The pH Problem
It is thought by many that everyone has a never ending problem with acidity
in their systems and that this is the main cause of disease. We must continually
combat this problem by eating an "alkaline ash" diet, we are told. It is also
thought by many that the urine pH is an accurate indicator of the pH of body
Alas, the situation is a bit more complicated than that. Those of us who do
metabolic balancing are aware that many of our sickest people
body fluids that are very alkaline
, and that respiratory rate and breath
holding ability are key indicators of the pH of body fluids. A person with
an acid imbalance
will generally have a resting respiratory rate of
19 or more and if they take a deep breath will only be able to hold it for
40 seconds or less. Why? Because carbon dioxide
is used by the body
to regulate pH
If the body is acid, the brain tells the body to breathe faster to get
rid of the acidic carbon dioxide
. The same principle applies to breath
hold. The brain says "breathe!" The urine pH may be acid. But if the acidosis
is caused by excess potassium in the system, the kidneys will dump potassium
and retain hydrogen (Ain't evolution clever. If you believe that..). So the
urine is alkaline
while the body fluids are acid
Alkalosis is the opposite. A person with alkalosis will generally have a respiratory
rate of 13 or slower and a breath hold of 65 seconds or more. Urine pH is
generally alkaline, except in potassium depletion alkalosis. In that case,
the body retains potassium, and dumps hydrogen (acid), often making the urine
acid while body fluids are alkaline.
Causes? Well, there is a metabolic acidosis and alkalosis, a respiratory acidosis
and alkalosis, and pH problems caused by potassium imbalances
There is also an acidosis caused by a glucogenic or fast oxidizer imbalance.
Fast oxidation produces excess carbon dioxide and thus alkalosis. Slow oxidizers
are the opposite.
Then there are the anabolic/anaerobic and catabolic/dysaerobic imbalances.
The anaerobic person generally has alkaline urine, high urine surface tension
and acid saliva among other signs. Body fluids are alkaline and painful or
diseased areas are acid. The body tends to use insufficient oxygen in metabolism
so that instead of making carbon dioxide and water from glucose, the cells
make lactic acid
. Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize for proving
that cancer is an anaerobic tissue.
The dysaerobic person generally has acid urine, low urine surface tension,
and alkaline saliva. Body fluids are acid, and painful or diseased areas are
alkaline. Huge amounts of free radicals are generated by their metabolic processes.
Treatment? For an introduction to this, see the section on Metabolic