I am new to this subject (May-June 2012). I'm writing an introductory overview for friends, partly to put it together for them and partly because I'm trying to get it clear in my own head. As I'm new to it, and not formally trained in these details, and merely collecting info from every internet source I could find and some links/books, it's very possible I am mucking it up entirely. I encourage anybody interested to use a search engine and find someone far better informed. I don't recommend anybody attempt such an approach without qualified analysis of their body first and during, and really I don't recommend anybody do anything -- this is merely something I am doing, and am telling my friends about, who may or may not have interest in applying such things themselves.
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Carey Reams: 1903-1985. Trained in mathematics, biophysics, and biochemistry. He was in WWII and lost an eye, and his pancreas was riddled with shrapnel, from a land mine. He was later at the edge of death related to his WWII injuries, bedridden, when the story goes that a 'faith healer' actually healed him outright and he was fine. When he eventually died at age 82, it was from a tumor on the pancreas that contained all that metal, and had never been fully repaired. Whether the faith healing element is true or not I don't know.
Reams made many discoveries in the fields of human health, plant growth, energetics, animal health, and soil restoration. These findings were later codified in an overall view of life and energy known as Reams Biological Theory of Ionization (RBTI). A student of Reams put it this way: "Biological Ionization is the study of how energy becomes matter and how matter becomes energy on a continuous basis." It offers a way to measure the energy in elements, compounds, and biological systems, including in humans. (The loss of energy in humans is the beginning of disease.)
Reams taught that the functional foundation of nature is electromagnetic and that the chemistry of nature is secondary. Reams summarized his beliefs by saying: "God is the basis of life, life is the basis of energy, energy is the basis of matter."
The RBTI for human health has its roots deep in soil testing. For 38 years Reams ran an agricultural research business he dedicated his science efforts toward, and discovered early in his career that when the environment of a plant was within narrow parameters, the plant was free of disease and also free to reach the limits of its genetic potential. In a few words: with proper conditions, health prevails and disease never has a chance. As time went on, Reams found that those narrow parameters (plus several more of no value to plants) were applicable to animal and human health.
Reams said: We tested over 24,000 people in 1970-1971. Over 10,000 of those came to us as "terminal". We lost five. Those five we couldn't keep alive for 30 days. (Elsewhere it's said that 10%+ of those 10K were referred to him directly by doctors for hopeless cases. He worked directly with a Florida hospital and doctors, often with the "hopeless cases.")
The AMA pursued him relentlessly over his 'chemistry analysis of urine and saliva and related suggestions,' insisting that he was practicing medicine without a license. He in turned claimed that it was analysis, not diagnosis (diagnosis is a 'guess'. That is why there are 'second opinions' in medicine.) and that as a christian, the bible required that he heal the sick and that they were violating his constitutional rights of religion as well as the right of two people to make a contract between them without the government's involvement (that is somewhere in the Constitution or Amendments, can't remember where).
It didn't help of course. He had many stalkings, even seizure in the night gestapo-style from his church retreat clinic, and jailings. Not only that, another fellow wrote a book merely saying that RTBI was great and he was arrested, jailed, and fined, and he hadn't done a single pH urine analysis. Historically, the AMA-FDA-USDA will not allow anything that is a challenge to the trillion dollar 'disease industry', which overlaps with food industry and media industry (and agricultural chemicals, diet industry, etc.) and Reams is merely one of at least a dozen people I've read about the last month who had mind-bogglingly amazing results with human health and were pursued to the point of imprisonment, fines, or even death. I consider the guy a hero and brilliant besides.
Energy is neither created nor destroyed.
Experience is based on the "interaction" of that which already exists, call it 'friction'.
Every "relationship" either adds or subtracts energy from one of the elements or from/to their environment. In other words, the energy which already exists, may change its form, location, or relationships, but it's still energy. It didn't get un-created in one place and get freshly-created in another; it moved from one place/form to the other. This model works for ions at the atomic scale, and it works for humans at the global scale.
Some suggest consciousness is behind a Planck unit (smallest unit of matter). Planck himself did... this is disputed by some. Reams thought the energy was both 'God' and 'the Sun' (although it's hard to be sure which quotes are valid). There is a measure that Reams called a 'Milhouse unit' (after an 1800s physicist) which is '1/1000th of 1/1000th of 1/1000th'. This represented the smallest unit of interacting matter. This is a needed value in agriculture trace elements evaluation.
Above the 'smallest' unit, there are quarks, and then those combine to atoms/ions, and then those combine to molecules. All atoms are a type of Ion. (But not all ions are atoms.) Cations are positively charged ions, anions are negatively charged ions. Atoms (Ions) are like a tiny solar system. They have protons, neutrons and electrons 'orbiting around' a center. (Modern thought and Reams disagree on the number of particles being fixed vs. variable in a given ionic type.)
When ions 'stick together' (their orbiting bodies form relationships or 'bonds' with each other), they are a "molecule." Sometimes ions don't form bonds or covalent (2+) bonds but instead form a 'lattice' of their own type, like in Gold. Ions interact with each other, they trade orbiting particles, they repel or attract each other, etc.
Based on their components, Ions have a 'spin', either left or right, and a charge, positive or negative. A left-hand spin is a 'cation'. A right-hand spin is an 'anion'. Anions are usually larger. Size and speed vary.
What kind of 'relationship' 2+ things have together will depend on the charge/motion of each. The relationships that are formed, rejected or released between ions are "chemical reactions."
Everything in existence is vibrating. So, everything has a vibration rate, called a 'frequency'. Frequency is defined in biological life as the time it takes one ionic electron to complete one revolution in its orbit. Plants have frequencies. Minerals have them. Oranges and pine trees, cats and people and gold. Everything. Over the decades, Reams evaluated both the calcium components and frequencies of ~a quarter million things.
Reams said: In citrus it [the frequency] equals .0009 of a second. In the animal kingdom the frequency of a male dog is .000038 and for the female dog it is .000040. The male horse frequency is .000044, for the mare it is .000046. For the human male it is .0000024 and for the female it is .0000026. Notice that the humans have five zeros after the decimal point, the animals have four zeros and the plants have three zeros. Also notice that the human, horse, and dog frequency ends in an even number but the citrus ends in an odd number. The citrus tree has both male and female blossoms. This brings us to the next rule: Once you know the frequency, then you know the diet.
The 'result' of things together depends on their 'energetic interaction' (we'll call it friction) at the ionic level. This affects the larger molecular level, which affects the larger cellular level, etc. all the way up to 'reality' as we see it.
When you introduce a certain group of ions to the body (via molecules via cells via a plant or animal tissue) it will have a certain result in the human body, as it interacts with the molecules and ions inside the body. The body is designed to process things at that level.
The 'end' result 'overall' in the large 'composite' of energy which is the body, is either going to be an addition or subtraction of energy.
Some molecules such as protein are too large to be absorbed by the body. They have to be sent to the liver to break down into smaller chemical forms in order for the body to digest them. It is the liver which creates the enzymes to feed the entire body.
An incoming protein will subtract energy because the body must use its own energy 'reserve' in order to process it. However, once it is processed, at that point many of its components may become additions of energy, body-wide.
Cells die off at a huge number per day and that is all 'lost energy' which incoming energy needs to replace.
Some molecules are too large to be absorbed by the body. Presented in ionic or colloidal form they can be. "Natural" colloids (the blends of particles that nature itself makes, such as in plants, or in soft-rock-phosphate) are absorbed particularly well. When we get minerals from plant tissue, they have already been broken down to the ionic level for their own digestion in the soil. When we get them from animal tissue, the same is true, as the animals eat the plants. Plain rock-based minerals such as many supplements provide, are often in a molecular form too large for the body to handle. This simply becomes part of the waste to be excreted.
Enzymes are innumerable. Vitamins are numbered by man. Reams said the body itself can create Vitamin C if all the minerals are in place--and it is known to create B vitamins as well--in theory they should not be called Vitamins if the body can manufacture them. Vitamins are enzymes in a chemical sense; we merely label them according to our assumptions.
One of the most significant differences between Reams's beliefs and modern thought relates to cells.
My impression now, not his words: sometimes when it does not (renew so promptly), it's because (in the case of non-adipose cells) the body does not feel it has the extra nutrients and energy to do so, so it tries to keep it around as long as it can, which results in a number of subtle problems, or (in the case of adipose cells) there are other reasons why they are not refreshed, e.g. like they are 'fat lockers' storing other stuff the body doesn't feel qualified to deal with and so won't release into the blood. -- PJ
* The 'electroplating-style build of cells via ions from ground-up has several important implications. One is that this is why the body removes ions -- say, of copper, when deficient -- from the elastic sheath of objects in 'lesser' systems like lower veins and intestines, in order to use it where it may be needed 'more'. It is why it will demineralize the teeth to keep the body running. Because it will take ions (atomic level particles) from one place to another when it doesn't have incoming material to build with. So veins, arteries and skin get less elastic and more brittle in this example, in the attempt to keep the ones in the middle of the brain and heart from becoming that way instead.
Our bodies are cationic. All the foods we eat, except fresh lemon, are cationic. As these cationic foods enter the gut they meet the anionic liver bile. The electronic resistance between the anions and cations creates the energy.
The 'resistance' of the anionic vs. cationic energy in the body can also be modeled as the resistance between the acidic and alkaline elements of the body. In botany and biology, we call this the pH balance. Technically, every organ and system has its own measure. The blood must be kept in a very narrow tolerance. The lymph has its own as does urine and saliva. The saliva pH matches the pH of the liver bile. Although other systems say 7.0 is 'neutral' for humans, for the saliva and urine Reams defines it as 6.4. Above that is anionic or alkaline, below that is cationic or acidic.
The pH scale is logarithmic (exponential), like the earthquake Richter scale. So one tenth (0.1) is a full point lower, one (1.0) is 10 times lower, and 2 (2.0) is 100 times lower.
If you remove the water and air from the human body and reduce it to ash, 80% of the body solids are calciums. (1/3 if you include oxygen in the calculation.) Calciums are the 5th most common mineral in both the earth's crust and in seawater, as well as by mass in the human body, where they are cellular ionic messengers with many functions as well as serving as a structural element in bone.
The body needs 84 different minerals to remain healthy. 60% of our mineral needs are the calciums from the six major groups of calcium, 24% are phosphate, 12% potassium, and the remaining 4% make up the remaining 81 minerals. Calciums that are not soluble in water: hydroxide, sulfate, carbonate, phosphate. The others are.
There are seven groups of calciums. One is toxic (unless modified) so six remain.
All six calciums are required in the body every single day.
The liver manufactures 5-6 billion (!) enzymes out of the nutrients we ingest.
Those enzymes build, and clean, and send off to other organs to do their own things.
Brain, bone, thyroid, heart, lungs, the blood, the lymph, everything depends on the liver.
The six calcium groups are the first fundamentals the liver needs for building "everything else."
So when you track back most medical problems it comes down to: "lack of calciums."
Different calciums will have different effects on the body, making it more acidic, or more alkaline, or being fairly neutral. It would be unfortunate to take a calcium supplement that aggravated an existing imbalance, so it's important to know your urine pH reading before choosing your supplement form, or choose a neutral form -- Reams recommended Gluconate and also mentioned that it's easy for the body to get to for 're-use' when deficient as it is in softer bone tissues, so this is also the one likely to be most deficient in some instances. (That's my interpretation.) The best forms of calcium will be those in earth-natural chelates such as in Min-Col which has lots of stuff, and second to that, in intentional composites designed for absorption such as Cal-II (which has yeast added to facilitate assimilation). Reams said that the lactates are the only ones that bring the urine pH down.
There may be other terms for acidifying calciums. There are about a gazillion forms. I am still a little confused on this point, as there is no clear categorization I can find from Reams online yet (much of his material has simply never been put online unfortunately), and the 'official' info on calcium is not set up this way at all (such as in wiki, although I did eventually get to a part where it started recognizing different calcium forms, it wasn't done very well for this use), and the supplement options (such as at purebulk.com, if you make your own capsules) don't have names that match all the categories.
Reams did use Min-Col as a basic required supplement for everybody and felt people should take it daily the rest of their lives. I see reference that he also used Cal-II or Dolomite when it seemed necessary, and "Lime Water" (a product that modifies Hydroxide form to ingestible) maybe for severe cases. There are some comments about the body not always absorbing minerals in ground rock state, so I'm not sure about just buying the Gluconate plain yet. One thing is sure, buying supplements in powders and capping them is vastly cheaper than buying them in bottles.
The body must have sufficient vitamin D in order to assimilate the calciums. I'm not sure if Reams said this or one of the RTBI coaches: "The more ill anyone is, or the more debilated, or the lower their reserve energy, the more calcium gluconate they need because their gastric juices are so dilute and weak. Calcium gluconate makes vitamin D available and it's the only calcium that appears to do so."
Mostly, we don't feed our body; we feed our LIVER. The liver, in turn, feeds the rest of the body.
In order to get from ~84 minerals and ~20 amino acids and 'some' plant enzymes into '5-6 billion' enzymes (chemicals), it needs all the raw materials, that's a whole lot of math outputs dependent on very few things incoming! Being missing any one thing likely makes a whole spectrum of stuff it can't create. Being missing several things, a much larger part of the spectrum. Missing the "fundamental" things like calcium is worse by far.
Sugars convert to alcohols. Alcohols -- both the kinds we ingest and sugars etc. that are converted to such -- drive out the calciums in the liver. So the primary cause of body-wide dysfunction tracks back to the liver, and the primary cause of liver dysfunction tracks back to insufficient nutrients particularly the calciums, which is probably why one of the primary sources of poor health is actually sugar. Because alcohol is the enemy of calciums.
Note that the tannins in coffee, tea, and chocolate reduce the size of the capillaries in the kidneys. This is problematic on its own, but then other things (such as carob and some other foods) can easily plug them. On the other hand, caffeine is the enemy of alcohol, so that element of it--if not done to excess, for other reasons, of course-- can actually be helpful. Nobody should go cold-turkey off things like coffee; it can have unfortunate effects; taper off gradually.
Lack of calciums increases when diversity of food goes down (e.g. when people only eat a dozen things that qualify as fresh food). It increases when the frequency and quantity of fresh food people ingest goes down. It increases when diversity of seed types go down (different plant forms may have different details. But when everyone eats the same kind of peas [note: there are hundreds of different seed strains for peas alone!], then that's only one option they're ever getting. Although calcium is not so affected, enzymes are often all but gone/dead by the time picked-unripe produce gets trucked to a store and eaten (and enzymes are part of the body assimilating the minerals in the food, so that can indirectly affect the calciums you get from it).
Reams was very strong on the word calciums being a plural to constantly remind people of that importance.
Treating the calciums like it is only 1 thing--without any intelligent discretion in that lump-category--is about the same as telling people "you have to get enough vitamin." Then they order "vitamin" pills which might be, for example, B2. But imagine if they were oblivious to minor things like Vitamins A,B1,B3,B5,B6,B7,B9,B12,[B15 controversial],B17,C,D,E,K. That is the situation going on with the calciums. The six groups are distinct and all six must be ingested daily if the liver is going to have any chance of doing that day's work fully.
By refusing to recognize this (and other things, like vitamins discovered after the officials were too invested in ill health), the FDA/USDA/AMA is ensuring that the population is more unhealthy by the day, and ignorant about why. Instead of looking at the fundamentals, we are looking to cure the symptoms of 10,000 different things caused by some simple fundamentals. - PJ
Reams was very strong on foods grown on decent soil so they are nutrient-dense. Prior to his health work, for 38 years he was an expert in agricultural research and he invented the 'Brix' measure for evaluating the nutritional density of any crop.
He was also very strong on eating "diversely" because that is the only way most people can ensure they are getting all six calcium groups and a wide array of enzymes. Since most of us are not scientifically testing every food before it goes in our mouth, and every individual plant, crop, and food varies (often radically), the best bet is to eat local-fresh and eat diversely. The worse the quality of the plant-foods and the plants our meat-foods eat, and the less fresh foods we eat, the more important this is.
Some foods tested on the Brix scale come out with barely any energy at all--they take more energy from the body to process than they provide. Literally, more harm than help. You can usually tell the difference: 'tasteless' unofficially but reportedly reflects low Brix to a great degree.
Mineral density is correlated with carbohydrate content in plants. Search for 'brix' to learn more about his agricultural ratings.
Reams said: No two people get the same amount of energy out of their foods. Therefore I do not recommend the calorie-counting system whatever.
Cells are composed of ions. The adult human body is estimated to be composed of around 100 billion cells.
It's estimated about 24 billion cells are 'replaced' in the body per day.
--> With exceptions (such as sloughing of intestine and a couple other things), the liver processes all these. They have to be broken apart into their components, which can be reused or excreted.
This work doesn't count the 5-6 billion enzymes it makes to feed every part of the body.
Even if you eat impeccably, the liver still works hard. It is a "power plant" that converts nearly everything into the energy that runs the entire body.
Most if not all life forms that we eat contain at least trace elements of one or more of the calciums in their tissues, whether plant or animal.
Many contain very little and contain the same ones. As noted, different calciums push the body away from a neutral healthy zone that is ideal for digestion in one direction or another. If you get all of them you stay centered. Too much of some, you may end up far too acidic or alkaline. So you can be taking in calcium, even in supplements, and even if you can assimilate it all, it might be just pushing the body farther out of balance, functioning as something that has to be excreted (and which if the liver is bogged down it might store instead. Then, yet more fat cells become storage lockers and can't be used as energy).
So taking in too many of some calciums and not enough of others 'can', but certainly 'will' if kept up, result in:
All this work to store it costs the body yet more energy, on top of what it 'loses' from not being able to get at the things which were nutrients, on top of what it 'loses' from the effort to begin the processing in the first place.
Clean body fat is "reserve energy." Reserve energy being at 100% of what is needed to maintain the body is ideal health. However, body fat is not clean when there is any lack of health, then the fat is merely 'warehousing' of some energy + things that need processing someday.
Normally, appetite would vary and good foods would be present in the right amounts to allow the liver to gradually work on its 'backlog' of 'storage' and get it out of the body -- some would be processed into nutrients, some vented as toxins.
At that point, the liver has limited options. It will process what it can as fast as it can--usually starting with getting all sugars that come to it immediately into fat cells ('energy storage') -- and the rest goes into storage (backlog) for later when there is time+energy+nutrients for handling it.
Let us say the liver reaches a time when it is not busy processing food, or today's gazillion cell debris turnover. It wants to work on dealing with the 'backlog of everything' stored in fatty tissue.
And it might not (not sure about this) use the fat stores surrounding vital organs (it tries to store toxins at a distance). This might be why losing fat in the torso seems more easily done than losing it on the thighs or arms, where stuff-to-process (away from the torso) is more likely to be stored.
But then the same situation happens: one of the several factors that contribute cause more unprocessed or incompletely processed food elements, toxins, cell debris, etc. to be stored in the fat--that is the only safe place for it--and then THAT "reserve energy bank" is not available to the liver either. This can happen literally in the same meal that causes the fat storage, ongoing, particularly if the meal has toxins, or sugars, or enough protein that the liver is too sluggish to handle, or protein from sources that digest too quickly (e.g. pork). This can just go on and on, as the person gets fatter, less mobile, and more unhealthy. This all happens more 'simultaneous' than linear order of course.
Eventually the person can be eating all the time, yet has almost no motive energy, and their organs/systems are literally starving internally.
The body will take what it must have to survive. It will pull ions of minerals and enzymes out of minor organs to feed a major, it will pull ions out of intestines and colons and teeth to build with it elsewhere.
I stumbled onto this information in part due to my searching for info on lipoedema (spelled lipodema in the USA) or anything related. This is a genetically associated, 'incurable' disease state that affects women, sets in at puberty, and kicks hard in response to 'major hormonal events' such as pregnancy. Fat collects from upper pelvis to ankles (not the feet), and sometimes upper arms. But it never gets used. Dieting won't touch it, nor will exercise, not even anorexia. Gastric bypass patients forcibly starved, who have this condition, merely lose weight everywhere else.
It's sensitive (painful) often. And eventually there's so much it can start crushing the lymph system and the person can develop lymphodema which is a much worse secondary disease state. It's pretty much a nightmare with no cure, officially. To onlookers and uninformed doctors it is just considered "being obese" (or more). People are told to eat less, to exercise, or to get surgery, even though it is officially known that none of those things will touch it.
Every human naturally stores a little fat then uses it, ongoing, and weight can shift in the seasons, but in this condition, any fat that adds there, never leaves. So as you might imagine by the time people are middle aged, they might have a really huge collection of fat. I believe my maternal family has this and myself especially. Every symptom, we've got, and all the things I thought were rare and weird are textbook. Like: I went 'low-carb' and lost a lot of weight... 'everywhere else'. Same as always. Even nearly starving for long periods never had any effect on it. When I first gained tons of weight, it was all there, and I was not really fat anywhere else except there.
As it turns out, this is not rare: in the USA alone, between ages 15 and 64, an estimated 11 million women have it. It was classified in the USA in 1940 at the Mayo clinic but it is almost never diagnosed there. Maybe because it would mess up the diet industry, never mind that looking at the true cause would mess up every illness-care industry because the source is the same for all. The UK and Europe seem more aware of it.
On low-carb, the reduction of sugars (carb) and increase in protein helped me feel better and lose a bunch of weight fast. But in the end, internally, somehow it seemed like it hurt me too. A few years later my liver wasn't even healthy enough to make enough ketones for me to shift into ketosis; instead I got a crisis reaction. There are many people especially women who say ongoing (not brief) lowcarb eating seems to have done some kind of harm to thyroid or hormonal balance. My body refused to lose any more weight, and clearly I hadn't touched where 80% of the weight was. I did the same eating I did initially but I felt horrible then, instead of great. Clearly something in my body had changed. The problem with the ketones suggested to me it might be sluggish organs especially liver. I recognized that my food had dropped radically in quantity, in diversity, which might have been part of the problem.
So after collecting supplements for nearly a year (single mom, they take money!) I did a "hyper-nutrient" experiment where I took the widest range of supplements I could, just every 2-3 days, all kinds of herbs and obscure stuff, in the hopes my body would get something out of it. It did enable me to shift into ketosis without crisis again, so it improved something, but I still felt lousy unless I had enough carbs to keep me out of ketosis, which was difficult for me to do without reacting to those foods or overdoing it or simply not losing any weight and still I had very little 'energy'. Additionally, maybe related to being super-obese, I have a bit of anorexia, I seldom have any appetite, which makes chronic undereating an issue. Perhaps in some people this would lead to being lean. Clearly not in me. Although the Lipoedema condition may be why.
So I was looking for clues to answers for the following questions:
And then I stumbled on something "unrelated" -- I thought. I have an interest in "plant experiments" and such, and I was looking at things related to that online. By seeming sheer accident ended up reading about Carey Reams and his agriculture brix rating, which led to my reading about his approach to human health.
And it turns out, what I read answered every question I had. Unbelievable! And several I hadn't put out there. To me this indicated there was something very fundamentally right about his perspective.
So in a nutshell, this above is the basis of over-amounts of fat accumulation. The body arranges fat accumulation around vital organs to protect them and provide a drastic worst-case energy reserve for them. The body also arranges fat accumulation as an overall energy reserve, much more in women of childbearing years than men for obvious reasons. However that is a 'reasonable' amount, varying a bit by age and genetics, not anything that would make someone "fat."
Women require 5-7x as much of the calciums during childbearing years as men. So they are especially prone to sluggish liver and mass 'storage' in adipose tissue from insufficient calciums... and hence the inability to properly process daily toxins and incoming food. They are especially prone to fat on the hips-thighs-arms, which is the normal storage place for women anyway, but non-energy storage in fat tissue will be on the limbs generally -- as far away from the vital organs as possible. Women require vastly more nutrients during pregnancy and possibly other major 'hormonal' periods, so it would make sense they would have even more troubles during or after that.
We are not just storing fat. We are storing our actual (component) food. And dead cells. And toxins. Sugars. Salts, including the many created by the body when converting things to forms it can excrete. And drugs of various kinds, legal and otherwise, including injected insulin. All these things in the "fat locker" stretchable, safe-keeping adipose cells, waiting for the time the body will be 'in balance' and the liver will have the energy, the nutrients, the clean water, and the lack of overwhelm, to begin going through it.
In the Reams 'detox' initial part of treatment, many doctors doing it and the patients as well, said they became very ill and vented out stuff via feces and especially vomiting, all of which was horrible and some of which was recognizably tied to something they ingested (such as a specific kind of medicine pill) many decades prior! So, many of us have been working on our storage collection our entire lives.
If it were clean fat, the liver could use it and we'd have energy and the body would balance itself like it should. Over-fat that is stored is a sign that the body does not consider that storage to be 'clean fat'. It considers it to be 'fat lockers' storing everything-else.
Here are just a few nutrient notes I'd made (there is an endless list):
Reams said: In reality, the cause of any illness ... is the improper balance between the anions and cations necessary to produce energy. Remember, any day that you do not produce more energy than your body consumes, that day is the first day of your illness, regardless of how well you might feel.
Anions, as a reminder, are Ions with a right-hand spin, and tend to be larger. Cations are Ions with a left-hand spin. The nature of what we intake, in relationship with our body, determines what that food does for us.
In the ~quarter million things Reams evaluated for frequency, calciums and spin, every single food was a cation. With one notable exception: lemon. Every different kind of lemon he tested, that substance was an anion. Not even limes were, nothing else he could find -- only lemons. And all of them no matter the type.
When we ingest food, we have to expend energy to handle it. Once it is handled, some of its new forms will in turn help create energy. Plus carbohydrate intake is energy/fat pretty directly (assuming it's not being instantly toxified by being stored "with" other parts of the meal or cell debris the liver couldn't handle or fast enough), which can help with the work of digesting what you eat.
So, foods "cost" the body to process, much like a business has to spend money in order to buy raw materials, but then can use those components to build things which will in turn bring in a little more money (energy), and some of that extra deals with the 'overhead' (like cellular debris and toxins and processing indigestibles). But to begin with, everything costs the body a little energy.
Except lemon. Who knows why! But lemon actually _gives_ energy. It brings its own and a little more. Note that it must be fresh enough to have plenty of live enzymes still. And, the liver does need the distilled water -- constantly in small amounts, not sporadically in bulk, as it 'trickles' through in the liver (as opposed to the kidneys) around max 4oz per half-hour -- in order to do some processing.
Reams said: Energy comes from the friction between cations and anions seeking equilibrium.
When the body is lacking incoming raw materials, ions from one place will be taken and put in more important places that need them, with brain and heart being at the top of the important list. There is also a bottom of the important list:
Reams said: As your body becomes deficient in minerals the first organ that loses energy is the lungs, the second is the reproductive organs, and the third is the teeth.
There is something that Reams called "like attracts like." Although in the physics and chemistry world, the opposite polarity/spin is the attraction thing, regarding human taste and desire for food, Reams said that there is an effect where people will actually crave what they have too much of. This tends to cause a downward spiral in health obviously, since they are then eating the worst possible things if they base it on what sounds attractive.
The overall energy of the body has a 'middle ground' which is the 'ideal'. It is not necessarily better to be too alkaline (high on the scale) as too acidic (low on the scale); they each have their own issues, and each will reduce or remove the body's ability to full assimilate certain nutrients.
The pH (of urine and saliva) in this is a measure of "resistance"; it reflects the friction between the ions. He defined neutral, ideal pH for the body urine and saliva not as 7 (as some do) but as 6.4. He has lower pH values (<6.4 pH) identified as cationic, and higher values (>6.4 pH) denoted as anionic.
The Reams approach to 'restoration of health' for people was as 'matter of fact' as the one he had for agriculature prior: measure. SEE what the body is actually doing. See what the body is assimilating or not assimilating. See what the body is casting off as cell debris: is it dying too fast?
He outlined minerals and enzymes(food) that would assist in moving the body up or down on the pH scale. There are different things for urine vs. saliva pH and for them being different vs. the same. The other information collected from the body provides a variety of info about what is really going on with the liver, the pancreas, the digestion, the state of the body in other ways than simple pH, and various numbers will often indicate specific mineral deficiencies (e.g. lack of potassium being maintained in the brain).
It is not so much a diet outlined because no two people are expected to be the same. You can't give someone nutrient-X if their body lacks it mostly because it is not balanced enough to assimilate it. First you have to figure out what is not working well, and get them into the balance zone. Then you can focus on giving the body the raw materials to rebuild and replenish the organs and systems.
Reams said: Discover the cause of the loss of energy and its effect on the body and you have the key to recovery.
Initially Reams tested tons of stuff on people but eventually was able to narrow it down to only 7 parameters that were representative enough of all the things he needed to know:
pH of the Urine - ph test strips handle this, 'reagent' is more exact pH of the Saliva - ph test strips handle this, 'reagent' is more exact Cellular debris in the Urine - visual of urine in clear container ...those 3 one could do themselves easily
Sugars in the Urine - refractometer or brix meter Salt content of the Urine - conductivity meter ...these things cost money to buy and may be a pain to use but are accessible
Nitrate nitrogen in the Urine - urea test Ammonia nitrogen in the Urine - urea test ...this uses extremely dangerous chemicals, alas
There is a chart that a person's numbers are put on. There are 5 primary zones, with "A" being centered and the others (B-E) being above or below that.
Reams said: It is in these zones that we measure [identify] named illnesses. ... These zones can be graphed and in them the malady is located. ... Hundreds of doctors have seen me take any case [saliva/urine samples -pj] and in 30 minutes tell what the problem is without seeing the person or having any case history.
One of Reams's students said: At the perfect body chemistry numbers, the body is able to extract the maximum amount of energy from the food eaten and is able to fix itself at the fastest possible rate. The reason [various herbal and nutritional efforts] do not work with everyone is because people have different body chemistries that require different things. Health is not a one size fits all solution. So, without a body chemistry analysis it is impossible to know what a person needs to regain lost health. ...
... The RBTI protocol consists of systematic fluid drinking, eating foods that will bring the pH into the restoration zone, and taking supplements to compliment the foods eaten. [Their main supplement is a soft-rock phosphate mineral colloid. I have found some at affordable bulk price. - pj] ... It is not nearly as restrictive as many dietary plans are. It is simply knowing what your body needs and supplying it with the minerals it needs to replace the dead and dying cells.
Reams said: When your numbers are in the perfect range, you can eat anything you want.
NOT everybody is suggested to begin on lemon water. Some people, if they start with lemon-water fast, may have a detox herx reaction that could kill them. This is especially true if their numbers are at the extreme, if they have serious blood sugar issues (the stored sugars, insulin, and more can cause major temporary blood sugar issues that on top of an existing situation could be very problematic or deadly), or if they have a history of drug usage (including legally prescribed of course) which are likely to dump into their bloodstream on detox. People could have a heart attack or stroke if this is approached unwisely, or drastic blood sugar effects. There is no way to 'see' if someone is near the edge without looking at their numbers. This program should not be approached without consult with someone qualified who can take such readings. If it is, that should not be the case for anyone with known serious health issues such as major blood sugar issues, hypertension or very high cholesterol, etc.
NOT everybody is suggested to begin on the 'light' diet. However this seems likely more common than not since a light diet seldom hurt anybody that I know of. The diet avoids "heavy proteins" like meat and dairy (as they are a lot of work for the liver to digest), pepper (the spice), chocolate, regular coffee and tea, and emphasizes freshly juiced vegetables, a few herb teas (such as red clover, the mints or camomile, unsweetened if blood sugars are at issue), and if blood sugars aren't an issue, a few fruits (avoid ones with seeds you can't avoid like raspberry/strawberry). No nuts or nut butters, but small amounts of oatmeal or cornmeal or cream of wheat (the idea is that any fibers or dried fruits are soaked first) were ok. Truly whole-grain breads were ok, and only cheeses that were not pasteurized and are 6 months+ aged (such as goat cheese or hard aged cheeses) were ok in small amounts. Eggs were recommended mostly for the yolk not white, but not more than 5 a week (perhaps due to protein content. But then again, this was the era when eggs were considered bad, recall). Fats as limited butter (not used at high heat), olive oil and some omega 3 oils as like flax were suggested. Milk was ok as was cream and buttermilk but all in limited amounts, nut milks as well although nuts and nut butters were out and whole milk was not recommended. Vinegar such as in salad dressing was not recommended unless one's numbers showed they were not on the acidic side and then it should only be something like real apple cider vinegar not white.
Frozen veggies were ok if you couldn't get local fresh stuff though obviously less ideal. Sweeteners, the natural stuff like honey, date sugar, true maple syrup, were considered ok in small amounts like for sweetening a tea or juice, but processed sugar cane was out. They didn't have much in the way of sugar-alcohols back then but as alcohol is avoided greatly given it competes with calciums in the liver I think those would be out. Stevia wasn't around then either but I bet it's ok. One 'light' diet I saw was intentionally calorie-restricted (remember this is only for 3 days, maximum 6, so it's less a diet than a detox extension where you simply aren't fully fasting), which given Reams said several times he was not at all in agreement with a calorie counting approach is a little odd; I concluded that the larger issue was trying to keep people from fasting and then eating tons of food, a sudden major shift in liver processing that especially in the case of serious illness could be damaging.
There are things that do seem like relatively good-for-me and not-harmful-'unless-something-rare' suggestions. I am giving myself this advice based on what I read about RTBI online, even if I don't decide to find someone who can measure, or find training and take my own measures, or begin with a fast.
It keeps the biblical approach to meats: that pork (though in the case of pork there is a "digests too fast and is harmful not helpful" reason), finless/scaleless fish and shellfish, and scavengers are not healthy meats, and that the toxins of animals are in their blood and fat so to avoid those and eat meat well done. Fish (the normal finned scaled sort) is first recommended protein as easiest on the body, and then poultry. "Kosher" meats are acceptable, and most typical fresh game. Processed (e.g. deli) meats are to be avoided.
However the majority of the diet is expected to be lightly cooked (crockpot or steamer) vegetables, freshly-juiced vegetables, and if sugars aren't an issue, starchy vegetables and fruits. It is emphasized that proteins, starches and sugars shouldn't be eaten at the same meal (due to the digestive sequence the body will take if both are present, but this is also an 'era'-specific idea that might be diff now) and that proteins and sugars (including starches) should not be eaten in quantity after lunch time (2pm). Truly whole grains are ok.
So an example would be a 'green' vegetable smoothie and a poached egg (or starchy veggie or whole-grain something) for breakfast (green smoothies were slightly warned against for people who were very ill only because it might cause a good deal of detox, so if drinking, in minimal amounts), some veggie juice (like carrot if not with blood sugar issues, 4-8oz depending on body weight) and small amount of fish or poultry (no fat/skin) for lunch, and some cooked veggies or salad (no prepared dressings) for dinner. And the quantity of food conservative, not starving, eat if hungry, but remember the liver has to process everything you eat so the less load on it the better.
I would personally make a big point to include two things:
On the whole this doesn't seem hard. Eat lightly in terms of liver-effort, but to appetite, using non-hydrogenated coconut oil where possible to help with satiation and using enzymes to help with digestion. Take mineral and vitamin supplements. Drink distilled water constantly in small amounts. Even without the numbers analysis and fasting and such, this approach is probably good for almost anybody who wants to improve their health.
For those who ARE going to approach the 'lemon-water fast' regime -- or perhaps just try it once in awhile, if they're not -- here are some collected notes on the role of lemon as a food that I found interesting. Some are general statements without reference, but this was all prepared by an RTBI consultant so I'm guessing there are reasons behind them.
Use only fresh lemon. Not lemon juice in the bottle, or reconstituted lemon, not lemon crystals, not lemon flavoring, not lemon concentrate or store juice, and ideally lemons that are not too old (picked-unripe they have less in the way of fresh enzymes, sometimes so much less it's nearly pointless), local harvest if possible. Also, this should be squeezed each morning for that day's drinks.
(An absolute intolerance to lemon is quite rare. Occasionally it will be manifest in people with problems relating to advanced cellular change (delta cells). As the system begins throwing off these cells, the person will begin to tolerate lemon with few or no problems.)
(Lemon juice may burn too much once a digestive ulcer has its crusting cleaned by it. A switch to cabbage juice then will then assist in proper healing. In a short while you can go back to lemon juice.)
(Once in a great while the lemon water procedure produces "hives." This is the toxins being pulled out of the skin and the resultant response by the small naked nerve endings just beneath the skin. Stick with it. They'll go away unless they are emotionally oriented.)
(People in withdrawal/detox on the lemon-water fast will usually say they are coming down with a terrible viral illness, that the lemon is burning from mouth to stomach, they may get tongue sores, they will vomit and feel horrible and weak. All of those are normal and it should be kept up, this will pass. The lemon may burn but that's because it is getting rid of a whole system of junk. It is desired that people vomit out the encrusted junk the liver is casting off itself initially. It is important people REST and not really DO anything during this period. Remember this is all about 'energy'. It takes energy to 'do' anything. Save the energy, the liver needs it. It can also play havoc with blood sugar and more due to the detox so people should not be driving or working or even much walking around or 'studying' during this time, ideally.)
Lemon is anionic. It is the only food which is (a couple of minerals such as calcium and potassium are as well).
"Nothing is better than distilled water for deionizing or deplating the stomach or intestinal wall." (Note: don't confuse this with 'ionized water'. That is considered dangerous by this program.)
The lemon-water fast (distilled water) is based on body weight unless the weight is very high or the person is overly ill. If the former it is 'within reason' and if the latter it is reduced or may be avoided entirely depending on the person's numbers.
The lemon water is 1 part lemon to 9 parts distilled water. It is unsweetened if blood sugar is an issue but can be slightly sweetened if not, the sweetener must be natural, not cane sugar, limited, and must be changed every day (as different people react differently to different sweet sources).
The schedule is 4oz lemon water every hour on the hour, and 4oz distilled water every hour on the half-hour. This should be accompanied by a fast (no food) and by maximum rest (literally, "lie around and do nothing").
On body weight, the formula is: half the body weight in ounces, and half of that in lemon-water. So a 160# person would drink 80 oz of water total, 40 oz of which were lemon water, each at the rate of 4oz per half hour. This will require 10 hours of the day to get through. A lighter person would have fewer hours of the day of this, a heavier person would have more hours of the day of this.
Obviously there is a limit to the reasonable number of waking hours in the day, plus more of this may have more detox effects which is not necessarily good and may be too much, so if the weight is very high just pick a reasonable number of hours (say 14) and arrange it for those.
It is emphasized that one should arrange all the distilled water, lemons, and the initial foods of the 'light diet' (which I'd call a 'graduated un-fast' instead given it is very limited and very light food) ahead of time so that one is not up shopping or finding themselves without something. The lemon juice is to be made fresh each morning, and of course most of the fresh juices etc. may need to be made at the time, but the goal is also to rest, so unless someone else is doing it, it should be planned for what allows the least amount of work during the hardest detox period.
SOME people do not have the 'detox reaction' even when their numbers are clearly offbalance. They are few, but there are some who don't. The primary test of whether this is working is in the measured numbers.