Functional Medicine: The Origin and Treatment of Chronic Diseases

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This is the updated English edition of the first volume of the acclaimed textbook by the leading German proponent of bioenergetic medicine who is also the founder of the VEGATEST-Method. Functional Medicine provides the foundation for understanding and using bioenergetics. It is grounded in both Oriental and Occidental medical knowledge and deals with the bioenergetic events which precede and accompany biochemical and organic pathology. Functional Medicine embraces the totality of regulatory functions of the organism and employs energy-oriented diagnostic methods to reveal the energetic events leading to an advanced diagnosis. The findings can then be utilized for the prevention of a disease, or in the face of the fully developed disease, they can provide the proper therapeutic guidance.

The practice of functional medicine demands a thorough knowledge of clinical medicine, heteropathic, linked with a holistic attitude and a familiarity with the principles of acupuncture. It also requires a working understanding of stomatology, otorhinolaryngology and neurology. Necessary as well is manual dexterity and skill in the use of bioelectronic instrumentation.

Although current conventional medicine saves lives in major acute infections and injuries, it offers very little to those with chronic disease. Functional Medicine offers a meaningful complement to clinical medicine and closes existing gaps in diagnosis and therapies.


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This was my first original text in my Functional Medicine training. Solid and reliable as Germans usually are, Dr Schimmel shows the reader clearly the various levels of a functional approach to the sick patient. Treatment techniques and discussions inform the reader of other areas that need to be addressed while undergoing deep causative therapy, eg prostate and pancreas as well as heart issues are often linked together as a disease chain. Treating all three simultaneously ensures a revolution in health quality in the patient. 


Introduction to Functional Medicine
Summary of the Indications for Functional Medicine
Etiology of Chronic Diseases
Focal Diseases
Focal Disease Diagnostics
The Relative Significance of a Focus in a Disease
Chronic Tonsillitis
Geopathic and Other Radiation Stress
Pathogenic Patterns and Causal Chains in Functional
The Law of Biological Chain Reaction
Dysbiosis and Dysbacteria An Overview
The Psychosomatic and Somatopsychic Vicious Circle
Possible Reactions to the Treatment Methods of Functional
Some Remarks about Nutrition
A Concept of the Universe

Toxicosis of Dental Origin A Focal Syndrome
Chronic Appendicitis
Diagnostics of Focal Disease Focus Dominance Shift
Biographical Data of Helmut Wilhelm Schimmel

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Page 299 - During elimination therapy it is important to ascertain that the dissolution of the excreted toxins from the superficial, the deep and the intermediate tissue layers is balanced. The physician should ensure that the removal of poisons from the tissues is no faster than the elimination.
Page 63 - It should be clear by now why it is so important to offer instruction in FM in all medical schools and universities.
Page 55 - To a critical observer it must be obvious that the incidence of chronic diseases has increased considerably in recent years. There are several reasons for this development: General Causes • People live longer.

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Private Practice, Newton, MA, USA

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