Biological Terrain Concepts


  Core Concepts

Flow Systems Auditing is a method that is able to view several factors of the fluid dynamics of the internal environment of the body. This environment is often referred to as the "terrain" or "biological terrain". While various fields of health care examine, isolate or treat one particular part or system of the body within a medical perspective, Flow System Auditing is not within this paradigm but instead attempts to gain information about fluid dynamics attempting to capture feedback of the biochemical/electrical environment as it might relate to key homeostatic controls. This becomes a truer measure of health and wellness as it provides baseline markers for viewing the body’s adaptive capacity to meet and conquer health stressors.

Gaining a more complete picture of this information gives the health advocate a set point to determine the most proper lifestyle, dietary or nutritional supplement direction based on biological individuality of the client they are educating. Further, this dynamic form of physiological biofeedback in conjunction with tools to help the specialist “connect-the-dots” to what is essentially textbook physiology can help uncover the most critical aspects to any imbalance. This is of great assistance to help re-balance individuals without resorting to treating symptoms or conditions which often turns into prolonged dysfunction and has disease implications.

For a conceptual framework of biological terrain, let’s talk about health and farming for a moment as they both have some things in common. Before a farmer plants his seed, he needs to be concerned with the balance of the soil in which he is going to plant. One of the primary things the farmer looks at is the soils pH balance, the mineral balance, hydration level, healthy bacteria levels and other factors that give him an idea of the soil's "terrain" - i.e. the environment in which that seed is going to grow. If the terrain is unbalanced, that little seed is going to have a much harder time growing into a big strong plant. As it grows, nutrient uptake from the soil can be diminished leaving the plant with a poor “immune system” so to speak and it becomes more susceptible to disease, competing foliage and parasites in the environment. The need for herbicides and pesticides increases in proportion to the decreasing health of the soil.

A body's cells are similar to that little seed. There is a "soil" for those cells. It is the internal bodily environment. To maintain health and to keep going strong, cells need their own balanced terrain. This is their "biological terrain". And here also we are concerned with pH balance, mineral balance, hydration levels, good bacteria in the gut and other items of importance. Very simply, when these things are off balance the body is off balance. And when it's off balance, it is reflected in the body’s blood, interstitial and intercellular fluids. One of the most dynamic of bodily fluids is the blood.

By observing living blood under a microscope, we get a real-time, dynamic and visual perspective of the state of our internal biological terrain or body ecology from a QUALITATIVE perspective. But behind this qualitative picture lie the QUANTITATIVE numbers which “pushed” the picture into being what it is.

It is these quantitative numbers that are the basis for Flow Systems Auditing and it is the numbers offered through this form of physiological biofeedback that lie behind the visual picture of blood which someone might view under the microscope.

Quantifying the nature of the picture points the practitioner to the primary homeostatic balance points affecting health. This is the next step for clarity of what the picture means and for providing spot-on client assistance.


The work of Vincent

A 19th century physiologist,  Professor Claude Bernard, believed that the environment of the cell, which he termed the milieu intérieur, determined the cell's function and integrity.

Around 1935 the French hydrologist Professor Louis-Claude Vincent became interested in measuring parameters reflective of human health. He invented la Méthode Bioélectronique Vincent. After much research in collaboration with Dr. Jeanne Rousseau, Vincent's first Bioélectronimètre became operational in 1948. Prof. Vincent correlated the electrical values of pH (potential hydrogen – acid/alkaline balance), rH2 (oxidation—reduction potential),  and R (resistivity - level of electrically conductive ions) to the body fluids of blood, urine and saliva. The application of this correlation in classical biological terrain analysis yields nine numbers or parameters that are used in establishing the condition of the biological terrain of the body.

Independent of Vincent and Rousseau, biomathematician Prof. Janos Kemeny actually proved the basis of Méthode Bioélectronique Vincent; Kemeny's work was published in Bulletin der Akademie der Wissenschaft, Berlin, February 1953: "Beitrag zur physikalischen und mathematischen Erklärung der Reaktionsvermögens der lebenden Organismen".

Professor Louis-Claude Vincent concluded at the second International Convention for Medical Electronics in 1959, that the key to understanding health was through monitoring and controlling the body's building blocks which are found in the body fluids (Palais de l'Unesco, Paris).

The biocellular environment determines the body's tendency toward developing various metabolic imbalances that can lead to disease.

This is a scientifically based, clinically reproducible research procedure which displays the “soil” values for living organisms.  Variations away from the “norm” are indicative of an individual’s “predisposition” to different pathophysiological states.

The work of Carey Reams

Carey Reams was a consummate scientist with an inquiring mind. While attempting to solve a riddle for a neighbor whose young three and a half year old son was having constant seizures that medical doctors could do nothing about, he had what might me called a spiritual epiphany of scientific proportions.  

Dr. Reams uncovered what he believed to be the mathematical equation for perfect health in the human body. Though the final numbers of the equation can be ascertained through specific research methods, the totality of the relationships that lead up to the final tally is probably beyond complete apprehension.  Nevertheless, the results of the method are incredibly useful for defining balance in the body. (About the neighbor boy, his seizures ceased once the imbalance was determined and corrective measures were taken.)

The methodology known as the RBTI or Reams Biological Theory of Ionization, uses  procedures from the world of organic soil testing. As we humans are derived from the dust of the earth, it makes sense that correlations exist. Dr. Reams defined the correlations exquisitely by looking at body fluids which are easy to get—urine and saliva.

The work of Emanuel Revici

What can you say about a man that continued to go into the office after his 100th birthday. Crazy? Perhaps it was an unceasing passion for his work. This was Emanuel Revici, MD. A physician whose genius and dedication to research rocketed past his peers. In fact he was so far past his peers that the State of New York saw fit to take away his medical license when he was in his 90’s for doing things they did not agree with. (He eventually got his license back.)

With brilliant research in lipid/sterol mechanics and cancer, one culmination of Revici’s work was his textbook titled “Research in Physiopathology as Basis of Guided Chemotherapy, With Special Application to Cancer”. It should be required reading for every medical and oncology student though it is basically an unknown work in those circles. (Probably due to the extreme academic, political and corporate influence in this area.)

What Revici did was nail the benchmarks for easily determining the anabolic/anaerobic or catabolic/ dysaerobic condition of the body which is the ultimate reflection of the diphasic nature of human life.

The elements largely responsible for the diphasic swing of anabolic and catabolic states is the lipid / sterol cellular balance. This directly relates to cell membrane permeability issues. If one were to be pushed into either extreme (typical of someone that is not well), cells could either be locked up and fail to communicate (that’s one way of saying it), or could be overly permeable and easily give way to a loose structure and wreak havoc on the other extreme. These states are reflective in the numbers provided through certain pH,  surface tension and other measures, and steadfastly correlated to suggested protocols gleaned through years of painstaking research by Dr. Revici. The clinical power this education holds for the physician willing to learn these concepts cannot be understated.


One of the most significant uses of Flow Systems Auditing is to utilize it as an objective control of the efficacy of any given wellness program. If someone is truly getting better from any given strategies, their flow measurements will also be getting better. If the measurements are not getting better, than it is likely that the symptoms of their “health condition” whatever that may be, are just getting pushed around and the causative elements of their wellness issue is not being addressed.

This form of terrain auditing and research with its methods of use is not a clinical laboratory procedure. Therein it is incapable of offering any assessment or diagnosis of any medical or disease condition. That being said, it can actually provide much more information about health beyond a narrow disease oriented diagnosis.

Flow Systems Auditing should be thought of as a powerful adjunct or wellness toolset to other modalities a clinic might be using, some of which may be for such specific diagnostics. For instance, many times standard diagnostic tests for medical maladies can come back with all parameters within the “norms”, yet the patient will have complaints of feeling terrible. Flow Systems Auditing can often give indications as to why that is so, not being due to any medical condition, but simply how their body is responding to health stressors that are interfering with their natural adaptive capacity.

To discuss the nuances of this audit process and related research is beyond the scope of this introduction, but we would like to give you a feel for the dynamic nature of the education it can bring to clients.

This audit process educates clients on what the fluids of urine and saliva can show them at a practical level. In a sense urine is a reflection of what the body is letting go of and saliva of what is being held onto. As the blood is often the last to change when health starts to shift, a baseline physiological measurement of blood without resorting to a laboratory blood draw can be done, and interfacing that information with other data reaps huge educational insights—often going far beyond what a laboratory blood test alone might reveal about an individual.

Laboratory tests typically look for aberrant markers in order to assess a health condition and make a diagnosis. Flow Systems Auditing looks at physiological markers within defined parameters to simply determine homeostatic adaptive capacity. This in turn becomes an overall measure of wellness. With these specific and defined measures, sensible strategies can be shown and engaged as the client chooses to maximize their health benefits.

What are we looking at:



Specific Gravity

Clinostatic Blood Pressure
Orthostatic Blood Pressure

Pulse Rate Sequencing

Breath Hold & Respiration Rate

Breath Control Pause

Pupil Response

Blood Type


And more

The numbers can tell where on a hierarchal scale the most important biophysical stress considerations are for any individual. This directs the individual to consider a range of appropriate point specific strategies that can challenge the homeostatic imbalance and lead the body to accepting the corrective action thereby increasing adaptive capacity.

Currently many health care professionals conduct symptom surveys from which they will derive various protocols. For a traditional allopathic physician, these workups will attempt to define a symptom (disease) that can be named, and then the appropriate palliative drug can be given. Many naturopathic physicians and schools have adopted this same way of thinking. However, instead of using pharmaceuticals as intervention, they instead use homeopathics, herbs, and nutritional supplements. It certainly is a step in the right direction, but it too often fails to address wellness considerations regarding the adaptive capacity of key homeostatic controls. This is the foundation of optimal wellness in any individual.  Flow Systems Auditing bridges this gap and is the perfect adjunct and complement to any physician provided service.  

With Flow Systems Auditing there is a clear path to see the core homeostatic mechanisms that are often at the root of a client’s complaints.

Without the clarity of this form of Biofeedback,

it is like the clinician is driving at night without headlights.

The objective of this application is to turn the lights on.

EXAMPLE: Upon obtaining appropriate flow system feedback, if it was discovered that the electrical conductivity is lower than it should be in the urine, you might suspect the body is homeostatically 1) not releasing minerals, or 2) does not have minerals, or 3) the person is drinking too much water, etc. (Electrons travel on the mineral content in the body, if conductivity is low, there's mineral relationships that need to be addressed.)

It is also possible that the kidneys are not functioning optimally and the minerals are being kept in the body. Looking to the saliva to see if the minerals are there, you might note saliva conductance higher than it should be, which could point to minerals backing up into the system. Depending on membrane permeability (referenced from other values) you could pretty well determine if blood or lymph is being affected and whether there is a filter (kidney) issue, a membrane issue, or both. This is a telltale sign for a typical electrolyte stress situation which a majority of all cardiovascular patients face.

As one out of two individuals today has cardiovascular problems, identifying the situation and providing the means for the individual to fix it could very well save their life. With physician assistance they very well could alleviate the need for blood pressure medications while dramatically improving their quality of life.  

Note an opposite situation. If a sequence of blood pressures read low accompanied by low pulse, poor electrical conductance of urine and saliva, this could mean an electrolyte insufficiency situation—just the sort of problem that plagues people with chronic fatigue and individuals with all forms of health complaints.  

HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS? It is of the utmost importance. For example, if your conductivity numbers are askew, and you are of the mind to be doing any form of pH testing, the pH testing you are doing could be a lie! Yes you read that correctly.

Simple pH Testing Can Lie!

You can have what appear to be “perfect” pH numbers but the perfection is a mask as other systems are struggling to compensate for an unrecognized imbalance. This is one of the pH deceptions which you can identify with these tools.

As flow numbers start to shift away from homeostasis, patients start to enter most clinics complaining of any number of ills.  Where a standard chemistry profile or pH testing is within the norms, a check of their internal “flow system” gives other insights. These new insights leads to a proper determination of strategies that may be used to help re-establish a healthy and vibrant “biological terrain”.

Viewing the Diphasic State

When you incorporate the work of Revici into your picture you have another element that is at the top of the list for consideration. For example, if you discovered that fatty acid/sterol cellular balance is suspected of being affected, you will have one of the most important keys you can have for correcting homeostatic controls directly involved in issues with the tissues. What might these “imbalances” appear as? Water retention or dehydration, diarrhea or constipation, accelerated aging or susceptibility to cancer, etc. Know the anabolic or catabolic state, and you can assist your client tremendously.  

And What About Energy?

A big difference between a young child and an old person is the level of energy each is in possession. The young child has an almost boundless energy as they bounce and run without giving a thought to exertion. The old person just the opposite. Sadly today we have people in their teens through middle age acting as if they are already old and depleted in the energy department. This is abnormal. Why people are low on energy, can’t lose weight, are prone to depression and more, can be perfectly understood through measurement of specific parameters overlaid on specific understanding.

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