To test for sufficient hydrochloric acid -
You need betaine hydrochloride tablets plus enzymes - they are available from health food shops.
Take half a tablet before the last mouthful of a main meal. Burning or indigestion means you have plenty of hydrochloric acid. Don't take any more tablets. Use antacid or teaspoonful of bicarbonate to relieve discomfort.
If no burning or indigestion, next day take 1 tablet in the same way. If still no burning or indigestion, next day take 2 tablets in the same way. If still no burning or indigestion, then you need more acid.
There are other tests for stomach PH but they're all invasive.
So if you need more acid, then you take 2 betaine hydrochloric acid tablets with main meals and 1 tablet with small meals. Swedish bitters can also help, as can wine with meals and eating calmly and enjoying food.
In general terms it could be said that the response of a sick individual to accept the therapeutic measures whether they be serums, vaccines, X-ray, radium, surgery, intravenous medications, blood transfusions, glandular therapies, re-mineralization, vitamin therapies, hyperpyrexias, refrigeration, osteopathic or chiropractic manipulations, the new wonder drugs, and so forth, the best we could say of those is that they are of a hit or miss proposition.
To date, no branch of the healing arts has as yet found a logical or truly scientific basis on which to study the cause or treatment of functional chronic or degenerative disease. The practitioner frustrated by lack of satisfactory physical and mental response among chronic patients has been skimping in his efforts to rehabilitate them. However, he can and does justify his mere routine consideration with the thought that the acutely ill need all of his time and attention and that the chronics whom he generally dismisses as hypochondriacs will manage somehow to get along. This attitude for sometime has deeply concerned both medical and public health men who are in a position to know the facts. Why is there this appalling and utter disregard for treatment of the chronic patient?
The medical man claims dogmatically, "I am the true physician and mine is the correct approach of therapeusis." However, major aspects of the general public are continually faced with incompetent diagnosis such as just plain nerves, or neurasthenia, or nervous digestion, or exhaustion of nervous energy, or nervous dyspepsia, or nervous stomach, or hypochondriasis, or psychoneurosis, of essential hypertension, or general asthenia, or imaginitis, and let it go at that. There is no question but that American medicine and its allied healing arts have utterly failed in their mission. We have for some reason allowed our medical practice to lag at least 50 years behind the times and are not only content with, but are insisting upon, the same old unnatural therapeutic approaches to the chronic disorders of age. Adequate medical care, the traditional American dream is not even obtainable by the very rich!
We must attribute this failure to the fact that in the study of chronic and degenerative disease, for too long a time, medical science has passionately and blindly concerned itself with the study of end results without due consideration of first, the manner in which your health comes about, and second, the physiological alterations that are occasioned long before tissue pathology sets in and thirdly, the environmental conditions which have contributed to its development and fourthly, that the disease is not a separate entity or process all by itself but rather that it effects and is effected in turn by the organism as a whole.
The pathological anatomy, the visible or palpable changes in the structure that is found in the organs and tissues of the body was, and still is, the foundation of practice of those who have not kept abreast of the changes that modern science has brought about. And yet there is a basic phenomenon which occurs over and over again in the practice lives of physicians and healers. Every practitioner at one time or another has seen or heard about one or more persons ill with an acute disease hopelessly beyond human aid or of others afflicted with an incurable chronic disease to have been able in some inexplicable manner to reverse the vital processess of injury and repair, action and reaction so that the body having acquired natural immunity, or shall we say having increased the body's resistance, there results an increasing cellular or tissue reaction followed by destruction of the invader, restoration of balance, repair of all injured and diseased tissues and a seemingly miraculous recovery takes place.
As yet no one has come forward with an intelligent explanation except to call them spontaneous recoveries, or better yet MIRACLES.
In search for a remedy that would stimulate the reticulo-endothelial systems of the body, I performed a number of experiments. One experiment was to introduce a number of substances under the cover- glass slip of the microscope slide while observing the red, white, and bacterial cells under dark field microscopy.
I experimented with serial dilutions of EDTA as a chelator and hydrochloric acid (HCL) as a reducer. Once I had the dilutions down to the point where red cell damage did not occur visibly I made the discovery that I was looking for.
Two things were obvious by direct vision of the infected human blood before my eyes:
1) The EDTA dissolved the bacteria.
2) The hydrochloric acid increased the activity of the white blood cell.
The white cell observation was astounding and led me to a search of the worlds literature on the use of hydrochloric acid in the human body. The reports that came in were old but fascinating, I had no alternative but to begin to give myself the treatment and watch the changes in my own blood.
A number of excellent reports were made by Drs. B. Ferguson, W.B. Guy, I. Howell, W.G. Brymer, M.A. Craig, A.M. Allen, F.J. James, O.P. Sweatt, R.L. Sills and E.D. Jackson, and perhaps the largest concentration to the world's literature was by R.R. Garcia.
It was on the strength of their efforts and the years of clinical work done by my mentor Dr. Black that I made this profound discovery.
When hydrochloric acid is injected into the body in very dilute, physiologic amounts, the white blood cell systems increase their activity, the blood pH returns to normal regardless of whether it is too acid or too alkaline and the number of white cells increase.
What follows are some random thoughts on this subject.
The most obvious clinical observation in the treatment of an acute infectious disease with the use of hydrochloric acid is that a greater phagocytic activity is imparted to the white cells by the injection of the dilute solution of hydrochloric acid into the bloodstream, and that the activity varies in intensity with different individuals. It proved to be a very important factor in the improvement of the state of resistance of the organism.
Leukocytes and phagocytosis, important as they are, are but a link in a chain of events of its defense mechanism to combat disease, whether it be acute, chronic or degenerative. As part of the natural mechanism of defense and repair we can make several observations in the acute disease. The body must marshall all of the forces of the defensive mechanism in order to sustain the successful struggle in the favorable cases. The unfavorable conditions are increasing injury and diminishing reaction. These must be changed to increasing reaction and diminishing injury with destruction and ultimate repair of the injured and diseased tissue.
In order to accomplish this effectively there must take place an adequate febrile reaction to bring about attenuation of the invading pathogenic microorganisms, rapid elimination of accumulated bacterial and normal production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. There must be an increased presence in the bloodstream as the acid responsible for the maintenance of a normal pH. Obviously in the treatment of any disease process we must do away with all predisposing conditions such as malnutrition and local infection. We must bring about elimination of all accumulated bacterial and metabolic poisons. There must take place restoration of tissue susceptibility, the production of hydrochloric acid whether too much, or too little, or none at all, and its presence in the bloodstream must be restored to normal. In other words a physiological balance must be restored. It is reasonable to believe that the acid-base balance of the blood is maintained through the acid cells and since hydrochloric acid is the only inorganic acid normally made in the body and that it is to this acid specifically that we must attribute the apparent acidic response of the white cells. When this condition of physiologic balance exists the individual is in the state of absolute immunity. He is in good health and in the possession of a normal pH in the bloodstream and other fluids in the body. The normal pH in itself is what could constitute what is generally known as a natural immunity. Certain organs and tissues possess an ability to modify their own immunity make up or local defense mechanism. These seem to be governed by a normal production of HCL in the stomach and a normal pH in the bloodstream. Consider continuity of the skin covering, with its acid mantle, the acidity of the stomach contents, the defense mechanisms within the nasal passages, the secretions and linings of the eyes, mouth, intestinal tract, female and male genital urinary tracts, and at times the presence of specific immunity.
It is well known that practically everyone is harboring at various times in the membranes of the throat, mouth and nasal tract the germs of influenza, pneumonia, scarlet fever, croop, measles, mumps and other contagions without becoming a victim of the disease itself. It is also known that in order that infection shall develop it is not only necessary that the bacteria grow in the tissues but it is necessary that they injure the tissue and thus induce the reaction of disease. This they do at times by producing injurious substances in sufficient quantities, that is, bacterial forms.
The presence of a normal production of hydrochloric acid and its presence in the bloodstream and other fluids of the body is the agent responsible for the acidity of the white cells and the maintenance of a normal pH. It is the agent that renders the fluids and tissues of the body bactericidal and unfavorable as a media. The more the white cells are maintained in a phagocytic state the better is the natural immunity.
(HCL and EDTA have both been used with DMSO to get these substances in the blood stream without the usual shots. DMSO can often be obtained in Health Food storeas and Vet Suppliers. Diluted with 50% sterile water some treat themselves..... Such treatment CANNOT BE CONDONED of course, and any medical problems are best taken care of by private physicians....)
An infection can go in only so many ways. It can either be aborted, arrested, or carried on a successful termination. In the treatment of all functional metabolic, endocrine, allergic, chronic and degenerative disease, once the production of hydrochloric acid becomes restored to normal there takes place a restoration of the normal acid base balance, reversal of the vital processes, followed by repair of all injured and diseased tissues with restoration of good health. When the production of hydrochloric acid falls short, a fact easily demonstrable by laboratory techniques and which may be observed to take place at birth or at any time during our natural expanse of life, the conditions of hyper-chlorhydria, hypo- chlorhydria or achlorhydria take place. This deficiency in hydrochloric acid production may be temporary or permanent in character, and may be brought about by one or more predisposing factors such as malnutrition, focal infection, chronic poisoning, exposure, fatigue, emotional distress, shock and so forth.
A better understanding of the concept of disease and immunity can be had by evaluating a few of the things that we are known about immunity. First of all, antibodies are specific as the organisms which have called them into existence. Second, the bactericidal power manifested by blood serum of man or animal toward all microorganisms outside the body is not dependent on the presence or absence of specific antibodies. Thirdly, the presence of immune bodies does not convey absolute immunity against a specific disease and fourth, when invasion takes place and the reactions of disease manifest, the disease may be mild although not infrequently may be severe irrespective of the presence or absence of immune bodies. The question that follows is how can we explain the inherent value of specific immunity and the manner in which it affords protection? Why does this protection fail so frequently? It is possible that the it comes into play only when the latter has failed to prevent invasion? The leukocytes, or the white blood cells, are factors which aid or supplement the natural immunity. At times, however, when the virulence of the invading pathogen and the influx of toxins into the bloodstream is of such a preponderant nature, the immune bodies become overpowered. The excess toxins not only paralyze or shock the white cells into inactivity but they also bring about tissue injury and the resultant reactions of disease. Many times in doing dark field microscopy of individual's blood, I have found massive accumulations of L-form bacteria and yet the white blood cells are completely dormant, non-motile, non-phagocytic and huddled up in a little ball doing nothing.
Good health and the presence of absolute immunity depend on the existence of a normal production of hydrochloric acid and its presence in the bloodstream and other fluids of the body. When the HCL production falls short, and a progressive diminution takes place, we find a loss of absolute immunity, a decreasing degree of tissue susceptibility, an imbalance of blood chemistry, and poor digestion and assimilation. This is the starting point of general ill-health and malnutrition. It is a logical assumption that a lack of sufficient minerals in the daily diet must of necessity give rise to a deficiency in the hydrochloric acid production. It is known that certain salts, such as potassium, are needed by the glands responsible for its production.
It is also known that when the hydrochloric acid production falls short the required amount necessary to maintain the acidity of the white cells and the acid-base balance becomes insufficient and hydrogen chloride eventually vanishes from the circulation. When hydrogen chloride disappears from the circulation some other acid must take its place immediately in order to maintain the pH of the circulating fluids. The acid wastes assume the role of hydrogen chloride in the blood chemistry. This is followed by an imbalance of the blood chemistry.
The acid wastes can not be thrown off as quickly as they are formed so they begin to accumulate in the fluids and tissues of the body with the resultant struggle between these and the alkaline reserve. The result is a depletion of the latter.
Functional disorders of a metabolic, endocrine and allergic nature and the condition of acidosis become manifest. The person loses his natural immunity and is highly prone to develop focal infection followed by acute disease. In this depleted condition they lack the necessary reserve to destroy the invading microorganisms completely.
It has been well established that in all cases of malnutrition the condition of acidosis is always present. There follows a reduction of physiologic functions and the EVER INCREASING accumulation of acid metabolic wastes in the bloodstream. The hydrogen chloride production becomes diminished. The hydrogen ions necessary for the maintenance of a normal pH fall short and sooner or later hydrochloric acid is replaced by the waste acids in the maintenance of the acid base balance. These acid wastes include carbonic acid, diacetic acid, lactic acid, acetic acids, fatty acids, uric acid, etc. These acid wastes however, are abnormal constituents of the bloodstream and will act as a disruptor of the natural blood chemistry.
When hydrochloric acid vanishes from the circulation hypersecretion of hydrochloric acid takes place in the gastric cells responsible for its production. A condition known as hyperchlorhydria supervenes. The excessive secretion of hydrogen chloride is but an effort on the part of nature to restore its presence in the bloodstream by sheer force of numbers. Sooner or later however, the gastric cells begin to tire and the component chemistry begin to dwindle. Thus the production of hydrogen chloride begins to fall short. Focal infection pours a continuous stream of bacterial poisons into the blood stream bringing about a diminution and ultimately a disappearance of hydrogen chloride from the circulation with a resultant loss of phagocytic activity. There then follows an extension of the primary focus to one or more parts of the body creating newer disease processes and newer foci of infection and the probability of a chrnoic poisoning such as lead, arsenic, monoxide gas, narcotics, alcohol, and so accumulation of the absorbed poisons plus the acid metabolic wastes causes a resultant condition of acidemia. There follows a deficiency of HCL production, malnutrition, loss of tissue susceptibility and thus the general causation formulation that leads to the chronic and degenerative disease. Recent studies in Germany and in this country demonstrate that cancer, diabetes, acute infection, neurosis, passive congestions, gastric catarrh, severe anemia, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, chemical poisoning, affections of the heart, neoplastic growths, metabolic and endocrine disorders, senile insanities, dyspepsia, chronic ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, cholecystitis, appendicitis, duodenitis, worry, anxiety and pyloric obstruction show pronounced changes in the hydrochloric acid production. Too much, too little or none at all.
Statistical surveys have been made of the gastric acidity of patients of all ages and it was found that 25-30% of those over the age of 45 showed no free or combined hydrochloric acid. The incidence of achlorhydria in the whole series of more than 3,000 patients examined was more than 10%. We know that pepsin is inactive unless a considerable amount of hydrochloric acid is present. We also know that very few bacteria can survive the acid conditions in the stomach and that the gastric juice partially sterilizes the food preventing putrifaction during the gastric phase of digestion. Without acid in the stomach the benefit of this action is not obtained.
Let us consider the protective agencies of the animal organism but instead of talking about antibodies, vaccines, antitoxins, immunity of the blood, dietary regimens, etc. let us go to rock bottom and consider the very essential mineral elements of which our body is composed. It is generally believed that organic life began in the saline ocean many eons ago and that the chemical formula of that ocean, of the blood serum, and the temperature of the body have not changed materially since that time. That the ocean is generally always free from corruption no matter how many of its animals die within it, is probably due to its chlorine content. Chlorine related not only to sodium chloride but also to the chlorides of magnesium, calcium, and other minerals present.
Let us study the part that chlorine plays in the digestion of food and its absorption into the body tissues. Chlorine may be found free as hydrochloric acid in the gastric juice or combined with albumin in albuminosis or it may be found united with sodium chiefly in the fluids of the body and with potassium in the solids. Potassium was also found as a chloride by preference in morphological elements like blood corpuscles, muscle cells, etc. Calcium chloride is found in the gastric juice as a secondary product. Hydrochloric acid favors the excretion of calcium phosphates.
The normal gastric juice in man contains some two to three parts of hydrochloric acid per thousand. In healthy dogs five parts is found.
It is curious that a healthy dog can eat septic meat and if its stomach is opened one half hour later the foul odor of the meat will be found sterile. The acidity and the germicidal quality of the chorides perform this action. Too often; however acidity of the stomach is not due to an excess of hydrochloric acid but rather to an excess of lactic acid and if content of the stomach is alkaline, oxibuteric, diacetic and other acids due to putrefaction processes are present. What is true of lactic acid is also true of the other organic acids such as butyric, formic, and acetic, all of which are especially abundant where there is stagnation of gastric contents due to pyloric obstruction. Hydrochloric acid is the ONLY normal inorganic acid in the body's economy. All other acids such as lactic, carbonic, uric, etc. are WASTE PRODUCTS eliminated as quickly as possible. The normal acid would be the most likely one to accomplish this end.
If we have too great an excess of carbonic acid we have COMA, as in diabetes or later stages of pneumonia.
If the uric acid is too high we have deposits in the valves, the arteries and articular surfaces.
When the hydrochloric acid content of the gastric juice is deficient or absent we must expect grave results which will inevitably appear in the human metabolism.
First of all we shall see an increasing and gradual starvation of the mineral elements in the food supply. The food will be incompletely digested and failure of assimilation must occur.
Secondly, a septic process of the tissues will appear, pyorrhea, dyspepsia, nephritis, appendicitis, boils, abscesses, pneumonia, etc. will become increasingly manifest. Again a normal gastric fluid demands activity of the gallbladder contents and of the pancreas for neutralization. Deficiency of normal acids leads to a stagnation of these organs, leading to diabetes and gallstones.
In the absence of or in a great deficiency of hydrochloric acid we find a rise in the multitudinous degenerative reaction which prepares the way to all forms of degenerative disease. What then are the causes of hydrochloric acid disappearance in the gastric fluid following eating of food?
We have discovered that hydrochloric acid secretion may be completely SUPPRESSED by emotion or worry and in these days of emotional worry and distress, loss of homes, business, income and monies, we may well fear that in the near future a great increase of degenerative diseases such as cancer, nephritis, cardiac, nervous and mental afflictions must assuredly occur unless man can rise above worldly affairs and find the true and only source of contentment and happiness.
When one considers that this normal acid, hydrochloric acid, is derived from the tissues of the stomach or gastric membrane and not directly from the sodium chloride of the blood, one readily realizes that an ample supply of sodium chloride alone is insufficient to restore normal gastric acidity. Rather, that it is instead a complex process. The sodium atom is picked up and combined with the phosphorous atom giving rise to sodium phosphate which must be eliminated thus allowing the chlorine atom to be set free. The chlorine atom combines with the potassium and other minerals and albumins in the gastric acid and is made ready for future digestive functions.
In my estimation it is not in the life of the cell that the secret to malignancies is to be found but rather in THE MEDIA IN WHICH THE CELL LIVES and the nerves that control it.
Cell growth is materially influenced by the nerve centers of the spinal cord. This is undoubtedly true as is shown by the rapid wasting of the cellular tissue when involvement of the anterior horns of the spinal cord occurs in infantile paralysis and progressive muscular atrophy. Such being the case, a toxin causing destruction of the inhibiting control of cell growth probably present in the posterior spinal nerve centers would allow wild growth of cell life. Therefore, neoplasms in all of their multitudinous forms and a general failure of the antiseptic powers of the blood serum could bring about what is known as malignancy.
We see cancerous growths frequently appearing when the blood pressure is low indicating a beginning failure of the adrenal system to combat toxemia. When hypertension is present the other group of degenerative diseases makes itself evident.
What can we conclude? That normal hydrochloric acid is necessary for complete healthy digestion, that deficiency of this acid tends to sepsis, suppuration, and general toxemia, that if adrenals are inactive degenerative forms of disease usually appear, that if the adrenals are impaired malignant neoplasms may be expected, that neoplasms are most likely caused by failure of the inhibitory nerve control probably located in the posterior nerve centers of the spinal cord, that emotional worry, grief, anxiety, depression are factors to be considered as causes of acid deficiency of gastric fluid and thus give rise to many condtions causing degenerative processes in alkalescence so commonly found in cancerous disease.
What is acidosis? An accumulation of acid or a diminution of the pH reaction. But what acid? We can glibly say, carbonic acid in the blood or lactic acid in the tissue, uric acid in the joints and blood vessels, lactic, diacetic, butyric in the stomach or intestines, etc. We may even visualize hepatic acids in the liver but unless we know why these acids appear in excess and their relation to alkalosis, we shall never be able to understand their true significance or marshall our remedies effectively against them.
The only normal acid in the animal body is hydrochloric acid found in the gastric juice. All other acids are waste products. The carbonic acid of the breath is created by the oxidation of the lactic acid of the tissues and therefore an excess of lactic acid is a failure to oxidize this acid sufficiently. In diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis and fevers, this failure of complete oxidation is present. The amino acids are but stages of food digestion and when present in excess show an impaired hepatic and pancreatic function. The most pernicious form of acidosis is that produced when a stoppage occurs in the duodenum or pylorus. In this condition the hydrochloric acid of the gastric fulid disappears and other acids such as the acetic, butyric, and lactic take its place. The condition of chlorine of the blood is usually diminished, the urea is increased and the capacity of the blood to combine with carbon dioxide is increased.
Achlorhydria occurs in some cases of apparently healthy persons and in many cases of gastrointestinal disease. It is also stressed that it appears frequently in diabetes and with still greater frequency in thyrotoxicosis as well as in certain nonmegalocytic hypochondriac anemias. Absence of hydrochloric acid in the gastric juice is a common symptom in depressive neuroses. It is frequently associated with mental fatigue, persistent worry and strain especially in persons with a congenital unstable psyche. The symptoms are very vague, lack of appetite, fullness after eating, gaseous eructations and diarrhea is more common than constipation. Pain is absent.
Hydrochloric acid reacts with the duodenal membrane to produce a hormone called secretin which stimulates the pancreas to release insulin, increase the formation of bile and upgrade the activity of the gallbladder. If we were to summarize the sequence of events occurring as a result of hydrochloric acid deficiency we would list the following:
Fermentation and later putrifaction
Reduced liver and pancreas function
Elevated blood sugar
Reduced oxidation of lactic acid
Retention of carbon dioxide
Reduced activity of the white blood cells
Reduced destruction of bacteria
Unbalanced mineral levels
Improper digestion means an unbalanced assimilation, an unbalanced mineral content of the body. What are some of the symptoms of mineral imbalance?
First a surplus of sodium. This is following by tissues that are too watery and a tendency toward edema and asthma, flabby muscles and a lack of chlorine.
A deficiency of calcium means an excess of sodium and a deficiency of potassium. Lack of hydrochloric is the main cause of alkalosis. When the cellular tissue are too alkaline, the fatty acids tend to disintegrate and give off glycerol. It is interesting to note that the Progenitoracae, a series of bacteria similar to the Actinomycetales which are similar to the Microbacteria which is the Tuberculosis bacillus, and that all of these grow rapidly in glycerin or sugar medias. It is also interesting that fluorine is the most potent inhibitor of the enzyme enolase. When this enzyme is inhibited, it causes the intake of carbohydrate to be shunted into the production of Glyceryl instead of being combusted as fuel energy. In this way industrial fluoride pollution aggravates infection. If an alkaline condition exists in the body and is accompanied by a physiologic overcompensation of the gastric chief cells, an unaware physician, or the patient himself may inadvertently dose himself with alkali antacids. This results in an aggravation of the existing alkalosis and could force the body into a compensatory acid production within the tissues.
The net result of this activity is the production of toxemia and the reduction of the final line of defense and repair.
I have made repeated reference to the inactivity of the white blood cells.
It is interesting to note that within two hours of the injection of hydrogen chloride intravenously, 32% of the white cells were showing pronounced phagocytic activity and engulfing microorganisms. Twenty-four hours after the injection phagocytic activity showed that 69% of the white cells were in phagocytic activity.
The average human has 7000-8000 white blood cells per milliliter of blood. Projected out for a 160 pound male with six liters of blood we would arrive at a white blood cell population of around 48 billion cells. With the use of hydrochloride injections we can predictably increase the white blood cell population by another 2000 milliliter and add around 10 billion more cells into the fight, whatever it may be.
We, of course, know that there are many things which can produce a similar reaction. Gamma globulin, pancreatic extracts, nucleic acids and so on. But none of these is as effective or as physiologic as hydrochloric acid.
To show the tremendous support for healing such a therapy can be, consider this case.
An individual who had ulcers in the duodenum and pyloric for 22 years. X-ray confirmed an active state of one of the lesions. He received 10 injections of hydrogen chloride and all evidence of the peptic ulcer disappeared.
It is probable that several hormones influencing the motions of the intestine and its accessory organs are liberated when the acid gastric juice containing digested food comes in contact with the duodenal mucous membrane. We know that iron salts precipitate in a neutral or slightly alkaline medium and thus the presence of hydrochloric acid in the stomach serves a useful purpose in those who are being given iron for the treatment of anemia.
We know that Vitamin B-1 is unstable in neutral or alkaline solutions and for this reason hydrochloric acid plays some part in the efficient utilization of this substance given orally. By preventing the decomposition of thiamine which would otherwise take place in the achlorhydric stomach, hydrochloric acid allows the full amount taken into the stomach to reach the duodenum.
All disease processes, whether functional, metabolic, endocrine, allergic, acute, chronic or degenerative are accompanied by the condition of acidosis and the deficiency of the hydrochloric acid production. It goes without saying that the longer that ill health is permitted to exist in the body the less capable the tissues become to respond to physiological stimuli. Use of hydrogen chloride therapy in rheumatism and arthritis is rather rewarding. In the treatment of acute articular rheumatism it is imperative that treatment be started immediately. If treatment is given when only one joint is effected the process can be stopped right there and then. In the treatment of arthritis we give intravenous injections of dilute hydrochloric acid solution daily for about three weeks. When the pain has subsided we proceed to eliminate or cure all focal infections such as abscessed teeth, infected tonsils and turbinates, an infected or lacerated cervix, prostate glands and rectal crypts, etc.
Carbon monoxide has an affinity for hemoglobin 300 times as strong as that of oxygen. We have found the use of an injection of dilute hydrochloric acid intravenously will accelerate the release of carbon monoxide from the hemoglobin.
It is well known that a certain reserve of alkaline salts is necessary to normal physiology and that among many functions which might be mentioned the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange carried on through the presence of an optimal amount of alkalies in the blood. Decrease this reserve and oxidation becomes materially reduced.
Actually the amount of oxidation going on in the cells or tissues does not depend on the quantity of oxygen absorbed or on the amount available in the blood but rather on the capacity of the tissues to use it. The nature of this catalyst or enzyme is not clearly determined but most physiologists at present recognize that some such agent as a catalyst is necessary for normal oxidation. It appears likely that the presence of hydrogen chloride in the maintenance of the acid base balance is responsible for this normal oxidation. Here is an interesting case history from the annals of medicine.
A very sick woman was seen on a house-call basis. Upon examination her temperature was found to be 100 degrees, respiration 56, pulse 160, she was highly toxic, cyanotic with a glassy glare in her eyes and she was unconscious. She was immediately given 20 cc. of a dilute solution of hydrochloric acid intravenously and within 5 minutes there was a marked improvement in the heart, the breathing and the general condition. The cyanosis disappeared, she opened her eyes and spoke. The attending physician returned three hours later. The temperature had gone up 1.5 degrees. She was still conscious and her general condition was good. It was then found that she had a septic incomplete abortion which was then surgically corrected and the patient went on to complete recovery.
There was a case reported before the American Association for the Advancement of Science by a doctor. He stated a case history; "The patient was moribund due to the unexpected effects of an anesthetic. The hydrochloric acid was injected at 10:15 AM, eight minutes later the lips began to twitch and ten minutes the hands moved and in forty minutes the patient was talking coherently."
Early in the month of January, Dr. B. Ferguson was called to see a patient, a man of 55 apparently dying from angina pectoris. He was alone in the hotel room and could give no history of his ailment. A partly empty bottle of Digitalis was on the dresser. Breathing from water-filled lungs precluded any possibility of hearing anything of the very rapid and tumultuous heart. With the aid of a bellboy he was given an intravenous injection of hydrochloric acid dilute. Before the completion of the injection the breathing had improved and the patient rested easier.
It has been observed that an injection of hydrochloric acid dilute intravenously does not markedly change the carbon dioxide capacity of the blood while the oxygen content is markedly increased in 30 minutes.
It is entirely possible that intravenous solutions of hydrochloric acid can result in more oxidation of red blood cells than the inhalation of oxygen through a nasal breathing device.
In a previous passage I showed a sequence of events when hydrogen chloride supplies diminish. The bacterial growth within the body accelerates, the toxic levels rise and the sequence continues.
Usually the disappearance of hydrogen chloride is gradual and the bacteria wander into the circulation casually without provoking the defensive mechanism.
There begins a constant and unending flow of bacteria toxins into the bloodstream followed by slowing up of the circulation and all other physiological processes. As a result of this the bacterial toxins start to accumulate in the bloodstream and a mild toxemia set in. It is generally known that the patient presents himself for the first time to consult with his family doctor. He complains of mild functional disorders such as general weakness, a loss of appetite, a lack of endurance, a sallow complexion and irritability.
The avidity with which the white cells absorb or destroy every foreign substance entering the bloodstream soon manifests itself in the fact that the white cells become smothered and overpowered by the increasing accumulation of bacterial toxins. The great influx of bacterial poisons having rendered the white cells impotent, the phagocytic response almost nil, even though there may be a high leukocyte count. Examination of the blood picture after an injection of hydrogen chloride will reveal a great increase in leukocytic and phagocytic activity.
When the hydrogen chloride supplies in the bloodstream become too low the body begins to manufacture other kinds of acids to neutralize the alkalosis that supervenes. This is accomplished by lactic, carbonic, butyric, diacetic, acetic and fatty acids.
This is followed by a functional stimulation of the gastric glands responsible for the production of hydrogen chloride. As a result of this disturbance an over-production of hydrogen chloride begins to take place. An over-production of the acid takes place and a condition of hyperchlorhydria and toxemia becomes manifest. Our patient now pays his respects for a second time to the family physician and reiterates his former complaints but with the new added ones of the symptoms of gastric distress.
A disordered chemistry follows the vanishing of hydrogen chloride from the circulation and its replacement by the acid metabolic wastes. Some of these wastes cannot be converted into substances suitable for excretion. This factor plus the presence of bacterial toxins or any other form of poisons entering the blood and the progressive slowing up of the circulation and all other physiological processes of the varied tissues gives rise to the inability of the body to throw off completely metabolic acid waste as quickly as they are formed, and therefore they begin to accumulate in the bloodstream bringing about the condition of incipient acidosis and toxemia.
Our patient now makes a third visit complaining of a lack of endurance, irritability, nervousness, insomnia, vague pains and digestive problems. Observe that as the functional disturbances are beginning to become aggravated new symptoms are beginning to appear.
In the disposal of the acid wastes the bloodstream serves merely as a conveyor. The absence of an adequate supply of potassium salts, for example, gives rise to a diminution of the hydrogen chloride production. Be that as it may, the production of hydrogen chloride falls short and the condition known as hypochlorhydria supervenes. The progressiveness of this metabolic disorder is apparent for sooner or later there is a total suppression of the production of hydrogen chloride and the condition know as achlorhydria becomes manifest.
Clinically this train of events manifests itself as malnutrition and a so-called physiological disturbance, metabolic, endocrine and organic. Any of the infectious arthritis and osteoarthritis, endocarditis, ulcerative endocarditis, myocarditis, rheumatic pericarditis, acute chorea, muscular rheumatism, peripheral neuritis, herpes, abscess of the brain, acute appendicitis, cholecystitis, salpingitis, oophoritis, thyroiditis, nephritis, osteomyelitis, phlebitus, synovitis, various skin disorders, arteriosclerosis, bacteremia and the list goes on and on.
Faulty digestion and assimilation due to a deficiency of the hydrogen chloride production in the stomach brings about a resulting serious depletion of the alkaline reserve, malnutrition, impaired metabolism, and a derangement of the physiologic functions of the varied tissues.
Furthermore, the bloodstream becomes stagnant with the ever increasing accumulation of bacterial toxins, metabolic acid wastes, acid wastes, acid salts altered secretions of the endocrine gland and bacteria. The bloodstream becomes a literal cesspool against which the varied tissues, particularly those with an inheritied weakness or susceptibility, begin to react. Clinically there becomes manifest the condition of advanced acidosis and toxemia.
Our patient is still with us and by now he complains of marked general weakness, nervousness, insomnia, digestive disorders, various functional disturbances of a metabolic and endocrine nature, functional disturbances of the heart, severe headache, allergic manifestations, malnutrition, vague pains all over the body and in addition the symptoms of any inflammatory or organic lesions present. He again visits his family physician.
He is now advised to consult the elite of the profession, the surgeon, neurologist, endocrinologist, allergist, the stomach specialist and others. In due time having made the rounds of the various specialists he finds himself relieved of various appendages and certain sums of money. His condition, however, continues progressively worse. The deficiency of hydrogen chloride production, starvation of minerals, vitamins and amino acids and other food elements and a total unbalance or derangement of all physiological functions of the varied tissues of the body. Also there is ever decreasing degree of tissue susceptibility. Furthermore it is to be observed that at this stage it no longer matters what the predisposing factor has been that brought about the ill health.
Well, time marches on. The ever increasing degree of intensification of each and every component comprising the general causation coupled with the presence of one or more pathological processes brings back our patient not only with the symptoms of the demonstrable pathology but also the symptoms of advanced progressive acidosis and toxemia, exhaustion and easy fatigability, insomnia, feeling of pressure in the front of the head, the top of the head and the back of the neck, the region of the throat and sternum are also favorite locations in which tight feelings occur. There may be backache, bellyache, severe headace, dizzy spells, muscular pains and weakness, dyspepsia, extreme nervousness and irritability, sexual disorders, mental disturbances, numbness of hands, fingers and toes, clammy hands and feet, vague pains all over the body, subnormal or above normal temperature, high or low blood pressure and various functional heart disorders. By this time one or more allergic diseases have already become manifest.
By now our patient finally realizes the futility of seeking further aid be it allopathic, homeopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic, neuropathic, or what have you and settles down in the bitter frame of mind to await his day of deliverance.
On and on the process continues until all the varied tissues become saturated with these poisons with complete loss of tissue susceptibility and the aberration of all physiological functions. Degenerative disease is but a reaction of the tissues against the general pathology. It can take any number of forms such as areteriosclerosis, diabetes, nephritis, affections of the heart, neoplastic growths, pernicious anemia, leukemia, lymphadenoma, senile insanity, multiple sclerosis, and arthritic degenerations.
Now let's take a look at this patient in the final stages. Let us visualize the patient in his final stage of advanced acidosis and toxemia. Look about you as your friends, your loved ones. Look at yourself. Ask yourself, "How do you feel, really?" All of this tragedy, the death, the pain, and despair solvable by simple therapies generated by a simple process of thought and administered in a simple gesture of help and kindness.
All of this available for more than thirty years. But what has become of the genius that sprouted forth from the minds of a few physicians long ago? A simple call to the Bureau of Medical Investigation will reveal them to be "dead quacks!"
At this moment we need an Emergency Survival Philosophy.
In the future we will all participate in the Health Crimes Trials of the Twentieth Century.