What is Free Radical Therapy®?
Free Radical Therapy (FRT) is the registered trademark of a health model-based system for addressing the disease-causing effects and sources of free radicals.1 It is based on our many years of research, that six subclinical defects identified through chemistry underlie all chronic diseases, cancer, infections and toxicities. The six, which must be addressed in the order provided (for reasons to be explained later) include:
Free Calcium Excess
Connective Tissue Breakdown
The relationship of these six denominators of health and disease is visually depicted in the following two illustrations:
Illustration 1: Six Subclinical Denominators in Health
Illustration 2: Six Subclinical Defects
Common to Disease, Toxicity, Infection, and Cancer
FRT offers the first means of delivering health according to a health model that is guided and supported by six objective targets (oxidative stress being the sixth) that are identified in the chemistry. These targets, which constitute a series of homeostatic controls, are not only identified through chemistry, but quantified. The six are individually and collectively influenced in one manner or another by the environment, genetics, a person’s daily actions and thoughts, and by all therapeutic regimens. Thus because of the latter point, the set of parameters used to implement FRT may also be used simply to assess treatment outcomes. A chiropractic session, for instance, may have helped someone feel better, but in the process did it also bring about some unintended stress that could only be seen in the chemistry. In other words, FRT is a BIG PICTURE TOOL.
FRT recognizes and embraces the free radical theory of disease and the potential for cell damage from free radical oxidation. BUT, it further recognizes that free radicals can also be used productively to help solve disease, which is one of the intentional actions of various drugs, such as Adriamycin™. Too, the body uses free radicals to replace and build muscle as well as to assist cell differentiation.
Of GREAT importance: FRT recognizes and corrects two failed but popular concepts about antioxidants and toxins:
1) Antioxidants can be given indiscriminately to counter free radicals without risk of harmful effects. This is simply not true, as the following research clearly demonstrates.
Antioxidants become the enemy when administered without consideration to the six subclinical defects.
This was first realized in separate studies in Finland* and in the USA2 where people exposed to cigarette smoke and/or other environmental toxins were given low levels of the three most commonly administered antioxidants, beta carotene and vitamins E and C.3 In these instances free radicals produced by the toxins overwhelmed the antioxidant capabilities of the nutrients, turning them into pro-oxidants rather than anti-oxidants.4 Consequently, there was a rise in lung cancer in the antioxidant group.
2) The second failed concept is the belief that oxidative stress due to mercury or any other environmental toxin can be addressed without risk of harmful effects by simply removing the toxin. Most detoxification procedures are performed in this manner. Yet detoxification administered in this manner – without considering the first step in FRT (control of pH balance) – can be quite damaging, as the discussion that follows will demonstrate.
Free Radicals from any source, especially from cellular iron during a heart attack, will lower pH, for which science has established an important constant:
Each 100 micromol/L H202 yields sufficient ROS to drop pH by 0.24 units*
Conversely, as pH Becomes more acidic, production of free radicals will rise!
In a study of stroke patients:5
After a stroke it was noted that when healthy tissue recorded pH 7.4, the amount of free radicals produced when reintroducing oxygen was manageable. Conversely, when reperfusion occurs in damaged tissue where tissue acidosis (pH ≤ 7.35) was evident, the subsequent rise in free radical production stimulated by the coming together of oxygen and iron and other heavy metals resulted in damage to brain tissue. A similar scenario is now known to occur in heart muscle during reperfusion following a heart attack.
The lesson from all of these studies:
Don’t give antioxidants or reintroduce oxygen without first adjusting pH. Give oxygen and antioxidants later, which is a fundamental principal behind FRT.
Doesn’t the FRT approach apply only to people who’ve been exposed to a toxin?
You could argue this and be correct, but the question poses the wrong assumption that some people on earth have not been exposed. The reality is that every person on earth is today carrying a load of environmental toxins.
The Environmental Working Group provides the results of a US government body burden study that turned out to be about the most money that our government has spent on any study involving so few test subjects. To determine to what extent people are today exposed to environmental toxins, the government asked scientists to select 9 high-profile individuals who believed themselves to be well, and who had no known diseases. They were each tested for 210 different toxins, which included heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, and a bevy of other petrochemicals. The result?
The scientists found at least 77 toxins per person, representing some of each of the major groups of environmental toxins.
To get a better handle of just when in life we first started getting exposed, umbilical cord blood was looked at in a randomly selected group of 10 babies whose parents came from diverse backgrounds and geographical areas. The result?
287 chemicals and toxic metals were detected
217 of these toxins were known to target the brain
208 of the chemicals were known to cause birth defects
The reality: Environmental exposure is part of the total human condition on planet earth. So it’s not simply a question of who among us is exposed. Rather, the question is: Which of the toxins have you been exposed to the most and to what extent are you reacting? What is the status of your resistance to these toxins and to other challenges? Answers to all of these questions are important to anyone who desires to reach the highest level of health possible for them. Otherwise, they are forced to deal only with the symptoms as has been the custom, and which is no longer sufficient with present day knowledge.
It is the total of these questions that FRT has the ability to address while guiding the doctor in such a way as to reduce reactivity while they go about ridding the body of these intruders. It is the ultimate approach for attaining optimum health, and it is the approach that is to be taught by this author and originator. Consider this site as your pathway to a full understanding for how to receive and deliver this level of lasting health.
~ H.L. “Sam” Queen