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Zeta Potential – Getting The Right Balance

Anyone who begins a serious study of biological terrain will encounter the concept of zeta potential because it is a basic principle of the electrical properties of life itself.

In one sense the body is electric–or electrostatic.

In various industries, the concept of zeta potential is common knowledge. Zeta potential plays a critical role in many industrial processes. The manufacture of soap is one example. Water by itself does not always clean as well as it could. Sometimes the water needs to be made wetter. How can you have wetter water that becomes a better cleaner and disperser of dirt on dishes? By adding anionic surfactants to the water thereby changing its charge. The anionic soapy water does a better job of getting between the cationic dirt particles of the dirty dishes and disperses the garbage.

The area of paints and pigments is another example. Whether a quantity of pigment added to a base paint will coagulate and form a speckled mess or disperse into trillions of tiny particles each remaining separate and discrete thereby leaving an even colour, depends almost entirely on the electrical properties of the system.

In the industrial process of purifying water in treatment plants, zeta potential plays a crucial role.  In order to get out pollutants, the treatment facility pours in a highly cationic substances like aluminium sulphate which attracts the garbage to itself thereby coagulating or flocculating out the precipate. This floc becomes heavy and drops to the bottom of the holding tank thereby cleansing the water. (Note that if they miscalculate how much cationic aluminium to add to the water, some of that will stay in the water supply that arrives at your tap and this aluminized tap water is definitely not good for health as it coagulates elements of your own body fluids.)

In a general way of thinking which is overly simplistic, think of anions as dispersers, and cations as coagulators. Anions disperse things, cations bring things together. Further, you could say anionic leans alkaline, cationic leans acid.

The Molecular Reality.

Molecular compounds are composed of various atoms with electrons spinning in their orbits and is a mix of anionic and cationic components. The ratios of these anions to cations give indications as to the valence of the molecule or electrolyte. The ions of both anionic and cationic electrolytes may carry from one to four charges and are accordingly designated mono-, di-, tri-, or polyvalent type electrolytes.

When the electrolytes are negatively charged(anionic) they are written as 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, 1:4 to indicate their ratios and their respective ionic strength. The higher the ratio the more ionic strength to increase zeta potential and have a dispersionary effect.

The right ionic balance is good for humans.

When the electrolytes are positively charged (cationic) they are written as 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1. The higher these ratios, the more ionic strength to decrease zeta potential and coagulate, agglutinate, flocculate, sludge and downright clog up systems.

The wrong ionic balance is bad for humans.

Negative Charge – 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, 1:4. Ratios indicate ionic strength. Higher = more strength to increase zeta potential. Good for humans.

Positive Charge – 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1. Higher ratios here means more strength to decrease zeta potential. Bad for humans.

A lot of the processed foods with chemical preservatives, pesticide residue and additives are of a cationic 1:1, 2:1 nature.  Bad for humans. These foods have a natural zeta potential lowering effect on the blood.

Chlorine is a well-known cationic electrolyte and when viewed in light of the above material it is easy to understand why drinking chlorinated water can elevate the risk of cardiovascular problems.

As it is, blood is naturally maintained in a dispersed state that is just on the verge of beginning to sludge. This is required for an effective blood clotting mechanism so if you cut yourself you don’t bleed to death. The blood clotting mechanism is associated with the release and activation of prothrombin-thrombin which is a cationic polyelectrolyte.

Heparin on the other hand is an anionic polyvalent electrolyte dispersing agent and is used medically to relieve intravascular coagulation.

Now with blood at a natural precipice just ready to sludge, if we add negative health items to our diet that have a further sludging effect on our blood, the situation for health begins to deteriorate.

Oxidative Stress

Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.

What are free radicals?

A free radicals is an oxygen containing molecule that has one or more unpaired electrons, making it highly reactive with other molecules.

Oxygen by-products are relatively unreactive but some of these can undergo metabolism within the biological system to give rise to these highly reactive oxidants. Not all reactive oxygen species are harmful to the body. Some of them are useful in killing off invading pathogens or microbes.

Free radicals can chemically interact with cell components such as DNA, protein or lipid and steal their electrons in order to become stabilized. This, in turn, destabilizes the cell component molecules which then seek and steal an electron from another molecule, therefore triggering a large chain of free radical reactions and oxidative stress.

What are antioxidants?

Every cell that utilizes enzymes and oxygen to perform functions is exposed to oxygen free radical reactions that have the potential to cause serious damage to the cell. Antioxidants are molecules present in cells that prevent these reactions by donating an electron to the free radicals without becoming destabilized themselves. An imbalance between oxidants and antioxidants is the underlying basis of oxidative stress.

Damaged caused by oxidative stress

Much of the damage caused by oxidative stress arises from its modification of the DNA inside a cell’s nucleus which gives rise to mutations.

Examples of the conditions caused by free radical damage include:

  • Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Mutagenesis and cancer
  • Heart and blood vessel disorders such as heart failure, heart attacks, atherosclerosis and cardiac ischemia
  • Lung conditions such as emphysema and lung cancer
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Cataracts and vision disorders such as retrolental fibroplasia
  • Arthritis and inflammatory disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gut disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease
  • Skin lesions such as those caused by sun damage
  • Lipoprotein oxidation in new-borns
  • Failure of organ transplant
  • Frostbite
  • Haemolytic anaemia, protoporphyrin, photo oxidation
  • Autoimmune diseases
Live Blood Cell Analysis

Live Blood Analysis Training Course Online September 27th 2016

The next online training course will start Tuesday September 27th 2016 at 7pm (UK time)

If you would like to know more about the training course, click here.

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Live Blood Online records all of the live webinar lessons and sends it out after the live lesson. You can watch the lesson as many times as you like, whenever you want as long as you have an internet connection. Good if you are in a different time zone or have to miss a lesson.

We send you 2 wall charts and a 300+ page manual. Live Blood Online also gives you access to the training site with everything you need to know to practice LBA. We also give you membership to the private Facebook page where you can post your findings and improve & learn with other attendees.

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We ask you to submit 2 test cases for your certificate.
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The course will show you Live & Dry Blood Analysis to its full potential and is designed to get you practicing with absolute confidence and proficiency.
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The History of Live Blood Analysis

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