Cell Membranes in Health
Cordell E Logan
If the cell membrane is not functioning properly, nutrients cannot get into and out of the cell. This is true whether the nutrients come from our food, drinks, or if done intravenously.
Essential fatty acids and electrolytes are very important in cell membrane activity. Not only that, but the cell membrane is very sensitive to toxins. This is especially true for toxins that affect the nervous system. These are called neurotoxins. Many environmental chemicals are in this group, such as pesticides, herbicides, industrial pollutants, and even results of a poor diet. Neurotoxins are compounds that are lipid soluble. Their pore size is the same as that for water, thus neurotoxins can move across a gradient into our cells. The general health condition has been called Neurotoxic Membrane Syndrome (NMS).
Neurotoxins can migrate into the nucleus and damage genes. Heavy metals are lipid soluble and can make the removal of toxins even more difficult.
The patient population affected include those with CFIDS, fibromyalgia, MS, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, depression, Lyme disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, pulmonary hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, mold problems, chemical exposure, optic neuritis, infertility, rheumatoid disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Toxic Building Syndrome, diabetes (without family history), heavy metal toxicity, children’s nerve-related conditions (ADD etc.) and other related conditions.
Treatment may include balanced essential fatty acids, electrolytes, phosphatidylcholine, glutathione and related amino acids, and common sense diets. The 21-Day Purification and Detoxification Program from Standard Process would be a fine way to start for many people. Sometime intravenous therapy may be needed.
A novel method for diagnosis has been developed that involves vision. It has been found that the optic nerve and retina are very sensitive to toxins (subject to sluggishness etc.) thus by using a specific visual contrast test, we can learn about how the cell membranes may be functioning. This test is not a test for visual acuity. The test is called the visual contrast sensitivity test (VCS). The VCS test measures the least amount of luminance difference (contrast) between adjacent areas that is necessary for an observer to detect a visual pattern. It measures neurological function and not physiological function (as would a standard vision test). It aids in the examining of neurological dysfunctions associated with glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular disease. Once initially done, it can be repeated on follow-ups to see how the person is doing with therapy. The eye system has a very high concentration of nerves and is sensitive to body functions. As part of on-going research the VCS test may be correlated with iridology, thus both can be done.