Acids Good And Bad
April 25, 2011 by Bob Livingston
There are good acids and bad acids in the body. Unfortunately, most people spend their time and money neutralizing the good acid with over-the-counter medications while they increase levels of the bad acid with a diet of processed foods, too much meat and exposure to toxins and pollutants.
The body needs to be slightly alkaline with a homeostatic pH of 7.35 to 7.45. (The term pH refers to the acidity or alkalinity of a substance, 7.0 being the neutral level of most water. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14. Above 7.0 represents increasing levels of alkalinity. Below 7.0, substances become exponentially acidic.)
The bad acid is the acid that builds up in the body tissues. Excess acid in the body — or low pH — causes fatigue and shortness of breath and prevents apoptosis (normal cell death). This leads to malignancies and the breakdown of body tissues and organs. Individuals with chronically acidic systems use up oxygen reserves quickly, whereas the body in an alkaline state produces oxygen.
Over-acidity leads to toxin accumulation and oxygen depletion. The body tries to combat excess acidity by trying to neutralize it with oxygen. To do so it must continually divert oxygen away from its primary metabolic functions and direct it toward the acidic cells and tissues. This means that as we get more acidity we have less oxygen and shorter breath.
Older people are, of course more acidic. Acidity interferes with our electromagnetic currents, creating more acid in the body. An acidic body means death.
Blood pH must be in balance (slightly alkaline) to prevent clumping of red blood cells so they can flow into the smallest capillaries to deliver oxygen.
Acid actually strips away the negative charge of red blood cells and causes them to clump. This means less oxygen gets to your cells.
Acid also weakens red blood cells and they begin to die. We get fewer nutrients and our energy level begins to drop.
Infectious micro-organisms thrive in low pH or acid environments.
The modern American diet of refined foods is highly acidic. This creates a volume of waste acids which is symptomatic of acid indigestion or "heartburn." This is discomfort from fermenting waste acids, not from too much of the good acid, which is the hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach.
Instead, it is a symptom of too little HCl. Adequate HCl would prevent organic acids (waste acids) in the first place, and negative symptoms would never appear.
HCl is the only acid the body produces. All other acids in the body are toxic acids of fermentation created by our environment and diet.
HCl is absolutely essential for life. Without it the body cannot make the proper chemical conversions to alkalinity.
The life-giving and life-sustaining function of HCl is to break down food as it arrives in the stomach. If HCl is insufficient, food becomes a mass of poorly digested acid waste residues called organic acids of fermentation. It manifests itself in what is termed acid indigestion and heartburn. Acid reflux is a symptom.
As most of you know, the pharmaceutical answer to this is antacids. These compound the problem by making the low and insufficient stomach acid even lower. Temporary relief hides this fraudulent commerce.
If you take antacids you must understand that all they do is temporarily quiet the waste acids of fermentation caused by low stomach acid in the first place. The only therapy for low stomach acid — or low HCl — is more hydrochloric acid, not less.
Over time, reduced HCl foretells and guarantees illness — and finally death — with stomach cancer.
Hydrochloric acid begins a disturbing decline around age 40, though today it shows up at all ages because of our refined carbohydrate diets.
Adequate HCl is our first line of defense against the various destructive microbes that enter the body by way of food. HCl actually kills and digests pathogens. It also cleans up detrimental waste acid byproducts. Therefore, it is critical that everyone understands that adequate HCl levels greatly reduce tissue acid waste buildup.
HCl keeps us alive by maintaining proper alkaline/acid balance and then becomes alkaline after its vital job in the digestive process is done. Eight essential amino acids, two vitamins and 15 minerals are dependent on proper HCl for absorption. Vitamin B12 and folic acid simply will not be absorbed from food sources without adequate HCl in the stomach.
So what can we do to help our bodies maintain a proper pH and proper levels of HCl?
First, diet is essential. There foods and drinks that help prevent high acidity:
Water — Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. To every other glass of water you drink add one-fourth teaspoon of sea salt (unless you are salt sensitive or have high blood pressure). Be sure to alkalize your water using an alkaline supplement available from a company that sells nutritional supplements.
Fruits and vegetables — Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline-forming foods, especially citrus fruits, which are acidic but turn alkaline when consumed. They are best eaten in raw form as often as possible. At the top of the list are pears, apples, watermelon, bananas, strawberries, cucumbers, egg plant, onions, pickles, string beans, asparagus (even canned asparagus is an acid reducer), shiitake mushrooms, spinach, carrots, radishes, cabbage, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips and turnip greens and garlic.
Potatoes — They are alkaline-forming when eaten with the skin on.
Other foods — Coffee, egg whites and cayenne pepper.
Natural sea salt mixed in water or a supplement of betaine hydrochloride can help you maintain adequate levels of HCl in the stomach, which can eliminate the symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion.
HCl therapy to combat infections was an oft-employed tactic in the first half of the 20th Century. Burr Ferguson, M.D., and Walter Bryant Guy, M.D., advanced the knowledge and use of the principles of HCl therapy.
They and a few other forward-thinking physicians administered HCl intravenously and intramuscularly with astounding results in patients showing severe distress, high fever or with large tumors. The results were recorded at the time in The Medical World Journal. That research was compiled into a book, Three Years of HCl Therapy, by Roy W. Huntsman.
Among the success stories of people were treated with HCl therapy:
- An 87-year-old woman whose large colon tumor disappeared in four months.
- A 50-year-old man with a growth in his gallbladder who was told he was near death but had his tumor vanish in less than a year.
- An 8-year-old girl with tuberculosis whose lungs were healed.
- A 73-year-old woman had her breast cancer disappear.
- A 15-year-old girl, near death with a massive infection after childbirth and suffering from extremely high fever and delirium, recovered after a couple of weeks.
- A 43-year-old man received complete relief from migraines after two weeks of therapy.
There are many more stories just like these. They are stories you never hear from mainstream medicine.
The information for this article was taken from the books Acid and Alkaline by Herman Aihara, Alkalize or Die by Dr. Theodore A. Baroody and Three Years of HCl Therapy.
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