You’re only as young as you feel, right? Who hasn’t had times when they felt younger than their years – or older than their birthday says they should? Chronological age and mental age don’t always match.
There can also be a gap between chronological age and biological age. A measure of changes in an organism’s life processes, “bio-age” reflects the physical aspects of aging and is sometimes referred to as one’s “real age.” It doesn’t necessarily correlate with subjective experience: You can still “feel young” while having a biological age greater than the years you’ve actually lived.
But how to measure it? A recent news item focuses on one potential technique:
UCLA geneticists now can use saliva to reveal how old you are.
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“Our approach supplies one answer to the enduring quest for reliable markers of aging,” said principal investigator Dr. Eric Vilain, a professor of human genetics, pediatrics and urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “With just a saliva sample, we can accurately predict a person’s age without knowing anything else about them.”
Vilain and his colleagues looked at a process called methylation, a chemical modification of one of the four building blocks that make up our DNA.
“While genes partly shape how our body ages, environmental influences also can change our DNA as we age,” Vilain said. “Methylation patterns shift as we grow older and contribute to aging-related disease.”
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In a minority of the population, methylation does not correlate with chronological age. Using the data they are gathering on this population, scientists may one day be able to calculate a person’s “bio-age,” the measurement of a person’s biological age versus their chronological age.
Yet a means of measuring bio-age has existed for over 50 years: Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA) [PDF].
Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA) was invented by professor of hydrology Prof Louis-Claude Vincent, whose Bioelectronimètre was first used in France in 1946. His method forces one to take a contextual, broad-spectrum view beyond any chronic symptomatology a patient presents. Vincent found that the defining triad of pH, rH2 (oxidation-reduction potential at the given pH) and Ohms resistance was as equally appropriate to human health as he had found it to be to testing water quality.
Vincent’s research in France – where he established his reference bandwidths – struck a chord with eminent doctors in Germany like Dr.phil. Dr.med. Bach, Dr.med. Reinhold Voll valued technique in Germany used by medical physicians, dentists, veterinary surgeons, pharmacists and naturopathic physicians alike. Since, Vincent’s technique has been adopted in many countries around the world most notably in the USA.
In essence, BTA offers a snapshot of a person’s biological terrain – the body’s internal environment, which largely determines whether and how a person becomes ill. An infectious disease, for instance, isn’t caused by the pathogenic microbe itself but the condition of the environment it enters. How the microbe acts is a response to that environment, to the terrain. When the terrain is healthy, the body is able to fend off the assault. Disease and dysfunction progress when it’s polluted and disordered. (See “How We Know How You Get Sick: Developments in Biological Dental Medicine.”)
The BTA process itself is simple, quick and noninvasive. Saliva and urine samples are taken from the patient, and Vincent’s three bio-markers – pH, rH2 and R – are measured and analyzed by computer. The results show which biological systems are in good shape and which are vulnerable, weakened or compromised. With this understanding, a naturopath, biological dentist or other qualified health professional can provide bioenergetically specific therapies to improve the terrain and thereby support the body’s innate ability to self-heal. The bio-age calculation serves as a kind of shorthand for the findings as a whole.
And that shorthand can be eye-opening, even shocking. Here’s what one of our clients – a woman living with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) who had contacted us about the role mercury fillings might be playing in her health problems – had to say about her experience with BTA:
The BTA indicated that my “biological age” was older than my actual chronological age, and that stunned me, and depressed me. I snapped out of it when [my husband] Roland remarked that we knew something was wrong with me, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when a test indicated that my body was stressed.
I think it took two or three months before I got back to Dr. V about proceeding with a treatment that he had outlined….Although I was completely, completely skeptical about the efficacy of homeopathics, some of the rest of the regimen made sense – not a scatter-shot approach but a systematic one that started out quite gently and more generally, and then became more targeted to particular issues. So, after some thought, and the decision that I was signing on to this plan,…willing to take all the stuff that Dr. Verigin recommended, I started in.
The result? Profound, life-changing improvement, which you can read about here. Nearly a year after she let us share her story with our newsletter subscribers, Kathy reports continued progress toward her goal of becoming well enough to have her mercury fillings replaced with biocompatible restorations.
To learn more about BTA, we strongly encourage you to read “An Introduction to the Biological Terrain” (PDF) – one of the best and most comprehensive articles we’ve seen on the protocol – as well as this article on Classical BTA Review.