The pH Balance
by Roddy MacDonald
“Indeed, the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced pH.” (Dr. Robert Young).
After years and years of research, I have learned that most successful non‐toxic alternative cancer treatments have two common denominators:
1. maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of our body.
2. increasing the amount of oxygen at the cellular level.
So let’s take a quick look at these two concepts.
Back in high school chemistry, we learned about our acid/alkaline balance, also referred to as the body’s pH (“potential Hydrogen” or “powers of Hydrogen”). Our pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14, with around 7.35 being neutral (normal). The pH numbers below 7.35 are acidic (with 0 being the most acidic) and the numbers above 7.35 are alkaline (with 14 being the most alkaline).
Hydrogen is both a proton and an electron. If the electron is stripped off, then the resulting positive ion is a proton. Without going into all the details about protons (“+” charge) and electrons (“‐” charge), it’s important to note that alkaline substances (also called “bases”) are proton “acceptors” while acids are proton “donors.”
What does that mean to someone who isn’t a doctor?
Let me simplify it for you. Since bases have a higher pH, they have a greater potential to absorb hydrogen ions. And vise versa for acids.
Why is hydrogen so important?
Our universe is composed of millions of compounds, all derived from just 106 atoms. Of these elements, hydrogen is the first and most fundamental. Hydrogen is also the most abundant element, comprising 90% of all atoms in the cosmos.
In our sun and stars, hydrogen nuclei fuse to produce helium, the second element.
This generates the enormous energy that powers life on earth.
And just as hydrogen fuels the sun, so, in the human body, it is the crucial factor in the electrochemical process that produces ATP, as we just discussed.
In chemistry, we know that water (H2O) decomposes into hydrogen ions (H+) and hydroxyl ions (OH‐). When a solution contains more hydrogen ions than hydroxyl ions, then it is said to be acid.
When it contains more hydroxyl ions than hydrogen ions, then it is said to be alkaline. As you may have guessed, a pH of 7.35 is neutral because it contains equal amounts of hydrogen ions and hydroxyl ions.
Over 70% of our bodies are water. When cells create energy via aerobic respiration, they burn oxygen and glucose. I don’t want to get overly scientific here, but the fact is that in order to create energy, the body also requires massive amounts of hydrogen. As a matter of fact, each day your body uses about ½ pound of pure hydrogen. Even our DNA is held together by hydrogen bonds. And since the pH of bases is higher, they have a greater potential to absorb hydrogen, which results in more oxygen delivered to the cells.
The hydrogen ion concentration was found to vary over fourteen powers of 10, thus a change of one pH unit changes the hydrogen ion concentration by a factor of 10.
The pH scale is a common logarithmic scale. For those of you who never liked math, what this means is that a substance which has a pH of 5.2 is 10 times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 6.2, while it is 100 (102) times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 7.2, and it is 1,000 (103) times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 8.2, etc…
Our blood must always maintain a pH of approximately 7.35 so that it can continue to transport oxygen. Thus, God has made our bodies resilient with the ability to self‐correct in the event of an imbalanced pH level through a mechanism called the buffer system.
In chemistry, a buffer is a substance which neutralizes acids, thus keeping the pH of a solution relatively constant despite the addition of considerable amounts of acids or bases.
However, due to our poor diet of junk foods, fast foods, processed foods, and sodas, most of us are putting our bodies through the ringer in order to maintain the proper pH in our blood.
Although our bodies typically maintain alkaline reserves which are utilized to buffer acids in these types of situations, it is safe to say that many of us have depleted our reserves.
When our buffering system reaches overload and we are depleted of reserves, the excess acids are dumped into the tissues. As more and more acid is accumulated, our tissues begin to deteriorate.
The acid wastes begin to oxidize (“rust”) the veins and arteries and destroy cell walls and even entire organs.
According to Dr. Robert Young, “ A chronically over‐acidic body pH corrodes body tissue, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of our veins and arteries like acid eating into marble. If left unchecked, it will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. Over‐acidification interferes with life itself, leading to all sickness and disease.”
As we learned earlier, normal cells create energy via aerobic (with oxygen) respiration. Alkaline cells are able to absorb sufficient quantities of oxygen to support aerobic respiration.
However, when cells become more acidic, less oxygen is absorbed, and the cells begin to ferment glucose in order to survive.
This concept is essential to understand, because cancer cells thrive in an acidic, anaerobic environment and don’t do very well in an aerobic, alkaline environment.
Having an acidic pH is like driving your car with the “check engine” light on. It’s a sign that something is wrong with the engine, and if we don’t get it fixed, then eventually the car will break down.
According to Keiichi Morishita in his book, Hidden Truth of Cancer, as blood starts to become acidic, the body deposits acidic substances in cells to get them out of the blood.
This allows the blood to remain slightly alkaline. However, it causes the cells to become acidic and toxic. Over time, he theorizes, many of these cells increase in acidity and some die.
However, some of these acidified cells may adapt in that environment. In other words, instead of dying (as normal cells do in an acid environment) some cells survive by becoming abnormal cells. These abnormal cells are called malignant cells, and they do not correspond with brain function or with our own DNA memory code.
Therefore, malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order is cancer.
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