THE ENVIRONMENT CHAPTER 15.
THE NEW HEALTH CARE
The health situation world-wide is rapidly deteriorating. Not only with regard to massive problems like hunger, poor hygiene, women diseases, infant mortality, (tropical) infectious diseases in the so-called "Third World" or "South", but the recent immune-deficiency related (chronic) disorders in the modern world - of which AIDS is only a small part - as well. It seems that 50 years of post-war health care wasnt able to master the problems it was facing. Despite all clinical and technological efforts the rate of chronic disease is still on the rise e.g. allergies, vascular and heart disease, degeneration and cancer. In the Netherlands it is estimated, that in the year 2010 the statistics of chronic disease has risen up to 40% (compared to 1992). Taking the ageing of the population into account, this is still a worrying figure1. Another indicator is the incidence of chronic disease among the very young. While 25 years ago diseases like migraine, asthma, diabetes, rheumatism, high blood pressure, cancer and many others were extremely rare among them, nowadays they are alarmingly common.
Many of the disorders above, are usually classified under civilization" related diseases, while recently joined by the so called "new risks", the technology-related disorders like allergy, EMF, ME, RSI, fibromyalgia and many others. It is common knowledge, that in situations like recession or war many (these) chronic diseases simply dont occur or disappear. Our affluent society and with it our lifestyle, prove to be the main epidemiological factor. Statistics from Japan used to show rather favourable health figures with regard to chronic disease, compared to other high industrial societies. The healthy food and the various ways of stress release, like the daily hot bath, in Japanese society are among the determinants. Nowadays the four determining factors influencing our health are nutrition (including the fertility of the soil) & lifestyle(with poverty and hunger as the main factors in the South), stress, iatrogenic effects (Western medicine) and environmental pollution (primary complex). In Europe this is common knowledge of the natural" - preventive, biological", ecological - systems of medicine. More in particular these etiologic factors prove to be related to our basic metabolic functions: the flow system". It is the dynamic balance between input, processing and output of nutrients, waste products and toxins. This flow can be distinguished in seven stages: the soil/nutrition, digestion, blood circulation, combustion, assimilation, detoxification and excretion/the soil. Chronic imbalance of these basic functions results in various disorders (secondary complex) like deficiencies of vitamins, minerals and trace-elements, chronic self-poisoning, food-intolerance, hypoglycemia, (multi-chemical) allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, fungi like candida, - with a wide variety of disorders in children, psychological problems like hyperactivity, aggression and depression - with as a consequence immune-deficiency and disorders, recently called "new risks" like severe allergies, ME, OPS, RSI, EMF and many others (tertiary complex) and vice versa. Eventually disorder and disease may further deteriorate into the (several) chronic and clinical stages of disease (quaternary complex).
The surprise: the Flow System is the foundation of Evolutionary Medicine. It is based on the most primordial process to be found in all stages of evolution. Health proves to be dependent on the most primitive metabolic level: the imput, processing and output of food, water, air, toxins and waste-products. Health is the result of a dynamic equilibrium between these three factors. One can observe this in bacteria, single-celled organisms, protozoa, amoeba, plankton, worms, moss, plants, insects, fishes, amphibia, reptiles, birds and mammals. All organisms absorb nutrients, process and excrete them. Only if this balance is optimal organisms thrive. It is an evolutionary fact, that the more basic a function is the more crucial it is for health. Stem cells have infinitely more potential compared to adult organ cells. For the therapy it means that - before doing anything else - the basic metabolic system has to be optimized first. First the foundation of a house has to be laid before the other floors can be erected. In the context of evolution: one starts with the most ancient evolutionary stage, while subsequently adding "later periods" to it. This principle is not a theoretical one, but has been proved in countless cases during four decades!
Stone Age Therapy for Modern
You probably have seen it in the countryside. A horse "scraping" its body against a tree or barn. Apparently, something disturbing "occupies his/her mind". It can be itching, pain, a horse fly, a trauma, a swelling, a furuncle or sunburn. In those cases the horse (sheep, goat, cow, pig, dog) intuitively knows the right way to get rid of it. It must have been very inspiring for early humans to see how animals cope with these kind of situations. So, pre-historic people took a stone and did the same. Apparently with success, because ever since "scraping therapy" is part of (wo)man's therapeutic arsenal. Scraping stones have been found, some ten's of thousands of years old. (Also used for cleaning skins). In classical times (Roman e.g.) scraping instruments, used as therapy tools, have been excavated. But it was in China that "scraping" was widespread. At a very early stage it became part of the Healing System of the Yellow Emperor. The latter considered to be the founder of Chinese Traditional Medicine. Again, as with Flow System Therapy, Chinese Guasha connects directly with early stages of evolution. It is based on stimulating the immune system. In ancient times, people "lived adventurously". In daily life there were countless moment in which they were exposed to influences of all kinds: cold and heat, weather conditions, physical exhaustion, food shortages, all kinds of trauma's and diseases. Their "hygiene" wasn't like ours at all. The advantage: their body-mind received countless stimulants for the immune-system. This in contrast to "modern" times. Our "lifesyle" dominated by passivity, overconsumption, exposure to high frequent radiation, psychological stress and existential fear......only undermines the immune-system, rather than boosting it! Moreover, regular medicine is very poor at immune-stimulating therapies..So we are very proud and happy to have re-introduced to the West one of the oldest and most effective immune-boosting treatments, ever: Stone Age Therapy for Modern (Wo)Man"
In the 40 years of my medical practice, I have found the common denominator of chronic civilization" related disease together with the "new risks": the flow system. Instead of concentrating on the effects or symptoms of clinical disease, the diagnosis and treatment of the causes: the basic functions of the soil/nutrition, digestion, blood circulation, combustion, assimilation, detoxification and elimination/the soil proves to be crucial. Every stage has its own examination, diagnosis and a group of integrated - biological, ecological - therapies. The surprise is, that by only optimizing the above mentioned basic functions - together with eliminating as much as possible all harmful influences from the environment - all kinds of chronic disorders often prove to be partly or even entirely disappearing, while at the same time well-being, optimal vitality, energy and a balanced immune-system are restored. Flow system therapy offers every individual a simple, effective, cheap and comprehensible system of understanding health, a context for improving lifestyle in such a way, that illness can be prevented, civilization" related (chronic) disorders and the "new risks" can be improved or cured, through natural means without side-effects.
flow system therapy: the
answer to the basic health
Although "Flow System Therapy" covers most of the current health problems (from simple to severe) , it is primarily meant as a self help handbook (See also The New Health Care). Hence the remedies mentioned are purposely chosen in such a way, that they are within everybody's reach.
Last updating: 08/10/12