Is there a typical client for South American Health?
We work with many clients who are referred to us by their primary care practioner and/or have tried a range of modalities with only limited results. Many have had health issues for a long time and are now at a stage where they are willing to try a different approach. While the majority of our clients understand that non-pharmaceutical/non-surgical ways of supporting wellness are possible, some need more facts before they will proceed.
An important part of what we do is educate our clients so they are more knowledgeable about the mechanisms that have led to their current imbalance, as well as the various changes needed in order to fully recover. Our training and experience in the fields of clinical counselling, energy psychology, vibrational medicine, nutrition, naturopathy, homeopathy, German New Medicine, and Chinese & Ayurvedic traditions, allows us to access a wide body of knowledge to support our findings and recommendations. Clients who are genuinely interested in regaining their health and are open to new approaches, and cutting-edge technology, will appreciate our professional and comprehensive approach to supporting the body, mind and spirit, so that true wellness can be obtained.
What is the difference between the Western medical approach to pain and disease and our holistic approach to wellness?
Outside of acute trauma intervention (repairing bones and tissue damaged in accidents, etc.) modern Western medicine is now almost exclusively focused on addressing the SYMPTOMS of illness. This is accomplished through cutting (organ removal, tumor removal), burning (radiation therapy), poisoning (chemotherapy), and drugging (prescription medication). None of these interventions attempt to address the underlying root cause of the pain and/or disease. In many cases the results are only temporary and the side effects of the intervention bring on other forms of disease. Even more important, the imbalance that was causing the symptoms in the first place is left unchecked. This, of course, leads to subsequent tissue, organ, and system damage.
Unfortunately, many of these resulting issues are not necessarily in the same area as the original concern; thus, they are usually perceived as being totally separate and unrelated. This lack of awareness is built into the Western medicine model with its primary focus on symptoms and doctors specializing in specific organs or systems. A holistic approach, on the other hand, is almost exclusively focused on finding the actual root cause of any given imbalance. Symptoms and labels for disease are only useful in that they can help point the way toward the more important core issues that need to be identified and addressed. Symptoms of illness do not necessarily appear only where the malfunction was initiated. Similarly, the specific excesses, deficiencies, blockages or distortions that are impairing the body’s natural capacity to heal may be quite complex, and they may involve a chain of events that include energetic, emotional, mental and physical components. Some of these aspects may be recent; others may be problematic due to the effects of accumulation; still others can be issues from the distant past that have never been addressed.
The body is always trying to achieve homeostasis. There are many who believe that what Western medicine calls disease is actually a protective mechanism, designed for survival, that the body uses under adverse conditions. A holistic approach to wellness is focused on getting the body back into balance. Once this is achieved, the body has a miraculous capacity to heal and no longer needs to resort to processes that are born out of imbalance and lack of resources. Giving the human body the necessary tools and support eventually results in emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
What is toxic load and how does it affect my health?
When the body is not able to complete the healing process, or is very slow in doing so, our objective is to identify all the contributing factors causing this disruption. One of these factors may be your level of ‘toxic load’ or the amount of accumulated toxins in the body. The sources of this high toxicity include stress, trauma, lifestyle, and environmental toxins. Chronic stress can become toxic. Cellular memory of trauma can also continue to manifest dysfunction on the new generations of initially healthy cells that then become damaged. Anger, sadness or frustration can have the same biological outcomes as poison at the cellular level. Similarly, deficiency in some very important nutrients can handcuff the livers ability to neutralize toxins that are created as a byproduct of digestion or immune function.
Our environment also contains thousands of man-made toxins including carcinogens, neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, etc., that are found in the air, water and especially in our food. We are also exposed to hidden allergens, heavy metals and a modern lifestyle that leaves very little time for processing issues or decompressing the build-up associated with intense emotions. Once the level of toxicity in the body passes a certain threshold it starts to adversely affect all bodily functions, including our immune system and our sense of wellbeing. High toxic load is at the core of autoimmunity, chronic inflammation and many other conditions.
What is autoimmunity?
There are over 150 different autoimmune conditions that the medical profession has labeled so far, and the list seems to grow every year. At the root of each of these diseases is one central biochemical process: an immune response that is imbalanced.
Autoimmunity is the failure of your immune system to recognize its own constituent parts as self. This allows an immune response against your own cells and tissues instead of (or in addition to) responding to pathogens. Examples of autoimmune diseases include celiac disease, vasculitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis (MS) and irritable bowel disease (IBD).
In Western medicine the primary intervention for autoimmune conditions are drugs and/or small changes in diet. Our approach is to understand all the factors that are adversely affecting the immune system and to help clients address these. This can result is a natural resolution of the autoimmune condition as well as other issues that may also be connected to this imbalance.
What is chronic inflammation?
To better understand what chronic inflammation is and how it manifests, we must first start by understanding acute inflammation. Acute inflammation is the initial response of the body to harmful stimuli and is characterized by the movement of plasma (this is the main constituent of cells, which keeps electrolytes in balance, protects the body from infection, contains dissolved proteins, hormones, and carbon dioxide) and white blood cells or leukocytes (the primary cells of the immune system involved in defending the body against both infection and foreign materials) to the target site.
A mature inflammatory response involves a cascade of biochemical events from the vascular system and immune system, at the site of an invading pathogen or toxin. Chronic inflammation arises when an acute inflammatory response is not able to shut off. Your immune response is powerful and if it is always on then collateral damage can occur to healthy cells as well.
The liver can also fail to adequately deal with peroxides that are produced as a natural byproduct of liver function. These peroxides can destroy cell membranes on contact and if not dealt with quickly, inside the liver, can spill into the bile, blood and lymphatic system. This in turn can create inflammation in many areas of the body. The primary characteristic of chronic inflammation is the simultaneous destruction and healing of bodily tissue. Examples of chronic inflammation diseases include asthma, allergies, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and atherosclerosis. Chronic inflammation is also a primary factor in mitochondrial dysfunction and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and MS.
What causes autoimmunity and chronic inflammation?
Chronic inflammation and autoimmunity are a result of high toxic load. This abundance of toxins can build-up because of emotional, physical or sexual trauma; toxins from our food, water or air, as well as those persistent toxins form mercury amalgam, vaccines etc . Take this large and growing toxic load, and add inflammatory foods, lack of nutrients, sedentary lifestyle and medications including oral antibiotics that wipe out intestinal flora (the building blocks of the immune system) and the results are actually quite predictable. First, the primary organ for detoxing the body, the liver, becomes congested. This allows for some of your toxins to go unchecked and for the toxic load to build. It also inhibits the ability of the liver to deal with highly damaging ‘peroxides’ that are created as a byproduct of normal liver function. These peroxides then spill into the blood, bile and lymphatic system and cause damage in many areas of the body.
Next, a number of different things can happen independently or simultaneously. These free circulating toxins, pathogens and peroxides can contribute to the destabilization of the immune system so that the inflammatory response does not shut off properly as it should. Even more likely, if these ‘antigens’ are constantly present, the inflammatory response is in a never-ending battle and understandably will not/cannot shut off. In other words, the immune system is not malfunctioning at all, but is simply reacting to the constant bombardment of pathogens and toxins that are ever present. One or both of these toxic load related issues is at the root of all chronic inflammatory conditions.
Similarly, with so many foreign invaders, contracted cells because of emotionally induced ‘hypervigilance,’ the presence of peroxides outside the liver, and so much damage occurring because of their presence, the immune system can become overloaded and can start to mislabel tissue (which is ‘self’) as foreign and begin to attack it. This is the root of all autoimmunity disorders.
In some cases, we can also add to the mix the fact that the immune system is not allowed to develop properly. This is due to our modern aversion to germs and dirt. You need a ‘healthy’ exposure to bacteria and viruses so that a ‘natural immunization process’ occurs that strengthens your acquired immune system. For some people, this lack of immune system conditioning can lead to reduced immune response. With a high toxic load, this can lead to subsequent inappropriate immune responses.
How does cleansing help?
Cleansing and detoxing are natural methods of eliminating the build-up of toxins and pathogens in the body. Cleanses can target specific organs (liver, gallbladder, kidneys, brain, colon, etc.) or they can be general in nature. There are various methods of cleansing including fasting, various herbal teas, tinctures, poultices, oils, supplements and specific types of diets. There are also a variety binding agents and energetic therapies that have a cleansing effect on the body.
The results from cleansing are a drop in the level of toxic load, an increase in the capacity of organs to function optimally, better elimination, increased nutrient absorption, improved immune response, and better cognitive function.
Should I be concerned about heavy metal contamination?
We are exposed to toxins every day. This includes heavy metal toxins such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, nickel and so on. By reviewing the scientific literature, we can safely say that there is a 100% chance that you have been exposed. We all take in heavy metals by simply living our lives: eating, drinking, breathing, brushing our teeth, showering, cleaning, using makeup, driving, smoking, taking medications, getting vaccination shots, and chewing food with dental amalgams in our teeth.
Unfortunately, due to the shear volume of heavy metal contamination in our environment at this time, our natural capacity to eliminate these toxins is much slower than our ability to accumulate them. This means that over time we build-up heavy metals, and then they slowly begin to have an increasingly dramatic adverse-effect on our health.
Heavy metals, even at low levels, damage your nervous, immune, cardio-vascular and reproductive systems. These toxins have been scientifically linked to placing you at risk for serious degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autism, ADD and much more. Prostate issues, including cancer, are directly linked to heavy metal accumulation in the prostate. There are a number of interventions that are quite extraordinary at dropping heavy metal toxic load, including chelation therapy.
What is chelation therapy?
When it comes to heavy metal detox regimes, the most powerful and effective method for getting rid of toxic heavy metals is to ‘chelate’ them out. Chelation therapy is also effective as a non-surgical way to improve blood flow and as a result, improve oxygen to tissues. Chelation is the act of binding one substance to another, in order to form a larger molecule that is easier for the body to locate and eliminate.
There are various chelates that can be used to bind to heavy metals and/or pathological calcium in arteries, in order to allow the kidney and liver to identify these larger molecules and remove them from the body. Chelation therapy works with your existing elimination systems (urinary tract, bowels, skin) to remove toxins. That is why your liver and kidneys need to be functioning adequately in order to undertake chelation therapy. There are a range of chelating substances including EDTA, DMSA, DMPS, zeolite, MSM, DMSO and herbs such as cilantro that can be used. There are also a number of ways in which chelation can be introduced into the body including IV, oral, patch and rectal suppository. It is important to ensure that chelation is done slowly so that elimination systems are not overloaded. This is especially important if you have liver and/or kidney issues or have never done any cleansing and detoxing before.
Chelation therapy has been used safely and effectively for over 75 years. Recently it has been proven to be clinically significant and safe by a large US government-funded national study. It has helped restore healthy function and quality of life for many people, many of whom have been able to prevent the need for surgery or to rely on prescription medications. Chelation therapy has shown to improve a variety of health concerns including:
- Memory problems or “brain fog”
- Angina & chest pains
- Heart disease;
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heavy metal removal
- Autoimmune disorders
- Poor circulation, found in cold feet and/or hands
- Impotency and/or Erectile dysfunction
- Leg cramps
- Slow-healing sores
- Shortness of breath
- Visual & hearing loss
- Poor digestion
- Low energy
Over time chelation can halt the progress of diseases that are caused or made worse by heavy metals, free-radical damage or lack of oxygen to tissues. The benefits from chelation therapy are numerous, and if done properly can be quickly evident and safe. Every blood vessel in the body, from the largest arteries to the tiniest capillaries, including those deep within the brain, fine tissues including those in the eyes, sexual organs and other vital glands, can be reconditioned and proper function supported by chelation therapy.
Electrical flow, electromagnetic fields, frequencies and magnetism?
Each cell in the human body is composed of atoms, electrons, protons and neutrons. We now have equipment that can measure the frequency, voltage and amperage of cells and/or systems and organs. Any ‘conductor’ that experiences a current running through it exhibits a electromagnetic field. Our bodies not only conduct electricity through a network of neurons (“a neuron or nerve cell is an electrically excitable cell that processes and transmits information through electrical and chemical signals” – Wikipedia), but this flow of electricity also produces electromagnetic fields.
According to the HeartMath Institute our heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body as measured by an electrocardiogram (ECG), which is about 100 times greater in amplitude than the brain waves recorded in an electroencephalogram (EEG). The human electromagnetic field is a compilation of various fields including those created by the heart and brain, and it was first partially imaged in 1939 by a Russian inventor and researcher, Semyon Kirlian. We are now able to image the entire human electromagnetic or biofield as well as record its strength, depth and integrity. The flow of energy in the human body is referred to as qi in Chinese medicine, chi in Japanese healing, prana in Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine, mana in Hawaiian culture, lung in Tibetan Buddhism, and vital energy in Western philosophy.
One of the fundamental building blocks of our physical bodies is iron. It is in every cell and if we don’t have enough of it we get sick. Iron is magnetic and as such its presence throughout our body helps to create a biomagnetic field. Biomagnetism is the phenomenon of magnetic fields produced by living organisms and is a subset of bioelectromagnetism. The first valid measurement of the human biomagnetic field was made in 1963. The latest research suggests that the importance of iron for human health may have more to do with the magnetic field that its presence creates than anything else. Doctor Isaac Goiz (Duran) MD of Mexico City has pioneered a process of ‘depolarizing’ positive and negative aspects of magnetic energy in specific locations of the body. This balances pH levels, changes the pathogenic capacity of organisms and restores homeostasis.
What is energy medicine?
Energetic therapies are designed to assist you in addressing cellular imbalances and re-establishing electrical conductivity in and around diseased or injured tissue. They can also help to re-program the cellular memory of shock and/or physical or emotional trauma, re-instate normal cellular frequencies, re-establish energy flow, boost immune function, and help balance distorted energy fields.
A key concept in energy medicine is that the words “diagnosis” and “treatment” have a different meaning than they do in Western medicine. In Western medicine you diagnose and treat an illness. In energy medicine you assess where the energy system needs attention and correct the energy disturbances. Physical symptoms can be a clue, but they are not the focus.
How do energetic therapies work?
Albert Einstein once stated: “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”
We believe that initially it is energetic imbalance that leads to subsequent changes in our physical and mental health. In other words, imbalance is registered first in our electrical field and subsequently in our biology. Our holistic approach includes tackling wellness energetically and biologically. We believe this approach is not only more complete but is the fastest and most effective way of addressing ‘dis-ease’, especially when little else has been effective.
We have a range of therapies and modalities that are designed to help you restore your electrical balance and your electromagnetic field. These interventions are intended to re-establish energy flow, eliminate cellular memory of trauma and re-establish bio-resonance.
How do we help you re-establish energy flow?
This has to do with getting your body’s energies into harmony and balance. While not necessarily focusing on your specific health symptoms, re-balancing can create an energetic environment that supports your overall health, vitality, and healing.
In Chinese medicine blocked and stagnated energy cause disease. When emotional and/or physical trauma (distress, toxins, pathogens or direct cellular damage) results in biological disruption, the effect is not just biological in nature. There are also disruptions and changes in the body’s electromagnetic field and the flow of electrical energy along the various pathways throughout the body (neural networks, meridians, acupuncture points, and chakras/energy centers).
Biological damage may inhibit or even stop the flow of blood to certain areas of the body, reduce range of motion and/or trigger chronic inflammation. This is actually a mirroring effect of blocked energy, incoherent fields, or distorted frequencies – which then eventually manifest physically as impaired cellular function.
There are various ways in which energy can be stimulated to flow again. Acupuncture has a track record of several thousand years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Electroacupuncture is more recent and has the advantage of not needing to be as precise with the insertion of needles. This is because the current, delivered through the needle, stimulates a larger area than the needle itself. A similar technique is called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which uses electrodes that are in contact with the surface of the skin instead of needles being inserted into it. Microcurrent therapy is in this category. The difference is that it uses one-millionth the amperage of traditional TENS units. We use various kinds of microcurrent therapies to overcome energetic blockages, help stabilize and relax damaged cells, and stimulate the flow of vital energy.
What is bioresonance?
The underlying premise of bioresonance is based on all matter having resonant frequencies and every cell in the body vibrating at a particular frequency. Groups of cells, which together make up bodily systems, organs and structures, have a particular resonant frequency and/or pattern.
The human body is programmed to heal itself. However, this may not always be possible due to interference from cellular memory of trauma, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, artificial food additives, medications, drugs, stress, emotions and physical imbalances. These all interfere with electrical as well as biological communication within cells and between cells that form tissues and organs in our body. This results in organ stress, degeneration and disease. Other stressors on the body’s ability to function properly include viruses, bacteria, fungus/moulds and parasites. Electrical interference can resemble slight static or… no reception. At times of illness, the body’s complex frequencies and electromagnetic fields can change and become distorted or even cease to exist. This distortion can exist even after the offending stressor has been removed.
Under these conditions the body can be helped to heal and re-balance itself by being connected to healthy frequencies. The application of frequencies to the body can be done through water, electromagnetic fields, vibration or light. An expert in this field is Dr. McMakin of Portland Oregon. She developed frequency protocols for the treatment of myofascial pain in 1996 and presented her clinical data at the American Back Society national meeting in December 1997. Since 1995, she has published eight papers on the use of her Frequency Specific Microcurrent technology and how re-establishing bioresonance can have significant therapeutic results. We use various technologies to help re-establish bioresonance, including Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy (FSM), Photo-stimulation Therapy and Sound Therapy.
What is cellular memory of trauma?
Unlike the memories of your brain, cellular memory stores experiences, not just facts and figures. Experiences tend to be stored as impressions and are viewed from all senses, not just the visual. For example, when retrieving a memory the brain will most likely show you a picture, a list, or a graphic. But when cells are retrieving a memory they will give you a body sensation such as pain, tension, tingling, or you may be ‘frozen with fear’. Every cell in our body has the ability to remember and can store the memory of physical trauma (like accidents, cuts, bruises, surgeries, abuse), emotional trauma (like heartache, disappointment), or mental trauma (like traumatic events that are difficult to comprehend) that manifest in low self-esteem, unworthiness and worry.
Paul Pearsall, a neuropsychologist, wrote an extraordinary book about the memories from deceased heart donors being remembered by the living heart recipients. His book, The Heart’s Code: Tapping the Wisdom and Power of Our Heart Energy, provides insight into the phenomenon of organs and blood containing within it or being linked to, memories belonging to its person. Part of Pearsall’s research for the book included tracking several real life cases of heart transplant recipients who inherited some of their donors’ traits and memories. Interestingly the majority of these memories tended to be traumatic.
Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) relates to cellular memory. Survivors of stress or trauma exhibit multiple signs of ongoing memory in their bodies. Physical symptoms can include shaking, inability to move or act, sweating, and disease. Emotional symptoms such as sadness, fear or anger are also common. Mental symptoms can include an inability to decide or focus, as well as feelings of powerlessness. A traumatic event stored in cellular memory also has the ability to trigger multiple senses, including sight, smell, and taste. How is this possible? Part of the answer lies in the fact that during the shock and stress of an event that is perceived as a physical or emotional threat, complex hormonal messages are released by the limbic-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system. These substances encode all the external and internal sensory impressions of the perceived threat as cellular memory. This initial stimulus, or memory, can later act as a catalyst for the same reflex response that was initiated by the original perceived threat. The reflex or response can thus become conditioned to produce the same basic reaction each time the memory of the initial threat is activated, regardless of the stimulus. This process is known as stimulus generalization.
If these memories are not eliminated, which can be accomplished with the assistance of technologies such as Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy, Photo-stimulation therapy and/or counselling, the suppressed cellular memory can continue to imprint trauma (damage) onto our cells. This can result in chronic inflammation, anger, depression, as well as cancer and other chronic disease states.