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Biochemics

The term Biochemic was created by German doctor Wilhelm Schuessler. He was also a practising homeopath and he focused his attention upon the in-organic chemicals that make up five per cent of the body. Schuessler identified 12 of these minerals - he called them tissue salts - and he studied their role in the correct performance of cells. He picked up on the health problems of patients who were deficient in tissue salts.

Schuessler's system is based upon some simple principles: If cell activity is normal there is no disease. Cell activity is normal if cell nutrition is normal. The body requires organic in addition to inorganic substances as cell nutrients. Mineral deficiency damages the cell's ability to assimilate and utilise organic nutrients. Supplying deficient nutrients, in a form that can be assimilated, revitalises cells and and supports metabolism.

The 12 tissue salts identified by Schuessler are calcium fluoride, calcium phosphate, calcium sulphate, iron phosphate, potassium chloride, potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, sodium phosphate, potassium sulphate, magnesium phosphate, sodium sulphate, and silicon dioxide.

Schuessler's remedies are prepared in much the same was as homeopathic remedies. The salts are usually added in a strength of 6x, one part being mixed with nine parts of lactose and the process repeated six times. These micro-doses can pass readily into the bloodstream through the mucous lining of the mouth, throat and digestive tract. In other ways the treatment is not at all homeopathic, since it is based on the isopathic idea of administering the very substance that is believed to be deficient.

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