A simple test you can do to measure your susceptibility to cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and many other degenerative diseases.
How to Do the Saliva pH Test
Wait at least 2 hours after eating. Fill your mouth with saliva and then swallow it. Do this again to help ensure that the saliva is clean. Then the third time, put some saliva onto pH paper.
The pH paper should turn blue. This indicates that your saliva is slightly alkaline at a healthy pH of 7.4. If it is not blue, compare the color with the chart that comes with the pH paper. If your saliva is acid (below pH of 7.0) wait two hours and repeat the test.
Where to Get pH Paper
It would be good if health food stores and pharmacies would stock pH paper. Why not go to your local health food store or pharmacy and suggest this to them? There are many suppliers of pH paper. Look for laboratory suppliers in the phone book. You want narrow range pH paper measuring pH 4.5 to 7.5 or pH 4.5 to 8.5. One source is Micro Essential Laboratory Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11210 telephone 718-338-3618. They will send you a catalogue. When sending a container of pH paper through the mail to a friend, a single roll dispenser (catalog #334 that measures pH 4.5 - 7.5) is quite sturdy and should not break. However, the Jumbo strips (catalog #3827) in the more fragile plastic tube container are larger and easier to read. These pH strips to measure acid/alkaline balance belong in every family medicine kit, right beside the thermometer to measure body temperature.
Saliva pH and Cancer
"When healthy, the pH of blood is 7.4, the pH of spinal fluid is 7.4, and the pH of saliva is 7.4. Thus the pH of saliva parallels the extra cellular fluid...pH test of saliva represents the most consistent and most definitive physical sign of the ionic calcium deficiency syndrome...The pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the 7.5 (dark blue) to 7.1 (blue) slightly alkaline range. The range from 6.5 (blue-green) which is weakly acidic to 4.5 (light yellow) which is strongly acidic represents states from mildly deficient to strongly deficient, respectively. Most children are dark blue, a pH of 7.5. Over half of adults are green-yellow, a pH of 6.5 or lower, reflecting the calcium deficiency of aging and lifestyle defects. Cancer patients are usually a bright yellow, a pH of 4.5, especially when terminal." The Calcium Factor: The Scientific Secret of Health and Youth, by Robert R. Barefoot and Carl J. Reich, M.D., Gilliland Printing Inc., Arkansas City, Kansas, 1996.
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The Importance of Acid and Alkaline Balance for Health
Virtually all degenerative diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, kidney and gall stones, and tooth decay are associated with excess acidity in the body. While the body has a homeostatic mechanism that maintains a constant pH 7.4 in the blood, this mechanism works by depositing and withdrawing acid and alkaline minerals from other locations including the bones, soft tissues, body fluids and saliva. Therefore, the pH of these other tissues can fluctuate greatly. The pH of saliva offers a window through which you can see the overall pH balance in your body.
Cancer cannot exist in an alkaline environment. All forms of arthritis are associated with excess acidity. Acid in the body dissolves both teeth and bones. Whatever health situation you are faced with, you can monitor your progress toward a proper acid/alkaline balance by testing your saliva pH.
What are Acid and Alkaline?
Water (H2O) ionizes into hydrogen (H+) and hydroxyl (OH-) ions. When these ions are in equal proportions, the pH is a neutral 7. When there are more H+ ions than OH- ions then the water is said to be acid. If OH- ions outnumber the H+ ions then the water is alkaline. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14 and is logarithmic, which means that each step is ten times the previous. In other words, a pH of 4.5 is 10 times more acid than 5.5, 100 times more acid than 6.5 and 1,000 times more acid than 7.5.
Acid and Alkaline Minerals and Foods
Minerals with a negative electrical charge are attracted to the H+ ion. These are called acid minerals. Acid minerals include: chlorine (Cl-), sulfur (S-), phosphorus (P-), and they form hydrochloric acid (HCl), sulfuric acid (H2SO4), and phosphoric acid (H3PO4). Minerals with a positive electrical charge are attracted to the negatively charged OH- ion. These are called alkaline minerals. Nutritionally important alkaline minerals include calcium (Ca+), potassium (K+), magnesium (Mg+), and sodium (Na+). (Cancer patients tend to have an excess of sodium. - Gerson page 97). Also important for cancer treatment and prevention are the alkaline trace minerals rubidium and cesium.
To determine if a food is acid or alkaline, it is burned and the ash is mixed with water. If the solution is acid or alkaline then the food is called acid or alkaline. Ash is the mineral content of the food. This method removes organic acids and bases. It seems surprising that a lemon or grapefruit would be considered alkaline, but it is the effect of the food on the physiology AFTER it has been digested and metabolized that we are interested in. The residual effect of food on the acid/alkaline balance in the body is determined by the mineral content of the food.
Twelve Ways to Restore Acid/Alkaline Balance in Your Body
If your saliva is too acid you may wish to increase the alkalinity of your body. Ways to do this include:
1. Eat mostly alkaline foods. The general "rule of thumb" is to eat 20% acid foods and 80% alkaline foods. Minimize the "strongly acid" foods. So about three quarters of your plate should be covered with alkaline foods.
milk, yoghurt, kefir, soft curds
It is the sulphur in the concentrated protein of meat, fish, eggs and hard cheese, and phosphorous in meat and soft drinks that makes these foods so acidic. In general, a more vegetarian diet is more alkaline. It is a question of balance, and at present the balance is tilted too heavily in the direction of acid foods.
Fats and oils have a neutral pH, neither acid nor alkaline. Plant-based beverages (tea, coffee, cocoa, herbal teas, beer, wine, juices of fruits and vegetables) are generally mildly alkaline. The above summary is based on a detailed Acid Base Food Table you can download. If you want more information, there are some articles you can read here 1, 2, 3.
The healthiest dairy products to consume have never been pasteurized or homogenized. Look for "raw" milk, and cheese made from raw milk. The healthiest way to consume grains and legumes is in the form of sprouts. In a sense, by sprouting grains or legumes you are turning them into vegetables. Plus, the sprouting process deactivates enzyme inhibitors and other chemicals in the seeds so that in many cases cooking is no longer necessary. There are many advantages to eating foods raw when possible, as we discuss on our sprouts page.
2. Supplement your diet with alkaline minerals. The main alkaline minerals in the body are calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. These minerals complement each other. For example, calcium is needed to contract a muscle and magnesium is needed to relax it. At a cellular level, your cells maintain a balance of potassium inside and sodium outside, but this pumping of potassium and sodium requires magnesium. The calcium concentration in cells is controlled by sodium. All four of these minerals work together in the body. Problems arise in the body when one or more of the minerals are deficient or when the minerals are out of balance with each other.
When potassium is insufficient, and sodium is excessive, the potassium/sodium pump is not able to keep sodium out of the cells. As sodium enters the cells they swell with water (cellular edema), energy production is reduced, and the cellular metabolism of proteins and fats is inhibited.
People in North America tend to consume too much calcium and sodium and insufficient potassium and magnesium. This is often reflected in urine tests which show calcium and sodium being excreted while potassium and magnesium are being retained. (This is why we are not interested in urine pH. An alkaline urine simply shows that some alkaline minerals are being discarded by the body. Of much greater interest is the pH of saliva, which reflects your success in creating an alkaline condition within your body.)
In the North American diet, excess calcium is coming primarily from dairy products, and excess sodium is coming from "prepared foods" that are loaded with salt. Largely missing from the diet are potassium and magnesium that would come from eating fruits and vegetables. A diet based on fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, with a small amount of dairy, would give the body all four of the alkaline minerals in better balance. This is the diet we recommend in point number 1 above. Given that the kidneys will excrete excess minerals and retain what the body needs, it is not necessary to be overly concerned about consuming "right" amounts of calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Just make sure that your diet contains all four of the alkaline minerals in reasonable balance.
Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for Adults
Calcium supplements are generally 1,000 mg, which is plenty.
However, from the above table it is clear that potassium is the main alkalizing mineral in the body. Therefore, it is interesting that potassium supplements are generally 99 mg which is virtually useless. This is why we suggest 1 heaping teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) in a glass of water daily. There are about 5 grams in a level teaspoon of baking power, and of this about 2 grams are potassium and 3 grams are bicarbonate. Watch this video. Here is a link to the paper discussed in the video. Potassium bicarbonate is available as an alternative to the sodium bicarbonate ordinarily used as baking soda. In our experience, potassium bicarbonate in water has a pleasant taste.
If you are just beginning to alkalize your body, you might want to take a little more potassium bicarbonate for your initial "loading". In 1926, Arm & Hammer offered these instructions "During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals. During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals. During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured." Since cancer patients generally have too much sodium and not enough potassium in their body, we suggest substituting potassium bicarbonate for sodium bicarbonate.
Calcium supplements generally contain some magnesium. However, magnesium is difficult to absorb and there are indications (1, 2, 3) that you should get as much magnesium as calcium, which is why we suggest taking several potassium magnesium citrate capsules daily. Do an Internet search for "rda magnesium too low" for more information. After nine months, women on magnesium supplements increased bone density by about 11%. - Journal of Nutritional Medicine, 1991; 2:165-178.
If you want to eat salt, use unrefined salt. It is gray in color and comes in large crystals. Put it in a grinder and keep it on the dining table beside the pepper grinder.
Bones and teeth are made from calcium phosphate. You can consume calcium in the form of bone meal or calcium hydroxyapatite which contain the needed phosphate, or you can take your calcium with a separate source of phosphate, such as lecithin or chia seeds. To preserve your bones and teeth it is good to consume at least one gram of calcium and one tablespoon of lecithin or chia seeds daily. We mention lecithin and chia seeds in several places on this website because they provide many benefits to the body. Vitamin D is needed for absorption and utilization of calcium, and doctors are recommending more as the benefits of vitamin D become known. Vitamin D can help prevent 16 different types of cancer.
Vitamin D Council recommended amountsBased on the body's indicated daily vitamin D usage, Vitamin D Council recommends the following amounts of supplemental vitamin D3 per day in the absence of proper sun exposure. Due to the variable response discussed above, these are only estimated amounts.
If you want to supplement your diet with 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily, it is not necessary to consume a dozen low dose soft gels. If you search the Internet, you will find 5,000 IU soft gels available. Given that the body can produce 10,000 to 20,000 IU of vitamin D daily from sunshine, a supplement of 5,000 IU does not seem excessive. It is still a good idea to expose your skin to the sun or a UVB sunlamp on a regular basis, because the skin produces a variety of forms of vitamin D, include a water-soluble form called vitamin D3 sulfate that can do things and go places in the body that the fat soluble vitamin D cannot. The body will not produce more vitamin D than it needs, so getting too much vitamin D is unlikely. If you want to take 10,000 IU per day in supplements then a divided dose of one 5,000 IU soft gel with food at two different meals may be best.
Teeth are held in the gums by connective tissue, and formation of connective tissue needs vitamins C and D. About 3 or 4 grams of vitamin C daily plus adequate vitamin D are required to prevent receding gums and the formation of pockets between the teeth and gums.
Tooth enamel is rebuilt both from within and without by an enzyme called adenosine diphosphatase. This enzyme is one of dozens of enzymes in the body that are inactivated by fluoride. It is best to avoid all sources of fluoride.
The positively charged H+ ion in acid saliva will pull the negatively charged phosphate ion right out of the tooth. Alkaline saliva is necessary to preserve and rebuild tooth enamel. Drink acidic liquids (e.g. lemonade) through a straw to minimize contact with the teeth. Rinse the mouth with water after consuming an acidic food or liquid.
Dr. Gerson (page 246) gave his cancer patients a 10% potassium solution. Perhaps you can find a potassium drink in your local health food store. Potassium tablets are commonly available. Potassium chloride is often found in grocery stores as a dietary salt alternative to sodium chloride. Search on the Internet for a suppliers of potassium chloride, potassium bicarbonate, potassium citrate, and potassium iodide if you cannot find them locally.
Salts of the alkaline minerals cesium, rubidium and potassium have been found by Dr. Brewer to be particularly effective in fighting cancer.
"A mass spectrographic analysis of cancer cells showed that the cell membrane readily attached cesium, rubidium and potassium, and transmitted these elements with their associated molecules into the cancer cell. In contrast cancer membranes did not transmit sodium, magnesium, and calcium into the cell: the amount of calcium within a cancer cell is only about 1% of that for normal cells. Potassium transports glucose into the cell. Calcium and magnesium transport oxygen into the cell. As a consequence of the above, oxygen cannot enter cancer cells so the glucose which is normally burned to carbon dioxide and water undergoes fermentation to form lactic acid within the cell. This anaerobic condition was pointed out by Warburg, as early as 1924.
Potassium, and especially rubidium and cesium are the most basic of the elements. When they are taken up by the cancer cells they will thus raise the pH of the cells. Since they are very strong bases as compared to the weak lactic acid it is possible that the pH will be raised to values in the 8.5 to 9 range. In this range the life of the cancer cell is short, being a matter of days at the most. The dead cancer cells are then absorbed by the body fluids and eventually eliminated from the system." - Dr. Brewer, High pH Cancer Therapy With Cesium, page 5.
Economical cesium dietary supplements (cesium carbonate, cesium chloride) should be available on the Internet. However, moderation is a virtue. Cesium is ordinarily a trace mineral in the diet. Health Canada reports that some people have encountered problems with their consumption of large quantities of cesium salts when dealing with cancer.
While it is well known that calcium needs vitamin D in order to be absorbed and utilized, most people in northern climates tend to be deficient in vitamin D, particularly in winter. Even in summer, recent advice from the medical profession to avoid the sun and to block ultraviolet light from reaching the skin through the use of sunscreens leads to vitamin D deficiency. Better advice is to experience the sun in moderation in all seasons. Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of a summer day, but otherwise utilize the sunlight to maximize your vitamin D production. Plus, consume vitamin D dietary supplements in all seasons. There is evidence that vitamin D helps prevent cancer. A good source of vitamin D is fish oil. Fish oil also contains vitamin A, and there is evidence that vitamin A helps cure leukemia. Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer, affecting children as young as two or three years of age. Why not give your children a spoonful of cod liver oil each day?
While it is commonly understood that the body needs calcium to build bones, what is not generally known is bones are a complex matrix of many different minerals and if all the required minerals are not present then strong bones cannot be built. There are at least 18 key bone-building nutrients essential for optimum bone health. The implication is that it is easier to destroy bone through excess acidity in the body than it is to rebuild bone. Furthermore, as farm soils become depleted of many trace minerals the foods grown on these soils contain less and less of the required nutrients. At last count, the human body requires 90 different nutrients for optimum health, and the list is growing year by year. A good nutritional supplement is no longer optional.
Magnesium is a precursor to an important substance in the body called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid levels in the body are higher in people whose diet contains an abundance of magnesium. Hyaluronic acid is necessary for connective tissue formation and helps maintain healthy joints, prevent skin wrinkles, prevent hernias, and promote the healing of wounds and surgical incisions.
An abundance of B vitamins is also necessary for healthy joints. Absorption of B vitamins is facilitated by beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Many drugs interfere with these beneficial bacteria. For more information see Dr. David Williams Alternatives October 2006. (Editor's note: The use of niacinamide (the amide form of vitamin B3) to reverse arthritis and joint pain, and rebuild damaged cartilage was discovered by Dr. William Kaufman in the 1930's. Dr. Kaufman divided the total daily dose into ten small doses to be taken periodically through the waking hours in order to maintain a constant level of the vitamin in the blood. For more information do an Internet search for "niacinamide arthritis kaufman".) Niacinamide supplementation may also help prevent type 1 diabetes.
Dietary supplementation with DMG (Dimethylglycine) improves oxygen utilization throughout the body, and is particularly useful in areas such as joints which receive little oxygen. People with many different joint problems are found to respond favorably to DMG.
Dietary supplementation with SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine) and B vitamins (folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12) helps reduce pain and inflammation while rebuilding cartilage.
This combination of B vitamins, DMG, and SAMe works magic in many areas of the body, helping to prevent cancer and metastases, heal the arteries, cleanse the liver, strengthen the immune system, reverse the damaging effects of aging and much more. Many people may already have sufficient DMG and SAMe in their body, with their utilization hindered only by insufficient B vitamins (folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12). We would suggest starting with B vitamin supplementation, followed if needed by DMG supplementation because it is inexpensive. Some of the DMG will be converted by the body into SAMe. Save the more costly SAMe supplementation for last and only if necessary. Diagram of the metabolic pathways.
Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. Folate gets its name from the Latin word "folium" because it is found in leafy greens (foliage), which are also a good source of magnesium.
Charlotte Gerson reports that individuals following the Gerson Therapy have had good results with collagen diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Scleroderma. See Healing the Gerson Way, pages 80 - 83. Earthing helps remove autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have reported considerable benefit from Earthing. Alkaline mineral supplementation decreased pain in rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Linus Pauling and Dr. Matthias Rath recommend vitamin C plus the amino acids lysine and proline for healthy collagen (connective tissue, cartilage). A high blood level of vitamin D helps both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Here is a coherent program to deal with arthritis.
3. Supplement your diet with freshly made fruit and vegetable juices. As a treatment for cancer, some doctors recommend one 8 oz glass per hour for every waking hour of the day. We could never eat the amount of nutrition we drink with these juices.
4. Learn and practice Transcendental Meditation (TM). TM is a non-dietary way to increase the alkalinity of your body. TM gives a level of rest twice as deep as sleep and is an effective antidote to stress. Stress is insidious because it affects us 24 hours each day. Stress causes the heart to beat too fast, the muscles to be too tense, the entire metabolism to be too fast. Metabolic waste products are acids (lactic acid, uric acid, etc.), which is one reason why dissolving stress increases the alkalinity of the body. The effectiveness of TM is evidenced by a 53% reduction in overall health care costs and a 55% reduction in cancer (Psychosomatic Medicine 49 (1987): 493-507, American Journal of Managed Care Volume 3, Number 1, (1997): 135-144).
|Hi Alkalize For Health,|
Wow what a great site, thank you. I must tell you why I was so impressed. When I was given less than a year to live in 1993, I read a lot about Max Gerson (I visited his clinic in Mexico last year) but more importantly I started on a diet to alkalize my body and get the pH at 7.4 or slightly alkaline.
Every day for the past 6 years I start out by drinking 5 glasses of raw vegetable juice, which even tastes great these days. Surprise surprise, no more cancer AND no more arthritis (formally diagnosed in 1992), no more cholesterol, sinus, blood pressure.
My doctor says I'm just lucky...mmmm!!!
Ross Taylor ASM
Immediate Past President,
Cancer Support Association of Western Australia Inc.
Telephone (61) 08.9268.2560
Hand Phone:(61) 0412.446.512
(Editor's note: In 1998 Ross Taylor wrote a small book called "Living simply with Cancer" with the support of Olivia Newton-John to raise money for cancer support charities. They've raised A$375,000 so far. In the book they talk about alkaline vs. acidic diet, fresh juices, dietary supplementation, meditation and other approaches to healing yourself. You can read about it at www.lifeforce.com.au).
The above 4 ways to increase the alkalinity of your body should be effective for most people. If you have difficulty becoming alkaline, here are eight more ways for you to try.
5. As people age, the digestive system weakens. The result can be nutritional deficiencies in the body, even when the diet is adequate. It is not just what you eat, but what you absorb that is important. Chew each bite of food until it is liquid before swallowing. Smaller meals are easier to digest. To improve your digestion, it may be helpful to take supplementary hydrochloric acid (in the form of "betaine hydrochloride"), digestive enzymes and bile with each meal. Bromelain (the enzyme in fresh pineapple) and papain (the enzyme found in fresh papaya) are very helpful. We suggest eating fresh pineapple and papaya regularly.
Also, as people age and dental health declines it becomes more difficult to eat salads. This is significant because for good health as much as half of your diet should be eaten raw. Our solution is to put raw fruits or vegetables in a blender or VitaMix, cover them with water and blend them to create a delicious fruit smoothie or "veggie shake".
The first thing you eat at each meal should be a tablespoon of sauerkraut or some juice from sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is a natural probiotic that introduces beneficial healing flora into the digestive tract. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride finds a connection between a healthy gut and many different diseases. Learn on the Internet how to make your own sauerkraut. Buy non-pasteurized sauerkraut from the refrigerated section of your supermarket.
6. Bypass your digestive system by adding minerals to your bath or foot bath or rubbing them on your skin. Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) can be added to your bath or foot bath. Magnesium chloride brine from seawater, called "magnesium oil" (8 oz spray, 64 oz bottle) can be added to your bath or rubbed on your skin. If you have a problem with muscle cramps, try rubbing magnesium oil on the skin over the cramped muscle, or drink some milk of magnesia, or both. Iodine is another important anti-cancer nutrient that will be absorbed through the skin. DMSO is a natural solvent that the body uses as a nutrient. DMSO when rubbed on the skin will carry other nutrients into the body. Another way to bypass the digestive system is sublingual absorption of nutrients. Sublingual vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) tablets, for example, are the best way to absorb this nutrient. Vegetarians and the elderly should supplement with vitamin B12 daily. Vitamin B12 is needed for a healthy nervous system. Many health problems experienced by the elderly are actually due to vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin D is made by the skin when exposed to sunlight or special ultraviolet B lamps 1, 2. Perhaps the best antioxidant is Earthing. Add exercise (rebounding, yoga asanas, daily walk), meditation, hyperthermia, a comfortable breathing exercise (pranayama), and the squat toilet, and you find that about half of our 8 step anti-cancer program does not involve the digestive system.
Many people have difficulty absorbing fats, and as a result do not absorb vitamin D from supplements very well. This includes those with Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, and Celiac disease (Sprue). About 10% of the population may have Celiac disease. For all these people, an ultraviolet B lamp may be the best way to get vitamin D. In fact, for the entire population Vitamin D from sunlight or a UVB lamp is superior to vitamin D from supplements. Vitamin D made by the skin in response to UVB light contains many variations of the vitamin whose value to health is not fully known at this time. For some reason, vitamin D made by the skin lasts twice as long in the body as vitamin D from supplements. The skin can make 10,000 to 20,000 IU of vitamin D daily, yet the skin will not make more vitamin D than you need, so there is no possibility of an overdose. Since vitamin D controls the absorption and utilization of calcium in the body, having a high level of vitamin D in the blood may be necessary to increase your alkalinity. To prevent skin cancer from UVB light, the main thing is to avoid sun burn. If your skin turns pink a few minutes or hours after exposure to sunlight or UVB light, do not expose your skin again until it has healed. UVB light does not penetrate window glass. The UVB light must fall directly onto the skin.
7. Blood is a colloidal solution. The overall negative electrical charge (called zeta potential) in the blood is what keeps the cells and nutrients in suspension (like charges repel each other). When the negative electrical charge becomes weak, then particles in blood tend to clump together and fall out of solution. Plaques form on artery walls, in the brain and other places. The blood loses its capacity to carry nutrients. The value of the nutrients you consume is lost if the blood cannot transport them. About half the population has badly sludged blood (the cells have coagulated), and most of the remainder have some degree of sludging. Everyone needs to learn how to maximize their zeta potential and the nutrient carrying capacity of their blood.
One lab found that best results in reducing intravascular coagulation were obtained by drinking 8 glasses per day of reverse osmosis filtered water with a mix of potassium citrate and potassium bicarbonate added sufficient to raise the pH of the water to 8.0 to 8.4. The minerals MUST be taken with the water in order to be effective, because dehydration is also a factor. Potassium works better than sodium to reduce intravascular coagulation, in fact too much sodium in the diet is part of the problem. The lab recommends that everyone replace table salt with a mixture of 60% potassium chloride and 40% sodium chloride to better reflect the potassium/sodium balance found in foods.
The recommendations of this lab are remarkably similar to Dr. Gerson's cancer therapy which includes drinking one glass of freshly made fruit or vegetable juice (high in potassium) each waking hour of the day supplemented with a 10% potassium solution. This suggests that Dr. Gerson's therapy strengthens the nutrient carrying capacity of the blood.
To increase your zeta potential you must avoid aluminum. Aluminum is used in water treatment plants to cause materials to settle out of solution. It does this by reducing the zeta potential. In your body aluminum does the same thing. Aluminum is found in municipally treated water, cooking utensils, vaccinations, non-clumping salt, baking powder, anti-perspirants, antacids, drugs (read the label carefully), soft drinks and other canned goods where the plastic liner has cracked during sealing, and in other unexpected places. A reverse osmosis water filter can remove aluminum from your drinking water. Malic acid removes aluminum from the body. Malic acid is found in apples and apple cider vinegar.
Sodium and calcium decrease zeta potential. Potassium increases zeta potential. The form of potassium that has maximum effect on zeta potential is called potassium citrate. Potassium citrate is available on the Internet. You can read more about zeta potential here. (Editor's note: Citric acid combines with alkaline minerals to form citrate. Citric acid is commonly found in citrus fruits and their juices. The "citric acid cycle" is key to the metabolism of oxygen in your body. Search the Internet for more information.)
It has also been found that Earthing will increase zeta potential. In one study, 40 minutes of Earthing produced an average 270% increase in zeta potential. The surface of the earth has a negative electrical charge and will provide the body with limitless negatively charged electrons so long as the body is grounded to the earth. Earthing is the ultimate anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. We feel that everyone would benefit from Earthing. Much disease would be prevented and vastly improved health would be enjoyed by all. Let your pets sleep on a grounded surface.
8. Proper kidney function is essential to good health. All nutrients in the blood are filtered out by the kidneys. Then only nutrients the body wants are re-admitted to the blood through the kidney membrane. This way the body needs to know only what it requires.
Proper functioning of the kidney membrane is needed for nutrients to be available to the body. "The fine filter systems in the kidneys consist of extremely thin lipoid membranes which contain unsaturated fats existing there because, as filters, their surface activity is essential." - Budwig page 16.
Kidneys are damaged by the standard American diet which contains an abundance of unhealthy fats and oils such as hydrogenated oils, oils heated to high temperature, rancid oils, and most of the modern vegetable oils. Particularly helpful to healthy kidney function are coconut oil and flax oil. See our page on healthy fats and oils.
Omega 3 essential oil available from flax oil and ground flax seeds is probably the most common dietary deficiency today, and this unsaturated oil is required for proper kidney function. In fact, Dr. Johanna Budwig had good success treating cancer patients with a mixture of flax oil and quark (a kind of cottage cheese).
Also required for proper kidney function is drinking lots of water or fresh juices.
9. A nutrient called DMG (Dimethylglycine) together with supplemental B vitamins (folic acid, B6 and B12) improves oxygen utilization within cells which reduces lactic acid formation, thereby increasing the alkalinity of the body. Supplementing the diet with DMG and B vitamins yields many health benefits including cancer prevention, inhibition of cancer metastases, improved heart health, increased energy, improved oxygenation of the tissues, improved mental functioning, and prevention of many of the damaging effects of aging. DMG and B vitamins are very economical and we recommend this for everyone.
10. There is an intestinal disorder known as celiac disease that disrupts the ability to absorb calcium and vitamin D as well as other nutrients. Many people with osteoporosis actually have celiac disease. Celiac disease is the result of intolerance to the gluten in wheat, barley, spelt, kamut, oats and rye. Following a gluten-free diet may improve both digestion and bone density. If you are having difficulty increasing your alkalinity, you might try a gluten-free diet for a few weeks or months to see if it helps. Gluten-free grains include rice (white, brown, wild), corn, millet, sorghum, teff, amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat. Genetic markers for gluten intolerance indicate that a significant proportion of the population would benefit from a gluten free diet. Some scientists suggest that Celiac disease is like an iceberg, with a small percentage of the population showing clinical symptoms but nearly everyone affected to some degree. Read The Dark Side of Wheat.
Humans did not eat grains, legumes or dairy prior to the development of farming about 10,000 years ago, and our DNA may be better adapted to a Paleolithic or hunter-gatherer diet of fruits, vegetables, berries, nuts, insects, seafood and meat. On the other hand, humans are omnivorous and throughout the long history of humanity we have been opportunists, eating what was available in order to survive. This has not changed to this day. Though many of the foods we eat may not be ideal, we do what we must do in order to survive. The present population of earth would starve without farming. However, we could make much better use of the food that is available, which is what we explore on our sprouts page.
You can take almost any food and find toxic components. This is an argument for a varied diet and taking care of your liver which has the job of dealing with toxic substances in the body. Perhaps one day a completely non-toxic and totally nourishing food will be found. It might even taste good. In the meantime we need to eat something.
The most sensitive and specific blood test for gluten/gliadin sensitivity that's presently available is called the tissue transgluaminase (tTG) test. It's the one I've used since it became available. Others include the endomysial antibodies (EMA) test and the antigliadin antibodies (AGA) test. These two screening techniques check for specific antibodies produced in the body after ingesting grains. The EMA tests measures mostly "short-lived" antibodies and the AGA test checks "longer-lived" antibodies.
- Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
All foods contain lectins. Most are safe, some are beneficial and some are toxic. A toxic lectin is a protein that can damage the cells lining the gut.
Foods that contain toxic lectins include dairy products from cows (goat dairy is safe), eggs, grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats), legumes (including soy and peanuts), and nightshade plants (peppers, tomatoes, potatoes). Since dairy, grains and legumes are missing from the Paleolithic diet, this diet may be helpful for people sensitive to toxic lectins. Or simply cut down on them by not eating the high toxic lectin foods every day. White rice is virtually toxin-free and is also gluten free, making it probably the best of the grains to eat on a daily basis. Alternatively, you can eat starchy vegetables such as carrots, squash and perhaps even potatoes.
Toxic lectins create a leaky gut that admits to the bloodstream substances that should not enter. The result can be the creation or aggravation of many health problems and diseases. Toxic lectins cause red blood cells to agglutinate (clump together), and can cause other cells throughout the body to agglutinate. One common toxic lectin is wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) found in whole wheat flour but not in white flour.
Some people are sensitive and some are not. A healthy immune system will react to small quantities of toxic lectins by producing antibodies. Sensitivity to toxic lectins can increase or decrease depending on diet, the presence of infections, the use of drugs, and other factors. Sensitivity can be determined through an elimination diet which begins with a simple diet free of toxic lectins and foods are added one at a time to see if there is a reaction.
Soaking the seeds overnight and then throwing away the soak water removes some of the lectins. Sprouting or cooking may reduce the toxicity of lectins. Beneficial bacteria in fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yoghurt work to repair the gut.
A useful table listing foods and their tendency to cause agglutination is found here.
Do an Internet search for "toxic lectins" to learn more.
11. Unhealthy intestinal bacteria and yeasts excrete lactic acid and other organic acids that are absorbed by the body and turn the blood acidic. This situation is often associated with inflamed and swollen intestines that are less able to absorb nutrients. People who are unable to alkalize their body using steps one to four above may be helped by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that denies unhealthy intestinal flora and fauna the undigested carbohydrates that they eat. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is explained in the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall.
12. Populations of bacteria, fungi, etc. may be thriving throughout your body without causing acute disease, yet producing inflammation and copious acid waste products. These stealth infections may underlie a variety of degenerative conditions. Bacteria are found in arthritic joints, arterial plaque, and many other places. Reducing these populations by strengthening your immune system, hyperthermia, exercise, meditation, electro-medicine and other means can help alkalize your body and free up immune system resources to fight cancer.
Osteoporosis Drugs Backfire
Women taking bisphosphonate osteoporosis drugs (such as Fosamax) for over five years are experiencing severe fractures with little or no provocation. Since these drugs accumulate in the bones, even stopping taking the drugs will not prevent problems from occurring in millions of women.
These drugs interfere with the natural process of bone destruction and rebuilding. During weight bearing exercise, tiny cracks appear in the bone. The natural process of bone repair involves dissolving the damaged bone and rebuilding it stronger than before.
By preventing the destruction of bone, the drugs produce an increase in bone density at the expense of non-repair of cracks. In time the cracks accumulate, eventually resulting in fractures with little or no provocation.
- New England Journal of Medicine, March 20, 2008, Volume 358:1304-1306.
- Journal of Bone Joint Surgery, 2007 Mar;89(3):349-53.
- The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2005 Vol. 90, No. 3 1294-1301 (For more information see all the citations at the end of this article).
"For instance, the salivary amylase ( ptyalin ) or starch-splitting enzyme of the mouth is active only in an alkaline media and is destroyed by a mild acid." - A Complete Handbook of Nature Cure, Chapter 15. You can download this 265 page book for free
"Amylase starts the digestion of starch... It has a pH optima of 7.4." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saliva
"Carbohydrates require an alkaline environment for best enzymatic action. A good alkaline environment is the mouth." - Enzymes & Enzyme Therapy, Anthony J. Chichoke, D.C., Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut, 1994, page 17.
"Diet, evolution and aging - The pathophysiologic effects of the post-agricultural inversion of the potassium-to-sodium and base-to-chloride ratios in the human diet." - Eur J Nutr 40:200-213 (2001) "We argue that any level of acidosis may be unacceptable from an evolutionary perspective, and indeed, that a low-grade metabolic alkalosis may be the optimal acid-base state for humans."
|Paleolithic Diet||Modern Diet|
|Potassium||10,900 mg||3,100 mg|
|Sodium||670 mg||2,300 - 6,900 mg|
"In particular, food staples and food-processing procedures introduced during the Neolithic and Industrial Periods have fundamentally altered 7 crucial nutritional characteristics of ancestral hominin diets: 1) glycemic load, 2) fatty acid composition, 3) macronutrient composition, 4) micronutrient density, 5) acid-base balance, 6) sodium-potassium ratio, and 7) fiber content. The evolutionary collision of our ancient genome with the nutritional qualities of recently introduced foods may underlie many of the chronic diseases of Western civilization." - http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/divergence-paleolithic-diet-during-neolithic-and-industrial-periods-has-resulted-fundamental. Watch video "Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet: Health Implications for the 21st Century" by Dr. Loren Cordain, or read the article with the same title published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, February 2005, vol. 81 no. 2 341-354.
"Clinical research by Dr M T Morter (Arkansas, USA) has shown that if the anabolic urinary and salivary pH (measured immediately upon awakening) is below 6.8, we can be relatively certain that digestive support must be provided. Controlled clinical studies by Dr Paul Yanick (Pasadena, USA) have confirmed Dr Morter's findings and recorded that intracellular assimilation of nutrients is significantly decreased when the anabolic pH is below 6.8. However as both these researchers have shown, supplementing the diet with appropriate alkalizing agents was highly beneficial in elevating the systemic pH by replenishing the alkaline mineral and enzyme reserves." - Dr. Peter Bartlett, Using pH as a Measure of Digestive Physiology. Available on the Internet at http://www.positivehealth.com/article/colon-health/using-ph-as-a-measure-of-digestive-physiology
"Specifically, a tooth (which is primarily mineral in content) is in a constant state of back-and-forth demineralization and remineralization between the tooth and surrounding saliva... When the pH at the surface of the tooth drops below 5.5, demineralization proceeds faster than remineralization (meaning that there is a net loss of mineral structure on the tooth's surface)." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_caries
"The calcium content of saliva doubled or even tripled when the diet contained adequate vitamin D from cod liver oil."
"Low cancer areas were far more frequent in the sun belt. What was the significance of sunlight with regard to cancer rates? Sunlight reacts with cholesterol inside and on the surface of the skin to create vitamin-D. Vitamin-D helps the body absorb calcium and plays a major role in the body’s ability to use the calcium that is available." The Calcium Connection, Dr. Cedric Garland and Dr. Frank Garland, 1989, Forside, Simon and Shuster Inc.
"There are many research studies which allude to the fact that high phosphorus and/or phosphoric acid (found in meat and soft drinks) pulls calcium out of the bony structures (bones, teeth and nails) in the process of digestion and assimilation. This has a disastrous effect on bone density, leaving them porous and spongy. When calcium is pulled from the bones, it is released through the kidneys, resulting in stone formation (kidney stones) before it is excreted." The Greenleaves of Barley, Dr. Mary Ruth Swope, 1987, Swope Enterprises Inc., P.O. Box 62104, Phoenix, AZ 85082-2104 telephone 1-800-447-9772.
"What causes excess acid? The principal cause of acidosis is the excessive consumption of protein, which is usually metabolized "acidically" because of its sulphur content. We strain the organism with a daily proton excess of 50-100 mmol with the usual mixed diet. A lack of physical activity (lack of oxygen) also leads to an increased production of acid through metabolic processes." - http://www.saeure-basen-forum.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18&Itemid=35
"Potassium magnesium citrate is a combination available over the counter, which is proving to be very beneficial in preventing kidney stones and even a better option than the more commonly used potassium-only formulations. In one study, it reduced the risk for kidney stone recurrence by 85%." - University of Maryland Medical Center Editor's note: Vitamin B6 helps the body metabolize oxalates, so you should get even better results by adding vitamin B6 supplementation. Phytic acid and oxalic acid are neutralized when seeds are sprouted. Plus, dehydration is a factor. The kidneys work better when we drink more fluids.
"...bile contains alkaline salts that are often absorbed to help maintain the proper pH of the blood (which is slightly alkaline at 7.4). Since the Standard American Diet emphasizes more meats and refined foods at the expense of raw unrefined vegetables (resulting in acidic blood), the absorption of alkaline salts from the gallbladder is required to help bring the pH back into balance. When salts are removed from the bile, it becomes thicker. In turn, thicker bile makes the removal of cholesterol from the gallbladder more difficult - leading to the formation of gallstones." - Dr. David Williams, Alternatives newsletter, June 2006.
"If we called gout uric acid arthritis would we get better treatment?...Gout has long been known as a build up of uric acid. This leads to uric acid being deposited in and around the joints as mono sodium urate (MSU) crystals. Hence, gout's other name - crystal arthritis, or crystal-induced arthritis." - http://www.goutpal.com/uric-acid-arthritis.html
"Reduced zeta potential can manifest as symptoms of degenerative disease like osteoporosis. The cause is not calcium intake. The cause is reduced carrying capacity, which destroys the blood's ability to carry minerals in suspension to bone." - http://www.luminet.net/~wenonah/info/colloid.htm
"The problem for those with high blood pressure isn't sodium, it's a lack of balance between sodium and potassium levels. More than 25 separate studies show how increasing potassium intake (without decreasing the sodium) is an effective way to lower blood pressure. One of those studies demonstrated that with just one daily serving of a potassium-rich food the risk of death by stroke may be cut by as much as half." - Robert C. Atkins, M.D.
"Magnesium and calcium work together to control muscle action, though calcium becomes increasingly toxic in the face of any kind of magnesium deficiency. Calcium tightens the muscles; magnesium relaxes the muscles. With insufficient magnesium the muscles stay tense and through the years may cause a cramp in the muscle. This could happen when you have too much calcium or too little magnesium. Too much calcium causes the heart to go into a spasm and this can cause a heart attack." - Mark Sircus Ac., OMD. See our healthy heart page.
"While growing numbers of cardiologists are recommending fish oil and coenzyme Q10, virtually no one emphasizes the critical importance of magnesium. The result is that startling numbers of aging Americans suffer the lethal consequences of magnesium deficiency." - Life Extension Magazine
"Manipulation of the extracellular and/or intracellular pH of tumors may have considerable potential in cancer therapy...The degree to which pH is depressed in tumors—as mirrored by their lactate levels—tends to correlate with prognosis; i.e., the more acidic tumors are associated with poorer outcome. In part, this phenomenon may reflect the fact that tumor acidity is serving as a marker for HIF-1 activation, which works in a variety of complementary ways to boost tumor capacity for invasion, metastasis, angiogenesis, and chemoresistance. However, there is increasing evidence that extracellular acidity per se contributes to the aggressiveness of cancer cells, boosting extracellular proteolytic activities, expression of pro-angiogenic factors, and metastatic capacity." - Manipulating Tumor Acidification as a Cancer Treatment Strategy, Mark F. McCarty, BA and Julian Whitaker, MD.
"Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) has shown that the pH of MCF-7 human breast cancer xenografts can be effectively and significantly raised with sodium bicarbonate in drinking water." - Enhancement of chemotherapy by manipulation of tumour pH.
"Bicarbonate Increases Tumor pH and Inhibits Spontaneous Metastases", Cancer Res 2009;69:2260-2268. Published OnlineFirst March 10, 2009.
"When you drink alkaline water, you are drinking water with excess oxygen, not in the form of O2, but in the form of OH- which is very stable because it is mated with positively ionized alkaline minerals. Two of these hydroxyl ions can form a water molecule (H2O) and give out one oxygen atom. The alkaline mineral is used to detoxify poisonous acid compounds and when that happens the hydroxyl ion is freed to supply excess oxygen to the cells to prevent the development of cancer," Reverse Aging, Sang Whang, 1990, Siloam Enterprise, Inc., 560 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632, page 51.
"The human body functions best when our blood is slightly alkaline. We make acid as a natural by-product of metabolism, but we make no alkaline. We must therefore get alkalinizing minerals from our diets." - Cancer Battle Plan Sourcebook, Dr. Dave Frahm, 2000, Penguin Putnam Inc., New York, page 147.
"At the Tree of Life, a clinical study of more than a thousand people found that those who were healthiest had a venous blood pH of approximately 7.46 - distinctly more alkaline than the traditional teaching of 7.35 as a healthy blood pH. Research done at UCLA by Dr. Watson produced similar findings; in a study of more than three hundred people, the venous blood pH associated with healthiest brain and emotional functioning was 7.46." - Gabriel Cousens, M.D. in The pH Miracle by Robert O. Young, PhD and Shelley Redford Young page xiv.
"The fall in carbon dioxide output (during practice of TM) has another effect: that of causing a tendency for the reaction of the blood to change from acidity towards alkalinity. This has in turn widespread effects upon the chemistry of the blood, all of which are beneficial to the entire system," Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 1967, International SRM Publications, page 197.
"Any stressor that the mind or body interprets and internalizes as too much to deal with, leaves an acid residue. Even a mild stressor can cause a partial or total acid-forming reaction," Alkalize or Die, Dr. Theodore A. Baroody, Jr., 1993, Eclectic Press, Waynesville, NC 28786, page 157.
"Adjusting a cancer victim's pH is an absolute must at the start of any treatment, whether orthodox or wholistic (non-toxic). I consider it a gross oversight that this major modality has been ignored for so long. Could it have been overlooked because the cost is only about five cents a day?" What I Would Do If I Had Cancer Again, Carson E. Pierce, N.D., 1996, page 89.
This Vedic text is over a thousand of years old:
KRISHNADAS AYURVEDA SERIES : 27
Alkali of strong potency should be used in diseases arising from anila (vata), slesma (kapha), medas (fat), arbuda (cancerous growth) and such others which are very difficult to cure, alkali of medium potency shall do in those diseases when they are of moderate strength (not very difficult to cure). - Volume 1, page 346
(Note: When you take the ashes of a wood fire, soak them in water, filter the ash from the water and then evaporate the water, a fine white powder remains. This white powder is called "pot ash" and is mainly potassium carbonate. Following the instructions offered in Vagbhata's Ashtanga Hridayam for making an "alkali" the resulting mixture should have four or five times as much potassium as calcium. This is a healthy ratio. - Editor, Alkalize For Health)
Fourth Phase of Water
It is generally understood that water has three phases - solid (ice), liquid, and gas (vapor). However, it has been known for more than a hundred years that there is a fourth phase of water. The fourth phase is a highly ordered, coherent, gel-like, liquid crystal. This fourth phase of water used to be thought of as a relatively thin boundary layer adjacent to proteins and other structures. However, the liquid crystal layer gets thicker with higher pH, and experiments have demonstrated the liquid crystalline layer extending to a meter or more.
The liquid crystal phase of water has a negative electrical charge, and acts as a battery with current flowing between the liquid crystal and neighboring substances. Sources of energy that water can use to order itself into liquid crystal include sunlight and Earthing.
"Emerging evidence suggests that cancer cells are more oxidized relative to normal; they do not have enough electrons. This is consistent with other indications that cancer is a redox disease, a state of electronic imbalance. Rational therapy and prevention should start from here." - Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
Dr. Gerald Pollack says, "Negative charge is critical for building the structure." Of course, alkaline (OH-) has a negative charge and acid (H+) has a positive charge, so we can see a connection between negative charge, alkalinity and the formation of liquid crystal water.
Liquid crystal water is highly significant to living organisms. “It turns out that liquid crystalline water and sunlight are practically all we need for energy and life. Just add sunlight for energy and life.” - Dr. Mae-Wan Ho.
Bulk (disorderly) water is not affected by weak electromagnetic fields, but liquid crystal water is highly resonant with a wide range of electromagnetic frequencies (light).
“The usual denial that very weak electromagnetic fields have any effect is based on the argument that the energies in these fields are ‘below the thermal threshold’ of random motions of molecules, which will certainly swamp out the signals. But coherently vibrating molecules, far from swamping out the weak signals, will sum up their response to the weak signal, and hence result in a substantial effect. To use another analogy that engineers understand, the organism is like an exquisitely tuned receiver (and emitter) for EMFs over the widest possible range of frequencies. By half-accident, we found that all living organisms—especially those that are most actively moving around—look like a dynamic liquid crystal display in all the colors of the rainbow.” - Dr. Mae-Wan Ho.
“The three phases of water that everybody knows about in the textbook just don’t do it. In fact, it’s a 100-year-old idea that there’s a fourth phase of water. This is not an original idea. Though the concept of a liquid crystalline, or gel-like, phase of water has been around for some time, the generally accepted view is that this kind of water is only two or three molecular layers thick. And what we found in our experiments is that it’s not two or three layers, but two or three million layers. In other words, it’s the dominant feature.” - Dr. Gerald Pollack.
“Turns out that the thickness depends on the pH. If you increase the pH, we found that this region gets thicker. It also gets thicker with time. So if you wait long enough, and if you have the right conditions, and maybe enough light beating down on it, you could conceivably get a very thick layer." - Dr. Gerald Pollack.
"The water inside your cells is absolutely critical for your health. If you have a pathology of an organ, it's not only the proteins inside that organ that are not working, but also the water inside that organ. That near-protein water is not ordered in the way it should be. So what you want to do is reestablish a kind of ordering." - Dr. Gerald Pollack.
For more information see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Article number 4 makes the connection between liquid crystalline water inside the cell and the cellular preference for potassium over sodium, which is key to cellular health and cancer prevention.
Pollack, Gerald, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, Ebner and Sons Publishers, 2001.
Pollack, Gerald, Water and the Cell, Springer, 2010.
Ho, Mae-Wan, The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms, World Scientific Publishing Company, 2008.
Eight Steps to Beating Cancer
This page tells the story of alkalinity - how to measure alkalinity and how to enhance alkalinity. It is not enough to just swallow a lot of calcium pills or sodium bicarbonate. Eating the wrong alkaline minerals may make you temporarily alkaline, but will not make you healthy. There are FOUR alkaline minerals that the body requires in an appropriate balance, and the minerals deficient in most people are potassium and magnesium. Potassium and magnesium are available in abundance in fruits, vegetables and their juices. The best potassium supplement seems to be potassium bicarbonate. There are several magnesium supplements available, including tablets of potassium magnesium citrate, as well as liquid magnesium chloride that can be rubbed on the skin.
The simple saliva pH test you have just learned can help ensure long life and perfect health for you and your family. Be sure to obtain some pH paper and always have it on hand so you can check your saliva pH from time to time. Teach your children how to do this test. Share this information with your friends. Later in this web site we will examine another test using a device called a "refractometer". The refractometer provides a simple way to measure the nutritional value of food. Would you believe that sick food creates sick people? More on this later.Now let's move on to an overview of 8 things you can do to prevent or remove cancer. As you will see, these same 8 steps will probably prevent or remove most other degenerative diseases as well. By the time you have learned how to deal effectively with cancer, you will have created a firm basis for a life free from all degenerative disease. So, to learn what else you can do let's move on to Cancer Self-Treatmen