An awful lot of woo depends on the idea that what we eat and drink makes our bodies acid or alkaline, that a cornucopia of diseases stems from improper acid-base balance, and that through dietary manipulation and supplements we can make our bodies alkaline and thus attain great health, thereby thwarting Big Pharma and the Medical Establishment.
For many, pH is a mysterious and forbidding subject. Thankfully, there is a simple chart that explains it.
Curiously, I had uric kidney stones, which, like gout, is related to the acidity of the blood. My Urologist put me on baking soda to cause the crystals to dissolve.
But that is something different, altogether.
My college freshman chemistry course covered pH in depth. The professor explained it thus: “Many people think that pH stands for “power of hydrogen”, but it doesn’t. The “P” stands for ‘puissance’, which is french for power”.
Considering what a number of Lewis acids and bases are, probably more dead. Though my point was that a Lewis acid/base is a much less intuitive thing than the Arrhenius or Bronsted-Lowry definitions.
I can’t believe people spend extra money on “high pH” water. The first thing the body does is buffer it all out anyway. Though every time I see the latest woo I think that I was right that the company I used to work for should get out of real pharma and into woo.
Well, that’s the (completely wrong) theory. That if your body has to send acids out to buffer the alkaline water, then your body will be less acid overall. It makes a weird kind of sense, if you don’t at all understand how it works.
Fuck me, I think I sprained my brain on that second link. It uses enough nearly real science words that I can’t just laugh it off like I can the first link. Sleepy brain compasses? Hah!
Blood GenoType secretion regulation lectin agglutination? Part of my brain immediately starts cataloging the errors, attempts to formulate an argument, and then shouts “DOES NOT COMPUTE” while exploding in a shower of sparks.