Our bodies are wonderfully designed to extract energy from the food we eat. In the process of digestion and metabolism, certain amounts of waste products are produced. The body is designed to eliminate these wastes through the liver, the bile and the intestines and also through the kidneys. Other wastes such as carbon dioxide are exhaled through the lungs and some even find their way through the skin via sweat.
Occasionally, this natural waste elimination system gets overwhelmed during times of feasting or eating very rich dense food such as meat. In times like this the body has a temporary “dump” to store these wastes or toxins in the connective tissue or fat cells until they can be eliminated through the normal organs of excretion or detoxification. In the time of hunters and gatherers, this detoxification system served us well as early humans alternated between feast and famine. During time of famine, the storage depots of wastes and excess calories could be unloaded because the daily waste production was reduced through restricted feeding. This acted as a natural safety valve for the build up of toxins and fats.
Later, as humans became farmers and the food supply was stabilized, fasting became institutionalized through religious rituals. As humans became more “civilized”, the food supply increased and religious fasting lost its appeal, leading to a dramatic increase in the “ diseases of civilization”. As more and more toxins have increased into our food, water and air, our ability to eliminate these extra wastes has overwhelmed out body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. This has led directly to the epidemic of chronic disease and obesity that we are experiencing today. More than ever, we need to develop new rituals for body cleansing and purification. One example of this is the system of Matrix Detox Therapy that I have developed over the last twenty-three years as a naturopathic physician.
The concept of the Matrix or more is a difficult one to grasp at first. The extracellular matrix is all the connective tissue and extracellular fluid that surrounds all the cells and organs of the body. It is the support structure for all the cells and organs of the body. Western medicine focuses on the cells and organs as the key determinants to health. In contrast, Eastern medicine and modern bio-energetic medicine sees health coming from the surrounding terrain or milieu. The cells, tissues and organs of the body are only as healthy as the surrounding soil or terrain of the body. The “soil” or terrain of the body is the extracellular Matrix, which surrounds all the cells and tissues. Therefore our cells, organs and tissues can only be as healthy as our Matrix is. Our problem is that modern day Matrix in humans is very toxic and polluted.
Farmers understand this concept very well. They know that to create healthy plants you have to have healthy soil. Healthy soil has to have the right proportion of clay, sand, humus, ph, nutrient minerals and water. Healthy soil also has to be free of toxic pollutants like chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals. You can create the illusion of a healthy plant through the use of artificial fertilizers and other chemicals, but the plant will not really be healthy, nutritious or able to reproduce itself.
The same applies to modern medicine. You can create the illusion of health through the use of chemical drugs to alleviate symptoms and the surgical removal of diseased organs. True health can only come from creating the conditions for the healthy growth of cells and this comes from having a healthy Matrix.
The Matrix can be thought of as a separate vital system of the body. It begins where the capillaries release oxygen and nutrients into the extracellular fluid and moves through the connective tissues to the edge of the cell membranes where the nutrients and oxygen are absorbed. At the same time the cells release wastes and which are transported through the matrix to the lymphatic system on its way back to the liver. At the same time the Matrix is connected to the hormonal endocrine system through hormones released in the blood of the capillaries. The Matrix is also connected to the central nervous system through the peripheral nerves that terminate here. As well the white blood cells of immune system hang out in the Matrix on call to attack invaders and communicate back to the rest of the body through a network of information molecules. This network of hormones, nerves and info-molecules creates a sophisticated feedback system throughout the entire body and forms the basis for what we know to be the mind-body connection.
FUNCTIONS OF THE MATRIX
- Provides nutrition to the cells
- Removes wastes from the cells
- Regulates the internal environment of cells through water balance, oxygenation, acid-base balance and mineral electrolytes
- Cellular defense through free radical scavenging
- Maintains communication via the immune, endocrine and the autonomic nerve fibers
- Forms an energetic communication system via subtle electrical currents and ionic gradients which is also known as the acupuncture meridian system
- Responsible for all the basic functions of the body
- Health, disease and healing all begin in the Matrix
A healthy Matrix can serve as a buffer zone for wastes produced by normal metabolism as well as chemical toxins from the environment. The Matrix is the buffer zone for all types of stress including physical stress, chemical stress, electromagnetic stress and psychological stress. It can protect the body from the toxic effects of stress if it is not already full of toxins. An overburdened matrix becomes deregulated and inflamed. A chronically inflamed area of the Matrix is called a Focus. A Focus can become a chronic site of infection. Common areas for Focuses to occur are the head and digestive system. These become inflamed and infected with bacteria, viruses or fungi and become chronic sources of stress.
FOCUS – DISEASE
- Dental Root – Dental Abscess or Granuloma
- Gum – Gingivitis
- Tonsils – Tonsilitis
- Sinus – Sinusitis
- Middle Ear – Otitis
- Stomach – Gastritis
- Colon – Colitis
- Appendix – Appendicitis
- Gall Bladder – Cholecystis
A toxic or over-burdened Matrix can cause a whole host of general body symptoms. These include all the problems in the following diagram:
TOXIC MATRIX SYMPTOMS
- Sleep Disturbances
- Irritability and restlessness
- Memory problems and lack of concentration
- Diffuse headaches
- Blood pressure changes and heart symptoms
- Bladder and genital symptoms including burning and itching
- Sympathetic nerve discharge such as sweating, shivering, chills, itching and hot spells
- Generalized body aches and sore organs
As you can see, a toxic Matrix is responsible for the most common health complaints. The solution is not to take drugs or even herbs or vitamins to give temporary relief to these symptoms, but to identify and detoxify a toxic Matrix.
This can be done by a thorough and systematic program of diagnosis and treatment that I have called Matrix Detox Therapy.
MATRIX DETOX THERAPY
- Assessment of the health of the Matrix using Biological Terrain Analysis, Electrodiagnostic Testing using the PROGNOS or Vegatest methods
- Diet Therapy using an Alkaline Diet and appropriate nutraceuticals
- Homeopathic Matrix Detoxification using specific homeopathic remedies targeted to matrix cleansing
- Lymph-Matrix exercises such as the Rebounder or Vibrational Exercisers
- Steam Ozone or Infrared Sauna Therapy
- Matrix Massage using either manual or electromagnetic stimulation
Dr. Stefan Kuprowsky