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Oxygen and Metabolism
By Bernd Friendlander, D.C.

July 1988, p.80
Dr. Friedlander is a member of our Medical Advisory  Board. He is in private chiropractic practice in Santa Monica, California. He's  an athletic trainer and nutritional consultant to several basketball teams, the  University of California, Los Angeles, athletic department, and to track and  field athletes throughout the West. [LET'S LIVE, July 1988, p. 80]

Most  medicines that are used for the treatment of symptoms are composed of substances  that are foreign to the body. Concentrated nutritive medicines fall in this  category because the body usually cannot assimilate them. Even more dangerous  are those symptomatic medicines that are composed of severe and toxic poisons.

Throughout our daily activity, a portion of our energy is lost in the  form of heat; this process simultaneously uses up a portion of all our cells.

In order to replenish these used cells and to supply energy and heat for  the body, we have to ingest fuel in the form of food. This food is chewed in the  mouth where saliva is added. Next, it is "kneaded" in the stomach, where  digestive juices are simultaneously added.

In contrast, the useful  nutritive substances necessary for the individual organs undergo further  chemical processes. These processes occur with the help of the glands and their  secretions. After further purification and filtration, these nutritive  substances enter the bloodstream in liquid form, where they are brought to the  individual organs by the tiniest capillaries.

Oxygen becomes active in  blood. It enters the lungs and attaches itself to the hemoglobin of the blood  and reaches the cells through the arterial blood, thus replenishing an  oxygen-deficient body. Energy and heat are then created, as well as protein  material for the cells, uric acid, carbohydrates, and fats in the form of  carbolic acid. This metabolic exchanges is of the most basic importance for the  body. This process of metabolic exchange in the cells is scientifically known as  physiological oxidation. It creates heat that is partially used by the body to  maintain its vital temperature and creates energy that is necessary for the  maintenance of both muscles and mind.

This process of intake  (nourishment) is now made complete by the process of outtake (the elimination of  metabolic residues). The solid residues are eliminated by the intestines, and  the liquid residues by the urine, as well as in the form of sweat. Gaseous  residues, e.g., carbon dioxide, are expelled by the lungs. It is the task of  oxygen to facilitate metabolism so that these residues can be easily eliminated.

If under these circumstances metabolism is not able to take place with  its requisite completeness and rapidity, then all manner of unfavorable (and to  the patient, threatening) symptoms become noticeable.

Treatment at this  beginning stage can prevent or hinder the outbreak of more serious illness.  However, this seldom occurs and, therefore, the cause of the disorders  continues. The weakening of the blood and the organs progresses further. The  oxygen-deficient blood is no longer able to supply the needs of the organs, not  even their minimal nourishment.

Without oxygen, there can be no  nourishment. Without nourishment, no heat and no energy can be created, and the  body cannot purify itself. The unhindered development of this metabolic process  results in a circumstance that we call sound health.

There are two types  of metabolic disturbances. First, they result from the overexertion of our body  (too much food, too much drink, irritating substances, sexual excesses). Second,  they result from the neglect of our body (improper skin care, inactivity, poor  breathing).

The most important cause of metabolic disorders,  oxygen-deficient blood, is most noticeable by the creation of uric acid. This  widely dispersed bodily poison is the basic cause of all chronic illnesses. The  layman thinks of uric acid as a liquid. It may appear in solution, but as a rule  it is a fine crystal powder. Because of its difficult solubility, it's very  dangerous.

The dangerous effects of uric acid next show themselves in  symptoms of a general illness. This leads to a loss of appetite and sleep,  listlessness, and physical and mental inactivity. The poisonous effects of the  uric acid lead to further illnesses, such as rheumatism, neuralgia, gout and  kidney infections, and gallbladder stones. Iron-poor blood and jaundice have  their origins in the pollution of the blood and its diminished alkalescence.

Further advances of the metabolic illness are then noticeable in the  urine production of uric acid and gall secretions, sugar and protein production,  and functioning of the muscle of the stomach and intestines, as well as the  mucous membrane of these organs whose secretions are restricted by the oxygen  deficiency.

This stage of the metabolic disorder is apparent in stomach  and intestinal illnesses and their countless accompanying, symptoms, in diseases  of the liver and gallbladder, diabetes, chronic skin diseases, kidney  infections, and illnesses of the respiratory organs (nasal and larynx catarrh,  asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis, and collapse of the lung). Bodily poisons and  metabolic residues also collect in the skin, kidneys, and lungs.

As soon  as the production of uric acid and intestinal poisons reaches a certain stage,  the organs and their individual cells become so weak that they function only at  a minimal level. If they receive too little nourishment, the result is severe  stomach and intestinal disturbances and diseases of the liver and pancreas. If  they receive too little oxygen, the result is severe lung, heart, and blood  diseases, and most lymph gland and bone marrow diseases. If the difficulty of  either oxygen or nourishment continues, even this minimal level will not be  sufficient to sustain the body; all functions will be suspended.

At this  point, individual body cells begin to die. not just the individual cells, but  the entire organs - indeed the entire body - will die.

In order to  regain sound health, the body must be supported in its efforts to ingest  sufficient oxygen. This will lead to a revitalized energy, the production of  heat and strength, and cleansing of all foreign substances. All important  metabolic processes are dependent upon oxygen, and are only possible with the  help of oxygen. Hence, oxygen is the saviour in all metabolic illnesses.


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