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Unbalanced Body Chemistry Can Wreck Your Health

February 11, 2010 by  

Unbalanced Body Chemistry Can Wreck Your Health

When you’re born, you’re at the height of your health… and your pH levels are in a nearly perfect alkaline balance. But if you’re like most folks, you pay very little attention to balancing your body chemistry. Yet to be healthy, you must be in acid/alkaline pH balance—and slightly on the side of alkalinity. An infant is highly alkaline… an 80-year-old person is highly acid… and death is 100 percent acidity.

This critical balance between acidity and alkalinity is measured on a scale of 0 to 14 known as the pH—or “potential of hydrogen.” On this scale, 0 to 7.0 is acid, 7.0 is neutral and 7.0 to 14 is alkaline. If you’re a healthy person with perfectly balanced pH, you would have a reading of about 7.4 in your blood and about 7.25 in your tissues. However, most people fall in the acid range of 6.2 to 6.4.

Why? Take a look at the three main reasons why we are so far below the healthy alkaline range:

  • Stress—If you’re alive and working in America, you’re swimming in stress. This is a big reason for an increase in acid production.
  • Dehydration—Seven out of 10 of us are chronically dehydrated. This means we suffer from dehydration fatigue, sluggish metabolism and an urge to eat all the time. Our thirst mechanism lacks strength and is often mistaken for hunger.
  • Poor Diet—As you age you become more acidic because you build up more acid waste due mainly to a diet poor in nutrition. Most people eat 80 percent acid foods and only 20 percent alkaline foods. However, you should reverse that in order to be healthy.

Foods such as beef, pork, pasta, hamburgers, hot dogs, frozen snack foods, crackers, cookies, rice and most sugar cereals are acid-forming and commercially processed. These are the foods that most Americans live on. Sugar and artificial sweeteners (except Stevia) are even bigger culprits. And soft drinks are the real dangers with a high acid pH level of 2.5!

And while we devour the health-robbing acid-based foods, we turn up our noses at the good guys—alkaline-forming foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other foods high in fiber. This is a way of life that spells disaster for our health.

Just as acid can ruin your car battery, this is what acid overload can do to your body:

  • Eats away at the linings of your arteries and increases your chances of both brain and cardiovascular problems
  • Erodes cartilage and causes inflamed joints
  • Damages skin cells which contributes to premature wrinkling and other aging issues

But that’s not the only damage you face. Excess acid can cause blood sugar problems… high blood pressure… calcium-deprived bones… low energy… poor circulation… sexual problems… sleep problems… leg cramps… and a host of other issues.

In fact, in his popular book, Alkalize or Die, Theodore A. Baroody, M.A., D.C., N.D., Ph.D., shook the scientific world with the statement, “The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause… TOO MUCH ACID IN THE BODY!”

However, by understanding the importance of the acid/alkaline balance in your body—and taking steps to reverse the acid dominance—you can halt your march toward poor health.

—By Michael Cutler, M.D.

Dr. Michael Cutler

is a graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif. Dr. Cutler is a board-certified family physician with more than 20 years of experience. He serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems. Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and founder and editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter — a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients.

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  • DRobert Roenbaugh

    How does one get most of the acid in system,?? are lots of oranges, grapefruit good for te system,? vitamins, can one take too many? How about vitamin E > and lots of Ginko Biloba? at 82 how much sleep is necessary,? 5-6 hours enough? suggestions??

  • DRobert Roenbaugh

    Pleas leave a reply, thanks,

  • JuliBMe

    I think this article is intended to get you to buy the book that is mentioned.

    • margaux turner

      It is true, even cancer cannot grow in a akline state body.

      • Steve

        You are exactly correct. Alkaline higher bodies will not develop cancer on it’s own. Although it doesn’t completely remove the possibility of having cancer develop in the body. Other substances in our environment, can be cancer causing and will attack even higher alkaline balanced bodies. Radiation, chemicals, poisons, and toxins are also important invaders to consider ridding your bodies of with cleaning processes.

        • http://deleted Skeptic

          So it will develop cancer through complex interactions between genes and environment? Oh wait, that IS how cancers are thought to develop.

    • s c

      JuliBMe, do you think relying on a typical MD is better for your health (or cheaper) than being educated? For your sake, I hope you don’t let an MD yank you through life by your nose the same way most people let a politician do it. In some ways, there is very little differce between a politician and a typical, American-trained MD.
      Neither has a good reason to give a damn about you. Prove to me that money and unquestioned support have nothing to do with the way they control us. Food for thought, eh?

      • Janet

        You are soooo right about Politicians and doctors being alike. Politicians aren’t working for the people and doctors don’t have your best interests at heart. Sometimes people know what is right for their bodies, but doctors will not think about anything except what they have been taught in medical school. I am talking about the natural thyroid medication being taken off the market when so many people depend on it. My doctor refused to give me a perscription for another natural medication, but what about all the medications on the market that have terrible side effects.
        I am now against doctors and politicians. They are not good for us.!!

        • Juanita

          My doctor refused to renew my prescription unless I come in every 3 months for my thyroid. (he is building a new home) My other doctor gave me a year at a time as I have had the same Armour for 40 years!! So i went to another doctor and he gave me a prescription for a bioidentical Armour. If you can find a Pharmacy that makes biodentical hormornes they will make it for you. Government is trying to take over all the herbs and natural things.

          • s c

            Good for you! It’s great to know that you can still get what you need – IN SPITE OF the FDA and their useful idiot camp-followers in DC. You may or may not know it, but THIS is the time to put the FDA in its place.
            They have willingly forsaken their duties, squandered money and lives, and the FDA must be ABORTED. An independent panel made up of REAL scientists and MDs who CARE will do it better than the pimps and third-rate hookers at the FDA.
            It is far worse than illogical to REWARD those who don’t care about us, Juanita. We have to put them in their place (prison, in some cases), and SOLVE the problem. By the way, replacing the FDA would also guarantee that we’d have a chance at getting TRUE healthcare REFORM [not the pig sty 'tonic' that King Obummer wants to ram down our throats].
            ABORT THE FDA! Understand the problem, squash those who put $ before lives and SOLVE THE PROBLEM!
            Here’s to your continued good health, Juanita.


    I know there is a good answer but you mentioned that fruits are good for a acid system? Wouldn’t oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, lemons increase acid? They are awful sweet also. What fruits are best? Please explain. Thanks

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear Ruckus,

      Please see my response to Jack above.

      Best wishes,

  • JulieinAZ

    I have been following this philosophy for a long time, and I haven’t bought the book. This information can be found everywhere in holistic medicine. There are several ways to alkalize your body, citrus fruits like lemons and limes are good. I am in the habit of drinking 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water every night before bed. This raises ph to about 7.5 (if you can handle the sodium.) Also, unfiltered apple cider vinegar works well. I have never been healthier, when I used to get sick constantly. A doctor in Thailand has studied the effects of alkalizination on cancer, specifically baking soda, and found that it can cure cancer. I had my husband experiment by using a baking soda paste on a basal cell skin cancer, and it literally ate away at it and it’s nearly gone. Here’s a fantastic web site for all kinds of holistic medicine:

  • Time

    Good Blog,

    People need to understand how the body works, in the long run it will do you very well. I don’t say this to be promoting myself, but at 56 years old everyone I meet think’s I am at most 40.

    Also keep in mind you need to get out and do physical activities, like a good brisk walk for 3 – 5 miles swim, etc. thats every day.
    This aids in stress reduction.

  • margaux turner

    I am a licensed aesthetician and I know that diease cannot grow in a alkaline body. Alot of cancer and arthritis have gone into remission when the body is alkalined. what book? I want it.

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear margaux,

      The book referenced is Alkalize or Die, Theodore A. Baroody, M.A., D.C., N.D., Ph.D. I highly recommend it.

      Best wishes,

    • s c

      You are part of a distinct minority in health care, Margaux. THANK YOU for having the courage to have an OPEN MIND.

    • Krystalyn

      I actually found this more etneritainng than James Joyce.

  • Lino

    Drinking the wright water can keep us hydrated, neutralize the acid that we produce and detox our body at a cellular level the Japanese population has figured it out the are the longest living people in the world according to the united nations life expectancy chart.

    A newly introduced Japanese water technology is causing dramatic
    health improvements for millions of people worldwide. It has been
    nicknamed, Kangen, which means “return to the source.”

    For nearly 40 years, Kangen water has used in over 100 hospitals
    throughout Japan because of its medicinal value. It is the only water
    ionizer that is certified by the government as a medical device.

  • GlennAz

    Somewhere there is a balance but if you look at pure vegetarians after a few years they look terrible and die young. Since everyone is different it is almost impossible to hit a Constance balance. Guess you just have to hope for good inheritance from your parents.

  • s c

    I’d like to issue a challenge to those who have absolute faith in the AMA/FDA/Big Pharma mantra. If you believe in the food pyramid [scam] and the ‘expertise’ offered by most American-trained MDs, tell us what your normal daily ph rating is. I’m betting your ph is very acidic.
    If that’s the case, a major health problem is just a matter of time. When it comes to being really healthy, education and self-reliance are worth their weight in gold. Most American-trained MDs don’t know squat about true good health (or how to keep it).
    And IF you get a catastrophic disease/condition, God help you. Most MDs are too sheepish to challenge the AMA/FDA/Big Pharma monopoly. Most “healers” have a vested interest in keeping their cash flow constant – no matter what they have to do. Why else is the ph topic considered taboo by the medical establishment?
    It’s a miracle anyone is in good health in America. Most people who are in good health after a catastrophic disease EARNED their good health, and their scientist/MD/healer had NOTHING to do with it.

    • http://deleted Skeptic

      If that is true, why is the American life expectency so much longer than that of countries where people rely on other forms of medicine? The food pyramind needs revision, but most MDs will advocate eating more fresh fruits and vegetables than this. While it is true that one must educate themself to ensure their best health, and the our government agencies are oft slow to revise policy, our medical science largely is not. Pepole do not realize that healthy eating and therapeutic diets ARE major foundations of our medical system now, due to the fact that they are used to hearing about some of our versions of these. No one finds it revolutionary that eating large amounts of saturated fat is bad for you, but it WAS a new view to our ancestors. People with diabetes, renal diseases, hepatic diseases, and cardiac disease ARE placed on specific therapeutic diets. So are people with food allergies, migraines, and hyperlipidemia. The list is enormous. It is not popular to recognize the widespread use of therapeutic diet in western medicine, but it is there for the taking nonetheless. Part of educating yourself is not making blind assumptions about the system in which you currently function. If you have gout, there’s a diet for that. Constipation, there’s a diet for that too. Cancer, yep. The recommendations are there for the taking. Suffer from nutrient deficiencies, amened your diet. Americans are suffering from NOT following the recomendation of our medical professionals, not from following them.

  • DaveH
  • DottieL

    Another good book on this topic is “The Battle of Health is over pH: Life and Death Hangs in the Balance” by Gary Tunsky. Having practiced keeping pH in balance, I absolutely believe that acid-alkaline balance is key to good health and the avoidance of most major diseases.

  • Matthew

    Another good way to give your body the oxygen it needs is with hydrogen peroxide therapy:

    • Time

      Hey Matt,
      Good point! But folks {PLEASE} don’t use the stuff in the stores you need { food grade 35% } also please read about how to use it before starting any program, as well if your taking MEDS, talk with your Doc about what your doing.

      • s c

        Time, do yourself a favor, and find an MD who REFUSES to be brainwashed by the AMA. Like it or not, there are MDs and there are “MDs.”

        • Time

          Hi SC,
          Yes I understand what your saying, what I am expressing is that anyone on meds needs to check with their DOC.
          By its self H2 O2 is fine, but when combined with man made drugs one never knows what reaction one may encounter. Thus being prudent is always a good thing.

          As far as effects of H2 O2, all I can say is WOW. A few issues I had were the pains from many of my life long sports. I have no more aches and pains. I don’t get head aches, I never get the flu, at most a cold is 28 hours.

          If anyone has any interest Google {the many benifits of Hydrogen Peroxide.}

  • BobR

    I’d like to know if drinking well water with 20+ grains of calcium is a good alkalizer.

  • Nancy

    I’ve been interested in this for awhile, but how can I test myself to see where I am? What are the symptoms of too alkaline?

  • Chris

    Finally someone is talking about this simple yet enormously important subject.

    My Dad had prostate cancer a few years ago and I wound up learning about the PH factor through a book I found in Whole Foods. Yeah basically the American diet is a breeding ground for acidity. Let us all cross over to fruits and veggies!

    Health wise, all the big news stations talk about back and forth a couple times a year is: “wine is good for you”, “wine isn’t good for you”…”aspirin is good for preventing heart attacks “aspirin isn’t good for you” ??? Aspirin screwed my stomach up and our bodies are not meant to handle alcohol whatsoever!

  • Skeptic

    What about our lungs and kidneys? I think they are quite effective for regulating acid/base balance along with other regulatory mechanisms in the body. Won’t a simple change in respiratory pattern cause drastic fluctuations in ph quite rapidly? Despite the very obvious fact that some foods are much better for you than others, it remains that you have the ability to more rapidly and more drastically alter your body chemistry simply by holding your breath.

  • hh

    The optimal body pH is 7.3 to 7.4. If your pH were to drop to 6.2, as this article recommends, you would die from acidosis.

    The body has a buffering system that maintains your pH in the optimal range. IMHO, this is chicanery at best.

    • s c

      Try an experiment. Find some people who test their ph on a regular basis. Ask them what their ph was when they started. What’s their ph now?
      Go to a hospital. See if you can find someone who will tell you what the ph is of any given cancer patient. Most people have a low ph, and it does not get better unless or until you work at it.
      If a mere 6.2 ph was all it took for people to die, it would be an easy way for population control fans to kill off most of the people on the planet.
      Do some research, hh. Are in you a candidate for an Obummer medical czar position?

  • Dr. Elaine

    Maintaining a healthy ph balance is critical to our health and well-being
    . Our diet creates too much acidity. Fresh fruits and vegetables are helpful in alkalinizing our body. However, in the same token, too much alkaline is a health risk as well.

    • s c

      It is possible to be ‘too alkaline.’ However, most people are and will remain far too acidic. In America, as long as the AMA/FDA crowd does not make proper ph a priority, it would be worse than naive to expect to get the quality care we deserve, Dr. Elaine.
      As is the case with ALL health matters in America, it is dangerous to put blind faith in a single health care professional, especially when most MDs talk about quality care but practice arrogance and false omniscience (cancer therapy via protocols is a prime example).
      Self-education is a life skill tool. Sadly, a typical American MD is trained to believe that everything MDs need to know will be acquired at a medical school. That is not science. THAT is business – and politics.

  • Lisa

    Just more snake oil peddling…read this articles about “alkaline” water:

  • Ann

    I don’t recall the writer of this, but I ran across it some time ago and thought it was comical, if not accurate:

    2000 B.C.-Here, eat this root.
    1000 A.D.-That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
    1850 A.D.-That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
    1940 A.D.-That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
    1985 A.D.-That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
    2000 A.D.- That antibiotic doesn’t work anymore. Here, eat this root.

    This constant shift from one remedy to another just proves that we’re always searching for ways to improve and lengthen life…which is not all bad. However, I agree with some of the respondents that life in America is rather good, due in large partto our good health. Having travelled a bit to other parts of the world, I can understand why the world has depended, (at least in the past), on America’s high standard of health care. We have willingly shared a good amount with them when their politics allowed. Say what you will about our M.D.s and their training, not only do we have people from other countries seeking our education/training for doctors, but citizens of other nations often opt to have medical/surgical interventions in our medical centers. Many times we’ve had to repair damage done by their own primitive health care methods. Here, at least we have access to CHOICES about what we think is best for ourselves…or not. So having said all that, frankly I can’t see many Americans worrying too much about their acid-base balance, soaking their lettuce in water with a small amount of bleach overnight before consuming, scrubbing the wax+? coatings on fruits/veggies, etc. Then again, maybe we should begin to give heed to new warnings—simply because medicine has tended to become so entwined with business and politics. So whether one desires traditional or alternative healthcare, in my opinion, both types of providers should be appreciated.

  • Lynn Cranford

    Thanks for this nice article it had been just what i was probing for today! I even have my very blog on hypothyroidism still and if you’ve got the chance please take the time to examine it out as I have some very interesting info on these topic’s.


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