Your Internal Environment (pH) and the Big C

You may have heard me lecture on pH and acid-alkaline balance at one of my public lectures or in my office.  I sometimes feel like a broken record but that is because I am passionate about disease prevention.  I have seen many of my patients overall state of wellbeing positively shift by persistently working towards alkalinity.  Achieving alkalinity is not always an easy task but the take home message is simple: To be in a healing state you must also be in a state of acid-alkaline balance!

Many people are living in Chronic Low Grade Acidosis.  This affects your cells ability to function properly and can lead to serious health concerns such as degenerative disease and CANCER.

So What is pH Anyways?!

pH is the abbreviation for potential hydrogen. The pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration. The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is. The pH range is from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral.  Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic.

Human blood stays in a very narrow pH range but generally is slightly alkaline (7.365). When blood pH falls below or above this number symptoms of disease follow. Therefore the pH in the rest of the body fluctuates in order to keep the blood pH at an optimal level.

If you have a health problem, most likely your extracellular matrix is acidic. Research shows that unless the body's pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot heal itself.  Therefore, in order for your treatment plan to be effective (whethere homeopathic or naturopathic etc.), you must address your pH. If your body's pH is not balanced, you cannot effectively assimilate vitamins, minerals and food supplements. Your body pH affects everything.

More on the Matrix

Many illnesses are due to excess acidity that first starts to build up in the connective tissue and the Extra Cellular matrix (ECM)  between cells. The accumulation of toxins in the ECM prevents the proper flow of energy, nutrients and molecules to and from the cells. 

Effects of Acidity in the ECM

-          Structural alterations

-          Reduced oxygen carrying capacity

-          Reduced digestive capacity

-          Reduced detoxification capacity

-          Demineralization

-          Bacterial/Yeast/Parasitic overgrowth

Moreover, an acidic balance will decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease its ability to repair damaged cells, decrease its ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.

The Big C and pH

The body has to have a balanced pH like most living things on earth or it does not function correctly. Research has already proven that disease cannot survive in an alkaline state and yet they thrive in an acidic environment.

There are two factors that are ALWAYS present with CANCER no matter what else may be present. Those two factors are an ACIDIC pH and LACK of OXYGEN. Cancer needs an acidic and low oxygen environment to survive and flourish within. Terminal cancer patients are much more acidic than normal healthy people.  Why? In the absence of oxygen, glucose undergoes fermentation to lactic acid. This causes the pH of the cell to drop from between 7.3 to 7.2 down to 7 and later to 6.5 in more advanced stages of cancer and in metastases the pH drops to 6.0 and even 5.7 or lower. Our bodies simply cannot fight disease if our body pH is not properly balanced.

The normal human cell has a lot of molecular oxygen and a slightly alkaline pH. The cancer cell has an acid pH and lack of oxygen. Cancer cells cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment. At a pH slightly above 7.4 cancer cells become dormant and at pH 8.5 cancer cells will die while healthy cells will live. Again, the higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is.

Remember that the pH number is an exponent number of 10; therefore, a small difference in pH translates to a big difference in the number of oxygen or OH-ions. A difference of 1 in a pH value means ten times the difference in the number of OH-ions, a difference of 2 means one hundred times the difference in the number of OH-ions.

An acidic pH can occur from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, immune reactions and any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals.  If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build-up of acids between and ultimately within the cells will occur.  An alkaline diet rich in alkaline foods, green smoothies, and extra buffers when needed is on of the keys to disease prevention.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on how to test your pH, to see with your own eyes how your pH is affecting your blood and overall health, and for an individualized treatment plan to effectively change your pH BOOK a Live Blood Cell Nutritional Analysis Appointment with Andrea today @ the Sage Clinic - 519-573-6700