Internal Biological Warfare: The Importance of Your Body’s pH Balance
Aug 05, 2013 12:33PM
By Patrick McCabe, Advanced RN Practitioner, MS Human Physiology
Each of us is at war and we don’t even know it! The private war we each wage is a daily assault on our body by bacteria, virus, fungus, yeasts and mold. We have entered what might be referred to as a critical mass when it comes to this bacterial warfare onslaught being waged against us by stronger and stronger killer bugs and bad bacteria. Our immune systems are becoming weaker and over-taxed in this war. Even the medical profession’s first line of defense (the antibiotic) is becoming less and less effective against resistant new strains being created daily as the bacteria mutate. Since Louis Pasteur discovered the germ theory of disease that states germs are the cause of disease, time has proven him correct. But note Dr. Pasteur’s dying words: "The germ is nothing, the inner terrain is everything."
The inner terrain referred to in Dr. Pasteur’s statement is now being called our biological terrain and comprises our body’s digestive tract, lymph system, blood, urinary tract, interstitial and interstitial fluids. Our bodies are alkaline by design and acid by function. Maintaining proper alkalinity is essential for life, health, and vitality. Simply put, an imbalance of alkalinity creates a condition favorable to the growth of bacteria, yeast and other unwanted organisms. All leading biochemists and medical physiologists have recognized pH (or the acid-alkaline balance) as the most important aspect of a balanced and healthy body. They have long known that the maintenance of an alkaline pH in our tissues and cells is critical to cellular health. In contrast, our digestive tract (except for our normally alkaline mouth) has varying degrees of acid by design, and our urinary tract should be slightly acidic for healthy function.
We live and die at the cellular level. All the cells (billions) that make up the human body are slightly alkaline, and must maintain alkalinity in order to function and remain healthy and alive. However, their cellular activity creates acid and this acid is what gives the cell energy and function. As each alkaline cell performs its task of respiration, it secretes metabolic wastes, and these end products of cellular metabolism are acid in nature. Although these wastes are used for energy and function, they must not be allowed to build up. One example of this is the often painful lactic acid which is created through exercise. The body will go to great lengths to neutralize and detoxify these acids before they act as poisons in and around the cell, ultimately changing the environment of the cell. Most people and clinical practitioners believe the immune system is the body’s first line of defense, but in actuality it is not. It is very important, but more like a very sophisticated clean-up service. We must instead look at the importance of pH balance as the first and major line of defense against sickness and disease and for health and vitality.
If we were to ask "What is killing us?" the answer might be "ACIDOSIS"! It has been demonstrated that an acidic, anaerobic (lacking oxygen) body environment encourages the breeding of fungus, mold, bacteria, and viruses. Let’s look at an example. If we were to seal the door to our freezer and then unplug it, come back and open the door in two weeks, what would we find? We would find mold, bacteria, and other microscopic bugs. Things will be growing and multiplying. Where did they all come from? They did not sneak in, the door was sealed. The answer is they were always there. It is simply that the environment changed to a more inviting and healthy one for the "critters" to live in. This can be likened to a shift in our biological terrain from a healthy, oxygenated, alkaline environment to an unhealthy, anaerobic, acidic environment. So, what is healthy for the pathogens is unhealthy for our body, and what is healthy for our body is unhealthy for the pathogens.
A state of acidosis is simply the lack of oxygen and available calcium which the body uses to maintain its alkaline balance. Calcium makes up 1.6 percent of our body weight. It is literally the human glue that holds the body together. Calcium is so biochemically active that it has been likened to an octopus. A calcium ion can hold onto seven other molecules while it grabs onto one molecule of water. No other ion can do this in the body. And it is the right size to easily get in and out of the human cell. As it does this, it takes a chain of nutrients into the cell and then leaves to get more nutrients.
The biggest problem scientists have found is that over time the human body becomes depleted of calcium. A compound called mono-ortho-calcium phosphate is the chemical buffer for blood. This buffer maintains the alkaline level (or the lack of acidity) in your blood. Without it you would die. But in order to supply enough calcium for buffering we must have enough calcium being absorbed from our diet or our body will simply rob the needed calcium from our bones and teeth. The more acidic we become, the harder it is for oxygen to be present, and so our biological terrain also becomes more anaerobic. Without adequate oxygenation, unfriendly bacteria, viruses, molds, and fungus can live and prosper. Then, our cells cannot carry on their life-giving functions in a very efficient manner because our biological chemical reactions need oxygen.
Life and death are in the biological terrain and the battle cry here is to reclaim your biological terrain. This is so important that some practitioners working with the inner biological terrain and its implications to the health of our bodies are beginning to say, "There are no specific diseases, only specific disease conditions, and there is only one disease. And that one disease is acidosis."
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