Biological Terrain Concepts


Flow Systems Analysis is a method that is able to measure 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 the various fields of medicine examine, isolate or treat one particular part or system of the body, Flow Systems Analysis gains feedback about the operation of the entire internal biochemical/electrical environment. This complete picture of information gives the health care practitioner a baseline on which to adjudge his selected course of treatment as well as an objective procedure for monitoring the real effectiveness of his treatment on an on-going basis. This dynamic form of physiological biofeedback helps uncover the underlying cause or causes of a patient's imbalance or illness, rather then treating a list of "symptoms". 

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.

Your body's cells are similar to that little seed. There is a "soil" for your cells. It is your internal bodily environment. To maintain health and to keep going strong, your 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 can get a real-time, dynamic and concrete visual perspective of the state of our internal biological terrain or body ecology.  This however is only a QUALITATIVE picture. 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 clinical 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? Or maybe it is dedication beyond the call to duty. 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 would either be locked up and fail to communicate (that's one way of saying it), or would be so wishy washy they could easily give way to a loose structure and wreak havoc on the other extreme. These states are reflective in the numbers provided through urinary pH and surface tension results, and steadfastly correlated to suggested protocols gleaned through years of painstaking research by Dr. Revici. The clinical power this holds for the physician willing to learn these concepts cannot be understated.


One of the most significant uses of taking on Flow Systems Auditing is to utilize it as an objective control of the efficacy of any given therapy. If a patient is truly getting better, their measurements will also be getting better. If the measurements are not getting better, than it is likely that the symptoms are just getting pushed around and the causative elements of the problem are not being addressed.

This form of terrain auditing or research and its methods of use cannot diagnose a specific disease entity. It is somewhat akin to a standard chemistry profile. Though a standard chemistry profile is a highly respected analytical tool utilized by millions of physicians world wide, in itself it does not diagnose specific disease entities.

Flow Systems Auditing is a powerful complement to other tools in a clinic. For instance, many times a standard blood chemistry profile will come back with all parameters within the "norms", yet the patient will have complaints of feeling terrible. Flow Systems Auditing on the other hand will often give indications as to exactly why that is so.

To discuss the nuances of this research is beyond the scope of this introduction, but we would like to give you a feel for the dynamic nature of what this work can do.

In your clinic or at home, you should know that you would only be utilizing the fluids of urine and saliva. 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, we can use baseline physiological measurements of blood without resorting to a blood draw and interface that information with other data to reap huge insights--often going far beyond what a laboratory blood test alone might tell.

Using urine and saliva, you can get fast and accurate measurements of:

Specific gravity
Surface tension
Nitrate nitrogen and ammonia nitrogen balance

Further, we add simple correlative physiological tests like:

Specific blood pressures
Pulse rates
Breath hold
Respiration rate
Pupil response
And more

The numbers will tell where on a hierarchal scale the most important biophysical health considerations for any individual may lie. This directs the individual or practitioner to consider a range of appropriate point specific protocols that can challenge the imbalance and lead the body to accepting the corrective action.

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 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 is still often fraught as a hit or miss affair.

With Flow Systems Auditing there is a clear path to see the core homeostatic mechanisms that are causing a client's problems.

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 resistance is higher than it should be in the urine, you might suspect the body is 1) not be 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 resistance is high, 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 resistance lower than it should be, which could point to minerals backing up into the system. Depending on membrane permeability (referenced from another value) 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, get them off 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 resistance of urine and saliva, this could mean an electrolyte insufficiency--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 resistivity/conductivity numbers are askew, any 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 imbalance. This is one of the pH deceptions which you can identify with these tools.

As biochemic numbers start to shift away from homeostasis, patients start to enter the clinic 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 assessment of protocols that may be used to help re-establish a healthy and vibrant biological terrain.

As a factor in the "Body Electric",
rH2 is probably more important a measure than pH

During our training workshops we show why this is so, but there are limited ways to get an rH2 reading unless you have a meter like the Biomedx BEV. The rH2 is a measure relating ORP (oxidation reduction potential) directly to pH.

In the example above we looked at resistivity/conductivity which relates to the electrical ions in the body. If this is not right, nothing else is going to matter much for a person's  health. That is at the top of the list of things to know. Right next in line is the electrical properties as reflected in rH2. If this is "off" and you correct this imbalance, you will have one very happy client.

Assessing the Diphasic State

When you incorporate the work of Revici into the picture you have another element that is at the top of the list for any student of health to know. For example, if you are a health care practitioner and you discover that your client's fatty acid/sterol balance is suspected of being affected (illustrated through aspects of the testing station equipment), you will have one of the most important keys any clinician can have for correcting metabolic imbalance. What might that imbalance 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. 

These are just a few of the parameters ascertained through use of Flow Systems Auditing and is technology no wellness clinic should be without.

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