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bicarbonate and diabetes

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on July 5, 2010

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The Pancreas, Bicarbonate and Diabetes

Here is an extract of a discussion of bicarnonate chemistry and diabetes from Dr Sircus’s IMVA website
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Bicarbonate physiology is entirely ignored in diabetes as it is in
oncology though a wide range of clinicians use sodium bicarbonate for a host of
medical problems. Who would stop long enough to think deeply enough to make
the connection between acid producing diets (junk foods) and destruction of
the pancreas after decades of obsessing with sugar as the main culprit?

Parhatsathid Napatalung from Thailand writes, “The pancreas is harmed if
the body is metabolically acid as it tries to maintain bicarbonates. Without
sufficient bicarbonates, the pancreas is slowly destroyed, insulin becomes
a problem and hence diabetes becomes an issue. Without sufficient
bicarbonate buffer, the effect of disease is far reaching as the body becomes acid.”

Understanding of the use of sodium bicarbonate begins with a trip to the
pancreas, which is the organ most responsible for producing the bicarbonate
our bodies need. The pancreas is a long, narrow gland which stretches from
the spleen to about the middle of the duodenum. It has three main
functions. Firstly, it is to provide digestive juices, which contain pancreatic
enzymes in an alkaline solution to provide the right conditions for the
digestive process to be completed in the small intestines. Secondly, the pancreas
produces insulin, the hormone which controls blood sugar by the metabolism
of sugar and other carbohydrates. Thirdly, it produces bicarbonate to
neutralize acids coming from the stomach to provide the right environment for
the pancreatic enzymes to be effective.

Allergies generally start with the body’s inability to produce a certain
enzyme, or to produce enough enzymes for the digestive process to work
effectively. In conjunction with this is an inability to produce enough
bicarbonate essential for the pancreatic enzymes to function properly. When this
happens undigested proteins penetrate the bloodstream inducing more allergic
reactions. Inflammation in such a scenario is systemic but can focus on the
pancreas forcing decreases in the production of bicarbonate, insulin and
necessary enzymes. [1]

The bicarbonate ion acts as a buffer to maintain the normal levels of
acidity (pH) in blood and other fluids in the body. Bicarbonate levels are
measured to monitor the acidity of the blood and body fluids. The acidity is
affected by foods or medications that we ingest and the function of the
kidneys and _lungs_
( . . The chemical notation for bicarbonate on most lab reports is HCO3-
or represented as the concentration of _carbon dioxide_
( (CO2).

The normal serum range for bicarbonate is 22-30 mmol/L. A bicarbonate test
is usually performed along with tests for other blood electrolytes.
Disruptions in normal bicarbonate levels may be due to diseases that interfere
with respiratory function, kidney diseases, metabolic conditions and a
failing pancreas.The pancreas, an organ largely responsible for pH control,[2] is
one of the first organs affected when general pH shifts to the acidic. “
Monitoring of blood-sugar levels, insulin production, acid-base balance, and
pancreatic bicarbonate and enzyme production before and after test
exposures to potentially allergic substances reveals that the pancreas is the first
organ to develop inhibited function from varied stresses,[3] writes Dr.
William Philpott and Dr. Dwight K. Kalita in their book Brain Allergies.

_Dr. Robert Young_
( , states, “Excess acidity is a
condition that weakens all body systems. The pancreas is one of our body’s
organs charged with the awesome responsibility to “alkalinize” us. Can you
start to see how our serious acidosis has overwhelmed our pancreas’ ability to
operate effectively, which then results in a state called “diabetes?”

Vulnerable Pancreas

When one of many possible biological stresses weigh down on the pancreas
it will, as any other organ will, begin to function improperly. When this
happens the first thing we will see is a reduction in pancreatic bicarbonate
production. Once there is an inhibition of pancreatic function and
pancreatic bicarbonate flow there naturally follows a chain reaction of
inflammatory reactions throughout the body. The reactions would include the brain as
acidic conditions begin to generally prevail. Decreasing bicarbonate flow
would boomerang hardest right back on the pancreas, which itself needs proper
alkaline conditions to provide the full amount of bicarbonate necessary
for the body.

A highly acidic pH level puts the pancreas, liver, and all the body’s
organs at risk. Because of the important role played by the liver in removing
acid waste from the body, liver function is also particularly at risk when
acids accumulate. When acidity prevents the liver and pancreas from
regulating blood sugar, the risk of diabetes and thus cancer increases.

There are many causes of diabetes. Heavy metals, toxic chemicals and
radiation contamination will affect, weaken and destroy pancreatic tissues. When
the body is bicarbonate sufficient it is more capable of resisting the
toxicity of chemical insults. That is why the army suggests its use to protect
the kidneys from radiological contamination.[4] Much the same can be said
for magnesium levels. Magnesium, bicarbonate and iodine all protect us from
the constant assault of noxious chemicals and radiation exposure we are
subjected to everyday in our water, food and air.

The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta declares that
33% of the babies born this year will be diabetic by the year 2050.
Dr. Alan Cantwell

Diabetes, which is expanding rapidly, can in part be traced to the
increasing radiation to which we are all being exposed. Every physician knows that
radiation can lead to cancer, but making a connection between depleted
uranium (DU), for example, and diabetes seems ludicrous at first glance but is
not. Most medical doctors have never heard of this but neither have they
paid attention to the fact that mercury and other toxic chemicals are also
primary causes of diabetes.

Diabetes is a fundamental disease that affects the entire colony
of cells in a person because it has to do with energy metabolism
and the vastly important hormone insulin and its receptor sites.

Diabetes is actually an extremely serious warning to civilization; it is
an announcement that the rising tide of radiation, mercury, other deadly
chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs are poisoning humanity. We even have to
look at how antibiotics are leading to diabetes as well as a host of other
problems for the human body. These toxic insults are slamming head on to
nutritional deficiencies in the body and the results are telling though still
being ignored by the orthodox medical establishment, which has its heart dead
set on adding not subtracting to these insults

Dr. Lisa Landymore-Lim in her book Poisonous Prescriptions explains how
many drugs used by the unsuspecting public today, are involved in the onset
of impaired glucose control and diabetes. She explains using the example of
the drugs streptozocin and alloxan, which are both used in research to
make lab rats diabetic. Vacor is a rat poison known to cause insulin dependent
diabetes in humans. Allopathic medicine will eventually have to face up to
the fact that many drugs, including most surprisingly, the antibiotics
including penicillin, as well as an entire host of others, causes changes in
the beta cells affecting both insulin and bicarbonate production.

Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
Director International Medical Veritas Association
_http://publications.imva.info_ ( Email:
_director@_ (



[2] Epithelial cells in pancreatic ducts are the source of the bicarbonate
and water secreted by the pancreas. Bicarbonate is a base and critical to
neutralizing the acid coming into the small intestine from the stomach. The
mechanism underlying bicarbonate secretion is essentially the same as for
acid secretion parietal cells and is dependent on the enzyme carbonic
anhydrase. In pancreatic duct cells, the bicarbonate is secreted into the lumen
of the duct and hence into pancreatic juice.

[3] Brain Allergies: The Psychonutrient and Magnetic Connections.By
William Philpott, Dwight K. Kalita Published by McGraw-Hill Professional, 2000


2 Responses to “bicarbonate and diabetes”

  1. Interesting to see the email exchange. Shame on Ben!

    His one line response:

    “you do understand these arent people, these are cells in a dish?”


    1. rude
    2. misses the real issue
    3. appears to reject evidence from studies based on cells rather than ‘people’. What sort of science is that? Bad, maybe?

  2. Roshnee said

    I am diabetic and I would like to know if I can drink
    bicarbonate of soda on a daily basis.
    I am currently taking insulin approx 40mm x 2 daily

    and How will taking bicarbe help me


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