by Jeffrey Lindsey, PhD, NC, MH, PM
The maintenance of normal acid-base balance is one of the bodies most important homeostatic functions. (Martini, Bartholomew, Bledsoe 2008)
There is a balance our body maintains to stay in a state of health or homeostasis. Your blood pH needs to be maintained between the range of 7.35 and 7.45 in order to remain in homeostasis. If it is too low or too high, the body subjects itself to disease and in some cases death. In many cases, people are in an acidic state. Cancer is a disease that thrives when the body is in an acidic state – blood pH is below 7.35. The external pH of a solid tumor is acidic as a consequence of increased metabolism of glucose and poor perfusion.
There are prevention measures we can take to reduce the rate of cancer. If you have a normal acid-base balance – homeostasis – then your body will be able to defend itself against not only cancer, but also other diseases.
First, you need to establish your pH level in your body. Go to your local health food store and purchase a pH-testing strip kit. These typical come in a roll. There are two ways to test your pH using the strips, one is by testing your saliva, and the other is your urine. Your saliva is not as reliable as your urine. Regardless, the best time to test your pH level is in the morning after you awake. If the average urine pH is below 6.5 the body's buffering system is overwhelmed, a state of "autotoxication" exists, and attention should be given to lowering acid levels.
If you test your saliva, be sure you have not eaten within two hours or had anything to drink. Wash your mouth with your own saliva, swallow and do again. Making sure, you have saliva in your mouth, place the strip on your tongue and compare the results against the color guide that comes with your strips. If you test urine, do it first thing in the morning with the first urination. It is simple, urinate on the strip and compare the strip with the guide on the kit. If the saliva pH is too low (below 6.5), the body may be producing too many acids or may be overwhelmed by acids because it has lost the ability to adequately remove them through the urine. If the saliva pH is too high (over 6.8), the body may suffer greatly, e.g. excess gas, constipation and production of yeast, mold and fungus. This is very similar to testing the chemicals in a swimming pool.
Martini, F., Bartholomew, E., Bledsoe, B. (2008) Anatomy & Physiology for Emergency Care Pearson, Upper Saddle River, NJ
Correcting your pH if it is not within the normal range
There are varieties of things that influence your pH levels. Everything you put into your body creates the pH level within your body.
Using a swimming pool analogy, if the pH of the pool is out of range, a variety of fungus and algae’s that are not to be there grow. It becomes more difficult to get the delicate balance of water back to the level to maintain crystal clear pool. In contrast, we need to focus on what we eat in order to maintain our pH level in a neutral range.
First and foremost, we need to try to eat as pure as possible. That means that none of the food should be processed. Eating organically is the best we can do in this area. This will at least reduce the number of chemicals entering our body. Remember every chemical we put in, the body has to work with to overcome. It is no different from the swimming pool scenario where the balance of the pH is critical to the clarity of the water.
Second, we need to understand what foods are alkaline and what are acid. Simply put, virtually any raw vegetable is alkaline, and meats are acidic. Now, this is not to say giving up eating meat and eat all raw vegetables, although there are some benefits to this pending your health state; however, the portions of your vegetables should be much greater than your meat portion. Eating properly is the fundamental basis for restoring our body’s pH to homeostasis.
Dr. Lindsey has served in various roles as a paramedic, firefighter, educator, and served in various leadership positions through the rank of Fire Chief. He is a well known nationally in the fire and EMS industry and has written numerous articles and books. He earned his doctorate degree in education specializing in instructional technology and adult education.
In 2007, his wife was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. After numerous chemotherapy treatments, his education of acid-base balance and living in homeostasis turned on the light bulb of the failure of western culture. The body needs to be homeostasis in order to maintain a disease free life. Immediately he changed his entire lifestyle in order to save his wife’s life. Unfortunately after 3.5 years of allopathic treatments and years of eating and living in a western culture, proved to be too much for the 6 months of changing to a holistic life style. His wife died four years to the day after diagnosed with cancer.
Since this experience, Dr. Lindsey has immersed himself into all aspects of homeopathic and naturopathic medicine in order to help his children, himself, family, and friends who are willing to change into a healthy lifestyle. In addition, he continues to educate the EMS and fire professions along with others on the benefits of a holistic lifestyle.
He continues his education and is a PhD student at the Global College of Natural Medicine. He has completed his Nutritional Consultant and Master Herbal certifications. As part of the transition, he has dedicated his life to educating others to prevent them from enduring the same trials and devastation he experienced with his wife’s courageous battle with cancer. He lives in
the Tampa Bay (FL) area.