Acid-Alkaline Tunnel Vision

by Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

Blood is an organ, according to many sources.

It’s a tissue, according to other sources.

Why is this important?

Most people measure total body tissue pH in only one organ or in only one tissue instead of in separate organs or tissues.

Ain’t that a hoot?


It gets even weirder.

People don’t even measure the entire blood organ or the entire blood tissue to determine the pH of the entire body.

They only measure the plasma.

And they think (if you can call it that!) that the plasma somehow magically gives them the pH of the entire body … not to mention the pH of the organ or the tissue they’re evaluating.


The pancreas is a separate organ.

The heart is a separate organ.

So is the bone. (Yes, it is.)

And so forth.


Here’s something even more comical.

People think they’re measuring the pH of their entire body by measuring the urine.

Hey, back in high school, I fell for that myself.

Cut me some slack; I was a teenager!


Other people measure the saliva.

Has everyone gone insane?

This isn’t about knowledge. It’s about common sense.


So what to do?

That is the knowledge part.

Learn about total body titremic alkalinity.

Learn how to use a Beckman pH meter for “local lesions.”


Does a farmer need to know what soil pH is better for a specific crop?

Or can he just throw every kind of seed into the ground and grow either vegetable salad  or fruit salad or a mixture of both?

Here’s another question while we’re at it.

If alkalinity is so great, why is the pH scale for growing nutritious food set at …

Very Acid

Moderately Acid

Neutral to Alkaline

Is alkalinity the accelerator … or is it the brakes?


'Acid-Alkaline Tunnel Vision' have 5 comments

  1. June 30, 2021 @ 7:28 am Ben

    Thanks for your thoughts.
    In the soil, some acidity is required to fix the minerals to the roots.
    The pH of the blood varies from 7.35 – 7.45.
    The theory of the acid-alkaline balance is that some food are acid-forming, lowering the pH of the blood slightly. Other foods are akaline-forming, raising the pH of the blood slightly. The deficit or excess then affects the tissues, organs, and bones, pulling or pushing minerals to and fro.
    The more minerals that are pulled from the bones (not only calcium, but also magnesium, potassium, and others), the weaker the bones become.
    Many observers have reported that they can repeat the applications of this theory. If they prompt their patients to eat less acid-forming foods and to eat more alkaline-forming foods, then their patients heal themselves. This may not work for you, but it works for a lot of people.
    Do not believe me. You can read the books by medical doctors who have independently written on this subject in defiance of their colleagues. A summary is here –


    • June 30, 2021 @ 10:18 am Atom

      Here are some of the misguided New Age books I read on the subject …

      Harvey & Marilyn Diamond, Fit For Life: A New Way of Eating, 1985; Robert R. Barefoot & Carl J. Reich, M.D., The Calcium Factor: The Scientific Secret of Health and Youth, 2000; Annie Jubb & David Jubb, Ph.D., Colloidal Biology And Secrets of an Alkaline Body, 2000; Felicia Drury Kliment, The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet, 2000; Robert O. Young, Ph.D., & Shelley Young, The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health, 2000; Harvey Diamond, Fit For Life, Not Fat For Life, 2003; etc.

      Some of the serious books I read on the subject are listed below because there are too many for this little box.


  2. June 30, 2021 @ 10:22 am Atom

    Benjamin Abelow, M.D., Understanding Acid-Base, 1998; Horatio J. Adroque, M.D., & Donald Wesson, M.D., Acid-Base, 1991; Thomas E. Andreoli, Jared J. Grantham, & Floyd C. Rector Jr. (editors), Disturbances in Body Fluid Osmolality, 1977; Allen I. Arieff, M.D. (editor), Hypoxia, Metabolic Acidosis, and the Circulation, 1992; Allen I. Arieff, M.D., & Ralph A. DeFronzo, M.D. (editors), Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders, Second Edition, 1987, 1992; John H. Bland, M.D. (author-editor), Clinical Metabolism of Body Water and Electrolytes, 1963; Jeffrey M. Brensilver, M.D., D-IM., & Emanuel Goldberger, M.D., F.A.C.P., A Primer of Water, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Syndromes, Eighth Edition, 1959, 1996; Elsworth R. Buskirk, Ph.D., & Susan M. Puhl, Ph.D., Body Fluid Balance: Exercise and Sport, 1996; Hugh J. Carroll, M.D., & Man S. Oh, M.D., Water, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Metabolism: Diagnosis and Management, Second Edition, 1978, 1989; Cynthia Chernecky, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S., A.O.C.N., Denise Macklin, R.N.C., C.R.N.I., Kathleen Murphy-Ende, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S., A.O.C.N., Real-World Nursing Survival Guide: Fluids and Electrolytes, 2002; Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., & Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D., Acid-Base, 1982; Robert D. Cohen, M.A., M.D., F.R.C.P., H. Frank Woods, B.Sc., B.M., B.Ch., & D. Phil, M.R.C.P., Clinical and Biochemical Aspects of Lactic Acidosis, 1976; R. Douglas Collins, M.D., F.A.C.P., Illustrated Manual of Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders, Second Edition, 1976, 1983; Daniel C. Darrow, M.D., A Guide to Learning Fluid Therapy, 1964; T.I. Davidson, M.R.C.P., F.R.C.S., Fluid Balance: Pocket Consultant, 1987; Thomas D. DuBose Jr., M.D., & L. Lee Hamm, M.D., Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders: A Companion to Brenner & Rector’s The Kidney, 2002; J. Russell Elkinton, M.D., & T.S. Danowski, M.D., The Body Fluids: Basic Physiology and Practical Therapeutics, 1955; Sarah Faubel, M.D., & Joel Topf, M.D., The Fluid Electrolyte & Acid-Base Companion, 1999; Giles F. Filley, M.D., Acid-Base and Blood Gas Regulation: For medical students before and after graduation, 1972; (continued below)


  3. June 30, 2021 @ 10:23 am Atom

    Laurence Finberg, M.D., Richard E. Kravath, M.D., & Alan R. Fleischman, M.D., Water and Electrolytes in Pediatrics: Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Treatment, 1982; Laurence Finberg, M.D., Richard E. Kravath, M.D., & Stanley Hellerstein, M.D., Water and Electrolytes in Pediatrics: Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Treatment, 1982, 1993; James L. Gamble Jr., M.D., Acid-Base Physiology: A Direct Approach, 1982; Emanuel Goldberger, M.D., F.A.C.P., A Primer of Water, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Syndromes, Fifth Edition, 1959, 1970; Mitchell L. Halperin, M.D., & Marc B. Goldstein, M.D., Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Emergencies, 1988; Mitchell L. Halperin, M.D., & Marc B. Goldstein, M.D., Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Physiology: A Problem-Based Approach, Third Edition, 1988, 1999; A. Gorman Hills, M.D., Acid-Base Balance: Chemistry, Physiology, Pathophysiology, 1973; Iekuni Ichikawa, M.D. (editor), Pediatric Textbook of Fluids and Electrolytes, 1990; Juha P. Kokko, M.D., Ph.D., & Richard L. Tannen, M.D., Fluids and Electrolytes, Third Edition, 1985, 1996; John N. Krieger, M.D., & Donald J. Sherrard, M.D., Practical Fluids and Electrolytes, 1991; Arthur K.C. Li, Michael R. Wills, & Gillian C. Hanson, Fluid, Electrolytes, Acid-Base, and Nutrition, 1980; J. Craig Longenecker, M.D., M.P.H., High-Yield Acid-Base, 1998; Jerome Lowenstein, M.D., Acids and Bases: A Guide to Understanding Acid-Base Disorders, 1993; Morton H. Maxwell, M.D., & Charles R. Kleeman, M.D., Clinical Disorders of Fluid and Electrolyte Metabolism, Third Edition, 1962, 1980; Morton H. Maxwell, M.D., Charles R. Kleeman, M.D., & Robert G. Narins, Clinical Disorders of Fluid and Electrolyte Metabolism, Fifth Edition, 1962, 1987, 1994; Norma Milligan Metheny, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Fluid and Electrolyte Balance: Nursing Considerations, Fourth Edition, 1987, 2000; Norma Milligan Metheny, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., Quick Reference to Fluid Balance, 1984; Stanley Mikal, M.D., Homeostasis in Man: Fluids, Electrolytes, Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals in Clinical Care, 1967; L. Beaty Pemberton, M.D., F.A.C.S., Delores K Pemberton, Ph.D., & Paul G. Cuddy, Pharm.D., Treatment of Water, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders in a Surgical Patient, 1994; Carlos Pestana, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., Fluids and Electrolytes in the Surgical Patient, Fifth Edition, 1977, 2000; Ruth Porter & Geralyn Lawrenson (editors), Metabolic acidosis: Ciba Foundation symposium 87, 1982; Jules B. Puschett, Disorders of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance: Diagnosis and Management, 1985; Jorge A. Quintero, Acid-Base Balance: A Manual for Clinicians, 1979; James R. Robinson, M.D., Ph.D., Fundamentals of Acid-Base Regulation, Fifth Edition, 1961, 1975; Gosta Rooth, M.D., Acid-Base and Electrolyte Balance, 1974; Burton David Rose, M.D., Clinical Physiology of Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders, Fourth Edition, 1977, 1994; Burton David Rose, M.D., & Theodore W. Post, M.D., Clinical Physiology of Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders, Fifth Edition, 1977, 2001; Allan B. Schwartz, M.D., & Harvey Lyons, M.D. (editors), Acid-Base and Electrolyte Balance: Normal Regulation and Clinical Disorders, 1977; G. Tom Shires, Fluids, Electrolytes, and Acid Bases, 1988; William C. Shoemaker, M.D., F.A.C.S., & William F. Walker, CH.M., F.R.C.S., Fluid-Electrolyte Therapy in Acute Illness, 1970; Violet R. Stroot, R.N., Carla A. Lee, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., & Ann Schaper, B.A., Fluids and Electrolytes: A Practical Approach, 1974; Harold M. Szerlip, M.D., & Stanley Goldfarb, M.D. (editors), Workshops in Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders, 1993; W.H. Taylor, M.A.D.M., M.R.C.P., Fluid therapy and disorders of elctrolyte balance, Second edition, 1970; Judy Terry, B.S.N., C.R.N.I., Leslie Baranowski, R.N., B.S.N., C.R.N.I., Rose Anne Lonsway, M.A. C.R.N.I., & Carolyn Hedrick, B.S.N., C.R.N.I. (editors), Intravenous Therapy: Clinical Principles and Practice, 1995; W.S.T. Thompson, J.F. Adams, & R.A. Cowan, Clinical Acid-Base Balance, 1997; Heinz Valtin, M.D., & F. John Gennari, M.D., Acid-Base Disorders: Basic Concepts and Clinical Management, 1987; William B. Weil Jr., M.D., & Michael D. Bailie, Ph.D., Fluid and Electrolyte Metabolism in Infants and Children: A Unified Approach, 1977; Louis G. Welt, M.D., Clinical Disorders of Hydration and Acid-Base Equilibrium, 1955; Linda D. Williams, Chemistry Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide, 2003; Robert W. Winters, M.D. (editor), The Body Fluids in Pediatrics: Medical, Surgical, and Neonatal Disorders of Acid-Base Status, Hydration, and Oxygenation, 1973; Robert W. Winters, M.D., Principles of Pediatric Fluid Therapy, Second Edition, 1982; Robert W. Winters, M.D., Knud Engel, Mag.Sc., & Ralph B. Dell, M.D., Physiology in Medicine: A Self-Instruction Program, Second Edition, 1969; etc.


  4. June 30, 2021 @ 10:36 am Atom

    When I self-title myself a Researcher, I don’t take that label lightly.


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