common reasons for placing a
patient on pharmaceutical medications.
Homocysteine is an amino acid produced in all people. If the body
does not detoxify it properly, it becomes one of the most
inflammatory chemicals in the body and directly relates to an
increased risk of heart attack.
Low blood pressure corresponds to mineral needs and a deficiency
of an adrenal gland hormone called adrenalin.
Cholesterol and heart attacks do not have a direct relationship.
See the chapter Fueled or Fatty? for a detailed discussion of the
The methylation pathways are a primary concern for those with
high homocysteine levels and have become a focused area of study
for researchers looking for answers to genetic diseases.
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Figure 20: Triple Warmer 23
Related Neurotransmitter: Aspartate, Glutamate (low levels)
Organ or System: Thyroid and Adrenal Glands
Main Biomarkers: Adrenaline, Cortisol, TSH, T4, T3
Common Hormetic Nutrients: Copper, L-Tyrosine, Pantothenic Acid (B5),
Potassium, Iodine, Magnesium, Ashwagandha
The PEP Triple Warmer 23 (TW 23) directly relates to two hormoneproducing tissues, both related to energy and stress management: the
thyroid and the adrenal glands. Both of these can become overworked and
eventually fatigued due to blood sugar imbalances, which are the result of
a poor diet and emotional stress.
A groundbreaking book by Dr. Datis Kharrazian entitled Why Do I Still
Have Thyroid Symptoms When my Lab Tests Are Normal? may be
destined to change how the medical world views and treats thyroid cases.
In it, Dr. Kharrazian states,
The most important thing to remember about the thyroid is that it is
highly sensitive to the slightest alteration in the body. It has to be, that‘s
its job. So when the thyroid malfunctions, as it eventually does for an
estimated 27 million Americans,333 the question is not ―How can I get ‗er
up and running as quickly as possible?‖ but rather ―Why on earth is my
thyroid mashing the brakes with both feet and yanking on the emergency
brake at the same time?‖
The chapter Hypoglycemia or Histamine? discussed the frequent ingestion
of refined foods, sugars, and bad oils and its connection to epidemics of
hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, and Metabolic Syndrome. These states,
in turn, place great burdens on every other system of the body beginning
with the adrenal glands and the thyroid. The initial symptoms generated
by these strained tissues include fatigue, insomnia, low sex drive,
irritability, and depression. Things, however, often get much worse.
Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia directly relate to TW 23, located at the
outer edge of the eyebrows, as well as to other PEPs.
A somewhat paradoxical situation is also common with thyroid and
adrenal gland issues. In it, people reach a state of being wired but tired.
Those who find themselves in this state may endure fatigue throughout
the day, followed by an energy spike at night. Others could experience
intermittent daytime panic attacks or heart palpitations just after lying
down in bed. All these are signs that tired glands are working to perform
vital functions but can only do so in an incongruent and disharmonious
way. Like a two-stroke engine sputtering through a bad mix of gas and oil,
overworked adrenal and thyroid glands do the best they can with the
resources available, which, after years of running a stress marathon, may
be paltry at best.
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The thyroid gland, located behind and adjacent to the ‗Adam‘s Apple‘ in
the throat, is one of the largest endocrine, or hormone-producing glands
in the body. Through its hormones, principally triiodothyronine (T3) and
thyroxine (T4), it is responsible for important functions, such as energy
management and metabolism. The thyroid gland only makes hormones
when the pituitary gland tells it to do so. For instance, when the pituitary
detects that circulating thyroid hormone levels are running low, it sends
out a messenger to instruct the thyroid to get busy. When the messenger,
called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) arrives, the thyroid gland gets
to work making T4. This is step one. Step two is to convert T4, a relatively
inactive or weak hormone, into T3. Although it is only seven percent of
the total level of all thyroid hormones, T3 is up to 10 times more potent
than T4.334 Sufficient levels of T3 are therefore critical for ample life
When the thyroid becomes out of balance, it will either become too active
(hyper) or too sluggish (hypo). Hyperthyroidism is a dangerous situation.
Natural means may be able to subdue it, but it often requires traditional
medical intervention. Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, is a condition
that doctors have misunderstood and therefore misdiagnosed, resulting in
millions of unnecessary prescriptions for thyroid medications.
Thyroid imbalance is often a secondary problem. The same disruptors of
thyroid function are also the genesis of most functional illnesses. Insulin
resistance, immune system dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, 335 and
inflammation from food allergies and other gut problems all impede the
function of the thyroid.336 For example, the thyroid gland does not
adequately utilize T3 when estrogen levels are too high and may use too
much T3 if testosterone levels are elevated. This phenomenon can be
observed through a thyroid blood test called, T3 uptake. Insulin, likewise,
decreases the sensitivity of thyroid receptors, forcing the body to make
more thyroid hormone to produce the same metabolic response.
Balancing the thyroid and other primary issues is essential for health and
to prevent the onset of an even more ominous condition, thyroid
One of the scariest, and now one of the most common concerns with
thyroid dysfunction, is when the body begins to attack its own thyroid
tissue. In the United States, the most common cause of hypothyroidism
after the age of six years old is autoimmune thyroid disease, called
Hashimoto‘s.337 338 Like all autoimmune diseases, Hashimoto‘s has a strong
connection to females who experience estrogen dominance, polycystic
ovarian syndrome (PCOS),339 those with Celiac Disease, and even those
with dental amalgams (mercury fillings).340 In the case of PCOS, a study
reported in the European Journal of Endocrinology 2004, showed that
42.3 percent of women with PCOS had evidence of autoimmune thyroid
disease as detected by ultrasound. Despite the fact that Hashimoto‘s is the
primary cause of hypothyroidism and the blood test is inexpensive, almost
no one diagnosed with hypothyroidism is screened to see whether they
have antibodies against their own thyroid tissue, which is clear-cut
diagnostic evidence of Hashimoto‘s.
Even if doctors do detect Hashimoto‘s, there is little traditional medicine
can do. The treatment of choice is a thyroid medication, usually
Synthroid. This does nothing to stop the disease; it just supplies the
hormones that a broken thyroid no longer can. For those seeking to do all
they can to save their thyroid, this approach is greatly insufficient. The
body is not merely a bunch of parts. The thyroid is an important
component of the endocrine system, which is the complex organization of
tissues that make and regulate hormones. When the thyroid fails, it places
great stress upon all the hormone producing tissues of the body such as:
the pituitary gland, the adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the ovaries. But
it gets worse.
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Besides the expected symptoms of low thyroid function, such as fatigue,
weight gain, morning headaches, depression, constipation, and so forth,
autoimmune thyroid patients often suffer from both hyper and
hypothyroid symptoms. When the immune system is actively destroying
thyroid tissue, it releases excessive amounts of thyroid hormones. This
destruction is what initiates the hyperthyroid symptoms, such as heart
palpitations; inward trembling; increased pulse rate, even at rest;
insomnia; night sweats; and feeling nervous or emotional. Then, when the
immune system is more inactive, hypothyroid symptoms are present.
Figure 21: Thyroid Interactions
Blood tests for Hashimoto‘s include thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO)
and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.341 But just getting thyroid antibodies
tested may be incomplete. Autoimmunity begets autoimmunity. 12
percent of Hashimoto‘s patients also have pernicious anemia, another
autoimmune disease wherein the body attacks a substance called intrinsic
factor, which is necessary for the absorption of vitamin B12.
Autoimmune disease is a frightening situation. The longer it stays active,
the worse it becomes, and the more likely it is that another autoimmune
disease will manifest. The key to managing any autoimmune problem,
including Hashimoto‘s, is to leave no stone unturned. Every cell in the
body has thyroid hormone receptors. The more thyroid function is
disrupted, the greater the chance for a complete functional breakdown.
Given the delicate balance of the immune system, any potential cause that
may tip the scales is worthy of consideration. In the experience of many
complementary medicine doctors, Hashimoto‘s has a strong correlation
with persistent viral infections,342 heavy metal toxicity,343 and gluten
intolerance. 344 345 346 Other practitioners find that deep-seated emotional
stressors and continuous exposure to electromagnetic fields are potential
triggers for autoimmune flare-ups. Be sure to read the chapter Infection or
Autoimmunity? for more details on this subject.
In a normal thyroid situation, synthesized T3 and T4 as well as the amino
acid L-tyrosine, often offer very good support for the thyroid gland, with
one big exception. If Hashimoto‘s is present, iodine, because it stimulates
thyroid function, will make matters worse. Synthesized T3 and T4 utilize
iodine. In the short run, patients with fatigued thyroid glands may feel
better taking iodine. This is only because their immune system is now
aggressively destroying thyroid tissue, causing a temporary release of
additional T4 and T3. Continued ingestion of iodine supplementation
means these patients will soon crash and burn.347 The good news is that
with FBA, a strong muscle will become weak in the presence of a
substance that over-stimulates the immune system. Therefore,
practitioners can rapidly screen for iodine or any other suspicious agents.
Thyroid Hormetic Nutrients
Like any hormone, the body must make T4 and T3, utilize them, and
finally break them down. Different hormetic nutrients work to support
each of these steps. Thyroid health is dependent upon minerals, such as
zinc and selenium. Production of thyroid hormones requires iodine and
the amino acid L-tyrosine. The thyroid gland also produces a hormone
called 'calcitonin,' which plays a role in calcium homeostasis, directing
calcium to move into the bones when needed. Thyroid dysfunction of any
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sort can also disrupt this process, making calcium and magnesium
important hormetic nutrients for reestablishing thyroid balance. A person
can support and regulate thyroid function during times of stress with the
herbs ashwagandha, chasteberry, Peruvian maca and panax ginseng.348
Finally, if Hashimoto‘s is present, immune system modulation becomes
critical. Vitamin D,349 omega 3 essential fatty acids, and powerful
antioxidants, such as glutathione, are then essential.
One adrenal gland sits atop each kidney. Working in concert, the adrenal
glands steadily pump out hormones vital for a host of functions, including
the following ones:
Blood sugar balance
Stress management
Immune system regulation
Proper sleep patterns
Mood stability
Musculoskeletal tone
There are three classes of hormones secreted by the adrenal glands: the
glucocorticoids, catecholamines, and mineralocorticoids. Any or all of
these three classes of adrenal gland hormones can be out of balance when
a functional illness is present.
The glucocorticoids – The adrenal glands produce these in response to
stressors, such as emotional upheaval, exercise, surgery, illness, or fasting.
The most recognizable of the glucocorticoids is cortisol, discussed later in
The catecholamines – These serve as hormones or as neurotransmitters
and include such compounds as epinephrine (adrenaline),
norepinephrine, and dopamine. The medulla, the inner part of the adrenal
gland, secretes epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are the main
substances related to the fight-or-flight response.
Mineralocorticoids – These are hormones with specific tasks related to
minerals. Aldosterone, for instance, directs the kidneys to retain sodium
in times of dehydration.
Acting as the peacemakers of the hormonal family, the adrenal glands will
exhaust all diplomatic options while attempting to maintain metabolic
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order. In the end, their ongoing sacrifice often initiates and then
perpetuates vicious cycles that are destructive to the entire endocrine
system, while leaving the glands themselves run-down and needing the
most attention.
(any form)
Body Fat
Estrogen /
Gut Syndrome
Adrenal Stress / Fatigue
Figure 22: The Stress Effect
To measure the extent of the damage caused by the stresses of life,
researchers have designed laboratory tests using saliva to detect and
calculate specific adrenal hormones, with cortisol being the most
important one.
Cortisol, which is manufactured in the outer part, or cortex, of the adrenal
gland, is a multi-purpose steroid hormone that has anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.350 351 It is also a critical agent
involved in blood sugar stabilization, mood balance, and restful sleep.352
However, chronic elevations of cortisol, like what occurs with ongoing
stress, eventually suppresses the action of the immune system, thereby
increasing one‘s chances for infection. High cortisol will also lead to
weight gain by promoting fat storage and muscle tissue breakdown, a
process called catabolism.353 Two diseases relate specifically to cortisol.
Cushing's syndrome is the chronic over-production of cortisol, where
Addison's disease is just the opposite. Both diseases are rare when
compared to the functional imbalances altered cortisol levels create,
which are epidemic.
The Circadian Cortisol Profile is a saliva test measuring the normal
rhythm of cortisol through a 24-hour period. A normal profile is shown
Cortisol Circadian Profile - Normal
High Range
Low Range
Figure 23: Normal Adrenal Function
The normal rhythm for cortisol begins with high levels in the morning,
followed by decreasing levels throughout the day, and ends with the
lowest level at night. In the early stages, functional imbalances generated
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via diet, lifestyle, or other stressful circumstances, begin to alter the flow
of cortisol. Eventually, the normal rhythm gets flipped on its head.
Cortisol Circadian Profile - Abnormal
High Range
Low Range
Figure 24: Overworked Adrenal Glands
Elevated cortisol levels at night begin to disrupt sleep and make ―popping
out of bed‖ in the morning more difficult. In addition, those with the
profile above will likely experience sugar cravings and, if they are female,
hormonal swings during their menstrual cycle.
Cortisol Circadian Profile - Abnormal
High Range
Low Range
Figure 25: Exhausted Adrenal Glands
The final profile above is adrenal gland exhaustion. It shows cortisol at
very low levels, lacking the ability to spike at all. Restoring health in this
individual would take time and precision. An all-in-one adrenal gland
supplement would not do and might, in fact, further overwork the gland.
With FBA, practitioners can discover the ideal hormetic nutrient and
supply it in a non-stressful dosage.
Adrenal Gland Hormetic nutrients
Many hormetic nutrients may help restore adrenal function because of
their multi-purpose nature and because different degrees of adrenal
fatigue are possible. Common nutrients include phosphatidyl serine;
vitamins B5, B1, and B2; glandular tissues or extracts; the amino acid Ltyrosine; and calcium or magnesium. In more severe cases, patients may
need to supplement adrenal hormones. Bovine adrenal tissue or their
extracts can be helpful, as well as hormones such as DHEA or
progesterone. Modulating herbs like ashwagandha, rhodiola, and panax
ginseng can also be of great value.
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Chapter Highlights
TW 23 relates to the thyroid and adrenal glands. Factors, such as
blood sugar imbalances, poor digestion, and systemic
inflammation, can push these two tissues out of balance.
FBA can evaluate these organs with the biomarkers cortisol,
adrenaline, noradrenaline, TSH, T4, and T3, as well as many
The thyroid gland is essential for energy production and
Autoimmune thyroid disease, called Hashimoto‘s, is now the most
common form of hypothyroidism.
The adrenal glands are the stress glands, helping manage stress by
releasing hormones, such as cortisol, aldosterone, and adrenaline.
Saliva tests can effectively manage the adrenal gland hormones
and determine the overall level of fatigue for the glands.
Figure 23: Small Intestine 19
Related Neurotransmitter: Norepinephrine (low levels)
Organ or System: Small Intestine
Main Biomarkers: Foods, Fats, Food Additives
Common Hormetic Nutrients: L-Glutamine, Digestive Enzymes, Morinda
Citrifolia, Probiotics (acidophilus)
It has been the operating hypothesis throughout Hope for Health that
functional illness begins with the mouth, which is the first part of the
digestive system. A processed and highly refined food diet and the
demands it places on the small intestine are the principle reasons why this
is so. Located in the middle of the digestive tract, between the stomach
and the large intestine, the small intestine is a 30-foot long organ where
the majority of food absorption takes place. Enzymes, acids, and good
bacteria all work together to break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
into their smallest parts. The body then uses these raw materials for fuel
and for the growth and repair of all cells and systems. Because this is
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where the yeoman‘s work of digestion occurs, the body keeps a watchful
eye on the entire process via the immune system.
The small intestine contains up to 70 percent of the immune system cells
and tissues. Any disruption of the integrity of its linings can lead to
inflammation, allergies, and digestive issues of all kinds. This fact is what
makes the small intestine a major player in functional illness. And it is
why the primary energetic point SI 19 is commonly found at the top of
the hierarchy with FBA.
Whenever the immune system does its work of fighting off infections or
cleaning up cellular debris, the result is always some level of
inflammation. In a healthy immune system, the levels of inflammation go
undetected and unnoticed in daily life. This isn't the case when the
immune system becomes unbalanced. In this state, a forest fire of pain and
swelling can erupt. When inflammation is high in the digestive tract, a
host of undesirable consequences emerge, the worst of which is a
condition known as Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Decades of ingesting refined sugars, bad fats, and processed foods—the
‗sweets and grease‘ of the Standard American Diet—will inevitably lead to
functional problems of all kinds. The lining of the small intestine simply
cannot withstand this toxic barrage indefinitely. With every bite of
processed food, the immune system increases its activity, ramping up its
output of macrophages, phagocytes, and eosinophils, which are the cells
responsible for cleaning up the mess. As the response increases, it
challenges the stability of the small intestine. Ultimately, the lining
transforms for the worse. What was once a tightly knit cellular wall
allowing only selected items to move past, now contains gaping holes
through which entire proteins pass directly into the blood stream.
Proteins leaking, or translocating, into the blood stream cause a further
burst of immune system activity. Antibodies form and attach themselves
indiscriminately to everything that comes down the pipe. This means that
people with a leaky gut are often allergic to a majority of what they eat.
Even the simplest foods, like brown rice and green vegetables, can cause
severe bloating and abdominal pain.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is the slippery slope of functional illness. If left
unattended, digestive trouble will soon spill over, causing strain on the
liver, kidneys, and bladder. These are the detoxification organs
responsible for cleaning up the waste products of digestion. With an
inflamed small intestine, they must now work around the clock to
eliminate the massive load of chemical waste products produced by the
restless immune system, creating a state of autointoxication. Signs of poor
detoxification will always manifest in those with an inflamed digestive
tract. Allergies, chemical sensitivities, digestive complaints of all kinds,
headaches, brain fog, memory loss, and fatigue are all common.
Long before the gut can become leaky, a natural barrier must first be
overcome. The microflora, or flora for short, is the name for all the good
bacteria of the intestines. Up to 700 kinds of organisms make up the
approximately five pounds worth of floral material. Acting as a semiorgan, the flora is responsible for helping the body make certain B
vitamins and for assisting the immune system by keeping parasites, bad
bacteria, and yeast in check. However, this first line of defense has
Antibiotics, alcohol, caffeine, food preservatives and additives, and
infections from other foods and beverages will all lead to changes in the
gut flora. Other chemicals, such as birth control pills and prescription or
over-the-counter pain medications add further insult to injury. When
ratios of good to bad bacteria become altered significantly, the flora enters
a state called dysbiosis. If not addressed quickly, Leaky Gut Syndrome will
soon follow.
Chemicals, both from normal metabolic processes and from the diet,
create free radicals through oxidation. As explained in the chapter, The
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Fountain of Youth & Anti-Aging, this constant bombardment drains the
body of the important antioxidant glutathione. Once its levels are
depleted the tissue-destroying agent iNOS runs rampant. Its presence is
directly related to Leaky Gut Syndrome and autoimmune disease.
Figure 24: Vicious Cycle of iNOS
From the standpoint of hormetic nutrients, Leaky Gut Syndrome often
leads to several mineral deficiencies, including magnesium, zinc, copper,
calcium, boron, silicon, and manganese. Even if these minerals are high in
the diet, they may not be getting to their target tissues. The inflamed
linings of the small intestine disrupt the normal attachment of a mineral
to its carrier protein - the taxi that drives the mineral to the cell hotel.
Abandoned minerals never make it out of the gut. Fibromyalgia patients,
those with chronic whole-body pain and fatigue, consistently
demonstrate low red blood cell magnesium even with high magnesium
consumption through diet and supplementation.
Once the gut becomes leaky, just taking deficient minerals will not be
enough to help. The gut wall must first be healed. Herbs such as slippery
elm bark,354 marshmallow root355 and deglycyrrhizinated licorice356
gently repair the mucosal linings of the small intestine.
Functional medicine doctors believe a healthy gut equals a healthy
person. They are right. Without a healthy digestive system, overcoming
chronic illness is simply not possible. So, proper nutrition is critical.
However, all the best nutraceuticals in the world will do nothing to
correct Leaky Gut Syndrome if the diet is not changed.
A diet designed to heal Leaky Gut Syndrome would be free of processed
and preservative-filled foods, which would protect the gut from dysbiosis.
To prevent blood sugar spikes and insulin surges, it would be low in sweet
foods and be protein-based. It would be absent of gluten and most other
grains, which would prevent autoimmune reactions. To reduce cellular
inflammation, it would contain plenty of natural unheated oils. Finally, it
would be full of a variety of colored foods to increase antioxidant activity.
As mentioned above, an overactive immune system will target whatever
passes by. This includes food. Food allergies in civilized countries are
increasing at a steady rate. In 2007, around three million children had
allergic reactions to food. This number represents an 18 percent increase
in just a decade.357 Wondering why this is so, researchers are rightly
looking to the flora for answers. Not surprisingly, big differences are
present in the flora of those with or without food allergies.358 However,
the flora is just one piece, albeit an important one, of a much bigger
functional picture.
Diet determines flora. The bacteria composition of those who eat a diet of
mostly vegetables and whole grains will look much different than the
flora of those who eat a plethora of refined and processed foods. In the
latter case, the gut environment is an ideal place for inflammation and
food allergies to spawn.
Food allergies can range in severity from a gas-producing nuisance to a
life-threatening anaphylactic reaction.359 No matter the intensity, food
allergies always elicit an inflammatory response. The continuous ingestion
of foods strenuous to the digestive tract leads to a hypersensitive immune
system. Hypersensitivity is a dangerous thing. Doctors can find the
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symptoms of it in those who swell, itch, and break out in hives for ―no
apparent reason.‖ In time, these temporary discomforts will likely mature
into something much worse. In many cases, arthritis, for instance, directly
relates to food allergies, a phenomenon studied for more than 50 years.360
The foods most associated with arthritis include the following things:
corn, wheat, pork, oranges, milk, eggs, beef, and coffee.361 Scarier still are
the autoimmune diseases that are emerging in epidemic-like proportions.
This topic is discussed in the chapter Infection or Autoimmunity?
From a functional illness perspective, a true food allergy need not be
present in order for foods to cause damage. Many people suffer from foodrelated ailments even though blood analysis does not reveal antibodies,
which define a true allergy. Foods can become troublesome simply by
eating the same thing too often. There is no such thing as a perfect food.
This means the body will need to use some degree of resources in the
form of hormetic nutrients to process and eliminate food. This is true for
the good foods as well, such as spinach and broccoli.
Healthy foods often have high levels of specific nutrients, like iron in
spinach for example. This may sound good at first. However, in a patient
low in zinc or copper, excess iron would be detrimental. FBA
practitioners have reported that mysterious joint pains, nose bleeds,
uterine cramping, and headaches have all abated simply by having the
patient stop eating spinach. This, of course, does not mean that people
should remove spinach from the dinner table. It simply illustrates that
people need to use wisdom in all things. It also indicates that the food
proverbs of the past are safe to challenge. What is good for one may be
harmful to another.
The immune system generates all the symptoms associated with an allergy
or sensitivity. If these reactions were slowed or halted, the symptoms
would necessarily abate. Treating allergies and sensitivities is possible in
impressive fashion via natural techniques designed to override the typical
allergic response. N.A.E.T.,362 BioSet,363 Acupuncture,364 laser therapy,
specialized chiropractic procedures,365 and certain forms of energy
balancing366 are all viable options based essentially on the same
fundamental idea.
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Step 1 is to expose the patient to the allergen itself in order to initiate a
mild immune response. The safest way to do this is either to have the
patient hold the offending substance in his hand or to simply place it on
the body as the person reclines in a relaxed position. This method
prevents any potential extreme reactions or anaphylaxis that could occur
if the individual tasted or smelled the substance. The proximity of the
substance is more than enough stimulation via the electromagnetic matrix
for recognition by the nervous and immune systems (see the section
Everything is Electromagnetic for more details). Once the body detects
the substance, the immune system takes action, but the reaction is in a
much milder than if the person ingested the substance. It is this low level
response that makes Step 2 possible.
Step 2 is to override the immune response with another, more powerful
stimulation. This action desensitizes the immune system to the substance.
What is important is that the new stimuli be greater than the irritation of
the allergic substance and, just as importantly, that the stimuli focuses on
organs or tissues related to the immune system. Just adhering to these
rules has resulted in remarkable success with natural allergy treatments.
FBA can do even better.
The more precise a treatment can be, the better the overall outcome. A
sensitive or allergic food will generally cause a strong muscle to weaken if
it is on or near the body. When the test muscle weakens, the FBA
practitioner can search for the PEP that restores strength. The energetic
point that manifests is unique to the patient; it is not likely to be the same
for everyone, even if they have the same allergy. Each body reveals which
energetic point will do the most good counteracting the allergen. Not
surprisingly, paying attention to the specific requirements of the body
provides superior results when compared to those with a one-size-fits-all
The anecdotal and laboratory evidence for the effectiveness of natural
allergy elimination is abundant. So much so, that many books cover the
topic and natural clinics that specialize exclusively in allergies have been
opening up everywhere.
Desensitization protocols may be the only hope for relief from allergy
symptoms for those with multiple underlying issues. Of course, their
effectiveness is greatly enhanced by a holistic approach. A good place to
start to produce the best overall result is to do whatever possible to reduce
inflammation. Remember, all allergies are inflammatory. Inflammation is
like a fire. An influx of water can put out a fire, as can removing the fuel
it needs to burn. Stresses of all kinds, like blood sugar and hormonal
imbalances, are the fuel. Hormetic nutrients and corrective lifestyle
changes are the water. By reducing stress through diet, exercise, and
detoxification, people take away the fire‘s fuel. Doing this at the same
time quality nutritional therapy is begun is a sure way to fix the trouble
and to prepare the body for allergy elimination techniques.
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The Primary Energetic Point (PEP) most associated with
allergies and digestive inflammation is small intestine 19,
located immediately in front of the ear canal.
Allergies begin in the small intestine, which contains up to 70
percent of the immune system.
Whenever the immune system does its work of fighting off
infections or cleaning up cellular debris, the result is always
some level of inflammation.
Chronic intestinal inflammation disrupts the integrity of the
linings of the small intestine, making them more porous and
―leaky.‖ This creates Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Protecting against inflammatory assault is one of the jobs of
the gut flora, a symbiotic group of over 600 types of
microorganisms that live within and are an essential part of
the health of the gut.
Foods directly influence the contents of the flora. Poor food
choices lead to poor gut flora and an over active immune
Food allergies and food sensitivities both result from an overactive immune system.
FBA can correct food allergies and sensitivities by
―desensitizing‖ the body, a process that calms the hyperimmune response.
Figure 25: Conception Vessel 19
Related Neurotransmitter: None
Organ or System: Immune System
Main Biomarkers: Immune System Hormones (cytokines)
Common Hormetic Nutrients: Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Essential
Fatty Acids, Camu Berry, Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma Lucidum)
Currently, humanity is experiencing the longest life spans since the time
of Moses. And yet, the rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes
are also at their highest levels. How is it possible that these two facts can
be true at the same time? The answer is modern medicine‘s and modern
society‘s greatest achievement—microbial management – the eradication
of bacteria, viruses, and other disease-promoting microorganisms.
Throughout history, invasive microorganisms have plagued society,
wiping out thousands, even millions, of people in a very short period of
time. Cholera, pneumonia, malaria, Spanish flu and, of course, the Black
and Bubonic plagues in total have killed hundreds of millions of people.
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In recent history, the Ebola virus and AIDS have scourged the third world
and industrial society, respectively.
For the great work accomplished in the areas of disease control, the
scientists of medicine and sanitation deserve the praise of all. Because of
their achievements in microbial management, plagues are less of a
concern today, although scares still remain, as in the recent case of the
Asian bird flu. Presently, for civilized society, microbes are less often a
threat to life but are a tireless threat to health and to the expression of full
human function.
One could make a strong case that bugs, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi,
and parasites, are the cause for all disease and dysfunction. Rarely, if ever,
will a practitioner find a condition unrelated to bugs to some extent.
Heart disease, for instance, is directly linked to burrowing bacteria called
helicobacter pylori.367 368 The primary cause for hypothyroidism in
America is autoimmune thyroid, or Hashimoto‘s. This process of thyroid
self-destruction is many times the result of a virus.369 Diabetes directly
connects to imbalances between the ―good‖ and ―bad‖ bacteria in the
digestive tract.370 371 Arthritis may in fact relate to a deep-seated
infection.372 Cancer, many believe, results from poor gene expression,
which has direct ties to the constant assault of microorganisms, such as
the human papilloma virus and its relationship to cervical cancer.373
Additionally, researchers are investigating the association between breast
cancer and three other viruses,374 one of which is the Epstein-Barr virus,
the cause of mononucleosis, a common ailment among teenage girls.375
Even if an organism is not directly involved in a disease, its mere presence
still requires an immune system response, which results in a continual
drain on the body‘s nutritional resources. Therefore, if people can
manage, quarantine, or kill the microorganisms, there is a good chance
they can maintain health and extend longevity.
An incredibly complex defensive network, called the immune system, is
the body‘s main form of resistance against various stressors. Up to 70
percent of all immune system cells are in the linings of the intestines. A
person's greatest exposure to the outside world is through the food he
eats, which may be full of harmful chemicals or bacteria. This, perhaps, is
why people with chronic illnesses and weakened immune systems almost
always have digestive complaints at the same time.
The immune system is a conglomeration of various cells and tissues
designed to prevent foreign substances and organisms from causing
damage to the body as a whole. It also works aggressively to promote
healing and tissue repair after injury and to eliminate dead cells and
improperly developing cells (cancer). The bulk of the immune system,
located within the linings of the small and large intestine, is the Gut
Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT). The linings of the nose, mouth,
throat, and lungs contain another web of immune tissues, called the
Bronchus Associated Lymphoid Tissue (BALT). Besides these areas, the
organs most responsible for immune system support and function are the
bone marrow, thymus, spleen, and liver.
The immune system is one of the most intricate and ubiquitous systems
within the body. It should then be of no surprise that the immune system
is involved anytime someone is suffering from any sort of ongoing issue,
such as pain, fatigue, digestive distress, and so on. When the immune
system is in trouble and in need of help, the PEP Conception Vessel 19,
located in the middle of the sternum, becomes active and discoverable
with FBA.
White blood cells, called leukocytes, are the cells that increase in number
when the body is trying to fight a new (acute) infection. Without white
blood cells, resisting infection is not possible. AIDS, for example, is a
condition in which these cells are in effect non-existent. There are several
types of white blood cells, each with specific immune-related functions:
neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, monocytes, and lymphocytes. For the
purpose of a general immune system overview, the focus shall remain on
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the last type, the lymphocyte, and its role in fighting unwanted antigens
and haptens.
Antigens and haptens are any substances that, when present, generate an
immune system response. Examples of antigens include bacteria, viruses,
and foreign proteins. Haptens are inorganic, or non-living, things
consisting of heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, etc. The chart below
demonstrates the basics of what occurs when an antigen or hapten
appears in the body.
The first response by the immune system is to ―tag,‖ or mark, any
undesirable substance for destruction or elimination. This is the job of the
antigen-present cells (APC). Next, the APC sends out specific chemical
messengers, called cytokines, which call other important ―helper‖ cells to
the scene in order to eliminate the antigen.
Figure 26: Balanced Immune System
Once the process is underway, the immune system can basically follow
two paths, called the TH-1 path or the TH-2 path. The TH-1 path
supports the production of natural killer cells (NK cells). The TH-2 path
promotes Beta cells. In the early stages of antigen destruction, the
immune system relies mostly on NK cells. If the infection is strong or lasts
a long time, then it will place more prominence on the production of Beta
cells. The Beta cells make people ―immune‖ to things by producing
antibodies. For instance, if a person had the chicken pox as a child, she
most likely will have chicken pox antibodies in her blood, which ensures
that she will no longer get that particular condition. The individual has
become immune to the chicken pox.
After the immune system eliminates the antigen, it must turn off the
cytokines. Otherwise, there will be a continuous signal for help. There is
no need for more wood on the fire when the house is already hot. It is the
job of the Regulatory T-cells and the Suppressor T-cells to shut down the
immune system when it finishes the job. When all goes well, the antigen
is eliminated, cytokines are no longer produced, and the body is now free
from invasion/infection. Unfortunately, chronic illness often means the
house is either way too hot or it ran out of wood long ago. Either way, the
environment is quite uncomfortable.
Before chronic illness sets in, functional imbalances were affecting the
body. It is common for the bodies of ―normal‖ or ―healthy‖ people to be in
a state of adaptation. Their bodies may have been managing this state for
decades. Adaptation simply means the body is using resources from one
area to support the deficits of another. Constant adaptation comes at great
expense. Eventually, the reserves and tissues responsible for continuing
the adaptation process fatigue and finally fail. Like a leaky roof left alone,
significant future damage is certain.
Immune system imbalances are no laughing matter. When a dysregulated
immune system is present, just about any symptom could result. Worse
yet, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), Chronic
Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, or hypothyroidism, are a long-term likelihood.
For instance, a survey of 1,582 respondents from Atlanta, Georgia found
that 12.6 percent reported MCS. The prevalence for this condition is
similar in California, where the Department of Health Services reported
15.9 percent, and suggests the national prevalence may be similar.376 This
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number is more than double what it was in 2000. In fact, just about all
chronic conditions are on the rise and even more so in children.
The number of American children with chronic illnesses has quadrupled
in just a generation. According to a study done at Harvard and published
in a special edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association on
Children‘s Health, childhood obesity is nearly fourfold in the past three
decades and asthma rates have doubled since the 1980s. Likewise, the
number of attention deficit disorder cases has skyrocketed.377 In 1960,
only 1.8 percent of American children had a chronic health condition that
limited their activities. In 2004, the rate rose to 7 percent.378
Because these numbers are steadily going up, it seems logical that
immune-compromised and nutritionally deficient people are now giving
birth to and raising immune-compromised and nutritionally deficient
children. The dietary habits of most children are abominable as well,
further perpetuating a worsening state. Unfortunately, the problems don't
stop after childhood. They will only get worse.
Approximately one in five people suffer from autoimmune disease,379
which is the process whereby one‘s immune system attacks its own
tissues. Autoimmunity is a special threat to women (75 percent), whose
prevalence is three times that of men (25 percent). Autoimmune disease is
among the 10 leading causes of death for women in all age groups up to
The type of autoimmune disease a person has depends on its location.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) affects the joints, Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
targets the sheath around the nerves, Type I Diabetes Mellitus affects the
pancreas, Crohn's disease attacks the small intestine, and Hashimoto‘s
affects the thyroid gland. These are just a sample of the more than 80
illnesses caused by autoimmunity.
Where Does Autoimmune Disease Come From?
Autoimmune diseases have no precise cause, because they are the result of
many causes - a perfect physiological storm. Researchers around the
world search for environmental, genetic, hormonal, and nutritional clues
without much success. Because all the systems in the body connect,
almost any conceivable internal or external cause is possible. Is there still
a hidden infection in the gut or mouth? Is the patient full of heavy
metals? Has the person eaten foods that the digestive system cannot
breakdown or that the liver cannot detoxify? Is there improper genetic
expression because of nutritional deficiencies?
No matter what the cause, the cellular mechanisms, those that are out of
balance, are becoming clear. These were all described in the chapter, The
Fountain of Youth & Anti-Aging? Thankfully, PEPs direct the FBA
practitioner to those systems that require the most attention. These
systems can help the practitioner find the cause of the immune system
imbalance. In all cases, to bring the immune system back into balance,
certain steps are necessary.
The most common immune dysregulation is an imbalance between the
two types of helper cells, TH-1 and TH-2. Often there is an
overabundance of immune system activity within one of these categories
and not enough with the other. This is yet another of the body‘s many
teeter-totters. Most asthma patients, for example, have a great deal of TH2 activity, whereas those with Multiple Sclerosis generally have too much
When the immune system is teetering, an increase in a group of
cytokines, collectively called TH-17, occurs. These chemicals skew the
nitric oxide system and dramatically increase iNOS. The result is ongoing
tissue damage like what is seen in the autoimmune skin condition
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Figure 27: Immune System Out of Balance
The way to regulate this imbalance is threefold. First, the side that is too
active needs to be dampened. This often means removing agents that
stoke the immune system‘s fire. Second, the side that is too low needs to
be stimulated. This is done with specific nutraceuticals and hormetic
nutrients. Finally, the brake in the middle of the teeter-tooter needs to be
firmly applied. These are the regulatory cells called TH-3. Immune
modulators such as vitamin D, glutathione and healthy oils are the brakes.
The problem is discovering which side of the teeter-totter is high and
which is low. For FBA practitioners, this is no dilemma. The person with
high TH-1 activity, for instance, will not test well to substances that
stimulate that same side, since it is already too high. Vitamin C,
Echinacea, and other TH-1 stimulants will weaken a strong muscle on
these people. They instead will strengthen to substances that stimulate the
lower, or TH-2, side. The opposite scenario would be true for those with
excess TH-2 and low TH-1 activity. Here are some of the practical steps to
help with immune system regulation:
TH-1 function too low – increase it with substances like
echinacea, zinc, astragulus, and goldenseal.
TH-2 function too low – increase it with substances like green tea,
caffeine, white willow, and grape seed extract.
TH-1 or TH-2 function too high – detoxify the immune chemicals
(cytokines) that continue to signal for help. This is done primarily
by supporting the liver.
Hit the brakes – To stimulate immune modulation via the
regulatory cells (TH-3) add Vitamin D, EPA, DHA, and/or
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Chapter Highlights
With FBA, Conception Vessel 19, located in the middle of the
sternum, is one of the most important PEPs to consider with
immune system imbalances.
One of the greatest advances in medicine was microbial
management, which is the ability to exterminate harmful bacteria,
viruses, and parasites.
Many doctors in both the traditional and complementary world of
healthcare believe that microorganisms are the cause of most
ailments and diseases.
A large portion of the immune system begins working when
signaled to do so by chemical messengers called cytokines. When
they are present, the immune system springs into action via a
powerful cascading response designed to eliminate
microorganisms, neutralize toxins, and repair damaged tissues.
Approximately one in five people suffer from autoimmune
disease, which is the process whereby one‘s immune system
attacks its own tissues.
Immune system related illness is rising. One theory is that
immune-compromised and nutritionally deficient people are now
giving birth to and raising immune-compromised and
nutritionally deficient children.
To balance the immune system with FBA, a practitioner must
know which side, the TH-1 or TH-2 path, is overactive and supply
the hormetic nutrients accordingly.
Figure 28: Kidney 27
Related Neurotransmitter: Serotonin (high levels)
Organ or System: Kidneys / Detoxification
Main Biomarkers: Serotonin, 5-HTP, Aldosterone
Common Hormetic Nutrients: Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin B6, Folic
Acid, L-Tryptophan
The kidneys regulate the balance between sodium and water in the body
and control the concentration of many other mineral salts, such as
potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. They also help balance
the pH of the body by removing the waste products of physiologic
processes. An easy way to support the kidneys is to drink plenty of
water—most people suffering from chronic conditions are dehydrated.382
The kidneys also produce specific hormones. Renin helps control blood
pressure, while erythropoietin is responsible for stimulating the
production of red blood cells. The decrease or absence of this hormone
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inevitably leads to anemia. The activated form of vitamin D, when present
in the kidneys, allows the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the
intestine, making the kidneys an essential contributor to bone health. If
any of these critical functions begins to fail the PEP K27, located just
beneath the collarbones next to the sternum, become active and
discoverable by FBA.
Migraine headaches affect more than 30 million Americans, including 10
percent of children. According to the National Headache Foundation
(NHF), 70 to 80 percent of migraine sufferers have a family history of
migraines. A migraine is a severe, debilitating form of headache that
typically appears as a throbbing ache near the side of the forehead and can
last in some cases up to one week.
There are well-known triggers for migraines and other clues that help
define its cause of action and reason for recurrence.
Women have migraines three times more often than men.384
75 percent of women get migraines at ovulation or near the start
of their cycle.385
Migraines affect up to 37 percent of reproductive-age women, the
time when most women are menstruating.386
Common triggers of migraines include noise, light, hormonal
changes, sleep disturbances, stress, intensive physical activity, and
foods such as chocolate, red wine, cheeses, processed meats, the
preservative MSG, caffeine, and alcohol. Food issues often mean
trouble with liver detoxification.
From the above facts, it should be easy to recognize that the reproductive
hormones (estrogen and progesterone) are somehow a trigger with most
migraines. However, other hormones can be involved, as well. Stress,
which induces high levels of cortisol and adrenaline, can trigger
migraines. So can insulin when released as a result of blood sugar swings.
All these issues lead to a suppressed pituitary gland. The section Balancing
Hormones in the chapter, Body Basics, covered the topic of pituitary
suppression, but here are a few additional specifics.
The pituitary gland, located about 1 to 2 inches behind the bridge of the
nose, is a gland in the body aptly named the master gland. The body
cannot secrete hormones unless the pituitary gland tells the body to do so.
For instance, if the body needs extra thyroid hormones, the pituitary will
send out a hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). If the
body needs extra adrenal hormones to fight stress, the pituitary will send
out a hormone called ACTH to increase cortisol levels. If a woman‘s
progesterone is low, the pituitary sends out luteinizing hormone (LH). If
low estrogen is the issue, then out goes follicle stimulating hormone
(FSH). This response by the pituitary depends on a negative feedback
loop. In other words, when a hormone begins to get low, the pituitary
must become activated or facilitated so as to increase the low hormone.
When a hormone becomes high, the pituitary must become inactivated or
inhibited so the hormone does not become too high (it is the liver‘s job to
eliminate excess hormone).
So, what happens if this very important gland does not properly perform
its vital functions because it is either over or under stimulated? This is like
driving on the highway with all four tires flat. Since hormones control
just about everything, then just about anything symptomatically can
occur. For example, if estrogen drops, a suppressed pituitary gland does
not respond with FSH. As a result, estrogen will continue to be low. Does
the body need more progesterone? This won't happen without LH from
the pituitary.
The three most likely pituitary suppressants are insulin, white sugar, and
cortisol. The pattern should be growing familiar. Under stress, cortisol
increases, causing a person to crave sweets. When ingested (usually in the
form of white sugar), the result is the development of hypoglycemia
(insulin surges), which can lead to insulin resistance. The vicious
combination is self-perpetuating, leading to further pituitary suppression
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and a massively dysregulated hormonal system. All this is the
environment where migraines manifest, but not just yet. Even though
hormonal imbalances have a direct link to migraines, the presence of
these problems does not mean migraines are a certainty. There is one final
Researchers know that migraines are a vascular headache in nature
because of the involvement of blood vessels in the brain. When a
chemical trigger is present, the vascular tissues of the brain begin to swell
and initiate a migraine. But which chemicals? Perhaps one used by the
brain? With FBA, the fuzzy picture becomes clear. The spark that lights
the entire hormonal hodgepodge on fire is serotonin.
The chapter Primary Energetic Points, What to Fix First? discusses how to
navigate the pathways of neurotransmitters. Low or high, as one of the
most important neurotransmitters, serotonin makes an impact. When it is
too low, it causes depression. Too high results in migraine headaches. The
pathway for serotonin is shown below. When too high, it is likely that the
necessary hormetic nutrients used to detoxify serotonin are in short
supply. FBA can quickly determine this and often yields rapid results,
much to the delight of migraine sufferers. Of course, the practitioner will
need to evaluate all the other triggers mentioned above, since they are
likely to be incendiary.
Figure 29: The Serotonin Pathway
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Metals of all kinds are a permanent part of the modern conveniences of
civilized life, benefit few are willing to forsake. However, as with most
things, where there are positives, there are also negatives. Ever since man
began working with metal, researchers have found poisonous tendencies.
Extensively studied, for instance, are the metals lead, cadmium, mercury,
and arsenic. Researchers believe these are the ones that pose the greatest
threat to human health. It is now irrefutable that metals cause
dysfunction and disease, although debate still rages as to the amount
necessary to produce either one. From a functional medicine standpoint, a
practitioner must always consider metal toxicity when the PEP K27
becomes active, because the kidneys are the last stage of metal
Metal toxicity is a profound disruptor of physiology, often leading to
gastrointestinal upset, food intolerances, allergies, vision problems,
chronic fatigue, male infertility,387 and hormonal imbalances of all
kinds.388 But the symptoms do not stop there. Heavy metals inactivate
enzymes, the proteins that make everything work in the body.389 This
means that the very things necessary for helping to eliminate metals are
themselves turned off by them. Certain metals have an affinity for the
nervous system. The brains of Alzheimer‘s patients often contain a
jumbled mass of nerve fibers called a neurofibrillary tangle (NFT). These
areas contain high levels of trapped aluminum.390 Likewise, another
degenerative neurological disease, Parkinson‘s, has a strong association
with the presence of mercury and lead.391
Where Do Metals Come From?
Metals are everywhere at any given moment. Industrialization has seen to
that. People ingest metals regularly through what they eat, drink, and
breathe. For those with healthy detoxification pathways in the liver,
kidneys, digestive tract, and skin, the body manages and eliminates
everyday metals so they do not become a health hazard. Functional
imbalances, on the other hand, are notorious detoxification busters and
will lead instead to the storage of excess metals. Here is where the
problems begin.
When the body has excess metals that it cannot rid itself of, fatty tissue
acts like a jailer, trapping the unwanted substances. The more metal that
can be ―put away,‖ the less total harm to the body. The healthcare
industry must recognize this phenomenon of quarantined chemicals
before ever beginning a detoxification program. Forcing the body to
cleanse itself through a radical, short-term detox will, in some people, do
more harm than good. When overweight or obese people lose weight,
health benefits abound.392 393 However, in the case of cancer, this may not
always be true. One study showed that obese people diagnosed with
cancer who set out to lose weight and did so to the tune of at least 20
pounds had higher death rates than similar patients who lost no weight.394
Many in the natural health field believe this seemingly contradictory
outcome resulted from a toxic overload created by the dumping of
chemicals and metals into the blood stream as the body shed fatty tissue.
To prevent this toxic overload, slow and steady is by far the best approach
with metal removal.
Most people are aware of the heavy metal mercury and its effects on the
body. The general population is primarily exposed to mercury via older
dental amalgams and through food, with fish being a major source of
methyl mercury exposure. This does not mean fish should be avoided by
Fish contains good fats that prevent heart disease and protect the nervous
system.395 The Harvard School of Public Health calculated that eating
about 2 grams per week of omega-3 fatty acids in fish, equal to about one
or two servings of fatty fish a week, reduces the chances of dying from
heart disease by more than one-third.396 However, pregnant women may
want to avoid certain fish known to have high mercury concentrations
such as shark, swordfish and tuna, since there may be a risk to the unborn
Mercury amalgams are a controversial health topic. Debate over their role
as a health hazard and as a cause of various diseases is ongoing.397 To
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many in alternative medicine, mercury as a cause of functional illness is
undeniable, if for no other reason than the remarkable health benefits
witnessed after the old amalgam fillings were removed.
Another metal of concern is cadmium. Society comes into contact with
cadmium compounds through re-chargeable nickel-cadmium batteries
and cigarette smoke. One reason why cadmium emissions have increased
dramatically during the 20th century may be that people rarely recycle
cadmium-containing products and often dump them together with
household waste.
Lead exposure can occur from drinking water, lead pipes, lead solder,
some ceramic dishes, or using lead in hobbies or crafts. Food safety is also
of concern. Some meats and spices purchased from foreign countries
contain high levels of lead and other metals.398 399 The neurotoxic effects
of lead have been seen at levels of exposure much lower than previously
anticipated.400 Children, however, face the most serious risk to lead
exposure because their growing bodies absorb the metal easily. Lacking a
fully developed and protective blood-brain barrier, children‘s bodies take
up the metal into the blood stream, where it then easily travels to the
brain. Young children and toddlers play on the ground or the floor and
tend to put objects in their mouths. Lead polluted soil, toys covered in
lead dust, or in the case of older homes, sweet-tasting lead-paint chips are
all possible sources of contamination.
How to Become Metal Toxic without Exposure to Metals
With the teeter-totter effect, an elevated substance means its antagonist is
low. In the case of metals, it is always a good idea to look at the high side
first, assuming that someone has become metal toxic by excess exposure to
the metal. However, all that matters to create health disruptions is that an
imbalance is present between the sides of the teeter-totter. This means
that that the high side could actually be a normal amount, and the low
side could simply be too low. The best example of this idea is the teetertotter between zinc, iron, and copper, a three-way teeter-totter. The body
can rapidly use up each of these three minerals, which are also metals,
depending on certain circumstances. Depleted iron results in anemia,
depleted zinc results in immune dysfunction, and low copper can
contribute to hormonal issues and thyroid problems.
Figure 30: The Copper/Iron/Zinc Teeter-Totter
The picture on the left depicts a three-way teeter-totter with each of the
nutrients in proper balance. The picture on the right shows high copper,
normal zinc and low iron. Any combination, however, is possible. Each of
these nutrients keeps the others in check. In many cases, it activates the
function of the others. High iron for instance, will often produce the same
symptom as low iron, namely fatigue. Adding the low mineral (copper or
zinc) on the teeter-totter will allow the red blood cells to begin utilizing
iron once again, and its levels will drop to normal. Why was there a low
mineral to begin with? What system, in other words, was using up this
mineral too quickly? The primary energetic points (PEPs) will allow the
practitioner to find the answers.
Managing Metals with FBA
An FBA practitioner could use a sample of any metal and test a strong
muscle to see whether it weakens. However, this is a bit time consuming.
Instead, looking for evidence of excess metals is much faster. Because
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metals have an affinity for the nervous system, neurological deficits
emerge when the metals are present in unhealthy amounts. The deficit
created by metal overload is easily measured with manual muscle testing
via the midline test.
The midline test determines whether the right and left hemispheres of the
brain are working synchronously. For example, the left side of the brain
controls the muscles on the right side of the body and vice versa. Just
lifting the right arm out straight and then returning it to the side is an
activity controlled exclusively by the left brain. Now, lifting the right arm
out straight and then crossing it over to the left side of the body requires
both the left and right sides of the brain to work together. Here is where
metals make trouble. They disrupt the normal communication between
the right and left brain. Any muscle tested with the arm or leg across the
midline will become weak when this communication problem is present.
Of course, the PEPs themselves give the FBA practitioner clues that
metals may be bothersome. Often, it is the PEPs most related to
detoxification that show up near the top of the list, with Kidney 27 being
the predominant one. Finding hormetic nutrients to chelate or attach to
metals and remove them from the body is critical. Merely increasing
detoxification through hydration is a big help, since it promotes kidney
health and function. Furthermore, sweating, a clean diet, and essential
hormetic nutrients are all clinically effective.401
Kidney stones may be another indication of a problem with PEP K27. The
first signs of a kidney stone appear as pain on the right or left side of the
middle part of the back, the thoracolumbar region. The pain, often dull
and beginning slowly, soon becomes constant and severe. Other signs may
be present with kidney stones, including burning during urination, blood
in the urine, or a frequent urge to urinate. With extreme pain, what many
describe as akin to labor, nausea and vomiting are also possible.
The shape and appearance of kidney stones depends on which chemicals
were responsible for their creation. Most kidney stones are yellow or
brown, but they can be tan, gold, or black in color. In shape, they may be
round, jagged, or even have a branch-like structure. Kidney stones vary in
size. Most are specks like sand, while others are pebbles. In rare cases,
stones may be as large as golf balls.
There are five common types of kidney stones. By far, calcium-based
stones are the most common. Calcium oxalate stones make up about 70 80 percent of all stone types. The remaining types are made of calcium
phosphate (often mixed with calcium oxalate), struvite (related to
infections), uric acid, and cystine.
Problems and damage resulting from kidney stones may be minimal to
severe. The severity of the damage to kidney tissues is dependent upon
the location of the stone in the urinary system. To avoid or minimize
damage, it is important to eliminate existing stones and, more
importantly, to prevent new ones from developing.
Males are four times more likely to develop stones. Other risk factors
include family history, chronic dehydration, or little fluid intake. The
frequency of stones increases greatly in those with urinary tract blockage,
recurring urinary infections, bowel disease, and certain inherited
disorders. Because kidney stones are directly related to an inability to
properly utilize calcium, any excess calcium in the blood stream can lead
to further kidney stones. Even those with no familial history of stones can
develop them if blood calcium rises too quickly, as is the case in those
who become sedentary due to illness or injury. Astronauts on long space
flight are especially at risk since life without gravity immediately begins
to weaken bones and dumps calcium into the blood. In these cases,
resistance exercises designed to maintain bone density are critical.
The interesting thing about kidney stones is that most sufferers are Blue
People. This makes perfect sense. The chapter What Color Are You?
discusses how Blue people do not fully process dairy calcium. This leads to
higher levels of this mineral in the blood stream and the soft tissues, a
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perfect scenario for future kidney stones. However, doctors rarely advise
patients with kidney stones to stop ingesting dairy products. This is a
mistake. Instead, doctors may instruct patients to avoid foods containing
high oxalate levels, such as spinach. FBA practitioners can easily
determine if a patient has high levels of circulating calcium and find the
right remedies to normalize this imbalance.
Figure 31: Liver 14
Related Neurotransmitter: Acetylcholine (high levels)
Organ or System: Liver / Detoxification
Main Biomarkers: Acetylcholine, Hormones, Food and Environmental
Common Hormetic Nutrients: Sulfur, Taurine, Iron, Niacin (B3),
Magnesium, Milk Thistle, Phyllanthus Fraternus, Schisandra
Think of the liver as a homeschool mom. It cooks (assembles proteins),
cleans (converts ammonia to urea), changes diapers (detoxifies), cares for
the sick (aids the immune system), makes clothes (produces a variety of
essential chemicals), is a counselor (manufactures hormones), takes the
kids for a walk (regulates metabolism), monitors behavior (helps regulate
blood pressure), saves for the future (stores glycogen and a host of other
nutrients), and never sleeps. The liver is responsible for so many functions
that it is easy to see why life is impossible without it (her).
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The PEP Liver 14 is located on the front of the body just below the nipple.
Green people will commonly need their liver supported (see the chapter,
What Color Are You?), but so do many others. Young women with breast
tenderness and cramping during their menstrual cycle are experiencing
the effects of liver congestion as it tries unsuccessfully to detoxify the
reproductive hormones. Acne is another ailment of adolescence related in
part, to an over-worked liver. Liver congestion later in life is the main
reason for arthritic pain.
The neurotransmitter imbalance associated with the PEP Liver 14 is
elevated acetylcholine. The effect of too much acetylcholine is seen in the
muscles of those with the degenerative disease Parkinson‘s.402
Acetylcholine forces muscles to contract. As Parkinson‘s progresses the
muscles become more and more rigid. A once normal stride becomes a
shuffle and the upper extremities, unable to fully relax, are flexed and
In the brain, acetylcholine is critical for memory and learning.403 404
These desirable effects of acetylcholine would argue that keeping
acetylcholine high is a good idea. After all, everyone wants a good
memory. However, everything must be in balance. Even too much
acetylcholine is not good. Symptoms of acetylcholine irregularities
Decreased visual memory
Decreased verbal memory
Slower mental response
Difficulty calculating numbers
Changing opinions about oneself
A variety of nutritional compounds can aid the liver in the detoxification
process and help lower acetylcholine including: pantothenic acid,
thiamin, vitamin C and lithium.406 407 408 Acetylcholine levels, when high,
can be made worse with any additional liver stress and even with
otherwise beneficial substances such as the amino acid L-carnitine.409
Today the world is exposed to more chemicals and pollutants than in any
previous generation. According to the book, An Alternative Medicine
Definitive Guide to Cancer, ―70 million Americans live in areas that
exceed smog standards; most municipal drinking water contains over 700
chemicals, including excessive levels of lead. Some 3,000 chemicals are
added to the food supply and as many as 10,000 chemicals, in the form of
solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives, are used in food processing and
storage, which can remain in the body for years.‖
The reason toxins are stored in the body is a matter of efficiency. The
human body is a master detoxifier, but everything has its limits. The
resources allocated for detoxification are numerous and redundant, but
they are still finite. If more toxins come in to the body than can be
processed at any given moment, then the body must store them. Storing
toxins is much less harmful than allowing them to float freely in the
blood. Fat and muscle are typically the storage tissues of choice.
Eventually however, if toxin accumulation continues, the immune system
suffers and the body then manifests the symptoms of toxicity. Any of the
following are possible with toxicity:
Abnormal pregnancy
Kidney dysfunction
Broad mood swings
Learning disorders
Memory loss
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Mineral imbalances
Contact dermatitis
Multiple chemical sensitivities
Panic attacks
Fertility problems
Parkinson‘s disease
Reactions to medications or Supplements
Sensitivity to strong smells
Immune system depression
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There are currently 400 different pesticide types available for
2.5 billion pounds of pesticides are used on croplands, forests,
lawns, & fields.
24.6 million tons of antibiotics are fed to livestock.
750,000 dairy cows are injected with growth hormone.
Over 80 million acres of genetically engineered crops are
presently under cultivation. The long-term effects of these
foods are as yet undetermined.
The average American eats about 125 pounds of additives and
175 pounds of refined sugar per year.
America leads the world in overall consumption of artificial
sweeteners. 800 million pounds or 5.8 pounds of aspartame are
consumed per person annually.410
Foods with the Highest Concentration of Pesticides
1. Celery
7. Bell Peppers
2. Peaches
8. Spinach
3. Strawberries
9. Cherries
4. Apples
10. Kale / Collard Greens
5. Blueberries
11. Potatoes
6. Nectarines
12. Grapes (imported)
These statistics have to do with what happens to food before it is prepared
to eat. Food preparation - how it is cooked or processed – may also
produce toxins. Likewise, food additives such as monosodium glutamate
(msg) for some are toxic as well.
The Environmental Protection Agency monitors drinking water for safe
levels of microorganisms, disinfectants, disinfectant by-products,
inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals, and radionuclides.
In 2002, approximately 260 million pounds of chemicals were
released into surface waters. Since the EPA measures for safe
levels and not merely for the presence of toxic substances, you
know that the water you consume is already contaminated to
some extent. Any water filter is a good idea.
Many of the pesticides that are eventually dumped into our
rivers have estrogenic effects.411 This means that they act like
estrogen hormones in your body, preventing proper hormonal
function and production. They also affect the receptor sites
where hormones bind,412 further altering function. It is
believed that these estrogenic compounds are responsible in
part for the current explosion in hormone cancers, increased
hypothyroidism, early female puberty; low sperm counts in
males and the loss of libido of both sexes.
These estrogenic effects take their toll on animals as well.
Lake Apopka in Florida, an intensely toxic lake full of
pesticides, produced hermaphroditic fish and markedly demasculinized male alligators. The next generation of alligators
born at the lake was 100% female.413
There are also other toxins that are ingested voluntarily such
as medications, low quality supplements, birth control pills,
recreational and illegal drugs. These too take their toll.
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Arthritis simply means inflammation of the joints: more specifically, the
soft tissues that make up the joints such as cartilage and ligaments. Nonautoimmune arthritis, like osteoarthritis, is nearly always associated with
an overworked, toxic liver. How the liver becomes toxic is varied,
however, food reactions are at the top of the list.
Any food may set off a cascade of chemical events which exaggerate
inflammation and encourage the condition of arthritis. So can a host of
food additives, preservatives, flavor enhancers and non-food-related
substances. Which ones turn out to be trouble makers depends on the
genetic and epigenetic variability of a given person.414 415 However, some
foods are more suspicious than others.
The major inflammers from food are caffeine and its derivatives, gluten (a
protein found in wheat and other grains), and solanine, a chemical found
in the nightshade family of plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, and spicy
peppers. Some people simply do not genetically possess the ability to
breakdown certain food items such as alcohol, monosodium glutamate
(MSG) and sulfites found in wine and some meats. MSG is a common food
additive used as a flavor enhancer but is well known cause of headaches in
most Green people (see: What Color Are You, Red, Green or Blue?).
Then there are the food toxins. Cheeses for instance, often contain molds.
Mold toxins are called mycotoxins and have a direct link to poor DNA
replication as well as being a significant stress on the liver. Other foods,
like peanut butter, produce aflatoxins, a very poisonous substance
believed by some researchers to have a direct link to cancer.416 417 418
The wrong ratio of good fats and oils will cause inflammatory pain by
disrupting eicosanoid balance (see chapter: The Fountain of Youth?).
Overconsumption of grains or too much of any processed food for that
matter, can make life painful as well since nearly all inflammatory
reactions begin in the digestive tract.419 420
There are other potential initiators of arthritis including infections and
allergies to food additives.421 Processed meats contain sulphites as do
wines. A modest percentage of people have genetic errors preventing the
detoxification of sulphites.422 423 For these people, synthetic versions of
sulfur, such as sulfa drugs, can trigger significant - sometimes anaphylactic
- reactions.
Sulfur is the reason why the liver is always involved in joint pain and
arthritis. Sulfur is body glue. All soft tissues: joints, ligaments, cartilage,
collagen, elastin, and fibrilin, would literally begin to fall apart without
sulfur. At the same time, many detoxification pathways in the liver are
entirely dependent upon adequate levels of this important nutrient. Ten
of the fourteen pathways of phase II liver detoxification are sulfur
Those with allergies to sulfites or sulfa drugs still need sulfur but lack the
ability to utilize all available forms. Sulfur used in detoxification can be
free-form or as part of the structure of amino acids such as taurine and
cysteine. The liver gets first bids. Whichever available type the liver can
use is snatched up, leaving the soft tissue with insufficient amounts of
sulfur with which to repair and rebuild.
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Common joint nutrients available in the local drug store include
glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. These are all different forms of
sulfur. But none of these work for everyone. Each body type has its own
specific requirements. FBA can determine which one is best in seconds.
Above is a review of the formation of chondroitin sulfate, a
glycosaminoglycan (GAG) and critical component of many soft tissues.
GAGs are like 2X4 studs - the primary building material for the body‘s
soft tissue house.
An important thing to know about GAGs is that they are assembled from
sugars (polysaccharides), which cling to an amino acid called serine. It can
be seen from the figure above that SO4 or sulfate is one of three critical
precursors to the metabolism of chondroitin (4 or 6) sulfate. The other
two are glucose (blood sugar) and glycogen (stored glucose). Each
polysaccharide or sugar molecule is derived from glucose via the sugarusing (glycolytic) pathway and connected together to make a GAG.
Just from knowing these three key components it can be theorized that if
blood sugar management or liver detoxification were compromised, soft
tissue formation and repair would suffer. Poor detoxification often results
from a poor diet and is then compounded by a disrupted blood sugar
system. The case for liver-based arthritis has now been built.
The pattern goes something like this: A prepubescent female eats the
Standard American Diet (SAD) which is full of trans-fats, refined sugars,
too many simple carbohydrates, not enough quality protein and a plethora
of food additives and flavor enhancers. This diet and other lifestyle factors
associated with living in the modern age, place a large strain on the
regulation and utilization of both glucose and glycogen. Because the
primary fuel for the brain is glucose, the body will do what it must in
order to first feed the brain. This means that the sympathetic fight-orflight system gets turned on in order to generate glucose from muscle
catabolism and never gets turned off.
As a result, other blood sugar dependent systems are sacrificed out of
necessity as glucose is scavenged to feed the brain - like those that
assemble chondroitin sulfate. At the same time, the entire endocrine and
glucose system is further stressed by a woman‘s menstrual cycle. Excess
progesterone, estrogen, luteinizing and follicle stimulating hormones
require sulfur and a host of other nutrients to detoxify.
The sulfur and nutrient depleted liver is soon overburdened by the
hormonal barrage, which results in the recognized symptoms of PMS.
This process continues for decades leading to imbalanced hormones,
dilapidated joints, scarceness of nutrients and much more.
Chapter Highlights
Liver disturbances will activate the PEP Liver 14. The
neurotransmitter imbalance associated with this PEP is elevated
A congested liver means sluggish detoxification. In young women
this could mean breast tenderness and cramping during her
menstrual cycle. Whereas, liver congestion later in life is the main
reason for arthritic pain.
Tissue toxicity is the result of too much exposure to chemical
compounds in the food, water or air supply; from the inability to
eliminate toxins effectively, or both.
Sulfur is both a primary liver detoxifier and a body ―glue.‖ All soft
tissues: joints, ligaments, cartilage, collagen, elastin, and fibrilin,
would literally begin to fall apart without sulfur.
Continuous liver strain reduces the total level of tissue sulfur,
which can then result in osteoarthritis and joint issues of all kinds.
The hormetic nutrients required most often to support an overworked liver include: magnesium, sulfur, pantothenic acid,
vitamin B12, folic acid, the components of glutathione and herbs
like milk thistle and dandelion root.
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Figure 32: Conception Vessel 24
Related Neurotransmitter: Dopamine (low levels)
Organ or System: None
Main Biomarkers: Dopamine, L-Tyrosine, Estrogen (low)
Common Prime Movers: Copper, Pantothenic Acid, B6, Magnesium, LTyrosine
Brain health is the body‘s top priority. As shown in the chapter The
Primary Energetic Points, the chemicals that modulate mood and
behavior in the brain, called neurotransmitters, all directly relate to the
PEPs. Consequently, they are discussed in nearly every chapter of Hope
for Health. Pivoting into a discussion of the brain could therefore
naturally spring from any previous page. However, no one is motivated
like a parent in search of help for his or her child. Memory,
concentration, learning disabilities of all types, and the controversial topic
of Attention Deficit Disorder are each associated directly or indirectly to
the PEP Conception Vessel 24 (CV 24), making this chapter the best place
to segue into a deeper discussion about the brain and its place in
functional illness.
CV24 is located in the midline, just below the lower lip. It relates to low
levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Known as the pleasure
neurotransmitter, dopamine accentuates experiences and creates
expectations of good things to come. Those with low dopamine levels
have low salutogenesis - a term denoting that life can be understood, that
it is manageable, and most of all that it is meaningful. The stresses of life
easily overwhelm someone with low salutogenesis and increase the
potential for functional illness.424 425 426 Low dopamine levels are common
in the elderly,427 among people with Parkinson‘s disease,428 and in
children prescribed the behavioral drug Ritalin.429
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most
common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood, with 5.4 million
children diagnosed in the United States alone. That is nearly 1 in 10
school-age children and a million more children than were reported in
2003. Of these cases, 2.7 million are currently taking ADHD
medication.430 Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention and
controlling impulsive behaviors. In some cases, they are overly active.
Additionally, rates of parent-reported ADHD diagnosis are increasing, and
the patterns of ADHD diagnosis are changing.
Typically, a child with ADHD may have the following issues:
Difficulty paying attention
Excessive daydreaming
Trouble focusing on schoolwork or play
Difficulty staying still or seated
Excessive fidgeting or squirming
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Trouble talking too much
Difficulty with playing quietly
Problems due to acting and speaking without thinking
Trouble taking turns
Difficulty listening without interrupting others
What is the cause of ADHD?
Inherited weakness – The number of American children with chronic
illnesses has quadrupled in just a generation. In 1960, only 1.8 percent of
American children had a chronic health condition that limited their
activities. In 2004, the rate rose to 7 percent. Because this number is
steadily going up, it seems logical that immune-compromised and
nutritionally deficient people are now giving birth to and raising
immune-compromised and nutritionally deficient children.
Low nutrient levels – Children with ADHD have low levels of essential
fatty acids and do not fully process those they do have.431 The brain loves
oils. Its structure is made up of around 50 percent fats and oils. The
chapter The Fountain of Youth & Anti-Aging discussed the importance of
a proper balance between different types of oils, especially the omega-3
and omega-6 forms. Omega-3 oils from fish contain two important acids
for the brain: EPA and DHA. In children with learning difficulties, the
DHA portion is often too low.432 433 They may also have low levels of
zinc,434 vitamin B6,435 the amino acid tyrosine,436 and magnesium.437 438
Food allergies – A critical review of the scientific literature provides very
limited support for the idea that food or food additives are a direct cause
of ADHD or most functional illness, for that matter.439 It never will.
Traditional medicine only considers food detrimental if it causes a disease
like celiac or requires an epinephrine injection to prevent anaphylaxis. A
diet of reduced sugar, dairy, wheat, and processed foods has shown to be
helpful in studies440 and repeatedly in the offices of alternative medicine
and FBA practitioners.
Immune system reactions – The immune system‘s ability to destroy joint
tissue in the deforming condition Rheumatoid arthritis is well recognized.
The immune system can destroy brain tissue, as well. Cytokines are
immune chemicals, which circulate throughout the body. When
produced excessively in the brain, they can contribute to negative
behavioral effects.441 442 443
Vaccinations – It is undeniable that vaccinations are a potential health
risk for some. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) details
the acute responses reported by parents of vaccinated children, including
the following ones:
Pronounced swelling, redness, heat, or hardness at the site of the
Body rash or hives;
Shock or collapse;
High-pitched screaming or persistent crying for hours;
Extreme sleepiness or long periods of unresponsiveness;
High fever (over 103 F);
Twitching or jerking of the body, arm, leg, or head;
Crossing of eyes;
Weakness or paralysis of any part of the body;
Loss of eye contact or awareness or social withdrawal;
Loss of ability to roll over, sit up, or stand up; and
Breathing problems (asthma).
Congress, persuaded by the number and severity of post-vaccination
reactions, established the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986.
Within 10 years, the Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program had
compensated nearly 1,000 families at a cost of $600 million. Many who
speak out against the dangers of vaccinations see a similarity between the
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rise of ADHD and the ever-increasing number of vaccinations required
for children.
The U.S. has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. The
vaccination schedule from the Centers for Disease Control and the
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a child receive nearly 34
doses of 10 different vaccines by the time they enter kindergarten.
Today, there are more than 200 vaccines being created by federal health
agencies and drug companies. These include vaccines for Hepatitis C, D
and E; Herpes simplex types 1 and 2; gonorrhea; rotavirus (diarrhea);
Group A and B streptococcus; meningitis A, B and C; and HIV for AIDS.444
The aforementioned reactions and coincidences do not necessarily mean
that vaccinations alone are the reason for ADHD. Rarely is any one cause
the reason for a functional imbalance or disease. A multi-causal effect is
most likely— the proverbial ―straw that broke the camel‘s back‖ is true in
this case. However, multi-causal effects are very difficult to prove in a lab
or in a court of law, so the debate, undoubtedly, will continue.
Low dopamine levels – The path that leads to ADHD ultimately ends with
low dopamine levels.445 That is why the PEP CV 24 manifests in most
behavioral issues. The ADHD drug Ritalin® assists mood modulation
because it enhances the important brain-stabilizing neurotransmitter
dopamine.446 Ideally, from a holistic perspective, rather than augmenting
dopamine with a medication, it would be much better to repair the
dopamine pathway, thereby correcting several otherwise as yet
unrecognized problems simultaneously. The dopamine pathway and some
of the important hormetic nutrients needed to make the pathway flow
freely are shown below.
Figure 33: The Dopamine Pathway
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According to the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study, the
prevalence of dementia among individuals aged 71 and older was 13.9
percent, comprising about 3.4 million individuals in the USA in 2002.
Dementia prevalence increased with age, from 5.0 percent of those aged
71 - 79 years to 37.4 percent of those aged 90 and older.447
Concerning dementia, the forms disconcerting for most are related to
progressive degenerative diseases like Alzheimer‘s and Parkinson‘s.
Alzheimer‘s disease affects almost 10 percent of people over 70 years old,
or around 2.4 million individuals.448 Parkinson's disease affects about 1
million people in the United States.449 Although the cause of these two
diseases is unknown, it is undoubtedly multi-factorial and the result of
many health-degrading influences, as discussed throughout Hope for
For example, as mentioned in the chapter Migraines, Metals or Minerals,
the brains of Alzheimer‘s patients often contain a jumbled mass of nerve
fibers called a neurofibrillary tangle (NFT). These areas contain high
levels of trapped aluminum.450 Parkinson‘s also has a strong association
with the presence of mercury and lead.451 Another strong connection is
poor glucose utilization by the brains of dementia patients.452
Making matters even more interesting, science has yet to determine
exactly which lobes of the brain store memories or whether they store
memories at all. The idea that memory is transpersonal (outside the brain)
and part of a morphogenetic field, a term that means, ―giving birth to
form,‖ is an idea that has been around since the 1920s. It is gaining greater
traction today. These theories, beyond the scope of Hope for Health, are
tied to the mysterious world of quantum mechanics. In the years to come,
they may garner further consideration.
Making Memories
To make a lasting memory, an event needs one or all of three ingredients:
intensity, duration, and repetition. The roots of neurons, called dendrites,
make their connections under the modulating influence of dopamine,
which brings the discussion back to the PEP CV 24. Acetylcholine,
another important neurotransmitter, is important for memory recall.453
In order to produce adequate levels of acetylcholine, vitamin B5 or
pantothenic acid is required. This vitamin helps choline bind with the
important molecule acetyl CoA. Choline can be ingested through food or
made by the good bacteria in the gut. Assembling the two parts, acetyl
CoA and choline, to make acetylcholine requires the trace mineral
manganese, which acts as an ―on‖ switch for a synthesizing enzyme.
FBA can customize the nutrition necessary to enhance memory by
determining which of these or other important nutrients are needed most.
The other nutrients are most likely related to energy production.
Fatigue often accompanies memory problems. Making, storing, and
retrieving memories requires ample amounts of neurotransmitters, which
are assembled from an ample supply of amino acids. In the hierarchy of
body needs, energy for daily survival is more important than short-term
memory. This means that if the body begins to get run down, it will
preferentially choose to utilize amino acids for energy creation rather
than for making memory-supporting neurotransmitters. The Krebs cycle
can steal amino acids to make energy at the expense of memory.
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Figure 34: Amino Acids & The Krebs Cycle
The figure above shows how amino acids (like tyrosine, which is used to
make dopamine) are stolen by the Krebs cycle in order to provide energy
for the whole body. The reason why this aggressive step is necessary is
because the important precursor to the energy cycle, acetyl CoA, is no
longer getting through. This can happen for a variety of reasons, with
insulin surges and other blood sugar system imbalances leading the way.
In the case of memory and all functional imbalances, the whole person
approach presents itself as the ideal option. If energy is being lost, one can
be sure that more than just memory is suffering. Each of the steps of
Functional Bio-Analysis reveals which systems are in the most trouble
and the therapies best able to get them out.
Confusion, poor memory, and slow processing are all commonly
associated with brain fog. These symptoms are a sign of neurologic
fatigue. Different from metabolic fatigue, which occurs after prolonged
exercise, neurologic fatigue in the brain is when someone feels tired, or
even exhausted, after performing a mental task. Most children with
dyslexia, ADHD, or visual or auditory processing disorders experience
neurologic fatigue.
From a hormonal perspective, the most common reason for brain fog is
thyroid suppression. The thyroid gland is a sensitive tissue that is easily
influenced by the hormones and chemicals of other systems, such as
elevated cortisol from stress, insulin surges from blood sugar imbalances,
and cytokines from the immune system. Other chemicals are provocative,
as well. Lipopolysaccharides, the waste products of non-beneficial
bacteria in the small and large intestines, are especially toxic to the liver,
which in turn affects thyroid hormone production.455 Basically, brain fog
is possible with anything that promotes inflammation or a prolonged
immune response.
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Brain fog often means that an active inflammatory response is present in
the brain itself – it is on fire. The cells of the brain are primarily two
types: microglia cells and neurons. Microglia cells are 10 times more
numerous than neurons and are the ones most likely to become inflamed.
Prolonged brain inflammation will actually degenerate the brain to the
point that it shrinks.
To control the inflammatory response in the brain, nutrition must cross
the blood-brain barrier or support anti-inflammatory agents that do.
Research has shown, and FBA has confirmed, that curcumin,456 an
antioxidant from the spice turmeric; catechin,457 an antioxidant found in
many teas; and some special bioflavonoids called, apigenin, luteolin, and
459 460
can all be helpful.
It used to be believed that brain function was ―fixed‖ after adolescence
and was guaranteed to decline with age. This is not so. The age of the
brain is a factor, but to a far lesser degree than how intensely it is used.
What is true for muscles is true for the brain and every other organ in the
body: ―use it or lose it.‖
The brain is more than capable of modifying, healing, and rewiring itself
through the life-long process of neuroplasticity. When stimulated to do
so, neurons (nerve cells) in the brain regularly sprout fresh nerve endings
to form a new neuronal pathway. This is true with any mental challenge,
such as learning a new language or after an injury. For example, if the
right side of the brain is damaged as the result of a stroke, the left side
may compensate and take over some of its functions. The brain even
develops just by thinking about doing something through a process called
the mirror neuron system.461
Compensation is good in the short term and, in the case of serious injury,
may be the best one can hope for. However, to realize the brain‘s fullest
potential, underdeveloped areas need to be exercised. The child who
learns to tilt her head in order to read out of her dominant eye may in fact
learn to read, but she is also cementing her brain in a compensatory
pathway. Instead, she should capitalize on the power of neuroplasticity by
strengthening the weak areas through regular use. This will make her
whole brain work properly, not just certain parts.
Exercising the brain enhances working memory.462 The term "working
memory" refers to the ability to store and manipulate information to the
extent necessary for complex cognitive tasks, such as language
comprehension, learning, and reasoning.463 When working memory
improves, so does fluid IQ—the ability to solve problems or adapt to
situations as they occur. A greater working memory and fluid IQ are what
parents hope to provide their underperforming school-age children.
Memory training takes on many forms and is described by many different
names. This is because there are many ways to help a forgetful brain.
Memory training for 14 hours over five weeks has been associated with
greater dopamine levels in both the prefrontal and parietal portions of the
brain.464 Memory training improves the working memory for all age
groups465 and has the added benefit of making children more aware of
their surroundings, more responsible with their school materials, and
more aware of social cues. As good as memory training may be, the brain
is not simply meant for thinking.
A bulging brain, one that enhances all aspects of life, requires regular
stimulation through all the five senses, not just sight and sound. The brain
governs all muscle function of the body, making it responsible for
movement. The right hemisphere, for example, controls the muscle
function on the left side of the body and vice versa. This knowledge is
essential for brain rehabilitation. If function is absent or has been lost in
the right brain, exclusively using the muscles on the left side of the body
will stimulate the right hemisphere and initiate the process of
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Which Brain Are You?
In the late 1960s, an American physiological psychologist Roger W.
Sperry developed the concept of right-brain and left-brain thinking. He
was later awarded the Nobel Prize in 1981. The left brain is the detective
that studies details. It is logical and sequential, looks at the parts before
putting them together as a whole, and is analytical and objective. In
contrast, the right brain is the psychic relying on intuition. It is random,
looks at the whole before studying the details, and is instinctual, holistic,
and subjective.
Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of
thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at
both. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking while
downplaying the right-brain ones. This often leaves right-brain learners
at a disadvantage. Left-brain scholastic subjects focus on logical thinking,
analysis, and accuracy. Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus
on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity.
To foster a more whole-brained scholastic experience, teachers should use
instruction techniques that connect with both sides of the brain. They can
increase their classroom‘s right-brain learning activities by incorporating
more pictures, patterns, metaphors, analogies, role-playing, visuals, and
movement while working on left-brain subjects. These same ideas can be
used to enhance memory.
A Healthy Brain is a Balanced Brain
Some professions thrive because of imbalanced brains. Certain engineers,
mathematicians, and scientists are left-brain dominant, whereas some of
the world‘s most renowned artists are overrun by the right brain. To
achieve the greatest discoveries and developments, it is probably best to
leave both of these groups lopsided. These however, are the exceptions.
For the purposes of health and all around wellbeing, most people should
strive to have a balanced brain.
The FBA practitioner should have the patient perform a mathematical
problem, such as subtracting by threes starting with an arbitrary number
like 71. This is a left-brain activity. If a strong muscle goes weak after
some simple subtraction, it means that the left brain is too active and the
right brain is underactive. Likewise, humming or singing is a right-brain
activity. If a strong muscle goes weak after singing or humming "Happy
Birthday" for instance, then the right brain is overactive and the left brain
is likely to be underactive.
There are a great number of brain exercises available to strengthen the
brain. The trick is to know which areas need the most support and which
exercises will do the best job. FBA practitioners have a tremendous
advantage here. Through manual muscle testing, FBA can analyze both
the right and left sides of the brain for deficiencies and find the most
effective therapies, as well as the ideal nutrients for brain support. If for
example, a patient weakened to a simple subtraction exercise, the
practitioner can place nutrients on the body and repeat the exercise. Now,
if the patient no longer weakened, then the nutrients are likely to be
helpful for balancing the brain.
Using the whole body to balance the brain is critical, as well. If a strong
muscle weakens when a patient performs some simple cross-crawl
activities on the examining table, it indicates a communication problem
between the right and left hemispheres. Cross-crawl is like walking while
lying down. While lying face up, a patient should lift one leg off the table
while lifting the opposite arm. As the person lowers those parts back to
the table, he should lift the opposite leg and arm. Repeating this
movement for six cycles should be enough to perform the test. Performing
a cross-crawl should not cause a problem in someone with a balanced
brain. However, in many people, a strong muscle will weaken.
There are many ways to balance the brain. All sensory information is
processed through the brain. This means that all sensory input could
potentially help balance the brain. However, some sensory information is
processed in the right brain and some is processed in the left. Certain
musical notes help balance the right brain and others, the left. Colors do,
as well.
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Sensory Information Processed
in the LEFT Brain
Sensory Information Processed
in the RIGHT Brain
Structured Orange
Colors &
Table 2: Left & Right Brain Features
Using FBA, a practitioner can find a collection of colors and sounds for
use in the office and at home to support balanced brain development. For
instance, a right-brain patient already has a highly developed right brain
and an underdeveloped left brain. Introducing more right brain stimuli
could weaken a strong muscle. These stimuli should be avoided. The
patient should be sent home with activities, sounds, and exercises that
stimulate left-brain function, such as music in the key of A, B, or C and
glasses with the colors red, orange, or yellow. However, a right-brain
dominant person will learn and memorize better if right-brain learning
styles are used. This means employing pictures, stories, colors, and
Regardless of age or which hemisphere is dominant, the table below lists
some simple yet effective at-home brain enhancing ideas that anyone can
Brain Builders
Employing cross-body movements and
balancing techniques are a great way to
make both sides of the brain work as a team.
To enhance the effect of daily exercise,
cross the midline by swinging the arms
across the body while walking. This makes
the right and left brain work together.
Stand on a balance board while reading or
doing dishes. 15 minutes a day.
Switch hands
Do activities with the non-dominant hand,
such as brushing your teeth or using the
mouse on the computer.
Eyes closed
Use different senses to accomplish the same
task. Try getting dressed with the eyes
Break routines
Go to work in a different direction. Stop
watching television before bed. Read or
solve a puzzle instead.
Play Bingo
Games and puzzles foster concentration and
exercise the brain. Bingo has been shown to
help keep elderly minds sharp.466
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Figure 35: Governing Vessel 27
Related Neurotransmitter: Dopamine (high levels)
Organ or System: None
Main Biomarkers: Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Adrenaline
Common Hormetic Nutrients: Copper, B6, B3, Magnesium, Pantothenic
Acid (B5)
The PEP Governing Vessel 27 (GV 27) is located at the middle upper
portion of the lip at the transition between the skin of the lip and the skin
of the face. As discussed in the previous chapter, dopamine is the pleasure
neurotransmitter.467 Too much of this essential neurotransmitter turns
pleasure into paranoia. When the PEP GV 27 is active, it means that
dopamine levels are high. Symptoms associated with too much dopamine
include: feelings of hopelessness, self-destructive thoughts, aggressive
tendencies, regular nightmares and restless leg syndrome.468 Those with
elevated dopamine are often easily distracted and find it difficult to
complete tasks. In severe cases, high dopamine levels are associated with
paranoia, schizophrenia,469 470 and even suicidal tendencies.471
High Dopamine and Nightmares
Elevated dopamine can result from a defect in the metabolism of the
downstream neurotransmitter norepinephrine – the chemical with the
greatest influence on the fight-or-flight response. This is the same
response that easily disrupts sleep and creates patterns of insomnia.
However, once dopamine begins to get involved, insomnia rises to
another level. Sleepwalking, nightmares with loud outbursts and violent
tossing and turning are common with too much dopamine.472 These
accentuated patterns of disrupted sleep are together called Parasomnias - a
category of sleep disorders that involve abnormal and unnatural
movements, behaviors, emotions, and perceptions during sleep.
Correcting High Dopamine with FBA
Normalizing dopamine often means trimming back the fight-or-flight
response. This topic is covered in detail in the chapters, Panic or Pass Out
and Tired or Stressed. To reiterate, the adrenal gland hormone cortisol is
the body‘s natural antidote and counterweight to norepinephrine, but just
increasing cortisol is not enough. Assisting the body in the removal of
norepinephrine is essential. Many hormetic nutrients can help. The next
step is to lower dopamine.
Any hormetic nutrient listed below could be an important part of
lowering dopamine levels. However, people with elevated dopamine often
have low nutritional copper. Because of the Teeter-Tooter Effect, this also
means that they will have high levels of iron or zinc at the same time. If
this if found to be present with FBA, including copper in a person‘s
nutritional regime will aid the metabolism of dopamine while at the same
time naturally lower the elevated teeter-totter nutrient (zinc or iron).
Patients regularly report significant symptom resolution with this
approach. Copper builds up fast in the body so not much is needed. One
2mg pill daily for four to eight weeks is usually sufficient.
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Figure 36: The Dopamine Pathway
Figure 37: Stomach 1
Related Neurotransmitter: Histamine (low levels)
Organ or System: Stomach
Main Biomarkers: Histamine, Histadine, Hydrochloric Acid
Common Hormetic Nutrients: B6, Magnesium, Zinc, B12
The PEP stomach 1 (ST 1) is located just below the bottom of the eye
socket, at the apex of the cheeks. ST 1 will show up in the FBA hierarchy
and cause a strong muscle to weaken whenever a disruption of the
stomach is present, such as duodenal and gastric ulcers, stress gastritis,
gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), pancreatic insufficiency, and
non-ulcer dyspepsia.473
The neurotransmitter related to ST 1 is histamine. This chemical is well
known for its ability to cause allergic reactions, such as sniffling, sneezing,
and itching. However, when related to ST 1, histamine will actually be
low. This means that the immune system is under-functioning.
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Oftentimes, if the body has been fighting off an infection for some time
but cannot fully eliminate the organism, the immune system will become
tired. On a blood test, the leukocytes, or white blood cells, would be
below normal. Increasing histamine in this instance would give the
immune system a boost.
Figure 38: The Histamine Pathway
Roughly 60 million Americans experience heartburn every month.474
Over the counter antacids are the drug of choice for these people, making
antacids one of the most commonly used self-prescribed medications. The
primary ingredients are calcium carbonate, magnesium, and aluminum
salts in various combinations. The effect of antacids on the stomach is due
to partial neutralization of gastric hydrochloric acid and inhibition of the
enzyme pepsin.475
Using pharmacological acid suppression to heal peptic ulcers and to
manage patients with GERD has been very successful, so much so that
elective surgery for ulcer disease is now essentially non-existent.476 But,
the holistic question remains unanswered: Why is the need so great for
antacids? What causes acid levels to rise?
All emotions have a direct relationship to a particular organ. Anxiety is
the emotion most related to the stomach. Pressure situations, such as
public speaking or doing anything new, can cause ―butterflies in the
stomach.‖ Anxiety that is prolonged directly leads to disruption in
stomach acid levels. Managing the everyday stresses of life, along with the
free radicals bombardment of the civilized diet and environmental
pollutants, is more than enough to cause changes in stomach acid levels.477
In some people, stress has the opposite effect, causing a decrease in
stomach acid levels. These people may in fact require hydrochloric acid
(HCL) as a supplement. Many different nutrients, including fats, amino
acids, and flavonoids, can have a healing effect on the lining of the
A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of the stomach or duodenum. The
duodenum is the first section of the small intestine. If peptic ulcers are
found in the stomach, they‘re called gastric ulcers. If they‘re found in the
duodenum, they‘re called duodenal ulcers. More than one ulcer is
Approximately 25 million Americans suffer from peptic ulcer disease at
some point in their lifetime. Each year, there are 500,000 to 850,000 new
cases of peptic ulcer disease and more than one million ulcer-related
The pain of a peptic ulcer usually does the following:
feels like a dull ache or burn.
comes and goes for a few days or weeks.
starts two to three hours after a meal.
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comes in the middle of the night when the stomach is empty.
goes away after eating.
A specific bacteria, called helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), is responsible for
two-thirds of all ulcers.480481 The other third is mostly from NSAIDS, like
ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Most H. pylori infections are found in the
H. pylori is nothing to fool around with. It is associated with coronary
artery disease and arteriosclerosis.483 Long-term infection with H. pyloriis
is directly linked to gastric cancer, the second most common cancer
worldwide. In countries such as Colombia and China, H. pylori infects
over half the population, beginning in childhood. In the United States,
where H. pylori is less common in young people, gastric cancer rates have
decreased since the 1930s.484
There is a double whammy with stomach acid and H. pylori. Ulcers are
the result of too much acid, so using acid reducers is logical. But, here is
the catch: lowering stomach acid makes the recurrence rate of an H.
pylori infection much higher.485 Therefore, balancing the PEP ST 1 with
FBA, while at the same time eliminating any infection, is one‘s best
Antibiotics are the medical treatment of choice with an H. pylori
infection. However, natural remedies are just as effective, and they are
without the side effects that prolonged antibiotic use can bring.
Flavonoids from plants,486 the mineral bismuth citrate, and
deglycyrrhizinated licorice root (DGL)487 can all help heal ulcers and kill
H. pylori.488
Acne is a common skin condition of adolescence. For most, acne is
temporary and without permanent damage. For around 42 million others,
acne is moderate to severe, leaving both physical and emotional scars.
Acne is not just for teenagers. More than half of those with moderate to
severe acne are women older than 25 years of age.489
The typical medical approach to acne includes oral contraceptives (OCs),
antibiotics, and creams called retinoids.490 If any of these are effective,
then the source of the condition has just been revealed. OCs affect the
hormones, antibiotics reduce infections and inflammation, and retinoids
work directly on the clogged pores to reduce toxic build up. These are the
same three key ingredients of functional illness (HIT) as discussed
throughout Hope for Health. No matter the problem, HIT is usually
The hormonal effect of oral contraceptives reduces acne lesions by
increasing estrogen levels and by decreasing free testosterone levels.
Blood sugar imbalances mainly fuel the inflammation of acne. Lastly, the
toxins that damage skin come from both the outside, through what a
person eats, drinks, and breathes, and through the inside, as a result of
normal metabolic processes. What the liver cannot break down makes its
way out through the largest organ of the body, the skin. It is the job of the
liver to clean up hormones and to detoxify chemicals, making this organ a
must-support in the treatment of acne. This topic is discussed in the
chapter Arthritic or Toxic?
Stress is a major trigger of acne.491 492 The elements of civilized diet, an
abundance of hormones, and learning how to grow up and become an
adult form a perfect metabolic storm that ends up wreaking havoc on the
skin of many individuals.
Rarely is diet ever discussed with acne. This is more than disappointing.
The source of 95 percent of all chemical exposure, the reason for blood
sugar imbalances and changes to the gut flora, and the instigator of most
functional illness is not even considered. Medical doctors will point out
that no foods have been proven to cause acne. This is only partially true.
Foods do in fact cause acne, but not the same foods for the same people.
Chocolate may promote acne by altering estrogen levels in one person,
whereas tomatoes may lead to acne by increasing inflammation in
another. Chances are, multiple simultaneous imbalances are present. FBA
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employs a holistic approach that systematically moves step by step from
one PEP to the next, finding those in greatest need and fixing them with
hormetic nutrients.
Acne means cleaning up the diet and changing behavior. It means getting
well on the inside before skin improves on the outside. Since those
seeking treatment for acne are mostly adolescents, asking them to make a
180-degree turn will pose a challenge. This is good. Challenges are
opportunities to build self-confidence and to gain wisdom. Those young
adults willing to embrace the changes necessary to get well on the inside
will gain a sense of empowerment that moves them beyond their mere
outward appearance and overflows into all aspects of health and life.
Figure 39: Large Intestine 20
Related Neurotransmitter: GABA (low levels)
Organ or System: Large Intestine
Main Biomarkers: GABA, L-Glutamine, Glutamate
Common Hormetic Nutrients: Copper, B6, Magnesium, L-Tyrosine,
Probiotics (bifidobacterium)
The PEP Large Intestine 20 is located at the lower sides of the nose in the
crease where the nose transitions into the face. The neurotransmitter
related to PEP LI 20 is gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. When LI 20
causes a strong muscle to weaken, it means that GABA levels are too low.
Looking at the figure below, GABA is synthesized from another
neurotransmitter called glutamate.493 Glutamate is excitatory and
increases during times of stress. As the most ubiquitous inhibitory
neurotransmitter in the brain, GABA acts like a brake, calming the
chemicals of anxiety.
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Figure 40: The GABA Pathway
Symptoms of low GABA include:
Anxious or panic for no reason
Excessive worry
Feelings of being overwhelmed
Feelings of dread or impending doom
Guilt about everyday decisions
Regular knots in the stomach
Probiotics are the good bacteria that come from foods. They are part of
the intestinal microflora, or flora for short. With around 100 trillion
organisms and equaling about three to five pounds worth of material, the
flora is like an organ unto itself. It is part of the body‘s natural defense,494
and it acts as a barrier in the intestinal mucosa to prevent the attachment
of pathogenic microorganisms. It is also part of the immune system.495
The benefits of probiotics are numerous. Allergies,496 irritable bowel
syndrome,497 constipation, and diarrhea498 are all alleviated when the
right combination of probiotics are prescribed. Probiotics are also critical
for the formation of vitamin B12 and biotin.499
One of the main reasons why people voluntarily take probiotics is because
of constipation. In the United States, constipation is one of the most
common gastrointestinal complaints. More than four million Americans
have frequent constipation. The problem is much greater than this. Those
reporting constipation most often are women and adults ages 65 and
older.500 However, many never seek help from their primary care
physician, choosing instead to manage the constipation with over-thecounter laxatives.
Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too little water or when the
colon‘s muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the stool to move
through the colon too slowly. As a result, stools can become hard and dry.
Finding out why there is dysfunction in the colon is determined through
the PEPs with FBA. LI 20 is the PEP one would expect to find with
constipation, but other PEPs may show up first. Once all are balanced, the
constipation resolves. Why? Gut motility is related to many different
systems. Stress (TW 23) and hormonal imbalances (CX 1) are two
unrecognized causes of constipation. The common causes include the
following things:
Inadequate fiber in the diet
Lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly)
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Dairy products
Irritable bowel syndrome
Changes in life or routine, such as pregnancy, aging, and travel
Abuse of laxatives
Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
Problems with the colon and rectum
A multi-disciplinary approach, including nutrition, hydration, stressmanagement, and dietary considerations are often necessary to resolve the
issue of constipation.501 Probiotics can be helpful as well if the right ones
are taken at the right time. Far too often people think just taking any
probiotic will do. Most supplement store probiotics are a form called
acidophilus. As their name suggests, these bacteria do well with acid.
However, if the goal is to improve large intestine health, acidophilus will
be of no help and may make matter worse.
The kind of probiotics that most benefit the large intestines are called
bifidobacterium. These good bacteria do not like acid or oxygen. Ingesting
them at a time when stomach acid levels are too high such as at breakfast,
destroys many, since the highest amount of stomach acid is present
between the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Stomach acid is less at dinner and
especially before bed. Therefore, once the right beneficial bacteria or
combination is found through FBA, supplementation should be taken at
least two hours after dinner.
A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host. LI 20 could also
indicate that a parasitic infection is active. Over 100 different types of
parasitic worms can live in the human body. They range from microscopic
in size to many feet long. Female worms can release 3,000 to 200,000 eggs
per day depending on their type. Symptoms can range from
uncomfortable to life threatening. Anemia, bloating, brain fog, fatigue,
allergies, asthma, gas, digestive disorders, muscle and joint pain,
nervousness, and skin rashes are commonly reported.
Parasites have been linked to almost every illness. Chronic parasitic
infections drain the body of critical resources and destabilize the immune
system. They can lead to secondary viral, bacterial, or fungal infections as
well. Most people are living with parasites, unaware that the organisms
are chipping away at their vitality. A healthy, strong immune system can
and does eliminate most of these. However, if functional illness is already
rampant, parasites may take up permanent residence.
Parasitic infections used to be thought of as the dread of the tropical
regions. Actually, parasites live over much of the earth. Now, however,
with worldwide travel commonplace, parasites are easily spread to
different areas. Nationally reportable parasitic diseases include the
following ones:
Malaria, and
Treating Parasites
Some parasitic diseases are easily treated, and some are not. Generally,
balancing vitamins and minerals simply will not do with a strong
infection. A powerful herb like wormwood,502 black walnut hull,503 or
Coptis Chinensis504 is often required. Parasites often develop through
various stages and life cycles, making them harder to kill. Whichever
herbal remedy is found with FBA, it should be used for weeks after LI 20
no longer tests positive. This constant dose will insure that any developing
parasites are eliminated as they mature.
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Figure 41: Lung 1
Related Neurotransmitter: GABA (high levels)
Organ or System: Respiratory System / Lungs
Main Biomarkers: GABA, L-Glutamine, Glutamate
Common Hormetic Nutrients: B6, Magnesium, Zinc
The PEP Lung 1 (LG 1) is located just to the inside of the shoulders and
below the collarbone. PEP LG 1 is the point to look for if a patient has any
respiratory problems, such as shallow breathing or asthma. Shallow
breathing is often the result of anxiety and an overabundance of the
chemicals of the fight-or-flight response. Together, these prevent the
lungs from acquiring sufficient levels of oxygen and a state of hypoxia
Respiration is possible because of the contraction of the diaphragm. If this
specialized muscle fails to function properly, shallow breathing can ensue
and so might another seemingly unrelated lung problem called a hiatal
hernia. Chronic diaphragm stress can lead to overstretching of the
opening around the esophagus, allowing the stomach to peer though. This
is a painful problem that often mimics the symptoms of acid reflux.
Simple in-office and at-home techniques to manually release the stomach
can be very helpful for these patients.
Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways.
Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of
breath. Presently, 7.7 percent of Americans, or 17.5 million individuals,
are diagnosed with Asthma.505
As one of the leading chronic childhood diseases in the United States,
Asthma is a major cause of childhood disability. The prevalence of
childhood asthma more than doubled from 1980 to the mid-1990s. It
remains at historically high levels.506 Like ADHD, which more than
doubled in the same time period,507 traditional medicine recognizes no
known cause for either disease.
Testing with FBA has consistently shown that all patients with asthma
need more cortisol, the natural anti-inflammatory steroid hormone from
the adrenal glands. This finding is consistent with the primary treatment
of MDs, who regularly prescribed synthetic steroids for asthma. These
steroids include the medication prednisone and the inhaled steroids
Qvar,™ Flovent,™ or Pulmicort.™ A steroid deficiency is not the primary
cause of asthma, although in some it could be.
Cortisol is produced from the outer layers of the adrenal glands, known as
the cortex. Children born with low-functioning or overworked adrenal
glands will not produce sufficient levels of cortisol to manage lung
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inflammation. As mentioned several times previously, a current theory
among alternative medicine doctors concerning the increasing levels of
childhood illness is that immune-compromised and nutritionally deficient
mothers are now giving birth to and raising immune-compromised and
nutritionally deficient children. In 1960, only 1.8 percent of American
children had a chronic health condition that limited their activities. In
2004, the rate rose to 7 percent.508
Concerning the PEP Lung 1, elevated GABA levels have a direct effect on
the epithelial tissues of the lungs by increasing mucous production in
asthma patients.509 510 This stimulatory effect is the opposite of the
inhibitory effect of GABA in the brain and the central nervous system.511
In the years to come, it will not be surprising to discover that many of the
functions assigned to neurotransmitters are wrong or inadequate to
explain all that they really do. The good news is everything need not be
known about neurotransmitters in order to receive a maximum benefit
from their activity, so long as they are properly made and metabolized.
Overseeing these processes is a primary benefit of FBA.
Nutrition for Asthma and High GABA
Asthma is first and foremost a disease of inflammation. Controlling
inflammation by balancing eicosanoid activity is therefore essential. This
is done with precise essential fatty acids (EFAs) and other hormetic
nutrients. Food allergies, chemical agents, artificial preservatives, and
animal dander can all trigger an allergic reaction through the immune
system. Refer to the chapter The Foundation of Youth & Anti-Aging for
all the details.
In order to decrease total GABA levels, the prime movers B6, magnesium,
and zinc are often required. Other natural substances also have a profound
effect on asthma in general and GABA specifically. These include plant
sterols, various antioxidants, and flavonoids.
Figure 42: GABA Metabolism
Hidden Lung Issues
The body is a master compensator, finding ways to manage long-term
issues. The longer it has managed a problem and not fixed it, the greater
the probability it may not show up as expected through the PEPs. These
are ―hidden‖ issues. FBA practitioners are aware of this phenomenon and
take steps to make the hidden problem manifest. Most of these issues are
chronic drains on nutritional reserves, so getting rid of them is critical. In
the lungs, they can often be brought out by placing a sample of GABA on
or near the body.
There is another way to manifest lung issues with muscle testing. The
patient touches PEP LG 1 with one hand, breaths in as deeply as possible,
and holds his or her breath. A strong muscle is immediately tested. Then
the patient exhales as much as possible and holds his or her breath out. If
a strong muscle weakens after stressing the lungs this way, it reveals a
hidden problem. Practitioners can often find chronic coughs from fungal,
viral, or bacterial infections through this simple approach.
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Hope for Health focuses primarily on inner body chemistry. However,
false beliefs and trapped emotions acquired early in life or created over a
lifetime greatly impact health. For many, physical illness first began as an
emotional imbalance. If a patient‘s physical complaints fail to improve
with FBA, it is likely the core problem has emotional roots that need
tending. For the FBA practitioner, navigating the emotional labyrinth is
not complex, but it can be all encompassing.
No event, past, present, or even thought about in the future, occurs
without an emotional component. You are what you believe. In general,
positive emotions promote healing and happiness, while negative
emotions disrupt health in various ways by lowering the stress threshold.
Both are contagious and have the potential to affect those people around
an individual.
Psychoneuroimmunology is a field of study that recognizes the impact of
emotions on physical health. Emotions such as grief, anxiety, anger, and
pride direct human action more than people realize, often doing so on an
unconscious level. This is the groundwork for future illness. Negative
emotions can generate and fuel functional imbalances of every sort. A
person must eliminate these negative emotions to restore health. When
negative emotions cause functional imbalances, a neurological disturbance
is present called a neuro-emotional complex (NEC). Traditional and
complementary doctors will try in vain to resolve functional illness if
NECs are present.
When an event or circumstance in the past or present is overwhelming or
is "too much to deal with," an NEC can form. This is a coping mechanism
that is protective for a time. However, an NEC can and will ultimately
lead to functional imbalance. The origin of some NECs is obvious. The
child who was molested, the teenager who didn‘t fit in, and the young
adult who tried one experiment too many, all carry emotional bricks in
life‘s backpack, loading them down and making every step harder than it
should or needs to be.
An estimated 905,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect in
2006.512 Abused and neglected children are at least 25 percent more likely
than those not abused or neglected to experience problems such as
delinquency, teen pregnancy, low academic achievement, drug use, and
mental health problems.513Abused and neglected children are 11 times
more likely to be arrested for criminal behavior as juveniles, 2.7 times
more likely to be arrested for violent and criminal behavior as adults, and
3.1 times more likely to be arrested for violent crimes.514 Two-thirds of
people in drug treatment programs reported being abused as children.515
Of course, a person does not need to have been abused or neglected in
order to struggle with unconscious emotions. NECs can also develop from
repeated minor events. From there, all it takes to turn a little problem into
a big one is to do nothing. Leaving these negative emotions unaddressed
means the little voice speaking healthy ideas—the one that is positive,
productive, and contagious—is drowned out.
What once was an occasional reward, spawned by an ―I deserve it because
I worked so hard‖ attitude, soon became a habit, or more likely a coping
mechanism. Giving in to the cravings of the body or to the desire for
immediate gratification will not turn out well in the long run. Not just
food and alcohol fit into this description. Entertainment; pleasures of all
sorts; and, worst of all, bad beliefs and attitudes, all work together to
sabotage a conscious wanting to manifest a healthy life. It is possible to
smother health under excuses, justification, rationalization and fullfledged cognitive dissonance. This pattern fits all people in some way,
meaning most have at least one NEC.
Negative emotions are not always bad, and positive emotions are not
always good. A negative emotion, like inflammation in the body, sounds
bad. However, positive and negative emotions both have important roles
to play. Too much of either is crippling to the body. Positive emotions
help people change direction and are highly motivating, often leading to
great personal accomplishment. But, so are negative emotions. Some
people see positive results from negative emotions. Being call ―fat,‖ ―slow,‖
―ugly,‖ ―dumb,‖ or any other derogatory word may push one child toward
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self-pity and create a downward spiral of unproductive thoughts and
unhealthy behaviors. In another child however, these same comments
may be the catalyst to a life of effort, persistence, and healthy habits.
Withstanding life‘s emotional body blows and fighting back with a flurry
of counterpunches is a sign of good mental health.
Positive emotions alone can lead to imbalance, as well. The parent who
showers with ―love‖ but fails to restrain or correct his child immediately is
likely to end up with a selfish little monster. Societies who fail to enforce
boundaries and pass out entitlements by political reflex end up with
selfish citizens (think student protests in France over a proposed increase
in the retirement age from 60 to 62). These are both the result of too
much positive emotion.
The law student who fails to pass his bar examination will be flooded with
negative emotions: blame, anger, fear, etc. These are debilitating unless
countered with even greater emotions like forgiveness, comfort, and love.
There are three choices when it comes to negative emotions. The first two
are healthy: correct the event that caused the emotion in the first place
(pass the bar the next time) or replace the negative emotion with a
positive one. Instead of beating himself up relentlessly for his own failures
or blaming the test administrators, the time allotted, the location of the
exam, and so on, the student could instead begin to strengthen himself
emotionally for the next attempt by replacing negative emotions with
positive ones. Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts, he could respond
by telling himself, ―I only missed by a few questions,‖ ―I know what to
expect now,‖ or ―I am going to pass this time!‖ The third method for
dealing with negative emotions, the one that leads to functional illness, is
suppression—the main source of the NEC.
Once established, unconscious emotions are engrained. Like water
coursing through a carved rock, negative emotional patterns have only
one way to go when they pour forth. Making new routes by retraining the
brain through thoughts, therapies, and actions allows positive emotions to
take hold. These new routes allow the positive emotions to overcome the
ones that promote an unhealthy physiology.
Recognizing a need beyond what psychology and psychiatry could
provide, alternative health practitioners have developed many therapies
to eliminate the NEC. Emotional Freedom Technique,516 Neuro Emotional
Therapy,517 and Thought Field Therapy,518 are examples. Each uses the
idea that another, greater force can overcome a negative emotion. There
are many important steps to undo the damage of NECs, not all of which
are presented here. However, the details offered below are sufficient to
gain an understanding of how the process works.
A person may have several NECs present at the same time. However,
NECs, like everything else, follow a hierarchy. The emotion causing the
greatest negative impact on health will show up first. In all likelihood, it
will be the one associated with the first primary energetic point.
Detecting the NEC is not difficult. If an NEC relates to anger, just saying
the word ―anger‖ aloud or having the patient think about the last time she
was angry will make a strong muscle become weak.
Once a practitioner finds the NEC, he can begin treatment. While the
patient maintains the thought of the emotional event, the practitioner
will focus treatment toward all areas the emotion is affecting. Tapping the
PEP or other acupressure points, adjusting spinal segments, and rubbing
neurolymphatic organ reflexes, while maintaining the thought of the
negative emotion, has an immediate dampening effect on the NEC. This is
similar to the method used to desensitize allergies, as explained in the
chapter Allergies or Inflammation? Dampening the NEC should take place
in the office. The patient will need to work to retrain her brain. This
means consciously overriding negative emotions throughout the day by
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using the most appropriate positive affirmation and by tapping the related
Treating the NEC
New beliefs are constructed and old beliefs deconstructed by thoughts and
ideas. Before attempting to clear a patient from unconscious emotions, it
is critical to know whether the individual is even ready to be set free.
Many receive great benefit from being sick. Attention, assistance, and
even money are available for those willing to manipulate others and
ultimately themselves. There is little hope for balancing these folks. Those
truly seeking help must first be clear of any emotional confusion, what is
called, psychological reversal. This means that they will weaken to
statements they shouldn‘t weaken to such as their name, or basic
statements about themselves, or they may also weaken to healthy
emotional statements such as:
I am loveable.
I am loving.
I am loved.
When present, psychological reversal is an ongoing emotional selfsabotage. Straight-forward techniques are available to the FBA
practitioner, which undo reversals and confusion so that emotional
healing can progress.
The PEPs and Their Emotions
As shown in the table on the opposite page, all primary energetic points
have a direct connection with a specific neurotransmitter, as well as
having a direct association with an emotion. This knowledge is very
helpful when it comes to correcting the NEC.
Whichever PEP is found, its related emotion can be evaluated to see if an
NEC is present. For example, if the PEP large intestine 21 causes a strong
muscle to weaken, the patient should say the words, ―despair,‖ ―apathy,‖
and ―hopeless.‖ If a strong muscle becomes weak again to any of these
words, then an NEC is present. One way to eliminate the NEC is to tap
the PEP for one or more minutes while stating the counteractive
affirmation. For instance, to counteract the negative emotion ―hopeless,‖ a
patient could state, "I am hopeful in my life (my career, with my
relationships, etc." Likewise, if someone has a fear of failure, a positive
affirmation for her may be saying, "I will overcome (accomplish) all
obstacles that prevent health and happiness."
Spleen 21
Agitation /
↑ Histamine
Stomach 1
Listless /
↓ Histamine
Circulation/Sex 1
Manic /
↑ Aspartate/Glutamate
Triple Warmer 23
Liver 14
Panic / Trapped
Pride / Scorn
↓ Aspartate/Glutamate
↑ Acetyl Choline
Gall Bladder 1
Guilt / Blame /
↓ Acetyl Choline
Governing Vessel 27
Lust / Desire
Conception Vessel 24
Grief / Regret
↓ Dopamine
Heart 1
Tension /
↑ Norepinephrine
Small Intestine 19
Indecisive /
↓ Norepinephrine
Kidney 27
Anxiety / Fear
↑ Serotonin
Bladder 1
Shame /
↓ Serotonin
Lung 1
Anger / Hate
Large Intestine 20
Apathy / Despair
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Whatever the affirmation, it needs to prevent the PEP and the negative
emotions from causing a strong muscle to weaken. If it does, the patient
should say this affirmation several times per day but not sheepishly.
Repetition and intensity will make a home for the new idea in the brain
through a process called neuroplasticity. Eventually, these new healthy
thoughts will turn into new healthy actions.
In the same way that love covers over the wrongs done to people by
others, exercise covers a multitude of dietary and lifestyle transgressions.
No single therapy has as great an impact on the body as exercise. The
respiratory, immune, lymphatic, digestive, musculoskeletal, energy,
emotional, and every other system all benefit from proper, regular
Everyone knows about exercise for strengthening the heart and lungs and
for building muscle. But, there is so much more to it. New research has
demonstrated that muscle contraction through sustained exercise
increases the level of immune chemicals, called myokines, which help
fight off infections and speed up metabolism.520 This phenomenon is so
prevalent that many are now considering muscles as an extension of the
immune system.521 522 Likewise, proper exercise helps burn fat, which
releases appetite-suppressing and satiety chemicals, called lipokines.523
Doing Too Much
There is such a thing as detrimental exercise. It is generally the "no pain,
no gain" approach that poses the greatest threat. This is the type of
exercise you can expect to find when working with a personal trainer or
after signing up to lose weight on reality television. Strenuous exercise
under prolonged emotional stress can promote steady weight gain in the
form of fat.524 Strenuous exercise often overworks the heart525 and leads
to an increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest.526 It can also lead to tissue
damage in the joints and a worsening of the already health-snatching
fight-or-flight response.527
The "no-pain, no-gain" approach can work for some, but for most it is
damaging or simply will not last. Remember, a personal trainer is
probably not a dropout from the mechanical engineering department at
MIT. More likely, he is a former athlete of some renown, blessed with an
abundance of fast twitch muscle fibers (think NFL linebacker). When he
does a strenuous workout, his body responds (at least until around age 45).
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Logically, although inaccurately, he takes the same set of routines that
work for him and translates them to his clients. Only about one third of
new exercisers will have a positive response to strenuous exercise alone.
The general rule is a person who is healthy may use all forms of exercise,
but not all exercise makes a person healthy.
All people can respond to strenuous exercise, but first things first.
Everyone must build up the aerobic metabolism to make sure fat burning
is the primary means of making fuel before proceeding on to other, more
intense forms of exercise. People will get no argument from most when
they are told that they need to make fat burning their primary goal. That
is why they joined the gym in the first place.
Amazingly, 6 of the top 10 causes of death directly relate to being
overweight or obese. This means that almost 71 percent of all deaths in
the U.S. each year are related to a preventable problem that costs around
$150 billion annually.528 Using fat as the body‘s primary fuel is the
healthiest metabolism possible. The number one way to shut off this
source of unlimited energy is with a blood sugar problem, such as insulin
resistance — a problem created by the dietary habits of industrialized
Yesterday‘s dietary rules stated that good nutrition was merely the right
ratio of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins; that a multivitamin or Bcomplex was all the supplemental nutrition one might need, if any at all;
and that losing weight was simply a matter of calories-in vs. caloriesout.529 Yesterday is gone. Doctors who practice functional medicine
regularly accept new patients, whose primary complaint is that they eat
very little, exercise a great deal, and yet are exhausted and cannot lose
weight. Some are in fact gaining weight. With each pass of the mirror,
these patients observe an expanding body of evidence that conflicts with
commonly held nutritional theories and thus realize that something
important is missing from the calorie/exercise equation.
A fit person is not necessarily healthy, nor is the healthy person
necessarily fit. When an athlete allows his body to adapt to the various
stressors he has placed upon it, the body can most certainly become fit.
The fit athlete, having trained his body appropriately, is able to perform
strenuous and astounding feats, yet this benefit will most likely come at
the expense of other tissues and often at the expense of health itself.
On a personal note, before I ever knew anything about exercise, nutrition,
and the adverse effects of stress, I was able to maintain a high degree of
fitness from regular exercise. Basketball and weight lifting were an
integral part of my week. If a stranger looked at me, he would think I was
in good shape and healthy. Yet, with any sort of sustained stress, I would
usually get sick. Other signs were also present, including chronic mucus
in my throat, frequent sniffling, sneezing, achy joints from time to time,
swelling in my left knee, and allergies to cats, dogs, and various foods (all
of this before I was 33!). Although I was able to lift weights for two hours
at a time and play basketball half of the day, I was still plagued with
numerous symptoms. I may have been fit, but I was not healthy.
In my opinion, most exercise programs that utilize the "no pain, no gain"
approach exclusively are unintentionally producing the same problems
among the public. It is not uncommon to hear of a well-known athlete
having his career cut short due to nagging injuries or even by unexpected
death while training. People can assume certain deficiencies of hormetic
nutrients will arise when training for fitness and not for health. These
deficiencies will eventually result in significant physiologic imbalance.
This is because fitness training places heavy burdens on the body‘s
anaerobic (sugar burning) system while neglecting the more important
aerobic (oxygen and fat burning) system.
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The anaerobic system is vital to life. It provides quick energy by using
stored blood sugar (glycogen) for fuel. No oxygen is required with the
anaerobic system. Many organs benefit from immediate access to glucose,
but none more so than the brain, which requires a steady diet of glucose
in order to operate. Very small amounts of glycogen are available for use
by the muscles at any given time. That is why weight training ―sets‖ last
only a short period before the muscles ―burn out.‖ Too much anaerobic
training can cause chemical imbalances that lead to injury and eventually
illness. Weight training, sprinting, fast jogging, and most other sports are
forms of anaerobic exercise.
Two types of muscle fibers, named "fast" and "slow," make up the body.
Fast fibers are also called anaerobic fibers, while slow fibers are called
aerobic fibers. Genetics often determine how much of each are present.
Through training, an athlete can change the function of a particular fiber,
making a slow fiber act like a fast fiber and vice versa. Once training has
stopped, however, the cells gradually return to their previous genetically
determined state.
Sprinters and bodybuilders do not have the same number of slow fibers as
long distance athletes. Instead, they have more fast fibers. All athletes,
which includes everyone who exercises regularly, have certain special
needs. However, it is interesting to note that athletes participating in fast
fiber sports perform better if they train their slow fibers, as well,
according to the method described below.
Aerobic training (light jogging, easy swimming, easy biking etc.) is
extremely beneficial in the promotion of health. In order to engage the
aerobic system, exercise must take place within a certain, low heart rate
range. The aerobic system relies on great amounts of oxygen in order to
produce energy, and the major fuel used when training aerobically is fat.
The same amount of fat contains more than twice as much potential fuel
as do carbohydrates (sugars). Therefore, when engaging the aerobic
system during exercise, energy accumulation becomes more efficient as fat
is burned. Not only should fat be the fuel of choice for energy, it is also
the one most people want to get rid of in the first place. Too much aerobic
training is possible, but rare. For the most part, aerobic activity fulfills all
the promises of exercise, while additionally promoting fat loss and
increasing energy.
The body switches from fat burning to sugar burning at a specific heart
rate. Therefore, the purchase of a heart rate monitor is highly
recommended. Once the heart rate exceeds a certain range, the aerobic
system is disengaged and the anaerobic system takes over. This means
stored sugars, not stored fat will become the fuel of choice. All aerobic
benefit is potentially lost when training at a non-aerobic heart rate (too
A heart rate monitor will beep when the individual exceeds the fatburning range. Heart rate monitors are very simple to use and usually
include two pieces: a wrist piece that tells the rate of beats per minute
(doubles as a watch when not in use) and a strap that goes around the
chest which picks up the electrical signals given off by the heart with
each beat. Most sports stores sell heart rate monitors for less than $100.00.
Finding Your Target Heart Rate Range:
The following information is adapted from the book In Fitness and In
Health, authored by Dr. Phil Maffetone, a well-known Applied
Kinesiologist who has successfully worked with thousands of patients and
many elite athletes to improve their aerobic capacity and overall
performance. (
Subtract your age from the number 180.
Then add or subtract from this number based upon the following:
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Recovering from a major illness, surgery, or taking daily
medication…..subtract 10
Have not exercised before; have exercised but have been injured
or are regressing; experience frequent colds or flu, or are under
high stress…..subtract 5
Exercising for up to two years without any real problems and have
not had colds or flu more than once or twice per year...subtract 0
Exercising for more than two years without any real problems and
have been making progress in your program or
competition…..add 5
This final number is the upper end of your heart rate range. To find the
lower end, subtract 10 points from the upper number.
For example, a person would calculate the heart rate number for a 50year-old-man to be 130 (180-50). But, he also rarely exercises and gets the
flu and/or a cold most years, so the person would need to subtract another
5 points to end up with an upper number of 125. The overall range is 10
points below the upper number or 115-125 bpm. This is his fat-burning
heart rate zone. An individual can set any heart rate monitor for this
range. When exercising pushes the heart above this range, a beep will
sound. Exercising exclusively within this ten point range will yield the
greatest aerobic return and generate the highest level of fat-burning.
What to Expect
When first using a heart rate monitor, most people, including regular
runners and those who exercise two or three times per week with no
apparent difficulty, are shocked by how quickly their heart rate exceeds
its maximum range. Not surprisingly, these same patients showed many
signs of adrenal gland fatigue and nagging injuries. They needed to slow
down in order to build a solid aerobic base first. The good news is after
training in their aerobic range for only a short period of time, they were
able to resume their previous running course and speed but with a much
slower (healthier) heart rate.
Selecting a Program
An aerobic program should be performed at least three times per week for
30 minutes each session. As the training progresses, the person can
increase the frequency (to five, sometimes six, times per week) and time
(to 60 minutes or more).
Walking is the best way to start and will be the only choice for most
people. Those currently doing some form of exercise may be able to
lightly jog or swim. Whatever the exercise, it should involve the large
muscles of the legs, be continuous for the determined amount of time, and
always stay in or below the target heart rate range.
The ultimate goal with training in the heart rate zone is to improve
aerobic function, which means using oxygen to burn fat. A light sweat,
easy breathing, and a feeling of not having done too much once exercise is
finished are all good signs that training was below the maximum heart
rate. Another sign is the presence of sore muscles. Since most people have
inadvertently exercised too hard, they have over trained their fast fibers
and neglected their slow fibers. Training at a lower heart rate uses the
slow (fat burning) fibers almost exclusively. Using previously unused
muscles makes them temporarily sore. This is good and will soon pass.
The Emotional Component
Wanting to exercise can be just as important as doing it. An individual
should always address the emotional component in any activity.
Therefore, pick a route that is enjoyable, a time of day that is convenient,
clothing that is comfortable, and an attitude that is appreciative and
determined. Tying productive emotions into any new routine or
discipline helps to get through the tougher stages and encourages
Warm Up, Cool Down, and Stretching
Warming up and stretching are essential, but they are not the same thing.
Warming up should always happen first and is as simple as a slow easy
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walk for 10 minutes. It is necessary in order to prepare the body for
exercise and to prevent injury. Warming up also begins the fat-burning
process by promoting the release of free-floating fatty acids, the desired
energy source.
Up to 80 percent of the blood in the organs will be transferred to the
muscles during exercise. Warming up prior to intense exercise allows this
fluid transfer to happen gradually. This is important for another reason.
Exercise generates vast quantities of metabolic waste products. Warming
up ensures that a sufficient amount of blood is circulating prior to
exercise, so these by-products can be shuttled to the liver for
detoxification and elimination.
After the brief warm-up period, stretching may be performed. The added
circulation from the warm-up period allows for greater elasticity and
flexibility of the tissues during a stretch, decreasing the chance for injury.
A person should not stretch through the point of pain and should not
bounce when stretching. Stretching beyond the normal range of motion
may temporarily increase flexibility, but it also leads to micro injury.
The best form of stretching is a static-active stretch. This means moving
slowly to a point of resistance, and contracting the opposite muscle for 10
- 20 seconds. For example, to stretch the muscles on the back of the right
leg (hamstrings), an individual would mildly contract the muscles on the
front of the right leg (quads) for about 20 seconds. Contracting one group
of muscles has the neurologic effect of turning off or relaxing its opposing
The cool down is just as important as the warm up. Cooling down allows a
gentle return of the blood to the various organs. Stopping suddenly after
exercise causes the blood to rush quickly into the organs, bringing with it
an abundance of exercise-induced waste products. Since most blood is
stored within the organs during times of inactivity, without a cool down,
chemical waste products may amass. The potential toxic buildup, if severe
enough, could mean a large portion of the aerobic benefits from the
exercise are lost. At the end of the walk/jog, simply reduce the exercise
pace gradually until the heart rate is about 10 - 20 beats above the resting
heart rate. This process is all that is needed and should only take about 10
It is always a good idea to monitor exercise progress. After a few weeks of
heart rate training, positive signs will be present, such as feeling better,
not being as tired, having more energy, gaining resistance to sickness,
improved sleep patterns, etc. These subjective findings are important, but
a maximum aerobic function test (MAF) to check for objective changes is
critical, as well.
A person should choose a distance, such as 8 or 10 times around the local
high school track, and jog or walk the entire distance while within their
target heart rate range, speeding up or slow down as necessary. Once the
distance is completed, she should record the time. After two or three
weeks, she should repeat the MAF test. Be sure that the conditions are
similar for each test. The results from a calm still day may be different
than those from a wet and windy day. If, after the next MAF test, the
individual can cover the same distance in less time while staying within
the target heart rate range, then the aerobic system is improving.
The opposite can be done, as well. Choose a specific amount of time to
perform an exercise and measure the total distance. Progress means being
able to go further on a subsequent test within the same amount of time.
These tests are important emotionally because they quantitatively
demonstrate progress, which encourages continued exercise. People
should perform a MAF test every three or four weeks.
Most will find that they improve rather quickly, and that they need to
progress from walking to a slow jog in order to not fall below their heart
rate range. If improvement has not occurred, other variables should be
considered. Are sickness, additional stress, inadequate rest, or too many
bad foods, contributing to poor progress? If so, these must be addressed. It
may also be a wise idea to seek help from an FBA practitioner at this time.
It may be as simple as a few minor tweaks to get health back on track.
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Train aerobically for three months without anaerobic exercise.
Do not exceed your maximum heart rate at any time during your
When training without a heart rate monitor, an individual should
only exercise at a pace where he notices little exertion.
Warm up.
Cool down.
Do monthly MAF tests to ensure progress.
The complaint of fatigue is one of the top three reasons why people visit
their doctors. However, this one symptom, is proof in itself that the
medical model of treating parts is flawed. When the thyroid medicine
fails, to which specialist does the MD refer his patients for fatigue? The
vitalogist? The oomphologist? Every time an MD hears the complaint of
fatigue, it is a direct reminder that the traditional form of health care, the
one they have practiced for decades and spent hundreds of thousands of
dollars to master and propagate, is insufficient. Fatigue, and nearly every
other aliment, is multi-faceted – enlisting numerous systems all at the
same time.
From a functional medicine perspective, a person who thinks his energy is
―fine‖ is probably not operating in his highest gear. The body only needs
about 10 to 20 percent of its total energy to navigate civilized life,
including waking up, washing, working at a desk, watching TV, etc.
Neurological function, digestion, repair, detoxification, metabolism,
immune system function and other internal occupations carried on
automatically via the autonomic nervous system use the majority of the
energy required on a daily basis. It is in these areas that things break
down first.
The creation of energy is dependent upon numerous mechanisms and
cellular interactions that must operate simultaneously in order to achieve
one ultimate goal: the generation of an essential molecule called ATP. The
entire energy-making system is a metabolic maze that is vulnerable on
many fronts. As has been described throughout Hope for Health, the
primary assault comes through poor digestion, immune system
disruptions, blood sugar mismanagement and hormone imbalances – all
leading to cellular inflammation. With FBA, a practitioner can track the
entire energy pathway, which contains four steps within two phases, from
start to finish.
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Without food (macro-nutrition) we would die of starvation after 40 days.
Without water, we could last perhaps a week. Without oxygen life would
cease in just minutes. If all the ATP were suddenly removed from the
body, survival would last no more than three seconds.
ATP is one molecule of adenosine with three phosphate groups attached
to it. All reactions, including intracellular, extracellular or otherwise, are
dependent upon the donation of a single phosphate group from the ATP
molecule. ATP forms by adding a phosphate molecule to adenosine to
make the single (mono) phosphate molecule AMP. Adding another
phosphate makes the two (di) phosphate ADP. The addition of a third
phosphate completes the process to form ATP. Energy production in the
form of ATP happens trillions of times per second. ATP can give or take
phosphate molecules. Giving away phosphate molecules is the easy part.
Gathering them back again is where the trouble lies. If there is an
abundance of ATP, then there is energy to burn. However, the road to
energy has many speed bumps.
Energy production takes place in two phases, each with two steps. The
goal of the first phase, called glycolysis, is to take the food a person eats
and turn it into blood sugar (glucose). Then the body converts glucose
into a molecule called acetyl CoA. The second phase takes the newlymade acetyl CoA and makes a bundle of ATP with the help of oxygen.
This is called oxidative phosphorylation. If all goes well, one glucose
molecule can move through both phases and create a total of 38 energymaking ATP molecules.
Figure 43: Basic Energy Production
The figure above illustrates the basic steps of the energy cycle beginning
with Step 1: the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The body
must break down each of these macromolecules in order to make the end
product, acetyl CoA. Getting from one glucose molecule to acetyl CoA
creates only 8 of the desired 38 ATP molecules. Once acetyl CoA is made,
the body must transport it into the Kreb‘s cycle. This is Step 2. In Step 3,
acetyl CoA spins inside the Kreb‘s cycle. The round-about process
transforms acetyl CoA into a series of eight different molecules. The
eighth is soon reformed back into the first, beginning the cycle again. This
may sound futile, but it is not. The process creates another two ATP
molecules, as well as a host of very important chemicals used throughout
the body and the brain. With two-thirds of energy production completed,
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the body has generated a total of 10 of the desired 38 ATP molecules. Step
4, the final step, produces the lion‘s share of ATP. In this step, called the
electron transport chain, the phosphate molecules are added to the
stockpile of ADP, generating the final 28 ATP molecules.
Energy Zapped
Each step of the energy pathway has specific requirements. If these
requirements are not met, then energy production can go no further. If
the digestive system is compromised, proteins, carbohydrates and fats are
not properly broken down in Step 1, resulting in low levels of acetyl CoA.
This is like a new car; the parts are all put together, but without some gas
in the tank, it won‘t be going anywhere. So, what if digestion is working
fine and there is gas in the tank? The next potential problem is a
hormonal one. Step 2 is dependent upon proper functioning of the thyroid
gland. If the thyroid gland is under-functioning, then the body will not
shuttle acetyl CoA into the Kreb‘s cycle. This is why people with
hypothyroidism complain of being tired. The analogy at this step would
be a broken fuel pump—the gas is in the tank, but the fuel cannot be
pushed into the pistons.
In order to spin the Kreb‘s cycle, many important ingredients must be
present. Step 3 requires specific B vitamins and the right form of
magnesium. These are the sparks of the energy cycle. Fuel in the pistons
without a spark from the plugs is useless. Finally, Step 4. The engine in a
car provides the power, and the transmission makes the axel spin and the
wheels turn. If Steps 1 to 3 are working, then the body is moving down
the road. If the transmission slips, Step 4 will never get into high gear.
This step requires the emperor of all nutrients: oxygen. The red blood
cells, with the help of iron or vitamin B12, carry oxygen. When a person's
oxygen supply is low, she will always feel tired. This is the case with any
form of anemia.
All of the above may have sounded complicated, but here is the good
news: A handful of hormetic nutrients are sufficient to handle all the
steps in both phases and to make the energy system function properly.
The FBA practitioner can, in a matter of minutes, evaluate each of the
steps and the nutrients they require.
If the body, for whatever reason, fails to move from Phase I (glycolysis)
into Phase II (oxidative phosphorylation), then the total energy supply
will be around 20 percent of its designed capacity. This degree of energy
deficit requires emergency measures, and the body is forced to take them.
In an attempt to generate at least some of the necessary ATP to stay alive,
the body resorts to a process called gluconeogenesis—the creation of
glucose from other molecules. The radical but common method is through
the destruction of muscle tissue in order to yield lactic acid and amino
acids. In other words, the body ―eats‖ its own muscle. The amino acids
from this process can then enter into the Kreb‘s cycle. Through a series of
steps, the body can then use lactic acid to make glucose. Obviously, this
method of energy creation is less than desirable. It is however, the regular
metabolic state for people who over-train, are under excessive stress, or
have blood sugar imbalances.
The inflammation from overtraining or free radical damage produces an
abundance of immune chemicals called cytokines. These further disrupt
Phase II metabolism and prevent weight loss because they prevent the fatburning chemical, hormone sensitive lipase, from doing its job.
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Figure 44: Potholes in the Pathway
The example is all too common. The once-fit female in her twenties and
thirties turns forty, and everything seems to fall apart. The signs of the
shift were there all along. In some cases, the competitive spirit and the no
pain, no gain approach allowed a person to ignore the signs. The athlete
presses through her workouts, expecting that the same results of a tight
tummy and better fitting clothes are just a few less bites and a few extra
reps away. But things are not as they once were.
A lifetime of forcing the body to respond and adapt to exercise and/or
emotional stress has led to the poor regulation of critical energy systems
and to the depletion of nutrients, which are essential for fat conversion,
stored sugar utilization, brain neurotransmitter balance, insulin regulation
and immune system equilibrium. Now, as she once again calls upon her
metabolism to switch into a higher gear, her body is unable to respond.
Gradually, despite extensive effort on her part, the fat increases and the
muscle decreases. Like quicksand, the more she struggles to free herself
through the tried-and-true methods, the more she can't. She is stuck in
Phase I. Sadly, this is not the end of the bad news. The same stressors that
poisoned Phase I have likely contaminated Phase II, as well. This means
that she cannot turn ADP into ATP–the highest ATP-yielding part of the
entire cycle.
Remember, if energy production becomes stuck anywhere before the final
step from ADP to ATP, the net loss in total energy can be as much as 80
percent. Clearly, an energy level this meager equates to a poor quality of
life. To avoid this dismal state, the body would surely avail itself of any
complementary measures should they be obtainable. They are, and it
does. But the cost is high.
Escaping Glycolysis – Phase I Repair
Over-eating and being over-stressed and over-tired are the reasons most
people are stuck in glycolysis–storing fat and burning muscle. To escape
Phase I and move into the Kreb‘s cycle, a practitioner must answer five
Is the body properly mobilizing fat? Lipolysis is the process of
releasing fat from its storage site, the adipose tissue. The process
requires many nutrients for this to happen, and too much
adrenaline, a powerful stress hormone, can hinder the process.
The likely hormetic nutrients that aid in this step are carnitine,
magnesium phosphate, niacin (B3) in one of its many forms, and
the enzyme lipase.
Is the body correctly utilizing fat? Once the tissue releases fat, it
circulates in the blood stream as triglycerides. The body breaks
triglycerides into their smaller parts to eventually wind up as
acetyl CoA. If the practitioner finds a deficiency here, a person
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may need a specific form of vitamin B3 (niacin). Niacin has several
activated forms. Patients need one called NADH about 70 percent
of the time and NADP and NADPH the other 30 percent.
Is the thyroid happy? The two major thyroid hormones (T3 and
T4) help with the movement of acetyl CoA into the Kreb‘s cycle.
It is rare to find a thyroid problem in isolation. Often, the thyroid
is secondarily troubled by too much insulin, which interferes with
the hookup locations of T3 and T4, called receptor sites. If T3 is
the primary hormonal issue, then selenium is often an important
nutrient. If T4 is the problem, then iodine is critical (except in the
cases of auto-immune thyroid, called Hashimoto‘s disease).
Is the body properly making glycogen? After meals, left-over
glucose is likely. This extra glucose is either stored in the liver,
muscles and kidneys as a substance called glycogen, or the body
converts it into fat. Some, because of too much adrenaline, do not
store glycogen properly, making blood sugar reserves too low.
This becomes apparent between meals when the body is looking
for its primary fuel, glucose, in order to feed the brain and other
tissues. If there are insignificant amounts of glycogen, then
hypoglycemic symptoms, such as shaking, lightheadedness, or
strong sweet cravings, are likely. The antidote to this problem is
often to increase cortisol levels by repairing tired adrenal glands
and by finding the appropriate form of calcium or vitamin B1 or
B12, as well as certain trace minerals.
Is the body correctly utilizing glycogen? There may be plenty of
glycogen in the storage compartments of the liver, muscles, and
kidneys, but if the cabinets are locked, it is of no value. Vitamin
B6, in its activated form, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, is the key. The
body will also require adrenaline for glycogen release. However,
due to multiple forms of stress, most people are already full of this
excitatory substance.
Finishing Strong – Phase II Repair
Phase II is made up of the Kreb‘s cycle and the electron transport chain.
Here are the two most likely scenarios for a breakdown in one or both of
these steps:
Does the person have enough B vitamins? The Kreb‘s cycle is the
least affected of the four steps of the energy pathway for a variety
of reasons. The ones who need it supported the most are the
athletes/weekend warriors. Most people—the ones who think
they need it the most—are too sick to handle a B complex or even
a multi-vitamin. The temporary energy boost felt from these
supplements is more like a caffeine-buzz than a healthy lift to the
energy system, and they can produce unwanted side effects.
However, for the athlete, the demand for proper levels of B
vitamins is high, and without them, the Kreb‘s cycle suffers.
Is the body adding the final phosphate? As shown above, ADP
must, with the addition of a third phosphate, be made into ATP.
Here too, insulin is the primary disruptor. In this stage, however,
iron and vitamin B12 become critical. Without iron and B12, the
body does not properly carry oxygen throughout the cell and the
mitochondria where the energy creation takes place. To correct
the problem, the patient usually needs one of the activated forms
of B12, called adenosylcobalamin, and the mineral, iron
phosphate. The last nutrient of importance for energy production
is magnesium. Remember, there are over 2,500 known enzymes in
the human body and 70 percent of these require magnesium. Of
course, not just any magnesium will do. In the case of low energy,
magnesium phosphate is often the best choice.
Finding the hormetic nutrients necessary to dissect the energy pathway
and restart the metabolic engine is not difficult. Energy restoration
becomes complicated when trying to find what caused the nutrient
deficiencies in the first place. To do so, a practitioner needs to evaluate
individual systems through the primary reflex points. As is true with any
part of health restoration, repairs can quickly become undone if a person
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Anaerobic exercise, 275
Anemia, 181, 211, 218, 285
5-HTP, 114, 115, 210
Acetyl CoA, 238, 240, 283, 284, 285,
288, 289
Acetylcholine, 222, 223, 230, 238
Acne, 18, 22, 92, 223, 253
Acupressure points, 270
Addison's disease, 186
Adenosylcobalamin (B12), 290
ADHD, 36, 140, 231, 232, 233, 235, 294,
315, 316
Adrenal glands, 32, 98, 99, 120, 124, 128,
129, 154, 157, 174, 177, 178, 180, 184,
189, 289
Adrenaline, 107, 113, 125, 126, 174, 184,
189, 211, 288, 289
Advanced glycosylated end products.
See: AGE's
Antibiotics, 97
Anti-depressants, 122, 139
Antigens, 37, 203
Anti-inflammatory diet, 30, 167
Antioxidants, 35, 36, 44, 95, 167, 169,
183, 193
Anxiety, 7, 14, 67, 90, 137, 141, 265
Applied Kinesiology, 7, 9, 50, 53, 297
Arachidonic acid, 43, 44
Aromatase, 156, 314
Arteriosclerosis, 80, 130, 173
Arthritis, 22, 32, 33, 34, 47, 127, 195,
201, 227, 228, 229, 234, 311, 312, 313,
314, 315
Artificial sweeteners., 225
Ashwagandha, 177, 183, 188
Aspartate, 142, 177, 269
Asthma, 262, 312
Astil-Smith, Chris, 51
Aerobic exercise, 275
Astragulus herb, 208
Affirmations, 271
Atherosclerosis, 130
Aflatoxins, 227
Atoms, 60
AGE‘s, 130
ATP, 282, 283, 284, 286, 288, 290, 295
Agglutination reaction, 78
Autogenic inhibition reflex, 57
Autoimmune disease, 205
Autoimmune thyroid disease, 180
Aging, 10, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 38,
41, 42, 47, 87, 130
Allergens, 154
Histamine, 133
Allergy treatment, 196
Aluminum, 80, 215, 237
Alzheimer‘s disease, 36, 39, 71, 80, 215,
237, 295, 314
Amalgam fillings, 180, 216
Amino Acids
Histadine, 133
Autoimmunity, 95, 140, 205
Autointoxication, 192
Basophils, 32, 202
Beta cells, 203
Bioenergetics, 49
Bio-identical hormones, 99
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Biomarkers, 116, 117, 118, 127, 129, 132,
137, 168, 189
BioSet, 196
Carotenoids, 35
Bio-unity, 54, 55
Birth Control Pills, 146, 147
The effects of, 147
Cell membrane, 41, 65, 66, 161
Bladder 1 (BL 1), 135
Centenarians, 123
Blood clots, 43, 145, 147
Chemical sensitivity, 81
Blood sugar management, 229
Chicken pox, 204
Blue People, 82
Cholesterol, 22, 37, 45, 46, 74, 77, 121,
142, 157, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165,
166, 167, 168, 176, 308, 309
HDL, 162
Botanicals, 86
Bovine growth hormone, 153
hemispheric dominance, 243
Brain fog, 192, 240
Catecholamines, 184
Causes of Hormonal Imbalances, 153
Cell replication, 28
Cellular desensitization, 130
LDL, 162
total, 162
Brain, the, 32, 36, 39, 41, 43, 52, 54, 57,
66, 85, 90, 98, 102, 105, 107, 110, 112,
117, 119, 120, 129, 133, 138, 139, 141,
161, 174, 175, 213, 217, 219, 223, 229,
231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 237, 241, 242,
243, 244, 245, 246, 268, 270, 271, 275,
287, 289
Breast cancer, 31, 101, 145, 201
Breast tenderness, 99, 223, 230
Bronchus Associated Lymphoid Tissue,
Cholic acid, 161
Chromosomes, 29, 31
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 15
Chronic illnesses in children, 205
Circadian Cortisol Profile, 186
Circadian rhythm, 101, 103
Civilized diet, 87
Clogged arteries, 167
Coenzymes, 37, 87
Collagen, 66
Color testing, 79
Constipation, 23, 77, 90, 181
Cool down, 279
Cadmium, 215, 217
Copper, 8, 77, 193, 196, 217, 218, 248
Caffeine and
Co-Q-10, 38
TH-2 immune system, 208
Calcium, 52, 53, 65, 82, 86, 117, 119,
123, 128, 129, 135, 165, 170, 176, 182,
183, 188, 193, 210, 211, 220, 221, 289
Camu berry, 200
Cancer, 12, 14, 24, 37, 40, 64, 69, 72, 73,
74, 83, 85, 140, 156, 158, 200, 201,
202, 216, 227
prostatic tumor, 156
Cordyceps, 36, 294
Coronary heart disease, 164, 167
Cortisol, 32, 102, 103, 117, 119, 122,
123, 128, 129, 177, 184, 185, 186, 187,
188, 189, 211, 212, 248, 289
Coughing, 102
COX enzyme, 43, 296
Craving sweets, 212
C-reactive protein. See: CRP
Candida, 154
Crohn's disease, 205
Cardiovascular disease, 14, 101, 131, 145
CRP, 165
Curcumin, 44, 86
Energy production, 283
Cushing's syndrome, 186
Enzymes, function of, 59
Cyclooxygenase. See: COX enzymes
Eosinophils, 32, 191, 202
Cytokines, 234
water safety, 226
Epigenetics, 30, 31, 227
Epstein-Barr virus, 201
Daydreaming, 232
Dehydration, 172, 176
Dementia, 237
Depression, 9, 12, 14, 18, 40, 54, 64, 65,
90, 100, 102, 135, 138, 139, 140, 143,
147, 153, 155, 158, 178, 181, 213, 224,
303, 306, 307, 311
and stress, 139
Detoxification, 78
DHEA, 156, 157, 188, 311
Diabetes Type 1, 120
Dihydrotestosterone, 158
Erectile dysfunction, 155
Erythropoietin, 210
Eskimos, 166
Essential fatty acids, 160, 183, 200, 233,
See: EFAs
Essential oils. See: EFAs
Estrogen, 40, 98, 99, 145, 146, 147, 149,
150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 156, 158, 161,
175, 180, 211, 212, 226, 230
Estrogenic compounds, 226
Exercise, 272
Disease model, 70
Dizziness, 174
DNA, 29, 34, 35, 36, 38, 41, 47, 48, 63,
227, 293, 302, 314
Dopamine, 104, 231, 247, 248, 269, 314,
315, 316, 317, 318
Dopamine pathway, 235
Eczema, 47, 81
Edema, 143
EFAs, 41, 47
Eggs, 167
Eicosanoids, 40, 41, 49, 303
Electromagnetic field
as an energetic fingerprint, 62
Electromagnetic fields, 61, 62, 64, 65,
108, 147, 182
Electromagnetic sense, 55
Electron, 34, 60, 66, 285, 290
EMFs, 63, 64, 67
Endometriosis, 143
Fat, 274, 275, 276
Fatigue, 10, 15, 64, 77, 82, 90, 122, 123,
124, 153, 154, 155, 178, 181, 188, 189,
192, 193, 202, 204, 215, 218, 224, 277,
Fatty Acids, 279
Feedback loops, 36, 98, 145
Female Sexual Cycle, 149
Fibromyalgia, 15, 40, 82, 127, 178, 193,
204, 292
Fidgeting, 232
Fight-or-flight, 107, 125, 126, 127, 171,
176, 184, 229, 248, 272
Fight-or-flight response, 107, 125, 126,
127, 171, 176, 184, 248, 272
Fitness, 274
Flavonoids, 35
Flora. See: microflora
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH),
149, 151
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Food allergies, 147, 172, 194, 233
Food sensitivities, 196, 224, 227, 232,
237, 240, 241, 251, 252, 253, 258, 259,
262, 268, 274, 275, 276, 280, 283, 286
Free radical, 28, 34, 44, 80
Governing Vessel 20 (GV20), 109
Free radicals, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 47,
FSH, 151, 212
Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue, 202
overconsumption, 227
Green People, 81
Growing pains, 20, 77, 82
Functional illness, 12, 69
Functional illnesses, 122, 127, 131, 140,
Functional medicine, 193
Fungal infections, 154
Hair loss, 20
Haptens, 203
Hashimoto‘s. See: autoimmune thyroid
HCG, 152
GABA, 256, 257, 261, 269, 315
Gall bladder, 160, 161
Genes, 30, 31, 87, 91, 314
Headache, 12, 21, 81, 90, 92, 99, 103,
105, 122, 125, 140, 149, 181, 192, 196,
211, 213, 224, 227
Health hierarchy, the, 88
Glucagon, 117, 122, 123, 127
Heart attack, 45, 46, 74, 80, 131, 145,
165, 166, 167, 171, 176
Heart disease, 9, 12, 24, 39, 40, 46, 47,
69, 74, 80, 145, 161, 162, 164, 165,
166, 167, 168, 169, 200, 216
Heart rate monitor, 277
Glucocorticoids, 184
Heartburn, 251
Herbicides, 91, 92
Genetic diseases, 37, 87, 176
Genetic expression, 30, 31, 32, 34, 87,
Genetically modified foods, 91, 153
and joints, 168
Hermaphroditic fish, 226
Glucose Pathway, 122
High blood pressure. See: Hypertension
Glutamate, 142, 177, 225, 256, 261, 269
Histamine, 95, 119, 133, 134
Glutathione, 36, 39, 40, 183, 193, 207,
208, 294
Gluten, 83, 182, 227
Hives, 195, 234
Glycogen, 82, 117, 119, 122, 123, 124,
126, 127, 128, 129, 132, 168, 222, 229,
275, 289
Glycolysis, 288
GAG, 229
Golgi tendon organs, 57
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone
(GnRH), 149
Homocysteine, 39, 54, 80, 81, 160, 166,
168, 175, 176
Hormesis, 51
Hormetic nutrients, 39, 53, 78, 79, 85,
86, 87, 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98, 106, 112,
114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 132, 140, 143,
154, 159, 168, 169, 171, 174, 175, 182,
183, 188, 193, 196, 207, 209, 213, 219,
248, 274, 285, 288, 290
Hormonal imbalance, 9, 12, 154, 179,
198, 213, 215
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT),
Hormone resistance, 100, 145, 146
Iron, 52, 133, 159, 196, 217, 218, 222,
248, 285, 290
Irritability, 14, 99, 123, 178
Hormones, 145
Isoflavones, 35
Hot flashes, 18, 143
HRT, 145, 147, 154
Human chorionic gonadotropin. See:
Joint pain, 12, 92, 168, 228
Human Genome Project, the, 31
Hydroxylated fatty acids, 43, 44
Hypertension, 40, 147, 172, 173, 310
Hypoglycemia, 9, 10, 77, 82, 102, 123,
124, 127, 128, 129, 178, 212
Hypoglycemics, 125
Hypotension, 174
Hypothyroidism, 179, 310
Kharrazian, Datis, 177
Kidney stones, 219
Kidneys, 107, 123, 126, 131, 172, 173,
184, 192, 210, 211, 215, 219, 220, 224,
269, 289, 300, 301
Krebs cycle, 238, 240
Iatrogenic, 71
Immune system, 186
Indigestion, 12
Inducible NOS
aka iNOS, 39
Industrial Revolution, 91
Infertility, 143
Inflammation, 32, 33, 35, 36, 39, 41, 43,
45, 46, 54, 80, 87, 140, 141, 153, 154,
165, 166, 167, 168, 173, 179, 189, 191,
194, 198, 199, 227, 266, 282
and cholesterol, 166
Insecticides, 91, 92
Insomnia, 12, 14, 90, 122, 140, 141, 178,
181, 248
Insulin, 44, 46, 99, 117, 119, 121, 122,
123, 127, 129, 130, 131, 132, 156, 168,
178, 212, 240, 273, 287, 289, 290
inflammatory effect, 130
Insulin resistance, 44, 127, 130, 131,
132, 156, 168, 172, 178, 212, 273
Integrins, 66
Lactic acid, 95, 286
Lead, 217, 313, 316
Leaky Gut Syndrome, 137, 191, 192,
193, 194, 199
Lebowitz, Michael, 51
Leukocytes, 202
Leukotrienes, 40, 43, 44
L-glutamine, 36, 190, 256, 261
LH, 149, 150, 151, 152, 155, 212
loss of, 139
Lightheadedness, 123, 125, 289
Lipids, 123
Lipolysis, 288
Living matrix, 66, 67
Longevity, 27, 28, 32, 33, 123, 201
Low blood pressure. See: hypotension
Low sex drive. See: libido
Luteinizing hormone (LH), 149
Lymphocytes, 202, 293
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Multiple chemical sensitivities, 40, 204
Multiple Sclerosis, 32, 83, 205, 206, 301
MAF test, 280
Muscle fibers, 275
Maffetone, Phil, 276
Mycotoxins, 227
Magnesium, 77, 86, 94, 104, 135, 210,
231, 247, 250, 256, 261, 302, 303, 304,
Magnetic resonance imaging, 62
N.A.E.T., 196
Magnetic therapy, 109
National Institutes of Health (NIH)., 145
Manual muscle testing, 51, 53, 57, 68,
Nervous system, 32, 41, 55, 58, 80, 104,
107, 125, 128, 129, 158, 172, 215, 216,
219, 282
Nervousness, 172
85, 106, 113, 127, 219, 244, 297
Margarine, 46, 166
Melatonin, 65, 102, 103, 135, 136, 137,
139, 140, 141
Memory, short-term, 238
Neuro-emotional complex, (NEC), 265
Neurons, 39, 237, 241
Memory, verbal, 223
Neurotransmitter synthesis, 113
Memory, visual, 223
Neurotransmitters, 55, 86, 87, 105, 107,
110, 112, 113, 114, 117, 129, 140, 184,
213, 231, 238
Neutrophils, 32, 202
Memory, working, 242
Menstrual cramps, 99, 146
Menstrual cycle, 149
too long, 152
Mercury, 80, 82, 180, 215, 216, 217, 237
Metabolic Syndrome, 121, 122, 131, 178,
305, 306, 309
Metal toxicity, 94, 101, 203, 206, 215
Methylation, 36, 49, 80, 295
Microbial management, 200
Microflora, 192
Micro-nutrition, 92
Midline test, 219
Newton, Isaac, 76
Nickel, 77, 80, 81, 217
Nightmares, 247, 248
Nitric oxide, 39, 47, 206
Nitric oxide system, 47, 206
NMR LipoProfile, 164
Norepinephrine, 110, 123, 171, 176, 184,
NSAIDS, 33, 43
Deaths annually, 33
Migraine headaches, 211
Nuclear factor-kappa beta, 37
Milk, 78, 82, 83, 301
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), 62
Milk Thistle, 222
Nucleotides, 29
Mineralocorticoids, 184
Nutritional imbalances, 172
Minerals, 35
Nutritional supplementation, 93
Mitochondria, 39, 122, 290
Monocytes, 202
Monosodium glutamate. See: MSG
Mood stability, 137
Omega 3 oils, 43, 44, 45, 47, 183
Morinda Citrifolia, 190
Omega 6 oils, 43, 44, 45, 47
MSG, 211, 227
Osteoporosis, 143, 299, 303
Ovarian atrophy, 147
atretic, 151
Pituitary gland, 98, 99, 100, 149, 154,
179, 180, 212
Pituitary gland supression, 99
Ovulation, 147, 149, 150, 151, 152, 211
Placebo effect, the, 73
Oxidative phosphorylation, 283, 286
PMS, 153
Oxygen, 34, 36, 44, 173, 174, 274, 275,
278, 283, 285, 290
Oxygenation, 34
premenstrual syndrome, 10, 55, 90,
92, 99, 143, 230
Pneumonia, 71, 200
Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, 143
Polymorphisms, 87
Positive attitude, 123
Pain, 87
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, 40
Panax ginseng, 183, 188
Primary color, 79
Panic attacks, 14, 178
Primary energetic points, 85, 110, 117,
119, 120, 218, 268
Probiotics, 256, 258
Paranoia, 138, 247, 248
Parasite, 259
Parkinson‘s disease, 215, 223, 224, 232,
Partially hydrogenated oils. See: Trans
PCOS, 180
Progesterone, 99, 142, 146, 147, 149,
150, 151, 152, 153, 158, 188, 211, 212,
Prostaglandins, 40, 43
Circulation/sex 1 (CX 1), 142
Protein, 43, 54, 59, 81, 82, 83, 101, 126,
127, 137, 157, 160, 165, 166, 168, 170,
193, 227, 229
Psoriasis, 206
Conception Vessel 19 (CV 19), 200
Psychological stress, 30
Conception Vessel 24 (CV 24), 231
Psychoneuroimmunology, 265
Bladder 1 (BL 1),, 135
Gall Bladder 1 (GB 1), 161
Governing Vessel 27 (GV 27), 247
Heart 1 (HT 1), 171
Kidney 27 (KD 27), 211
Quantum mechanics, 49, 61, 237
Liver 14 (LV 14), 223
small intestine 19 (SI 19), 190
Spleen 21 (SP 21), 119
Red People, 80
Triple Warmer 23 (TW23), 177
Reflexes, 56, 297
Peptic ulcer, 252
Peruvian maca, 183
Regulatory T-cells. See: TH-3 immune
Pfaffia paniculata. See: Suma
Reishi Mushroom, 200
Philosophy of prevention, 70
Restless leg syndrome, 247
Phospholipids, 65
Restless sleep, 126
Phyllanthus fraternus, 222
Rheumatoid Arthritis, 205
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Synthroid, 180
Saliva hormone testing, 157
Salutogenesis, 232
Schmitt, Walter, 51
T3, 177, 179, 182, 189, 289
Selenium, 35, 182, 289
T4, 177, 179, 182, 189, 289
Senescence, 29, 30
Telomerase, 30
Serotonin, 54, 65, 100, 102, 105, 106,
113, 114, 115, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139,
140, 141, 213
Shopping Bag Syndrome, 53
Telomeres, 29, 30, 35
Sinusitis, 21, 77, 82
Sixth sense, 55, 66
Sleep cycles, 186
Sodium, 105, 174
nightshade foods, 227
Soy, 167
Sperm production, 155
Spindle cells, 57
Standard American Diet, the, 46, 90,
167, 191, 229
Statin drugs, 165
Steroid drugs, 44
stress, 73, 198, 274, 277
Stress, 154
Stress Threshold, the, 10, 13, 17, 26, 27
Stress, psychological, 107
Stretching, 278, 279
Stroke, 24, 69, 121, 131, 145, 175, 178,
cravings, 123, 187
Testosterone, 40, 142, 155, 156, 157,
158, 159, 161
TH-1 Immune function, 104, 203, 206,
207, 208, 209
TH-17 immune system, 206
TH-2 immune function, 104, 203, 206,
207, 208, 209
TH-3 immune system, 207
The health hierarchy, 51, 52, 106, 191,
238, 269
The Stress Effect, 185
The Teeter-Totter Effect, 44, 96, 104,
105, 106, 174, 207, 217, 218, 248
Thiamin pyrophosphate, 132
Thromboxanes, 40
Thyroid Hormetic Nutrients, 182
Thyroid hormones, 179
Toxicity, 13, 172, 224
pesticides, 143, 153, 203, 225, 226
pesticides and hormones, 153
plastics, 143
Trace minerals, 122, 289
Trans fats, 45, 160, 166
Triage mechanism, the, 86
Sulforaphane, 37
Triglycerides, 121, 161, 162, 163
Tryptophan, 114, 135, 137, 138, 306
for soft tissues, 228
Types of muscle fibers, 275
Sulphites, 227
Suma, 142
Sunlight, 34, 311
Supplements, 226
Sweating attacks, 155
Ubiquitination, 38
Ultraviolet rays, 76
Unconscious processing, 58
Warming up, 278
Weight gain
unexplained, 125, 155, 273, 287
at night, 126
Uterine fibroids, 143
X-rays, 76
Viruses, 200, 201, 203, 209
Visible light, 76
Vitamin B6, 95, 117, 124, 128, 132, 133,
147, 233
Vitamin D, 104, 183, 208, 299, 301, 302,
303, 311
Walking, 278
Yeast infections, 19, 147
Zinc, 35, 52, 135, 142, 159, 168, 182,
193, 196, 208, 217, 218, 233, 248, 250

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