The stages of health are outlined into 6 progressive “Reckeweg” phases.
- Excretion Phase - physiologic drainage phase (ex: cough, cold, acute sinuses). The body is in a hyper-reactive state but maintains an organized, non-chaotic response to the challenge. The treatment is thus directed at humoral factors such as diet changes, sauna, salt bath, hydrotherapy, climate adjustment, breathing, psychological therapy, and social changes. In other words adjustments or lifestyle and augmented detoxification.
- Reaction Phase - pathological/inflammatory drainage is hyper-regulation and self-healing (ex: pus, heat, redness, pain, swelling) such as occurs with a bacterial infection. The body has a more focused reaction in one area and tissue injury may occurs. The response is not as organized or clean and as a result tissue casualty occurs. Treatment is also directed at humoral factors but now requires therapeutic intervention such as with drainage acupuncture, neural therapy, homeopathics, anti-microbials, etc. Lifestyle changes will not effect restoration.
- Deposition Phase - the tissue becomes loaded with toxic by-products and is unable to react to outside stress appropriately (ex: gout). Not only is the humoral factors affected but there is a change in the matrix of the tissue. As a result, the response to additional stress in inadequate or at least partially blocked. Tissue damage occurs but is not to the point where the entire organ or organ system is faltering. Treatment must rejuvenate and detoxify the tissue using lymphatic draining, electrical neural therapy (galvanic therapy on acupuncture and reaction points), colon therapy, etc. The tissue toxins no longer will dissipate through “passive” biochemical pathways, direct stimulation or drainage must occur in order to heal the tissue.Diseases in phases 1-3 are considered to be due to biological constitution and are capable of self-healing with a good prognosis.
- Impregnation Phase - the matrix milieu has become toxic to the point that it causes enzymatic disturbance to the cell membranes. The Na+/K+ and Ca++/Na+ pumps are impaired and as a result the cell develops oxidative stress (ex: asthma, fibromyalgia). The organ system is affected but the damage is largely reversible. The response to stress is variable but is no longer physiologic and adaptive. There is a more chaotic response to stress. In the examples given, the asthmatic bronchiole secretes excessive mucus and constricts beyond expected. Treatment is focussed on repairing the membrane in addition to aiding in elimination or drainage. Choices include electrolytes, acidification or alkalization, improving cellular respiration, antioxidants, etc.
- Degeneration Phase - organ and organ system disturbance and/or disease occurs rather than just the cell (ex: diabetes, multiple sclerosis, thyroiditis, metabolic diseases). The depth is now at the cellular level and not just the tissue matrix. The response to stress is diminished because the cells are no longer capable of responding and the milieu is loaded with toxic by-products. The response is clearly chaotic with cell and organ damage. Treatment must now not only include all of the above therapies but also rejuvenative therapies such as specific vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fats, glandular support, etc.
- Neoplastic Phase - cell membrane oxidation/mutation leads to oncogene stimulation. This cellular phase shows almost no ability to respond to stress, it has become independent from the environment so to speak. The activity is chaotic and uncontrolled even with stimulus. Degeneration is progressed and rejuvenative therapies alone are insufficient to initiate change. Targeted immune and metabolic therapy is required. Detoxification is required but often is too stressful for the organism.
(Jeremy E. Kaslow, MD
Physician and Surgeon)