When a patient goes to see a physician for an evaluation of "I don't feel well," the traditional approach is to look at a person's PHYSICAL structure through a physical examination, x-rays, CT Scan, MRI, mammograms, and biopsies. Patients are also evaluated CHEMICALLY through blood tests. This will rule out whether or not a disease is present or impending. However, this will frequently not give us information as to how healthy or not healthy a person is. Traditional medicine sees health as the absence of disease, whereas energy medicine (or electrical medicine) sees health at one end and disease at the other end, with most patient complaints lying somewhere in between DISEASE AND HEALTH. As an example, fatigue and insomnia are not diseases, and yet are certainly not associated with good health.
Energy Medicine seeks to evaluate the energy of the cells, organs, and glands of the body. Are the cells making enough energy? Are the cells able to hold on to the energy that is being created through oxidative phosphorylation? The human body is an orchestra, and the organs and glands are instruments in that orchestra. Some are in tune, and some are out of tune. In order to get the music right, everything must be in tune.
As an example, let's look at the emotion of Anger. In Chinese Medicine, anger is associated with an imbalance of the liver. If one was to do a liver scan in order to evaluate this person's physical liver, it would be normal. If you drew blood tests, looking at the chemical liver (ALT, AST, GGTP), they would also be normal. That anger would manifest in certain clinical symptoms such as insomnia, with that person likely to awaken between 1 and 3 AM. Or, the angry person might complain of headaches or migraines, another indicator of liver energy imbalance. To summarize, energy medicine would conclude that the emotion of anger has an effect on the energy of the liver, manifesting in symptoms such as headache or insomnia. Just as the electrical QRS complex of an EKG precedes the physical heartbeat, so do electrical ( or energetic ) changes in the organs precede chemical and physical abnormalities.
Toxins are those physical substances which produce energetic imbalances in an individual. These imbalances can result in physical, emotional and mental symptoms. We are constantly exposed to toxins every day. There are two types of toxins, exogenous and endogenous. Exogenous toxins are present in the outside environment, whereas endogenous toxins are produced as a result of imbalances in our metabolism. Major exogenous toxins which affect us are:
- Tap water
- Smog and petrochemicals
- Coffee, tobacco, alcohol, sugar, food preservatives
- Pesticides, plastics
- Heavy metals: mercury, aluminum, lead, cadmium
- Prescription medication
- Over The Counter medication
- Viruses: Epstein-Barr, influenza, cytomegalovirus, herpes, HIV
- Bacteria: streptococcus, staphylococcus, salmonella (food poisoning)
Endogenous toxins are produced as a result of compromised digestion and inefficient metabolism. They result from pancreatic digestive enzyme deficiency, poor eating habits, and wrong food combinations. Examples are candida and elevated blood levels of uric acid.
Toxins are discharged from the body by the liver, kidneys, lymph, colon, lungs, and skin. As more and more toxins accumulate in our system, they place severe stress on these organs of elimination. With continued accumulation, the liver, kidneys, and lymph system become less efficient in their ability to excrete these waste products, causing toxins to first accumulate in the connective tissues of the body, and then in the organs. The body tries to initially compensate by having the endocrine (hormonal) glands secrete hormones to help stimulate detoxification. Over time these glands also become inefficient and “tired.” The end result is an inefficient elimination system with toxin accumulation, coupled with reduced organ and hormonal function, producing a hospitable environment for illness to flourish.
Why is Allopathic medicine unconcerned about these toxins? Allopathic Medicine is concerned about acute intoxications caused by the intake of high levels of toxins; e.g. carbon monoxide levels in the blood as a result of smoke inhalation. The gradual accumulation of low levels of toxins cannot yet be measured by conventional analytical methods, so many doctors deny their existence. As instrumentation and measuring methods become more sophisticated, such toxic states will be recognized as dangerous. Many of these toxins compete with the essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements in the metabolic process. Treatment protocols using very high doses of vitamins and minerals (orthomolecular therapy) fail to address the real problem, although they can be quite beneficial. Also overlooked is that most conventional medical research is conducted on one specific toxin, rather than the combinations of toxins that are encountered daily. This cocktail effect arises when different toxins in combination create a synergistic effect, which is much more detrimental than the effects of the individual toxins.
Detoxification refers to removing toxins from their binding sites in the tissues and organs of the body. Before one detoxifies, the drainage organs of the body must first be stimulated. This is the main reason why so many people get sick when they begin a detox program. The toxins leave the tissues, go into the blood stream, and since the liver is clogged (b/c there was no previous liver drainage), these toxins are not eliminated. It's like having a bowel movement in a toilet that won't flush.
Liver Drainage is enhanced by homeopathic and herbal remedies., by lemon in water, and liver friendly vegetables such as carrots, beets, zucchini, squash, watercress, and artichoke. Kidney Drainage is enhanced by homeopathic and herbal formulas, horsetail tea, asparagus, and healthy drinking water which is slightly alkaline, loaded with electrons, and just the right amount of minerals. Lymphatic drainage is enhanced by homeopathic and herbal formulas, massage, deep breathing, rebounding on a trampoline, and complete elimination of dairy products from the diet.
After drainage is complete, the process of detoxification can begin. Effective ways include raw food vegan diets, colonics, coffee enemas, skin brushing, infra-red saunas, and exercise.
This begins the process of returning to health.
Michael Galitzer, M.D.
Dr. Galitzer is the medical director of The American Health Institute,
an organization dedicated to education and research in the areas of
anti-aging medicine and cancer. The American Health Institute medical
office is located in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Galitzer has been practicing Longevity Medicine since 1986, including the
areas of nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, weight management, heavy metal
toxicity, intra-venous orthomolecular medicine, BioIdentical hormones,
and the all important area of cell, tissue, and organ regeneration. He is also currently a Board Member of ACAM.