Silica: Bringing up and Healing the Past, Protecting the Future

Silica: Bringing up and Healing the Past, Protecting the Future

December 29, 2020

Silica: Bringing up and Healing the Past, Protecting the Future

Aric D. Cox, DC

Within most of the healing arts communities, silica most commonly draws thoughts towards homeopathic energy that supports skin, bone, and connective tissue health. Its elemental doppelganger, silicon, conjures thoughts of computer chips, processors, and an entire valley devoted to its innovation. However, it is in the human body that the substance of silicon and energy of silica converge. It is here that it outshines every technological advancement to come out of Silicon Valley and performs more profound functions than just structural support. Because of it our cell membranes act like supercomputers and each cell has its antenna-like network in which it sends and receive information. But in an age of rising autoimmunity (loss of self-recognition), hypersensitivity (stimulus overload), and increasing knowledge at our fingertips while simultaneously losing self-awareness, is there more need for this substance than ever?


One must wonder if the EMF-laden devices that are ever present in hour hands with their glass touch screens has any impact on the integrity of our body? As stated by James Oschman in Energy Medicine1:


Since organic molecules are being used in the electronics industry to manufacture microscopic molecular circuits, it is not a big leap to suggest that a molecular electronic network within the organism can communicate, storing, and processing information…(Oschman 2016).


Not enough attention is paid to the energetic interactions we have with our surroundings. The power of what we can’t see has yet to have its full significance on its influence on what we can see. Natural healthcare has the tools necessary to support vitality despite our toxic environment. Yet, its acceptance and application are not keeping up with the rate at which the modern world is tearing us down. Natural healthcare is still far behind with too much attention placed on assuring that patients get enough of the macro-minerals (magnesium, zinc, calcium) and the trace minerals tend to get lumped into one substance only to be considered as together versus appreciated individually.


From a bioregulatory medicine standpoint, we must maintain respect for the role of each nutrient and building block. Of particular importance is the role of silica. From cell physiology to homeopathy, silica is well known for its structural, energetic, and constitutional significance.


Silicon vs Silica


Clearing up the terminology can be most helpful going forward. Silicon is the elemental level of this substance. Silica can refer to the combination of silicon and oxygen. Quartz, as an example, is a silicate made from the pure combination of silicon and oxygen. Silica also is the designation given to the homeopathic potentized form of silicon dioxide (flint). Unless described otherwise, “silica” will refer to the homeopathic remedy.


Silicon is a chief element in earth’s crust in the mostly in the form of quartz, flint, or sand. The human body contains 7 grams of silicon and is founds in connective tissue, hair, and nails. Because of this role in bone health and connective tissue health, it has been determined to be an essential nutrient in our diet.


But taking a deeper look into silica, thanks to the discoveries and works compiled by James Oschman, we know silica plays a more fundamental and essential role. Silicon is found in its water-soluble form, orthosilic acid, in the blood and bound to glycoproteins in tissues. Silicon stabilizes the glycosaminoglycan network, which is the water containing aspect of connective tissue. Each cell is filled with a microtrabecular lattice that forms the ground substance within the cell and all organelles are suspended and interconnected. By stabilizing this connection, silicon allows efficient conveying and storage of current, charge, and vibrational information between cell and biological terrain.2 Therefore, it is reasonable to silicon allows a proper interface between the fluid-based soil of the biological terrain and the autonomic nervous system.


For Structure and Senses


With the mind-body-spirit awareness of anthroposophic medicine, potentized silica is essential for composing our physical and energetic framework. Much like quartz comprising the windows of our homes, anthroposophy posits that silica creates the “windows” into each sphere of our body. The presence of silica allows the imponderable (immeasurable) forces of the world to permeate into the body: light, sound, thought.3 It influences what is called the nerve-sense system. This is the cold, resting, low metabolism ying aspect of our function that helps us take in information. It is primarily represented by the brain and nervous system.


From our embryonic beginnings, silica establishes our formative forces. Being that the body is covered in a fine meshwork of silica is necessary to lay down boundaries. Just like the old proverb reminds us, “good fences make good neighbors”, silica helps organs establish their boundaries between each other. This delimiting effect not only helps organs sense each other and respect each other’s space, but also aides in bacterial colonization. For instance, silica is a component of the glycocalyx that lines the stomach and keeps Helicobater pylori at a proper distance.4


Silica also works within and establishes our boundaries from without via our sense organs. Therefore, silica deficiencies may arise from a lack of boundaries to outside influences. When we allow our “windows” to be too open, we allow too much of the wrong influences into our body. These may come from our choosing the wrong social influences and having fixed mindsets, thereby limiting our potential, and poisoning our mind. Or they may be forced upon us as in EMFs and creating discord in every level of our being, not just the integrity of our silica. Either way, this makes a way for hypersensitivities to occur. The stimuli around us overload the nerve-sense sytem.


Anthroposophic medicine understands that balance within the body comes because of polar opposites. In the case of silica, it is balanced out by the effects of sulphur. I’ve heard the interplay between these two forces described like that of a hot air balloon. In this picture the balloon refers to silica and sulphur is the hot air. While sulfur forces drive the metabolic fires of our cellular engines, silica gives it shape. It contains our metabolism so that no energy is lost so that we may rise.


Homeopathic roots


Taking the law of similars approach of homeopathy, the rigid nature and lengthy process of producing silica in nature play out in its potentized form. Just like how silica gets into the earth’s crust through erosion of rigid materials (i.e., flint), as a remedy, silica works well with chronic conditions that develop slowly over time. More than likely, chronic conditions appear as the result of the inflexibility (mentally, physically) of the individual.


Catherine R. Coulter, in her Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines books, describes the “silica” type beautifully through the metaphors of the grain of sand, the stalk of wheat, and the cricket.5 The grain of sand explains the silica type for their hardness and the way they more readily form fibroids, keloids, cysts, tumors, and swollen glands. Though they lack grit, silica exhibits grittiness in tissues and sandpaper like hands and cheeks. As in the silica that gives endurance to holding the grain until it ripens, so does this remedy give stamina to the mind when it is easily fatigued by thought. It gives strength and form to the body when overcome by overexertion. And finally, much like the cricket, when silica is full of energy, they can be fidgety and chirp away day and night. Their main limitation to continuing their song depends on warmth just as the cricket flourishes in the summer and diminishes in the winter’s cold.


A most helpful aspect to potentized silica is that it produces inflammation around deposits (thorns, needles, splinters). It also ripens cysts, abscesses, and helps old wounds to heal. This becomes advantageous both in the acute and chronic healing of the biological terrain. Through the bioregulatory medicine lens, silica can be pivotal when assisting a patient back through the disease evolution pathways.


Dr. Thomas Rau mentions in his Biological Medicine textbook, that silica should be used early in the treatment process for most chronic conditions to help detoxify the terrain.6 Especially in low potency or Schuessler cell salt potency (6X). Silica can also assist in clearing many of the disruptive fields seen in old infections and scar tissue.


Diet and Lifestyle


The biggest threat to silicon deficiency is a diet heavy in animal products. Not only is the excess protein deleterious to the biological terrain, eating more meat than plants severely limit our access to enough silicon. While classified as a trace mineral our daily needs are approximately 20-50mg.

Plants absorb orthosilic acid from soil and convert it to polymerized silicon for its mechanical/structural function within the plant. Thus, high fiber/high plant diets assure good, readily useable silicon amounts. However, silicon does require sufficient stomach acid iso that it may be absorbed directly through stomach and intestinal lining.


When silicon levels are sufficient it is best represented in the health of not only the brain of each cell (the membrane), but the brain as well. In a world of increasing amounts of neurotoxicity in our environment, our delicate nervous system needs all the support it can get. Many studies have been done on the degenerative presence of aluminum on the brain, but a French study showed what happens when silicon is used preventatively. They found the degenerative neurological effect of aluminum in drinking water when silicon was not present. But higher concentrations of silicon showed less likely impairments in cognitive function.7


Of course, no substance works alone in a vacuum. Silicon needs other elements and nutrients to perform its function and silica is facilitated by complementary energies. Herbs, orthomolecular nutrients, light, frequency, touch are all necessary to synergize the role of silicon in the body. Each patient’s need is different and yet foundationally, without this trace nutrient given its full due, energy medicine, functional medicine, western medicine, and bioregulatory medicine can only go so far.



1. Oschman, James L. Energy Medicine: the Scientific Basis. Elsevier, 2016.

2. Monnier VM, Mustata GT, Biemel KL, Reihl O, Lederer MO, Zhenyu D, Sell DR. Cross-linking of the extracellular matrix by the maillard reaction in aging and diabetes: an update on “a puzzle nearing resolution”. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005 Jun;1043:533-44. doi: 10.1196/annals.1333.061. PMID: 16037276.

3. Husemann, Friedrich. “Silica (Quartz).” The Anthroposophic Approach to Medicine, by Friedrich Husemann and Otto Wolff, vol. 2, Mercury Press, 2014, pp. 118–119. 4. Ogata M, Araki K, Ogata T. An electron microscopic study of Helicobacter pylori in the surface mucous gel layer. Histol Histopathol. 1998 Apr;13(2):347-58. doi: 10.14670/HH 13.347. PMID: 9589892.

5. Coulter, C. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines, by C. R. Coulter, vol. 2, Churchill Livingstone, 1997, pp. 63–96.

6. Rau, Thomas, and Thomas Rau. Biological Medicine. Semmelweis-Institut, Verl. für Naturheilkunde, 2011.

7. Jacqmin-Gadda H, Commenges D, Letenneur L, Dartigues JF. Silica and aluminum in drinking water and cognitive impairment in the elderly. Epidemiology. 1996 May;7(3):281-5. doi: 10.1097/00001648-199605000-00011. PMID: 8728442.

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Coronavirus: Overcome Fear with Facts & Confidence

Coronavirus: Overcome Fear with Facts & Confidence

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Overcome Fear with Facts & Confidence

Naturopathic Newsletter Alpstein Clinic Gais, Switzerland (17.3.2020)

Naturopathic Newsletter Alpstein Clinic Gais, Switzerland (17.3.2020)


Data, background, active prevention, and treatment with integrative biological medicine


As we all know, large parts of Europe and North America are in a pandemic state of emergency. The reason for it is the supposedly high levels of aggressiveness and death rates from Coronavirus. But in our expert medical opinions, the unprecedented media madness and intensity is the biggest problem – causing unnecessary and cumbersome levels of fear and hysteria across the globe.


So, what are the real facts and causes? How dangerous is Coronavirus compared to the annual influenza virus/flu? Why isn’t a major emphasis being placed on the vast population’s capability to remain healthy and our immune system’s ability to defend itself against viruses, including Coronavirus – while also using natural, biological methods to help strengthen and empower the immune system?


Alpstein Clinic is here to help eliminate unnecessary fear and hysteria regarding this extraordinary Coronavirus topic. We are also grateful for the opportunity to greet you and share competent advice that will allow us to help safeguard everyone’s health, families, friends, communities, and vitality.


True Facts


The COVID-19 Coronavirus was first diagnosed in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. Since then, approximately 80,000 cases of illness and approximately 3,000 deaths have been recorded in this city. The rate of newly infected persons in China appears to be regressing. As is typical for a flu-like virus, the Coronavirus incubation period is 3-14 days and, clinically, symptoms include body aches, runny nose, fever, cough, and shortness of breath.


In very rare cases, severe respiratory failure may occur due to pneumonia, circulatory collapse, and kidney failure. As of today, 7,272 positive Coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Germany — and 17 cases with fatality (= 0.233%) have been registered. In Switzerland, the numbers are 2,330, cases with 19 fatalities (= 0.815%) and in the US, the numbers are 4,661, cases with 85 fatalities (= 1.823%) reported (source: John Hopkins Institute, New York, 3467b48e9ecf6


According to sensible estimations, a very small number of cases vary from the data of past flu outbreaks. Central Europe experienced an unusually strong wave of influenza in the 2017/2018 season, which affected around 25,100 Germans, who have consequently lost their lives (Quelle: Deutsches Ärzteblatt,


In 2019, approximately 19 million were affected by the flu virus in the USA, of which 180,000 required hospitalization and approximately 10,000 died (source: Statistica 2019).


In 2018, the World Health Organization registered 140,000 deaths from measles, 405,000 deaths from malaria, and 1.5 million deaths from tuberculosis. The flu outbreak from 2108 claimed approximately 650,000 lives. These numbers are countered by the above-mentioned figures of Coronavirus. Readers should make judgments and comparisons for themselves. . .


How does our virus and immune defense work?


It is very unfortunate that the media rarely focuses on the scientific evidence that the human body has a highly effective and intelligent defense system against viruses and invaders. As the first illustration depicts, viruses are tackled by our humoral and cellular immune response. This is preceded by our mucous membranes, which inhibit the penetration of the viruses via an antibody-containing mucus layer. Since viruses can only multiply in a host cell, it is essential that the cell wall of mucous membranes must not be destabilized by external and internal toxins (and a lack of unsaturated fatty acids).

The majority of our immune cells are located in the lymph system, lymph nodes, and immune organs, which are primarily the spleen, thymus, intestine, and bone marrow. The secondary immune organs, such as tonsils, appendix, and copper-like star cells of the liver are important and must not be left out. Since most children have a high immune activity via the primary and secondary immune organs compared to adults and elderly people, children are less sensitive to developing life-threatening virus complications. Additionally, since almost 60 percent of our lymph and immune cells are located in the abdomen, our digestive tract is very important in the defense against mucous membranes. Thus, the intestine is a key element of risk control and infection prevention, with a view at the major complication of the viral flu – pneumonia.


Effective flu prevention and virus defense is natural and always possible


Let’s differentiate between general and specific therapy components, which enable preventive and therapeutic measures against viruses. Figure 2 sums up all essential and scientificallybased factors that trigger and influence activity and efficiency of our immune system. It is important to emphasize a famous principle “The microbe is nothing, the milieu is everything” (Dr. A. Bechamp); viruses are less the cause of disease BUT the symptom of an imbalance of other primary components. Only with a causative-oriented approach as is the principle of Alpstein Clinic (i.e. whole-body medicine), can we succeed against any systemic disease, including the Coronavirus-related flu.


These causative triggers are also responsible for and lead to chronic illness, comprised immune system, and especially elderly people having the greatest risk of dying from virusrelated compli




The graphics below demonstrate our primary recommendations to diminish coronavirus risks, fear, and anxiety. Most measures are simple, inexpensive, and possible without requiring a doctor’s visit or a major clinic. We recommend these exceptional naturopathic remedies for immediate use.


1. Cistus Incanus (CYSTUS 052®) pastille, forms a protective layer on oral/pharynx mucosa and digestive tract mucosa, for prevention: 3×1 pastille per day or suck one every hour if a sore throat begins;


2. OSCILLOCOCCINUM®, homeopathic organ preparation from spleen and liver, stimulation of primary lymph organs, for prevention: allow 5 globules to dissolve in the mouth daily, take one tube per day if flu-like symptoms begin;


3. Glandula Thymi D6 Capsules (Sanum-Kehlbeck), homeopathic organ preparation from thymus, stimulation of the thymus and maturation of T-lymphocytes, for prevention: 2 capsules per week, 1 capsule daily in case of health complaints;


4. GRIPP-Heel® tablets (Heel), homeopathic complex: for prevention, suck 2-3x 1 tablet; or 6 tablets daily when symptomatic;


5. METAVIRULENT® drops (meta Fackler), homeopathic complex with Influenzinum nosode and lactic acid additionally: for prevention, use 3×10 drops or 12×5-10 drops when health complaints are present.


Offer for multi-morbid and high-risk patients to actively prevent virus flu outbrea


As always, we are here to provide guidance and therapeutic remedies and treatments. Each day, we are fulfilling and shipping remedies to patients, individuals, and families across the globe to help strengthen the immune system. For new Alpstein patients, all that is required is a consultation, which can be scheduled as a phone call or as a web-based Zoom Video Conference.


For an intensive (and onsite) active prevention package, we offer the Alpstein “Immune Building Day”. It contains highly effective therapies that last for approximately five hours, including a 60-minute Iratherm® whole-body hyperthermia (for fever therapy); high-dose infusions with antiviral, lymph activating, and immune system-relevant amino acids; intramuscular injection of thymus and spleen organo-peptide extracts; and a medical colon cleansing with ozone and gentle hydrotherapy as well as special acupuncture/acupressure therapies.


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Bioregulatory Medicine: An Innovative Holistic Approach to Self-Healing

Bioregulatory Medicine: An Innovative Holistic Approach to Self-Healing

Febuary 7, 2020

Bioregulatory Medicine: An Innovative Holistic Approach to Self-Healing

Book Review by Melissa Wuske

Bioregulatory Medicine: An Innovative Holistic Approach to Self-Healing by Dickson Thom; James Paul Maffitt Odell; Jeoffrey Drobot; Frank Pleus; Jess Higgins Kelley

Chelsea Green Publishing

(Nov 2, 2018)

Softcover $20.00 (240pp) 978-1-60358-821-8 Bioregulatory Medicine turns the American healthcare system on its head for the benefit of individuals’ health.

For all that Americans spend on health care, the nation is decidedly unhealthy, especially when compared to other developed nations, plagued by chronic and degenerative illnesses and clinging to ineffective allopathic remedies like medications and surgeries. This book provides another way that’s been proven to work in other nations. Bioregulatory medicine is a patient-focused approach that acknowledges the individuality of each person and the body’s ability to heal itself when systems are in balance.

Topical chapters highlight the powers of the body, the detrimental factors that harm health, and the wide array of philosophies, treatment modalities, and therapies available. While far from antagonistic to the American medical establishment, the book takes aim at what’s not working and broadens the understanding of the many ways health can work. The result is solutions that are positive, proactive, and backed by sound science and reason.

The book addresses popular topics in the health and wellness realm—such as detoxification, diet, and mindfulness—but with deeper authority. The approach is well researched, not haphazard or based on the latest trend, and it also includes less in vogue topics like the surprising impacts of oral and digestive health. By eschewing hype and verbosity in favor of calm reason, the book builds credibility and increases its appeal for healthcare practitioners and motivated patients.

The authors bring a multifaceted wealth of experience and expertise that equips people with the background knowledge and practical understanding to change the way they think and reap the rewards. The array of authors makes the book a complete tapestry rather than a single thread. The wisdom of the book is applicable to many medical issues.

Bioregulatory Medicine puts the patient’s needs and benefit back at the heart of health care.

MELISSA WUSKE (November/December 2018)

Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. No fee was paid by the author for this review. Foreword Reviews only recommends books that we love. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Cynara scolymus (Globe Artichoke)

Cynara scolymus (Globe Artichoke)

Febuary 7, 2020

Cynara scolymus (Globe Artichoke)

Globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus), a member of the milk thistle family, grows to a height of about 2 m and produces a large, violet-green flower head. The flower petals and fleshy flower bottoms are eaten as a vegetable throughout the world, which has led to its commercial cultivation in many parts of South and North America (chiefly California) as well as in Europe.

The artichoke was used as a food and medicine by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; in Rome, the artichoke was an important menu item at feasts. It wasn’t until the 15th century, however, that it made its appearance throughout Europe. Since then the leaf of Cynara scolymus has been used as an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, choleretic, hepatoprotective, cholesterol-lowering, lipid-lowering, and glucose-lowering substance.1


Artichokes are highly nutritious, being low in fat while rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are a naturally rich source of vitamins A, K, C, B-6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc. One medium artichoke contains almost 7 grams of fiber, which is 23 to 28% of the reference daily intake (RDI). These delicious thistles come with only 60 calories per medium artichoke and around 4 grams of protein — above average for a plant-based food.2

Antioxidant Rich

Globe artichokes rank among the most antioxidant-rich of all vegetables. One artichoke supplies 25% of the recommended daily requirement of vitamin C. Artichokes are also a great source of silymarin, a flavonoid antioxidant that is liver protective, as well as rutin, quercetin, and gallic acid.3

Phytotherapeutic Properties and Uses

Historically and throughout Europe preparations of artichoke (extracts) have been used for bloating, nausea, and impairment of digestion. It is specifically indicated for “dyspeptic syndrome” though its proven lipid-lowering actions suggest that it may also be useful as a prophylactic against atherosclerosis.

Pharmacopoeia Indications

The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia reported hepatoprotective and hepato-stimulating properties. The Merck Index reported the therapeutic category of cynarin, an active principle of artichoke, as choleretic. In numerous studies artichoke leaf has shown cholesterol-lowering and lipid-lowering activity in rats and humans. Human studies have also validated carminative, spasmolytic, anti-emetic, and choleretic actions. The African Pharmacopoeia indicates its use for the treatment of liver dysfunction and reported its diuretic and anti-atherosclerotic actions. The German Commission E approved artichoke leaf for dyspeptic problems due to its choleretic activity.


As a food, globe artichokes are an extremely nutritious, low-carb food that may provide numerous health benefits. However, research is mostly limited to studies using concentrated artichoke extract.

Liver Protective Antioxidant Properties

There have been several studies associated with liver pathology and the Cynara scolymus leaf extract. Gebhardt demonstrated the antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects of Cynara scolymus leaf extract in primary cultured rat hepatocytes.4

Additionally, in a study with human leukocyte cultures, caffeic acid-, chlorogenic acid-, cynarin- and lutein-containing Cynara scolymus leaf extracts have been reported to have antioxidative effects, with the Cynara scolymus leaf extract expressing its antioxidant affects as a radical scavenger and a PMA-induced radical generation inhibitor.5

Furthermore, as a result of in vivo studies in rats, the Cynara scolymus leaf extract has been suggested to reduce lipid peroxidation6 and protein oxidation as well as increase glutathione peroxidase activity.7

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

Health-promoting properties of globe artichoke in preventing cardiovascular disease is primarily due to its lipidic and glycemic-reducing action.8 Artichoke extract has been shown to regulate excess lipids by decreasing LDL and increasing HDL cholesterol. 9, 10, 11, 12

Improvement of Carbohydrate Metabolism

Cynara scolymus leaf extract has also been shown to improve carbohydrate metabolism, and thus is potentially effective for type 2 diabetes.13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Regulating Blood Pressure

Artichoke leaf juice exhibits an antihypertensive effect in patients with mild hypertension.19

Chemical Constituents

Artichoke leaves contain phenolic acids, sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, phytosterols (taraxasterol), sugars, inulin, enzymes, and essential oils. The pharmacologically fundamental constituents of the leaf are phenolic acids and flavonoids. The phenolic acid derivatives include caffeoylquinic acids such as 3-caffeoylquinic acid, cynarin, and caffeic acids. The flavonoid compounds of the leaf are luteolin-7-β-D-glucoside, luteolin-4-β-D-glucoside and luteolin-7-β-rutinoside.20, 21, 22

Globe artichokes have become important as a medicinal herb in recent years following the discovery of cynarin. This bitter-tasting compound, which is found in the leaves, improves liver and gall bladder function, stimulates the secretion of digestive juices, especially bile, and lowers blood cholesterol levels. By its bitter materials Cynara scolymus strengthens the digestive procedures and stimulates the effective conversion of fats. Artichoke also contains the bioactive agents apigenin and luteolin.23

Psychoemotional Signature

In traditional phytotherapy, all plants have both a physiological effect and psychoemotional effect. According to European phytotherapy, the psychoemotional nature of the artichoke expresses itself in completely opposite tendencies. On the one hand, the plant brings out extravagance, lavishness and over-abundance, while it also opposes such extravagance through the expression of self-restraint. Hence, the result is equilibrium between debauchery and self-restraint. Thus, the nature of this plant supports the mind in its tendency to find reconciliation between boundlessness and renouncement or between self-indulgence and self-denial. Within this equilibrium, thoughts and activities may be directed away from material pursuits towards something spiritually higher.

Preparing and Cooking Artichokes

Globe artichokes can be steamed, boiled, grilled, roasted, or sautéed. They can also be stuffed or breaded, adding spices and other seasonings for an extra burst of flavor. Steaming is the most popular cooking method and usually takes 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the size. Alternatively, you can bake artichokes for 30 to 40 minutes at 350°F. Keep in mind that both the leaves and the heart can be eaten.

Once cooked, the outer leaves can be pulled off and dipped in sauce, such as aioli or herb butter. Simply remove the edible flesh from the leaves by pulling them through your teeth. Once the leaves are removed, carefully spoon out the fuzzy substance called the choke until you reach the heart. You can then scoop out the heart to eat alone or atop pizza or salad.

The history of the artichoke is a perfect example of science finally catching up to the longstanding traditional uses of a medicinal plant. While scientists still argue today over which specific chemical or group of chemicals is responsible for each documented beneficial action, the traditional uses for high cholesterol, as well as for liver, gallbladder, and digestive disorders, are being validated. While many Europeans still have to see their doctors for an artichoke extract prescription, concentrated natural leaf extracts and standardized extracts are widely available in the United States at health food stores.

Artichoke Extract Dosage

Typical doses used in human research range from 300 to 2000 mg of artichoke leaf extract daily taken in divided doses. Side effects of artichoke extract are rare, though people with bile duct disorders and women who are pregnant, or breastfeeding, may wish to avoid it.

The Bottom Line

Regular consumption of artichokes or artichoke extract may aid cholesterol levels, blood pressure, liver health, digestive disorders, and blood sugar levels.



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Book Review: Say Yes to Life

Book Review: Say Yes to Life

Febuary 7, 2020

Book Review: Say Yes to Life – Integrative Biological Medicine and Dentistry for the Treatment of Chronic Diseases and Cancer

This comprehensive and well-written book presents the principles and practices of European Biological Medicine and Dentistry as practiced at the Alpstein Clinic in Gais, Switzerland. This is an invaluable resource for patients and health professionals who desire to more deeply understand European Biological Regulatory Medicine.

This book is beautifully organized into 9 chapters with 121 color images and 30 tables of illustrations. It includes case studies, practice tips and example treatment methods with extensive background information.

Chapter 1 (“Get to Know Yourself, Understand the Illness, Help Shape the Treatment”) introduces indispensable holistic health models of the structure and function of the body. The authors illustrate many different approaches for treating chronic diseases and cancer and make clear delineations between the philosophy and practices of orthodox medicine and biological medicine (bioregulatory medicine).

Chapter 2 (“In the Beginning, Information is Gained”) discusses the foundational principles of biological regulatory medicine such as the Iceberg Phenomenon of Causation and explains several unique diagnostic tests beyond orthodox structural tests. Both functional and bioenergetic testing are introduced as complements to basic orthodox structural diagnostics.

Chapter 3 (“Eliminating Causes”) discusses disease etiology and introduces concepts such as toxicology, geopathy, electrosmog, microbial imbalances, foci and interference fields, etc. It extensively outlines concepts important to biological dentistry, such as material compatibility, dental foci, galvanicity and the oral microbiome. The authors describe many therapeutic approaches for resolving dental issues that can help heal a diseased toxic body.

Chapter 4 (“Replace Deficiencies and Recharge Your Batteries”) gives an overview on nutrition, nutritional supplementation, and vital substances that eliminate biochemical deficiencies and restore bioenergetic balance and health. In addition to nutritional therapies, several types of oxygen therapy are described.

Chapter 5 (“Strengthening the Immune System”) is a fascinating in-depth look into powerful immunological treatments such as homotoxic therapy with urine and blood, mistletoe therapy, thymus peptides, tumor vaccines, enzyme therapy, neural therapy, hyperthermia and fever therapy, pulsating magnetic field therapy and various types of recharging exercises.

Chapter 6 (“Naturopathic Medicines”) focuses on evidence-based approaches – such as homeopathy and homeopathic biocatalysts, isopathy, Schüssler mineral salts, phytotherapy, Anthroposophic medicine, spagyric medicine and bioidentical hormone therapy.

Chapter 7 (“Finding Inner Harmony”) discusses the mind and soul and how they interplay with body physiology. The authors poignantly describe the all-important topic of mind-body medicine, psychoimmunology and how emotions can affect specific organs. It is about “restoring harmony to the soul, replacing fear with trust and letting go.” Numerous body-mind therapies are outlined, such as autosuggestion, affirmation, neurolinguistic programing, visualization, hypnosis, etc.

Chapter 8 (“Level and Stage-based Treatment”) explains the importance and method of understanding the multi-causes of illness and how to prioritize therapy in stages.

Chapter 9 (“Back to Life”) offers a summary of ways of becoming healthy by becoming your own inner healer.

Say Yes to Life is a text that belongs in every household and every medical office waiting room. It is a treasure house of information for both the practitioner and patient that empowers the ability to self-heal and get results through noninvasive, nontoxic evidence-based bioregulatory medicine and dentistry.

Click on this link to purchase copies.


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Compliance in Biological Medicine

Compliance in Biological Medicine

Febuary 7, 2020

Compliance in Biological Medicine

Ian Kennedy

This might seem obvious when it comes to improving one’s health, but there is one factor that stands out when determining whether or nor a client will successfully employ European Biological Medicine. And that one factor is compliance. Compliance makes all the difference. (Conversely, choosing therapies based only on what one is willing to do, instead of what one needs to do, is a recipe for failure.) Moreover, compliance is something that is totally in the hands of the client. As practitioners, we can educate on subjects such as wifi exposure, scars on the body, and heavy metal burdens (all of which can be a primary impediment to wellness). We can recommend dietary changes – we can gather information; analyze that information; and suggest therapies. But at the end of the day, if therapies are avoided and changes are not made, how can we expect our client’s health to improve? As a society, we have been lulled into thinking that health is the absence of symptoms and that suppressing symptoms equates to health. Well, you can take pain medication for arthritic joint pain, and that pain might subside, but the degeneration and damage to the joint continues. Whereas contemporary medicine focuses on the illness or disease, Biological Medicine focuses on the individual, and supporting their ability to heal. A teacher once told me, “For things to get better, you have to get better, and for things to change, you have to change.” Similarly, Dr. Thomas Rau was once asked, “When is it too late to use Biological Medicine?” His reply: “It’s never too late to turn around and go in a different direction.” Going in a different direction, however, can be difficult for some – especially when that direction differs from that being dictated by the conventional medical community (which likes to make fear-inducing pronouncements that diverging from their playbook could result in dire consequences). People don’t change if they don’t have to. Over the years, we have witnessed that for most people, compliance levels are directly proportional to desperation levels. My brother smoked cigarettes for over 25 years, and had tried many times to quit. The day he was diagnosed with cancer was the day he finally succeeded in quitting – and never smoked again. When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of making a change, we change. 

Let’s look at some facts. The number one killer in America is heart disease. Followed by cancer. The third leading cause of death in America? Medical treatment. According to The National Vital Statistics Reports: Deaths from Heart disease: 710,760 Cancer: 553,091 Medical care: 225,400 The medical-care related deaths further break down like this: Adverse drug effects: 106,000 Hospital-borne infections: 80,000 Other preventable errors in hospital: 20,000 Unnecessary surgery: 12,000 Medication errors 7,400 In other words, if heart disease or cancer don’t kill you, the next most-likely culprit is conventional medical treatment. Imagine if those rates of death were caused by any other industry – if, for example, over 200,000+ people were to die in plane crashes each year, none of us would fly. So who gets the most out of the Biological approach? The person who is willing to turn around and go in another direction – to get a different result. The Biological approach is for those who seek and are willing to take guidance and support to facilitate a deeper and more complete healing.

Ian Kennedy is the Founder and Head Clinician of True Wellness of Pennsylvania.


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Chronic Fatigue/Infections – Free Webinar on March 27

Chronic Fatigue/Infections – Free Webinar on March 27

Febuary 7, 2020

Chronic Fatigue/Infections – Free Webinar on March 27

Mark your calendars: on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7pm EST, BRMI Advisor Dickson Thom, DDS, ND, Co-Founder of The American Center for Biological Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, will be presenting a free webinar entitled “Chronic Fatigue/Chronic Infections – A Bioregulatory Approach”. Though free, space is limited, so be sure to register today. For more information, click here.


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