Dr med. dent. Helmut Huf
Chronic diseases have been on the increase for years. Conventional medicine has so far proved powerless to diagnose and treat the cause of these conditions. With ever greater frequency we find that explanatory models rooted in the natural sciences have their limitations since diseases rarely develop in textbook fashion. Consequently new ideas are urgently needed. We must abandon the customary way of thinking to get to grips with this problem.
Despite the fact that biological systems are always subject to cybernetic controls, a cybernetic approach is rarely considered when diagnosing and treating medical conditions. To obtain a comprehensive understanding of the nature of the human body, we need to recognise dynamic processes.A growing number of therapists are therefore looking more closely at the findings of modern physics whereby all matter consists of waves (oscillations) and can be modified through information.
Simple cause-effect relationships are rare. Generally there are a number of causes at work. Various stresses adversely affect the transfer of information, disrupting or blocking regulation.
Regulation is an adjustment process within a system and serves to maintain or restore a state of equilibrium. In medicine we speak of homeostasis, which is a process of maintaining a well-balanced internal milieu through regulation. The existence of self-regulating functions ensures the system survives. Ideally any deviation is compensated. All therapy should aim to restore dynamic balance, in other words the state of homeostasis. Consequently efforts to treat the patient should concentrate on biological regulation and not on chemical blocking.
In the course of its reciprocal relationship with its environment, the human control pattern is continually receiving information in the form of messages. This information alters the entropy (measure of disorder) within the system. Increased entropy results in disorder which generally leads to disease.
The aim of therapy is to maintain or improve and restore the body’s ability to regulate according to biocybernetic aspects. This means reduced entropy and consequently health.
The functional system underlying this regulatory process is the control circuit. As we all know, there are control circuits with positive and those with negative feedback.
These terms should not be regarded as making a judgement on the feedback. They describe different regulatory processes. Both are necessary to maintain vital functions.
A control circuit with negative feedback serves to maintain a constant state. The system begins to exhibit self-limiting regulating characteristics as a consequence of the feedback signal. The desired value is thereby stabilised and held constant. Numerous metabolic processes in biochemistry are regulated by negative feedback.
Control circuits with positive feedback have self-reinforcing characteristics. Positive feedback leads to exponential growth and to instability within the system. If there is positive feedback, living systems tend towards chaotic degeneration. Results are not predictable. Yet behind the apparent chaos lies intelligent regulation.
Every change which we trigger in a system leads to feedback. Most biological processes are a mix of positive and negative feedback.
Information is constantly being transferred in the control circuits to maintain homeostasis. This information is transferred in varying ways.
All chronic disease originates from the basic regulation being disrupted. If the toxic stress is too great or if foci are present, the basic system is no longer capable of reacting to external stimuli. The body finds its control circuits are blocked. Its ability to regulate collapses. Obstacles to therapy which block the body’s ability to regulate must be eliminated. These include foci in the teeth and jaws, intolerance, allergies, poisonous substances found in the home, adverse influences at the workplace and toxins in foodstuffs. These disruptive factors and foci must first be diagnosed before they can be eliminated. This requires methods which allow an insight into the systemic relationships rather than those, such as radiological techniques, which display the morphological changes.
In conventional medicine the basic system is regarded merely as undifferentiated supporting tissue. Yet since Pischinger presented his research on the “basic regulation system” it has become imperative that we consider the interconnected relationships that exist in the open complex human system. The basic substance, from which everything right up to the most highly developed nerve cell is differentiated, is the mesenchyme. If the mesenchyme is blocked, then the flow of information is blocked. Many processes no longer function and unforeseen reactions occur within the body. Merely by eliminating just one significant stress factor, e. g. a focus, the system is often capable of regulating itself once again and recovering from a chronic medical condition.
The underlying regulatory processes take place in the basic system where the functional subsystems are all interlinked. Consequently, disruption and problems in one system will have repercussions for other systems and their components. Therefore, over the course of its life, the body acquires a different reactive state. Immunological changes take place and its capacity to regulate is reduced.
In summary, the mesenchyme is the morphological substrate of the body as a whole. It serves as the “dumping ground” for toxic stresses, both current and those experienced in the past. Where appropriate therapeutic intervention succeeds in breaking down a toxic stress, experience shows that the body’s regulatory mechanisms can be activated.
Every process involving an interference field takes place in the basic system and produces a remote effect if the local immune system is deficient. This should always be understood as a functional disorder of the basic system. Given the multiple interconnections within the complex human body, any organs and tissue systems can be considered potential targets for this remote action.
Since, in embryological terms, dental pulp develops from the mesoderm, it is linked directly to the basic substance, the mesenchyme. As a result, any therapeutic intervention on the dental pulp will affect the whole body.
Conventional medicine takes no take account of the interdependency between the teeth and the body as a whole and restricts itself to treating symptoms. However it is often not possible to treat chronic symptoms without first eliminating a focal stress in the tooth area. Such stresses are frequently sustained by dead teeth. Root fillings often constitute a health risk.
Since pathological processes evolve dynamically in a manner which is highly specific to the individual in question, the stress factors must be investigated in their entirety in each individual case.
Countless publications deal with the problem of focal disease. There is a seemingly never-ending debate about its significance, especially of odontogenic foci (i.e. those emanating from the teeth).
Doctors and dentists often regard this problem with scepticism. However, focal diseases are a daily reality in medical practice and one which doctors working in all specialties face.
Chronic conditions are frequently caused by head foci, especially in the tooth area. These block the body’s self-regulatory powers by restricting its ability to regulate. The body’s natural resistance is also subject to this regulation and may be badly affected if regulation is disrupted by foci. Problems may be triggered in distant parts of the body by diseased teeth. It is difficult to diagnose chronic disorders as the link between the symptom and the trigger cannot always be readily identified.
A focus is defined as a local pathological change in the soft connective tissue. It usually takes the form of subacute or chronic inflammation. As the local defensive barrier collapses, this chronically altered area of tissue produces a remote effect. This pathological remote effect which extends beyond the immediate area marks the onset of focal disease, i.e. a disruption whose cause does not lie at the site of the disruption. So the non-material remote effect is a dynamic process, a process in the invisible realm. It is not possible to display this process using conventional medical means. A remote effect cannot be shown on any X-ray. Even structural changes in the jawbone are only visible on an X-ray in cases where at least 40 % of the bone structure is demineralised.
Head foci are primarily responsible for disruption of the control and regulatory mechanisms. It is often natural in such cases to start diagnosis and treatment here. Yet the connections should be considered, as causal links are not linear by nature. Cyclic processes are usually at work here. In other words, an effect becomes a cause and a cause may have several effects. In each medical case, the structure of the disease is
always specific to the individual patient and will have a dynamic of its own. No two system states are similar in open living systems. Consequently, medical diagnosis in the sense of a system theory must consider other criteria too.
As we know from experience, the basic system has increasing difficulty overcoming the steadily growing number of interfering influences. Immunological change takes place. Chemical substances such as mercury, antibiotics, etc. can be found in immune complexes. The base materials do not in themselves have an allergic effect. However, by binding to peptides, they become antigens which, when administered parenterally, produce specific antibodies. An antigen-antibody reaction occurs. This can manifest anywhere in the body, e. g. in the nervous system in the form of encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord) or in the joints where they can sustain all forms of rheumatic joint disease. In terms of immunology the response profile is always the same. It is only the effects which differ from one individual to another.
On no account should all abnormal conditions in the jawbone area be regarded as foci. Only where the local defensive barrier is broken and a remote effect is observed may we talk in terms of a focus.
Scars can also lead to information transfer being interrupted. Interruption of the energy pathways is often the cause.
The wisdom teeth represent a special case as regards odontogenic foci.
With all chronic disease it is advisable first to carry out dental cleansing (removing and replacing amalgam fillings and detoxifying mercury deposits) to remove therapy blocks. If the focal stress is identified as or proved to be the cause, the focus should first be eliminated or at least its remote effect uncoupled before any further action is taken. Surgical treatment of the focus is therefore often necessary, with the inflamed tissue being removed. It is vital that this is accompanied with biological treatment pre-and post-surgery to reactivate the mesenchyme and to achieve adequate recovery from a regulatory perspective.
Disease is not a state but a dynamic process. This is sustained by multiple stress factors which lead to biological disorder with the individual factors differing as to priority. When combined, this leads to a limit beyond which it is no longer possible to regulate foci.
The best pre-operative preparation is change therapy in the holistic sense. The subsystems affected should be relieved beforehand. This is usually achieved with elimination therapy which has been tested beforehand.
The complex integrated control system cannot be viewed from an analytical linear standpoint where a specific effect necessarily follows a cause. When diagnosing focal disease it is important to consider the energetic interrelations (now better described as systemic relationships), as will be familiar from Chinese teaching.
To ensure that treatment is effective, therapists should therefore be familiar with the most important systemic relationships handed down from TCM as well as the additional ones identified by Von and Kramer, especially between the tooth-mouth-jaw region and the rest of the body.
Unfortunately the widespread lack of knowledge, which still persists, about the systemic relationships and their energetic processes often results in a diagnostic vacuum.
Each meridian “flows through” a number of different areas of medical specialism. It is clear from this that examining the patient from the viewpoint of one specialist field may lead to an incorrect interpretation and assessment as medical specialists will classify the symptoms of a disease only in terms of their own particular discipline.
Only through a diagnosis that transcends areas of specialism can a statement be made about the focal process and the secondary disorder resulting from its remote effect. We must no longer respect boundaries between specialist areas since everything is related and interconnected. We should think in terms of a non-linear dynamic.
No specialist field within medicine may be viewed in isolation. It is always part of the whole and consequently has fractal (self-similar) dimensions. The totality is contained in every detail. Fractal diagnosis provides information about the body’s ability to regulate and fractal therapy improves its ability to regulate. Consequently whenever a system is examined the specialist boundaries are automatically crossed and the examination becomes interdisciplinary.
Even though a change of thinking within medicine involves adopting cybernetic theories, the findings of traditional medicine which focuses on identifying pathological morphological structural changes should in no sense become obsolete.
The object is not to do away with specialists but to connect two seemingly opposing views. Both should have equal value to prevent the field of vision becoming too narrow.
Integrative medicine describes a concept which encompasses and treats all connections and where it is irrelevant whether conventional medical treatment or naturopathic methods are used.
As an open complex system, the human body consists of subsystems. These in turn display a systemic character, i.e. they are interconnected for the purpose of information and communicate with one another. Systems therefore represent a unit with a specific sense and purpose. The individual elements are not distributed at random. The network need not necessarily be visible. It can be made up of interactions which result from the exchange of information.
In Chinese literature the subsystems (meridians) are categorised according to the principle of polarity (Yin and Yang). According to Chinese teaching, man is also made up of these conflicting forces which face one another in opposition yet at the same time complement one another.
They run through the interstitial connective tissue of all extracellular spaces, also known as the matrix or basic system. By considering these potential system connections it is now possible to make clearly defined statements about diagnostic methods and the treatment required before the onset of disease.
Our current understanding of reality, in which individual elements rather than their associations are recorded, needs to be revised to allow us to recognise systemic connections and how these relate to one another.
The functional state of the patient’s regulatory system should be ascertained before starting treatment. Is their regulation normal, impaired or maybe it is blocked? If the regulatory system is disrupted, which is usually the case with the chronically sick, it must be ascertained what chronic irritations are present.
This has two consequences for therapy: firstly the chronic irritations which have been diagnosed must be eliminated and, secondly, the regulatory system needs stimulating to improve regulatory capacity.
When diagnosing the patient’s condition, alongside a detailed patient history and thorough inspection of the oral cavity, appropriate investigative methods should be used to assess whether their organs are in an orderly or disorderly state. REGUMED’s BICOM BodyCheck represents an appropriate method for revealing the relationship between cause and symptoms. It enables the patient’s energetic and functional state to be analysed on the basis of medical information. The system makes practical suggestions for balancing the energetic state by offering dietary advice to accompany focal elimination and intestinal cleansing which is frequently also necessary.
Intestinal cleansing not only improves digestion; it is extremely important for the patient’s powers of resistance. Vital immune cells which fight off pathogens are located in the walls of the intestine. Alongside eliminating foci it is also essential to activate the digestive system to prevent impairment of the immune defence system with all its negative implications for health. An individual’s state of health is determined by the ability of his/her gut to resist disease.
Food intolerances should be identified as they also weaken the powers of resistance and this on its own can allow a root-treated tooth to become a focus.
Focal theory in its classic form, whereby a focal infection was held responsible for the remote effect through bacterial dispersal, is now outdated and no longer tenable. We should therefore redress the bias in our way of thinking, adopt a holistic approach when considering the human body and learn from holistic models. This way we will address the so urgently needed paradigm shift.
The aim of therapy is to restore the body’s ability to regulate according to biocybernetic aspects. Since obstacles to regulation cover a broad spectrum, reducing overall levels of toxic stress must be given a high priority. Providing this relief is often the first step towards restoring the body’s self-healing powers.
However only those who are prepared to adopt approaches which lie outside the linear causal way of thinking will succeed. We are investigating at a level different from the familiar substantial morphological one. Joined-up thinking must become an integral part of any therapeutic approach. This will prevent only a limited part of reality being recognised. Measurable information energy is more important than substance which has hitherto been the main focus.
There is no exclusive method of effective healing. An effective method can only be achieved by a therapist operating very much as part of the system he deploys and adopting an impartial and receptive approach when treating his patient.
It is precisely in this area where medicine and consciousness come together.