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Cancer and pH – the connection!

“The correct acid/alkaline balance is absolutely crucial for the body to maintain good health.”

Over acidification leads to the overgrowth of microorganisms in the body whose poisons create disease.

Microorganisms, germs, bacteria, viruses, fungus (candida) and mold thrive in an unhealthy, acidic environment.
Maintaining pH balance allows us to experience good health, energy and vitality by avoiding harmful overgrowth of disease and cancer forming microorganisms.

Being out of balance encourages overgrowth of microorganisms, the waste products from these microorganisms create more even acidity, this is a very viscous circle!”

The single measurement most important to health is the pH of blood and tissues – how acidic or alkaline they are. pH measures the degree of acidity-alkalinity of the blood and tissues (measured by the pH scale from 0 to 14), this is a very important indicator of health.

Oxygen is critical to health, and lack of oxygen has been linked to numerous diseases. Hemoglobin is the substance in the blood that transports this vital oxygen.

As blood becomes more alkaline, hemoglobin is able to allow more oxygen molecules to attach to it. As a result, even slightly more alkaline blood is able to carry much more oxygen to the cells of the body.

Maintaining Blood pH

The human body attempts to maintain itself in a state of balance (called homeostasis). The body has built-in mechanisms for maintaining the acid-alkaline balance  of the blood. Many foods that we eat turn our bodies highly acidic as they produce acids (e.g., phosphoric, sulfuric, and lactic acids) which after being processed in different ways are dumped into the bloodstream.

Oxidative Stress

The blood is able to neutralize these acids with substances called buffers that react with the acids to produce far less acid substances, called salts. The body can then safely eliminate these salts via the urine, kidneys and the skin. The lungs are also able to expel weaker acids provided that they have been oxidized by the body. Sometimes the blood is unable to maintain its own pH within very narrow limits (approximately 7.35 – 7.45) due to a lack of these buffers. The body will then take more drastic steps to regulate the blood’s pH.

This results in alkalizing, “bone-building” buffering materials being removed from the bones and tissues.
Calcium and magnesium are some of these materials that are often “robbed” from the bones to re balance the blood pH. While good in the short run for neutralizing more acids in the blood, this robbery from the bones, as well as from other areas of the body, often leads to other problems in the long run, such as weakened bones. The result is often osteopenia (bone loss) and osteoporosis (severe bone loss), leading to fractures.

pH and Disease

We find the information about blood in the book Balance Your pH by James LeBeau:

“The human blood pH stays in a very narrow range between 7.35 and 7.45. Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. Death is associated with [blood] pH imbalances of 7.80 and above or 7.0 and below.”

He goes on to explain that pH correlates with serious disease as well as with smaller imbalances in the body, although it is not the primary cause of the imbalances.

Measuring pH

While a blood sample is needed to measure blood pH,  other fluids (e.g., saliva and urine) in the body can give an indication as to how acidic or alkaline the body is.
It is relatively easy to measure the pH of urine and saliva during the day (they fluctuate throughout the day) using pH paper or measuring strips.

pH measuring strips indicates the pH levels of the urine and saliva, a color chart is usually provided so the color can be correlated with pH, and acidic/alkaline levels.

James LeBeau, defines the ideal range for saliva pH as between 6.4 and 7.4 (on higher side when eating).
He indicates that the ideal range of urine pH is between 5.5 and 7.0, and should average about 6.4.
Healthy vegetarians may have higher urine pH ranges than these, perhaps from 6.8 to 8.5.

Individuals with serious diseases, such a cancer, may have pH values near the limits of or even outside normal ranges. Blood pH, however, is kept within much more narrow limits.

pH Levels and Diet

One of the reasons the body is forced to steal bone-building materials from the bones in order to give them to the blood is because the body’s tissues are often far too acidic on the Standard American Diet (ironically called SAD) and the western diet in general.
The SAD and typical western diet is very deficient in alkaline minerals, and tends to be a very acidifying diet,
Dairy products, meat, fish, fats, fried foods, most processed grains and sugar are acid-forming.
Vegetables, and some fruits, as well as most seeds and nuts, are alkaline-forming.
The SAD and western diet does not value the quality of the food, and food that has been refined or grown in poor soil or under bad conditions is often deficient in many nutrients and minerals including the vital alkalizing minerals needed for alkalinity.

Most individuals on the Standard American Diet (SAD) and western diet, as well as many other people throughout much of the industrialized world, have an ongoing problem of acidosis – tissues that are overly acidic. Within these individuals, in an attempt to make the blood less acidic and more alkaline, calcium. magnesium and other materials are continually stolen from bones and tissues.
Often this is a losing battle, as a continually over-acidic body will fail to replace the “borrowed” bone and tissue materials.

Other Factors Affecting Alkalinity

As well as diet there are many other factors that affect pH, including some that are often unknown or neglected. Since the tendency of modern diet and lifestyle is to make our bodies too acidic, the challenge is to make the body more alkaline. Here a few things that will make us more alkaline (even though good health does require various acid-forming activities and foods):

  • Chewing food well, especially carbohydrates, since their digestion, aided by saliva, begins in the mouth
  • Eating food raw
  • Not cooking food too much
  • Calmness (anger makes us acidic)
  • Minimizing adrenaline
  • Drinking water with a negative polarity (ionized water)
  • Drinking water containing alkaline-forming minerals
  • Eating most fruits and vegetables, especially those low in sugar
  • Eating less sugar, bread, cakes, confectionery, white rice and white flour (which are acid-producing)
  • Eating less animal fats (which are acid-producing)
  • Eating less animal protein (which is acid-producing)
  • Getting enough Essential Fatty Acids
  • Avoiding most legal and illegal drugs (which are mostly acid-producing)
  • Avoiding stress and anger (these are extremely acid-producing)
  • Body manipulation, such as acupressure, acupuncture or massage (these can be temporarily acidifying when acids are released)
  • Limiting very strenuous exercise (which can produce large amounts of lactic acid)

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The Terrain and What it Tells About Your Health

The terrain is made up of our individual’s personal health history, nutrition, toxicity levels, vaccination history, antibiotic use and the past or current drug treatment.

The terrain is our personal history.

It is important to understand the terrain as a concept. It is used to address illness by naturopathic doctors and practitioners and looks at the individual as a whole, unique entity.

The Terrain

Before Louis Pasteur’s experiments with bacteria in the 19th Century, the nature of microorganisms’ relationship to disease was not understood.

In and around this era, microbes, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi became the central tenet in the causative nature of illness, creating the “germ-theory of disease”.


Since that time, the cause of nearly every health problem has been either temporarily or permanently attributed to some form of irrepressible, virulent pathogen and remains the central notion in many disease processes today.

Predictably, the awareness that there were tiny, living organisms involved in the process of infectious disease caused a significant shift in the priorities of cleanliness and sanitation that led to great progress for our urban environments and communicable diseases.

With this hygienic awakening, however, the other (and no less important) half of the equation has been forgotten: the terrain.

The terrain is that environment in which a bacterium, or microbe, lives. The terrain is the soil for the germ, and hence the true ground for the disease.

Without paying attention to terrain, we may never overcome the chronic infections and antibiotic-resistant microbes the world now faces.

So how do we act upon the terrain to improve a person’s health?

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pH of Blood

pH of Blood, Urine & Connective Tissue

The key to understanding pH is simple: pH, or the degree of acidity and alkalinity of a solution is measured on a logarithmic scale of 1 to 14. Anything with a pH value of less than 7.0 is considered acidic. The lower the number of pH, the greater the acidity. The higher the number of pH, the greater the degree of alkalinity or baseness. Anything with a pH of greater than 7.0 is considered alkaline or base.

pH of Blood

The bloodstream is the most critically buffered system of the entire body, far more sensitive than any other. Arterial and venous blood must maintain a slightly alkaline pH: arterial blood pH = 7.41 and venous blood pH = 7.36. Because the normal pH of arterial blood is 7.41, a person is considered to have acidosis when the pH of blood falls below this value and to have alkalosis when the pH of blood rises above 7.41.

Range of Arterial pH Values

Range of Arterial pH Values


pH Of Interstitial fluids And Connective Tissue

A normal pH in these areas is 7.34 and 7.40, a slightly more acid profile, because body cells dump as much free hydrogen (H+) as possible, buffering the blood as much as possible. However, pH in these areas can dangerously drop to concentrations of pH = 5.0.

pH of Urine

In a pH balanced body, urine is slightly acid in the morning, (pH = 6.5 – 7.0) generally becoming more alkaline (pH = 7.5 – 8.0) by evening in healthy people primarily because no food or beverages are consumed while sleeping. Whereas, during the day the body buffers the pH of the food and beverages consumed by releasing electrolytes and the pH level goes up. This process allows the kidneys to begin the elimination process slowly.

Outside the range implies that cells are being burdened with caustic pH fluids within and without surroundings. Long term experience outside this range is unhealthy. However, the pH of urine can range from an extremely unhealthy low of 4.5 to a high of 8.5, which it tolerates a little easier, depending on the acid/base status of the extracellular fluids. A high pH value may indicate the body is over buffering to compensate for a physiological system that is too acidic.

Range of Urine pH Values

Range of Urine pH Values

Generally, when urine pH is 6.0 and below for extended periods of time, it is an indication that the body’s fluids elsewhere are too acid, and it is working overtime to rid itself of an acid medium. Thus, when pH of urine is normal, then the pH of blood is normal, but when the urine pH is overly acid, the body releases too many electrolytes to keep the pH level normal and maintain life.
Easy to take urine buffer test strips are available to indirectly determine the safety of all body fluids, including the pH of blood.

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    The term “terrain” was coined by French physiologist Claude Bernard in the 19th century, who used the term for the body’s internal environment. Since the body comprises mostly water, the terrain of the body is in essence an aqueous medium. This includes the blood, lymph and the fluids inside of and between the cells.

    The state of the terrain is determined by four factors, namely: its acid/alkaline balance (alkalizing is important here), its electric/magnetic charge; its level of poisoning and its nutritional status (including oxygenation).

    The condition of the terrain is absolutely central to the balance between health and disease. We can easily understand the notion that unhealthy soil will yield unhealthy, disease ridden plants, while healthy soil will produce strong, healthy plants.

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    1. First, upon waking test your saliva with the pH test paper.

    When you get out of bed, wet the end of a pH test strip with your saliva.
    Note the colour change and write down the pH number.
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    A seven-year study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, on 9,000 women showed that those who have chronic acidosis are at greater risk for bone loss than those who have normal pH levels. Many of the hip fractures among middle-aged women are connected to high acidity caused by a diet rich in animal foods and low in vegetables. – American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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    “The single measurement most important to your health is the pH of your blood and tissues – how acidic or alkaline it is.”

    pH measures the degree of acidity-alkalinity of the blood and tissues (measured by the pH scale from 0 to 14), this is an important indicator of your health.

    Oxygen is critical to health, and lack of it has been linked to numerous diseases. Hemoglobin is the substance in the blood that transports your vital oxygen. Read more