Health and Ionized Calcium by Bob Barefoot
Health and Ionized Calcium
Over one hundred years ago, the calcium ion in blood serum was discovered to be a significant factor in maintaining the contractibility of the heart. This accidental finding was the important base from which much of the focus on biological calcium originated. When Dr. Reich began his medical practice in 1950, there were about 50 publications per year by the scientific community on biological calcium. By 1990 the number had exponentially swollen to over 7,000 publications per year, with medical researchers joining the biochemical researchers. Today it is tens of thousands. From the very beginning of his practice, Dr. Reich had recognized the significance of biological calcium, and had instituted a clinical research program in which he developed procedures and tests that allowed him to gain both clinical and statistical proof of the key role that the calcium ion played in human health. The human body is made up of all the most common elements in the world (see Table 1, page 35), with the exception of silicon and aluminum. Although all these elements are required to sustain life as we know it, in the final analysis, the presence of no one element can be said to be more important than any other element. However, what can be said is that some elements are more abundantly intertwined in the vast array of bodily functions than are others. Therefore the abundance of these elements is crucial to the maintenance of good health and to life itself. Through its natural evolution over many millennia, the body developed a survival defense mechanism which compensates for any changes in the concentrations of these elements. Excess elements are readily expelled from the body. Deficiencies, on the other hand, can only be partially overcome by the induction of biochemical reactions through the adaptive functions of organs in an attempt to best balance this loss. The result is a physically weakened body that is prone to disease of these adapting organs. One of the most important of these integral elements is calcium. It can be found molecularly bound in the bones in abundance, and in almost all human cells. When freed from its molecular bonding by ionization, it can then readily combine with proteins. The inclusion of such calcium-bound protein in the ion channel on every cell wall constitutes biological valving that regulates both cell nutrition and the important bioelectrical cellular discharging processes involved in all bodily functions. Vitamin D, produced in the skin by a chemical reaction induced by the ultraviolet radiation of sunlight (photosynthesis), has as its main function the ionization of ingested calcium by the small intestine. Although the inside walls of the small intestines are very negatively charged, the positively charged ionic minerals have a hard time being absorbed through the intestine walls. Fortunately the walls of the small intestine contain vitamin D receptors or VDR’s, which allow the long chain vitamin D to penetrate deeply into the intestine wall and leave its negatively charged oxygen end exposed at the surface. This allows the positively charged calcium ion — and other positively charged ions — to latch onto the negatively charged oxygen on the end of the vitamin D and be drawn into and through the intestine wall. It is estimated that filling the VDR receptors with vitamin D allows the body to absorb up to 20 times more of the difficult-to-absorb calcium. Thus photo-synthetically produced vitamin D (lots of sunshine) and/or vitamin D supplements are crucial to the absorption of nutrients. At the same time, photosynthesis also results in the production of inositol triphosphate, (INSP-3), which serves to regulate the extraction of calcium stored in the cells. This process is triggered to supply the cell with calcium when insufficient calcium is ingested and ionized by the Vitamin D process. If there is insufficient calcium stored within the cells, then the parathyroid hormone, stimulated by the deficiency of Vitamin D, induces the extraction of calcium from the bones. Finally, with bones severely weakened by this calcium depletion, the body beings to extract its ionic calcium from the proteins that are regulating cell functions. The resulting cell dysfunctions manifest themselves with a whole host of symptoms and diseases identified correctly by Dr. Reich as the ionic calcium deficiency syndrome and disease but most doctors know them only as chronic diseases of unknown or obscure origin. Sufficiently ingested and ionized calcium can therefore not only prevent many diseases, but due to its involvement in cell nutrition, it can also maintain vigorous good health. Calcium’s involvement in cell nutrition is three-fold. First, as mentioned, calcium-bound proteins regulate both the size and the opening and closing of the ion channels of every cell wall. Secondly, the calcium ion, substantially more than any other ion, has the capability of attaching itself to a large number of nutrient radicals, which are molecularly stacked on the outer surface of the cell membrane. When these stacks become electrically detached (detailed discussion of this process will be given in chapter five) the calcium ion is capable of transporting them through the cell ion channel, thereby delivering the most amount of nutrients for the healthy function of the cell. Thirdly, calcium combines with the phosphates in the extracellular and intracellular fluids to create a slightly alkaline, buffered, and oxygen-rich medium necessary to sustain life. Only the element calcium is capable of creating and maintaining these critical conditions. With such a vital role to play in human health and with all the currently massive amounts of research being carried out by the scientific community one would think that the medical profession would eagerly grasp the importance of the calcium factor. However, as history has taught us, the medical profession has not been quick to respond to simple concepts, such as hand washing so the concept of the true importance of milk and sunshine supplements to good health should be equally as difficult for them to accept. In addition, history has also shown us that it takes the medical profession several decades to accept new and proven scientific advances. In 1950, there was only a minor amount of interest by the scientific community in the mechanisms involving calcium in the human body. In contrast, almost immediately after beginning his practice and clinical research, Dr. Reich recognized that a whole host of symptoms such as indigestion, headaches, and muscle pains, chronic arthritis, ileitis, colitis and asthma, were caused by an overall overall calcium deficiency in the body. He also reasoned that vitamin D was crucial to the absorption and utilization of calcium, and that, since man’s mode of living had evolved from a loin cloth to a tuxedo, the amount of vitamin D produced from exposure to sunshine had diminished dramatically. He also recognized that, nutritionally, man’s consumption of calcium and other critical elements was insufficient and had to be increased. He therefore recommended changes in diet and lifestyle to his patients, and prescribed supplementary calcium and vitamin D. The resulting improvement in the health of his patients were both quick and dramatic. Eager to share these exciting results, he approached his medical peers, only to find that, as other innovative doctors before him had found, he was to be shunned for his unorthodox practices. For decades, Dr. Reich continued to assess and to treat the ionic calcium state of his patients. He did this by studying their lifestyle, diet, physical complaints, and their interrelationships to various diseases. He treated thousands of grateful patients who were either dissatisfied with, or had not received benefits from orthodox medicine. All the while he amassed a large amount of data in his clinical studies, and became more and more convinced that caring about the health of his patients was far more important than caring about criticism from the medical elite, or pursuing the scientific double blind studies they demanded. Their demands were also accompanied by income restrictions, hospital access denial, and refusal of research grants. It was not until the early 1970s that Dr. Reich further discovered that the acidic state of saliva was an outstanding manifestation of calcium ion deficiency. This was extremely important as it meant that by simply measuring the pH of the saliva with inexpensive litmus paper (a three second test) the basic state of health of the patient — in reference to calcium ion deficiency—could be determined. He found that when a patient was non-deficient in calcium and healthy, the pH of the saliva was slightly alkaline at 7.5 to the neutral pH 7.0, and the body excretions tended to be acidic. But, when the patient was ionic calcium deficient, the salivary pH was acidic, from 6.4 to 4.6, and the body excretions tended to be alkaline. In addition, he found that patients who were developing physical ailments tended to be in the 6.5 to 6.0 pH range, with those who already were showing serious ionic calcium deficiency disease most frequently showing a pH below 6. After only a few weeks to months of dietary changes, along with vitamin and mineral supplements, he noted that the saliva pH of these patients would slowly rise up to 7.0, and their physical impairments would dramatically improve or be eliminated. Unfortunately, because of the weakness in human nature that resists innovation and, because of the simplicity of his medical approach, in 1984 the medical authorities rewarded his efforts by examining his fitness to practice and by the cancellation of his license to practice medicine. During his thirty-seven years of practice, not one complaint had been received from any one of the thousands of patients he had treated. On the contrary, his patients were extolling the virtues of this new approach to medicine. Also during this period, the scientific research publications on The Calcium Factor in the human body had increased from a trickle to a torrent. Although interest in calcium by the scientific community has been dramatically raised, interest by the medical community remains at nothing more than idle curiosity. Thus, remembering that medicine takes decades to adopt scientific discovery, and that Medical Freedom does not exist in America, history had once again repeated itself. Today, mankind is in dire need of the medical profession to study and apply the knowledge contained in the horde of readily available scientific publications so that they will be better able to understand the effects of The Calcium Factor on human health, and to begin participating in this advancement in medical science. By using the simple clinical tools developed by Dr. Reich, they could begin the time-journey from the twentieth century’s mode of treating disease with drugs to the twenty-first century’s mode of preventing disease nutritionally.
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