Space age medicine, a paradigm shift on the launchpad
Annotated and expanded notes of an interview with Dr. Enrico Edinger, the director of Inakarb Wellness Centre near Bonn, Germany
As was mentioned in part one, Russian space medicine has accelerated the knowledge base of medicine and the question is not just of, but when the discoveries and it’s benefits will trickle into common conventional medical practice. However, at this juncture it is a matter of abridging the gulf the size of the Grand Canyon that exits between the health solutions offered by terrestrial mainstream medicine and the challenges having been mastered by space medicine. I would recommend to anybody, who cannot believe their eyes when reading the following material, just to lean back, relax and take it like the read of a science fiction story. However, some may re-consider what they have known and follow the example of some high flying international athletes that Prof. Edinger was able to fix up within a short period of time to go on winning the next top trophies. Prof. Edinger made the valid point that the special, and potentially life threatening circumstances for humans travelling into space, forced a review of known and very new techniques to create a fusion into an integrated system for body mind and soul. This made it possible to heal the battered bodies of man returning from space in a coherent and cohesive manner. Additionally managed this new system to incorporate versions of all terrestrial life sustaining parameters, for astronauts under intense pressure whilst being suspended in space for long periods of time. The challenge to be met was to stabilize all metabolic systems of the human body within the bandwidth of all it’s gravitational and earth magnetic influences, as well a metabolic turbulences arising from changing the cicadian cycle to maintain optimal working conditions in the metabolic toolkit of astronauts such as enzymes groups and hormonal fluctuations, for instance. Also, body temperature, acid-base balance and the detoxification rate of liver and kidney, cellular vitality and natural cell division and reproduction belongs to the list of parameters tunred upside down in space. In short, all the range of functions that evolution developed in order to provide for our body to work most harmoniously within terrestrial conditions.
In order to gain understanding into the mystery of space sickness the research includes genetics and epigenetics, which offered a whole range of new vistas and data to be added to the toolkit for health in space, and on earth too, as it turned out. The new system came thus to be known as space biology and medicine. To serve as a good illustration, here a typical list of diverse topics announced for a symposion on space biology. This was hosted by the Lomonosov Moscow State University through it’s department for space biology and medicine.
Fifth International Summer School
“SPACE BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE”
Major Topics Covered
The course is designed for about 60 academic hours of lectures and training in class
Factors of space flight
Modelling of micro-gravity effects.
Physiological effects of micro-gravity. Processes dependant on gravitation. Sensory systems. Spatial orientation, perception of the body scheme, sensory foundation of the motor control. Orthostatic instability.
Motor system and muscular system. Movement control system. Space variety of movement illness. Pathogenesis and preventive measures. Cardiovascular system and respiratory apparatus.
Calcium metabolism and condition of bone fiber during short-term and long-term flights.
Changes in the blood cellular structure and immune system of cosmonauts and astronauts.
Metabolism and hormone control of a person at the near-earth orbit.
Radiation safety of space flights.
Activities out of spaceships.
Etiology and Pathogenesis of the decompression disease.
Medicobiological choice criterion and training of cosmonauts.
Medical control and diagnostics during space flights. Application of space medicine achievements in telemedicine projects.
Prevention and correction measures, prophylaxis of negative effects of weightlessness.
Rehabilitation foundations of cosmonauts after long-term flights.
It is interesting to note that a common denominator for research always seems to be the question of energy in all treatments. The very modern outlook brings it in close contact with the fundamental tenets and concepts of Chinese medicine too.
What does space biology and medicine consider in it’s support of our body functions?
The billions of cells making up our body share one common aspect, regardless of their specific use, they all have to produce energy to meet it’s genetically expressed tasks. Deep within the cellular arrangements amongst the various miniature organs, known as organelles, we find one known as ‘mitochondria’. Is is a little energy producing plant that churns out ATP (Adenosintriphosphate). Here, all the glucose entering the bloodstream is converted to the bodies’ own energy ATP. Prof. Edinger explains that when the yield of ATP is above 40% all parameters for the maintenance of immunity, health and healing are working. Prof. Ernst Krebs, one of the major proponents of using Vit B17 in cancer therapy, received a Nobel prize in medicine for the discovery of the chemical conversion process within the mitochondria. Now the researchers are looking at the rate of ATP production, since the rate fluctuates on earth, and even more so under conditions of space flight.
Only a minimum amount of ATP is required to produce the activating and regulating hormones adrenaline, nor-adrenalin and dopamine. These are chemical substances that have recently been found to be in charge of a whole series of, hitherto, unknown body functions. Space research also turned it’s attention to studying the electrical currents passing though the membranes of all our cells. This can reveal the state of acidity measured in pH, the alkaline-base parameters. They found it to be a crucial element, since a system that cannot detoxify itself any longer will ‘drown’ it’s cells in a sticky, foam-like substance, that blocks a range of vital nutrients, hormones and oxygen to reach it’s interior for the genertion of vitality. Consequently a person will feel very sluggish, low in vitality and fall ill more frequently. This sad state of affairs can also be ascribed to the use of modern hybrid varieties of wheat, so ubiquitously in use in western diets. Traditional Chinese medical concepts understand this also to be a type of ‘dampness’ with a tendencey to exhibit a very sticky character. When this takes root it depends on levels of acidity, degree of blockages and the individuals’ constitution, amongst a number of variables, mostly to do with life style factors.
Prof. Edinger relates that today most of the people operate on merely 20% of their actual nutrient potential reaching the cells and a drop in ATP. The therapeutic methods in use at his wellness centre can very quickly recover clients’ strength to 70-80-90% levels of ATP, as a range of spe4ctacular examples will clear;y demonstrate.
Lazarus’s sisters off the Zimmer frame, and what the nerves have got to do with it?
Prof. Edinger had occasion to treat a couple of sisters age 98 and 101 whose hip bones and joints had become completely dysfunctional. The connective tissues, ligaments and tendons had comepletely disintegrated within their pelvic bone structure. After only a few sessions the two senior ladies could happily walk unaided again. Nearly 80% of their structural damage was healed, not necessitating invasive hip replacement surgery. The real advantage lay in the fact that patients at this age are considered too frail for general anaesthesia. How could this near miraculous recovery be explained?
A little discourse into the hormonal and nervous system will open the view as to how all this is now possible,
The human body is largely run by two branches of the autonomic nervous system. These control the body functions in two ways. The sympathetic system is largely responsible for daytime activity, largely run by the well known hormone adrenaline together with it’s cousins nor-adrenaline and dopamine. This has come to be known for when Parkinson’s disease is a problem. The other, lesser known branch is called the parasympathetic system wich operates the digestive and repair functions of the body and manages recovery through sleep and so forth. It operates on the hormone acetylcholine (Ach) and melatonin and DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) for instance. As a rule of thumb the sympathetic system is the driver when we are active and the parasympathetic, or vegetative nervous system, acts when we digest, relax or sleep. The vegetative system also rules regular breathing and maintains ph levels/acid-alkaline balance and many more house holding functions
It is interesting to note that the adrenal glands next to the kidneys produces adrenalin on prompts from the brain. It can remove that sticky substance, or dampness, that envelopes and obstructs access to the cells for better fuel production and healthier living. In short, it lowers acidity levels of our system. It also acts as a strong pacer of our immune system, the lack of which is often seen in patients with carcinomas and tumours of any kind. When faced with the ‘stickiness’ and blockage the cellular structures in desparation, in turn, begin to divide and multiply at ever shorter cycles due to lack of nutrients, making ever poorer copies of itself, in a desperate attempt to survive the challenge of sure starvation.
Dopamine, new horizons of knowledge
A surprising discovery was made in a US study of 2005 regarding Dopamine. Besides it’s important role it plays in brain functions the results of this study elevated it in it’s role to be a key hormone able to control the operations of every cell in the body. This is an observation with huge consequences, since it was based on frequency range measures, that utilises bio-physics as a new tool of research into epigenetics.
In consequence, when there are sufficient quantities of dopamine and nor-adrenaline present in the system due to sound adrenaline levels, not only do our memory and concentration work well, but the rest of the body operates at optimal performance levels too. When suffering with burnout, due to lack of these hormones, no amount of psychotropic medication known as SSRI’s ( Prozac, Zolofft etc.) or other classes of anti-depressants are able to add anything to the empty body reserves of these vitlaizing hormones. The glandular functions have got to be restored to their proper operating levels before a discernable prgress in revovery can be experienced. This discovery represented a big step in conventional medical terms, that brings back into view a holistic comprehension of the needs of a patient’s interior millieu, despite an overt reluctance to do just that in ordinary medical practice. However, these rather vitalist sounding concepts of biology have always informed most holistic treatments, whether one is looking at acupuncture, homoeopathy, aromatherapy, or any other of these therapeutic modalities. Modern research in space biology reveals why and how these are actually working.
When the sympathetic hormones are relatively weaker than those of the parasympathetic system the latter begin to dominate the scene creating an imbalance within it’s respective hormonal drivers. Out of this imbalance all sorts of chronic symptoms arise, particularly in areas with abundant mucous linings/serous membranes in the body areas, which, in turn, often shows up as hay-fever, asthma and other chronic degenerative diseases, Prof. Edinger explains. A student of Asian/Oriental medicine would recognize this statement as ‘when Yang is in decline Yin gains the upper hand’. with a number of tell tale symptoms in the range of cold, damp, fullness and loss of vigor.’ It brings to mind the assertion of the founder of the Stomach and Spleen school of the 11th century Dr. Li Kao, who discovered a certain order in therapeutic work, asserting, that when these systems are not fixed first, nothing else in the body can be addressed sucessfully. The Spleen system of old equates largely with the body’s mucous linings and connective tissues by modern standards.
‘The burning man’ of this day and age
When a person encounters a state of ‘burn-out’ with ever decreasing adrenaline levels it is very difficult for a normally self regulating body to recover from this downward spiral. A typical period of recovery would be in the range of a minimum of two years of therapy…but most patients such as teachers go into early retirement. Some of which might nurse suicidal thoughts, because of their lack of drive and dependency on others’ good will, whilst they are anxious, nervous and mostly nurse a gloomy outlook for life.
In 2008, 38% of employees in Germany took early retirement after ‘burnout’ with an estimated 10% even committing suicide. In Austria the figures were 20% higher. The Russians would talk about ‘exhaustion syndrome’ which essentially means the same, but already indicates the next step as is also suggested within Chinese theory. Their conclusion would be, ‘when it is depleted, fill it, when it is replete with energy, empty it’!
Psychopharmaceuticals can offer nothing as to remedy the lack of the key hormones in play, This is a very important piece of information imparted by Prof. Edinger’s system on the basis of his experience with clients time and again. Ge can speak with an authoritative voice, since he can look back to exhaustive pactical clinical experience as a Psychiatrist too.
As mentioned, in the regular setting of a ‘burnout’ clinic the treatment typically takes about 2 years with it’s various setbacks, however, if the needs of the body for adrenaline were to be factored in, the recovery would happen in record time.
Within the settings of Prof. Edinger’s centre, it takes no more than 6 weeks to restore the levels of adrenaline. Every client will be treated according to a specially tailored menu of individually selected supplementation- and physical therapy plus other lifestyle enhancements, to suit this fast track recovery. And here lies the real difference of this special treatment program based on space medicine and biology giving a proper meaning to the word ‘ body reset’, as opposed to simple curative measures typically found with standard practice.
Enter the launch of Space medicine
Prof. Edinger’s wellness recovery centre ‘Inakarb’ makes use of it’s system of energy medicine which also involves a number of gadgets developed in the context of space biology and medicine. These include frequency modulators, nutrient vitality enhancing supplementation designed to every clients need acupuncture and a number of further measures. As regards vitamin supplementation the Professor holds that most commercially available off the shelve vitamins are woefully low in concentration and could in the worst case scenario actually provoke inflammatory and tumour cells to act up, since their performance levels have been stimulated by the low threshold of challenge caused by the very substances that are supposed to overcome them. This was found within a study for Vitamin D in the United States. Also, in Prof. Edingers experience and estimate it is never good to just take one vitamin at a time since the activation of the bodies’ own store of negative Ion charges from the DNA can be forced to ‘donate’ itself within the free radical quenching process, leaving a negative balance. It thus can possibly turn a well meaning intention into something that is provoking an attack on it’s own body cells, a classic trigger for autoimmune problems. Therefore, the ‘Inakarb’ therapy program always includes sufficient amounts of combination supplements, the need of which are individually assessed from the beginning of the therapy and are being kept monitored throughout it’s course.
A quick look at the adrenal glands taken from ‘how stuff works’
The adrenal glands are critical to normal body functions, such as maintenance of fluid balance, reaction to stress, and reproduction. There are two adrenal glands, each of which are situated above one of the two kidneys The adrenal glands have two distinct parts: the cortex (outer layer), which secretes steroid hormones, and the medulla (inner part), which secretes adrenaline/epinephrine and nor-adreanline/ norepinephrine.
There are more than 30 steroid hormones produced by the adrenal glands. These hormones serve to regulate a wide array of processes throughout the body. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are responsible for the changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and level of usable glucose (a form of sugar) that are necessary to cope with stress.’
The therapeutic investigation at ‘Inakarb’ takes into account the working state of the different layers of the adrenal glands. Adrenaline is manufactured deep inside the gland and dozens of steroid hormones in the outer parts, as we saw.
All together this cocktail ensures that there are sufficient amounts of anti-inflammatory, anti allergic, sex and fertility regulating hormones together with hormones that ensure the presence of good amounts of minerals in the fluid and bone system of the body.
Only when the ‘superhormone’ adrenaline is in abundance do the revitalising and rejuvenating effects in concert with the entire glandular orchestra play their tunes well. It looks as though our body systems receive their initial spark from this ‘furnace-like’ action at the base of the vertically stacked column of organs and their vital functions. The observation by modern biomedical science strongly reflects the Asian/Oriental assumptions of the existence of three vertically stacked ‘burning chambers’ in the body with the adrenal glands at it’s base reflected by an acupuncture point known as ‘Mingmen’ the ‘life fire gate’ at the lower end of the spinal column.
Professor Edinger goes on to explain that the second layer of the adrenal glands produce sufficient amounts of testosterone, oestrogen, sexual hormones, DHEA and other substances, which in turn, are based on the very levels of adrenaline. Only then has the allergic patient a chance that sufficient amounts of cortisone is being produced to quench the inflammatory responses of a chemically stressed system. There are many women with dizziness and low blood pressure due to lack of aldosterone, which in turn can only be remedied by sufficient amounts of adrenaline produced.
The same applies to young couples with a wish for children when testosterone and oestrogen are low. If there are not sufficient amounts of adrenaline present then these hormones are in short supply too. Thnaks to man’s presence in space, it demanded from science to comprehend these medical problems.
Fear, Fear and Fear
The neuro-stresses inflicted by our fast paced modern lifestyles can be measured today by taking swab samples of spittle from the mouth. As alluded to earlier, fear is one of the most stressful drivers within this setting. Fear of failure, fear of losing ones’ job, fear of not being able to pay the bills, fear of crowded places, fear of being in confined spaces, fear of the boss, fear of cancer, fear of old age, fear of death, and all the other bits added from the angle of the politics of fear, a never ending litany of us people negotiating ‘the terrestrial maze.’
A study of neurostress sampling 500 people’s adrenaline levels revealed that within the first 6 weeks of acute stress instead of the normal 12 mg of adrenaline there was nearly three times as much (29.4 mg) present. This phenomenon is well understood since the Canadian Dr. Hans Selyes’ trailblazing work on stress adaptation.
In his model it would comprise the resistance phase after the initial alarm phase with it’s very high hormonal concentration peaks had passed. However, all the other hormonal levels mentioned above are very high too.
When the collapse phase sets in after about six weeks highlighted by chronic stress then the adrenaline levels are only a tenth of the normal levels averaging 1.3 mg. All other readings of hormonal activity are as dramatically reduced too by then, and the crash into ‘burnout’ becomes inevitable, if nothing is done about it.
However, the hormones associated with satisfaction, joy and happiness nor-adrenaline and dopamine keep their levels up much longer, and break down dramatically at a later stage. This explains the reason why dopamine can control many cellular functions that were up to now only related to adrenaline. But at he ‘burnout’ stage all these together with DHEA, testosterone and oestrogen are finally collapsing too.
The same goes for the stress hormone cortisol which diminishes during the chronic phase and is irreversibly low at the ‘burnout’ stage too. We see the rise of thyroid problems as in Hashimoto’s disease, a rise in allergic reaction and other such dysfunctionalities within the system.
This illustrates that psychotherapies are not sufficient to turn this around. Likewise, if the often used psycho-pharmaceutical drugs (SSRI’s, Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) came into play they would only mask the symptoms offering a pyrrhic victory, merely a straw fire, not able to recover the complexity of the whole system that is by now suffering multiple losses of functions.
Prof. Edinger explains that the nerve cells are the drive shafts of the whole system. A twenty year old person posesses an electrodynamic potential of 0.8mV in these cells that drive the system and the cells. An eighty year old only retains only 0.1mV of this capacity. This translates into speed of nerve signal transduction in a way that the cerebral higher centres take a very long time to detect a fungal infection on the toes for this eighty year old for instance. Needless to say, this house keeping problem applies to all other chronic problems such as leg ulcers, burns or worse.
So, we need to maintain the faster acting system for youthful vigour and healthy operations on the busy highways and byways of life. That is now possible, thanks to space travel. Prof. Edinger utilizes methods that can bring the voltage charges of an eighty year old successively back to 0.6-0.7-0.8 mV. With that, there one can notice a dramatically improved effect of rejuvenation and vigour. People often die, not because the hormone levels are insufficient but another, more important aspect is, that the immune cells cannot adapt to new germs and viruses which keep changing rapidly. Everything has slowed down so much since a lack of energy cannot maintain normal house keeping functions.
In come the helpers to turn around lack of energy
Inakarb starts off by taking measure after measure of vital parameters of individual peoples’ systems at work as alluded to in the discussion on hormonal activity. Most ‘burnout’ cases suffer from lack of the body fuel ATP, since they often only show 20% of the healthy 40% generating capacity. The natural drive is gone and the cerebral capacity to network and drive the system is running on ever more threadbare connections. Many hormonal pathways start off in the glands of the brain. Any mental training, says the Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist Prof. Edinger, is totally lost on cases of fully fledged ‘burnout’ , including cognitive behavioural therapy, for instance.
The Institute tailors individual programs on the basis of the measurements taken. They have a pretty good idea at this stage of the needs of an individual. Once they have ascertained the stage of development of a ‘burnout’ scenario they can go about recovering the client in question very rapidly.
As study of 30 000 cases on shock and stress adaptation by the top flight space travel research centre for regulatory medicine in Moscow, Russia, revealed, that ‘burnout’ is a type of ongoing shock/collapse phase. At this stage the body systems have lost the power to enter the next phase of recovery, the ‘counter shock phase.’ The point is to get the body back into the drivers seat of regulatory management. They also found that, depending on the therapies employed and the patient type, it would take an average of four weeks, if the sessions were to be spread out once a week. After another four weeks the patient would enter the normal regulatory phase and hardly encounter any disease again, since the parameters would all operate to their fullest capacity again.
We have to factor in that the bodies cellular structure have become damaged and the matrix (connective tissue/Chinese ‘spleen system’) is riddled with holes and sagging with stagnant toxins. The anchoring places, the numbers of receptors on the cell membranes are lost and dysfunctional, which for instance, impacts negatively on the hormonal activity. A status we all suffer to a lesser or higher degree. For instance, the more dopamine is available and activated inside a persons’ brain, the better the mental processing power works, and with it, any mental exercises to re-program our patterns will be working more efficiently again. All of this damage requires to be repaired and has been done so successfully with the methods of space medicine a the Inakarb centre of Prof. Edinger.