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THE ACHILLE'S HEEL IN EVERYONE'S DIAGNOSIS

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An Achilles’ heel is a deadly weakness in spite of overall strength, that can actually or potentially lead to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, metaphorical reference has resulted in an unusual observation of the author's research and clinical practice.
There are two critical areas in the examination of the chronic patient that so often is core to their vital functions and the reason for its loss: stomach hydrochloric acid efficiency and thyroid function. The two are so often concomitant, it leads to a cascade of devitalized functions, including weight gain, dysbiosis, and neglected constipation, among many others. The story is long but the ramifications if left unchecked will make all therapeutic attempts nothing but supplemental band aids to the problem(s).

Historically, hydrochloric acid was prescribed for many symptoms and clinical conditions and was listed as a therapeutic intervention in various pharmacopoeias. However, beginning in the late 1920s and early 1930s, its common use by the medical establishment began to decline except for the work of Dr. Walter Guy. In the late 1920s Dr. Walter Guy and Dr. Ferguson made extensive use of HCl both oral and intravenous in the treatment of chronic disease and cancer. These doctors found that administering HCl (hydrochloric acid) balanced tissue pH and had other, enormous health benefits. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach is needed to break down protein, make nine vital minerals available for absorption, and kill pathogenic bacteria. With age, its production decreases approximately 10% for every decade of adulthood. Low stomach acid means poor digestion, poor mineralization, chronic tissue acidosis, and ultimate dysbiosis with autointoxication. Hydrochloric acid is the only healthy mineral acid produced by the body. Symptoms of acid indigestion almost always come from not enough hydrochloric acid because that causes the fermentation of organic waste acids in the stomach leading to rising eructations and a vomiting reflex, aka reflux esophagitis. Rather than using antacids, taking hydrochloric acid is actually required, so that the organic waste acids of dyspepsia are not produced. Hiccup, Hiccup.

The parietal, acid secreting cells of the stomach are dependent on vitamin B1 and iodine for sufficient acid production. Given the amount of cooked foods most people eat, and what foods they eat, most patients will be vitally deficient in these nutrients in the dietary. Added to that, improper food combining, eating of starches and proteins together, all the most the vital acid so secreted is quenched to neutrality, translating for most patients to be in a state of autotoxemia from the outset.
Under normal conditions, the hydrogen ion concentration of human lymph should be slightly on the alkaline side. Should this reaction vary too much, either on the acid or alkaline side, the patient will develop conditions known respectively as "acidosis" or "alkalosis," either of which may be debilitating, but left unchecked for decades, actually fatal.

In health the acid/alkaline balance is maintained by the normal production of hydrochloric acid in certain cells of the stomach; should this production fall short of bodily necessity, the homeostatic balance must be made up. Other acids, which are the products of decomposition in the human body, such as lactic acid, fatty acids, carbonic acid, uric acid, diacetic acid, and others, are called in to fill the deficiency. These however, being abnormal constituents and actual waste products of the human body, are ill-adapted to the metabolic needs, for they are unable to keep in solution many of the salts which must be thrown off as waste matter in bodily excretions, such as the sweat, the expired air, the urine and the feces. In the effort of the body to provide acid of some sort, these harmful acids become a "monkey-wrench in the machinery," and the condition known as "acidosis" results with symptoms of general systemic poisoning. The poisoning is easily evidenced by the accumulation of salts in the forms of nodosities, ganglions, deformed joints, tophi, heel spurs, and even granular deposits in tissues massage therapists call "the crunchies."
Conversely, when the hydrogen-ion concentration of human lymph falls into the acid side, due to excess production of lactic acid, fatty acids, carbonic acid, uric acid and like poisons, there is an effort on the part of the body to neutralize these with alkaline salts, such as calcium, sodium, potassium, ammonium and others. These also, being foreign to bodily economy, produce the condition known as "alkalosis," the general symptoms of which are similar to acidosis, but often attended with candidiasis if not general collapse and cancer.

Dr. Guy has claimed that the administration of hydrochloric acid to a patient brings marked recuperation but would not fulfill all the necessary requirements. In his opinion, potassium salts, often lacking in the patient's food are a necessary adjunct in the treatment aimed at bringing about a normal acid-base balance. The case reports from this line of treatment have demonstrated improvements and recoveries which, in many instances, would seem miraculous, if it were not for the basis of sound reasoning along biochemical lines upon which the treatments were founded. I would add to this with years of experience, iodine and iodide salts [Lugol's solution] are required too for recuperation of gastric function.

The Thyroid

What do syndrome X, obesity, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, and sleep apnea have in common? As my colleague Dr. Mark Starr points out in his extensively researched book, Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic, there's all indications that this apparently disparate collection of disorders indicate abnormally low thyroid function coupled with deficient gastric digestive acid.
Laboratory tests showing inadequate bloodstream levels of thyroid hormone make it easy to diagnose Type 1 hypothyroidism. However, lab tests fail to detect Type 2 hypothyroidism, because despite adequate bloodstream hormone levels, the cell receptors are unable to accept and utilize that hormone for a variety of reasons, which I will not address in this article. Since the main problem lies with the cells that are actually utilizing the hormone, a different approach needs to be taken when testing for – and to a certain extent, when treating – Type 2 hypothyroidism.

Consider the most obvious effect of an underactive thyroid: reduced cell metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. This not only means inefficient transport of nutrients into the cell membrane, but also inefficient transport of wastes out. This only complicates our inefficiency of gastric acid digestion, and goes a long way explaining why treating only one aspect so often leads to clinical disappointment. Inadequate nourishment and the buildup of toxins (regardless of the cause) can exacerbate or outright cause virtually all conditions that we call "disease." The more toxins engorge the cells, the more one becomes susceptible to infections and degenerative conditions. As it turns out, the mitochondria – our microscopic energy-burning units of the cell - are responsible for about 90% of the energy production that our cells, tissues, and organs require for metabolism – and they are reduced in numbers by thyroid deficiency. I have heard estimates that the average american mitochondrial cell content is reduced up to one half normal content and efficiency due to hypothyroidism.

The Achille's Heel

An old clinical sign, long forgotten, suggestive of hypothyroidism is the delayed achilles reflex, or Woltman's sign. A brisk tap at the achilles tendon with a rubber mallet shows a delayed or absent response in the hypothyroid patient. Medical studies of Reinfrank and colleagues measured relaxation times with a special recording device and noted a 72% predictive value in this simple office test.


Reflex testing incorporates an assessment of the function and interplay of both sensory and motor pathways. The reflex loop between dermatome and myotome reflects along the same lines as the acupuncture meridians which evaluates and treats inner organs. It is a simple yet under utilized office test for hypothyroidism, but so informative and can give important insights into the integrity of the nervous and glandular systems at many different levels, as this article and my book TOUCH DIAGNOSIS points out.

In spite of the relatively useless thyroid function blood tests currently available to the physician, this reflex test represents direct action of end-organ or tissue response to changes in thyroid function. Other tests include the basal metabolism rate (BMR) using axillary temperatures, the serum cholesterol test, thyroid thermography, and Electrodermal Screening. These tests usually rank low among thyroid evaluation to the uneducated, but in summation they become obvious indicators, until proven otherwise. The desirability of having a more specific and direct measure of the peripheral nerve function which reflects thyroid function is obvious. The slowing of reflexes has long been held in esteem by clinicians as a near pathognomonic sign in myxedema. The brisk reflex of the achilles tendon has been largely ignored for subclinical hypothyroidism, estimated by some experts to affect nearly 80% of the world's population.



The tapping locus is also a relatively unknown acupuncture point, VID4.

Now we come to look closer at the body's mineral acid proton. In the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by John Henry CLARKE, Muriaticum Acidum using First dilutions with distilled water, he states since "Mur. ac. is a constituent of the gastric juice, and must therefore be considered as allied to the Sarcodes and proximate principle of the tissues, e.g., Cholesterin." Sarcodes in Homeopathy are tissue tonics, like dessicated thyroid gland itself. Boericke adds that the "Dose.--First to third potency" is therefore physical, and is indicated for "Achlorhydria and fermentation of food." That this normal acid is nature´s true antiseptic has been clearly demonstrated by Dr. Burr Ferguson, of Alabama, who injected hydrochloric acid, diluted 1-1500, intravenously and subcutaneously, causing rapid repair, in many septic infections, such as abscess, osteitis and tuberculosis.

We take careful note of the achilles tendon in both Materia Medicas of Clarke and Boericke: Affections in general, of any kind, appearing in the tendo-Achillis.. drawing tension, lancinations... Pain in tendo-Achilles. The author has surveyed many patients with subclinical hypothyroidism, reflux esophagitis, and hypochlorhydria, and you will find simple if not exquisite tenderness at the achilles tendon. A simple squeeze at the base at acupuncture point, VID4. Significant pain will necessarily be present, although the patient will usually be able to stand on tiptoe.


Therefore, the simple hammer of the achilles tendon followed by a squeeze of VID4, yielding exquisite tenderness, you can assume some degree of hypothyroidism and hypochlorhydria.

By careful examination of the Homeopathic Materia Medicas, they reveal a depth of medical information nowhere else to be found. The achilles heel does indeed reveal the body's vulnerable spots and comes as no fable.

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The School of Hippocrates: A Genuine Reformation in Medicine

The Tree of Hippocrates is the plane tree (or platane, in Europe) under which, according to the legend, Hippocrates of Kos (considered the father of medicine) taught his pupils the art of medicine. Paul of Tarsus taught here as well. The Platanus in Kos is an oriental plane (Platanus orientalis), with a crown diameter of about 12 meters, said to be the largest and oldest for a plane tree in Europe. Seeds or cuttings from the tree have been spread all over the world since. A cutting of the tree was presented as a gift from the island Kos to National Library of Medicine, and planted on December 14, 1961 on the grounds surrounding the library. Many medical colleges, libraries or institutions have, or claim to have, trees cut or seeded from the original tree in Kos. It is because of its connection to the profound history of medicine that occured on this island that some institutions planted a plane tree.

The School of Essenes: A Reformation in Medicine

It was at an early time, according to both the ancient scholar Philo and the modern scholar Falk, that Moses trained 2,000 of the spiritual "elect" -- those Jews who had remained vegetarian and refused to participate in animal sacrifice and idol worship -- to be Essenes. AND FROM THIS TIME ON THE ESSENES EXISTED AS AN ESOTERIC MINORITY SECT. Josephus Flavius, born at Jerusalem in 37 A.D., was the greatest historian of the Jews in that period. Philo was the greatest Jewish philosopher of that period. Both men had personal knowledge of the ancient Essenes. Both declared that the Essenian roots are incredibly ancient. The Therapeutae of Egypt became the 'healers' of this tradition and survived to become the earliest Christians.

Left: Author in Qumran 2007.