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Biological Terrain Assessment
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Biological Terrain Assessment (BTA) is a computerized analysis of blood,
urine and saliva specimens used to recommend nutritional programs, vitamin
and mineral supplements, homeopathic products, and/or herbs. Proponents
claim that BTA gives evidence of disease at cellular level which enables
one to detect and correct any imbalance before a condition becomes pathological
and requires more invasive medical procedures. The Grieshaber
Group, of Schiltach, Germany, which markets the BTA system, states that
it is useful for diagnosing immune-system diseases; allergies and auto-immune
diseases; metabolic diseases; environmental/toxicological diseases; heart/circulatory
diseases; nervous-system diseases (CFS, MS); chronic diseases and chronic/toxic
diseases of the digestive organs; degenerative diseases of the skeletal
system; and viral and bacterial infectious inflammatory diseases. Proponents
attribute BTA's present status to Robert Greenberg, D.C., of Payson, Arizona,
who is said to have extended the work of Professor Janos Kameney of Budapest
and French hydrologist Professor Claude Vincent.
Biological Technologies International
of Manchester, Massachusetts, a company founded by Greenberg, markets the
BTA S-2000 and sponsors seminars for chiropractors and other offbeat practitioners.
The company promises to "provide the most advanced instruments and
technologies in the world to support predictive and preventative healthcare."
 The list price of the device is $13,129, with various lease options
available. Company literature states that Greenberg designed the device
in 1994 . and that the average practitioner using it charges $150 per
test and does 20 to 25 tests per week, thus generating $153,000 to $192,000
per year for the tests alone . According to Greenberg:
- Biological Terrain practitioners clinically monitor the entire internal
biochemical environment of the body. The goal is to gain a deeper understanding
of the in-depth elements within the patients chemistry and prescribe the
exact forms of treatment to help the patients regain and maintain a healthy
internal biochemical environment. Doing so at a chemical level can then,
in time, translate vitality and health to every cell, tissue, organ and
gland within the patients body.
- The specimens of blood, urine, and saliva are analyzed by a device
called a BTA S-2000, which determines the pH, resistivity, and redox values
of each of these fluids.
- These factors are the indicators of the nature and processes of the
individual's unique biochemistry, including the current status and activities
of its enzymes, amino acids and other vital building blocks of life.
- The pH of these fluids can indicate whether the patient's system is
too acidic or too alkaline, whether enzymatic activity in the body is occurring
properly and if digestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals and nutrients
are occurring adequately. It can also alert the health-care provider of
the presence of damaging environmental or industrial contaminants, substances
that can prove very damaging to the body's delicate chemistry.
- The oxidation-reduction values indicate the state of oxygen in the
individual's system. Because of the effects of stress, poor air and food
quality, and the lack of aerobic exercise typical of most Americans, these
values are generally much lower than they should be to sustain a healthy
body. If these values remain low for extended periods of time, the body
becomes more susceptible to illness, disease, degeneration and premature
- The three redox values that are obtained and studied give the practitioner
important information about the electron potential and movement within
the body. Such information alerts the health provider of the degree of
oxidative damage as well as the potential of vital and life-sustaining
- The nine values are then analyzed and plotted by the instrument's computer
software onto a report that contains graphs
and charts. The data are then assessed by the practitioner and used
as a teaching guide to share with the patient.
- Although the testing procedure does not diagnose any specific pathology
or disease states, it does serve as an analytical guide post that tremendously
aids in the overall evaluation of the patient.
- Most Biological Terrain practitioners also incorporate many other forms
of objective and subjective examinations and evaluations that, coupled
with BTA S-2000 data, provide a deeper understanding of the biochemistry
that is being affected or compromised.
- This, in turn, enables the practitioner to formulate a very accurate
diagnosis and precise treatment protocol.
I believe that the above rationale is nonsensical and that Biological
Terrain Analysis has no legitimate diagnostic value.
- 1. Biological Technologies Industries. Promotional folder distributed
- 2. Biological Technologies Industries. The 10 most frequently asked
questions about Biological Terrain Assessment and the BTA S-2000. Undates
flyer, distributed in 1998.
- 3. Biological Technologies Industries. If you seek meaningful results
for your patient and a revenue generator for you practice consider the
benefits of owning the BTA S-2000 for only $249.95 per month. Undated flyer,
distributed in 1998.
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