I've read that an acidic PH level in the body can cause or contribute to cancer, so I've been using PH strips to monitor my PH level to make sure that I am staying alkaline based. I've also gone completely vegan, even though I know that free range, hormone free chicken is acceptable, but after two rounds of cancer (diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006) and with it returning on my liver in 2008, I'm scared of a third recurrence and want to do everything I can, including all of the other complimentary therapies you recommend to give myself the best chance for dancing with NED (No Evidence of Disease). I stay away from sweets, processed food, all meat, and white food. I eat grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, and take supplements. I would appreciate your thoughts on keeping your body in an alkaline state and eating a vegan diet. Thanks.
Sharon in San Antonio
The all issue of acidity/ alkalinity is problematic with no real scientific basis.
All foods that leave your stomach are acidic. Then they enter your intestines where secretions from your pancreas neutralize the stomach acids. Certain foods can leave end-products called ash that can make your urine acid or alkaline. ALKALINE-ASH FOODS include fresh fruit and raw vegetables. ACID-ASH FOODS include ALL ANIMAL PRODUCTS, whole grains, beans and other seeds. Although these foods can change the acidity of your urine, that's irrelevant since your urine is contained in your bladder and does not affect the pH of any other part of your body.
When you take in more protein than your body needs, your body cannot store it, so the excess amino acids are converted to organic acids that would acidify your blood. But your blood never becomes acidic because as soon as the proteins are converted to organic acids, calcium leaves your bones to neutralize the acid and prevent any change in pH. Because of this, many scientists think that taking in too much protein may weaken bones to cause osteoporosis.
So the bottom line, we recommend 7-11 daily servings of vegetables and fruit and limit the amount of animal protein (which would go along with proponents of alkaline diet), but we feel there is no justification to check the urine for acidity, add bicarbonate or take additional measures to alkaline the blood.
Moshe Frenkel, M.D.
Posted: 12 Feb 2010 03:17 PM Originally Posted: 12 Feb 2010 03:18 PM
Can you elaborate on what you mean to add bicarbonate or take additional measures to alkaline the blood? Also, is there a difference between animal, plant and other types of protein because I've noticed that my nails are not as strong since I've become a vegan and my blood results came back with my MCV at 103.5 and my Vitamin B12 at 355.
Posted: 12 Feb 2010 03:20 PM Originally Posted: 12 Feb 2010 03:19 PM