Most of the CO2 in the body is in the form of bicarbonate (HCO3-). Therefore, the CO2 blood test is really a measure of your blood bicarbonate level. The normal range is 23-29 mEq/L (milliequivalent per liter).
If the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is lower
than normal, then this leads to difficulties
in releasing oxygen from haemoglobin.
Some of the diseases that are related to low CO2 levels are:
- Addison disease
- Ethylene glycol poisoning
- Kidney disease
- Lactic acidosis
- Metabolic acidosis
- Methanol poisoning
- Salicylate toxicity (such as aspirin overdose)
The official story is that Carbon Dioxide is a colorless and odorless gas with a slightly acidic taste. It is a “waste product” of the metabolic process in humans and is also consumed by plants during photosynthesis. Carbon Dioxide occurs naturally in the atmosphere and makes up approximately 0.03% of the atmosphere.
Through the years I have laughed at the detractors of using sodium bicarbonate to treat cancer knowing that they had not the slightest idea of what they are talking about. Medical Grade Carbon Dioxide USP is utilized in critical care areas of the hospital! The medical uses of carbon dioxide include the following but be sure to add cancer and diabetes to the list:
Inflation gas for minimal invasive surgery (laparoscopy, endoscopy, arthroscopy) to enlarge and stabilize body cavities for better visibility of the surgical field
To increase the depth of respiration and help overcome breath holding and bronchial spasms during various procedures
To stimulate respiration for various reasons (i.e. chronic respiratory obstruction removal, hyperventilation, etc.)
To increase cerebral blood flow during some surgeries
For clinical and physiological investigations
Carbon dioxide gas protects against tissue damage in the operative field in open-heart surgery. Carbon dioxide insufflation into the abdominal cavity results in the reduction of oxidative stress. Without CO2 we would all die as well as everything else on earth. So why on earth would anyone want to tax a good thing?
The blood carries carbon dioxide to your lungs, where it is exhaled. More than 90% of carbon dioxide in your blood exists in the form of bicarbonate (HCO3). The rest of the carbon dioxide is either dissolved carbon dioxide gas (CO2) or carbonic acid (H2CO3). Your kidneys and lungs balance the levels of carbon dioxide, bicarbonate, and carbonic acid in the blood.
Taking sodium bicarbonate orally or bathing in a tub saturated with it results in a shift of the body’s pH to less acidic and more alkaline. That is because baking soda is an electron donor. As the pH rises, so does cellular voltage and cellular oxygen levels.
We increase cell voltage, raise energy and performance levels of cellular activity when we supplement with sodium bicarbonate, which has long been known as an excellent medicine for the kidneys, and dialysis units use bicarbonate regularly but they, like everyone else, don’t want to brag about it.
Sodium bicarbonate+Citric acid+Water=Radical chemical reaction produces CO2 with lots of –HCO3 and +HCO3 with PH of 7.45
The best way to produce carbon dioxide is from physical activity but most people with chronic illness and cancer unfortunately do not exercise. Understanding how important bicarbonate and CO2 physiology can be to the chronically ill person involves understanding the basic physiology of carbon dioxide. Yes, women can make themselves more beautiful with CO2 masks but we can make patients more beautiful and a lot more comfortable when we resolve their bedsores, gangrene, eczema and fatigue with CO2.
Physical activity and sports is good for us because it raises CO2 concentrations though there are limits to everything including a good thing like CO2. Therefore, we do have, as we do for magnesium and everything else, a way of blowing off excess.