Besides well backed scientific theories and studies supporting acid/alkaline balance, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from individual success stories, as well as those from nutritionists, holistic practitioners, and famous doctors that utilize this method to monitor their patient’s health status. All of these free-thinking individuals have been HIGHLY successful when implementing pH balancing anti-inflammatory protocols into their lives and practices. There are also many reputable websites and books with a plethora of pH balancing success stories, well-substantiated information, and scientific studies.
Anecdotally speaking individuals are experiencing increased energy levels and focus, relief of digestive discomfort, joint and muscle pain, as well as increased insulin sensitivity, balanced blood pressure, shrinking tumors, clear skin, and steady loss of excessive fat, which are sure signs that the pH balancing anti-inflammatory protocol they have implemented to balance pH levels, eliminate chronic inflammation, and reverse disease is REALLY WORKING! With or without studies the proof is in the pudding!
“Most of us never consider the acid/alkaline balance of our blood, but a proper pH is a crucial aspect to health. Many doctors stress the importance of pH because a balanced pH protects us from the inside out. Disease and disorder, they say, cannot take root in a body whose pH is in balance.” –Dr. Axe DNM, DC, CNS is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic, and clinical nutritionist. http://draxe.com/about-dr-josh-axe/
Per the Budwig Cancer Center, officially approved cancer clinic founded based on the principles of the famous cancer doctor, Dr. Johanna Budwig of Germany, “acidosis is the first step towards premature aging. Signs of acidosis may include wrinkling, age spots, failing hormonal systems, interfering with eyesight, memory, and all the common signs of aging. Unwanted wastes not properly eliminated from the body actually poison the cells and accelerates degeneration.” http://www.budwigcenter.com/acid-ph-dangers/#.VwwvbqQrKM9
“According to naturopathic physicians, if you have depression, increased osteoporosis symptoms or risk, general joint pain, muscle pain, neuritis, or neuropathy there is a good chance that you are acidic. Based on current evidence published in scientific journals naturopathic theory supports the notion that acidic diets (high in protein and refined foods) cause calcium to leach from bone in order to maintain blood pH balance, increasing the likelihood of osteoporosis. The same rationale implicates acidosis as a contributing cause of neurosis.” Body Balance: Vitalize Your Health with pH Power, by Karta Purkh Khalsa Note: Remember it’s not just the high protein per se, but the imbalance of protein and alkaline forming fruits and vegetables.
As a naturopath and yoga therapist for over a decade I can say that pH balance is a top priority when I am working one on one with my students. Since most people are too acidic, teaching them how to return to a slightly alkaline state is a major piece of the healing puzzle. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6243/How-to-Balance-Your-pH-to-Heal-Your-Body.html
“When our pH levels are imbalanced, almost ANY area of our bodies can be negatively affected creating conditions such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, weight problems, allergies, fatigue and premature aging as well as problems with our nervous system, cardiovascular system and muscles.” Dr. Richard A. DiCenso published author, international speaker, and complementary care expert, has over 30 years’ experience in treating the chronic symptoms of Vicious Cycle disorders (VCD). With his extensive experience in “Whole Person Therapy”, he is the leading authority in Biological Fluid Analysis.
As the pH of the blood goes more acid, fatty acids which are normally electro-magnetically charged on the negative side switch to positive and automatically are attracted to and begin to stick to the walls of arteries which are electro-magnetically charged on the negative side. And as science states, opposites attract. –William Philpott M.D. “Bio magnetic Handbook”
“For achieving and maintaining a healthy, happy life, there is NO OTHER health-related number as important as your “power to Heal” or pH. Your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, and pulse readings are all affected by the pH of the body’s internal environment.” pH balancing- “how it can guide your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes to near zero” –Burt Goulding Jr is Managing Director of Positive Nutrition Institute, lecturer, teaches training seminars, performs radio show interviews, and has a 99% success rate in balancing the pH of more than 1,500 people.
“In our society, we consume a very imbalanced diet high in acid-forming foods. This imbalanced diet pushes us towards an ACID state…excessive and prolonged acidity can drain bone of calcium reserves and lead to bone thinning.” –Dr. Susan Brown PhD, author and Osteoporosis Nutritionist with over 23 years’ experience.
“The cause of cancer is NO longer a mystery, we know it occurs whenever any cell is denied 60% of its OXYGEN requirements.” “Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of OXYGEN in normal body cells by a fermentation of SUGAR.” –Dr. Otto H. Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner 1931, Germany.
Low pH inflamed environment=low oxygen. The MORE acidity, the LESS oxygen, the less metabolic energy, and greater the chance for disease initiation.
CANCER SURVIVORS ADOPTING AN ALKALINE FORMING DIET AND LIFESTYLE TO TREAT CANCER:
“Turns out there was a golf ball-sized tumor in my large intestine.” “I RADICALLY changed my diet to 100 percent raw vegan, eating only fruits and vegetables, and drank eight glasses of vegetable juice every day.” (alkaline forming diet)-Chris Wark (Chris beat cancer)
“Janette Murray-Wakelin is one of the most remarkable cancer survivors I have interviewed. In 2001, she refused conventional treatment and HEALED aggressive breast cancer with a raw food diet.” (alkaline forming diet) Chris beat cancer
In September 2003 Felicity Corbin-Wheeler was diagnosed with untreatable pancreatic cancer. She did a few therapies including coffee enemas, B17 (laetrile), DMSO, and Vitamin C. “I also went on a diet of living foods, fresh vegetable juices including wheat and barley grass and detoxed from animal protein, dairy, fats and flour.” (alkaline forming diet)
“God’s Way to Ultimate Health” by George Malkmus, “detailed how he beat colon cancer nearly 30 years earlier using natural methods including the raw vegan diet and juicing, and without surgery or chemotherapy.” (alkaline forming diet)
“I found a lump near my collar bone which turned out to be the cervical cancer that had metastasized to my lymph nodes around my neck. As the cancer was systemic throughout my lymph system, I was told that the cancer was now deemed ‘incurable’” This was after Polly Noble had gotten cervical cancer and went through chemo and radiation mind you, converted to a plant-based raw food diet overnight, with plenty of fresh juices, meditation, visualization and yoga making the foundations of my healing plan. I made it my full-time job to create a sacred space to aid healing on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. (alkaline forming diet and lifestyle) I have my blood tests and I am told they ‘look good’. “I now work as a holistic health coach and raw food coach, educating others on how to adopt an anti-inflammatory, alkaline diet.”
MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH CLIENTS
I can tell you personally that there were times in the past when I would drink a cup of commercial acidic black coffee, coupled with highly inflammatory acid forming stress, extensive sitting in front of a computer, and going too long without a deep cleanse, that I could literally FEEL the painful inflammatory effects in my hips right after I drank it! I can also tell you that if I drank a 12-16oz. glass of water with 1-2 tbs. alkaline forming cider vinegar or a fresh squeezed lemon, with ¼ to ½ sodium bicarbonate, the pain would dissipate, and I would get relief within 20 min as some of the inflammatory acids were able to precipitate out of the tissues back into the blood to be eliminated, dampening the inflammation.
Also, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis plagues the majority of my family. In my early 30’s I began to experience joint pain in my hands and knees. If I hadn’t adopted a PH BALANCING ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET AND LIFESTYLE I would surely be suffering from one of these painful, often times debilitating conditions!
Although prevention is my number one priority, many people I’ve worked with did have a pre-existing condition of some kind that needed to be addressed. Some of my clients and friends came to me with chronic arthritic inflammatory knee, shoulder, and hip pain from wear and tear, previous injuries, surgeries, and premature aging that dissipated and often times completely vanished when going on a pH balancing protocol, with proper supplementation, stretching, meditation, and the help of other specialists like chiropractors and massage therapists. Many also experienced relief from painful long-term digestive issues, painful inflammatory arthritic conditions, eczema, food allergies, weight issues, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre & type 2 diabetes, liver and gallbladder issues, calcifications, and early onset Alzheimer’s that severely decreased their quality of life and left them at risk for degenerative disease and an early death. Through personalized programs geared toward balancing pH levels, and putting out the inflammatory fires, all clients that participated experienced tremendous improvement, often times REVERSING the condition completely.
INFLAMMATION- EXCESS ACIDITY-PAIN-DEGENERATION-CONNECTION
The vicious cycle of chronic acidity, inflammation, and free radical activity can result from overuse, a previous injury, and in conjunction with poor diet and lifestyle choices, materializing as painful arthritic degenerating joints and their surrounding tissues. When acids build up in the muscle tissue it can produce symptoms of chronic fatigue or painful fibromyalgia. This in turn speeds up the body’s aging process. The spine, hip, back muscles are also common areas people experience severe pain associated with chronic inflammation and acidity.
Julie, one of THE ALKALINE SISTERS tells her story of how BALANCING HER PH LEVELS CHANGED HER LIFE!
After 18 months of on and off terrible sciatica pain (13 mm bulge- this is a huge bulging disc) and despair from a lack of relief no matter what external treatment I tried, having exhausted almost every option I could from, chiro, physio, acupuncture, aqua therapy, osteopath, surgery, cortisone shots, on-line exercise programs and some serious medications for pain, I finally realized that I needed to heal from the “inside out – NOT the outside in”. It was nearly 8 years ago we began. Initially we ate 100% alkaline leading to where we are currently eating 80% alkaline foods & 20% Acidic foods. The results have been astonishing and the education has been life changing. I am no longer in any pain with my disc and have been pain free for 8 years now as I have eliminated all the inflammation surrounding my disc that was caused by an overly acidic body and I also stopped taking every medication I was on for pain. I lost 30 lbs. that I couldn’t shake with various other fad diets which also helped relieve pressure from my disk. My energy soared & my overall well-being improved ten-fold leaving me free of colds & flus. My sister has lost almost 50 lbs. and is on a journey to return to her pre-pregnancy figure and is almost there. She has also experienced a complete shift in her well-being! http://www.alkalinesisters.com/sisters-blog/
- MANIK G. HIRANANDANI, who was recruited as the Medical Director of the Vital Life Centre, which grew under his guidance to be the largest private holistic health clinic in the world, had this story to tell:
Woman with crippling pain gets relief on Ph balancing diet!
“This lady, in her mid-fifties, had pain and stiffness in her knees and hips and was able to walk with great difficulty. Her fingers were swollen, twisted and painful. To do any work or even to write letters was an agonizing process for her. She was awaiting hip surgery. I examined her and diagnosed that she had too much acid in her body. I advised her to drink at least 4 liters of water daily. I also educated her about eating a balanced diet by reducing acidic foods like meats, cheese, jam, beer, potatoes and bread, and by increasing her intake of basic foods like carrots, pears, rice, lentils, nuts etc.”
“Nineteen years ago she appeared triumphantly at my house in Kerala to show me her fingers. They were straight and supple. She could walk freely without pain. She told me that some weeks after she implemented my diet her pain began to ease, and when her turn came up for hip surgery after 18 months she turned it down. Slowly her pains subsided and her fingers became supple. She was now able to do all her housework easily. Her dry, tough skin softened and she looked 10 years younger. A MIRACLE had occurred in her life! Today all these years later, at the age of 80 she is still pain free, functional and happy.”
“Even chronic back pain may be related to an over-acid condition. Patients diagnosed with soft tissue problems (such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and other conditions) given an alkaline mineral supplement experienced increased alkalinity of their blood and other body tissues along with a SIGNIFICANT drop in pain.”—Dr. Bernard M. Presser, B.S., D.C.
STUDIES AND TEXTBOOKS HAVE CONFIRMED A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN TISSUE ACIDOSIS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF PAIN!
“Low pH levels found in inflamed tissue have led to the hypothesis that local acidosis may contribute to the pain and hyperalgesia associated with inflammation. Continuous administration of low pH solutions in humans causes pain and hyperalgesia (abnormally heightened sensitivity to pain) to mechanical stimuli.”—Wall & Melzack’s Textbook of Pain, by Stephen McMahon, Martin Koltzenburg, Irene Tracey, Dennis C. Turk
High hydrogen ion concentrations (acids) have been found in inflamed tissue (down to pH 5.4), in fracture-related hematomas (down to pH 4.7), in cardiac ischemia (down to pH 5.7) and in and around malignant tumors (HBbler, 1929; Revici et al., 1949; Peer, 1955; Jacobus et al., 1977). Therefore, local acidosis has been suggested to provide the CAUSAL LINK between these diseases and their related pain. (von Gaza and Brandi, 1926; Keele and Armstrong, 1964; Lindahl, 1974).
In a 1995 study, ‘A Dominant Role of Acid pH in Inflammatory Excitation and Sensitization of Nociceptors in Rat Skin’, authors discovered “in vitro rat skin nerve experiments showed that pathophysiologically relevant pH values (6.1-6.9 threshold) produced a selective, non-adapting excitation of nociceptors (a sensory nerve cell that responds to pain) and were also highly sensitive to mechanical stimulation. Thus, it has been proposed that local acidosis plays a MAJOR role in cutaneous (relating to the skin) pain and hyperalgesia (heightened sensitivity to pain), in vitro. (1)
“An increase in the local hydrogen ion concentration has long been a common accompaniment of inflammation consequent upon tissue damage or disease. It has long been known that low pH (down to 4.7) is COMMONLY FOUND in inflamed tissues and that acidic solutions are particularly painful when injected into the skin. Protons selectively induce long lasting excitation and sensitization to mechanical stimulation of nociceptors in rat skin in vitro.”
What that means is that when the rat’s skin was injected with an acidic solution the acid generated pain alerted by sensory neurons, or pain receptors. Therefore, EXCESS ACID=PAIN.
In the book “Neurogenic Inflammation in Health and Disease” author Gábor Jancsó states “In vivo, a decrease in pH occurs immediately after plantar incision in rats and is sustained for at least 4 days. During the period of decreased tissue pH, pain behaviors are EVIDENT, diminishing when the tissue pH returns to normal. The fall in pH is localized at the incision site and does not extend to areas surrounding the incision. However, the magnitude of the change varies between tissues.” (the inflammation has not yet become chronic).