Every single person who has cancer has a pH that is too acidic. Here is the easiest way to check your pH Balance.


Our body relies on an alkaline environment in order to work efficiently and remain healthy.


When in an alkaline state, the immune system, healthy bacteria, chemical reactions, and cells within the gut work properly. 

If your body becomes too acidic, many body systems will fail to perform normally.

In recent scientific findings, when someone has an acidic gut, or acidosis, they are increasingly susceptible to the diseases below:
▪ Weakened immunity
▪ Premature aging
▪ Osteoporosis, weak or brittle bones, fractures and bone spurs.
▪ Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup
▪ Low energy and chronic fatigue
▪ Mood swings
▪ Obesity, slow metabolism and inability to lose weight
▪ Chronic inflammation
▪ High blood pressure
▪ Weight gain, obesity and diabetes
▪ Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones
▪ Slow digestion and elimination
▪ Yeast/fungal overgrowth

Prescription and over the counter drugs, alongside toxic chemicals can lower our pH level. That is what causes all these side effects and explains their inefficiency. When the body’s pH level is below 6.4, it messes up assimilation of minerals, vitamins, food supplements as well as digestion.

It makes the body more vulnerable to harmful bacteria, as acid reduces the ability to detox the body from heavy metals, ability to fix broken cells, reduces the production of energy, making the body vulnerable to illnesses and lethargy.

Scientific research has found that, disease isn’t able to survive in an alkaline environment. However, it was discovered that candida, mold, fungus, yeast, bacteria and cancer cells rely heavily on an acidic and low pH environment.

An acidic environment is primarily caused by an acid-forming diet, toxic overload, emotional stress, nutritional and oxygen deficiencies. Then, our bodies work to make up for the loss by using alkaline stored up in our body, leading to chronic illnesses.

 Having little to no minerals in your diet can lead to build up of acid in cells. When this happens, your body is vulnerable to pain, fibromyalgia, lupus, arthritis, lupus and MS. Interestingly, cancer isn’t able to last in an alkaline environment, meaning the heart will never have cancer due to its high oxygen and pH levels.

When there is no oxygen, glucose goes through a process of fermentation producing lactic acid. As a result, the pH levels in cells drops.

 An example, urine and saliva of patients with terminal cancer can over between 4.0 and 5.5. From Keiichi Morishita, Hidden Truth of Cancer, “In 1964, only 1 person in 214 contracted cancer. Today it is 1 in 3 females and 1 in 2 males.

The determining factor between health and disease is pH. It is not uncommon for the average American to test between 4 pH and 5 pH.”

How To Check Your pH Balance

 You can test your levels at home, as it is simple and quick to do. Your pH levels can be tested during any part of the day. The best time though, is right when you wake up in the morning. Aim for a pH level between 6.5 and 7.5 for your urine.

Saliva pH should be in the same pH level as urine. Best testing time for saliva is two hours after eating.

Before spitting on the strip, fill your mouth up with spit and swallow a couple times to clean your spit. In your dietary routine, be sure to strive for a 70:30 ratio of alkaline-rich foods. Also, manage your stress levels by practicing meditation and deep breathing exercises, even yoga will help. Drink lots of water and eat your vegetables to eliminate acid.

Metabolic acidosis causes cancer, diabetes and premature death.


Cancer, chronic fatigue, diabetes, osteoporosis plus many other degenerative diseases are caused by ‘metabolic acidosis.’ Is your body pH slightly alkaline? If not, this is a serious health condition – that needs to be addressed immediately.

Shocking ‘sick care’ statistics! The top 10 reasons for seeing a doctor include: skin disorders like acne; joint problems; back aches; cholesterol issues; upper respiratory conditions; depression; neurological disorders; hypertension; headaches and diabetes. Do you see a common thread to all these health problems?

Most health-related problems are directly connected to being too acidic. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D. will talk about how to prevent metabolic acidosis and, literally, eliminate the need for (most) doctor appointments.

A wake up call for conventional medicine – most health problems have a simple solution

The typical American diet involves too much animal protein, processed grains – in the form of bread and pasta plus lots of sugar and artificial ingredients. This toxic sludge places stress on the immune system and kidney function. Eventually, as the body becomes more and more acidic, we experience disease and premature death.

It’s such a shame – when you think about it – how easy it would be for doctors to tell people the real cause of their dis-ease. Simply put, eating too many acid forming foods will lower the pH of your bodily fluids and cause a host of serious health problems like de-mineralization of the bones. But I guess that advice would piss off the pharmaceutical industry which profits greatly from the ignorance of the general public – and medical profession.

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Does your family physician talk about the value of ‘pH balancing’ and emotional wellbeing?

Ideally, the pH of our blood should be around 7.35 – 7.45 or slightly alkaline. This balance is so delicate – believe it or not – when the pH drops below 7.0, you could slip into a coma and die. If your pH is too high, you could experience a life-threatening seizure. Along with a poor diet, previously mentioned, emotional stress and toxicity issues (i.e. heavy metal poisoning) can cause pH imbalances which decrease cellular energy and increase the risk of disease.

But, when it comes to the ‘right’ diet, it can be a bit confusing for the general public. For example, citrus fruits – which are acid by nature – actually have an ‘alkalizing effect’ on the body. In fact, many ‘acidic’ vegetable juices – like, carrot/apple juice – are quite alkalizing in its effect. Conversely, most animal meats are alkaline – before consumption – yet cause lots of acidic residue in the digestive process. Interestingly, when it comes to emotions and lifestyle habits, meditation, prayer, peaceful thoughts, kindness and love are alkalizing. And, quite the opposite effect, being overworked, angry, feeling fearful, jealous or ‘stressed out’ can make you too acidic.

If you’re suffering with any chronic health problem – find a healthcare provider with experience in balancing pH levels and don’t miss the next NaturalNews Talk Hour.

This week’s guest: Susan Smith Jones, MS, Ph.D., world renowned author and health consultant

Find out how to reverse acidity and stop disease with nutrition and supplements – Sun. Dec. 1

Susan Smith Jones, MS, Ph.D. has certainly made extraordinary contributions in the fields of holistic health, anti-aging, optimum nutrition and balanced living. For starters, she taught students, staff and faculty at UCLA how to be healthy and fit for 30 years! Susan is the founder and president of Health Unlimited, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm dedicated to optimal wellness, health education and human potential.

Susan travels internationally as a frequent radio and TV talk show guest and motivational speaker; she’s also the author of over 25 books, including “Recipes for Health Bliss”, “The Healing Power of NatureFoods” and her latest “Walking on Air: Your 30 Day Inside and Out Rejuvenation Makeover”.

Stop metabolic acidosis! Too much acidity causes weight gain, diabetes, free radical damage, premature aging, poor brain function, heart damage and a lack of oxygen to every cell in our body. Find out how to maintain a healthy pH balance and reverse chronic health problems – naturally.

Antireflux Surgery in Patients With Chronic Cough and Abnormal Proximal Exposure as Measured by Hypopharyngeal Multichannel Intraluminal Impedance.


Importance  Chronic cough is a laryngeal symptom that can be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease; however, treatment outcome has been difficult to predict because of the lack of an objective testing modality that accurately detects reflux-related cough.

Objective  To define the patterns of reflux and assess the outcome of antireflux surgery (ARS) in patients with chronic cough who were selected using hypopharyngeal multichannel intraluminal impedance (HMII).

Design  Review of prospectively collected data.

Setting  Tertiary care university hospital.

Participants  Patients with chronic cough, which was defined as persistent cough (≥8 weeks) of unknown cause.

Interventions  Hypopharyngeal multichannel intraluminal impedance with a specialized catheter to detect laryngopharyngeal reflux and high-esophageal reflux (reflux 2 cm distal to the upper esophageal sphincter) and ARS.

Main Outcomes and Measures  Abnormal proximal exposure was defined as laryngopharyngeal reflux occurring 1 or more times per day and/or high-esophageal reflux occurring 5 or more times per day. The outcomes of ARS included symptomatic improvement.

Results  From October 2009 to June 2011, a total of 314 symptomatic patients underwent HMII. Of this population, 49 patients (15 men, 34 women; median age, 57 years) were identified as having chronic cough. Of the 49 participants, 23 of 44 patients (52%) had objective findings of gastroesophageal reflux disease, such as esophagitis. Abnormal proximal exposure was discovered in 36 of the 49 patients (73%). Of 16 patients with abnormal proximal exposure who subsequently underwent ARS, 13 patients (81%) had resolution of cough and 3 patients (19%) had significant improvement at a median follow-up of 4.6 months (range, 0.5-13 months).

Conclusions and Relevance  A highly selective group of patients with idiopathic chronic cough may have abnormal proximal exposure to gastroesophageal reflux documented by HMII that would have not been detected with conventional pH testing. Thus, HMII is likely to improve the sensitivity of laryngopharyngeal reflux diagnosis and better elucidate those who will respond to antireflux surgery.

 

Source: JAMA

 

 

 

The Effect of Dexlansoprazole MR on Nocturnal Heartburn and GERD-Related Sleep Disturbances in Patients With Symptomatic GERD.


OBJECTIVES:

 

Nocturnal heartburn and related sleep disturbances are common among patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This study evaluated the efficacy of dexlansoprazole MR 30mg in relieving nocturnal heartburn and GERD-related sleep disturbances, improving work productivity, and decreasing nocturnal symptom severity in patients with symptomatic GERD.

METHODS:

 

Patients (N=305) with frequent, moderate-to-very severe nocturnal heartburn and associated sleep disturbances were randomized 1:1 in a double-blind fashion to receive dexlansoprazole MR or placebo once daily for 4 weeks. The primary end point was the percentage of nights without heartburn. Secondary end points were the percentage of patients with relief of nocturnal heartburn and of GERD-related sleep disturbances over the last 7 days of treatment. At baseline and week 4/final visit, patients completed questionnaires that assessed sleep quality, work productivity, and the severity and impact of nocturnal GERD symptoms.

RESULTS:

 

Dexlansoprazole MR 30mg (n=152) was superior to placebo (n=153) in median percentage of nights without heartburn (73.1 vs. 35.7%, respectively; P<0.001). Dexlansoprazole MR was significantly better than placebo in percentage of patients with relief of nocturnal heartburn and GERD-related sleep disturbances (47.5 vs. 19.6%, 69.7 vs. 47.9%, respectively; P<0.001), and led to significantly greater improvements in sleep quality and work productivity and decreased nocturnal symptom severity. Adverse events were similar across treatment groups.

CONCLUSIONS:

 

In patients with symptomatic GERD, dexlansoprazole MR 30mg is significantly more efficacious than placebo in providing relief from nocturnal heartburn, in reducing GERD-related sleep disturbances and the consequent impairments in work productivity, and in improving sleep quality/quality of life.

DISCUSSION

Dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg daily was significantly better than placebo in improving symptoms of nocturnal heartburn in symptomatic GERD patients with frequent, moderate-to-very severe nocturnal heartburn leading to improved sleep quality, and decreased symptom severity and impact on morning activities. Dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg was also effective in increasing work productivity and reducing activity impairment. It should be noted that patients enrolled in this study had to be responsive to acid-suppression therapy. This inclusion criterion was used to limit the number of functional heartburn patients enrolled in the study.

During this study, the median percentage of nights without heartburn over 4 weeks for the intent-to-treat patients receiving dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg was 73.1%. In a previous dexlansoprazole MR phase 3 study, which assessed efficacy and safety among patients with non-erosive reflux disease, this value was 80.8%(vs. 51.7% for placebo; P<0.00001) (23), supporting the results of our study. Furthermore, the therapeutic gain, or the difference between active study drug and placebo, seen in this current nocturnal heartburn study was greater than that observed in a previous phase 3 symptomatic GERD trial (37 vs. 29%) (23).

Stratification of the primary end point by baseline mean nocturnal symptom severity reveals that patients with the most severe symptoms experience the greatest therapeutic gain. Although the median percentage of nights free of nocturnal heartburn declined with increasing baseline severity, the therapeutic gain increased. The therapeutic gain experienced by patients receiving dexlansoprazole MR with severe-to-very severe baseline nocturnal symptoms is more than twice that experienced by patients with mild-to-moderate or moderate-to-severe baseline nocturnal symptoms. Patients in the severe-to-very severe group who received placebo experienced a median of 0% heartburn-free nights, while the 34 patients in the dexlansoprazole MR group reported a median of 66%of their nights as heartburn free during the 4 weeks of the trial. This could be explained by the finding that patients with more severe non-erosive reflux disease (NERD; as determined by pH testing) are more responsive to PPI therapy than patients with less severe NERD (24). This is in contrast to the response of erosive esophagitis patients receiving anti-reflux treatment (25).

During the last 7 days of the study, 48 and 70% of patients receiving dexlansoprazole MR reported relief of nocturnal heartburn and GERD-related sleep disturbances, respectively, which were significantly greater than with placebo (P<0.001 for each comparison). A similar pattern was observed by Johnson et al.(26), where patients receiving esomeprazole, 20 or 40 mg, reported higher rates of relief from GERD-related sleep disturbances from nocturnal heartburn during the last 7 days of a 4-week study.

A significantly lower frequency of GERD-related sleep disturbances was observed in the dexlansoprazole MR group. Dexlansoprazole MR resulted in a significantly lower frequency of the different types of sleep disturbances attributed to nocturnal heartburn. Of note, the percentage of nights with sleep disturbances due to other causes did not differ significantly between treatment groups. Taken together, these results suggest that patients taking dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg can expect a reduction in or relief from nocturnal heartburn symptoms and therefore better sleep quality.

Recording daily symptoms via diaries is common in clinical trials where symptom relief is a primary outcome (27). However, the limitations of this approach, particularly with paper diaries, include non-adherence (skipping entries) and “hoarding” (the retrospective completion of entries), which can lead to recall errors (28,29). Objective analyses of paper diary use have shown high rates of both non-adherence and hoarding (29). Electronic diaries, such as those used during this study, do not allow for hoarding beyond 24 h before the scheduled entry. Compliance with diary entries was high: ≥90% in 87% of patients.

The efficacy of dexlansoprazole MR for the relief of nocturnal heartburn and relief from GERD-related sleep disturbances is further supported by the improvements seen in the patient-reported outcomes. Patients receiving dexlansoprazole MR reported significantly greater improvements from baseline in sleep quality compared with placebo, which manifested as greater decreases in PSQI scores. Decreases in overall and subscale N-GSSIQ scores also showed greater efficacy for dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg compared with placebo in decreasing symptom severity, next morning impact of nocturnal symptoms, and concern regarding nocturnal GERD among the patients, thus demonstrating improvements in HRQoL. Significant improvements in HRQoL due to treatment of heartburn, both daytime and nocturnal, have been documented previously (23,26,30,31).

Accompanying these improvements in sleep quality, decreased symptom severity, and reduced impact the following morning were decreases in impairments in work productivity, as demonstrated by decreases in the WPAI scores. Treatment with dexlansoprazole MR was more effective than placebo in decreasing impairment while working and improving overall work productivity and functionality during regular activities. Furthermore, this treatment was more effective in reducing the number of work hours missed due to GERD-related sleep disturbances. These results are not unexpected when one considers the connection between repeated lack of sleep during the night and daytime sleepiness (9), as well as reduced HRQoL and work productivity (11). The negative impact of nocturnal GERD on HRQoL and work productivity is well recognized (7,8,10).

A recent survey of over 600 GERD patients on various PPI therapies found that the majority of patients continued to experience heartburn, with 83% experiencing nocturnal symptoms and almost a quarter of these patients reporting severe or very severe nocturnal symptoms (32). Daily dosing of dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg may reduce the likelihood of persistent nocturnal symptoms due to its extended duration of plasma drug levels (33); however, additional studies are needed to determine if this property equates to improved clinical outcomes.

In the above-mentioned survey (32), only approximately one-half of the patients surveyed took their PPI within the recommended 1 h to 30 min before breakfast. Poor compliance with PPI therapy is likely the most common cause for PPI failure (25). In this study, patients were to take the study drug in the morning, without regard to food. Comparable acid suppression with dexlansoprazole MR dosing has been demonstrated regardless of the timing of food intake (fasting, before or after breakfast) (34) or the time of day (before breakfast, lunch, dinner, or evening snack) (35). Although additional studies are needed to assess the impact of various dosing timings of dexlansoprazole MR on GERD symptoms, it is not unreasonable to suggest that increased flexibility in administration, and therefore increased compliance, would lead to reduced symptoms, particularly at night.

Dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg was well tolerated by patients in this current trial. Rates of treatment-emergent AEs were low and similar between the dexlansoprazole MR and placebo groups, including the premature discontinuation due to AEs. Recent analyses of pooled safety data from the phase 3 pivotal trials demonstrated that the safety profile of dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg was comparable to that of lansoprazole 30 mg (36).

The economic implications of this study are readily apparent. The favorable effect of improvement for work productivity has significant implications to payers and employers. For the patients receiving dexlansoprazole MR compared with placebo, there was an apparent work productivity advantage—$38 for the fourth week ($227 vs. $189). If these savings were extrapolated over the 4-week study, the advantage would be $152/treated patient. This type of modeling allows for the development of a business plan for payers–employers to evaluate the cost benefits of effective therapy. By this type of analysis, the “investment” cost of therapy can be analyzed against the returns of improved work productivity.

This study has several limitations, the first being the lack of an active comparator, another PPI. Although direct comparisons of efficacy results from different trials cannot be made, a recent review comparing the efficacy of various PPIs (not including dexlansoprazole MR) in relieving or resolving nocturnal heartburn in a clinical trial setting found no outstanding differences in efficacy between comparable doses (37). Placebo has been the standard comparator used in other studies assessing the efficacy of a PPI for nocturnal heartburn and in all studies of GERD-related sleep disturbances (23,26,38).

A second limitation is the lack of pH monitoring to document the level of acid suppression or to distinguish symptomatic non-erosive reflux from functional heartburn. It is difficult to attribute any symptom to reflux without direct esophageal monitoring. The primary reason for no pH monitoring during this study was the potential sleep disruption caused by an intra-esophageal pH electrode. However, to mitigate lack of pH monitoring, inclusion criteria mandated previous response to acid-suppression therapy. We also did not utilize sleep labs for an objective assessment of sleep quality, which could be considered another limitation. Because a sleep lab is an artificial environment, it is likely that many patients would not have slept the same way there as they would at home. Changes in sleep quality are subjective, whether as reported in the daily diaries or in the PSQI and N-GSSIQ.

A third limitation is the assessment of response for productivity analysis limited to the fourth week of therapy. Questions remain as to what the effect is on a weekly basis beyond the early therapy effect on these particular measurements. Furthermore, an area of further research is to evaluate whether these favorable effects persist, wane, or continue to improve with extended therapy.

In summary, dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg was significantly more efficacious in providing relief from nocturnal heartburn and in reducing GERD-related sleep disturbances compared with placebo in symptomatic GERD patients with moderate-to-very severe nocturnal heartburn. This study also demonstrated significantly greater improvements in sleep quality, HRQoL, and work productivity for patients receiving dexlansoprazole MR compared with those receiving placebo.

Furthermore, there were notable economic implications with favorable advantages evident for patients treated with dexlansoprazole MR—allowing for estimates of a calculable rate of return on investment for effective therapy.

Source: Nature/AJG

 

Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Pills.


Apple cider vinegar diet pills may help you lose weight in the same manor as drinking apple cider vinegar, only without the tart taste or overpowering smell of the vinegar. Unfortunately, these pills also lead to increased side effects due to their ease of consumption. Consult your physician prior to taking apple cider vinegar diet pills.

Potassium Levels:

Katherine Zeratsky, a nutritionist for the Mayo Clinic, warns that the intake of apple cider vinegar may interact with certain prescription medications, especially insulin and diuretics, lowering your potassium levels. This effect may increase with apple cider vinegar pills, because their ease of use may cause you to consume more throughout the day. Low potassium levels may cause constipation, muscle weakness, fatigue, abnormal heart rhythms and paralysis.

Glucose Control

A study published online in May of 2006 by the journal “Medscape General Medicine” showed that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has an antiglycemic effect, meaning it lowers glucose levels in the blood. If you have type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance, this effect may decrease your blood sugar levels to the point of hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia can cause shakiness, dizziness, hunger, headache, pale skin, jerky movements, seizures and loss of consciousness.

Throat Irritation

The acidity level of apple cider vinegar may cause throat irritation, according to Zeratsky. Apple cider vinegar pills do not have the acidic taste of liquid vinegar, but they still have a high acid content. The use of apple cider vinegar pills may cause throat pain, difficulty swallowing or throat burns, according to a study published in the July 2005 issue of the “Journal of the American Dietetic Association.” Reduce these risks by taking apple cider vinegar pills with a full glass of water while in an upright position. Use extreme caution taking these pills if you have problems swallowing or have a narrow esophagus.

Salicylate or Sulfite Sensitivity:

Apple cider vinegar contains both salicylates and sulfites — natural compounds found in plants, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Pills made from apple cider vinegar or with apple cider vinegar may also contain these compounds. If you experience symptoms of an allergy after taking apple cider vinegar diet pills, discontinue their use. Signs of an allergic reaction may include difficulty breathing, watery eyes, itchy eyes, stuffy nose, runny nose and hives.
Considerations

The FDA does not regulate the sale of dietary supplements and only intervenes when a supplement makes false claims or has shown dangerous effects after sale. Considerable variability exists between apple cider vinegar pill brands in pH levels, tablet size, acid content and label claims. The July 2005 study published in the “Journal of the American Dietetic Association” indicated that many apple cider vinegar tablets might not contain any apple cider vinegar at all.

 

References

MayoClinic.com; Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss: Effective?; Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.; April 2010

MedlinePlus; Hypokalemia; David C. Dugdale, III, M.D.; August 2009

Medscape General Medicine”; inegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect; Carol S. Johnston, PhD, RD, et al.; May 2006

American Diabetes Association: Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose)

“Journal of the American Dietetic Association”; Esophageal Injury By Apple Cider Vinegar Tablets and Subsequent Evaluation of Products; Laura L. Hill, et al.; July 2005

Cleveland Clinic: Specialty Diets for Food Allergies.

 

Source: http://www.livestrong.com

 

Acid Suppression and Effectiveness of Ampicillin for Helicobacter Pylori.


At a low pH, H. pylori bacteria stopped dividing, making ampicillin ineffective. More sustained acid suppression might be useful for refractory infections.

Standard therapy for treating Helicobacter pylori infection typically includes ampicillin, a second antibiotic, and a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI). However, the effectiveness of this regimen has been decreasing with increasing antibiotic resistance. Because ampicillin acts on bacterial cell walls and requires actively dividing bacteria to be effective, investigators examined whether H. pylori growth — and, consequently, ampicillin effectiveness — was affected by gastric pH level.

H. pylori were incubated in dialysis chambers with 5 mM urea and varying pH levels with or without ampicillin for 4, 8, or 16 hours. Changes in the expression of genes associated with bacterial growth, viability, and survival were determined.

Ampicillin was bactericidal at pH levels of 4.5 or 7.4, but at a pH level of 3.0, the bacteria seemed to become dormant, with decreased expression of a host of genes associated with cell envelope biosynthesis. In this environment, ampicillin did not affect bacterial viability or survival.

The authors suggest that PPIs are associated with nocturnal acid breakthrough that might reduce the pH level, rendering ampicillin ineffective, and that more persistent acid reduction could potentially improve the clinical effectiveness of amoxicillin therapy.

Comment: This paper provides a compelling argument for the importance of PPI therapy in antibiotic treatment of H. pylori. It further suggests that sustained acid reduction should be the goal to improve the effectiveness of ampicillin or other drugs that require bacterial growth. The frequency of nocturnal acid breakthrough is likely overstated, and the ability of PPI therapy to maintain a pH of 4.5 is likely better than the authors suggest. The decreasing eradication rate is associated with antibiotic resistance, often to the second antibiotic (e.g., clarithromycin). Knowing the patterns of antibiotic resistance in a population will allow for more effective therapy. In refractory cases, higher PPI doses to sustain a high pH might be a reasonable approach to optimizing the effectiveness of the antibiotic that requires active cell growth.

Source: Journal Watch Gastroenterology

The definition of acid rain and its causes.


Acid rain is a form of precipitation containing heavy concentration of sulfuric and nitric acids. The term is also commonly applied to snow, sleet and hail that manifest similar acidification. Such precipitation has become an increasingly serious environmental problem in many areas of North America and Europe. Although this form of pollution is most severe in and around large urban and industrial areas, substantial amounts of acid precipitation may be transported great distances.

The process that results in the formation of acid rain generally begins with emissions into the atmosphere of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. These gases are released by automobiles, certain industrial operations and electric power plants that burn such fossil fuels as coal and oil. The gases combine with water vapor in clouds to form sulfuric and nitric acids. When precipitation falls from the clouds, it is highly acidic, having a pH value of about 5.6 or lower. At several locations in the United States and Western Europe, pH values between 2 and 3 have been recorded. In areas such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, fog is often 10 or more times as acidic as the local precipitation.

Precipitation and fog of high acidity contaminate lakes and streams; they are particularly harmful to fish and other aquatic life in regions with thin soil and granitic rock, which provide little buffering to acidic inputs. It also has been discovered that aluminum is leached from the soil in such regions subjected to acid precipitation, and that dissolved aluminum seems to be extremely toxic to aquatic organisms. All forms of acid precipitation have been found to damage various kinds of vegetation, including agricultural crops and trees, chiefly by inhibiting nitrogen fixation and leaching nutrients from foliage. In addition, these pollutants can corrode the external surfaces of buildings and other man-made structures.

Source: http://scienceray.com

Use This to Remove Splinters — and to Address Many Other Health Needs.


Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a staple in many homes for baking and cleaning purposes – but there’s a good chance you’re not taking full advantage of all that baking soda has to offer.

For instance, did you know there’s a whole gamut of medicinal uses for baking soda, such as safely removing splinters from your fingers, or just brushing your teeth?

It rates right up there with hydrogen peroxide as one of the most inexpensive and safe health tools around (you can buy an entire box of baking soda for about $1), so it makes sense to learn all you can about the many, many uses of baking soda.

A Brief Baking Soda History

In its natural form, baking soda is known as nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral natron. Natron, which contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate, has been used since ancient times. For instance, the Egyptians used natron as a soap for cleansing purposes. Later, anecdotal reports throughout history suggest that many civilizations used forms of baking soda when making bread and other foods that required rising.

However, it wasn’t until 1846 when Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight began to manufacture and sell the compound we know as baking soda today. By the 1860s, baking soda was featured in published cookbooks, and in the 1930s was widely advertised as a “proven medical agent.”1 Come 1972, the idea to keep a box of baking soda in your fridge to keep food fresh was born, and it really caught on … raise your hand if you have a box in your fridge right now!

Baking soda was popularized by Arm & Hammer more than 150 years ago, and while many are aware of its versatile qualities for cooking and household use, few people realize that baking soda also has potent medicinal properties.

Baking Soda May Help Fight Colds and the Flu

Some people believe that when taken internally, baking soda can help maintain the pH balance in your bloodstream. This is likely the basic premise behind its recommended uses against both colds and influenza symptoms. In their booklet “Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Medical Uses,” published in 1924, Dr. Volney S. Cheney recounts his clinical successes with sodium bicarbonate in treating cold and flu:2

“In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the ‘flu’ with the U. S. Public Health Service it was brought to my attention that rarely anyone who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks.

I have since that time treated all cases of ‘cold,’ influenza and LaGripe by first giving generous doses of bicarbonate of soda, and in many, many instances within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated.

Further, within my own household, before Woman’s Clubs and Parent-Teachers’ Associations, I have advocated the use of bicarbonate of soda as a preventive for ‘colds,’ with the result that now many reports are coming in stating that those who took ‘soda’ were not affected, while nearly everyone around them had the ‘flu.’

Not too certain though about how valid the pH optimizing is as to baking soda’s mechanism of action, as clinically I have frequently used diluted hydrochloric acid intravenously to also help people nearly instantly recover from acute infections. Obviously this is pushing the pH in the opposite direction, yet both appear to work, suggesting that the mode of action may be other than pH mediated.

The administration is easy enough, and is relatively harmless even if you should not experience relief from your cold symptoms. Simply dissolve the recommended amount of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink it. Recommended dosages from the Arm & Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:

  • Day 1 — Take six doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at about two-hour intervals
  • Day 2 — Take four doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals
  • Day 3 — Take two doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter ½ teaspoon in glass of cool water each morning until cold symptoms are gone

11 More Medicinal Uses for Baking Soda

You’ll be amazed at the myriad of remedies you can whip up if you have a box of baking soda handy. Among them:

  • Ulcer Pain: I have personally recommended this to many including family members and have been surprised how remarkably effective it is. This would make sense, as the baking soda would immediately neutralize stomach acid. Dosing is typically 1-2 teaspoons in a full glass of water.
  • Splinter removal: Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass of water, then soak the affected area twice a day. Many splinters will come out on their own after a couple of days using this treatment.
  • Sunburn remedy: Add ½ cup of baking soda to lukewarm bathwater, then soak in the tub for natural relief. When you get out, let your skin air dry, rather than toweling off the excess baking soda, for extra relief. You can also add a mixture of baking soda and water to a cool compress and apply it to the sunburn directly.
  • Deodorant: If you want to avoid the parabens and aluminum found in many deodorants and antiperspirants, try a pinch of baking soda mixed with water instead. This simple paste makes an effective and simple natural deodorant.
  • Enhanced sports performance: Distance runners have long engaged in a practice known as “soda doping” – or taking baking soda capsules — before races to enhance performance,3 a measure that’s thought to work similarly to carbohydrate loading. While I don’t suggest you try this at home, it’s another example of baking soda benefits.
  • Plaque-busting tooth and gum paste: For an incredibly effective tooth and gum paste, use a mixture of six parts of baking soda to one part of sea salt. Place them in a blender and mix for 30 seconds, then place in a container to use. Wet the tip of your index finger and place a small amount of the salt and soda mixture on your gums. Starting with the upper outside gums and then the inside of the upper, followed by the lower outside of the gums then the lower inside, rub the mixture onto your teeth and gums. Spit out the excess. After 15 minutes rinse your mouth. This mixture is incredibly effective at killing bacteria.
  • Insect bites: Apply a paste made of baking soda and water to insect bites to help relieve itching. You can also try rubbing the dry powder onto your skin. This is also effective for itchy rashes and poison ivy.
  • Teeth whitener: For a natural way to whiten your teeth, crush one ripe strawberry and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave on for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse. This method should be used no more than once a week, as excessive use could potentially damage your tooth enamel.
  • Foot soak: Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of warm water for an invigorating foot soak.
  • Exfoliator: A paste made from three parts of baking soda combined with 1 part water can be used as an exfoliator for your face and body. It’s natural, inexpensive and gentle enough to use every day.
  • Detox bath: Baking soda and apple cider make a wonderful spa-like bath for soaking away aches and pains and detoxing. It also cleans the tub and the drain, as a bonus!

Baking Soda is an Excellent Household Cleaner, Too

After you’ve stashed a box of baking soda in your medicine cabinet, put one under your kitchen sink, in your bathroom and with your cleaning supplies too …

  • Baking soda is great to scrub your bath and kitchen with. Put it in a glass grated cheese container with a stainless steel top that has holes in it, and just sprinkle the baking soda on the surfaces and scrub. You may add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to this. Lavender and tea tree oil have potent anti-bacterial qualities.
  • Baking soda mixed with apple cider vinegar is a bubbly combination that has many uses. As a drain cleaner, sprinkle baking soda down the drain, then add apple cider vinegar and let it bubble for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water. This is a safer alternative to dangerous drain cleaners.
  • Soak pots and pans in hot water and baking soda for 15 minutes to easily wipe away baked-on food.
  • Use baking soda to scrub your barbecue grill.
  • Clean baby toys in a mixture of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of water.
  • Baking soda can also be used as a fabric softener in your laundry, or to get your clothes whither and brighter (add one cup to your laundry load).
  • Baking soda is a natural carpet cleaner. Sprinkle it onto carpets, let it sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum it up.
  • To polish silver without using toxic silver polish, fill your kitchen sink with hot water, add a sheet of aluminum foil and baking soda, and let the silver pieces soak until clean. It is an easy and fun way to clean silver.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes for a natural deodorizer.
  • In the event of a minor grease fire in your kitchen, use baking soda to help smother out the flames.

Not bad for around $1 a box, right?

Source: Dr. Mercola