By Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D
An anti-aging approach I have used for years just got better!
I have been fortunate to witness the technological evolution that has brought us bio-identical signaling. I first met the people behind it six years ago, after my anti-aging MD introduced it to me as he offered this particular technology to his patients in his office. It was a machine that had a nasal cannula attached to it and I sat there and breathed through the cannula much like you see people do with oxygen, only I was not breathing oxygen. I didn’t know exactly what was going on but trusted this doctor and gave it a try. I personally felt the benefits right away and continued this protocol for about eight weeks. But, driving an hour both directions several times a week was getting tiresome. My insurance did not cover this protocol even though it is an FDA approved Class 1 medical device so it was costing me quite a bit out of pocket to continue seeing the doctor and using the device in his office. I asked my doctor if the manufacturers offered a home unit as it was helping so much, perhaps I could contact them directly. My doctor was kind enough to refer me to the owners of the device. I connected with them and ultimately acquired a home unit of my own which is a similar technology to the new improved device they offer today. Once again they have a home unit available and a professional unit for doctors, spas and other wellness centers.
I spoke with the owners again recently, Hans Eng and Rowena Gates and learned that they have developed a whole new approach which was recognized as “bio-identical” when precise testing verified that the device produced the exact same signal as is naturally produced by the body.
The term bio-identical caught my attention right away because the term “bio-identical” is of special interest to me due to the remarkable results that I have had using bio-identical hormones which now many mainstream doctors are beginning to recognize and endorse as well. For me, bio-identical hormone protocols, such as The Wiley Protocol, are what I do and have written about here at my Care2 Celestial Musing’s blog.
It just makes sense today to promote health by augmenting what the body naturally does rather than overriding it with drugs, vaccines or an unnatural level of any chemical substance. Doing things in a way that is “bio-identical” acknowledges the fact that the body knows best. That said, sometimes it can use a little help – not surprising given the levels of over the counter drugs, prescription drugs, vaccines, environmental toxicity and emotional stress that most of us are exposed to.
One of the reasons for my excitement about this new version and decision to share it with my readers, is my personal experience with the earlier technology, which I have found very beneficial – both to humans and our animal companions. I included the use of this device in my book The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care, which I co-authored with Jean Hofve, DVM. Although the older technology that I have used for years and described in my book cannot be called “bio-identical,” it does draw on the same principles.
What is bio-identical signaling?
Cellular functions depend on signaling between molecules within cells and among neighboring cells. Bio-identical signaling technology, which was developed by Eng3 Corporation in Seattle, Washington generates the precise signal needed to trigger repair mechanisms called oxidative response. Oxidative response counterbalances oxidative stress damage, which is caused by free radicals, which according to the American Heritage Dictionary are defined as, “An atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron and is therefore unstable and highly reactive. In animal tissues, free radicals can damage cells and are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and age-related diseases.”
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Damage from free radicals and their repair are ongoing activities – it’s a natural cycle. Problems only arise when the repair is not sufficient to counteract the damage. Now Eng3’s bio-identical signaling technology can be used to help the body boost repair activities by signaling oxidative response.
I mentioned that oxidative stress is caused by free radicals and it might help to know a little more about where the damage is coming from. We tend to think of things like toxins and unhealthy food as sources of free radicals, and they are, but you might be surprised to learn that we produce free radicals with every breath. Free radicals called reactive oxygen species (ROS) are the result of metabolizing oxygen. This ROS generates ongoing damage that must be repaired if we are to remain healthy.
You may think that taking antioxidants is the answer and it is true that they do neutralize free radicals to prevent damage. However, antioxidants cannot help repair damage. In addition, overdoing antioxidants can be harmful because they can shut down your body’s natural signaling for oxidative response. It turns out that some free radicals, called “second messengers,” are needed to trigger oxidative response. If second messengers are neutralized by too many antioxidants, your body’s repair mechanisms will never be called to action. Using a bio-identical signaling device ensures that your oxidative response kicks in, even if you have overdone the antioxidants.