“The key to making chronic disease better is making a single cell work. If you give the body the things a single cell needs to work, the body often has the power to heal all of the cells of the body. That means you get well!”
–Dr. Jerry Tennant
In the mid-1990s Dr. Jerry Tennant was one of the top three ophthalmic surgeons in the world. Then, in a matter of months, his career was ended by a mystery ailment that left him disabled and barely clinging to life. A pioneer in lasik surgery, Dr. Tennant was responsible for most of the research done on the excimer laser for VISX. He also performed over 1,000 lasik operations in the United States and about 2,000 cases abroad. These surgeries actually contributed to his decline in health. In the early days of lasik operations, it was believed that ordinary surgical masks were sufficient to protect doctors from contamination. Nobody suspected that viruses existing in a patient’s eyes could possibly harm the surgeon.
But each time Dr. Tennant performed a lasik procedure on a patient, the laser would strike the eye and release viruses that drifted upward through his mask and into his nose and brain. In time he developed encephalitis and a bleeding disorder that manifested as spastic movements and an inability to remember even how to write a prescription. Diagnostic tests confirmed he had three viruses in his brain, but no one knew how to treat them. Dr. Tennant’s physicians told him there was nothing that could be done to help him. So, on November 30, 1995, he was forced to retire.
He spent almost seven years in a fog that rarely lifted. Too fatigued to function on any level, Dr. Tennant slept about 16 hours each day. During the two to three hours per day when he could think, he read books or newspapers until, like a light switch, his brain would turn off and he would no longer be able to understand what he was reading. With his waking/thinking time severely limited, Dr. Tennant gradually began to realize that if he was going to get well, it was up to him to find a way since modern American medicine had no answers. So he started reading cellular biology books. As his knowledge grew, so did his belief in the importance of learning how to get a single cell to work correctly. If he could do that, in time, all of his cells would work correctly.
Each of the cellular biology books he read gave passing reference to the fact that cells function in a narrow range of pH, but said little more. Dr. Tennant began to look closely at pH. He came to realize that in addition to acidity and alkalinity, pH measures the voltage in a solution.
Could this be the key he was searching for? Gradually, Dr. Tennant began to understand that cells must have enough voltage to work and that chronic disease is associated with loss of voltage. His next step was to find out how to measure the voltage and keep it at optimal levels.
Following this path, he was finally able to heal himself.
The following information outlines some of Dr. Tennant’s most important discoveries about rebuilding and maintaining good health.
Dr. Tennant’s Principles
The body doesn’t get well by making damaged cells work correctly. It gets well by making new cells that work correctly.
The process of rebuilding a new and healthy you is based on the fact that the body is constantly replacing itself. Your body grows new retinal elements every two days, new skin in six weeks, a new liver in eight weeks, new nerve cells in a period of months. As each new cell is built, the body seeks proper building materials from which to construct the cell. If the body cannot find good, healthy materials, it will use whatever is available.
To make new cells, the body must have raw materials (nutrition) and sufficient cellular energy to use the materials. If any of these are lacking, pharmaceuticals and/or surgeries will not help.
Human cells are designed to run at about -20 milli-volts (or pH of 7.35). The body has the ability to heal itself of many ailments if it is supplied with sound nutrition and proper cellular energy
How Do Healthy Cells Work?
Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells. While they are all specialized according to the work they do, they all have the same basic structures.
On the outside is a flexible membrane that encloses and protects the cell’s contents.
It also regulates what moves into and out of the cell and maintains the cell’s electric potential, which is essential to its ability to do the work required. Inside the cell are at least one nucleus and some cytoplasm, a jellylike substance that consists mostly of water and dissolved proteins.
The nucleus acts as a control center for the cell, while the cytoplasm is home to many different structures called organelles (little organs).
Each of the organelles plays a different role. The ones we are most concerned with are the mitochondria, which function as the power stations of the cell.
The number of mitochondria varies for different types of cells, but under optimal circumstances up to hundreds of mitochondria can exist in a single cell.
Because cells need energy for everything they do, the importance of mitochondria cannot be overemphasized.
Cell Membranes, Mitochondria: Capacitors and Rechargeable Batteries
Cell membranes are made up of opposing pairs of phospholipids, a specialized type of fat, and loose proteins.
Each phospholipid molecule has a ball on one end that works as an electron conductor and two legs that work as electron insulators. These conductors and insulators form a capacitor whose purpose is to store electrons. In effect, the membrane functions as a small battery that stores voltage for the cell.
All of the energy generated for the use of a cell occurs within the mitochondria via a type of rechargeable battery system known as ATP/ADP.
ATP exists when the battery is charged and ready for work. As energy is spent, the battery becomes ADP. Recharging takes place as electrons are brought in from the cell membrane and mixed with a small amount of phosphorus.
This process takes place approximately 70 times per day in every cell in the body. If the ATP/ADP system is not functioning properly, cells cannot generate the power they need to keep the body working.
In addition, when the number of mitochondria that are supposed to be functioning in a cell is reduced for any reason, the cell’s ability to provide for its own energy needs is diminished.
- The body moves electrons into cells 3 ways:
- Ionically through the circulatory system/li>
- Through the fibrous sheath surrounding the nerves/li>
- Through the acupuncture (fascial) system
Energize Your Healing Process
Chronic disease is associated with a lack of cellular energy. This is one of the key reasons why traditional Western medicine has been unsuccessful in finding cures for so many of today’s most common health problems.
Pharmaceuticals help only in alleviating some of the symptoms, not in providing genuine long-term cures. In fact, bad reactions to pharmaceuticals are the leading cause of death in the U.S. All drugs have side effects that range anywhere from annoying to life threatening just listen to some of the drug advertisements on television if you want to confirm this.
Physicians have always known that, given time and the right conditions, the body has the ability to cure itself of many—if not, most—diseases. A healthy diet, exercise, and adequate rest go a long way toward curing many problems.
But once a chronic disease has established itself, these basic things may not be enough.
The body may need to increase the amount of energy in its cells so the cells can do the work they were designed to do. With adequate energy, the effects of a healthy diet, exercise, and rest are magnified throughout the body.
So how do we increase the amount of energy available to our cells? We have already given a brief overview of the way power or energy works in a cell. Now let’s take a look at the conditions that enable our “batteries” to work at higher levels of efficiency.
Electrons can be obtained from many sources, including:
- The Tennant Biomodulator®
- Unprocessed foods
- Green leafy vegetables
- Alkaline water
- Dark chocolate
- Working or standing in soil
- Fresh air, wind, etc.
Taking advantage of these resources helps your body to create a pool of electrons.
Because the human body is 75% water, solutions are always in play in our bodies. In fact, much of the transfer of voltage occurs ionically or via fluids. It is important to realize that fluid solutions can either carry additional electrons, making them electron donors, or remove electrons, making them electron stealers. Remember, electrons are necessary for cells to perform their work. Removing electrons is counterproductive. In fact, free radicals are molecules that are missing electrons and looking to steal them from other molecules. This makes them unstable and dangerous. Free radicals create cellular chaos that can lead to a vast array of problems.
On the other hand, antioxidants are electron donors. That’s why antioxidant foods are so important for good health. When a mother tells her children to eat their broccoli, she is actually telling them to consume antioxidants or electron donors. We can learn whether a solution is an electron donor or an electron stealer by measuring its pH. If a solution is alkaline, it is an electron donor.
If it is acidic, it is an electron stealer. The pH scale measures how acidic or alkaline a solution is. It ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being considered neutral. As you move down the scale from 7, you get a solution that is increasingly acidic (6 is acidic, 5 is even more acidic, etc.). Moving up the scale from 8 to 14 represents increasing alkalinity (8 is alkaline, 9 is more alkaline than 8, etc.). Science has long known that healthy people have an alkaline pH and that, in fact, the human body operates best when the pH is approximately 7.2 to 7.35. Chronic disease and pain are almost always
associated with an acidic pH.
In addition to acidity and alkalinity, pH also refers to voltage, but the scale in this case ranges from –400 to +400 millivolts, with 0 in the middle. Moving down the scale from 0 into the negative range indicates increasing levels of health, while moving up the scale into the positive range indicates increasing dysfunction. Healthy adults normally measure –20 millivolts (mv) of energy, which translates to a pH of 7.35. Children, young adults, and athletes commonly measure –30 mv of energy. Problems occur when a body’s voltage drops below the necessary operating level of –20 mv. Thus, at -15 mv, a person is tired. At -10 mv, he/she is sick. At -5 mv organs are no longer able to function properly. Problems resulting from continued drops in voltage include chronic pain, a decrease in oxygen levels, and infections. (Note: Infections continue to increase damage by feeding on healthy cells.) Remember, moving up this scale into the positive range increases vulnerability to illness. At +30 mv, the cellular electrical system malfunctions, reversing cellular polarity (the way electricity is conducted through cells). Damage also occurs to DNA, and cancer is able to gain a foothold in the body and grow.
Oxygen and Voltage
Without oxygen, the body—and all of its cells—can’t work. As oxygen levels decrease, so does health. In 1966 Otto Warburg, one of the twentieth century’s leading cell biologists, received a Nobel Prize for discovering that cancer cannot grow when normal oxygen levels are present. The amount of oxygen in cells is determined by voltage. If a cell has adequate voltage, it will also have adequate oxygen. If cellular voltage is low, the amount of oxygen in the tissues will be low. This applies to metabolism as well. When voltage and oxygen are low, metabolism becomes anaerobic, which means that oxygen is unavailable. Anaerobic metabolism is very inefficient.
The Bohr Effect and Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments The Bohr Effect states that the amount of oxygen that will dissolve in a solution is dictated by the amount of voltage in the solution. Remember, the human body is 75 percent water, which means this is a key fact for health. As voltage drops, less oxygen can be dissolved into cells. In some cases, hyperbaric oxygen treatments are used to increase oxygen levels in tissues. As oxygen levels rise, so does voltage. When voltage is normal, oxygen can enter cells automatically as needed.
Why Do Cells Lose ATP/ADP Power?
The most common reasons for a loss of ATP/ADP power include the cell membrane losing its ability to store electrons and/or a depletion of the number of functioning mitochondria. These conditions can be brought about by:
1. Consuming trans or “plastic” fats, which destroy the cell membrane
2. Hypothyroidism, which reduces the number of mitochondria in cells
3. Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium
4. Dental infections from decay in teeth, root canals, and in jaw bones