By I. Gerald Olarsch, N.D.
The body is largely made up of water, a medium which is most biologically useful in allowing nutrients and various chemicals to be transported from place to place. Surprisingly, only half of a woman’s physical weight is made up of body fluids (generally because they naturally have more fat), while it’s close to 60% for males, and 75% for infants. Of that, the sum of the fluids in each cell (intracellular fluids) make up 63% of the total body liquid, the majority of the remaining 37% comes from blood plasma (10%) and interstitial fluids (18% - the fluids between organs, etc.), and the transcellular fluids (5% - between cells) and lymph (4%) make up the rest.
This liquid is quite sophisticated chemically, carrying electrochemical potentials which influence the pH (or acidity versus alkalinity) of the medium, and thus has the potential for becoming too acid or too base (alkaline) in nature, which can greatly impede the efficiency of how biological systems run. Since most of the body is liquid, the pH level (or acid base level) has profound effects of body chemistry, health, and disease. Acid base or pH management regulates breathing, circulation, digestion, elimination, hormonal production, immune defense and inter/intracellular communications. In fact, pH is such an important factor that the body has developed strict accounting procedures to manage pH, removing the normally metabolized developed acids from body systems, without damage to living cells.
The body has 3 major systems which help control pH levels, namely (1) the respiratory system, (2) the chemical and physiological buffering system and (3) the urinary system via the excretion of urine. But it is the urinary system which quantitatively affects the body’s ability to regulate and stabilize pH more than any other. A decrease in blood pH immediately accelerates the kidneys’ removal of free hydrogen (H+), and therefore acidifies urine. And indeed, by regularly measuring the urinary pH, we can get a very good idea as to the safety of blood pH and the rest of our body pH as well. Notwithstanding these numerous chemical and physiological buffering systems which help keep the pH of our body slightly alkaline (pH= 7.35 to 7.5), the acid buffering capacity of our biochemistry is often overtaxed on a regular basis.
Virtually all cellular functions are sensitive to alterations of the pH balance of their fluids. This is especially true of connective tissue cells. The body’s metabolic processed depend on a precisely balanced pH value of 7.34 to 7.40 with the cellular spaces. If it waivers beyond these limits, either higher or lower, certain enzymatic reactions fail to occur, and cellular metabolism becomes difficult to regulate. If the pH deviates too far to the acidic side, cell metabolism will stop, and as connective tissue cells become poisoned in their own toxic wastes, these cells will die.
When connective tissue cells die, they close the critical bridges and passageways between the cardiovascular system and the rest of the cells and organs of the body. Such an effect is disastrous! Indeed, when these bridges are closed, nutrients can no longer be supplied, nor can wastes be removed. This causes the ‘plumbing to backup on itself’, dumping acids back into the bloodstream and other critical organs.
As more and more acid is accumulated, and storage capacity is exhausted, the body slowly begins to ‘stew’ in it’s own poisonous wastes. Without warning, acid wastes begin to silently corrode the veins and arteries, destroying cell walls, and then entire organs. The damage caused is compounded daily, becoming more aggressive and deadly over time. Indeed, an acid pH is so corrosively and indisiously destructive that it’s considered the seed bed of most, if not all, degenerative diseases, including: stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity, cancer, immune deficiencies and neurological dysfunctions such as MS and MD.. Thus the imbalance of the body pH causing toxic waste, or acidosis, is the real killer, the silent killer, because it’s the progenitor, the beginning, of so many deadly diseases!
I know I sound like a broken record, however I think the cure for diabetes and a host of other ailments lies in correcting our diets and paying a LOT more attention to how acidic our bodies have become. Please take a hard look at your own diet - what are you eating? How much water are you drinking? Are you still participating in the Pepsi generation? Are you eating over processed fast foods laden with empty calories and devoid of most nutritional benefits? Are you exercising? Are you eating enough greens and vegetables?
1Pet 2:24..........(Jesus) bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness -- by whose stripes you were healed.
Isa 53:5.............He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
Mt 8:17.............He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.
Ps 107:20.........He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.