Reader Q&A

The Flu and Saunas


What is the flu? After being at a sauna spa, I got bad flu symptoms. Would you say it is a detox or a virus I picked up in the spa?


Flu symptoms are expulsions symptoms, this is a healing process. The Flu is a detox process in which the body is expelling poisons, toxins, or an overload of cellular waste that was recently encountered or had been building up in the body. Virus particles are simply spent cellular debris – pieces of broken-down cells. They cannot take any action because they are dead, inert, and have no nucleus, a requisite for life.

The body creates colds and flu when the level of toxicity in the body rises above the body’s tolerance limit. This occurs primarily because we are eating foods that are far removed from our natural diet and which are a burden on the body. As we eat cooked and processed foods day in and day out the level of cellular waste builds inside the body and the body is not able to keep up. When the level of toxicity reaches its tipping point the body initiates a healing event, which we call disease but in reality, is the solution to the already existing disease conditions.

Working out, and exposing ourselves to extremes in temperature from saunas or ice baths, or even very hot and very cold weather can trigger a healing event because we are overworking the body creating a large flush of excess waste. Saunas are detrimental to our health because of the strain they place on our cells. Our body works hard to maintain internal temperatures within very narrow ranges. Outside of these ranges, we will die. When we expose ourselves to extremes of heat in a sauna the body has to work exponentially harder to maintain survival temperatures. When our cells work harder they create more waste. It is the cellular waste that the body creates which creates disease conditions. So overworking the body by overheating creates lots of cell waste which then requires the body to initiate an expulsion event to catch up on the backlog of waste.

The more we eat our natural diet the easier it is for the body to maintain its temperature in extreme conditions, but ideally, we do not want to unnecessarily expose ourselves to extremes of temperature.

Nerve Energy

“The proper way to study disease is to study health and every influence favorable or not to its continuance. Disease is perverted health. Any influence that lowers nerve-energy becomes disease-producing. Disease cannot be its own cause; neither can it be its own cure, and certainly not its own prevention.”  Tilden, Toxemia Explained

Understanding our nerve energy and its functions is one of the most important keys to maintaining and recovering our health.   Without nerve energy our bodies cannot function.  Every cell and every elimination and cleaning process relies on nerve energy.  

Nerve energy is commonly squandered in modern life due to our lack of understanding of the importance of conserving our nerve energy.  Modern life promotes the constant misuse of this precious resource resulting in colds and flus and then chronic disease.  If we want to recover our health we have to adapt our habits away from the enervating habits taught to us by society and into habits of conservation.  

What Is Nerve Energy? 

Nerve energy is a form of electricity measurable in millivolts.  It is the electrical impulse that runs through our nervous system, allowing for the communication of every cell in our system with every other cell in our system.  Nerve energy is central to the cleaning and healing processes of the body and when it runs low our body’s ability to clean up after itself becomes impaired.    

“Demonstrating that nerve energy is electrical is easy. If you mashed your finger, a message would immediately go to the brain and back would come a command to remove the finger from that which applied the pressure. Moreover, the brain would command the entire balance of the body to cooperate in the extraction of the finger from the offending pressure. Only electricity is capable of such speedy transmission. No chemical process or circulatory process is capable of this dispatch. It occurs only through a network of nerves with conductive abilities, and electricity is the only form of energy it can conduct. 

If you take a weak voltage and hook up to it while holding someone else’s hand, the other person gets a shock immediately when you touch the live electrical source. I don’t think anyone can doubt that we do generate electricity, and that is the form of energy we use to conduct our physical and mental activities. Sensations are transformed into electrical stimuli and forwarded to the brain. The brain interprets these and sends out commands based upon the interpretation. Thus, if you put your finger to a hot object, the finger is commanded in a flash to withdraw from it.”  – T.C. Fry, The Life Science Health System

Why Is Nerve Energy Important To Our Health? 

“All diseases have an element of nerve derangement. Indeed, we must have enervation before any disease can develop and enervation may be brought about by anything–any influence–that uses up nerve energy.” – John Tilden, Impaired Health Vol. II

Diseases can be caused by any improper life practices, but generally are caused most by dietary indiscretions.  The primary mechanism that causes disease and root of all illness is reduced nerve energy.  Reduced nerve energy results in reduced ability of the body to eliminate the normal by-products of cell building and cell destruction.  

“In the process of tissue building— metabolism—there is cell building— anabolism—and cell destruction—catabolism. The broken down tissue is toxic and in health—when nerve energy is normal—it is eliminated from the blood as fast as evolved. When nerve energy is dissipated from any cause—physical or mental excitement or bad habits—the body becomes enervated, when enervated, elimination is checked, causing a retention of toxin in the blood or Toxemia. This accumulation of toxin when once established will continue until nerve energy is restored by removing the causes. So-called disease is nature’s effort at eliminating the toxin from the blood. All so-called diseases are crises of Toxemia.”  – John Tilden, Toxemia Explained

Toxemia/toxicosis may arise from many different sources: diet, water pollution, air pollution, injections, drugs, herbs and other poisons.  The toll toxemia takes and the reason we manifest disease symptoms when we are experiencing toxemia is because of insufficient nerve energy to eliminate the cellular wastes.  

“Obviously, to remain free of burdensome accumulations, both physical and chemical in nature, the body must have full use of its eliminative faculties. If these faculties are impaired by lack of nerve energy, if they have been disabled by toxic materials or if ingestion of toxic matters exceeds ability to cope, then elimination is likewise impaired. Accumulations further vitiate the elimination process until the body must undertake an eliminative crisis (disease) to free itself of its morbid load. – T.C.Fry

As nerve energy lags the body falls further and further behind in its elimination of cellular waste and this in turn further impairs the body’s ability to generate nerve energy.  The more nerve energy we squander the less we are able to generate until we crash. 

“…the body is primarily an organism that works on the amount of electricity it generates and which it has in its reserves. If this supply is depleted or otherwise insufficient to cope with the needs of the body, then body functions become impaired, including the processes of elimination of both endogenous metabolic wastes and exogenous poisons introduced into the body. This impairment begets further impairment including diminishing the body’s ability to restore depleted nerve energy.”  – T.C. Fry

This can be clearly evidenced in the individual who consumes coffee.  They quickly become dependent on having coffee every day, often multiple times per day because each cup of coffee makes their body more exhausted then the previous cup.  They begin to rely on the stimulation in a vicious cycle of fatigue and stimulation which drains their nerve energy and impairs the creation of nerve energy.

As we drain our nerve energy we build a backlog of waste that the body falls behind on eliminating.  Eventually the body must force a healing crisis to eliminate this cellular debris and at this point we experience a cold or flu healing event.  

“Due to unnatural practices or influences, humans frequently accumulate toxic substances in their bodies beyond normal capacity for elimination. When the accumulation becomes intolerable within the context of residual vitality, the body will preempt its nerve energy and redirect it to the task of extraordinary elimination or cleansing”  T.C.Fry

Squandering Nerve Energy Leads To Disease  

The word toxemia means blood poisoning. Toxicosis refers to any disease brought on by poisoning.  In the normal daily processes of life our cells themselves produce toxic byproducts.  In a normal functioning body these toxic substances are rapidly eliminated from the area and the cell’s function is unimpeded.  However, when we squander our nerve energy the body’s ability to eliminate these normal byproducts of cellular metabolism becomes impaired.  The body becomes less able to eliminate, which then impairs the body’s ability to generate nerve energy, which then impairs every other function in the body. 

“Nerve energy is required to digest food; nerve energy is required to keep up secretions and excretions; nerve energy is required to prepare enzymes for digesting our food intake and keeping up a normal resistance to environmental influences as well as those that are autogenerated. 

When this nerve energy is up to the standard, we are poised–or balanced, as it were, with our environments–and we can eat a maximum amount of food, and take care of it. This being true, it should be obvious to those who care to reason that any influence which uses up nerve energy lowers the digestive powers of the body, and that an amount of food which can be utilized when the nerve energy is up to standard must necessarily be too much when the energy is used up in work, play, or sensual indulgence.

It should be obvious to any reasoning mind that a full dinner taken into a tired body cannot be digested properly; that a full meal, or any meal at all, eaten by one in great mental anguish over some great trouble, cannot be digested. And, when food is not digested, it becomes a poison.”  John Tilden, Impaired Health Vol I

“Using nerve-energy in excess of normal production brings on enervation. Few people waste nerve-energy in one way only. Food is a stimulant. Overeating is overstimulating. Add to this excess one or two other stimulants—Coffee or tobacco—excessive venery, overwork and worry, and one subject to that amount of drain of nerve-energy will become decidedly enervated.

Elimination falls far short of requirements; consequently toxin accumulates in the blood. This adds a pronounced auto-toxin stimulation to that coming from overstimulating habits, and completes a vicious circle. This complex stands for a disease-producing Toxemia, which will be permanent except as toxin crises—so-called acute diseases—lower the amount of toxin, again to accumulate and continue until the habits that keep the body enervated are controlled. Perfect health cannot be established until all enervating habits have been eliminated.” – John Tilden, Toxemia Explained

The more nerve energy we waste the less ability our body has to clean out the cellular waste and debris that build leading to disease conditions.   As the body becomes more fatigued the disease conditions build and we move from minor discomfort to major chronic disease. 

How Is Nerve Energy Created? 

Sleep and rest are the only way that we can regenerate nerve energy.  When our sleep is disturbed or we ignore our bodies’ need for more sleep we set off a cycle of degeneration. 

“Enervation can be caused by depletion of nerve energy in any of hundreds of ways. Sleep regenerates nerve energy. Obviously, insufficient sleep will not supply us with our needs. It will not fully recharge our batteries. We need sleep to regenerate nerve energy for the brain and nervous system. Rest and total abstinence from food, liquid and solid, and reforming all enervating habits, will restore nerve-energy; the elimination of toxin through the natural channels will take place, and full health will return.”  – Tilden Toxemia

“Sleep is the condition under which the brain generates nerve energy with which to conduct body activities. The deeper the stage of sleep into which the body enters, the more efficiently can nerve energy be generated. There are five stages of sleep if we include the R.E.M stage, popularly called the dream stage, when there are rapid eye movements. Other stages are named after the brain wave frequency. The threshold stage of sleep is the alpha stage and the deepest stage is delta wave sleep. As nerve energy is the spark of vitality for vigorous activity and high level function generally, adequate sleep is very essential to well-being.”  – T.C. Fry

Closing our eyes and resting on the couch for a few minutes periodically throughout the day can also help to regenerate our nerve energy and allow the body to clean out and improve its efficiency.

“While sleep regenerates a fund of nerve energy, rest enables the body to restock physical stores as well as to “clean house.”” TC. Fry

Sleep is controlled naturally, your body will only sleep when sleep is required.  If you are tired and you force yourself to stay awake and push through you are only impairing your body’s ability to clean and heal.  When your body tells you it needs rest, obey it and it will pay you back in health and comfort.   Disobey and pain and suffering will be the end result. 

“We become sleepy when sleep is needed. If we don’t fight it off by taking pep pills or coffee, we naturally drop off into a state of unconsciousness when our bodies need sleep. And we will remain in this state until our nerve energy is sufficiently recovered— unless our sleep is prematurely put to an end by a jangling alarm clock or other disturbing influence. It is impossible to sleep if we do not need sleep. Sleep cannot be “stored up” for future use. – T.C. Fry

It can be tempting to just push through and use those stimulants to make it through our day, but by doing so we are selling ourselves short.   The rest we take today will pay us back in abundant energy.  The stimulant we take today will pay us back in erratic, nervous energy that makes us less efficient and less effective and will cost our energy for the rest of the day and the rest of the week.   

How Is Nerve Energy Wasted?

Sadly there are a great many ways in which we are wasting our nerve energy each day.  When we look at the list we must marvel at how well our body maintains some semblance of normal functioning with all of the mistakes in living that we throw at it each day.  Here is a list of just some of the ways that we squander our nerve energy:

  • Cold and heat – “Extremes of temperature require the expenditure of nerve energy to adjust to changes” – TC Fry   “If a person spends all his nerve energy in keeping warm, he has none left for taking care of food. All other influences work the same way. Anything that reduces the nerve energy lowers the digestive function. When any part of the nerve energy is used up in keeping warm, there is just that much less for digesting and assimilating food.” – John Tilden   “Deliberate cooling or heating of the body is exhausting of nerve energy and lowers the body’s functional abilities.”  -TC Fry
  • Seeking pleasure excessively  – “this condition may be brought on by exhausting the nerve energy in seeking pleasure–wearing out the nervous system enjoying, so to speak. Instead of taking a moderate amount of pleasure in going to the theater or picture shows, dancing, etc., the nerve energy is worn out taking these pleasures in excess.” John Tilden, Impaired Health Vol II
  • Excessive eating
  • Imprudent eating – “In processing food for use, we expend two kinds of energy. We expend metabolic energy, which is the chemical and mechanical energies expended, and we expend nerve energy. For instance, we use very little nerve energy in digesting watermelon. But, in processing foods to which we are not biologically adapted, an enormous expenditure of nerve energy is occasioned. Meats may cause nervous exhaustion due to the body’s frenzied activities in dealing with proteins, uric acids and other toxic substances in them. Though we may feel exhilarated while expending nervous energy just as we feel “a pickme- up” when taking coffee (which really drains nerve energy), the stimulation occasioned by eating unsuitable foods such as meat is an indication of the inefficiency with which the body handles it.” T.C. Fry
  • Eating wrong combinations
  • Fermentation
  • Consuming stimulants – Coffee, tea, chocolate and drugs all drain the body of nerve energy
  • Eating foods that are artificially prepared
  • Eating cooked and processed foods 
  • Eating excess proteins – “neutralization and elimination of the toxins of protein degeneration (putrefaction) uses up vast amounts of nerve energy which, though stimulating at the time, exhausts and debilitates the body.” T.C.Fry
  • Eating starches instead of fruits – “A larger amount of the body’s limited supply of nerve energy is used up when starches are used for fuel than when fruits are used because starches are, as you know, polysaccharides and must be broken down (digested) into monosaccharides before the body can use them. Fruits contain a preponderance of monosaccharides, which, as you also know, need no digestion at all. Therefore, fruit eating leaves more of the body’s energies available for other activities. This explains, in part, why people feel so “light” when they eat fruits and so heavy when they eat beans or bread.” T.C.Fry
  • Overwork 
  • Worry and fear 
  • Excessive emotions and outbursts
  • Arguments with loved ones
  • Stress 
  • Lack of discipline 
  • The use of stimulants of all kinds 
  • Carelessness in looking after the functions of the body
  • Any influences that will produce overstimulation, intoxication, enervation, or imperfect elimination
  • Overstimulation – Social media, television, even reading a book can be a source of nerve energy drain if done to excess, or to upset.

As you can see there is a wide range of ways that we can drain our nerve energy.  Some of these are behaviors that are required, like eating or enjoying ourselves, but when taken to a place of excess, like gluttony or lust, they become a negative habit, while in moderation they provide health.  Other habits are purely nerve energy depleting, such as consuming stimulants or watching negative television news or scary movies.  These are ways in which we trap ourselves in draining experiences.   Relationships can also be another form of energy drain, fighting with a spouse or child instead of having a calm and reasonable discussion can run us down leading to impaired function of our body.   Some of these things can be avoided while others we have little control over.  But the more aware we are of the various drains on our energy, the more we can adapt our lifestyle to meet the needs of our body through the healing process. 

“Intoxication occurs when we overload the body with toxic materials from the outside, or we fail to observe our capacities, and overwork, get insufficient sleep, or are subjected to great stress, or when any number of other factors deplete the body of nerve energy or prevent its sufficient regeneration. For instance, stresses, emotional shocks, or traumatic experiences can drain our bodies of nerve energy very quickly.” – T. C. Fry

The more we take charge of our life experiences the better we can mitigate the drain on our nerve energy.   

How do we conserve nerve energy as best we can?

“Insufficient nerve energy arises from dissipation, stress, overindulgence, excess or deficiency of the normal essentials of life, or pollution of the body with substances not normal to it. Accordingly, recovery from sickness can be achieved only by discontinuing its causes and supplying conditions favorable to healing.” T.C. Fry

“Find out in what way nerve-energy is wasted, and stop it—stop all nerve-leaks,” etc. I am appalled at my stupidity in saying to a patient to stop enervating himself, and allowing the matter to end by naming one or two gross enervating habits; for example: Stop worry; stop smoking;  stop stimulants; control your temper; stop eating too rapidly; stop allowing yourself to become excited. Stopping one enervating habit benefits; but dependable health brooks no enervating habits at all.” John Tilden, Toxemia Explained

As with all things health the answer is fairly simple but the implementation becomes more complicated.   The goal is to eliminate as much of the stimulation that is draining away our energy to make room for enjoyable activity that we can partake in because of our abundant energy.   The largest drain to our energy every day is digestion.   If you eat far removed from your natural foods the body will struggle in digestion and eat up nerve energy.   Correct the diet and a large improvement will occur.   

Next we must look at our sleep and rest habits.  Improve upon the quality of your sleep by getting to bed earlier and minimizing disruptions to your sleep.   Incorporate a nap into your routine, particularly after a meal or if you cannot nap at least close your eyes and sit quietly for a period.   

Colloidal Silver – Magic Cure or Poison?

Heavy Metal Poisoning and Symptom Suppression

Colloidal silver is a beloved magic cure in the natural health world. It is said to be the antidote for every malady from chest congestion to viral infections like the common cold.  It is said to boost your immune system and clear up skin conditions. It is reported to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.  Many people use colloidal silver to cleanse the gut and combat inflammation.  One article discussed below even touts colloidal silver as “ANTI-EVERYTHING.”  Bronchitis, food poisoning, gonorrhea, meningitis, pink eye, shingles, tuberculosis, staph and strep infections, herpes, cancer, and AIDS all are powerless to the mighty cure-all colloidal silver.

If this list of marketed benefits is not raising your red flag alert then you are likely new to the terrain model. By the end of this article, you will understand why these so called benefits are in fact detrimental to your health.

Central to the terrain model is the understanding that 

  1. All symptoms are created by the body intelligently.  
  2. There are two types of symptoms: constructive and degenerative. Constructive symptoms are an effort to alleviate disease conditions. Degenerative symptoms result from degeneration of the body due to the existing disease conditions.
  3. Constructive symptoms are remedial.  They seek to return the body to a state of health. 
  4. Bacteria in the body are created by and controlled by the body. Bacteria exist in the healthy body with no symptoms of disease present.  Bacteria are present at the site of disease conditions because they are part of the healing process initiated by the body, not because they are an outside invading force attacking the body.  They cannot be an outside invading force attacking if they exist in a healthy body without causing any symptoms or conditions of disease. 
  5. All actions are taken by the body.  Substances are inert and cannot take action, therefore all actions as a result of ingesting a substance are the body acting upon the substance to expel the substance, not the substance acting upon the body.  
  6. We cannot use poison to get back to health.  

As we look at this list we can see that the reported benefit of colloidal silver killing bacteria is not a health benefit but a detriment.   We can see that the suppression of symptoms by colloidal silver is a detriment, not a benefit, working against the body’s healing processes.   

Working against the body’s healing processes

Bacteria are the recycling team of nature, breaking down waste and debris.  The bacteria within our body are created by the body and controlled by the body, and found in all healthy bodies, so an antibacterial substance is a substance that kills the bacteria that is your own body’s recycling and waste elimination team.   By its most basic nature, an antibacterial substance is injurious to the body. 

Silver is a heavy metal.  

The term colloidal just means that the particles of silver are so small that they do not settle out of the solution.  A substance that has been prepared in a colloidal state does not necessarily make it usable by the body nor does it alter its fundamental properties as a heavy metal.  Most people try to avoid heavy metals because we know that metals are hard for the body to remove, and can cross the blood-brain barrier leading to neurological deficits.  

“The concept of brain barriers or a brain barrier system embraces the blood–brain interface, referred to as the blood–brain barrier, and the blood–cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) interface, referred to as the blood–CSF barrier. These brain barriers protect the CNS against chemical insults, by different complementary mechanisms. Toxic metal molecules can either bypass these mechanisms or be sequestered in and therefore potentially deleterious to brain barriers. Supportive evidence suggests that damage to blood–brain interfaces can lead to chemical-induced neurotoxicities.”   Brain barrier systems: a new frontier in metal neurotoxicological research

Normal Hand Color vs Argyria - Showing the blue-gray tinge of heavy metal silver deposits in the skin

Despite our knowledge of the dangers of heavy metals, silver, a heavy metal, is sold as the magical colloidal silver and becomes the exception that is touted as a natural cure instead of the poisonous neurotoxin that it is. 

In the terrain model, we know that the body is self-healing and self-cleaning and that symptoms are productive and useful, not random or the result of a war against the body.   For this reason, we don’t apply treatments that stop the symptoms as that would result in injury to the body and a cessation of the body’s productive cleaning and healing processes.  Instead, we seek to remove the cause of the disease conditions, or injury that is occurring to the body and to allow the body’s healing processes to complete without interference or suppression.   

How do we determine if a product is safe or toxic?

When we look at the suitability of applying a substance to the body we want to look at the known effects of that substance.  How does the body respond to the application of this product?  Does the body respond with expulsion symptoms?   Does the body respond with further degeneration?   Does the product stop healing processes?   

Known side effects of colloidal silver:



Myoclonic seizures

Impaired kidney function

Impaired liver function

Loss of bone density

Discoloration of fingernails

Blue tinge to gums

Ocular argyrosis –  a blue-gray pigmentation of the eyes caused by the deposit of silver in the eye.

Argyria – a blue-gray pigmentation of the skin caused by the deposit of silver in the tissues.

Image Credit: Mota, L., & Jorge, R. (2021). Clinical and Forensic Aspects of the Different Subtypes of Argyria. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10(10), 2086.

“The respiratory tract may be affected in severe cases of silver intoxication. Chronic bronchitis has also been reported to result from the medicinal use of colloidal silver. Large oral doses of silver nitrate or acetate may cause severe gastrointestinal irritation due to its caustic action.”

The more extreme long-term effects of ingesting and using colloidal silver topically can be seen in this sad case – Paul Karason aka Papa Smurf who passed away in 2013 after years of taking silver supplements.:

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And the sad case of Rosemary Jacobs, 71, who developed the condition argyria at the age of 11 when she began using nasal drops containing colloidal silver (CS).

As with any heavy metal, the metal becomes lodged in the tissues of the body causing malfunction of the cells in that area as the cells are impaired by the foreign object that is in their way.   

It is fairly easy to see that the application of this heavy metal is at the very least not harmless, but detrimental to the natural and normal function of the body.  Aside from killing the bacteria within your system that are necessary to the health of your body, you are adding a material that will remain lodged in your tissues long-term and impair the function of all surrounding cells. 

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If that is not enough to keep you away from this toxic remedy, let us take a deep dive at some of the most common marketed uses for colloidal silver and breakdown why they are not beneficial:

(From “15 Benefits of Colloidal Silver”


Colloidal silver is a great natural antibiotic…”  “…may destroy fungal diseases, viruses, and germs.”

Antibiotic means a product that can kill bacteria, yeasts, healthy cells, and any other living organism it comes into contact with.  Since our body contains millions and millions of bacteria, all of which serve an important purpose in our body’s natural processes, including digestion, breakdown of heavy metals and toxins, and wound repair, killing these bacteria does nothing to improve our health, it adds to the overall disease burden on the body.    

Additionally, viruses are not alive and therefore cannot be killed.  Viruses are spent cellular debris – small fragments of cells that have been broken down either by the application of poison to the body which injures the cells or by the natural breakdown of cells as a part of the natural life cycle of the cell.   Destroying viruses means nothing as a virus is a destroyed part of a cell and while it can be broken down further, it was not capable of taking any action prior. For more on Viruses see my article: Are Viruses Real?

Fungus is another naturally occurring part of our body that causes no harm.  Killing the fungus has done nothing to remove the reason the body put fungus in place to clean up debris and excess waste.   Applying the solution might kill the fungus but it will not remove the reason the fungus exists in the first place, so all you are doing is shooting the messenger while ignoring the message.   

By destroying a bacteria, fungus, or virus you have effectively killed the messenger, destroyed the clean-up crew, and left the body in a deeper state of disease than when the symptoms first arose.   You may have successfully gotten rid of the messenger, but they will come back because you have done nothing to get rid of the reason for their message.   Like killing the flies that are flying around the garbage but leaving the garbage in place you have done nothing to address the problem.  

“Fights inflammation”

Inflammation is stage 4 of the disease process (See “The Seven Stages of Disease – ) and is a healing process.  Inflammation includes the swelling of an area due to the body bringing water into the area to flush out toxins and cellular debris and dilute acidic waste products.   Inflammation also includes heat as the body brings bacteria to the area to break down dead tissue for recycling and breaking down toxins.  The activity of the bacteria creates heat.   Inflammation also includes increased blood flow to the area to bring in nutrients and building materials required to make repairs.  The body uses inflammation to heal, therefore a product that fights inflammation or shuts down inflammation is not helping the body, but harming the body.  This is why when we use products to stop inflammation the inflammation often comes right back after we stop the product.  

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“Treat eye infections” 

The medical concept of infection is that bacteria invade the eye or other areas of the body and wage war randomly on that part of the body.  The germ theory narrative states that a single germ or bacteria enters the body and the body is defenseless to beat this single germ, but then the germ multiplies hundreds and thousands of times over, creating an infection, a mass of bacteria that is waging war against the tissues. 

Despite being unable to stop the single germ in the beginning the body allows the germ to multiply into an entire battalion and then and only then, once the bacteria has taken hold and laid the body low does the body begin to fight back against the germ.  At this point, the allopathic model states that the immune system battles back from its position of weakness and overcomes the thousands of germs that one germ alone was too much for the immune system to handle.  

The terrain model states that bacteria work in the body in the same way they are observed to work in nature.  Bacteria work upon dead or damaged tissue to break down and recycle the tissue.   Bacteria never attacks healthy or live tissue, it only works upon dead tissue.  Even the allopath has admitted this fact.  

In the terrain model, we recognize that the tissue is injured first by exposure to poison, toxin, or irritant.  The bacteria is brought to the area of injury by the body to recycle the damaged tissue.  The bacteria is found at the site of injury after the occurrence of injury because it is working on the repair of the injury not because it is a cause of injury.  The bacteria increases in population in proportion to the amount of work that needs to be done and then the bacteria population decreases naturally as the area is repaired and the conditions of health are put back into place.  

In the allopathic model, the concept of an external bacteria/germ attacking the body is justification for the use of poisons applied to the body to kill the germ.   

In the terrain model, we recognize that poisoning a poisoned or injured body is detrimental to the health of the body and that killing the recycling and repair team is counter to the healing processes put in place by the body.  Therefore the use of colloidal silver, or any other antibiotic substance is working against the natural healing processes utilized by the body. 

The eye becomes irritated by exposure to a poison, toxin, dirt, debris, or other injury and the healing process begins.  The body brings bacteria to the area of injury to break down the dead and dying tissue so it can be replaced with new tissue.   Applying a poison at this point to kill the bacteria stops the healing process and causes further injury to the body.  This is why antibiotics often fail in the first, second, third, or fourth rounds.  

“Treat ear infections” 

Again the same process of healing is being circumvented by the application of a substance that damages the body.  Like the eye infection, the bacteria are in place to assist with healing the injury and the application of the colloidal silver stops the healing process and injures the body in the process.

Image Credit: Mota, L., & Jorge, R. (2021). Clinical and Forensic Aspects of the Different Subtypes of Argyria. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10(10), 2086.

“Relieve physical injuries (burns, cuts, etc.)”

As mentioned above, the body takes all action.  Substances are inert (dead) and cannot take action. 

This means when a wound is healed it is the body that is repairing the tissues. The body clots the blood. The body creates the scab. The body eliminates the dead and damaged tissue. The body brings the building materials to the site of injury for repair. All actions are taken by the body.

The body closes wounds slowly and intelligently to allow for the weeping of waste out of the wound.  If the wound closes too rapidly there is no exit for the waste and in extreme cases this can lead to sepsis, a danger often experienced when injuries are artificially sown shut with stitches. 

The skin is our body’s natural defense from poisons entering the interior of the body.  When the skin is injured there is an area where a toxin could potentially enter.  If we apply poison to the skin at the area of the wound the body will take action to more rapidly close the wound. 

Rather than closing slowly and naturally and allowing for the proper draining of waste as the wound closes, the body is forced to rapidly close the wound trapping the waste inside the body.  This waste then requires removal via a different route adding to the overall burden on the body.   This is true of all ointments, salves, tinctures, antibiotics, or any other substance placed on a wound.  While the wound may close more quickly this is at the expense of the body, not to the body’s benefit.  

“Alleviate skin conditions”

Skin conditions like rashes, eczema, or psoriasis are an expulsion symptom. 

The body is backed up with acidic waste, toxins, and poisons. The body activates its secondary elimination channel, the skin, to expel these waste materials.   In a healthy person, all eliminations move through the primary channels which are the bowels, kidneys, and lungs.  When our body is overwhelmed and backed up, more aggressive measures must be put into place. 

The body must utilize its backup systems to keep up with the heavy burden.   Since these symptoms are how the body pushes waste out when it is already under a heavy burden, the addition of substances that stop the body from pushing the waste out in this area means you are trapping that waste inside the body or forcing the body to find yet another avenue for expulsion. The colloidal silver may clear the symptom, but again it has done so at the expense of the body and has put the body under an even greater burden of disease. 

Image Credit: Mota, L., & Jorge, R. (2021). Clinical and Forensic Aspects of the Different Subtypes of Argyria. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10(10), 2086.

“Heal sinus infections”

Yet again we see the remedy being used to work against the body’s army of healing organisms.  A sinus “infection” is the inflammation of the sinuses due to chronic or acute irritation.  The application of the toxic heavy metal does not remove the cause of the initial irritation or the chronic irritation.  It does nothing to address why the body is irritated.  It stops the symptoms again, but again we must ask, why did the body create those symptoms, and is stopping them beneficial?   Sneezing allows the body to push out waste, mucus carries out the waste, inflammation results from irritation and the process itself is the way the body rids itself of excess and heals, so again stopping the “infection” is stopping the body-created healing process.  

“Cold and flu remedy”

Probably the most dangerous use of a poison like colloidal silver is as a cold or flu remedy.  The body creates colds and flu when the conditions inside the body have become intolerable and it does so as a healing process.  Colds and flu are a collection of expulsion symptoms like sneezing, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. These symptoms all are pushing material out or breaking the material down so it can be pushed out.  Colds and flu occur when the burden on the body has become so great that the vitality of the body is very low and the cells can no longer function as required.  The body creates a massive purge of toxins, carried out in mucus and fluids, to alleviate the burden on the body.  

“Heal pneumonia”

Pneumonia is the progressive result of attempts to stop cold and flu expulsion events.  The more we impair the body’s ability to expel by applying toxic substances to suppress the expulsion symptoms the greater the threat to the body becomes.  The body must expel the waste. When it is not able to do so in its initial less aggressive attempts then the mucus continues to build. The body continues to put fluid in the area to dilute the waste with the result being fluid in the lungs awaiting expulsion. This is what the allopathic model calls pneumonia.  

The application of colloidal silver does nothing to remove the cause of the pneumonia symptoms or any of the prior symptoms that led up to the body creating pneumonia.   If we continue to poison the body at this point with any poison the body can be pushed beyond its ability to survive.   Applying colloidal silver to a person with pneumonia can easily result in the death of the patient.  

 “Treat a sore throat”

Throats become sore due to injury by ingesting irritants, inhaling smoke, drinking alcohol, ingesting cows milk or spicy foods, or cooked foods.  Any substance that is not appropriate to our physiology has the potential to cause injury or irritation to the throat. Any toxic substance which is inhaled also can injure the tissues of the throat. 

When the tissues become injured the body responds by signaling pain to force us to stop eating so that we stop using the throat long enough for the body to make the necessary repairs.  The body puts bacteria in place to break down dead and damaged tissues and recycle them.  Applying colloidal silver kills the bacteria that is there making its repairs.  Again, the colloidal silver has done nothing to remove the cause of the initial injury and the application of the poison impairs the healing processes leaving an excess burden for the body to deal with on top of the initial injury.  

“Treatment for pets”

“infections, minor cuts and wounds, eye and ear infections, and ringworm”

Not only do we injure ourselves by ingesting and inhaling this heavy metal but then we apply the poison to our companions for the same reasons.  We seek to suppress and shut down the symptoms which have been put in place by the body to heal the body and by doing so we add additional disease conditions and further impair the body.   There are no safe uses for colloidal silver in pets, just like you would not apply any other heavy metal to your dog or cat for any reason.  

The remainder of the uses listed in this article are household uses not relevant to this particular article but you can see from this list of common uses that the only perceived benefits are a misunderstanding of the healing processes of the body and an attempt to shut the body down as it makes attempts to clean, repair and heal.    

Removal of Cause is the only path to health

Like all remedies, pharma or natural, there is no effort to remove the cause, there is only an attempt to suppress or hide symptoms, the symptoms themselves being the cure that is created by the body.  In all cases, the remedy is working against the body, suppressing or interfering with the healing processes of the body and resulting in a greater condition of disease after the application of the toxic substance.  

These purported benefits are all a result of the allopathic mindset of applying poisons to a poisoned body in an attempt to heal by poisoning.    This is the opposite of the terrain model in which the objective is to remove the sources of poisoning and injury and allow the self-healing body to proceed as designed to repair and clean.  

Do you want to learn more about how our self-healing and self-cleaning body remedies disease conditions and returns to a state of health when the conditions of health are supplied? Start by reading “Why do we get sick?

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Detox Symptoms

WHAT ARE some Common Detox Symptoms AND WHY DO THEY HAPPEN?

Detoxification is a continuously running process that cannot be stopped, started, sped up, or slowed down. It is the natural cleaning and repair processes that our bodies go through 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for as long as we are alive. Detox is not something that we do to the body, nor is it something that we can control, speed up or slow down. We cannot take products to detox the body and we cannot stop detox processes. All we can do is add a burden to the body or alleviate the burden. To learn more about the realities of detox visit What is detox?

Today I would like to talk about what symptoms of detoxification we might experience and why, as well as some things we can do to help navigate our way through a healing event or healing crisis with as much comfort as possible.

Detox symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on a wide range of factors. These include the overall toxicity of our body, the total available energy (which is sometimes called vitality or nerve energy), the toxicity of the particular substance the body is trying to eliminate, the speed at which the body can eliminate, the location of the toxicity and its proximity to various channels of elimination.

The most common detoxification symptoms are:

  • Cold and flu symptoms – sneezing, coughing, runny nose, fever, congestion
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • Dry scalp/dandruff
  • Red or Irritated skin
  • Anxiety
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling/edema
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath/Difficulty breathing (that is not a chronic condition)
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • UTI
  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Mucus, Pus, or discharge
  • Ear Wax
  • Eye “sand” and other discharges from the eyes
  • Rashes
  • Ulcers
  • Red or itchy skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Dandruff
  • Acne
  • Cracking
  • Emotional swings
  • Chills
  • Weight loss
  • Bowel irritation including blood or mucus in stools
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Brain fog
  • Abscesses
  • White, black, brown, or yellow coating on the tongue
  • Heart palpitations, racing heart, or irregular heartbeat

More severe detox symptoms can include:

  • Nerve pain
  • Twitching, tremors, or seizures
  • Old injuries reappearing
  • Ulcers or sores opening
  • Tumors rise to the surface and then expel outwards
  • Temporary paralysis
  • Temporary increase in tumor size
  • Loss of muscle mass (the body gets rid of muscle built with inferior animal proteins)
  • Jaundice
  • Brown urine
  • Mental confusion
  • Loose teeth, gum recession
  • Loss of sight or hearing

What to do when symptoms arise

The most important thing we can do whenever symptoms arise is to not add to the problem. The body requires energy to eliminate waste, toxins, and poisons, the less burden we create on our body the faster the body can eliminate problems and return to normal and ideal function.

Some best practices when entering a healing event include:

  • Going to bed – Resting allows the body to move energy inward to help the cleaning processes progress and complete faster.
  • Water Fasting – Digestion is one of our body’s largest energy drains. When we eat we divert energy away from the healing processes causing any symptoms we are experiencing to last longer. When we abstain from eating even for just a short time the body can shift the energy normally drained by digestion directly into the healing processes allowing them to complete more quickly and without complications.
  • Drinking plenty of water – The solution to pollution is dilution. Get your water intake up to help lubricate the elimination channels and dilute the acids and toxins the body is trying to expel so they cause less pain and symptoms on the way out. Most people feel their best when drinking between 1 and 2 gallons of water per day. Distilled water is the preferred water – learn why distilled is best here: THE SLOW PETRIFACTION OF THE BODY FROM INORGANIC MINERAL CONSUMPTION
  • Eating watery and fasting digesting fruits – If you cannot fast through a symptom or healing event then your next best option is watery fruits or juices. Fresh-pressed orange juice or eating melons and other fast-digesting fruits provide the body with hydration, alkaline minerals to neutralize acids, and the right sugar to run every cell in the body without requiring conversation.
  • Avoiding harmful substances – When the body is in a healing crisis the last thing we want to do is add more poison to the body. Avoid all harmful substances like drugs, supplements, salt, spices, caffeine, stimulants, alcohol, cooked foods, animal foods or any other form of poison.

Healing the body is not always a pleasant process. What goes in must come out eventually. When we embark on a healing process we are forced to experience the consequences which we have been putting off for many years on end with our drugging practices. However, the process is worthwhile. We are choosing short-term pain for long-term gain. The gain far outweighs the pain. The only way out of chronic disease is to endure a little bit of short-term discomfort. This process does not need to be a stressful or scary experience. If we are prepared with the right knowledge we can approach healing with confidence, calm, and poise. Having support along the way can be invaluable as well. If you need support, we are here to help you at any step along the way.

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Assisting the Body in Fever

“When poisonous matter has accumulated in the system to the point where it becomes a menace to life, the body makes a violent effort to cast it out and we have pain, inflammations, fevers, and the whole train of acute diseases.”- Herbert Shelton

“A fever is a beautiful process, a fever is initiated and controlled by the body and is not dangerous to our health as we are taught. A fever CAN become dangerous when products are used to interfere/suppress the fever. It’s the exact opposite of helping the body when we apply products which poison the body further, while the body is initiating a fever to expel poisons in the first place!

A fever is a measure taken by the body to expel poisons. When we poison the body a second time, during the cleaning/fever, this is when the chances of death can increase, but it was never the fever itself that was the problem. The body wouldn’t initiate a cleaning event that it couldn’t handle, the body is intelligent, but when we add to its toxic load , that’s when the real issues arise.” – Mariah Mazza

Children run higher fevers because generally, children have a much higher level of vitality (more vital energy) which allows for more rapid and aggressive cleaning. This is also why young children tend to get a lot of colds and then as we move through the teen years and into adulthood the years of abuse and burden slowly wear down the body’s vitality until colds become infrequent.

When we encounter a fever we need to assist the body, but not in the way that most people think of assisting with herbs, pills or potions that stop the fever, all of which put life at risk.

Instead we need to assist the body by DOING NOTHING INTELLIGENTLY. What the body needs most is rest and the absence of digestion and the absence of poisons.

Stay in bed, sip water, aiming for 1-2 gallons throughout the day, sleep, rest, I repeat don’t get out of bed. What the body needs most is every single ounce of energy you can give it. If you drink adequately, sleep and avoid all food the fever will pass quickly. If you take fever reducers or pin medications or any other form of poison or any food during this time you are putting the body at risk.

Are Viruses Real?

Depending on who you talk to you may have heard that viruses have not been isolated and purified, viruses don’t cause disease, or you may hear people saying simply “viruses don’t exist.” This is confusing so I would like to take a moment to clear things up.      

Do Viruses Exist?  Are They Real? 

The simple answer is yes they exist, but no they don’t cause disease. Viruses are real in as much as there is a real substance that people can look at under a microscope. That material is cellular debris, which is dead (inert) and cannot take any action.

The difference between the medical model and the terrain model is in the action ascribed to the material. The medical industry claims that this dead material can attack the body, that it is a foreign invader which can replicate itself, and is the cause of symptoms. None of this has been proven but this is the claim the medical industry maintains. 

In the terrain model, we know this material to be cellular debris.  Virus material is the leftover broken pieces of cells that result from the breakdown of our cells either due to poison or toxin exposure or the natural cellular cycles. If we compare your body to a house that has been demolished we could name all the splinters of drywall and timbers viruses and classify them based on their various characteristics.

While these bits of cellular debris do exist, they do not cause disease as the medical industry claims they do. There is a high correlation between these bits of cellular debris and disease, but the correlation is not causation.  The more poisoned or toxic our bodies become, the more our cells die and the more of this debris we see. This cellular debris, labeled as viruses, is not the cause of symptoms, it is itself a symptom of a toxic body. 

Koch’s Postulates

Viral isolation is meant to prove the claim of action. Koch’s postulates is the standard by which the causation of disease by a microbe is proven.  Viruses and bacteria are both classified as microbes.  The German scientist, Robert Koch, maintained that for a specific microbe to be the cause of a disease:

  1. It must be found in every case of that disease.
  1. It must not be found when the disease is not present.
  1. It must be capable of living outside the tissues.
  1. It must then be capable of reintroduction into the organism and producing that disease.

As has been repeatedly demonstrated, viruses do not fulfill these prerequisites.

The specific requirements of “Koch’s Postulates” follow:

  1. A culture of the bacteria or virus must be taken from a diseased animal.
  1. It must then be grown in pure culture in a laboratory.
  1. After this, the culture has to be injected into a susceptible animal.
  1. It must cause the same disease, and culture must be taken from this animal.

To meet the standard of Koch’s postulates the material must be purified and isolated to be certain it is the only material present, then it must be introduced in its isolated and purified form into a healthy body and it must create the exact same symptoms in the healthy body that were present in the original body the virus was collected from.  To learn more about the difference between isolation and purification see the late David Crowe’s article here:

The purpose of Koch’s postulates is to apply the scientific method to this idea of microbial illness and disease causation.  The scientific method is always about determining causation – mainstream science admits Koch’s postulates can not be applied to viruses. Viral material has always failed to meet the standard of Koch’s postulates so instead of accepting that correlation is not causation and looking for a more rational explanation for why the body creates cleaning and repair symptoms, the medical system continues to move the goalposts to hold on to their highly profitable germ theory.  

Are viruses alive?  Can they replicate and attack the body?

“Decomposed cell debris is precisely what virologists and physicians are calling viruses. They regard viruses as living entities when, in fact, medics have not in all history observed any quality of life they ascribe to viruses. What is called ‘virus’ is always dead. It’s never been observed to be alive. It doesn’t have the first prerequisites of life, that is, metabolic and control mechanisms. Even bacteria have that. I repeat that what is called ‘viruses’ are nothing more than components of decomposed cells.”

– T.C. Fry “Life Science Course”

Viruses are not alive and therefore cannot replicate, they are simply garbage being taken out by the body as it repairs and replaces cells. They are present sometimes when symptoms are present because the body has been exposed to a toxin, poison, or irritant. The symptoms themselves are all expulsion or repair symptoms created by the body as a way to repair the damage created by exposure to the poison or toxin. These poisons or toxins can be the inappropriate foods we eat, environmental toxins like indoor air pollutants, dust, mold, or other harmful substances, water-based contaminants, or even stress that can lead to the body needing to clean and repair. 

“Viruses as an entitative existence are a medical myth. If diseases are caused by uneliminated metabolic debris, which is what so-called viruses are, then the medics have a point. But we Hygienists call that metabolic debris retained wastes, not viruses. Viruses are nothing more than the proteinacious debris of spent cells. Their accumulation can precipitate a healing crisis in the body. When this occurs, the body is likely to transport bacteria to the scene to aid it in cleaning up the mess, but the bacteria did not cause the problem. The habits and practices of the sufferer must be looked to as the real culprits. Once these deleterious habits and practices are discontinued, there will be no further toxic accumulations and thus the need for disease or healing crises will cease to exist. Sickness-free health will exist thereafter.”

– T.C. Fry “Life Science Course”

The ways we live today are unnatural, our diets are far from the natural foods which our bodies are designed to process.  We are designed to metabolize whole raw fruits and tender leafy greens.   We cook our food, we add food coloring, preservatives, inorganic minerals, and other toxins to our foods. We eat fermented (rotten) foods and are taught to believe they are beneficial to our bodies.  We smoke and drink alcohol and intake other poisons with no nutrient benefit to the body.  All of this burden must be expelled for the body to continue to function.   Our self-healing, self-cleaning bodies use expulsion mechanisms like coughing, sneezing, runny nose, mucus, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting to expel this waste when it reaches a critical mass.  

As a result of all of the mistakes of living, we make day to day our cells break down and are damaged and so they decompose.   

“Other components of the decomposed cell are the RNA and DNA. These are toxic while in the system. If they accumulate as they do in most humans in today’s society, a condition of intoxication (toxemia and toxicosis) exists. These are what medical people call viruses, and they mistakenly attribute to this dead debris the powers of life and malevolence.”

  – T.C. Fry “Life Science Course”

Cellular Debris vs Attacking Entities

So to summarize, there is a substance that lab techs look at under a microscope, the disease industry calls this substance “viruses” and the terrain model calls this cellular waste or debris.  The medical industry claims without proof that this dead debris is an invading force that attacks the body, causes symptoms and creates disease.  The terrain model says this cellular debris is a result of a toxic body and the symptoms are the body cleaning and repairing itself.   In either model, the substance is acknowledged as existing, but the functions are vastly different.   

Self-Healing Bodies vs Poison Deficiency

In the terrain model, we know that when we put healing conditions into place the body responds to these healing conditions by taking action to detoxify.  Detox mechanisms (now considered symptoms)  include fever, mucus, diarrhea, vomiting, extreme fatigue, headaches, sweating, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, rashes, and a number of other expulsion symptoms.   Once the expulsion symptoms are complete the chronic disease symptoms are alleviated and health improves.   Sometimes the body goes through several of these healing events and after each event, the overall health of the body is drastically improved.   Flu will bring about the removal of tumors by the body or the healing of a neurological disorder.   A cold will be followed by the cessation of chronic headaches or migraines.  With each cleaning event, the person’s (or animal’s) health improves.  If we wish to heal from chronic disease we must embrace the body’s natural healing processes.   

The medical model sees the body’s natural cleaning and repair processes as mistakes. They believe these mistakes require the application of drugs (more accurately described as poisons) to stop the symptoms and correct the body. Essentially, in the medical model your body is deficient in this particular poison and the application of the poison is said to correct the deficiency.   If a healthy individual was to take the poisons applied to a person suffering a cold or flu they would get ill, but in the medical model applying these same substances is said to take a weakened body and return it to normal function.   In reality, the weakened body has been stopped from cleaning and must instead progress up the ladder of disease, working its way to chronic disease and eventually cancer and tumors to store all of the waste that it cannot remove when the cold and flu healing event symptoms are suppressed.  

The cold is the cure created by the self-healing, self-cleaning body.  The cold is only required because we misfeed our bodies and expose them to an unending stream of toxins and poisons.   Remove the cause and the body will stop needing these regular cleanouts.   Return to the natural diet, get fresh air, sunshine, and daily exercise and health is 100% in your control.

Have more questions? Want to get answers about your specific health issues or concerns? We offer consultations here:

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