Biological Terrain Assesment
You will be required to provide saliva, urine and blood samples following a 12 hour fasting prior to the test. It is for this reason we will always aim to conduct the test in the morning. These samples will be analysed and your results will be available within a day or two. The practitioner will go through your results and advise on the appropriate changes to your diet at a follow-up appointment to be arranged.
If you have been referred to Well Body, then your qualified support person may discuss the results with the practitioner to gain further insight into ways that he or she can best construct a program for your benefit.
BTA measures blood, saliva and urine for electron levels, pH balance and minerals (resistivity) in these fluids. The best comparison of the importance of this analysis would be that if you have healthy soil with all the necessary nutrients, you will have a healthy tree. If you put a healthy tree in unhealthy soil, you will have a sick tree that may die.
If our terrain is out of balance due to an unhealthy lifestyle or xenobiotics (environmental toxins), we are setting ourselves up for disease. Is your body’s internal environment designed for cancer, yeast, bacteria, viruses, or health? With this technology, we can tell objectively in what direction our patient’s health is heading and monitor their progress.
How many times have we taken herbs, vitamins and minerals and only felt better for a short period of time? That’s because we have not made a change on a cellular level. The basis for all health (and disease) occurs at the cellular level. BTA measures how healthy the cells are. More specifically, is the cellular environment too acidic, are there too few electrons to combat free radicals and/or to produce energy, and are there too few minerals to buffer the acids? These are just a few pieces of information BTA will reveal.
What Is So Important about pH, rH2 and Resistivity?
We are born alkaline and we die acid. The ability of our DNA to repair itself, the quality of our chemical reactions, the prevention of most diseases, and maintenance of the electrochemical cell balance all have to do with keeping extracellular fluids alkaline (pH).
rH2 (or redox) measures the amount of electrons in our fluids. Electrons are needed in the body to produce ATP, the energy source that our cells produce as a result of the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Our body goes through a process of stripping electrons off the food we eat and uses those electrons in the mitochondria of the cell to produce ATP.
We also need an abundance of electrons to reduce oxidative stress (free radical damage) to our cells. When there are not enough electrons, less ATP is produced. Insufficient energy is produced by the cells (and therefore to our bodies) and too much free radical damage occurs, which accelerates aging and disease. Many chronic fatigue syndromes begin – and need to be addressed – at this level. The greater the number of electrons, the greater the likelihood of quality chemical reactions, enzymatic reactions, and an abundance of cellular energy, resulting in optimum health.
Resistivity (R) is a measurement of the amount of minerals which also equates to the ability of our fluids to conduct electricity. Minerals are important to neutralize the effects of acidity in the body fluids. Almost all serious diseases are associated with an acid environment. We need an abundance of alkaline minerals to buffer the acids produced by our body’s natural processes in addition to the acids produced by stress and the acidic foods we consume.
What Can We Learn from BTA?
the level of acidity of the cells of the body;
the level of compensating alkalinity of both the blood and saliva;
the ability of the kidneys to excrete the excess acids that are produced within the body;
the tendency for hemoglobin to release less oxygen to the cells;
the tendency for the blood to be too thick;
The ability of the cells to create energy;
the amount of electrons present in the blood and saliva, and hence
the potential for further chemical and enzymatic reactions in these fluids;
the ability of the kidneys to hold onto electrons;
the level of mineral deficiency in the blood;
if there are enough digestive enzymes present;
if there are enough antioxidants present;
the ability of the kidneys to excrete wastes;
if the lymphatics are congested.
The concept of biological terrain is credited to the noted 19th century physiologist, Claude Bernard. Bernard believed that a cell’s environment determines its function and integrity and that it is not outside organisms that make us ill, but the ability of our body to ward off pathogens.
Equipment was created in Germany that allowed physicians to apply the terrain principles to the human body by measuring blood, saliva and urine. In 1994, following years of research in biochemistry, Dr. Robert Greenberg designed the device and is recognized today as the foremost authority on biological terrain.
“A certain amount of stress is necessary for life. Chronic stress and prolonged exposure to such
factors as poor diet and environmental toxins creates disturbances in the critical balance of the Biological
These imbalances can affect the overall health and vitality of the cellular environment.”
Dr. Robert C. Greenberg, Ph.D, D.C.
Inventor of the QFA 3500TM