Information drawn from various sources.
This is what Dr. Marc Cochran has to say about low pH and acidosis.
“An acidic body is a body full of chronic pain and illness. The more acidic you become, the more chronic and the more severe the illness will become.” “What does long term acidosis create? The American public is about 98% acidic because of the diet. Call it what you want. Now, I am going to give you some long term symptoms of acidosis.” “Long term symptoms of acidosis.” 1. “Acne, panic attacks, lack of sex drive, cold hands and feet, food allergies, agitation, bloating, mild headaches, rapid panting breath, hard to get up in the morning. That’s the beginning symptoms of acidosis. Now we’re gonna go in the middle.” 2. “Cold sores, depression, migraine headaches, asthma, hives, swelling, urinary infections, colitis, excessive falling hair, stuttering, numbness, tingling, fungal infections. That’s intermediate.” 3. “The last one. Advanced symptoms: Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, leukemia, all cancers, Hodgkin’s disease, schizophrenia, tuberculosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis.” “That’s what you have to look forward to if you are not changing the acid in your body. Now, I also want you to understand that this information I just gave you is not from Dr. Marc Cochran. This is from research documentation. So, I’m not just saying it to say it. Everything that is in this handout is backed by medical research.”
An acid pH (ACIDOSIS) is the Seed-Bed of Degenerative Diseases
The Harmful Effects of an Imbalanced pH on the Body Systems
By Dr. William Lee Cowden
Dr. Cowden received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 1978, followed by an internship and residency at St. Louis University in Missouri and critical care and cardiology fellowships at the same hospital. He is a board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical nutrition. He is accomplished in applied kinesiology, homeopathy, reflexology, acupuncture, biofeedback, and color, sound, neural, magnetic and detoxification therapies. Dr. Cowden conducts clinical research and teaches alternative medicine at the Conservative Medicine Institute in Richardson, Texas.
The Circulatory System
During conditions of excessive acidity, bacteria and/or fungi and/or viruses can attach themselves to the inner wall of arteries, which then attracts white blood cells, clotting proteins, clotting cells, etc. This can cause a plaque to form in the artery, thus narrowing the artery and restricting the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the tissues supplied by that artery. If the coronary artery is involved, a heart attack can occur. If excessive acidity is present, calcium, which was mobilized out of the bone to buffer the acid, can deposit in the arterial plaque, thus converting the plaque from soft to hard. The plaque makes the arteries stiff, which can raise blood pressure.
The Nervous System
Brain cells dysfunction when they are too acidic, resulting in an inability to produce the appropriate chemicals (neurotransmitters) to communicate with adjacent brain cells. This can result in insomnia, anxiety, depression, neuroses, psychoses and impairment of memory. Since the brain is supposed to communicate through the spinal cord and other nerves to every cell in the body (heart cells, intestinal cells, muscle cells, glandular cells, etc.), every body system can dysfunction if the nervous system does due to acid/alkaline imbalance.
The Structural System
The calcium stored in the bones is released when serum and soft tissue calcium is used up, binding and neutralizing excess acid in the tissues. This initial calcium depletion in the muscle can cause muscle cramps. But as calcium is pulled from the bone to neutralize more acid, the calcium stored in the bones becomes deleted causing osteoporosis, weakened and collapsed vertebrae, poor back posture and back pain. The calcium mobilized from the bone gets deposited as calcium-acid salts in the joints, leading to degenerative arthritis.
The Digestive System
When the pH is too acidic, the cells lining the stomach and small intestines and the cells in the pancreas that are responsible for producing and releasing digestive enzymes dysfunction resulting in indigestion, gaseousness, bloating and abdominal cramping. Not enough nutrients get absorbed from the food and the entire body can experience malnutrition. Also undigested foods ferment in the intestines causing toxicity.
The Intestinal System
Excessive acidity causes the colon cells to dysfunction, which can result in diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or diverticulitis. The disturbed acid/alkaline balance in the colon can also cause unfriendly microbes to grow and thrive, which can result in colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s) or hemorrhoids.
The Immune System
Immune cells that are too acid do not produce antibodies or cytokines (chemical messengers to regulate other immune cells), and they have impaired phagocytosis (the ability to engulf and destroy microbes). As a result, the affected individual becomes susceptible to viral, bacterial, fungal and other infectious microbes as well as cancer.
The Respiratory System
The binding of oxygen to the hemoglobin protein of red blood cells in the lungs operates only at a fairly narrow pH range. If the pH is too acidic or too alkaline, microbes in the airways can grow much more easily, invade human cells, cause bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, etc., and in doing so, can result in cough, bronchial spasms (asthma) and increased susceptibility to allergens (hay fever).
The Urinary System
The urinary system helps eliminate toxic waste products from the body. Women especially (because of their short urethra connecting the urinary bladder to the exterior of the body) have some bacteria and/or fungi in their bladder. These microbes can grow rapidly if the urine’s pH is not in the proper range most of the time. In acid-excess conditions, calcium, which is mobilized from the bone to buffer the acid, can form calcium crystals and stones in the kidney collecting system. When these stones dislodge and pass down the urethra towards the bladder, they usually cause excruciating pain.
The Glandular System
All of the endocrine glands produce hormones from enzymatic action. If the pH is too acidic, the glandular cells cannot produce and release sufficient hormones for the body’s needs. This results in mood swings, blood sugar imbalances, fatigue, reproductive difficulties, etc.
The late Roger William, Ph.D. at the University of Texas-Austin, popularized the principle of biochemical individuality. He found that in an average group of 20 humans, there was a seven-fold difference between the lowest amounts of a particular vitamin or mineral required by one of those individuals in order to maintain health and the lowest amount of that same vitamin or mineral required by another individual in that group of 20 people. Diet no longer contains sufficient micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to maintain health, because most foods are now grown on mineral-depleted soil that has been over-farmed for decades, and adequate minerals are required by the plants to produce adequate vitamins in the plants.
When the pH is too acidic, the metabolic enzymes inside the cell do not work efficiently, which impairs the proper breakdown of fats, etc. For iodine absorption, the pH has to be almost perfect.
"You can thank an overly acid internal environment for the excess pounds you are carrying around." Robert O. Young, Ph.D., The pH Miracle.
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