John W. Apsley, MD(E), ND, DC, Cert.Ac.
Author, Instructor, Clinician, Researcher
Co-Founder of ICRM
Going into the summer of 1976 John had qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200m butterfly when he suddenly lost his health. Under full athletic scholarship at Michigan State University (MSU), John was provided the best healthcare from MSU’s two medical colleges, one allopathic the other osteopathic, but to no avail.
Soon thereafter he traveled to Findhorn, Scotland, where he consumed his first true regenerative nourishment in the form of a Findhorn garden-grown tomato. From that profound moment of mind/body bioenergetic exhilaration and euphoria, he began to understand precisely why and how the long-living peoples attain superior longevity and live virtually disease-free. As a direct result of his continuing health crises now tied to his profound experience at Findhorn, John began training in eclectic, integrative and naturopathic medicine by first attending multiple lectures and 21-Day workshop intensives under the late John R. Christopher, ND. From that early start in his training, this led him to become a licensed naturopathic physician in North Carolina in 1988, which he maintains to the present.
One fascinating story about Dr. Christopher - Dr. Christopher had two favorite herbs he constantly loved to talk about. These two herbs were regularly included in formulas that led to some of his most memorable curative events. Lobelia was one of these two, which he called the "thinking" herb. His other favorite herb was Capsicum spp. It was this second herb that made the most profound impact on Dr. Apsley's future practice because it helped save three patients' lives.
Dr. Christopher related that Capsicum could thwart the life-threatening aspects that result from acute myocardial infarct (MI). He gave case reviews telling of several of his patients over the years who presented with MI. Before he sent them off to the emergency room, he reported that by giving them 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of sublingual high BTU (HU) Capsicum, these patients almost immediately experienced an easing to their symptoms. Their chest pressure eased, their breathing became more relaxed and their anxiety lessened. He reported that if the patient was truly experiencing MI, the sub-
lingual Capsicum would actually not taste hot at all, but rather sweet - likely due to the return of oxygenation to the numbed taste buds. In essence, we students deduced that as the sublingual Capsicum was retained under the tongue, vasodilation would likely proceed swiftly down into the coronary arteries, unblocking the critical blood flow into the heart. He went on to explain more about this phenomenon. He reviewed for us that unlike nitroglycerin, which stops angina but does not work in acute MI, that nevertheless Capsicum could sufficiently correct the blood flow into the coronary arteries to rescue the MI patient. One study on isolated human arteries (Gupta S, et al. Pharmacological Characterisation of Capsaicin-Induced Relaxations in Human and Porcine Isolated Arteries. Nuanyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2007;375:29-38) and a more recent in vivo murine study appears to support our conjecture as well (Hopps JJ, et al. Vasorelaxation to Capsaicin and its Effects on Calcium Influx in Arteries. Euro J Pharmacol. 2012 Apr;681(1-3):88-93). Whatever the actual mechanism, Dr. Christopher swore by this technique.
Such empirical case reports provided to us by Dr. Christopher remained quite memorable to the future Dr. Apsley, and as a direct result during the course of his career, Dr. Apsley found himself reaching for high HU Capsicum on three separate occasions in patients presenting with acute MI. In all cases, after the ambulances had been called, the sublingual Capsicum treatment worked almost instantly. All three patients were not only able to get to the hospital already feeling relief but their respective follow-up care was uneventful - all three survived for many years afterward. So, thank you so much dear Dr. Christopher!
Also during these early years, John underwent more eclectic/integrative training in a variety of health disciplines.
In the late 1970s, John trained directly under the late John E. Upledger, DO, attending his years-long Cranial Therapy course. Dr. Upledger had invited two co-instructors to help launch his course, both osteopathic physicians from France. They were both outstanding in their proficiency in hand diagnosis. In one unforgettable session, Dr. Upledger affixed an electron-microvolt meter sensor onto the palmar surface of the hand of one of the French osteopaths. They were blind to the readings from the electron-microvolt meter as it graphed out its findings. With the sensor held 12 inches away from direct skin contact with the patient, this device could easily determine where in the body a lesion or diseased foci presented. We must remind ourselves that inflammation starts as a flow of excessive electrons in the body.
At the exact moment the electron-microvolt meter spiked over a diseased area, the blinded French osteopath would declare that specific body area had acute or chronic issues. Their technique could even determine the date-of-onset to the diseased area. Then the technique was taught to the osteopathic class as a whole. During these exercises, hand-to-hand energy building was practiced (first between one's own two hands, then in tandem with a class member's). Feeling increased heat and sensing subtle pressure variances were the objective, confirmed by way of the electron-microvolt meter. From there, students with hands placed onto the posterior cranium practiced: (A) sensing the energy to the patient's "cranial pulse," a subtle surge and rhythm of expansion and contraction at the point of hand placement, the (B) sensing of cranial pulse energy blockages throughout the entire patient’s body, especially down the dural tube, and then (C) clearing and re-synching the cranial pulses' energy blockages through projecting outward energy from their hands. This is how John first trained in Cranial Therapy. Dr. Upledger’s technique was always administered with gentle, light touch, never firm or penetrating manipulation pressure.
More in-depth Cranial Therapy training was provided to John from 1977 to 1980 directly under the late William P. Cottrille, DO in Jackson, MI. Dr. Cottrille was trained directly under William G. Sunderland, DO, the first osteopathic physician to systematize the teaching of Cranial Therapy. The differences between Dr. Upledger’s Cranial Therapy technique and Dr. Cottrille’s Sunderland Cranial Therapy technique could not be more striking. For example, by very firm and penetrating manipulation pressure applied to the occiput, Dr. Cottrille could change the patient’s perception of colors in the room, which would be immediately followed by a profound relaxation release often instantly alleviating pain anywhere in the body. His hands would always grow intensely warm as he performed his cranial corrections against the head. His hand warmth penetrated deeply into my cranium during his sessions. Dr. Cottrille’s technique would take approximately 5 minutes, whereas Dr. Upledger’s technique would take much longer to complete. With either Cranial Therapy technique, best results with better lasting effects would always occur if given after a head-to-toe osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) session.
Additionally, in the late 1970s, John received his first clinical training in the multi-quarter acupuncture courses under Dr. Upledger again taught at MSU. Dr. Upledger was an amazing acupuncturist. He related in his earliest years of practicing acupuncture a most amazing story - a testament to the power of precision needle puncture. While serving the night shift as the attending alongside a resident he was supervising, they became tied to a terminal, comatose congestive heart failure (CHF) case. They were unhappy because they both yearned to play golf later that very day and this comatose patient required their direct supervision. This led Dr. Upledger to stimulate on the comatose patient Li-4, an acupoint located in the dorsal web of the hand between the thumb and forefinger. What happened next was nothing short of mind-blowing. After a few minutes, the catheterized patient started voiding non-stop copious amounts of urine. Within the hour, the patient popped out of his enduring coma and returned to full consciousness and health! They had cured a CHF patient by rebalancing a meridian's energy flow into the favor of the patient's kidneys. Imagine, from death's door to full recovery in 60 minutes - not a story one ever forgets.
From 1981 forward, John trained and was certified as a computerized electro-dermal screening (CEDS) specialist, having initiated this specialized clinical training directly under Seneca Anderson, L.Ac., ND, OMD. At that time, Dr. Anderson was one of the first U.S. practitioners of Electro-Acupuncture according to Voll (EAV). He later became certified as an instructor in CEDS. EAV/CEDS effectively bridged homeopathic medicine to meridian therapy for the first time in history. The most difficult and hidden diagnoses and precise homeopathic treatments could be determined from this newly emerged ancient-to-modern East-West therapeutic methodology.
Next, John undertook studies at Life Chiropractic College and graduated in 1984 with honors. During his time at Life, he also underwent 2000 hours of advanced training and certification in Applied Kinesiology (1982-84) directly under the late Daniel Duffy, DC, DIBAK and George Goodheart, DC, DIBAK the founder of Applied Kinesiology. He also completed certification in physiological therapeutics (Brenau University), venipuncture and phlebotomy. Subsequently, Dr. Apsley interned for a full year (1984-85) under the mentorship of John Bandy, DC, DIBAK, the nation’s top expert in Clinical Kinesiology, in Blowing Rock, NC. About this time, Dr. Apsley also earned his Diplomate certification in Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (Dipl. B.E.S.T.) under Ted Morter, DC.
The special focusing of hand-mind sensitivities acquired in the special trainings initiated by Drs. Upledger and Cottrille, then later by Dr. Sunderlage, then under Dr. Bandy, and finally by Dr. Morter, gave Dr. Apsley a very special appreciation for and insights into Qi Gong applications in manual diagnostics and manual medicine.
In years prior, John had been fortunate enough to meet with the renowned healer Matthew Manning from the UK. Mr. Manning had undergone double-blind studies showing he was able to melt cancer cells between his two hands (shielded from direct contact via glass) under tightly controlled experiments at a major hospital in the UK. John had the opportunity to ask, and receive, a few precious moments with Mr. Manning during which Mr. Manning took hold of John's wrists to exchange a moment of energy with his hands. John's intention was simply to "feel" the energy signature coming off of Mr. Manning's hands in a manner similar to John's original practice of exchanging hand energy with osteopathic students at MSU.
These moments were all eventful and led to many important empirical healing events and discoveries John participated in over the years. For example, most recently Dr. Apsley has been perfecting a hands-on healing technique called lactate stripping with a group of highly skilled LMTs. Lactate stripping is deep sweeping, stroking and flushing of the extremities toward the liver while the patient breathes in pure oxygen. In this way, both oxygen and energy resurges into the deepest tissues even in the most difficult cases, such as the terminally ill. Consistently, there is an immediate restoration of vigor and a profound sense of all-permeating well-being. Oftentimes this technique in a single treatment or two eliminates chronic intractable fatigue within 60 minutes. And with a select nutrient protocol, even the worst fibromyalgia cases may rapidly resolve over a short course of lactate stripping.
Dr. Apsley then went on to earn his medical degree - MD(E) – in late 1986 at BWIMC, a Caribbean-based medical college. He was most fortunate to become enrolled in such a rare medical college specializing in eclectic/integrative medicine. BWIMC’s intensive 3500-hour curriculum included in-depth academic and clinical training in naturopathic, homeopathic, allopathic and nutritional medicine. A 12-month medical residency was required which he completed in environmental medicine under Charles E. Wiley, MD, a specialist in chronic allergy-related diseases. Finally, to graduate he was required to write and defend his 10,000-word thesis covering the Human Constitution (mind/body/personality links to generational disease tendencies).
Several years later, during 1992 to gain formal licensure in acupuncture, Dr. Apsley completed an accredited certification course under the late Jon A. Sunderlage, DC, Dipl. Ac., at Logan College. Dr. Sunderlage’s specialty was regenerative electro-acupuncture. He provided his classes with a plethora of cases showing how electro-acupuncture was able to grow back the distal digits of fingers even in adult humans. Another case he presented was how his electro-acupuncture technique reconstructed and brought into function bilateral congenital underdeveloped infant eyeballs. Such regeneration was realized when the electro-acupuncture was applied daily for 20 minutes, five days a week, sometimes up to a full year. Incredibly, it worked as confirmed by his pre- and post-photographic records.
During this time-frame (1992-1995) recalling the past influence of Drs. Upledger and Sunderlage, Dr. Apsley developed and pioneered an enhanced regenerative electro-acupuncture technique that induced accelerated healing by way of precisely timing: (A) the microcurrent meridian stimulation treatment to the (B) natural biorhythm of the tonification/sedation cycle intrinsic to acupoint Qi flow. This not only reduced the time needed to bring about optimal patient regenerative healing but reduced the number of treatment days from 5 per week to just 3 or 2 per week.
At this same period in his career, Dr. Apsley merged what he had learned from both cranial as well as meridian therapy into a Rapid Response Cranial Therapy (RRCT) methodology. RRCT is a technique that: (A) rapidly screens for the precise cranial fault a patient has, then (B) determines the means to correct that cranial fault quickly, and (C) finally re-screens immediately to 'confirm' complete correction. With these three steps of RRCT, the cranial fault rarely returns unless there is a subsequent re-injury. The technique innovatively involves stimulating blocked alarm (Front Mu/Horay) points - or more rarely K-27 and/or blocked gait acupoints - during the cranial therapy treatment. By using this method alongside appropriate desensitization techniques, ingrained emotional shock blockages to the system would in many cases be eliminated even in the most difficult cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In 1992, Dr. Apsley was appointed with honors by the Chiropractic Society of Alabama as Voting Representative to the annual Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA) participating in forming the Mercer document initiating nation-wide chiropractic ‘evidence-based’ standards. In 1994-1995 he was certified by John Mazion, DC, as both a spinal disability evaluator (CSDE) and an Insurance Claims Reviewer (ICR) under the auspices of Parker College of Chiropractic and the Alabama Chiropractic Council.
In 2001 Dr. Apsley joined the practice of Eric Rentz, DO, MS, in Hollywood, Florida, with the intention to perfect anti-aging methodology suitable for healthy +65-year-old patients currently on maintenance. Dr. Rentz is one of the top OMT specialists in the world and at that time had a large practice of health-stable +65-year-old patients on maintenance programs. Using EAV/CEDS to screen all candidates for the anti-aging protocol, Dr. Apsley consistently discovered that all of these supposedly healthy +65-year-old patients suffered from an array of subclinical infections. Trying to remove these infections prior to implementing anti-aging measures proved difficult until a novel highly bioactive (oligodynamic, meaning tiny particles with great surface energy power) sub-nanometer (~7 Ångstrom) triple 9 (0.999) pure silver hydrosol (silver particles in water only) agent was brought to his attention (by one of Dr. Rentz's patients). Fascinatingly, this agent consistently tested up to correct these subclinical infections via the EAV system. Then in confirmation, soon after taking the bioactive silver hydrosol, all patients screened with prior subclinical infections via EAV returned to normal, germ-free readings after just 7 days of administration. At this point, both Drs. Rentz and Apsley began using this novel bioactive silver hydrosol in earnest, finding it to be highly reliable in almost every case. This was consistently the case so long as creative administration techniques were employed to properly deliver the medicinal silver to the foci. Drs. Rentz and Apsley soon became clinically proficient in the field of nanoscale metals in medicine.
For example, in one case, an 83-year-old grandfather presented with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. As this patient started to respond to Dr. Rentz's comprehensive program, he suffered a setback due to a nosocomial MDR staph infection acquired during the surgical insertion of a ductal stent. He did not respond even to the strongest antibiotics and started a dire tail-spin. He immediately returned to us looking for help, and I put him on rectal implants using a small amount of the bioactive silver. Within 48 hours the patient experienced major relief, and within 96 hours he was totally back to playing tennis. But on the fifth day, he broke out into a nasty, painful and extensive shingles rash (the 7cm in diameter shingle lesions were directly anterior and posterior to his pancreas), which suggested that the virus may have been the actual underlying etiology to his pancreatic cancer. Dr. Rentz was soon able to eliminate his skin rash and pain with a unique laser magnetic field, and the 83-year-old patient responded perfectly to the rectal bioactive silver hydrosol administration. It is well-known that rectal administration of medicinal agents will travel up the rectal vein and saturate the upper G.I. Liver, Pancreas and Gallbladder regions within 12 to 20 minutes. After two more weeks of these daily rectal implants, this 83-year-old became symptom-free and went on to live and resume playing tennis many years thereafter. The case was eventually published in Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients.
Soon after (2006-2008), Dr. Apsley served as Executive Director of Immunogenic Research Foundation (IMREF), a research institute dedicated to the study and education of metals in medicine, especially nanoscale silver and copper. Executive Board members included Debra Mash, PharmD, Chair of the University of Miami's Department of Pharmacology, and Brian Clement, PhD, head of the Hippocrates Health Institute. IMREF's accomplished Medical Advisory board members included many dear friends such as Jonathan Wright, MD, Virginia Osborne, NMD, Kent Holtorf, MD, Thomas Lodi, MD, Dana Flavin, MD, MS, and Steve Hines, ND, among many others. While serving as IMREF's Executive Director, Dr. Apsley lectured widely, with major presentations focused on infectious co-factors in neoplastic disease and autism. He was a featured speaker at the 2006 5th China International Silver Conference hosted in Guangzhou Province, Panyu, China, then later in Paris, France (2007-First Paris Symposium On Overcoming Advanced Cancer), and then back in Los Angeles, CA (2007-First Symposium on Lyme Induced Autism).
One most exciting accomplishment of IMREF is when it teamed up in 2007 with the attending physician at Portland, OR, National College of Naturopathic Medicine's clinic hospital (now National University of Natural Medicine - NUNM) to treat a pilot case of HIV with silver. The slow drip methodology over many hours made history by becoming the first protocol to ever treat HIV with nanosilver hydrosol clusters. The results were most promising and upon careful review, suggested combining lymph-targeted ozone therapy (to recharge the oligodynamics of the silver particles) could become a promising highly efficacious and safe anti-HIV methodology.
In 2012 soon after writing an 800 peer-reviewed referenced text on the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, he was appointed to the scientific medical advisory board of Radiation And Public Health (RPHP see: Radiation.org), a prestigious long-standing non-profit research organization dedicated to educating the public about the hidden lethal dangers in the use of commercial nuclear power. Much research went into the writing of the book which provided documented protocols for regenerating tissues exposed to ionizing radiation. The book was subsequently published in Chinese by a major Taiwanese publisher.
Most recently he presented CME certified lectures at the A4M Annual World Congresses in Las Vegas (2017) on the Medicine of Energy, and in Hollywood, FL (2018) on Brain Function Regeneration.
For over 35 years, Dr. Apsley has researched, practiced and taught integrative regenerative medicine based on the "Four Pillars" of the Long-Living. His Four Pillars (Daily Detoxification, Maximal Oxygenation, Regenerative Nourishment and Mind/Body Bioenergetics) documents and establishes the means by which the Long-Living perfect their Regenerative Effect within through their daily lifestyle. Coincidentally, the Five Point Model System of regenerative medicine founded by the renowned Sangeeta Pati, MD, FACOG, encompasses perfectly these Four Pillars. Through an introduction made by the late Daniel Clark, MD, Dr. Apsley was invited by Dr. Pati to conduct one of his Regenerative Lifestyles' seminars at the SaJune Institute of Restorative and Regenerative Medicine in 2016. The renown Sharry Edwards (the pioneer in Human Bioacoustic Biology) joined our meeting and demonstrated to all in attendance how bioacoustics was an invaluable frequency-based regenerative technique to the 5 Point Model. It was at that time both Dr. Apsley and Dr. Pati realized the exciting parallelism and unprecedented synergy to the principles of the Four Pillars to the 5 Point Model system, and the roles EMF and frequency medicine would portent for the future.
Dr. Apsley is the author of six books, including The Regeneration Effect, Volumes 1 & 2 (1995 & 1996); Fukushima Meltdown & Modern Radiation (2011-English version & 2017-Chinese version); and most recently Integrative Regenerative Medicine, Colloidal Regenerative Factors (cRFs™) And The Regeneration Effect, Volume V (2014), a work first reviewed in 1991 and subsequently endorsed by both George Goodheart, DC, DIBAK and Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, the founder of Functional Medicine. His first book, The Regeneration Effect (1995), provided in a nut-shell the principles of the Four Pillars for the first time and became a best-seller (40,000 copies sold in just 4 months).
As a national figure, Dr. Apsley has been frequently interviewed over dozens of syndicated North American and EU radio shows popular to millions of listeners, including Coast-To-Coast AM Radio; The Power Hour; The Robert Scott Bell Show; Richard Syrett’s The Conspiracy Show; Irish Side of the Road; and Forum Borealis. Dr. Apsley’s special topics for these shows include: (1) how the Long-Living peoples live long virtually free from disease, (2) how the immune system is able to cure cancer, and (3) the nuts and bolts of “integrative regenerative medicine,” a phrase he coined many years ago.
Throughout North America, Dr. Apsley currently offers physician-to-physician consultations and patient education services in integrative regenerative medicine, which unite by living a Regenerative Lifestyle - in his opinion the only means to regenerate advanced chronic degenerative conditions.
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