THE TREE OF LIFE
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD ABOUT THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM?
Back to our Cellness approach, we are moving towards the entire inner field where all action takes place. This inner field is mostly subject to all the invisible movements correlated to our life processes. We do not see them but we feel their functioning and effects in our body, health and life qualities. The Lymphatic System is one of those vital systems, about which we have almost heard nothing and yet playing a crucial role on keeping our internal systems healthy and functioning properly. Lets learn more about our so called Tree of Life of our bodies, the Lymphatic System.
Below information has been extracted from Dr. C. Samuel West’s “Golden Seven Plus One”. At the end of the article you will find a brief information on Dr. Samuel West.
A medical research had been conducted between 1930 and 1963, at the Harvard Medical School by Dr. Cecil K. Drinker, the Tulane School of Medicine by Dr. H. S. Mayerson, and at the Mississippi School of Medicine by Dr. Arthur C Guyton.
This research reveals that everywhere we have blood vessels going through our body bringing oxygen to our cells we have lymphatic vessels going side by side. The main purpose of the lymphatic vessels is to remove the excess blood protein and water from the spaces around our cells so every organ and every part of our body will be able to function properly and our body will be free of pain, loss of energy and disease.
The lymphatic system represents an accessory route by which fluids can flow from the interstitial spaces (the spaces around the cells) back into the blood. And, most important of all, the lymphatics can carry (blood) proteins and large particulate matter (dead cells and other toxicate matter) away from the tissue spaces, neither of which can be removed by absorption directly into the blood capillary.
We shall see that this removal of (blood) proteins from the interstitial spaces (by our lymphatic system) is an absolutely essential function without which we would die within about twenty four hours. Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, Textbook of Medical Physiology.
The blood proteins are trapped around the cell spaces
Under the normal pressure in the blood stream, the blood proteins seep through the tiny pores of the capillary membranes all the time. Once they seep out into the spaces around the cells, there is not enough pressure out there to push the blood proteins back through the tiny pores of the capillary membranes. Therefore, the only way the blood proteins normally get back into the blood stream is through the lymphatics.
The main purpose of the blood proteins is to keep the water in the blood stream, but as they get “trapped” in the spaces around our cells, they pull sodium and water out of the blood stream which will cause inflammation, pain and every crippling or killer disease known to man.
The importance of the Lymphatic System
The cleansing process of the body is performed by a mechanism that is called the lymphatic circulation. Every solid structure in the body is bathed in lymph. There are approx. 12 quarts of lymph in the body compared to 3 quarts of blood plasma. The lymph in the capillaries is the irrigation water that brings minerals and nutrients to the cells.
The most important function of the lymphatics is to keep the blood proteins circulating. Other than that, their main function is to drain away the lymph that has lost its nutrients after the cells have extracted them. The “dead fluid”, produced as a result of cell work, must be continually drained away. At rest, the lymph system will drain away about 1.2-2.0 ml. of “dead fluid” per minute. During activity it can drain away about 20 ml. of “dead fluid” per minute.
Even though the lymph system acts like a modern sewage treatment facility, it is literally the tree of life inside the body because when this system fails to function properly, excess blood proteins along with excess fluid and poisons build up in the body and pain, loss of energy, infection and disease will take place.
Keep in mind that any mental, emotional or muscular activity puts cells to work and working cells put off poisons that must be carried of by the lymph system or they will dilate the capillaries and cause “trapped” proteins.
Research reveals that if the fluid medium in and around the cells was right, it would be impossible to damage or kill the cells.
To keep the cell environment clean, nutritious and chemically balanced, the lymph system must play its vital role.
When the lymphatic system does not work well, the resulting condition is called congestion. Congestion is a form of lymphatic stagnation.
An excessive amount of food, especially of that type which will trap the blood proteins such as salt, simple sugars, fats and the animal and dairy products are the main cause of congestion.
Scientific research published in the February 1951 issue of The Scientific American by W. Barry Wood, Jr. states that if there is fluid retention in the spaces around the cells (which we now know is due to “trapped” proteins) the white blood cells cannot ingest bacteria. Therefore, fluid retention from trapped proteins will make our bodies subject to infectious disease.
If the body was free of trapped proteins, the body would be in the dry state where there is no excess fluid around the cells. In this condition the white blood cells can act, even in the absence of antibody. Therefore, it would be impossible for us to have an infectious disease if we would prevent our blood proteins from becoming trapped.
Every cell is an electrical generator
Inside the cell there is a very delicate balance: the potassium level must remain high, and the sodium level must remain low. Anything that upsets this sodium-potassium balance inside the cell will damage or kill the cell.
What can upset this balance inside our cells? Our blood proteins. Because the trapped blood proteins in the spaces around the cells which carry a negative charge will pull the positive sodium ions to them and cause excess sodium outside the cell. This will upset the delicate sodium-potassium balance inside the cell.
Excess sodium outside the cell will also increase the fluid retention in the spaces around the cells to cause lack of oxygen and nutrients at the cell level. Therefore, if our plasma proteins get “trapped” in the spaces around our cells, we will not only have fluid retention, but we will also have excess sodium around our cells.
The rotation of sodium and potassium in and around the cell is called the sodium-potassium pump. Because sodium continually leaks into the cell and potassium continually leaks out of the cell, the main purpose of the pump is to pull excess sodium out of the cell and bring potassium, calcium, iron, glucose and other nutrients into the cell. This rotation of minerals creates an electrical field.
The whole body works electrically off of the energy produced by the sodium-potassium pump.
The loss of energy in our bodies is one of the first indications of trapped plasma proteins. Trapped plasma proteins in the spaces around the cells pull water and sodium which results as the fluid retention and excess sodium in these areas. When excess fluid and excess sodium comes out, the sodium-potassium level is reestablished and the generators turn on.
As a result Dr. West comes up with a basic formula and 7 major life-saving discoveries:
SEVEN GOLDEN LIFE-SAVING DISCOVERIES
1) Every cell in the body has a SODIUM-POTASSIUM PUMP in it that generates electricity which is POWER!
2) Everywhere we have a BLOOD VESSEL going through our body, we have a LYMPHATIC VESSEL going side by side with cells in between.
3) The purpose of the LYMPHATIC VESSELS is to pull out all the dead cells and poisons and excess water from the spaces around the cells, which keeps the cells in the “DRY STATE” with no excess water around the cells.
4) The cells have to be kept in the “DRY STATE” in order to get OXYGEN from the blood vessels.
5) BLOOD PROTEIN and WATER leave the BLOOD STREAM to ALTER the “DRY STATE” which is the CAUSE OF LACK OF OXYGEN AT the cell level.
6) Breaking the MENTAL (anger, loss of temper, holding grudges etc.), NUTRITIONAL (Man-made Tea, coffee, liquor “beer”, tobacco, drugs, too much salt, sugar, candy, cakes, ice cream, pop, and too much meat.), and PHYSICAL (being lazy and being a shallow breather), LAWS OF HEALTH is what brings the blood proteins and water out of the blood stream and produces lack of oxygen. Anything that will damage cells will cause the blood protein and water to leave the blood stream and alter the “Dry State” which is the actual cause of pain, loss of energy, and every disease on the face of this earth!
7) When we learn to obey the laws of health and ACTIVATE our LYMPHATIC VESSELS to CONTROL the BLOOD PROTEIN and WATER, there will be NO PAIN, NO LOSS OF ENERGY and NO DEATH by DISEASE.
In 1976, on the basis of this research, Dr. Samuel West discovers the Bio-Electric Gentle Bounce for Health and other bio-electric lymphasizing techniques, which enables people to relieve pain, speed up the healing process, and reverse injury and disease.
Dr. West addresses 2 basic movements as the most effective forms of Lymphasizing; Deep breathing and moving up and down on a Lymphasizer. (here the term Lymphasizer is used to refer a mini-trampoline only to describe what it looks like, no further similarity is acknowledged)
“Jumping up and down is a form of Lymphasizing. As you move up and down, something magical begins to happen in your body. The blood protein research reveals that the lymph system pumps fluid and protein out of the tissue spaces each time the tissues are compressed or moved in any other way. At the bottom of the bounce, the one-way check valves close. At the top, they open and the lymph fluids are propelled through the system, just like they are when you breathe deeply.
…who know the value of a lymphasizer will spend most of their exercise time on one of these units. They don’t just exercise, they lymphasize”
Today the advanced form of this health enhancing movement is what we call the Rebounding – Breathwork. This simple collaboration of two vital movements provide our practitioners the opportunity to benefit utmost from the energizing effect of the brain chemistry diffused into their bodies as a result of relaxation, improved respiration and highly activated lymphatic and immune systems. No other exercise form provides such health (physical, mental, emotional) benefits in one basic form of movements which is easy, fun, convenient for everybody from any age or social status without applying pain or stress to the body. And we haven’t even started talking about the entire benefits…yet. Thats why we tend referring to it as the “basic movements in physical education and training” or “conscious movement for health” rather than exercising.
Dr. C. Samuel West is a chemist and lymphologist, holding two doctorates in the natural healing arts. He obtained his first doctorate degree as a Naprapathic physician in 1974 studying under Dr. Harold C. Swanstrom who was president of The American Naprapathic Association between 1948-1958, and was also the second president of the American Naprapathic Association in 1963. In February 1980, Dr. West obtained his second degree as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from The American University of Natural Therapeutics and Preventive Medicine in Mesa, Arizona. He was certified February 9, 1980, by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification & Accreditation Board, Inc., in Tigard, Oregon. Dr. West is a member of The International Society of Lymphology and the founder and president of International Academy of Lymphology.
Our next article continues with the functioning of the lymphatic system and concentrates on the Health & Wellbeing benefits of Rebounding-Breathwork.
Until then, please keep on breathing and lymphasizing!