Bioenergetics is the field of biology that studies energy. Other terms used for Bioenergetics are Bioelectromagnetics (BEM) and Bioelectronics.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines Bioenergetics as "the scientific study of interactions between living organisms and electromagnetic fields, forces, energies, currents and charges. The range of interactions studied ranges from atomic to molecular, through intracellular, to the whole organism." In other words, Bioenergetics studies electromagnetic fields that originate from both within and outside the human body.
Machines used to measure bioenergetics are called bioenergetic devices. These devices measure a direct or indirect biological response to an evoked potential which is the resonse of the body to energy or a change in energy. The response allows muscles to move, eyes to see, ears to hear, skin to feel and all the other processes of the body. All bodily functions use energy and all bodily funcitons begin with energy. In other words, bioenergetic changes appear before biochemical changes.
Examples of biological energy are temperature, mass, volume, chemical, mechanical, magnetic, pressure and electrical.
Examples of bioenergetic measuring devices are X-rays, CAT scans, thermometers, stethoscopes, ohmmeters, MRIs, EEGs, EKGs, EMGs and sphygmomanometers.
In short, bioenergetic medicine is NOT a new field. Bioenergetic medicine and bioenergetic devices such as those listed previously have been in use in the U.S. for decades.
WHAT IS CEDS?
CEDS stands for Computerized Electro Dermal Screening and is a state-of-the-art specialty within bioenergetic medicine.
CEDS is the result of 60 years of research and utilizes a computer-based instrument.
HOW DID CEDS BEGIN?
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese were the first to discover and explain the flow of electron energy through the human body. They called this electron energy "Qi" or "Chi" and plotted the pathways that the energy flowed. The pathways or roads through which the Qi flower were called "meridians". Each meridan services different parts of the human body. If the energy of "Qi" flowed smoothly through an articular meridian, the Chinese considered that part of the body to be in balance and therefore, healthy.
"Modern" medicine, on the other hand, has a long history of ridiculing the Chinese concept of Qi, meridians and energy flow.
Recent scientific evidence, however, is validating these ancient Chinese concepts.
In 1956, for example, Y. Nakatani discovered that some points on the skin had a much higher electrical conductance. He later learned that eighty percent of these high conductance points were ancient Chinese medicine acupuncture points.
Another discovery occurred in the 1970's when scientists were investigating the properties of skin in order to manufacture prosthetic skin for burn victims. These scientists found that skin normally has a resistance of about 2 to 4 million ohms. At certain points, however, they found the resistance to be only 100,000 ohms. Once again, most of these points were found to be ancient Chinese acupuncture points.
WHAT DEVICES ARE USED TO MEASURE THESE POINTS?
In the 1940's, Dr. Reinhold Voll, A german physician, developed a simple, non-computerized bioenergetic device---called EAV (Electro Acupuncture by Voll)--to gather conduction information about these acupuncture points.
Although effective EAV testing was manual, slow and time consuming process. The development of the personal computer in the late 1970's and early 1980's brough a new tool to EAV. EAV devices could now be automated and thousands, rather than dozens, of conductance tests could be performed in the same amount of time.
The first modern computerized bioenergetic device was developed by James Hoyt Clark, a bioengineer, in 1979. His first computerized device was called CEDS--Computerized Electro Dermal Screening.
WHAT DOES CEDS DO?
Through the collection of bioenergetic conductance measurements, CEDS allows the bioenergetic physician to conduct an in-depth interview twith the patient's organs, tissues, glands and meridians.
Through computerized bio-informational processing feedback, the physician can also determine the patient's reaction to literally thousands of stimuli. A partial list of these tests include foods, drinks, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, fungi, yeast, pollens, vitamins, herbs, homeopathics, viruses, bacteria, parasites, mold, mycotoxins and much much more.
As the conductance measurements emerge, the trained bioenergetic physician will recognize patterns of imbalance. These imbalance patterns will prompt the physician to ask the patient pertinent questions about lifestyle, eating habits, health practicies, work environment, hobbies, etc. The answers to these questions may help the physician unlock information that has a direct bearing on the patient's overall health...information that may not have been explored or examined by othe medical practitioners.
IS CEDS ACCEPTED BY THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY?
Althought relatively new in the USA, many people believe CEDS to be the most significant medical breakthrough in decades. CEDS is recognized, understood, accepted and used widely in other countries, especially Germany, France, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Miexico, Australia and Canada. Most medical doctors and the insurance industry in the USA do not recognize or accept CEDS.
HOW DOES CEDS DETERMINE THE ORGAN, GLAND, TISSUE AND MERIDIAN IMBALANCE?
CEDS uses knowledge from science, physics, energineering, medicine and a 5000 year old history of bioenergetic discoveries.
Specifically, CEDS measures the degree of electrical conductance and resistance. These measurements can then be used to determine the degree of organ balance/imbalance and to detect low-level reactions in the body.
To determine organ, gland, tissue and meridian imblance, CEDS requires the inclusion of an ohm meter to function. An ohm meter is a tool used by electricians and electronic technicians to measure electrical properties called resistance and conductance.
An ohm meter operates by outputting a small flow of electrons through a particular substance. If the elecrons flow easily through the substance then the substance is said to have high conductance and low resistance. If the electroncs do not flow easily through the substance, then the substance is said to have low conductance and high resistance. Conductance and resistance are reciprocals.
Some substances, such as air, are good resistors and poor conductors. Other substances, like copper, are good conductors and poor resistors. Most substances have a resistance and conductance value that does not change in a steady environment. Biological substances, on the other hand, change as part of their function. For example, the pumping heart has changing electromagnetic fields and can be measured by the EKG.
In order to determine the amount of resistance/conductance, the ohm meter requires a closed circuit through which the electronics can flow and be measured. That circuit can be as simple as a single piece of wrie or as elaborate as a complex electronic component. That circuit could also be the human body.
IS CEDS SAFE?
Yes. While an actual substance, such as arsenic, may harm the patient, the characteristic signal for arsenic is safe. CEDS is safe, non-invasive and not painful. Certain items may interfere with CEDS testing and may be asked to be removed during the screening process. Those individuals with pace-makers should NOT obtain CEDS screening as the electrical impulses may interfer with the pacemaker's function.
CAN CEDS DIAGNOSE?
No. No claims to diagnose, treat or cure disease are made or inferred. In the USA, CEDS is NOT a diagnostic medical system nor is it claimed to operate as such.
WHAT ARE THE OPERATOR'S QUALIFICATIONS?
As with any device, such as a stetesocope, the device's performance and value depends largely on the expertise of the operator. Unfortunately, many of these devices have found their way into the hands of those untrained in the field of medicine. In turn, some people who feel they have explored CEDS and were not impressed, may have achieved these non-impressive results not so much from the failure of the device, but due to the operator's failure to have a strong educational foundation in bioenergetic and orthomolecular medicine.
Bioenergetic medicine involves many years of full-time education including thousands of hours in coursework in Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Herbology, Orthomolecular medicine/nutrition, Homotoxocology and Detoxification. In addition, Western (allopathic) education is also required including courses in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Radiology, Physical Examination/Eiagnosis, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and Orthopedics. Post graduate studies in the areas of Dentistry, Environmental Medicine, Immunology, Chemical Sensitivity and Neurotoxicology are also preferred as many patients need this level of expertise to receive maximum results from CEDS. As so much of CEDS focuses on Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the CEDS operator themself should ideally be a licensed professional as well as nationally board certified in Acupuncture. If you are considering CEDS as part of your pursuit of health and wellness, be sure to check out the legal and educational qualifications of the CEDS operator.
IS CEDS LEGAL?
CEDS, aka German Electro Acupuncture, is legal in Florida and licensed for use by those licensed in Acupuncture under Chapter 457 of the Florida Statutes.
"...electrodermal methods in the hands of an experience professional gives a far superior total profile of food tolerace and intolerance than blood tests." The Canary and Chronic Fatigue by Majid Ali, M.D.
"The quality of health care will also improve with integration of the EDS into modern medical practice. Because the EDS makes use of the body's meridian system, it can map out and help analyze the body's own signals, making it particularly useful in early diagnosis. With its solid theoretical foundation in modern physics and quantum mechanis, it is perhaps the most 'modern' medical methodolgies available today." Engineering in Medicine and Biology magazine
"Recent evidence shows that our physical body is the mirror image reflection or dense energy pattern manifestation of dynamic processes which occur in our bioenergy field. Since our boies act as communication devices, we are constatnly receiving the transmitting information coded into energy signals. Changes i our bioenergy field signal the onset of diseasee before it occurs physically." Phil Allen Energy, Matter and Form 1977 Government supported study.
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