Acid-Alkaline pH Chemical Balance
Both acidity and alkalinity are measured according to the pH (potential of hydrogen) scale. Water, with a pH of 7.0 is considered to be neutral – (neither acid or alkaline). Substances with a pH below 7.0 are considered to be acid, becoming even more acidic as they approach a pH of 1. Substances with a pH above 7.0 are considered to be alkaline, becoming more alkaline until they reach the pH upper limit of 14.0.
In most chronic illnesses, the pH levels of concern focus on whether the body fluids characteristics of the human host are favorable to the growth of the bad and destructive-to-human forms of bacteria, fungi, virus, molds, or other parasites. While many of these forms are considered to be anerobic forms (anaerobic is a technical word which literally means without air or oxygen and is used to indicate the absence of any electron acceptor (nitrate, sulfate or oxygen), and are dependent upon carbon dioxide, not all of them are. When carbon dioxide is dissolved in water it yields an acidic solution with a below 7.0 pH.
Confusion often arises from the fact that such parasites often have a wide range of optimal growth pH levels which can run from 6.0 to 7.6 and are largely harmless. For example clostridium perfringens is a bacterium that is ubiquitous in nature and a common cause of food poisoning. Some health enhancing variations may share a range of 5.8 to 6.6 (Lactobacillus acidophilus which convert lactose and other sugars to lactic acid and are largely benign) and be unable to survive in a more alkaline or higher pH.
Fungi usually grow best in environments that are slightly acidic (a pH measurement of about 5.0) but can also do well in higher pH levels. Keep in mind that healthy fungi contribute to human health by generating growth factors and vitamins from some of what we eat. We use fungi to make most of our breads and other forms to make antibiotics to destroy harmful bacteria. Antibiotics frequently overpopulate to the point of creating their own best pH, a low acid pH, from the deteriorating dead bacteria. This can become an ideal environment for the encouragement of anerobic toxic fungi, including Candida Albicans, mutated forms of a healthful form of Candida!
The human body is slightly acidic when it is in a state of health. This limits fungal and bacteria growth on the skin or in the body. Some areas of the body are more acidic than this to address local issues and microbial populations. Medical tests for pH level usually are a reference of the blood's pH level.
The Ideal pH range for the human body is 6.5 to 7.5 with 7.365 as ideal taking into account variances during the day in accordance with metabolic cycles. Healthy North American blood levels often fall between 7.25 and 7.45, which is slightly alkaline. When the blood's pH falls below 6.35 (too acidic) the hemoglobin in the blood deteriorates hampering the red blood cells from carrying adequate oxygen to the tissues. When the muscles, and the connective tissues are too acidic, acidosis is experienced. This can lead to many diseases especially cancer. Alkalizing your pH is a must in todays environment with the rampant disease states that are affecting so many people. It can truly be said "Alkalize or Die"
The pH level of one's breath will usually be a combination of the pH level of the air being exhausted from the lungs along with the influences of pH levels in the sinuses and in the mouth. Sinusitis is quite often a result of a fungal infection and will influence the breath's pH. Gingivitis results from unhealthy bacteria and will also influence the pH of the breath. Deteriorating mercury amalgams (especially if they are older than 6 to 10 years) will often outgas mercury and thus influence the pH of the breath encouraging unhealthy bacterial along with fungal contaminations.
Heavy metals are often bioaggregated by both bacteria and fungi which thrive on such ingredients until they reach high levels. In other words, fungi and bacteria survive, and even thrive at low levels of heavy metals toxicity, while humans experience a depression of the organ systems they have when exposed to the same low levels. By the time the levels in the human body become great enough to start eliminating the fungi and bacteria present the person will be dead! The presence of heavy metals also changes the pH level in favor of these bad lifeforms becoming more acidic leading to even more acid pH.
Whatever the source, human exposure to heavy metals will increase the opportunity for parasitic mutations and proliferation, lowers the immune system and cause the pH to be more acidic due to cellular degradation. Maintaining one's health, without reducing the sources of cellular deterioration, including heavy metals and especially the parasites, is dependent upon effective cellular and organ cleansing together with an elevated alkaline pH and avoiding any further contamination. Eating a healthy diet of mostly raw, organic, alkaline fruits and vegetables as well as a good detox and cleansing program are essential to good health. Also drinking plenty of pure, filtered water is required along with proper stress management.
All healthy cells are aerobic (oxygen breathing) and have a highly alkaline pH. Anaerobic cells are nitrogen breathing, often cancerous cells, and they always have a very low acidic pH. Therefore having an alkaline pH body around 7.365 can help to prevent cancer as well as many other diseases.
In 1966, Dr. Otto Warburg, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1931 for his discovery of the cause of cancer delivered a lecture at an annual meeting of Nobelists at Lindau, Germany. In his speech he described the primal cause of cancer as follows:
"The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation. All normal body cells are thus obligate aerobes, whereas all cancer cells are partial anaerobes. From the standpoint of the physics and chemistry of life this difference between nomal and cancer cells is so great that one can scarely picture a greater difference. Oxygen gas, the donor of energy in plants and animals is dethroned in the cancer cells and replaced by an energy yielding reaction of the lowest living forms; namely, a fermentation of glucose."
The Importance of pH Balance in Maintaining Health
" Thus the saliva pH parallels the extra cellular fluid ... pH paper test using saliva represents the most consistent and most definitive physical sign of the ionic calcium deficiency syndrome ... The saliva pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the 7.5 to 7.1 slightly alkaline range. The range from 6.5 which is weakly acidic to 4.5 which is strongly acidic represents states from mildly deficient to strongly deficient, respectively. Most children are dark blue, a pH of 7.5. Over half of adults are green-yellow, a pH of 6.5 or lower, reflecting the calcium deficiency of aging and lifestyle defects. Cancer patients are usually a bright yellow, a pH of 4.5, especially when terminal."
The Calcium Factor: The Scientific Secret of Health and Youth,
Carl J. Reich, M.D., Gilliland Printing Inc., Arkansas City, Kansas, 1996.
Sick and Tired
According to Dr. Robert O. Young's book, Sick and Tired, the New Biology, most simply stated, is the over-acidification of the body and this is the single underlying cause of all disease. Dr. Young has found that when the body is in healthy alkaline balance, germs are unable to get a foothold.
Think of your body as a fish tank. Think of the importance of maintaining the integrity of the internal fluids of the body that we "swim" in daily. Imagine the cells in your body are fish and they are swimming in the fluids of your body. Most of us are polluting our fish tanks (bodies) with junk food, smoking, over consumption of acid-forming foods, and any number of transgressions which compromise the delicate balance of our internal alkaline fluids.
Some of us have fish tanks (bodies) that are barely able to support life, yet we somehow manage to struggle from day to day, building even more severe imbalances. Indeed, the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced internal alkaline environment. A chronically over-acidic pH corrodes body tissue, slowly eating into the more than 60,000 miles of veins and arteries like acid eating into marble. If left unchecked, it will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium salts, a natural buffer. Eating few of these foods deprives us of potassium, a mineral that protects against hypertension and stroke. Long term, excess acidity leads to thinner bones and lower muscle mass. Choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible and always wash them thoroughly before consumption.
Susan Brown, Ph.D., who heads the nonprofit Osteoporosis Education Project in East Syracuse, N.Y., frames the acid-alkaline issue as one of mineral adequacy and depletion. "It's a little like over-farming and depleting mineral levels in soil," she says. "If we eat foods that create an acidic pH in the body, we will deplete our bones of minerals and our muscles of protein."
In summary, over-acidification interferes with life itself leading to all sickness, disease and unhealthy conditions such as obesity.
The first and most important part of the solution? Eat alkaline foods and drink alkaline water.