pH of Your Body
Though many people are vaguely aware that
an alkalizing diet is generally healthier than one that causes
excess acidity in the body, most people probably do not even know
that pH stands for "potential hydrogen," and they also
probably do not know what diseases are caused by pH imbalances
nor how diet and herbs affect pH balance.
ABCs of pH
The speed of biochemical reactions in the body
is affected by the "potential hydrogen"
which is measured on a scale of zero to 14, with seven being neutral.
Anything below seven is acidic and anything above is alkaline.
The main characteristic of alkalinity is electrical resistance,
meaning that metabolism is slower and there is also more potential
for taking up hydrogen. Acid, on the other hand, is hot and "catabolic":
it results in faster breakdown because electricity travels faster
in an acidic environment, an environment that for these and other
reasons is less stable than an alkaline milieu.
There are many theories of illness, but one of
them that is rather widely accepted is that all disease begins
in an acidic terrain and is reversed when the conditions supporting
pathogenicity are corrected.
Different parts of the body have a different normal
pH. In order to break down food efficiently, the stomach must be
acidic, usually in the range of 1-2. The acidity is caused by the
presence of hydrochloric acid and when there is insufficient production
of hydrochloric acid, food is broken down by fermentation instead
This is a serious but oft neglected problem. Early symptoms may
consist of abdominal rumblings, distention, and gas, but chronic
poor digestion is a recipe for disaster.
Blood pH must remain highly constant. Most people
think it should be precisely 7.4, a bit on the alkaline side, but
it can fluctuate half a point one way or the other without crisis.
When the blood is tending towards acidity, the body will compensate
by leeching minerals from the bones. In my opinion, this is probably
one of the causes of osteoporosis, but there are additional factors
contributing to this chronic weakness.
Minerals are alkalizing; they buffer against acidity
and impede the overrapid movement of electricity and the ravages
that attend excess movement and commotion. Minerals are actually
coenzymes and they are necessary for vitamin utilization. Taking
vitamins in the absence of minerals is not very effective. Personally,
I take mineral supplements from time to time but I consume vitamins
in food, not in pills. I have good reasons for this controversial
habit: while it is relatively easy to find 100% natural sources
of minerals, there is no such thing as a natural multivitamin.
My preferred source of minerals is
pravalmoti, an Ayurvedic powder made from coral and pearls. Unfortunately,
it is not always readily available so my next favorite is fossilized
sea vegetables from the Great Salt Lake. The reason is that these
are not merely natural, they are produced in a manner to retain
the balance of the trace minerals to each other. Many people take
calcium or magnesium or some other form of supplement, but precisely
how much of each mineral we need depends on assimilation as well
as what we have been eating. Many cancer patients, especially those
in the midst of conventional therapy and those in a seriously degenerative
state, cannot assimilate conventional mineral supplements so most
of what is ingested is not utilized. In severe cases, the tablets
or capsules pass all the way through the gastrointestinal tract
without breaking down. People having such experiences might consider
liquid forms of trace minerals or Willard
There are some other sources of minerals
worth mentioning. One is shilajit. Even experts are not sure whether
shilajit is a vegetable or a mineral. Many authorities regard shilajit
as the most important member of the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. It
is "harvested" from rocks when the weather is hot. It
is a sort of resinous exudate, sometimes called asphalt or pitch,
that is caused by runoff from the Himalayas. Though opinions differ,
it is generally believed that vegetable matter seeps into the rocks
where it ages and absorbs additional minerals. Then, when the sun
is very intense, a substance emerges from fissures in the rocks
that has potent medicinal value. Pundits believe that shilajit
enhances the action of all other Ayurvedic formulas.
not prohibitively expensive in the West, in India, shilajit is
regarded as a rich man's medicine. Thanks to the end of the British
raj, clinical trials are beginning to emerge from India. These
suggest that shilajit reduces damage caused by free radicals, especially
in the pancreas. It is hence becoming the medicine of choice for
diabetics as well as those suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Since the day I first heard about
pleomorphism, I instinctively knew the theory was right, but then
I tend to be iconoclastic and somewhat wary of people whose names
have become too well known. In this instance, that name would be Pasteur.
It's difficult for those who have repeatedly heard the same partial
truths to turn their minds back to prior times to see how generally
difficult it is to gain acceptance for a new idea.
To give this argument a sort of historical
context, we might consider the etymology of the word "malaria." It
comes from the Latin for bad air. Since two-thirds of all people
who ever lived on the Planet died of malaria, it is hard to understand
that the air was deemed more hazardous to health than mosquitoes.
Scientists can err, and Pasteur erred
more than most. The short version of this fascinating piece of
medical history is that Louis Pasteur and Antoine Bechamp debated
the cause of disease. As we all know, Pasteur won and 20th century
medicine was preoccupied with the destruction of disease through
vaccines and pharmaceutical medicine. So far as vaccines go, it
is now generally understood that almost all health improvements
of the last century can be attributed more to improved hygiene
than to injections of morbid substances into the body. Germs proliferate
under specific conditions, i.e., the terrain or milieu is the problem.
For those who are new to this, I
try to take the argument slowly. If you leave some fruit on the
kitchen counter, fruit flies appear out of "nowhere"
even if the windows were screened and the doors were kept closed.
There are all sorts of ramifications to this observation. First,
the forces of decomposition are inherent in the fruit. Under certain
circumstances, knowable circumstances, the process of rotting and
decomposition are triggered. One colleague tells me that this process
is triggered by the smell of ammonia. This odor, according to him,
makes mold active.
This triggered a rather tremendous
satori experience in my transrational mind. I had long been obsessing
over parasites and the ammonia they excrete into the blood stream
(and anywhere else they are found in the body.) Ammonia is, of
course, acidic. That absolutely cannot surprise anyone who has
been following this thread this far. The food that best seems to
help eliminate ammonia is asparagus. I stumbled on this by engaging
in wild experiments on myself in my own kitchen. It led me to take
a hard look at shatavari, an Ayurvedic rasayana herb belonging
to the asparagus family. Naturally, someone else has already researched
this and found that shatavari does indeed possess anti-carcinogenic
Perhaps because I am so deeply involved
in healing, it is easy for me to step back and ask how might the
20th century have been different if Bechamp had prevailed over
Pasteur. I think it is totally obvious that medicine would have
had to focus on diet and immunity rather than germs, vaccines,
and drugs. This would have gradually empowered the patient because
responsibility for health would be a more personal matter, not
one legislated by politicians who serve pharmaceutical companies
that are always hawking new shots and pills. We would not have
the megalomaniacal corporate domination of health careand
we probably would have a totally different social program for meeting
the needs of those who suffer. In short, we are paying the price
for bad science and probably will continue to pay that price for
a long time to come.
The milieu is a word for the condition
of the body. Often, it refers to one site that is compromised by
restricted circulation, old injury, or infection. In the circles
where pleomorphism is understood and taken seriously, it is known
that specific organisms, what Pasteur called germs, change under
differing conditions. The milieu or terrain can be manipulated
in such a way as to reverse pathogenicity. It is beyond the scope
of this essay to discuss all the details of pleomorphism. Let it
suffice to point out that according to Royal Rife, one of the experts
who made a lifetime study of this subject, there are 16 stages
of pleomorphism. When the pH is imbalanced, organisms change and
symptoms of disease begin to appear. For instance, E. coli, an
abundant bacterial form, can become salmonella typhi and then mycobacterium
tuberculosum, then various yeast forms, and finally the virus he
identified as causing cancer: BX (bacterium X) and then BY (bacterium
Y), a virus he found in sarcomas. By applying a frequency, he reversed
the progression so that the ones associated with the worst degeneration
vanished. In every instance, he was able to isolate the BX virus
from cancer, but he was also able to make it disappear. Gaston
Naessens drew similar conclusions from his work in darkfield microscopy,
but most scientists are not observing live blood and hence are
completely unaware of changes that occur in microorganisms.
Most probably, every specialist simply
applies the tools he or she know best so one person may rely more
heavily on diet, another on herbs or supplements, another on electromagnetic
frequencies, and perhaps another on sound or color. The point is
simply to recognize that we have considerably more control over
the disease process than we imagined since basically we choose
our own foods and can self-prescribe a wide range of herbs, most
of which are alkalizing.
||Shatavari, 90 capsules
||Shilajit, 60 capsules
Willard Water, 8 oz., dark
9 April 2006