Health and illness begin in the extracellular matrix or terrain – the “everything” between your cells, rich with blood vessels and nerve endings. Also referred to as the ground system or substance, it’s the system that connects all physiological symptoms.
Assessing its condition thus provides us with the clearest window on a person’s overall health, alerting us to the current impact of various burdens and potential emergence of future problems.
We do this through computerized analysis of your blood, urine and saliva and through the lens of three key values: pH, r (resistance) and r2H (redox potential).
The pH of these fluids can indicate whether the patient’s system is too acidic or too alkaline, whether enzymatic activity in the body is occurring properly and if digestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals and nutrients are occurring adequately. The oxidation-reduction values indicate the state of oxygen in the individual’s system.
Because of the effects of stress, poor air and food quality, and the lack of aerobic exercise typical of most Americans, these values are generally much lower than they should be to sustain a healthy body. If these values remain low for extended periods of time, the body becomes more susceptible to illness, disease, degeneration and premature aging.
Although the testing procedure does not diagnose any specific pathology or disease states, it does serve as an analytical guidepost that tremendously aids in the overall evaluation of the patient.
To learn more about the terrain and BTA/QFA, see Dr. Gary Verigin’s excellent resource page on the topic.