RBTI: Basic Overview

At its most basic, RBTI (Reams Biological Theory of Ionization) is a method for improving health by addressing body chemistry — more specifically, by remineralizing. RBTI practitioners see correlations between patterns in body chemistry and various forms of degeneration and disease. Shifting body chemistry toward a pattern of health generally results in health problems shifting or even falling away completely.

Restoring body chemistry to proper balance improves the body’s ability to absorb minerals properly and to use them properly as in rebuilding bone and teeth. When the overall chemistry is unbalanced, mineral supplementation will not necessarily help as it is likely that minerals will be mismanaged: cataracts, kidney stones, arterial calcification. If the liver and other digestive organs are mineral deficient, digestion will be poor even if the person eats fabulously nutritious foods.

What body chemistry markers are considered in an RBTI test? Sugar levels, salts, protein, pH, and cell debris. One of the features of RBTI that really appeals to me is its responsiveness to individuals as their bodies change. Far from a one-size-fits-all plan, the RBTI guidelines have the flexibility to address specific situations. For example, recommendations on water consumption are completely different depending on whether your sugar levels are high or low. That said, there are some overall program guidelines that apply to nearly everyone.  Here are the basics:


Breakfast: Make this a carb-lover’s meal — oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, porridge, rice, sweet potatoes. Yes, you can have eggs and dairy at breakfast, but lots of fat and meat protein are generally discouraged. Eat a portion of fruit here, too and have this meal within an hour or so of waking up.

Lunch: This is the main meal of the day. Lunch is where you eat meat and have dessert. Salads, cooked vegetables and a portion of starch are encouraged here, too. Generous portions are fine — eat to appetite, don’t stuff yourself. Aim to finish your lunch by 2pm — no meats or sweets allowed after 2:00.

Dinner: This is a light meal — a small salad, some cooked vegetables or vegetable soup, maybe a little starch. You can have dairy here — cheese, yogurt, a glass of milk — and eggs if you like, but no meat and no dessert.

You don’t want to raise your sugar levels or your body temps before bed. You would like your body to be in general repair mode thru the night, not still digesting supper.

No snacks: Three good meals and you’re done. If you’re having a sugar crash, you are encouraged to eat a bite or two of fruit any time day or night. Otherwise, the main program discourages eating between meals.

Variety: You are encouraged to get as much variety within this framework as possible. Don’t eat oatmeal for breakfast every day. Switch it up.

My Comments: I think getting with this rhythm was huge for me. My eating feels less chaotic, less willy-nilly. Even before I really had a grasp of the No List, I already noticed a big improvement in blood sugar stability — I was off the roller coaster. For the first time I can remember, I had the experience of feeling hungry without the May-Day alarm signals of blood sugar crashes. That’s a big deal. It took me a couple of weeks to get there. In the beginning, I was ravenously hungry in the evenings and my sleep was disturbed. But it has all smoothed out tremendously and feels quite calm and natural now — no great need for willpower, no feeling of deprivation.

If you decide to try this, I wouldn’t worry about no snacks in the beginning. Just start getting with a carb-rich breakfast, a big meal at lunch and no meats or sweets after 2pm. Give yourself a week or two to adjust to that. If you’re impossibly hungry at night, have a light snack of vegetables or yogurt. What I found was that, as I stuck with it, my cravings for many No Foods and for snacks gradually faded.

The No Foods

This part is harder and it does feel sad to give up many of the following:

  • Meats: pork and pork products (including gelatin made from pig), rabbit, frog, duck
  • Fish: skinned fish (i.e. catfish, shark), also tuna, mahi-mahi, mackerel, eel (most fish with scales are permitted)
  • Shellfish: shrimp, lobster, crawfish, oysters, clams, mussels, scallops, escargot
  • Sea salt: no unrefined sea salt (some refined salts are okay in moderation)
  • Chocolate
  • Tea
  • Nuts and Seeds: all nuts except peanuts that have been boiled for 8 hours and coconut (although coconut oil is not recommended)
  • Nutmeg
  • Hard seeds and hulls: raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc. are fine only if the seeds are removed. Popcorn is a no because the hulls irritate the colon.
  • White potatoes and white rice are recommended against – choose yams, sweet potatoes and brown rice in their place.

The “Don’t Over-do It” Foods –  These are okay occasionally:

  • White Sugar: White sugar can be used in rotation with other sweeteners — maple syrup, honey, molasses, corn syrup.
  • White Flour and Whole Grain Flour: better to have moderate quantities of breads that are a mix of half white and whole grain flours instead of 100% of one or the other.
  • Butter and Whole Milk
  • Salt
  • Black and White Pepper

My Comments: I’m not going to defend or explain these — I don’t know enough now to feel confident doing much of either. What I have read so far indicates that when the No Foods are consumed, the numbers measured in the urine and saliva tests move away from levels seen in healthy people. In some way, the foods on this list are “disrupters” to digestion — to either the chemical or the mechanical process of breaking down, absorbing and assimilating. When these foods are eaten, body chemistry veers away from balance and health — as measured in “the numbers.”

What I can say from my own experience is that unrefined sea salt was recommended to me several years ago for it’s high mineral content and I developed the habit of consuming a lot of it. Within two days of removing it from my diet, my skin felt super soft and moist. Since shifting onto the program, my desire for chocolate has vanished. I’m sad to see some of the other items go, but if waving good-bye to them helps me regain health and vitality and the ability to be active in my life again, then that seems like a fair trade. For now, I aim to be as compliant as I can and see how it makes me feel. Either it will obviously worth my while to follow the program or it won’t. I can’t know until I give it a fair shot.

Distilled Water

For reasons that I do not yet understand, RBTI testing shows a preference for distilled water. As I learn more, I will update this section with more helpful information. If your sugar levels are low (if you urinate frequently and often feel light-headed when you are late for a meal), then you are discouraged from drinking much water at all. However, if your sugar levels are in good shape, then a little distilled water at regular intervals throughout the early part of the day is great. If you have any trouble with sleep or with getting up in the night to pee, then stop drinking water by mid-afternoon.

Wrapping Up

These are the basics and, if you are interested, you can probably try out any of the above fairly safely. If you have any concerns, speak with your own doctor. There are fine-tuning adjustments to diet, water and exercise and there are supplements. However, these are all best handled by getting tested and consulting with a qualified RBTI practitioner. Personally, I have seen enough good results with several weeks on the above guidelines that I scheduled an appointment with a practitioner for later this week. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Further Reading

I haven’t personally read any of the books yet. If you would like to do that, you might start here:

Reams, Carey: Choose Life or Death: the Reams Biological Theory of Ionization –  This is where the acronym RBTI comes from and this is the book by the man who did the original research and got the method going.

Most of the reading I have done so far has been on the internet:

Matt Stone’s blog at 180 Degree Health –  Matt is an independent health researcher. I’ve been following his posts for most of the past year. Reading Matt’s blog was enough to get me started on the basic program.

RBTI.info –  A site by some RBTI practitioners and enthusiasts in the Netherlands. It includes a very nice breakdown of all the steps involved in doing the urine and saliva tests at home.

Heavenly Water –  The site of Challen Waychoff, the RBTI practitioner in Wheeling, WV who Matt and Tran have seen. I have an appointment with him a few days from now.

There is also a closed Facebook group intended to support people who are actively doing the program. It is a very lively discussion about the ins and outs of implementation, recipe sharing, and troubleshooting. Drop me an e-mail if you are interested in that.

What about you?

Any experiences with RBTI that you’d like to share?

If you decide to follow any of the basic guidelines, I’d love to hear how it goes for you.

Sep 27

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