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When our body is too acidic, it is a key warning signal
that our diet and lifestyle need urgent attention,
says public health advocate Peter Dingle PhD.
lthough inflammation, ox idation
and acidosis are natural they can
be seriously problematic if they a re
recurring as a result of our body
being out of bala nc e. R ecent studies have
e stablished that all three conditions – the
triad – a re a le ading pathogenic force in the
development of chronic diseases, including
diabetes, ca ncers, cardiovascular disease,
autoimmune diseases (including asthma
a nd arthritis) osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis
a nd dementia . Even depression, obesity and
premature a geing ca n all be attributed to
this triad of c onditions.
A cancer or CVD does not just happen
it is because these conditions prevail in the
body over a long period of time and create
the precondition s for these disease states.
On the other hand, if you want to reduce the
risk of these disease states, you reduce the
levels of the disease triad – inflammation,
ox idation and acidosis.
Acid refers to one of the fundamenta l
principles of scienc e. All chemical reaction s
require numerou s c onditions to be present
for the process to occ ur. For example, if you
wa rm up the temperature reactions usua lly
go faster. Fever is a classic example of this,
whereby the body’s metabolism is running
faster as a result of the fever. The same occurs
with acid level s. The level of acid, known a s
the pH (potential Hydrogen) determines the
speed at which chemical reactions oc cur.
Some rea ctions ne ed higher acid level s
(lower pH), while most chemical reaction s
in our body require neutral to alkaline (the
opposite to acid) to occur.
An example of this is in the stomach
certain digestive enzymes to work.(Pepsin,
the main protein digestive enzyme in the
stomach, works at a pH of 1-2.4 and that
is why the consumption of antacids only
reduces digestion and creates more digestive
problem s). But in the small intestine the
pH has to be alkaline for the other digestive
enzymes to work so the body injects
bicarbonate (HCO3) into the sm all intestine.
Need for Balance
When we refer to acidosis, we a re referring
to the pH level in the internal body fluids.
When the body fluids, such a s the blood and
the fluid between the cells and in the cells,
becomes slightly acidic it is so smart it sets
up a triage sy stem to rebalance the pH (acid/
a lkali levels) to mainta in homeostasis.
The pH of the blood is between 7.35-
7.45. When the blood pH falls below 7.35,
this is called “acidosis,” (too much acid) and
our death can occur at a blood pH of 7.0. So
we wa nt to avoid this situation. If the pH
varies slightly from this level, it dra matically
affects many of the 90 or so enzyme
functions in the blood. These enzymes
litera lly do all the work of repair, cleaning
up, immune f unction, transport and so on
in the blood. If they slow down too much
we get very sick and die quickly. To make
su re this doesn’t happen, the body has a
few mechanisms to keep the pH in perfect
balance. The se include buffers, respiratory
regulation and renal regulation of pH.
Unfortunately, many of thebody’s natura l
processes produce acid waste byproducts so
we have a c onstant requirement to bala nc e
out the pH.
Each c ell, in the presence of oxygen,
performs its ta sk of respiration (the chemical
a nd physical process in which oxygen is
delivered to tissues or cells in an organism).
It a lso cre ates a cidic end products that are
used for energy and function.
The residue of these products a nd
functions is known a s metabolic wastes,
a nd these a re acidic in nature. This acidic
waste must not be allowed to build up as it
become s incre a singly toxic to the body. One
example of the short term waste build-up is
the often painful lactic acid which is created
through extreme exercise.
The importance of acid-base homeosta si s
(balance) in the maintenance of normal
and physiologic al
integrity has long been recognised. Many
c ellular responses are diminished at lowered
extracellular pH, including intracellular fluid
and membrane-associated enzyme activities,
ion transport activity, protein and DNA
s ynthesis, met abolism and calcium levels.
Dangers of Acidosis
Even at low levels of acidosis, it decreases the
body’s ability to absorb minerals and other
nutrients, lowers energy production in the
cells and the body’s ability to repair damaged
cells. Essentially, it stops all the norma l
functioning, growth and repair in the cells
so we s lowly start to dec ay. Acidosis also
increa ses the body’s a bility to grow abnormal
cells, increases fatigue and susceptibility
to infections and also contribute s to
cardiovascular disease, weight gain, diabetes,
kidney and gall bl adder stones , hormona l
problems , premature ageing and much
more. An acid environment is al so required
for cancer cells to survive and increases
the infla mmation in the body, which feeds
cancers. Dr Otto Warburg was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 and 1946 for his
studies on how cancer cannot thrive in an
a lk aline medium and the interstitial fluid of
tumors has shown pH values of less than 6.0,
0.2 -0.6 units lower than mean pH of normal
tissues. In fact, a major by product of c ancers
due to their incomplete metabolism is high
levels of acid.
In the case of chronic acidosis, the main
mechanism is to allocate or triage alkali
minerals like magnesium and calcium from
where they should be working in optima l
conditions, such as in the muscle cells and
in bones, to balance the pH in the blood.
Acidosis litera lly causes physicochemical
dissolution of b one a nd cell-mediated bone
resorption (inhibition of osteobla st – which
cause bone to be laid down – and stimulation
of osteoclast function – which breaks down
the bone). While this protects our urgent
health requirements and keeps us alive
today, it incre a se s our long risk of chronic
health conditions such a s osteoporosis, heart
attack and cancer as a result of the shortage
of these minera ls. The body allocates
the nutrients for short-term sur vival so
the essential’ functions are protected from
nutrient deficiency over other ‘nones sential,
non immediate’ f unction s ne eded only
for long-term health. A s a re sult, acidosis
does not refer to the body becoming full of
a cid but the conditions that are cre ated
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‘If you want to reduce the
risk of these disease states,
you reduce the levels of the
disease triad – inflammation,
oxidation and acidosis.’
‘When we refer to acidosis, we
are referring to the pH level in
the internal body fluids.’
Sri Jaya Shakti is a true Spiritual Master.
This is a rare opportunity to meet him up
close and personal.
The first event will be a ‘Satsang’ at the
MASONIC HALL in Sydney CBD on
Thursday evening the 14th of March.
This free, open to all, event will mark
the start of his tour and is an opportu-
nity to bring family and friends to sit in
the energy field of an Enlightened
Master, ask questions, listen to
discourses, chant and meditate AND
also receive his formal blessings.
The second event will be a weekend of
Enlightened Master SRI JAYA SHAKTI
To Register for the 'Evening Satsang' or the 'Weekend Workshop'
Call 1300 500 881 asap as limited spaces are only available.
For more information
‘ The Whole Spectrum of Yoga Practices’ starting the night following the Free
Satsang, on Friday evening the 15th and continuing all day Saturday and
Sunday, the 16th & 17th of March on the Northern Beaches. The weekend will
include ‘Kundalini Tantra Yoga’ (not to be confused with ‘sexual intimacy’ that
the word Tantra is often associated with) Chanting, Mantra Initiation, Medita-
tion AND a session of Cathartic Breathwork with Jaan Jerabek and his team –
for more info on ‘Cathartic Breathwork’ please see www.jaanjerabek.com
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