ATP Medical Literature: #10 What is the Importance of pH?

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1) What is the Importance of pH?
2) What diseases are associated to low PH level?
What is the leading cause of death in the United States?
4) What foods are high in Alkaline?
5) What do cancer victims have in common?
6) Toxins and Your Health:  An Introduction
7) What are toxins?
8) What are the most common sources of toxins?
9) Is there research that provides definitive proof of toxins’ role in causing disease?
10) What can I do to combat toxic overload?
Are there supplements I can take to rid my body of toxins?

1) What is the Importance of pH?
pH (from potential of Hydrogen) the logarithm of the reciprocal of hydrogen-ion concentration in gram atoms per liter; provides a measure on a scale from 0 to 14 of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution (where 7 is neutral and greater than 7 is more basic and less than 7 is more acidic). The body is largely made up of water, a medium which is biologically useful in allowing nutrients, oxygen and biochemical to be transported from place to place. This water-based medium can have either acid or alkaline properties which are measured by a graduated scale called pH (for “potential hydrogen”), wherein1.0 to 6.9 is considered acidic, 7.0 is neutral, and 7.1 to 14.0 is alkaline. The lower the pH number, the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH number, the greater the alkalinity. Since most of the body is water-based (making up 50-60% of our total body weight), the pH level has profound effects on all body chemistry, health and disease. An imbalanced pH describes the pH level of the body when it becomes too acidic or too alkaline for long periods of time. Extended pH imbalances of any kind are not well tolerated by the body.

Indeed, the management of “pH” is so important that the body has developed strict accounting procedures to monitor acid-alkaline balances in every cell. Fundamentally, all regulatory mechanisms (including breathing, circulation, digestion, hormonal production, etc.) serve the purpose of balancing pH, by removing caustic metabolized acid residues from body tissues without damaging living cells. If the pH deviates too far to the acid side or too far to the alkaline side, cells become poisoned by their own toxic waste and die.

Although it may generally go unnoticed and undetected for years, an imbalanced pH (either consistently too acid or alkaline) leads to the progression of most, if not all, degenerative diseases including Cardiovascular Disease (the #1 killer in the U.S.), Cancer (the #2 Killer in the U.S.), and Diabetes, as well as the never ending frustration of excessive systemic weight gain. The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics estimates that if Cardiovascular Disease alone could be eliminated, it would add an average of 9.78 years to our life span! That’s almost 10 years of additional life per person! By: Stan Headley, M.D.

2 What diseases are associated to low PH level?
Research has proven that disease cannot survive in an alkaline state, however, viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, Candida and Cancer cells thrive in a low oxygen, / low pH environment. An acid pH can result from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acid by using alkaline minerals, like sodium from the stomach and calcium from the bones. This is the cause of Osteoporosis and a number of other diseases. If there are not enough minerals in the diet to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur, resulting in symptoms like pain, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, MS, Lupus, etc.

3) What is the leading cause of death in the United States?

A: 10 Leading Causes of Death in the U.S.
Leading causes of death differ somewhat by age, sex, and race. Accidents were the leading cause of death for those under 34 years, while in older age groups, chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease were the leading causes. The top two causes for males and females—heart disease and cancer—are exactly the same. However, suicide ranked 8th for males but was not ranked among the ten leading causes for females.

Rank1 Causes of death All persons Causes of death Male Causes of death Female
All causes 2,448,288 All causes 1,201,964 All causes 1,246,324

Diseases of heart


Diseases of heart


Diseases of heart


Malignant neoplasm (cancer)


Malignant neoplasm (cancer)


Malignant neoplasm (cancer)


Cerebrovascular diseases


Unintentional injuries


Cerebrovascular diseases


Chronic lower respiratory diseases


Cerebrovascular diseases


Chronic lower respiratory diseases


Unintentional injuries


Chronic lower respiratory diseases


Alzheimer’s disease


Diabetes mellitus


Diabetes mellitus


Diabetes mellitus


Influenza and pneumonia


Influenza and pneumonia


Unintentional injuries


Alzheimer’s disease




Influenza and pneumonia


Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis


Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis


Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis




Alzheimer’s disease




Source: U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, Health, United States

4) Top 9 Actual Causes of Preventable Death

In 2000 well over a third of all deaths in the United States could be attributed to a limited number of largely preventable behaviors and exposures including smoking, poor diet and physical inactivity and alcohol consumption.

Changing these modifiable behaviors can increase a person’s life expectancy or longevity and prevent early deaths.

1. Tobacco Use (Smoking)
Tobacco use (smoking) resulted in 435,000 deaths or 18.1% of the total deaths.
2. Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity
Poor diet and physical inactivity lead to 365,000 deaths or 15.2% of the total deaths.
3. Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol consumption resulted in 85,000 deaths or 3.5% of the total deaths.
4. Microbial Agents
Microbial agents resulted in 75,000 deaths or 3.1% of the total deaths.
5. Toxic Agents
Toxic agents resulted in 55,000 deaths or 2.3% of the total deaths.
6. Motor Vehicle Crashes
Motor vehicle crashes resulted in 43,000 deaths or 1.8% of the total deaths.
7. Incidents Involving Firearms
Incidents involving firearms resulted in 29,000 deaths or 1.2% of the total.
8. Sexual behaviors
Sexual behaviors resulted in 20,000 deaths or 0.8% of the total.
9. Illicit Use of Drugs
Illicit use of drugs resulted in 17,000 deaths or 0.7% of the total deaths.

5) What foods are high in Alkaline?

Barley Grass
Beet Greens
Chard Greens
Collard Greens
Edible Flowers
Fermented Veggies
Green Beans
Green Peas
Mustard Greens
Nightshade Veggies
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Sea Veggies
Spinach, green
Sweet Potatoes
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens

Dandelion Root

Banana (high glycemic)
Cherries, sour
Coconut, fresh
Dates, dried
Figs, dried
Honeydew Melon
Tropical Fruits
Umeboshi Plums

Tempeh (fermented)
Tofu (fermented)
Whey Protein Powder


Chili Pepper
Herbs (all)
Sea Salt

Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Fresh Fruit Juice
Green Juices
Lecithin Granules
Mineral Water
Molasses, blackstrap
Probiotic Cultures
Soured Dairy Products
Veggie Juices

Calcium: pH 12
Cesium: pH 14
Magnesium: pH 9
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 14

Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.

Note that a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.

6) What do cancer victims have in common?
A low PH and high acidity.

7) Toxins and Your Health:  An Introduction
We live in a toxic environment. There is no denying the reality.  You need only to turn on the evening news or read the paper to realize how many new health threats exist today compared to fifty, twenty, or even ten years ago.  We are now exposed to even more damaging UV rays, even more industrial chemicals, even more preservatives in our food, and even more pollutants in our air and water.

A direct result of the damage caused by these exposures is an increased incidence of familiar chronic diseases, such as arthritis and autism, and newly-described diseases, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. The list of cancer causing chemicals is growing longer, as is the list of prescription pharmaceutical drugs we supposedly need in order to address all of the symptoms we are experiencing. This toxic dilemma is not limited to the United States—it is a global problem. Consider the following:

  • Approximately half a million (85,000 since WWII) new, and potentially toxic, industrial chemicals have become part of our global environment, with the number increasing daily.
  • Studies indicate that up to half of all municipal water supplies are contaminated with potentially harmful pollutants.
  • The World health Organization (WHO) recently released a warning about the increasing dangers of worsening air pollution, particularly indoor toxin exposure, to public health.
  • The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have both released warnings recommending limited intake of fish by pregnant and nursing women, due the toxic levels of mercury found in tuna, shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel. These agencies state that these mercury levels are known to cause fetal brain damage.
  • In a recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 10 percent of women were found to have levels of mercury so high as to cause fetal brain damage.
  • Results of another recent study demonstrated findings of over 200 industrial chemicals, some of which are known to be carcinogenic in the cord blood of newborns.
  • Some experts believe that approximately 75 percent of all cancers may be linked to environmental toxins and are not genetically based.

Evidence is building about the effects of our toxic environment on our long-term health and toxins’ role in chronic diseases. Although scientists have known for quite some time that pollution and pesticides can adversely affect human health, mounting evidence reveals far more deadly connections between toxic exposure and a variety of diseases. The most disturbing discovery is that chronic exposure to even low levels of common toxins can have negative health effects as toxins accumulate over time, damaging the neurological, immune, and endocrine systems.

To complicate matters, many governments and health organizations do not seem to be addressing this serious problem. Without accountability and clean-up programs, the toxic exposure overload continues to spiral out of control.

Fortunately, there are ways to counteract the long-term buildup of toxins in the body and reduce their negative effects on our health. Natural compounds do exist that can safely bind and remove harmful toxins from the body.  One group of such compounds—comprised of what we typically refer to as zeolites—includes some of the safest, most effective and natural detoxifying minerals known, and these minerals are now available in a purified liquid form.  It can target and safely remove toxic heavy metals, can balance the body’s pH levels, and can bind viral sub-particles, and can improve digestive function and allowing better absorption and assimilation of nutrients.

The following are frequently asked questions about toxins, their effects, and what can be done to minimize their damaging effects, including using detoxifying supplements such as liquid zeolite.

8) What are toxins?
Toxins are generally defined as anything in our environment with the potential to negatively affect the health and function of the body.  These dangerous foreign substances can be consumed through polluted food or water, breathed in through the air, or absorbed through the skin. They may be organic biotoxins or inorganic toxins such as poisonous chemicals and other toxic man-made substances.  Ultimately, all toxins take a serous toll on our health and can even cause cancer.  The damage can result quickly from exposure to a large or very concentrated dangerous toxin, but more often, it results from a gradual accumulation of smaller amounts of less-potent toxins from a variety of sources, often referred to as “chronic toxic overload.”

9) What are the most common sources of toxins?
Toxins are found in the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat.  We come in contact with them in the form of pesticides, herbicides, food additives and preservatives, smog, car exhaust, household chemicals, and even certain compounds in hygiene and beauty products.  Vaccines and prescription drugs may also have toxic side effects.  Perhaps more troubling than the sources of these toxins is the prevalence of toxins. We now come in contact with more toxins than ever before.  It is estimated that we are exposed to more than 100,000 toxins in our environment, a quarter of which are known to cause cancer. In one year alone, the IPA estimated that 1.9 billion pounds of chemicals ended up in our water supplies, and 2.4 billion were released into the atmosphere.

Meanwhile, the national Research Council (NRC) recently estimated that a shocking 70,000 commercially-used chemicals have not even been tested for toxic effects.  This constant bombardment puts out body in a state of chronic toxic overload, which puts us at risk for several diseases.  The most common types of toxins that may affect our health include Dioxins, Furans Heavy metals, Mercury, Arsenic Lead, Cadmium, PCBs, PesticidesPhthalates, and Volatile and semi-volatile organic chemicals.

10) Is there research that provides definitive proof of toxins’ role in causing disease?
The research linking chronic disease to toxins continues to build, and the results of these studies are more than a little unsettling. Lead exposure alone has been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attacks, renal failure, osteoporosis, and macular degeneration. Another recent report found compelling evidence that tens of thousands of chemicals may contribute to the development of breast cancer by adversely affecting hormone function or gene expression.  This is not surprising when you consider that few than one-tenth of breast cancers are related to a genetic predisposition, and in nearly half all cases, causes cannot be linked to traditional cancer-risk factors.

In a 2005 article published in Alternative Therapies titled “Metals in Medicines,” the authors cited numerous examples of how new links between heavy metals and disease are leading the medical community to change its approach to disease and wellness and to increase awareness about these threats.  Several breast cancer advocacy groups are also making connections between breast cancer and environmental toxins, even drawing parallels between the increased risks for developing breast cancer (one in seven) and the incredible surge in toxic exposure, especially from estrogen-mimetic pesticides, in our environment.

Research suggests that thousands of synthetic chemicals may have the ability to impair hormone function and interfere with the health of the body on a genetic level. Household cleaning supplies, health and beauty products, pesticides, and even drugs and x-rays have all been implicated in this increased danger. One study found that chronic condition in women called endometriosis may be linked to a toxin called dioxin.

11) What can I do to combat toxic overload?
Perhaps most important is the role of nutritional supplements in relieving the stress of toxic overload. Supplements are important because, although we can reduce our exposure to dangerous toxins, we cannot eliminate exposure completely but we can help maintain healthy lifestyle and environment.

There are many things we can do to reduce our exposure to environmental toxins and to minimize their presence in and effect on the body. Drinking purified filtered water instead of tap water is an excellent start in decreasing your exposure to excessive fluoride, chlorine and toxic heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic and lead. Dietary changes, such as limiting consumption of prepared and packaged foods while emphasizing whole natural foods, are helpful.

Not smoking and limited alcohol consumption (one glass of organic red wine or beer daily) are also important. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages increase the body’s toxic exposure. Another helpful practice in reducing your exposure to environmental pollution is using natural health and beauty products and non-toxic household cleaners. In addition, it is a good idea to take prescription or over-the-counter medications only when absolutely necessary.

There fore, we need to be able to do something to remove existing toxic buildup from our bodies. Integrative medicine, complementary, alternative and natural health practitioners know the importance of regular detoxification to promote optimal health.

Detoxification protocols are often the hallmark of these healthcare professionals because they recognize that addressing toxicity and the associated damage is critical for symptom alleviation and disease prevention. Naturally detoxifying supplements can help to safely eliminate toxins that have accumulated in the body and help prevent toxic overload. Considering the incredible metabolic stress put on the body by the demands of the toxic environment we live in, it is nearly impossible to achieve optimal health without undergoing regular detoxification treatment. The term “detoxification protocol” encompasses a wide variety of therapies designed to cleanse the body of toxins and other impurities. A Detoxification treatment can be as simple as fasting or drinking purified water, or it can be an elaborate program involving diet and lifestyle changes, which can include taking one or more supplements.
The following are the most effective modolaties:

  • Infra-red sauna;  *Infra-red hand-held lasers
  • Lymphatic drainage ; Energetic bodywork
  • Cranial-sacral work ; Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic ; Massage
  • Chelation ; Colonics
  • Herbs ; Glutathione
  • MSM, Cysteine, N-acetylcysteine ; Chlorella, Algae

12) Are there supplements I can take to rid my body of toxins?
Several Supplements are known to have detoxifying properties including herbs like garlic, Echinacea, dandelion root, cayenne, ginger, licorice root, and goldenseal, as well as antioxidant supplements like vitamins C and E.  But perhaps the most exciting newly-available chelating natural mineral is volcanic mineral supplement and our new enhanced liquid zeolite that comes with beta Glucan 1,3-D, aloe vera, vitamin c and suspended with Fulvic mineral complex, which has the capability to bind and eliminate several kinds of toxins, viral sub-particles, allergens, and heavy metals from the body.

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