How We Become Acid
by Dennis Myers, M.D. - Robert Miller, D.C.
Clear and clean water is supposed to be neutral at a pH of 7.0. The pH of your
blood has to remain in a very narrow range around 7.40, all the time...
If the blood's pH rises or falls one tenth of a pH unit you are in intensive
care in the hospital where the pH of your blood is monitored very carefully.
If it moves two tenths either way it is lethal.
How your body always maintains a constant pH of your blood is a very complex
matter. Everything in your body works to maintain it, as every metabolic process
in your body depends on it. Healthy blood just transports things, in and out.
Its composition must remain balanced.
As hospital medicine is concerned mainly with serious illnesses, the pH of
your blood is taken very seriously. Arterial blood pH is measured frequently in
intensive care because here the pH of the blood itself does change. Drop in your
arterial blood's pH is considered real acidosis, not latent one,
and it is considered a very serious condition.
Acid-alkaline balance of your blood is not treated by modern, allopathic
doctors in their clinical setting. Because the process of becoming acid
correlates directly with the onset of old age and the development of chronic
degenerative disease, it becomes very important, in a way, to deal with it
preventively, as an 'outpatient', rather than as a patient in the hospital.
Strong Acids, Weak Acids and Protein
The strong acids in our bodies are those that are formed by the degradation
of protein. These are sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid and nitric acid.
These are strong, like the battery acid in your car. Strong acids are strong
compared to weak acids such as vinegar and citrus juices. Weak acids do not
ionize (break apart completely) in solution whereas strong acids do.
This is why vinegar does not burn holes in your clothes, or dissolve your bones;
it does not break apart completely into an acid and a base part, it remains
partly a salt. A salt is formed when an acid and a base combine and neutralize
In fact, vinegar, although an acid when you ingest it, does not stay that way.
Weak acids like the acetic acid in vinegar, and the acids in most fruits and
especially lemons, contain lots of minerals which are basic, along with their
weak acid part. The weak acid part combines with water and is converted into
carbonic acid which then breaks apart into carbon dioxide and water. You breathe
out the carbon dioxide and pass the water out through your kidneys. The minerals
remain behind to replenish deficient minerals so in fact these weak acids
in the end, alkalize your body by supplying more minerals to it.
A very different reaction takes place in the reaction with the strong acids
as they react with or leach out minerals from your body.
This is where the acid-alkaline balance problem lies.
The main reason we become acid is from failed digestion of protein, due to
bad food combining and subsequent toxicity
When protein breaks down in our bodies, it breaks down into the above
mentioned strong acids. These three acids must be excreted by the kidneys
because they contain sulfur, phosphorus or nitrogen that cannot break down into
water and carbon dioxide to be eliminated as the weak acids would be. In their
passage through the kidneys these strong acids must be neutralized by a
basic mineral into a neutral salt so as not to burn your kidneys.
Sulfuric acid and other strong acids are excreted mainly as salts of
sodium, potassium, magnesium or calcium as these are the main minerals used in
your the body's metabolic reactions. The sulfur in sulfuric acid can and does
combine with the calcium in your bones, and is excreted as the corresponding
salt, calcium sulfate. This salt does not harm the kidneys on its way through
them but it does rob your body of the needed calcium, its strongest alkalizing
By leaching alkalizing minerals out of your body you make the body more
acid. Latent "acidosis" develops then because your
body becomes relatively alkali deficient. Becoming alkali deficient is
the same as becoming acid. Latent "acidosis" is not the frank or
real acidosis (so the quotes) of hospital medicine because the pH of the blood
itself does not change.
We need protein, obviously, but we only need approximately 40 grams a day. An
athlete in intense training may need 80 grams a day. The average American diet
contains as much as 200 grams of protein per day: bacon and eggs for breakfast,
chicken for lunch, steak for dinner, etc. We all know that the "richer"
we became as a civilization and more "advanced", the more meat we eat.
Plato knew this in ancient Greece and toward the end of that civilization I'm
sure they had all the 'modern' degenerative diseases that plague us today and,
This is a reason postulated for the extinction of the Mayan Indians, their
skeletons are demineralized, as if they too had been soaked in excess acid.
Maybe toward the end they became so rich they ate Big-Mac Hamburgers too.
The Colloid Connective Tissue Organ Of Schade
As the blood can not change, it picks up the acids and transports them to the
connective tissues of the body where they are stored. This is the largest organ
of the body really. In Europe it is called the colloid connective tissue
organ of SCHADE. The collagen fibers of the body are specific acid catchers.
It is also called a pre-kidney as that is how it functions, storing acids prior
to delivery to the kidneys for excretion. Also it is the organ that connects,
holds everything in our bodies in place. It is composed of ligaments, tendons
and the like obviously but as these break down into finer and finer fibers it
becomes literally the scaffolding that holds every single cell in our body in
place. If too many acids need storing in this organ, which includes your muscles,
inflammation and pain develop. Fibromyalgia is associated with this acid
The space enclosed by these very fine fibers, is called PISHINGER'S SPACE,
after the German scientist that described it. Essentially, this is the
extracellular space that contains the fluids that bathe and feed each and every
cell. they also carry away the wastes from those same cells. There is no mention
of this organ in American physiology text books, there is the extracellular
space but no organ that stores acids like this, no pre-kidney.
Alkali Flood And Alkali Tide
There is also a daily rhythm to this acid-alkali ebb and flow called by
Friedrich Sander the Base Flood and Base Tide. The stored acids
are mobilized from the connective tissues and Pishinger's Space while we sleep.
These acids reach their maximum (base tide) concentration in this fluid, and
thereby the urine, at 2:00 AM, so the urine is the most acid at this time. The
acid content of the urine directly reflects the acid content of the fluid in
Pishinger's Space, the extracellular fluid compartment of the body.
By the time you get up though, in the morning, all the acids consumed and
generated the day before should be gone, excreted while you slept, contained in
your bladder and ready to be voided when you wake. This first urine should be
acid when you get up in the morning. The urine whose pH you should check is the
urine from the second time you empty your bladder in the morning. This reflects
the pH of the body fluids at that time, in the morning, not the pH of the urine
from the night before.
Your second voided urine specimen after you get up should be back to about
neutral, close to pH 7.00 (pH 6.8 to be exact). Because most everyone is acid,
this is seldom the case. More and more acids accumulate day after day and
chronic, degenerative disease develops as the direct result of the pleomorphic
changes that take place in the blood as discussed above. If we continue in our
present course, we keep addiing to the acids not disposed of the day before.
The Pishinger's Space becomes most alkaline around 2:00 PM, the Base
Flood, as then the most bicarbonate is being generated by the cover cells
of the stomach (see below), after your lunch and breakfast have been metabolized.
If your urine is not alkaline at 2:00 P.M. you are definitely in an acid condition.
In a healthy body, hydrochloric acid is produced by the cover cells of the
stomach. Salt, sodium chloride, is split and later reconstituted into hydrochloric
acid and sodium bicarbonate. The production of each molecule of hydrochloric acid is
matched by the production of an equivalent molecule of sodium bicarbonate.
The acid goes into the stomach and and the sodium bicarbonate goes into the
blood stream and circulates all around, first flushing out the excess acid in
the tissues and especially, freeing the collagen fibers and the colloidal
connective tissue organ from the adsorbed acids stored there. Any bicarb that
is left over, is picked up by the alkaline glands, the liver, pancreas, etc.
Of course, this is why our bodies are most alkaline around 2:00 P.M. This
is after our stomachs have pretty well digested breakfast and lunch. The
stomach has made all the hydrochloric acid it needed for digestion, and also the
equivalent amount of sodium bicarbonate that would be needed to neutralize the
body and refill the alkaline glands of the body. After the breakfast and lunch
are digested, liver and pancreas need to be filled up again. Where does their
alkalinity come from? It comes from the blood and from the alkaline food we eat,
mainly raw fruits and vegetables.
An imbalance develops if not enough alkaline food is eaten and the sodium
bicarbonate generated by the stomach's cover cells does not reach the alkaline
glands (pancreas, liver, salivary glands, and the alkaline glands in the duodenum).
On the way to those glands, some of the alkaline minerals get used up in
neutralization of acid residues from previous meals that are stored in the
connective tissue organ.
If there is not enough base left over after your meal to neutralize and clear
the acids stored in the connective tissues, a relative latent "acidosis"
(or base deficiency) develops. Your liver and pancreas won't be able to produce
adequate alkaline juices to ensure proper digestion.
Since digestion can't proceed without enough of these alkaline juices for the
liver and pancreas, etc., the stomach has to produce more acid, in order to make
enough base. In this way one can develop stomach ulcers. The ulcer is not the
result of too much acid, on the contrary, it is the result of too little base!
The 'excess' acid is there as a necessary byproduct of the organs having to
generate it so that more bicarb can be made available to satisfy the needs of
the liver and pancreas.
Replacement of Minerals
We can limit the loss of base minerals, caused by the excess protein acids
we consume, by either cutting down on protein consumption or by replacing the
These lost base minerals can be replaced by eating raw fruits and vegetables,
or by right mineral supplementation.
We have to eat our fruits and vegetables! "An apple a day does keep the
doctor away." This is so because the minerals from plants, organic minerals,
are readily absorbed by our bodies. Organic minerals are much different then the
minerals from rocks, inorganic minerals. Sodium from a plant for example, is
much different from the sodium in refined salt. We could assume that they are
not the same at all. You can eat all the refined table salt you want and your
cells will still be sodium or base deficient. The sodium used for building cells
has to be organic, from plants and it is the main base mineral we have because
there is so much of it. Only natural crystal salt can be used to supplement
sodium to the body.
In the same way, calcium from a plant is a lot different from say "Tums for
the Tummy". Tums are calcium carbonate or limestone, a ground up rock.
We can't readily digest rocks, that's what plants do.
We simply don't eat enough fruits and vegetables to compensate for the
minerals lost, because of our "rich", fast life diets. To compound the
matter, produce grown in mineral depleted soils, pushed by fertilizers, arrives
with a much lower mineral content than it used to a mere 150 years ago. We are
BASE DEFICIENT, and our whole body is in a relatively acid condition most of
In the acid condition we described you are not "acidic", you are
base deficient. This is why so many 80 or 90 year old people are shrunk
up, little people. They have no mineral stores left. When all the minerals are
gone, so are we, our battery runs down.
Your metabolic system can be compared to a battery. The cells of your body
carry a charge that can be measured as the oxidation/reduction potential (ORP)
of your blood. This energy potential decreases with aging, just as the minerals
do. We become more oxidized (so the higher need for antioxidants). Your acidosis
occurs because of hyper-proteinization, too much protein.
We aren't acidic, or as they say in a hospital, in a toxic shock, when things
have gone so bad that the very pH of the blood itself begins to change, Code Blue.
In the state of latent "acidosis" we are full of stored acid
residues stored in the Pishinger space waiting for a ride out on base minerals
that never arrive. This is the latent in latent "acidosis".
Blood values have not started to change yet, so the acidosis is stored in the
tissues. The tissues are acid, but technically this is not an acidosis yet,
because the blood appears normal.
If things get worse, this latent "acidosis" can proceed into
a compensated acidosis. This means the blood pH itself still hasn't
started to change, but other values in the blood have had to change to keep the
blood pH at the 7.40 that it is supposed to be. Decompensated acidosis is
when the blood pH itself is affected.
Hospital Based Acid/Base Medicine
As the blood pH begins to shift, the compensated metabolic acidosis
recognized by regular medicine is the next to develop. Your blood pH begins to
be stressed. Compensated means the blood pH really doesn't change, yet. When it
begins to change it is no longer compensated, it has become decompensated.
In a compensated acidosis the first event that starts the compensation
process is that the breathing rate increases in order to blow off more carbonic
acid. This helps keep the pH "normal", at 7.4. As your body can no
longer keep up, the arterial blood gasses will show as a lower PCO2 concentration
(the measure of how much carbon dioxide there is in your blood). Carbon dioxide,
CO2, combines with water, H2O, to form carbonic acid, H2CO3. Blow off carbonic
acid, which will lower the carbon dioxide content of the blood, and you will
increase the pH of the blood. This increased breathing rate is characteristic for
diabetic acidosis for the same reason.
Your plasma bicarbonate level [HCO3-] that is measured as part of the blood
gasses, is decreased. Because of the relative base deficiency, the stomach
can no longer produce the required amount of stomach acid so the corresponding
bicarbonate that should come from the reverse synthesis of the hydrochloric
acid, just isn't there.
Since sodium and other base minerals are depleted, bicarbonate is actually
lost out the kidneys because there aren't enough bases like sodium to connect
with the bicarbonate for the kidneys to reabsorb them.
This is the compensated metabolic acidosis of hospital medicine: low
PCO2 concentration, decreased bicarbonate level [HCO3-] with little effect
on blood pH yet.
In the type of latent "acidosis" we are talking about there
are no changes in the blood gasses. The blood pH, PCO2, [HCO3-], are all normal.
The latent "acidosis" we are talking about hasn't developed
into the compensated metabolic acidosis described above.
When the breathing rate can no longer get any faster and when the kidneys can
no longer increase their function to keep up with the acid load, the blood pH
itself does start to change, it can fall from 7.4 down to 7.2. This is
decompensated metabolic acidosis and it is a most serious condition. At
blood pH of 6.95 your heart stops with coma and death soon to follow.
Acids That Come From Outside The Body
The Latent acidosis described above is arrived at through base under-nourishment,
through not eating enough fruits and vegetables and consuming too much acid
protein. This of course produces the relative base deficiency that we call
Acids That Come From Inside The Body
The other way this "latent acidosis" can develop or can be aggravated
is through the pathological formation of acids in the organism. These are called
endogenous acids (come from inside the body).
This can come as a consequence of intestinal fermentation, too many of the
wrong kind of bacteria there (see below, Dysbiosis). This can also happen if
there is a malfunctioning organ in the body, heart, liver, or other, a diseased
or injured organ, either by accident or through genetics. Anything that doesn't
work right, produces toxic, acid byproducts, oxidants.
These acid byproducts are the end result of base under-nourishment or
malfunctioning organs with the symptoms described above or they can be the
forerunners of or the cause of further degeneration of organs. When this
comes, there is no more "latent", acidosis. It becomes a frank acidotic
condition, compensated to decompensated acidosis, diabetic coma and the like.
With the above scenario come the diseases that call forth, through anomalies
of their own metabolism, the more serious acid producing conditions such as
diabetes, uremia or kidney failure, hepatic failure, heart failure and other
such illnesses. In these conditions the acidosis is only latent in its beginning
As the illness progresses, the endogenous (from in the body) production of
toxic, metabolic acids quickly becomes worse, attacking not only the alkali-reserve
of the body, from the liver, pancreas, etc., but also the alkali-reserve of the
Effects On Digestion
Acidification of the intestines
As we become base deficient, the digestion itself is affected. The bile from
your gall bladder and the digestive juices from your pancreas all have to contain
a lot of base minerals, mostly sodium bicarb, to be able to neutralize the
stomach acid as it passes out of the stomach and into the intestine, and in order
to activate the enzymes from the pancreas that require an alkaline medium in
which to work. If the acid from the stomach isn't neutralized, colitis or
inflammation of the intestine will likely follow.
As stated above, the main problem with decreased acid in the stomach is that
as the cells in the stomach make acid, they also make the base, sodium bicarbonate.
If these cells don't make enough acid they don't make enough base either.
The sodium bicarbonate (base) that is made as the stomach makes its
hydrochloric acid is carried by the blood stream to the salivary glands, the
gall bladder system, glands in the pylorus (the part of the intestine the
stomach is connected to) and the pancreas. These are the alkaline glands of the
body and essentially they neutralize the acid contents of the stomach. If there
is not enough base to neutralize the acid from the stomach the intestines become
acid too. Without enough of this sodium bicarbonate base for these organs,
digestion cannot proceed properly and indigestion occurs.
When the pH of the intestines is not right, various bacteria and eventually
yeast can grow there, resulting in dysbiosis (wrong growth). This causes its own
set of problems.
If the environment of the intestines is not alkaline but acid, dysbiosis
(wrong growth) occurs. The gut fills with and supports the growth of the wrong
kind of bacteria, fungus, yeast, Candida sp., etc. These bacteria in turn
generate their own acidic, toxic metabolic byproducts that further aggravate
and promote the latent "acidic" condition.
This dys-biosis or wrong growth begins with fermentation, a process of
eating, metabolizing and excreting by bacteria, resulting in alcohol productin.
Fermentation like this can even cause cirrhosis of the liver in patients that
have never drunk alcohol in their life.
As in making wine, this fermentation process can go 'bad' and begin to rot.
Vinegar and other rotten things are produced. This vinegar acid and the other
metabolites can cause "heart burn", along with bloating and gas that come
with the fermentation process. This kind of heart burn is not from too much
hydrochloric acid, it is from not enough. This kind of heart burn, that comes an
hour or two after you eat, other acids form, acetic acid as in vinegar and other
putrefactive acids. These acids cause your "heart" burn. The meal is
not digesting well as it would have with a good amount of hydrochloric acid, it
is fermenting instead.
These rotten things are reabsorbed back into the body and picked up by the
blood in your intestine. These rotting things do not make you feel well. The
constipation headaches, sleepless nights from food eaten too late to digest
(nights where undigested food just ferments and rots all night, makes bad dreams).
The skin also tries to expel such toxins, through pimples, rashes and other skin
With this kind of "heart burn" one hurts after eating, soon after
or an hour or two later, rather than before eating, as with an ulcer. This can
burn with reflux up the esophagus, worse while lying down, or it can be just
pressure over the whole abdomen from the gas. This gas can actually push the
stomach through the diaphragm into the lung cavity, producing a hiatal hernia.
Eating does not relieve this dysbiotic type of heart burn, as it would in the
case of a peptic ulcer.
The Indican Urine Test
Indican is one of the rotten byproducts that is formed in the dysbiotic gut
and it too is reabsorbed from the intestines, back into the blood stream to be
finally excreted in the urine. The Indican Urine Test measures the amount of
Indican in the urine. There should be none of course and this test can be used
to measure the degree of dysbiosis occurring in a patient.
One can live without a stomach. That there is not enough acid to activate
some of the digestive enzymes in the stomach is not the real problem as far as
this indigestion is concerned. It is because there is not enough base in the
liver, pancreas, etc.
Pepsin excreted by the stomach cells needs an acid environment in the stomach
to work. Pepsin digests proteins. If there is no acid and no pepsin or if there
is ineffective pepsin from the stomach because of no acid (or if there is no
stomach) the protein passes into the intestine where the enzyme trypsin from the
pancreas does digest it. Trypsin can only work in an alkaline environment. Most
of the digestion actually takes place in the alkaline environment of the
intestines, not in the stomach.
If the food can't be digested properly, too much acid, not enough base, the
wrong kind of bacteria in the intestines, whatever, one gets in-digestion.
Things just don't digest right. This includes bloating and pressure because if
the food doesn't digest, it in fact ferments and then rots. The fermentation
part causes gas, the rotting part causes smelly putrefaction. Every organ is
affected. In your body, everything is connected to everything else: it is Wholistic.
The process of deacidification (or alkalizing), with the use of MMP Minerals
recharges your stomach acid system regardless of whether there is too much or
not enough acid produced by the stomach cells. When the stomach cells make acid,
they split the source NaCl or salt into separate sodium and chloride ions, which
takes a tremendous amount of energy. Supplying both the minerals and the required
acid (Betaine-HCl) makes the stomach be more effective, allowing the intestine
to function better. This supports your other organs to clean up acid residues
and replenish the alkaline digestive glands.
Increased Acid In The Stomach
As we know, as one gets acidic, first the body develops a latent
"acidosis". If there is not enough base left over when the hydrochloric
acid of the stomach is produced, the relative base deficiency develops, the latent
"acidosis", because the liver and pancreas don't have enough alkaline juices.
Digestion can't proceed without enough of these alkaline juices so the
stomach has to produce more acid, in order to make just a little more alkaline
juices. The stomach lining fills up with stored hydrochloric acid, the tissues
start to break down from the excess acid, ulcers form and then the Hylicobacter
pylori bacteria come out of the cells and finish the job, cleaning up the ulcer
in the process.
The stomach and its ulcers are one of the body's ways of trying to get rid of
acid, through the only acid producing organ in the body, the stomach. By the
time an ulcer has formed in the body, Pischinger's Space, all the connective
tissues, everything will have become saturated with acid residues. In such a
condition the body is trying desperately to rid itself of too much acid.
In the above condition the stomach makes more hydrochloric acid than the body
needs just so it can make a little extra bicarbonate for the pancreas and liver.
This acid is actually stored in the stomach itself and so this is the "deposit
- hydrochloric acid" of Friederich Sander. The following quotes are from,
The Acid-Base Household of the Human Organism and its cooperation with the NaCl
circulation and the rhythm of the Liver, Friederich F. Sander, about 1930,
translated from the German by Robert Miller, D.C. This book is not yet in print
Deposit Hydrochloric Acid
The intestines become acid with a base deficiency because the stomach is
pushed to make more base (but the byproduct of this is more acid). At first, the
excess acid made in response to the need for bicarbonate, is actually stored as the
deposit-hydrochloric acid in the stomach, causing ulcers, gastritis and the
like. Again and more importantly, if the stomach doesn't make acid, it doesn't
make the base, sodium bicarbonate, which is the more important of the two for
digestion. "The real problem here is that of a one sided scenario where regular
medicine only views the stomach as a digestive organ, not a depot or deposit
organ (for excess acid from the body itself) or as a regulation organ for the
"As soon as one sees the stomach cells also as a deposit-organ, not only a
digestive organ, for those hydrochloric acids that are being formed in the
cover cells, because those cover cells are being forced to produce sodium
bicarbonate as a consequence of the base-deficiency of the organism."
When one sees this and then sees that the stomach cells store the excess acid
of the body (as do all cells of the body) so that the bicarbonate produced when
the HCl was produced, can be used to make up for the bicarb used up in its
passage through the body in the blood stream, cleaning up and neutralizing acid
'sludge' all along the way.
Decreased Acid In The Stomach
Achlorhydria, Absent or Decreased Acid causes indigestion for sure and is
more common than "heart burn" or real over acid production, especially
in older folks. As above, this condition begins as the over-stimulation of the cover
cells of the stomach, over-stimulated so they can make more bicarbonate for the
liver and pancreas because of the underlying latent "acidosis" and
relative base deficiency. After awhile the stomach cells just can't do it anymore,
make more and more acid while trying to generate more base to correct the base
deficiency, the latent acidosis.
The treatment of the over-acid and under-acid conditions Is the same as it
is with any other disease.
Treatment Is Holistic and Generic
When the stomach makes too little acid, the whole process of using up the
hydrochloric acid in the stomach with the MMP Minerals does restart the
system, makes it work harder and in time better. Digestion improves.
the alkaline minerals in the MMP Minerals react with the acids of the body
mopping up the excess acid out of the lymphatic system. In time the acid residues
are cleared and the base deficiency is restored so the stomach doesn't have to
make so much acid anymore.
In an under acid condition, baking soda would stimulate the production of more
hydrochloric acid, and therefore blood borne bicarbonate, which clears latent
"acidosis", restores the base mineral deficit so that stomach cells
can heal. This, in time, really works. Baking soda speed both these processes up
considerably. The treatment for both conditions is the same as one is just an
extension of the other, the hyperacid condition leading to the condition where
little or no hydrochloric acid is produced by the cover cells of the stomach.
The phenomenon of hyper-proteinization is best illustrated by the drinking of
milk. Cow's milk contains three times more protein than human mother's milk. We
know how to measure the amount of calcium one puts in one's mouth and the
amounts that are passed through the urine and feces. When drinking cow's mile,
large amount of protein is converted into acids, and these acids leach more
calcium out of the bones than was provided by the milk in the first place!
Cow's milk causes osteoporosis! It is an absolute lie when the dairy board
commercials say, "Milk builds strong bones". It does not. Add to this
the fact that 50% of the calcium that is ingested by the drinking of pasteurized
milk is not absorbed, because it is pasteurized. Pasteurization does not kill
all of the bacteria in the milk. Salmonella can be transmitted via pasteurized
milk. As far as pasteurized milk is concerned, any farmer knows that if you feed
a baby calf pasteurized milk for a few months it will die. We aren't even baby cows.
Add to this that about 80% of people are allergic to milk and it seems to be
not such a good food to eat.
These facts are not unknown. In 1977, senator George McGovern introduced a
list of dietary guidelines for the American people. On top of the list was the
recommendation that we decrease our consumption of protein. One year later
this was removed from the record by the meat and dairy industries and replaced
with the cholesterol scare. Please be advised: Cholesterol is not the problem,
Cooked Protein Is Stimulatory And Is Therefore A Negative Energy Source
Besides this, in the long run protein is not a positive energy source.
Although protein can, in starvation, yield 4 kilo calories per gram of mass,
the same as carbohydrate (compared to 9 kilo calories per gram of fat) its effect
is mainly stimulatory. Next to drugs, pharmaceutical or otherwise, protein is
the most stimulating thing we consume. Coffee for example, will get you going
for about an hour. A T-bone steak on the other hand will keep you pumped up for
four to five hours.
The fact is that, it takes so much energy for the body to process cooked meat,
digest it and then eliminate it, that it ends up being a negative energy source,
taking more energy from the body than it gives to it. This is the basis of the
so called 'high protein', weight reduction diets. You will loose weigh on a high
protein diet but the long term consequences of this are not told by those that
advertise such procedures.
As far as acids are concerned, the only things more acid than protein are
pharma drugs, all of them. Most drugs are alkaloids that, as with protein, contain
nitrogen. These drugs have to be converted first to their corresponding strong
acid, nitric acid in this case, and then to the mineral salt, sodium, potassium
or calcium nitrate before they can be excreted.
Aspirin, Motrin, all such anti-inflammatory medicines for arthritis, make the
arthritis worse in the long run. This is so because the aspirin and the rest are
alkaloids that are converted to strong acids in their excretion. Strong acids
don't help joints and aching bones. When the body can't deal with the excess
acids we consume, one of the places these acids are stored is in the joints.
Fluid taken from a swollen joint is always acid.
Coffee is a drug, herbal medicines are drugs. All substances that have
alkaloids as their active ingredients are drugs. Pharmaceutical drugs are
essentially synthetic alkaloids.
Over The Counter Antacid Drugs
Pepcid, Zantac, Axid, Tagamet and the like, block this excess acid outpouring.
These drugs stop the acid production of the stomach. This produces only
One of the bigger crimes of the petro-chemical drug industry in recent times
has been the ease with which these recently reclassified to over-the-counter
drugs like Histamine, H2-blockers can be obtained. These include Tagamet,
Pepcid, Zantac, Axid and a host of newer more expensive ones. They are all the
same. These drugs block the production of the hydrochloric acid by the stomach,
and thereby relieve your "acid indigestion".
If one blocks hydrochloric acid production by the stomach with these
medicines, where does this excess acid go (it has to be excess or one wouldn't
have an ulcer)? Does the toxic acid then become buried, impregnated in the body
somewhere? Does this then proceed on to the Neoplasm phase or does the excess
acid just accumulate more in the muscles and tendons, causing you to hurt more
with fibromyalgia? Do your bones dissolve more or your heart skip more beats?
It will take years for this message to reach the public (thanks to huge
advertising and propaganda budgets), so the pharmaceutical companies won't be
held liable. As these medicines are relatively new, the side effects of the
blocked acid excretion "remain to be seen" as far as regular medicine is
Consider this: if the body is so full of stored acids that the stomach has to
work overtime to get rid of them, then to block the excretion of those acids -
how does that help? Where does that blocked hydrochloric acid go? It aggravates
the acid condition that caused its over production in the first place, so now it
has to push back up farther into the system. It just puts the acid problem off
until later, symptomatic relief that will result in a crisis.
That you can buy these drugs over the counter without a prescription is
abominable. They should not be used even with a prescription, except in a
hospital setting, in an emergency where there is no other recourse.
To get at the cause of the excess acid production, rather than blocking it
with pharmaceutical H2 blockers, is the obvious and most desirable therapy.
Chronic Degenerative Disease
The point of this article is that if the condition of "latent acidosis"
is not acknowledged, if the above non-specific symptoms are not recognized and
dealt with for what they are, then, SPECIFIC DISEASES do develop. The above
GENERIC SYMPTOMS, 'localize' in the body's weakest place, the locus minoris
resistentiae, and frank organ degeneration begins to take place. This
"localization in the body's place of least resistance" can take the
form of any of the specific, named, chronic, degenerative diseases. Chronic
Degenerative Disease is holistic, it affects your whole body.
As this base deficiency begins to develop all the things mentioned above
begin to happen:
General Results Of Base Deficiency:
- The acidity leads to the pleomorphic changes in the blood. As stated
above, whenever there is anything in nature that is dying, beginning to decay,
something comes and eats it up. When things get old in the body, acidic and
toxic, organisms do come out of the cells. Organisms that devour old cells come
out first. In other words, the Protits in the cells change, stick together and
become viruses, bacteria, fungi, molds, and so on. That is what microbes,
or germs, are for.
- Sodium becomes deficient first from the blood serum (most of the sodium in
the body is in the serum whereas the potassium is inside the cells). The acids
and even excess protein itself can be, as one of the last resorts, stored in
the cells themselves. This causes the cells to swell and edema develops. Of
course one is sick by this time. The cells swell in order to dilute the acids
in them, the acids that shouldn't be there. High blood pressure can develop
because of this.
- Potassium leaves the cells and weakness, tiredness, and wasting develop.
Low blood pressure can be a result of this.
- Calcium leaves the bones and osteoporosis sets in. The bone calcium goes
into your blood and you get muscle cramps. The blood has to get rid of the
"extra" calcium very quickly or one develops tetany. Tetany is a
Charlie Horse type cramp, of every muscle in the body. The body doesn't mess
around with calcium, it gets rid of it, deposits it or excretes it. Calcium
should only be used, as a medicine, in a hospital. All the organic, good
calcium that our bodies can use, is contained in the vegetables, especially
the dark, green leafy ones. We don't need milk, and we don't need mineral calcium
There are many studies from around the world that show that the more protein
a society consumes, the more osteoporosis they have. Osteoporosis is definitely
an acid disease. The calcium is just leached out of the bones by these metabolic
acids. Calcium, or lack thereof, is not the problem, over acidification is.
This calcium has to be excreted by the kidneys or in the feces or it will be
deposited, somewhere in the body. It can be measured in the urine. It can be
deposited in the lining of the arteries, kidney or gallbladder - stones can
develop. It can be deposited in the brain causing dementia or in joints as
arthritic deposits, and on and on... and then the microbes come out of the
acidic, hurt, swollen cells to help get rid of the deposits. Inflammation
develops, pain, more swelling, blocked arteries. The amount of calcification in
the body correlates directly with the onset of 'old age'. All these old
micro-organisms are being re-discovered, inside the diseased tissues effected by
Chronic Degenerative Disease, cancer, the bacteria Chlamydia pheumoniae being
isolated from the arteries in most cases of hardening of the arteries... Stomach
ulcers have been treated for some time with antibiotics. Where is this going?
Vaccines and antibiotics for arterial disease? How foolish!
Success in natural farming is derived from the balance between acids and
alkalinity in the soil. When the soil is properly balanced, insects cannot
thrive and are not drawn to plants. The same is true for us. Our biological
terrain, our fluids, must also be balanced.
Our bodies cannot function in a neutral state, for no chemical reactions
would take place. The stomach is the only part of the body that is always acidic
(hydrochloric acid), while the remainder of the bodily fluids are supposed to
Blood, spinal fluid and saliva should be slightly alkaline, the stool, liver
bile, pancreas or gall bladder bile can be either acidic or alkaline (the range
for these organs and glands is broader). When they become acidic, the imbalance
allows parasites to establish a foothold, creating even more stress on the system.
Hyperacidic tendencies and symptoms include cold sores, herpes, arthritis,
rheumatic conditions, parasites, cancer, candida, insomnia, headaches and
migraines, water retention, bladder infections, constipation or diarrhea, teeth
sensitivity, burning sensations, ulcers (also bacteria related), hypotension,
stress, cravings for certain foods, allergies, asthma, skin disorders of all
types and gastric problems.
There are many more ailments related to acidosis. Your cellular terrain
requires frequent adjustments to maintain balance and health. When acids are
allowed to build up over time, they create a place for illnesses and conditions
that support their growth.
The ways you can start to re-balance your pH include dietary changes,
nutritional supplements, Hydrotherapy and Herbs.
Practice food combining, and increase your intake of water rich foods. Eat
more alkaline producing foods. Drink structured water.
There are a variety of books available to assist in determining which foods
are best suited for your particular needs.
Add free form amino acids, sulfur (MSM), add minerals (Ca, Mg, K, Na) in the
form of natural salts; all vitamins, and proteolytic enzymes; enzymatically
rich living foods; anti-oxidants, such as Alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extract,
green tea, Olive leaf extract and Vitamin E; essential fatty acids, especially
omega-3 (flax, borage, primrose).
Baths can both cleanse and rejuvenate. Start every other day, with weekends
off. Drink plenty of pure structured water after the bath and try to have the
bath as hot as possible to open the pores and allow the bath ingredients to
penetrate. Add soap to lower the water surface tension.
Do these separately, not combined:
Baking soda/Epsom salts, about one pound of each (Twilight
Bath Crystals, Miracle II Soap and Neutralizer, Himalayan Crystal Salts work
apple cider vinegar, about 2 cups.
hydrogen peroxide 3%, about 2 pints.
Peelings (or cleansing salts), mixed with castor or ayurvedic oil, rubbed
thoroughly into the liver area, the kidney/adrenal area, thymus area, stomach and
abdomen, either before or after the bath.
Add essential oils for aromatherapy effects.
Alfalfa; Aloe vera; Comfrey; Cramp Bark; Garlic; Ginger; Slippery
Elm; Parsley; Peppermint; Cornsilk;
These are best taken in single doses, liquid form, about 40 drops,
once a day. Taking all of them is unnecessary, and you may need to
experiment to determine the ones that work best for you.
You can easily determine your pH balance by purchasing pH paper. The paper
changes color and indicates your acid or alkaline state. Best to take this test
first thing in the morning, before eating, using two strips, one for saliva and
the other for urine.
By re-establishing balance in your system, you can eliminate the parasites
that create illness and provide a terrain that repels further infestations. Why
harbor unwanted disease? We can't tolerate pH imbalance in our swimming pools,
allow it in our body?
More information is available in the book "A New Biology" available at
Dennis Myers' website.