The Basis of Mental and Emotional Health

With all the interest in finding answers to mental, emotional and physical health problems, there appears to be only one person who ever discovered the part that carbohydrate and calcium metabolism plays in these issues. This relationship was recognized and expanded upon over 75 years ago by Dr. Carey Reams, when he was led to discover what has become known as the Reams’ Biological Theory of Ionization (RBTI). Reams found that mental, emotional and physical health issues are directly connected to the body’s ability, or lack thereof, to handle the simple and complex carbohydrates that are consumed in the diet.

What he discovered provides vital answers to issues like:

• Why feeling sleepy can cause a strong craving for carbohydrates.

• Why depression can be a result of low blood sugar.

• Why emotional challenges can be complicated by carbohydrate problems.

• Why the majority of marital conflicts can result from carbohydrate problems.

• Why emotional and physical well-being can be directly affected by carbohydrate metabolism.

• Why women can experience more depression than men.

• Why mental health can be an issue of dietary problems.

• Why substance abuse can be result of carbohydrate problems.

Reams found that the only way to truly understand how the human body is handling simple and complex carbohydrates was not from testing the blood for only glucose, as it rapidly changed from moment to moment, rather testing the urine for the varieties of downstream sugars that result from the body’s upstream sugar digestive process. The downstream urine sugars, that result from the blood constantly throwing off varying amount of simple and complex sugars through the kidneys, were a more accurate reflection of how the body was dealing with the full spectrum of dietary carbohydrates.

Dr. Reams found that blood was unreliable, for determining downstream sugars as it is subject to the immediate and sudden changes during the initial moment by moment nutrient uptake during digestion, thus not reflecting the downstream result of the overall dietary metabolism. Dietary metabolism can only be understood from body fluids that reflect the end result of what happened during the totality of the digestive process. Urine was found to be that fluid. Reams stated it this way. “Your system patterns itself to throw out more sugar at times than it does at other times. It does not throw it out equally, consequently I did away with blood glucose tests early on because I couldn’t keep up with them as they changed so fast. I was at a loss to understand what those blood sugars meant when they changed so fast.” Reams learned further, that in monitoring blood glucose changes in an individual over a 24 hour period and comparing that to the total urine sugars, he found the urine sugar reflected the average of the blood glucose levels over that same period.

From his discoveries Dr. Reams found the best way to measure total urine sugars was using a refractometer. He learned that urine sugars range between the extremes of 0 to 13, depending upon the health of the person. The best measure for healthy sugar metabolism was found when the urine refractometer reading was maintained between 1.2 and 2.0 brix, since this is the range where the best levels of blood oxygen are maintained, as well. Since oxygen is key to brain function and mental health, maintaining ideal blood sugar, as determined by measuring urine sugars, is the requisite to optimum brain oxygen and function. Anytime there is either too much or not enough sugar, according to the urine brix reading, there is always too little oxygen to the brain.

Following is a list of the possible symptoms of oxygen deficiency that can be experienced when the urine sugar levels remain below the 1.2 to 2.0 brix range.

• Hypoglycemia, Carbohydrates carving, Depression, Headaches, Fatigue, Substance abuse, Emotionally fragile and unstable, Neurosis, Motion sickness, Morning sickness, Nausea, Falling asleep at the wheel, Forgetfulness, Mental confusion, Suicidal tendencies, Anger management issues, Fainting, Blackouts, Seizures, Subnormal body core temperature

On the other hand, the higher the urine sugar levels move above the 1.2 to 2.0 brix range, the following lists some of the issues that will be encountered due to the exaggerated oxygen deficiency that develops.

• Hyperglycemia, Allergies, Diabetes, Depression, Headaches, Cirrhosis, Low grade fevers, Poor tolerance to warm weather, Fluid retention, Glaucoma, Poor wound healing, Dehydration, Fatigue, Vitamin A deficiency, Subnormal core temperature, Cold hands and feet.

One good illustration, of the relation of carbs to brain function, was presented at the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Minneapolis, MN in 2011. The study demonstrated that the intensity of self-reported craving for carbohydrates increased in a linear relationship with the severity of subjective daytime sleepiness. The odds of having a strong craving for carbs were 50 percent higher among high school seniors with excessive daytime sleepiness.

In addition, the rate of depression was also higher among students who had a strong craving for carbohydrates (34 percent) than among students who had little or no craving for carbs (22 percent). Students experiencing strong depression were almost three times more likely to have a strong craving for carbohydrates.

What this study failed to consider is the intimate connection of carbohydrates to the brain’s oxygen levels. When the blood sugar is not maintained correctly, not only will there be cravings for simple and complex carbs, but the oxygen deficiency, that accompanies the sugar deficiency, will result in abnormal mental behavior that definitely commonly includes depression expressed in various ways.

Since the brain is the master controller and regulator for all of the rest of human body, the brain’s health has a direct affect on the body. Whenever the blood sugar is either deficient or excessive, the brain will not have its optimum oxygen needs supplied.  Without optimum oxygen, there are a host of potential behavioral problems that will manifest beginning with sugar and starch cravings but could progress to depression, substance abuse, anger management issues as well as even black outs or seizures.

Did you realize that statistically women experience more depression than men, but research is still at a loss to understand why? From the above, we know that a major part of the issue is certainly carbohydrate metabolism issues. However, there is another factor that contributes more to depression in women than men and that is calcium deficiency. You see, calcium is required by weight and volume in the nutritional chemistry of the human body more than any other mineral. In addition, women require seven times more calcium in their body chemistry, during child-bearing years than men do. Women generally exhibit symptoms of depression as being sad, crying, not sleeping well, guilt and issues of self-worth, while men’s depression is displayed in being irritable, angry and even abusive.

According to Dr. Reams, calcium is nature’s tranquilizer for both men and women. Combined with maintaining urine sugars between 1.2-2.0 brix, proper calciums in the diet hold the potential for the best mental and physical health. So, presented here is the Reams’ Biological Theory of Ionization perspective for the optimum way to know how to feed and care for your brain and body.

Thanks for considering another RBTI Perspective.

Dr. A. F. Beddoe, D.D.S.

The Ideal “Sugar” For Your Sweet Tooth

Understanding the value of mineral sugars in foods — based on the principles of Dr. Carey Reams applied to the farm and garden

The most important ingredient for the best physical health is natural clean food that contains the highest possible level of nutrients. But how do we tell if we are consuming this type of food? First, the food must come from plants grown under conditions that will allow the least contact with toxic substances from air, water or soil. In other words, have the best natural or “organic” principles of clean growing been followed? Second, the food must come from plants that have been grown in such a way as to insure the greatest amount of natural mineral sugars accumulated in the plant’s cells.

With more and more being written about organic concepts of food production today those interested in healthy foods incorrectly tend to think that “organically” grown food is the most nutritious food available. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely a believer in food grown in toxic free environments. However, “organic” concepts of food production have definite limitations. It is one thing to grow a clean food, but it is definitely another matter to grow food with the greatest amount of nutrient possible.

So, in order for the reader to gain insight into what makes the highest nutritive food from plants, it will be very important to understand a very basic law of plant chemistry. That law is: The higher the organic mineral and natural oil content, the higher the natural sugar content. What I am saying is that if you want to be aware of the nutrition levels of a plant grown for food — measure their natural sugar content. When you know the natural sugar levels you can become aware of how high the natural nutrition is of that vegetable of fruit.


Nature makes nutrition by making sugar. A plant food deficient of sugar, no matter how organically clean it has been grown, potentially becomes a toxic food. This is because organically grown, as well as synthetically grown for that matter, low sugar foods, contribute to indigestion.

Sugar is a food that is high in heat energy — usually measured as calories — and there is more to that energy than most imagine. Sugar energy is vitally involved in the natural digestive processes, because it is the most important chemical reactor for supplying the heat energy for other enzymes to function properly. Without the heat of sugar, indigestion will result.

The problem is that the sugar cannot function properly in the digestion unless it contains its own full compliment of calcium/mineral factors that developed with it in the plant. As sugar is made in the plant’s natural chemical reactions — part of the photosynthesis process — calcium /mineral nutrients, including natural  oils, are made at the same time. This is why, when plants end up with a poor or deficient sugar content, they are deficient in the corresponding minerals (especially calcium), oils and enzymes. This is also why a person eating mineral deficient food will, at some point, begin to desire extra sugar with their meal to satisfy the digestion’s mineral  energy needs. Have you ever wondered why you crave sugar after some meals? Of course that added sugar, if of the wrong type, will only add to the problem of mineral deficiency because the body then has to depend on releasing its stored mineral to allow the refined sugar to be process properly. Thus, if one were to eat mineral sugar deficient foods they would be eating foods that are potentially toxic no matter how chemically free they are grown. When foods do not digest into usable substances for the body, the body will treat them as any potentially “toxic” substance and try to get rid of them. Here is the reason for most food “allergies.” They are really toxic conditions resulting from indigestion caused by mineral sugar deficient food. So the ultimate answer to food allergies isn’t to quit eating the food, it must be to improve the digestion. A vital part of this solution comes though consuming high nutrient, or more nourishing foods, measured by the natural mineral sugar content.  Remember, organically grown food is toxic food if it is only grown chemically free without paying attention to growing superior sugar content at the same time.


Since the measure of the nutritional quality of fresh produce is the sugar content, obviously then the better the nutrition in the produce the sweeter it will taste. The human sense of taste was designed to lead one to good food. However, humans do not have the sensitive taste for mineral sugar that a cow and many animals like them have. A cow can distinguish as small as one-half of one percent difference in sugar content between two of its available foods. This is why the animals are so often seen stretching over fences looking for greener — sweeter — pastures.

Just as the cow uses sugar content to tell how good the food is, you can learn to distinguish the natural sugar content of different fresh produce. But, you must get personally involved if you want to learn how to distinguish high quality nourishing foods. Besides relying on your taste, the most accurate way to measure the amount of natural mineral sugars is to acquire a device called a hand held refractometer. It is a pocket sized instrument which can be purchased for between $150 and $200 — unless you can borrow one from a friend. If you are interested in purchasing quality produce and want to know if you are getting your moneys worth, this little instrument will give you a distinct advantage. Remember, you will be getting more for your money if you purchase a box of apples for $20, if the sugar content of the apples are 18 brix, rather than 10 brix. Sugar in the fruit juice is a dissolved solid. Therefore, it adds weight to the produce the more there is in it. So a box of apples containing 18 brix fruit, rather than 10 brix fruit, will also weigh more. The refractometer does not lie and it will pay for itself.

The accompanying chart shows the Brix levels for determining if the produce is poor, average, good and excellent quality.


The best way for an individual to get his vitamins and minerals is from food. No, I’m not against the use of vitamins and mineral supplements, but by far the best way to get them is from the food grown in the best of controlled conditions producing clean optimum sugar content foods. This is accomplished the quickest by getting involved with growing a home garden. You don’t have to wait for someone to do it. Instead you begin by accomplishing this for yourself. It is my belief that the home gardener and farmer, growing high quality food, can have more effect on the health of the community or nation than all the medical institutions put together — a vital premise of Dr. Carey Reams, who taught me these principles as well.


Not only will you begin to make a difference in the health of your family, but you will also make a difference in the health of your community. What produce manager, who truly sees his job as a service to the community, would not be interested in knowing how to measure and demand sweeter and better produce. Just see what happens when you use a refractometer in a super market, farmers market or produce stand! It does get peoples attention. And more than that, it gives you the ability to share the knowledge about what top quality produce really means. So go ahead and really feed your “sweet tooth” properly. Natural mineral sugars from the plant — not manufactured sugars — are absolutely vital to life.

Learn how to grow your own nourishing garden produce at home. Get Dr. Beddoe’s special Reams’ Biological Theory of Ionization garden book Nourishment Home Grown.


PLANT           POOR       AVERAGE     GOOD      EXCELLENT

Alfalfa                  4                   8                 16                 22

Apples                 6                   10               14                 18

Asparagus            2                   4                 6                   8

Avocados             4                   6                 8                   10

Bananas               8                   10               12                 14

Beets                    6                   8                 10                 12

Bell Peppers        4                   6                 8                   12

Blueberries           6                   8                 12                 14

Broccoli               6                   8                 10                 12

Cabbage               6                   8                 10                 12

Carrots                 4                   6                 12                 18

Cantaloupe          8                   12               14                 16

Casaba                 8                   10               12                 14

Cauliflower          4                   6                 8                   10

Celery                  4                   6                 10                 12

Cherries               6                   8                 14                 16

Coconut               8                   10               12                 14

Corn Stalks          4                   8                 14                 20

Corn, young         6                   10               18                 24

Cow Peas             4                   6                 10                 12

Kumquat              4                   6                 8                   10

Endive                  4                   6                 8                   10

English Peas         8                   10               12                 14

Escarole               4                   6                 8                   10

Field Peas            8                   10               12                 14

Grains                  6                   10               14                 18

Grapes                 8                   12               16                 20

Grapefruit            6                   10               14                 18

Green Beans        4                   6                 8                   10

Honeydew           8                   10               12                 14

Hot Peppers        4                   6                 8                   10

Kohlrabi               6                   8                 10                 12

Lemons                4                   6                 8                   12

Lettuce                 4                   6                 8                   10

Limes                   4                   6                 8                   12

Mangos                4                   6                 10                 14

Onions                 4                   6                 8                   10

Oranges                6                   10               16                 20

Papayas               6                   10               18                 22

Parsley                 4                   6                 8                   10

Peaches                6                   10               14                 18

Peanuts                4                   6                 8                   10

Pears                    6                   10               12                 14

Pineapple             12                 14               20                 22

Raisins                 60                 70               75                 80

Raspberries          6                   8                 12                 14

Rutabagas            4                   6                 10                 12

Sorghum               6                   10               22                 30

Squash                 6                   8                 12                 14

Strawberries         6                   10               14                 16

Sweet Corn          6                   10               18                 24

Sweet Potato       6                   8                 10                 14

Tomatoes             4                   6                 8                   12

Turnips                4                   6                 8                   10

Watermelon         8                   12               14                 16

NOTE: This article as first published in 2007 and is being posted again here by request.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dr. A.F. Beddoe, D.D.S.


 The Most Misunderstood Bodily Function*

Dr. A.F. Beddoe, DDS

“I have finally come to the konklusion that a good reliable set ov bowels iz worth more to a man than enny quantity of brains.” —Josh Billings**

I was told that I learned the meaning of hot at an early age when I accidentally fell onto an outdoor wood cook stove and caught myself with my hands. Life, many times painful, is a journey of cause and effect and knowledge is usually first acquired by the “school of hard knocks.” Real learning begins when we encounter an unpleasant effect that propels us to seek the cause. Without understanding the cause, we are destined to experience the repeated instruction from a disagreeable, and sometimes destructive, instructor known as pain. Those who refuse to gain knowledge from their mistakes will end up as the Old Testament prophet Hosea predicted, “… destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

So what does this have to do with “dis-ease” prevention and maintaining health? When our bodies are out of harmony, whether physically, mentally or spiritually, we experience a lack of ease—what I refer to as “dis-ease.” Many are seeking the cause for their “dis-ease” but are operating from several key presumptions leading them away from finding accurate knowledge. Presumption is a terrible killer when it comes to maintaining digestive harmony within our bodies. Presumption is assuming something to be true without proof (“lack of knowledge”).

For example, the average American parent presumes that as long as their children get food into their stomachs it will be digested. This is not unusual considering that the basic physiologic understanding of digestion has changed little since it was first described. More intricacies have been added within the general explanation, but nothing significant has changed—digestion is still presumed simply to be a process of mechanical and enzymatic breakdown of foods into smaller and smaller particles until those particles can pass through the intestinal walls into the blood stream. It is presumed that as long as food components can get into the blood it means the body can use them.

Enzymes Not The Right Answer

A second common assumption is that digestive enzymes are the solution to any indigestion or concerns over potential improper digestion. Digestive enzymes are promoted on the same assumption—as long as the food is chemically fractured into small enough parts it will get into the blood and, therefore, be available for the body’s needs.

I entered the word “digestion” into my favorite internet search engine. The result was web site after web site with magic “natural digestive formulas,” “therapeutic formulations,” etc. If you believe the information on these sites, you would have to believe the key to all digestive problems is contained within the nutritional “silver bullets” being sold for a premium price. And though I don’t agree with Josh Billings’ conclusion in the quote above, I do agree that a “good reliable set ov bowels iz” extremely vital, because the brain depends on them.

Frequency & Digestion or “When you know the frequency, you know the diet.”

One of the best-kept secrets about digestion began to be discovered by Dr. Carey Reams in the 1930s. A German professor of agriculture named Northrup shared with Dr. Reams that grapes possess a unique frequency upon which they live and grow. Each atom has its own frequency, which is the oscillatory rate of anions and cations in the structure. Frequency describes the resistance, electrical flow and magnetism within the atom. As atoms of different elements combine, new higher frequencies are formed. The more complex a structure becomes, the higher its frequency. Every structure has its own unique frequency, from the simplest pure element on the Periodic Table to the most complex living structure—man.

This compelled Reams to take advantage of unique research opportunities, such as being asked by local police to determine if ashes from a fi re were human or animal, to understanding the secret of plant feeding, and trying to determine why a small neighbor boy had epileptic seizures. From these and many other subjects Reams found that all species of plants and animals live on and possess a unique mathematical frequency pattern. The frequency was not only distinctive to the species, but it revealed very significant clues on how that species altered incoming nutrient energy into a truly usable form.

Reams found maximum physical health in any given species cannot be understood, let alone achieved, until the frequency is known and taken into consideration. His mathematical approach to problem resolutions in biologic life revealed that digestion is not involving just mechanical and enzymatic breakdown, but, in fact, involves an electro-chemical frequency adjustment before the food energy released can be even usable by a given species. Therefore, if frequency is not considered in the food and diet preparation and supplementation for a human (or plant or animal for that matter), it is a total guess as to how the food will or will not be utilized. The only guarantee that food energy will be usable is determined by whether that energy can be adjusted to the human frequency.

“Health By The Numbers”—The Math Of Perfect Health

The end result of Dr. Reams’ discovering the part frequency plays in digestion of animals as well as plants was his discovery of how certain tests done on fresh samples of urine and saliva could reveal how the diet and lifestyle of humans needed to be altered to maintain good health and / or obliterate degenerative situations. That is to say, Dr. Reams discovered the mathematical secret to manipulating the diet and lifestyle of a man, woman or child in order to know that the food energy was being put on the proper frequency for complete and ideal nutritional utilization.

Because those in the health science field do not acknowledge frequency as a critical aspect of digestive physiologic function, they will never understand the cause of degenerative disease. Without an understanding of frequency in digestion “health care” will never go beyond sick care—which translates into treating effects: using drugs, herbs, enzymes, vitamins and other similar remedies. The need to address the cause in the care of dis-ease remains missing. As frequency is the key to understanding digestion, it is also the key to knowing, not guessing, about what is causing the human dis-ease condition.

Before I was privileged to spend ten years studying and working with Dr. Reams, I spent several years trying to figure out how to know what was going on in the metabolic chemistry of my patients—what was the real cause of the rampant and endemic degenerative problems sickening my patients. I studied all the natural methods from iridology to homeopathy and acupuncture to hair analysis. I also studied the traditional allopathic laboratory diagnostic procedures. Yet, in retrospect, nothing I ever studied even remotely revealed the real cause of what was happening to human physical health as did Dr. Reams’ Biologic Ionization Principles as demonstrated through the urine and saliva test information.

Dr. Carey A. Reams has left to the world a vital and life-giving legacy that has been not only misunderstood, but also largely ignored by both the allopathic as well as the naturopathic/ natural health disciplines. Natural health, like allopathic disease treatment, is primarily guess-work and product driven, resulting in practitioners’ ever stronger tendency to use shot-gun approaches and megadose the symptoms with the latest and greatest silver bullet formulas or inventions. Yet, as I heard Dr. Reams say so many times, “Why guess when you can be sure?”

What I have found in over a quarter century of working with Reams’ Biological Theory of Ionization Principles in human nutrition as well as agriculture, is that Dr. Reams actually discovered the foundation upon which all systems of health practice and the medicaments / cures they use could be evaluated in reference to how they may or may not be of value in human health. It is my firm belief and conclusion that one cannot claim to be a “natural health practitioner” unless one truly understands the system of analysis Dr. Carey Reams left for us. Reams’ analysis is so vital to a natural health practice that practitioners are only guessing without it. A practitioner who feels he knows everything without understanding Reams’ Biologic Ionization Principles is making a “great mistake.” As John Ruskin said, “Pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.”

*It is time to bring this classic RBTI article by Dr. Beddoe back to public attention. It was written in 2001 and adapted for publication in Volume 4 Issue 1 of HealthKeepers Magazine.

** Josh Billings was a pseudonym for Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885), an American writer that was known for his intentional introduction of misspelling into sketches.