The complicated world of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and tissue and tumor pH are important areas because our body simply cannot fight disease if its pH is not properly balanced and consequently the oxygen-carrying capacity of our cells becomes compromised. It’s really simple—higher pH conditions lead to higher O2 levels resulting in oxygen being delivered to where it is needed.
What follows are many chapter lessons on CO2 physiology and breathing. CO2 physiology is super important and more complicated that any other health factor so beware and prepare for a deep journey into places where few have gone before. After we will go back to more on oxygen and a brilliant and powerful way of combining CO2 therapy with massive increases in oxygen. Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) offers the best of both oxygen and CO2.
The key to oxygen is not more oxygen but more carbon dioxide, which is a nutritious gas, not a poison. Doctors at the Department of Anaesthesia and Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Toronto General Hospital in Ontario, Canada say that, “Accumulating clinical and basic scientific evidence points to an active role for carbon dioxide in organ injury, in which raised concentrations of carbon dioxide are protective and low concentrations are injurious.”
Carbon dioxide executes uncountable functions in the human organism. Among them are: repair of alveoli in lungs, stability of the nerve cells, regulation of pulse, normal immunity, blood pressure maintenance, dilation of bronchi and bronchioles, regulation of blood pH, sleep control, relaxation of muscle cells, release of O2 in capillaries (the Bohr effect), andother essential functions.
Hemoglobin helps to transport hydrogen ions and carbon dioxide in addition to transporting oxygen. However, transport by hemoglobin accounts for only about 14% of the total transport of these species; both hydrogen ions and carbon dioxide are also transported in the blood as bicarbonate (HCO3-), formed spontaneously or through the action of carbonic anhydrase.
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is the stunning medicine it is because it puts doctors’ and patients’ fingers on the CO2 pulse of the body. Bicarbonate intake raises the CO2 levels in the blood. CO2 is a key regulator of inflammatory reactions due to control of cells oxygen supply. Bicarbonate also regulates inflammatory reactions due to rapid changes in tissue and fluid pH. Bicarbonate and CO2 are almost identical twins, two sides of the same coin. Just add acid to bicarbonate you you instantly have CO2. In the blood, with the help of anhydrase, they turn into each other almost at the seed of light.
In all serious disease states we find a concomitant low-
oxygen state. Low oxygen in the body tissues is a sure
indicator for disease. Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the
tissues, is the fundamental cause for all degenerative disease.
Dr. Stephen Levine
The effect of bicarbonate is instant and can be intense, as an athlete might tell you when taking bicarbonate before an event. In order to survive, the body must maintain proper acid/alkaline (pH) balance. The optimum (and required) pH of the blood is somewhat alkaline, between 7.35 and 7.45. Only in this range is the blood richly supplied with oxygen.
Realize that if your blood pH varies just a little bit, it can kill you. The vast majority of terminal cancer patients are much more acidic than normal healthy people, meaning some of their tissues have a lower pH and low levels of oxygen delivery to the cells. This is true even though the pH of the blood is strictly controlled to preserve life. However, even the slightest change of the blood pH is meaningful in terms of oxygen.
Natural Allopathic Medicine targets a sweet spot—that area of pH and O2 that healthy cells love and cancer cells really don’t like at all. Oxygen levels are sensitive to a myriad of influences. Toxicity, emotional stress, physical trauma, infections, reduction of atmospheric oxygen, nutritional status, lack of exercise and especially improper breathing will affect the oxygen levels in our bodies. Anything that threatens the oxygen-carrying capacity of the human body will promote cancer growth. Likewise any therapy that improves the oxygen function can be expected to enhance the body’s defenses against cancer.