Our guest for October 2, 2011 In Short Order radio show will be
Dr. Jerry Tennant
Dr. Tennant’s Background:
Dr. Tennant graduated from high school at age 16 by finishing his junior and senior years simultaneously in 1957. He finished college (except for three hours credit) in 2 1/2 years at Texas Tech University. He was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi and Pre-med of the Year Award.
He attended the University of Houston School of Optometry and was accepted into the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1960 at age 19. He graduated in the top ten of his class in 1964 with an MD degree. Dr. Tennant interned at Methodist Hospital of Dallas and then completed a residency in ophthalmology at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and Harvard/Mass Eye and Ear in Boston. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Tennant was director of the Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Clinic at Parkland Hospital/Southwestern Medical School and founded the Dallas Eye Institute.
He holds patents on surgical instruments, intraocular lenses and other devices and has written books on cataract surgery, life-style management, and Integrative Medicine. With the assistance of his anesthesiologist, Monte Hellman, MD and his internist, Javier Ramirez, MD, Dr. Tennant developed and refined the techniques to allow eye surgery to be safely performed in an outpatient setting instead of a hospital.
Along with Drs. David McIntyre and Douglas Williamson, Dr. Tennant founded the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society and taught surgeons around the world to do outpatient eye surgery and was instrumental in getting Congress to pay for outpatient surgery, saving Medicare millions of dollars every year. He was chairman of the ad hoc committee that wrote the rules that govern outpatient surgicenters in Texas. Dr. Tennant is one of the few surgeons to be awarded the Corboy Award for Contributions to Ophthalmology and the Recognition Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Tennant was one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to place intraocular lenses in eyes after cataract surgery, eliminating the need for thick, incapacitating glasses after cataract surgery. He redesigned the European lenses to eliminate defects and was awarded patents for his designs.
Dr. Tennant is licensed by the Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine Examiners MD(H). Texas does not have such a board.
Dr. Tennant’s Story:
Dr. Tennant did the majority of the research for the excimer laser for VISX that is used for LASIK surgery. He did about 1000 cases in the U.S. and about 2000 cases abroad.
What wasn’t known was that the laser wouldn’t kill viruses in the cornea. As seen in the photo, the laser would strike the eye, releasing viruses. They came upward through Dr. Tennant’s mask, into his nose, and into his brain. He developed encephalitis and a bleeding disorder, resulting in spastic movements and in his being unable to remember how to write a prescription. Three viruses were found in his brain and he was told nothing could be done to help him. He was forced to retire from ophthalmology on November 30, 1995.
This is how he spent the next 6-7 years, sleeping about 16 hours per day. He had 2-3 hours a day in which he could think clearly enough to understand a newspaper. Then, like a light switch, his brain would shut off and he couldn’t understand what he was reading.
During the time he could think, he realized he would have to find a way to get himself well since modern American medicine could not do so. He began to read cellular biology books with the idea that if he could get one cell to work correctly, they would all work correctly.
Each cellular biology book gave passing notice to the fact that cells require a narrow range of pH, but little more was discussed on the subject. He began to look at pH and discovered that it is a measurement of the voltage in a solution. It is measured with a sophisticated voltmeter. If the solution is an electron donor, a minus sign is placed in front of the voltage. If the solution is an electron stealer, a plus sign is placed in front of the voltage. The measured voltage is then converted to a logarithmic scale from 0-14 with zero corresponding to +400 millivolts of electron stealer to -400 millivolts corresponding to a pH of 14. Cells are designed to run at about -20 millivolts (pH 7.35). Dr. Tennant began to understand that cells must have enough voltage to work and that chronic disease was associated with loss of voltage. Next he had to find out how to measure the voltage and then how to correct it. This is how he was able to heal himself.