Revealing Functional Signatures of Disease Progression and Development
Dr. Daniel Beilin, O.M.D., Integrative Medical Practitioner
The first recorded use of thermobiological diagnoses can be found in the writings of Hippocrates around 480 BC. Mud was spread over the patient and areas that would dry first were thought to indicate underlying organ pathology. Over time continued research and clinical observations proved that certain temperatures and temperature behaviors were indeed indicative of normal and abnormal physiological processes. In the U.S., the first diagnostic use of infrared imaging was in 1956 when Lawson discovered that the skin temperature over a cancer was higher than that of normal tissue. He showed the venous blood draining from the tumor site is often warmer than its arterial supply. In 1982 the FDA published its approval and classification of thermography as an adjunctive diagnostic screening procedure. Since then it has been cleared for several indications such as neoplastic disorders and inflammatory conditions as well as thyroid dysfunction, neuromuscular disease and breast disorders.
Mammography and Thermography
Mammogram technology has undergone several improvements in the recent years. The more advanced digitalized high-definition technology has decreased the radiation exposure significantly, – however radiation remains a cumulative risk and biophysics has clearly proven increased risk in dense breasts or breasts with calcifications.
According to several large studies, the benefit of mammography has been minimal in women below the age 50. Still, breast cancer incidence is increasing in women between the ages of 30 to 50.
With the improvements made by recent software technology Keyserlingk and his research colleagues (Univ. Montreal) increased the detection of breast cancer in 83 women from 66% detection from normal mammography to 95% when mammography was combined with thermography, and was still 83% when thermography was used as the sole screening method (right, Fig. 1).
Functional Analysis through Dynamic Thermographic Assessment
Dynamic thermography was created according to the theories of Hans Selye, M.D.; – that the ability or inability of the body to adjust and recover from a challenge-test or stress necessarily reflects aberrations in the health of tissues in regions anatomically related to neurological and circulatory activities. It is widely known in neurology that nerve groups that control or carry information from the organs also innervate the skin in precise viscero-cutaneous zones. These zones have been well documented in neuroanatomical texts.
Jutta Rost, M.D., and Arno Rost D.D.S. (Germany, 1950’s) developed a method for measuring skin temperature behavior from cool-air stress induction. Patterns of diseases were documented clinically and a system for classifying those patterns was developed. Over 50 disease “signatures” were found, repeating themselves in thousands of patients over a 15-year period, all corroborated with clinical findings (blood tests, x-ray, pathology).
After a series of computer-aided developments, Dr. Daniel Beilin (California) along with Dr. Petra Blum (Germany) and other leaders in the field of thermoregulation created an ‘expert’ signature-recognition Infrared Thermography device (2013). The AlfaSight 9000TM IR Sensor system incorporates historical knowledge of infrared thermography and non-invasive assessment with modern mathematical algorithms to create a whole-body graphic-image and verbal report.
Regulation Thermography (RT) is not unlike the cardiologist’s treadmill test – often more information about health can be obtained from watching how the body behaves as it is in motion, rather than snapshot blood tests or X-Rays that often miss disorders that are in the developing stages.
Clearly thermography fills the gap in the need for early detection in women ages 30-50 (where mammography has been of little or no benefit).
What is Health? Regulation and Homeostasis.
Health is balance. Whether one looks at endocrine feedback pathways, neurological inhibition and excitation, or inhalation
and exhalation chemistry, health is a balance of opposites, biological terrain chemistry, toxic load effects, and genetic or epigenetic precursors. Regulation Thermography is no different as a diagnostic tool. A cool- air stress is applied to an unknown system, and responses reflect the current multidimensional biology. The secret is in the physiological response that has been found to produce indicators for clinically-verified disorders over the last 30 years in over 1500 clinics worldwide. The data has proved to create a fully reliable computer-assisted method.
The Biological ‘Ideal’
After clinical evaluation of thousands of healthy individuals, a theoretical ‘ideal’ thermogram was created that serves as a ‘backdrop’ to the RT system. This was partially constructed by taking dynamic measurements of Olympic athletes as well as normal healthy adults and then identifying dysfunctions in the behaviors of thermological points in sick patients.
The AlfaSight 9000 Regulation Thermography Sensor and Computer Workstation
With ideal regulation (a healthy patient), when subjected to a cool-room exposure, most points on the body cool, – as the blood is functionally re-routed to the core and head – a kind of ‘fight or flight’ reaction. In Regulation Thermography, therefore, a normal or ideal reaction is to see the head values warm in their response and the body values cool. When this normal neurologically-controlled reaction is not seen, it can be assumed (and clarified by further medical tests) that there is an “input phenomema” that originates from the regional organs and tissues underlying those abnormal points. For instance, in an acute hepatitis case (and often in chronic hepatitis) the points over the liver (upper right quadrant) become warmer after a cool- air exposure in a paradoxical response. This can be helpful to the physician to place priorities in systems where he was previously blind. Every doctor makes assumptions based on his education and experience. This is always limited. The AlfaSight System allows a visual window to cases that have complex causes or incomplete diagnoses.
The Concept of Regulation as a New Organ
An organ is a structural part of a body system that is composed of tissues that enable it to perform a particular function. As we increase our understanding of disease development, however, we should accept there are integral and multiple systems in the body that co-create mechanisms for directing terrain chemistry as well as affect known organ function.
According to Dr. Dan Beilin, founder of Alfa Thermodiagnostics, “the new organ we can call ‘Regulation’ is a functional, unified and harmonized force when healthy, and dysfunctional un-unified force in disease.” This ‘new’ organ can be measured with Infrared Regulation Thermography. As we observe that stages and regions of chaotic or blocked regulation highly correlate to development of disorders (e.g. breast cancer location predisposition can be seen up to 5 years ahead of when a tumor actually forms), – if we regard the system of Regulation as one organ system, a template for future disease prediction as well as prognostic categorization is facilitated. Suddenly we have an ‘outlook’ on the patient’s future as well as present-time stability. A lumpectomized breast with poor localized regulation means there may be a high future recurrence possibility. RT also produces reflections of the lymph and endocrine situation which are key systems that effect breast health. We can then treat these systems that have immediate input into the region to help insure better prognoses. Since the Regulation System serves such an important and accurate diagnostic function, it by logic and necessity must be regarded as a new organ in human and animal biological systems.
AlfaSight’s Regulation Thermometric Analysis: A Case of Suspicion of Breast Cancer
A 62 year-old woman with left breast and axillary tenderness after being diagnosed with heavy metal toxicity (principally lead) is seen in the clinic. She has recently developed sensitivity to mold as well as having a moderate dysbiosis and mild chronic diarrhea. She is afraid to go for a mammogram and wants a substitute, and was told there is no substitute besides an MRI. Her laboratory tests are normal (CBC, chem panel, thyroid, etc.) She has not been assessed for hormones or infection. Initial evaluation at this hospital started with Regulation Thermography, as it allows for a working ‘fingerprint’ of a ‘birds eye view’ of the body system physiology and can be used as an ongoing reference. It is very common for any patient with a single diagnosis (say diabetes or heart disease) to reflect multiple system cause (liver disorders along with diabetes or kidney dysfunction with heart disease) through the signature-recognition software of Regulation Thermography.
Computerized analysis with the Alfa System creates a vital, dynamic image of point behavior otherwise invisible to static, infrared-camera methods. Here, in the left chest (A) the paradox region (yellow) extends from the axilla to the mid-chest. You also see the sternum is dark purple or black (B), indicating the temperature was blocked from any influence of the stress-response. These point behaviors begin to build the case for suspicion and indicate increased severity of dysfunction. She was referred to MRI and is doing well 2 years post lumpectomy.
Our job as integrative practitioners is to support the healthy systems as we address biological terrain issues, helping to insure the best long term outcome for our patients. The evidence of other factors identified, corroboration with other clinical tests and subsequent treatments have resulted in lifestyle improvements and better outcome in patients under the care of Regulation Thermography-equipped clinics.
Signature Recognition: A Result of 30 Years of Empirical Data
Below, a clear reflection of regulation physiology and its disturbances is created in a simple graphic for immediate assessment and decision making. In this example, a chronic fatigue/lyme patient reflected a lymph and viral inflammatory indication. The report can assist the physician by approaching these systems as crucial parallels in his treatment of the diagnosed patient. It is not uncommon for the physician to change his diagnosis due to the expanded vision Regulation Thermography provides, and then, confirming the new diagnosis accordingly with appropriate laboratory tests or imaging methods.
In the AlfaVue report, systemic functional stress is prioritized and recommendations are made for both normal laboratory and imaging validation for diagnostic determination. The report also incorporates integrative medicine concepts such as orthomolecular, herbal or other alternative treatment plans.
Regulation medicine is a new vista. In Europe, specifically Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Regulation Thermography has not only been used as a primary screening method for over 40 disease patterns, but has also been used to monitor treatment efficacy by successive scanning. Since it is non-invasive and can be performed as often as necessary without consequence, its universal application is clear.
Regulation Thermography creates
- a new understanding of how disorders are created;
- how parallel organ systems and tissues contribute to disease; and
- provides verification of treatment choices. Surely the AlfaSIght System will play a major role in a new accuracy in assessment of disease prognosis and understanding of the true causes of disease.
Still, imaging anatomy by way of mammography or MRI cannot be substituted by stress physiological methods such as thermography. Even static thermography does not image the internal anatomy that is so necessary for adequate tissue and organ diagnostics. Regulation medicine expands into another field of vision not unlike radio telescopes revolutionized our awareness of phenomena in the universe. Regulation thermography represents a major step forward in the field of medical imaging. To image both structure (X- Ray, MRI) and functional physiology (RT), increased diagnostic and pre-diagnostic capabilities are enourmously evident. Regulation medicine is clearly the next step for medical diagnostics as we know it.
Dr. Daniel Beilin has been in private practice for 30 years, and has introduced both darkfield microscopy and Regulation Thermography to North America. He is Chief Medical Officer at Alfa Thermodiagnostics and may be reached at email@example.com or by calling (831) 901-9248