Back pain , as everyone knows, is a devastating chronic pain of the human body.
The other chronic joint pain of the body --rheumatoid arthritis -- is also another devastating experience for all its victims.
A news item in the 31 July 1990 Health section of "The Washington Post" gave me sufficient emotional shock to restructure this book (HOW TO DEAL WITH BACK PAIN & RHEUMATOID JOINT PAIN), which was at that time already in the printer's hands.
A 47-year-old child psychiatrist had been suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis for some time. She had been given the customary medications until she had developed addiction, apparently, and the combination of addiction and pain had totally incapacitated her. She had a daughter of 17, who was brain-damaged and asthmatic, and a son who was bright. The stress in the family setting had become so great that even the housekeeper suffered a heart attack. the psychiatrist's husband, himself a doctor and a prominent cancer researcher, eventually found the situation unbearable enough that he took the lives of his wife and two children and then committed suicide.
To my mind, this tragedy -- along with similar, daily-occurring tragedies -- stemmed from a most absurd ignorance and the "ostrich" policy of those involved in the politics of medicine. The scientific knowledge that can offer simple solutions to major health problems -- most particularly, at a preventable stage that would not cause severe genetic damage -- does exist.
For the innocent and trusting sick to benefit from the solutions offered within the science of human physiology, medicine will need a change of stand by some key policy-makers and the government administrators of health who support the present commercial attitude of the health-care industry; medical professionals will need to give support to alternative ideas and the more plausible science-based solutions to the health problems of the sick. This change of attitude might not serve the profit motivations of the industrial and commercial arms of the health-care institutions, but it should be remembered that simple, nature-serving solutions to major health problems are less costly to the society they are OBLIGATED to serve.
The Cell. Let us take a look at the most basic life-generating element in the human body, the cell. The cell is surrounded by a very thin outer "skin" or membrane that protects it from being flooded by unregulated entry of water, salt, sugar, fats, and many other elements that constitute the serum solution that is outside the cell wall.
Since the cell is constantly bathed in serum solution, it regulates its intake and output by means of many, many small 'pumping units'. Fluid inside the cells should be neutral, neither too acidic nor too alkaline; it has a pH (potential of hydrogen)
of 7.4 under normal circumstances.* The way this neutral pH is maintained is very simple: the 'cation(cat-i-on) pumps' constantly pump out hydrogen ion, which is the acid substance not used by the cell. The entire human body -- nerve, bone, cartilage, ligament, muscle, blood, brain, you name it -- is made up of these tiny cells, each performing this regulation of intake and output of elements to maintain function. Each cell is just like an underwater city, with canal systems and waterways; outside of it, arteries and veins are its highways.
*7.4 is the level of reading on a scale designed to measure the degree of acidity. From 1 to 7 is the acid range; 1 being more acid than 7. From 7 to 14 on the scale is the alkaline range; 7 is less alkaline than 14. On the pH scale, 7 is neutral.
Water and Life
The most important life-giving substance in the human body, and one that the human body desperately depends on is WATER. In the soft tissues -- muscle, liver, kidneys, the intestines, small and big -- 75 percent of the volume of the cells is water.
The human brain cell is said to be 85 percent water. Headaches and migraine are sign of water loss. The first impact of dehydration is felt by the brain cells; they are very sensitive to water loss from the human body and their functions would be affected by even minute changes in their water contents. The above figures roughly represent a normal, healthy state of function. The blood and fluids outside the cells consists of approximately 94 percent water.
WATER has the urge and determination to flow from solutions at lower concentration to solutions at higher concentration when these solutions are separated by a thin membrane. When the concentration of water is 94% outside the cell and 75% inside the cell, there is a tendency for water to flow across the cell membrane into the cell. This difference of 19 % acts somewhat like the water-head of a hydroelectric dam. Nature has designed a simple mechanism of providing each cell with hydroelectric power. It uses this 19% difference in water levels to generate electricity inside the cell. In the same way that height of water over the turbine generators of a hydroelectric dam turns the generators and creates electricity, at the cell wall barrier, water turns the cation pumps and generates electricity.
Since all nerve transmissions depend in a major way on hydroelectric energy of water, insufficient water intake can also cause a chronic fatigue state of the human body.
Follow the water-cure formula which you can find in previous posts in this blog.
All fresh fruits and vegetables only provide alkaline result upon digestion.