Biocellular Assessment (BCA)

Biocellular Assessment is the clinical monitoring of the internal biochemical environment (inner milieu) of the body to gain an in-depth understanding of the elements within an individual patients chemistry. The computerized analysis of blood, urine, and saliva for the factors of pH (acid/alkaline balance) rH2 (oxidative stress) and r (mineral content) provide the doctor with the information required to create an individualized program for the patient. Changes made at the chemical level, can in time, improve the vitality and health of every cell, tissue, organ, and gland within the body.

The science of Biocellular Assessment is very basic and perhaps can be best explained by drawing a comparison with the process of growing food. Those who have had the opportunity to plant and care for a vegetable garden realize that it is not just a matter of planting a seed and harvesting healthy vegetables several months later. It involves a knowledge of the soil, the nature of the seeds, proper control and measurement of nutrients and fertilizing materials, as well as adequate amounts of water and sunshine.

To be a successful gardener also requires an understanding of particular insects, molds, weeds, and fungi; and knowing what their presence indicates. When the soil is rich and filled with nutrients and minerals, the seeds will yield food filled with vitality. Like the soil in the garden, when a patients chemistry is balanced and maintained with a healthy diet, proper vitamin and mineral supplementation, and adequate amounts of exercise and rest, the body can remain strong and healthy, and nourish a vibrant immune system.

In Biocellular Assessment, venous blood, urine and saliva specimens are analyzed to determine acid/alkaline balance, oxidative stress and mineral content by means of an in-office laboratory instrument. Arterial blood reflects what is being transported into the cell, venous blood what is being transported out of the cell. Saliva is an excellent representation of lymphatic fluid. As two-thirds of the lymph is produced by the intestines and the liver, saliva also allows an evaluation of the digestive function and the liver. Urine, especially the early morning urine, reflects the drainage of accumulated excess and waste. The pH measurement can indicate if the patients biochemistry 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 is adequate. This measurement can also alert the doctor to environmental or industrial contaminants, substances that can prove very damaging to the bodys delicate chemistry. The oxidative-stress values indicate the electron movement and concentration in the individuals system. This value correlates to the amount of free radicals in the body and the ability of the cell to produce energy (ATP).

The effects of stress, poor air quality, and food lacking in nutritional value, along with lack of aerobic exercise generally result in values much higher than optimal. If these values continue to remain elevated for extended periods of time, the body becomes more susceptible to illness, disease, degeneration, and premature aging. Resistivity indicates the gross mineral concentration of the fluid. If minerals are deficient, enzymatic reactions cannot occur: conversely, if mineral content is elevated, congestion, and stagnation of vital dynamic fluids may ensue. Resistivity values also reveal the absorption and distribution capacity of the intestines and kidneys. The nine values measured are analyzed and plotted on a report. There exists a strong inter-relationship between the values of pH, rH2, and resistivity. One of these factors alone is not sufficient, two factors together are more valuable, but only three parameters can completely define the Biocellular Assessment.

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