pH Balancing as Preventive Medical Wisdom

FUNDAMENTALS

pH (Power of Hydrogen) is a scale of acidity from 0 to 14. It tells how acidic or alkaline (basic) a substance is.

The lower the pH, the more acidic is the solution. The higher the pH, the more alkaline is the solution. Substances which are not acidic or alkaline (neutral) usually have a pH of 7, the pH of pure water at 25°C. Acids have a pH less than 7. Alkalis have a pH greater than 7. (reference B-E-TA)

HISTORY

The pH reading of a solution is usually obtained by comparing unknown solutions to those of known pH. There are a lot of ways for finding the pH of a substance. One way is by using a litmus paper. In fact, pH is a measure of the concentration of protons (H+) in a solution. Danish chemist Søren Sørensen introduced this concept in 1909. pH stands for pondus hydrogenii which means “potential hydrogen”. The p stands for potency (in German potenz) meaning power or concentration, and the H for the hydrogen ion (H+).The terminology refers to acidity being due to a predominance of hydrogen ions in an aqueous (water containing) solution.

Most people who suffer from unbalanced pH are acidic. This condition forces the body to borrow minerals – including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium – from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this strain, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage due to high acidity – a condition that may go undetected for years.

FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS CAUSED BY ACIDOSIS

  • Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
  • Acceleration of free radical damage, probably contributing to cancerous mutations (cancer requires an acid rich, oxygen starved environment to grow).
  • Weight gain, obesity, diabetes, ulcerations.
  • Immune deficiency/suppression, recurrent fungal infections.
  • Premature aging.
  • Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
  • Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
  • Low Energy and chronic fatigue.
  • Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.

According to William H. Philpott, M.D., magnetic fields can stimulate metabolism and increase the amount of oxygen available to the cells of the body. Through his practices in the United States, Dr. Philpott pioneered the use of magnetic therapy for psychiatric disorders. The biological value of oxygen is increased by the influence of a negative electromagnetic field, and the field causes the negatively charged deoxyribonucleicacid (DNA) to “pull” the oxygen out of the bloodstream and into the cell. The negative electromagnetic field keeps a cellular buffer system (pH or acid-base balance) – or vice-versa, the cellular buffer system keeps a negative electromagnetic field – intact so that cells remain alkaline; pathogenic microorganisms cannot survive in a well-oxygenated, alkaline environment. Also, magnetotherapy increases enzyme action because it fosters a favorable environment within cells (mainly a proper pH). (reference Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig and Advanced Medical Systems therapy).

FACTORS CAUSING ACID REACTIONS

FOOD

The concept of acid alkaline imbalance as the cause of disease is not new. In 1933 a New York doctor named William Howard Hay published a ground-breaking book, A New Health Era in which he maintains that all disease is caused by autotoxication (or “self-poisoning”) due to acid accumulation in the body:

“We depart from health in just the proportion to which we have allowed our alkalis to be dissipated by introduction of acid-forming food in too great amount… It may seem strange to say that all disease is the same thing, no matter what its myriad modes of expression, but it is verily so”. William Howard Hay, M.D.

Our diet is probably the main factor in over acidification of our body’s biochemistry. Some consume caffeine with sugar, carbonated beverages between and with meals, fried greasy foods that over-amp our enzyme systems, processed foods that are empty of any nutritional content. Some drink water or other beverages with meals to wash down our food that is improperly or incompletely chewed and that beverage dilutes the naturally produced digestive juices.

Our bodies digestive systems struggle to handle incompletely digested foods and in the process these foods decompose. As a result highly toxic chemicals are produced resulting in secondary symptoms of sluggishness, loss of interest, nervousness, bad breath, exhaustion on waking, etc.

As this auto-intoxication spreads through our system, it is difficult for spiritual messages to reach the brain centers that control physical consciousness.

Fasting has been recommended and practiced by all world religions since the beginning. It is mentioned in the bible well over forty times. It is an accepted means of cleansing the microscopic processes of cellular metabolism to the macroscopic processes of bathing in water loaded with chemical pollutants.

STRESS

In 1956 the Austrian endocrinologist Hans Selye, M.D. (1907-1982) wrote The Stress of Life – seen as one of the 20th century’s greatest ideas. To grossly oversimplify, Selye documented that stress differs from other physical responses in that stress is stressful whether one receives good or bad news. He called negative stress distress and positive stress eustress. Later he developed the idea of two reservoirs of stress resistance or alternatively stress energy: a superficial level (where acids play a role), and a deeper level which can be permanently depleted when drawn upon (the soul aspect of inner body healing) which is permanently depleted until the depletion is adequately realized, faced, and forgiven and which can impact the superficial levels (reference pioneers in inner man healing – http://elijahtask.blogspot.com/) (reference MORA therapy).

MEDICATIONS

Steroids (prednisone, cortisone, etc.), antibiotics, water pills, anti-inflammatory drugs, in fact most prescription medications!

CAUSTIC TEMPERAMENT

That “biting nature”. Bitterness, un-forgiveness, anger, sorrow, fear – issues of the soul.

ALCOHOL

 SLEEP

Lack of, disturbed patterns, interrupted sleep

ESSENTIAL MINERAL DEFICIENCIES

Colored light has a particular ability to balance the autonomic nervous system, which is crucial in most chronic and functional disorders as it regulates all of the automatic processes of the human body: breathing, the beating of the heart, the functioning of the digestive tract, the stress response and pH balancing. Light as an environmental stimulant, is second only to food in its impact on controlling bodily functions. (reference MORA color therapy)

CORRECTION OF pH IMBALANCES

Bio-Terrain is probably the safest, most natural, and most effective remedy to normalize the body’s acid/base balance. The Bio-Terrain concept is the result of research done by physicians from Germany, France, Austria, and America. Its basic formulation has been used for many decades with outstanding success. Contact the author and/or Occidental Institute for further information.

You must supplement with the 91 essential nutrients – 60 Minerals, 16 Vitamins, 3 Essential Fatty Acids, and 12 Amino-acids

Without minerals, your body will not produce enzymes which are the essential catalysts for every bio-chemical process that occurs in the body. Without minerals your body will not attempt to de-toxify the heavy metals, chemicals, toxic exposures, and toxins produced by sluggish bowels.

Minerals come in two forms – organic and in-organic. The in-organic forms act just the same as toxins and “stress” your body to eliminate them. In order for calcium to be efficiently absorbed by your body, it needs other mineral co-factors.

77 minerals from prehistoric plants in colloidal form.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) – consumption of fatty acids have been shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

Marine lipids – North Atlantic salmon oil

Selenium – identified as a substance that significantly decreases free radicals – the FDA has authorized the following claims: “Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers and may produce anti-carcinogenic effects in the body”.

FAQ’s

Hi Brian,
John D. here… I met you on the Germany trip with Sandy Wood a few years ago. I hope this finds you well!
Quick question on your pH article in the recent Bridge. Do you believe that it is necessary to measure pH in the blood anymore? I have only been using urinary and salivary samples for this. Would appreciate your thoughts…
Thanks and hope to see you in Germany this year!
Ciao,
John

Hey John,
Good to hear from you. As I referenced in the article, I use the B-E-TA unit (to test the pH, Re-dox, and resistivity) of blood, saliva, and urine.
I think the results of the blood parameters (all of them) are very helpful (and often essential) in determining the risk factors of an individual, and often for assessing the level of improvement he/she is making. For instance sometimes the saliva pH can be alkaline (as often seen in systemic mycosis) with an alkaline blood with elevated re-dox or acid blood and depressed re-dox. Either response could lead to a different treatment approach and knowing which way to proceed can lead to a quicker healing response, thus a happier patient and less out of pocket expense. Make sense?
Hope this answers your questions. I look forward to seeing you in Germany.
Dr Brian MacCoy, NMD

An Exclusive Article for Members
From THE BRIDGE Newsletter of OIRF
Published April 2010

© Copyright 2010, Dr. Brian MacCoy, Idaho USA

About the author

Dr. MacCoy received his degree from the National College of Naturopathic medicine in 1976 after receiving his BA and BS degrees from Portland State University in 1971. Dr. MacCoy also received an “Appointment at Large” from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland as well as completing Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps training. Dr. MacCoy’s professional affiliations include Occidental Institute Research Foundation (Board of Directors since 1990), the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Naturopathic Medical Education Institute, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Naturopathic Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, and previously Portland Teen Challenge (volunteer 1994-1998). Dr. MacCoy has been in private and professional practice since 1976 and in Post Falls, Idaho since 1999 as well as working in Educational Administration. He was the Chief Administrative Officer for two years at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine directing all aspects of clinical and college daily activities.

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