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CHECK ON WHAT YOU KNOW AND WHAT YOU DON T KNOW ABOUT ACID/ALKALINE BALANCE. PG 1 VOL LEARN WHAT THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM DOES WITH ALKALINE MINERALS AND HO THE STOMACH PROCESSES FOODW Seeking LERAN
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CHECK ON WHAT YOU KNOW AND WHAT YOU DON T KNOW ABOUT ACID/ALKALINE BALANCE. PG 1 VOL LEARN WHAT THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM DOES WITH ALKALINE MINERALS AND HO THE STOMACH PROCESSES FOODW Seeking LERAN TO QUESTION YTHE EXPERTS. AN EXPERT IS SOMEONE WHO HAS READ ONE MORE BOOK THAN YOU. balance HOW DIET AND LIFESTYLE CAN CHANGE THE WAY YOU LIVE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE There is a way of living that is more natural, more aligned, LESSON TEN:A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE Acid/Alkaline Theory of Disease Is Nonsense Gabe Mirkin, M.D. Have you seen advertisements for products such as coral calcium or alkaline water that are supposed to neutralize acid In this Lesson: We ve decided to confront a few of the doomsayers with what we ve learned and see how what they say aligns with our own experience. in your bloodstream? Taking calcium or drinking alkaline water does not affect blood acidity. Anyone who tells you that certain foods or supplements make your stomach or blood acidic does not understand nutrition. You should not believe that it matters whether foods are acidic or alkaline, because no foods change the acidity of anything in your body except your urine. Your stomach is so acidic that no food can change its acidity. Citrus fruits, vinegar, and vitamins such as ascorbic acid or folic acid do not change the acidity of your stomach or your bloodstream. An entire bottle of calcium pills or antacids would not change the acidity of your stomach for more than a few minutes. All foods that leave your stomach are acidic. Then they enter your intestines where secretions from your pancreas neutralize the stomach acids. So no matter what you eat, the food in stomach is acidic and the food in the intestines is alkaline. You cannot change the acidity of any part of your body except your urine. Your bloodstream and organs control acidity in a very narrow range. Anything that changed acidity in your body would make you very sick and could even kill you. Promoters of these products claim that ALKALINE BALANCING: IS IT THE REAL THING? SMARTER LIVING: You are and will be what you eat Alkalarians; Super Humans. cancer cells cannot live in an alkaline environment and that is true, but neither can any of the other cells in your body. All chemical reactions in your body are started by chemicals called enzymes. For example, if you convert chemical A to chemical B and release energy, enzymes must start these reactions. All enzymes function in a very narrow range of acidity. (The degree of acidity or alkalinity is expressed as ph. ). If your blood changes its acidity or alkalinity for any reason, it is quickly changed back to the normal ph or these enzymes would not function and the necessary chemical reactions would not proceed in your body. For example, when you hold your breath, carbon dioxide accumulates in your bloodstream very rapidly and your blood turns acidic, and you will become uncomfortable or even pass out. This forces you to start breathing again immediately, and the ph returns to normal. If your kidneys are damaged and cannot regulate the acidity of your bloodstream, chemical reactions stop, poisons accumulate in your bloodstream, and you can die. Certain foods can leave end-products called ash that can make your urine acid or alkaline, but urine is the only body fluid that can have its acidity changed by food or supplements. ALKALINE-ASH FOODS Dr Mirkin is pretty typical of a number of doctors, chemists etc. who hold on to the standard way of looking at alkalinity. They have been good students of a medical education system that has really not spent any time on acid/alkaline balancing. Over the years I have been studying this subject it s been wonderful to see allopaths who are capable of maintaining an open mind. I understand that it s hard for someone who has spent so many years studying one way of thinking. As we have already discussed, the argumant is as old as medicine itself. include fresh fruit and raw vegetables. ACID-ASH FOODS include ALL ANIMAL PRODUCTS, whole grains, beans and other seeds. These foods can change the acidity of your urine, but that s irrelevant since your urine is contained in your bladder and does not affect the ph of any other part of your body. When you take in more protein than your body needs, your body cannot store it, so the excess amino acids are converted to organic acids that would acidify your blood. But your blood never becomes acidic because as soon as the proteins are converted to organic acids, calcium leaves your bones to neutralize the acid and prevent any change in ph. Because of this, many scientists think that taking in too much protein may weaken bones to cause osteoporosis. Cranberries have been shown to help prevent recurrent urinary tract infections, but not because of their acidity. They contain chemicals that prevent bacteria from sticking to urinary tract cells. Taking calcium supplements or drinking alkaline water will not change the ph of your blood. If you hear someone say that your body is too acidic and you should use their product to make it more alkaline, you would be wise not to believe anything else the person tells you. It s the argument between Vitalism and Allopathy, and it will go on as long as man wants to believe the human body is the sum of its parts. So I d like you to take the initiative. I d love you to spend some time answering some questions about Dr Mirkin s article. By now you would have learned enough to be able to question the dominant paradigm. You may like to test yourself on your answers and see what you have - or have not - learned up to now. It s the argument between Vitalism and Allopathy, and it will go on as long as man wants to believe the human body is the sum of its parts TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE SMARTER LIVING: You are and will be what you eat Bearding the Dragon (Answers at the end of the lesson) Let s look at Dr Mirkin s article by paragraph. And finally, you will be that which chooses what you eat based on what you have become Have you seen advertisements for products such as coral calcium or alkaline water that are supposed to neutralize acid in your bloodstream? Taking calcium or drinking alkaline water does not affect blood acidity. Anyone who tells you that certain foods or supplements make your stomach or blood acidic does not understand nutrition. Q1: Is this true? All foods that leave your stomach are acidic. Then they enter your intestines where secretions from your pancreas neutralize the stomach acids. So no matter what you eat, the food in stomach is acidic and the food in the intestines is alkaline. Q3. Is he right? Is all food that leaves the stomach acidic, and does it all become alkaline? You should not believe that it matters whether foods are acidic or alkaline, because no foods change the acidity of anything in your body except your urine. Your stomach is so acidic that no food can change its acidity. Citrus fruits, vinegar, and vitamins such as ascorbic acid or folic acid do not change the acidity of your stomach or your bloodstream. An entire bottle of calcium pills or antacids would not change the acidity of your stomach for more than a few minutes. Q2. Does it matter if foods are acid or alkaline or not? You cannot change the acidity of any part of your body except your urine. Your bloodstream and organs control acidity in a very narrow range. Anything that changed acidity in your body would make you very sick and could even kill you. Promoters of these products claim that cancer cells cannot live in an alkaline environment and that is true, but neither can any of the other cells in your body. Q4. Is the highlighted statement true? THE BODY or THE BLOOD? All chemical reactions in your body are started by chemicals called enzymes. For example, if you convert chemical A to chemical B and release energy, enzymes must start these reactions. All enzymes function in a very narrow range of acidity. (The degree of acidity or alkalinity is expressed as ph. ). If your blood changes its acidity or alkalinity for any reason, it is quickly changed back to the normal ph or these enzymes would not function and the necessary chemical reactions would not proceed in your body. Q5. Is it true that all chemical reactions in the body begin with enzymes? For example, when you hold your breath, carbon dioxide accumulates in your bloodstream very rapidly and your blood turns acidic, and you will become uncomfortable or even pass out. This forces you to start breathing again immediately, and the ph returns to normal. If your kidneys are damaged and cannot regulate the acidity of your bloodstream, chemical reactions stop, poisons accumulate in your bloodstream, and you can die. Q6. What does this have to do with the theory that consumption of alkaline food can help balance the body s acid/alkaline levels? Certain foods can leave endproducts called ash that can make your urine acid or alkaline, but urine is the only body fluid that can have its acidity changed by food or supplements. ALKALINE-ASH FOODS include fresh fruit and raw vegetables. ACID-ASH FOODS include ALL ANIMAL PROD- UCTS, whole grains, beans and other seeds. These foods can change the acidity of your urine, but that s irrelevant since your urine is contained in your bladder and does not affect the ph of any other part of your body. Q7. Is urine the only body fluid that can have its acidity changed by food or supplements? Q8. Does alkaline ash-producing foods include ALL fresh fruit and vegetables? Q9. This paragraph says that alkaline ash minerals only end up in the urine. Is this true? When you take in more protein than your body needs, your body cannot store it, so the excess amino acids are converted to organic acids that would acidify your blood. But your blood never becomes acidic because as soon as the proteins are converted to organic acids, calcium leaves your bones to neutralize the acid and prevent any change in ph. Because of this, many scientists think that taking in too much protein may weaken bones to cause osteoporosis. Cranberries have been shown to help prevent recurrent urinary tract infections, but not because of their acidity. They contain chemicals that prevent bacteria from sticking to urinary tract cells. Taking calcium supplements or drinking alkaline water will not change the ph of your blood. If you hear someone say that your body is too acidic and you should use their product to make it more alkaline, you would be wise not to believe anything else the person tells you. Q10. How would you respond to Dr Mirkin s claim above? ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS Q1. Taking calcium or drinking alkaline water does not affect blood acidity. Is this true? Yes it is, except in life-threatening situations where the body is no longer able to support the blood s need for stable ph of Scientist and Author Sang Whang explains it perfectly: When a person drinks alkaline water which is high in alkalinity, or a cola drink which is high in acidity, the blood ph value does not seem to change much. The reason is that in blood there are two types of buffers to regulate and maintain the blood ph value to within a very narrow range of 7.38 and One is an acid buffer, carbonic acid (H2CO3), which is the combination of water and carbon dioxide. (H2O + CO2 = H2CO3). The other is an alkaline buffer, bicarbonate, usually potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) or sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3). The way these buffers work is as follows: If the blood gets an infusion of alkaline substance, such as sodium hydroxide (NaOH), the blood ph tends to go up. Then the acid buffer reacts with NaOH. NaOH + H2CO3 = NaHCO3 + H2O. High ph sodium hydroxide is changed to almost neutral sodium bicarbonate, which is an alkaline buffer, plus water. Note that the acid buffer is reduced and the alkaline buffer is increased. If the blood gets an infusion of acid substance such as hydrochloric acid (HCl), the blood ph tends to go down. Then the alkaline buffer reacts with HCl. HCl + KHCO3 = KCl + H2CO3. Low ph hydrochloric acid is changed to almost neutral potassium salt plus carbonic acid, which is an acid buffer. In this case, the alkaline buffer is reduced and the acid buffer is increased. An infusion of alkaline or acid solution does not change the ph value of the blood; what changes is the amount of alkaline buffer or acid buffer. As long as the human body is alive, these buffers maintain a blood ph value constant. When it is said that the body becomes acid in the aging process, it means that the alkaline buffer, bicarbonate, is decreasing and the acid buffer is increasing. It is now scientifically proven by Dr. Lynda Frassetto of the University of California, San Francisco that older people have a lower number of bicarbonates in the blood. From her research, we know that the bicarbonate density of the human being remains fairly constant until the age of 45 and linearly decreases about 18% by the time one reaches 90 years old. In general, adult degenerative diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure start to appear at the age of 45 and up and gradually worsen approaching the age of 90 and up. Dr. Frassetto attributes the reduction of bicarbonates in the blood, as we age, to generations of modern American diets She also points out in another paper that the average diet today is high in sodium and low in potassium, contrary to the original genetic makeup of the human body2). It is this reduction of bicarbonates in the blood that affects blood flow and makes it difficult to manage the continuous outpour of acid, making it difficult to eliminate acid waste from the body and thereby developing many acid-induced degenerative diseases such as blood clots, acid reflux, heart disease, osteoporosis, gout, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, cancer, strokes, etc. Alzheimer s disease is nothing but a slow acidification of the brain. All these diseases are caused by systemic acidosis, which means insufficient bicarbonates in the blood. When we think of health, we think of diet and exercise, neither of which adds bicarbonates to the blood stream. Food supplements, raw foods, vitamins, herbs, antioxidant, detoxification, massage, chelation, acupuncture, magnetic devices, oxygenated water, Pi water, etc. seem to help some people some of the time, but they fall short of hitting the mark when it comes to increasing bicarbonates in the blood. Weight control by diet and exercise as well as wrinkle removal may maintain a youthful appearance; however, appearance can be deceiving. The blood inside the body still ages as long as the bicarbonates in the blood is diminishing. Drinking alkaline water adds bicarbonates to the blood stream indirectly through the stomach. When the stomach fluid ph is raised by drinking alkaline water, above 4.5, the stomach walls produce hydrochloric acid, which is interjected into the stomach to bring down the stomach ph value to below 4.5. The chemical formula for the production of hydrochloric acid by the stomach is: H2O + CO2 + NaCl = HCl + NaHCO3 In order to produce hydrochloric acid, the stomach also produces sodium bicarbonate that goes into the blood stream. If potassium salt is used, potassium bicarbonate goes into the blood stream. AlkaLife is an alkaline concentrate to make alkaline water. Two drops into ordinary drinking water (6 to 8 oz) changes the water to high ph alkaline water. AlkaLife contains a patented ratio of potassium and sodium hydroxides to maintain the proper mineral ratio in the body. This ratio happens to agree with Dr. Frassetto s opinion given in her second paper. Taking Calcium or Drinking Alkaline Water: Does it affect your blood ph? Dr Robert O. Young agrees with Sang Whang. In his book The ph Miracle he says; Just as our body teperature must be maintained at 98.6 degrees, our blood is ideally maintained at ph7.365 You can also measure the ph of the urine and saliva, but the blood is the most important and needs to stay within the tighest range. Different areas of the body have different ph requirements anyway. Blood and tissue should be slightly alkaline, urine slightly acidic or neutral. Saliva tends to be erratic. The ph of urine can be the best estimate of what s happening in the body s tissues but it is not always accurate. Blood ph is more reliable, and thus a better indicator of internal conditions. Physiological disease is almost always the result of too much acid stressing the body s ph balance, to the point that it provokes the body into producing symptoms of disease. (disease can also be simply the toxic effects of an external source, but that is much more rare). Symptoms can be the expression of that stress, but they can also be a sign of the body s efforts to balance it. Dpending on the level and the extent of the stress, symptoms may or may not be obviously noticable. He continues... All the body s regulatory mechamisms (including breathing, circulation, digestion, and hormone production) work to balance the delicate internal acid/alkaline balance. Our bodies cannot tolerate extended acid imbalances......a declining ph just can t be allowed. To prevent it, when faced with a lot of incoming acid, the blood begins to pull alkaline minerals out of our tissues to compensate. There is a family of minerals particularly suited to neutralizing, or detoxifying, strong acids, including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. (Ian: Guess which minerals a water alkalizer isolates and concentrates in its alkalizing process?) When these minerals react with acids, they create much less detrimental substances, which are then eliminated by the body. Now, a healthy body maintains a reserve supply of these alkaline minerals to meet emergency demands. But if there are insufficient amounts in the diet or in the reserves, they are recruited elsewhere, and may be leached from the bone (as with calcium) or muscle (magnesium) - where of course, they are needed This can easily lead to deficiencies - and the many and varied symptoms that come with them. That s just the tip of the iceberg. If the acid overload gets too great for the blood to balance, excess acid is dumped into the tissues for storage. Then the lymphatic (immune) system must neutralize what it can - and try to get rid of everything else. Unfortunately, getting rid of acid from the tissues turns out to mean dumping it right back into the blood, creating a vicious cycle of drawing out still more basic minerals from their ordinary functions and stressing the liver and kidney besides. Furthermore, if the lymphatic system is overloaded, or its vessels not functioning properly, (a condition often caused by lack of exercise) acid builds up in the tissues. The imbalance in the blood ph leads to irritation and inflammation and sets the stage for sickness.....when acid wastes build up in the body and enter the bloodstream, the circulatory system will try to get rid of them in liquid form, through the lungs or the kidneys. If there is too much waste to handle, they are deposited in the various organ systems, including the heart, pancreas, liver and colon, or stored in fatty tissue, including the breast, hips, thih, belly - and brain. This process of acidic waste breakdown and disposal could also be called the ageing process...if there are insufficient amounts in the diet or in the reserves, they are recruited elsewhere, and may be leached from the bone (as with calcium) or muscle (magnesium) - where of course, they are needed. - Dr. Young Does it Matter if Foods are Acid Or Alkaline? Q2. Does it matter if foods are acid or alkaline or not? Dr. Theodore Baroody says so. Dr. Robert O Young says so. Dr. Sherry Rogers says so. Dr. Felicia Drury Kliment says so. Sang Whang says so. Herman Aihara says so. In fact every book ever written on the subject says so. Here s what Dr Young has to say. When the Fish Are Sick, Change the water. Think of your body as a fish tank. Imagine your cells and organ systems as the fish, bathed in fluids (including
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