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The acid-alkaline balance achieved
within the body is a product of the consciousness of the body's cells
themselves in their various locations and in their various conditions
of health or diseases or disease. It is difficult to visualize
how the body responds to the foods which are assimilated and the forces
of life within the body itself to maintain a balanced acidity within
the bloodstream and all the body tissues. Some organs or tissues
normally have an acid pH while others are found in the state of health
to be alkaline. (Medically it is known the body maintains a pH of
7.4 in the bloodstream, this being slightly above the neutral reaction,
The normal diet will have 80% alkaline-forming foods
and 20% acid-forming foods, which, in the normally balanced stomach and
intestines will be absorbed and produce the proper balance of acidity-alkalinity
within the body itself. It can be seen in case  that nervous
indigestion caused a lack of balance between the acid and alkaline forces
in the stomach proper or the hydrochloric and the lactic forces.
The lactic forces would be those which are absorbed through the lymphatics
of the intestinal tract, mainly the Peyer's patches found in the upper
portion of the small intestine. With the inflammation in the pyloric
and the lower portion of the duodenum, as in this individual, the lymph
is not properly absorbed and the acid in the stomach is excessive.
Thus, if the lymphatics produce the alkaline reaction or substances within
the body - or if their activity is equivalent to the degree of alkalinity
maintained within the body then, in this case, a general tendency toward
acidity or an imbalance would occur within the blood and the tissues proper.
On the other hand, in case  there was constipation
with a decreased flow of the gastric juices resulting in poor assimilation
and certain deficiencies which were then described as producing a rather
complex reaction and resulting in excess alkalinity within the system.
Whereas the excess acidity in the system caused in  a tiredness
and languidness and a heaviness in his limbs, in addition to other disturbances,
the alkalosis found in  produced a type of irritation - "reaction
existing between the circulation in liver and kidneys is gradually, through
this alkalinity, causing irritation to the bladder and the tubes through
which the urine passes."
It must always be kept in mind that the body strives
very carefully as a unit to maintain a specific acid-base balance within
its structure. Thus symptoms and some conditions of dis-ease might
well be considered the response of the body as a whole trying to counteract
an imbalance which may be found in the organs of assimilation - the stomach
and upper intestines proper. These may swing either way, toward
the acid or toward the alkaline, and thus the lymph as it becomes part
of the blood - even to the nature of the lymphocytes themselves - in various
ways then influences the body itself.
The balance of the body as a whole might better be
understood if we see the various ways in which a woman's system was out
of balance in addition to the acid-alkaline disturbance which was present.
In  the following additional incoordinations were mentioned as
being part of the entire disease process:
- Glandular (adrenal, thyroid, liver, thymus, pineal) incoordination.
- Deep and superficial circulation incoordination.
- Metabolism (anabolic-catabolic) incoordination.
- Autonomic-cerebrospinal nervous system incoordination.
- The ileum plexus reflexes to the lower portion of the cerebro-spinal are not coordinated with those above the diaphragm area.
- Assimilation-elimination incoordination.
- Even the upper and lower part of the digestive tract (stomach and
small intestines) are incoordinated.
From the above it can be readily seen that the acid-alkaline
balance is only one of a portion of many coordinate activities which are
carried out within the body. A rather fascinating concept was suggested
in this particular reading (1254-1) that had to do with hormones and activities.
Because of the glandular incoordination, there was a lack of hormones
which coagulate the energy produced by the bloodstream into form and tissue
throughout the physical body. In various readings coagulation is
mentioned without an explanation-this perhaps referring to the activities
of hormones within the bodies.
More explicit treatment for these conditions can be
found where more specific diagnosis is made. All types of disturbances
play a part in producing this one incoordination within the body and thus
specific therapy must be aimed at these various types of malfunction as
they exist within the body. For this reason, further and more specific
diagnosis is indicated.
Diet cannot be emphasized too strongly. The
reader is encouraged to study material related to this topic.
In approaching therapy, we should remember that the
body has a capability of normal function:
Thus, we would administer those activities which would
bring a normal reaction through these portions, stimulating them to an
activity from the body itself, rather than the body becoming dependent
upon supplies that are robbing portions of the system to produce activity
in other portions, or the system receiving elements or chemical reactions
being supplied without arousing the activity of the system itself for
a more normal condition. (1968-3)
[Note: The preceding commentary was written by William A. McGarey, M.D.
and is excerpted from the Physician's Reference Notebook,
Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
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