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Blood Purification

Twentieth century medicine taught that blood is sterile, this despite countless blood tests aimed at determining the medical condition of patients, everything from Rh factor to measurements of blood components and sedimentation rates to immune function tests, tests for malaria and Lyme Disease to febrile agglutination tests, cancer marker tests, viral load tests, and AIDS tests, not to mention the highly sophisticated tests discussed by Bill Moyers on NOW that showed the presence of dozens of industrial chemicals, toxic metals, and strange hormones.

If blood were sterile, a precious student of mine would be alive today. She, however, died of HIV-infected blood used during a surgical procedure at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country. So, perhaps it's time to stop talking about the sterility of the blood and discuss what is wrong with blood.

"Detoxification" is a term belonging to the language of natural medicine, but the seed I would like to plant in your thinking is that we are precariously poised between factors that could undermine our well being and measures that could enhance our quality of life and perhaps our longevity.  Life expectancy is a highly esoteric field of inquiry so I prefer to focus on qualitative experiences rather than quantitative ones.  This also takes one outside the normal scientific world where the success and failure of various protocols are often described on the basis of how long a person lives from date of diagnosis to death.  This information is interesting and important, but, as I said, it's not my area of expertise.

I prefer to view each moment as a separate experience and to think that each experience is moving us more in the direction of degeneration or more towards regeneration.  I discuss this concept on my newest web site, moldmisery.com.  Unless one accepts that there are ramifications for each action, one may not consider the actions thoroughly enough.  I am trying to put forth information and thoughts that will encourage deeper involvement in the treatment process and hopefully therefore more control over the experiences . . . and perhaps also the outcome, but my personal beliefs do not really support this mode of evaluation so, once more, I want to be clear that my interest is in the quality of life, what we make of our opportunities and experiences, not the results that follow.

Sometimes the concepts of natural medicine and conventional (allopathic) medicine are worlds apart. When one studies widely in both schools, there can be a lot of confusion, but with my exposure to darkfield microscopy—sometimes called live blood analysis— "detoxification" and "purification" became visible and I owe at least part of my own recovery from a very serious encounter with a lady spider to the insights I was provided into how my blood was affected by the venom as well as neurotoxins. Unfortunately, this kind of microscopy is not very well understood in the U.S., but in the German-speaking world, where I have spent some time in the last years, it is extremely popular.

In darkfield microscopy, one is able to observe "live blood." Unlike electron microscopy, no fixative is used and there is no bombardment of the sample so one is able to observe not only what is in the blood but the behavior of the blood, and this is truly fascinating.  Technically speaking, darkfield microscopy is proton microscopy, but it's not important to understand this, merely that one has the opportunity to see the shape and condition of the red blood cells, the functioning and interests of the white blood cells, and, unfortunately, ever so much foreign matter in the blood.

Actually, this should not surprise anyone.  Again, I am trying to be informative, not critical, but we know that blood chemistry changes, and we should realize that it changes because of what is moving in the blood.  We know, for instance, that alcohol and sugar go into the blood stream very fast and we ought to be clear that hormones, food, medications and supplements, as well as pollutants find their way into the blood stream through ingestion, inoculation (with pharmaceutical drugs or insect bites), and inhalation. We know this so we know that blood is not a simple substance but rather just as complex as life itself.

Because I am an astrologer, my first experiences looking through the eye pieces of the microscope were like looking at the microcosm and I often felt like I was falling into inner space.  Sometimes, it felt very personal, like I was getting to know someone through the struggles waged in this badly misunderstood tissue.  Yes, blood is a tissue, not a fluid.  Well, okay, there is a liquid but the red blood cells are suspended in the plasma.  In addition to the erythrocytes, there are many kinds of white cells, platelets, and other objects, varying from microorganisms to parasites to chemicals and complex compounds.

Hematology is a very complex subject, not to mention microbiology and parasitology, so I want to keep it simple

Red Blood Cells

Erythrocytes are discoids, not spheres.  They look somewhat like donuts except that there is a depression in the middle rather than a hole.  They can vary somewhat in size from one person to another but all the red blood cells in a single individual ought to be the same size.  If some are larger and others are smaller, there is a problem.

RBCs work very hard.  They assimilate nutrients and transport food and oxygen throughout the body.  If they are malnourished, the ingredients needed to maintain health and repair damaged tissues will be lacking.  This leads to degeneration because cells die and have to replaced and this job cannot be performed well if there are deficiency conditions.  Hungry red blood cells have little bull's eyes in the middle.  I think this is because they are thin and the light comes through the thinner part of the RBCs.  Many cancer patients have lots of these target cells.

So, first off, RBCs need good nourishment.  They need minerals to maintain the hemoglobin, not just iron but many minerals, and fat to keep the outer membrane in tact.  When they are weak, they are vulnerable to infection and one sees RBCs that have infection on the surface of the cells as well as inside.

When the RBCs deliver their payloads, they pick up the waste and carbon dioxide.  Most of this is expelled in the lungs which is why so many patients have weakness in the lungs and why good air, proper breathing, and some support for detoxification are important.

In my work with the microscope, I have seen every kind of toxicity, including a lot of dead cells following not just chemotherapy and irradiation but also some IV protocols and zapping or the more sophisticated Rife technologies.  All this debris has to be disposed of.  Usually, it is consumed by white blood cells:  they eat the bacteria and spray something on parasites to dissolve their skin.  I had seen this with my own eyes so I know they do this, but they can also be overwhelmed and my sense is that they prioritize well.

For instance, it is well known in some circles that the immune system will attack an infection before turning its attention to cancer.  Therefore, if a patient has a chronic infection, as for instance due to a dental problem, the white blood cells will be tied up with the emergency and other problems will have to wait.  Think of them like firemen.  If there is one fire, everyone slides down the pole and jumps on the wagon and goes to the fire, but if six fires are burning simultaneously, there might not be enough resources to handle all six emergencies so some buildings are going to burn down.  I am not saying it is this simple; but it's totally obvious to my eyes that white blood cells are completely aware of the work that needs to be done, but some of the work exposes them to so much toxicity that they die and sometimes, they are just overwhelmed.

The more patients do to lighten the load, the easier it is for white blood cells do their jobs.  I believe that pH balance, really good quality cooking and salad oils, as well as herbal supplements that enable the white blood cells to detoxify, support healing by releasing some of the resources of the body from emergency management to deeper issues.  What I found helps is dietary simplicity:  stay away from the smorgasbords and buffets and hang out more with your juicer.  Various clinics have juice protocols that they believe to be necessary; I think some people need to fast on green juices for three days but after that, two big glasses of very fresh juice are usually enough to supply the nutrients and take some pressure off the digestive system.  Enzymes are needed to break down tumors so one needs to have some reserves.  By eating food that has high nutrient benefits and low digestive stress, some enzymes are freed for critical work.

I'm in my sixties so I have been around for a while and I've read a lot.  There are credible accounts of people who have healed simply from diet, but there are others who healed after relying on other strategies so I am not a fanatic.  I like to explain things as clearly as possible and then encourage people to think and make their own decisions:  don't copy someone else and don't ask me to tell someone what to do.  This said, I would encourage people to look into a few very special diets with a track record.

The first is the Johanna Brandt grape cure.  I actually know a few patients who had the will power and fortitude to stick to this diet and I was amazed by the results, but it's a difficult option.  Next, there is the master cleanse of Stanley Burroughs and the three-day mucusless diet of Dr. John Christopher.  Both have merits.  Then, there are some diets that are a little more long-term: the Moerman diet from Holland, the Johanna Budwig regime from Germany, the Rudolf Breuss diet from Austria, the Max Gerson diet used in several clinics in Mexico but seldom in his native Germany, and the Body Ecology diet, a relatively new one but it is more do-able than many others; and since compliance is an important factor, easier diets have some merit. You note that I did not include the Macrobiotic diet or some of the other more eccentric diets, largely because my experience is that people are very resistant to change so they need food that tastes and feels good to them.  Personally, I am interested in Ayurvedic diets but they require more patient education as well as initiation into the world of spices.

I become upset with "one size fits all" approaches to anything.  First, I don't believe there is such a thing as a single strategy and secondly, it's often more a question of the quality of the food and ability to assimilate what is eaten than the selection of food.  This said, I have opinions on some matters but will limit my comments right now to organic and fresh.  If you can grow the food yourself and juice it or cook it minutes after harvesting, it's great.  If there is a local farmer's market, that is fine too.  If you can contract with someone to grow food specially for you, that's okay also; and, if you have to buy produce in a supermarket or order it online, that's also a solution, but eat food that is nutritious and as natural as possible.  I am not going to cite reams of research.  Someone else can do that work.  I just want to say that the body is 100% organic; and it can only be nourished and repaired with organic food:  end of argument.

For the last 15-20 years, I have been telling people that the simplest change anyone can make in the kitchen is to substitute an excellent quality oil for the dreadful commercial oils in wide use.  Approximately 15-30% of our calories come from oil and who knows how much rancidity, oxidative stress, and chemical toxicity are related to the use of poor oils.  I have to say that I have almost never succeeded in convincing anyone that oils are this important.  I don't know why this message is so hard to put across, but I usually feel like I am wasting my breath.  This said, I believe one can make a 30-50% improvement in diet just by using proper oils. Imagine that!  No one has to change any recipes, just the bottles.  Oils must be organic and cold-pressed.

This topic will be continued . . .



Ingrid Naiman
9 April 2006


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