Didn't realize Acidosis can cause Neuritis/ Neuropathy

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by hope2001, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. hope2001

    hope2001 New Member



    Acidosis is an abnormality that reflects an acid pH in the tissues. The naturopathic theory behind a proper dietary acid/alkaline balance is that because our body's blood pH is slightly alkaline, with a normal range of 7.36-7.44, our diet should reflect this preference and tend more towards alkaline foods. An imbalanced, acidic diet high in animal protein, sugar, caffeine and processed foods tends to disrupt this pH balance. This deprives the body of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium and leaves us prone to chronic and degenerative diseases.

    Conditions that suggest Acidosis:

    Musculo-Skeletal Osteoporosis - Osteopenia Acidic diets (high in protein and refined food) will cause bone calcium leaching in order to maintain your blood pH balance. Chronic leeching of calcium from the bones increases the likelihood of osteoporosis. [Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2001: 73, pp.118-122, Lancet 1968:1, pp.958-959]

    Nervous System

    Neuritis/Neuropathy A contributing cause of neuritis is chronic acidosis, that is, excessive acid condition of the blood and other body fluids. All the body fluids should be alkaline in their reaction, but when the acidic wastes are continuously formed in the tissues over a long period due to a faulty diet, it can result in an overly acid state. Stress and over work lower the tone of nervous system and contribute towards acidic neuritis.

    Recommendations and treatments for Acidosis:
    Diet Alkalizing Agents/Diet Foods that leave an acidic ash after being metabolized include proteins, starches, alcohol and sugar. When these types of food are avoided, the tissues become more alkaline. An alkaline diet is composed of approximately 75% alkaline foods and 25% acid foods.

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    A solution having a pH greater than seven.

    The body's most abundant mineral. Its primary function is to help build and maintain bones and teeth. The body also needs calcium to carry nerve signals, keep the heart functioning, contract muscles, clot blood and maintain healthy skin. Calcium helps control blood acid-alkaline balance, plays a role in cell division, muscle growth and iron utilization, activates certain enzymes, and helps transport nutrients through cell membranes. Calcium also forms a cellular cement called ground substance that helps hold cells and tissues together.

    Chronic (Chronicity)
    Usually referring to chronic illness: Illness extending over a long period of time.

    An essential mineral. The chief function of magnesium is to activate certain enzymes, especially those related to carbohydrate metabolism. Another role is to maintain the electrical potential across nerve and muscle membranes. It is essential for proper heartbeat and nerve transmission. Magnesium controls many cellular functions. It is involved in protein formation, DNA production and function and in the storage and release of energy in ATP. Magnesium is closely related to calcium and phosphorus in body function. The average adult body contains approximately one ounce of magnesium. It is the fifth mineral in abundance within the body--behind calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. Although about 70 percent of the body's magnesium is contained in the teeth and bones, its most important functions are carried out by the remainder which is present in the cells of the soft tissues and in the fluid surrounding those cells.

    Mineral (Minerals)
    Plays a vital role in regulating many body functions. They act as catalysts in nerve response, muscle contraction and the metabolism of nutrients in foods. They regulate electrolyte balance and hormonal production, and they strengthen skeletal structures.

    Naturopathy (Naturopath, Naturopathic, Naturopaths)
    Medical practice using herbs and other various methods to produce a healthy body state by stimulating innate defenses without the use of drugs.

    Nervous System
    A system in the body that is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, ganglia and parts of the receptor organs that receive and interpret stimuli and transmit impulses to effector organs.

    Nerve inflammation, commonly accompanying other conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis or arthritis. Neuritis is usually accompanied by neuralgia (nerve pain).

    A disease in which bone tissue becomes porous and brittle. The disease primarily affects postmenopausal women.

    A measure of an environment's acidity or alkalinity. The more acidic the solution, the lower the pH. For example, a pH of 1 is very acidic; a pH of 7 is neutral; a pH of 14 is very alkaline.

    A mineral that serves as an electrolyte and is involved in the balance of fluid within the body. Our bodies contain more than twice as much potassium as sodium (typically 9oz versus 4oz). About 98% of total body potassium is inside our cells. Potassium is the principal cation (positive ion) of the fluid within cells and is important in controlling the activity of the heart, muscles, nervous system and just about every cell in the body. Potassium regulates the water balance and acid-base balance in the blood and tissues. Evidence is showing that potassium is also involved in bone calcification. Potassium is a cofactor in many reactions, especially those involving energy production and muscle building.

    Protein (Proteins)
    Compounds composed of hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen present in the body and in foods that form complex combinations of amino acids. Protein is essential for life and is used for growth and repair. Foods that supply the body with protein include animal products, grains, legumes, and vegetables. Proteins from animal sources contain the essential amino acids. Proteins are changed to amino acids in the body.

    An essential mineral that our bodies regulate and conserve. Excess sodium retention increases the fluid volume (edema) and low sodium leads to less fluid and relative dehydration. The adult body averages a total content of over 100 grams of sodium, of which a surprising one-third is in bone. A small amount of sodium does get into cell interiors, but this represents only about ten percent of the body content. The remaining 57 percent or so of the body sodium content is in the fluid immediately surrounding the cells, where it is the major cation (positive ion). The role of sodium in the extracellular fluid is maintaining osmotic equilibrium (the proper difference in ions dissolved in the fluids inside and outside the cell) and extracellular fluid volume. Sodium is also involved in nerve impulse transmission, muscle tone and nutrient transport. All of these functions are interrelated with potassium.


    Glossary: Alkaline


    A solution having a pH greater than seven.

    Topics Related To Alkaline
    Acidosis The Condition
    "...The naturopathic theory behind a proper dietary acid/alkaline balance is that because our body's blood pH is slightly alkaline, with a normal range of 7..."

    Recommendation Alkalizing Agents/Diet
    "...When these types of food are avoided, the tissues become more alkaline..."

    Bacterial Dysbiosis
    Our Question about proton pump inhibitor use
    "...Long-term treatment of patients with potent acid blockers (proton pump inhibitors) which produce a more alkaline environment that is unfriendly to acid-tolerant bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori, may actually allow the overgrowth of other types of bacteria in the stomach, including Lactobacillus,..."

    Digestive Enzyme (Trial)
    As A Treatment
    "...Plant-derived enzymes operate effectively at a very wide pH range, digesting actively in the acidic environment of the stomach and the alkaline environment of the small intestine..."

    Gallbladder Disease
    The Condition
    "...In acute cholecystitis, and especially choledocholithiasis (stones in the bile duct), however, blood tests of the liver show elevations of the enzyme alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin..."

    Recommendation Hydrotherapy
    "An alkaline sponge bath may be helpful to reduce the itching..."

    Liver Function That Should Be Checked
    The Condition
    "...Serum Alkaline Phosphatase Test..."

    Need For Routine Preventative Health Measures
    The Condition
    "...Important preventable risk factors can be identified through monitoring various blood components such as albumin, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin/total, blood urea nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus, cholesterol, coronary risk factor, creatinine, GGT/LDH, globulin and glucose..."

    Relationship to Acidosis
    "...All the body fluids should be alkaline in their reaction, but when the acidic wastes are continuously formed in the tissues over a long period due to a faulty diet, it can result in an overly acid state..."

    Recommendation Alkalizing Agents/Diet
    "An alkaline diet can reverse the effects of an overly acidic diet which may be contributing to nerve irritation and inflammation..."

    Panic Attacks
    The Condition
    "...It was found that panic attack patients had significantly higher pH (alkaline) levels than controls (7..."

    Related Topic
    "...For example, a pH of 1 is very acidic; a pH of 7 is neutral; a pH of 14 is very alkaline..."

    Polymyalgia Rheumatica
    The Condition
    "...the ESR was strikingly elevated in 99% of patients, hemoglobin levels were decreased in 47%, a2-globulin levels were abnormal in 33%, aspartate aminotransferase levels were elevated in 23%, and alkaline phosphatase levels were increased in 10%..."

    Poor Small Intestine Health
    The Condition
    "...As chyme enters the small intestine, its acidity causes secretion of the hormone secretin, which signals the pancreas to secrete alkaline juices to neutralize the chyme..."

    Small Intestine Cancer
    The Condition
    "...to several factors, such as the liquid nature of the contents of the small intestine (less irritation), the rapid transit time (less exposure time to toxic agents), the low bacteria count, or the alkaline pH..."

    Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
    The Condition
    "...Areas outside of the US with a higher risk are characterized by semi-arid climates with hot summers and alkaline soil include northern Mexico and Central and South America..."

    [This Message was Edited on 03/22/2006]
  2. hope2001

    hope2001 New Member

    Yes, it's from Diagnose me dot com

    I can't get the information through the home page but I have discovered if you google (specific search) "diagnose+me"
    and then the condition you want information on in the other slot you get the diagnose me page for that info.

    You really have to go TO the links I posted to get the full benefit of the information it is so easy to read the way they have it presented and categorized.
    I don't know how to do fonts or colors on PH so plain text I think is harder to understand.
  3. matthewson

    matthewson New Member

    When your blood sugar is high, it sends you into acidosis. I had not heard about the acidosis/neuropathy connection.

    Thanks for the article. I learn something new everyday here!

    Take care, Sally
  4. hope2001

    hope2001 New Member

    Yeah neuropathy is one of my worst remaining problems (and bloating after eating)

    so I was glad to find out more info about the connections to neuropathy.

  5. hope2001

    hope2001 New Member

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