HEALTH Vs. DISEASE: A Matter Of Rhythm
Copyright 2017 by Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc.
By Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.
"... disease is but the expression and result of a disturbance of
the conditions natural to life. The only useful office of the physician
is to restore those conditions."
— Emmet Densmore, M.D. in How Nature Cures (1892)
Rhythms of the Natural World
In the 1930s, famed Swedish health teacher
Are Waerland began his "Sun Viking movement." Many of his students experienced
greatly improved health and even recovery from serious illnesses. Waerland
taught that disease was a disturbance of a person's life-rhythm, established
through millions of years of biological evolution. He told his students to look
outside the body to environmental conditions as primary factors that create
health or disease. Waerland felt that health could only be produced, and
disease eliminated, by restoring the original human life-rhythm which depends upon
an unhindered relationship between the human body and the external factors of
Waerland's point about disease being a
disturbance of a person's life-rhythm, established through millions of years of
biological evolution, is one of the most ignored principles of health and
The entire universe operates rhythmically. Examples
of this are the day/night cycle established by the Earth's rotation on its axis and the
cycle of the seasons caused by the transit of the Earth in its orbit around the
sun. Plants grow, develop foliage, flower, and produce seeds in accordance
with the rhythm of the seasons. Wild animals feed and wild birds sing (and
feed) at certain times of day, and they mate and give birth at specific times
of the year.
Wild plants and animals never abandon the
inherent life-rhythm established through their millions of years of biological
evolution. Modern human beings, due to their higher intellectual capacity and
cultural and technological achievements, have developed a sense of superiority
in relation to the rest of the animal kingdom that is part of their progressive
estrangement from the natural world. Many people don't even realize that the
human race is an animal species. Instead of the traditional biological
dichotomy of plant kingdom and animal kingdom, they believe in a separate,
human kingdom. Many components of modern human society, including allopathic
medicine, foster the delusion that the human species, alone among all species,
can live healthfully outside the bounds of the laws of nature and the rhythmic
imperative of the natural world.
Accordingly, most people eat whatever they
want (e.g., ice cream in winter and barbecued meat on hot summer days;
cheeseburger for breakfast and processed cereal for dinner; stimulating soft
drinks brimming with refined sugar and caffeine throughout the day) and whenever
they want it (e.g. fat and sugar-laden food and caffeinated beverages late at
night). They awaken early or late, go to sleep in the wee hours of morning,
sometimes get only three hours sleep, other times sleep half the day or never reserve
time to rest; on other hand, they become committed couch potatoes, etc.
This type of lifestyle dysrhythmia
is becoming the rule rather than the exception. When I was a boy growing up in
the 1950s, my mother served us breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same times
every day. We were awakened at the same time each morning and sent off to bed
at the same time each evening.
That type of order is now viewed as a
constrictive anachronism. The impulse to do whatever you want, whenever you
want has been transformed from being viewed as a lack of self-discipline into
an inalienable right. Thus, a dysrhythmic life-rhythm is seen as being an
expression of emancipation rather than one of the most fundamental causative
factors in the development of disease.
The Three-Fold Human Organism
While outwardly the human organism appears to
be unified, it's actually sustained by an inward duality and animated by a
polarity which must be reconciled by a third entity: a rhythmic system.
Anthroposophical medicine's model of the
three-fold human organism provides some invaluable insight about, not only
human physiology, but also about how physiological and psychospiritual
functioning are fully integrated. It clearly demonstrates how each continuously
and invariably influences the other.
Anthroposophical medicine, practiced widely
by medical doctors in Europe, is a hybrid of conventional medical physiology,
spiritual science and natural medicine that is based in part on early 20th
century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner's concepts.
to the model of the three-fold organism, the human organism has an upper pole,
lower pole and a mediating midpoint. The upper pole, or nerve-sense pole, and a
lower pole, or metabolic-limb pole.
nerve-sense system, concentrated mainly in the head, facilitates consciousness
and perception. Importantly, many cells of the brain and nerve tissues cannot
regenerate, a sacrifice in functional capacity which allows for the influx of
sensory and other perceptual data. The process of consciousness must be
associated with a diminution of metabolic activity, because it is absolutely
essential that the nerve-sense system remain free to receive external
impressions. This is why the head is sometimes referred to in anthroposophical
science as the body's catabolic (breaking down of molecules), or
lower pole or metabolic-limb system, concentrated in the gastrointestinal tract
and skeletal muscles, is also associated with blood, liver and kidneys. In
contrast to the nerve-sense system, its cells are capable of regeneration, and
so, it is far less suited to receptivity to consciousness and sensory
perceptions. This system is responsible for control of movement, metabolism and
excretion as well as the enforcement of will. Thus, it is the polar opposite of
the nerve-sense system, and, due to its metabolic nature, the body's lower pole
is considered the anabolic (building of molecules), or warm, pole.
The nerve-sense pole is associated with thought
and the metabolic-limb pole with will. These two capacities need to be
fully balanced and coordinated. For example, let's say that it is a clear, warm
day and you think to yourself, the cold, rainy weather is coming soon so I
should finish painting the garage today. If will does not follow thought
in equal measure, that paint job will be aborted at the thought stage.
On the other hand, if will acts without guidance by thought, then
impulsive and reckless action may be the result. In this case, the garage
painting may go rather badly because the project was not well thought out.
The two currents of nerve force/thought and
metabolism/will should work in constant harmony via the mediation of the
rhythmic system (see discussion below). If not, the organism will be subject to
imperfect equilibrium between these two currents, and the predominance of one
or the other will manifest.
the upper pole/the nerve-sense system predominates, the individual becomes
overactive mentally while physically becoming inertial and debilitated. The
person will constantly be tired and chilly. The catabolic (breaking down of
molecules) processes dominate because of a decline in the anabolic (building of
molecules) ones. Also, there will be a hyper-creation of mentalness with
oversensitivity to sensory stimuli and resultant irritability and introversion.
There is also significant sleep disturbance with symptoms such as difficulty
falling asleep, insufficient depth of sleep and awakening too early.
the other hand, when the lower pole/metabolic-limb system dominates, there may
be poorly controlled emoting which exteriorizes freely and readily abandons
itself to impulse and extroversion. There will also be a tendency toward
anabolic pathologies such as growths. As the lower pole is associated with
anabolism, the catabolic or breaking-down processes (initiated by the
nerve-sense system) in the digestive system will prove too weak to effect
complete food digestion. Incompletely digested food substances retain some of
their foreign, biochemical nature. Once in the blood, these will induce food
healthy gut permits only completely digested foods to be absorbed into the
blood for assimilation. The gastrointestinal mucosa has a "barrier function"
whereby it prevents the absorption of pathogenic microbes, foreign substances
and large, semi-digested food molecules. Normally, the junctions, or desmosomes,
between the cells of the mucosa are tight and do not permit passage of these
undesirable substances. However, if the gut becomes irritated or inflamed due
to poor digestion, these desmosomes become loose and "leaky." Subsequently,
when these substances breach these defective intercellular junctions and gain
entry into the blood, they are viewed as foreign by the immune system and
elicit an antibody reaction.
ongoing, increased intestinal permeability and the resultant immunological
sequelae is referred to as leaky gut syndrome. It's also the basis for
allergies of all kinds which will vary with patient susceptibilities and the
tissue location of the antibody reaction. Commonly, these reactions occur
distally from the gut and may include asthma, bronchitis, environmental sensitivities,
arthritis and emotional disorders (as a result of "brain allergies"). Symptoms
of leaky gut syndrome include: abdominal pain; indigestion; constipation;
diarrhea; joint pain; muscle pain; confusion; confusion with malaise; fuzzy
thinking; mood swings; nervousness; aggressive behavior; anxiety.
The Rhythmic System
Rhythm makes possible the harmonizing and
transitioning between the upper and lower poles. The current of the metabolic-limb
system enlivens the physical body while the current of the nerve-sense system
counteracts this tendency in order to delimit the purely physical state
associated with plant life and allow for the development of thought and
consciousness. These two currents should work in constant harmony via the
mediation of the rhythmic system.
rhythmic system is an internal organization required to establish equilibrium
between the nerve-sense system and the metabolic-limb system. Illness results
when there is a disturbance of balance between these two systems. If the
nerve-sense system dominates, then the processes of consciousness and
catabolism obstruct normal metabolism and anabolism. On the other hand, if the
metabolic-limb system dominates, the opposite occurs. The primary organs of the
rhythmic system are the heart, and secondarily, the lungs. Heart and lung activities
is characterized by ceaseless rhythm.
heart is a balancing organ. It must balance left with right, above with below,
Earth forces with cosmic forces, blood with nerves, systemic circulation
(the general movement of oxygenated blood away from the heart to the body, and
the return of deoxygenated blood back to the heart) with the realm of the
organic inner world, and pulmonary circulation (circulation of blood between
heart and lungs) with the realm of the outer world. Also, it must balance
stillness with motion.
the heart and lungs constitute the major aspect of the organism's rhythmic
system. Rhythm emanates from the alternation of systole (the phase of
the heartbeat during which the heart muscle contracts and pumps blood from the
chambers into the arteries) and diastole (the phase of the heartbeat
during which the heart muscle relaxes and allows the chambers to fill with
blood), and the contrast of centrifugal (outward from the heart) arterial flow
and centripetal (inward toward the heart) venous (vein) flow.
blood-flow without the interface of these contrasts cannot sustain the rhythmic
alternation between opening to the reflective stillness of the nerve-sense
system and the action of the metabolic-limb system. Rhythm makes possible the
harmonizing and transitioning between the upper and lower poles.
thinking is associated with the nerve-sense system, and willing
with the metabolic-limb system, feeling (which is the midpoint between
thinking and willing) is associated with the rhythmic system. Feeling derives
from the interaction between breath and circulatory rhythms. Changes in
blood-flow and breath (such as blushing, paling and shifts in breathing
pattern) related to feeling are evidence of this primary interplay.
heart, one of the central organs of the rhythmic system, is the junction where
the nerve-sense system and metabolic-limb system meet. It brings these two
polarities of the organism into equilibrium and harmony. The heart is
alternately receptive to the dynamics of each system and manifests at this
the heart demonstrates imbalanced receptivity in favor of one pole, it's
subject to domination by that pole's dynamics. When the nerve-sense pole is
dominant, the systolic (contracting, blood pumping) phase is overly strong and
may result in cardiac arrest. On the other hand, when the metabolic-limb pole
dominates, diastole (the dilating heart filling with blood phase) is excessive,
leading to cardiac muscle insufficiency, and perhaps, cardiac death. One of the
most important functions of the rhythmic system is the balancing of the
pulmonary circulation with the systemic circulation.
rhythmic transitions between sleeping and waking, rest and activity, the
physical activity of daytime and the dream activity at night, warmth and cold,
light and darkness, ovulation and menstruation, etc. are linked to the rotation
of the Earth on its axis and its movements in relation to the sun and moon. Any
disturbance of rhythmicity in the human being uncouples that person from the
rhythms of the natural world that the plant kingdom and all wild members of the
animal kingdom are wholly dependent upon.
the heart and lungs comprise the most prominent aspects of the rhythmic system,
the digestive system features two crucial rhythmic elements: gastrointestinal
peristalsis and the action of the spleen. The oscillating movements in the small
intestine, brought about by the alternating contraction and dilation of the
bowel musculature, facilitates the rhythmical segmentation and mixing of the
intestinal contents. This mixing action is referred to as pendular movement.
In this motion, a constrictive wave moves along the small intestine for a few
segments, then reverses and moves back the other way, causing the intestinal
contents to be moved to and fro.
Chyme (the thick
semi-fluid mass of partly digested food that passes out of the stomach into the
is gradually propelled along the length of the small intestine by weak
peristaltic waves that rhythmically push the chyme a short distance at a time.
Consequently, food materials move relatively slowly through the small
intestine, taking from three to ten hours to travel its length.
spleen and pancreas also fulfill an important rhythm in the digestive tract. The maintenance of
the rhythm of blood circulation is one of the primary prerequisites of
continued existence. A haphazard eating and digestion pattern introduces an
element of irregularity that potentially threatens circulatory rhythm. The
spleen functions as a rhythmically active organ to harmonize the innate
irregularity of the nutrient-absorption process with the circulatory rhythm. In
other words, it converts the irregularity of the digestive process into the
regularity of blood circulation. Hence, the more chaotic one's eating pattern,
the more stress is placed upon the spleen, and ultimately, upon the circulation
of the blood.
Dysrhythmia and Emotional Disharmony
(disturbance of natural physiological rhythm), related in large part to living
out of sync with the rhythms of the natural universe, clearly encourages
noted above, whereas the nerve-sense system is associated with thought and the
metabolic-limb system with will, the rhythmic system is associated with
feeling, which, in turn, mediates between thought and will. Furthermore, the
heart, the central organ of the rhythmic system, has traditionally been viewed
as the nexus of feelings such as love and inspiration.
disturbances such as depression and anxiety have attained epidemic status in
the Western world. If you watch television, you can't not have noticed the
plethora of commercials touting a variety of anti-depressants, sleep aids and
most of the anti-depressant ads, the protagonists are first shown in their
untreated state, cloistered indoors, folded up on the couch, while the rest of
the family obliviously goes along their merry ways. Then the scene shifts to
the drug-treated state, portraying the depressed individual as having arisen from
the couch, as if from the dead, and now coping flawlessly. Voila, problem solved!
The message here is: If you are depressed, all you need is this drug, rife
with dangerous side-effects, no changes in the lifestyle that caused the
depression in the first place are required.
the truth of the matter actually seeps through in an indirect way. In virtually
all of these television ads, the failed state of the depressed individual features
indoor self-confinement. On the other hand, the drug-treated, success state is
typically characterized as a liberation from the indoor vegetating. The
individual is pictured hiking in the mountains, running along the beach with
his dog or bicycling though a bucolic countryside.
subliminal message here of course is that this dangerous, wholly synthetic,
patent medicine is completely congruent with a natural lifestyle and is deemed
worthy by those who are fit and active. However, the truth of the matter is
that if the affected individual lived in harmony with the rhythms of nature on
a daily basis, through walks and other forms of outdoor exercise, deep
breathing, skin-brushing, shower therapies, a natural foods diet rich in vital
nutrients, adequate sun exposure and plenty of rest and sleep, it is likely
that she would never have gotten depressed in the first place. Thus, the
regular use of a potentially toxic drug, insidiously made by the profit-driven
drug company to seem as benign as a glass of fresh orange juice, would be
completely antithetical to the attainment of vibrant health and wholeness of
slyly manipulative as these commercials are, they inadvertently highlight one
of the great truths of health and disease: Wellness is associated with
connection to the natural world and its infinite rhythms. Conversely, disease
is commonly the product of an estrangement from the natural world and the
dysrhythmia that ensues from that estrangement.
Suggestions To Help Restore Healthy Rhythmicity
1) The single most
important strategy for restoring natural body rhythms is the ordering of one's
daily existence. Try to infuse your daily routine with consistency. Wake in the
morning and retire at night at approximately the same time each day. Also, exercise,
go for a walk, shower, eat a healthful breakfast, lunch and dinner and take a
nap at approximately the same times each day.
a consistent pattern of work and rest. Work, without sufficient
counterbalancing of rest and sleep time constitutes chronic overwork, which, in
turn, is one of the primary sustaining causative factors of life dysrhythmia
and disease in modern life.
quality time out of doors each day, thus consistently integrating the organism
with elements of the natural world. Perhaps you can arise a little earlier in
the morning and go outside for a brisk walk before getting ready for work. A
brisk walk during your lunch hour or after you have returned home from work
will help offset the dysrhythmia that follows from persistent sedentary
behavior and estrangement from the elements of the natural world.
my Vital Chi Skin-Brushing System
every day or at least every other day. Based upon
both Western physiology and the principles of Chinese medicine, the
Vital Chi Skin-Brushing System is precisely
orchestrated to enhance blood and lymph circulation and the movement of chi.
Also, it supports skin beauty via reduction of cellular build-up and cellulite,
stimulation of sweat and oil glands, strengthening of collagen and elastin
fibers as well as skin pores.
a) Circulatory Rhythms
heart, the central organ of the rhythmic system, is commonly portrayed as a
pump which initiates blood circulation. However, it is the movement of
the blood which sets the heart in motion rather than vice versa. In lab
experiments where a heart has been stopped for days, it begins beating again
after the reintroduction of flowing blood. Blood circulation actually begins
with a primary flowing in the tiniest peripheral blood vessels. The
heart is essentially a sense-organ which perceives this stream of blood and
reacts to it.
skin also contains a vast capillary network, referred to by traditional
naturopaths as the "skin heart," which is as crucial as the heart for normal
circulation. The vast storage capacity of the skin's blood vessels enable them
to act as reservoirs which release- or store blood as needed. The activity of
the skin's blood vessels powerfully influences the rhythmicity of circulatory
function. It is the "skin heart" which is the motor of primary flowing. Regular
use of my Vital Chi Skin-Brushing System exerts a powerful toning action upon
the "skin-heart" and primary flowing.
b) Flow of Chi
Vital Chi Skin-Brushing System
strengthens the flow of chi. Chi-flow also has
rhythmic character. According to Chinese medicine, there are 12 meridians that conduct
the flow of chi throughout the body. The meridians course along the skin-surface
and penetrate into the internal organs. The Chinese acupuncture "meridian
clock" theory holds that there is a complete 24-hour chi-flow cycle.
Accordingly, each of the 12 meridians peaks at different 2-hour intervals
during the 24-hour cycle.
meridian clock chart indicates which meridian is most active at a given point
in time during the 24-hour cycle. For instance, flow along the liver meridian
is strongest between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. The chi then flows most strongly along
the lung meridian between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. It then moves on to the large
intestine meridian, which is the strongest channel flow between 5 a.m. and 7
a.m. The chi-flow continues in this way through the other 9 meridians over the
course of the rest of the 24-hour cycle. Then the cycle begins again in
precisely the same pattern. The meridian clock is in essence a mechanism of
rhythmicity. Using the Vital Chi Skin-Brushing System
on a regular basis helps
maintain the dynamics of the 24-hour chi cycle of chi-circulation.
3) Alternate Hot and Cold Shower followed with
Application of Three-Fold Harmony Essential Oil Blend
has been my experience that the integration of my Vital Chi Skin-Brushing
System with strategic hydrotherapies and essential oil selections creates
powerful healing synergy for both body and soul. The Alternate Hot and Cold
Shower forms a particularly powerful synergy with Vital Chi Skin-Brushing.
all the various hydrotherapies, this "unequal periods" Alternate Hot/Cold
Shower (with the emphasis on the former) is one I suggest most commonly as an
overall tonic treatment. It's an invigorating procedure which vitalizes
circulatory, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, nerve and skin functions.
and cold water can be used in alternation to prolong the initial
tonic-stimulant effect of hot water. The heat (e.g., a hot shower) is applied
first for 2- to 3-minutes; then, instantly, before the sedative reaction of
prolonged heat can take place, a 15- to 20-seconds short, cold treatment
(shower, in this case) is taken. Next, a second heat-application is used, and
the body responds with new vigor to the tonic-stimulant effect of the hot
water. This is referred to as "contrast treatment" during which the heat
magnifies the stimulating effect of the cold, and vice versa, providing a
powerful gymnastics workout for the blood and lymph systems. This "gymnastic"
effect, deriving from alternation of dilation and contraction of blood vessels,
strengthens the rhythmic functioning of both blood and lymph circulation.
general, two to three alternations between hot and cold water are used. The
first contrast cycle is always the most intense. The following ones are less so
since the body's ability to react progressively declines. Importantly, excess
(more than three) hot and cold alternations is depleting, which defeats the
the greater the temperature differences between hot and cold applications, the
greater the effect. For maximum benefit, the contrast between the two
temperature extremes should be to the limits of comfortable tolerance.
Always finish a contrast treatment with cold to ensure that the desired warming
reaction takes place.
Note: "Hot" and "cold" are
relative terms, meaning that each person must use good sense in deciding a
comfortable tolerance level regarding temperatures. One should not be
heroic and overtax the system. Be conscious of your relative state of vitality
on a given day and adjust the temperature of the water and duration of each
shower phase accordingly.
After your Alternate Hot/Cold Shower, you
might perform a powerfully synergistic essential oil rub-down while the skin is
still moist (see below). One of my essential oil blends, Three-Fold Harmony, is specifically
designed to help balance the Three-Fold Organism (described above) and thus the
rhythmicity of the organism on all levels.
Follow-Up Lemon Juice/Essential Oil Rub: After completing
your shower, instead of drying, leave the skin moist. Squeeze the juice of half
a lemon (preferably organically grown) into a small cup. Add to the juice: 3-
to 4-drops of Three-Fold Harmony. Next, stir with your finger. Then,
using your bare hands, rub the mixture into the moist skin until completely
absorbed. It will take only a minute or so for the lemon juice/Three-Fold
Harmony mixture to be absorbed and for the skin to dry.
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shortfall is a crucial factor in a dysrhythmic existence. The refining of
grains may result in the loss of more than 75% of original magnesium-content.
U.S. government surveys found that the typical American diet provides less than
half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Some authorities estimate that
80% of the population is magnesium-deficient.
is one of the most important of the heart-health nutrients. Necessary to
maintain natural heart rhythm. It is perhaps the most important nutrient for
maintaining optimal rhythmicity of physiological functioning.
- Helps to regulate
the electrical reactivity of cell membranes, and thus, the flow of vital
nutrients and waste products across the structure.
- Is necessary for
the normal energy-production required for the production of ATP.
- Is crucial in
relieving chronic fatigue, especially if it occurs in conjunction with
depression, anxiety, insomnia or muscle cramps.
- Plays an important
role in muscle relaxation and neuromuscular transmission.
- Is a natural
tranquilizer that ameliorates erratic nervous system activity.
- Combats stress
through reduction of muscular tension via relaxation of skeletal muscles.
deficiency may contribute to irritability, agitation and panic attacks.
- Helps to prevent
spasms of the gastrointestinal tract, arteries (including the coronary
arteries), fallopian tubes (a cause of infertility) and bronchial spasm (as
occurs in asthma).
Low magnesium levels
may result in coronary arterial spasm and sudden-death heart disease. The
magnesium-content of heart muscle has been shown to be low in those who die of
"sudden-death." It is an effective vasodilator, has an anti-arrhythmic effect
on the heart muscle and limits platelet aggregation (i.e., clumping
together of clotting cells).
- Deficiency may be
indicated by: abnormalities of the rhythmic nature of the menstrual cycle; mood
swings; oscillation between emotional polarities.
One of the top
priorities regarding the prevention or elimination of unwellness is the
reestablishment of order via synchronization with the rhythms of the natural
universe. After all, a synonym for disease is "disorder." So long as lifestyle
dysrhythmia prevails, internal chaos, to one degree or another, will offer
formidable resistance to whatever measures are introduced to rectify a pattern
of chronic physical unwellness and/or emotional disharmony. Therefore, the
reestablishment of physiological and psychical rhythmicity, through lifestyle
changes and other measures such as those described above, is a crucial first
step on the road to physical vitality and wholeness of being.
Written by Dr. Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.
Dr. Berkowsky, a registered naturopath, master herbalist and classical homeopath—is President of Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc. He is the founder/teacher of both Spiritual PhytoEssencing and the Natural Health Science System which he designed following many years of research and clinical practice, and includes herbology, nutrition, homeopathy, aromatherapy, exercise, traditional nature-cure as well as East/West healing arts/bodywork. Dr. Berkowsky teaches in-depth seminars/teleseminars/workshops to health-care professionals and spiritually aware individuals.
Disclaimer: This publication is intended as an educational tool, and not as a prescription. Seek the advice of your health-care provider before discontinuing any medication and/or trying any new remedy or technique.