Sunday, November 23, 2008

Protect Yourself From A Holiday Season Acid Attack

You know the Holiday Season routine: join the family for feasting on a high acid, saturated fat, carbohydrate-filled meal followed by a generous slice of pumpkin pie. Regret--brought on by the growing acid storm in your stomach--begins before you even make your way to the couch - unless you drink a glass of pHour salts before and after the acidic meal!

While some people sleep off their acidic heartburn, others are roused by alarming acidic symptoms. The pain in their chest - is it heartburn or heart attack? The symptoms are similar, but the health consequences differ dramatically.

"We see people in the Emergency Room who think they are only having severe heartburn or experiencing the flu when they are actually having a heart attack," said Nick Zenarosa, M.D., emergency medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

If you think you are experiencing heartburn from an over acid meal, Dr. Robert O. Young, Director of Research at the pH Miracle Living Center recommends watching for the following symptoms which are not typical of acid heartburn and could indicate a forthcoming acidic heart attack:

- The body will break into a cold sweat to move acids out through the pores of the skin to prevent a heart attack

- Pain which is also caused by dietary and/or metabolic acids moving from the chest into the jaw, shoulder or arms

- Increased acidic pain when you exert yourself

- Rapid onset of fatigue which is stage 1 acidosis

- Shortness of breath due to sticking blood caused by dietary and/or metabolic acids

- Turning pale which indicates the acids of the meal are preventing proper blood and lymphatic circulation. Also called Rouleau or sticky blood

- Slow or no response of symptoms to pHour salts, mineral salts and puriphy salts or other antacids

- Nausea and possible vomiting due to the increased hydrochloric acid in the stomach from the stomach producing sodium bicarbonate to buffer increased dietary acid.

Keep in mind that the signs of an acid heart attack can be subtle, particularly in women. If you are experiencing any of these signs, coupled with chest pain and/or pain that radiates through your jaw or down your arm, be sure to go to drink a glass of pHour salts. If the pain does not begin to subside then immediately go to the Emergency Room.

Time is of the essence when a person is having an acid attack. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the sooner clot-busting and other artery-opening treatments are started, the more good they will do, and the greater the chances are for survival and a full recovery.

According to Dr. Young, "protect your heart and the alkaline design of your body by minimizing or avoiding all acidic foods and drinks. If you do ingest foods or drinks during the Holiday Season that are acidic make sure you neutralize the acid with sodium bicarbonate or pHour salts. It is the easiest and cheapest way to prevent a heart attack and to maintain the alkaline design of the body."

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